Ladakh is the largest district of the State of Jammu and Kashmir, India. It is situated between the border of China and Pakistan. Ladakh which means the ‘Land of high passes’, which is located in the Northernmost state of Jammu and Kashmir between the Karakoram mountain range to its north and the Himalayas to the south. Sometime it is also known for the ‘little Tibet’ or ‘Cold Desert of India’, Ladakh has also earned a fame world over in adventure tourism. Every year a large number of visitors that are come from all over the planet throng the hilly deserts of Ladkh to rejuvenate themselves. It is one of the most popular Buddhist pilgrimage destination to visit, Ladakh is a collection or basket of some of the ancient Buddhistmonasteries, which have been maintained nicely still in 21st century. It is not a big town so it is not very densely populated and total population extends up to just 1.17 Lac. It is the heart of the State, where Srinagar is located at a distance of 434 Kms and Manali of about 474 Kms from Ladakh. The largest town of the Ladakh is Leh and Leh is followed by the Kargil as the second largest town in Ladakh. The Government of India has successfully encouraged tourism in Ladakh.
Ladakh Tour Packages
There are soo many reputed agencies offering travel packages to Ladakh from anywhere across the country. There are many attractive tour packages available to visit Ladakh. Adventure tour packages, honeymoon tour packages, cultural tour packages, and festival tour packages are some of the special tour packages offered to tourists, who can choose from these based on their interests.
During your trip in Leh-Ladakh you will get various types of hotels which are categorized from the most luxurious five star hotel to economic range budget hotel. The Grand Dragon Hotel is one of the oldest hotels and it is well kown in Ladakh. This hotel ranks with 4-Star Luxury Deluxe Hotel and equipped with all modern amenities and providing good facilities. It offers its guests a comfortable stay. It has around 53 well furnished and decorated rooms and a Royal Suite. Each room is provided with an LCD TV with access to entertainment channels and all rooms have good internet access and telephones with international dialing facility. They also feature in-house laundry and dry cleaning facilities. The hotel holds the distinction of being the only hotel in Ladakh with central heating and an elevator, It will offers you 24 hours room service.
Ladakh is famous for its various old age magnificent Buddhist monasteries/Gompas which is renowned for the oldest religious of the Ladakh .These monasteries represent the true picture of the culture and tradition of the region and presents several Buddhist monks and nuns live, study and practice their faith here .These are some of the best place to visit ancient monasteries that admire the Buddhist art and architecture that include Thiksey Gompa, Lamayuru Monastery, Shey Monastery, Likir Monastery,Alchi Gompa, Hemis, Tamgyal Tsemo and Spituk Monastery. These are a few most frequented monasteries in Ladakh.
Art and Craft
Shopaholics can buy good quality silver, brass and copper items in Ladakh. But these are not made by local artisans rather are imported from Kashmir and other areas. Tea and chang pots, hookkah-bases, bowls pashmina shawls and carpets are several other items that are available at a reasonable rate in Leh-Ladakh. The local artisans are expert in making Thangka paintings.
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