Best Places to Visit in Ladakh, Best Time & Popular Tourist Destinations

 Best Places to Visit in Ladakh, Best Time & Popular Tourist Destinations
Best Places to Visit in Ladakh, Best Time & Popular Tourist Destinations

Best Places to Visit in Ladakh, Best Time & Popular Tourist Destinations

Ladakh is a union territory in the Kashmir region of India, we can mark its territory from the Siachen glacier to the main Himalayas. Ladakh is divided into two districts; district- Kargil and district- Leh. However, Leh is a more famous place among visitors because of its Gompas, cafes, and Leh Bazaar. It is known as one of the coldest locations in India.

It has been a centre of attraction for its Tibetan Buddhist Monastery which tells you the story of Buddhas and Buddhism, amazing trekking locations such as Pangong Tso lake and Zanskar Valley trek, available places for rafting, stunning landscapes, and ambiance calm environment, Locals are very friendly and welcoming to visitors.

Best Time to Visit Ladakh

Leh-Ladakh temperature is very low and Leh-Ladakh weather is chilled throughout the year. However, the summer season (March to June) is the best season to visit Leh Ladakh and also the best time to visit Leh Ladakh for snowfall, considered more favorable and provides a beautifully hospitable environment for the tourists.

During this season you can avail all kinds of services which are provided and can make your experience count. This season's environment is more preferable to tourists. They can enjoy the beauty of Ladakh, Pangong Tso Lake, and Tso Moriri Lake begin to melt at this time you can have an experience of wonderful ambiance.

During this season tourists can be the witness some traditional festivals like YuruKabgyat Festival, Saka Dawa, and Hemis Festival occurs only in June, Hemis Festival is dedicated to the Tibetan Buddhist monk Padmasambhava, amazing mask performances are showcased in this celebration with the unique music and brightly hued costumes, this celebration should not be missed.

But notably, these months are suggested to be reached through flights because road trips are not preferred and even the first half of June the roads stay unopened. Tourists who are visiting through the Srinagar route can reach the highway and enjoy the mountain views. However, pre-booking of flights and hotels is suggested to avoid the rush because of the peak season.

Monsoon season (July to August) is known for the form of heavy but short-lived rainfalls; the monsoons in Ladakh do not last long. It is the best time to visit Leh Ladakh by bike. Adventure seekers can go for white water rafting indulged in at Indus or Zanskar rivers.

This season is also a wonderful time to fulfill your trekking experience, especially with Kang Yatse Trek, Markha Valley Trek, and from Spituk to Stok. This season is also known for various festival celebrations such as Karsha Gustor held at Karsha, an annual festival of Pheyang Tsedup organized at Pheyang monastery, Korzok Gustor which was held at Korzok monastery near Moriri Lake.

However, this season is also known for landslides and cloudbursts, so be safe. The Winter season (September to February) is very unpleasant for tourists due to the harsh and chilly windy weather. But simultaneously it is also the season for one of the world-famous treks Chadar Trek and another one of the favorites tourists’ treks Zanskar Valley trek or frozen river trek.

Festivals like Spituk Gustor, Thiksay Gustor, and Ladakhi Losar have been the center of attraction due to their calm environment, where most of the festivals are congested due to the photographers and tourists crowds this season you can enjoy these festivals peacefully and can surely see the preservation of traditions.

 Best Places to Visit in Ladakh, Best Time & Popular Tourist Destinations

Places to Visit in Ladakh

Shanti Stupa is a beautiful white structure chorten, it offers tourists the wonderful view of whole Leh and the walls inside Chorten depicts the life scenes related to Lord Buddha and Buddhism and the positive and calm vibes of this place will surely make your stay.

Hemis National Park is the only national park in the northern range of the Himalayas, this park is recognized to be the capital of snow leopard in India. And apart from this rare species it also preserves some other rare species and this park is one of the perfect family locations to visit.

Thiksey Monastery is one of the most beautiful Buddhist monasteries in Ladakh. This monastery enlightens you with knowledge about some Buddhist culture, teachings, and the importance of Buddhist life scenes and philosophy. This 12-story complex hosts more than 500 Buddhist monks.

Markha Valley is a famous site among the tourists who love doing trekking, camping lovers would enjoy setting up camp here, can enjoy the ambiance, make a bonfire and can spend some amazing moments with your family and friends, this location also gives you a way for Ski and Hankar sites.

Stok Palace is known as the summer home to the royal family of Ladakh and successors of King Sengge Namgyal, was established by king Tsepal Namgyal in 1820 and was opened to the public by Dalai Lama in 1980, located around 15 kilometers from Leh. Stok Palace has been converted into a heritage hotel and the Stok palace museum and temple are full of emitting royal antique decor along with quirkily decorated rooms. Besides this Palace is a well preserved traditional piece of Buddhist Culture. This Hotel is divided into six units within the Stok Palace and three more divisions in Chili Bagh Villa.

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Khardung La or Khardzong La

It is a high mountain pass in Ladakh near Leh, serves as the gateway towards Shyok and Nubra Valley, popular as the highest motorable road in India at an elevation of 5602 meters, perfect for mountain biking enthusiasts.

Pangong Tso Lake

Pangong Tso Lake is famous for its colour changing shades from blue to green to red, this place is always one of those locations where you want to visit Ladakh, Beautiful environment, the freshness of nature and calm vibes always attracts a crowd to spend some quality time with their family and friends, and its beautiful landscape also makes its photogenic location.

Nubra Valley

Nubra Valley white sand desert is always one of the best places to visit in Ladakh. Karakoram range’s scenic slopes along with the confluence of Siachen and Shyak rivers makes this location the centre of attraction, known for its Bactrian camels, orchard, and monasteries and also known as the orchard of Ladakh and called as ‘Ldumra’ literally means the valley of flowers

Chadar Trek

Chadar Trek gives you the thrilling and exciting experience to walk on the frozen river, you can walk on the frozen Zanskar river. However, this also makes this river more dangerous and tourists are suggested to be careful and take full precautions. This location is quite famous among foreign tourists.

Magnetic Hill

Magnetic Hill is known as gravity hill, possesses impeccable magnetic properties. It will not be surprising if you get stunned by the sudden movement of your vehicle going uphill because a magnetic hill will make it occur. It has been very popular among the tourists especially among those visitors who visit this location with their vehicle.

Tso Moriri Lake

Tso Moriri Lake is a perfect lake location, and it looks like a tiny paradise. However, the location resides 15000 ft. above sea level and due to this high altitude makes this location a little dangerous and non-ideal to visitors but it is the reason that this place we find in most natural form and provides the undisturbed ambiance for the tourists to make their day worth.

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How to Reach Ladakh?

Leh to Ladakh distance would be around 7 kilometers and Delhi to Leh Ladakh distance is approximately 962.8 kilometers and Manali to Leh Ladakh distance is 427.3 kilometers

By Air- It is the easiest way to visit Ladakh, several flights fly to Ladakh in peak season and either in the off-season. Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport is the nearest airport located in Leh; this airport is approximately 3.8 kilometers away from the main city. Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport is very well connected with international airports like Delhi and receives flights from Srinagar, Chandigarh, Jammu, and other destinations as well. Generally, a flight from Delhi to Leh takes around one and a half hours, and international visitors can also catch flights from major cities like Mumbai, Kolkata, and Delhi to reach Leh and then to Ladakh. Taxis are available outside the airport to transfer you to the main location.

By Road- You can reach Leh Ladakh through two routes- one through Manali in Himachal Pradesh which is 494 kilometers away from Manali and second through Srinagar which resides 434 kilometers away from Ladakh. You can simply hire a cab or jeep or can prefer an option of buses as well deluxe and non-deluxe, run from Kargil and between Leh and Srinagar on regular basis and visit very frequently. You do have the option to visit Ladakh from your vehicle from Delhi, Srinagar, Manali, and Chandigarh depending on your choice. Especially when Leh-Ladakh bike trips have been quite trendy nowadays but kindly note You can only travel to Ladakh by road between May to September, whereas during the winter season the highways are shut due to heavy snowfalls.

By Train- Tourists can not reach Ladakh directly by train because the nearest railway station is in Jammu, Jammu Tawi which is approximately 700 kilometers away from the mainland, however, the railway station is widely connected with Kolkata, Delhi, and Mumbai. After reaching the railway station tourists have to hire a cab or visit through the option of buses.

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