Fort Road, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir, 194101, India
A great place to stay in Leh
Hotel Mandala is a quite, spacious and clean hotel with almost all modern amenities and a really helpful staff. It is hardly a kilometer away from Leh's main market and one can take a leisurely stroll from the hotel, around the main parts of the town and back in less than an hour. It has satellite TV in all rooms, STD & ISD facility, running hot water, a small library oriented towards travellers and spacious lawns with a fireplace for evening gatherings.
One of the most striking features of the place is its inhouse restaurant which is spacious and well adorned with traditional ladakhi/buddhist art. The cook is an expert in cooking traditional ladakhi, tibetian, indian, chinese and continental cuisines.
The hotel also has a stock of outdoor gear for the adventerous kinds, including tents, sleeping bags and treking equipment which would be rented out on request. The staff will also help you plan your trek.
Considering all this, the hotel is rather fairly priced and is a perfect stay for both the sedintary and adventourous kind of travellers.
Unique Quality: 1. In-house restaurant
2. Hot running water
3. Fireplace in spacious green lawns
4. Outdoor gear and expert advise on treking and sight seeing
Directions: Take the road going north-west from the only petrol pump round-about for 600 mts and then take the right turn onto fort road. The place is about 400 mts down on your left.
a quiet hotel
Hotel is a nice hotel far from the noisy and polluted generators of Leh town. It's a large pleasant and clean-ish hotel, with a decent restaurant and nice helpful staff
Unique Quality: Nice bedrooms and great views from the windows. There's also hot water at certain times of the day.. quite a luxury!!!
Directions: about 2 kilometres from Leh town, going downhill towards the airport
More about Leh
Low tables indoor
Roses in the garden
Day 7 (Martha Valley to Hanker)
this query is for all 4 places ---
whats the temperatures in mid august?how long does it take to see these places?
we will be taking a car and driving through so what should be the break down of days needed. thanks so much
You can take cab from Delhi To Manali approx 13 or 14 Hrs Drive
Two Night stay in Manali
Manali To sarchu And Night stay
Sarchu To Leh
04 Nights Leh And other sightseeing
Leh To Kargil By road and one night stay
Kargil to Srinagar By road
Srinagar to Delhi by air
what will be the temperature in those 4 places
temp avg around 20 to 25 in day and 10 or below in night. really depends on where you are. if you are traveling from aug 15th to aug 30th, or know anyone who is - let me know
this is my itenary in breif - fly into leh, leh local travel to indus-zanskar confluence-monasteris- leh nubra vally- leh pangong pso and trek to stok kengri peak with an optional summit climb. will be using a motorbike for travel but jeep can be arrnaged for a group
return may be via kargil-srinagar - let me know if anyone is game
cheers - vamsi - email@example.com.
I am reachin Leh on 7th September -- need atravel partner for ladakh tour. If possible then plz mail me in firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com by the way I am Santanu from Calcutta(India). Through mail we can talk much more may be.
Travel Tips for Leh
Tickets to leh during June-July and August finishes as soon as they are opened for booking. Since jet Airways www.jetairways.com open it for a year, most probably it will all be booked by Jan-feb. So you can try Indian airlines www.indian-airlines.nic.in instead. The ticket price for one person is about US$ 180 one way, but book early for Check prices and get discounts upto 50%.
This time I got ticket for around US$ 75 one way :)
The Ladakh Festival runs from the beggining of September for two weeks. Must see is the procession from Sanker to the polo ground - with representatives of most of the local and regional villages, dressed up in costume and with music. This really is a cultural and sensory overload. Everything from the polo team to Budhist Monks to school children. Over the next 2 weeks there are a number of cultural activities - archery, polo, dancing and music. The best bit is that its done by the Ladakhis for the Ladakhis and not the toursists.
Around the beginning of August there is a mini version in Sanker.
magnetic hill and gurudwars(sikh place of worship)
Something interesting which i had not heard or seen in the net..one place was the Gurudwara...where it is believed that Guru Nanak ji had visited leh and in one such place a huge stone fell from the hill and hit Guru Nanak ji instead of hurting him the rock melted like wax in places where it touched Guru Nanak Ji ...the stome still has the hollow impression of a human being........have a look at that...it was interesting...
Secondly was a magnetic hill....they believe (i too believe now)that if u place the vehicle within the marked lines the hill will pull it so if u stop the jeep/car..it still moves...we did not believe it while on our way to Alchi..but on return we stopped the jeep at a slant and waited..the jeep slowly moved backword,looks like there is something which pulls the jeep like a magnet..
Locals (High Street and Old Town)
The local Ladakhis in general are not very pushy and you'll get all the time in the world to look at souvenirs. If you do get approached, it will most likely be by one of the Kashmiri shop owners (hint, if politics is mentioned, be discrete - if worst comes to worst, blame America, even if you are American). Whilst you do get some women in the older style Ladakhi clothes (as in the picture above), most seem to be opting for a Kashmiri style dress, which can make it seem if there are more Moslems in town than there actually are. The truth of the matter is that the local women just seem to find the Kashmiri clothes more comfortable to wear. As for the men, the younger lads look as though they've been shopping on a British or American high street (unless they're a monk - even then, you'll see plenty Nike trainers under their orange robes).
As regards buying stuff here, you're not going to force the price low. My normally very effective haggling tactics could not budge them down to less than 70% of first price (and you still have to work hard) - the 30% or so you get in Mogul territory just isn't going to happen up here.
Then there's the dogs, man's lovable four legged friends. No hassle during the day, they just seem to run past you in a hurry to get nowhere in particular; however (especially in Leh it seems), they seem to have this sport known as 'keep the tourist awake for as long as possible'. The winners go forward into the next round the following night. The overall winner is declared at the end of the tourist season when the last tourists are wishing the Koreans would open up restaurants in town (the Koreans really like dogs).
Buddhist Wall Paintings, Hemis
Right, let's hope I get this right too.
In this photo, the elephant can't reach the fruit in the tree, so he gets he monkey to help. The monkey can't reach either, so he holds a rabbit up as high as he can reach. The rabbit can't reach, so along comes a dove and finally, they can all get the fruit off the tree. The moral, working together achieves more and sometime you the help of others to achieve your aims.
However, it does puzzle me why the dove needed to be held up to the tree to reach, when it could have flown up to get to the fruit itself. It must have eaten too much on a previous visit to fly.
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