Traveling in India is much more than just covering the places of attraction. Often along the journey, we discover the unknown aspects of the landscapes, the beauty of the local cultures and the incredible mix that actually makes this country so diverse and often indulgent. If you are looking for must see offbeat destinations in India, Leh and Ladakh, located in Jammu & Kashmir should definitely be on your list. In this post, we try to cover some essential elements that will help plan your trip.
Traveling to Leh from Srinagar
Leh is the capital of Ladakh and is counted among the best places for those who love nature in its purest form. One can reach Leh from Srinagar or Manali, and both routes offer different but panoramic views of the mountains and surrounding valleys, which is not meant for the fainthearted for sure. Taking the road from Srinagar is a good idea for the altitude is lower, which will help in avoiding altitude sickness. The route covers a distance of 434 km and is open between June and October, which is longer than the Manali route. Please note that this route is known for militant issues, which is something you may want to consider. Usually, the distance takes two days, and you will be stopping at Kargil for the intervening night.
Traveling to Leh from Manali
Planning a road trip to Leh Ladakh from Manali in Himachal Pradesh is pretty easier, and although the route is a long one, it is mostly preferred by the tourists. The journey of 473 km will be covered in two days, and you can find accommodation in Keylong. Some people even choose to stay at Pang or Sarchu, where tent stay is available. This route may cause altitude sickness, but if that’s taken care of, you are probably going to have a blast along the journey. The views are spectacular to say the least, and the wild terrains are a view that’s unlike anywhere in India.
What to see?
If you are Ladakh, you can see plenty of Buddhist sites, which are worthy. Nature lovers should definitely take a trip of Pangong Lake, Nubra Valley and Tso-Moriri Lake, along with Sham Valley. In Leh, the local food and culture is itself worth indulging, but yes, there are other attractions like Palace of the King of Ladakh and a range of Buddhist temples. For traveling to Ladakh, it is best to stay at Leh and consider all the required preparations as most of the essential gear and accessories for trekking and traveling are available for rent or purchase. If you intend to camp at Pangong Lake, you must make sure to carry all the essentials.
As for staying, Leh has many options, and from here, you can take an idea of stay options for most parts of Ladakh. Booking your trip in advance is recommended, although you will probably find a lot of choices even when you arrive, given that the locals here are very friendly.
Author Bio:- With a passion for exploring the unknown, Sudha Ganapathi has travelled thousands of miles, often alone to explore new places. She is also a passionate writer and travel author for many blogs.