Ladakh Trip – Land of High Passes

Ladakh Trip – Land of High Passes

My Ladakh Trip was one of the best trip. I had followed below itinerary when I traveled to Ladakh by air. It was a relaxed tour in comparison to what people usually do. I have seen many beautiful places.  I feel that if time permit, do add 1 more day and visit Tsomoriri Lake.

How to travel:

I traveled by air as it was my solo trip. I took Flight from Delhi to Leh, it’s 1.30 Hour flight.

By Air : There are direct flights from Delhi and Chandigarh.

By Road : One can go by car.   (OR)
Buses operated by HPTDC starts from Delhi ISBT goes via Chandigarh, Kullu/Manali and stops for a night halt at Keylong, arriving at Leh in evening (Travel time approx 52-53 hours). There are direct luxury buses from Manali to Leh also. These buses run in summer months only (Between May to August via Rohtang Pass).
By Road, it is advisable to go via Manali and return via Srinagar.

My Itinerary : 08 Nights / 09 Days (Spend 06 nights in Leh/ 01 night in Nubra valley/ 01 night in Pangong)

Day 01: Arrive Leh
Flown into Leh from Delhi.
Complete day for rest to acclimatize.
Evening Visit to Leh Market & Shanti Stupa.
Overnight in Leh Leh – My first day of Ladakh Travel

Day 02: Leh
Kargil road with Hall of Fame, Indian army Museum.
Kali Mata Temple and Spituk Gompa
Gurudwara Patthar Sahib
Magnetic Hill
Confluence of the Indus and Zanskar river before Nimmu village
Overnight in Leh

Day 03: Leh
Stok Palace  & museum
Sindhu Ghat in Choglamsar
Evening market exploration
Overnight in Leh

Day 04: Leh to Nubra Valley
Drive to Nubra Valley which leads through Khardung-La the highest motor-able
Hundar village in Nubra Valley
Sand dunes and double hump camel safari
Overnight in Hundar village.

Day 05:  Nubra Valley to Leh
Diskit Monastery
Statue of Future Buddha
Drive from Nubra Valley to Leh
Evening market exploration in Leh.
Overnight in Leh

Day 06: Leh to Pangong Lake
Visiting Shey Palace
Thiksey Monastery
Drive towards Pangong through Changla pass Drive from Leh to Pangong Tso Road Safety Boards – On the way to Pangong Lake
Explore surroundings around Pangong lake
Overnight in camp at Pangong Lake One Night at Pangong Lake

Day 07: Pangong Lake to Leh
Drive back to Leh from Pangong Lake
En-route visit Hemis GompaOvernight in Leh
Overnight in Leh

Day 08: Leh
Ancient Leh Palace
Namgyal Tsemo Gompa & full view of the town of Leh from here
Rest of the day for shopping in Leh market.
Overnight in Leh

Day 09: Depart Leh
Flight from Leh to Delhi. This was end of my Ladakh Trip.

IMPORTANT POINTS FOR LADAKH TRIP –

***** If you are traveling on your own then you can hire a bike from Leh.
***** If on a budget then you can roam around in the market and find notice (Which traveler paste) outside shops. You can contact people on the phone number given on these and share the ride with them. It will cut your travel cost to Nubra Valley or Pangong lake. This requires you to keep extra days in hand. You can also paste these and other people can contact you.
***** At Pangong lake, you can stay in home-stays to cut the cost.
***** Stay hydrated. Drink lots of fluids. Acclimatization causes fluid loss, so we suggest you drink at least 4 of water per day.
***** Avoid tobacco, alcohol, sleeping pills and other depressant drugs.
***** Eat light. Go for low-fat food high on carbohydrates food.
***** Pack Windcheaters, thermals, gloves, a woolen cap, a muffler handy and always dress in layers. Good walking shoes as in most of the Monasteries you have to climb lots of stairs. Sunscreen and Sunglasses are important as it is high altitude, so the sun is very harsh during the day.
***** Carry basic medical kit of medicines.
***** Try to carry enough cash for your trip because even in normal scenario (Before demonetization), sometimes ATM’s have long queues in peak summer season as there are limited number of ATMs. So why waste time standing in queues.

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