An Itinerary For First-Time Visitors To Ladakh
Many have heard of this country, but only those with a sense of adventure have ventured to visit. The freshly proclaimed Indian Union Territory of Ladakh is a country of harsh mountains that cohabit with the mysterious sounds of Buddhist prayers.
Despite its growing popularity in recent years, Ladakh, which is located in the northern region of the Indian subcontinent and borders Tibet, remains veiled in mystery.
A tour through Ladakh is the ideal way to gain an introduction to the Himalayan area, filled with adrenaline-inducing twists and turns, high mountain passes, and some of India’s most stunning mountain ranges.
Ladakh is a high-altitude area, which means that no matter where you go in the state, you’ll be at least 3000 meters (9800 feet) above sea level. This is significant since it is far higher than most people are accustomed to, and the high altitude has an impact on many elements of travel in this region.
This 7-day itinerary created by India Someday and Unplugged Life will take you through some of the region’s most iconic sights while giving you a taste of what it’s like to travel in such a unique place.
Three Indian airlines, Air India, SpiceJet, and GoAir, provide daily direct flights between Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport and Leh’s Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport. If you’re coming from another nation or city in India, you’ll need to fly to Delhi first to board a 1.5-hour flight to Leh.
Although there are several flights available each day, take in mind that flight schedules are mostly determined by the weather in Leh. Because turbulence is typical in this area, planes departing an hour early or an hour late are not uncommon. Having said that, we must acknowledge that the end result is well worth the effort!
Leh, the former capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh, is positioned at 3524 meters (11562 feet) above sea level and is home to some of the region’s most prominent attractions.
Depending on whatever month of the year you come, the landscape in Leh is rough, with barren mountains in the background, and the weather is typically dry and quite hot during the day and slightly cool at night.
Most flights to Leh arrive in the morning or early afternoon, leaving you with more than half a day to spare. However, it is a day to relax. Remember that you’ve just arrived at a high altitude destination from sea level (Delhi is around 200 meters above sea level), which means your body will need time to adjust to the abrupt difference.
Acclimatization takes time, usually between 24-48 hours for most people. However, regardless of how you feel on day one (we know you’re happy! ), you must get as much rest as possible and stay hydrated. This is a day with little physical exercise, so relax and take in the views from your accommodation while filling up on native Ladakhi cuisine to prepare for the next day.
Your second day in Ladakh will be spent in Leh, where you will complete your acclimatization. This day, though, you’ll be enjoying a tour of the lovely city and its environs.
Magnetic Hill is a tiny piece of road on the Leh-Kargil Highway that is a major tourist attraction in Leh. Due to a so-called magnetic pull from the surrounding mountains, it is well-known as a place where gravity forces may be defied. Although this location has retained its attractiveness among tourists, little of what occurs here is true.
Because the twisty roads of Ladakh may be unforgiving, it is essential to travel with an experienced local driver. Some sections of the route are steep and rough, necessitating the use of a decent vehicle. You can hire a private automobile, but bear in mind that transportation in Ladakh is rather expensive.
Shared taxis, which are available for all sorts of trips in Ladakh, including the 3-day Nubra-Pangong tour, are an excellent alternative for lone tourists and couples. This allows you to save money by splitting transportation costs with other tourists. Sharing an automobile also reduces the number of vehicles on the road and, as a result, pollution.
It takes about 5-6 hours to drive from Leh to Nubra Valley. The climb up to the Khardung La (La is the Ladakhi name for a mountain pass) and crossing it to reach the opposite side of the Ladakh mountain range is the highlight of the drive.
Ladakh is huge, and a one-week visit may not be enough to fully appreciate its splendor. If you only have a limited amount of time, this schedule is a fantastic beginning to start organizing your vacation.
If you’re looking for a crafted, bespoke itinerary, reach out to India Someday and Unplugged Life for an unforgettable Ladakh trip after reading these travel suggestions!