Leh Ladakh

Jammu & Kashmir, India

Leh is a part of Ladakh, as Ladakh is divided into two different districts namely Leh and Kargil. Leh Ladakh, the adventure capital of India, has been a favorite tourist destination for isolated adventure and outdoor activities.

Leh Ladakh is rightly known as the Mecca of cyclists and a dream destination for adventure travelers

This destination has the world’s top three highest mountain passes. With the strong links to Buddhism and Tibetan culture, the city is known for its architecture, cuisine and more. Trekking or motorcycling along the Ladakh stretch will give you mind-blowing experience as you pass through thick snow, clear water bodies, mountain passes and more. Leh Ladakh comes with a number of attractions with mesmerizing landscapes with a unique culture that truly takes you to the heaven on the earth.

How to reach Leh Ladakh?

Roadways?

Popular by the name, the land of monks and monasteries, Leh serves as the capital of Ladakh, the kingdom of natural beauty. The coldest desert of India, Leh, is located at a distance of 434kms from Srinagar while it takes around 474kms from Manali in Himachal Pradesh. As these two are the only entry points for Leh Ladakh, the visitors need to plan their trip from any of the two, however, Srinagar is the mostly opted option among the two.

Travelers prefer traveling from Srinagar because the travelers can easily get adjusted to the different altitudes. Reach Leh Ladakh from Manali is risky due to unexpected landslides during odd weather conditions. Though many adventure travelers come through that way, it’s quite dangerous. The tourists moving from Manali are also advised to make an overnight halt at Keylong, and after that Jispa or Sarchu to start their adventurous trip.

There are visitors who find the road trip more exciting. For this, vehicles like cars, taxis, and bikes are widely chosen for enjoying the trip in their own way.

Road trip lovers, It can be as exciting as ever to travel on road but you need to ensure you carry enough petrol with you as you might run out of petrol on the way. Use spare bottles or cables to store petrol.

Railways?

You can also choose the rail route to reach Leh Ladakh. The nearest railway station from Leh Ladakh is Jammu. There are numerous trains to reach Jammu from Delhi and the travel time would roughly be 9 hours. The nearest boarding station is Srinagar from there you need to take the road route to reach Leh. There is a number of Government and Private buses in this route. You can also choose private taxi and cabs for your travel.

Airways?

Reaching Leh Ladakh during Winters

During winters, the place observes snowfall which makes it difficult to drive vehicles on the road. The Srinagar Leh Highway and the Leh Manali Highway is quite difficult to cross, especially, at the passes. The place also suffers from ice coating on the road that makes driving impossible. Hence, for the tourists willing to visit the destination in winters, traveling through flights is advisable. There are flights available directly from Delhi to Leh, as during that time, the Khardung La and the Chang La passes are also risky to cross.

The best time to visit Leh Ladakh is from May to September as, during this time, the atmosphere remains pleasant for the visitors.

Activities to do in Leh Ladakh

This adventurous destination brings along a number of activities that can be enjoyed while you explore the place. Whether you are traveling with your family, or group of friends, Leh Ladakh has some or the other activity for everyone who visits there. The place serves with high mountains, deep valleys, and ever flowing rivers, which provides you with activities like white water rafting, mountaineering, trekking, and much more.

Trekking, a mandatory entertainment at this place

Leh Ladakh has been a prime spot for the trekkers globally. With high mountains, green valleys, and lushly hills, it gives the best trekking trail. The Markha Valley Trek gives a tough trek as it is located in the coldest desert valley while you can get the best views of the ranges of Zanskar and Ladakh. The highest peaks reach the height of around 20086ft to 21000ft with popular peaks like Kang Yissay and Stok Kangri Peaks. The trek also includes two passes and the amazing Hemis National Park to enjoy.

Cyclists have the best and natural Cycling track here!

Leh Ladakh is the home for the cycling lovers as it comes with heightened roads that add some adventure and excitement to your experience. There are cyclers who cover the route from Manali to Leh which lengths to around 500kms covering the Tanglang La pass. The enthusiastic cyclers enjoy the route with surprising ups and downs making the trek absolutely natural and great.

River Rafting

Love to fight against the stormy water waves? Leh Ladakh provides with rafting opportunities with two different rivers to select from like Zanskar and Indus river. The river rafting route begins from Nimmoo which around 25kms from Leh, which further merges to the waters of Indus and Zanskar in the central zone. The spectacular rafting journey provides the view of the gorgeous Himalayas in the mid.

Camel Safari

Camel safari is yet another major outdoor activity here. The ride is more appealing as the camels here have two humps. Bactrian camels have two humps and they can easily cross the sand dunes located in Ladakh. If you want to experience the amazing camel safari, you can visit this destination that will give you an absolute roller coaster experience.

Interesting fact: Ladakh is the only place in India that has the Twin humped camels

With numerous lakes, rivers, trekking passes and mountain routes, Leh Ladakh is a stunning place to visit to kindle the adventurous choices of your mind. The local sightseeing places, monasteries, Main Leh Bazaar, Shyok and Nubra Valley add more memories to your journey. Participate in the adventure and plan your trip to India’s most beautiful destination.

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