Leh-Ladakh Redefined

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The unseen Leh-Ladakh

Photo of Leh-Ladakh Redefined by Ranit Bandyopadhyay

INTRODUCTION

The Leh-Ladakh is a place located in north India sharing boundaries with China on the right side, Pakistan on the left side, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu Kashmir sharing roads and links. It is one of the must to visit places of India as it offers Action,adventure,leisure with some fabulous scenery that can guarantee to win the heart of everyone. Its weather is mostly cold and dry( regarded as dry Himachal Pradesh) and flooded with beautiful monastries and river spiti flowing by the side

WAYS TO LAND AT LEH

BY LAND: Leh can be reached from Kashmir through a long and tiring channel/pass from Sonmarg via zozila pass. Although it is a bit tiresome but it guarantees full action packed adventure for especially the bike riders and those who rent bikes for their mode of travel.

Day 1

donkey herds in the middle of zojila pass

Photo of Zoji La Pass, Forest Block by Ranit Bandyopadhyay

Another advantage of travelling via zojila pass is that the traveller can travel from kashmir to leh via Kargil war memorial and Drass sector.

BY AIR: The most safest and convenient way to reach leh is from Delhi to Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport. The airport is rather small and can accomodate flights and passengers for one time-travel only in any of the directions.

Day 2

DRASS

One of the must visit place is Drass sector. This place has been holding the record of second most coldest inhabited place on earth.Its temperature dropped down to an unforgiving -60 degrees on Jan 9,1995. Its weather during the summer time is about 20-23 degrees. It also has got some beautiful sight seeing places.

Photo of Drass Market, Ladakh, Ladakh by Ranit Bandyopadhyay

KARGIL WAR MEMORIAL

As the name suggests, one of the prime attractions of Leh-Ladakh is the kargil war memorial. It is the place where the Indo-pak war was faught and is one of the place where every indian takes a bow towards those brave solders who faught against the infiltrated-pakisthani soldiers and many of them died on this platform. On the right side is the museum inside depicts each and every items of the war starting from the bombs, ammunitions to details of the war, the LOC [LINE OF CONTROL] from where the infiltration took place (the tiger hills). On the left side, the ‘Vir bhumi‘ (Brave land) is situated along with the cemetery of those brave soldiers.As the name suggests, one of the prime attractions of Leh-Ladakh is the kargil war memorial. It is the place where the Indo-pak war was faught and is one of the place where every Indian feels that very patriotism towards its brave soldiers that resisted the pak-invasion and protecting India.

Photo of Kargil War Memorial, National Highway 1D by Ranit Bandyopadhyay
Photo of Kargil War Memorial, National Highway 1D by Ranit Bandyopadhyay
Photo of Kargil War Memorial, National Highway 1D by Ranit Bandyopadhyay

While entering Leh from Kargil , there’s another stopout for the visitors. It’s the magnetic hill . Here drivers claim that their cars are dragged down the road without any sort of power or fuel by the hills as it exerts an attractive force on the vehicles. Sign-boards explains them

Photo of Magnetic Hill, Srinagar - Ladakh Highway, Leh by Ranit Bandyopadhyay
Day 3

LEH

The place starting from the leh entrance has its own scenic beauty. The mountain ranges of the Himalayas, the dry lands add to the flavour of the place. The key places to visit here include

1. Nubra valley

2. Khardungla pass

3. Druk lotus school

4. Pangong lake

5. Hemis and Thiskey monastry

NUBRA VALLEY

The nubra valley is a cold desert valley that has got the double humped camel. It is a species of camel that inhabit in cold desert region and can survive in some of the coldest condition. It has got 2 distinguished humps on its back in contrast to ‘one’ found in most camels dwelling in hot deserts. The ‘double humped camel ride’ is a surety of pleasure and adventure for the tourists . The scenic beauty of the cold dessert add to the illustration of perfection.

Photo of Leh, Himachal Pradesh, India by Ranit Bandyopadhyay
Day 4

The Nubra valley is the only place in India where double-humped camels are found. The temperature in the dessert is not that cold as one might guess from its name. Cold desert is named only because of the fact that these deserts are found in high altitude regions. These camels can survive in the cold weather during the winter seasons.

KHARDONGLA PASS

One of the famous mountain passes of India is what is the Khardongla pass. Many of them have heard of about it’s uniqueness and many didn’t. This mountain pass is claimed to be the HIGHEST MOTORABLE ROAD IN THE WORLD. At such high altitudes, many of the visitors have reported to experience mountain sickness and even breathing especially the old and the aged. To compensate for such environment, the Indian military force have established oxygen supply cylinders for those who experience such difficulty in breathing thus ensuring safe breathing to the individual. Such remidies are an essential and important part of travelling for those adventurous travelers out there. The road leading there is also claimed as one of the most challenging roads of India. Frequent melting of ice in regions above leads to heavy mini-waterfall blocking the region for crossing in either-ways. But friendly support of the natives ensure for safe crossing.

Photo of Nubra Valley by Ranit Bandyopadhyay
Photo of Nubra Valley by Ranit Bandyopadhyay

DRUK LOTUS SCHOOL

This school in leh has got a nation-wide recognition after the successful completion of shooting the film ‘THE 3 IDIOTS’ one of the

highest-grossing film in it’s opening weekend in India

had the record of the highest net collections in the first week of a Bollywood film

it became one of the few films at that time to become successful in east Asian markets

the film also won 6 Filmfare awards including best film and three national film awards etc

for more information regarding The 3 Idiots, visit link below:-https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/3_Idiots

Photo of Khardungla Pass, Khardung La Road, Leh by Ranit Bandyopadhyay
Photo of Khardungla Pass, Khardung La Road, Leh by Ranit Bandyopadhyay
Photo of Khardungla Pass, Khardung La Road, Leh by Ranit Bandyopadhyay
Day 5

PANGONG LAKE

The pangong lake is one of the most tourist-attracting spot of leh-ladakh. The lake holds the record of the WORLD’S HIGHEST SALT WATER LAKE. It’s 30% of the region is in the Indian side and the rest 70% to the China side. The lake has a very cold temperature and remains frozen during winters. The scenic beauty of the lake followed by the colourful mountains in the background provides an intense satisfaction to all the tourists that explore them. It’s a photogenic place. Such high altitude lakes are very much hard to discover.

for more info visit the link below:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pangong_Tso

Photo of Druk Padma Karpo School, Shey by Ranit Bandyopadhyay

HEMIS AND THISKEY MONASTRY

The hemis and thiskey monasteries are among the famous and must-visit monasteries of leh. It showcases some unseen and fine buddha statues from leh and are the most popular monasteries.

Photo of Pangong Lake by Ranit Bandyopadhyay
Photo of Pangong Lake by Ranit Bandyopadhyay
Photo of Pangong Lake by Ranit Bandyopadhyay
Photo of Pangong Lake by Ranit Bandyopadhyay

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