A land of enchantment and enigma that never fails to surprise its visitors, a memory that will forever remain etched in a travelers’ mind, a heaven on earth — this is all Ladakh is about. Ladakh is a bowl of peace and solitude on the surface of Earth. Its altitude gives it the wondrous view of the Blue Mountains and snow-capped peaks and scintillating vistas of Himalayan ranges that stretch endlessly. There is a basket full of reasons to visit Ladakh at least once in a lifetime.
The heavenly scenic beauty of Ladakh ensconced between the Himalayan and Karakoram mountain ranges is a layered spectacle in hues of red, orange, rust, crimson, brown, green, blue and grey. You can happily envision the majestic charm of the large crystal blue bowls of lakes, the sporadically nestled water bodies.
The stark landscape lay spread under the clear blue sky, pitted against the snow-topped towering ranges with some sporadic patches of greenery and crisscrossed by the perennial streams create a surreal panorama. The Pangong Lake is alluring to tourists from all over the world for its water that unbelievably changes its color from light green, azure to grey as per the time of day. The Tso Moriri Lake is equally alluring.
Ancient Buddhist monasteries and gompas
Spellbinding Ladakh is the home to some of the most magnificent ancient Buddhist monasteries and gompas that measure the indelible influence of Buddhism in India. The peace and tranquillity emanating from the calm but vibrant monastic surroundings, the beauty of architecture, the unique rituals and prayers, deep-throated chanting and artistry of the façade and statues established inside these monasteries are incredibly charming.
The eye-catching interiors and equally breath-taking exteriors, ancient manuscripts and antiques on display such as statues, thangkas and murals are bound to leave you awed. Some of the very famous and wondrous Buddhist monasteries and gompas in the Ladakh Tour Packages region are the Hemis Monastery, Alchi Monastery, Matho Monastery, Spituk Monastery, Thiksey Monastery, Stakna Monastery, Stok Monastery, and Lamayuru Monastery.
Ladakh is the land to be for the ardent foodies
Relish and never forget the taste of the lip-smacking Momos and Thukkpas. Local cuisines have that irrepressible lure and enchantment and these delicious dishes have been many a traveler’s dream to travel to this exotic destination. They are the best things of life for which to travel for. If you are a foodie, then Ladakh is the place to be. Taste the mouth-watering local range of cuisines.
The local cafes offer delectable momos that are dumplings and Thukpas that are a combination of a steaming bowl of soup and noodles in a perfect combination to relish in the cool climes of these high altitudes. The rejuvenating and signature drinks of Ladakh include tea, coffee, beer, and change. Chutagi and dumpling soup cooked out of veggies like potatoes, carrots, and spinach makes a delicious dish. Butter tea and some spicy dishes of mutton make eating in the land of Ladakh a pleasure. A dash of red chili and some spice mixtures can add the extra kick that you need in your trip.
Enjoy driving through those meandering mountain passes
Are you a lover of mountain biking or adventurous and passionate about road trips! Then you should not give Ladakh a miss. Here, you scale through some of the highest motorable roads in the world, at an altitude of 5,359 meters. Drive through Khardung La Pass and feel the excitement of breezing through one of the highest motorable roads in the world. These riding moments make some unforgettable Ladakh memories. The exhilarating feel of driving through snaking roads across barren mountains with frozen tops fires up your zeal for adventure and gives you a chance to conquer the thrilling terrain. Travel through the narrow roads with sharp bends, unfriendly weather and risky slopes.
Experience the unimaginable in Ladakh
Stay awed with your ride on a double-humped camel and experience the enigma of the magnetic hills. The Hunder sand dunes of this high-altitude deserts in Ladakh is located in the Nubra valley. It is the legendary home to double-humped Bactrian camels. Experience a ride across the desert on these Bactrian camels while you take in the beauty of the surroundings.
Also, Nubra Valley houses the Hunder Gompa, an ancient and the largest Buddhist monastery in Nubra Valley of Ladakh. Also feel the surreal magic of gravity-defying stunt on the famous Magnetic Hill, which is located 30 kilometers from Leh on the way to Alchi. Following the road sign, if you stop your car over a white square mark on the road, and switch off the engine leaving it neutral, you can actually experience your car moving uphill all by itself at a speed of 10-20 kilometers per hour. The mystifying puzzle leaves you flabbergasted as you surrender your vehicle to the mountain magic. Such is the magnetism of Ladakh.
Vibrant and indigenous festivals cultural extravaganza
Ladakh has vibrant cultural beauty that it showcases and leaves the visitors fascinated. Ladakh has been under the deep influence of Tibetan culture since ancient times. The dazzling monasteries of Hemis, Thiksey, Spituk are living examples of its unique cultural extravaganza.
The Thicksey Monastery with its twelve levels and panoramic view of the floodplains of the Indus Valley and the Hemis Tse Chu Monastery that holds a remarkable two-day festival in Ladakh are all supreme destinations exhibiting Tibetan culture. In the festivals, stay stupefied with the enthralling performances of the chain of mask dancers as the program concludes with the annihilation of Storm on the final day. The colorful costumes, the rhythmic dance to the resonating beats, the dance steps to meet the beats are all exhilarating.
The Lamayuru Monastery with its rich wall paintings, murals, scripture and statues of Buddha and the never-ending attraction of Hemis Festival or Dosmochey along with the auspicious festivals of Losar, Naro Nasjal, Kalachakra, Dosmoche, Tak, and Phyang have enticed visitors since ages to this magical land.