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.
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.
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.
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.
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.