Popularly known as the ‘Land of High Passes’, the Union Territory of Ladakh is a treat for wandering eyes. With stunning landscapes and vibrant culture, Ladakh entices travellers from around the world.
Ladakh tours are truly a lifetime experience but they also require physical fitness. With three highest mountain passes in the world, Ladakh is a high-altitude valley situated between two mountain ranges at a height of over 3,000 metres. Hence, you’d need some time to acclimatize to avoid altitude sickness and breathing irregularity.
Although located around 1,000km from Delhi, Ladakh’s main city – Leh – is well-connected by air to major cities in India. Daily flights are available from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Chandigarh. The picturesque landscape runs parallel to one’s car if you take a Ladakh bike tour or drive from Delhi, Chandigarh or Manali to Leh. There is no direct railway connectivity to Leh, however, travellers usually take a cab from Jammu Tawi railway station in the Union Territory of Kashmir.
Ladakh’s picturesque beauty is evident as it has been one of the most frequent shooting locations for many Bollywood films and songs. Travellers love to witness the beauty of Ladakh at the most famous natural spots, including Tsarap Chu River, Khardung La Pass, Pangong Lake, Zanskar Valley, Nubra Valley, the Hemis National Park, and the famous ‘gravity-defying’ hill or Magnetic Hill.
Have you ever wanted to go to the moon and see how the land looks? Well, Ladakh offers you something close. Known for offbeat destinations, Ladakh has probably the most interesting terrain on Earth called Moonland. The highlight of your Ladakh trip would be visiting Moonland on a full moon night and witnessing a sight almost out of this world.
The influence of Tibetan culture is prominent in the architecture and culture throughout Ladakh. The Royal Leh Palace is a symbol of the glory of the erstwhile royal family; the Buddha statue at the back of the palace adds to the beauty of the site. Famous for its spellbinding sunsets and sunrises, the Shanti Stupa in Leh is home to the relics of Lord Buddha and is one of the most revered places for Buddhists.
Ladakh has many more significant Buddhist monasteries that highlight its cultural richness. Some of the famous ones are Thiksey Gompa, Diskit Monastery, Likir Monastery; and the famous Hemis Monastery, which is known for its annual mask festival.
The Hemis Festival, as it’s known to travellers, is a two-day celebration with masked dances and folk music in the memory of Guru Padmasambhava, who is believed to be the reincarnation of Lord Buddha. People of Ladakh are nature lovers and this fact is evident in their annual celebration of the Indus River. The auspicious event of Sindhu Darshan is a three-day festival where natives pay their gratitude to the river for maintaining harmony and peace among all communities in the valley.
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