The jagged land of high passes where the cerulean skies are decorated with amazing cloud formation makes you feel at wonderland and experience heaven on earth. Leh is one of the districts in Ladakh and it used to be an important stopover on the Silk route between China, Kashmir and Middle Eastern countries. Leh has some historical places around which draws tourist around the world, it was earlier a capital of Ladakh kingdom. Buddhism and Islam are some of the main religions practiced here and people of all faiths live in harmony, it is administrated by Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council.
Leh has a cold desert climate with long cold winters and temperature below freezing point, Some of the popular tourist places around where tourist throng are Thiksey Monastery, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Deskit monestry, Kardungla Pass, Alchi, Likir, Spituk Stakna, Namgyal Tsemo, Basgo, Phyang, Chemrey monestries, Jamia Masjid, Zorawar fort, stok palace, shey palace and Kardung-La pass.
Lamayuru a small village 125kms from Leh town is home to one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh dating back to 10th century. The village surroundings also go by the name moonland due to its unique formation that resembles moon dunes. It lies in the Leh Srinagar highway and founded in the 11th century by Mahasiddacarya Naropa, there is an annual festival that is a major attraction of the monastery which goes by the name Yuru Kabgyat. The village of Lamayuru has around 100 houses scattered all around and hosts a meditation hill which also gives the spectacular views of the moonscape formation which is a small climb on a hill.
Nubra comprises of two valleys Nubra and Shyok, the rivers of these valleys have their source from the glaciated peaks of the Karakoram ranges, Nubra joins shyok and eventually flows westwards towards Pakistan, the earlier name of Nubra was Ldurma which means the valley of flowers, it is around 150 km from Leh town and the widely used road to Nubra via Kardungla Pass. The mighty Siachen glacier lies in the north of the valley. Dikshit is the headquarters of the valley and receives an active flow of tourist from all around the world. The Dikshit monastery is built during the 14th century and also famous for its Bactrian Camels (double humped camels). The beautiful village of Baigdandu which is out of bounds for non-locals and the place has the goats in which the famous Pashmina Shawls are made and people here have typical Mongoloid features.
Tsomoriri Lake Nestled among the spectacular mountain ranges which also goes by the name ‘Mountain Lake’ is a high altitude lake in Changthang Plateau, the surroundings of the lake are protected as TsoMoriri Wetland Conversation Reserve. There is a Korzok Monastery on the west bank of the lake which is around 400 years old and attracts tourist all over. The waters are clear and deep blue in color and a sacred lake for Ladakhis. In November 2002 the lake was notified under the list of Ramsar Wetland sites under Ramsar Convention.
Dahanu Village out of many small villages in the surroundings, only Dha and Hanu are open to tourists due to the close vicinity to the International border, it is situated 160 km from Leh on the deviation from Kaltsey. The community in the village is believed to be the last pure Aryan race confided to the valley and the villagers have preserved the racial purity down for centuries. The Aryans stand out with their sharp facial features with big eyes and fair complexion, they are not a large community, they may number around 5000 with a cluster of villages from Khalatse and Shayok Indus confluence, and the inhabitants are called Drok-pa a local Buddhist name, they are mostly Buddhist with some distinctive touches of Tibetan culture. The Aryans have preserved the ancient traditions from songs, folklore, and Hymns and their major festival are Losar that takes place between December and January.