Are you planning
an off season vacation? There are many beautiful places in India that are ideal
spots to visit during this time of the year. If you’re planning on covering the
northern part of India, there are two must visit locations that you shouldn’t
miss – Leh and Jaisalmer.
In a remote
corner of Jammu and Kashmir in Ladakh, surrounded by snow covered peaks, lies
the picturesque town of Leh, 3505 meters above sea level. Leh was the former
capital of the kingdom of Ladakh. This place is predominantly Buddhist, and the
lifestyle and architecture are distinctly Tibetan. Book your Leh Ladakh tours in North India for an enchating holiday.
Leh is an
ideal monsoon destination as it does not normally experience intense rainfall.
It is considered a cold desert, though in recent years, due to global climate
changes, Leh has been experiencing more rains.
are many flights connecting Leh to Srinagar and Jammu, the road routes are
mainly open during the monsoons. The Manali-Leh Highway is open during June to
October and the Srinagar-Leh route is open during June to November.
What to See
Stupa, the 800 year old Kali Mandir, the Tibetan style Leh Palace, the Thiksey Monastery
and the Hemis Gompa Monastery are the biggest tourist attraction in Leh.
What to Enjoy
many trekking trails in and around Leh.
paragliding and white-water rafting are the major adventure sports of this
region. The Ladakh Festival takes place in the first two weeks of September and
the two day Hemis Gompa festival is held in June/July.
The Golden City
sand dunes, with its beautiful sandstone buildings, the name Golden City fits
Jaisalmer well. Jaisalmer was one of the princely states of Rajasthan and it
was founded by Raja Jaisal, who built a magnificent sandstone fortress here.
time to book Jaisalmer tour packages is from October to March, so if head out on a trip to
the desert land if you’re bored of the constant rains in your region.
has beautiful palaces and mansions. It has many attractive Havelis or mansions
built by rich families, which are major tourist spots.
many interesting places to visit and explore inside the city, mainly the
Jaisalmer Fort. About 25% of the city’s population still lives inside the fort.
The fort contains the beautiful Raj Mahal (Royal Palace), the two Jain Temples
and the Laxminath Temple.
It has a
rich Jain heritage and there are many Jain Temples here. The most notable among
these are the temples dedicated to Lord Shantinath and Lord Parshvanath, two of
the important Jain Thirthankaras. These are must visit places on Rajasthan holidays, not just for the
religiously inclined, but for everyone.
What to Enjoy
A three day
desert festival is held during the months of January/February, and this
attracts a lot of visitors. You can unwind and experience a taste of the local
culture during this fest. Take up camel safaris into the desert, and it’ll be
an experience that you’ll never forget.
looking to take up an off season trip to the north, there are many destinations
that you can try. Pick the ones that suit your preferences and don’t think
twice – you’ll surely have a great time.