It is true that there is no other place like Ladakh and you will fall in love with the people, place and culture of Ladakh every time you visit this beautiful place. Ladakh trip is all about magical vistas and good vibes but it is always better to be sure about certain things rather than making assumptions or regretting them later. So here is a list of some important things to know before planning a Ladakh road trip.
Do’s and Don’ts for a Road Trip to Ladakh
- Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)
Acute mountain sickness is a common problem that happens at high altitudes due to scarcity of oxygen. No matter how fit you are, it can happen to anyone of any age and fitness level. Make sure to take all the precautions. Keep yourself hydrated and avoid smoking and drinking till you are fully acclimatized. Do not overexert yourself and also carry prescribed medicine for AMS.
- Availability of medical facilities
Remember that medical help is not a call away in Ladakh. It is better to note down the best district hospitals in Ladakh so that you know where to go in case of any medical emergency. It is advisable not to plan your trip to Ladakh if you already have any medical symptoms.
- Mobile phone connectivity
Only postpaid connections work in Ladakh. So consider carrying a BSNL or Airtel postpaid sim for connectivity in Ladakh. Connection is not available in certain places like Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso, make all the calls and messages before traveling there.
- Carry photocopies of necessary documents
Don’t forget to carry photocopies of your Aadhar Card, Pan Card and Passport. If you are planning for a bike trip, keep your vehicle Registration Papers, PUC, Insurance Paper and Driving License. If you are not an Indian citizen, carry your passport and the permit you received from the government to travel to Ladakh.’
These are some important things that you should know before planning a road trip to Ladakh. Ladakh is a heavenly place but you should ensure that you are fully prepared for high altitude, rough weather and poor mobile connection. Being sure of certain things will help you to make this trip enjoyable and memorable.