Local Sightseeing in Leh
When you arrive Leh, It is advised to rest for the first day. And then go for sightseeing the next day. The reason is Altitude sickness and Ladakh is at a very high altitude. The change from low altitude to high altitude can cause a negative effect on your health. Low altitude places contains a higher amount of oxygen in the atmosphere than places of higher altitude. The one day rest is for acclimatization to high altitude.
On the first day, you need to rest until eve. In the evening you can roam around the Leh market. As, the places like Pangong and Nubra are at a higher altitude then Leh, it is advised to plan the next day for local sightseeing.
Leh Main Market
Leh main market or Leh bazaar is 7km far from Leh airport. There are a lot of accommodations and restaurants in Leh bazaar and around it. Changs-pa road and Zangsti road are very busy with a lot of tourists roaming around. A lot of travel agencies and money exchange agents can be found on these roads. You can also find pure pashmina shawls in Leh bazaar. Dry fruits like apricot which is grown and dried in Ladakh can be found in great varieties in Leh bazaar. In Leh bazaar, you will find all types of restaurants. Chinese food like momos and chowmein can be found in a lot of varieties.
Shanti Stupa is one of the best tourist attractions in Leh. It’s in Changs-pa region You can reach the Shanti stupa stairs in 10 minutes by walk from Leh market. Then, you have to ascend around 500 stars to reach at the top. Although it is advised to not use the stairs on the day or day after of visiting Leh. Also, you can go directly to the top driving on a drivable road. The altitude at the top is around 14000 ft. You can see the entire Leh town from the top.
West-Leh sightseeing Tour
This local sightseeing tour would be on NH1 Leh to Srinagar road. Some of the famous places that can be visited during this tour are: Magnetic hills, Alchi monastery, Liekir-Monastry Bas-go Palace, Gurdwara-Pather-saheb, Nimmu where you can see Indus river-confluence.
East-Leh Monastery Sightseeing tour
This local sightseeing tour would be on Leh to Srinagar Manali road. Some of the famous monasteries that can be visited during this tour are: Shey Palace, Monastry of Stakhna, Hemis and Thicksey.
Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame was founded in the memory of the Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the war of Kargil. It is close to the Leh airport.
The Hall of Fame exhibition hall, comprising of two stories, is partitioned into different segments which contain a few presentations. On the upper floor, there is an area named OP Vijay Gallery. Here, you can see the different sorts of weapons utilized in the Kargil war, alongside the different arms and ammo caught by the Indian Army during the war. On a similar floor, in one more segment, different sorts of attire and courtesies utilized by the Indian Army in the Siachen district have likewise been shown. A portion of these shows the photos of armed force posts on the ice sheet, living convenience of the soldiers, and the preparation procedure of the soldiers on ice dividers, other than others.
On the off chance that you head to another segment of a similar ground floor, you will discover the photos of the Kargil War on the dividers. The photos give an intricate and intriguing record of how the Indian Army battled the war. There is likewise a divider named “In case We Forget” which shows the photos of those warriors who set out their carries on with safeguarding our country. It’s a moving sight to go over and helps you to remember the tremendous penances made by our troopers to guarantee that our nation is sheltered and secure from outside hostility consistently.
On a similar ground floor, there is likewise a projection room where you can watch a narrative on “Activity Vijay”. One specific moving sight on this floor meets you like an edge on a divider named “The Last Post”. This was the letter composed by Captain Vijayant Thapar to his folks a few days before he achieved affliction. After perusing the letter, you are overwhelmed by a significant feeling of sorrow and pride, while your eyes well up with tears. You are helped to remember the dauntlessness and commendable mental fortitude showed by our warriors while playing out their administration in the line of obligation.
On the ground floor, there is a segment that shows the history and culture of Ladakh. It additionally comprises a keepsake shop where you can purchase a few things including shirts, tops, espresso cups, and pashmina cloaks, other than others. You can likewise get a photograph shoot clad in the Ladakhi clothing in the photograph shop and get the prints in the wake of paying a limited quantity of cash.
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