Leh Ladakh is a cold desert lying in the rain shadow region of the Trans Himalayas. The average maximum temperature here hovers around 20° C even in summers. From beautiful moon land valleys and crystal clear colour changing lakes, to centuries old monasteries, Leh Ladakh is a potpourri of natural, cultural and historical magnificence. Located at an altitude of 3500 m, it is not just another hill station that can be visited over a weekend. It needs at least a week to be explored in all its beauty, with at least a day required for acclimatizing to its difficult climatic conditions. This unique territory can be discovered through road, either bike, jeep, or cycle. It can also be explored through the festivals held at various Buddhist monasteries. One can also set out to explore it on foot by undertaking a trek. The treks in Ladakh are of varying difficulties, like an easy one like the Sham Valley Trek or a difficult one like the Chadar Trek. Choose from our wide range of Leh Ladakh tour packages and discover the breathtaking beauty of this exotic land.
Best time to visit Leh Ladakh
The best time to visit Leh Ladakh is between June to September as the weather is relatively warmer, highways are open for Manali – Leh and Srinagar – Leh road trips, and all major tourists spots like Pangong Tso are open for visitors.
Temperatures in Leh Ladakh
- Summers (June to September) – Minimum: 5° C, Maximum: 30° C
- Winters (October to May) – Minimum: -25° C, Maximum: -1° C
Roads Less Travelled’s Leh Ladakh tour packages are customised according to both summers and winters, offering you the best way to explore the region according to the season.
RLT’s Local Office
With our local office being in Leh, you can always be assured of assistance being only a call away.
You can catch a flight from Delhi to Leh. Flights from Delhi operate daily to Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, which is one of the highest airports in the world. It is advised to book well in advance as tickets get expensive as the summer season approaches.
There are two road routes to reach Leh city.
- Manali to Leh (NH3)
- Srinagar to Leh (NH 1D)
However, both these highways get closed in winters (from Sept – May) due to heavy snowfall.
According to recent government guidelines, Indian tourists no more require permits to visit inner line areas like Pangong, Tsokar and Tso Moriri Lakes, Nubra Valley and Dha hanu etc in Ladakh. Only photo identity proofs issued by the government of India (Passport, Driving License, Voter Id, PAN card etc.) are needed to visit these beautiful sites. However, if you are a foreign tourist, you will still need to get permits for visiting these areas.
- Pangong Tso: One of the most beautiful lakes in the country, its crystal clear water changes colour throughout the day. Undoubtedly one of the most enchanting sights you will behold in your lifetime, Pangong Tso is something you cannot afford to miss.
- Nubra Valley: The Nubra Valley is a desert replete with majestic sand dunes. It is a tranquil place with the Nubra River flowing between the tri-armed valley. Famous for its double humped Bactrian Camels, the Nubra valley separates the Karakoram and Ladakh ranges.
- Lamayuru: Situated on the Kargil-Leh highway, Lamayuru is famous for its Lunar or Moon like landscape. Its Lamayuru monastery, built in the 11th century, is one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh. Visit this place to get a feeling of being on the moon.
- Hemis: Situated 40 km away from Leh, it’s famous for its monastery and the Hemis National Park, which is home to the endangered Snow Leopard. The Monastery celebrates the vibrant Hemis festival in the month of July.
- Alchi: Alchi is a small village in Leh district, situated on the bank of the Indus River. It houses the centuries old Alchi monastery, famous for the exquisite paintings adorned on its wall.
- Nimoo: This is where you get to see ‘Sangam’, the confluence of Indus and Zanskar rivers.
- Hall of Fame: ‘The Hall of Fame’, that displays the stories of the brave soldiers who lost their lives in the Indo-Pak wars instills an altogether new feeling of patriotism in every Indian who visits it. The Hall of Fame also has a museum that exhibits the culture, art, flora and fauna of Kashmir.
- Magnetic Hill: The Magnetic Hill, as the name suggests has magnetic properties that pull cars up the hill with its force. This place is a must visit to marvel at the wonders of nature.
- Ride to the highest motor-able road – Khardung La Pass.
- Learn about the Ladakhi lifestyle at a homestay.
- Immerse in meditation and yoga.
- Dance with the Mask Dancers at Hemis monastery.
- Go river rafting or kayaking on the Zanskar or Indus rivers.
- Ride a bike till Pangong Tso.
- Trek till Tso Moriri and meet the nomads and their animals on the way.
- Cycle around Ladakh.
- Take part in a camel safari along the ancient silk route.
- Go for Chadar trek- walk on the frozen Zanskar river.