Things to Remember for Your Travel to Leh – Ladakh

The very thought of traveling to Leh - Ladakh fills our heart with sheer joy. For many of us it’s a dream destination. The beautiful purple mountains, crystal blue rivers and lakes, clear skies, fascinating monasteries and rich traditions gives ample of reasons to visit this place. Ladakh region is one of the most visited destinations by adventure travelers as one can enjoy trekking, jeep safari, Chadar ice trekking (during winter months), biking and cycling. However, there are few tips which will guide you on your trip to captivating Leh and make your journey more ecstatic.     Inner line Permit Requirement Indian tourists don’t require any special permit to visit Leh. However, they would be only required to show their government id proofs at check posts if visiting Dah and Hanu, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri, Loma Bend, Nubra Valley and Tangyar. (Earlier an inner line permit was required to visit these places, but in 2014 it has been done away with, to promote tourism.)So, it’s better you carry copies of id proofs to submit if needed. However, if you are to visit places like Chushul, Hanle etc. Inner Line Permit, will be required which can be obtained from local Ladakh Authorities. Foreign nationals will require Protected Area Permit to visit any of above mentioned areas.   Clothing – It’s better to sweat than shiver Since Leh is situated at an altitude of 11,500 ft above the sea level, it is advisable that you carry appropriate woolen wears. One is prone to face breathing problems because of lack of oxygen at such high altitude. So, it’s better to acclimatize your body for a day or two. Drinking Water Consciously drink water (3-4 liters a day) regardless of whether you feel thirsty or not, this helps acclimatize. Tips for Acclimatization Carry plenty of water before you embark on trekking as you may suffer dehydration,It’s better to carry water purification pills.  First Aid/Toiletries recommended for Ladakh You shouldn't miss to carry first aid box, medicines for headache, nausea, vomiting etc. And of-course sunscreen lotions, body moisturizers and sun glasses to keep yourself safe from bright UV sun rays.  .    Pollution Etiquette The people of Leh are peace-loving. They care for their surroundings and wildlife, so never disturb serenity of the atmosphere. Avoid throwing disposables here and there. Plastics bags are officially banned in Ladakh.  Camera/Photography  Bring a good camera to capture the breathtaking views of Leh. Also carry spare memory card and batteries as you will not be able to stop yourself from clicking incredible pictures of this place. Since Ladakh is politically sensitive, photography is restricted in few areas. So, avoid taking pictures where warning signboards are placed. Also take permission from people before clicking their snaps as they may ask for money in return.  Currency Concerns Since credit cards are not accepted at various eating joints and shops, it’s better to carry adequate cash.  Modern Facilities/Connectivity Leh being the capital of the capital of Ladakh, is equipped with all basic facilities like PCO’s and internet connection which is not available anywhere else in Ladakh. Even banking facilities are available only in Leh and Kargil. Food Available / Best eateries in Leh The staple food of Ladakh are Thukpa, Sku, Khambir and Pava along wih mutton and chicken dishes. Thukpa is very popular among tourists. Wazawan and Korma saag are must try if you are a non-vegetarian. Leh has several eateries serving Tibetan, Chinese and Korean dishes. More recently, there is rise in restaurants serving continetal and other Indian dishes. Some of the good resturants you can visit are Bon Appetit, Penguin Garden, Cafe Jeevan, chopsticks etc.  Best Time to Visit Ladakh Though you can visit Leh throuhout the year, but the best time to visit Ladakh for trekking is from June to October. For trek in Chadar, the best time is from January to March.

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