Everything you wanted to know about the Leh-Ladakh Trip!

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Situated right at bosom of the magnificent Himalayan Mountains, in the northern most part of India, Ladakh is quite possibly one of the most gorgeous regions in the world with stunning landscape and a lovely climate, which is such a refreshing change from the rest of India. For photographers, professional and amateur alike, a trip to Ladakh is manna from heaven – so extraordinary are the sightings here, and so incredible the scenery. At night, under the cloudless skies, and under the bright stars, the landscape of Ladakh looks straight out of the Moon, only the gravity remains the same as the rest of the Earth!

Now that we have hopefully excited you enough about booking your ticket to India and getting to Ladakh ASAP, we tell you everything that you need to know about it, the great places in Ladakh you simply mustn’t miss out on, and we tell you how to get to Leh, the beauteous capital of Ladakh, which is such a delight in its own right with its lovely Buddhist monasteries. Buckle your seat belts and get ready for the trip of your life!

So how do you get to Leh, Ladakh?

Well, first you shall need to book your flight to New Delhi, and from there you have the option of a direct flight to Leh. Almost all airlines in India fly there, so getting there is quite simple. But by getting there by flight, you miss the best part of getting to Leh – the Ladakh-Leh trip. Getting to Leh by road is one of the most exciting things that you will do as a tourist. Imagine passing by the Khardung La – the highest motorable road in the world!

So, if you have decided to get to Leh by road, there are two routes that you can take. For the first, you may book a flight to Srinagar, the capital of the state of Kashmir, from Delhi, and once in Srinagar, catch any of the buses or private taxis to Leh. Along the way, you will pass through the town of Kargil, which was in 1999 the scene of a mini-war between India and Pakistan. Things are pretty much peaceful now, and you will love the scenic sights along this approach.

The other way to get there is the Manali – Leh route. It’s easy to get to Manali, a lovely little hill station in the state of Himachal Pradesh, by bus from New Delhi. Once there, you could board a bus or hire a private vehicle to Leh. It’s a long journey, takes around 20 hours, with halts overnight at either Serchu or Pang.
But the best way to get to Leh is by bike. Many adventurous tourists rent a bike and travel all the way to Leh from New Delhi, just for the thrill of riding their bikes on the Khardung La Pass, several thousand meters above sea level.

So, you’re in Leh, Ladakh. What next?

Now that you’ve finally arrived at Leh, here’s the first thing that your should do.

#Navigate Leh. Find out everything you possibly can about it.

Leh is the biggest city of Ladakh, and its most important tourist destination. Leh is full of lovely buildings, such as the Leh Palace, an ancient palace which once housed the royals of Ladakh. It’s well known for its fantastic architecture and for being 9 levels high. From the top floor of the Leh Palace, you get the best view possible of Leh and its surroundings. The Shanti Stupa is another must-watch attraction of Leh. It’s a grandiose white dome located at the hilltop in Chanspa town of Leh district. Other great sites for tourists to visit in Leh are the War Museum, Jama Masjid, Sankar Gompa, Stok Palace and the Victory Tower. When in Leh, remember to navigate all the Buddhist monasteries. Besides admiring their intricate architecture, you’ll simply adore the peaceful ambiance there. Remember to relax and meditate when you’re there; get in touch with your inner self. It’s just the best stress buster ever invented.

Next, once you have fully navigated Leh, visit the nearby places.

#Visit the Nubra Valley

The Nubra Valley is famous as the “Valley of Flowers”. It is a lovely little town surrounded by the snow-capped Himalayas, and is famous for its exquisite greenery and the loveliest flowers. It is also home to famous Buddhist monasteries such as Samstanling and Diksit. There are also a plenty of hiking trails here which are a real delight.

#Visit the Zanskar Valley

The Zanskar Valley is remote, and it is vast, spreading over an area of 300 sq-km. It is a fabulous spot for those of you who just love trekking. It’s at its best from June to October.

#Visit the Hemis Monastery and the Lamayuru Monastery

The ancient Hemis and Lamayuru monasteries are very important to Buddhists, and no visit to Ladakh is complete without visiting them. They are both close to Leh, and you will love the amazing art and sculpture there.

#Enjoy a boat ride at the Pangong Lake

The Pangong Lake is the highest salt water lake in the world and the natural beauty to be found here can only be described as “hypnotic’. One of the unique things about this lake is that it changes its colors every hour, reflecting the changing colors of the sky above.

Some Important Travel Tips

Before your trip to Ladakh, you should do the following:

# Carry a sunscreen with you at all times, as the Sun can be quite harsh at Ladakh.

# Carry a plenty of warm clothes, as temperatures can drop suddenly there.

# Ideally, your shoes should be water proof, as you may find yourself wading through several small streams.
# Keep a small medical kit close at hand.

#Keep away from the nearby Chinese border. You wouldn’t want to accidentally cross over to China and find yourself handling unnecessary diplomatic and legal complexities, trust us!

That’s it. Enjoy your Leh-Ladakh trip!

JayB

A self-described travel enthusiast...

1 Comment

  1. Vipul Sharma

    February 14, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    Visiting the peak point and just in taking the fresh feel is so amazing. Ladakh has such a beautiful climate and people in there are so charming the food is also delicious in Ladakh. You have shared the most important travel tips and what all things to do when you are in Leh-Ladakh.

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