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1.) Woolens / Jackets / Sweaters - cover yourself in layers, so that its easy for you to peel off a Jacket when the sun is out bright, and pull it back on when it starts getting chilly.
2.) Woolen socks, gloves & cap - You may or may not need these, depends on how your body reacts to the cold, but always better to carry a pair or two
3.) Complete Bike protective gear for riders and pillions, with a solid helmet - For the ones who are planning to ride and experience the pristine beauty
4.) Track pants & quick dry t-shirts - 2-3 pairs of each
5.) Inners / thermals - These really help
6.) Good quality hiking / trekking shoes & a pair of flip flops
7.) UV-protective sunglasses
8.) Good SPF sunscreen (depending on your skin characteristic)
9.) Dettol 30ml bottle, with cotton and 2-3 packets of gauze
10.) Betadine tube - small
11.) Snickers Chocolate Bars
11.) Medicines as necessary (Common ailments during travel - Acute Mountain Syndrome (for high elevated places), upset stomach, nausea, headache, dehydration, etc.)
NOTE - Leh/Ladakh is located high up in the Himalayan Mountains, and being a desert at a high elevation, the volume of oxygen in the air is less. It takes a normal human body a while to acclimatize at such high altitudes, the locals however are by now used to the atmosphere. Many travelers consume a tablet called DIAMOX before travelling to Ladakh, as Diamox helps in increasing the capacity of the Lungs making one breathe in more air. Diamox has a sulphur base, which might cause allergy in a few people, so it is always better to consult your doctor before consuming it.
The flights to Leh are available the year round, and November to February is when the hardcore adventurists, trekkers, etc. visit the place to experience the numbing yet thrilling cold. That's when most of the passes are closed because of snow, and the lakes and the rivers are frozen.
If its your second visit and you have already completed the route by road, then it would be a good option to fly-in for 10 Days, and experience a few offbeat passes, lakes & villages, or experience one of the local Ladakhi festivals.
Leh also has an airport - Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport that has daily direct flights from Delhi & Mumbai during the season.
The Indian Government is also planning to connect the region by a Rail network, that is expected to become the Highest Rail Network of the World, surpassing the current Chinese Marvel.
Dishes & Specialities to Try:-
1.) Tingmo - Tingmo is a popular street food, that is a stew of vegetables or meat, served with fermented & steamed bread.
2.) Chhurpi & Khambir - Chhurpi is cheese made from Yak Milk. It is easily available in the local markets, in three varients - sweet, salty & plain. It is usually consumed with Khambir, which is a local Ladakhi bread made from whole wheat. Khambir is a common side accompaniment for most of the Ladakhi dishes.
3.) Thukpa - Thukpa is originally a Tibetan noodle soup, which is quite popular in this region as well. It is traditionally a stew or soup with noodles, vegetables and/or meat or egg, served piping hot that keeps the body warm.
4.) Momos & Mokthuk - Momos are known by most & loved by all. The Ladakhi momos are great as well. Now when the momos are served in a soup, then it becomes a Mokthuk, which is also a must try.
5.) Butter Tea - A Ladakhi favorite, the butter tea is prepared by adding butter and salt to a brewing pot of milk infused with tea leaves. The tea is salty, the butter helps in keeping the lips chapped in the extreme cold, and the tea also helps in keeping warm.
The remaining months, that is; October to February see temperatures dipping to as low as -25 degrees at its peak.
One is still advised to carry namkeen, theplas, etc. if food is a concern.