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Dheeraj Sharma

I am Dheeraj Sharma, an Avid Traveler, a Day – Night Dreamer and a Passionate Lover of Himalayas who has a high zest for driving whilst exploring new places in Himalayas & sharing back those Himalayan Travel experiences with the other fellow Travelers… I am in love with Spreading Smiles in Himalayas through DoW Causes & currently enjoying life as Happy Traveling Soul at DoW Community.

Lately, I found that using your passion to dive into the unknown and testing your limits of soul and body really boosts your individuality. Since then I never looked back. Frequently, I get on my wheels to hunt this unsatisfied hunger of rejuvenating myself in the endless beauty which Himalayas does offer to us. While traveling to Himalayas, I feel I went through a kind of metamorphosis that led to my reincarnation. I am working hard to materialize the vision & mission of DoW Travel Community with the support of all other devils of our community.

Well, professionally I am into Software Development, you can call me a Software Project Manager now ;)… Besides traveling, I enjoy and love my work to the core, trying to be ever competitive in challenges offered to me in my professional life. Personally, Cricket, Computers and Hollywood Movies always finds a special attention in my day to day life. Before I die, I would love see the vision of DoW Community getting materialized where both Himalayan lives & travelers gets benefit from each other without any middlemen between. Just as everything starts with a cause, so do this whole chapter of Traveling in my life. If you are interested to know more please read the post “Everything has a start…

One day a thought rippled through my mind for sharing all I learn from Travel with likes of you, hence I choose to start this Blog.  This Blog (& recently started DoW – Himalayan Travel Community) is all simply about my hobby and passion towards Traveling to Himalayas and getting connected with them in one or the other form. You can expect experiences, learning, thoughts, tips, guides, routes, maps, suggestions, hotel reviews, travel news etc. You all are most welcome to join in, be a part of DoW – Himalayan Travel Community and share your comments, experiences, thoughts, suggestions etc or any stuff related to traveling, driving, dining, riding etc.

The Vision of the DoW Blog is all about living my passion for travel & driving but at the same time to share as much valuable + more practical Himalayan travel information and experiences as possible with other fellow travelers or tourists in order to help them travel with a difference in Himalayas…

Regarding community, you can read: Launch, Focus and Vision | DoW – Himalayan Travel Community

Over the past few years, Travel has taught me many things and if you are interested to know more about it, you can read How Travel Transformed and Made Me Feel that Alive is Awesome. Along with it you can also read about the 6 Reasons Why I Travel

I dedicate this blog and offer my sincere Thanks to my Family (Lovely Mom and Dad and a beautiful wife, my little super hero), Relatives, Friends, Uncle (Mr. Dev Dutt Sharma) for their never ending love, care, affection and support. Of course, they sacrifice their time with me and allows me to help me grow this Himalayan Travel Platform to benefit the lives of all Himalayan Travelers and Himalayan Lives. May GOD bless each one of them and their families too.

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2,869 Comments

  1. Hi Dheeraj ,
    First of all, I am highly impressed by what you are doing.kudos to your travel spirit.Here’s a bit info about me.I started with solo travelling in 2016 and it opened me up to an entire new world.I have been getting a strong urge to budget travel to Ladakh.I wish to experience it the locals way ,understand Buddhism with the Monks,see every place with not just a reason to click a selfie but to build a connection with the Himalayas and every place that I visit.i’m from Noida and peace is what I strive for.I want to find myself In nature’s lap and make it a memorable trip.
    Please suggest whether Manali -Ladakh rout is better or Kashmir one ? I’m a vegetarian,can’t ride a bike,safety is outmost important and have limited budget to travel with.

    Thank you

  2. Hello Dheeraj,
    We will be travelling to Leh end of this month from Delhi. However, the airline flight ticket is so pricey. We are exploring options to fly from Delhi to Chandigarh. Then travel by road from Chandigarh to Leh. Is that possible option? How long will it take to travel by road then?
    Regards,
    Ameer

  3. I m flying to leh today and we have 10 days and we are planing to stay in tent and want to travel through bike. Spcially nubra vally and pangog lake. Can we go on bike? And is it allowd to camp outside anywhere?

    • Since you are already in Leh you could feel the temperature and decide on camping. Bikes may not be allowed to travel to Nubra and Pangong Tso by BRO as snow makes slippery conditions at the high passes.

  4. Mihir D Padechiya on

    Hey Dheeraj,

    I was planning for Tirthan trip for 7 days.

    Could you let me know that whether i should plan the whole trip by myself or do it through some tour person,

    like sunshineadventure by Ankit sood.

    • Hey Mihir,

      You can easily plan a trip to Tirthan Valley easily on your own. There is no need of someone else to plan a trip for you. I am sharing a draft itinerary for you.

      Day 1 – Leave from Delhi by overnight Volvo for Manali. Get down at Aut/Bhunter near Kullu next morning (Day 2) where you can get to reach Tirthan Valley (about 40-45 KMs from there)
      Day 2 – Tirthan Valley – Relaxing day besides Tirthan River
      — Stay at Raju Bharti Guest House (you will need booking well in advance, so finalize it ASAP) other you need to stay at some other property. Raju is a pioneer in that region, so will say do not miss the stay there as it is quite an experience in itself.
      Day 3 – Tirthan Valley
      — Enjoy the walks in the GHNP. There are two Waterfalls nearby Raju GH in the woods.
      Day 4 – Tirthan Valley – Naggar Castle (about 50 KMs)
      — Stay at Naggar Castle and enjoy the place. Very romantic with great views and food. Visit Roerich Musueum, Art Gallery and do not miss the hike to ancient Krishna Temple at the top
      — It is one of the most romantic places in Himachal
      Day 5 – Naggar Castle – Manali (about 30 KMs)
      — Manali Local sightseeing including Manu Temple, Hadimba Temple, Local Monastery, Shopping at Mall road etc etc
      Day 6 – Manali – Marhi/Gulaba Snow Points towards Rohtang Pass – Solang Valley – Manali
      – You can enjoy the first half of the day at snow point MArhi/Gulaba (whichever is accessible) and if interested may also visit Solang Valley snow point for other adventure activities
      Day 7 | Manali – Delhi by overnight Volvo
      — Relax in Manali by evening and leave from Manali by overnight Volvo.

  5. Pratik Virash on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    In light of ur blogs which are highly impressive, I was wondering if u can guide us wid ur views to travel Himachal from 29th Apr’17 to 3rd May’17. We are basically planning to visit Kasol and Tirthan valley. V r approx a group of 10 people decided these places as have gone through some good reviews.

    Can u plzz suggest the sequencial order to travel these places, with good stays n plzz add if there any more places to visit widin the span of 5 days however, can try to add a day more.

    Regards.

  6. Ranjit Dutta on

    Traveling to Ladakh or High Altitude with Kids or Babies

    Hi there Dheeraj ! I have been waiting for your guidance on the above portal , but i do not think you visit it often .
    Kindly reply . I have also mailed you.
    And ya I have read many of the articles you have written ; They really show your insight and knowledge of these places .. I have already recieved a quotation from Denzong Leisure Private Ltd along with a STATUTORY WARNING “NOT ADVISABLE TO TAKE YOUR KID THERE”
    Kindly put up ur point of defense for the same .

    • Hey Ranjit,

      I visit all the comments, just that replying 50+ comments each day sometimes takes time for a single soul like me with office and family to take care 🙂 🙂

      If you read the article “Traveling to Ladakh or High Altitude with Kids or Babies” it covers the topic in detail. Do you have any specific point or apprehension after reading the article?

      • Ranjit Dutta on

        Sorry it was my intoxicated brain with the scenes of leh-ladakh urging me to poke you for a reply . Hope u get it . Actually really on my part i was thinking how very enthusiast you would be to replying all these queries … Hats Off . Hope you can maintanin the balance between your passion and family .
        I want a word from you like “Should I go forward with my planning for the trip “. What will you say ???
        And also the if you can read my first query : as to how i should plan my trip ??
        I have actually decided to atleast use 2 days for acclimatisation in Leh and only then leave for sight seeing or tours . I can spare max 11 days for the trip.
        And would like to tell you what i want from the trip .
        “I wish to see the places that will fill my heart with joy and stick in my mind till my life time : But the only thing is that I should be sharing the podium with my family . Without them it would not be worthwhile ”
        Looking forward for a helping reply

        • Thank you, Ranjit !! Okie, I think I miss took your query on the other thread to be just limited to Manali and Shimla. So, let’s continue the discussion here so no more confusion. You have 11 days in hand and will you be making trip by your own car or are you ready to fly out of Leh or can you fly to Srinagar.

          Best proposal will be Fly to Srinagar, travel down to Leh in 2 days, have a day rest in Leh. To be cautious you can stay at Alchi too before reaching Leh. Next day stay at Leh. Then move for couple of day trip to Nubra Valley and then couple for Pangong Tso lake. Then either fly back from Leh or come down to Manali like Leh to Jispa avoid overnight Sarchu stay and Jispa rest or Jispa to Manali.

      • Ranjit Dutta on

        I HAVE A TOUR QUOTATION FROM DENZONG LEISURE AND HAVE ALSO ASKED FOR OFF -BEAT (RECOMMENDED BY YOU)

        DAY 01: ARRIVE LEH
        Arrival Leh Airport Upon arrival you will met by our representative and transfer to Hotel for Check in.
        Complete day for rest and leisure to acclimatize followed Evening Visit to Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa
        &LehMarket.Overnight at Hotel.

        DAY 02: LEH – EXCURSION TO SHAM VALLEY
        After breakfast proceed for sightseeing of Sham valley visiting Hall of Fame, GurudwaraPatthar Sahib,
        Magnetic Hilland the Confluence Of The Indus AndZanskar River. After visiting above places we drive
        back to Lehenroute visiting Spituk Monastery. Evening at Leisure and Overnight at Hotel in Leh

        DAY 03: LEH–NUBRA VALLEY VIA KHARDUNG LA 18,390 FT. (120 KMS / 4 – 5 HRS)
        After early breakfast, leave for Nubra Valley, driving across Khardong – la (alt: 18,380 ft. – highest
        motorable pass in the world). After descending in the valley, drive on to Hunder and check into fixed
        camp. Post lunch, you can enjoy the ride of double hump Camel on Hunder sand dune.Dinner and
        overnight in the camp..

        DAY 04: NUBRA VALLEY – LEH (120 KMS / 4 – 5 HRS)
        In the morning drive to Deskit (Headquarters of Nubra) and visit DeskitMonsatery. Later, drive back to
        Leh, reaching in the late afternoon. Rest of the day to explore the markets.Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

        DAY 05: LEH TO PANGONG LAKE (140 KMS / 4 – 5 HRS – ONE WAY)
        After Breakfast Leave to Pangong Lake through Changla pass 5486 Mtrs. While ascending Changla pass
        5486 Mtrs. Enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of the villages below the pass. After crossing the pass halt
        for picnic lunch at Tsoltak, the summer pastureland of the yaks. Arrive Durbuk and from there a short
        drive takes you to the western shore of the lake. Enjoy the landscape in the back drop of the Lake. This
        famous blue brackish Lake of Pangong is 5/6 Kms wide and over 144 Kms long with half of its running
        the other side of the “INDO CHINA BORDER”. One rarely feels so close to nature and environment and the
        scenery is unforgettable.Dinner and overnight at Camp.

        DAY 06: PANGONG LAKE TO LEH (140 KMS / 6 HRS)
        Leave Pangong Lake after breakfast and retrace the road to Leh across the Changla Pass. Upon reaching
        Karu, drive across the Indus and visit Hemis Monastery, the biggest and most famous monastery of
        Ladakh, and then return to the highway for onward journey to Leh, .Dinner and overnight at Hotel.

        DAY 07: LEH TO SARCHU (255 KMS)
        early breakfast we check out from the hotel and drive to Sarchuvia through Tanglang La Pass 17,585ft
        world second highest motorable road. At Pang you can stop for lunch and continue driving to Lachungla
        pass, which is at a height of 5065 mts. Upon arrival in Sarchu we check in at our Camp for overnight. It
        will also be the coldest night during the whole tour.

        DAY 08: SARCHU TO MANALI (222 KMS)
        Morning start our journey to Manali via Baralacha Pass (4890m),Keylong (3350 m) &Rohtang Pass
        (3978 m). Manali, ‘Silver Valley’. The valley runs north to south of Beas River and is 80 kms. Long and
        about 2 kmswide.Upon arrival we check in at our hotel. Evening at leisure to exlore the area on your own
        and overnight stay at the hotel

        DAY 09: MANALI (LOCAL S/S)
        Post breakfast, half day tour visiting Naggar Castle, Roerich Art Gallery (closed on Mondays) and few
        old temples in Naggar village. Afternoon half day city tour visiting Hadimba Devi Temple, Manu
        Temple, Tibetan Monastery and VashishtVillage.Evening free to explore Manalimarket.Overnight at
        hotel.
        DAY 10: DEPART MANALI
        Tour concludes. Post breakfast – check out of your hotel and drive to Chandigarh – Our driver will
        take you to the airport for onward destination

        As already suggested by you drop sarchu and take jispa

        I would be travelling by hired car and I do not think it would be correct to travel from Jammu due to the SITUATION ..
        Would i be missing some fun if I come to leh directly ???
        And also do you think it would be fun visiting manali(in the end) once i have covered the route from leh ???
        Actually I picked up manali so that i can have some peace after the hectic schedule .

        • Yes, this looks OK. Better go to Alchi on first night and sleep up there being lower altitude. Day two after Sham Valley you can sleep at Leh. The risk will be there of acclimatization and AMS, so its what you need to take. Yes skip Sarchu. Manali is OK.

        • Ranjit Dutta on

          Do you think 2 days of acclimatization in leh ahead of the first day of the trip will be fine ?? i mean sufficient for our team … We would be just in leh no other place , just local sight seeing .
          And also will i miss a lot by not travelling the entire route from leh to manali … Like A STRAIGHT FORWARD QUESTION “I KNOW IT WILL BE A BIG ASK FOR OUR TEAM TO GO THE ENTIRE DISTANCE (LEH TO MANALI)- BUT IS IT THE WORTH ??? “…means will there be something more for me to see after completing the first 6 days of trip ; for me to take the road trip .. thats all i wan to ask
          I am asking you this question because at present of my entire team only I KNOW OF THIS TRIP… and I have to convince them for the trip and also our parents … So a verdict from you would be of big help .
          I am adventurous but my team is not so much ….
          I am really asking too many odd questions probably but kindly bear with me ..and provide me with the insight .
          It would be great if I can talk to you regarding the same .
          My number is 7600055309 . From Surat(City) ; Gujarat

        • Hi Ranjit,

          Yes, two days of acclimatization is just fine if you respect the acclimatization rules of being hydrated, no stress out things, light physical activity, good food. Hydration is the main key.

          Manali – Leh Highway is one of the most beautiful roads and has a beauty of its own than what Ladakh offers. If your team is not adventurous, I will wait for some other day to travel those roads and make a more relaxing trip limiting to Ladakh only.

          That’s totally fine, I am here to help only. So, you can ask as many questions as you need 🙂

          Regards
          Dheeraj

        • Ranjit Dutta on

          Thanks Dheeraj .
          Will surely have to get back to you after i finalise my dates and other things .
          Regards
          Ranjit Dutta

  7. Hello Dheeraj ,
    Its the mountains calling again .
    We are a group of 10 people travelling on end august
    here a Broken piece of itinerary as we are planing to visit Tosso Morri this time (Please feel free to make necessary changes )
    AUg 25th BBI to del
    AUG 26th DEL to leh Flight (REST DAY)
    Aug 27th (Half day Rest + Rent bikes + ride some off 50 kms to know the in and out of the rented bikes )
    Aug 28th (to Nubra stay (Hunder)
    Aug 29 th (turtuk and back stay Hunder)
    Aug 30th Back to leh and rest .
    Aug 31st (Leh local and rest )
    1st Sept leh to spangmik via changla (night stay spangmik)

    Here is the tricky part
    I need to be double assure to reach by 4th night to Leh as we have a flight to catch in the morning (5th)

    Please suggest the plan to visit tosso morri from spanmik (Direct route )
    I am ready to compromise Aug 31st (Leh local and rest ) and travel to Spangmik on 31st
    (Cant take NUBRA to Spamgmik route and we will be heading from spangmik to torromorri . Fuel issues )

    Please suggest any change in the plan / suggest the plan from 2nd till 4th Sept

    I have my departure on 5th morning

    • You should plan as of below:

      Aug 31st Leh – Pangong Tso
      1st Sept Pangong Tso to Hanle
      2nd Sept Hanle – Tso Moriri
      3rd Sept Tso Moriri – Leh
      4th Sept Leh Rest and Local sightseeing, buffer day
      5th Sept fly back

  8. Hi Dheeraj, this is Venkat from Chennai.. I’ve read about you.. I have gone through most of ur articles on Himalayas.. before starting, I would like appreciate all ur works or I would call it a service that u r doing it passionately.. Hats off bro!! Watta in-depth study!! Great!! Keep growing and inspiring bro!!!! Cheerz..

    I think the right time has come for me to travel to Leh Ladakh – entry Srinagar – Spiti – exit Manali. I have prepared an itenary for d trip based upon ur guidance. Pls go through and approve it.

    Road Trip by Car and Bike….. 14 or 15 Days…..

    Chandigarh – Srinagar – Kargil – Leh – Spiti Valley – Manali – Shimla – Chandigarh.

    September 2nd to 15th or 16th.

    September 2nd – Flight – Chennai to Chandigarh – Zoom car – Chandigarh Airport to Jammu – 360 Kms – Jammu – Night stay.

    September 3rd – Zoom car – Jammu to Srinagar – 280 Kms – Sightseeing – Srinagar Town – Night stay.

    September 4th – Zoom car – Srinagar to Kargil – 210 Kms via Sonamarg – Zozi La – Dras – Kargil – Night stay.

    September 5th – Zoom car – Kargil to Leh – 220 Kms – Leh Town – Night stay.

    September 6th – Rental bike – Leh to Nubra Valley – Panamik via Khardung La Sumur – 180 Kms – Nubra Sightseeing – Panamik to Hunder/Diskit – 60 Kms – Night stay.

    September 7th – Rental bike – Hunder/Diskit
    to Pangong TSO via Wari La – Shakti – Durbuk – Tangse – 230 Kms – Spangmik/Lukung – Night stay.

    September 8th – Rental bike – Pangong Lake Sightseeing – Spangmik/Lukung to Leh – 170 Kms – Leh Town – Night stay.

    September 9th – Zoom car – Leh to Spiti Valley via Sarchu/Pang – 260 Kms – Sarchu – Night stay.

    September 10th – Zoom car – Sarchu to Spiti Valley via Jispa – Keylong – Gramphu – Spiti – 290 Kms – Kaza – Night stay.

    September 11th – Zoom car – Spiti Valley – Kaza – Pin Valley – Kungri – Sagnam – Mud – Tailing – Dhangkar Lake – Sightseeing – 80 Kms – Tabo – Night Stay.

    September 12th – Zoom car – Tabo to Batal – 150 Kms – Langza – Rangrik – Losar – Kunzum Pass – Batal – Night stay.

    September 13th – Zoom car – Batal to Manali via Gramphu – Rohtang Pass – 120 Kms – Manali Town – Night Stay.

    September 14th – Zoom car – Manali to Shimla via Mandi – 260 Kms – Shimla Town – Night stay.

    September 15th – Zoom car Shimla to Chandigarh Airport 130 Kms –
    Chandigarh to Chennai – Flight.

    September 16th – Return Chennai if one more day is required for Rest day/Leh/Srinagar Sightseeing.

    Traveling dates are fine SEP 2nd to 16th? Where to get Road permits for d above circuit?

    Many Thanks,

    Venkat.

    • Hey Venkat,

      Few things to note here:

      1. The moment you reach Leh, you need at least one day rest.
      2. Skip Panamik, there isnt much to do.
      3. It should be Leh to Keylong, Keylong to Chandratal, Chandratal to Kaza covering Ki, Kibber. Then Kaza rest day and visit Langza, Hikkim, Komic. Do Kaza – Dhangkar, Pin Valley, Kaza then. Then Kaza to Manali. Skip Shimla as there is nothing to see there.

      You need inner line permits and environmental fees in Ladakh rest no other permit required. Environmental fees and permits have been started again for Indians with effect from 1st april 2017.

      • Thank u very much bro!!
        Will amend d plan.. is there any suggestions or places that can b covered other than above? Srinagar to leh from which place taxi union guys stop us to visit sights?

        Many thanks Dheeraj!!!

        • Venkat, in the time frame, I will suggest focusing on these places only. On Srinagar to Leh most of the places you will be able to cover unless you are going too much inside the highways and almost all the main places fall on the highway only.

        • Hi Dheeraj,

          Can the above plan be executed in the month of June mid till end? If so how will b the climatic conditions for the above places?

          Please advise.

          Many Thanks,

          Venkat

        • Venkat, by mid of June if you go from Srinagar side and Manali side come back, then road conditions will be stable though bad in comparison to September because roads would have just opened. Rest plan can be done, you will find snow on the highways too.

        • Hi Dheeraj !!

          Hope you’re Well !!

          Jus one question, can the above plan be executed by August 26th to September 9th? Or September 16th to September 30th? Which would be the good time to travel as I came to know by reading ur articles that August is monsoon and September end Snowfall starts. No buffer days.. tight plan as well.. please advise bro!! Many thanks!!

  9. Hello Dheeraj,

    I wanted to know the ways to travel free all across India. Is it possible for us to travel free of cost (almost) and how?

  10. Abhishek Mishra on

    HI Dheeraj,

    I was just wonder, whether it is feasible to travel to Pangong straight from Nubra. Normally the itinerary is Leh – Nubra-Leh and then again Leh – Pangong – Leh. So instead of returning to Leh from Nubra and then again going to Pangong from Leh the next day, how would it be if one goes directly to pangong from Nubra? Do let me know your thoughts on this.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Abhishek

      • KULSHRESTH on

        Hello Mr. Dheeraj…
        I am really impressed with your great great work done for the help of all of us, who are going to Leh for the very first time. I had gone through most of your articles and now it seems that I know very much about Laddakh region.
        Dheeraj I am planning to visit leh laddakh from 21st May 2017 to 28th May 2017 with my wife. My tour itinerary is :
        Day 1: Arrival in Leh
        After reaching Leh airport check in the hotel for rest and acclimatization. Visit Shanti Stupa and Leh market in the evening. Overnight stay in Leh.

        Day 2: Leh (Local Sightseeing)
        After breakfast, Visit the Hall of Fame Kali Mata Temple & Gurudwara Patthar Sahib magnetic Hill, confluence of holy Indus & Zanskar. Return back to Leh. overnight stay at Leh

        Day 3: Leh to Nubra Valley
        After breakfast, drive to Nubra Valley via Khardungla pass. After Hotel check-in, enjoy camel Safari in the evening. Overnight stay in Nubra

        Day 4: Nubra to Pangong via Shyok

        We will start the day following the same route towards Leh till we
        reach Khalsar. From the Agyam bridge, we will take the left route
        which leads us to the villages of Shyok and Durbuk. The route is
        scarcely used for commuting so you will not find any heavy traffic on
        any day. Some patches are bad but the experience will be great. The
        road after Shyok is good but very steep. After Durbuk, take left
        towards Tangtse and follow the traditional route. Drive further to
        Pangong Lake
        Day 5: Pangong Lake to Tsomoriri
        Morning at leisure to explore the beauty of lake and later we drive
        further towards the east. Drive along the Pangong lake enroute
        crossing villages of Man, Mirak, Chushul ( which is just 80 kms from
        the Chinese border and is famous for the memorial of Maj. Shaitan
        Singh who who sacrificed his life in the Sino India war of 1962 and
        every year the flag meeting of the Chinese and Indian Army is held
        here). Further we drive to Tsaga and Loma bend and upon reaching Mahe
        take a left turn and continue to drive till you reach Tsomoriri.

        Day 6: Tsomoriri – Leh (Via Tanglangla)
        Post breakfast we check out from the Camp and proceed towards Tsokar
        Lake. On the way we will see the hot sulphur springs at Puga known to
        have medicinal properties and cure a lot of ailments. Thereafter we
        continue to drive in the same direction and visit the Tsokar lake.
        Thereafter we continue to drive towards Leh enroute stoping at
        Tanglangla pass,

        Day 7: Free Day in Leh
        river rafting or trip to Lamayuru.

        Day 8: Departure from Leh in the morning

        Please suggest me if there any change is required. As well I had spoken with one of the tour operator in the region for taxi and hotel booking in 3 star category hotels, he has given me the cost of Rs. 52000/- for hotels / camps and Innova Car. Whether I should say yes. I am attaching the list of hotels also which he is confirming for booking :
        1. Leh
        1. Hotel himalayan retreat karzoo
        2. Hotel ladakh retreat
        3. Hotel omladdakh or similar.

        2. Nubra valley
        1. himalayan eco resort hundar nubra
        2. hotel snow leopard
        3. apple cottage
        4. nubra ethic camp or similar
        3. Pangong lake
        1. wonderland land camp
        2. the ladakh camp
        3. shambala camp
        4. red start camp or similar
        4. Tsomoriri lake
        1. Tsomoriri camp and resort
        2. yak camp
        3. nomadic resort
        4. Hotel lake veiw or similar

        • KULSHRESTH on

          Hello Dheeraj Ji…
          Please suggest me what is to be done. whether my plan is ok or I need some changes in it. I have mentioned the itinerary above.

          Regards
          Puneet Kulshresth

        • Hello Puneet,

          Your plan seems OK except the long day of Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri. Also, keep in mind that since the route is desolate, better make sure you have company on these direct routes. You will also need permits to travel the direct route from Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri.

          You should check with couple of more folks for pricing. If you are looking for competitive and customized Ladakh tour and packages, you can connect with info@offbeatescapes.com as most of the readers in the past couple of years have had very good feedback about them and especially their transparent policies along with being there with you all the time in need. So, we trust them the most. You can refer my name or DoW to Gaurav, the guy who runs it. He knows us very well and should be able to offer some special rates being a DoW Member. You can just refer him the DoW Community Member Username in such a case or screenshot of this reply here.

  11. Prashant Deshpande on

    Hey Dheeraj,

    I am planning to visit Leh in the month of June (From 12/06/2017 to 18/06/2017). Could you please let me know if there are bus services available from Leh to Srinagar without a halt at Kargil ?

    Thanks ,

    Prashant

  12. Cheetah ji, I am a member of DOW community, planning to trip leh ladakh in August. Just tell me how is our plan? We r 5 adults.
    12th August Srinagar-Sonmarg & stay.
    13th August Sonmarg- Kargil & stay.
    14th Aug Kargil- Padum & stay.
    15th Aug Padum(local sightseeing) Tungri, Zangla fort etc. & stay.
    16th Aug Padum(sightseeing) Stondey, Karsha monst. etc. & stay.
    17th Aug Padum-Rangdum & stay.
    18th Aug Rangdum- Kargil & stay.
    19th Aug Kargil-Dha-Hanu-Lamayuru & stay.
    20th Aug Lamayuru-Alchi- Ulatoppo- Leh & stay.
    21st Aug Leh(local sightseeing) & stay.
    22nd Aug Leh- Diskit- Hunder- Turtuk- Diskit & stay.
    23rd Aug Diskit- Sumur- Panamic & stay.
    24th Aug Panamic- Leh & stay.
    25th Aug Leh- Pangong & stay.
    26th Aug Pangong- Hanley & stay.
    27th Aug Hanley & stay.
    28th Aug Hanley- Tsomoriri & stay.
    29th Aug Tsomoriri- Tsokor- Keylong & stay.
    30th Aug Keylong- Chandratal lake- Manali.
    Can I get guest house or hotel at Panamic?
    Should we book hotels or guest house in Pangong and Tsomoriri in advance?
    I have already contact with Padma Home Stay for Hanley, knowing from DOW community.

  13. Dear Ms. Dheeraj,

    Good day!!

    Kindly seeking your professional assistance on planning a trip to leh Ladak end of this month (29 Apr to 05 May), we (2 of us) plan to land in Delhi and would like to travel to Leh by road (Tourist/Public Bus preferred). we would like to stop by Manali if possible. please advise if the route from Manali to Leh is it operational during this time.? on return we prefer to take a flight from Leh to Delhi.

    Could you please advise if the above would it be possible during this particular time.

    Awaiting your kind reply, thanking you in advance for your kind assistance.

    Regards
    SHAMS

    • Its Mr. Dheeraj 🙂

      The roads to Ladakh are not open and Srinagar – Leh is expected to open by second/thrid week of MAy while Manali – Leh is expected to open in first week of June. So, in April you cannot make a road trip to Ladakh. Also, for a road trip to Ladakh you need about 10 days minimum to get something out of it.

      • Apologies, it was a typo.

        Thanks for the valuable information.

        Further to the above information we are planning to postponed our trip to May 18 arriving Delhi, hoping the road will open by then. Just wanted to double check the routing from Manali to Leh is it via Keylong? That would be opened only by mid Jun?

        Also please advise if we need to pre book the buses or can we make the reservation once we arrive we are coming from Bahrain(middleast) hence we are not very well aware of the travelling tips in India, would appreciate your kind assistance.

        This site have been very informative and useful to us in all means. Great work and all the best for your future travels.

        Kind regards
        SHAMS

        • Hello Shams,

          That’s fine 🙂

          Manali to Leh goes via Keylong – Jispa and should open by mid of June. Buses may or may not be running that early in case the highway is not open for heavy vehicles. So, you should more rely upon shared taxis and tempo travellers which will be running and you can get the tickets during that time.

          Thank you for the wishes, glad DoW helped you. Feel free to post any further questions you may have for your trip.

          Regards
          Dheeraj

  14. Hi Dheeraj,
    I’m planning to drive from Bhubaneswar to Leh via Srinangar by end of May. I hope the roads will be open by then. However as it is my first visit to Leh i am apprehensive about taking a Driver-cum-Guide from Srinagar as i’m the only driver who will be driving. Do you think its a good idea. Kindly share with the contact details of any good driver who would be ready to accompany me…

  15. Hi Dheeraj,
    I’m planning to drive from Bhubaneswar to Leh via Srinangar by end of May. I hope the roads will be open by then. However as it is my first visit to Leh i am apprehensive about taking a Driver-cum-Guide from Srinagar as i’m the only driver who will be driving. Do you think its a good idea. Kindly share with the contact details of any good driver who would be ready to accompany me.

  16. Shalini Narang on

    Hi! Your blog is very informative. I would really appreciate your help in finalizing our Ladakh itinerary. We are planning to visit Ladakh in June.

    The tentative itinerary is:

    June 20 – Delhi to Leh
    June 21 – Leh – Lamayuru – Uleytoko (Moonland, Likir, Alchi)
    June 22- Uleytoko to Leh (enroute Magnetic Hill, Gurudwara Patthar Sahib, Sangam, Hall of Fame)
    June 23- Leh to Nubra (Khardungla, Hunder, Diskit, Panamik)
    June 24- Nubra to Leh
    June 25- Leh to Pangong (enroute Shay Palace/ Gompa)
    June 26- Pangong to Tso moriri
    June 27- Tso moriri to Leh via Tso kar and Tanglang la
    June 28 – Leh to Delhi

    Please tell me if this itinerary is ok with a 9 year old child. We have been to Sikkim, Kashmir with him earlier and fortunately both the trips were great.
    Please suggest some good homestays at Leh too.

    • Hello Shalini,

      The plan looks good to me, make sure you get the permits for PAngong Tso to Tso Moriri route. You can check the nice, preferred list of accommodation options in entire Leh – Ladakh (Leh, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri) including moderate (cheap budget hotels as well) in the series of articles starting on the link here

  17. Mihal hamza on

    Can I get contact number of nabeel from Kerala,
    I have some doubt about transporting bike to Delhi by train from kerala . InshaAlhaa iam planing to go to Himalaya on july.

    Plz help me to get,its my dream trip

  18. Hi ! Very informative blog. Would really appreciate if you can let me know if we can travel from leh- nubra valley- pangong and back to leh in April first week 2017. The holiday booking website is telling us that roads are not functional at this time. We plan to reach Leh by flight and further trip on bike

    • Shivani, the road from Leh to Nubra Valley and Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso via Agham – Shyok or Leh to Pangong Tso remains open all round the year barring few days of heavy snowfall. If snow happens on those days, you will not be able to go to it else the road will be open. You should avoid travel site for LAdakh trip and better call drivers or locals directly to book the tour and help them get the direct benefit.

      You can call the local drivers directly to connect with them and check the comprehensive List of Taxi Drivers for Ladakh – Srinagar – Leh – Manali with recommendations/reviews for DoW community members.

  19. Abhishek Mishra on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Loved your posts and found it quite informative. Its a damn good work. Like others I also need your advice. I along with my wife are planning a trip to Leh. We are planning to reach Srinagar on 10th June. Following is the itinerary that we have thought of:
    10th June – We land in Srinagar from Delhi.
    10-12th June. We want to spend time in Srinagar, Gulmarg and Sonmarg. 12th Night, we would like to stay at Sonmarg.
    13th June – Proceed to Kargil and stay there.
    14th June – Leave for Leh
    15th June – Day trip in Leh
    16-17 June- Trip to Nubra and back to Leh
    18-19 June – Trip to Pangong and back to Leh
    20-22June – Leave for Manali via Tso Moriri – Jispa-Manali
    23rd June – Leave for Delhi
    24th June – Reach Delhi

    I would need you advice on this itinerary. Further, I need you to help me to identify a taxi operator who can provide me taxi for this entire trip i.e. Srinagar – Leh – Manali. Any help will be highly appreciated.

    • Thank you Abhishek.Your plan looks good to me. For the leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2016 – 17 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here. You can get about 12-15% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more. You can call the local drivers directly to connect with them and check the comprehensive List of Taxi Drivers for Ladakh – Srinagar – Leh – Manali with recommendations/reviews for DoW community members.

      • Abhishek Mishra on

        Many thanks for your quick response. I had already checked the rate list link. What i am wondering is whether those taxi guys based in leh will come to pick me up from Srinagar and then finally drop at Maanli? I would prefer one taxi for the entire trip and that is what I am looking at. Since I am based in Delhi, i cannot talk and negotiate with them in person, so I am willing to call and talk to them. Your reference is extremely useful.

        • Abhishek Mishra on

          Did Speak to Rigzin yesterday. Discussed the plan with him. Sounds like nice chap. He is willing to do the trip with us. Thanks a lot for reference.
          Regards,
          Abhishek

        • Yes Abhishek, most of them can come to pick you at Srinagar and then drop you in Manali. At times, while going from Srinagar to Leh, you might need to work out few things if there have been some tensions in taxi unions of Kargil and Leh. In order to settle it out, what they do is that they make a transit point just before Fotu La while going to Leh from Kargil. All Leh taxis stop there and kargil taxis too. They exchange passengers and move back in respective directions. Leh taxis take passengers to Leh coming from Srinagar/Kargil and Kargil guys take passengers to Srinagar/kargil coming from Leh

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