Ladakh – A must-visit destination for anyone who loves adventure and thirst for exploration of scenic routes. Speaking about the geographical location of Ladakh, it is located in Jammu and Kashmir between Kunlun mountains and the mighty Himalayas. Along with beautiful mountains, Tibetian culture is what adds extra beauty to Ladakh. Ladakh has Tibet in the east, Lahaul & Spiti in the south, J&K valley and Baltiul in the west and Karakoram pass in the north. Whenever you visit Ladakh it makes you feel excited with its mighty mountains, beautiful scenic routes, valleys, trekking routes still visiting Ladakh in the winter makes you feel the real adventure and beauty of its mesmerizing climate. The stunning valleys, breathtaking views of the landscape and the magnificent mountains covered with snow makes you feel the immense pleasure in visiting Ladakh during winters.
Places to visit and things to do in Ladakh (Winter Expedition)
September 18, 2019, 08:08 AM
1. How to reach Ladakh in winter
The beauty scenic of Ladakh can be explored by various means of transportation. Still, the season plays a vital role in selecting the transport. The highways heading to Ladakh is not accessible by bike throughout the year. Biking is allowed only for a stipulated time period i.e., from May – October. During winter season i.e., from November – March the highways remain closed for biking since it remains snow-covered throughout winter. The best mode of transportation to explore Ladakh during the winter season is through Airways.
Flights fly on a daily basis from Delhi to Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport located in Leh. Other than Delhi you fly to Leh from Srinagar, Chandigarh, Jammu but remember regular flights is available only from Delhi. Taxis and Buses can be used from the airport to reach the required destination. Selecting the right adventure travel agency can make your trip filled with the most exciting adventure. Winter tour package to Ladakh is provided by very few adventure travel enterprise which will look after end to end requirements for travelers right from travel tickets, accommodation, lodging, permits required to visit Ladakh, photographs, etc.., and let you explore the adventurous and beautiful scenic of Ladakh in a hassle-free manner.
2. Leh City
Leh city is said to be the erstwhile capital of Ladakh and it is the center point for all the connectivity. Leh is the most active city of Jammu and Kashmir. The airport is just 10mins drive from the city. Leh city has the most beautiful tourist spot and without visiting those your trip to Ladakh won’t be fully explored. The first and foremost place to visit is the “Leh Palace” It was built by King Sengge Namgyal as a Royal Palace in the 16th century based on designs of Potala Palace in Lhasa. It was built for King and his family as its former residents before the Kashmiri Invasions during the 19th century. Leh Palace is also known as “Lhachen Palkhar”. It is one of the tallest building which let you view the entire city from its roof. Leh city has the famous “Namgyal Tsemo Monastery”, known for its 3-storey high gold statue of Maitreya Buddha, along with ancient manuscripts. Then “Shanti Stupa” is a Tibetian structure famous for its architectural beauty. It is located in Chandspa 5km from Leh which has a “white dome dedicated to Buddha” at a height of 11,840 feet. It was built to celebrate the completion of 2500 years of Buddhism by 14th Dalai Lama. It let you witness awe-striking views of the entire city of Leh. War Museum, Victory Tower and Sankar Monastery, village are some of the other places to visit in Leh.
3. Frozen Pangong
Pangong Tso Lake also knew as Pagong is a beautiful place to visit in Ladakh with barren mountain and clear blue sky it looks stunning and makes you feel the beauty of mother nature. During winter expedition you can witness the frozen scenic of the lake which looks heavenly with beautiful mountains behind it. It is a treat for those who love adventure sport like skiing and ice-skating since the lake remains frozen throughout winter. Tso lake happens to be the highest saltwater lake with 40% of the portion covering India and remaining extends to China. Owing to saline water there is no aquatic life found in the lake except a few small crustaceans. It takes 5 hours drive from Leh city to view the stunning beauty of Pangong Tso Lake.
4. Nubra Valley
The drive from Leh to Nubra Valley offers a tremendous scenery characterized by craggy mountains, rocky slopes along the riverside. Nubra Valley is a deep cut gorge created by the combined effects of Shyok and Nubra (Siachen) rivers. Nubra Valley is 150 km from Leh city and Diskit is the main town and it has few reasons to attract the tourists. It’s got the region’s only petrol pump and it’s the only place where you’ll find internet connectivity. The landmark of the city is the 32-meter tall statue of Maitreya Buddha, on an intermediate hill that is maintained at the Diskit monastery. Along the valley are the villages of Sumur, Kyagar, Tirith, Panamik, and others. Another important tourist spot is the Samstanling monastery that lies between Kyagar and Sumur villages. Double-humped Bactrian Camels, offering rides through the dunes, and great architecture of silent monasteries mesmerize every visitor.
5. Lamayuru Monastery
Lamayuru Monastery also known as Yuru Monastery is a small village yet wonderful place to visit in your Ladakh trip which you can’t skip and remains at top of Leh tourism charts. It is said to be one of the oldest and largest monasteries in Ladakh. It is famous for its lunar landscape and odd geographical formations. It is located on Srinagar – Leh Highway at an altitude of 3,510 meters. In the 11th century, a scholar named Mahasiddhacharya Naropa laid the foundation stone of this monastery after experiencing the presence of divine power. Originally, the monastery had five buildings, though now only the central building exists still it remains a favorite spot for photographers and travelers.
6. Khardung La Pass
Khardung La Pass also known as Khardzong La is a high mountain pass in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, near Leh. The actual elevation of the pass is 5395 meters. It is a gateway to Shyok and Nubra valleys as well as serves as a perfect gateway for adventure enthusiasts, peace seekers, and mountain biking fanatics. As you make your way to the top, you are rewarded with stunning views of mountain valleys and tortuous roads. Travelling to further north of the pass let you find the Bactrian camels at a place called Hunder. Due to the lack of hotels and lodges, it is advisable to take enough amount of packed food and water necessary to complete the travel. From the top, you can get picturesque views of the Karakoram range and the Himalayas. However, due to heavy rains and snowfall, the Khardung La pass remains closed from July to August and November to February.
7. Thiksey Monastery
Thiksey Monastery is one of the beautiful monasteries located in Thiksey village of Leh district in Ladakh region. It is popular for the largest gompa in the region and also resembles the famous Patola palace which is located in Tibet. The elevation of the gompa is 1180 feet, which makes it one of the high-altitude gompas in India. Being a 12 storey building and one of the oldest gompas, Thiksey Monastery gives you much reason to visit the spot such as wall paintings, statues, stupas, stunning architecture, ‘mask dance’ or ‘Cham dance’ that happens from October to November every year and major place which attracts numerous monks and tourists towards it is Maitreya Temple. An experienced adventure travel agency would make your expedition a memorable one and make you feel the real adventure.