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Hunder in Ladakh, India, will leave you speechless

WHY I WENT

I was flying into Leh and staying in the region for six days (I had a wedding to attend). So, I didn’t have much time for acclimatisation. I had two day to spare before the wedding and the choice was between Pangong lake and Nubra valley (where Hunder desert is situated). The latter made sense because it was at a lower altitude than Leh and it decreased the chances of me getting ill with altitude sickness.

WHY YOU SHOULD GO

First, Hunder has the coolest out-of-the-world landscapes. It’s this cold desert of white sand surrounded by the incredible Karakoram mountains. Second, this is the only place in India where you get to see (and ride) the double-humped Bactrian camels.

Rainbow seen from Hunder desert. You can also see the Diskit monastery

Rainbow seen from Hunder desert. You can also see the Diskit monastery

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Ladakh to celebrate Hemis festival during July 14-15

Hemis Festival

Hemis Festival

July 6 (TravelAndy): Ladakh in India’s Jammu and Kashmir state is set to host the traditional Hemis festival on the monastery premises.

This is one of the most popular festivals of Ladakh and will be celebrated on July 14 and 15.

The event takes place inside the 400-year-old Hemis monastery, a major tourist attraction in this region. Continue Reading →

Ladakh more accessible to foreign tourists

Pangong under a mostly blue sky.

Pangong under a mostly blue sky. Picture by Swagata Basu.

June 18 (TravelAndy): India has made the beautiful Ladakh region of its Jammu and Kashmir state more accessible to foreign tourists.

According to reports, the government has eased the process of seeking protected area and restricted area permits.

Now, both solo foreigner visitors and groups can get protected area permits in just 10 days, instead of the earlier situation when it took a month. Continue Reading →

Delhi-Leh bus service begins

Leh approach road.

Leh approach road.

June 8 (TravelAndy): This summer, road trip enthusiasts can benefit from the most cost-effective means to reach the beautiful Ladakh in India’s Jammu and Kashmir state.

Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) started operating a bus service between Delhi and Leh on Monday, with one way tickets priced at INR1353 per person.

This nonstop journey of 1050km, across the some of the highest motorable mountain passes of the world, will take approximately 33 hours. Continue Reading →

Fest welcomes tourists to Ladakh

1 Picture of Winter Hemis Festival in LadakhMarch 2 (TravelAndy): To mark the beginning of tourist season in Ladakh, a festival had been organized in this district situated India’s Jammu and Kashmir state.

Popularly known as ‘Winter Hemis Festival’, it officially heralds spring and ushers in tourism to the entire region of Ladakh.

The event took place in the Ladakh’s Hemis monastery, which is one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries of the world and is fabled to have hosted Jesus Christ during his visit to India. Continue Reading →

Ladakh is primarily about colours

logo-3.3-with-bgAdjectives pitter-patter like a steady drizzle during my chat with three friends who have just returned from a trip to Ladakh in north India.

Mesmerising. Beautiful. Mind-blowing. Unbelievable. Incredible…

I realise that though they are describing landscapes for the most part, the adjectives are usually about the contrasting colours of Ladakh. The sky, the mountains, the deserts and the rivers mix to emerge as this delectable cocktail that gives you a high no alcohol can match. Continue Reading →

Tourism festival in Leh

Enroute Leh. Picture taken by Swagata Basu

The road to Leh. Picture by Swagata Basu

September 15 (TravelAndy): In an attempt to boost tourism, Jammu and Kashmir tourism department is organising a festival from September 20 to September 27 in the Leh district of Ladakh, said reports.

The event will showcase the traditional  products of Ladakh. It will also have handicrafts exhibition, photograph exhibition, musical concerts, polo matches and ethnic food for visitors.

This eight-day festival, which will be held in the northern most state of India, will conclude on World Tourism Day. Continue Reading →