Located at the height of about 3,000 meters, Ladakh is the barren beauty of India. Even though wars, such as the Kargil war, took place here it still retains a quiet beauty and its proud Tibetan culture. The majority of the population is Buddhist, but there are also some Muslim groups in the northern region.
HOW TO GO
The hilly terrain makes it difficult to reach Ladakh. However, there is an airport close by in Leh. You can fly into Leh from both Delhi and Srinagar. If discovering the offbeat locations is your goal, then take one of the buses that run through each of the small towns in Ladakh. At this height, altitude sickness is a huge problem. Thus, you should bring any prescribed medications with you.
WHEN TO GO
Ladakh is a refreshing change from the tropical heat of the rest of the country. Unfortunately, in winter it becomes difficult to travel. Roads fill up with snow, and landslides become a hazard. While the rest of the country burns in heat, Ladakh has pleasant weather nearly year round. April to June are the best months to enjoy Ladakh.
THINGS TO DO
At the staggering height of 18,000 ft, lies the highest motorable pass in the world – the Khardung La Pass. One of the ways to reach the pass is by exploring the gorgeous Nubra Valley. You can also traverse the Kang Yatse mountain in the Markha Valley.
Adventure junkies need something challenging, and Zanskar Valley is all forms of harsh, perfect to test your limits. There are many monasteries in villages and towns that you can visit along the way such as the Hemis Monastery, Shey, Thiksey, Spituk and several more.
The Sham Valley alone has gorgeous places to visit, including the War Museum and the Basgo ruins. Biking is a popular sport on the quiet roads of Ladakh. Lastly, Tso-Moriri Lake has a great view, and on your way, you can camp at Korzok.
Overseas visitors need permits for trekking in the deep valleys. Its strategic location makes Ladakh a sensitive region. Thus the military is strict and takes security seriously. Make sure to have necessary documents with you.
December 21, 2017 1:17 am