Ladakh is a place like no other. When speaking of this place, you are automatically teleported to a land of unique landscapes, high mountain passes, cold deserts, rare cultures and the jaw dropping starry night skies.
Surrounded by world’s mightiest mountain ranges – the Himalayas and Karakoram, this place is not only about being there and taking in the beauty, it is also about reaching there. A road trip to Ladakh is on everyone’s bucket list and for the right reasons. Moreover, the interesting yet beautiful culmination of both the Tibetan and Indian cultures in Ladakh will surely give you a very unique travel experience that you surely can’t find anywhere else.
Want to know more? Let us take you through some of the most beautiful pictures of Ladakh that might leave you wander-lusting real baddd!
Firstly, take a breath of fresh air in the Land of Lamas and let’s just be thankful for the gift of nature.
The confluence of the muddy Zanskar waters and the vibrant green waters of Indus is a magnificent view. There is a huge difference in the colours of the two rivers, and you can actually see the exact point where they merge.
Remember the breathtakingly beautiful lake from 3 Idiots where Kareena Kapoor confessed her love? It’s Pangong Tso.
This lake is 134 kms long with 1/3rd part in India & 2/3rd in China, spreading across 3 countries India, China and Tibet. Do watch the sun come up from behind the mountains at Pangong Lake. Wake up to a breathtaking view of the lake and get awestruck by witnessing one of the most beautiful sunrises ever.
If you are road tripping through Ladakh, visit one of the highest motorable passes in the world – Khardung La Pass and Chang La Pass. There are bikers waving at you, prayer flags fluttering proudly in the wind, the mountains standing tall, white and surveying all.
Camping at the cold desert is a must! Fulfill your stargazing dreams with unparalleled views of the night sky at Nubra Valley. Also, short ride on double humped Bactrian Camel should be a definite on your itinerary.
If you want to experience Ladakh’s bitter cold, then you should visit the Drass Valley where the temperature drops as low as -40 degrees Celsius. It is the second coldest place on earth which is inhabited and is covered in snow throughout the year.
A twin to the popular Pangong Tso Lake, Tso Moriri Lake is a lesser-known lake located in the Changtang Wildlife Sanctuary and is as beautiful as its twin.
How about walking on a frozen river? From sleeping on snow, walking on sheets of ice, cooking inside caves to surviving up to -30 degree Celsius, the Chadar trek is like no other treks in India.
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When travelling to Ladakh, one must remember that Ladakh’s monasteries are the heart and the people are its heartbeat. Some of the famous Ladakhi monasteries include Hemis, Thiksey, Alchi, Likir, Diskit, Spituk, Phyang, Stakna and Takthok monasteries. All of these monasteries are different in their own way and will leave your eyes wide open every time you visit one.
Lastly, feel the warmth of local people and culture!
Speaking of the local people here, visit the remote villages of Dah, Garkon, Hanu, Darchicks and stay with the Brokpas there. There is great rumour that they are descendants of Alexander’s army soldiers who stayed back in the valley, and that they are therefore pure Aryans. Experience the magic of Ladakh and its people like never before.
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