Ladakh & Kashmir
Hidden over high passes in an arid, largely treeless rain shadow region, Ladakh is classic Trans Himalayan scenery: sprawling khaki-coloured valleys brought alive by splashes of oasis like irrigated green, bounded by harsh rock walls and snow capped peaks.
There is something for every traveler: almost supernatural landscapes; sparkling, turquoise hued high-altitude mountain lakes; impossibly located monasteries that come alive to medieval masked dance festivals that have changed little in 500 years; the vibrant town of Leh; amazing drives through stunning mountain scenery going over the world’s highest passes that reach for the sky; lush hidden valleys like Zanskar & Nubra…and much more.
Kashmir in contrast has terrain that is as evergreen and verdant as Ladakh is barren & rugged. The picture-perfect valleys & meadows of Pahalgam, Sonamarg & Gulmarg can indeed evoke visions of paradise in the travelers eyes. Srinagar has its own charm with its rolling hills, grand lakes, exquisite gardens and it offers the unique experience of staying in houseboats that are fit for royalty. For those seeking to holiday in the snow these are perfect wintertime destinations and the snowfields of Gulmarg are just the place for those wanting to try their hand at skiing, be it novices or experts.