A guide to Leh –Ladakh (Part-1)

April marks the beginning of summers in northern India. While summers are harsher in southern peninsula, hill stations experience a surge in tourist inflow. Leh–Ladakh, being one of the premier destinations is a travel dream for many. During April the heavy snowfall stops, and the weather becomes exciting and amiable. The snow softens and the lakes start to melt, with hues of winter still in the air. This time becomes perfect for people who wish to see snow clad mountains and valleys, but less the amount of winter extremities. This is also the time when one of the most adventurous treks of the world, the Chadar trek over the beautifully frozen Zanskar River, is underway. Camps begin to set up at sites such as Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri Lake. By the end of April these lakes start to melt, reflecting the beams of sunlight giving an appearance of beads floating on the clear water.

Picturesque view of a lake in Leh –Ladakh
Picturesque view of a lake in Leh –Ladakh

Beginning of May marks the opening of Srinagar-Leh highway, but is still not the best time to be on road and finish this circuit. Since the effects of winter have still not passed away, cold roads and harsh winds will welcome you to the city. You can visit the Khardung La, once believed to be the highest motorable road in the world, and Chang La passes as they remain snow covered with dangerous and exciting views, one can feel why these passes are termed as Rooftops of India. By the end of May, tourists are streaming into the city, with clear skies and a breath of summer air, Leh –Ladakh certainly becomes one of the most desirable destinations for summers. During this time the snow starts to melt heavily, even though the roads connecting Manali – Rohtang Pass – Ladakh open up it is not advisable to travel via road, for the first few days, due to often encounters of snow slides and recurring blockages. Flights thus become the best option and Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport is the main airport of the area. The flights are directly connected from Delhi, Srinagar, and Jammu.

Snow clad mountains in Leh –Ladakh
Snow clad mountains in Leh –Ladakh

This is the time when adventure junkies flank the streets, with snow diving, around Rohtang and Baralacha Pass and numerous other mind-boggling places plagued by snow, at its peak. Beginning of June commences the most famous Hemis festival, which is a celebration of the birth anniversary of spiritual leader Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibet Tantric Buddhism.

Celebrations of the Hemis festival in Leh –Ladakh
Celebrations of the Hemis festival in Leh –Ladakh

This time is best for exploring the beautiful cities of Leh –Ladakh and interacting with locals, learning their culture and celebrating it with them. The valley welcomes guests with open arms, with heavy discounts on BnBNation verified homestays, one feels home away from home. The celebrations are at its peak and one can completely enjoy and feel a part of it while staying with these locals and participating in their functions. What can be more welcoming than devouring their cuisines while in bed and home owners making you feel a part of their family is what one deserves after a long journey and other adventures. The owners are all well travelled and love to interact with people from other places. You can also visit some of the famous places and monasteries, Leh Palace(Approx. 3Kms.), Shanti Stupa(Approx. 2Kms.), Thiksey Monastery, Stok Palace and Alchi Choskor, most of which are fairly nearer to the BnBNation homestay.

A local of Leh –Ladakh
A local of Leh –Ladakh

It’s not too late to pack your bags, book your homestay, embark on a journey and make memories with your loved ones and cherish them forever.

 

About the Author:

Alankrita Sarkar though being a computer engineering student is a travel enthusiast. Apart from being unconditionally in love with novels and fan fiction stories, she loves writing about her wanderlust experiences. She is a very curious person and is keen on finding out either interesting facts or never heard stories about places she has been to or wishes to travel to.

 

10 thoughts on “A guide to Leh –Ladakh (Part-1)”

  1. I’d never heard of Leh –Ladakh before this post and I’m honestly so surprised because it looks so beautiful! I’d be interested in attending the Hemis festival and visit Khardung La. And I find homestays to be a great way to connect with local culture while traveling so glad to see they come as recommended for this area.

  2. Wow, I think the beginning of summers in northern India have made the locals excited and also the travelers. If I were to come here, I will definitely love stay from month of April to June
    and experience the most famous Hemis festival. I also love that the locals in Leh –Ladakh are very welcoming, which would definitely make my stay amazing. Thank you so much for your recommendations like where to book a place to stay.

  3. Leh-Ladakh has so much to offer! I always prefer homestays, otherwise I feel too much like I’m passing through a place and not really experiencing it. I’ll have to note this for when I finally make it to India.

  4. Season and the weather is so important for me when I travel somewhere. I would love to see the Hemis festival. I would love to visit Leh-Ladakh, it looks so beautiful. I would love to visit India for a long time and do homestays 😀

  5. While I’ve never been to India, it seems like such a diverse country in terms of terrain, culture, religions, and more. It would be fun to travel there some day!

  6. Leh Ladakh is on my list of must visit since 2007 ! I have delayed it as I wanted the kids to be able to handle (and report side effects , if any) the altitude changes. Hemis festival would be fun to attend but just exporing the beauty of this arid landscape would be a treat. Good to know about BnBNation certified homestays !

  7. June is a great time with the Hemis festival on the air. Leh Ladakh is pending since forever, I wish to visit there soon and I would surely consider BnBnation options for staying.

  8. I visited Leh Ladakh in the summer, 2 years ago, and it was amazing. You’re right about Khardungla pass being open during this time, making it easy to cross, its the highest motorable road in the world! Of all the places I’ve travelled to within India, I think its by far my favourite. Also, thanks for sharing a list of BnBnation verified homestays, it’s very helpful to have lovely homestays recommended and vetted by you!

  9. What a great place to stay in Leh Lahdak… Also, I used to think that India is just about the pink city and Taj Mahal. But seeing this amazes me.

  10. Seeing snow-capped mountains is on my bucket list. I don’t do good in cold weathers but I wouldn’t pass up a chance to see Leh Ladakh when there’s snow. It also sounds interesting to witness the locals celebrating their festival. Best way to learn about a certain place’s culture and engage with its people.

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