The iconic Magnetic Hill, the turquoise coloured Pangong Lake, the confluence of two mystical rivers, ancient and awe inspiring monasteries and the highest passes are a few of the marvelous attractions of Leh and Ladakh in general. The wide array of trekking routes will satiate your soul and enrich the senses. The moon like desert mountains continue to be an exceptional destination for adventure seekers and admirers of Buddhism and phenomenal mountain vistas. So, pack some travel essentials with you to explore the most enthralling destination of India and bring back souvenirs of endless memories with you
How To Reach Ladakh:
The easiest and best way to travel to Ladakh is to take a flight. There are a number of flights flying to Ladakh during the peak season and also during the offseason.
The nearest airport is KuSet amidst the epic Himalayas, Ladakh is a rustic and heavenly beautiful travel destination. The rugged valleys and mountains, winding roads coupled with the vibrant cultural life maintain the exuberance and charm of this region.shok Bakula Rimpochee Airport located in Leh. This airport is just 3.8 km away from the main city. Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport is well connected with many international airports in India like Delhi. It also receives flights from Srinagar, Jammu, Chandigarh, and other common destinations in India.
The scenic flight from Delhi to Leh takes one and a half hours
There are two road routes to Leh Ladakh- one through Manali in Himachal Pradesh and the second one through Srinagar. Ladakh is 434 km from Srinagar and 494 km from Manali.
To reach Leh by road you can hire a cab or a jeep or board a JKSRTC bus, both deluxe and ordinary, run from Kargil and between Leh and Srinagar on regular and frequent intervals.
Alternatively, you can embark on a bike trip to Leh from Srinagar, Manali, Delhi or Chandigarh depending upon the time you have.
You can only travel to Ladakh by road between May to September as during the winter months the highways are shut due to heavy snowfalls.
Best Time To Visit: April – June
Must Eat Food In Leh Ladakh:
One of the best parts of travelling to Ladakh is trying out the local food and bringing back recipes to remind you of your trip. The Ladakhi cuisine is very different from the Indian cuisine, it is not spicy and it mainly originates from the culinary traditions of Tibet. Barley flour, called tsampa, is the traditional staple food of Ladakh.
To make sure that you get to sample all the delicious food that the region has to offer, here is a list of the top dishes you shouldn’t leave Ladakh without tasting.
What To See:
Enjoy the mesmerizing view from the top of the Khardungla Pass, defy the gravity at the magnetic hill, feel the peace at Shanti Stupa, try to breathe out at the Drass Valley, pray for the war heroes at Kargil, and do many more such amazing things wandering at the hypnotizing sites in Leh, Ladakh.
Pangong Lake, Nubra Valley, Tso Moriri Lake, Lamayuru Monastery, Diskit Gompa, Shey Monastery, Royal Leh Palace, Tso Moriri Lake, Zanskar Valley, Alchi Monastery and many more will soothe your soul and ease up your mind
Where To Stay:
- Leh Ladakh has number of hotels and homestays
- Some of my favourite Hotels are The Grand Dragon, The Indus Valley, Yarab Tso, Royal Heritage Resort.
Leh Ladakh, where heaven meets earth, should surely be in your next bucket list.