Leh Tour Packages
A blissful abode of snow-capped mountains, scenic mirror-like lakes, and vast never-ending riverine valleys, Ladakh’s beauty cannot be expressed in words. The panoramic vistas of snow-clad mountains, enchanting valleys, high altitude passes, roaring glacier rivers, and mesmerizing tradition makes it one of the best travel destinations of the world. The exquisite landscape of Ladakh is blessed
by the historic Buddhist monasteries set on top of its steep mountains, next to fluttering prayer flags and whitewashed stupas.
Amidst the growing workload and pollution, a Ladakh trip is a breath of fresh air (literally!) The sparsely settled towns, empty roads and no network zones feel like a blessing, which brings you close to nature and yourself. By choosing one of our many Ladakh tour packages, you can rediscover yourself and reconnect with your loved ones again. There are myriads of things to do in Ladakh, it’s an amalgamation of rich culture and exotic landscape. Shoesonloose offers a wide range of Ladakh holiday packages to choose from- Ladakh Bike Tour packages for adventurous riders, Ladakh trip packages for families and couples, offbeat Ladakh Tour and much more.
Best time to visit
Probably the most important question before planning a trip. Ladakh remains closed and cut off from the rest of the world for several months of the year due to heavy snowfall. The best time to visit Leh-Ladakh is during the tourist season window between May to October when the weather is the warmest. To give you an idea, the weather in May averages around 16 degrees during the day and the nights are colder. Since Ladakh doesn’t receive heavy rainfall, it is best to travel during the monsoon season. If you’re planning for Chadar Trek, the frozen Zanskar Valley trek, then it is best to visit between January and February.
How to reach Ladakh
The easiest way to reach Ladakh is by air, numerous flights are available from many airports including Delhi and Chandigarh, but the most scenic way to travel to Ladakh is by road. Leh Ladakh road trip is amongst the top road trips in India as it takes you through the cold desert of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir, crossing some of the world’s highest mountain passes. In the past few years, the craze of the Ladakh bike trip has increased as riding at an altitude of 11,400ft above sea level is a challenging yet great experience. If you’re planning to travel to Leh via road, you can choose one of two routes.
Route 1: Srinagar to Leh (Srinagar– Sonmarg– Zozi La– Drass– Kargil– Lamayaru – Leh)
This distance of around 400 km will take you on a journey through the green valleys of Sonmarg, India’s longest road tunnel, beautiful road stretches of Dras and the city of Kargil. Snow-laden panoramas are everywhere to be seen and the surrounding is so picturesque that one may want to stop every 5 minutes, especially as one gets closer to Leh.
Route 2: Manali to Leh (Manali– Rohtang– Keylong– Jispa– Darcha– Baralacha La– Sarchu– Nakee La– Lachulung La– Tanglang La – Karu– Leh)
The 490 Km journey is one of the toughest yet most scenic journeys in the world as it goes through four high altitude mountain passes, narrow roads, hairpin bends, and picturesque valleys. Riding with the Himalayas on one side and gushing river on the other is a thrilling experience that one must not miss. The distance can be covered in two days with an overnight stay at either Keylong or Sarchu.
You can also indulge in our Ladakh tour packages that provide a full circuit road trip (Srinagar- Leh- Manali) with comfortable accommodations.
Places to visit in Leh Ladakh
|Ladakh Packages||Price Details||Duration||Inclusion|
|Ladakh Tour Packages With Camp Stay||Rs 38,000/-||6 Nights / 7 Days||Flight transfers, airport transfers, meals, evening tea, snacks and much more||VIEW DETAILS|
|Ladakh Package With Saboo Resorts||Rs 41,000/-||6 Nights / 7 Days||Flight transfers, airport transfers, meals, evening tea, snacks and much more||VIEW DETAILS|
|Surreal Ladakh Package With Turtuk||Rs 41,000/-||6 Nights / 7 Days||Flight transfers, airport transfers, meals, evening tea, snacks and much more||VIEW DETAILS|
|Offbeat Ladakh Package With Hanle||Rs 42,000/-||6 Nights / 7 Days||Flight transfers, airport transfers, meals, evening tea, snacks and much more||VIEW DETAILS|
|Roof of the World - Leh- 6n_ 7days With Saboo Resort||Rs 23,000/-||6 Nights / 7 Days||Airport transfers, meals, evening tea, snacks and much more||VIEW DETAILS|
|Offbeat Ladakh Package With Turtuk and Hanle||Rs 23,000/-||7 Nights / 8 Days||Airport transfers, meals, evening tea, snacks and much more||VIEW DETAILS|
Leh city and local sightseeing
There are many incredible places to explore in Ladakh but it’s better to acclimatize first before heading out to higher altitudes. For the first few days, you can explore various sites in and around Leh city. Visit the Shanti Stupa located on a hilltop, walk through the old town of Leh, visit the Hall Of Fame museum dedicated to the Indian Army. Soak in the mesmerizing views of Leh city from Leh Palace and learn about the Buddhist culture as you visit Thiksey and Hemis Monastery. Once you are ready to visit the higher altitudes of Ladakh, you can visit Khardung La, the world’s second-highest motorable road and then move forward to explore other enchanting landscapes of Ladakh.
Pangong Tso is a day trip from Leh city. It’s one of the most spectacular sites in Ladakh for its crystal clear water glittering against the clear blue sky, changing its color to shades of blue, green and red. Situated against the backdrop of majestic mountains, the calm water of Pangong Tso gives a peaceful and serene environment to the visitors. One of the best things to do at Pangong lake is night camping, the stargazing experience and clear sight of the milky way is absolutely enthralling. Pangong Tso is a great escape from the bustling city life.
Magnetic Hills is one of the most popular landmarks of Ladakh. Located on the Leh-Kargil highway, it is a small stretch of roads that defies gravity. The magnetic hills pull the stationary vehicles uphill on the road. Yes, put your car in neutral and still, it will climb the hilly road and that too with a speed of around 20 kilometers per hour. Locals have many folklores about this phenomenon but scientists say otherwise. Controversies apart from the strange phenomenon do attract tourists from all around the globe.
Nobody would have thought that sand dunes could exist at such great altitude. Nubra is a high desert land that looks like a scene from the moon during winters due to lack of vegetation and in summer loaded with greenery. One must visit the Hunder sand dunes known for scenic and double-humped Bactrian camels. From the Diskit monastery to the sand dunes to the Nubra and Shayok Rivers, there is a lot to enjoy here. Hiking and camping is a great way to explore the valley but you can also engage in jeep and camel safaris.
Without a doubt, Zanskar Valley is one of the most adventurous places in Ladakh. Situated between the Great Himalayan ranges and the Zanskar mountain ranges, the valley is so colorful and verdant during summers that you will forget for a moment that you’re indeed in Ladakh. The Zanskar River is famous for seasonal white river rafting and in December and January the river freezes, proving a great opportunity for a frozen river trek widely known as Chadar Trek. The trek involves walking on a thin sheet of ice, staying in caves and views of beautiful frozen waterfalls.
Tso Moriri is one of the two most popular lakes of Ladakh. While Pangong lake has become all touristy and famous, Tso Moriri is still a hidden treasure of Ladakh. Traveling to Tso Moriri is one of the best off-beat things to do in Ladakh. It’s visually spellbinding, the clear water of the lake stands in stark contrast to the arid mountains surrounding it. Located at an altitude of 4595 meters above the sea level, Tso Moriri is a calm and serene high altitude lake in Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary. It is also an abode to many exotic migratory birds, including the Brahmin duck, bare-headed goose, the brown-headed gull, and the great-crested grebe. This eye-soothing lake is a divine destination in Ladakh.
Things to do in Ladakh
Hit out the Roads on a Jeep Safari
Jeep safaris are the best way for a family to explore the majestic terrain of Ladakh. Just sit back and relax, peak out of the window to witness the mighty mountains, beautiful monasteries, and never-ending valleys.
Visit the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar River
Popularly known as the Sangam Point, the confluence point of Indus and Zanskar River near Leh is a must-visit. The stunning sight of the turquoise water of Indus and the greenish water of Zanskar merging is a sight to behold. It’s a great picnic spot for friends and family. The gushing water of Zanskar during Monsoon is famous for river rafting as well.
Double-humped camel safari at Hunder Dunes
Double-humped camel ride at Hunder Dunes is one of the unique experiences of Ladakh. The Double-humped camel or the Bactrian camel was once an important means of transportation of the Silk Route. While enjoying the camel ride, you can explore the beautiful Nubra Valley.
Witness a beautiful sunset at the Shanti Stupa in Leh
Shanti Stupa is situated on the hill-top facing the Leh Palace and provides a panoramic view of Leh and the surrounding mountains. The best time to visit this beautiful white-washed Stupa os during the evening when the sun is about to drop being the hills. The lights of the setting sun make everything glow and look even more beautiful, drenched in hues of orange.
Walk on a frozen lake
If you visit Ladakh in winters, walking on frozen lakes is one of the best things you can experience. A part of the famous Pangong Tso freezes during winter and provides you with an opportunity to walk on the thick pristine sheet of ice. One of the most adrenaline-raising treks of India, the Chadar Trek, is also in Ladakh, where you have to cross frozen rivers and pass by frozen waterfalls as well.
What to eat in Leh
Kashmiri Khawa. Kahwa is a Kashmiri tea flavored with cinnamon, cardamom, and saffron. It’s usually taken in small quantities throughout the day to let the saffron and cinnamon in the drink to keep you warm.
Tingmo. Tingmo is a vegetarian dish that might be eaten both as a snack or a full meal. It is a flavorful vegetable stew that is served with fermented bread pieces. Though it’s mainly a vegetarian meal, a non-vegetarian option of this might additionally be made. It’s quite popular in Ladakh and one must try it.
Ladakhi Pulao. Ladakhi Pulao is simpler compared to other variants from Kashmir or Lucknow but doesn’t lack behind in taste. The white rice is soaked in aromatic seasoning or sometimes in mutton stock and layered with caramelized onion and carrots as well as nuts to provide to the flavor and appearance. It’s hard to find this dish in restaurants even at popular spots and the best way to feast on it is to get invited by locals for a home-cooked lunch or dinner.
Yak-milk Cheese. Yak-milk cheese or Churppi as the locals call it is a traditional cheese consumed in the Himalayan regions. Although it has a very strong smell, it has a quite delicate taste.
Thupka. Known as the staple food of the Leh, Thukpa is delicious food in the town. Thukpa is a noodle soup with steamed veggies, portions of poultry, pork as well as beef. The mix of all these savory ingredients is served with spicy chutney to enhance the total zing of this dish.
Phirni. Phirni is a Ladakhi dessert of Iranian origin. It is given in a kulhaad i.e. a pot made from mud, which will make it taste tastier. It is a rice pudding, comprises of boiled rice, vermicelli, milk, and sugar. It consists of dry fruits and pistachios as well.
Butter Tea. It is a signature tea of Ladakh and is consumed daily in almost every Ladakhi household. This salty drink called ‘gur-gur’ chai is a must-try for those looking to try something unusual.
So a memorable trip to Ladakh comprises of experiences that you like, combined with a great itinerary. Since now you’re familiar with Ladakh, get ready to book your customized Ladakh tour package at shoesonloose.