You’d have heard endlessly about the awe-inspiring mountains, the lakes, the majestic monasteries, and unforgettable bike trips from Manali from people who’ve been there and done all this and much more. But, Leh-Ladakh has a lot more to offer- its people, the warmth they offer, local football matches, ice hockey and much more.
Here’s our pick of must-have experiences at Leh that you should never miss:
Ride a Bike or a Scooty
Even if you are traveling by air or any other public transport, it is a must that you enjoy the beautiful scenery on a bike or a scooty. You can always rent a bike for the Leh Ladakh bike trip. You may go for the Royal Enfields or Avengers as per your choice.
Some of the region’s most popular places- Thikse and Hemis monasteries, the Shanti Stupa, the Magnetic Hill, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Alchi village and others — are not more 70 km away from Leh town and easily accessible on a bike.
Believe us, riding one on the steep, narrow, zigzag roads of Leh is much more thrilling. It may sound a bit adventurous, but it is actually super fun.
You can try local food instead of going to hippy restaurants. You could try yak cheese pizzas and momos. One food item that you must definitely taste at least once before leaving Ladakh is Sku. It is made from local wheat flour kneaded to make thumb-sized small pieces; it is cooked with water and served with a vegetable broth. Other must-have dishes that you should try are: Paba and zathuk-once the staple food of Ladakh, Chang- the local brew, and the Juices and jams- fresh apricot juices and jams are also very popular in Ladakh.
You could stay with a local family in one of the several villages near Leh town, and even at any of the more popular tourist destinations such as Nubra Valley, Pangong Lake among others and experience the lifestyle of Ladhakis. This will be a whole new learning experience for you.
Complete your Ladakh trip with White Water River rafting in Indus? You can experience the non-stop action of both Zanskar and Indus River in Leh with the exciting rapids.
You can do a lot more than just camping at Pangong Lake and double-humped camels in Nubra Valley. Here are some unexplored places you can visit during the journey:
Alchi: If you don’t want to travel a lot from Leh town, but still wish for some peace, then Alchi is the place to be. It is a village and monastery situated on the bank of Indus River 70 km downstream from Leh. The Alchi monastery is renowned as the oldest Buddhist learning center in Ladakh.
Turtuk: It is the Ladakh’s heaven on earth. Turtuk is about 205 km from Leh on the banks of Shyok River. It is about three-hour drive ahead of Hunder in Nubra Valley. You can easily rent a bike and explore the unexplored on this Leh Ladakh bike trip.
Tsomorri and Tsokar lakes: The salt-water lakes in the Changtang region, which is a high altitude plateau in western and northern Tibet extending into southeastern Ladakh are a must visit the place. It is a canvas colored with the blue-white skies, blue-green mountains with white tops, the calm blue water of the lake and lush green pastures.