Leh-Ladakh in the month of July is the most ideal to travel since that’s the time when Ladakh is at its very best. It’s the peak of summer which has the days nice and warm and the nights moderately cold. The best part about travelling to Ladakh in July is that everything is easily accessible.
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Ladakh flights get cheaper
Peak season when the flights are beyond imagination is till the end of June since that’s when the summer holidays for schools end and the families return back to their regular life. So if you’re planning on starting your trip from Srinagar or directly flying into Leh, then July is the month when you will start to see a drastic drop in flight cost.
It’s summer in Ladakh
Unlike the rest of India which is in the monsoon spell, July in Leh-Ladakh is a dry spell and actually summer time in this part of the Himalayas. So if your in search for a holiday destination which is dry then a road trip around Ladakh is the best in July.
Less family crowd
School start by the first week of July in North India so its the perfect time to head out since you won’t really see any of the families with children in Ladakh. The traffic on the roads is also far lesser as compared to the months of May and June.
Traffic jams are less
Traffic jams in Ladakh can cause a lot of headache when it comes to road blocks and vehicles driving out of line. July is when everything moves relatively smooth and it’s during this month that the traffic blocks will be limited to just the town of Leh. The rest of the road trip is pretty much a smooth drive.
Monasteries are not over crowded
The Buddhist monasteries in Leh-Ladakh attract a lot of crowd and it’s at these monasteries that most people end up having the best experience in Ladakh. Starting with the monastery in Leh town which is located in the heart of the market. You can actually sit and chill for hours at the monastery while you seek God’s grade without any disturbance.
Restaurants have less waiting
Since there is a major drop in crowd after the families have returned back to regular life. It’s here that the major change happens. The cafes and restaurants have barely any waiting period and the service is quick and fast.
Perfect time to go rafting
Rafting in the river Zanskar is a must do activity and July is the perfect month to go rafting. The river water is still freezing cold but it’s definitely a lot more bearable as compared to what it is in the month of May and June.
Night sky is very clear.
If stargazing is something that you like to look at while on holiday then it’s the villages of Hunder in Nubra valley which will bring out the best when it comes to gazing at the night sky. You’ll see at least ten plus shooting stars without having to use a telescope.
Best deals in the markets
Souvenir shopping in Leh town is all about getting the best deal while bargaining and July is the time when you will get that best deal. It’s the family crowd which is ready to spend any amount which actually causes a spike in the pricing all over. But that’s not the case in the month of July. So bargain your heart out when you travel to Ladakh in the month of July.
Apricots all over
July is the apricot harvest season in Leh-Ladakh and everywhere you go you will be fed a lot of apricots. But keep in mind that apricots are extremely heat and eating too many of them can lead to a stomach pain.