Serene blue lakes, chilly winds, barren landscapes and immense snow is what defines Ladakh. Ladakh is the highest cold desert in India, situated at the height of 3500 meter above sea level. Geological studies claim that Ladakh was a submerged portion of a very large lake, and with high tectonic movements, it rose to become the land it is now. Ladakh stands different from other stated in India, till about 10th century Ladakh was ruled by dynasties of the descendents of king of old Tibet. It was constantly invaded by neighbouring Muslim states which led to partial conversion of the inhabitants into ‘Noorbakshi Islam’. Only in 17th century under the Namgyal Dynasty did Ladakh reach a stable position. Ladakh is famous for its Buddhist heritage and is called ‘Little Tibet’. The best time to visit Ladakh is during the season of summer in the months of June to September. However, tourists should carry enough warm wears as Ladakh tends to get chilly in summers too.
Tourists can directly reach Leh all year round, albeit with just more difficulties. Indian Army controls the airport and stringent checks may take you back at times.
From the airport taxis are available throughout day and night!
Carry a printout of your e-ticket before entering, else you may be denied entry.
Pathankot and Chandigarh are the closest railway stations to Leh, still a three-day bus ride away. This is one route that most travellers to Leh avoid.
Buses leave from New Delhi/Manali/Kashmir and expect 4 days from Delhi.
The best time to visit Leh by road is between May to September. Even though the Srinagar – Leh highway opens by the middle of May, the Manali – Leh highway opens in June only.
It is not recommended to rush through as the snow just begins to melt. Later periods experience Monsoons and travelling becomes too much risky. So choose your time period wisely.
For daredevils, once the roads open up, any time is tourist time
Hemis Festival Celebrated during the month of June and July, Hemis Festival is a commemoration of the birthday of Guru Padmasambhava.
A giant Thangka is also hosted, once in every 12 years.
Spituk Gustor Festival
Spituk Gustor Festival is celebrated during of November-December (the 11th month of Tibetan Calendar), during which a giant statue of Goddess Kali is unveiled at the Spituk Monastery. The festival continues for about 2 days, from 27th to 29th of the month. The festival is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm.
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