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Leh-Ladakh

Introduction
Imperial Palace, Leh-LadakhLadakh is the place where beauty lies in barrenness. There is hardly any greenery in the region except for some areas along the riverside. And where there is greenery, it is too scant to be taken into account. The whole landscape looks naked. Notwithstanding the harsh climatic conditions, the folks can be seen going about their daily routine as happily as ever. What enhances the scenic charm is a wonderful backdrop of the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. The cold desert of Ladakh remains surrounded by the huge massifs of the Greater Himalayas and the Karakoram ranges. The Buddhist community, their religious sites and their exotic lifestyle makes Ladakh a must-see destination for travellers and the Buddhist followers from across the globe. Leh, the capital town of Ladakh, is strewn with ancient Buddhist gompas or monasteries. The profusion of the monasteries imparts a rare spiritual charm to the place.


Location & Climate
Ladakh lies in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It remains sandwiched between the Karakoran ranges to the north and the Himalayas to the south. Ladakh experience a very cold climate during winters. The sun's effect is harsher owing to the rarefied air. During summers, temperature ranges from -3 to 30 degrees Celsius while in winters, temperature varies between -20 to 15 degrees Celsius. So before you are off to Ladakh you should be well prepared to face the unfriendly climatic conditions.


Sightseeing
Leh, the capital of Ladakh, is flocked to by tourists and Buddhist pilgrims all the year round. The quaint and exotic town is dotted with Buddhist monasteries from one corner to the other. The tranquility and the spiritual charm of the place is worth experiencing.

» Leh Palace : The Leh Palace, which is a small-scale replica of Potala in Lhasa, is one of the biggest draws for tourists. The palace was the erstwhile residence of the royal family before they were exiled to Stok in 1930s. The palace was constructed during the 17th century. Though the place lies in a state of desertion today, it is a must see site for travellers and vacationers.

Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, Leh» Namgyal Tsemo Gompa : Another worth visiting site, the Namgyal Tsemo Gompa is famous for its three-storey-high image of Lord Buddha. Besides the monolithic image, one can also observe ancient Buddhist manuscripts and frescoes here. There is a ruined fort above this gompa. The for affords stunning views of the town of Leh.

» Victory Tower : The Victory Tower is yet another famous attraction in Leh. The tower was erected to commemorate Ladakh's victory over the Balti Kashmir armies long back in the 16th century. The tower lies above the Leh Palace atop the Namgyal Hill.

» Sankar Gompa : Moving a few kilometres north of the town centre gets you to the Sankar Gompa which belongs to the Gelupka order. Here, you can witness an awe-inspiring image of the Buddhist deity Avalokiteshwara Padmahari or Chenresig. The deity has 1,000 arms and an equal number of heads.

» Shanti Stupa : The Shanti Stupa is a major piece of attraction in Leh. The stupa was inaugurated by Dalai Lama himself. It lies at a distance of 3 km from the Fort Road. From atop the stupa, one can have stunning views of the surrounding areas.


Accommodation Options
Accommodation is never a problem in Leh. The town offers a number of budget and cheap stay options to cater to the needs of travellers and vacationers. The hotels offer picturesque location and well furnished rooms. Cuisines served include Indian, Chinese, Continental and Mughlai delicacies. Some of the popular budget accommodations are as follows.

Hotels in Leh - Ladakh
¤ Hotel Shmbha La
¤ Hotel Dragon Leh
¤ Hotel Laser Mo
¤ Lotus Hotel
¤ Royal Palace Hotel
¤ Pangong Hotel

Sankar Gompa, Leh-Ladakh
Accessibility
Through air-route, the town of Leh remains connected with places like Delhi, Chandigarh, Jammu and Srinagar. Indian Airlines and Jet Airways ply regular flights all the year round. Jammu is the closest railhead from Leh. The railway station is connected with the key destinations of India through regular express trains. Reaching Leh through road routes is also possible. One can either take up the road from Manali to Leh or can access from the Kashmir Valley via Kargil (434 km).





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