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Leh Ladakh

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Ideal duration: 5-7 days

Nearest Airport: Leh Check Flights

"India's Own Moonland"

Leh Ladakh Tourism

A land like no other with a superabundance of attractions to visit 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. 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. Formerly falling in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh was administered a union territory on 31st October 2019. Ladakh 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.

Ladakh is an adventure playground for climbing, jeeps tours, rafting and high-altitude trekking. Note that Leh Ladakh is inaccessible by road outside the summer months. The road passes close altogether from around October to May, and the only way to reach left is by air. 

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Ladakh - The Perfect Getaway For An Adventure Ride!

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. 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.

Innerline Permits in Ladakh

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 permits signed and stamped there. The timings of the office are 9.00 AM to 03:00 PM.

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The validity of the inner line permit is 21 days for Indians and 7 days for foreign nationals.

Restaurants and Local Food in Leh Ladakh

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 specially on festive occasions.
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What is not so good about Ladakh?

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.

What is famous about Ladakh?

Adventure destination. Snow clad mountains throughout the year with beautiful scenery in the backdrop.

What is the best way to reach Ladakh?

Being a remote area, Ladakh is only traversable by air or road. The Leh city does not have any railway station of its own. However, there is an airport for the city and a highway too, that leads to Leh.
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What are the places near Ladakh?

The top places near to Ladakh are Hemis which is 28 km from Ladakh, Manali which is located 209 km from Ladakh, Mcleodganj which is located 249 km from Ladakh, Dalhousie which is located 248 km from Ladakh, Kasol which is located 230 km from Ladakh

What are the top hotels in Ladakh?

There are 263 in Ladakh which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Ladakh are TIH New Antelope, Sangaylay palace, Leh Stumpa, Shakspo House, LONPO GUEST HOUSE, the crash pad. You can see all the hotels in Ladakh here

What are the things to do in Ladakh?

The top things to do in Ladakh are Pangong Lake, Magnetic Hill, Leh Palace, Chadar Trek, Tso Moriri, Zanskar Valley. You can see all the places to visit in Ladakh here

How much does a package cost for Ladakh?

The packages for Ladakh start at INR 8000 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What is the best time to visit Ladakh?

The best time to visit Ladakh is in Summer (April - June) when the climate is pleasant here - the snow from winter having thawed. During the rest of the year, Manali-Leh highway is not functional and the only operational way is the Srinagar-Leh highway which also gets affected by occasional landslides. The Frozen River Trek, one of the most famous treks here, is organised in the months of December and January along river Zanskar. The only way to get to the Frozen River Trek Point is by flying to Leh.
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What is the local food in Ladakh?

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.
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Who should visit Ladakh?

A superb destination for adventure freaks, bike riders, a group of friends seeking some activities and adventure. Not for leisure or relaxing.

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Muskan Shah 2 years ago
I travelled to Ladakh in October. The weather was ideal and I witnessed snowfalls. Since Ladakh is at a high altitude, to avoid breathing problems take proper medication. The monasteries are a must visit. I visited Pangong Lake and was awestruck by its beauty. Do not leave without visiting this lake and try to spend a night in the tents near it.
Ayush Baheti 2 years ago
- 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!
Raj Kishor Kannoujea 2 years ago
Nice destination for pleasure views as well hilly areas with great natural effects. It creates the great memory for remembrance if once making a visit in this great place.
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