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As soon as I sat down in the plane that would finally take me home, I closed my eyes and remembered my first journey in India. In the colorful pieces of Ladakh, I forever remember the small craggy roads and narrow, steep trails, the majestic snowy mountains, the stunning turquoise rivers bending between the narrow rocky banks, the strong winds blowing the Buddhist prayer flags (lungta), kind indigenous people I met… In that place, people quietly mingled with nature as if everything had been settled for eternity.

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So, how to plan Leh Ladakh trip from Delhi, how to travel in Leh Ladakh and how to spend 15 days in Ladakh? Let’s check out our Ladakh blog (Ladakh travel blog, Ladakh trip blog) to find out the best itinerary for Ladakh from Delhi (Ladakh itinerary from Delhi, Leh Ladakh itinerary, Ladakh trip itinerary) on how to spend 2 weeks in the fairyland of India as well as how much does a trip to Ladakh cost, useful Ladakh travel tips before you go and which month is best for Ladakh!

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I have never been to a place where I was as well prepared as I was to go to Ladakh. Partly because Ladakh is remote land in the far north of India, located in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, where is considered the crown of India, and bordered by Tibet and Pakistan. Here, the media is limited, goods are not as much and available as the places I usually have been to. Ladakh already was deserted, very high altitude, the lowest place was 3000m above sea level but the highest pass even over 5000m. Knowing that my health was not very good, I did not know, if I could reach that altitude, how my health would be. Fortunately, after experiencing of 17 days there, there were no serious problems, except for the boundless appetite for “meat” and the absent-mindedness as a pregnant-like woman in the first few days when I returned home. Some of the little experiences I’ve recorded below for the next time and I hope it will help you on your upcoming trip to Ladakh :).

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Which month is best for Ladakh?

The best time to come is from May to early October. The rest of the months, the weather is bad, the snow is thick, the temperature is down to -30 degrees Celsius, many roads will be banned, tourist areas, hotels, houses and shops will be closed.

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Ladakh blog: Leh Ladakh itinerary

Here is my summary of my Ladakh itinerary from Delhi, I followed a tour and I think it would be the best itinerary for Ladakh in 15 days (approximately 2 weeks).

  • Day 0 : Toulouse – Delhi
  • Day 1: Delhi – Agra – Delhi (each way: 240 km, 5 hours)
  • Day 2: Fly from Delhi to Leh, resting to get used to the altitude
  • Day 3: Visit monasteries around Leh (Hemis, Thiksey, Leh Palace)
  • Day 4: Leh – Chang La – Pangong Tso or Pangong Lake (200 km, 6 hours)
  • Days 5 + 6 : Pangong – Tso Moriri (11 hours), Tso Moriri – Leh (8 hours)
  • Day 7: Ride a motorbike in Leh, visit Stok, Matho, Starna monasteries

Day 8: Leh – Pasgo Monastery – Alchi Monastery – Lamayuru – Mulberk- Kargil (222 km, 8 hours)

  • Day 9: Kargil – Suru valley – Rangdum – Lang Tso, Stat Tso Twin Lakes – Drang-Drung Glacier – Padum (240 km, 12 hours)
  • Day 10: Sani Village, Karsha Monastery, Dzongkul Gompa Fortress
  • Day 11: Trekking to Phuktal Monastery, through Cha village (12 km, 6 hours trek)
  • Day 12: Trekking from Phuktal to Anmu, through Purney village (Purne, Purni) (13.5 km, 7 hours trek)
  • Day 13 : Padum – Rangdum Monastery – Kargil (240 km, 12 hours)
  • Day 14: Kargil – Zoji La – Srinagar (200 km, 6 hours)

Day 15: Srinagar – Delhi

  • Day 16: Delhi – Toulouse

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Leh Ladakh itinerary: How to go?

We bought a tour from a local tour agency for 15 days, from the time when we got off the plane in Leh to the time when we got to the airport in Srinagar. In the preparation, my friend made a detailed itinerary, then contacted the tour operators in Ladakh to ask for a quote, then bargain and choose. The 15-day tour included accommodations (or tent in Pangong), a private car with driver, daily breakfast and 2 dinners at 2 lakes. The hostel is very good, the room for 2 people, clean, with hot water (except stay in tents at 2 lakes), so the bathing is very comfortable and pleasant.

Link to the tour company that my friend booked at: http://www.triptohimalayatours.com/

You also can directly contact with the driver Kunga for my group. He is enthusiastic and drives very careful and is about to start his own company. Facebook: Skal Kunga Kndguys Aback , Whatsapp: +919469229149.

Tour prices vary greatly from company to company. There was a group of 4 people traveling on the same day with us and the per capita price was 3 times more expensive for a slightly shorter itinerary.

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Ladakh travel tips: Prepare before you go

  • Applying for a visa or e-visa. E-visa is cheaper, only 50 USD (price in 2019, has now increased to 80 USD), e-visa is valid for 2 months from the time of first entry, can go in and out twice. Applying an e-visa is very quick, only after 2 days to receive it. When you receive an email with an e-visa, you need to go back to the ETA page to print the visa sheet (the sheet with the photo, the confirmation email is not valid on arrival). With an E-visa you can only enter India by air. Arriving at Delhi airport, the queue maybe is short, but the wait will be a bit long. Link to apply for e-visa: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html . Visitors in Hanoi or Saigon can apply for a paper visa, which costs $103 and is valid for 1 year, multi-entry.
  • Buy a good type of travel insurance because this trip is going to the very very far, one of the most isolated places in the world along with risks and dangers.

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Ladakh travel blog: How much does Ladakh trip cost?

You can refer the trip costs for a Leh Ladakh itinerary for 15 days as follows:

  • E-Visa: $50 (price in 2019, now increased to $80).
  • Travel insurance: $100.
  • International airfare and 2 domestic flights: $550 + $150
  • Day tour from Delhi to Agra including car with driver pick up and drop off at hotel: 8000 INR ($125) for 5 people.
  • Tour for 2 weeks in Ladakh including accommodations (except a night in Phuktal), car with driver, daily breakfast, 2 dinners at Lake Pangong and Tso Moriri: $375 / 1 person, group of 10 people, sleeping in a double room.
  • Porter cum guide to Phuktal Monastery from Anmu village (will go with group from Padum): 2400 INR ($38) / 1 porter.
  • Overnight at a guesthouse at the foot of Phuktal Monastery: 1000 INR ($15) / 1 person. The guesthouse has only 4 rooms, there is no way to book in advance, anyone who comes early will have a room, otherwise can ask to sleep at the monastery or go back to Purney.
  • Overnight at a hotel near Delhi airport: $30 to $50 / 1 good double room. With $50 you could stay at 4-star hotel.
  • Eating, cooking, admissions: $150.

Total cost, excluding gifts: 1300 – 1400 USD / 1 person.

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Ladakh travel blog: What to prepare for a Ladakh trip?

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Bring enough for 15-20 days in autumn, late September, early October, if you stay in a place for a few days, for example in Leh, you can use a laundry service, so you can bring less clothes).

  • 1 3-in-1 jacket with duck feather inner layer, windproof and waterproof outer layer, 2 layers can be separated.
  • 3 merino sweaters (this is thin, light, cool when you need it, warm when you need it) or heattech.
  • 3 breathable, quick-drying sport short-sleeve t-shirts.
  • 4 pairs of socks.
  • A hat or corset.
  • 1 pair of thin gloves. I use tennis gloves, which are thin but have grip and hold the camera well.
  • 3 light trek pants or skinny jeans, no need to wear thick pants because it’s not too cold.
  • 1 wide cloth scarf, no need to be too thick to wear and block the sun.
  • 1 pair of low-cut trekking shoes, the trekking route into Phuktal is not too thorny, so you can wear low-cut trekking shoes, not necessarily to wear high-cut shoes.
  • 1 pair of flip-flops or bathroom slippers.

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Our group suffers from the food in Ladakh because the people here are mainly vegetarian. If lucky can find an eatery with meat, it is also very salty and spicy, with a lot of curry, difficult to eat. However, if you just go around Leh, you don’t need to bring much food because here you can go to the market to buy chicken or goat to cook for yourself, the food sold at restaurants in Leh and around is also okay. Going towards Zanskar, the good food is harder to find and you can’t buy meat at markets, only eggs and eggs.

  • Spices, soup powder, soy sauce in packs, small bottles.
  • Noodles, vermicelli, snacks, instant porridge… (should bring many kinds of foods because you will have to eat continuously).
  • Pork, shrimp (can make soups).
  • Jerky beef, chicken, pork.
  • Cured meat.
  • Canned meat, pate, fish (I can’t find fish anywhere in Ladakh, so this dish is very rare).
  • Herbal tea, ginger tea.
  • Dried seaweed to make soup.
  • Dried soup.
  • Rice and glutinous rice to make sticky rice (if you like, because the rice in Ladakh is very hard and foul).

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  • Headache, runny nose, cough drugs.
  • Diarrhea drug.
  • Multi-vitamin tablets.
  • Wound bandage (ego).
  • Those who often get sick should bring medicine to prevent that disease.
  • Sunscreen, the sun at high altitudes is very bright and harmful to the skin.
  • Moisturizing cream for lips, face, hands, body.
  • Nasal medicine to avoid nosebleeds at high altitudes and cold and dry weather: 5g tube of Bepanthen.
  • Water purification tablets (if going on a trek, so that I don’t have to carry a lot of water for days, go anywhere, get spring water there), I use Micropur of Katadyn brand, bought in France for €11 / 100 tablets, can purify 100 liters of water (with a box of 50 tablets).
  • Vitamins to increase brain blood circulations, start taking it 2, 3 weeks before going.
  • Drugs for high altitude sickness. Below is the prescription the doctor wrote for me. However, if you want to use it, you should see a doctor for a prescription that is suitable for your health, not everyone can take anti-altitude medicine. These drugs, only use if you feel symptoms, don’t need to take them first:  Prednisolone 20 mg (2.5 tablets / day, suck in mouth in morning after breakfast, should not be taken in evening because the drug contains cortisoide causing difficulty sleeping), this dosage is for people weighing 50 kg. Or Diamox (Acetazolamide) 250 mg: If the above drug still does not help, then take this drug, maximum 2 tablets in the morning and afternoon.

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Other things

  • Compact sleeping bag, no need to be too warm because in guesthouses have all blankets. I use Quechua’s FORCLAZ 15° LIGHT, which can be combined into a double bag, very compact, weighing just over 600 gr.
  • 1 quick-drying microfiber bath towel.
  • Thermal water bottle.
  • Normal water bottle, at night you can pour hot water into it to hug to keep warm.
  • Trekking water bag (if any).
  • Sunglasses.
  • Shampoo, conditioner packs.
  • Wet tissue wipes body and other parts.
  • Dry hand sanitizer.
  • 1 roll of toilet paper in case something goes wrong.

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  • Wet makeup remover wipes.
  • Sanitary napkins (in high mountains prone to early).
  • Mini hair dryer for travel (if needed).

Ladakh blog: Where to exchange money?

The exchange rate at the end of March 2022

  • In Delhi airport : $1 = 76 INR
  • Near hotels next to Delhi airport and in Agra next to Taj Mahal: $1 = 80 INR, €1 = 83 INR
  • In Leh airport : $1 = 79 INR

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Below I summarize my Leh Ladakh itinerary for 15 days (2 weeks) which divided into 4 parts as follows.

Part 1: Agra

Day 1: delhi – agra – delhi (each way: 240 km, 5 hours).

I flew with Turkish Airlines from Toulouse and landed at Delhi airport (transiting in Istanbul) at 6am. My friends from Saigon arrived at 4am. After queuing for entry (I have already e-visa), I went straight to the door to get in the car to Agra in the pouring rain.

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In Delhi, vehicles don’t seem to follow any rules. Each lane of motorbikes, cars, passenger cars, trucks, is crisscrossing each other. The rain was getting heavier and heavier, streaming on the glass, soaking the dusty road, forming a slippery brown mud. Many accidents, big and small, normal and serious were scattered over the distance of more than 200km until we reached Agra at past noon.

Agra is famous for having the Taj Mahal, which Karl Pilkington in “An Idiot Abroad” movie once described as “like a diamond in a turd”. That funny and sarcastic say prompted me to come here. There are three entrance gates to the Taj Mahal, of which the east gate is the most deserted. The entrance fee for foreigners is 1000 INR ($15.5). Buying tickets to the Taj Mahal first, you will get you free admission to the Baby Taj (Tomb of Itimah-ud-Daulah), one of Agra’s other interesting attractions.

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Ladakh blog: Part 2: Leh, Lake Pangong Tso, Lake Moriri Tso

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Leh Ladakh itinerary — Day 2: Leh

Returning to Delhi from the night before, this morning we boarded a plane to Leh, the heart of Ladakh. Delhi morning is still white clouds. Yet Leh welcomed me with the blue sky and golden autumn sun on my shoulders.

Leh is a lovely town that made me fall in love at first sight. Located at an altitude of 3500m, the air here has thinned a lot, made me struggle to breath after each step. All day today we have only one thing to do: Resting, take a gentle walk to get used to the thin air, avoid high altitude shock (with symptoms of shortness of breath, headache, dizziness, insomnia, worse will be vomiting, fainting).

Vegetables and fruits in Leh are many, freely to buying apples and apricots were in season. We came right during on the occasion of 9 days of local vegetarianism, so it was difficult to buy meat and the restaurants also only sell vegetarian food or a little bit of chicken. Wanting to cook for ourselves, we went to the only frozen chicken shop open these days located in the basement of Golden Bakery in the Main market area.

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Best itinerary for Ladakh — Day 3: Monasteries around Leh (Hemis, Thiksey, Leh Palace)

Around Leh, there are many large and small monasteries, of which I like Thiksey the most with a beautiful view from the top of the monastery down to the valley that is turning golden in early autumn, surrounded by majestic snow-capped mountains.

The sun was setting behind the mountains in western Leh as I climbed to the roof of the 16th-century fortress of Tsemo (Victory), above Leh Palace with simple, makeshift wooden ladders. The wind blew the lungta strings (Buddhist prayer flags), a little cloud drifted, and darkness fell over Leh.

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Day 4: Leh – Chang La – Pangong Lake (200 km, 6 hours)

After the first night of having trouble sleeping because of the cold and the side effects of anti-altitude drugs in Leh, I slept a little better tonight. We left Leh for Pangong early in the morning. The road is more than 200km long but it takes more than 6 hours of continuous driving, going through 2 TCP (Traffic Check Point) to check permits and passports. The presence of Indian troops closer to Pangong Lake becomes more apparent as the area has remained a hotbed of hostilities with China until now.

The car passing the breathtaking curves of the road, taking us higher and higher. The leaves became more and more yellow, until the ground was covered with only a little moss, and then there were only gravel and stones. The air outside was getting colder and colder. The clock shows altitude of 4000m, 4200m then 4500m. I felt a little chest tightness when the car crossed the 4800m line. And then when the road seemed to be endless, the driver informed us that we were at Chang La (Southern Pass), at an altitude of 5360 m.

Stepping out of the car, I felt as if I was getting drunk and had to run a cross country. The wind seemed stronger, the sun seemed brighter, making me stagger and dizzy. At this altitude, a coffee shop was erected right next to 3 toilets built in a very “Ladakh” style. The concrete floor is carved a hole with the size as big as a brick in the middle, below is a deep mountainside that sucks in the wind, sitting here was extremely cool.

Through Chang La Pass, the car gradually decreased in altitude until the blue color of Pangong Lake – “Lake of the high green steppes” appeared. Pangong Tso is the largest saltwater lake in the state of Jammu & Kasmir at an altitude of 4300m above sea level. Close to the lake, a few restaurants were set up to serve tourists. Walking a little further from this area, only a few hundred meters, the lakeside was much quieter, almost empty. The lake is very long, wide and very blue, reflecting the mountains and the sky. I put my backpack and sat down in the middle of a strip of land by the lake. The cold wind and fresh air made me suddenly feel at peace.

The sunlight was not yet golden when the sun went down behind the mountain. The air was warm but suddenly someone’s hand was turned off.

Night falls, bringing with it the twinkling stars. Here the sky is high and clear, looking up I can clearly see the galaxy and sometimes a shooting star pass by, bringing a wish.

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Ladakh blog: Day 5, 6: Pangong – Moriri Tso (11 hours), Tso Moriri – Leh (8 hours)

Early this morning I set off from Pangong to Tso Moriri. There is a straight road connecting the two lakes, but this road is close to the Chinese border, only Chinese and Indians can go. So, the car had to go around to check point Karu, right near Leh, making the journey will be 11 hours long.

This morning, after a tiring and cold night in Pangong, everyone in the car was asleep. I have more time to enjoy the view. The morning sun also makes the sky bluer. The mix of light and dark makes the scenery of mountains, lakes and streams more depth. Suddenly I found myself relaxing to the music, swinging along every curve of the pass. Before the vast and majestic natural landscape, with the height about to reach the top of 5300m, I dream with a bit adventure.

In this area, Indian troops are present everywhere. The road from Chang La to Leh is often congested because many army trucks go up and down, entangled with tourist cars, avoiding each other on the narrow stone road.

If the road to Pangong is mostly spectacular bends with a wide view of the valley on both sides of Chang La pass, the road to Tso Moriri is completely different, I personally find it a bit more romantic.

There are two ways to Tso Moriri.

Departure route: Karu – Chumathang – Tso Kiagar – Tso Moriri

Initially, the car followed the banks of the Indus River (Singee Tsangpo River), the leaves dyed yellow on both sides, making the scene both wild and charming. After riding for about three hours, the road gradually moved away from the river bank and got lost in the middle of the towering gorges. Then the car went uphill, back to the stunning bends but not as long and high as going to Pangong. At an altitude of about 4,600m, in front of me is a vast steppe, in the middle is Tso Kiagar lake. This season, the grass and moss have both turned light brown, highlighting the deep emerald water color. I love that emerald color, love the late afternoon sunlight, love the horses grazing freely, love the winding road along the lake that throws dust every time a car passes by.

Then Tso Moriri also appeared in front of me when the sun had completely set behind the mountains, leaving only one last halo.

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Return way: Tso Moriri – Tso Kar (salt lake) – Tanglang la (5328 m) – Karu – Leh

The scenery on this way is more wild than the road along the Indus River yesterday. The car go through the desert. Tso Kar salt lake has a strange beauty, both thorny and lonely. The bends bring the car up to Tanglang La pass at an altitude of 5,328 m (there is also a sign that says it is the second highest pass in the world just like Chang La pass). On the other side of the pass, the brown mountain ranges stretch, connect, immense and attract the eye.

At the end of the road, the car took us back to the Indus river valley. I was going back to Leh. After a long and hard journey, returning to Leh was as warm as coming home!

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Ladakh itinerary — Day 7: Motorbike ride in Leh, Stok Monastery, Matho, Starna

Today we spent a day traveling around visiting monasteries near Leh (Stok, Matho, Starna) by motorbike. Unlike Hemis, these places are quiet and peaceful, bringing the true purity of a religious site. I could stand all day at the top of Matho Monastery without getting bored, watching the Indus River valley turn golden in autumn, letting the wind from the snow-capped peaks blow my hair.

Starna Monastery, which people often call Tiger Temple, is located on a small ridge close to the banks of the green Indus river that bends as soft as a silk. Looking back from afar, Starna seems to have stepped out of a fairy tale, where the scenery is harmonious and emotions are at ease.

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Ladakh blog — Part 3: Zanskar

This morning we left Leh, turning our faces one last time, Leh has become so dear since.

The road from Leh to Kargil with many small monasteries, somewhat older than the area around Leh, especially Alchi, built in the 11th century, inside there are many ancient statues and a quiet small garden, making anyone who come here to visit has a peaceful feeling, all fatigue and sorrow are all gone.

Thanks to its special geological structure, the area around Lamayuru is called Moonland. It is said that this place a few hundred years ago was located at the bottom of the lake, now it has dried up.

After a long day of traveling, we reached Kargil when the last rays of the day had disappeared. Kargil is a strange piece, a dark puzzle piece in the colorful picture of Ladakh. I came across a desolate city. It was only 6 or 7 pm on Saturday, most of the shops were closed, only a few restaurants remained, in the dim lights. Our driver, Kunga, explained that tomorrow is a major Muslim holiday (Muslims account of 90% of the city’s population), everything closes early, and tomorrow morning the whole city will be isolated completely.

In the only restaurant still open and selling meat, a popular eatery, a few Kargil people leaned down to eat, silent, austere glances bent over the table.

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Ladakh trip itinerary — Day 9: Kargil – Suru Valley – Rangdum – Twin Lakes of Lang Tso and Stat Tso – Drang-Drung Glacier – Padum (240 km, 12 hours)

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We left Kargil very early, before the city woke up, both to avoid being stuck here when the roads were blocked, and to reach Padum before dark. That day was a very long day, even though it was just over 240 km, it took us 12, 13 hours of traveling because the road was bad, there were many narrow sections like trails.

The bends took us to the high valley of Suru (Valley of Flowers) located between the rugged mountains, including the two highest peaks in region: the Nun and Kun, more than 7,000m above sea level. Surrounded by sharp mountains, covered with snow all year round, Rangdum is located in the middle of a vast basin, in what seems to be a lonely, solitary place, with nothing but strong winds and blazing sun.

The twin lakes of Lang Tso – Stat Tso and the Drang-Drung glacier are located on both sides of the Pensi pass (Pensi La), the gateway to the Zanskar valley. On the other side of the pass, towards Padum, the arid, rocky desert gives way to a more lively, cozy scene. Small villages nestled at the foot of the mountains, several long-haired black yaks roaming here and there. On the hillside, along the stream, the yellow leaves were caressing, warming a sunny autumn afternoon.

In Ating village, about 30 minutes by car from Padum, people were shooting the last arrow of the archery semi-final round as we passed. We all jumped out of the car, drank wine and sang together as if we had known each other for a long time. The Zanskar people welcomed us with warm arms. So, who wouldn’t love?

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Leh Ladakh itinerary — Day 10: Sani Village, Karsha Monastery, Dzongkul Monastery

Padum lies in the heart of a vast valley, under the shadow of high sharp, serrated mountains covered with snow. Around here, there is no shortage of beautiful monasteries hanging on the mountainsides, peacefully standing for many generations.

I love Karsha Monastery the most, located across the valley from Padum. Squinting at the high mountains rising from Karsha, I felt so small in front of the vast but fierce nature. In the campus, the late afternoon sunlight left leaves shadows on the white walls with brown doorways. This place was so quiet, so lonely. Stopped for a minute, I just noticed the wind was blowing and the sun was lazily, sad and warm.

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Ladakh blog Day 11 — Trekking to Phuktal Monastery, through Cha Village (12 km, 6 hours trek)

Standing in front of Phuktal in the dark purple afternoon, my friend said, “In a such place like this, if you don’t practice meditation, what can you do?”. The say made me laugh, forgetting even tired after a long trek of about 12 km, precarious at an altitude of 4,000m.

Phuktal is the oldest monastery in Zanskar, isolated from the outside world, and in my opinion, the most beautiful. Maybe I find Phuktal beautiful ten thousand times more because of the effort it takes to reach this place once. Leaving Padum at 6:30am, the car took me over a road of more than 30 km, poetic but unbelievably dangerous, arriving in Anmu at 9:10am. From here, the trek began gently, not too up, not too down, reaching Cha village after 2 and a half hours.

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Leaving Cha village, a steep slope waited for us just as the sun was setting overhead. After that, the road gently sloped down, there were a few sections of rock falling close to the edge of the road, a bit difficult to go but no one had any serious problem.

From above, I dreamily watched the Tsarap River twist between two narrow gorges. The river was so clear, yet so green. The mountains was so high, yet so majestic. The afternoon sun touched the top of the mountain, melting into rays, making the water glitter, making the rock face pink. Why was it so beautiful, mesmerising!?

7 km from Cha village, it took us more than 3 hours to reach the guesthouse located at the foot of the monastery. Phuktal is located completely isolated, no phone signal, no internet. Here, just me and nature, we can forget all our troubles.

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Day 12: Trekking from Phuktal back to Anmu, through Purney Village (Purne, Purni) (13.5 km, 7 hours trek)

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The road from Phuktal to Anmu through Putney village is a bit longer (1.5 km) than the road through Cha village (on the other side of the river). This road is not as smooth as yesterday, up and down non-stop, across three small passes and two wooden suspension bridges over the Tsarap River. Leaving Phuktal at 6:50am, after 3 hours, I arrived in Purney.

Purney is located at the confluence of rivers. Just below, the turbid green Kargiakh River flows from the Shingjula Pass (Shingo La) into the clear flow of the Tsarap River. Purney is so beautiful this season, the endless yellow leaves on the mountainside, the small white houses are quietly nestled in the early morning sun.

Another 2 hours from Purney, I reached the second suspension bridge at 12am. The climb up from the river bank is very steep and full of crushed rock, it is not recommended to go down this road. If you want to trek Phuktal by two different routes, going through Cha village and back through Purney is the most reasonable.

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Day 13: Padum – Rangdum Monastery – Kargil (240 Km, 12 Hours)

Kargil is an almost mandatory break on the 18-hour journey from Padum to Srinagar. The scenery of Zanskar in my eyes has gradually become familiar although everything is still beautiful on every bend. A strong wind swept over the mountainside today, swirling dust around the valley.

I went to Kargil tonight, I thought I was in another city, not as lonely as 4 days ago, the streets were bustling and busy again. Only the internet was cut off for all day without any reason.

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Day 14: Kargil – Zoji La – Srinagar (200 Km, 6 Hours)

Today was our last day in the car. After over ten days of wandering, swaying on short distances but long in time, I was able to get used to the feeling of sitting on potholes, no longer sure I will miss it.

The road from Kargil to Sirinagar can be called smooth. The road has been paved to a large part, with only a few sections left unfinished or under repair. This road passes many military barracks, trucks and passenger cars follow each other. Referring to trucks, vehicles in Ladakh are very special. Most of them are decorated with elaborate colorful patterns, the words “Blow horn” are capitalized on the back, which my sister roughly translates to “Blow horn”.

Arriving in Srinagar, I found myself revived. How much fatigue after a long trip seemed to disappear when the beautiful small boat took me surfing on the calm and cool lake. Srinagar’s Dal Lake is very beautiful, although not as deep and blue as Pangong or Tso Moriri, but much more rustic and warm.

In a corner of the lake, wooden floating houses are anchored as accommodations for tourists. Small boats, hand-rowing, taking guests from floating houses to shore and go around. The afternoon sun spread down the golden lake surface. So serenity, tranquil, so peaceful.

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Morning boat ride on Dal lake is also very interesting and lively. If you want to go to the local floating fruit and vegetable market, you will have to get up early because the market only opens from 5 am to 7 am.

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This afternoon I went to the airport to return to Delhi, preparing for the long journey back home. Srinagar Airport is about 30 minutes by car from the city. I don’t know if it’s because Srinagar is still in the combat zone but I’ve never seen the baggage check so many times.

Near the airport, all passengers have to show their air tickets and get off the bus, check our belongings and do a first body check. Men can stay on spot, women have to go into a curtained box like a dressing room, private check.

Upon entering the airport, passengers have to present their tickets, check their belongings and check body a second time.

After queuing for checked baggage, passengers have to check their hand luggage and undergo a third body check. Then go to identify the checked baggage inside. Only suitcases that are identified and marked will be allowed bring on board.

At the boarding gate, after checking the boarding pass, the passenger is entitled to a fourth personal check-up, and any bag can be opened and checked again.

On the way to the plane, don’t put your boarding pass away because the flight attendants will check the boarding pass and passport twice more.

My plane transited in Jammu, close to the Pakistani border. Jammu airport is surrounded by a camouflage fence, along the runway there are armored vehicles waiting. When stopping at Jammu, after a part of the passengers disembarked, the airport staff went to open each carry-on luggage compartment, asking each of the remaining passengers who the remaining luggage belonged to. Seeing that they checked too closely, I was also a bit embarrassed. But hey, already sitting here, if we don’t know the reason, we don’t have to worry!

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Ladakh travel blog — Part 4: Going home

When I staggered with each heavy step on the slope covered with dust and wind blowing, I wondered: “I have a cozy home, a warm bed and a soft mattress, why not enjoy it but bring myself here to do something for the extreme?”. Then at that moment, I remembered the people I met on the roads, the gentle smiles of the old women standing in front of their white houses with the brown door frames, the gentle eyes of the mothers holding their children, the innocent faces of children born in the wilderness, growing up like weeds. I also recall the moments when the blue lake appeared behind a bend, or when the sun rose and lit up the whole space bring vitality to everything, when two rivers of different colors merged into one. And from there, I know why I’m here. Every trip makes me happy twice. Once when I walked on a long road, when beautiful images filled my eyes and beautiful emotions filled my heart. And the other time is when I return, push the door to the house, where the people I love still waiting.

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Some best day tours, trips, activities and transfer services, tickets in, from and to Leh-Ladakh-Zanskar you can refer to

  • 10D9N Discover Ladakh, India from Singapore [All-Inclusive]
  • 7D6N Ladakh Private Tour
  • 6D5N Ladakh Private Tour
  • 9D8N Chadar Frozen River Trekking Experience
  • 11D10N Stok Kangri Summit Trek from Leh

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Leh Ladakh Travel Guide (2024) – Explore the Unforgettable Land of High Passes!

By: Author Sophie Pearce

Posted on Last updated: January 1, 2024

Categories INDIA , JAMMU & KASHMIR

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Julley from Leh! That means Hello in Ladakh and you’ll find that everyone here is itching to say it to you.

Leh is the super friendly mountain city that is waiting for you to visit them.

When you arrive here, either by bus or plane, you’ll be greeted by the most spectacular panoramic views of snow-capped mountains, ancient palaces, and Buddhist stupas.

It’s also a welcome paradise from the busy, dirty cities like Delhi and Rajasthan.

Here’s the ultimate Leh Ladakh travel guide including how to reach Leh, top things to do, where to stay, and what to eat!

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The ultimate Leh Ladakh travel guide

Where is leh ladakh in india.

Leh Ladakh has an interesting mix of cultures and food as it’s on the border of China and its history is closely related to Tibet!

You’ll probably question what country you’re in a lot while you’re here and that’s the beauty of Leh.

What is the best time to visit Ladakh?

The best time to visit is actually in the monsoon season between June – September as Ladakh is a dry spot in a country of constant rain!

They also shut the road after mid-September so it’s best to visit before then or fly!

It’s beautifully sunny every single day at this time and everything almost looks saturated as you’re closer to the sun and higher up at 3,500 metres!

It’s also perfect weather for trekking and is what most travellers flock here for.

How to reach Leh Ladakh: flying vs. the road

There are usually two choices for approaching Leh Ladakh.

You can directly fly to Leh Ladakh from Delhi which is what most travellers prefer as you can skip the long bus journeys up through the Indian states of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.

But, this means that you cannot acclimatise very easily and you may suffer from altitude sickness and need a few days to adjust.

If you are prone to altitude sickness, you can get tablets to help with it. The other is to take the long bus journey from Manali to Leh.

This is the cheapest option and actually is not as dangerous as people make out.

Yes, the roads are crazy but the views are absolutely jaw-dropping and are worth the time spent alone.

You’ll pass through valleys, mountain passes, and waterfalls. There’s absolutely no sign of life around in many parts and it’s an experience you won’t forget.

For more information, check out my post ‘Travelling from Manali to Leh by road: all you need to know’.

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Taking the bus from Manali to Leh

I took the 18-hour bus from Manali to Leh, which was actually 20 and we arrived in the middle of the night.

Our bus driver did a great thing by dropping us off in the backpacker district of Changspa where there are tonnes of guest houses. But, little were we to know that none would be open for business after midnight!

For a little while, we hung out with some other travellers from the bus in a bakery which turned into a bar late at night and just played the same Ed Sheeran song over and over again.

We had chai while deciding the next plan of action, which was basically to try every guesthouse in the area!

After a little while, we couldn’t find anywhere and a bar called KC garden offered for us to stay at their place for the night. It was an, which was used for group get-togethers and parties!

It had no windows, was freezing cold, and let in all the noise of dogs barking. However, it was a place to crash for the night and we had loads of blankets to keep warm.

It was really generous of him as he didn’t have to offer anything at all. He also didn’t charge which was really kind.

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We were stranded in Leh Ladakh

The guy who owned the place said we could sleep in until noon, but when the workers came in the next morning at 7 am – they played really loud music so we would get up!

At first, it was just Buddhist chanting music which was actually really nice.

By 9.30 am, they upped the ante with techno music and that’s when everyone groggily got out of their sleeping places.

The next day, we had a chai together, thanked the guys at KC garden, and then went to try and find a room.

Where to stay in Leh Ladakh: Changspa 

We ended up staying at Hotel Asia which turned out to be the cheapest.

It was 500 a night with a shared bathroom, I hardly slept each night due to the light and noise but it did have hot water every single day!

With a view like this of the mountains, you can’t complain about £5 a night! For bookings see here.

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The top things to do in Leh Ladakh

Most people use Leh as a base in Ladakh as it’s the main city with good connections to Nubra Valley, Pangong Lake, and Srinagar in Kashmir.

But, there are lots of things to do in Leh Ladakh itself.

It is really gorgeous to explore too with an epic mountain range, historical palaces, and the iconic Shanti Stupa.

You can’t really get bored, even just if you gaze at the scenery around you.

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This would probably be a good first point of call to start off your adventure in Leh. The ancient palace looks down on the rest of the city.

This was the home of Ladakh royalty and was modelled on the Tibetan Potala Palace in Lhasa.

Even though it was built in the 17th century and steeped in history, not many of the ancient artifacts of the royal family remain in the palace.

It’s nine floors of empty rooms save the antique pictures which hang on the walls.

The best part of wandering around this palace is actually the viewpoints from the rooftops!

You can get great panoramic views from all over the city. There aren’t really any restrictions on where you can go here so explore away!

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Castle Tsemo

Castle Tsemo stands high on the hill above the Leh Palace.

To reach it in Leh Ladakh, you can get a taxi for around 250 rupees or take the steep winding trek uphill!

There are two parts to Castle Tsemo, a Buddhist temple, and the castle and the Namgyal Tsemo Monastery.

When you’ve caught your breath from the walk, take a peek inside at the beautiful golden Buddha which is perfectly preserved inside.

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Next is a climb up the monastery, you’ll pay 20 rupees to head on inside.

At first, I thought this was awesome as it was so cheap, but then I realised that you had to head on up the rooftops of the monastery on these ladders from hell!

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These weak, feeble ladders were not attached to the wall in any way and so it was a dodgy climb to the top!

Although these ones were low, the others were pretty much vertical!

Although the views were totally worth it, there was one problem – how was I going to get back down?!

I was petrified and my boyfriend literally had to place my feet on each step of the ladder.

When I got to the bottom, I literally couldn’t breathe haha!

I can laugh now, but I genuinely thought I was a goner. It’s totally ridiculous so if you’re afraid of heights, I wouldn’t recommend it.

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Shanti Stupa in Leh Ladakh

The Buddhist Shanti Stupa was one of my favourite attractions in Leh Ladakh. It was donated by the Japanese, built-in 1991, and blessed by the Dalai Lama himself.

Although it is a 500 step walk to the top, the views and the stupa are so worth it! We arrived at around 10 am in the morning and there was literally no one around.

The best time to visit the Leh Ladakh Shanti Stupa is at sunset when the temperatures aren’t so hot and the sun creates a beautiful red glow on the mountains surrounding it.

There is also some really beautiful Buddhist chanting music which is broadcast live from the temple nearby.

When the lights go down on Leh Ladakh, the Stupa lights up and you can see the many stars which appear here due to the limited light pollution. It was magic.

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When we visited in the evening time a government official was there, so naturally, some of the Kashmiri soldiers were here on guard.

One of them let me hold this! Stranger things have happened…

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Before I got to Leh, I had this awful feeling there wouldn’t be anything around.

Most places in Himachal had a mall road, but I wasn’t sure about Leh.. luckily, I was proved very wrong!

There is a massive main market here which has everything you could wish for.

Restaurants, shops, supermarkets, chemists, the lot. So, don’t worry about getting access to the basics.

There were also these great little fruit and veg markets from the local farms here. The mini peaches, locally called aadu , were to die for!

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Trekking Leh Ladakh and Day trips from Leh Ladakh

There are endless options for treks from Leh Ladakh that you can get involved with.

Pangong Lake and Nubra Valley were popular trips also which was a 2-day and 1-night stay.

There were 3, 4, 5 days, and even 20-day treks out of Leh. So, it will be down to personal preference if you wanted a guided trek.

There are a lot of treks that you can do self-guided also. Nubra Valley is around a 3-day trek each way which is supposed to be easy.

But bear in mind that there isn’t any phone signal here so you won’t have Google maps to help you!

Best to download a walking trail map beforehand or buy one from the local shops here.

Read more about day trips from Leh here

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Multi-day sightseeing tours in Ladakh

There are many interesting multi-day tours  that can be organized from Leh.

The famous tours are the 2-day Indus river tour where you get the chance to visit some of the most impressive monasteries in Ladakh (Alchi, Likir, and Lamayuru among others), the 3-day Nubra valley tour via the famous Khardung La pass (the world’s highest motorable road) and the tours to the stunning high-altitude lakes of Pangong and Tso Moriri.

You will not find many buses in Ladakh that go to these places. One of the options is to hire a car with a driver, but the cost of transport is not cheap in Ladakh…

If you are a solo traveller or travelling in a small group, using a shared taxi is a great way to reduce the cost of the trip as well as its carbon footprint! 

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Where to eat in Leh Ladakh: wonderland restaurant and bakery

The wonderland café was where I usually went for breakfast most mornings.

Loads of their breakfast combos come with coffee and apple juice!

It has a really nice relaxed vibe and an amazing bakery downstairs which offers some great doughnuts and pastries.

Also, If you’re a fan of falafel, these guys do the best I have tasted so far in India. It was light, crispy, and delicious!

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World Garden Café

Serving up a huge range of international cuisines, the world garden café is an excellent place to eat at any time of day.

The guys here speak excellent English, are really friendly and the food is cheap and tasty.

This was one of my favourite places to eat in Leh, so don’t miss out!

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Dust pollution in Leh Ladakh and harsh temperatures

As the terrain and surroundings are in quite harsh conditions (sometimes it looked like how I imagined Mars to be like) you’ll find it to be dry and dusty.

The pollution in Leh Ladakh was quite high around the main town and so if you have anything like asthma, you’re best to come prepared.

Most days I found myself using my scarf to protect my mouth, nose, and eyes from the dust.

As we’re closer to the sun here, you should always make sure you wear suncream.

When I visited in August, it was boiling hot every day and it was definitely summer clothes weather.

A lot of people had tiny dresses and shorts on which is a nice change from covering up but just make sure you don’t get sunburn!

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Staying connected and WiFi in Leh Ladakh

As soon as I set off from Manali on the Rohtang pass my UK and Indian SIM phone numbers 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.

The 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 the 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, and talk to people. There was a world before wifi, you know!

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That’s my complete travel guide to Leh Ladakh, save it for later!

Leh Ladakh would be a place I would highly recommend travelling to 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’!

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Wednesday 27th of December 2023

Many Indian’s primary wish to travel Ladakh by a road trip on their own bike. Definitely my dream also. Hope I will also achieve it.

Sophie Pearce

Thursday 11th of January 2024

Yess, it's an epic road trip to Ladakh by road. I have to admit I wouldn't do it again though and would fly haha! Sophie x

Tuesday 29th of August 2023

Wow, this destination looks absolutely breathtaking! Adding it to my bucket list for sure.

Wednesday 30th of August 2023

Hi Suman, totally agree! Leh Ladakh is an epic destination :) Sophie x

Neha Shinde

Thursday 11th of May 2023

Fantastic article. I am very pleased to say that your article is fascinating to read.I always find myself wanting to comment on it.You're doing an excellent job.Keep your writing up

Wednesday 28th of June 2023

Thanks Neha for your kind words. Sophie x

Wednesday 7th of December 2022

Ladakh is not a place where you can go without planning. You will have to consider all the do's and don'ts while deciding on the trip. From the right clothes, the right vehicle, comfortable stay, and places to visit, everything should be pre-planned so that one doesn't miss out on the site's vibe.

Thursday 8th of December 2022

Hi Kamalesh, completely agree with you! Sophie x

Esha Sawant

Tuesday 1st of February 2022

"Hello Admin, Intresting Article, you are doing a great job . Keep it up"

Hi Esha, thank you so much! I'm glad you liked the post :) Sophie x

Tale of 2 Backpackers

The Best Leh-Ladakh Itinerary for 10 days

Featured , Ladakh

Last Updated on: May 18, 2016  

Ladakh is a fascinating place. Anyone who has once visited Ladakh can never forget its landscape, its people and the eternal beauty it hides between those colourful layers of mountains. Planning a trip to Leh has never been an easy task. With help from various sites, we were all set for the trip that we were waiting for so long! Here is a detailed report on our travel to Ladakh

The Best Leh Ladakh Itinerary for 10 days

Day 1 (baltal – kargil).

We completed our Amarnath Yatra successfully before we ventured for the anticipated trip to Leh. From Baltal, we hired a car to Kargil. We left the greenery of Baltal and entered the barren dusty mountain roads. The Zozila Pass said to be one of the most treacherous passes of India was just a glimpse of how the trans-Himalayan passes would be.We reached Kargil at the evening and rested for the night.

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Ride through the Zoji La

Day 2 (Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh)

The next morning we started for Leh. The journey to Leh was equally exciting. We got the first taste of the magnificent monasteries of Ladakh at Mulbek where the gigantic Maitreya Buddha stood towering over us.

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The Maitreya Buddha at Mulbek monastery

We travelled and crossed the Fotu La and the Namik La passes. Just as we crossed the Namik La, we saw something that looked straight out of a Hollywood movie. The breathtaking Lamayuru Monastery stood there with all its glory. With meandering roads leading to the monastery, it was the ethereal beauty of the place that stood out. We were not able to stay the night at Lamayuru, but I can well imagine how enchanting the place would look at a full moon night!

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The Lamayuru Monastery

After our visit to the Lamayuru, we headed towards Leh town. Leh in itself is a small and colourful town. The markets are bustling with activities during the day. There are numerous shops that sell Buddhist artifacts, statues of Buddha and other goodies. The Tibetan markets are also there selling garments, shoes, bags and any adventure gear you can think of. Well, many are branded, but I cannot assure you about the authenticity of the brands! And finally, there are shops selling junk dresses (Yes I call those funky, colourful dresses as them junk dresses) and pieces of jewellery as well as pashminas. Leh with all its colours and flavours is a town full of life. With people from various countries (Yes, we see more of foreign tourists and travellers here) the place is buzzing with activity.

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Beautiful artefacts – care to buy some?

Day 3 (Leh – Chang La Pass – Pangong Lake)

After a well-deserved rest, the next day we started for Pangong Lake. We had planned to stay the night near the Lake so that we can experience a night beside the lake. The road to the Pangong goes through the Changla Pass, another high trans-Himalayan pass. I was really excited to see the cute marmots on the way. These animals seemed so friendly! As I was looking for more marmots, we saw a glimpse of blue. Yes, that was the Pangong Lake, the huge lake which has only 40% of it in India. The Pangong Lake played hide and seek with us for some time before it revealed us to us in full glory. I had never seen such a shade of clear blue before! The azure lake and the golden mountain ranges at its back looked like a perfect picture postcard. I think the whole of this region is like a postcard at which you can stare for hours and marvel. We camped near the lake, enjoyed the changing colours of the lake at different times of the day and also had a campfire near the lake.  My nomadic heart truly was for a treat that day.

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Pangong Lake

Day 4 (Pangong Lake – Hemis Monastery – Thiksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh Palace – Leh)

We were back from Pangong and while returning we visited the Hemis Monastery, Thicksey Monastery, Shey Palace and the Leh Palace along with the Sindhu Ghat. There are no words to describe the grandeur of the monasteries of the Leh. But what surprised me was the serenity of the Sindhu Ghat. A peaceful place where you can just sit with your legs in the waters of Sindhu and contemplate on the journeys you have taken, the sights you have seen.

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At Sindhu Ghat

Day 5 (Leh – Khardung La – Nubra Valley)

This day was reserved for Nubra Valley. To reach Nubra, we had to cross the world’s highest motorable pass the Khardung la. Not only the roads, but the weather also become treacherous at Khardung La. The sunny weather of Leh became gloomy once we were near the pass and suddenly snowflakes were all over me. It was snowing at Khardung La. Just imagine the feeling of standing at a height of about 18000 ft and experiencing snowfall! It is simply amazing.

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Snowfall at Khardung La

We were in the midst of mountains and rugged terrains so long, but this day we saw stretches of sands and a black road among those sandy stretches. Nubra is one of the coldest deserts of the world and double-humped Bactrian camels are found only here apart from the Gobi desert. And then the colossal statue of Maitreya Buddha came to our sight. That was the Diskit Monastery- a place where the ancient and the modern stands to look at each other. At the mountain over the Shyok river stands the oldest monastery of Ladakh region, the Diskit Monastery and exactly in front of it, stands the 32 m Maitreya or the future Buddha, looking down at the Shyok river.

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Gian 230 feet Maitrya Buddha statue at Nubra Valley

A ride on the camels simply completed our day. We stayed at Hunder for the night at a homestay. We were simply bowled over by the hospitality of the people there. The next morning we were all set to be back at Leh.

Day 6 (Nubra Valley – Leh)

The return from Nubra to Leh was equally long and arduous. After returning from Nubra Valley , it ews only roaming aroundthe streets of Leh for us.

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Riding camels at Nubra Valley

Day 7 (Leh – Magnetic Hill – Alchi – Likir – Spituk – Leh)

A day of relatively lesser travel when we visited the monasteries near Leh – the Alchi, Likir, Spituk monastery. Each monastery had their own distinct charm and visiting them increased our thirst for knowing about them more. We travelled past the Magnetic Hill this day. and all that we heard about the Magnetic Hill was true! The car really moves ahead even though it is not being driven. The evening was spent viewing the sunset from Shanti Stupa and roaming around Leh markets.

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Shanti Stupa, Leh

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Likir Monastery

Day 8 & 9 (Leh – Sarchu – Keylong – Manali)

The day to leave Leh had come. But we decided not to let the spirit of adventure die. We were all ready to set on the journey through the Leh- Manali Highway – the route which is there in every wayfarers’ bucket list. And truly so, the Leh- Manali route is simply grand and a saga. The scenery, mountains, terrains everything about this road is epic. We had a stopover at Keylong and reached Manali the next day.

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The Leh – Manali Highway – the grand ending to an epic adventure

The remarkable tour has a perfect ending, it was no less than a blockbuster. Due to time restraint, we did not visit the Tso Moriri and HanuDha. We plan to do that soon. It is so very true that Leh is like a mecca to all Indian travellers. The place has all the thrills and excitement. Once you visit Ladakh, you simply cannot stop raving about it.  The same is with us.

Day 10 (Manali)

Some facts:.

Altitude: Leh is at a height of 11480 ft

Best Time to visit: June to September

The best way to visit Leh by road is to enter by the Srinagar-Leh highway and return by the Leh – Manali highway. This also helps in proper acclimatization.

ATMs: ATMs are found in Leh city. But carry cash when you are travelling to Pangong, Nubra or Tso Moriri.

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At the Sindhu Ghat

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IN the 10 days trip, how many hours will one have to travel in vehicle. I m asking this question as there is issue of travel sichness and hence a littl concerned,

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Yes, there can be problems of travel sickness and AMS while travelling in Ladakh. Please know more about AMS and then make an informed decision.

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A 7-Day Leh Ladakh Trip Itinerary For First-Time Visitors

We sent Chandrika on a once-in-a-lifetime Ladakh trip. She came back to tell us how everyone can make it happen.

A land many have heard of, but only the ones with adventure in their hearts have dared to venture to. A land of rugged mountains that coexist alongside the mystical chants of Buddhist prayers – the recently declared Indian Union Territory of Ladakh is this and so much more! 

Located in the northern part of the Indian sub-continent bordering Tibet, Ladakh is shrouded in a certain mystery, despite having gained a lot of popularity in the past few years.

Filled with adrenaline-inducing twists and turns, high mountain passes, and some of the most beautiful mountain ranges in India, a trip through Ladakh is the perfect way to get an introduction to the Himalayan region. 

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Ladakh is a high-altitude region, meaning, no matter which part of Ladakh you are at, you’ll find yourself at a minimum altitude of 3000 meters (9800 feet) above sea level. This is important to mention here because this is considerably higher than most people are used to and the high altitude affects many aspects of travel in this region.

To help you execute that dream Ladakh trip, this 7-day itinerary designed by India Someday and Unplugged Life will take you through some of the biggest highlights of the region, while giving you a sense of what it means to be traveling in a destination as unique as this.

How to get to Ladakh

Before we dive deep into the specifics of the itinerary, it’s crucial to plan your arrival in Ladakh. The best way to reach Ladakh is to fly in. The biggest town in Ladakh is Leh, which is connected by air with India’s capital city, New Delhi.

Daily direct flights are running between Delhi ’s Indira Gandhi International Airport and Leh’s Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, run by 3 Indian airlines – Air India, SpiceJet, and GoAir. If you are traveling from another country or Indian city, you’ll first have to get to Delhi to catch the 1.5-hour flight to Leh.

Although there are multiple flights available daily, do keep in mind that the weather in Leh largely determines flight schedules. Turbulent weather is pretty common in this region so flights taking off an hour early or an hour late is not unheard of. Having said that, we have to admit that the destination is worth all that trouble!

Leh Ladakh 7-day itinerary

Day 1 – land in leh and rest.

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The erstwhile capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh, Leh is perched at an altitude of 3524 meters (11562 feet) and is home to some of the most popular attractions in the region.

The landscape in Leh is rugged, with a backdrop of barren mountains, while the weather is generally dry and very hot during the day and slightly chilly at night, depending on which month of the year you visit.

Most flights to Leh land sometime in the morning or early afternoon, so you can expect to have more than half a day to spare. But this is a day to take it easy. Remember you’ve just landed at a high altitude destination practically from the sea level (Delhi lies at an altitude of roughly 200m above sea level) and that means your body needs time to acclimatize to this drastic change.

The process of acclimatization can take a while, about 24-48 hours for most people. But no matter how you feel on day 1 (we know you’re excited!), you must take as much rest as you can and keep yourself hydrated. This is a day of barely any physical activity, so go ahead and enjoy the views from your hotel and indulge in the local Ladakhi food to gear up for the next day.

Where to stay in Leh : Gangba Homestay

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A picture-postcard-like setting with a traditional Ladakhi-style building, an apple orchard, and a view of snowy peaks in the distance – Gangba Homestay is truly a home away from home.

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Run by a local family, they are the warmest, most welcoming hosts you could ask for in Leh! To top that, the food served in the homestay is delicious and homely, while the rooms are very spacious, well-equipped, and comfortable. But what sets Gangba Homestay apart is their hospitality and the staff’s mindset to always go the extra mile to care for their guests.

Day 2 – Leh city tour

Your second day in Ladakh will also be spent in Leh to continue with the acclimatization process. However, on this day you’ll be taking a tour of the beautiful city and its surrounding areas. 

Confluence (Sangam) of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers

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Located around 35 Km away from Leh town, the point of confluence of the mighty Indus and Zanskar Rivers is your first stop for the day. The different shades of green of the two rivers’ water are distinctly visible with bare eyes, making it a place worth visiting during your stay in Leh.

You can either choose to drive down to the exact point of confluence, maybe enjoy the view with a cup of steaming hot tea, or you could also get a bird’s eye view of the confluence from a vantage point. Depending on which time of the year you visit, you’ll notice how different both rivers look individually, leading up to their meeting point.

Magnetic Hill

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A very popular tourist attraction in Leh, Magnetic Hill is technically a small stretch of road on the Leh-Kargil Highway. It is popularly known to be a spot where gravitational forces can be defied, due to a so-called magnetic pull from the surrounding mountains. Although this spot has maintained its popularity among tourists, there is not much truth to what happens here.

The landscape of the surrounding mountains and slopes is such that, to our eyes, it looks like the road is sloping uphill, but in reality the road slopes downhill making cars roll down even on neutral gear. But having said that, it’s a great spot to stop by for a while and get a good look at the stunning landscape.

Lunch at a local Tibetan restaurant

Ladakh is not only well known for its natural beauty, but for its delicious local cuisine too. With heavy influences from the neighboring Tibetan cuisine, you’d be missing out on an important cultural element if you don’t give Ladakhi food a try.

Head to Tenzin Dickey Tibetan Restaurant , located less than a kilometer from Leh’s main market, for a sumptuous lunch of local dumplings, noodles, soups, and an assortment of drinks. The restaurant is unassuming and cozy and the food makes you feel right at home.

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Belonging to the Namgyal dynasty of Ladakh, Leh Palace is the former residential palace of the royal family. Perched on top of a hill, the palace overlooks Leh and has now been converted into a museum for visitors to get a glimpse of Ladakhi royal heritage.

A tour of the 9-storeyed palace takes you through almost 450 years of artifacts belonging to the royal family. Although the palace is still under renovation, it is worth a visit for the incredible bird’s eye view of the city it offers.

Leh main market

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Leh’s main bazaar is a colorful, bustling market in the city center and the perfect place to spend a leisurely evening strolling through its narrow alleys. The market is home to shops selling all kinds of local products – from fresh produce to souvenirs and handicraft items.

Pick up Tibetan prayer flags and wheels or silver jewelry, taste local dry fruits like apricots, figs, and walnuts, and end the day with a meal at one of the many cafes lining the street.

Day 3 – Drive to Nubra Valley via Khardung La

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On your third day in Ladakh, it’s time to venture out of the city into the mountains!

The curvy roads of Ladakh can be unforgivable so it is important to be accompanied by an experienced local driver. Some stretches of road are steep and bumpy and you need a good car for better comfort. You can hire a private car but keep in mind that the cost of transport is quite high in Ladakh.

A good option for solo travelers and couples is to use shared taxis that are available for all kinds of tours in Ladakh , including the 3-day Nubra-Pangong tour. This helps saving money by sharing the cost of transport with other travelers. Sharing a car also helps to reduce the number of vehicles on the road, and therefore, the pollution.

The drive from Leh to Nubra Valley takes approximately 5-6 hours. But the biggest highlight of the drive is climbing up to the Khardung La (La is the Ladakhi word for a mountain pass) and crossing it to get to the other side of the Ladakh mountain range.

The pass is situated at an altitude of 17,582 feet (5359m) and is considered to be one of the highest motorable passes in the world.

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The winding mountain road leading up to Khardung La is spectacular and is a treat in itself. Once at the top of the pass, spend 15-20 minutes exploring the surroundings without exerting your body too much.

It is important to remember that there is very little oxygen available to breathe at such high altitude, so take it easy and enjoy the breathtaking views of the snow-covered mountains.

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Once you cross Khardung La and start driving towards Nubra Valley, the landscape changes dramatically. The drive past Shyok River towards the lush green valley of Nubra is worth keeping your eyes peeled for!

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By the time you get to your hotel in Nubra Valley after several pit stops on the way, it’ll probably be late afternoon.

Read more: 8 Snowy Destinations in Asia for Mountain and Winter Lovers

Complete your check-in formalities and head to the famous Hundar dunes to catch the sunset, with herds of Bactrian Camels for company. The Bactrian Camels are native to this region and are known for their ability to withstand high altitudes and extreme cold.

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To say the least, the landscape here is equally fascinating, with rolling sand dunes as far as the eyes can see, enclosed by towering rocky mountains on all sides.

Where to stay in Nubra Valley – Stone Hedge Ladakh

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A gorgeous property located just 10 minutes away from the Hundar sand dunes, Stone Hedge is one of the most luxurious hotels you will come across in Ladakh.

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Like a little oasis in the desert, with a natural spring flowing in the backyard, a lush garden whichever direction you look, and warm and cozy interiors, Stone Hedge sets the bar high.

Their rooms are exceptionally well-furnished with perfect mood lighting, elegant wood furniture, a room heater (rarely found elsewhere in Ladakh), and a lovely balcony that opens up to the backyard.

Day 4 – Drive to Pangong Lake

Check out from your hotel in Nubra Valley this morning and head back to the dunes once again if you want to see it in daylight. The difference is stark and worth another visit. Alternatively, you can directly head to Diskit Monastery in Nubra Valley before starting the drive towards Pangong Lake. 

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The Diskit Monastery is the oldest and largest monastery in Nubra Valley. The iconic statue of the Maitreya Buddha stands tall here at a height of 32 meters and overlooks the vast plains of the Shyok River flowing nearby. 

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After a tour of the monastery, it’s time to get on your way to Pangong Lake. The drive is roughly 6 hours long and takes you through picturesque mountain roads.

Flanked by the Shyok River on one side for most of the journey, this drive takes you from an altitude of about 10,000 feet (3048 meters) to 14,270 feet (4350 meters), where Pangong Lake is located.

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Pangong Tso (Tso is the Ladakhi word for lake) is a saline water lake that spreads across India and Tibet. In fact, 60% of the lake lies in Tibet. But given its massive length and width, it would take roughly 3 hours to drive along its coast only on the Indian side.

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Popular for its stunning turquoise blue water, Pangong Tso is one of the biggest attractions in all of Ladakh. However, do keep in mind that the appearance of the lake largely depends on which time of the year you visit.

The lake is completely frozen in the winter while the peak summer months from June to August are when it reveals all its colors.

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Once you reach Pangong Tso, check into your accommodation for the night. After that, you’ll have the evening free to either take a stroll near the lake or sit at one of the small restaurants, enjoy the view while sipping hot tea.

Do keep in mind that as the sun sets, it tends to get chilly in this part of Ladakh, the extent of which again depends on the season. So get ready to layer up some warm clothes and snuggle in for the night!

Where to stay in Pangong Tso – Native Huts

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There are no permanent hotels near Pangong Lake, so be prepared for a night of adventure staying in these wooden huts specially constructed for tourists while the travel season lasts. The huts come with an attached western toilet and have basic amenities like fresh towels, warm blankets, and charging points (operational from 6 pm to 11 pm).

The owners of these huts are very helpful and accommodating so if you want more blankets or hot water, just let them know. They also arrange fresh, hot meals for guests in a separate dining space inside another hut, and that food at the end of a long, cold day truly warms the heart.

Read more: 10 Awesome Treks And Hikes In India

Day 5 – Drive back to Leh via Chang La

This will be the last day of driving through Ladakh, but expect it to be no less exciting than the previous two days!

The journey from Pangong Lake back to Leh takes close to 6 hours and will take you via Chang La, a mountain pass situated at an altitude of 17,590 feet (5360 meters).

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The drive to Chang La is relatively bumpier than what you would have experienced while driving to Khardung La, but the experience of getting to the top of the pass is incredible. 

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On the way from Chang La to Leh, make another stop at the famous Hemis Monastery. With a long and rich history, the monastery also houses a museum that showcases artifacts from the museum’s heritage.

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Considered to be one of the largest monasteries in Ladakh, the highlight of visiting Hemis is the huge statue of Guru Rinpoche and the monastery’s unique architecture.

Day 6 – Explore Leh

Spend your final day in Ladakh seeing more of Leh and wrapping up your visit. This would be a good day to revisit the local market to pick up souvenirs to take home, in addition to visiting the following places.

Thiksey Monastery

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Start your day early with a visit to the Thiksey Monastery to witness the morning prayer chanting session. Get there by 7 am so you can get in the prayer hall in time without disturbing the monks. It may seem way too early, but the experience is magical!

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As the sun rises and illuminates the surrounding snow-capped peaks, the monks begin their day together by rhythmically chanting Buddhist prayers – an experience not to be missed in Leh.

Shanti Stupa

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Constructed as part of a Peace Pagoda Mission, the Shanti Stupa was built jointly by the Buddhist community of Japan and Ladakh. While the iconic white dome sits at the top, the Shanti Stupa houses the relics of the Buddha at its base.

Visited for its religious as well as architectural value, there’s a certain air of calm surrounding the Stupa, as it sits looking over the vast expanse of Leh.

Stok Palace

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Located on the western bank of River Indus, the Stok Palace was originally built as the summer home of Ladakh’s royal family. Currently, this is where the royal family resides all year long.

The palace also has several museum rooms that display lots of ancient artifacts belonging to the royal family- from precious jewelry and royal attires to weapons and items of daily use.

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A part of the Stok Palace has now been transformed into a heritage hotel and opened up to travelers who want to experience the royal way of living for a few days.

Lunch in the orchard at Chulli Bagh

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After a tour of the Stok Palace, head to the nearby Chulli Bagh, which is essentially the royal family’s orchard, with apricot and walnut trees dominating the scene.

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Settle down for a luxurious lunch amidst the lush greenery of the meticulously maintained orchard and enjoy a delicious meal accompanied by freshly plucked fruits from the garden.

Ladakhi cultural show

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Now that it’s almost time to wrap up your final day in Leh, head back to the hotel to watch a vibrant cultural show displaying the beautiful dance forms and music of Ladakh.

Ladakh has a rich culture comprising beautiful folk dances native to different parts of the region, performed by both men and women, depending on the dance form.

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Decked in traditional costumes and jewelry, it’s a real treat to watch the locals match steps while humming Ladakhi songs. 

Day 7 – Depart from Leh

This is a day of no activity since you have to catch a flight out of Leh back to Delhi. Depending on your flight time, you may be able to squeeze in a couple of hours in the morning to visit the local market or the village if you want, for a final glimpse of life in Ladakh!

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Ladakh is vast and a one-week trip may not entirely do justice to its beauty. But if this is all the time you have, this itinerary is a good place to start planning your trip.

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  • July 20, 2019

Planning a trip to Leh, Ladakh

  • Continent: Asia
  • Country: India
  • Categories: Ladakh
  • Tags: airtel , Greater Himalayas , guide , Leh , trip planning

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Or, a first timer’s guide to ladakh, or as first-timers call it, leh ladakh.

Update as of March 16 2020 – In view of the current circumstances regarding COVID 2019, the district administration of Leh has decided to withdraw all the Inner Line Permits (ILP) that have been issued. Fresh ILPs will not be issued until further notice. We will update this post as soon as there is an update regarding ILP for Ladakh.

Once you travel to Ladakh you know it can’t be your last trip to Ladakh – was a lesson we learnt clearly on our first trip to this land of high passes (literally, the translation of La-dakh). This magical remote high altitude region of the Himalayas mesmerised us with its awe-inspiring barren mountains, deep blue lakes and the warmest people we have ever met.

So, this guide to Ladakh is for those planning their first trip to Ladakh. The guide isn’t your ultimate or complete guide to Ladakh. You will find them in abundance on the internet. Instead, this guide to Ladakh is based largely on our first-hand experiences in Ladakh.

In this travel guide to Ladakh we answer the questions we asked on our first trip to Ladakh :

  • Exactly where is Ladakh? Are Leh and Ladakh the same?

How to reach Ladakh?

  • Does Ladakh have an airport (or a railway station)?
  • How many days are needed for a trip to Ladakh? What are the places to see in Ladakh?
  • What is the best time to travel to Ladakh? Should you visit Ladakh in winter?
  • What should be the budget for a trip to Ladakh?
  • Where can we stay in Ladakh? Do we need to make any prior accommodation bookings in Ladakh?

On this trip to Ladakh, we also got a chance to meet the people of Ladakh and have conversations with them. These interactions helped us understand the culture, traditions and life in the high mountains of Ladakh. Which helped to understand the most important question –

  • Why should one travel to Ladakh?

In this travel guide, we will also talk about why travelling to Ladakh is a life-changing experience.

This travel guide will equip you with all the details needed to plan your trip to Ladakh – whether you are flying into Leh, doing a road trip to Ladakh, biking to Ladakh, or joining a tour. If however, you want to skip reading the next 5000 words, just send us a WhatsApp message and we’ll help you plan your itinerary for Ladakh.

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Where is Leh-Ladakh located in India? 

First things first – Leh and Ladakh are NOT synonymous to each other. Ladakh is a district in Jammu and Kashmir and Leh is the district headquarters .

Ladakh is a Union territory located in North India. It is the highest plateau in India. Most of Ladakh is at an altitude above 3000 meters. Surrounded by the high Himalayan mountains Ladakh falls in the rain shadow region, making it a high altitude cold desert and one of the most remote and sparsely populated regions of India.

It has two districts – Leh and Kargil. In this travel guide for Ladakh, we are focusing on the district of Leh. The town of Leh is the district headquarters of the Leh district. When people say they are planning a Leh Ladakh tour , they are usually referring to Leh and around.

There are some important things you need to know before you start planning your trip to Ladakh –

● Ladakh is ruled by one force, and one force only – nature. That’s the first and the most important point to keep telling yourself when you plan your trip to Ladakh. 

● Ladakh extends far beyond Leh. Some parts of Ladakh are so remote that they are accessible only by foot, a large part of it is beyond civilian access and all of it is a high altitude Himalayan region. As such, even a few months at a stretch might not be enough to explore the entire Ladakh region. Don’t pack too much while planning the itinerary for your trip to Ladakh.

● Being the district headquarters as well as the amalgamation point for all tourists visiting Ladakh, Leh town has the maximum tourist facilities which come close to the material comforts one is used to in cities. While enjoying these comforts, it’s important to keep reminding yourselves that Ladakh is a high altitude cold desert. Natural resources, like water (and air) are hard to come by. Wastage of anything here is a sacrilege. 

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● You can reach Ladakh by air or by road. Ladakh does not have a rail network so you can’t reach Ladakh by train.

● Reaching Ladakh by air The airport in Ladakh is in the town of Leh. There are regular flights to Leh including direct flights to cities like Srinagar, Delhi. When the weather is clear, you get some spectacular views of the Himalayas on the flight to Leh. During the winter months, when the high altitude mountain passes are closed, flying into Leh is the only option to reach Ladakh.

● The nearest railhead to Ladakh is Jammu . A railway line to Leh is an ambitious project that has been announced. When done, it will be an engineering marvel. We are several years away from seeing this happen. 

● There are 2 routes to reach Leh, Ladakh by road.  

1. The Srinagar Leh highway, NH-1D

2. The Leh Manali highway, NH-22 

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Altitude acclimatisation in Ladakh

Altitude acclimatisation is the most important part of planning your trip to Ladakh. The time you allot for altitude acclimatisation in your itinerary for Ladakh can make or break your trip. These are all the what, why and how about altitude acclimatisation for your trip to Ladakh.

● What is altitude acclimatisation? Altitude acclimatisation means to give your body complete rest and let it get used to the reduced oxygen levels in Ladakh. 

● How many days should I allot for altitude acclimatisation? Medical professionals recommend 3 days of complete rest to fully acclimatise your body for the high altitudes of Ladakh. This would be the ideal case scenario. Even if you are on a short trip to Ladakh plan at least a day of complete rest (not stepping out of your hotel/guesthouse/homestay) before you start exploring.

● Where should you stay during altitude acclimatisation? Leh, with its altitude ranging from 3000 to 3500 meters is the perfect place to acclimatise yourself to the high altitudes of Ladakh. It’s high enough to condition the body but not that high that you’ll face problems.

● You have travelled to Ladakh on several trips earlier. Do you still need altitude acclimatisation? Absolutely yes, even if it is your tenth trip to Ladakh! Even if you have seen everything in Leh and are now raring to visit some seriously remote parts of Ladakh. That still doesn’t mean you can skip the altitude acclimatisation days. 

These are some tips to help you with altitude acclimatisation when you arrive in Leh as well as during your trip to Ladakh

● Drink lots of water. Keep yourself hydrated. The cold weather means you don’t feel much thirsty. But water is your best friend at high altitudes.  

● Likewise, alcohol is your worst enemy in a high altitude region like Ladakh. Do yourself a favour, and eliminate alcohol from your travel plans during your trip to Ladakh.

● Take it slow. Take deliberate small steps even if it feels like walking at a snail’s pace. During the initial few days of your stay in Ladakh, climbing a single flight of stairs can have you gasping for air. Luckily, there’s no train to catch here and you can take all the time in the world. 

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Facilities available in Leh, Ladakh 

The town of Leh is the only place in Ladakh where you will find modern amenities. This is where you should stock up with things you might need for the rest of your trip in the more remote parts of Ladakh, including fuel if you are on a self-driving road trip or a biking trip to Ladakh.

● Medical facilities

There is a hospital in Leh which is run by the Indian Army. There’s a separate tourist section in the hospital. The most common complaint among the tourists is related to altitude sickness. You can buy a small portable oxygen cylinder in Leh and keep it with you at all times, once you step out of Leh and travel through the remote parts of Ladakh which are at an even higher altitude.

● Accommodation

The gaining popularity of Ladakh as a tourist destination means that the choice of places to stay at in Leh only keeps increasing every year. Rapid mobile network penetration and internet has brought people of this remote region closer to the outside world, giving them a clearer idea of what the tourists need. From luxury hotels to economical guest houses to personalised homestays – there’s ample accommodation in Leh to suit every budget. There was a time when you had to rely on tour companies/travel agents to make arrangements for your trip to Ladakh. Not so anymore. Thanks to reliable mobile networks like Airtel, you can easily contact the properties and pre-book your accommodation online.

The food options available in Leh will make you forget the remoteness of where you are. From wood-fired pizzas to wholehearted thupkas – everything is available in Leh. You are spoilt for choice here (which will not be the case once you start exploring the rest of Ladakh). The best food (actually, drink) that we devoured during our stay in Leh was the fresh apricot juice. The sea buckthorn juice is also nice, but the apricot juice is something else. Also, the fresh apricots. (We have tried apricots from several regions since our trip to Ladakh, and nothing comes close to the taste of apricots from Ladakh).

● Communication

In the last few years, digital communication has seen a world of change, especially in remote regions like Ladakh. So you won’t have to make any special arrangements like a satellite phone (unless you are planning a long trek) to keep in touch. Airtel 4G in widespread in remote India and you can now make video calls from Leh, Ladakh. I am getting into the habit of making video calls to family back home from such picturesque locations and can’t wait to show Ladakh to them, through my phone’s eyes (until they make a trip to Ladakh themselves)! Airtel 4G was recently launched even on the Lakshadweep islands. Blue skies or blue waters, both give a sense of infinity. Their vastness has the power to draw you in, and calm you. This power is the first thought that comes to mind about Ladakh and the biggest reason we want to set foot on Lakshadweep. But, I digress. You will no longer have to worry about keeping in touch with family back home while planning your travel to Ladakh. 

● For solo travellers/ travellers on a budget trip to Ladakh

If you are travelling solo, you might want to join other solo/ group travellers looking for company to fill the seats up in their cars. This is an effective way to make solo travel fit your budget and yet travel in Ladakh and explore its remote regions. Shops and restaurants in Ladakh usually put up notices like these by travellers. Make use of your time in Leh, and the reliable mobile network here (Airtel postpaid works perfectly in Leh, so making these quick connections will not be a problem at all). 

● Transport

The public transport buses between Ladakh and other parts of India (Manali, Srinagar and Kargil) ply up to Leh. If you have a rough idea of the dates for your trip to Ladakh and are flexible with your itinerary you can use this taxi booking website to find travel companions online. You can find information about travellers looking to share cabs or put up your requirements here and find travel companions to share a ride with and bring down your travel costs to Ladakh. Even from an environmental point of view, it makes sense to travel in a full taxi.

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How to reach Ladakh via the Srinagar Leh highway?

The Srinagar Leh highway is one of the routes to reach Leh, Ladakh by road. If you plan a road trip to Ladakh, this is the highway you should choose to reach Leh, Ladakh.

There are several reasons to recommend taking the Srinagar Leh highway on your way to Ladakh –

  • The altitude gain on the Srinagar Leh highway is gradual starting at Srinagar which is at 1500 meters above MSL where oxygen levels are normal and do not cause any breathing issues.
  • The highway passes through several well-populated places like Sonamarg, Drass, Kargil, Mulbekh, Lamayuru and several villages in between before you reach the town of Leh. Very rarely along the Srinagar Leh highway are you away from civilisation.
  • There are only three mountain passes on the Srinagar Leh highway – Zoji la, Namika la ad Fotu la which are at an altitude below the town of Leh.
  • This makes the Srinagar Leh highway a better choice for altitude acclimatisation for your road trip to Ladakh.

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This 419 km journey from Srinagar to Leh connects the lush green Kashmir valley to the high altitude Ladakh region. You can hire a cab from Srinagar, take a shared cab (these leave from the taxi stand near the Dal lake) or take the bus from the bus stand near the Srinagar TRC (Tourist Reception Centre). 

● Take a break for at least a day. Stay in Drass or Kargil. It is possible to do this journey in a day, starting early in the morning from Srinagar and reaching Leh later in the evening. But a continuous journey like that is not recommended.

● If time is not a constraint, or if you are into slow travel, these are the breaks you can take and places you can visit on the Srinagar Leh highway: 

1. Spend a day in Srinagar visiting the Mughal gardens, the old parts of the city and enjoying a sunset at the Dal lake.

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2. You will get out of Srinagar and proceed towards Sonmarg, crossing places like Ganderbal and Kangan on the way. You can spend a day in Sonmarg , visit the Thajiwas glacier, walk to the hidden village of Sarbal and run around on the meadows. If you do visit these places, we suggest you walk instead of taking the horses (you will be asked by several horsemen).

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3. From Sonmarg, a steady climb starts. If it’s the season of the Amarnath yatra, you will see camps set up down below, at Baltal. Soon after, you will be on your first high altitude mountain pass – the Zoji la. Soon, the “heart-in-you-mouth” situation, which will become all too familiar during your travel in Ladakh, starts.

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4. Zoji la is a relatively smaller mountain pass, but a major point of transition. The landscape changes dramatically as you get to the other side of Zoji la. The green valleys are now replaced by the imposing brown and barren mountains.

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5. Soon after Zoji la, you will be in Drass. Famed as the second coldest inhabited place on the planet Drass is a striking little town. The Jammu and Kashmir tourism department has decent accommodation, just at the beginning of the town. Walk-in bookings shouldn’t be a problem. However, if you feel uncomfortable about just arriving at a remote place without a booking, call the caretaker beforehand. Airtel postpaid will work here (as well as near Lamayuru, if you decide to make a booking before you arrive there). The Kargil War Memorial is in Drass and a visit is highly recommended. You can walk through the lanes of houses (notice the wooden houses in Kashmir being replaced by the stone houses in the higher Himalayas) and visit a place called Bhimbetka, which is held in high regard by the local people. This is where we recommend you break your journey if you’re taking just one break.

6. Soon after Drass is Kargil . Most tourists break their journey from Srinagar to Leh, Ladakh in Kargil. Naturally, there are a number of hotels for all budgets in Kargil. The main street is just a busy market. But a little higher up is Goma Kargil. On the way is the famous Kargil museum. The museum has artefacts from the silk trade era and throws light on the life on the silk route.

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7. After Kargil, is Mulbhek. It is known for its massive rock-cut statue of Buddha. Soon after are two high altitude mountain passes – Namika la and Fotu la . Fotu la probably has the best roads in Ladakh.

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8. Fotu la ends at Lamayuru, known as the Moonland of Ladakh . Evenings are the best time to see the Moonland behind the meditation hill. For this, we recommend a stay at Lamayuru , for a night on your journey to Ladakh on the Srinagar Leh highway. On the other side of this Moonland, you see the stupas covered in the golden glow on the setting sun.

9. If you leave in the morning from Lamayuru, you will be in Leh by noon. 

6. Travelling to Ladakh by the Leh Manali highway 

We recommend travelling by the Leh Manali highway on your way out of Ladakh . We have explained in our story about the Leh Manali highway why this high altitude highway should be avoided to get to Ladakh. Unlike the Srinagar Leh highway, this 470-km long route is mostly through remote wilderness. Five mountain passes, several water crossings and exhilarating moments of disbelief (how can you drive on these roads!) will be encountered. 

Read about the detailed experience of travelling on the Leh Manali highway . 

7. Do I need an Inner Line Permit to go anywhere in Ladakh? 

● You will need an Inner Line Permit (ILP) to travel to the remote places of Ladakh. 

● However, there are a lot of places in Ladakh that you can visit without the ILP. 

● Places you can visit in Ladakh without the ILP: 

1. All the places mentioned along the Srinagar Leh highway including Lamayuru .

2. Villages like Alchi (monastery and several interesting cafes) and Phyang (man-made glaciers), the Magnetic hill, Hall of fame, and the Poanta Sahib gurudwara.

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3. The entire town of Leh itself. Shanti Stupa . If you want to climb up to the Shanti Stupa, do it at sunrise or sunset. Also, avoid climbing up the Shanti Stupa on your first day itself. There’s the Leh Palace on the other side of Shanti Stupa. The lanes of the Leh market with their museum-like stores are an interesting place to walk and meet fellow travellers from around the world.

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4. You can dedicate one day for the Shey-Thiksey-Hemis monasteries . These monasteries are the famous monasteries near Leh. Hemis monastery is the biggest one and the Hemis festival has become a huge tourist attraction. A visit to the Hemis monastery will take the most amount of time. There’s a museum here and the library (when open) has some rare manuscripts. Recommend visiting the Thiksey monastery for sunset. It’s at an elevation and on a clear day, the views of Ladakh sprawled under you are amazing. 

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8. Popular places to visit in Ladakh beyond Leh (ILP needed for all of these) 

● pangong tso .

1. The Pangong Tso (Tso = lake) is the most popular destination in Ladakh.

2. Irrespective of what’s happened to the Pangong Tso in recent times (and let’s be very clear that what’s happened of it is wrong. Actually, WRONG ). A place as pristine, remote and pure as Pangong Tso should have had minimal, if not zero, human interference. That’s sadly not the case anymore.

3. Any of this, however, does not take away from the beauty of the place itself. The blue waters, the surrounding mountains, the open skies – everything will cast a magic spell on you.

4. Leh to Pangong Tso (Spangmik) is a distance of little over 150 km. It goes over the high altitude Chang la.

5. This distance means you can visit Pangong Tso as a day trip from Leh if you only go up to the village of Spangmik.

6. You can stay in homestays around the Pangong Tso (the luxury camps on the Pangong Tso grounds have been banned as of 2019 to protect the environment). Sunset and sunrise are the best times to visit the Pangong Tso (or any of the high altitude lakes).

7. An extra day means you can go ahead up to the villages of Man and Merak. (You will need to mention this in the ILP).

8. Hanle, the location of the highest observatory in the world is further down this road via Chushul . If you intend to visit Hanle, you will need an ILP specifically for Hanle. (Hanle is not included in the ILP for Pangong Tso). 

● Nubra Valley 

1. You cross over the Khardung la (famous, though controversially, for being the highest motorable road in the world that’s easily accessible to civilians) to enter the Nubra Valley from Leh.

2. Leh to Diskit, over the Khardung la, is a distance of 120 km and could take around 5 hours. There’s a monastery at Diskit and a famous statue of the Maitreya.

3. Beyond Diskit, there are two arms to the Nubra valley. One goes along the Shyok river to Panamik via the village of Sumur. Panamik is known for its hot springs.

4. The other arm goes to the village of Turtuk. The desert of Hunder, famous for its two-humped Bactrian camels is on the way to Turtuk.

5. Turtuk is the base for the Siachen glacier and the last village with civilian access.

6. Spend at least 2 days in the Nubra valley, recommend spending 3 days . We know of travellers who have spent an entire month in the Nubra valley. 

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● Tso Moriri 

1. Tso Moriri is a high altitude mountain lake in Ladakh, at an altitude of over 4000 meters.

2. Leh to the village of Korzok which is the village at the base of Tso Moriri is a distance of around 250 km .

3. This means you can not visit Tso Moriri in a day. Even though there aren’t any mountain passes on the way, the long winding roads mean travelling from Leh to Tso Moriri takes over 8 hours.

4. This remoteness means unlike the Pangong Tso, not many tourists travel to Tso Moriri. You could just be the only people by the lakeside.

5. Tso Moriri is a protected wetland sanctuary. Camping by the lakeside is therefore prohibited. You can stay in the homestays at Korzok.

6. If you include Tso Moriri in your travel itinerary for Ladakh (and if you’re travelling by a private taxi), then you should include Tso Moriri at the end of your itinerary. There’s a route from Tso Moriri, via another lake named Tso Kar which connects directly to the Leh Manali highway. You can exit Ladakh via this route. 

9. Is it possible to travel directly from Nubra Valley to Pangong to Tso Moriri? 

1. In the last few years, as the popularity of Ladakh as a tourist destination has increased, more routes are being opened for tourist traffic.

2. Taking these alternate routes means you can travel from Nubra valley directly to Pangong Tso. Or go directly from Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri. You don’t have to travel back to Leh every time. This way, you can save days and see more during your travel through Ladakh.

3. Even if this is true, there are some things to keep in mind when you’re planning on travelling by these alternate routes. These are some of the most remote routes in Ladakh. These are not high priority routes (meaning, there are better and easier alternatives available for the locals and the army). Therefore, they aren’t maintained as well as the regular routes are. Some patches along these routes are outright offroading.

4. Traffic on these routes is extremely low, as in civilisation. Meaning, if something is to go wrong with your vehicle, you need a back up (to repair or a means to get help) with you.

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5. So, should you or shouldn’t you plan on taking these offbeat alternate routes in Ladakh?

If this is your first time in Ladakh, we’ll recommend sticking to the regular routes and returning to Leh after every outing into the deeper valleys in Ladakh. Never traverse these routes alone. Have 3-4 cars in your group if you plan to travel by these routes. Ask about the current condition of these routes to the locals before you move in their direction. This is where, having a reliable mobile network becomes really important, not just for the tourists but also for the locals. You can call the villages ahead and find the current condition of the road and the weather there. Locals know the best. Listen to what they have to say, even if it means losing days and seeing one place less. If you are not an experienced driver on rough roads, get a local driver from Leh.

6. There are two options to travel from the Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso .

  • One is via the villages of Agham and Shyok and is a much shorter route to go directly to Pangong.
  • The second and the much longer option is to go over Wari la. This eventually joins the regular route to Pangong Tso from Leh. You have to also go over the Chang la if you take this route.

7. There are two options to go directly from Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri. You go up to Chushul. This is where the road diverges to go either via Tsaga la or Kaksang la. Both these routes are among the most remote places in Ladakh. Understand your risks well, before you embark on these journeys.

8. You will need permits specifically for any of these routes you plan to take. And, based on the security situation and the weather conditions on the day of your travel, you could be denied permission to go ahead despite having the permits.

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10. How many days for Ladakh itinerary? 

● The simple answer to this is, depends on you. Do you want to fly in both ways? Fly one way? Take the road both ways? 

● We will not recommend travelling to Ladakh for anything less than 5 days. That’s the bare minimum. 

● Once you know the number of days you have for your travel in Ladakh, start the planning from the number of days needed to reach Ladakh and get out of Ladakh. Add the rest days in Leh to acclimate your body. 

● Now, depending on the number of days left, decide on the number of places you can visit. 

● Remember this: Once you have travelled to Ladakh, you can’t not to again. Ladakh is an addiction. You will be compelled to visit again. 

● Don’t try to fit everything in, just for the satisfaction of having “done Ladakh”. There is no such thing. Don’t rush through places. The distances in Ladakh are long and the roads are back-breaking. Don’t torture yourself by having long travel days one after the other.

● Add a buffer day or two to the itinerary. 

● Now, book your tickets. 

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One of the best blog written , very nicely explained with all details in post and usedful tips, Waiting for more such blogs. Bike adventures are the best .

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Thank you for the detailed post and usedful tips. I yearn to travel to Ladakh after 1 year of being stuck at home.

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Loved your blog, Thanks for sharing such blog, Waiting for more such blogs.

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I’ve read a lot of articles about Leh Ladakh, but yours is a distinct one. Pictures on this blog makes me want to visit Leh-Ladakh more then ever. Really loved those pictures, Mesmerizing!!!

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Useful piece of information ! Nice pictures, outstanding photography.

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Nice blog. Lots of useful information. A bit of feedback on Shyok road from Nubra to Panggong lake. There are lot of posts that say that the road is very isolated and not in good shape. When I travelled in this June, there were vehicles ahead of and behind us on most of the stretches of this road, so we never felt lonely. Not just cars but even the slightly larger tempo travellers use this road. 50% of the road was in good to very good condition and rest of it was bumpy. But there are bumpy roads in other parts of Ladakh too, like Chang la, Khardung la. Water level was minimal at river crossings. I did not find the condition of Shyok road much different of dangerous compared to other parts of Ladakh. I must say that I travelled in June, which is tourist season and just the beginning of summer, so things may be different in the later part of summer, perhaps because of rising river water level due to snow melt. Some portions are prone to shooting stones as is the case in other parts of Ladakh, especially between Nubra and Turtuk.

Another thing is that majority of tourists arriving by air spend their first night in Leh. I feel it is a very good idea to drive to Uletokpo or Alchi straight from the airport and spend the first night there. Reason – Ule/Alchi at 10,000 ft is a bit lower than Leh, hence better place to start acclimatization. Secondly, there are number of lovely resort right on the bank of Indus river. I felt it great to spend time besides Indus river. Thirdly, You are in the middle of the places of interest on Leh-Srinagar road. Its easy to visit Lamayuru, Alchi, Sangam, etc on your Day 2 starting from Ule/Alchi rather than making a day trip from Leh.

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Thank you for the updates on the road conditions when you visited and for these suggestions. Uletokpo and Alchi are really coming up in recent times and our readers are showing keen interest in visiting these places. I will update the planning guide to reflect these changes.

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Since i am a Ladakhi i love to read other peoples view and often feel a sense of joy to read there experience in ladakh.

Although i liked your post and totally agree with you I would like to add a small correction just for knowledge purpose and i have read and seen many people still have this misconception. “Ladakh is not a district, it’s a region and now a Union Territory”. The statement that Ladakh is a district is wrong but leh town is the headquaters of leh district which includes a large area such as nubra valley, changthang and much more. Ladakh consists of two Districts Leh and Kargil as of now which is speculated to further be divided into two more districts (namely Nubra and Zanskar) after the newly bifurcation of the state of J&K into the Union Territories J&K and Ladakh. So basically what i’m trying to say is that Leh is a district which is a part of Ladakh which is the whole Region( or you can say a Union Territory).

Hello, teh post was written before the changes came about. Will be editing the post to reflect its current status.

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A brilliant in depth with fine details travelogue, could be helpful for Ladakh tour planning.Thanks

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Wish I could see the entire photo on my computer screen without scrolling up or down.

Wonderful post and the photos.

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Brilliant. May you achieve success in yor travels again and again.

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Very well penned the details. A big shout to both of you people I’m following your fb page from last one year. Really inspiring Unfortunately I’m not able to make these long trips.. but still I wanted to say that “Yes, I’m planning to take a trip to ladakh this year”??

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A Complete 10-Day Leh Ladakh Itinerary

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A trip to Ladakh is undoubtedly on many intrepid travellers bucket lists. The mystical Indian Himalayan region is still one of the most underrated places on earth. Despite it being a very remote corner of the Indian subcontinent, you’ll be surprised that you can see a lot in a short time with this Ladakh itinerary.

Over 10 days, you can visit the famous Pangong Lake, ancient monasteries of Hemis and Lamayuru, the former Silk Road trading route of Nubra Valley, and crumbling palaces with panoramic views over the arid, snow-capped landscape. This itinerary I’ve put together covers the best things to do in Ladakh over 10 days based on my multiple trips to the region.

Whether you fly into Leh for a short trip or incorporate this into a longer North India adventure travelling by road, your time in Ladakh will undoubtedly be something you’ll never forget. Buckle up for some long drives, and you’ll be blown away by the incredible land forms and ancient history awaiting in Ladakh.

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When to Visit Ladakh

The best time to visit Ladakh is from mid-May until end of September . This is when the region sees its best weather with warm days and relatively mild nights. The roads and trekking routes are also guaranteed to be clear of snow during these summer months, making places easier to access.

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Where to Stay in Leh

Leh is the main town and base for exploring Ladakh. The town has hundreds of accommodation choices, from homestays and hostels to high end hotels. I’d recommend picking somewhere that is comfortable for you and your budget, as you’ll be spending most of the time in this Ladakh itinerary based in Leh. Here are my top picks:

Budget:   Raybo Hostel

Budget:   Peace Guest House

Midrange:   Chandan Guest House

Midrange:   Rock Castle Residency

High-end:  Grand Dragon

Read more:   Best Places to Stay in Leh, Ladakh For All Budgets

Basgo Monastery

How to Get Around Ladakh

Travelling by road is one of the best parts of any Ladakh trip. The scenery from the various road trips in the region offer jaw dropping views that you’ll want to savour every minute (even if some of the drives are long, bumpy and windy).

There are a few ways to get around Ladakh to the various sights and day trips in this itinerary. Which way you choose will depend on your budget and comfort level. However, for this 10 day itinerary, I would recommend a combination of taxis for day trips and a shared group tour for the trip to Pangong Lake and Nubra Valley (unless you want to arrange a private tour).

Here’s more specific information for each transport option:

Public bus: Public transport is a little limited in Ladakh. You’ll need a lot of time and patience if you plan on using local buses to get to all the best places. If you only have 10 days, this is not ideal. But if you have more than 10 days, check out my guide to Leh for more information on the public transport options in the region.

Driving to Lamayuru

Taxi: This is very ideal for day trips. You can easily organise taxis in Leh to take you to Thiksey, Lamayuru, Hemis, Alchi and more. A popular day trip combining Shey, Thiksey and Hemis costs around 3700 INR (AU$70) for the day as an example. You’ll have to budget more for the drive to Alchi and Lamayuru.

Group tours: Joining group tours to Pangong Lake and Nubra Valley is a popular option. In high season from June until August, you’ll find groups leaving every day in shared taxis for 3-4 days. You can easily organise this upon arrival in Leh.

Private tours: If you want to organise all your Ladakh trip in advance, then I suggest arranging a 10 day tour through a local company in Leh. They can help arrange taxis for day trips, and a private car for Pangong Lake and Nubra Valley. I highly recommend Gonbo of Lungta Travel . He’s also the owner of Rock Castle Residency Guesthouse in Leh and can help with arranging all of this for you.

For more detailed information on these options: Comprehensive Travel Guide to Ladakh

View of Stok Kangri

Overview of this 10-Day Ladakh Itinerary

Day 1: Fly from Delhi to Leh

Day 2: Acclimatise in Leh

Day 3: acclimatise and explore leh town.

Day 4: Day trip to Thiksey, Hemis and Shey

Day 5: Day trip to Lamayuru and Alchi

Day 6: road trip to nubra valley via khardung la, day 7: drive to pangong lake and stay the night, day 8: return to leh, day 9: relax in leh (optional visit to stok village), day 10: fly back to delhi.

View from Shanti Stupa

Detailed 10 Day Ladakh Itinerary

Here’s how I would spend 10 days in Ladakh, if you’re prepared to take some long driving days and want to see as much as you can in a short time.

Day 1: Delhi to Leh

If you’re opting for a quick 10-day trip to Ladakh, then it’s likely you’ll be flying into Leh from Delhi. There are frequent flights every day from Delhi to Leh, mostly in the morning hours. It’s widely considered one of the most beautiful flights in the world.

Flights are run by Air India, Vistara, SpiceJet, and IndiGo. The flight time is around 1.5 hours and can cost anywhere from 3000INR (AU$60) to 9000INR (AU$180) one way.

If you prefer to travel to Leh, Ladakh by public transport , then you can also come via Manali or Srinagar, depending on how much time you have and your trip plans. Read my guide on getting to Leh by public transport for more information.

Once you arrive in Leh, you’ll want to head straight to your accommodation and rest for the remainder of the day. The altitude will likely hit you after about 2-3 hours of being in Leh, so it’s best to relax and stay hydrated for the afternoon to adjust slowly.

Read more: 20 Best Things to Do in Delhi

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Your first full day in Leh should also be considered an acclimatisation day. You may wake up on this day with a headache, shortness of breath, and fatigue, which are common symptoms when arriving in Ladakh from Delhi.

The best way to avoid getting sick and easing into the altitude is to rest as much as possible , stay hydrated, and eat regular, small meals to maintain energy.

Try not to do too much on this day, unless you’re coming from somewhere else that is around 2000m or higher. You could walk somewhere into town for dinner, if you’re feeling up to it.

View from Central Asian Museum

You’ll still be acclimatising for at least 48 hours after arriving, so on day three you shouldn’t try to overexert yourself too much. But, you’re probably keen to get out and start exploring this beautiful mountain town. Here’s how I recommend you spend your day:

Morning: Breakfast at your guesthouse or a cafe in the main market area (my top picks include Bodhi Terrace, Bon Appetit, or Asian Corner Restaurant)

Mid-morning: Explore the Central Asian Museum and then wander around the main market

Lunch: Taste the local Tibetan food at Tibetan Kitchen

Afternoon: Explore Leh Palace and Tsemo Maitreya Temple

Dinner: Chopsticks or Wanderers Terrace

Read more: 25 Best Things to Do in Ladakh

Thiksey Monastery

Day 4: Day trip to Thiksey and Hemis Monasteries (plus Shey Palace if you have time)

Get ready for a day trip out to the east of town to some of the most impressive monasteries and villages of the Ladakh area. If you have patience you could get to Thiksey Monastery and Shey Palace by bus, or take a taxi for the day and visit all three places including Shey Palace.

Hemis Monastery is one of the most important in the region. It was originally established in the 17th century and is tucked into a gorge in Hemis National Park. The most impressive part of the complex is the museum, holding the most important Buddhist relics and artefacts of India.

Thiksey Monastery is an imposing monastery built in a similar style to the Potala Palace in Lhasa. The temples at the top of the gompa hold some beautiful Buddhist statues and monuments, plus the view over the valley is incredible.

View from Shey Palace

Another day trip, this one longer than the day before, the drive to Lamayuru is one of the most beautiful in the region. You’ll wind through incredible moonscapes and small villages, with dramatic mountain peaks and raging rivers on either side. After about three hours, you’ll arrive in Lamayuru , the oldest monastery in Ladakh.

Built over several levels across the rocky landscape, it’s easily one of the most impressive sights. Plus, if you time your visit for the midday puja, you can sit with the monks and listen to their their chanting prayers.

On the way back to Leh, stop in at Alchi to visit the unique 1,000 year old Buddhist murals and shrines hidden off the main highway. There’s also some delicious local restaurants there, the standout being Alchi Kitchen, if you time it for a lunchtime meal.

Khardung La Road

Another few days of long drives ahead, but the scenery makes it all worthwhile. Either join a group tour or hire a private driver to take you to two of the most famous sights in Ladakh: Nubra Valley and Pangong Lake.

On this day, you’ll leave Leh and drive first up to Khardung La pass . Connecting Leh with Nubra Valley, Khardung La sits at 5,360m and was once the highest motorable road in the world (now overtaken by another road in India). It’s an essential photo op, before descending down towards Nubra Valley, the Shyok River and the Karakoram Mountains.

Double humped camels in Nubra Valley

Once part of the old Silk Road trading route across Asia and connecting Pakistan with Tibet, Nubra Valley is a stunning place. Visit Diskit Monastery and it’s Maitreya Buddha statue, sitting high above the valley floor, with panoramic views across the eastern Karakoram Mountains.

Then, head to the village of Hunder to take a look at the double humped camels or Bactrian camels roaming the mountain backed sand dunes.

Stay overnight in either Hunder or Diskit.

Where to stay in Diskit?  Ama Guesthouse or  Himalayan Regal House Where to stay in Hunder?   Hunder Stay and Camp  or  Hunder Haven

Jeep tour to Pangong Tso

From Diskit or Hunder drive back through the valley, and towards Pangong Lake. While the drive is quite long and arduous in some parts, keep soaking up the incredible mountain views out the window.

Pangong Lake is one of the world’s highest saltwater lakes sitting at 4,250m. It’s a sacred site for Buddhists, with almost 2/3 of the lake actually lying across the border in Tibet. It’s bright blue colour shimmering against the arid, desert-like mountains makes it an otherworldy sight that draws many visitors each year.

Stay the night on the shores of the lake. The most popular place is  Spangmik , a cluster of glamping style tents and small hotels. However, the overcommercialisation of this village has led many people to continue further to  Man  or even further to  Merak . You’ll find more laidback tents and homestays in the latter villages.

Where to stay?   Nirvana Resort  in Spangmik or Pangong Travel Camp in Man

Pangong Lake

The final long day of driving, as you head back to Leh via Changla Pass at 5,360m. You’ll likely need to relax in the afternoon in Leh after all that driving or head to one of the cafes in Leh to eat good food.

On your final day in Leh, you may not feel like driving anywhere! You can hang around the town of Leh and do some shopping in the main market area instead.

If you want to do some extra sightseeing, head to Stok village , just a half an hour drive from Leh. At the base of Stok Kangri, Stok was home to the royal family of Ladakh, the Namgyals, after they fled during the invasion of the Dogras. Check out the 71-foot Gautama Buddha statue and monastery above the village, or arrange to have lunch at Gyab-thago Heritage Homestay, where you can try a traditional Ladakhi meal in a family home.

Shanti Stupa view of Leh

I highly recommend heading out to Shanti Stupa for sunset, as the perfect ending to this Ladakh itinerary. Shanti Stupa is the white peace pagoda you can see north-west of the Leh bazaar on a small hilltop. It was built in 1991 with funds from the Japanese, and it offers an impressive panoramic view of town.

Flights back to Delhi from Leh tend to leave early in the morning.

Hiking up to a pass on the Sham Valley trek

Want to Go Trekking in Ladakh?

You’ll need to allow a minimum of two weeks in Leh if you want to add a trek to this itinerary. Otherwise, you could skip the day trips to Lamayuru and Hemis if you were really short on time.

The Sham Valley Trek is a three day moderate trek that could be easily added onto this itinerary. The highest point of the trail is just under 4000m, so it’s doable for those with limited time.

If you preferred something longer and more challenging, the Markha Valley Trek is a five day trek that goes over 5000m. I’d recommend undertaking this trail after spending a week in Ladakh or longer, to ensure you’re properly acclimatised.

More Essential Reading for Ladakh

  • Comprehensive Travel Guide to Ladakh
  • Ultimate North India Itinerary: 1 Month in Kashmir, Ladakh and Himachal Pradesh
  • Best Places to Stay in Leh, Ladakh For All Budgets
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how much would be approx budget for this, assuming we start from mumbai and not delhi, and stay in budget hotels + group trips instead of prrivate

I have a budget breakdown on my Ladakh Travel Guide, so you can find prices for everything there. Accommodation can be 800-1000inr per night, three day tour to pangong and nubra can be 4500inr per person. Also depends whether you’re flying into Leh or driving.

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Leh ladakh road trip: an unbelievable drive in india.

This is Part 1   of our 5 part series on planning the ultimate road trip to Leh Ladakh in India. We will cover every aspect – itinerary, accommodation, packing, driving – of planning an unforgettable Ladakh road trip:

Read Part 2 – Leh Ladakh Road Trip II (Nubra, Pangong, and Manali) (opens in new tab)

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Read Part 4 –  10 Dos and Donts for a roadtrip to Leh-Ladakh, India  (opens in new tab)

Read Part 5 – Accommodation: Luxury Camping in Ladakh (opens in new tab)

As we make our way to Ladakh, lush meadows, Chinar forests, and apple orchards give way to barren landscapes illuminated by the glimmering sun. Monks are everywhere and monasteries dot the landscape – that’s when you know you’ve arrived in one of the most spectacular places on Earth!!

A road trip to Ladakh is no small feat- it is well and truly the stuff of dreams. Ladakh’s soundlessness, its cobalt blue skies, bright rainbows, and glistening lakes are pure magic.  This road trip boasts of iconic landmarks such as the highest motorable road in the world ( Khardung La );  some of the highest mountain passes in the world such as Zoji La and Tanglang La;  splendid scenic drives in remote regions, and some little known gems such as the kaleidoscopic More Plains , Lamayuru, and the hypnotic Gata Loops. It is truly a road trip like no other!!

Pangong Lake on road trip to Ladakh

Before the fun stuff and a day-by-day itinerary of our roadtrip to Ladakh, here’s a quick look at the logistics:

Here’s an overview of the route we followed over the course of 3 weeks. We drove from Delhi to Ladakh via Gulmarg. We drove back from Leh City to Delhi via Manali.

Leh-Ladakh-Road-Trip-Itinerary-Map

This self-drive road trip is only for experienced drivers who are comfortable driving in India and  skilled at driving in the hills. There are dubious roads, bumpy stretches, and unpaved mountain passes by the dozen (all details in the daily breakdown below). Having said that, if you enjoy driving and are fond of road trips, it truly doesn’t get better than this. Look at these panoramas and those crystal clear skies. Don’t forget to read our article on 10 Things to keep in mind while planning a road trip to Leh and Ladakh  before embarking on this road trip.

traffic jam khardung la

Try to stick to bottled/filtered water while you are in India. Stock up on water and also on non-perishable snacks including dried fruits, nuts, and cookies before the road trip. However there is no need to go overboard as hot food is plentiful, cheap, and easily available in India.

There are hundreds of dhabas (shacks) along the way, most of which cater well to vegetarian and vegan travellers. Expect to find paranthas (stuffed flatbreads) and sandwiches. As you begin to inch closer to Leh, you will start noticing a smattering of mok mok/momos (steamed dumplings), chowmein (an Indian take on traditional stir-fried noodles), and Maggi (Instant noodles) on menus. A meal at a roadside shack will rarely set you back by more than £5 (INR 500). There are also loads of mid-range and some truly exquisite restaurants in the bigger cities you’ll hit during this road trip. We’ve mentioned a couple of our favourites in the itinerary  below  🙂

Eating Maggi Noodles in Ladakh

The cumulative expenses depend on the kinds of hotels and restaurants you choose to stay and dine. As with every other country we visit, we chose quaint lil B&Bs for the days when we had to be on the road all day and just needed a place to crash at night and luxury hotels for languorous days that had to be spent in the same city. Besides accommodation and food, expect to spend approximately £120 (INR 12000) on fuel and £40 (INR 4000) on tolls and road taxes if you’re driving a rental car . This sum is a bit lower if you’re driving your own car.

Try renting a 4X4 for your road trip to Ladakh – this isn’t essential but it makes the ride easier. It is easy to rent a car in most major cities in India. As most of you probably know, driving in India is like nowhere else in the world. Roads are chaotic and lane driving is but a myth. Taking these things into consideration, it’s best to rent a car from an Indian rental company . Such companies understand the nuances of the Indian market well.

There are a number of car-rental companies in India. Here are a couple of things we kept in mind while renting a self-drive car in India:

  • Make sure you opt for a company that provides unlimited mileage. A lot of companies offer a quote that includes limited mileage. Customers are charged an extortionate amount for every kilometre over the fixed mileage. This is never a good idea if you, like us, love taking detours and discovering offbeat gems along the way.

Keeping these things in mind, we rented a Scorpio from Myles Cars   for our self-drive road trip and the experience was seamless. We opted for their personalised service, which included a pick up/drop off at our doorstep (something we’ve seen only in India 🙂 ). Our car was in great shape and didn’t give us trouble as we drove through varied terrains, bumpy roads, and mountain passes. We drove it much more than we anticipated but paid no additional cost (thanks to the unlimited mileage clause!)

Leh Ladakh roadtrip rental car

Now that the logistics are out of the way, let’s head to the fun stuff. Here’s a day by day breakdown of a road trip to Ladakh:

Day 1: Driving from Delhi to Patnitop

The first day’s drive through bustling Indian towns and cities and plains is perfect to acquaint oneself with driving in India. The drive from Delhi to Patnitop , a small hill-station in Jammu and Kashmir is long. It can take about 16 hours (although Google says 10 ;-)), so you might consider breaking it if you don’t enjoy long days on the road. In any case, always take frequent breaks especially if you are the only one driving.

Start early – we left Delhi at 4.30 am. We took the following route: Delhi-Karnal-Ambala-Ludhiana-Jalandhar-Pathankot-Udhampur-Patnitop. This drive isn’t particularly scenic and there are frequent toll booths along the way. However the first 7-8 hours boast of great roads. Also, there are lots of service stations and public toilets along the way.

There is no shortage of restaurants. International chains – McDonald, KFC, Subway – seem to be extremely popular in the area. But if the weather’s conducive, we’d suggest taking a pitstop at a traditional Indian  dhaba (shack) for some North Indian grub.

Fight the impulse to follow your GPS blindly and try to stay on the highway as much as possible. For eg. our GPS took us through ‘shortcuts’ towards Gurdashpur and Binanagar. Instead of following the highway and driving towards Pathankot, we obeyed the GPS. This was the worst idea ever as roads were bad and in horrible condition. We ended up wasting 2 hours on an already long day!

Accommodation:

Patnitop is a small hilltop town that makes for a perfect pitstop for the night. There are a few hotels and resorts in the area. We chose to spend the night at Vardaan Resorts because it was recommended by a couple of locals.  Rooms are clean but dated and food is fresh. The view however is enviable. Waking up to this view made us really excited about the panoramas that lay ahead.

Patnitop Leh Ladakh road trip India

Day 2: Driving from Patnitop to Gulmarg

This is when the fun begins in real ernest. Almost as soon as you leave Patnitop, you will start spotting lush forests, meadows, glistening waterfalls, and blue skies. Apple farms start making an appearance and Kashmir’s sun-drenched panoramas put visitors in a good mood. At one point you’ll cross Jawahar tunnel and the moment you come out on the other side, you’ll be greeted to the first glimpse of the beautiful Kashmir valley.

The winding hilly drive from Patnitop to Gulmarg takes over 8 hours. Expect to make loads of stops along the way – rainbows play hide and seeks with red-cheeked kids in the countryside and Kashmir. Glowing and throbbing nature is at its best and most magical here in Kashmir.

Make sure your fuel is topped up when you leave Patnitop as gas stations start getting scarce at this point.

You could choose a hotel in Srinagar or Gulmarg. We chose to stay in a slightly secluded spot in Gulmarg – The Khyber Himalayan Resort and Spa was recommended to us by a reader and we’re so glad we chose it for our stay in Gulmarg. It’s a magical property, nothing short of splendid. Decadent rooms overlook snow-capped peaks and coniferous forests. On s haring a photo on our Facebook page , we found out dozens of our readers have stayed there in the past and all of them gush about it – so glad we aren’t the only ones! 🙂

The first glimpse of Kashmir valley from "Titanic" view point :-)

Days 3-5: Gulmarg & surroundings

We spent 3 nights at The Khyber Himalayan Resort as we explored Gulmarg and its surroundings. It provided the perfect break from all that driving. Nature is extravagantly beautiful in this part of Kashmir.

You could just pick up your car, pack a picnic basket, and find an idyllic picnic spot just about anywhere. Alternatively you could go for a hike , one that’s as easy or strenuous as you want it to be, through Gulmarg’s magical woodlands. Don’t forget to hop on the Gulmarg Gondola, one of the highest operating cable cars in the world . The first level of the gondola ride is passable but the views of the Himalayas from the second level are splendid. Highly recommended. Tickets cost £16 (INR 1600). Go prepared for LONG queues 🙂

view at the top of Gulmarg Gondola Kashmir

Day 6: Driving from Gulmarg to Kargil

Finally it was time to leave the serene environs of Gulmarg and head to faraway hills. The drive from Gulmarg to Leh cannot be covered in 1 day, so it’s best to cover it over 2-3 days. Kargil is the perfect pitstop if you decide to do this stretch over 2 days.

This drive is one of the most scenic drives so far. Expect glacier views at Sonmarg, little streams at Drass, herds, cheery shepherds, flocks of sheep, and seductive stretches of countryside. At Zoji La (Zojila Pass), one of the bottlenecks along the way, roads are dubious but stunning views abound. Snow-laden panoramas are everywhere to be seen so it’s hard to get annoyed at the bad roads or traffic jams.

Start early. The drive from Gulmarg to Kargil is just 250 kilometres long but it took us 12 hours because the mighty Zojila Pass is always jam-packed and the roads on this stretch are in bad shape. To add that, there was a protest in one of the villages on our way and the villagers had blocked all traffic for a couple of hours. Always stay prepared for things like these when driving in India 🙂

It being peak season we were unable to find any hotel in Kargil for the night. Finally, after over 2 hours of first pulling into Kargil, we found a dingy room at a local guesthouse. We were grateful for the beds at the end of a long day but we can’t recommend the place. I won’t get into the nitty-gritties but let’s just say we were very glad to get out of there next morning! 😉

Sonmarg Kashmir India valley

Day 7: Driving from Kargil to Leh City

The military presence in this area can’t be glazed over. You will spot soldiers everywhere – this is because of the volatile political situation in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Scenery wise, this stretch of road is spectacular ! In fact, it is so scenic you will want to stop every 5 minutes especially as you inch closer to Leh. As we made our way to Ladakh, we could see lush meadows, and Chinar forests giving way to barren landscapes illuminated by the glimmering sun. Monks could be seen everywhere and monastries dotted the landscape as far as the eye could see – that’s when we knew we had arrived in Leh!!

Some of the places that are worth stopping on the way are Lamayuru village (mid-way between Kargil and Leh), Alchi, and the famous (and much hyped) magnetic hill .

Start early with lots of time on hand and stop to absorb the scenery every 20 minutes 🙂 Have lunch at Lamayuru to break your journey and enjoy the peaceful vibe at the monastery.

Leh City has loads of guesthouses and hotels to suit every budget. Choose one that gels with your travelling style – just make sure the hotel offers parking (as you will need to leave your rental car here while exploring Nubra Valley & Pangong Lake), rooms are heated, and it has oxygen supplies should you need them.

Since we had to spend quite a few days in Leh city, we chose the luxurious Chamba Camp Thiksey . It overlooks the gorgeous Thiksey Monastery, far from hustle-bustle of Leh City. Glamping is the only way to stay next to some of the most remote panoramas of the world in such luxury. We’ve been glamping in loads of places around the world but I’ll say this – nowhere has it been more decadent or scenic that in India. We loved waking up in our decadent tent at The Ultimate Travelling Camp, nestled amidst snow-capped mountains and spending languorous days absorbing Leh’s natural beauty, with cappuccino on call 🙂

Nearing Leh on a road trip of Ladakh

Days 8-10: Explore Leh City and surroundings

There are loads of things to see in Leh City.

  • Explore Shanti Stupa , a Buddhist stupa located on a hilltop
  • The  Old Town of Leh also makes for a fascinating self-guided walk – explore its crumbling houses, the buzy marketplace, and Leh Palace
  • Leh Palace offers great views of Leh City but for truly spectacular views of Leh City, head to the neighbouring  Namgyal Tsemo Monastery
  • Outside the city, Thiksey Monastery and Hemis Monastery offer an insight into the Buddhist way of life. It’s easy to spend hours at each monastery – exploring rooms, marvelling at staircases, and talking to monks. Don’t miss the early morning call to prayer and prayer ceremony at Thiksey Monastery.

All these historical and cultural sites draw visitors. However here in Leh City, the landscape is the real draw – you could stop just about anywhere and be treated to a special view.

Take it easy on your first day in Leh City and give your body time to acclimatize to the altitude. If you’re on a road trip, chances are you will adjust pretty quickly because the ascent to such high altitudes has been gradual. However the difference in altitude might hit you harder if you’ve flown straight to Leh City. In any case, refrain from consuming spicy/heavy food or alcohol for the first couple of days. Have loads of water and keep yourself well hydrated.

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This is Amazing and extremely helpful. Thank you for the detailed post .

Thanks Ananya – so glad you found it useful 🙂 We wanted to pen EVERYTHING that could potentially help someone planning a trip to the area! 🙂

More than just a tour guide, its extremely helpful for people like me who are planning a trip to Ladakh.

Thanks Suyash – it took us SO long to put all this information about a roadtrip to Ladakh together in one post but your comment just made it all worth it 🙂

Hi Savi/Vid,

I have been following your page from quite a while now. I love to read your experiences and struggles in a trip. I have been struggling from last few months to plan my honeymoon trip from April 20th. It would be great if you can help us with some inputs. We are planning a road trip to Ladakh from Manali. Is it a good option for honeymoon purpose, as we both like road trips, that’s why we thought this could be a good option. We are planning a 10 days trip from Manali to Leh and vice-versa.

Plz share your inputs also if you have any other suggestions than Ladakh, we are open for suggestions.

Plz help in the same, we are planning a decent honeymoon trip within India as we are not interested in Maldives, rest most of the countries have not opened there borders yet.

Waiting for your reply.

Hey Shivani – if you choose nice accommodation Ladakh can make for a good honeymoon 🙂 If you want someplace warmer with nice honeymoon-friendly hotels you can also choose Kerala

Such a awesome journey it look like .. I been there many a times but seems like life got refreshed after reading your words with awesome pictures … Much useful link .. In august I am Going again . Will Try all the places which U guys mentioned . Thanks 4 the post .

Thanks a ton Harkaran – so glad you enjoyed our guide to driving in Ladakh 🙂 We’re not surprised you keep going back to Ladakh – Have fun in August & don’t forget to send us photos

Stunning pictures. After reading this post, I am so looking forward to my trip to Ladakh! <3

Thanks Deepika – we hope you have an amazing time in Ladakh. Do try to check off some of the lesser known sites (Lamayuru, More Plains etc) too 🙂

Hi guys.. Wonderful writing & you guys make my mind to go & see such a beautiful place in India.. Photos are amazing. Hope you had great time there

Hey Manoj – it’s awesome that we managed to persuade you to go and drive around Ladakh. We promise you you’ll love it 🙂

I was 4 when I was left behind due to my acute asthma in 1986 by mom and Bro to joindad in Ladhak serving the Indian army.At this time this little gem wasn’t known to the world.But I grew up on stories from the valley and have been wanting to go there since I was 4. Last year after a lot of convincing my husband took me upto Srinagar, Sonamarg and Zozilla pass. I had to call dad then to salute him to serve the nation at the toughest battlefield and also assure him my asthma was doing just fine. I have been holding up Leh because I wanna drive up there and not fly so I acclimatise well.Your post is just what was needed. Thank You ?

Hey Kamakshi – you’re welcome. As we mentioned, Savi’s bronchitis held up well in Ladakh. We’re sure you’ll be fine and would love it 🙂 Just make sure you book a hotel with oxygen supplies and don’t try to pack in too much in your schedule. Hugs from us

Awesome blog, have been on two treks in Ladakh (personally count it among my favourite destinations, though obviously there is a lot of world left to explore) but your snaps are brilliant and a road trip looks like a pretty interesting prospect for a 3rd visit. Do visit the Tso Moriri if you ever go again. Long drive but personally thought it was way better than Pangong…

Thanks Uday – you should definitely try driving to Ladakh. We’ll be back for Tso Moriri but thought we’d recommend it to our readers anyway – we heard SUCH great things about it 🙂

Stunning pictures, great writing and truck load of information. Thanks for such a detailed post. Definitely bookmarking this series for our future leh travel plan. I have to ask, do you guys had any issue with self-driving in and around kashmir and ladakh? I keep hearing there are lot of taxi union issues, any comments.

Hey Krithika

Thanks a ton – glad you enjoyed the post 🙂 Driving in Kashmir and Leh City isn’t a problem but the taxi union is quite strong in Ladakh – we’ve written all about it (and how we dealt with it( in days 11 -15 of our itinerary here: https://www.bruisedpassports.com/india/epic-road-trip-leh-ladakh

Guys, it seems like an awesome journey! I’m just speechless. 🙂 The views like those make it all worth it. I’ve been wanting to go to Leh since forever. I think this post will help a lot! 🙂

Thanks a ton Ramya – hope you make it there super super soon. A roadtrip to Ladakh is truly dreamy 🙂

Absolutely stunning views and informative blog post. Can I just ask what camera you’ve used for these pictures?

Keep doing what you are doing!

Thanks a ton Harshitha 🙂 We use a Nikon D610 for all our photographs – we’ve written a detailed post on our travel and photography essentials: https://www.bruisedpassports.com/featured/travel-photography-essentials

Thanks v much Savi! Really appreciate your response, it’s been really helpful.

Btw, i just turned on notifications on your insta account! Great pictures you guys ?

Thanks a ton Harshitha 😀

Hey! I have been waiting for this post, so that I can make notes before I leave for my trip:) Loved the post and the pictures are incredible as always:) Thanks for taking out time to answer all my queries with regard to the accommodation at Leh, Nubra and Pangong. I have made bookings at the same stays at all 3 locations 🙂 Leaving on 17th July, so excited. Thank you so much 🙂

Hey Chinar – that’s awesome. You MUST send us photos when you visit Leh & Ladakh. We’d love to share them with our readers 🙂 Hope you found all the information you wanted – feel free to drop us an email if you need anything else

finally , the itinerary is out. Covers all bases , but just wanted to ask for someone not going by car to leh , what all can be done using motorbikes and what will need a taxi? was planning to take taxi for Nubra valley and Pangong and Motorbike for Leh local??

Hey Gaurav – you can refer to days 11-15 to see what we did but I think what you have in mind is great. In fact you can even cover Nubra and Pangong by bike but do be warned, the roads are really steep and in bad shape. However we did see a few bikers covering the route themselves 🙂

Thanks , taking lots of cues from u guys , hope we end up as much fun as u guys. Cheers.

Awesome Gaurav. Have fun and send us photos from you trip to Ladakh 🙂

Best post of yours till date.. such detailed write up and envious pictures to match up with it..3 weeks in Heaven i should say.. keep rocking guys..

Thanks a ton Madhu – so glad to hear you found it useful 🙂

just wat i needed, have been waiting since the day ur first post abt Ladakh came uo… its just my dream destination. Being suffering from chronic disorder its just scares me out listening the stories abt the place but the moment i see any pic of leh ladakh it seems this is wat i wanna do. And ur pictures, they motivate me to the T. they just scream out saying “Come fall in love with me”…just get goose bums seeing god’s beautiful creation and to witness it would be something else. great job guys love love love you. BIG HUGS AND KISSES TO U.. stay blessed and KEEP LIVING.

Thanks a million Prachi – It’s easy to get medical attention, especially in Leh City. You should make a short trip just to test the waters 🙂

Yup this is on my top priority list now. And next to top is meeting you guys. you truly are big time INSPIRATION. just WAITING FOR MY BIG FAN MOMENT. 🙂

Aww thanks Prachi – I hope our paths cross somewhere around the globe super soon 🙂

What time of the year did you take this trip? Want to plan one in April, advisable?

Hey Vamshika – we went in July. In April some roads are still snowed under, so do check before going. Or you could fly to Leh City and you’ll explore it from there 🙂

You guys are lucky to have made it just before the ban on self driving cars in Ladakh region.

Hey Sam – we didn’t. We drove to Ladakh and back from Ladakh but rented a taxi to explore Ladakh while we were there. Please see days 11-15 for this!

Great post, even greater pics! Surely gonna use this if and when I plan an epic road trip to Ladakh. Btw, you guys look amazing in all of the pics!

@Vid: If possible, could you write a post on your photography workflow? How you manage the RAW files, what softwares you use etc? I have read about your travel photography gear but was curious about the workflow.

Thanks for the tonne of info already 🙂

Regards, Anu

Hey Anu – thanks a million 🙂 Sure I’ll definitely pen a post on that. I have a few huge HDDs (couple of TBs each) to store RAW files and I use Lightroom to edit photographs

Omg!! My husbanhuhas always been dying to be here and I have been researching the areafor quite some time now but reading all of your series I am also desperately wanting to be there. So beautiful described! This is definitely on top of my list now! Thanks for the traveling goals..

Hey Sneha – so happy to hear you enjoyed reading about our roadtrip in Ladakh 🙂 Hope the two of you make it there soon 🙂

It’s so beautifully written that sitting on my bed feels like driving on the panoramic Leh and Ladakh road.You two are inspiration for me!!

Thanks for that Upasana – this took so much time to put together but your comment just made it all seem worthwhile 🙂

Wow..I mean wow..Reading this was like traveling to Kashmir . And the pictures are so beautiful. Loved reading ! Sorry for all the exclamation marks but I am awed.

Thanks Khushboo – so happy to hear you enjoyed both the text and words- yay 🙂

Great travelogue. I haven’t seen northern India but now I won’t be able to stay away. Thanks!

This was our first road trip to The Himalayas and it did not disappoint 🙂 You should definitely head over!

Thanks for such detailed and helpful posts and for not saying that driving in India is too crazy to attempt – I drive here everyday and love it! I think once you understand the culture and drive like an Indian it’s not too unsafe. I’d love to try this road trip on a car or a bike. Thanks for the self drive car hire tips and stunning photos too!

Hehe Anna – driving in India is a different ballgame altogether but it’s definitely doable and a lot of fun. Would love to hear from you after you attempt a roadtrip to Ladakh – have a feeling you’ll love it 🙂

Your post reminded me of my CEAT tyres sales trips in punjab and jammu. Gt road and beyond. 20 yrs back.

Extremely beautiful Photoes…

Thanks a ton Hardik 🙂

Amezing clicks! Which month u did it? how was weather? any rain?

We went in June and the weather was amazing. We didn’t encounter any rain 🙂

You guys r just superb!!.. Seeing u travel makes me leave everythng nd jst go by d flow lyk u guys do U both are such full of positivity nd full of lyf dat it makes us believe all d more in everything u do

Dear Anubhuti, you are too kind and generous in your appreciation. We are really humbled by your words.Thanks so much and we hope you also get a chance to travel around the globe and explore everything for your self 🙂

You Guys Are Doing Awesome Work. Keep Exploring!?

Thanks a ton Meet 🙂

I heard you could do go through Ladakh by road these days. Walked from Lamayaru to Darcha (took almost a month) and then bus to Manali 30 years ago! Memories. Time to go back.

Hey Steven – Walking from Lamayaru to Darcha sounds like one incredible adventure. Love the sound of it. You should definitely re-visit Ladakh – you’ll be surprised at just how much things have changed 🙂

I just checked the route – been trying to match my old photos to Google maps! We walked quite a bit further, over the Shingo La (I remember that) into Himachal Pradesh and we must have hit the road at Keylong. It appears many of the gompas are still only accessible by foot – Photoskar, Lingshed, Lingshot, and some others. There is now a new gravel road up to Phuktal north off the Manali road. Did you get up there? That is a truly incredible and memorable place, thousands of years old. I also remember as it was an easy 40 mile river valley walk from Padum, so on a road trip could be done from Padum in a couple of days. Lamayaru to Padum was about 2 weeks of daily mountain climbs – still walking only.

Hi, Which month did u travel?..Love the season colors..

Hey we travelled during summer (June)

Hi, I really wanted to know about the weather there in May.We are planning in last week of May this year.there will three kids in the group. TIA

May is a great time but sometimes the snow hasn’t melted and many roads are not open. So check for updates before leaving

It is a very advantageous post for me. I’ve enjoyed reading the post. It is very supportive and useful post. I would like to visit the post once more its valuable content. Thanks a lot for this beauty Enjoying article with me. I appreciate it very much!

We are a group of 3 engineering students from Mumbai and we have been dreaming of going to Leh Laddakh since our freshmen year! Thanks to your blog we are finally planning a bike trip to Leh from Delhi and back this year. Kudos to you guys for inspiring people like us. We shall make full use of your suggestions. Keep up the great work and wish you luck for your future endeavors.

Hey Rohith,

thanks a lot for your message. Hope you guys had a great road trip to Leh Ladakh – do share photos with us if you get a chance 🙂

Hey there ! Every time I surf thru https://www.bruisedpassports.com , I’m in awe of you both. Cheers guys ! Now coming on to the important point, how much did it cost for the entire trip. Plus would like to have your advice on the following route we intend / plan to take – delhi to Srinagar (via flight) to leh ladakh to manali / Jammu (via road) and fly out of delhi. Would we be doing justice to the scenic beauty of Leh Ladakh. Secondly, what time of the year does it opens for civilians, which month onwards

Best Sripat

Yes your itinerary will be doing justice to the beauty of Leh Ladakh. Costs will vary as you’ll have to hire a cab from Srinagar to Leh to Manali/Delhi. We rented a car and drove from Delhi back to Delhi. You will be taking flights. So it’s difficult for us to tell you the estimated cost for your trip 🙂

It usually opens May onwards but that varies year on year so best to check that closer to your trip

Hi Guys . We are planning to do a road trip from Delhi to Leh , but i am hearing all scary stories that a rental Car ( yellow/black board) should be avoided as the locals don’t let u pass after a certain point ? Is this true ? Most of the folks are advising us to take flight to Leh . What do you suggest?

Hey you can only drive till your hotel in Leh in a rental car. Beyond that, (say for Nubra / Pangong etc.) you have to take a local taxi. Nothing to worry about. Taking a flight to Leh is also not a bad idea – to be honest Delhi – Patnitop drive was quite bleh and I’d rather skip that. That said, Kargil – Leh and Leh – Jispa are some of the most stunning drives so if you fly to Leh and back you’ll be missing those 🙂

Loved your post. Is the road trip doable with kids?

Thank you 🙂

I believe it’s best to take a doctor’s advice on that as many people suffer from altitude sickness in Leh and it might not be good for kids

Hi Your post is great.. Its detailed and covers all the bases.. I have read and heard that self-driven cars from Myles and the like are not allowed beyond a point in ladakh as the local car hires do not allow you to use ur rented vehicle. I am planning for a similar trip in July by renting a car from one of these app based rental services. Need your input on this. Should I go for it or look out for other options?

Hey Aditya,

Yes, you’ll only be allowed to take the car to Leh. For Khardung-La, Nubra, Pangong lake etc., you will have to hire a local car.

Can we plan a trip in July ion leh?

Yes in fact July is one of the most popular months to do a road trip to Leh Ladakh 🙂

Hi we are planning to visit leh ladakh during aug.. wanted your suggestion on where should we stay- at nubra valley or at diskit because i’ve heard all monastriea are closer to diskit but dunes are closer to nubra.. bit of confused over there. Also, have been reading articles about altitude sickness at leh. I’ve never felt any such sickness before while travelling to hill stations..should I be worried this time?

Hey one can never predict altitude sickness, so we can’t say anything. You’ll just have to wait and watch. As a precaution, do spend 1-2 days getting acclimatised to the altitude before starting to explore. We’d say Diksit is a better option 🙂

The photofeature of the Manali-Leh Ladakh road trip is just mesmerizing. Definitely have to give it a try.

Best time to visit Leh Ladakh would probably be like in mid-December and Jan starts it is one of the most charming places to see I have visited there for like 3 days and 4 nights, food is also delicious. thanks for the wonderful article.

Yes we’d love to visit Leh Ladakh in winter months 🙂

Excellent blog writing with beautiful photography enjoy reading such a nice blog. Thank you for sharing.

I have read this article this is such an amazing place for hill lover. Thank you for sharing.

Thank you for your detailed report!

Would you recommend doing this trip in July? We are a European couple who loves roadtrips and I have seen so many beautiful videos of this region but I don’t know if it’s not too dangerous to drive the roads?

Hey there – would’nt recommend driving yourself if you haven’t driven extensively in India before this 🙂

Hey Savi and Vid,

Amazing Post and beautiful pictures!!! I was planning on visiting Leh-Ladakh end of June and this article is undoubtedly the best one I have come across. Could you please let me know when (which month) did you visit?

Hi Sharanya,

We drove to Leh Ladakh at the end of May / beginning of June 🙂

Ladakh is a standout amongst the most attractive tourist destinations on the planet. It has amazing natural magnificence and beautiful scenes which impress visitors. Thanks for the amazing post with a great picture.

That’s right!

What an amazing experience you had in this road trip. I am eagerly waiting for mine, and yes your 10 Tips for planning trip to leh ladakh would be so helpful to us. Thank you so much for sharing your experience.

Great – enjoy your road trip to Ladakh 🙂

Hi We are family of 3. Myself, my husband and our 3 year old daughter. Could you pls tell me which is the best time of the year to visit Leh Ladakh. We plan to make a road trip.

We went in May/June and it was great. You do have to check the road conditions though as they vary from year to year. July/August is better but also more crowded and risk of high rains.

Hello Vid and Savy,

Your article is awesome and the photos are just incredible, that’s the best pictures I’ve ever seen of Ladakh! I’m travelling to Ladakh next year with my girlfriend, I can’t wait to be there 🙂

We are motivated to follow a similar itinerary as yours, renting a car from Delhi. However, we are wondering if this still possible. First because of the situation in Kashmir, could there be additional restrictions for foreigners? We are also unsure if it’s possible to drive a rental cat in Ladakh. On this website ( https://www.leh-ladakh-taxi-booking.com/contact-us ) it says that tourists are not allowed to drive in Ladakh and that it is compulsory to have a driver. Is it true? Is there a difference between foreigners and Indian tourists when travelling in Ladakh? Where to find the official rules?

Thank you in advance for your help!

Damien from France

Apologies for the delay in getting back to you. In general, self-drive rental cars can be driven to get to Leh (capital), but you can’t drive rental cars to get to say Nubra valley, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri etc. To get to these places you need to hire a local driver.

Have you driven in India before this? It can be a very challenging experience for someone who has never driven in India. Also, as you pointed out, the current situation in Kashmir might not be favourable for a road trip via the Srinagar route.

There is a difference between foreign tourists and Indian tourists when in Ladakh e.g. you will need to get additional permits to visit Nubra/Pangong/Tso Moriri. There was a website http://www.lahdclehpermit.in/ for issuing permits online but I just noticed (June 2020) it’s not issuing permits online (this might change as they must be revising rules etc. after the situation in Kashmir last year)

Do keep us updated. It’d be interesting to see what you do. Any other questions, just mention them here.

Nice coverage of the place. I really like to this article its very interesting and informative. Thanks for your amazing travel guide and your photos are mind-blowing.

This is really a lot helpful. Me and my friends are planning a trip soon. Is Maruti Suzuki XL6 a good choice to drive for the trip? Plz reply

Yes it should be a decent choice for driving in Ladakh 🙂

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Thank you so much for this content. You discussed very interesting things in this blog. I also have a great experience on Delhi to Leh trip. Checkout my content, hope you like it.

Amazing clicks Savi. The narration is really flowing, made me relive the journey. Thank you!

Nice blog post with wonderful pictures. I’m from ladakh and I really enjoyed your blog post like watching your trip on the screen like a movie. Your stay in Kashmir was very short..there are other great tourist attractions in Kashmir.

Your Delhi to a leh-Ladakh road trip is so Amazing. Really appreciate this wonderful post that you have provided for us. I assure you this would be beneficial for most people.

Super excellent blog writing with beautiful photography enjoy reading such a pleasant blog. many thanks for sharing.

Brilliantly scripted, well presented with the right balance of information and story telling and of course, your landscape photographs have taken this narrative to a different orbit altogether. Thank you guys for sharing your experiences in such a wonderful manner. I am sure there will be a lot fence sitters falling on the side of doing ” Life mein ek Bhar ” trip. A small clarification though, You mention that this trip was in End May / early June. May i know which year?.

Very informative for our journey. What you provided is very vibrant if somebody wants to take a digital tour at the destination. The pictures are mesmerizing and could easily grasp anybody’s interest towards the destination. You had covered all popular places in Ladakh but I’m a little bit eager to know about the off-beat destinations in Ladakh which would be very fascinating for me. Your content is much initiating towards any traveler who is planning for Ladakh trip. I’m convinced that this Ladakh itinerary can brought up anyone’s interest. Keep on travelling.

OMG… What a trip you had guys… it’s amazing… Fabulous… fantabulous … am just dying to follow the same path you did during your entire Ladakh tour from Delhi and the pictures… are just awesome, mind-blowing boss… Thank you guys for this lovely travel guide to Ladakh. Kudos …

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Wow! Such a wonderful article with beautiful pictures, everything is described in detail. The entire article is full off valuable information & tips which will definitely help and encourage all the fellow travelers to plan it more efficiently. Leh Ladakh is one of my dream destinations . I am planning to visit there since long but due to this pandemic it has been delayed. Your article has again increased my passion and I am more excited to feel the breath taking beauty of Ladakh region with my own bare eyes. The Hotels and accommodation you have suggested will surely help me to plan my trip more efficiently. Thank you for sharing your experience and depth knowledge on the sector.

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While reading your post I was virtually on a Ladakh trip. You explained each and everything day to day very beautifully. It is very informative, could you please explain the exact cost breakup of the rented car to and fro Delhi.

It was roughly around 3K per day (unlimited kms) and we had to pay the state road tax ourselves when crossing different states

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HEy we’ve been in both summer and winter and it’s beautiful. But if it’s your first time, we would suggest June-July

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My 7 day leh and ladakh itinerary + ladakh travel tips.

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Ladakh is a land of mountains and monasteries – epic scenery that captivates and changes with every turn and a colourful Buddhist culture that makes you feel more like you’re in Tibet than India .

Ladakh is a mesmerising and unique part of India, but a trip to this remote, high altitude region requires more planning than the rest of India.

After my amazing trip, I wanted to share my Leh and Ladakh itinerary along with some essential travel tips to help you out if you are also planning a trip to Ladakh.

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Why I Loved Ladakh

Ladakh is a unique place that everyone should visit at least once in a lifetime. It really feels a world away from anywhere else I’ve been.

The scenery is just out of this world – think jagged, barren mountains and arid, snow capped peaks complete with colourful prayer flags fluttering in the wind. The moon like mountains are interlaced with fertile valleys, rushing rivers, crumbling stupas, timeless monasteries, prayer wheels and whitewashed houses.

My words and photos can’t really do it justice so you’ll just have to visit to experience this surreal land for yourself.

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How Long To Spend in Ladakh

Bear in mind when planning your Ladakh itinerary that its important to factor in time for acclimatisation and that there are some long mountain drives, including the world’s highest motorable road!

So it’s best to visit Ladakh for as long as you can. While this itinerary will show you that it is possible to see the highlights in 7 days/ 1 week, there’s still so much more to see.

It’s best to take it easy and not be in too much of a rush, due to the altitude, so spending 10 – 14 days in Ladakh would be even better if you have more time.

Khardungla Pass, Ladakh

My 7 Day Leh and Ladakh Itinerary

There’s loads more tips at the end of this blog post, but without further ado, here’s the itinerary for Leh Ladakh that I followed for my 1 week trip.

Day 1: Arrive in Leh (3,500m)

The quickest way to reach Ladakh is to fly from Delhi into Leh airport. Leh sits at an altitude of 3,500m so if you arrive by plane, like I did, then you’ll be treated to one of the most scenic flights over the mountains.

Once you reach Leh you will need to spend most of the day resting and acclimatising to the altitude in your hotel. It’s best to take a nap for a few hours to rest and start adjusting to the altitude, although it takes a few days to properly acclimatise.

It’s advised to drink plenty of fluids and not to smoke, drink alcohol or physically exert yourself.

7 day leh and ladakh itinerary and tips

If you feel like it then in the evening you could stroll into Leh and check out Leh Bazaar with it’s colourful shops selling Kashmiri handcrafts and pashminas, Tibetan antiques and jewellery stalls run by Tibetan refugees.

Stay : We stayed at the lovely Gangba Homestay which is run by a lovely family with spacious clean rooms with gorgeous mountain views just on the outskirts of Leh. I loved the colourful Tibetan style of the décor and the food here was the best I had in Ladakh. It’s also only a 10 minute walk from Leh Bazaar.

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Check out this post for more recommendations for hotels in Leh.

Day 2: Sightseeing in Leh

Leh is dominated by the ruins of the 350 year old 9 storey high Leh Palace which is made out of mud, stone and wood and used to be the home of the Ladakhi royal family.

Leh Palace looks similar to Lhasa’s Potala Palace and offers spectacular views over Leh and the mountains beyond. I also found Tsemo Fort and Gompa very photogenic.

leh palace

Another spot that can’t be missed off your Ladakh itinerary is visiting Shanti stupa which also has amazing views over Leh.

We also visited the sangam (confluence of 2 rivers) between the Indus and Zanskar river (you can go rafting here in Summer,) Magnetic Hill, Spituk Gompa, Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib and the Indian Army’s Hall of Fame.

If you have time I would add another day in Leh to your Ladakh itinerary and split up this sightseeing into two days to allow you to take it more easy and acclimatise.

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Day 3: Leh – Nubra Valley (3050m) via Khardung La Pass (5,359m)

Outside Leh, Nubra Valley and Pangong Lake are the most popular destinations in Ladakh.

Leave early as it’s a long but incredibly scenic drive out of Leh and over one of the world’s highest motorable pass – Khardung La.

Due to the attitude and cold we were only allowed to stay 15 mins on top of the pass but there are some great photo opportunities with the snowy mountains, views and fluttering prayer flags.

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After crossing over Khardung La soak up the barren beauty of the Nubra Valley. Don’t miss the colourful 100 ft high Maitreya Buddha statue at Diskit Monastery.

Carry on to Hunder and admire the sand dunes and the double humped bactrian camels that came here with the silk route caravans. You can ride quad bikes (ATV’s) or camels across the sand dunes – don’t forget to look up at the stars.

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Stay: Hunder has plenty of accommodation but mainly it’s tented Summer camps. After a long, cold day of driving over the mountains I was delighted to find that the newly built eco luxury Stone Hedge Hotel in Hunder has central heating! A very rare find in India.

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Because we kept stopping to take so many photos it took all day to reach Hunder. You can go further onwards to Turtuk but we didn’t have time.

If you have more time for your Ladakh itinerary I’d recommend adding another day in Nubra Valley so you have more time to explore.

Day 4: Nubra Valley – Pangong Lake (4,250m)

Another scenic drive, this time along the Shyok River Valley to Pangong Tso (Tso means Lake in Tibetan). Pangong Tso is one of the world’s largest high altitude lakes stretching over 150km long. 60% of it actually lies in Tibet, China and in the winter the entire lake freezes over.

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When we visited (in October) it was very cold, windy and overcast. But in July or August the high altitude lake boasts crystal clear, cerulean blue waters and is backed by a spectacular kaleidoscope of mountains behind making for mesmerising views.

Just don’t expect to have it all to yourself in peak season – this place became famous after a movie called ‘The Three Idiots’  was filmed here,

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Stay : There are a handful of tented camps with basic bathrooms and restaurants on the shores of Pangong Lake. We stayed at Pangong Lake View Cottage Camp. Due to the remote location the camps are quite overpriced (ours was about 4,000 INR) but there’s no other accommodation option and it can be a fun experience camping by the lake under the stars.

Day 5: Pangong Lake – Hemis Monastery & Leh via Chang La Pass (5,360m)

We drove back from Pangong Lake over Chang La Pass which was quite a rough road and snow covered at the top at 5,360m. The top is home to an army base, stupas and a Hindu temple at the top adorned with hundreds of colourful prayer flags.

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On the way to Leh we stopped at Hemis Monastery – Ladakh’s biggest, oldest monasteries famous for the colourful Hemis festival in the summer but when we visited in October we were the only tourists there. The monastery dates back to the 11 th century and is also home to an interesting museum.

Stay : We returned to Gangaba Homestay in Leh.

Hemis Monastery, Ladakh itinerary

Day 6: Thiksey Monastery and Stok Palace

Thiksey Monastery is an impressive complex located on top of a hill and rising early was totally worth it for the sunrise views over the mountains and the privilege to join the monks in their morning chanting . Try the traditional butter tea and check out the Maitreya Buddha temple here too.

Thiksey Monastery, Ladakh itinerary

After a quick visit to the Shey Palace and Shey Monastery, in the afternoon we visited Stok Palace – it dates back to 1820 and is the home of the Ladakhi royal family.

It’s now a unique and fascinating heritage hotel so definitely consider staying here if you want to immerse yourself in Ladakhi heritage. The manager was a wealth of knowledge about Ladakhi history and culture and there’s also an interesting museum.

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When we returned to Gangba Homestay they had put on a lovely Ladakhi cultural dance show for our final evening.

Day 7: Fly Back to Delhi

After our lovely last evening in Leh we did some souvenir shopping in Leh Bazaar and took a flight back to Delhi.

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How to Plan A Trip To Ladakh

There’s a lot to think about when planning a trip to Ladakh – transport, accommodation, visas, permits, weather, altitude.

I’ve got loads of travel tips for Ladakh in this article but, honestly, it’s quite difficult to travel Ladakh independently so you’re better off getting a local travel agent to help you out.

My trip to Ladakh was organised by expert trip planners India Someday ( who I’ve travelled with several times before ) in collaboration with their local expert partner Unplugged Life.

They put together this 1 week Leh Ladakh itinerary, advised us on packing and organised all the accommodation, transport, permits and also some extra treats and surprises.

Here’s some more things to consider and travel tips to help you plan your Ladakh trip:

Best time to visit Ladakh

The peak season for Ladakh is during the Summer from June – September. It can get pretty busy in July and August and prices are higher. In the Summer temperatures can be up to 20 °C. In Winters they can go as low as – 25 °C.

As Ladakh is high altitude (Leh sits at 3,500 m) the region doesn’t receive as much monsoon rains as the rest of India. I visited in early October and days where pleasant in the sunshine and around 12 °C. It often fell to 0 °C at night and most hotels don’t have heating so make sure you take plenty of warm clothes.

Visas and Permits for Ladakh

As Ladakh is part of India you will need an Indian visa. Citizens of 161 countries can now get online tourist, business and medical Evisas which are valid for upto 1 year so it’s never been easier to visit India!  Read this post for all the info you need and a complete guide on how to apply. 

You’ll also need Inner Line Permits (ILP) to visit Nubra Valley and Pangong Lake and some other places. These are valid for 7 days and can be arranged by a tour agency.

Getting to Ladakh

There are 2 ways to reach Ladakh. In the Summer you can go overland from either Manali or Srinagar by bus, car or motorbike.

The journey between Manali and Leh takes about 20 hours and crosses some high altitude passes and there are some basic cafes and accommodation on the way.

From October – May the roads are closed due to snow so the only way to reach Ladakh is to take a 1.5 hour flight from Delhi to Leh which is what we did as we visited in October. There are many places to rent motorbikes once you reach Leh.

Getting around Ladakh

Apart from cramped shared jeeps, public transport is very limited outside of Leh, so you’ll need to hire a car and driver to get the most out of your Ladakh trip.

Unplugged Life arranged cars and local drivers for our whole trip. It would have been very difficult and time consuming to get around on public transport and impossible to fit so much into our 1 week itinerary.

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Accommodation in Ladakh

There are many guesthouses and hotels for all budgets in Leh and Nubra Valley, but be aware that most do not have central heating and can be very cold in winter. In Pangong Lake the only accommodation available is in (overpriced) tented camps.

Budget for Ladakh

While in the rest of India you could get by on a backpacking budget of around $25 per day prices in Ladakh are more expensive. This is due to the short tourist season, the lack of public transport and the cost of getting everything up to this remote region. Allow at least $40 – $45 / 3,000 INR per day per person in Ladakh.

Tours of Ladakh

Exploring the remote, mountainous region of Ladakh is made so much easier by using the services of a local tour guide.

My trip was planned by India Someday and their local Ladakhi tour partner Unplugged Life who arranged the itinerary, transportation, accommodation, permits and everything else so we could have a hassle free trip and could just enjoy the spectacular scenery and culture.

Unplugged Life promote responsible eco tourism and are so passionate about this region. They only employ and are also very conscious about waste disposal which is really important in Ladakh as waste management is not well developed.

7 day leh and ladakh itinerary and tips

Staying Connected

Only post-paid networks work in Ladakh and outside of Leh only BSNL post paid connections work. Most accommodation and cafes in Leh have wifi, but outside of Leh prepare to be disconnected and offline for a few days.

Staying Warm

Most hotels do not have heating so make sure you bring plenty of thermal layers and warm clothing. Keep your head, hands and feet warm at all times and carry a stainless steel bottle for hot water.

You could also ask for a hot water bag to warm up the bed. Even though it can be cold don’t forget your sunscreen and sunglasses as the suns rays are intense.

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Altitude Sickness (AMS)

Drink plenty of liquids (warm water is better to help avoid sore throat or cold due to the cold. Take it easy and don’t exert your body, especially on the first few days.

Avoid smoking and alcohol. Diamox, oxygen and medical help are available if you struggle with altitude sickness. Check out this post for more tips of altitude sickness in Ladakh.

Guide Books

I traveled with the Lonely Planet India Guidebook which has a good section on Ladakh. Its really useful for practical info, maps, things to do, how to get around etc. Buy it before you go on Amazon to save money

Wow, so that’s it for my Ladakh trip! What an amazing experience. If you’re planning a trip to Ladakh I hope you’ve found my travel tips and itinerary useful. I hope that you fall in love with this unique and magical place as much as I did!

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I have been to Ladakh myself (twice) and if I were a blogger, I too wouldn’t have written things with such finesse. You have covered almost everything that’s important. It is a great and insightful blog. Here are a few of my inputs to make this blog better:

• Do acclimatize properly before heading towards other attractions from Leh. • Get yourself checked in your hometown so that you can keep the medicines if you require any. • Keep drinking water regularly. • Do not exert if it’s your first time at such a high altitude.

Rest everything you have already mentioned in your article 

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The 7 day Leh – Ladakh Itinerary

The 7 day Leh – Ladakh Itinerary

The Best of Leh – Ladakh in 7 Days

Leh, the main town in the district of Ladakh, in Jammu and Kashmir, India is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in India . Being at a high altitude, the access remains restricted throughout the year, with roads blocked for as long as 6 months. The roads usually open up in the month of May till Sept / October , and June – August have become the peak season specially after the popularisation of the region in the movie 3 idiots, Jab Tak Hai Jaan . The best time for the 7 day Trip to Leh – Ladakh is June – July . However, visiting Leh Ladakh in Winters is a different charm all together, if you are that adventurous and can withstand the cold .

With the Leh – Ladakh tourist season round the corner, I have made a sample 7 – day Leh – Ladakh Itinerary which covers almost all the major tourism attractions and can be used as a reference for anyone planning a Trip to Leh – Ladakh. 

This 7 Day Trip To Leh Ladakh, also makes for an excellent addition to your One Month India Itinerary !

Day 1 – Arrival in Leh and rest for the day.

Day 2 – leh local sightseeing, day 3 – khardung la pass | nubra valley | hunder sand dunes, day 4 – nubra valley – leh ladakh , day 5 – magnetic hill | indus – zanskar confluence, day 6 – chang la pass | pangong tso, day 7 – back to leh via hemis monastery, recommendations to make the most out of your trip to leh – ladakh, where to stay in  ladakh, pin this 7 day ladakh travel itinerary, share this:.

Start your trip to Leh – Ladakh by landing at Leh Airport during the morning hours. Without wasting too much time, head out to your hotel, make yourself comfortable and stayput for the day in your room. This acclimatization is really important for your body and for you to enjoy the rest of your trip. You may be tempted to step out and explore the city but all you have to do is rope in your excitement for the day and relax in the room and have lots of liquids, to avoid mountain sickness due to less oxygen in the air.

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After a light breakfast head out to Shanti Stupa to enjoy a panoramic view of Leh. Your next destination should be Tsemo Fort, which is practically visible from all over Leh.

Situated at a height of 4,267 metres (13,999 ft), the stupa is located 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) from Leh – the former capital of Ladakh – on a steep hill facing the Leh Palace. The stupa can be reached by a drivable road or on foot using a series of 500 steep steps to the hilltop

The stupa is open for tourists between 5:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Sunrise and sunset are considered to provide the best views from Shanti Stupa.

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Built in the 16 th  century is  Tsemo (Victory) Fort, is just 15-minute climb-up opposite Chenrezi Lakhang with its ruins. This structure is actually visible from everywhere in Leh. This fort seems like a crown on the head of the Palace ridge.  This small but ruined palace contains of a number of worship flags. Directly underneath it is Tsemo gompa that is Tsemo monastery that consists of two temple buildings built in the 15 th  century, an eight meter tall gold-faced statue of Maitreya Buddha.

Tsemo Fort Trip to Leh - Ladakh

Enjoy a good serving of typical Ladakhi food at one of the popular restaurants in the market, before heading out to Leh Palace , which is a replica of Lhasa’s Potala Palace . A nine storey structure in dun colour, the Leh Palace rises up against the backdrop of the lofty Himalayas, looking more like a painter’s muse. Built mostly of mud, rocks and wood, it is grand in its simplicity. The palace also houses a rich collection of traditional dresses and crowns, thangka paintings and some impressive traditional ornaments. The best part about Leh Palace is its terrace for you can pore over Leh, Stok Kangri and the Zanskar range from it.

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Spend the later part of the day at the Hall of Fame , located near the Leh Airfield. Hall of Fame is a museum constructed and maintained by the Indian Army in the memories of the soldiers who lost their lives during the Indo – Pak wars. One of the most interesting sections is the one dedicated to a soldier’s life in Siachen Glacier.

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Hall of Fame – Leh City

Do some city shopping if time permits and your body doesn’t give in to the tiredness/fatigue.

One of the major highlights of any  Trip to Leh – Ladakh is crossing the Khardung La Pass, the highest motorable pass built by the brave men of 201 Engineer Regiment, Indian Army. The road was opened to vehicular traffic on 27 August 1973. At an altitude of 18,380 feet, Khardung La Pass is the gateway to Shyok and Nubra Valleys .

Khardung La is 39 km by road from Leh. The first 24 km, as far as the South Pullu check point, are paved. From there to the North Pullu checkpoint about 15 km beyond the pass the roadway is primarily loose rock, dirt, and occasional rivulets of snow melt. From North Pullu into the Nubra Valley, the road is very well maintained (except in a few places where washouts or falling rock occur).

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While at Khardung La, don’t forget to have a cup of hot tea and a plate of hot Maggi at the Highest Cafeteria in the World. It is recommended that the maximum stopping time at the top should not be more than 30 minutes, so once you are done with clicking pictures and having some food, head out to the souvenir shop. The shop also maintained by the Indian Army sells all kinds of souvenirs like, coffee mugs, beer mugs, decorative plates, tee shirts, and caps etc. I personally have all of them with me.

Cross Khardung La Pass and make your way towards Nubra Valley, Diskit Monastery and Panamik . The road from Khardung La pass crosses Nubra Valley goes all the way up to Siachen Base Camp. But  Panamik is the last place up to which civilians are allowed on this road towards Siachen. Panamik is also famous for its hot water sulphur springs. Everyone has seen a camel at some point of time, but you should be privileged if you get to see a double humped camel. Head out to the sand dunes in Hunder and catch a sight of the Double Humped Camels , which are an endangered species and the only place in India to see them is here at Hunder . This will remain a highlight of your trip to Leh – Ladakh.

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Stay for the night at Hunder/Nubra valley.

Start your return Trip to Leh – Ladakh  , cross Khardung La top, enter Leh and head out to Thiksey Monastery, after having a good Tibetan lunch. The USP of this monastery is the 15 m high statue of Maitreya or Tara Devi . Covering almost 2 storeys, this is the largest such statue in Ladakh.

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Just a couple minutes away from Thiksey Monastery is a quaint little spot named as Indus View point or Sindhu Darshan . Go there to enjoy the cool atmosphere and feel the fresh breeze caress your face. A quaint place like that demands some time where you only feel the breeze and only hear the sound of water gushing through.

Sindhu Darshan trip to Leh

Get some rest after the tiring yet fruitful day, only to wake up to a fresh new adventure the next day.

Head out to Pathar Sahib Gurudwara which falls in the east of Ladakh on the Kargil Road and attend the langar prepared by the Sikh soldiers of the Indian Army. Do try to help them in whatever way you can and then head to the point where you can witness the confluence of Indus and Zanskar . One can easily identify the flow the two rivers, as one is muddy and the other one is a bit on the bluish green tinge. While you are in the area, don’t forget to get amused by the weird happenings at Magnetic Hill where, your car goes uphill on its own, when put into neutral gear.

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After having an early breakfast, head out of Leh – Ladakh, towards Chang La Pass. When you are at the top of the world’s third highest pass, make sure to click some pictures and have a hot cup of tea and some Maggi. Trust me, the tea and maggi might not have tasted that heavenly ever before !

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Cross Chang La Pass and head out towards Pangong Tso Lake which is 140 Km from Leh. Situated at a height of 4350 m and almost 130 Km long, Pangong Tso is one third in India and the remaining in Tibet. The first glimpse of the tranquil, azure blue waters and shaky lake shore remains etched in the memory of tourists.  On a bright sunny day, one can see as many as 5 different shades of blue along the length of the lake as you drive at the side of it.

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The beauty of Pangong Tso

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Stay for the night either at one of the camps or at one of the homestay options in the nearby villages of Spangmik and TangTse.

Start early and take your return trip to Leh – Ladakh , and on your way back, stop by at the Hemis Monastery, which is roughly 7 Km from Karu. Hemis Monastry or Hemis Gonpa is one of the richest monasteries in Ladakh,  as it was protected by foreign invasions because of its remote location . It is one of the 9 Buddhist Monasteries in Ladakh , that should be there on your Ladakh Bucket List.

On your way back from Hemis, get your adrenaline rush at an all-time high by trying out White Water Rafting on the mighty Indus or Zanskar.

With loads of memories amidst mesmerising landscapes, it’s time to say good bye to Leh and fly back to your respective places, bringing your trip to Leh – Ladakh , to a memorable end.

  • Leh is full of tourists from all over the globe, so make sure to try out different cuisines like Ladakhi, Israeli, Tibetan, and Russian etc.
  • Tibetan Inspired Crockery
  • Souvenirs from Khardung La and Pangong Tso Lake.
  • Chinese herbs .
  • Home Decorative items ( Tankha, paintings, giant fans)
  • Miniature prayer wheel
  • Tibetan prayer flags.
  • Leh – Ladakh souvenir T Shirts.
  • Sea Buckthorn Juice ( A kind of berry grown in Leh – Ladakh )

For those of you who want to extend their Trip to Leh – Ladakh ,  to enjoy the beauty of Leh – Ladakh for a few more days can try out various trekking options in the Zanskar Valley. There are plenty of tour operators offering competitive prices for these short and long treks.One of the popular treks to do is the Markha Valley trek.

For the biking enthusiasts, the option of renting a bike and riding all the way to Khardung La and beyond is always open. Due to the huge demand, you will be able to find a lot of garages offering Royal Enfield’s on a rental basis.

On your way back, you can drive to Srinagar, via Drass, Kargil and the mighty Zoji La Pass stopping at the Drass War Memorial on your way. And further fly out of Srinagar instead of Leh.

If you like this, you might also like checking out the 7 Day Road Trip Itinerary to Bhutan from India

We recommend staying in home-stays to fully experience the local life of Ladakh and to support the local economy. Apart from that, here are our recommendations :

Guest Houses – Gonbo Guest House | Youthok Guest House  

Hostel – HITCHHIKERS HOSTEL LADAKH | goSTOPS Leh

Mid Range Hotels – Shaolin Ladakh | Tushita Ladakh | Beyond Stay – The Leh Berry Boutique – Leh

Luxury – The Grand Dragon Ladakh | Ladakh Eco Resort | The Indus Valley | Gomang Boutique Hotel | TIH The Zen Ladakh

Day 1 – Arrive in Leh and rest for the day.

Day 2 – In and around Leh city, cover Shanti Stupa, Tsemo Fort, Leh Palace and Hall of Fame.

Day 3 – Cross Khardung La Pass and head out to Nubra Valley, visit Diskit Monastery and witness Double Humped Camels at Hunder. Hot springs at Panamik .

Day 4 – Return to Leh, and head out to Thicksey Monastery and Sindhu Darshan.

Day 5 – Cover Magnetic Hill , Pathar Sahib Gurudwara and Indus – Zanskar Confluence .

Day 6 – Cross Chang La Pass and be spellbound when you get a glance of Pangong Tso Lake .

Day 7 – Return to Leh via Hemis Monastery . Optional River Rafting near Karu

Day 8 – With loads of happy memories, bid adieu to Leh and board your flight back.

Trip to  Ladakh Ends.

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How to Plan a Trip to Leh Ladakh

How to Plan a Trip to Leh Ladakh

How to Plan a trip to Leh Ladakh really is more of a general question that can be further broken down for a better explanation. In this article, I will divide this question into different categories and provide links to articles where I have detailed the information related to it.

I have been blogging about Ladakh for quite some time; since my first visit there to be honest actually. This website has a long list of articles covering different aspects of visiting Ladakh scattered over numerous pages.

So I thought to add this one front page and keep it sticky more from a navigation point of view. Please take a look at the post below it should answer all your questions about traveling to Ladakh.

If you have any questions, you can contact me on Instagram and I will be happy to answer. You can also consider subscribing to my YouTube channel and asking your question there.

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When to go to Ladakh

This of course is the first question that comes to mind after you have finally decided to visit here. Ladakh remains closed and cut off from the rest of the country for several months a year.

Most of the tourism here happens between the months of June and September. When should you plan will depend on a lot of factors like how you are traveling; if there is any budget restriction; what exactly do you want to see etc.

Considering all these factors, take a look at the articles below which I am sure will help you finalize the month of your travel.

  • When is the Best Time to Visit Ladakh
  • When is the Best Time to Visit Zanskar Valley

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How to Prepare for Ladakh Trip

Once you have decided when to go, next in line comes the question of how to prepare. Ladakh is not really a place where you can just pack your bags and go. You will have to seriously consider every aspect of the trip and pack accordingly.

This will include packing the right kind of clothes, getting your vehicle ready, and carrying every essential item that you will need for the trip. Below is a link to articles where I have provided this information in detail.

  • List of things you must carry for a Ladakh Trip
  • Clothes for Ladakh Trip: What to Pack
  • Important Tips on Dealing with Acute Mountain Sickness in Ladakh
  • How to Carry your Laptop to Ladakh
  • Things to Carry for Ladakh Winter Trip
  • Ladakh by Flight VS Ladakh By Road
  • How and Where to Carry Spare Fuel for Ladakh Trip
  • How to Transport your Motorcycle for Ladakh Trip

Family trip to Ladakh

Not before long, Ladakh was considered a destination only for the adventurous type or motorcycle enthusiasts. It was awarded the nickname of ‘Bikers Paradise’ because it was one of those areas where nobody went.

A trip to Ladakh in many ways was considered a completely off-roading experience. These were the times when Ladakh was just a name that people read in the books, a name that was not even remotely related to vacations.

The horizon of tourism in Ladakh has much changed in the last few years. The number of people visiting here increases with each passing year and the place is slowly getting developed as a tourist destination.

The fact, however, cannot be denied that it is still a harsh terrain that is also challenging. If you are thinking of visiting Ladakh with family then you would need to really prepare for it; especially if you coming to Leh Ladakh with a kid or your parents.

The two articles below talk in detail how about you can plan a trip to Ladakh with your family. The first one has information on preparations and precautions that you should practice while visiting Leh Ladakh with a child whereas the second one provides information on a trip to Ladakh with your parents or other elders of the family.

  • How to Visit Ladakh with Family
  • Leh Ladakh with Family – Trip of a Lifetime
  • Family Trip to Ladakh – Fun, Adventure, and Much More
  • Planning a Trip to Ladakh with Children or Infants
  • Traveling to Ladakh With Parents – Senior Citizens

How to Plan a Trip to Leh Ladakh

What to Buy in Ladakh

Once you have reached Ladakh, you of course would not want to come back empty-handed. There is plenty to buy in the markets here. The bazaars of Leh will mesmerize you with the superior artistry and sheer range of artifacts on display.

The markets are stocked with fine products all year long, and you will lose track of time as you drift from one store to another, lost in admiration.

Please read Shopping in Ladakh – What to Buy for a list of items that you can consider shopping for; along with names of some recommended stores.

Foods to Try in Ladakh

One of the primary attractions of going to a new place is to have a taste of local food. The same is the case with Ladakh. The local cuisine here is a fusion of Tibetan and Kashmiri dishes that you must get a taste of.

This mountain kingdom has been at the crossroads of trade between Tibet, Nepal, and Kashmir, and the delicacies here clearly reflect the varied cultural influences.

Please read Foods to try in Ladakh – What to Eat for a list of some dishes and beverages that you must taste while in Ladakh.

Cost of Ladakh Trip

The budget for the trip is one of the biggest deciding factors. A lot of people think that a trip to Ladakh is going to cost a fortune which is not entirely true.

While it may cost you a bit more than visiting some other areas, the truth however is that with proper planning and information, you can easily make a trip to Ladakh within budget.

Below is a list of articles that can help you calculate the overall cost you will incur during the trip; and how you can keep it within budget.

  • How to Calculate Minimum Budget for Ladakh Trip
  • How to Calculate Cost of Motorcycle Trip to Ladakh
  • 12 Tips for a Budget Trip to Ladakh
  • How to Make a Budget Ladakh Trip by Public Transport
  • Taxi Rates in Ladakh
  • Motorcycle Rental Rates in Ladakh
  • Budget Trip to Zanskar Valley – How to Plan Your Journey?
  • Motorcycle Rental Rates in Srinagar
  • Motorcycle Rental Rates in Manali

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Is Ladakh Safe?

Safety, of course, should always be the first thing considered before you go visit a new place. When it comes to Ladakh, a one-line answer is that yes, it is very safe to travel. But the answer cannot always be that simple because there will be several terms and conditions applied.

I always believe that a person’s safety always is in their own hands and gets driven by judgments they make. Ladakh is a high-altitude desert and getting here would need you to travel on some steep, narrow, and sometimes even dangerous roads.

So to get to Ladakh by road, you would need to have some driving experience and especially in the hills. You do not want Ladakh to be the first time when you were behind the steering wheel for the first time in the mountains.

If you have never driven in the hills before, please visit some other hill station first, get some experience and then drive to Ladakh.

The crime rate in Ladakh is almost next to none. You will be driving through miles of nowhere, all alone, and won’t be bothered by anyone. People here are simple and humble and will mind their own business.

So in short, as long as you drive sensibly, do not take any unnecessary risks, do not get into any altercations, know where you are headed, have proper permits, and do not go wandering around where you shouldn’t then Ladakh is a very safe place to visit.

For further information on the topic broken down by areas, I will recommend reading through the articles below.

  • Is Ladakh Safe for Tourists
  • How safe is Srinagar Leh Highway for Tourists
  • Is Kashmir Safe for Tourists?

Time Required for Leh Ladakh Trip

This will entirely depend on where you were coming from and your mode of travel. But a minimum of 7 to 14 days is what I recommend for a trip to Ladakh. 7 Days if you were flying in and out of Leh City; and 12 to 14 days if you wanted to make it a road trip.

You can, of course, do away with a lesser number of days as well but with the above mentioned period of time, you can be sure that your trip will not be rushed, you will see all that there is to see and will make the best out of your time.

How can you break this time down further and plan your day-by-day itinerary is mentioned in the Itinerary section below.

Itinerary for Ladakh Trip

A well-laid itinerary in my opinion is the most important part of the Ladakh trip. Based on the days you have in hand, you must have a carefully drafted plan on where do you want to be on which day.

A Ladakh trip is not really a frequent affair so while you visit here, you need to make sure that you make the most out of it and visit as many places as you possibly can.

I have written several articles providing examples of different itineraries broken by days; links to which I have provided below. Depending on how long your trip is going to last, you can pick an itinerary from the ones I have listed in these articles.

  • 2 Days Itinerary for Ladakh / Weekend Trip to Ladakh
  • 3 Days Itinerary for Ladakh
  • 4 Days Itinerary for Ladakh
  • 5 Days Itinerary for Ladakh
  • 6 Days Itinerary for Ladakh
  • 7 Days Itinerary for Ladakh
  • 8 Days Itinerary for Ladakh
  • 9 Days Itinerary for Ladakh
  • 10 Days Itinerary for Ladakh
  • 11 Days Itinerary for Ladakh
  • 12 Days Itinerary for Ladakh
  • 13 Days Itinerary for Ladakh
  • 14 Days Itinerary for Ladakh
  • 15 Days Itinerary for Ladakh
  • Itinerary for Zanskar Valley
  • Srinagar to Ladakh Itinerary
  • Manali to Ladakh Itinerary
  • Ladakh Winter Trip Itinerary
  • Itinerary if you are flying to Ladakh
  • Zanskar Itinerary, Route Details, and Road Map
  • Leh to Zanskar Itinerary – How to Plan your Journey?
  • Ladakh Itinerary by Flight
  • One Week Itinerary for Ladakh

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What to See in Ladakh

The next piece of information that you should keep handy is a list of places that you would like to see. You have been told that the entire Ladakh is a tourist destination in itself which is entirely correct.

Every turn of the road here will present you with something new and you will not get tired of clicking your camera for hours. But there must be some places that can be called the prime attraction, correct? You are right.

In the articles below, I have listed every place in Ladakh that is worth a visit. Depending on the time you have for the trip, you can decide which one (or all of them) you want to cover.

The first article provides a list of all the places in Ladakh while the other ones break it down by the region.

  • A Complete List of All Tourist Attractions in Ladakh
  • Tourist Places in Leh City
  • A Detailed Explanation of Festivals of Ladakh
  • Ladakh Festivals Dates
  • Tourist Attractions on Srinagar Leh Highway
  • What to See on Manali Leh Highway
  • Tourist Attractions in Nubra Valley
  • Primary Attractions of Zanskar Valley
  • Sightseeing in Padum

What to do in Ladakh

After what to see, the next question that comes to mind is about things to do in Ladakh. And by that, I mean what else to do apart from visiting all the places I listed above.

Everyone will go and visit all the tourist attractions that they can, depending on the time they have in hand, but what else? What other fun and exciting activities can you be a part of in Ladakh?

If this thought has been on your mind then I recommend that you take a look at the articles below. Out here, I have listed some of the most popular and common tourist activities in Ladakh that you should know of before going there.

  • What to do in Ladakh | Fun Things to do in Ladakh

How to Plan a Trip to Leh Ladakh

Where to Stay in Ladakh

In recent years, Ladakh has seen a great boost in tourism; especially after the release of the movie “3 Idiots”. With that being said, the fact however cannot still be denied that it is still a remote region, one that remains cut off from the rest of the world for several months in a year.

Before going to a faraway land like this, you must have information about what your accommodation choices are. It will be a crucial part of your itinerary to know where you can stay for the night and where can you not.

In the series of articles below, I have provided information related to the staying options in different regions of Ladakh. You will also find the names and phone numbers of some recommended hotels at the links below.

Based on your own choice, you may choose to call and book in advance; or reach the place, find a hotel of your liking and negotiate an on-the-spot deal.

  • Hotels at Pangong Lake
  • Accommodation on Srinagar Leh Highway
  • Hotels on Manali Leh Highway
  • Guest Houses and Hotels in Nubra Valley
  • Recommended Hotels in Leh City
  • Hotels in Zanskar Valley
  • Accommodation at Tso Moriri
  • Hotels on the routes to Tso Moriri
  • How to Book  HP PWD Guest House
  • List of Good Restaurants in Leh City
  • List of Vegetarian Only Restaurants in Ladakh
  • Camping in Ladakh

Monasteries in Ladakh that allow Night Stay

A lot of people look forward to staying at a monastery for the night to experience something different and local. This option is not available at all the monasteries.

In Ladakh, there are only 5 monasteries that I know that have this kind of arrangement. Before you decide to stay here though, please know that your stay will be very basic and may feel uncomfortable to you.

A friend of mine decided to do this as well only to tell me the next day that he regretted his decision the entire night. But if you want do want to give it a try, then you can stay at either of the following monasteries for the night.

  • Phuktal Monastery, Zanskar Valley (Best place to get this experience. I have stayed here and it was awesome)
  • Hemis Monastery, Ladakh
  • Thiksey Monastery, Ladakh
  • Lamayuru Gompa, Ladakh
  • Rangdum Gompa, Zanskar Valley

How to Plan a Trip to Leh Ladakh

Availability of basic facilities in Ladakh

The next crucial information that you must make yourself aware of is in terms of the availability of basic facilities in Ladakh. By this, I mean facilities like mobile services, hospitals, gas stations, etc.

This may not be such a big problem in Leh City but can become a concern while traveling to other areas of Ladakh. In the articles below, I have provided more information related to this topic.

  • When and How to Rent an Oxygen Cylinder for Ladakh Trip
  • ATM, Mechanics, and Petrol Stations on Srinagar Leh Highway
  • ATM and Bank Facilities in Leh City
  • Mobile Phone Services in Ladakh

Getting your vehicle Ready

A trip to a place like Ladakh is stressful not just for the traveler but also for their vehicles. All the information above was related to getting yourself ready for the tough trip ahead but then what about your vehicle?

Ladakh, as I mentioned, is still a remote region and if your vehicle breaks down on you, it can very well ruin your entire trip. You must get your machine ready, be it a car or a motorcycle. Pay close attention to every part, and every detail, and repair or replace whatever seems dicey.

In the articles below, I have provided information on which vehicle you can bring to Ladakh, which you should not, and then how to get your respective vehicles ready.

  • How to Prepare your Motorcycle for Ladakh
  • How to Prepare your Car for Ladakh Trip
  • Why you should rent a Taxi in Ladakh
  • Which is the Best Car for Ladakh Trip
  • How to Go to Ladakh on 100CC Motorcycle
  • Which is the Best Motorcycle for Ladakh Trip

Renting a Motorcycle for Ladakh Trip

A trip to Ladakh is more fun when you are traveling by your own vehicle but a lot of people also complete the journey on a rented motorcycle. There are several places that you can rent a bike from for the trip like Manali, Srinagar or Leh itself.

However, before you finalize the deal, you must carefully inspect the motorcycle to ensure that it will not give you trouble anywhere.

In the articles below, I have provided information on where you can rent a bike from with some recommended names; and what is it that you should pay heed to before renting a bike.

  • Why and When should you rent a motorcycle for Ladakh Trip?
  • How to rent a Bike in Srinagar
  • How to Rent a Bike in Manali
  • Where to Rent a Bike in Srinagar
  • Where to Rent a Bike in Manali
  • How to Rent a Bike in Leh City
  • Leh City Bike Rental Charges

How to Plan a Trip to Leh Ladakh

How to Travel to Ladakh

Now since we have all the information we need, let us talk about how to travel to and in Ladakh. In the articles below, I have talked about how to journey on the two roads leading to Ladakh, the Manali – Leh, and Srinagar – Leh route; and then how to go to areas like Nubra Valley and Pangong after you have arrived in Leh.

The first article is a very comprehensive road map of the entire Ladakh region; then the following articles are detailed explanations of the route.

Apart from the direct routes from Leh City, I have also talked about some of the internal roads that you can take to reach from one place to another without going back to Leh. This includes roads like Agham – Shyok, Wari La, and Changthang Valley.

  • A Detailed Road Map of Ladakh
  • How to Travel to Umling La
  • Traveling from Srinagar to Leh
  • How to Travel from Manali to Leh
  • Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri
  • How to Travel to Tso Moriri from Leh
  • Leh to Nubra Valley
  • How to Travel to Pangong Tso
  • Leh to Khardung La
  • How to Travel to Hanle
  • Sham Valley Travel Guide
  • How to Travel to Zanskar Valley
  • Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso via Agham Shyok road
  • Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso via Wari La
  • How to Visit Siachen Glacier

How to Plan a Trip to Leh Ladakh

Permits for Ladakh

Ladakh is an area very close to the India-China border and hence, everyone visiting here is required to obtain a permit from the DM office. This permit is not applicable for reaching Leh city but is a mandate for visiting other areas like Nubra Valley, Pangong, and Tso Moriri.

In the articles below, I have explained the entire procedure in detail along with the charges applicable. Another permit you will have to worry about is Rohtang Pass if you are starting from Manali.

This permit is needed to be obtained from Manali. I have also provided links below to the article where I have talked about this permit in detail.

  • How to Obtain Inner Line Permit for Ladakh
  • Procedure to Obtain Protected Area Permit for Ladakh
  • How to Obtain Rohtang Pass Permit

Public Transport Services in Ladakh

Off-late, a lot of people have started to visit Ladakh using public transport services in form of Buses or shared cabs. Some people reach Leh by Air and then catch a bus to other places while others start their journeys by bus from places like Srinagar and Manali.

Public Transport in Ladakh until a few years back was not really that great but has improved greatly in the last few years. If you too are planning a trip here by Public transport, then in the article below you will find information related to bus schedules and shared taxis.

  • How I Traveled to Ladakh by Public Transport
  • Ladakh Bus Service Schedule
  • Leh to Nubra Valley Bus Service
  • Pangong Tso Bus Service
  • Leh to Tso Moriri Bus Service – Fare & Schedule
  • Manali to Leh Bus Service
  • Leh to Manali Bus
  • Srinagar to Leh Bus Service
  • Leh to Srinagar Bus
  • Delhi to Leh Bus Service
  • Leh to Delhi Bus
  • Public Transport Services in Zanskar Valley
  • Zanskar Valley Taxi Rates
  • Ladakh Bus Schedule
  • Bus Service in Leh City
  • Zanskar Valley by Public Transport

How to Plan a Trip to Leh Ladakh

Solo Trip to Ladakh

A trip to Ladakh without any doubt needs some time which unfortunately not everyone can afford to spare. Sometimes for one reason or another, a lot of us are unable to find someone to accompany us on the trips.

A solo trip to Ladakh however is no less adventurous than with a few friends. If you too were planning to visit Ladakh solo, then below is a list of articles that can help you plan your trip better.

  • How to Plan a Solo Trip to Ladakh
  • Safety Tips for a Solo Trip to Ladakh
  • How I traveled to Ladakh by Public Transport Alone
  • Memoirs of my Solo trip to Ladakh

Interesting Reads

Links below are articles that I call an “interesting read” for the Ladakh trip. This is some intriguing and good to know information related to some places here; like the unexplained phenomenon of Magnetic hill and some other places that are known to be haunted. Take a look.

  • The Beasts of Changthang Valley
  • The Ghost of Gata Loops
  • The Magnetic Hill of Ladakh
  • The Heroes of Rezang La

Last but not the least, below are some articles where I have shared some quick tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey. Most of these tips are based on my own personal experience of Ladakh after being there several times. Read through and I am sure this information can be of help to you.

  • Things that you must NOT do in Ladakh
  • Driving Tips for Ladakh
  • Riding to Ladakh with a Pillion
  • Visiting Ladakh on Scooter

When is Ladakh open for Tourists?

If this question was asked about 10 or 15 years ago, the answer would have been the months from June till September. These were in fact the only 5 months when Ladakh use to see any tourist footfall. But much has changed now. You may in fact find it a bit hard to believe but Ladakh is now open for tourists throughout the year.

It is true that you may not be able to reach here by road in the months of November till April, but regular flights still remain available. Now tourists arrive in Ladakh not just to enjoy the summer but a freezing winter as well.

There was a time not too long ago when you would have to definitely book your stay in advance if visiting in winter. But now, you can land in Ladakh at any time of the year and will easily find a place to stay.

With that being said, the harsh cold of Ladakh is not everyone’s cup of tea. Only the adventurous type visit during these months; or people who have already been to Ladakh once before and now came a second time to see it covered in snow.

So when is Ladakh open for tourists? If we talk about tourists in general including all types, then people start to visit here sometime by Mid April.

By May, most of the hotels are up and running and tourist season is in full swing by May end. People from all over the world continue to flock here till September and then the number starts to go down again by October.

Months to visit Ladakh

So in order for an easier and better understanding, below are links to articles where I have explained Ladakh with respect to that particular month only.

Information in these articles is on how to reach, where to stay, what to eat, what to expect, itinerary to follow, and how to prepare. Depending on which month you were planning to go in, take a look at that particular post and you will find all the relevant information.

  • Ladakh in January
  • Ladakh in February
  • Visiting Ladakh in March
  • Ladakh in April
  • Ladakh in May
  • How to Plan Ladakh in June
  • Ladakh in July
  • Ladakh in August
  • Trip to Ladakh in September
  • Ladakh in October
  • Ladakh in November
  • Winter Trip to Ladakh in December

Zanskar Valley

If Ladakh can be called a remote place in India, then Zanskar Valley is actually a remote region in Ladakh itself. Over the last few years, Tourism in Ladakh has seen a great boost.

Almost everyone is planning to go to Ladakh and during peak tourist season, it can get a bit crowded as well. Zanskar Valley on the other hand is a place that is not yet affected by this tourist mania.

Due to its location, not many people visit here and that is what makes it perfect for people who want to be away from the crowd. Zanskar in fact has a few aces up its sleeve, things that not even Ladakh can offer.

Parkachik Glacier, Shafat Glacier, Nun Kun Massif, and Drang Drang Glacier are three of the star attractions of Zanskar. Nowhere in our country can you see a glacier so up close and so easily reachable.

It is true that visiting Zanskar will definitely add a bit of a cost and days to your itinerary; but if you can afford it, I highly recommend making Zanskar a part of your Ladakh trip.

Below is a list of articles that pertain to visiting Zanskar Valley. Go through the posts below and you will know all there is about visiting Zanskar.

  • Zanskar Valley – A Complete Travel Guide & Itinerary
  • Kargil to Padum Route Guide
  • Phugtal Monastery – A Complete Travel Guide
  • Mobile Phone Connectivity in Zanskar Valley

kargil to padum

Is Ladakh Dangerous?

One line answer to this question would be that no, Ladakh is not dangerous. But much of this would depend on you yourself. A person’s safety is always in their own hands and it gets decided by the decisions they make and actions they take.

People in Ladakh are simple and humble but this does not excuse you from behaving irresponsibly. Do not get into any unnecessary altercations, do not try to offend them in any way, do not try to drive around in a vehicle rented outside Ladakh and you will be OK.

If you are asking the question in terms of the terrain then yes, the roads here are a bit risky and challenging. But as long as you have some experience of driving, especially in the hills, then it is nothing that you cannot handle.

Just get your vehicle well serviced, plan carefully, keep an eye on the weather and you got nothing to worry about.

Is Ladakh Worth Visiting?

And finally the question of whether or not you should make this trip. If you are unsure of whether you should go or not then take my word for it. Ladakh is worth every minute and penny you spend here.

This will be a trip of a lifetime irrespective of how you are traveling. Just put all doubts aside and embark upon a journey that you will cherish memories of for life.

Why one should visit Ladakh?

You should visit Ladakh if you want to go on a trip that you will remember for life. It is truly one of a kind experience that I must urge you to have. Ladakh is a place like no other and it has a little something for everyone.

It does not matter if you were an adventure enthusiast, biker, photographer, family person, or just someone looking to spend some time in peace, you can rest assured that Ladakh will not disappoint you.

I hope the information above on how to plan a trip to Leh Ladakh was of help. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below. You can also  follow me on Instagram  and chat with me live there or  subscribe to my YouTube channel and ask a question there.

A Timelapse captured in Nubra Valley of Ladakh

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Planning a trip to Leh Ladakh involves meticulous attention to factors like weather conditions, altitude sickness prevention, and transportation options. This guide offers practical tips and insights to help travelers create a well-rounded itinerary, ensuring a smooth and unforgettable journey through the breathtaking landscapes and vibrant culture of this Himalayan region. Ideal for anyone seeking to embark on a memorable adventure in Leh Ladakh.

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Thank you so much for the classified information, it will be helpful for me because I am planning to road trip from Noida to Ladakh by bike. it will be my first ride in my life. I am excited

Please also share your experience with me about the bike trip I want to go

Thank you so much buddy

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You have provided one of the best guide on Ladakh, just loved it

Thank you !!!

You have provided a well-informative blog. I have gone through many blogs of yours and you write it so well.

This is so Insightful guide Vargis, I loved this alot

Thank you Ankita

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Planning a trip to Leh Ladakh requires careful consideration due to its remote location and challenging terrain. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you plan your journey:

Research and Itinerary:

Research the best time to visit Leh Ladakh. The region is accessible from May to September when the roads are open. Decide on the duration of your trip and create a rough itinerary. Popular destinations include Leh, Pangong Lake, Nubra Valley, and Tso Moriri Lake. Acclimatization:

Leh Ladakh is at high altitude, and acclimatization is crucial to avoid altitude sickness. Plan to spend a couple of days in Leh before venturing into higher-altitude areas. Stay hydrated, avoid heavy physical activity initially, and consider carrying medications for altitude sickness. Permits:

Check if you need any permits to visit specific areas. Permits are required for places like Nubra Valley, Pangong Lake, and Tso Moriri Lake. Obtain the necessary permits from the District Commissioner’s Office in Leh. Transportation:

Decide on your mode of transportation. You can either hire a cab, rent a motorcycle, or drive your own vehicle. If you plan to drive, ensure your vehicle is in good condition, and carry spare parts, tools, and a first aid kit. Accommodation:

Book accommodations in advance, especially during peak season. Leh has a variety of options, including guesthouses, hotels, and homestays. In more remote areas, accommodation options may be limited

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Hi Vargis tried to connect u on instagram but it says u hv disable messages , i have few questions to ask you, though you have mentioned everything in your article but was wondering if things changed now.

1. Am travelling with my mother so avoiding directly landing to leh and instead thinking to arrive from road via srinagar or manali. which one u recommend ? 2. Are self driven cars from outside (srinagar, chandigarh) allowed in leh ?

Hi Rishabh,

1. Srinagar route will be better Bhai to reach Leh 2. No. Outside taxis can only be used to reach Leh. You cannot use them for sightseeing and will have to leave it parked at the hotel

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Hi Vargis Can you please advise whether Ladakh trip is feasible between 1st Oct to 15th Oct. I intend to drive from Kolkata with my wife and 10 year old daughter in our Bolero Neo. I picked this time primarily to avoid the summer heat of the plains through which I would have to travel if I plan for May – June. Can I take the Manali Leh Highway during this time of Oct? Can I do a day trip for Pangong lake from Leh? Do I need to carry snow chains for the wheels? Which areas can I visit during this time without the risk of getting stranded?

Request pls advise for me to plan accordingly.

You can Sid but hard to tell right now. It will all depend on how the weather next year is. If it started to snow early, it won’t be a good idea. Best to wait until Sep next year before finalizing. My advice is that you plan between Sep 15 to 30th to be on the safer side. It won’t either be hot at that time, nor crowded

Can it be planned between 24th September to 8th October.

Yes it can be

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Hi vargis, I am planning a trip to Leh with my mother , tentative date of my coming is 16th August 2023, planning to cover nearby places on 17th August then a 3 day trip to Nubra-Pangong from 18 to 20th August, 2023, then will leave for Delhi on 21 August 2023. Do i need to book hotels for leh/nubra/pangong in advance? and what about getting shared taxis for the said trip…. pls guide.

Hi Supriyo – You can find accommodation on the spot as well but shared taxis could be a problem. It will be better to book a private cab if you have your mother with you.

Actually, hiring a reserved cab will be out of budget for me.. so was searching for shared cab.

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Hello Vargis,

Hope you are doing well.

I have been one of the silent followers of your amazing blog for a while and it has helped me many times to build my itinerary for any Himalayan trips in the past.

This month, 4 of us are planning on visiting Leh-Ladakh by road from Chandigarh Airport in a cab, preferably Innova. We have made this itinerary. I would want to know your views regarding the same.

Day 1 : 24th June, Sat – Road Trip: – Chandigarh Airport (Start at 7:30 AM) – Atal Tunnel (Rohtang) – Sissu – Stay: – Sissu Zostel

Day 2 : 25th June, Sun – Road Trip: – Sissu – Keylong – Suraj Tal – Baralacha pass – Leh – Stay: – Leh Zostel

Day 3 : 26th June, Mon – Local Sightseeing – Leh Palace – Stok Palace and Museum – Hemis Monastery – Thiksey Monastery – Leh Market – Evening – Stay: – Leh Zostel

Day 4 : 27th June, Tue – Road Trip: – Leh – KhardungLa Pass – Panamik – Sasoma Check Point – Siachen Base Camp – OP Baba Shrine – Nubra Valley (NOTE: Local sightseeing on the next day) – Stay: – Nubra Valley

Day 5 : 28th June, Wed – Road Trip: – Nubra Valley – Local Sightseeing – Diskit Monastery – Hunder – Tyakshi – Turtuk (NOTE: Local sightseeing on the next day) – Stay: – Turtuk

Day 6 : 29th June, Thur – Road Trip: – Turtuk – Local Sightseeing – Pangong Lake View Point – Merak Village – Kakstet Village – Man Village – Stay: – Man Village, Pangong Lake

Day 7 : 30th June, Fri – Road Trip: – Pangong Tso – Local Sightseeing, (if any more required) – Kyagar Tso – Karzok, Tso Moriri (NOTE: Local sightseeing on the next day) – Stay: – Karzok, Tso Moriri

Day 8 : 1st July, Sat – Road Trip: – Tso Moriri – Local Sightseeing – Leh – Stay: – Leh Zostel

Day 9 : 2nd July, Sun – Road Trip: – Leh – Phyang Gompa – Magnetic Hill – Sangam view point – Kargil War Memorial, Dras – Dras – Stay: – Dras

Day 10 : 3rd July, Mon – Road Trip: – Dras – Kargil – Local Sightseeing – Mulbekh – Local Sightseeing (Monastery) – Leh – Stay: – Leh Zostel

Day 11 : 4th July, Tue – Road Trip: – Leh – Manali – Stay: – Manali Zostel (Vashisth)

Day 12 : 5th July, Wed – Road Trip: – Manali – Chandigarh (Reach by 5:00 PM MAX)

Eagerly waiting for your inputs.

Regards, Sourav

Day 4 – You cannot cover Siachen Base Camp on this …. You will only reach Nubra Valley from Leh

Day 10 – Go all the way to Kargil … Do not stay in Dras

Just remember that you taxi from Chandigarh will not be allowed for sightseeing in Ladakh. You will have to rent another cab there

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Hi Vargis Somewhere on this site I read that there are no hatchback cars /cabs available . But getmecab.com provides hatchback cabs. Do u know if it’s a genuine cab service site?

You cannot use an outside rental for sightseeing in Ladakh. You will have to rent a local cab in Leh and they usually do not have hatchbacks, mostly SUVs.

I’m sorry, I missed to mention that getmecab.com claims to provide a hatchback to go from Kargil to Srinagar.

Yes, you will get it between Kargil and Srinagar

Thanks, that’s great relief. 🙂

Me & my group had a great time in Ladakh (May 26 to June 2). Thanks to this site of yours, I had good info about everything. :). We experienced almost everything….snowfall, landslide, heavy rains in sand dunes, traffic jams , temperatures upto -5 degree celsius (at Pengong Lake), good food, rough & tough road travel, scenic beauty, taste of real mountain fresh water ..etc etc. 🙂 A thing I must mention for others — Only carry the Postpaid SIM of Airtel, BSNL or MTNL. The Jio works only in 30-40% of the area. Vodafone doesn’t work at all.

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Have your ever in recent years hired an innova at leh for Nubra n Pangong without using any influence?

I never had to hire a cab in Leh actually

Someone recently called you about leh and when he discussed the taxi fare which I guess was around rs 8000 for Nubra n Turtuk, you replied u can hire a flight with that amount. So was curious to ask u the charges

It will depend on how many days you are hiring the taxi for. If you just want a cab for 3 days from Leh for Nubra and Turtuk, it will cost you between Rs 10000 to Rs. 15000, depending on the time of your travel

Means 8000 are genuine charges for a 3 day trip to Nubra n Turtuk. By saying u can hire a flight with amount doesn’t justify your last comment. We all learn from you, we all respect you and we all xpct healthy answers from you

Bhai I do not know which comment you are referring to. It is possible that there were flights available to Leh for Rs. 8000 at the time when I made that comment. I did fly in and out of Leh in 2021 for Rs. 9500 just because the flight rates were low at that time and I was lucky to get a return ticket for that amount.

I did book a Vistara flight from Mumbai to Leh for rs. 85000. 🙂 I’m flying later this week.

All the best for your trip. Have fun.

It was a type of Rs. 85000 for my flight ticket. Please read it as Rs. 8500/- 🙂

Haha …. for a minute I thought, “Wow, he REALLY wants to go to Ladakh”

All the best for your trip Bhai

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Nice Blog…. This is really amazing. Great information about Leh Ladakh.

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do we get wifi in leh?

Yes, wi-fi is available in Leh

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Due to your complete guide on leh, we successfully conducted our self planned tour of Ladakh in June-23. Thanks a lot.

Thank you Rajesh

Your guidance help us to enjoy Ladah last month.

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It is urgent …as leh has made 2 days stay compulosry to stay in leh ..after landing can i travel to kargil for 1 days and return next day and stay next day in leh… Can this be done as per goverment rules and my stay for 2days will be done..

Yes you can

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I came across your blog today while planning my trip to Ladakh, and thought of writing to you. I’m travelling to Ladakh with my parents from 13-24 June. Was planning to visit Leh, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri and Kargil. We’ll be taking flights on the Delhi-Leh route for both onward and return journeys. Could you please help us in deciding on an itinerary for this trip? I’d also dropped you a message on Instagram, but wasn’t sure if you’d check it.

Your blog’s been super helpful in planning the trip so far, so even if you can’t reply to this, just wanted to thank you for all the content you’ve put up 🙂

Thank you, Prateek. I believe I have answered all your questions on Instagram. Let me know if you need any other help.

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Hello Vargis, I have gone through your many blogs and based on that kind of finalised below itinerary. I am planning to visit Leh in mid May 2022 along with parents ( ~70 years age), tentative itinerary: Day1 – Bangalore to Srinagar –> Stay at Srinagar Day2 – Srinagar to Kargil ( on the way Sonmarg, Baltal & Drass) –> Stay at Kargil Day3 – kargil to Leh ( On the way Alchi, magnetic hill ) –> Stay at Leh Day4 – Leh local sight seeing & permits for other places –> Stay at Leh Day5: Activities at Leh –> Stay at Leh Day6 – Leh to Nubra Valley via Khardungla pass –> Stay at Nubra valley (Hunder) Day7 – Nubra valley to Pangong Tso –> stay at Pangong Tso tents Day8 – Pangong Tso to Leh via Chang la–> Stay at Leh Day9- Leh to Tso moiri –> stay at Korzok village Day10 – Tso Moiri to Sarchu –> Stay to Sarchu Day11 – Sarchu to Manali –> Stay at Manali Day12 – Manali to Chandigarh –> Stay at Chandigarh Day13 – Chandigarh to Bangalore Could you please suggest if Day7 and Day9 can be done with parents due to AMS.. for Day9, is there a suggestion to come down yo low altitude place? additionally due to AMS , shall we skip Say9? Any kind of advise will be helpful .. This itinerary is made after going through your blogs .. Best Regards, Nusrat

Hello Vargis, I am planning to visit Leh in mid May 2022 along with parents ( ~70 years age), tentative itinerary: Day1 – Bangalore to Srinagar –> Stay at Srinagar Day2 – Srinagar to Kargil ( on the way Sonmarg, Baltal & Drass) –> Stay at Kargil Day3 – kargil to Leh ( On the way Alchi, magnetic hill ) –> Stay at Leh Day4 – Leh local sight seeing & permits for other places –> Stay at Leh Day5: Activities at Leh –> Stay at Leh Day6 – Leh to Nubra Valley via Khardungla pass –> Stay at Nubra valley (Hunder) Day7 – Nubra valley to Pangong Tso –> stay at Pangong Tso tents Day8 – Pangong Tso to Leh via Chang la–> Stay at Leh Day9- Leh to Tso moiri –> stay at Korzok village Day10 – Tso Moiri to Sarchu –> Stay to Sarchu Day11 – Sarchu to Manali –> Stay at Manali Day12 – Manali to Chandigarh –> Stay at Chandigarh Day13 – Chandigarh to Bangalore Could you please suggest if Day7 and Day9 can be done with parents due to AMS.. for Day9, is there a suggestion to come down yo low altitude place? additionally due to AMS , shall we skip Say9? Any kind of advise will be helpful .. This itinerary is made after going through your blogs .. Best Regards, Nusrat

Hello Vargis, I am planning to visit Leh in May 2022 along with parents ( ~70 years age), tentative itinerary: Day1 – Bangalore to Srinagar –> Stay at Srinagar Day2 – Srinagar to Kargil ( on the way Sonmarg, Baltal & Drass) –> Stay at Kargil Day3 – kargil to Leh ( On the way Alchi, magnetic hill ) –> Stay at Leh Day4 – Leh local sight seeing & permits for other places –> Stay at Leh Day5: Activities at Leh –> Stay at Leh Day6 – Leh to Nubra Valley via Khardungla pass –> Stay at Nubra valley (Hunder) Day7 – Nubra valley to Pangong Tso –> stay at Pangong Tso tents Day8 – Pangong Tso to Leh via Chang la–> Stay at Leh Day9- Leh to Tso moiri –> stay at Korzok village Day10 – Tso Moiri to Sarchu –> Stay to Sarchu Day11 – Sarchu to Manali –> Stay at Manali Day12 – Manali to Chandigarh –> Stay at Chandigarh Day13 – Chandigarh to Bangalore Could you please suggest if Day7 and Day9 can be done with parents due to AMS.. for Day9, is there a suggestion to come down yo low altitude place? Any kind of advise will be helpful .. This itinerary is made after going through your blogs .. Best Regards, Nusrat

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Very informative article people who want to visit Ladakh valley, thanks for sharing this information.

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Hi Vargis, We are planning for a road trip to Ladakh in first week Sept 2021. Between 7th Sept to 16th we are in or around Leh. Would be interested to participate if any Monastery having any festival during this time so that we can have glimpse of it. Please let me know

Hi Alok – Ladakh festival is held in Leh in September but I am not sure if it will happen this year due to COVID. Take a look at this post please

https://vargiskhan.com/log/festivals-of-ladakh/

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Great blog post. Nicely written.. really enjoyed it a lot. You have covered almost every thing one need to know before visiting ladakh. And wonderfully described all the famous tourist places of ladakh. Thanks ladakh.club

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Asalam alikum vargis bhai Mujhe yeh maloom karna hai .agar hum Rt pcr report le kar aye delhi se. Kya phir bh humara corana test hoga leh ya ladakh me. Ple Please guide kar dejye app

Walaikum Salam Saad Bhai – Nahi agar aap RTPCR saath leke aate ho toh test nahi hoga

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I want to go to Manali to ladakh in Jan 2023 after 3 months from now, and as roads are closed i will have to book a flight to get in and out of ladakh so can I know the nearest airport from which i should book my flight so that it becomes cheap for me.. please help

There is an airport in Leh itself if that is what you meant to ask. You can book a direct flight from Delhi to Leh

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Hello. I am from kolKolkata. I want to visit ladakh next year . recently I heard that Siachen base camp is open for tourists from October ’19. So please inform me from where I can get my permit to go there ?

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Hello Vargis, will it be possible to cover entire Ladakh circuit stretching from turtuk to hanle to the lakes and entire Spiti circuit from Mumbai within 30 days including buffer days?

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Hi this is Sarojit Dutta from Kolkata. First of all I am sending you our vijaya greetings. Inspired by your writing we are planning to visit Leh and surroundings in the last week of May 23. We are 18 people altogether junior most is 8 years and senior most is 75 years old. We are planning to follow your Srinagar to Srinagar 12 days itinerary. Our question is if it possible to make it a 9 or 10 days itinerary? And what kind of vehicles are available there for 18 people? We hope to get your advice on this matter. Whether we will have change the itinerary or not.? Please help and oblige. Thanks.

Our plan is to go Kargil,Leh,Turtuk,Panamik,Pangon lake,Hanle,Tso Morri Batalik and back to Srinagar.

Thanks for your reply. Actually we are following your Srinagar to Leh trip. On day 1 Srinagar to Kargil. Day2 Kargil to Leh. Day 3 Leh. Day 4 Leh to Turtuk. Day 5 Turtuk to Panamik. Day 6 Panamik to Pangon lake. Day 7 Pangon to Hanle. Day 8 Hanle to Tso Morri. Day 9 Tso Morri to Leh. Day 10 Leh to Batalik. Day 11 Batalik to Srinagar. After going through your article we made this itinerary. Our question is whether we can make this little shorter or it’s perfect? Again I make it a point that we are a group of seniors and junior members. Please advise us about the itinerary and about vehicles availability there. Thanks again

Hi Sarojit – 9 to 10 days from where? Kolkata? I am guessing you will be flying to Srinagar?

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Thanks vargis for sharing such valuable content. You are doing great job .Pictures are spectacular. Also visit my site to related to travel and other stuff . Thanks

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Hello Bro, Very fast hearty thank you for so detail blog. I am planning to go leh with my gf on bike trip and want to do self camping. Can you please suggest what are the precision need to take and is it safe do self camp with a Girl ?

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Dear VargisKhan, I was planning to go on a Road Trip via Bike this year 2020 to Ladakh from Delhi to Kargil via Leh, since the COVID-19 situation is not yet back to normal condition, I would like you to suggest me with appropriate solutions/suggestions. As I am a solo traveller, so please suggest.

1. Would it be safe to travel to Ladakh during year 2020 2. If yes which month would be more likely to travel. 3. Weather we would be able to avail Inner line permits. 4. If yes, how many locations we can cover. 5. What would the better suggestion on the stay and food.

Since I have been planning this trip since last 3 years and finally I plan to execute in this year, and unfortunately due to COVID-19, I’m bit confused.

Could be please suggest me.

Regards, Harish Kumar

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Hi Vargis, This blog is amazing. It provides me all the information about traveling to Leh Ladakh. I was looking for a guide like this for a very long time. Now, I can plan my trip to Leh Ladakh without worrying and forgetting anything. Thank you very much for this amazing blog.

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My brother and me are planning 5-6 days trip to leh- ladakh in July month. We are planning Leh ( 2D and stay), Nubra Valley ( 1 stay) , Pangong lake (1 Stay).

it is costing about 20k – 25k per person if we plan with tourist agencies.

If we plan by own, as we are only 2 of us, renting taxi or cab can not be affordable for us. We are planning to cover nearby spots (Magnetic Hill, Gurudwara etc) on bike and nubra valley and pangong lake by public transport. But as you mention in your blog that public transport is very rare and tedious.

So can you please suggest if we go with travel agencies is feasible or planned by own and how can we plan?

Hi Amit – If you are going in peak tourist season, public transport will not be hard to find. Shared cabs will be easy to get actually. When are you going?

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SALAMWALEKUM BHAI FIRST OF ALL THANKS FOR PROVIDING SUCH A DETAILED INFORMATION

I AM PLANNING TO LEH FIRST TIME THIS YEAR, EVEN I BOOKED MY TICKETS FOR RAIPUR TO DELHI ON 9TH JUNE AND RETURN ON 27TH JUNE FIRST I WANT TO KNOW THAT THIS YEAR I GET TO HEARED DAT ROADS MIGHT OPEN IN MID JUNE, IS DAT TRUE? IS I HAVE TO RESHEDULE MY TICKETS?

Walaikum As Salam Bhai – Nahi it will be all open by May end. You will not need to reschedule.

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Hello.. have been going through your blog for quite a while and you have done a great job here. we are planning a trip to leh from Delhi in the last week of April starting from 25th April Saturday early morning and return by 3rd of may sundy evening. We have XUV500 manual front wheel drive, total 5 members and 9 days with use so is this trip possible?? what should be the best route?? where should we talk halts in this route?? what would be the total cost?? thank you

You cannot do it in April Harry unless you are ready to throw it at least 3-4 days more.

Ok.. thank you for the info virgis.

you are welcome brother !!!

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Hi, I plan a bike trip from Srinagar to Leh Ladakh on June 2020. So could you please suggest which tour agency will be best for the same. I want to join a group and hire bike too.

I am sorry but I have never worked with any tour agencies.

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Hi, I am planning to visit Leh in 29 dec 2019. Kindly advice if its ok I travel in flight

As long as you do not have a medical condition and allow time for your body to acclimatize when you reach there, yes.

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Hi, I am planning to visit Leh in 2nd week of June 2020. Kindly advice if its ok I travel in Hyundai i20. Srinagar – Leh – Numbra Valley – Pangong – Pang – Kaza – Sarahan – Shimla – Delhi 2 adults and 1 child of 10 years Is this circuit doable in Hyundai i20 petrol.

Yes you can. Just be a bit careful. I have done Ladakh in a Maruti Swift which has the same ground clearance as i20

Hi, I am planning to visit Leh in 2nd week of June. Kindly advice if its ok I travel in Hyundai i20. Srinagar – Leh – Numbra Valley – Pangong – Pang – Kaza – Sarahan – Shimla – Delhi 2 adults and 1 child of 10 years Is this circuit doable in Hyundai i20 petrol.

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Will u apart of it . i m planning on *New* *Year* *2020* Hey. I ‘m Rohan. basically from Delhi based adventurer who were very much enthusiasm in various adventurious activities such as biking trekking and exploring . Since, last year I had done many stunning activities in ownself such as … 1. Solo Camping in kodai jungle 2. Continuous Single-day Riding from Delhi to Badrinath in a peak Monsoon 3. Winter Riding in Lahul & Spiti on Adhoc Conditions 4. Also had cover Various trek like valley of flower & Hemkund Yatra or much more…. while uncertainly I had meet up with an accident on May month as when way up to leh ladakh with bike. this “ll not come to end my adventurous activity. Now after 5 month of recovery – I ‘m again starting from beginning .. so as of now, These coming winter *** I *am* going to start an expedition of *stok* *kangri* trekkable mountain in _ladakh_ on winter seasion and this is going to be really adventurous. Although all trip planning are yet to complete and still gathering the essentials for these expedition . Probably, Stok kangri unofficially closed while on winter’s so beginning *January* would be the perfect i guess for trekking. Hence if someone interested to be apart of these *journey* or become *member* and want to give any *suggestion* . Please do contact – *8376072108* (** _what’s_ _app_ **)

All the best Rohan !!!

Thanks.. vargis khan 🙂 Do u have any suggestion for me ***on stok kangri expedition..? These would be mine 1st winter solo expedition if someone not joins me.

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Hi Sir, Your information is very helpful. Sir, I am planning to go ladakh in July by next year. My itinerary is given below:

Day 01: ARRIVAL LEH.

Day 02: LEH LOCAL TRIP After breakfast drive for local trip (Hemis, Thiksey, Shey palace, Shanti stupa Leh palace, Hall of fame & Sptiuk)

Day 03: LEH TO LAMAYURU AND BACK After breakfast drive for Lamayuru, On the way visit Sptiuk, Hall of fame, Magnetic hill, Confluence and Moon land.

Day 04: LEH – TURTUK After breakfast drive to Nubra Valley via Khardungla (highest motor able road in the world, 18,380ft). Night stay at Turtuk village.

Day 05: TURTUK – HUNDAR After breakfast drive to Hundar village, visit Diskit Gompa on the way.

Day 06: HUNDAR – PANGONG LAKE via Shyok Road. After breakfast drive to Pangong Lake through Shyok river.

Day 07: PANGONG-TSOMORIRI. After breakfast drive to Tsomoriri via Chusal and Nyuma.

Day 08: TSOMORIRI TO KEYLONG. After breakfast drive to Keylong via Tso-kar on the way visit Tso-kar and Pang.

Day 09: KEYLONG TO MANALI. In the morning leave drive to Manali. In the evening enjoy Manali Mall.

Day 10: MANALI DEPARTURE

Sir, now my questions are: 1. Is this itinerary is good to do in July next year? 2. Is this route good or I should go by road from manali and return by flight? 3. Is it ok to be there in July with 2 years child? 4. How will be the weather there in July?

Thanks in advance Sir.

Hi Kaushik,

1. Yes 2. Either way is good. Same thing. 3. Please see this post.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/traveling-to-ladakh-with-children/

4. Pleasant during day, moderately cold during night.

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Hello sir, we are 5 person planning to ladakh in june 2020

DAY 1- departure from Vadodara at 1:35pm overnight train journey

DAY 2-arrival at pathankot junction at 12:40 pm departure for manali Solang valley reached at 11:00pm

DAY 3-solang valley manali to jispa ( 6 hours drive)

DAY 4-Jispa to leh(10 to 11 hours journey)

DAY 5-Leh (half day rest/ilp and half day leh local sight seeing

DAY 6-leh to nubra valley via khardugla pass(6 to 7 hours drive)

DAY 7-nubra valley to pangong lake vai agham shyok river route(6 to 8 hours)

DAY 8- Pangong lake via pang village(7 to 8 hours)

DAY 9-pang village to manali(9 to 10 hours drive)

DAY 10-Manali to Chandigarh(10 hours)

DAY 11-chandigarh to Vadodara (overnight train journey)

DAY 12-arrival at Vadodara

My questions are 1)what are approximate price of taxi for this manali to return manali whole journey 2)can is it double pangong lake to pang/sarchu in one day? 3)is this itinerary is good? 4)advise if any

Thank you in advance sir

Please reply sir

Are you planning to hire taxis for the entire trip because you will have to rent multiple. Your Manali taxi will not be allowed in Leh.

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Hey Vargis, Thanks for the detailed guide! Planning a road trip to Ladakh with my friends and this will surely help me. Keep Blogging

Thanks Jatin Bhai for taking the time to drop a note.

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thanks for sharing useful travel details for leh ladakh, but can you please suggest any of best travel agency in leh, we need local transport to visit. please help me

Please contact Rohit @ 9999622213 or 9910722252

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I am Planning to go to Ladakh in the third week of September. My Itinerary is

Day 1. Amritsar – Leh Flight (Via Delhi) – Only local sightseeing on day 1 Day 2. Leh – Diskit- Hunder Day 3. Hunder – Turtuk Day 4. Turtuk – Pangong Tso Day 5. Pangong Tso – Hanle Day 6. Hanle – Tso Morriri – Leh Day 7. Leh – Kargil Day 8. Kargil – Srinagar, Srinagar – Amritsar Flight

1. Would like to know if this is doable especially Day 6. 2. Please suggest if any other changes are required 3. Do I need to pre-book all the hotels or can it be done on the spot. 4. Will I get a shared taxi for the entire trip?

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My travelling plan 1 sep to 7 sep 19. Is it safe as all state facing heavy rains & recently landslide in manali. & also advise Nubra to Pangong(Via Shyok river) it will be safe or not ?

Hard to predict, it is not safe right now to go via Manali. Nubra and Pangong will be OK.

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hello vargis, Earlier we had planned a vacation to visit leh via Srinagar from Delhi on 30 august 2019.we have leaves for aroumd 19 days. Now we are re-planning the route to LEH via Manali on our own motorcycles and return from leh via spiti valley to Shimla and then Delhi. In the current scenario is it safe to travel to leh via manali.??? keep up the good job you are doing and praying for return of peace for the beautiful people of Kashmir. regards sourav nath

Hi Sourav, Ladakh and Manali route are safe, no worries there.

Thank you for the update

You are welcome !!!

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Hello Vargis! Due to the current situation, the treks are cancelled. And thus, I’m left with to and fro flight tickets from Srinagar (on 22nd August and 30th August). Please do suggest me the best option to avail them as I’ll not get any thing if I cancel them from my side. Is it safe to visit Leh in those days? Will there be any transport facility? If so could you suggest me the itinerary. Thanks in advance.

Hi Srini – You should cancel your tickets for now, its curfew there. I am cancelling my tickets too for 30th Aug.

It seems cancellation penalty would be levied by the Airlines. If the Govt says no to tourists then why do these airlines don’t follow the guidelines. Really confused. Will you wait till the last minute or cancel the tickets?

They are giving a full refund only till 16th of August as of now so I haven’t cancelled yet. Will call the airline again in next couple of days to find out if the date has been extended. There is no point in going right now really. Nothing has happened because of the increased security but the real outcome will only be be visible after the curfew is relaxed. It is a security risk.

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Hi, I’m planning to visit Leh-Ladakh on 17th August. (Delhi to leh via flight) . What is the latest situation there? Is it safe now? (I’m coming from Sri Lanka)

Ladakh is completely safe.

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Hey Vargis…our journey is well planned(Confirm train tickets,Confirmed hotel bookings)but again the situation arised in Kashmir… Worried so much…

Called our hotel yesterday, they told me that it is better if you ignore kashmir route.But we are supposed to go by Srinagar to leh bus.Our journey is on October12 from Kolkata.

What to do now plss help.

Too early to say anything right now Sayak. Only the coming weeks will tell if Srinagar will be safer in October or not. My own trip is at stake. All we can do right now is wait and observe.

Yes Vargis same situation going on our mind…just to wait and observe..

Patience…Patience…Patience…

Hope everything goes well.

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Hello Vargis, because I am italian I dont know how is the real situation in India so I want to ask you how is safe to visit Ladakh in august with the current sitation in kashmir- Thanks a lot. Pietro

Hard to say anything as of now Pietro. Only time will tell how the people react and the situation develops. Give it a few more days, a week at least and then decide whether to continue or cancel

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What do you think of current situation in Jammu Kashmir? I have booked a flight from Srinagar- Mumbai on 17th August? I am flying in to Leh on 7th August.

Should we cancel our plan or should we avoid Srinagar and return via Manali to Mumbai.

Please advise, Very confused what to do

Can you please give your contact number on my email address?

Wait for next few days and see how the situation develops before you decide on what to do. If the situation in Kashmir remains tense then you should return via Manali.

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Hi Deepali , were you able to return from leh to srinagar and as a result take the flight from srinagar? please let me know as i am planning to book tickets from srinagar to mumbai for 1st week of october

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I am planning with my family. I want stay Package. Is it very difficult?

No it is not

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Hi, we have booked nature nest camp in pangong for stay on 14th August with family. Will it be too cold at night ? Are there any good wooden or cemented structures where you can stay close to pangong lake where it will not be too cold ? Thanks

Yes it will be a bit cold but only if you step outside. The camps are all very warm inside. There are a few cottages as well but the inside environment will be the same as camps.

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The information is helpful, I also like to know if I take bike on rent from Delhi whether original rc is required. Because from Delhi they are not providing original RC BUT photocopy they will give

You will need the RC of course.

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Hi Vargis, I have already booked the flight tickets to Leh and back. I am now looking for accommodation and local transportation. Spoke to a few hotels for complete tour package. It’s costing approx 70K minimum for 3 people. Is this a reasonably good rate? Hotels are cheaper if we book through online apps but in that case, how do we book transportation? Is it possible to find private taxis once we land in Leh? What would be the cost for 6/7day private taxi? Please suggest.

70k sounds a little much for accommodation for 3 people. Book it on your own Balaji. Shared taxis are easily available from Leh Bus stand itself. Fare depends on the destination and not duration really

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I have two extra days as a solo traveler before joining a group (first week of September). Is it advisable to go to Tso Moriri on Day 2 and Day 3 from Leh, (after rest on Day 1), as the group tour is not covering Tso Moriri? First time to Ladakh (flying in to Leh). Would one day rest in Leh be enough to acclimatize to Tso Moriri altitude?

Thanks, Paritosh.

Hi Paritosh,

Yes that would be a good idea but make that call once you are there in Leh. Rest on Day 1 and if you feel better, go to Moriri on Day 2. If you felt symptoms of AMS on Day 2 as well in the morning, best would be to rest in Leh as well because going to Moriri will just make the situation worse.

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Very good post!!

It’s looking nice and containing good information. Thanks for sharing this post.

Thanks for taking the time to drop a note Varun

Dear Vargis, do I need to book from here the guesthouses in Ladakh in the second half of August? Thanks a lot from Rome Pietro

Hi Pietro – No you will find accommodation on the spot as well

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Hi Vargis. We are Roadwanderers_wanderislife. We are couple riders. have planned a trip to leh in July next month from Delhi to Leh via srinagar following the route you recommended above. Due to Time constraint we are flying back to Delhi on 28th July, Sunday. What are the possible options of shipping the bikes from Leh to Delhi?

There are a few travel agencies in Leh that can do it for you. Based on a friend’s experience from last year,

1. It will be a costly affair 2. He got his bike back almost after a month and a half 3. There were damages to the bike

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Hi vargis, Your blog is extremely useful.

I will be visiting leh for 8 days and 9 nights which includes leh, nubra, pangong and tsomoriri. Is there anyway I can include either chanthang national park or hemis national park. Also is it worth it ?

Hi dear Vargis, I am an italian man and I am planning to go to Ladakh next august. Thanks a lot for your precious information. I want to ask you how many ways I have to come back to manali from Leh by road (I think to go to Leh by plane and comingback by car). Can I take a shared taxi or a shared jeep? Thanks. You are great

Thank you for your kind words. You can come from Leh to Manali by Bus, private taxi, shared taxi or rented motorcycle.

Thanks for your preciuos anwer. My last question: because of I will go alone, do you think it is possible/easy to find a seat in a private taxi going back to Manali? I mean is it easy and common to share a private taxi with other tourists?

Thanks a lot Pietro

Yes, you will easily find a seat.

Hi Vargis, I would say….if one day in this summer the road to Manali will be opened because of I ve just read your last article….snow in June!!! 🙂 thanks a lot. cheers. Pietro

Hi Petro – As of now the estimate is that it will open by June 10th 🙂

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Hi, we are planning to go to Leh by September by flight and will reach by 10 am. Can we plan for Nubra valley on Day 2 after taking rest on day 1?

Yes you can but you will have to arrange permits before it.

That we will try to arrange. Thanks bro.

Sorry Vargis for my questions but I am planning my solo trip and I have to take advantage of your wisdom about travelling in Ladakh. I have a doubt….because of I have the flight back to Italy the day 3 of september and the second half of august is monsoon time in India: do you suggest to come back from Leh to Manali – Delhi by plane or by car? Do you think is safer by plane? I only dont want to regret not to make that fantastic road….Any suggestion? Thanks a lot Pietro

I want to share my one concern with all of u. Actually Me & Mine 3 friends had being preparing for Ladakh circuit on 7th of June, 2019 (Night) with 2 Bikes, since from one month ago. But, Uncertainty one of our friend had some unconditional circumstances at home so he won’t join us for trip.

All of us had earlier done Lahul & Spiti on early October winter altogether & gather mesmerising experience.

We also had done lots of Biking & Trekking trails last year –

Badrinath Riding (single day) Solo Camping at kodai jungle & Valley of Flower Trekking & Also Explore the Corbett National park trails and many more….

But, Today when there is only 1 week left for 7th June, 2019 .. We have no choice left because 3 people with 1 bike make no worth.

Hence, still as a hope i have posted my query to this page that if someone planning or wants to go in Ladakh on 7th June, 2019 . Please join us & take our one friends with him so that Dreams won’t die of our third friend.

My Name is Rohan Nahar from Delhi wish to complete the Ladakh circuit on 7th June,2019 via Srinagar to Leh to Manali within 10-12 days. Do Make Call or what’s app on this Number – 8376072108 to join. Mail – [email protected]

Jai Hind . Keep Safe . Make Enjoy!

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We are planning a Road trip to Ladakh. Can you please suggest a way to visit Sasoma and / or Murgo? Thanks in advance!!! Cheers!

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Hi Vargis, Our plan to Chandigarh -jammu-srinagar-kargil-leh from 25th May to 05 June. Now news is Srinagar National Highway Closed Due to Landslide. please suggest : 1. Any alternate route 2. should be cancel or delay the trip 3. Is this clear by tomorrow, any update.

Thanks in advance, Amit Thakur

First of all, hats off to your painstaking efforts to make all this knowledge available to the public!

I plan to visit Ladakh in the first week of September (flying in to Leh, and have 7 full days excluding the travel days). Solo traveler, but don’t want to be too adventurous. So how feasible is to tie up with some travel agency or hotel in Leh, so that they can add me to an existing group after I arrive in Leh? Or should I try to arrange everything beforehand?

I don’t want to go running around for accommodation or transport options everywhere but I don’t want to book a full package from Delhi/Mumbai. I am ok with a little above budget travel, but not too exorbitant. My itinerary is flexible (you can assume the usual places for first timers–Leh, Nubra valley, Pangong, maybe Tso Moriri).

Any tips would be helpful.

Hi Paritosh – It all depends on how you are planning to move around in Leh. Planning on your own will cost you less than joining some tour group.

But getting shared rides and accommodation on my own would be easy? I mean ok not to plan it all ahead months in advance? I don’t want to reach Leh and then find out that the only option I have is to hire a private taxi all for myself 🙂

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Dear Paritosh. I stayed in a Hostel named Zostel (Shaheen Guest House) Very reasonabley priced and u can share taxi ride pillion with other guests staying there. There is a notice board where u can requeast for a trip or offer shared trips. Works well in good season.

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The articles you have written are extremely helpful for all the travelers out there who wish to visit Leh, this almost looks like Wikipedia. 🙂

I am looking for some inputs from your end for my Manali-> Leh–> Srinagar adventure and its going to be a solo. Any tips from you on this is highly appreciated.

Below is my plan.

28th June : Bangalore to Delhi via flight and board evening bus to Manali. 29th June : Explore Manali 30th June : Manali to leh via Keylong 1st July : Reach Leh and explore Leh 2nd July : Leh to Nubra Valley 3rd July : Nubra to Leh 4th July : Leh to Pangong Tso 5th July : Pangong Tso to Leh 6th July : Explore Leh 7th July : Leh to Sriningar 8th July : Reach Srinagar in the morning and take flight in the afternoon to Bangalore.

Note : I am on a budget trip and mostly want to utilize only public bus and choose shared taxi only in worst case. I often go on high altitude mountain treks so not much issue on mountain sickness.

Thanks in advance. Vinutha

Hi Vinutha – Thank you for your kind words. Your itinerary looks good and doable.

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Hello sir Kindly help me about m visiting to ladhak with my wife

9th July – reaching Leh 

10night – nubra

11- pangong 

12 – Leh ( or I should visit some other place and from there can move to Kargil )

13- Kargil 

14- Srinagar hotel drop ( Srinagar hotel not needed in package ) 

6 days 5 nights 

Couple Is it ok , should I go to somewhere else rather then coming back to Leh on 12 th. From there I can move to Kargil . Do u have something to say about Srinagar boat houses to stay over night

Kindly reply my khan

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Bro.. I going to ladhak leh via jammu Srinagar Kargil leh manali chandigarh. In btw August 24th to sep3.. Is it a good time to visit

Yes this is a good time to go Sandeep. But make the final call in August only after checking how the Monsoon trends this year.

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Bhai ji namaskar,

Hum 3log(family) 12june ko lucknow se nikalenge via jammu,srinagar. Hum leh ladakh aur spiti ek sath karna chahte hai Humne jo circuit socha hai wo aapko day by day bata du.(ambala,patnitop,sonmarg,leh,siachin base camp,dikshit,meerak,hanley,tsomoriri,upshi,keylong,kaza,chandigarh,delhi,lucknow.) Mere paas nexon petrol hai aur main har baat ke liye prepare rehna chahta hu kyuki mere alawa meri family me dono ladies hai(age-36&38). So agar aap humari trip plan karne me humari help kare to aapke aabhari rahenge. Budget hotels,medication,reserve fuel,aur jo kuch bhi hume sath carry karna chahiye jo hume nahi pata hota aur bure waqt me jarurat pad sakti ho. Is pure circuit ko kaise plan kare.? Kab kaha ruke aur kis route ko follow kare.? Jaise hum leh se khardungla ho ke siachin base camp ja ke dikshit ya huntar rukna chahte hai aur next day agham shyok ho ke panggong jana chahte hai. Meerak isliye rukna socha kyuki pata chala waha budget stay mil jayega jabki aur jagah per kaafi mehnga hai. Hum night stay under 800-1000 me karna chahte hai. Aur jo aapse advice ho jaye wo us hisaab se taiyari kar lenge.

Ye trip humari family ka sapna hai bhaiji aur aapse behtar guide hume nahi mil sakta so please humari is trip ko achchi yaado wali trip banane me humari help kare. Hume aapke guidence ka intzaar rahega

Kitne din ke liye trip plan kar rahe ho aap?

15-18din ke liye

Bhaiji i am still waiting

Bhaiji namaskar,

Aaj permit apply kar raha tha so confuse ho gaya kyuki usme agham shyok ho ke pangong jane ka koi route permit nahi show ho raha hai Ek option me khardungla warshi tkyashi and 2nd option me karu changla durbuk meerak hai So kaise kya kiya jayega.?

Namaskar Pushkar Bhai – Shyok road ka alag se koi permit nahi hota. Aapko Nubra Valley aur Pangong ke hi permits hain. Shyok road ke liye bhi vahi chal jaayenge. Vaise online permit na hi ho. Vahan jakar on the spot hi le lena kyunki stamp karane ke liye office toh aapko jana hi padega.

Thanks bhai

Bhai what about urination facility in arround leh and ladakh? Actually bhai jis tarah hume paani pite rehna hai to jahir hai ki washroom jana hi padega and hum logo ko to utni problem nahi hai but ladies ke liye to ye problem hi hai raaste me travel karte time.? So tell me on route facelities.(example – leh khardungla to nubra.

Koi intezaam nahi hai as such … beech beech mein chhote dhaabe vagerah aate rehte hain, vahan dekh sakte ho

Bhai humne aapse kaha tha ki 9ko nikalenge so according to that 13ko leh me honge aur fir nubra(warshi,turtuk) aur pangong(via agham syok) ke baad hum leh se keylong aur waha se kaza jayenge. Bhai ab tak koi road status (open or close) nahi pata chala hai aapke paas koi update hai to please hume bataiye ya hum kaha se pata kar sakte hai.? 1. Leh-keylong 2. Keylong-kaza

Pushar Bhai 10 tareekh tak khulne ki ummeed hai is waqt baaki aage toh sab BRO par depend kar sakta hai. Pakki confirmed date koi hai hi nahi.

Bhai main akela hi meri nexon drive karne wala hu pura circuit me koi suggetions.? Aur bhai Maine tyre puncture kit , towing rope, oxygen can, tyre inflator, pressure gauge, nylon rope (in case skid anywhere so make snow chain), camphor, chocolates, glucose, electrol, dryfruits, diamox, medical kit with ibrufen ye prepare kar liya hai so anything else which i forgot.?

Bhai any suggetions.?

Nahi Bhai .. kaafi hai. Jerry Cans bhi rakh lo ek do 5 ya 10 liters wali spare fuel carry karne ke liye.

Gaadi mein heater use mat karna drive karte hue. Band gaadi mein heater chalega toh vahan mountain sickness ho sakti hai. Sheesha halka khula rakh kar hi chalana.

Vargis Bhai Thanks alot for the information. Hoping to meet you somewhere amidst beautiful mountains of ladakh. Will be eagerly waitng to share my enthralling experience with you. Have a gud life ahead.

You are welcome Pushkar Bhai. It will be a pleasure to meet you sometime. I was actually going to ask you that myself, that do let me know how your trip went after you return.

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Hi mr. Vargis, kindly let me know how and from where can I get permit for UMLING LA.

Hi Vatsal – Umling La is still off limits for tourists

Thanks a lot Mr. Vargis

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Hi, Vargis. Is it true that solo foreigners are barred from taking public transportation e.g. public bus, shared taxi, etc.? Aside from permit, bike rental and sensitive zone, is there any other restriction for foreigners to travel solo in this region?

No such restriction at all. The only restriction is accessibility to some close to border areas deemed as unsafe for foreign nationals

Hi All, There are enough accomm available in and around Pangong Lake. Some camps have been demolished but not all. I stayed in one yesterday and there were other biker groups. Roughly 100 pax can stay frm what i noticed. This is right nxt to lake. And more accomm available in Spangmik.

Thanks Premjit for sharing that information

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Superb article Vargisji. We are travelling to Leh via Srinagar on 20th May. Considering the extended winter season. Will the road to Leh be opened till then. Also, we will be halting first day at sonamarg. Second at kargil. Third and fourth at leh. Then one night halt at nubra and one at pangong. And then back to Leh. Is the schedule.

Hopefully we will be able to get over the AMS.

Also was curious to know if we get any shops / villages or hotels in between the road trips. Or is it hours of journey before you see any faces.

Hello Rajesh Ji, Thank you for your appreciating words.

1. Road – Yes it will be open by 20th May 2. Schedule – Yes it is OK and I am assuming that you are traveling by your own vehicle? 3. Yes, since you are traveling at a relaxed pace, you will be able to get over AMS 4. There are plenty of shops in between

Great.. thanks Vargisji.. thanks for the reply. Keep posting about this beautiful place.

Yes we will have a hired SUV for the entire journey. Any idea when the sunrise and sunset takes place around in May 20. Heard that it rises early and the trip would be better if we start early and end early in the evening.

What actually we can eat /drink to cope up with high altitude and the cold weather. We are Jains so have restrictions in food eating.

Yes, starting early in the day is always the best thing to ensure that you are reaching your destination well in time. For AMS, please take a look at the post below. Nothing specific that yuo need to eat really.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/dealing-acute-mountain-sickness-ladakh/

Any updates on Srinagar leh highway opening date?

Also, camping at pangong as per your blog is banned. So where can we stay in case we need to spend a night nearby the river..

Also, any idea about the temperature difference likely in next one month. Currently they are hovering in the single digit.. can they touch double digit in next one month or so..

Srinagar Leh highway – May 1st Camping at Pangong – It was banned earlier but as per the latest update, it will probably get allowed again at some distance from the lake Temperature – Days will be pleasantly warm but nights will be very cold

Updates on Camping in Pangong please Vargis ji.. Also how is the route from Nubra to Pangong.. is it open and safe?

There are still a few camp sites operating at a little distance from the lake Rajesh Ji.

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Camping at Pangong lake has been stopped by the Leh administration.

There are camps operating in Pangong now. At a distance from Lake. Not in the lake.

Thanks Premjit

I must thank you Vargis I had completed my trip between 23rd April and 1st May. Road conditions throughout is as expected. Leh – Fotu La good roads except broken stretches on Lamayuru – Fotu La. Snow on stretches reaching and leaving Khardung La. Generally good roads around Nubra. Diskit to Pangong has some broken stretches. 2 or 3 stream crossings. All manageable. Changla Pass was the toughest part. Lot of snow and traffic jams caused by inexperienced drivers/riders (me included) 🙂 Roads are bad descending Chang La towards Karu. Becomes really good nearing Karu till Ladakh.

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An extraordinary article for the general population who need to head out to Ladakh… Making a trip to Ladakh has dependably been in my container list… This will unquestionably help as a kind of perspective

Thank you for the appreciating note !!!

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Hi I am planning for a Leh trip in June second week. Reaching Leh by Delhi Manali Leh bus.Next day to visit Pangong Tso and return Leh by shared taxi. We 8 people are coming. So if we hire one taxi what would be estimate? and any other places can be covered on the way tovisit on the same day? Similarly direct bus to Srinagar will be available from Leh that time? Details please

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Hi Vargis, planning first visit to Leh with my wife. Please can you help in listing down the must visit places nearby. Plan is for 6-7 days. Will plan an itinerary based on your inputs.

The trip is planned in mid of May from Bangalore. And budget is 20k per person. Is it best to have a package trip or plan our own itinerary?

These are the places in my mind(may be not in order) 1. leh 2. kargil 3. khardungla 4. nubra valley – same as visit to diskit? 5. pangong 6. tso moriri

Also needed to know the camping options in the visited places to further places if it saves time.

Also, please let me know the cheapest and fastest way to Leh from Bangalore.

5night 6 days Per Person Rs 18000 (excluding GST) Inclutions Taxi for 5 days 6th day drop at Airport or bus stand Accommodation at 3* hotel reenam or similar Lunch and dinner Local sightseeing Note : Camping has been stopped by Leh administration. Although visit is possible

Day-1 : Leh local Sightseeing Stay at hotel reenam: 2 night Visit to Spituk Monastery, Magnetic hill, Sangam of Zangakar & Indus river, military Hall of Fame. Afternoon visit to Shanti Stupa (Japanes monastery), Leh royal Palace. Evening at Leh market for shopping Overnight at Leh.

Day-3: Leh to Nubra Valley Stay at nubra organic retreat: 2 night Morning drive to Nubra Valley 125km crossing Khardongla Pass 18360 ft, the world highest motorable pass. At the top of Khardongla enjoy the nature beauty of snowcapped Himalayan mountains and feel the closeness to Siachen Glacier. Afternoon visit to Diskit and Hunder Monasteries and the white sand dunes. Take a Camel Safari on the double humped camels. Overnight at Nubra valley

Day-5: Nubra Valley to Tsomoriri Lake Stay at Tsomoriri lake view hotel or Tromoriri camp : 1 night

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Hi Vargis, this blog is really informative. Great effort. i am planning for a trip in 1st part of this July along with another friend. Looking forward to start & end our trip of Leh-Ladakh from Amritsar. Wanted to know about renting bikes from there. Will it be good idea? As u had said few issues such as at Leh where we won’t be able to use other city rented bikes thr.

Hi Jijin – If you rent motorcycle from anywhere outside of Leh City, it can only be used to reach Leh. For visiting any other areas in Ladakh, you will have to rent another set of bikes from Leh and leave your Amritsar bikes parked at the hotel.

Thanks for the reply Vargis. Apart from that any other issues in renting bike from Amritsar? Do we get many options for of d bikes & rental companies there? Any suggestions from your end?

No, that is the only issue. I am sorry but I do not have any rental contacts in Amritsar..

Hey Vargis wanted to understand on the rental of bikes at Leh. To go to Nubra Valley, Pangang Tso, Tso Moriri, etc we have to hire the bike locally from Leh?? Or if we can connect these places together (without coming to Leh) and continue on our bike which we will rent from Amritsar.

That is correct. You cannot rent a bike and take it to anywhere in Ladakh. For sightseeing, you will have to rent a local bike in Leh

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Hello dear.. Can you please suggest whether the bike tour packages offered for leh trip is worthy or not.. If yes that what should be the best price.. I and my husband are planning to do a Srinagar to leh to Manali trip on bike this summer.. Your valuable opinion would be most appreciated

Hello Sneha – It all depends on what the tour package includes but yes they can be a good choice if you do not want to ride solo. Hard to predict a price because it will depend on the package.

Thank you Vargis for such prompt reply

You are welcome Sneha !!!

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Hii Vargis, I’m from Gujarat, booked the flights for Chandigarh round trip 1st june to 9th june. And I want to plan a tour to Leh. It would be so nice of you to help me plan out the itinerary for the same. I wish to visit Manali, Jispa, Leh, Nubra and Pangong. Thanks a lot.

I have prepared a rough layout. Please help me out with it. Thanks. 1st June – Arrive in Chandigarh Airport at 11:45 a.m. , Reach Manali by night. Night stay in manali 2nd June – Manali to Jispa 3rd June – Jispa to Leh 4th June – Sightseeing around Leh 5th June – Leh to Nubra (where should we slend overnight in Nubra?) 6th June – Nubra to Pangong (which route should we take?) 7th June – ??? 8th June – ??? to Manali, Departure from Manali to Chandigarh 9th June – Reach Chandigarh Airport before 1:30 pm

I’m confused what to do on 7th june? Please help!

Hi Rutul – First of all, how are you planning to travel after you have landed in Chandigarh and throughout the duration of your trip.

Thanks for replying Vargis. Actually We are a group of 7. From Chandigarh we will take a volvo bus till Manali. And then share taxi cab till Leh. Then we are planning to rent motorbikes around Leh. If we rent motorbikes from Leh to travel to Nubra and Pangong we will have to come back to Leh to return the bikes but I guess we do not have enough time to return back Leh. So if you can suggest any ideas!

Your itinerary looks Ok till Pangong. From Nubra to Pangong, you will reach via Shyok route. However, if you come back to Manali on Leh registered bike and left those there, you will have to pay about 10-15k more per bike over and above the rental. There is really no way around it. Either take it back to Leh or pay the money.

Yeah I am aware of that! So I guess we will have to opt for a car instead of bikes! But I want to know is that where should we plan to be on the 7th and 8th of june. I mean is there any place where we can have a hault(or spend a night) when traveling from Pangong to Manali?

And will the roads be open in may end-june beginning?

Yes the roads will be all open by then.

Yes you could opt for a taxi as well but know that it will cost you way more. Take an estimate of about 40k for Leh – Nubra – Pangong – Manali journey; could even be more. If you are OK with the price then it would be a good choice. From Pangong, come back to either Pang or Sarchu and stay there for the night. Next day, do Pang/Sarchu to Manali. If taxi is not within budget, then you would to add a day to your plan, go back to Leh from Pangong, drop the bikes and then either catch a bus for Manali; or board a shared taxi.

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Since you explored ladakh area many times, I want to ask Can I go from Jispa – Zanskar Sumdo – Purne- Anmo – Padum on Motorcycle (specifically from Purne to Anmo ) What about road conditions, i want to go in summers. Waiting your reply Vargis Bhai….

Rohit Bhai the road connecting Jispa and Padum is not yet complete so no, you cannot take this road right now.

Thanks for replying

Hi, I have plan to ride Cgarh – Kargil – Ladakh and return via same route or via Rohtang between April 22 – May 1. Do u think it is doable wrt weather conditions?

Srinagar Leh route yes but not via Manali. That will not open at least until Mid May

Thank you. If i plan one side via Killar – Kistwar is it better doing onward journey or while returning? Or it doesnt matter 🙂

You mean take Killar Kishtwar route to exit on Manali Leh highway? Even that will not be possible before late May. Sach Pass opens sometimes in early June to be exact.

No instead of taking pathankot was thinking of doing via dalhousie – killar – kistwar – srinagar one way.

Same thing. From Dalhousie you will have to take the Sach Pass route via Bairagarh which won’t be open till late May or early June

I understand now. So if i want to experience the “cliffhanger” only option is to ride back and forth on the way back if time permits. Thank you for the clarification. Will update the road condition and details as i start the trip. Cheers.

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Hi vargis, My trip is planned like hiring bike from Chandigarh and the rout is like Chandigarh – Jammu – Srinagar- kargil- leh- Pangong- manali – Chandigarh. Would spend some time to gulmarg and other places as well. I appanning to go by mid of May month and it’s 2 weeks trip. Will the routs are open and climate is ok for bike ride on that time ? Please give me your suggestions if there any changes to be made . Thanks

Hi Ajmal – Yes the route via Srinagar will be all open by Mid-May but it really depends on the weather.

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We are planning to visit Leh on 19th oct 2018 by flight and will be right back by 26th oct. and we are planning to rent a bike tell me is it possible in a week. We r three people

Hi Shaifali – Sorry about the delayed response. Yes it is possible but do pack and prepare for cold weather since you are planning on riding around a bike.

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Need urgent help..We stuck in leh due to rain.we have to go to nubra today but roads closed.our driver said to shift plan further by one day but we have to come back at same day we were coming because permit can’t be extended..We will miss turtuk and hot water springs.. Please guide.

Hi Mandeep – Sorry about the delayed reply. I missed your question until now.

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Hello Vargis, I was eonderwon if you knew whether it is possible for tourists to visit Hanle on the PAP noe, or whether it is still of limits. We would love to visit the Observatory there!

Thank you, laura

Hi Lauradelee – Sorry to tell you but Hanle is completely off limits for foreign nationals due to security reasons. With a PAP, you can travel no further than Pangong Tso.

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Thanks for the elaborate & wonderful travel guide. I am planning to travel to Leh on 21st Sep and return on 02 nd Oct from Srinagar.

Day 1 – Arrive at Leh Day 2 – Leh – Enroute Khardungla – Nubra Valley Day 3 – Nubra – Turtuk – Nubra Day 4 – Nubra – Leh Day 5 – Leh – Pangong Day 6 – Pangong to Tsomoriri Day 7 – Tso Moriri – Leh Day 8 – Head to Kargil Day 9 – Kargil to Srinagar Day 10 – Srinagar Day 11 – Day trip of Gulmarg Day 12 – Flight

Will book a car with a driver.

This is my itinerary, please could you let me know if I am need to add any more places in ladakh

Many Thanks Sourav

You do not have to come back to Leh from Nubra. You can go directly to Pangong from there. Plan it like this.

Day 1 – Arrive at Leh Day 2 – Leh – Enroute Khardungla – Nubra Valley Day 3 – Nubra – Turtuk – Nubra Day 4 – Nubra – Pangong via Shyok road Day 5 – Pangong – Hanle via Chushul Day 6 – Hanle to Tsomoriri Day 7 – Tso Moriri – Leh Day 8 – Head to Kargil Day 9 – Kargil to Srinagar Day 10 – Srinagar Day 11 – Day trip of Gulmarg Day 12 – Flight

Please can you tell me the approximate cost if I book a personal cab for my entire trip. Your prompt response will be really nice 🙂 Planning to book everything by this weekend. Need to plan my expenses accordingly. We are group of 4 ppl.

Talk to Nasir in Leh @ 9906229203. He runs his own taxi there and can give you the cost estimate.

Much Thanks for the prompt response. Any other place should I incorporate in my itinerary. In Nubhra, I am going to Hunder and turtuk.

In pangong I am planning to book royal camp, Apple Nubhra cottage in Nubhra and Tso moriri inn in karzok, Any idea or inputs, how are this place ?

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Hi Vargis, How is the situtation now in leh after cloudbusrt?

Hi Siddharth – Situation is fine and under control. It was just one village that was affected.

First of all I want to than you Mr. Vargis. I traveled to leh ladakh from 23rd June to 7th July. Your blog help me lot. Many places I have seen which other Traveller don’t know the name . I’m traveling again in Sept end. I want to ask you about one rout. Instead of going diskit via khardung la if we take this rout than how? Leh- thiksey- kari- chemrey- sakti- khalsar

Kindly reply

Thank you Vatsal. I think you are asking about the Wari La route. Take a look at this post please.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/nubra-valley-to-pangong-tso-via-wari-la/

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Thank you very much for providing such extensive information on your site. It has become my bible for Ladakh trip planning.

I will be traveling there from 3rd Aug to 19th Aug 2018 and I wanted to check with you couple of things –

1. Delhi-Srinagar-Kargil-Leh-Manali-Delhi Route: how rainy will that route be, is that area prone to landslides as well? Is it safe security wise to go during that time especially since it is around Independence day (yesterday also there were couple of shootings in Srinagar)?

2. Manali Leh Manali route: I am expecting that I won’t find much rains after crossing Rohtang pass but since it has been raining very heavily that side in past few days, will it be safe to travel due to landslides,cloud bursts,strong flowing streams etc?

Hi Rishabh – It can rain anywhere anytime these days brother, there is no telling. Ladakh is in a rain shadow area and it is not supposed to be raining there at all but these days, it rains even in Ladakh too. Fried of mine just came back yesterday and they encountered rain at Pangong – Hanle route. So the only thing to do is to prepare well for the rain and travel carefully.

Hi Vargis, thank you for providing such fantastic information – it has been an immense help in planning our trip!!

I was wondering if you could advise what electricuty sockets we’re likely to find throughout Manali, Leh, Nubra, Pangong region. I’ve read both 2 pin and 3 pins but I was wondering if one of more common.

I appreciate electricity might be scarce or limited in some areas, but I would at least like to have the best adapters!

Hi Lauradelee – There is really no definite telling, entirely depends on the choice of the hotel owner. But yes, 2 pins are more common than 3 pins.

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Hello Vargis , Actually m going 2 Ladakh 1st tym , so i don’t have any Idea about routes , but i want 2 cover d below places

Leh Khardungla Pass Magnetic hill Pangong Lake Rohtang Pass Spiti valley Killar valley (complete cliffhanger route) Sach pass

So can i cover all these in circuit & how many days it will take to travell all these places & btw my 1st priority is Killar valley & Sach Pass , specially High Passes & is Umlingla accessable now or not or any other High passes with in these places route

If you want to cover Ladakh, Spiti and Pangi all n the same trip then you need at least 3 weeks to do it. Umling La is off limits for tourists so you cannot go that way; at least not this year.

Thanx 4d reply & ya i can spent 3 weeks 4 it , but can u plz suggest the route

You are welcome. How are you traveling and from where?

M travelling 4rm bike , 4rm Lucknow (UP)

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Hi Mr. Khan,

I am an avid admirer of your blog. It has some fantastic information about Spiti Valley & Leh-Ladakh. The reason I am writing this is I am planning a road trip to Leh-Ladakh in May-June next year. We shall be travelling in group of 6 people of 28-35 age in a single SUV. Following is the itinerary I customised for this trip. The trip has to be complete within 10 days due to time constraint. Please look into it if it shall be possible & it would be very helpful if you can tell me how much the approximate trip cost shall be incurred per person (no breakup needed) as I shall have to pitch it to my fellow travellers. Day 1 Delhi-Patnitop Day 2 Patnitop-Sonamarg Day 3 Sonamarg-Leh (Lamayuru Monastery, Likir Monastery) Day 4 Leh Local sightseeing (Leh Palace, Santi Stupa, Get Inner Line Permit) Day 5 Leh-Nubra Valley (Khardung La Pass, Diskit Monastery) Day 6 Nubra Valley-Pangong Lake (Shey Palace, Thicksey Monastery, Hemis Monastery) Day 7 Pangong Lake-Hanle-Chumathang (Chusul, Hanle Observatory, Hanle Monastery) Return to Chumathang for night stay Day 8 Chumathang-Tso Moriri-Sarchu (Tso Moriri Lake, Tso Kar Lake) Day 9 Sarchu-Manali (Keylong & Khardung La Pass) Day 10 Manali-Delhi

Hello Mr. Das,

Giving a cost estimate will really be tough because it will actually depend on lot of factors, fuel cost being the highest, accommodation next. The route above will have you drive about 3500 kilometers so depending on your car’s mileage, you can do the math. At an average, keep a minimum budget of Rs. 2000 per room for accommodation, Rs 1000 per person. Rest of the expenses will really depend on you. Take a look at the article below.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/calculate-minimum-budget-for-ladakh-trip/

Your itinerary too would have to be changed a bit. Sonamarg to Leh will be a very long journey. so you must start early, by first light of the day. You cannot cover Hanle on Day 7 and then reach Chumathang, that is just not possible. You will have to give up Hanle and head straight to Karzok on this day. Do Karzok to Sarchu on Day 8 and then to Manali and Delhi.

Hi Mr. Khan, Thanks a lot for your response. Actually I forgot to mention that we shall be going to Leh-Ladakh trip in hired car as we are from Kolkata & hence it shall not be possible for us to self drive. Also we prefer budget accommodation. I just wanted to know how much shall be our gross cost of the trip. Thanks again for your input.

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A great article for the people who want to travel to Ladakh… Traveling to Ladakh has always been in my bucket list… This will surely help as a reference

Thank you for appreciating !!!

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We are planning a trip to Leh in Mid October. I have heard from people that its not advisable to stay overnight at Pangong in that season as it will be very chilly. But bloggers and travelers have strongly recommended an overnight stay in Pangong to completely absorb its beauty. Would you recommend staying overnight at Pangong in mid October 2018. Also, would you recommend Alpine Huts for that stay. I am really planning to book one of them. Thanks in advance

Hi Mansi – Yes, if you are going to Pangong then a night stay there is highly recommended. Without it, you will barely touch the lake and start on your way back to Leh. Huts are a great choice for stay, better than some of the camp sites actually.

Thanks for the prompt reply. Would bug you again in case of any questions 🙂

You are welcome !!! 🙂

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Hi Vargis, this is Swati here from Doha. I plan to visit leh by flight from Delhi. I will be travelling alone. Kindly assist me in simple safe itinerary with best hotels and not sure what is the best camp in pangong(as I heard there are no hotels there) I prefer a short trip of 5-7days max as I will be leaving behind my 4 year old son with my husband and in laws, so I need to get back asap as this will be my first-time leaving my son behind, so I might be very anxious. Is the idea of going to leh and nearby places alone crazy or I should not think so much and go for it? How do i commute to all these places? Money is not a problem so pls suggest me the best hotels and transportation. Your blog is amazing. No amount of thanks is enough.planning to travel on 24th July till 31st July.thanks.

We will be visiting from the UK in September. Can you tell me if it possible to obtain 2 consecutive protected area permits, so that we will have access for 14 days?

I know it is not always possible to extend a permit, so I wondered if this option is possible, as we will have 2 weeks to enjoy your beautiful country and we would like to spread out our visits to each place.

Many thanks Laura

Hi Lauradelee – As far as I know, you would not get 2 consecutive permits but the best person to answer that would be a travel agent. These guys have contacts and he may be able to manage you a permit for 14 days.

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Hi, Vargis ..

We are planning a trip from to Leh.

We plan as follow:

Day 1-Arrive in leh Day 2-Leh to Nubra Day 3-Nubra to Pangong Day 4-Pangong to Leh Day 5-Leh to tso moriri Day 6-Tso moriri to leh Day 7- Leh to Manali

Is this itinerary possible ?? can he hire cab/ taxi from leh for day 7 and drop it in manali and what will be the approximate cost involved .

Please guide

Yes the itinerary is doable. For taxi in Ladakh, please contact Nasir @ 9906229203. He runs his own taxi in Ladakh and will be able to give you a cost estimate.

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Hi Vargis Sir,, give me your email please, i will write up my experience of my travel to ladakh. Things are much changed as compared to previous years

eg: if you are on a tight schedule, then it will be hard to get a sharing taxi during peak season (cabs are less & tourist are more), you will have to go to a agency and ask and make a deal as those agencies put sharing crowd in tempo travelers. but this happens rarely now I’l give you details

Hi Jack Bhai,

My email is [email protected]

I will be very glad to publish your post on the blog. Definitely share some tips please that can be of help to others.

Sent you details 🙂

Got it brother. Just one more thing. Can you also write a few lines about yourself and send it? I would like to add a “About Jack Dcosta” box at the bottom of the article.

Thanks, emailed you!

Got it. Thanks brother.

Hi Vargis, did you upload my post?, if yes, share the link… thnkx in advance

Hi Jack – Posted at the links below.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/ladakh-travelogue/

http://roadragas.com/index.php?threads/ladakh-diaries-a-trip-to-remember.4012/

Sahi yaar. thnkx 🙂 My next trip is shimla manali, so i would be going through again on all your posts for rohtang pass, spiti valley, & chandratel lake… Thanks again

That is awesome. When are you planning Spiti?

next year june..Spiti or chandratel, this time with my mum

You should do Spiti and Chandratal both. These days I actually like Spiti better than Ladakh. Way less crowded.

Correct, Ladakh is become very crowded with lot traffic these days. Do you have any contact for this Spiti & Chandratal taxi package or have to search by own for taxi or agency in Manali

Sorry bro, don’t have any contacts for taxi or agencies.

Acha no worries..

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Hello Vargis, Please check if some modifications required in the itinerary we have planned for our trip Please confirm if there will be issues in going directly from Nubra to Pangong and Pangong to Tso moriri (though the travel agent confirmed its feasible) Also will there be issue of AMS because we will be staying overnight at Pangong at Moriri which are relatively at higher altitudes.

waiting for your suggestions. Thanks you in advance

18th August: Land at Srinagar airport and rents car for and directly move towards sonamarg and stay overnight

19th August: Move from sonamarg towards kargill and stay overnight at kargill

20th August: Move from kargill towards Leh covering magnetic hill, gurudwara, hall of fame, lamayuru and confluence of Indus and zanskar Spend evening in leh

21st August: Local day in leh visiting shey, thiskey and stock palace Overnight at hotel

22nd August: Guided Drive to nubra valley Stay overnight

23rd August Do atv activity and camel ride on sand dunes drive towards pangong lake Over night stay at pangong

24th August After breakfast leave for tso mori lake and stay overnight tso mori

25th August After breakfast leave for leh

26th August Leave by morning flights

Your itinerary is fine Chandan but how are you planning to go from Pangong to Moriri? The permits for Chushul route are not being issued this year so you will have to come back from Pangong to Leh and then go to Moririri.

Hi Vargis, the agent confirmed there is no issue of permits currently. :/

Thanks Chandan. I too heard back that permits are now being issued for Chushul route.

I am not sure abt the trip from Pangong to tso moriri, our local hired driver in leh told us that this year, no permits will be issued on this route, and the route will be closed for tourists. Some issue happened last year regarding a tourist rider who went on this route and lost his way and passed the checkpost without checking in – out and some mismatch became regarding entry and exit of vehicles along that way… so just keep in mind

Regarding AMS.. the key point is dont do any activity in haste manner, just walk slow 7 dont exhaust yourself if you feel you are going out of breath, just sit down, have good amount of water and relax for few mins

Thanks Jack. And yes, You are right. They were not issuing permits for Chushul route and Hanle earlier this year but have started now.

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Sir, we are planning to start our journey from 8th june to 17th .Following are the iternery 1. Chandigarh to solang Valley. will stay one night. 8th jun 2. Solang to Jispa.will stay for one night 3. Jispa to Upsi. we r avoiding sarchu due to ams.but What about accomodation? 4. Upsi to leh. Actually we have 10 days only.so we have doubt should we go to Ladhak or not? Can u tell us best possible iternery. we r only 2 on a single bike.Actually we r more concerned abt Ams. Also I have migraine prblm. Should I worry reaching leh?

Hi Vipul – Why do you want to stay at Upshi? There is nothing there and it is hardly 1 hour away from Leh. Why not go directly to Leh?

Hello sir, Actually we have doubt whether we will be able to make it to leh or not from Jispa or not. Also tell us should we carry fuel or not. We have avenger 220

Yes you can make it to Leh from Jispa but just make sure that you start by first light of the day. Regarding fuel, please take a look at the post below.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/fuel-availability-in-leh-ladakh-manage/

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Vargis Bhai, Hats off to your efforts to provide info. and guidance for Ladakh travellers like us.

We are leaving on 1st June morning from Chandigarh in 2010 model Maruti SX Zxi ( 2 couples – 4 person in total ) . Hoping for no issue with the vehicle. . Will reach Jammu ( 1st) , Srinagar (2nd) , Kargil(3rd) & Leh (4th June). Return via manali starting from Leh on 11th June . No hotel booking done so far. Kindly advice on hotel availability and road conditions and availability of Petrol in Nubra and Leh Manali highway cos I don’t want to carry petrol can in my car due to safety hazards. Thanks & Regards. – Pradeep

Pradeep Bhai – Sorry about delayed response. I guess you are already on your way by now.

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Hi vargis bhai, Loved your article for planning a trip to ladakh. I am planning a trip to ladakh next july with my cousins I know its too early to ask,but if you could help me out with the itinerary for around 7-10 days. And which route will be best as i am really adventure junkie for to and fro travel. And lastly is it advisable to do self camping while on the trip maybe near leh or any place in between any recognisable nearby stop or village.

Vikram Bhai – Thank you for your kind words. Where are you traveling from and how are you traveling? You can definitely camp on your own but not everywhere. There are several dhabas en route and it would be wise to camp close to a dhaba rather than in the middle of nowhere.

Hi Varghis bhai,

Thanks for your response.

Day1-I will be travelling from mumbai by flight and will meet my cousins in jammu who stay there.

Day 2- From Jammu we are planning to go srinagar and maybe halt there for sighseeting that day.

Day 3- Leave for Leh.

Currently we have i20 vehicle for journey and we are 5 people.

But we are trying to arrange for an SUV as it is more comfortable and safe and maybe couple of more guys may join us after that.

So pls advise for remaining itinerary Including at what places to stay during journey.

I am travelling for the first time to ladakh and want places like pangong lake, Nubra Valley etc to be covered.and other must see places.as well.

We are planning 7 days for Ladakh places only

So kindly suggest places as per 7 days

And then while returning planning to come by Manali route.

And as before pls suggest places for stay during there as well.

Lastly, pls sugget cost of petrol per person if we go by I20 or if we plan to go by Suv for Jammu- Srinagar- Leh- Manali route

7 days will be a bit of rushed journey but you can travel in the following manner.

1. Srinagar to Kargil 2. Kargil to Leh 3. Leh (Arrange permits) 4. Leh to Nubra Valley (Diskit) 5. Diskit to Pangong via Shyok road 6. Pangong to Pang / Sarchu 7. Pang Sarchu to Manali

For cost estimate, please take a look at this article.

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Hello vargisji Can u suggest me an itinerary for my parents for leh, nubra, pangong and tsomoriri and whatever sightseeing they can do while travelling through that way. They will be reaching on 16th Aug and will need to catch return flight on 24th Aug. And if any time is left they would like to visit zanskar and kargil.

Kindly suggest

Hello Vivek Ji – They are reaching there by flight and then hiring a local taxi, right? Or are they reaching there by road?

They will be reaching there by flight and then will hire a local taxi for the trip

kindly suggest the itinerary

Hello Vivek Ji,

They can follow the itinerary below.

16th – Leh – Rest and arrange permits 17th – Leh to Kargil 18th – Kargil to Leh 19th – Leh to Nubra Valley (Diskit) 20th – Nubra valley to Pangong via Shyok road 21st – Pangong to Leh 22nd – Leh to Tso Moriri 23rd – Moriri to Leh 24th – Fly Out

Dear vargisji Thanks for the reply.

Is there anything to see or visit in Kargil. As my tour operator is saying that one should visit Kargil only if one visit Zanskar as there is nothing to see In Kargil. So need ur help

There is not much to see in Kargil but since it is your parents, it will be better for them to not rush through the journey and rest in Kargiil before coming back. For coming back to Leh, they can travel via Batalik as well.

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Hai.. vargis

We are 6 in member , we are planning the trip for leh on sep,2018 can u jst suggest me what should be the better way to reach lah and visit all the places of leg. Our trip is for 7- 10 days at max

Hi Jyotishree, How are you traveling and from where?

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Jyotishree Madam, My best half and I will be visiting Leh Ladakh during Sep 2018 for 10 days max. I have prepared the itinerary and sending to vargis khan for suggestions. once the itinerary is finalised i will post it in the road raga forum and you can decide upon that. We are in 40s age from Chennai and pure veg, preferring Home Stays and Tourist Shared SUVs for our Trip via Srinagar route. Regards Sundar

Hello Mr. Chennai – Please let me know what your itinerary is and I will be happy to advise.

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Vargis Bhai

We have arrived leh and planning for pangong tso tomorrow, we have kids age 3 and 8 should we make plan to stay in pangong overnight or should go and come back same day bearing in mind small kids What sort of stay we may get in pangong I mean comfort and cozy. We have came via Srinagar by road

Thanks in advance

Sachin Bhai there are several camp sites at Pangong and they are quite warm and comfortable. I hope you are not planning to go to Pangong first. Please cover Nubra valley and then go to Pangong, thus giving more time for acclimatization. Nubra is actually at an even lower altitude than Leh so that will be helpful.

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I would be on Package Tour by Make My Trip, travelling from 21st May 2018 to 28th May 2018 ((7 Nights / 8 Days). We are group of 4. (Aged between 18 -45). Any thing to be arranged of my own or MMT will arrange every thing, which they are claiming to do. Any extra precaution to be taken by us, specially medication. What would be temperature during my stay period. What type of woolens to carry. Please advice

Hi Vinit – I am not sure about Makemytip or what arrangements they will make. Just carry some light woolens with a heavy warm and windproof jacket. Temperature will be warm enough during day but nights will get cold.

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Ok so the revised itinerary is Day 1 : Manali to Jispa night stay at jispa Day 2 : Jispa-Sarchu-leh night stay at Leh Day 3: leh local sightseen Day 4: Leh to Nubra Valley night stay at Nubra valley Day 5 : Nubra valley to Pangong lake Day 6: Pangong to leh Day 7: leh to Tso moriri via Chumatang Day 8: Tso moriri to Sarchu via Tso kar Day 9: Sarchu to Manali I think this should be fine or any suggestions from your side.

Hello Vargis, First of all i would like to thankyou for such detailed information. We are planning to explore Leh in first-second week of July by our own vehicle. I would like to share my itinerary. Please go throughit and suggest some changes based upon your vast experience. Day 1 : Manali to Jispa night stay at jispa Day 2 : Jispa-Sarchu-leh night stay at Leh Day 3: leh local sightseen Day 4: Leh to Nubra Valley night stay at Nubra valley Day 5 : Nubra valley to Pangong lake Day 6: Pangong to Tso Kar/Tso moriri Day 7: Tso kar/Tso moriri to Jispa Day 8: Jispa to Manali

You cannot go directly from Pangong to Tso Moriri via Chushul. Permits for that are not being issued this year. You will have to return to Leh and then go to Moriri the next day so please add that day in between here.

From Tso Moriri, Jispa will be way too long. Do Moriri to Pang / Sarchu and then to Manali the next day.

Thanks for your support. Whether we can go to Tso Kar from Pangog on Day 6 and on Day 7 Tso Kar to Sarchu and on Day 8 Sarchu to Manali.

No Amit. You cannot do Pangong to Moriri right now. You will have to ,

Pangong to Leh Leh to Moriri via Chumathang Moriri to Sarchu via Tso Kar Sarchu to Manali

amit bhai last year we went through this route. at the border of leh and sarchu we changed our car like we got into the j&k registered car and straight went to tsomoriri. from there next day we went to pangong lake and the day after we went to nubra. and last we went to leh. u can even do that if your travel agent of j&k arranges the car as i said

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Hello sir, I’ll be reaching leh by 19th of this month. I’m planning to visit three places nubra pangong and tsomoriri. I do not know how to drive a geared bike but I have been driving scooter for past 3years. I’ll be renting scooter from leh probably access 125cc. Will it be in good condition? I have read ur article pertaining to scooter ride to leh but my concern are the scooters available there serviced properly? What things should I pay attention too before renting a scooter? Any other tips for scooter ride for this year?

There are a lot of people offering bikes and Scooters on rent. Some of them are good and some bad. You will have to test ride a few to find a good one.

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Hello We 5 people are planning to go Leh from delhi via Srinagar on 11th may by car. All Boys

Please plan our itinary’thanks in Advance

Hi – How many days do you have for the trip?

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never seen such a lucid explanation capturing each and every nuance of the itinerary..great job bhai

Thanks Shakti Bhai for your kind words.

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I’m planning to do a complete circuit of spiti and leh and i’ll be travelling on my own vehicle (car) in june first week. I have prepared an itinerary for 14 days to cover both the places ( 4-5 days for Spiti valley and 7 days for Leh, nubra valley and pangong tso and tso moriri). However, wanted to be sure which route would be better to avoid AMS — (delhi -shimla -narkanda -chitkul -tabo -kaza -chandratal -keylong -leh) or (delhi -srinagar -leh – nubra valley -pangong tso -tso moriri – keylong -chandratal -tabo -kaza- chitkul -shimla -delhi) . Please advise as i would be travelling with my wife and friends. Also, please share any itinerary for the the complete trip (leh +Spiti).

Your suggestion will be great help for us…

Hi Abhi – Do Delhi, Shimla, Leh, Srinagar. It will be better this way. Let me know what your itinerary is and I can suggest any changes if required.

Thanks for your help. I have prepared the below itinerary for this trip which is completely based on google maps and few itineraries from your older posts. Please review and let me know if any changes are required.

Day 1 | Delhi – Shimla / Narkanda – SATURDAY (400 km/9-10 hrs) Day 2 | Narkanda -Sangla / Chitkul (Kinnaur Valley) – SUNDAY (185km/6 hrs) Day 3 | Chitkul – Pooh -Nako – Nako Lake – Geyu Mummy – Tabo – MONDAY ( 250km/ 5-6 hrs) Day 4 | Tabo – Dhankar – Dhankar Lake – kaza – Losar -kunzum la – Chandratal – TUESDAY ( 150km/ 5-6 hrs) Day 5 | Chandratal – battal – chatru – gramphu – rohtang pass – keylong – jispa – WEDNESSDAY ( 203km/ 4-5 hrs) Day 6 | Jispa – sarchu – pang – leh – THURSDAY (355km/8-9hrs) Day 7 | Leh Sight seeing + ILP – Friday Day 8 | Leh – khardung la – kardungla village – diskit – hunder – diskit – SATURDAY (140km/5hrs) Day 9 | Nubra valley to pangong tso (spangmik) via agham shyok – SUNDAY (190km/6-7hrs) Day 10 | Spangmik – Merak – Chushul – karzok (Tso Moriri) – MONDAY (210km/ 7-8 hrs) Day 11 | Karzok to Leh via shey, thiksey, stakna – TUSEDAY ( 211km /5-6 hrs) Day 12 | Leh – Kargil -Dras – WEDNESSDAY (280km/6-7 hrs) Day 13 | Dras – sonamarg – srinagar – patnitop – udhampur – THURSDAY (381km/ 11-12 hrs) Day 14 | Udhampur – pathankot – jalandhar – ludhiana – ambala – Delhi ( 624km/ 11-12hrs)

Please see my comments below.

Day 1 | OK Day 2 | Will be a very long drive so start as early as you can from Narkanda. Can even take 8 hours. Day 3 | Very long drive again. 8-9 hours Day 4 | Long drive, almost 8-9 hours Day 5 | 8-9 Hours Day 6 | 9-10 hours Day 7 | OK Day 8 | OK Day 9 | OK. But there is a chance that Shyok road may even remain closed. Day 10 | Cannot get permits for Chushul route this year, at least not for now. Day 11 | OK Day 12 | OK Day 13 | Extremely long drive Day 14 | Extremely Long drive

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Abhi bhai, can I join you in your trip

Hi Sateesh, I would be travelling with my family & friend (couple) so completely booked. However, we can definitely join together on the trip if you too want to follow the same itinerary. Regards, Abhi

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I googled where to travel on summer vacation and I reached on your post and Realized Leh Ladakh is nice adventure place. so I plan a trip for Leh Ladakh. Thanks for sharing

Thank you for taking the time to drop a note Karan. I appreciate it.

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Wow, awesome and very detailed blog. You have been very actively and genuinely answering to every query.

Thanks Mukesh Bhai

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Hi vargis Khan,

How will be August end to visit ladakh. Is this season good to visit and how will be the road conditions. Are there good chances of rain during this time..also the roads to nubra valley and pangong lake are open during this time. Also can you suggest itinerary for 7d during August end.

Hi Ravin Take a look at the article below below. Should answer most of your questions above visiting Ladakh in August.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/ladakh-in-monsoon-safe-trip/

Roads will remain all unless a recent landslide blocks any section of the road. Unless it is a massive landslide, BRO usually clears the road in a few hours.

Itinerary from where and how will you be traveling?

Hi vargish Khan,

Thanks for the information.. Then mid September can be planned? What about the rain in leh and also on leh to Manali. We will be to travel from leh to Manali through road during this time. Another point is we want to travel tso moriri lake. So how will be roads condition on this area during this time.

Yes September is actually the best time to travel to Ladakh and I will recommend it if you can change your plan to Sep. There will be rain at this time. Road conditions will be good too. You can go to Moriri but will first have to go to Leh to get the permits.

Vargish Bhai,

Sept 15-23 how will be weather . My point is we will face snowfall n all. N what about cold? Will it be more chilly in mid of Sept or normal temperature to visit. Thanks a lot in advance.

Ravin Bhai it usually starts to snow at Khardung La and Chang La top by mid Sep so yes, you may find snow there but there will not be a snowfall in the lower areas (towns). Weather will be about OK, pleasant days but cold nights.

Thanks vargis Bhai..but roads to nubra, pangong and tso moriri will be open during snow in mid September. Snowfall will be very heavy or it will be normal and visit these places with less blockage

Bhai Roads are all open in September, do not worry about that part at all. In September roads are in their best condition actually.

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Hi Vargis Bhai,

Please let me know if below plan is doable around 2nd week of June. We will be visiting local and on the ways places also.

Day 1–Delhi–Patnitop Day 2–Patnitop–Srinagar Day 3–Srinagar–Sonmarg Day 4–Sonmarg–Lamayuru Day 5–Lamayuru–Leh Day 6–Leh–Leh Day 7–Leh–Nubra Day 8–Nubra–Nubra Day 9–Nubra–Spangmik Day 10–Spangmik–TSO Moriri Day 11–TSO Morir–Sarchu Day 12–Sarchu–Manali Day 13–Manali–Delhi

Thanks Amit

Amit Bhai, how are you traveling? Riding your own bike I guess?

Just one change in the entire itinerary. Add one more day between Spangmik and Moriri. Plan it like this.

Day 9–Nubra to Spangmik Day 10–Spangmik to Hanle Day 11 – Hanle to Tso Moriri Day 12–Tso Moriri to Pang / Sarchu

Vargis Bhai, I’m travelling in a car. If i have choose from Hanle and TSO moriri, which one is must visit, extending a day will be difficult as i have my return tickets booked from Delhi on 14th day.

Amit Bhai you are talking about traveling from pangong to moriri via chushul, correct? If days are limited then do not extend but make sure that you start from Pangong by first light of the day. This is extremely important. Distance is not that great but the bad condition of the road will keep your speed strictly limited.

Thanks Vargis Bhai

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Hello Vargis!

Amazing amount of information on this site. I had submitted an inquiry using the form on this site however, haven’t heard since. It might be the busy schedule that you juggle.

Nevertheless, if you can help us (got married recently) plan a honeymoon outing between June 8th & June 22nd, it would be greatly appreciated!

Regards, Kiran Bangalore

Hi Kiran – Sorry about the email. Gets a bit hard to keep a track and reply on all, sorry that I missed responding on yours.

Congratulations on your marriage. I wish you both the best. God Bless you !!!

You will have to get me a little more details though. You want to cover Ladakh between June 8th to 22nd? From where? You are catching a flight from Bangalore to Srinagar? How do you intend to travel locally then? Hire a taxi for the entire trip since it is your honeymoon?

Thanks for the reply, Vargis! Couldn’t reply sooner due to my own travel too.

Well, I was hoping to discuss the details via an email or Whats’app nevertheless, here is an overview of our plan. Since the last message, the plan has changed to probably drop Kashmir off and concentrate only on Leh-Ladakh region:

Day 1 Reach Leh by flight and relax

Day 2 Visit Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa and Leh Market

Day 3 Travel to Sangam from Leh (48 Km (Indus River & Zanskar river meet), Magnetic Hills(27 km), Gurudwara pattar sahib, Alchi (flood plains),Spituk Gompa Monastery & Hall of Fame Back to Leh for night stay

Day 4 (BIKE RIDE) Travel to Diskit – Nubra Valley via Khardunga La,Diskit (118 KM) Diskit Monastery,Shyok river(on the way), Hunder sand dunes (127.5KM) Night stay at Diskit

Day 5 (BIKE RIDE) Travel to Sumur (33KM)(1 hour), Panamik Hot springs, Khalsar(lunch)(23 Km) Return to Diskit for night stay

Day 6 (BIKE RIDE) Travel to Turtuk (92KM) 2-4 hours Return to Diskit for night stay

Day 7 (BIKE RIDE) Travel back to Leh Lunch at Khalsar (23 KM) and return to hotel

Day 8 Travel to Pangong Tso Lake, Shea Palace, Changla Pass, Spangmik Village Night stay at Pangong

Day 9 Visit Hemis Monastery, Karu(may be for lunch),Thikey on the way back to Leh Night stay at Leh

Day 10 Travel to Tsomoriri lake view point Night stay at Tsomoriri

Day 11 Travel back to Leh Night stay at Leh

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As can be seen, a bike ride has been planned between Days 4-7. Please confirm if this is feasible to cover all the places/locations included. Do also feel free to include any other interesting/must see places we may have missed.

Kindly also let us know if the planned days/activities have sufficient buffer time to not make it very strenuous. We can stretch the entire trip by another 2 days as well.

Would be great if you can suggest recommendations for the night stays throughout the trip. We have split the itinerary by making 2 base-camps (one in Diskit & another in Leh), to facilitate covering as many locations/places around these places; as they are in different directions.

Thanks in advance again for the response anticipated shortly.

Regards, Kiran

Hi Kiran, Below is my recommendation on your travel plan. I am also considering that you are able to extend another 2 days.

Day 1 – Looks good Day 2 – Looks good Day 3 – Go all the way till Kargil and stay there for the night. Day 4 – Return to Leh Day 5 – Leh to Diskit – Stay for the night Day 6 – Diskit to Turtuk – Stay at Turuk for the nights Day 7 – Turtuk to Diskit to Khalsar to Panamik – Stay at Panamik for the night Day 8 – Return to Leh Day 9 – Leh to Pangong Day 10 – Pangong to Leh Day 11 – Leh to Moriri via Chumathang Day 12 – Moriri to Leh via Tso kar and Tanglang La

It will be better to travel this way in Nubra rather than returning to Diskit everytime. Turtuk and Panamik too have some good stay options.

Thanks again for the quick response, Vargis. So, I will consider that all interesting places are covered?

Can you provide recommendations for the stays at each place and if comingb them in advance is a most/necessity – given that the season would have just opened?

You are welcome KIran and yes, all major tourist places are covered. For recommended places to stay, take a look at the articles I listed above under Where to Say heading.

No need for advance booking. Just reach your destination, find a hotel per your liking and check in.

Will check! It’s all getting exciting by the minute. Will keep you posted about progress! 🙂

It will definitely continue to get even more exciting by each passing day.

Hi Vargis Sir.. Always you helped me regarding the trip details and all about leh.Thnkx alot 🙂 I forgot the imp thing which is Drinking water (Purified ones) Any info on this as to where it will be available, because i plan not to buy those small plastic bottles everyday as it will be too much cost and plastics 😛 Are there those big water bottles or any refill areas for drinking water?

Hi Jack, Thank you for your kind words. Drinking water pretty much will work the same way as it does in our cities. 1 liter or 2 liter bottles will be the only choice. Any bigger than that and your biggest concern will be on how to carry it around. Hotels and Restaurants mostly have water purifiers installed so that is one place where you may check for refill.

Oh ok Thnkx ..

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Hi vargis ji I have booked flight tickets to reach leh on 6th july morn and return fliight on 17 july from leh My iteneary for road trip Plan 1 6 july Leh rest 7 july Leh to nubra 8 july nubra to pangong via shylok 9 july pangong to leh via changla pass 10 july Leh to Hanle (refuel the tank and move on) 11 july Hanle – Unmigla – Hanle 12 july Hanle – Karzok 13 july Karzok to Leh 14 july Leh to kargil 15 july Kargil to Leh 16 july rest 17 july morn flight to delhi

plan 2 or 6 july Leh rest 7 july Leh to nubra 8 july nubra to pangong via shylok 9 july pangong to hanle ( to continue beyond i may need petrol? is it available in hanle) 10 july Hanle – Unmigla – Hanle 11 july Hanle – Karzok 12 july Karzok to Leh via “Debring” 13 july rest 14 july Leh to kargil 15 july kargil to leh 16 july rest 17 july morn flight to delhi

My questions are 1.I made plan 1 considering the availability of fuel? if fuel available in Hanle i will go with plan 2

2. Can i add any other place in the trip as i want to cover Leh fully ( have i missed any place???)

3.On 16 july can i travel on Leh manali highway till some distance ???

4. Is it possible to visit manali and come back???? ( in same Leh rented bike) ( instead of two days rest and kargil visit)

13 july Leh to sarchu 14 july sarchu to manali 15 july manali to sarchu 16 july sarchu to leh 17 july morn flight to delhi

If not allowed to return from manali on Leh rented bike ? till what distance i can travel in Leh bike on Leh manali route?

Sorry for long post Thanks in advance.

Hello Srinivasan Bhai,

Your second itinerary is much better and ideal. Go with that plan please.

1. You can get fuel at Pangong Tso in black, approximately Rs. 100 per liter. You can also get it at Karzok for this price. Hanle I am not sure but it may be available this year because of Umling La. 2.Do not go to Manali as it may become a problem. Since you have time, you can either cover Zanskar Valley from Kargil, or cover the Batalik route and Sham valley. Something like this.

Leh to Kargil Kargil tO Padum Padum to Kargil Kargil to Leh

Leh to Kargil Kargil to Batalik (will have to get permit for this) Batalik to Hemis Shukpachan Hemis to Leh

I will recommend covering Zanskar valley though.

Thanks a lot. I will discuss Zanskar valley idea with my friends and will plan accordingly. The problem is fuel ???? As u mentioned If i can get in Pangong Tso and Karzok then for sure I will start Leh – nubra ; nubra – pangong (fill tank again & carry 15 litre backup) ; Pangong – hanle; Hanle – unmigla – hanle; hanle – karzok (fill tank again & carry 15 litre backup ) hanle – Leh

Total 6 Days Then will give a try Leh to Kargil Kargil tO Padum Padum to Kargil Kargil to Leh

Thank a lot for answering all my queries. Between I am a Vlogger https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOROckvpeBSwvYosQ9W2l4A?view_as=subscriber

In all my leh videos I have to give credit to u for helping me plan better

Did we talk last year as well? That Zojila Pass video looked familiar? This is not your first Ladakh trip then? How are you planning to carry around fuel?

Ya last year was my first trip via srinagar with my family members.

This year I planned to cover the leh region alone with friends.

2 jeery cans on each side of bike ( 10 liters each). I have a pillion too. But our luggage is very minimum.

2 Jerry Cans should suffice really, more than enough. To be on a safer side, before you start towards Hanle, get a tank full done at Chadar tents at Pangong. You will find fuel there. One tank full and 20 liters of spare fuel will be more than enough for Pangong to Hanle to Karzok to Tandi (next petrol pump). I have done this with just one tank full, and some spare fuel in 2 liters Pepsi bottles flung over my back in bag. I kept emptying them one by one after every 40-50 kilometers or so. Are you planning Umling La as well?

Yes buddy If i get permit and BRo allows then Umling-la is on the cards.

Leh nubra ; nubra – pangong ; (300km ) (15 litre) Pangong – hanle; Hanle – unmigla -Hanle; (162+210 = 375 km) (19 litre) Hanle – Karzok; Karzok – sarchu; sarchu -leh (619 km ) (31 litre)

total petrol = 15+19+31 = 65 around 70 I will try in pangong Tso Hanle and Karzok I assumed 20 Km/litre ????

Planning a thunderbird 350 its fuel tank is 20 litre whereas RE classic is 13.5 litre

My itinerary fully depends on fuel availability at Pangong Hanle and karzok

20-25 kilometers is a safe number to assume. Tank full at Leh and it will see you easily till Pangong. Then Tank full at Pangong again and you will comfortable make it to Hanle. So your 20 liters will still be saved. As I suggested, arrange for 2 liters Pepsi or Coke Bottles as kind of safe reserve. Not hard to carry as well and will easily fit in with your luggage.You can carry about another 6-8 liters this way.

I have an Electra and completed the Leh-Diskit-Pangongp-Hanle-Karzok-Pang-Sarcu-Tandi only with Pepsi bottles, nothing else so you really have nothing to worry about.

For Umling La, take a look at this post where I explained the entire route in details.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/umling-la/

Sure vargis ji, I will carry extra fuel and according to availability will refuel in stops u mentioned. Umling la post is very useful. And This year people want to give it a try and this post of yours on Umling la is very much needed one.

Thanks a lot

Thanks Srinivasan Bhai. Do let me know how your trip went after your return

Sure will let you know how the trip went. And i may ask more doubts before leaving on July 5th… Hope u wont mind Thanks a lot .

No problem brother. Happy to help.

Srinivasan Bhai – Take a look at this article. You should have no problem with fuel.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/fuel-availability-leh-ladakh-manage/

This article is based on situation as of last year September so most recent.

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We are planning a bike trip from Manali to Leh -Srinagar and than back to Manali.

Day 1-Manali to Jispa- Day 2-Jispa to Sarchu- Day 3-Sarchu to Leh- and local sight seeing on that day- Day 4-Leh to Nubra- Day 5-Nubra to Pangong- Day 6-Pangong to Tso Moriri Lake- Day 7-Tso-Moriri to kargil- Day 8-Kargil to Srinagar and than back to Manali

Is this itenary possible ?? Can i just rent a bike from Manali and leave it at Srinagar ? I also plan to do river rafting at Nemu? Will it take extra day ? I m planning to go on 31 st May ? So should i book the hotels or should bargain at the hotels there ? Can you please tell me the time (hours ) for the above itenary?

Or should i start my journey from Srinagar ? However, I heard that one incures transportation cost if i take a bike from srinagar and leave it at manali ?

Hello Namrata,

1. You will have to add a day in Leh after arriving here, in order to arrange for permits. 2. Pangong to Tso Moriri is way too long or a single day. This is ideally a 2 day journey. 3. You cannot do Moriri to Kargil in a day. This too is a 2 days jorney at the least. 4. Yes you can rent a bike from Manali and leave at Srinagar but that will incur additional cost of around 10-15,000 apart from your daily rental 5. Yes, rafting at Nimmoo will by an additional day 6. No need to book in advance. 7. You must add more days to the trip. 8 day is way too less to cover the route you want to cover.

Thanks for your reply.

I m planning to hire a car from Delhi for the whole trip. They claim that such leased car is allowed in Leh. Is it true ?..

Hi Namrara – The leased car from Delhi will only be allowed till Leh. To visit other areas in Ladakh like Nubra and Pangong, you will have to rent a local cab from there. The Delhi cab will not be allowed to ply on these routes.

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Good Evening Vargis

Please suggest wheather this plan is ok to visit leh or u want to change .

17 june 2018. Night at sonamarg 18 june 2018. Night at kargil 19 june 2018. Night at leh 20 june 2018. Night at leh 21 june 2018. Night at nubra valley 22 june 2018. Night at leh 23 june 2018. Night at Pangong 24 june 2018. Night at leh 25 june 2018. Night at leh 26 june 2018. Night at sarchu 27 june 2018. Night at manali 28 june 2018. Home

Regards Khawinder Sharma Punjab

Kaise ho Khawinder Bhai?

Your plan looks great. Just one minor change I will suggest. Rather than coming from Nubra to Leh, go directly to Pangong via Shyok road. Ask while you are in Nubra valley and if the road is open, then you do not have to come back to Leh again. This way you will save a day in between.

The day you saved above, use it while traveling to Manali. Add a night stay at Jispa at the camp site or wooden cottages. Very scenic place and a good experience. I will highly recommend it.

Thanks for giving valuable sugestion..

You are welcome

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Dear Vargis Ji, Good Evening, I am planning to come to Leh on 5th April 18 from Delhi & will be back on 11th April 2018. Going there with my 2 friends. Can u help me in making a suitable itinerary for 5 days. I want to go to Nubra Valley, visit Changthang wild life sanctuary or Hemis National Park, Pangong lake/ Tso Moriri lake & local sight seeing.

Thanks & Regards, Harish aggarwal

Hello Harish Ji – I am guessing that you will be renting a private taxi for traveling locally, is that correct? Visiting Changthang as well in 5 days would be a bit tough so I will recommend that you keep that out and only travel towards Nubra and Pangong. Please take a look at the article below for a few recommended itineraries. Let me know if you have any other questions.

Dear Vargis Ji, Thanks for replying, We will have Mahindra Xylo there for moving around. I have read all your options of 6 days itinerary. Your last 2 options are the ones, which cover the most. Only catch is, we will there on 5th April by Morning flight & coming back on 11th April, the weather will permit the way from Nubra to pangong or not? Can u put some light on it? Regards, Harish Aggarwal

You are welcome Harish Bhai. Yes, you will be able to cover Nubra and Pangong at that time. Roads will remain open. Please take a look at the post below where I have provided more information on this.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/ladakh-roads-in-winter/

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Hello Mr khan Your blogs have been of immense help in planning our upcoming trip to Ladakh in the 1st week of june2018. Wanted to know about the latest condition of Agham Shyok road as I have found in some blogs that this Nubra to Pangong route has seen vast improvement of late. I will be travelling with my wife & son , & will it be safe to take this route as it saves a day which is really crucial considering our packed itinerary?

Hello Mr. Mukherjee – It is correct. There has been a lot of work on Shyok road last year and it is now in a much better and safer condition to travel on. See below of a picture of the road from last year.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/agham-shyok-road/

Thanks a lot Mr khan for sharing this valuable information. Please suggest whether the innova or the xuv should be the preferred taxi for the entire Ladakh trip.

You are welcome Mr. Mukherjee. Please go for an XUV as it has better ground clearance at 200MM as commpared to Innova at 176MM.

Many thanks

Hi Vargis Sir…As i will be going with my dad to Ladakh, we plan to take private cab from srinagar to Leh via Drass so that for 1-2 hrs we can spend at Drass Memorial and then direct to leh As my dad is 63, is it safe to take him in those areas for a period of 10 days total (We plan to visit our family doctor in advance for safety tips & medication) There wont be any major health issues as such, right?

Thanks in advance for the response

Hello Jack – 63 is not that old to be honest, he is still a young man. Do not worry, lot of people go there with their parents but yes, do consult your doctor.

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Hi, vargis. This is chetan from Mumbai. Your blogs are helping many out there. I just need a piece of advice from you. We are planing a 16 day trip to ladakh. We’ll enter leh from srinagar and exit from manali. We have our friend whose uncle stays in jalandhar and has a tavera which is his personal car having white number plate whose registration done in himachal pradesh itself. The uncle claims that he’ll help showing us ladakh. He’ll pick us from jamu tawi and will drop us back in chandigarh. What do you advice, we go with him or take a tourist yellow plate car? Taking uncles car will save us a hell lot of money and the same car can enter everywhere being white number plate Suggestions required! -waiting for your reply.

Hi Chetan– If the vehicle is registered in your uncle’s name and he is driving it himself, by all means please go with him. If you taake a yellow number plate taxi, you will again have to rent a local taxi in Ladakh which will shoot your total expense of the trip very high.

Sry for same comments .It was due to some misunderstanding.We are friends from the same group prasad and me.

No worries brother

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Hi, Vargis. This is Prasad from Mumbai. Your blogs are helping many out there. I just need a piece of advice from you. We are planing a 16 day trip to ladakh. We’ll enter leh from srinagar and exit from manali. We have our friend whose uncle stays in jalandhar and has a tavera which is his personal car having white number plate whose registration done in himachal pradesh itself. The uncle claims that he’ll help showing us ladakh. He’ll pick us from jamu tawi and will drop us back in chandigarh. What do you advice, we go with him or take a tourist yellow plate car? Taking uncles car will save us a hell lot of money and the same car can enter everywhere being white number plate Suggestions required! -waiting for your reply.

Hi Prasad – If the vehicle is registered in your uncle’s name and he is driving it himself, by all means please go with him. If you taake a yellow number plate taxi, you will again have to rent a local taxi in Ladakh which will shoot your total expense of the trip very high.

Ty for ur info n suggestion. N u have good sense of humour bro 😉

Thanks Prasad

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We are going leh on 12 June 2017 from Srinagar​ leh highway. 1)Will the surgical strike effect our trip to leh? 2) We are a total 8 person plus one driver in my personal innova(white numer plate).Is there a problem with this?Will our car be restricted anywhere considering the total number of commuters in our car?

No such restriction on Srinagar Leh highway. You will be able to complete the journey without any problem.

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Is it safe going Leh by flight??

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But which one is more adventure. Traveling by flight or bike to Ladakh?

Ladakh by Bike is definitely more adventurous as compared to flight.

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Hi vargis, our plan to visit spiti, ladakh, sachpass in 25th June to 15 July with our bikes, our plan is Shimla to kalpa Kalpa to kaza Kaza to kaylong Kaylong to leh Leh to nubra Nubra to pangong Pangog to hanle or tso moriri depends on permit Hale or tso moriri to leh Leh to sonmarg or Srinagar Srinagar to kistwar Kistwar to sachpass to killar Killar to Manali Is this plan ok for June to July15 ? And my bike is activa5g 109cc,

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Leh Ladakh, nestled in the rugged expanse of the Himalayas, is not just a destination; it’s a dream woven into the high-altitude desert landscape that promises adventure, tranquillity, and a profound cultural experience. This blog delves into why Leh Ladakh is an iconic travel destination and how Leh Ladakh tour packages can offer you the quintessential Ladakhi adventure.

Unmatched Natural Beauty

Leh Ladakh is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes that combine stark desert terrain with lush green valleys and crystal-clear lakes. The region is home to some of the most picturesque spots in India, including Pangong Lake, known for its changing colours, and the Nubra Valley, where sand dunes coexist with snow-capped peaks. There are Leh Ladakh travel packages that ensure you witness these wonders, with opportunities for photography, camping, and even camel rides across the Hunder sand dunes.

Rich Cultural Tapestry

Ladakh’s culture is a melting pot of Tibetan and Indian influences, evident in its festivals, music, and monasteries. The monasteries, or Gompas, such as Thiksey and Hemis, are not only architectural marvels but also the centres of vibrant cultural festivals that draw visitors from around the world. Opting for a Leh Ladakh tour package during festival times, like the famous Hemis Festival, provides a glimpse into the spiritual and cultural life of the Ladakhi people, making your visit truly memorable.

Adventure Activities

Leh Ladakh is a haven for adventure enthusiasts. The rugged terrain offers perfect trails for trekking, mountain biking, and motorcycling. The challenging Khardung La pass, one of the highest motorable roads in the world, is a must-visit for thrill-seekers. Leh Ladakh travel packages often include guided treks and bike tours, which allow you to safely navigate these routes while enjoying the stunning scenery that Ladakh has to offer.

Unique Flora and Fauna

The high-altitude landscapes of Ladakh are home to unique wildlife, including the elusive snow leopard and the majestic Himalayan griffon vulture. The region’s biodiversity is best explored through safaris in the Hemis National Park, included in many Leh Ladakh tour packages. These tours are conducted with respect for the natural environment and aim to educate tourists about the importance of conservation efforts in the region.

Spiritual Serenity

Ladakh is often referred to as a spiritual sanctuary. The tranquillity of its environment is perfect for meditation and self-reflection. Many visitors come to Leh Ladakh to attend meditation sessions and teachings with Buddhist monks. Some packages can be tailored to include stays in monastery guesthouses, providing a peaceful retreat and the opportunity to delve deeper into Buddhist philosophy and practices.

Culinary Delights with Leh Ladakh Tour Packages

Ladakhi cuisine is a delightful aspect of its culture, characterised by Tibetan influences. Dishes such as Thukpa (noodle soup) and Momos (dumplings) are not just food items; they are a way to connect with the local lifestyle. Leh Ladakh travel packages often include meals at local eateries and homestays where you can enjoy authentic Ladakhi cuisine, prepared with traditional methods and local ingredients.

Immersive Cultural Homestays

One of the most authentic ways to experience the heart of Ladakhi culture is through a stay in one of the many traditional homestays scattered across the region. These homestays offer a unique opportunity to live with local families and experience their daily routines and traditional lifestyles. From participating in farm activities to learning how to cook Ladakhi dishes, these homestays provide a deep dive into the local culture, far beyond what typical hotels can offer.  Leh Ladakh travel packages can include these homestay experiences, enhancing your connection to the region and its people.

Eco-Friendly Travel Options with Leh Ladakh Tour Packages

In response to the fragile ecosystem of the high-altitude desert, many of the Leh Ladakh tour packages now include eco-friendly travel options. These include accommodations that utilise sustainable practices, tours that emphasise leaving no trace, and the opportunity to participate in local conservation efforts. This approach not only helps in preserving the natural beauty of Ladakh but also educates and encourages travellers to adopt sustainable habits.

Festivals of Ladakh

Ladakh’s calendar is dotted with vibrant festivals that offer a peek into its rich cultural tapestry. Beyond the Hemis Festival, visitors can experience the Ladakh Festival, a colourful showcase of the region’s folk dances, music, crafts, and sports like archery and polo, which are traditional to Ladakh. Another highlight is the Losar Festival, which marks the Ladakhi New Year with elaborate rituals, dance performances, and the unfurling of the Tibetan Buddhist flag. These festivals are lively, colourful, and a feast for the senses, making them a key feature of some  cultural tour packages.

Photography Workshops

The surreal landscapes of Leh Ladakh offer photogenic vistas that are perfect for both amateur and professional photographers. Many of Leh Ladakh tour packages include photography workshops that teach you how to capture the perfect shot, whether it’s the blue waters of Pangong Tso, the stark beauty of the cold desert, or the architectural grandeur of the monasteries. These workshops are led by professional photographers who know the area intimately and can guide you to the best spots at the right times of day.

Adventure Sports

Apart from trekking and motorbiking, Ladakh offers other adrenaline-pumping adventure sports. These include river rafting on the Indus and Zanskar rivers, where the rapids range from mild to wild, providing thrilling experiences for rafters of all skill levels. Mountain climbing is another popular activity, with numerous peaks like Stok Kangri that offer challenging climbs and rewarding views. Adventure packages are designed with safety and excitement in mind, providing all necessary gear and expert guidance.

Mindfulness and Wellness Retreats

Given its serene environment and spiritual ambiance, Leh Ladakh is an ideal setting for wellness and mindfulness retreats. These retreats focus on yoga, meditation, and wellness practices that are enhanced by the peaceful surroundings and spiritual heritage of the region. Participants can engage in sessions led by experienced practitioners, benefiting from the unique energy of Ladakh that facilitates deeper meditation and relaxation. Leh Ladakh holiday packages often include these retreats as a way to rejuvenate both body and mind amidst the natural splendour of Ladakh.

Tailored Itineraries

Recognizing that every traveller has unique interests and preferences, tour operators like eKashmir Tourism offer customised itineraries for Leh Ladakh tour packages. Whether you’re drawn to cultural immersion, adventure sports, photography, or wellness, we can tailor your itinerary to include the experiences that matter most to you. This personalised approach ensures that your journey to Leh Ladakh is as fulfilling and memorable as possible.

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To truly experience Leh-Ladakh, the itinerary should include not only the main tourist highlights but also off-the-beaten-track destinations and authentic encounters in villages and monasteries.

Day 1: Leh city

Acclimatize. Visit the old city, market, Leh Palace, monastery, Shanti Stupa. Night in Leh.

Day 2: monastery tour.

Visit the Indus valley monasteries: Shey, Thiksey, Stakna, Hemis, Stok. Night in Leh.

Day 3: go to Sham and Zanskar

Visit Phyang, Magnetic Hill, Sangam, Nimu, Basgo, Alchi, Wanla, Photoksar, Singe La, Lingshed. Night in Lingshed in homestay. The village seems to be a nice place for an authentic village experience and also gompa experience.

Day 4: go to Padum

Visit Zangla, Stongde, Karsha and stay in Padum.

Day 5: do a side trip to Phuktal monastery

Visit Bardan and hike to Phuktal. Come back to Padum for the night.

Day 6: go to Kargil

Visit Sani, Zongkhul, Pensi La, Drang Drung glacier, Rangdum, Parkachik glacier, Nun Kun, Suru valley and Kargil. Overnight in Kargil.

Day 7: Go back to Leh while visiting Sham

Visit Shargole cave monastery, Mulbek, Lamayuru, Rizong, Likir, Gurdwara Pathar Sahib, Spituk. Night in Leh.

Day 8: go to Nubra valley via the highest road in the world

From Leh, drive to Nubra valley via Khardung La pass. Visit Diskit monastery and Hunder Sand Dunes (camel ride, ATV). Night in Hunder.

Day 9: visit the Nubra valley

Go to Turtuk village, the northernmost village of India . Hike to Yarab Tso lake. Visit Panamik hot spring and Sumur. Night in Sumur in homestay.

Day 10: go to Pangong Tso

Drive via Shayok valley and Tangtse to Pangong lake. Overnight in a camp at the lake.

Day 11: go to Hanle

Drive through remote parts of Ladakh via Tsaga La until Hanle. Night in Hanle village in homestay.

Day 12: drive to Tso Moriri lake

Explore Tso Moriri lake area, meet the nomads. Night in Korzok village homestay.

Day 13: start driving towards Manali

Visit Puga and Tso Kar lake. Join the Leh to Manali highway, go via Pang and reach Sarchu. Night in Sarchu.

Day 14: trip ends in Manali

Follow the Manali highway via Jispa and Rohtang La. Reach Manali.

Please share your tips and experiences to help improve the taxi travel itinerary in Leh-Ladakh and Zanskar.

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First night(s) are ideally spent lower than Leh : Alchi , Saspol or Ule Tokpo. Read up on AMS and talk with a travel doc on using Diamox , starting 24 hours before your flight . Avoid the stair exercises of Leh Palace first day .

Khardung La is not highest in the world or even in Ladakh : the Umling La is 5799 meters .

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You have included too much in the itinerary which is not practically doable considering the long drives especially on the leh lingshed and kargil to leh route. Take it easy to grasp the beauty of the place as well. First day, keep free to acclimatise well as suggested above.

Thank you for reviewing this travel plan and for your comments.

Please suggest how the itinerary should be improved. How days should be added.

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Umling La pass or Umlingla pass or उमलिंग ला (in Hindi) is a high mountain pass located in the Himalayan mountain range of India in eastern Ladakh near Demchok village close to Indo-Tibetan border. It is situated at an elevation of 5,798 m (19,024 feet) above sea level. Umling La pass has earned the distinction

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Best Time For Leh Ladakh Tour

Ladakh is a year-round tourist destination with each season offering its own experiences. However, the best time to book Leh Ladakh tour packages and visit this stunning destination depends entirely on your interests and preferences.

1. Peak Season - From June to September, Ladakh enjoys the peak season during the summer season. During this time, the temperature ranges between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius, and the weather remains warm to explore the attraction comfortably. It is the perfect time to visit monasteries like Stongdey, Likir, Shey, and Thiksey and enjoy the marvellous experience of the Magnetic Hill. You can also attend festivals such as YuruKabgyat and Hemis to add cultural richness to your entire experience in Ladakh.

2. Shoulder Season - The shoulder season in Ladakh falls during the winter season between September and February. At this time, the temperature diminishes to 0 degrees Celsius and up to -10 degrees Celsius at night. The chilling weather provides a unique experience of enjoying snowfall and attending the famous Chadar trek. You can attend festivals like SpitukGustor and Stok Monastery Festival during this period to immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Ladakh.

3. Waning Season - The period between July and August during the monsoon season experiences the waning season. Despite short-lived rains, the crisp air at this time makes outings refreshing. It is an ideal time for adventure enthusiasts to enjoy white water rafting on the Indus and Zanskar rivers. This season is also suitable for trekking activities, including the Kang Yatse trek and Markha Valley trek.

How to Reach Leh Ladakh

Ladakh, a gem nestled in the trans-Himalayan region of India, is a haven for wanderers. Its unparalleled beauty and cultural richness draw everyone from around the world. Nestled amidst the mighty Karakoram and the Himalayan ranges, Ladakh is an ethereal spectacle, sitting at an altitude of about 9,800 feet above sea level. Its remoteness adds to its charm and the journey to  reach to Ladakh  is a riveting experience in itself. There are several different ways in which you can reach this mountain destination after availing of the Ladakh trip packages, including: 

1. By Flight:  Leh's Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport is a domestic unit situated merely 3.8 kilometres from the city, is the highest commercial airport in India. Major airlines like Air India, GoAir, and Jet Airways operate regular flights connecting Leh with cities such as Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Srinagar, and Jammu. Upon landing, cabs are readily available outside the airport for transfer to various parts of Ladakh. For international travellers, direct flights can be boarded from major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata to Leh.

2. By Road:  Another exhilarating way to reach Ladakh is by taking a bus ride and exploring the winding roads. Two primary highways lead to this rugged paradise. The first is the Manali-Leh Highway, stretching across 473 kilometres, usually open from mid-June to early October. The second is the Srinagar-Leh Highway, which covers a total distance of 434 kilometres and is open between the months of July to November. State bus operators like the Himachal Pradesh Tourism (HRTC) and the Jammu and Kashmir State Tourism (SRTC) also operate their buses on both of these routes on a regular basis. The bus journey from Manali-Leh takes about 19 hours, and Srinagar-Leh approximately 17 hours, including an overnight halt.

3. By Train:  You can also reach Ladakh via a train ride. The closest railhead to Ladakh is Jammu Tawi, situated approximately 708 kilometres away. This station enjoys seamless connectivity with major cities like Delhi, Kolkata, and Chandigarh. On reaching Jammu Tawi, you can hire a taxi or hop aboard a bus and take a 15-hour journey to get to Ladakh. Chandigarh and Pathankot also have railway stations relatively close to Leh.

4. By Bike:  One of the most popular routes that you can take while biking to Leh is the Manali-Leh Highway, which spans around 490 kilometres. This route takes you through several mountain passes, including the Rohtang Pass, Baralacha La, Lachung La as well as  Tanglang La . Another popular route for biking is the Srinagar-Leh Highway, which is 434 kilometres long. This is a relatively less challenging route and takes you through stunning locales, including the Drass War Memorial, Zoji La Pass and the  Lamayuru Monastery . For an even more unique route, you can bike all the way from Pathankot to Leh, on the Pathankot-Leh Highway. This route is 1,235 kilometres long, and you can cover it in around 3 days. 

5. By Car:  You can also set out on a self-drive journey to Ladakh by car, for a unique experience. Reaching Ladakh by car is an adventurous journey, usually taken via two main routes - the Srinagar-Leh Highway and the Manali-Leh Highway. The Srinagar-Leh Highway, open from May to October, is a scenic route that takes you through Zoji La Pass, Kargil, and Alchi. The Manali-Leh Highway, open from June to September, is a more challenging but exhilarating route, taking you through Rohtang Pass and several high-altitude passes. Getting to Ladakh by car allows you to traverse at your own pace, soaking in the panoramic vistas, halting at quaint roadside cafes, and experiencing the local culture up close. 

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  • Woollen clothes such as jackets, pullover, thermal wears, jeans, mufflers, woollen socks, etc.
  • Sunglasses to save your eyes from the sun’s heat at such a height
  • Sunscreen lotion of more than 40 SPF to protect your skin from the scorching sunlight during Ladakh summer.
  • Medical kit in case you or someone else suffers from acute mountain illness or God forbid, any accidents. Some of the things to carry in the kit are medicines for dizziness, headache, stomach ache, earache, band-aids, Moov, medicine for motion sickness, Dettol, Disprin, Paracetamol, etc. 
  • Lip balm or Vaseline
  • Extra bag for shopping 
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks such as chocolates, nuts, chips. Please note that eating at regular intervals helps in dealing with acute mountain illness
  • Toiletries which can include face wash, paper soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, moisturizer, comb, tissue papers
  • An ID card or any other source of identification 
  • Phone charger/laptop charger
  • Extra battery
  • Memory cards for your camera
  • A good camera because the views of Leh and Ladakh will leave you mesmerized
  • Power bank 
  • Map of Ladakh (carry it in your phone for the emergency situation)
  • Enough money in cash

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Pangong Lake, Ladakh

About the tour :

Embark on an unforgettable journey with the Leh Ladakh Delights Group Tour Package, where each destination unfolds a unique story. From the enchanting Sham Valley to conquering the mighty Khardungla Pass, and from the serene Nubra Valley to the breathtaking Pangong Lake, the adventure is both thrilling and soul-stirring.It's about immersing yourself in the rich culture, savoring local flavors, and connecting with the welcoming locals. Beyond the tourist spots, discover the charm of Stok village, where tradition and modernity coexist.

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  • Route: Leh, Sham Valley, Khardungla, Nubra Valley, Pangong, Chang-la, Stok village, and Leh.
  • Duration: 7 Days and 6 Nights 
  • Start Point: Leh Airport

Endpoint: Leh Airport

Luxurious Leh Ladakh

Sangam Point, Leh

Experience the best of Leh Ladakh with our luxurious Leh Ladakh Sightseeing Tour. This package offers a premium travel experience that focuses on comfort and exploration. Enjoy comfortable accommodations in Leh as you explore the stunning landscapes of Sham Valley, conquer the breathtaking Khardungla Pass, and immerse yourself in the beauty of Nubra Valley and Pangong Lake. This tour is designed for those seeking a blend of comfort and adventure, making every moment a cherished memory. Join us as we focus on making your trip special.

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  • Route: Leh - Sham valley - Khardungla - Nubra Valley - Pangong - Chang la - Leh
  • Duration: 6 Days and 5 Nights

Start point:  Leh Airport

Leh Ladakh from Delhi | With Flights

Nubra Valley

Imagine embarking on a Leh Ladakh Tour Package by Air from Delhi and landing in the serene landscapes of Leh, Ladakh. As you step off the plane, you'll feel the crisp mountain air, ancient monasteries, and welcoming locals. The journey continues to the world's highest motorable pass, Khardungla. Nubra Valley attracts you with its sand dunes and majestic Bactrian camels, while Pangong Lake's azure waters will steal your heart. Crossing Chang-la Pass, you'll be captivated by the pristine beauty surrounding you. At last, but not least, Stok Village, where you'll experience Ladakhi culture up close.

  • Route:  Leh-Sham Valley, Khardungla, Nubra Valley, Pangong, Chang-la, Stok Village, and Leh.
  • Duration:  7 Days and 6 Nights 
  • Start point:   Leh Airport
  • Endpoint:  Leh Airport

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Leh Ladakh Bike Trip | FREE Excursion to Chang-la Pass

Pangong Lake, Ladakh

Get ready to make your dream of riding in Ladakh come true in the action-packed bike trip where one would be experiencing the fusion of thrill, serene beauty, and culture of the "Land of High Passes". The tour offers you a stay amidst a beautiful valley of mountains and a starlit sky at night. The unique thing about the Ladakh terrain is that it has mountains, forests, deserts, lakes, rivers, and waterfalls in one beautiful and dynamic geography.

Route: Leh - Sham Valley - Khardungla - Nubra Valley - Pangong - Chang La - Leh

Leh Ladakh Expedition

Pangong Lake, Leh

The unique thing about the Ladakh terrain is that it has mountains, forests, deserts, lakes, rivers, and waterfalls in a beautiful and dynamic geography. On a journey to the top of the world, Leh-Ladakh features most of the world’s highest motorable passes and the spectacular beauty of snow-capped mountains. Admired for its unparalleled scenic views, pristine icy lakes, and swirling roads, Ladakh is becoming the most Instagrammed place in India and is on everyone’s bucket list. It offers you a stay amidst a beautiful valley of mountains and a starlit sky at night.

Leh Ladakh Adventure with Pangong Lake

Pangong Lake, Ladakh

About the Tour :

Get ready to make your dream of going on a road trip in Ladakh come true, where one would be experiencing the fusion of thrill, serene beauty, and culture of the "Land of High Passes", as the entire tour is exclusively chosen by Thrillophilia's outdoor experts. A wonderful drive through Leh-Ladakh, a land covered with snow-capped mountains and the highest motorable passes, makes you feel at the top of the world. The unique thing about the Ladakh terrain is that it has mountains, forests, deserts, lakes, rivers, and waterfalls in one beautiful and dynamic geography.

  • Duration: 5 Days and 4 Nights

Manali Leh Srinagar Bike Adventure

Bike Adventure in Ladakh

About the Tour :  

Get ready to make your dream of riding in Ladakh come true in the action-packed bike trip where one would be experiencing the fusion of thrill, serene beauty and culture of the "Land of High Passes", as the entire tour is exclusively elected by Thrillophilia's outdoor experts. This circuit features some of the world’s highest motorable passes with the spectacular beauty of snow-capped mountains, Lakes, rivers on their side while covering these breathtaking destinations, Solang valley, Gata Loops, Zojila pass, Kargil, Magnetic hill, Confluence of Indus, And Zanskar river, Dal lake and much more waiting on the way!

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Route: Delhi - Manali - Jispa - Sarchu - Leh - Nubra via Khardung La Pass - Pangong Lake - Leh - Lamayuru - Kargil - Zojila Pass - Sonamarg - Srinagar.

Duration: 12 Days & 11 Night 

Start Point: Delhi

Endpoint: Srinagar

Passes Covered: Khardung-la (18,000 ft), Chang-la (17,688 ft), Rohtang Pass (16,051 ft), Lachung La(16,600 ft), and Baralacha la ( 16,000 ft)

Ladakh Highlights | Private Leh Ladakh Adventure

Shanti Stupa, Leh

Leh region gives you the experience of the highest motorable passes in the world along with the incomparable beauty of the mountains covered with snow. Admired for its unparalleled scenic views, pristine icy lakes, and swirling roads, Ladakh is becoming the most Instagrammable place in India and is on everyone’s bucket list. It offers you a stay amidst the beautiful valley of mountains and a starlit sky in the night. Don't forget to explore the white-washed majestic monasteries that add to the divine energy of this cold desert.

Route:  Leh - Sham Valley - Khardungla- Nubra Valley - Pangong - Chang-la - Stok village - Leh.

Duration:  7 Days & 6 Nights 

Start Point:   Leh Airport

Endpoint:  Leh Airport

Passes Covered:  Khardung-la (18,000 ft) and Chang-la (17,688 ft)

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Women Special | Leh Ladakh Group Tour

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A journey to the highest mountains in the world with the coolest group of girls is what makes this tour a great attraction featuring the world’s highest motorable passes with the spectacular beauty of snow-capped mountains. Admired for its unparalleled scenic views, pristine icy lakes, and swirling roads, Ladakh is becoming the most Instagrammable place in India and is on everyone’s bucket list. It offers you a stay amidst the beautiful valley of mountains and a starlit sky in the night.

Route: Leh - Sham Valley - Khardungla - Nubra Valley - Pangong - Chang-la - Stok Village - Leh

Duration: 7 days & 6 nights 

Passes covered: Khardung-la (18,000 ft) and Chang-la (17,688 ft)

Leh Bike Tour Adventure with Camping: Flat 35% off

Leh Bike Tour Adventure with Camping: Flat 35% off

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About the Destinations:

This Leh Ladakh bike trip package takes you to the enchanting lands of Leh, one of the most coveted and booming destinations in the Indian tourism sector. Sitting graciously at a height of 11,562ft, this pictorial region boasts of its alluring charm, towering peaks, snowy outlook and the serenity that prevails in almost every bit of it.

While the lofty peaks of Leh enchant visitors from all the corners of the globe, its enthralling charm and appeal entice mostly the adventure seekers. And when it comes to thrill and adventure, biking proves to be the best way to pump in some adrenaline in this heavenly region. In fact, biking is slowly becoming the favorite way for many travelers. Join this 7 days bike trip to Leh, ride through some of the scenic marvels and get acquainted with the pristine beauty of Leh.

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Leh Ladakh Group Adventure | With Turtuk Village

Enjoy a memorable Leh Group Tour and explore the famous Turtuk Village

Situated right on the border on the northwest edge of Ladakh is Turtuk which was once a part of Pakistan till the 1971 Indo-Pak war to be specific. With this 7 days tour to Ladakh, enjoy a journey to the top of the world featuring most of the world’s highest motorable passes with the spectacular beauty of snow-capped mountains. Admired for its unparalleled scenic views, pristine icy lakes, and swirling roads, Ladakh is becoming the most Instagrammable place in India and is on everyone’s bucket list.

Route:  Leh - Sham Valley - Khardungla - Nubra Valley - Turtuk - Pangong - Chang-la - Leh

Passes Covered: Khardung-la (18,000 ft) | Chang-la (17,688 ft)

Himalayan Expedition | Srinagar And Leh Ladakh COMBO Deal

Diskit Monastery, Nubra Valley

Explore the beautiful Lakes of Srinagar, thrilling routes of Ladakh, and beautiful Valleys of Himachal, all in a single tour. This circuit features some of the world’s highest motorable passes with the spectacular beauty of snow-capped mountains, serene lakes, and gushing rivers covering breathtaking destinations like Solang valley, Gata Loops, Zojila pass, Kargil, Magnetic hill, Confluence of Indus, And Zanskar river, Dal lake and much more waiting on the way! Admired for its unparalleled scenic views, pristine icy lakes, and swirling roads, Ladakh offers beautiful views of valleys & mountains and a starlit sky at the night.

Route: Srinagar - Sonmarg - Zojila Pass - Kargil - Lamayuru - Leh - Nubra via Khardung La Pass - Pangong Lake - Leh - Sarchu - Jispa - Manali - Delhi

Duration: 10 Days & 9 Night 

Start Point: Srinagar

Endpoint: Delhi

Glimpse Of Leh Ladakh | Private Adventure

Take in the beautiful views of the Himalayan range from the khardungla Pass

About the Tour:  

A visit to the top of the world, Leh-Ladakh features most of the world’s highest motorable passes with the spectacular beauty of snow-capped mountains. Admired for its unparalleled scenic views, pristine icy lakes, and swirling roads, Ladakh is becoming the most Instagrammable place in India and is on everyone’s bucket list. Adding to its exceptional beauty are the ancient Buddhist monasteries mostly nestled in the mountains and from thousands of years. 

Duration: 5 Days & 4 Night

Passes Covered: Khardung-la (18,000 ft) and Chang-la (17,688 ft)

Manali to Ladakh Bike Trip from Delhi | Book Now & Get 3000 Cashback

Manali to Ladakh Bike Trip from Delhi | Book Now & Get 3000 Cashback

Quick Facts:

Temperature:  Day: 8°C to 15°C and Night: -5°C to 3°C

Maximum Altitude:  5,328 m (17,480 ft) at the Taglang La mountain pass.

Difficulty Level: Moderate 

Railway Station: Nearest is the Jammu Tawi Railway Station (700 km)

Airport: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Leh

ATM: On a bike tour to Leh Ladakh through the Manali to Leh route, you will find only one ATM at Keylong, but later there are several ATMs at Leh. Stay during your Manali to Leh Bike Trip Accommodation on double (for couples) and triple (for others) sharing basis in Guesthouse/hotel/Camp Meals during your Manali to Leh Bike Trip: Day 2: Dinner Day 3- Day 11: Breakfast Mode of transport during your Manali to Leh Bike Trip: AC Semi sleeper tickets from Delhi to Manali and return (depending on the variant selected) The bikes are provided with fuel from day 2 to day 11  350cc Royal Enfield motorbike for Single riders  500cc Royal Enfield for Double riders

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Cost without Bike & Fuel: INR 35300/- per person Double Rider RE 500cc with Fuel & Helmets: INR 42300/- per person  Single Rider RE 500cc with Fuel & Helmets: INR 48900/- per person

Thrilling Leh Ladakh Bike Adventure | KTM 390 Edition

KTM 390 Bike Adventure, Ladakh

Get ready to embark on the adventure of the powerful KTM 390 as you explore the mesmerizing landscapes of Leh, Sham Valley, Khardungla, Nubra Valley, Pangong, and Chang La. Starting in Leh, from conquering the heights of Khardungla to experiencing the serenity of Pangong Lake, every moment through the KTM 390 is an exhilarating ride. This tour is for those who crave adventure, have a passion for riding, and want to connect with the raw beauty of Ladakh. So, saddle up, throttle on, and let the KTM 390 Edition elevate your adventure to a whole new level

  • Route: Leh - Sham Valley - Khardungla - Nubra Valley - Pangong - Chang La - Leh

Manali Leh Manali Jeep Safari

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About the Tour : 

Experience the amazing adventure with this round trip to Leh-Ladakh. Starting from Delhi, this tour takes you to amazing destinations like Manali, Jispa, Sarchu, Leh, and many more. Drive through the highest motorable passes while enjoying the beauty of snow-capped mountains, lakes, amazing experiences, and much more. Ladakh is known for its breathtaking landscapes, crystal clear skies, the highest mountain passes, thrilling adventure activities, Buddhist Monasteries, and festivals. Experience the divine energy at the majestic monasteries that adds to the scenic beauty of the cold desert.

Route: Delhi - Manali - Jispa - Sarchu - Leh - Nubra via Khardung La - Pangong Lake - Tso Kar Lake - Jispa - Manali - Delhi

Passes Covered: Khardung-la (18,000 ft), Rohtang Pass (16,051 ft), Lachung La(16,600 ft), and Baralacha la ( 16,000 ft)

Leh Ladakh Getaway | With Siachen Base Camp

The beautiful Siachen peaks and base camp are a sight to behold

With a journey to Siachen, the Highest Battlefield in the world, Leh-Ladakh features most of the world’s highest motorable passes with the spectacular beauty of snow-capped mountains. Admired for its unparalleled scenic views, pristine icy lakes, and swirling roads, Ladakh is becoming the most Instagrammable place in India and is on everyone’s bucket list. The unique thing about the Ladakh terrain is that it has mountains, forests, deserts, lakes, rivers, waterfalls in one beautiful and dynamic geography.

Route:  Leh - Sham Valley - Khardungla - Nubra Valley - Siachen - Pangong - Chang-la - Leh

Leh Ladakh Srinagar with Pangong Lake

Lamayuru Monastery

Starting from Leh, this tour gives you a boost with the beautiful lakes, views, and soothing air. Enter into two completely different worlds - beautiful Srinagar and thrilling Ladakh . Ladakh, the Land of High Passes, wins hearts with its simplicity and rugged natural beauty. Spectacular landscapes, enfolded by serrated mountains, give the region its unique character. The pristine natural heritage of this fabled realm can be seen in its picturesque lakes, unspoiled by human civilization.

Route: Leh - Sham Valley - Khardung La - Nubra Valley - Pangong - Chang La - Leh - Kargil - Srinagar

Duration: 8 Days & 7 Night

Start Point:   Leh Airport

Endpoint: Srinagar Airport

Passes Covered: Khardung-la (18,000 ft) | Chang-la (17,688 ft) | Zojila pass (11,500 ft)

6 Days Ladakh Backpacking Tour

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About the destination :

A journey to the top of the world, Leh-Ladakh features most of the world’s highest motorable passes with the spectacular beauty of snow-capped mountains. Admired for its unparalleled scenic views, pristine icy lakes, and swirling roads, Ladakh is becoming the most Instagrammable place in India and is on everyone’s bucket list. It offers you a stay amidst the beautiful valley of mountains and a starlit sky in the night. The unique thing about the Ladakh terrain is that it has mountains, forests, deserts, lakes, rivers, waterfalls in one beautiful and dynamic geography.

Route: Leh - Sham Valley - Khardungla- Nubra Valley - Pangong - Chang-la - Leh.

Duration: 6 days & 5 nights 

12 Days Leh Ladakh | Fuel Included

The Confluence – Indus & Zanskar - At times, at the Sangam, the Indus River can be seen as shiny blue while the Zanskar river is dirty green.

Start point: Delhi

Passes covered: Khardung-la (18,000 ft), Chang-la (17,688 ft), Rohtang Pass (16,051 ft), Lachung La(16,600 ft), and Baralacha la ( 16,000 ft)

About 12 Days Manali Leh Srinagar Sightseeing Tour :  

With this incredible trip, you get the chance to visit Kashmir, Ladakh, and Himachal Pradesh—the three most stunning regions—all at once. The route includes some of the highest motorable crossings in the world, stunning lakes, snow-capped mountains, incredible camping opportunities, and much more! Ladakh, which is on everyone's bucket list and is fast becoming India's most Instagrammable location, is admired for its unmatched picturesque views, pure frozen lakes, and winding roads.

Leh Ladakh Honeymoon Package from Delhi | Book @ Flat 33%

Leh Ladakh Honeymoon Package from Delhi | Book @ Flat 33%

About the Leh Ladakh:

Ensconced in the picturesque state of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh or the land of high passes has always been regarded as an exotic tourist destination filled with visual delights, mystery and intrigue. With Leh Ladakh honeymoon package from Delhi now you can head out for an amazing vacation with your beloved. Boasting of majestic snow-capped mountains, gurgling streams, deep mountain passes, exotic valleys and mystical ancient monasteries, our Ladakh tour packages have it all.

Spend some time exploring the beauty of this region and then head out for a camping under the billions of stars. Find a plethora of vibrant colours, that will take your breath away and in winter it gets transformed into a white wonderland, often cut off from the rest of the world. Click some memorable pictures with her as you enjoy a delicious cup of tea while enjoying the view of the mountains. 

About the Leh Ladakh Honeymoon Package from Delhi:

Leh Ladakh Bike Tour Packages

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Leh Ladakh Bike Tour

About the Destination:

The Himalayas and the Karakoram ranges cradle in their midst a gem of a destination, called Ladakh- ‘The Land of High Passes’. Nowhere else would you find a region so rich with diversity! The landscapes here are always bedecked in all of nature’s finery. Somewhere they are dressed in the greens of the meadows, somewhere they take up the azure blues of the Pangong Tso Lake, some where they are embellished in sliver of the mountains and yest somewhere else they take up the arid, brown colour of the desert!

The only way to truly know the beauty of Ladakh and its capital city, Leh is to ride through its rich and varied landscapes. Embark on this once in a lifetime chance, drop everything and just hit GO!

Manali Leh Manali Bike Adventure | With Hanle & Tsomoriri

Gear up for an adventurous road trip from Manali to Leh on a bike

About the Tour:  

Explore the adventurous side of your personality while enjoying this thrilling road trip to Ladakh from Manali via various exciting destinations and twisty roads. Cover the breathtaking destinations during your road trip like Solang valley, Gata Loops, Manali, Pang, Magnetic hill, Confluence of Indus And Zanskar river and so much more!

Admired for its unparalleled scenic views, pristine icy lakes, and swirling roads, Ladakh is becoming the most Instagrammable place in India and is on everyone’s bucket list, it offers you a stay amidst the beautiful valley of mountains and a starlit sky in the night. Experience the divine spiritual energy by visiting the old monasteries and temples.

Route: Manali-Jispa-Sarchu-Leh-Nubra via Khardung La Pass-Pangong Lake-Tso Kar Lake-Jispa-Manali

Duration: 11 Days & 10 Night 

Start point: Manali

Endpoint: Manali

Passes covered: Khardung-la (18,000 ft) | Rohtang Pass (16,051 ft) | Lachung La(16,600 ft) | Baralacha la (16,000 ft)

Bike Trip from Leh to Srinagar

Nothing equals the sheer pleasure of riding a bike

About the destination:  

One of the most popular and beautiful places in India, Leh serves as the small paradise on earth. With high altitude and numerous passes, Leh offers you to ride a bike across the city and explore its heavenly surroundings. With this 8 days-tour, you’ll not only get the chance to discover Leh but also Srinagar.

Get ready to make your dream of riding in Ladakh come true in the action-packed bike trip where one would be experiencing the fusion of thrill, serene beauty and culture of The "Land of High Passes", as the entire tour is exclusively elected by Thrillophilia's outdoor experts.

Srinagar is located on the banks of River Jhelum and shares its boundaries with Jammu & Kashmir. Famous for its stationary houseboats and colorful Shikaras in Dal Lake, Srinagar provides you a mesmerizing view of verdant mountains and serves as the home to exquisite Mughal-age gardens. Grab this golden opportunity to ride across these 2 alluring cities and explore the top attractions of the two places. 

Route: Leh - Sham valley - Khardungla - Nubra Valley - Pangong - Chang la - Kargil -Srinagar

Duration: 8 Days & 7 Night 

Passes covered: Khardung-la (18,000 ft), Chang-la (17,688 ft), and Zojila pass (11,500 ft)

Bike Trip Srinagar Leh Manali

Imagine riding your bikes on these beautiful empty roads!

Get ready to make your dream of riding in Ladakh come true in the action-packed bike trip where one would be experiencing the fusion of thrill, serene beauty, and culture of The "Land of High Passes", as the entire tour is exclusively elected by Thrillophilia's outdoor experts

This circuit features some of the world’s highest motorable passes with the spectacular beauty of snow-capped mountains, Lakes, rivers on their side while covering these breathtaking destinations, Solang valley, Gata Loops, Zojila pass, Kargil, Magnetic hill, Confluence of Indus, And Zanskar river, Dal lake and much more waiting on the way!

Admired for its unparalleled scenic views, pristine icy lakes, and swirling roads, This circuit is becoming the most Instagrammable place in India and is on everyone’s bucket list, it offers you a stay amidst the beautiful valley of mountains and a starlit sky in the night.

Route: Srinagar-Sonmarg-Zojila Pass-Kargil-Lamayuru-Leh-Nubra via Khardung La Pass-Pangong Lake-Leh-Jispa-Manali

Start point:  Srinagar

Passes covered: Khardung-la (18,000 ft), Chang-la (17,688 ft), Rohtang Pass (16,051 ft), Lachung La(16,600 ft), Baralacha la ( 16,000 ft), and Zojila pass (11,500ft)

Leh Ladakh Bike Adventure | With BMW G310 GS

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No other motorcycle has more adventure than the GS. Riding a BMW GS motorcycle is not just an experience; it’s a way of life where adventure awaits around every corner.

Get ready to make your dream of riding in Ladakh come true in the action-packed bike trip, on the beast BMW G310 GS where one would be experiencing the fusion of thrill, serene beauty and culture of The "Land of High Passes", as the entire tour is exclusively elected by Thrillophilia's outdoor experts.

On this Bike tour of Leh-Ladakh on the adventure friendly BMW G310 GS, one will get to explore the lively mountain range of the Ladakh region. Feel the victory by winning the battle with the highest motorable passes in the world like Khardung-la and Chang-la on a BMW superbike. On this bike one can truly sense the comfort of riding on a long plain track and can trip on the offroading thrill as well!

Route: Leh - Khardungla Pass - Nubra Valley - Diskit Monastery - Hunder - Shayok Route - Pangong Lake - Durbuk - Changla Pass - Thiksay Monastery - Leh

Duration: 6 Days & 5 Night 

Leh Ladakh Bike Adventure from Delhi | Fuel Included

Enjoy a bike ride and this beautiful location

Get ready to make your dream of riding in Ladakh come true in the action-packed bike trip where one would be experiencing the fusion of thrill, as you show off your riding skills on the most adventurous and thrilling routes in India. Ride your bike via beautiful valleys in Himachal, to the most thrilling routes of Ladakh.   Starting from Delhi, this Ladakh bike trip takes you to amazing destinations like Manali, Jispa, Sarchu, Leh, and many more. Drive through the highest motorable passes while enjoying the beauty of snow-capped mountains, lakes, amazing experiences, and much more.

Route: Delhi - Manali - Jispa - Sarchu - Leh-Nubra via Khardung La Pass - Pangong Lake - Leh

Duration: 10 Days & 9 Night

Endpoint: Leh

Leh Ladakh Tour Package from Srinagar

Enjoy the rugged terrains of Ladakh on your bikes

Experience the beauty of the Himalayas with the Leh Ladakh Tour Package from Srinagar! This 11-day adventure takes you through the mesmerizing landscapes of Leh Ladakh and offers a glimpse into the region's rich cultural heritage. Marvel at the historic Kargil War Memorial and soak in the scenic views from Tiger Hill. Explore the stunning Basgo Palace and witness the tranquility of the Pangong Tso lake. Immerse yourself in the serenity of the Diskit Monastery and take a camel ride to explore the vast expanse of sand dunes. The tour is perfect for those seeking an unforgettable travel experience amidst the breathtaking natural beauty of India.

Srinagar Leh Manali | Fuel Inclusions

They say you never forget how to ride a bike. Let's find out if that's true

Get ready to make your dream of riding in Ladakh come true as you ride the circuit featuring some of the world’s highest motorable passes with the spectacular beauty of snow-capped mountains, serene lakes, gushing rivers, lush forests and barren lands. as you explore the breathtaking destinations like Solang valley, Gata Loops, Zojila pass, Kargil, Magnetic hill, Confluence of Indus and Zanskar river, Dal lake and much more. This circuit is on everyone’s bucket lists as it offers you a stay amidst the beautiful valley of mountains and a starlit sky in the night.

Route: Srinagar - Sonmarg - Zojila Pass - Kargil - Lamayuru - Leh - Nubra via Khardung La Pass - Pangong Lake - Leh - Sarchu - Manali - Delhi

Start Point:  Srinagar

Passes Covered: Khardung-la (18,000 ft), Chang-la (17,688 ft), Rohtang Pass (16,051 ft), Lachung La(16,600 ft), Baralacha la ( 16,000 ft), and Zojila pass (11,500ft)

Leh Ladakh Jeep Tours

Manali to leh jeep expedition with tso moriri lake.

Manali to Leh Jeep Expedition with Tso Moriri Lake

Fixed departure dates:  Multiple dates open to Join a Group departure in June, July, August and September and can be customized on request for separate group also.

About the Activity: 

  • From the pleasantly hospitable town of Manali, the Manali to Leh Jeep expedition takes you on a roller coaster drive through distinct geographies portraying diverse geographies. From hill town to high altitude arid desert, this safari is one mega experience.
  • The Manali to Leh by road traverses over five high altitude Himalayan passes such as Rohtang (3,978m), Keylong (3,350m), and Tanglang La (17,585ft) showcasing an ever changing dynamic landscape that alters from barren lands to lush green pastures. With our Ladakh tour packages, you can head out for an amazing vacation with your gang.
  • Tsomoriri Lake is the one attraction that demands all your attention during this jeep ride which is now Tso Moriri Wetland Conservation Reserve. It is the largest of the high altitude lakes entirely within India at an altitude of 4522 meters.
  • Interact with the amazing landscapes beautified by the natural formations throughout the journey. You will come across the undeniable beauties of Khardung La Pass, Pangong Lake, Deskit, Hundar, the confluence of Zanskar and Indus Rivers, Nubra Valley etc. which all are covered in this Ladakh tour packages.
  • These places have been occupied by multitudinous mountains, valleys, small streams, rock formations, monasteries, gompas and what not.
  • By the end of the journey multi-hued prayer flags, Tibetian chortens, and friendly locals would be etched in your memories for a very long time to come.
  • Number of PAX       Standard               Deluxe                 Super Deluxe
  • Min 02 pax               Rs. 37470            Rs. 38090                Rs. 39660
  • Min 03 Pax               Rs. 28530            Rs. 29260                Rs. 30620
  • Min 04 pax               Rs. 24950             Rs. 25280                Rs. 27140
  • Min 05 Pax               Rs. 22090             Rs. 22780                Rs. 24220
  • Min 06 Pax               Rs. 20780              Rs. 21400                Rs. 22970
  • Min 07 Pax               Rs. 22540             Rs. 23220                 Rs. 24700
  • Min 08 Pax                Rs. 21500            Rs. 22130                  Rs. 23700
  • Min 09 Pax                Rs. 20300            Rs. 20960                  Rs. 22460
  • Min 10 Pax                Rs. 19690             Rs. 20320                  Rs. 21880
  • Min 11 Pax                 Rs. 18870             Rs. 19520                 Rs. 21040
  • Min 12 Pax                  Rs. 18480            Rs. 19100                 Rs. 20670
  • Extra Bed Child            Rs. 8800             Rs. 9800                    Rs. 10700

Leh Ladakh Jeep Safari Package from Manali

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Known as the most beautiful destinations in the world, Ladakh had been attracting a lot of tourists.   Leh Ladakh jeep safari package is the perfect one for the adventure seekers where they can explore the beauty of region while driving through the barren roads. Each day will hold something new for you during this incredible journey. Soak in the beauty of the region with the mountains, valleys, scenic monasteries etc.

Not just this you also get a chance to learn about the rich culture and traditions of this region. Meet the local people and enjoy a cup of hot tea with them. Visit some of the places like Thiksey Monastery, Shey Monastery, Leh Palaces etc. Don't miss your chance to enjoy the wonderful camping by the Pangong Lake and feel the thrill as you ride through Khardungla, highest motorable road in the world.

Srinagar Leh Sightseeing Tour

Lamayuru is one of the largest and oldest gompas in Ladakh, with a population of around 150 permanent monks resident. It has, in the past, housed up to 400 monks, many of which are now based in gompas in surrounding villages

Starting from Srinagar, this tour gives you a boost with the beautiful lakes, views, and soothing air. Enter into two completely different worlds - beautiful Srinagar and thrilling Ladakh . Ladakh, the Land of High Passes, wins hearts with its simplicity and rugged natural beauty. Spectacular landscapes, enfolded by serrated mountains, give the region its unique character. The pristine natural heritage of this fabled realm can be seen in its picturesque lakes, unspoiled by human civilization.

Route: Srinagar - Kargil - Chang La - Pangong - Nubra Valley - Khardung La - Sham valley - Leh

Start Point:  Srinagar Airport

Leh Ladakh Sightseeing Packages

Manali leh srinagar car trip with tsomoriri and hanle.

a drive through the valley of snow capped mountains and alpine lakes !

Explore the beautiful valleys of Himachal, along with the adventurous routes of Ladakh and the delightful lakes of Srinagar. This circuit features some of the world’s highest motorable passes with the spectacular beauty of snow-capped mountains, Lakes, rivers on their side while covering these breathtaking destinations, Solang valley, Gata Loops, Hanle, Tso Mori Ri, Zojila pass, Kargil, Magnetic hill, Confluence of Indus And Zanskar River, Dal lake and much more waiting on the way!

Route: Manali-Jispa-Sarchu-Tsomoriri-Hanle-Pangong Tso-Nubra Valley-Leh-Kargil-Sonamarg-Srinagar.

Start point:  Manali

Passes covered: Khardung-la (18,000 ft), Rohtang Pass (16,051 ft), Lachung La(16,600 ft), Baralacha la ( 16,000 ft), and Zojila pass (11,500 ft)

Wonders of Ladakh | FREE Inner Line Permits

Pangong Lake, situated at a height of almost 4,350m, is the world's highest saltwater lake. Its water, which seems to be dyed in blue, stand in stark contrast to the arid mountains surrounding it.

Get ready for the most adventurous drive-through of your life. This tour lets you explore both the beauty of Manali and the thrills of Ladakh, and going through the cultural side of Leh makes the tour even more interesting. The unlimited fun activities in Manali, driving through the hairpin bends of the route, and exploring the heart of Ladakh; are the experiences that make this tour full of crazy and unique experiences.

Route: Delhi - Manali - Jispa - Sarchu - Leh - Nubra via Khardung La Pass - Pangong Lake - Leh

8 Day Ladakh Sightseeing Tour with Stay at Tso Moriri

8 Day Ladakh Sightseeing Tour with Stay at Tso Moriri

  • The trip begins with your arrival at Leh airport
  • You will be visiting the local sights of the city as well as the attractions of the Sham Valley
  • The highlights there are the mysterious Magnetic hill and the beautiful confluence of the rivers Zanskar and Indus
  • The trip also takes you to the famous Nubra valley and the famous Pangong Tso Lake which are the most admired places among the people opting for Ladakh Tour Packages.
  • From Pangong, you will be driving to the Tso Moriri, which is a beautiful Lake and a breeding ground for many migratory birds
  • You will also be staying in camps at various locations, the best part about which is the unending views of stars and galaxies in the clear nights
  • Enjoy this tour of 8 days and cherish it forever

Leh Sightseeing Tour with Stay at Pangong

Leh Sightseeing Tour with Stay at Pangong

About the Activity:

  • Make your vacation a special one with this exciting 7 days 6 nights sightseeing tour in Ladakh.
  • Ladakh, a muse for writers, a haven for bikers and a perfect getaway for the experience loving travellers! 
  • Experience one of the best Ladakh tour packages while you're cuddled in the laps of the mighty Himalayan and Karakorum ranges, it is a destination that is beautified by contrasts!
  • During the course of this tour, you will get to explore Sangam, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Nubra valley, Leh and Pangong Tso lake. 
  • Explore the amazing beauty of the region with the valleys and the serene surroundings.
  • Experience the joy of riding in a double hunk camel in the Nubra valley and enjoy the beauty of the Pangong Tso lake as it slowly changes its colour.
  • This Ladakh tour package boasting this destination is deservedly among the gorgeous natural spectacles in the world!
  • Conclude your tour after getting transferred to the airport and head back home with wonderful memories from this Ladakh trip.

Duration of the Tour:  7D/6N

Highest Altitude: Khardung La Pass (18,380 feet)

Group Size: 6 PAX

Tour Type: Group Departure

8 Days Leh Ladakh with Manali | Free Excursion to Rancho School

With a view like this, You'd never wish to leave!

Starting from Leh, this tour features the most amazing journey, which covers both the beautiful valleys of Manali and the adventurous routes of Ladakh. Explore the adventurous side of your personality while enjoying this thrilling road trip to Ladakh from Manali via various exciting destinations and twisty roads. Cover the breathtaking destinations during your road trip like Solang valley, Gata Loops, Manali, Pang, Magnetic hill, Confluence of Indus And Zanskar river and so much more! 

Route: Leh - Sham valley - Khardung La Pass - Nubra valley - Pangong Lake - Leh - Jispa - Manali - Delhi

Duration: 9 Days & 8 Night

Start Point:  Leh

Passes Covered: Khardung-la (18,000 ft), Chang-la (17,688 ft), Rohtang Pass (16,051 ft), Lachung La(16,600 ft) and Baralacha la ( 16,000 ft)

Leh Ladakh Trekking Packages

Chadar trek, ladakh - frozen river trek.

Chadar Trek in Leh

About Chadar Frozen River Trek :

The Chadar Trek, also known as the Zanskar River Chadar Trek, is a thrilling winter adventure over the frozen Zanskar River in Ladakh, India. This spectacular journey takes trekkers through breathtaking landscapes of icy cliffs and snow-covered mountains. Starting near the village of Chilling, the trek unfolds the mystery of the Himalayas as adventurers navigate the frozen river, experiencing the unique challenges and beauty of the region. With temperatures dropping significantly, the trek requires careful preparation and endurance but rewards participants with an unforgettable experience amidst the untouched wilderness of the Zanskar region.

Departure Dates:

  • Jan '24: 7th, 8th, 10th, 13th, 15th, 16th, 26th, 29th.
  • Feb '24: 1st, 5th.

Chadar Trek Quick Facts:

  • Chadar River Trek Duration: 9D/8N
  • Chadar Trek Distance:   62 km
  • Maximum Altitude:  11,123ft
  • Difficulty Level:  Difficult 
  • Chadar Trek Temperature:  -5 to -15 degrees (during the day) and -15 to -25 degrees (during the night)
  • Chadar Trek Best Time: Early January - Early February.
  • Start and End Point of the Trek: Guest House in Leh.
  • Nearest Airport: Leh airport. (Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport)
  • Last ATM: Leh Market and Airport.

How to Reach Leh :

By Air: The most convenient way to reach Leh is by taking a direct flight to Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport from New Delhi. This journey can take around 1 hour and 15 minutes and is offered by various airlines including SpiceJet, Air India, and IndiGo.

By Road: Delhi is approximately 930 kilometres and it takes around 24 hours to reach depending on the road conditions. You can take an HRTC bus from Delhi to Leh via Manali which takes approximately 30 hours to reach. Similarly, you can opt for a road trip to Leh from Delhi via NH 3 which can take around 25 hours depending on the route and halts.

Markha Valley Trek, Ladakh

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About Markha Valley Trek:

An arid cold desert trekking area that offers the best views of Ladakh and Zanskar Ranges has admirers worldwide. It is also known as a tea-house trek, as it is filled with the local culture of Ladakh. Witness the 21000 feet Kang Yissay and 20086 feet Stok Kangri peaks also while embarking on this trek.

Hemis National Park and Gandala La and Kongmaru La are the promising attractions one gets while taking the Markha Valley trek route. Another factor that makes this trek amusing is the waist-deep river crossing which helps us to cross the Markha River to reach the trails to Buddhist villages and rock structures. Markha Valley is in very close proximity to Leh which makes it more accessible for trekkers.

Quick Facts About Markha Valley Trek:

Duration: 9D/8N

Markha valley trek altitude: 17100ft

Markha valley trek Difficulty level: Difficult

Trek distance: 75kms

Temperature: During the day: 20°C - 30°C and During the night 0°C - 10°C

Best Time To Travel: July to Mid September

Airport : Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Leh

Basecamp: Leh

Atm:  The last ATM where the travelers can withdraw cash is at Leh

Start point / End Point: Leh

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

View of Gangabal and Nundkol Lake

About Kashmir Great Lakes Trek:

Cuddled up cosily amidst the mountains, Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is yet another hidden jewel of Kashmir as it validates Kashmir’s mythical status as heaven on earth. The beautiful Alpine and snow-clad mountains will walk through the paths, and green meadows, and rocky terrains are there to bound the journey.

Every day is a 360° panorama of wild, rugged mountains, rolling meadows and turquoise alpine lakes and you get more than seven of these lakes and five very different valleys to explore! The Kashmir Great Lakes, however, is an IMAX 3D experience – such is the grandeur of the trek. If you have not done this trek, put it on your bucket list!

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Quick Facts:

Duration: 7D/6N

Trekking distance:  72km

Maximum Altitude: 13,800ft

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Kashmir Great Lakes TrekTemperature: 17°C-20°C (Max. During Day Time) to 3°C-4°C ( Min. During Night Time)

Best Time to do Kashmir Great Lake Treks: July to September

Railway Station: Jammu is the nearest railway station 

Airport: Srinagar Airport

End Point: Srinagar

Stok Kangri Trek, Ladakh

The Ulmighty Stok Kangri Peak

About Stok Kangri Trek:

The ascents make Stok Kangri an enduring challenge. The Stok Kangri peak provides you an entire view of the Zanskar and the Indus Valley. This entire region looks amazing because of the deserted surroundings and the trails with plenty of ridges. Through the entire trek, you will experience many magnificent views starting from Leh where you get the perfect combination of natural aesthetics with cultural beauty till the whole path to the Stok Village, full of natural majesty and dark green trees. The route will take you through glaciers and steep slopes until you reach the summit ridge. You will be trekking on an average of 7-13 hours each day for fulfilling the dream trek to Stok Kangri peak. This out-of-the-ordinary trek to Stok Kangri will be one of the greatest moments to cherish, in your life.

Quick Facts About Stok Kangri Trek:

Stok Kangri Trek Duration: 9D/8N

Stok Kangri Trek height 20180 Ft.

Trek Grade: Difficult

Mt Stok Kangri Trek Ladakh Trekking distance: 40 km

Temperatures: Day- 18° C to 10° C & Night 6° C to -5° C

Best Time to do Mt Stok Kangri Trek Ladakh: July to Mid September

ATM: ATMs are available at Leh

Start & End Point: Leh

Leh Ladakh Honeymoon Tour Packages

Leh ladakh honeymoon package 2023 | flat 18% off.

Leh Ladakh Honeymoon Package 2023 | Flat 18% off

Blessed with the beauty of the invigorating mountains, scenic valleys and the spiritual monasteries, Ladakh is a dream destination for all. Leh Ladakh honeymoon package is the perfect package which allows you to spend some quality time with your beloved. Inviting couple from all around the world, lately, this has become a honeymoon destination as well.

What could be a better way to spend your honeymoon while enjoying the view of the mountains from your balcony with your partner! Visit some of the popular attractions like monasteries, high altitudes lake and enjoy some lavish romantic dinner. Click some memorable pictures as you ride through the highest motorable road Khardungla and enjoy camping with your special one under the billions of stars.

About the Leh Ladakh Honeymoon Package

Leh Ladakh Group Tour | FREE Camp Stay

Nubra Valley

Travel to the top of the world and gather an experience of the most thrilling tour of your life. S pend some quality time, and gather beautiful memories at Leh-Ladakh, which features most of the world’s highest motorable passes with the spectacular beauty of snow-capped mountains. Admired for its unparalleled scenic views, pristine icy lakes, and swirling roads, Ladakh is becoming the most Instagrammable place in India and is on everyone’s bucket list. It offers you a stay amidst the beautiful valley of mountains and a starlit sky in the night. The unique thing about the Ladakh terrain is that it has mountains, forests, deserts, lakes, rivers, waterfalls in one beautiful and dynamic geography.

Route: Leh - Sham Valley - Khardungla- Nubra Valley - Pangong - Chang-la - Stok village - Leh.

Leh Ladakh Cycling Packages

Manali to leh cycling tour.

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Ladakh is the emergent favorite of travelers, not just from India, but from the entire world. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains on all sides, the beauty of this place is unparalleled, and you will agree to that as soon as you set foot here. And despite being so far off and on the rain shadow side of the Himalayas, Ladakh is very well connected, especially the capital city of Leh. Apart from the main airport in the capital, you can arrive in Ladakh via road too, with highways coming in from Srinagar and from Manali, the latter being one of the most beautiful highways in the country.

And this is another reason why Ladakh is a favorite of adventure junkies. You can ride a bike till here, or can even cycle up to this beautiful land of Leh, some 11,400ft above sea level.

Quick info about Manali To Leh Cycling Tour :

Route: Manali - Marhi - Sissu - Jispa - Patseo - Sarchu - Pang - Tsokar - Rumptse - Leh - Khardung-La - Leh

Duration: 13 Days & 12 Night 

Passes Covered: Rohtang La (3879m), Baralacha La (4892 m), Nakli La (4800m), Lachalung La (5100m), Tanglang La (5350 m), and Khardung La (5602 m)

Manali to Leh Cycling Trip

Manali to Leh Cycling Trip

  • Explore the breathtaking Himalayas atop two wheels on this enthralling cycling trip across Manali and Leh.
  • Start your trip from Manali and make your way across 5 passes with a maximum altitude of Khardung La (5602 mts).
  • Pass by Rohtang Pass, Bara Lachha La, Naki La & Lachu lung La and many more. 
  • Cycle through loopy passes, high altitude peaks, cold deserts and breathtaking snow filled landscapes. 
  • Conclude your 11 day tour by arriving at your stunning destination of Leh.

Attractions of Ladakh

Pangong lake day tour from leh.

Pangong Lake Day Tour from Leh

If you are visiting this exotic land of Ladakh than this lake is a must-see destination for you. Also, known as Pangong Tso, this lake is an endorheic lake which is located at the Himalayas and is 134 km long. This lake is a must see place in your Ladakh holiday package . The lake is identified as a wetland under the Ramsar Convention. Get mesmerized by the lake as it slowly keeps changing its colors. 

The scintillating water of the lake is very famous among the people who come to visit here. Spend some time enchanted by the breathtaking view of the lake and don't miss the opportunity of camping around Pangong Tso . The lake covers around one-third area within our country and the other two third portion lies with Tibet and is controlled by China.

Places to stay: Here are the best hotels around Pangong Lake for a perfect stay.

Also, check out our guide of Leh to Pangong Lake that will give you detailed information about the journey.

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Top Experiences To Do in Pangong Lake

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Magnetic Hill Tour from Leh

Magnetic Hill Tour from Leh

A gravity-defying patch of road located at a distance of about 30 Km from Leh city is a fascinating attraction for people coming on their Leh Ladakh tours. It is a must visit destination for you during  your Leh Ladakh trip . It has a yellow box painted on the road in which you are instructed to park your vehicle. After you park it, you will see that it will start moving uphill at an approximate speed of 20 Km/hr. This is due to the hill nearby having a strong magnetic force that pulls the vehicles towards it that are within its range.  Apart from the captivating attraction, the magnetic hill also has a view of the flowing Sindhu river, making it a perfect pit stop for travellers. But remember, there are no eating joints here as it is located on the barren Leh-Kargil Highway. Also Checkout:  Singapore Flyer Tickets

Top Experiences To Do in Magnetic Hill

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Zanskar Valley Tour from Leh

Zanskar Valley Tour from Leh

Roosted at a tallness of 13,154 ft, Zanskar Valley is a semi-dry locale settled in the northern flank of the Great Himalayas. The center of attraction here is the snow-covered mountains, charming climate, Zanskar's shimmering water bodies and a rich scenic view.  The valley lies 105 km away from Leh and is a focal point for experience sports like trekking, paragliding, water boating. During winters, the temperature can plunge to a fierce - 30 degrees celsius. One can just venture out to Zanskar between  June to September as in winters this place is covered with thick snow making it difficult to pass, one of the famous places to be included in your Leh Ladakh tour packages.  One can find here a no of monasteries, nunnery, padum, Pensi La & Drang Drung glacier along your way.

Nubra Valley Tour from Leh

Nubra Valley Tour from Leh

Encircled by snow capped Himalayan reaches the valley is known for its plantations, picturesque view of Bactrian camels. Nubra Valley lies in the northernmost tip of  Jammu and Kashmir. Arranged around 150 km from Leh, In present time Nubra Valley is known as the Orchard of Ladakh and in earlier times it was called as Ldumra which implied the valley of blossoms.  During winter, the entire valley seems a scene painted in white due to heavy snow and in summer it’s loaded with greenery.  To arrive at Nubra valley, you should cross the highest motorable pass on the planet Khardung La.  Every bike lover has Nubra valley as a priority in his Ladakh trip itinerary.

Top Experiences To Do in Nubra Valley

Manali Leh Srinagar Tour with Hanle & Tsomoriri

Lamayuru Monastery Tour

Lamayuru Monastery Tour

Shey Monastery Tour

Shey Monastery Tour

There is another place in your Ladakh packages which is must visit for you, Shey monastery is situated at a single hillock at a separation of 15 km away south of Leh. This cloister is likewise called Shey Palance which was at one time the living arrangement of the imperial family which was got built by the principal ruler of Ladakh, Lhachen Palgyigon. 

Principle fascination in Shey Monastery is twelve feet Shakyamuni Buddha's statue. It is made by embellishment copper and is the biggest statue in the district. It was worked by Deldan Namgyal in 1633 as a funerary remembrance of his dad, lord Singee Namgyal. There is another towering statue of the Buddha. 

Wee have got you the best hotels to stay in Leh  that will make your stay peaceful and memorable.

Gurudwara Pathar Sahib Day Tour

Gurudwara Pathar Sahib Day Tour

Hall of Fame Tour

Hall of Fame Tour

Add some patriotism to your Ladakh trip by visiting the famous Hall of Fame, a museum maintained by the brave Indian army. The museum was built in the loving memories of all the soldiers who were martyred in the historic Kargil war. Divided into two sections you will be taken onto their journey, showcasing the original photographs taken during the war. On the first floor, one can witness the initially armed weapons used during the war along with the arms and ammunition captured by the Indian Army during the Kargil war.

Your Ladakh tour package will be incomplete without witnessing the real artefacts from the famous ‘Operation Vijay’, on which the movie ‘Shershah’ is based. The original documented letter written by the cadets will help us understand their point of view. Along with the letter, there is a documentary area, where clips from the operations are shown to the public so that they can get a glimpse of soldiers' lifestyles. There is a 30-minute film on the Kargil war that is also shown in their spacious stadium.

Apart from that, the museum also tells us about the history, culture, vegetation, and animal life of the area, making it a major information source on your Leh Ladakh trip. It also consists of a souvenir shop, selling t-shirts, cups, coffee mugs, pashmina shawls, etc.

Sangam Point Tour

Sangam Point Tour

With the word “Sangam” itself meaning “the Confluence”, the name does justice to the place. One of the must include destinations in your Ladakh Packages, the Sangam Point is the spot where the streams of river Zanskar and river Indus converge into one. One might have seen a picture or a video of this place on various social media platforms since the view is truly amazing. 

This visual feast however can be enjoyed from several points of view, but the best location to do so is from the corners of the steam. To enjoy this fascinating view, you can include a stop at Nimmu Village in your Leh Ladakh trip plan. Every lover of natural beauty will surely enjoy visiting here and watching the confluence of deep blue coloured & rustic brown coloured streams. While many people come here for the rustling sound of the flowing water hitting the rocks below it, many consider this place as a perfect spot for clicking some memorable pictures. 

Including the Sangam Point in your Ladakh trip packages will surely give you a perfect backdrop for some adorable photos. To get the best view, you can visit this spot during the months of December to January when both the rivers freeze completely white. 

Rancho School Visit

Rancho School Visit

Namgyal Tsemo Monastery Tour

Namgyal  Tsemo Monastery Tour

Dating back to the early fifteenth century, the Namgyal Tsemo Monastery is counted as one of the oldest and highest monasteries in Leh Ladakh India. The monastery is a part of Tsemo Castle whose whole architecture is worth a glimpse, hence making your Ladakh holiday packages worthy. Founded by King Tashi Namgyal, this Buddhist Monastery consists of a humongous gold statue of Maitreya Buddha, which can be seen from far away. 

Other than offering some of the most mesmerizing views of the surroundings, this monastery is home to numerous age-old relics and water color paintings. It is at all times advised to make your visit here at least 3 to 4 hours long if you wish to fully explore the pagoda. Being one of the must-include places in a Ladakh trip packages, the Namgyal Tsemo Monastery will fill your heart with its pious aura and quaint setting. 

Inside the Monastery, you will find a prayer hall filled with monks who have made it their home. During the morning and evening prayers, one can watch them opening the doors and chanting the hymns as a collective. If you are a lover of natural beauty and wish to include some solace in your Ladakh Package then make sure that you take a tour of Namgyal Tsemo Monastery and add them in your ladakh trip itinerary 

Shey Valley Tour

Shey Valley Tour

Sitting on the upper side of Indus Valley, Shey Valley was the older capital city of Ladakh region. Famed for its beautiful scenery and vast spanning panoramas, the valley is gifted with scenery worth every ounce of effort used to reach here with your Ladakh trip packages. Situated between the famous Hemis monastery and Leh, this valley is a perfect place to start your trip to Leh Ladakh.  Offering numerous attractions one can start their journey from the royal Shey Palace, which was constructed by the royal family of Namgyal. Built in 1665 AD, this place is currently used as a center of Buddhism, and is known as the new house of the exquisite Shey Monastery.  Home to the largest golden Buddha statue, tourists from all over the world add this palace into their Leh Ladakh tour packages. 

Tourists can click beautiful panoramic pictures from the monastery’s complexes,  enhancing their social media gallery.  A few miles from the palace there is a village featuring the famous Druk Padma Karpo Institute, a major tourist attraction that became famous after the success of 3-idiots, and is now known as Rancho’s school. If you are a Bollywood lover then this place should definitely be on your Leh tour package.

Tso Kar Lake Tour

Tso Kar Lake Tour

2 Days Kargil Tour from Leh

2 Days Kargil Tour from Leh

Most of you might have already heard about the amazing beauty of Kargil . So this time on your Ladakh package get a chance to explore the beauty of this region. Kargil is a locale of Ladakh division in the Indian condition of Jammu and Kashmir. It is the second biggest town in Ladakh after Leh. It is said that it was the time of Ali Sher Khan Anchan, the renowned leader of Skardu, in the late sixteenth and mid-seventeenth hundreds of years which impacted the territory. 

While you are going to Kargil additionally visit The Suru valley. This valley acts as a natural barrier between Kargil and the Zanskar valley. Fed by the Suru river, which flows through it, the valley remains surprisingly verdant despite its altitude exceeding 3000 meters. Renowned as the lushest valley in the Greater Himalayas, it's a must-visit on any Leh Ladakh itinerary.

Check out our guide of Kargil to Leh  that covers all the major about information the tour and make your trip memorable.

2 Days Drass Tour from Leh

2 Days Drass Tour from Leh

Essential Information

Frequently asked questions about leh ladakh trips.

Frequently Asked Questions about Leh Ladakh Trips

Q) How are the road conditions in Leh Ladakh?

A: During your road trip or while traveling by road, you will be passing through 30% road and 70% off roads.  After crossing Manali you will reach Leh, then onto Pangong and Nubra which is a mixture of both roads and off-road. Also, you will find sections of asphalt and areas with huge stones in the way. The best part is that your whole adventure will be mostly on the off-road. Q) Can I do Manali to Leh with 1 stop at Sarchu?

A: Although this is possible on your trip I would suggest you shouldn’t. Leh trip is mostly about experiencing scenic views and its stunning surroundings. So while you are driving down the roads from Manali to Leh it is always better to make 2 stops. You might be a bit late but the joy of experiencing the natural beauty will let you feel more relaxed. As you make the stops you will have some time to adjust your body to acclimatize to the high altitudes, reducing chances of getting AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Though there are some beautiful campsites at Sarchu where you can have a comfy stay. Q) Can I go to Nubra valley and come back in the same day?

A: Well, if you see theoretically it will be a yes and practically it will no. For reaching Nubra valley you will be passing through Khardungla, the highest motorable road in the world. And it’s not a good idea to pass such a high altitude twice. As Nubra Valley is known for its beauty and the magnificence, spend some time enjoying the serenity of this region. Q) Can I go to Pangong Tso Lake and come back in the same day?

A: Well, if you see theoretically it will be a yes and practically it will no. Panging Tso Lake is quite far away to cover in just one day. Also, you will be passing through the third highest motorable pass in the world, Chang La. As for the one who loves to explore the natural beauty Panging Lake is one of the most enchanting in the entire trip.  Another interesting thing is that you will be camping here for the night. Spend the night under the sky and staring at the lake as it glitters in the moonlight. It will be totally worth it. Q) Can I do Leh to Srinagar in one day?

A: Yes, this is possible in one day. The road which you will pass here is very good. Only a few sections are bad roads around Zojila pass and Sonamarg. You might also face the rain in between your trip and the roads might get a bit slippery. You can also take a stop at Kargil where you can enjoy the beauty of the place and also visit the Kargil war memorial. Q) Is there any lack of oxygen in Ladakh?

A: If you are traveling at  1000 above sea level will find difficulty in breathing or is likely to fall prey to altitude sickness. It happens due to the low level of atmospheric oxygen. Q) What are the symptoms of High Altitude sickness? How long does it take to get acclimatize in Ladakh?

A: Few of the symptoms of high altitude include giddiness, loss of appetite, lack of sleep and difficulty in breathing. The best way to get acclimatize in Ladakh is a natural rest for at least 48 hours. Q) Is there an ATM at Leh, Nubra & Pangong, Can we use Credit Cards?

A: A very few operator and hotels accept credit cards here and there will be a service charge of 2%. You will find ATM’s of Jammu and Kashmir Bank, State Bank of India, HDFC Bank, Axis Bank and Punjab National Bank in Leh city. Outside Leh city, there are no ATMs. Q) Do credit cards work in hotels and restaurants?

A: Yes, credit cards are accepted in a few hotels in Leh . There are some restaurants too that accept the credit cards but they charge 2% service tax. Q) What permits do I need for a complete Ladakh trip?

A:   Ladakh region requires some inner line permits across few places such as to cross Rohtang pass, Nubra Valley and Pangong Lake. If you cross Rohtang early in the morning, chances are that there might be no one to check your permit. But it is better to get your permits. For Nubra and Pangong, you need 2 permits each.

Q) Which is the best time to visit Ladakh?

A:  The best time to visit Ladakh is between May and September when the weather in Ladakh is the warmest. Ladakh doesn't experience rain like elsewhere in India, so the monsoon season is the perfect time to travel to Leh. Q) Can we Visit Ladakh with Kids?

A: Ladakh is best for group tours and bike tours. It is not sensible for the kids. If you are traveling with kids you should be wary of all the conditions. It is advisable for tourists to not take children below the age of 5 years, as they may face acclimatization issues. Q) What kind of accommodation is available in Ladakh?

A: While visiting Ladakh you will find that there are four different categories graded to a hotel- A, B, C, D.  When it comes to A class hotels, their facilities and services are simply comparable to any 3-star hotel. Each hotel in Ladakh is designed with the traditional architecture of the region and feature oversized rooms equipped with modern amenities. These rooms are furnished with Ladakhi and Tibetan décor. Q) How many minimum days are required to explore Ladakh?

A: You will need at least a minimum of 15 days to explore the amazing Ladakh including the monasteries, villages, and forts. You first two days will be acclimatization days. You might also take some extra time if you are planning to head out for a mountain trek. Q) What kind of clothes should we bring there?

A: If you are trekking 4000 meters above sea level, you need warm woolen clothes. Rain and snowfall can take place in June and July and therefore windcheaters and raincoats are good. If you are into trekking, a pair of waterproof shoes are a must. T-shirts and shorts can do during the daytime but after evening the climate gets chilly and one requires a jacket and pullover. Q) What kind of tourist vehicles are found in this region?

A: While you are Leh you will find different kinds of tourist vehicles like Toyota Qualis and Mahindra Scorpio vehicles. You will not find auto rickshaws here.

Offbeat Things to do in Leh Ladakh

Offbeat Things to do in Leh Ladakh

1. Experience Chumathang Changthang Hotspring: Take a dip in the soothing hot springs of the cold desert Chumathang. When here, you can feel the spine chilling breeze and cool environs and a dive in the hot springs is just an unmissable part. This unique experience is not that common and most of the Ladakh holiday packages are not inclusive of such expeditions. 2. Meet the Tibetian Nomads at Tsokar: Our lives are pretty easy, but this is not for everyone. At Tso Kar, you can come across various nomads who keep wandering and have a lot of stories to tell, as their life is nothing less than an engaging tale. 3. See Marmots in Ladakh: Though it's a little difficult to find one, but this cute creature is unique to Ladakh. This species of the squirrel family is difficult to spot and even if you find them they run away as soon as they hear the footsteps approaching. 4.  Visit SECMOL and understand the reforming of the educational system: As said, knowledge can never be bound and trapped inside a few pages, you need to walk, the walk of life to gain it all. Holding on to this motto, this school reforms the education system for the students who are not good with letters and numbers, but are masters in implementation work. 5. Visit one of the highest observatories in the world: Hanle Observatory: Located at an elevation of 4,500 m this is one of the highest observatories in the world and is the site for gamma, infrared and optical waves. This optical telescope extends spectacular displays. 6. Visit the Donkey Sanctuary in Leh: Wish to know where the homeless donkeys went? Well, all of them are at the Donkey Sanctuary. Since ages, they have been working hard for their masters, and to provide them a home, this place came up. 7. Meditate with Monks at Diskit Monastery: A large number of Ladakh holiday packages cater to this bizarre experience. When at Diskit Monastery, you can relax and unwind from the chaos and meditate along with the monks. 8. Watch melting Glacier while traveling on roads: Such a view when the snow starts melting and the region transforms its colors from white to brown, is a treat to the eyes. This can be witnessed in the months when the winters fall off and summers begin. 9. Stargazing while you go for a night camp: The carpets of the star-studded sky is a view, which will promisingly melt your heart away. With an array of Ladakh travel packages which provide this experience, you can easily witness the surreal. 10. Cross chilling water as your vehicle will get stuck in it:  Unique experiences make the journey unforgettable, and when embarking on a Leh Ladakh trip, this is an indispensable aspect. Including this experience allows you to venture off the conventional path and indulge in off-roading adventures amidst icy cold waters. It's an essential element of any Leh tour itinerary, promising excitement and memories to cherish.

11. Ride a double-humped camel in white sands of Nubra: Wish to ride the double-humped camel? Book a Leh Ladakh package, as quite a lot of them cater to this activity. Go bumping around on the white sands of Nubra valley. 12. Learn Ladakhi Dance from Locals: The best way to know about the culture is to interact with the locals, be it learning the Ladakhi dance form or their traditions, they can teach everything. 13. Know the local flavors with Ladakhi Lunch at Stok Village: If your buds are always craving for culinary delights, then an exotic lunch at the Stok village is the thing for you. Serving platter of all of the local delicacies, this is a combination of all the home-cooked delights. Quite a lot of Leh Ladakh packages victual to this dining experience.

Famous Camps to stay in Ladakh

Famous Camps to stay in Ladakh

1. Pangong Retreat Camp: Curtail your Ladakh tour package cost and stay at the camps, which give you picture-perfect views right in your lap. Whether you wish to stay at the comfy rooms or you want to stroll along the Pangong lake, here you can witness both of them. Additionally, these camps have each and every luxury you could wish for in a camp.

2. Camp Redstart: With a trail of 10 running camps, here you can opt for a dwelling you wish for. When you hear the word camp, the first thing that might strike your mind is closeness to nature, and this tent is an excellent example of it. Ranging from the basic amenities to the jaw-dropping backdrops this place is one spot for all.

3. Nomadic Life Camp: Located in Korzok, this camping site is built elegantly to extend a blend of modern amenities and bounties of nature. Staying true to its name this camp is perfect for the Nomadic and if you go for options like this, then you can cut short  Ladakh tour package cost. With colorful Tibetian flags and trails of greens, this camping site is the first pick of many travelers and should be part of your leh tour packages

4. Camp Martsemik La: Wondering to opt for this camping experience? Located right next to the Pangong lake, this place not only caters to a bag full of ultra-modern amenities but also provides ultimate comfort. When touring Ladakh, you should always take care of relaxation as the terrains are quite rugged, and this site is a pioneer in providing this aspect. Certain Leh Ladakh packages, provide accommodation at this campsite, as it is one of the best camping sites in here.

5. Nubra Ethnic Camp: Covered by the lush green carpets and contrasting with pretty white tents! This setting is a choice with no regrets! When here, you can listen to the whisper of the soothing air, and embrace the beauty of the picture-perfect backdrops make sure to include them in your leh packages. Be it the well-fitted washrooms or the lip-smacking delights, at these camps, you can have all of it. Another key point of Nubra Ethnic camp is its location, which makes the camping experience even more enticing!

People Also Ask About Ladakh

What is ladakh famous for.

Usually called "Little Tibet", Ladakh is a dramatic desert region surrounded by barren mountains, picturesque monasteries, and colourful prayer flags. Here are a few hotspots for which Ladakh is famous- 1. Pangong Tso Lake : This azure blue lake has been made famous by the Bollywood movie, "3 Idiots". Have an enthralling experience of camping under the starry skies, right beside the enchanting lake. 2. Nubra Valley : While on the way to Pangong Tso, you will come across a lovely desert called Nubra valley, which is right in the middle of the snow-capped hilly terrains. Here you will be able to witness and ride the famous two-humped camels as well.  For all adventure seekers, this is a must visit place to add to your Leh Ladakh packages. 3. Zanskar Valley : This popular yet secluded destination in Ladakh is a special place where you will be able to witness the lofty mountains, deep gorges, and stunning panoramic views of the Zanskar river flowing right in the middle. It is only open for a minimum period in the whole year and is pretty famous among trek enthusiasts. Add this experience to your Leh Ladakh packages , and make the best of your Ladakh trip. 4. Magnetic Hill : this destination is one of the most beautiful and fascinating tourist places in Ladakh. It gives an illusion of the vehicle going uphill on a downhill road. Magnetic hill holds a definite spot in almost all of the Leh Ladakh tour packages.   5. Khardungla Pass : A must-include in your Leh tour packages, Khardung La is the highest civilian motorable road in the entire world. It offers you a fantastic panorama of the rugged terrains and lovely valleys.

How much it will cost to visit Ladakh?

What are the best places to stay in leh ladakh.

1. The Druk Ladakh:  It is a luxurious escape in Leh Ladakh road trip packages as the hotel is loaded with all modern facilities. It houses 2 Suites, 42 deluxe rooms, and 28 standard rooms, along with a garden, restaurant, and more. 2. Gangba Homestay:   It is a homestay located in famous monasteries and stupas of Ladakh and houses facilities like a dining hall, 24 hours running water, and more. 3. Hotel Lasermo:  The place houses a multi-cuisine restaurant, terrace, gardens, parking, pool table, and more. You can choose from 5 VIP Suites and 33 Rooms to stay. , it is indeed a good option to stay while on a Ladakh trip. 4. Hotel The Zen Ladakh:   44 beautiful rooms built in cottage and suite-style, this is one of the most luxurious hotels in Ladakh. Offers Outdoor Pool, terrace, garden, Spa, and more. 5. Reeyork Homestay:  Located in Central Leh at Chubi, this place is loaded with hospitality and modern facilities of Television, generators, and more, make sure to include this place in your Leh Ladakh tour packages

6. The Grand Dragon:  This luxurious destination offers a stunning vista of both desert landscapes and majestic mountains. Included in Leh Ladakh packages, guests can indulge in an array of amenities such as an outdoor fireplace, picnic area, terrace, garden, coffee house, restaurant, and more.

7. Hotel Silver Cloud:  You will get to experience Ladakhi culture at this boutique hotel. Offer all the modern amenities along with outdoor activities like bike tours, hiking, and more.

Is it safe to travel to Leh Ladakh?

Yes, it is entirely safe to travel to Leh Ladakh, and the tourists are given tremendous respect there. Since the altitude is high and the temperature is low, you have to acclimatize to enjoy the sheer beauty of this magical place on your Ladakh tour packages.

Is Ladakh safe for tourists?

Is there an atm at leh, nubra & pangong, can we use credit cards, does leh have snow, how can i reach leh from delhi.

There are numerous ways to reach Leh from Delhi . Leh tour packages booked by several groups are usually inclusive of private transportation. If you are travelling on your own, you have a convenient choice to take a direct flight from New Delhi to Leh. Another option is to take a bumpy bus ride via Srinagar by Zojila Pass and another route via Manali to Leh, which would take approximately four days from Delhi. Suppose you are planning to travel by train. In that case, you can travel to the nearest station, Jammu Tawi, approximately 700 km from Leh. After that, you can hire a taxi or a JKSRTC to reach Leh. Other than these ways, a bike trip is an exciting and adventurous way to reach Ladakh by road .

What permits do I need for a complete Ladakh trip?

What should we not do in ladakh.

1. Don't skip the acclimatization process: Acute Mountain Sickness can hit anyone even if they are the fittest of the fit. So after reaching Leh, give your body some time to get used to the high altitudes and low levels of oxygen and temperatures. 2. Don't go without a plan:  Going to Ladakh without proper planning is a bad idea. You might also be stranded in the middle of nowhere and have no one to rescue you out. That's why a Ladakh tour plan is a must. Moreover, visiting Ladakh and several nearby regions needs permission in advance and can only be gained with proper planning.   3. Don't Litter: Littering in such a mesmerizing place should be avoided at all costs. Instead, you must help the government and locals to keep it clean. 4. Don't be overconfident on the road: Do not try to do any stunts if you travel Ladakh by bike. The streets are risky, and doing so can turn out to be fatal. 5. Fussing about food and accommodation: Please keep in mind that this region is located at high altitudes of more than 10,000 feet. Do not expect to get a 5-star quality treatment where even the living conditions are difficult. 6. Avoid wearing short clothes or sleeveless tops in Buddhist Gompas.

How are the road conditions in Leh Ladakh?

Which are the best monasteries to visit on the ladakh tour.

  • Thiksey Monastery : Known for its grand architecture and the Maitreya Buddha statue, Thiksey Monastery offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes,   a must-inclusion in your Leh Ladakh packages
  • Hemis Monastery : Famous for its annual Hemis Festival, this monastery is the largest and wealthiest in Ladakh, housing numerous sacred relics and thangkas (scroll paintings).  For those seeking Ladakh trip packages, a visit here promises a rich cultural experience
  • Diskit Monastery : Located in the Nubra Valley, Diskit Monastery is famous for its towering Maitreya Buddha statue and provides breathtaking views of the desert-like landscapes.
  • Alchi Monastery : Renowned for its ancient frescoes and detailed woodwork, Alchi Monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an excellent place to witness exquisite artwork.
  • Lamayuru Monastery : Believed to be one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh, Lamayuru Monastery captivates visitors with its unique lunar-like landscapes and vibrant festivals.
  • Spituk Monastery : Situated near Leh, Spituk Monastery houses various temples and offers a picturesque view of the Indus Valley.

Can I go to Nubra valley and come back in the same day?

What is the temperature in ladakh, can we visit ladakh with kids, can i go to pangong tso and come back on the same day.

If you see, theoretically, it will be a yes, and practically it will be no. Pangong Tso Lake is quite far away to cover in just one day. Also, you will be passing through the third highest motorable pass in the world, Chang La. As for the one who loves to explore the natural beauty, Pangong Lake is one of the most enchanting in the entire trip. Another exciting thing is that you will be camping here for the night. Spend the night under the sky and staring at the lake as it glitters in the moonlight. It will be worth it. You can Also Book:   Leh Ladakh Packages For Couple

What kind of accommodation is available in Ladakh?

Which month is best for leh and ladakh, how many minimum days are required to explore ladakh, how much will a ladakh trip cost, can i do leh to srinagar in one day, can i do manali to leh with 1 stop at sarchu.

Although this is possible on your trip, we would suggest you shouldn't. Leh trip is mostly about experiencing scenic views and its stunning surroundings. So while driving down the roads from Manali to Leh , it is always better to make two stops. You might be a bit late, but the joy of experiencing the natural beauty will let you feel more relaxed.

Which are the best places to visit on a Ladakh tour in Winters?

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2. Leh Palace:  Located above the city of Leh, Leh Palace is a historical marvel with a fascinating story to tell. Constructed in the 17th century, the palace offers an impressive architectural glimpse into Ladakh's rich past and for those considering Ladakh trip packages. Summers bring vibrancy to the palace with clear views of the surrounding Stok Kangri and Ladakh mountain ranges. As you explore the nine-storied structure, you will also find artefacts and relics that offer insights into the region's cultural heritage. The palace's strategic location also rewards visitors with panoramic views of the city and the surrounding mountains.

3. Magnetic Hill: Another popular attraction that you must include in your summer Leh Ladakh trip is the Magnetic Hill. This is a place where vehicles seem to defy gravity and move uphill without any engine power when parked at a marked location. The unique phenomenon has garnered numerous legends and stories, adding to the allure of the place. While science explains the magnetic effect, experiencing it in person remains an unforgettable adventure. Magnetic Hill is a place where gravity plays tricks, making it an unmissable stop on your Ladakh summer trip.

4. Thiksey Monastery: Perched majestically on a hilltop, Thiksey Monastery is an architectural masterpiece and a significant Buddhist centre. The monastery's striking resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, adds to its grandeur. In addition to being one of the largest monasteries in all of Ladakh, it also houses a 15-metre-high statue of the Maitreya Buddha. While exploring the monastery, you can also discover a large collection of Buddhist art, including thangkas, sculptures, and murals and enjoy a spiritual and cultural experience here. The early morning prayer ceremony fills the air with chanting, creating a serene and soul-stirring atmosphere. 

5. Royal Leh Palace:  Also known as 'Lachen Palkhar,' the Royal Leh Palace is ranked among the top places to explore during a Leh Ladakh tour in the summer. The former royal residence of the Ladakhi monarchs, the Royal Leh Palace stands as an imposing symbol of Ladakh's royal past. Its strategic location on Tsemo Hill grants visitors panoramic views of Leh town and its picturesque surroundings. Although partially in ruins, the palace's architecture and intricate details still evoke a sense of regal splendour. The museum inside the palace showcases artefacts and relics, allowing visitors to delve deeper into Ladakh's history. 

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Here are the steps to hire a bike in Leh:

1. Research thoroughly about hiring the bike at the time of your Ladakh trip planning

2. Find a tour operator or company which gives bikes for hire.

3. Take a walk around Leh, and you will find many operators.

4. It's recommended to book a bike by personally visiting the store rather than booking via phone.

5. It depends on which bike you would like to rent for your trip. Even so, a day's rent varies from INR 800 to INR 1600.

6. You can also consult about renting to companies that provide Leh tour packages, especially for the bikers.

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Heaven, Peace, Silence, and Tranquility at one place? Come and spend a few hours at Pangong Lake in Ladakh! A pristine place in Ladakh marked by subtle to high peaks around, crystal blue waters and the vast expansion catches the eye so much, so long as if a magic is happening right in front of the eyes. Let our Ladakh holiday packages transport you to this mesmerizing destination, where nature's grandeur unfolds in every corner.Pangong Lake, also known as Pangong Tso, lies calmly at a breathtaking elevation of 14,270 feet. Interestingly, the lake is 12 km long and marks itself between the laps of India and China. Rather, 60% of the portion is stretching in the neighboring nation and this excites every traveler to be here.The surreal clean blue waters are actually brackish or salty in nature and this feature doesn’t let any aquatic life survive in the same. Moreover, the temperature range between -30 to -10 degrees make even this salty lake freeze with thick ice sheets, which is quite opposite in case of salt ridden water bodies.This picturesque landscape location enhances its beauty with the arrival of migrating birds every year and attracts many travelers in search of adventure, photographs, bird-watching and chilling experience. Pangong has another unique and catchy feature; when it acts like a chameleon and changes its color from blue to green to even grey at times. The brackish water of Pangong attracts the migratory birds every year during winters in Ladakh.

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One of the most beautiful parts of the moonscapes of Ladakh, Nubra Valley is a deep-cut gorge created by the combined effects of Shyok and Nubra (Siachen) rivers. A high altitude cold desert, Nubra Valley is actually an extension of the Tibetan Plateau (Qing-Zang Plateau) that starts in China and extends up to Ladakh. This valley in the plateau separates the Ladakh Range from the Karakoram Range. But more than anything, Nubra Valley is the most beautiful region in all of Ladakh. Home to wonders like the Diskit Monastery,Hunder Sand Dunes, Samstanling Gompa, Yarab Tso Lake, and the villages of Turtuk and Panamik.Located about 160 km from Leh, the capital of Ladakh, Nubra Valley is a great attraction to all those who come here. The gateway to the upper reaches of the country, especially Siachen, Nubra Valley has an oasis of a town in the heart, Diskit, making a great place to stop you and reflect at the beauty around. And while you are at it, take a short detour to the famous white sand dunes of Hunder. The shapes and forms that these dunes take during different times of the year mesmerize every visitor who comes here. To make it further interesting, there are the double-humped Bactrian Camels, offering rides through the dunes.And when it turns dusky, head to the Diskit Monastery and visit the towering statue of Maitreya Buddha which looks over the entire valley and blesses it for another day to come.Planning a Trip to Ladakh, Experience of Chadar Trek - The Frozen River Trek

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Skiing on snowy slopes in Leh Ladakh offers a thrilling experience for both beginners and experienced skiers, showcasing the stunning scenery and chilly breeze.

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Situated in the Ladakh region, Panikhar in Ladakh provides heart-stopping views, a rich cultural heritage, and several activities for adventure lovers. Whether you’re seeking a tranquil retreat, a unique motorbiking experience , or an exciting trekking expedition , Panikhar will not disappoint you.

Huddled in the captivating Suru Valley, Panikhar is a little trekking patch at the start of Lonvilad Gali Pahalgam Trail. Most of Panikhar is inhabited by Tibeto-Darads.   

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Enveloped by mighty mountains and glacial rivers, the village has some breathtaking views and scenic delights which would leave you admiring the beauty of the place. 

Of the many places to visit in Panikhar, the Suru River holds a special place. Flowing through the village its clear, pacifying waters and fresh green environs create a befitting setting for relaxation. For photography enthusiasts, there are ample opportunities to capture the beauty of Panikhar .

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The Suru Valley trek in Panikhar is a favorite among tourists. It offers surreal views and a chance to explore the local flora and fauna. During the summer season, the valley is blooming with multicolored flowers and is bathed in the beauty of nature. Hence, making it one of the perfect places to visit in Parikhar .

Travelers who prefer a leisurely pace and love to explore new cultures, can walk through the Panikhar village and interact with localities. 

The bonhomie of the people in Panikhar in Leh makes the village even more special. The ancient monasteries in the area add to the enlightening ambiance and also give glimpses into the region’s spiritual heritage. 

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The best time to visit Panikhar Village is during the summer months, from June to September. At this time the weather is most pleasant, the trekking trails are accessible and myriads of flora and fauna fill up the valley. 

The best time to visit Panikhar Village also concurs with various local festivals, adding more vibrance and cultural twist to the whole experience.

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Another major attraction is the Panikhar Fort, a heritage site providing insight into the area’s past. Only ruins remain of the once magnificent structure that must have stood there. The visitors can stroll through the ruins of the fort and re-visit its glorious past.

Getting to Panikhar

Due to its remote location, reaching Panikhar in Ladakh requires some effort and expertise. The village has good accessibility from both Leh and Srinagar. The journey is an adventure, with winding roads, hairpin curves, and scintillating views of mountain peaks, valleys, and flowing rivers at every turn.

Panikhar holds a place of great spiritual relevance, and visitors and trekkers must respect the local traditions and cultures and be respectful of local customs. People at Panikhar are extremely warm and welcoming, therefore it is even more important to take care of their sentiments. 

Panikhar has many unexplored arenas and things to offer. Its serene and spectacular landscapes, local congeniality, and rich cultural experiences make it the perfect place for nature and culture lovers, who wish for an offbeat experience. It has amazing surprises for the adventurous soul, nature lovers, community builders, and cultural enthusiasts. 

Whether trekking, immersing in cultural heritage, or simply indulging in the beauty of nature, Panikhar village in Zanskar Valley has something for everyone. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your backpacks, fill up your spirits with enthusiasm, and get, ready to enter the magical world of Panikhar in Leh .

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  • 6 Iconic Landmarks You Can’t Miss On Your Srinagar To Leh Road Trip

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Strap on and get carried away on a magical Srinagar to Leh road trip with the unparalleled beauty of the landscapes and vistas. The road trip from Leh to Srinagar can be completed in one long day’s drive, or you can stop at some places and explore the destinations at your own pace. Ready to hit the road from Leh to Srinagar? Put yourself in a place where your plans in advance would be helpful as a guide to deciding what roads to hit and where you can travel. Go slow, then you’ll be able to enjoy each moment and take time for a break. It’s worth taking a moment to find something cool about them!

Must-Visit Stops On Srinagar To Leh Road Trip

Setting out for the Srinagar to Leh road trip and enjoying the stunning views of snow-covered peaks and mountains is sure to make up for an exciting getaway. By combining these elements of adventure and calmness, the journey will get on the bucket list of all travel makers. Interestingly, there are many routes to take this path.

1. Drass Valley

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Drass Valley, often called the gateway to Ladakh, certainly allures its visitors with its exceedingly clean and historical values. Between Kargil and Zojila Pass, the valley is a perfect gem to be away from the hustle and bustle of life. Mounts and the fields together present a picturesque view. Spending time outdoors by trekking and camping is the favourite to help your mind unwind in the calmness of nature. Improve your Srinagar to Leh Ladakh road trip by knowing the feeling of being treated as a part of the local family by homestays throughout the route.

Things to do: Sightseeing, trekking, hiking Tip: Boating around here provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about the local history through the eyes of traditional settlers and hopefully contribute to making your trip one not to be forgotten.

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Ancient rock carving at Mulbekh on the Srinagar to Leh road trip.

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Mulbekh, the oldest village in the Kargil district, has been attracting many tourists, and as someone visits there, you can see ancient rock carvings and other heritage from its culture. Be amazed by the great statue of Wylie Kuma Chamba (founder of Tashilhunpo Monastery) and learn about the deep history of the place. Mulbekh, a small village with a beautiful landscape sitting among the ancient sculpture and architecture of the Buddhist kingdom, unveils the mysterious and glorious past of the place.

Things to do: Hiking, camping, rock climbing Tip: Consider visiting Mulbekh local markets to add uncommon yet genuine crafts and souvenirs to your list of possessions. Working with native artisans ensures you are instrumental in your craftwork and apprehend native traditions and practices.

Scenic view of Kargil town on the Srinagar to Leh road trip.

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Purig, which Kargil was historically referred to, not only refers to its vantage point but is also the destination for those searching for exciting culture. Stroll through its busy markets, visit historic monasteries, and catch a moment of your adrenaline fix from some of the adventure activities. Lying midway between Leh and Srinagar, Kargil was originally the gate to Ladakh’s charming environment; thus, it perfectly balanced history and adventure. This place is amazing to explore during the distance of the Srinagar to Leh road trip.

Things to do: Sightseeing, trekking, hiking

Tip: Savour the specialities of Kargil—its Thukpa and Momos—in traditional joints. Thus, enjoy yourself when you are in Kargil.

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4. Sonamarg

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Sonmarg, called ‘The Valley of Flowers,’ gratifies the guests with its fresh, immaculate, snow-covered peaks. Take up bumpy treks and pony rides, or just enjoy the pristine beauty of nature. The very same platform that is in heaven is Sonamarg’s palace. Here, you will find everything that Nature and adventure lovers look for! It is one of the best places to visit during the Srinagar to Leh road trip.

Tip: Take a Sonamarg stroll with the curator and learn about the area’s different natural lives. Learn from the knowledgeable local guide.

5. Dal Lake

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Dal Lake represents a journey into the Kashmiri world of charm and kindness. It unveils the life and culture of the valley. Try to see it through the eyes of a Shikara boat as it glides through the tranquil waters. Be amazed by the floating gardens and the picture-perfect sunset views. On the valley bottom, snow-capped mountains are the backdrop to the fragrant flower beds of Dal Lake. This is a place to visit during the Srinagar to Leh trip for an unforgettable experience, and it will remain in your memory forever.

Things to do: Photography, sightseeing, trekking Tip: Use photo shoots to compare the uniqueness of moonlight and sunlight during sunrise and sunset for a glowing view of Dal Lake in different lights.

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6. Lamayuru

Lamayuru Monastery on the Srinagar to Leh road trip.

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Lamayuru, dotted with the well-known old monastery and lunar-like scenery, is a fascinating platform to escape modern life and get to the heart of spirituality and the beauty of nature. Here, you can conquer the intrigues of nature, encounter joyful carnivals, and be one with the essence of the quiet ambience amidst green territories. The tranquil spot above a rough-and-tumble hill allows you to explore the realms of series and spirituality by giving you the feeling of being in another world. Hence, a detour to Lamayuru should not be missed if you plan to drive from Srinagar to Leh.

Tip: The gentle sound of monks’ chanting and the meditative atmosphere will bring peace and calm, useful during meditation and self-introspection.

Further Read: Manali To Leh Road Trip

Whether you are a thrill seeker or wish to capture some mellow moments in nature, the Srinagar to Leh road trip provides the ultimate life-changing experience. Map the itinerary, assemble the gear, and start a unique trip exploring the Heart of the Himalayas. Plan your trip to Leh today and brace yourself for an awe-inspiring adventure!

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Frequently Asked Questions About Srinagar To Leh Road Trip

When would be the best season for the Srinagar to Leh road trip?

The peak season for the Kashmir to Leh road trip is during the summer months from May through September when the roads are open, and the weather is cool and comfortable. Avoid the peaks in the impending winter, as the few passable routes open up due to too much snow accumulation.

Can I pass any wards without permits on the Srinagar to Leh road trip?

For specific places within the Srinagar to Leh route that are off-limits (permits are needed), like Lake Pangong, Nubra Valley, and some other restricted areas, permits are required for tourists. The main avenues for these permits are the health authorities from the municipality and online permits of Ladakh Inner Line through their websites.

Can I get good accommodations on the Srinagar to Leh road trip?

The options for en-route accommodation on the Srinagar—Leh route tend to be all pre-booked, and priorities will be based on the budget necessary for your type of accommodation. Besides homestays, which explore the local customs and traditions, it is essential to note that the accommodation options are hygienic.

How long does it take to undertake the journey from Srinagar to Leh?

The journey between Srinagar and Leh is generally covered in two or three days, depending on your speed and the spots you would like to see by stopping over in between. Scheduling extra time to get used to elevated levels is recommended, mainly if you are not initially used to them.

What should be put in a backpack for the best adventure?

Warm clothes are essential for the Srinagar to Leh road trip, especially in the morning and evening when the temperatures plunge sharply. Furthermore, considering the high elevation of some regions, sunscreen, sunglasses, water bottles, snacks, a first aid kit, and a portable oxygen cylinder must also be included.

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High on adventure as its location ‘Land of High Passes’ Ladakh is one of the favorite travel destinations in India. Snuggled in the lap of high mountains, the region abounds in natural beauty, lakes, monasteries, ancient villages, trekking trails, and unlimited adventure. Escape to the domain of the mountains with our 7-day Ladakh with flight itinerary. Go through the itinerary for complete details.

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The tour starts with your arrival in Leh Airport in the morning. Meet our representative and get assisted transfer to the hotel. Check in at the hotel and rest. The day is free of plans for you to get acclimatized to the high altitude at Leh (11,500 ft/3500 m).

You can choose to explore the area. Walk upto the market to enjoy the sights and sounds of the old town. Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Start the day with hearty breakfast at the hotel. Get ready for the day and begin your drive to Sham Valley. En route, stop at Likir Monastery. Here you can marvel at the great statue of Maitreya Buddha. Later, proceed to visit the Alchi Monastery, to view the 1000-year old murals which are also listed among the best Buddhist miniature paintings.

On your sightseeing tour, enjoy the view of the Magnetic Hill or the gravity hill, which is a natural wonder of the region. Also pay your respects at the Military Hall of Fame. Established and maintained by Indian Army, it is a museum and memorial of the war heroes.

After the exciting day, return to hotel for overnight stay.

Wake up early and have breakfast at hotel. Later, leave for the Nubra Valley. The charming landscape in Ladakh is unique in every way. Drive across Khardung La pass, set at an altitude of 18,380 ft. it is one of the world's highest mountain passes. Enjoy the beauty as you arrive to the Sumoor area for sightseeing. Here you can enjoy the beauty or visit the ancient monasteries, etc.

Here you can either check into a fixed tent camp in Sumoor or proceed with drive to Diskit. Enjoy an overnight stay in a camp.

Today in the morning you will pay a visit/explore Diskit and Hunder. A unique spectacle, Hunder is home to sand dunes at high altitude, it is one the rarest cold desert in the world. Here you can enjoy a short camel safari. Ride the double-humped Bactrian camel found here. (As this is an optional activity, you have to make the payment directly at the site).

After a well-spent day, drive back to Leh and arrive by afternoon/ early evening. Overnight stay is arranged at a hotel.

Start the day early to drive to Pangong Tso Lake. The beautiful lake displays multiple shades of blue taking your breath away. The journey is approximately of 145 km, located on the Indo-China Border. Travel via the Chang La pass seat at an altitude: 17,370 ft., one of the highest mountain passes in the world.

On arrival at the Pangong lake site, enjoy the sights around. Here you can check-in at the fixed tent camp near the lake at Spangmik. Or, drive back to Tangtse, 30 km away to check into the hotel/guest house for overnight stay.

Wake up early to enjoy sunrise at Pangong Lake. The sun's first rays falling on the blue waters is a spectacular view. After a hearty breakfast, get back on the road to Leh. Start your drive across Chang La. At Karu, you will drive across the Indus River. Savor the breathtaking views all through the journey.

Get to the hotel for overnight stay.

Today marks the end of the Ladakh tour. Avail the early morning transfer to the airport. Board the flight to get back home with fond memories.

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    Day 1 - Land in Leh and rest. The erstwhile capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh, Leh is perched at an altitude of 3524 meters (11562 feet) and is home to some of the most popular attractions in the region. The landscape in Leh is rugged, with a backdrop of barren mountains, while the weather is generally dry and very hot during the day ...

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    How To Reach Leh Ladakh By Road. There are two routes to reach Leh by road. One is from Srinagar, it is around 434 km away. The road leading to Leh remains unblocked from June to November for the tourists. Another way to tread up the place is via Manali. The Manali-Leh road stretches around 485 km and is open from July to October.

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    Lying midway between Leh and Srinagar, Kargil was originally the gate to Ladakh's charming environment; thus, it perfectly balanced history and adventure. This place is amazing to explore during the distance of the Srinagar to Leh road trip. Things to do: Sightseeing, trekking, hiking.

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