Leh-Ladakh

Srinagar – Leh finally reopens for 2017

Srinagar – Leh finally reopens for 2017

After a lot of confusing news and online rumors, Srinagar – Leh Highway has officially reopened for the light vehicles. In a nutshell, it means you can now travel to the beautiful Ladakh in your own vehicle! However, it isn’t really as simple as that. Zoji La at the moment […]

May 12, 2017
New restriction on vehicles heading to Ladakh!

New restriction on vehicles heading to Ladakh!

It seems just when you think, it cannot get any worse for tourism in Ladakh, something new and disturbing comes up. From the late opening of the road to the reimposition of Inner Line Permit for Indian travelers. This year has started on the wrong foot for Ladakh, and now, […]

May 4, 2017
Ladakh ILP reintroduced for Indian National

Ladakh ILP reintroduced for Indian National

In what can only be described as a regressive move, LAHDC (Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council) has once again decided to reintroduce Inner Line Permit (ILP) for Indian Nationals for all inner line areas. In 2014, LAHDC had abolished ILP requirement for the tourist circuit of Ladakh (see link). A […]

April 18, 2017
Why you don’t need a tour company for Ladakh

Why you don’t need a tour company for Ladakh

It seems for as many people heading to Ladakh these days, there are a similar number of travel and tour companies offering packages for Ladakh. Of course, this isn’t just limited Ladakh; it seems the internet and in particular, facebook is full of tour companies selling packages for popular and […]

April 17, 2017
Flight booked for 9th trip to Ladakh!

Flight booked for 9th trip to Ladakh!

For past few days, I had been contemplating the date of travel for my 9th trip to Ladakh. Since this is going to be another trip with friends, planning the trip meant, I had to consult with them as well. Finally, after much deliberation, we decided on a date and […]

March 19, 2017
Tunnels to ruin the fun of Ladakh?

Tunnels to ruin the fun of Ladakh?

Today the BRO announced, it is planning to construct 4 new tunnels in Ladakh, in order to improve the connectivity of this landlocked region (click here to read more about it). Reaction to this news was mixed, while some applauded it, stating benefits of round the year connectivity for locals […]

March 2, 2017
Ladakh eco-tourism policy; step in right direction?

Ladakh eco-tourism policy; step in right direction?

Anyone who has seen Leh and Ladakh change over the years would agree that even though tourism has led to better livelihood for locals and migrants alike, it has resulted in a negative impact on the fragile ecosystem of Ladakh. Today LAHDC (Leh Autonomous Hill Development Council) has adapted a […]

February 21, 2017
Why you should fly to Ladakh!

Why you should fly to Ladakh!

Traveling to Ladakh is a wonderful experience, be it the first time you’re visiting this heaven on earth or the 10th! However, first visit to Ladakh is all the more special. Because for the first time, you actually get to feel the cold Himalayan wind, scarcity of oxygen, breathtaking scenery […]

February 6, 2017
A drive to Chushul

A drive to Chushul

“I want to visit India – China border,” Neha’s words were echoing in my mind, as I applied for inner line permit at the DC Office in Leh. Reality of it is, there is no India-China border in Ladakh. Closest thing to that is the LAC, Line of Actual Control. […]

January 30, 2017
How-to travel from Nubra to Pangong Tso

How-to travel from Nubra to Pangong Tso

You must be wondering, why I am writing about traveling to two of the most visited destinations in Ladakh. After all, pretty much everyone who travels to Ladakh, visits Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso. And it is fairly common knowledge, that in order to visit these two destinations, you need […]

January 27, 2017