Leh Ladakh Tour: A complete travel guide.

 Leh Ladakh Tour: A complete travel guide. 

How to reach:

1. By Airway:

The most comfortable way to opt for reaching Ladakh would be by

a flight. All the major cities are well connected to the Kushok

Bakula Rimpochee Airport near Leh. Several flights are available

throughout the year but sometimes the unpredictable weather in

winters might disrupt the schedule.

2. By Roadway:

Ladakh is well connected to Srinagar and Manali by road. Although

you can travel by road only for 6 months as the rest of the year

snow piles up and blocks the road. Here are the various options for

you to pick from.

i) Take a Bike trip

This is the most popular way among travel and adventure

enthusiasts. This gives you an added advantage of different

sightseeing along the way. The Manali to Leh route is most

preferred among travelers for its convenience and amazing

vantage points. On the other hand, Srinagar to Leh would

provide you with comfortable accommodation.

ii) Take a car/private transport

If you want to experience the same thrill as the bike trip but also

want to share it with your family, you can go for a car ride to


The Srinagar-Leh route is about 434 km long while the Manali-

Leh route is 490 km.

iii) Public Transport

There is a direct bus service from Delhi to Ladakh but covering

1,203 km on a bus can be tiring.

3. By Railway:

If you are one of those persons who prefer trains over roads for a

long ride, then the nearest train station from Ladakh is in Jammu.

From there you can cover a 700 km distance to Ladakh by any of

the above roadway.

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How to Acclimatize:

After reaching comes the acclimatization, meaning the process of getting

accustomed to a new climate or to new conditions. Most of the places in

Ladakh are situated at an altitude of 12,000 ft and above, tourists may

be prone to dizziness, nausea and Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). To

avoid these

problems, you should give yourself at least a day to acclimatize by


Several medicines like Diamox, Aspirin and dexamethasone are

suggested for the mountain sickness.

How to Plan your Budget:

The cost to Leh Ladakh tour packages can be anywhere between

28,000 to 45,000 INR. One should understand that there are many

factors around which the trip cost is measured. The airfare, type of

accommodation, meals, activities you participate in and miscellaneous

things like tolls, parking fee and entry fees. If you want to cut back on

cost, you can choose to stay in hostels or homestay rather than 3 star or

5-star hotels which approximately cost you 4000 INR per night. Similarly,

the meals at dhaba (150 INR per meal for a person) are comparatively

less expensive than in a restaurant. If you are planning to take a bike trip

you can measure the cost according to the average of the bike.

What to carry:

· Clothing: your regular wears plus light thermal wear,

windproof jacket, heavy woolen jacket, raincoat, woolen caps

and muffler, snow boots

· Accessories: sunglasses, gloves, Sunscreen, lip balm and

toiletries like paper soap, sanitizer, toothpaste, brush, comb

· Document: some places require Indian citizens to get an

inner line permit for security reasons, and foreigners to get

Protected Area permit. If you are traveling with an agency, they

will arrange it for you or you can just apply it online. Also carry

your photocopy and identity card.

· Electronics: Camera with extra batteries, power bank and


spare charger.

· Medicines: your prescription if any, Diamox, Aspirin,

Paracetamol and Glucose/ORS.

· Eatables: Energy bar, dry fruits, water bottles, chocolates and


What to see:

There are a number of things to do and see in Ladakh, from mountain

trekking to walking around the peaceful lakes. From visiting high altitude

monasteries to indulging in the adventurous river rafting here are the

things you can look out for.

1) Lakes: Pangong Lake, Tso Moriri, Tso Kar, Yarab Tso

2) Attractions: Leh Palace, Jama Masjid, Drass war memorial,

Magnetic Hill, Old town, Hall of Fame, Hemis National Park, Ice


3) Passes: Khardung La, Chang La, Baralacha La, Zoji La, Tanglang

La, Fotu La

4) Monasteries: Diskit Monastery, Thiksey Monastery, Alchi

Monastery, Spituk Monastery, Lamayuru Monastery

5) Activities: Trekking, River rafting, Mountain biking, Jeep safari,

Camel safari, Ice skating, Camping and Festivals.

When To Visit:

· April to May: This is the peak tourist season; weather is

pleasant and you can enjoy outdoor activities. Also, the famous

Hemis Festival happens during this period.

· Mid-may to July: The ice starts to melt off from the road and

you can do that road trip with beautiful snow-clad mountains.

· August to September: Even though Ladakh falls under a rain

shadow region, this period is not ideal for travelling by road and

the scenery is a bit hazy.

· September to October: This season is best for road trips and

outdoor activities with fewer tourists as the winter is just about

to set in.

· October to November: The chilly wind in the air makes it

harder for people to acclimatize and very few tourists remain.

However, you can cut costs on accommodation in this season.

· November To March: Ladakh is at its coldest and the

Tourist’s population is almost sparse. Although some trekkers

visit to do the infamous Chadar trek in winters.

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