A land like no other with superabundance of attractions to visit and phantasmagoric and fabulous landscapes, amazing people and culture, Ladakh is truly a heaven on Earth.
Bounded by two of the world's mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram, it lies athwart two other, the Ladakh range and the Zanskar range. Ladakh is mystical in all the spheres it covers, from nature, geography, sceneries to the modest cultures that it fosters. Right from gompas to the sensational momos, the superabundance of attractions to visit makes this city make it heaven on earth. It is said that only in Ladakh can a man sitting in the sun with his feet in the shade suffer from sunstroke and frostbite at the same time.
For those of us living in the constant confusion about the difference between these twin locations, Leh-Ladakh, here is something that might help you. The state of Jammu and Kashmir is divided into three parts: Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh. Ladakh, further is divided into two districts: district Leh, and district Kargil. The former district has a popular town ?Leh?and is a great tourist attraction because of its beautiful monasteries, picturesque locations, and interesting markets defining the culture of the place.
Tranquil Leh | 5 Days 4 Nights
Staring from Rs. 8,000
Royal Leh & Pangong | 6 Days 5 Nights
Staring from Rs. 16,750
Adventure destination. Snow clad mountains throughout the year with beautiful scenery in the backdrop.
Climatic conditions and travel are a bit rough. Infants and older people may have some breathing problems. People living at low altitudes may take time to adapt to places at such heights.
A superb destination for adventure freaks, bike riders, a group of friends seeking some activities and adventure. Not for leisure or relaxing.
Thongsal Hotel,The Grand Dragon and Hotel City Palace are exotic with charismatic backdrops and scenery. The services are highly polished and ensures a happy and luxurious stay. Cheaper and budget flixible hotels and inns are also available.
Gomang-Boutique Hotel Ladakh
Staring from INR 7,500
Adu's Eternal Comfort
Staring from INR 1,400
For someone who thrives on adventure and lives his life on the edge, Ladakh is their Mecca. There's nothing more satisfying than traversing such high peaks with nothing but daunting yet majestic snow clad mountains in the backdrop. Every minute you spend here becomes a memory. From bike riders to cycling enthusiasts, this is the place to test your endurance and skill. For those who aren't afraid of the water, do not miss the river rafting in Zanskar river at the confluence of Indus and Zanskar. The price per person is around INR 1000 for the long-distance rafting. This is an absolutely unforgettable experience for people who seek thrills. The largest city in this region is Leh and although this city has many monasteries, visit nearby cities like Nubra Valley, Pulu for magnificent views of the scenic beauty. Visit one of the highest motorable roads in the world- Khardung La while on your journey to the Nubra Valley.
Permits are required (also for Indian Nationals) to travel the inner line areas of Nubra Valley, the Durbuk Block, Khardung La, Dha-hanu, Tso-Moriri and Tsokar Lakes and Pangong Lake. These are available in the Leh town and you are advised to get them from trusted travel agents. Take the photocopies of the Protected Area Permit (PAP) or Restricted Area Permit (RAP) with you wherever you go in Ladakh. Government authorities have launched a web portal http://lahdclehpermit.in/ on June 1, 2017, making it easier for the travellers to obtain a permit. A fee of INR 400 + INR 20 per day as an Inner line fee is applicable. Note: There is no online payment option on this portal. Take the printout of the permit and visit TIC Office, Opposite J&K Bank, Main Market, Leh. You can get permit signed and stamped there. The timings of the office are 9.00 AM to 03:00 PM.
The validity of the inner line permit is 21 days for Indians and 7 days for foreign nationals.
Day 1: Arrive at Leh in the morning by flight or road. Head towards your hotel. The place is at an altitude of 14000m above sea level, so an entire day is required to just acclimatize to the weather and steady your heads. Spend the night visiting some local shops nearby the city of Leh or just relax in your hotel rooms. Day 2: Head out to the city of Leh for some sightseeing at places in close vicinity. Witness sights such as the palatial towns of Shey and Thiksey and its monasteries, the Sindhu Ghat, Druk Padma Karpo, popularly known as ?Rancho's school? and so on. Visit the Shanti Stupa in the evening overlooking the city and the Leh market for shopping. Day 3: Head to Nubra Valley from Leh, which is a tough yet majestic five-hour journey through the Khardung-La, one the highest motorable roads in the world. Go to the Samstaling Monastery that is beautifully adorned in shades of gold, red and white. Alternatively, you can opt for the Sumur sand dunes for a camel ride. Day 4: After spending the night in Nubra Valley, head to Leh again. En route, visit the Diskit Monastery and the barren expanse of Hunder Sand Dunes for yet another camel safari if you wish. Reach Leh in the evening and spend some leisure time at your hotel. Day 5: Head to Pangong Lake from Leh early morning. This too is an enduring 5-hour journey by road. The journey will be through the Changla Pass. Arriving the lakeside, get mesmerized by the enchanting beauty of the lake and its backdrop. Spend the night in the tents near the lake and enjoy a bonfire with your friends. Day 6: Say bye to the heaven on Earth and take a load of memories back as you head to the airport to catch your flight or go to any other destination in your vehicle.
Leh is a multicuisine city serving Indian, Tibetan, Chinese and even Korean. The cuisine here exhibits tints of these foreign influences. Visitors must try out the local dishes which almost define the cuisine here such as Thukpa, noodle soup;Tsampa, known in Ladakhi as Ngamphe (roasted barley flour), and Skyu which is a heavy pasta dish with plenty of veggies as well as the very popular and delicious Momos which are steamed dumplings stuffed with vegetables or meat.
Drinks include Tea, coffee, beer and Chang which is an alcoholic beverage drunk especially on festive occasions.
- Given the altitude,altitude sickness is common among the travelers and thus you should carry proper medication with you. Also,Carrying chocolates everywhere you go is a good idea in Leh. They quickly give you the energy when you tend to be tired due to the low oxygen level so high up in the mountains!
By Dhananjay Wagh
We are planning to visit leh in month of June probably first week of June is it good time to visit??