Leh is the capital of Ladakh at an altitude of 11,500ft. The beauty of the place is unfathomable with the majestic view of the Himalayas, Tibetan monasteries, exciting treks like Zanskar, makes this place a perfect tourist destination. Bounded by two mountain ranges, the great Himalaya and the Karakoram, lying on the side of Ladakh range and Zanskar range.
How to reach
By Air: The nearest airport is Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, located in Leh. It is well connected with all the major airports.
By Road: Bus: Take a bus from Srinagar to Manali; the Srinagar path is open from June to October for buses, and the Manali route is open from June to September. Bus from Delhi will take 4days to reach.
Bike: Travelling by bike is an adventurous activity; passing by the highest mountains is iconic.
By Railway: The nearest railway station is in Tawi, which is 700km away from Ladakh. You can hire a cab to reach Ladakh.
Best time to visit Leh Ladakh
Ladakh in summers: The summer in Ladakh starts from April, the maximum temperature is 30, during nights, the temperature falls from 16 to 20. The temperature remains moderate; the snow will be melted, giving the place a greener look. Nubra valley is a must-visit place in summers.
Ladakh in Winters: The winters start from October until February; the temperature falls to -20. The frozen lake in winters attracts many tourists; you can spot snow leopards and a lot of festivals happening during the time of winters; this makes the place a great tourist hub due to its stunning beauty and adventures.
Ladakh in Monsoon: The rainy season starts in June and ends in September, and the place looks impeccably beautiful during monsoons. Due to heavy rainfall, most tourist places remain closed; therefore, monsoons are not the ideal time to visit Ladakh.
Places to visit in Leh Ladakh
1. Pangong Lake:
The sparkling blue lake is near Leh-Ladakh in the middle of the majestic Himalayas, at an altitude of 4350m. The lake is 12km long and covering from India to Tibet. With its two-third. It is a popular lake due to its crystal clear water. The special thing about the lake is that it does not remain the same throughout the year; it changes its color from blue to green and grey.
2. Leh palace
It is also known as ‘Lachen Palkhar.’ This is one of the tallest buildings of its time and offering panoramic views of the entire city, sunrise and sunset are the most captivating and the place look even more beautiful at special occasions, when its all light up.
3. Chadar trek
It is one of the most challenging and adventurous treks; it is a 6-day trek across the frozen Zanskar river; it is visited from January to February or sometime in March, depending upon the weather conditions.
4. Zanskar Valley
It is located in the eastern part of Jammu&kashmir and separated by Ladakh. Zanskar valley is known for its ravishing view of the Himalayas, monasteries, and most visits to have rafting experience. It covers an area of 5000sq.km and is situated at an elevation of 13,154 above sea level.
5. Tso Moriri
Tso lake is the twin of Pangong lake. Barren hills and snow-capped mountains surround the place; it is an offbeat destination and offers peace and a sense of relaxation to the eyes. The beauty of the lake is mesmerizing; it is 28km in length and 100ft in average depth.
- Do not litter around, keep your surroundings clean.
- Carry all your necessary medications with you along with basic medicines that are required for mountain sickness, motion sickness and other possible situations.
- Consumption of Alcohol and other toxic substance is not advisable.
- Please take care of your own luggage.
- Keep yourself hydrated always.
- Carry warm clothes irrespective of seasons.
- Carry all your necessary documents with you such as voter id, license, passport size photo and others that are required.
Things to carry
- Thermal inner wears
- Thermal inner pants
- Comfortable trekking pants
- Fleece jacket
- Down jacket
- Waterproof windbreaker
- Pair of woollen socks
- Warm hat
- Sun cap
- Sunglasses and sunscreen
- Waterproof gloves
- Portable charger
- Camera and extra batteries
- Small bottle of shampoo
- Facial mist
- Toothpaste and toothbrush
- Lip balm and wipes
- Sleeping bag
- Trekking shoes and trekking pole
- First aid box with all the necessary medicines
- Toilet paper