Post-lockdown Trip to the Beautiful Ladakh
If you’re from India, who believes that you deserve a break from all the chaos, work from home overburden and badly wants to travel somewhere post-lockdown, Ladakh is the place for you. Ladakh is an Indian union territory which hasn’t been severely hit by Covid-19 compared to many other places in India, which makes it a much safer place to travel post-lockdown.
The Covid-19 lockdown jeopardised travel plans for many of us, be it domestic or international. Most of you must have sorted out your post-lockdown travel plan but few might have drained themselves to exhaustion and are still struggling, relax you guys, we’ve got you covered!!
Here’s our list of Things to do in Ladakh
- A Daunting Chadar Trek – Trek over the frozen Zanskar river is one of the most adventurous and thrilling things to do in Ladakh. Chadar trek is generally taken in the winter season as the frozen sheet is thicker and safe to trek on. This activity is undertaken by large groups of people.
- Camping at Pangong Tso Lake – A popular shooting location for a simple reason i.e. it’s breathtakingly beautiful. Popular scenes from movies like 3 Idiots and Jab Tak Hai Jaan are etched in memories of many, and camping at this Ladakh’s hotspot is highly recommended.
- Bike ride at Magnetic Hill – There are myths related to the mysterious Magnetic Hill, that vehicles here defy the force of gravity. Whereas, in reality, the overall layout of the place is an optical illusion. The uphill road is basically a downhill road and it appears that a vehicle is moving uphill defying the laws of gravity, switch your car to neutral gear and experience this phenomenon.
- Trekking and River Rafting in Zanskar – If you’re an adventure enthusiast looking for some adrenaline rush, then these two activities are for you. White water rafting and trekking are quite adventurous in Zanskar. You will be accompanied by huge snow-covered mountains, daunting narrow roads and loud rivers throughout.
- Khardung La Pass Motor ride – Maintained by Border Roads Organisation, Khardung La Pass is at an elevation of 5,359m (17,500ft), which makes it one of the world’s highest motorable pass. It is one of the most famous and beautiful tourist spots in Ladakh. Now paint a picture of yourself, riding on a bike on a pass and there’s crystal white snow all around you.
Best places to visit in Ladakh
- Spituk Monastery – Ladakh is popularly known as the land of monks and Spituk Monastery is one of its many marvels. The highlight of the Spituk monastery is that it’s located on the top of a hill, which is surrounded by even bigger hills. The monastery abodes 100 monks and a big statue of Kali. The view from the monastery is just breath-taking and should definitely be visited.
- Zanskar Valley – One of the most popular tourist spots in Ladakh, Zanskar is a tourist-magnet for many reasons. The place offers fun and adventurous activities like trekking and river rafting. And for the adventure junkies who wants to live that Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara moment, they can go for the Chadar Trek. Also, the panoramic view of the mountains, the raw landscape is an ideal set up for travel bloggers and photographers.
- Pangong Lake – Etched in our memories through a number of films, Pangong Lake is the real treasure of Ladakh. Pangong sees a huge influx of tourists every year not only for its natural beauty, but for other activities as well. Pangong is surely one of the best places in whole of India to camp and star gaze with your beloved ones.
- Hemis National Park – located at an elevation of 3000-6000m, it is the largest and a high-altitude national park in India. Hemis National Park homes various endangered animals, including snow leopard, and has the highest density of them in the world. The place also offers a good trekking and hiking option for the visitors.
- Nubra Valley – Currently under military supervision as it is closer to the Siachen base camp, special permits are required to enter the Nubra valley. Foreign nationals are required to get a protected area permit, and Indian citizens are required to get an inner line permit to visit the valley. Nubra valley is famous for the Bactrian camel rides (having two humps), one of the rarest kinds in the world.
- Shanti Stupa Monastery – a beautiful white-domed Buddhist monument mounted on a hill in Chanspa, Shanti Stupa is a famous tourist spot in Ladakh. It holds the relics of the Buddha at its base, and is a part of a peace pagoda mission. The monument looks entirely different and much more beautiful under the full moon.