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Ans: The average cost of a Ladakh trip is INR 18,000 to INR 26,000 per person for a week. However, the cost of the trip also depends on various factors such as type of accommodation, mode of travel, places of sightseeing, and activities in which you partake.
Ans: If you are planning a trip to Ladakh then firstly you need to decide the duration of the trip. You can visit Ladakh by air and by road. If you wish to go on a road trip then it requires at least 8 to 10 days and if you will choose to visit Ladakh by air, then you can plan your trip for 4 to 5 days as well.

Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport in Leh is the primary airport that serves the Ladakh region. You can visit Leh by air and then hire a taxi, board a government bus, or rent a bike to explore Ladakh. Another way to visit Ladakh is by road. There are four popular points from where people usually start their journey are Delhi, Chandigarh, Manali, and Srinagar. The best time to visit Ladakh by road is from June to October and the rest of the year Ladakh is accessible by air only as the high altitude passes are blocked due to heavy snowfall.

It is advisable to carry light woolens in summers and heavy woolens in winters. During the monsoon season, carry an umbrella and windcheater. Inner line permit (ILP) is mandatory to explore Ladakh as most of the tourist destinations are situated in the proximity of international borders. You do not require ILP to visit Leh.
Ans: April to July and from mid-September to October are considered as the ideal time to visit Leh Ladakh. In these months, the weather remains pleasant and soothing for sightseeing and outdoor activities. However, if someone wishes to go for the Chadar trek then January is the best time to visit Ladakh. During the winter season, the region is covered with snow, and the region experiences unbearably cold weather. The high altitude passes covered with snow and makes the Ladakh inaccessible due to blockage.
Ans: 8 to 10 days are enough for the Leh Ladakh trip. This is a perfect span to explore the major destinations of Ladakh and enjoy the road trip. However, if you wish to partake in adventure activities and trekking then you may require more days.
Ans: It depends on various things if Ladakh is expensive or not. If someone chooses to stay in homestays and hostels then Ladakh will not be expensive and if someone chooses to stay in 3-star or 4-star property, then in that case they have to pay a hefty amount. The amount you will be going to spend on the Ladakh trip depends on the mode of traveling, accommodation, and how many days you wish to spend in Ladakh.
Ans: To plan the budget for the Leh Ladakh trip you need to consider various things such as duration of the trip, accommodation, food, traveling mode, and other miscellaneous expenditure. If you choose to stay in a budget hotel or homestay then it will cost you around INR 800 to INR 1000 per day. The luxury hotel in Leh will cost you around INR 4,000 to INR 8,000. If you dine at some Dhaba then it will cost you around INR 50 to INR 150 and in a restaurant, it will be INR 200 to INR 500 per person per meal. If you will travel by car or bike, you can calculate the cost of fuel as per the average of the vehicle. You can also board a bus, a shared jeep, or hire a private taxi. The rate of each will differ. The miscellaneous cost comprises toll tax, permit charge, entry fees, and adventure activities.
Ans: For the Ladakh trip you need a reliable, powerful, and comfortable bike that has the good ground clearance and long-travel suspension. Here are some of the best bikes for the Ladakh trip:
  • Royal Enfield Himalayan
  • Royal Enfield Interceptor 650
  • Royal Enfield Bullet 350/ Classic 350
  • KTM Duke
  • Bajaj Dominar
  • Bajaj Avenger
Ans: Leh is the capital and the largest town of Ladakh, which is situated 959 km from Delhi, the national capital. You can cover this distance by road and by air. There are several flights from Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi to Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Leh regularly. You can also go on a road trip and enjoy the scenic beauty of the mighty Himalayas.
Ans: Ladakh is a high-altitude region, which is dry and arid. It experiences extreme weather in the winter season and remains inaccessible by road for almost 6 months. In summers, the temperature in Ladakh ranges from 3⁰ C to 20⁰ C. It is the best time to visit Ladakh as the calm climatic conditions make the sightseeing tour comfortable. The temperature hovers around 8⁰ C to 22⁰ C in the monsoon season from July to mid-September. From the second half of September, winters come in full swing in Ladakh till February, and the region experiences temperature from -12 C to 2 C.
Ans: No, there is no snow in Leh in May as the melting of ice started this month. However, you can find snow in some of the places of Ladakh such as Chang La, Khardung La, Pangong Lake, and other high altitude regions.
Ans: Yes, Ladakh is worth visiting. Ladakh is a dream destination for avid travelers and adventure lovers. The ancient monasteries, fluttering flags, and the snow-clad Himalayas dominate the picturesque landscape of Ladakh. The cultural diversities, geographical marvels, and serene environs make Ladakh worth visiting. Trip to Ladakh is a once in a lifetime experience.
Ans: Leh is a part of Ladakh, which is an entire region or a province administered by India as a Union Territory. Ladakh starts from a few kilometers ahead of Sarchu in Himachal Pradesh and ends near Zoji La pass in Kashmir. Leh is the capital and the largest district of Ladakh. When people talk about Leh Ladakh, then it means the Leh region of Ladakh, which is known for its breathtaking landscapes and scenic vistas. There is no separate Ladakh region to explore. Although, there are several beautiful places to explore in Ladakh.
Ans: Yes, Ladakh is one of the best places to visit for a honeymoon. The paradisiacal beauty of Ladakh attracts a large number of couples. It has something for every kind of traveler. If you are an adventurous couple, then you can enjoy trekking, hiking, camping, river rafting, and mountain biking together. Leisure travelers can also spend quality time with each other in Ladakh while enjoying the serene beauty of this wonderland. It offers various romantic experiences, which you can enjoy with your partner
Ans: Pangong Lake is situated almost 223 km from Leh. It is located at 4,350 m above sea level and it is the world's highest saltwater lake. You can board a bus from Leh to reach there or hire a private cab. Shared taxis also ply regularly from Leh, which you can board to reach Pangong Lake.
Ans: Yes, Ladakh is safe for couples. Moreover, it is equally safe for everyone. It is among the best tourist places to visit for couples. There are a plethora of things to do in Leh and several places to explore during the trip. Couples can also partake in adventure activities and they can enjoy leisure vacations here.
Ans: Ladakh is a province and Leh is its capital, which is situated 427 km from Manali. You can board a bus from Manali to Leh. The ordinary bus of Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) and the deluxe bus of Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) runs from Manali bus stand for Leh. You can also hire a private cab, board a shared taxi, or rent a bike from Manali.
Ans: Yes, Ladakh is safe for tourists. The region is extremely safe for tourists and no one needs to worry in case security. However, due to rugged terrains, high altitudes, and cold weather in Ladakh may cause difficulty for tourists. However, all these things can be tackled by a well-planned itinerary. Tourists may need a few days to get acclimatized and then they will have a lifetime experience.
Ans: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport in Leh is the primary airport of the Ladakh region, which connects it from the rest of the country. There are regular flights from Delhi, Chandigarh, Jammu, and Srinagar for Leh airport. The cabs are available outside the airport with which you can explore Ladakh.
Ans: Yes, you can go to Ladakh by car. You can drive your own car or rent a car from any city in India and drive to Ladakh. There are mainly four places from where people start their journey to Leh namely Delhi, Chandigarh, Jammu, and Srinagar. You can reach Ladakh by Manali – Leh highway or by Srinagar – Leh highway. However, if you will rent a car from any city of India other than the Ladakh region then you are not allowed to do sightseeing in Ladakh including Pangong Lake, Tso Moriri, and Nubra Valley.
Ans: Leh has its own airport named Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, which has direct flights from Delhi, Chandigarh, Jammu, Srinagar, and Mumbai. Traveling by flight is the easiest and best way to travel to Leh. International tourists can board a flight from the major cities such as Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai to reach Leh.
Ans: Leh is situated at an altitude of 3,500 m above sea level. The higher the altitude the lesser the oxygen. So, yes, there is less oxygen in Ladakh as compared to the plains including Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, and Gujarat. Low oxygen levels and a decrease in air pressure are harmful to people who suffer from asthma, respiratory problems, and senior citizens. Thin air results in breathing problems and Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), which cause headache, fatigue, stomach problems, nausea, dizziness, and even vomiting. To prevent these problems you should allow your body to get acclimatized to the surroundings. People with medical problems should carry their medicines.
Ans: Ladakh is famous for breathtaking landscapes, scenic vistas, ancient monasteries, high altitude mountain passes, and azure lakes. Thrilling adventure activities and monastic festivals add charm to the immense natural beauty of this wonderland. It is a paradise for nature lovers and adventure fanatics. Ladakh is the dream destination for bikers and avid travelers. The diverse and vibrant culture along with the warm and hospitable environment attracts tourists from all over the world.
Ans: Ladakh is a fascinating place with jaw-dropping locales and blessed with exceptional beauty. It is home to ancient Buddhist monasteries, glacier lakes, high altitude mountain passes, and lofty Himalayan peaks, which leave everyone spellbound. Ladakh is an absolute delight for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.
Ans: No, a passport is not required for Indians to visit Leh Ladakh. However, it is essential to carry at least one photo identity proof issued by the government with you during the Ladakh trip. Indian tourists require an inner line permit to visit various regions of Ladakh including Pangong Lake, Nubra Valley, Chumathang, and Tso Moriri. Due to security reasons, they are required to show their original photo identity proof at the check posts while visiting these regions.
Ans: Yes, you can stay near Pangong Lake. There are several camps nearby the lake where you can stay at night. There is one government-run hotel near Pangong Lake as well where you can stay. It is advisable to book your stay in camp or resort in advance as the chances of getting accommodation on the spot in the peak season are fewer.
Ans: Yes, liquor is allowed in Leh Ladakh and you can find liquor in a few bars and restaurants in Leh. However, it is advisable not to drink alcohol at such a high-altitude as alcohol dehydrates the body, which does not help in acclimatization.
Ans: There are two modes of applying for an inner line permit (ILP) – online and offline mode. You can apply for the permit on the official website of LAHDC (Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council) http://lahdclehpermit.in/ and then you have to visit the DC Office in Leh to get the permits stamped in-person. Otherwise, you can directly go to the DC Office, fill the forms, pay the fees, and get the permit stamped. Indian citizens require them to provide valid identity proof. The Inner Line Permit is mandatory for those who wish to visit the restricted areas of Ladakh including Pangong Lake, Tso Moriri, Nubra Valley, Chushul, Nyoma, Khardung La, and Hanle.
Ans: Foreign nationals are not allowed to visit areas that are falling between the 'Inner Line' that is defined by the government and the International Border of the state that is declared as the Protected Area. However, to promote tourism, the government notified some areas that can be visited by the foreign nationals after obtaining the necessary permit. That type of permit is known as Protected Area Permit (PAP) or Restricted Area Permit (RAP).

The permit is valid for a group of tourists consisting of two or more persons and the permit is valid for a specific tourist circuit with the exact entry/ exit points. No area other than the ones indicated in the permit shall be visited. The tourists are not allowed to stay in the restricted/ protected area after the expiry of the permit.
Ans: You do not require a permit to visit Leh. However, if you wish to visit the restricted or protected areas of the Ladakh region then you have to obtain a Protected Area Permit (PAP), which is different from the Inner Line Permit (ILP) required by domestic tourists.
Ans: The Protected Area Permit (PAP) is issued only for a group with four or more foreign tourists. To obtain the permit, it is also mandatory to go through a registered travel agent. He will also help you group together with others in case you are traveling solo or as a couple so that your permit can be issued without hassle. (You don't need to travel in the same group or with the same travel agent mentioned in the permit.)

The foreign nationals that are coming as group tourists can submit an application for the grant of Protected/ Restricted Area Permit to the Indian Mission in their country before coming to India. And the foreign nationals that are already in the country and desire to visit any restricted area as group tourists then they are required to submit a required application to any of the authorities whom the powers to issue such a special permit have been delegated. The Protected Area Permit is issued for a maximum of seven days.
Ans: There are two ways to apply for Rohtang Pass – online and offline mode. You can apply for the permit online at https://rohtangpermits.nic.in/. Pay the fees and take the printout of the permit. Otherwise, you can visit the SDM Office or Tourist Information Centre in Manali to obtain the permit for Rohtang Pass. The vehicles are not allowed to visit Rohtang Pass on Tuesdays as this day is reserved for the maintenance of the Rohtang Pass.
Ans: Yes, it is compulsory for vehicles to obtain a permit to cross Rohtang Pass. For that, you need a valid government-issued photo identity proof, a Pollution Under Check (PUC) certificate, and a vehicle registration certificate (RC) to issue a permit. Vehicles having wrong information on the permit as compared to the valid proofs will not be allowed to cross the barrier.

Information & Guide for Leh Ladakh Trip

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The best time to visit Ladakh is between June and October. This is the perfect time for partaking in adventure activities among which Trekking in Ladakh is one of the most popular activities. The sightseeing of Ladakh also includes a trip to lakes in Ladakh like Tso Moriri and Pangong Tso. This spectacular lake earned much of the fame after the shooting of super hit Bollywood movie 3 Idiots starring Amir Khan and Kareena Kapoor. Mountain biking is also popular among travellers.

For adventure enthusiasts, embarking a bike trip to Ladakh is a dream come true. Every year, thousands of bikers arrive in Leh from as far as Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai by crossing high altitude mountain passes. The thrill of riding across Khardung La which is believed to be the highest motorable pass in the world is beyond description. For bikers, July - August is the most appropriate time as all the routes and passes are open. You can travel to Ladakh by air as well. There are regular flight services from Jammu, Srinagar, Delhi and Chandigarh. flight services from Shimla take only 40 minutes to reach this wonderland. A trip to Ladakh requires comprehensive planning. But, with LehLadakhIndia.Com you can make the most of your holidays without any hassle.

How To Reach Leh Ladakh By Road

There are two routes to reach Leh by road. One is from Srinagar, it is around 434 km away. The road leading to Leh remains unblocked from June to November for the tourists. Another way to tread up the place is via Manali. The Manali-Leh road stretches around 485 km and is open from July to October.

Leh Manali Highway is one of the most popular among bikers as the ride involves crossing some of the very challenging and high mountain passes. The list includes the second highest motorable pass Taglang La. Ladakh by road is only accessible from late May to early October as during winter high mountain passes remain closed due to heavy snowfall.

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