Ladakh which means ‘ The land of high passes’ is a dream travel destination of every traveller’s list. Ladakh is situated in the picturesque region of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The place has brown plains, snow clad mountains, blue lakes and a mesmerizing breathtakingly Himalayan view.
Ladakh the union territory has three seasons throughout the year. The summer, monsoon and the winter seasons. Now depending on the kind of experience you want to have, you should be able to decide your itenany during summer or during winter months. Best time to visit leh ladakh is from May and continues all the way to September. ladakh is accessible by flights and of course who doesn’t know by road, it’s a biker’s dream destination.
The best season to travel would be from the month of April to July during this time temperature is between 15 to 30 degree Celsius. Ladakh is known for its extremely low temperatures almost all through the year. While it is quite pleasant in summer time, the winters are exceedingly cold unforgiving. Thus, the best time to explore Ladakh is during the summers.
1.) Let’s take it up according to the summer season – Basically the summer season here starts at around June lasting till September. The temperature is very moderate for the tourists. For rest of the year the Manali Leh highway remains closed due to heavy snowfall. Ladakh thus becomes non-functional. The other route is the Srinagar – leh highway, it can get affected due to major landslides as well. summer season is the best to enjoy the energetic surroundings of the place to the fullest. The sky is clear and bright.
Best time to visit Leh Ladakh in summer:
The Pangong Tso lake, Tso Moriri lake, stongdey monastery, Thiksey monastery. At this time, you can also enjoy and witness the best festivals like Yurukabgyat, Hemis festival, Sakadawa, Gurupadmasambhava which simply cannot be missed.
2.) Ladakh during the Monsoon season (July – August) – Though the monsoon season is a short period but it is very harsh. There are very heavy but short lived downpours. The air is crisp, sky is blue and perfect for outings. It is a great time for adventure activities such as white water rafting at the Indus and zanskar rivers. There are many mesmerizing festivals during monsoon as well such as karsha Gustor that is held at Karsha, Zanskar valley’s biggest monastery, the pheyang Tsedup, which is the annual festival, organised at the Pheyang monastery, Korzokgustor, which is held at Korzok monastery, Located near Moriri lake. (Best time to visit Leh Ladakh)
3.) During the winter month the temperature steadily drops from September (5 degree to – 21 degree) to January (-2 to -21 degrees) and then gradually rises again. The early phase September to October is the time when cold winds blow in the evenings. The November to February phase of winters is extremely unbearable making it impossible for you to enjoy your stay. Temperatures in some parts like Kargil drop down to – 50 degrees. However, if you have a winter calling to explore Ladakh then you are sure to relish the beauty and adventure trekking in the world famous chadar Trek on the Zanskar Valley trek. Many remarkable festivals fall during the winter time in Ladakh. These prominently include spituk Gustor, stok monastery festival, Dos moche, Thiksay Gustor, Matho monastery festival and Ladakhi Losar.
Some very important tips to keep in mind because packing for leh Ladakh:
- Kindly book your accommodation in advance that will save your time and avoid hassle.
- Electricity can be a problem here sometimes so carry a 1000m Ah power bank and spare batteries.
- The temperature can be extremely low and the high altitude can cause common cough and cold. Hence carry necessary medicines and take enough fluids. Do carry multiple layers of warm clothing.
Leh Ladakh had an interesting mix of cultures, traditions and cuisine. As it’s close to the China border is also closely related to Tibet. It is a welcome paradise, a fresh breather from the daily hustle of busy and overly crowed cities like Mumbai and Delhi. You would even feel like in a different country altogether.
How to reach leh Ladakh, flight vs road?
There are two options available for approaching to Leh Ladakh. The first one is flying directly from Delhi which is preferred by most traveller’s and the second option is with long bus journey across the Indian states of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Travelling by road can cause you altitude sickness so don’t forget to carry medicines. The roads are bumpy, crazy, total mountainous terrain but the views along the journey are breath-taking and worth the long hours spend in the bus There is absolutely no sign of life around in many parts. The road trip by bus takes about 18 hours from Manali.
The top things to do in Leh Ladakh: –
There are lots of things to do in Leh Ladakh. It has a gorgeous mountain range, historical palaces, the iconic Shanti stupa, Pangong lake, Nubra valley and of course the scenic beauty all around the Place. Let’s start with
1)The Leh Ladakh palace – It is an ancient palace looking down on the rest of the city. Basically, situated at a height. The home to Ladakh royalty and based on the Tibetan potala palace in Lhasa. It was built in the 17th century. It has nine floor of empty rooms and the viewpoints from the rooftops are mesmerizing.
2) The castle Tsemo – This castle stands high on the hill above the Leh palace. You can get a taxi to reach the place or take the steep trek uphill. Inside the castle Tsemo there is a Buddhist temple and also the Namgyal Tsemo monastery.
3) Shanti stupa in Leh Ladakh – This stupa in Leh Ladakh was donated by the Japanese built in 1991 and blessed by Dalai Lama himself. There are 500 steps walk to the top, the views and the stupa are worth it. The Buddhist chanting music is so divine. When the lights go down on Leh Ladakh, the stupa lights up. It is amazing.
4) Leh Market – There is a massive main market here which has everything you could wish for. There are alot of souvenirs to be carried away as great memories. You could get a good collection of jewellery and Buddha statues.
Wi-Fi in Leh Ladakh: –
As soon as you set off from Manali on the Rohtang pass by bus, your phone network says good bye to you. There is absolutely no phone service in the town, the WIFI is so non existing. Most cafes and restaurants offer WIFI services but this doesn’t work most of the time. It’s great in a way, you get an opportunity to go off social media and enjoy and appreciate the scenery around the city and of course interact with the people.
Your stay and food: –
There are a number of accommodation facilities from guesthouses to hotels. Food is easily available . Food and stay wouldn’t be a problem.
This is my complete travel guide for your trip to Leh Ladakh. It’s a must visit destination in India. The people are hospitable, polite and helpful in Leh Ladakh. Don’t forget to carry a good quality camera. (Best time to visit Leh Ladakh)
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