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Leh Ladakh the land of high altitude passes in India. Ladakh is also known for barren lands and cold temperature, it offers you the beauty of snow-capped peaks, massive huge shimmering blue lakes like Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri. Ladakh lies at an altitude from 9000 feet to 25170 feet, there is lot to explore in, the Indus & Zanskar River flowing between the valley, ancient monasteries, large stupas, sand dunes, as the first rays of the sun hits the mountains the monks blow their large copper trumpets from the rooftops of the monasteries. It has a very authentic Ladakhi culture which they celebrate in a various religious ceremony. Monasteries interior are filled with unique and antiques arts and sculptures, the great Himalayan range which connects Tibet, china with Leh Ladakh. Ladakh today is one of the most remarkable adventure travel destinations and it can be divided into three main areas for trekking and adventure activities Zanskar famous for Chadar Trek and Kayaking, White Water Rafting with Padam as its central point; the area around Leh for its traditional markets and the Nubra/Shyok Valleys of the Eastern Karakoram.

Highlights

  • Activities: Backpacking Trip, Photography tour & Road Expedition
  • Location: Leh-Ladakh
  • Group size: 10 pax
  • Minimum required: 6 pax
  • Duration: 5 Nights and 6 Days
  • Cost: Rs. 24,899/- per person

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Arrival Leh by morning flight and transfer to the hotel. After a welcome drink take a complete rest for acclimatization to the height altitude of Leh (3500 meters). In the late afternoon drive to the city for an orientation walk in the markets‚ followed by a visit to Shanti Stupa‚ Leh palace & market. Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel.

Shanti Stupa

is situated on a hilltop in Chanspa, Leh district, Ladakh, in the north Indian state of Leh. Shanti Stupa is known as Buddhist white-domed stupa. It was built in 1991 by Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu Gyomyo Nakamura. The Shanti Stupa holds the relics of the Buddha at its base, enshrined by the 14th Dalai Lama himself. Shanti stupa provides a beautiful and panoramic view of the surrounding landscape. This has become a primary reason for Shanti Stupa to become a popular tourist attraction, apart from its religious significance.

Leh Palace

Also known as 'Lhachen Palkhar,' is a 17th-century former royal palace and one of the central attractions in Leh. Built under the patronage of King Sengge Namgyal, it used to house his family. The nine-storey dun-coloured palace now houses a museum and a prayer room, while the highlight is the sweeping view of Leh and the surrounding Zanskar mountain from the rooftop.

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Hotel

After breakfast you drive downstream along the River Indus on Leh – Kargil Highway. And start our sightseeing with Hall Of Fame (Museum Constructed by India Army) near Leh is worth a visit for every Indian, and proceed further to Gurudwara Patthar Sahib at an altitude of 3600 Mtrs about 22 Kms from Leh was constructed in memory of Guru Nanak Dev ji Nestled deep in the Himalayas, A drive of another 4 km took us to Magnetic Hill which defies the law of gravity. As you move ahead from Magnetic Hills, just before Nimmu Village, there comes a famous Confluence Of Two Rivers Indus River coming from Tibet (left) and Zanskar River coming from Zanskar Valley (right). Later we drive back to Leh. Dinner and overnight at Hotel in Leh.

Hall of Fame

An important stopover on the tourist circuit, the Hall of Fame encapsulates the essence of patriotism and displays exhibits relating the bravery of Indian soldiers and their courageous accomplishments. As you pass through the OP Vijay Gallery, which showcases weaponry that was used in the Kargil War, and see the elaborate display of the documents of the war, uniforms that are worn at the Siachen glacier and others, you will be filled with a sense of pride. The letters written by soldiers to their families, photographs clicked during wars fought in the region and a 30-minute documentary on the Kargil War, are some of the highlights. On the second floor, guns and equipment that were detained by the Indian Army during its confrontations with the Pakistan army have been put up as exhibits. The museum also houses a souvenir shop. The hall has been built inside a museum that was erected by the Indian Army in honour of soldiers who perished during the various wars that have been fought in this region.

Magnetic Hill

Perched at an altitude of 14,000 ft, Magnetic Hill is one of the most intriguing spots in the country. This tiny hillock is said to defy gravity as it tends to pull vehicles upwards. It is quite thrilling to defy the laws of science and be pulled in the opposite direction. The scientific theory states that there is a strong magnetic force emanating from the hills that defies gravity at this particular spot. It is a good pitstop on the highway and serves as a break in between mundane road travel. Do note that it is best to visit between May to September, when the road is easily accessible. There is a board that marks the location of magnetic hill, so it cannot be missed while driving down the highway. Local Ladakhi superstition believes that the road is a straight stairway to heaven.

Confluence of the Zanskar:

Indus river originates from the great Himalayan ranges and Zanskar river originates from Zanskar ranges. Zanskar river is shiny blue in colour, on the other hand Indus looks a little green. Zanskar meets Indus in Nimmu valley from the north-east. This is a scenic view for the visitors and they find it fascinating to mark both the rivers even after their confluence

Gurudwara Pathar Sahib

is a highly revered gem located 25 miles away from Leh town on Kargil Leh Highway. Devoted to Guru Nanak Devi Ji, the founder of Sikh Religion, the sacred place beautifully commemorates his visit to Ladakh. Dating back to 1517, the Gurudwara houses a boulder with imprints of the head, shoulders and backside of Shree Guru Nanak Dev.

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Post breakfast we drive to Nubra Valley. The road journey from Leh to Nubra Valley passes over Khardung La (Second Highest Motorable Road In The World) at 5,602 Mtrs / 18,390 Ft, around 39 km from Leh. From the pass, one can see all the way south over the Indus valley to seemingly endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range, and north to the giants of the Saser massif. Nubra Valley is popularly known as Ldumra or the valley of flowers. It is situated in the north of Ladakh between the Karakoram and Ladakh ranges of the Himalayas. The average altitude of the valley is 10,000 Ft. above sea level. Upon arrival in Nubra we check in at our Camp / Hotel in Hunder for Overnight stay. In the evening you can walk around the tiny villages to see how the locals live in this part of the world. Overnight Stay at the Camp or Hotel.

 

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After an early breakfast we check out from Camp or hotel and drive towards Hunder where you have the opportunity to ride on a bacterian camel (double humped) amidst the sand dunes of this high altitude desert with snow capped mountains on the horizon. On the return stop at Diskit which is the headquarter town of Nubra Valley. Stroll around the bazaar observing the shops and local people going about their daily chores. Later we drive towards Pangong Tso via Agham & Shyok Valley. Some of the road patches in areas are extremely tough (towards the nubra side) in terms of road conditions but no doubt the journey is very scenic!  Later after crossing this adventurous part we drive further towards Durbuk & Tangtse for Pangong you pass through a few small villages of Changthang and finally you can have a sudden view of the Pangong lake situated at 14,000 feet (4,267 m). Upon arrival we check in at our Camp/Hotel Near Pangong lake Dinner & Overnight at the Hotel

 

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Morning at leisure to explore the beauty of the lake and later we drive back to Leh via Changla Pass 5486 Mtrs en route visiting Hemis Gompa, the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. And futher to Thiksey an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village and another 5 Kms driving through a picturesque landscape we reach to Shey Palace, The ancient capital of Ladakh & 3 Idiots Rancho School. Drive further to Leh. Dinner & Overnight at Hotel.

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Hotel

Tour concludes. Through a punctual transfer to the Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward destination.

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Reviews
Shibani Goutam
Shibani Goutam

I have planned many trips before with various travel agents and I must say you are one of the best Trek planner/Trek leads I have had the pleasure to interact with. We thank you very much for all your work and dedication to make this trip happen! Thanks to Satish and nikhil to complete the trek before sun burn .

Saloni Patil
Saloni Patil

Had my best time in Sandhan Valley trek even our guides were friendly, fantastic, showcasing expertise.I must highlight the remarkable quality of the meals provided during our trek.Highly recommended! your company and guide to anyone seeking an unforgettable outdoor experience.

Akshay Badiya
Akshay Badiya

I recently embarked on a trek with treks and trails, and the experience exceeded my expectations. The trek leaders were not only knowledgeable but also exceptionally friendly, creating a welcoming atmosphere throughout the journey. Their expertise shone through, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable trek.

Puneet Kadapatti
Puneet Kadapatti

Did Kalsubai Trek with the TNT team(Sunny/Sagar and Neha)
Met them on the Kasara Train and the moment we all gathered I had a Vibe this treks gonna be Awesome,

Utkarsh Kumbhare
Utkarsh Kumbhare

The trek leaders have good experience and are very helpful during trek with all the necessary details that one need to know.
I would suggest to carry minimum luggage as possible as the trek is demanding with high endurance so keeping the luggage at minimum only essentials like water, energy bars and drinks, will help you once the 75% bar of the trek is done😅....also would be nice if you practice cardio beforehand atleast 15-20 days if you don't go to gym, it will really aid you.
Overall a very good experience with treks and trails.


Inclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Assistance upon arrival at airport
  • Traditional welcome in the Hotel with Welcome Drink (Hot Tea) on arrival
  • 05 Night Accommodation on double  sharing Basis as per the Itinerary with meal plan as mentioned above.
  • Return airport and round trip transfers along with all sightseeing tours as per the above itinerary 
  • Wild Life fees & Red Cross fee
  • Environmental fee
  • Ladakh Entry Fee
  • Inner line permit Nubra Valley & Pangong lake
  • Toll taxes/Parking/Driver allowances

Exclusions

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Service tax (5%)
  • Any Kind of Personal Expenses or Optional Tours / Extra Meals Ordered
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the inclusions head
  • The Services of Vehicle are not included on leisure days & after finishing the sightseeing tour as per the Itinerary
  • Guide fee, Camera fee & any monument entrance fee
  • Medical & Travel insurance
  • Any changes you may choose to make during the tour
  • Additional costs due to flight cancellation, road blocks etc.

THINGS TO CARRY

  • Identity proof with residential address must come with a photocopy
  • Thermals, Fleece, Jacket, Woolen gloves & cap, etc.
  • Personal Clothing for the tour
  • Torch, Power banks, Charger, etc.
  • Toiletry kit
  • Sun protection & Cold Cream (Sunscreen/Lip balm/Sunglasses)
  • Trekking shoes & floaters
  • Camera and memory cards (Optional)
  • Do not carry sling bags or Jholas
  • Do not wear gold or bring valuable ornaments

By registering or joining any of the programs organized by Treks and trails, you acknowledge that you have read, understood & agreed to the following terms & conditions.



Policy and Terms

  • Prior to 45 days or more - 25% of tour cost
  • Between 44 and 31 days of departure - 40% of tour cost
  • Between 30 and 15 days of departure - 50% of tour cost
  • Between 14 days and 8 prior to date of departure - 75%
  • Between 7 days and in case of no show - 100%
  • NIL cancellation charges will be applied should any one of the actual travelers’ tests COVID positive within 72 hours prior to departure subject to QR code.
  • The traveler will have to furnish a COVID positive report dated within 72 hours prior to departure as a proof of illness
  • The amount can be converted into a credit note for the full value with a validity of 12 Months

Terms and Conditions

  • Leader decision shall be final & abiding by all, till completion of the trek/ programmed.
  • Smoking, chewing tobacco & consumption of Alcohol is strictly not allowed on the trek/ programmed.
  • Everyone is expected to follow safety protocols defined by the leaders.
  • Polluting trek route/ campsite is strictly prohibited. Strictly no littering throughout the event/ trek.
  • You acknowledge that the photographs that were taken during the activity which can be used for publicity purpose. You consent to let organizers photograph you and let them use for publicity purpose & also agree to allow organizers to use the photograph clicked by you for publicity purpose.
  • There is a possibility of injury during activities &, and you are aware that outdoor activities bear the inherent risk of personal injury.
  • Incidents can happen on outdoor activity / Natural calamity may happen you agree that organizer is not responsible for any mishap, accident, including death in any circumstances natural or artificial
  • During an emergency situation, your consent to any medical treatment recommended by a qualified medical practitioner this could include inoculations, blood transfusions, surgery, or the use of anesthetic.

Frequest Questions

1. What is the precaution to prevent Acute Mountain Sickness?

Ladakh, located in the union territory of India, is known for its high altitude and rugged terrain, which can pose potential risks to tourists. Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is a common ailment that can occur due to the low oxygen levels in the region, and symptoms can include headaches, nausea, dizziness, and chest pressure. To minimize the risk of AMS, it is recommended to:

  1. Drink at least 4-5 liters of water per day to stay hydrated
  2. Gradually acclimatize your body by staying active and keeping hydrated
  3. Keep an open ear and eye for any signs of altitude sickness
  4. Wear dry clothes, avoid wet clothes
  5. Avoid sleeping during the day, instead, take a walk around the city
  6. Refrain from smoking and drinking alcohol
  7. Consume proteins and carbohydrates
  8. Take Diamox medicine (2 mg) as a preventive measure.

It's important to note that in case you suffer from AMS, the best solution is to descend straight away; also, it's always a good idea to check the Indian government's travel advisory for the region before planning a trip.

 

2. Is Leh Ladakh safe for tourists?

It is generally agreed upon that Leh, located within the union territory of Ladakh in India, is a secure location for vacationers. It is always a good idea to keep yourself aware of any potential safety problems and to take the required precautions to guarantee a safe and pleasurable trip, regardless of the location you plan to visit. 

This is true for every destination. The high altitude and the possibility of developing altitude sickness, in addition to the severe weather conditions that may be experienced in the region, should be brought to visitors' attention before they decide to travel there. Before making travel plans, it is essential to check the Indian government's travel advice for the area. This may be found on their website.

 

3. What are things to carry on a Leh Ladakh trip?

Here are some things to consider packing for a road trip to Leh Ladakh:

  1. Pack several layers of clothing to keep warm, including a base layer that wicks away moisture, a layer in the middle that provides insulation, and an outer layer that is waterproof and windproof. Also, remember to bring some warm accessories like a hat, gloves, and scarf.
  2. Footwear: Bring a pair of solid and waterproof hiking boots and comfortable shoes for driving and walking around towns and cities.
  3. Personal hygiene goods It is crucial to remember to bring essential amenities such as toothpaste, a toothbrush, and hand sanitiser. You should also bring along any private prescriptions you require.
  4. Include essential goods such as band-aids, antiseptic cream, pain relievers, and any recommended medications in your first aid pack.
  5. Food and water: Be sure to bring along some non-perishable food items like energy bars, dry fruits, and almonds in addition to water. Also, bring enough water with you, as it may be challenging to locate clean water along the trip.
  6. Navigational and communication tools If you are in a precarious situation, it is essential to have access to a map, compass, GPS device, and satellite phone or two-way radio.
  7. Flashlight or torch: You never know when you'll need one when it's dark.
  8. Sunscreen, sunglasses, and lip balm: Because the sun in Leh Ladakh can be intense, it is essential to protect yourself from sunburn by bringing along sunscreen, sunglasses, and lip balm.
  9. Necessary paperwork, such as proof of identification, vehicle registration papers, insurance papers, and a permit, if applicable, should be carried out at all times. Be sure to have all relevant documents.
  10. Due to the limited availability of ATMs and card services in the area, you should always carry sufficient cash with you.
  11. Checking the forecast for the day, packing your bags accordingly, and being ready for anything that may come your way are excellent practices.
  12. One 60 to 80-litre backpack or duffle bag to carry all your luggage.

 

4. Are kids preferable to take on a Leh Ladakh tour from 5 to 10 years old?

Kids are preferable to take but not below eight years because Ladakh is at high altitude kids do face problems like heavy breathing, fever, and headache, so we take kids above eight years

 

5. How to reach Leh Ladakh?

Leh is a city located in the Jammu and Kashmir state in the northern region of India. It is possible to go to Leh by air, road, or train, among other transportation options.

By Air: Taking a trip to the Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport is the easiest and most time-efficient way to get to the city of Leh. Multiple flights each day depart from India's major cities, including Delhi, Srinagar, and Jammu, and land in Leh.

By Road: Another option for getting to Leh is by road, and you can either take a bus or drive your vehicle to get there. The drive to Leh is full of beautiful sights, but you should know that the high altitude and challenging terrain make it potentially hazardous. 

The road trip is only feasible during the summer because it is impassable during the winter due to the significant snowfall.

By Train: The Jammu railway station is the most convenient when travelling to Leh by train. You can take a public bus or hire a cab to go to Leh from there.

Note: Before making arrangements for a trip to Leh, it is essential to check the most recent travel advice and obtain relevant permits.

 

6. Types of accommodation available in Leh Ladakh
Accommodation options in Leh Ladakh are diverse and offer comfortable and stylish stays. From traditional guesthouses to modern hotels, there are plenty of options to choose from. The rooms are well-designed, feature a blend of Tibetan and Ladakhi decor, and are equipped with amenities such as comfortable bedding and clean and well-maintained washrooms.

 

7. What is the number of days required for this Leh Ladakh Tour?

To fully explore and experience the beauty of Leh Ladakh, it is recommended to set aside a minimum of 7 days. The first two days should be dedicated to allowing your body to acclimate to the region's high altitude.

These seven days can be used to visit attractions such as monasteries, villages, valleys, high altitude passes, stupas, lakes, and the magnetic hill, and also to experience the local festivals of Ladakh.

 

8. What is Inner Line Permit? 
An Inner Line Permit, also known as an ILP, is a piece of paper that Indian nationals need to visit some restricted or protected areas in India. One of these regions is Ladakh. The permit's purpose is to provide guidelines for the flow of people through the area, with the eventual goal of safeguarding both the natural resources of the area and the rights of its original residents.

The state government is the entity that is responsible for issuing the Inner Line Permit, and the permit can be obtained by applying through the state's website. The permission is only valid for the allotted amount of time, typically fifteen days, but it can be extended if required.

A valid Indian passport, a recent passport-sized photograph, and a copy of your itinerary are some of the documents you will need to provide to get an Inner Line Permit. Visitors may be asked to submit extra information and papers, such as evidence of their domicile and the reason for their visit.

Before making travel plans to Ladakh, it is recommended that you get in touch with the appropriate authorities to find out the most up-to-date information on the requirements for an Inner Line Permit, as these specifications are subject to change depending on the circumstances in the region.

 

9. What kind of weather is expected on Leh Ladakh Tour?

The climate in Leh Ladakh can be very unpredictable during times of the year for various reasons.

The weather usually is temperate and pleasant during the summer months of June through September, with daytime temperatures ranging from approximately 20-25 degrees Celsius (68-77 degrees Fahrenheit). On the other hand, while it can get rather hot during the day, the nights tend to be much cooler.

In the winter, the temperature can drop to as low as -20 degrees Celsius (-4 degrees Fahrenheit), and it is not uncommon for there to be considerable snowfall. These conditions make it challenging to get to and from the city. Additionally, the days are shorter, and the sun shines less each day.

Rainfall in Leh ranges from light to heavy during the monsoon season, which runs from July to September. This type of precipitation can result in mudslides and flash floods.

Regarding tourism and activities that take place outside, the months of June through September are the ideal time to travel to Leh because of the pleasant climate during those months.

 

10. Vehicles used to travel around the Leh Ladakh region?

Several types of vehicles are commonly used for transportation in Ladakh, India:

  1. Royal Enfield: The Royal Enfield motorcycle is a popular choice for visitors to Ladakh due to its ruggedness and ability to handle rough terrain.
  2. Jeep: Jeeps are also commonly used in Ladakh and great for travelling on rough roads and remote areas.
  3. SUVs are also popular in Ladakh as they have good ground clearance and four-wheel drive, which is ideal for navigating the region's rugged terrain.
  4. Buses are also an option for travelling to Ladakh but are primarily used for large groups.
  5. Taxis: Taxis are also available in Ladakh but can be pretty expensive.

It's important to note that when planning a trip to Ladakh, it's best to check the current road conditions and availability of vehicles, as road conditions can change rapidly due to unpredictable weather.

 

11. Road journey to Ladakh?

Those people who love to ride a bike for them is the best route one can experience on a road trip to Ladakh.

 

12.  ATM service in the Leh Ladakh?

There are ATMs in Leh Ladakh, but their number and availability are likely to be limited. It is advised to plan ahead and withdraw sufficient cash before travelling to rural areas, as ATMs may not be easily accessible. Carrying cash and a debit or credit card is always a good idea.

 

13. How to layer up for the Leh Ladakh winter trip? 

When the temperature is minus, the best method to keep warm is to dress in layers. Here are some general tips for layering:

  • To begin, put on a base layer that wicks away moisture. This layer ought to be fabricated from a material like polyester or merino wool that can pull moisture away from the skin, preserving its dryness and ability to keep the wearer warm.
  • Add an insulating layer. This layer needs to be constructed from an insulating substance such as synthetic or natural down, which will help to trap heat and keep you warm.
  • Put on an outer layer that is both waterproof and windproof to finish. This layer must be constructed with Gore-Tex or comparable breathable and waterproof fabric that will shield you from the wind and snow. Gore-Tex is a brand name.
  • When it gets colder, put on some extra layers of clothing like a warm hat, gloves, and a scarf.
  • Make sure that you appropriately layer your clothing; this means that the layer closest to your skin should be able to drain away moisture, the one next to it should be able to trap heat, and the layer that is closest to your skin should be able to withstand wind and be waterproof.
  • Dressing in layers allows you to effortlessly add or remove clothing to maintain the ideal temperature for your body. This makes it very vital to wear in layers.
  • Check that your boots are watertight and able to keep your feet warm.
  • Remember to check the weather report before you go and adjust your packing accordingly.

 

14. About Hotels in Leh Ladakh? 

Because Leh Ladakh is such a famous tourist destination in India, there are many hotels and resorts in the area from which to select. The following are some examples of popular choices:

The Grand Dragon Ladakh is a luxury hotel that can be found in the centre of Leh city. It provides guests with pleasant rooms and suites, a spa, and an outdoor swimming pool.

This hotel is located in the old town of Leh, and it provides guests with nice rooms and suites, a restaurant, and a terrace with views of the mountains in the surrounding area.

Chamba Camp Ladakh is a luxurious and environmentally friendly tented camp found in the Nubra Valley. It has both a restaurant and comfy tents for guests to stay in.

Hotel Indus is a comfortable and affordable option for those looking for a central location in Leh city. It provides comfortable rooms and a restaurant on the rooftop with views of the mountains in the area.

The Zen Ladakh is a high-end hotel that can be found in the Shey neighbourhood. It provides its guests with spacious rooms and suites, a spa, and an outdoor swimming pool.

The Snow Leopard Lodge is a cost-effective hotel in the Nubra Valley that provides guests with excellent rooms and a restaurant. The hotel's location is convenient.

Before booking a hotel reservation, it is wise to look at the establishment's reviews and ratings. In addition, if you want to be comfortable throughout the busy season, make hotel reservations as far in advance as possible.

 

15. Things to do in Leh city market?

The Leh city market is often referred to as the Main Bazaar, one of the most well-known shopping destinations for visitors to Leh Ladakh. The market can be found in the middle of the city, surrounded by stores that sell a wide selection of local handicrafts, fabrics, and tourist trinkets. The following are some examples of well-liked products that may be purchased at the market:

Pashmina shawls: Leh is well-known for producing pashmina shawls of an exceptionally high quality. These shawls are woven from the wool of the Himalayan mountain goat.

Tibetan carpets: The market is also well-known for the Tibetan carpets sold there. These carpets are crafted by local artisans and are available in a wide range of hues and designs.

Ladakhi jewellery: The market is well-known for its traditional Tibetan and Ladakhi jewellery. This jewellery is often crafted from silver and turquoise and is sold there.

Religious paintings: Thangkas are religious paintings practised in Tibet since the time of the Buddha and can be found in their traditional form.

Handicrafts in Leh Market: Handcrafted Goods from the Region The market also features a wide selection of regional handcrafted goods, including a variety of wares made of wood, paper machie, and a great many other materials.

Clothes: You may also find traditional Ladakhi apparel, such as the "Goucha," a typical Ladakhi dress, and other types of woollen clothing.

Since market pricing are frequently open to negotiation, it is in your best interest to haggle whenever you go shopping there. Before making a purchase, it is recommended that the authenticity of the items be verified. This will verify that you are purchasing an actual item.

 

16. What is Leh City Altitude? 

Leh city is located in the Jammu and Kashmir state in the northern region of India. Leh is located in the Himalayan mountain range at an elevation of 3,505 metres or 11,499 feet above mean sea level. The city is noted for its high altitude, which, along with the mountains surrounding it, can make it difficult for some visitors to acclimate to the thinner air. Before participating in intense activities, tourists are strongly encouraged to take it easy and let their bodies adjust to the higher altitude first.

Due to the high altitude at which Leh is located, the climate there is that of a cold desert, with particularly harsh winters and summers that are relatively mild. During the winter, the temperature may fall below freezing, while during the summer, it may reach very high temperatures. In the winter, it frequently snows heavily, resulting in the road leading to Leh being blocked off for an extended period.

Visitors visiting Leh should be aware of the potential dangers associated with the high altitude and should take the necessary measures, such as drinking lots of water, avoiding alcohol and tobacco, and refraining from the intense activity for at least the first few days of their trip.

 

17. Leh airport to Leh market distance?

The distance between Leh airport and the main market area in Leh city, also known as the Main Bazaar, is about 4 kilometers or 2.5 miles. The journey by car would take around 15-20 minutes, depending on traffic. You can take a taxi or a local bus, which is the most convenient and quickest way to reach the market.

 

18. Are Leh and Ladakh same?

Leh and Ladakh are not the same, but they are closely related.

Leh is a city in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is the largest city in the region and serves as the central hub for tourism and commerce in Ladakh.

Ladakh is located in the northernmost part of India, administratively divided into two districts: Leh and Kargil. Ladakh is known for its high-altitude deserts, rugged mountains, and unique culture. It is also a popular tourist destination for trekking, mountaineering, and cultural sightseeing opportunities.

So Leh is a city, and Ladakh is a region; Leh is a part of the region and serves as the central hub for tourism and commerce.

 

19. About Leh old town

Old Town Leh is the city's historic core and can be found at Leh. People may also refer to it as the "Leh Palace area" or the "Fort Road area." The old town is distinguished by its characteristic mud-brick homes, winding lanes, and numerous ancient Buddhist monasteries.

The Leh Palace, constructed in the 17th century and functioned as the official royal home for the monarchs of Ladakh, is the most popular tourist destination in the old town area. The palace is now open to the public and features breathtaking vistas of the city as well as the mountains in the surrounding area.

The Soma Gompa is a Buddhist monastery established in the 14th century, and the Jama Masjid is a mosque constructed in the 16th century. Both of these historic buildings may be found in the old town.

The ancient town is home to a variety of traditional Ladakhi homes, which are distinguished by their construction using mud bricks and wooden balconies. These houses, constructed in the traditional Ladakhi style, offer an insight into the vibrant cultural history of the city.

The ancient town is a popular destination for tourists, who come to experience the distinctive culture and way of life of the people of Ladakh and explore the town's historical and cultural features. Travellers can explore the town on foot or by bicycle, and they can also sample the regional cuisine and shop for artisanal goods while they are there.

 

20. What are the popular tourist destinations in Leh, Ladakh?

 

Magnetic hill

Magnetic Hill is a place in Leh where a powerful magnetic force is supposed to defy gravity by pulling vehicles uphill. This phenomenon has been attributed to the presence of a high magnetic field in the area, which affects the operation of engines and creates the illusion that vehicles are traveling uphill. Despite several scientific explanations, the true reason for Magnetic Hill's existence remains unknown, making it both a popular tourist destination and a source of local lore. By turning off their engines and allowing their automobiles to be pushed uphill, visitors to Magnetic Hill can see this unusual occurrence.

Nubra Valley 

Nubra is a popular place for tourists to visit because it has beautiful scenery, calm lakes, and traditional villages. People can go on a camel safari on the sand dunes, see old monasteries, and eat the local food. The valley is also known for its hot springs, which are thought to have healing powers. If you are traveling to Ladakh, it is a must-see place.

Turtuk

Turtuk is well-known for its rich cultural history and welcoming locals, earning it a reputation as one of Ladakh's most picturesque and pristine villages. Tourists can wander the village's winding alleys and look at the old mud-brick homes, pick some fruit at the orchards, and take in the breathtaking vistas of the nearby mountains. Turtuk is also an excellent destination for experiencing and learning about authentic Ladakhi culture and cuisine (such as thukpa and momos).

Kargil war memorial

The Kargil War Memorial is a memorial that can be found in Dras, Ladakh. It was constructed as a tribute to the Indian and Pakistani service members who sacrificed their lives during the Kargil War in 1999.

River rafting

River rafting is a well-liked kind of adrenaline-pumping activity in Ladakh. Visitors can enjoy rafting on the Indus and Zanskar rivers while being surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery.

Gurudwara

There are various gurudwaras in Ladakh, including the Guru Nanak Darbar in Leh and the Pathar Sahib Gurudwara in Kargil. Gurudwaras are places of worship for Sikhs, and Ladakh is home to a number of them. In addition to acting as sites of pilgrimage for Sikhs, these Gurudwaras welcome guests by providing them with both food and lodging. They are well-known for the spiritual and historical value they hold, and they make up a major component of the culture and heritage of Ladakh.

Apricot blossom

The month of April marks the beginning of spring and the apricot blossom festival, which is celebrated annually in Ladakh because of the region's famous apricot orchards. Both locals and visitors flock to this festival to celebrate the splendor of the outdoors. Visitors can enjoy the blossoming orchards, sample regional delicacies, and engage in cultural events all in one place during the festival. Experience the rich culture and breathtaking landscapes of Ladakh at the annual apricot blossom festival.

Snow leopards

Ladakh is home to the endangered snow leopard, and there are many ways to protect wildlife there. Snow leopards are elusive and represent the rough beauty of the area. Poaching, the loss of habitat, and illegal hunting are all threats to the species, which needs to be protected. There are laws about conservation, projects to teach and raise awareness, and ways to get involved in the community. Ladakh's ecosystem depends on snow leopards, so it is important to keep them safe.

Diksit

Ladakh's Diksit hamlet is famous for its historic monastery and Indus River setting. It's one of Ladakh's most beautiful and quiet areas, it's 11,000 feet above sea level. The village's Diksit Monastery is one of the region's oldest and most prominent. Diksit offers spectacular views of both the Indus River and surrounding mountains, a monastery, and Ladakh's rich culture. Hiking, river rafting, and other adventure sports draw tourists to the village.

 

21. About Acute Mountain Sickness or AMS

When people go to high altitudes, such as those found in the Himalayas, particularly Ladakh, they run the risk of developing a condition known as acute mountain sickness (AMS). It is essential to adopt the following preventative measures to reduce the risk of AMS:

Gradual ascent: A slow and steady ascent is the best way to ensure that your body can adapt to the different levels of altitude you are experiencing. Spending some time at lower elevations in preparation for going to higher elevations is one way to accomplish this goal.

Hydration: Maintaining a healthy hydration level is one of the best ways to prevent altitude sickness. Consume large amounts of water and stay away from alcoholic beverages and coffee.

Acclimatization: Give your body time to adjust to the higher altitude by spending the first several days at a lower level, then gradually rising to higher elevations as you progress through your trip.

Proper nutrition: Consuming a diet that is both varied and complete will assist in enhancing your body's capacity to adjust to living at a high altitude.

Supplemental oxygen canisters are readily available for purchase in Leh. If you are experiencing altitude sickness symptoms, use a portable oxygen supplement.

Medications: Diamox, a medicine that assists the body in acclimatizing to high altitudes, can be taken as a preventive strategy; nevertheless, it is essential first to contact a physician regarding the appropriate dosing and administration of the prescription.

It is important to note that even if you take all of these precautions, you may still be affected by altitude sickness. Therefore, it is essential to be aware of the symptoms and to descend to a lower altitude if you experience them. It is also important to note that even if you take all of these precautions, you may still be affected by altitude sickness.

 

22. How to get to Leh from Delhi?

From Delhi, you can reach Leh by many different routes, including:

By Air: Taking a flight to Leh from Delhi will be the quickest and most convenient option to make the trip. Some planes depart daily from Delhi and arrive in Leh after a journey of approximately two hours.

By Bus: Another option for getting from Delhi to Leh is to take the bus, which would take approximately three to four days. The trip on the bus is exceptionally lengthy, and some people could find it uncomfortable due to its length.

By Train: No train travels directly between Delhi and Leh. On the other hand, you might take a train to Jammu Tawi and then continue to Leh via a bus or a cab.

By Road: Another option for getting from Delhi to Leh is to take a road trip, which will take approximately three to four days. The road trip has some beautiful scenery, but it can sometimes be difficult because of the high altitude and desolate landscape. It is strongly suggested that you only drive when accompanied by a skilled driver with a reliable vehicle.

No matter which transportation you use, it is critical to make advance preparations, be aware of the risks associated with altitude sickness, and bring the appropriate safety equipment.

 

23. Leh city in the Winter season?

Temperatures can drop considerably below freezing in Leh City during the winter, and heavy snowfall is also a common occurrence during this time of year. The months of November through February are typically considered to be the winter months in Leh. Many of the roads in the area may be impassable during this time due to the accumulation of snow. The city receives significant snowfall, and the temperature might dip to -20 degrees Celsius or even below.

As a result of the airport and the highway closure, the city will be completely cut off from the rest of the world during this time. However, the environment of Leh in the winter is rather stunning, with a layer of snow covering the mountains and valleys, which makes it an ideal site for engaging in winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding.

During the winter months, a trip to Leh should be taken with caution because exposure to the bitter cold can result in serious health complications such as hypothermia and frostbite. Dressing warmly and in layers and being aware of the signs and symptoms of cold-related illnesses are essential precautions. Additionally, it is essential to remember that most hotels and guesthouses in Leh close their doors during the winter months.

 

24. Are wine shop in Leh Ladakh? 

Because of the region's strong religious and cultural traditions, purchasing and consuming alcoholic beverages is strictly forbidden. As a result, wine shops take a lot of work to come by in Leh city. However, some hotels and restaurants in Leh may provide alcoholic beverages to their patrons.

Before transporting alcoholic beverages into the area, it is essential to consult with the appropriate governing bodies. You must be aware that it is against the local laws and norms to bring alcoholic beverages into the area. This is one of the reasons why it is prohibited to do so.

 

25. How to go from Leh to Pangong lake?

Around 160 kilometres (km) to the east of Leh is where you'll find the famous Pangong Lake, a major tourist site in Ladakh. There are several different routes one can take to reach Pangong Lake from Leh, including the following:

By Car: Traveling to Pangong Lake from Leh in a car is the most common and convenient mode of transportation. To get to the lake, you can either take a cab or rent a car to get you there. The trip takes approximately five to six hours, and it is a gorgeous road that passes via the Chang La pass, one of the highest motorable passes in the world, and the stunning terrain of Ladakh.

By Bike: Another way to get to Pangong Lake is to rent a bike in Leh and ride it there. This is an excellent opportunity to get to know the area and take in Ladakh's stunning scenery. However, the road can be fairly tricky. Therefore it is essential to have a high degree of fitness and riding expertise before venturing out on it.

By Bus: You can also make the trip from Leh to Pangong Lake by taking a public bus; however, these buses are less frequent and can be pretty uncomfortable.

It is essential to be aware that the area around Pangong Lake is protected, and visitors will only be allowed in by first obtaining an Inner Line Permit. Before coming to the area, it is essential to check the restrictions that are in place and secure the necessary permits. Additionally, it is essential to prepare in advance, be aware of the risks associated with altitude sickness, and bring the appropriate safety gear.

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