Amazing trip to Ladakh- Genuine Thrillophilia Review
If you’re in Leh Ladakh, you’re in ‘heaven,’ as the locals call it. Moreover, this paradise provides access to some of the world’s most beautiful destinations. Pangong Tso Lake, the Nubra Valley, the moonland wonder of Lamayuru Monastery and Hemis National Park; Bollywood’s favourite Pangong Tso and the Stok Palace that stands guarding Leh are just some of the many natural wonders that make this region so alluring to tourists like us.
As a bonus, the Stok Kangri trek adds another layer of intrigue to this Himalayan paradise. Leh and Ladakh, a cultural, historical, and religious mecca, had always appealed to me just like all the other thrill-seekers in search of mystic knowledge. As a result of Ladakh’s unique cultural blend of Tibetan, Indian, and Buddhist influences, we often considered postponing our return flight at least once.
Leh Palace is a must-see when it comes to tourist attractions in Leh Ladakh. With the majestic Himalayas as a backdrop, this Palace appears more like a muse for a painter.
Leh Ladakh’s Pangong Tso is yet another well-liked tourist destination. Located at 14,270 ft, Pangong Tso is a breathtaking, blue-water body that is protected by towering mountains. Pangong Tso, one of the world’s most beautiful lakes, spans 134 kilometres and touches both India and Tibet.
Facts and stories like these always piqued my interest in Ladakh and last year I could not contain myself. All I did was convince my best friend and off we went to explore Ladakh. We had to! Given the fact that I had almost mugged up some of the most eye-catching Thrillophilia Ladakh reviews!
So on 11/10/2021, we arrived in Leh and it indeed felt as if we were on top of the world. Upon arrival in Leh, we met a Thrillophilia representative who assisted us in getting to our hotel. We completed the check-in procedures and then spent the day relaxing and getting adequate rest.
We began your day with hearty hotel breakfast and let ourselves get used to the new weather. We visited the stunning Shanti Stupa on Day 1, which was erected to honour Buddhism’s 2500-year history.
We checked out the 17th-century Leh Palace to get a sense of the city’s former glory days. Later, we went shopping for Tibetan handicrafts at the Leh Market and dined at one of the local cafes for some delectable Ladakhi cuisine. We returned to the hotel for a sumptuous meal and retired for the night.
Breakfast in the mountains was a wonderful way to start the second day. We got ready for an exhilarating ride to ‘Sham Valley,’ tucked away on the Srinagar-Leh highway. At the Hall of Fame, we paid our respects to those who lost their lives in the Indo-Pak War. We checked out the Spituk Gompa, which houses a museum containing ancient masks, weapons, and Thangka paintings (Buddhist Paintings). At Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, we ate delicious langar and learnt about the history of this Gurudwara, built by the army. T
Today, we also visited Magnetic Hill, a small section of road that defied the laws of gravity. The confluence of the Zanskar and Indus rivers was seen from the Indus Sangam Viewpoint. We visited SECMOL, the real 3-idiots school, for more information. Later, we returned to the hotel for dinner and stayed overnight after a day of fun and adventure.
Before embarking on the ultimate adventure, we ate a nutritious breakfast. As we travelled through some of the world’s highest passes, we were greeted by the ever-changing landscape of the desert. We felt like we were on top of the world especially when you made a pit stop at the Khardung-La Passcafe.
The world’s highest all-season motorable road! As we made our way down from Khardung-La, we passed through the Nubra Valley, where the white sand desert of the Nubra Sand Dunes greeted us. We visited the Diskit Monastery, Ladakh’s oldest and largest, which also houses a large Buddha statue. We passed through the famous silk route and indulged in an exquisite Bactrian double-humped camel ride. Later, we camped under the stars and roasted marshmallows over a bonfire. At night we camped at the Nubra Valley.
On the 4th day, we got out of bed in the Nubra Valley, enjoyed a hearty breakfast, and headed for our trip to Pangong Lake, straddling the Indo-Chinese border. It felt exactly as I had read in one of the Thrillophilia reviews on Ladakh by a traveller.
Pangong Tso, one of the world’s highest altitude saline lakes, greeted us with a variety of hues ranging from blue to green and red. We spent the rest of the day exploring the Pangong Lake’s surroundings, which included the Shyok River on one side, and the mountains on the other. We re-enacted some of our favourite Bollywood scenes from 3-idiots, Jab Tak Hai Jaan and enjoyed the place in a Bollywoodized manner. We camped near Pangong Lake and ate a scrumptious dinner.
We enjoyed a hearty breakfast before Pangong Lake in the morning, and then took a brief detour to the Chang-la Pass, one of the world’s highest mountain passes, on the way back to Leh.
We checked out the Chang-la Cafe, and the Changla Baba Temple besides checking out 3 Idiots’ famous Druk Padma School, where the final scene of the movie was filmed.
Since we had some time on our hands, we chose to stop at the magnificent Thiksey Monastery and Shey Palace on the way. As soon as we arrived in Leh, we took some time to relax before going out to dinner at the hotel and called it a night.
The Thrillophilia reviews on the internet inspired me to take the tour and now I am back to writing my own. This trip was everything that dreams are made of, probably even more!