by Neelima Vallangi

Neelima Vallangi

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...

Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport (IXL)
Best time: Apr-Jun
Ideal duration: 7-10 days

Losar Festival

Killer Insta Opps

Every winter, Ladakhis bring in their new year with flamboyant masks and rituals that blend beautifully with their alpine backdrop.

Tso Moriri Lake

Best Natural Beauty

This is one of India's highest lakes at 4,522 metres above sea level. Brave the climb to marvel over its natural beauty and serene views.

Kyagar Tso

Best Hidden Gems

Despite its small size, this saltwater lake packs quite the visual punch. Spend a while taking in the turquoise waters and mountain views.

Thiksey Monastery

Cool and Quirky Buildings

The Maitreya Buddha statue here is two storeys high - the biggest of its kind in Ladakh. Ideal for a snapshot of spiritual tranquility.

Traditional Ladakhi Attire

Best Culture Shots

The textures and colours worn by these kids make for a great photo, capturing rural happiness and traditional simplicity at its best.

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Experience Ladakh

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.