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Do’s And Don’ts While Travelling To Leh-Ladakh – Scoutripper

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Travelling to Leh and Ladakh is a milestone for every adventure buff and nature lover. The vast expansive landscape of the valley, the high passes, the cultural difference as well as those deadly roads. A road trip to Ladakh is a bucket list item for all but one has to be extremely cautious on the treacherous mountain roads and the high altitude.

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So here we are with a bunch of do’s and don’ts for all our friends travelling to Leh Ladakh.


What You Have To Do:

  • If you’re taking a road trip, you must make sure the vehicle you’re carrying is in the best of the condition and also you must check if you’re driver whether a friend or a professional must have the first-hand experience with the roads if not he must be extremely careful and confident.
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  • You must carry a big box of medicines and makeshift beddings for days when you travel to the remotest parts or decide to take a nap while taking a halt in the journey.
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  • You must make sure all your necessary paperwork is up and running. If you are a foreign national, in addition to a Visa for India, you will need special permits to visit certain parts of Ladakh. If you are driving a rental vehicle, make sure you have all the documents for the bike/car handy.
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  • You must try to keep your surrounding clean and take care of all your litter. You must be a responsible traveller.
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  • You must carry with you extra set of warm clothes at all times and also some ready to eat food for times when you might be in a pickle.
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What You Don’t Have To Do:

  • Don’t be in a hurry to reach your destination, the journey is mind boggling so you must try to enjoy every bit of it. Do not haste into anything and drive carefully.
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  • Don’t rely heavily on your mobile phone GPS as you can be disappointed, you can take help from the people around you.
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  • Don’t expect full mobile coverage in all areas, there still are numerous areas where a cellular data connection is an issue.
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  • There will be times you won’t be as comfortable as you want do not make an issue of it and try to adjust in all situations
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  • Do not get yourself in any dangerous situation, stick to the group and do not leave without telling your whereabouts.
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  • Recently, a few rules and regulations in the state of Jammu and Kashmir have changed and hence people who rent bikes from Himachal have to rent new bikes registered under J&K number to travel across the state ( Pangong Tso Lake, Nubra Valley, Zanskar Valley, Magnetic Hill, Spituk Gompa etc). Hence people must keep these things in mind and not break the rules (in some cases people try to sneak in other state vehicles early in the morning but there could be severe legal action)
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Sincerely hoping you all have a wonderful travelling experience to on of the most beautiful places in the world.

“JULLEY (as they say in Ladakhi)”