Ladakh The Lonely Planet

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Plan a trip to ladakh, and you will find yourself far of the hills and snow scene. Experience the unexplored glaciers and cold deserts. These glaciers excursions of Ladakh and Kashmir areas can challenge ones strength and fitness levels as it involves the entire mind and body to utilize to the paramount of its ability. Besides being the dream destination of the holidaymakers, Ladakh is a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts.  This is for sure that Ladakh is the most adventurous place, there are inordinate activities such as trekking and rafting,will make your camera zoom in zoom out, it presents the most spectacular sights that includesglittering crystal clear lakes and spouting rivers. Complete your trip with full thrill and excitement by exploring these places in ladakh.


The Lidder and Jhelum rivers of Pahalgam are popular destinations of white water rafting. As the cold water splashes against your face, this challenging adventure sports acts as a stress buster. The Zanskar and Indus Rivers of Ladakh also offer white water rafting. But the deep gorges and stretches of these mighty rivers are challenging for water rafters and hence you have to be strong minded to plunge into the glacial waters of these rivers.River rafting tour in Ladakh is no doubt thrilling but involves a lot of risk. One should take the rafting training seriously. Further, following the rafting rulebook properly one can also combat easily on certain situations, especially if the raft overturns and one falls overboard. If one is an amateur it is recommended to take an experienced rafter or a guide along.


Monasteries in Ladakh are much more than religious centers. Located in heaven that Ladakh is, these famous monasteries are purifying havens where one can find inner peace. Include them in the itinerary as you plan a trip to Leh. Ladakh to enjoy the splendid and spectacular topographical medley comprising snow-capped mountains, sprawling cold deserts, sparkling lakes, outlandish glaciers, and serene mountain passes. The monasteries in Ladakh are breath-taking and enchanting structures that still hold the Buddhist heritage alive and fresh.The monasteries delight the visitors with the beautiful interior, incredible architecture that is a mix of Buddhist and Tibetan shills and a peaceful environment that offer religious prayer to attain peace of mind and purify one's soul.


Festivals are a time of merry-making. Possibly, there is no better time to visit any destination than at the time of its festive season. Similar is the case with Ladakh region. The barren yet intriguing land of Ladakh comes to life during festivals when locals from all the parts of Ladakh come to one place and take part in the celebrations.
These festivals offer a surprisingly diverse repertoire of theatre, folk opera and dance, characterised by local legends, myths and folklore that have been passed on generations for centuries.
Ladakh Hemis Festival (June-July), Dosmoche (late February), Losar (Ladakhi new year), Phyang (late July or early August), Ladakh Harvest Festival (September), Tak-Tok (ten days after Phyang), Sindhu Darshan festivals with their world-famous symbolic mask dances, traditional rituals and colourful costumes give a fantastic insight into the life of Ladakhi people and their love for land and unique heritage.


If you find yourself wondering what the Ladakhis eat besides the world-renowned momos, you must take a tour to Ladakh to discover the real cuisine. Ladakhi food, like Ladakhi people and their culture, has a unique character. The distinctiveness of the food is characterised by Ladakh’s geographical location, religious beliefs and customs while also revealing information concerning its cultural history.
The delicious and convenient kholak, warm bowl of thukpa, flatbreads called Khambir, uniquely different Butter Tea with salt and Yak butter, fluffy Tingmos and rich Skyu guarantee to satisfy all your gastronomic cravings.


Camping in Ladakh is an exhilarating adventure of a lifetime. Imagine being in the lap of nature, surviving toughest weather conditions and having a number of experiences that you will never forget. Pitch your tents, sleep under the stars, take a break from the city bustle and find the inner peace you were looking for. Settled on an altitude of 11500 ft. above sea level, the 'Land of High Passes' gives an opportunity of camping like never before.
Self-camping in Ladakh is amazing but there are cons. From the entire hassle of putting the camp up, concerns related to washroom facilities, sundries, food and carrying the entire stuff along with you. While, staying at a camp site will avoid you all this hassle. Also, while you are on your own, you have the freedom of choosing any site but even then there is the hassle of defence from wind, wild animals and concern for safety.


The best location to view the moonscapes of Lamayuru is to climb up what is known as a meditation hill.Monks from the Lamayuru gompa stay here, on the top of this meditation hill. They have a medical laboratory up here where the monks churn out medicines from the local herbs.Lamayuru is an easily accessible village of Ladakh where one can experience the local life of the Ladakhis.It is a sufficiently offbeat place in Ladakh, without having to get too adventurous – suitable for a family holiday.Homestays in Ladakh are inexpensive. It is a convenient location if you are looking to spend some peaceful time in the mountains.It is located in western Ladakh at an altitude of 3500 m has been formed by sediment rock formations of different shapes which gives an extraterritorial cratered look to the land.


Nestled in the eastern Ladakh region, Hemis National Park is famed for housing the Snow Leopards. Also known as the High Altitude National Park, the park is largest notified protected area in India. Numerous species of endangered mammals reside at the park in their natural habitat. The park also enjoys amazing geographical conditions by being bounded by the banks of Indus River on the north. It also includes catchments of the Sumdah, Markha, Rumbak and parts of Zanskar Range.Surrounded by two world-famous and large water lakes, Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri, the Changtang Wildlife Sanctuary is a paradise for wildlife lovers. The Sanctuary is a home to many species of fauna and flora. More than 200 species of wild plants grow in the higher pastures of the area. Alternatively known as the Changthang Cold Desert Wildlife Sanctuary, it is one of the few important places in India where rare black-necked crane and Tibetan wild ass reside.


Take a tour to Ladakh this summer to watch the Khardung La pass come alive with wildflowers, creeks flowing with snow-melt and incredible mountain vistas. Located at an elevation of 5600 m, this passage to Nubra and Sylok Valleys offers spectacular views of glacier-carved valleys, daunting peak summits, distant crystalline lakes along with beautiful white tufts of smokey clouds, floating in the vast blue sky.
Also known for being the world’s highest motorable road, a drive around the winding paths is dangerous yet thrilling. Pack your bags now to experience this ultimate adventure.


Too many treks in Ladakh and other parts of the country that demands one to trek through the snow-laden trail or walk on rocky terrain, but Chadar Trek is the most unique one where you walk upon the Zanskar River – a frozen one, of course. The trek is renowned all over the world and has been featured in travel magazines and documentaries. It is also considered to be one of the toughest treks in India as it involves extreme weather conditions. The temperature at night drops down to as low as minus 25 to 30-degree Celsius.
The trek features some breathtaking views of snow-clad and rocky Himalayan mountains. Besides, one of the major attractions on the trek is the frozen waterfalls at Nerak. Itis unique, from the scenery and unusual campsites to temperature and atmosphere, making this trek one of its kind.
Altitude 11,123 ft.
Duration 9 Days
Best Season Mid January to February End


This enchanting, blue brackish lake of Ladakh at an altitude of 4350m is not to be missed on a tour to Ladakh. The size of the lake can be inferred from its name, Pangong, which means extreme concavity. It is around 5-6 km wide and over 144 km long with half of it on the other side of the Indo-China border.
Pangong Lake with its ever-changing hues provides the ideal setting to kick back and relax. The emphasis is on being instead of doing – relax and take in the spectacular sights around the lake. Zoom in your cameras to shoot the rare birdlife that flocks around this area. Take full advantage of the revitalising scenery of the lake. It’s a perfect way to end your Ladakh trip – or a place to embark on a new inner adventure.
Perfect to satisfy your heart’s calling for adventure, Ladakh goes beyond sightseeing and the usual tourist hangouts. These must-do things in Ladakh will help you make memories of a lifetime and enjoy an unusual holiday in the lap of nature.

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