Why I love going to Ladakh in September

If there is no major problem which causes postponement of my upcoming trip to Ladakh, I’ll be heading there in the month of September and it would be for the fourth time, I would visiting Ladakh in September.

Now you must be wondering, why do I keep going back to Ladakh in the month of September?

Well, here is why:

Fewer tourists: Lets face it, majority of travelers don’t like to visit a place which is jam packed with other tourists and I am no different. As soon as roads to Ladakh open up, travelers from all over the world, start heading to this beautiful place and it thus becomes somewhat crowded. By beginning of September, tourist numbers start to dwindle and by second week, there are fewer tourists around. Which not only means a more peaceful Ladakh, but also leads to cheaper and more easily available accommodation.

Majority of the roads are open: After reading the above point, you must be thinking, then why not go in May or late October. Well the rational behind it is simple, at those times, not all roads are open for two wheelers and one’s travel plan relay heavily on the goodwill of weather gods. Skipping places I had planned to visit isn’t something that I like and thus try to avoid these months.

Suru Valley looks spectacular: Well it might not be reason enough for everyone, but it is of quite an importance to me. In September the grass in Suru Valley starts turning into orangish/redish color and that coupled with bluish water and colorful hills make for a view that is unparalleled, and can even make a photograph taken during a severe locust infestation, look beautiful.

suru valley in september

Though going by the number of people who are showing interest in now going to Ladakh in September, first point might not be valid a few years down the line, but till these are, I’ll be hoping to return to Ladakh in September, again and again…

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