AT AN AVERAGE ALTITUDE OF 15,000 FEET, the tranquil region of Ladakh is a deeply impressionable place. The geography is humbling and spectacular, this desert in the Himalayas has a knack of turning every photograph into potential desktop wallpaper—and the people, locals and visitors, are inspiring. Ladakh, sometimes called Little Tibet is endowed with extraordinary surroundings: scorched desert landscape, the milky-blue Indus River, glassy peaks, ancient white monasteries and lush oasis villages. Ladakh has at least 100 active monasteries, with perhaps 15,000 monks and novices; hardly any town or village of any size is without one. Along with the snow-capped mountains, they provide Ladakh’s dominant sights, most of them perched on cliffs and crags, the most ancient of them ruins that appear to grow from the rock. Monks are always keen to discuss matters of faith and history while travelers come from the world over to push their minds and bodies on the land’s rugged terrain. After a day in Delhi fly into picturesque Leh valley at an altitude of 11300ft. Over the next few days visit some of Ladakh`s spectacular Buddhist monasteries. Take the high road to Nubra valley via Khardung La Pass, the world`s highest motorable road at almost 18390 ft. Experience a thrilling ride in the silver sand dunes on rare Himalayan double-humped camels and go white water rafting on the River Zanskar. Finally, camp by Lake Pangong, a stunning blue lake dividing India and China.

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