Is Leh Ladakh open of tourists now — this is one of the most sought questions on the internet as lakhs of tourists who had planned their visit to Ladakh in 2020 are caught up in uncertainty and doubts due to Covid-19 pandemic.
As of today, tourists can visit Leh both by flight and by road (from Manali or Srinagar) but the Leh administration is not issuing inner line permit/restricted area permit to visit major tourist attractions like Pangong Lake, Tso Moriri Lake, Khardungla pass, Nubra Valley and Batalik and Dah Hanu sector.
If these places are in your wish list, you should wait for few more days. Otherwise, you can visit Ladakh to spend some days to relax or work in picturesque Leh or for sightseeing of monasteries and places other than restricted areas.
You can still visit major monasteries around Leh and can visit places along Leh-Kargil-Srinagar or Leh-Sarchu-Manali highways. You can also visit Zanskar valley of Ladakh. On Leh-Khardungla pass road, you can go till South Pullu. On Pangong road, you can go till Changla pass and on Tso Moriri Lake road you can go till Mahe Bridge.
This is very crucial time for the entire world but people who spent months without going too far from home town/city are looking for a break to visit a serene place. Those in red zone with a large number of Covid-19 cases are looking for a safe destination with fewer numbers of cases like Ladakh.
While most hotels, homestays, guesthouses and camps in Ladakh will not open this year, a few hotels/homestays/guesthouses that are open are following strict safety norms to protect visitors and staff from Covid-19.
Many tourists are visiting Ladakh for long holidays or spending some days in peace. Some people are visiting Ladakh to work from the mountains. With the introduction of Jio high-speed internet, working from Leh Ladakh has become possible.
Which places are not open (closed) for tourists in Ladakh?
- Pangong Lake
- Tso Moriri Lake
- Pangong – Man Merak – Chushul – Tso Moriri road
- Khardungla pass
- Nubra Valley (Hunder, Diskit, Sumur, Panamik)
- Nubra-Shyok-Pangong road
Which places are open for tourists in Ladakh?
- Leh City
- Kargil City
- Leh Palace
- Shanti Stupa
- Hall of Fame
- Spituk Monastery/Kali Mata Temple
- Shey Palace
- Stok Palace
- Thiksey Monastery
- Hemis Monastery
- Stakna Monastery
- Matho Monastery
- Taglangla pass
- Tsokar lake
- Phyang Monastery
- Pathar Sahib Gurudwara
- Magnetic Hill
- Basgo Monastery
- Likir Monastery
- Alchi Monastery
- Lamayuru Monastery
- Zanskar Valley
- Anything along Leh-Manali highway
- Anything along Leh-Srinagar highway
Is taxi service open in Leh Ladakh?
Yes, taxis are available in Leh Ladakh. Tourists can book a taxi for sightseeing or for long trips. Taxis for Leh to Srinagar and Leh to Manali are also available. Taxis from Manali to Leh and Srinagar to Leh are also available. Unfortunately, not all taxi drivers are providing the service amid Covid-19 but some of the local operators have started the service.
Is Leh Ladakh safe for tourists?
Yes, Leh Ladakh is completely safe for tourists. Tourists have two concerns regarding their safety — Covid-19 and India-China standoff. Ladakh is a huge place with very thin population. The UT of Ladakh has reported very few Covid-19 cases compared to most of the states. However, cases are more in Kargil district than Leh district.
The hotels, taxis and all tourism stakeholders are taking all required precautions set by the government. And administration has already sealed the areas close to LAC (India-China border) where tourists are not being allowed. The inner areas of Ladakh where tourists are being allowed are completely safe for all kind of tourism movement.
Is Ladakh safe for tourists amid India-China Standoff?
Yes, Ladakh is safe for tourists. The administration has already blocked tourists’ entry to the restricted areas close to LAC (India-China border/Line of Actual Control). Ladakh is secured by thousands of soldiers and police to ensure safety of the civilians. Ladakh is constituted of two districts – Leh and Kargil.
Geographically Ladakh is huge and tourists generally visit its inner areas. In fact, Ladakh is safer than most of the states of the India due to tight security. The Innerline permits to visit sightseeing places close to China border are temporarily sealed. Read above to know in detail that which places are open currently.