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8 Overwhelming Things About Ladakh – Part 2

Written by: Akshatha Vinayak
Updated: Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 16:55 [IST]
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Majestic mountains chat with the clouds while mystic lakes reflect their hidden beauty; the magic of Ladakh invites a wanderer into an unknown world! Continuing the tales, let us know a few more intriguing facts about Ladakh!

Check Out - Overwhelming Things About Ladakh - Part 1

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Pangong Lake
Photo Courtesy: Kirsten

The Highest Salt Water Lake

The mystical Pangong Tso lake is the highest salt water lake in the world.

Coldest Region in India

Dras, located near Pakistan border, in Kargil is the coldest place in India. Dras, which is also known as the 'Gateway to Ladakh', is also a popular base camp for trekkers.

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Dras
Photo Courtesy: Narender9

Prominent Borders

As said earlier, Ladakh was a prominent trade route because it shares its borders with Tibet, China, Baltistan (Pakistan border) and Kashmir Valley.

The Highest Plateau

Ladakh is the highest plateau in Kashmir Valley. It is also known as the 'Land of High Mountain Passes'!

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Leh-Manali Highway
Photo Courtesy: Simon Matzinger

Ideal for Astronomy

The high mountain passes is a research ground for Astronomy. Hence, Ladakh serves as a prominent Astronomical Observatory.

Bailey Bridge

At an altitude of 5,602km, the Bailey Bridge is said to be the highest bridge in the world. It was built by the Indian Army over the Suru River and Dras River in 1982.

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Tso Moriri Lake
Photo Courtesy: Michael Scalet

Tso-Moriri, the Largest

Tso Moriri Lake is not only a wetland conservation reserve but also the largest high-altitude lake in India.

Human Settlements in the Highest Altitude

Rangdum in the Suru Valley is said to be the highest human settlement. The region of Korzok is also the high altitude fields found in the world.

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Thiksey Monastery
Photo Courtesy: snotch

How to Reach Ladakh

Ladakh is quite far from all other regions in India.

Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport is the Interenational Airport in Leh.

By Air : You can either flight from Delhi , Srinagar or Jammu to Leh. You can travel by road to Ladakh from Leh.

By Road: Various buses are available from Srinagar. The route from Srinagar passes through Kargil; it is around 434 km and the route is open from June to November.

In Ladakh, it is better to hire taxi or cabs to commute. Public transports are also available for a few spots but only at fixed time.

Are you ready for an adventure in the mystical Ladakh?!

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