If you also believe that the Gods live in the mountains, you must head directly to Ladakh, the Land of High Passes!
Guarded by the astounding Himalayas, cossetted by pearly-white snow, and inhabited by the warmest people in the world, it is a place that can make you forget the rest of the World!
A paradise on earth, Ladakh not only boasts of its miraculous beauty, but also takes the pride of being a home to many natural and man-made wonders. Here is a list of such marvels that you must NOT miss when booking Ladakh tour packages:
Must-Sees in Ladakh, India
1. Highest Desert in the World
Stretching from the mighty Himalayas to the alluring Indus River, Ladakh or the highest plateau in India, is also the highest desert in the entire world. The fact that the region is fringed by soaring peaks, the region deprives of the monsoon cloud and remains barren throughout the year. Snowfall during the winter is the only source of water in this high-altitude desert.
2. Highest Human Settlement
Seated at more than 3,000m above the sea level, Ladakh takes the pride of being the home to the two highest human settlements in the world. The stunning Suru Valley (3,000m to 7,000m) along the gurgling Indus River and the magical Zanskar Valley (6,000m) in this region are the two highest places on earth that are inhabited by human beings. Before booking any of the Ladakh tour packages, do check with the tour operator so that you won’t miss these two heavenly destinations!
3. Highest Battleground on Earth
The Indian Army is undoubtedly one of the most admired military forces in the world. But, did you know that the Indian’s very own Indian Army has a base on the highest battleground in the world? Yes, it is the great Siachen Glacier or the highest battleground in the world that has an army base atop it. If you too are an admirer of great military force, you must know that India’s armies protect this sensitive point even when the temperature goes below -210C!
4. Colour-Changing Lake
Yes, you read it right! There is this one lake in Ladakh and quite a few in the entire world that is known to change its colour throughout the day. The Pangong Tso Lake at an elevation of 4,350m, flows from India to China; two-third comes under the Chinese territory, it might appear azure blue during the early part of the day. By noon, you can find it changing its colour to green, and then red by the end of the day. Also, a visit to Pangong Tso is included in most of the Ladakh tour packages; so, make sure you don’t forget your camera!
5. Frozen River Trek
A hub of the adrenaline seekers, Ladakh hosts one of the most adventurous treks in the world. Known as the ‘Chadar Trek’ or the ‘Frozen River Trek’, this enthralling trek is conducted only during the months of January and February when the entire of the Zanskar River freezes down completely. Also, it is this frozen river that serves as the only mode of communication to the rest of the Ladakh valley during the winters.
6. Highest Motorable Pass in the World
The Gateway to Shyok and Nubra Valleys, the Khardung La Pass in Ladakh is revered as the highest motorable pass in the world. Reaching a maximum height of 5,359m, this exhilarating pass was built in 1976, and it was once a part of the Ancient Silk Route that extended from Leh to Central Asia. Visitors booking Ladakh tour packages throng this pass to enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding peaksand to pump in some adrenalines by indulging in trekking, mountain biking, motorcycle trips, jeep safaris, and walking tours.
7. Asia’s Largest Telescope
Being one of the most elevated places on earth, Ladakh proves to be an ideal place for astronomical studies. It is in this region, you can find the much talked about Indian Astronomical Observatory (IAO) located at an astounding height of 4,500m. Very recently, this astronomical unit got approved of a $212 million project to build the largest telescope in the entire of Asia. Though not yet completed, this 30m telescope is already known to redefine astronomical studies, and have become a sought-after name in all tours.
8. Indigenous Home to Double Humped Bactrian Camels
You might have seen the double humped Bactrian camels in any of your favourite Arabian Tales cartoon shows. They were amazing, isn’t it? But if you want to witness these exotic mammals in real life, you must pack your bags to the magical Nubra Valley (3,050m to 3,230m) in Ladakh. Known to be the indigenous home to these rare breed of camels, your journey to the picturesque Nubra Valley will also get awarded by breath-taking views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks and several promising meadows.
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