Cheap Budget Hotels or Accommodation in Leh – Ladakh

 

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In this first article of the series – Preferred Hotels or Accommodation options in Leh – Ladakh, I am enlisting down some of the preferred places to stay in Leh – Ladakh which are cheap and very economic. If you are looking for a decent, clean and comfortable but cheap or very economic options of stay in Leh – Ladakh then you can refer the list of below guest houses or hotels compiled after reading various resources/reviews of many people over Internet mainly reading IndiaMike and BCMT forums (of course, I cannot stay in all of them :lol:).

Most of these places are ideal to stay even for long time, say months and people indeed have stayed for months in many of them. However, if you are looking for an exceptional in-room service, finest linen, satellite TVs, Internet facilities etc. in a hotel and that too for a price range of Rs 200 – 500 then you must be kidding me, am I right ;)… Well, you may find one or two such services too in the below guest houses but no certainty.

UPDATE from 9th July 2014
Please note that this article is from 2012 and you need to factor in the rates by 10-12% increment every year done by Leh – Ladakh Hotels and Guest Houses. Some prices you will see inline as those hotels, guest houses might have been updated in later years in the list.

You can check the location of these guest houses which are near by each other at the wikimapia link here.

Cheap Budget Hotels or Accommodation options in Leh, Ladakh
  • Atisha Guesthouse
    Highly Recommended by many, very clean, spacious, hot water till 2 PM. Rooms at 2nd floor are spacious while first floor rooms are small and dark but cheaper. Most rooms with attached bath.
    • Price Range: Rs 200 – 250 for single bedroom, Rs 400 – 600 for double bedroom w/w/o attached baths
    • Contact: Sh. Tsering Dawa – 09906992187
    • Location: Farka, Leh / Malpak, Leh / in a small lane near Fort Road
    • Category: Cheap / Economic

  • Greenland Hotel
    Recommended – Lovely garden, clean place, tasty food, filtered water to refill, hot water heated through solar between 10 and 5 in evening (or else heated separately in a bucket). Traditional Ladakhi compost toilet. Both Main Market and Changspa road are very near to it.
    • Price Range: Rs. 200 for single and Rs. 350 – 500 for a double bed room
    • Contact: 01982–253156
    • Location: Changspa Road, Leh / Right Across Asia Guesthouse
    • Category: Cheap / Economic

  • Hotel Padmaling
    Very much Recommended in this price range. Nice, large clean rooms with large clean attached bathrooms. Hot water available in morning. Good parking space. have attached bathrooms but without TV.
    • Price Range: Rs 200 – 400 for double bedroom
    • Contact: Smt Tsering Angmo – 01982-252933
    • Location: Karzoo, Leh / Near Changspa Road, Leh
    • Category: Cheap / Economic

  • Ashoka Guest house
    Very much Recommended. Clean, good stay, well maintained, a bit inside and no food only tea is available. Close to Leh main market. Hot water is available.
    • Price Range: Rs 500 – 700 for a double bedroom, Rs 300 – 500 for a single room
    • Contact: +91-1982–252725 / +91-9622976331
    • Location: Tukcha Road, Leh / Off Fort Road
    • Category: Economic / Moderate / Home Stay

  • Julay Guesthouse
    Nice, clean and good accommodation with little garden.
    • Price Range: Rs 200 – 250 for single bedroom, Rs 300 – 500 for double bedroom
    • Contact: Sh. G.M. Sheikh – 01982–251163
    • Location: Farka, Leh / Malpak, Leh / in a small lane near Fort Road
    • Category: Cheap / Economic

  • Seven Seas Guesthouse
    Nice, clean and good accommodation with big, nice garden.
    • Price Range: Rs 350 – 500 for double bedroom
    • Contact: 01982–252830
    • Location: Farka, Leh / Malpak Zangsti / in a small lane near Fort Road
    • Category: Cheap / Economic

  • Irfan Guest House
    Very nice, decent and clean. Good place to stay at this price range.
    • Price Range: Rs 200 – 500 for double bedroom
    • Contact: ??????
    • Location: Farka, Leh / Malpak Leh / Off Fort Road
    • Category: Cheap / Economic

  • Dolma Guest House
    Fine, clean small rooms and good garden BUT bucket shower.
    • Price Range: Rs 300 – 500 for double bedroom
    • Contact: Smt. Tsewang Dolma – 01982-253311
    • Location: Malpak / Off Fort Road, Leh / Next to Bimla Guest House
    • Category: Cheap / Economic

  • Malpak Guest House
    Decent, Clean and OK to stay.
    • Price Range: Rs 300 – 500 for double bedroom, Rs 200 – 250 for single bedroom
    • Contact: Sh. Sonam Norbu – 01982-253426
    • Location: Malpak, Leh
    • Category: Cheap / Economic

  • Hotel Bimla
    Hot water, decent and OK to stay BUT NOT better in comparison to other nearby Guest Houses in similar price range.
    • Price Range: Rs 300 – 500 for double bedroom
    • Contact: Sh. Nathania Batapa – 01982-252754
    • Location: Farka, Leh / Off Fort Road / On the alley just across from Hotel Tso Kar
    • Category: Cheap / Economic

  • Indus Guest House, Ti-Sei Guest House, Dhelex Guest House
    All these are hotels are near by each other and offer similar range of prices. Quite cheap but you should check them before check-in especially Indus Guest House as it do not have much positive reviews about cleanliness. So, keep it a last resort.
    • Price Range: Rs 300 – 500 for double bedroom
    • Contact: Sh. Sonam – 01982-252502 (Indus), Smt. Tsewang – 01982-252404 (Ti-Sei)
    • Location: Farka, Leh / Malpak, Leh / Off Fort Road
    • Category: Cheap / Economic

  • Khan Manzil Guest House
    Nice and decent stay with view of Leh Palace. Both Main Market and Changspa road are very near to it. Rooms at right side of staircase are much smaller and gets too hot in daytime, so choose rooms to the right as you get off the staircase.
    • Price Range: Rs 300 – 500 for double bedroom
    • Contact: Sh. Mohd Deen Khan – 01982-252681
    • Location: Zangsti Road, Leh / Opposite Leh Palace
    • Category: Cheap / Economic

  • Semnet Guest House
    Home stay type, good place to stay. There are two rooms with attached bath and two more with shared bath. Room Rates in the range of 100-300. No parking, so it should be done on main road.
    • Price Range: Rs 200 – 400 for double bedroom
    • Contact: Mr. Dorje – ??????
    • Location: Old Leh Road, Leh / Shenam, Leh
    • Category: Cheap / Economic / Home Stay

  • Hotel Khayul
    Good parking space, decent rooms with running hot and cold water.
    • Price Range: Rs 200 – 400 for double bedroom
    • Contact: Mr. Basheer Ahmed – 01982-252321
    • Location: Old Leh Road, Leh / Chulung, Leh
    • Category: Cheap / Economic

  • Galwan Guest House
    Very nice and clean. Good food, hot water available and lot of greenery around.
    • Price Range: Rs 300 – 500 for double bedroom
    • Contact: ??????
    • Location: Shanti Stupa Road, Leh
    • Category: Cheap / Economic

  • Palace View Guest House
    Comfortable beds, small garden, 24 hrs hot and cold water but in buckets. Parking space available for night only. Read review here.
    • Price Range: Rs 250 – 400 for double bedroom
    • Contact: 01982 – 252959
    • Location: Near Polo Ground, Leh
    • Category: Cheap / Economic

  • Dreamland Guest House
    Very basic but VFM.
    • Price Range: Rs 300 – 500 for double bedroom
    • Contact: Smt. Jamila Didi – 01982-252089
    • Location:Fort road, Leh
    • Category: Cheap / Economic

Conclusion

I hope you find the above list of cheap or economic hotels or accommodation options useful for your upcoming Leh – Ladakh trip. If you happen to know any updated contact numbers or missing contact numbers of these hotels or any other nice, cheap option of stay in or around Leh town, kindly leave a comment as it will be helpful to others as well. If you have ever stayed at any of these hotels, please share your experience with us too.

In the end, again these hotels or guest houses are not for people who are looking for luxury and ultra comfort and in case may be not even suitable for family as well. However, for bachelors or backpackers or others who want cheap/economic options of stay for longer duration in around Leh Ladakh, these hotels may be worth to look out :)

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352 Comments

  1. LoneTraveller says:

    Hey Dheeraj…hope you are doing fine. i am taking a sabatical and would like to stay in the Leh ladakh region for a period of 2 months from november to december. What would you recommend? how do i need to plan my stay.
    Thanks,
    LoneTraveller

  2. Sunil says:

    Hi Dheeraj … Very Informative Blog !!!
    Can u please let me no how best we can plan for 7days(i.e Oct 1st to 7th).Oct 1st we are landing in Srinagar and oct 7th we are flying back….I heard it takes 2 days to reach from srinagar to leh.Is it so ?
    Pl let me no how to utilize these 7 days …..
    Advance Thanks :)

    • Yes, Sunil in case you are flying back from Srinagar only, I will not advice at all to make such a journey and rather focus more on Kashmir than anything else.

  3. Ria says:

    Hi Dheeraj, Having covered almost all the comments and your posts of August, i really wanted to enquire the kind of weather we would be expecting in September. We are a group of 4, reaching Leh on 7th September early morning and leaving for Delhi from Srinagar on 14th evening.

    • Ria, September in general is a very very good time to Travel Ladakh with magical colors around the valley. Just carry woolens with you and dress up in layers, you should do all good.

  4. Tonu says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    First of all thanks for the wonderful tipss…
    I along with my 3 other friends are visitn gLeh on 14th Spetember..
    We would like to stay on the low cost hotels only as our budget is very low.. Do we have to book the low cost hotels in advance or could it be availed on the day of arrival?

  5. Vinay says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    Me and my wife will be landing at srinagar on 25th aug. and coming to leh on 26th Aug. will be here till 30th aug. I wanted to know the best possible places that can be visited in 5 days time. Also wanted to know the route to reach these places and accommodation there, do consider that on 29th aug its her birthday, want to know the best place to celebrate it there.
    it would be Gr8 if you could help me out on the same.
    Regards Vinay parker

    • Hello Vinay,

      You have 5 days in hand which can be utilized as below:

      Day 1 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Acclimatization
      — To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 2 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
      — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      — Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

      Day 3 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 4 | Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake
      — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on the go towards Pangong Tso
      — Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik or Lukung)

      Day 5 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
      — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
      — Overnight at Leh

  6. Khushbu Mor says:

    Kindly include the details of the below Driver

    Manzoor Ahmed.
    +91-9419179387/9797455547
    JunaidGuestHouse@gmail.com

    I have hired this person both the time, I have been to Leh. This person owns a guest house and also drives his own cab. He accompanied us for the site seeing, in and around Leh.
    This person is very honest and his family too, who runs the guest. He provides all kind of comfort and freedom to the tourist. I’ve seen foreigners cooking there own food in the guest house kitchen, as they are not comfortable with Indian Spices.
    The rates are reasonable and best.

  7. Ami says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    As I mentioned in my previous post that I want to go to Nubra Valley, Pangong Lake and Tso Moriri and you suggested that it is possible to cover all three places but the Itinerary that you have mentioned does not include Tso Moriri lake. Can you please check again.

    • Aminesh, you need to have more time to visit all the places. It all depends what context you suggest and I reply here. In just 6 days all three are not possible.

  8. Rohit says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    I am planning to travel to leh on 14th September and will leave by 20th September.
    Can you please let me know what is the best way i can utilize my trip

  9. Priyanka Shah says:

    hi dheeraj,

    me and my husband are coming from USA and will fly to leh the same day. We will stay from 31st aug to 4th sap. %th sep we will fly back to delhi. Can you please tell me how to plan out trip.

    • Priyanka, you do not have enough time but still you can try something like:

      Day 1 | Delhi – Leh (By Flight)
      — Checkin at Hotel. Many hotels provide free pick and drop from Airport. Ask while you book them.
      — Take ample of rest as well as water or anything that keep your body hydrated enough. DO NOT OVER HYDRATE. Take ORS Soluted water or ORS – L tetra packs from home.
      — Do not over exert your body at any cost. Avoid too much up-down on stairs or avoid it in entirety, if possible.
      — After 5-6 Hrs of rest you can visit Leh Palace, Local Leh market, Shankar Gompa .
      — If you feel exerted go back to Hotel, have dinner at Hotel and take rest. Avoid any exertion. Else continue and,
      — Follow the sunset by stroll at Changspa road and have a nice dinner on varied cuisines offered in-around Changspa road.
      — Go back to hotel for overnight stay at Leh.
       
      Day 2 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Acclimatization
      — Hire a taxi from Leh taxi stand or Hotel whichever suits you.
      — Bargain hard with taxi driver. Book that single taxi for entire trip after explaining the complete plan.
      — Take his inputs if you feel reasonable and if required modify the plan accordingly but should suits you best.
      — Ask him to be with you guys starting first day itself, if required and charged reasonable else do it at your own.
      — Again DO NOT over exert and take little steps and slow walks only.
      — If feeling OK then do Local sightseeing. To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
      — Do not use stairs at any of these places just to see them as it will exert your body much more.
      — Overnight at Leh
       
      Day 3 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
      — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      — Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

      Day 4 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 5 | Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh
      — Do not plan to stay overnight at Pangong Tso as you will not be acclimatized and may fall sick. So, make a day trip only.
      — Overnight at Leh

  10. Ami says:

    Hi Dheeraj

    I am planning to visit Leh from 18th August to 24th August. I will be in Leh on 18th august at 9 AM and will be leaving from leh on 24th August at 7AM. Hardly I have a six days’ time and during this duration I want to at least visit pangong lake, Nubra Valley and Tso Moriri. Can you please suggest is it possible to cover all three places in this time frame

    • Ami, you cannot visit all three in just 6 days. You can follow below:

      Day 1 | Delhi – Leh (By Flight)
      — Checkin at Hotel. Many hotels provide free pick and drop from Airport. Ask while you book them.
      — Take ample of rest as well as water or anything that keep your body hydrated enough. DO NOT OVER HYDRATE. Take ORS Soluted water or ORS – L tetra packs from home.
      — Do not over exert your body at any cost. Avoid too much up-down on stairs or avoid it in entirety, if possible.
      — After 5-6 Hrs of rest you can visit Leh Palace, Local Leh market, Shankar Gompa .
      — If you feel exerted go back to Hotel, have dinner at Hotel and take rest. Avoid any exertion. Else continue and,
      — Follow the sunset by stroll at Changspa road and have a nice dinner on varied cuisines offered in-around Changspa road.
      — Go back to hotel for overnight stay at Leh.
       
      Day 2 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Acclimatization
      — Hire a taxi from Leh taxi stand or Hotel whichever suits you.
      — Bargain hard with taxi driver. Book that single taxi for entire trip after explaining the complete plan.
      — Take his inputs if you feel reasonable and if required modify the plan accordingly but should suits you best.
      — Ask him to be with you guys starting first day itself, if required and charged reasonable else do it at your own.
      — Again DO NOT over exert and take little steps and slow walks only.
      — If feeling OK then do Local sightseeing. To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
      — Do not use stairs at any of these places just to see them as it will exert your body much more.
      — Overnight at Leh
       
      Day 3 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
      — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      — Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

      Day 4 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 5 | Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake
      — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on the go towards Pangong Tso
      — Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik or Lukung)

      Day 6 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
      — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
      — Overnight at Leh

  11. priyanka says:

    Hi Dheeraj
    I have 6 days in hand ( there are 2 of us)considering 6 days too less fr leh wanted to know the best possible places that can be visited in 6 days time. Also wanted to know the route to reach these places and accomadation there. Tried searching for a few hotels in Leh on tripadvisor and few other websites but they were damn expensive.It will be great if you can help me out with the accomadation as well , my budget is 1000-1500Rs per day.

    • Priyanka, you can find stay options in the article above along with the series. But, are you flying in and out of Leh and then have 6 days?

      • priyanka says:

        flying on 12 morning n bk on 18 mon

        • So, you can plan something like below in 6 days you have in hand:

          Day 1 | Delhi – Leh (By Flight)
          — Checkin at Hotel. Many hotels provide free pick and drop from Airport. Ask while you book them.
          — Take ample of rest as well as water or anything that keep your body hydrated enough. DO NOT OVER HYDRATE. Take ORS Soluted water or ORS – L tetra packs from home.
          — Do not over exert your body at any cost. Avoid too much up-down on stairs or avoid it in entirety, if possible.
          — After 5-6 Hrs of rest you can visit Leh Palace, Local Leh market, Shankar Gompa .
          — If you feel exerted go back to Hotel, have dinner at Hotel and take rest. Avoid any exertion. Else continue and,
          — Follow the sunset by stroll at Changspa road and have a nice dinner on varied cuisines offered in-around Changspa road.
          — Go back to hotel for overnight stay at Leh.
           
          Day 2 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Acclimatization
          — Hire a taxi from Leh taxi stand or Hotel whichever suits you.
          — Bargain hard with taxi driver. Book that single taxi for entire trip after explaining the complete plan.
          — Take his inputs if you feel reasonable and if required modify the plan accordingly but should suits you best.
          — Ask him to be with you guys starting first day itself, if required and charged reasonable else do it at your own.
          — Again DO NOT over exert and take little steps and slow walks only.
          — If feeling OK then do Local sightseeing. To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
          — Do not use stairs at any of these places just to see them as it will exert your body much more.
          — Overnight at Leh
           
          Day 3 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
          — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
          — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
          — Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

          Day 4 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
          — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
          — Overnight at Leh

          Day 5 | Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake
          — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on the go towards Pangong Tso
          — Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik or Lukung)

          Day 6 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
          — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
          — Overnight at Leh

  12. Krishna says:

    Hi
    I am planning to visit Leh from 13th to 23rd of Aug with my wife and kid aged 4 yrs by road via Manali.is it fine to travel wid kid this age.pls guide.

    • It depends on person to person to take the children of such age group because AMS do not matter with respect to age or sex or any physical health condition. It can happen to anyone of any age or sex or fitness I shall say :D… The issue with children is that they tend to exert the body considering it the same kind of place they belong to and this elevates the chances of getting struck with AMS. Secondly, they are not much expressive about their uneasy feelings, so it is parents who need to watch out and take care that the child is not suffering from uneasy feelings, headache or nausea and is behaving properly. With 2+ year child, I think he/she will also be NOT able to convey the uneasiness she may feel. You have to be vigilant and if you notice any such feeling or he/she tells you about such a feeling then please do not ascend anywhere, either descend to lower altitude or stay at the same place to watch things overnight and if symptom increase then start descending immediately. Same is applicable for any adult as well. And yes, do keep the body adequately hydrated!!

      Also, PLEASE read the article: Traveling to Ladakh with Kids or Babies. This article covers this topic in complete detail.

  13. vinay says:

    hie Dheeraj i m a traveller with very less amount of money in my hand hav never seen leg but i m really keen of exploring the utmost beauty of it the accommodation n the refrence what u hav provided is very helpful bt even this will nt fit for me so there anything more cheaper way where i can live at least for 15/20 days thnk you

    • Vinay, you can talk to the above property guys like Greenland Homestay at Changspa or Irfan Guest House, bimla guest house, there is a cluster of them together and see if they can rent on long term basis. Home stays are the ones which you need to look out or Dorm tents at places like Pangong Tso or Sarchu.

  14. noopur says:

    Dear Dheeraj,
    Your website and comments have been really helpful! I am Noopur and I am planning to visit from 29 July – 8 August. I have 10 days (9 if you exclude 1 day of acclimatization). I want to visit the Nubra valley, Sham valley and do rafting in Zanskar. Can you please help me make an itinerary? I am traveling alone.
    Places I want to cover (mostly by bus or taxi):
    Sham valley, likir, alchi up to themisgam.
    Khardung la, sumur, panamik upto diskit-hunder.
    Finally, rafting in Indus/Zanskar.

    I would be very grateful if you can advise on the itinerary. Thanks :)

    • Noopur, how are you traveling? By Air? How are you reaching and coming out of Leh? Also, it needs atleast 2 days of complete rest in Leh for acclimatization.

      • noopur says:

        Dear Dheeraj,

        Can I email you my itinerary somewhere? I am traveling by air. Now I have a fixed itinerary and it involves Turtuk also (I really want to visit Turtuk but I don’t know if it’s possible for a single person). I don’t have 2 days to acclimatize :(

        • Noopur, emails in general I rarely check as it always have a long queue in season time :) .. Best is either you post it here or start a new topic in DoW Community for better threaded discussions and better tracking.

          You will have to have 2 day of acclimatization for sure in order to make this trip successful. Otherwise, you will be playing with a life risk. AMS can be fatal, please note.

        • Noopur, why not you follow the the below itinerary:

          Day 1 | Delhi – Leh (By Flight)
          — Checkin at Hotel. Many hotels provide free pick and drop from Airport. Ask while you book them.
          — Take ample of rest as well as water or anything that keep your body hydrated enough. DO NOT OVER HYDRATE. Take ORS Soluted water or ORS – L tetra packs from home.
          — Do not over exert your body at any cost. Avoid too much up-down on stairs or avoid it in entirety, if possible.
          — After 5-6 Hrs of rest you can visit Leh Palace, Local Leh market, Shankar Gompa .
          — If you feel exerted go back to Hotel, have dinner at Hotel and take rest. Avoid any exertion. Else continue and,
          — Follow the sunset by stroll at Changspa road and have a nice dinner on varied cuisines offered in-around Changspa road.
          — Go back to hotel for overnight stay at Leh.
           
          Day 2 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Acclimatization
          — Hire a taxi from Leh taxi stand or Hotel whichever suits you.
          — Bargain with taxi driver and you can refer the thread for a comprehensive list of drivers: List of Taxi Drivers for Ladakh – Srinagar – Leh – Manali
          — Take his inputs if you feel reasonable and if required modify the plan accordingly but should suits you best.
          — Ask him to be with you guys starting first day itself, if required and charged reasonable else do it at your own.
          — Again DO NOT over exert and take little steps and slow walks only.
          — If feeling OK then do Local sightseeing. To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
          — Do not use stairs at any of these places just to see them as it will exert your body much more.
          — Overnight at Leh
           
          Day 3 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder – Turtuk
          — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Turtuk
          — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
          — enjoy the culture in the Turtuk Village
          — do mention Turtuk on the permits

          Day 4 | Turtuk – Hunder
          — Spend whole day at Turtuk and reach Hunder by evening
          — Overnight at Hunder

          Day 5 | Hunder – Deskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
          — Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari
          — Enjoy drive upto Panamik, visit Yarab Tso Lake and back Leh
          — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
          — Overnight at Leh

          Day 6 | Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake
          — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on the go towards Pangong Tso
          — Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik or Lukung)
           
          Day 7 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
          — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
          — Overnight at Leh

          Day 8 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
          — Cover Karzok Monastery
          — Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri
           
          Day 9 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Taglang La – Upshi – Leh
          — Come back via Tso Kar and Manali – Leh Highway to Leh
          — Overnight at Leh

          Day 10 | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping or rafting or sham valley OR Fly back

      • Abhi says:

        I will be reaching Leh (alone) on 16th August early morning and will fly back to Delhi on 22nd August early morning. I intend to spend 2 days in Leh and see Pangong Lake (Stay one night) and Nubra valley (Stay one night if possible). Can you please help me plan my itenarary and also suggest places of visit in Leh (Shortlisted Leh Palace, Local Leh market, Shankar Gompa, Shanti Stupa ,Stok Palace Museum. It will also be helpful if you suggest good budget hotels in above places and best transportation means to get to Pangong and Nubra. Lastly it wil be helpful to know if any groups are already travelling in that period so that I can tag along with them. Thanks a lot.

        • Abhi, you have 6 days in hand and below place can be used:

          Day 1 | Delhi – Leh (By Flight)
          — Checkin at Hotel. Many hotels provide free pick and drop from Airport. Ask while you book them.
          — Take ample of rest as well as water or anything that keep your body hydrated enough. DO NOT OVER HYDRATE. Take ORS Soluted water or ORS – L tetra packs from home.
          — Do not over exert your body at any cost. Avoid too much up-down on stairs or avoid it in entirety, if possible.
          — After 5-6 Hrs of rest you can visit Leh Palace, Local Leh market, Shankar Gompa .
          — If you feel exerted go back to Hotel, have dinner at Hotel and take rest. Avoid any exertion. Else continue and,
          — Follow the sunset by stroll at Changspa road and have a nice dinner on varied cuisines offered in-around Changspa road.
          — Go back to hotel for overnight stay at Leh.
           
          Day 2 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Acclimatization
          — Hire a taxi from Leh taxi stand or Hotel whichever suits you.
          — Bargain hard with taxi driver. Book that single taxi for entire trip after explaining the complete plan.
          — Take his inputs if you feel reasonable and if required modify the plan accordingly but should suits you best.
          — Ask him to be with you guys starting first day itself, if required and charged reasonable else do it at your own.
          — Again DO NOT over exert and take little steps and slow walks only.
          — If feeling OK then do Local sightseeing. To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
          — Do not use stairs at any of these places just to see them as it will exert your body much more.
          — Overnight at Leh
           
          Day 3 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
          — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
          — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
          — Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari
           
          Day 4 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
          — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
          — Overnight at Leh
           
          Day 5 | Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake
          — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on the go towards Pangong Tso
          — Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik or Lukung)
           
          Day 6 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
          — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
          — Overnight at Leh

  15. Anand says:

    Hello Dheeraj ji,
    rates of Hotels/guest houses has been changed in Leh, so kindly get latest rates for the same.
    thanks.
    Jai Matadi

    • The article is almost 2 years old Anand. Based on 10% rates increments almost every year in hotel prices in Ladakh, you can get tentative new ranges.

      • sahil says:

        hello dheeraj
        i am visiting leh from 20 oct to 27 oct.i reach early morning by flight and fly out on 27 early morning.please help me to decide my itinerary.i want to visit pang gong,nubra etc.
        thanx

        • Sahil, the season time by October gets over in Ladakh. Camps at Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri are gone by then and most of the hotels and restaurant gets closed in Leh. So, you will have basic facilities available during that time. Still, if you want to make a trip, you can refer a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh by Air followed by many travelers including me at the link here for 8 days: Leh – Ladakh | Most Common Itinerary by Air.

    • Rajesh Narang says:

      Hello Dhiraj
      This is Rajesh from Jalandhar City, Me and My wife are visiting Leh from 22 August to 1 September. We will reach Leh on 22nd Morning, Can you suggest us our itinerary and good accommodation.
      I want to hire a bullet in Leh, can you suggest me something regarding that also.
      Thanks.

  16. Debjani Das says:

    Me and my hubby want to visit Leh. Tell me what is the best way to reach leh? My budget is low. We’ll be starting from Hyderabad.
    Thanks

  17. Som Dutt says:

    Dear Dheeraj,
    We are 3 friends, planning to drive our car to Leh from manali and returning back via kargil and srinagar. We are starting from manali on 15 august 2014 and wants to return back to srinagar on 22 August. We want to visit pangong, nubra valley, khardung la pass and local leh sight seeing. Please suggest where we have to stay and how we’ll manage to cover all these spots in given time.

    • Som, it is just 8 days you have. 3 days will be required to reach Leh from Manali and 4 days will be needed to return to Delhi from Leh via Srinagar. 1 day is must for rest.

  18. Aman says:

    Bro its a great job u r doing..
    Need ur suggestions regarding some issues..
    I have been to ladhakh 5 times but each and every time with friends, but this time in Sep I am planning to visit Leh and other nearby places with my grandfather & Grandmpother (age around 75).
    Will it be possible for them to acclamatize with the climate in 2-3 days as I am planning for 10 days.
    And my second problem is that I havent visited the Batalik sector yet,so can you please guide me from where should I proceed for Inner Line permit for Batalik.

    Looking forward for your valuable suggestions.

  19. bhanu says:

    Hi, Dheeraj i am bhanu from delhi we are 4 person planni to trip leh from jammu by taxi it will be vary helpful if you pls let us know the real taxi fare and also we are planning to hire the bullet bike to hang aroun on leh so pls tell where form we get them at best rent.
    thanks so muchhhh

    • For the leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2014 – 15 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here. You can get about 10-12% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more.

      For renting bikes in Leh – Ladakh along with current Bike Union Prices, you can check the DoW Community thread: Leh – Ladakh Bike Rental Rates 2014 – 15 & Reliable Shops

  20. shailendra says:

    myself reachin leh on 8th june 8 am and leaving on 11 th june 7 am.
    plz suggest me route to cover pangong tso and nubra velly with local sights

    • Shailendra, with so less days without any acclimatization I cannot suggest you to cover any places in Ladakh. It is highly not recommended and would request you not to take a chance. AMS is fatal, so keep in mind and don;t risk your life. When you have more days at least 7-8 then make a ladakh trip.

  21. jyoti dagar says:

    hi dheeraj, nice blog…
    m travelling to srinagar in sep 14.
    i want to leave for leh on 5 sep n hav a return flight from srinagar on 14 sep morning. we r 4 ppl. can u suggest me a good itinerary. plz also suggest me how to reach leh from srinagar n how to book them ? i also wanna know how to hire a taxi in leh n there price also….
    waiting for ur reply……..
    thnx u soo much…

    • You have 9 days in hand and can follow the below itinerary:

      Day 1 | Srinagar – Sonamarg – Zozi La – Drass – Kargil
      — Enjoy the vistas enroute
      — Have late drunch meal at Drass is you are a vegetarian as sometimes it gets difficult to find veg. food at Kargil
      — Overnight at Kargil

      Day 2 | Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh
      — Cover Mulbekh Maitrey, Lamayuru Moanstery, Lunar Landscapes
      — On the way you can also see Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 3 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Acclimatization
      — To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 4 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
      — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      — Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

      Day 5 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 6 | Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake
      — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on the go towards Pangong Tso
      — Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik or Lukung)

      Day 7 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
      — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 8 | Leh – Lamayuru – Kargil
      — Cover Mulbekh Maitrey, Lamayuru Moanstery, Lunar Landscapes
      — On the way you can also see Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu
      — Overnight at Kargil

      Day 9 | Kargil – Drass – Zozi La – Sonamarg – Srinagar
      — Enjoy the vistas enroute
      — Have late drunch meal at Sonamarg
      — Overnight at Srinagar

      For the leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2014 – 15 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here. You can get about 10-12% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more.

  22. aman says:

    hi dheeraj, it seems u r very experienced me and my friends r planning to visit leh ladakh in first week of july… should we go via manali or srinagar ?? w r planning to stay or 4 nights.. plz provide me a hw much budget we should have… will go by bus till manali and then how to reach leh ??

  23. Bhaskar K says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We are a people of three planing for Leh-Ladakh Trip. We are from Hyderabad and have one week time. Can you please suggest what are all the important places we can cover, given the one week span. Also approximate Budget would help us a lot.

    Thanks in Advance!
    Bhaskar.

  24. JKB says:

    Hi Dheeraj, I am travelling from Pangong to Hanle in month of July. Which will be a better road to enjoy nature- Via Rhongo Village or via Koyl which goes near LOC? Then i plan to travel from Hanle to Moriri via the Twin Lakes of Ryul and Chillin- Do i need permit for it? Will be grateful to have your inputs!

    • Route from Pangong Tso to Hanle via Chusul need permits. Even if you have permits Army will highly likely send you from Chusul back as for the last couple of years they don’t allow much tourist on this route. So, it has to be your lucky day. Also, for Koyul route, completely forget it. You will not at all be allowed by army, so in case you are allowed form Chusul and Tsaga, Rhongo to Hanle is your best bet.

  25. Shasheekant Vaghela says:

    Hi Dheraj,Nice to see your website & all other info inside.I will visit Leh in last week of July.I am going there for Stok Kangri Trekk.there are so many expedition agencies on net but I want to do that trekk with Leh Local Agencies.could you please suggests me that agencies..I am quite budget trekker & I have heard that Leh Market is always seeking such participents to join at the last moment & thus it would be cheaper.

    • Yes, best bet is that you go over there and stroll around in Changspa Market or Leh Main Market where people put lots of flyers at dine-ins, restaurants or cafes. Join that on the fly to make it most economic.

  26. Sheikh Tamheed says:

    Hey I am planning a trip to Leh from srinagar for almost 7 days from 21ist of june 2014…is any body interested in joining with me..

    • DoW started an initiative last year under DoW – Himalayan Travel Community for finding Travel Partners or Companions, leave your message in Travel Partners section at the link: Ladakh & Zanskar – Travel Partners Section. There is also a DoW Travel Calendar linked here which can be used to easily and quickly spot a travel partner with similar dates of all the people looking for Travel Partners for their trips. May be you meet someone online going over the same dates.

  27. Rohit says:

    Guys, Can anybody pls tell the pattern as in how to call at landline number in Leh from mobile?
    i have tried various options but no luck… :(

    • Rohit, you need to add 01982 as STD infornt of the number if dialing from India. Otherwise, prefix +91 as country code too before this STD code if dialing outside India

  28. Shylock says:

    Thank you for all the information shared Dheeraj, it is a great source and I appreciate the effort behind making the list.

    I am visiting Leh in the beginning of July and am wondering whether it’d be ok to leave the accommodation to when there. I’m worried that the Kalachakra Initiation will attract a lot of people and by the time I get to Leh, all places will be full. Please let me know your opinion on that.

    • Shylock, I will suggest to book it in advance if you are traveling at the time of Kalachakra Festival. There will be lacs of people who will be present during that period over there and most of the good hotels are already booked.

  29. Raunak says:

    Hi Dheeraj, we are so far 6 of us planning a trip from Manali to Leh and then to Srinagar. Do you think we can manage this in 15k?

    • I highly doubt brother that 15K will be possible. If you are not booking anything, going on the fly then may be 50:50 it is possible. But I think 18-20K is an optimum one.

  30. Rahul says:

    hey thanks a lot buddy…:-) u really care a lot for all d visitors to leh…;-)
    sorry for asking u so many questions… just d last one bro…! is june a gud time for cable car experience in gulmarg??

    and yeah…all of us have strong desire to see snow in leh…will there be snow during june end??

    • Rahul, sorry bro but I have never done that cable car ride. Though I don’t find anything special in it as I prefer being on road than in skies ;) … I have once done it in Auli and it was decent. June end will have some snow at the passes.

  31. Chaitanya says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    As we have had a talk before , i have contacted Mr. Zakir for the entire most common itinerary you have posted at 55k which is fine right ?
    Moreover he said , he knows the hotels and he would make all the arrangements and i have given him upper limit of Rs.800 for a double bedroom . I just want to know , i can trust with the rates and go ahead right .It won’t happen like he failed to gave us a hotel at last minute or gave us a cheap hotel at Rs.800 . The drivers there are reliable right ?
    Regards.

    • Most of the people including drivers in Ladakh I have come across have been found reliable. You can always ask him to take you to another hotel in case you don;t like the one he takes you too. Don’t expect much of a luxury from Rs 800 room.

  32. Namrata says:

    Hi,

    I plan to visit Leh in early July. How do I book some of these guest houses? Most of them dont have a website. Is it by calling the names/numbers you have listed?
    Thanks for the list btw. Really helps

  33. Dr g Jayarama says:

    Sir,
    Thank you for your timely reply. Actually I don’t have words to express my gratitude for your wonderful service for the social cause.

    Sir, My another doubt-

    We have planned to stay at leh for three nights ( including our travel day from kargil to Leh)and two days.

    Is it possible to plan for Nubra Vally visit in one day and Panang lake in another day along with local sight seeing at leh.

    • It will be very tiring with back to back long days. Also, for first day you MUST stay in Leh for acclimatization, IMHO. You can make a day trip to Khardung La and come back. Then next day you can make day visit to Pangong Tso. I will suggest to add couple of days.

  34. Rahul says:

    hey u dint include rafting in d itenerary ? is it worth doing???

  35. Rahul says:

    oh oh..sorry for d flaw in name:-P
    yo..! will definitely accompany u for beer…;-)
    aur haan…beer reminded me of this…will v get branded drinks there?? :-P local drink would be a concern…!

  36. Rahul says:

    thanks a lot deepak!!!
    i really appreciate that u spare time from ur IT profession to help visitors like me…! :-)
    luvd the itinerary…! will try my best to cover all the places u have mentioned…!! do visit bangalore bro…would be so nice if i could return this favour to u by making ur bangalore trip the best one..:-) :-) thanks again…!
    cheers…:-)

  37. Rahul says:

    hey deepak..!! thanx for ur concern!
    yeah…v have a flight from bangalore to srinagar on 24th june…v will reach srinagar around 2pm..!!
    haan toh…guide us from this point brother ! and return ticket again from srinagar on 4th noon!!

    v would like to cover these places for sure… pangong lake, tsomoriri…nubra valley…!! apart from these any other place in and around leh?? have heard there is a rafting of 12km length…? details of that pls…

    and yeah…in srinagar..gulmarg & sonmarg…-!!

    in all v have about 10 days…!
    and yeah…considering ur reply about accommodation…u sure na that v will get it on spot…decent enough place!! :-P
    pls pls make an itinerary for us as v have no idea about leh or srinagar !!
    v will prefer to hire bikes there…so plan accordingly ! :-)
    awaiting ur response bro..:-) :-)

    • Day 1 | Reach Srinagar
      — Enjoy walk around Dal lake and may be Shikara ride as well
      — If you have time then check out, floating market, Shalimar Garden.
      — Overnight at Srinagar

      Day 2 | Srinagar – Sonamarg – Zozi La – Drass – Kargil
      — Enjoy the vistas enroute
      — Have late drunch meal at Drass is you are a vegetarian as sometimes it gets difficult to find veg. food at Kargil
      — Overnight at Kargil

      Day 3 | Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh
      — Cover Mulbekh Maitrey, Lamayuru Moanstery, Lunar Landscapes
      — On the way you can also see Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 4 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Acclimatization
      — To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 5 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
      — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      — Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

      Day 6 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 7 | Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake
      — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on the go towards Pangong Tso
      — Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik or Lukung)

      Day 8 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
      — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 9 | Leh – Dah – Hanu – Kargil via Batalik
      — If you take Batalik route then you need to get Inner Line Permit for it to cross Batalik

      Day 10 | Kargil – Drass – Zozi La – Sonamarg – Srinagar
      — Enjoy the vistas enroute
      — Have late drunch meal at Sonamarg
      — Overnight at Srinagar

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  38. Dr g Jayarama says:

    Dear Dhreeraj
    At the outset i congratulate and thank you for providing this wonderful work of compiling the data about accommodation at Leh.
    Below I am give my brief itinerary-
    28.06.14- arrival to Srinagar & halt
    29.06.14 & 30.06.14 – Journey on road and arrival to Leh
    30.06.14 to 02.07.14(halt and local sigt seeing at in and around Leh)
    03.07.14 & 04.07.14 Return to Srinagar on road.
    04.07.14 Stay at Srinagar
    05.07.14 Journey to Amtitsar By Flight & halt at Amritsar.
    06.07.14 Return to Bangalore by flight
    Please suggest me abotu
    1. Accommodation and food at leh
    2. How to travel on road from Srinagar to Leh with cheapest and safe mode.
    3. Local transport at Leh & sight seeing

    We are only two members in the tour. Myself( 59 years) and My relative boy ( 23 years)

  39. Rahul says:

    hey this is a wonderful page and must say…bro u r doing a fantastic job!! thanks a ton bro..
    my query is …v r group of 4 ppl all aged about 22 years… v will be reaching leh on 25th june 2014 evening… till 2nd july
    1) pls help us with accommodation..decent prices bro!! ( for 4 ppl)
    2) should v Book it right away or can v find accommodation on spot??
    3) and a small brief itinerary would be really helpful…
    kindly give ur contact number pls..so that any information left out could be easily asked…do help pls!

    God bless u for such a lovely work! :-)

    • Rahul, you can check the stay options mentioned in the article above and contact them for stay. Better keep in touch with them, most of them don’t ask for money deposit as small guest houses. Only hotels will need advance. If you OK with searching a bit then there is no issues, better go there, hunt and choose on the spot. I can help you with itinerary but please tell me how you are reaching Leh and how + when you plan to start back from Leh

  40. Mukesh Chavda says:

    Hi Deeraj, I appreciate your revert to people travelling for Leh_ladakh.
    I am also planning to visit with my wife and two kids (13 & 5 yrs). request you to help me with few economical hotel with contact numbers (if possible). Request you to suggest the key places we must visit.

    • Mukesh, the article above and links mentioned for the entire series has all the list of suggested hotels for the readers of DoW. You can refer any of the list for different destinations of Ladakh and you will not go wrong with it.

  41. Poonam says:

    Hi Dheeraj, I have booked a flight from delhi for me and my husband from 2nd June 2014 (arrival to leh in morning) to 10th June 2014 (departure from leh morning)
    We have 8 days (from 2nd June,2014 to 9th June 2014) in which we want to covers all possible important places & activities in leh ladakh and keeps us occupied from morning 9am to evening 9pm.

    And stay in a descent Guest House, between 200-700 per day (Changspa) 2 days in Nubra Valley. Please suggest should we first stay in Nubra and cover nubra & pangong or should we first stay in Changspa ?

    We would like to cover below places starting from day one (2nd June) We do not want to rest for even a day even if we take time to get accustomed to the weather. we would carry all possible medicines.

    Please suggest an apt itenary for 8 days amongst below places which we heard are must see in ladakh and also suggest which are not so important places and can be avoided.

    Pangong Lake (through the Changlangla pass/ want to see border between India and China), Tsomoriri Lake, Korzok Village, Nubra Valley (crossing Khardung-la-pass), Samstanling Monastery, Shey Palace , Alchi Gompa, Lha-Khang Soma (New Temple), Sumstek (Triple storied shrine), Dukhang (Assembly Hall), Lotsava Lhakhang, Manjushri Lhakhang (Temple of Manjushri), Three Chhortens (Stupas). Leh City, Indus Valley Monastery tour including Shey, Sindhu Ghat, Thiksey Monastery, Hemis Monastery, Stok Palace, Stok Kangri Peak ((no trecking, by vehicle), Likir Monastery, Diskit Village, Diskit Monastery , Lamayuru Monastery ,Cave Monastery , Spituk Monastery, The Samtanling Gompa, Panamic Hot Water Sulphur Springs, Zanskar valley, Indus Rivers, Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, Gurdwara Pathar Sahib (will stop here for langar lunch), Alchi Choskor Monastery, Hall of Fame, Monastero Chemre Gompa, Magnetic Hill, Stok Palace Museum, Basgo Monastery, Sand Dunes Leisure Park (Sand Dunes Hunder), Diskit Monastery, Sumoor Nubra, Namgyal Tsemo Monastery, Stakna Monastery, Phyang Monastery, Vajra Bhairav Shrine (Temple), Sankar Monastery, Jama Masjid – Leh (Mosque), Leh Royal Palace (Place to see leh city from the top), Monastery Circuit (religious), Evergreen Arts Emporium, Tibetan Market, Tibetian Refugee Market, Zanskar Arts, Himalayan Pashmina Shwals, Kangyatse (no trecking, by vehicle), Kharnak, Kuari Pass, Markha Valley, Nanda Devi East Base Camp, Sham- The Apricot Valley, Tsomoriri- The Land of Nomads, Drass Velly, Rangdum, Takthog Gompa, Padum, Yak Safari, Kargil
    We would like you to also include cover Camel Safari on a double hump Bactrian camel in Sand Dunes Hunder, white water rafting and kayaking in Zanskar River, paraglide from the Khardong, Jeep Safari passes upto the Suru Valley arriving at Zanskar, Horse Polo, Star Gazing in the night in Pangong Lake. Please recommend which places are best to cover these activities.

    Also suggest, how do we cover day-wise places as we have no clue at what distance these places are. Also, please suggest us if we directly book local vehicle in ladakh, will we get that last moment or its recommended to book in advance ? and if we book the local taxi’s there, will it be more cheaper?
    Any do’s and donts? And things to carry and wear ? Also which medicine is required to be carried ? and will our local idea postpaid connection work ?

    Poonam

    • Poonam, You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh by Air followed by many travelers including me at the link here for 8 days: Leh – Ladakh | Most Common Itinerary by Air.

      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

      You can get the vehicles at the last moment as well. No worries on that. Postpaid connection will work in Leh, guess idea works with Aircel there in Leh. no other place in Ladakh it will work.

      Check the list of things to carry for Leh – Ladakh or other trip including basic medical kit, clothing, must haves etc. at the link here: List of Things to Carry for Leh – Ladakh trip.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  42. Rajamohan says:

    Hi Dheeraj! Just yesterday I have started planning for a trip to Leh. But I am really happy to find all the relevant information through you. Thanks a lot Dheeraj. congratulations for this wonderful service. I am planning visit Leh between 8 to 11th of may 2014.My 1st day will be in Leh for acclimatization (Thanks to u again)2nd day to Pangong and Nite stay there. 3rd day back to leh and local visit and then final and 4th day back to Delhi by flight. Is that itinerary is ok dheeraj.

  43. Mahesh says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Thanks for the response. I have some queries:-

    1. I plan to stay on the fort road.Is it a right choice in the matter of accessibility to taxis, public transport,good food, rented bikes? Is it a center place to go to other parts of ladakh i.e nubra valley, pangong lake, local sight seeing etc.

    Further i plan to find the hotel/guest house on the spot rather than advance booking…But on 24th May, 2014 would there be plenty of options..i fear it is not a peak season..i would be able to get a guest house at that time?

    2. I am a bit tight on budget.Can we access the public buses of J&K SRTC to travel to nubra, pangong or other leh local sightseeing? Do you have any info regarding timing of buses? i am unable to find the same on the net. I have flat 8 days..would i be able to cover nubra, pangong or other local sightseeing using public transport.

    Are there any other cheap options available?

    3.I would be reaching on May 24, 2014 around 9 clock morning. Can i obtain the innerline permit on that day since it is a saturday or should i go for advance inner line permit through some local travel agent?

    • Hi Mahesh,

      1. Yes fort road is near the taxi stand and lots of dine ins are around it. You get rented bikes too over there at walking distance. Leh is the central place to other parts of Ladakh.

      You will find options for sure during end of May. Season just kick starts during that period. Check with Paul Guest House.

      2. No the frequency of public buses are too low unless you ave ample of time to spend in Ladakh. Hence, it is better to find travel partners or check the flyers put in there at dine-ins, restaurants, travel desks, etc.. by various other people looking to share the taxi cost. Else, book you seat with some travel agent for such shared taxi tours to Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso and other parts.

      3. Yes, you can obtain the permit the same day. No need fr advance booking of permit.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

      • Mahesh says:

        Hi Dheeraj,

        Thank you very much for your guidance.You are doing a great job. I have some more queries:-

        1. I have come to known that Entry to Nubra Valley is restricted on Wednesday, friday and sunday (exit is allowed on these days) and entry is open only on tuesday, thursday & saturday(exit not allowed on these days)..Is it really so???

        Further if there are such barriers? then these are applicable for pangong & tsomoriri lake too??

        2. I have planned as under:-

        Day 1 Saturday

        Reach leh..local sight seeing in evening to acclimatize

        Day 2 & 3. Sunday & Monday

        Nubra Valley

        Kindly guide if i go from Nubra to pangong that would be ok or should i come back to leh and then proceed to pangong??? i think nubra & pangong are on the same route???

        Day 4 tuesday:- pangong lake-day trip

        Day 5 wednesday:-Sham valley
        day trip back to leh

        Day 6 thursday :-monastery tour (shey hemis thiksey etc.) day trip, back to leh

        Day 7 friday:- Leisurely Bike riding in and around leh

        Day 8:-Back to delhi

        Further if i skip any of the Day 5, 6 or 7 above and include tsomoriri lake, would that be worth? or tsomoriri lake is just like
        pangong lake? i think tsomoriri will take 2 days?

        Kindly guide the above is ok & feasible& not hectic?? Is there any scope for river rafting in above plan??

        However if there are entry & exit barriers, then i have to modify my plan?

        Further i have heard of precious ladakhi stones? from where i can get those? any genuine shop address?

        Thanks & regards

        Mahesh

        • Mahesh, well, firstly such day wise restrictions most are valid for Winters for Khardung La pass when one way traffic is allowed due to the narrow passage. In season time, it is not the case. In your itinerary, I will advice that you rest in leh for at least two days, then head to Nubra for 2 day trip and then Pangong Tso for 2 day trip. Finally, spare day for Sham Valley and rest in Leh. This is the best way to go about Ladakh trip in terms of acclimatizationm comfort and relaxed trip.

      • Mahesh says:

        Hi dheeraj,

        Thanks for the itinerary advice.Thus i am not going for Tso Moriri.

        Any info regarding ladakhi stones?

        regards

        Mahesh

  44. Chirag says:

    No mention about : Glacier View Guest House ?
    Can you please help on the same :)

  45. Mahesh says:

    I am planning to go to leh with my wife on 24/05/2014 to 1/06/2014.Looking for budget accommodation. Would like to have company with like minded people couples only so that cost can be shared. Further the above hotels will be suitable for couples?

    • Mahesh, they will be suitable but these are guest houses and there will be least or no service, most likely food will also not be option in many of them. Regarding travel partners, DoW has started an initiative under DoW – Himalayan Travel Community for finding Travel Partners or Companions, leave your message in Travel Partners section at the link: Ladakh & Zanskar – Travel Partners Section. There is also a DoW Travel Calendar linked here which can be used to easily and quickly spot a travel partner with similar dates of all the people looking for Travel Partners for their trips. May be you meet someone online going over the same dates.

  46. shadab says:

    hi
    Im planing to go leh from mumbai by road. But i wanna go manali first than leh and im planing to go around 10th may. In May do u think i will face any problem while travelling to leh from manali ?

    • Shadab, well it is 50:50 chances that Manali – Leh Highway will open or not by that time of the year. I will suggest that you plan it from Srinagar side and if Manali – Leh Highway is open in May, then come back from that side from Leh.

  47. Jagan says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Very Informative blog!!!.. We are planning to visit Leh and stay for three- four days in June. I am sorry, I was too lazy to go through all the previous responses. This might have been asked previously.

    1. Do you think it is better to pre book the accommodation in Leh. Will there be any huge price difference if we go there and look for accommodation?.

    2. Any suggestions for a good bike rental agent in Leh for travelling around the ladakh region.

    Thanks and keep up your great work!!!!

    • Hi Jagan,

      1. There will certainly be difference if you book on the spot v/s over phone. I will suggest if you OK with searching a bit after reaching there, better book on the spot.
      2. Yes, you can rent bikes in Leh and Fort Road in Leh is full of such shops that rent bikes. Depending upon the condition, model, make and tourist rush you can get bikes starting from Rs 800 to Rs 1300. Rather than booking over phone, it is much better to visit the Fort road, check 4-5 shops over there and get a good deal after checking the bike conditions. I will suggest you read this for sure to understand few tips on hiring bikes from Manali or Leh: How to Hire or Rent a Bike or Motorcycle in Manali

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  48. Niket says:

    Hi,
    Thanks for helping so many people plan their trip to Leh.
    Same is the case with me. I am travelling with my brother to Leh. We are total of 4 Members. PLanning around 20 Sept till 1 Oct. Hope that would be enough to explore Leh like normal tourists. PLease let me know the planning for 10 days that can help us cover all the places and relax at the same time. Also ,do u recommend to stay near the center of the city (Fort Road etc)…or little far…? What are the advantages n disadvantages? Thanks so much in advance…

    • Niket, better you stay near center so that Main Market and Fort road is in the vicinity which will help you with finding good food, easy walk to market, easy spotting of taxis and getting them in case you wish to book destination wise taxis. Regarding time, I can only comment if you can let me know how are you reach Leh? By Air? or by road? If by road, then how? Srinagar – Leh or Manali – Leh?

      • Niket says:

        Hi Dheeraj,
        THanks so much for replying to my post.Can I send you the details via email?I have few more questions which I believe only you can answer. There is some trust that get developed by looking at your website and seeing what all you do. Thanks a lot again. I will be posting my questions in multiple posts if not over email. Happy Holi to you!

  49. Sumanth says:

    Hi Dheeraj

    Can you please give me stay details at Kargil, Srinagar and Jammu
    and few stay details at market street, leh.

    • Sumanth, in Kargil you can check out Greenland, PC Palace. In Srinagar, you can check with houseboats at dal lake, Hotel York. In Jammu, sorry never stayed there.

  50. ketul mistry says:

    HI Dheeraj ,
    I am planning to travel for Tour of LEH-Ladakh & Kashmir in june 2nd week,
    please kindly suggest tour iternity for above tour. I am travelling from gujarat to manali. I will start my journey from Manali to leh & end up in kashmir . so kindly suggest the best with must visit [places. i have total 11 day after reaching to leh as i know it take 02 day to reach leh from manali.

    • ketul mistry says:

      also i forget to tell we are group 06 persons + one 03.25 year child so kindly suggest the best option should i start from jammu or manali as i have to end up my tour at Beas, amritsar .

    • Hello Ketul,

      Firstly, I will suggest you that please plan it in other direction as going via Srinagar – Leh Highway will be much much easier on your body and help you acclimatize to the high altitude of Manali – Leh Highway. Also, it allows you to enjoy the beauty of Manali – Leh by splitting the journey almost evenly in two days which is very difficult in the other direction. Thirdly, it will allow you to fit Tso Moriri lake into the itinerary in better way. You can read more reasons on the link here

      You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh followed by many travellers including me at the link here for 13-14 days: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh.

      For accommodation, check the nice, preferred list of accommodation options in entire Leh – Ladakh (Leh, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri) including moderate and cheap budget hotels as well in the series of articles starting on the link here

      From Manali you can go towards Amritsar and end your journey.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Mr.Anil kumar jain says:

        I will reach to Leh on April 11th by flight . I Have 3 kids, 8,9 and 10.My wife has Asthma. Our return flight in on 17th April.Please suggest places to visit in Ladhak.Suggest a hotel which has heater. we want breakfast and dinner.we are vegetarian.

        • Anil, April is very cold in Ladakh. Are you sure you want to make a trip during this period with family? Lakes are frozen and most of the hotels + eating joints are closed too.

    • nayan pandoriya says:

      me gujarat se hu leh ladakhh 6 din ka tour with my 5 friend i need guest house for 6 days and car

  51. VINOD says:

    Dear Dheeraj,
    i like to trip to ladakh on june 2014. Did you conducting tip to ladakh, pls inform me. i have maximum 10days. i am from kerala.

    thank you
    VINOD

    • Vinod, sorry we do not conduct any tours brother. I help with all the information you need for making a successful trip to different parts of Himalayas or Trans Himalayas :) … DoW has started an initiative under DoW – Himalayan Travel Community for finding Travel Partners or Companions, leave your message in Travel Partners section at the link: Ladakh & Zanskar – Travel Partners Section. There is also a DoW Travel Calendar linked here which can be used to easily and quickly spot a travel partner with similar dates of all the people looking for Travel Partners for their trips. May be you meet someone online going over the same dates.

      Regards
      dheeraj

  52. Yash says:

    If we are planning in mid of april , how many days we need so that we can enjoy the ladakh.

  53. yash says:

    Need quick info for a trip to leh in march for 4 nights , staying option and what all we should visit etc

    • Yash, you need 2 days at least to acclimatize in such extreme cold conditions and then you have just 2 days left with you for any sightseeing!! Are you OK to go for it?

  54. Yusuf says:

    Hi Deeraj,

    Very informative and helpful blog. Thanks man.

    We are a group of 3 people and are planning a 15 days trip to Ladakh. We intend to take bikes from Delhi.
    I require few advice from you.

    1. We are planning to go on 18th May – 18th May to 1st June. Is this time period Ok ? I know there is a risk of roads being not open. But i can see that professional groups are going during this time period. So what do you say ?

    2. We are confused if we should do Delhi-Srinagar – LeH – Manali – Delhi or go for Delhi -Manali -LeH – Manali -Delhi ?
    Reason being as its gonna be our 1st major road trip (we have done Lonavla trips before ) i am not sure if we should make it hectic ? What do u suggest or is it worth it ?

    3. How much will a back up van cost for this whole trip ? We want to keep the budget friendly. Or do u suggest any particular patch, where we should get the backup van ?

    4.We were 1st gonna rent bikes, but then after reading your blog, we decided to cut cost (as it save 8K) + safer to trust our bikes than rent. Thus we are starting at Delhi, 1st we were starting at Manali (Manali-LeH-Manali) with rented bikes. But this increases our ride time + preparations + Add days (1st we were planning a 13days trip) but we do get an option to do Srinagar also now. Are we thinking Right ? or should we keep it not so ambitions ?

    5. Overall we have kept a 40K budget . Including rent (16900 for 13 days, thinking of saving 8K here buy getting our bikes + give us some money for backup van + spares + upgrade our riding gear ),petrol (7500 @ 3000km @ 30kmpl),food (7500 @ 500 per day for 15 days),accommodation (7500 @ 500 per person for 15days). Any Where we are going wrong ?

    So you can see we are on a little confused state.

    Please guide us.

    Thanks Bro

  55. Gaurav says:

    Hello Dheeraj ,

    Wishing you a very happy new year!!
    Leh Ladakh along with some of my friends and I must say I found your blog really informative and useful.
    As we are planning to go in the month of February i.e. next month, could you let me know if this would be appropriate time to go over there?
    Awaiting your suggestions and thanks a lot in advance.

    • Hi Gaurav,

      In February, it will be EXTREMELY COLD up there in Ladakh with all the lakes frozen and most stay + food options closed. If you haven’t been to Ladakh then I will suggest that better plan it from June to September period.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

      • Gaurav says:

        Hello Dheeraj ,

        Thank you very much for your prompt response. Could you let me know if the month of April would be fine as me and my friends can postpone the trip only upto April. We are planning to cover everything on bike , therefore , wanted to know if April season will still have freezing temperatures.
        Thanks a lot Dheeraj.

        Regards,
        Gaurav

        • Hello Gaurav,

          Well, you can check my Travel Tale of Ladakh from April at the link: A Snow Whiteout in Leh – Trapped Again | Ladakh – 2012

          You will be able to see how beautiful it is in April and yet also be able to see that everything in Ladakh when I visited was open as far as sightseeing and exploring is concerned. However, you need to bear in mind the cold conditions up there at that time of the year and lack of variety of food + accommodation options. As it is off season, so things are pretty much closed at most place with respect to food options and stay options. But, you will be able to find basic stays and basic food.

          Going through the Travel Tale will help you decide to GO or NOT GO :) :)

          You need to fly to Leh even in April and then hire bike. Unless you are quite adventurous, it is not recommended to drive/ride over snow.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  56. Shyam Yadav says:

    Mr. Dheeraj, I was trying to get information about Leh regarding hotels, your suggestions helped me a lot and will do or contact before plannig for Leh in future. In fact we travel during Dussera Holiday in Nepal.
    Regards
    Shyam

    • Sure, Shyam. Feel free to post the queries you have for your Leh – Ladakh trip any time here at DoW Blog as comments or in DoW Community as a separate thread/topic :)

      Regards
      dheeraj Sharma

  57. kapil shami says:

    Hi, Dheeraj
    I want to ask u that brand new150 CC extreme bike can make the tour from Delhi-ladakh-delhi
    There is no time limit

    • Hi Kapil,

      There is no reason I see it cannot. Just that you should take care if the bike has been enough rode to have confidence in any unforeseen reliability.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  58. Kora says:

    Dheeraj….
    Luvedd u buddyy…Superb attitude…No Wordss :)
    I m travelling to Ladhak on 12th Otc…refering all sites from last week… now after reading ur blog…gng to sleep happly with all ur info…Thanks once again

    I Never comment in any blog..u made me to do it today :)

  59. Dhanesh says:

    hi dheeraj
    thank u for sharing so much of information. I am from kerala. am planing for a visit to manali-leh-ladakh-srinagar. Can you suggest me the minimum budget i should have for this trip. we are planing for a visit in jun-july 2014.
    thank u
    dhanesh

    • Hi Dhanesh,

      For doubts related to budget for Leh – Ladakh trip, I am sure the link below will help you alot for getting an idea of overall budget:
      How to calculate cost or budget for Leh – Ladakh trip
      Still, in case you have any doubt, kindly let me know.

      PS: Sorry for delayed reply as I was traveling Ladakh for last couple of weeks.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Dhanesh says:

        dear dheeraj
        I am starting my journey from kochi. most probably in june 2014. what i am planing is to cover from delhi-manali-leh-srinagar-kochi

        travel, stay, fud expenses from kochi to delhi-manali and srinagar to kochi in total will be @ 10,000. what will be the minimum total budget i should expect when i go to leh ladakh for the entire journey kochi-delhi-manali-leh-ladakh-srinagar-kochi.

        hotels i prefer will be budget hotels (not luxurious) and veg food (ordinary desent hotels)..we are a group of 4-6 members

        • Hi Dhanesh,

          Firstly, I will suggest you that please plan it in other direction as going via Srinagar – Leh Highway will be much much easier on your body and help you acclimatize to the high altitude of Manali – Leh Highway. Also, it allows you to enjoy the beauty of Manali – Leh by splitting the journey almost evenly in two days which is very difficult in the other direction. Thirdly, it will allow you to fit Tso Moriri lake into the itinerary in better way. You can read more reasons on the link here

          You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh followed by many travelers including me at the link here for 14-15 days: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh.

          For doubts related to budget for Leh – Ladakh trip, I am sure the link below will help you alot for getting an idea of overall budget:
          How to calculate cost or budget for Leh – Ladakh trip
          Still, in case you have any doubt, kindly let me know.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • Rajeevkumar N says:

          Dear dhanesh, i am from trivandrum, and my name is Rajeevkumar, pls send your email/mob no to me. i am also planning to ladakh trip next year, this year march i went srinagar,pahalgam & gulmarg.pls send details

  60. SUKHJEET MADAAN says:

    Hiii. Dheeraj,
    i am Traveling alone fo 4 days can you help me with schedule. Also How Economical will be travelling during Leh. I am Reaching on 22nd September in morning.
    If Possible can u share me with ur Mob No..That Will be gr8 help from ur side

    • Sukhjeet, Sorry for delayed reply as I was traveling Ladakh for last couple of weeks. I think it is too late for the reply, hope you had a wonderful trip to Ladakh.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  61. Ankit gautam says:

    Hi dheeraj
    Thanks a lot for all the information. but i have some queries for my visit with family to ladakh in coming month.

    16th oct flight from delhi to leh
    21st oct flight from leh to delhi
    since it is a family visit with 3 females, i am really concerned about this trip.
    Pl suggest me hotel ranging from 500-1000 in which families can stay.
    also, how to plan from airport and what could be the taxi price for a 7 seater taxi and how to get it from airport.
    since we have already spent nearly 12,000 per person on air tickets, please helm me with schedule and what shall be the overall cost for per person.

    • Hello Ankit,

      Ankit, please check the thread in DoW Community for Itinerary help: Itinerary for 5-6 Day Trip to Ladakh

      It will be damn cold at that time of the year especially at nights and high mountain passes. Check the list of Moderate Budget hotels in the link mentioned at the top of the article above.

      For the leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2013-14 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here. You can get about 10-12% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Ankit gautam says:

        Dear Dheeraj
        i am unable to understand that taxi rate structure.
        If i go as per your plan in the link u mentioned and hire a taxi( 7seater on 16th morning and keep it till 21st morning till leh airport)what shall be the cost of taxi to me. since u know how many kms approx it shall run as per your plan, how much they should charge.
        It would be helpful if i can get a rough idea of such amount.

        • Ankit, in that very thread as well, rates were given tentatively. For the itinerary suggested in the community thread, expect to shell out around 15-16K at least for the taxi. Airport Pick + Drop = about 800, Pangong Tso Day Visit = about 7K, 2 Day nubra Visit = about 7.5K, Leh Local = about 1K

        • Ankit gautam says:

          Thanx a lot for dis help… one more thing, is mid oct a good time to visit ladakh as i heard dat it is raining in some of da parts overthere and it would be difficult to travel by road there.

        • Ankit, with in Leh there are no issues. BUT please note that it will be VERY COLD and sun will be harshest.

  62. PRITHVIRAJ BOSE says:

    PLEASE SEND ME DETAILED ITINERARY OF A 10 DAYS TOUR FOR 7 ADULTS AND 2 CHILDREN FOR LEH AND ALSO FOR GANTOK

  63. manchal says:

    Hi dheeraj,
    Its an amazing blog, we are planning for ladakh this september. I just want your help to schedule our trip. Our delhi to leh flight is booked for 29 sept, we are planning it for 5n/6d. We want to stay in camp for a day or two, so where can we do camping, if we plan for pangong lake which camp would be good. And how should we schedule other places to visit for rest of the days. We are wishing to come back by road via manali, would it be a good idea? Please advise. Thanks

    • Manchal, it will be cold up there in the month of October and especially very cold in places at Pangong Tso or High mountain passes. Camps will be gone mostly from the Pangong Tso Lake. You need to acclimatize for at least 2 days in Leh, then make a 2 day trip to Nubra Valley and finally do a day trip to Pangong Tso.

  64. Abhishek says:

    Hi Dheeraj, I thank you for this informative blog. Just what I was looking for as I am going to stay for around 20 days in Leh, so needed a cheap accommodation. I had one more query regarding transportation. I read that a majority of people go from Manali to Leh on motorbikes. But I am no good driver and also don’t have a 500cc motorbike. Can you please suggest me all the modes of public transportation available from Manali to Leh.
    Thanks

  65. Arindam says:

    Hi Dheeraj, first of all thank you for valuable information in this blog. We, a group of 5-6 people are planning manali-leh-kargil-srinagar from 1 sep to 15 sep, (participating Ladakh marathon on 8th Sep). Our plan was to devote 1 week at leh and then move onto srinagar. Please suggest anything you find better compared to below plan for Leh-Ladakh.
    1 sep – reach manali at 11 am and start for keylong
    2 sep – keylong to leh, sigh seeing, taking permissions
    3 sep- to nubra valley
    4 sep – back to leh
    5 sep – to pangong tso and back
    6 sep – to tsomiriri
    7 sep – back to leh
    8 sep – participate in marathon and sight seeing
    9 sep – start for kargil ( towards srinagar)

    please input

    • Hi Arindam,

      Firstly, I will suggest you that please plan it in other direction as going via Srinagar – Leh Highway will be much much easier on your body and help you acclimatize to the high altitude of Manali – Leh Highway. Also, it allows you to enjoy the beauty of Manali – Leh by splitting the journey almost evenly in two days which is very difficult in the other direction. Thirdly, it will allow you to fit Tso Moriri lake into the itinerary in better way. You can read more reasons on the link here

      You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh followed by many travelers including me at the link here for 14-15 days: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • arindam says:

        Hi Dheeraj,
        Thank you very much for your response. We should have planned exactly the way you have suggested, ie Srinagar – Leh – Manali, but unfortunately our return flight tickets has been booked from Srinagar :( Actually at first Srinagar trip was not included in our plan, just thought to come back via Srinagar. Now we are thinking to spend the first day in Leh sight seeing and getting the permit from DC office and then we will spend 1 night each at Nubra, Pangong Tso and Tso moriri. Please tell me if there are any interconnecting ways among these 3 places so that we dont have to come back to Leh each time and can save 1 or 2 days. And if there are any places in Leh which is worthy of night stay (the entire valley is worthy of spending entire life i guess :) )…..

        Regards,
        Arindam

        • Hello Arindam,

          To get an idea of the routes in Ladakh, you can refer: DoW – Maps of Ladakh | Nubra Valley & Changthang. Keep in mind that, the remote routes are isolated and completely off track with almost no roads. Better stick to traditional routes in case it is the first trip to Ladakh.

          Regarding Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso route, in order to take Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso via Shyok village, you need not have any permits. However, with such a small distance it appears tempting to be done BUT just to analyze the difficulty I will strongly suggest that you read:Trip Report | Nubra – Shyok Village – Pangong Tso Route. The report is from June & in July/August, most likely the route will be washed away. So better confirm first, analyze the high risk involved and then only attempt it or better avoid it unless very much sure. Next possible way is to attempt Wari La route, which is also quite desolated but doable enough.

          Regarding Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri route, the permits to Man – Merak – Chusul or remote Changthang routes are still not being given by DC office in Leh or parhaps I should say they are on and off, so keep your fingers crossed and hope for the best if they start issuing the permits by the time you visit or issue you on your lucky day. Otherwise, you have to take the traditional routes only.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • Arindam fadikar says:

          Hi Dhiraj, had a couple of queries as the days are coming nearer. We will be at Leh-Ladakh during 1-15 september, how will be the weather that time, how much woolen should we carry? And we are thinking to book a car from manali to leh after we reaching manali. Would that be problem or should we book it beforehand?

          Thanks,
          Arindam

        • Arindam, Weather will start getting cold in September especially the high mountain passes and lakes. Better take 2-3 pairs of heavy woolens with one heavy and one light jacket. No just land up there in Manali, head to taxi stand and book the cab for yourself. Best way to save good amount of money.

        • Arindam fadikar says:

          Hi Dheeraj,
          We would be requiring accommodation at Pangong Tso, Hunder(or somewhere at Nubra Valley) and Tsomoriri, does locals provide homestay at these places? And how should we plan our visit to Nubra Valley for 1 night stay there?
          Thanks a lot,
          Arindam

        • Arindam, there are hoemstays available at these places, so no worries. For nubra valley, leave Leh, go over Khardung La and stay overnight at Hunder. In the evening you can enjoy camel rides in sand dunes and Diskit monastery. Next day leave Hunder visit Sumur Monastery and Panamik Hot Springs, Yarab Tso lake and omce back to Leh

        • Arindam fadikar says:

          Hi Dheeraj, we are now also thinking of visiting Zanskar valley while coming back to Srinagar from leh. whatever information available on internet, it seems the only way to reach Zanskar is from Kargil via Rangdum unless we do a long trek. Can you please suggest a plan for leh-kargil-zanskar-kargil-srinagar.
          Thanks a lot.

        • Arindam, yes, the only way you travel to Zanskar Valley is by road from Kargil. It ideally takes 2 days to reach Padum and 1 day to come back to balance out the back break journey. But, if you are one of those with iron backs then probably long long journey from KArgil to Padum can be done in one day too. Then you needs at least one day of around Padum sightseeing. That makes it at least 3 days, recommended 4 days and would love to have 5 days to explore more in Padum :D

        • Arindam fadikar says:

          Hi Dheeraj,
          we are setting off coming saturday, so it would be great if we can have your personal contact number. And for last min confirmation, please check our plan —
          31st Aug – Bus towards manali
          1st Sep – reach manali and book a cab, halt at keylong
          2nd sep – reach leh
          3rd sep – sightseeing and arranging Inner Line Permit
          4th Sep – towards Nubra, night stay at Hunder
          5th Sep – back to Leh
          6th Sep – towards Pangong
          7th sep – back to leh
          8th sep – participate in ladakh marathon in the morning and sight seeing after that
          9th sep – towards tsomoriri
          10th sep-back to leh
          now our flight is from srinagar on 15th sep. So please suggest an itinerary for kargil-padum-zanskar trip (whatever possible) during 11th to 14th ) .. we have no problem with a nobreak journey …

          Thanks a lot

        • Arindam,

          In 4 days from Leh, you can do it like:

          11th: Leh – Kargil/Sankoo
          12th: Kargil/Sankoo – Rangdum – Padum
          13th: Padum – Kargil
          14th: Kargil – Drass – Srinagar

          This is just measuring the road to Zanskar and if you fine with the hectic run, you can follow it as above.

          Regards
          Dheeraj

  66. Nirmal Kishor says:

    Hi dhiraj

    Ur blog is very informative. However it does not specify anything 4 mad ass bikers like me. I have a grp of 4 plannin on riding frm mumbai 2 leh. We start on d 2nd of august n plan 2 touch back in mumbai on d 18th of august. Any itinerary u can plan 4 us? Appreciate a speedy reaponse mate…..

  67. shikhar singh says:

    Hey dheeraj u hav really done a gr8 job by giving these infos..
    I just want to ask that can we rent bikes from leh or we its nessacry to rent it from manali

  68. Ankita says:

    hi Dheeraj… u r doing a wonderful job through this blog… am planing a trip to leh in august … and have lots of questions.. can you please provide me your contact info..

  69. Toncata says:

    Hi there Dheeraj..

    Im fascinated by the idea of having the chance of living in Ladakh for a year as you did.. Im gonna be spending this whole month there (june) and apart from wanting to sight seeing all those fabulous locations and trekking, Id really like to take this trip as a retreat thing, and for that id like to know which are the best spots to be staying a bit more separated from the crowd without being isolated, id basically would like to wake up seeing the desert environment and surrounded by mountains.. what I really feel attracted to in this trip is those moonscapes scenarios and dunes, so dunno if there are places where i could enjoy this calm and relaxation as Im not in the rush of 10 days-see all holidays kind of thing.. Please any information would be very much appreciated
    Thanks,
    Antonio

  70. abhishek kumar says:

    i live in delhi.i want to visit ladakh.which is the shortest path to reach there by train or bus (not by air).and how much time i need to spend in ladakh to visit it all beauty in hurry..and what abiut tracking..how much it will cost if i go for tracking??

    • Abhishek, it takes about 3 days from Manali side to reach Ladakh and 4 days from Srinagar side which is more prefered while going to Leh and Manali is prefered while coming back to Delhi from Leh. You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh followed by many travelers including me at the link here for 14-15 days: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh.

  71. Rajesh Shah says:

    DEAR DHEERAJBHAI CAN YOU SEND ME UR EMAIL ID & MOBILE NO

  72. Rajesh Shah says:

    WHERE TO STAY IN GUEST HOUSE IN LEH HOW IS SMANLA GUEST HOUSE. CAN YOU SUGGEST ANY OTHER

  73. Om says:

    Hello Dheeraj,

    Please email me your details.. I need to discuss some plan which is already in place.
    email id or cell no will be great. thanks Om

  74. Shiv Pal says:

    Dear Dheeraj,

    We are 3 friends planning for Leh-Ladakh Trip in the Month of June. We are short of days. we can manage maximum 6-7 days including travelling from chandigarh to Leh. Can you please guide us which places we should visit. also we definately want to go to Pangong lake.Please let us know how should be plan. my email id is shivkaundal@gmail.com.

    Thanks:

    shiv Pal

    • Shiv, at minimum you need 9 days to visit Leh – Ladakh that too in a hurried manner. It takes 2 days to reach Leh from Manali and 3 days from Srinagar side. Same days will be required to come back Now, add couple of days between Chandigarh to Manali and back drive too. So, you can see that you are there just for a day if you have 7 days and rest days on road.

  75. sandeep mehta says:

    hi dheeraj,
    just came across your site by chance , and wonder why i did not notice it before, need your help finalising the programme, we are three friends all in early 40s and all avid photographers..need the best photographic locations..budget is not an issue here..booked flight from 31st august to 8th september need your help to fill in the days.. thinking of this..
    aug 31) arrive leh and rest acclamatise.
    1st sep)rest and local sightseeng.
    sept2)nubhra valley, overnight.
    sept3)back leh with diskit monastry on way back.
    sept 4)drivi alchi, lumur,lekker
    sept5) drive pangong.overnight
    sept6)pangong to tso morriri
    sept7) tso morriri to leh
    sep8) flight to delhi

  76. Rahul Das says:

    Thnx alot Dheeraj for your valuable suggestion.its very kind of u.thnx once again.I need some more information.What would be per day cost of taxi if we hire it for 2-3 day.what would be the Guest hose per day charges over there? would be 500 enough for per day?how can we get buses or taxi from Manali towards leh.is there any online booking facility or have to go there buy ticket?
    Regards

    • Rahul, you can see the prices of various guest houses in the article above. HPTDC runs bus service between Manali – Leh and you can book it online from their website. For the leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2013-14 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here. You can get about 10-12% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more.

  77. Ambar Ray says:

    Brother Dheeraj,
    First of all a big THANK YOU to you for posting a detailed information on leh/ Ladakh tour as well as helping the needy person by providing necessary guidance. Can i have your mobile number plz as I have a lot of things to talk abt my leh/ ladakh tour. Also do let me know the most convinent time to call you up. Thanks in advance.

  78. Kaushik says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We couple plane to travel Leh end of August and my itinerary as follows:
    Day 21 Reach Leh – Acclimatize, visit shanti stupa and get permits
    Day 22 Go from Leh to Nubra valley via Khardung la (Visit Hunder and Dunes)
    Day 23 Nubra Valley to Leh [Visit Deskit Monastery on way back]
    Day 24 Leh to Pangong – Visit Hemis Monastery in between
    Day 25 Pangong to Chumathang
    Day 26 Chumathang to Tso Moriri
    Day 27 Tso Moriri to Leh – Visit Shey Palace and Thicksey Monastery on your way to Leh
    Day 28 Stay at Leh local sigthseen
    Day 30 Leh to Delhi
    My concern is Transportation in and around Leh as my budget is little tight. What could be min and max cost for transportation ? Is this possible to strike a deal with driver as a package for whole tour ? What is the possibility to get a share transportation ?
    And at the end is this Itinerary ok ? Your valuable suggestions are welcome.

    • Hello Kaushik,

      I will suggest you following plan:

      Day 21 Reach Leh – Acclimatize, visit shanti stupa and get permits
      Day 22 Stay at Leh local sigthseen
      Day 23 Go from Leh to Nubra valley via Khardung la (Visit Hunder and Dunes)
      Day 24 Nubra Valley to Leh [Visit Deskit Monastery on way back]
      Day 25 Leh to Pangong – Visit Hemis Monastery in between
      Day 26 Pangong to Leh
      Day 27 Leh to Tso Moriri
      Day 28 Tso Moriri to Leh – Visit Shey Palace and Thicksey Monastery on your way to Leh
      Day 30 Leh to Delhi

      For the leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2013-14 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here. You can get about 10-12% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know in case you have any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      PS: Sorry for the delayed response, I was traveling to Spiti Valley for past 10 days.

      • Alakesh Majumdar says:

        Can I have any information on the stay options at Bharatpur? Would Bharatpur be better than Sarchu?

        • Sarchu will be much better as there are more options of stay and it is slightly lower in altitude as well than Bharatpur. Bharatpur has economic tents though.

  79. Shefali says:

    dear dheeraj,
    my son is 2yrs old. is it safe to take him along with us. we are planning for a road trip delhi to leh starting from 8th june.

    • If you ask me personally, I will suggest NO.

      But still, AMS do not matter with respect to age. It can happen to anyone of any age. The issue with children is that they tend to exert the body considering it the same kind of place they belong to and this elevates the chances of getting struck with AMS. Secondly, they are not much expressive about their uneasy feelings, so it is parents who need to watch out and take care that the child is not suffering from uneasy feelings, headache or nausea and is behaving properly. With 2 year child, I think he/she WILL NOT be able to convey the uneasiness and hence the problem. If you still plan to take up then please if you notice any such feeling or he/she try to express you about such a feeling then please do not ascend anywhere, either descend to lower altitude or stay at the same place to watch things overnight and if symptom increase then start descending immediately. Same is applicable for any adult as well. And yes, do keep the body adequately hydrated!!

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      PS: Sorry for the delayed response, I was traveling to Spiti Valley for past 10 days.

  80. Rahul says:

    Dear Dheeraj,We have 3 friend ,going to plan for Leh-ladakh from 15 sept to 22 sept via Manali.pls give your valuable suggestion,will it be enough?Hows can we get there by Bus or Taxi?& what are the most visited place over there?

    • Rahul, 7 days is a tad less but still you can try it like:

      Day 1 | Manali – Keylong/Jispa
      Day 2 | Keylong/Jispa – Leh
      Day 3 | Leh Local Sightseeing
      Day 4 | Leh – Khardung La – Nubra Valley – Leh
      Day 5 | Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh
      Day 6 | Leh – Sarchu
      Day 7 | Sarchu – Manali

      You will be able to get HPTDC buses and taxis as well from Manali to Leh and in Ladakh you will need taxi.

  81. Digvijay says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I along with my friend are visiting Ladakh. We are going via bikes from Manali-Leh-Manali. We will be reaching manali on 22nd May morning and we have to leave manali on 31st may evening. What travel itinery do you suggest for us? We have camping tent with us. We are planning to spend 2-3 nights in the tent near mountain or some natural place. What do you think about this? Is that a safe thing to do?

    • Hi Digvijay,

      You can follow the below itinerary:

      22nd | Manali – Keylong/Jispa
      23rd | Keylong/Jispa – Leh
      24th | Leh Rest Day + Permits
      25th | Leh – Nubra Valley via Khardung La
      26th | Nubra Valley – Leh
      27th | Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh
      28th | Leh – Tso Moriri
      29th | Tso Moriri – Sarchu
      30th | Sarchu – Manali
      31st | Buffer Day

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

    • You can pitch your own tents anywhere but I will suggest you pitch them at a place where there are some dhabha tents put up by locals or where other camping guy pitch theirs or somewhere near some house in village. All you will need is to gently ask them (villagers/dhabha guys/camping guys) for permissions. Most likely they will allow, other wise negotiate for small little tip or move on to some other such place nearby.

  82. manish swaranakar says:

    deeraj this is manish 4m assam we guys 7 of us planning a tour to leh 4m manali nd return via srinagar. we r thinking to start the tour on 16th june 4m manali nd reach baltal on 28th of june
    pls help us to plan our trip .
    nd if possible pls give me ur contact number nd mail id.

    • Manish, you can follow below mentioned plan in that case:

      Day 1 | Delhi – Manali/Solang Valley
      — Better stay at Solang Valley and avoid Manali as sleeping at Solang Valley does help in acclimatization
      — If going by own car, get the permit made in advance to drive on Manali – Rohtang Pass road through hotel/travel agent in Manali
      — Overnight at Manali/Solang Valley

      Day 2 | Manali/Solang Valley – Keylong/Jispa
      — It is always better to stay either at Keylong/Jispa so that you do not feel sick or hit by AMS.
      — Avoid sleeping at Sarchu at any cost while going to Leh from Manali because your body will not be acclimatized by the time you reach there.
      — I prefer staying at Jispa more because Keylong gives the feeling of a town while Jispa is more closer to nature having Bhaga river running just aside the Manali – Leh Highway at Jispa.
      — Overnight at Keylong/Jispa

      Day 3 | Keylong/Jispa – Leh
      — Leave Keylong/Jispa early next morning, say by 4/5 AM types, so that you reach Leh in the evening.
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 4 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Inner Line Permits
      — To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
      — For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 5 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
      — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      — Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

      Day 6 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 6 | Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake
      — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on the go towards Pangong Tso
      — Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik or Lukung)

      Day 7 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
      — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 8 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
      — Cover Karzok Monastery
      — Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri
       
      Day 9 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Taglang La – Upshi – Leh
      — Come back via Tso Kar and Manali – Leh Highway to Leh
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 10 | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping OR Monastery tour OR you can do tour to Sham Valley
      — Monastery tour may include Hemis, Thicksey, Stakna and Shey monasteries. They come on the route of Pangong Tso but as you will be doing day trip, it will be a bit hectic to include them on that day only.
      — Sham Valley include Alchi, Likir, Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu, , Gurudwara Pather Sahib
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 11 | Leh – Lamayuru – Kargil
      — Cover Mulbekh Maitrey, Lamayuru Moanstery, Lunar Landscapes
      — On the way you can also see Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu
      — Overnight at Kargil

      Day 12 | Kargil – Baltal

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  83. Sagar says:

    Hi Dheeraj
    we have plan to visit leh ladhakh mid june approx 15 to 22 june can u guide us when we stay or is it suitable time to visit or not we travel through tempo travel we 5 family we want to budget accommodation with meal
    thankx

  84. Gaurav says:

    Also if it is suitable please share your number so that i can get benefited from your knowledge and will manage things more better..

    • Gaurav, please reply to the mail you must be getting from the comments. I will mail you the contact info.

      • Tushar says:

        Brother,

        Thanks for useful tips for Leh visit.As i asked you earlier that we have a plan to visit leh in may 1st week. We would be living Kanpur and reach leh 4th or 5th may. We have a some imp query so we want your contact no so we can talk one to one and clear some doubts. So please mail me your contact no.

        Regards,

        Tushar

    • Gaurav says:

      Thanks Dheeraj,

      AM Planning to move by road to enjoy nature as well get accimilated to the atmosphere. I have full four days after reaching leh. I might reach Leh on 8th and will be there by 12th, will return back from there by 13th morning . so requesting you to please propose me a nice comfortable budget stay and if possible itinerary of the best places to make use of those 4, may be 5 days as much as i can.

      Please suggest like something for a couple to enjoy maximum scenic beauty there.

      Thanks and Regards,

      Gaurav

      • Gaurav, since you have 4 days with you I will suggest following plan for you:

        Day 1 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Inner Line Permits
        — To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
        — For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here
        — Overnight at Leh

        Day 2 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
        — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
        — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
        — Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

        Day 3 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
        — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
        — Overnight at Leh

        Day 4 | Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh
        — Make a Day trip to Pangong Tso
        — Overnight at Leh

        In case you have 5 days, then make a 2 day trip to Pangong Tso and cover Hemis, Thicksey, Shey on the way to Pangong Tso from Leh or while coming back.

        I hope this helps. Please let me know in case you have any queries or doubts.

        Regards
        Dheeraj Sharma

        • Gaurav says:

          Thanks a ton bro for this wonderful itinerary.. One more suggestion i need for staying . please propose comfortable night stay in all these locations to manage my budget. I want it as economic and as comfortable as i can and i need your expertise in overcoming this.

          Please suggest.

          Again thanks for all your support.

          Regards,

        • Gaurav, For accommodation, check the nice, preferred list of accommodation options in entire Leh – Ladakh (Leh, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri) including moderate and cheap budget hotels as well in the series of articles starting on the link here

  85. Gaurav says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Thanks for all your contribution to people like us. U r trully the ambbasador of Laddakh for we people. Just want to ask that am planning a short trip to leh from 8th to 12th of May after visiting srinagar. Require your assistance to make full use of this trip. I want it low budget with maximum sightseeing.Your expertise required to make this trip memorable for me.

    Please help.

    • Thank you so much brother!! How are you planning to exit Gaurav. It will take two days to reach Leh from Srinagar with overnight halt at Kargil. You have 5 days, so third day you need to rest in Leh and acclimatize. 4 day I will suggest again take rest. 5 th day try to visit Pangong Tso or Diskit – Khardung La as day trip. 6th day fly back.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  86. rohan gogoi says:

    i along with my one friend planning a trip to Ladakh for 6 days. can you suggest us how to reach Leh through Jammu? which will be better and cheaper, Taxi or bus?

  87. Nagesh Shenoy. says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am confused to choose between Atisha Guest House and Ashoka Guest House..Please guide me in choosing the best one considering cleanliness & proximity to main streets.

    Regards
    Nagesh Shenoy.

  88. Rohit Mantri says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    I am form Nagpur. I along with three friend of mine are planning a trip to Leh – Ladhak on bike from Manali (Manali – Leh – Manali) on around 15th June . Are 12 days enough for the same. And I would also like to know if budget of 25k would be enough including the bike rent. Can you also suggest me the itinerary for the trip.
    Thanks & regards
    Rohit Mantri

    • Hello Rohit,

      Budget might be tight I will say since you will be renting the bikes. 12 days should be OK for the trip.

      Day 1 | Delhi – Manali/Solang Valley
      — Better stay at Solang Valley and avoid Manali as sleeping at Solang Valley does help in acclimatization
      — If going by own car, get the permit made in advance to drive on Manali – Rohtang Pass road through hotel/travel agent in Manali
      — Overnight at Manali/Solang Valley

      Day 2 | Manali/Solang Valley – Keylong/Jispa
      — It is always better to stay either at Keylong/Jispa so that you do not feel sick or hit by AMS.
      — Avoid sleeping at Sarchu at any cost while going to Leh from Manali because your body will not be acclimatized by the time you reach there.
      — I prefer staying at Jispa more because Keylong gives the feeling of a town while Jispa is more closer to nature having Bhaga river running just aside the Manali – Leh Highway at Jispa.
      — Overnight at Keylong/Jispa

      Day 3 | Keylong/Jispa – Leh
      — Leave Keylong/Jispa early next morning, say by 4/5 AM types, so that you reach Leh in the evening.
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 4 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Inner Line Permits
      — To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
      — For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 5 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
      — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      — Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

      Day 6 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 7 | Leh – Pangong Tso Lake – Leh
      — Day trip to Pangong Tso
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 8 | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping OR Monastery tour OR you can do tour to Sham Valley
      — Monastery tour may include Hemis, Thicksey, Stakna and Shey monasteries. They come on the route of Pangong Tso but as you will be doing day trip, it will be a bit hectic to include them on that day only.
      — Sham Valley include Alchi, Likir, Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu, , Gurudwara Pather Sahib
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 9 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
      — Cover Karzok Monastery
      — Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri

      Day 10 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Moore Plains – Pang / Sarchu
      — Try to start early in the day so that you reach Sarchu where the accommodation options are better than Pang
      — Overnight at Sarchu or Pang

      Day 11 | Pang / Sarchu – Baralacha La – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
      — On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
      — Overnight at Manali

      Day 12 | Manali – Delhi

      I hope this helps. Please let me know in case you have some queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  89. Saurabh Singh says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We are a family of 4 travelling to leh in April End (24th-30th) by flight. Can you plz put an itinerary for me according to the April Weather condition. Plz do let me know what all can be covered by Bike. I’ve booked Barath Guest house for 4 days. Plz let me know if you have any info abt this guest house.

    Regards,

  90. Jalpa says:

    Hi Dheeraj ,

    I am planning to visit Leh for 6 days from 1 may 2013, can you suggest me some Good hotels like middle class having moderately good facilities . I am not looking for high price hotels but hotels with good facilities and clean environment.also near by city center.

    Thanks in advance

  91. [...] For accommodation, check the nice, preferred list of accommodation options in entire Leh – Ladakh (Leh, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri) including moderate and cheap budget hotels as well in the series of articles starting on the link here. [...]

  92. Indrajit Sanyal says:

    Dear Dheeraj Sharma
    Firstly I want to convey my thanks to you for this nice and informative blog about Leh.
    In August 2013 we have planned for a Ladakh trip for 11 days. We are 6 in 2 families. We are reaching Leh by flight and again return by flight.Will you please suggest an itinerary for us with a night stay at Pangong and Tso moriri. Secondly is there any possibility of flight cancellation at this period of time due to rainy season.
    Regards.

    • Indrajit, no one can predict weather and especially in Ladakh :) … There the Mountain rules and weather always have their own say :). Regarding the itinerary, I will suggest you to do following:

      Day 1 | Delhi – Leh (By Flight)
      — Checkin at Hotel. Many hotels provide free pick and drop from Airport. Ask while you book them.
      — Take ample of rest as well as water or anything that keep your body hydrated enough. DO NOT OVER HYDRATE. Take ORS Soluted water or ORS – L tetra packs from home.
      — Do not over exert your body at any cost. Avoid too much up-down on stairs or avoid it in entirety, if possible.
      — After 5-6 Hrs of rest you can visit Leh Palace, Local Leh market, Shankar Gompa .
      — If you feel exerted go back to Hotel, have dinner at Hotel and take rest. Avoid any exertion. Else continue and,
      — Follow the sunset by stroll at Changspa road and have a nice dinner on varied cuisines offered in-around Changspa road.
      — Go back to hotel for overnight stay at Leh.
       
      Day 2 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
      — For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here
      — Hire a taxi from Leh taxi stand or Hotel whichever suits you.
      — Bargain hard with taxi driver. Book that single taxi for entire trip after explaining the complete plan.
      — Take his inputs if you feel reasonable and if required modify the plan accordingly but should suits you best.
      — Ask him to be with you guys starting first day itself, if required and charged reasonable else do it at your own.
      — Again DO NOT over exert and take little steps and slow walks only.
      — If feeling OK then do Local sightseeing. To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
      — Do not use stairs at any of these places just to see them as it will exert your body much more.
      — Overnight at Leh
       
      Day 3 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
      — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      — Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari
       
      Day 4 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 5 | Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh
      — Make a Day trip to Pangong Tso
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 6 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
      — Cover Karzok Monastery
      — Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri
       
      Day 7 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Taglang La – Upshi – Leh
      — Come back via Tso Kar and Manali – Leh Highway to Leh
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 8 | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping OR Monastery tour
      — Overnight at Leh
      — Monastery tour may include Hemis, Thicksey and Shey monasteries. They come on the route of Pangong Tso but as you will be doing day trip, it will be a bit hectic to include them on that day only.

      Since, you have more days so make a two day trip to Pangong Tso and also make a day trip from Hunder to Turtuk when you stay in Nubra Valley. Do not forget to write Turtuk in permit form.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Tushar Rastogi says:

        Hi Mr.Dheeraj,

        We are 6 peoples from Kanpur , have a plan to visit Leh in the 1st half of the May by our own Car.We would leave the kanpur in 2nd may 2013 and will reach at leh on 4th may with all the camping gears. we have 5 days to discover leh and pangong tso . We would all the guys and according to this please help us to make plan for leh discover.

        Regards

        Tushar

        • Tushar, roads might and might not open by that time, even Srinagar – Leh Highway. Can you postpone your journey by at least a week or two? Also which car are you planning with?

        • Tushar Rastogi says:

          it would be maruti ertiga. and which time you suggest but in may only..also please advice the places regarding camping also..

          tushar

        • Tushar, better do it in the end of May so that you give time to get the roads open at least Srinagar – Leh highway. For camping, you can try Camp Watermark at Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri Camps and Resort at Tso Moriri. At Nubra, check at Organic Retreat camps or hotel Sten Del at Deskit or Snow leopard guest house at hunder whatever suits your budget. For Camp Watermark and Tso Moriri camp, refer my name or blog’s name to the owner there and they will offer you 10-20% discounts based on the season time and rush.

      • Indrajit Sanyal says:

        Thank you Dheeraj for you wonderful suggestion. We will plan accordingly.
        Regards

  93. rupesh taunk says:

    hi dheeraj ji ,i am rupesh taunk from raipur. i want to know that i hire a mini bus 35 seater from jammu, is this bus go to nubra, pangong,or another mini bus hire from leh. can you provide ur contact no. thru mail. So that we can discuss things on phone if possible.

    • No Rupes, that will not go to Nubra Valley. You will need to make two changes I think one at Srinagar and other at Leh. If not Srinagar then definitely at Leh because Jammu bus in case taxi number will not be allowed to roam inside Ladakh for sightseeing purpose. I will mail you my contact info. Please remind if I forget to do so :)

  94. Chinmoy Khaskel says:

    Hi Dheweraj,
    Many many thanks. I think I should stick to October. For the time being I only have a query regarding vehicle. I travelled a lot in Uttarakhand specially Almorah and beyond. In Uttarakhand I hire a car at daily rate + fuel + driver’s meal. Is it possible to get a car with such an arrangement. See although I start a tour with an itinerary but I seldom remain faithful to it. If I like some place very much I may extend my stay and may even drop some place at later stages to adjust available time. For that reason I do not travel with others except my wife and daughter and need a vehicle with such an arrangement.

    Thanking you,
    Chinmoy.

    • Nopes Chinmoy, you will not get taxis that ways in Ladakh. They (Ladakh taxi union) have Point to Point rates which includes the stays and all. If you make them stay longer at any place then they charge the fixed extra day prices then. It will be very transparent for you. For the leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2012-13 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here. You can get about 10-15% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Chinmoy Khaskel says:

        Hi Dheeraj,
        Thanks for the information. Your blog is so exhaustive about Ladakh that one can get to know everything about Ladakh. Actually I chanced upon your blog and got interested to visit Lasdakh. For the time being I do not have any further query. But closer to the traveling time I may have few queries and then again I will disturb you.

        Thanks again for such an awesome travelogue.

        Chinmoy

  95. Chinmoy Khaskel says:

    I am thinking to cover Srinagr-Leh/Ladakh-Manali starting from 29th September 2013. Can u pl tell whether it will be possible during that time? Thanks for the information provided in your blog which will be very much helpful to travel Ladakh.

    • Chinmoy, It is possible but I will suggest you to go through the article 5 Reasons to Avoid Manali – Leh Highway in October before planning th journey over it that late in the season. I am not trying to scare you but just want you to know that there are some risks traversing MAnali – Leh Highway that time and if you are OK with them and do not have much important things to be carried out after vacation then only opt for it. Let me know in case you have any doubt or query.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Chinmoy Khaskel says:

        Hi Dheeraj,

        Thanks a lot for prompt reply. If we consider the most common itinerary given in your blog, will it be possible to cover rest of the itinerary except Leh-Manali during the month of October. Moreover can we enjoy snowfall during that time in Ladakh since my family is very much interested in snowfall.

        Moreover is Mid-May to Mid-June peak season? Since I do not like to travel anywhere during peak season to avoid rush.

        Again thanks fro sharing all the valuable information given in your blog.

        Chinmoy.

        • Hello Chinmoy,

          Yes, very much you will be able to do it. In fact you should be able to do the Manali – Leh Highway too owing to delayed monsoons now. However, I wanted you to be aware of the risks in there so that at least you are prepared in mind for some delays there. If you are OK with a delay of a day or two in between and can check the forecast of weather one or two days before then it should be fine to travel Manali – Leh Highway as well.

          Yes, May, June, July are very much the peak season and I will suggest you to stick with late September to see Ladakh in its most beautiful forms. Generally, trans himalayan region starts getting snowfall in mid-September, so based on your luck you might get the snowfall. But, do not take it certain!!

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  96. kiran says:

    Hi,i’m planning to leh next week i,e feb 9th(2013) ..firstly,want to know is dis the season to be der..2)planning to travel in bus can u please suggest me dat wer to take the bus…

    • Kiran, roads to Ladakh are closed. You cannot make the journey by road to Ladakh. Also, it is winters in Ladakh are extreme and only few can bear such cold. Better make plans for Ladakh trip between June to September.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

    • Jesal Trivedi says:

      Hi Kiran, Are you planning a trekking trip or a tour of Leh?
      I came back from a trek in Leh yesterday and can tell you that 80-90% of places/hotels/shops are closed during this time.. If u’re planning for a tour, then do it after mid-May. Also, check the dates of some festivals and plan accordingly..

  97. Akshaya says:

    hi,i read ur blog, it’s really helpful.
    i am planning a trip with my family in first week of july may be starting from 1st of july. i am planning a flight to chandigarh. from there want to start a trip and cover shimla, kullu manali and thn move ahead to explore leh.
    Can you suggest me a itinerary. may be we could discuss through mail

    • Akshay, can you suggest me the number of days you have in hand and how will you be commuting? Also, I will suggest you take the flight to Srinagar and from there you start the journey. It helps alot in terms of health and then come back via Manali.

      • Akshaya says:

        hi, i was planning to go to chandigarh by train from mumbai. and then road journey via manali to leh, roam around in leh and then move towards srinagar via kargil. and flight from srinagar to mumbai. i have as such not decide the no. of days, want to complete the journey in as much less time as posible. but at max can spend 10 days.

        • Hi Akshay,

          I will suggest to fly to Srinagar, then go towards Leh – Ladakh and then move back to Chandigarh and take train back to Mumbai. I know at the end of the trip you might be a bit tired and may prefer air travel over train travel. However, going via Srinagar would help you alot in acclimatization and enjoying the trip to the great extent. Going via Srinagar – Leh Highway will be much much easier on your body and help you acclimatize to the high altitude of Manali – Leh Highway. Also, it allows you to enjoy the beauty of Manali – Leh by splitting the journey almost evenly in two days which is very difficult in the other direction. Thirdly, it will allow you to fit Tso Moriri lake into the itinerary in better way. You can read more reasons on the link here

          Let me know if you need a plan or itinerary for this as well.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • Akshaya says:

          hi,
          i wanted to know whether mini buses are allowed there. can you provide ur contact no. thru mail. So that we can discuss things on phone if possible.

        • HPTDC and soem private operators run semi deluxe type mini buses only. It is only GOVT. HRTC big buses which run there others are all either small/mini buses or tempo travelers. I have mailed you my phone number as well.

  98. Raj says:

    Dear Dheeraj,

    First of all KUDOS to you for this wonderful job you are doing.

    No words to praise the efforts you are putting.

    I cannot stop myself to check your blogs again and again as you have suggested me my itinerary from 1st May to 12th May 2013.

    The articles are mindblowing, educative and very useful for travellers who are planning Leh ladakh.

    What better deal can anyone ask than what you are offering to all socially.

    It is basically transformed into a VIRTUAL TOUR of Leh Ladakh.

    Just cant stop thanking you, praising you for the wonderful details on everything for Leh Ladakh.

    Though I am supposed to travel on 1st May, I am despaerately awaiting the final day to actually experience what you are mentioning.

    Thanks BUDDY I will definately post my details and pics once I am over with this magnificient trip.

    Great Job.

    • Thank You so much Raj!! It is extremely easy to surf the net and get the required info. but equally difficult to praise the info. present which is helpful. such words of appreciation keeps me going with positive frame of mind and helps alot and boosting the morale. Thanks again for such warm words

      Cheers!!
      Dheeraj Sharma

  99. Ashok Madhavi says:

    Hi Deeraj,

    I am planning to travell by bus form Srinagar to leh mid of April.
    Could you please suggest is it convineant to travell by bus in mid of april as i came to know that roads are closedtill june.

    • Hi Ashok,

      At that time of the year, the roads to Ladakh both Srinagar – Leh Highway as well as Manali – Leh Highway remain closed. So, you will not be able to make a journey by road to Leh in April

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  100. Babu Malick says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    This is a great blog with invaluable information. Allow me to bow down to you for your effort.

    I would be grateful to you if you can help me out with few more information. We are six friends planning to visit Ladakh in end of May 2013. Two of us will be coming from West Bengal and the rest from Delhi.
    I know I am creating a bit of pain for you, but being a bit selfish I am requesting you if you can give me some suggestion of best and most economical you to reach Ladakh from Delhi during the mentioned season. Please apologize me for my selfishness and thanks in advance.

    Sudipta

    • Hello Babu,

      Thanks alot. I am not sure how much time you have in hand and you might need luck too with weather that roads should be open atleast via Srinagar side. Manali side most likely to be not open by that time of the year. The cheapest way to reach would be to get a train to Jammu and then from there take some shared jeep to Srinagar and again shared jeep to Kargil and finally a shared jeep to Leh from Kargil. JKSRTC buses would be the cheapest deal but might be a bit slow. Also, since it is early time so chances of going via jeep would be high via Zozi La pass as compared to heavy vehicles.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you need any inputs or queries.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  101. Ashwin Salian says:

    Hello Dheeraj! Planning to go with a handful of friends in June 2013. Probably around a week in Leh. Budget hotels, with clean and good bathrooms.

    Sugesstions?

    Regards!

  102. mukul sharma says:

    dear dheeraj sir,
    thank u so much for such important info about ladakh.
    We are 6 friends planning to visit leh in the month of june 2012. we are from nagpur and we wish to go there by SUV. is it proper to visit leh without advanced booking in hotel? our preference is budget/ economic hotel or guest house. please suggest us regarding hotel booking and travelling by SUV.

    • Hi Mukul,

      Yes, not much of a worry as there are ample of places to look forward. Just that you might need to check here and there, so if you are ok with that then it is fine. Check the list of accommodation on my blog and take its print out with you, may be prove helpful in contacting them when you are reaching there.

      For accommodation, check the nice, preferred list of accommodation options in entire Leh – Ladakh (Leh, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri) including moderate and cheap budget hotels as well in the series of articles starting on the link here

      I hope this helps. Please let me know in case you have any query or doubt.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  103. Jesal says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    1st of all, let me congratulate you for the brilliant job that you’re doing and helping us all to such a great extent!! Thank You so much… :-)

    I also have a query for you. We are a group of 4 friends who are going for the Chadar trek in the last week of January. We’ll be reaching Leh 3days before the reporting date to acclimatise & visit to the local attractions. So can you please suggest some good places to stay and visit during this non-peak season. Also, what are the typical room rates during this period?

    Thanks,
    Jesal Trivedi

    • Hello Jesal,

      Thanks alot. Try hotel Sia La or Hotel Shaynam or Leh Intercontinental (just opposite Shaynam – Very good reviews). Most of the cheap budget hotels are closed during off season. Oriental Hotel and Shanti Guest House are also good to go. Room rates are around similar or a little high considering the usages of heaters and sometimes include prices of food too because it is not much possible to go out to have food in such cold especially morning and evening. Hope this helps and all the very best for your trip :)

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  104. pankaj bhaban says:

    1st on thank you very much for such usefull information, i am planning Leh in between 7-10 feb 2013 i know the climatic conditions would be extremely tough but though would like to experience it, i would like to know are any hotels, or guest house running in month of Feb? also will be there enough places to eat hotel/restaurant? we are 4 bachelors traveling from Mumbai, could we hope to get a car or even bike to roam nearby places?
    Your suggestions would be really helpful to us.

    • Hi Pankaj,

      Yes, there are couple of hotels that run in Leh all throughout the year like Santi Guest House, Oriental as well, Lasermo, Omasila, may be Shaynam as well. All of them would offer you acco. with food since most of the restaurants and eating places are closed. But, I doubt if the best ones likes Lamayuru or Gesmo are closed or not. Do give a shot. In the night and morning you will rarely be able to go out I feel in the 4 days you have in hand, so take that hote/guest house that can serve you food as well, mostly they will servev what they make for themseleves or ask you what to cook that day.

      Getting a bikeugh but yes you will be able to get taxis for sure. You can check with Rigzin any of below:

      Rigzin – 09622954779, 9469472772 (he know me personally and being more of a friend, he might help arrange some alternative in case he is busy or booked already in the season)
      Manzoor – 09622973951 | Very nice person, recommended by readers below as well
      Naseer – 09906229203 and 09469293183
      Dorjey – 09419372742, 0962296931

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  105. Abhijit says:

    sir,we have planned to visit leh on 18th oct & returning on 28 th oct,me with my 2 kids 3.5 yrs & 5yrs,pls give me your suggestion,where to stay & where to visit with children safely.our round the trip journey by air.thank u,regards

  106. Sanjay Merchant says:

    Dear Mr. Dheeraj Sharma
    Your write-ups have been so much energatic and entusiastic that we have no option but to plan for the trip. Thanks for waking us up!!
    I am planning for Leh and then kashmir. Can i plan like going to Leh directly by flight..stay there and roam there for 5 nights. then, leave by Car to Drass as suugested by you and then to Srinagar where we can relax with family for 3 nights before flying back to Mumbai.
    What is your suggestion?
    Warmest regards
    Sanjay

    • Hello Sanjay,

      Better do it in other direction. Reach Srinagar, stay there for couple of nights if you want and then head to Kargil for overnight stay and then finally to Leh. This will help you better acclimatize for the altitude of Leh and enjoy your trip more. Enjoy there for 4-5 days and then fly back to Mumbai.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know in case you have any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  107. Ganesh Siddhu says:

    Sorry Dheeraj… Its Ganesh.. m coming on Sept 18th…

  108. Ganesh Siddhu says:

    Hi Mr.Dheeraj,

    I have planned my Leh trip this August 18th. I ll be staying for 4-5 days. As I am travelling alone, I would like to know my options of transportation locally and to visit the lakes and other places. Would there be any sharing option & who can I contact reg that…

    Its great to see ur blog and the posts u make.. Really helpful..

    I am from Chennai., so kindly help me on this trip..

    Great job.. Keep going..

    Regards,
    Ganesh Siddhu

    • Hello Ganesh,

      You are alone and private taxis are very costly in Leh but you will be able to find the shared taxi without much fuss at all. There are lots of flyers which people put at cafes, dine-ins, restaurants, travel agent desks/shops/whiteboards wanting to share the taxis for different trips within Ladakh. Even travel agent organize such shared taxis trip as well but charge a little higher about Rs 200-300 more than it would ideally cost. So, in worst case you can always go back to them and book a seat for yourself. Gelling up with people in Ladakh is more or less easy because many people travel solo and look forward to meet new people and share cultural thoughts and values over the trip. No where else in the world you will find more smiling and helpful people as Ladakhis are :)

      Thanks for loving the blog buddy, trying best to share what all info. possible with like minded people.

      I hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info. or have any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Ganesh Siddhu says:

        Thank you Dheeraj. & liking ur page.. Do u have to tell this!!! it was done evn before i posted this.. Take care.. have fun :)

  109. Varun Bhatia says:

    Just an update! Atisha Guest now charges 600/- for a double bed with attached toilet and 400/- for a double bed room without attached toilet. the contact number of the owner is 9906992187

  110. Ritz says:

    hi, thnx 4 ur response! though a delay nevertheless tthnx. is it possibl 2 interact with you ovr phone, kindly let me kno! u cud inbox me your no. on my mail id.

  111. asim says:

    Hey Mr.Dheeraj

    Me and a few friends of mine say about 4-5, are planning to visit Leh and Ladakh.
    We plan to go and come back by flight. By the way we are from Delhi.
    It would be a trip of 5-7 day max.
    We have no clue about planning the trip which all parts should we cover as must, cause its a short trip and we don’t have very high budget for the same.

    We were also wondering if you could tell us the name of the lake which was featured in the movie 3idiots and could help us with the plan including it.

    I have been following your feeds regularly and couldn’t help notice that you havnt mentioned leg and Kazakh together in the schedule.
    awaiting your reply
    Thanks a lot in advance :)

    • asim says:

      hey I meant you haven’t mentioned Leh and Ladakh together

    • Hi Asim,

      In that case, you can follow a plan like below:

      Day 1 | Delhi – Leh (By Flight)
      — Checkin at Hotel. Many hotels provide free pick and drop from Airport. Ask while you book them.
      — Take ample of rest as well as water or anything that keep your body hydrated enough. DO NOT OVER HYDRATE. Take ORS Soluted water or ORS – L tetra packs from home.
      — Do not over exert your body at any cost. Avoid too much up-down on stairs or avoid it in entirety, if possible.
      — After 5-6 Hrs of rest you can visit Leh Palace, Local Leh market, Shankar Gompa .
      — If you feel exerted go back to Hotel, have dinner at Hotel and take rest. Avoid any exertion. Else continue and,
      — Follow the sunset by stroll at Changspa road and have a nice dinner on varied cuisines offered in-around Changspa road.
      — Go back to hotel for overnight stay at Leh.
       
      Day 2 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
      — For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here:
      — Hire a taxi from Leh taxi stand or Hotel whichever suits you.
      — Bargain hard with taxi driver. Book that single taxi for entire trip after explaining the complete plan.
      — Take his inputs if you feel reasonable and if required modify the plan accordingly but should suits you best.
      — Ask him to be with you guys starting first day itself, if required and charged reasonable else do it at your own.
      — Again DO NOT over exert and take little steps and slow walks only.
      — If feeling OK then do Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
      — Do not use stairs at any of these places just to see them as it will exert your body much more.
      — Overnight at Leh
       
      Day 3 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
      — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      — Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

      Day 4 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 5 | Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh
      — Do not plan to stay overnight at Pangong Tso as you will not be acclimatized and may fall sick. So, make a day trip only.
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 6 | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping OR Monastery tour OR Sham Valley tour OR Fly back home
      — Overnight at Leh
      — Monastery tour may include Hemis, Thicksey and Shey monasteries. They come on the route of Pangong Tso but as you will be doing day trip, it will be a bit hectic to include them on that day only.
      — Sham Valley include Alchi, Likir, Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu, Gurudwara Pather Sahib

      I hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info. or have any queries or doubts.

      Sorry for the delayed reply.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  112. Ritz says:

    hi im here on a trek to Stok but besides that me n my friend would like 2 evn check out Pangong lake n Nubra valley. cud u pls help me how do v go abt it as v r on a budget tour

    • Hi Ritz,

      Private taxis are very costly in Leh but you will be able to find the shared taxi without much fuss at all. There are lots of flyers which people put at cafes, dine-ins, restaurants, travel agent desks/shops/whiteboards wanting to share the taxis for different trips within Ladakh. Even travel agent organize such shared taxis trip as well but charge a little higher about Rs 200-300 more than it would ideally cost. So, in worst case you can always go back to them and book a seat for yourself. Gelling up with people in Ladakh is more or less easy because many people travel solo and look forward to meet new people and share cultural thoughts and values over the trip. No where else in the world you will find more smiling and helpful people as Ladakhis are :)

      You can make a day trip to Pangong Tso and a two day trip to Nubra Valley. Since, you are two in number so I will say that check out HPTDC bus service which costs about 2K per person including overnight stay at Keylong.

      I hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info. or have any queries or doubts.

      Sorry for the delayed reply.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Vikas Bhagat says:

        Hi Dheeraj,
        I wanna say that I just came back from Leh via Manali & HPTDC bus driver charged me Rs.1200 as I bargain with him..& Can get a good Room in Keylong for worth Rs.500, as if with 2 or 3 friends its a good saving. Instead of staying in that shit Tent.

  113. Dibyendu says:

    Hi Deeraj

    Ur posts are silent for the hotels in Srinagar, Kargil and Lamayuru. Can u suggest some mid range (Rs. 600-1000 per double bed or Rs. 1500 – 2000 per five/six bedded) hotel rooms in these places. As per ur earlier suggestions, we are not planning to travel Leh this yr. with my child (1 yr old now). We are plannig for a family vist via Srinagar-Leh highway in the next yr (Jun-mid Aug 2013) when she will be 20-22 months old. Please mention the hotels with the ph nos. so that I am able to contact them. I came to know that there are J&KTDC guest houses in this areas, please mention the contact nos. for the same also.

    It will be a great help from you. Hope to hear soon from you

    With regards,

    Dibyendu
    (from New Delhi)

    • Yes, pretty much silent so far but very soon will have loads of them as I am traveling there next month and so far I have never stayed on these locations. So, for your trip next year, you will surely find plenty of the option on the blog :)

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  114. Suman Chanda says:

    Dear Dheeraj
    We are 2(me and my wife) reaching LEH Airport on 17th September,2012 and back from LEH AIRPORT on 28TH September,2012. I have already noted down name of Hotels as you have mentioned . Kindly tell me the best plan for us so that most photozonic places can be covered. Thank you in advance. God Bless you . So helpful you are. So many eyes are watching your opinion, one who going or one who not going leh ladakh both equally giving solution of LEH LADAKH plan i.e. MR. DHEERAJ, site::: devilonwheels.com

    • Hello Suman,

      Thanks for the praising words :) … Well, I see you have about 11 days with in Ladakh and on 12 the you will be flying back. In such a case, you can follow a plan like below:

      Day 1 | Delhi – Leh (By Flight)
      — Checkin at Hotel. Many hotels provide free pick and drop from Airport. Ask while you book them.
      — Take ample of rest as well as water or anything that keep your body hydrated enough. DO NOT OVER HYDRATE. Take ORS Soluted water or ORS – L tetra packs from home.
      — Do not over exert your body at any cost. Avoid too much up-down on stairs or avoid it in entirety, if possible.
      — After 5-6 Hrs of rest you can visit Leh Palace, Local Leh market, Shankar Gompa .
      — If you feel exerted go back to Hotel, have dinner at Hotel and take rest. Avoid any exertion. Else continue and,
      — Follow the sunset by stroll at Changspa road and have a nice dinner on varied cuisines offered in-around Changspa road.
      — Go back to hotel for overnight stay at Leh.
       
      Day 2 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
      — For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here
      — Hire a taxi from Leh taxi stand or Hotel whichever suits you.
      — Bargain hard with taxi driver. Book that single taxi for entire trip after explaining the complete plan.
      — Take his inputs if you feel reasonable and if required modify the plan accordingly but should suits you best.
      — Ask him to be with you guys starting first day itself, if required and charged reasonable else do it at your own.
      — Again DO NOT over exert and take little steps and slow walks only.
      — If feeling OK then do Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
      — Do not use stairs at any of these places just to see them as it will exert your body much more.
      — Overnight at Leh
       
      Day 3 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder – Turtuk
      — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Turtuk
      — Do not forget to mention Turtuk on the Inner Line Permit form
      — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La

      Day 4 | Turtuk – Hunder/Deskit
      — Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari
      — Stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
       
      Day 5 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 6 | Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake
      — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on the go towards Pangong Tso
      — Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik or Lukung)
       
      Day 7 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
      — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 8 | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping OR Monastery tour OR You can do tour to Sham Valley
      — Monastery tour may include Hemis, Thicksey, Stakna and Shey monasteries.
      — Sham Valley include Alchi, Likir, Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu, Gurudwara Pather Sahib
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 9 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
      — Cover Karzok Monastery
      — Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri

      Day 10 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Taglang La – Upshi – Leh
      — Come back via Tso Kar and Manali – Leh Highway to Leh
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 11 | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping OR Monastery tour OR You can do tour to Sham Valley
      — Monastery tour may include Hemis, Thicksey, Stakna and Shey monasteries.
      — Sham Valley include Alchi, Likir, Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu, Gurudwara Pather Sahib
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 12 | Fly back home

      I hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info. or have any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Suman Chanda says:

        Thank you Dheeraj Bhai

        I am from Kolkata, all of our frnds LEH LADAKH lovers know your name and site. I am also spreading your name and site to LEH LADAKH planners but it is too late as already many of them know you clearly. Great .

        Where from I book Free pick up from ARPRT and drop to ARPRT giving Hotels??? can I book it from LEH ARPRT?????

        • Hello Suman,

          Thanks a lot for words of appreciation and spreading a word about it… Feel really good to read that the information available on the blog is quite useful to all my fellow travelers. Coming back to query, well, there are few hotels that provide this drop and pick facility for free. These cheap ones mentioned above will not be providing you this facility but yes Hotels of A class and even some from B class would be able to provide you some. May be try Shanti Guest House, Shaynam Hotel, Asia Guest House and ask them. I am sure all luxury and expensive hotels would be able to easily provide this facility and if you are for that budget then it is fine :)

          I hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info. or have any queries or doubts.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  115. Vikas Bhagat says:

    Dheeraj bhai,
    Please suggest me a plan for “8 Days only in Leh”, where to go, like Nubra, Tso Pangong, Tso Ksokar, Tso Moriri, any small trekking schedule in Stok Kangri or wtever & if 1-2 days extra i don mind. Sir, while going, its Manali-Leh & back its Leh-Srinagar. One more thing, where do i get snow in August 2012. Please suggest & oblige

    Thanks
    Vikas

  116. khushi says:

    hey,
    plz suggest me vry cool hill station in these days. rght nw we r in manali bt still there is nt much cold weather. so plz suggest mr any hill station asap.. is it srinagat is better than leh ladakh in these dayz

    • Hello Khushi,

      Srinagar, being at lower in altitude than Leh – Ladah will not be cooler. If are going to Leh – Ladakh, you will find it much much cooler as per your expectations. Especially the two lakes: Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  117. deepayan says:

    hello dheeraj,

    the information you give is great. its really helpul.

    anyways, firstly i wanted to enquire whether the road to leh would be open in october and november. i ask this because i plan to celebrate my birthday through a trip to ladakh.

    secondly, i would like to know how to make this trip as challenging as possible coz i'm really into adventures, like to face the harshest there is, push it to the extremes and ladakh is known for being all that. i have been to leh before and seen the usual places but this time i want to everything there is that leh offers, even the most unusual places. yet, i cannot include trekking if its too long for i dont have tents and related stuff. hence, i ask you to kinda prepare the harshest itinery you can(dont worry, i wont betray my safety) for you seem to know all there is to ladakh.

    thirdly, it would bee helpful if you could give a few tips on how to keep it highly economical for i am a student and this trip would be the result of saved pocket money

    thanks and once again great info.

    • Hello Deepayan,

      1. I will suggest you read the article linked here: Avoid Planning for Manali – Leh Highway in October or November and may be then decide, it would be apt or not.

      2. In such a case, better go with Changthang, if your going to manage to get the permits of the places.

      3. Use the budget accommodation list mentioned in the series of articles starting on the link here. Mostly, stay at homestays and plan the trip in a time when tourists are present so that you can share the taxi costs otherwise it will be rocket high prices to bear them as single person.

      I hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info. or have any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      PS: Sorry, for the delayed response, was offline for last few days.

      • deepayan says:

        hi once again,

        thanks for the info but i'm afraid i gotta annoy you again.

        that said, i guess i shouldn't make it any later than the first week of october at most. also, i forgot to add that i'd probably be accompanied by atleast 15 more people if not more, so i was guessing i could book a whole mini travellers(16 or 24 seater i think) plying from manali to leh at a really low expense(didnt read any of those on the site but my mother chose that option a couple of years back while travelling alone). btw, i tried to go through as many pages on this site as possible but still couldn't find all the places off the manali leh highway in one place for i've been to leh once and familiar enough with the highway but didnt go anywhere off it, didn't even continue till khardungla. so, my knowledge in that field is woefully lacking. so, could you guide me to a list of places i could go because my planning is still in the preliminary stages so i'm sure i'd be able to fit most of them. also after going through the article on the costs of such a trip i had a new query. we would probably more than 15 and probably not go by the srinagar route which i have been led to believe will be bit costlier (by now, i guess u have guessed that money is the prime deciding factor in my case but at the cost of accomodation, travel and sometimes food but not the duration and the no of places to visit. :P ) so, could the trip be managed at the maximum of Rs 8500 per head? (10000's my limit but some myt not spend as much).

        thanks

        p.s. sorry for this being so long, didn't realise how long it went.

  118. sanjay says:

    Hi dheeraj

    i am planning to reach at leh by 16th morning at leave on 22nd …will you suggest me how and where to visit…

    • Hi Sanjay,

      For 7 days, you can follow a plan like below:

      Day 1 | Delhi – Leh (By Flight)
      — Checkin at Hotel. Many hotels provide free pick and drop from Airport. Ask while you book them.
      — Take ample of rest as well as water or anything that keep your body hydrated enough. DO NOT OVER HYDRATE. Take ORS Soluted water or ORS – L tetra packs from home.
      — Do not over exert your body at any cost. Avoid too much up-down on stairs or avoid it in entirety, if possible.
      — After 5-6 Hrs of rest you can visit Leh Palace, Local Leh market, Shankar Gompa .
      — If you feel exerted go back to Hotel, have dinner at Hotel and take rest. Avoid any exertion. Else continue and,
      — Follow the sunset by stroll at Changspa road and have a nice dinner on varied cuisines offered in-around Changspa road.
      — Go back to hotel for overnight stay at Leh.
       
      Day 2 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
      — For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here: http://devilonwheels.com/index.php/inner-line-per
      — Hire a taxi from Leh taxi stand or Hotel whichever suits you.
      — Bargain hard with taxi driver. Book that single taxi for entire trip after explaining the complete plan.
      — Take his inputs if you feel reasonable and if required modify the plan accordingly but should suits you best.
      — Ask him to be with you guys starting first day itself, if required and charged reasonable else do it at your own.
      — Again DO NOT over exert and take little steps and slow walks only.
      — If feeling OK then do Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
      — Do not use stairs at any of these places just to see them as it will exert your body much more.
      — Overnight at Leh
       
      Day 3 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
      — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      — Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari
       
      Day 4 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      — Overnight at Leh
       
      Day 5 | Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh
      — Make a day trip to Pangong Tso.
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 6 | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping OR Monastery tour OR Sham Valley tour
      — Overnight at Leh
      — Monastery tour may include Hemis, Thicksey and Shey monasteries. They come on the route of Pangong Tso but as you will be doing day trip, it will be a bit hectic to include them on that day only.
      — Sham Valley include Alchi, Likir, Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu, Gurudwara Pather Sahib

      Day 7 | Fly back home
      – Reach back home

      I hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info. or have any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  119. Hardeep says:

    Hi Dheeraj, You are really an awesum guy!! Helping all the travellers and with the right info/ approach. Many thanks for such a work. God bless you.

    I am also planning a trip in last week of July. Travelling by public transport from Delhi to Leh and will take a flight back from Leh to Delhi.

    Need ur feedback on our plan. Some of the questions I have are within that.

    -Friday 20 July 2012

    Delhi to Jammu Eve. Train to Jammu

    -Saturday 21 July 2012

    Jammu to Srinagar reach by 12 noon. ..Have lunch .. Start for Srinagar.. Reach Srinagar by nite – Nite Stay in Srinagar

    -Sunday 22 July 2012

    Srinagar to Leh – Shared Taxi to Leh

    -Monday 23 July 2012

    Leh Permits / Local Sight seeing (Which places to go?)

    (Where can we get motobikes? Rates?)

    (Or Taxi/ Theur rates?)

    (We are 2 of us and plan to take a bike? Thou we have not done long distance before however we r comfortable)- what do u suggest taking bike or Taxi?

    (Shall we go to Nubra Valley first or to the Pangong Lake first?)

    -Tuesday 24 July 2012

    Leh – Khardung La – Nubra Valley – Leh

    (Is it poosible to do it in 1 day?) If not places to stay in Nubra Valley?)

    -Wednesday 25 July 2012

    Leh – Karu – Shakti – Chang La – Durbuk – Tangste – Pangong Tso

    (Is it poosible to do it in 1 day? What is advisable?) If not in 1 day, then places to stay in Pangong?)

    -Thursday 26 July 2012

    Leh & Around Back from Pangong and Rest in Leh- Nite stay in Hotel

    -Friday 27 July 2012 – Buffer Day

    -Saturday 28 July 2012

    White water rafting in Indus River

    -Sunday 29 July 2012

    Leh to Delhi by Morning Flight

    Pls help/ Kindly Suggest.

    ===========

  120. Aman says:

    Hi Dheeraj ,

    I arrive in leh on 30th .. hemis is on so plan to proceed directly to it . Have been to leh before and will not plan to go to Pangong this time . However i am planning to go to Nubra and Turtuk . Pls guide me if any thing specific needs to be looked into prior to Hemis and what not to miss . Also is it worth going to Turtuk ?

    • Hi Aman,

      Well, Turtuk has a different culture than rest of Ladakh which you might have visited. So, I will say it is not a bad idea. Are you planning to stay at Hemis immediately? If yes, I will advise take a day or two's rest r visit the festival in day and then come back to Leh for overnight sleep to avoid AMS issues.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  121. Sanjeev Chauhan says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    This is sanjeev again. Thanks for the suggestions for the trip.

    Me and my friend are planning to reach leh (via srinagar-kargil) on our bike but travel around in LEH in taxis as this will give us some rest.

    So, is it safe to leave our bike in hotel where we will staying in leh or are there chances of it being stolen etc.

    Also, which will be cheaper- travelling around in our own vehicle or in taxis.

    thanks.

    • Hello Sanjeev,

      1. Ladakh is still one of the safest places in India and people are ever so wonderful and helping. I do not think if I leave any belonging to anyone in Ladakh (of course only locals not tourists) I should be surprised to see it at the same place :) … Forget about things getting stolen in such a heaven at least by locals. If at all, consider yourself extremely unlucky ;)

      2. Cheaper would always be your vehicles.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  122. Abhigyan says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning a bike trip to Leh. Have been twice by a bike before. I needed info on the climate in the month of August. Will it be okay if we start in the first week of August from delhi. I am also planning for Panamik,Diskit,Nubra,Hunder,Marsimik La other than Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri. I have 16 days in hand. What about permit for Chushul Valley and Marsimik La? I am also planning to carry my own tent? Any tips on camping?

    • Hello Abhigyan,

      Well, guess as of now Chusul permits are not issued by DC office, not sure if they have resumed issuing back again. Weather in Ladakh would be pleasant in August, water crossing would be in full flow and there would be overcast days. Season time is mediocre, so you get good deals at accommodation options. You can pitch your own tents anywhere but I will suggest you pitch them at a place where there are some dhabha tents put up by locals or where other camping guy pitch theirs. All you will need is to gently ask them for permissions. Most likely they will allow, other wise negotiate for small little tip or move on to other such place nearby.

      You can attempt Marsimik La from Lukung.

      I hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info. or have any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Abhigyan says:

        Thanks Dheeraj. Can you tell me exactly the route for Marsimik La. What I have read that there is a narrow lane just few meters before Pangong Tso. But excatly which place is it? I am putting up my itineary kindly go through it.

        DATE ITINEARY KMS

        7th Aug Bike check up, take rest and start late night

        8th AUG START JOURNEY AT 12 AM and reach Srinagar by night and stay in Houseboat. Route to be taken- Sonipat(50), Panipat(49), Karnal(34), Ambala(80), Ludhiana(113), Jalandhar(61), Pathankot(113), Kathua(27), Take right from Samba(47), Udhampur(61), Patnitop(24), Ramban(21), Banihal(19), Qazigund(23), Srinagar(61). 863

        9th Aug Sightseeing in Srinagar and night stay in Srinagar. 50

        10th Aug Early morning departure from Srinagar and reach Kargil by evening. On the way visit Sonmarg, Tiger Hill, Kargil Museum. Route to be taken-Ganderbal(15), Sonmarg(47), Drass(45), Kargil(37). 206

        11th Aug Departure from Kargil early morning and reach Leh by evening. Visit Pattahr Sahib, Lamayuru and Magnetic Hill on the way. Route to be taken-Malbekh, Heniskot, Fotu La, Lamayuru, Khaltse, Suspol Bazgoo, Nimoo, Leh. 228

        12th Aug Stay at Leh with local sightseeing. Visit Leh Palace, Thiksey Monastery, Leh market, Shanti stupa in Chanspa, Hemis Gompa, Alchi monastery, Sun temple, Dukhang,

        13th Aug Start for Khardung La at 6.30 am and reach Nubra Valley by evening. On the way visit Khardung La. 150

        14th Aug Start from Nubra early morning and reach Phobrang and night stay at phobrang via Wari La. 250

        15th Aug Start early from Phobrang for Marsimik La and back to Pangong Tso by evening. Stay at Pangong Tso 75

        16th Aug Start from Pangong Tso for Tso Moriri via Chushul valley. Night stay at Tso Moriri. 100

        17th Aug Start from Tso Moriri and reach Pang by evening. 205

        18th Aug Start from Pang and reach Keylong by evening. 200

        19th Aug Start from Keylong and reach Manali by evening. 150

        20th Aug Start from Manali and reach Delhi by evening. 545

        TOTAL 3022

        • Hello Abhigyan,

          The permits to Man – Merak – Chusul or remote Changthang routes including Marsimik La and Wari La are still not being given by DC office in Leh, so keep your fingers crossed and hope for the best if they start issuing the permits by the time you visit. Otherwise, you have to take the traditional routes only.

          There is no accommodation at Phobrang, you have to reach Tangste in this case. Rest itinerary is fine but do have an itinerary for traditional routes as well in case the permit is not issued.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • ABhigyan says:

          Hi Dheeraj,

          Can I also include Padum, Phuktal Monastery, Kurshe Monastery, Drangdrung in my current itineary from Kargil?

          Is one day enough for this trip?

          Will I have to carry petrol in cans or is it available anywhere on this route?

        • Hello Abhgyan,

          These places are part of Zanskar Valley and require atlest 5 days to be explored from Leh if not a week ;)

          Regards
          Dheeraj

  123. Siddharth says:

    I am considering Atisha Guesthouse and Hotel Padmaling but the phone no. for atisha guesthouse is not specified. And I want to know whether I need to book rooms in advance or I'll be able to get them on arrival. Will the rooms still be available by 4th and 5th July?

    • Hi Siddharth,

      Well, it is season time so I cannot say if you get rooms at a specific hotels or not. But, you will surely get rooms. But, if you want to stay at only these two that depends on luck :) … So, my advice will be better keep this list handy with you and once you reach Leh, start with what you have prioritize and till you get the room :)

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  124. aleem says:

    thanks dheeraj

    your informations are too good, before i have search a lot on internet about srinagarleh-manali routes,travelling cost,accomodation,important sight seeing,etc. after reading ur blogs i can understand every thing clearly………………..

    once again thanks for such a imp informations

  125. Snehal says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Any advice on where to stay and how to hire a taxi for the Kargil-Rangdum-Padum and back stretch? And which one would you recommend between a Xylo and an Innova (for 2 kids and 1 aged – a group of 5)travelling there in late June this year?

    • Guess, I have replied it on of the threads. But, for contact of a reliable driver for running the Kargil – Rangdum – Padum, contact Kazim @+919419801538, very much recommended by one of a good friend of mine.

      I hope it helps.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  126. Sanjeev says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Planning to visit Leh during Sep-12. Can u give me a rough idea of Taxi fares for all the locations that u mentioned in your 6 day itinerary? (Thr will be 2 of us). How much for Leh to Srinagar by cab. R the rates fixed & easy to find with a stopover in Kargil?

    Cheers

    • Hi Sanjeev,

      For the current leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2012-13 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 alwayshelp in bargaining more.

      The above list has all the rates.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

    • aleem says:

      hi sanjeev, we r couple from hyderabad planning a leh trip from srinagar in the month of sep and move to manali. can u tell your tour plans, so we can move together then it will be safe and easy. let me know if u r intrested.

  127. Sneha says:

    hi dheeraj

    can you recommend the best and most luxurious hotel in leh? we are travelling in june. besides grand dragon which one do you suggest?

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  130. Avit says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Firstly, brilliant portal with lot of valuable information. We have planned our entire Leh-Ladakh trip based on the tips and suggestions you have mentioned. Kudos to you :)

    Can you suggest me some Moderate Budget Hotels or accommodation in Kargil and Sarchu(Leh-Manali highway) please ? Any contact number would be of great help.

    Thanks & Regards,

    Avit Shah

    • Hi Avit,

      Thanks buddy!! For Kargil I do not have anything but yes for Sarchu check the link here

      I hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info. or have any queries or doubts.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  131. nataraju hs says:

    sir,we reach jammu 30-6-12 to phalgam to amaranath returnto baltal on 4thof july next to srinagarto leh is our plan travel cost of single from baltal to srinagar snr to leh +leh sorroundingstowards manli app-cost in-econamy pl,

    • Hi Natraju,

      I am sorry, could not understand what is your query. If you are talking about the budget then you can check the article here:

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  132. Dr. Ankit mittal says:

    thanks sir for replying , it would be of great help sir ,can u please tell me wether to stay in manali or some where near by district to take halt for aclamatization, as I would like to prefer the route through manali

    • Hi Dr. Ankit,

      Prefer to stay at Solang Valley about 16 KMs ahead of Manali but it helps in acclimatization being at about 2600 Mtrs while Manali does not help being lower than 2000 Mtrs. Then for the second night, you can either stay at Keylong or Jispa and then on thrid day you can move directly to Leh by leaving Keylong/Jispa early in the morning, say by, 5 AM types.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  133. Dr. Ankit mittal says:

    sir what time I should go that it will be cheap to stay and also the roads would be good and climate is also adeqate for riding as I will be traveling by bike.

    • Hi Dr. Ankit,

      In such a case, go by mnid- September types when monsoon resides. Roads are much better a week after monsoon resides, awesome burning colors all around, less tourists, good deals and a little cold as well :)

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  134. babli says:

    hello, sir, i m planing to go to leh in the last of june. so i need your advice where to stay, how to travel and with low a little bit of low cost. i am travling by air it is for 5 days and i m going with my husband. waiting for ur reply…………thanx…………….

    • Hi babli,

      For 5-6 days and reaching by flight to Leh, you can follow the following itinerary:

      Day 1 | Delhi – Leh (By Flight)
      — Checkin at Hotel. Many hotels provide free pick and drop from Airport. Ask while you book them.
      — Take ample of rest as well as water or anything that keep your body hydrated enough. DO NOT OVER HYDRATE. Take ORS Soluted water or ORS – L tetra packs from home.
      — Do not over exert your body at any cost. Avoid too much up-down on stairs or avoid it in entirety, if possible.
      — After 5-6 Hrs of rest you can visit Leh Palace, Local Leh market, Shankar Gompa .
      — If you feel exerted go back to Hotel, have dinner at Hotel and take rest. Avoid any exertion. Else continue and,
      — Follow the sunset by stroll at Changspa road and have a nice dinner on varied cuisines offered in-around Changspa road.
      — Go back to hotel for overnight stay at Leh.
       
      Day 2 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
      — For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here:
      — Hire a taxi from Leh taxi stand or Hotel whichever suits you.
      — Bargain hard with taxi driver. Book that single taxi for entire trip after explaining the complete plan.
      — Take his inputs if you feel reasonable and if required modify the plan accordingly but should suits you best.
      — Ask him to be with you guys starting first day itself, if required and charged reasonable else do it at your own.
      — Again DO NOT over exert and take little steps and slow walks only.
      — If feeling OK then do Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
      — Do not use stairs at any of these places just to see them as it will exert your body much more.
      — Overnight at Leh
       
      Day 3 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
      — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      — Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

      Day 4 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 5 | Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh
      — Do not plan to stay overnight at Pangong Tso as you will not be acclimatized and may fall sick. So, make a day trip only.
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 6 | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping OR Monastery tour OR Sham Valley tour OR Fly back home
      — Overnight at Leh
      — Monastery tour may include Hemis, Thicksey and Shey monasteries. They come on the route of Pangong Tso but as you will be doing day trip, it will be a bit hectic to include them on that day only.
      — Sham Valley include Alchi, Likir, Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Zanskar, Gurudwara Pather Sahib

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  135. Shashidhar says:

    Can anyone who has been to Leh in the second week of April tell me if we can manage without a room heater during that time?

    This is because I am able to find many guest houses but do not provide room heater.

    • Hey Shashi,

      I guess I replied to this on one of the forums. In April, night temperatures could go around sub-zero or below. It depends upon the tolerance level for cold, generally I have spent sub-zero nights without any heater. So, it depends. Since, you told you can carry small electric heater with you, it would be good I guess. Also, if there will be no electricity then heater would be of no use. Unless the weather is dark and cold or snowing around you would be good with the heavy woolens and quilts that hotels provide. You can ask them for extra quilts in such a case.

      I hope this helps. Let me know incase of any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

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  139. H V Kumar says:

    Are these peak season rates? If so, I guess they will be cheaper in Sep-Oct? And are these also open after peak season ends since many of the smaller guest houses close down after Sep 15?

    • HVK sir, these rates are general and yes holds good for peak season as well on the higher end of the range. Yes, they may be cheaper in September – October but only to the lower end of the range specified. That means some of them may be around Rs 400-500 in peak season while in lean season these rates may come down to Rs 200-250. I feel apart from few exceptions, anything below Rs 200 will be hard to find even in lean season. Most of these guest houses remain open till mid-October types, AFAIK but they start packing up by mid-September types. By packing up I mean, in late season some of them may be missing cooks so no food available, service will be more lethargic due to lack of helping hands etc. But again, if you are there only for a cheap or economic stay and OK with the fact of eating out then these may be the perfect choice.

      Just published the second list of hotels having moderate budget (Rs 600-1500) here.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

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  141. ilikaranjan1 says:

    blog is nice and available information about travel places like orissa, bandhavgarh, jaisalmar, gopnath traveloughe, ladakh places.

    • Thanks alot but I am yet to discover the beauty of Orissa, Bandhavgarh and Gopnath :) .. IF god permits, I will surely update their info. at the blog as well.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

 
 

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