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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Trip to LadakhWe had a memorable trip to Ladakh. All was planned and arranged perfectly. Our driver Ali was very polite and punctual with good driving. Thanks to Henna and Zahid from Sareer Travels and thanks to Niharika from Travel Triangle.
Trip to LadakhWe are very impressed with the services provided by "Leh Ladakh Journey". The entire trip was perfectly planned. Amazing experience. From the beginning, the travel agents were very engaged. Thanks to Bhawana for arranging hassle-free trip. We are very impressed with the details provided by her with each request and very prompt. She was always available on call or Whatsapp for any queries we had. Thanks for coordinating with all the documents & payments. Also thanks to Sushant for guiding us with all the safety tips and health tips. Sushant made a visit to hotel to ensure about our safety and how the trip went and he made sure that we get best hospitality. He resolved all our queries. Everything was on time and well organized. All the accommodations were good except for the accommodation on last day at "Nezer Holiday Inn" in Leh as the staff in hotel were not co-operative, otherwise the hotel was good. Also the meal's provided in all the accommodations were excellent. Specially food prepared by Riyaaz. Our driver, "Thinlis" was excellent, knowledgeable, very safety-conscious, pleasant and he always reaches before time. We will recommend "Leh Ladakh Journey" to our friends and family. We will also be taking another in the future.. Thank you for a wonderful journey!! Keep up the good work!!
Trip to LadakhWith my package I was expecting much comforting and pleasant experience but the food and accommodations were not at all up to the mark. There were so many good hotels and cottages available in each place but not sure why the arrangements were not been made in those hotels. Really disappointed with the whole arrangement apart from Transportation.
Trip to LadakhWe had a well planned trip and had no worries about any thing during the trip which made it a relaxed and enjoyable one. The ride through the mountains and the calmness and serene atmosphere in the valleys. The view of the Pangong lake was breathtaking.
Trip to LadakhNubra’s sand dunes view resort was pathetic.. Just Driver namgyal was best
Trip to LadakhThe package offered was little costly. We had great time at kangsing hotel in ladakh. Great hospitality provided by them. Camps at pangong and nubra were ok. Food was not good in pangong camp. We were not aware that lights are their at nubra and pangong camp from evening 6 pm to 11 pm only. This our travel agent should have informed us before only. We were only told connectivity will not be their and no tv. At pangong every thing was self service we found it difficult as it was snow fall their. To take water, or even ask something we have to get out of the room in snow late night and ask them to provide food, water etc. There were no phones service also at both camp. Only stay and that too night you have to spend without light. Our last two days hotel was at leh the second hotel provided was on as there was no phone service on rooms that too hotel was in leh. We use to call him on mobile for any services. Rest their hospitality was good. Food was good. Best time was to see khardungla pass , changla pass and pangong lake blue water. The driver was very good and knowledgeable. Cooperative. Our trip gone well during travelling. Rest all are aware lehnladakh is awesome place to visit. We enjoyed our journey alot.
Trip to LadakhHad a wonderful trip.Kudos to travel triangle!!! Good and amicable driver who managed d time well.
Trip to LadakhVery comfortable and smooth experience with travel triangle. Payment mechanism is good, travel agents and driver provided were gentle and helpful. Hotel service was also good based on the price offered.
Trip to LadakhPreviously with TravelTriangle it has been an amazing experience, so in this trip also we were expecting it to be similar. Unfortunately, few of the hotels which we got were not upto the mark. One of our hotel got cancelled and they offered different hotel for us in Leh (Sangalay Palace), which was really good in everything but this happiness couldn't last for long time. Because the Lake View Cottage which we got in pangong lake was not that great but the staff was really helpful. The same thing happened in Leh too, after returning to Leh we were expecting a good hotel similar to Sangalay. But the Golden Apricot which we got in Leh was not satisfying in anything, be it cleaneliness or staff behavior. When we woke in the morning for departure nobody was there for checkout even after informing them on the previous night. And in Nubra we had got The real Siachen Hotel, which was on the average side but the hotel staff and food was good, specially ChachuRam Ji. Who helped us with everything, be it food or hot water. This wouldn't complete if we dont mention about our Driver Joldan Uncle with more than 35 years of driving experience in Ladakh. And also our vehicle which got upgraded from Xylo to Innova Crysta was very good and comfortable for ladakh roads. Nevertheless, we enjoyed our each and every bit of this trip. Thank you Sushant and Bhavna for all the arrangements and support.
Trip to LadakhIt was a good experience traveling Ladakh with Leh Ladakh Journey Travels, I would definitely recommend the Agency for the organizing the tour. So Everything was good but stay at Pangong Lake could be better. Considering the remote area I would say I was happy having Shusant, Bhawana organizing my travel.
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FAQ's of Ladakh
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Ladakh trip from Srinagar will cost you around Rs. 12,000 to 15,000. If you are planning a two way trip that includes a tour of Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Tso Morir, the estimated cost will be around Rs. 10,000 to 12,000 each.
Yes, it is safe to visit Ladakh. Ladakh is located in one of the safest parts of India, therefore it is safe to visit.
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.
Travellers can stay in a camp in towns along Leh–Manali highway, trek on Chadar River, and expedition to Stok Kangri summit.
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