Popular Ladakh Holidays Packages
Places to visit in our Leh Ladakh Tour Packages
Zanskar Valley- A trip to Leh Ladakh is incomplete without a visit to the famous Zanskar Valley. Though it is a desolate place among the vast Himalayan ranges, its beauty and splendor are unparalleled with any other natural element. Snow-covered steep terrains looking at heavenly skies is a sight to behold.
Pangong Tso Lake- It is a breathtakingly beautiful lake and is one of the most-visited destinations in Ladakh. The azure blue water of the lake gives a beautiful glimpse into the nature’s marvels. The lake flows on the Changtang Plateau.
Kargil- This place shot to popularity during India and Pakistan confrontation. Located on the banks of Indus River, this second largest town of Ladakh is a place famous among thrill-seekers who enjoy adrenaline pumping activities like mountaineering and trekking.
Khardung-La Pass- It is a beautiful pass that takes the travelers to Shyok and Nubra Valleys. The area is well-managed by BSF or the Border Security Force and is frequented by adventure enthusiasts. It is one of the most thrilling passes in the area.
Nubra Valley- Located in the northeast of Ladakh, it is a three-armed valley. Known for its vast expanse of cold desert, one can enjoy majestic views of sand dunes under a start-lit sky. One can spot double-humped camels while enjoying the scenic views.
Spituk Gompa- Ladakh is also addressed as a land of magnificent monasteries. A visit to Spituk Gompa is essential for those who wish to know more about the rich culture and origin of Buddhism in this area. Perched atop a hill, it is a beautiful structure that leaves visitors spellbound.
Magnetic Hill- Magnetic Hill attracts a lot of tourists who are amazed to see this miracle where the unbraked vehicles slowly starts moving uphill. There is no known scientific reason behind this phenomenon but leaves people amazed, nevertheless. When finalizing your leh ladakh tour package, ensure Magnetic Hill is part of your itinerary.
Hemis National Park-One of the largest national parks in South Asia, Hemis National Park provides a home to endangered species like Asiatec ibex, Eurasian brown bear, Tibetan wolf, and the red fox. It is a haven for bird watchers who can spot some of the rare species of birds. It is also known for its natural beauty.
Shanti Stupa- Located on the top of Chanspa Hill, the Shanti Stupa in Leh is a majestic Buddhist monument. Travelers enjoy a sense of immense peace after coming here. The Stupa also proves to be the best vantage point from where magnificent sunrises and sunsets can be seen.
Hemis Monastery- It is one of the most popular and frequented Buddhist monasteries in India. The annual two-day mask festival is the most opportune time to visit this stunningly beautiful monastery. The festival commemorates reincarnation of Lord Buddha, Guru Padmasambhava.
Moonland- Since this place has a striking resemblance with moon, it has been named as moonland. It is an expanse of naturally occurring land and one of the most spectacular sites in Ladakh. A visit to this place on a full moon day offers an experience that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.
Royal Leh Palace- This palace is quite similar looking to the Potala Palace in Lhasa. It is perched atop a steep cliff and commands a magnificent view of Leh. Exploring this palace gives a sneak peek into the glory of erstwhile royalty residing here. There is a beautiful Buddha statue at the back of the palace adding more beauty to this already charming royal residence.
Tso Moriri Lake- Though this lake is not as known as Pangong Tso Lake, it is as beautiful and stunning as the former. It is located in the Changtang Wildlife Sanctuary. The breathtaking views of barren and rugged hills and snow-capped peaks as its backdrop leaves visitors awe-struck.
Chadar Trek- Enjoy the fascinating experience of walking on a frozen lake. Chadar Trek offers you one of the best experiences which is nothing short of exciting and unbelievable. In peak winters when Zanskar River freezes, visitors can trek on the blanket of ice while admiring transforming colors of frozen lake from blue to yellow as the sun rays falls on it. It is one of the toughest trek journeys.
Things to do in your Leh Ladakh Holidays
When visiting Ladakh a well-designed Leh tour package, go for a perfect blend of adventure-based activities combined with a trip to know more about the cultural heritage of this amazing destination. Some of the major things to do in Ladakh are-
Bike Ride- If you are an adrenaline junkie, do not miss the chance to explore Ladakh on a bike trip. It is thrilling riding a bike on rocky and narrow terrains. With the formidable mountains ahead and low-hung clouds above, riding a bike through tricky passes is nothing less than a hair-raising experience.
Bactrian Camel Safari- The sand dunes of Hunder beckons tourists to admire its natural beauty which can be explored better while enjoying a Bactrian Camel Safari. Check out serene Nubra and Shyok Rivers and imagine erstwhile caravans taking the same route meant for traders.
Spotting a Snow Leopard- If you are a wild-life lover, do not miss visiting the Hemis National Park where you can spot Snow Leopard. This national park is home to approximately 200 Snow Leopards.
Witness Chhmas Dance- When in Ladakh, make it a point to visit a monastery. If you are lucky, you may get a chance to witness to fampus Chhams Dance performed by Lamas. The wear colourful masks and indulge in dance drama that showcases the rich spirit and culture of Ladakh.
Visit Maggi Point-When in Ladakh, ensure visiting the world’s highest cafeterias in the world, the Maggi Point. Though you must have eaten 2-minutes noodles at various places but enjoying steaming hot Maggi while enjoying the breathtaking views of Khardung-la pass, the highest motorable pass is a different experience all together.
A Connect with Locals- If you are a curious soul and love knowing more about the rich culture, traditions, and heritage of Ladakh, meeting and having informal communications with locals is the best idea. The Buddhist monks can tell you fables and folklores that gives you more idea about the magnificence of this place.
A Visit to a monastery- If you love peace and quiet, a visit to a monastery early in the morning, saying prayers and paying obeyance to the Supreme Power will surely help. You can even stay at one of the monasteries and observe monks going about their daily rituals and admire their discipline and respect for Lord Buddha.
Enjoy Local Brew Chang-As they same, “When in Rome, do as Romans do,” enjoy Chang, the local brew and local butter tea. The tea is made in porcelain pot cylindrical in shape by fermenting miller. It is a rare treat for tea lovers.
Old School Mills- If you are curious to know how Pashmina, one of the most expensive handlooms is crafted by master craftsmen, plan a visit to the old school mills and see them hard at work. It is the place where magic happen and you get a lovely, soft pashmina to brave chilly winters.
Trekking- Your visit to Ladakh can be made more interesting by indulging in trekking activity at Spituk Gompa. This monastery is located high on a hill and to reach the monastery, you will have to trek through uneven land. Thrill seekers can also plan a trekking expedition over frozen Zanskar River.
Best Time to Visit Ladakh
Ladakh has been on the wish list of many discerning tourists and a majority of them plan a trip to this magical place in summers. It is imperative to understand that like other destinations, Ladakh is not an all-year-round destination. The best time to visit Ladakh is from June to August. The temperatures are not too extreme during this time and it is comfortable exploring the destination. During monsoons, many of the tourist attractions in Ladakh become inaccessible. During winters, trekking routes and motorcycle passes are closed leaving a few choices for the adventure-lovers. Thus, it is recommended to plan the most opportune time to travel to Ladakh so that it can be thoroughly enjoyed.
How to reach Ladakh
Ladakh is located amidst the soaring high, snow-clad Himalayan mountain ranges, thus it is not accessible all through the year. The highways leading to this beautiful destination is open for just a few months in a year.
Air- The air route is the most recommended way to reach Ladakh. The nearest airport is the Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport in Leh. It is important to note that flights can get cancelled due to unfavourable weather conditions. Flights from Delhi, Srinagar, Chandigarh and Jammu are available.
Road- Adventure enthusiasts love visiting Ladakh via road on a bike as it is a thrilling and adventurous activity. Teo routes take the tourists to Ladakh- One is via Manali and the other one via Srinagar.
Besides bike, people can also reach Ladakh via bus or car.
Train- The closest railway station that takes you to Ladakh is in Jammu Tawi. It is almost 700 km away from the destination and travellers have to look for bus or cab to reach Ladakh.
Culture of Ladakh
Ladakh is a destination known for its natural beauty and serenity. It also represents a unique Buddhist lifestyle. There are several Buddhist monasteries and followers of Lord Buddha. The large pillars, rock carvings, peace, and quiet which leaves a lasting impact on the tourists. People are welcoming, warm, and open-hearted. The place comes alive during festivals when monks and lamas along with lamas indulge in dance and music. The impact of Tibetan culture is clearly visible in architectural styles and cuisines. Monastic rituals are followed, and locals lead a simple life.
Food of Ladakh
Food in Ladakh is inspired from Tibetan cuisines. You can find the unmistakable flavours and taste in popular Ladakh dishes. Some of the most prominent ones are-
Chutagi- Chutagi or dumpling soup is one of the most popular food options in Ladakh. The flour is molded in the form of a bow-tie dumplings. These dumplings have fillings of carrots, potatoes, and spinach. It is the signature dish in Ladakh and loved by locals and tourists alike.
Paba- It is another popular Ladakhi food made up of Barley flour kneaded in little oil and eaten along with sugar. It is mixed with vegetables and Tangthur and Zathuk and considered as a healthy food option.
Butter Tea- Also known as Gur Gur, the butter tea is one of the most enjoyed drinks when visiting Ladakh. It is made using butter that is left after churning curd. It is a must-enjoyed drink in winters. It is not too sweet and is made using tea powder, milk powder and butter. It is called Tsaza in Tibetan language.
Momo- It is one of the most popular Ladakhi dishes. A variety of stuffings are added to a dumpling. These stuffings can be vegetarian or non-vegetarian. The vessel in which momos are cooked is knows as ‘Mokto’. It is relished with a spicy chutney.
Thukpa- It is a kind of noodle soup where the broth is cooked which contains tomato, onion, vegetables, and garlic. Mutton or beef can be used to prepare non-vegetarian thukpa. It is delicious and filling soup and can be enjoyed all through the year.
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