When to come?
Ladakh is open for tourists throughout the year, while the best period for the cultural tour is between April and October ending. For adventure tours June to October is the suitable period. Most of the trekking routes are closed after November due to snow at high passes except the Liker to Khaltsey trek. The best period for Chadar-trek (frozen river trek) to Zanskar is from January to mid-March.
The festivals of Stok, Matho and New Year take place in winter and it is possible to visit monasteries in winters. There are few hotels and guest houses with heating facilities in Leh that provide accommodation in winter.
How to Reach Ladakh?
The Indian airlines, Jet airways and Air Deccan operate regularly between New Delhi to Leh. The Indian Airlines has its flight operates twice a week between Leh and Jammu. It also operates Srinagar-Leh once in a week. Jet airways and Air Deccan flights operate only between Leh and Delhi.
Ladakh is spread over an area of 97,000 Sq. Kms and lies on an average of 3500 meters above the sea level. Ladakh has a population of around 1,70,000.
Temperature in summer (June to September) can touch 35 c and minus 30 c in late December and January. Annual rainfall is 6’’.
Currency, Money Exchange & credit Card:
The local currency is Indian Rupees. There are authorized agencies for money exchange for USD or Euro traveler cheque and cash. You should insist for a receipt, which will help you in reconverting the money whenever you desire. Credit Cards are accepted by major Travel Agents, hotels and antique shops on paying 2.5% service charge.
Road: The Srinagar Leh road remains open from early June to November. And the Manali-Leh road remains open from early June to mid–October.
Clothing: The temperature in mid summer is pleasant requiring T-shirt and shorts in the daytime but in evening temperature drips and you need jacket or pullover. While trekking above 4000m, you need warm cloths. Sometimes there is rain or snow in early June and August. Therefore, you need wind sheeter or raincoat.
Avoid Acute Mountain Sickness:
Acute mountain sickness can occur to any one at an altitude above 10,000 ft. above sea level, therefore, make it sure to take complete rest on the day of arrival.
There are hundreds of family run hotel and Guest Houses in Leh to suit every pocket.
All the hotel and restaurants serve Local Ladakhi, Tibetan, Indian, Chinese, Italian and continental cuisines.
Foreign airmail rate is Rs 15 for a letter, which is not exceeding 20 grams in weight for Australia, Japan, Europe and America .For aerogramme Rs 8.50 and Post Card Rs 8/-.
Internet and e-mail services are available in the Leh town.
Clicking portraits of interesting people:
it would be advisable to ask before clicking a picture of individual or even group of people. However, a tourist should refuse to give money if asked for.
It would be convenient to carry a water purification set with you on a trek. It is even safe to use boiled fresh water during the trek. The Dzomsa Laundry in the main market sell high pressure boiled water for Rs 7 per liter. You can bring your water bottle or container to get it filled with the chemical-free safe drinking water at the Dzomsa Laundry.