A travel Guide to Ladakh
Ladakh lies in the Kashmir region of India. Home to several river valleys like the Indus, Shyok, Nubra, Suru, Dras, and Zanskar, it is known to have a charming effect on every traveller that visits the place. Ladakh India is also known as Little Tibet because of its closely-knit culture and history. Some of the most popular Ladakh tourist attractions are the Nubra Valley, Pangong Lake, Royal Leh Palace, Shey Monastery and many more. If you’re an admirer of nature, then there’s no better place than Ladakh. Ladakh tourism welcomes all kinds of travellers from across the world every year and sends them back with an unforgettable experience.
Ladakh Tours are not just about visiting places, it is about staying amidst nature. You can have a splendid view of mountains from your hotel. Make sure to book your hotel in Leh Ladakh well in advance to get the best deals.
Places to visit in Ladakh
1. Pangong Lake
2. Khardung La Pass
3. Hemis National Park
4. Magnetic Hill
6. Diskit Monastery
Things to do in Ladakh
Whether you’re here on a family vacation or a soul seeking journey or you want to explore your adventurous side, Ladakh is the one-stop for all. Here are a few things to do in Ladakh.
Chadar is translated to ‘blanket’ in Hindi. It is a trek over a thick sheet of ice on the frozen river of Zanskar and is considered to be one of the toughest and adventurous treks. While you’re at it, you’ll be mesmerised by snow-capped mountains on one side and a stream on the other. You get a spectacular view when you lift your head to look around. The best time for this trek is the month of February. This route is also taken by the locals during the months of winter as the roads are blocked and dangerous to travel.
Biking to Ladakh is one of the upcoming travel options popularised by adventure seekers and is therefore added to the Ladakh travel guide. You can start your journey from Manali through Rohtang Pass, Darcha, Tang Lang La and Baralacha La in the Leh Valley. You can then go ahead to Khardung La Pass and other parts of Ladakh as you enjoy the beautiful weather and scenic view on the journey.
Indus River Rafting
Owing to its topography, river rafting is one of the top adventure sports catered by Ladakh tourism. You can enjoy river rafting in the Indus river which originated from Mt. Kailash and Mansarovar Lake. As you’re coming down you pass through the mesmerising Zanskar valley. You can choose a river rafting experience based on the level of difficulty from Grade 1 to 4, season and fitness level.
Earlier it was the most common mode of transport for trading and now it is one of the most popular Ladakh attractions. You can experience a Bactrian camel safari in the Nubra Valley. These camels have double humps which they use to store fat instead of water, unlike the usual camels. The sand dunes of Nubra Valley is breathtaking, thus making it one of the most significant Ladakh tourist places.
Try the local cuisine
The cuisine of Ladakh is a combination of the Tibetan, Chinese and even Korean cuisines. You should try the local dishes like thukpa, momos and the likes. You can also try their local drinks of tea, coffee, beer and Chang, a traditional alcoholic beverage. You can visit some of the top restaurants like Gesmo, II Forno, Sheldon Garden Park and many more.
Best time to visit Ladakh
The best time to visit Ladakh depends on the kind of holiday you’re planning, if you want a pleasant holiday with gentle weather conditions, then you should visit between the months of April and July. If you’re someone who wants to participate in adventurous activities like the Chadar Trek or wants to indulge in the traditional festivals of Ladakh, then you should visit between the months of November and February. However, for a regular traveller, we can say that summer is the best season to visit Ladakh.
How to reach Ladakh
One need not get confused about how to reach Ladakh. You can travel to Ladakh via flights, trains, buses or private vehicles.
Kushok Bakula Rimpochee in Leh is the nearest airport to Ladakh. You can take a flight to Leh directly from the major cities like Kolkata, Mumbai, and Delhi. From Leh, you can take a cab to reach Ladakh.
You can reach Ladakh via two main highways i.e the Manali-Leh Highway and the Srinagar-Leh Highway. These highways are roughly open from mid-June to November. You can rent a car or travel by buses operated by the Himachal Pradesh and Jammu Kashmir State tourism. With an overnight halt, it’ll take you approximately 20 hours to reach Ladakh.
You can travel to Jammu Tawi which is the closest railway to Ladakh. From there on you’ll have to hire a cab or take the bus to reach Ladakh.