Rediscover your inner peace and also the adventurist in you by heading to Leh in Ladakh, India. A refreshing, breathtaking and action packed exploration of the sights and sounds of this small hill town that is surrounded by the snow capped Himalayas on one side and the mighty Karakoram on other can set your pulses racing! So plan your trip and check out the delights of Leh.
There are Buddhist monasteries and walks through the town to do, the Nubra valley to reach through the Khardung La pass, lakes and valleys to visit. And when your senses are satiated with these visual delights, there’s also the warming aromas of herbal teas to relish back in Leh. Really Leh is the jewel of Ladakh, the Buddhist district of Kashmir.
A good adventure to explore would be a road trip to Nubra valley. A lot of people like to drive up to Leh through a national highway that links you from the national capital, Delhi across the different terrains. Motorcycling through this region is a favorite for most holidaymakers but winters the road closes down and Leh is approachable only by flight.
Once you land, get acclimatized with the low oxygen level and ease out activity for the first two days. Visiting monasteries close by, like the Shanti Stupa up the hill on Chanspa that is believed to have been enshrined by 14th Dalai Lama for commemorating Buddhism is a wonderful idea. Also check out the imposing Leh Palace that has the hallmarks of Tibetan architecture and offers a bird’s eye view of the Leh town. You cannot miss the Thiksey monastery that’s a short drive from Leh. Once you’re ready for a longer time out, much more awaits. Adventure lovers get to taste excellent opportunities in para-gliding and hiking. Many trekking groups head out to different peaks from Leh and there are also day-long mountain-climbing trips to do.
The trekking trail from Likir up to Temisgam is the most popular but so is the trail from Spituk to valley of Markha. Stok is at the heigh of 20,177 feet from sea level and there are also heights like Goleb, Kangyatse, Matho West and others to visit. All of them are nestled in Zanskar Mountains.
Amazingly Leh also offers you the pleasures of white-water rafting along Indus River. Rafting is also part of the holiday activities in Shayok and Zanskar rivers. Watch out for the Ladakh festival that takes place in September.
A Leh holiday can also be planned to coincide with the Hemis festival in the months of June or July. Experience the mystical pull of Tantric Buddhism by visiting the Hemis monastery at this time. This is the oldest monastery in Ladakh and if you visit in winters you’ll wind up through a refreshing drive across the snow covered mountain streams that flanks it.
For the adventure seekers there are plenty of side trips along Nubra valley and to spots like Pangong Lake and Lamayuru monastery. Check out the vastly spread snow-covered stretches of Zanskar River and the deep gorges, glaciers dotted by religious spots.