Ladakh also known as “land of high passes” is one of the most incredible regions of India in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is one of the most favorable holiday destination among domestic and international tourists and one of the famous and captivating places for road trip. Ladakh is an enchanted land and what makes it so attractive are the pristine valleys, astonishing views of mountains (the snow capped Himalayas and Karakoram mountain range) and it’s cultural life. It is a place where one can enjoy the sunny weather under clear blue sky.
Geographically it is surrounded by Zanskar range in the South, Tibet border in the North, Pakistan Border in the Northwest and Kashmir valley in the west.The largest town in Ladakah is Leh, also the capital of Ladakh. It is towards the eastern part of Jammu and Kashmir. Also Kargil is one of the largest towns and a famous place to visit.
Ladakh is a place for such people who like adventures and loves to Roam and hang-out with friends. The two most astonishing and splendor regions of Ladakh are Pangong lake and Nubra valley.
By Air: You can fly up to Leh (Kushok Bakula airport), the nearest airport connected by flights with Delhi, Jammu and Srinagar. Or you can take flight up to Jammu or Srinagar then by road. There are regular flights from Delhi to Leh.
By Train: There are N numbers of train up to Jammu Tavi which is connected with all major cities and towns in India. You can find trains like Duronto, Superfast Express etc up to Jammu Tavi.
By Bus: Leh is connected to all major cities by good motor able roads. So it is easy to get Volvo type buses from Delhi, Manali, Srinagar and Jammu.
By Road/Self drive: The road trip to Ladakh is amazing and has its own uniqueness. You will see the panoramic views of breathtaking mountains, rugged terrains, scenic landscapes and pristine valleys all the way, wherever you are starting from. You can start your trip from Jammu via Srinagar – Zoji La – Kargil – Leh (about 340 km) or from Manali via Rohtang top – Jispa – Baralacha La top – Pang – Leh (about 490 km).
Weather in Ladakh (Best time to Visit Ladakah)
The weather in Ladakh ranges from +30ᵒC to -30ᵒC. It is the cool retreating place for summer season in India. The weather is pleasant always and you can find the sheets of ice and also enjoyable snow falls.
The tourists can visit from April to mid October. You can visit after October also but you may face high snow falls, due to which roadways get obstructed.
Summer (April to June): The Temperature ranges 3 ᵒC to 15 ᵒC. Thus, makes it favorable for tourist as its neither too hot nor too cold. Due to high altitude you can feel the zephyr. Light woolen clothes and shoes are advisable to carry.
Monsoon (July to September): The Temperature ranges from -10 ᵒC to 20 ᵒC. light rain can be expected during this time but still it is a quite favorable season.
Winter: Between Octobers to December the Temperature ranges from +10 ᵒC to -15 ᵒC. it is the time of light snow falls and you can plan the journey up to mid October. During December and January, the temperature falls to -35 ᵒC; it means time for heavy snow fall which causes blockage of roadways and communication.
If you want to enjoy the snow fall then September to mid October is the favorable season. For road trip, the best time to visit is between July and August. And for Trekking the best time is between June to September.
Things to do in Ladakh
- Yak Safari
- Camel Safari
- Shopping at Leh market
- Indus River rafting
- Cycling on quiet roads
- Motor biking
- Chadar Frozen river Trek
Monastery in Ladakh
- Lamayuru Monastery
- Alchi Monastery
- Shey Monastery
- Diskit Monastery
- Thiksey Monastery
- Hemis Monastery
Places to visit in Ladakh
- Pangong Lake
- Tso Moriri and Tso Kar salt lake
- Royal Leh palace
- Zanskar Valley
- Magnetic Hill
- Nubra valley
- Shanti stupa
- Kargil (Kashmir Leh highway)
- Kardung La
- Da Hanu Villlage
- Confluence of Indus and Zanskar river
Note: Due to some reasons, the Kashmir govt. has banned prefix numbers and there are no operator networks. So if you want to carry your mobile and want to enjoy uninterrupted service then carry postpaid numbers. BSNL/ Airtel are the most used operator there.
Ladakh is a complete package of adventure and thrill. It is The Heaven of the Earth.
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