Hidden away in the north eastern corner of India, Ladakh is a sanctuary of Buddhist tradition. Cradled between the two highest mountain ranges in the world, the Himalayas and the Karakorum, its very name means ‘land of high passes’ and it has always had a strategic location at the crossroads of ancient trade routes. Made up of desolate empty plains surrounded by breathtaking jagged mountains and steep passes, its calm serenity and fresh mountain air make it one of India’s best kept secrets while its scenery and majestic peaks make it a favourite with mountaineering enthusiasts. Prayer flags, centuries old monasteries and extraordinary wildlife make this a rewarding destination for the intrepid traveller.
With the strong influence of Buddhist and Tibetan culture, Ladakh boasts an abundance of monastic festivals characterised by colourful masks and robes, traditional dancing and singing. It is worth timing your visit to coincide with one of these incredible celebrations.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
Peak travel time in Ladakh is June to September, in the summer months, when daytime temperatures are warm reaching maximums of 21-25°C. Nights can be chilly with temperatures dropping as low as 7°C. Keen trekkers usually visit July-August, when the Manali-Leh and Srinagar-Leh highways are open to vehicles.
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