Ladakh is known as ‘the land of passes’ and is the coldest desert in the region of Jammu & Kashmir. Leh, Ladakh these days is becoming much popular amongst both the adventure lovers and nature friendly travelers. Ladakh is well-connected to Delhi by both road and air. Leh is the headquarters of Ladakh and is centrally located within the region. Nowadays a lot number of people are planning their trip from Delhi to Leh, either by road or by air. You can drive into Leh from either side, that is via Manali or Srinagar. Leh Airport is known as ‘Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport (IXL)’ and is only at a distance of 9 km from the city and you can easily book a cab once you landed at the airport.
However, for those who need to save some time and also do not want to get into the hustle of ever twisting roads to Leh, taking a flight from Delhi to Leh seems to be best option. It takes around one and a half hour to reach Leh, Ladakh from New Delhi, by flight. There are a number of flights between New Delhi (DEL) and Leh (IXL) every day ranging different airlines and timings, so you can choose one according to your needs.
Delhi to Leh flights list June 2017
05:40 – 07:05
06:55 – 08:20
05:10 – 06:30
05:55 – 07:20
09:25 – 10:50
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Altitude Sickness Leh
Leh is 3500m/11482ft above sea level, some of the travellers, especially those who have reached Leh, Ladakh by flight due to quick change in the atmosphere, experience a litle altitude sickness. The best way to avoid this to take rest for atleast 48 hours on arrival, the symptoms may be – persistent headaches, dizziness, insomnia, nausea, loss of appetite or shortness of breath. Do not excert yourself, visit only the nearby monasteries or the local bazaar, drink 3–4 litres of water a day and avoid alcohol. After check-in into a hotel or guesthouse, most travelers spend their first day to acclimatize themselves in Leh soaking up the atmosphere of the bazaar.
Places to visit in Leh
Despite of the increasing tourists, the long lasting impression of Leh remains lively yet a relaxed place. Attractions in and around Leh includes the Leh Palace and Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, filled with colorful strings of prayer flags on either side of the streets. A short walk to the north across the fields brings you to the Sankar Monastery, which includes modern Tantric murals and an idol of thousand-headed Avalokitesvara deity. Among the reach within short distances are the Shey Monastery, Thiksey gompa, and the Hall of Fame.
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