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Ladakh - must go before you die

Updated on June 7, 2012

Travelling keeps one fresh and takes one away to an entire new setting. One which is very different from the daily mundane work. Travelling, most definitely introduces one to new places and to new situations. But, sometimes you come across places which make a permanent space in you heart. Ladakh is one such place to me. Among the places I have been to in Asia, Europe and US, this one place is by far the most awesome place I have seen. The beauty of the place is extremely difficult to describe and it is best that each person absorbs it with own eyes. In my 6 day trip to Ladakh there were innumerable times when I felt – Hey, this is not possible, how can a place be so beautiful. I thought it was all fake, the government has created certain mountains, rivers, flowers, clouds to attract tourists. But for hundreds and hundreds of Kms this is obviously impossible. I felt so small in front of the beauty of the place and the people of Ladakh. Without doubt I can say that, Ladakh is one place which every person must visit before she/he dies!

Once you are in Ladakh everything around you is so beautiful that it is extremely difficult to list down a few must do things. However, considering that not everybody has a lot of time at disposal, I will talk about a few critical places that you should visit to make your stay in Leh/ Ladakh truly memorable.

Must go places
Elements
Leh Market
Army museum
Shanti stupa
Leh castle
Magnetic hill
Changla pass
Pangong tso lake
Nubra valley

How to reach Ladakh ?

I have one week – If you have somehow managed to take out a week and need to get back to work, it is indeed a short time to travel by road, as all the places in Ladakh are very far away from one another. The preferred mode of transport in this case is direct flight to Leh from Delhi. It is a one hour flight.

I have more than a week – If you have around 10-15 days at your disposal, I sincerely suggest that you should travel by road via the Manali-Leh road. The view from the road is breathtaking.

Where to book your onward travel from?

You can hire motorbikes from Leh itself once you reach there. But if you are travelling with family and want to travel together you should book cab previously before coming to Ladakh. Why booking a cab is necessary is that the travel company will also help you obtain license/permit to various places that you would be going. Ladakh is under army supervision hence, you will need permits to cross the army barricade and visit these places.

Day1: Rest for 4-6 hours is advised, as you need time to get acclimatized. It is important to walk around a bit slowly for an entire day to allow your body to adjust to the less oxygen. This is a good time to visit places such as Elements.

Elements:- Elements is a wonderful dining place in the Leh market. It has a very narrow road leading to it, hence it is extremely easy to not find it. You will have to look out for blackboards kept on the road to see the entrance gate or ask people. We were plain lucky to have found the place. A narrow road leads to a breathtaking sight when you reach elements. This place is built on the edge of the cliff. The place faces the snow capped Himalayas. This restaurant serves excellent non-veg food and they screen movies on a big screen as well.

Leh market:- Leh market is great for shopping especially hats, scarfs and tibetian goods.

Army museum:-The army museum displays the achievements and the equipment of gallant army men fighting in extremely difficult weather conditions of the Himalayas. If you are an Indian this will surely fill your heart with pride.

Shanti Stupa:- This is a beautiful Buddhist stupa. I would describe it as peace and architectural beauty at it’s best.

Leh castle-Spooky yet very beautiful.

Magnetic Hill- Legend says this hill has magnetic properties and if you park you car in the box marked on the road, the magnetic powers of the hill will pull your car uphill. It did not happen to our car. But neway the drive is worth it.

Changla pass – At a height of 17,500 feet, this will be a high point in your trip. Don’t miss out on the delicious maggi and soup served right at the top of Changla.

Pangong tso Lake –If there is any heaven it lies here. The drive to this place is 6 hours from Leh and the place closes early . So, one needs to start early for the lake. Don’t even think about sleeping all the way because the journey is mind boggling. So much of beauty surrounds you in the journey that you will find yourself clicking more than 2000 photos in 6 hours, if you are a photography enthusiast. Just when you thought that you have seen it all the gorgeous Pangong Tso emerges from between the mountains. The water is a 100% reflection of the sky. The lake is as clear as it can get. It is a blue heaven .Check out the pictures.

Nubra Valley- A stay in Nubra valley will complete the awesomeness of your trip. Nubra valley is picture postcard beautiful. In one place you will find a sandy dessert, icy cold river, forest cover, snow capped mountains, green grass and so much more. This place is magic. Stay overnight in Nubra. Several tents are available for rent. They also provide home grown food.

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      Abhijit Aswath 4 years ago from India

      Wow, means a lot to me. Thanks a lot for the heart felt appreciation. I wish you can visit the place someday and see all of it for real. :) Thanks again Beata Stasak

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      Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia

      Had a great adventure in my mind in Ladakh, thank you for taking me there:) Your nomination is well deserved:)

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      Abhijit Aswath 4 years ago from India

      Thank you very much ripplemaker, It feels great to be nominated again for Hubnuggets after winning it for the first time. Ladakh is unbelievable, If I have the resouces (money and time) I would love to go there every year.

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      Michelle Simtoco 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      This is the first time I have heard about Ladakh...so it pays to read. :) And thanks to the hubnuggets too!

      Congratulations on your nomination on the hubnuggts! Do head this way to read and vote http://pattyinglishms.hubpages.com/hub/HubNuggets-... and have a merry time!

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      Abhijit Aswath 4 years ago from India

      Thanks xstatic. It is a popular misconception that Ladakh is challenging. Ladakh is actually very easily accessible from the capital, Delhi. My grandmother went to Ladakh sometime back. She was 75 back then and she didn't have any problem. The oxygen is slightly less I agree, but apart from that the terrain is not very demanding if you are sitting in a car with an experienced local driver driving you to all the places.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Sounds beautiful and challenging as well. Very well written!

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      Abhijit Aswath 4 years ago from India

      Thank you very much Peggy. I should tell you that Ladakh is not a very demanding place physically. My grandmother went to Ladakh when she was 75. If you happen to travel to India, I would highly recommend it. Till then I will surely add and edit more picture to this page. I am sincerely touched by your appreciation. Thanks again

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks for showing us a few photos and telling us about this beautiful place. At my age it is unlikely that I will get there to see it in person, so this is the next best thing. Thanks! Voted up and interesting.

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      Abhijit Aswath 4 years ago from India

      You must visit.. this place has much more beauty than it promises. :)

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      It sounds beautiful. I love to travel. Perhaps I will visit this lovely place one day. :)

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      Abhijit Aswath 4 years ago from India

      Thank you Shubhangi for voting up, June - July is the best season to go there. Make sure you take your family too :)

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      Shubhangi Joshi 4 years ago

      I've heard so much about this beautiful place, can't wait to go there sometime soon! Great hub! Voting up :)

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      Abhijit Aswath 4 years ago from India

      Haha.. I am also waiting for the day when teleportation is a reality.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      wow awesome places you have here! i just really wish i have these instant transmission power wherein i could go to any places..lol who am i kidding, only gouko could do that.

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