In Love for Leh – Ladakh | An Introduction

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Ever since I went to Ladakh, it is the mere mortal body of mine that has returned and my soul has been lost in that heaven forever. Everyday when I close my eyes, my wandering soul in the heaven transmits back the majestic vistas of Ladakh, Everyday I wish I could go back to the heaven in search of my soul and bring it back. However, I always overlook the fact that some things in this world are still impossible and bringing back your soul from heaven is one of them. Each time you visit Ladakh, you will fall more into love with the place, people and culture of Ladakh, no matter how tough the terrain it is to survive. It is nothing but the MAGIC of the heaven named Ladakh. All my heart says — There is no other place like Ladakh in this world…

I am not the only victim of loosing his soul while visiting Ladakh but many alike people visiting this place of magical colors have lost their heart and soul in Ladakh. I feel Its always better to misplace your soul in heaven when you are alive than to burn it in the hell of modern civilization. I am sure of my belief that every person in the world must visit this masterpiece of natural beauty i.e. Ladakh once in their lifetime.  The versatility in geographical and cultural offerings of this place has been responsible for many different names that are given to Ladakh in the past. Some people call it La-Dags meaning "Land of High Mountain Passes", some call it "Cold Desert in the Skies" and some refer it as “Land of Moon” etc.

Hunder, Nubra Valley in Leh - Ladakh

Situated on the eastern side of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh is sparsely populated cold desert spanning over 45,000 Sq. miles. Ladakh is surrounded by the highest mountain ranges including the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram. The mountain ranges present in Ladakh span over the borders of India right into Tibet where they are referred as holy Kailash range of mountains especially for Hindus. Indus is the major river that flows through the Ladakh region. The Indus River along with its many tributaries including Shyok, Zanskar, Dras etc. acts as the lifeline of Indus Valley Civilization.

Apart from the breathtaking natural vistas, Ladakh is also known for its Tibetan culture. The rich cultural heritage of Ladakh is reflected on various aspects of the lives of Ladakhis as well as the architecture (monuments and monasteries), food, festivals, celebrations etc. The people in Ladakh love to dance with the mask and these dances are the theatrical representation of the fight between good and evil. You can witness the glimpses of this rich culture in one of the most popular festivals of Ladakh named “Hemis Festival”

View of Monastery at top of hill from DC Office in Leh - Ladakh

“Ladakhi” is the language used by the people residing in this cold desert. “Juley” word of Ladakhi Language meaning “Namaskar” in Hindi or “Hello” with respect in English is a magical word in itself and extremely popular among the tourists. So, if you visit this heavenly place do not forget to greet everyone with “Juley” and then just experience its magic…

One can reach Ladakh either by taking a flight to Leh city, which is the heart of Ladakh. But when choosing this option, one will definitely require proper acclimatization before exploring the rest of the regions in Ladakh. You can also reach Ladakh by road which are connected through 434 KM long Srinagar – Leh Highway from Jammu side and 474 KM long Manali – Leh highway from Himachal Pradesh side. The Manali – Leh road journey is one of the dream travel dates for any adventure lover who is looking for some serious adventure in the lap of mother nature. It is highly recommended for every adventure lover who is looking to explore the unmatched challenges and some real desolated places of Himalayan region. If you are interested to travel, then you can check the article on how to plan a journey on Manali – Leh highway for more details on the following link: How to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway

Acclimatization is an important aspect when visiting Ladakh and once should not take it lightly. You can read more on acclimatization on the following link: Acute Mountain Sickness and Importance of Acclimatization

View of Monastery at top of hill from DC Office in Leh - Ladakh

Leh is the main town of Ladakh and acts as the base for every tourist or traveler. Generally, the people reach Leh town first, which is the most populated regions of the Ladakh district and then move on further with the exploration of this cold desert. There are plenty of hotels available in Leh town and tourists book the taxis, accommodation, adventurous activities like trekking, rafting from Leh town only. Changspa road along with Leh main bazaar tops the hot spots in Leh town. The DC office is also located in Leh town and is responsible for issuing the inner line permits to people visiting restricted regions of Ladakh along with other administration activities. Being on the International borders, one need Inner Line permits to visit various restricted places defined in the Ladakh region. You can get more details about Inner Line Permits and tips to speed up the processing of your permits on the following link: Inner Line Permits for Leh – Ladakh

People most commonly visit Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso (Tso means Lake), Tso Moriri, Tso Kar in the Ladakh region along with the local monasteries situated around Leh. The Suru Valley for hiking activities and the Zanskar Valley for hiking, white water rafting and famous Chadar trek in winters are other regions of interest among travelers or tourists in Ladakh. Apart from these common places there are many other restricted, non-tourist, non-famous, very little explored places like Hanle, Chusul, Turtuk, Changthang, Marisimik La etc in Ladakh region which also lures many of the regular visitors every subsequent years. The beauty of each region in Ladakh is different and unique to its own taste. In fact at every other turn you will witness an altogether unique vista equally beautiful to the other. One cannot feel boredom even after spending more than couple of months in Ladakh 😆 …

Flowers of Ladakh

The Nubra Valley is located north of Khardung La (5359 Mtrs). Khardung La is also a famous tourist spot being the highest motorable road or pass in the world. Nubra Valley is famous for its Diskit monastery having the tallest Lord Buddha statue as well as the sand dunes of Hunder village. At Hunder sand dunes, one can enjoy a safari on unique double humped camels found only in this region. The Sumur monastery, hot water springs at Panamik and the banks of aqua-colored Shyok river are also the other highlights of the Nubra Valley.

The Pangong Tso, situated at an altitude of about 4,350 Mtrs,  was made famous among the domestic Indian tourists by Bollywood blockbuster movie “3 Idiots”. This salt water lake is 134 KMs long, 5 KMs wide at broadest point. However, more than 60% of the length extends into China. The holy Tso Moriri at an altitude of 4,595 Mtrs is famous among Ladakhis and foreign tourists. Ladakhis believe that a person with pure heart can see the image of God in Tso Moriri, hence they never let an opportunity pass by for visiting this holy place.

Dheeraj Sharma at Khardung La in Leh - Ladakh

Some pictures that would give you a glimpse of the beauty present in Ladakh. However, these pictures below do not do justice to the actual beauty of the heaven 🙂 named Ladakh…

If interested, you can also check my Ladakh experience by exploring the following link: Trip of the Year 2010 | My Journey to Ladakh

In the end, the beauty of Ladakh is defined by the mountain ranges topped with popcorns like white clouds that can mesmerize any soul. Sometimes they appear like cotton candies, sometime they appear as ice creams over a cone and what not… You can witness peak over peak from various vantage points while exploring various regions of Ladakh. So, what are you waiting for? Just plan the vacation in the coming summers to Ladakh and I am sure you will never forget about the heavenly experience.

I will look forward to your comments or inputs and would feel glad if you can share your thoughts on this magical place too. In love for Ladakh… today and always :)…

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  1. Well i just came from Leh (Ladakh) & must say that it was an amazing experience to visit !! Beauty cannot be explain so one once must visit…

  2. Shoaib Sarfraz on

    Writer of above mentioned information about Ladakh region please provide your email address so that I should be able to inquire further information about Ladakh region because I have been studying in the internet about Ladakh region for last 3 years.

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