Ladakh - as soon as we heard the name the first thing which comes to our mind is snow covered mountains, frozen rivers and lakes. It's a dream destination for everyone who loves nature and photography. Definitely I'm one among them who loves both of them. Temperature in Ladakh in winter drops to -30 degree Celsius and the availability of basic amenities will be a billion dollar question here. You can ask me why you want to visit Ladakh in winter. Answer is I want to experience Ladakh's hardest and truest form, initially I thought of going alone but when I booked my tickets my friend Sathya Narayanan also joined with me.
Travel Chennai - Leh:
During winter all roads which connects Ladakh are got blocked due to heavy snowfall. The most commonly used road is via Rohtang pass from Manali and the only option to reach Ladakh in winter is by air. As we don't have direct flights from Chennai - Ladakh, I've booked SpiceJet which cost me INR 8,685.00/- back and forth between Chennai - New Delhi. From New Delhi GoAir will be the budget friendly option and it costs me INR 8,435.00/- back and forth, Air India and Jet airways are the only other two service providers to Leh. So the total flight ticket cost me around INR 17,120.00/-.
Leh Ladakh 4D/3N itinerary:
I know you will think it's a very short period of time, b'se I works in one of the companies which needs me to on board in Saturday's too. So there is no choice. When I started enquiry about my accommodations in Leh most of the service providers where told me this is not the right to visit Ladakh. Apart from them few of them sent quotes as well. After a week's research I finalized Visit Ladakh.net which is owned by Distant Holidays. Distant Holidays has vast experience in Tourism Industry. They gave me to options one is Budget and luxury. I always prefer budget friendly travel and got accommodation in Aayat Guest House (with heating). Its cost me INR 11,000/- and this cost includes pick and drop, accommodation in a double room, breakfast and dinner, transport services, sightseeing and transfers.
Things to do once you landed in Leh:
Since Leh Town is situated at an altitude of 11,500 ft. above sea level acute mountain sickness can occur to anyone at an altitude above 10,000 ft. from the sea level. I felt little bit discomfort and the most common symptoms of acute mountain sickness are headache disturb sleep loss of appetite, nausea, coughing and irregular breathing. As per the plan one of the representatives picked me from the airport and we headed directly to the hotel and had a small nap. In the evening I just came out for a walk in to main market and the temperature is -5 Celsius at evening 4'o clock. Also be careful with the street dogs in Leh.
Places we visited:
As it's a short period of time, I tried to cover as much as possible so I choose Pangong TSO, Changala Pass, Khardung La Pass, Magnet Hills, Sangam Point, Shanti Stupa and Leh Palace.