Hello folks, I am back again with Leh Ladakh Travel Guide. This time I have seen Leh which is the capital of Ladakh state of India. I had only three days in Ladakh, so In this post, I am going to tell you what to do? What to visit? Where to eat? If you have only three days in Ladakh, India. So first let me tell you a bit about Ladakh so you can have an idea what kind of land you are going to visit.
Ladakh is a state which has Tibetan influence all over it, or you can say Ladakh is a mini Tibet of India. King Tshespal Namgyal use to rule Ladakh before the Mughals invasion, but Ladakh still holds strong ties with Buddhism. There are many Stupas, Gompas and monasteries all over the Ladakh. Ladakh is also the best place for river rafting because the region has two big white rivers for rafting. For mountain lovers and bikers, Ladakh is paradise. So let’s scroll down and check what you can do in Ladakh if you have only three days.
What to Visit?
- Shanti Stupa
- Leh palace
- War museum
- Magnetic Hill
- Thik say monastery
- Khardungla pass
- Sangam Rafting point
The Shanti Stupa overlooks the city of Leh; It’s provide magnificent panoramic views of the city. Sunrise and sunset are the best time to visit Shanti Stupa if you want to capture real Leh in your camera. The stupa gets illuminate in the night with many lights and looks fantastic. The stupa is open for tourists between 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Leh Palace is a former royal palace overlooking the town of Leh. The castle was constructed circa 1600 by Sengge Namgyal. The palace was abandoned when Dogra forces took control of Ladakh in the mid-19th Century and forced the royal family to move to Stok Palace. It is nine storeys high; the upper floors accommodated the royal family, while the lower levels held stables and storerooms.
Much of the palace is in a deteriorated condition, and little survives of its interior decorations. The Palace Museum holds a rich collection of jewellery, ornaments, ceremonial dresses and crowns. The Archaeological Survey of India is restoring the Leh palace. The palace is open to the public, and the roof provides magnificent panoramic views of Leh and the surrounding areas.
Thikse Gompa or Thikse Monastery is a gompa affiliated with the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It is located on top of a hill in Thiksey approximately 19 kilometres east of Leh. The monastry is noted for its resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet and is the largest gompa in central Ladakh. It notably contains a separate set of buildings for female renunciate that has been the source of significant recent building and reorganisation.
The monastery has twelve-storey complex and houses many items of Buddhist art such as stupas, statues, thangkas, wall paintings and swords. One of the main points of interest is the Maitreya Temple installed to commemorate the visit of the 14th Dalai Lama to this monastery in 1970; it contains a 15 metres high statue of Maitreya, a giant such statue in Ladakh, covering two stories of the building. Don’t forget to add it on your Leh Ladakh Travel Guide of 2020.
Magnet Hill is a “Cyclops hill” located 26 km away from Leh city. The layout of the area and surrounding slopes create the optical illusion of a hill. The hill road is a downhill road. Objects and cars on the hill road may appear to roll uphill in defiance of gravity when they are, in fact, rolling downhill. It is one of the best experience of life and one of the most famous places to visit in Ladakh. This place should be on the top of your Leh Ladakh Travel Guide of 2020.
Spituk Monastery is 8 kilometres away from Leh city. The Arhat Nyimagung blessed the site of Spituk. It was founded by Od-de, the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub Od when he came to Maryul in the 11th Century. He introduced the monastic community.
When Lotsewa Rinchen Zangpo came to that place, he said that an exemplary religious community would arise there and so the monastery was called Spituk. During the time of Dharma raja Gragspa Bum-Ide the monastery was restored by Lama Lhawang Lodos, and the stainless order of Tsongkhapa was introduced, and it has remained intact as such till present.
Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame is an Indian army war memorial lie down on the Leh and Srinagar highway. The monument is the attribute to the Indian soldiers who fought in Indo-China and Kargil war. The backside part of the memorial hall gives a comprehensive and magnificent view of Himalaya.
Memorial has souvenir shop inside in the complex, which sells war saviour and books about war heroes of India army.
One of the best-known mountains passes in Ladakh, Khardung La is one of the best places to visit in Leh. The magnificent pass is one of the highest passes in the world and offers an excellent range of experiences to its visitors. The ride up to Khardung La itself is made up of exotic sights and sounds and is very memorable.
Another one of the most prominent and grandiose sites that you will come across when on the way to Khardung La is the Siachen Glacier. Bone-chilling winds are a constant feature of Khardung La, and the mighty mountains all around add to the vibrancy of the experience. Drinking a cup of tea as you gaze upon the view is a simple experience but a uniquely beautiful one. A trip to Khardung La is a once in a lifetime trip that you should not miss. Don’t even try to remove it from your Leh Ladakh Travel Guide of 2020 other wise you will regret later.
Sangam Rafting Point
The Sangam Rafting point is the highest rafting point in the world. Sangam is the place where two almighty rivers Sindhu and Zanskar of Himalaya cross each other. The rafting point lie-down 7 km ahead from the magnetic hill on Srinagar nagar and Leh highway. There are many rafting clubs here which you can join for your rafting experience during the season.
Food and local Market
Leh has the right combination of Kashmiri food and Tibetan food eat Thukpa, momos and Kashmiri food. Leh has a small market in the old town. One can buy Ladaki woollen cloths, and many local hands made things in every category like, art, materials, antics and many more.
How to reach?
Nearest Airport: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport is just 3.8 km away from the central city. Safety Suggestion: Due to the presence of mountain winds in the afternoon, all the flights take off and land during the morning in Leh Airport. The terrain is high and challenging. No and bags are allowed on flights. As it is a military airport, the security checks are stringent than the usual ones. Do not forget to carry the print-out of your e-ticket before entering the airport, or you might be denied entry owing to high-security purposes.
By Bus one can reach Ladakh by the two main highways. One is the Manali – Leh Highway, covering 473 kilometres from Manali. The other route is Srinagar – Leh Highway, covering a distance of 434 kilometres. The highways are mostly open from mid- June to early – October and between July and November, respectively. The Himachal Pradesh Tourism (HRTC) and Jammu and Kashmir State Tourism (SRTC), operate the daily deluxe and ordinary bus services between Manali-Leh and Srinagar-Leh. The bus journey between Manali – Leh and Srinagar – Leh, takes approximately 19 and 17 hours respectively, with an overnight halt.
By Train, Jammu Tawi is the closest railhead, located at a distance of approximately 708 Km from Ladakh. To reach Ladakh, you have to hire a taxi or can board a bus from outside the railway station. It will take around 15 hours to reach the heart of the city, Ladakh. Chandigarh and Pathankot are the two other railway stations closest to Leh as well.
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