Ladakh Range Travel Guide

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Ladakh Range Things to Do

  • cycling

    Cycling in ladakh is fun!! and we can feel the beautiful lanscape like with no other travel. We cyled for two days. Once we cycled from hemis monaestry to shey palace( you can go upto leh city). and after few days from khardungla top to leh! It was sheer fun and adrenaline rush. The road from Khardungla top to leh was quite rough in the begining...

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  • Tsomoriri Lake

    The legendary Tsomoriri Lake is some 250 km from Leh; the journey is very rough and takes 6 to 7 hours. The last 60 km is an absolutely rugged drive. We took tents and sleeping bags from Leh and pitched our own tent right at the banks of the lake close to a small mountain river. It was great fun staying in the tent close to the lake with no...

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  • short tour to ladakh

    in 5 days you can see likeDay 01 Arrival at Leh airport.full day for acclimatize Overnight Hotel.Day 02 Leh-Hemis-Shey-Thiksey Full day of sightseeing, visiting the three most important monasteries of Ladakh - Hemis Gompa, Thiksey Gompa and Shey Palace. Hemis is one of the largest and wealthiest monasteries in Ladakh and houses about 150 monks;...

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Ladakh Range Restaurants

  • Get used to tsampa

    When visiting people or being at local eateries, you will be served the ground barley flour called tsampa. Sometimes it comes in an elaborately made wooden bowl inlaid with silver and turqoises and a silver lid, same as the tea cups, but a bit larger. If trekking around Ladakh, you will eventually be invited home for a meal or to share a meal with...

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  • Some years ago...

    I was in Ladakh some years back, so my restaurant knowledge is scant with regard to the current scene. What I do know is that many of the travellers' favourites did have a ferocious impact on the digestive system. Don't believe that thing about high altitude fixing the bacteria! Over the 3 1/2 months stay there I discovered that hepatitis was...

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  • The Original Tibetan cafe

    Most hotels host restaurants offering a wide range of cuisine. Himalaya Café with its unique oriental ambience, music and lighting is the preferred Tibetan restaurant in town. Piping hot momos and thukpa and chowmein with souce makes the meal complete. Momo Steamed

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Ladakh Range Nightlife

  • The local tipple

    It is very likely that you are offered a drink when visiting/being invited to a family home at night. From the start to the end you will be plied with two types of traditional drink; the butter tea (gurgur-cha) and chang.The chang is the easiest to swallow (the butter tea is more like a soup, and you'll get quite used to it) and you may actually...

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  • Dont be daft

    If you have travelled to the Ladakh mountains in search of nighlife then you are not very clever. Warm sleeping bag, tent, torch, good book.

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  • watch the moon... watch the stars...

    let's say that nightlife is practically non-existent in Ladakh... there's very little entertainment. Then again one doesn't come here for wild nights. I found my fun watching the sky at night: the moon and the stars looked so near - it felt as if one could nearly touch them. Around 10 august, when I was there, its the perfect place to watch the...

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Ladakh Range Transportation

  • General

    To go to Leh,by air from NeWDelhi,Chandigarh,and Jammu &Srinagar.There are there airlines operats Jet ,Indian airlines,&Air Deccan . Summer Rothangpass will open, from Manali you can go by road..The state transport buses will ply from Manali to Leh.Only Summer JUNE-September Best mode of transport around Leh is Zeep.Roads are bumy &and steep,going...

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  • How reach Leh

    You can do Ladakh by road from Manali. The more comfortable way is to directly fly into Leh from Delhi. Yet another option (and equally exhausting as the road from Manali) is to take the road from Srinagar. Road from Manali is more popular with the backpackers since the hill station of Manali is a perfect place to unwind from the stress that one...

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  • Sonamarg

    Coming from Srinagar, you hit the first real feel for the Himalayas at Sonamarg. Right after Sonamarg comes the Ziji La pass that takes you over the main Himalayan range and into the cold Drass plateau of western Ladakh.In Sonamarg, where the bus will normally stop for a luch break, prepare yourself for the entry into Ladakh by putting on some warm...

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Ladakh Range Shopping

  • Seed pearls, turqouise and coral...

    In an optimistic hope that a future lady would appreciate a gift of Ladakhi traditional neckless I bought what I myself considered a nice coral/turqoise/seep pearl neckless. I still find it nice, but I yet have to find a lady that fancies it... The learning is that know what thy lady/ies desire/s prior to buying jewelry. But, darn, I still think...

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  • Apricot and silver tea/tsampa bowl

    I bought myself a drinking bowl with a lid (see upcoming photo), silver lined and made from apricot wood. That was such a nice souvenir, and I am actively using it, several years later. It remains me of Ladakh every day. They come in different sizes, qualities, wood and silver/metal alloys, so take your pick. Depends on the quality of the craft,...

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  • BOOKS and CREDIT CARDS in Ladakh?

    > -is Lonely Planet guidebook enough to have a good knowlegde about the region? TRY THAT (TREKKING IN THE INDIAN HIMALAYA) FIRST, THEN LOOK FOR MORE DETAILED WORKS WHILE IN LEH IF YOU NEED.> -are credit cards (Visa and American Express) of any use there, esp in> Leh?I DO NOT KNOW, BUT ASSUME THAT MOST UPMARKET HOTELS AND MAYBE THE BEST...

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Ladakh Range Local Customs

  • Traditional Ladakhi toilets

    Traditional Ladakhi toilets are eco-friendly and much better to use in Ladakh than the flush toilets as water is a scarcity in the area. All homestays where I stayed along the Markha Valley trek had of course the traditional toilet. The toilet consists of a hole in the floor, and there is always a shovel and a heap of earth. After using the toilet...

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  • The various Moastaries and...

    The various Moastaries and Gompas. They are peppered all around the Ladakhi landscape and give shape to it.A whole lot of them are within an hours drive from Leh.There are some basic do's and dont's when you are visiting them... it may be better to be pre-informed.

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  • Prayer rooms

    Every buddhist household will maintain a prayer room in their house. This is the place for ceremonies, prayers and meditation in the house. Poorer household will have a similar arrangement, but integrated in a rregular room or in a niche in the wall. Very solemn places, normally.

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Ladakh Range Warnings and Dangers

  • acute mountain sickness

    Acute mountain sicknessIt happens beacuse of lack of oxygen and lower atmospheric pressure the breathing rates increases to balance for the lesser amount of oxygen present in the air. The symptoms of Acute mountain sickness is headache, nausea, loss of appetite and breathlessness. The only therapy is to acclimatise yourself to the area. On reaching...

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  • Khardung La the highest motorable pass

    Khardung La is about 2 hour drive from Leh, it;s on the way to Nubra valley. The views on the way are the most scenic I've ever seen: high snow-capped peaks and glaciers can be admired from such a close distance!Hower, the road is very winding and narrow, from time to time I had the impression that we were going to end up in the abyss below us.Here...

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  • travelling on a bus roof

    If you travel by local buses, it may happen to you that you'll travel on its roof (as buses are incredibly crowded), it is illegal, but poeople do that. Beware of ELECTRICAL WIRES hanging very low above the roads!!!If you travel on a bus roof in montanuous area , beware of FALLING ROCKS NAD STONES!

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Ladakh Range Tourist Traps

  • cultural show

    Cultural shows are dance shows that most hotels in Leh can organise for you. There are supposed to be several cultural groups that can perform these dances for you. A private show costs about 100 dollars. To their defense, the dances are suggestive and the clothes, from the several Ladakhi regions, colourful. Some of the dances performed only took...

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  • Count your rupees

    Most Kashmiri shops. There are about thirty of them in town, and only a few honest ones. Most will try to get you for every rupee they can get. You will think you are getting a good deal and find out later that locals pay less than half that price. Also, many times, they try to pass off inferior goods as the real things, like silk carpets or...

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Ladakh Range What to Pack

  • Slides film

    In this age of digital photography, the notion of slides film seems out of fashion: yet I do not give up! Bring your best low-ASA films: Velvia 50, Velvia 100, Kodakchrome 64. Double the amounts of film and camera batteries you think you need. Ladakh is extremely photogenic!

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  • Prepare for sun, dust, wind and cold

    Suitcases and rolling bags are unsuited for Ladakh... Long underwearSturdy hiking bootsHat, gloves, buff or scarf against dust and coldWindproof anorak and tightly woven cotton/polyester pants. The tropical-gear variety will not do. Lip balm for capped lips, blisters.Sun blockBand aid against chafing boots and shoesDesinfectant ointmentWater...

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  • don't forget to bring...

    a small backpack for day hikes it's hot... incredibly hot. Light trousers, t-shirts, and sandals are a must. At night it's not very cold: a light sweater is more than enough. If you hike, a hat is a must - and sun-block or high protection sunscreen. imodium... dont even thing of going to Ladakh without. You're most likely to need it, no matter...

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Ladakh Range Off The Beaten Path

  • `Inside the Indian Airforce'

    Was on my second trip to ladakh- this time, as part of the National Geographic crew, shooting a show called `Mission Udaan', a show about the Indian Airforce.Stayed at the Airforce station in Leh, visited Thoise- where we flew in an IL76 aircraft, sitting in the navigators cabin under the nose of the aircraft- great views from there... we flew to...

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  • trekking along the Markha river

    I must say that the whole Ladakh is off the beaten path. But, when you go trekking you can have a real end-of-the-world feeling.I went trekking along the Markha river, it took us 9 days (it can be done faster, but while in such a beautifulk area, is there any need to hurry?)We hired a few Tibetans with mules in a local agency in Leh.When on a trek...

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  • Mountain hikes

    In much of the Ladakh and Zanskar ranges you can do your own off-the-beaten-track treks and hikes. Some of the side valleys just yearn for exploration. Just grab a map and find a place that fancies you. But be self-supplied and well equipped!

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Ladakh Range Sports & Outdoors

  • Ladakhi Women’s Travel Company

    I thought it was best to book a trek before coming to Leh. I was not sure how easy it would be to walk around in Leh on arrival to find a trek leaving, and coming back, within the time I was planning to be there. While searching on Internet I came across Ladakhi Women’s Travel Company. It is an agency owned by a women and they only have women...

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  • Mountain climbing/traverses

    There is a great possibility of doing relatively simple climbs, scrambles and fantastic traverses in the Zanskar and Ladakh mountain ranges. You can be self-supplied and just take off, but there are rules and regulations preventing you from climbing above a certain altitude, obilgations with liason officers etc that come in the way. However, check...

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  • Polo

    Leh's polo ground is said to be the highest in the world. Well, maybe. I still do not hold this sport in very high regard, but that's another matter.If you are intersted or simply have time to kill, watch a match at Leh's polo ground below the Leh Palace cliff. Sitting in the sun, having a drink of some sort, and watching the spectators can be fun,...

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Ladakh Range Favorites

  • Into and out of Ladakh by land

    Last summer I travelled from Delhi to Amritsar, Srinagar, Zanskar, Leh, to ruturn to Delhi via Manali, nearly all by land.Here is an account of my trip, which I hope can be of help to whoever is planning a journey to these beautiful regions.http://www.licinio.altervista.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=112&Itemid=40

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  • Best People !

    Use these guys good service www.greatescaperoutes.com mail them greatescaperoutes@yahoo.com they will custom your trip according to your budget with good services at all the times through out your trip.Thank you "We got stuck on Baralacha-la at 4800 meters heavy snow on the pass stranded for 4 nights with more snow coming evry day it was fun...

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  • Best People !

    Use these guys good service www.greatescaperoutes.com mail them greatescaperoutes@yahoo.com they will custom your trip according to your budget with good services at all the times through out your trip.Thank you

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