Meditate at Shanti Stupa
The pristine white stupa overlooking the city of Leh is a symbol of peace, love and purity. The majestic stupa not only offers a spiritual experience but also breath-taking panoramic views of the city below. The mountains, green trees, the little houses and establishments that dot the landscape, the flora, fauna, rich blue skies… if there’s an image of a lifetime you want to carry back home, don’t forget to visit Leh and Ladakh.
Just the whisper of its name makes the heart stumble, watching for any movement. Patience is truly a virtue and a mandatory skill for this mystical land, for up here The Grey Ghost is The Almighty and you are now in its Kingdom.
Savour the local delicacies
Ah, to gobble down steaming hot momos and dumplings in the crisp winter Ladhakh air. Or to slurp greedily on a bowl of warm thupka, a rich, nourishing stew of veggies and meats served with dumplings… don’t worry if you cannot control your hunger pangs while visiting Ladakh. The air is so cool that feeling hungry is natural and the treks and walks are bound to keep you fit so eating will only serve to give you energy. Enjoy the local dishes that are hygienically prepared to suit your health palate.
Visit the majestic Leh Palace
It wouldn’t be incorrect to say that the Leh Palace has a personality of its own. What’s more, depending on what time of day you visit it, it offers tourists something extraordinary, something rich and fulfilling. So, in the daytime, with the golden rays of the sun behind the mountain range, this 17th century palace stands majestically, proud of its heritage, its history, its rich legacy. Come evening, and its swathed in a soft golden glow of lights. Boasting of some of the richest collection in jewellery, dresses, ornaments and paintings, it is one of the best places to visit if you are a fan of traditional Thangka paintings, many of them nearly 450-500 years old.
Watch out for other wildlife
A trip to Ladhakh, one of the northernmost areas of India, will expose you to a variety of animals: Yak (wild Ox), Nayan, Ibex, Tibetan wolf, Bharal (Himalayan Blue Sheep) and more. Don’t miss.