India is a land of diverse cultures, languages, and terrains. From snow-covered mountains to tropical lands, the beauty of India is unmatchable. Travel is the best way to taste the richness of a place and to know the people better. And in today’s era, more people are enthusiastic about traveling then they were in previous times. Therefore, travel within India and from International destinations to India has become a popular affair.
When we talk about travel we definitely cannot miss some great Leh Ladakh tour packages. Covered with the breathtaking view of the Great Himalayas, Leh Ladakh is among the favorite tourist places in India. Right from the geography, scenic beauty, culture, and people, everything about Ladakh is magical. Another very attractive thing about Ladakh is its weather. Ladakh is called the land of high passes which means the region is covered with high mountains on all sides and some lovely pathways in the middle.
Leh Ladakh usually witnesses dark winter’s heavy snowfall but the summer time there is quite pleasant. The summers are considered the best time to take Leh Ladakh tour package because during that time the rest of India going through a rough season and traveling to a chilled place is a refreshing experience. The area is very lightly populated due to which the air feels a lot cleaner as compared to a majority of places in India and there is no pollution at all.
Ladakh is a dream destination for everyone these days. Especially for all the youngsters who love long road trips on bikes and jeeps with their friends rip to Ladakh is an ideal deal. Ladakh as a whole is immensely beautiful but there are few places that you just can’t miss when you visit there.
The entire valley of Leh constitutes of beautiful monasteries which form a major tourist attraction. One of the splendid places to visit while in Ladakh is the Hemis Monastery. Built at a height of 12,000 feet, this monastery is the largest and one of the most visited monasteries by tourists that plan their visit to Leh and Ladakh.
This majestic Monastery comprises of amazing collection of sacred thangas, age old relics, gold and silver stupas and idol of Lord Buddha made of copper gilt. The walls of the monastery adorn beautiful statues and mural paintings along with other artefacts which are found in this 900-year-old museum. This place attracts the most visitors during the annual festival known as Hemis Festival which marks the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava witnessed on the 9th and 10th day of the 5th month of the Tibetan calendar.
Pangong in Tibetan means ‘high grassland lake,’ which pretty much describes the place. The lake is famous for the changing color of the water at different times throughout the year. Pangong Tso has featured in many Bollywood movies for its scenic beauty.
Situated at 4350 meters (14,270 ft.) above sea level, Pangong Tso is a saltwater lake shared by India and China. Since it is on the Sino-Indian Actual Line of Control, traveling to the lake requires a permit. It is approximately 250 kilometers from Leh and takes approximately 5-hours by road to get there via the Chang La pass (the 3rd highest motorable road in the world).
Stay options at Pangong Tso include camps, hotels, and homestays.
Shanti Stupa :
Shanti Stupa is a popular tourist attraction of Leh for its aura and vibrancy. It offers sensational panoramic views of Leh and the surrounding mountainous landscapes. Shanti Stupa is a white color Buddhist domed stupa established by a Japanese Buddhist monk Bhikshu Gyomo Nakamura. This white-domed structure gives a magnificent view during the golden hours and also during the night hours as the entire dome is illuminated with white lights. As this place is located at an altitude of 11,841 ft, you need to climb 500 steep steps to reach the hilltop. The hill faces the Leh Palace which is also one of the closest landmarks to the Shanti Stupa Leh.
Tso Moriri Lake
Tso Moriri Lake is known to be a freshwater twin to Pangong Tso Lake. Located at a higher altitude comparatively, Tso Moriri has crystal clear waters and reflects deep blue color. The mountain stream and snow melting from surrounding mountains converge into this lake. The largest high altitude lake in India, it is officially known as Tso Moriri Wetland Conservation Reserve. Lakeside camping is banned to protect the rich fauna and flora in the reserve.
Tso Moriri Lake is located in Chumathang at an altitude of 4,375 meters (15,075 ft.). It is 6-7 hours drive from Leh to cover a distance of 220 kilometers to get there. A permit is needed to visit the Tso Moriri Lake lake as well.
Accommodation is available in the Korzok village nearby.
Zanskar Valley :
This valley is known as a major hotspot for paragliding, trekking, paragliding, and river rafting. Located in the remote corner of Ladakh, this place is visited by tourists from all over the world. The beautiful snow capped glacier includes some of the highest mountain peaks of the Himalayas, such as Reo Purgyil, Gya, Leo Pargial, Ninjeri etc.
The trip to Zanskar valley is guaranteed to be a memorable experience for any nature lover. The isolation from the chaos of a highly-visited tourist place, and the vivid variety of flora-and fauna provide the best of the sceneries, and sites. Less amount of rain in the area, and the high terrain result in drought at some places in the Zanskar valley. This adds colour to the scenic beauty around the region.
Tso Kar Lake
Tso Kar lake is a paradise for bird watchers. It is famous for its abundant wildlife. Birds like Brahmini ducks, the bar-headed geese, the great crested grebe, the black-necked cranes and mammals such as kiangs, the snow fox, snow leopard and ibex frequent this lake.
Situated approximately 160 kms from Leh, Tso Kar is well known as ‘White Lake’ because of the white salt deposits on its shores. It is the smallest of all the lakes in Ladakh. Note that the Tso Kar lake region experiences harsh, unpredictable weather.
Stay options here include camps, hotels, and homestays.
Nubra Valley :
Surrounded by snow capped mountains, Nubra valley looks absolutely breathtaking and picturesque. Nubra Valley is one of the most popular places in your tour packages to Ladakh. The valley
predominantly consists of Buddhists with several centers for learning. To reach
this place, you will have to cross the highest motorable pass in the world that
is the awesome Khardung La pass. It is undoubtedly one of the most favorite destinations for tourists to visit once they visit Ladakh.
Khardung La Pass:
This is the highest peak in the world for motorbikers. The passage to the destination is filled with twisted roads, various ups, and downs, therefore, it is a treat for all the adventure lovers. The place lies 5602 meters above sea level and is popular for mountain biking. This again is a part of almost all Leh Ladakh tour packages.
Various Monasteries in Ladakh :
While many travelers come to Ladakh for biking or trekking excursions, some of you may find time to visit these alluring monasteries included in your tour packages to Ladakh. Explore the finest architectures in Ladakh within these monasteries, which are not just religious buildings. The amount of peace and tranquility you find here cannot be described in words. These monasteries are set against the backdrop of stunningly beautiful landscapes and offer rare and amazing views of Ladakh.
Apart from Hemis, there are several other monasteries such as Thiksey Monastery, Lamayuru Monastery, Alchi Monastery, Likir Monastery, Shey Monastery, Matho Monastery, and a few others. Itinerary of the Ladakh tour package can be planned to try and cover most of these in your Ladakh trip. These purifying havens are a must-visit for a rejuvenating experience.
Ladakh is a perfect getaway for adventure and nature lovers. For people who want to rediscover themselves and even for those who are seeking some tranquility and peace. Leh Ladakh is the most beautiful region with scenic and cultural richness. It’s an experience to remember for a lifetime.
For anyone with a knack for mindfulness and serenity, a Ladakh trip is the calling you must consider!