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Living the fast life can be lifeless. Following the same routine day in and day out can be annoying, tiring, mundane, and exhausting. Add a little 'life' to your life! Visit Ladakh and reconnect with yourself! Ladakh is the hottest tourist destination and one of the important union territories of India. Its center point is Leh, which is the major district in terms of administration and facilities.

Formerly it was the part of Jammu & Kashmir now it is the independent territory declared by the government recently. This is also known as God's own land.

There are several monasteries and hot tourist destinations in the region. Other important places of the Ladakh region in Kargil and Drass were the most famous higher altitude battle fought between India and Pakistan. Ladakh is also important in terms of the defense mechanism of India because it share its borders with China and Pakistan.

During the trip, you will see the military medical camps and other facilities for the locals of that area. The route to the world-famous high altitude warfare range - Siachen goes through it. Religious influence on the area is of Tibetan Buddhism. The Buddhist monuments and monasteries decorated by the Tibetan arts and even their architectures are also similar to Tibetan architecture.

Have you ever felt that after spending a good time in the mountains, when you are at peace with yourself, you find it difficult to adjust in the city life? The beauty of the mountains is that they give you inner peace & happiness. You are not compelled to join the rat race or lose yourself in the chaotic city life.

I feel envious of people who live in the beautiful mountains surrounded by the pure air and away from the life full of show off and competition. Ladakh for me is one such place where I found inner peace. When you just climb the mountains and sit for hours and do nothing, is when you know that you are truly happy and nothing matters more than the peace of mind.

Ladakh is the best destination for the person who wants to feel their inner peace. There you can also find the answers to your queries regarding Buddhism and teachings of Buddha.

Trip to Leh and Ladakh

Here are top places to visit in Ladakh:

1. Khardung La Pass

Claimed as the highest motorable road in the world, this pass is a gateway to the Nubra and Shyok Valley. This pass is most famous among bike trips to Ladakh. The adventurous road is full of thrills and surprises. This height of the pass is 17,580 feet above from sea level. The most picturesque journey can be experienced on this road.

2. Shanti Stupa

One of the famous hotspots in and around Leh for the tourists. Built-in 1991 by Gyomyo Nakamura, the Japanese Buddhist bhikshu to spread the messages of peace by Lord Buddha. Beautiful architecture and must visit the place. From the location of this monument, panoramic views of surroundings makes it more special.

3. Thiksey Monastery

This is one of the most beautiful places with the feel of serenity in Ladakh. This is situated at an altitude of 11,800 ft. There are the things which make it special. Those are like it is a 12 story building that looks like Potala Palace in Tibet and has large collections of books, journals, scriptures related to Buddhism.

4. Leh Palace

The beautiful example of the architecture set by old Ladakhi kings. This palace also has a resemblance to Tibetan architecture. The Leh Palace also looks like a miniature sculpture of Potala Palace in Lhasa. Never miss the place as it is worth visiting.

5. Zanskar Valley

This valley is known for its surroundings and the white water river - Zanskar River. The activities you can do here are trekking, water rafting and many more. According to the weather and months looks of valley change. In the middle of winter, the Zanskar River offers an accessible path that allows this isolation to end for a while.

Because of the cold, the waters are frozen building an avenue of ice in the center of the mountains. The tumultuous Zanskar then becomes chadar, the ice river.

6. Nubra Valley

Looking over the beautiful Warila Pass, nestled in the midst of Nubra Valley, is a cradle of heaven, a little slice of paradise waiting to be experienced. Stay in a small, yet loving, stone and wood home that is surrounded by orchards of elm, apricot and apple. Find yourself surrounded by lush greenery, bright blue snow-capped mountains, and dollops of ice and snow.

Picture snow-topped landscapes and gorgeous monasteries, set in a culture that embodies ecological sustainability. For an unforgettable experience against the striking backdrop of the jagged Himalayas, head to the Nubra valley. Sip chai, have an open-air picnic, and even enjoy a polo match!

For the most scenic ride of your life, drive to Nubra Valley known as the valley of flowers and the warmest region in Ladakh via Khardung la pass. It is an isolated place but the most famous tourist destination in Ladakh. The convergence of the Shyok and Siachen river makes it special. It is part of the ancient trade route between India and China. The activities you can do here are photography and camping. Enjoy camel safari in the evening.

Take a stroll around the place to see the lifestyle of people living in the northernmost region of India as you visit villages and monasteries in Diskit and Hunder. The road after Diskit reminds the lost times on the Silk Road, when you see Bactrian camel in the dunes. Turtuk village is only ten kilometers from the border with Pakistan.

Known as the ancient Baltistan, the place was under Pakistani control until 1971 along with Dhothang, Tyakshi and Chalunka.

7. Hunder Desert

The Himalayan desert, known as the white desert because of white sand? Here you can enjoy the Bactrian double-humped camel ride. This place is part of the Nubra valley and also of the most famous Silk Trade Route. The vies of this desert gives the feeling of moorland.

8. Magnetic Hill

It is also called - Anti-Gravitational Hill. The strange geomagnetic property makes is special. Here you will see that without ignition vehicle starts rolling. It is a different kind of natural wonder which you can experience during your trip.

9. Spituk Monastery

The 11th-century old monastery situated at Leh. Statute of Goddess Kali is the main specialty of its. It works as the residence and the spiritual place where 100 monks practice Buddhism.

10. Hemis Monastery

Hemis is one of the largest monasteries in the region and dates from the middle of the 17th century. The Hemis Gompa spellbinds the visitors by its ambiance. The marvelous views of surroundings makes it beautiful and worth visiting place during the Leh-Ladakh tour. There is a shop and a museum where you can buy and see the Tibetan handicrafts items.

11. Hall of Fame

It is a tribute to the brave soldiers and officers of the Indian Army who lost their lives to protect the Motherland India. Actually, it is the museum where you will be amazed by seeing the seized weapons, tents, arms of the Pakistani Army which were captured by our army after winning the war. Also, this monument showcases Ladakh’s old history and culture.

12. Pangong Lake

The most famous lake where the shooting of movie 3 idiots was done. This lake is 135 KM long and divided between India and China. Crystal clear blue water is the main specialty. There are several campsites in Pangong where you can enjoy the stay.

13. Tso Moriri Lake

Another famous lake in Ladakh, it is a mountain lake and a part of the Ladakh wildlife conservation area where you can witness various wild animals like Tibetan wild donkey.

14. Stok Palace

The monastery founded by Lama Lhawang Lotus in the 14th century and has the library which contains the 108 volumes of the Buddhist scripture known as Kangyur. It is 15 km away from Leh in the south.

15. Alchi Monastery

This monastery built between the 9th to 10th centuries. The mural paintings inside which showcase the ancient lives of Buddhists and Hindus of the 10th century.

Best Time to Visit Ladakh:

The best time to visit Ladakh is from April to June and September to Mid November. At a given time the weather remains pleasant and there is not any kind of climatic difficulty you will face. In monsoon, the Ladakh trip is not advisable due to heavy rain and the worst conditions of roads. During winters there is freezing temperatures below zero so other activities remain close.

But there is an adventure trek called Chadar trek which you can attempt. It will be adventurous when you walk on or walk along with the frozen river.

All these places of Ladakh are worth visiting places that you never want to miss out on. So stay blessed and keep traveling.
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