With summer just weeks away from knocking on our doors, everyone seems to gear up to plan their trips to the nearby tourist spot. While some of adventure junkies are thrilled to visit the mystical Ladakh, it is highly advisable to give a second look on your decision to visit Ladakh.
Weather wise, summers are the best time to visit Ladakh. There is no second opinion on it. But at the same time it will be crowded as it is the hippest place to travel. Plus your travel experience might just get tampered.
So here are the reasons why you should think of visiting Ladakh during winters.
1. The scenic beauty of the place with less number of people around will take your breath away.
2. With less people on the streets, one can actually listen to the monks of Thiksey Monastery praying in the morning. A surreal experience one must have!
3. Experience Yargon Tungshak Festival in February. If you remember the song ‘Yeh Ishq Haye’ from Jab We Met you may recall dancers wearing huge masks. This is that exact same festival. There are other festivals like – Spituk Gustor festival, Matho Monastery festival and Dosmoche festival that also happens during winters.
4. Winters in Ladakh are by far the best time and place to be in for any photographer. Everything freezes – the rivers, lakes, the beautiful mountains even time slows down during winters. And every photo captured by photographer is no less than brilliant.
5. Flights are unbelievably cheaper during winters. A road trip sounds great but flights starting as low as Rs. 15k makes the trip there worth a shot.
6. Since the number of people is low during winter, one can experience the local flavour more closely.
7. A trip during winters is good for the economics of that place. Since winters takes a toll on the income from tourists, locals often move to different cities for work. A trip to Ladakh is a win-win situation for both the locals and the tourists.
8. Experience the winter desert wildlife. During winters, wild animals such as snow leopards, mountain wolves, wild hares, golden eagles and blue sheep, to name a few, come down to lower altitudes making it feasible for us to peek into their lives.