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Cherry’s Leh: Your Greatest Choice to Explore The Best of Ladakh

Cherry's Leh
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A great choice for travellers looking for a comfortable stay in Leh to start a tour to explore the best of Ladakh, Cherry’s Leh is situated close to the main market place. With a 24-hour front desk, a garden and a terrace, the property ensures a refined hospitality for its guests. Cherry's Leh

With over 40 rooms, the property also offers Deluxe, Executive and Suite rooms. It also offers a mountain view for rooms located on the upper floor.

Attractions for Guests in Leh

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Leh is usually the place where you arrive in Ladakh. Situated at a high altitude, it becomes important for people arriving in Leh to acclimatize first. Before venturing out of Leh, it is advisable to see the attractions Leh has on offer for the guests. Here is a list of some of the best attractions in Leh:

cherry's LehShanti Stupa

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Situated at a height of 4267 meters, Shanti Stupa overlooks Leh city. Shanti Stupa is visible from almost all over Leh city.

It is built as a two-level structure. A flight of stairs leads to the first level where a Dharmchakra with two deer on each side, features a central image of Lord Buddha in golden colour sitting on a platform turning the Dharmchakra wheel.

The second level depicts the birth of Buddha, defeating of devils in meditation and death of Buddha along with many small images of meditating Buddha, all embossed in vibrant colours.

Leh Palace

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Leh Palace is a testimony to the splendid heritage of Ladakh. This is located on the top of the deserted Namgyal Hill.

Leh Palace was built during the 17th century under the patronage of King Singe Namgyal. The Palace served as the regal residence of the Namgyal dynasty until the mid-19th century, when the royal family permanently shifted to Stok Palace after an invasion by the Dogra rulers.

In present times, the palace is the administrative office of the Archaeological Conservation Organisation that is owned by the Indian Government.

Cherry's LehThiksey Monastery

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A Tibetan Buddhist monastery of Gelugpa sect, Thiksey Monastery is a 12-storey building located at an altitude of 3600 meters. It is around 20km east of Leh.

The monastery resembles with the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. Thiksey Monastery houses many items of Buddhist art such as stupas, statues, thangkas, wall paintings and swords.

A 15 meters high statue of Maitreya was installed here in 1970 to commemorate the visit of the 14th Dalai Lama to this monastery. The statue covers two storeys of the building.

Gurudwara Pathar Sahib

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Gurdwara Shri Pathar Sahib is situated just outside Leh on the route towards Srinagar.

This is a very beautiful Gurudwara, built in memory of Guru Nanak Devji, the founder and the First Guru of Sikh religion.

Stok Palace

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Stok Palace, now converted into a heritage hotel, is one of the finest attractions of Leh. The Palace was established by King Tsepal Namgyal in 1820 and it was opened to public by the present Dalai Lama in 1980.

It encapsulates and reflects the lifestyle and history of Namgyal Royalties. It is set in the midst of the valley of Singey Sangpo, popularly referred to as River Indus.

It is believed that the palace was also the summer home of King Sengge Namgyal and his descendants.

Attractions for Guests in the Rest of Ladakh

Khardunga La Pass

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Khardung La Pass, situated some 38km north of Leh, is supposed to be the highest motorable road in India and perhaps in the whole world.

The Pass separates Leh Valley from Nubra sub-division. Countering hairpin bends and high gradients, Khardungla Pass, located at an altitude of 18380 feet above sea level, can be reached in around 90 minutes drive from Leh.

This has emerged as a popular destination for tourists and people usually stop here for some time before moving on to explore Nubra.

Pangong Lake

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Pangong Lake, situated at a height of almost 4,350m, is the world’s highest saltwater lake. Its water, which appears blue, stand in stark contrast to the arid mountains surrounding it. It is 134 km long and extends from Ladakh, India, to the Tibetan Autonomous Region. The lake is 5 km wide at its broadest point. Around two-third of the lake lies in Tibet and just one-third lies in India.

Tourists can see numerous ducks and gulls swimming and sitting on the lake surface. During summer, the Bar-headed goose and Brahmini ducks are commonly seen here.

Two streams feed the lake from the Indian side, forming marshes and wetlands at the edges. Some species of scrub and perennial herbs grow in these marshes around the lake.

An Inner Line Permit is required to visit the lake as it lies on the Sino-Indian Line of Actual Control. While Indian nationals can obtain individual permits, foreigners are usually allowed in a group of minimum three persons accompanied by an accredited guide.

Tso Moriri Lake

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Tso Moriri Lake is a picturesque high altitude brackish water lake sitauted some 250km south east of Leh.

The lake, sitauated at an altitude of more than 4500 meters abover sea level in Changthang plateau, is also a Ramsar Site – a wetland of international importance.

The lake, which measures around 29km in length, attracts a range of wildlife, including migratory birds, marmots and at times even Tibetan wolves.

Tourists need Inner Line Permit to visit Tso Moriri.

Nubra Valley

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Nubra Valley, situated some 150 km from Leh, is the northernmost part of Ladakh. Predominantly Buddhist, Nubra Valley boasts of several monasteries like Ensa, Samstemling, Diskit and Hunder.

The view of the valley is picturesque and breathtaking. During winter, the whole valley looks like landscape of the moon and hence it is also referred to as Moonland. But in summer, Nubra Valley is full of greenery. River Shyok and River Nubra crisscross whole Nubra Valley.

Nubra is known for its cold desert which is spread between Diskit and Hundur. This is a huge attraction for tourists. Tourists enjoy camel ride on double hump Bactrian camels in the cold desert.

Bactrian Camels are a native of the steppes of the Central Asia. These camels, found only in Hunder, were the main mode of transport when Ladakh was an important stopover on the ancient trade routes with Central Asia.

To reach Nubra valley, tourists need to cross Khardung La, the highest motorable pass in the world.

Magnetic Hill

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Magnetic Hill is situated on Leh-Kargil highway. Located at an altitude of more than 14000 feet, Magnetic Hill is famous for its gravity-defying phenomenon.

What happens usually is that gravity attracts things towards the earth. In simple words, anything falls downwards when let free.

However, Magnetic Hill defies this natural phenomenon. Here objects appear to be moving uphill when let free.

So, anyone can switch off car at a specific place here and can observe the car moving up the hill. Cars can reach a speed as much as 20km/hour.