Road to Leh, Hunder

Sun-kissed apricots and pink apples from the trees entice visitors. Many guest houses even have these fruit trees growing in their courtyards. You can ask your hosts and feast on a few, straight from the tree! The Nubra river paints this village in rich strokes of green although this place is in the middle of a ‘cold desert.’ The desert is the main attraction, with its long stretches of sand dunes and camels. People can view and experience the desert while staying at the green and comfortable Hunder village. Don’t miss a ride on the two-humped Bactrian camels that can be seen there.

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With : Harish Bhargava, Letsleh.com

Photograph : Jassi Oberoi

Road to Leh – Kargil War Memorial, Dras

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The then Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee declared Operation Vijay (Kargil War) a success and by July 26, 1999 Kargil War officially came to an end as the Indian Army announced complete eviction of Pakistani intruders.

Every year, special functions are organised at Kargil and Drass in Jammu and Kashmir to pay tribute and homage to the 527 slain Indian soldiers, the Kargil War’s heroes.

The special thing about the War memorial is that it has been built on the theme of the India Gate.

The briefing at the Kargil War Memorial. Listening to the stories about operation Vijay and the brave Army men one wants to be a solider right away. A must stop when traveling from Srinagar to Leh. Do stop and pay your respects. …

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With : Harish Bhargava, Letsleh