Parched mountains. Starry nights. Motorable roads. Pristine lakes. Buddhist monasteries. Colorful prayer flags- do you want us to keep going, or you got the hint? No prizes for guessing, we’re talking about Ladakh. The magical landscape is a traveler’s paradise, a biker’s dream, and a must-visit-place on every Indian’s travel list!
As spell-binding as the beauty of Ladakh really is, this place is being flocked by an increasing number of tourists with each passing day, and that eventually might make this place not as great as it is right now.
While Ladakh wears the crown of the most enchanting getaway of all time, here are five destinations that will make you want to explore valleys and monasteries beyond the good and the famous Ladakh!
Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Tucked between India and Tibet, this gorgeous valley is probably the best alternative to Ladakh. With similar monasteries, roads and picturesque views, Spiti makes a perfect substitute for Ladakh. The Chandra Tal (the Moon Lake) will remind you of the Pangong Tso Lake. Spiti also offers a variety of treks like Chadar, Hampta pass, Pin Parvati etc. If you want adventure, drive through these passes and give that adrenaline a rush.
Dzukou Valley, Nagaland
Nestled amidst the states of Nagaland and Manipur, Dzukou valley is gorgeously cloaked with lush green forest and alluring flowers. This valley is known as the “Valley of Flowers of North-East”, since it breathes of wild lilies, blooming rhododendrons and other exotic flowers. Dzukou and the Japfü rivers are two meandering streams which add to the beauty of this enchanting valley. A few hours drive from Kohima with panoramic views and fresh breeze make this valley an idyllic place for road trips! Also, do not forget to go on an expedition to Japfü peak.
Yumthang Valley, North Sikkim
A 52km drive from Lachung to Zero point through the picturesque Yumthang valley is the highlight of travelling to this charming place. Yamthung is surrounded by the majestic Himalayan peaks, emerald green meadows that bloom with exotic flowers, hot springs, pristine rivers, forests contoured with pine trees and thickets of rhododendrons It is a refreshing experience for those who seek an escape from regular life. This valley is located at a distance of 140km from North of Gangtok, and the roads leading to Yumthang are smooth.
Doodhpathri or the Valley of Milk, Kashmir
A cascading river flowing through a verdant meadow with light zephyr tingling your senses, as you stand on a natural green carpet to soak in the artistry of the untouched valley of Doodhpathri. If you liked the idea of standing amid that valley, then it’s time for you to pack your bag, and visit this beautiful place. It is situated in the Budgam district. A 42km drive from Srinagar to Doodhpathri is what your dream road trip should be all about!
Ketti Valley, Ooty
Ketti is a small town that forms a part of the second largest valley in the world. Also known as the “the Switzerland of Southern India”, Ketty valley is encompassed by Nilgiri mountains, stunning views of tea plantation, lush green fields, and misty roads. Located on the Ooty-Conoor road, it is home to approximately 14 villages. The valley has a pleasant weather all through the year, and driving to this valley truly is bliss.
So why not pay a visit to these lesser known alternatives for a soon-to-be overcrowded land of Ladakh next time?