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Kashmir Lashmir Tour

Tourist Destinations of Leh & Ladakh

Ladakh is the 3rd area of Jammu and Kashmir State. All of the regions, Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh have dissimilar racial types, physical terrains, religious and life style. Ladakh, in the Himalayan division, is a high-altitude wilderness. Its lowest spot is at 9000 feet over sea level, predictable for a land that lies locked amidst the Himalayas, Ladakh and Zanskar ranges.

Ladakh is a terrain like no other. Apart from Great Himalayas, it is enclosed by one more grand mountain ranges of world i. e. KARAKORAM. Ladakh lies at elevations ranging from 2750 m (9000 ft) at Kargil in the west to over 7600 m (25000 ft) in the Karakoram Range.

Leh is the key township of the area. Hundreds of years ago, this was a significant stoppage point on the old silk route from China. Nowadays it's just a armed forces base and traveler centre, but traveling the twisting rear lanes of the settlement is still captivating. It's about 10 km north east of the Indus River in a fruitful side of the valley.
Places of Interest
Ladakhi Festival
This carnival presents the finest in Ladakhi civilization and conventional sports like archery and polo. Admittance to all proceedings is free. The polo ground within Leh is the center for the most part of activities. The opening ceremony is a must see. Multicolored parades begin the carnival. Groups in their customary set of clothes arrive from each division of the district. Some groups even stand for particular arts, rather than areas. The opening show at the polo ground is practically a shortened adaptation of the whole celebrations.

Stok Palace
Lying at an elevation of 3600 meters in the lower region of the massive valley of Stok, this palace was built in the starting of 19th century. It is the dwelling of the Queen of Stok; who is also the queen of Ladakh. The palace, which is more than 200 years old, is now transformed into a museum, where superb compilations of the imperial ancestors are on display. The museum also displays fabulous period costumes and jewellery of the royalty. Interesting historical objects like coins, seals, armory, weapons, precious jade and porcelain can also be found on display.

Spituk Monastery
Within close distance to the Leh airport, lays the Spituk monastery, which is about 1000 years old. It has 3 chapels, from the uppermost, suspended on the pinnacle of a mount; there are outstanding sights to see over the Indus valley. One of the lower chapels has some very fine wall paintings.

Shankar monastery
A little Gompa with only 20 monks, about 02 kilometers from Leh, is a subsidiary monastery of Spituk. There is a fine painted Mandala and a statue of Chanrazik with 1000 arms and 1000 hands and an eye on each hand. The Shankar Gompa (monastery) is famous for its numerous statues of pure gold and a number of interesting paintings. Close by are the Leh Palace and the cottage industries emporium.

Shey Palace
Shey, was once the dwelling of the imperial family and is renowned for its gilded statue of Buddha that stands at a height of 7.5 meters. A visit to this monastery, though, needs prior authorization from the Lama.

Hemis Monastery
This is the most prominent and perhaps the most important of all the monasteries in Ladakh. Every year, this Monastery forms the scene of a great festival when Buddhists come here from all parts of the sub-continent.

Alchi Gompa
At a distance of just 70 Kms from Leh on the shores of Indus River, lies the Alchi Gompa, which dates back to almost a thousand years. One of its walls has miniature-sized images of Buddha.

Lamayuru Monastery
This is the oldest consecrated place in Ladakh. A long time ago, Lamayuru was a lake. As per the past legends, the waters of the lake receded into the mountains, after a Lama's Tapasya, leaving enough space for this monastery to be built.

Likir Monastery
This monastery dates back to the 18th century. Grandly positioned, it commands a fabulous sight. There is a statue of the Matreya Buddha within the Likir Gompa. The Matreya Buddha is the living form of Buddha ready to arrive into the earth.

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