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Ladakh

Ladakh

The Land of High Passes, Ladakh, the newly created Union Territory in India (previously a part of Jammu & Kashmir), boasts a landscape that can leave you with your jaws dropped. It is a place where the landscape changes dramatically; it is truly astonishing to see the mountains, snow, cold desert, alpine meadows and lakes at a short distance from each other. Tourism in Ladakh is an absolute delight for nature lovers as well as adventurers.

Adorned with the lofty barren mountains, Ladakh is home to some of the highest motorable passes like Khardung La (5359 m), Marsimik La (5582 m), and Chang La (5360 m), and alpine lakes like Pangong Tso (4350 m) and Tso Moriri (4522 m). Ladakh is further divided into three regions – Leh, Nubra, and Zanskar, and each region has several places to see.

Ladakh is majorly popular amongst the adventurers who feel welcomed by the number of adrenaline rushing activities offered here. The union territory is amongst the top trekking destinations in India with amazing and unmatched treks like the popular Frozen River Trek/Chadar Trek. Ladakh also has opportunities for mountaineering, motor biking, mountain biking, white water rafting and more.

Geography

Ladakh is a plateau in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and it extends from the Himalayan mountains to the Kunlun ranges. The historic mountain ranges here that go back 45 million years ago. Ladakh depends hugely on the Indus River and most of towns like Leh, Shey and Tingmosgang are clustered near the river. In the north, it is bound by the Karakoram range while the Zanskar mountains lie along the south.

Culture

Ladakh is as mysterious as it is beautiful. With its monasteries and its mountains, Ladakh showcases a way of life that many people living in urban landscapes assume is lost forever. But the old ways still flourish in Ladakh, as do its people. There are numerous ethnic groups here, with Tibetans, Monpas, Dards and Muslims among them. So there’s a rich diversity in the culture here.

Climate

Since the Himalayas create a rain shadow, monsoon clouds cannot bring rain to Ladakh. Thus, it is a high-altitude desert that depends on winter snowfall on the mountains for its water. Ladakh is cold and dry throughout the year. Summer temperatures are just above 0 degrees during the day but at night they can go as low as -30. But in winters, temperature is -40 degrees almost all the time. It is one of the places where you will feel bright sunlight and freezing winds at the same time. Experiencing maximum footfall in the winter season (October to January) is ideally considered to be the best time to visit Ladakh.

If you’re planning to visit Ladakh, it’s highly recommended that you pack a lot of warm clothes, thermals, woollen socks and sturdy insulated boots. The climate can get extremely sunny. But when you step into the shade, you could be freezing with cold. So it’s always best to layer your clothes here.

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