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GETTING THERE

Multiple airlines offer one-stop flights from all three Washington-area airports to New Delhi. Air India (www.airindia.com), Jet Airways (www.jetairways.com) and Go Air (www.goair.in) offer flights from New Delhi to Leh during the summer tourist season, with round-trip prices starting at about $80.

The tourist season runs from late May to September. Plan an extra day for acclimatization at the start of your trip.

WHERE TO STAY

Sia-La Guesthouse

Fort Road, Leh

011-91-1982-252-821

www.sialaguesthouse.com

Simple family-run guest house, among the pick of the budget accommodations on Leh’s Fort Road. Doubles from $20.

Ladakh Sarai

Ayu, Leh

011-91-1982-244-063

www.ladakhsarai.com

Eco-resort with accommodation in spacious yurts, four miles outside Leh. From $82.

Shakti Himalaya Village Experience

Various locations along the Indus Valley

866-921-2139

www.shaktihimalaya.com

If you have the budget, Shakti offers an unforgettable mixture of luxury and cultural immersion. An all-inclusive six-day village experience costs $4,500 per person.

WHERE TO EAT

Bon Appetit

Changspa Road, Leh

Popular restaurant with a picturesque outdoor seating area, offering some of Leh’s best continental food. Entrees from $5.

Open Hand Cafe

Old Fort road, Leh

011-91-9871-909-777

www.openhand.in

Ethical-traveler espresso bar and bistro serving good coffee and light meals. Coffee from $2.

Ladakh Women’s Alliance Cafe

Sankar Road, Chubi, Leh

011-91-1982-257-293

womenallianceladakh.org

Headquarters of an NGO working to promote women’s interests and traditional agriculture also houses a small cafe selling classic Ladakhi fare. Meals from about $1.

WHAT TO DO

Trekking

There are dozens of trekking agencies in Leh specializing in planning multi-day treks in the Zanskar and Ladakh mountain ranges. K2 (www.k2adventureleh.com) and Explore Himalayas (www.explorehimalayas.com) are among the most reputable. Expect to pay about $50 a day for a guided trek in the Markha Valley.

White-water rafting

Ladakh’s rivers have become a rafting hot spot. A half-day trip along the Zanskar River with Splash Ladakh (www.splashladakh.com) costs $27.

Ladakh Festival

An annual two-week celebration showcasing Ladakhi sports, handicrafts and dance, usually running Sept. 1-15.

INFORMATION

www.reachladakh.com

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