Ladakh is an exotic mountainous region located in northernmost Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir. Sandwiched between the great Himalayan and the Karakoram mountain ranges, it is a land like no other. It is a land of monasteries and Gompas. The culture of this exotic region is deeply influenced by Tibetan Buddhist culture and tradition. It has been one of the most sought after destinations for cultural, nature and adventure tourism in India. It is visited by a number of domestic and international tourists each year. The charm of Ladakh tourism never fails to lure its visitors coming from different parts of the world. Tourism in the mystic and magical land of Ladakh reminds us magnificent Buddhist monasteries, scenic landscapes, snow-clad mountain peaks, thrilling trekking trails and lots of adventure sports. Thus there are many things to do and see in this region which can surely fascinate the tourists. Here are some ideas to make your travel in this region exciting and very memorable.
Visit Buddhist Monuments and Historical & Religious Places
There are many historical places, cultural sites, religious places and Buddhist monasteries in Ladakh which have made it a hot spot destination for cultural tourism. Among most popular Buddhist monuments, historical places religious places to see in the region include Leh Palace, Leh Jama Masjid, Hemis Gompa, Alchi Monastery, Spituk Gompa, Shanti Stupa, Sankar Gompa, Shey Palace, Thiksey Gompa, Lamayuru Monastery, Diskit Gompa, Phyang Monastery, Stok Palace Museum, etc. These monuments are renowned for their architectural beauty and having rich collection of Buddhist artifacts. So you will definitely love to see these magnificent monasteries and historical places on your Ladakh Treks in India.
Make Excursion Trip to Picturesque Lakes
There are many picturesque lakes in Ladakh which also attract the attentions of tourists who come here from different parts of the world. Some of the most popular lakes include Pangong Lake, Tsomoriri Lake, Kyaghr Lake, Spangmik Lake, Startsapuk Tso Lake and Chandratal Lake (Moon Lake). These lakes are blessed with fantastic beauty of nature and look up to an unlimited sea of the mountains. These lakes are also breeding grounds for migratory birds. Thus tourists can also enjoy birding at famous lakes of the region.
Enjoy Adventure Sports
Sandwiched between the two mighty mountain ranges of the Himalayas and the Karakoram, Ladakh offers ample outdoor activities. The region has been emerged as one of the most sought after destinations for adventure tourism. Adventure enthusiasts can enjoy different outdoor activities and adventure sports like camping, trekking, hiking, mountaineering, river rafting, rock climbing, safari rides, etc. Ladakh trekking is very popular among trekkers from all over the world.
Your Ladakh tour is incomplete if you do not purchase traditional Ladakhi & Kashmiri handicrafts. Leh local bazaar is shoppers’ paradise. So do not forget to purchase some gifts for your near and dear ones from Leh Bazaar.
Leh, the headquarters of Leh District, is the largest and main town of the region. It is also considered to be the ancient capital of Ladakh kingdom. It is situated to the north of the Indus River at an elevation of 3600 meter above the sea level. With scenic backdrop it is famous for Buddhist monasteries and Monument. Leh Palace, Leh Mosque and Shanti Stupa are must see attractions in the city. Leh is also gateway for Ladakh trekking and adventure Treks.
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