One of the most beautiful, calm and sparsely populated destinations in the country, Ladakh is not only known for its rugged terrain, but even the vibrant culture. Also called Little Tibet, Ladakh is home to several Tibetan cultural festivals, cuisines and monasteries. Even geographically, Ladakh is pretty close to Tibet. On a Leh Ladakh group tour, you can easily explore several attractions and areas of interest.
Travellers from around the world visit Ladakh for its barren nature, snow capped peaks and clean skies. Every year, families, trekkers, couples and people from all backgrounds visit this spectacular destination to get respite from city life. In fact, Ladakh is one of the most popular destinations among mountaineering and trekking enthusiasts.
Leh Ladakh Group Tour – Things to Explore
The rugged terrain is surrounded by the majestic Himalayas, vibrant gompas, infertile land and huge boulders. It’s a magical sight that you need time to soak in, before you proceed on a journey towards the crystal clear blues of Pangong Tso Lake. To enjoy a Leh group tour, you need atleast a week’s time. In this post, we’ll discuss a few sights to explore on your next trip.
Monasteries – One of the most important parts of traditions and culture in Ladakh, monasteries take you to a different world altogether. In these monasteries, the predominantly Buddhist community of Ladakh worships several incarnations of Lord Buddha.
Some of the most popular monasteries to explore in Ladakh include Shey Monastery, Spituk Gompa, Matho Monastery, Thiksey Monastery, Stakna Monastery, Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, Basgo Monastery, Alchi Monastery, Hemis Monastery, Rangdum Gompa, Chemrey Monastery, Mulbekh Gompa, Bardan Gompa, Likir Monastery, Wanla Gompa, Phuktal Monastery and more.
Mountain Passes – With some of the highest motorable roads in the world, and several high mountain passes, Ladakh is also called the Land of Passes. For years, it has been a favourite among adventure enthusiasts. Passes lead you to the numerous peaks and mountains in the region.
Khardung La, the highest motorable road in the world, is visited by almost everyone travelling to Leh-Ladakh. Some other notable mentions include Chang La, Namika La, Zoji La, Lachulung La and more.
Explore Alpine Wildlife – Ladakh is one of the most unique destinations to explore various species of alpine wildlife. You can also catch stunning views of the flora and watch birds fly high in the crystal clear skies. If you’re even a bit interested in photography, Ladakh takes your breath away instantly.
Some of the popular wildlife species to spot in Ladakh include Golden Eagle, Himalayan Snowcook, Black Necked Crane, Wall Creeper and Lamagier. On a Leh Ladakh group tour, you can expect to see most, if not all, of these species. You can even visit the popular Donkey Sanctuary and Hemis National Park.
Pristine Lakes – Lakes are one of the most important parts of Ladakhi ecosystem. Pangong Tso, Tso Kar and Tso Moriri Lakes are the most popular attractions in Ladakh. Pangong Lake changes colour throughout the day, and turns from emerald green in the morning to velvet blue at the time of sunset.
During winter season, these lakes are frozen, and some of them even serve as fresh routes connecting villages and towns in the region. Zanskar river is a good example of such a phenomenon, which is used as a popular trekking route.
Vibrant Villages – The unmatched beauty of Ladakh can’t be described in words. A Leh group tour is the only way to see it for yourself. The villages in Ladakh are vibrant yet serene, untouched and remote. A predominant Buddhist population doesn’t have much connection with the outer world.
Some villages that have been able to retain their stunning beauty include Dha-Hanu, Chumathang, Lamayuru Moonland, Panikhar, Hunder and Diskit. A trip to Leh-Ladakh isn’t complete without a visit to these pristine locations.
Beautiful Valleys – Ladakh is home to some of the most beautiful valleys in the world. Some of the popular names include Zanskar valley, Suru valley, Markha valley, Indus valley and Nubra valley. Visiting each one provides you with a different perspective towards life in the mountains.
Adventurous Trekking Routes – Whether it comes to adventurous activities, Ladakh takes the lead. Adventures in the valley aren’t limited to white water rafting or camel safari, but even mountaineering and trekking. The challenging heights and rugged terrain make for an ideal setting to indulge in adventurous activities.
The period between July and August is considered to be the best time for trekking. Starting early September, roads and highways are closed due to snowfall and storms. In order to have a good time on the trek and ensure safety, it’s highly recommended to book a Ladakh group tour with an experienced guide and appropriate winter equipment.
Shopping Extravaganza – Though Leh-Ladakh is a secluded region, partly cut-off from the mainland, it’s still popular for shopping streets and handicraft stores. You can purchase Pashmina garments, shawls, caps, socks, sweaters and more. In addition to this, you may also purchase traditional jewelry items. Ladakh Art Palace, Tibetan Handicraft Community, Ecology Centre and Cottage Industries Exposition are some of the popular shopping places in Leh-Ladakh.
Delicious Cuisine – After coming back from Ladakh, you won’t stop craving for its delightful cuisine. The fresh produce from the field is turned into delicious delicacies. Apart from vegetables, Ladakh is also known for its authentic non-vegetarian dishes.
Most of the meals are a blend of Korean, Chinese and Kashmiri tastes. On a Leh Ladakh group tour, don’t miss trying some of the most popular dishes, such as Thenthuk, Momos, Ladakhi Tea, Chang, Cholak, Khambir, Thukpa and Sea Buckthorn Juice.
In order to visit Ladakh, you can take one of the two routes, i.e., Zoji La Pass and Kargil while coming from Srinagar, and the Manali – Leh highway while visiting from Himachal Pradesh. The road from Manali is open from May to October, while the route from Srinagar is open from April to October.
If you book a Leh Ladakh group tour, you may even take a flight, available from Delhi throughout the year. If you’d like to discuss your requirements for a group tour with our team, please click here.