High passes, turquoise waters mirroring clear skies, majestic snow-capped mountains, and picture-perfect Buddhist monasteries – a Ladakh trip has all this and more in store for the avid tourist. But there's a lot more to this land of scintillating beauty. Whether you are travelling with your family and friends, a significant other, or planning a solo trip, there are various Ladakh tour packages to appeal to every kind of traveller.
The region's arid mountains and rugged terrain invite the young and free-spirited into packing a backpack and readying themselves for a journey of self-discovery. The whitewashed Buddhist monasteries, or gompas, surrounded by vibrant, brightly hued prayer flags, offer a glimpse into Ladakh's Tibetan past and architectural influence. Historically significant and culturally rich cities like Leh and Kargil awaken your curiosity. The unique taste of
All this and more makes a Ladakh trip a magical experience for people of diverse tastes and interests. It's no wonder that Leh and Ladakh are popular tourist destinations today.
The nearest airport is Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport in Leh, which has flights from and to Delhi, Srinagar, and Jammu. Flight timings are subject to frequent changes depending on the weather. Ladakh is connected by road to Srinagar and Manali, and this is a popular choice for road trips with friends. The drive, although challenging at certain spots, is an unforgettable experience. You can also find buses running to Leh from Srinagar, Manali, and Delhi. Alternatively, there are long-distance trains that stop at Jammu Tawi, which is about 700 kilometres away from Leh. The easiest way to get there, however, is to book one of the Ladakh holiday packages offered by Cox & Kings. This allows you to enjoy a stress-free holiday in this amazing place.
Festivals And Things To Do
Tourism in Ladakh is one the highest earning businesses and so holiday packages from Ladakh are starting to include various attractions for tourists. Ladakh holds a number of festivals every year such as Losar, Hemis Tsechu, Phyang Tsedup, and the
One of the staples on any Ladakh trip package includes adventure activities like white-water river rafting in the Indus River, the highest altitude where rafting is possible. Other adrenaline-pumping activities are mountaineering, gliding, paragliding, trekking, and skiing. The thrill of indulging in adventure sports in the cold mountains while chilly breeze from the Himalayas blows your way is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
If you want to try something less ‘touristy', watch some competitive sports, or try your hand at a match with the locals. Archery is a famous sport in Ladakh, and archers from different states come here to participate in the competitions. The early Mongols who invaded India used to play polo, which has now passed into the local culture. Witnessing a polo match in the open valleys of Ladakh makes for a thrilling experience. With Ladakh holiday packages from Cox & Kings, you can customise your trip to see the best during your Ladakh travel.
Places To Visit
There are a lot of places to see and things to do, which are included in Ladakh tour packages. Some of the most popular ones are mentioned below.
Popular Activities And Experiences
Visit The Donkey Sanctuary: The locals frequently use donkeys to carry heavy loads or to commute to remote places. But when these donkeys get old or fall prey to sickness, instead of leaving them to fend for themselves, the people of this region take them to an establishment known as the Donkey Sanctuary. Here, these animals live the rest of their lives in comfort. It is probably the only such establishment in the world and worth adding to your Ladakh package. Another reason to visit the place is the display of funny graffiti in and around the area.
Take The Chadar Trek: The Chadar Trek is usually held in November when the temperature drops so low that it is enough for rivers to freeze but not so intense that it will make you want to run back to warm and cosy comforts of a hotel room. It involves trekking over frozen rivers along the Zanskar Valley and is usually done in groups. But wide-eyed, novice adventurers should note that there is a certain amount of experience required for frozen river treks, making it unsuitable for first-timers. To do the Chadar Trek, make sure you mention it to your tour provider when pre-booking a Ladakh holiday package.
Stargaze From Lamayuru Valley: One of the best things about a Ladakh trip is that it envelops you in pure, untainted nature. There are no blinding city lights or the cacophony and clamour of traffic or perpetually crowded streets and pavements. And one of the best ways to enjoy the peace and silence on your Ladakh trip would be to stargaze from the Lamayuru dunes. With practically no pollution levels, you can lay back and watch the stars and the constellations dance across the night sky – something that would be unthinkable in the city.
Sight Snow Leopards: Snow leopards are a rare species, only found in specific mountainous regions. Luckily for you, a Ladakh trip offers a chance to get a glimpse of these magnificent creatures. Take a trip to Hemis National Park in Ladakh, which is perhaps the only place in India where you can see these beautiful beasts in their natural habitat.
White River Rafting At Zanskar: If you are planning a Ladakh trip during the summer, this is a must-do since the lakes start freezing by November and only begin to melt towards the end of January. White river rafting is one of the most sought-after activities here and is a part of many Ladakh packages. And if safety is a concern, rest assured that experienced professionals will accompany you at Zanskar valley. So you can be sure that this exciting adventure is entirely safe.
Try Yak Cheese: A Ladakh trip without trying the local Yak cheese is an incomplete experience. Locals use yak to supply cheese (Chhurpi), milk, and meat.
Sample The Local Liquor: Try the traditional and locally made Ladakhi alcohol or Chaang, made from fermented millet. Since the cold arid desert of Ladakh has freezing temperatures all year round, it is essential for the locals (and also the tourists) to sip a drink that keeps them warm! It's a good enough reason to say ‘Cheers'!
Meditate At The Shanti Stupa: Get your mind away from the hustle and bustle of the city with a meditation session at the Shanti Stupa, which literally translates to ‘peace dome'. This architectural wonder is not only pleasing to the eye but also offers some much-needed relief from your hectic lifestyle. Visit it in the early morning when the monks have just started their day and are about to begin their prayers and rituals. It is an inexplicably beautiful experience; a quiet monastery set against the backdrop of the rising sun and snow-capped mountains.
Try Ladakhi Cuisine: Tourism in Ladakh can be best experienced by indulging in some authentic Ladakhi food, which is heavily influenced by Tibetan cuisine. Small shops line the roads and are generally run by women who know the region's culinary tendencies. Things to try include yak cheese and yak cheese momos, which are not found anywhere else in the country. Also, sample some Tibetan stew, which is nothing less than a steaming bowl of goodness that can warm your insides on a freezing winter day.
Ladakh Tourism Packages
Cox & Kings offers various Ladakh packages for every kind of tourist. All these tours include a stay on the mesmerising Pangong Lake. You can also customise your Ladakh tour package to include all your interests and make the most of your trip.
Best Time To Visit
Winters can be severe in Leh-Ladakh, and it may not be the best time to visit. The ideal time for a Ladakh travel plan is during the summer, which includes the months of April and May, extending to June. If you want to experience the snow-clad mountains in all their glory, opt for late March. However, if you want an authentic Ladakhi holiday experience, travel here in the summer. Not only is the weather more pleasing, hotels and tourist activities also become easily available at this time of the year.
Shopping in Ladakh
Like every other tourist destination, shopping in Ladakh involves mostly local fare that is of significance to the region, its history, and climate. You can find quite a few markets in Ladakh where you can buy famous items such as:
Ladakh has many famous markets for shopping. These include private markets, government-run markets, women's alliance markets, and state emporiums. Some of the must-visit markets are-
Safety Of Tourists
So much to see and so much to do, a perfect mix of peace and adventure make Ladakh seem like a perfect holiday destination. So why wait to book a Ladakh holiday package? Most tourists say it boils down to safety. There is a lot of hearsay about the safety conditions of tourists in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. This is especially so, given the current state of affairs in the region.
However, the increasing number of travellers to Leh-Ladakh is making the region perfectly safe for all kinds of visitors. Ladakh is far enough from the border, so you don't have to worry about untoward situations. More importantly, Leh-Ladakh is considered one of the safest regions in Jammu and Kashmir. And contrary to popular belief, the region is one of the most peaceful destinations in the country. The Buddhist culture and the presence of numerous monasteries make it one of the best places to have a serene holiday.
So, now that you have all the information you need, pack your bags, get your leaves in order and start planning an amazing trip to this gorgeous land! So, experience the best Ladakh trip with your choice of Ladakh holiday package. Because as they say, the mountains are calling, and you must go!