Best Time to Visit Ladakh
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Best Time To Visit Ladakh
Plan your trip during best season to experience the best of this stunning destination
Best time to visit Ladakh by bike or cab is during the month of June. The months from mid-September to mid-October are considered to be the best season to enjoy the stunning beauty of the landscape of Ladakh and Leh. The month of March is considered to be the best time to visit Ladakh for adventure trip. While the months from April to mid-May remain the peak season for Ladakh tourism. During the months from August to December, it gets quite risky and dangerous to visit Ladakh as monsoon and winter take a toll on Ladakh during these months. Hotel, flights and food may get expensive during the peak season in Ladakh. If you are planning to visit here during these months, book your tickets in advance.
Bike Trip to Ladakh:
Best time to visit Ladakh on bike is during summer season. Summers in Ladakh are characterized by comfortable, and cozy weather with sun shining over the snow clad mountain peaks. The plain sailing roads without any blockage by landslides or snowfall, also make it the best time to visit Ladakh on bike. During winters and monsoons, it becomes quite difficult to travel by road. Warmer weather in summer months (May through early October) makes sightseeing in Ladakh quite enjoyable, and one can cover almost all major Ladakh places such as Pangong Lake and Nubra Valley that are open for tourists.
The best time to visit Ladakh by road is from mid-May to September as the Leh Manali Highway opens up via Rohtang Pass. Mid-September to mid-October is an amazing time to visit Leh and Ladakh as the place is permeated in flamboyance through the Srinagar-Leh as well as Manali-Leh roads. Road conditions are better during this time. For enthusiastic bikers, the best time to visit Ladakh on bike is during the months of July and August as all passes and streets to the land are opened and the land turns exceptionally welcoming. Let’s have a look at the segregation to decide on which is the best month to visit Ladakh.
April - June ( 2°C to 19°C ) :
With the month of April, travel passes for tourists are open. Hence, summer season is the best time to visit Ladakh. The weather during this time is crisp and the skies are clear, offering splendid views that can be enjoyed through a ride on bike or jeep.
During the late April, the region sees the melting of the lakes, and one can witness a spread of brilliant colours everywhere. And, with the beginning of the month of June, one can hop on an excursion to Rohtang Pass as well.
July - September ( 3°C to 17°C ):
Experiencing irregular heavy rainfall during the monsoon season starting from the month of July, it is advised not to get on an excursion to Ladakh this time. With frequent landslides, roadblocks, and snow slides, it becomes quite difficult to walk or drive here.
Though, the month of September can be considered as a good time to visit Ladakh. For, the precipitation stops and there is hardly any humidity.
October - March (-9°C to 2°C) :
With temperature dropping to minus degrees, it is not recommended to visit Ladakh during the winter season. Covered with snow, driving through roads can be quite dangerous.
However, adventure lovers can choose to hop on Chadar Trek during the months of January to March.
Festivals in Ladakh
Festivals enhance the beauty of any destination, and that is true for Ladakh as well. The deserted land of Ladakh comes to life during these festivities wherein the natives gather around to become a part of the celebrations. Monasteries of Ladakh become venues of celebration where the locals perform famous folk dances, songs, and dramas of the region. Some of the popular festivals in Ladakh are -
Hemis Festival: Hemis festival is an important festival of Ladakh organised in June to celebrate the birthday of Guru Padmasambhava, who founded Tantric Buddhism in Tibet. Monks can be seen wearing sparkling brocade robes and colourful face masks. They perform a dance-drama displaying the life, principles, and mission of the Guru.
Thiksey, Karsha and Spituk Gustor: This two-day festival is celebrated in different months every year in Thiksey, Karsha, and Spituk. These Gustors signify the victory of good over evil. The performers wear variety of masks while they perform, and these masks symbolise gods, goddesses, guardians, and protectors. As the festival comes to an end, the evils are figuratively killed, and their images are burned.
Dosmoche Festival: Celebrated in May in the regions of Liker, Deskit monastery, and Leh, this is one of the most renowned festivals of Ladakh. The courtyard of the Leh Palace is the venue to enjoy this two-day festival in Leh. It is celebrated in the beginning as well as at the end of the Tibetian Year. Monks make their offerings using crosses made of threads to turn evil and ghosts into protectors and guardians of people against natural calamities that might occur in the following year.
Ladakh Harvest Festival: The Ladakh Harvest Festival commences from 1st September and lasts for 15 days thereafter. The natives celebrate their rich diversity with enthusiasm and vigor. Locals take part in dance performances, wedding ceremonies, drama, music, and many other forms of art.
Climate in Ladakh
Summer Season in Ladakh
Summer (April-June): With the mountains warming up and the land blooming, it is a tourist season in this region. The landscape is quite barren framed by the snow-capped mountains giving it a beauty that is like no other, making it best season to visit Leh. The lakes begin to melt (Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri) painting the landscape with beautiful colors. Travelling by road is a popular way to see this region. The Passes Khardung La and Chang La are popular routes to take granting breathtaking vistas to be captured by the cameras. The Rohtang and Baralacha Pass are an ideal way to complete the circuit. This is a trip of a lifetime and the best time to visit Leh by road, many traversing it on a motorbike consider it a rite of passage.
Monsoon Season in Ladakh
Monsoon (July-August): With the heavy rains and with all hilly terrains, this region too gets blocked. Tourism shuts down due to the landslides and the ‘moving’ earth. Even though there is a different sort of beauty granted to the region during this season, only tourists in four wheel vehicles brave this region.
Winter Season in Ladakh
Early Winter (September-October): This is the time for trekking and exploring the region on foot making it the best time to visit Leh Ladakh. The cool mountain breeze begins to set into the region. Occasional snowfall lends the region a dreamy glow. This along with the water bodies turning the most alluring shades of blue, the region seems to transform into a dream land turning this time best season to visit Leh Ladakh.
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Shweta's 7 days trip to LadakhI had the awesome trip to Ladakh. Me and my family enjoyed a lot. We enjoyed a lot and had fun throughout our trip. The accommodation and cab was really good. We did face any problem. Every experience was good but the best one was the cancellation of flight to Ladakh, kind of lost hope to go on this trip as weather was not good but reached Ladakh next day and throughout the trip we were just thanking that we reached and had the best experience.
Mani's 6 days trip to LadakhOverall experience was good. The cab driver was very professional and very generous too. The hotel provided in Pahalgam was not at all as was expected, the Pahalgam retreat they didn’t even bothered to clean the room and washroom and also the electric blanket was not electrified properly spark was coming out of it. There were other good hotels too in the same budget or if not so they should have asked for increasing the budget so that we could have gotten a good hotel there. Also in Srinagar the rose petal the management was dumb and was not able to coordinate with their co staffs property, the food was not good there at all. It should be given 3 star and not 4 star. The best place was Gulmarg and there we got to do too many activities like ski, cycle, gondola rides etc. Also horse riding @ Pahalgam was very adventurous and thrilling too as they took us to all the sightseeing points with the pony ride which was 8 kms across the mountains.
Krishna's 6 days trip to LadakhAll hotels were value for money. Home stay was great experience and I would advise to stay there for a new experience. Driver for the journey was very helpful always on time and was co operative. He was the local and was quite know all the places. All sightseeing were good (nature was at its best ) . Yugal is a friend in need. He interacted with us in all emergency situations and helped us make this trip an awesome one
Keerthivasan's 6 days trip to LadakhIt is good entire trip I loved it Stay and food is awesome Driver Tashi is well behaved and mannered would like to get same driver when I travel again Yugal is always helping and will help us in understanding the situation and helping out in getting best hotels Yes definitely will book again Yes will do
Mehraz's 6 days trip to LadakhOne day we will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do things we always wanted to do. So my Hubby Rupak and I did it now.. We planned a 5 day trip with Travel Traingle to Ladakh.. For Ladakh Naked Eyes are the Best Lens to witness its Beauty.. The Stay was Pleasant especially in Leh..Pangong and Nubra Camp could be better especially the Food. A Special Thanks to the Driver..He made our Trip Memorable and made us very Comfortable. Yugal was very interactive and all the resposnses were quick and satisfactory. We are Definitely planning another Trip in sometime and you all would be our top Package Provider.. Ladakh is a Beautiful Place and the Package that I took from Travel Traingle needs special mention to make the trip a Marvellous one.. TheTrip Ended with Unlimited Mesmerizing Memories and with a realisation that Natur
Ajitesh's 6 days trip to LadakhSanglay Palace is good hotel and there, stay for two days were amazing and their services are outstanding as compare to Hotel Dragon Driver was good and strick to the plan. Yugal as travel agent was Good Probably if we got a chance would be again book with Lazy Yatra Leh is "Must Visit" place. Overall , the experience was good
Yashdks's 7 days trip to LadakhOur Stay and hotels was good. Nubra valley had a better tent than the one suggested by you. Yugal was very good Will definitely book with Lazy Yatra and Travel Traiangle. Already recommended to a lot of people Trip was amazing. Driver was amazing
Shashank's 6 days trip to LadakhThis was my first trip with Travel Triangle and I thoroughly loved the experience of planning and booking the trip via them. Would love to plan more trips through them in future. The agent via which I planned the trip was Kailash Expeditions. I got in touch with Stanzin from Kailash expeditions and he was very helpful throughout. The itinerary was modified as per my convenience. Hotel provided to us was Lakrook boutique stay which is a 4 star hotel. All the staff at hotel were very nice and helpful. Mr. Lobhzang, our driver on this trip was also very experienced and friendly. In harsh winters of Ladakh with snow on road, he drove with great perfection and also showed us the amazing places. Leh (Ladakh) is a beautiful place and when you have a great travel agent (Stanzin from Kailash Expeditions) and an amazing portal like travel triangle, the journey and trip becomes memorable. Thank you for this beautiful trip!!
Ketan's 9 days trip to LadakhWe had a last minute booking with LazyYatra and even then Mr. Yugal made sure we had the most memorable trip. Every detail of the trip was planned in advance with inch perfection. The stay was comfortable, food was great and ride was smooth. Our driver, Mr Wangdu, was a great person to share a ride with. He made sure, we were always comfortable and enjoying Ladakh to the fullest. He went out of his way on a few occasions to help us out as our phones had no connectivity there. Overall, I would rate this experience as A1 and would love to enjoy another trip planned by LazyYatra!
Shobhit's 4 days trip to LadakhMy overall experience was goood with kailash expedition and his team. They really worked hard to maintain services for clients. All the best for future. And when i will come back to ladakh definitely preferred kailash expedition. Best memories are so many like drive on frozen pangong lake, late evening visit to hunder sand dune, milkyway galaxy watching at midnight and one worst but ultimate experience was 4 am morning awaking with driver to help him to de-freeze fuel at minus 22 at tangtse but when de-freezing happened battery was totally discharged, then i went to powerhouse to charge battery and due to which we were started our journey with 3 hrs delay. And i really appreciate hardwork of driver mr. Lobzang.
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The time taken for acclimatization differs from person to person. Usually oen must rest for one whole day even if you are feeling ok. Avoid alcohol for a minimum of 3 days, and increase your intake of water. The biggest cause of Acute Mountain Sickness is dehydration.
There are several tour operators in Leh that provide rafting packages to travellers on the thunderous rapids of Indus and Zanskar Rivers.
Travellers can stay in a camp in towns along Leh–Manali highway, trek on Chadar River, and expedition to Stok Kangri summit.
An acclimatisation walk for a day or two is recommended for beginners looking to trek or visit higher altitudes in Ladakh.
Markha Valley trek, Chadar trek, Stok Kangri Trek, and Padum to Darcha trek are among some popular treks in Ladakh.
Yes, it is safe to visit Ladakh. Ladakh is located in one of the safest parts of India, therefore it is safe to visit.
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