Five Reasons Why You Should Travel To Leh In Monsoon

If you have been keeping Leh on your bucket list for too long, now is the best time to tick it off

 
Five Reasons Why You Should Travel To Leh In Monsoon
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The rains are here. If you are someone who detests the wet and muddy trails, then the travel bug in you must be really getting frustrated as all destinations get drenched. You want to travel, but you hate the rains. Then there is one more place where you can go to enjoy a great trip.

Leh is beautiful throughout the year. But an added charm to this place is that it is dry while rest of India is getting clogged with rains.

Here are five reason you should visit Leh this monsoon.

The Rain Clouds Don’t Get Here

The weather is perfect at this time of the year in Leh
The weather is perfect at this time of the year in Leh

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Leh lies in the rain-shadow area. Which means the villages in the valley, tucked on the Himalayan mountains remain dry. By the time the clouds reach here, they have empties the moisture on the Indian plains, and they just bring a pleasant weather to the valley. The temperatures, between 10-20 degree Celsius are perfect to enjoy a great vacation.

Enjoy White Water Rafting

You can enjoy white water rafting on Indus and Zanskar
You can enjoy white water rafting on Indus and Zanskar

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Indus and Zanskar rivers are perfect in this season for White Water rafting. The water levels are high, the rapids are fast but safe, and the place is not as crowded as in summer. You can easily opt for popular trails like the Phey-Nimo route, the Kharu-Spituk route and the Upshi-Kharu route, among others.

Trekking And Hiking In The Himalayan

You can explore the many trails around Leh
You can explore the many trails around Leh

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While the Himalayas in rest of the states become inaccessible during monsoon, in Leh, you have access to various trail routes of varying difficulty levels. Whether it is the Stok Valley, Markha Valley or Kang Yatse, May to October is the best time t trek around Leh. You might encounter an occasional shower, but the great view of the mountains under an azure sky is breath taking.

The Many Festivals At This Time Of The Year

Leh holds many important cultural festivals in monsoon
Leh holds many important cultural festivals in monsoon

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Most of the villages with monasteries celebrate their local festivals from June to September. From the Hemis festival in June to Ladakhi polo festival in July, you can enjoy the best of Ladakhi culture. Other festivals held in this season include include the Karsha Gustor (July), held at Zanskar Valley’s largest monastery, Karsha; the Pheyang Tsedup (July/August), the annual festival at Pheyang monastery; and the Korzok Gustor (July/August), at Korzok monastery, near Tso Moriri Lake.

Amazing Cuisine

Apart from other adventures, if you are a foodie, you just cannot skip Leh in monsoon. To enjoy hot thukpa and steaming momos, as the cool monsoon breeze flows in the mountains must be an amazing experience. Chilly nights will become warmer with the local chang beer.

So, pack a waterproof jacket and hope you might not have to use it. But Leh in monsoon is the best place to be.