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How to Reach Ladakh

How to Reach Ladakh by Air

Ladakh's capital Leh is connected by flight services that come in to the airport, 5 kms from the main town on the Srinagar Highway. The airport, shuttle bus services and shared jeep-taxis are available into town. Weather conditions can be erratic in Leh and flights get cancelled at short notice. Check before travelling and book well in advance, since flights are usually full in the summer months.

How to Reach Ladakh by Rail

There are no trains to Ladakh. One can only avail the air or the bus services.

How to Reach Ladakh by Bus

The most used overland approach to Ladakh is from the Kashmir valley on the Srinagar-Leh road (435km), The highway opens in early June just as the summer traffic to the region begins and closes down by November. The highway crosses some really fabulous scenic areas before entering Ladakh through the Zoji-La pass (3505m).

Getting Around Ladakh

Regular public bus services ply between the two main towns of Leh and Kargil on a fixed route basis; the other small hamlets and villages in Ladakh are connected to each other by mini-buses. The only air service is the flights into Leh from outside Ladakh. Visitors to Ladakh can hire cars, MUVs or 4WDs from any one of the many travel agents in Leh for excursions into the interiors of Ladakh. Hired taxis remain the most convenient and comfortable mode of travel within Ladakh, definitely worth the extra they cost. For travel to Nubra, Changthang & Dah-Hunu, it is necessary to hire vehicles from Tourist Dept recognized/ registered travel agencies only. A list of these travel agents is available at the Tourist Offices, as is detailed information on bus schedules.

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