Did our ‘Where to go for Honeymoon Quiz’ (What! You haven’t taken it yet?) suggest that you should go for a honeymoon in Ladakh? If you are up for it, believe me – you guys are one of the most daring yet romantic couples I have ever come across!
Places To Visit On Honeymoon In Ladakh
Having been myself on trips to these invigorating environs of Indian terrain, allow me to help you with a checklist of must visit places and not to miss experiences while availing honeymoon packages for Ladakh.
1. Pangong Lake
Laze around this international lake nestled at an elevation of 4,350 meters. Stroll around and let the Brahmini ducks in water play cupid with the towering mountains in the background.
2. Nubra Valley – A cocktail of geographies
120 kms from Leh, there lies a valley of deserts and flowers leading through the highest (18,390 metres) motor-able road in the world, the Khardung La Pass. Isn’t that a cocktail of geographies?
Must do: Safari on the double humped camel or a yak.
Also pay a visit to the Diskit Monastery.
3. Magnetic Hill – The magic mountains
On the national highway from Leh to Kargil and Baltik, there lies the curious case of Magnetic or Gravity Hill. Try switching off your bike engines and yet the hill will pull you up. Might sound a little scary, but what’s magic without goosebumps.
Also visit the Gurudwara nearby.
4. Kargil – For a honeymoon flavored with patriotism
Doesn’t the name itself pump up some adrenaline? Pay a visit to the warzone of the yesteryears. It is now a peaceful town with marvelous natural beauties.
Must do: Visit the Hall of Fame Museum and gather stories to share with your kids.
5. Zanskar Valley – Perfect elopement
One of the most scantily inhabited valleys in Ladakh, the Zanskar Valleys offers you the most adventurous seclusions for your honeymoon. This valley is a hub of all possible adventures in a hilly terrain including trekking in winters; and rafting and kayaking in summers.
Must do: Dine under the star studded sky while you set up a temporary home (camp) with your soul mate.
Also visit the Stongdey Monastery, and the Zangla castle.
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6. Khardung La pass – Wind in your hair and world at your feet
How about adding some more heights to your honeymoon trip to Ladakh? Ride to the Khardungla Pass through the highs while the wind pampers you. Memorabilia junkies can lay their hands on some souvenirs at the shop at the top.
Must do: Paraglide with your love and hold on to each other; you will feel the bond you share.
7. Tso Moriri Lake – Alpine serenity
At 15,000 ft. lies an alpine lake called Tso Moriri. Away from the crowd, it offers you those perfect moments to get to know each other. Home to many migratory birds, the lake offers you the spectacle best suited for a lovely evening.
Must Do: Wildlife excursion – spot a snow leopard!
Also visit Korzok Monastery, the boiling-hot spring at Chumathang plateau.
8. Shanti Stupa – Practice peace
Climb 500 steps and you reach a dome of peace. Take your love into this peace memorial and try meditating. Extremely panoramic sun, both in the morning and the evening will tempt you to plant that kiss. Walk around hand in hand and love will flow in the air.
Must do: Camp overnight on a full moon night.
9. Hemis National Park – Spot the pard
How about a safari that takes you hiking along the snow leopards? Book one for the largest national parks of India and you could be showing your love one of the most fascinating animals on planet earth.
Open: All days
Entry Fee: INR 20 for domestic visitors; INR 100 for others.
10. Leh Market – Collector’s delight
What’s a honeymoon without shopping? The Leh markets are a shopper’s delight for sure. From colorful curios to twinkling trinkets and pashmina shawls, the local markets are easy on pocket.
Must buy: Pashmina garments, Tibetan handicrafts, carpets and rugs.
11. Ladakh Festival
In a calendar full of festivities comes the Ladakh Fest of September. Get absolved in the deep-rooted and well-preserved cultures of this wonderland during this annual fiesta organized by the J&K government.
When: September 20- 26, 2015. The calendar gets updated every year.
Things To Do
If you are looking for things to do on your honeymoon in Ladakh, here are a few ideas to make it adventurous and fun-filled.
1. White Water River Rafting
If you are visiting Ladakh in the summer season, one of the things you can enjoy on your honeymoon in Ladakh is river rafting in Zanskar River. The massive rapids of the river will boost your adrenaline to the max. It is definitely one of the most amazing things to do with your partner if you both enjoy adventure activities.
The best way to soak in the enthralling and raw beauty of Ladakh is through camping. Thanks to it, you will find numerous camping spots in Ladakh where you can lie down under the stars with your spouse and even enjoy a bonfire. Is there anything more romantic than stargazing with your partner?
Again, if you consider yourself an adventurous couple, trekking is one of the things you could enjoy together. There are numerous trekking trails in Ladakh offering you the best of flora and fauna. The best way to enjoy the culture and topography of Ladakh is through trekking only. It will give you something cherishing to look back to.
4. Camel Safari
Another thing you can enjoy on your honeymoon in Ladakh is going on a camel safari in the Hunder sand dunes. Why go all the way to Dubai to enjoy such an experience when you can have this right in your Himalayan backyard? The fact that it is in the sand dunes of Ladakh makes it more enticing.
Weather In Ladakh
The Leh Highway opens in mid-May. So, if you are planning a road trip, this is the time you should. Leh is a perfect destination for a monsoon honeymoon since it is a rain shadow region. So, no rainfall occurs when it is monsoon season in the rest of India. Ladakh in winter is not advisable since it gets atrociously cold and the temperature plummets down to -30 degrees Celsius. April-September is the best time to visit Ladakh since the temperature ranges between 5-28 degrees Celsius. However, you may face landslides in some areas during monsoon.
Honeymoon In Ladakh: How To Reach
Leh Ladakh has daily flights from Delhi. If you are coming from any other part in India, you can take a connecting flight to Leh. It is advised that you book your flights in advance to save yourself from paying more money on flight tickets. If you are an adventurous couple who enjoys biking, you could plan a road trip to Leh Ladakh. It would be fun. Soon, a direct train from Delhi to Leh will also be functional but that is going to take time.
Honeymoon In Ladakh Budget
Your budget for a honeymoon in Ladakh comes down to the duration of your trip. A 5-day trip can cost you a minimum of INR 15,000 per person if you book a package with TravelTriangle. The most expensive things will be your flight tickets and cab you hire to get around unless you are staying at a 5-star luxury accommodation. Otherwise, you can get rooms in Ladakh for as low as INR 800 and your food cost should come around INR 300-400 per person daily.
Safety Tips: Honeymoon In Ladakh
Here are a few safety tips you should keep in mind while planning a hoenymoon in Ladakh to enjoy a hassle-free holiday.
- Bring a first-aid kit along. You could suffer from headaches on your first day due to a change in altitude.
- Take a day to rest and acclimitaize when you reach ladakh. This will help you prevent AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) which can be severe.
- Carry wollen clothes to keep you warm in the night as the temperature drops.
- You will find bad network coverage in some areas. If you have BSNL or a postpaid connection of Airtel, you might have some luck.
The calmness and the opulence of nature in Ladakh will offer you a guaranteed ‘we time’. So blend your love with the adventures of Ladakh on your honeymoon trip and get Leh’d – there is no better reason to get more close to your other half.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Honeymoon In Ladakh
A. Yes, Ladakh is a good destination for honeymoon. It offers various romantic experiences you can have with your partner.
A. June to September is the best time to visit Leh Ladakh. It is neither too hot nor too cold during this time. The place blooms with greenery and vibrant fervour. It is also a good time for a honeymoon in Ladakh.
A. The minimum temperature of Ladakh is 3 degree celsius and the maximum temperature remains 16 degree celsius.
A. No, it doesn’t snow in Leh in May. It usually snows during the winter months.
A. Yes, Leh is open in March. You can visit all the major places and attractions like Nubra Valley, Pangong lake, Kargil and more.
A. Yes Ladakh is absolutely safe for tourists. The crime rate is very minimal and the natives are warm-welcoming.
A. Yes, drinking is allowed in Ladakh. However, drinking can cause nausea and other problems in Leh due to its climate.
A. Some of the best things to buy in Ladakh are Tibetan handicrafts, Pashmina shawls, Apricots’ jam, stone jewellery and more.
A. Yes, June is a great time to visit Ladakh. During this month, everything is open to watch and enjoy.
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