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April 26, 2013

Most of the Indians prefer international destinations for vacation, but I think India in itself is a very beautiful country and there are so many places where you can experience amazing locations with different cultures. This year in June I visit Ladakh and want to share my memorable week experience there.

Ladakh – The Little Tibet!

Visiting Ladakh was completely a refreshing trip. It is one of the places where you can see amazing mountains, hills, lakes, valley, monasteries etc. Ladakh is renowned for its beauty and culture. It has strong cultural and geographical similarities with Tibet. 

Basing ourselves in Leh, we visited key places like Nubra Valley, Pangong Lake, Sangam and various Monastries.

Naubra Valley is one of the most beautiful places of the world situated at an average altitude of about 10,000 ft. above the sea level and known for its mountains, monastery of Maitreya Buddha. The fun element was camel ride in the sand dunes. In order to add more fun to our trip, we opted to stay in camp.
Our tour operator allotted us two days and one night to explore the valley. On our way to Nubra Valley, we experienced and passed through the Khardungla Pass – the world’s highest motorable road, almost at height of 18500 ft. above sea level. The journey to the valley was an amazing experience in itself because of the spectacular view of the natural untouched beauty filled with heavenly feeling. 
Our next destination was Pangong Lake. It is the most beautiful lake in the world and makes you feel good that it’s in India. It was almost 5 hours from Leh and the road is typically hilly, bit risky and full of adventure. The drive gave the awesome sceneries of mountains capped with snow, sand, and awesome color shades because of clouds.   
Next day we headed towards ‘Sangam’. It is a meeting point of two rivers – Indus River & Zanskar River, both with different water colurs. On the way towards Sangam we experienced the Magnetic Hill, it’s a zero gravity 4 Km road where it has been noticed when a vehicle is parked on neutral gear on this metallic road the vehicle slides up by itself. This was also an amazing experience to be in zero gravity. Then we reached at Sangam where we saw how the two rivers of different colors mingle with each other. I experienced the river rafting also at Sangam as I have experienced it personally for the first time in my life and let me tell you it was truly a great experience. 
It was my lifetime wish to spend some time in monasteries and to explore Buddhism. 
The very first monastery which I visited was Shanti Stupa. It is completely made by Whitestone. This white domed stupa looked magnificent in moonlight. The Sunrise & Sunset views were completely spectacular. I just loved the beauty of Zankar range.
Our next Monastery destination was Hemis monastery, around 45 km from Leh. The monastery was beautiful with extremely peaceful environment. After that we visited Thiksey Monastery, around 17 kns from Leh. I found it one of the most beautiful monasteries of all the monasteries in Ladakh. 
Anirudh Dhoot is Director of Videocon Industries Ltd.

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