Nestled between majestic mountain ranges, in the far flung areas of Northern India lies the epitome of Tibetan culture – Ladakh. Ladakh is the land of beautiful monasteries, long passes, numbingly cold barren landscape and insanely high plateaus where a certain culture still inhabits in the harshest climatic conditions. During your Ladakh tour visit Ladakh Monasteries and explore the Buddhist and Tibetan culture & magnificent architecture. The lands of Leh-Ladakh are very remote but they are not isolated. Most of these regions often reflect a strong influence of cultures from Tibet, India and Central Asia.
Here comes another post to describe this beautiful place from a traveler’s perspective; a guest post by Parul Gupta. Parul is an MBA by education and traveler by choice. A backpacker and hippie who wants to explore the world. She is presently working in the tourism industry as a travel escort. (Parul can reached out through her Facebook and Instagram profiles)
This post also gets added to our Leh Ladakh Travel Guide, a series of articles consisting of:
- How to get Leh’d (how to reach Leh by road)
- Where to get Leh’d (Top Places to visit in Leh Ladakh)
- How I got Leh’d (a trek to Stok Kangri – the highest trekkable peak in India – 6,153 m / 20,500 ft.) – Coming soon
- Ladakh through the Lens of a traveller
Ladakh through My Lens – by Parul Gupta
Snow-capped mountains, greenish blue lakes, and beautiful landscape! Ladakh! The dream place for many! And Bollywood movies keep adding fuel to the fire with that perfect scenic background.
This magnificent place not only gives memories of a lifetime but also is a trip that permanently inscribes in your mind the astonishing sights of this enchanting place. From monasteries to rich culture to scenic landscapes, this place offers you the best and incredible beauty of India. Explore Ladakh, through my lens!!
The Land of Buddha
The Monasteries of Ladakh are much more than the religious centers. Witness the 32 metre statue of Maitreyi Buddha on the top of the hill at Nubra Valley. The beautiful Mural paintings, Stupas and Thangkas was preserved and depicts various aspects of Buddhist culture
Hemis Monastery is one of the largest and most popular monasteries in Ladakh. The monastery shares its origin with Naropa- and Indian Buddhist who attained enlightenment there.
The other key monasteries to look out for are:
1. Diskit Monastery in Nubra Valley. The place holds its charm as it is the most beautiful and oldest Buddhist monastery in Ladakh. The breathtaking location offers solemn serenity and inner peace.
2. Thiksey Monastery, resembling the Potala Palace in Tibet, Thiksey is one of the most beautiful monasteries in Ladakh. The 49 ft. Statue of Maitreya Buddha is the main attraction of this place.
The Sweeping Scenic Beauty
Enclosed in between the Himalayan and Karakoram Mountain ranges, the Ladakh is covered with red, yellow and green mountains. The water bodies are a large crystal of clear blue water. The rugged landscape under the starry sky, aligned by lush green patches of mountains offers the most surreal scenic beauty.
So if you’re looking to take a break from your gadgets and hustle of life, make a visit to Ladakh and get connect with nature and people. Because this place will make you just sit back, and tune into nature.
Smack onto some Indo-Tibetan Food
The food in Ladakh is simple, yet delicious. With a subtle hint of spices, the place greets you with the locally served Momos and Thukkpa. The food offered here is less spicy, yet offers the lip-smacking authentic taste. If get a chance, experience a local family’s hospitality and share a cup of yak-butter tea with them. As some of the life’s simple pleasure comes from great tea and conversation.
And just don’t forget to have Maggie at Khardungla top, en-route Nubra valley. The hot Maggie is a perfect snack at this peak of the highest motorable road in the world.
While your stay at Leh, visit ‘The Tibetan Kitchen’ in the main market for the most authentic Tibetan cuisine.
A cultural extravaganza
Yes, Ladakh is known for its scenic beauty. But that’s not all!
Ladakh traditions are influenced by the Tibetan culture. And while you visit this place, you will find a lot of similarity between the two. Plan your trip coinciding the colorful Ladakh Festival or Hemis festival and witness the beautiful culture of Ladakh. Capture the brilliant performances and enjoy the blend of drums and trumpets.
The architecture here has a strong Buddhist overtone to it, and it will leave you awe-struck with its beauty.
Acclimatize your body and go camping
Your visit to places and stay at Ladakh makes you a traveler on wheels. Located 3,000 meters from sea level, Ladakh is known as the land of a high pass. Acclimatize your body and go slow! Crossing the highest motorable road, Khardungla, located at 18,000 ft. from sea level is an experience of a lifetime. While you cross the roads passing through the magnificent mountains, don’t forget to have an overnight camping at Pangong Lake. Step up into the wide open space of nature and sit beside this sparkling blue lake. The place offers a panoramic sunset and sunrise view. And if not cloudy, you may witness the Milky Way in the night sky.
So if you’re still thinking why to visit Ladakh region once in your lifetime…you have got your own vibes to add further as another reason!