7 Best Places to visit in Leh Ladakh in May 2022

We wouldn’t be wrong if we say Leh Ladakh is not just a place but an experience in itself. And when it is about visiting in the month of May, you will be fortunate enough to witness the sprawling expanse of lush green landscape with a backdrop of the stunning snow-capped mountains. Whether you are an adventure buff, a religious believer, or a laid-back traveller, Leh Ladakh is where you will create memories to cherish for a lifetime. Coming to the best places to visit in Leh Ladakh 2022, well there are many, but we have listed some of the must-visits and things to do that you should jot down before heading to Leh Ladakh. 

1.Turtuk Village: Set on the Indo-Pak border in the Nubra Tehsil, this offbeat destination in Leh Ladakh will leave you out of words. The beauty of the place is not to be described but you surely need to experience it by being there. Here, you will travel back in time as there is limited or no access to the internet and electricity which makes it even a perfect destination if you need a digital detox trip.

Best time to visit Turtuk village:  The weather in Ladakh in May starts to clear, making it an ideal season to visit Turtuk village till September. With the arrival of summer, the place experiences the temperature hovering between 15°C to 20°C during the day and dropping to 5°C at night making it a perfect time to explore the beauty of Turtuk village. 

How to reach Turtuk Village: Turtuk is easily reachable by road. There are bi-weekly buses that ply the Leh-Turtuk route. The timings & details of buses vary depending on the weather conditions, So you can check the details at the Leh bus stops. The nearest airport to Turtuk village is in Leh which is located at a distance of around 206 km. From Leh airport, you can hire a personal or shared taxi which will take approximately 6-7 hours to reach Turtuk village. 

Frequently Asked Questions: 

Q. What are some of the best things to do in Turtuk village?
A. Apricot plucking between July and August, experience warm hospitality by staying the homestay, hike to a small Buddhist monastery, dry fruits shopping, and a lot more.   

Q. How to reach Turtuk village?
A. Turtuk village is easily accessible by both airways and roadways.  

Q. Where to stay in Turtuk village?
A. You can stay at the homestay to experience the warm hospitality of the locals.

2. Zanskar Valley: The place which brings one closer to nature, Zanskar Valley has stolen the hearts of many, especially the adventurists. Perched at an elevation of 7,756 metres, the place offers scenic, untouched and surreal landscapes that will stick to your heart and soul forever. The reason why Zanskar Valley is one of the best places for the Leh Ladakh trip in May is that it is during this time when you can see sparkling clean water bodies flowing smoothly through the valley. 

Best time to visit Zanskar Valley: The ideal season to visit Zanskar Valley starts from the summer season from May to June and the monsoon season from July to September. The temperature during these months is quite pleasant making it easy for you to explore the beauty at its best. 

How to reach Zanskar Valley: The best and the fastest route to reach Zanskar Valley will be the road from Srinagar-Kargil-Padum via Suru Valley. However, if you wish to travel from Manali side, then the Leh-Kargil route would be right. You can travel from Manali – Leh Highway to reach Leh and from Leh-Kargil-Padum. 

Frequently Asked Questions: 

Q. What makes Zanskar Valley so famous?
A. The beautiful landscapes and unexplored places make it famous amongst travellers from across the world. 

Q. How is the mobile network connectivity in Zanskar Valley?
A. Kargil has mobile connectivity. Only BSNL postpaid connections work in Padum, Zanskar valley, which is limited to around 15-20 odd KMs around Padum only. Once you cross Sankoo, there will be no phone or mobile connectivity. 

Q. What are the things to do in Zanskar Valley?
A. Visit ancient monasteries, talk to the beautiful locals, add thrill to your tour by enjoying adventure activities like trekking, motorbiking and white water rafting. 

Q. Where to stay in Zanskar Valley?
A. Whether you are travelling from the Srinagar-Kargil route or the Leh-Kargil route, you will find a number of accommodation options. Padum has accommodation ranging from low to mid to high budget. 

3. Nubra Valley : Home to ultra-wide and multi-hued landscapes, Nubra Valley is such a beauty that will have your heart. The beautiful orchards, Bactrian camels, remote villages, cold desert and splendid monasteries of Nubra Valley will take your breath away at the very first sight. It is not just the scenic vistas of the place that will grab your attention but you can even get enlightened with the Buddhist learnings while visiting the monasteries. 

Travel Tip: Since Nubra Valley is located at an elevation of 3,000 metres, it is advisable that you carry water along with you while travelling in order to avoid headaches and nausea. 

Best time to visit Nubra Valley:  Nubra Valley remains inaccessible to tourists from January to March, because of the heavy snowfall. The ideal season to visit Nubra Valley would be the summers between April and September and early winters. 

How to reach Nubra Valley: Nubra Valley is easily accessible by road. You can either travel by your own vehicle or book a private or shared taxi from Leh which will take you around 4-5 hours to reach Nubra Valley. You can even travel by bus that you can take from Leh bus stand. 

Tourists planning to visit Nubra Valley from other parts of India can take a flight to Leh, get down at the airport and book a taxi to reach Nubra Valley. 

Frequently Asked Questions: 

Q. Where to stay in Nubra Valley? 
A. There are guesthouses and mid-budget accommodation in Diskit. For a deluxe camp experience, you can stay at Sumur. Hunder also has a good range of hotels. 

Q. What are the things to do in Nubra Valley? 
Camel Safari, Jeep Safari, Savour Baltistani, camping, mountain biking, trekking and a lot more. 

Q. What are some of the things to keep in mind when visiting Nubra Valley?
A. Carry a torch with extra batteries, enough water, a first aid box, keep hard copies of the contacts and other required documents.

4. Khardung La: Renowned as the highest motorable pass in the world with an elevation of 5602 metres, Khardung La is the gateway to Nubra and Shyok Valleys and many other unexplored and enchanting landscapes. The place welcomes all adventure seekers from across the country and world for a gut-wrenching experience of motorcycling and mountain biking expeditions. So add Khardung La to the list of places to visit for your Leh Ladakh trip in May. 

Best time to reach Khardung La:  The ideal season to visit Khardung La is the summer season between March and May and the autumn season between September and October are the best to visit Khardung La. Khardung La remains inaccessible during the monsoon season between July and August due to incessant rainfall. 

How to reach Khardung La:    Khardung La is located at a distance of approx 40 km from Leh which would take around 1-2 hours. Tourists planning to travel by air can take a flight to Leh and then book a taxi to reach Khardung La. Regular buses ply from Leh to Nubra Valley which passes through Khardung La Pass. Bikers can reach the Mountain Pass easily without any hassle. 

Frequently Asked Questions: 

Q. What are the nearby tourist attractions from Khardung La?
A. Hall of Fame, Tso Moriri, Gurdwara Pathar Sahib and more. 

Q. Where to stay in Khardung La?
A. There are no accommodation options at Khardung La. You have to pitch your own tent along the roadside. If you wish to stay at a hotel, the closest destination is Leh where you will get plenty of accommodation options to choose from. 

Q. What are the things to keep in mind while travelling to Khardung La?
A. Air pressure and oxygen levels are extremely low at Khardung La Pass. In order to get accustomed to high altitude, it is advisable to spend 2-3 days in Leh or any other similar region before heading out to Khardung La.  

5. Sham Valley: Yet another best place to visit in Leh Ladakh in May, Sham Valley is the least visited place which is home to many remotest villages. Sham Valley includes Alchi, Likir, Basgo, Magnetic Hills, Gurudwara Pather Sahib and the list goes on. So you can choose to travel to either reaching the farthest place that is the trek to Alchi first or then visiting all other places while on your way back. 

Best time to visit Sham Valley: The months between May and October are the best to visit Sham Valley. For those planning for trekking expeditions, June to August would be the right time. The weather in September becomes a little unpredictable as some of the passes en route start to receive snow. 

How to reach Sham Valley:  Sham Valley is located at a distance of approx 75 km from Leh, so the best way to reach there is by your own vehicle. You can book a private taxi which would be way costlier so it is advisable that you book a shared one that will save you from burning a hole in your pocket. 

Frequently Asked Questions: 

Q. What are some of the must-visit places in Sham Valley?
A. Alchi Monastery, Likir Monastery, Basgo Palace, Chilling Village, The confluence of Zanskar and Indus Rivers, Magnetic Hills near Leh and Gurudwara Pather Sahib. 

Q. How far is Sham Valley from Leh?
A. The distance between Sham Valley and Leh is approx 75 km.

6. Pangong Tso: Planning a trip to Ladakh and not heading to Pangong Lake is just not possible.  It is here where you can sit for hours and still cannot have enough of this mesmerising beauty. It is a heaven for photographers who find eternal bliss here capturing the tranquillity. Ah, from here don’t forget to visit  Spangmik Village and Thiksey Monastery. 

Best time to visit: The ideal time to plan your trip to Pangong Tso is between May and June. 

How to reach Pangong Tso: The bus service becomes operational from Leh. If you wish to travel by booking a private or shared cab, you can do it from Leh Bus stand. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How long is Pangong Lake?
A. The pristine lake is around 134 km long which extends from India to China. Around 50% of the lake’s length lies in Tibet China. 

Q. What is the accommodation facility at Pangong Tso?
A. You spend your night camping here. There are guesthouses too in the nearby villages. 

7. Tso Kar: The remote Tso Kar is enclosed by lofty mountains which will leave you in awe of its beauty. The place is rife with wildlife and flora making it one of the best places to visit in Leh Ladakh for bird watchers and if you are lucky enough you would even get to see migratory birds including black-necked cranes. 

Best time to visit Tso Kar: The ideal season to visit Tso Kar is the summer season from May to June and the monsoon season from July to August. 

How to reach Tso Kar: There are three ways to reach Tso Kar. If you are travelling from Manali to Leh by road, then it will fall on the way. You need to take a short diversion of about 20 km from Debring and make a short visit to the lake. The second is, if you reach Leh by flight or via Srinagar, take the road across Tanglang La and visit Tso Kar via Debring. And the third way is to reach from Tso Moriri then continue to either Leh or Manali.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. What are the accommodation options in Tso Kar?
A. You can stay in the camp or Chadar Tent if you would like to spend a night here. 

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