When isolation is not even close to inhospitality and feels like the very home you have been hunting for, you know you are in Ladakh. Ladakh’s precious possession, its biggest town Leh, is a traveler’s delight. It is also known as “Land of High Passes” and is mainly inhabited by Tibetans. With long stretches of beige hills and almost null vegetation; Ladakh looks beautiful with its cragginess too. While you drift across its roads, you will pass past iconic monasteries and stupas; like the Thiksey Monastery and Namgyal Stupa. Thiksey Monastery looks like Potala Palace of Lhasa; this is the largest monastery in central Ladakh.
By Train : The nearest airport to Ladakh is Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport in Leh. The cabs are available outside the airport; by which you can get transferred to the heart of Ladakh easily. This is one of the highest commercial airports, that is directly connected to the major cities like Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Srinagar and Jammu. The flights operating in this airport are Air India, GoAir and Jet Airways. The International travellers can directly board a flight from the major cities like Kolkata, Mumbai and Delhi to reach Leh Airport by air and then ultimately to Ladakh, by a cab.
By Air : Jammu Tawi is the closest railhead, located at a distance of approximately 708 Km from Ladakh. In order to reach Ladakh, you have to hire a taxi or can board a bus from outside the railway station. It will take around 15 hours to reach the heart of the city, Ladakh. This station is directly connected to the railheads of the major cities like Kolkata, Delhi and Chandigarh. Chandigarh and Pathankot are the two other railway stations closest to Leh as well.
By Road : Ladakh can be reached via road by the two main highways. One is the Manali – Leh Highway, covering 473 kilometres from Manali. The other highway is Srinagar – Leh Highway, covering a distance of 434 kilometres. The highways are mostly open from mid- June to early – October and between July and November, respectively. The Himachal Pradesh Tourism (HRTC) and Jammu and Kashmir State Tourism (SRTC), operate the daily deluxe and ordinary bus services between Manali-Leh and Srinagar-Leh. The bus journey between Manali – Leh and Srinagar – Leh, takes approximately 19 and 17 hours respectively, with an overnight halt.