Ladakh is a union territory in the Indian state of Kashmir. Ladakh, known as the world’s oldest desert, is dominated by breathtaking panoramas. Ladakh is a riot of intricate murals and red-robed monks, as well as breathtaking Gompas (Tibetan Buddhist monasteries), fluttering prayer flags, and whitewashed stupas. Only in Ladakh, tradition has it, can a man sitting in the sun with his feet in the shadow suffer from both sunstroke and frostbite. Tibet’s people have a Sami cultural culture.
Ladakh is a rafting and high-altitude trekking paradise. Outside of the summer season, Leh Ladakh is inaccessible by road. The path is fully closed from around October to May, and the only way to get there is by plane. From January to February, the Chadar trek over the ice Zanskar river takes place. For those of us who are bewildered by the distinction between these two areas, Leh and Ladakh, here is something that may be of help. The state of Ladakh is divided into two districts: Leh and Kargil. The former district included a well-known town, “Leh,” which is a popular tourist attraction due to the nearby magnificent monasteries, Shanti Stupa, cafes, and restaurants.
Pangong Lake, the most prominent tourist site in Ladakh, is an endorheic (landlocked) lake located at 4350 meters. It is also known as the Pangong Tso and stretches from India to Tibet. Almost 60% of Pangong Lake is located in the Tibetan Autonomous Region. The lake’s unusual trait is that it does not stay blue all year or even all day; rather, it changes colors from azure to light blue to green and even grey! It is well-known among tourists as Ladakh Lake, the location of the Bollywood film “3 Idiots.” Because the captivating Pangong Lake is located on the Sino-Indian Actual Line of Control, a permit to visit it is necessary. Individual permits are easily obtained by Indian nationals, however other foreign nationals must obtain group permission with at least three people in the group, escorted by an accredited guide.
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Khardung La Pass
At an elevation of 5602 meters, Khardung La is known as India’s highest motorable road. Contrary to popular misconception, the real elevation of Dungri La is 5359 meters, making it India’s highest motorable road pass. Khardung La pass is an ideal destination for adventure lovers, peace seekers, and mountain biking enthusiasts. Tourists must have an Inner Line Permit to enter and travel through the pass. The Khardung La pass remains closed from October to May because of heavy rains and snowfall.
Nubra Valley is located in the union territory of Ladakh, approximately 140 kilometers from Leh. The valley is located on the ancient Silk Route and is home to the Shyok and Nubra rivers as well as some lovely monasteries. Hundar in Nubra Valley is noted for its Bactrian camel rides, which are set against desert mountains. Bactrian camels, which have two humps, are the rarest type and were the major mode of transportation on the Silk Road. The 32-meter Maitreya Buddha statue located near Diskit Monastery in Nubra Valley is well-known. In the Nubra Valley, there are numerous activities available, such as ATV rides and ziplining.
It is 35 kilometers from Leh in Nimmu, on the Leh-Srinagar highway. At this point, the two rivers may be seen meeting independently. While the Indus River looks to be a bright blue, the Zanskar River appears to be a dirty green. It is a breathtaking sight to behold. The flow of the two rivers near Sangam varies with the seasons. In summer, the Zanskar River is swollen and raging, but the Indus River is calmer. During the winter, Zanskar slows and virtually freezes, while the flow of the Indus is significantly lower. The Indus River, which originates in Tibet, is one of Asia’s longest rivers. The Zanskar River originates in the Zanskar Valley region.
Tso Moriri Lake, located at an elevation of 4,595 meters, is India’s greatest high-altitude lake. It is the twin of Pangong Lake and is located between Ladakh and Tibet in the Changtang area. This lake, which is roughly 28 kilometers long from north to south and 8 kilometers wide, provides a magnificent location of peace and calm surrounded by mountains. Visiting Tso Moriri necessitates the purchase of an inner line permit. The breathtaking Tso Moriri can only be visited during the summer months, beginning in April when the lake begins to melt. The months of May, June, July, and August are the busiest for tourists. From January to March, Tso Moriri is inaccessible and completely frozen.