Cerulean skies, mystique mountains, pristine lakes and serene landscapes- no doubt that Ladakh is the most tranquil places on earth. The ragged monochrome mountains and the Tibetan gompas or monasteries decorated with colorful flags and spinning wheels offers a picturesque landscape that will remain etched in your memory forever. Traveling to Ladakh is an unforgettable experience. Here are a few facts about this “Land of High Passes” that will give you an extra dose of wanderlust:
1. Ladakh is the highest plateau in the entire Kashmir region. It is located more than 3,000 meters above the sea level. The area of this valley ranges from the majestic Himalayas to the Kunlun ranges. This also includes the area of the Indus River valley. Ladakh is also the highest settlement in India.
2.Ladakh is the home to the mysterious Magnetic Hills. This place is located on the National Highway 1D and is about 30 kilometers from Leh. The roads are aligned in such a way that it will give you an illusion that the you are been drifted upwards. It is located about 11,000 feet above the sea level.
3.The Pangong Lake in Ladakh is one of the highest salt water lakes across the globe. Pangong Tso in Tibetan means a “high grassland lake” is located at a sprawling height of about 4530 meters above sea level. Despite being a salt water late, the Pangong Lake freezes completely during winters.
4. Ladakh is the only place in India where you will find the twin-humped Bactrian camels. These camels are native to this place. These twin humped camels are one of the major attractions of the Nubra Valley in Ladakh.
6. Ladakh is also a region of festivals. The two major religions of Ladakh is Buddhism and Hinduism. So, all festivals are celebrated with equal fervor. The popular festivals that are observed in this region include Dosmoche festival, Sindhu Darshan festival, Hemis festival,Tak-Tok festival, and Losar festival.
7. The Tsomoriri Lake is a home to many exotic animals and birds. This lake is 28 kilometers long and is almost 7 to 8 kilometers at its widest points. You can spot wild ducks, cranes, other species of small birds and animals such as marmots.
8. This region has numerous monasteries and Pagodas where you can closely observe the lives of the Buddhist monks. Some of the important monasteries include Shey Palace, Hemis Gompa and Thiksey Gompa.
9. Ladakh is also an important astronomy center in India. Astronomy facilities such as 2-Meter Himalayan Chandra Optical and Infrared Telescope, and Udaipur Solar Observatory is located here.
10. Ladakh is a high altitude region. It ranges from 9000 feet at Kargil to 25,170 feet at the Saser Kangri in the Karakoram range.
The snow clad landscape and the view of the majestic Himalayas is a visual delight for nature lovers. Plan your Ladakh trip with us. At Tourient, we offer attractive packages at affordable rates to make your trip a delightful one. For more information, please visit www.tourient.com