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15 March 2017
We have been planning for a long time to visit Ladakh. We at once booked this Ladakh Sightseeing tour from Thrillophilia. The booking process was easy and everything was well arranged for us including ...
15 March 2017
I went on this Ladakh sightseeing tour along with my friends last June. It was an amazing trip for all of us. And the best part of the whole trip was that our flights were included in the package. We h...
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Ladakh can be reached by roadways, railway and airways.
By Air: The nearest airport is at Leh (Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport), which is well connected to Delhi, Jammu, Srinagar, Chandigarh and several other cities in India. After getting down to Leh, you can take local transport to visit Ladakh. There are regular flight services like Air India, Jet Airways and Go Air.
By Road: There are different roadways to reach Ladakh:
Srinagar to Leh- 434kms: You can reach Ladakh from Kashmir Valley, passing Kargil. This route remains open from early June to November. Zoji-La pass of the Himalayan ranges that is a gateway to Ladakh. J & K State Road Transport Corporation, J&K SRTC, run regular deluxe and ordinary bus services between Srinagar and Leh.
Manali to Leh: 473kms: There is an another route to Ladakh from Manali and is open from Mid-June to October. One can pass through the desert plateau of Rupsho and is around 3,660m to 4,570m high. Himachal Pradesh Tourism (HRTC) and J & K SRTC run daily deluxe and ordinary buses between Manali and Leh. One can have a night halt at Sarchu or Pang camp.
There are taxi and jeep services that will take you to Ladakh. If travelling by bus, then the cost would be around Rs 1500-2000/-
By Train: One can reach Ladakh by train by getting down at Jammu Tawi (700 km from Ladakh) which is all around associated with Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai.
For honeymoon visit to Ladakh, it is important to keep a tab over the unruly weather conditions. The best time of the year to visit Ladakh are:
Summer (April-June): The sun shines brightly in Leh during this time and makes the weather warm and comfortable. The mountains remain snow-clad the lakes remain frozen showcasing a different textures of the land.
Monsoon (July- August): It is not recommended to visit during monsoon due to frequent cloudbursts and landslides.
Early Winter (September-October): The winter starts setting in during the months of September and October. The weather becomes pleasant with cold winds blowing during the evenings.
Winter (November-February): The winters can get unbearable in Ladakh from November - February. You need to be prepared with requirement clothing including jackets, thick gloves to keep yourself warm.
Ladakh is a great location for honeymoon due to its charismatic look and diverse environment. Monastries are the unique identity of Ladakh and Leh gives you just the right opportunity to walk through them. Hemis Monastery, the Stork Palace Museum, Thiksey Monastery, Alchi Monastery are a few monasteries that can be visited. When it comes to adventure, there are varied options like trekking, winter adventures and many others. Spending time together under snow- clad mountain, the impeccable vivid color mountains in the same area and the azure lakes that can change colors in an instant is an amazing experience.
Nubra Valley, Rupshu, Suru Valley in Kargil are worth visiting places for honeymoon trip. Ladakh honeymoon packages aspire to make each honeymoon tour special -it offers couples their share of private moments together. Good accommodation options are also available.
For honeymoon couples, Ladakh offers range of places to explore. Some of the options are:
Leh City: Leh, headquarter of Leh District is the largest town of the region. Buddhist monasteries are the must visit places in and around Leh. Tour to these monasteries can be organized in one or two days. Leh palace is a must visit where you'll find Buddhist wall paintings, centuries old 'tankas' or painted scrolls and other artefacts. Shanti Stupa, Hall of Fame, Magnetic Hill and Gurdwara Shri Patthar Sahib are some of places to visit.
Tsomoriri Lake: Situated in breathtakingly beautiful Rupshu Valley, the high-altitude Tso Moriri Lake is fewer than 155 miles (250 kilometers) southeast of Leh. However, you need a permit to visit this place. You can check out with the tour operators regarding the permit. The lake is 18 miles (29 kilometers) long and up to five miles (eight kilometers) wide. Then there is Tsokar Lake which is small but beautiful place to explore.
Zanskar Valley: The most visited located of Ladakh, for honeymoon couple this is a paradise. One of the important place here is the majestic Drang-Drun glacier. Zanskar comprises a tri-armed valley system lying between the Great Himalayan Range and the Zanskar mountain. The valley remains inaccessible for nearly 8 months a year due to heavy snowfall resulting in closure of all the access passes.
Nubra Valley: Located 150km north of Leh, the place is also famous as Valley of Flowers. The main attractions here are- Bactarian Camels (Shaggy double hump Camel) around sand dunes, Deskit & Samstanling monasteries and Khardung la Pass.
Markha Valley: This secluded place is located between Ladakh and Zanskar ranges. There are some historical places here which are important to visit. Tikse and Hemis Monasteries are worth exploring.
Other places include:
The honeymoon package for Ladakh depends on the number of days you'll be spending and customization done as per the requirement. The general package for honeymoon in Ladakh starts from Rs 19000/- including your hotel package. The package is avail for 5 nights and 6days. Moreover, the package also includes different places to explore and food. The packages increase as the days spending increases. The package doesn't include flight charges.
The charges can go above Rs 50,000 including flight charges, activities and accommodation. The honeymoon package to Ladakh depends on your budget and stay. Check out for the discounts offered in the package.
For couples, Ladakh offers some amazing options of activities that can be fun and memorable:
Do Ladakh Bike Trip: Begin your married journey by zooming on a bike through the hills and valleys of Ladakh. During the journey, you will be introduced to various challenges, extremely uneven routes, narrow passes and much more.
Sightseeing at Ladakh: Visit different places in Ladakh like Nubra Valley, Markha Valley, Zanskar Valley, Lamayuru and many more. Marvel at the sight of the awe-inspiring natural beauty that it is breathed and blessed by the Gods.
Jeep Safari: Starting from Manali and passing through places like Darcha, Sarchu, Barlacha La to finally end in Leh, it is worth to explore. You can spend some times together in different places.
Rafting: Connect with other group members to enjoy white-water rafting in River Zanskar. You can really enjoy the splashing of water and pushing the boat in the high-altitude water.
Shopping: The best of all activity is the shopping at The Tibetan Refugee Market. Spending hours, you will come across beautiful artifacts. You can spend a great time shopping some handmade artifacts of Tibetan people.
There is no specific honeymoon point in Ladakh, but there are certain locations where you can spend some great time.
Pangong Lake: Laze around this international lake nestled at an elevation of 4,350 meters. You can enjoy the place by having tea/coffee while sitting beside the lake.
Magnetic Hill: This curious case of Magnetic Hill is the most interesting place. If you're in bike, switch off the engine and yet the hill will pull you up.
Shanti Stupa: Begin your new life with a peace while staying at Shanti Stupa. Take your love into this peace memorial and try meditating. Extremely panoramic sun, both in the morning and the evening will tempt you to plant that kiss.
A 10 day trip to Ladakh would be sufficient to explore various places. If you're going by bike, then 7-8 days are enough where you can explore all the major spots of Ladakh. You can enjoy a luxury stay in Ladakh.
Places to explore in Ladakh is mentioned above. If you're exploring Leh city, there are some good places like:
Likir Monastery: Located on the banks of a sparkling Indus river, near the village of Saspol, on a hillock in the valley of Likir, sits Ladakh's oldest monastery, Monastery Likir or Likir Gompa. One can explore paintings, murals and stone reliefs of Buddhist heritage.
Sankar Gompa: Known for its excellent styles and elements of architecture, the Gompa is an official residence of Kushok Bakul, the head of one of the Buddhists sect, Gelug-pa sect.
Hall of Musuem: This glorified museum was built in memory of the brave soldiers who lost their lives fighting for India. The museum showcases seized arms and amenities of Pakistani Army, pictures and biographies of brave soldiers.
Handicrafts Industrial Cooperative Shop: If you want to buy souvenirs for friends and family, then Handicrafts Industrial Cooperative shop is the best place. Wooden choktse tables carved with images of mythical beasts are available.
There are various budget and luxury hotels that are perfect for honeymoon couples. You can book the accommodation in advance, and if going through a package, then the package includes the stay option. Some of the available accommodation options are:
Atisha Guesthouse: Spacious, clean and affordable, the guesthouse is worth for honeymoon couples. The price range is between Rs 700-1000/- per night.
The Zen Ladakh: One of its kind in Leh Town of Ladakh region in J&K state, the hotel provides luxuries centrally heated Hotel and Resort accommodations throughout the year at reasonable and affordable price. Some of the amenities offered are- heated modern Swimming Pool having steam bath, Conference Hall to Organize meetings, Gymnasium and few others. From premium to luxury, there are different options for couple to check out. The tariff starts from Rs 9000/-
Hotel Ladakh Residency: Hotel Ladakh residency is a luxury hotel in the beautiful environs of Leh, Ladakh. Located in the quiet Changspa Village, five short minutes from the heart of the Leh town. The hotel offers comfortable accommodation with modern amenities to its guests. The hotel offers a range of facilities to its guests like Roof top garden restaurant, rooms each with balcony and a multi cuisine restaurant. From luxury suits to deluxe double room, there are varied room options for couples. The tariff starts from Rs 5900/-
If you're not looking for luxury hotels, then there are tented camps that are suited for couples. Chamba Camp, Nurba Ethni Camp and a few others are options to stay at. The price range from Rs1000 to Rs 5000/-
Yes, there are luxury tent services in Ladakh for honeymoon couples Stay is provided in Luxurious Swiss tents. The rooms are filled with everything ecofriendly, even the bedsheets are Organic! The tents have a comfy bed and all creature comforts one can imagine. There is also a private sitting area to relax and enjoy the romantic climate of the place. You need to check with the tour operator to know about the type of tent and facilities offered. The general price of the tent for couple starts from Rs 9000/- per night.
Yes, during the winter season, the climate of Ladakh creates havoc and is extremely chilling. The lowest winter temperature recorded in Ladakh is around minus 23 degree Celsius. Ladakh has aptly been called a high altitude desert and so the temperature here falls way beyond the normal climate.
When it comes to clothes for Ladakh, it depends on the climatic condition which fluctuates in day and night. While the days are pretty warm, sometimes even hot due to the effect of the rugged topography, the evenings can become chilly, requiring additional clothing. It is advised to keep a pullover and / or an anorak or jacket handy. Some of the clothing equipment to carry are:
Yes, there are some good shopping areas in Ladakh where couples can enjoy. Tibetan handicraft items including prayer wheels, Buddhist masks and Thangka paintings can be purchased in Ladakh.Handwoven rugs, carpets and shawls are available in a range of prices in Ladakh's markets. Some other popular items are Pashmina shawls, stoles and other woolen garments. Handmade woolen socks, gloves, caps and sweaters.
Some of top shopping venues in Ladakh for shopping are:
Yes, you can hire a bike for Ladakh trip. There are various rental services that offer bike rental service. You can check out different bikes- Himalayan, Classic 500cc, Classic 350cc, Thunderbird 305cc, and few others. The price of the rent depends on the bike you are renting. The starting rent is Rs 1000/-.
Most of travellers carry drive their own bullet travelling from Manali and other directions connecting to Ladakh.
With having a bike on rent you can explore- Zanskar, Nubra Valley, Changtang and other places. However, you should have valid driving licence, valid photo ID and pay rental price.
Ladakh offers limited, but amazing food options. Couples can enjoy some great food during their expedition.
Thupka: This is the favorite dishes of Ladaki, a noodle soup with boiled vegetables, chunks of chicken, pork, beef or mutton served with spicy ‘chutney’ to enhance the zing.
Tigmo or Teemo: Flavoured stew consumed as snack and also as a meal. The dish contains lot of vegetables and fermented bread pieces. It is available in both veg and non-veg form.
Momos: The type of steamed bun with or without filling. Momo has become a traditional delicacy in most places in the Northern part of India.
Khambir: The staple food of Tibetans, it’s shaped, and almost tastes like a thicker roti. It can be consumed with jam, butter or pair it with the butter tea-and it fills up your stomach.
We have mentioned about the eating items in Ladakh, when it comes to drinking, options are:
Hotels in Ladakh are equipped with clean water. However, while travelling around the place, make sure you carry a bottle of clean water because the water facilities in remote area isn't healthy.
Yes, there are ATMs in Leh. SBI and HDFC bank ATMs are available. However, we would advise to carry enough cash during the trip.
Yes, credit and debit cards work well in hotels and restaurants. However, it is advised to carry cash while travelling in remote areas where ATMs are not available.
There are two best networks, BSNL and Airtel have a good connectivity in Ladakh. However, in remote areas, there can be issues of network connectivity. Only postpaid mobile connection work well in Ladakh and other surrounding regions.
With the increase in tourism in Ladakh, the public facilities have improved than before. Though the public health care system is poor in remote areas, in cities, there are good health care places. The Mahabodhi Karuna Charitable Hospital is the leading hospital in Ladakh. The sanitation has quite improved. Also hotels and restaurants are coming up for tourist to accommodate. Moreover, the transport area has become quite better than before.
The two roads into the area from outside are the Zoji-La Pass and Kargil route from Srinagar District in the Kashmir Valley, and the high altitude Manali-Leh Highway from Himachal Pradesh. The Manali-Leh road is open only from May or June to October or November, when snow is cleared from several passes.
Many travelers, especially trekkers face High Altitude Sickness which can create major health problem. Moon Land Ladakh located at the altitude of 9,000 to 15,000 feet above the sea level can bring altitude sickness problem. Some of the symptoms are-
The medical facility in Ladakh has improved well. However, it is important to carry medications along during the trip, especially while visiting to remote areas. Mahabodhi Karuna Charitable is the famous hospital in Ladakh. There are also some military camps and tourist camps where the emergency medical facility is offered.