Well, guys.. So the most awaited and delayed at the same time(really sorry for that), my entire experience of the most breathtakingly beautiful part of India, Ladakh is right here.
It is said that your bucket list of “best places to visit in India” is incomplete until you visit the majestic Ladakh. Ladakh (“land of high passes”) is a region in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Ladakh has always fascinated me, not because it’s been in the background in many recent Hindi movies but because it is a scenic paradise ……mountains, lakes, sand dunes you name it and Ladakh has it in the most alluring arrangement u can ever imagine.
I read a lot of articles, researched on the internet during the planning process of my trip and came to the conclusion that my first Ladakh trip will not on the bike as I was unsure how exhilarating it was going to be and whether my body is ready for such high-risk adventure rides.
So we finalized on 7nights 8 days trip, booked hotels, paid for the flights, prepared our itinerary, booked a car and we were ready to go.
Tip – Try to do most of the booking in advance. If you can’t find a hotel in your budget online, don’t worry there are many inexpensive stays available in Leh which you won’t find online (maybe bcoz of internet connectivity, it’s very weak in entire Ladakh) get it done when you reach there.
5th June 2018 I along with my friends took a direct flight to Leh, The largest town in Ladakh. Leh is in the abode of the rocky paradise of Ladakh depicting eternal beauty and wrapped in the most beautiful design of mighty Himalayas.
The time we landed we could feel the difference in the air,, like literally feel the low oxygen level due to the high altitude location, not trying to scare anyone but yes Ladakh tests your stamina and tend to make you tired in a short walk.
As the weather changes quickly in Ladakh, and quite different from Mumbai, we kept the first day of my trip to acclimatize and rest and be a ready kick in the next day.
Day – 2 We started our journey to explore Leh.
Our first stop Shanti Stupa built by Japanese monks to promote world peace. This large hilltop the stupa has brightly colored reliefs on its mid-levels and is topped by a spired white hemisphere.
Then, visit the eye-catching Sankar Gompa also known as the Sankar Monastery, is situated at a distance of 3 km from Lehand is renowned for its traditional architectural style. Lastly, visited Leh Palace, dilapidated yet interesting, which was built in the 17th century in the grand tradition of Tibetan architecture.
We completed these three attractions by afternoon and the rest of the day we just chilled in our hotel and enjoyed local cuisine (there is ample of variety in vegetarian foods but do not miss the famous local delicacy like “momos” and ginger lemon saffron tea,,, trust me the tea is phenomenal.
Tip – most of the hotels do not have fans in their rooms forget about the a/c, and if not windy at night some like me might feel a little suffocating, better keep a small portable fan with you.
Day 3 – We started out early to go to Nubra valley. Nubra Valley, popularly known as Dorma or “the valley of flowers” via Khardungla Pass – the world’s one of the highest motorable road (5602 mts).
On our way we visited Diskit Monastery and the giant statue of Maitreya Buddha which is the tallest Buddha statue in Ladakh.
The time we reached our resort it was already afternoon. We had our lunch and rested for some while and later headed to visit the white sand dunes, I have not witnessed a more epic combination, sunset, mountains, and sand dunes if won’t fail to fascinate you. This night we stayed back at our resort in Nubra valley.
Tip – Certain parts in Nubra Valley are known for its spectacular view of milky way at night, don’t forget to carry zoom lens to capture some crazy shots.
Day 4 – This morning we traveled to Hundar village in Nubra valley. We hopped on for a ride on a Bactrian camel and it was amazing, by far the most beautiful looking camels I have seen in my life. After the camel ride, we headed to reach back to the hotel in Leh and took some good rest.
Day 5 to 7- Will be posting in next blog which includes mesmerising ‘Pangong Lake’ Yaaayyy!
Coming back shortly with it. Very shortly Promise 🙂