When one think about Leh Ladakh trip, we normally think of few famous places like Nubra valley and pangong lake and few monasteries, which become famous overnight due to Bollywood movies like 3 idiots, tube light, race 3, Bhag milkha bhag etc. Thus Lot of people only visit what be sold to them and what is famous on social media. The main reason is there are few travel companies who actually operate on field, normally 90% of travel companies only sell what is famous and easy to sell.
But Ladakh is more then that. There are lot of places and routes which are not know to all, only those who knew the place like back of their hand can try new routes and open new destinations for people to explore. The latest is Batalik sector route again less traveled.
Our team of Devils on wheelz found an interesting route which connects Kargl to leh via Batalik sector. This route is know to few and even if people know then also they do not want to take risk to explore this part due to lack of knowledge and knowing the fact that this terrain is very close to the border.
Batalik Sector: Where it is ?
Batalik is located between kargil and leh. Thre are only two ways to reach Leh from kargil. (srinagar- Kargil- Leh)
1. via Lamayuru
2. Via Batalik sector
How to plan trip from Kargil to Leh Via Batalik Sector (211 km) 6-7 HRS
Kargil –Hamboting La – Batalik- Dha- Hanu -(Aryan Valley) Khalsi – Saspul – Basgo – Nimmoo – Leh
Hamboting La (Pass)– It is located at an elevation of 4.056m (13307 FT) above sea level. Another highest pass which lead to Batalik sector. The steep cuts, vertical climbs, sheer drop and sharp turns make this route more adventures. This high pass leads to Batalik sector (which is very near to international border) Aryan Valley and then to Leh.
Batalik Sector – It is located on bank of Indus river. This was the main battleground-during the kargil war between India and Pakistan. This route offers some breath-taking Landscapes. This route is very beautiful as the whole route run along the bank of Indus river. This is not an ordinary route. People hardly choose this route as its a little bit difficult and very close to border thus one require ILP (Inner Line Permit) for this route. The ILP can be obtained from kargil an a day advance which require ID for Indian citizen. ID can be your DL, Passport, Voter ID card etc.
Dha Hanu- Tourist are allowed to visit only these two villages among many others which are located in this region. These villages are called Aryan villages. The unique and flamboyant lifestyle and traditions of this Indo-Aryan race make it stand out & one of its kind left . They are believed to be descendants of Alexander Army. Thus the region is known as he land of Aryans. Due to lower altitude these villages are more warm and lush green. Marrying within the community to preserve their blood has let them retain their distinctive features as they have fair completion and blue eyes as a result their population is limited to thousands only.
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