The intrinsic appeal of this majestic cold desert is its revitalizing breath of fresh air. Mountains the shades of browns you didn’t know and land formations you didn’t think possible and the unique culture add to the pulchritude of this old town. As one approaches Leh, the tall mountains greet you with their silent white faces with sparkling smiles. With harsh winters from October to early March, minimum temperatures are well below freezing for most of the winter; the ultimate weather to enjoy the gorgeousness is from the months of April to August/September. Colourful prayer flags strung around snow-capped mountain peaks give off tranquil vibes in their entirety! The real test of endurance is when you’re to acclimatize to the high altitude of 3500m above sea-level. The on-top-of-the-world feeling you get after having motored the highest motorable road in the world is indeed something. Heading onto gigantic palaces facing gusty, ferocious winds give the visitors a sense of unfettered integrity. The confluence of the Indus and the Zanskar rivers is a treat for the sight. One can clearly differentiate between the two resplendent emerald and blue waters from a distance. The stunning phenomenon of Magnetic Hill can drop many jaws in awe. For the uninitiated, the hill possesses magnetic properties that can pull vehicles uphill and compel passing aircrafts to increase altitude in order to escape the magnetic interference. And if you’re tired covering a few places on this route, you can recoup your energies in the tranquil ambits of the pious Gurudwara Pathar Saheb, in a sacred, yet enthralling atmosphere. The key highlight of Gurudwara Pathar Sahib is the image of Guru Nanak Dev and the foot print of a demon on the rock. Here, one should definitely enjoy the traditional serving of hot tea, which is bound to leave you wanting for more. The peaceful Buddhist monasteries of Leh are one of the infamous Buddhism pilgrimage sites of India. Known as Gompas, Leh monasteries are a must visit. Also the Buddhist monks live, study and practice their faith in these huge monasteries. The radiating Shanti Stupa, a white Stupa atop a low lying hill provides a picturesque view of the town. If one wants to witness the real colours of this barren beauty then they ought to come here during the celebrations of Ladakh festivals like the Great Hemis Festival in July and the Dosmoche Festival. A number of cultural shows, exhibitions and rituals are a part of these Buddhist festivals.

Being in the presence of raw nature at the serene, colour-changing Pangong Tso – to its core is overwhelming, yet thrilling. En-route, one must visit the mini Potala-like Monastery in Ladakh i.e. Thiksey Monastery which also enshrines the most beautiful statue of Maitrey Buddha. Pangong lake is the largest high altitude lake in the Indian Territory. There is an ominous glow of this mellow Lake. Here you can stand knowing that across the turquoise, placid waters, lie the mountains of an even more isolated and attractive land – Tibet.

Visitors to the flowering glen of Nubra find it a coveted treasure. During early summer, Nubra is clad in endless bushes of yellow and pink wild roses, and once the valley is through with the season of roses around August, a carpet of wild lavender lies gently on it. Nubra is also a relatively warmer valley in Ladakh and helps in growth better crops and fruits, making Nubra the Ldumra or the breath-taking orchard of Ladakh. One can never get enough of the stunning landscapes & the glimpses of plethora of ancient cultures and marvellous locations.

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