Traveling to Leh-Ladakh is on the bucket list of many. Leh-Ladakh is definitely one of its kind experiences; the one that will remain etched in your mind for the years to come. The Ladakh region lies against the Himalayas and the Karakoram mountain ranges. It is one of those few areas that are totally untouched by the modern life of today. Get disconnected from the real world here and experience oneness with nature.
The following reasons are why one should visit Leh-Ladakh at least once in your life:
- THE BARREN PANORAMA
Leh-Ladakh is one such region that comprises of everything- snowy deserts, tranquil lakes, cold mountains, green stretches of land and bright blue skies. The area boasts of unbelievable and extraordinary terrains.
- MESMERISING ROADTRIP
Leh-Ladakh is best experienced when you choose to go there on a road trip. The preferred routes for this are Srinagar-Leh or Manali-Leh.
Srinagar-Leh highway opens after mid-May while the Manali-Leh highway opens in June. Since this is the time when monsoons set, it is really cool and picturesque. The highways are surrounded by snow-clad mountains and the roads are wet with melting snow water. It is a scene to behold and experience.
- LOCAL SUPERYUMMY FOOD
Unique yet mouthwatering local food is something one has to experience. The food here is Indo-Tibetan fusion and has its own exclusive taste. Local food like steamy Momos served with chili sauce, Thukpa, Sku and Pava whether tried at a restaurant or a roadside food stall will feel like a blessing in such a cool climate.
- PANGONG LAKE
An experience at Pangong Lake feels like nature’s poetry. The landscape i.e. bright silvery blue water surrounded by brown barren waters is more than perfect. The ride to Pangong Lake itself is mesmerizing- you will have to cross Chang La, which is the third highest motorable road in India. Spend a night there in the tents right at the riverbanks and it would be an experience of a lifetime.
Ladakh offers various trekking opportunities. There are various trekking routes, which you can opt for; and each of those would give you an adrenaline rush.
- ANCIENT MONASTERIES
Ladakh is home to ancient Tibetan Buddhist monasteries. The most famous monasteries here are Hemis monastery, Spituk monastery, Shanti Stupa, the Thiksey monastery, Shey monastery and the Stok monastery. Each of these monasteries is special in their own unique way and has a great historical significance.
- PHOTOGRAPHY OPPORTUNITIES
Ladakh is everything a photography lover would dream of. Everywhere you turn, you find something new. A great combination of mountainscapes, riverscapes and desertscapes, Ladakh is a photographer’s paradise.
- CULTURAL BEAUTY
The Ladakhi people are mostly Tibetan Buddhists of Aryan descent or Shia Muslims. They have a very peculiar lifestyle and are untouched by the changing modern times. Their festivals comprising of typical dance to the beats of drums and singing along with drama are worth witnessing.
- CONNECT WITH NATURE
With such landscapes around you, you can’t get enough of what nature has to offer over here. It may be hard to get acclimatized initially but once you have got past that, experience living like a nomad. Experience a life away from technology and spend days just in the lap of nature.