8 Reasons To Visit Ladakh In Winters

Ladakh is one of the most popular holiday destination and most visited destinations in India. Although, on the account of the harsh winter weather, most travellers only visit this destination in the summer months. What most travellers do not know is that they can also visit Ladakh in winters and witness it in its most beautiful form. The blankets of snow, frozen rivers and empty tourist attractions truly make Ladakh one of the best destinations to visit in winters. Here are 8 reasons why you should visit this winter wonderland at least once in your life!

1. Minimal Crowds

Ladakh is the most crowded in the months of summers. Be it Pangong Lake, Magnetic Hills or Khardung La, all tourist destinations in Ladakh are flooded with tourists from all around the world. Although, in winters, you will get to witness Ladakh’s tourist destinations without the hassles of crowds and tourists! Plan a trip to this paradise and explore Ladakh like never before!

2. Blankets Of Snow

The temperatures in winter in Ladakh can go as low as -30 degree celsius resulting in continuous snowfall and storms. The entire territory of Ladakh in winters is covered in snow from the months of October to February and makes the destination look like a winter wonderland. Witness the breathtaking views of frozen shores, lakes and the delightful sights of Ladakh’s magnificent mountains all covered in white!

3. Experience The Real Ladakhi Culture 

As most hotels and resorts in Ladakh are closed in the winter months, you will get to stay at the local homestays and guest houses in Ladakh. The people in Leh and its surrounding remote villages are known to be the warmest, friendliest and the most hospitable people ever. Staying in a homestay in Ladakh, you will be able to experience the local culture of the state in its rawest form. Moreover, you will also be able to enjoy the delectable dishes of Ladakh like Thiukpa, Momos, Sky, etc,- all made by the locals!

4. Spot the Snow Leopard

The famous Snow Leopard of Ladakh is only spotted in the harsh winter weather of this place. If you’re someone who loves watching exotic wildlife in action, this is a must-have experience for you. The best way to spot a snow leopard in Ladakh is to visit the Hemis National Park in the months of December to March. Take a guided tour of the Hemis National Park and keep your cameras ready for that rare sighting of this magnificent creature. Before you visit this regulated area, make sure to also procure the entry permits. 

5. Walk On A Frozen River

One of the best things to do in Ladakh in the winter months is to witness and walk on the frozen lakes and rivers in the state. Some of the best lakes where you can have this once in a lifetime experience are the Zanskar river, and the Tsomoriri Lake. If you’re seeking to trek altogether, you can also go for the popular Chadar trek which is done on the frozen Zanskar river and allows you to explore Ladakh’s snow mountains very closely.

6. Cheap Travel

Due to the harsh weather conditions of Ladakh in the winter months, very few travellers visit this destination. Most hotels and resorts in Ladakh during these months stand closed and thus the costs of flights, local transport and stay are substantially cheaper than the summer months. If you’re looking to save some money and travel to Ladakh, visiting this paradise in the months of October to February would be the right thing to do.

7. Capture Ladakh In Its True Form

As the peak tourist season is over, the streets of Ladakh and all tourist attractions are found deserted and empty. This gives you the best chance to capture Ladakh in all its glory without the struggle of finding the right spot with no crowds! Most photographers and tourists only have pictures of the cold deserted mountains or the blue Pangong Tso with a backdrop of the blue skies. But the winter months give you a chance to capture Ladakh how it is for the most part of the year- blanketed in snow, frozen and surreal.

8. Attend The Winter Festivals

Ladakh celebrates various festivals in the winter months like Losar, Dosmoche, and Stok Guru Tsechu. Discover the local culture of Ladakh as you attend these colourful festivals and witness the folk dances, music and get to taste authentic Ladakhi food. Because of the absence of tourists, you will also be able to participate in these festivals authentically with the locals and feel like a part of their culture!

With so many reasons, there is no denying that Ladakh is a winter wonderland in the winter months. With empty landscapes, no fuss of tourists at attractions, an entire territory blanketed in snow and the best part- frozen lakes to walk on, what else does a traveller need? So don’t wait up, book your next Ladakh tour with us and explore it in its true essence.

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