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Planning a Trip to Leh, Ladakh


Maybe you want to expand your horizons, visit new places, travel across different parts of the country and make new friends. And if this year you are willing to travel to a spectacular Trans-Himalayan Range then Leh, Ladakh is a must for 2020. We've got all the details to assist you and make your trip more adventurous. Spend more time chasing winters than escaping it. See the snow-capped mountains by your naked eyes and dwell in the cold breeze of the Himalayan region. Wander into the bikers paradise and enjoy the ‘Pahado ki maggie’ with masala tea. Because once you step into the Himalayas tea becomes the basic need. The picturesque mountains of the Planning a Trip to Leh region and the crystalline sky over it are so heavenly for the eyes that you wouldn’t want to get enough of the Himalayan Trans.

But make sure of one of the most important thing: Travel Responsibly

How to reach Leh

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The Journey is more exciting, thrilling and adventurous than the destination itself. Adjectives cannot define the beauty of this heavenly place in the Himalayas. The simplest way to reach Leh is by air. The nearest airport is Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport in Leh well connected with many international airports in India. Make sure you have all your documents if you are planning to visit Ladakh via the airport. If you are planning to travel to Leh, Ladakh by train the nearest airport is Tawi which is around 700 km from Ladakh. I don’t find it a reasonable budget-friendly route as the taxis cost heavy. As this place is famous for Biker’s Paradise, travelers looking for a budget-friendly trip make their way on bikes from Leh as the journey itself is so beautiful. You can stop by at any place according to your convenience and feast your eyes with striking golden barren views. If you are planning a trip to Leh, Ladakh by road you can choose from the two routes. One is the Leh-Srinagar Highway, accessible from May-October. Another one is Leh-Manali, accessible from May-September. Make your way through rocky terrains of the region on bikes or jeep. Carefully analyze the travel options with the most care and choose a budget-friendly option that suits you. Travelers on a budget prefer renting bikes and cars and avoid the cost of hiring taxis.

Places to visit in ladakh

In this charming Himalayan land you’ve got so many places to visit that days won’t be enough to explore the Ladakh region fully. At the land of passes you will experience one of the deadliest roads of the region leading to the most beautiful destinations which are unforgettable.

Snow reflecting sunlight in Zanskar Valley is one of the best snowy experiences you will come across. The fancy blue water will melt your cold body in the cold breeze.

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Khardung La pass is an entry point to Nubra valley and Shyok, one of the most visiting places in Ladakh and not many opt the path of the ‘River of Death: Shyok’ as it is the difficult line

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Calm your soul in adorable monasteries of the region. Visit the largest and the most affluent Hemis Monastery situated at the base of the Himalayas. Hemis festival is a masked festival celebrated at the time of June-July.

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Spend a night in Thiskey, a look-alike of Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. It’s actually a nice place to reside in such a peaceful hilltop monastery and listen to the Tibetan monks at morning call to prayer.

Feel the cold breeze of the Pangong Tso Lake with visually charming colours of the lake chilling below the huge Himalayan elevation.

Start the engine of your vehicle at the Magnetic Hill road and feel the magic of your vehicle moving forward slowly on the road because of the magnetic effect.

Turn your steering wheel towards the wildlife of the Himalayas and step into the high altitude Hemis National Park, home to the snow leopards. You’ll find here a rare wild sheep called Ladakhi Urial. Try spotting your spirit animals.

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Experience the landscape of life at Tso Moriri. Beautiful peaks, lakes, snow-capped mountains and a secluded multicolored lake. You can spend a lifetime here. Korzok is the adorable little village at the banks of Tso Moriri with shimmering waters and golden mountains surrounding the scenic area.

Dredge deep into history by visiting Diskit Gompa, the oldest persisting monastery of the Nubra Valley of Leh

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Adjust with the Low Pressures

Take care of yourself in the high altitude area as this region experiences low oxygen and low atmospheric pressures. Never rush when you are in such a low-pressure zone. Give your body time to adjust to the altitude pressures of the Himalayas. Ease for at least a day after reaching Leh or if you’re reaching Leh by flight then you need to refresh yourself with two days rest.

Mask yourself fully

When you’re out in the himalayan air cover your ears and head and don’t expose your body to air too much as this cold weather in these regions can be very pinching. You won’t feel your feet or fingers exposed to air.

You can be at risk for altitude sickness

Take rest immediately and don’t rush for anything if you are not feeling well. Symptoms can be dizziness, headache, nausea and even muscle aches and shortness of breath. Best prevention is through acclimatization meaning let your body rest and slowly adapt to the environmental changes as you move towards higher altitude region. You can have the ginger soup which is kind of a natural remedy. Tried and tested.

Pack only essentials and necessary wear

A simple pullover will be sufficient during the day as it is sunny. But after sundown, there is a quick drop in the degrees. 2-3 pullovers are enough for your trip to Ladakh, pair of woolen hand gloves and caps and woolen scarves to cover your head and ears. Don’t forget thermal inner wears as this makes the most essential items to survive the low degrees in the Himalayan region. Keep a pair of snow boots or trekking shoes, if waterproof then better. Multi-pin charger and power bank to charge basic things like cell phones or cameras. Do not forget Torch.pack a raincoat also which at times can be used as a windbreaker.

Toiletries and medicines

Soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, towels and general medicines like for headaches,etc. And vital medicines for altitude sickness like Avomine, Dexamethasone, Diamox and Acetazolamide. Many chemist shops are there in the main market round SNM hospital. You can take the necessary drugs from there. Many medical facilities are available at every distance in the life lined army areas of the region.

Avoid Alcohol

Hard to follow but safe to travel. Under the influence of any alcohol, ladakh will be fatal. So don’t consume alcohol while driving or riding.

Tourist Reception Centres

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Tourist reception centres are available in Leh, Kargil and Padam. They provide all the necessary information about the areas and the transportation network, trekking routes, must-see places and whatever necessary information you need, you can get at these centres. They provide all possible help in case of accidents while travelling in the region. All the facilities are available in Ladakh, a trans-Himalayan piece of the pie.

Shopping Facilities

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Shopping facilities are available only in the main Bazar of Leh and Kargil towns. Souvenirs coming in Ladakh are majorly manufactured in Kashmir, Nepal, Dharamshala, Delhi, and Punjab. Beware of the fake items as they sell them to you by saying that they are locally manufactured by local designers.

Phone Services

Only postpaid mobile connections work in Ladakh and prepaid connections of Jammu and Kashmir will work in Ladakh. So, get yourself a postpaid connection of BSNL, MTNL, Aircel or Airtel. There is full connectivity in Leh no matter what connection you are using.

Get ready to make your own Ladakh Diary.

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