Leh Ladakh

PlaceLeh Ladakh
DistrictLadakh
StateJammu and Kashmir
Stay optionHotels, Camps & Home Stay
Places of InterestNubra, Zanskar, Pangong , Tso Moriri, Khardung la pass, Magnetic Hill, Chang La
Best Time to VisitMay to September

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    Leh Ladakh
Land of high passes

 

Snapshot of My Journey

Duration                                          9 Days

Travel Month/Year                          Sept. 2016

Estimated Trip Cost                         INR 25,000 for two

Includes                                          Transport,. Food & Stay

 

Visiting Ladakh at least once in a lifetime is everyone’s dream. Ladakh is a region in the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir. Snow capped mountains, greenish blue lakes and barren land of Ladakh bring back cherish moments. Ladakh is among the most beautiful & adventure enthusiast’s place of India but at the same time we can’t deny that there are other places in India which are equally beautiful and comparatively less expensive than Ladakh. It is overcrowded with tourists during the season and even in the off season. You will come across 5 passes on Manali to Leh route of around 480 km and 3 passes on Srinagar to Leh route of around 420 KM.

Waiting for so long for this trip, finally in the beginning of Sept was when I decided to explore Ladakh.   It was a 9 days trip and the plan was to start from Manali to Leh and thereafter from Leh to Srinagar to cover the full circuit. Unfortunately because of a crisis in Srinagar, we used the same route for going back to Manali.

Boarded an overnight bus from Delhi and reached Manali by early morning. From Manali there are three ways to reach Ladakh, Bus, Private taxis and shared tempo traveler. I opted for Tempo traveler as this was the safest, comfortable and less expensive mode. Leaving at 2.00 am from Manali in the night with travelling continuously for 20 hours and halting for food and for sight-seeing only, we finally reached Leh round 10 pm. The places we covered during the way as below :

Manali (1950 Meter) ---- Rohtang Pass (3980 Meter ) ---- Keylong (3080 Meter) ---- Sarchu (4290 Meter ) --- Lachalung La (5079 Meter)   ---- Tanglang La (5328) ---- Leh (3500 Meter)

The road leading to Ladakh in itself is an adventure and you will find it more appealing. At every turn, you will see different views of the mountains and find it difficult to decide which one is the best view. In the 480 km drive, you will find everything you can think of or may find things to be beyond your imagination – picturesque mountains, valleys, high passes and barren landscapes. After a tiring, scariest but a beautiful journey, I finally reached Leh city in the night. The plan was to take full day rest to adjust with weather of Ladakh. After staying and exploring Leh city for two days, it was time to move on from Leh. For the next couple of days, we witnessed the most adventurous journey along the mighty mountains. The places we covered were Khardung La (Highest Motorable road in the world= 18380 Feet), Nubra Valley, Pangong lake, Chang La and some remote villages of Ladakh.

Staying at Pangong is something not to be missed. You can experience the lake from you camp’s window. After the sun goes down, the temperature starts lowering down and cold waves added thrill. If I am not wrong, the temperature was in minus or may be 2 degrees. You can imagine our situation that we could not even move out from our camp. Next day, we woke up early to see the sunrise and it was among the most beautiful experiences of this journey.

Nubra Valley - A place where there were hills, sand and water at the same time…yes it is correct; all beautiful things at the same place called HUNDER in Nubra valley- The most beautiful combination of natural beauty. 

Another thing to experience is double hump camel ride. Places which should not be missed are Zanskar valley and Tso moriri, if time allows.

Drass (Second Coldest inhabited place in the World), Kargil and Sonamarg are the places you will cross while using Srinagar to Leh highway. Do experience spending a night in Drass.

There is no second thought on the beauty of Ladakh and its adventurous & memorable journey. It is most important that we take care of some of things so that we can enjoy this journey. Many people don’t consider it seriously and end up their journey with no moments to enjoy. As the journey to Ladakh is long and adventurous, it requires some preparation.

Below are the things to take care of :

  • First and foremost thing to take care is the Altitude sickness (Acute Mountain sickness). If not taken seriously, it will spoil your journey. Symptoms of Altitude sickness are headache, vomiting, fatigue etc. If you are planning to cover full circuit then start your journey from Srinagar to Leh and end it from Leh to Manali. This route helps you to adjust your body easily. Take at least a day’s rest once you reach Leh. And if you are coming by flight then take two days rest at Leh.  

  • Take Diamox, Avomine or Dexamethasone (either tablet) for acute sickness after consulting your doctor. Another alternate is Garlic soup.

  • Keep sipping water regularly. Take chocolates, dry fruits, biscuits and energy bars. Avoid smoking and drinking at high altitude.

  • In case your health gets worse, there are army medical camps at Pang and Sarchu and hospital at Keylong, Kargil and Srinagar.

  • Ladakh is among the coldest regions. Jackets, thermals, woolen socks, winter cap and gloves should be kept.

  • Carry enough cash during Ladakh trip as you will not find ATM in remote places. Carry Debit card as you will find ATM in Leh city.

  • If going by your own vehicle, then 4*4 and SUV will be a preferred option. Fill the tank and carry reserve petrol in plenty in cans to avoid running out of fuel on the way.

  • Basic medicine box, hat, sun screen, torch, power bank and sunglasses are a must.

  • Take local taxi for local sightseeing. Out of state taxi will create problem for you. Having your own vehicle is not a problem.

  • Postpaid connection of BSNL, Airtel and Vodafone works ok in Leh city.BSNL has maximum coverage.

  • Ladakh is expensive place. Sharing cabs is way if you are on a budget trip.

  • Plastic is ban so avoid it.


Don't miss to visit below YouTube link to see all beautiful images of Ladakh...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rCOFctYI3AE


 

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