Ladakh-Leh – The Land of Snow With Fascinating Treasures
Cocooned in pure white snow, sporting an angelic persona and offering a mystifying experience- such is the land of Ladakh. Surrounded by the longest mountain range in the world, the mighty Himalayas, this tourist destination of India is fast gaining popularity among tourists from all over the world.
Occupying a significant place on the tourist map of the state Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh is synonymous with adventure. Adventure seekers, this is the place to drape your dreams with the robes of reality. Indulge in hiking, skiing, river rafting, para-gliding, trekking, jeep safari and mountaineering. The 26 km stretch from Fhey to Nimo in the Indus river is the best place for river-rafting.
The beautiful monasteries are the landmarks of this hot-spot of India. Some of the famous monasteries here are the Thiksey Monastery, Alchi Gompa, Spituk Monastery, Phugtal Gompa, Phiyang monastery and Lamayuru monastery(the oldest one).The arresting architecture and fabulous interiors of these monasteries deserve mention.
The natural beauty of this land also encompasses mesmerizing lakes. Tso Morriri is an attractive lake popularly known as the ‘mountain lake’. Encircled by snow-clad mountains, this lake is located at an altitude of around 4,500 m and is considered as one of the highest lakes in the world. Other lakes beautifying the land are the Pang Gong and Tso Kar.
Wonderful Buddhist festivals are celebrated in Ladakh with great enthusiasm and joy. The cultural shows, exhibitions, feasts, handicrafts and unique rituals are the highlights of the festivals. The Hemis festival, Losar festival and Ladakh harvest festival are a few to name.
How can a tour to this enchanting destination be complete without going on a shopping spree! Here you can buy amazing handicrafts such as Pashmina shawls, handmade woolens, Buddhist masks, thangka paintings, silver jewelery, apricots, carpets and much more.