The mesmerizing and the very beautiful Ladakh is one of the most desired holiday destinations in India and definitely on every traveller’s bucket list. With an implausible mix of towering peaks, startling vistas, shimmering lakes, blissful monasteries, welcoming localites, marvelous weather and oodles of adventure, this heaven on earth never fails to make an impact on all its visitors. It is blessed with infinite tourist attractions that draw the attention of travelers from all across the globe. And if you are looking for some enjoyment, thrill and gratification in your next holiday, Ladakh is surely the place for you. Excited to visit this alluring place? Want to know the best time to visit Ladakh? We knew it!
Speculating about the best time to visit Ladakh? Well, when it comes to assert the best time to visit Ladakh, it is discovered that a few people suggest summers to be the best season to visit Ladakh as the climate is more obliging and for many others winters have their own appeal with almost everything covered with snow. Having that said, here is a detailed season wise guide that will help you to know the best time to visit Ladakh and plan your spree better. Read on!
The month of April marks the beginning of the summer season and the weather is quite cool and comfortable. For some, this is the best time to visit Ladakh. There is no heavy snowfall and the summer season gradually and progressively takes over the place completely. The sun shines brightly, the snow starts melting and Ladakh is all set to welcome and greet vacationers from all over the planet. The weather is exceptionally pleasant with moderate temperatures, crisp blue skies, impressive views and amazing flora and fauna. Restaurants, hotels, guest houses and home stays boom at this time and Ladakh appears to be alive and energetic. The Pangong Tso Lake and Tso Moriri Lake begin to melt exposing admirable hues which forms as a reason for one of the best time to visit Ladakh.
Around mid-May, the Srinagar-Leh highway opens and by the month of June the Manali-Leh highway also opens its gates making it perfect for a Ladakh trip by bike. If you enjoy the snowy roads and mountains while travelling, camping, trekking, mountain biking, rafting and other adventurous activities, this is without doubt the best time to visit Leh Ladakh. This season is actually a dream come true for adventure enthusiasts as Mother Nature flaunts its unexpected beauty in the form of Ladakh’s spectacular valleys, fearsome passes, magnificent monasteries, isolated villages and comfortable homestays.
The summer season is also a great time to enjoy festivals like Saka Dawa, Yuru Kabgyat, Sindhu Darshan, Matho and Hemis. The Hemis festival is celebrated to pay tribute to the founder of the Tibetan Buddhism, Guru Padmasambhava and showcases wonderful dance performances in brightly coloured costumes and attention-grabbing music. Furthermore, this is the best time to visit Leh Ladakh monasteries and stupas and connect with the locals. Stongdey Monastery, Shey Monastery, Likir Monastery and Thiksey Moanstery are some of the most visited monasteries in Ladakh. In fact, be sure to visit the Lamayuru Monastery which is one of the oldest monasteries having a mystifying appeal to it. Two mask dance festivals are also celebrated here in which the monks embrace the Gompas and perform prayers. Do not miss visiting Nubra Valley as this summer spot renders a different kind of feel altogether. Overall, this is indisputably the best time to visit Ladakh. So, what are you waiting for? Plan your Leh Ladakh holiday tour soon and get ready for indulgence!
Leh Ladakh Travel Tip: If you plan to visit Ladakh by road during this time, consider going from the valley of Kashmir via Kargil which is at a distance of 434 kilometres.
Monsoons knock Ladakh in the month of July and the place receives irregular to heavy rainfall in most places. Tourists who enjoy rains, find the monsoon as the best time to visit LadakhThe weather is pleasant but most of the bike and trekking routes are blocked. There are frequent landslides, snow slides and cloud bursts making it very difficult to walk or drive. Many tourist attractions are also inaccessible and unreachable around this time. Conversely, there are some parts that fall under the rain shadow area such as the areas beyond Zoji La Pass, in the direction of Leh from Srinagar and Baralacha La Pass towards Leh from Manali side, but then again reaching there could also be a challenge.
On the other hand, this is a good time for daring activities in Ladakh such as white water rafting at the Indus and Zanskar rivers. If you are planning your Ladakh holiday around this time, be sure to enjoy festivals such as Karsha, Stongday, Sani Nasjal, Phyang, Dakthok, Karzok and Sachukul. Karsha Gustor festival is an interesting festival celebrated at the Karsha Monastery. It is a festival that marks the feat of good over evil. In this festival, a famous Black Hat Dance is also performed.
Although monsoon is not the best time to visit Ladakh, you would still find a lot of tourists during this season as Ladakh is truly welcoming and amazingly picturesque. Moreover, there is nothing like enjoying a beautiful rainy day with piping hot ‘Thukpa’ (a spicy and tangy soup) with dumplings!
Leh Ladakh Travel Tip: Be sure to carry rain-proof gears such as umbrellas, raincoats and do not forget to carry a sunscreen with you.
This time is also considered to be the best time to visit Leh Ladakh. The climate is at its best with perfect roads and literally no precipitation. The weather is pleasantly chilly with wonderful breeze and Ladakh becomes active once again with fascinating and lively colors.
Get a chance to indulge in aero-sports and enjoy camping near the crystal clear waters of Pangong Lake and Tso Moriri Lake. Ladakh has a brilliant topography and it is a great time for outdoor adventurous activities such as mountain biking and trekking. Several trekking tours including the Ladakh Marathon are organized for the adventure sport junkies. The Ladakh Marathon is the highest marathon experience in the world and proffers an exclusive chance for runners to run amidst the stunning and enthralling high mountains, rivers and valleys.
Tourists can also enjoy the Ladakh Festival, which is a twelve-monthly celebration organized by the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department. Featuring folk dances, mask dances, musicals concerts and art and craft presentations, this event proves to be a great occasion for tourists to experience the rich culture and lifestyle of the people of Ladakh. So if you want to get a glimpse of the real exquisiteness of the place, this is just the wonderful time!
Leh Ladakh Travel Tip: Even though the Manali Leh Highway is open around this time but most of it gets covered with snow. Almost all the guest houses, restaurants and eating joints are closed on this route.
With the beginning of November, the temperatures start dipping down and Ladakh gets freezing cold at all areas above 14,000 feet. With temperatures plummeting as low as -30 degree Celsius and maximum temperature settling at 15 degree Celsius, the entire region is completely dressed in snow turning into an awe-inspiring frozen reality. More or less all the highways are closed, lakes are frozen, motorcycle passes are blocked and trekking routes are clogged-up. The month of December is the coldest in Ladakh and almost the entire region is literally disconnected from the rest of the country by road.
However, this time is usually meant for the adrenaline junkies to plan their Leh Ladakh tour and check their inclination towards bold and audacious activities. Major highlights of this season include the famous Chadar Trek which involves walking over the frozen Zansker River, skiing, ice-hockey and seeing the altering colors of the lakes from icy white to sparkling blues. The frozen river trek attracts trekkers from all over the world and is believed to be the most uncertain and complicated treks in the world. Tourists interested in wildlife can also spot a lot of snow leopards around this time. What's more, the place looks like an enchanted fairy tale with a flood of snow all over making it the best time to visit Ladakh for scenic beauty.
Thiksey, Padum, Losar, Galdan Namchot, Guru Tsechu, Siptuk Gustor and Dosmoche are some of the winter festivals that can be enjoyed during this time. Dosmoche is one of the most admired festivals in the Leh Ladakh area. Celebrated in the grand Leh Palace, this is a festival in which monks from many different monasteries get together to perform ‘Chams’. So, speed up to plan the best holiday ever and get set to go on a trip of a lifetime!
Leh Ladakh Travel Tip: Carry lots of warm clothing, essential medicines and keep yourself hydrated.
Still thinking about the best time to visit Ladakh? Don’t think much. Be it summer, monsoon or winter, every season in Ladakh has its own distinguishing charm. Just decide the best season for your travel to this astounding destination and create your own Leh Ladakh tour package. Get lost in the aura of unscathed scenic beauty of Ladakh and make memories of a lifetime!
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