Information About Ladakh (India)
When to come?
Ladakh is open for tourists throughout the year however, 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.
Ladakh is spread over an area of 97, 00 sq. km 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’’
Visa and Permit:
Tourist can reach Leh with normal Indian tourist visa and does not require any special visa or permit. However, the foreign tourists are required to register themselves at Drass, Rumtse and Sarchu if they are travelling by road. Those travelling by air get themselves registered at the airport. The tourist, both foreign and domestic are required to get permit for restricted areas like Tsomoriri, Tsokar, Pangong Lakes, Dhahanu and Nubra Valley, which can obtained through registered travel agencies.
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.
The Indian Standard time (IST) is as per the calculation done in the Allahabad city. IST is 5 hours and 30 minutes ahead of London, 4 hours and 30 minutes ahead of Paris and about 10 hours and 30 minutes behind the New York City.
How to reach?
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.
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.
What to bring?
Clothing: The temperature in mid summer is pleasant requiring T-shirt and shorts in the daytime but in evening temperature drops and you need jacket or pullover. While trekking above 4000m, you need enough warm cloths.