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Ladakh

Ladakh

Weather

The strange factor about Ladakh is that the place receives no rain.  The roads are therefore very dry and with winds spreading sands. Snowfalls happen rarely here though whole Himalayas remain snow capped. Being a high altitude place, Ladakh experiences extreme variations in climatic conditions. December and January are peak winters here with temperature dips from minus 20 degree Celsius to 15 degree Celsius. Ladakh is dry, hot and remains barren in summers (April to October). Temperature soar upto 35 degree Celsius during day time leaving you dripping in perspiration, but still summer nights are cold. During winters landslides and road blockades are common. October-November is ideal to visit the place. But it is advised to make a thorough study of the climatic conditions of Ladakh before you plan your trip here.


 


Make a clear study of the climatic conditions prior to planning your visit. Children below 5 years should be avoided in your trip as they may be troubled with acclimatization issues. Drink plenty of water to tackle acclimatization. Avoid alcohol and tobacco completely as low levels of oxygen makes it tough to come out of the hang over

How To Reach

By Road:

Ladakh is accessible from Himachal Pradesh via the Manali-Leh Highway that remains open between May-October. Heavy snowfalls cut off Ladakh during December-February. From Srinagar, Ladakh is connected by Zoji La Pass and from Manali, Ladakh can be reached through Rohtang Pass. Zoji La Pass will be open between June and October and Rohtang Pass opens between July and September. 


By Air:

There are daily flights from Delhi to Kushok Bakula Rinpoche Airport in Leh, the closest air base to Ladakh. 



By Rail:

The nearest railway station to Ladakh is Jammu Tawi, which is about 680 km away. It takes a two day travel from there by road to reach Ladakh.


Overview

Ladakh in Jammu & Kashmir is a surprisingly beautiful off-beat destination which would enthral both nature lovers and adventure seeking travellers. This land of high passes, gompas and white sands is also known as 'the Moon Land', 'Little Tibet', and 'the last Shangri La'.

 

The land is full of surprises that wait right from the road trip to Ladakh. The scenery keeps changing in every five minutes. While the snow-clad mountains accompany you throughout, the large fields, happily flowing streams and smiling Lamas holds your attention. And finally as you step in, the arid beauty of the place with its greyish brown glittering sand and extreme tranquility will leave you spellbound.

 

Ladakh is nestled in the Kunlun range and Himalayas at an altitude of 2750 meters. Ladakh may not be a happening place, but it’s sure to offer an escape from the cacophony of life. It also offers an exciting break from the usual greens and waterfalls. The land is full of multi-coloured peaks, clear lakes, barren landscape and rare wild life. It is surprisingly pristine with a musical silence and is totally disconnected from the hustles of the outer world.

 

Ladakh is a paradise for adventurous couple with 14 trek routes. Motor biking, camping, jeep safari and river rafting are the other exciting activities you can indulge in here. Jeep safari is the best way to explore the mountains, wild rivers and passes here. If looking for more adventure options, go for archery, camel safari, ice climbing and more.  

 

Shopping here is very different as the place offers unique curios like Buddhists masks, enameled mugs, Kashmiri handicrafts, pashmina shawls, semi-precious stones thangkas paintings and fresh apricots.