Ladakh Travel Guide

The stark mountains; the moody sky; the sparse yet mesmerizing meadows; the whimsical rivers; the exotic lakes; and the challenging high altitude passes - you have to be in Ladakh to get intoxicated by all these shades of nature. The roof of India, Ladakh is unparalleled land that honestly requires no introduction, it is a destination for adventure and an abode for those seeking for something new each day.Visit here only to find a new meaning for challenging lifestyle, gratitude, unwavering faith, satisfaction and serendipity. Ladakh gives you the opportunity to redefine adventure, thrill and most importantly the charm of nature.

Capital: Jammu (Winter) and Srinagar (Summer) Location: Northernmost India

Best Time to Visit Ladakh:

The months between June and September are ideal for visiting Ladakh.

Why Visit Ladakh:

Unique Landscape - Barren Mountains and High altitude passes, adventure tourism, motor biking expedition, mountain climbing, trekking, white water river rafting, walking on the frozen river, alpine lakes and meadows, camping adventure, cold desert, double-humped (Bactrian) camel rides, diverse landscape, homestay experience, Buddhist pilgrimage, second coldest habitat.

Temperature
  • 7°C - 30°C

    Summer
    June - September

  • -20°C - 12°C

    Monsoon
    October - May

An Insight into Ladakh Tourism

Get drunk on the idea of spending your holiday exploring the many flavours of nature, landscape, remote settlements and village lifestyle. Ladakh, known for its moonscape has so much to satisfy your appetite for learning about diverse culture, erratic weather and defying routine life. Extending from Kunlun Mountain Range to Great Himalayan Mountains, Ladakh is one of three main regions of Jammu & Kashmir state. It extends in an area of 86, 408 sq kms of which mostly remains uninhabited or sparsely inhabited. Ladakh shares similarity of landscape and culture with Tibet and has a large population of Shia Muslims as well.

Ever since Ladakh has come in the notice of the travellers, it has become a popular travel destination in India for adventure & trekking tours. With its location at an elevation of 3000 meter above the mean sea level, Ladakh is blessed with tourist attractions that are ideal to quench the thirst of any adrenaline junky. The remote locations and inaccessibility has only made this travel destination ever more lucrative for adventure enthusiasts who consider exploring new places as their rewards for undergoing hardships.

Ladakh also has some known and popular trekking trails like Sham Valley, Parang La, Spituk to Stok and Kang Yatse that are ideal for novice trekkers as well. There remains endless opportunities for trekking tours in Ladakh as the region is replete with explored and unexplored treks that passes through some of the most spectacular places, remote villages, meadows, high mountain passes and alpine lakes. And then there is the Chadar Trek that is one of the most popular trek in Ladakh that compels a large number of adventure buffs Another adventure activity in Ladakh that is worth relishing is river rafting. The two major rivers, namely, Indus and Zanskar render incredible opportunity to enjoy river rafting in Ladakh, that too on the Grade IV rapids.

There is also held an annual rafting competition, which begins from Nimmu Village, near Leh. The excellent opportunity of mountain climbing is yet another feature that draws the attention of adventure lovers far and wide. The Nun Kun Massif, the Stok Kangri Massif and the mountains of Karakoram Ranges inspire many adventurists to give try to knuckle-gripping mountain climbing expeditions in Ladakh.

Another breathtaking and nerve wracking popular adventure holiday activity is motor biking. Often reckoned as a dream for many adventure enthusiasts, motor biking in Ladakh truly has something about it. In recent years, new motorbiking records have been set and several unexplored destinations in Ladakh have for the first time heard the sound of a motor bike reverberating its vicinity.

Apart from its repertoire as an adventure destination, Ladakh is also a land of Buddhist pilgrimage. It is indeed amazing to witness grand stupas and Buddhist monasteries built at destinations that are remote and difficult to access. The monasteries in Ladakh also boast of fine architecture style and riches in terms of thangkas and historical remains. The monasteries which are also known as Gompas in Ladakh are best seen in the Leh district.

Hemis, Thiksey, Shey, Likir, Alchi and Spituk are some of the most popular monasteries in Leh and are a must see. Another Buddhist place to visit in Leh is the Shanti Stupa, which holds the relics of the Buddha at its base, enshrined by the 14th Dalai Lama and is one of the best major tourist attractions in the city. One cannot help praise the Maitreya Buddha statue in Diskit Village in Nubra Valley, which is located opposite to the Diskit Monastery. The Phugtal/Phuktal Gompa in the remote Lungnak Valley is a Buddhist Pilgrimage with a difference. The monastery can only be reached by trekking as it is nestled amidst the rocks, looking as if protruding from it.

The monasteries in Ladakh are closely related to the festivals celebrated in the region. All through the year, religious and regional festivals can be witnessed in Ladakh which celebrate, onset of harvest season or sowing season; the commencement of a new year or commemorating Lord Buddha or the oracles. Evidently, the Ladakhis have the festival to celebrate every little thing in their lives. Their gratitude is something that one will appreciate the most amidst the festivities.

Amongst the most popular festivals in Ladakh are Hemis Festival, Ladakh Festival, Yuru Karbgyat Festival, Phyang Tsedup festival, Matho Festival and Thiksey Gustor.One of the prime things that compels one to plan a holiday in Ladakh is the surreal landscape and the fact that there exists a diversity all in the same place. The pretty Nubra Valley boasts comprising, snow-capped mountains, cold desert, meadows and a running stream all at the same destination making it a must see in Ladakh. The region also flaunts some exquisite high altitude lakes, whose azure water and stunning surroundings can make one fall in love instantly.The less-trodden Zanskar Valley has also a charm that melt a heart of any nature lover.

The photogenic landscape and the fact that it is sparsely inhabited can give photography goals to many. The rivers in Ladakh like that of Indus, Zanskar, Nubra and Siachen add more exoticism to this region, it is the way one or the other river accompany everywhere that makes one feel elated. Ladakh is also a treasure trove of wildlife. It is home to snow leopards and several rare species of animals and plants. Thus, it is an ideal destination for a wildlife tour as well. The Hemis National is one of the best places to satiate one’s wildlife quest. Not only this, Ladakh is also home to the second coldest inhabited destination in the world Drass. Situated at a short distance from Kargil, this small village has a record of experiencing a temperature dip -65℃. Bone chilling right. In Ladakh everything has its own charm and in order to catch all of it you need to be willing enough to push your limits and be ready to take challenges.

We at Tour My India offers a detailed travel guide for your Ladakh tour. Find all necessary travel information on best time to visit, popular tourist attractions, where to stay, transport system and restaurants and things to do in our holiday guide that offers every little information that can help in making your Ladakh trip worth cherishing forever.

Popular Tourist Attractions in Ladakh

The moonscape land of Ladakh is home to a plethora of high altitude passes; pristine and hidden lakes; meandering and scintillating rivers; emerald pastures; peaceful and pretty Buddhist monasteries and knuckle-gripping adventure activities. Amongst the top attractions of the Ladakh are the Nubra Valley, Diskit Village, Pangong Tso, Tsomoriri, Leh City, Kargil, Drass, Khardung La and a number of Buddhist Monasteries like Hemis and Thiksey along with unsurpassed trekking trails.

Best Leh-Ladakh Tour Packages

Choose Ladakh for an unforgettable holiday in the lap of pristine nature and surreal landscape. Get the best deals for your adventure tours and a vacation of a lifetime with us at Tour My India. Our Ladakh holiday packages allow you to enjoy every colour and shade of Ladakh’s beauty and fits your budget and choice just right . Select from our wide array of popular Ladakh travel packages and book for yourself a memorable holiday.

Top Hotels, Resorts & Camps in Ladakh

Leh-Ladakh offers a decent number of hotels and resorts and promises a comfortable stay during your one of its kind holiday. Ladakh has accommodation options that satiate the need of traveller of every budget. Where the luxury travellers have a short list to choose from, the budget travellers in Ladakh can find plenty of accommodation catering to the all the basic needs just right. One can find good hotels and resorts in Leh City, Kargil, and Nubra Valley. There are also some value for money guest houses; and homestay option and camps/tents are also available in remote places like Pangong Lake and Zanskar Valley.

Top Things to Do on Your Holiday to Ladakh

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    Trekking

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    Trekking

    With over countless number of snow-clad mountains kissing the swirling clouds forming a silver lining crisscrossed by the most audacious roads in the world, Ladakh endowed with supernatural beauty is just the right place to indulge in trekking.

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    Mountain Biking

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    Mountain Biking

    Ladakh is ever so perfect to paddle through the unknown tracks only to reach destinations that are picturesque and surreal. The mountain biking experience in Ladakh is the best way to explore this mysterious land and the lifestyle and culture of its extremely warm people.

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    Wildlife in Ladakh

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    Wildlife in Ladakh

    The region is home to the largest national park in South Asia - Hemis National Park, which is believed to have the highest density of snow leopards than any other protected area in the world.

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    Lakes in Ladakh

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    Lakes in Ladakh

    Everything about Ladakh is surreal including this crystal clear, azure and high altitude lakes. Tucked away in distant places at an altitude of more than 4000 metres, the alpine lakes in Ladakh will make you fall in love with them instantly.

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    Pilgrimage in Ladakh

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    Pilgrimage in Ladakh

    Home to some majestic Buddhist monasteries with exotic surroundings, Ladakh is an ideal pilgrimage destination for the devotees seeking spiritual encounters. Ladakh also houses mosques and a gurudwara that certainly enhance the ambience of spirituality.

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    Peak Climbing Ladakh

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    Peak Climbing Ladakh

    Your extreme adventure sport experience awaits in Ladakh, the land full of challenging mountain peaks and ranges. Right from the Karakoram to Zanskar Range, and from Stok Kangri to Suru Valley, there are plenty of places to feel the utmost adrenaline rush while peak climbing in Ladakh.

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    Ladakh Jeep Safari

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    Ladakh Jeep Safari

    Conquer the rough tracks and prepare yourself for unparalleled adventures in the land of Ladakh by choosing jeep safari. This adventure activity in Ladakh lets one explore places that are not only scenic but truly out of the world.

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    Camping in Ladakh

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    Camping in Ladakh

    Imagine getting the opportunity of sleeping under starlit sky and amidst paradisiacal surroundings, camping in Ladakh is a pleasant memory that is etched in one’s mind.

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    River Rafting

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    River Rafting

    Ladakh is home to some ferocious and whimsical rivers that offer unsurpassed opportunity for adventure activities like river rafting.

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    Horse Riding in Ladakh

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    Horse Riding in Ladakh

    A heady mix of leisure and adventure, there's no better way apart from horse riding to witness and explore the rustic beauty filled with the wilderness of Ladakh and Zanskar. There are many horse riding trails in Ladakh like Hemis National Park, Tsomoriri, Tsokar & Pangong lake treks.

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    Camel Safari in Ladakh

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    Camel Safari in Ladakh

    Camel Safari in Ladakh is a must experience activity for those visiting this unique destination in India. This safari tour gives a wonderful opportunity to traverse through the picturesque sights of the Nubra Valley and get the firsthand experience of riding a double-humped camel on the cold deserts.

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    Bird Watching in Ladakh

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    Bird Watching in Ladakh

    Home to about 310 species of birds, Ladakh calls out to birdwatchers to enjoy what they like doing the most only in more challenging environs.

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    Ladakh Photography

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    Ladakh Photography

    Ladakh is one of those places which ‘First leaves you speechless and then turns you into a storyteller.’ Blessed with such spectacular landscape, locales and beautiful people, this place indeed is the paradise for those with the flair for photography.

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    Mountain Passes

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    Mountain Passes

    The ancient trade routes that popularized Ladakh amongst the Chinese merchants then and travellers from around the world now, the mountain passes in Ladakh are unmissable.

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    Ladakh Cuisine

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    Ladakh Cuisine

    The blend of Tibetan cuisine and exotic Himalayan taste give the cuisine of Ladakh its shape. For an epicurean, the Ladakhi food have rich flavours of organic vegetables, milk and meat to savour.

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    Fairs and Festival

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    Fairs and Festival

    In Ladakh, every day is a celebration. Be it a new year; sowing and harvesting of the crop; celebration of river origination; seeking blessings of oracles or honoring the victors; there's a festival for every kind of occasion in Ladakh, most of which are backed by a dance performance.

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    Shopping in Ladakh

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    Shopping in Ladakh

    Shopping in Ladakh does not disappoint you at any cost. The market life is always radiant filled with handicraft items and locally handmade woollens that are beyond the ordinary. Markets in Ladakh have their own charm and worldliness, they best reflect the rich art and culture of this surreal destination.

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Ladakh Tourism at a Glance

Find the authentic information on how to plan a perfect holiday to Ladakh. Get all the important details on how to reach Ladakh by different modes of transport like air, road and rail. Find relevant information on best time to visit Ladakh with average temperature in different seasons. Also, explore places and attractions in Ladakh with the help of our user-friendly map.