The best reasons to visit Ladakh
The best reasons to visit Ladakh
To witness the stark beauty of Ladakh, one has to travel there to see it first hand. Therefore, Ladakh has become a desirable destination, and travellers are thronging hordes to enjoy the natural beauty of the cold desert. Moreover, it has become a perfect destination to have a rejuvenating vacation during India’s hot summer. If these reasons are not enough to get you on your feet, here are a few more reasons that a trip to Ladakh can be an experience of a lifetime.
You need to know where Ladakh is first and foremost. This hot travel destination is mesmerizing visitors with its natural beauty. It is located north of the Great Himalayan Range, and the Karakoram range is in its north. Now that your mind is racing, here are some reasons why Ladakh should be considered as your next destination to travel.
Trekking in Ladakh
Ladakh is a paradise for adventure seekers, both novices and experienced ones. Adventure seekers from all corners of the planet to get their adrenaline fix. Ladakh is also considered an ideal destination for both amateur and experienced mountaineers as well. Many trekking routes cater to beginners to the more serious adventurers. The adventurers get to experience the warm hospitality along with the natural beauty of both the Himalayan and Karakoram ranges. There are several remote high altitude plateaus if you want to beat the crowded trekking trails. You can go n a hike for several hours up to 30 or more days of extended trekking. Some of the popular trekking routes are The Sham Trek, Markha Valley, Spitok to Stok, and the longer and less crowded ones are in the Changtang and Zanskar regions of Ladakh.
Ladakh is fast becoming an action-packed destination. One can go for half a day rafting on the Indus River or participate in a multi-day rafting trip on the Zanskar River. It is a perfect combination of whitewater, scenic floats, peaceful villages with their friendly residents, and numerous monasteries. Whitewater rafting is one activity not to be missed by the adrenaline junkie.
High Altitude Lakes and Wetlands
There are numerous Turquoise lakes in Ladakh. For the Indian tourists, Pangong Lake is the most popular as it was featured in a Bollywood Movie. More than 70% of this lake is in Tibet (Aksai Chin area – the Chinese in the 60s captured it). This lake is 120km long.
The Tsokar (Salt Lake) and Tsomoriri Lakes should be of interest to you for wildlife and bird lovers. These lakes and the surrounding wetlands are breeding grounds for several endangered species of birds. The migratory birds breed during the short summer season before flying to less cold places for the winter. Some of the rare birds that migrate for the summer are Pochards, Terns, Bar Headed Geese, and Black-Necked Crane.
Ladakh is not just a place for thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies but also a paradise for those seeking spiritual peace. There are numerous yoga classes and meditation courses during the summer season. Ladakh is marked with many monasteries, prayer walls, and Stupas. One of the popular sightseeing tours is of three monasteries, namely Spituk, Hemis, and Thiksey. Despite being a Buddhist majority, Ladakh’s people live in peace with their Hindu and Muslim neighbours.
Festivals in Ladakh
Ladakh is also known as the land of Festivals. They hold numerous Festivals in various monasteries. These Festivities are famous for their colourful costumes, mask dances, and everyone is in a jolly mood. Winter is a fantastic time to visit Ladakh, if you want to witness some festivals when it is not crowded, some hotels will still be open, and rooms should be easy to book, the flights should be a lot less expensive. The hotels that open during the winter have made heating arrangements. Some of the Monasteries that hold the winter festivals are Thiksey, Chemrey, Spituk, and Matho.