Ladakh Tourism, India 2020 (161 Tours & Activities)

Ladakh, the erstwhile Buddhist kingdom is spectacularly jagged. Arid mountains, dramatically crowned rocky outcrops, picturesque gompas, meditational mani walls and multi hued flags are few of the many sites that exemplify the beauty of Ladakh. The well balanced traditional society of Ladakh has much to offer the West in terms of ecological awareness.

Ladakh is a magnificent and an unexplored wonderland of the Himalayas. It is one place that is considered as a heaven by everyone who is on a lookout to satiate their indomitable love for adventure. Besides trekking in Ladakh, you can indulge in a series of adventure sports such as biking, water rafting, safaris, etc. Also known as the ‘Land of Passes, Ladakh forms an alluring part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir in India.  

Situated at an elevation of 2750 - 7672 meters above sea level, Ladakh is indeed blessed with incredible topography that comprises of hilly terrains, high altitude peaks and the lush green grasslands. Adventure fanatics from across the globe visit Ladakh as there are plethora of trek trails and trekking options available here.

Set amidst snow capped hills, Ladakh is the center of Tibetan Buddhist culture. It is dotted with a number of colorful monasteries. Some of the popular tourist hotspots in Ladakh include Alchi and Nubra Valley. Apart from this, Ladakh is also a land that is popular for the rich heritage and culture. It is home to the rare wildlife including the Tibetan antelope, ibex and yak.

Still unadulterated by modernity, Ladakh is where you’ll experience life coming to a standstill when you directly communicate with the nature and serenity around.


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11 July 2019
Excellent
We went for Manali to srinagar Bike tour. It was the best bike trip of my entire life. It all started with the person named Shubham from thrillophilia who helped me in selecting the best trip and processed with my booking, all thanks to him! Without him I wouldn’t have been able to experience the best trip of my life. On arrival there we met our tour guide Tani and our Mechanic Shashi. These 2 guys were so supportive during the entire tour that no matter what happened they were always there to look after us. They always made sure we are safe and we are following them and there is no overtaking taking place. Tani, the tour guide, one chilled out person he is! Make sure you get him as your tour guide and Shashi as the mechanic as these guys will always make sure that they are there for you no matter what. And in the end, it’s all the Main man behind everything, Jimmy Sir. Thanks a lot Sir for making me experience the best trip of my life! Without you and your team this wouldn’t have been possible. Thanks for helping us out in every way possible. The roads here are difficult terrain to ride on. You gotta be careful. You gotta carry your gum boots during water logging which is the most difficult to cross. But these guys made sure that we were all safe and had sound health till we reached home. Not even a single person was hurt. Our group was a mixture of all age groups, I’m fact we even got to meet 2 people From the Indian navy as well. One mad kickass experience! Unbelievable. Reaching the worlds highest Pass, Khardungla Top, was the highest achievement of my life till date which happened on this trip! And if at all you wish to go, don’t forget to ask Tani and Shashi as your tour guide and mechanic, and go only through Jimmy Sir as he has the best team! Thanks a lot to everyone out there.
12 July 2018
Excellent
From Recent Expedition -: Srinagar > Leh > Manali !! The feeling was awesome and words are not enough to express my experience of the expedition, but ever since I talked about it, it makes me feel that I’m still travelling, I’m still there. I had been a frequent traveller, but the emotions associated with this tour were different. We enjoyed, we had fun, we went emotional, we met some new friends, we felt proud, we captured every possible feelings and emotions we can during the entire journey.
12 July 2018
Excellent
From Recent Expedition -: Srinagar > Leh > Manali !! The feeling was awesome and words are not enough to express my experience of the expedition, but ever since I talked about it, it makes me feel that I’m still travelling, I’m still there. I had been a frequent traveller, but the emotions associated with this tour were different. We enjoyed, we had fun, we went emotional, we met some new friends, we felt proud, we captured every possible feelings and emotions we can during the entire journey. We passed through all the ranges of the Great Himalayas, starting from the Shivalik, Karakoram & Pir Panjal. The memories of “late night road journey from Jammu to Srinagar risking our life while crossing South Kashmir (Known for Terrorist activities), early morning (4 am) shopping at Awantipora, Dal Lake, Shankracharya Temple, Srinagar Market, Lunch @Lal Chowk, Eid Celebrations, Shalimar Garden, Noon & Kahwa Tea, Sonmarg, War Zone (Kargil, Drass &Batalik), Oldest Gompa Lamayuru, Rafting at World’s highest point (Zanskar river), Pathar Sahib Gurudwara, Leh Palace, gruelling terrain & passes(Zoji La (3528 Mtrs), Namki La (3815 Mtrs), Fotu La (4108 Mtrs),World’s highest Motorable road – Khardungla (5359 Mtrs), Nakee La (4739 Mtrs), Tanglang La ( 5328 Mtrs), Bara-lacha (4890 Mtrs) & Chang La (5360 Mtrs)), Crazy bath in Pangong Tso lake (-4 °C), cute Marmot, Yak, Deer & Pashmina Goats at Changthang Wildlife sanctuary, snow-capped Karakoram Ranges, Sand dunes at Nubra Valley, Diskit Monastery, the Gata loops (22 hairpin bends) at 4190 Mtrs elevation on Pang – Sarchu road, Suraj Taal, Whiskey & Brandy Nallah, Picturesque Jispa, Hiking at 4350 Mtrs Himalayan ranges and driving alongside the rivers across the two states” are never gonna fade away !! Thanks to Thrillophilia for making this trip awesome & memorable one.
24 June 2018
Excellent
Your Destination would be a dream until you come out and step ahead to it and experience. Leh-Manali Bike ride is one such vibe which will resonate for many years to come. Here the journey was more scintillating then achieving those milestones and Thrillophilia ensured we had great time by organising it perfectly to last mile would like to thank Tarun and Chitransh. Tani and Amit who were our Tour Leaders were just amazing with their hospitality to the care taken through out the ride. Ride at Khardungla Pass, Gata Loops, Zing Zing Bar, Barlachala were just amazing.
07 March 2017
Excellent
Such an amazing bike ride, challenging but with thrill till the end. Make sure that you are prepared to prevent the cold, the rough wind, the altitude sickness etc because even the symptoms of sickness will affect your trip. Khardung La Pass is quite a challenging one, also there are different shorter and longer passes throughout the journey. The service was also nice, not many complaints. The guides will know the place better because they are doing it for long. But still keep the track of the route before you start the trip. The guide was nice to us, keeping everything coordinated. The accommodation and food were also flawless to me.
05 August 2019
Excellent
Recapturing Leh-Ladakh It was Manali-Jispa-Sarchu-Leh-NubraValley-Pangong-Leh-Kargil-Srinagar, I was a solo rider with RE Himalayan. In total, my group consists of 22 people and 17 Bikes. It was one hell of a journey. The group, guide, mechanic, truck driver, and the organizer were awesome. They made me feel like family. The Guide whose name is TANI, he is a gentleman and he is excellent in his job. He made it clear that everyone is safe, having fun and not missing out any adventure. I helped every team member a lot with driving & etc. One of the best things about him was he took care of the fact that every bike travel together and no one is left behind. The Mechanic whose name is SHASHI, the mechanic I have seen till now, I haven't seen any damage bike that he can not repair. Throughout the journey, he was the most important person because he took care of our bike and see to it that we do not face any problem. The best things about him were he would check and test every bike every night before the morning ride. The Organiser Jigmet was humble and he took care of everything, from permits to protections. 4 Camps and 4 Hotels, all were very very good. Comfort Stay with unbelievable views. The bike was all-most new and excellent in condition. The journey was full of adventure, bliss, awesomeness and etc. Believe me, I cannot describe this journey into word. I am speechless. The Journey: 5 Star The Bike: 5 Star The Stay: 5 Star The Food: 4 Star The Guide (Tani): 5 Star The Mechanic (Shashi): 5 Star The Organiser: 5 Star Note: For this road, RE Himalayan is highly recommended. For more info. and about the trip message and follow me on Instagram: @recapturing_the_world

Frequently Asked Questions About Ladakh

  1. How much discount can I get on Leh Ladakh Bike Trip Packages?

  2. Which are the best Thrillophilia's Leh Ladakh Road Trips Tours I can book?

  3. Which are best Leh Ladakh Sightseeing Tours offering Discounts Upto 30%?

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    Leh Palace

    Leh Palace was built in the mid 16th century. Back then, it was regarded as the world’s highest building. When here, you must gaze upon the murals that bring forth the life of the Buddha.

    Shanti Stupa

    Shanti Stupa is a white domed structure that is perched on a hilltop. Constructed with an object to promote world peace, Shanti Stupa was built by the Japanese monks. It not only has great religious significance but also offers the most magnificent views of Leh.  

    Stok Palace & Museum

    Stok Palace & Museum is home to the exiled royal family. The palace has a museum where the royal costumes, jewellery and artefacts are displayed. Some of the beautiful silk paintings that are housed here were crafted way back in the 16th century.  

    Spituk Gompa

    Spituk Gompa is perched on a hillock near the Spituk Village. This late 14th-century monastery houses Skodong Lakhang which is a golden-roofed shrine along with ancient arms and masks. Here, you can also find a huge statue of Mahakal that is only unveiled at the Spituk festival.

    Pangong Tso

    Pangong Tso is the highest lake in the world and is situated at an alleviation of 4,250 meters. With its tranquil surroundings, ice capped mountains and the crystal clear water, it cannot be hard to tell why it is often referred to as the ‘enchanted lake.’

    Some popular restaurants

    Some of the popular restaurants that are a must visit here include Tibetan Kitchen and Tenzin Dickey Tibetan to savor on the local food, Lamayuru and Chopsticks for Asian food and La Pizzeria and the garden restaurant for delicious soups and pizzas. To smack on some tasty tarts and homemade cakes, visit the Pumpernickel German Bakery.

  5. What you will like there?

    There are several adventure sports that you can enjoy in Ladakh. These include:

    Biking at Khardung La Pass

    Khardung La Pass is the highest motorable road of the world. These days, there has been a road widening exercise going on at this pass. So, you’ll naturally encounter a lot of cement, dirt and gravel stones along the path. When you come here for biking, you must pray that the rain stays at bay or you might end up driving in the knee-deep slush of stones and mud. 

    Camping at Pangong Tso

    Pangong Tso lake is bewitchingly beautiful. It is so beautiful that it seems as if it has been airbrushed in God’s own Photoshop. Here, every hue and colour seems to come alive at an increased intensity thereby giving a different view at different times of the day. The sight is at its magical best at the dusk.

    White Water Rafting at Zanskar

    If you want to do white water rafting in Ladakh, the best time to make a visit is during the months of May to June. Ladakh has several swift and scenic flowing rivers and streams where rafting can be done. In the past couple of years, Sangam which is the confluence of Indus and Zanskar has become one of the top destinations for people who cherish white water rafting.  

    Paragliding from the Khardung La

    Paragliding can open up to you new vistas of the Ladakh’s beauty that might otherwise go unnoticed. Take a flight in the clear skies of the Ladakh starting from Khardung La.

  6. How can someone reach Ladakh?

    Ladakh is frequented by all kinds of riders, adventure tourists, photographers, honeymooners and the nature seeker. The destination offers easy road connectivity. However, anyone visiting the place should be prepared for intense off roading. If you have been looking for some adventure in your life, head on to Ladakh! Primarily, Ladakh is reached by two prominently laid out routes.

    The first is the Srinagar to Leh Highway that takes you through Kargil and the Kashmir Valley. The journey would be about 434 kilometers but this route will be open between June and mid November. The highest point you will touch at this route would be the Zozi La Pass at at altitude of 11,500 feet.

    The second route starts from Manali and it would be again about 473 kilometers of drive. The route opens from mid June and is allowed till October. This will be the road where you would be crossing several high passes including Tanglang La, arguably, the second highest motorable road in the world.
     
    Ladakh by Road: The Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh Transport Corporation runs buses to Ladakh, and your choice will depend on the route you take. Both journeys will last a couple of days with several stops that would gradually open up the vast Himalayan landscape. Although cheap, public transport can be a bit inconvenient.
    Many prefer hiring jeep or shared taxis to get flexible with the travel timing. Riding your own vehicle to Ladakh is also an option and is more popularly sought. If you are a solo traveler, it would however be recommended that you take the service of registered travel agencies to ferry you to Ladakh. In most case, you will join a group of other travelers.

    By Train: The closest you can get to Ladakh by train is the Jammu Tawi Station. From there, you will have to pursue road transportation, by either using public transport or renting your own vehicle.

    By Flight: The Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport at Leh serves for a visit to Ladakh. You will get connecting flights from Srinagar, Delhi and Jammu. The most common service providers in this route include GoAir, Air India and Jet Airways. However, remember that the availability of flights is subject to weather conditions and the weather in Ladakh, needless to say is quite unpredictable here. Make sure you are okay with delays!
  7. Travel Advice

    • Please avoid wearing sleeveless tops, blouses, undershirts or shorts, etc in public places especially in the mosques, temples, churches, gurudwaras and monasteries. The same rule applies on the trekking routes.

    •  Of course you can wear short and comfortable clothing in the camp sites that are away from the human habitation but these should soon be changed to slacks, trousers and blouses in the villages where you might take a stoppage.

    •  Under no circumstances should you wear bikini or swimwear in the public places as these are taken as sexually provocative and may lead to possible harassment.

    • Ladakh is a sensitive city where the people are still a little orthodox especially when it comes to PDAs. So, keep your affection for your partner as a private matter that ought to be confined to your own tents or rooms.

    •  Do not display any acts of affection in restaurants, religious buildings, streets or at public events.  

    • Always carry with you essential medicines since the climate here is fluctuating.

    • During treks, you must take with you lip balms, sun screen and antiseptic creams.

    • People who travel to Ladakh by air must take a complete rest for a day so as to adjust better to the low oxygen level and high altitudes of Ladakh.

    •  If you do not give your body sufficient time to adapt to the acclimatization you might suffer from Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) also known as the High Altitude Sickness.  

    • Carry sufficient cash as credit cards are not accepted in several places.

  8. Drinking Laws

    Drinking in Ladakh is not prohibited however the legal drinking age is 21. Even for the adults, moderation in drinking is highly recommended. It has been noted that liquor can cause dehydration in Ladakh and might even result in acute nausea and headaches.

  9. What time of year is the best time to visit Ladakh?

    The recommended months to travel to Ladakh is between May and August. This is also when most of Ladakh would be open. In Fact, May is the month when most tourist activities start. It will be comfortable during the day but even so, night time temperature in Ladakh summers can well go beyond freezing point.
     
    However, some trekkers also seek Ladakh during the winter season, especially for destinations like the Chadar Trek. This would be time when most roadways would be closed and it would be hard getting any convenience or driving on your own.
  10. How about a road journey to Ladakh?

    Traveling across Ladakh in a bike is safe as long as you stick to being a responsible driver. It is always recommended that you go in a group or pick up a packaged tour, if you are travelling alone.

    Being around people helps in this part of the world as the problems you can face can be multi-faceted. Before renting a bike, it is also essential that you understand the permits and regulations attached to the same.
  11. Is it safe for female who are travelling solo?

    Male or female, a trip to Ladakh can be quite revealing. There is no direct safety threat for female travelers. If at all, male and female travelers share the same kind of challenges.
  12. What are the important things to bring on a Road trip?

    Ladakh is a perfect challenge for passionate riders. However, safety always comes first and here are the gears you will need to tag along:

    Vehicle accessories:
    • OEM toolkit
    • Spare vehicle key
    • Sparkplug
    • Chain Link
    • Extra clutch and accelerator wires
    • Tubeless puncture repair kit
    • Spare tube
    • Tire irons and valve key
    • Tire repair can / electric pump / foot pump
    • Engine oil
    • Electrical tape
    Riding Essentials:
    • Medical kit
    • Sunscreen lotion
    • Lip balm
    • Mustard oil (for moisturizing)
    • Glucose
    • Water bottles
    • Chocolates/biscuits/nuts
    Riding gear:
    • Full face helmet with clear vision
    • UV sunglasses
    • Gloves
    • Riding jacket
    • Riding pants
    • Shoes
  13. How cold will be Ladakh?

    Ladakh witnesses extremes of climate. During the months between October and March, it can get uncomforting cold, with temperatures recorded as low as minus 23 degrees centigrade! The summer months, on the other hand, are very pleasant but cold in night. Consequently, you will need to protect yourself at all times.
  14. Can I visit Ladakh during winters? Is it safe?

    Ladakh in the winters can be one of a kind of experience. Though it would be at its hardest best, it would also be a paradise. Many call a trip to Ladakh in the winters as a ‘detoxification trip’, wherein space and time will have no relevance. Be prepared for a lot of snow and ice and temperatures well below minus figures. The best places to be at Ladakh during the winters include:
    • The Chadar Trek
    • The Sham Valley Trek
    • BongBong La Snow Valley
    • A new kind of Pangong Tso!
    • Stok Base Camp Trek In winters

    You can also be a part of celebrations and festivals like Losar, Thiksey Gustor, Spituk Gustor, Dosmoche and Matho Monastery Festival. Do find a home stay in Ladakh to stay warm and sane!
  15. How can I experience Ladakh at its best?

    Ladakh is best experienced on a road trip. More than the important stop across the place, it is the road that your travel is more exciting. Try doing a road trip in groups or join a group where you can make new friends and see Ladakh in a whole new form!
  16. How to prepare myself if I am visiting Ladakh for the first time?

    There are a lot of particulars you need to understand and research if you are visiting Ladakh for the very first time. Common details should include:
    • The road status
    • Necessary permissions
    • The specific climate
    • Availability of hotels
    • Food
    • Availability of rest houses
    • Medical emergency preparations 
    • Sightseeing transportation

    For first timers, it is best to join an organized group tours. Even if you are alone, you can always be a part of groups and customized trips to get around Ladakh. Once you get to know the place, you can come back again for a more independent experience. However, organized tours are always safer, more convenient and can even be said to be comparatively cheaper.
     After all, you will not have to worry about things like accommodation, itinerary, medical emergency, food and the like. You can put all your focus in experiencing the beauty of the landscape and the unique Tibetan culture.
  17. What kind of fitness I should possess?

    Fitness is highly crucial for your trip to Ladakh as it is always easy to fall ill. The low temperatures, low air pressure and the lack of oxygen can take a toll. People who suffer from heat conditions like asthma can get very ill and are recommended to limit their trip to lower regions of Ladakh. There have been several cases when people have become fatally ill.
  18. What sort of accommodation I can find in Ladakh?

    There is a range of hotels and other forms of accommodations that you can hope to get in Ladakh. For budget travelers, the economical options are widespread and range from hostels to dormitories and even tents. You might even hope to stay for longer terms, as long as a month! However, if you have been looking for extra facilities like hot water, TV, satellite phone, you will have to shell out a little extra money.

    With budget accommodations, the prices are in the range of INR 400 and can go up to INR 1000.

    Luxury accommodations start at INR 1000 per night and can go as big as INR 10000 per night.
  19. What sort of clothes should I have for the trip?

    The kind of clothes you should be carrying depends on the kind of itinerary you plan to follow. Being a cold desert, you will certainly experience a lot of temperature fluctuations between nights and days. Further, summers tend to be a bit warmer with temperatures ranging between 33 and 40 degree centigrade. However, even in the summers, the night temperature can get to negative figures.

    Ladakh is probably also one of the easiest regions to get sunburn as are the chances of frostbites. The thumb rule about clothing in Ladakh is to pack yourself in layers. Layers of clothing help beat the cold and it is also the best way to adjust to the outside temperatures. Here are the clothing essentials to Ladakh:
    • Heavy / light woolens – depending on the time of the year
    • Thermals in the winter months
    • Full sleeve t-shirts
    • A jacket for all seasons
    • Woolen gloves / snow gloves
    • Mufflers / woolen socks
    • Woolen caps for the cold
    • Sun hats ? Sunglasses
    • Gum boots to cross water channels
    • Umbrellas and gumboots
    • Warm sleeping bag
    • Shoes with good grip
  20. Will there be any lack of oxygen in Ladakh?

    The oxygen level is quite low in the Ladakh region. If you are visiting the place for the first time, there are pretty good chances that you are left gasping. According to a recent research, the oxygen level across Ladakh, especially in the passes is 50% of what you would encounter in the plains.
     
    The rarefied atmosphere can take time to adjust to and it is thus recommended that you spend a few days without any travel and acclimatize yourself. The good news is that widespread plantation drives and plantations have also helped improve the oxygen content in the recent years.
  21. How many days are needed to explore Ladakh?

    Taking your own bike allows you the flexibility of travel. If you are planning to rent your vehicle from Chandigarh, you will be able to reach Manali on the same day. It is not recommended to drive overnight as the risks can be too huge. The number of days you spend travelling Ladakh depends on the stops you make and the places you would want to cover.

    Normally, a week long drive with night stops and sight halts can be a comfortable trip to witness Ladakh. It is also important to understand the road condition in the season you are traveling. In the monsoons or the winters, it could take days for some roads to clear up and you to move ahead.
  22. How much distance will I travel in a day on an average?

    Ladakh is an awesome place but at the same time, it can be quite pressing too. You would be traveling through the highest passes in the world and the terrain too isn’t very smooth to ride upon. Sometime, you will just have to drag your vehicle on foot! consequently, you should not be looking beyond a 100 – 150 kilometers distance in a day. This also suggests that the minimum stay should be for a minimum of 2 weeks. Never push yourself too hard – it can get even more difficult to survive.
  23. Which all bikes are best for a Ladakh trip?

    If you ask the question in general, the most common answer you would get is a Royal Enfield. Even people who rode a different bike at home seek to borrow a RE or rent one. But, once you open your mind and take a closer look at the demands, the options are more. While there is no best motorcycle as such, you will need to consider a vehicle that will hold your luggage.

    Other factors for choosing a motorcycle include questions like if you have a pillion, the age of the bike you aim to drive and more. A more powerful bike will obviously give you the maximum support in this terrain but even a lighter motorcycle can do the job if it is in good condition.

    Overall, your choices can be from a Royal Enfield, Bajaj Pulsar, Hero Impulse, Yamaha FZ/Fazer, RE Himalayan, Bajaj Vikrant, CBR 50 and KTM Duke.
  24. Should I learn how to be a bike mechanic before Ladakh Trip?

    It is particularly essential that you ride a perfectly fine vehicle. Servicing your bike, whether you are hiring a vehicle or taking your own is important to ensure a smooth drive. The Ladakh terrain can be very tasking on your bike and you cannot do with anything less than perfect vehicle. Knowing how to do repairs is always an advantage.
  25. What all documents I must carry for a Ladakh Trip?

    • Driving license
    • Vehicle registration certificate
    • Motorcycle insurance papers
    • PUC certificates
    • Medical insurance card
    • Secondary ID (PAN Card, Passport, Voter ID)
    • Map of Ladakh and its routes and itinerary
    • Hardcopy of emergency phone numbers
  26. How much risk is involved on a road trip?

    The risk of a road trip in Ladakh is directly related to your focus on the road. While many roads have been mended and made motorable in recent years, you will always need to be extra cautious. A rider will have to make continuous u-turns along the mountain highways and even a small rock unnoticed on the road can do the damage.

    Further, if you are riding before and after a rain, it is needless to say that you needn’t think about anything else but your safety to reach the destination. It takes some amount of experience to be able to ride bike across Ladakh as it is too much adventurous
  27. Do we need to carry Fuel in a Jerry Can on Ladakh Road Trip?

    Carrying extra fuel in Jerry Cans is a must when you are riding into Leh-Ladakh. While there are a few filling stations at important stops, you never know when a detour has cost you all the fuel you had had in the tank. A couple of loaded Jerry cans per bike are highly recommended. It is also necessary that you refill your Jerry cans when you come across the next petrol pump.
  28. What all places I should see in Ladakh and Leh?

    The Leh City is a cool place and if you are spending a day don’t miss out on:
    • The Shanti Stupa
    • Tsemo Fort
    • Chowkang Monastery
    • Leh Palace
    • Donkey Sanctuary
    • Hall of Fame
    • Leh Baazar
  29. What are popular passes in Ladakh that can be visited?

    Ladakh is popularly known as the “Land of High Passes”. In fact, the word Ladakh is about ‘La’ or passes and ‘Dhak’ meaning many. Some of the most important passes in Ladakh include:
    • Khardung La
    • Chang La
    • Zozi La
    • Baralacha La
    • Fotu La
    • Lachulung La
    • Namika La
    • Tanglang La
  30. What are the monasteries found in Leh and Ladakh?

    While there are several monasteries spread across Ladakh, the ones you should pay a visit to include:
    • Thiksey Monastery
    • Hemis Monastery
    • Diskit Monastery
    • Spituk Monastery
    • Likir Monastery
    • Sumda Chun Monastery
    • Stakna Monastery
    • Phyang Monastery
    • Alchi Monastery
    • Takthok Monastery
  31. Is there any important points to consider while visiting monasteries and temples in Ladakh?

    Monasteries are the heritage of Ladakh and are the most revered and spiritual sites for the local community. Consequently, you will need to follow some unsaid protocols:
    • Don’t photograph monasteries and monks without their permission
    • Wear modest clothing
    • Don’t try and influence locals in other cultures
    • Be humble and smile and greet
    • Try to be a part of the rituals – you will love it
  32. Which are some of the must visit places in Ladakh?

  33. Which are famous treks in Ladakh?

    The most famous trek in Ladakh is the Chadar Trek, wherein you get to trek across the frozen Zanskar River. Temperature goes as low as minus 35 degree Celsius but it is one of the most beautiful experiences you would ever have. Other important treks across Ladakh include:

    • Lamayuru to Alchi Trek
    • Ripchar Valley Trek
    • Padum to Darcha Trek
    • Lamayuru to Darcha Trek
    • Markha Valley Trek
    • Lamayuru to Stok Kangri
    • Jhunglam Hemis to Padum Trek
    • Kang Yatse and Dzo Jongo Trek
    • Parang La Trek
  34. What is the best time for festival in Ladakh?

    There is no better way to experience the culture of Ladakh than its festivals. As opposed to the festivals celebrated in the rest of the country, the culture here is highly unique and can be quite enchanting for someone interested. The festivals you should be planning to attend include:
    • Losar, during the month of December
    • Sindhu Darshan, during the month of June
    • Hemis Tsechu, during July
    • Ladakh Festival during the month of September
    • Yuru Kabgyat, during the month of June
    • Phyang Tsedup, during late July
    • Thiksey Gustor, mid November
    • Dosmoche, late February
    • Matho Nagrang, mid March
    • Stok Guru Tsechu, during the month of March

    As you can see, most of the festivals are held during the summer months and this would be perfect if you are trying to get a glimpse of the unique blend of culture of the mountains.
  35. Where can we do camping in Ladakh? What kind of bedding do we get while camping?

    Ladakh is a land of endless discovery and if you are looking to pitch your own tent, there’s a big and vast open playground all across. Camping in Ladakh is something you must do, either to take a break from the sun or to sleep under the Milky Way at night. If you aren’t carrying your own tent, you can rent one along the:
    • Manali Leh highway
    • Srinagar Leh highway
    • Nubra Valley
    • Pangong Tso
    • Sarchu
    • Tso Moriri
    • Changthang Valley
    • Camping near Tso Moriri

    The usual camping gear consists of a chadar tent and a good camping ground. If you are setting up your own tent, it is advisable that you do so near a village, dhaba or any other establishment. Do carry a good quality sleeping bag.
  36. How advance should me my travel booking?

    Ladakh is one of the most popular Himalayan destinations and in the tourist season, between May and November, it’s fully packed. While there would always be availability on the spot, it is safer to book well in advance if you want the best of the trip. With last minute bookings, you might need to compromise due to limited availability.
  37. Can you provide accompanying guide?

    Most tourist agencies and trip organizers across Ladakh will be able to provide you with an accompanying guide. Depending on where you plan to go, a local guide will be a valuable asset to the trip. In some case, you might also find an English speaking guide. However, for the same, you will need to enquire and book beforehand.
  38. Is the seating of the Royal Enfiled comfortable for riders/pillions?

    If you are riding into Ladakh on a Royal Enfield, it would be best to not have a pillion. The pillion space can be favorably used to tie up your luggage. However, for short trips, where you needn’t carry much, a pillion would be a great idea to save fuel. In general, it would be a comfortable enough ride for the pillion but in some places it can get very jerky and the pillion might want to get down and walk.
  39. What about chargers/adapters in the car?

    You will not get to buy extra adapters or chargers for your car after you have reached Ladakh. It is important that you carry spaces. A car charger will be vital to your existence here. While the mobile network keeps fluctuating, you will need to save battery for places that it does connect.
  40. How much spending money should I carry?

    For the budget traveler, a minimum of INR 30,000 should be a comforting budget for a weeklong trip across Leh Ladakh. Even if you save some money, you never know when there would be need for emergency cash. Buying food can be pretty expensive but you can always find budget hotels.
  41. Is there any local transportation for sightseeing?

    Public buses will mostly be able to take you to important stops across Leh. However, they will also limit you on the time you can spend on each site. Availability is always an issue. The best way to sightseeing is to hire a taxi from Leh or drive your own bike.
  42. Why are some treks more expensive than others?

    The charges for a trek in Ladakh will depend on the difficulty of the terrain. Treks like Chadar Trek will always require a guide and special equipment. Also, depending on the season, some treks might need special equipment, even a snow mobile to get your things across. This adds to the amount you need to pay.
  43. Can I do river rafting in Ladakh?

    Ladakh is the land of adventures. There are a lot of opportunities if you have been planning for river rafting. However, here are also the most dangerous rapids to put yourself into. However, with risk also comes the fun! For river rafting, there are mainly two rivers – the Indus flowing southeast and then into Pakistan and the Zanskar River, the north flowing tributary of the Indus.
     Adding to the swift flowing rapids is the undulating terrain, criss crosses by ancient monasteries, beautiful valleys and remote villages.

    The most prominent river rafting location is from Phey to Nimmo in Ladakh. If you are a beginner, the ideal stretch would be between Phey and Saspol and again between Kharu and Spituk. If you are looking for a more adventurous day, go for the stretch between Chilling and Nimmo on the Zanskar River! Be prepared to combat Grade 4 rapids!
  44. What shopping I can do in Ladakh?

    While your trip in Ladakh is a memory of a lifetime, it also sounds delightful to be able to bring some kind of souvenir from the country of passes. Well, Ladakh is famous for its:
    • Pashmina Shawls
    • Chokste (Tibetan Tables)
    • Prayer Wheels
    • Thangka Paintings (silk)
    • Tibetan silver jewelry
    • Hand woven carpets Dragon motif textiles
  45. What is Local Cuisine of Ladakh that one should must taste?

    If you are traveling to Ladakh, there are some traditional dishes that you must try out. They will include:
    • Chhupri (cheese from Yak milk)
    • Butter Tea
    • Momos
    • Thukpa (Tibetan Soup)
    • Thenktuk
    • Tigmo (steamed bread served with stew)
    • Mokthuk
    • Kulcha
    • Qahwa
    • Langar
  46. What will be the facility for water and food? Do I need to carry any eatables?

    Once you leave the main town center, finding a shop selling water bottles or biscuits would be a rarity. Even if they do, the prices can be bewildering. It is always necessary that you carry your own water. Food items like chocolate bars, nuts, glucose biscuits and the like can be life savers in your Ladakh trip.
  47. Can I to go to Manali to Leh with 1 stop at Sarchu? Is it possible?

    Manali to Leh is a total distance of 473 kilometers. It is necessary that you take a few breaks. Sarchu is 230 kilometers from Manali and would be a motorable distance within a day. However, the road after that can get a bit tasking. Driving continuously in this terrain is a great experience but you will need to save the energy for later. While a break at Sarchu is mandatory, it will also help if you can add a few more stop over.
  48. Can I visit Nubra Valley and come back on the same day?

    Leh to Nubra Valley would take 6 hours of drive, which is pretty doable if you start early in the morning. Consequently, you can go to Nubra Valley and be back at Leh at the same day. However, this way you also miss the breathtaking beauty of Nubra and the road you travel across. A night’s stay in camps at Nubra is highly recommended. Only if you are too short of time, you will want to be back on the same day and not go back!
  49. Will I find ATMs in Leh? Are debit cards or credit cards easily usable at different places?

    There will be a few ATM stops on your route to Leh and it is important that you get the cash required for the trip. Important stops for ATMs include Ganderbal, Kargil and Drass. Next to this, you will find an ATM at Keylong and the next one at Leh. Finding an ATM after that is hard.

    There would be a few hotels in Leh and Ladakh that would accept credit cards or debit cards. IT is however best to have cash handy.
  50. Are there any money exchanging facility?

    The State Bank of India has a couple of currency exchange facilities in Kargil and Leh. However, it helps if you are already carrying enough cash in Indian currency before you have entered this territory.
  51. Which all network services work suitably in Ladakh?

    BSNL postpaid will be the best answer to this question. Nothing else seems to work better.
  52. Can small kids go to Ladakh?

    Kids can be taken to a Ladakh trip but it is recommended that they don’t tag along to high altitude area like Khardungla Pass. With low air pressure and lack of oxygen, it can be a problem to find medical help.
  53. What vaccination is required before visiting Ladakh?

    The recommended pre-exposure vaccinations before your trip to Ladakh include:
    • Hep A
    • Typhoid
    • Tetanus
    There is no risk of Malaria at this elevation and you need not take one.
  54. What is High Altitude sickness? What are its symptoms? How much time it may take to get acclimatize in Ladakh?

    High Altitude Sickness (HAS) or simply Mountain Sickness is experienced due to decreasing levels of oxygen and air pressure. While there are three kinds of HAS: acute altitude sickness or mountain sickness (AMS), high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) and high altitude cerebral edema, the symptoms are more or less the same and include:
    • Headache
    • Fatigue
    • Insomnia
    • Shortness of breath
    • Fever
    • Nausea
    • Respiratory failure (extreme)
    • Coma (extreme)
    • And even death in some cases

    It is necessary that you get acclimatized to the Ladakh environment before stating on any kind of trip across the region. Two days of acclimatization is generally recommended for any tourist.
  55. What should I do if I encounter any medical emergency?

    Medical emergencies are quite frequent in Ladakh. It is necessary that you carry you own medical kit. If things go out of hand, you can always get help in the army camps. They are perhaps the ones that have been saving a lot of tourists from a certain death.
  56. Can we take help from army in case of any emergency?

    Whether you are stranded on the road or are having a medical emergency, the Indian Army is your only hope. Army jawans will readily take you to their camps and help you with medical and other emergencies. They will even give you essentials like food, warm water and bedding for the night, before you are ready to go again.
  57. Does Ladakh have an airport?

    Ladakh can be accessed by the Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport which is located 3.8 km away from the city. From the airport, one can hail a cab and reach the city to visit the tourist attractions.

    This airport is the 22nd highest commercial airport in the world and named after 19th Kushok Bakula Rinpoche who was a famous Indian statesman and monk. The airport offers one of the most scenic approaches in the world and is heavily guarded by Indian army patrols due to its strategic location.

    However, due to the presence of mountain winds, the flights take off and land only during the mornings and terrain is also quite challenging. The airport is well connected to different cities of India like Delhi, Jammu, Srinagar, Chandigarh and Mumbai. The flights operating in this airport are Air India, GoAir and Jet Airways.