Up in the north, nestled in the laps of the Great Himalayas, Ladakh is a crowned jewel of India. An off-beat location that is slowly becoming a hot-spot tourist attraction for travelers from all over the world. The Moonland landscape, sparkling skies, sparsely populated meadows, rough terrain, whimsical rivers, and spiritual monasteries. Ladakh needs to be experienced beyond just sightseeing and the sound of camera clicks.
If you are seeking a break from your city life, want to spend time with yourself and your loved ones. No place can offer you better solitude and sanctity needed than Ladakh. You will often catch people saying Ladakh is more than a destination, it is a journey. No words were truer spoken. Though the roads leading to Ladakh consists of a bit of rough terrain, the challenges, difficulties, and above all the breathtaking sceneries will forever be etched in your memory. Poems like the ‘Road Not Taken’ and songs like ‘Blown in the wind’ and ‘Life is a Highway’ will reverberate in your mind as you pass through the breathtaking Leh-Manali Highway.
A Trip to Ladakh is for sure a traveler’s delight. But, you will require a little assistance in deciding the routes you take, places you must visit, and how to visit them, if you are traveling to the place for the first time. If you are planning a trip to Ladakh then book our Leh Ladakh Tour Packages from Surat. We have a wide range of tour packages. Our tour packages are crafted by people who have an in-depth knowledge of the region. We make sure that all of our travelers enjoy the best of Ladakh by optimizing their budget and the number of days they have.
The charms of Ladakh cannot be expressed in a few words nor can they be contained in a few quotes. Despite it is not easily accessible and the facilities available are not exceptional, tourists flock to Ladakh for the experience they gather amidst the tranquility and humbleness of this sheer vast cold barren desert.
Whether you enter Ladakh from Leh-Manali Highway or Srinagar-Leh Highway. You will notice the abrupt change in the landscape from the lush green landscape to rugged mountains. The rustic appeal of the landscape is both daunting and intimidating. At places like Nubra Valley, you will witness clear flowing rivers and dunes of the cold desert. It is an ideal place for travel photography. The highways to Ladakh will make you feel the powerful forces of nature and the magnanimity of the environment.
Ladakh is a land of blues of all hues. From the clear blue skies to the crystal clear lakes, the landscape is sure to make you feel you are having an out-of-body-experience. Standing by the banks of the famous Pangong Lake, which is a five-hour drive from Leh, a realization will hit you that the pictures of the lakes that you saw on Instagram were not photoshopped. It is hard to find anywhere else such azure blue lakes ornamented with pristine clear blue clouds.
Ladakh is a paradise for trekkers. Adventure junkies who love to one with nature will find some delightful routes to trod upon. Especially the Chadar Trek is very popular among the tourists. If you have a daring spirit and love adventure then surely you should visit Ladakh at least once in your lifetime.
Gompas dotting the mountains are another major tourist attraction in the area. Far away from the pomp and show, decorated with stunning murals, Gompas are storehouses of ancient Buddhist culture and heritage. The monks, especially the adorable small ones, will inspire you as they live in the harsh conditions with a smile on their face.
The culture of Ladakh is filled with vibrancy and gaiety. The monasteries in Ladakh host several festivals that act as a melting point for the communities who joyously come together to celebrate. One of the famous festivals is the Hemis Festival. It takes place on the 10th day of the Tse-Chu, Lunar month of the Tibetan Calendar. It usually falls in July and lasts for two days. Other festivals of the region include Ladakhi Losar, Spituk Gustor, Thiksey Gustor, and Stok Monastery Festival. All these festivals occur in winters and are filled by tourists.
There is an old saying that the one reason why heaven envies the highland passes is that even on the darkest night, the stars never let the lights die down. Ladakh is loved by photographers and astronomers for the clear vision of the night sky. A special permit can enable you to enter Hanle, which is but 5 hours away from Leh. The place is a paradise for anyone wanting to spot the Milky Way.
Ladakh has the rarest species of wildlife. Hemis National Park, the largest National Park in South Asia, houses about 200 snow leopards, Agril, Bharal, Shapu, Asiatic Ibex, Tibetian Wolf, Eurasian Brown Bear, red fox, and many more species of flora and fauna.
For those who want to push their boundaries, have an extreme love for travel and trips, wish to break free for a while from their mundane mechanical routine, or would love to take bike trips on the world’s highest motorable roads, Ladakh will engage, astonish and inspire you through and through. A journey to Ladakh has epic written all over it.
How to reach Ladakh from Surat
The fastest way to reach Leh from Surat is to take a flight to Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport in Leh. Connecting flights are available from Surat with layover at New Delhi. Traveling via flights will take around 9-10hrs.
Swaraj Express (12471) is a direct train from Surat to Jammu Tawi, the nearest station to Leh at a distance of 712kms. The trains takes 27hrs to reach Jammu. One can take a cab or public transport buses from Jammu to Leh.
Traveling via road from Surat to Leh Ladakh will take 2-3 days. One will have to take the Leh-Manali highway, one of the most beautiful and scenic highways. But, the highway is a bit tricky and one must be careful while traveling on it. While traveling from Surat one will cross Rajasthan and Punjab. The route is dotted with beautiful scenery and sights of country life. While driving on Leh-Manali Highway there are a number of eateries and stopovers one will cross. You can stop in Rajasthan, the dhabas on the highway have delicious food and cots for you to rest on. In Leh-Manali Highway, the stopovers have basic accommodations like parachute tents and cafes.
Things to keep in mind while traveling to Leh Ladakh
Make sure to carry enough cash as finding ATMs on your way might be a difficult task.
If traveling in monsoon, carry raincoats.
You might want to travel light. Cut short on your clothes. Carry thermals, jeans, cotton t-shirts, light woolen and windproof jackets.
If traveling in winter, carry heavy woolen clothes, thermals and jeans.
Do not tire yourself. Rest for a day on reaching Ladakh, get used to the environment.
Keep your head covered at all times. The cold can cause severe headaches, especially in high altitude regions.
Carry dry fruits, chocolates and glucose with you. You might be in need of instant energy while tripping.
Carry multiple copies of inner line permits once you procure them and your passport size photographs.