The Flapper Life
Travel guide to Ladakh.
Magnificently jagged amid the magical place of Ladakh a remote valley tucked in the north side of India. The glorious land of Ladakh itself is an awe-inspiring world. Despite being compared to Kashmir, Ladakh and Kashmir are different in their own ways divided by the Himalayan ranges. Often called the cold desert of India, it is the freezing land, sand dunes, landscapes with spirituality written all over that makes Ladakh, a land that needs to be touched, however, doesn’t see a fortune of tourist.
Ever wondered, why is it so, that despite being called paradise on earth, Ladakh is still not visited by more than half of India. Is it the lack of infrastructure, internet or cultural variation? Ladakh has the potential to change you, your perspective and your life.
The clear sky, curvy roads, the Tibetan culture and people are ought to make you call Ladakh – Your travel home. The Flapper Life has said it out loud and clear, time and again Ladakh has our heart.
We put forth our suggestion as a travel guide to Ladakh covering place, culture, food and people.
Ladakh – The place
Leh one of the famous cities of Ladakh is surrounded by towering mountain ranges and calm lakes. It offers diverse tourism experience to travellers.
Nubra Valley yet another popular pick for travellers will leave them spellbound. Called the Orchard of Ladakh, Nubra Valley is secluded and yet attracts tourists who come to see places like the Diskit Monastery, Hunder Monastery, Maitreya Buddha statue and of course, the world-famous Khardung La Pass along with its exquisite stargazing experience.
Pangong Lake a blue-green lake in the middle of the mountains came into famous lights after we saw it in the movie – 3 idiots. Tourists who visit Ladakh spend hours in this spot. The lake is a breeding ground for several migratory birds.
Zanskar Valley, an isolated region surrounded by its mountains and stunning landscape. This relatively unexplored and hidden area in Ladakh has a pleasant climate, scintillating views and dazzling rivers which makes it perfect for a holiday.
One can also visit Kargil, Drass, Suru Valley, the magnetic Hill on the Leh-Kargil-Srinagar highway. The well-known Khardung La Pass, with its gorgeous views of the valley and roads, is considered to be the gateway to the Shyok and Nubra Valley. It is one of the highest motorable passes in the world.
Ladakh- The culture and festival.
Ladakh is the only place in the world where Tibetan culture is reachable. Though foreigners have always had restrictions when going to Tibet, in Ladakh you can talk freely, walk around and spiritually awaken yourself. The lovely Tibetan monasteries in Ladakh are a class apart. Each different from the other. Hemis monastery is a must to visit since it’s where the Hemis Festival takes place, a popular festival famous for its masked parade. It’s one of the holiest rituals in Ladakh.
Ladakh – Food.
If Ladakh looks barren and rocky, though beautiful, then it’s cuisine is rich, colourful, flavoursome & nutritious. The Tibetan influence on Ladakhi cuisine is momos, a dumpling stuffed with vegetables, minced chicken or even yak cheese. Other Tibetan dishes which are popular in Ladakh are thukpa, thenthuk and skyu. Apricot is especially famous in Ladakh, one should try the Apricot jam while in Ladakh, it’s tasty & healthy.
If you are someone who likes to likes to survive on Maggi, Ladakh will surprise you with its magic prep.
Ladakh – People
Ladakhis are both ancestrally and semantically tied to Tibetans. During the 8th century, a royal Tibetan annexed the region to himself and as a consequence, a large number of Tibetans came and market their roots there. Helpful, Kind, Humble and mostly, with a smile on their face. The people of Ladakh believe in simple living and high thinking.
How to plan Ladakh in a way that helps you cover the place, culture, festival, food and people and vibe