4.11.2012

Wanderlust Wednesday: Ladakh, India



Today I had the opportunity to interview Divij Pasrija; an adventurer, a budding photographer and a writer. He has been to various trekking trails and to many offbeat destinations in India. He has also been writing about his adventures since the age of 12 and currently writes articles on travel for www.Thrillophilia.com

  
Tell us about your favorite place?  Ladakh, Roof of the World. Ladakh is a region of Jammu and Kashmir, the northernmost state of the India.  At an awesome altitude, this highland is the bridge between the earth and the sky!  It is land of snow covered peaks, barren region, lucid & lovely lakes and mystic culture.  Several people from around the world come here to experience the thrill, chill and the fantastic surroundings.


Why is Ladakh unique?  The dramatic scenery, Chortens, Mani Walls, Unique Ecology, rich Culture, Monasteries, Monastic Festivals, Long harsh winters & short temperate summers.

What should visitors absolutely do on a visit there?  Sighseeing, River rafting, trekking, hiking, Monastery Visits, Take part in Ladakhi festivals, etc 

What’s an experience unique to Ladakh?  Unique Ecology, Monasteries with a wealth of artifacts 

When is the best time to visit?  June to September 


What are the can’t-miss sites?  Pangong Tso Lake, Khardungla pass, Zanskar Rafting, Chadar trek, monasteries. Pangong Tso Lake is the most serene place I have visited. A picture of this will explain you what I am talking about. (below)
What about unique festivals or celebrations?  Hemis FestivalThe Hemis festival is one of the biggest and the most famous religious festivals of Ladakh and is an attraction for both the tourist and the local people. This festival is a celebration of the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava, the founder of Tantric Buddhism in Tibet. Lamas called ‘chams’ perform splendid masked dances sacred plays to the accompaniment of cymbals, drums and long horns played by monks. 
What is the local delicacy?   Jasmine Tea, Veg Momo, ladakhi Tea served with Yak Butter, Local Beer (chang), Risthey, Cholak, Khambish, Pava, Skir, Holkur, Gyatug, Chalak, Thukpa, Gurgur Chai

What other food is available there?   There are restaurants serving all kinds of cuisines like Tibetan, Ladakhi, Kashmir, Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Italian & Israeli. The best among the Restaurants are Chopsticks Noodle Bar, Bon Appetit French Bakery, Gesmo, Pumpernickel German Bakery, La pizzeria. 
What would a perfect day look like?  Go for a Rafting trip & in the evening walk down the local markets for Shopping followed by a Ladakhi Dinner.

How long should people visit for?  At least 5 Days 

Is there an incredible view or vista?   Shanti Stupa.  Shanti Stupa is a Buddhist white domed stupa, sitting majestically on a hilltop in Ladakh.  It was built to promote world peace and prosperity and to commemorate 2500 years of Buddhism.
 Any other things you want us to know about this place? Ladakh as said is the " The little Shangrilla", the ecology, people, culture all these constitutes to it. You can find people greeting each other by telling "Juley" means Hello. The one visitint this land of Mountains will have a life time experience.


Thank you so much Divij for letting us know about Ladakh! It looks and sounds absolutely stunning and is definitely on the top of my list!
To see more of Ladakh visit Thrillophilia (they even book tours!)

3 comments :

  1. this looks absolutely incredible.w hat a great interview. DEFINITELY on my bucket list now

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  2. WOW, these photos are absolutely incredible! It is my dream to go to northern India and spend time trekking through the mountains and stopping at various monasteries. This makes me want to go even more!

    xxx
    Jenna

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  3. I can't wait to get to India- I had no idea there was an area there that looks like Montana!

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