Best Places in Ladakh
Ladakh which is also called the “land of high passes” is a region in Indian state of “Jammu & Kashmir” that presently extend from the Kunlun mountain ranges to the main Great Himalayas to the south and occupied by people of Tibetan descent and Indo Aryan. It is one of the most lightly populated regions in Jammu & Kashmir, its history and culture are nearly related to that of Tibet. Ladakh is renowned for its remote mountain culture and beauty.
Historically, the region included the Baltistan valleys , the complete upper Indus Valley, the , Lahaul, remote Zanskar and Spiti to the south and much of Ngari including the Guge and Rudok region in the east, Aksai Chin in the northeast which is extending to the Kun Lun Mountains and the Nubra Valley over Khardong La in the Ladakh Range.
Rock carvings found in many parts of Ladakh point toward that the area has been occupied from Neolithic times. Ladakh’s earliest inhabitant consisted of a mixed Indo Aryan populations of Dards and Mons, who find mention in the works of Nearchus, Herodotus, Megasthenes, Ptolemy, Pliny and the geographical list of the Puranas. Around the first century, Ladakh was a part of the Kushana empire. Buddhisms increase into the “western Ladakh from Kashmir” in the second century when much of western Tibet and eastern Ladakh was still practising the Bon religion. The seventh century Buddhist explorer Xuanzang describes the region in his accounts.
Best places to visit in Ladakh
- Pangong Lake
- Lamayuru Village and Monastery
- Tsomoriri Lake
- Sand Dunes at Hunder
- Khartungla Pass
- Gompas and Stupas
- Magnetic Hill
- Nubra Valley
Best time to visit Ladakh
The best time to visit Ladakh is from April until September. April and May are the pleasant summer months when the temperature ranges between 20 and 30°C. Ladakh turns into a resplendent paradise during this time with sunny sky, moderate weather, and the stunning panorama of the mountain ranges. However, there is a sharp fall in the temperatures at night. Hence the travellers should not forget their wide sun-hats, shades, sunscreen, boots along with the windcheaters, gloves and other woollens. The keen trekkers love to visit Ladakh during the months of June to September, as the Manali – Leh and Srinagar – Leh Highways usually remain open during that season.
How to reach Ladakh
By Air : Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport is the central airport of the area. The flights are directly linked from Srinagar, Delhi and Jammu; by the flights run by Air India, Go Air and Jet Airways. The schedules are set already though, but these are subject to change according to the climate. It is advised that you keep your strategy flexible.
By Train : Jammu Tawi is the nearest railhead, situated at a distance of around 708 Km from Ladakh. In order to reach Ladakh, you have to take bus or taxi from outside the railway station. It will take approximately 15 hours to reach the heart of the city, Ladakh.
By Road : You can also hire jeeps, cars or taxis in Srinagar. Manali-Leh road of 473 kms, since 1989 has been one more route to Ladakh. This route is open from mid of June to early October.