Ladakh – A land of Gompas, Desert and a Lake

Ladakh is outstanding!

If you can’t visit Moon then Ladakh is strictly your place. I can bet it will be the most stunning place you have ever visited. There is harsh desert, heavy snowfall and vast grasslands at a single place called Ladakh!!!

Lonely Planet magazine’s site (http://www.lonelyplanet.com/india/jammu-and-kashmir/ladakh/travel-tips-and-articles/1376) mentions it in the top 10 places having “Non-Earthly Landscape”. Ladakh is having highest road on planet Earth and not only that it’s having highest temple, mosque, radio station, bridge, police station, cafeteria etc on the planet. Simply speaking construct anything here it will be the highest place on earth!

A view from Khardung-la Pass, Ladakh

A view from Khardung-la Pass, Ladakh

Pangong Lake, Leh, Ladakh

Pangong Lake, Leh, Ladakh

Humidity and Rainfall in Ladakh is less than even Sahara desert and Snowfall is sometimes even more than Siberia! So before visiting this heaven one must ensure that you don’t get ill! Clothing should be as per the weather. Medicines like Diamox , Paracetamol are essential. Booking of hotels should be done in advance as you can’t manage to sleep in the open! Ladakh is the highest place on earth where humans live so everyone coming from low altitude must take at least 24 hour rest to adjust with the low altitude condition.

Zanskar Meets Indus, Ladakh

Zanskar Meets Indus, Ladakh

Ladakh is completely untouched and is having zero pollution. It’s highly peaceful without any terrorism and majority of its people are Buddhist. From trekking on the highest glaciers in the world to rafting in the most violent rivers Ladakh is a boon for adventure lovers. It’s completely amazing to watch how fast topography change here. As you enter Nubra Valley you see vast grassland and many cows, sheep eating grass and then suddenly everything change as you witness a landscape without any vegetation as if you are on Mars. To surprise you more there are huge sand dunes and camel trips on it. It’s only possible in Ladakh because in a single journey you witness 10000 feet altitude variation from 8000 to even 18000 feet above sea level !!!

Nubra Valley, Near Leh, Ladakh, India

Nubra Valley, Near Leh, Ladakh, India

Ladakh because of it’s location remained isolated from rest of the world. This ensured a unique cultural heritage in Ladakh which remained unaffected from rest of the world. Its monasteries, people, language and food are highly unique. I can firmly declare it is truly a journey to edge of the world.

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