Ladakh, the remotest and one of the most beautiful territories in the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir, beguiles visitors with its myriad charms. Be it, exploring the fascinating geographical diversity and trying out exhilarating adventure sports or relishing local culture and cuisines, this mountainous territory offers a whole lot of things to keep tourists happily occupied. Here is our pick of some of the most fascinating highlights of a Ladakh trip.
One of the major cities in Ladakh, Leh boasts a wonderful blend of natural attractions and historical places. The majestic Leh Palace, overlooking the buzzing old town bazaar and mazelike lane, is perhaps the most popular attraction here. The views of the snow-clad mountains, hilltop monasteries and green forests impress everyone.
This barren territory is famous for its remarkable landscape and rugged mountainous beauty that seem to give a whole new meaning to the term ‘surreal’. Trek up to the Meditation Hill for the breathtaking views of the area. The historical Lamayuru gompa also stuns tourists with its architectural beauty and a huge collection of prayer stones carved meticulously with Tibetan script.
Pangong Lake is a place of stunning scenery and soul-soothing serenity. It’s located on the border of India and China, and features crystal clear waters that change colours according to the movement of the sun. During the summers, Pangong Lake offers awesome opportunities for camping and bird watching.
This highly revered Buddhist monastery is situated on the way from Leh to Pangong Lake. Owing to its unique hilltop location and grand architectural beauty, it is a popular tourist attraction in Ladakh. Inside the monastery are 10 beautiful temples, a 15-meter high Buddha statue and a well-embellished assembly hall. Plenty of stalls outside the sanctum sell religious artefacts and souvenirs.
Biking on Khardung La
At a height of 18,380 ft, Khardung La Pass is said to be the world’s highest motorable road. Biking here is an experience of a lifetime, taking you through the snow-clad mountains, overlooking the deep gorges and meandering rivers. Plenty of tour operators in Leh offer guided biking tours to the pass. The ones who want to explore the region on their own can hire motorbikes and other necessary gear.
It may sound odd, but Nubra Valley is a massive desert amidst the snowy Himalayan hills. The miles of sand dunes here offer visitors an Arabian Nights kind of experience. Apart from peaceful deserted beauty, the place is renowned for its exotic flora & fauna, including the famous two-humped camels.
Zanskar River Trek
If adventure is your passion, trekking across the Zanskar River will be a dream come true trip for you. Trekking on a frozen river, overshadowed by magnetic snowy mountains, will be an experience that can send shivers down your spine! Make sure that you check the weather conditions before heading on this excursion. Guided tours make for the best option to enjoy a pleasant and safe trekking experience.