I just came back from a great trip to Melbourne Australia but my travel diva feet are now itching to go somewhere melancholic, desolate countryside… somewhere in India. You can tell by the title that I am itching to go to Ladakh. Yes, Ladakh!
Have you see this Bollywood movie called 3 Idiots? If you have, you must have seen the beautiful scenery they were at. I tried to google the locations of the movie and yes, Ladakh was one of the locations. And my heart skipped a beat to know that it’s in Ladakh.
And so I tried to google on some information on getting to Ladakh, as I have been doing for my previous trips before. I would probably do some googling on cheap egypt holidays too coz Egypt is also one of my dream holiday destinations. But anyways, here are some helpful info on Ladakh.
Best time to go to Ladakh:
The best time to go to Ladakh, India is during the summer months which starts in June till September. It’s not a good time to go during the winter season as it gets too cold for comfort. Also, some roads will be closed due to snowfalls.
How to go to Ladakh in a budget?
If you are like me, who’s always on a budget while traveling, and if you’re coming from Kuala Lumpur, there are a couple of ways to get to Ladakh.
Take a cheap Air Asia flight from Kuala Lumpur to New Delhi, India. If you can get a promo rate, it’s about 800RM for a return ticket.
When you arrive at New Delhi, this is where you can choose between two options:
1. Go to Leh Ladakh by Road
2. Go to Leh Ladakh by Air
Actually, you can’t go straight to Ladakh as Ladakh is a desert but the nearest city is Leh. That’s why you can go to Leh and make it your base. From Leh, you can start your adventure to Ladakh.
If you choose to go to Leh by road, you may take a tour trip that stops an between beautiful places like Srinagar, Gulmarg, Sonmarg, Kargil then to Leh. There are many travel agencies that could plan your itinerary to Ladakh. But I have read that going on your own would still be the best option. If however, you’re a very fussy traveler, I suggest you take some tour guides from travel agencies. I guess you can google up some of the travel agencies that could plan your tour for you. But if you have the adventurous spirit and want to discover new places and new things, regardless of gender, I think you can do that too. I am saying regardless of gender because from what I read, if you go with women or if you’re a woman traveling, it might not be comfortable for you.
And if you choose to travel by flight, the cheapest flight I could find was by Jet Airways from New Delhi to Leh (return) at around $200. I dunno know how much the road trip will cost. I am guessing it’s a bit more expensive as you have to stay in between places for rest. That means, you need to pay for accommodations and stuff like that. But I think if you travel by road, you will be able to cover more.
According to Lonely Planet travel guide, Ladakh is one of the top 5 destinations (in the world) for photography. And I do agree, after seeing the movie and after googling some Ladakh images.
[Photo courtesy and more info n Ladakh, India: visitladakh.com]
And so, the question is… when am I going? I am not sure yet. My cash is not enough to go so soon. But I am definitely starting to save up.
And so, if you are a photography buff and have a wanderlust… do you wanna consider joining me in this adventure and go to Ladakh, India? Lemme know! We can start planning now.