Leh Ladakh in Winters – 5 Reasons to visit and a 5 Day Itinerary

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Reading Time: 5 minutesLeh Ladakh aka The Land of High Passes, a region in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, in the north of India, is not only a cold desert known for mesmerizing views and a vibrant culture, but is literally a little corner of Tibet marooned in the farthest reaches of India.

The region of Leh Ladakh became extremely popular specially after the movie 3 Idiots was released back in 2009. Now Leh Ladakh is frequented by adventure junkies, specially from April – September when the roads are open and accessible.

Most of you might have already been to Leh Ladakh or might be planning a trip in the coming summer. However, here I’m going to give you 5 reasons to visit Leh Ladakh in winters too.




5 reasons to visit Leh Ladakh in Winters 

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#1 Leh Ladakh under a white blanket

It’s easy to fall in love with the landscape of Leh Ladakh, but when its covered under a white blanket of snow, it literally transforms into a fairyland.

#2 Appreciate the beauty of Leh Ladakh minus the touristy crowd

After the 3 Idiots movie release, Ladakh becomes overcrowded as hell during the summer months, which means, that no matter where you’ll go, there’ll be plenty of tourists taking selfies, playing loud music and spoiling the charm of the place.

However, in the winters, you won’t find tourists in Ladakh, rather you’ll find travellers who have chosen to take the offbeat path.

#3 Walk on water

Yes, it’s possible to walk on water in the winters in Leh Ladakh.

Where, you may ask?

The lake Tso Moriri, is where you can walk on water which turns into a thick layer of Ice in the winters.

 

#4 Get a droolworthy Insta feed

Who doesn’t like having an amazing Instagram feed?

And the chances of your images of Leh Ladakh in winters going viral is quite high, provided you use the best possible hashtags, and get creative when capturing your shots.

 

#5 The flights are probably the cheapest

Yes, you heard that right. You can get a Delhi – Leh – Delhi return for as less as INR 5000. It can’t get better than this, can it?

Now that you are convinced that you want to visit Leh Ladakh in winters, this itinerary shared below might be quite helpful to you.

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The 5 day Leh Ladakh in Winters Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive at Leh by flight, in the morningand settle into a guesthouse with a local Ladakhi family. Acclimatize and rest for the day. Have a nice sleep and head out to Shanti Stupa in the evening. The panoramic view of the city from here are just mid blowing.

Day 2

First stop for the day will be Thiksay Monastery which is located on a hillock overlooking the Indus Valley.

Later on, head to the largest and wealthiest of all monasteries in Ladakh region, the Hemis monastery.Situated some 45 kms from Leh City, Hemis monastery is tucked on a mountain on the west bank of the serene River Indus. The monastery belongs to Dugpa Kargyutpa order or Red Sect of Buddhism and is said to be enriched with a large number of Thangkas or paintings, which are exhibited during the one of the famous festivals in Ladakh, Hemis Festival.

Once you have visited the monastery, then head out 3 km, trekking away from Hemis monastery to a sacred hermitage which was founded by Gyalwa Kotsang. His footprint and handprint are known to be engraved on a rock in a nearby cave.

It is said that the hermitage was found several years prior to Hemis Monastery.

Trek back to your vehicle, and head back to your homestay in Leh Ladakh and recharge your batteries.

 

Day 3

Check out of your homestay, and enjoy the beauty of Leh Ladakh in winters as you make your way to Tso Moriri.

Tso Moriri or “Mountain Lake”, is a beautiful lake in the Ladakhi part of the Changthang Plateau. The lake and surrounding area are protected as a part of the the Tso Moriri Wetland Conservation Reserve. The lake is at an altitude of 4,522 meters.

Spend the day exploring the lake and surrounding areas, getting those instaworthy shots and check into your local homestay near the lake.

 

Day 4

Check out of your homestay, and head back to your homestay in Leh Ladakh. Relax and enjoy the panoramic views on your drive back from Tso Moriri. On your way back, you will also get the chance of interacting with the Nomadic Changpa tribe.

Changpa are a nomadic community of pastorals living in the Changthang Plateau in Ladakh and Tibet. They raise yak, sheep and cows and shift their location with season depending on the availability of grass. Most of the places they camp in are situated well above 10,000 feet, sometime as high as 15,000 feet!

Despite the extreme altitude and severe weather, they have learnt to survive in these inhospitable places and have thrived here for many centuries. Their camping areas are usually located at about 5-8 hours driving distance from Leh, travelling towards east.

Once you reach back to your homestay in Leh, it will be time to savour some local Ladakhi delicacies.



Day 5

Make sure that your phone and camera is fully charged, as you will be visiting the local sights and attractions in Leh, like the Shanti Stupa, Hall of Fame, Alchi Monastery, Magnetic Hill and the Indus – Zanskar sangam.

The artistic and spiritual details of both Buddhism and the Hindu kings of that time in Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh are reflected in the wall paintings in the Alchi monastery. These are some of the oldest surviving paintings in Ladakh.

After the local sightseeing, check out the market area before returning back to your homestay in the evening.

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To make life easier, here is the 5 day Leh Ladakh in Winters itinerary.

Day 1: Arrival at Leh and acclimatize your body

Day 2: Visit Thiksey Monastery and Hemis Monastery –  Kotsang trek

Day 3: Drive to Tso Moriri

Day 4: Drive back to Leh from Tso Moriri – Interact with the nomadic Changpa tribe

Day 5: Local Sightseeing in Leh – Shanti Stupa, Hall of fame, Alchi Monastery.

Day 6: With loads of memories, bid adieu to Leh Ladakh and board your flight back.

 

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Comments

  1. Sandy N Vyjay

    Ladakh is a land that truly is altogether another world. Its changing landscapes are an ode to the imagination of the creator. Have not visited the place during the winter but by all accounts and from your pictures the place seems to acquire a magical sheen that is so enthralling. need to plan to head there to see the winter avatar of Ladakh.

  2. Yukti Agrawal

    Leh and Ladakh look very dreamy and wonderland in winters. Thick carpets of snow on rugged hills make it a worth Instagrammable place. Thanks for sharing all convincing 5 reasons to visit Leh-Ladakh.

  3. The Travel Bunny

    Oh, this looks stunning but it seems so way out of my box. I’m becoming less and less of a winter person, as for some unknown reason in the past two years I’ve become more sensitive to the cold. Do you have any suggestions against this, besides proper clothes and layers? (Maybe I’m just getting old? :)) )

  4. Lola La Paz

    Wow, those views are stunning! I really like to travel outside the top season when there are fewer travelers roaming around. And the winter wonderland looks like a real-life fairy tale.

  5. Darah

    I love traveling in the offseason. There’s way less tourists and it’s typically cheaper all around. Flights and accommodation can be such a deal! Your star photo is incredible!

  6. Danik

    I love hiking, I love mountains, I love snow, I love places with no tourists, so I think Leh Ladakh is a place I would really love to visit and appreciate whilst I am there. The monastery looks truly amazing and would love to check this out.

  7. Tripae

    I didn’t know this place! India is a beautiful place and I want to visit it in the future.
    Thank you for the itinerary recommendation and nice photos!

  8. Lara Dunning

    What a beautiful place and having lived in Alaska for 10 years I’m not against cold weather travel as I love the snow and how things look with a layer of white. I’ve never heard of the movie 3 Idiots, will have to look into that. Thanks for including an itinerary as I’ve never heard of this part of the world.

  9. The.Holidaymaker

    The photos are stunning. You almost convinced me I need to go, except I live in Canada and experience way too much snow. But this would be an entirely different experience. Great info. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Lauren

    This is a brilliant idea! Leh is so high on my list of places I’d like to go, and I’m a huge fan of shoulder season or off season to beat the crowds. Plus, mountains are just that much more beautiful when they are covered in snow!! Beautiful photos as well 🙂

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