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Leh

Leh

Weather

The city of Leh experiences extreme climatic conditions. The seasonal cycle of the region can be simply divided into winter and summer. The winter months begin in October and continue till March. The weather in Leh is very cold and harsh during the winter season. Temperatures can occasionally drop below the -15°C mark. Frost bites are very common. The rarified air makes the effect of the sun all the more intense during the winter months. This can lead to sunburns in many cases. The whole area receives heavy amount of snowfall in winter. The summer season starts in the month of April and continues till the end of September. This is the best time to visit the city of Leh. Tourists will be greeted with cool, pleasant temperatures which can rise up to 33°C. The skies remain clear and present a panoramic view of the mountainous region. The temperature during the day ranges from an average of 20°C to 30°C. The passes to Leh can be accessed only during the period from June to September.


 


Ladakh being a high altitude cold desert with a low level of atmospheric oxygen can cause some altitude ailments. So it is advised to take 24 hours rest on reaching here and drink plenty of water. 

How To Reach

By Road:

The JKSRTC offers road service from Leh to Srinagar, covering a total distance of almost 700 km. The HRTC also provides services from Leh to Manali which is situated about 474 km away.


By Air:

Flights are available on a regular basis from Leh to Srinagar and Delhi. The nearest international airport is situated in Delhi.



By Rail:

There is no railway station in the city of Leh. The railway station closest to Leh is Jammu, located at a distance of almost 734 km away.


Overview

The Leh region of Jammu & Kashmir is fondly called as ‘paradise in India’. The gorgeous valley of Leh enclosed by the Himalayan and the Karakoram ranges is an embodiment of the rich beauty of nature. Situated on the banks of the famous River Indus, Leh is majestic and captivating. The landscape here is considered as one of the most amazing in the entire world.

 

The Leh valley attracts visitors from around the world. The name Leh indicates the land of the Lamas (the Buddhist monks). Most of Leh is covered by elegant Buddhist monuments and mosques, the origin of which can be traced back to ancient times. Several Buddhist monuments, study centres and monasteries are also located in Leh, the beauty of which adds to the rich beauty of the land.

 

The pristine beauty of the land along with the surrounding snow capped Himalayan ranges and dotting Buddhist monasteries are a feat for eyes. Experienced adventurous tourists can take up the challenge of trekking through the breathtaking Himalayan terrains and rafting in the rivers. Leh is also a preferred place for mountain biking. It is ranked as the ‘second highest motorable road in the world’. The popular trekking trails in Leh like the Spiti to Ladakh, Sham Valley, Markha Valley, Ladakh-Zanskar and the Nubra Valley are one of the most challenging in the world itself.

 

Shopping in Leh is a wonderful experience for tourists. Stores sell exquisite rugs and carpets with traditional Persian and Kashmiri motifs along with stoles and shawls. Jewellery created using semi-precious stones and the local Thangka paintings are popular gift items. Visitors will find traditional items such as music bowls and prayer wheels in some shops. The Lapis Lazuli from Afghanistan and Burmese rubies can be obtained from traders in Leh.

 

The cuisine of Leh is a glorious combination of Indian, Tibetan and Continental fare due to the extensive penetration of tourism in the city. Visitors can dig into sumptuous doughnuts and cakes from the German bakeries spread throughout Leh. Restaurants serve Chinese, Continental and Indian dishes.

 

However few things have to be taken care while you travel to Leh. it is not a good decision to visit Leh with children below 5 years due to problems related to acclimatization which might happen. Even for adults, it takes some hours to adjust the acclimatization due to higher altitudes. It is also advised t avoid alcohol as the level of Oxygen is lower here it is difficult to get rid of the hang over.