Are you planning to visit Ladakh? I appreciate your choice. Here are a few tips that would be essential for you to learn before visiting Ladakh. These tips will help you make your trip a lot easier, comfortable and safe.
Certain parts of Ladakh might require special permit to enter. You can get these permits from local authorities in Ladakh.
Trekking is an important activity in Ladakh. But, not all routes will be open during winter. If you are too much into trekking, the best time to visit this place is during summer.
The term summer should not fool you. It would be extremely cold even during summer. Do not think of tropical climate that occurs in most of the places in this country. Pack your clothes accordingly.
The place is at very high altitude. Thus, breathing problem becomes common for those who have medical conditions related to breathing. Have necessary medications available.
The temperature will be very cold. This does not mean that you would not get thirsty. Always have water with you as dehydration is very common in high altitudes.
A lot of places in Ladakh might not have good network coverage or phone signals. There will be a lot of telephone booths where you can make STD and ISD calls.
Due to the extreme climate, most of the shops and other facilities close by 10 in the night.
There are a few places like important rooms in monasteries where photography is strictly prohibited. Some places restrict you from littering the place with plastic. Look for sign boards and follow the rules.
This is a very remote place and thus, before entering Ladakh, have some Indian currency ready. Many shops would not accept credit card or international currencies.
Other than the capital of the place, Leh; no other place has internet connection. If you need internet facility, you might have to visit Leh. Banking facilities are available in Leh and Kargil only.
Most of the sources of water in Ladakh are polluted. Thus, it is always advisable to carry enough water with you when you leave from your hotel room.
Most of the people are well manners and have high hospitality. Try to talk with them and learn more about the place. Many people would allow you to have some traditional meals at their home too.
You can find buses and taxis in Ladakh. If you want, you can rent any motorbike and use it for getting around the place.
Roads are usually in very bad condition and in some places, roads literally do not exists at all. Thus, make sure to rent a bike only if you are very good in handling rough terrains.
Glaciers tend to melt during afternoon. Thus, if you are planning to take trekking, mountain pass drive or other related activities, try to fit them in morning schedule.
Altitude sickness is very common. Carry required medication for the same.
Carry extra fuel with you if you are driving your own vehicle. Petrol bunks are less common and you might be stuck in the middle of nowhere without petrol or help.
Power cut is a little common in this area. Torch, warm blanket and power banks are very essential items to carry.
If you are planning to shop in Ladakh, always bargain. When they see a foreigner, they triple their prices.
Apricot is a famous fruit here. Try to bring some with you when you get back. Other important products are handmade carpets, shawls, rugs, woollen products and craft items.
Before starting your travel to Ladakh, rest for a day or two. You should be healthy enough to live in such a high altitude place where oxygen level will be little less.
Plastic bags are banned in Ladakh. Use biodegradable bags or cloth ones.
Always stick to rules in the local place. Be courteous and do not disturb the ecosystem or people. People are mostly nice to tourists here. The last and important tip is to enjoy your holidays in Ladakh.