Ladakh has always held a special place in our minds, also as a state of India. The state of Ladakh has a unique blend of beige barren landscapes, freezing cold blue rivers, sky high snow capped Himalayan mountains and picturesque lakes. Unlike the Himalayas we see flowery valleys, dense pine and oak forests and gushing rivers, Ladakh defies all these stereotypes and presents you with an extreme totally opposite side of the Himalayas.
There are several Ladakh tour packages to choose from. The tour packages provide varied facilities and activities which subsequently affect the prices of the packages. Following are some standard examples of Ladakh tour packages and some of their inclusions.
Leh Ladakh Sightseeing Tour package
The Leh Ladakh tour package is a 7Days/6Nights package which costs 34,000/- per person inclusive of standard package facilities. The package takes you through Leh, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Khardungla, Hunder, Diksit, Monasteries, village visits etc. The package offers meals, accomodation, transfers, transport and inner line permits to its travelers. It also includes a night camp stay in Himalayan desert at Nubra Valley.
Leh Ladakh Pangong Lake
This 7Days/6Nights is an epic adventure to Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso. This high altitude fresh saltwater lake is the epitome of beauty and every shade of blue. The lake is wide and spread across more than 100 kms in diameter. Out of which 40% lies in Indian territory while the other half lies in Chinese territory. The snow capped peaks that envelope Pangong Lake turn golden during sunsets. Have the most Bollywood-like view as you spend the night in Pangong. The conventional local sightseeing in Leh followed by a drive to Nubra Valley are some of the most ethereal sights you will witness in the trans Himalayas. The Hunder dunes, Diskit monasteries and enroute small Ladakhi villages could be the best experience of your lives.
Leh Ladakh Bike Tours
Bike tours in Leh Ladakh are increasing due to the incline in solo traveling and adventure travel. The lofty terrains, barren beige landscapes, uneven topography offers a perfect hardcore Himalayan adventure for the bikers and their wheels. There are several packages that offer biking limited in Ladakh, some Manali to Leh, some offer Srinagar to Leh while some interstate biking through Srinagar Leh and Manali. The package commonly covers expenses like fuels, tolls, spare parts, helmets, oxygen cylinders, meals, accommodations, sightseeing and other adventurous activities. The per person costs go beyond 30,000/- be it a solo trip or a group package. Have the rewarding experience of driving on the highest motorable road of Khardung la pass and Changla pass.
Before exploring the inner regions of Ladakh, beyond Leh, one needs to be acclimatized to the region due to its high altitude and lack of oxygen. Make sure you carry sufficient medicines for your health conditions if you have any. Make sure not to exert yourself into rigorous activities and inform the tour operator if you are suffering from discomfort. The military authorities grant you inner line permits and trek permissions, hence if they restrict one from entering the area, kindly cooperate and modify your itinerary.
The temperatures are as low as -40 degrees in winters and as high as 30 degrees during summers. The months from April to September are best to travel in Ladakh as the lands are dry and not prone to landslides. Although it is advised to carry jackets, gloves during your trip. Meals are included in almost every tour package, although do not miss out on the local Tibetan delicacies like Thukpa, momos, butter tea, Chang and many more.
The visits to Ladakhi villages like Styok, Turtuk, Spituk, Hemis, Hanoo etc. Witness the authentic trans Himalayan village life and interact with the friendly locals over some butter tea. The monasteries and gompas are perfect places to calm your nerves and reevaluate your life and get some perspective. The palace, monasteries and mosques in Leh are architectural gems which beautifully depict Ladakh’s history, culture and significance of being a part of the ancient silk route which connected China and Central Asia.
Apart from the typical sightseeing and exploring tour packages, the Chadar Trek package is one of the frozen river treks in India. The trek takes you through the hauntingly isolated Zanskar Valley and Zanskar frozen river, waterfall etc. This week long adventure is the most extreme winter trek in India as it takes place during the months of January end to February. Days of hiking for several kilometers and camping in the deserted valley are some of the most thrilling experiences.