I still remember my last excursion when I went to the mesmerizing place Leh Ladakh with my friend. The place is blessed with astonishing beauty with Beautiful Buddhist monasteries, high passes, tiny hamlets etc. I was deeply touched by the culture of the Buddhist over there. Leh Ladakh lies in the lapse of the great Himalayas. I always wanted to go in this magical place. It is the best destination for the thrill seekers to do the adventurous things. We embarked our journey from chandigarh to manali- Leh with full enthusiasm and it carried on all the way just because of the beguiling sights of the Leh Ladakh which we saw in the way. Great Himalayas covered with snow and the narrow roads of the way was quite exciting for both of us.
When we reached Leh then first of all we explored the beautiful market of the Leh bazar which was full with handcraft items. There were many community showrooms, Ladakh art palace, Moti Market which was renowned for its pearl. After roaming in the market we enjoyed the delicacy of the Ladakh cafe which was the first vegan cafe over there. We booked a hotel there for staying.
Leh is a beautiful place which has many picturesque destinations. The beautiful old town, there we saw mudbrick houses and Stupas. The marvellous Tibetan style Palaces and fort were really adorable. We captured all these beautiful sights in our camera. This place has a great influence of the Buddhist culture. We visited the beautiful Likir Monastery, Magnetic hill, ravishing moon ladscapes and Lamayuru Monastery which was an ancient monastery of the Leh. We also visited to Alchi Monastery and Hall of fame.
Leh Palace: Leh palace is also prominent with the name of Lhachen Palkhar which is a royal palace. This plalace is designed in a very magnificent way with the Potala Palace in Lhasa and was built in 17th century. The view of the roof top is spectacular and you can see Stock Kangri and Ladakh mountain ranges from there. There is also a museum which has artefacts which are around 450 years old.
Nubra valley is a beautiful place amidst of green oasis. It is a perfect blend of serene atmosphere with stark scree slopes and mountains. We saw sand dunes and monasteries over there. It is a tri-armed valley. There were many ruined palaces over there we visited one of them Zamskhang Palace ruins. This place was the collaboration of the two valleys Nubra and Shyok. The two rivers from both of these valleys flow heavily from the Karakoram Ranges. We enjoyed the beautiful destination of this place like Diskit Gompa, Khardung La, Pon Khar, Gaint Chamba statue and Skalzang Mani. All these destinations had their own unique beauty. We also enjoyed humped camel ride in Leh Ladak which was also a different experience.
The narrow and steep ways of the Leh Ladakh is quite difficult to travel so we decided to prefer bike riding from there. The place offers best destination for doing trekking and other adventurous things. We also enjoyed yak ride over there. It was great experience to explore the Ladakh on the Yak’s back. I and my friend were extremely touched by the pristine beauty of this place. I liked the place Zanskar valley which is a steep terrain covered with snow is the perfect picturesque destination. We also enjoyed white river rafting over there.
The Pangong Tso Lake is the most famous tourist attractions of the Ladakh this was also shown in the 3 idiot’s movie. It is situated in the Changtang Plateau of the Ladakh. The travellers love to do camping over here. We also went to Kargil which was a complete adventurous place and is surrounded by the huge mountains. This is the perfect place for doing trekking and mountaineering. We also did mountaineering over there and had lots of fun. Yes, I could not forget to tell you about the world’s famous motorable road Khardung-La pass. This pass is the way or act as a gateway to Nubra and shayok valley. It is preferable by the junkies and the people who have the passion of motor bikes.
Magnetic Hill: It was an amazing place which completely mesmerized me. This is a mystical place and we both noticed that when we left our vehicle at the base of that place then the vehicle started moving on its own this was completely a shocking moment for both of us. We felt it like divine power. That was a completely magical place.
Hemis National Park: Hemis National park is considered as the largest national park in the south Asia. We visited there and saw different endangered species like leopards, Asiatic ibex, Tibetan wolf, the Eurasian brown and the red fox. We clicked the pictures of these species in our camera. The best thing of this place is its serene ambiance. We also saw many beautiful birds over there. This place has amazing sightseeing and picturesque views of the nature.
Shanti Stupa was a beautiful place which was lying on Chanspa hill. Shanti stupa is one of best and serene Buddhist Stupa which I had ever visited. The calmness of the place gave peace and relaxation to our mind and heart. The sunrise and sunset view of this place was very famous but we only saw the sunset view which was really amazing. The pristine land of the Shanti Stupa had beautiful landscapes which makes that place more fascinating among the tourists.
Hemis Monastery: Hemis Monastery is the most prominent monastery of the Buddhist religion. Every year the monastery celebrates its annual mask festival which is very renowned among the people and people from different parts of the country come to visit this festival. This festival is celebrated for two days in the remembrance of Guru Padmasambhava, who preached and followed the principle and teachings of the Gautam Buddha.