LADAKH

“REAL LADAKH STARTS FROM WHERE THE ROAD ENDS.”

Driving amidst the rocky yet picturesque mountains of Ladakh, I realized why it is called “Heaven on Earth.” Each and every scene you hold in your eyes is so vast and overwhelming that you suddenly find your self-conceit ego shrinking and it literally leaves you breathless. It’s tough to tell whether the mountains have risen up or is it the sky who has descended to embrace the colorful sierras of Ladakh.

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WHAT TO EXPECT IN LADAKH?

Ladakh is full of scenic spots, water bodies, mountain ranges, monasteries. Yet it is not a regular tourist spot or a hill station. Ladakh is an experience which is tough to be jotted down in words.

The biggest concern people have while traveling to Ladakh is LOW OXYGEN LEVEL. However, complete two days rest will help you acclimatize with this issue, especially if you are traveling by air. Remember not to skip this process even though you feel fine after landing because in some time you might feel symptoms such as palpitations, dizziness, nausea, suffocation etc. But there’s nothing to worry, give your body some time or you can speak to your guide or hotel staff. Traveling by road will get you accustomed to the climate more easily as you have gradually risen to the altitude. Also, it is mostly in the mind. Keep yourself well hydrated.

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As per my personal experience, Ladakh is “Not about the destination but about the journey.”  You will majorly find yourself on road in Ladakh driving through the most beautiful landscapes. Expect anything between 3-6 hours on an average to visit the major destinations such as Nubra valley, Khardungla, Changla, Pangong.  

For a smooth journey, good roads are a must which is well-taken care in Ladakh by two major organizations. You would find witty road signs by BRO & HIMANK.

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There are VERY LESS ENROUTE FACILITIES like places to eat & toilets. You would find small family run restaurants serving maggie, rice dishes, tea etc. Except for Leh, I would not recommend eating non-veg elsewhere as the raw material supply to restaurants takes time to reach. You will find very basic toilets in these restaurants. AVOID USING PUBLIC TOILETS AT MAJOR TOURIST SPOTS as they are unsanitary. You are supposed to drink a lot of water to avoid dehydration. However, it will create an urge to release and you might not find any toilets around, so during urgency do not hold yourself and find a spot behind any huge rock or woods.

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ARMY ARMY EVERYWHERE as you are around the major border area.

“REAL LADAKH STARTS FROM WHERE THE ROAD ENDS.”

-one of the quotes I came across during my visit to THE HALL OF FAME.

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There are NO LUXURY ACCOMMODATIONS in Ladakh but small basic hotels are quite comfortable. There are daily life challenges in Ladakh due to its geographical setup that is also faced by hotels sometimes, so always remember you are in Ladakh and not in a city loaded with fancier options.

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A hub for BUDDHIST MONKS & MONASTERIES. The whole of Ladakh is decorated with colorful prayer flags and they look so beautiful fluttering with the wind. They believe that a prayer is said as the wind blows through them. Visit LAMAYURU to understand the religion at its best. If you are looking for a dose of enlightenment and luck is by your side, you might encounter a RAIPONCHE {reincarnation of a great soul.}

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BEST TIME TO VISIT LADAKH.

APRIL – MID-SEPTEMBER is the best time to visit Ladakh, JULY & AUGUST being the best months. Don’t worry about monsoon as being a cold dessert, Ladakh doesn’t experience a lot of rain.

THINGS TO DO AND VISIT.

  • Visit NURLA VALLEY and experience hall of fame, magnetic hill, confluence, moonland, pathar saheb gurudwara etc on your way.
  • KHARDUNGLA PASS, the highest motorable road in the world.
  • NUBRA VALLEY for sand dunes and double hump camels.
  • The most scenic place to visit is  PANGONG LAKE {3 idiot fame}
  • RIVER RAFTING at the Zanskar river.
  • visit the CONFLUENCE.
  • Try ginger lemon tea.
  • Try the ladakhi food.
  • Try any GERMAN BAKERY.
  • Buy APRICOTS AND APRICOT JAM.

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WORD OF CAUTION

AVOID TAKING KIDS as I have already mentioned it’s not a regular hill station. Younger kids cant explain if they are feeling unwell.

DO NOT LITTER the place when you visit. Due to increased tourism, you would find plastic bottles, cans, polybags at the major tourist areas. LET IT REMAIN A HEAVEN.

TAKE AMPLE OF REST in Leh to avoid getting unwell. Talk to your doctor before planning a trip.

DO NOT sleep during en route.

LADAKH IS AN EXPERIENCE ONE OF ITS KIND. YOU CAN NOT MISS IT.

Cheers!!

Author: ThePinkSoul

"Aspirations are only realized when conditions are revised."

4 thoughts on “LADAKH”

  1. Nidhi, you have wonderfully summed up briefly in this article on Ladakh. Thanks for adding that caution of being responsible and that “Do not sleep” part, I loved it 🙂

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