Guys, I know I missed on my weekly blog article on Tuesday but I am sure that you are going to forgive me as in this little delayed weekly article it is an immense pleasure to roll out the first ever maps of Ladakh by DoW. I know this has taken a long time to come but better late than never and now we have one more accolade to compliment the 80+ articles on traveling to Ladakh. I am sure maps of Ladakh was one shortcoming we had in the Ladakh Travel knowledge base on DoW and the map presented in the article below will help us a lot in bridging that gap on understanding the places & routes in entire Leh – Ladakh. Before I dig into the details, I would like to thank Aashish, the Chief Travel Mentor in our DoW – Himalayan Travel Community who pushed me hard enough and brought this idea to come alive of having DoW’s own maps of Ladakh.
In these maps of Ladakh, I have tried to put details including places, distances, important monasteries, mountain passes, lakes etc. in entire Ladakh covering Nubra Valley, Sham Valley, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri, Hanle and other parts of Changthang Valley. Map also has couple of legends that explains the fuel availability in entire Ladakh region & road difficulty level along with which type of car you might need to cover a particular stretch, list of ATMs in Ladakh. Though Black Diesel/Petrol is available at certain places, please note that quality of such fuel is compromised and shall only be considered in worst case scenarios.
However, these are just my recommendations and should not be taken granted that even for a novice you can take a hatchback or sedan at the routes mentioning “All Cars” … The man behind the wheel must have some skills and experience with driving in the hills. Similarly, for taking up difficult roads, the person must have good experience in traveling or driving/riding to these high altitude terrain of Ladakh & Manali – Leh Highway especially.
Though I am sure that below map of Ladakh will help you immensely in understanding the places, moving between them & distances between them. However, for understanding the route conditions in more details I will strong suggest that you read about: Routes and Road Conditions In Leh – Ladakh. For quick access & importance, quoting from this article that “for each and every route sections elaborated below, I will try to suggest car types with difficulty level as Easy, Manageable, Tough, Very Tough, Car Killer Driving comfort is also taken into account while suggesting, so it is not just the driving. But, PLEASE DO NOT take it literally especially in the cases of Sedans and Hatchbacks. Even, if it is mentioned that route is manageable for Sedans and Hatchbacks, you still have to drive with extreme caution and care”.
Maps of Ladakh
Here is the map of Ladakh which you can download by right clicking & then select the option: “Save Image As…”
This is the just the first version of maps of Ladakh covering Ladakh region. In future will continue to add more maps which will cover Srinagar – Leh Highway & Manali – Leh Highway in detail 🙂
Please note that all the distances & places indicated are approximate in unit and location. Data has been collated for just a fair idea & is completely based my notes of Ladakh trips, roads signs & pictures of boards clicked on those trips, Wikimapia, Google Maps, map of Harsh&Aarti, some GPS Trails from Internet or googling, trails shared by some fellow travellers. Hence, I request that please spare me in case of any mistake you find in there and help or contribute in improving it if you see any kind a major correction 🙂
Feel free to provide your inputs/suggestions or feedback or any queries you have on maps of Ladakh as either comments or replies to the thread of the community at the link: Rolling Out the DoW Maps of Ladakh