Introducing the latest Union Territory of India, Ladakh, lying in the northern most part of the country as a crown jewel, I call my second home, should be on every tourist’s bucket list !
From looking for peace and quiet, solitude to the most thrilling adventures and treks, from buzzing night life meeting like-minded new people turning into life-time friends to taking the road less travelled and finding solace, Ladakh has it all, simply waiting to be re-discovered!
To reach Ladakh, also termed as the land of the high passes, land of mystic lamas, the broken moon-land, the last Shangri-La and the little Tibet, going through some of the highest passes crossing over 7,000 meters above sea-level, in the northern Himalaya ranges. Although it have a few ways to get there namely by air and by road, the journey to Ladakh, primarily Leh, the capital town in the Union Territory, stands at 3500 meters elevation, largest and most second most populous UT of India, was previously also known as Maryul. The journey to Ladakh by road are a few, but the most popular ones would be through Kashmir, a scenic route of course through some of the longest tunnels in India cutting the mountains and going over the Zojila pass currently and the other prominent route taken, also my favourite is through Manali in the state of Himachal Pradesh. This route takes you through some of the highest passes and the most unforgettable valleys, natural landscapes one can see enroute. Surely, will be writing more on that in the following blogs in the future! Let me invest my time here talking about the region of Ladakh and Leh in particular to give you a little hint of it.
Ladakh is spread over 59, 146 kilometre square area Srinagar and Anantnag in the Kashmir valley to the west, Lahaul and Spiti in Himachal Pradesh to the south and Kyrgyzstan visible to the north. In other description it has the Tibet autonomous region to the east, Himachal Pradesh to the south, UT of J&K and Pakistan administered Gilgit Baltistan to the west and south-west corner of Xinjiang across the Karakoram pass in the north, all as per Wikipedia.
Now, having a good idea of its geographical location for one’s curiosity, this blog would try answer some of the most obvious questions people have been searching for currently, apart from the military situation built up in Leh? Well, as per the research done on google and typing the keywords Ladakh for instance, we wanted to dig into some of the basic questions people might have about the region, as being locals there ourselves, thought would shed some light on them!
As we explore into the what, where, how, is and why, we answer some of these as per on the ground per se.
What type of land is Ladakh? Ladakh is a cold desert with majority of the year roughly the winter months of October through March also extending into April when it is cut off on the main highways due to heavy snowfall, but is accessible still by flight. It has Leh and Kargil as its two largest districts with Indus, Shyok and Nubra on the Leh side and Suru, Dras and Zanskar on the Kargil side respectively.
What is Ladakh famous for? Ladakh is famous for its textiles like the pashminas from the Changthang region of Ladakh exported the world over, the long deep valleys, mountain ranges trekking and camping sites like Tsomoriri lake, Stok kangri, Chadar trek on the frozen Zanskar river and Markha valley trek to name a few, the confluence of Indus and Zanskar rivers, highest motorable roads in the world including the Khardungla La pass into Nubra valley, the white water rafting on the Zanskar river, Hemis National Park with many endangered species of animals like the snow leopard huge tourist attractions in the winter, Tibetan-wolf, Eurasian brown bear, red fox, Asiatic Ibex to name a few. Also considered one of the biggest national parks in the country. For the thrill seekers apart from the various adventures, treks in the region, motorcycling to Ladakh from various towns like Delhi or Manali are rather popular. Every season there are dozens of Ladakh motorcycle tour packages being provided, one of the most thrilling experiences indeed!
Is Ladakh safe? Of course, Ladakh is safe for all tourists that incudes any solo travellers too. Though there is always some disturbances on the border but it is far away from the tourist towns and everyone is allowed to move around freely without any problems.
How do I plan a trip to Ladakh? That is simple, get in touch with us on our website and we can help you curate all your travel needs or even provide you with great affordable Ladakh tour packages or you can get in touch with any of the several travel operators in the region.
When are the best months to visit Ladakh? The most ideal months are May through September, that is when the temperature starts really dipping towards winter.
How much does Ladakh trip cost? Cost of your trip will completely depend on your personal needs and preferences, get in touch with us and we can follow up with a questionnaire in order to learn about your needs and preferences.
How do I reach Ladakh? There are a few ways to reach Ladakh, by air, daily flights from Delhi, Jammu, Kashmir. You can even opt for the road via Kashmir or Manali. Both approximately take a couple of days or little over couple of days to reach Ladakh with a night halt at either of the place, but we strongly recommend if you would be looking at a road trip, take your time in reaching Ladakh and not miss the magic in between!
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