Perhaps there is no better time to tour Ladakh region then during the festive season. Ladakh comes alive during festivals, when people from different corners of Ladakh converge at one place to celebrate and enjoy the festive spirit. Festivals are in fact the best way to get a feel of the Ladakhi culture.

PHYANG TSEDUP FESTIVAL IN LADAKH

30th-31th July 2019­­­ will mark the beginning of the prominent Phyang Tsedup Festival. It is celebrated in Phyang Monastery in Ladakh (19.1 km from Leh) and dedicated to Jigten Gombo, founder of Dringumpa Monastic Dynasty. Witness smiling Lamas in vibrant attire and portraying different characters of the dance drama.

Thankha of Jigten Gombo is also worshipped and marks the triumph of good over the evil. However, dance remains the centre of attraction. Monks wearing rich silk costumes perform Chham and worship their deity. This festival is especially remarked for the enthusiasm and energy.

The Phyang tsedup Festival is held on the 2nd and 3rd day of the 6th month of Tibetan Calendar which usually falls in July-August. Some ritual offerings are burnt on the 2nd day and the Storma is destroyed to conclude the procession.

KARSHA GUSTOR FESTIVAL IN LADAKH

Karsha Gustor festival, is celebrated at Karsha monastery, the largest one in Zanskar in terms of the resident months, as it is home to around 100 lamas. This festival is celebrated remembering the victory of good over evil, at this largest Geluk-pa (Yellow Hat) monastery that is located on  the slopes of Zanskar mountains, right high above the Padum plain. During the festival, a Black Hat Dance is performed

SINDHU DARSHAN FESTIVAL IN LADAKH

Sindhu Darshan is celebrated in Shey Manla, located 8 kms away from the main city of Leh. This  is a 3-day festival, which happens from 12th  to 14th  June on the bank of Indus river. The celebrations of this festival were started in the month of October 1997, for the celebration of unity as well as communal harmony along  with the national integration. There is also a symbolic salute to the brave soldiers of the country.

LOSAR FESTIVAL IN LADAKH

A festival in Tibetan Buddhism Losar is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm. The Fiesta marks the New Year and is one of the most noted festivals in Ladakh. The celebrations proceed with the Ladakhi Buddhists making make a religious offering before their deities in the Gompas or local monasteries.

History

Losar Festival was celebrated before the arrival of Buddhism in Tibet. The pre-Buddhist gala finds its roots in a winter-incense-burning custom of a religion. For hundreds of year now, it has been a tradition for the Government and the Dalai Lama to consult Nechung during the festivities.

Losar Festival Celebrations

The festivities for the Losar festival in Ladakh last for about 15 days. A medley of cultural events, traditional performances and also ancient rituals are an essential part of the New Year celebrations. Out of the 15 days, the first three days are really important. Changkoi, a beverage is made from Chhaang on the first day. The day proceeds with the chanting of prayers in the monastery.

The second day is known as the King’s Losar. People gather in the Hall of Excellence of Samsara and Nirvana. Representatives from Bhutan, Nepal, Mongolia and China. From third day onwards monks along with the locals, join the celebration.

When you are surrounded by such pristine beauty, it’s hard to resist the temptation of pulling out your camera every minute of the journey! Sheer cliff faces, clear lakes that reflect a multitude of colours, roads snaking through the mountains and Tibetan monasteries clinging impossibly to the ridges – picture composition is an easy task in this erstwhile Himalayan kingdom.

Pangong Tso:

The highest lake in the world, Pangong is undoubtedly a photographer’s delight. The calm waters of the lake reflect the ever-changing colours of the sky – you can see it turn from grey to a brilliant blue. The pinks and purples of dusk are also worth capturing. In fact you can spend an entire day here clicking away happily, not to mention shooting excellent time-lapse videos.

Khardung-La:

The highest motorable road gives great views of the mighty Himalayan peaks in Ladakh. Since it’s a sensitive area, used by the Indian Army frequently, make sure you have the necessary permissions in place before you start filming.

Taglang La:

The second highest mountain pass in Ladakh is another place for sweeping views of the mountains and the valleys of the region. If you’re lucky you may even spot a Changpa (nomadic tribe) herdsman guiding his goats and cattle through the rugged terrain.

Nubra Valley:

The mesmerising sand dunes of Hunder in the Nubra Valley provide a great photo-op. Camel safaris on the two-humped Bactrian camels are offered in this region and you can get a picture-perfect shot of the camels against the backdrop of the sand dunes.

SOME ESSENTIAL TRAVEL TIPS

Ladakh is one of the most popular tourist destinations, located in Jammu and Kashmir state of India. This popularly known “Cold Desert” attracts lots of tourists from all across the globe. It shares its boundaries with Tibet and has a huge impact of Tibetan culture on its culture and lifestyle. The major part of Ladakh is barren land with low atmospheric pressures.

Due to extremely low-pressure conditions, rigid climatic conditions and high altitude places, there are certain tips and suggestions for tourists to consider while traveling to Leh Ladakh:

1. Best time to go to Ladakh

Ladakh is known to be a summer destination and it gets completely isolated during winters because it gets covered with the several feet of snow for about half of the year and thus becomes inaccessible in its major portions. Thus the best time to visit Ladakh is from May to September. But, some tourists also travel to Ladakh in winters so as to enjoy Ladakhi festivals that take place during this time.

2. How to reach Ladakh?

a. By Air: This is the easiest mode of transport to reach Ladakh. The nearest airport is Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport. It is well connected with major cities like Delhi, Srinagar, Jammu, Chandigarh, etc. This airport is a military terminal so the security is a bit strangling. Hence, it is advised to carry the hard copy of your e-tickets and all the required documents with you when you enter the airport premises. You can board a taxi to reach your desired destination.

b. By Train: The nearest railway station is in Tawi, which is about 700 Km away from Ladakh. This railway station receives trains from major cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, etc. From the railway station, you can reach Ladakh via taxi or cabs. This is the most inconvenient method to reach Ladakh as it will take two days to reach there from Tawi railway station via taxi.

c. By Road: There are two routes to reach Ladakh:

    • Srinagar to Leh Highway: The distance between Leh and Srinagar is 434 Km. It covers Sonmarg, Zoji La Pass, Drass, Kargil, Mulbek, Lamayaru, and Saspol. This route is open from May to October.
    • Manali to Leh Highway: This route is 490 Km long covering Rohtang, Gramphu, Kokshar, Darcha, Baralacha La Pass, Gata Loops, Lachulung La, Tanglang La, Gya and Karu on the way. This route is open from May to September.

You can many options for vehicles to board while traveling to Ladakh:

  • By Bus: There are many government and private buses available from Srinagar and Manali to Ladakh. For buses, the Srinagar route is open from June to October and the Manali route is open from June to September.
  • By Bike: Most of the tourists love to reach Ladakh via bikes. There are the world’s top three mountain passes that can be scaled via bike. If you are traveling through the bike, choose the brand that can take you through rocky mountains and are with higher displacements, like KTM Duke, Royal Enfield, Hero Impulse, Bajaj Avenger, etc.
  • By Jeep: You can also book a jeep if you want to experience the adrenaline rush of a bike ride but are not comfortable for the activity. Jeep ride is much more comfortable than the bike ride.
  • By taxi/ shared taxi: You can also hire a taxi from Manali to Leh but bargain before you agree upon the rates. The most important thing to keep in mind here is that if you are hiring a taxi from Manali to Leh, then a car with Manali registration or any other registration is allowed. But, if you want to do sight-seeing in Leh, then only the cars with Leh registration are allowed. Cars with other city registrations are not allowed for sight-seeing in Ladakh.

3. Permits and Passport

No permit is required for Indian tourists while traveling to Leh. But for international tourists, registration is needed and can be done at Drass, Rumtse, and Sarchu. Tourists traveling by air should get their registration done at the airport.

Tourists are required to take a Protect Area Permit through registered travel agencies to visit restricted areas like Tso Moriri, Tso Kar, Pangong Tso Lake, Dhahanu and Nubra valley. It is advisable to carry the six copies of the permit as they will be submitted at the checking points.

4. The temperature at Ladakh

The altitudes of Ladakh ranges from 9000 ft at Kargil to 25,170 ft at Saser Kangri at the Karakoram range. Summers are quite comfortable in Ladakh as compared to winters, as the temperature during winters falls below -30 degrees in Leh and Kargil and -60 degrees in Drass. During December to February, the region experiences subzero temperatures and the intensity of the sun is greater here as compared to lower altitudes due to thin air.

5. Availability of Basic Facilities in Ladakh

a. Hospitals/ Clinic: The main hospital in Ladakh is SNM Hospital, which is very well equipped to handle various emergency cases. While in other parts of Ladakh, one can find various sub-district hospitals at the district headquarters, private clinics are there in Leh and medical dispensaries in villages, attended by well-equipped doctors. In the case of undeclared emergencies, tourists can also be taken to the Army’s General Hospital at Leh.

b. Phone and Internet Services: The postpaid BSNL network is the only mobile network that works and gives full connectivity in Ladakh and its surrounding areas. If you are coming via Manali-Leh Highway, your mobile network will disappear as you start descending on the other side of Rohtang Pass.

If you are coming via Srinagar-Leh highway, your mobile connectivity will disappear the moment you leave Srinagar and will remain like this till Leh.

It is advisable to keep a list of emergency contact numbers handy with each person in your team.

c. Bank/ ATM facilities: When you are traveling to Ladakh, it is recommended to carry enough cash at hand because the last ATM that you will see in the Manali-Leh highway is in Manali only and there is no any ATM all the way to Leh. If in case you need to refuel in between, then there is no petrol pump that accepts credit/debit cards. In the Leh market, you can find some ATMs of different banks like PNB, SBI, J&K. In areas like Tso Moriri, Pangong Lake and Nubra valley, ATM facility is not available and you have to make transactions in cash only.

d. Police Stations: In case of an unexpected difficulty, you can contact the police station in Leh, that falls under the jurisdiction of  J&K Police. One can also reach any one of the police stations: Nubra Police Station in Nubra and Nyoma Police Station in Nyoma.

6. Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness or acute mountain sickness is one of the major problem encountered by tourists while traveling to Ladakh. The cause of altitude sickness is exposure to lower levels of oxygen at high altitudes. The symptoms of acute mountain sickness are dizziness, vomiting, fatigue, headache, loss of appetite, nausea, rapid heart rate and loss of breath. Some precautions that can be taken to deal with this problem are:

  • Give your body rest for a day or two after every climb of 2,000 ft above 8,000 ft. This will allow your body to acclimatize.
  • There are certain medicines that can help you tackle this problem. Example: Aspirin, Disprin, Diamox, and Dexamethasone.
  • You should also carry portable oxygen cylinders with you which can give you temporary relief.
  • If the problem still persists, consider descending before going up again.
  • Avoid smoking or drinking.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Do not use a heater while traveling by car.
  • Get enough sleep.

7. Accommodation

Various hotels in Leh Ladakh are family run establishments and offer great services and hospitality. Some of the best hotels are Hotel Charu Palace Leh and Grand Dragon. Some bets deluxe hotels are Hotel Shangrila and Spik n Span that promise comfortable and luxurious stays. Standard hotels include Hotel Asia and Hotel Dreamland. If you want to experience hospitality by Ladakhi people, then opting for homestays is a good option. Best homestays are Gangba Homestay, Ladakh View Homestay, Gangs Shun Homestay, Tukchu Homestay, etc.

8. Intra-city Travel

To travel intra-city, there are options or buses and private vehicles available in Ladakh. There are buses leaving from Leh city to the major parts of Ladakh. These buses are not regular due to unpredictable weather conditions. Leh offers a fleet of tourist transport facilities with more than 2,000 vehicles- taxis, Innova, Mahindra Scorpio, Xylo, Toyota, Tata Grande, etc.

9. Carry your ID proofs

It is advised to carry multiple copies of your ID proofs like PAN card, driving license, Aadhar card, Voter ID, PUC, Insurance, Vehicle registration papers, and passport.  This will make it easy to go through military checkpoints. For example, if you are traveling to Pangong lake or any other interior parts of the state, you may need to submit the copies of your ID proofs at various checkpoints.

10. Languages Spoken in Ladakh

The main language that is spoken in Ladakh is Boti. Other languages spoken in this region are Changshat, Brokshat, Shina, and Balti. The use of English and Hindi is common is schools, offices, and restaurants.

 

Ladakh is one of rarest places in the world where serenity meets spirituality, tranquillity meets divinity; in other words, heaven meets earth. A trip to Ladakh means experiencing an epic adventure where you immerse yourself into stunning landscapes as well as its incredible culture.

Leh Ladakh packages have emerged out as the new favored travel destination among both types of travelers for Ladakh tourism; the ones who travel time and again, and the ones who do it less but do it in style. It doesn’t matter if you are an adventure tourism freak or the one who likes to travel with for the experience, Ladakh has something for one and all and it never disappoints anyone. Ladakh is a travel destination that can tempt a vivid traveler from any part of the world!

Ladakh is a name that you will find on almost every traveler’s bucket list; whether it’s “to go place” or “been there, done that”. Here are some powerful reasons which will compel you to visit the place again and again:

1. Enjoy the snow and mountain in the rawest form possible

Snow and Mountain

A wild, rugged, yet breathtakingly astounding terrain of Leh-Ladakh will mesmerize your senses at every instant. It’s a place that is free from urban throes, a land that is timeless, and a region that is surrounded by alpine desert and along with the snowclad mountain range of Karakoram. Overseas Holidays Ladakh tours take you to an unforgettable journey, that will show you rare glimpses of mountains, valleys, lakes, and enchanting roads. The place gives you a chance to be one with nature when you forget all your worldly issues.

2. Satiate all your cravings for an adrenaline rush

Rock Climbing

Ladakh is any adventurous lover’s dream-come-true. Safari, trekking, camping, mountain biking, rock climbing, paragliding, quad biking, river rafting– you name any adventurous activity and you will find it in Ladakh, the adventure capital of the country. White water rafting on the Zanskar River is one of the most popular activities. Besides, if you want to test your driving skills, you can take the wheel and drive to the top through one of the highest roads. Ladakh is surely the best tourist destination for those who love adventure activities that pump adrenaline into the brain!

Paragliding at Ladakh

3. Lose yourself in the mystical ancient monasteries steeped in age-old traditions

One of the main attractions of our Leh – Ladakh tour is that you get an opportunity to visit some of the most incredible Buddhist Monasteries. These Buddhist centers are like purifying havens where you can acquire spirituality and find inner peace.

Ancient Monasteries in Ladakh

These monasteries still hold the Buddhist culture and heritage alive in the form of thankas, murals, sculptures, and scriptures. The most exciting aspect of Ladakh Monasteries is their location as most of the monasteries are located on the hilltops in isolation encompassed by the natural backdrop while overlooking the settlements below.

The top monasteries of Ladakh are Hemis Monastery, Thiksey Monastery, Diskit Monastery, Likir Monastery, Spituk Monastery, Stakna Monastery, Alchi Monastery, Phyang Monastery, takthok Monastery, etc.

4. Witness the spellbinding sunset over the beautiful shimmering waters of the Tsomoriri Lake

Tsomoriri Lake in Ladakh is a high altitude mountain lake, beautifully located in a secluded breathtakingly charming Rupshu Valley. The lake is surrounded by barren hills, with the backdrop of beautiful snow-covered mountains. Tsomoriri Lake is a twin to the famous Pangong Lake, but with a much lesser crowd. This beautiful lake also makes for an impeccable stargazing sight. Even though you might feel tempted to include Tso Moriri in your trip to Leh Ladakh. Ladakh guided travel packages will ensure to offer the best tour itinerary to cover the most interesting places in Ladakh.

5. Unlock some of the most exotic hidden destinations in the Himalayas

Ladakh is well-known for its large number of glaciers, some of whom are near impossible to overcome. These humongous mass of frozen snow, feed many rivers in India and the subcontinent. A chance to visit these glaciers could transform your journey into a cherished expedition. Apart from glaciers, Ladakh is also famous for its Himalayan passes. Experience the adrenaline rush as you ride over the highest motorable civilian pass; Khardung La Pass. The Khardungla Pass and Chang La Pass offer panoramic sights of such exquisiteness and mystique that is far from imagination.

6. Lose yourself in the unearthly beauty of Nubra Valley 

Nubra Valley in Ladakh

Wish to experience the ride of double-humped camels? The Nubra Valley is the place that awaits you with its dunes and camels. There are sand dunes, orchard, monasteries, a ruined palace and a whole different culture to discover.  This high altitude valley in the tranquil region of Leh – Ladakh serves as the ideal place for the finest serene trekking routes as well as a few ancient Buddhist monasteries, Nubra Valley in Ladakh has something for everybody.  It is necessary for a tourist to acquire certain permits for entering, and Overseas Holidays takes care of all these permits for you and makes sure you have the most comfortable stay.

7. Experience a slice of culture and history

Culture and History of Ladakh

Leh-Ladakh is not only famous for its enchanting beauty but also boasts of being rich in culture, and tradition. It is an ideal place for experiencing the history that is different from other parts of the country. This place houses countless ancient monasteries, museums, palaces, festivals, lip-smacking cuisine, beautiful distinct clothes, language and friendly locals which compels tourists to visit Ladakh. Ladakhis celebrate various festivals: Hems Tse-Chu, Dosmoche, Losar, Sindhu, Darshan, Tak-Tok, etc.

We, at Leh tourism, have well designed Ladakh Tour packages to give you the best experience and gives you an opportunity to come across the best of the culture of the region.

Leh Ladakh a destination with adventure sports like Rishikesh or Manali where you can experience adventure sports like bungee jumping, paragliding, river rafting or cliff climbing lets you discover your wild side whilst the mountains and hill stations of Manali, Ooty allow you to connect with nature by offering serenity and peace, the mesmerizing sight of sunset or the warm yet cool sunrise make the hill stations and mountains, even more, appealing further adding to the already lush/ green biome and the cool and/chilly weather it offers. There is something special about mountains that puts them on the top ranks in everybody’s travel diaries and wish-lists. And one name that certainly belongs to that list is Leh-Ladakh.

Everybody has some ‘must visit once’ place in their list of places and leh-Ladakh is a popular name for that and this is why we are going to discuss everything about this place because surely, many of you might be scratching your heads, thinking what is so special about Leh-Ladakh that it’s a place most travelers aspire of visiting at least once in their lifetime.
image of tiger hill

Leh Ladakh tour packages have, of late, become very popular among travelers of all age groups and travel tastes. In a nutshell, everything that makes Mountains so special is even better at leh Ladakh but that is not all and there are a lot of other reasons which add up to make the experience unmatchable. Everything from best time to travel this city, best places to visit in leh Ladakh, how to get the cheapest leh Ladakh tour packages, what is the best food and where to get it and so on. Anything that would constitute in making the most out of your leh Ladakh holiday package will be covered in this long article. So, grab a drink, and sit tight as we go along the discussion. So without further ado, let us get started.

About Leh-Ladakh

Ladakh, popularly called ‘The Land Of High Passes’, extends from the Kunlun mountain range to the main Great Himalayas to the south. It is home to the people of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent. Ladakh region is divided into two districts Leh in the east and Kargil to the west. As mentioned, the major inhabitants of these districts are Tibetan people and Buddhism is a major religion that is practiced here. Ladakh is highly renowned for its mountainous splendor and not to forget a hospitable culture.
image of diskit monastery
Whereas, Leh is a town in the Leh district of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It was the capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh, seated at the Leh palace, the former mansion of the royal family of Ladakh. The cold desert of Leh is the second largest district of the country with an expanse of more than 45000 km2 and is second only to another beautiful dessert which is the Kutch in Gujarat. Leh temperatures reach below freezing point in winters, the lowest temperature recorded in Leh was minus 23 degrees Celsius. In around the month of July, Leh experiences the highest temperature of 17.4 degrees Celsius.

One key attraction that rises from the Buddhist influence is the presence of Monasteries. These monasteries are centers that house a rare, beautiful and rich Buddhist relic and are easily top picks for the most beautiful places in Ladakh due to their location on top of hills. Sparse population, culture, and lifestyle has become the major attraction over the years for the tourists and has played a major economic role for the Leh Ladakh tourism. Most of the destinations to visit in this area are located at a height of over 10,000 feet above sea level. So, one of the first important things to be prepared for, during the trip should be acclimatization.

How to reach Leh Ladakh?

Leh Ladakh is amongst the highest motorable places but that doesn’t take away the connectivity to this place. It is well connected to major Indian cities via all three modes of transport i.e. Rail, Road and Air.
  1. By Rail: The nearest Railway station to Leh is located 708kms away which is Jammu Tawi. You can easily get a Taxi or a Bus service which would take around 15 hours to arrive at your destination.
  2. By Air: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee is the highest situated airport in the country at 3256m from the sea level and is well connected to major cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Jammu, and Srinagar. For an international traveler, arriving at one of the connected major city would be the first step to reach this destination
  3. By Road: Most of the travel stories you had heard about Leh Ladakh would be from road travelers as the best experience for this trip would be gathered on the wheels. Whether you choose the Manali-Leh highway or the Srinagar-Leh Highway, either way, you will be delighted by some of the most picturesque views you will come across along the journey. Before you start the trip, do make sure to get your vehicle ready and fit to be driven around these passes, otherwise, you are better off renting a bike where you have a plethora of options to choose from. Rather it has kind of become a culture to go on a bike trip to leh Ladakh among frequent travelers.
    image of chang la pass

The Best time and the Best places to visit Leh Ladakh

One trip might not be enough to experience all the beauty which is trapped in the womb of Leh Ladakh. This cold desert stretches very long into the mountainous region and has a variety of categories of places to visit from lakes to glaciers to mountain passes to temples. For the trek lovers, this place is the closest place to heaven on earth. One of the most unique characteristics of the journey is that there is not a lot of specific destinations to visit as your journey is your destination.

 

Happy Romantic Honeymoon

Honeymoon is the best moment of a person’s life. This is the last step of love. Ladakh is known for its breathtaking beauty. You can visit a magnetic hill, Nubra valley sand dunes, Pangong lake. You will cover lakes, mountains, and deserts. If you are adventurous, you can do biking with your wife around leh which will make your honeymoon more memorable. Besides that, you can do rafting, camel safari, ATV rides, etc.

This is a good way to tell your life partner how much you love him. Love and happiness are inexhaustible. To make it the most beautiful experience of life, a honeymoon plan should be prepared properly. This activity enhances intimacy and loves between couples and thus, strengthens them. Couple’s own best romance can only happen when there are side effects such as place and surroundings, light, decoration, etc. There is a lot of impact on the environment or surrounding emotions and romance. Careful planning should be made about honeymoon planning. Here are some tips that can help you plan a romantic delightful honeymoon.

Best time to visit June to October

Leh Ladakh is a very exotic and beautiful place and it is best for honeymoon. Ladakh can be visited the whole year but during June, it is the best time. You’ll find mesmerizing snowcapped mountains with breathtaking weather which would trust me to blow your mind completely and makes you feel out of the world and if you are seeking any help you can contact us.

This amazing honeymoon destination is loaded with places to surprise the couples as it’s the most beautiful region in all of Ladakh this valley in the plateau separated the range of Ladakh from the range of Karakoram. While on a honeymoon to this offbeat beautiful destination do not forget to explore these places together.

1. Khardung La Pass

It the highest motorable road in the world and is the only road access to the Nubra valley, so the thrilling adventurous honeymoon trip stars before reaching the valley. This pass is also popularly known as the K-Top and is 18,380 ft. above sea level.

2. Diskit Village

It’s an administrative center of Nubra valley and is located at an altitude of 10,310 ft. (3,144m) above sea level. This is the best place for a honeymoon. At this village is located an extremely beautiful Diskit monastery which is 350 years old that houses a Maitreya Buddha statue, drums, paintings and etc. the architecture purely reflects the Tibetan culture and style.

3. Ensa Gompa

Both of you like trekking if your answer is a big yes then take up an interesting six-hour trek to reach Ensa Gompa that is a 250-year-old monastery from Panamik village. The monastery is beautifully situated on the top of a rock that overlooks the snowcapped mountains. Adore the beautiful Buddhist murals that are the main attraction of the place.

4. Panamik

It’s a village that is situated at the final frontier of India and at its outskirts is situated a popular hot water spring that is located at an altitude of 3183 m above sea level. The water in the spring is said to be curative as the chemicals like sulfur and etc. are present in it. Go for a picnic with your partner or trek down to the river bridge at Hargam.

5. Yarab Tso Lake

It’s one of the sacred lakes that is almost 15 km away from Diskit in the Nubra valley. It’s exactly located in the Sumur village and the only way to reach here by trekking through. It’s ideal for couples to explore it’s as it’s amazingly captivating. It’s one of the most pretty lakes you should visit when you plan a honeymoon tour.

A Complete Guide

Every biker, irrespective of the gender, dreams of going on a Leh Ladakh bike trip once in their lifetime. While they dream of a flawless journey, the reality does come into contact with a lot of shortcomings. Having understood that bikers are bound to stumble upon a few barriers on a rugged landscape like that of Leh and Ladakh, we’ve put in our best efforts to collate every information in this blog that will help them encounter any such difficulties on the way.

About Leh Ladakh Bike Trip

The old saying “there’s beauty everywhere, all you have to do is just look around” is true to the core when it comes to the mesmerizing Leh Ladakh travel. Offering scenic vistas of one of the a trip to Leh Ladakh India is all about the feel of snow-clad mountains, rugged landscape, soaring peaks, dangerous routes, and roaring bike engines. In short, going on a Ladakh bike tour is all about the good vibes and the undying spirit of a rider.

Best Time To Visit Leh Ladakh On A Bike Trip

The best time to go on a bike trip to Leh Ladakh is from the months of June to September. These months enable the bikers to enjoy the best of Ladakh, as much as they enjoy their bike trip to Lahaul & Spiti. However, most of the riders love to kick-start their new year with this crazy bike trip as Ladakh offers magical vistas which can be cherished round the year except for monsoon season.

Ideal Duration For A Bike Trip

Depending on a lot of factors like the route you’ve taken, your entire schedule, and mainly the weather conditions, an ideal duration for a Leh Ladakh bike tour would span over a period of 15 days or more. Also, this duration is apt when one opts for Manali to Leh bike trip from Delhi.

Leh Ladakh Trip Cost

A lot depends on the vehicle you are selecting for your journey and the Leh Ladakh road trip cost would also vary on the accommodation and kind of food you choose to eat. Still, an average budget can be arrived upon considering basic factors such as accommodation, meals, and fuel. Hence, under normal circumstances, you will end up spending approximately INR 35000 for a trip to Leh Ladakh on bike for 15-days. This also includes the cost of permits and miscellaneous expenses for the Leh Ladakh bike trip.

Best Bikes For Leh Ladakh Bike Trip

Talking about the first things first, every biker must give his or her total attention to their first love, which is their bike. One must be very careful and picky when it comes to choosing their Leh Ladakh road trip bike. So whenever you’re choosing a bike for any road trip, make sure you go for suitability more than popularity. Consider it one of the most vital aspects of your Leh Ladakh trip plan!

Opting for the kind of bikes that one can easily handle and are easy to maintain, has always proven to be safe, and helpful for the riders for journeys like Leh Ladakh bike trip. Hence, the five best bikes for Leh Ladakh bike trip are:

  • Royal Enfield – A powerful bike with an engine of either 350 CC or 500 CC is enough to be a lifesaver on road trips.
  • Royal Enfield Himalayan – With a strong engine of 400 CC, Royal Enfield Himalayan will make your ride smooth and hassle-free on any rugged trail and offbeat roads.
  • Bajaj Pulsar – By far, no bike has been a hit in the Indian market when compared to Bajaj Pulsar. Being the most favored bike after the Bullets, Pulsar offers variants of 150CC, 200CC, and 220CC, either of which can be your trustworthy partner on any of the adventures.
  • KTM Duke – Being a featherweight bike can be advantageous on roads like that of Ladakh. With the series of new engine variants of Duke 390, and Duke 250, KTM can be a good choice for a bike trip to Ladakh too.
  • CBR 250 – This bike from Honda is indeed a stunner except for its Contigo tyres which can be a little tough to handle on Ladakh’s terrain in case of a change in weather. On the bright side, if the tyres can be replaced, one can put the bike’s torque and fi technology to great use, and a greater purpose.

Other bikes that the association of bike rentals in Ladakh has taken into consideration are that of Yamaha Fazer, Bajaj Vikrant, Yamaha FZ, and Hero Impulse. Though these bikes are not so heavy on the engine, they can surely pick up some speed (without breaking any rules) on the go.

Bike Rentals

No bike. No worries. The bike rentals at Delhi and Manali are ever willing to offer you a ride on rent provided you submit all the required documents. In Delhi, Karol Bagh is the hub from where you can rent a bike for INR 900 per day. All you have to submit is a valid photo id proof, your driving license, INR 10,000 as the security deposit, and a consent letter from your parents in case you’re still under 25, and you are all set for a bike trip to Leh Ladakh from Delhi.

Best Leh Ladakh Bike Trip Route

Considering Delhi as a base for the Ladakh trip by bike, Srinagar to Leh and Manali to Leh are the two main routes that offer the best road conditions and picturesque views. While the first route doesn’t overlap and forms a complete circle from end to end, the second route encircles the rugged mountainous landscapes, offers better views, increases the level of difficulty, and the level of danger.

Basic Expenditure On Leh Ladakh Bike Trip

Petrol

Keeping petrol as the priority for a bike trip, at an average, you’ll be covering a distance of 3500 kilometers. Of all the bikes that have been considered, the average mileage is that of 35 kilometers per liter. This means that you’ll be needing somewhere around 100 litres of petrol for which, you will roughly need an amount of INR 7000 to INR 8,000.

Accommodation

There are a lot of budget hotels in Ladakh wherein one can find easy accommodation options within the range of INR 500 to INR 2,500 per person, on a double-sharing basis, and including taxes (as per booking.com).

Places To Visit On Leh Ladakh Bike Trip

Wondering what all attractions to cover on your Leh Ladakh bike trip? Plan your itinerary around these best places to visit in Ladakh.

1. Pangong Tso

Popularly known as the Pangong Lake, this natural marvel set in the lap of Ladakh is a must visit tourist attraction on your Leh Ladakh bike trip. Located in the heart of Himalayas, the lake stretches at a distance of about 134 kilometers offering scintillating views in sync with the rustic mountains. The lake is so gigantic that sixty percent of lake’s length lies in China making it one of the largest lakes in Asia.

2. Namgyal Tsemo Gompa

Much famed to be one of the famous monasteries in Ladakh, Namgyal Tsemo Gompa or Namgyal Tsemo Monastery is located right in the heart of Leh district. It is believed that Ladakh’s King Tashi Namgyal founded the monastery in 1430, that serves as a home to the famous golden statue of Maitreya Buddha. You can even have a glance of it from the top of Leh Royal Palace. If you are staying in the town of Leh, this is one of the best places to visit nearby.

3. Zanskar Valley

Hues of soothing blue and beautiful brown can only be witnessed at the famous Zanskar Valley which is surrounded by the massive snow-clad peaks on all sides. One visit to the bustling Valley is sure to leave you charmed forever. In winters, the river gets frozen giving adventurers a chance to do the famous ‘Chadar Trek’ where people walk over the frozen ice for days.

Things To Do On Leh Ladakh Bike Trip

If you want to get high on adrenaline, these are some of the exhilarating things you should consider doing on your Leh Ladakh bike trip.

4. Experience The Magic Of Nubra Valley

Serenity is what strikes one’s mind on reaching the renowned Nubra Valley. The valley is popularly known as “the valley of flowers” referring to the beautiful and colorful blooming flowers that are worth a visit to the Nubra Valley. It is one of the best found treasures of Ladakh that you must definitely visit on your bike trip to Ladakh.

5. Find Solace At The Shanti Stupa

Perched atop a hill, the famous Shanti Stupa is set at an elevation of whooping 4267 meters. Offering panoramic views of Leh, it is a must for the bikers to witness either sunrise or a stunning sunset from the Shanti Stupa. It is one of the best places to find peace and tranquility. The stupa is blessed to be located amidst wondrous surroundings of nature. You may also find relics of old Buddhism culture inside the shrine.

6. Test Your Riding Abilities At The Khardung La

Any biker who is planning a trip to Leh already has the ride to Khardung La on his list. Set at a heart-wrenching height of 18,379 ft. and located at a distance of about 40 kilometers from Leh, Khardung La Pass is one of the most dangerous motor-able roads in India. Challenging the bikers and the drivers in the face, your Leh Ladakh bike trip is incomplete without experiencing a ride through the “Pass of Lower Castle”.

Must Experiences

Don’t say you have visited Leh Ladakh unless you have had all these experiences on your bike trip. Every person visiting the region must strike these off their lists.

7. Royal Leh Palace

Considered to be a gem in the heart of Ladakh, the 17th-century royal Leh Palace was built by the famous King Sengge Namgyal. Standing tall at a height of about 9 stories, you can soak in the natural beauty of Leh’s whole town, Stok Kangri, Zanskar ranges, and Indus Valley from the roof of this elegant yet rugged palace.

8. Magnetic Hill

Feel the pull of nature and adventure at Magnetic Hill, a sorcery of nature. Magic and Magnetic Hill go hand in hand. Encircled by the Sindhu river on all sides, Magnetic Hills rise to a height of about 14,000 ft. and possess a unique kind of magnetic force that pulls the bikes and cars uphill. Sounds magical, isn’t it? Try it for yourself!

9. Drass Valley

Famous for its natural hot springs that are blessed with medicinal benefits, Drass Valley is located in the heart of Kargil district, Jammu & Kashmir. Renowned to be the second coldest inhabited region in the world, Drass Valley strikes a perfect balance between the lush greens, soothing blues, and bold browns. The stark contrast of nature in the valley of Dras will make your jaw drop to the floor. Pay your homage to Indian soldiers at Kargil.

What To Pack

Going on a bike trip is like hard-core backpacking through the roughest of mountains. It is an adventure trip to Ladakh which needs packing to be light yet all the basic requirements need to be carried along.

  • An intelligent head on strong shoulders is a matter of life and death for everyone. Hence, carry a sturdy helmet and put it to use all the time while you’re riding.
  • Valid photo identity proofs and not to forget your driving license.
  • One or two leather jackets are a must to glide through wind and beat the breeze.
  • Carry sweatshirts, tees, jeans, shorts, shirts, tracks, inner-wear, socks, towels, handkerchiefs, and other clothing items that you may feel necessary.
  • Carrying an extra pair of sturdy trekking shoes or leather boots will keep you away from cold feet.
  • Match your shoes with an extra pair of gloves.
  • Riding goggles to protect your eyes.
  • It is a must to carry a first-aid kit for yourself and a tool-kit for your bike.
  • You’ll be equipped with GPS for sure but then carry a physical map for better navigation and clear routes.
  • Charger, power banks, bluetooth headset, batteries for backup, etc. are few other necessities to carry.
  • Keep a torch with you, even if you think you don’t need it. You never know when a need may arise.
  • A good-quality camera would be a necessity too to capture the breathtaking landscapes.
  • Carry a Swiss Army Knife for self-defense since traveling on a bike increases the level of danger automatically.
  • Camping tents, cooking utensils, sleeping bags, and other camping equipment can be easily rented whereas one can carry them as per their level of comfort.
  • Carry basic toiletries of toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo sachets (to save a little space and easy disposability), face wash, liquid soap, moisturizer, cold creams, etc.
  • Last but not the least, carry loads of sunscreen with maximum SPF to protect your skin from direct sunlight.

Tips For Leh Ladakh Bike Trip

It is believed that rules are meant to be broken and some of you may get the feeling of “your life, your rules” but then it is not at all advised to go on a bike trip with a wrong attitude.

  • Breaking the rules on one of the most dangerous and highest motorable roads can be dangerous as death itself. Hence, for your own sake and safety, abide by the rules and follow them wisely.
  • If you’re taking the route of Manali to Leh, it is recommended to carry extra jars of petrol apart from the full-tanks as there are only two petrol pumps on this route. On the contrary, the route from Srinagar to Leh has plenty of petrol pumps.
  • It is advisable that you learn how to change a bike tyre in case your bike suffers any punctures. For the rest of the times, one can find many mechanics along the way on both the routes.
  • Carry necessary medicines with you in case you, your partner, or your friends with whom you’re traveling suffer from altitude sickness.
  • It is important to note that Leh only has connectivity from the leading operators of Airtel, BSNL, & Aircel. Riders who don’t have these connections do not have any other choice other than standing in the long queues of over-crowded STD booths or getting a connection from one of the above-mentioned operators.
  • Though there are several ATMs at Leh, carry enough cash with you as the ATM you’ll find on Manali to Leh route is at Keylong.
  • Applying for an Inner Line Permit will only cost you INR 200 and will give you an access to remote places like that of Tso Moriri, Chushul, Merak, Loma, Mahe, Hanle, and more. One can apply and get this permit from the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Leh from 9 am to 3 pm.

And that’s a wrap from us. Also, other than the bike tours, one can also explore this natural marvel by customizing amazing Ladakh tour packages. As you embark on your journey, we hope you enjoy a safe and sound bike trip to Leh Ladakh.

Cheers!

Frequently Asked Questions About Leh Ladakh Bike Trip

Q: How far is Ladakh from Leh?

A: Ladakh is a region in Jammu and Kashmir that has been divided into two districts; Leh and Kargil. Leh is the capital of Ladakh, a land of high mountain passes.

Q: Is Leh and Ladakh same?

A: Leh is a district in Ladakh. So, they are not same.

Q: Which is the coldest month of Leh?

A: The coldest month in Leh is January when the temperature plummets down to lower than -15 degrees Celsius.

Q: What is famous in Leh Ladakh?

A: In terms of attractions, Nubra Valley, Magnetic Hill, Zanskar River, Pangong Lake and monasteries are famous in Leh Ladakh. Pashmina Shawl and traditional Tibetan items make for perfect souvenirs.

Q: What should I buy in Leh?

A: Buy pashmina Shawl, Mandala art and drawings, Tibetan handicrafts and handloom, silver jewellery are some of the things you should consider buying on your Leh trip.

Top 10 Hotels In Leh and Ladakh

A vast expanse of snow-capped colossal mountains, meandering passes, treacherous treks, colorful monasteries and beautiful lakes define Leh-Ladakh perfectly. Looking for places to stay in Leh Ladakh? Here you go!

1. The Grand Dragon Ladakh – Get pampered in the lap of nature

Scenic view of Himalayas from a room of Grand Dragon

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Location: Old Road, Sheynam, Leh-Ladakh

The Grand Dragon Ladakh is one of the best Leh Ladakh hotels known for its spacious and lavish rooms, flamboyant interiors and world-class amenities. Located at a unique vantage point, the hotel offers splendid views of the beautiful Ladakh valleys and mountains. The spacious rooms are ornately-designed with exquisite French windows offering breathtaking views of Stok Kangri Mountains, Shanti Stupa and the winding passes.

The Grand Dragon boasts of a terrace restaurant offering an assorted menu of Indian, Mughlai, Continental and Chinese cuisines to take your gastronomical pleasures to the seventh heaven. The hotel also maintains a striking garden area with seating arrangements, where you can sip your favorite Himalayan tea while watching the sun go down on the mighty Himalayas.

What’s special: Savor the best of world cuisines at the terrace restaurant for an over-the-top eating experience.

Suggested suite: Go for balcony rooms at the rear of the hotel for unhindered and sublime views of the valley. If traveling with family or in groups, ask for the connecting rooms.

Tariff: INR 13,200 onwards, per night

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2. The Zen Ladakh – The new address of luxury

Presidential suite of hotel Zen Ladakh

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Location: Sheldan Fort Road, Leh-Ladakh

If exuberance and grandeur are the top attributes that you are searching for, then you must not look beyond The Zen Ladakh. Designed specifically keeping in mind the preferences of the most elite traveler, each corner of The Zen Ladakh is crafted to perfection with utmost attention to detail.

From luxurious villas and chic executive suites with Jacuzzis to cozy cottages and modern rooms, The Zen Ladakh gives you ample of options to choose from. Every room in the hotel overlooks the beautiful Himalayan range and is adorned with antique furniture and classical art elements, giving you more reasons to rejoice. Whether it is the luxurious spa, the well-equipped gym or the multi-cuisine restaurant, The Zen Ladakh scores perfect ten on all fronts.

What’s special: After a hard day at trekking or simply playing in the snow, soothe your senses by taking a splash in the luxurious heart-shaped indoor hot water swimming pool.

Suggested suite: Although each room is impeccably designed and ornately furnished, opt for the cottages for an out-of-the-world experience.

Tariff: INR 9,000 onwards, per night

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3. Gomang Boutique Hotel – The royal abode

Facade of Gomang Boutique Resort In Leh Ladakh

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Location: Upper Changspa Road, Leh-Ladakh

Nestled amidst the breathtaking Himalayan range and spread over 2 acres, Gomang Boutique Hotel is best known for its luxurious rooms, exceptional service and world-class amenities. This classy boutique hotel is the epitome of luxury and offers best-in-class services and hospitality to its guests.

The chic and urbane interiors with contemporary furniture provide the perfect setting for a comfortable stay. The property is one of the most popular boutique hotels in Leh Ladakh and has also been bestowed upon with a string of awards in the same category.

What’s special: You are in for a feast if you are a booklover. The hotel houses over 3000 books in its library.

Suggested suite: Rooms on the first floor are recommended as they offer stunning views of the snowy mountains and serpentine valley.

Tariff: INR 9,000 onwards, per night

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4. Hotel Ladakh Palace – For a comfortable family holiday

Cozy room in Hotel Ladakh Palace

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Location: Near Shanti Stupa, Yurtung, Leh-Ladakh

Located in the old town of Leh near Shanti Stupa and Leh Palace, Hotel Ladakh Palace is the perfect place to unwind, rejuvenate and soak in the serenity of the Buddhist Kingdom. With heavy emphasis on traditional Ladakhi interior design principles, Hotel Ladakh Palace is one of those top hotels in Leh-Ladakh that give you the opportunity to experience the indigenous Ladakhi architecture and culture, without compromising on the comfort factor.

In addition to aesthetically designed spacious rooms with balconies offering exclusive views of the Stupa and Stok Kangri mountain range, the hotel’s multi-cuisine restaurant – The Royal Retreat, offers a varied menu of Mughlai, Continental, Chinese and local delicacies to make you drool over.

What’s special: The location of the hotel makes it a perfect spot to capture the hypnotic views of the snow-bathed mountains, Nubra Valley and Shanti Stupa.

Suggested suite: All 23 super deluxe rooms offer mesmerizing views of the valley and Shanti Stupa.

Tariff: INR 5,500 onwards, per night

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5. Hotel Singge Palace, Leh – An epitome of luxury

Dining area of Singge Palace

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Location: Old Leh Road, Leh-Ladakh

Hotel Singge Palace is one of the most popular luxury hotels in Leh Ladakh known for its luxurious suites, world class facilities and multi-cuisine dining options. Being one of the oldest properties in Leh, Hotel Singge Palace is reminiscent of the traditional Ladakhi interiors, perfectly complemented by contemporary art and modern interior design elements.

Located at an alluring location close to the main market, the hotel is the perfect place to enjoy a fabulous holiday in Leh, Ladakh.

What’s special: The beautifully done interiors with chic furniture and modern art elements.

Suggested suite: Opt for super deluxe rooms as they offer panoramic views of the snow-capped Himalayas.

Tariff: INR 5,400 onwards, per night

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6. Hotel Lasermo – Staying with the Stars

Sitting area of Hotel Lasermo

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Location: Chulung Old Road, Leh-Ladakh

Hotel Lasermo is a luxury hotel set amidst lush pine trees with the huge Himalayan ranges towering above it. Known for its antique-styled furniture and décor, Hotel Lasermo is also one of the most preferred choice of Bollywood stars and celebrities, when it comes to choosing from best hotels in Leh-Ladakh.

The hotel is centrally located and just a few minutes’ walk from the city center and the airport. The plush interiors, spacious rooms and stunning views of the verdant surroundings are a few perks of staying at Hotel Lasermo. And if you are lucky, you might spot a B-Town celebrity in one of the connecting suites.

What’s special: The indigenous Ladakhi interiors that will transfer you to a different era.

Suggested suite: Go for a Super Deluxe Room on the second floor for incomparable views and a lavish experience.

Tariff: INR 5,000 onwards, per night

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7. Hotel Shambhala – Far away from the madding crowd

Restaurant of Hotel Shambhala

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Location: Near Zorawar Fort, Leh-Ladakh

If you love getting pampered on your vacation, Hotel Shambhala could be the right choice for you. Nestling amidst the towering pine trees, lush grasslands and overlooking the mighty Himalayas, Hotel Shambhala is a place where you can get up, close and personal with the serenity of Ladakh and experience the warm hospitality of the locals.

From spacious and comfortable rooms replete with modern amenities such as central heating to extensive food menu options, Hotel Shambhala is the perfect retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the tourists. The hotel’s garden area is encircled by pine and cedar trees with hammocks for the guests to enjoy. Arrangements for sightseeing and trekking on prior intimation can also be made.

What’s special: Fancy relaxing on hammocks? If so, this could be your best bet. The hotel’s exterior green area with a lot of hammocks give you the option to swing and relax.

Suggested suite: Opt for garden facing suites to enjoy beautiful mornings.

Tariff: INR 4,500 onwards, per night

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8. Hotel City Palace – Comfortable stay in the lap of nature

Front view of Hotel City Palace

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Location: Upper Tukcha Road, Leh-Ladakh

Hotel City Palace is a pleasant and cozy hotel offering all the modern facilities at affordable rates. The spacious rooms are centrally heated and offer great views of the magical Himalayan peaks. Known for offering its guest scrumptious delights, this gem among budget hotels in Leh Ladakh is located at the walking distance from the main market making it a perfect stop for package deals.

What’s special: The hotel maintains a beautifully done outdoor area where you can enjoy a lazy afternoon or capture the perfect sunset shots.

Suggested suite: If traveling in groups or with family, choose corner rooms as they are more spacious and offer better views.

Tariff: INR 3,700 onwards, per night

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9. Hotel Ladakh Greens – Luxury at an affordable price

Room of Hotel Ladakh Greens

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Location: Lower Tukcha Road, Leh-Ladakh

Experience Ladakh in all its grandeur and retire for the night in a blissful state in the comfortable rooms at Hotel Ladakh Greens. Located away from the main market amid the lush greenbelt, Hotel Ladakh is the best place to inhale in the serenity that Ladakh has to offer.

Known for its superlative service and comfortable rooms, Hotel Ladakh Greens could very well be among the luxury hotels in Leh Ladakh. All rooms are centrally heated and offer great views of the surrounding mountains. But even the best of amenities in this hotel are available in a limited budget.

What’s special: The aesthetic garden setting where you can enjoy your meals and relax.

Suggested suite: Go for the Classic Studio Room for experiencing a cottage-like comfortable stay.

Tariff: INR 3,500 onwards, per night

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10. Hotel Chube – Your homely abode in the Himalayas

Lobby area of Hotel Chube

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Location: Lambon Road, Chube, Leh-Ladakh

Located near the main market, Hotel Chube is one of the best budget hotels in Leh Ladakh. Run by a Ladakhi family, Hotel Chube is the perfect substitute for your home in Ladakh. With its superior service, warm Ladakhi hospitality, delectable food options and comfortable rooms, Hotel Chube is the perfect place for anyone who is looking for a relaxed stay without burning a hole in their pockets.

What’s special: The open area with easy chairs to spend chilly evenings relaxing and gossiping.

Suggested suite: Opt for rooms located on the first floor, above the dining kitchen for enthralling views of the Himalayas.

Tariff: INR 2,400 onwards, per night

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Now that We have given you the best of the best hotels in Leh Ladakh, you better book a Leh-Ladakh package, pack your bags (I guess so) and hit the road!

Visit leh ladakh once in a lifetime – 10 Reason

A destination that will always remain etched in a traveller’s mind, Ladakh is not just another destination BUT is a crosscut to a landscape that is a slice of solitude on Earth. You might be a skeptic traveller who is still worried about visiting Ladakh because of its altitude and remote location but who knows ONE DAY your elderly neighbor with his grand children in tow comes and knocks on your door and says, ‘Son!!! I’ve got 10 good reasons why you must visit Ladakh now or never.’

1.  Firstly, for its sweeping scenic beauty

Leh Ladakh‘Enclosed in between the Himalayan and Karakoram mountain ranges, the Ladakh region is a highland that is layered in spectral of red, orange, brown, green, and grey with large crystal blue water bodies. The rugged landscape under the stark blue sky, aligned by snow crested peaks and some lush green patches of vegetation along the valleys formed by the perennial streams together make for a surreal scenic beauty. So if you are still thinking that Ladakh is just a barren landscape… I’m afraid, you are going to miss the shelter in heaven. ‘

2.  Secondly if you are FOODIE then it’s for the smacking momos and Thukkpas

Leh Ladakh Food‘I know you must have tried out both momos and thukkpas out here in the city at some Indo-Tibetan restaurant or at any edge eateries… BUT out there in the mass of indigenous Indo-Tibetan sphere you will just relish each bite of momos and slurp of thukkpa. Just imagine that there is a mystical spice hidden in the valleythat top-ups the steamy momos to a lip smacking snack… and lashing of red chilli in the bowl of thukkpa will just counteract the chilly and dry winds ensuing a great solace.’

3. Thirdly, for the vibrant and indigenous festivals

Ladakh Festivals‘You might have read or heard about the indigenous culture of the Indo-Tibetans… about their lifestyle, rituals and festivals. Man!!! I bet it will be a pleasure to your eyes if you are visiting Ladakh during the auspicious festivals of Losar, Hemis, Naro Nasjal, Kalachakra, Dosmoche, Tak, and phyang. These festivals are not just vibrant and unique in their own ways, but if you trigger the traveller inside you… you will find a sensational vibe of ritual that drives away the evil spirit. And if you can’t trigger that out, you have got to capture and enjoy the drama performance, which is a fusion of drums and trumpets, and thumping steps of the masked Lamas.’

4. Now it’s time to let yourself loose in the barren panorama

Ladakh Natural Beauty‘So, when you can afford your sound health to that altitude then why not to spend a bit more and explore the barren and rugged beauty that is dispersed throughout the region.  It is a region where you can breathe in some fresh air… let go all the weariness and explore the untraceable landscape of Ladakh.

5. If you want to limber up your photography skills

Ladakh Photography‘The mountainscapes, desertscapes and riverscapes… altogether offers a wonderful scenic frame to limber up your photography skills. So you have got a chance to click countless candid moments. Not to miss moments are the heavenly horizons, unplugged landscapes, wildlife, culture and sparkling blue lakes.’

“One day I will go on a trekking trip to Ladakh.” Surely, this one sentence is always on the mind and tongue of every traveler as there can be no better way to explore the scenic heaven called Ladakh than to embark on a trekking expedition. But every now and then the idea of going on Ladakh trekking expedition is consumed by fire as exploring its hidden treasures would take good 15-20 days. And taking such a long break from our professional commitments can be really tough. However, the idea of our dream vacation keeps on resurrecting meaning somewhere like a phoenix. But this time take care of your dreams and don’t let it turn to ashes in your mouth. I have come up with a list of the best treks in Ladakh that can be covered over a week-long break. So, have a look at them and quench your undying thirst for adventure.

1. Saboo to Khalsar Trek

Saboo to Khalsar Trek

Regarded as easy to moderate, the trek from Saboo village to Khalsar via Digar will give you the best and shortest introduction of Ladakh’s culture and its scenic beauty. During this six to five day’s bumpy trek, you can see the sacred monasteries; meet and greet the local people, and get to know about their lifestyle little better. The trek commences from the mesmerizingly beautiful Saboo Village. From Saboo, you will trek to Saboo Phu and then to Digar Village, from where you can see the stunning view of Stok and Karakoram range. Further, you will trek to the east side to reach the Shyok Valley, which leads to Khalsar on the Leh-Panamik road. The last destination of the trek is Diskit.

Altitude: 5300m

Duration: 5 – 6 days

Route: Saboo – Digar – Chumik Yogma – Rongjok – Khalsar – Deskit

Best Time to Visit: Mid-June to September

Highlights: Digar village, Chumik Yogma, Shyok Valley, Khardung Village

Grade: Moderate

2. Saspotse to Skuru Trek

Hunder Village

When it comes to the thrilling treks that can take you to a spine-tingling journey in the shortest period then surely, definitely and certainly Saspotse to Skuru Trek would be the best contender. This action-packed week long trek commences with a 65-kilometer long drive cutting and running through the intervening valleys and mountain ranges further accompanied by Indus valley throughout the journey. The trek commences at Saspotse village, just behind Likir and passes through Phyang, Lasermo high camp, Drok Yokma, Hunder Drok, and Hunder. Your journey will end at Nubra Valley, a wonderland known for sand dunes, monasteries, a ruined palace and a whole different culture (Balti) to discover.

Altitude: 5100m

Duration: 6 – 7 days

Route: Phyang – Lasermo high camp – Drok Yokma – Hunder Drok – Hunder

Best Time to Visit: Mid-June to September

Highlights: Nubra Valley, Khardung La, Shepherds Place, Saspotse village

Grade: Moderate

3. Sham Valley Trek

Sham Valley TrekPeople who are new to trekking, highlight this place in BOLD writers as your start just can’t get better than this. It’s not only easy but also will give you the best introduction to Ladakh’s supernatural beauty and its capability to rejuvenate. Counted amongst the easiest treks in Ladakh and that’s why known as Baby Trek, Sham valley trek is a heady mixture of stunning sceneries and culture. The trekking expedition commences from Likir and ends at Nurla by cutting and running through few highland passes like Phobe La at 3580 meters, Mebtak La at 3750 meters and Tsermangchen La perched at 3750 meters.

Altitude: 3750 m

Duration: 7 days

Route: Likir – Yangthang – Hemis Shukapachen – Ang – Temisgam – Nurla

Best Time to Visit: June to October

Highlights: Hemis Shukpachan, Tingmosgam, Ang Village, Apricot Valley

Grade: Easy

4. Lamayuru to Chilling Trek

Hinju village Lamayuru to Chilling Trek

For all those who wants their trekking trip a mixture of the adventure and sightseeing then Lamayuru-Chilling trek is what they’re looking for. The trekking expedition starts from the 11th century Lamayuru monastery, which will further lead to Sham Valley. The movement you will leave Sham Valley, you will see such startling views that closing eyes for a second will be impossible. Further, you will cover destinations like Wanla, Hinju, Sumdha Chenmo and Dudunchen La before finally reaching the beautiful village of Chilling in the Zanskar Valley. This trekking expedition is so beautiful that not even for a single second you would want to close your eyes and leave that beautiful view.

Altitude: 4950 m

Duration: 7 days

Route: Leh – Wanla – Hinju – Sumdo Doksa – Base of Dung Dung Chan la – Chilling

Best Time to Visit: Mid-June – September

Highlights: Shyam Valley, Kongskil La, Dung Dung Chan la, Visit to the monasteries

Grade: Moderate

5. Spituk to Matho Trek

Rumbak Village Spituk to Matho Trek

No other trek can give the better introduction to Ladakh’s wildlife than the Spituk to Matho Trek, which mainly revolves around the Hemis National Park. During this five days trekking expedition, you will see the high-altitude flora and fauna, amazing rock formation, and not to forget the stunning view of the mountains. Commencing from Spituk, the trek passes through the attractions like Zingchen, Rumbak, Mankorma, Stok La, and Matho Phu before reaching Matho La.

Altitude: 4850 m

Duration: 5 days

Route: Leh – Spituk – Rumbak – Matho Phu – Leh

Best Time to Visit: Mid-June – September

Highlights: Hemis National Park

Grade: Easy