Touch n Feel Ladakh
A fifteen day festival organized in the month of September is an endeavour of the state government to present the cultural and traditional heritage of Ladakh in a coup of events, dances, dramas and sports.
The 17th century capital of Dynamical Empire is the epicenter of Ladakh. Leh is a place Buddhism is practiced in the enclosures of the four walls of the Gompas. Just one visit takes you years back in the solitary moments. Leh can be better glanced by walking down its several undulations.
The nine storey palace of Sengge 'Lion Namgyal imposes itself on Leh. Take a walk and you will come to realize the dilapidated structures needs extensive repairs. Make your way to the top floors to get a brilliant view of the side valleys and the Indus Valleys.
Home to many budding Lamas the Gompas are beautiful structures on the hilly slopes. Some of the famous Gompas are Tsemo Gompa, Shanti Stupa, Shey and Thiksey that are visited by many trekkers and tourists. The Gompas are constructed beautifully with grand images of Buddha and colourful decorations all over.
Hemis and Matho
Further 20 minutes away from Thiksey, having crossed the river at Karu, the roads have massive mani walls into a gorge that hides the Hemis Gompa, till last minute. This is a largest monastery in Ladakh. Matho is 26 kms from Leh and houses swords and has weapons of powerful oracles of Matho.
Stakna Palace Museums
The royal family of Ladakh have been living here since they were ousted by Zorawara. The only part of the 77 rooms palace that is open to tourists is a wing that view are fascinating collection of arte facts from the royal attraction.
Drama of Indus
From June to August end, the Indus offers a splendid option for rafting for the first timer. There are two runs on offer, the first being an easy, stress free float. The second bring some adrenaline in the into play, beginning at Phey. The run is for three to four hours till Nemo.
- The nearest airport to reach Ladakh is Ladakh Airport. Taking roads to reach Ladakh you need to exercise some caution caution because of Kashmir situation, the Highway from Ladakh into Kargil in the west is no no. The best option is Manali-Leh highway that is one of the classic road trips.
- The best season to enjoy the mountain beauty is during May to October end. Winter in Ladakh is a big horizontal nod.
- Tourist Office: J&K Tourism, Leh.