With the influx of local and foreign tourists in the Ladakh region, during the summer season the hotels are packed and it can be hard to find the quiet ambience you might be looking for. Explore before the peak tourist season and plan your trip to Ladakh in April.
How to get there?
The roads to Ladakh from Manali and Srinagar open only in the beginning of summer when the snow melts. June through mid September the army controlled roads are opened to civilians. This is recommended as the best way to travel as the changing topography on the way is breathtaking and unique from any other region in India. However, in April, you will have to take a flight to Leh. The closest and robust connection is from Delhi. This too is beautiful as the flight crosses over the high mountains and snowy tall peaks in the distance.
April is good time to travel to Ladakh as you get the best of both weathers. The snow covered peaks are still close to you, yet the weather in Leh town is pleasant in the afternoons. This is great for photography. One can walk peacefully in the market without rubbing shoulders tourists from the planes. Though many cafes still maybe shut, you will still be able to find enough food on the menu. The other advantage is that you can get a good bargain on the souvenirs which are inflated during the tourist season.
One of the main reasons to visit Ladakh now is the famous Lamayuru festival. Other monastery festivals like Hemis happen in July and it is impossible to get seats at that time. Take a ride to the monastery from Leh and watch the traditional mask dances and other ceremonies. This is a great photo opportunity for photographers.
Trekking with local experts is a good option to try in April. This is usually impossible and not as exciting in summers as most operators are busy in overland journeys. The weather is challenging for those who wear adventure on their sleeve.
This trip might be good second trip to Leh after you have seen the Pangong Tso Lake and Nubra Valley as the roads still may be blocked due to weather conditions.
Don’t assume that the dreadful summer heat of Delhi will follow you to the hills. It is going to be extremely cold so gather all your woollies and heavy jackets for this trip.
Where to Stay
Stay in a remote homestay in the mountains of Northern India. Friendly farm hosts will show you simple living in the land of snow leopards and clear night skies. Find out more about Ladakh homestays. Alternatively contact our reservations team or leave us a comment with your requirements.
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