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Jammu | Kashmir | Ladakh | Himachal Pardesh
DREAM DESTINATIONS OF LADAKH
The Nubra Valley literally means the valley of flowers. Nubra Valley is situated in the north of Leh. The average altitude of the valley is about 10,000 feet above the sea level. The Khardong village, Khalser and Deskit are the main villages of Nubra valley. At first glance, the valley seems parched and dry, but this is prime farming land by Ladakhi standard. nubra valley
Nubra Valley
suru valley The Suru Valley forms the mainstay of Kargil district. Lying nestled along the north-eastern foothills of the great Himalayan Wall, it extends from Kargil town, first southward for a length of about 75 kms Upto the expanse around Panikhar, hence eastward for another stretch of nearly 65 kms upto the foot of the Penzila watershed where the Suru valley rises.
Suru Valley
Leh is the capital of Ladakh is spreading rapidly in all directions. Leh is situated in a fertile side valley of the Indus river at an altitude of 3521 meters, towards the eastern parts of Jammu and Kashmir. Since the 17th century Leh has been the capital of the Ladakh region. Leh and Indus Valley are earlier capitals of the region. The centre is about 10 km from the river. It was developed as an important trading post and market and attracted a wide variety of merchants from Yarkand, Kashgar, Kashmir, Tibet and northern India. leh
Leh
kargil Kargil is situated about 204 kms from Srinagar in the west and 234 kms from Leh in the east, is the second largest urban centre of Ladakh and headquarters of the district of same name.The broad Kargil basin and its wide terraces are separated from the Mulbekh valley by the 12 kms. long Wakha gorge.The old bazaar displayed a variety of Central Asian and Tibetan commodities even after the cessation of the Central Asian trade in 1949 till these were exhausted about two decades back.
Kargil
Drass (3230 m), is situated about 60 kms. west of Kargil on the road to Srinagar. Drass is a small township lying in the centre of the valley of the same name. Drass is the first village after the Zoji La pass. It has become famous as the second coldest inhabited place in the world due to the intense cold and snowfall that descends upon the valley during winters. In winters, the temperature sometimes go down to minus 50 degrees and heavy snow and strong winds cut off the town. drass
Drass
basgo About 80 kms. west of Leh, Basgo was the capital of lower Ladakh before the kingdom was united at Leh.spectacularly restored using traditional colours and techniques, images of Bodhisattvas and celestial beings even cover the ceiling. The main building contains a two-storey statue of Maitreya and there is a second gompa just downhill with another outsized Maitreya statue. The ruins of the citadel are scattered across the surrounding hill. Basgo has no place to eat or sleep but there are roadhouses for meals in nearby Nimmu, 2 kms.
Basgo
Once the capital of the ancient kingdom of Zanskar, Padum (3505 m) is the present day administrative headquarters of the region. With a population of nearly 1500, Padum can be described as the most populous settlement of Zanskar. Incidentally, it is only in Padum that there is a community of Muslims constituting nearly half of the population. Now, Padum has become famous as a major trekking base and a popular tourist destination. The nearest monument is a set of ancient rock carving on a huge boulder near the river bank, just below the old town. padum
Padum
stongdey The monastery of Stongdey lies 18 kms. to the north of Padum, on the road leading to Zangla. Stondey was an old foundation associated with the Tibetan Yogi, Marpa, and is now the second largest monastic establishment of Zanskar, inhabited by 60 Gelukpa monks. The sprawling whitewashed complex has a number of temples, where each temple is a repository of the region's rich monastic legacy. Stongdey can be reached by foot in about 4 hours along the recently laid rough road. The climb up to the monastery is rather strenuous, but it is worth to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the valley.
Strongdey
About 20 kms. south of Rangdum stands the Pazila watershed across which lies Zanskar, the most isolated of all the trans Himalayan Valleys. The Panzila Top (4401 m) is the picturesque tableland adorned with two small alpine lakes and surrounded by snow covered peaks Zanskar comprises of a tri-armed valley system lying between the Great Himalayan Range and the Zanskar mountain. The three arms radiate like star towards the west, north and south from a wide central expanse where the region's two principal drainage meet to form the main Zanskar River. It is mainly along the course of this valley that about 10,000 strong, mainly Buddhists lives here. Spread over an estimated geographical area of 5000 square kms, high rise mountains and deep gorges surround Zanskar. zanskar
Zanskar
 
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