Ladakh, an eye-catching tourist spot which is also one of 28 union territories in India. This region has been a matter of dispute between India, Pakistan, and China since 1947. Ladakh is one of the most sparsely populated regions in India and its culture and history are closely related to that of Tibet.
The most popular sport of Ladakh is ice hockey, this is played generally during mid-December through mid-February on natural ice. Ladakhi culture is considered to be similar to Tibetan culture. The tea made in Ladakh is traditionally made with strong green tea, butter, and salt.
The residents usually converse in only two languages which are Tibetan and Ladakhi. Ladakh is considered to be a dream destination for every biker because of the beauty of its river valleys, mountain slopes, and eye-catching flora and fauna.
Why is Ladakh an ideal place for bikers?
Ladakh is an ideal place for bikers due to its unblemished natural environs but only if one is daring enough to face all of its harsh weathers, steep altitudes, narrow winding roads, and unpacked paths. A biker can easily have access to the places in Ladakh because they have the will to travel and experience new things, Ladakh gives one the opportunity to experience snow, mountains, valleys, mixed culture, and so many other new subjects to gain knowledge about.
Places one should visit when in Ladakh
1. Pangong Tso
An enormous lake found in the Himalayas with a height of 4,350m. This lake is a combination of both fresh and saline water. The visitors also get a chance to see numerous ducks and gulls over and on the lake surface. There are marshes found around the lake. This lake has been the climax scene of the famous movie “3 Idiots”.
2. Tso Moriri
This beautiful lake found in the Changthang Plateau has amazing flora and fauna for its visitors, some of it includes Tibetan gazelle, snow leopard, Ferruginous pochard, etc. It’s an ideal place for anyone who wants to connect with nature.
3. Shanti Stupa
The gorgeous Buddhist white-doomed stupa situated on a hilltop in Chanspa. The stupa has become a tourist attraction not only due to its religious significance but also due to its location which provides panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Promoting peace and prosperity was a crucial reason why this stupa was built.
4. Magnetic Hill
This region and its surrounding slopes create an optical illusion of a hill. This phenomenon is said to defy gravity and therefore visitors are requested to park their vehicles in the boxes painted with white in the region. Objects and cars on the hill road may appear to roll uphill in defiance of gravity when they are, in fact, rolling downhill.
5. Zanskar Valley
Having a population of 13,793, much of Zanskar’s vegetation is found in the irrigated villages. One can see that there are farmers who grow crops like barley, lentils, and potatoes (at lower elevations). The climate of this area is suitable for bikers as it is warm and dry during summers and rain is scarce. Zanskar is a beautiful mountain range found in Ladakh.
6. Khardung La
This is a gateway to Shylok and Nubra valleys. The climate here is always pleasant which is another reason why it makes it an amazing tourist spot. It also has historical importance as it lies on the major caravan route. The elevation of Khardung La is 5,359 m.
7. Hall of Fame
This is a museum that was constructed by the Indian Army in memory of our brave Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives in wars. The museum is about 4kms away from Leh city. The Hall of Fame museum, consisting of two stories, is divided into various sections that contain several displays.
8. Phyang Gompa
This is a Buddhist monastery in the Fiang village. It has a wide history with Dharmaraja Jamyang Namgial. The monastery has many sacred shrines within. After the monastery was built, it specialized in Drigung’s teachings.
Other than that Ladakh has a lot more to offer and is definitely a place no biker or nature lover should miss out on.