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Ladakh - Land of Passes

by akshaylike 7 year, 2 months ago

Want to see snow at any time of the year? Then visit Ladakh. Snow doesn't melt here, even during summers! Experience the beauty of nature and the abodes of the Gods.

Ladakh, or, more commonly known as the “Land of passes” is also the land of innumerous lakes and springs. With snow witnessed even during summers, Ladakh is like a country of its own, several thousand feet above the high placed plateaus in the world. One is moved by the clarity in the night, that this barren yet beautiful land has to offer. It is a land shrouded in myth and, much of its ancient history is known only through the preachings of the ancestors who used to live here. From November to June, Ladakh is locked and inhabitable as a result of heavy snowfall. Ladakh is considered a cold desert with freezing winds and burning hot sunlight and is a must place to enjoy a great vacation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Experience Nature

The best season to visit this hill station is during March and October when the crops are ripe and the weather is cool. The view of the snow-capped peaks during summer and the growth of flora in the backdrop makes it picture perfect. One cannot stop but marvel at the creation of god. Experience winter in summer as the snow in some places to holiday in Leh Ladakh do not melt!

Jeeps, Sports utility vehicles are the most used modes of transport as other smaller comparisons are a risk on the hilly areas. Cars can be rented from any hotel as they provide a package of sights to see as well as other facilities. Ponies and horses are the other modes of travel which are very effective and cost-cutting as well adventurous through the hilly areas.

Main Attractions
Places of interest in Ladakh: 

  • Drass – Second coldest inhabited place in the world! A minute township in the middle of the valley.
  • Suru Valley - Undoubtedly the most beautiful region in Ladakh, the Suru Valley nests along foothills of the Himalayan Wall. The sheer contrast offered by the peaks Kun and Nun are simply mind-blowing as they wiggle their way into the clouds.
  • Sankoo – A small township consisting of bazaars and a small population, this picturesque expanse is surrounded by colorful rocky mountains.
  • Zanskar the Virgin Valley – The most isolated of the valleys in the Himalayn region, the Pazila watershed comes across the Zansar about 15 miles south of Rangdum. Surrounded by snow-filled peaks and adorned with two small alpine lakes this is the best view one can have of a true Himalayan valley.
  • Padum - Consists of a hilltop monastery with 30 resident monks which is a superb manifestation of stupa architecture.
  • Hemis – It is the wealthiest and biggest gompa (monastery) of Ladakh. Built way back in the 16th century.
  • Alchi – Another gompa situated on the banks of the river Indus dates nearly a thousand years back.

Food for every budget

The restaurants offer multi-cuisines to suit every budget. A lot of hotels can be found providing stay as well as complimentary breakfast catering vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian food. The most prominent being the non-vegetarian food as the red meat keeps the people warm. Hence non-vegetarian is available at pretty reasonable prices and a size-able quantity. Book your Ladakh holidays in India to enjoy a uniqu experience. 

Planning your trip

A minimum of one and a half days quite about sums up the time to be spent in Ladakh for all the sight seeing and the trekking. By road, Leh, Shimla, Manali are well connected and the route is simply mesmerizing which takes you through different passes. Tourists planning to take the Manali highway to Leh are advised to include a trip to Himachal in their itinerary as well. 

The only clothes required in Ladakh are thick woolen shawls, sweaters etc. Tibetan carpets, Pashminas are the most famous apparel which are bought in numbers by the tourists. Anything to save you from the freezing wind! So make sure you don't get frostbite. Best way is to warm yourself around a camp-fire with your loved ones at hand and enjoy the scenery.

Need a place to chill your bones? Had enough of roaring sunlight? Ladakh is the answer to your freeze factor in life. Experience winter like never before.
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