Is Ladakh open for tourists in winters? This is a common question that arises in thousands of minds. And the answer is yes. A large number of tourists now visit Ladakh in winter months to experience the winter season, for winter photography, to see snow, to see frozen Pangong lake or for winter trekking. Large number of adventure enthusiasts visit Ladakh in January and February, the peak winter months, for Chadar Trek, the trekking on frozen Zanskar river. Though both Srinagar – Leh (Ladakh) and Manali – Leh highways get blocked in winters, Ladakh still remains connected with Delhi by regular flights.
Climate and Preparations: Temperature in Ladakh may plummet to minus 20 or even less anytime in winters. If bone chilling cold is not a problem, you are most welcome to experience the winters of beautiful Ladakh. All you need to do is some preparations to fight cold. You need to bring woollens, warm shoes (or good sports shoes), goggle, sunscreen lotion, cap and muffler (if available. Generally, most hotels in Ladakh remain closed during winters and only few hotels remain operational round the year. Many hotels have centralized heating system while others provide electrical room heaters to their guests at extra charges.
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Does internal roads of Ladakh remain open in winters: Yes, mostly all roads of Ladakh remain open in winters. Local sightseeing places, including major monasteries, around Leh remain open and even road to Pangong Lake and Nubra valley remains open in winter. However, heavy snowfall on Chang-la and Khardungla top blocks the highway for some time or a couple of days. The traffic is resumed soon by BRO. Road to Zanskar valley generally remains closed in winters.
Tips for winter visit: If you are planning to experience the winters in Leh and nearby villages and want to visit local sightseeing spots, then there should be no problem. One can go upto Khardongla pass easily. If you are planning to visit Pangong Lake and Nobra valley, then keep one extra day in hand (a buffer day) to use in emergency. Your itinerary should be flexible so that in case of road blockade, you can plan your trip to that particular destination the very next day.
What can you visit in winters: Leh market, Leh palace, Shanti Stupa, Spituk, Kali Mata temple, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Magnetic Hill, Sangam, Alchi, Lekir, Lamayuru, Pangong Lake, Thiksey Monastery, Shey Monastery, Hemis Monastery, Stok Palace, Khardungla top, Nubra valley.
Things to do in winters: Photography, sightseeing, wildlife, snowfall sighting, frozen lakes, experiencing local culture, chadar trek, winter trek, snow leopard sighting.
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