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Travel Info

Getting there:
The city of Leh is best connected to Delhi in North India by air. Daily flights operate Delhi-Leh-Delhi.
During high season i.e June to August, limited flights operate from Srinagar and Jammu.

By Air

Kushok Bakula Rimpochhe Airport IXL(code) 3,265 mtrs one of the highest civilian airports in the world and is connected to Delhi , Jammu and Srinagar with daily service of Jet Airways, Go Air and Air India

(Delhi- Leh is 01 hours and 20 minutes flight time)

By Road

Besides air connectivity, Leh is connected by surface from Srinagar and from Manali once the high mountain passes open up from May onwards.

  • 18 kms from Leh Airport
  • 22 kms from Leh City
  • 419 kms from Srinagar
  • 490 kms from Manali

Important Documents

Visas, Permits & Documents

  • It is imperative to always keep your passport ,along with your Indian visa, with you while in Ladakh
  • You won’t require a permit for most of Ladakh. However, you have to fill out a Foreigners’ Registration Form upon arrival at Leh airport
  • Should you want to visit restricted areas like Khardung-la, Nubra valley, Dha-Hanu or Changtang area, you will need an Inner-Line Permit
  • It is always best to have a travel insurance policy
  • It is worth of having a snatch of passport photos with you.
  • For security reasons, be sure to have copies of all your travel documents ready (passport, visa, flight documents, etc.). Keep them separate from the originals.

Medical

Health & Vaccinations

  • According to several sources, health risks in India are cholera, dengue fever, dysentery, hepatitis, malaria, meningitis (trekking areas only) and typhoid.
  • Contact your personal doctor to get information of needed vaccinations for India and/or Ladakh. It is recommended that you seek medical advice few weeks before your departure
  • Should you require particular medication, take an adequate supply with you. Also advisable is to take the name of a few alternative medicines.
  • Please keep in mind that there is often a greater risk of disease(s) for pregnant women. Most airlines demand a medical confirmation for traveling later than the eighth month of pregnancy.
  • Families traveling with children shall contact their medical consultant about possible risks for their kids while traveling in India and/or reaching Ladakh with an average altitude of 3500 mtrs.
  • Make sure that you have adequate health insurance.
  • There are few pharmacies and a good hospital in Leh in case you need medication or medical assistance on the spot.
  • Make sure you only consume water provided by Camp Chamba or you could buy purified mineral water bottels in the shops around.

Customs

The people of Ladakh are predominantly Buddhist and practice Mahayana Buddhism influenced with the old Bon animistic faith and Tantric Hinduism. However, the four main groups of people inhabiting Ladakh are the Mons of Aryan background, Dards many converted to Islam, Baltis believed to have migrated from Central Asia and Tibetans.

The architecture in Ladakh draw heavy influences from Tibet and India. The monastic architecture reflects a deeply rooted Buddhist approach. Ladakhi Buddhist festival music is much like its Tibetan counterpart and often involves religious chanting. These chants are complex, often recitations of sacred texts in celebration of various festivals.

Archery is a traditional sport and many villages still conduct archery festivals, which also include drinking, dancing and gambling as a medium of celebrating the sport. Polo is another traditional sport of Ladakh.

Ladakhi food has much in common with Tibetan food, the most prominent foods being thukpa (noodle soup) and tsampa, known in Ladakhi as ngampe (roasted barley flour).

It is especially very handy to learn this local word “Julley“ which is an ancient greetings Ladakhi form which involves a simple hand gesture too.

Clothing

For Ladakh, during the day, in June, August and September, guests will require full-sleeve cotton or denim shirts / blouses, carry a light jumper / fleece shawl for the evening and comfortable walking shoes. Layers work well as it helps you adjust to the fluctuating temperatures in the sun and shades of Ladakh.

The month of July is usually warmer and half sleeves shirts and shorts can be worn during the day.

Also, carry at least one or two caps to protect yourself from direct sunlight as it is too harsh in this region.

Kids specially should wear caps or hats all the time when out there in sun. Especially, in the month of September and October the UV rays are harshest and you must protect your skin using Hats / Caps and a good high SPF sunscreen lotions.

Sunglasses to protect your eyes from the reflections from snow and looking directly at reflecting sunshine from snow will cause sense of irritation in the eyes or watery eyes. So, do carry sunglasses with UV ray deflectors.

Local Culture & Population

  • The Ladakh culture is close to the one in Tibet
  • Ladakh and Tibet use the same alphabet, but the languages are phonetically different
  • The culture in Ladakh is in rapid transition, yet it is one in which their traditional values are still largely intact
  • The local population is mostly Buddhist and their religion, the Tibetan Buddhism, can be seen everywhere
  • There are also inhabitants following the Christian and Muslim faiths as well as Hindus and Sikhs
  • The local government in Ladakh is called Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC)

Language

Ladakhi, locally known as Bhoti, is closely related to Tibetan and spoken mostly by the local populace.

Apart from this main languages Hindi and English are also spoken by many.

Weather

Climatic Conditions and Daily Weather

You could expect day time temperatures to be pleasant in the mornings with clear blue skies and getting to be quite warm with the mercury hovering at around 25-32° C during noon.

The winds pick up a bit at 1300-1600 HRS .The evening chill sets in once the sun sinks in and the nights can prove to be a bit cold.

July – August is predictably the best months as the Monsoons start entering into the trans-Himalayas by late August.
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