People Also Ask About Ladakh Tours
How can I reach Ladakh?Ladakh is one of the most popular destinations among adventure tourists, riders, photographers, and all kinds of outdoor enthusiasts. It can be reached by rail road and train networks. However, be prepared for a lot of off roading to reach your destination. There are a couple of routes you can take to reach the valley:
Srinagar to Leh: This road will take you to Ladakh via the Kashmir Valley ad Kargil and it would be about 434 kilometers of journey. The route is opened between early June and mid November. You will need to cross the Zoji-La Pass at about 11,500 feet to reach Ladakh.
Manali to Leh: Another popular route to enter Ladakh is the Manali – Leh route. More than 473 kilometers, this route opens up from mid June and till early October. You will need to cross the Rupsho Plateau at 3,600 meters above sea level.
There are several high passes including Taglang La – the second highest motorable road in the world.
By road: Himachal Pradesh Tourism and J & K State Road Transport Corporation regularly runs deluxe and ordinary buses in both the routes and the journey takes about two days including the several stops it makes. However, many hire jeeps and gypsy taxis to be free from the timing of the bus routes. Another popular and recommended way to reach Ladakh, regardless of the route your take is to hire your own bike. Ladakh is particularly famous among riders and people hire two wheelers from Delhi to make the journey. If you are travelling by road, it is recommended that you use the services of a registered travel agency to make the transports and camping arrangements. Driving your own vehicle is fun but at the same time it can be quite tasking and risky.
By Air: The nearest airport to Ladakh is the Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport that connects flights from Delhi, Jammu and Srinagar. Popular air carriers for this route include Jet Airways, Air India and GoAir. While the schedules of these flights are fixed, there could be changes depending on the weather conditions for the day. It is thus advised that you have a flexible itinerary if you are taking a flight.
By Train: There is no train connectivity to Ladakh. The nearest you can get is Jammu Tawi station and from then you might wait to hire a vehicle or take the bus route to reach Ladakh.
Important Road Distances:
- Srinagar to Leh: 434 kilometers
- Manali to Leh: 473 kilometers
- Srinagar to Kargil: 204 kilometers
- Delhi to Leh: 1047 kilometers
- Leh to Kargil: 234 kilometers
- Kargil to Padum: 240 kilometers
- Leh to Nubra Valley: 118 kilometers
What is the best mode of transport to reach Ladakh?The best way to reach Ladakh is hiring your own vehicle, be it a two wheeler or a four wheeler. A road trip offers you the opportunity to experience the expansive Himalayan landscape at your own pace. Depending on the season you are planning to visit Ladakh, a road trip will bring new vistas of opportunities.
What is the best time to visit Ladakh?The most popular time to visit Ladakh is during the summer months between May and August. It is important to know that most of the highways leading to and around Ladakh open up in April. May would be the month when all the action would start. Though its summer, the breeze here will still carry a comforting chill and you won’t be able to do without a blanket at nighttime. The summer months are the season when most local festivals and events happen. However, trekkers also make it to Ladakh during the extreme cold of the winters. This however would be the time when most of the roads and passes are closed due to snow and gaining a permit to places too can be a problem.
What would be day time high and night time low temperature?Temperature extremes in night can go as low as minus fourteen degrees in Ladakh. Day time temperature in winter months can be a comfortable 20C while in the summers (months of May and June), temperature can peak to 210C.
Which is the best route to visit Ladakh?While there are several routes to visit Ladakh, one of the most highly recommended one is the Srinagar – Kargil – Leh route. However, you can take the Leh – Manali route for your return trip from Ladakh. This ensures that you won’t have to deal with a lot of altitude sickness in the return. Be ready for a highly mountainous journey.
What kind of roads are there?In the past few years, tourism across Ladakh has peaked and several visitors prefer to take their own vehicle or go on a packaged road trip. The road conditions are one of the most crucial things to understand before planning a trip. The road conditions in this valley keep on changing and it is a highly rocky terrain out there. If you are taking a four wheeler, it is important that your vehicle offers a very high ground clearance. A SUV or Hatchback with a min 4x4 would be recommended. Here’s segregating the road according to the driving conditions:
Leh – Sham Valley: Most roads around the town of Leh are well maintained, barring a few sections that frequently get damaged from landslides and water. It would be easy to drive with a normal SUV or a RE Bullet. The places that you would be able to cover include Magnetic Hills, Basgo Palace, Alchi, Nimmu Confluence, Leh Palace, Namgyal Gompa, Shankar Gompa, Spituk Gompa, Hall of Fame and Main Market.
Leh – Khardung La – Nubra Valley: Be ready for a bit of stiffness, especially in the Pullu Section of the route. Once, you reach Nubra Valley, the road widens and clears out.
Leh – Karu – Chang La – Durbuk – Tangste – Pangong Tso: The road will be a mix of bad, very bad and impossible! The section between Shakti to Changla La is especially challenging, even for pro riders. The same can be said about the decent from Durbuk to Changla La.
Leh – Upshi – Chumathang – Mahe – Sumdo – Kiagar Tso – Tso Moriri: This is mostly a mix of average road and dirt tracks. While the road cannot be said to be risky, it does involve a lot of challenge, especially after you have driven for so long.
Pangong Tso – Man – Chusul – Loma – Mahe – Kiagar Tso – Tso Moriri: This road goes from remote and beautiful Himalayan villages but you will come across certain very bad sections that will require high ground clearance vehicles.
Nubra Valley – Agham – Wari La – Chang La – Tangste – Pangong Tso: One of the most popular routes, this is a very tough road. The more challenging part is you will rarely spot any other tourist vehicle or villages that would be able to help in case of a breakdown.
Is it safe to visit Ladakh by Bike?Ladakh on a bike is a completely different kind of challenge. However, the road trip also demands that you are a responsible rider, don’t get excited too easily and are looking for fun instead of speed. It is always recommended that you ride in a group since the road is quite long can be very tasking and you never know when you would need help. However, there are many who also bike to Ladakh alone. A bike trip to Ladakh offers the flexibility of your own itinerary and you will always be free to head on to the unbeaten paths while taking the roads that have been less traveled. It’s a life altering experience altogether. You would be making new friends on the way – friends that share the same passion and approach towards live and travel it!
However, if it is your first time or you aren’t in full confidence of making a trip alone, it is best to go for a package or group tour that offers you the same kind of flexibility but with added safety.
Can I get rented bike to visit Ladakh?Bike rentals are one of the most preferred and popular ways to visit Ladakh. It’s every bikers dream. While bike rentals are available from most connecting cities, the most preferred ones include Srinagar and Manali. Depending on which bike you choose, the cost may vary between INR800 and INR1600 per day. There is also an option to rent a bike from Delhi or Chandigarh but also be prepared for a very long ride and more nights on the road.
What is the process of renting a bike?If you are renting a bike from Manali, you might not be able to take your bike beyond Leh. For the number of days that your bike had been parked, most rental agencies will charge about 50% of the bill. You will however need to rent another local vehicle at Leh to go around. The same applied if you rent a bike from Srinagar. The most economical way to bike through Ladakh is to rent your vehicle at Leh itself. Since no outside vehicles are allowed in Leh, this makes sense. There are several rental service providers in the fort Road.
Is it safe to travel by a rented bike?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.
Is there any backup vehicle support?While biking through Ladakh is awesome, it is also one of the most difficult terrains to ride through. You would be crossing some of the highest passes in the globe, making way through particularly slippery terrains, use your legs along with the accelerator for go ahead through rubbles, cross streams, push your vehicle in some roads and the same. The risk of damage to you vehicle is always there and thus it is important that you have backup support in most cases. While assistance will be hard to find in most routes, things like extra petrol, spare parts, brake shoes, tires and the like should be carried along. It is consequently recommended that you plan a group tour. This will at least ensure that you aren’t stranded alone till help arrives.
Can I travel by my own bike to visit Ladakh?There are several riders who travel along in their own bikes. Some of them come from as far as Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. It can be done but you need to be very strong physically and mentally. It’s only the passion for riding and the natural landscape that will keep you going. Don’t look for a comfortable travel if you are driving on your own to Ladakh. This is also why many people go for packaged and group tours. At least, it takes care of your itinerary, food, lodging and the bare necessities.
How many minimum days are required if I want to visit Ladakh by Bike?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.
What riding gears do I need to carry?Ladakh is a perfect challenge for passionate riders. However, safety always comes first and here are the gears you will need to tag along:
- OEM toolkit
- Spare vehicle key
- 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
- Medical kit
- Sunscreen lotion
- Lip balm
- Mustard oil (for moisturizing)
- Water bottles
- Full face helmet with clear vision
- UV sunglasses
- Riding jacket
- Riding pants
What documents do I need to carry?
- Driving license
- Vehicle registration certificate
- Motorcycle insurance papers
- PUC certificates
- Medical insurance card
- Secondary ID (PAN Card, Passport, Voter ID)
- Map and itinerary Hardcopy of emergency phone numbers
Do I need a map to travel by bike?Map is a must, even if you are using mobile GPS and digital maps. Maps are particularly essential if you suddenly look to or have to change your route plans. A map for Ladakh can be obtained from tourism centers, spread across the route.
Do I need to be a bike mechanic before travelling by bike?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.
What sort of clothes I need to wear for travelling on a bike?Depending on the season you are planning to travel, you need to be prepared with the right kind of clothes. Apart from riding jacket, pants, boots and gloves, you should be carrying jeans, t-shirts, jackets, caps, warm inners (a lot of spares), socks (a dozen of them), towels and slippers.
What is the average duration/distance of travel in a day?Since it is a highly mountainous terrain, the maximum you can comfortably ride on a bike is between 150-200 kilometers. Night ride isn’t advisable and you will also need to take several halts along the way. Ride slow but ensure that you keep on enjoying the Himalayas.
How much experience it is required to ride a bike to Ladakh?To be able to ride across Ladakh, it is necessary that you are completely comfortable with the vehicle. The rule of thumb should be to take a vehicle that you regularly drive.
Do I need to have tubeless tires?Tubeless tires are highly recommended on your trip to Ladakh. Even if your tire gets punctured, tubeless tires will ensue that you can still make it to some distance by just pumping in air. Unlike normal tires, tubeless tires will lose air slowly, giving you’re an advantage of time. Also, tubeless tires are easier to fix.
Do I need air pump and puncture kit for Ladakh trip?An air pump rightly goes with your tubeless tire. Without an air pump, you will not be able to make the maximum of your tubeless tire. So, even if you could have reached the garage a few miles ahead, you will be stranded without an air pump. It is not only recommended that you carry an air pump but also a puncture kit for your tubeless tires. You can easily buy a puncture kit from a local shop or from websites like eBay.
Can I find mechanics on the way in case of any problems?Finding a mechanic can be a problem as most roads don’t even have proper settlements. It is necessary that you got your vehicle checked whenever you get the opportunity and feel that an expert look will be helpful. It will also be a lot of help if you have the basic knowledge of bike repairs.
Is there sufficient number of Fuel Stations?The harsh terrain of Ladakh is not just physically tasking but also sucks out the mileage from your vehicle. Consequently, you will need regular refueling of your tank. Petrol pumps are however few and the last ones you would see are at Leh. There’s another one at Nubra Valley but availability can also become an issue here. So, apart from a full tank, it is mandatory that you carry extra fuel.
Is it advisable to travel in a group or solo to Ladakh?It is highly advisable to travel in a group in Ladakh, regardless of the means of transport. Being in a group is always safer than traveling alone, though there have been many who do solo trips.
What are the pros and cons of travelling solo?Advantages of traveling solo:
- You have a flexible itinerary and can go wherever you want to. Even if your heart desires to camp at Pangong Lake for the whole week, you are free to follow it!
- It will cost a lot less if you are traveling alone than if you are going in a group.
- It is necessary that you have complete control and knowledge of your bike. This happens only if you are riding on your own vehicle. You know exactly how much brake is essential to stop at gravel. With tour groups, you will have to get familiar with a new vehicle and it might take time and also be risky.
- If you are a rider of some sort, you always know that your loved vehicle deserves a ride through Ladakh. That is reason enough!
Disadvantages of traveling solo:
- Though people are friendly in Ladakh and there is far less security issue than any other part of the country, the problem is people are very few too. You can well be stranded and not get noticed till days.
- Secondly, it could be quite of a struggle figuring out routes, lodging and bargains if you are traveling alone. Focusing on the road gives you less opportunity to follow the map rightly. There is ample chance that you miss an important turn.
Is it safe for female travelers to go on a Ladakh tour?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.
Can I drive all night and day?No! It is recommended that you start your bike at the first light and turn of the engine and fine a safe place to park the moment it gets dark. Night time is freezing cold and driving a bike is impossible. Further, if you get stuck somewhere (you have a higher chance of it at night), there won’t be anyone passing through to help.
What are some safe stops to take shelter on the way?Some of the spots you would want to reach by the end of the day include Drass, Kargil, Mulbek, Lamayuru, Alchi and Likir. These spots have quite a few hotels where you can freshen up. Other than that, most monasteries could be emergency shelters for tourists.
What kind of toilet facility is available on the road way?Toilet facilities along the road are few but you can always freshen up at any petrol pump. Popular stops include Leh, Kahltsi, Wakha, Mulbek, Kargil, Sonmarg, Mangan and Srinagar. Otherwise it’s the call of nature!
What sort of fitness is required to travel Ladakh?Fitness is not as crucial an issue for visiting Ladakh as it your health. People with heart conditions, asthma, breathlessness and such can face problems when visiting Ladakh. There have been many who have cancelled their trips midway and saved themselves from the verge of dying. It is important that you get yourself thoroughly checked and know the chances of getting ill at Ladakh. Along with the air pressure, the cold of the night too can be extreme, even in the summer season.
What sort of natural calamities are usual in this region?Ladakh is home to natural calamities. This also ensures that most parts of Ladakh are closed to tourists during the winters and monsoons. Landslides, heavy snowfall, and avalanches are common in this Himalayan terrain.
What I can do if I get stuck somewhere due to any reason?Never underestimate nature, especially when you are at the mercy of the Himalayas. There is quite a good chance of getting stuck somewhere on the road along Ladakh. The best you can do is call up an emergency contact, your hotel ahead and hope for a passerby. BSNL postpaid works well across Ladakh and is a must carry on your trip.
Is there network access or can I make a call during the trip?BSNL and Airtel postpaid connections are your only hope in Ladakh. Do ensure that you are carrying a SIM.
What is AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) and how can I beat it?AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness is a common problem tourist’s face in Ladakh. It happens when the amount of oxygen available falls below the normal standard. In high altitude areas like Ladakh, AMS is accompanied by light headedness, headache, nausea, and a general lack of energy. The main cause of AMS is dehydration. It is advisable that you keep on drinking a lot of water and other fluids. Here are the recommended ways to beat AMS:
- Drink lot of glucose water
- Go slow. Even a small run can make you feel spent
- Don’t push too hard
- Whenever you feel uneasy, stop to take rest
- Carry Diamox medicine- it starts working in about an hour
How long does it take to get acclimatized in Ladakh?For most, the basic acclimatization takes about 2–3 days.
How much distance is advisable to travel in a day?It is recommended to not push you too much at Ladakh. When planning for a higher altitude, make sure that the accent is slow. Start with a maximum of 80-100 kilometers of ride and gradually touch the 150 kilometers mark every day.
What kind of Jeep safaris is available to Ladakh?If you are going with your family and/or elders, a jeep safari would be a great way to cover Ladakh. You will get several options in jeep safaris that extend from 2 person trips (tailored for couples) to 12 person safaris (catered to group tourists). Jeep safaris should be booked online prior to your visit.
Which is the best route to take for a jeep safari?The best route for a jeep safari to Ladakh would be the 472 kilometer stretch from Manali to Leh. This safari can be extended to Nubra Valley. Another popular option is to drive to Leh through the Tso Moriri and Tso Kar Lakes. You will however need to arrange a permit to enter the Tso Moriri area with a local taxi. A good tour operator should be able to take care of the particulars.
Are guides Hindi/English speaking?The common language spoken across Ladakh is Hindi, but English too is fairly understood and spoken. With little enquiry, you should be able to get an English speaking guide.
What sort of problems may occur while travelling by a Jeep?The most common problem when traveling by jeep in Ladakh is a road blockage. The need for repairs might erupt but since you have a bigger vehicle and a driver along, you might as well be taking a mechanic with his tools!
Can one visit Ladakh by a Bicycle?Ladakh by bike is itself challenging enough. Bicycling through the terrain can be even more treacherous. However, there have been adrenaline freaks that have made a bicycle trip through the valleys. It does require a lot of practice and training.
What kind of fitness I should have to visit Ladakh by bicycle?Needless to say, you need to be very tough to be able to make it across Ladakh on a bicycle. It is necessary that you have trained well and have experience in mountain bicycling in the past.
What kind of problems I may face while travelling on a Bicycle?A broken bicycle will be easy to repair. However, there could be a lot of other problems. Firstly, bicycles have a lot less carrying capacity than bikes and you would be limited by the amount of gears, clothes and other necessary things that needs to be carried. Next would be the problem of getting across. It would certainly be a more stretching itinerary. Lastly, if you are looking to be at a certain place before sundown, things can get hard. While you can always take a lift from an army truck, you need to be fortunate enough to find one accommodating enough.
What things I must carry if I am travelling Ladakh on a bicycle?
- First aid box
- Tool bag / pouch
- Cycle specific spare content
- Foot pump
- Waterproof zip lock bags
- LED flashlights / headlamp
- Jerry cans for fuel
- Insulated travel flask
- Cycling gear (helmet / costume / gloves / shoes / guards)
Should I go on a bike tour or jeep tour? Which one is better?A bike tour is always a better way to see Ladakh as it gives you the flexibility of travel. Jeep safaris on the other hand are safer and are recommended if you are traveling with large group (some of whom are non bikers) or family or are looking for a comfortable, romantic but exciting vacation.
What is the best time to visit Ladakh, Summer or Winter? And why?Summers are the most recommended time to go as the day temperature would be comfortable to travel. Even during summers, winters are chilly, with temperature reaching minus figures. Summers are also the time when most of the valley opens up to tourists. Winters in Ladakh can be very challenging and most parts are covered in snow. While, it can be a great opportunity to witness the Himalayan winters, there’s not a lot of places you can go or a lot of things you can do.
Which are the things one must do if travelling by road?
- Check out Lala’s Art Café in Leh
- Be a part of the Hemis Festival / Ladakh Festival / Losar Festival
- Watch the sunrise at Pangong Tso
- Pitch your tent in the mountains for a night
- Bird watch, instead of tweeting!
- Witness the Milky Way
- Visit a local family and spend a couple of hours with them
- Be proud to see the Indian Flag flying high
- Spin some prayer wheels ? Chill out with monks ? Eat Maggi! ? Cook pasta in hot springs ? Play cricket! Don’t ignore the street signs! They can be really interesting!
What are some beautiful places on the way I must visit?Leh is all about the majestic Himalayas. The blue lakes, perfectly lush landscape, snow laden peaks, deep gorges and brown/red rocks can put you into a spell. Some of the must see places include:
- Pangong Lake
- Magnetic Hill
- Nubra Valley
- Tso Moriri Lake
- Diskit Gompa
- Lamayuru Monastery
- Santi Stupa
- Shey Monastery
- Royal Leh Palace
- Alchi Monastery
- Sangam Point
- Tso Kar Lake
- Hemis Monastery
- Khardung La Pass Drass Valley
What are some interesting things to do in Ladakh?Ladakh is a magic. The landscape presents a lot many opportunities to make your trip unique and a one in a lifetime memory. Here are some things you should try, when at Ladakh:
- A jeep safari through the passes
- Camel safari in Nubra Valley
- Mountain cycling / biking
- A visit to the Magnetic Hill. It’s out worldly!
- Trekking in Ripchar Valley
- River Rafting at Zanskar
- A bike ride to Tso Moriri Lake
- Paragliding in Leh
- Ice Hockey in Ladakh Skiing / Heli skiing
- Chasing the snow leopards
- Spending some time in prayers at Hemis Monastery
Which are some places best suitable for adventure activities and what type of adventure activities one can do in Ladakh?
- White Water River Rafting in Indus and Zanskar River
- Camel Safari in Nubra Valley
- Trekking - Nubra Valley, Stok Kangri, Markha Valley, Chadar
- Jeep Safari – Nubra Valley, Zanskar Valley, Pangong Lake, Tso Moriri Lake
- Night camping in Ladakh under a million stars
- Quad Biking in Nubra Sand Dunes
- Mountain Biking along the Zanskar River
- Running 72 kilometers in the Ladakh Marathon
- Snow Leopard Trek in Rumbak Valley Paragliding in Ladakh
How many monasteries are there in Ladakh? Which are must visit?While there are several monasteries spread across Ladakh, the ones you should pay a visit to include:
- Hemis Monastery
- Thiksey Monastery
- Diskit Monastery
- Likir Monastery
- Spituk Monastery
- Stakna Monastery
- Alchi Monastery
- Phyang Monastery
- Takthok Monastery
- Sumda Chun Monastery
Which are most 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
When is the best time to go Ladakh for trekking?The recommended time for trekking in Ladakh is between the months of July and August, when the day temperature is warm and comfortable. September onwards, the chances of snow storms increase. However, an important trek is the month of February is the Chadar Trek. All trekkers across Ladakh are required to have a local guide along.
When Chadar trek happen? Can anyone do it?The Chadar Trek commences in the winter months when the River Zanskar gets completely frozen and strong enough for trekkers to cross it. The trail has become quite of popularity among adventure tourists but the challenge goes to minus 35 degrees. The distance of the trek is about 105 kilometers wherein, the trekker has to cover about 16 kilometers every day. The trek is recommended for experienced trekkers and not something that can be tried by beginners. The worst thing about the trek is the freezing temperatures.
What is snow Leopard trek? Is it safe? What is the best time this trek?A popular attraction among adventure lovers, wildlife enthusiasts and photographers, the Snow Leopard Trek across the Hemis National Park is a must if you are trying to see and click the highly elusive snow leopard cat. The trek stretches across the entire Markha and Rumbak Valley at an elevation of more than 4100 meters. The snow leopard trek is organized in the winter month, between January and March. Apart from the freezing temperature, the trek is completely safe and something that any wildlife lover should embark upon.
Which are the various places best for photography?They say, whatever frame you click in Ladakh, it will be a beauty! Well, it’s a paradise for photographers. Its nature at its best and a culture that is from the heavenly Himalayas. However, ensure that you seek permission before clicking any person or monastery. In some cases, photographing monasteries are forbidden. If you are carrying a camera, don’t miss out:
- Zanskar Valley
- Pangong Tso Lake
- Drass Valley
- Khardung La Pass
- Nubra Valley
- Magnetic Hill
- Spituk Gompa Hemis National Park
How many wildlife sanctuaries are there in Ladakh?There are two important wildlife sanctuaries in Ladakh and include the Hemis National Park and the Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary.
What festivals Ladakh people celebrate? Is it worth visiting?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.
How are Drass and Kargil? Is it worth visiting? How far they are from Leh?Drass and Kargil have been the frontiers of Indian Army, long before the Kargil War. A disturbed zone all throughout the year, a visit to this place will renew your faith in the Indian Army and thus is something that you must experience. If you have through those men in uniform look good, check out the men in duty! It’s a new level of respect you will gain. Drass is 284 kilometers from Leh while Kargil is 216 kilometers.
What all activities we can do in Nubra Valley? Is camel safari is worth doing?Nubra Valley offers a host of activities and is consequently a stop that you might want to extend beyond a day. Popular things to do in Nubra Valley include:
- Visit to the Diskit Gompa
- Ride along the Khardung La Pass, the highest motorable pass in the world
- Visit the Pon Khar Palace
- See the Giant Chamba Statue
- Explore the Zimskang Museum
- Take a Camel Ride through the white sand dunes The camel ride would be an especially unique experience and would be something you would take back for a lifetime.
How many passes are there in Ladakh?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 include:
- Khardung La
- Chang La
- Zozi La
- Baralacha La
- Fotu La
- Lachulung La
- Namika La
- Tanglang La
Is Ladakh good for family holiday? Can I take my kids to Ladakh?Ladakh can be a fun family holiday, if you are okay with a little bit of challenge for the ultimate outdoor experience. Kids can be taken to a Ladakh trip but it is recommended that they don’t tag along to high altitude area like Nubra and Khardugla Pass. With low air pressure and lack of oxygen, it can be a problem to find medical help.
Are there any tents at Pangong Lake and how much is the average cost of stay in camps?The world renowned Pangong Tso Lake offers night stay near the shores in tented accommodation. This is something that anyone would like to experience. The price range extends between INR 1000/night to INR 7000/night, depending on the amenities and number of sleepers.
Are there any women only tours of Ladakh?Several tour operators organize women – only tours across Ladakh and it can be an amazing experience if you are an outdoor kind of girl. The trips range from jeep safaris to riding trips and trekking adventures. There’s no limit to the amount of fun you can have with your women only trip companions.
Is Ladakh is good for honeymoon?Ladakh can be a perfect place for honeymooners! After all, what can be a better backdrop for romance than the Himalayas, its crystal blue lakes and the alpine landscape!
Is there any bus service from Delhi or Manali to reach Ladakh?Himachal Pradesh Tourism and J & K State Road Transport Corporation regularly run deluxe and ordinary buses.
What all cafes are there in Leh city? Which are must visit?Leh can surprise you with its food. It is highly recommended that you stop at one or more of these cafes and pick up something from their menu!
- Bob’s Café
- Yama Coffee House
- Café Aroma
- Yum Yum Food and Café
- Brazil Café Leh
- My Secret Recipe German Bakery
- Leh Café
- World Garden Café
- Café Cloud
- Ladakh Fine Foods
- Himalaya Café
- Ladakh Biker Café and Restaurant Ja Khang
What sort of nightlife is there in Ladakh?Night life in Ladakh is completely different from the city. Even in the summers, it’s chilly cold outside. If you are not inside your blanket, the best you can do is put up a campfire and dance and sing around it!
Can we smoke and drink in Ladakh? Is it legal?While it is not illegal to smoke or drink in Ladakh, it is recommended that you don’t. Drinking dehydrates your body and even if you do, drink lots of water and fluids, so as not to have a hangover. Similarly, smoking can be tasking on your lungs and you would want on with full power and capacity! Smoking can be disastrous in Ladakh.
Are there any restaurants which I can find while on Ladakh tour?There are pretty good number of restaurants at important locations like Leh, Kahltsi, Wakha, Mulbek, Kargil, Sonmarg, Mangan and Srinagar. However, you might also come across solitary dhabas serving good food. Instant noodles like Maggi are a popular food among riders in Ladakh.
Are there any ATMs on the way?There will be several ATM stops on your Srinagar to Leh route and important stops 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.
Is there any pharmacy or hospitals on the way to Ladakh?Two of the most renowned Hospitals in the Leh-Ladakh route are SNM Hospitals and Dr. P Wanchuk Clinic. Apart from that, pharmacy and medical facilities aren’t too usual. However, you can always approach the army camps in any kind of medical situation.
Is Indian army is helpful in case of 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.
What are dos and don’ts in Ladakh?Do’s
- Collect necessary information about the weather
- After arrival, take rest up to 36 hours before embarking on any kind of trip
- Move slowly and try breathing softer and deeper
- Carry water purification tablets / boiled water / bottled waters
- Seek a local cab since outside vehicles aren’t allowed in Ladakh
- Carry dry eatables like nuts
- Avoid alcohol and smoking
- Carry first aid
- Carry strong walking shoes, raincoats, light woolen, cotton wear
- Have extra batteries
- Interact with locals for detailed knowledge about places
- Try going in groups or packaged tours
- Don’t click photographs without permission
- Use of plastic is banned. Don’t use any
- Don’t wear short and revealing clothes, especially around religious sites
- Don’t disturb the wildlife
- Don’t litter
- Don’t trying influencing the locals
Newly Added Ladakh Experience
"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
Vedant Rander Manali Leh Srinagar Bike Trip, Book & Get 5000 Cashback!
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.
16 July 2019
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 luxury.so 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
Vedaansh Bhargava Leh Bike Tour Adventure with Camping: Flat 35% off
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
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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 "
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