Every friend circle at some point of time has thought of taking a trip to Leh Ladakh. Whether its a trip in search of “Nirvana”, or an adventurous bike trip through the soaring valleys, one can surely agree that a trip to Leh-Ladakh is a must for anyone and everyone.
In this article, we have listed out everything you need to know before planning a trip to ‘The Land of Mystic Lamas.’
Are Leh-Ladakh the same??
Well, the word Leh-Ladakh is taken together so often that it creates confusion in the minds of people. Let’s clear this confusion first. So Jammu-Kashmir is divided into three parts, Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh. Ladakh is divided into two districts, Leh and Kargil. The Leh district has the town “Leh”, which we all talk about traveling to!
How to reach Leh?
Well reaching Leh is a not as tough as perceived. There are no trains that go directly to Leh, and the nearest station is about 700km from Ladakh(Jammu Tawi). If you happen to come by train, then come to Jammu, and then take the cabs/bus to Leh.
You will be surprised to know that Leh has a well-developed airport. It’s well connected to all the major cities and probably the best way to reach Leh.
Probably the reason why you are planning a trip is to experience the wonder of the road trip to Leh. The road trip has to offer the prettiest sceneries and a lifetime of memories. You will have to reach Manali and from there take a bike/cab to Leh. The distance is close to 470km.
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The best time to visit Leh?
Well owing to the fact that it is located at a height of 3500m above sea level, the place is dead cold in winters. It is strictly advised not to plan the trip in the months of November-February. Most people abandon the place and move to lower altitudes at this time and hence the resources get scarce. To sum it up, it will be a huge risk to travel during winters.
The best time to visit Leh-Ladakh is during summer(April-June). The snow has melted and everything seems is fresh. The nature is at its best, the shops, hotels, and people get back to business. This is the time where you can get frostbite and sunstroke at the same time. Tourists start coming in. The highways open up. The rivers melt and flow at full pace. Overall, it’s best that Leh can get.
How much will the trip to Leh cost?
A major part of planning a trip is to decide the budget. Here we have given an approximate amount which you should be ready with for a good trip.
The cost of reaching Leh varies based on the mode of transport you choose. Flight costs higher than road transport of course. Apart from this, there are various packages available to choose from. Food costs are a bit higher than usual, but it is totally affordable by an average person.Hotels/Motels costs also vary depending upon the comfort level you seek.
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Places to visit in Leh-Ladakh
Although the entire region is a thing of beauty , there are quite a few places which demand extra attention from the tourists. Some of them are listed below, and most tour packages include visits to these places.
1. The Pangong Lake- A beautiful lake which changes colors throughout the day.Its totally ice during winters.
2. Magnetic Hill – It literally has some sort of illusion that attracts tourists from all around.
3. The Leh Palace-A majestic palace with a rich history.
4. Zanskar Valle-One of the most enchanting places to visit in the Himalayas.
5. Shanti stupa- One of the magnificent Tibetan structures that have ever been built.
6. Lamayuru monastery- Lamayuru is known for its moon-like terrain.
7. Khardunga La Pass-The world’s highest motorable road.
8. Turtuk – Closest place to LOC which tourists are allowed to visit.
9. Tso Moriri-With brownish mountains towering over it on one side and lush green countryside on the other, it is a great way to indulge in the beauty of nature.
Leh-Ladakh is a marvelous place to visit. The authentic beauty of this place will touch your heart and definitely leave you with some unforgettable memories. Set a date, grab some friends, and head over to Leh this summer.