ROYAL LEH PALACE and KHARDUNG LA PASS

Royal Leh Palace


Royal Palace of Leh is a nine-storey high structure which offers a grand panoramic view of the town of Leh and the Indus river. It was Built by King Sengge Namgyal in the 17th century. It has a museum which displays rare collections of ceremonial crowns, dresses, jewelleries, ornaments etc.

Leh Palace was the tallest building in the world when it was built in 1553, being just above the old Leh city stood on a rocky hill is built of stones, mud, woods and sand is imposing even from a distance. It loomed above Leh, like an omnipresent figure. The city is under its watchful eyes.

One must not miss the visit to this palace, as it is an architecture wonder to build such a huge building on a slanting rocky hill and more so, for having survived the past 400 years in a good condition.



Khardung La Pass


This pass is at a height of 18,380 ft, lies at about 40 Kms from Leh. It is the highest motorable road in the world.

It lies north of Leh and is the gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valleys. The Siachen Glacierlies part way up the latter valley.

The elevation of Khardung La is 5,359 m (17,582 ft). Local summit signs, boards claim that its elevation is in the vicinity of 5,602 m (18,379 ft) metres and is believed to be the highest vehicle-accessible pass in the world. Every Biker's dream is Khardung la Pass. This pass challenges bikers from all corners of the world testing their metal. Thin air and low oxygen levels makes riding to this pass even more difficult. Flocks of tourists visit this pass in their SUVs each year during mid June to mid October.

  
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