Camel safaris are the one of its kind way to explore Ladakh. It is one of the best ways of transportations. Move about in the chilly deserts of the Ladakh. Journey around the jagged mountains and territories and experience the truly remarkable experience. You can fly high in the air of enthusiasm in the very Nubra Valley of Ladakh. The hairy double-humped Bactrian camel enthralls the tourists visiting the place. You will be surrounded by highly contrastive landscape, which will swiftly alter from lush green apricot fields to a dried out Saharan Desert-like topography with snow-capped peaks in the distance. Camels have become a key means of transportation. Deskit and Hunder are the primary spots for camel safari. A camel safari gives a chance to capture the impressive sight of the Ladakhi valleys, villages and the vivid Buddhist monasteries or Gompas. Camel safari is a new way to experience and discover the desert. You can witness the ethnically varied people which increase the appeal of the jeep safari in Ladakh. As you move about the lofty mountains of this high altitude desert and deep ravines reveal the natural beauty of Ladakh Treks. You can explore the Panamic village- the last leg of Camel Safari and visit hot springs.
Shey palace is around 15 Km from south of Leh. Built by the King of Ladakh, this palace comprises of statue of Shakyamuni.
The oldest monastery in Ladakh, Lamayuru is set 125 km from Leh. It is bounded by beautiful moonscape. Lamayuru Gompa is belonged to Drigung sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
Deskit is an administrative headquarters of Nubra valley. The picturesque monastery is located on mound. From here you can cherish panoramic view of the valley of Deskit.
Placed on Pakistan border beyond Khardungla pass, Nubra valley is also known as Valley of flowers.
The pretty village of Panamik is renowned for its hot spring.
How to get there:
The Leh airport connects directly to major cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, and Srinagar. Major airlines like Indian Airlines, Jet Airways run regularly from this airport.
Leh-Ladakh has very well networked roads to and fro Srinagar and Manali. From June to October, the 434-km Leh-Srinagar road is operative, while the 473-km Leh-Manali road remains functional from July to September.
The prime rail head is Jammu Tawi in Jammu, about 690 km away and linked with several major cities across India.
Places to visit nearby:
Located in the district Kargil, Zanskar is the most isolated region of Ladakh. It is around 430 km away from Leh. You can explore many Buddhist monasteries such as Karsha, Phuktal, Zongkhul, Stongdey, Sani and Bardan. Myths, fascinating folklores and beautiful surroundings attract many tourists.
Drass is the second coolest region of Ladakh. Set on Leh Srinagar highway, Drass offers glorious view of Tiger Hill. Museum of 10th century, Kargil Heros is the main attraction of Drass.
Settled at an altitude of 14000 ft beyond sea level, Pangong is around 140 km from Leh. The serene and huge lake of Pangong, whose water varies from dark blue to turquoise green.
You need to learn how to balance and get familiar with the movements of camel, while you are on a camel ride.
Good Physical ability is needed for this safari.
There is a range of options available as far as routes of safaris are concerned.
Keep silence to cherish the close proximity to the natural habitats.
Best time to visit: July to September
Things to carry:
Binoculars and camera
Woolen clothes, gloves, socks
Water, juices, snacks
A good compass
Warm gloves, clothes, socks, trek pants, trousers
Backpack / rucksack/sleeping bag