Ladakh, in Jammu and Kashmir, has emerged as one of the top tourist destinations for Indian visitors in the recent years. From honeymooners to adventure seekers to hippie backpackers, everyone is planning a trip to Ladakh.
It’s one of the rare places to visit in the Himalayas. Laden with unparalleled beauty, high passes and a concoction of religions, Ladakh offers an experience unlike in any other place.
So if you too are planning to travel to Leh Ladakh, the following tips will guide you in getting around the beautiful land of mountains and passes.
But before anything, understand that Leh is just a town in the region of Ladakh. It’s the central hub of all land and air movement in Ladakh region. Where Ladakh consists of many towns (including Leh) Leh is just a town in Ladakh, so don’t get confused among the two.
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- If you’re planning a road trip, or want to travel to Ladakh on buses, please note that the touring season for Leh Ladakh starts in May and ends in November. Since there are quite a few passes en route Ladakh the roads remain closed throughout winters.
- To travel anywhere in Ladakh, except for Leh (or the popular Leh-Srinagar route) you need to obtain an inner-line permit which is available from the DC office or the Tourist Information centre in Leh.
- Be well aware that weather in Ladakh is normally quite cold even in the summer, hence they must be properly equipped with heavy woollens at all times. Leh and Nubra Valley in Ladakh, however, remain slightly warm during peak summer months but still require you to carry a light jacket in evenings.
- Because of its high altitude, tourists may face some breathing difficulties for the first few days. So it’s better to acclimatize with the weather for a day or two before embarking upon high-altitude regions in Ladakh. If doing a motorbiking trip from Manali to Leh, it’s advised to spend a day in Manali before continuing. If flying directly to Leh, try spending a day or two in Leh, before moving further.
- Always keep enough stock of drinking water with you as dehydration at high altitudes can cause serious health complications.
- If trekking, it’s mandatory to carry body moisturisers and a sunscreen lotion. Also, don’t forget to carry a pair of sunglasses because it’s often very dusty in Ladakh due to an absence of trees.
- In many places in Ladakh, photography is restricted in selected places, as the entire region is politically sensitive. So, before taking snaps please look for signboards warning you not to do any photography. Any violation can end you up with a hefty fine, or even with the ceasing of your camera.
- Banking facilities are available only in Leh and Kargil. Remote areas of Ladakh do not even have an ATM. Also while travelling in Ladakh, carry adequate Indian currency as credit cards are not usually accepted at the shops and eateries.
- Most regions in Ladakh only offer a phone reception if you have a BSNL sim card. Also note the fact that in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, your regular Indian sim card doesn’t work, you either need a post-paid connection or a local sim card bought inside the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
- Last but not the least, please behave responsibly towards the local people. They are quite mild-natured and peace-loving. Try to strike a friendship with them, they can offer you a lot of information about the place.