Leh –Ladakh is a dream destination for most of the voyagers and the climate will be at its best to visit this magic land between June and September. Rest of the months, besides the climate, the roads are closed due to the extreme weather conditions like huge snowfall and road blockages. People start to Leh with their expectations set very high and Leh never disappoints anybody.
Leh-Ladakh is the destination that can tempt anyone to ditch the rest of the world! Seated high in the lap of the Indian Himalayas, a trip to this paradise is an experience of one of its own kind, and can satiate all your cravings for adrenaline rush.
While most of the leisure seekers, honeymooners, nature lovers, or history enthusiasts usually book the many different Leh-Ladakh tour packages, the adventure junkies plan their own Ladakh tour.
Indian Panorama will help you to plan your trip to Leh Ladakh with our well-curated itineraries.
To reach Leh, you need to first arrive at Delhi. From there, you have options to travel by flight or bus. Avail the early bird offers online to fly to Leh from Delhi or you can purchase the tickets to travel by the Government buses plying to Leh every alternate day. The voyagers who have experienced the beauty of the roads have advised to take the Manali highway while heading to Leh and take the Srinagar highway while returning back to Delhi, so that you never miss the chance of witnessing how nature has set its strong foot throughout your journey. Else, if you are a crazy biker, you can hire bikes at Manali to cross your way to Leh, which will surely be a spine chilling experience. If you are not perfect in driving, please don’t go for this option, as the journey involves several twists and turns, a truly adventurous one. Also, plan to have someone in the pillion which can give you some mental comfort in the journey which will normally take 5 to 6 hours. Your GPS may not work, so be utmost cautious in catching the correct route.
Once you land in the Leh airport, it is a kind of experience which cannot be explained in words. The beautiful mountains surrounding the airport gives you an immense feeling that as if you have landed somewhere out of this earth. You may forget to breathe, looking at the beauty around you. No ! it is not, as you are in a very high altitude, oxygen will be very scarce and allow yourself few hours or even a whole day to acclimatize your body to the climate and the weather conditions !
People who are jumpy and excited too much to explore the beauty of Leh may get themselves engaged in the streets of Leh and get acquainted with the natives or the co-travelers. It is ideal to go to the local market and spend some time strolling around. When you feel comfortable, return to room and plan for the next day.
Necessary medications, sufficient woolen cloth and the company of loving people around will give a Midas touch to this wonderful journey. Remember, most of the mobile networks don’t work in such high altitude except for BSNL and Airtel post paid connections. Your communications with your friends and relatives may get disrupted and in fact, we can spend more time in enjoying the nature beauty around us , rather looking at our smartphones. In a way the limitations on mobile networks is good for the ambitious travelers.
A day trip to Nubra Valley:
The next morning start your trip to Nubra Valley, a jaw dropping beauty with the parallel mountains and the long stretches of roads in between, the bikers crossing your vehicles , waving at you transforming the entire ambiance with a magical touch. The steep curves, one way roads at times all make your journey more thrilling. The journey to Nubra will be full of twists and turns and at sometimes with discontinued roads. The major joint in this road is the Khardungla Pass , the world’s highest motor-able pass at a height of approximately 18,000 feet. The co travelers in bikes and cabs take a break at Khardungla pass for a sip of coffee and tea and the most cherished photoshoots.
The ride continues and the most magical moments of your travel starts now. The mountains are seen with different shades in the morning, evening and the nights and if you can spare few more hours, you are lucky to enjoy all the three. Camp tents and hotels are the choices to enjoy the beauty of the sand dunes and the surrounding mountains. The ambiance so fitting for the photo fanatics to capture the divine beauty, a blissful experience. Be sure to have sufficient woolen clothing as the climate in the desert is highly predictable.
Nubra to Pangong Lake:
You will be stunned with the beauty of the Pangong lake in front of you. The time is at still, people cherish the beauty of lake, even without noticing the darkness spreading around. If you are a nature lover, don’t miss the chance of staying on the banks of the lake overnight in the tented camps, of course, with proper woollen cover, get yourself drenched in the beauty of Pangong throughout night as well as at sunrise. It is also true that the lake is equally beautiful at any point of time in a day. You can see the bikers are hesitant to leave the place, getting struck up with the magical beauty of the place. But it is safe to start traveling from the lake back to Leh when the Sun is on as the route may turn mysterious in dark.
Returning to Delhi via Srinagar:
The journey from Leh to Delhi via Srinagar is again a pleasant experience. Continue your journey speaking with the mountains on both sides. Cross through Sojila Pass, Kargil and Sonmarg. Unlike the other locations, Srinagar has lot more to offer you. The Dal Lake welcomes you once you step into Srinagar and you can opt to spend few hours or a whole day in the conventional and gorgeous houseboats. Enjoy shopping in the floating market, an experience unique to Srinagar. Visit the local market and options are plenty to purchase something which cannot be found in your region.
Come back to Delhi with the loads of memory to take back to your homeland.