Let's just imagine if we just had a week to live, what is it that you would do for those last seven days of your life. For me, it's without a doubt, travelling to Leh/Ladakh. Because who wants to spend the last week of their life working or in a medical institute. Not me! I want to be on the top of the world, hence Leh/Ladakh is where I want to spend the last seven days of my life. A little bit of Heaven before Heaven is the aim!
Bounded by two of the greatest mountains ranges of the world, the Himalayas and Karakoram, Leh/Ladakh is a land like no other. The beauty of this place, can't be expressed in words. The abundance of beauty this place offers makes it heaven on earth. Its breathtaking beauty, lush greenery, and snow-clad mountain peaks attract many tourists. This place holds so many surprises, you can't help but be awed.
Don't believe me? check the list below:
Pangong Tso Lake
Pangong Tso Tibetian for "high grassland" is a terminal lake in the Himalayas, situated at 4,350 m and is 134 km long extending from India to China. The lake is also referred to as an endorheic lake, which means it retains water and does not flow away into any other water bodies, it's unending. The beauty of this blue salt water lake is unbelievable. You can spend hours mesmerising its beauty and not get bored. Don't forget to keep your camera handy!
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The mysterious magnetic hill also referred to as the gravity hill, is a small stretch of road 30 km from Leh towards Kargil. This particular part of the Srinagar-Leh highway is magical. The layout of the area, surrounded by the slopes creates an optical illusion that we call magic. which is why if you happen to leave your vehicle with the engine turned off, it would start rolling on its own and appear to roll uphill, in defiance of gravity when, in fact, it's going downhill. Most recommended you should definitely experience this nature's mystery at least once in your lifetime.
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Spituk Gompa monastery is set on the hilltop overlooking the Indus river. the monastery is famous for its breathtaking view surrounded by massive mountains. Spituk Gompa has one of the fine collections of exquisite antiques, like ancient masks, thankas, arms, and much more and also houses a huge statue of Buddha. Spituk festival is an annual festival celebrated every year in the month of November.
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Chadar trek is one of the most adventurous and thrilling treks in India. "Chadar" which means layer - indicating a layer of ice that covers the Zanskar river during winters, transforming it into a route which leads to the Zanskar Valley, mostly accessible in winters. However the river does not disappoint the enthusiasts during summers too, it offers amazing water sports like river rafting.
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Lamayuru Monastery is indeed one of the most intriguing places you will see, also referred to as "The night sky zone". It used to be a collection of five large building, out of which just one survives today. Lamayuru is still one of the grandest and oldest monasteries of Ladakh, even after losing all its might. It houses about 150 permanent Buddhist monks, though, earlier his number used to be more than 400. the monastery also houses various artefacts, statues and paintings that reflect the historical culture of this place. Spend a night of star-gazing to get the maximum out of this place.
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