People like to travel to destinations that would bring them peace, joy, and entertainment. In this way, they want to recharge their batteries and get the necessary energy to continue with hard work. Unfortunately, an average person does not have a lot of time to travel. The only period when we can travel overseas is a vacation. In other words, the time we have is limited to 2 or 3 weeks. Because of that, choosing the right destination is crucial. Going to the wrong place would be a huge mistake. If we do not feel nice, then we won’t get the chance to “recharge our batteries”.
Well, there truly are many destinations in the world that deserve your attention. However, people are usually focused on the most popular ones that are expensive. Going to these places usually requires a lot of sacrifices. Still, these destinations are not the only ones. One of the affordable and beautiful destinations that deserves your attention is Ladakh.
Well, this place has a turbulent past and present as well. It is currently a region that is administered by India as a union territory. Despite that, it is also a small part of the bigger region well-known under the name Kashmir. People that are familiar with politics know why we said its present is turbulent. This region is the subject of dispute between three sides. Those three sides are Pakistan, India, and China. This scenario lasts since 1947.
Yet, this doesn’t mean that Ladakh does not deserve the attention of people. More precisely, thousands of tourists are coming to this place each year. However, we assume this fact does not seem too convincing. Because of that, we would like to talk about the top reasons why you should visit Ladakh. After you read those reasons, you might want to come here as well.
Enough talking; let’s find them out together.
As we said, the purpose of traveling is to relax. However, it is also a good opportunity to meet another culture. According to Ju-Leh Adventure, the best way to do that is through food and music. Well, food is something that will surely impress you here. You will find many Indo-Tibetan restaurants that offer local specialties. We recommend you try out thukkpas and momos. We know that these foods are not familiar to Europeans and Americans. Trying it out, you will start to understand why this region is so special.
Almost every place in the world has some sort of local festival. Festivals are also a great place to meet some other cultures better. Fortunately for you, this region has a lot of them during the entire year. Some people say it is the best time to visit Ladakh when there is some major festival. We can only say that entertainment is guaranteed here.
Well, some of those festivals are Losar, Tak, Hemis, Dosmoche, etc. However, they are not all the same. Each one is somehow connected with different events. Some of them will offer you a unique styled celebration and drama performance. On the other hand, you will get the chance to get familiar with some “strange” instruments. More precisely, these instruments are going to be strange to people that do not live here. Finally, something you mustn’t skip is Masked Lamac dance. You can enjoy this opportunity at the Hemis festival.
You have surely heard about the Karakoram and Himalayan mountain ranges. Well, imagine that you find yourself in such a place. First of all, you will see a stark blue sky while you are located in the rugged landscape. Despite that, you will get the chance to find some lush green patches of vegetation. Finally, the mix of different colors that mother nature gives us will remain in your memory for the rest of your life. Tourists that were here will confirm how wonderful these places are.
Gompas and Monasteries
Well, this place truly has a long tradition and history. Here you can find a huge number of ancient gompas and monasteries. Each one has a different story and tradition. The good thing is that staying here is affordable. More precisely, you will get the chance to stay here for a couple of days for free. We know that money sometimes is a problem for tourists. Well, it seems that you won’t have to worry about that.
Anyway, these places will allow you to participate in different rituals. However, some people simply aren’t interested in that. Instead, the would rather choose only to explore those monasteries. You will see many old decor elements, ancient manuscripts, etc. Still, it will tough to decide on only one monastery to visit. Our recommendation is to visit some like Hemis, Stakna, Matho, Spituk, etc. All these monasteries are unique in some different way. We recommend you research them online before going to this place.
Different Outdoor Activities
Well, festivals are not the only place where you can have fun. Many tourists that come here decide on trekking. Fortunately, there are many places where you can enjoy this type of activity. Of course, Mount Everest seems like the biggest challenge. However, you do not have to trek to this mountain. There is a huge number of them that are not as complex as you think. Despite that, some of them also lead to some popular monasteries that we mentioned.
Some of the peaks that we could recommend are Jang Yatse, Stok Kangri, and Nun-Kun. This challenging trip will allow you to see some amazing things. First of all, the panoramic view is something you will remember forever. Despite that, you will see different valleys and villages on your path.
There is one activity that we also need to highlight. However, you will not get the chance to enjoy it during the entire year. Many people come here to enjoy motor rides in mountain passes during summer. Some of the most popular passes here are Namshang La, Chang La, Kardung La, etc.
We highlighted some of the top reasons why you should visit this region. However, organizing your trip can sometimes be tough. Because of that, it would be good to hire someone who will organize your trip. Have you ever heard about cultural tours? Well, this service will allow you to visit pristine blue lakes, high passes, and villages, ancient monasteries, etc. This is going to be a good way to meet the culture of people from this part of the world.