Walking in the Indian Himalayas: Ladakh

There are few places in the world that stand out like Ladakh in the Indian Himalayas.

Serenity and simplicity permeate the region, perhaps in part due to the strong Buddhist believes held by most locals. But it’s also the landscape; here you’ll find wide open plains, soaring mountains, sandy desert plateaus, roaring rivers, and sparkling-blue lakes.

This wild regions has scattered small villages throughout. Ladakh shares a border with Tibet, and has embraced many Tibetan refugees so local Tibetan culture is strong.

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With far fewer visitors than much of India, it may seem difficult to explore this vast but beautiful corner of the country. But, with flights from Delhi and a hand-curated tour itinerary from Shakti Ladakh, this is how to explore the region in style.

Shakti Ladakh will personalise your tour, ensuring you do just the right amount of walking between villages to suit your wishes. They’ll make sure you visit the perfect number of Buddhist monasteries along the way, and that you bed down in stylish yet traditional local houses. You’ll also dine in style, taste-testing local food such as Momos, Thukpa and and Khambir . Oh, and don’t forget the butter chai - you’ll either love it, or hate it.

We’re hooked. Not only to the butter chai, but to Ladakh, too.

Take a look through these spectacular images of the region, by photographer-duo, Gentl & Hyers, and you’ll begin to understand what we mean.

Likir House, Shakti Ladahk. Image credit:   Gentl & Hyers

Likir House, Shakti Ladahk. Image credit: Gentl & Hyers

Chulibagh Nunnery, Shakti Ladahk. Image credit: Gentl & Hyers

Chulibagh Nunnery, Shakti Ladahk. Image credit: Gentl & Hyers

Indus House, Shakti Ladahk. Image credit: Gentl & Hyers

Indus House, Shakti Ladahk. Image credit: Gentl & Hyers

Likir Wedding, Shakti Ladahk. Image credit: Gentl & Hyers

Likir Wedding, Shakti Ladahk. Image credit: Gentl & Hyers

Indus House, Shakti Ladahk. Image credit: Gentl & Hyers

Indus House, Shakti Ladahk. Image credit: Gentl & Hyers

Sea Buckthorn, Shakti Ladahk. Image credit: Gentl & Hyers

Sea Buckthorn, Shakti Ladahk. Image credit: Gentl & Hyers

Stoke Village house, Shakti Ladahk. Image credit: Gentl & Hyers

Stoke Village house, Shakti Ladahk. Image credit: Gentl & Hyers

- by Katie Silcox

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