Leh Ladakh is or probably was, on the wish list of all of us. the world landscapes, pretty lakes and gorgeous setting, the place is at the top among travelers all over the world. Besides, there are a number of things to do in Leh Ladakh which attracts a large number of tourists all around the year and from all over the world.
From exploring the monasteries to taking nature walks, trekking, camping, etc, the list is endless. Below are the best things to do in Leh Ladakh.
Here are the few things you can do in Leh Ladakh:
Take a tour of Zanskar valley
The large mountain of Zanskar and Ladakh will be your companions through most of your trip to Ladakh. They may even be intimidating at times. The huge mountains will make you feel small. However, enjoy the beauty that these mountains have to offer. The terrains are covered with snow reflecting the heavenly skies. The rivers rushing through these mountains make an absolutely beautiful combination of views and sounds. Every point here is an echo point so find yourself a safe area, you may want to risk a shout to hear the echoes re-echoing from the hills.
Reveal in the beauty of Pangong Tso lake
Remember the breathtakingly beautiful lake from the movie 3 Idiots where Chatur, after knowing the truth, losts its mind. It’s the Pangong-Tso lake that travels through the international boundary that stretches from India to Bhutan. The lake offers awesome places and views for camping and is currently the hotspot for all people during their Leh Ladakh tour. The rules do not allow boating on Pangong-Tso Lake but when the lake freezes in the winters, if you’re too brave, you might want to ice skate at the bank of the lake.
Relax and rejuvenate by stunning to more lake
Considered a canvas colored with the blue-white skies, blue-green mountains with white tops, the calm blue water of the lake, and lush green pastures. The Tso Moriri lake is probably not as famous as the Pangong Lake but is still a must place to visit in Leh Ladakh for anyone who is taking a trip in this region.
Experience the river rafting in the Zanskar river
the most exciting thing to do in Leh Ladakh is river rafting. The clear waters of the mountain rivers in Ladakh including Zanskar are considered to be one of the best rafting destinations in India. However, do not get fooled by the fact that it is only done in the summer. The water is cold enough to freeze you. If you love to do some extreme adventure sports in Ladakh, should you take up this ride down the river?
Experience the thrilling trek
Basically known for trekking over the frozen rivers. The trek over the Zanskar river is the popular one and is often undertaken in large groups by adventurists. People come here generally in November when the river is frozen and safe to trek on while the rest of the surroundings are still friendly enough to let you survive. Considered as one of the toughest and most adventurous treks in India.
Drive at the highest civilian road- sharding la pass
Managed by the Border Roads Organization, Khardung-la Pass is the gateway to the north and considered by many a tourist spot in itself. However, being at such a height, one has to take extreme care of health while traveling to the pass. On the other hand, the numerous Tibetan flags that are said to sweep off bad spirits and keep you safe set up a beautiful contrast with the white snow.
Leh is a multicuisine city serving Indian, Tibetan, Chinese, and even Korean food as well. The cuisine here shows tints of these foreign influences. tourists must try out the local dishes which almost define the cuisine here such as Thukpa, noodle soup; Tsampa, known in Ladakhi as Ngamphe (roasted barley flour), and Skyu which is a heavy pasta dish with many veggies as well as the very popular and delicious Momos which are steamed dumplings stuffed with vegetables or meat. Drinks include tea, coffee, beer, and Chang which is an alcoholic beverage that is drunk especially on festive occasions.
Bask in the desert in the hills
A desert is probably the last thing one can expect while planning a trip to Ladakh but there it is worth it. Nubra Valley offers the tourists a very Arabian Nights experience along with the sand dunes. The famous two-humped camels are also found in the region and are often the main part of the trip for those who are interested in animals. The origin of the desert is claimed to be from the Tethys Sea from the depths.
Experience the camel safari
These camels are not the ones that you must have seen in Rajasthan or in pictures. These are Bactrian camels, which have two humps and were the major mode of transport to travel to the silk route. The ride starts from Hunder to Turtuk and the timings of the ride are from 9:00 Am to 12:00 Pm and from 3:00 Pm to 6:00 Pm. This activity is one of the exotic things to do in Leh Ladakh.
Stargazing the Lamayuru monastery
Have you ever wondered why the sky looks so beautiful when seen in movies but not from your home? This place shows you how being in the lap of nature and away from all the chaos of the city can let you have one of the best nights of star-gazing in your life. If you want to have the maximum from The Lamayuru monastery, plan your trip to Ladakh in sync with the time when shooting stars in the area
Witness Tibetan culture
Namgyal Tsemo Gompa or the Namgyal Monastery is famous for the Buddha statue it hosts. It has previously also been visited by the Dalai Lama himself. Monks and Buddhism enthusiasts flock from all over the country to spend a few days here. Like most monasteries in Ladakh, it allows volunteers to stay and help with the daily chores at the Gompa while enjoying a few peaceful days here.
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Trek to the drug-drug glacier in Suru valley
The trek through Suru Valley to the Drang Drung glacier is one of the best in this aspect offering a mix of all the possible things one can do in the mountains. The trek is among one of the toughest ones in the region and is only taken up by experienced trekkers. If you are an adventure enthusiast, you should definitely include visiting here in your top list of things to do in Leh Ladakh.