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Travelling is an activity that allows one to reach their inner self, by visiting new places finding and getting to know different cultures. For instance, travelling to

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a destination with adventure sports like Rishikesh or Manali where you can experience adventure sports like bungee jumping, paragliding, river rafting or cliff climbing lets you discover your wild side whilst the mountains and hill stations of Manali, Ooty allow you to connect with nature by offering serenity and peace, the mesmerizing sight of sunset or the warm yet cool sunrise make the hill stations and mountains even more appealing further adding to the already lush/ green biome and the cool and/chilly weather it offers. There is something special about mountains that puts them on the top ranks in everybody’s travel diaries and wish-lists. And one name that certainly belongs to that list is Leh-Ladakh.

Everybody has some ‘must visit once’ place in their list of places and leh-ladakh is a popular name for that and this is why we are going to discuss everything about this place because surely, many of you might be scratching your heads, thinking what is so special about Leh-Ladakh that it’s a place most travellers aspire of visiting atleast once in their lifetime.

Leh Ladakh tour packages have, of late, become very popular among travellers of all age groups and travel tastes. In a nutshell, everything that makes Mountains so special is even better at leh ladakh but that is not all and there are lot of other reasons which add up to make the experience unmatchable. Everything from best time to travel this city, best places to visit in leh ladakh, how to get the cheapest leh ladakh tour packages, what is the best food and where to get it and so on. Anything that would constitute in making the most out of your leh ladakh holiday package will be covered in this long article. So, grab a drink, and sit tight as we go along the discussion. So without further ado, let us get started.

About Leh-Ladakh

Ladakh, popularly called ‘The Land Of High Passes’, extends from the Kunlun mountain range to the main Great Himalayas to the south. It is home to the people of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent. Ladakh region is divided in two districts Leh in the east and Kargil to the west. As mentioned, the major inhabitants of this districts are Tibetan people and Buddhism is the major religion which is practiced here. Ladakh is highly renowned for its mountainous splendour and not to forget hospitable culture.

Whereas, Leh is a town in the Leh district of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It was the capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh, seated at the Leh palace, the former mansion of the royal family of Ladakh. The cold desert of Leh is the second largest district of the country with an expanse of more than 45000 km2 and is second only to another beautiful desert which is the Kutch in Gujarat. Leh temperatures reach below freezing point in winters, the lowest temperature recorded in Leh was minus 23 degrees Celsius. In around the month of July, Leh experiences a highest temperature of 17.4 degree Celsius.

One key attraction that rises from the Buddhist influence is the presence of Monasteries. These monasteries are centres that house a rare, beautiful and rich Buddhist relic and are easily top picks for the most beautiful places in ladakh due to their location on top of hills. Sparse population, culture and lifestyle has become the major attraction over the years for the tourists and has played a major economic role for the Leh Ladakh tourism. Most of the destinations to visit in this area are located at a height of over 10,000 feet above the sea level. So, one of the first important thing to be prepared for, during the trip should be acclimatization.

How to reach Leh Ladakh?

Leh Ladakh is amongst the highest motorable places but that doesn’t take away the connectivity to this place. It is well connected to major Indian cities via all three modes of transport i.e. Rail, Road and Air.

  1. By Rail: The nearest Railway station to Leh is located 708kms away which is Jammu Tawi. You can easily get a Taxi or a Bus service which would take around 15 hours to arrive at your destination.
  2. By Air: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee is the highest situated airport in the country at 3256m from the sea level and is well connected to major cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Jammu and Srinagar. For an international traveller, arriving at one of the connected major city would be the first step to reach this destination
  3. By Road: Most of the travel stories you had heard about Leh Ladakh would be from road travellers as the best experience for this trip would be gathered on the wheels. Whether you choose Manali-Leh highway or the Srinagar-Leh Highway, either way you will be delighted by some of the most picturesque views you will come across along the journey. Before you start the trip, do make sure to get your vehicle ready and fit to be driven around these passes, otherwise you are better off renting a bike where you have plethora of options to choose from. Rather it has kind of become a culture to go on a bike trip to leh ladakh among frequent travellers.

Distance From major Cities (By Road)

  1. Delhi To Leh (Leh Palace Road,Leh): via Leh-Manali Highway 1017 kms (26 hrs with Tolls)
  2. Delhi To Ladakh (Nubra Valley): via Leh-Manali Highway- 1163 kms (30hrs with tolls)
  3. Mumbai to Leh (Leh Palace Road,Leh):
    1. Via NH48- 2445 kms (49hrs with tolls)
    2. Via NH48 and Leh Manali Highway- 2408kms (49hrs with tolls)
    3. Via Leh Manali Highway- 2465kms (49hrs with tolls)
  4. Mumbai to Ladakh (Nubra Valley):
    1. via NH 48- 2575 kms (53hrs with tolls)
    2. via Leh Manali Highway- 2595 kms (54 hrs)
  5. Kolkata to Leh (Leh Palace Road,Leh): Via NH19- 2516kms (51hrs with tolls)
  6. Kolkata to Ladakh (Nubra Valley): via NH19- 2646 kms (55hrs with tolls)
  7. Chandigharh to Leh (Leh Palace Road,Leh):
    1. via Leh Manali Highway- 834 kms (22hrs 40 minutes)
    2. via NH44 and NH1- 989 kms (25hrs)
  8. Chandigarh to Ladakh (Nubra Valley):
    1. via Leh-Manali Highway- 964kms (27hrs)
    2. via NH44 and NH1- 1146 kms (30hrs)
  9. Srinagar to Leh (Leh Palace Road, Leh): via NH1- 424 kms (10hrs 54mins)
  10. Srinagar To Ladakh (Nubra Valley): via NH1- 580kms (15hrs 58mins)

The Best time and the Best places to visit Leh Ladakh

One trip might not be enough to experience all the beauty which is trapped in the womb of Leh Ladakh. This cold desert stretches very long into the mountainous region and has a variety of categories of places to visit from lakes to glaciers to mountain passes to temples. For the trek lovers, this place is the closest place to heaven on earth. One of the most unique characteristic about the journey is that there is not a lot of specific destinations to visit as your journey is your destination. Still, if you want some recommendations that you should visit, then let us start from some lakes and then we’ll head on to next category.
We recommend:

  1. Pangong Tso: Also referred to as the Pangong lake, is one of the most popular places to visit due to its ability to change colour every hour of the day ranging its spectrum from emerald green to tints of blue and purple.
  2. Tsomoriri Wetland Conservation Reserve: Also known as Tsomoriri Lake, which means Mountain Lake, is located in Ladakh. It is the largest high altitude lake in India located 4522m above sea level and it is about 26km north to south and is 3 to 5 kms wide. The water is brackish as there is no outlet to ensure a continuous flow of the water.
  3. Ladakh is known as the land of high passes, so visiting one of the most popular passes is a crucial part of the trip, some popular passes are Chang La, Fotu La, Namika La, Zoji La, Tanglangla pass, etc

One thing to remember though, is that the best time to visit Leh Ladakh is during the summer months and don’t forget to pack some wind cheaters to bear the blistering cold winds and also, best tour packages for leh ladakh are mostly available in the summers.

Food Culture in Ladakh

As far as food culture of ladakh is concerned, you will come across a large variety of cuisines including Tibetan, Korean, Continental, Chinese and Indian. The common native ingredients are dry fruits like walnuts, almonds, raisins and spices like saunf, clove, saffron, chillies, dry ginger, cinnamon and cardamom. Ladakh agriculture is mostly based on Rice, pumpkin, potatoes and beans cultivations. Some dishes that should definitely try during your journey are mentioned below separately for vegetarian and non-vegetarian travellers.

Non-Veg Dishes

  1. Thukpa
  2. Roghan Josh
  3. Gushtaba
  4. Rista
  5. Marchwangan Korma
  6. Skieu
  7. Non-veg Momos
  8. Yaknee

Veg Dish

  1. Lotus Root
  2. Veg Momos
  3. Apricot Jamt
  4. Saag
  5. Korma Sag
  6. Dum-Aloo and Chaman

Legal permits Required

Since, leh ladakh shares border with three major regions which are India, China and Tibet, therefore, a lot of places which you probably would not like to eliminate from your leh ladakh tour package requires a protect area permit (pap). But this permit is only required by the international tourists while the leh ladakh holiday package for Indian tourist does not require to include any such permit and any valid photo ID (Passport, PAN Card, AADHAR Card, Voter ID, and Driving License) will suffice to prove your Indian nationality.

Budget for all what we have discussed so far

Leh ladakh tour packages can easily be made cheaper by making cost cuttings in some places but try not be penny-pincher. Now, the best tour packages for leh ladakh will cost you around 20,000INR -30,000INR inclusive of the flight, stay, food and the sightseeing. For those who are thinking of a road trip, a similar budget will be for your best tour package for leh ladakh.

Conclusion

So, we have to end this discussion here, where we covered a lot of things about our tour packages for leh ladakh. This cold desert packs a lot of great experiences in itself and the chilly climate of leh ladakh is quite harsh yet enjoyable. Everything here attracts you, from the culture and food, to the mountain passes and lakes. In short, whenever I would like to look for peace, I would definitely choose this place for the cause. All in all, no matter if you are a frequent lonely backpacker or less frequent traveller, visiting here once in a lifetime is certainly a must. For details to the leh ladakh trip and/or leh ladakh tour packages, feel free to contact us, anytime. We offer cheapest leh ladakh tour packages in the travelling industry.

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