A Traveller's Haven - Visit The Switzerland Of India
India has always been every traveller’s ecstasy. There is no other country on the planet that offers diversity in landscape, climate, culture and architecture, as much as India does. One such place is Ladakh.
Set in the north of India, Ladakh is a land like no other. Bordering Tibet, it is surrounded by the world’s largest mountain ranges, the Himalayas and Karakoram. The ideal time to visit is between April to September when the temperature is around 22 to 27 degrees. During winter the temperature will plummet to as low as minus 20 degrees. Locals have often told me that this is the only place in the country where a person sitting outside could suffer from both a heatstroke and frostbite at the same time.
This mountain laden land can offer you a lot of stimulating experiences. But if you are visiting this place for the first time, I highly recommend that you at least try these three things to truly understand and soak the culture of Ladakh.
Ride a bike from Leh to Manali
There is nothing more exciting than riding a bicycle and indulging in the beauty of a place. Passing through this stretch will change your perspective on life and nature.
The distance between Leh to Manali will offer you an adrenaline pumping ride. You will go through the trans-Himalayan region, see the capital of the city Leh and go past the hillside town Manali. This bike trip will offer you a culturally rich, scenic view of a lifetime.
Raft in the Indus
While you meander through the Indus Valley, indulge in a white water jaunt. The views will be one of a kind.
Not only will this experience be thrilling, but you will also have a chance to witness panoramic landscapes you’ve never seen before.
The stretch between Upshi to Kharu is ideal for beginners as it consists of Grade 1 and 2 rapids. But if you are a thrill seeker, you can opt for challenging rapids. There are many tour operators who would provide a service catering to your need.
Meditate in a monastery
There are few monasteries in the region, but I highly recommend visiting the Thiksey monastery.
Aesthetically pleasing, this place has an extraordinary setting covering one side of a hill. It looks like a little town washed down in white, offering you a surreal experience of history, culture and spiritualism.
The best time to visit is between 6.30 to 7am, making it ideal for you to listen and see the monk’s prayers. This experience is bound to make you feel connected with your inner self.
If this isn’t enough, indulge in a little visual treat below. Not only will this video brighten your day, but it will also make you want to put Ladakh on your bucket list.
Ladakh on timelapse
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