Leh — Your First Time Traveling Guide
If you have always wanted to explore and have a wonderful trip to this blue lake and grey mountain place, Leh. Read the guide to Leh mentioned below will surely help.
How to Travel to Leh?
Traveling is easy all thanks to the easy modes of transport available. You can quickly reach Leh from main Indian airports via Delhi. If you have flight phobia, how about taking the roadway? When it comes to driving, you should know there are two major ways:
From Manali — It is around 482 km and this high-altitude road is mostly snowed. However, the roads open up in the first week of June till October. You should know that the roads possess a threat of landslide, and the climb is steep. Consider taking this route only if you are craving for adventure. Many of the travelers often take a break at Jispa which is around 140 km from Manali.
From Srinagar — It is around 4015 km and the road is open from the first week of May until December. However, the same aspect depends on upon the snowfall. You will have a wonderful road journey as the roads are well maintained. You can even halt at Dras which is 140km or Kargil which is 200 km from Srinagar.
There is no way you are planning to tour Leh by walking. You can easily book a tax either via the hotel or the travel agent. If you are traveling solo, then you can easily find a taxi in the Leh main market.
You should know some of the major attractions offered by Leh are a day trip away from Leh and hence camping is the best answer. However, during peak season finding a place is next to impossible as people book well in advance. You can still find your booking spot in:
· Hotel Shangrila — This Tibetan-inspired restaurant is a 45 room hotel and is just minutes away from the airport and serves Ladakhi food.
· Mogo Hotel — It is basically a hotel that is run by a family and has 19 spacious and comfortable rooms and not to forget the spectacular views of the mountains it offers.
· The Grand Dragon Ladakh — This hotel has solar powered rooms and offers beautiful views of the Stok Kangri Mountains.
· Mahey Retreat — The windows of this hotel overlooks the extensive gardens. Most of the produce is used by the restaurant.
· Zik Guest House — It is homely and comfortable, and most importantly it is affordable.
· Shaolin Guest House — A number of solo travelers and backpackers consider this hotel.
What to Eat?
You will find many of the restaurants are open all through the tourist season. You can have a hot cup of cappuccino at Jeevan Café. If you are looking for delicious lunch at an affordable rate, then Summer Harvest is the answer. To get that perfect Tibetan cuisine taste, take a visit to the Tibetan Kitchen. Do not forget to pay a visit to the Lala’s Café who serves butter tea and is located in a restored Ladakhi house. If you are hungry for some Indian food, consider the Lamayuru Restaurant.
What to Do in Leh?
There are just so many things you can do while in Leh.
· Shopping — You can bring out the true shopaholic in your by visiting the Leh main market. It has everything from attractive antiques, curios to jewelry. Apart from this, you can even buy pashmina shawls, handcrafted carpets, and rugs.
· Art and History — A visit to Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace is required if you want to dig deep into the history of Leh. You can even have a look at the beautiful local art at Ladakh Arts and Media Organization.
· Adventure — Ladakh Marathon is one thing you need to participate in. For those trekkers, you can visit the Ladakh Ecological Footprint.
· Voluntourism — You are advised to volunteer with the 17000 ft Foundation if you are planning on staying a little longer. It works with village schools and involves teaching and infrastructure building.
· Overnight trips — For your overnight trip you are advised to taxi to the unearthly Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso Morir Lakes.
What to Pack?
Some of the things that are needed to be in your bag includes:
· Hats and sunglasses
· Waterproof sport shoes
· First aid kit
· Backpack or duffel bag
To Treat Mountains Sickness
This sickness can be treated by having Diamox that helps in reducing the chances of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Some of the symptoms include a headache, breathlessness, and nausea.
Some Vital Tips
· Ensure you have a government issued photo identity proof
· Do not carry plastic bags, but biodegradable or paper bags
· Consider wearing layers as the weather can be really tricky here
· Consider waterproof luggage
· Have spare batteries for camera
· Hydrate yourself often. Do not drink alcohol
· Say no to prepaid sims as postpaid sims such as Airtel, Aircel, and BSNL work just the best
These are some traveling tips you need to keep in mind when traveling to Leh.Check out the Travel magazine that gives its readers comfortable and stylish travel options. Includes travel ideas, news, deals and city guides.