Thiksey is situated about 20 km far from the town of Leh and ranks among the most important monasteries in Ladakh. It is the seat of Thiksey Rinpoche, the main leader of the Gelug School in Ladakh and is the main and leading monastery for more than ten other famous Ladakhi monasteries. Thiksey monastery is a few miles away from the River Indus on a sacred hill above a village Thiksey.
Positioned 13,900 ft above sea level is the Pangong Tso lake, which literally translates to 'long, narrow, enchanted lake'. A five hour drive from the capital Leh, through the stunning countryside people come from all across the globe to see. Pangong Tso's bright pristine blue water and a rocky shoreline will remain in your memories forever.
Nubra Valley is located 150 km north of Leh is a large valley that separates Ladakh and Karakoram Ranges. The Karakoram Pass of the famous silk route lie to the northwest of the valley and connect Nubra with Xinjiang Providence of China. From snow capped mountains to sand dunes and double humped camel rides, the Nubra Valley is a must see.
The Khardung La pass or the "Pass of Lower Castle" is situated 18,380 ft above sea level and lies on the road between Nubra valley and Leh in Ladakh. Magnificent views of white snow capped mountain peaks surround you and feel like they are almost at arms length. The excitement of visiting the highest pass in the world is sure to strike up some emotions.
Hidden down unlikely footpaths, Leh's most imaginative restaurant is a stylish exercise in Ladakhi minimalist architecture and offers a wide panorama of the southern mountains. A limited but thoroughly scrumptious selection of artistically prepared dishes includes sublime cashew chicken in pesto sauce along with succulent tandoori grills.
This stylish pan-Asian restaurant knocks spots off most of the competition in tems of both style and flavour. Their 'Wonderwok' stir-fries, momos and Thai green curry are all excellent and prices are very fair, given the high quality of service.
Sit beneath the apricot trees and listen to the gushing stream at this slightly hidden but constantly popular garden restaurant. If the fresh-cooked tandoori chicken has run out (typical by early evening) there is still a world of cuisines to explore. Manali trout is occasionally available for INR400 if you dare. Snappy if casual service.
This age-old traveller haunt has been unchanged so long that its bag-lamps and chequerboard ceilings now seem almost like novel retro-design features.Good-value meals range from curries to cakes to yak-cheese pizza.