Looking for a honeymoon destination but not the one which is on everyone’s list? How about a combination of adventure and romance? If yes, Leh Ladakh is your answer!
The adventure of this pristine place starts right from the moment you enter its skies. The first view that you’ll see from your aircraft is indescribable. If there’s a heaven on earth, it’s HERE! The snow-capped mountains, long smooth curvy roads, clear blue sky and turquoise waters will sweep the floor off your feet. Every mountain looks different, with unique shapes (a human face, some animal – whatever your wild imagination can make of them), color and texture.
The long road trips will take you through the essence of this Cold Desert – the tranquility, barren hills, high mountain passes, frozen waterfalls, wildlife (Ibex and Marmot being the star attractions), Gompas, the locals and their strange mud houses. You would wish the drive never ends.
Oh so thrilling, yet so romantic! <3
Here are the various things the Just-Married love birds, who like living on the edge, MUST do in this Paradise.
1 Biking, Camps, Trekking: Bike trip across Ladakh is one of the best ways to explore this Land of High Passes.And what better way to get intimate than staying with your love in the cozy tents by the river?Go hiking together through the spell binding landscape exploring the local culture and also each other. As they say, “Those who travel together stay together”
2 Pangong Tso Lake and Nubra Valley: The breathtaking view of the Pangong Tso Lake will make you thank God for giving you this life. You’ll feel ecstatic for being so close to China as 2/3rd of this lake lies in the neighboring country. On the way treat your eyes to the scenic landscape at Changla Pass, World’s Third Highest pass at 17,586 Ft.
Must visit Nubra Valley via Khardungla Pass, World’s Highest Motorable pass at 18,360Ft and get memorable pictures clicked on an adorable and rare double humped camel.
3 Kargil War Memorial, Dras: Must pay tribute to our real heroes who were martyred in the 1999 Kargil War. The briefing given by army personnel about the war, the various peaks captured by India (like the famous Tiger Hill, Batra Top) in front of the sandstone wall with the martyrs names inscribed will make you emotional and feel very proud of our Indian Army. It will surely make you go back home and watch LOC Kargil again!
4 Lamayuru: You need to see it to believe it! Also known as ‘The Moonland’ pertaining to its similar geographical features as of Moon, this picture-perfect place is like a dream.
5 Sangam: The confluence of Indus and Zanskar rivers, also the end destination of river rafting is a captivating sight – the blue water of Indus clearly joining the muddy water of Zanskar River.
6 Gurudwara Pathar Sahib: This holy place has great significance as it houses the boulder which became soft, when it came in contact with Guru Nanak and has his body shape embossed in it. The Gurudwara is maintained by the Indian Army and serves hot tea, snacks, halwa and food as prasad.
7 Monastries: Enjoy the beauty and serenity of some of the best Gompas of our country here. The fluttering flags, prayer wheels, calm Lamas, age old paintings, murals and statues will mesmerize you.
8 The Hall of Fame: Get a sense of patriotism incited at this beautiful museum and memorial established by the Indian Army in memory of the brave soldiers who lost their lives in the Indo-Pak wars.
9 Food and Delicacies: The right place to relish the authentic Tibetan and Kashmiri cuisines. The Tibetan Kitchen and The Grand Dragon are too good. Also, try awesome continental breakfast at the bakeries of Leh, the Gezmo Bakery being the best. The rejuvenating hot ginger lemon honey drink is like a drug!
10 Shopping: For all the silver junkies, welcome to the Land of Silver Jewelry. Pick up some gorgeous modern silver jewelry from Lhamo Pearls at Moti Market. Add in some exquisite traditional Ladakhi silver jewelry to your collection too. The local markets offer lovely Tibetan and Buddhist artifacts, crockery, Kashmiri handicrafts, Pashmina shawls and woolens.
At the end, you’ll surely carry back home some magical poster-like-images of this place and pat your back for travelling on some of the world’s highest mountains.
Don’t forget to take pictures with your spouse at every ‘world-significant’ signboard!
So are you ready for the roller-coaster ride?
Author - Sakshi Sherpa Shahi!
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