Ladakh is a beautiful region in Jammu and Kashmir, India. This place is also known as Land of High Passes. On the eastern side of the Ladakh Tibet is located, Lahaul and Spiti is situated in the South and Kashmir can be seen on the West. This place is dominated by Tibetan Buddhists and second majority religion of this place is Shia Muslims. This is one of the best places for the natural lovers. Plenty of Monasteries are situated here.
Ladakh is famous among the mountaineers and trekking lovers. Beauty of this region can be seen in barren mountains, clean blue sky and snow-capped peaks. For the first time Ladakhi Dynasty was founded here in 842 AD. This is the best place for shopping lovers also. Coral Jewellery, Pashmina, Hand woven blankets, wooden masks, copper samovars etc are worth buying at this place. Major festivals of this region are Spituk Gustor, Dosmoche Festival, Matho Nagrang, Stok Guru Tse Chu Festival, Buddha Purnima etc.
What to see in Ladakh:
Pangong Tso: This Lake is known for its scenic beauty. Last scene of the 3 idiots movie was shooted here.
Nubra Valley: It is high altitude desert which is well known for its beauty. This valley separates Karakoram and Ladakh.
Shanti Stupa: It has white domed monument with backdrop of brown mountains.
Leh Palace: This is the major attraction of this place. In 17th century this was acted as royal residence. Victory on the top of the Namgyal hill is another attraction. This tower was built as a mark of victory over Ballti Kashmir armies.
Stok: This is famous for its Buddhist Monastery. It also acts as gateway for several trekking activities. This is located 14kms away from Leh. Museum of this place attracts the tourists with collection of prayer instruments, copper coins, Precious heirlooms, and crown.
Magnetic Hill: Due to magnetic force of the hill cars will be pulled upwards. It is 27kms away from Leh.
What to see around Ladakh:
Leh: Leh is famous for pristine environment, Buddhist Palace and Scenic Locales. Tibet influence is more in this place. Leh Palace is looks like Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. Major attraction of this place is Sankar Gompa.
Zanskar: This place is famous for flora and Fauna. In India it is one of the unexplored places. Zanskar is known for sparking rivers, snow capped Himalayan Mountains, Vistas of barren landscapes and pleasant climate. Other attractions of this place are river rafting, Paragliding and trekking.
Kargil: In the recent days this place became popular due to the war between India and Pakistan in 1999. It is located on the banks of Suru River.
Getting to Ladakh: Ladakh is well connected with Jammu and Srinagar through road. Buses of JKSRTC buses regularly come to this place. Visitors can reach Ladakh from Manali also. HRTC buses come to this place between July to October. Nearest railway station is located at Jammu Tawi. This is well connected with Mumbai, Kolkata and Delhi. Buses and cars are available to reach Ladakh from Jammu Tawi. Nearest airport is located at Leh.
Getting around Ladakh: Buses are available to visit the places in and around the region. Taxis and motorcycles are also available on rent to see the places of Ladakh.
Best time to visit Ladakh: Best time to visit Ladakh is between June to October.
Where to stay in Ladakh: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay in Ladakh. In Nubra Valley, hikers and camps are very common. In Korzok village, tourist’s camps can be seen.
Where to eat in Ladakh: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Ladakh. Marchwangan Korma and Momos are the specialities of Ladakh. Continental, Indian, Chinese, Korean, Tibetan cuisines are available.