by Neelima Vallangi
Neelima is a freelance travel writer and photographer who enjoys nothing more than getting lost in the mountains, and discovering faraway corners beyond the boundaries of Google Maps...
Ladakh's jagged mountains and alpine lakes paint a picture of primitive times, both in India and wider civilisation. It may be a little cooler than the tropical landscapes and dense cities to the south, but bear the cold and you'll be rewarded with remote scenery which remains unscathed by industry and urban sprawl.
For years, Ladakhis have lived off their land while setting a prime example of ecological awareness. Local crops adorned on a field make a pretty Instagram post, and embody the self-sufficient ethos which has fuelled Ladakh for years. Visit during springtime to see the region functioning at its very best.
Drenched in history, Ladakh makes it easy to spend many afternoons learning how Buddhist rituals and traditions affect everyday life here. Colourful flags flutter with spiritual messages, and act as a reminder of the sacred value of Ladakh. Immerse yourself within these simple pleasures, and see why this region remains one of India's lesser-known gems.