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ladakh

INTRODUCTION

Ladakh, also known as the Land of Passes, is a region in Northern India that was declared a separate union territory in 2019 by Indian government. Earlier, this was part of another Indian state (now union territory) - Jammu and Kashmir.

Ladakh is the place where you can closely connect with nature and serenity around. Buddhism is prevalent in Ladakh - one can witness the essence of Buddhism here, while visiting the various popular spots.

Ladakh is one of the highest regions in the world, comprising of hilly terrains, high altitude peaks and the lush green grasslands, and situated at an elevation of 2750 - 7672 meters above sea level.

Magnetic Hill is one of the most intriguing spots in Ladakh – this hill is known to pull vehicles upwards!

ATTRACTIONS

The beauty of Ladakh cannot be described in words alone – it is something that needs to be experienced and cherished. The ideal time to visit Ladakh is April-May as most of the popular places (tourist spots) remain open. Below are some places that you must visit in Ladakh, that can help garner some memorable, lifelong experiences:

  • Pangong Tso Lake
  • Thiksey Monastery
  • Khardung-la Pass
  • Markha Valley
  • Nubra Valley
  • Hemis National Park
  • Tso Moriri lake
  • Diskit Monastery
  • Shanti Stupa

PEOPLE

Ladakh has a local population of 2.89 lakhs. The lifestyles of people here is highly influenced by Buddhism and Tibetan culture. Most of the people here speak Ladakhi -a Tibetic language.

Ladakhi people are proud of their rich culture and are also known to be warm and friendly, especially when it comes to their food scene – people here love impressing visitors with their food.

At other times, people here mostly indulge themselves in making stone jewellery, woollen clothes, and mural paintings which can be seen on the walls of the monasteries, here and symbolise the various aspects of Buddhism.

ACTIVITIES

Ladakh is a dream destination for the adventure junkies. The Land of Passes not only provides scenic views but also some of the best adventurous activities. Some of them include - Trekking, Biking ride, White water rafting, Mountain biking, Camping, Camel safari, Paragliding etc.

SHOPPING

Even though most people do not associate Ladakh with shopping, there are few markets and retail spots here that make it a good shopping destination too, such as:

  • Moti Market - famous for Tibetan garments, woolen clothes and clothes as well.
  • Zanskar Arts - known for woolen garments, souvenirs and little figurines.
  • Main Bazaar - famous for silver jewelry.
  • Ladag Apricot Store - famous for dried to fresh apricots, oils, jams etc.
  • Tibetan Handicraft Emporium - famous for Ladakhi jewelry.
  • Dalai Lama Charitable Trust Handicraft Emporium - known for shawls, paintings, woolens, artefacts etc.

CUISINES

One of the best parts of travelling to Ladakh is getting to taste different dishes prepared by the locals. Ladakhi food is simple but healthy, and is apt for people travelling or exploring the place, in the coldest temperatures.

Below is the list of some must-try delicacies in the region:

  • Momos
  • Thukpa
  • Skyu
  • Chhutagi
  • Tingmo
  • Chhurpe

HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS

Ladakh has some incredible national monuments that are worth seeing, such as:

  • Sculpture at Drass
  • Rock Cut Sculpture at Mulbekh
  • Lamayuru Monastery
  • Hemis Monastery
  • Shey Palace
  • Stupa at T- Suru
  • Alchi Monastery
  • Likir Monastery
  • Leh Palace

WILDLIFE

The cold desert of Ladakh is home to many birds, mammals and wild animals.

Some of the species of animals here are - Snow leopard, Asiatic ibex, Black-necked crane, Blue sheep, Chukar partridge, Eurasian lynx, Golden eagle, Himalayan marmot, Himalayan vulture and Ladakh pika.

OTHER ADVENTURES

Ladakh is a hub of adventurous sports and is a much-loved destination by the adrenaline junkies. These are some interesting activities to experience/try in Ladakh:

  • Trekking
  • Camping
  • Running Marathons v
  • Mountain Biking
  • River Rafting
  • Quad Biking (in Nubra Sand dunes)
  • Ice Hockey
  • Camel Safaris

TRAVEL

The easiest and most convenient way of reaching Ladakh is by air. The major airport here is the Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport located in Leh - the capital of Ladakh.

There are no train stations in Ladakh, so trains cannot be taken to the place. But there are buses connecting the neighboring popular cities to Leh, such as Manali, Delhi, and some other places in Himachal, Haryana, Punjab, etc.