In India there are so many places for visiting, ladakh also from them. Ladakh is a land of mystery and fascinate which never stop to amaze travelers with its towering peaks and snow capped Himalayan and Karakoram mountain ranges, the rapidly-flowing Indus and Zanskar rivers and numerous streams carrying the glaciers from the mountains tucked amidst lush green valleys, all conjure a travelers dreams.
Indeed, a traveler’s visit to India is never complete without a tour of Ladakh, because it offers to their travelers, a beautiful picturesque and scenic view of nature. The many distinctive features of Ladakh are its uplands, craggy, barren cliffs and plateaus. Governed by a climate that provides about 50mm of rainfall each year, Ladakh is cold and dry. One, therefore, will be faces with a long and bitter winter of frozen landscape but yet very beautiful, and a short, hot summer when the precious glaciers melt.
Srinagar to Leh- the first route is reaching Ladakh from Kashmir Valley through Kargil, around 434 km away. This route remains open from the starting of June till November. Regular ordinary as well as deluxe buses are run by Jammu & Kashmir state Road Transport Corporation between Srinagar and Leh.
Manali to Leh- Since 1989, Manali- Leh road stretching to 473 km, open from mid June to early October, has been the second road route to Ladakh. This road takes you via the desert planteau of Rupsho, ranging between altitudes of 3,660m to 4,570m. A number of high passes fall on this route, including Taklang-La, the world’s second highest motorable road. Ordinary and deluxe buses run between Manali and Leh every day and are managed by Himachal Pradesh Tourism (HRTC) and J &K SRTC. This journey is of around 2 days with night camping in Search and Pang. Another option is to hire a jeep or Gypsy.
Intra- region Travel- Travelling through public buses that have a fixed schedule and route is the best option. This option is pocket-friendly and comfortable too. Another option is of hiring a taxi by fixing its price. It is necessary to take the services of registered travel agency in making your transportation arrangement is you are travelling to Tsomoriri Lake, Nubra, Pangong Lake, Tsokar Lake and Dah-Hanu.
In Ladakh, there are so many festivals, which they celebrate with joy and happiness. The ladakh festival organized on a large scale is now a regular tourist event on the tourist calendar. There are several schemes to promote tourism to the Ladakh region. These include opening up of inner line areas such as the beautiful Pangong Tso lake on the Indo- China border, Baima, whose villagers trace their descent to the early Aryan settles and Nubra Valley which is situated near the strategic Siachen glacier on the Indo-Pak border.a white river rafting expedition along the 26 km stretch from Fhey to Nimo along the mightily Indus River is a thrilling experience. It the highest point where river rafting is possible in the world. The Ladakhis are keen sportsmen and archery contests are frequently arranges at the village level, which draws all aspiring marksmen. Another popular game, polo, is played with great gusto reminiscent of the Mangol Horsemen.
Places around Ladakh
Visitors to Skara village near Leh are treated to a local archery contest. As the contestants draw bow and arrow, bowls filled with the delectable apricot, apple and dry fruits are served to the visitors followed by change, heady brew made of barley and gur tea, a regional favorite. There is a change of scene as the Festival shifts to the Nubra Valley. A trip by helicopter over flies an intricate network of mountains including the Khardungla Pass, the highest motor able pass in the world. The mountains have a reddish hue.
Most of the tourists are love to shopping where they go and want to take away locally items from there. In ladakh, there are also beautiful things which tourists want to buy such as popular items are carpets, dry fruits wool garments or painting etc.
There are a number of markets in Ladakh. The prices are subject to bargain and how much one is able to bring down prices depends upon the bargaining skill of the buyer. Some good venues for shopping in Ladakh are Moti Market, Nowshera Bazaar, Ladakh Art Palace, and Dalai Lama’s Charitable Trust Handicraft Emporium etc.
Best Time to Visit
Ladakh region witness summer season between the months of April and September and this is the best time to visit Ladakh. This is the time when Ladakh experiences sunny days and the temperature lies around 20 to 30 degree C. The views are lovely and clear, and the nights are very pleasant. In the summer months, the two road approaches to Ladakh, the Srinagar-Leh Highway and the Manali-Leh Highway get cleared of snow and become motorable. Ladakh is visited by tourists and trekkers alike during this time. The rains are occasional. From November to March, the place experiences heavy snowfall and become inaccessible by road.
How to Reach
By Air– Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport of Leh is the main airport of the region. This airport is connected to Delhi, Jammu and Srinagar by direct flights of Jet Airway, Air India, and Go Air. The timings of the flights are subject to change due to weather.
- Srinagar-Leh : 434 km
- Manali-Leh :473 km
- Srinagar-Kargil : 204 km
- Delhi-Leh :1047 kms
- Leh-Kargil: 234km
By train– the nearest railway station is Jammu Tawi (700 km from Ladakh) which is well connected with Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai. You can hire a cab or board a JKSRTC bus to reach Ladakh from there.