Ladakh Tour – The Roof Of The World

Asia | | July 13, 2009 at 7:49 pm


Ladakh, the land of rocky panoramas that embrace the gorgeous blue skies with an astute vision into the much revered Buddhist faith are amongst a host of opportunities that the adventure seeker can avail. Perched at an inimitable height of near 9000feet at Kargil to 25,170feet in Saser Kangri, Karakoram; Ladakh is a charismatic destination to be indubitably ventured in one’s lifetime.

702913776aec02471e0bkg8Ladakh is a high elevation arid region which came into existence a couple of million years back, due to the unique work of innate forces. This peripatetic paradise is enveloped by the majestic mountains of the Himalayas and the Karakoram, located in Jammu and Kashmir, the north Indian state.

The land of passes with innate surges of icy waters gushing down from glacial heights makes it a white water rafter’s ideal destination. One can trek along the several tricky, scenic valleys in Zanskar and Suru, indulge in a game of polo, revel in the local archery competition or go memorabilia hunting in the quaint Leh market area and by-lanes.

A predominantly Buddhist populace, Ladakh has several Gompas where varied incarnations of Buddha are worshipped. The folklore of spirits and demons, good and evil are enacted in several masked dances that take place at the annual festival celebrations at the numerous Gompas in Ladakh. The Thiksey, Lamayuru, Stagna, Phyang, Spituk, the Changchubling Hemis and the Indus Valley Monasteries are amongst the several monasteries where one can seek divine intervention.

A drive to the Nubra valley through the Guinness record mentioned, Khardongla Pass at 18, 360feet is truly ethereal. The Panamic and Samstanling therapeutic hot water springs is bound to leave one utterly satisfied.

One can hitch a camel ride to explore the silver sand banks located near the Hunder village or the Diskit Village. One can enjoy the serene village settings or the primordial temple of Tangse at the base of the Changla Pass. The scenic blue hued waters of the Pangong Lake located in the Changtang plains is famed for its fine pashmina shawls. The Tsoltak is a much favored picnic retreat.

A must-visit is the Leh Mosque, Rizong Nunnery, the Royal museum at Stok palace and the King’s palace. Ladakh has the spectacular magnetic mountain just 30kms from Leh town and situated on the Leh-Kargil-Batalik national highway, is believed to draw speeding vehicles and metallic objects towards it.

The scenery of splendid glaciers and lakes, snow capped peaks spanning from the Nanga Parbat way up to K2, where numerous mountaineering expeditions are undertaken or the colorful lunar landscapes, makes Ladakh undoubtedly, a realm of splendor.

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1 Comment

  1. Graig Lotach says:

    this is a must visit place really, when you reach there it looks like a land for fairies really, calm and quite. this is an awesome place for people looking for days away from the metropolitan rush.

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