Cultural Trips In Ladakh That Show You The Unseen Side of This Destination

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Summer's almost here and it's the right time for you to plan your exclusive getaway to Ladakh. If this incredible destination is in your bucketlist, there are several destinations in Ladakh where you can get an interesting cultural experience. From the artisan villages of Tsogsty to the homestay experiences in these remote villages, these culture trips can give you the precious insight into the lives and traditions of this region. 

How to reach: Closest airport to Ladakh is at the capital city of Leh which is connected to all major cities of India. It is advised to acclimatise in Leh for at least a day after your arrival and then proceed to the next pitstop. To travel around Leh to other remote villages, you can hire a taxi from the Leh taxi stand or plan your trip with a tour operator who can provide taxi service at a cheaper price.

Here are few culture trips in Ladakh that you can experience on your getaway this summer.

Get a dose of Buddhist Heritage in Sham Valley and Sumda Chun

Make your trip to Ladakh all about experiencing the rich cultural heritage of the region. The awe-inspiring monastery complexes of Alchi and Mangyu offer pure insights to the legacy of Ladakh. Ditch the city of Leh and choose a homestay experience at Sumda Chun, a quiet hamlet near Leh, that offers a peaceful retreat you wish for. Sumda Chun is also home to picturesque hiking trails that you can explore. The surrounding cold desert fields are great spots to try out the traditional style archery while you're there.

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Guests on exploratory hike

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Thiksey Monastery near Leh

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Sacred texts inside the monastrry

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Monks at Thiksey

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Explore the nomadic traditions of the locals at Mahe and Mugleb

The city of Leh is surrounded by idyllic mountain villages that are home to a unique cultural traditions. A short drive away from Leh is the village of Mahe. The picturesque drive along the Indus from Leh to Mahe gives a 'wind in your hair' exhilaration. Stop by at Chumathang, one of the only hot spring sites in Ladakh. Later get acquainted with the beautiful carpet weaving tradition of Mahe and take an evening stroll to the Monastery. On the next few days, you can visit the popular Pangong Tso. Ahead on your journey, the village of Magreb can be a pitstop where local Ladakhi song, dance and delicacies await you.

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Visit to the monastery

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Local woman in Mahe

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View of Pangong Tso

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Solar Panel at a remote village

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Witness the copper artistry in Tsogsty, Chilling and Sumda Chenmo

Follow the amazing trail to places in Ladakh where copper artistry flourishes. This village hop, starting from Tsogtsy, introduces you to the lives and skill of the copper artisans in the region. Tsogtsy village is located inside the Hemis National Park where apricot and apple display a breathtaking bloom. Next village on this tour is Chilling and Sumda Chenmo, home to experts copper artisans. The exploratory trek to Sumda Chenmo and back to Rangdon can be the highlight of this trip. It's journey full of learning experiences where tradition, hospitality and artistry of these remote villages leave you spellbound.

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Copper handicrafts

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A local artisan from Ladakh

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Guests at work with a local artisan

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Hike to Sumda Chenmo

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Experience the hospitality of the local homes in Nubra

A trip to the remote villages in this region is not just about the adventure and thrill but it's also an enriching insight into the tradition of hospitality here. After acclimatising in Leh, take a road trip to Nubra Valley, a coveted experience for every traveller. On your way, stop by at Hunder where crimson evening on a desert landscape welcomes you. Stay at the homestay in Shukur in Nubra Valley. Time spent at the homestay in this village can be a window to the unique life of the mountain people. Travel slow and spend sometime here. You can also visit the Zangpo-Chilling Monastery before you drive back to Leh.

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Locals of Nubra Valley

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Landscape of Nubra Valley

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Homestay at Shukur

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Panoramic view of Leh

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Planning your trip to Ladakh already? Tell us which listed trip would you like to experience in the comments section and book your trip now. If you have travelled to remote villages of Ladakh for a cultural experience, share your story.

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