‘The Land of High Passes’, Ladakh reaches breath-taking heights of almost 5500 m, so you’ll need to schedule in a day spent acclimatising when travelling here. But, its lunar landscapes are well worth the journey. From the Tibetan monasteries of Hemis and Thiksey to the azure waters of Pangong Lake, located in Hemis National Park, its pristine landscapes combined with Buddhist culture are unlike anywhere else in India. Summer is a great time to visit, between May and October, with the famed festival of Hemis celebrated in June/July, or you can combine adventure with wildlife on the fabled Snow Leopard trail, between November and March.