Important facts about Ladakh
Often known as “Little Tibet”, Ladakh is a magical land in the country of India. Its history dates back to the Neolithic times and finds mention in the works of ancient historians such as Herodotus, Ptolemy and Megasthenes. Ladakh had been the cause of rift between Tibet and China. It was also a target of invasions by different empires and dynasties and several times in the past, the rule of this place changed hands. You can witness different cultures and people such as Indo-Aryan, Tibetans, Buddhists, Muslims and small numbers of Sikhs, Hindus and Christians inhabiting there. The total population of the place is approximately 2, 60,000.
Ladakh is a part of state of Kashmir, nicely nestled between Karakoram and Himalayan mountain ranges as well as Indus Valley. It stands high at the altitude of 9,800 feet (2,987 m). River Indus is of significant importance for this land and its people.
Why visit Ladakh
Ladakh is the “land of passes” with ten high passes that lead to exotic locales amid Himalayan range. On your way to different “passes”, you can view the changing shades of natural landscape such as fruit orchards, glaciers, mountain ranges and valley, lakes and rivers, and snow capped peaks.
While in Ladakh, you will come across beautiful lakes of Pangong and Moriri that support wildlife and some of the rare to find species of birds. The land is ideal for visit in summer months that is from March to October. You can experience pleasant weather and snowfall in summer months. During winter season, the place is closed for tourism due to heavy snowfalls. The presence of beautiful flora and snow-covered peaks create brilliant picture that attracts the tourists at large.
What not to miss is Ladakh
While visiting this place, remember to visit the following landmarks:
- Suru Valley: The hide and seek game that clouds play with peaks creates an amazing view for the visitors.
- Zanskar the Virgin Valley: To feel the magnificence of Himalayan range, visit this valley and discover snow capped peaks and beautiful lakes.
- Cave monasteries of Zanskar in Zogkhul
- The Magnetic Hill that offers picturesque view and that pulls you even when your vehicle is at halt. Visit it to believe it!
- Visit the famous palaces, fort, gompa or monastery and museums to know more about this place. Stok Palace Museum is the museum of royal family that displays precious heirlooms, crowns, precious stones, copper coins and other similar items of royal significance.
- Stok palace and Leh palace are marvelous architectural structures established at the lap of nature. Shanti stupa is the beautiful structure opened by Dalai Lama amid the enthralling natural views.
- Besides, there are thrilling activities that should not be missed such as river rafting, hiking, trekking at Valley of Flowers, mountain biking, Sarchu camping and skiing. Places such as Kargil, Leh and Drass offers ideal atmosphere for trekking and mountain climbing.
- For peace seekers, meditation and yoga classes are conducted at Mahabodhi Centre and other places.
- Visit Diskit- Hunder to see white sand dunes and experience camel safaris.
While here, remember to shop some artifacts, embroidered pieces and wooden cravings as memoirs. You can also buy fresh fruit juices and locally grown fruits that taste great.
Accommodation options in Ladakh
Ladakh has sufficient accommodation options such as guesthouses, hotels of different star ratings, bed and breakfast arrangement and hostels. The availability of services and facilities differ according to the budget. However, heating system and hot water facilities are common in all. For those who wish to stay in luxury should choose the high range hotels. The prime season witness heavy flow of visitors and therefore, it is ideal to make advance bookings for your preferred hotels.