Drass

Drass is a small town on Srinagar-Kargil highway and 60 km from Kargil. It is the second coldest inhabited place on earth after Siberia with -40 C temperatures in winter .However, during summer Drass is quite pleasant with lush plains and green verdure.

 

Suru Valley

Suru valley is one of the most enchanting places that one should visit if in Kargil. Its main features are the towering massifs of Nun (7137 m) and Kun (7035 m) peaks which attract adventurers from all over the world. Suru is extremely lush and green with extensive plains of colourful flowers stretching for miles. The valley is situated in Zanskar region of Kargil. Some famous Buddhist monasteries are also found her. The much frequented ones are Ringdum,Karchay and remotest of all Ladakh monasteries Phugtal.

 

Nubra

Nubra is applied to the region comprising the valley of the river Nubra and that of the Shayok. The route from Leh crosses over the Khardung-la, the highest motorable road in the world at an altitude of 18,300 ft. The view from the top is amazing. One can see all the way south over the Indus valley to the seemingly endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range, and north to the giants of the Sasers massif (25000 ft)


The main village is Diskit. From Diskit, the route follows the course of the Shayok to Hundar, past an area of rolling sand dunes. There is a small population of the woolly double-humped Bactrian camels in Hunder which were used as pack animals on the Central Asian trade route, popularly known as 'The Silk Route'. Today visitors to Nubra can use these animals for going on camel safaris. Up the Nubra River and above village Summer, is the last human settlement of Panamik which was once a major trade centre and a resting place for caravans before crossing over the mighty Karakoram pass.

Kargil

Once a bustling trading centre during the fabled Silk Route trade through which caravans passed on their way to Yarkand in China, Turkey and Afghanistan. Now a heavily garrisoned place this picturesque town is situated on the confluence of wild Suru and Wakha rivers at an altitude of 2704 m from sea. Kargil is a jumping off place to visit fabulous Suru valley in Zanskar region. The small population is predominantly Shia. Kargil town has a well stocked bazaar and a religious seminary. Kargil achieved international fame during the bloody Kargil war of 1999 between India and Pakistan. From Srinagar Kargil is 207 km and situated at an equidistant point fro Srinagar,Leh,Padum in Zanskar region and Skardo ,Baltistan(now under the administration of Pakistan.

Kargil is indeed a heaven for the adventure seekers. In fact the entire Himalayan region offers excellent opportunities for adventure activities. Kargil itself acts as a base for the trekking tours. You may take up trekking, mountaineering, camping, river rafting et al. The kaleidoscopic Kargil is the entry point to the wondrous Zanskar Valley. At a distance of 204 kms from the capital city of Srinagar and 234-km from Leh Kargil is the perfect night stop for the tourists traveling between Srinagar and Leh. Kargil hosts the popular archery contest in the month of May every year.

The less adventurous of you may take resting walks along the riverbank and up the hillside. The local market of Kargil offers a variety of products ranging from raw sugar, to exotic spices and other trinkets. Though for souvenirs the best bet is the easily available dry apricot. As it is the apricot jam is a delicacy. Pashmina shawls, local carpets and woolen handicrafts also make good bargains. The fine quality and the abundance of the woolens available at Kargil can be attributed to the long fleeced mountain goats in the area.

Leh

Leh town offers a number of sightseeing options for the visitors. A historic town that served as the royal capital of the Old Kingdom, is dominated by the nine-storey palace built by King Singey Namgyal in the grand tradition of Tibetan architecture, it is said to have inspired the famous Potala in Lhasa which was built about half a century later. Leh bazaar has a medieval look and a walk around it is an unforgettable experience as it brings one face to face with Ladakhi men in traditional robes and peculiar headgear busy in trade and commerce.

Leh, the capital of Ladakh is a fascinating destination. Age-old monasteries, quaint lanes, colorful markets and stunning views of the Himalayas make Leh an exotic destination. Leh is where your adventure in Ladakh begins. You can go trekking through the mountainous terrain of Ladakh, enjoy a game of polo in a high altitude arena or watch an archery contest where local residents compete in a contest that remains unchanged by time. Mountaineering, white water rafting and wildlife tours are other adventurous attractions of Leh Ladakh India. Though the weather can be freezing cold, the smiles on the faces of the Ladakhi people are sure to warm your heart. Feel on top of the world in Ladakh, on tours to Ladakh with Leh Ladakh India.

Leh is the the largest town of Ladakh withan area of 45110 Sq Km. The district is bounded by Pakistan occupied Kashmir in the West, China in the north and eastern part, and Lahul Spiti of Himachal Pradesh in South East.

For a long time Leh remained the capital of the Rajas of Ladakh. It lies at an altitude of 10,800 ft above sea level. Leh district comprises of Leh town and 112 inhabited villages Leh Ladakh is a region in the state of Jammu & Kashmir in the north west of India. Leh Ladakh is a high altititude mountainous area of remote beauty. Thus leh Ladakh which means the "land of passes" offers exciting opportunities for Monastery tours, great Himalayan Treks, Mountain expeditions, Mountain Biking, river Rafting, Tribal tours, Jeep Safaris, Leh Ladakh festival tours and Bactrian Camel Safaris. Leh Ladakh is therefore truly a land of endless discovery.

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