7 Reasons Why Ladakh in Winter Rocks – Must visit winter destination

Have you ever dreamt of walking straight into a picture postcard? If yes, then it’s time to plan your most magical trip to one of the best destinations in India – Ladakh.

We visited Ladakh in January last year and were completely blown by its beauty. You might have seen thousands of breathtaking captures floating all over the internet but believe me, nothing does justice to it or no article can actually define the real beauty that can only be seen or felt in person.

The trip to Ladakh is one such enriching experience that should be on everyone’s bucket list and we promise you won’t come back to the city hustle without leaving a piece of you.

Here we share our top 7 reasons why Ladakh in winter rocks

1. It is not crowded

Summer in Ladakh is jam-packed, on the other hand in winter crowds thin out, you are the only soul and no one is around for miles.  You can actually count the number of vehicles plying on the road or at times you might be the only one driving around.

7 Reasons Why Ladakh in Winter Rocks

Empty roads, empty valleys, empty monasteries… No photo bombing or traffic jams, no long waits in queues to visit a Monastery, no one to share this piece of paradise with … Sounds Perfect!! Isn’t it? 😀

7 Reasons Why Ladakh in Winter Rocks

The famed Sanchi Stupa which is jam-packed during summers lies deserted in the winter. You can spend as much time as you would need to click that perfect picture with the perfect backdrop. In a nutshell, you have the entire of Ladakh to yourself.

2. It’s magical.

Ladakh in winter pictures

Ladakh is blessed with jaw-dropping landscapes. Frozen waterfalls, lakes, and rivers are a common sight. The landscape is a mix of barren mountains to snow-capped mountains and each and every corner is begging to be Instagrammed. The contrast of the brown barren mountains to the white snow is breathtaking and is a photographer’s delight.

Every nook is straight out of a Pinterest Board



3. More time with the locals

Another benefit of traveling during winters in Ladakh is that because there are few tourists around, locals are quite chilled out and are more open to chat with the tourists. Strike up a conversation with locals and get to know the culture first hand. Visit a Ladhaki home to get the authentic feel of Ladakh. There cannot be a better time to hang out with the locals and get a feel of the culture up close.

4. Winter Treks & Sports 

Imagine walking on a frozen river or a frozen lake !!! Yes, winter is the time to head to Ladakh for the famous Chadar Trek. Chadar Trek is not for faint-hearted. You need to be physically fit and the trek guarantees spectacular sights at every inch and steps you take.

Other challenging treks like Stok base camp trek, Markha Valley Trek, Sham valley trek are quite popular and cheap during winter.

Ice hockey in India? Yes, of course. During winter, most of the lakes are frozen and is a perfect time to try your hands at playing Ice Hockey to your heart’s content.

5. Spot the Snow Leopard

Winter is the right time to spot the snow leopard in this region, so get your DSLR’s ready to capture this majestic animal. The snow leopard can be spotted throughout the Hemis National Park, and in Sham area west of Leh, the famous spots are Ney Phu, Ule Phu, and hills of Skindyang village.

6. Festivals 

Ladakh has many winter festivals which you can be a part of like Ladakhi Losar, Spituk Gustor, Thiksay Gustor and Stok Monastery Festival. A perfect time to join the locals and immerse yourself in the Ladakhi culture.

7. Surprise! It’s cheaper!

This should be a no-brainer at all, Ladakh is actually cheaper in winter. Woohooo !!!

During winter, most of the hotels and homestay shut down. Some of the hotels which remain open during the winters even their rates drop too, prices go down everywhere and you are pretty much guaranteed a deal wherever you go. Don’t forget to haggle 😉 Taxis are available at very reasonable rate.


Hope these reasons are enough to entice you to visit Ladakh in winter.



If you do find our article useful in planning your trip, don’t forget to send a note/picture of your trip to us ( Email:  thetalesofatraveler@gmail.com)

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  • Reply
    October 24, 2017 at 4:17 am

    The first blog I have read completely on your blog is this one. I really liked the tips you shared and excitement you have shown for that palace is awesome.

    Also, I liked your blog style very much. I also run a travel blog.

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    Urvesh Bhatt
    October 24, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    Wow, M really surprised. I was always under the impression that Ladhak is not accessible from November to March. And the first blog I read which says Ladhak rocks in winters. Just the spark I needed to plan to Ladhak. Thank you for such a wonderful post.

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    Prashant photography@ wedding photography, candid photography, advertising photography
    October 26, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    Full details with best photography Thanks

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    Mani @ A New Life Wandering
    October 27, 2017 at 1:49 am

    I’d love to visit!

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    November 2, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Completely blown away by the pics,I think now I shall change my plans of visiting Ladakh in summer to winters

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    Natasha Malik
    November 3, 2017 at 7:56 am

    So Cool!

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    Tara Nair
    November 3, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Hear the post. And loved the phototgraphy!!

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    November 9, 2017 at 4:44 am

    Hi , very good information . Well captured through nice photographs. i also recommend auli in uttarakhand as hot winter destination.

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    November 9, 2017 at 4:49 am

    More photographs of winter seasons would have made it more appealing , i also recommend auli in uttarakhand as hot winter destination.

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    GST Courses
    November 11, 2017 at 7:10 am

    Hey keep posting such good and meaningful articles.

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    November 11, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Ladakh is very much in my wishlist and perhaps on the top of it! Hope I’ll get to venture here soon and as you say, hope I should plan it out for winter!!! Less crowd & more time with locals would be the icing on the cake!

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    Samantha Sparrow
    November 12, 2017 at 5:54 am

    I adore visiting places at unusual times – it’s almost like you get the place to yourself! Ladakh looks absolutely breathtaking and as you say I’m sure better in person. Your photography is also stunning.

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    November 12, 2017 at 6:00 am

    Oh wow I was ready to visit Ladakh before I was halfway done reading reason 2 its magical! It looks so incredibly magical in your photos and as you say not overcrowded or too touristy! Great tip about visiting in winter to do it cheaper and that photo of the icicles on the rock wow!!!!!!!

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    November 12, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Your photos are beautiful and really capture the essence of the place in winter. I’ve never been to India, but this place of Ladakh is wonderful, especially in winter. I’d love to visit now!

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    November 12, 2017 at 10:30 am

    What a postcard scene Ladakh looks like! I would have no idea that this amazing place is in India. Your photos of Ladakh in the winter looks magical and a beautiful place to visit. I would totally love to spot a Snow Leopard!

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    Christie Sultemeier
    November 12, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    It does indeed look magical!! The first pic surprisingly reminds me of a place near Queenstown, New Zealand that I went. The water is so blue and beautiful! Winter definitely does look like the time to visit. Great info!

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    November 13, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    You’ve mentioned so many good reasons to visit Ladakh in winter. Less people and cheaper are 2 of my favourites! Photographing the scenery and unique colored water would be amazing too!

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    November 13, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    India hasnt been high in my list but wow Ladakh is something else! This is my first time hearing bout this place- very different from what Ive seen of India. It reminds me of somewhere in Europe with the snow and naturescape. Definitely adding it to my list now!

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