Ladakh (Leh) Tourism
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If you have an option to visit only one place, choose Ladakh!
Needless to say, Leh and ladakh has mesmerising beauty. No words to describe it. Take a royal Enfield, drive through its roads. You'll feel enlightened. That too khardungla top, penang lake, tsomoriri lake just feels like Heaven on earth. People of ladakh and their customs and traditions are something worth getting acknowledged to. I think it's the most beautiful place in India, it is surrounded by hills covered by snow, the whole place is so scenic. Travelling experience from Leh to Pangong and Nubra is amazing. Khardungla Pass is highest motorable road in the world. Driving through snow covered valley is amazing, it's quite adventurous and must visit for every Indian.
Must visit places include: Pangong Tso lake (Yes! This is the same one which was shown in 3 idiots), Tso Moriri lake, Khardungla Pass, Nubra valley, Magnetic Hill, Suru valley, Leh Palace and there are a number of monasteries, to visit. Food, Mutton and chicken are the commonly consumed types of meat in Ladakh. The staple food of Ladakhi people are Sku and Thukpa (made of wheat flour). Activities that kept me busy in ladakh include trekking, camping in mountains, biking, taking photographs. Also, there is an adventure park near Leh's War Museum, it has many activities for tourists.
Advice to travellers would be to visit this place and lose yourself, literally. Yes, it is that amazing place and believe me you can't afford to miss this.
The land of high mountain passes and landscapes : Ladakh
Must watch places around leh: Leh palace, Shey palace, Thiksey monastry, leh market, Shanti stupa (both at night n morning time because the view from this place is just incredible)
One must acclimatize on reaching leh, atleast you should take rest of 2 days before starting your trip from leh and around. Travelling on world's highest moterable road and reaching at world's highest mountain pass by self driving gives such an amazing feeling. All i can say is "Life me ek baar: Leh, Ladakh"
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Ladakh (Leh) Overview
History of Ladakh
Located in Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh is the highest inhabited region in India. It is referred to by many names such as ‘Little Tibet’, ‘The Land of Numerous Passes’, ‘The Broken Moon’, etc. Ladakh lies at an altitude of 3500 metres above sea level in a cold desert. It is nestled between the greatest mountain ranges of the world- The Great Himalayas and the Karakoram Range.
Ladakh had been ruled by many dynasties, most of which were the descendants of the former kings of old Tibet. Owing to its strategic location, it also served as an eminent trade centre for India. It connected India to Central and West Asia.
Ladakh is known for its mystical landscape which is characterized by snow capped mountains, frozen lakes and scenic beauty which also serve as the major sightseeing in Ladakh (Leh).
People and Culture of Ladakh
The population of Ladakh is a blend of many different ethnic communities among which the Tibetans, Monpas and Dards are predominant. Most of the Ladakhis are either Shia Muslims or Tibetan Buddhists. The population also comprises a small number of Hindus, Sikhs and followers of the Bon religion. Leh is also an eminent Buddhist centre and home to many Tibetan refugees. Tibetan, Urdu, Hindi, Ladakhi, Purig and English are the major languages spoken in the region.
Things to Do in Ladakh
With crystal blue water and a beautiful backdrop, Pangong Lake is one of the most popular places to visit in Ladakh (Leh). It lies at the Sino-Indian Line of Actual Control, at an altitude of 4350 metres above sea level. Among the many Ladakh (Leh) attractions, Leh Palace is a must visit. This beautiful palace sits on top of the Namgyal Hill and is known for its aesthetic appeal and historical significance. Your Ladakh (Leh) tour is incomplete without visiting the Magnetic Hill. It is the only magnetic hill in India. It has an anti-gravitational effect due to which a car will start moving upward on its own.
The Shanti Stupa which was established by Japanese Buddhists is also among the popular Ladakh (Leh) places to visit. In 1983, the stupa was opened by Dalai Lama for spreading Buddhist ideologies. Regarded as one of the highest passes in the world, the Khardung La Pass is an eminent Ladakh (Leh) tourist place. It is the gateway to the Nubra Valley which boasts of a lush landscape and is brimming with wild lavenders, roses and Alfalfa. Apart from sightseeing, there are many other things to do in Ladakh (Leh) such as shopping and adventure activities.
Food and Shopping in Ladakh
After a tiring day of Ladakh (Leh) sightseeing, one can savour some mouth watering local food at the numerous restaurants and cafes. The cuisine of Ladakh has been influenced by many foreign cuisines which include Tibetan, Korean and Chinese. Thukpa, Tsampa and Momos are some of the local specialties.
The markets of Ladakh have a lot to offer. From pashmina shawls to woolen garments to turquoise jewelry to handwoven rugs and carpets, there are plenty of things that tourists can shop for in Ladakh. Tibetan Handicrafts such as thangka paintings, Tibetan silver jewelry, delicate embroidery are also few of things sold at the local markets. Bazaar Road is lined with shops that sell these items and is the best place to go for shopping.Head over to Ladakh Art Palace to for Tibetan handicraft items. Shar Market, Tibetan Handicraft Emporium and Tibetan Market are some of the popular places to shop.
Accommodation in Ladakh
Since Ladakh is well connected by road and air, there are many options for tourists who are wondering how to reach Ladakh. There are daily flights to and from Delhi, Jammu and Srinagar. However, driving is the best way to reach Ladakh since the routes in the region are some of the most beautiful routes in India.
Accommodation options in Ladakh include hotels, guesthouses, lodges and resorts. Tourists can look for hotels in Ladakh that lie in the vicinity of the tourist places to see in Ladakh (Leh).