Friday, May 6, 2011

Ladakh Tourism

Ladakh TravelVisit Ladakh – the land of endless discovery. Lying between two of the world's mightiest mountain ranges- the Great Himalayas and the Karakoram, Ladakh offers you heaps of excitement as well as the adventurous recreation.

The abundant of natural beauty and the availability of variety of adventure tourists activities like trekking, mountaineering, white water rafting, camel and wildlife safari, make it one of the favorable holiday destinations in the world. The region also supports a high altitude eco system of rare and endangered flora and fauna.

Location of Ladakh
Located strategically at amazing height of 9,000 feet and 25,170 feet above the sea level, Ladakh is the highest known cold desert on earth. The presence of the Himalayas, the amazing wildlife and lush greenery will make you fall in love with its natural beauty. Popularly referred to as the 'Land of Lamas', Ladakh is most famous for Buddhists tours that let you the explore the world famous monasteries that are located here. This 'Little Tibet' is one of the best options for the travelers willing to take the cultural and adventure tour of India.

Gompas and Monasteries in Ladakh
While traveling in Ladakh, you may notice the great influence of the Buddhism. There are lot of historic monasteries or gompas that are located in the hills and mountains of the Ladakh. Visit the Hemis Gompa – the largest monastery in the region of Ladakh.

The Thiksey monastery near Leh is known for its beautiful Ladakhi architecture while the Shey Monastery houses a huge gold plated copper statue of the Buddha. Than there is Namgyal Tsemo Gompa built by King Tashi Namgyal in the year 1430 on the Namgyal Tsemo peak overlooking the town. The monastery contains a three story high solid gold idol of Maitrieya Buddha along with the one storied high statue of Avaloketesvara and Manjushri.

Ladakh Trekking
Ladakh is the paradise for trekkers. The most popular trek in the region are Markha valley trek, Lamayuru-Padum route and the Stok Khangri round trek. Not less famous in the area is mountaineering with plenty of options to suit all adventurers and nature lovers.

Tourists can even indulge in walking, cycling, Jeep Safaris and the rafting tours. If one holds special inclination towards the wildlife adventure, than visit the Hemis National Park, spread to the total area of 600 sq kms in the Markha and Rumbak Valleys of the eastern part of the cold desert of Ladakh.

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