Ladakh Tour Packages

The Land of High Passes, Ladakh is one of the dream destinations in India. It tops every adventurer's bucket list in India. Be it honeymooners, or nature admirers, or adventure buffs, Ladakh truly is one of the favoured places among all kinds of traveller. This place has a unique characteristic that is a blend of Indian, Tibetan as well as Buddhism linings. Ladakh Tour Packages are all about shades of astonishing mountains, the beauty of serene nature and yes a fabulous vacation in Heaven.

Adorned with the majestic mountains,  beautiful monasteries, rivers, valleys, pristine lakes, villages, Ladakh is home to several highest motorable passes- Khardunga La, Marsimik La, and Chang La. So head towards this exotic destination for a surreal and thrilling experience.

Famous Places to visit in Ladakh

Have a great experience in stunning Ladakh on your next vacation. With the beautiful Gompas, fluttering prayer flags, exotic places, Ladakh is truly an amazing destination to explore. Ladakh is a place of unique landscapes.

Apart from all the scenic places, one can indulge in thrilling adventures too. There are a lot of places one can witness here. Here is the list of some of the major attractions and the best tourist landmarks that should not be missed-

Leh

Leh is situated at an altitude of 3524ft and a good distance of around 434 km from Srinagar. Head towards this beautiful destination for thrilling adventure and yes for spiritual and exotic places. Make sure to pay a visit to Matho Monastery, Alchi Monastery, Hemis Monastery, Spituk Monastery and Thiksey Monastery, that is considered to be spiritual places. There are some astounding places that one can explore during their visit to Ladakh- Zorawar Fort, Stok Palace and Jama Masjid. Adventure junkies can go for mountain Biking and Trekking.

Nubra Valley

Want an Arabian Nights-like experience? Then head towards the serene Nubra Valley. The sand suns of the Nubra Valley give one Arabian Nights like experience. This valley is renowned for its two-humped camels. Nubra Valley is a tri-armed valley towards the northeast. Add some astounding places to your tour itinerary to visit here like- Samstanling Monastery and Panamik village that is known for hot sulphur spring.

Plan a trip here during the autumn season that is between July to September as it is the perfect time for exploring.

Pangong TSO Lake

Pangong TSO Lake is one of the prominent attractions in beautiful Ladakh. The tranquil setting of this lake makes it a fantastic place for a surreal camping adventure. There are several Bollywood movies shot here like- 3 Idiots. The aptest time to visit this lake is between June to September.

Kargil

Do not miss visiting Kargil on your trip to Ladakh. It is one of the major tourist attractions in the beautiful Ladakh. Kargil is the second largest town in Ladakh and is situated on the banks of the Indus river. Kargil is a paradise for adventure seekers.

One can enjoy trekking and mountaineering here that surely will give you a great experience. Head towards this place in the summer season that is between May to July as the temperature is cool and pleasant.

Uncover The Hidden Gems of Leh Ladakh

1. Turtuk Village

One of the most northernmost villages in Ladakh, Turtuk village is one of the hidden gems of Leh Ladakh. One visiting this place gets a chance to capture the majestic views of the astounding mountains, green valleys, and cold desert landscapes. Explore the local culture of Ladakh in its rawest form in this village.

Enjoy the comfortable stay at homestays, the lip-smacking local food here that will surely amaze you and give you a memorable experience for a lifetime.

2. Rumtse

Rumtse is a remote village located on the Leh-Manali highway. This village is home to only 20 families. Rumtse reflects the real culture of Ladakh and is surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the mountains. Just take a walk in Rumtse and capture the views of the Rainbow Mountains.

3. UleyTokpo

A pretty village Uley Tokpo is situated on the west of Leh and makes a fantastic stopover for those visiting Ladakh from the Srinagar-Leh highway.

This village is home to some awesome monasteries like- Lamayuru monastery, and the Alchi monastery. Visit this village to witness some pretty art and culture.

4. Basgo

Are you a history lover? Then Basgo is the place for you. This town is home to Basgo monastery and the historical ruins of the Royal Precinct. This place will give you an insight into the remains of the ancient fort, temples, royal palace, stables, residencies and arts. Explore this place and visit the famous Basgo monastery to know about the interesting stories and history of Ladakh.

5. Sumur

Sumur is a tranquil village situated in Ladakh. This village holds a pretty 150-year-old gompa that is renowned for its intricate frescos and thankas. Capture the astonishing views of the Nubra valley, bright yellow-coloured mustard fields and the amazing views of the serene valley that will surely leave you speechless.

Just take a walk around the village and witness the tranquil view of the Siachen river with the backdrop of Ladakh’s glorifying mountains and valleys.

6. Changthang

The Changtang plateau is located in southeastern Ladakh. This plateau is a natural reserve that houses numerous exotic and endangered species. Visit this place and explore the local flora and fauna of Ladakh.

Get a chance to witness the vast pretty lakes, huge marshes, and wildlife that will surely amaze you.

7. Hanle

Hanle in Changthang locale of Ladakh is a standout amongst the most serene, tranquil places in India. This place is home to Hanle Monastery. It also houses an Indian Astronomical observatory that is the world’s most elevated observatory on the planet. So, do not miss visiting this place during your Ladakh Trip.

8. Alchi

Alchi is a beautiful village nestled in the Himalayan region of Ladakh in the valley of the Indus river. This village is home to an ancient Buddhist monastery that dates back to 900 years. Visit the Du-Khag, the oldest temple, founded by Kal-dan Shes-rab around the 11th century A.D.

It is said that Alchi was once a significant route for trade and cultural relations with India.  The aptest time to visit Alchi is between June to September.

9. Markha Valley

Markha Valley is one of the most famous trekking routes in Ladakh and is accessible from Ganda La Pass near Spituk in the west, which is the beginning point of the trek. This valley is renowned and visited for its astonishing views, its Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and remote villages too.

Tourist attractions in Ladakh

Magnetic Hills

Visit the Magnetic Hills and satisfy your curiosity regarding the tales prevalent about the Magnetic hill. The amazing thing about this hill is that the vehicles moving uphill require no burning of fuel in the carburettor.

One can climb uphill in their vehicle with vehicles ignition off but to come down one needs to accelerate their vehicle.

Zanskar Valley

Zanskar Valley is one of the exotic places located in Ladakh and is one of the most loved tourist places in beautiful Ladakh. The perfect time to visit the valley is between June to September. During these months the road is clear of snow and the temperature is also salubrious and one can easily opt for the visit to this place. The valley is one of the bleak places in the Himalayan range of this region.

Namgyal Tsemo Gompa

Namgyal Tsemo Monastery is a Buddhist ashram situated in Leh and was built by Ladakh’s king, Tashi Namgyal in 1430. It is a crag-top shrine situated close to Tsemo Castle.

This monastery houses a three-leveled golden statue of a futuristic Buddha. This monastery has sculptures of Alokistesvara and Manjushri both of which are revered elements of the Buddhist faith.

Royal Leh Palace

The Royal Leh Palace is situated in Leh. Royal Leh Palace resembles the Potala Palace of Lhasa. It is situated on a cliff. The pretty town of Leh is spread beneath the cliff giving an astonishing view. The glory of the olden days can be gauzed by just walking around in the palace.

One can find a good collection of crowns, ceremonial dresses, ornaments and jewellery at the Palace Museum. The Buddha statue at the back of the palace amazes the beholder. Make sure to visit in August that is the perfect time to visit this Palace.

Shanti Stupa

If one is in search of peace and serenity, then Shanti stupa is the place where one will find them. The hill at Chanspa, which is in Leh is where Shanti Stupa is proudly located. Being a Buddhist monument it offers peace due to its tranquil aura. Sunrise and sunset views are an added attraction to this place. Capture the picturesque surroundings that will surely allure you.

Diskit Monastery

Diskit Monastery or Deskit is the oldest and largest monastery in Nubra valley. This monastery houses a school that is run in collaboration with an NGO named The Tibet Support Group. Diskit monastery is known for its festival Dosmoche, translating into the festival of the Scapegoat.

The main hall of the monastery also sites numerous images of fierce guardian deities alongside massive drums.

Hemis National Park

Hemis National Park is home to endangered mammals like leopards, Asiatic ibex, Tibetan wolf, the Eurasian brown bear and the red fox. It is truly a paradise for nature lovers and bird watchers.

 Make sure to visit this national park and get a chance to encounter some endangered animals.

Tso Moriri Lake

The Tso Moriri lake is located in the Changtang wildlife sanctuary. This lake is also known as Mountain lake. Its location is in itself so serene that it simply is awe-inspiring. There are snow-capped mountains in the background that add to the beauty of the place.

Tourists coming here to witness this pristine lake can find several beautiful birds like Brahmin duck, brown-headed gull, bare-headed goose and great crested grebe.

Thiksey Monastery

Thiksey Monastery is the largest monastery in central Ladakh. The major attraction of this monastery is the Maitreya temple that was built to commemorate the visit of the 14th Dalai Lama to this monastery in the year 1970.

This temple has a 15m tall statue covering two storeys of the building. The aptest time to visit the Thiksey monastery is during the Gustor festival in October/November.

Highest Mountain Passes in Ladakh

The Land of High Passes, Ladakh has several high altitude passes that are quite famous among tourists. The passes are the major attractions in Ladakh Packages and crossing them is itself a thrilling experience.

Ladakh is home to numerous mountain passes but only some of them are accessible to tourists. Here is the list of some of the most famous Passes that one cannot miss exploring-

Khardung La Pass

Khardung La is the highest motorable road in the whole world. It is a high-altitude mountain pass located around 40kms from Leh. KhardungLa Pass is the gateway to Shyok and Nubra Valleys and is maintained by the Border Roads Organisation. All kinds of vehicles from two-wheelers to heavy trucks ply this road. This Pass is truly a prominent tourist attraction.

Capture the astounding views of Leh city and the surrounding mountain ranges that greet one along the way. One needs an Inner Line Permit to visit Khardung La Pass. Make sure to visit between March to May and September to October as these months are considered to be the perfect months to visit. Do not spend more than 20 minutes as there is a chance of Altitude mountain sickness due to the extremely low oxygen and air pressure.

Chang La Pass

Want to capture the surreal views? Then head towards Chang La Pass, which is the third-highest motorable mountain pass in the world. This pass lies en route to Pangong Tso Lake. Chang La Pass is situated at an altitude of around 5360 m. This pass got its name after a renowned saint, Changla Baba. There is a temple here that is dedicated to this saint whose blessing is a must before crossing the pass.

Chang La Pass is almost 15kms long and is maintained by the Indian Army. Capture the astonishing views that are worth capturing. One can enjoy a cup of tea take a rest at a tea point here. Visit this pass between May to June as these months are considered the best month to visit. Do not spend more than 20-25 minutes at this pass as there is a chance of suffering from Altitude Mountian sickness.

Tanglang La Pass

Located at an altitude of 5328m, Tanglang La Pass is indeed one of the highest altitude mountain passes in Ladakh. This high-altitude mountain pass in Ladakh is located on the way from Debring to Gya and is almost 49kms long. The sharp turns and twists call for an experienced driver to take the wheel rather than an amateur one. This pass cuts through rocky mountains that are crisscrossed by gently flowing streams.

Capture the snow-covered peaks that are truly worth capturing. Click some pictures at the signpost that informs one that one has arrived at Tanglang La Pass. Make sure to visit between June to September as the weather at this particular time is quite salubrious.

Lachulung La Pass

Located at an altitude of 5059m Lachulung La Pass runs along the Manali Leh Highway. It is around 54kms from Sarchu and almost 24kms from Pang. The major attraction of this pass is its serene beauty and fabulous views of the landscape. One can find a signpost that shows that one has arrived at Lachulung La Pass.

The signpost is decorated with Buddhist prayer flags. This pass is popular among the trekkers and the hikers who stop here to get drenched into the beauty of the surrounding. This pass is opened from March to June. No extra permit is required to visit this pass.

Namikala Pass

Namikala Pass is a high mountain pass that is located at a good height of 3700m along the Srinagar-Leh Highway. It is on the NH1 highway that connects Srinagar to Leh. It is one of the highest passes between Leh and Kargil.

Just stop at this pass and enjoy the views of the landscape with the majestic mountains that are cut by serpentine trails. Make sure to plan a visit here from late June to September. There is no extra permit required to visit Namikala Pass.

Baralacha La Pass

Baralacha La Pss is located in the beautiful Zanskar valley that is one of the major attractions in Ladakh. Baralacha La Pass is a good 8kms long pass along the Leh-Manali Highway that connects Leh district in Ladakh to Lahaul district in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the highest motorable passes in India. In the proximity, one can witness the river Bhaga that originates from the Surya Taal Lake or Suraj Tal lake and is the third highest lake in India and 21st highest in the world.

What makes this pass so famous is the astonishing beauty of the surroundings. The entire region looks so ancient and one can witness the snow falling even in June. Baralacha La Pass is also the stop for trekkers who are on their way to Chandra Taal Lake. Make sure to visit this pass between April to October as it is considered the apt time to visit. The Indians need to carry valid photo identity cards along with attested photocopies of important documents like- passport, Aadhar and voter id cards. Foreign citizens need to carry their visas and passports.

Fotu La Pass

Fotu La Pass is the highest point on the Srinagar Leh Highway and is the major tourist attraction of Ladak for its fantastic photography opportunities. This pass is located at an altitude of 4108m on the way from Heniskot to Lamayuru.

On the way towards this pass one pass lunar-like landscape. Enjoy the fantastic views of the snowclad mountain ranges that will surely allure you. Plan a visit between June to September that is considered the apt time to visit.

Things to do in Ladakh

Want a surreal vacation? Then head towards the fantabulous Ladakh. Do not miss to explore the numerous pretty places here like- Lamayuru, Tso Moriri Lake, DhaHanu, Zorawar Fort, Magnetic hill, and Nubra Valley. Apart from exploring astounding places one can even explore the famous markets of Ladakh that sell pretty handicrafts and wares, silver and stone jewellery, Pashmina shawls, woollens and other stuff.

Main Bazaar, Tibetian handicraft emporium, Dalai Lama Charitable Trust handicraft emporium, Moti market, and Ladag Apricot Store are some famous places from where one can purchase according to their interests.

If you are hunting for some adventure in Ladakh then go trekking. There are numerous trekking options available here like- Chadar Trek, Markha Valley Trek,  Stok Kangri Trek, are some of them. One can even enjoy camping for some more thrilling experience. One can go to Camel Resort Camp, Camp Water Mark, Bikamp at Leh and Nature’s Nest Camp at Pangong Lake for an amazing camping experience.

Indulge in rock climbing that will surely bring much- much adventure to your Ladakh trip. If you are interested in water sports then river rafting is for you. Get indulge in river rafting in Indus and Zanskar rivers that will surely give you a thrilling experience. Do not miss Quad biking, it is another adventure in Nubra Valley to enjoy. One can even enjoy the ATV ride on the highest motorable regions. There are a lot of other things to do on your Ladakh group trip that will surely be going to transfer you to another world.

Bike Ride in Ladakh

What can be as adventurous as exploring Ladakh on Bike? Yes, enjoy the crazy bike trip as Ladakh offers splendid vistas that can be cherished round the year except for the monsoon season. It is truly one of the most satisfying road trips one could ever take. The journey from Manali-Leh -Ladakh is one of the most exotic routes that allow one to ride on one of the highest motorable roads in India. The Biking ride through Khardung La Pass and Chang La Pass makes its way to the beautiful Nubra Valley that makes for the most gratifying expeditions in India.  The perfect time to go on a bike ride is from June to September.

Jeep Ride in Ladakh

A jeep ride is another thrilling thing to do when in Ladakh. This ride is the most exciting and offers an enthralling experience of witnessing the wild and exotic Ladakh. Some of the world’s highest mountain passes like- Rohtang Pass, Baralacha Pass, Lachungla Pass, Tanglang La Pass, Changla Pass, Khardungla, remote villages, and the sacred monasteries can be explored during Jeep rides. Inner Line Permits are required to access certain locations in Ladakh.

One needs to carry photocopies of one’s valid ID proof and passport size photograph. Jeep ride is mostly preferred on routes like- Leh-Khardung La-Nubra Valley, Manali-Leh Highway via the popular Gata Loops, Leh-Pangong-Tso Moriri, and Kargil-Suru Valley-Zanskar. The most perfect time for a jeep ride is between June and September. During this time Zoji La and Rohtang Pass are open for reaching Ladakh from Srinagar and Manali respectively.

Trekking in Ladakh

Trekking in Ladakh is one of the most exotic things to do. Just walk past the desert mountains into the narrow passes over the highest roads. For beginners there are some treks that one can choose from- Lamayuru to Alchi trek- is of 5 days and the best time is between May to November, Ripchar Valley trek- 9 days, June to September, Padum to Darcha Trek- 12 days, Juen to September, Lamayuru to Darcha trek- 18 days, July to September. Markha valley trek- 8 days, June to September, Lamayuru to Stok Kangri – 12 days, Mid June to September, and Lamayuru Stok Kangri-12 days, June to October, are the three moderate treks that are recommended only for those with prior experience of trekking in Ladakh.

Now comes the challenging treks that require both mental and physical preparation. Chadar trek- 9days, Mid January to February, JhunglamHemis to Padum trek- 12 days, August to October, KangYatse and DzoJongo trek,- 13 days, July to September,  Snow Leopard trek- 8 days, Mid November to Mid March and Stok Kangri trek- 9 days, mid-July to Mid September. This trekking expedition needs constant acclimatization to the unsettling temperatures.

Camping in Ladakh

Just sit under the star-lit sky and enjoy camping in Ladakh. Capture the unmatched landscape of lofty barren mountains that makes the fantastic background and the alpine lakes create the fabulous view for enjoying the camping experience in Ladakh. One interested in camping can enjoy two types of camping- leisure camping and adventure camping.

For leisure camping, one can head towards exotic locations like- Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri, the pretty Hunder village of Nubra Valley while adventure camping can be done at some astounding places that include confluences of rivers, alpine meadows, amongst the nomadic tribes and in Zanskar valley. Adventure camping is best during trekking in Ladakh where you can set your tent at some astonishing places. Plan camping between June to September as these months are the most ideal time for camping in Ladakh.

Two Humped Camels Safari in Nubra Valley

Apart from several thrilling activities, one can enjoy a two-humped camel or the Bactrian camel safari in the beautiful Nubra Valley that is quite entertaining and adventurous. The camel safari in Ladakh starts from Hunder and Diskit villages situated in Nubra valley that is around 150kms from Leh and is located at an altitude of 12000 feet.

One is taken through the serene landscapes of Nubra valley that is surrounded by lush apricot orchards, rugged mountain terrains, frozen deserts and yes with remote villages too. Make sure to enjoy the Bactrian camel safari that will take you to the areas like- Tiggur, Pinchimik, and Yulkam that fall on the historic Silk route. One gets a chance to stop at Buddhist monasteries where you can take a dip in the hot springs of the region that are believed to possess therapeutic properties. Plan a trip between July to September as this time is considered to be the most perfect time to enjoy a camel safari in Ladakh.

River Rafting in Zanskar River at Ladakh

Add some adventure to your Ladakh trip by indulging in river rafting in the Zanskar river. Zanskar river has rapid grades ranging from I to V. Most of the stretches of this river have Grades I to III. The adventure of river rafting can be enjoyed by beginners as well as experienced ones.

There are two rafting routes on the river of Zanskar. The first is from chilling to Nimmu that is amongst the most famous routes with IV+levels of rapids. Enjoy the exotic views of Zanskar valley on your rafting trip. The best time for river rafting is between June and September.

What type of tours can you do in Ladakh?

The USP of the Ladakh terrain is that it has massive mountains, forests, deserts, pristine lakes, rivers, waterfalls in one dynamic geography. It features most of the world’s highest motorable passes with the magical beauty of snow-capped mountains. Admired for its unparalleled tranquil views, icy lakes and swirling roads, Ladakh has become the most exotic destination among travellers. There are a lot of exciting tours one can go to visit Pangong Lake, the world’s highest saltwater lake that changes its colours from shades of blue to green to red. Make sure to visit the SECMOL the real 3 idiots school founded by Dr. Sonam Wangchuk. Here is the list of some of the exotic tours you can plan for-

Bike trip in Ladakh

Plan a Bike trip in Ladakh for an amazing and thrilling experience. A bike trip in Ladakh is all about the feel of snow-clad mountains, rugged landscapes, soaring peaks, dangerous routes and roaring bike engines. The aptest time to go on a bike trip to Ladakh is from June to September. Srinagar to Leh and Manali to Leh are the two main routes that offer the best road conditions and tranquil views.

Srinagar to Leh route does not overlap and forms a complete circle from end to end. Leh Ladakh bike trip route from Manali encircles the rugged mountainous landscapes, offers fantastic views and increases the level of difficulty. Add some amazing places to cover on your bike trip to Ladakh- Pangong Tso, Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, Zanskar Valley, Shanti Stupa, Royal Leh Palace, Magnetic Hill, and Drass valley.

One should be above 25 years of age with a valid driving license. There should be at least a group of six people for your entire Ladakh bike trip. One is required to carry a valid government-issued photo id proof, address proof, and photocopies of these documents. International tourists must carry an international driving permit issued by their home country along with their passport. Indian nationals require an Inner Line Permit in case they want to visit the protected areas in Ladakh.

Before going for a bike trip some points needs to be followed-

  • Carry a sturdy helmet and put it to use all the time while riding.
  • Keep valid photo identity proofs and a driving license with you.
  • Carry an extra pair of trekking shoes, tees, leather jackets, riding goggles, first aid kit, jeans, shirts, tracks and other clothing items with you.
  • Do not forget to keep camping tents, cooking utensils, sleeping bags and other camping equipment.
  • Leh has only connectivity from Leading operators of Airtel, BSNL.

Trekking- Chadar Trek

Chadar Trek or the Frozen river trek is one of the challenging treks in Ladakh. It is one of the popular winter treks and is also one of the longest trekking trails in the Indian Himalayan region that covers an entire stretch of 90kms in 8 days.

Mid-January to February is considered the perfect time for this trek as at this time the upper layer of the Zanskar river freezes. The river looks like a sheet of ice and thus it is known as Chadar. There are a series of caves that are the only accommodation each night that protects from the bitter wind.

Adventure Tour

Dotted with Himalayan mountain peaks, gushing rivers and high passes makes Ladakh the perfect destination for adventure. Apart from camel safari, trekking, river rafting, and Jeep safari, there are a lot of adventurous activities one can get indulge in. Here is the list of some of the mind-blowing activities to experience-

Peak Climbing

The Himalayan Zanskar and Karakoram ranges are home to numerous mountain peaks that attract climbers every year. Stok Kangri, Zanskar range, Kun in the Himalayan range, Saser-I, Saser-II and Saser-III in Karakoram range are some famous peaks for mountaineering in Ladakh. The months between June to September are considered to be the perfect time for peak climbing. The climbers are required to obtain a permit from the Indian Mountaineering Foundation.

Motor Biking

Enjoy the thrilling experience and explore some of the exotic places like Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, monasteries, high altitude passes like Khardung La. The biking trip to Ladakhallows one to explore Ladakh in its most surreal form. There are two routes one is Srinagar to Leh and the other one is Manali to Leh. The route from Manali to Leh is the difficult one but offers one the most exotic views. June to September is the most perfect time to go on a bike tour and requires 10 to 11 days.

Mountain biking

Making your way through the meandering trails through the mountains, lakes, villages and monasteries is a thrilling experience. The perfect places to enjoy this activity are Pangong Tso, Leh-Zingchen, Skiu-Chilling, Leh-Sankar Gompa, and Stok, Stakna and Thiksey monastery. June to September is considered the perfect time for this adventure.

Horse Riding

Explore the landscape through horse riding is another adventure thing to do in Ladakh. Enjoy horse riding in Changthang, Tso Moriri Lake, and Zanskar valley. June to September is considered to be the best time for horse riding.

Permits Details during Ladakh trip

If you are planning your next trip to Ladakh then a tourist permit for both international and domestic tourists is required. An environment-free and red cross fund fee is introduced as the Ladakh tourist permit/Inner Line permits for both tourists- international as well as a domestic tourist by the government. The permit is required to visit the Inner line Region of Ladakh- Nubra valley, Pangong Tso, and Tso Moriri.

The foreign nationals and NRIs having PIOs or OCIs need PAP- Protected Area Permit or Restricted area permit- RAP to visit the Inner Line Regions of Ladakh including Pangong Tso, Nubra Valley, Khardung La, Tso Moriri, Turtuk, Dah Hanu villages.

To apply for the Protected area permit, foreigners must be in a group of two or more. The permit can be applied at the DC office, Leh with the required fees. It can also be applied through a registered travel agent in Leh or the official website of the Leh administration. For the domestic tourist, one can get the permit issued by the DC office, Leh with the required fees. The permit can also be applied online through the official website of the Leh administration. The Ladakh tourist permit is valid for 1 week for both domestic and international travellers.

Famous Markets in Ladakh

Apart from exploring all the scenic places do not miss exploring the famous markets of Ladakh that sell unique items. Grab some amazing items according to your taste from the below-listed markets of Ladakh-

Main Bazar Road

Do not miss to stroll in the Main Bazar located in Leh to experience the authentic ambience of Ladakh. Items sold here are quite affordable. Grab some pretty artefacts made by the shopkeepers, the world-famous jewellery of Lakdah that is quite pretty. There are other items too that are worth buying. If you are looking for some pocket-friendly shopping then Main Bazar is for you.

Moti Market

Hunting for traditional Tibetan garments? Then head towards one of the oldest markets, Moti market that is located in Leh. This market not only sells Tibetan garments but also woollen clothes and clothes too. Purchase the pretty Tibetan handicrafts from here that is truly worth purchasing.

Tibetan Market

Grab some pretty handicrafts, precious and semi-precious gems, the hand-spun rugs, shawls, carpets and antiques from the famous Tibetan market. This market is situated among the pretty surrounding, the mountains full of snow and verdant forests that makes this market a must-visit.

Shar Market

Shar Market is running parallel to the Main Bazar road this market is the perfect place to buy traditional Ladakhi dresses. Shar Markt has a range of stalls and small shops that sells pretty handicrafts and antiques. Go for the Ladakhi dress-Goncha that attracts a lot of travellers.

Changspa Road

Changspa Road has an array of shops selling souvenirs, a host of eateries and hotels. One can find the Cottage Industries Exposition and Women’s Alliance here where one can get good quality clothes. Do not miss visiting Changspa road for an exciting shopping experience.

Famous food of Ladakh

The beautiful Ladakh is not only renowned for its picturesque locations, adventures, markets but it is also known for its traditional food that you cannot afford to miss. Here is the list of some of the famous food that you must try on your next Ladakh trip-

Thukpa

Thukpa is the Tibetian soup and is most famous in  Ladakh. The soup is prepared with a lot of veggies. The soup has a nourishing effect and helps in the cold temperatures of Leh and Ladakh. Try this soup for an amazing experience.

Momos

Momo is a popular Tibetan dish that is also a popular dish in Ladakh. Momo is a stuffed dumpling that is cooked in a vessel – Mokto. The vessel at the bottom contains water and the other three vessels on top have small holes for the steam to pass and cook the momos and these vessels hold the dumplings.

Skyu

Skyu or Skew is a dumpling soup made like Chutagi. Skyu is a soup that has small balls of wheat flour in it. The balls are first cooked in water with veggies or meat and then put in the soup. Make sure to try this amazing food.

Thingmo

Thingmo is the most eaten dish of Ladakh. The dish is prepared by the fermentation and steaming of bread. Thingmo is then paired with stew making it quite likeable. The Stew may be veg as well as non-veg.

Chutagi

Chutagi- is a very popular pasta kind of dish, rich in vegetable-based sauce. The Chu means water and Tagi mean bread. This food contains bow-tie-shaped pieces of dough cooked in a thick soup made up of vegetables like peas carrots green vegetables.

Chhurpi

Chhupri is cheese made out of Yak milk. It is available in three flavours- salty, plain, and sweet. Chhupri is easily available in the market of Ladakh.

Butter Tea

The Butter tea is prepared with salt and butter. The tea tastes salty due to the presence of salt. The tea is made pink in colour. The butter present in the tea keeps the lips from getting chapped as the weather is very cold out here. The addition of salt helps to stay away from altitude sickness.

Chang

Chang- chang is a traditional alcoholic beverage, a local beer of Ladakh that is made from barely 5to 7 percent of alcohol. Chang is served with a piece of butter on the brim of the cup.

Khambir done

Khambir is a kind of pan-shaped bread that is thicker than the usual bread. The bread goes well with Kahwa and butter tea. The bread’s texture is crispy. Khambir- it is a steppe food of Ladakh, it is also eaten with scrambled eggs and vegetables for breakfast.

 Apricot Jam

Apricot jam- apricot or Chulli is the most famous locally grown fruit here in Ladakh. Try the apricot jam that is one of the famous delicacies. Apricot is also used to make syrup. Dried apricots are quite famous among the Ladakh people.

Famous Festival of Ladakh

The pretty synchronised masked dances, Buddhist rituals, ceremonies of numerous types and vigorous celebrations are what Ladakh festivals are about. The festivals of Ladakh give an insight into the heritage and culture of the people of Ladakh. Several tourists not only domestic but international tourists attend the festivals that give one an idea of the cultural diversity of Ladakh. Here is the list of some of the festivals that are celebrated with great pomp and show and are most famous because of their grand celebrations, cultural significance-

Hemis Festival

Hemis festival of Ladakh is one of the most celebrated festivals. It is celebrated in the Hemis Monastery every year on the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava. Hemis festival begins with the followers seeking blessings of the portrait of the Guru early in the morning where musicians play music while the ceremony goes on. It is a two-day celebration that marks the victory of good over evil.

Enjoy mask dance performances called Cham.

The colourfully dressed Lamas brings enthusiasm to the whole crowd. Visitors can enjoy the fair and grab some Tibetan souvenirs. There is no ticket and fee for attending the Hemis festival.

Sindhu Darshan Festival

Sindu Darshan festival was started in the year 1997 to pay respect to the Indus river as this river is the symbol of civilization in the region and is also held to pay respect to our soldiers.  This festival is marked by Buddhist prayers by senior lamas and several cultural programs by the known artists. Sindhu Darshan festival is celebrated on the banks of river Sindhu at Shey Manila in June and is held for 3 days.

Losar Festival

Losar is one of the biggest festivals in Ladakh that marks the arrival of New Year in Tibetan Buddhism this festival is celebrated for good 15 days and is celebrated between February -March. During Losar ancestors, gods and animals are fed. People of Ladakh consume Chagkol or Tibetan beer during this grand festival. The major highlight of this festival is a staged fight between the forces of good and evil along with the Ibex deer dance.

Dosmoche Festival

The Festival of Scapegoat or Dosmoche festival is one of the most popular prayer festivals in Ladakh and is celebrated in February every year for two days. There is a strong belief that celebrating this festival protects them from all kinds of natural disasters. During this festival, the monks from different monasteries gather at the courtyard of the Leh Palace to perform the masked dances. This festival signifies the victory of good over evil. One can see the stalls set up by the shopkeepers in the Leh Bazaar, people clad in their colourful traditional dresses, play games like Tambola.

Ladakh Festival

The most popular Ladakh festival is celebrated between 1st to 15th September in the beautiful Leh. One can witness a large number of cultural troupes from different parts of Ladakh as they pass through the markets and streets singing and dancing to the traditional tunes. The key highlight of this festival is the wild lion and yak dancing to the music presentations, craft exhibitions, and delicacies. Witness the Archery and Polo competition that is held during this festival.

Tak-Tok Festival

Tak Tok festival is one of the most popular festivals and is celebrated at a cave of the TakTok Gompa. It is celebrated on the 10th day of the 5th and 10th month of the Tibetan calendar that is the birth anniversary of Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism. During this festival, one can witness the dances of Lamas, mask dance and the religious offerings that are made to the lord. Attend this festival and become a part of the cultural programs organised throughout the day. One can even take part by wearing ethnic clothes. This festival is truly celebrated with lots of devotion. 

Matho Nagrang Festival

MathoNagrang festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the first month of the Tibetan calendar and is a 2-day event at MathoNagrang Monastery. Capture the masked dance performances of the months of the monastery during this festival. The major highlight of this grand festival is the presence of 2 oracles who attend this festival after completion of 1 month in solitude and deep meditation. These two oracles appear in the courtyard accompanying the masked dancers and have the power to predict future events that would befall the place or people.

Phyang Tsedup Festival

Phyang Tsedup festival is celebrated on the second and third day of the sixth month of the Tibetan calendar that generally falls in July or August at Phyang monastery. One can see the huge Tibetan Buddhist painting on cotton or silk applique that depicts a Buddhist deity, scene or mandala hung in the courtyard during this festival. Attend this festival and enjoy the masked dance performances of the monks.

Saka Dawa Festival

Saka Dawa festival is celebrated to symbolise the birth of Gautam Buddha. It is celebrated for 1 day in June. No animals are killed or consumed on this day and a new flag pole is erected at Tarpoche. Saka Dawa festival represents the spirit of Buddhism as a whole. The mantra Om Mani Padme Hum is chanted throughout the region of this festival.

Ladakh Harvest Festival

Ladakh Harvest festival is celebrated to mark the harvest s3ason. It is celebrated for 15 days in September. A major religious procession is also held during this festival The major highlight of this festival are the masked dances, folk music, archery, concerts and theatre.

Best time to visit Ladakh

The aptest time to visit Ladakh is in the summer months that is from April to June when the weather is salubrious and one can easily explore this destination. The Summer season here starts in April and ends in June with the temperature ranging between 5 to 25-degree Celcius. Monsoon on the other hand starts from July to September. One planning to visit Ladakh can also plan in the monsoon season as the region receives very little or no rain and thus makes it an apt time to explore Ladakh.

The Winter season that is from October to February is the time when the temperature drops low as 10-degree Celcius. Snowfall occurs heavily during this time and thus causes road blocking, but one can indulge in the Chadar trek during this season on the frozen Zanskar river and attend the festivals that are celebrated with great enthusiasm.

How to Reach Ladakh

One wanting to reach Ladakh by air, train and by road can reach by any mode. The nearest airport to Ladakh is KushokBakulaRimpochee airport which is located in Leh. It is directly connected to some major cities like- Delhi, Srinagar, Jammu, Mumbai and Kolkata. The nearest railway station is Jammu Tawi which is well connected to important cities such as Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.

Tourists wanting to reach Ladakh by road can board the JKSRTC bus to reach Ladakh. Travellers can even trip to Leh on a bike from Srinagar, Manali or Chandigarh. Ladakh is connected to 2 roads- Leh-Srinagar National Highway and Leh-Manali road. These two open only in summer months and in winters the road is closed due to the closure of passes-Zojila, Rohtang Pass, Baralacha, Changla.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q. What is the best time to visit Ladakh?
  • The summer season is more convenient to pay a visit to Ladakh. June to September are the late spring months that give an agreeable opportunity to the travelers. During these months the temperature ranges between 15 to 30°C and is very wonderful for the vacationers. Actually, winters present troubles for travelers. Winter temperatures range from 0 to - 15°C and may even go to - 30°C. Summers are a help to the travelers as it gives openings whereby one can notice and participate in the number of celebrations that are praised like Hemis celebration, Yurukabgyat, and Sakadawa celebration.

  • Q. What are the weather conditions of Ladakh?
  • The summer season is duly recognized for being a comfortable period to pay a visit to Ladakh. The month of June to September witnesses the temperature ranging between 15 to 30°C making it pleasant and comfortable for the visitors to explore the region. Winters in Ladakh are cold with temperatures ranging from 0°C to temperatures going well below 0 degrees to reach up to -30°C which makes the place too hostile to pay a visit to Ladakh.

  • Q. What is the nearby Railwaystation in Ladakh?
  • The closest rail route station is Jammu Tawi which is very much associated with significant urban communities like Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata. From the railway station, one can reach the desired destination by hiring a taxi.

  • Q. What are the prominent places to visit in Ladakh?
  • The mesmerizing beauty of the rough and rugged mountains in Ladakh simply spells wonders. Some of the top attractions of Ladakh are Zanskar Valley, Spituk Gompa, Pangong Tso Lake, Khardung-la Pass, Leh, Kargil, Hemis, Shanti Stupa, Lamayuru, Nubra Valley, Royal Leh Palace, Tso Moriri Lake, DhaHanu, Zorawar Fort, Magnetic Hill, Changtang Wildlife Sanctuary, Mulbekh Monastery, Hall of Fame and some other astounding places too.

  • Q. What is the nearby Airport in Ladakh?
  • The closest air terminal to Ladakh is the KushokBakulaRimpochee air terminal which is arranged in Leh. It is straightforwardly associated with certain significant urban areas like Delhi, Srinagar, Jammu, Mumbai, and Kolkata. One can board Air India, Jet Airways, Go Air. Global vacationers can straightforwardly load onto a departure from Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi to arrive at Leh air terminal.

  • Q. Is Ladakh open for tourism?
  • Yes, now Ladakh is completely safe to welcome its tourists. Ladakh is now completely safe from the covid-19 virus and the India-China standoff. There are very few cases of covid-19 as compared to other states.

  • Q. Is visiting Ladakh, safe for couples?
  • Ladakh is blessed with natural beauty and is one of the most romantic places located in the Northern part of India. It can comfortably be explored with your partner and the best time to visit Ladakh is during August month.

  • Q. What is the cost of a Ladakh trip?
  • The cost of the Ladakh tour package varies from person to person as the price may increase or decrease by the addition or deduction of the number of days and Ladakh. You can scroll through the various options of Ladakh tour packages that are available on our website and can choose the best of your Ladakh tour package as per your budget.

  • Q. What does High Altitude sickness mean?
  • Altitude sickness or mountain sickness is a physical condition that occurs due to a lower level of Oxygen and air pressure. There are three types of altitude sickness such as acute altitude sickness (AMS), high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) and high altitude cerebral edema. Some of the symptoms of altitude sickness are Headache, Fatigue, Insomnia, Shortness of breath, Fever, Nausea, Respiratory failure (extreme), Coma (extreme), And even death in some cases. It is advisable to tourists to have at least two days of acclimatization before moving to the higher altitude.

  • Q. What can i shop from Ladakh?
  • One can find Tibetan handicrafts and wares, silver and stone Jewellery, Pashmina shawls, woolens and other stuff. There are a number of famous markets in Ladakh. Visitors can shop from Main Bazaar where a number of handicrafts, antiques, Ladakhi Jewellery are available. Then there is a Tibetan handicraft emporium, which is situated at Main Bazaar Road. Dalai Lama Charitable Trust handicraft emporium caters to the art and craft materials made by the local artisans. One may also find shawls, woolens, paintings, handicrafts and artifacts displayed for the connoisseurs. The Moti market is also famous for the local items. One who has an appetite for apricots can visit Ladag Apricot Store. The store has dried, fresh, Jam, and oil of apricots.

  • Q. Can Ladakh be visited during winters?
  • Yes, Ladakh can be explored during the winter months. It will become a bit hard but the view is really worth it. You will be witnessing a lot of snow and ice on the branches of trees and also and that period of time the temperature goes negative. Some of the best places that can be enjoyed in Ladakh during the wintertime are The Chadar Trek, The Sham Valley Trek, BongBong La Snow Valley, A new kind of Pangong Tso, Stok Base Camp Trek.

  • Q. What activities can we do in Ladakh at night?
  • There are various activities that can be enjoyed in the nighttime at Ladakh such as you can visit the moon land of Ladakh that is the Lamayuru monastery from where you can enjoy stargazing. You can also enjoy shopping at night in the main bazaar, where you can find different accessories, Tibetan jewelry and other such apparel and also you can go on a long bike drive. You can also enjoy the night camping on the bank of Pangong lake under the starry sky and surrounded by beautiful mountains and a fascinating river flowing across the camping site. If you are a party animal then you can head towards Lehchen where you can find various fancy Bars. Also, you can have the taste of one of the best yak cheese, Tandoori Momos and other such stuff.

  • Q. Is Ladakh safe for solo female travelers?
  • Be it a male Traveller or a female Traveller Ladakh is very significant. There are no particular threats for a solo female Traveller but one can come across different kinds of challenges that are faced equally by both male and female travellers.

  • Q. What are the important things required for a Road trip?
  • If you want to explore and Ladakh on a bike from your residential state then you need to carry some important gears that are mentioned below:

    • You need to have vehicle accessories such as 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 that are required on trips are a Medical kit, Sunscreen lotion, Lip balm, Mustard oil (for moisturizing), Glucose, Water bottles, Chocolates/biscuits/nuts.
    • The riding gears which you need to carry are a Full face helmet with a clear vision, UV sunglasses, Gloves, Riding jacket, Riding pants, Shoes.
  • Q. What level of fitness is required?
  • Physical and mental fitness is the main priority while being on a Ladakh trip as you are most likely to fall ill due to the low air pressure, lack of Oxygen and also the temperature goes negative. If you are having any prior disease or asthma then it is advisable that you should not visit the higher regions of Ladakh that are having low air pressure.

  • Q. What are the best places to stay in Ladakh?
  • There are a lot of hotels available in Ladakh, Leh and Kargil that are known for their hospitality. One can choose from budget hotels to luxury hotels, as per one’s budget. These hotels may be booked online or one can book them with the help of the travel agencies who give a detailed location and the facilities available.

  • Q. Is there any lack of oxygen in Ladakh?
  • Absolutely, the Ladakh region is having a lower level of oxygen especially at the higher passes, that is around the 50% of oxygen which we are having in the plain areas. You need to acclimate yourself according to the weather of Ladakh before approaching the higher altitude.

  • Q. What is the average distance that is traveled in a day?
  • If you are traveling and exploring Ladakh on your bike then you should keep in mind that you will be passing through some of the highest passes of the world and the path is also not that smooth so it is advisable not to cover more than 100 to 150 kilometers of a distance in a day. To complete and explore all the sightseeings of Ladakh you need to have a minimum of two weeks time.

  • Q. Which bikes are appropriate for a Ladakh trip?
  • The most common answer for this question is Royal Enfield as we have seen a huge crowd of bike riders that are approaching Ladakh with their Royal Enfield. But it is not the only Bike that can go well. You can choose from a number of motorcycles as per your comfort and the amount of luggage. Even if you are taking a lighter bike that is in good condition then you can complete this trip smoothly. You can choose from Royal Enfield, Hero Impulse, Yamaha FZ/Fazer, Bajaj Vikrant, Bajaj Pulsar, RE Himalayan, KTM Duke and CBR 50.

  • Q. Should I need to have the knowledge of bike mechanics before Ladakh Trip?
  • Having the knowledge of how to repair a bike is always an advantage while driving in Ladakh. On the contrary, your first preference should be to carry a perfectly fine vehicle with proper servicing done either you are taking your own bike all hiring from someone.

  • Q. What documents are needed for the Ladakh Trip?
  • Here are some documents there are necessary to be taken along on Ladakh trip such as Driving license, Vehicle registration certificate, Secondary ID (PAN Card, Passport, Voter ID), Motorcycle insurance papers, PUC certificates, Medical insurance card, Map of Ladakh and its routes and itinerary, Hard Copy of emergency phone numbers.

  • Q. Do we need to carry Fuel on the Ladakh Road Trip?
  • Carrying a Jerry Can filled with some extra fuel is always a necessity on a Ladakh trip as there are just a few filling stations that are located on some important stops so you can refuel your vehicle at any time if you are having it in a can. You can anytime refill your Jerry Can whenever you spot the next petrol pump.

  • Q. What are famous passes that can be visited in Ladakh?
  • Ladakh is known for its passes and even if the name Ladakh is divided then “La” means passes and “dhak” means so many. Some important passes of Ladakh are Khardung La Pass, Chang La Pass, Zoji La Pass, Baralacha La Pass, Fotu La Pass, Lachulung La Pass, Namika La Pass, Tanglang La Pass etc.

  • Q. What are important points to keep in mind while visiting monasteries and temples in Ladakh?
  • Since Monasteries in Ladakh are the point of spiritual beliefs for local people so here are some guidelines that are needed to be followed while visiting these monasteries:

    • Do not click the picture of any monk or the Monastery without their permission.
    • Wear the most appropriate clothing.
    • Greet everyone and be humble to all.
    • Try to take part in all their rituals.
    • Don't try to influence the Local people in other cultures.
  • Q. What are the popular treks of Ladakh?
  • Ladakh is famous all around the world for its thrilling treks. Some of the famous treks of Ladakh are Lamayuru to Alchi Trek, Padum to Darcha Trek, Ripchar Valley Trek, Lamayuru to Darcha Trek, Markha Valley Trek, Jhunglam Hemis to Padum Trek, Lamayuru to Stok Kangri, Kang Yatse and Dzo Jongo Trek, Parang La Trek etc.

  • Q. When are festivals celebrated in Ladakh?
  • If you want to experience the culture of Ladakh then you need to be a part of its festivals. Ladakh has its unique culture that is the point of interest for a lot of tourists. Some of the festivals that are celebrated in Ladakh in the month of June are Sindhu Darshan & Phyang Tsedup. Losar is celebrated in the month of December. Hemis Tsechu & Phyang Tsedup are celebrated in July. Matho Nagrang & Stok Guru Tsechu are celebrated in March. Ladakh Festival is celebrated in the month of September. Dosmoche is celebrated in February and Thiksey Gustor is celebrated in the month of November.

  • Q. What are the best places for camping in Ladakh?
  • Camping is the best enjoyable activity in Ladakh as it has a vast land area and splendid nature. Some of the best spots to enjoy camping are Manali Leh highway, Srinagar Leh highway, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Sarchu, Tso Moriri, Changthang Valley, near Tso Moriri, etc.

  • Q. Is Royal Enfield comfortable for riders/pillions?
  • It is best to not have a pillion if you are riding on Royal Enfield in Ladakh. You can use the space for carrying your luggage but if you are going for a Short trip then you can take a pillion as the ride will become much smoother.

  • Q. Can we enjoy river rafting in Ladakh?
  • Ladakh is famous among its tourists for travel and adventure and one can also enjoy river rafting in Ladakh. River rafting can be enjoyed in the Indus River and Zanskar river that is a tributary of the river Indus. However, this river rafting is having some dangerous rapids so it will really be a spine-freezing activity. The most preferred drafting parts are from Phey Nimo in Ladakh.

  • Q. Is any local transportation available for sightseeing?
  • The best way to explore Ladakh is by hiring a taxi from Leh or by taking your own bike along. But if you want you can also take the public buses that will drive you to some of the famous attractions of Leh Ladakh and the particular period of time will be given to you for exploring a particular place.

  • Q. Are there any ATMs in Leh?
  • The best thing is to have cash and hand while visiting Ladakh but there are few ATMs that are located in Kargil, Drass and Ganderbal. Lastly, you can find an ATM in Keylong & Leh, and after that, it is hard to find any ATM.

  • Q. What all vaccinations are required before visiting Ladakh?
  • Some of the vaccines that are required to be taken before the Ladakh trip are Hep A, Typhoid and Tetanus. You need not take any vaccine for Malaria as this area is not having any risk of malaria.

  • Q. Which network services are accessible in Ladakh?
  • Since Ladakh is located in a higher region there is lesser connectivity of networks but BSNL postpaid works fine in this area.

  • Q. What should we do in case of any medical emergency?
  • You need to carry your own medical kit in case any medical emergency occurs in Ladakh. If the conditions are out of control then you can call for help in the nearby army camp.

  • Q. Is Ladakh suitable for honeymooners?
  • Yes, Ladakh is one of the best destinations for a honeymoon in India as it is having the ultimate blessings of nature. The biggest part of Ladakh tourism comes from honeymoon couples choosing this romantic place to be their first vacation spot.

  • Q. Which are the famous monasteries that can be visited in Ladakh?
  • Some of the famous Monasteries that can be explored in Ladakh are Samstanling monastery, Wanla Gompa, Karsha monastery, Bardan Gompa, Stongdey monastery, Lingshed monastery, Phuktal monastery, Rangdum Monastery, Mulbekh Gompa, Rizong Monastery, Likir monastery, Hemis Monastery, Chemrey Monastery, Basgo Monastery, Alchi monastery, Stakna Monastery, Namgyal Tesmo Gompa, Matho monastery, Thiksey monastery, Shey monastery and Spituk Gompa.

  • Q. Which are famous lakes in Ladakh?
  • There are many magnificent lakes that are located in Ladakh such as Pangong Lake which has a breathtaking panoramic view with ultramarine water, a lakeshore with rocks, and a stunning backdrop.  Tso Moriri Lake is the largest soaring lake in India. Yarab Tso Lake which is located in the Nubra valley near Sumur village, this place is still untouched by urbanization.