Hearing the word ‘Ladakh’ the first image that snaps in your thoughts are of bike rides, clad in leather jackets, touring through the serene high mountain passes. It hardly matters if you are a brave biker, tireless traveler, passionate photographer or just some looking for a break from the everyday routine life. If the word “adventure” surges adrenaline in your veins and you love off-beat places away from the crowd and city life then Ladakh is the place for you. In the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh is filled with umpteen surprises.
Ladakh has several beautiful places that have become major tourist attractions in recent times. The mighty snow-capped mountain peaks in the background in contrast to clear blue skies give the region a picturesque setting. The famous monasteries in the region, the simple yet delicious cuisine with Tibetian and Nepalian influence, and intriguing culture attracts several tourists towards itself.
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Bike and car culture in India has increased by leaps and bounds in recent years. If you are also one of the adventure lovers then a road trip to Leh must surely be in your bucket list. If you haven’t ticked the box yet then the below information can be of some help.
There are two route options to reach Leh. One via Srinagar-Leh Highway and the other via Leh-Manali Highway. You can take the following route while traveling to Leh.
You should head out early to avoid the Mumbai traffic. The highways have several decent eateries, Dhabbas, and motels catering especially to travelers. The local food is perfect, so make sure to try it on the way. But, do not expect anything more than basic accommodations at the highway motels.
While returning you can take the route Leh-Sarchu-Manali-Delhi-Udaipur-Mumbai. Road trips to Leh are the best way of traveling to the place. You enjoy the journey as much as you cherish the time at the destination. But, you will be required to have at least 15-20 days in hand to enjoy this route.
If you do not have an ample number of days to embark on a road trip, you can also catch a train to Jammu Tawi. It is the nearest railway station to Leh. You can board Swaraj Express (12471) which runs on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays. It takes about 30hrs to reach Jammu. You can book a taxi or board a bus from outside the station to reach Leh.
You can also board Go Air from Mumbai to Leh. The early morning, 4:00 am flights are usually non-stop direct flights. The direct flight between Mumbai and Leh does not operate on all days. Make sure the check the availability of flight in advance.
Attractions in Leh Ladakh
Food- Though, the food in Ladakh is simple. It is rich in organic flavours and is as unique as its culture and people. The flavours are similar to Tibetian cuisine. The staple diet of the people in the region is barley and wheat. The momos here are delicious and popular among tourists. Some of the other famous dishes of the region are Thukkpa, Sku, Thentuk, and qahwa. The butter tea or Gur Gur tea is also popular here in which the butter made of the yak is used.
Flora and Fauna– Ladakh has a variety of flora and fauna which is a major tourist attraction in the region. Wildlife photographers are drawn to the region as they get an opportunity to capture rare and endangered wildlife species against the backdrop of dramatic mountains and clear blue skies. The place is home to 200 endangered snow leopards and 225 species of birds which are often seen in high altitude wetlands like Lake Tsomoriri. Waterbirds like Brahminy Duck, Bar-headed Goose, and Black-Necked Crane are also found here. If you are a wildlife lover then you must visit Hemis National Park in Leh. The place is largely popular for promoting wildlife tourism in Ladakh. The National Park houses Shapo, Tibetan Antelope, Ibex, Blue Sheep, Marmot, and Tibetan Hare. Several species of birds are also regularly spotted in the park.
Campings– Camping in Ladakh is sure to be an unforgettable experience. Sleeping under the stars, away from the hustle and bustle of the city life, help you find inner peace which you were looking for. You can choose between self-camping or staying at campsites. Self-campings are amazing but with the hassle of putting up the camp, concerns related to washroom facilities, food, and carrying all the supplies to the desired location. Though you are free to choose any site but still staying safe from the wild animals and weather conditions will be a cause of concern. Taking help from travel agencies who organize such trips or camp organizers can solve these concerns. The campsites organized by them are equipped with all the amenities that can make your stay memorable.
Trekking– Ladakh is a hot spot for trek lovers. Ladakh is blessed with natural beauty that takes your breath away. Trekking is the best way of experiencing this natural beauty and feel closer to nature. The trek routes here are adventurous and dotted with rare sights. Some of the most famous treks like the Chadar trek and Snow Leopard Trek take place in the Winter in January and February. Other treks like Stok Kangri Trek, Markha Valley Trek, Lamayuru to Chilling Trek, Lamayuru to Darcha Trek take place between June to September.
Monasteries– Ladakh is chiefly populated by people of Tibetan descent. Hence, the place has a very rich Buddhist culture. Several Buddhist Monasteries dot the high altitude deserts. The monasteries are living heritage of the region and have awe-inspiring architecture and history. Spending some time the peaceful atmosphere will surely bring closer to yourself and your creator. The calmness and serenity of the place will help you find your inner peace and rejuvenate your soul. Hemis Monastery is the largest Buddhist Monastery in the region belonging to the Drukpa order. About 50km from Leh, the Monastery is constructed on the western banks of Indus River. The monastery was founded in 1630 by the incarnation of Stagsang Raspa Nawang Gyatso. Situated on the hilltop, 11th-century Spituk Monastery or Spituk Gompa is yet another beautiful monastery. The name of the monastery was given by the great translator of Sanskrit Buddhist text, Lotsava Rinchen Zangpo. He had felt that an exemplary religious community will rise at the place and hence gave it the name ‘Spituk’ which means exemplary. The Dukhang Hall, which is the largest building in the structure, has seatings along the wall with a thorn at the end. Miniature stupas and sculptures beautifully decorate the altar. The most beautiful monastery in the region is said to be the Thiksey Monastery. About 17Km from Leh, it is a smaller version of the Potala Palace of Lhasa in Tibet. There are various other monasteries in Leh that attract several tourists and devotees each year. Some of the other popular monasteries are Alchi Monastery, Stok Gompa and Palace, Shey Gompa and Palace, and Phyang Monastery.