TRAVEL TO SARCHU LEH LADAKH THE ULTIMATE BILLION STAR HOTEL
SARCHU LEH LADAKH is an indisputable star-gazing heaven in India, and one of the rare places where you can absorb the magical sight of our very own Milky-way galaxy. Perhaps if you were to witness it, you will find yourself speaking like Van Gogh .
For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.
-Vincent Van Gogh
The mind boggling scale of urbanisation has not only brought with itself a flood of concrete, dust, smoke, fuel fumes and air dirtier than teenage thoughts but, also enough light pollution to blanket the magical night sky. If you are a millennial, that is, if you were born in the 90’s you probably remember being fortunate enough to count stars in the night-sky as a child, well, at least more than the prominent constellations.
However, the cities have become more suffocating over the time, and you can no longer feel the vastness the charming night sky provides. So, if you want to re-live or embrace the beauty of the sky your ancestors were bewildered by, there cannot be a better place than Sarchu (also know as Sir Bhum Chun).
Sarchu leh ladakh
is situated at an elevation of over 14,500 ft between the Himalayan mountain passes of BARALACHA LA and LACHLUNG LA. It functions a major halt point and has tented accommodations, and is an oasis-esque place for the roadsters travelling on the Leh-Manali Highway, on the boundary between between Himachal Pradash and Ladakh ( Jammu and Kashmir).
The beautiful pastel-colour brown and barren terrain of mountains is the first thing that will strike you about Sarchu leh ladakh. And a mention of its beauty goes long back to accounts from the time of the ancient Silk Route. So, in case you were wondering how popular it is, well, it has always been a beehive for traders, nomadic tribes and adventure seekers.
Getting There And The Star-Gazing!
The most ideal time to visit Sarchu leh ladakh, is between May and September, as it functions as the starting point for treks to ZANSKAR in LADAKH. The summers in Sarchu are hot and are generally avoided by the tourists. The month of April marks the start of summer season and it lasts till July. Sarchu temperature ranges between 4°C to 25°C during these months.
The altitude sensitive people are advised to carry a first-aid box handy, as it is the biggest challenge faced by the tourists here. As far as the preferred route goes, travelling from KEYLONG up to Sarchu will not only gradually acclimatise you to the atmosphere but will also be safe.
Between May and September, Sarchu becomes the starting point for treks to ZANSKAR in LADAKH. A trip to Sarchu leh ladakh has its own challenges; altitude sickness being the foremost among them. Travellers often ascend from lower altitude to acclimatise to the rarefied atmosphere; travelling from KEYLONG and travelling up to Sarchu is the preferred route.
If You Are Travelling By Train
Jammu Tawi is the nearest railway station at a distance of around 600 km from Sarchu leh ladakh. The station is well connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and many other prominent cities. Once there, you an easily board a JKSRTC bus or a cab and quench your star-gazing thirst.
You Roadster, We Got You Covered Too!
Its good connectivity to Manali, Leh and Spiti, will not only enable you to have a good and challenging ride and in case you want to avoid that, don’t worry there is a regular bus service with good frequency between May and September from Manali and Leh. But well, go take a Cruiser for those SRK feels from Jab Tak Hai Jaan and perhaps it will become one of the most beautiful memories of your life.
If You Are Travelling By Air
The nearest airport is Kushok Bakula Rimpochee airport at Leh. The cab availability is good and you can easily hire one to reach Sarchu leh ladakh
Author: Tabish Ahmed
Travel insight and research: Tauseef Ahmad