Honeymoon in Markha Valley
If you want to add an ethereal touch to your post wedding trip, then you plan a trip to the Markha Valley in Ladakh. It's an isolated valley that is nestled between the Northern Himalayan mountain ranges of Zanskar and Ladakh. The Markha Valley is actually one of the most scenic treks in Ladakh very popular with trekkers, backpackers and of course honeymooners. This trek which usually takes about a week (depending upon your starting point and end point) introduces you to some of the most picturesque pastures situated atop the steep Himalayan peaks, stunning Buddhist monasteries and beautiful Ladakh villages and hamlets.
Getting to Markha Valley
The nearest airport to Markha Valley is Leh, the capital of Ladakh. One can take a direct flight to Leh from Delhi, Srinagar and/or Jammu. Getting to Markha from Srinagar airport is the best alternative as there are direct flights from Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Jammu, Dubai, and Leh. One can also head to Markha by road from Srinagar (through Kargil) and Manali. One can also take a train to Kalka, the closest railway station and then head to Manali (via Shimla). Thereafter, one can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Leh.
Trekking to the Markha Valley is the best way to enjoy the sights and sounds in the region. You'll feel that every moment of your honeymoon trip has turned sublime while you embark on the trek. The valley gets its name from the Markha River and there is also a village by the same name. The starting point of the trek is from the lower region of the Markha Valley and thereafter the trail takes you to the alpine meadows situated at higher altitudes. The trek is quite arduous and not meant for the faint-hearted.
You'll be able to catch a bird's eye view of Ladakh in all its finery with its ancient castles and forts as you make progress on the trail crossing innumerable rivulets and streams. Eventually, you'll reach Nimaling Plateau which reaches a height of 4,700m and camp there for the rest of the day. From Nimaling, you can get splendid views of the Kang Yatse peak. You can renew your hike from Ganda La path that runs along the Markha River.
You'll simply take pleasure in the majestic views of Tibet and the Karakoram Himalayas when you reach Kongmaru La-the tip of the highest altitude pass. Your trek will culminate with a walk through (via a gorge) to the Hemis Monastery. Throughout your trek, you'll be able to catch a glimpse of the rich variety of flora and fauna.
Sightseeing Attractions In and around Markha Valley
Hemis Monastery, Ladakh villages, Kongmaru La, Markha River, Buddhist Monasteries, Karakoram Himalayas, and Zanskar Valley.
Activities for Honeymooners
Campfire, trekking, village tours, backpacking, jeep safari, camping, and walks to several Buddhist monasteries.
There are no hotels or resorts in Markha Valley. However you can make reservations for staying in a standard, luxury or deluxe hotel in Alchi, Kargil, Srinagar, Zanskar, Tsomoriri, Sarchu, Pangong, Leh, Keylong or Nubra Valley. Also do not forget to carry sufficient foods before you start your trek as there are no restaurants or cafes in the Markha Valley.
Best Season for Travelling
The best season for taking a trek to Markha Valley is between March-June and September-December when the weather is perfect and chances of heavy rainfall or landslides are very slim.