Situated in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir, Leh and Ladakh is called Trekkers Paradise. Leh and Ladakh are connected via air services, So, you can reach to Leh from New Delhi airport. No train service is available to Leh and Ladakh at present. Leh and Ladakh are only opened during summer via road from rest of the India. In winter due to heavy snowfall, roads are closed. The best time to visit Leh and Ladakh is from June till October every year.
There is no other place on earth that matches with the scenic beauty of Leh and the bliss you can experience here. Jagged with colourful fluttering flags, dramatic mountains and unforgettable landscapes, Leh is a treat to one’s eyes which also offers plenty of adventure sports.
The artifacts and souvenirs are often displayed on the road-side stalls and it is the best market to get Tibetan handicraft items like Pashmeena wool dresses, Prayer wheels, Traditional Ladakhi jewellery which are genuine.
The ancient Leh Palace which is just 5 km away from the Leh is under the control of Archeological Survey of India (ASI) and offers a panoramic view of the Stok Kangri and Zanskar ranges across the Indus Valley.
The highest white beautiful stupa on a hilltop in Chanspa, Leh district is the best place to admire the beauty of Himalayas. It was built by the Japanese monks to promote world peace. Don’t forget to do a little meditation besides the Stupa which might help you get what you came here for. The nighttime view is even better.
One of the most famous spots in Leh which is the meeting point of the Indus and Zanskar is known as the Sangam Point. It is an amazing sight for the onlookers as the water of the Indus River is very warm and the Zanskar is frozen.
The Hemis Monastery is visible during a Leh Ladakh road trip. The distance between Hemis and Leh is 40kms and easily accessible by any vehicle. Interior decorated by numerous gold statues and stupas enhanced by the precious yet rare stones is worth visiting.
Drass Valley gives you an exhilarating experience and is the must visit place. It offers amazing sights where you can’t click a bad pic.
If you are an adventurous freak and also nature lover then don’t miss Ladakh. Not everyone gets the chance to visit this beautiful place. Adventurous treks, motor biking, bicycling, jeep safari, camel ride makes your trip a fantastic adventure.
Donkey sanctuary is one of the most unique sanctuaries in the region. This sanctuary is set up by a private citizen in order to provide a home to donkeys that were left homeless after they had served their use in other establishments.
Also called ‘White Lake', it is one of the three high height saltwater lakes in Ladakh and is extremely famous for dark necked cranes come to Tso Kar to lay eggs.
The Hemis National Park known for some uncommon species like the bharal and the snow panther includes the catchments of Markha, Rumbak and Sumdah nalas.
There is another monastery which was built by King Tashi Namgyal after the reunification of upper and lower Ladakh and triumph over Hor.
If you are searching for some different spot to visit in Ladakh then Spituk Gompa is place for you. You will find the most attractive structure Skudung Lhakhang inside the fundamental religious community complex.
Located 25 miles from Leh in Ladakh area in Jammu and Kashmir, there is Gurudwara Pathar Sahib where Guru Nanak, the organizer of Sikh religion and the principal maste, is accepted to have vanquished an evil presence.
Located on a high plain with the Shylok river flowing peaceably by, this monastery is the largest monastery in the Ladakh. A grand 100-foot statue of the Maitreya Buddha at the entrance to the monastery is an awe-inspiring picture.
Located 15 kilometers south of Leh, the complex houses the Shey Palace and the Shey monastery. The palace is mostly in ruins today but the monastery is still worth a visit. The monastery houses a grand statue of Shakyamuni Buddha.
One of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh, Alchi Monastery includes three major shrines that are important to Buddhism- the Dukhang, the Sumtsek and the Temple of Manjushri. Wooden artifacts are an important part of the monastery decor. Currently, it is under the Archaeological survey of India.
This oldest Tibetan Buddhist monastery is maintained by the Red Hat sect of Buddhism. Wall paintings rich in colour, thangkas, murals and scriptures make the visit to the monastery worthwhile. This is best place for trekking and hiking expedition.
It is the world’s highest motorable pass which is important to India from the Military point of View. Reaching Khardung-La is a dream to not just Bikers but all tourists as it gives a nerve racking experience for a traveler.
Kargil is the second biggest town of Ladakh became popular after a war was fought over the region between India and Pakistan.
Nubra valley is a place that cannot be missed if you are travelling to Ladakh in the summer as it is rich in sightseeing opportunities. Trekking, camping and camel safaris at Hunder, ATV Ride at Khalsar, Zimskhang Palace, Ensa Gompa and Yarab Tso Lake are major attractions. The sand dunes of the Nubra Valley give you Arabian Nights like experience.
Zanskar valley is sandwiched between the Great Himalayan ranges and the Zanskar mountain ranges. The valley is closed for about eight months in a year due to heavy snowfall in the region.
At an approximate distance of 250 kilometers from Leh, Tso Moriri offers gorgeous panoramic views. Camping around this beautiful lake to enjoy scenic views of nature is something can’t be missed. It is the largest purest water body of Himalaya is a sacred lake for local villagers and due to this swimming and boating is prohibited here.
One of the most wonderful natural landmarks in Ladakh, the Magnetic Hill is a “gravity hill’, capable of enacting a unique optical illusion that baffles tourists every time they view it. At a particular place marked on the road here Vehicle automatically go upwards at a speed of 20 km/h (in Engine off Condition). This unique optical illusion is a rare phenomenon and only a few places in the world produce it. You can’t stop yourself from praising God for his creativity of nature.
Set against the intense blue sky, Pangong Tso is most scenic and perfect destination for Photography and enjoy the clear natural water Lake. Camping around Pangong Lake will give you some spectacular views of the lake.
Himachal Pradesh is the place that is custom built for adventure sports of all kinds. Famous as the city of Dalai Lama, known as spiritual center for Buddhists, the place offers many adventurous activities. Trek to Guna Devi from McLeod Ganj, Kangra Valley, Dharamkot, Camping and Trekking at Triund, Hike from Mcleodganj to Bhagsu covering 12 km passing through waterfall, Masrur for those who love historic sites, are popular attractions.
The stunningly rich greenery and majestic snow clad mountains greet you to enjoy their timeless beauty. Jakhoo Hill for all the nature lovers, Kufri ideal for activities such as skiing, hiking and Ice Skating, Annandale for Adventure Golf, Kalka–Shimla Railway, Naldehra And Shaily Peak for trekkers, Camping at Shoghi, Kiala Forest are popular attractions.
Palampur also called the tea capital of Northern India is a good place for trekking and also popular for the adventure sports. Bajinath Temple, Tea Gardens, Chamunda Devi Temple, Saurabh Van Vihar surrounded by sceneries and mountains, Neugal Khad are popular tourist attractions.
Kibber village highest motorable village worldwide, Tabo treasure hunt of India, Ki Monastery, Kunzum pass for trekkers, Chandratal Lake, Trek of one hour from Dhankar Monastery to Dhankar Lake are popular tourist attractions.
The major attraction is the Nako Lake which is located amidst extremely hilly terrains. This beautiful village is rightly known as the 'Land of the Fairytales' as it is surrounded by the greenery of nature and is home to many rare species.
Adventure lovers enjoy this place a lot as Manali has everything to offer right from white river rafting to trekking opportunities to zorbing to horse-riding to skiing to paragliding. Solang Valley popular for skiing, paragliding, Horse riding, fancy photography, Rohtang Pass ideal for trekkers, Beas Kund Trek, Chandratal Baralacha Trek, Bara Bhangal Kalihani Trek, Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek, Club House for adventure activities and indoor games, Maa Sharvari Temple, Jogini Falls that has melodious sounds of nature, Kothi famous for paragliding and other snow sports, Rahala Waterfalls, Gulaba Snow activities such as tobogganing & skiing and paragliding.
The sacred city of Haridwar offers a colourful and fascinating blend of culture. Bara Bazar a popular shopping place, Dehradun famous for trekking, Ice skating and wildlife tours, Chilla Wildlife Sanctuary, Evening Aarti at Har Ki Pauri ghat, Chandi Devi Temple are major tourist attractions.
Home of numerous temples, Rishikesh is an ideal spot for white water rafting and camping on the river beach. Triveni Ghat, Shivpuri where adrenaline packed activities like Body Surfing, Cliff Jumping, volleyball by the river bank and Rock Climbing takes place, Kunjapuri Temple is an ideal place for light trekking lovers, Beatles Ashram, Waterfall rappelling session at Neergarh waterfalls, Kaudiyala famous for the roaring sounds of the most dangerous rafting rapids, Architecture brilliance of Lakshman Jhula, Mohanchatti that offers adventurous activities like Flying Fox, Bungy Jumping, and Giant Swing, Vashistha Cave a peaceful and spiritual meditational sanctuary, Jungle Safari at Rajaji National Park, Dhanaulti for adventure sports like flying fox, Burma Bridge, mountain biking, camping and horse riding are major tourist attractions.
Nainital is full of pristine lakes and has enjoyable weather. Bhimtal to enjoy pleasant weather, Ranikhet known for trekking, mountain climbing, exquisite golf courses and various temples, Almora known for unique handicraft and its diverse wildlife, Mukteshwar to indulge in numerous activities like rock climbing and rappelling, Sattal for short trekking, nature buffs and bird watchers, Kumaon, Pithoragarh referred to as little Kashmir, Bageshwar for hiking and trekking, Kausani for photography, bird watching and adventurous hikes, Pangot a small paradise for bird watching are popular tourist attractions.
Mussoorie also known as 'Queen of the hills' boasts of its enchanting beauty. Kempty Falls, Mussoorie Lake, the mall road, Bhatta falls, Nag Devta Temple, Cloud End, Gunhill and Lal Tibba are some of the popular places nearby Mussoorie. Trekking, Hiking, Boating in up and down river are the activities you can enjoy.
Known for Bengal tigers, Corbett National Park houses a variety of flora and fauna is a treat for wildlife enthusiasts. Jeep Safari is the recommended travel to visit the park.
Uttarakhand is a dream come true for adventure sports lovers. Paragliding at Pithoragarh, Mussoorie, Ranikhet, Dayara, Dhanolti Ridge and Nainital in Kumaon, Trekking at Bedni Bugyal, Kauri Pass, Har ki Dun, Deoriatal-Chandrashila, Dodital, Roop Kund, Hem Kund Valley of Flowers and Kedarkantha, Auli for skiing and you can take of classes to master the art of skiing, White water rafting and camping near rapids from Shivpuri to Rishikesh, Camping at Dhanaulti, Kanatal, Corbett National park, Deoria Tal, Sattal, Padamapuri, Pangot, Chopta, Binsar Sanctuary, Bhimtal, Rani Chori, Chokuri, Elephant safaris at either Corbett National Park near Ramgarh or Rajaji National Park near Haridwar, The bungee jumping at Mohan Chatti near Rishikesh, Flying fox activities at Rishikesh, Mussorie and in Nainital, Kayaking and Canoeing in Rishikesh, Cable car ride from one mountain vantage point to another in Nainital, Ziplining, rock climbing, trekking, rappelling, hiking at Sitlakhet are popular water sport activities that can’t be missed.
Lansdowne is a popular place to camp with friends, take adventurous activities, make a bonfire and experience moments like never before. You can also take a shot at adventurous activities like flying fox, Jungle safari, zip lining and trekking.
Auli is well known for its skiing slopes as well as for having the longest cable-car ride. Skiing, Cable Car Ride, Trekking are the main adventurous activities.
Kasauli town is at an elevation of 1900 m above sea level. Camping, Trekking, Paragliding, Nature Walks are popular here.
Kafuli, Bhang Ki Chutne, Garhwal ka Fannah, Phaanu, Baadi, Kandalee Ka Saag, Chainsoo, Kumaoni Raita, Dubuk, Gulgula, Arsa, Aloo Ke Gutke, Bhatt ki Churkani, Chainsoo, Thechwani, Sisunaak Saag, Sana hua Nimbu Mooli, Kumaoni Dal Bade, Singori, Bal Mithai, Jhangore ki Kheer, Singal are Uttarakhand dishes.
Madra, Dhaam, Tudkiya Bhath, Bhey or Spicy Lotus stems, Chha Gosht, Sidu, Babru, Aktori, Kullu Trout fish, The Tibetan dishes, Mittha, Kaale Channe ka Khatta, Pahadi Chicken, Chamba Style Fried Fish, Channa Madra, Gahat Ka Shorba, Khatta, Auriya Kaddu, Aloo Palda, Babru, uriya Kaddoo, Mash Daal, Patande, Kullu Trout, Akotri, Tudkiya Bhath are Himachal Pradesh dishes.
Lohri festival celebrated by the people of Himachal Pradesh on 13th January, Himachal Winter Carnival in Manali between 2nd January and 6th January, Losar Festival Mask Dance celebrated between the months of January and March are some of the unique festivals.