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Outdoor Activities in Leh, Ladakh, India – Adventure City Guide

Find out what the best Outdoor Activities in Leh, Ladakh, India are with our latest adventure city guide.

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Outdoor Activities in Leh, Ladakh

Are you looking for an insider’s adventure travel guide for the best outdoor activities in Leh in India?

As part of our Adventure City Guide series, Karen shares with you her expert insider tips on the top adventure and outdoor activities to do in Leh.

Outdoor Activities in Leh, Ladakh

Outdoor Activities in Leh, Ladakh – Photo by Irumge

Outdoor Activities in Leh, Ladakh

Willing to put on your adventure shoes once again? Trying to experience the impossible and still get a kick out of it? The Himalayas offer some of the most stunning landscapes in the world and its deep ranges give adventure lovers a wide plethora of adventure activities to indulge in.

Ladakh, the highest plateau of the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir offers an excellent opportunity for adventure tourism. Bound by mountains on all sides and with scarce human habitation, this is one of the most well preserved Buddhist cultures of the world.

Getting to Leh, Ladakh

Getting there in itself is no less than an adventure. During winter, November to May, the area is completely cut off from the outside world. In summer, June to August, is the ideal time to visit this region.

Leh, one its main cities, has excellent connections with flights from Delhi, as well as cities in Jammu and Kashmir like Srinagar and Jammu. You can even travel by road in jeeps. Once there, transport in the valley is by local buses, taxis or rented motorcycles.

For foreign travellers, making international calls is no big hassle as you get local pre-paid connections and even a few Internet hotspots, if you are lucky. If you’re looking for luxury hotels in India, then this might not be best the spot!

Outdoor Activities in Leh, Ladakh - Trekking

Outdoor Activities in Leh, Ladakh – Trekking – Photo by Vagabond Travels

Trekking in Leh, Ladakh

The breath-taking landscapes are best experienced when on foot. Trekking the Himalayan mountain ranges is a fantasy for all trekkers across the world. But lying above 3000m, Ladakh can give you a hard time on arrival. Do not over exert yourself for the first 24 hours and take lots of water.

Prepare for steep ascents, acclimatise yourself and ensure that you have the proper travel gear.

You can plan short hikes up and down the mountains in, and around Leh, while exploring the nearby villages and monasteries. For seasoned trekkers, long trans-mountain treks involve weeks of walking and camping in the valleys.

For example, the trek from Lamayuru, which houses the oldest monastery, in the Indus Valley to Darcha in Lahoul across Zanskar, could take over 2 weeks. Markha valley is also a popular trekking destination not far from the Ladakhi heartland. This established route traverses the Zanskar range which separates the Indus valley from Zanskar.

When to go trekking

The traditional trekking season extends from the beginning of June until mid-October. However, localized treks within the Indus valley can be arranged for May.

A few popular tour operators like DreamLand Trek and Tour and Overland Escape who offer good packages and local guides. Likely to cost an average of 350 to 500 euros for an 8 day trek tour per person.

Outdoor Activities in Leh, Ladakh

Outdoor Activities in Leh, Ladakh – Photo by Pavan Kundar

Motorbiking in Leh, Ladakh

If you wish to experience the ultimate challenge that entails a road trip, Manali to Leh is one of the best driving routes in the world. It passes through some of the highest mountain passes with spectacular views of snow clad peaks and landscapes.

This expedition could take you about a week as you cross a lot of mountain passes, lakes and monasteries on the way.

However, the Leh to Khardungla Pass is the most exciting one. This is the highest  drivable road in the world, at 5600 m above sea level, and features in the Guiness Book of World Records.

What it costs

There are also a lot of local motor bike tours from Leh that can be arranged. Expect to pay between 850 to 1000 euros for a 10 day motorbike tour per person. The cost will drastically come down if you travel on your own but do take in account the risks involved.

River rafting in Leh, Ladakh

The Indus and her major tributaries are a hotspot for white water rafting enthusiasts.

The best stretch is between Spituk and Saspol. The waters get a little nasty after Saspol and you need to be a pro to indulge in this section.

One of the easiest stretches lies upward of Spituk upto Karu where basic training can be taken. Zanskar on the other hand is quite difficult to scale and needs better organisation and participants need to be trained rafters.

What it costs

A day trip costs around 50-100 euros per person. There are also package tours available from 4 to 11 days costing between 300 to 900 euros.

Outdoor Activities in Leh, Ladakh - Thiksey Monastery

Outdoor Activities in Leh, Ladakh – Thiksey Monastery – Photo by Shah Basharat

Wildlife spotting in Leh, Ladakh

This isn’t really an adventure activity, but something you can do along the way.

Ladakhi wildlife is very exciting and interesting to spot. Some of the most exotic birds and mammals can be seen here. Including raptors like the black necked Crane, the brown headed Gull, the Tibetan Snowcock and the Golden Eagle.

Snow leopards treks can be arranged and cost between 600 to 800 euros for a week for one person.

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8 Comments

  1. Samira Gawron

    April 5, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    If you want to combine your love of camping with your need for relaxation, try base camping. Base or car camping is a great way to enjoy some of the joys of camping without having to carry all your equipment with you. All you have to do is pack up your camping gear, find a scenic campsite, and enjoy the comforts of a home-away-from-home.”

  2. flipnomad

    April 7, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    i was in ladakh last year and i really enjoyed it a lot… thinking of going back and explore the towns around Leh…

  3. Barney Mccaman

    April 8, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    There is a lot of fun that can be had while camping. You might discover something new about yourself, get a little closer to nature or just feel free from the everyday stress you have to deal with. You can hike and roast marshmallows over an open fire. There are lots of things you can do, and lots of things to do before your next camping trip. Here are some helpful tips to assist you to have that great experience.

  4. Ayesha

    May 5, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Awesome Blog!

  5. Rana Singh

    December 19, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Have been to Ladakh, such an mesmerizing beauty of nature.
    Wish i could go again and visit Stupas in Leh which i missed.
    Thanx for sharing.

  6. Alina Jack

    May 28, 2016 at 12:19 AM

    I visited Ladakh 3 years ago and it was a wonderful and memorable trip. You didn’t mention about Butter Tea anywhere. It was little sour and salty but tasty. Watching the monks debate was an awesome experience and little funny too. Thanks for sharing information and making me remember about my Tibet Tour.

  7. Vishal

    April 5, 2017 at 11:28 PM

    Thanks for sharing nice informative blog about ladakh travel guive.

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5 Cool Activities to do When Travelling in South America

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If you’re considering going on a vacation soon, why not consider South America for your holiday destination?

Yes, beach holidays in the US are fantastic, but South America offers amazing activities for first-time travellers and pro-adventurers alike.

Learning Textiles with Puchka, Peru

Puchka is a textile school and cultural tour operator, which takes participants behind the scenes of the usual tourist hotspots.

You’ll not only be introduced to locals and experience their traditional lifestyles, you’ll also be taught the art of traditional Peruvian textile creation. This includes knitting, braiding, embroidery (machine and hand), tapestries, and even gourd-engraving and pan pipes.

You don’t need to be a textile pro; even beginners can attempt embroidery at Puchka. The teachers are incredibly patient and provide amazing one-on-one lessons.

These cross-cultural exchanges enrich the lives of locals and visitors alike.

Visit Iguazu Falls, Argentina and Brazil 

The Iguazu Falls are located on the border of Argentina and Brazil and you can visit the Falls on either side (or both).

The Argentinian side of the Iguazu Falls is said to be the best to visit. There are multi trails and circuits to choose from, each encompassing different waterfalls and jungle trails. If you’re up to it, take a boat ride under one of the falls (extra charge).

The Brazilian side, while less popular, is incredibly beautiful. It is located within the largest surviving Atlantic Forest in Brazil. This forest is incredibly rich in fauna and flora and highly protected.

As a tropical rainforest, Iguazu Falls is an all-year destination, although it does get considerably warmer from September to March.

Hike to Angel Falls, Venezuela

Located in the remote, unspoiled and nearly impenetrable Canaima National Park, Angel Falls is one of the world’s natural wonders.

Measuring at 979 meters from the top of Auyantepui Mountain, the Falls is hidden deep within the jungle and getting there is an intense adventure. This magnificent natural wonder is ten times taller than Iguazu Falls – but less visited.

Yes, despite being such an iconic landmark, Angel Falls is not as widely visited since its location means intense hiking through a nearly impenetrable forest. Not many people think the sight is worth the effort.

Hike to Cuevas del Milodón (Milodon Cave), Patagonia

Located 24km from Puerto Natales, Milodon Cave is one of Patagonia’s treasures.

The caves were once a place of refuge for the first human groups on the continent, offering safety from the elements and predators alike. It now holds an exhibition containing 14,000-year-old remains.

A wooden path leads you right up to the cave’s entrance, where its magnificence will leave you in aware, and even a whisper will be echoed back to you.

You should dress warm for your visit here (rain-gear and a windbreaker are important) and wear appropriate trekking shoes. You may also want to take some sunscreen and a headlamp (or flashlight) along with you.

Take a Cable Ride to Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio de Janeiro

Taking a cable ride up to Sugarloaf Mountain is an unforgettable experience.

The ride happens in two stages (3 minutes each): stage one is from Praia Vermelha (Red Beach) to Morro da Urca (Urca Hill), and the second stage is from Morro da Urca to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain.

The ride up provides 360° views of the stunning Rio de Janeiro, and once you reach the top, you will be confronted with views of Rio’s beaches, downtown Rio, Rio-Niterói Bridge and more.

Don’t worry about eating before the trip up, there are bars available at the top, which provide amazing snacks and beverages.

If you’re determined to go on an adventure but you’re low on funds, why not take a travel loan for that dream trip? The adventure will be worth it.

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11 Hidden Adventures for Your Travel Florida Bucket List

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Who would not want a fabulous getaway to Florida? Florida is not just any other state; its hidden adventures can entice the inner fantasies in you. Every year Florida has a fresh start of its surprises that need to be unleashed. Traveling to Florida is always an occasion for new meetings, adventures, and discoveries. That said, here are 11 hidden adventures for your travel Florida Bucket List. Let the adventures begin!

  1.    Shell Key

At Naples’ Goodland Marina, you can board a boat wherein you can embark on Florida’s best shelling experiences. Inhale salt air underneath clear blue skies where you can dance with the magnificent dolphins. A popular spot you can head for is called “Shell Key.”

It is located in Ten Thousand Islands whereby there are shell layers which unleash prized rarities like the Junonia.

  1. Miami city

Every great adventure in Florida starts in Miami. This city is all about fun, art, celebrities, fabulous houses and the beautiful waters. There is one perfect way to explore Miami – yacht rentals and going out with your squad.

The opportunity to have water experience comes no better than this because Miami is just the place to be, to enjoy, to explore, to melt in. You can just relax or even do celebrations with the Yacht Charters in the Miami. Biscayne Bay is also a perfect place to be because the waters are good for snorkeling.

  1.  Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park

The system of Florida State Park purchased “Shangri-la” whereby Gilchrist Blue Springs gives off 55 million water gallons daily which flows to Santa Fe River. You get to swim after jumping from a wooden platform into crystal water.

If you are coming with your family, you can have a picnic underneath sprawling oaks. You can also go for kayaking and board paddling. If you want a plain simple trip, you can even stroll around to the Santa Fe River on a wooden boardwalk.

  1. Caracara

If you are an avid or casual birder, then Caracara is the place for you. The birding experience is just worth it.

Get all the birding experience you can want to have at Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in Titusville. With the annual festival, it will offer a birding crash course which features experts that would be so glad to help you out with hikes et al.

  1. Mary’s Fish Camp

Meandering via an oak hammock is a dirt road to one of Florida’s campsites wherein screened porches cabins plus bait shacks face the river.

Mary’s Fish Camp is nestled along Bayport’s Mudd River. This is on the Gulf Coast of Hernando County which is a fishing spot landmark. You can camp there and enjoy nature at its best.

  1. Datil Do ‘Ya

This is a signature dish of St. Augustine which is famous for tomato base that is rich with a bit of heat from Datil pepper that is locally grown. You can eat all the best cuisines from the place due to the two outstanding restaurants wherein locals will serve you delicious chowder.

These two restaurants are Barnacle Bill’s Seafood Restaurant and Aunt Kate’s. Both these restaurants offer the best food experiences in Florida if you are a food enthusiast.

  1.  Martin County

On the east coast of Florida, you will find Martin County which will offer you a quick escape from stubborn traffic and congested beaches. The county’s distinctive vibe will help you embrace the beautiful environment that is pollutant free.

Amongst famous attractions is the Blowing Rocks whereby geyser effect is created which often erupts.  To reach this spectacular place you’ll need to reach to the Hobe Sound Beach after which you will need to trek to Blowing Rocks Preserve and have yourself a moment of life.

  1. Winter Park Scenic Boat Tours

A five-minute ride to Orlando’s north, you will head straight to Winter Park. The place was made in 1938, and it navigates via pristine and popular Chain of Lakes.

There are numerous breathtaking nature views plus there are historical overviews of luxurious private estates and homes along shores.  This will give you visitors a nostalgic feeling.

Make sure you watch out for sunbathing alligators, paddleboard yoga and frequent water skiers. The whole experience can be enhanced and if you want you can rent a yacht for your family and friends from Miami Yacht Rental.

  1. The Kumquat Festival

Dade city of Florida celebrates kumquat. Kumquat Festival which is celebrated annually on January 27th is a festival that honors this sweet fruit of Dade City. Dade City is the largest supplier of kumquat.

Admission is absolutely free because this family event offers you a chance to taste different combinations of fruits. However, the hidden adventure is Kumquat Growers Open House which is held on January 26th and 25th which features grove tours and packinghouse.

  1. Day Away Kayak Tours

On the Space Coast of Florida, there is Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge which is a special and interesting kayak tour. While there is a twinkling of evening stars on a phenomenon called bioluminescence, the water glows below.

Minute organisms which live in water glow shine iridescent green after the water’s stirred up. With fish that dart there’s a glowing trail that is created with paddling strokes producing eerie mesmerizing nightlight wisps.  

Titusville’s Day Away Kayak Tours from May via September feature paddling trips in the nighttime.

  1. Ocola

It is Florida’s equestrian epicenter industry which is situated in Marion County which is at the center of Florida. It is habitat to over 70,000 horse farm acres of horse farms which are set amidst oak trees that are sprawling and green pastureland that is rolling.

The place is famous for horse riding and other related sports. The owner of the place is part of the fun which will not get a mention because she is part of the hidden treasure too.

Conclusion

Now that you have had a bucket list it’s interesting to know which you are opting to go for. Florida is a real wonder. Doesn’t matter if you are there on vacation or business, you never know where an adventure can take you.

But what if you need something more, or maybe less? How about, all you need is just to relax on the beach, to think nothing but a perfect tan and cool enough cocktail? The world is an open book – choose any all-inclusive hotel in Jamaica, Saint Lucia or Bahamas and make your adventure perfect for you. Pick your place, and let the journey begins!

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Thanks to Excursion Tourism, You Now Have Countless Adventures At Your Disposal

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The holiday season is upon us and most of us would be planning for large meals and stay-in family vacations at home, this is the norm and a yearly routine for most individuals.

But then there are those of us who know how to break from that routine while also keeping their sense of leisure intact. We are, of course, talking about planning various fun and outdoor activities with the people that we get together with over the holidays.

The activities could be as extensive as taking a complete vacation or as time-friendly as a quick weekend excursion just a few miles away. It is prudent to note that the latter trend of excursion and weekend tourism has gained significant traction lately due to the thrilling options that it brings to the table, while also keeping the average American’s busy schedule in mind.

 

Regardless of whether you are a large family reminiscent of the Brady Bunch or a very small group of people, you can still enjoy these short yet memorable trips with ease. With a large number of platforms facilitating these activities and providing various options to those who are interested in them, the process of putting your adventurous plans to fruition has never been easier.

While there are several options available in these excursions, there are two that stand out to most people in particular, largely because they offer activities that are highly adventurous while remaining easily accessible. Since both of these options are available from a local standpoint, tedious and time consuming logistical planning is not necessary.

 

Take a Skydive

Starting from Michigan City, Indiana, and ending around Illinois, this skydiving adventure is gaining popularity among locals in the vicinity as well as those who belong to adjacent states.

The reason behind it being so sought after is that it offers you the chance to jump down from 14,000 feet in the air and have a fall at 120 MPH – all while maintaining the highest of safety standards to ensure that you will have a fun yet healthy experience. At an affordable price and taking only a half day of your time, this truly remains an excursion that you as well as your family and friends would like to take.

What’s more is that it gives you plenty of pictures and a video of your experience, so you could relive it countless times in the future (and maybe come back for more).

 

Climb a Mountain With a Bed of Water Under You

This option which is available at Malibu, California, remains just as special for its scenic views as it is for its level of adventure. That is why it is also one of the most popular options for a weekend excursion to those who could manage the trip (getting to Malibu from even another city remains easy to accomplish).

What this trip offers is a chance for you to indulge into real life rock climbing at the Westward Beach Road in Malibu. With the sun shining bright as you spend the day conquering a mountain, not many experiences can hold up to this one. This adventure also practices safety precautions, where all activities are performed under an instructor certified by the Professional Climbing Guides Institute.

What’s also great about this option is that you’ll be provided with snack to keep your energy up while climbing the mountain.  We almost forgot to mention that you will also get climbing equipment to enjoy for the day, and proper rock climbing training that you could keep with you for the rest of your life.

 

The Options Are Only As Limited As Your Reach for Them

The choices for these short trips range from weekend getaways in the forest to a few hours’ adventure with the great white sharks in deep seawater.

Simply put, the choices are only as limited as your imagination –  all that you have to do is to pick a spot to visit with the kind of adventure you seek, and find yourself experiencing it within days or even hours, depending on your specific location.

 

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