4 Airlines that Ply Delhi-Leh-Delhi Route

Flights are the fastest means to reach Leh. However, only four airlines ply Delhi-Leh route.  Since the flights are vulnerable to weather conditions, most of the flights depart from Delhi / Leh before noon. The flying time ranges from 1:25 to 1:40 hrs.  Indian Airlines Air India, airindia.in Go Air,…

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7 Landmarks from Leh Palace, the Vantage Point

7 Points of Interests Visible from Leh Palace in Leh, Ladakh

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Many travelers opine why to waste money on entry tickets of the monuments and museums. But Leh Palace is a vantage point from where you can see and make pictures of seven landmarks while you are acclimatizing in Leh. Today’s photo essay shows you these landmarks as seen from the…

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A Short Walk to Gotsang Monastery in Hemis

Should you walk the Gotsang Trail?

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Hemis Monastery and its festival are very popular among the visitors. However, only a few know about the nearby walk. This short walk along the well-marked cemented path leads to Gotsang Monastery in Hemis. You can measure this path leading to a quiet pilgrimage site in Ladakh on your own.…

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Do You Need Inner Line Permit for Nubra, Pangong, Tso Moriri?

Ladakh Inner Line Permit

Ladakh has reintroduced Inner Line Permit for Nubra, Pangong, Tso Moriri, and other protected areas in 2017. So all Indians wishing to travel to these areas shall get the permits from Deputy Collector’s (DC) office in Leh. Deputy Collector’s Office Timings for Permit: 10:00 am to 04:00 pm on working…

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16 Dakinis Perform Gilded Mask Dance during Hemis Festival

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Photo: July 7, 2014. Hemis Festival, Ladakh. A group of sixteen dakinis performs the gilded mask dance around a religious pole. Sixteen dancers wearing copper / papier-mâché masks slowly move their bodies to match the traditional music tunes from Tibet. The dancers perform religious rituals to defeat evil spirits, to…

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Hemis Monastery Portrays Our World in Black Hat Dance

Black Hat Dance, Hemis Festival

Photo: July 7, 2014. Hemis Monastery, Ladakh, India. A Black Hat dancer       Nowadays, thirteen Janaka dancers perform Black Hat dance around religious objects in the Hemis Monastery during annual festival. However, in the olden times, it was a one-dancer performance. The dance, also known as tsamchot dance,…

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A Tip to Enjoy Hemis Festival Performances

Break after Hemis Festival Performance

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The Hemis Monastery presents multiple colorful performances during its two-day annual festival. Each performance is a complete story packed with messages. A brief preparatory pause separates some of the performances / chams.  Make use of these pauses. Take a break, nap… to enjoy each cham of the Hemis Festival. Have…

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7 Pit Stops along HPTDC Leh-Manali Bus Route

Sarchu camps, Himachal Pradesh

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Pit stops along the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) Leh-Manali bus route offer only basic facilities. These facilities are not of high standards but you will never go hungry and thirsty. The short menus of the eateries at the stops are a mix of selected Continental, Punjabi, and Tibetan…

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Check Out Changspa Road in Leh

Vegetarian Chinese eateries in Leh

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Today I will take you to Changspa Road, a popular tourist location in Leh. The road is littered with travel service providers, including eateries, money exchangers, rooms, shops, and travel agents. Mentokling, one of the eateries, houses a small office of Indian Mountaineering Foundation. However, the nondescript road lacks sites…

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