The first thing which would strike one's mind when you hear or think of Ladakh is adventure. Without second thoughts the region is one of the most mesmerizing places in India which is often considered as the Mecca for any traveller.
There is plenty of readily available information about the places to visit and tour packages, whose operators would take you to some of the most important sites and treks of the region. However there are plenty of places and things to do which are quite different from the typical touristy outings. For this one needs to explore the hidden treasures of this land. Have a look at some of the offbeat things to do here.
1. Visit The Donkey Sanctuary in Leh
The Donkey Sanctuary was the formed by Joanned Lefson, who felt pity for the stray donkeys found on the streets of Leh. Joanne along with another person named Stany Wangchuk began the sanctuary which is now an excellent resting place for the stray animal. People visit these animals for taking a break from the scenic surroundings.
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2. Camel Safari In Nubra Valley
Located at an altitude of 10,000 ft, the Nubra Valley is also known as the Valley of Flowers and was once the trade route between the countries of Tibet and Turkestan. Head for a camel safari in the mystical sand dunes of Nubra Valley and feel the thrill of bobbling atop a double humped camel through the desert which is surrounded by snow-covered peaks.
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3. River Rafting In The Indus River
One of the best adventurous activities to get your hands dirty here is river rafting in the Indus river. Keeping aside the roaring waters, one would also get the chance to grab sight of some beautiful images of the Zanskar ranges.
4. Stay At A Monastery
Every monastery in the region is truly a sight to behold. Ladakh is a Buddhist dominant culture which is one of the major reasons you'll come across a large number of Gompas here. Some of the monasteries found here date back several centuries. And some offer their visitors a place to spend the night, such as the Lamayuru, Hemis and Thiksey monasteries.
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5. Visit The Turtuk Village
One of the villages in the popular silk route, the Turtuk village, was opened to tourists in the year 2010 and has a majority of Muslim population. The village was recaptured by the Indian Army from Pakistan in the year 1971. The village is home to a rich cultural heritage which still remains untouched by commercial tourism and offers a very beautiful scenic view of the landscapes.
6. Calm Yourself At The Chumathang Hot Springs
Chumathang is a sleepy town in Leh which is well known for its hot springs. One can immerse themselves completely, it said the hot springs posses medicinal properties. The water coming out of these springs are actually very hot and becomes pleasant during cold temperatures.
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7. Camp At Uleytokpo
For those us who would love to stay away from the hustle and bustle of a city and would love to get closer to nature, well then, the village of Uleytokpo is just the place to be. One can choose to camp in the ready made tents or cottages and rise up to the sights of snow-covered mountains and the flowing of Indus river.
One can set a base camp at the village and trek to the Rizong Monastery, one can also opt to offer prayers at the 11th century Yungdrung Monastery which is located in the village of Lamayuru.
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