Ladakh is a mountainous place located in Jammu & Kashmir, Northwest India. It is the largest and least populated area of Jammu & Kashmir. Leh is the district area of Ladakh located in Jammu & Kashmir. The population is a mixture of Buddhist and Muslims equally.
Leh Ladakh architecture is much influenced by Tibet style of building. The residential buildings and the monasteries both are very similar to Tibetan style. Tour of Ladakh starts with exploring Buddhist monasteries. Ladakh is very much famous for the distinguished style of monasteries. Some of the popular monasteries of Ladakh include Alchi, Hemis Monastery, Likir, Spituk, Thikse, Sankar etc.
There are enough opportunities for adventure sports such as trekking, river rafting, mountain climbing, cycling, camel safari, yak safari etc. in Ladakh. You can also enjoy exotic wildlife species like Yak, Nyan, Urial, Churu, Snow Leopard etc. These wild animals live on minimal vegetation, bitter cold, poor habitat and rock landscape.
Leh Palace is one of the major tourist attraction of Leh Ladakh. King Sengge Namgyal built it in the 17th century but was later left when Dogra forces captured Ladakh in the middle of 19th century. At that time, royal family also moved to Stok Palace.
Leh Palace is nine storey high building where the upper floors houses the royal family and the stables & store rooms were on the lower floors. Presently, this palace is being restored by the Archaeological Survey of India.
It is open to public and provides breathtaking 360 degree views of Leh and its surrounding areas from the roof of the palace. Stok Kangri mountain is visible across the Indus valley to the south and also the Ladakh mountain range rising behind the palace to the north.
Adventure Spotrs in Ladakh
Ladakh is a popular destination for adventure sports among tourists all over the world. These Adventure activities include trekking, river rafting, mountain climbing, cycling, camel safaris, polo and archery.
Ladakh is very much famous for trekking with the prime destinations in Leh Ladakh. These trekking destinations include Lamayuru-Darcha, Markha, Padum, Stok-Khangri etc. in Ladakh. Read More....
Mountaineering in Ladakh
Ladakh mountaineering can be a good adventure activity in Ladakh. June to September is best time for mountaineering activity in Ladakh with the destinations of Ladakh that includes Nun-Kun Massif, Stok- Khangri Massif, Karakoram Range and Konglacha Peak. Read More....
Cycling is a popular adventure sports in Ladakh. Start with the spectacular views of Buddhist Gompas and move forward with picturesque local village views and Himalayan view in the background. Ladakh’s twisting roads offer great adventure pleasure and require a good biker who knows the technicality of cycling.
Best time for cycling is from mid-June to the end of September in Ladakh. Some famous cycling routes in Ladakh are following: 64 km Leh-Alchi Road, 45 km Leh-Hemis Road, Jispa-Gondla, Marhi-Mandi etc.
Camel Safaris is one of the famous and exciting adventure sports of Ladakh. It is also famous because of Bactrian Camels, having 2 humps. These safaris are organized across the sand dunes around Hunder in Ladakh.
Polo is also a popular summer adventure sport in Ladakh. It is usually played at the Leh polo ground in summers every Tuesday and Saturday. Ladakh festival also includes a number of polo tournaments.
Archery is a traditional but popular sport of Ladakh. Leh’s villages and the National Archery Stadium offer venues for Archery activities in Ladakh.
Ladakh is a land of rarest animals and birds living in Himalayan region. These exotic birds and animals reside here because of Ladakh’s elevated surroundings and the rocky mountain ranges. Read more.....
Leh Mosque is an architectural beauty in the main bazaar of Ladakh. It is a Sunni Muslim mosque, believed to be built on the land allotted by King Deldan Namgyal. King Deldan Namgyal is the grandson of the Muslim Queen of Ladakh.