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Which are the best Ladakh jeep safari packages?Srinagar - Leh Sightseeing Tour: The Jeep Safari in Ladakh tour starting from Srinagar is one of the best ways to enjoy the scenic pleasantries of the Himalayan Mountains and North India. This adventure would showcase the many hues of Srinagar before taking on the road in a modular jeep. This 9-day road trip will cover places like - Kargil via Sonmarg and Drass, Leh and its many attractions, along with Pangong Tso.
Manali to Leh-Ladakh Sightseeing Tour: This is a 9-day Ladakh Jeep Safari road trip starting in Leh and concluding in the hill-station of Manali. Another popular route that showcases mesmerizing landscapes is this one as you get to drive through the highest motorable road and mountain pass of Khardung-la Pass. Other points and stops that would be a part of the trip include - Srachu, Chang-la Pass, Solang Valley, Nubra Valley, among others.
Leh-Ladakh with Pangong Tso Tour: This all things Leh and Ladakh Jeep Safari trip will focus on all the prolific sites and paths and passes scattered across the Union Territory. Marvellous views of the Himalayan mountains, soaring heights of the world’s highest mountain pass - Khardung-la, a day visit at the iconic SECMOL school featured in the movie ‘3 idiots’ and much more. Over five days, in a comfortable jeep, you would get to be a part of the ultimate road trip.
Leh Ladakh with Siachen Tour: A weeklong of thrill and motion, that's what's offered with this Jeep Safari in Ladakh road trip. And the highlight of this entire adventure is a visit to the world’s second-largest glacier - Siachen. It has below freezing temperatures and limitless views of pure white snow that can be daunting but also rewarding in unimaginable ways. Starting in Leh you will be travelling across Zanskar River, Nubra Valley, the Khardung-la Pass, Panamic hot springs before reaching the Siachen base camp and returning via Pangong Tso, Chang-la Pass and back to Leh.
Which are the important places covered in Ladakh Jeep Safari?Siachen: This is a glacial land situated in the eastern Karakoram range of the Himalayas. This is one of the most isolated and remote spots that is controlled and guarded by the Indian Army at the border from Pakistan. There are many restrictions, natural and military that make it difficult to visit the second-largest glacier in the world. However, with the Ladakh Jeep Safari tours, one can travel to the base camp for a day.
Tso Moriri: This is a mountain lake situated in the Changthang Plateau in Ladakh. This alpine waterbody and its surrounding wetlands, perched at an elevation of 4552 metres above sea level comes under protected land and is known as Tso Moriri Wetlands Conservation Reserve. Tso Moriri is one of the two prominent lakes in the Union Territory and a part of the Jeep Safari in Ladakh trips that offers resplendent sceneries and serene surroundings.
Pangong Tso: This is one of the common sites in all of the top Jeep Safari in Ladakh trips. The Pangong Lake or Pangong Tso is 12 kilometres long that extends from India to Tibet. This high altitude lake has become popular after getting featured in the Bollywood movie ‘3 idiots’. One of the other unique features of the waterbody is that the water of the lake changes colour in different seasons.
Nubra Valley: Located at a distance of 140 kilometres from Leh in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the Nubra Valley is a highly supervised and restricted area. Home to many monasteries and the Shyok and Nubra Rivers, International and Indian travellers need to obtain special access permits and/or ILP. After the approvals, one can explore the beauties of the region and its many attractions.
Chang-La Pass: Ladakh is home to many high altitudes passes, Chang-la being one of them. The world’s third highest motorable road, it is perched at an elevation 5,360 meters above sea level and is 15 kilometres long. On top of the pass lies a temple dedicated to Changla Baba, after whom the pass was named.
What are the things I should carry for Jeep Safari in Ladakh?Here is a list of the things to carry with yourself for the Jeep Safari in Ladakh trip.
- Identification documents
- Passes and other permits
- Vouchers and Trip related papers
- Mask and Sanitizers
- Backpack (max 60 Ltrs) with rain cover
- A smaller day pack
- Full sleeve shirts/T-shirts and track pants
- Cotton and Woollen socks
- Full sleeves sweater or fleece jacket (preferable)
- One jacket
- Thermal inner wears
- 1 pair of gloves
- Sun cap and scarf
- Light towel
- Lip balm, Moisturizer and Sunblock (SPF 40+)
- Reusable Water bottle 1 Lt
- Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
- A personal toilet kit and toilet paper
- Personal medicine kit
- Dark sunglasses (U/V protected)
- Miscellaneous items (personal)
What is the best time for Jeep Safari in Ladakh?June to September when both Manali to Leh and Srinagar to Leh highways are open are the best time for undertaking a Jeep Safari to Ladakh. The temperature during these months is comfortable. Moreover, the roads, which are often snow blocked, remain open as the snow melts. It is impossible to take the Jeep safari in any other months of the year as the highways are closed due to road blockage.
How safe is Ladakh for Jeep Safari?Yes, Ladakh is extremely safe for Jeep Safari. The crime rate in Ladakh is extremely low and the entire route for the safari has been very well maintained and is secure for tourists. Safaris are very common mode of transport to reach Ladakh these days – a perfect mix of adventure, magnificent views and safe zones.
How many passes we can cover through Jeep Safari?Ladakh is also known as Land of High Passes, you will get the opportunity to visit quite a few of them. If you are starting from Manali, you will be able to cover 5 passes-
- Rohtang pass (13050ft)
- Baralacha Pass (16020ft)
- Lachungla Pass (16617ft)
- Tanglang La pass (17587ft)
- Changla Pass (17,590 ft)
- Khardungla (18380ft)
What should be the route for Jeep Safari?There are 2 routes that you can take-
a. Manali to Leh: this is the most common route taken by the adventure junkies. Here are the details for this route:
- Distance: 485kms
- Route: Leh-Manali Highway (Part of National Highway 3)
- Elevation: 4000m to 5328m (At Tanglang La)
- Route Map: Manali – Rohtang Jot – Gramphu – Kokhsar – Tandi – Keylong – Jispa – Darcha – Zingzingbar – Baralacha La – Bharatpur – Sarchu (state border) – Gata Loops – Nakee La – Lachung La – Pang – More Plains – Tanglang La – Gya – Upshi – Karu – Leh
- Stopovers (Accommodation): Manali, Kokhsar Village, Sissu, Keylong Town, Jispa Village, Darcha, Zingzingbar, Bharatpur, Sarchu, Pang, Upshi, Karu, Leh
b. Srinagar to Leh jeep safari: this route is as good as Manali to Leh journey. Blessed with smooth roads and magnificent views, this is a route worth taking!
- Distance: 440kms
- Route: Srinagar-Leh via Zojila Pass
- Elevation: 2000m to 4000m
- Route Map: Srinagar-Sonmarg-Zozila Pass- Drass-Kargil-Fatu La-Alchi Lamayuru Valley-Pangong Lake-Nubra Valley-Khardung La-Leh City
- Stopovers: Sonmarg, Drass, Kargil, Mulbek, Lamayuru
What are the documents which we need for Jeep Safari?Apart from the Inner Line Permits (ILP) that you would need to access certain locations, ensure carrying several photocopies of your valid ID proof, 2-3 passport size photographs. Apart from these documents mentioned above there are also some fees that is needed to be paid at Manali for crossing Rohtang and also environmental fee. You need to carry copy of the receipts. Carry your driving license, pollution control certificate for vehicle if you are taking your own vehicle. If you don’t won’t all these hassle it’s always good to book a tour package.
How advance should be my travel booking for Jeep Safari?The bookings for Ladakh jeep safari starts 7-8 months in advance. It is recommended to book at least 2-3 months in advance, as Ladakh is high on demand as the go-to place for every adventure junkie. Since there are only 4 moths when you can enjoy the Manali to Leh and Sringar to Leh jeep safari (which are june to September), it is always a good decision to plan ahead. Moreover, the rates will be hiked for last minute bookings.
How many days are required to explore Ladakh?Not counting the 2 days you need for acclimatization, in order to cover the entire area you need a minimum of 15 days to explore Ladakh. This is mainly because all the tourist locations are scattered in the region, and there are a lot of monasteries and villages worth seeing.
If you want to trek, you may have to reconsider the number of days. The best advice will be to plan the trip well in advance, and decide which places you wish to see – this will help you come to the number of days it will take you to explore.
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How to experience Ladakh at its best?While planning the trip take into consideration the several festivals that happen in Ladakh for a more exotic experience. This will add on to the entire trip being the highlight. Talk and interact with the locals, they are the best guides ever. Go to the places, which the locals recommend, and give up on the luxuries and just take a deep breath, move out of your comfort zone and enjoy the natural beauty at it’s best.
Is it safe for female solo traveler?Absolutely! Leh jeep safari is perfectly safe for solo female travelers. Drivers and guides take extra care if there is a solo female traveler in a group. Also, there are women only jeep safari packages, which solo female traveler can join.
Can I take my small kids with me?It is not advisable to take children below 6-7 years on the jeep safari, as the journey can get very rigorous. The roads are not always smooth, and often there is hardly a road. You will be treading some difficult path, so if you have small children consider taking a direct flight to Leh. However, ensure that you get your medical clearance from a doctor before you set out to visit high altitude regions in Ladakh.
Will we have a tour Guide/Manager?Yes, you will have a tour Guide/Manager during the trip. Most of the packages come with tour guide accompanying group. Also, it depends on the package you have selected. It’s always advisable to check before booking jeep safari weather a tour guide will accompany you for the trip or not. Sometime your driver can be your guide as well. Therefore, to reduce any confusions it is advisable to ensure checking all these points before booking.
What are the various precautions to be undertaken while doing Jeep Safari In Ladakh?
Here are a few precautions to keep in mind during and before the Jeep Safari in Ladakh trip.
- It is important to consult a doctor for fitness before joining the tour.
- Carry any prescription medicine for long-term diseases.
- If you are parents to toddlers and young kids below the ideal age of 10, it is best to avoid this tour or bringing them along.
- As the trip will progress and reach higher altitudes, it is highly important to get acclimatized to the lower oxygen levels and colder air, and not keep driving.
- Carry all important and relevant documents on you, at all times.
- If getting symptoms of HAS (high altitude sickness) like - loss of appetite, dizziness, difficulty sleeping and breathing etc. Please get in touch with the tour head at the earliest.
- About the vehicle, it is advised to get it serviced right before the tour and also give it rest by taking a break so that the ride is smooth and the car wouldn’t break on the way.
How do I get medication in Ladakh in case of necessity?The main center for health care in Ladakh is situated in Leh, that is, the SNM Hospital. It is well equipped and staffed by specialists to handle all kind of possible problems that may arise. Elsewhere in the region, there are certain sub-district hospitals at block headquarters and medical dispensaries in major villages, which are staffed by qualified and reliable doctors. In addition, services of the private clinics and associated facilities are also available in Leh. Additionally, the Army’s General Hospital at Leh also extends its superior facilities to the tourists in case of emergencies.
Which vaccination is required before visiting Ladakh?Indians do not need any particular vaccination to visit Ladakh. However, the Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is required if a tourist is coming from the Yellow Fever endemic countries. This certificate conforms to the International Health Regulation. It is highly recommended to get a cautionary measure vaccination against Hepatitis B, if you plan to stay longer in Ladakh.
Is it very cold in Ladakh?Ladakh is situated at an altitude of 3514 Meters above sea level and this is one the highest habitable places in the world. Ladakh is a cold desert, and therefore the temperatures are in extreme – the summers can get a little harsh with direct sunlight falling at such a high altitude and winters can be really cold, with temperatures dropping below freezing point. The best time to visit Ladakh will be during summers that is in the months of June to September.
What kind of clothing is required for the trip?During the day you will need the general summer cloths you wear – jeans, tops, shorts, etc. however, after sundown the weather gets chilly so always keep handy a pullover and a jacket. Rain and snowfall may take place in June and July and therefore wind cheaters and raincoats come in handy.
What will be the facility for water? Do I need to carry Food/Water along?You will get mineral water in Leh and other towns and villages. Carry mineral water for the travelling period as tap water is not safe to drink in Leh. In remote areas of Leh there is not civilization so you won’t get water easily. It’s always wise to carry lot of water bottles from Leh city when travelling far from the main city. For food, it is advisable to carry dry fruits, energy bars, cookies and biscuits for the journey.
What is advisable to eat and drink in Ladakh?It is advisable to drink mineral water only. The water in the hotels can be used for cleaning the tooth and body, but avoid it for drinking purposes. Do not drink the water from streams, lakes and rivers. You may want to carry some dry fruits, chocolates and biscuits along if you are a picky eater. Buy fresh fruits before starting your journey. Do not forget trying the local Ladkahi cuisine and the famous butter tea and qahwa. The following items must be on your list to try:
- Cheese from Yak’s milk called Chhupri
- Tigmo – these are the locally fermented steamed bread served with stew
- Momos (ofcourse)
- Thukpa and the very different version of Kulcha that is only found in Ladakh.
What are the symptoms of High Altitude sickness? How long does it take to get acclimatize in Ladakh?Some common symptoms of high altitude sickness are 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 before starting to explore and travel.
What about the public facilities in Ladakh?As is the case with India, the public facilities are rarely good. They are usually doable, but score low on hygiene. You will find public toilets easily. You will find Western style toilets in all the standard hotels and restaurants. In some places, there may be a row of stalls with Indian-style “squat” toilets and one that is Western style. Keep toilet paper or tissues, paper soaps or liquid soaps and hand sanitizers with you for convenience.
What network services are good at Ladakh?The most important thing that you have to keep in mind is that only postpaid connections work in Leh Ladakh, limited to BSNL, Airtel and MTNL only. BSNL has the widest coverage followed by Airtel. Moreover, only some places like Leh, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso (Lukung, Tangste 34 KMs before Pangong Tso), and Chumathang; and recently on the list, Hanle will have any connectivity and it will be erratic mostly. It will be a good idea to keep your friends and family informed in advance about your whereabouts.
Are there any ATM’s in Leh?Yes, Leh has ATM’s owned by Axis Bank, Jammu and Kashmir Bank, Punjab National Bank and State Bank of India. It is strongly recommended to carry enough cash because ATM’s can be non-functional sometime due to heavy demand. Also, there are no ATM’s available on the highways and places outside the Leh town, hence, it is highly recommended that you carry sufficient cash as even credit/ debit card acceptance will be an issue and most of these locations do not have this facility.
Do credit cards and debit cards work at different places?Yes, most restaurants and hotels accept cards. However, a 2% service tax is levied. It is recommended to carry enough cash with you though, because most small places do not have this facility and they use cash as the sole medium for transaction.
Are there any restrictions for the Photography in Ladakh?Usually there are no restrictions for photography in Ladakh. Ladakh offers some of the best photographing options and it is a haven for photographers because of the natural beauty and the perfect natural lighting. However, in some of the tourist locations you may have to pay the fees for the photography. At some of the locations photography is not allowed, where we strongly recommend going with the rules. Do check if photography is allowed in the monasteries. Do not take pictures before ensuring it is allowed. Also, do not take pictures of monks without taking their permission.
What are the documents required during or before a jeep safari in Ladakh?One would have to obtain ILP (Inner Line Permits) to visit and enter parts of Ladakh. At the state border, you would have to show valid identification documents like passport, voter registration, Aadhar etc. Apart from that, passport-sized photos and other forms of ID, especially for students should also be carried.
If booking a Ladakh Jeep Safari tour with thrillophilia then you would have to bring along proof of identification, photographs and the voucher of the package. All other permits would be pre-arranged.