As soon as I set off from Manali on the Rohtang pass my UK and Indian SIM phone number lost service and data.
But, I thought when I got to Leh, it would come back – how silly I was! There was absolutely no phone service in the whole town.
I’m sure you could get a SIM from Leh if you have an unlocked phone, as most phone packages are regional in India. This would mean you would lock into their own phone service here. But, for a few days, I just didn’t think it was worth it.
Wifi is also pretty bad and almost non-existent. Most cafés and restaurants offer wifi services but this wouldn’t work half of the time. In fact, on the first day we got here – there was no wifi in the whole town!
If I did get wifi, only certain apps would work like WhatsApp, which was perfect to tell my mum I was alive (mum’s always worry). There are internet cafés which you can use which are 90 rupees an hour.
I actually quite liked not having wifi and being contactable. I’m a 90s kid, so I remember a time before internet!
It just means that you have a few days to truly enjoy where you are. You’re not constantly looking at your phone, but actually appreciating the scenery and meeting people! Sometimes, we get so caught up in social media that it’s refreshing to sign off. Get a map, read a book, talk to people. There was a world before wifi, you know!
Leh Ladakh would be a place I would highly recommend travelling if you visit India. In fact, I would say it’s on my list of ‘must sees’. It’s a beautiful mix of culture, colour, history and scenery which will transport you into another world! Make sure you put it on your list.
If you’d like to read more about the beautiful surrounding areas of Ladakh, read my article ‘the absolute best off the beaten track Ladakh’!