Airport in Leh – Srinagar :
All the foreign clients must get prepared at Srinagar and Leh airport to fill an entrée form which is mandatory to every foreign clients. Keep ready your passport and two passport size photos in case if required. It will save your time.
Due to heavy security reasons you may not fine your representatives inside the airport and will be waiting for you at a certain distance from the exit gate.
Mobile Phones : :
This is advisable to have your post paid connections in Ladakh. Prepaid connections may not work. Air Tel / BSNL / Air Cell are common network at the moment.
How to reach :
By Road / Air :
Ladakh is approx 1050 Kms from Delhi – Manali – Leh. While as Manali to Leh is approx 500 Km. and can be reached by overnight VOLVO from Delhi to Manali and further Manali to Leh in two days as well as three days. Srinagar to Leh is Approx 450 Kms from Srinagar to Leh via Kargil. Can be completed in two days.
Regular flight from Delhi to Leh and return ( One hour only ). Though you may have connections from Jammu, Chandigarh and Srinagar to Leh (couple of days in a week and subject to change).
Distance Chart ( Approx in Kms)
|Delhi to Chandigarh||250 Kms|
|Chandigarh to Manali||325 Kms|
|Manali to Leh||475 Kms|
|Leh – Pangong||150 Kms|
|Leh – Nubra||160 Kms|
|Leh to Tso Moriri||200 Kms|
|Leh to Srinagar||450 Kms|
When to travel :
Manali to Leh route open around Mid May though it depends on weather conditions. Rohtanag pass / Bara La cha and Tanglan La Pass remain close due to heavy snow fall in winters.
For safter side you may schedule your programme at third week of May onwards from this sector. Route will remain open till end of September.
Srinagar to Leh route open normally by the end of April and again subject to weather conditions. Better to travel May first week or Second week onwards. Route will remain open till end of October and sometime till November.
Flights are open round the year though flight schedule may get change in winter season from October to March.
Weather in Ladakh :Ladakh is a high altitude desert area and called Little Tibet. Tourist season starts from April to October.
|April :||3 – 10 Degree Celsius|
|May - June :||7 – 15 Degree Celsius|
|July – August :||10 – 20 Degree Celsius|
|September :||15 – 10 Degree Celsius|
|Oct – Dec :||10 – Minus 15 Degree Celsius|
|Dec – March :||Minus 35 to 0 Degree Celsius|
Manali - Leh – Srinagar drive
Manali to Leh overland drive is considered one of the most beautiful high altitude drives in the world. Manali to leh 475 kms can be completed in three days or in two days even if you have less time for your journey. Rohtang pass – Baralacha Pass – naki la Pass and third highest Pass called Tanglangla are some of the major highlights for this interesting drive.
Around Ladakh region you have so much to explore and Nubra Valley – Pangong Tso Lake – Tso Moriri Lake = Leh Town and beautiful monasteries are major facts. Drive to Sham Valley in the west by following Srinagar highway is lower land and Confluence of Zanskar and Indus river /Alchi & Lamayuru monastery are major interest. Kargil to Drass and D Zozila pass will take you to Kashmir valley which is a pure contrast with Ladakh and Kashmir.
Hotels in Manali to Ladakh Region to Srinagar :
Manali is hot destination for Himalayan explorer and offers a wide range of hotels of all kind. Hotel Ambassador resort considered as a best hotel and many concern and rest of the hotels have their own reputation. In Keylong Valley you have option to stay at Keylong where you may find reasonable hotels and bit further Jispa may attract you with some limited hotels and camps. In Sarchu you need to rely on seasonal fix deluxe camps and good camps have attached toilet and bath facility. Further to Pang you have to rely with your own camping or Tea stalls which has facility to spend overnights with common bed systems within the tent.
Good hotels in Ladakh are categorized in grading. A + grade / A Grade / B Grade / C Grade and Guest house. A Grade + ( Plus) hotels can be compared 3- 4 star facilities and all modern amenities in it. A Grade hotels can be compared 3 star facilities basis and all modern amenities in it. Though all the hotels are constructed / architecture in a unique way which reflect the cultural and geographical influence. Nicely decorated big window for maximum sunlight and colorful
The Grand Dragon is the biggest hotel in Leh which can be compare with 4 star category in general and full of modern facilities and centrally heated. Hotel Druk, Hotel Ladakh Residency, Hotel Shangrila, Spik n Span, Hotel Royal ladakh, Larisa Resort can be considered as an alternate in best possible hotels in Leh for the high end people.
Other Common and preferred hotels such as Hotel Omasila / Hotel Lasermo / Hotel City Palace/Caravan Centre, /Shambhala/ Hotel Namgyal Palace / Hotel Kaal / Hotel Pangong / Hotel Hill Town / Hotel The Palace / Hotel Noble house may attract you in some reasons.
Ladakh Sarai in Sabu Village- Leh is unique Resort in Ladakh which is based on Mongolian Yurts basis and located nearly 3 kms away from Leh town in Sabu village in an ideal location for leisure travelers. Full of modern amenities with LCD TV and attached toilet bath / Solar water heating facilities. Magnificent view of Stok Kangri range at the backdrop.
Guest houses are widely chosen by the clients in and around Leh and worth staying at. Most of the guest houses are run by local families which has in house dining facilities. At some places you may have hot water facilities and at some places you need to wait for hot water buckets.
Nubra you have only one choice to stay at Hotel Stendel which is the best and biggest hotel in this Valley. Rest you may have Fix Deluxe camps and some cottages around.
In Alchi and Uletokpo you have some options which may be reasonable to nice cottages like Ule Ethnic Resort / Ule Adventure Eco Camp / West Ladakh Camp are few of them. Alchi Resort / Zimskhang are hotels in Alchi.
In Pangong Lake & Tso Moriri Section you have possibility to stay at Deluxe Camps and most of the Camps are nearly similar. Services may differ a bit. Pangong Resort / Watermark / Nature Nest / Martsemick Camp / Camp tso Moriri / NO Madic Camp / Pastureland camp are few of them.
In Kargil we have limitation to offer some of the known hotels such as Hotel D Zozila / Hotel Siachen / Hotel Carvan Sarai / Hotel Greenland are some of the options
In Srinagar – Kashmir you have a wide range of choices either to stay at Deluxe house boats at Dal or Nagin Lake or choose the hotels of your choice.
Due to restricted area Ladakh has its own taxi association and no other vehicle is allowed to make any commercial practice in this region. You can drive your own / private car but not for any commercial use. All the prices are based on per sector basis which are pre defined. All the commercial vehicles need to take the permission from the taxi association before they move to a particular section / sector. Toyota Qualis / Tavera / Toyota Innova / Scorpio / Tata Sumo / Maruti Van / Maxi Cab – 10 seater / Tempo Traveler/ Few coaches are also available.
In certain area you need to have a Inner Line Travel permit to visits Like Nubra Valley / Pangong Lake / Tso Moriri Lake and others which can be arranged in Leh itself. All clients are requested to have their Photo ID proof.
Khardungla pass remain close for the maintenance purposes on every Monday, Therefore your travel to Khardungla Pass or Nubra valley need to be avoided on Monday.
Tips / Insurance:
Clients are advised to take the pre insurance against their travel for any unforeseen circumstances and flight cancellation. This is a remote area and evacuating the people from Ladakh to main land may take two to three days. You need to be prepared for flight cancellation in monsoon season but not very often
Your Driver / Hotel personal / Local Guides and Trekking tem expect a tip at the end of services and depends on your overall programme and duration. You may get the details from your representative and tour escort upon arrival in Ladakh.
High Altitude Sickness:
Leh is situated at 3500 meter above sea level and if flying to Leh directly means you may have some high altitude sickness after three to four hours of landing. It may vary person to person. Omitting/ Head ace / Breathing problems / Read eye/ Fever / Irritations etc are some of the symptoms which one may feel. It may take 12 hours to 24 hours to acclimatize with the high altitude . This is advisable to everyone to have a complete rest the day you arrive in Leh and avoid sleeping in the day time. Intake the maximum water / Tea ( Black tea is recommended) / Coffee / Soup etc.. which will help. Avoid not to eat the food. In the evening you may have a short walk to the market and advisable areas. Still if feeling bad than visit the nearest state Govt. Hospital for the medical treatments.
Portable Oxygen cylinders can be purchased at the medical shop which may cost you INR 350 – 500. Should you need for the large Oxygen Cylinders during your trek can be arranged on request with an additional cost.
Medical Facilities in Ladakh
You will find base hospital Sonam Norphel Memorial Hospital in Leh is fully equipped with medical facilities and staff is prompt to help the patient. This is in a walkable distance from the main town and 5 minutes drive from the Fort Road. Though you have medical facilities available in Nubra Valley / Kargil.