I am no expert on leh ladakh...but having a distinction of visiting that place once, i'd like to share some tips that might come in handy for those who are planning to visit leh this mating season...
1) I.T people avoid staying in expensive hotels..opt for home stays instead..they are a lot cheaper and provide homely comfort..people are nice and friendly...there are a lot of home-stays that provide food as well.(book in advance if you are travelling in season)
2)Your prepaid sim cards wont work there...so either carry a postpaid sim card from your place or spend a fortune on std calling.BSNL works best in and around leh but airtel's fine...
3)Even if your carrying your own sim card..internet comes as a surprise..forget 3g for that matter..but you'll find a lot of cyber cafes..so its easy to stay connected with the rest of the world and annoy people with your updates..
4)For all the alcoholics,pot heads and people smoking joints..cigarettes sure..alcohol and pot is hard to find..you won't see a theka there but few bars here and there..so good luck with that..
5)There are a lot of bike rentals in and around leh from where you can rent bikes..rates are not cheaper but bargain till you drop..900 for electra..1200 for classic 350 and 1600 for 500..(Book in advance if you are travelling in season)
6)Leh weather is quite unpredictable..so carry enough clothing..woolens you can buy from there as well..
7)Petrol pumps are pretty hard to find..especially on leh-Manali highway and even on leh-srinagar highwaythey tend to disappear pretty soon..so carry enough fuel..
8)Drink a lot of water..carry dry fruits..eating options are pretty limited..ask for punjabi dhaba..50 rupees unlimited thali..(same menu everyday)its the barbecue nation of leh...cheers!!!
9)Shopping can be done from leh main market..prayer wheels and thanka paintings are must buy..
10)For all those travelling on bikes from manali..2-3 weeks is what you need..and on return take the Leh-Srinagar-Chandigarh route you wont be disappointed..for those travelling by flight you need around 8-10 days for covering places in and around leh..
That's pretty much..for itinerary and other info there are millions of websites..Devil on wheels and team-Bhp are few of them..
Sharing some contact info.
Cold desert adevnture: 9906983440,9469595126(gonbo)DHA:9622961953
Greenland home stay,changspa road:great place to stay..home cooked food..
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