Info for leh – transport, sight seeing etc

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Please help me with good info for leh – transport, sight seeing etc ?

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Hey..Hi Mohit...
                          Well..there are lot many places near to leh... i hope you have searched on web and found some information about Nubra valley,Pangong,Tso Moriri,Kardungla...these three sites are popular ones...there is  a lot to explore in that region..like one can go to Zankshar,Drass,Kargil...can move further north to Nubra valley...can explore Spiti,lasha valley....but it all depends how many days you have and what kind of travelling you looking for...
 
                           After Reaching Leh..you will have to hire SUVs for visiting all these places...please try to get inner line permit as soon as you reach there..
 
                          inner line permit can be easily arranged through hotels.
 
                          One place that i am recommending you to as must is Tso-Moriri ( amazing landscape )...
 
                           Taxies in Leh are quite expensive. they charge arround 5000-6000 bucks for 300Km ( Round trip ).
 
                          my number is 09560952121...buzz me whenever you need some info
 
                           Wishing you a very good luck and hoping you would have fun for sure                       
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Hey Vishnu,

Thanks for all the details, yes u r rite I am aware of few names. I have already added pangong & TSO, Zanskar. I read about this zanskar place, I wanna go on rafting. But do u know how far is it from leh?

Taxi fares you know how much will be from manali to leh??

 

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Mohit

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Hi Mohit,
                 Rafting in Zanskar River is a unique experience for sure. its been organised by many travek agents from Leh only. your hotel guy would arrange the same for you. Zanskar region is quite huge and its extremely isolated place.there are just few villages not even a town with significant population.
 
                 Zanskar would be 150 Km from Leh....There are many famous monasteries in Zanskar region.
 
                Taxy from Manali would cost you 9000-10000 Rs ( 1 Night stay in Sarchu or Zispa ) . it cost me 8500 in summer 2007. considering inflation and recession it would cost the same this year i guess.
 
                Have fun...keep me posted with your experiences.
 
Regards

Vishnu

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Thanks vishnu… n sure I’ll give updates… ur such a gr8 help to me

Thanks & Regards,
Mohit jain

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Hi Vishnu,

I'm planning a trip to Leh  from Lucknow in Oct 22/27 or by Dec 25/30 with my wife and kids of aged 5/9 yes respectively. I read through all your replies from earlier posts, it was really helpful for me. There are few querieswhich I would Like to put forward, 1. Is Oct / Dec a good time to visit Leh  2. Do I need to carry warm clothes? 3.What are the places we can cover and what will be the best period. Please get back at your ease. Thanks for your time for reading out my queries.

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Amit

 

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Yes. October is good time to travel to Ladakh. It will be really cold and you may witness snow fall in some parts of your journey. you should carry warm cloths.

all the places will be accessible in October so you can visit Pangong Lake, Nubra Valley, Tso-Moriri while you are in Ladakh. these are the highlights. there are many other off-beat places in Ladakh region which you may visit if you have more time.

+- Vishnu

 

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Travelling to Leh-Ladakh is one of the most cherished dreams for many. Experiencing the sights of vast and desolate expanse of hills and valleys combined with the thrilling experience of enduring the harsh climate is one of its kind adventure. While some people suggest summers to be the best time to visit the place when the weather is most exciting and amiable, when the snow has melted and there is a buzz of activity with the colorful and vibrant Hemis Festival taking place.

On the other hand, according to some, winters have their own charm when only a handful of travelers visit the place and the site is all covered with snow and the views are most breathtaking. This also the time when one of the most adventurous treks of the world, the Chadar-Trek, over the majestic and frozen Zanskar River is underway. But nevertheless, each time of the year has its own allure and deciding between the best times to visit the place often becomes confusing.

Season (Month) Wise Best Time and Way to Visit Leh (Ladakh)

1. April to Mid-May

April marks the beginning of tourist season in Ladakh when the place begins to warm up with tourist activity. Restaurants open, hotels and guest houses start to welcome guest and various camps at sites such as Pangong Tso and Moriri Lake commence to set up. Usually by the second week of May, the crucial Srinagar-Leh highway opens up leading to a flurry of tourism energy into Ladakh. By late April, all the lakes including the Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri begin to melt, uncovering the beautiful colors and fabulous sights. In order to welcome more guests, hotels and guesthouses offer heavy discounts, benefitting all the travelers who happens to be present here around this time. However, both Khardung La and Chang La passes are still under the snow and it’s a memorable experience in itself to pass through them.

2. Mid May to July

During this time, one will only find Srinagar-Leh highway opened and this is just not the right occasion to complete the circuit. But in June beginning, Manali road opens up along with Rohtang Pass, however, the starting 7-10 days are really not suitable for travel since area experiences snow slides and recurring blockages. In the time of this short window, just before the monsoons, it is really cool and alluring to travel to Ladakh due to the amazing weather. The roads are flanked by high snow walls around Rohtang and sometimes Baralacha Pass too and there are many other incredible views of pervading snow to enjoy. However, due to rapid melting, the roads and paths are wet with gushing waters, so much so that sometimes it becomes really hard to cross them.

3. August to Mid-September

At this time, the monsoons are in full swing and rivers, puddle and water crossings are full with flow. Travelling during this period can be risky and dangerous as landslides are common. However, the area beyond Zozi La Pass, in the direction of Leh from Srinagar and further from Baralacha Pass, towards Leh from Manali side is a rain shadow area and do not receive much showers. But definitely the path won’t be easy up to Baralacha la from the side of Manali and Zozila Pass from the Srinagar side. Nevertheless, even the climate of this rain-shadow area is changing with time and there have been rains in Ladakh too or intermittent overcast conditions but nothing drastic has happened till now.

4. Mid-September to Mid-October

This is one of the best seasons of all for visiting the amazing and picturesque locations of Leh and Ladakh as the place is imbued in wonderful colors in all their glory right up thorough the Srinagar-Leh as well as Manali-Leh roads. After monsoons, the flowing waters recedes too much extent and the weather is dry with a beginning chill and occasional snowfall. Moreover, the road conditions are better and the maintenance work is also settled by this time. Various water bodies surrounding the locations turn aqua blue and the place is brimming with astonishing beauty. Raid-De Himalayas Rally open up and can prove to be disturbing for regular travelers. While some camps at the site have packed up and closed some are still running. Overall, to witness the real beauty of the place, this is just the right span to pay a visit.

5. Mid October to Mid-November

By this time the cold has completely taken over the area with the place experiencing sub-zero temperatures at all locations above 14,000 ft. Almost all of the tourists have deserted the place with only few ones remaining to brave the chill. Most of the hotels, guesthouses, restaurants are closed while even locals have moved back, abandoning the place till winters. Although Srinagar-Leh and Manali-Leh highways remain open, it is usually not advisable to travel through them due to extreme chill and also due to the presence of black-ice which begins to appear towards the end of October and continuing till early winters, usually vanishing during the winter season.

6. Mid-November to March

This is the coldest seasons of all in Ladakh when the region is completely cut-off from rest of the India by road, although roads to Pangong Tso Lake and Nubra Valley over KhardungLa Pass and Chang La Pass are kept open all round the year, leaving few days of snowfall. From Mid-January to Mid-March is also the time when many adventure tourists arrive in Ladakh for the famous Chadar Trek, involving walk over the frozen Zanskar River. The conditions at this time are that of extreme cold and there is frequent snowfall which makes survival and acclimatization difficult. One of the major highlight of your visit during this time is the changing colors of Pangong Tso Lake and Tso Moriri which happens from November to December/mid-January. After this, the Lakes get completely frozen with solid ice and one can even easily walk on them.

I don’t recommend travel agents, since I like the freedom to explore on my own and travel companies take that away. But last year, since my girlfriend was concerned about the weather acclimatization and wanted to make sure we had assistance on our trip, she booked our trip using untravel. I was really skeptical, and kept warning her about how we wouldn’t be able to fully enjoy our trip as we wanted, but it turned out to be a really great experience. The events were unique, smoothly planned, and they even gave us a surprise riverside romantic dinner date Smile

I would suggest having assistance if its your first time to Ladakh, as it can get a bit rough. However, its entirely up to you.

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Thank you very much for adding such a valuable information. :):).. Travelers to Ladakh will find it worth a read.

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Hello,

 

I want to plan a vacation with my 7yr old (only him and me) for sometime between 22nd - 30 th April 2017. The main intention and what i would like to have in this package is:

(1) My son to experince snow - want to stay in a place which simply has snow around it, so that we do not have to travel to a certain point to be able to play in snow 

(2) My son to meet/see the soldiers

Short Train Journey if possible

We can go for 6-7 days max, and we have to travel from Bangalore. 

Based on this, I have been looking at following options:

Shimla/Manali

Darjeeling-Sikkim

Auli

Leh-Ladakh

 

Please suggest to me the safest place for us to have a peaceful vacation without worry of safety. If any particular tour operator is advisable, pls suggest. As its only 2 of us, I am trying to check everything and ensure safety first (i was prefering group tour) but most are very costly 80-95K or start late in May. If i have to narrow down 2 most important things i want in this trip - Safety & Snow experience, Cable car experience

 

Please suggest

Thanks a lot in advance!

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I hope you had great trip.

As for Snow, it is available on all the places shortlisted by you. For train, it is only available in Darjeeling and Shimla. If you son wants to see soldiers then Leh-Ladakh is best among the list or may be in Auli. Considering safetly, all looks fine. I will not recommend to take group tours.

All in all, its a difficult choice to make but I would still recommend Sikkim considering all your requirements.

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