The Beauty of Ladakh

The Beauty of Ladakh
Written by Shirshendu Sarkar

The Beauty of Ladakh

Do you ever fantasize about travelling to a snow covered heaven, mesmerizing scenic beauty, lush greenery where you dream of just laying down observing the stars? Do you dream of visiting glaciers and mountains and lakes that look like painted by some artist? If so, then your perfect destination for next vacation is surely Ladakh. Words can’t describe enough about the beauty of Ladakh, even pictures and videos may not do complete justice.

Ladakh surprises you with its beauty, fascinates you with its monasteries and architecture, bursts your taste buds with delicious delicacies, gives you the perfect ambience to meditate on the other hand keep you on high adrenaline rush with its adventure and thrills.

Ladakh or La-dvags which in Tibetan means the ‘land of high passes’ is the highest residential point in India having inhabitants living along the Indus River and is the least populated area in India as well. Located in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in north India, Ladakh is a house of diverse and exquisite flora and fauna for example the double-humped camel which is found only in this region of India.

Let’s give you a virtual tour of the places which you can’t miss during your Ladakh tour-

  • The Khardung La Pass located at 5359m from is the world’s highest motorable road which you must visit
  • The Magnet Hill, the gravity hill located near Leh creates such an optical illusion that the downhill roads seem to look like uphill and you can relax by keeping your car in neutral because the magnet hill will roll your car uphill without any fuel.
  • Pangong Tso Lake, the picturesque lake which you have seen in the film 3 Idiots, is more beautiful than the filmed images. The perfect contrasting color of the surrounding does not even require any filter apps.
  • Markha Valley, if you love to trek and camping is your thing the Markha Valley is the perfect place. You can trek up to some amazing sites like – Markha, Skiu and Hankar.
  • Nubra Valley, it is not only famous for its scenic slopes of the Karakoram and the Siachen Rivers but also is the land of white sand deserts and the double humped camel
  • Tso Moriri Lake, the sparkling blue water of the lake amidst the rugged mountain create a peaceful environment that seems like a mini paradise at the height of 15000ft from the sea level
  • Hemis National Park, which is the home of the famous snow leopards and also is the only national park in the northern Himalayas
  • Thiksey Monastery, better known as Thiksey Gompa, a 12 storied monastery present along the mountain hosts for over 500 monks and is considered to be one of the most beautiful Buddhist monasteries build at such heights. Thiksey Gompa will enlighten you up with knowledge about the Buddhist culture, lifestyle, scriptures and paintings
  • Diskit Monastery, with its serene and peaceful environment will transport you to some other world far from chaos.
  • Shanti Stupa, a sacred pilgrimage site with white architectural Chorten on the hill top of Chanspa. The walls of the Stupa depicts the life of Lord Buddha and the vibe helps you to connect to the almighty.
  • Royal Leh Palace, an architectural excellence piece built with stones, mud, sand and wood forming the magnificent 9-storied palace.
  • Other places are – Alchi, Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, the scenic beauty Zankar Valley, Chadar Trek- where you can trek along the mountain walking on the frozen Zanskar Lake.

The journey to Ladakh is as enjoyable as the tour. You can reach there by roadways travelling through the meadows, hills and mountains, Ladakh is 434km from Srinagar and both bus and jeep services are available.

The nearest railway station is Jammu Tawi, 700km away from Ladakh from where bus services are available.

Leh has the nearest airport and is well connected to all the big cities of India.

Talking about the beat time to travel, people have their own preferences.

Best time to visit Ladhak :

Some prefer to explore the snow-covered beauty during the winter while others prefer the bright and sunny summers. However the better time that is suggested to explore the paradise is summer so that heavy snowfall cannot stop you from exploring Ladakh.

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