Spiti or Ladakh ? Where would you head to post lockdown?
The two jewels of the Himalayas, Spiti Valley and Ladakh have always been the most popular tourist destination for travel lovers. Most of the travellers wait for the onset of summers to start their thrilling adventure to Ladakh or Spiti. Even though there are lots of places and experiences to explore in Ladakh, Spiti valley has not stayed behind with its aur and charm to lure the travellers towards its beauty.
Few years back, A trip to Ladakh would bring you a feeling of Euphoria, as Ladakh was a lot more than merely a travel destination. After the movie 3 Idiots, it gained an enormous amount of popularity, especially Pangong Lake where Kareena rode the yellow scooty in the climax scenes of the film.
We have seen an exponential rise in the number of visits to Ladakh since then. More than just a place to shoot Bollywood movies, Ladakh has given a feeling of belongingness and peace for travellers who claimed to lose a part of their souls in the mesmerizing and mystical land of heaven.
As the drive to explore more exciting destinations increased by manifolds, The travel bug among the wanderlust discovered new paths and profound goals which brought them to yet another magical and equally astounding place in Himachal Pradesh – The Spiti Valley.
Both Ladakh and Spiti valley offer striking similarities in respect to the mountains, skies, landscapes etc but the resemblance is highly superficial. Although high peaks and rocky mountains surround Spiti valley, Ladakh is home to numerous monasteries, lakes, villages , plateaus and infrastructure facilities which is not available in Spiti.
Let us look at how can one plan a trip at Spiti or Ladakh as per their choice and preferences :
Mode of Travel :
You can travel from Delhi to Spiti via road transportation. From Manali, it takes around 2 days, while from Shimla, it takes 3 days to reach Spiti The time to travel from Delhi to Ladakh is almost the same; you also have the option to reach Ladakh from Delhi through flight which can only reach Ladakh in an hour.
However, it would be more advisable to not miss out on the breathtaking views and adventures that a road trip to Ladakh offers than an aerial view. The road to Ladakh is much clearer and better than the one to Spiti, making Ladakh a more sought after option.
Height and Acclimatization :
Both Ladakh and Spiti Valley are based at a height from the ground level. Hence resting for the first few hours or days is mandatory in both the cases. While the altitude for Ladakh is approximately 4000 to 5500 meters above the sea level, most of the tourist's locations at Spiti Valley is at 3800m to 4500m.
There is an abundance of medical help and army camps at Ladakh, which helps in evacuation in case of emergencies.
Places to visit in Ladakh and Spiti :
When you see the mesmerizing pictures of your friends visiting Spiti Valley, the urge to travel to this marvellous piece of land increases by manifolds. The population of Spiti is very low and hence this place allows you to interact with the locals and learn more about their cultures and habitats. It's enjoyable to visit the old monasteries like Dhankar and Key. You can also hike up to the shimmering blue lakes like Chandratal and Dhankar. It's delightful to see the apple orchids and savour the local food, most of which is made from these apples. The main attraction is the highest post offices in the world where the travellers visit to send souvenirs and letters to their loved ones. Chicham Bridge is also an excellent place to visit for some add on the thrill.
Any other place in the world cannot replace the unparalleled amount of beauty in Ladakh.
Ladakh is a land of heaven offering an experience like never before. The majestic lakes, brown peaks, vast plateaus, beautiful skies and astounding landscapes make you feel like a dream come true. Ladakh - the utopia for every traveller's wanderlust. The sound of the morning prayers from the Buddhist monks will bring you more peach than ever. Ladakh consists of several tourist spots such as numerous monasteries like Hemis Monasteries, Dikshit, Lamayuru, Samstling etc. It also comprises beautiful lakes such as Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri lakes. These lakes offer stunning landscapes and scenery which are unmatchable.
Ladakh is the best choice for ardent bike lovers and adventure junkies. Besides these places, there is tranquil Nubra Valley, Khardung La Pass, Magnetic Hill, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Zanskar valley and many more beautiful destinations to visit. Ladakh is where you can see the army live in action most of the time for the safety of the tourists. Through Leh, there are several sightseeing spots and scenic views. The entire region is a delightful palette with different colours of nature.
When to travel :
Spiti Valley is entirely closed in winters. You can plan a Spiti winter excursion if you wish to witness the snow at Spiti Valley. Summers are a perfect time to visit this beautiful land of marvel. Months from June to October are the best to visit Spiti Valley.
Ladakh can be visited at any time of the year, thanks to flight connectivity. However, the best time to visit Ladakh by road is between June to September. Both these places are blooming with their beautiful and lovely vibes during the summers.
There are many unexplored destinations in Ladakh, which makes it perfect for travellers to keep visiting again and again. There is much more to this land of amazing landscapes which is yet to be discovered. It's challenging to travel to these unventured places, but the thrill is equally built up.
Spiti valley is itself an offbeat destination waiting to be explored by most of the travellers and gaining popularity day by day. Both Ladakh and Spiti Valley are similar but different in their ways. Once you are clear on your personal preferences and choices, it's quite easy to choose between amongst these two for your next travel destination.