Things to do in Ladakh
You can also stretch your expedition to Khardung La pass, the highest motorable road in the world, Pangong Lake, Tso Moriri Lake and other sites. On the way you will enjoy the ever-changing panorama and the climate.
Fixed departures in June, July, August, and September
- Embark on this amazing and adventurous trip to Markha Valley in Leh and Ladakh region.
- Arrive in Leh on your first day and explore the town and its beautiful tourist locations and get acclimatized.
- On the second day, get a transfer to the road head from Leh, from where your trek will start and then reach Yurutse via Zinchen which will take around 3 hours of trekking.
- Third day will be the longest trekking day of the tour, starting from Yurutse to Skiu via Ganda, which will be of 25 km and take 7-8 hours to complete.
- The next day you will continue your trek from Skiu to Markha, which will be around 20 km taking around 6 hours.
- Fifth day will take you from Markha to Thochuntse amdist the majestic Himalayas covered with snow, which will take around 6 hours and is a distance of 13 km.
- Sixth day is a short trek of 6 to 7 km but as it is ascent, it will take around 3 to 4 hours from Thochuntse to Nimaling.
- On your seventh day, you will trek from Nimaling to Shang Sumdo, a trek of around 18 km and aftermath proceed to Leh via the Gongmaru La pass.
- Eight day will be your last day of the tour and you will depart from Leh.
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- Ladakh has always captivated visitors with its magical charm and beauty. Be it the picturesque mountain peaks, azure lakes or the challenging trekking trails, this scenic valley is known for all.
- While during the summers, the region adorns the most vibrant colors of nature, during the winters it is embraced with heavy snowfalls that cut off the entire region from the rest of the world.
- Explore this serene place with our Ladakh tour packages and gift your loved ones a memorable journey that you can cherish for a lifetime.
- Nestled deep within the whirly passages of the snow-clad mountains, this frozen river also entices thousand of trekkers from different corners of the world.
- Popularly known as the 'Chadar Trek' due to the formation of the thick blanket of the snow, it is considered as one of the challenging as well as tricky treks in the world.
- In some places, there may be cracks in the ice and when this happens, the only way to continue with the trek is to hike through the snowy rocks and boulders beside the river.
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Tips for Chadar Trek:
1) Prepare your mind first: This is a difficult trek that comes with a lot of extremities. From the weather to physical requirement. Train your mind to expect and accept the sub-zero level. Do bear in mind that there is a life that exists there as well; for centuries Chadar is used as the only way to commute to Leh during winters. Your mental strength will signal your body to withstand the cold climb.
2) Be Warm: Next is to keep oneself warm as the temperature falls severely on this trek. To keep going and not be deterred by the weather conditions, use 4 layers for the Torso that includes a jacket and a wind sheeter which is waterproof and has a fleece lining. For the bottom, a base layer, thermal underpants and waterproof pants with a fleece lining should suffice. Make sure your fleece and jackets have zips down the front so that you can unzip them as the day grows progressively warmer.
3) Keep a woolen cap and gloves (a must): Essentially you need to sleep well during the night to keep you fresh for the next day of the trek. Keep an insulating water bottle to keep your sleeping bag warm during the night. Use Silk liner inside your bags to keep it warm enough.
4) Footwear: Hiking shoes + Gumboots At occasions, trekking on the Chadar involves wading through knee-deep cold water. Though hiking shoes are highly recommended, gumboots help keep your shoes and feet secure from the icy cold water. It is practically impossible to dry anything at Zanskar trek in Ladakh, so gumboots are a compulsory and crucial addition to the footwear.
5) Expect sweet pain: The Chadar is a glossy, slippery sheet of ice and will never let you walk carelessly. But no matter how careful one is, everyone falls and slips more than once on the Chadar. If you fall, just get back up by rolling on your knees and keep walking with confidence. Gumboots might give you shoe bites, but you’ll get used to it as you walk.
6) Observe and keep moving: The locals can give you firsthand training on how to cross the lake on your foot. On closer observation, you would notice that they walk fast and take Penguin like strides on the ice. As you watch them, you will learn their ways of maneuvering around on the ice blanket and learn when it is wiser to wait than to carry on or the reverse.
7) Keep your electronics warm: Extreme cold climate can ruin electronics. Hence keep them warm by keeping them safe by tucking them into your pockets closer to your body it will keep them warm and long-lasting.
8) Protect your fingers and toes: In sub-zero temperatures, fingers and toes are the most exposed and can be frozen resulting in bad pain when camping. Carry waterproof woolen socks and gloves. An extra pair of socks would help as they gather moisture while wearing gumboots.
9) Warming pads: Warming pads are very helpful for those who feel cold sooner than others. These are exothermic pads to be slipped in your gloves and socks. They release heat and keep you warm for up to 10 hours.
Do's and Don'ts On Chadar Trek 2021
Do’s of Chadar Trek
- It’s always good to plan for an additional day to accommodate any unforeseen conditions like bad weather, broken bridges, flight delays, casualties that may arise.
- One should inform one’s family before coming for this trek, so in case of an emergency, they can come for help.
- The temperature extensively drops down in the region. Therefore, it is advisable to keep warm clothes and shoes at hand. The shoes must also be waterproof.
- As there won’t be any pharmacies on our trek, please do carry required medications and a first aid kit, in case of any bruises or cuts
- The area of this trek has hardly any shop to stop for food or drinks, hence it is advisable to carry water and energy giving food like energy bars and other eateries to be had at regular intervals. We also travel with plenty of water
- Always take note of the weather reports and avoid getting caught in any sort of natural ravages.
- Trekking in Frozen river is certainly a difficult task and thus, one should not try to be over-smart. Following the tips and guidelines is a must to carry out this trek safely.
- It is advisable to consult an expert trekker before backpacking a heavy backpack might slow down your trekking speed.
- While visiting the monasteries and other religious sites, abide by the instructions and guidelines laid by the authorities.
- Abide by the instructions given by the trek leader or instructor in order to enjoy a safe and sound trekking
Don'ts of Chadar Trek
- Since you will be trekking in an eco-friendly zone, make sure you do not litter the vicinity and carry your leftovers back.
- Flowy and frilly clothing might hinder your movement. It is better to avoid such type of clothing.
- Do not rely on sports or casual shoes as they might compromise grip on the snowy surface.
- The wonderful waterfalls should not be contaminated by the use of shampoos and soaps. Thus one should avoid using them. The local habitat tribes use this water for drinking purposes so one should keep it as clean as one expects its drinking water to be.
- When meeting monks or other locals on the way, pinpointing is not advisable as they make take offense.
- Respect the serenity of the shrines and thus one should never disturb the monks or prayers in the monasteries on the route.
- Avoid heavy meals during the trek as it leads to tiredness.
- Avoid: Denim or jeans clothing, soda and alcoholic beverages, plastics of all kind, and tobacco
Stay during your Frozen River Chadar Trek:
|The entire place is frequently sanitized following all protocols to ensure maximum safety of all guests|
|Double occupancy or triple occupancy in room or tents|
Day 1: Room accommodation without heaters (so you can acclimatize)
Day 8: Room accommodation with heaters
Meals during your Frozen River Chadar Trek:
Breakfast, lunch and dinner (vegetarian) are included in the package
Transport during your Frozen River Chadar Trek:
From Leh to road ahead on day 4
Return to Leh on day 8
Spot the Snow Leopard
The best place to find snow leopards in Ladakh is Hemis National Park which is also called the Snow Leopard Capital of the world. Normally the success rate of finding a snow leopard is about 50% in this region. These places to visit in Ladakh, heads the tourists must see list as they can cach the majestic, enigmatic snow leopard and it is one of the best things to do in Ladakh.
Indus River Rafting
The Indus river originating from Mt. Kailash and Mansarovar Lake in Tibet runs across the desert region of Ladakh. While rafting in this river in Ladakh you get to enjoy some fascinating beauty of nature as the river takes you through the gorges in the Ladakh and Zanskar ranges. This river has mainly rapids of Grade I and Grade II and at some places of Grade III.
There are different sections in the river where the difficulty levels vary. However, there is no denying the fact this gives you tremendous pumping of your adrenalin along with a mesmerising panorama of the places around the river banks.
Go on a Camel Safari
Camel trekking or camel safari in Ladakh was the most common mode of transportation for the purpose of trade, around 3-4 centuries ago. It is still predominantly practiced in the Nubra valley from Hundar to Diskit. Only in this region, you will find the Bactrian camels or double-humped camels and it is one of the amazing things to do in Ladakh.
The distinctive features of these camels are that they store fat instead of water inside the humps. Camel safari tours are also organized here and have become popular among travellers.
Go on a Yak Safari
The Yaks are natural-born animals of this rugged terrain and can withstand the arduousness of such safari easily.
Shop at the Leh Market
The bustling market in Leh is full of various types of curio items, colourful trinkets and such other articles which could be a collector's delight. One should take some memento along with him before leaving ladakh.
The abundance of high and steep slopes in the Trans-Himalayan mountain ranges along with the astonishing beauty of the snow-clad mountains and the frozen lakes, the ever-changing landscape invite skiers from all over India and abroad. Skiing treks are also being taken these days to explore unknown areas of Ladakh and it is one of the must-do activities in Ladakh.
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Must Visit Places in Ladakh
The ever-changing colours of Pangong lake set against the intense blue sky make it one of the most spectacular sites in Ladakh. Pangong Tso is a glacial lake approximately 150 kilometres long, spreading out over India and China. Only 5 hours of driving distance from Leh, this lake is cannot be missed when you are Ladakh. Nestled amidst the mountains at a height of 4350 metres though it is, Pangong Tso maintains a liquid state year-round owing to its saline content and it is one of the best Ladakh tour places.
The beauty of this lake against the backdrop of the majestic mountains is one of the most powerful sights in the world as well as the most peace-giving. Pangong Tso brings the depth of nature’s creativity to light in full force and makes you want to bow in reverence before it. You can also indulge yourself in camping around Pangong Lake which will give you some spectacular views of the lake. This is one place you absolutely must visit when in Ladakh.
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A 17th-century palace built after the fashion of medieval palaces in Tibet, and which stands overlooking the town of Leh, the Royal Leh Palace is one of the most important cultural destinations in Ladakh. Such is its significance that the structure is considered to be one of the most important buildings in Ladakh, despite its dilapidated outlook. Located atop a high hill, the palace offers a panoramic view of the town of Leh spread out against a backdrop of the Stok Kangri and Ladakh ranges.
The palace also includes a museum which has artefacts dating back almost 450 years. This museum is one of the most attractive parts of the palace. Visiting this museum is a great way to get some valuable insight into the history and culture of Ladakh.
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Magnetic Hill is one of the most wonderful natural landmarks in Ladakh and must be seen for its magic to be fully understood. The Magnetic Hill is a “gravity hill’, capable of enacting a unique optical illusion that baffles tourists every time they view it. The hill gives the illusion that an object which is going downhill is actually following an uphill track. Cars that are traveling down the slope seem to be going uphill, thereby apparently defying gravity.
This unique optical illusion is a rare phenomenon and only a few places in the world produce it. Experiencing the phenomenon of Magnetic Hill will make you marvel at the intricacy and creativity of nature and give you some unique memories to enjoy even after you leave Ladakh.
Tso Moriri is a small and dainty lake in Ladakh. Falling as it does on the Ladakhi end of the Changthang Plateau, it is fed by the trickling streams and melting snows of neighbouring mountains. Tso Moriri is at an approximate distance of 250 kilometres from Leh, and a drive of roughly 8 to 10 hours is required to reach here. However, Tso Moriri amply repays the effort it takes to reach here in the form of gorgeous panoramic views. One must take an experience of camping around this beautiful lake to enjoys scenic views of nature.
The simplicity of the lake is the best feature of the lake- its still waters are undisturbed by the commotion and there isn’t as much touristic crowd disturbing the silence as is found near Pangong Tso. Tso Moriri is lovely in its beauty, and admiration for the simple perfection of the area flows naturally when you are near the lake.
The Zanskar river which has lent its name to the valley flows through the valley. Zanskar valley surrounded by lofty mountains and deep gorges is closed for about eight months in a year due to heavy snowfall in the region. During winters the Zanskar river gets frozen that leads to the formation of the most beautiful trek of India known as the Chadar Trek or the Frozen River Trek.
One of the most important tourist destinations in Leh, Nubra valley is a place that cannot be missed if you are traveling to Ladakh in the summer. Nubra valley offers tourists the chance to enjoy a multitude of adventures. The 150-kilometer-long valley is rich in sightseeing opportunities. From the Diskit monastery to the sand dunes to the Shayok and Nubra Rivers, there is a lot to enjoy here.
Paying visits to the local villages of Hunter, Turtuke, and Diskit is also a good way to enjoy the sights of Nubra valley. Trekking and camping is an adventurous way to enjoy Nubra valley but you can also engage in jeep and camel safaris. Hiring a local guide is a good way of enjoying the valley in all its aspects.
The architecture and the beauty of this place are unexplainable. It reflects the unique architectural style, completely different from the Ladakhi style. There is also a Buddhist temple with the Shanti Stupa which is inaugurated by the 14th Dalai Lama.
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Kargil was once a busy town as it was within the trade route to and from China, Afghanistan, India, Turkey. It is the second biggest town of Ladakh and lies in the west of Leh facing the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan.
The town became popular after a war was fought over the region between India and Pakistan. However, the town has remained largely peaceful till then and is home to a number of scenic attractions.
One of the most renowned passes in India, Khardunga La is a high-altitude motorable pass in Ladakh. According to the locals, it is the highest motorable pass in India though opinion is divided on the matter. Khardung La is majestic in its scope and visiting it is one of the most exotic experiences you can have in Ladakh.
The pass is situated at an altitude of nearly 18,500 feet and the views from here are awe-inspiring. Sharp, chilly winds blow here relentlessly and add to the adventurous nature of the pass. An army canteen near the pass provides tourists with the chance to enjoy a nice hot cup of tea and some snacks as they gaze tirelessly upon the fascinating view.
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Situated at a height of 3510 meters and about 127 Kms from Leh this is the oldest Tibetan Buddhist monastery. The monastery is maintained by the Red Hat sect of Buddhism.
The beautiful collection of wall paintings rich in color, murals, thangkas, and scriptures make the visit to the monastery worthwhile. The landscape here resembles a mainland like a terrain and has led to a spurt in camps and road trips conducted in this region.
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Alchi Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh. An ancient Buddhist monastery complex makes up the monastery and houses several chortens and temples. Alchi Monastery primarily includes three major shrines that are important to Buddhism- the Dukhang (Assembly hall), the Sumtsek and the Temple of Manjushri. These shrines date back to the 12th century and are considered to be of great significance in the Ladakh region.
Several wall paintings also decorate the monuments of the monastery and reflect both Buddhist and Hindu ideals. Wooden artefacts are also an important part of the monastery’ decor and are considered to be important artistic works. Alchi Monastery is a monument to Ladakh’s past and therefore plays an important role in the culture of the region. Its location on the banks of the Indus river further adds to the glorious experience of visiting the monastery.
Located 15 kilometers south of Leh on the Leh-Manali road is the famous Shey monastery complex. Shey was the summer capital of Ladakh in the years gone by and the palace and the monastery are reflections of a bygone era. The palace is mostly in ruins today but the monastery is still worth a visit. The monastery houses a grand statue of Shakyamuni Buddha and it is one of the best Ladakh places.
This 12-meter-high statue covers all three floors of the monastery and is one of the most spectacular man-made wonders to be seen in Ladakh. The upper floor of the monastery is covered in beautiful, intricately designed paintings while the lower floor features a library rich in ancient books. Small shrines further add to the depth of the monastery.
Ladakh is rich in monasteries but the Diskit monastery is one of the most renowned of all monasteries in the region. Located in Nubra Valley, this monastery is the oldest and the largest monastery in the Ladakh. A grand 100-foot statue of the Maitreya Buddha is ensconced at the entrance to the monastery and makes a grand and awe-inspiring picture as you approach it.
The monastery is located on a high plain with the Shylok river flowing peaceably by. A number of other shrines and temples are also located inside the monastery. The monastery hosts a “Festival of the Scapegoat" during February, one of the best festival Ladakh region could have, a festival which reflects the spirit of the culture of Ladakh. It is an enjoyable festival though tourists find it hard to attend because the snows block Nubra Valley from civilization in the winters.
Built in the loving memory of Guru Nanak Dev, this Gurudwara is a sacred site revered by the devotees. It is located on the Leh-Kargil highway and falls on the route to Leh. While Leh has countless places brimming with tourists, this place is still not known by many and is a true treasure for the solace seekers. If interesting tales bewitch you then this holy place holds a huge rock which is said to be thrown away by a demon on Guru Nanak Dev and was never removed.
Even after repetitive efforts, no one was able to push away this mighty structure and this is the reason it is called the Pathar Gurudwara. Visiting this serene site is indeed one of the best things to do in Ladakh if you are touring with your family as this quaint slice has everything to soothe your soul.
At this specific point, both of them form a single trail and the view is truly majestic. Located on the National Highway 1 this place falls en route of all the travelers heading to Srinagar and there is no need to change your routes and visit the spot. If you wish to give your eyes a feast then this is the view which you should not miss as the aura of the entire region is just splendid and tranquility is interwoven in the environs all over.
While the site is not revered by many tourists, it is always brimming with the followers of the Buddhist community. The major festival celebrated here is the Gustor festival and that is the time when the place turns even more lively and is adorned with the colorful Buddhist flags!
Also, this is the private monastery of Dalai Lama and is also called as the Namgyal Tantric College. If you are wondering why is called so then the doubt is apt! It is named after the female lifelong deity and henceforth is a spiritual center. With time this site is gaining prominence and is now not only toured by the locals but tourists alike.
Also, this park surrounded by the Indus river which adds up to the charm of the place and makes it even more enticing all around the year. Spotting a brown bear, Tibetian wolf, and various other animals are a child’s play as they can be easily seen roaming around here and there. The topography of the park is just amazing and it victuals several variants of wildlife’s vibrancy.
There is another must-see attraction in Leh Ladakh tour and that is the Tso Kar Lake. Also called ‘White Lake' is one of the three high height saltwater lakes in Ladakh. The Tso-Kar Lake is known as 'White Lake' on the grounds that the white salt of the water stores everywhere throughout the lake shores. Tso-Kar Lake is the littlest lake among the three vital lakes in Ladakh.
The Tso-Kar lake is extremely well known with bird watchers. The range encompassing Tso-Kar lake is rich with wildlife and birds. Be that as it may, the principle fascination among the birds' life at Tso Kar is dark necked cranes. The dark necked cranes, known for their devotion, come to Tso Kar to lay eggs.
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Drass valley is known as the Gateway to Ladakh and is the second highest and coldest inhabited area in the world after Siberia. The valley begins at Zozi La and extends till Kargil. During the summer months, the valley completely changes from a snow-bound place to lush green meadows with colourful fragrant flowers enhancing the beauty of nature and it is one of the best Ladakh visiting place.
Ladakh features several sanctuaries and national parks, but the Donkey sanctuary is one of the most unique sanctuaries in the region. This sanctuary is a small affair set up by a private citizen in order to provide a home to donkeys who were left homeless after they had served their use in other establishments.
The Donkey sanctuary gives hurt and homeless donkeys a place of refuge where they can recover their lost sense of life and regain their lost strength. Visiting the Donkey sanctuary in Ladakh is a good way to get a look at a different aspect of Ladakhi culture and the drive up to the place makes for a good road trip.
The town of Hemis is famous for its monastery is the largest monastic organisation in the Ladakh district. The Hemis monastery is considered to be the one of the richest monasteries in India with some very rare and exquisite antique collections like the copper statue of Buddha, inctricately carved gold and silver stupas and some exotic Thangkas and it is one of the famous Ladakh visiting place.
Hall of Fame near Leh is actually a museum dedicated to the Indian army's heroic struggles during the war in Kargil and Siachen sectors. It's a very interesting museum displaying the weapons employed during the Kargil war and belongings of the enemy soldiers including their outfits found after the Kargil war and is one of the famous Ladakh tour places.
Also, on display are the different outfits of the heroic soldiers with multi-layered shoes to protect them from frostbite, their frozen foods which they warm with balls of Hexamycin tablets before dinner. Due to the excessive cold in the Ladakh region with the temperature hovering between -300 C to -500 C it is difficult to strike a fire. This is also the reason why there were so many deaths of our heroic soldiers during the Siachen war.
The Thiksey monastery is situated in the Indus valley and is just 18 kms away from Leh. The 12-storey monastery contains ten temples with an assembly hall and living quarters for the monks and also a nunnery. The 40 foot. high statue of Maitreya Buddha is the prime attraction here and is dedicated to the Goddess Tara.
Other than this one can also see some rare, precious stupas, wall paintings, statues and swords in the monastery. The Ladakh travel guide lists some of the best monasteries to be visited on your visit to Leh Ladakh.
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Festivals of Ladakh
Hemis festival takes place in the Hemis monastery of Ladakh every year on the tenth day of the Tibetan lunar month. The festival is held to commemorate the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava. This is a two-day affair and one of the biggest included in the ladakh travel guide, in which the Lamas participate in mask dances religious plays with accompaniment of drums, cymbals and long horns and it is one of the best things to do in Ladakh.
Local Tibetans eagerly waiting for the festival attire themselves in colourful dresses and join in the festivities. Every 12 years during the Tibetan Year of Monkey a 'Thanka' two-storey high and depicting the Guru is displayed. The 'Thanka' is richly embroidered with semi-precious stones and pearls. A fair is also held during this festival where beautiful handicrafts are displayed.
Losar festival is perhaps the most popular and eagerly-awaited festivals in Ladakh. It starts on the first of eleventh month of every year. The rituals and rites which are performed during the Losar festival is a mixture of Buddhist and pre-Buddhist religious practices. The start of the festival is heralded with the end of the harvesting season.
People dress themselves up in new attires and women adorn themselves with fine jewelleries to join the festive spirit. Goats and sheep are kept reserved for use during the festival time. Chang, a local beer made from Barley, flows freely as a part of the celebrations.
Almost all the monasteries or Gompas in Ladakh organise yearly festivals in their individual units. A large percentage of these festivals take place during the winter months probably because those are the months of relative inactivity for the local people.
The biggest and the most famous festival of Hemis is held in late June or early July, Lamyuru festival takes place in early July, Phyang in late July or early August. Some festivals are also held in February.
Ladakh by virtue of its geographical location is cut off for most of the year from the world outside. So, as the brief summer season approaches, people welcome it with gay abandon. The season normally lasts till September before engulfing region once again in a thick sheet of snow for the next eight-nine months and it is one of the best things to do in Ladakh.
Before the start of the winter season, it becomes engrossed in vibrant festivities by organising the Ladakh festival which continues for seven days. The festival starts with long processions followed by various types of dances like lion dances, Yak dances etc.
Numerous stalls are opened displaying finest exhibitions of handicrafts, excellent and tasty local food and the local beer Chang made of Barley adds a heady concoction to the spirit of the festivities. Various forms of sporting activities like Archery, Polo matches, white-water river rafting, and treks are organised throughout the duration of the festival.
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Copper samovars are basically tea kettles with a provision for heating water by burning coal kept within a hidden container. These samovars are very popular with the tourists. There are also Tibetan designs embossed on the outer surface of the samovars to make them look attractive and appealing.
The prayer wheel is a cylindrical wheel which has a spindle attached to it. The spindle could be made of metal, stone, wood or leather. The words "Om Mani Padme Hum" are inscribed on the wheel.
Relics of Buddhists
Frequently Asked Questions about Leh Ladakh Trips
Q) How are the road conditions in Leh Ladakh?
A: 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.
Q) Can I do Manali to Leh with 1 stop at Sarchu?
A: Although this is possible on your trip I would suggest you shouldn’t. Leh trip is mostly about experiencing scenic views and its stunning surroundings. So while you are driving down the roads from Manali to Leh it is always better to make 2 stops. You might be a bit late but the joy of experiencing the natural beauty will let you feel more relaxed. As you make the stops you will have some time to adjust your body to acclimatize to the high altitudes, reducing chances of getting AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Though there are some beautiful campsites at Sarchu where you can have a comfy stay.
Q) Can I go to Nubra valley and come back in the same day?
A: Well, if you see theoretically it will be a yes and practically it will no. For reaching Nubra valley you will be passing through Khardungla, the highest motorable road 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.
Q) Can I go to Pangong Tso Lake and come back in the same day?
A: Well, if you see theoretically it will be a yes and practically it will no. Panging Tso Lake is quite far away to cover in just one day. Also, you will be passing through the third highest motorable pass in the world, Chang La. As for the one who loves to explore the natural beauty Panging Lake is one of the most enchanting in the entire trip. Another interesting thing is that you will be camping here for the night. Spend the night under the sky and staring at the lake as it glitters in the moonlight. It will be totally worth it.
Q) Can I do Leh to Srinagar in one day?
A: Yes, this is possible in one day. The road which you will pass here is very good. Only a few sections are bad roads around Zojila pass and Sonamarg. 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.
Q) Is there any lack of oxygen in Ladakh?
A: If you are traveling at 1000 above sea level will find difficulty in breathing or is likely to fall prey to altitude sickness. It happens due to the low level of atmospheric oxygen.
Q) What are the symptoms of High Altitude sickness? How long does it take to get acclimatize in Ladakh?
A: Few of the symptoms of high altitude include giddiness, 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 48 hours.
Q) Is there an ATM at Leh, Nubra & Pangong, Can we use Credit Cards?
A: A very few operator 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.
Q) Do credit cards work in hotels and restaurants?
A: Yes, credit cards are accepted in a few hotels in Leh. There are some restaurants too that accept the credit cards but they charge 2% service tax.
Q) What permits do I need for a complete Ladakh trip?
A: Ladakh region requires some inner line permits across few places such as to cross Rohtang pass, Nubra Valley and Pangong Lake. If you cross Rohtang early in the morning, chances are that there might be no one to check your permit. But it is better to get your permits. For Nubra and Pangong, you need 2 permits each.
Q) Which is the best time to visit Ladakh?
A: The best time to visit Ladakh is between May and September when the weather in Ladakh is the warmest. Ladakh doesn't experience rain like elsewhere in India, so the monsoon season is the perfect time to travel to Leh.
Q) Can we Visit Ladakh with Kids?
A: Ladakh is best for group tours and bike tours. It is not sensible for the kids. If you are traveling with kids you should be wary of all the conditions. It is advisable for tourists to not take children below the age of 5 years, as they may face acclimatization issues.
Q) What kind of accommodation is available in Ladakh?
A: 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-star hotel. Each hotel in Ladakh is designed with the traditional architecture of the region and feature oversized rooms equipped with modern amenities. These rooms are furnished with Ladakhi and Tibetan décor.
Q) How many minimum days are required to explore Ladakh?
A: You will need at least a minimum of 15 days to explore the amazing Ladakh including the monasteries, villages, and forts. You first two days will be acclimatization days. You might also take some extra time if you are planning to head out for a mountain trek.
Q) What kind of clothes should we bring there?
A: If you are trekking 4000 meters above sea level, you need warm woolen clothes. Rain and snowfall can take place in June and July and therefore windcheaters and raincoats are good. If you are into trekking, a pair of waterproof shoes are a must. T-shirts and shorts can do during the daytime but after evening the climate gets chilly and one requires a jacket and pullover.
Q) What kind of tourist vehicles are found in this region?
A: While you are Leh you will find different kinds of tourist vehicles like Toyota Qualis and Mahindra Scorpio vehicles. You will not find auto rickshaws here.
Best Ladakh Tour Packages
About the Destination:
Ladakh, the Land of High Passes, wins hearts with its simplicity and rugged natural beauty. Spectacular landscapes, enfolded by serrated mountains, give the region its unique character. Largely influenced by Buddhism, Ladakh is home to numerous ornate monasteries. A visit to the region is no less than exploring your own desires and in-depth peace.
About the Tour:
- Fall in love with the landscape that you have never seen before in Ladakh, in this 7 days and 6 nights tour.
- The trip starts from Leh International airport and concludes at the same location.
- Explore attractions like Shanti Stupa, SECMOL, Leh Palace, Magnetic hill, Hall of Fame, Pangong Lake, Thiksey Gompa, Shey Palace, Stok village and much more.
- Along with that, relish the local cuisine and get transferred between the locations in a comfortable car.
The names Leh and Ladakh often bring forth to the imagination land that is still untouched by the hand of commercialisation and urban culture. This 6 Days Leh Ladakh bike tour package gives you that perfect adventure outing that you have been waiting for. Nestled within the protective covers of the Himalayas and adorned with magnificent landscapes, Leh-Ladakh is a belt that must be explored!
Leh is a comprehensive town jotted with several religious and aesthetic attractions. Nature has been kind to the Nubra Valley and the Pangong Lake. The former seems like a carpet of exotic flowers while the latter is a sight to behold in all its glory. The Khardungla Pass and Chang La Pass offer panoramic views of such beauty and mystique that they have thus far, only been imagined. The Leh Ladakh bike tour package lets you explore all this picturesque town has to offer with an adrenaline rush of riding through the world's highest motorable passes.
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About the Destination:
The crown of India is beautified by Ladakh, the land of high passes, situated in the picturesque state of Jammu and Kashmir. Regarded as an exotic tourist destination, it is a land filled with breath-taking natural beauty and mystique.
From majestic mountain passes and tranquil monasteries to magical lakes, Ladakh trip is sure to take your breath away. During summer, this beautiful region is adorned with a plethora of vibrant colors, but come winter time it is transformed into a snowy white wonderland, often cut off from the rest of the world.
As a destination, Ladakh is replete with every sight imaginable; from sapphire blue lakes to jade green meadows and even dry and arid grasslands serve to make this land of extremes a must-go destination on every traveler's bucket list, and that is the very reason that no one should ever miss the chance of visiting this Paradise. That is why this Ladakh tour package is here to bring everyone on an equal pedestal by bringing together women of a different metal and organizing a women-only trip to Ladakh.
About the Activity:
Treat yourself to 6 nights 7 days of mystery with the women-only tour to Ladakh. Start your trip from the charming town of Leh, which will woo you with its quaint markets and charming palaces. Visit the beautiful Sham valley and the ancient monasteries.
Take a trip down to enchanting Nubra valley and visit the famous Diskit Monastery and the Hall of Fame, to experience local culture at its best.
With this one of the unique Ladakh tour packages of ours, lose yourself in the hypnotizing beauty of the colorful Pangong Tso and enjoy a memorable sunrise and sunset by the lake. A thrilling camel safari and drive through the highest motorable road in the world, seems just too good to be true!
Departure Dates: May (19,25,31), June (6,12,18,24,30), July (6,12,18,24,30), Aug (5, 11,17,23,29), Sept (4,10,16,22)
Multiple Departure Dates from June to September
Group size- 6 Participants in SUV/TT | Open for Solo or Groups
About the Destination:
Manali has been a favorite destination for a huge group of travelers, irrespective of the type of experience they are looking for. Be it a luxury tour or a budget backpacker's adventure, Manali's allure and charm invites everyone equally. Located on the pictorial Beas River Valley in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, this stunning hill station once served as the origin of the 'Ancient Trade Route'. With the bygone time, the natural marvels of Manali can be explored with the Manali to Leh jeep safari; its enthralling mountains peaks, dense and lush thickets, pleasant climate and other aspects have made it one of the most sought-after destinations in the country.
On the other hand, Leh is known to be a paradise for the adventure junkies. Cossetted by the mighty Himalayas and embraced by the magical beauty of its towering peaks, this quaint destination has a lot more to offer its visitors which you can find in our Ladakh tour packages. In extreme contrast to Manali, Ladakh is much more of an oasis in the arid mountainous region of the Himalayas. On Manali to Leh jeep safaris, you will start from enthralling trekking routes, jeep safari trails, biking destinations, options for paragliding, river rafting and a lot more, on the most beautiful highway ever; the Manali-Leh highway.
About the trip
- The trip starts with your departure from Delhi for the beautiful Manali in the lap of Himalayas
- While in Manali, you will be visiting the famous attractions of this vibrant city like Solang Valley for paragliding, quad biking, rope courses etc., and the Vashisht Temple for its natural hot springs.
- In a matter of 3 days, you will drive in the vehicle from Manali to cross Rohtang pass into Lahaul Valley to travel past Jispa and Sarchu to finally arrive in the oasis city of Leh
- Explore the attractions in the renowned Sham Valley, before taking on the Nubra Valley excursion
- Drive to see the famous color changing lake of Pangong before getting back on the road to get to Manali in the vehicle via Upshi. Pangong is also the most admired lake by the visitors heading out for the Ladakh trip.
- At the end of 12 days, you would have seen a lot of beauty that it will never leave you
Group Size: 18 to 22 Participants/ 10-15 Bikes | Open for Solo or Groups.
Multiple Departure Dates from June to September
About the Destination
Ladakh, the jewel in the crown of Jammu and Kashmir, is blessed with the fascinating Himalayan Range. Embraced with the captivating beauty of the scenic meadows, rivers, cold deserts and enchanting trails, the region boasts of being an adventure hub in the country.
Be it for the trekkers, bikers, skiers or any other adventure sports, Ladakh is one hotspot for all! In addition, the option to explore the stunning beauty and appeal of the region through Ladakh bike trip always add an extra amount of fun and excitement to a tour to this ‘Land of High Passes’.
About the Trip
This bike trip to Leh-Ladakh from Delhi will take you to Ladakh, Srinagar, and Manali. Over the course of your bike trip to Ladakh, you will be introduced to various challenges, extremely uneven routes, narrow passes and much more! This apart, you can also expect to make stops and ride through fascinating landmarks like Khardung-La, the highest pass in the world, Tanglang La (17,600ft), Lachulung La (16,680ft), BaralachaLa (16500ft), the beautiful Zojila Pass as well as Pangong Lake.
About the Leh Ladakh:
Ensconced in the picturesque state of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh or the land of high passes has always been regarded as an exotic tourist destination filled with visual delights, mystery and intrigue. With Leh Ladakh honeymoon package from Delhi now you can head out for an amazing vacation with your beloved. Boasting of majestic snow-capped mountains, gurgling streams, deep mountain passes, exotic valleys and mystical ancient monasteries, our Ladakh tour packages have it all.
Spend some time exploring the beauty of this region and then head out for a camping under the billions of stars. Find a plethora of vibrant colours, that will take your breath away and in winter it gets transformed into a white wonderland, often cut off from the rest of the world. Click some memorable pictures with her as you enjoy a delicious cup of tea while enjoying the view of the mountains.
About the Leh Ladakh Honeymoon Package from Delhi:-Make your honeymoon special with your beloved while you try this incredible Leh Ladakh honeymoon package from Delhi.
-Start your tour after reaching Leh and then get transferred to your hotel.
-Explore this charming town with its delightful markets and tourist spots; lose yourself in the mystical ancient monasteries.
-Enjoy nature in all its magnificent glory in the form of breathtakingly beautiful mountain passes, valleys and snow-capped mountains.
-Explore the magical Nubra valley and top it off with a thrilling camel safari.
- Make your trip to Ladakh awesome, visit the mesmerizing Pangong Lake and enjoy a memorable sunrise and sunset by the lake.
-Conclude Leh Ladakh honeymoon package from Delhi after 7 days and 6 nights and head back home with lots of memories.
Note: Flight tickets are not included in the Leh Ladakh Honeymoon package. Tickets can be booked at an additional cost.
Endpoint: Delhi Airport
Inclusive of flights Ex Delhi (Round Trip)
About the Destination
Kashmir is undoubtedly the most beautiful and naturally gifted state of India. And in the lap of Kashmir, on the rain shadow side of the Himalayas, lies the crown jewel that is Ladakh
Ladakh is the most favourite and a highly coveted holiday destination for almost every Indian. And rightly so, it is a must visit for everyone, at least once, in any season they prefer. There is no particular set time to visit Ladakh as every season brings out its own effect on Ladakh.
Rightfully called the Land of High Passes, Ladakh is home to some of the highest roads in the world (Umling La, Zoji La, and Khardung La, all above 18,000ft), and is gifted with some of the most contrasting landscapes which make Ladakh all the more beautiful and a place worthy of being more than just a destination. Ladakh is a dream and that is why everyone must visit it at least once.
About the Trip
- The trip starts when you land in Leh after a flight from Delhi. You will be met by our representative and taken to the hotel.
- Over the next 7 days and 6 nights, you will be visiting some of the most renowned sights of all of Ladakh like Magnetic hill, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Confluence of Indus and Zanskar, Nubra Valley, Khardung La, Hunder, Diskit and Pangong Tso (the 3 Idiots lake)
- You will also be taking part in activities like double-humped camel rides, camping, star gazing and photography
- You will leave with a bag full of souvenirs and a camera full of fond memories
Departure Dates: May (19,25,31), June (6,12,18,24,30), July (6,12,18,24,30), Aug (5, 11,17,23,29), Sept (4,10,16,22)
About the Destination:
On the other side, Manali will bring you close to natural beauty one more time, rigged with lush greenery, tall trees, meadows, snow-capped peaks, and skyclad soft clouds.
About the Tour:
- Fall in love with the landscape that you have never seen before in Ladakh, in this 9 days and 8 nights tour.
- The trip starts from Leh International airport and concludes at Delhi bus stand.
- Explore attractions like Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, Magnetic hill, Hall of Fame, Pangong Lake, Thiksey Gompa, Shey Palace, Sarchu, Manali, Solang valley and much more.
- Along with that, relish the local cuisine and get transferred between the locations in a comfortable car.
Ladakh is one of the crown jewels of India totally blessed with nature’s bounty and our Ladakh tour packages will let you experience this serene place at its best by taking you through the Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, Magnetic Hill, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Ladakh Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa and many more. Rejoice in the majestic views of Chang-la pass which is perched at a height of about 17,000 ft., snowy ambiance, the wide-stretch serenity, and make the most out of your holiday escape.
The 7 days tour also takes you through the orchard of Ladakh - Nubra valley and the quaint hamlet of Turtuk. The chance to interact with the locals, explore the Ladakhi cuisines and culture with the provision of accommodation and transportation makes the trip even more unforgettable.
Ladakh sits on the claim of the most coveted Himalayan destination with no one coming anywhere close to stealing its fame. Lying on the rain shadow side of the Himalayas, Ladakh is a semi-arid region, surrounded by snowcapped mountains on all sides that follow you everywhere you go. With some of the most unusual sights in the area, Ladakh can surely be said to be a gifted region. Almost a cold desert, the major cities are somewhat of an oasis and have been in existence for a very long time and stand tall with a vivid history. But foremost of everything, Ladakh has emerged out as a prime adventure location for many road-trippers and backpackers of the country, and from overseas as well. So head out on this amazing Ladakh trip which will surely turn out to be the best journey of your life.
About the trip
- The trip begins with your arrival at Leh airport
- You will be visiting the local sights of the city as well as the attractions of the Sham Valley
- The highlights there are the mysterious Magnetic hill and the beautiful confluence of the rivers Zanskar and Indus
- The trip also takes you to the famous Nubra valley and the famous Pangong Tso Lake which are the most admired places among the people opting for Ladakh Tour Packages.
- From Pangong, you will be driving to the Tso Moriri, which is a beautiful Lake and a breeding ground for many migratory birds
- You will also be staying in camps at various locations, the best part about which is the unending views of stars and galaxies in the clear nights
- Enjoy this tour of 8 days and cherish it forever