Ladakh Monastery Festival Calendar, 2014

October 8, 2013 at 7:46 pm

There is no better way to experience the culture and heritage of a region, than to attend one of its religious festivals. Ladakh being primarily a Buddhist region and home to numerous monasteries and appropriately called Land of the Lamas has many such festivals to offer to visitors, throughout the year.

Here is the Ladakh Monastic Festival Calendar for 2014, so that you too can take part in festivities and get to see and enjoy the real culture and heritage of Ladakh.

Spituk Gustor: 28-29th January
Likir Dosmochey: 27-28th February
Stok guru Tseschu: 10-11th March
Matho Nagrang: 15-16th March
Saka Dawa: 13th June
Yuru Kabgyad: 24-25th June
Hemis Tseschu: 7-8th July
Shachukul Gustor: 14-15th July
Karsha Gustor: 23-24th July
Phyang Tserup: 24-25th July
Korzok Gustor: 30-31st July
Dakthok Tseschu: 6-7th August
Sani Naro Nasjal: 9-10th August
Thiksey Gustor: 9-10th November
Chemday Angchok: 20-21st November
Galdan Namchot: 16th December
Losar: 22nd December

Kargil Cloudburst, Sriangar – Leh reopens

August 3, 2013 at 10:54 am

A day after the devastating cloudburst and flash floods in Kargil, BRO has managed to restore road connectivity on the Srinagar – Leh Highway. While the road conditions are poor at places in and around Kargil, however traffic is trickling through and Ladakh remains connected via both its land routes to rest of India.

This is welcome news for the locals and army, as well as tourists, who need not cancel or postpone their plans and can visit Ladakh without any issue.

Kargil Cloudburst, Srinagar – Leh Highway closed

August 2, 2013 at 7:16 am

Traffic movement on the Srinagar – Leh Highway has been disrupted, due to cloudburst which took place in Kargil yesterday evening. No loss of life has been reported thus far and the Srinagar – Leh Highway is expected to reopen soon for vehicular traffic.

For all those who are planning to visit Ladakh in the coming days, please keep an eye on the developing situation and do not cancel your plans as of now, unless the situation changes drastically in the coming days.

Update: Srinagar – Leh Highway has reopened for vehicular traffic.

Delhi – Leh Bus Service restarts for 2013

June 4, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Himachal Road Transport Corporation has begun its Delhi – Leh Bus Service for 2013 from Monday. Ticket for the HRTC Bus from Delhi to Leh is priced at a fairly affordable Rs. 1,203 per person and is about as cheap as it gets.

HRTC Delhi – Leh Bus starts its journey from Delhi in the evening and reaches Manali in the morning and after an hour long pit stop, it begins its journey to Leh and stops at Keylong for the night. From where it restarts its journey to Leh, next day at 5am.

Unlike the HPTDC Bus from Manali to Leh, accommodation and food aren’t included in the price of bus ticket and passengers are responsible for arranging their own accommodation at Keylong (there are plenty of guest houses in Keylong).

While the 33 hour journey from Delhi to Leh is going to be tiring for most, the attractive price of the ticket and the short duration of the journey and hassle-free nature of traveling directly from Delhi to Leh makes this HRTC Bus an attractive option for many travelers.

For more details you can contact HRTC’s Delhi Inquiry Desk at 011-23868694.

Manali – Leh Highway reopens for 2013

May 22, 2013 at 7:53 am

Manali – Leh Highway has officially reopened for 2013, 7 days after the initial deadline BRO had set for the reopening of the highway, earlier in the year. This delay has occurred due to heavy snow accumulation on Baralacha La and Tanglang La, which took longer than usual to clear.

With the Manali – Leh Highway as well as Rohtang Jot reopened for tourists; it is time to rejoice for travelers, who had been waiting eagerly for this beautiful yet treacherous route to open, after it closed for the winter last year.

Of course reopening of Manali-Leh Highway and Rohtang Jot does come with some strict restrictions this year by the administration, in a bid to reduce traffic snarls. So if you too are planning to head to Rohtang/Ladakh/Lahaul soon, please read our post Traffic Rules and Restrictions for Rohtang Jot in 2013.

Another thing to keep in mind is, due to the High Court order, restaurants and temporary tea and food stalls at both Marhi and Rohtang Jot have been removed by the administration and although the court has directed HPTDC to provide mobile food vans, it is highly likely that there will be few if any places to eat/drink once you go past Kothi.

So make sure you are carrying food and water with you, whether you are heading to Ladakh, Lahaul and Spiti or Rohtang Jot itself.

Wish you a very happy and safe Journey to the land of the lamas.