The Incredible Cold Desert
- 11 Days
- Delhi | Leh | Nubra Valley | Pangong Tso
- Monasteries such as Lamayuru, Shey, Thiksey and Hemis
- The highest motorable pass in the world, Khardung La
- The gorgeous Nubra Valley with Bactrian camels
- The high altitude lake of Pangong Tso
The Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir is unusual but gloriously different from anything else that you might have seen. The cold desert region at the foot of the Himalayas, has its capital in the city of Leh, from where many bumpy mountain roads radiate to stunning valleys and capillaries of rivers, ideal for rafting. Hill-top monasteries sever themselves from the hum-drum of the city so maroon robed monks can meditate in peace. For the travellers, the peace comes from gazing at the sprawling Pangong Tso (lake) with its mirrorless water spreading till China.
Ladakh offers a dizzying experience, quite literally and figuratively. High passes, snowed in during the winters, steer you towards the most cut-off villages, monasteries perched on hills and old palaces casting a shadow below at the villages. In a terrain like this, one cannot cruise over rocky passes and lush meadows. Instead, the roads offer an unforgettable adventure. With long hours on the road, there is ample for the eyes, soul and the camera. And when you head back to your homestay or hotel, the stupendous views don’t leave you. You get first row seats to the Himalayan mountains, capped with snow all through the year.
|October – March:||Winter months, not recommended as most of the roads are closed down.|
|Mid April – June:||Avoidable as the snow keeps the roads closed.|
|July – September:||Dry months, ideal for travelling.|