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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular places to visit around Alchi?

Benazir Khan DEC 10 2012
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Ladakh, the Land of the Mountain Passes and Roof of the World, is known for its characteristic untouched beauty of a primitive landscape. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that there are little gems like Alchi hidden within its elusive folds. Once you decide to move beyond this humble village, you will come across many such treasures, no matter which direction you take. Here are some of the more popular choices.

  • Leh

    You already know this one! About 60 kilometers away from Alchi, Leh is an amazing place to be and is the dream destination for many travellers. Yours too, right?
    Once you step in Leh, there are a number of fascinating things to see and do. Right from visiting the Leh royal palace and the various monasteries scattered around the town to the market area (which is great for buying Tibetan handicrafts and Pashmina shawls). Apart from these you can also check out the Zorawar Fort, War museum, Jokhang Temple and Shanti Stupa. Adventure seekers can choose from various trekking trails, such as the ones from Spituk to Markha Valley, and Likir to Temisgam. Mountaineering and white-water rafting are other some other adventure sports that you can opt for. Animal lovers should check out the Donkey Sanctuary, which is located on the road to Khardungla pass. You will get a pleasant surprise with the artistic decor inside this place. Donating something in cash or kind (preferably juicy carrots!) will go a long way in improving the lives of these helpless animals.

  • Pangong

    Also called as Pangong Tso because of the famous Pangong Lake (Tso means ‘lake’ in the local language), this region is known for its peacefulness and breathtaking beauty. It is located around 260 kilometers away from Alchi. Though it is a disputed territory between India and China, the tourism has not suffered in the area. Once a freshwater lake, the lake has turned salty, but still manages to freeze during winters. Due to its brackish nature, the lake supports very little micro-vegetation and some small crustaceans, but you’ll see a lot of ducks and seagulls around. Pangong lake is an important breeding ground for various indigenous and migratory birds. As far as wildlife is concerned, you will spot a lot of Kiangs (a kind of wild ass) and Marmots. This lake has featured in hit Bollywood movies like Dil se and 3 Idiots.

  • Nubra Valley

    Nubra, which means green is the lowest valley in
    Ladakh, about 3000 meters lower than Leh. Snuggled between the Karakoram Range and nourished by two rivers, Nubra is a lush green valley brimming with Sea buckthorns and Alfalfa. In summers, it gets covered by a carpet of pink and yellow roses followed by a profusion of wild lavender in autumn, which is truly a sight to behold. You’ll simply go, ‘Wow’! Lying in proximity to seven major glaciers, this place is prone to flash floods, but nonetheless, these humongous floating white masses, add to the whole scenic beauty. Deskit is the largest settlement in this valley, and boasts of a 16th century monastery and numerous apricot orchards. The village of Panamic has a number of hot springs which are said to have medicinal properties.

  • Zanskar

    Located about 450 kilometers from Alchi, Zanskar is easily one of the remotest and inaccessible regions in the country. It is this remoteness that makes Zanskar an attractive challenge and lures adventure lovers from all over the globe. Like the typical Trans-Himalayan terrain, Zanskar is barren and forbidding. Even when winter temperatures fall below -20°C, sun can be harsh enough to cause sunburns. And since the mercury dives real low in this region as compared to the rest of Ladakh, the snows don’t melt easily during summers and winters arrive much earlier, the tourist season is just for a short three months. Zanskar is more known for its activities than for places to visit. However, some monasteries near Padum are worth your time. These monasteries are nestled in remote locations of the mountains, some of which are completely disconnected from the modern world, accessible only by walking for two to three days! However, these long walks take you through some very beautiful mountain scenery (an understatement, still), making the journey less of an effort, and worth spending all those extra ATPs. A few trekking routes exist, which are known for being among the hardest in Ladakh. Rafting is also popular in the Zanskar River.

All these places spell untouched scenery with snow laden mountains, blue lakes and a clear blue sky. In short, these are among a few destinations that are like no other. And if you weren’t sold out already on the amazing views in the pictures, we hope reading this was triggering enough. And now would be a good time to start discussing with your family and friends and planning your itinerary.


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