Ladakh, the erstwhile Buddhist kingdom is spectacularly jagged. Arid mountains, dramatically crowned rocky outcrops, picturesque gompas, meditational mani walls and multi hued flags are few of the many sites that exemplify the beauty of Ladakh. The well balanced traditional society of Ladakh has much to offer the West in terms of ecological awareness.

Ladakh is a magnificent and an unexplored wonderland of the Himalayas. It is one place that is considered as a heaven by everyone who is on a lookout to satiate their indomitable love for adventure. Besides trekking in Ladakh, you can indulge in a series of adventure sports such as biking, water rafting, safaris, etc. Also known as the ‘Land of Passes, Ladakh forms an alluring part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir in India. 

Situated at an elevation of 2750 - 7672 meters above sea level, Ladakh is indeed blessed with incredible topography that comprises of hilly terrains, high altitude peaks and the lush green grasslands. Adventure fanatics from across the globe visit Ladakh as there are plethora of trek trails and trekking options available here.

Set amidst snow capped hills, Ladakh is the center of Tibetan Buddhist culture. It is dotted with a number of colorful monasteries. Some of the popular tourist hotspots in Ladakh include Alchi and Nubra Valley. Apart from this, Ladakh is also a land that is popular for the rich heritage and culture. It is home to the rare wildlife including the Tibetan antelope, ibex and yak.

Still unadulterated by modernity, Ladakh is where you’ll experience life coming to a standstill when you directly communicate with the nature and serenity around.
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"the experience was awesome. The whole thing organized by Thrillophilia was great. Our tour operator Jigmet sir and the whole crew were 1 no. SHAMAAASS. Julley.
11 July 2019
We went for Manali to srinagar Bike tour. It was the best bike trip of my entire life It all started with the person named Shubham from thrillophilia who helped me in selecting the best trip and processed with my booking, all thanks to him! Without him I wouldn’t have been able to experience the best trip of my life. On arrival there, we met our tour guide Tani and our Mechanic Shashi about whom I have read a lot at thrillophilia reviews. These 2 guys were so supportive during the entire tour that no matter what happened they were always there to look after us. They always made sure we are safe and we are following them and there is no overtaking taking place. Tani, the tour guide, one chilled out person he is! Make sure you get him as your tour guide and Shashi as the mechanic as these guys will always make sure that they are there for you no matter what. And in the end, it’s all the Main man behind everything, Jimmy Sir. Thanks a lot Sir for making me experience the best trip of my life! Without you and your team this wouldn’t have been possible. Thanks for helping us out in every way possible. The roads here are difficult terrain to ride on. You gotta be careful. You gotta carry your gum boots during water logging which is the most difficult to cross. But these guys made sure that we were all safe and had sound health till we reached home. Not even a single person was hurt. Our group was a mixture of all age groups, I’m fact we even got to meet 2 people From the Indian navy as well. One mad kickass experience! Unbelievable. Reaching the worlds highest Pass, Khardungla Top, was the highest achievement of my life till date which happened on this trip! And if at all you wish to go, don’t forget to ask Tani and Shashi as your tour guide and mechanic, and go only through Jimmy Sir as he has the best team! Thanks a lot to everyone out there for which I thought the best way would be to write at thrillophilia reviews.
We had a wonderful experience with Thrillophilia Out tour was Leh-Ladakh 6N7D, which includes Leh Sightseen, Nubra Valley Overnight Stay, Pangong Overnight Night. 1. First of all you should know that Thrillophilia doesn't have its own Travel Team. Thrillophilia actually linked up with several local Travel Agency. Once your Tour is booked Thrillophilia tagged one local Travel Agency for your Tour and that particular travel agency will take care of your entire tour. Our travel manager is Lobzang Tseldon. She is very helpful and you will not face any problem in your entire tour. 1. Hotel provided in Leh: Ladakh Heights. The hotel was very good,neat and clean.It is a new hotel so you don't found any pics in the internet. But lobzang will send you the pics of the Hotel. There is a canteen within the hotel where you will be having complimentary breakfast and dinner. Non Vegetarian please let Lobzang know that you want non-veg items as well.they generally prepare veg items only.but on request they will provide you omlette in breakfast and chicken/mutton in dinner. So if anyone wants to book Thrillophilia please ask Thrillophilia to tag you to the travel agency that offers non veg items too. The Hotel Ladakh Heights is a bit far from the main city but don't worry Lobzang will provide you car for visit to Leh market whenever required and she will not charge you for that. You will get a beautiful view from this hotel but if you want to stay near the main city you will not get any view from the hotel. 2. The stay at Nubra Valley was awesome. They have Royal Camp in Nubhra and it's is a nature-friendly camp. You will love it, I can guarantee you. 3. They stay at Pangong was okay. You can understand that at that altitude you will not get the camp provided at Pangong was good for 1 night stay. Overall my experience with Thrillophilia was very good. We enjoyed a lot. Thanks a lot to Lobzang Tseldon for the wonderful arrangements of our tour.
"Trip was really awesome. I feel everyone should consider this trip at least once in their lifetime. My eyes were never tired of looking around at such beautiful and scenic views. I would like to extend my special thanks to Tour leader Mr. Jigmet Tandar. He is highly trained professional. The way he lead the tour made us have more fun. Thanks to the whole crew Jigmet, Stanzin, Wangyal, Kaushal, Tundoop. Made a lot of new friends. One suggestion to Thrillophilia team: Since this is not just any casual trip that anyone can go through please consider keeping a screening process for people who opt for it. This is one of the most extreme adventures where your body and mind will go through a lot of challenges, one can successfully complete this trip only if they are determined and well prepared."
03 June 2019
An exhilarating life-changing experience. If you are able bodied, a biking lover, a landscape / scenery admirer and a crazy adventure seeker, this is a must try for life. Our group of bikers were fun-loving yet very responsible riders. We became friends on the very first day and all of us enjoyed every moment, giving mutual respect at every instance, having each other's backs at every dangerous turn. Even elderly couples in the group made amazing memories with all the young folks! The Ladakhi food, the heritage site visits, the campfire dancing, the photos, the market shopping, the music, the hikes, the snow, even the adorable mountain dogs, furry yaks and double-hump camels, every-bit was amazing. The road team was extraordinary, specially Tani (captain) and Shashi (bike repairman). They were very friendly, accommodating, knowledgeable and also helpful at every step. We had a truck carrying our luggage all along, running behind us all through the roads, making sure no one is left behind. Jigmet has a lot of local connections, so you will be well taken care of at camps and hotels (even Jain food, on request).
24 October 2020
I had a wonderful trip with Thrillophilia. Hotel provided in Leh was clean and good. All sightseeing places covered as per itinerary. The camping stay at Nubra Valley and near Pangong lake was awesome. We enjoyed a lot and overall experience was great.
The Sham Valley Trek was one of the most enjoyable treks I have undertaken in the last few years, and all the credit goes to Thrillophilia. The booking experience was extremely smooth and I would highly recommend this company for all your travels in the valley.
17 November 2019
It was an awesome experience. Completed the tour in July 2019. We had booked for 8 persons on Thrillophilia. The facilities were good, Tani-the tour guide, was superb. Amazing tour, to say the least. I have penned down my entire experience of Ladakh bike tour on my blog. Sharing the link here.
17 November 2019
When we made the booking for 6-days trip to Ladakh via Thrillophilia, we had a lot of questions in our mind on how it's going to turn out, especially on whether it's a suitable honeymoon destination even for those who love a bit of adventure. That is primarily because the reviews of Ladakh were a bit scary. Almost all of the people who wrote reviews had a lot of things to warn you about- the extreme climate, sudden decrease in Oxygen levels, deserted/uninhabited places where it's difficult to get some help from anyone in case of any issues and so on. And there were some people who wrote bad reviews about Thrillophilia for some negative experiences they had to endure from the operators. But it was reassuring to see how Thrillophilia answered all the reviews, even the negative ones. They clarified how they assign tour operators based on customer reviews and in case of any negative experiences from the operators, there is not much Thrillophilia can help with apart from not assigning those operators anymore. As we were getting immediate response from Amit on all our queries on a timely basis, we decided to book the package. Cutting to the chase, we were contacted by the operator(Thupstan) the day before our arrival and he ensured that there was a taxi to pick us up on time. The tour guides and the driver of the backup vehicle he assigned for our group were so experienced that all we had to do was to keep riding until they ask us to stop. The halts were all well planned that we didn't have to worry about anything. And they were so approachable in case of any issues. And whenever we rode for a long time, they would come and inspect each bike and fixed any issues immediately. They were always willing to go the extra mile to make us comfortable. Let me quote an instance here - The driver of the backup vehicle had an issue with Blood Oxygen level when we reached Pangong. We had enough stock of Oxygen cylinders in the backup vehicle. But he didn't consider using it and hence took one of the bikes and rode to where he could find a pharmacy to get an Oxygen cylinder for himself. When one of us asked him on why he didn't use one of the cylinders that we had carried, he told us that the cylinders are just for our use and himself or any of the guides won't use that. Such was the concern they had for everyone in the group. In case anyone reading this still has a question regarding whether it's a suitable place for couples, the answer is YES. The accommodation they provide is suitable for couples as well. Even the tents are nice and safe. I could go on like this and I never thought this review is going to be this long when I started writing it. As others have mentioned in the reviews, it's such a beautiful destination and the experience is awesome. If you are thinking of taking a trip to Ladakh, go ahead and embark on this beautiful journey with Thrillophilia. I'm sure that you won't regret it.
"it was a very well organized trip,the hotel was very good,the tent in nubra was lovely and the food was good too..overall a good experience "

People Also Ask About Ladakh

  1. Which are the best Thrillophilia's Leh Ladakh Road Trips Tours I can book?

  2. How can someone reach Ladakh?

    Ladakh is frequented by all kinds of riders, adventure tourists, photographers, honeymooners and the nature seeker. The destination offers easy road connectivity. However, anyone visiting the place should be prepared for intense off roading. If you have been looking for some adventure in your life, head on to Ladakh! Primarily, Ladakh is reached by two prominently laid out routes.

    The first is the Srinagar to Leh Highway that takes you through Kargil and the Kashmir Valley. The journey would be about 434 kilometers but this route will be open between June and mid November. The highest point you will touch at this route would be the Zozi La Pass at at altitude of 11,500 feet.

    The second route starts from Manali and it would be again about 473 kilometers of drive. The route opens from mid June and is allowed till October. This will be the road where you would be crossing several high passes including Tanglang La, arguably, the second highest motorable road in the world.
    Ladakh by Road: The Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh Transport Corporation runs buses to Ladakh, and your choice will depend on the route you take. Both journeys will last a couple of days with several stops that would gradually open up the vast Himalayan landscape. Although cheap, public transport can be a bit inconvenient.

    Many prefer hiring jeep or shared taxis to get flexible with the travel timing. Riding your own vehicle to Ladakh is also an option and is more popularly sought. If you are a solo traveler, it would however be recommended that you take the service of registered travel agencies to ferry you to Ladakh. In most case, you will join a group of other travelers.

    By Train: The closest you can get to Ladakh by train is the Jammu Tawi Station. From there, you will have to pursue road transportation, by either using public transport or renting your own vehicle.

    By Flight: The Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport at Leh serves for a visit to Ladakh. You will get connecting flights from Srinagar, Delhi and Jammu. The most common service providers in this route include GoAir, Air India and Jet Airways. However, remember that the availability of flights is subject to weather conditions and the weather in Ladakh, needless to say is quite unpredictable here. Make sure you are okay with delays!
  3. Travel Advice

    • Please avoid wearing sleeveless tops, blouses, undershirts or shorts, etc in public places especially in the mosques, temples, churches, gurudwaras and monasteries. The same rule applies on the trekking routes.

    •  Of course you can wear short and comfortable clothing in the camp sites that are away from the human habitation but these should soon be changed to slacks, trousers and blouses in the villages where you might take a stoppage.

    •  Under no circumstances should you wear bikini or swimwear in the public places as these are taken as sexually provocative and may lead to possible harassment.

    • Ladakh is a sensitive city where the people are still a little orthodox especially when it comes to PDAs. So, keep your affection for your partner as a private matter that ought to be confined to your own tents or rooms.

    •  Do not display any acts of affection in restaurants, religious buildings, streets or at public events.  

    • Always carry with you essential medicines since the climate here is fluctuating.

    • During treks, you must take with you lip balms, sun screen and antiseptic creams.

    • People who travel to Ladakh by air must take a complete rest for a day so as to adjust better to the low oxygen level and high altitudes of Ladakh.

    •  If you do not give your body sufficient time to adapt to the acclimatization you might suffer from Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) also known as the High Altitude Sickness.  

    • Carry sufficient cash as credit cards are not accepted in several places.

  4. Drinking Laws

    Drinking in Ladakh is not prohibited however the legal drinking age is 21. Even for the adults, moderation in drinking is highly recommended. It has been noted that liquor can cause dehydration in Ladakh and might even result in acute nausea and headaches.

  5. What time of year is the best time to visit Ladakh?

    The recommended months to travel to Ladakh is between May and August. This is also when most of Ladakh would be open. In Fact, May is the month when most tourist activities start. It will be comfortable during the day but even so, night time temperature in Ladakh summers can well go beyond freezing point.
    However, some trekkers also seek Ladakh during the winter season, especially for destinations like the Chadar Trek. This would be time when most roadways would be closed and it would be hard getting any convenience or driving on your own.
  6. How about a road journey to Ladakh?

    Traveling across Ladakh in a bike is safe as long as you stick to being a responsible driver. It is always recommended that you go in a group or pick up a packaged tour, if you are travelling alone.

    Being around people helps in this part of the world as the problems you can face can be multi-faceted. Before renting a bike, it is also essential that you understand the permits and regulations attached to the same.
  7. Is it safe for female who are travelling solo?

    Male or female, a trip to Ladakh can be quite revealing. There is no direct safety threat for female travelers. If at all, male and female travelers share the same kind of challenges.
  8. What are the things to do in Ladakh at night?

    1. Enjoy Stargazing from the Lamayuru Monastery: Head to the Lamayuru Monastery lying in the “Moonland of Ladakh”, Lamayuru and enjoy stargazing like never before. Witness a number of beautiful shooting stars and close your eyes and wish over them.
    2. Shop till You Drop at Main Bazaar: Go night shopping at Main Bazaar and shop for Tibetan jewelry, accessories, and apparel at cheap rates. You will find umpteen varieties of shops here where you can use your bargaining skills and get the best deals for your favorite items.
    3. Experience Night Camping by the Pangong Lake: Find a camp retreat near the tranquil Pangong Lake and enjoy a night camping under the starry sky of Ladakh. Waking up to river and mountain views in the lap of nature the next morning will surely be a rejuvenating experience.
    4. Enjoy some Great Cocktail at Lehchen: If you are a party lover, head to Lechen, one of the few bars in Ladakh, and grab a delicious cocktail. The place also offers the best tandoori momos, yak cheese, and lamb strips.
  9. What are the important things to bring on a Road trip?

    Ladakh is a perfect challenge for passionate riders. However, safety always comes first and here are the gears you will need to tag along:

    Vehicle accessories:
    • OEM toolkit
    • Spare vehicle key
    • Sparkplug
    • Chain Link
    • Extra clutch and accelerator wires
    • Tubeless puncture repair kit
    • Spare tube
    • Tire irons and valve key
    • Tire repair can / electric pump / foot pump
    • Engine oil
    • Electrical tape
    Riding Essentials:
    • Medical kit
    • Sunscreen lotion
    • Lip balm
    • Mustard oil (for moisturizing)
    • Glucose
    • Water bottles
    • Chocolates/biscuits/nuts
    Riding gear:
    • Full face helmet with clear vision
    • UV sunglasses
    • Gloves
    • Riding jacket
    • Riding pants
    • Shoes
  10. Which is the best adventure sports to try in Ladakh?

    1. Trekking to the Drang Drung Glacier: If you are a seasoned trekker and want to test your skills, trek to the famous Drang Drung glacier via Suru Valley. In the course of the trek, you can catch a glimpse of many Himalayan mountains.
    2. Mountain Biking at Khardung La Pass: If you are a real daredevil with good biking skills, try mountain biking at the country’s highest motorable road, Khardung La Pass. You can catch a glimpse of a plethora of colorful prayer flags fluttering in the air as you zoom past the mountains with your heavy bike.
    3. River Rafting at Zanskar River: The tranquil white waters in the Zanskar River are considered the best for enjoying river rafting. Furthermore, the lofty cliff-like gorges add to the fantastic experience of rafting with your group here.
    4. Ice Skating at Pangong Tso Lake: If you are in Ladakh during the winter months of December and January, head to the Pangong Tso Lake to enjoy ice skating. The beautiful lake of Pangong Tso usually freezes during the cold season and offers the chance to enjoy skating.
  11. How to reach Ladakh from Delhi?

    By Air: Take a flight from New Delhi and reach Leh. From here, you can take local transport to arrive at Ladakh.
    By Rail: Take a train from New Delhi and reach Jammu. From here, take a flight to arrive at Leh. You can then reach Ladakh by local transport. 
    By Road: You can board a State Transport Bus from New Delhi and reach Shimla. From here, you can take a local cab to arrive at Ladakh. 
  12. How cold will be Ladakh?

    Ladakh witnesses extremes of climate. During the months between October and March, it can get uncomforting cold, with temperatures recorded as low as minus 23 degrees centigrade! The summer months, on the other hand, are very pleasant but cold in night. Consequently, you will need to protect yourself at all times.
  13. Can I visit Ladakh during winters? Is it safe?

    Ladakh in the winters can be one of a kind of experience. Though it would be at its hardest best, it would also be a paradise. Many call a trip to Ladakh in the winters as a ‘detoxification trip’, wherein space and time will have no relevance. Be prepared for a lot of snow and ice and temperatures well below minus figures. The best places to be at Ladakh during the winters include:
    • The Chadar Trek
    • The Sham Valley Trek
    • BongBong La Snow Valley
    • A new kind of Pangong Tso!
    • Stok Base Camp Trek In winters

    You can also be a part of celebrations and festivals like Losar, Thiksey Gustor, Spituk Gustor, Dosmoche and Matho Monastery Festival. Do find a home stay in Ladakh to stay warm and sane!
  14. How can I experience Ladakh at its best?

    Ladakh is best experienced on a road trip. More than the important stop across the place, it is the road that your travel is more exciting. Try doing a road trip in groups or join a group where you can make new friends and see Ladakh in a whole new form!
  15. How to prepare myself if I am visiting Ladakh for the first time?

    There are a lot of particulars you need to understand and research if you are visiting Ladakh for the very first time. Common details should include:
    • The road status
    • Necessary permissions
    • The specific climate
    • Availability of hotels
    • Food
    • Availability of rest houses
    • Medical emergency preparations 
    • Sightseeing transportation

    For first timers, it is best to join an organized group tours. Even if you are alone, you can always be a part of groups and customized trips to get around Ladakh. Once you get to know the place, you can come back again for a more independent experience. However, organized tours are always safer, more convenient and can even be said to be comparatively cheaper.
     After all, you will not have to worry about things like accommodation, itinerary, medical emergency, food and the like. You can put all your focus in experiencing the beauty of the landscape and the unique Tibetan culture.
  16. What kind of fitness I should possess?

    Fitness is highly crucial for your trip to Ladakh as it is always easy to fall ill. The low temperatures, low air pressure and the lack of oxygen can take a toll. People who suffer from heat conditions like asthma can get very ill and are recommended to limit their trip to lower regions of Ladakh. There have been several cases when people have become fatally ill.
  17. What sort of accommodation I can find in Ladakh?

    There is a range of hotels and other forms of accommodations that you can hope to get in Ladakh. For budget travelers, the economical options are widespread and range from hostels to dormitories and even tents. You might even hope to stay for longer terms, as long as a month! However, if you have been looking for extra facilities like hot water, TV, satellite phone, you will have to shell out a little extra money.

    With budget accommodations, the prices are in the range of INR 400 and can go up to INR 1000.

    Luxury accommodations start at INR 1000 per night and can go as big as INR 10000 per night.
  18. What sort of clothes should I have for the trip?

    The kind of clothes you should be carrying depends on the kind of itinerary you plan to follow. Being a cold desert, you will certainly experience a lot of temperature fluctuations between nights and days. Further, summers tend to be a bit warmer with temperatures ranging between 33 and 40 degree centigrade. However, even in the summers, the night temperature can get to negative figures.

    Ladakh is probably also one of the easiest regions to get sunburn as are the chances of frostbites. The thumb rule about clothing in Ladakh is to pack yourself in layers. Layers of clothing help beat the cold and it is also the best way to adjust to the outside temperatures. Here are the clothing essentials to Ladakh:
    • Heavy / light woolens – depending on the time of the year
    • Thermals in the winter months
    • Full sleeve t-shirts
    • A jacket for all seasons
    • Woolen gloves / snow gloves
    • Mufflers / woolen socks
    • Woolen caps for the cold
    • Sun hats ? Sunglasses
    • Gum boots to cross water channels
    • Umbrellas and gumboots
    • Warm sleeping bag
    • Shoes with good grip
  19. Will there be any lack of oxygen in Ladakh?

    The oxygen level is quite low in the Ladakh region. If you are visiting the place for the first time, there are pretty good chances that you are left gasping. According to a recent research, the oxygen level across Ladakh, especially in the passes is 50% of what you would encounter in the plains.
    The rarefied atmosphere can take time to adjust to and it is thus recommended that you spend a few days without any travel and acclimatize yourself. The good news is that widespread plantation drives and plantations have also helped improve the oxygen content in the recent years.
  20. How many days are needed to explore Ladakh?

    Taking your own bike allows you the flexibility of travel. If you are planning to rent your vehicle from Chandigarh, you will be able to reach Manali on the same day. It is not recommended to drive overnight as the risks can be too huge. The number of days you spend travelling Ladakh depends on the stops you make and the places you would want to cover.

    Normally, a week long drive with night stops and sight halts can be a comfortable trip to witness Ladakh. It is also important to understand the road condition in the season you are traveling. In the monsoons or the winters, it could take days for some roads to clear up and you to move ahead.
  21. How much distance will I travel in a day on an average?

    Ladakh is an awesome place but at the same time, it can be quite pressing too. You would be traveling through the highest passes in the world and the terrain too isn’t very smooth to ride upon. Sometime, you will just have to drag your vehicle on foot! consequently, you should not be looking beyond a 100 – 150 kilometers distance in a day. This also suggests that the minimum stay should be for a minimum of 2 weeks. Never push yourself too hard – it can get even more difficult to survive.
  22. Which all bikes are best for a Ladakh trip?

    If you ask the question in general, the most common answer you would get is a Royal Enfield. Even people who rode a different bike at home seek to borrow a RE or rent one. But, once you open your mind and take a closer look at the demands, the options are more. While there is no best motorcycle as such, you will need to consider a vehicle that will hold your luggage.

    Other factors for choosing a motorcycle include questions like if you have a pillion, the age of the bike you aim to drive and more. A more powerful bike will obviously give you the maximum support in this terrain but even a lighter motorcycle can do the job if it is in good condition.

    Overall, your choices can be from a Royal Enfield, Bajaj Pulsar, Hero Impulse, Yamaha FZ/Fazer, RE Himalayan, Bajaj Vikrant, CBR 50 and KTM Duke.
  23. Should I learn how to be a bike mechanic before Ladakh Trip?

    It is particularly essential that you ride a perfectly fine vehicle. Servicing your bike, whether you are hiring a vehicle or taking your own is important to ensure a smooth drive. The Ladakh terrain can be very tasking on your bike and you cannot do with anything less than perfect vehicle. Knowing how to do repairs is always an advantage.
  24. What all documents I must carry for a Ladakh Trip?

    • Driving license
    • Vehicle registration certificate
    • Motorcycle insurance papers
    • PUC certificates
    • Medical insurance card
    • Secondary ID (PAN Card, Passport, Voter ID)
    • Map of Ladakh and its routes and itinerary
    • Hardcopy of emergency phone numbers
  25. How much risk is involved on a road trip?

    The risk of a road trip in Ladakh is directly related to your focus on the road. While many roads have been mended and made motorable in recent years, you will always need to be extra cautious. A rider will have to make continuous u-turns along the mountain highways and even a small rock unnoticed on the road can do the damage.

    Further, if you are riding before and after a rain, it is needless to say that you needn’t think about anything else but your safety to reach the destination. It takes some amount of experience to be able to ride bike across Ladakh as it is too much adventurous
  26. Do we need to carry Fuel in a Jerry Can on Ladakh Road Trip?

    Carrying extra fuel in Jerry Cans is a must when you are riding into Leh-Ladakh. While there are a few filling stations at important stops, you never know when a detour has cost you all the fuel you had had in the tank. A couple of loaded Jerry cans per bike are highly recommended. It is also necessary that you refill your Jerry cans when you come across the next petrol pump.
  27. What all places I should see in Ladakh and Leh?

    The Leh City is a cool place and if you are spending a day don’t miss out on:
    • The Shanti Stupa
    • Tsemo Fort
    • Chowkang Monastery
    • Leh Palace
    • Donkey Sanctuary
    • Hall of Fame
    • Leh Baazar
  28. What are popular passes in Ladakh that can be visited?

    Ladakh is popularly known as the “Land of High Passes”. In fact, the word Ladakh is about ‘La’ or passes and ‘Dhak’ meaning many. Some of the most important passes in Ladakh include:
    • Khardung La
    • Chang La
    • Zozi La
    • Baralacha La
    • Fotu La
    • Lachulung La
    • Namika La
    • Tanglang La
  29. What are the monasteries found in Leh and Ladakh?

    While there are several monasteries spread across Ladakh, the ones you should pay a visit to include:
    • Thiksey Monastery
    • Hemis Monastery
    • Diskit Monastery
    • Spituk Monastery
    • Likir Monastery
    • Sumda Chun Monastery
    • Stakna Monastery
    • Phyang Monastery
    • Alchi Monastery
    • Takthok Monastery
  30. Is there any important points to consider while visiting monasteries and temples in Ladakh?

    Monasteries are the heritage of Ladakh and are the most revered and spiritual sites for the local community. Consequently, you will need to follow some unsaid protocols:
    • Don’t photograph monasteries and monks without their permission
    • Wear modest clothing
    • Don’t try and influence locals in other cultures
    • Be humble and smile and greet
    • Try to be a part of the rituals – you will love it
  31. Which are some of the must visit places in Ladakh?

  32. Which are famous treks in Ladakh?

    The most famous trek in Ladakh is the Chadar Trek, wherein you get to trek across the frozen Zanskar River. Temperature goes as low as minus 35 degree Celsius but it is one of the most beautiful experiences you would ever have. Other important treks across Ladakh include:

    • Lamayuru to Alchi Trek
    • Ripchar Valley Trek
    • Padum to Darcha Trek
    • Lamayuru to Darcha Trek
    • Markha Valley Trek
    • Lamayuru to Stok Kangri
    • Jhunglam Hemis to Padum Trek
    • Kang Yatse and Dzo Jongo Trek
    • Parang La Trek
  33. What is the best time for festival in Ladakh?

    There is no better way to experience the culture of Ladakh than its festivals. As opposed to the festivals celebrated in the rest of the country, the culture here is highly unique and can be quite enchanting for someone interested. The festivals you should be planning to attend include:
    • Losar, during the month of December
    • Sindhu Darshan, during the month of June
    • Hemis Tsechu, during July
    • Ladakh Festival during the month of September
    • Yuru Kabgyat, during the month of June
    • Phyang Tsedup, during late July
    • Thiksey Gustor, mid November
    • Dosmoche, late February
    • Matho Nagrang, mid March
    • Stok Guru Tsechu, during the month of March

    As you can see, most of the festivals are held during the summer months and this would be perfect if you are trying to get a glimpse of the unique blend of culture of the mountains.
  34. Where can we do camping in Ladakh? What kind of bedding do we get while camping?

    Ladakh is a land of endless discovery and if you are looking to pitch your own tent, there’s a big and vast open playground all across. Camping in Ladakh is something you must do, either to take a break from the sun or to sleep under the Milky Way at night. If you aren’t carrying your own tent, you can rent one along the:
    • Manali Leh highway
    • Srinagar Leh highway
    • Nubra Valley
    • Pangong Tso
    • Sarchu
    • Tso Moriri
    • Changthang Valley
    • Camping near Tso Moriri

    The usual camping gear consists of a chadar tent and a good camping ground. If you are setting up your own tent, it is advisable that you do so near a village, dhaba or any other establishment. Do carry a good quality sleeping bag.
  35. How advance should me my travel booking?

    Ladakh is one of the most popular Himalayan destinations and in the tourist season, between May and November, it’s fully packed. While there would always be availability on the spot, it is safer to book well in advance if you want the best of the trip. With last minute bookings, you might need to compromise due to limited availability.
  36. Can you provide accompanying guide?

    Most tourist agencies and trip organizers across Ladakh will be able to provide you with an accompanying guide. Depending on where you plan to go, a local guide will be a valuable asset to the trip. In some case, you might also find an English speaking guide. However, for the same, you will need to enquire and book beforehand.
  37. Is the seating of the Royal Enfiled comfortable for riders/pillions?

    If you are riding into Ladakh on a Royal Enfield, it would be best to not have a pillion. The pillion space can be favorably used to tie up your luggage. However, for short trips, where you needn’t carry much, a pillion would be a great idea to save fuel. In general, it would be a comfortable enough ride for the pillion but in some places it can get very jerky and the pillion might want to get down and walk.
  38. What about chargers/adapters in the car?

    You will not get to buy extra adapters or chargers for your car after you have reached Ladakh. It is important that you carry spaces. A car charger will be vital to your existence here. While the mobile network keeps fluctuating, you will need to save battery for places that it does connect.
  39. How much spending money should I carry?

    For the budget traveler, a minimum of INR 30,000 should be a comforting budget for a weeklong trip across Leh Ladakh. Even if you save some money, you never know when there would be need for emergency cash. Buying food can be pretty expensive but you can always find budget hotels.
  40. Is there any local transportation for sightseeing?

    Public buses will mostly be able to take you to important stops across Leh. However, they will also limit you on the time you can spend on each site. Availability is always an issue. The best way to sightseeing is to hire a taxi from Leh or drive your own bike.
  41. Why are some treks more expensive than others?

    The charges for a trek in Ladakh will depend on the difficulty of the terrain. Treks like Chadar Trek will always require a guide and special equipment. Also, depending on the season, some treks might need special equipment, even a snow mobile to get your things across. This adds to the amount you need to pay.
  42. Can I do river rafting in Ladakh?

    Ladakh is the land of adventures. There are a lot of opportunities if you have been planning for river rafting. However, here are also the most dangerous rapids to put yourself into. However, with risk also comes the fun! For river rafting, there are mainly two rivers – the Indus flowing southeast and then into Pakistan and the Zanskar River, the north flowing tributary of the Indus.
     Adding to the swift flowing rapids is the undulating terrain, criss crosses by ancient monasteries, beautiful valleys and remote villages.

    The most prominent river rafting location is from Phey to Nimmo in Ladakh. If you are a beginner, the ideal stretch would be between Phey and Saspol and again between Kharu and Spituk. If you are looking for a more adventurous day, go for the stretch between Chilling and Nimmo on the Zanskar River! Be prepared to combat Grade 4 rapids!
  43. What shopping I can do in Ladakh?

    While your trip in Ladakh is a memory of a lifetime, it also sounds delightful to be able to bring some kind of souvenir from the country of passes. Well, Ladakh is famous for its:
    • Pashmina Shawls
    • Chokste (Tibetan Tables)
    • Prayer Wheels
    • Thangka Paintings (silk)
    • Tibetan silver jewelry
    • Hand woven carpets Dragon motif textiles
  44. What is Local Cuisine of Ladakh that one should must taste?

    If you are traveling to Ladakh, there are some traditional dishes that you must try out. They will include:
    • Chhupri (cheese from Yak milk)
    • Butter Tea
    • Momos
    • Thukpa (Tibetan Soup)
    • Thenktuk
    • Tigmo (steamed bread served with stew)
    • Mokthuk
    • Kulcha
    • Qahwa
    • Langar
  45. What will be the facility for water and food? Do I need to carry any eatables?

    Once you leave the main town center, finding a shop selling water bottles or biscuits would be a rarity. Even if they do, the prices can be bewildering. It is always necessary that you carry your own water. Food items like chocolate bars, nuts, glucose biscuits and the like can be life savers in your Ladakh trip.
  46. Can I to go to Manali to Leh with 1 stop at Sarchu? Is it possible?

    Manali to Leh is a total distance of 473 kilometers. It is necessary that you take a few breaks. Sarchu is 230 kilometers from Manali and would be a motorable distance within a day. However, the road after that can get a bit tasking. Driving continuously in this terrain is a great experience but you will need to save the energy for later. While a break at Sarchu is mandatory, it will also help if you can add a few more stop over.
  47. Can I visit Nubra Valley and come back on the same day?

    Leh to Nubra Valley would take 6 hours of drive, which is pretty doable if you start early in the morning. Consequently, you can go to Nubra Valley and be back at Leh at the same day. However, this way you also miss the breathtaking beauty of Nubra and the road you travel across. A night’s stay in camps at Nubra is highly recommended. Only if you are too short of time, you will want to be back on the same day and not go back!
  48. Will I find ATMs in Leh? Are debit cards or credit cards easily usable at different places?

    There will be a few ATM stops on your route to Leh and it is important that you get the cash required for the trip. Important stops for ATMs include Ganderbal, Kargil and Drass. Next to this, you will find an ATM at Keylong and the next one at Leh. Finding an ATM after that is hard.

    There would be a few hotels in Leh and Ladakh that would accept credit cards or debit cards. IT is however best to have cash handy.
  49. Are there any money exchanging facility?

    The State Bank of India has a couple of currency exchange facilities in Kargil and Leh. However, it helps if you are already carrying enough cash in Indian currency before you have entered this territory.
  50. Which all network services work suitably in Ladakh?

    BSNL postpaid will be the best answer to this question. Nothing else seems to work better.
  51. Can small kids go to Ladakh?

    Kids can be taken to a Ladakh trip but it is recommended that they don’t tag along to high altitude area like Khardungla Pass. With low air pressure and lack of oxygen, it can be a problem to find medical help.
  52. What vaccination is required before visiting Ladakh?

    The recommended pre-exposure vaccinations before your trip to Ladakh include:
    • Hep A
    • Typhoid
    • Tetanus
    There is no risk of Malaria at this elevation and you need not take one.
  53. What is High Altitude sickness? What are its symptoms? How much time it may take to get acclimatize in Ladakh?

    High Altitude Sickness (HAS) or simply Mountain Sickness is experienced due to decreasing levels of oxygen and air pressure. While there are three kinds of HAS: acute altitude sickness or mountain sickness (AMS), high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) and high altitude cerebral edema, the symptoms are more or less the same and include:
    • Headache
    • Fatigue
    • Insomnia
    • Shortness of breath
    • Fever
    • Nausea
    • Respiratory failure (extreme)
    • Coma (extreme)
    • And even death in some cases

    It is necessary that you get acclimatized to the Ladakh environment before stating on any kind of trip across the region. Two days of acclimatization is generally recommended for any tourist.
  54. What should I do if I encounter any medical emergency?

    Medical emergencies are quite frequent in Ladakh. It is necessary that you carry you own medical kit. If things go out of hand, you can always get help in the army camps. They are perhaps the ones that have been saving a lot of tourists from a certain death.
  55. Can we take help from army in case of any emergency?

    Whether you are stranded on the road or are having a medical emergency, the Indian Army is your only hope. Army jawans will readily take you to their camps and help you with medical and other emergencies. They will even give you essentials like food, warm water and bedding for the night, before you are ready to go again.
  56. Is Ladakh safe for tourists?

    Yes, Ladakh India is one of the most frequently visited places in the country because of its incredible natural beauty and thriving mountain culture. The city is very tourist-friendly, with helpful locals and many resorts and hotels that have several security measures in place. 

  57. Does Ladakh have an airport?

    Ladakh can be accessed by the Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport which is located 3.8 km away from the city. From the airport, one can hail a cab and reach the city to visit the tourist attractions.

    This airport is the 22nd highest commercial airport in the world and named after 19th Kushok Bakula Rinpoche who was a famous Indian statesman and monk. The airport offers one of the most scenic approaches in the world and is heavily guarded by Indian army patrols due to its strategic location.

    However, due to the presence of mountain winds, the flights take off and land only during the mornings and terrain is also quite challenging. The airport is well connected to different cities of India like Delhi, Jammu, Srinagar, Chandigarh and Mumbai. The flights operating in this airport are Air India, GoAir and Jet Airways.

  58. Is Ladakh expensive?

    A trip to Ladakh India can be budget-friendly or expensive depending on your itinerary. If you are road tripping through the place and staying at local inns and quaint hotels, then you can spend 5 nights in Ladakh for as little as INR 15,000. However, if you sign up for an exotic trip with tours and stays in luxe hotels, then it can cost you around INR 27,000 for 5 nights as well.
  59. Is Ladakh safe for couples?

    Yes, Ladakh is a safe place for couples. Most of the hotels and resorts are welcoming of couples, and they have the necessary security measures in place to protect all of their guests. In fact, due to the romantic nature of the place, couples form the backbone of Ladakh tourism and are frequented by them during the tourist season.
  60. Why is Ladakh famous?

    The most prominent reason why Ladakh India is famous is because of its stunning natural landscape. The snow-capped mountains, sprawling valleys, mountain roads, viewpoints, glassy lakes and coniferous forests create a magical view from almost every single place in Leh Ladakh.
  61. Is Ladakh good for a honeymoon?

    Yes, Ladakh is one of the best places for a honeymoon. In fact, some of the biggest contributors to Ladakh tourism are the many honeymooning couples who come to this idyllic and romantic place to spend their first vacation together. 
  62. Is alcohol allowed in Ladakh?

    Yes, you are permitted to consume alcohol in Ladakh. However, it is recommended that you drink in moderation since it causes weakness, lethargy and dehydration, which is not suitable when you are travelling through the mountains. 
  63. Is Ladakh good for a honeymoon?

    Yes, Ladakh is one of the best places for a honeymoon. In fact, some of the biggest contributors to Ladakh tourism are the many honeymooning couples who come to this idyllic and romantic place to spend their first vacation together.