Leh Ladakh alone

#1 Sep 10th, 2016, 14:04
Join Date:
Jan 2014
Location:
Karwar
Posts:
75
  • travellight is offline
#1
It was in my mind since long to visit one of the highest land mass of my beloved country, some of my friends were discussing about visit there, it clicked in me too. So Now just completed my 9 days tour of Leh in a way which I wanted.

Health

I think every body planning to visit thinks about his health and endurence. I am not so lucky to get the best body from him. However I had the passion to go for places. There were several threads cautioning about AMS, especially form forein authors. Secondly I was going alone and last but not the least, one of the guy from my institute visited Leh last year had serious AMS attack at Lamayaru while travelling from Shrinagar to Leh and was brought back immediatly. But I have made my mind that once decided I have to go.

Best time


Best season may not be the best time. After visiting there and discussing with secveral hotel & Taxi drivers there, it is like this. At the end of April tourinst activity begins. May June July are the main season. By August tourist decline starts, and in september you have 10 % occupancy in Guest houses in leh. At Leh Majority Guest house close by september end. At pangong where I stayed in tent were telling about closing them by Septemeber 10 th. Believe me I travelled in August end, except in leh I could find anybody travelling with Childrens to Nubra OR Pangong. However hotel owners told me that in may & june family tourists visit there. So best time is left to you, If you want warm month then compromise with tourist rush and go in may June, if you want to enjoy it with little cold & snowfall wait till august end to enjoy the luxury of low fare and low rush.

Planning

I can assure you atlest now that Leh is the place which doesn't require any kind of advance booking, however delicate you are. It is so simple. Majority Hotels are at Changspa or Fort road. You ask your driver(pre paid taxis are available at Leh Airport) to take to the hotel. You will get a neat double room attached bathroom hotel in leh for as low as 450 Rupees. There are so many Hotels, Guest house and home stays. Travelling is so easy, different modes cycle, bike vehicle every kind lined up in tourist areas. Just a day before meet them at their office at changspa road or fort road area and book your seat. I was lucky to get co tourists of around the world from France, Austria , italy & japan with whom I had worderful tme discussing several topics which was as beautiful as the beauty of ladakh.
#2 Sep 10th, 2016, 14:28
Join Date:
Jan 2014
Location:
Karwar
Posts:
75
  • travellight is offline
#2

Entry

In variably many will enter to ladakh through Delhi leh flight, so was I. all Leh flights start early in morning so you have to be in delhi a day in advance. I took Homeopathic medicine as advised by my doctor one day before reaching Leh. I preferred homeopathic medicine over Diamox, as my friend complained loss of appetite after taking it. Now I feel my decision was right. Homeopathic doesn't have any immediate side effect. Remember at delhi several flights start early in morning & you will find big line in counters. So make sure to reach there exactly two hours before! Previous day I took a full bowl of palak mater and It s effect was surely there. Mu flight scheduled at 0545 was on time. It was normal aircraft. I was smart enough to reserve left window seat.
#3 Sep 10th, 2016, 16:15
Join Date:
Jan 2014
Location:
Karwar
Posts:
75
  • travellight is offline
#3

leh Airport

Reached Leh with lots of caution
Attached Images
IMG_20160829_071102974.jpg 
#4 Sep 10th, 2016, 16:19
Join Date:
Jan 2014
Location:
Karwar
Posts:
75
  • travellight is offline
#4

At airport

It is a small airport you will be greeted by repeated announcements on precautions to be taken for travelers. I felt slight pull back as i was walking, may be psychological. Took seat at corner till my bag came. I think Airport authority has to review the announcement system repeating caution as it may trigger panic among tourists, instead it can be displayed in posters.
#5 Sep 10th, 2016, 16:35
Join Date:
Jan 2014
Location:
Karwar
Posts:
75
  • travellight is offline
#5

At Hotel

Came out of Airport, it was chill 07:30 Hrs in morning, it is a dusty kind of land mass everywhere, while approaching Leh also from plane I felt like images seen on mars! Every where barren mountains without Trees, Now I came to know why it is called cold desert. Straight to Shanti stupa road where my guest house located. Samll guest house , adjacent was owners house. Had breakfast, aloo parota & tea. Owner told to rest at least for 6 hours in room in sleep posture explaining me his experience with previous guests who were sent back in spite of giving oxygen. Better to take care than suffer. That day leh temp was 16- 6 deg C. From 28 deg in my previous location it was a thermal shock. It effect was there. Room had TV. I tried to pass time in hibernation mode as day time sleep was banned in some other web page. From window i could see how hard working people of Leh are & their beautiful cultivation
Attached Images
IMG_20160829_082450764.jpg IMG_20160829_133130904.jpg 
#6 Sep 10th, 2016, 22:54
Join Date:
Jan 2014
Location:
Karwar
Posts:
75
  • travellight is offline
#6

Evening walk

In afternoon had simple rice daal meal at guest house. In evening it was time to explore Leh on walk. Started on shanti stupa-Chagspa road. Changspa road is nice full of tough tourists from around the world. In different shapes, color, attire, age. allong the road found plenty of shops selling dress materials, trekking-bike -taxi agents, shoe polisher, plenty of restaurants, German bakeries, water filling shops etc. Slowly walked to caution.As sun went down so was temperature. After about half hour walk turned back. Had discussion with my hotel man who arranged taxi for Leh local tour next day. Had dinner. in this cold place everything seems to be early dinner, sleep etc.
#7 Sep 11th, 2016, 08:23
Join Date:
Jun 2015
Location:
mumbai
Posts:
69
  • yogesh_d is offline
#7
nice write up
keep posting....
#8 Sep 11th, 2016, 16:21
Join Date:
Sep 2016
Location:
Lucknow
Posts:
2
  • sidraiz is offline
#8
nice!!
would love to hear more!!
#9 Sep 12th, 2016, 02:53
Join Date:
Dec 2009
Location:
Gurgaon
Posts:
11
  • mitasha is offline
#9
HI
thanks for this ..good writing and very inspiring...going to ladakh for 15 days trip alone ...starting from tomrw...and yes still have some high altitude panic...and your writing is helpful......thanks again and keep on writing...it's good reading
#10 Sep 12th, 2016, 22:53
Join Date:
Jan 2014
Location:
Karwar
Posts:
75
  • travellight is offline
#10

AMS Handling

Like any problem solution has to be two way i.e actual & emotional. So I adopted the below technique, Individual can vary according to his confidence. First pre-medicine. For me English medicine less suits, so given the option I choose Homeopathic. Take four pills(Only My doctor knows the content) on evening day before. You can feel its effect on body. Nothing strong. Next on reaching leh I took second dose before lunch again on empty stomach. Third & final I think I took on day reaching Pangong.

Second for quick healing- I kept Vicks inhaler, as it increases nostril dia, will be useful during the entry to high passes to increase your air intake.

Third- Kept a hot water flask with me, to sip on high altitude journeys.

So like corporate plan If one fail second then third- I kept triple protection against AMS
#11 Sep 12th, 2016, 23:00
Join Date:
Jan 2014
Location:
Karwar
Posts:
75
  • travellight is offline
#11

Leh Local

I had good sleep initially, but I think after 0230 hrs got up, may be due to cold, again slept. My vehicle was supposed to come at 0830 Hrs. Finally it started at 1000 hrs. A bit late, It was mistake by my hotel fellow, a young fellow who initially tried to combine me with some big family for local sight seeing. later after my intervention I got separate vehicle. Good weathered driver I got. In the beginning itself discussed with him about the entire day plan.
#12 Sep 12th, 2016, 23:14
Join Date:
Dec 2006
Location:
SLC
Posts:
2,109
  • kmalik is offline
#12

RE: AMS Handling

Quote:
Originally Posted by travellight View Post ... triple protection against AMS
Not questioning what you did let alone its efficacy, but I'd strongly caution anyone against taking this as a template for dealing with AMS. Perhaps not relevant to flying into Leh but AMS is serious business on which there are scientifically validated guidelines available on the web as well as good discussion on India Mike specific to Leh Laddakh trips (see anything by Vistet). None of the strategies taken the OP measure up.

I like the thread, so keep it coming. This particular post has potential to mislead the readers and hence this note of caution.
#13 Sep 12th, 2016, 23:19
Join Date:
Jan 2014
Location:
Karwar
Posts:
75
  • travellight is offline
#13

Leh Local-contd.

Hemis monastery- First directly went inside Museum. At entrance you have to take left turn to enter the center area of monastery. Museum well maintained. had video display also. Again for going inside you have to keep all your belonging in the locker provided. After museum went on to watch temple area, two in no one adjacent to other, took photo with young monks. Next visit was to beautiful thiksey monastery. From parking area like any other monastery in leh, you have to climb many steps to reach the top from where you can have aerial view of the sorroundings. Inside temple at the front also beautiful view is available. Came back to vehicle. It was already 01:00 Hrs(hemis is the farthest in this circuit takes about 40 min 33 Km.). Went to the hotel down below. Excellant clean 7 neat hotel, food also quality one. Only drawback waiter bluntly tells 30 min waiting for all order & it is true, after light snack cum meal(advice to take little for afternoon in ladakh-you have to go up down all the day) started for my next stop i.e Shey palace
#14 Sep 12th, 2016, 23:27
Join Date:
Jan 2014
Location:
Karwar
Posts:
75
  • travellight is offline
#14

On way to Hemis

First look
Attached Images
IMG_20160830_112337490.jpg 
#15 Sep 12th, 2016, 23:33
Join Date:
Jan 2014
Location:
Karwar
Posts:
75
  • travellight is offline
#15

More photos

Hemis, Thiksey Monasteries, barley fields
Attached Images
IMG_20160830_115925349.jpg IMG_20160830_130113524.jpg 
Reply

Similar Threads

Title, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views Forum
Leh- Ladakh. starting from Srinagar on 22nd June. Biking at Ladakh Jun 13th, 2012 23:27 0 1293 India Travel Partners


Posting Rules

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Forum Rules»
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.3.2
© IndiaMike.com 2018
Page Load Success