About the Ladakh
It becomes more mystical as you visit Ladakh, and the camouflaged majesty of the Himalayas will be unveiled to the ardent explorers.
Here’s such a Ladakh tour that unveils the mysterious beauty of many of Ladakh’s sights that will take about 10 days to complete.
Beginning from Manali, Tour of Ladakh will cover Jispa, Hunder Village, Leh and nearby locations, Pangong Tso, Tsomoriri and Leh’s famous monasteries.
During the sightseeing tour, which includes airport transfer, the package includes food, lodging and transportation.
About Your Adventurous Tour
When you explore Ladakh, it becomes more magic, and passionate adventurers will disclose the camouflaged beauty of the Himalayas.
Here is such a tour of Ladakh that shows the secret magic of many of the Ladakh sites which take about 10 days.
The tour of Ladakh begins in Manali which will cover the renowned monasteries of the Leh Jispa, Hunder, Leh and its surrounding areas, Pangong Tso and Tsomoriri.
The package includes food, lodging and transport during the tour including the airport transfer.
Hotel ( double & triple sharing ) , Camp Stay
Clean Bathrooms are available with 24 hours running water.
Though Leh Ladakh is a cold desert styled environment, it is a unique place during each season. It is generally a barren land and has a low atmospheric pressure. Owing to its rigid climatic conditions and other features, tourists are required to certain necessary precautions during their Leh Ladakh tour.
Upon your arrival in Manali, get picked up and travel to Jispa.
Stay overnight in Jispa.
From Jispa, you will be travelling to Tsomoriri.
Stay overnight in Tsomoriri.
Tsomoriri to Leh is the journey today. En route, you will visit Chumthang hot water springs and Tsokar Lake.
Stay overnight in Leh.
Visit Sham Valley on Leh Srinagar highway today. Also visit the Hall of Fame, Kali Mata temple, Gurudwara Patthar Sahib and Magnetic Hill.
Get a drive to Nubra Valley via Khardongla, explore Diskit, Hunder Village and do a camel safari on the sand dunes on your own.
Stay overnight in Nubra.
Embark on a sightseeing tour of Nubra Valley. Visit Sumoor and Panamik Hot springs and monasteries, watch the life style of people living at the northernmost region of India.
Return to Leh and stay overnight in Leh.
Fly back home with pleasant cherish memories!
Today, you will visit Pangong Lake via Shey and Thiksey.
En route, visit the famous monasteries in Shey and Thiksey and also Sindhu Ghat.
Pangong lake is something every adventure lover must visit Pangong Lake at 145000 feet through Chang La Pass 17350 feet.
Stay overnight in Pangong.
From Pangong, start your return journey to Leh.
En route take a short halt at Changla Pass to enjoy a cup of hot steaming tea , later visit Hemis Monastery. Spend the afternoon in Leh Market to collect Souvenier.
Stay overnight in Leh.
Spend the whole exploring in Leh town, visit Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace and Leh Market.
Stay overnight in Leh.
Get a drop at Leh airport for your departure.
Q. Which is the best time to visit Ladakh when all roads are open?
A. July and August are the definite peak months to visit Ladakh when all roads and passes are open. The weather is nippy with a sunny morning and afternoon making it fit for exploration. Expect the mercury to go up to 25 degree Celsius and fall to about 10 degree Celsius post sunset. For bikers too this is the best time to visit and experience all the wonderful colours the place is splashed in. Also the time when the popular Hemis Festival takes place.
Q) What is the difference between Leh and Ladakh?
A. Ladakh is the name of an entire region within Jammu & Kashmir state, and the name of the district. Leh is the capital of this region, and the point of entry into this place if you are arriving by air. Leh is also the main town in the region. Most lay persons tend to use the terms Leh Ladakh together.
Q) Is it safe to travel to Leh Ladakh?
A. Leh and Ladakh are some of the safest areas you can travel to in India. Yes it is a remote region, but there is a strong military presence which helps keeps any mischief makers away. Also, Ladakhi people are some of the most gentle and friendly people you will ever meet. Ladakh is safe for travellers of all kind, even solo travellers. Ladakh is also hundreds of miles away from the India – Pakistan border so it is not impacted by any tensions on that side.
Q) Which car is best for a Ladakh trip?
A. The terrain in Ladakh is such that a normal sedan car would not be suitable for driving around this region. For a Ladakh trip, one should only book or drive an SUV or MUV car. This is why MakeMyTrip only uses MUV cars for their Leh Ladakh tour packages.
Q) Which is the best time to visit Ladakh?
A. The best time to visit Ladakh will depend on what you wish to do and where you are planning to go. If you just want to visit Leh and see its main surroundings, you can visit anytime from April till October. On the other hand, if you wish to explore further around Leh and are considering Leh Ladakh packages that include places like Pangong Lake and Nubra Valley, then ideally you should travel to Ladakh between May and September for the best experience.
If you wish to enjoy winter experiences around Leh such as walking on a Chadar Trek or frozen lake, or even just seeing the snow around Leh, then visit in the winter from December to February. You could also visit in January of February if you wish to do the Chadar Trek.
Q) Does Leh have snow?
A. Leh is a valley and receives snowfall during winter. Areas at higher altitude around Leh will have snow even in spring and autumn months, and it is possible that you will get to see some snow at places like Khardung La pass, Chang La pass etc. depending on when you visit.
Q) How long do I need to spend in Leh before heading out on a trek?
A. Give yourself a couple of days – but at best a day, before moving out to the higher reaches. Not only does Leh have an array of monasteries, palaces and other sightseeing spots, it will also let you acclimatise better when you go further up to a Nubra Valley or Chang La.
Q) How good is a jeep ride from Manali to Leh?
A. There are several shared as well as private jeeps running the 470-odd kilometres from Manali to Leh. Though shared jeep rides come cheap, they can be tad uncomfortable given the length of the journey which is nearly 24 hours with little scope to acclimatise. While the front seat-view (beside the driver) is enviable and puts you as close to the natural surroundings as possible, those on the back seat can have a rather bumpy, uneven ride and suffer motion sickness.
Q) Are there direct buses from Delhi to Leh?
A. Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) has direct buses from Delhi to Leh, leaving New Delhi’s ISBT Kashmere Gate daily at 02:30 pm and arriving into Leh in about 35 hours. To cover the 1050 kilometre, the bus halts overnight at Keylong before moving ahead to Leh. The bus route is Delhi to Chandigarh to Kullu and via Rohtang Pass to Keylong before arriving in Leh. The bus makes several pit-stops along the way for food and drink and lets you soak up the stunning scenery.
Q) What is there to shop in Ladakh?
A. Souvenir hunters have plenty of opportunities afoot in Leh’s Main Bazaar home to an assortment of curio shops selling Tibetan antiques, trinkets among other bric-a-brac. You can head into the Tibetan market to pick up unique silver jewellery, Pashmina shawls. There are several bookstores in Leh with a superb array of novels, travel books, guide books, and books on the Himalayas and Buddhism. Just by the jeep stand is a second-hand clothing market selling warm winter clothing, in case you desperately need to get yourself one. But if you have a trek planned out, do round up the trekking food shops selling powdered milk, instant noodles, chocolate, biscuit, granola bars and some dry fruits.
Q) How long does it take to get to Pangong Tso from Leh?
A. Pangong Tso at an altitude of 14,271 foot affords a dramatic mountain scenery that is starkly beautiful. In order to get to the blue-coloured Pangong Lake from Leh, you need to begin at the break of dawn so that you get there before noon. Typically it is a five-hour journey through the picturesque Chang La Pass, but the later you start more the difficulty in reaching the lake site since the road gets blocked by water from melting snow trickling in around 01:00 pm up until 08:00 pm. However, you do not have to return on the same day from Leh; you can stay the night at a guesthouse or hotel in the Tangtse village close to Pangong.
Q) Do I need an Inner Line Permit (ILP) to visit Nubra Valley?
A. Yes, you need an ILP to visit Nubra Valley because it is close to the borders of Pakistan and China. It is easy to attain an ILP permit these days as you can go to the official ILP website, enter your details, furnish your identification proof, state the purpose of your journey and you will be issued an e-ILP. You need to produce a printout of the same at the site.
Q) Is the Khardung La pass open through the year?
A. Though the Indian Army keeps the world’s highest motorable road open through the year, it may not necessarily be possible to travel all year round. The best time to enjoy the beauty of the landscape and drive through is between April and June and then from September to October. The monsoon months in between make the stretch extremely treacherous, and in the months post November it goes under a blanket of snow. The road opens at 09:00 am and shuts by 05:00 pm everyday.
Q) How long does a bus from Manali take to get to Leh?
A. The Himachal Pradesh Tourist Development Corporation (HPTDC) buses take about 2 days to get to Leh from Manali. The 473 kilometre stretch warrants a night stay in Keylong or Sarchu before progressing to Leh. The road is extremely scenic and the slow pace of the journey helps you acclimatise better.
Q) Do local Ladakhis follow English?
A. While Ladakhi is a Tibetan dialect and can be difficult for a traveller to fathom, you can get around locally by speaking in Hindi and also English, courtesy the surge of foreign tourists. Across Leh, most people speak and understand Hindi and even English, but when you travel remotely into the villages, no other language but Ladakhi is spoken and understood. Keep the word ‘julley’ – a greeting in Ladakhi – handy and you can win both favour and friends.