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How To Plan A Leh Ladakh Trip From Mumbai

Posted: March 21, 2019 by admin

Maharashtrians, especially Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur residents, are the most adventure seeking tourists in India who wish to visit Ladakh quite differently. Thousands of tourists from Mumbai, Pune and other parts of Maharashtra visit Leh Ladakh 12 months a year.

This is true that reaching Ladakh seems to be very tricky. While a large number of tourists from Mumbai and Pune come to Leh (Ladakh) directly by flight, others come by road from Manali or Srinagar. Some prefer doing a round road trip starting from Manali and ending trip at Srinagar or vice versa.

Fortunately, currently there is a direct flight from Mumbai to Leh. Otherwise, there are many connecting flights from Delhi. The adventure enthusiasts and nature loving tourists who want to experience jeep safari/road journey from Manali can travel anytime from June to September.

Apart from Jeep Safari, tourists from Maharashtra come for photography tour, religious tours, cultural tours, honeymoon tours, family tours or adventure tours to Ladakh. The huge high altitude lakes, high peaks, deep valleys, challenging roads with hundreds of hairpins, world’s highest mountain passes, ancient Buddhist monasteries, nomadic life, traditional villages, wildlife, snow clad mountains, rivers – Ladakh has everything to offer to its guests.

Alchi, Likir, Lamayuru, Thiksey, Hemis, Diskit, Spituk, Stakna and Phyang are the most visited monasteries (gompa). Khardungla and Changla are the major passes and tourist attractions in Ladakh. Rohtang pass, Baralacha pass and Taglangla passes are main passes on Manali-Leh route while Zojila pass is main pass on Srinagar-Leh route. As tourists from Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur are nature lover, they love visit to Pangong lake and To Moriri Lake, both situated above 14,000ft. Ladakh has many more attractions for the tourists, depending on their interests.

Talking about security, Ladakh is one of the most secure tourist destinations in the country. The region is safe and secure for both Indian and foreigner tourists. All the tourists – Indians and foreigners – are needed to obtain inner line permit (ILP) to visit restricted areas of Ladakh. The permit can be obtained easily from Leh administration at easy terms.

As a tourist, you will have many questions in your mind and as a travel agent, we get many queries like How to Visit Ladakh from Mumbai? Guide us about Mumbai Ladakh Packages? How to reach Ladakh from Mumbai? What is the best time to visit Ladakh from Mumbai? Complete Ladakh packages from Mumbai? Ladakh packages for Mumbai residents etc.

Discover Leh Ladakh will guide you through some of the points that will help you in planning a hassle free and memorable trip to Ladakh.

 

How to reach Leh Ladakh from Mumbai

Currently GoAir is operating direct flight from Mumbai [Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM)] to Leh [Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport (IXL)]. The flight takes off at 4AM and lands in Leh at 6:30AM. If unable to get this flight, there are many direct flights from Delhi. You can get a Mumbai-Delhi-Leh connecting flight with minimum layover time. Leh airport has direct flights only from Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh and Jammu airports.

If you are planning a road journey from Manali (Manali-Leh road journey/jeep safari), book a direct flight or train to Delhi from where you will get luxury Volvo buses to Manali. You can book a private taxi as well. Second option is to come to Chandigarh airport from where you can take a bus or taxi to Manali. The daunting Manali - Leh road trip, covering four major mountain passes, is extremely thrilling and full of adventure and this distance is covered in two days by a SUV vehicle, with one night halt at Keylong, Jispa or Sarchu.

If you are coming from Srinagar side, book a flight to Srinagar airport and road trip starts from Srinagar via Sonmarg, Zojila pass, Drass, Kargil, Lamayuru. This journey too is completed in two days.

You can book your complete Mumbai-Ladakh trip or Manali-Ladakh trip from Discover Leh Ladakh.

What to see

There are dozens of places of interest for Indian tourists, particularly Maharashtrians. We have a list of places which are of interest of Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur or residents of other parts of Maharashtra. Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, Hall of Fame, Spituk, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Magnetic Hill Point, Sangam (confluence of Indus and Zanskar rivers), Khardungla pass, Nubra Valley (Diskit and Hunder), Diskit monastery, Pangong Lake, Hemis Monastery and Thiksey monastery are the major points of interest for Maharashtra tourists. This takes 6 to 7 days in Ladakh. If you have more time, you can visit Alchi monastery, Likir monastery, Lamayuru, Moonland formations near Lamayuru, Tso Moriri lake, Phyang monastery and Stakna monastery and Turtuk as well.

Inner Line Permit

Ladakh shares its borders with China and Pakistan. Both foreigners and Indian tourists are required to obtain innerline permit to be able to visit restricted areas of Ladakh. These places include Pangong Lake, Khardungla, Nubra valley, Tso Moriri, Chushul, Dha, Hanu, Turtuk etc. Inner-line permits are available very easily after getting your identity verified. Online permit: You can apply for permit online, take its printout, come to Leh, visit the concerned office, pay the fee and get the stamp on the permit paper. Or, the best and easy option is to ask your travel agent to get the permit for you. You only need to send scanned copy of your photo ID by email. Please note that inner line permit is not free; authorities charge fees for this. If you are booking your package from Discover Leh Ladakh, we shall take care of your permit. Passport, driving license, AADHAR, Voter Id are valid photo IDs that can be used to obtain the permit.

Check out our Ladakh Packages for Mumbai Tourists

Taxi Service

If you are coming in peak season, get your taxi booked in advance. Otherwise, you can book it after coming to Leh. But we shall advice you to book the service in advance so that it comes to pick you up at airport, takes you to all sightseeing places and drops you off at airport. This way, you would avoid last moment unavailability problem as well. If looking for a taxi from Manali to Leh, you will get it in Manali. You may face problem in getting a taxi in May and June months, the peak season time in Himachal. Also, the taxi charges in season would be a bit high. You can ask your travel agent to book the taxi for you. If you are buying a complete package, it will have taxi service included.

Hotels in Ladakh

From luxury to deluxe to standard, Ladakh has all kind of hotels. Depending on budget, interest or requirement, you can book a hotel of your choice. Booking a room in hotel of choice sometime becomes difficult during peak tourist season. So, book your hotel in advance. At Nubra valley, you can book a hotel or Swiss camp cottage/tent. At Pangong, you will stay in tents (Swiss tents) as the region has no hotel. You can get hotels at both Jispa and Keylong while travelling between Manali and Leh. Other option is to stay in Swiss Tents (camping) at Sarchu. While travelling between Srinagar and Leh, Kargil is the most preferred destination where you will get many hotel options. Some tourists love to stay in family run homestays or guesthouses as well. Be it hotel, homestay, guesthouse or tent, it will be neat and clean with hygienic bathroom.

Food

You will get variety of meal in Ladakh, however, you may have to compromise sometime if chosen to have meal at your hotel where you are staying, or in Nubra valley and Pangong Lake and Tso Moriri Lake. Vegetarian, non-vegetarian, Indian, Chinese, Continental foods are available at many places. You will see a lot of restaurants in Ladakh serving multi-cuisines. We shall suggest you to book your hotel with MAP (breakfast and dinner) as you will get hygienic meal at your hotel. Don’t book your lunch at hotel as you will be travelling every day. We also do not suggest taking a pack-lunch with you. You will see a lot of restaurants, dhabas and eateries at many places while going to a sightseeing place. Give it a try and have meal of your choice in the lunch. Driver will help you find a better place to eat.

Guide for Mumbai tourists

Generally you need not to hire a tourist guide unless you are interested in deep history of a particular place/monument/monastery. Our driver will take you to all the places himself. Most of the tourists, especially Indians, do not hire any guide as they can easily communicate with the locals. But, if you want a dedicated guide, you can hire one Hindi or English speaking tourist guide who will explain the history and importance of all the places.

Language in Ladakh

Generally Ladakh residents speak Ladakhi language. They also speak Hindi. Some speak Tibetan and Urdu as well. Many people here understand, speak and write good English. The drivers here understand little English and also speak broken-English. But they speak good Hindi. So communication should not be a problem for Hindi speaking tourists from Mumbai (Maharashtra).

Shopping

You can try some shopping in Leh market. Main bazaar is the main shopping area of the city where you can buy all kind of material like dresses, electronics, crockery, variety of souvenirs, Tibetan/Chinese crockery, Pashmina shawls and decorative items. Give a try to the local dry fruits. Ladakhi Chulli (dry apricot) is famous among tourists. Local dresses and ornaments are also available in the market.

What to carry

If you are coming from Mumbai, you need to carry some woollens, good shoes (sports shoes are advisable), sun screen lotion, sunglasses, lip balm, your photo ID, inner-line permit, Rohtang pass permit (if coming by road from Manali), cash for shopping and pay necessary bills and your medicines.

Overall, planning a ladakh trip from Mumbai is very easy. Tourists from Mumbai can reach Ladakh easily than most of other parts of the country. If you were confused about "How to reach Ladakh from Mumbai" or "How to plan a ladakh trip from Mumbai" or "Ladakh packages from Mumbai", hopefully your queries are resolved.

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