Fostered with arid forests, beautiful hues of blue over head, bright rainbows amidst the horizon and glass white dessert beneath your feet, Ladakh is like a fallen piece of heaven on earth. From the eye catching staggering natural sights to mouth watering cuisines, this place can never fall short of things to amuse and refresh an individual. If you are searching for an angelic experience to rejuvenate yourself, Ladakh should be registered on the top of your bucket list. Witness an amalgamation of adventurous harmony in nature and spiritual divinity.
Hold on! Before setting yourself to this resplendent journey, here is a list of 5 things you need to catch hold of in your mind for an ultimate experience:
- Climate: Rigorous yet captivating chills
Trip to Ladakh can be best encountered during the summer season; in the months from May to August. The core impetus for visiting this mesmerizing destination may get hindered if you plan your trip the expedition during mild summers or winters. Stretching its way from the Himalayas to the Kunlun mountains at a height if more than 9,800 feet, you may witness inadequate oxygen to resist the high altitudes at Ladakh.
Covered with snow, this place tests your physical and mental strength. If you have weak heart or lungs, make sure you avoid categorizing Ladakh as your priority. Ensure loading your baggage with heavy cottons and woolen pullovers as even during the summers the temperature ranges from 10 to 20 degrees.
- Scenic Attractions: Abound with natural beauty
With the alluring nature and fabulous activities spot down these top 5 attractions at Leh and Ladakh
- Pangong Tso Lake
Land your feet at this iconic attraction of Ladakh, located 225 km away from Leh. Relish your moments at world’s highest salt-water lake that is famous for sightseeing, bird-watching, photography, camping, spotting Mormot, mountain biking, snowfall of Chang La pass and others. Overnight camping on the lakeshore is very famous to enjoy sunset and sunrise.
- Stok Kangri
Located 15 km away from Leh, this is one of the mountain ranges, very famous for trekking. This spot is strictly for moderate to avid trekkers. The best time to visit is July and August. On the trekking route, the Stok village is an important viewpoint.
- Nubra Valley
Offering a view of dazzling sites like Diskit Monastery, Diskit town, Siachan River, Ensa Gompa, Khardung La pass this place make you a part of a range of adventure activities like trekking, motor biking safari, exploring, bathing in hot springs of Panamik and many others. Wildlife touring is an important attraction in the Nubra valley. Bizarre species like Bactrian camels, birds like green sandpiper, common redshank, black tailed godwit, common sandpiper, northern pinetail, Tibetan lark and many others dwell here enhancing your adventure.
- Tso Moriri Lake
Located 221 km away from Leh, this is a high-altitude lake famous for bird-watching, spotting animals, picnic, camping and others. Species like hare, vole, mouse hares, Tibetan sheep, Himalayan blue sheep, goa antelope, Tibetan gazelle, Snow leopard and Tibetan wolf can be spotted here.
- Khardung La Pass
This is the highest mountain pass that can be scaled on a mountain bike. It is located 40 km away from Leh. Scaling the place on bike or jeep safari is an important attraction that invites many international tourists to the place.
- Cuisines: Coddle your taste buds with these varieties
Post completion of the sightseeing and the thrilling adventures, here is the way to calm down your craving belly. Disbarring momos and noodles from your menu while your trip to Ladakh, the place purveys countless delicious traditional recipes that you cannot afford to miss. Note these down to your carte to make the most of it.
- Ladakhi Pulao
- Butter Tea
- Apticot Jam
- Monasteries: Witnessing the Heritage of Buddhism
You cannot neglect the cultural beauty influenced by the local Tibetan population when scheduling your most memorable trip. A home to countless monks, Leh-Ladakh intrigues the most divine and peaceful self presenting you its top 4 magnificent monasteries.
- Hemis Monastery
The largest Buddhist monastery, belonging to the Drukpa or Dragon order, stands on the western banks of the Indus River It has a great collection of sacred thangkas and other artifacts in its 900-year-old museum. You can witness the enchanting sacred mask dance, the most famous festivals in Hemis, held on the 9th and 10th day of the 5th month of the Tibetan calendar.
- Spituk Monastery
The Spituk Monastery also known as the Spituk Gompa has the old gompa restored, while a new one has also been constructed within the monastery complex. The statue of the goddess is kept covered and is unveiled only once during the Spituk Festival. It is a home to more than hundred monks during the annual two day Spituk Festival held in the 11th month of the Tibetan calendar. This monastery savors your memories with the folk performances by the monks representing good over evil and stories depicting the life of Buddha.
- Thiksey Monastery
Undoubtedly the most beautiful of all monasteries in the region is a fine example of Ladakhi architecture. The monastery consists of 10 temples constructed over its 12 floors with the main prayer hall housing a 40-foot statue of Buddha seated on a lotus. The Thiksey Gustor Festival is held here during the 10th month of the Tibetan calendar when the sacred mask or Cham dances are performed by resident monks and nuns as a part of a ritual.
- Alchi Monastery
Different from other monasteries, this is the oldest Buddhist learning centre in Ladakh and is built on flat ground instead of on a hill top. It has three main structures. The Du-khang is the assembly hall and the largest part; the Sum-tsek is a three-storied structure with a four armed statue of the Bodhisattva occupying two storeys with figures of Maitreya Buddha, Avalokiteshvara and Manjushri on the ground floor; the third structure is Jampe Lhakhang, a temple of Manjushri.
- Shopping: Amplifying your Collection
Drowsy after the rolling rides over the mountains, Ladakhi markets offer you the best stress busting fashion and home beautifying articles with an amalgamation of trend and tradition. Embrace your wardrobe after returning back with these top 5 traditional products:
- Pashmina Shawl
- Handmade woolen garments
- Buddhist masks
- Laaka paintings
- Tibetian Silver Jewelry
Get ready to expect the unexpected fulfilling your wishlist making adorable memories.0