Ladakh - also known as "Little Tibet", is famous for its marvelous mountain beauty, Buddhist culture, and Kawa, traditional green tea with spices and almonds. Its culture and history are closely related to that of Tibet as it is inhabited by people of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent. The largest town in Ladakh is Leh, followed by Kargil. Moon-like dramatic landscapes, high passes, enchanting lakes, and monks chanting mantras and prayers make Leh-Ladakh truly a paradise. If there’s any place on earth that can give you the feeling of being in heaven then it's Ladakh.
Ladakh lies at an altitude of 3,524 meters (11,562 ft) and is connected via National Highway 1 to Srinagar in the southwest and to Manali in the south via the Leh-Manali Highway. There are three ways to reach Leh, one by road from Manali in Himachal Pradesh, the second from the Srinagar-Leh highway or taking a flight from Srinagar, and the third taking a direct flight from Delhi to Leh.
Both road routes are equally spectacular in different ways, and both are time-consuming with winding, narrow roads, scenic landscapes, and numerous military checkpoints for security purposes. There will be stopovers and by road, it will take you two days; some people even go in one shot and the journey takes about 20 hours. Rest on the first day of arrival to acclimate to the high-altitude region.
Changspa road and old Leh road have many restaurants and cafes serving really good food. Changspa is much more a touristy place with budget guesthouses and it's also near Shanti Stupa.
Explore & Experience in Ladakh-
- Nubra Valley
- Pangong Lake
- Zanskar Valley
- Tso Moriri Lake
- Khardung La Pass