How to Reach Ladakh in November?
Manali Leh Highway in November
The Manali Leh Highway remains closed in the month of November and thus a road trip to Leh Ladakh in November from Manali will not be possible. You may find certain restrictions imposed on the road for civilian traffic from around the end of October itself.
By the time it is November, areas around the Rohtang Pass and Baralacha La get submerged under thick layers of snow. So, it is only till around the first half of the month of October that you can use the Manali Leh highway to reach Ladakh.
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Srinagar Leh Highway in November
The Srinagar Leh Highway is used as the next option to reach Leh Ladakh in November by road once the Manali route gets closed. However, this route also gets closed to civilian traffic in the second half of November.
There have been occasions when the date has got advanced to the end of October or pushed until the beginning of December also. The decisions to open or close the roads depends completely upon the weather conditions which are largely unpredictable during this time of the year. A spell of heavy snowfall may well be enough to cut off road connectivity on either side of the highway.
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Leh Ladakh Trip in November by Flight
Taking a flight to Leh Ladakh in November is your best and safest option, when it becomes a necessity due to uncertainties related to both the highways leading to Leh. You can also decide to fly to Ladakh if you are not very confident about your driving skills in difficult conditions.
You can reach Ladakh by air all throughout the year and flights to this part of the country in winter are considerably cheaper than in the summers. Moreover, if you book your tickets for November a few months in advance, the total cost for a round trip will be much lesser than a road trip to Leh.
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Essential Info About Ladakh in November
Weather & Temperature in Leh Ladakh in November
November usually marks the last leg of the tourist season in Ladakh as the winter season begins to set in. By the second half of November, the weather starts becoming quite harsh and even some locals move out in search of greener pastures during the chilly winter months.
Leh temperature in November dips to around 6 to 7 degrees C during the day and at night it can even go below zero degrees. Snowfall starts around this time, further dropping temperature levels and certain water bodies begin to freeze. The average high temperature in Leh in November during the day is around 10 degrees C and the average low is around -3 degree C.
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Things to carry in Leh Ladakh in November
1. As temperatures begin to plummet in Leh Ladakh in November and the weather starts getting very chilly, you need to ensure you pack well and adequately.
2. Whether you are looking at visiting Ladakh during the early part of November or in the second half, you need to carry enough warm clothes including mufflers, hand gloves and head covers apart from heavy woolens, thick jackets and windproof attire.
3. Leh weather in November will also require you to carry a sturdy pair of shoes-if possible insulated ones and thick socks.
4. You’ll also need to carry sunglasses and warm bandanas apart from medicines for fever, cold, headache, band-aids, pain relief spray, cold cream, moisturizer, lip balm and sunscreen lotion are some of the other items you should not miss out on.
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Travel tips for Leh Ladakh in November
1. Try to plan your trip in the early part of November and plan a road trip only from Srinagar as the road from Manali to Leh sometimes gets declared closed from October.
2. If you are traveling in the later part of November, just book a flight to Ladakh for your return journey and avoid the risk of a road trip.
3. Avoid including areas that are very remote in your itinerary and stick to Nubra, Pangong and Moriri.
4. Keep at least 2 buffer days in case you get stuck due to road blocks especially at high altitude places.
5. Try and avoid a bike trip to Leh Ladakh in November.
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Snow in Ladakh in November
If you are heading to Leh Ladakh in November with the hope of finding some snow, this is your big chance. There are high chances you will catch snowfall here even during the early part of November.
Ladakh generally starts receiving snowfall by the end of September in the high altitude passes and by November, some of the lower altitude areas may also receive some snow. If you visit places like the Khardung La Pass or Chang La Pass, you will certainly be able to experience heaps of snow around if not a live snowfall.
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Inner Line Permit for Ladakh
Ladakh being a strategic military location, requires a number of inner line permits that need to be obtained before setting foot in most of the local attractions and copies must be submitted at several places of interest that you visit. This permit is issued by the authorities to civilians to allow as well as track his movements in areas that are close to the border.
You will need to obtain the inner line permit from the DM office in Leh soon after your arrival here from the DC office. You can also apply for it online or request your hotel to arrange it for you at the time of making your hotel reservations.
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Mobile Connectivity in Ladakh in November
Firstly, it is important to note that in Ladakh only postpaid mobile phone connections work and prepaid ones become absolutely redundant as soon as you land in Leh. The largest mobile network that works in Ladakh, including in places like Nubra Valley and Pangong Lake, is BSNL.
However, you may not always receive great connectivity and voice quality could be distorted. JIP and Airtel give you the best networks, including 4G speed in Leh and Nubra Valley. Airtel is also your best bet between Leh and Kargil but at Pangong only BSNL works with intermittent signals at that. At Tso Moriri, neither Airtel nor BSNL works.
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Itinerary for Visiting Ladakh in November
Day 1: Arrival in Leh city and hotel check-in
Day 2 – 3: Sightseeing in and around Leh, Sham Valley tour
Day 4: Leh to Diskit
Day 5: Diskit to Turtuk
Day 6: Turtuk to Panamik
Day 7: Come back to Leh
Day 8: Visit Pangong Lake
Day 9: Pangong Lake to Hanle / back to Leh if routes are already closed
Day 10: Hanle to Tso Moriri / Leh to Tso Moriri via Chumathang route if you had gone back to Leh from Pangong
Day 11: Back to LehDay 12: Exit Ladakh
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Leh to Pangong Route in November
The other two routes are via the Nubra Valley and the third, the least used route between Panging Tso and Tso Moriri. The direct route that goes via Chang La is 160 km long and in November will take you around 7 hours to cover. The roads will be slightly bad after Chang La but very smooth after that.
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Leh to Nubra Valley in November
The main road that opens access to Nubra Valley is via the Khardung La Pass and is open throughout the year and takes about 6 hours to cover in November. This is a 39 km stretch and the roads are quite good except for a few stretches near the top that will be covered in snow and the descent road that is a dirt track full of puddles.
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Leh to Tso Moriri in November
Tso Moriri can also be reached by road directly from Leh in November via the shortest route that runs through Chumathang Valley. A second and longer route will take you through More Plains and is a mix of good, average and bad sections in November.
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Nubra Valley to Pangong Lake Direct Route
The road was in extremely bad shape till a few years ago but has been repaired ever since due to the huge influx of tourists in these parts. Some stretches however, continue to remain bad with huge boulders sitting on the road. The entire distance of about 90 km can be covered in nearly 5 hours when you are here in Leh in November.
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Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri Direct Route
Roads in Leh in November will hardly have any other travelers or public transportation. In fact, until Chushul, you will not find any proper road and only drive along track marks left by previous vehicles.
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Places to see & things to do in Ladakh in November
This is because it is at an even lower altitude than Leh city and while most of the heavy snow is received at places like Khardung La Pass, the valley receives relatively lighter spells.However, the view of the surrounding snowy areas from Nubra is unparalleled and places in NUmbra like Diskit Monastery, Hunder, Panami and Turtuk remain open.
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One of the most visited places in Ladakh in November, the Pangong Lake just about starts to freeze in November but does not get completely frozen during this time. It offers spectacular visuals with snow blanketed mountains surrounding the lake and casting scintillating reflections in it.
The Lake is easily accessible in November except on rare occasions when Chang La gets blocked for a couple of days due to heavy snow. While campsites here are not available in November, homestays in nearby areas are.
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Tourists continue to visit Tso Moriri in the winter months because the lake does not get completely frozen in November, although there might be some snow or frozen water near the banks in the mornings, but no more.
The beauty of Ladakh in November gets amplified during this time with snow bathed mountains on all sides and the glistening waters on the lake stretching out. The route from Leh to Tso Moriri remains open in November and commuting is not a problem, however, campsites will remain closed.
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Located at a distance of just about 2.5 km from the city center at Leh, this is a great place to visit during your Leh Ladakh trip in November, that is open all year around. The architectural beauty and grandeur of the Leh palace that was built back in the 17th century, distinctly stands out amid its stark surroundings.
It was built by King Sengge Namgyal and served as the home to the royal family until their exile years later to Stok Palace. Tour the interiors of the palace and enjoy startling views of the mountains from here.
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Built by the Japanese monks to promote world peace, this Buddhist chorten is an absolute splendor in white. The edifice stands as a gleaming example of friendly terms between Japan and Ladakh. Once here, you can climb up the series of steps to enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and the town of Leh.
The beauty of the Shanti stupa gets enhanced several fold in the night and if you visit here at dusk, you can catch amazing sunset views of the pristine white structure, making it an absolute must-visit during your Leh Ladakh trip in November.
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Thangkas that are kept here carefully preserved. Several of these historical and religious paintings and numerous other carriers and weapons are kept on display at a museum that is housed within its premises.
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The 12-storey edifice houses several statues, stupas and other important Buddhist relics and artifacts and the monastery itself is divided into a number of sections, each of which has a distinct architectural significance.
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Enjoy local food
You can devour Ladakhi rotis, butter tea- something the locals swear by, Thukpa, Chutagi- a hot soupy pasta dish prepared with vegetable sauce and yes, those hot steaming momos you can’t help but drool over. Several cafes, restaurants and kitchens remain shut during November due to low footfalls, however there are still several that remain open.
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Pick up unique souvenirs and artifacts as well as beautifully crafted local handicraft items that exhibit the distinct artistic styles and workmanship here.From prayer beads, pashmina shawls and Buddha statues to singing bowls, carpets and rugs, you can look out for great local stuff at the Leh Main Bazar, Ladakh Art Palace, Tibetan Market, etc.
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Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame is a site that evokes patriotic sentiments as it stands as a poignant reminder of the umpteen sacrifices that have been made by the Indian armed forces in order to keep the security of the country intact.
Constructed by the Indian Army, this museum has several objects on display, from wars fought by the country, including weapons captured from Pakistanis and Chinese as well as documents. There is also a souvenir shop you can pick up little trinkets from and a light and sound show that is worth watching, making this one of the best places to visit in Leh Ladakh in November.
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The road from Leh to Kargil remains open in November even if there has been snow on the route and thus most of the places on the Sham Valley can be visited during this time, making it one of the most popular places to visit in Leh Ladakh in November.
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