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Indus Valley is a significant place which is based in Leh. It is a tourist destination which is acknowledged for its natural picturesque and landscape. The place is worth visiting. This valley is a large valley formed by the major channel of the Indus River as it passes the Ladakh region. It includes various parts of Leh district, the Skardu region and the widely occupied cold desert beyond. The Indus valley possesses large stretches of rising and falling lands interrupted by very high mountains. There are many passes present across the mountains.
Indus valley region is made up of few of the least known places of Ladakh. The most prominent Indus valley trek consists of places like Temisgong and Likkir and monasteries like Alchi gompa. The Indus River forms the backbone of Ladakh. All major towns anciently and presently are situated near to the Indus River. Few places like Shey, Leh, Basgo and Tingmosgang are located on the banks of the river Indus. Indus Valley has contributed immensely to its culture, history, and legacy of progress of countries like, India, Afghanistan and Pakistan. In India the Indus valley civilization started in the region of north-west around the river and floodplains of Indus River. Today this region is popularly called as Ladakh, with a prosperous evolution of immense advancement in terms of lifestyles. Today this Indus valley, Ladakh is a tourist destination brimming with relics from the prehistoric civilization, natural beauty, historical imprints, river rafting, mountain climbing, adventure trekking, together with a royal past. The popular attractions of the Indus Valley Leh Ladakh include trekking to Rizong Gompa, Spitok Gompa, Stok Palace, Shanti Stupa, Bhuddist Monastry, Royal Palace, and Chamba Temple, Jami Masjid and Sankar Gompa and adventure trekking to Rizong Gompa. Indus valley also provides an opportunity to trek from Probe La to reach Yangthang, Sermanchan la (3,750 m above the sea level) and Lago la (3,750 m above the sea level) to reach the destiny Ang.
Indus Valley likewise gives chances of trekking from Probe La so that the tourists reach Yangthang, Lago La, Sermanchan. All these places are 3750 m above the sea level. The Indus is 50% affected by modernization however the rest remains unspoiled nature’s charm to be explored by adventure travelers. The productive flood plains of Indus River give an exceptional opportunity to the farmers to produce black pea, beans, radish, turnip, millet, wheat and barley. The ideal time to visit Indus Valley is during the months of end April, May, June, July, August, September and mid-October as the temperature is very pleasant and warm.
There are many festivals celebrated in Ladakh which includes the Hemis festival, Yuru Kabgyat, Losar festival,Phyang Tsedup, Stok Guru Tsechu, Matho Nagrang, Dosmoche, Ladakh harvest and Karsha- Spituk Gustor.
How to Reach
Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport is located at an altitude of about 3,256 m (10,682 ft) above the sea level and is one of the highest airports in the world located at this high altitude. Indian Airlines and Jet airways operate scheduled flights regularly from Delhi, Chandigarh, Jammu and Srinagar to Leh. Mumbai is also well connected with Leh airport with many direct scheduled flights. Indian airlines operate 3 flights in a week from Delhi to Leh whereas Jet Airways has got daily scheduled flights between Delhi and Leh.
The nearest railway station is Jammu Tawi which is located about 680 km from Ladakh. Taxi will cost around Rs. 9000 – 10,000 from Jammu tawi to Ladakh and takes nearly 2 days of travel.
The total distance from Delhi to Ladakh is around 1047 km and the best route to reach Ladakh is by road. Travelling by a car on road is the best way to enjoy the scenic beauty of northern India. Delhi Inter-state transport Corporation operates regular bus service from Delhi to Jammu. From Jammu, regularly buses are available to Leh. Strategically Leh is situated at a high altitude, so travelling by a jeep or car is the best means of transportation. Srinagar to Leh is the initial route with a stop at Kargil covering a distance of 434 km. the highway is open for travel during the months of mid June to November. Manali to Leh is the most adventurous trip with overnight tented camps at Sarchu or Pang. The road connecting Kargil into the Suru and Zanskar valley remains open between July and October.