Shielded by high mountain ramparts, Ladakh remains to-date an unspoiled enclave of Tibetan Buddhism, a religious tradition kept alive in the many Buddhist monasteries that dot the spectacular landscape. These monasteries of Ladakh serve as repositories and galleries of exquisite murals, gilded statues, religious icons, scrolls and many more artifacts created and collected through the centuries.In these centuries old living monastic foundations it’s possible to receive the Lama’s blessings, consult the astrologer to presage your future, hear the wail of a horn echoing from the mountains, witness a lifestyle passed down the ages.
Ladakh is also an adventure lover’s dream come true. It offers trekking options ranging from soft, short hikes through villages for amateurs, to long trans-mountain traverses involving weeks of walking & camping in the wilderness. For mountaineering enthusiasts, there are dozens of peaks and climbing sites to choose from. Rive Indus & its dramatic tributaries (Zanskar, Shayok, Suru etc.) provide rafting options, both for amateurs and professionals. Or you can go on exciting Jeep Safaris across some of the highest passes &vast plateaus of the world.
Kashmir is a destination of many hues and moods. Inspring and summer, the lush hillsides& gardens, abundant orchards, rippling lakes and salubrious climate beckon all to experience the valley’s delights. Golfing in the picturesque courses, water-skiing on the lakes and angling for rainbow trout in the mountain streams—these are but some of the many pleasures you could indulge in on a Kashmir holiday. Or you can simply drift down the placid waters of lakes in shikaras and live in magnificent Houseboats on the Dal & Nagin Lakes. Or you can go on exhilarating excursions to the heavenly hill stations of Gulmarg, Pahalgam&Sonamarg. And inwinter, when themountainsides are covered with snow, you can go on exciting skiing trips along the rolling slopes of Gulmarg which are now serviced by state-of-the art cable car lift systems.
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