One of the most visited terminuses in India, which is located in the Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh is as a 'Cold Desert' and also known for its Tibetan Buddhist nunneries. It has a Tibetan culture & has very low atmospheric pressure.
Attractions to visit in Leh :
1. Leh Palace
2. Namgyal Tsemo Gompa
3. Shanti Stupa
4. Hemis gompa
6. Alchi Monastery
7. War Museum
8. Cho Khang Gompa
9. Chamba Temple
From Leh a day trip
1. Zorawar Fort
2. Ladakh Marathon
3. Datun Sahib
4. Magnetic Hill
5. Indus River - Zanskar River Sangam (confluence)
6. Pangong Tso Lake
7. Tsomoriri Wetland Conservation Reserve (Tsomoriri Lake)
8. Hunter Valley
9. Sand Dunes Nubra
10. Siachen Glacier
During winters (December to February). Leh is at an Altitude of 3524 meters, it connects NH 1 to Srinagar in SW and Manali in South. goes down up to minus 30 degrees in Leh Ladakh. The effect of the Sun is more here due to the higher altitude & thin air.
A. No Railway currently to Ladakh
B. By Road
Leh is connected to India by 2 roads which are very high altitudes
1. Leh-Manali highway (not recommended)
2. Srinagar via Kargil highway
1. AirIndia & Go Air operates flights to Leh from Delhi
Mobile phone Facilities:
It is better to take a post-paid sim best option is BSNL, MTNL and at last Airtel. If you are carrying Prepaid it will work up to Srinagar, thereafter prepaid doesn't work. It is difficult to get a connection in Ladakh but you will find a good connection in Leh with a post-paid one.
For traveling Leh you have not required a passport but for entering into a restricted area a protected Area permit is required which can be obtained by a registered travel agency. Better to have extra copies of the permit as they are required for submitting at checkpoints.
Emergency Medicines :
One should always carry required medicines like for fever, stomach ache, headache, and others. Further, altitude mountain sickness is quite common here. Carry medicines like Diamox, Aspirin or Disprin for this problem.
This is one of the major problems everyone faces during the trip of Leh Ladakh. Don't be hurry to climb the mountain area. Take rest for a few minutes frequently. Don't take air through your mouth while climbing (it means breath only through the nose, some people while climbing they open mouth & take air inside).
Carry a CAMPHOR piece (Bigger pieces Available in the market) These act like a big oxygen cylinder in hand. Very helpful when there is a breathing problem at higher altitude places.
ATM facilities :
Always it is important to carry liquid cash in pocket, the last ATM you will find is on the Manali-Leh highway, after that In Manali markets, you will find SBI, PNB. Credit cards are not accepted.
Identity Proofs & Extra :
You need to carry multiple proofs like PAN, Passport, Voter Id. it is best if you carry an HD camera because the scenery here is outstanding can store your beautiful memories in high digital. carry extra power banks, batteries, chargers.
The main language in Ladakh is Boti, Brokshat, Changsha, Balti, and Shina.
Summers are the best season to visit Leh Ladakh i.e from May to September