Leh Ladakh is one of the best places on earth to enjoy the bliss of nature. While the Great Himalayas safeguard this snow land, the mighty Indus and Zanskar Rivers enable life at this rough terrain. The quietness of Leh Ladakh attracts tourists from the far land, who seek solitude.
1. The peaceful pilgrimage of Buddhism
Leh Ladakh is a distinguishing land of India, Tibet and Buddhist cultures; the monasteries located at this region are home to some of the most precious antiques and manuscripts. While the Lamayuru Monastery is the oldest monastery of the region, belonging to the Red Hat sect, the Diskit Gompa belongs to the Yellow Hat sect.
The Shey Monastery is the best place to witness the major Buddhist festivals of Metuka and Shey Shublas. Dive deep into the Buddhist culture with a visit to the Hemis Monastery, a treasure house of old statues, holy thangkas and artefacts. The Thiksey Monastery is considered to be the best monastery of the region due to its fairy tale look. The 49 feet statue of Maitreya Buddha is one of its highlights.
2. The colourful nature of the cold desert
The spellbinding beauty of Leh Ladakh rejuvenates you from the daily stresses of life. The sweet watered Pangong Lake is alluring with the images of the snow capped mountains of Himalayas and Kumarakom which get reflected over colourful waters during sunrise and sunset. You can also witness flocks of ducks and crustaceans at its banks.
While the drastic fall in temperatures of Leh Ladakh does not permit much vegetation, as you travel to the Nubra Valley, the spectacular carpet of flowers surprises you. The hot springs of Panamik is nature’s another miracle at the shivering cold of Leh Ladakh.
3. Adventure at the land of high passes
Adventure sports are a great excuse to be warm at Leh Ladakh. Water rafting at the confluence of the Zanskar and Indus River takes you through some deep ravines and stretches, letting you feel the real might of nature. The double humped camels of Leh Ladakh take you through the high altitude deserts of Diskit and Hunder, gifting you a nomadic experience. Trek through the Nubra, Stok Kangri, Indus and Markha Valley to known the rich culture and tradition of Leh Ladakh, besides exploring the mysterious hills.
Bike riders can bike over the Magnetic hill without ignition or through the twisting paths of Zanskar and Karakoram to enjoy a memorable rode over a height of 12000 feet.
4. The Eclectic Fauna of The Quiet Valleys
While the high altitude lake of Tso Moriri is the highest brackish water body of India, the valley of Rupshu which encircles the lake is a piece of heaven where the black necked cranes, gazelles, wolves, gulls, geese and snow leopards stay under the safe umbrella of nature. The nearby white lake of Tso Kar is a paradise for bird watchers as it is the safe shelter for rare bird species like Brahmni ducks and crested grebes; you can also get to see kiang, known to be the largest wild ass, bharal, which are the blue hued Himalayan sheep and the great Tibetan sheep.
5. The Mouth Watering Cuisines of The Ladakhis
As the snow covers the mountains and valleys of Leh Ladakh, you can relish on the steaming hot soups of thukpas and Skus. The delicious minced meat stuffed momos are dipped in chilli sauce and are savoured with piping hot butter or salt tea.
Last but not the least; bring home the soft and warm Pashmina shawls and trinkets from Leh Ladakh as a memory of your soulful vacation.