Places to Visit and Things to Do in Ladakh
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"the experience was awesome. The whole thing organized by Thrillophilia was great. Our tour operator Jigmet sir and the whole crew were 1 no. SHAMAAASS. Julley.
11 July 2019
Vedant Rander Manali Leh Srinagar Bike Trip, Book & Get 5000 Cashback!
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 about whom I have read a lot at thrillophilia reviews. 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 for which I thought the best way would be to write at thrillophilia reviews.
16 July 2019
We had a wonderful experience with Thrillophilia Out tour was Leh-Ladakh 6N7D, which includes Leh Sightseen, Nubra Valley Overnight Stay, Pangong Overnight Night. 1. First of all you should know that Thrillophilia doesn't have its own Travel Team. Thrillophilia actually linked up with several local Travel Agency. Once your Tour is booked Thrillophilia tagged one local Travel Agency for your Tour and that particular travel agency will take care of your entire tour. Our travel manager is Lobzang Tseldon. She is very helpful and you will not face any problem in your entire tour. 1. Hotel provided in Leh: Ladakh Heights. The hotel was very good,neat and clean.It is a new hotel so you don't found any pics in the internet. But lobzang will send you the pics of the Hotel. There is a canteen within the hotel where you will be having complimentary breakfast and dinner. Non Vegetarian please let Lobzang know that you want non-veg items as well.they generally prepare veg items only.but on request they will provide you omlette in breakfast and chicken/mutton in dinner. So if anyone wants to book Thrillophilia please ask Thrillophilia to tag you to the travel agency that offers non veg items too. The Hotel Ladakh Heights is a bit far from the main city but don't worry Lobzang will provide you car for visit to Leh market whenever required and she will not charge you for that. You will get a beautiful view from this hotel but if you want to stay near the main city you will not get any view from the hotel. 2. The stay at Nubra Valley was awesome. They have Royal Camp in Nubhra and it's is a nature-friendly camp. You will love it, I can guarantee you. 3. They stay at Pangong was okay. You can understand that at that altitude you will not get luxury.so the camp provided at Pangong was good for 1 night stay. Overall my experience with Thrillophilia was very good. We enjoyed a lot. Thanks a lot to Lobzang Tseldon for the wonderful arrangements of our tour.
"Trip was really awesome. I feel everyone should consider this trip at least once in their lifetime. My eyes were never tired of looking around at such beautiful and scenic views. I would like to extend my special thanks to Tour leader Mr. Jigmet Tandar. He is highly trained professional. The way he lead the tour made us have more fun. Thanks to the whole crew Jigmet, Stanzin, Wangyal, Kaushal, Tundoop. Made a lot of new friends. One suggestion to Thrillophilia team: Since this is not just any casual trip that anyone can go through please consider keeping a screening process for people who opt for it. This is one of the most extreme adventures where your body and mind will go through a lot of challenges, one can successfully complete this trip only if they are determined and well prepared."
03 June 2019
Vedaansh Bhargava Leh Bike Tour Adventure with Camping: Flat 35% off
An exhilarating life-changing experience. If you are able bodied, a biking lover, a landscape / scenery admirer and a crazy adventure seeker, this is a must try for life. Our group of bikers were fun-loving yet very responsible riders. We became friends on the very first day and all of us enjoyed every moment, giving mutual respect at every instance, having each other's backs at every dangerous turn. Even elderly couples in the group made amazing memories with all the young folks! The Ladakhi food, the heritage site visits, the campfire dancing, the photos, the market shopping, the music, the hikes, the snow, even the adorable mountain dogs, furry yaks and double-hump camels, every-bit was amazing. The road team was extraordinary, specially Tani (captain) and Shashi (bike repairman). They were very friendly, accommodating, knowledgeable and also helpful at every step. We had a truck carrying our luggage all along, running behind us all through the roads, making sure no one is left behind. Jigmet has a lot of local connections, so you will be well taken care of at camps and hotels (even Jain food, on request).
24 October 2020
I had a wonderful trip with Thrillophilia. Hotel provided in Leh was clean and good. All sightseeing places covered as per itinerary. The camping stay at Nubra Valley and near Pangong lake was awesome. We enjoyed a lot and overall experience was great.
The Sham Valley Trek was one of the most enjoyable treks I have undertaken in the last few years, and all the credit goes to Thrillophilia. The booking experience was extremely smooth and I would highly recommend this company for all your travels in the valley.
17 November 2019
Kaustubh Bondre Manali Leh Srinagar Bike Trip, Book & Get 5000 Cashback!
It was an awesome experience. Completed the tour in July 2019. We had booked for 8 persons on Thrillophilia. The facilities were good, Tani-the tour guide, was superb. Amazing tour, to say the least. I have penned down my entire experience of Ladakh bike tour on my blog. Sharing the link here.
17 November 2019
When we made the booking for 6-days trip to Ladakh via Thrillophilia, we had a lot of questions in our mind on how it's going to turn out, especially on whether it's a suitable honeymoon destination even for those who love a bit of adventure. That is primarily because the reviews of Ladakh were a bit scary. Almost all of the people who wrote reviews had a lot of things to warn you about- the extreme climate, sudden decrease in Oxygen levels, deserted/uninhabited places where it's difficult to get some help from anyone in case of any issues and so on. And there were some people who wrote bad reviews about Thrillophilia for some negative experiences they had to endure from the operators. But it was reassuring to see how Thrillophilia answered all the reviews, even the negative ones. They clarified how they assign tour operators based on customer reviews and in case of any negative experiences from the operators, there is not much Thrillophilia can help with apart from not assigning those operators anymore. As we were getting immediate response from Amit on all our queries on a timely basis, we decided to book the package. Cutting to the chase, we were contacted by the operator(Thupstan) the day before our arrival and he ensured that there was a taxi to pick us up on time. The tour guides and the driver of the backup vehicle he assigned for our group were so experienced that all we had to do was to keep riding until they ask us to stop. The halts were all well planned that we didn't have to worry about anything. And they were so approachable in case of any issues. And whenever we rode for a long time, they would come and inspect each bike and fixed any issues immediately. They were always willing to go the extra mile to make us comfortable. Let me quote an instance here - The driver of the backup vehicle had an issue with Blood Oxygen level when we reached Pangong. We had enough stock of Oxygen cylinders in the backup vehicle. But he didn't consider using it and hence took one of the bikes and rode to where he could find a pharmacy to get an Oxygen cylinder for himself. When one of us asked him on why he didn't use one of the cylinders that we had carried, he told us that the cylinders are just for our use and himself or any of the guides won't use that. Such was the concern they had for everyone in the group. In case anyone reading this still has a question regarding whether it's a suitable place for couples, the answer is YES. The accommodation they provide is suitable for couples as well. Even the tents are nice and safe. I could go on like this and I never thought this review is going to be this long when I started writing it. As others have mentioned in the reviews, it's such a beautiful destination and the experience is awesome. If you are thinking of taking a trip to Ladakh, go ahead and embark on this beautiful journey with Thrillophilia. I'm sure that you won't regret it.
"it was a very well organized trip,the hotel was very good,the tent in nubra was lovely and the food was good too..overall a good experience "
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Where is Ladakh located?The second largest district in India, Ladakh covers almost 45,110 sq kilometers. It is significant both geographically and politically for the country. The region of mountain passes, it’s a piece of the moon lying between 320 North Latitude and 800 East Longitude. The region is bifurcated by Leh and Kargil districts. The district is bordered by Pakistan occupied Kashmir in the west, China in the North and north east and the Lahaul-Spiti Valley in the South-East. Geographically, it spans across the Great Himalayan Range and the Karakoram Mountain Range and the Upper Indus Valley Basin. It’s a part of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.
How do we reach Ladakh?Ladakh is one of the most popular destinations among adventure tourists, riders, photographers, and all kinds of outdoor enthusiasts. It can be reached by rail road and train networks. However, be prepared for a lot of off roading to reach your destination. There are a couple of routes you can take to reach the valley:
Srinagar to Leh: This road will take you to Ladakh via the Kashmir Valley ad Kargil and it would be about 434 kilometers of journey. The route is opened between early June and mid November. You will need to cross the Zoji-La Pass at about 11,500 feet to reach Ladakh.
Manali to Leh: Another popular route to enter Ladakh is the Manali – Leh route. More than 473 kilometers, this route opens up from mid June and till early October. You will need to cross the Rupsho Plateau at 3,600 meters above sea level.
There are several high passes including Taglang La – the second highest motorable road in the world.
By road: Himachal Pradesh Tourism and J & K State Road Transport Corporation regularly runs deluxe and ordinary buses in both the routes and the journey takes about two days including the several stops it makes. However, many hire jeeps and gypsy taxis to be free from the timing of the bus routes. Another popular and recommended way to reach Ladakh, regardless of the route your take is to hire your own bike. Ladakh is particularly famous among riders and people hire two wheelers from Delhi to make the journey. If you are travelling by road, it is recommended that you use the services of a registered travel agency to make the transports and camping arrangements. Driving your own vehicle is fun but at the same time it can be quite tasking and risky.
By Air: The nearest airport to Ladakh is the Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport that connects flights from Delhi, Jammu and Srinagar. Popular air carriers for this route include Jet Airways, Air India and GoAir. While the schedules of these flights are fixed, there could be changes depending on the weather conditions for the day. It is thus advised that you have a flexible itinerary if you are taking a flight.
By Train: There is no train connectivity to Ladakh. The nearest you can get is Jammu Tawi station and from then you might wait to hire a vehicle or take the bus route to reach Ladakh.
Which route is best to visit Ladakh?While there are several routes to visit Ladakh, one of the most highly recommended one is the Srinagar – Kargil – Leh route. However, you can take the Leh – Manali route for your return trip from Ladakh. This ensures that you won’t have to deal with a lot of altitude sickness in the return. Be ready for a highly mountainous journey.
Which is the best time to visit Ladakh and why?The most popular time to visit Ladakh is during the summer months between May and August. It is important to know that most of the highways leading to and around Ladakh open up in April or May. June would be the month when all the action would start. Though its summer, the breeze here will still carry a comforting chill and you won’t be able to do without a blanket at nighttime. The summer months are the season when most local festivals and events happen. However, trekkers also make it to Ladakh during the extreme cold of the winters. This however would be the time when most of the roads and passes are closed due to snow and gaining a permit to places too can be a problem.
What is the ideal duration for a holiday if I want to visit various places in Ladakh?While riding through Ladakh is awesome, it is also one of the most difficult terrains to ride through. You would be crossing some of the highest passes in the globe, making way through particularly slippery terrains, use your legs along with the accelerator for go ahead through rubbles, cross streams, push your vehicle in some roads and the same. You won’t be able to go beyond 100-150 kilometer a day. With sundown, it would be no more show. Consequently, an ideal holiday in Ladakh should stretch beyond a week. The more you stay the easier it is. This is a terrain where you just can’t afford to push yourself. So, get those leave you have pending and put everything into your Ladakh trip!
What kind of accommodations can I find in Ladakh?A range of hotels and accommodations are offered in Ladakh. If you have been looking for a decent, clean and pocket friendly accommodation, there would be several economical options that comprise of guest houses and hotels. Most of these places even allow for long term stays, even months. However, the amenities are quite basic. On the other hand, if you are looking forward to exceptional room service, internet, satellite TVs, and high quality linen, you will have to shell out more. Budget hotels in Ladakh start from INR400 per day and depending on the amenities, the price can go up to INR 1000.
You might be able to find cheap hotels in Farka, Changspa Road, Karzoo, Malpak, Old Leh Road and Shanti Stupa Road. Among them, Farka is the most sought after point to find cheap accommodation. If you are traveling with a family have more sophisticated needs, you might want to check out pricier accommodations that start at around INR2000 per night and can go up to INR 8000 per night.
What are the essentials things to carry to Ladakh?Irrespective of your mode of transportation or the place you choose to stop over, Ladakh requires a special packing. While there is certainly no exhaustive way to define a packing list for this place, here is a list that we think would be essential to your survival!
- Water – You cannot risk dehydration. Sipping water every once in a while will be the only thing that will keep you sane!
- Medicines – The most important one is Diamox. It will be essential if your heath deteriorates too much and the risk of it happening is pretty good.
- Sunscreen – In high altitude places like Ladakh, the UV from Sunrays can be disastrous. A sunscreen is must to protect your skin.
- UV sunglasses – Again, to see through the continuous UV around!
- Lip Balm – If you don’t want to get chapped and bleeding lips.
- Mustard Oil – will keep your skin moisturized. Mustard oil can also be helpful in lubricating your scalp and nostrils.
- Glucose – You will need all the energy you can!
- Chocolates / biscuits / nuts – Anything that is light but is rich with energy
- Personal hygiene essentials
- Clothes – Go for hoodies, jackets and full sleeve
- Documents and ID – you will need them to pass through several stops
- Spare batteries – Need no explanation!
- Torch – Carry something that will show you the way.
- Money – There aren’t many ATMs along the way. Carry some hard cash and keep it safe.
- A BSNL SIM – The BSNL postpaid connection is the best connectivity you can get around Ladakh
What kind of activities one can do in Ladakh?Apart from a lot of photography, self-preservation and thinking, you can participate in:
- A jeep safari through the passes
- Camel safari in Nubra Valley
- Mountain biking
- A visit to the Magnetic Hill. It’s out worldly!
- Trekking in Ripchar Valley
- River Rafting at Zanskar
- A bike ride to Tso Moriri Lake
- Paragliding in Leh
- Ice Hockey in Ladakh Skiing / Heli skiing
- Chasing the snow leopards
- Spending some time in prayers at Hemis Monastery
What are some famous tourist attractions I must visit in Ladakh?Leh is all about the majestic Himalayas. The blue lakes, perfectly lush landscape, snow laden peaks, deep gorges and brown/red rocks can put you into a spell. Some of the must see places include:
- Pangong Lake
- Magnetic Hill
- Nubra Valley
- Tso Moriri Lake
- Diskit Gompa
- Lamayuru Monastery
- Santi Stupa
- Shey Monastery
- Royal Leh Palace
- Alchi Monastery
- Sangam Point
- Tso Kar Lake
- Hemis Monastery
- Khardung La Pass Drass Valley
Where is Pangong Lake located? How can I reach there?Pangong Tso is a disputed territory. One third part of the Lake is inside the Indian boundary while the rest lies in Tibet. A section of the lake is actually just 20 kilometers east of the Line of Control, India shares with China. A delicate border area, but nevertheless, Pangong Tso is still one of the most visited destinations in Ladakh. Located in the Changthang Region of Ladakh, Pangong Tso is mesmerizing.
To reach the lake from Leh, follow this route: Leh – Karu – Sakti – Chang La – Durbuk – Tangste – Lukung – Spangmik (Total journey of 171 kilometers).
To reach Pangong from Nubra Valley, proceed via: Diskit – Khalsar – Agham – Tangyar – Wari La – Takthok – Sakti – Chang La – Durbuk – Tangste – Lukung – Spangmik (Total distance of 243 kilometers)
Where is Nubra Valley located? How can I reach there?The Nubra Valley lies 150 kilometers north of Leh, at the meeting point of rivers Siachen and Shyok, forming a large valley. Nubra separates Ladakh from the humongous Karakoram Range and is also the entry point to the famous Siachen Glacier. The best way to reach Nubra is to organize a group trip or hire a travel agent in Leh. The tourist season will run between mid June and let September, peaking around mid July. Leh will be the nearest airport to reach Nubra Valley. From there, you can hire a taxi or board a public bus to reach Nubra. If you are traveling by train, Jammu would be the rail head. Again, a bus or private taxi would take you to Nubra. 150 kilometers from Leh, Nubra can be reached via a pretty adventurous road that also passes through Khardung La.
You will need a permit and it is best to get yours from the Leh district commissioner.
Where is Khardung La located? What is special about it?Sitting at an elevation of 5,359 meters, Khardung La is the highest motorable road in the world. Though the credibility is questioned, you certainly can’t ride higher than this! It’s a mountain pass in the Ladakh district inside the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Just 39 kilometers from Leh, it is a pivotal tourist point and seekers of outdoor adventures. The narrow dirt road to reach Khardung La was laid back in 1976 and it has been recently paved for saver travels.
Which monasteries are famous in Ladakh?While there are several monasteries spread across Ladakh, the ones you should pay a visit to include:
- Hemis Monastery
- Thiksey Monastery
- Diskit Monastery
- Likir Monastery
- Spituk Monastery
- Stakna Monastery
- Alchi Monastery
- Phyang Monastery
- Takthok Monastery
- Sumda Chun Monastery
Where is Lamayuru Monastery located? Should I visit it?Lamayuru is located in the western edge of Ladakh, amidst mountain badlands and is a popular stopover in the Kargil – Leh route. The Lamayuru Monastery is about 127 kilometers from the town of Leh and is a must visit place. Even if you aren’t too keen on history, the Lamayuru Monastery would be an 11th century AD structure and the seat of Red-Hat sect of Buddhism. The monastery is also a perfect shopping destination if you are trying to bring back something from Ladakh. The monks hand make wall paintings, statues, thangas, artifacts, carpets and much more. One of the most precious buys however is the 11 headed and 1000 eyed Chenzing. To reach the monastery, you can also take the bypass from Leh near the Srinagar-Leh road or the trail to the Prikiti La Pass – your gateway to the Zanskar River.
Where is Shey Monastery located? How to reach there?The Shey monastery and palace is located just 15 kilometers from the town of Leh. Also called the Shey Gompa, it is a sixteenth century AD construction and enshrines a 10 meter high copper statue of Lord Buddha. To reach Shey Gompa, you will need to start from Leh and just about 15 kilometers; you will see the signs to a solitary hillock hosting an elaborate monastery!
Which all places are suitable for Trekking in Ladakh? Is it safe to do trekking 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 .
What all things must be kept in mind before doing Trekking in Ladakh?Depending on the trek you choose, it will be advisable to: ? Be accompanied by a guide. Treks like Markha Valley are pretty straightforward and won’t need a guide but if you are going for something complicated like Chadar Trek, a guide will be essential for your survival.
- Chalk out a detailed map and carry one too
- Have an inner line permit for treks across Nubra Valley or Tso Moriri
- Similarly, get a permit from Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) if you want to trek Stok Kagri
- 2 days of acclimatization
- Go for baby treks before embarking on the bigger one
- Carry equipments necessary – walking stick, water bottle, tent, food, etc
- Check the climate
Can I go to Ladakh by Bike? Is it safe to do so?Ladakh is made for bikers and is the most preferable way to get around this part of the Himalayas. Ladakh on a bike is a completely different kind of challenge. However, the road trip also demands that you are a responsible rider, don’t get excited too easily and are looking for fun instead of speed. It is always recommended that you ride in a group since the road is quite long can be very tasking and you never know when you would need help. However, there are many who also bike to Ladakh alone.
A bike trip to Ladakh offers the flexibility of your own itinerary and you will always be free to head on to the unbeaten paths while taking the roads that have been less traveled. It’s a life altering experience altogether. You would be making new friends on the way – friends that share the same passion and approach towards live and travel it! However, if it is your first time or you aren’t in full confidence of making a trip alone, it is best to go for a package or group tour that offers you the same kind of flexibility but with added safety.
What all things I must take care of if I want to travel by bike?In the past few years, tourism across Ladakh has peaked and several visitors prefer to take their own vehicle or go on a packaged road trip. The road conditions are one of the most crucial things to understand before planning a bike trip. The road conditions in this valley keep on changing and it is a highly rocky terrain out there. Further, you need to carry a lot of safety gear as the mountains can be unforgiving. Here are the things you need to carry:
- OEM toolkit
- Spare vehicle key
- 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
- Medical kit
- Sunscreen lotion
- Lip balm
- Mustard oil (for moisturizing)
- Water bottles
- Full face helmet with clear vision
- UV sunglasses
- Riding jacket
- Riding pants Shoes
What sorts of Jeep safaris are available in Ladakh?If you are going with your family and/or elders, a jeep safari would be a great way to cover Ladakh. You will get several options in jeep safaris that extend from 2 person trips (tailored for couples) to 12 person safaris (catered to group tourists). Jeep safaris should be booked online prior to your visit.
How can I arrange for a jeep/bike on rent in Ladakh?Traveling across Ladakh in a jeep/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. If you are renting a bike from Manali, you might not be able to take your bike beyond Leh.
For the number of days that your bike had been parked, most rental agencies will charge about 50% of the bill. You will however need to rent another local vehicle at Leh to go around. The most economical way to bike through Ladakh is to rent your vehicle at Leh itself. Since no outside vehicles are allowed in Leh, this makes sense. There are several rental service providers in the fort Road.
Can I do bicycle tour in Ladakh? How much it will cost me?Riding a bicycle through Ladakh is an overwhelming feat and requires a lot of physical and mental stamina. You won’t be able to go more than 50 kilometers a day (even that is the best you can put into the pedals). Though the cost of riding will be less (no need of fuel), you will have to look for more halts and consequently frequent accommodations. The best thing you can do is reach a point and put your luggage to cover all neighboring area in the 25 kilometer radius. Again, you will need to think if you will be able to gear up for the challenge. For a 1 week bicycle trip across Ladakh the cost will come down to around INR 10,000 (inclusive of cheap budget hotels and food).
What sort of fitness I must have in order to do bicycle tour?To be able to ride a bicycle through one of the highest mountain ranges on planet earth requires a very high level of fitness. It is necessary that you have practiced for long to prepare for this trip. There would be all elements against you. The lack of oxygen, constant dehydration, high altitude, low pressure will take a toll.
Can I do river rafting in Ladakh? Where can I do it?There are a lot of opportunities for river rafting in Ladakh but these are also one of the most dangerous rapids to put yourself into. However, with risk comes the fun! Here, we have rapids ranging from Grade 1 to Grade 4. 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!
Which all places are best for shopping in Ladakh?The important stops for shopping in Ladakh include:
- Ladakh Art Palace
- Second Hand Clothing Bazar
- Main Bazar, Ladakh
- Moti Market
- De Pashmina Emporium
- Shar Market, Bazar Road
- Buddhist Thangka House
- Tibetan Handicraft Community Showroom, Choglamsar
What things I should buy if I go to Ladakh? What Ladakh is famous for?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 it’s:
- Pashmina Shawls
- Chokste (Tibetan Tables)
- Prayer Wheels
- Thangka Paintings (silk)
- Tibetan silver jewelry
- Hand woven carpets Dragon motif textiles
What kind of Flora and Fauna can I experience in Ladakh?The flora and fauna of Ladakh is unique in itself. Depending on the time of the year you are visiting the mountains, you will be able to witness: Birds: Finches, Robins, Redstarts, Brown headed gull, Brahminy Duck, Ruddy Shelldrake, Bar Headed Goose, Black Necked Crane, Raven, Red Bellied Chough, Tibetan Snowcock, Chukar, Golden Eagle, Lemmergeier and more Mammals: Ibex, Bharal (Blue Sheep), Tibetan Urial Sheep, Tibetan Argali Sheep, Tibetan Gazelle, Tibetan Antelope (very rare), Tibetan Wild Ass, Snow Leopard, Palla’s Cat, Brown Bear, Red Fox, Marmots, Pika, Voles, Tibetan Sand Fox and more. The flora will mostly be alpine species.
Where can I spot a Snow Leopard in Ladakh?To be able to spot a snow leopard, you will have to go on the snow leopard trek across the Hemis National Park. It is a must if you are trying to see and click the highly elusive snow leopard cat. The trek stretches across the entire Markha and Rumbak Valley at an elevation of more than 4100 meters. The snow leopard trek is organized in the winter month, between January and March.
Can I visit the Donkey Sanctuary?The unique Donkey Sanctuary in Ladakh is located close to the town of Leh and is a must visit if you are willing to take some time off the road trips. You will have to take the road leading to the Khardung La Pass. The animals here are mainly those that aren’t able to work anymore, are injured or have been rendered out of human use. Inspite of leaving the animals to their state, the locals, headed by Stany Wagchuk cares for them. This is would be a very inspirational stop on your journey – an example of caring and affection.
What kind of food is available in Ladakh? Which ethnic food is a must eat in Ladakh?If you are traveling to Ladakh, there are some traditional dishes that you must try out. They will include:
- Chhupri (cheese from Yak milk)
- Tigmo (steamed bread served with stew)
- Butter Tea
- Thukpa (Tibetan Soup)
Which place is best for star gazing in Ladakh?There are a few places to stargaze in Ladakh but even so, the terrain offers the most suitable conditions on summer nights without any clouds. To see the Milky Way, stop for a night at:
- Nubra Valley
- Pangong Tso
- Santi Stupa, Leh
Is Ladakh a good option for honeymoon?Ladakh is a pretty good option as a honeymoon destination if your partner too enjoys the outdoors. However, it won’t be a place where you can get cozy. The temperature and the elevation can be quite tasking physically, leaving little time for romance! However, if you are looking to just have each other’s company and the best of nature, Ladakh is THE place to be!
Can I take my children's to Ladakh?Kids can be taken to Ladakh, but there would be several essentials that you need to carry. Also, it is recommended not to take small kids to high pass regions like Khardung La.
Can I find ATMs easily in Ladakh?There will be several ATM stops on your Srinagar to Leh route and important stops 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.
What modes of payment are available in Ladakh?The basic mode of payment across Ladakh is hard cash. There would be certain hotels and restaurants that would accept card payments.
What is AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness)? How to overcome it?AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness is a common problem tourist’s face in Ladakh. It happens when the amount of oxygen available falls below the normal standard. In high altitude areas like Ladakh, AMS is accompanied by light headedness, headache, nausea, and a general lack of energy. The main cause of AMS is dehydration. It is advisable that you keep on drinking a lot of water and other fluids. Here are the recommended ways to beat AMS:
- Drink lot of glucose water
- Go slow. Even a small run can make you feel spent
- Don’t push too hard
- Whenever you feel uneasy, stop to take rest Carry Diamox medicine. It starts working in about an hour.