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Frequently Asked Questions For Ladakh Tour

   

Frequently Asked Questions For Ladakh Tour-1 Heading for Ladakh vacations? Still have many doubts in mind? Drop all your worries as Shoes On Loose has answers to all your questions!

We have noted down some important questions the first timers have while heading to the Land of High Passes. Take a note of all the points listed below:

1. How can you reach Ladakh?

Frequently Asked Questions For Ladakh Tour-2 The best way to reach Ladakh is to take a flight from Delhi to Leh from some of the major airlines such as Go Air, Vistara, Jet Airways, Spice Jet and Air India.

Frequently Asked Questions For Ladakh Tour-3 If you are planning to travel through roads then you can choose between Manali and Srinagar. Your journey will take around 2 days (around 480 km) from Manali to Leh via Keylong with a night stopover in Sarchu. And if you are taking the Srinagar road to Leh you will be covering a distance of (around 430 km) with a night halt at Kargil. All the roads remain open during the month of May to October.

2. How are the road conditions?

Frequently Asked Questions For Ladakh Tour-4 During your road trip or while traveling by road, you will be passing through 30% road and 70% off roads. After crossing Manali you will reach Leh, then onto Pangong and Nubra which is a mixture of both roads and off-road. Also, you will find sections of asphalt and areas with huge stones in the way. The best part is that your whole adventure will be mostly on the off-road.

3. Is it possible to cover Manali to Leh route with 1 stop at Sarchu?

Frequently Asked Questions For Ladakh Tour-5 Lined up with immense beauty & landscape worth experiencing we would suggest you shouldn't. It is advised to make 2 stops and let your body slowly get acclimatized and reduce the chances of getting Acute Mountain Sickness. While you get to relax you are a step more closer to the nature and it is all worth while.

4. Is it possible to go to Nubra valley & return the same day?

Frequently Asked Questions For Ladakh Tour-6 Well, if you see theoretically it will be a yes and practically it will be a NO. For reaching Nubra valley you will be passing through Khardungla, one of the highest motorable roads in the world. And it’s not a good idea to pass such a high altitude twice. As Nubra Valley is known for its beauty and the magnificence, spend some time enjoying the serenity of this region.

5. Is it possible to go to Pangong Tso Lake and come back in the same day?

Frequently Asked Questions For Ladakh Tour-7 Same as previous one - theoretically YES but practically NO. Pangong Lake is too serene to cover in just one day. Also, you will be passing through the one of the highest motor able passes in the world, Chang La. As for the one who loves to explore the natural beauty, Pangong Lake is one of the most enchanting in the entire trip. Spend the night under the sky and stare at the lake as it glitters in the moonlight. It will be totally worth it. We'd suggest you to spend at least 1 night where you get the chance of star gazing (shout out to all the shutterbugs) and witness meteor showering if you're lucky.

6. Is it possible to do Leh to Srinagar in one day?

Frequently Asked Questions For Ladakh Tour-8 Yes, this is possible in one day. The roads which you will pass here are well maintained. Only a few sections are bad roads around Zojila pass and Sonmarg. You might also face the rain in between your trip and the roads might get a bit slippery. You can also take a stop at Kargil where you can enjoy the beauty of the place and also visit the Kargil war memorial.

7. Is there any lack of oxygen in Ladakh?

If you are traveling at 10,000 ft. above sea level, you will find difficulty in breathing or likely to fall prey to acute mountain sickness. It happens due to the low level of atmospheric oxygen.

8. What are the symptoms of High Altitude sickness? How long does it take to get acclimatize in Ladakh?

Few of the symptoms of high altitude include dizziness, headache, nausea, loss of appetite, lack of sleep and difficulty in breathing. The best way to get acclimatize in Ladakh is a natural rest for at least 24 hours.

9. Is there an ATM at Leh, Nubra & Pangong? Can we use Credit Cards?

A very few operators and hotels accept credit cards here and there will be a service charge of 2%. You will find ATM’s of Jammu and Kashmir Bank, State Bank of India, HDFC Bank, Axis Bank and Punjab National Bank in Leh city. Outside Leh city, there are no ATMs.

10. Do credit cards work in hotels and restaurants?

Yes, credit cards are accepted in a few hotels and restaurants but 2% service charge is applicable.

11.What permits are needed for a complete Ladakh trip?

You will need permits to cross Rohtang pass, Nubra Valley, Pangong Lake and Tso Moriri Lake. If you cross Rohtang early in the morning, chances are that there might be no one to check your permit. But its better to get your permits before hand.

12. What is required to get permits?

You need one photocopy of your valid identity proof (DL / voter card / Aadhar / Passport) to secure these permits.

13. When is it a good time to visit Ladakh?

The best time to visit Ladakh is between May and September when the weather is the warmest. Ladakh doesn't experience rain like elsewhere in India, so the monsoon season is the perfect time to travel to Leh.

14. Can we visit Ladakh with Kids?

Ladakh is best suited for adventure tours and bike tours. It is not sensible for the infants. If you are traveling with kids you should be aware of all the conditions. Children are as vulnerable as adults when it comes to acute mountain sickness. It is advisable for tourists to not take children below the age of 3 years, as they may not express the discomfort and chances of getting ill gets increased.

Child should be of at least of 3 years age when he could express his / her emotions. The high altitudes cause a drop in temperature as well as the oxygen level. A child below the aforementioned age will find it considerably difficult to adjust to the weather change and there are high chances of falling prey to Acute Mountain Sickness.

15. What kind of accommodation is available in Ladakh?

While visiting Ladakh you will find that there are four different categories graded to a hotel- A, B, C, D. When it comes to A class hotels, their facilities and services are simply comparable to any 3* / 4* hotel in metropolitan cities. Each hotel in Ladakh is designed with the traditional architecture of the region and feature oversized rooms equipped with modern amenities. The rooms are furnished with Ladakhi and Tibetan décor.

16. What is the minimum number of days required to explore Ladakh?

You will need at least 7-8 days to explore the amazing Ladakh including the monasteries, villages, valleys, lakes and forts. Your first day will be complete rest for acclimatization. You might also want to have some extra days in hand if you are planning for a trek.

17. What kind of clothes should one carry for Ladakh trip?

If you're planning on traveling to Leh Ladakh around July- August, then keeping light woollens would do. The weather is usually pleasant at that time. However, if your trip is scheduled at some time around April to June or September to October, only keep proper woollen clothes.

If you are into trekking, a pair of waterproof shoes is a must. T-shirts and shorts can do during the daytime but after evening the climate gets chilly and one requires jacket and pullover. You're supposed to keep yourself always warm, otherwise, there are chances that you might suffer from cold.

18. What kind of tourist vehicles are found in Ladakh?

While you are in Leh, you will find different kinds tourist vehicles like Toyota Qualis, Eeco, Xylo, Scorpio, and Innova. You will not find auto rickshaws or Uber / Ola here.

19. What are the best souvenirs to buy from Leh Market?

The shops and streets of Leh Market are filled with troves of Tibetan goodies. Travelers can rummage through the tidbits and find pretty trinkets to gift to their loved ones. Apart from that, some must buy things in Leh are apricots, thangkas, Pashminas, prayer wheels and more.

20. How can one avoid Acute Mountain Sickness in Leh Ladakh?

To avoid Acute Mountain sickness, travelers should take proper care by giving enough time to acclimatize with the change in weather. A minimum of a day’s rest and sound sleep is imperative. Apart from that, one must make sure have maximum water intake to remain hydrated.

21. Are there any hazards that a traveler should be aware of while traveling to Leh?

Since Leh is situated at an altitude of 10,000 feet above sea level, there is a shortage of atmospheric oxygen. Besides there are other tourist attractions like Pangong Tso, that’s perched at an altitude of 14,000 feet. Traveling to such extreme heights can cause Acute Mountain Sickness which in turn causes breathlessness, severe headaches, and heart problems. Apart from that, traveling to such heights can aggravate health problems like Asthma, High BP, and Heart Problems.

However, if proper care is taken, anyone can explore Leh Ladakh. Travelers should prepare for this trip in advance with exercise and consultation with doctors. If one is asthmatic or has a High BP, they should carry medicines with them. On entering Leh, one should give ample time to their body to adjust to the change in climate and drink as much water as possible to remain hydrated.

The Oxygen level in the air goes down as much as to 40 %. People with preexisting medical conditions, with heart or lung disease, should consult with a doctor before traveling to high altitudes. People with heart or lung disease, blood pressure patients, diabetics & pregnant women should check with their doctor before taking up the Ladakh tour. Few of the road-drives are quite long and tiring. However, most journeys are quite scenic. Please carry suitable medicines if you suffer from motion sickness. In Pangong, electricity is generated with diesel generators for a limited time period during the night. Hot water supply is through buckets only. There are frequent power cuts at all hill-stations and remote areas. Sometimes the power cut can be for a longer duration (days). All hotels/tents may not have generator back-ups. The generators are switched off in the night due to noise disturbance. Since the drive is through the hilly region, the road conditions may be rough and the driving hours mentioned in itinerary may get extended further depending on road condition.

22. What are the options for restaurants and eateries in Leh Ladakh?

Local delicacies are widely available in Leh, which tourists can savor in its restaurants. Some of the famous eateries of Leh include Tibetan Kitchen which serves delectable local cuisine (momos are highly recommended), Chopsticks Noodle Bar where travelers can go for savory Chinese food and Gesmo restaurant that’s famous for breakfasts. To sample authentic flavors, travelers can go for Chhurpi (yak milk cheese), Gitmo (fermented and steamed bread, served with a veg/non-veg stew), Butter Tea, Mokthuk (a Tibetan soup consisting of momos and vegetables), and Sky (pasta dish). On a trip to Khardung La pass, one must try Maggi and Chai(Tea) at the world’s highest Maggi point.

Now that Barista in opened in Leh market, you can just sit and relax while sipping your coffee with backdrop of the mountains. Restaurants like Lamayuru Restaurant and Bon Appetit serve north Indian food, where one can go to have a taste of home. It is highly recommended to try out the local cuisine during your Ladakh holidays.

Travelers are advised to mention their food preferences (if any) to the cab driver cum tour guide who will accordingly take them to right eatery during excursions.

23. What is the best time to experience Bactrian or double-humped camel safari?

The best time to experience a double-humped camel safari in the sand dunes of Nubra Valley is just before the sunset. One can see the sunset over the horizon and enjoy the breathtaking hues of twilight at this time. Photography is highly recommended at this point.

24. Which mobile phone networks are available in Ladakh?

BSNL, AIRTEL and JIO networks are available and work in Leh. However, BSNL is the one that works the best. Please note that mobile networks DO NOT work at all in Pangong.

25. What kind of accommodation options are there in Turtuk?

The tourism industry in Turtuk is at its budding stage which has started from 2009. Hence, there are very few hotels and camps in this region. However, in this offbeat Leh Ladakh tour package with Turtuk, Shoes on loose arranges accommodation in comfortable camps / homestay for the travelers.

Note - Usually we give the option of day trip to Turtuk from Hunder / Diskit, Nubra valley.

26. How are the homestays in Ladakhi local villages?

The homestays in Ladakhi villages are the homes of the local people that welcome the travelers for a nominal value. Travelers are provided with all basic facilities (not modern amenities) along with homely food at these homestays and they get to have a glance at the local culture of the region.

27. What is the ideal time to go on a honeymoon trip to Leh Ladakh?

The best time to go on a honeymoon trip to Leh Ladakh is from May to September. In winters, the place remains closed for travelers. The best time to take this 6 - 7 days Leh Ladakh honeymoon package would be from May to June. One can enjoy the beauty of the landscape under the clear blue skies. Moreover, in the springtime, one gets to see Nubra Valley blossoming with mountain flowers in the backdrop of snowcapped peaks.

28. What are the popular festivals of Ladakh that travelers should attend?

Leh Ladakh has a number of unique customs and traditions that make it stand apart from other regions in India. Likewise, their festivals are also something that travelers haven’t experienced before. These are some of the most famous festivals that one must try to attend in Leh Ladakh on their Ladakh tour:

Hemis Festival

Held in the month of June-July, Hemis Festival is held in Hemis Gompa which is the largest and richest Buddhist monastery in Ladakh. On this day, the state declares a holiday for everyone and celebrates the birth of Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism.

Saka Dawa Festival

Celebrating the attainment of enlightenment of Lord Buddha, the festival is held in mid-May. At this annual festival, the lamas of all nearby monasteries change the Tarboche flagpole. A colorful festival celebrated all over Ladakh is a must visit for travelers.

Ladakh Festival

The tourism festival of the region is celebrated with massive pomp and vigor. This Ladakh festival is held in mid-September and displays traditional dance, music and colorful attire of the locals. It is a 6 days festival that includes archery, polo and masked dances from monasteries.
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