The land of high passes holds immense beauty for the beholders. The mountain deserts in the region stretch from peak to peak. Ladakh seems like a perfect picture with strokes of blue, grey and brown, with patches of green and silver along the river Indus and Zanskar. Leh Ladakh attracts several tourists each year due to its pristine beauty, peaceful monasteries, adventure sports like trekking, rafting in River Indus, mountain climbing, and safaris. Exploring Ladakh on yak back or a camel will be a memory you will cherish forever.
Ladakh gives you a chance to feel closer to nature. People who travel to Ladakh are often not only in search of adventure but also in peace. As soon as you land in Ladakh, you will be in awe with the pristine clear blue skies that form a breathtaking backdrop combined with the snow-capped mountains. This surrounding combined with the deep valleys, beautiful mountain flowers, and gurgling stream transport you to a world filled with serenity. The monasteries and gompas in Ladakh offers you a chance to feel closer to the creator. Peaceful moments spent there are sure to make you feel calm and rejuvenated. The mountain music, the sound of the gushing wind, prayer chants, monks dressed in saffron robes, and a herd of sheep are some of the common sights in Ladakh.
Ladakh is on the top of every traveler’s list of places to visit. The ideal time for traveling from Lucknow to Ladakh would be in the summer from April to June or after monsoons in September or October. The passes are open for tourists, the sky is clear, and the temperature is comfortable enough for sightseeing. If you haven’t experienced Ladakh yet then book our Leh Ladakh Tour Packages from Lucknow. Our Leh Ladakh Tour Packages from Lucknow are tailored according to your budget.
There are two routes to enter Ladakh. One from Srinagar-Leh Highway and another from Leh-Manali Highway. Both the routes are extremely beautiful, though a bit challenging, traveling through any of them will make you come face to face with the raw and unvarnished beauty of nature.
If you travel through Leh-Manali Highway you will witness the beautiful hilly areas, rivers, and streams. You will pass through Rohtang pass en route to Leh. Rohtang pass is a high mountain pass at the height of 13050ft. On the other hand, if you travel through Leh-Srinagar Highway you will witness the Kashmir valley nature at its absolute best. Srinagar is undoubtedly the ‘Heaven on Earth’. From boating to trekking, bird watching, and water skiing, the place has it all. You will pass places like Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Zoji La, and Fotu La en route to Leh.
From Lucknow, if you wish to embark on a road trip to Leh Ladakh, you should make Delhi as your base point from where you can take either of the two routes:-
Manali – Gramphu – Khokhsar – Sissu – Keylong – Jispa – ZingZing Bar – Sarchu – Pang – Tanglang La – Miru – Upshi – Karu – Leh
Srinagar – Sonamarg – Zoji La – Drass – Kargil – Mulbekh – Lamayuru – Saspol – Le
Gorakhpur-Jammu Tawi Amarnath SF Express (12587) is the fastest train that runs between Lucknow Charbagh and Jammu Tawi, the nearest railway station to Leh. It takes about 17hrs to reach Jammu and travels on Mondays. You can book a cab or take a bus from outside the station to reach Leh.
There are no direct flights between the two places. Leh has direct flights from Delhi, Srinagar, Chandigarh, and Jammu. You can take a flight to Delhi and from there to Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport in Leh.
Travel Tips for Leh Ladakh
Ladakh is blessed with scenic landscape. But, the beauty of Ladakh is not confined to this one feature. Along with the rugged topography that has a charm of its own, Ladakh is also famous for its renowned monasteries. Famously known as the ‘Cold Desert’, Ladakh shares the international border with Tibet. The lifestyle and food in Ladakh are heavily influenced by Tibetian culture. Owing to the extreme climatic condition tourists while traveling to Ladakh are advised to follow certain precautions.
Permits– Indian tourists do not require any permit for traveling to Leh Ladakh. However, visits to restricted areas like Tso Moriri, Tso Kar, Pangong Tso Lake, Dhahanu, and Nubra Valley will require you to obtain Inner Line Permits. These can easily be obtained through registered travel agents. Make sure to carry multiple copies of the permits and your passport size photographs as both will be required for verification at various checking points.
Acute Mountain Sickness– People who are not used to high altitude find it hard to get used to the low percentage of oxygen. They often suffer from fatigue, headache, dizziness, loss of breath, vomiting, rapid heart rate, and loss of appetite. Certain precautions must be taken to avoid this while traveling to Ladakh. Resting for a day or two after reaching Ladakh helps to get acclimated to the place and the surrounding atmospheric condition. Make sure to take ample rest after every climbing of 2000ft above 8000ft. Tourists should carry oxygen cylinders. They might need instant energy during the trip. Hence, carrying dry fruits, chocolates and glucose might be helpful.
Medicines to Carry– You should carry medicines to deal with basic medical conditions like stomach ache, headache, and fever. You should also carry certain medicines for AMS like Diamox, Dexamethasone, Aspirin, and Disprin.
Phone Networks– The only mobile network that works in the area is a postpaid BSNL mobile connection. The mobile network will begin reducing as you start descending after Rohtang Pass. The highways from Srinagar and Manali have zero network connectivity and will remain like that till you reach Leh. You should have all your important contacts written down as your phone batteries might die quickly during the trip.
Bank and ATM Facilities– When traveling to Ladakh it is advisable to carry adequate cash. If you are traveling by road then the last ATM you will come across before you enter Leh will be in Manali or Srinagar. You might find some ATMs in the Leh market. But, as most of the transactions in the area take place in cash, you carry enough of it with you during the trip.