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How to calculate cost or budget for Leh – Ladakh trip

 

Every now and then I keep getting queries on the budget for Ladakh trip, so I guess a post around it will be helpful for many looking forward to prepare or analyse the budget of their upcoming Leh – Ladakh trip in 2012 and years to come ;). To be very frank, the budget of any trip including Leh – Ladakh depends a lot upon person to person and the taste + comfort he/she prefers. Leh – Ladakh is such a place where you can get varied stay options depending on your choice of comfort, preference, conditions and circumstances :D. The variety may range from Rs 100 stay at some Dhabha tent to Rs 250-500 stay at low cost hotel/homestay to Rs 700 – 1500 at medium cost hotels to Rs 3000 and above for hotels that offer much more comfort etc.. The same thing applies for food as well and depends what you want to eat (Pizza or Dal Bhat or Roti+Dal Fry or Maggie / Veg. Non-Veg. etc.) and more importantly where you want to eat and drink :)… But, in any case I would try to sketch a basic average budget analysis on Leh – Ladakh trip based on the choice of accommodation and food which majority of people opt.

Interested in making a budget trip to Ladakh?? Go on and read the article: 5 Tips for a Budget Trip to Ladakh

UPDATE from 9th July 2014
Please note that this article is from 2011 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. Same applies to Taxi Prices as well. So, consider about 20% increment of the prices in taxis listed below, till date: July 2014

Given below is a basic itinerary for Leh – Ladakh tour ex. Delhi (without any buffer days) covering all major tourist destinations of Leh – Ladakh and followed widely by many travelers including me :). We will be analyzing or finding the budget or costing for this Leh – Ladakh tour as a part of our exercise… You can roughly guess for yourself that for a similar trip or based on your point of interest, what will be the approximate cost or budget for your custom Leh – Ladakh trip. An example itinerary for Leh – Ladakh covering almost all basic tourist places -

Day 1 | Delhi – Jammu/Patnitop
Day 2 | Jammu/Patnitop – Srinagar
Day 3 | Srinagar – Kargil
Day 4 | Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh
Day 5 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Inner Line Permits
Day 6 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit (Nubra Valley) – Hunder – Diskit
Day 7 | Hunder/Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
Day 8 | Leh – Hemis – Pangong Tso
Day 9 | Pangong Tso – Thicksey – Shey Palace – Leh
Day 10 | Leh Rest Day or Sham Valley Tour around Leh including Magnetic Hills, Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Alchi, Likir, Basgo, Confluence at Nimmu
Day 11 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
Day 12 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Moore Plains (Manali – Leh Highway) – Pang – Sarchu
Day 13 | Sarchu – Manali
Day 14 | Manali – Delhi

So, you can see for our sample Leh – Ladakh itinerary we have taken 14 days (without any buffer days). You can add/remove modify it according to your needs and of course the budget outcome will depend a bit on that but I guess that is very much trivial to say :). Also, consider that while traveling alone the cost of accommodation and transportation is bound to increase and while traveling in large evenly balanced groups it will surely decrease. As of now, I will also assume that you guys are two in number so that budget can be calculated on twin sharing basis.  Now, to analyze the budget on the above or any other itinerary, we can categorize the budget in two major parts described below –

Food + Accommodation + Miscellaneous

If you are living in an average budget hotel with decent comfort and are traveling in a group (at least 2 in number) then the average cost per day for food, accommodation and other misc. things like toll, permit fees, entry fees to monasteries etc. comes about Rs 500-700 per day. This trip will need about 14 days at the very least, so roughly you will be spending some Rs 7000 – 10000 per person for food, accommodation and other misc. expenditures. Again, 500-700 figure could be low budget for someone and little high for the others depending upon choice of stay and food or other activities you plan to do. Example, if you dine at a dhabha tent then the cost of meal would come out to be around Rs 50-70 only per person and the same meal if you take at a restaurant at Changspa road in Leh then you might pay Rs 150 – Rs 170 per person or may be more :) or furthermore in some high end restaurant the cost will go up much more… Vegetarian or Non-Vegetarian also matters with respect to food pricing, so take that too into account. Same thing applies for the miscellaneous activities and here I have considered only which are unavoidable such as toll, permit charges, entry fees, snacks etc. If you are going for paragliding, rafting, shopping etc. then that will surely be something additional for you.

Hence, if you are going with the budget hotel having decent comfort, taking decent quality food and including only mandatory miscellaneous charges then you may need to shell out Rs 7000 – 10000 per person for the above Leh – Ladakh itinerary of 14 days.

Mode of Transportation

On a trip to Leh – Ladakh, the major cost comes out to be for taxis or transportation or fuel depending upon your mode of transport. Using public transport inside Leh – Ladakh is a challenge as frequency of such vehicles are very poor and based on their schedules you may require 18-20 days to complete the above trip :) … So, in Leh – Ladakh, travellers mostly commute either by private hired taxis or shared taxis run by tour operators or by finding travels partners and sharing the cost with them or riding rented bikes or ultimately self-drive on their personal bikes or cars. All these options will present you different costing of the trip. Let’s look each one of them below to get an idea of the total cost for a Leh – Ladakh trip.

Self-Drive Private Vehicle

You will be traveling about 3300-3600 KMs for above Ladakh trip. So, if your bike gives mileage of about 30 KMPL on an average in hills + plains then you are looking for about Rs 8000 – 9000 for fuel roughly. Similarly, you can calculate if you are driving the car. Just keep in mind that in hills your car will give much lesser mileage than in plains. So, calculate accordingly and divide them among the people traveling in car to calculate per person cost. It is difficult to travel to Ladakh with a pillion on a bike, so cost is calculated singularly above.

Finally, taking food + accommodation into account, traveling to Ladakh by self-drive mode of transport, you are looking at about ((Rs 8000 – 9000) + (Rs 7000 – 10000) = (Rs 15000 – 19000)) as the total cost for the entire trip.

Self-Drive But Rented Vehicle

Here, cost of fuel would be same as for a self-drive private vehicle calculated above but you will be adding the cost of bike/car rent as well. Usually, you get a decent bike in good condition at around Rs 1000 – 1300 per day depending on the make and model of the bike you rent. So, the cost of rent only comes out to be around Rs 13000 – 17000 considering if you get some discount. Adding the fuel cost as calculated above, the cost here becomes approximately about Rs 21000 – 26000.

Finally, taking food + accommodation into account, traveling to Ladakh by self-drive rented bike mode of transport, you are looking at about ((Rs 21000 – 26000) + (Rs 7000 – 10000) = (Rs 28000 – 36000)) as the total cost for the entire trip. If you are interested to know more details or tips on how to hire the bikes in Manali / Leh, kindly check the link here.

Privately Hired Taxi in Leh

The taxis outside the Leh are not allowed to roam in Leh – Ladakh and you are always required to hire taxi that belongs to Leh only. So, I am considering the case when you will be hiring the private taxi in Leh only and to reach Leh you will be using public transport. It may be the case that you are coming in privately hired taxi from outside Leh or may be flying directly to Leh etc. but here I will assume that you have used public transport such as train to reach Jammu, JKSRTC buses to reach Srinagar and then to Leh, HPTDC buses to reach Manali from Leh and further to Delhi. Also, I will assume that on Day 12 you will be going to Leh from Tso Moriri since in public transport you cannot travel directly from Tso Moriri to Manali. This means one extra day being spent in Leh – Ladakh making it 15 day trip. I am again assuming you are 2 in number… I will break down the private taxi cost and other transport cost for the entire trip as below –

Day 1 – Day 4 (Leh – Jammu – Srinagar – Kargil – Leh) = Rs 2000 – 2500 per person
Day 5 (Leh Local) = Rs 1500 / 2 = Rs 750 per person
Day 6 – Day 7 (Leh – Khardung La – Nubra Valley – Leh) = Rs 6931 / 2 = Rs 3465 per person
Day 8 – Day 9 (Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh) = Rs 6757 / 2 = Rs 3378 per peson
Day 10 (Sham Valley) = (Rs 2000 – 2500) / 2 = Rs 1000 – 1250 per person
Day 11 – Day 12 (Leh – Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Leh) = Rs 9369 / 2 = Rs 4685 per person
Day 13 – Day 15 (Leh – Keylong – Manali – Delhi) = Rs 3200 per person

Considering about 10-12% discount on the rates of Leh Taxi Union after bargaining, total cost comes out approximately to be Rs 16500 – 17500 per person when traveling two in number. This cost per person will come down if there are more people traveling with you to a maximum of 6. Why 6? Because one Scorpio taxi can accommodate 6 persons with ease :), anything more than that you need to hire two taxis.

Finally, taking food + accommodation into account, traveling by privately hired taxi in Leh and reaching Leh in public/shared transport, you are looking at about ((Rs 16500 – 17500) + (Rs 7000 – 10000) = (Rs 23500 – 27500)) as the total cost for the entire trip including  1 day added to travel between Tso Moriri – Leh.

If by any chance you plan to hire a private taxi to Travel on Srinagar – Leh Highway and Manali – Leh Highway then the cost will go much more higher because charges for Srinagar – Leh and Manali – Leh in a private taxi are about Rs 10500 and Rs 17000 – 18000 respectively. If you are less in number, like 2 in this example, it is always suggested to travel in public transport such as shared taxi, JKSRTC buses, HPTDC buses on Srinagar – Leh and Manali – Leh Highways :)

Wondering if there is any cheap mode of hiring private taxi to Leh – Ladakh from Manali or Srinagar???? I will say Yes as well as No. For more details, read the article here: Cheap private taxi to Leh – Ladakh | A Myth or A Reality?

Shared Taxis or Public Transport or Travel Partners (in group)

Assuming that if, instead of hiring private taxi in Leh – Ladakh you plan to travel by shared taxis run by tour operators or join with other travel partners to share the cost or you yourself are about 6 in number then you are looking at about Rs 10000 – 11000 approximately. If you further plan to travel only by public buses then this figure as well will go down further considerably. However, at the same time you may be required to stay for longer period adjusting to the schedule of these public buses which means increase in lodging + food cost.

Finally, taking food + accommodation into account, traveling shared taxis (or public transport or along with travel partners) in Leh and reaching Leh in public/shared transport, you are looking at about ((Rs 10000 – 11000) + (Rs 7000 – 10000) = (Rs 17000 – 21000)) as the total cost for the entire trip.

Conclusion

If I look at above scenarios or example the of course, it may not be the case every time that you will be hiring the bike from Delhi only. There can be cases where you will travel to Leh – Ladakh by bus or public transport and then hire the bike in Leh to ride other places. Similarly, you may travel to Manali in public transport and then hire bike from Manali etc. There could be similar other cases as well like flying directly to Leh etc. I have tried to cover many general cases here and we can surely discuss custom cases in the comments section below, if you like. Otherwise, if you are looking them at individually and day by day then you will be able to calculate the cost estimate for any such custom combination with fair ease :)

I will look forward for your queries or doubts in the comments section below and to know your perspective/tips of cost analysis for Ladakh trip as well. Kindly share your valuable thoughts/feedback/inputs etc here with many other fellow travelers.

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1,247 Comments

  1. Jitendra Sahoo says:

    Hi Dheeraj. Thanks for this website. I am planning for Leh Laddakh tour on last of Sept’14 for an about 10 days by road. Can you tell me how can we cover the sights and how much should be my budget. Plz reply. We are two friends for this tour.

    • Jitendra, firstly it is like season end at that time of the year. So, very less people will be available for taxi cost sharing which is otherwise very costly. Arent you getting any package? Do you know how to riede?

    • Jitendra Sahoo says:

      Hi, Actually i do not have any idea on it. What ever i know, that’s through internet. So, plz suggest. I am a govt employee. So, the holidays are very rare. Thats why i have preferred this time. Plz help for this tour.

      • Jitendra, taxi cost ranges from 8K for one place to 12 K for Tso Moriri for example. Hence, for a single person the tour will be very very expensive. You can either book a package for yourself if available or else first find some 2-3 travel partners to share taxi cost. Since, it will be late season hence people will not be around there for taxi sharing readily in Leh. So, dont take that risk.

  2. Soumen says:

    Hi,

    I and my wife planing to visit leh ladakh in june end or july 1st week in 2015 for 10-11 days.

    1) Starting from Srinagar- kargil
    2) kargil-leh(Magnetic Hills, Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Alchi, Likir, Basgo, Confluence at Nimmu)
    3) Rest Day
    4)Leh – Khardung La – Diskit (Nubra Valley) – Hunder – Diskit
    5)Hunder/Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
    6)Leh – Hemis – Pangong Tso
    7)Pangong Tso – Thicksey – Shey Palace – Leh
    8)Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang.Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri
    9) Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Taglang La – Upshi – Leh
    10)From Leh fly back.

    I have some queries:

    1) Which time is better june 1st week, july end, 1st week, july end .Dont want to go in any festival time.
    2) Want to travel sharing basis.
    3) What will be the cost for total trip.
    4) Cost for car only sharing basis?
    5) Cost for Car ,fooding and accommodation combine ?

  3. anees says:

    Dear dheeraj.
    first of all a big salute to your attempt. it seems me like an atm dispensing infromation as per the need.
    i am also planing a trip to leh , my idea is to buy a RE THUNDIR BIRD from delhi and start the riding (solo) . and take the bike back to kerala by train. Is it safe to buy used bikes from delhi if yes what will be the price for models 2012 onwards. any suggestion on dealers.
    thanking you
    anees

    • Anees, this is quite unusual. Why do you want to buy a bike. You can hire a bike from Delhi and take it to Ladakh and get back to Kerala and hire bike in your home town. Or else you can buy bike in Kerala and then carry it in Train, make a trip and carry back in train.

  4. Balaji says:

    Hi Dheeraj

    We are two members planning a bike trip from delhi to leh & leh to delhi. We are arriving delhi by august 15 5:30pm and return flight at 24th august 2pm. we are bringing our own bike from coimbatore. Is it possible to cover the trip in these days.. Can u suggest the itinerary for this trip.. we have to put our bike in train from delhi to coimbatore before our flight on 24th august

  5. KAPIL SHAMI says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    i have 150cc Hero Extreme, sleeping bag and my own tent.i want to go ladakh from Delhi. Dheeraj u suggest in itinerary day: 1 delhi to jammu, is it possible around 600 km within a day on a bike
    and i want to ask u that own tent is safe from wild animals and robbers or not if yes then where can i use it in my itinerary
    day:1 Delhi to Ludhiana
    day:2 Ludhiana to Jammu
    day:3 Jammu to Srinagar
    day:4 Srinagar to Kargil
    day:5 kargil to Leh
    day:6 stay in leh
    day :7 leh to pangong tso
    day :8 pang to leh
    day :9 leh to tso Moriri
    day :10 moriri to sarchu
    day :11 sarchu to manali
    day :12 manali to ludhiana
    day :13 ludhiana to delhi
    2 days reserve
    suggest me any change if i m incorrect

    • Kapil, robbery wise Ladakh is all safe brother. Regarding Camping, 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 or in their garden/lawn. 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. This will give you sense of security too.
      But, keep in mind that camping at the lakes both Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri is not allowed as they are under Ramsar site. Hence, you need to pitch these camps away from the lakes where either other camps are there or at near by village.

      Also, in general Delhi – Jammu is quite doable brother unless you are not really used to long drives. This is usual for most people.

      I will suggest to add couple of days and do Nubra Valley for 2 days after Day 6 before heading to Pangong Tso. this will make a complete trip to Ladakh.

  6. Nirupam says:

    Hello Dheeraj,
    Thanks for your budget estimation.
    My parents are in 60′s and they want to visit leh-ladah. Though initially I have included Srinagar as well but we cut the plan as I thought it would be hectic for them.

    Now my plan is pune->delhi->manali->leh->delhi and the timing is 27th sept – 8th Oct.

    I am looking for cheapest but safe options. Is it advisable to book a package? Where as tour packages are too costly. How I can book leh hotels? Pre booking are chargng more. My budgets are arround 12/13k per person. Can you please suggest?

    Any other family want to join with us??

  7. Arpan Sur Chowdhury says:

    Hi Dheeraj, we are a team of two from Kolkata and we are planning a visit to Leh-Ladakh. Can you suggest an itinerary for us that would take seven days, starting from Jammu and commencing at Jammu as well. The seven days exclude our travel to and from Jammu to Kolkata.

  8. Syed says:

    Hi

    We are 10 in total and we have 10 days in hand (delhi-delhi) and we are unable to plan out our trip to leh-ladakh.. plz help us.. we have a max of 15000 per person as ou budget..

    plz espond ASAP.. thank u

    • 15K will be quite tight a budget for a Ladakh road trip from Delhi to Delhi. Also, It will take 3 days to reach Leh from Delhi via Manali side and 4 days to come back to Delhi from Leh via Srinagar side. This makes it 7 days. 1 Day is required in Leh for acclimatization. You have about 10 days. 1 Day can be used as Day trip to Pangong Tso and other day can be used as day trip to Nubra Valley or just Khardung La pass.

      Opt to go via Manali – Leh Highway which will save a day where you can make a 2 day trip to Nubra Valley.

  9. SANDIP BARAD says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    we are group of 4 friends planning our trip from shrinagar to manali via leh by hiring bike one way. we have 13 days for shrinagar to manali. pls guide me to plan my trip and medium budget cost also.

    • SANDIP BARAD says:

      I also wnt to ask you, is there any group or agencies arranged such type of tour? pls give me their detail also..

    • You can get bikes on rent in Srinagar as couple of bike rentals have come up in Srinagar too starting this year though I do not have any feedback on them since it is too early. Even if you rent bike in Srinagar, the one way bike rental is quite costly and leave a big dent in pocket for you, sometimes like 12K for just the pickup from Manali. Be sure if you are ready to make that investment or not.

      • SANDIP BARAD says:

        Thanks dheeraj… your advise and blog help a lot to plan my dream trip.

        • Best wishes for your trip. If possible, try and share your Himalayan experience with us at DoW – Himalayan Travel Community as Photo Tale or Travel Tale Or your reviews of the hotels/guest houses where you stayed or dhabhas/restaurants you ate food on your trip… All this might help others planning the similar trip too :) :)

  10. A.Bajpai says:

    hi we are planning to visit ladakh and kashmir in sept.(sept26-oct6)
    we are a group of 5 people.
    can you pls help out in costing the schedule is stated below
    day 1:arrival in leh
    day 2:leh sightseeing
    day 3:leh-pangong lake-leh
    day4:leh-nubra valley
    day5:nubra valley-leh
    day6:leh alchi/uleytoko
    day7:uleytoko-lamayuru-kargil
    day8:kargil-sonmarg-sringar
    day9:srinagar sightseeing
    day 10:drop at jammu
    Please also suggest me what all I should plan for in my trip to leh ladakh

  11. VINAY says:

    Hi i am planning to visit ladakh with my friend as per below schedule, can you pls help out in costing or any good cost effective tour operator:
    29 Jul/ Day 1- Airport pick up and drop at guest house, pre-booked by us. Strictly recommended rest for full day to acclimatize.

    30 Jul/ Day 2- Drive to Likir and trek to Yangthang (3700 m), 1.5 hr drive and 5 hr walk.We will drive for 1.5 hrs to reach Likir, from where we will start the walk which goes parallel to a motorable road that ascends to Phobe La (3580m). From the pass, we leave the road to take a descending track leading to a gorge which finally takes us back on the road. At this point one can view Sumdo village with its few houses. We will leave the road again to climb up to Chagatse La
    (3630m) after crossing the stream on a wooden bridge.One starts seeing the Yangthang village where we camp for the night. O/N in local home stay

    31 Jul/ Day 3- Trek to Ridzong monastery and drive back to Leh.On this day, we will walk to Ridzong monastery (estd. Time 2 hrs), which is not too tough but a bit tiring. Rodzong is the only nunnery monastery in Ladakh. It’s a walk through the village descending to the stream from where one enters a narrow gorge that leads to the monastery, known for its monastic discipline. From here, we drive back to Leh, enroute visiting Alchi, Sangam, Magnetic Hill, Gurudwara Pather Sahib. O/N in guest house in Leh.

    1 Aug/ Day 4- Indus valley sightseeing, includes, Shey, Thiksey , Stok and Hemis Monastery. O/N in guest house.

    2 Aug/ Day 5- Drive to Pangong Lake. O/N stay in camps/ guest house.

    3 Aug/ Day 6- Drive back to Leh. O/N stay in guest house in Leh.

    4 Aug/ Day 7- Drive to Nubra Valley via Khardongla Pass. Enroute visit Deskit, Hunder sand dunes.Camel ride can be enjoyed here. Stay in camps/ guest house.

    5 Aug/ Day 8- Drive back to Leh via Samoor and Samstangling monastery. O/N in guest house in Leh.

    6 Aug/ Day 9- Leh city tour- includes, Leh palace and fort, Shey Palace, Shanti Stupa . Evening at leisure. O/N in guest house in Leh.

  12. SoumNike says:

    Hello D,

    Help us in planning Leh Ladakh trip. Me and my wife.
    12th August from Mumbai to Srinagar Flight – Arrives Srinagar at 1PM

    20th August from Srinagar to Mumbai flight – Departs at 12.15 pm from Srinagar

    R’s
    Soumya

    • Soumya, you have 9 days at hand out of which 4 days will be used in Srinagar to Leh and Leh to Srinagar with night stop at Kargil. Hence, you are left with 5 days. One day rest in Leh for acclimatization and then make 2 day trip to Nubra and finally a 2 day trip to Pangong Tso.

  13. Ankit says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Very Informative writeup.
    We are group of 8 and planning for Leh in mid August.Based on the inputs given by you we have prepared a schedule .Kindly suggest any change if needed in the below plan.

    DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

    DAY 1 (08/15)REACH SRINAGAR .OVERNIGHT STAY IN SRINAAGR

    DAY 2 (08/16)| GO AROUND SRINAGAR OVERNIGHT STAY IN SRINAAGR

    DAY 3 (08/17)| SRINAGAR (EARLY MORNING) – SONMARG – ZOJILA PASS – KARGIL OVERNIGHT STAY IN KARGIL

    DAY 4` (08/18)| KARGIL (EARLY MORNING) – LEH OVERNIGHT STAY IN LEH

    DAY 5 (08/19) | (REST– ACCLIMATIZE WITH LEH) LEH LOCAL SIGHTSEEING + HAVE LOTS OF WATER – SANTI STUPA + PALACE AND LEH MARKET OVERNIGHT STAY IN LEH

    DAY 6 (08/20)| {WILL KEEP THIS MORE IN TERMS OF REST – THESE PLACES ARE NEARBY SO 4-5 HOURS TRIP} LEH – SHAM VALLEY – { KARGIL WAR MEMORIAL HALL OF FAME – PATHAR SAHIB GURUDWARA – MAGNETIC HILL (VEHICLE GETS PULLED UP IN MOUNTAIN)} – NEMO – LEH (GRAND DRAGON – RESTAURANT IN LEH!) OVERNIGHT STAY IN LEHR

    DAY 7 (08/21)| PANGONG: LEH – KHARDUNG LA – DISKIT ( NUBRA VALLEY ) – HUNDER/ DISKIT(RESORTS?) OVERNIGHT STAY IN HUNDER/ DISKIT

    DAY 8 (08/22)| 25 : HUNDER/DISKIT – SUMUR(MONASTERY) – PANAMIK (HOT WATER SPRING) – KHARDUNG LA – LEH OVERNIGHT STAY IN LEH

    DAY 9 (08/23)| (REST) LEH LOCAL SIGHTSEEING + HAVE LOTS OF WATER OVERNIGHT STAY IN LEH

    DAY 10 (08/24)| LEH – CHANG LA – PANGONG TSO – CHANG LA – LEH OVERNIGHT STAY IN LEH

    DAY 11 (08/25)|{MONASTERY TOUR} LEH – SHEY PALACE (13 KM) – THIKSEY (19 KM FROM LEH) – HEMIS (45KM)– DALIA LAMHA STAYING PLACE – LEH OVERNIGHT STAY IN LEH

    DAY 12 (08/26)|{DROP TO LEH AIRPORT

    Also we are in talk with some travel agency for the package from Srinagar to Leh (excluding the AirFare includes the sight seeing as per plan).
    PACKAGE COST: RS -24500 PER PERSON( MIN 08 PERSONS)
    COST INCLUDES: -

    ASSISTANCE UPON ARRIVAL BY OUR LEH OFFICE REPRESENTATIVE.

    ALL TRANSFERS BETWEEN AIRPORT – HOTEL – AIRPORT BY NON AC TAXI WELCOME DRINKS (NON – ALCOHOLIC) UPON ARRIVAL BY HOTEL.

    ACCOMMODATION ON TWIN / DOUBLE SHARING BASIS.

    DAILY BREAKFAST AND DINNER IN HOTEL / CAMP.

    ALL SIGHTSEEING AND TOUR AS PER PROGRAMME.

    TRANSPORTATION BY NON AC 12 SEATER TEMPO TRAVELER.

    PROTECTED AREA PERMIT AND WILD LIFE FEES TO VISIT RESTRICTED AREAS IN LADAKH.

    Few concerns:
    1) Is the cost is justified or should we search our self.
    2) The Tempo Travel will be the safe option for travel(thinking about the route and as mentioned by you about the major hurdle being Zozila Pass)

    Please reply as soon as possible to finalize the bookings.

    Thanks,
    Ankit

    • Hi Ankit,

      The plan can be modified a bit by having 2 day trip to Pangong Tso instead a single day trip. Rest looks fine to me. Regarding the cost, it seems a bit on higher end considering your itinerary which does not have much. Will strongly suggest to check with info@offbeatescapes.com too for second opinion who have a good feedback from most of the readers in the past. They might be able to provide good rates, refer DoW or my name there.

      Tempo Traveler should be fine for above itinerary.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  14. Sukrit says:

    Hello Dheeraj,
    all i can say is your soul that has remained in ladakh is doing what the real alive bodies in ladakh cant do. way to go!!!! i wish you the strength to keep replying and solving the queries of so many ppl.

    I’m planning to visit and stay at pangong lake on 6th and 7th sept. with my wife. I’ve found available tents for 8k for 2 days with full meals. What pricks me is the amount of money the taxi will take for a return trip to leh-pangong. Its a colossal 11k for 2 people. I couldnt find anything about taking a sharing cab one way, and after 2 days taking one from pangong to leh back. Do you think it is possible? assuming the taxi unions and the unspoken codes they follow? Please help. Thanks again. God bless.

    • Hello Sukrit,

      Ha Ha, yeah, really it never come back from there and I won’t like to come it back so that I can go back there again and again :) Thank you for all the wishes…

      Yeah, that is a trouble there. In general, 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.

      The main problem I see here is that you are staying for two nights which rarely people do, hence even finding the group tours will be very difficult for you. However, I see a possibility where you book the seats for 2 days but travel only one side. In that case it can work out and save you some money. Else, there isn’t a likely option

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  15. varun says:

    We.. a gang of 8-10 ppl are planning to hire bikes from Srinagar to Leh and back for our trip..
    Please guide us and let us know your views about the plan given below..
    Any info about bike hiring services in Srinagar would be good..
    (most of us would be travelling 2 people on a bike..)

    Srinagar 26-Sep 6:00 Drass 26-Sep 18:00 Bike Friday
    Drass 27-Sep 6:00 Lamayuru 27-Sep 18:00 Bike Saturday
    Lamayuru 28-Sep 6:00 Leh 28-Sep 18:00 Bike Sunday
    Leh 29-Sep Break Monday
    Leh 30-Sep 6:00 Nubra Valley 30-Sep 18:00 Bike Tuesday
    Nubra Valley + Diskit? 1-Oct 6:00 Pangong 1-Oct 18:00 Bike Wednesday
    Pangong 2-Oct 6:00 Tso Moriri 2-Oct 18:00 Bike Thursday
    Tso Moriri 3-Oct 6:00 Leh 3-Oct 18:00 Bike Friday
    Leh 4-Oct 6:00 Kargil 4-Oct 18:00 Bike Saturday
    Kargil 5-Oct 6:00 Srinagar 5-Oct 18:00 Bike Sunday

    • Varun, though most of the things looks OK but how will you travel from Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri in one day? Regarding Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri route or Pangong Tso to Hanle, the permits to Man – Merak – Chusul – Tsaga or remote Changthang routes are being given by DC office in Leh at ON and OFF basis, 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. Also, even if the permits are given then as well there is no guarantee that you will be allowed to cross Chusul Post or not because last year several such incidents happened and people with permits also had to return via same route. All this will mean that you will have to risk it for at least a day getting wasted if you are not allowed because there will be no guarantee until you cross Chusul and Tsaga post. Otherwise, you have to take the traditional routes only via Leh which cannot be done in 1 day.

      Also, alot of fuel will be required too on this route as there are no fuel pumps once you cross Karu towards Pangong Tso.

  16. Alpeshkumar Prajapati says:

    Dheej sir, I have planing to visit leh by road… my own Tavera with my family… i have 3 year old baby.. it a advisible to take with me to visit leh… in first week of Augast 2014.
    I have my own ROYAL ENFIELD BULLET CLASSIC 350. THAN manali to leh trip by road. Any Army or other special permission is require for this trip.
    plz tell me..

    • Alpesh, 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.

  17. Rajiv says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Thanks for all the information on Leh-Ladakh tour.
    Myself and my colleague are planning to visit Leh during September 2014.Altogether we will be having 15 days (this includes to and fro from Bangalore to Leh by Train). We are planning for Back Pack travelling and would like this to be a budget outing with normal accommodation , decent food without compromising on sight seeing places.
    We will be either hiring a Shared Taxi (or bus wherever possible) or a private taxi for the sight seeing at Leh-Ladakh.

    It would be great if you can kindly let us know the complete itinerary for the travel – like where to get a budget accommodation , what places to cover in order so that it wont eat up our travelling time).

    Note : We are travelling by train from Bangalore – Delhi – Leh – Manali – Bangalore

    If possible kindly email me the Itinerary.

    Thanks for your time and help !!

    regards
    Rajiv

    • Prashant says:

      is it possible to drive srinagar to leh in one go ? if i strt early morning ..can i make it by eod ?

      • It takes 16+ Hrs to do it and that too on high altitude region where your body will not be acclimatized and you will feel more exerted. It is doable BUT NOT RECOMMENDED

    • Rajiv, this means ex. Delhi you have 11 days. Right? You are two 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 :)

    • Also, 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.

      You can try and come up with yours based on the inputs given on the thread and we can discuss it.

    • sagar says:

      hello rajiv., even ill be traveling solo to ladakh from bangalore. ill reach delhi 2nd or 3rd -September. so if ur looking for travel partner i can join u guys!! let me know on Sagarlogos@gmail.com

  18. Thiyag says:

    Dear Dheeraj,

    It was a fantastic post, but I am wondering, is 10 days will be enough to Ride to Leh from Manali and getting back to Manali from Leh. btw, we are planning to travel by End of Sep 2014 from Bangalore. We will transport our bike via train and we will start our ride from Manali.

    If you can provide an itinerary for 9-10 days, would be highly appreciated !! Many Thanks

  19. Govind Singh Dhami says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    please review the below itinerary and give your expert comments- thank you in advance.
    day 1 Hyderabad-Delhi Fly
    day 2 Delhi-Manali Road Bus/Train
    day 3 Manali-Jispa Road-bike day 4 Jispa-Tso kar Road-bike day 5 Tso kar-Leh Road-bike
    day 6 Leh-Acclimatize
    day 7 Leh-Nubra Road-car
    day 8 Nubra-Pangong tsoRoad-car
    day 9 Pangong tso-Leh Road-car
    day 10 Leh-Delhi Fly
    Delhi-Hyderabad Fly

    • Govind, you should avoid sleeping at Tso Kar so early in the trip as you will not be acclimatized properly for it and may lead to AMS issues. INstead use this day to make a relaxing 2 days trip to both Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso each.

      • deepak says:

        Hey dhiraj. We r 6 people planning to go leh at the end of august . Just tell me.. is 3nit 4 days sufficient for the trip.

  20. Ejaz says:

    Hi Dheeraj, have been reading your blog since the last an hour or so. Quite impressed by your selfless support to the people around you. Thank you so much for the piece of work you are doing. Am 100% sure that this blog would have helped a lot of people who are first timers to Leh and around. Unfortunately, I am still to be a first timer to Leh and around, but planning to be one soon. Have got answers to most of my queries except a couple of them. (1)Considering we are 2 families of 4 X 4 people where-in 2 are just 10 and 12 year old, rest all fully grown-ups:), what is a good time to visit this place. We also wish to enjoy Srinagar, Gulmarg, Sonmarg, Tanmarg etc. too.
    (2) What type of clothes should we carry?

    • Ejaz, please find my replies below:

      (1) Now the best time to visit this season is September if you are looking forward to beautiful colors of Ladakh.
      (2) Regarding Clothes, check: Tips for Carrying Clothes for Ladakh Trip

      • Ejaz says:

        Thanks much Dheeraj. Also Is any permit required if I am travelling from Delhi to Leh and returning through Manali per your given itinerary above? What about overnight stays options enroute or in places like Leh, Khardung La, Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri etc? Is there any post of your suggesting this?

        • Ejaz, 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

          If you are traveling from Srinagar side or by Leh side towards Manali, you do not need any permits to visit normal tourist destinations in Ladakh being domestic Indian tourists, starting this year.

  21. Sayed says:

    Hey Dheeraj, thanks for all the info, big help, i am not sure if anyone has asked this i was too lazy to read all the comments but here it goes, i wanted to know the best possible itinerary where i can cover all the major portions in and around leh-ladakh, apart from that is it possible to hire bikes in delhi and start the trip from there? what would be the rent of the bikes (Enfields preferably) :) i was browsing an event in book my show and their departure was from delhi, not sure if they provided bikes, is it a good option participating in such events or should we plan ourselves? (budget wise which is a better option) and if you are aware of any such groups that organize these trips with bikes please inform, there should be something that i might be missing, i might recall and ask you, bare with me, thanks, big help… :)

    • Hey Sayed,

      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.

      Bikes rented outside Leh are not allowed for sightseeing inside Ladakh except Tso Moriri and Tso Kar lakes which can be done while going to Manali from Leh. Private bikes are completely allowed. You can use the outside rented bike to reach Leh but then for going to Pangong Tso, nubra Valley, etc.. you need to hire rented bikes from Leh only.

      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

      Planning trip yourself is always better budget wise. I will suggest before choosing the option for Package Tour, just have a read at the thread in our community: Package Tour v/s DYI or Customized tour to Ladakh

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  22. Venkatesh says:

    Hi thanks for the informative blog…

    This is Venkatesh from Bangalore. Me n my frnd are planning to take a ladakh-leh trip. This wud be the first time we’ll be travelling to the place and we are thinking about taking a package trip instead. Can u guide us abt any budgetary but good enof/reliable organizers who organizes trips to this place. We are planning to spend abt 5 – 7 days at ladakh n leh (due to no. of leaves).

    Any info on suitable organizers wud be very helpful.

    Thanks in advance,
    Venkatesh

  23. Alankrita says:

    Hi, we are a group of 9 people and are planning to go to leh ladakh from Srinagar.We reach on 5th of september 2014 to srinagar and then our return is on 14th september 2014 . Can ypu please guide us how to go about the trip?

    • Alankrita, you have ideally just 8 days for Ladakh trip and out of which 4 days will go away in traveling from Srinagar to Leh via Kargil and back the same way. Remaining 4 days can be planned as below:

      Day 1 | 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 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
      – Overnight at Leh

    • Priya says:

      Hi,
      We are also in Leh on 6th sept…have you already planned any sightseeing or inquired abt tent house in there.

  24. Sunita Jaswal says:

    Hi Dheeraj, we are arriving LEH on 4th july Via flight..and return is on 9th july morning.. so we have days including the 4th.. We are two girls alone..kindly suggest the best possible itinerary for us… We surely want to Visit..famous monastries, pangong, nubra valley,TSo morirri, local leh market.. if possible a overnight camp at Pangong Tso ..

    • Sunita, you will hardly be able to make few places. Please be mentally prepared and take good care in intial days not to hit with AMS. Best you can do it:

      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 – 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 | Fly back

  25. swati says:

    duration may also come down to 4 days. then, tell what place will be better to remove from list in a 4 day trip ??

    thanks
    regards

  26. swati says:

    hi ! very structured and good info. we 4 people are planning a trip in july end or august start to leh ladakh. we will reach leh by flight from delhi and will be spending 5 days there.and will take flight back on 5th evening/night.

    could you please
    1. give an itinerary so that we can cover maximum major places to see ?
    2. the cost of taxis ( which will be the best vehicle to hire and not a costly one ? )and accomodation and food ( accomodation and food just basic, not costly )? Overall what will be the cost of travel between places ( taki , etc) , food and accomodation for 5 days ? and is camping allowed on own ? dangers of camping ? or we have to hire accomodation only ?
    3. what kind of clothes and footwears to carry ?
    4. how far is rohtang from leh, is it possible to cover that too ? how much is it going to cost ?
    5. is it better to avail any tour package ?

    Thanks in advance !! awaiting a response.

    • Swati, 5 days are not at all enough for a Ladakh trip. And there are no night flights that run from Leh, only morning flights. 5 days you will not even feel the place as first two days are sought of complete bed rest in hotel to acclimatize your body to high altitude of Ladakh.

  27. Sunita Jaswal says:

    Hi Dheeraj, One of my friend and i, are planning to visit LEH – Ladakh.. We will be two girls only.. will take a flight from Delhi – LEH Delhi… can you suggest some itineraries for us. We have six days in hand.. We are conspicous about the travel means and expenses there…

    • Sunita, if you are planning in first two weeks of July then better book everything in advance before leaving as due to Kalachakra festival, things will be mostly booked this year. By 6 days do you mean flying out day as well, that is 5 days for Leh – Ladakh and then flying out on 6th day?

      • Prakash BV says:

        Hello Dheeraj, I had discussed with you some time ago about my possible travel to Lahaul, Spiti & Ladakh. As of now two of us will travel from Shimla via Spiti & Lahaul to Keylong from September 4th to 10th. Plan to reach Leh from there by bus/ shared taxi on 11th where two more friends will join. From 12th to 21st we have time for Ladakh & wish to cover Local sights, Lamayuru & SHam valley, Nubra Valley, Pangong & back & Tso Moriri, Tso Kar & back to Leh. We fly out from Leh on 22nd morning. Kindly suggest a good itinerary for : 1) two of us doing Spiti & Lahaul till Keylong. & 2) four of us doing the excursions from Leh till 21st. Please advise the must see visits in Lahaul, Spiti route & also suggested mode of transport in these places. With reagrds,
        Prakash

        • Prakash, you can follow the below itinerary:

          4: Shimla – Sarahan
          5: Sarahan – Kalpa
          6: Kalpa – Nako – Nako Lake – Geyu – Tabo
          7: Tabo – Dhangkar – Pin Valley
          8: Pin Valley – Kaza – Ki – Kibber – Kaza
          9: Kaza – Hikkim – Komik – Langza – Losar
          10: Losar – Chandratal – Keylong
          11: Keylong – Leh
          12: Leh Rest Day & acclimatization for other friends
          13: Leh – Khardung La – Turtuk
          14: Turtuk – Diskit / Hunder
          15: Diskit/Hunder – Sumur – Panamik – Leh
          16: Leh – Hemis – Pangong Tso
          17: Pangong Tso – Thicksey – Shey – Leh
          18: Leh Rest Day
          19: Leh – Hanle
          20: Hanle – Tso Moriri
          21: Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Taglang La – Leh
          22: Fly back home

      • Sunita Jaswal says:

        Hi Dheeraj..Thanks for replying..yes we have 5 days exactly .. our flights are booked already ..4th delhi to leh and return 9jul leh to delhi… Kindly suggest something …please share your contact no..

        • Sunita, you will hardly be able to make few places. Please be mentally prepared and take good care in intial days not to hit with AMS. Best you can do as 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 + 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

          Day 6 | Fly back

  28. Raj says:

    Hi,
    Total 11 Days
    Going from Jammu (Start from 30th june morning) 2 couple.

    Return ticket from Chandigarh on 11th July.

    wanna hire bike in Leh. can you please help me to plan. wanna low cost trip.

    • Raj, check the itinerary below

      Day 1 | Jammu to 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 – Pangong Tso Lake – Leh
      – Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik or Lukung)

      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) – 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 10 | 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 11 | Manali – Chandigarh
      – Return

  29. abhishek kumar sharma says:

    has anyone tried to walk from delhi to ladakh if yes plz contact me or atlest tell me is it posible

    • I am not aware of any such person :)

      • rudra says:

        Is it advisable to take the route from Pangong to Tso Moriri, considering the terrain, traffic, fellow travellors,etc. If yes, then what precautions one must take. Including suggest how to prepare for that trip. I am on my own SUV.

        • No it is not advisable because it can screw up your fixed plans. First you will need permits, second even with permits army sends people back from Chusul. If its your first trip, then avoid it.

      • b s ghatak says:

        HI I AM THINKING TO GET ONE POSTING TO LEH OR KARGIL FOR TWO YEARS IN DEFENCE SECTOR. I AM CONFUSED BECAUSE I AM TO LEFT MY FAMILY MEANS SICK WIFE AND MOTHER IN DELHI. CAN YOU SUGGEST ME POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE ASPECTS IN GETTING POSTING AS WELL AS WHICH PLACE IS BETTER OPTION MEASNS LEH OR KARGIL?

        • Biswarup, it will be difficult for me to tell you this as I do not have army background. Kargil will be easy on altitude but it is just a matter of getting acclimatized and then Leh also is equally fine. Apart from that Leh has an airport and from Kargil you need to travel to Leh first and then take a flight. I can only see these two differences here as of now.

    • Raj says:

      contact Hwen Tsang (Chinese traveler ) (7th century AD)

  30. jai says:

    HI dheeraj,

    We are planning a ladakh trip in 2nd week of august. Bangalore-srinagar-leh-srinagar-bangalore in 7 days. what do u suggest.

    • Are you flying to Leh? If yes, then only it is slightly possible else road trip needs about 11-12 days at least ex. delhi.

      • jai says:

        srinagar to leh we are taking a cab or a bus. We are hiring bikes in leh.

        • Jai, it needs 2 days from Srinagar to reach Leh and 2 days to come back. 1 day each you need travel from Bangalore to Srinagar too by flight. So, you left with one day?? Are you sure you want to do this trip.

  31. sushant says:

    hi dheeraj sir

    i have atmost five days in hand and i want to go to leh by our own rally cars . so can it be possible

  32. Devesh says:

    Hi Dheeraj
    I am planning a trip to leh ladakh via manali through bikes. Please can you help upon the itenary and cost incurred. We are a group of six people

    • How many days do you have for Ladakh trip Devesh and what is your start point?

      • nitin says:

        we have minimum 18days and maximum 30days and our starting point is delhi (shahdara).

        • Nitin, check the below itinerary which you guys can follow:

          Day 1 | Delhi – Jammu / Patnitop
          – Overnight at Jammu or Patnitop

          Day 2 | Jammu / Patnitop – 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 3 | 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 4 | Kargil – Padum (Zanskar Valley)
          – Head straight to Padum

          Day 5 | Padum Local Sightseeing
          – Enjoy Zangla, Stongde, Karsha

          Day 6 | Padum – Zongkhul Monastery – Penzi La Pass – Rangdum
          – Start back and stay at Rangdum

          Day 7 | Rangdum – Panikhar – Sankoo – Kargil
          – Checkout rock carved statue at Khartse Khar

          Day 8 | 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 9 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Rest
          – 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 10 | 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 11 | Turtuk – Hunder
          – Spend whole day at Turtuk and reach Hunder by evening
          – Overnight at Hunder

          Day 12 | 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 13 | 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 14 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
          – Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
          – Overnight at Leh

          Day 15 | 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 16 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
          – Cover Karzok Monastery
          – Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri
           
          Day 17 | 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 18 | Pang / Sarchu – Baralacha La – Jispa
          – On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
          – Overnight at Jispa

          Day 19 | Jispa – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
          – On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
          – Overnight at Manali

          Day 20 | Manali – Delhi
          – Return home

  33. parita says:

    Hi We are a couple traveling in Aug this yr. Is it easy to get travel partners for share taxi from taxi stand or through local travel agents?

    • Parita, 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 :)

  34. Nikhil says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I dont want it to be posted on the blog. I sent you the email but dont want it to be lost in unread emails so just to get the reply I am leaving it here as well.

    I will be visiting Leh in August around third or last week and gonna go by air to spend more time in
    Leh. I want to help the kids in need there and wanna pay back to the society. You have been doing great work there with your team, so I am sure you know very well that where and what is needed. Please let me know what I can or should do for the kids there. I will be spending around 30K on them. Be it books, food, clothing or whatever you think is needed, Please let me know.

    If It works well my next year trip will be to Nepal for pretty much the same cause.

    Thanks,
    Nikhil Garg
    1-587-707-8478

    • Nikhil, that is some fantastic cause you will be carrying out there. I will suggest that you do this cause in some of the remote villages in Ladakh. You can choose couple of them, may be one in Turtuk and other in Hunder. Since, it is a big amount, I cannot blindly say to execute in some village randomly. The actual need of the local school will payback more than a general causes which we used to do while traveling. When I went to Spiti Valley last year, we called up a school and asked for the need where we found that teachers based on their wisdom execute courses in those schools. So, we distributed books to setup the entire curriculum on yearly basis. Now they teaches using those books and as the children will promote to next level, those books will be used by coming batch. We installed various Charts in the school and some learning toys for the school so that they can do visual learning too.

      Thank you for taking up these causes. If you need some help, I can try with my sources to get hold of some reliable person in Ladakh and get the actual need and connect them with you.

      • Nikhil says:

        Thanks Dheeraj, I will definitely need that help from you to make sure that the money is being used where it is actually needed and the needed kids or people are being benefited. I will appreciate if you can email me your cell number so I ll be able to keep in touch with you to make the whatever arrangements will be needed. I really need your help since this is my first trip ever and I just don’t wanna go there empty handed.

        Thanks :)

        • Ok, I will email you about my number Nikhil. Let’s connect and I will forward this to my team and let’s see what they have to say about it and what we can do or suggest you best.

        • Nikhil says:

          Hi Dheeraj,

          Congrats on the successful clean kasol drive event.
          If I am following the suggested itinerary with a little modifications, there will be overnight stay at below places. I am a solo traveller and will hire bike or take shared taxis. I am not going to carry any sleeping bags and so I would a need a place to stay the nights at:

          Diskit
          Turkut
          Pangong Tso
          Tso Moriri
          Sarchu

          Please advise if I can get the hotel/lodge or may be a rented room with localites there.

          Also please advise about the transportation for Manali-ChanderTallLake-Spiti Valley and accomodation around the lake or valley. Do I have to come back to Manali to take the volvo to Chandigarh.

          Thanks, :)

        • Nikhil, better stay at Hunder instead of Deskit. Then Turtuk, then Pangong Tso and then Tso Moriri as you have pointed out above. You can get good guest houses there at all these places except Sarchu where just tents are available. 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

          Carry print out of all these listings and once you reach the place try getting connected to them.

          You can take the bus from Keylong to Kaza to visit Chandratal. For some hints, check the article: Chandratal Lake | Cheapest Ways To Travel There

          The article mentions about route from Manali, but don’t need to worry about it, same rules applies from bus to Kaza from Keylong as well.

          PS: Thanks for the appreciation of efforts on Clean Kasol drive :)

  35. Pratik Khanolkar says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    We are a group of 5 friends planning a trip from Chandigarh to leh ladakh covering up manali, shimla and srinagar if possible. Can you help me in preparing an itinerary for a trip of 10 days and the cost for the trip??
    Thank You

    • It will take 3 days to reach Leh from Delhi via Manali side and 4 days to come back to Delhi from Leh via Srinagar side. This makes it 7 days. 1 Day is required in Leh for acclimatization. You have about 10 days. 1 Day can be used as Day trip to Pangong Tso and other day can be used as day trip to Nubra Valley or just Khardung La pass.

    • Pawan Jha says:

      Hi Pratik
      I am also from Chandigarh and I am planning a bike trip from Chandigarh – Leh – Chandigarh from 15th August. In those terrains the more we ae better it is. Please let me know if we can club together and roll.
      Give me your contact or call me = 9873269872

  36. Surajit Nath says:

    Hi Dheeraj , I want to go to laddakh for honeymoon from delhi… I am not much into trekking and I just want to visit the minimum and best places . I want to see laddakh in 5 days… Doesnt matter if i miss on some places.. Please suggest

    • Surajith, Ladakh firstly is not an honeymoon destination and with just 5 days in hand will not recommend to you because you will be flying and chances of falling sick are higher. You need to take complete rest for 2-3 days after flying and any physical exertion is to be avoided in case when we fly to Leh. I will better suggest that you choose some leisure destination for Honeymoon and make trip to Ladakh some other time.

  37. Mohit Gulati says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We are 4 friends planning trip for Manali-Leh-Manali/Srinagar starting from 16th August. We have 10 days in total. Can you please help to make the iternary?

    Also,

    1. Can we book hotels while we are in Leh/Ladakh/Nubra valley? We are interested in budget hotels.
    2. You mentioned shared transport from Manali-Leh-Manali. Do we need to book them in advance or can be booked there itself?
    3. Any other useful info you can share.

    Waiting for your response!

    Regards,
    Mohit

    • Hi Mohit,

      1. No need to book if you open to search a bit here and there after reaching the place.
      2. Book on the spot only as no advance booking can be done for it.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

    • Pawan Jha says:

      Hi
      I am also planning a road trip from Chandigrah to Leh & back from 15th August. If you are fine can I also join in and then we can ride the mountains :).. Please contact 9873269872

  38. namrata jory says:

    Hello Sir,
    Im planning a trip to Ladakh,
    But i have 5 days in hand only,
    what would be the most cost effective way to reach there from Delhi

    Regards

  39. Soujannya says:

    Hi.. Dheeraj..

    You r doing a gr8 job in helping out people.. Looks like you are the encyclopaedia/brand ambassador of Leh- Ladakh..

    As like all the others, I too have a query..

    Am planning for a trip from 15th August from Kolkata & will have only 8-9 days to cover the trip but am confused on how my itinerary/route should be..

    1. Kolkata (by air)-delhi – Manali – Leh

    2 Kolkata (By air) – Srinagar -Leh

    Please also suggest me what all I should plan for in my trip to leh ladakh (constraint being I have only 8 Days)

    • 8 days are not that enough for a road trip to Ladakh :( … You should increase the days ex. Delhi. It takes 4 days to reach from Srinagar side and 3 days from Manali side. 1 day of rest for acclimatization in Leh.

  40. Geeta Chhabria says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    One more query
    What would be additional camera fee or entrance fee to some places etc…

  41. Ankur ohri says:

    HI Dheeraj, few questions, I am planning to take a trip with my wife for 10 days :-
    1. Manali – Rohtang – Sarchu – Leh, by road is it viable to take My Hyundai I 20 car?
    2. I do not have suffer from any phisical condition, but little over weight and a bad stamina, would that be a deterrent?
    3. plan to stay in our own tents, once we cross manali, is it viable?
    4. what are the things which we need to carry? like diesel, medicines, clothes etc?
    5. what kind of budget it would be per person?
    after reading many comments above, i feel it is safe for a couple to travel, but just checking again…..

  42. Mintu Chakraborty says:

    We make a plan to Go 25th September(Air) and start from there at 4th October by Road to Jammu. Is it possible? We are 6 person. If possible, Pl give me a tour plan and Economic Budget.

    • Yes Mintu, quite possible. Check Leh – Ladakh | Most Common Itinerary by Air.

      In the above itineray, instead of flying back, you can take Leh to Srinagar route with one night each at Kargil and Srinagar to reach Jammu on Day 3 from Leh.

      • Mintu Chakraborty says:

        Thanks Dheeraj.
        If Possible, Pl give me a tour plan from 25th September to 3rd or 4th Oct. We will reach Leh 25th Morning and Start from there 3rd or 4th Oct (which you suggest) by road to Jammu.

        • Mintu, you can follow 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 Sighseeing + 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
          – 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

          Day 7 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
          – Cover Karzok Monastery
          – Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri
           
          Day 8 | 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 9 | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture
          – Overnight at Leh

          Day 10 | Leave for Srinagar – Jammu

      • Mintu Chakraborty says:

        Pl Dheeraj, One more Question. Please tell me what is the benefit of Garlic water in Leh.How we make Garlic water and Drinking system? Please Tell me.

  43. Geeta Chhabria says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I wanna know following things:
    1. Is it good to go to Leh during November or should one travel in Aug/Sept?
    2. is the presented itinerary correct or should i make any changes to it?
    3. is the fare reasonable?
    4. If i dont want to fly to leh what option do i have? roads will be clear during nov to drive to leh from delhi?

    • Hello Geeta,

      1. If you want to enjoy Ladakh then best is that you make a trip in Aug-Sept only. After Sept. it gets very cold and it is dry cold which is even more harsh during that period.
      2. There could be many changes that can be made in the itinerary if you plan in Aug-Sept.
      3. Seems OK but if you are really taking help from Travel Agents, I will advice to counter check the prices with info@offbeatescapes as well. Else all info. is available here and trip can be planned easily to Ladakh :)
      4. It is not advisable to travel by road anytime after late September as snowfall starts at high mountain passes. In case of road trip you need about 12-13 days ex. Delhi to enjoy it completely.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

    • parita says:

      Hi Geeta,
      We r a couple traveling in Aug. If u have plans for Aug u can join us.

  44. Surya Dhakray says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We are 8 people in group and plannig for the Amarnath- Leh Trip. After all negotiation one of the Travel agent gave the below quotes. Please let me know if this is acceptable or not for 15N/16D.

    Now the final mail regarding costing of your Amarnath with Leh is INR

    1) Package cost with Tempo Traveler :- MAP (27500) per person & EP (24857) per person.
    2) Package cost with Sumo Grand :- MAP (25287) person person & EP (22162) per person.

    Without water rafting

    Appreciate if you reply.

  45. Gagan Sohal says:

    Hi dheeraj.

    we are 6 friends from Punjab and we have our own Scorpio.

    can we roam around ladakh or not?

  46. Preeti B says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    Many thanks for your earlier responses to my questions, it is very helpful to have someone with realistic advice.
    I requested some quotes for my trip to Leh Ladhak in October for 7 nights, and some of the agents came back with an Standard itinerary costing around maximum of 83,000 to the lowest at 63,000 (I think this includes flights).
    To me this sounds way to expensive and overly priced to be honest. Please can you advice if this price is standard for a 7 night trip to Ladhak.

    Many thanks
    Preeti

    • Oops 83K !!! Kidding me :shock: !! Well, I see the problem here is they would work in season when they can send in loads of people together. The problem in Ladakh is Taxi cost which is very high and in case there is no partner to share the cost, it becomes really high. If you do it on your own, you will get tickets for about 9K return from Delhi to Leh. then consider about 1000-1500 per day at max. for food and stay, 7 days consider 9-11K at max. in October on twin sharing basis.

      Then it is taxi. Even if you go alone and in 7 nights you will rest for 2 days in Leh without sightseeing, Nubra trip will cost about 9K for 2 day trip, Pangong Tso day trip will cost about 9K again. Camps at Pangong Tso will not be running, so a day trip will be done. Then consider 2-3K for local sightseeing. So, overall about 20-22K will cost for Taxi as a single person.

      So, even with you as a single person, the total cost of tour for 7 days will cost you no more than 40-42K and considering you are two in number, well you can wrap the 7 day trip in 35K odd.

      Well, I will suggest that check with info@offbeatescapes.com , if they can offer you a better deal even for alone and then you can get one travel partner meanwhile. You can book the tickets ex. Delhi to Leh, return yourself.

      • Preeti B says:

        Many thanks Dheeraj,
        I think when they see my email ID the price go up automatically lol I feel saddened to think that some of my fellow Indians are out there to rip me off and their only agenda is to make money.
        But it’s always nice to know that not everyone is like that and there are still some people around in my country like yourself and your team who help/advice fellow travellers without the intension of gain in any sense.
        Thank you

        Preeti

      • Preeti B says:

        Hi Dheeraj,
        Below is the response I got from one of the agents, is it correct what he is saying? He also said that Pangong Tso will be closed too in a previous mail…

        “Please note Nubra Valley would be very difficult during this point of time and I really advise not to go for this routing. It will be too cold and the you can access this place via Khardung La which is highest motorable Pass and this closes around mid of September. There are not highways and we have only temporary roads that remains closed from 15 September to 30 April.”

        Thanks

        • Hi Preeti,

          PS: Is this given by Offbeat guys?? They are quite seasoned and niche so I really doubt if they would replied it. If yes, please do let me know for sure.

          Regarding the reply, this is totally not true. In case you are flying to Leh, you can do it all round the year and all passes within Ladakh including Khardung La and Chang La remains open all round the year. So, you can visit Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri as well as Nubra Valley all round the year except the days of heavy snowfall.

          Of course in September, the high passes in Ladakh and Manali – Leh highway starts getting snowfall but it does not mean that you can’t make a trip. People make trips in January to March as well when it’s just snow all around and everything is frozen. In your case October will be cold for sure especially the nights at Pangong Tso. Nubra Valley is much lower so should be fine and in case of Tso Moriri as well the nights will be quite cold. However, with just 7 days I dont think that Tso Moriri can be done. So, in Leh and Nubra Valley it will be bearable cold. In Pangong Tso, night will be really cold and most of the camps will be gone except few settlements of wooden where I stayed last year, name was Himalayan Wooden Cottages. They remove the settlement quite late and also setup and run the early season. Apart from them you will have home stays in Pangong Tso to stay.

          Hence, if you can bear the cold at Pangong Tso, it is fine to travel else will advice that you make a day trip to Pangong Tso lake. Come with heavy woolens.

          Also, please note that since all the cooks are gone by the end of September, hence, you will get basic food and only couple of restaurants will be open in Leh main market including Gesmo and Lamayuru, my favorites which will be open :)

          Regards
          Dheeraj

        • Preeti says:

          Many thanks Dheeraj for all your advise.
          The above response is not from the offbeat guys :)
          I am currently liaising with them regarding my trip. Thank you again.

          Preeti

        • Cool, that is some relieve else I would have straight away scrap them off even from the advertisers list on the blog :lol: …. They had really nice responses from all the readers in the past, hence I feel it should be fine. The problem you will always have is being single traveler and taxi rates being high, try to share taxi with some people on the spot, if available at that time, to reduce the overall cost of the trip for you :)

    • deepa says:

      Anybody(only women ) willing to join me for a trip to leh from Bangalore

      • Deepa, 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.

  47. Geeta Chhabria says:

    Hi,
    I am a landscape photographer and planning a trip to ladakh. planning a trip for 6 days no. of people would be 10 or 12. can you suggest the selected places to visit for photography purpose also cost per person. we are looking for something like 500/- per day per person cost.

    • 500 per day per person cost :shock: :shock: … I highly doubt you will get that for Ladakh. Just taxis will burn about Rs 1000 per day per person. Also, 6 days? Are you planning to fly to Leh and out of Leh?

      • Geeta Chhabria says:

        Hi,
        can you make an itinerary for 10 days (excluding to & fro to Ladakh)specially landscape photography in mind. with cost details

        • Hi Geeta,

          You can follow something like below:

          Day 1 | Rest in Ladakh and acclimatize
          Day 2 | Visit Sham Valley, do Alchi, Likir and Basgo plains. A lot of pictures take shots in this region
          Day 3 | Leh to Turtuk
          Day 4 | Turtuk – Diskit/Hunder
          Day 5 | Diskit/Hunder – Leh
          Day 6 | Leh – Pangong Tso. Cover Shey / Thicksey
          Day 7 | Pangong Tso – Leh. Cover Hemis on the way back
          Day 8 | Leh – Tso Moriri
          Day 9 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar Lake, lots of birds around there
          Day 10 | Tso Kar – Taglang La – Leh

          Regards
          Dheeraj

        • Geeta Chhabria says:

          Thanks Dheeraj,

          Your replies are really very helpful for me to plan this trip… thanks a lot….

        • Best wishes for your trip :)

      • pradip chandra chanda says:

        my group consist of 6 adult&1 child.will i be able to travel in a sumo /xylo in ladak

        • Pradip, it will be very very tight for long days of travel in Ladakh journey. If you can manage it, then go ahead.

        • pradip chandra chanda says:

          Hi Dheeraj, i want to go hanu/dha from kargil.will it required n.stay at dha or return to kargil will be batter?also, i want to know about the bus service from srinagar to kargil its booking etc.

        • Pradip, sorry I missed it in between !! There are buses of JKSRTC that runs between Srinagar and Kargil. You can take them inthe morning and there are many shared taxis too that run from there. In order to go from Kargil to Dah Hanu, you have to take Batalik route for which permission need to be taken. Are you traveling to Leh?

  48. Avinash Kumar says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We’re planning to go on Ladakh trip, sometime in the end of this month. So, we were thinking to carry a laptop/palmtop with us for transferring the videos & photos to our storage devices (mainly to store in pen drives).

    So, can you tell us that is it safe to carry a laptop there, or will it get affected by high altitudes??

    Thanks,
    Avinash

  49. Avinash Kumar says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    In total we are 4 persons, and we are planning a trip to Ladakh in 3rd week of June.

    For that, we need some clarifications:
    1. If we plan to rent a bike from Manali, and do a bike ride all through Ladakh, including the local visits in Ladakh (covering all the major spots, viz. Zanskar valley, Pangong Tso, Nubra valley, etc.), then is it allowed to take bikes from India into Ladakh??
    2. Or the second option, if we take a cab service from Manali to Ladakh, and for covering all the major spots in Ladakh by renting bikes in Ladakh itself, then will it be economical than the 1st option??
    3. We talked to one of the travels from Manali today, and they said that rented bikes from India have got permission to visit in Ladakh. What is the actual scenario can you please specify. Whether rented bikes are allowed for local trips in Ladakh or not??
    4. Can you please suggest the best of these two options, and also can you please specify some cab/bike providers that provide the services at an affordable rate??

    Please provide the informations asap.It’d be very grateful of you.

    Thanks,
    Avinash

    • Avinash, this is replied above.

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      • tanmay says:

        hiii

        me and 2 of my frnds are planning a trip to leh and ladhak.. if any1 intrested we can make a group and go.. tha will reduce our cost and we will enjoy more

        • summit prasad says:

          hi, when u r planning tom go?
          pls confirm.
          thanks

        • Nitin Gupta says:

          Please share your journey dates. We are also a group of 3 people. We reaching srinagar on 28th June and leaving srinagar on 7th july back to our home. Can share taxis for srinagar to leh.

        • 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.

        • 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.

  50. prabhat says:

    HI Dheeraj
    we are 4 ppl traveling to leh from delhi. I have few question below . Thanks is advance
    1.Is it safe to travel by This car(Mahindra Xylo).
    2. from where we can get Tent and sleeping bags and other stuff.
    3. we are planning to complete the Journey in 7 to 8 days is it possible??.
    4.What are the permits we requred and from wher we can get that

    • Hello Prabhat,

      1. Yes, Xylo is a good car to travel.
      2. Any online website. If you in Delhi, you can check in Delhi Cantt. For rent, I think NIM provides equipment on rent.
      3. Need at least 9-10 days of hectic trip by road to Ladakh. 7-8 days not recommended unless you want to just reach and return.
      4. No permits are required now. If you are coming by outside HP vehicle from Manali side then you need permit to cross Rohtang Pass which is issued from Tourist office in Manali, Mall road.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  51. Mihir says:

    Hi Dheerajji,

    Thanks for your valuable article, We are four friend planing to visit Leh by June 21 to July 4. We start from Jammu to Kargil, Leh, Pangong, Tsomori, Nubra and Manali and back to delhi and all places in between.

    Plz suggest how do we plan (mentioned date above), we travel by local taxi / inner taxi only. We want to stay at all places in nearby place so we can reach on time everywhere. Suggest good hotel with not much rent. We dont want to stay in luxiourious place rather good place. Also suggest place to visit and our purpose is also on adventure side. We would like to visit zanskar river and other like places.

    Send your input. My mail id is camihir@rediffmail.com.

    We reach Jammu by 22nd June evening and then we need to plan accordignly. Also provide the number of some honest taxiwala and hotel who can feel up our enjoyment.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Mihir,

      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.

      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

      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.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  52. ankit says:

    hey, dhiraj
    i want to like the trip between delhi to leh-laddakh from my bike.
    plz tell me that the estimated cost of the whole trip from delhi to laddakh.
    and how many days in the trip?
    and is that the fuel pump available everywhere or nt?

  53. Preeti Beri says:

    Hi Dheeraj

    I am planning a trip from Delhi to Leh early October (October 4th – October 12th). I only have 7-8 days for the Ladhak trip and I would very much appreciate some input from yourselves on the following questions.
    1. Is it possible to visit Leh early October?
    2. I have heard that flights to and from Leh are notorious for cancelling at the last minute, specially around the time I am planning to travel?
    3. I have a budget of 30-35,000, is this enough for a 7 day trip?(Including the flight)
    4. Is it safe to travel alone? (I am travelling alone)
    5. How best to book this trip? Any advice or recommendations from yourself would be greatly appreciated.
    6. My main aim is to cover the Buddhist Monasteries/Lakes , would there be enough time to cover this, not too fussed to see manali?
    I am really nervous about this trip as I have never travelled alone specially in India, so any advice from you would be of great help.

    Many thanks

    Preeti

    • Hi Preeti,

      My answers below:

      1. Possible but it will be cold up there and most of the camps at lakes like Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri will be packed up.
      2. It depends upon the weather and air current. Try to get a ticket in first or second flight of the day.
      3. Depends upon how much return you getting. Better to book a package in that case if rates of flights are too high
      4. Completely safe but moving around in so late season without much people around will be tough in terms of cost sharing.
      5. First you should find of some people to travel with you with who you can share taxi cost within Ladakh.
      6. You should be able to cover the monasteries and other sightseeing around Ladakh. But, get a group of atleast 3-4 people to share taxi cost.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

    • Preeti Beri says:

      Many thanks Dheeraj for such a quick response, much appreciated.
      I still feel a bit apprehensive and unsure how to book this trip, can you recommend any good travel agents in india (It is really haard to find/book from abroad)? If I buy a package will they help me find people I can share the travel cost with? Would I be able to stay the night by the pangong Lake? can the travel agent cater for this?
      Thank you muchly
      Preeti

      • Preeti, I think the best bet here will be big players like MMT or Yatra types who will have other people for cost sharing purpose. Otherwise, if you want to make it solo then advice you that better make it in June to August when it is season time and you have people to share taxi costs. It is safe and very easy to gel with people up there in Ladakh.

  54. Aaliya Syed says:

    Can we also hire a bike in Leh Ladakh??? how much would that cost and what type of bikes do they have????

    • Are you sure? Do you have riding experience? For renting bikes in Leh – Ladakh, you can check the DoW Community thread: Leh – Ladakh Bike Rental Rates 2014 – 15 & Reliable Shops

      • Aaliya Syed says:

        I have experience of riding gear less bikes such as Honda activa in the city from past 10 years.

        I’ve booked my flight tickets today to Srinagar for 8th of August and return will is on 18th of August. Hope these dates are sufficient to travel across Srinagar & Leh/Ladakh.

        BTW I also need your help to find JK SRTC bus details or a weblink to see if I can book the bus tickets from Srinagar to Leh. I could not find any link for online booking. Can you help me with that?

        Regards,

        Aaliya

        • Aaliya, I do not think that there is any online facility to book JKSRTC buses for Srinagar to Leh :( … Regarding number of days in hand, it should be good enough. But gearless scooters might not be available in Leh.

          Sorry I was on trip to Chansal Pass – Pabbar Valley to celebrate DoW Community’s first B’day and hence could not reply earlier ;)

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

      • Aaliya Syed says:

        I know many of them have asked you same question. But I need your help to suggest me an Itinerary to plan my trip from Srinagar – Leh – Srinagar. As you already know that I will take bus from Srinagar to Leh. Please suggest me an Itinerary to cover up places in Leh/Ladakh. Trip dates are 8th of Aug – 18th of Aug.

        • Aaliya, you can follow an itinerary like below for 11 days you have in hand.

          Day 1 | Delhi – 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 | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping
          – Overnight at Leh

          Day 10 | 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 11 | Kargil – Drass – Zozi La – Sonamarg – Srinagar
          – Enjoy the vistas enroute
          – Have late drunch meal at Sonamarg
          – Overnight at Srinagar

          Sorry I was on trip to Chansal Pass – Pabbar Valley to celebrate DoW Community’s first B’day and hence could not reply earlier ;)

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  55. Aaliya Syed says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Thank you for taking time and sharing your inputs on Leh Ladakh trip. I appreciate you help in advance.

    I have few questions for Leh Ladakh trip which might help me out in planning my trip better.

    1. I am taking my 49 year old Mom with me to Leh Ladakh – Will she be able to adjust with the weather over there? and Is there too much walking involved?

    2. I am planning to fly to Bangalore to Srinagar and from there take a local bus to Leh or Ladakh? Is that option available and how many days it takes to reach Leh or Ladakh from Srinagar?

    3. We are only 2 ladies whose planning to visit those places … Is it safe?

    4. Once I reach Leh or Ladakh can we cover up places in 3 – 4 days?

    5. Also how many places do you suggest us to visit in Leh/Ladakh and how do we commutate?

    6. I also want to do Srinagar sight seeing… Will I be able to see Leh Ladakh in 3 – 4 days and come back and cover up Srinagar?

    7. I am planning to take 10 days vacation from work?

    Also my budget is very limited to 20 k per head excluding flight charges……..
    Please advise….. You suggestion and help is appreciated….

    Regards,

    Aaliya

    • Hi Aliya,

      Please find my replies below:

      1. I don’t think there shall be any issues. Just be aware of acclimatization and AMS, you should be good to go.

      2. It takes two days to reach Leh from Srinagar with overnight halt at Kargil. Yes, buses are available for this route.

      3. Ladakh is one of the safest places I have ever been to.

      4. A bit tight because 1 day is required for acclimatization. Then you can do 2 day trip to Nubra Valley and 1 day trip to Pangong Tso.

      5. Check with travel agent for shared taxis for tourists and book seats in it. Or check restaurants for flyers to partner with other tourists.

      6. Suggested above.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

      • Dev says:

        Hi Dheeraj ,

        we are back from Heaven ( Leh ).First of all i would like to thank you for the information you shared.we have totally customized our trip and the plan was successful.from the above plan we have just excluded Patnitop.i would also suggest friends “do not go to Leh directly” make a roadtrip and we just did that.trip was amazing , adventurous and excited.thanks Dheeraj once again.

        • Thank you Dev, so good to hear that you had a wonderful trip. If possible, try and share your Himalayan experience with us at DoW – Himalayan Travel Community as Photo Tale or Travel Tale Or your reviews of the hotels/guest houses where you stayed or dhabhas/restaurants you ate food on your trip… All this might help others planning the similar trip too :) :)

  56. viru says:

    hi
    i wanted to know bike hire from manali are not allowed now days then how can this tour operators allows us to join there tour

  57. Rrahul says:

    Hey Dheeraj, kudos to you for doing a fantastic job here. I’m planning a solo trip from Delhi to Leh Ladakh from 1st June to 8th June however I want to go on restricted budget. I don’t mind the dhaba tents and bus journeys however could you assist me with an itinerary that can help me with sorting out this plan. I want to keep my budget at 10K for 7-8 days. Thank You!

    • Rahul, unfortunately you will cannot make a budget trip in 7-8 days. It takes 4 days from Srinagar side from Delhi to reach Leh and 3 days from Manali side. You have 7 days, are you sure you want to do this trip?

  58. Deepak Chhabra says:

    Hey dheeraj… Ur doin great job here… Kudos to u…
    Actually me n my friend are planing to go to leh on his bachelor trip.. :)
    We plan to go via srinagar, rent a bike in leh and have our personnel tent to stay.. It’d be great if u help me out with few of the following queries:
    1. What kind of busses available from srinagar.. Does the package include the flooding lodging… Wat does it costs like…
    2. Is the route closed any time during the year?? Or we can go at any month??
    3. We re planning for a week in total will 20k budget be sufficient??
    4. Are tourist info centers present in ladakh?
    5. Are there any spl meds we need to carry??
    6. Wat sort of permits we need to take??
    Thanx. Waiting for ur reply

    Regards
    Deepak Chhabra

    • Hi Deepak,

      1. Ordinary State Transport and some privately operated tempo-travelers are available from Srinagar for Leh. Most of them do not have anything apart from ticket price in the package.
      2. Route has not opened yet but expected to open tomorrow for light vehicles. You can make the journey anytime between June to September.
      3. Budget is OK but 7 days is too less for Ladakh road trip. Are you planning to fly out?
      4. I think there is one but when DoW is here what info. you need. Locals will be your guides there :)
      5. 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.
      6. No permits are required for Indians starting May 2014 :)

      Regards
      dheeraj

      • Deepak Chhabra says:

        Thanx for the quick reply… will the 7 days program be enough if we go to Srinagar by air?? else min how much days we need to add?? (Tight vacation schedules!! we need leave for the wedding too!! ;)
        and yeah one more thing can we put our tent anywhere we like in night halt in kargil as well in leh-ladakh?? any permit or safety issues??

        • Deepak, It will take you two days to reach Leh from Srinagar and two days to come back. You are left with 3 days in which one day rest is required and you can make either a 2 day trip to Pangong OR 1 day trip to Pangong and 1 day trip to Khardung La.

  59. Pradhumn says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Thanks for such a wonderful post. I had so many queries about the Leh Trip before reading this post, and now many questions have already been answered in the post and the comments section. However, I still want your advice on the trip we are planning. We are 3 friends (all boys 26+) and are planning to see Nubra valley and Pangong Lake (if possible) from Delhi in second week of July 2014. Since we are all working, we would be able to take only a week off from office (monday to friday), that would give us maximum 10 nights/10 days of time (if we leave Delhi on friday night). Our Budget is 22-25K per head. We have sketched out various possibilities to plan out this trip. Mentioned below are a few –
    1. Fly to Leh from Delhi, visit Nubra, Pangong. Back to Leh and Fly back to Delhi
    2. Take a volvo from Delhi to Manali. Hire a bike from Manali, travel to Leh and visit Nubra and Pangong. Back to Manali on the same bikes. Take a volvo back to Delhi.
    3. Go to Srinagar from Delhi. Travel from Srinagar to Leh by road in public transport. Visit Nubra and Pangong and back to Leh. From Leh, travel to Manali and then back to Delhi

    Since this would be the first time for all three of us, we need some expert guidance to understand the below –
    How to travel – i.e. mode of transport?
    What route to take (the best route that can be covered in 8-9 days of time)?
    Whether bike would be ok or should we take a car (coz none of us have any major biking experience in the hills)?
    Can we hire a bike from Manali and leave it there in Leh and take a flight back to Delhi from Leh?

    Pls advise. Thanks.

    • Well all depends with what mode are you comfortable. You have too less time window for a road trip. Are you OK with the fares of flying in and out of Leh?

  60. Atharva Pathak says:

    Hi Dheeraj Sharma,
    Your website is awesome and very informative.
    Please answer my query which is stated below:
    We are 8 people planning a trip of leh-laddkh.
    Budget cost is 20-25K (Max)
    Duration: 8-10days (starting from Chandigarh/ Manali /Delhi)
    1. What are passes/ permits required for the above tour?
    2. Can we cover these places which requires Inner Line Permits in order to visit places like: Hanle, Chusul, Tsaga, beyond Loma bend, Chumur, Marsimik La, Batalik sectors.
    If yes then how we can apply for inner line permits?
    3. We want this trip a fully adventurous trip (Bike trip with cooking our own food and tenting for night halt)?
    4. Which is the best place to hire bikes?
    5. What are the essential items we need to carry with us?
    6. Please provide a detailed plan (day specific plan) which includes the distance to be covered in a single day and the places with halting points.
    7. What are safety precautions we need to keep in mind?
    Please answer each query individually.
    Thanks in Advance.

    • 1. Permits are only required for Inner Areas of Ladakh and rest usual sightseeing places are now exempted for Indians
      2. You have so less days in hand that you will not be able to cover even 3 normal sightseeing places in Ladakh.
      3. Do you have any experience with it? If NO, then you need some travel agent who can do it for you.
      4. Bikes rented outside Leh are not allowed for sightseeing inside Ladakh except Tso Moriri and Tso Kar lakes which can be done while going to Manali from Leh. Private bikes are completely allowed. You can use the outside rented bike to reach Leh but then for going to Pangong Tso, nubra Valley, etc.. you need to hire rented bikes from Leh only.
      For renting bikes in Leh – Ladakh, you can check the DoW Community thrad: Leh – Ladakh Bike Rental Rates 2014 – 15 & Reliable Shops

      5. 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.

      Opt to go via Manali – Leh Highway and I will suggest that you refer the thread: Manali – Leh – Ladakh – Manali | Itinerary for 9 Days in DoW – Himalayan Travel Community as you have 9 days in hand.

  61. Parag says:

    Great article…

    My Itinerary (purpose: primarily photography)… (Sept 2014)

    Day 1:Arrival at Leh (flight) -Rest -Evening visit Leh Palace and Shanti Stupa (Acclimatize)
    –By Foot possibly

    Day 2:Local Leh tour visitng Shey Palace,Thiksey monastery,Hemis Monastery and Stok Palace
    –Hire Taxi 70 per head types

    Day 3 and Day 4:To Nubra.. stay in Dikshit.. back to Leh
    –Possibly hite taxi like eeco maybe.. and same back to Leh next day. Not sure if taxi will charge for one day or two.

    Day 5:Leh to Pangong lake – Day trip.
    –Possible hite taxi or look for shared options.

    Day 6: Leh to Srinagar #Economical way to Srinagar from Leh is possibly shared taxies.

    Day 7: Srinagar tour visiting Moghul Gardens(Nishat and Shalimar)Chash Ma Shie-Pari Mehal-Dal lake-Shan Kar Achariya-Old town tour.

    Day 8: Back To Delhi

    Will book a hotel from Day 1 to Day 6 at Leh.. Will have to find accommodation at Dikshit when we reach there.

    • Parag, your itinerary looks good to quite extend. But, you will be doing long day trip to Pangong Tso and then the same night at around 2-3 AM you need to leave from Leh in shared taxi to reach Srinagar the next evening of Day 6. So, be open for that tiresome trip. Day 1, DO NOT roam around too much on FOOT, especially don’t go to Shanti Stupa. Use taxi only otherwise rest for the day. You cannot take much exertion after flying directly into Leh.

      • Parag says:

        Thanks Dheeraj.. Leh to Srinagar would be early morning like at 7 or 8 am. :).. Any idea about accommodation costs at Hundur ?

        • 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

  62. Rohan says:

    Hey Dheeraj…nyc writeup bro..
    We are a group of 4 college.friends planning a Leh-Ladakh trip in the month of June.
    Could tell us the minimum budget possible with decent food including trekking.
    Also what are the various permissions and things which we are required to be carried with us…(max budget per person – 9000/-)..
    Plz get back as soon as possible..
    Cheers..!!!:)

    • Rayhan says:

      Hey Rohan…we too are 4 college friends planning a 8-10 days trip from Delhi to Leh by road and have a max budget of 9-10k…But after a bit of a research i don’t think it would be possible to complete the budget in such a low budget. If you are somehow able to plan it, please share your itinerary with us…

    • Thanks Rohan. 9000 is too too low a budget for a Ladakh trip. I feel 15000 is on the edge budget in case you are not staying too long and have your own vehicle to drive wit 4-5 members in the group to share fuel cost.

      • Chitresh says:

        Dheeraj when you say hitch hiking do you mean public transport?
        How many kilometers do you need to travel for basic leh itinerary?

        • Chitresh, by hitch hike I mean, taking lifts with anyone from trucks to bikers to car tourists to BRO guys to road construction vehicle :) Most common itinerary is about 3500 KMs

  63. Ankit says:

    Hello Dheeraj,

    I am plainning for Leh from 16th Aug2014 to 23rd Aug 2014 by Air along with the family members.We are around 9-10 people
    and are of mixed aged group.Some are 40-50 years age and some are upto 28years.
    The schedule is as follows :
    16th Aug : Flight from delhi to Leh and local siteseeing.
    17th – 21st : visiting places in Leh – Ladak
    22nd : going from Leh to Srinagar via road and visiting places there.
    23rdAug : Flight from Srinagar to Delhi
    I need ur advice in detailing the trip.Also as the group includes the aged people so want to know about transportation and
    staying .
    Your inputs will be helpful for us.

    Thanks in advance,
    Ankit

    • Ankit, for first two days in Leh, you need to STRICTLY rest… Then start the sightseeing in Ladakh. May be on second day you can do Shanti Stupa and Leh Palace or Hall of Fame but keep the exertion of body to minimum level for better acclimatization for such large group.

      • Ankit says:

        Thanks for the reply…Is it good to travel from Srinagar to Leh on 16th aug(due to Independence day on 15th ).

  64. Nishant says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    First of all great work here…kudoss!!

    We are a group of 4 friends and are planning to travel ladakh between August 10th to 16th…we have budget constraints (maximum 20-22k per person)and therefore we need suggestion regarding which route to take…

    As you can see we have very limited number of days compared to your itinerary so we will be travelling by air to ladakh…
    Direct flights to Leh will save time but are very costly…
    Flights to Jammu or Srinagar are cheap but then we have to take a road trip to leh and loose a couple of days…

    So what will you suggest here…what will be our best option…

    Thanks!!

    • Nishant, your budget seems OK to me BUT number of days are way to less to do a Ladakh trip by road. The only way out is to fly in and out. Even then I suggest a 8 day itinerary for most of the people which is comfortable to some extent. Hence, even after flying with 7 days in hand you will need to skip Tso moriri lake.

  65. Tejas Vish says:

    Good write up mate, very insightful. Thank you for putting in the effort to write up such a detailed note for everyone’s benefit, it is really kind and thoughtful of you.

    A couple of us are planning to tour Leh this summer and will be doing it on our own bikes. Would you by any chance happen to have any leads on a few bike transport agents who could transport bikes from Bangalore to Delhi or Manali? Thank you once again for the post.

    Cheers,
    Tejas

  66. gourav says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    The way you have been acting as a travel planner for tourists is just wonderful. People usually get paid to do such a job. I bumped into this site by chance, and I feel happy for the serendipity. Please keep on guiding people like us who has the will but do not have the correct mentor for guidance.

    Anyways, visiting Leh-Ladakh has always been on my wish list- But due to the cost and time constraint I could never make it happen till now. But an opportunity seems to have opened up this coming September-October to make my wish come true. I have jotted down all the details I will be needing from this website- However there is one thing I have not found here:

    What is a Dhabha tent and who to contact from homestay? I assume you mean homestay by referring to the local residents houseses who has transformed their dwelling into business. Are there any contact numbers I could get for people who are offering such services. Based on our limited budget, homestay is an option we will definitely consider, provided that is at least habitable.

    • Gourav, dhabha tent is a large dome tent which has a kitchen and selling place for the people who set them up. Then in other section of the tent there are beds laid down aside each other, about 8-10 beds depending upon the size. They offer couple of quilts to beat the cold and those beds are available for stay at about Rs 125-150 per bed per person.

      Home stays are houses converted by locals into stay options for tourists offering couple of rooms in the house to them. You either ask them what to cook from the available list of choices OR they cook whatever they can depending on availability. They also eat the same food which is cooked for you. So, kind of you share their daily lives with them from rooms to food to washrooms. Again they charge from 200 per person to 350 per person inclusive of food.

      Both these dhabha tents and home stays are only booked on the spot and there isn’t any way to book them. Those who get into such professional services rather turn them into Guest Houses.

  67. Devvrat says:

    hey Dhreej!!
    i have been reading & getting the information from your blogs since last 2 days.Me and my friends, group of 4 boys (in mid 20′s) are planning to tour ladakh in June. We live in jalgaon (maharashtra)so we’l reach jammu by train and follow the itinerary you have provided (jammu-srinagar-kargil-leh).We’l take a bus to srinagar but from srinagar we wish to hire a sedan and reach leh in 2 days so that we can enjoy the places that we come across in the journey as well.Please guide me from where to hire a car in srinagar and how much will it cost us? Also,do we need to pre book hotels/accomodations in jammu,srinagar,kargil,leh,diskit/hunder,pangong tso? if yes then how?
    Now another thing m confused about is whether to hire bikes or a car while travelling places in ladakh….please suggest car or bike and also where to hire from in leh?? Budget is Rs 25,000 per person and duration 15 days (jalgaon-leh-jalgaon).Can u please make a complete itinerary for us starting right from jammu along with the suggestions of accommodations at all the places which would fit in our budget? Also we would like to get back to delhi quickly and get on the train to jalgaon…so is there an overnight bus from leh to delhi? I would be obliged if you would help me plan my trip and will do the bookings at once :-))
    thanks & regards!

  68. chitresh says:

    Dheeraj we are a group of 6 , we’ll be travelling light but on a tight budget. We reach Udhampur on 4th june and plan on reaching Leh via Srinagar as soon as possible. Thereafter we plan on hiring bikes and visiting all there is. Are only constrain is money. Can we make it in 15k per person.
    Main concern is reaching Leh and Bike rentals, I have heard stay and food there is not that expensive.
    Please any advice is welcome.Reply ASAP.
    Great blog BTW.

    • Chitresh, there is no bike rentals in Srinagar and also starting this year there is a new rule in Leh which does not allow outside rented bikes in Ladakh for sightseeing purposes. You will need to hire another bike in Leh in case you taken rented bike outside Leh. 15K is very very tight for a road trip to Ladakh from Srinagar to Manali. It is better you hire a taxi for the entire route which will cost you about 8K per person from Srinagar to Manali. Take 600-800 as budget per person for food and stay per day.

      • chitresh says:

        Dheeraj that was what I was talking about, renting bikes from leh.
        Can I take a taxi from Srinagar to Leh(for just dropping us in leh)?.Is Srinagar-Leh bus service not available?
        We want to travel on bikes in Leh (pangong tso,nubra ,local sights, hanle gompa if possible)
        Thereafter while leaving(via manali) we’ll hire a different taxi or bus whichever is cheaper.
        Is this doable in 15k?

  69. Sanchay says:

    Hi Dheeraj:
    I need your help in planning my itinerary for Leh.We are a group of around 9 people and will start our visit from Manali on 14th June 2014 and have to reach back Manali by 22nd evening.We have hired 7 bikes from Manali. Please help us in making a tour plan.Our places of interest are Nubra Valley,Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri.
    Please tell us how we can manage these places in the given time frame and if there is any other recommendation from your side.
    Thanks a lot
    Sanchay

    • Sanchay, these 9 days you have from Manali to Manali? Also, bikes rented outside Leh are not allowed for sightseeing in Ladakh starting this year. Didn’t your rental guy in Manali tell you about it?

  70. Manisha Gawade says:

    Hi Dheeraj, thanks for such informative blog. I will be attending YHA’a SARPASS trek between 31st May to 10th June 2014 at Kasol, after that I have 12 days in my hand till 20th June. In these free days I would like to explore Leh Ladakh or Spiti valley via Manali, I’m bit confused which to choose as I’m travelling alone. Please guide me

    • Manisha, from Solo perspective I will suggest Ladakh as you will be able to find travel partners to share taxi costs and rides. This will help you keep it economic. For Spiti Valley you have time and need to rely upon shared and public transport only which is not in general shared by tourists rather locals. Plus road from Manali to Spiti will also open around mid of June, so no point coming back to Kinnaur and then doing Spiti. It will be better to head Ladakh.

  71. samir roy says:

    hi dheeraj,
    we are planing for leh ladakh trip in month of september 13sep – 21sep. 9 nights n 10 days. We are 4m pune and a group of 3 people right now. We had a talk with travel agent and he gave us a buget of 33k/person. Places are leh-pangong-nubra valley-kargil-srinagar-gulmarg. My questin was is the buget given by agent is resionable? Is leh ladakh open in the month of september? And we are 2 guys and 1 girl in our group, so if any girl is interested they can join us. Waiting for our reply dheraaj. Thanx samir

  72. Vinay G C says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We have planned a Bangalore- Ladakh Trip from Jul 12th to Jul 24th.

    We have already booked the return ticket from Leh- Bangalore as we got a discounted price of 7k for the flight.

    Now since I am calculating the budget. What best advice could you offer for the following concerns:(we are a group of 6 ppl)

    1. Best way to reach Leh from Manali in taxi (economical)
    2. Best way to travel around Ladakh in around 7 days
    3. Approx Budget to achieve this (kindly consider that we already have booked the return ticket directly from leh, hence no need for Leh-Manali-Delhi charges)

    • Vinay below are my response:

      1. Just hire a taxi from taxi stand after bargaining hard for it.
      2. Get a taxi from taxi stand in Leh and directly get in touch with driver instead of any travel agent in between.
      3. Should be around 42-45K for the taxi and then for stay and food, keep 700-900 per day per person.

      • Vinay G C says:

        Thanks for Your Advice !
        But I have a clarification needed for the 3rd point.
        What does 42-45 k include ??
        The drive from Manali to Leh, leh to Nubra and Back & Leh to Pangong and back ?

        • It includes Manali and all three lakes. Leh – Nubra – Leh should cost about 8-8.5K, same with Pangong Tso. Manali to Leh cost about 16-18K and same for return.

    • Avishek says:

      Hi Dheeraj…
      Indeed..we got a alot of useful information from this blog about Leh and surroundings..
      We are a group of 4 people are planning to Visit leh ladakh by this year June end..
      Plan goes like below.

      1,We will reach Srinagar airport by Saturday afternoon(around 4 :00 clock).Will start for Sonmerg via taxi/or any 4 wheeler.(don’t know ..how long will it take at night time..to reach sonmarg)
      .Night stay at Sonmarg.

      2.Sunday morning ..will start from Sonmarg and reach Leh by afternoon…via car..
      .nIGHT Stay at Leh..

      3.Monday ..(if required as heard that from 1st May onwards for Indian ..no need to take permit)arrange the permit for Nurba valley,Pangong tso,Khardungla etc…and go for river rafting at Zansker river…and then if time
      and energy permits….cover some local sight seen(By Car)

      4.Tuesday ..Start for Nurba valley…via Bike ….night saty at Nurba valley…..
      5.Wednesday …From Nurba valley to Back to Leh..via bike
      6.Thursday …a day trip to Pangong Tso…return back to Leh…via bike
      7.Friday …start for Sarchu …from leh ..via car..night stay at Sarchu
      8.Saturday …start from Sarchu …to …manali..
      9.Sunday…relaxation at Manali…catch a volvo bus at evening to Reach Delhi
      10.Monday …reach Delhi …and catch the flight to Chennai ..

      Now is it..looks okey for you???Initially we tried to include Tso Moriri…and return to Sarchu from there itself…but we are not able to manage days..as we are having only 5 days …
      so we are skipping it……
      again in our case staying at manali is not mandatory..(meaning Saturday night …and sunday hole day)..from our end we need to make sure that we should be reaching delhi by afternoon…as our return flight is around 5:00 clock afternoon monday..
      so can we make some changes to above plan to include tso moriri

      Thanks in Advance

      • It will take about 3.5 Hrs to reach Sonamarg from Srinagar. Sonamarg to Leh will be a long journey plus taking on AMS with un-acclimatized bodies. Day 3, you should take complete REST and avoid any fatigue. Rafting gives you alot of exertion and with unacclimatized body, it means more trouble. Rest seems OK

        Keep Tso Moriri out to avoid too much hasssles. Best you can do is to stay overnight at Pangong Tso and leave next morning at 6 AM to reach Sarchu next day, instead of returning back to Leh.

        • Avishek says:

          Hi Dheeraj..
          thanks for your valuable suggestion…will it be a feasible decision not to book any hotel at Sonmarg /Leh.in advance.means..we will book the hotel after reaching over there (Night time)..?? If we need to book in advance ..then how can we get some reference??

        • Avishek, if you need to book in advance, better get connected to info@offbeatescapes.com and you can refer DoW to them, may be they can offer a better deal for you. I will suggest to book in advance (though in general I don’t) seeing that you will be reaching at night.

  73. ijaz says:

    Hi dheeraj, how are you? thanks for your reply .. Is it possible to find and book hotels once after entering leh?
    by the way following is the package considering a single individual, you think its a fair price?

    01st May / Day 01: Delhi – Leh
    Arrival at Leh airport, to be received by our representative and transferred to the Hotel. Check in to the hotel for a complete day of rest wherein welcome tea and coffee will be served by the Hotel. Post lunch visit Leh Market, Leh Palace and Shanti Stupa. O/N Leh.

    02nd May / Day 02: Leh – Sham region – Leh 124 Kms / 4-5 hrs
    After breakfast drive for full day sight seeing to the Likir, Alchi Monastery, Pathar Sahib Gurudwara, Hall of Fame museum and Sangam (Confluence of Zanskar & Indus River) Back to Leh by evening. O/N Leh.

    03rd May / Day 03: Leh to Zingchen to Rumbak 5 hrs Trekking After having the breakfast drive to Zingchen and start walking through Zingchen Gorge. There is a restaurant where one can stop for tea and snacks. As we continue trekking further, the gorge gets narrower and rugged. On the way one might see snow leopard signs along the valley bottom of the side valleys if you are trekking during winter or early spring/fall. As you approach Rumbak fields the valley suddenly opens up with snowcapped mountains in the background. From the fields the path turns left eastwards for the Rumbak village, where Home stay is available.

    04th May / Day 04: Rumbak to Stok to Leh 8 hours TrekkingMake an early start for your trek up the Stok la pass(4900mts) for 3 hours. Follow the path on the extreme left along the south facing hillside. After one hour the path gets slower as you start climbing up to the pass. From the pass you can get great views of the Indus valley. Descend all the way down to the village of Stok. Optional visit to Stok Palace museum. Drive to Leh.

    05th May / Day 05: Leh – Nubra Valley 120 Kms / 4-5 hrs
    After Breakfast drive to Nubra Valley via Khardungla (Highest Motorable road in the World, 18,380 ft) Arrive at Hundur by afternoon. Lunch at Camp, rest of the day one is free to explore Deskit, Hunder Villages and camel Safari in Sand Dunes between Deskit and Hunder Village. O/N Nubra Valley.

    06th May / Day 06: Nubra Valley – Leh 120 Kms / 4-5 hrs
    After Breakfast visit Deskit Monastery, where you can have a magnificent view of Nubra Valley and drive back to Leh by same Route, crossing Khardungla Pass. O/N Leh.

    07th May / Day 07: Leh – Pangong Lake – Leh 280 Kms / 10-11 hrs
    After early Breakfast leave for Pangong Lake (14,500 ft) through Changla Pass 17,350 ft, it is the third highest motorable road in the world. Arrive Pangong, it is the highest salt water Lake in the World, shared by two countries India & China. Packed or Hot Lunch will be provided. Enjoy the beauty of the lake on the Banks of pangong while appreciating the changing Colors and fascinating high altitude of the Lake. Drive back to Leh by the same route. O/N Leh.

    08th May / Day 08: Leh – Delhi
    Early morning transfer to Leh airport to board flight back to destination. Journey ends with Sweet Memories of Ladakh.

    Tour End

    Tour cost INR 42,710 nett per person (01 paying pax)

    Accommodation Used:
    05 Night at Leh: Raku Guest House or similar
    01 Night at Nubra: Organic Retreat camp or similar
    01 Night at Rumbak: Local Home stay

    • I will suggest that you do this short 2 days trek after coming back from Nubra Valley. Also, I cannot comment on the price as I am not sure if you are the only person in the tour or not. Considering taxi being shared by 5 people and rooms being shared by 2 people, this price looks too much to me.

  74. sandeep says:

    Hi,

    Am planning solo trip starting 2nd Jul 14. As of now plan is to transport my bike to Jammu and start trip from thereon. In return journey I plan to ride back home to Mumbai. Looking for a partner for the trip. If interested please connect with me on sandeepverma.arena@gmail.com.

    Regards,
    Sandeep

    • 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.

  75. shiva says:

    dude thanx for de info ..actually we stay in hyderbad so is it better to travel frm manali to ladakh or frm delhi … and can we complete de whole trip in 25k

    • Budget seems manageable to me if you stay with budget hotels. I could not understand the second part of the query, how are you reaching Delhi from Hyderabad? You can also reach Jammu and go from Srinagar side and come back from Manali side.

      • rehan says:

        Hi, sir…
        Me leh pr jane ki trip ka plan bna rha hu after this eid for 1 month k liye my budget is 10 k he and ar me single jana chhahta hu with my freedom bike its average is 40 kmph so plz tell me… can I go.

  76. Jaya says:

    Thanks for sharing this useful information. As i am also planning to go in June second week by road.

  77. sonia says:

    I had already booked my flight tickets to leh from apr 27th to may 3rd…if anyone had planned a trip on these dates do let me know..and also I want to know that how shall I organize my trip to get the maximum of leh ladakh…plz Dheeraj help me out with this.

    • vincent valloppillil says:

      I wiil be arriving Leh from Delhi by early morning flight and plan to take the return flight on 5, june.I am trying to plan out my stays covering Leh,pangong lake and nubra valley.

      • Vincent, how many days?

        • ijaz ahmad says:

          Hi dheeraj.. am travelling from abu dhabi to leh on may 1 for 7 nights, brother i wanna know if i can plan once i get to leh on trekking or camping at this time. Also can i find a group to do these activities during the same time in a group. The agencies i have called have put a price on package that are really expensive. I am looking for a good group of people or couple of people for backpacking as well..

        • Ijaz, you are traveling a bit early in the season and there will be less number of people up there so finding travel partners will be a bit difficult. Also, trekking will not be possible at high altitude with just 7 days in hand else you miss on places to visit. Once you land there, acclimatize and rest in Leh for 2 days at least. In these 2 days while roaming in Leh, you can actually find travel agencies who offer shared tourist taxis. Book a seat for 2 day trip to Nubra Valley and 2 day trip to Pangong Tso.

    • Sonia, I see you have 6 days in hand as you will fly back from May 3rd. You can check the below plan for Ladakh:

      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
      – 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

  78. sikha says:

    Hi,

    I am a single female traveller in my 20′s. Planning to go bag packing to leh for a week may end. Is it safe for female travelers. Can a join a group? Any leads will be very helpful.
    Thanks a lot.

    • Hi Shikha,

      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

      In general, traveling solo there is quite safe and thousands of people do it every year.

      On the other hand you will find trouble finding the same in Spiti as tourist rush is less and people have groups mostly there.

      You can always post your request of travel partners and fine some over in the forum of Travel Partners in DoW Community: Ladakh Travel Partners

      Also check the travel Calendar in DoW Community which might hint you wiith people going over there in various months and looking for travel partners.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

    • ishita sen says:

      Hi there even i am a female & planning for a trip to leh ladakh & would need a girl or 2 to hang out der..please letme kno if sum1 has travel plan next month..

    • VIPIN says:

      hi shikha ,
      we also going to leh in june first week and we are 10 people in group ,3 couples, one single female, but we are on bikes. if u want u can join us .my id vipkum31@gmail.com

  79. summit prasad says:

    Any group is going to leh-ladakh trip I m interested. unfortunately no friend of mine interested to go.

    • Summit, 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.

      • summit prasad says:

        Sir,

        thanks for your revert.
        but sir, Mr mahesh is looking for couple only.
        i will try for some other dates. and please update me if possible.
        thanks

  80. Dev says:

    Hi Dheeraj ,

    You have shared very nice & prompt info. I am planning to go Leh in Mid may and we are three adults who will be travelling and will follow the route of Delhi—Jammu–Srinagar—Leh. so can you tell me how much will be the cost of 10 days ?and how much will be the cost of total transportation only in Leh ?
    Thanks in advance.

    Dev.

    • Dev, how are you planning to come back from Leh? Are you flying?

      • Dev says:

        Thank you for the response Dheeraj.yes we are flying back from leh to Delhi and from delhi to Pune.so I want to know the overall cost for three adults (age between 26 to 28) including stay,food and sightseeing & we have 10 days in hand.

        • Hi Dev,

          You can follow the itinerary below for 10 days Ladakh trip:

          Day 1 | Delhi – Jammu / Patnitop
          – Overnight at Jammu or Patnitop

          Day 2 | Jammu / Patnitop – 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 3 | 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 4 | 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 5 | 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 6 | 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 7 | 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 8 | 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 9 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
          – Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
          – Overnight at Leh

          Day 10 | Fly back

          Cost you can take about 700-1000 per person per day for food and stay depending upon where you stay and what you eat. 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.

          Regards
          Dheeraj

  81. Vipul Agrawal says:

    Thanks Dheeraj for all the above very useful information.
    I want to talk to you on phone if it’s possible. My no. is 9777443902.

  82. rajan pal says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Hope you are fine bhai. We are a group of 4 people and want to go to Ladakh through Manali in a hired cab from manali itself. So we would like to know how much it would cost us including all the meals and stay and how will be the weather in May-June?

    • Rajan, Manali to Leh will cost you around 17-18K. 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.

  83. Anshu says:

    Dear Dheeraj,
    You are doing a superb job, by guiding folks like us for better travelling, and making best use of the knowledge that you have. Appreciate that!
    I am planning a trip for around 9 days, from Delhi-Jammu-Srinagar-Kargil-Leh-Manali-Delhi, from 6th June to 15th June. We are a bunch of 5-6 young people including females, but what we want to do is a ride journey, with least costing.
    We are planning to drop down at Jammu by train on 7th morning, and start our journey. I have read a few suggestions of yours, and have got a pretty much idea, that we can do this journey by our own (I mean not booking any travel planner). You have already guided few other folks on travelling from Jammu to Srinagar, and there to Leh via Kargil. This is relevant to me as well.
    What I need to know as of now is would it be possible to get accommodation in leh and then in Nubra valley without prior booking. If not, can you help me with some information on budget hotels, or relevant people for tented accommodation in Nubra Valley.
    Also, we would like to return via Leh-Manali route exploring tsomorori. So, would the Leh-manali highway be open by 15th June.
    Appreciate if you could take time out to help me.
    Thanks, Anshu

    • Anshu, It will take 3 days to reach Leh from Delhi via Manali side and 4 days to come back to Delhi from Leh via Srinagar side. This makes it 7 days. 1 Day is required in Leh for acclimatization and permits. You have about 10 days. 1 Day can be used as Day trip to Pangong Tso and other day can be used as day trip to Nubra Valley or just Khardung La pass.

      Opt to go via Manali – Leh Highway and I will suggest that you refer the thread: Manali – Leh – Ladakh – Manali | Itinerary for 9 Days in DoW – Himalayan Travel Community as you have 9 days in hand.

      It depends on your choice. If you do not plan to stay at any specific hotel and if you are OK with searching the place a bit after seeing the room conditions once reaching the place, then I guess you could save some good amount of money too on the hotel bookings. Secondly, it provides you with more and more flexibility in terms of dates you reach on a particular place and allow you any last minutes changes. In places like Ladakh where road conditions are uncertain enough to force a change in plan, the flexibility always top the list.

      Finding a place is not that difficult in Leh and your taxi will be able to help you through. Keep this list handy with you: A preferred list of accommodation options in entire Leh – Ladakh including moderate and cheap budget hotels as well in the series of articles starting on the link here

  84. Joyanta says:

    Dear Dhheeraj,

    Many thanks for this extensive series of information. We are a group of 6 people planning to visit Leh in May 2014. As this will be our first-ever Leh trip, we are really excited and want to explore the place fully.
    We are thinking of reaching Leh via New Delhi and want to visit the famous places while staying in decent places and having decent food.
    Could you please help me out with a proper itinerary of this planning within a moderate budget (including all the fares)?

    Awaiting for your favourable reply.

    • Joyanta, how many days do you have in hand?

      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

      For the list of good restaurants in Leh – Ladakh or eateries or food joints where food is enjoyed by many travellers including me, you can check the link here: List of Good Restaurants in Leh – Ladakh | Restaurant Reviews

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  85. Chandrima says:

    Hi Deeraj,

    Thanks for all the information you have provided. We are planning to go in Mid JUne. We are two. Can you please suggest me what should be the be the minimum rate for fuel/km If I hire a car from Srinagar.

    Also I want to know a small thing Can i Get Govt bus in the early morning to go Srinagar from Jammu.

    Thanks in advance.

    Chandrima

    • Hello Chandrima,

      There isn’t per KM rate followed in Ladakh. It is based upon destination only. Srinagar to Leh drop costs about 12-15K with overnight halt at Kargil. 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.

      Yes, you should get a bus to Jammu from Srinagar for sure.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  86. Pratik says:

    Hey Dheeraj, great work on the website and the information. We are a group of 10 people planning a trip to Leh Ladakh from 26th July to 5th Aug. It will be the usual Srinagar to Leh to Manali route. We were thinking of booking through a tour operator but going thorugh the threads and your post I am now inclined towards an adhoc trip. As we are 10 people do we need to book hotels before or we can get hotels easily at that time? Also, is that time of the year ideal for the trip as I fear rains may ruin the jouney?

    • Well, I feel you should be OK in booking hotels. Bigger groups always have a challenge of staying together but I don’t see you have that big a group. You will need 5 rooms and I feel you should be OK to get. In worst case, you may go with the booking of camps at Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri if you are worried too much of bookings.

  87. Tanumoy says:

    Hello,

    We would be present in and around Leh from 9th August (Delhi – Leh Flight) to 15th August 2014. 16th August (Leh -Delhi flight) we will leave Leh. We would be a group of 6 – 8 people including female all age group around 30. How much you think would be the cost of the stay at Leh excluding flight.

  88. Avinash Mishra says:

    I m planning to go in MAY could you pls tell me some places to stay for three days and which all places I can visit during that time

    • Avinash, where are you planning to go for 3 days? Ladakh?

      • Arun khari says:

        Hi Dheeraj,

        Nice description about the leh ladhak trip.. We are 5 friends and have a 14 days plan from Delhi to ladhak via bike…

        First, I wish to know that can we put our tents for night stay on the way of Manali to Leh or any interruption to do that

        Before this we completed 3 trips via bike. Mostly they were in Uttrakhand and main was for Badrinath.

        Any suggestion would be highly appreciated

        • Arun, 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 or in their garden/lawn. 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. This will give you sense of security too.
          But, keep in mind that camping at the lakes both Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri is not allowed as they are under Ramsar site. Hence, you need to pitch these camps away from the lakes where either other camps are there or at near by village.

  89. Raj says:

    dear deeraj,
    we are planning to srinagar -ladakh -manali 10 day trip. total 6 persons. we like to hire pvt taxi for full trip. Kindly reply to me about average cost for taxi chagres for full trip, ie srinagar to manali 10 days.

    • 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.

  90. Avnish says:

    Hey Dheeraj,

    We three people are going to start a bike trip as above 14 days plan mentioned. We all three don’t have any experience of Bike trip.

    Is 150 CC bike sufficient for the trip ? Kindly suggest in detail.
    Plz suggest dos and don’ts as we are beginners.

  91. Shaheen says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning a solo trip to Leh from 1st August to 18th August. I’ll be a female traveling alone and on a budget. Keeping safety and budget in mind can you please help me plan an itinerary and tell me what my approximate travel cost would be (ex Srinagar / Delhi)? I will take a flight from Mumbai to Srinagar on 1st Aug and from Delhi to Mumbai on 18th Aug. I want to get to Leh via Srinagar and return via Manali. I am totaly ok with taking public transport wherever feasible :)

    Looking forward to your resonse.

    Cheers,
    Shaheen.

    • Hi Shaheen,

      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 :)

      I will suggest that you take it on day basis after you reach Leh because alot will depend upon the travel partners for sharing taxi cost you will get. It will be 2 day trip from Srinagar to Leh with overnight stay at Kargil. Then rest in Leh for couple of days and fix your departures in the order of Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri as 2 day each trip. Then based on groups you get, either you can directly go to Manali from Tso Moriri with overnight halt at Sarchu OR, you can take HPTDC Bus from Leh to Manali.

      Regards
      Dheeraj sharma

      • Shaheen says:

        Dear Dheeraj,

        Thanks so much for your response. It will be great if you can help me with few more questions:

        1. I plan to take the JKSRTC bus to Leh as I am on a budget trip. Will it be ok to book the tickets one day prior? I land in Srinagar on a Friday and want to depart on Saturday morning for Kargil.

        2. In August, will it be easy to get accomodation Srinagar and at Kargil if I have not booked in advance? I understand he Amarnath Yatra will be on during this time (I will reach Srinagar on 1st Aug)

        3. Since I am a single female traveling alone, is it safe to stay at Kargil? Would a pre booked accomodation be better?

        4. Can I book an acco at Kargil from Srinagar?

        5. Can you help me with the timings of the buses from Srinagar to Leh? Do they operate on all days?

        Thanks once again and may I say what a brilliant job you are doing! :)

        Cheers, Shaheen.

        • Hello Shaheen,

          Dear Dheeraj,

          Thanks so much for your response. It will be great if you can help me with few more questions:

          1. Yes, this is fine. Go to JKSRTC Bus Stand and get the tickets done.

          2. Yes, it should be fine to get accommodation unless you plan to stay in some specific property. With little efforts of search, you should be good to go.

          3. No on the spot booking should be fine.

          4. Go with on the spot booking.

          Regards
          Dheeraj

    • VIPIN says:

      hi shaheen we are also going to ladahk and females also in our group. if u want u can join us

      • Shaheen says:

        Dear Vipin,
        We can connect up once in Leh, if you can inbox me closer to date on shaheen125@gmail.com, I’ll share my itinerary with you.
        Cheers, Shaheen.

        • 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.

    • shashi says:

      Hi i m also planning to go in 2nd week of May…..I will be going on Bullet…

    • Nikhil says:

      Here I am one more solo traveller guys, Lets make it together.. None of my friends available to come with me :( I will be coming from Canada just for this dream trip, There are a few other solo guys below I have replied to them as well. I am planning my trip the same way as you guys like taking public transport and on the spot bookings, but still having three or four together will allow us an option of hiring cab or taxi whereever needed. I am planning my vacations from Aug 15th, but haven’t booked the tickets so can make it sooner ot later, but I would suggest August last to sept first week would be the best time as per Dheeraj. Let me know if interested. I am looking forward to make it happen with some unknown potential friends.. Can reach me on nick.garg@gmail.com or watsapp me on 1-587-707-8478 Thank you. :)

      • Nikhil, 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.

  92. Ranjit Naik Nimbalkar says:

    Hi we are a group of 8 person from Pune planning to leh Ladakh including Hanley village tour on bike . Our date is fix . we will fly from Pune on 30th August 2014 & back on 16th September 2014. In case anybody wants to join us pl contact me

    • Ranjit, 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.

  93. Tarun says:

    Hi Dheeraj, Please email me your contact number. We’re planning a trip in early August and would love your insight into making the final preparations.

  94. Rohan says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning for a bike trip to Manali-Leh-Ladakh. Can you please draw a route map for me covering 10 days. I have a rough plan in mind to ride from Chandigarh-Manali-Leh-Ladakh-Manali-Chandigarh. will it be advisible to cover this distance on bike if i plan to ride from CHandigarh. I am from Bangalore, planning to take a flight to Bangalore to nearest place to Manali and then bike ride. please suggest.

    • Rohan, since you have 10 days in hand, you can do something like below over Manali – Leh Highway:

      Day 1 | Chandigarh – 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 | Leh – Taglang La – Moore Plains – Pang – Sarchu
      – Stay overnight at Sarchu

      Day 9 | 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 10 | Manali – Chandigarh
      – Return home

      Day 11 | Buffer day to be kept incase of road closure due to landslides or snowfall or perhaps you want to enjoy more.

    • Chandru says:

      Hi we are a group of 6 ppl planning to leh Ladakh trip in bike may be in first week of August or sep . In case anybody wants to join us from bangalore pl contact.
      We can form a team and plan from bangalore

  95. Rajesh Kr. Swyambhu says:

    Sir,
    We(2 family – 4 adults and 4 children) are planning for Leh during 3rd week (6-8 days) of May14. please suggest the itinerary for Leh and nearby places.we will reach Leh by flight from Delhi and vice-versa.
    whether we have to book rooms for all the proposed days in Leh or may be in other places.

    please suggest us so that we can finalise our tour.

    Thanks in anticipation
    Rajesh Kr. Swyambhu

  96. Deven mehta says:

    sir, can you please give me your contact no.? We are planing for leh in july 1st week 2014. i want some information.

  97. Abhas says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    We are planning our Leh bike trip from Srinagar. We have chalked out this plan based on your article stating Srinagar-Kargil-Leh-Manali as better route. While inquiring we found that bikes arent available from Srinagar on rent. Can you plz provide us some pointers to bike rentals in Srinagar or Jammu.
    Thanks in advance.
    Abhas

    • Hi Abhas,

      There are no bike rentals in Srinagar. You need to travel either via Manali side and return bike to Manali else better travel by taxi or bus to Leh from Srinagar, hire bikes in Leh and if your pocket allows, drop them at Manali.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  98. Rani says:

    Howz climate in apirl is the there problem of oxyegen as we are of 26 age in leh and ladak ??

    • Rani, well, there isn;t any problem specific to age for oxygen rather anyone can suffer from it as it is same for everyone. In April, climate if very cold in Leh and especially at night. Hence, unless you are OK with very cold conditions, it is better to make a Ladakh trip from June to September

  99. vineeth says:

    hey thr..am planing a trip in spetember 2nd week. Except for flight bookings, do i need to do hotel and car bookings before arrival. I will be travelling from mumbai. So planning to go to Delhi and either flight to Leh or Drive by hiring a taxi or renting a car. Which would you suggest. We are a group fo 6 till now. Also after reaching leh few of my rider friends would like to hire a bike but rest would like to rent a car. Ur suggestion here would be helpful. Am planning a 10 day trip. Please add if u feel i may have missed out on somthing. Thanks in advance

  100. Ranjit says:

    Hello Dhiraj,
    Well we r planning to go to Ladakh on bike in first week of Sept 2014. Please tell me that is this a perfect time for bike expedition? We r starting from Jammu -Srinagar-Leh-Nubra-Pangong-Hanle-Moriri-Upshi-Sarchu-Manali-Chandigarh route from 30th August 2014 to 16th Sept.2014. Is this right & sufficient time for Ladakh? What about rain problem?

    • Ranjit, September is always good time to travel Ladakh. You have about 16-17 days which are more than sufficient for the trip. Regarding rains, well there won’t be much trouble, may be just till Kargil to some extent. However, now a days no one can predict weather with 100% surety.

    • Pawan Jha says:

      Hi

      If you can plan it from 15th August and from Chandigarh then I can also join in.

      Call – 9873269872

  101. Amit Kumar says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    we have plan to visit leh-ladakh on 31 May to 8 June, group of 7 people.

    Our Itinerary is:-
    Day 01 : SRINAGAR –SONAMARG – KARGIL
    Day 02 : KARGIL – FOTU-LA – LAMAYURU – ALCHI – LEH
    Day 03 : FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING TOUR SHEY -THIKSEY – HEMIS-LEH PALACE – SHANTI STUPA – SANGKAR
    Day 04 : LEH – CHANGLA PASS (5360 m) – PANGONG LAKE – LEH
    Day 05 : LEH – NUBRA VALLEY (3165m) – LEH
    Day 06: LEH – SARCHU
    Day 07: SARCHU – MANALI

    Please tell me your opinion about this tour and what modification required, if any.

    Can we travel without the help of any tour company?

    • Hi Amit,

      The itinerary is like being on road all days for almost 8+ Hours every day. I would suggest that you add couple of days. Otherwise, looks OK. Do Pangong Tso after Nubra Valley as it helps in acclimatization. Also, Rest on Day 3 at least if you cannot add more days.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  102. priyanka says:

    MY ROUTE IS AS FOLLOWS

    Day 1 – Srinagar – Sonamarg – Zozi La – Drass

    Day 2 – drass – kargil – Lamayuru

    Day 3 – Lamayuru – leh (site seeing at leh)

    Day 4 – River Rafting at leh

    Day 5 – Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder or turkut

    Day 6 – Hunder or turkut– leh

    Day 7 – Leh Site seeing

    Day 8 – Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake

    Day 9 – Pangong Tso Lake – tsomoriri via Changthang (Merak – Chusul – Nyoma – hanle)

    Day 10 – Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring- Sarchu/Jispa

    Day 11 – Jispa/sarchu – Baralacha La – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali

    For this route the driver is charging me Rs.60000/- , is this rate fine or do I need to bargain

    You can also help with the route if I need to adjust anything :)

    Also, do you have any idea about paragliding in leh

    • I feel the rate is fine. Some tweaks that can be done are:

      Day 5 – Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder – Turtuk
      Day 6 – Turtuk – Hunder – Diskit
      Day 7 – Diskit – Leh

      Also, add one day as buffer due to 50:50 chances of making from Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri directly. Regarding Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri route or Pangong Tso to Hanle, the permits to Man – Merak – Chusul – Tsaga or remote Changthang routes are being given by DC office in Leh at ON and OFF basis, 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. Also, even if the permits are given then as well there is no guarantee that you will be allowed to cross Chusul Post or not because last year several such incidents happened and people with permits also had to return via same route. All this will mean that you will have to risk it for at least a day getting wasted if you are not allowed because there will be no guarantee until you cross Chusul and Tsaga post. Otherwise, you have to take the traditional routes only via Leh.

      • priyanka says:

        thank you dheeraj, I will modify the changes you suggested and also I have kept 2 buffer days.

        • Cool, best wishes for the trip and if by chance you happen to be happy to spread smiles, please support the initiatives of DoW Causes in order to help the local community up there in remote Himalayas. You can check more details about them at: DoW – Causes | A Step Towards Responsible Travel and can execute them on your own.

        • priyanka says:

          Hi Dheeraj,

          I have already started planning to do some kind of help over there.
          Can you also help me with one thing, as you know my route which I have posted above, I just want to know whether Mahindra Xylo or tempo traveller is better to travel on above route as we will be 10-12 people travelling.

        • I will say to go with Tempo Traveller in that case as all of you can travel together and it will save some decent money too.

        • Rajesh says:

          Hi deeraj,

          Great piece of information. We are planning a visit on 21st June on motorbike. How convinent is it to travel solo. wether a pillion rider is must. What about health precaution one should take.

          Regards,

          Rajesh

        • Rajesh, you can ride there to Ladakh without much issues as thousands of people do visit / ride solo Ladakh every year. You will find many such groups on the move and you can join them, I am sure. Regarding health issues and to know about AMS and acclimatization including the tips to combat AMS, please DO READ: Acute Mountain Sickness and Importance of Acclimatization

  103. sumankit says:

    Hello..i want to know about bicycles,,,are they available on rent .,.so that i can hire and do the manali leh on bicycle..if so..

    • Sumankit, you will be able to find bicycles on rent in Leh for sure and I guess even in Manali too at some places.

      • Jayshree says:

        Hi dheeraj, is there a way to go to tsomoriri from pangong directly without going back to leh…?

        • Hi Jayshree,

          To get an idea of the routes in Ladakh along with distances, 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 Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri route, the permits to Man – Merak – Chusul or remote Changthang routes are being given by DC office in Leh at ON and OFF basis, 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. Also, even if the permits are given then as well there is no guarantee that you will be allowed to cross Chusul Post or not because last year several such incidents happened and people with permits also had to return via same route. All this will mean that you will have to risk it for at least a day getting wasted if you are not allowed because there will be no guarantee untill you cross Chusul and Tsaga post. Otherwise, you have to take the traditional routes only via Leh.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  104. Patel says:

    Hi Dhruv
    i read above comments, in that u mentioned that july is best time to visit leh-ladak, but in July is Rain will be more right?

    • Patel, till July 15th rains usually doesn’t come up so it is generally good time to visit Ladakh. It is when late July and August the rains starts to pour heavily in North India. Even then the problem is upto Kargil from Srinagar side and till sarchu from Manali side as beyond these two places, it is rain shadow region and rains have very least affect.

  105. Nhiren says:

    Hii..am a solo traveler and planning a trip in Aug ‘ 14. The pvt tour operators charge around 30 -40k for 8 days trip. Looking at that would you suggest a solo travel with these pvt tours?

    • Hi Nhiren,

      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 :)

      So, with little efforts and flexible schedule you will be able to do your trip within 60% of the cost of the trip. Take buses on Srinagar – Leh and Manali – Leh if you are traveling by road.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

    • Amit kumar Biswas says:

      Hi nhiren myself amit from kolkata i am also a solo traveler and programing to ladakh.If you have no prb then we can travl together so our cost will also be share..My no is 09231156333 u can contac with me if you want

  106. Jasan says:

    Hi Dheeraj.
    I would like to travel to Leh from Chandigarh on my bike Bullet.I just need to ask you about the season or month best suitable for travel as well as problems faced by a biker and the things to avoid.Could you also help me in forming itinerary from Chandigarh to Leh?

  107. navya says:

    Hi dheeraj,

    I want to travel the above mentioned path may be in june. I will be travelling with my frend. I just want to know being stranger to all these places, can we manage it smoothly or any hassels are there. And also how safe it is for girls. It will be good if you can guide us… :)

    • Navya, Ladakh is usually very safe to travel and thousands of solo travelers including girls visit this place every year. Ladakhis are very helpful and smiling people too. Just take general care which you take while traveling in general. You are just two 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 :)

      • navya says:

        wow, that helps a lot to my confidence.. hats off .. to you… ll get in touch if i need any help… :)

        • sainath says:

          Hi Navya,

          This is sainath from Bangalore. We are 3 couples going to manali-Leh trip in may last week. If you have any plans to join, then we will get an additional company. Let me know ifinterested.

          Regards
          Sainath

        • navya says:

          sainath,

          Glad to hear from you. Please drop me and get in touch with me on my email ID navyashreejogi@gmail.com.

  108. navya says:

    Hello Dheeraj,

    I planning for the above mentioned iternary in the month of june this year along with one of my frend from bangalore. So i just want to know is it safe to travel without knowing any of these places?? and also is it safe to travel being a girl? and what are the necessary prior things we need like any permissions or visa related things etc.
    It will be great if you help me.

    • If you are an Indian, you do not need any visa :) … In order to visit inner line areas of Ladakh, you will need inner line permits. For details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here

    • Raj says:

      Navya, I’m also from Bangalore and planning a trip to Kashmir – Leh – Manali. My plan is to ship my bike across till Jammu and then ride till Leh, I’m going with a friend from Germany and 3 Indian friends from Bangalore. Do let me know if you’d like to travel with us. Take care!

    • Aashu says:

      Hi navya
      m also planning to go with my friend, plz let me know if we can also join you, or we can may join a group…. As we are also strangers & don’t know any thing abt tht place..

  109. Robert says:

    Wow, thanks for this helpful blog post, I needed this. But I could not read all thread. I hope I could get a useful advice for my short vacation this coming April 4 to 12. Yes, only 8 days off from work and I’m travelling in budget. First time in India. I usually travel backpacking alone. I’m planning to book a flight from Dubai on April 3, 2014 to Delhi then book a flight back to Dubai by April 12. I don’t want to rush my days on the best destinations in Leh. I just want to relax and see the mountain ranges of Himalayas, visit the Leh Palace and Stupa and Pagong lake. I’m not sure if I can afford to go trekking with my short time in Leh but that is not very essential for me. Can you please advice best itinerary for me and how to get there from Delhi (by train? I love the view) and where to stay in a comfortable place but no luxury. I don’t mind tent as long as it is safe and will wake up in the morning with the view of the glorious mountains. I’m such a sucker with nature. (opps.. but I need a proper toilet and bath and hot shower). Again my budget is limited. I’m a 28 yo guy, Filipino working in Dubai who has passion with travel and discovering Buddhism. How much cash should I bring with me except from the air fare?

    • Robert, the time you are planning then the roads will remain closed to Ladakh from Manali as well as Srinagar. Hence, you need to fly into Leh from Delhi. Then you rest there for 2-3 days in Leh, get your permits done. This will help you remain relaxed as well as acclimatized. Then from there try to get onto some shared taxis to Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso lake. Finally return back to Leh and Delhi. In the first 3 days you can check out people looking out for partnering to share taxi costs or any pre-scheduled shared taxis available there or not. You can find flyers, notification in Main Market as Changspa will be closed most likely.

      • Johnny says:

        That is very ideal. I decided to fly from Delhi to Leh and follow your advice. How many hours it takes to travel Leh going to Numbra Valley then going to Pangong Tso lake? I am suposed to stay overnight on each destination? or they are just a day trip?

        • Let’s keep discussion under one thread in the community link here

          You need to reach Nubra and then come back to leh first. From Leh again you have to start for Pangong Tso. Most shared taxis run in that directions only.

  110. Venky says:

    Hi, Is going solo a great option to ladakh? like i’m thinking to start from Delhi to Manali , then Manali to Ladakh. Are there any buses from Manali to Ladakh?? And all in all how much time would it take for all of this & what would be the budget? Please let me know.

    • Venky, there are many people whom I know who travel Solo to Ladakh every year. So, no issues at all. There are many buses connecting both Srinagar as well as Manali from Leh. In season time even HPTDC run their semi deluxe bus between Manali and Leh. There are many shared taxis that also run over Srinagar – Leh as well as Manali – Leh Highways. Private taxis in Ladakh are quite costly but you need to gel up with people up there in Leh to get shared tourist taxis. You can find lots of flyers over there in Leh in Main Market OR Changspa road asking for people to join in over shared taxis. If you talk about all common tourist destinations in Ladakh in general, it will take about 15-16 considering you on public transport.

  111. Raj Gandhi says:

    Hi, If I reach Jammu Tawi about 3pm, then would I be able to reach Srinagar the same day or will I have to stay that night in Jammu itself?

  112. JiJiN says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    Gr8 job for thz much informative write-ups. I m planning for d same trip of Srinagar-Leh-Manali trip in the month of September. I pefer to opt bike for d trip fully. So would like to know that whether i get bike for rent from Srinagar & if so then can it be returned at Manali ??

    • JiJiN, there are no bike rentals in Srinagar. Either you have to hire from Manali and then drive there to Srinagar. Or some Manali bike rentals can get the bike for you to Srinagar, but that is a costly affair not worth it. Better go via road from Srinagar and then hire/rent bike in Leh. There are loads of bike rentals in Leh at fort road.

      • JiJiN says:

        well what if i start from Manali….like Manali-Leh-Srinagar?? Then will i b able to return bike @ Srinagar??

        • No, you will not be able to return the bike at Srinagar as is. But, you will have to pay quite a decent amount to the rental operator so that he can pick up from Srinagar, expect more than 5000 just for pick up from Srinagar.

  113. Dnyanesh says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    Really great work.Can u do me a favor.I just want to know approx budget to our following tour plan
    day 1:
    jammu to kargil

    day 2 :
    kargil to leh

    day 3:
    leh to pagong

    day 4:
    pagong to leh

    day 5:
    leh to nubra

    day 6:
    nubra to leh

    day 7 :
    leh – alchi – leh

    day 8:
    leh to srinagar

    day 9:
    srinagar to jammu

    day 10:
    leave towards mumbai

    We want to have budget tour. Railway bookings will be managed by us. What will be approximate cost for this tour. And is it possible to directly go there n book hotels or tents on the spot
    will it be feasible.
    We are total 7 person n it is our first trip to leh
    please reply asap

  114. Prashant says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    This is a great work and really helpful for the first time and even the experienced visitors.
    We are planning to visit Leh-Ladkah in the month of June 2014 (16th June 2014 to 25th June 2014). I’ve planned below itinerary after going through many of your blogs. It would be a great help if you can validate this and give your suggestions.
    Leh – Ladakh trip Itinerary
    16th June 2014
    Land at Leh airport by 7:30am and then proceed to the hotel. Take rest entire day.
    Do local sightseeing if interested in the evening (post 5pm) for 2-3 hours.
    17th June 2014
    Proceed to Kargil via Hau-Dha route, also explore Drass.
    Stay in KARGIL
    18th June 2014
    Explore Suru Valley up to Panikher then return to Kargil – Leh via Fotu La route.
    Stay in LEH
    19th June 2014
    Proceed to village Turtuk located in Nubra Valley.
    Stay in TURTUK
    20th June 2014
    We would be exploring the other side of the nubra valley today till Panamik or if allowed till Sasoma.
    Stay in HUNDER
    21st June 2014
    Today we are travelling to the Pangong via WariLa Pass
    Stay in PANGONG
    22nd June 2014
    Hanle Visit via Pangong – Chushul – Mahe – Nyoma – Loma – Hanle via Kakasang La route
    Stay in HANLE
    23rd June 2014
    Tso Moriri via Kyun Tso – Nidar – Mahe – Sumdo – Tso Kiagar – Tso Moriri
    Stay in TSO MORIRI / KORZOK
    24th June 2014
    Today we would be on the last leg of our journey and returning to Leh via Tso Moriri – Sumdo – Tso Kar – Debring – Upshi – Leh route.
    Stay in Leh
    25th June 2014
    Fly out early morning.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    • Prashant Bagwe says:

      Hello Dheeraj,

      Would appreciate your expert opinion on this

      • Prashant, Sorry, I missed it in between. Firstly Kargil to Suru and then back to Leh is a bit tedious thing. Needs to be worked out there. Then unless you have good army contacts you will not be allowed on Kakasang La route to Mahe from Chusul and the other route from Tsaga La will also be dependent upon the situation during that time. Even if you get permits, there is no surity that you will be allowed to pass through. Tso Moriri via Nidar – Kyon Tso will be again very tedious, you will like to halt at Chumathang or better make it Tso Moriri from Salsal La route.

        • Prashant Bagwe says:

          Thanks Dheeraj for the inputs. If the permits are going to be an issue then the problem I would face is that there is no other way to reach Hanle from Pangong Tso. Is there any specific reason the army does not allow to travel on Kakasang La route?
          Also from hanle to Tso Moriri even though tedious, can we cover it in a day if we leave early morning? (I did not find the other route you suggested on google map).
          Other than these two points rest looking good?
          Thanks in advance.

        • Prashant, army does not allow because the route beyond Merak from Pangong Tso, is not allowed to traverse by Civilians outside Ladakh. And that Kaksang La route is something no one traverse and only 2 accounts I have known who have done that route with all troubles. In case, there is some landslide OR there is some mechanical failure… You are gone there as nothing would come for rescue. All this if at all you are allowed to pass through after getting the permits.

          To get an idea of the routes in Ladakh along with distances, 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.

  115. yash says:

    Hello sir,
    i would require a favour from your end.
    We are two couples and planning for a week to ley -manali and any other good place around there. Would like to know which other place could be covered. Also how much would be a budget for 5 days for the 3 places

  116. Rakesh says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    We are group of 8 people and want to complete entire journey from Mumbai to leh in 9 days. I mean 2 days for “to and fro” from mumbai-delhi & delhi-mumbai. we are gonna do trip from manali to leh on bike. but i dont know budget and travelling days from manali to leh. It is highly appreciated if you would provide details of accomodation(baudget dhaba, home stay) cost of bike, cost for mechanic & cost for all premission.

    • Rakesh, it takes 2 days to reach Leh from Manali and then 2 days to come back. One day is required for rest. Then you need 1 day to travel to Manali from Delhi and 1 day to come back to Delhi from Manali. So, that makes it 7 days and then 4 days for Delhi to Mumbai as well. Hence, you need 11 days just to do Manali – Leh Highway and see nothing in Ladakh.

  117. Ankit Singh says:

    hi, dheeraj i want to know that what budget should we keep in mind for our trip as v r planning our trip from manali-leh by bikes so can u let us know a tentitive amount we should keep in mind while planing as of 2014 june.
    it would be grt to get some useful info from your side.
    awaiting ur reply
    THANK YOU!!

    • Ankit, please read the section “Self-Drive But Rented Vehicle” in the article above to get an idea of tentative budget for Ladakh trip for the mode you are traveling.

  118. Prashant says:

    End of may is ideal for trip to Leh Ladakh? c an you make an itinerary for me please. me , wife and daughter would like to visit. Accomodation in hotels and food can be done at dhabas. please assist.

  119. Jaydeep says:

    Dear Dheeraj,

    I am planning to go to ladakh by bike from Surat, Gujarat. i need ur guidance. plz mail me ur mobile no on jcdesai.8887@gmail.com

    Thanks, Jaydeep

  120. Anthony Rathnam says:

    Dear Dheeraj sir….Thanks a lot for ur suggestion.. You are right sir Hut refers to Camps.. How to Buy camps or how to arrange for staying in camps during night stay..camps are Not for the whole 15 days but may be 5-6 days… and also if we are staying in camps how to arrange the food facilities….

    • Anthony, you will get commercial camps at some of places like PAngong Tso, Tso Moriri, Sarchu, Jispa, Pang, Nubra Valley and they are run just as hotels only. You go pay them for one room. Else you need to carry your own tents, preferable would be to buy them at the link from Flipkart at good discounted price: Quechua T2 Tent – For 2 Persons :)
      Then you will need to have sleeping bag too and then mattresses finally. So, over all if you are long into adventure buy out else just take the commercial ones when you reach there for one night basis. You need to arrange food on your own in this case.

  121. Anthony Rathnam says:

    And also during our trip some days we want to stay during night by arranging huts ourselfs, it it possible sir, if YES where do we get the materials for the prepation oh Huts..PLZ help us.. thank you sir….

  122. Anthony Rathnam says:

    Dear Dheeraj sir…Thank you so much for the valuble article this will help us lot… sir I am planning Leh-ladakh trip in september 1st week , we are 4 members friends.. almost all my doubts are cleared after reading all the Above ur Guidance.. only thing is we are starting from Mysore Karnataka, we have our own 350cc Bullets, we want to use it during our trip there.. please suggest us how to plan.. we will be reaching Delhi by train, our trip is for 15 days excluding reaching leh & return from leh to mysore… is it possible to bring our Bikes over there, I am struck up in this point.. Please hepl us.. awaiting for ur reply sir.. Thank you so much sir….

  123. vikas pathak says:

    Dheeraj I am planning a bike trip to ladhak from delhi. Can I have your contact no. please…

  124. vikas pathak says:

    Dheeraj, can I have your contact no. as I wanted to talk to you wrt planning my trip to ladhak from delhi.

  125. Adil Rashid says:

    hey dheeraj,
    our plans is from 13th march till 18 march and we are planning to go by train, so how we can reach there from delhi and please suggest me some cheap and budget hotels….actually we are two friends and we are planning to visit leh since 2009…..how much money is enough for two of them for 5 days……i would be highly grateful if you provide me such information

    • Adil, you have just 5 days and you cannot visit Leh by road in just 5 days. Also, in March Srinagar – Leh Highway as well as Manali – Leh Highway remain closed. So, flight is the only option to Travel to Leh – Ladakh in March.

  126. prashanth says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Our Plan is from april 29th. We are flying directly to leh. Will all the places in Ladhak be accessible during the first week of may?

    • Yes, all places will be accessible but there will not be any accommodation options available at Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri apart from Homestays if any. Most hotels in Leh as well will either be closed or start to get open during that time. Lakes will be partially frozen too, may be.

      • Prashanth says:

        Thanks Dheeraj for the reply. Hotel bookings are open online for those dates in Leh. Have to check either homestays or hotels in both pangong tso and tso moriri..

      • Prashanth says:

        Hmm what do you suggest we do? can a one day journey be possible to pangong tso and tso moriri (to and fro from leh) ?

  127. khyati says:

    Hey Dheeraj,

    Hope you are doing well. I had chatted with you some while ago. I have some change in plans. Had to go with a group, but due to leave problem, we wont be able to go for more than 5 days to Leh. My hubby and I wanted to go for 5 days leh trip. Have heard that manali road to leh is very beautiful. COnsidering this and other main points to be seen, can you suggest what all should be cover and how should we book it. I thought whilst going to Leh we can go to Delhi – Manali – Leh and whilst coming directly flight from Leh. PLease sugges us how to utilise 5 days in maximum way. I anyhow wanna go ther, so please help in 5 days how to cover must see places. THanks for your guidance.

    • Khyati, not really sure when you are planning this trip. Are you planning just Manali – Leh Highway journey? If yes, you can simple do:

      Day 1 | Delhi – Manali – Solang Valley
      Day 2 | Solang Valley – Rohtang Pass – Keylong
      Day 3 | Keylong – Sarchu – Pang – Taglang La Pass – Leh
      Day 4 | Leh Rest Day + acclimatize + permits
      Day 5 | Leh – Khardung La – Leh OR Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh
      Day 6 | fly out of Leh by early morning flight.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  128. Aniket says:

    Bro, I haven’t got a reply yet….

  129. arindam says:

    Hi Dhiraj,
    We wish to go Leh via Manali(yes, despite your warning bcoz we have no option) on 7th July 2014 following your itinerary.for 15 days.I have some questions. 1. The Inova driver demands 40k for entire Leh,Pangang,Tso moriri etc. Is it OK?
    2.Can we cover Shyam valley & Lamayuru in one day?
    3.We need 2 travel partners.Anybody interested? My e-mail arindambhattacharyya1966@gmail.com

    • Arindam, sure, call is finally of the traveler :) … Regarding your queries,

      1. Can you please tell me the exact plan for which you have been quoted 40K
      2. It will be very hectic but you can do so.
      3. 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 Sharma

      • San says:

        Hi Dheeraj, We are planning road trip from Mumbai to Ladakh 1st week of July and only 2 of us travelling in my SUV. Planning to have a bigger group, what will be expenditure as per your earlier detail costing?

        • San, this July you need to go pre-booked hotels as 33rd Kalachakra is being held there in Ladakh in first two weeks of July. This means there will be lacs of people around that time, hence, no option to stay. Good that you are carrying your own vehicle because taxis will not be available at that time. For costing it depends on the itinerary being followed, you can go through the article above reffering the Self Drive section and you will get an idea of the cost.

  130. Aniket says:

    Hi, Dheeraj really liked your article,Thumbs Up for the great work. I must say that I really appreciate your deep knowledge and kindness to help fellow backpackers …
    Bro, I am planning to visit Leh-Ladakh in very first week of July.. we are group of around 18 people, so here are my Questions regarding the Trip….
    1)I just saw in the article u declaring September as hit month to go, but as we are doing this trip followed by Shree Amarnath yatra we dont have the option of changing the month.. So i just want to know if we will be disappointed if we visit Leh in July..
    2)What about carrying permits to visit a particular place?
    3)Do you have any ideas of Paragliding and River Rafting in Ladakh.. ie : Rates, Places where to start..
    4)We will be hiring a Tempo Traveler 407, can we go to every place using that vehicle or we have to hire a Taxi to visit a particular place….
    Will really appreciate if you reply.. Thanking You, Aniket…
    || BOOM SHIVA ||

    • Hello Aniket,

      1. This time it is Kalachakra in July first half. So, keep all hotels pre-booked. Most of the famous ones will already be booked. There will be trouble finding the taxis, may be you will not find one. So, you need to arrange either in advance or take your own vehicle. Apart from that you will enjoy in July too brother. It is just September is best but does not mean other months are bad to visit :) … In fact every month in Leh – Ladakh has its own beauty.

      Check more details of Kalachakra in the community thread: http://devilonwheels.com/india/plan-ladakh-zanskar-trip/kalachakra-july-2014-t603.html

      2. For details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here

      3. There is no Paragliding in Ladakh. It is Rafting that takes place near Nimmu and prices generally starts from Rs 800-900 depending upon which section you prefer to do.

      4. No tempo traveller should be good but the problem is with your dates. If it is Kalachakra, I highly doubt you will get any commute.

      Regards
      dheeraj Sharma

      • Aniket says:

        Thank you so much for the details Bro.. I am little confused with the 4th answer of yours. I am planning to hire a Tempo Traveller from Jammu Station itself. Will we be facing any problems if we go by a Tempo Traveller?

        • Aniket, Taxis outside Ladakh are not allowed to do any sightseeing within Leh – Ladakh. You can use them for only for drop-in and take-away modes only. So, the taxi you are hiring locally or from Jammu/Srinagar must have private number plate otherwise you will have to again hire a taxi within Ladakh and pay for your other taxi without using it to return back.

  131. Nikhil says:

    Hi Dheeraj, I really liked your article.

    I am planning a bike trip to Leh-Ladakh in June this year. Most of my questions are already answered above, seeking a few more suggestions since this is my dream trip. Is June the best time to visit there and Is there any specific requirement that the bike should meet? I don’t have a bullet but will be arranging a 350 CC, what other bikes would you recommend ? I am from Canada and need to get my flight tickets booked in advance. Thank you..:)

    • Hello Nikhil,

      June will be good time to visit in case you are looking for snow out there. I have seen people doing Ladakh trip on even scooters, so no problems with the machine you are taking, it is the determination and grit of doing it is all that matters most here. Get something which you are comfortable riding with and can maneuver with ease. In case you looking out actually beauty but not snow then you will see burning colors of Ladakh in late September types when autumn colors are showering all magic around.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Nikhil says:

        Thanks Dheeraj, really appreciated. I never heard before about those colors in September end. I have to plan all over again in that case because I do not want snow at all. Thank you very much. :)

        • Nikhil, just browse through the travel tales section and you will mostly find such colors only because I travel mostly in that season when colors are most vivid and burning all around Ladakh, Zanskar and Spiti

      • Nikhil says:

        Hi Dheeraj, I will be planning in the end of Sept or probably first week of Oct. seeking a quick suggestion from you that where should I rent the bike from Delhi or Jammu or Srinagar ? and If you can suggest any specific place to rent it from with reasonable cost. Thanks man, really like your posts, You are the man I was looking for. very helpful posts.

        • In Srinagar or Jammu, you will not find any option of renting bike. So, if it is bike rental either hire from Delhi or after reaching Leh (much preferable). Glad that DoW helped you in planning your Ladakh trip :)

        • Nikhil says:

          Dheeraj, How are you doing man.. okay so I am planning in the mid of Sept and it looks almost decided now. We are two guys coming from Delhi by train to Jammu and that is all our planning. want to enjoy the last minute excitement of everything there. No planning nothing booked all on ourselves. Will be using public transport untill Leh and then renting the bike from there. Only one thing that bugging me is that I want to come back via Manali, however since I am renting bike from Leh I gotta go back there, So Is there a way that I can drop off the bike in Manali or so. May be something like same guys running business there on both ends u know. Any suggestions please ? Thanks :)

        • Nikhil, there are such operators or renters in Leh which work in this way where you can drop their bikes in Manali. But they charge premium amount for one way drop and pick. Hence, will suggest you take this call after getting the deal up there in Leh based on the prices they quote. Fort road is full of bike rental services and I am sure you will find one.

    • SAMIR SEAL says:

      Dear Dheeraj pl can u mak a schedule with budget expenditure in the month of Sep 2014 we are 07 aduults and 01 minor planned to visit leh lasdakh with total surroundings and our trip starts from srinagar kargil kargil sight seeing and then entry at leh return from manali so please help me by guiding in a proper budget way inclusive all expenditure only the thing attached bath is fillted with comot faciolity, the only basic critertia

      • hi Samir,

        A similar itinerary is suggested/assumed in the article above for calculating the budget. Based on the mode of transport you can follow the above itinerary and get to know the budget cost of the trip.

        Regards
        Dheeraj Sharma

  132. Rakesh says:

    Hey Dheeraj we have planned for a road trip in August, we are 5-6 in our group and we own a bullet, I need the clarification of our budget, we kind of thinking to have min of 15K per head for a 12days of road trip and to start our road trip from either Delhi or Chandigarh, plz suggest the best for us

    • Rakesh, you can refer the different sections of the article above to calculate the budget for yourself. If still you have any queries, feel free to post.

    • Bakyaraj says:

      Hi Rakesh,
      Even we are planning for the Roadtrip Delhi-Srinagar-Leh-Manali-Delhi. Ours was a group of 3 or 4. We planned it for 16/18 days. Starting from August 15th.

    • Vaibhav says:

      Hi Dheeraj,
      First of all congratulations for such a wonderful job! you are just great!
      I wanted know the approx. price of renting an Innova or any other SUV from Delhi for Leh ladhak trip. Planning the trip from June 1st onwards. Please help.

      • Thank you Vaibhav. Brother, Taxis outside Ladakh are not allowed to do any sightseeing within Leh – Ladakh. You can use them for drop-in and take-away modes only. So, the taxi you are hiring locally must have private number plate otherwise you will have to again hire a taxi within Ladakh and pay for your local taxi without using it.

  133. maddy says:

    i am totally amaged to see your knowledge or intention to help others.
    And now i would like to seek help on following
    1. what way whold be better from delhi to manali or delhi to jammu by for leh – ladakh trip.

    2. i wish to know each and every place in leh – ladakh which should watch ,no one should ask after trip that you missesd that place opss. what ever ILP required or not.

    3. days required to expolor all places.

    please revert…..

    once more time ,thanks

    • Hello Maddy,

      Thank you so much. Please find my responses inline.

      1. 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

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  134. Eti says:

    We are planning to be in Leh in dec 1st week for 5N/6D.We will be ok with cold.Please guide me about the weather condition and cost for the trip.we are 3 couples and we booked our flights from delhi-leh-delhi.

  135. Abhishek says:

    Hi,

    we are planning to visit leh-ladakh in Mid July. we will start our journey from Jammu. pls advise on the itinerary for it as well as the taxis we need to hire to reach leh.
    we are thinking of hiring a private innova or something of that sort from Jammu which will bring us all the way back but i read that private taxis are not allowed in your blog so pls help on how we can do that.
    we would like to go for water rafting as well as sight seeing.
    the timelines which we are planning is 15th June to 28th June.

  136. Chitra says:

    I am looking to spend a week in Leh-Laddak in mid of Mrch, can you help me with the itenerary and the costing please

    • Chitra, March will be very very cold for Leh – Ladakh and all lakes will be frozen at that time of the year. Are you sure you want to do Ladakh trip in March?

  137. gilliam says:

    Hi. First I appreciate your avidness in helping people out in this blog/forum and keep the thread alive since 2011. I’m planning for a 10-11 day trip to ladakh in July 2014. I have read through lot of blogs and I want to travel this way. Hire a KTM from Manali along with tents. Travel to spiti and kibber for 2 days. Then start towards Leh. Enroute I wish to see Tso Kar, Tso morri pangong Tso and reach Leh(~5 days). Is this feasible as I see that I could not find petrol pumps this way. Food is not a problem as I can get from Tso Morri, or villages on the way. I also want to camp in these 5 days on the way in some beautiful places(suggestions?). On reaching Leh we will relax and visit monastries, Nubra for 2 days. Then set out to zanskar(optional if we can spend quality time from mali to leh). Then I fly from Leh to Bangalore. Please alter my plan so that I can enjoy the most out of the trip.
    Thanks

    • gilliam says:

      For more info we are 4-5 people from Bangalore. How about the mobile signal and maps for our guidance throughout the journey. Also we would like to stay in some 3-4 days in some hotels where we can refresh in our journey apart from camping. Are there some camping sites where they provide bath/food facilities? How about temperature in the journey. Any preferences on the gear/clothes? Trip is from july 3-july 14 2014. About camping do can we pitch near tsokar/tso morri/pangong Tso?

    • Hello Gilliam,

      AMS is the biggest concern here, leave apart anything else. If you are hit with AMS, all your planning, leaves, vacation will go in vain. I will suggest to keep it easy and relaxed without being over-ambitious. You might come out well of this kind of plan too but there is “might” … Personally will not suggest it.

      Also, You should not do Tso Moriri while going from Manali to Leh because one need permits to visit Tso Moriri and these permits are issued at DC office in Leh. Even if you arrange these permits in advance somehow from Travel Agent in Leh then fuel will be your biggest issue as there are no petrol pumps available and you will have to rely on black fuel. Even if you manage that then you will not be acclimatized to sleep at such high altitude so early in the trip and may cause some ugly AMS issues for you. Highly not recommended.

      You have just 11 days, so Zanskar also goes out of picture because ex. Kargil you need at least 4 days if not recommended 5. Then 2 days for to-for to Kargil from Leh. Also, is the bike rented from Manali? If yes, how will you return it? There are heavy payment that is charged for one way hire.

      Regards
      dheeraj Sharma

  138. Anubhav says:

    Wonderful! Very precise. I went to Leh via Manali in Jun/Jul 2011. I must say, your estimations are very much up to the mart. Wonderfully done.

    • Hello Anubhav,

      Thank you so very much. If possible, try and share your Himalayan experience with us at DoW – Himalayan Travel Community as Photo Tale or Travel Tale Or your reviews of the hotels/guest houses where you stayed or dhabhas/restaurants you ate food on your trip… All this might help others planning the similar trip too :) :)

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  139. Sharad says:

    I see the article for how to budget for Ladakh based on starting point manali, srinagar etc. Can some one tell me who can provide most economic Rental Car in Leh and est. cost for an itinerary (10 days incl. arrival and departure from Leh), any contact (phone & e-mail) for such person/agency?

    thanks.

    Sharad

  140. Brijesh Singh says:

    Hi
    I am planning to go LADAKH on May 20th via Srinagar.Is it possible to go there in that time? We are total 8 includind 2 children (6 adult + 2). Can it be allowed to travel in a single Car like travera/ Sumo?

    • Hi Brijesh,

      Yes, at that time of the year at lest Srinagar – Leh highway will get open, so you will be able to make to Leh. Manali – Leh not surety. Also, 8 people will be too much for single car. How many days are you planning?

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Brijesh Singh says:

        Thank you Dheeraj fom your valuable advice.We are planning to stay there for 8 days (inclusive arrival and departure day).One is 5 years and another is 10 years children.We are going from kolkata west bengal. So please make a plan which will be suitable for us.Thanking you once again.

        • Hi Brijesh,

          Are you planning to travel via Srinagar – Leh Highway both time? It takes 2 days to reach Leh from Srinagar by road and then in that case you will only be left with 3 days in Ladakh considering you need to be there in Srinagar on Day 7 to take flight back home on Day 8.

          Out of three days, one day will be needed for rest and permits for Ladakh and then for next two days you can visit Khardung La on one day and Pangong Tso day trip.

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

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  141. abhishek says:

    thank u dheeraj for ur advice i ll be taking the june option gud coz i ll get more time to prepair ll be bugging u again for more information

    • My pleasure Abhishek. Better go with June then. Yes, do prepare well enough and there is loads of articles in the Ladakh section of the blog along with detailed maps, altitude/distance graphs, detailed info. on accommodation, places, etc.. within Ladakh and on the routes which you can go through. Feel free to post your queries either in the blog or to get advice from other experts as well post them into DoW Community :)

  142. abhishek says:

    dheeraj thanks for the information can u plz tell me which ll be the best time to make this trip and also what all formalities i need to do for this trip

    • Well if you are looking out for too much adventure with snow and all then make it happen in the month of June. Otherwise, better see the vivid colors in September. Regarding formalities there is nothing but Inner Line Permits for Ladakh. For details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here

  143. abhishek says:

    dheeraj i m planing to go to ladakh in march from delhi by bicycle it ll be a month journey any advice or suggestions are welcome

  144. Avinash says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I’m planning to go on Leh-Ladakh trip in April, 2014. In total, we are around 8-10 people. So, we are planning to meet in Delhi, and from there, we’ll take bikes on rent. We’ll be having 10 days in total for the trip. So can you please suggest is it worth to have a bike ride from Delhi to Ladakh, or is there any better idea?

    Also, can you please suggest the popular places to visit, in Leh-Ladakh, as well as places on the way from Delhi to Ladakh?

    Also, can you tell us that approximately how much will cost per person for the entire trip. Please note that we are not looking for very luxurious accomodations/food.

    • Hi Avinash,

      Roads to Ladakh which are Manali – Leh Highway and Srinagar – Leh Highway most likely open in June and May respectively. So, in April most likely the roads will remains closed to Ladakh

      Regards
      Dheeraj

      • Avinash says:

        Hi Dheeraj,
        Thanks for your suggestion.
        As you said,roads to Ladakh will be closed in April,so what is the most appropriate time that you suggest for the trip??

        Also,I was going through the “Most Common Itinerary for Ladakh” http://devilonwheels.com/index.php/most-common-itinerary-for-leh-ladakh/ ,
        can you specify those places that can be skipped, as we won’t be able to go on a 15-16 days trip (our maximum duration is 10 days)??

        • Hello Avinash,

          10 Days is quite tight in terms of road trip to Ladakh where it takes 4 days to reach Leh from Delhi via Srinagar and 3 days to come back from Manali side. You are left with just 3 days in which one day rest and arranging for permits. Then, in rest two days you can make a visit to Khardung La and then day trip to Pangong Tso.

          I will suggest that you make the journey anytime starting 1st week of June till September to make sure that both Manali – Leh as well as Srinagar – Leh Highways are open.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

    • Deepak says:

      Hi Avinash,

      My name is deepak and i am searching for group tour toleh on bike. I have My own Bike

      • Hi Deepak,

        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 Sharma

  145. Avijit says:

    i am a plan to go leh ladakh tour on next year end of may or 1st june,2014.we are 6adaults and 1 child (06yr). i read your article that is very useful. we will go from howrah(West Bengal).we will be 15days tour. now please give me a good tour plan for leh ladakh that will be cover total leh ladakh. we will be travel by train both side.

    1.give me the budget hotel(rs 500-rs 800) name and ph no where we can stay. 2.in the last of may or 1st june which side will be more scenic beauty 3.what will be daily meal charges at leh ladakh.. 4. give me the transport costing from fast to last . 5. where we stay at Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri and Nubra Valley and what will be cost.

    thanks

    avijit

    • Hello Avijit,

      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 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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Avijit says:

        Dheerajji, thank you for your respond.i want to know that on 1st june,2014 manali route will be possible to go leh or which route will be most scenic beauty.and give me a good tour plan for 14days howrah to howrah.

        • 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.

          By the time you reach Manali Leh Highway using above plan, the roads will most likely be open. If you cn shift the journey by a week or two, it will be more safer bet in terms of Manali – Leh Highway being open.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  146. Bappa says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We are planning to visit Leh in July 2014. We are 12-13 persons in group. We need some help from you Sir-ji.
    1. Can we get hired 13-14 seater vehicle from Kargil?
    2. Can we get Ladakh registered vehicle at Kargil?
    3. Can you provide some contact no who provides this type of vehicle?
    4. Can we directly travel to Tso moriri from Pangong Tso?
    5. Is it possible to reach Pangong Tso in 1 day from Diskit?
    6. Is it necessary to book hotels in advance in July at Lamayuru, Leh, Diskit, Pangong Tso & Tso Moriri?

    Please help us to find out the solutions.
    Thanks in advance

    • Hello Bappa,

      1. Hmm, you can but but better get it from Srinagar or Leh. Winger/Tempo Traveller are charged 35% more of the taxi so you save about 65% there.
      2. Most likely yes, but for Tempo Traveler or Winger chances are less. However, you can arrange from Leh who can come come and pick you from Kargil.
      3. In the article compiled list of Ladakh drivers in DoW Community, I guess there is one guy who has it. Please check with him.
      4. It is questionable and subject to your luck now a days, please read the section “Updates on Permits for Chusul & Hanle or Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri” in the article Ladakh Inner Line Permit Updates on Process & Download Form
      5. Yes, you can take the Wari La route but keep in mind that it is much desolated, tiring and treacherous in comparison to traditional route to Pangong Tso from Leh.
      6. Since, you have a big group, it might be better to book in advance else be ready to search and split too since it is season time.

      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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  147. ALOK RANJAN PANDA says:

    Hi DHEERAJ
    I am planning to go Leh in June 2014 from ODISSA with family for normal tour after being Vaishnoo Devi so kindly suggest most convenient way

  148. Kaushik Sengupta says:

    Hi,
    The write-up is just great and of immense help. However, can u suggest me TOTAL TOUR COST for package covering Delhi – Leh – Alchi – Lamayuru – Chang La – Pangong Tso – Khardung La – Nubra Valley – Leh – Delhi in June/July or end of September/early October for a group of 8-9 people including 3 children? Your input is of extreme importance and is highly appreciated……Thanks and Regards

    • Hello Kaushik,

      Thank you so much. It all depends how many days you have in hand and if you planning the trip yourself or going with some travel agent.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Kaushik Sengupta says:

        Sir, thanks for the mail, the itinerary will be for 5N/6D…..Thanks and Regards

        • Are you flying directly to Leh and flying out of Leh? Because only by flight you can do it in such short period. You can follow the below itinerary for 5-6 days trip to Ladakh. Based on the article above considering the below itinerary it should cost you about 10000-12000 per person.

          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
          – 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

  149. dhrubajyoti ball says:

    Double carry on bike is possible on delhi – leh road?

    • Hello Dhruba,

      Firstly, wishing you a very Happy Diwali !!

      Regarding your itinerary, you should not do Tso Moriri while going from Manali to Leh because one need permits to visit Tso Moriri and these permits are issued at DC office in Leh. Even if you arrange these permits in advance somehow from Travel Agent in Leh then taxi from Manali will not be allowed to visit Tso Moriri. Even if you manage Leh taxi or going on your own, then you will not be acclimatized to sleep at such high altitude so early in the trip and may cause some ugly AMS issues for you. Highly not recommended.

      Avoid sleeping at Sarchu or Pang at any cost while going to Leh from Manali because your body will not be acclimatized by the time you reach there. It is always better to stay either at Keylong/Jispa so that you minimize the chances for falling sick or hit by AMS while going to Leh from Manali. And, then next day carry on the rest of the journey to Leh without sleeping in between anywhere by leaving early in the morning say, by 4-5 AM types. 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. If you are coming back via Manali – Leh, then it should be OK to stay at Sarchu as your body will be acclimatized by that time.

      So you need to re-work the itinerary.

      Better proposition will be to hire a taxi.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Dhrubajyoti ball says:

        Hi Dheeraj
        same to you, happy diwali, & also thanks for the respond. BTW I have one more ques. we are not comfortable on Royal Enfield, so
        which types of bike you suggest on this condition

  150. dhrubajyoti ball says:

    Hi Dheeraj
    I also send you our proposed journey plan.
    DAY 1 | Delhi – Chandigarh ( 285 kms approx.)
    DAY 2 | Chandigarh – Manali (270 kms approx.)
    DAY 3 | Manali –Sarchu (225 kms)
    DAY 4| Sarchu – Pang – Moore Plains (Manali – Leh Highway) – Tso Kar – Tso Morir
    DAY 5 | Tso Moriri via Chumathang – Leh
    Day 6 | Leh Rest Day or Sham Valley Tour around Leh including – Magnetic Hills (50 km approx.), Alchi (100 Kms approx.) Santi Stuph, Leh Palace/ [ Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Likir, Basgo, Confluence at Nimmu,]
    Day 7| Leh – Hemis – Pangong Tso (160 Kms approx.)
    Day 8 | Pangong Tso – Thicksey – Shey Palace – Leh (160 Kms approx.)
    Day 9| Leh – Khardung La – Diskit (Nubra Valley) – Hunder – Diskit (140 Kms approx.)

    Day 10 | Hunder/Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh (170 Kms approx.)
    if possible than same day return in Rumtse. Leh town – Rumtse (78 kms approx)
    Day 11 | Rumtse – Sarchu – (173 Kms approx)
    Day 12 | Sarchu – Manali – (225 Kms approx)
    according to you is it fine?

  151. dhrubajyoti ball says:

    hi Dheeraj
    I am from Darjeeling.Me & my friends were planning for a trip Delhi to leh around june,2014. Basically we are 5 people among them 3 are riders thats why we wanted to hire 3 bikes. So we wanted to that is it a healthy trip or not? & also we are not comfortable on Royal Enfield, so which types of bike you suggest on this condition. Please guide us
    thanking you..

  152. Prabir Das says:

    hi dheeraj…we r planning for a trip delhi to leh on july’2014..
    basically we are 5 people but among them 3 are riders..so we are planning hire 3 bikes.so is it a healthy trip or not? and and also prefer us some bike for this condition. Pls assist us..thanking you

    • Hello Prabir,

      Well, I feel you can certainly make a trip since alot of people do every year with a pillion. So, I do not see any issues. 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 Sharma

  153. Prabir Das says:

    we are planning for trip delhi-leh around july 2014.Pls tell us the weather condition &
    also provide us some bike rental services in delhi…thanking you…

    • Though I have replied to your other comment, but I will suggest that if you guys are not that much into riding in hills so it is better and safe bet to get rented bikes in Leg and reduce the overall risk.

  154. deepak sharma says:

    dear sir,i m planning to leh ladakh in september 2014 we are 5-6 guys with more than 10 year bike experience on road as well off road coz i live in uttrakhand in haridwar so i am familiar with mountains riding,we all have royal enfield classic 500cc and couple of guys having classic 350,so my question is that we are planning to start our journey from saharanpur(u.p.)and we can all stay in basic accommodations and eat dal roti and rice we are planning for 15-20 days trip,what are the basic things,accessories,safety stuffs,reserve fuel,do we need in our trip and what should be our route and when and where we should stay overnight although our budget is rs 25000-28000 per person,our if you suggest us the route plan for the trip,one more thing i want to mention here that i have a back problem but not that serious i can ride bike for 200 km per day as i have tested my self,
    what do you suggest?

    • Hello Deepak,

      There are too many questions in one go, I will try to answer some and we can continue the dialog as you understand and have more queries.

      Budget wise things seem to be fine. You will do it well under that budget.

      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 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

      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 Sharma

      • deepak sharma says:

        thanks very much to respond,
        that mean first we will have to reach srinagar by bikes or we can take our bike in transport vehicle up to srinagar(plz suggest),i have been srinagar,manali,rohtang pass before but that was in a haired taxi.
        2nd are you sure can we travel entire tour with bikes,all members are from 23to32 year old and all fit,

        • Deepak, a lot of people in that age group does this route every year in almost all months around, so no worries on that front as long as yo have open mind for adventure and difficulties associated to it. Do not consider it an easy ball game, at least Manali – Leh Highway. You have to go through Water Crossings, Slush stretches, very bad roads, etc.. So, be open to it.

          You can ship your bikes to Jammu by train and then you need to start you ride from Jammu first to Srinagar and there on.

          Regards
          Dheeraj

        • deepak sharma says:

          thanks for your valuable advice,but i have 1 more question right now came into my mind if we start our journey from jammu-srinagar-drass/kargil-leh so where it should be end,if we are travelling in mid of september,and if we do not want to go through manali,

        • Deepak, why you do not want to go through Manali? Manali – Leh Highway is the soul of any Ladakh journey and without that journey, Ladakh experience is not complete? You can perhaps enter Spiti Valley from Kunzum Pass as well but that is a longish route to reach Ambala or Chandigarh.

        • deepak sharma says:

          actually i was planning my route from ambala-ludhiana-jammu-patnitop-srinagar-kargil/drass-leh,after reaching leh i got confuse where should i end my journey,actually manali-leh route is tough rather than srinagar-leh route,and yes if i take leh-manali route then it will be very long to reach ambala.so after reaching leh which route shoul i take to end my juorney,plz suggest.

        • If you want to end journey in Leh then you need to fly out of Leh. Otherwise either yo have to back track the same route from Leh to Srinagar to Ambala via Jammu OR the shorter route from Leh to Manali to Ambala. Leh – Manali – Ambala will take you 3 days while Leh – Srinagar – Ambala might take 4 days.

        • deepak sharma says:

          yeh i research a lot about leh-manali route,you were right with the route map,but i found something that near rohtang pass goverment has made some rule to get rid off traffic jam and have make some timing regarding on going to leh by rohtang pass and incoming from this way to manali,well i am not sure what is the right timing for both traffic,if you have any information regarding this please share.

        • Hi Deepak,

          To know more about these two aspects, feel free to read the articles below on DoW :)

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • deepak sharma says:

          i forget 1 more thing to ask you,which gps navigator(bluetooth enable) do you recommend for bike for touring like leh.plz suggest.

        • Deepak, there are fully laid paths and single roads in entire tourist circuit of Ladakh. There is actually no need to spend that money and put on some navigator as you won’t need that at least on your first trip to Ladakh where you will be covering the basic circuit only. What you can do is carry some print out of our DoW – Maps of Ladakh which will help you with every other turn you need to take and approximate distance on them :) … This will suffice your needs and of course you save on that navigation device, try and contribute to the DoW ideas of Responsible Travel supporting: DoW – Causes | A Step Towards Responsible Travel while you travel to Ladakh :D.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  155. Deepak Agarwal says:

    I am planning for a Leh-Laddhaq trip for 5 days on 18th Oct with my wife. Is it open there? I understand it’s cold there now but do you suggest it is still a good time to go there?

    • Deepak, you understand the cold. Secondly, you are going there for a very short period and you need atleast two days to acclimatize. Then you can make a two day trip to Nubra Valley and finally a day trip to Pangong Tso. Most of the restaurants started getting close and even hotels too.

      If you can really adjust to cold, OK with basic food & stays then I feel you can make the trip to Ladakh at this time of the year.

    • Jyoti says:

      I have planned for Leh trip for 5N/6D from 20th Oct for 3 people. I have been quoted 40K for all meals, inner line permits, 4N stay in Leh and 1N stay in Hunder, Trip to Pangong and 1/2 day local sightseeing. Is it a good deal?? Hotel is providing with Central Heating and WIFI at reception area.

      • Jyoti guess it is for all three of you?? You will end up paying around 12-14K for the taxi for 2 day tour to Nubra + 1 Day Trip to Pangong. Rest your tickets and at max take it 1000-1200 Rs per person per day for food + acco. + misc. even if you stay with good hotels in Ladakh.

  156. moin says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    actually, i m planing for honeymoon trip in December. Can you suggest me for this honeymoon trip in laddakh for 5-7 days approximately?? my budget is 25-30k for both

  157. Neeraj says:

    Hi Dheeraj
    Thanks for the wonderful information and i have a question that me and my friends, we are planning go to ladakh by mahindra thar and we stay in mumbai so we are planning to load thar in train so is it possible cause we are going for 25 days in month of aug 2014 so we have many plans so could you suggest me some medicines to carry or some fitness tips cause i am a chain smoker so if you can give me some fitness tips before going ladakh so that i can prepare for it.

    • Neeraj says:

      can you please suggest us what are the places that we can cover in this 25 days and how we can manage this 25 days?

    • Neeraj, I am traveling Ladakh for next 14 odd days, please spare me for delayed replies. Guess, you have time you can start the thread in DoW Community and someone someone soon can start sharing the answers there and we can keep the things in organized manner. Here is the link: http://devilonwheels.com/india/plan-ladakh-zanskar-trip/

      • Neeraj says:

        Happy journey and enjoy your trip Dheeraj and well plese let me know once you will come back so what are the exercise that i can do to maintain ma fitness and prepare for this trip and yes one important thing i am gonna purchase the books and crayons and pencils and some more stuff for the children of ladakh. thanks for your advice and its a great idea.

        • Thank you so much Neeraj !! We had a wonderful trip and DoW Causes was indeed the highlight of the trip where we distributed loads of stationary in small schools, medicines in dispensaries of Himalayan villages. It was indeed a pleasure of an experience.

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

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  158. Sunny says:

    Hi,

    I am planning to stay in Ladhak for a month…cost between 15-20k and alone…mostly in a place where i get homestay and internet connection proper.

    Looking forward to your reply

    • Sunny when are you planning this one month long stay?

      • Sunny says:

        Hi,
        I am planning by this month maybe if you can give me some advice,mostly by end of Sept.

        • Sunny it will be damn cold in this month. Most guest houses closes down and you will need to survive over basic home stays only.
          I am traveling Ladakh for next 14 odd days, please spare me for delayed replies.

        • barish srivastava says:

          sir,
          me 15-20 days k liye kahi bahar acchi jagah ghumna chahti hu guide k through….. esi jagah jaha me jaa k delhi ko 15 days k liye bhul jana chahti hu…. aur meri limit sirf 15k hi hai to plz koi acchi si jagah , jaha me kuch new logo k sath 15 days enjoy kr saku… vo bata dijiye….. like manali… jesi ho to awesome hogi par aap muje accha bata sa bata dijiye. ya website bata dijiye jaha se me kuch decide kr sku next month k liye.
          thnku sir….

        • Barish, you can go to Kinnaur Valley with Ropa valley and spend time there with locals. May be Spiti can also be included but you need to be aware of the cold conditions up there in Spiti now. So, if you OK with cold then head to Spiti else do it just Kinnaur + Ropa Valley and lower hills for 15 days.

  159. Khyati Amlani says:

    Hey Dheeraj,

    I am pleasantly surprised that you have been religious guiding all the visitors on site. Really nice!!!

    Though I am planning a trip next year, we 4 couples are planning to go to Leh Ladakh for at least 8 days. Couples are from Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai. Also, we want an adventurous trip like staying in tent, a little bit of trekking. As I have taken initiative to do bookings for all, I started looking at various sites and came across your site. Can you please guide, considering the above facts how do I start?

  160. Ankush says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    You are really doing a great work here.. :)
    We are a group of 5, will be flying for leh on 13 Sep 2013 @06:30am from New Delhi and the Departure is scheduled on 18 Sep 2013 11:10 am from Leh. (5 days trip)
    We have contacted a travel agent and he has proposed the below schedule for our trip:
    Package Includes:
    *3 night’s accommodation at Leh
    *1 night accommodation at Pangong lake Camp
    *1 night accommodation at Nubra Valley Camp
    *Meals – Daily buffet Breakfast & Dinner.
    *Airport-Hotel-Airport Transportation
    The Package Cost quoted is around INR 11000 Per Person. (Is it fine..?)
    We will be visiting these places during our trip:
    SEP 13: LEH ARRIVAL
    SEP 14: LEH TO PANGONG LAKE
    SEP 15: PANGONG LAKE – LEH
    SEP 16: LEH TO NUBRA VALLEY
    SEP 17: NUBRA VALLEY TO LEH
    SEP 18: DEPARTURE
    Can you please suggest if we can cover some more places or if we can follow a different schedule to make this trip better.
    I am still confused that apart from Nubra valley and Pangong lake, what are the other local places to visit (which we can cover in this trip..!!)
    Also wanted to know about the mobile communication network and internet service there. How good is this.? Do we need to carry some particular telecom sim cards and is how good is mobile internet there?
    Though we have not made this booking final. Please suggest if its a fair deal or we can have a better budget trip than this.
    It also says that:
    *GST extra: 3.09%
    *Rafting & Camel Safari Charges.
    *Inner line Permit- (what’s this and how much it costs)
    *rates are twin sharing basis.
    Thank you. :)

    I have also posted this somewhere else on this website, please ignore the other one.!

    • Hi Ankush,

      I will strongly suggest some changes here as going all the over to Pangong Tso is like a killer of a thing on the second day itself :shock: … 11K seems a little higher to me even considering the value of services for the operator. You are 5 and definitely there will be extra bed for the second room.

      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
      – 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 | fly back

      Lastly, if you want to go with packaged tour only, better get intouch with info@offbeatescapes.com and give reference of DoW with your own itinerary as suggested above else you can plan your tour on your own and all the required info. is available over DoW Blog and Community.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Ankush says:

        Thanks Dheeraj for your valuable suggestions. sorry I got bit late to reply, but we will surely going to change the schedule as suggested. Also emailed info@offbeatescapes.com. Lets see..

        Thanks..!!

      • akash says:

        thanku dheeraj for ur valuable information but i have to know more that is we are 7 persons have to visit leh ladakh along with manali,gulmarg patnitop etcwe have own car but limitation of days we have only seven days.so u plz let me know the proper way and destinations where we should go.

  161. Ranita says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Your post is very informatve. Me and my friend are planning a trip to Ladakh in the 2nd week of September 2013. We are looking at 7D and 6N trip. We also want Delhi-Leh-Delhi airfare to be included in the itinerary. The travel agency told us that the trip will amount to approximately 41,000 INR per person. I feel it’s way too steep. On the other hand, we are interested only in package deals. Can you suggest a solution to our problem?

    • Ranita, if you want to go with packaged tour only, better get in touch with info@offbeatescapes.com being very reasonable in prices and give reference of DoW for better rates along with your own itinerary, may be, else you can plan your tour on your own and all the required info. is available over DoW Blog and Community.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  162. K. Sekar says:

    Dear Dheeraj. 6 senior citizen couples by air Arr Leh 27 Sep 10AM; Return from Leh 01 Oct 08 AM. Would like to see lake, kardongla Pass, few monasteries, magic hill, local sight seeing.Can you suggest decent deluxe hotel and car rates 2 scorpios/equivalent and travel plans

    • Hello Mr K Sekar,

      Better not make a journey for such a short period I will suggest. You need atleast 2 days of complete rest for acclimatization and then you will be lest with just 1 day, may be day visit to Khardung La and back.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  163. Nitin says:

    Hey Dheeraj,

    First of all, Nice and very informative blog.

    Me and my 5 friends are planning a trip (Delhi to leh-Ladakh) in mid September. We all are working and we have only 1 week (7days). Could you please help us in making a plan for these 7 days.

    We also want to experience bike riding, so please suggest us from where we can take bikes on rent and enjoy our journey.

    • Nitin, it will take 3 days to reach Leh from Delhi via Manali side and 4 days to come back to Delhi from Leh via Srinagar side. This makes it 7 days. 1 Day is required in Leh for acclimatization and permits. You have 7 days. I will say add 2 more days and opt to go via Manali – Leh Highway and I will suggest that you refer the thread: Manali – Leh – Ladakh – Manali | Itinerary for 9 Days in DoW – Himalayan Travel Community.

      In case you are flying in and out of Leh. 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.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  164. Pritam Chatterjee says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    Firstly, your blog regarding the Leh-Ladakh trip is very informative. Thanks for sharing your experience.

    We are a group of 6 friends from Kolkata and we are planning to visit Leh-Ladakh in this October.

    We are planning to reach Delhi from Kolkata and then complete the tour in 10 days. We intend to do this on hired bikes. Our main intension is to see Leh and Ladakh. We can drop Manali as we have already visited the place.

    Thanks in advance!

    Regards,
    Pritam

    So can you please suggest the best itinerary for 10 days and the approximate cost. We are not interested in any lavish food or accommodation. The minimum will do.

    • Hi Pritam,

      It will take 3 days to reach Leh from Delhi via Manali side and 4 days to come back to Delhi from Leh via Srinagar side. This makes it 7 days. 1 Day is required in Leh for acclimatization and permits. You have about 10 days. 1 Day can be used as Day trip to Pangong Tso and other day can be used as day trip to Nubra Valley or just Khardung La pass.

      Opt to go via Manali – Leh Highway and I will suggest that you refer the thread: Manali – Leh – Ladakh – Manali | Itinerary for 9 Days in DoW – Himalayan Travel Community as you have 9 days in hand. In this case, you will be able to have one more day in Ladakh that can be used as two day trip to Nubra Valley.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  165. Prashant Rajput says:

    Hi Dheeraj S,

    We as a group of 6 friends are planning for a trip to Leh & Ladakh boarding from Pune (by Rail) & will get down at Jammu, planned for total 16 days. need your assistance from Jammu how we should go ahead with our journey. planning to hire a car frm Jammu kindly guide us according to our budged from Jammu to Leh & Ladakh RETURN TRIP with hotels & halts (per head INR 25,000 to 28,000) with minimum cost hotels.

    • Hello Prashant,

      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 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

      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.

      Taxis outside Ladakh are not allowed to do any sightseeing within Leh – Ladakh. You can use them for drop-in and take-away modes only. So, the taxi you are hiring locally must have private number plate otherwise you will have to again hire a taxi within Ladakh and pay for your local taxi without using it.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

    • Raahil Ansari says:

      Hi Dheeraj, i myself along wid my family of 3 are planning to come to Leh on 16th sept by delhi leh early morning flight…. My stay wud b till 20th morning as we wud be flying back. I have 4 days in my hand and i want to explore almost all the major parts of Leh…. If you could help me out what shud i do n how can i plan….Also i wanted to kno that if we book a bike from Leh so is it possible to ride them n explore nubra valley and Pangong so….if yes then will it take a lot of time in riding them or is it same as a time taken by a normal car….also let me kno if we go to explore nubra and pangong so is it necessary to keep the hotels booked in Leh for d entire days stay so that d bigger bags could be kept in leh itself when we leave for nubra and pangong exploring on bikes…..also m not understanding the meaning Of inner line permits that are concuming the 1st day of every traveller…one last question is are there self driven cars available on rent, if yes then from where can i get them…

      • Raahil, if you have not booked the tickets, then better not visit Ladakh for just 4 days!!! Well, you need at least first two days to acclimatize your body and almost resting in the hotel room at least for very first day. Second day, you can barely walk around, just that. Finally, you will be left with 2 days, one day you can make day trip to Khardung La and on other day you can make day trip to Pangong Tso.

      • For details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here

  166. rahul says:

    Hello we are planning a trip to leh ladakh we are from goa its a 10 to 12 day trip we are flying down to delhi and we have our bikes which will be transported there by train…i wanted to have a clear picture as to what all can be covered in this period of time and we are adventure and nature loving people and will september bea good time to plan the trip sept 8th or 10th is what we are looking at and what is the best things to see out there covering most of it if not everything…and which route would be appropriate and per day what all can be covered we have our own tents and sleeping bags so stay anywhere is not a problem we want to cover maximum…even cooking equipment we have little so places with no ffod we can survive…please reply thanks in advance

    • Hi Rahul,

      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 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

      For the list of good restaurants in Leh – Ladakh or eateries or food joints where food is enjoyed by many travellers including me, you can check the link here: List of Good Restaurants in Leh – Ladakh | Restaurant Reviews

      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.

      For details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  167. Rahul Majumdar says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    We are planning to visit Leh-Ladakh during March end-April Beginning 2014. We will travelling from Howrah with family of 6-7 members maximum. We will have a total of 9 days including the journey days. Can you please suggest an itinerary for the trip and the estimated cost. Please consider the fact that we do not want to go into luxury but rather we will go the cheaper yet comfrtable options. Please suggest.

    Rahul

    • Rahul, do you know that it is off season and that too towards late end of winters in Ladakh. Hence, there is scarcity of fresh veggies or perhaps everything available will be from stocks stored in November end when the roads closes. And it will be extremely cold in Ladakh. You will not be able to stay overnight at Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri and both these lakes will be completely frozen.

      Regards
      dheeraj Sharma

      • Rahul Majumdar says:

        Hi Dheeraj,

        Can you tell me which will be the best time to plan my visit? We dont want to visit the place when it will be heavily crowded as in most times it becomes more expensive during pick season time.We want to enjoy the tranquility.
        On further research I found that the season starts from April End itself. Please suggest the time and itinerary considering that we have a total of 9 days in hand.

    • Riderz says:

      Hi Dheeraj,
      we are planning to visit leh this september.
      We will be moving from jammu to leh via our bikes.Can you please guide us the tour as we are planning between 8th sept to 21st september.

  168. Akanksha says:

    Hi dheeraj,

    We are 6 frnds who are visiting Ladakh on 10th-17th Aug 13 ..but I am little confused now.. we are hiring a cab from delhi to ladakh to and fro..can you be please more clear with your statement that outside ladakh cabs are not allowed in ladakh?

    And if this time is good to visit ladakh?

    Thanks,
    Akanksha

    • Hi Akanksha,

      Taxis outside Ladakh are not allowed to do any sightseeing within Leh – Ladakh. You can use them for drop-in and take-away modes only. So, the taxi you are hiring locally must have private number plate otherwise you will have to again hire a taxi within Ladakh and pay for your local taxi without using it.

      Also, just 7 days in hand for the road trip to Ladakh is very less. It takes three days to reach and three days to come back and one day for rest plus acclimatization. Then people start exploring Ladakh for next 3-4 days at the very least.

      Regards
      dheeraj

  169. amar says:

    sir i hav avnger 220.i want to go to ladakh…m frm delhi.ur blog is very helpful.i wil go in august.is it the right time

  170. Suvankar Ghosh says:

    Dear Dheeraj,
    Thanks for your support buddy..anyhow its my repeat post as some how u have missed my post in this topic some days ago..even I’m not able to find it! :( SO here is the tour plan:
    07-09-2013 HWH: Train

    08-09-2013 Delhi-Manali

    09-09-2013 Manali >> Rent bikes
    10-09-2013 Manali–Palchhan-Koth–Marhi–Rohtang–Gramphoo–Koksar–Sissu–Gondla–Tandi–Keylong-Jipsa

    11-09-2013 Jipsa-Keylong-Gemur–Jispa–Darcha–Baralacha La–Sarchu/Pang

    12-09-2013 Sarchu–Rumtse–Leh
    13-09-2013 Leh (permits & all)-Khardung la-Leh

    14-09-2013 Rest Day
    15-09-2013 Leh–Shey–Thicksey-Upshi-Tangtse-Pangong Tso

    16-09-2013 Pangong Tso–Hemis– Upshi/Karu

    17-09-2013 Upshi/Karu–chumathang–Mahe–Tso Moriri

    18-09-2013 Tso Moriri–Tso Kar–Morrey Plains–Pang–Sarchu

    19-09-2013 Sarchu–Baralacha La–Jispa–Keylong

    20-09-2013 Keylong–Rohtang Pass–Manali
    21-09-2013 Manali-Delhi
    22-09-2013 HWH: Train

    Is it ok?? as you are aware this is on bike..so please consider this fact while suggesting the route..IS there accommodation available at Karu or Upshi or pang? please let us know..We cnt make this tour plan without ur support..Thanking u once again!! God bless!! :)

    • Hi Suvankar,

      Really sorry if I missed on the previous one. Switching between blog/community/mails/fb/tweets sometimes takes a toll on me ;) … Here are few observations or suggestions on your overall well laid out plan :)

      1. Do not stay at Pang as it does not have much options for camps.
      2. While coming from Pangong Tso, staying at Upshi or Karu will not make much of a difference, hardly 40-50 minutes at the very max. Better stay at Leh which has varied options for stay and then may be start 40-50 minutes early, afresh.
      3. From Leh – Tso Moriri – Sarchu, you need to somehow carry fuel for about 550+ KMs.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Suvankar Ghosh says:

        Thanks buddy…its really nice to hear from you..every time I have gone through ur posts and commnts I get astonished..I REALLY NEVER EVER SEEN SUCH A INFORMATIVE blog..Well wish that we will meet one day somewhere in Ladakh! :) Have a nyc tym ahead friend! keep smiling!!

      • ram says:

        You can get tents on hire at leh, and its worth every moment every penny spending a night at pangang tso

  171. Janhvi says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    Your Blogs are brilliant!! I want to run my travel plan with you in case you have some alterations to suggest to it. Let me give you a bit of background first. We are 2 people traveling to Leh.. Want to make it a complete budget trip and would love to use public transport..
    26 Jul – Delhi – Leh (by air)
    plan on relaxing the entire day, visiting the market and local sights, if feasible.
    27 Jul – Rafting in Chilling (is this the right time??)
    27 Jul night – We would like to stay in Hemis Monastery (any information on this?)
    28 Jul – Come back to Leh and move to Diskit/Hunder – Stay the night here
    29 Jul – Look around Nubra and head back to Leh – night in Leh
    30 Jul – Head to Pangong Tso – stay the night in Spagmik/Thanksey
    31 Jul – Enjoy Pangong and head back to Leh
    31 Jul night – 02 Aug : Travel time from Leh to Srinagar via Kargil. We plan on taking JKTC buses.
    03 Aug – Look around Srinagar
    04 Aug – Srinagar – Bangalore (thats home!  )

    • Hi Janhvi,

      Please stay away from rafting in the initial days may be if time permits at any day later in the trip, while coming after Pangong, then give it a try. Rafting will exert your body too much and you will not be acclimatized to undertake it. Results could be AMS and spoiling the whole plan. Take rest on the second day as well. Hemis might have some monastery guest house or may be home stays around, I am sure you will get one there but will be basic stay.

      Rest of the plan looks fine. You will have to opt for shared taxis on these routes to share cost.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  172. Joheb says:

    Hi Dheeraj, If someone wants to travel alone for the Leh trip, what will be your suggestion ?
    Is it achievable ?
    Please let me know the mode of transport also & the best suitable time.

    • Joheb, 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 :)

      Regards
      Dheeraj

      • Joheb says:

        Thanks for the reply.
        Actually i also don’t wana travel alone but, we need around 2 weeks for the trip, & its bit difficult to coincide the leaves with friends.
        Well i am hoping to get some or will hop in with some other guys

        • Best wishes Joheb for the trip, feel free to shoot any queries you have for it. If possible, once you are back, try and share your Himalayan experience with us at DoW – Himalayan Travel Community as Photo Tale or Travel Tale or some hotel reviews or some dhabhas/restaurant you ate at… It will be helpful for others too.

        • Mohit says:

          Hey Joheb, we are a group of 3 bikers planning a trip from 15th to 30th August. You are welcome to join in. Contact me if interested: itismohit@gmail.com (9738653763)

  173. Ash says:

    Hey there! Thanks for the post. We’re a group of 5 students thinking about backpacking to Ladakh – proper student style. Cheapest accommodation, cheapest food, max fun. What’s your take on a budget of INR 6000 per person for a 7 day trip? I’ve backpacked through Europe and am reasonably creative about spending money on a tight budget while traveling.

    Thanks
    Ash

    • How are you traveling to Ladakh? It will take 3 days to reach Leh from Delhi via Manali side and 4 days to come back to Delhi from Leh via Srinagar side. This makes it 7 days. 1 Day is required in Leh for acclimatization and permits. In 7 days it will not be possible.

      • Ash says:

        My bad. Shoulda said 7 day stay in Ladakh, not a 7-day trip altogether. We’re not sure about conveyance yet. What would be the cheapest according to you?

  174. Shashidhar Ramamurthy says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We are 6 colleagues from Bangalore planning a trip to Leh. We are reaching Delhi @ around 11:30pm on 8th Aug 2013 by flight. We have almost finalized an Innova who will pick us from the airport and drop us back to airport on 18th Aug 2013 @ around 5:00am before our flight takes off to Bangalore. The route he will take us is Delhi-Manali-Leh-Kargil-Srinagar-Delhi in 9 days. So what he will not be able to cover is local at Leh during the 2-3 days of our stay there. He has submitted his final quote as INR 42,000 inclusive of all associated permits/tolls/etc (his initial quote was INR 57,000)

    Do you think this is a fair quote? Pls suggest any other person who can provide us similar service and we shall reach him out for a final quote.

    At Leh, we plan to hire 3 bikes for 6 of us. What do you think could be a fair cost for the bikes per day and what type o a bike would you recommend (bullet, pulsar, impulse, etc?)

    Many thanks in advance for your revert. Good day buddy!

    Regards,
    Shashi

    • Hi shashidhar,

      If you have not finalized yet better take local taxis as you go on the way as thoses guys are more expeirenced in terrain such as Ladakh and Manali – Leh as compared to someone from the plains. It will take 3 days to reach Leh from Delhi via Manali side and 4 days to come back to Delhi from Leh via Srinagar side. This makes it 7 days. 1 Day is required in Leh for acclimatization and permits. You have about 10 days. 1 Day can be used as Day trip to Pangong Tso and other day can be used as day trip to Nubra Valley or just Khardung La pass.

      Opt to go via Manali – Leh Highway and I will suggest that you refer the thread: Manali – Leh – Ladakh – Manali | Itinerary for 9 Days in DoW – Himalayan Travel Community as you have 9 days in hand.

      Problem is that you will be reaching 11.30 so volvo will not be possible. Hence, take a taxi for a drop to Manali first. From there go for local Manali taxi that will drop you to Leh. From Leh hire another taxi of Local LAdakh that will drop you back to Manali. Finally, take volvo back to Delhi. This will provide you more safety rather saving cost.

      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.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  175. Dhruv says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Your website is fantastic. I have planned my entire trip by reading your blog. Can i request for your email id..I have a quote from a local operator in ladakh for pick up from Jammu and drop to manali, plus local sight seeing. I wanted to take your opinion on it. Can you quickly browse through it? If yes, ill email it to you.

  176. Sushma Belur says:

    Hi Deeraj,

    May i have your contact number or email id?

  177. DEBABRATA says:

    we are 8 in nos plan to go to leh via manali & return by air from to delhi during the period 12th oct to 19 th oct. ppl suggest the itenerary & tentative cost for hired taxi from manali, stay & touring at leh-ladakh in moderate hotels, private taxi,things required to carry , permit etc.

    • Hi Deb,

      In the article: Best Time to Travel Ladakh & Zanskar Valley if you read the section “Mid-September to Mid-October” it says that if you are OK with little cold and intermittent closure of roads, it is OK time to travel especially in October half whereas September second half is one of my favorite time to travel due to vivid colors and less risks as outlined in the article: 5 Reasons to Avoid Manali – Leh Highway in October

      Also, do read the conclusion part of both articles as well, especially the first one. Finally, in case you are still in doubt, please let me know again. I will try to explain in more detail.

      Also, once you are aware of these risks, we can work on other queries

      Regards
      Dheeraj

    • Gargi says:

      Ok! I’m planning a trip during the first two weeks of september 2013. Budget 12k per person(We are a Couple) We would be coming from Delhi – want to take the Jammu Rajdhani to Srinagar. Please suggest what should and can be covered in a span of 8 to 10 days( Thats all the leaves both of us can afford)

      • 12K is too low for Ladakh trip in any case!!

        • Gargi says:

          HiDheeraj,
          What do u suggest in that case then, what is the minimum per person budget? may be i can take a while and plan better than! i thought 20 to 30k should be sufficient for both, as we are just a couple.

        • Being just a couple, take that you will be spending at least about 1500-2000 per day including meals and average standard accommodation in Ladakh. So, you can guess based on the number of days you are planning. Then regarding taxi, it is too costly to take up alone as a couple and it is better either to go with shared taxis which ranges from Rs 1500-2000 per person per destination OR to go with 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. May be you meet someone online going over the same dates.

          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 :)

  178. Deepak says:

    Hey Dheeraj,
    Thanks for your wonderful blog.
    I just want to know about the hrtc bus bookings…i can reach both manali and delhi….i m gud tu go in july and no time issues..

  179. Shikher says:

    We are planning for delhi->manali->leh->kargil->srinagar->delhi trip.
    1)Leaving on 8th august around 11 PM from delhi and have to come back to delhi on 18th night by 9PM. we are total 6 in number.

    Please suggest the itinerary and most important mode of transportation(no bike).

    • Shikher, it will take 3 days to reach Leh from Delhi via Manali side and 4 days to come back to Delhi from Leh via Srinagar side. This makes it 7 days. 1 Day is required in Leh for acclimatization and permits. You have about 10 days. ! Day can be used as Day trip to Pangong Tso and other day can be used as day trip to Nubra Valley or just Khardung La pass

  180. Manmeet Koley says:

    Hello Dheeraj,

    Me and Friends Planning for Leh ladahk trip by bike for 15 days. We all resides in Delhi. I have few questions so it would be great i you could answer.

    Ques 1 We are 4 in number so four bikes will be going. Do we need any kind of permit for traveling ??

    Ques 2 what are the things which we should carry while traveling??

    Que 3 Should we prefer tube Tyre or tubeless Tyre.

    ques 4 Wat medicine we should carry (including details)??

    Please mention the above route breakdown in KM. If possibe you can email me all the info so that i can save it and i can take out the print out, and it would be great too if you suggest anything more if i am missing here that would be more helpful. Its a request.

    • Hi Manmeet,

      1. It depends if you are going from Manali side or not. Your bikes need permit if you go from Manali side. However, Inner Line Permits in Ladakh is mandatory for every individual once you reach Ladakh from any side.

      2. 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.

      3. No idea about any comparison. I have no complaints about Tubeless tyres as I use them in my car for all my trips.

      4. Refer point 2.

      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 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

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  181. vikas says:

    hello again :)
    my plan changed for this trip now. i am going arnd 20july from delhi. we have 3 friends and have swift.
    we have to hier SUV or swift is ok with some difficulties ? or we cant finish this trip in swift.
    let me know if swift is ok to travel. also tell me about vehical permit for all places. swift no plate is HR[haryana]

    • For hatchback/sedan taking on Manali – Leh Highway and Ladakh, I will say:

      You will indeed face few tough challenges on the route. The hatchback/sedan will increase the level of every challenge even further, sedan is the worst candidate. My suggestion will be to go via Srinagar route as it will help you feel comfortable with the driving, provide more acclimatization and then once you have done the local Leh-Ladakh, then come back via Manali side. Secondly, since you are in hatch/sedan, then you need to drive with extra care as well. There will be some sections on the Manali – Leh highway in which you might need to sacrifice some scratches on the underbelly. Just make sure you do not bump the engine sump (know it before where it is placed in your car). You need to protect it all around the trip. Thirdly, whenever in doubt do not rush into the section rather park aside and feel the section with your foot, see how other vehicles are crossing it and make a planned route in your mind to cross that section. At the very least do carry Mseal, quick fix, funnel, jerry cans and towing rope with you all the time.

      Also, I will strongly suggest that you go through and read my series on Ladakh Self Drive tips at the links below:

      7 Useful Tips for a Self Drive to Leh – Ladakh, Routes and Road Conditions In Leh – Ladakh | Ladakh Self Drive Tips, Fuel Availability In Leh – Ladakh | Ladakh Self Drive Tips

  182. preethish says:

    Hi … me and my frd are planning chandigarh – manali- leh-kargil-srinager-daramshala… we are planning to start on 9th morning from chandigarh and we shd be back by 20th morning.. can we complete this root in bike… do you have any contact details where we get bike on rent in chandigarh

  183. subrato says:

    I found the website with very useful infiormation . Thanks a alot for sharing this .

    I have small tour plan like that

    final my Tour plan :
    19th June evening : departure from delhi by HPTDC volvo
    20th June : reached at manali and rest and local sight seeing .
    21st June : Move to kelong & leaving manali at 4 AM via grampoo and tandi
    22nd June : : Visit to Udaipur and triloknath stay at keylong or sissu
    23rd June :: return to Manali and visit the nagar & manikaran if possible
    24th June : return to delhi at 4 PM by volvo

    Can anybody have the rate of vehicle Travera / Innova of 3D and 2N ?
    Do you have any cab DRIVER PHONE NUMBER
    As I am on the last lap of my tour plan …

    Also how is the road condition of these places ?

  184. Sunil Lamani says:

    hi Dheeraj..

    We 7 friends r coming from Mumbai & Bangalore to ( Delhi – Manali -LEH – Ladhak – Srinagar)- From AUG 9 To AUG 20,, set me perfect paln & our budget is 20K

    • Hi Sunil,

      You can try and follow below plan:

      Day 1 | Delhi – Jammu / Patnitop
      – Overnight at Jammu or Patnitop

      Day 2 | Jammu / Patnitop – 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 3 | 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 4 | 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 5 | 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 6 | 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 7 | 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 8 | Leh – Pangong Tso Lake – Leh
      – Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on the go towards Pangong Tso
      – Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik or Lukung)

      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

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  185. Rohit Rathi says:

    Hello Dheeraj,
    Thankyou for the information. Me and my friends, all Pune(total 6-7 nos.) are planning for a Trip to Ladakh. We have around 13-14 days (which includes travel to and from Pune). Our Budget is around 20 to 25k per person.(No Bikes). We were planning a trip with around 4 days of trek and rest sight seeing. So can you please suggest a Good travel plan. Also, do we need to make all the Bookings in advance? I checked out a few options but they seem to cost above our budget. [DOJ: 1st and second week of August].
    Thanks in advance for your help.

    • Hi rohit,

      Brother, 13-14 days are all tight already forget about 4-5 days of trek. 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.

      You will also face monsoon hassles on the way to Leh from Manali and Srinagar, so you need 1-2 days of buffer too.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  186. vikas says:

    Hey,
    i am planning for this trip in auguest first week.
    what would you prefer 2 guys in one bike [RE thunderbird 5OO] or 1 guy in one bike ?
    what things we should carry with us ?
    let me know. and your blog is really helpfull. :)

  187. Ranjit Naik Nimbalkar says:

    Hello Dheeraj,
    Now I rescheduled my Ladakh bike trip. I am planning to start on 15th Aug13 from Jammu-Srinagar-Leh-Nubra-Pangong-Moriri-Khar-Sarchu-Manali-Chandigarh. My question is 15-16 Aug to 31Aug (16 days) is sufficient for this trip on Royal Enfield Classic 500? Is this a good time to travel? Is their really need for backup vehical and mechanic? We r a group of 4-5 people (all 45-50 age) from Pune. I heard that their may be some disturbance during 15 Aug? Also should i carry fuel for my classic 500 may need fuel from Moriri to Manali? We also like to visite to Amarnath. Can we do that in single day on the way to Leh route from Srinagar? Is it possible? Please reply. ( if any one like to join me this ‘Long way up’ trip from Pune/Maharashtra please contact me, cell no. 9545857775)

    • Hello Ranjit,

      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.

      Though being 15th August, it is surely not a good time to be around Srinagar and is always better to avoid. You can refer the above link and plan in an opposite manner with overnight stop at Jispa instead of Sarchu while going to Leh from Manali. Once, in Leh do Nubra first, then Pangong and finally Tso Moriri and return via Srinagar Leh.

      It is always convenient to have backup with you but not a necessity.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

      • Ranjit Naik Nimbalkar says:

        Ok Dheeraj, thanks for advice. But after 16Aug. may be their is some relaxestion? I mean not any disturbance. I am planning to start from Jammu on 16 Aug. how is climate that time? Is their rain fall on the entaire route?

        • Ranjit, you can take the chance at that time I feel. Also, you will face rains upto Kargil at max and then slight drizzles only in rain shadow region of Ladakh. Then ahead of Baralacha La pass.

  188. Suvankar says:

    We are planning a trip to ladakh and leh on starting of September this year.Is this the preferable time to go there? Initially it will a trip of 10 members and we are planned to take 4-5 bikes along with a rented car..we have 12-15 days time in hand..please suggest the best route as well suggest whether it wounds okay or not!

  189. ankit says:

    hey dheeraj,
    me and 3 of ma friends are planning a 7 day trip in in july from Mannali- leh – mannali which includes sight seeing around Leh.
    Kindly suggest if this plan is good for 7 days??
    what would be an estimated cost
    as we are plannin fr not more than 8-10,000 per person

    wat would be cheaper
    taking a rented bike or our own car

    • Ankit, you can follow a plan like below:

      Day 1 | 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 2 | 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 3 | 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 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 – Pangong Tso Lake – Leh
      – Day trip to Pangong Tso
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 7 | Leh – Taglang La – Moore Plains – Pang – Sarchu
      – Stay overnight at Sarchu

      Day 8 | 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

      If you want to cut down by 1 day then plan a day trip to Nubra Valley. 10K seems to be tad less for the trip I personally feel atleast by rented vehicle either taxi or bike.

  190. manan says:

    hey Dheeraj me n my frn v r two ppl n planing fr ladakh,on 9th july we’ll reach jammu in mrng aroud 8.den v r planing to rent a byk frm srinagar to ladakh.we hav around 10000rs budget.plz tell us smthn hw shud v plan dis trip.v have to get back to jammu by 16thjuly.whr v cn get cheap accmdation.v wan dis trip to b advnturous rather den luxurious.plz do rply

  191. abhishek says:

    hi i am planning to leave for ladakh on 24th june from delhi…i will be taking bus ,,please suggest me where to take halt..i have to return delhi by 7th july…i am into photography,i want to visit beautiful places tell me fewplaces enroute to ladakh where bus goes..i can hire bike in ladakh..i have got free accomodation and food in leh market area..my budget is 15k..pls suggest

    • Abhishek, HPTDC bus service will start in July and you can get the HRTC bus to Leh which starts from Delhi and halt at Manali and Keylong. However, they will not stop at much places on the way. Only few.

  192. Chandan says:

    Hello Dheeraj, your blog is very informative. Truck load of appreciation for that. I am planning to visit Leh this year July, and I am worried with one of the things that you said “The taxis outside the Leh are not allowed to roam in Leh – Ladakh and you are always required to hire taxi that belongs to Leh only”.
    IMO you wrote this article quite sometime back, does this hold up still? I am planning to hire a Innova(taxi) from Chandigarh and head to Leh via Srinagar, and plan to use that to travel around Leh as well. That point would be disaster and I would have to re do a lot of things here!

    • Thanks alot Chandan, yes this still hold up true. You cannot have taxis outside ladakh to ply in Ladakh. Unfortunately, you will have to hire another taxi after reaching Ladakh.

  193. vinod says:

    Im planning to visit leh-ladakhfrom jammu by bike
    as per my plan i’m going to follow jammu-shrinagar-kargil-lehi-manali path
    suggest me the best plan and precaustion to be taken.
    how many place can i visit in 13 days ??

  194. Naren says:

    Dheeraj,

    I have no questions for you but a big WOW.
    I am completely surprised with your dedication in answering so many questions…
    You are doing a great job pal.

    I suggest everyone writing questions to go through all comments…that would make you expert in traveling ladhak
    Regards,
    Naren

    • Thanks alot Naren :) :)

      • Madhur says:

        Hi Dheeraj,

        Thanks for giving this wonderful information.
        Do we need Enfield bike is necessary or can we use any 100 cc bike (in good condition) also

        Please reply

        • Madhur, well though it is not required to have more powerful bike but always preferable. 100cc might be able to do it as I have read few accounts of it in the past but surely will struggle at some places where it might be required to push manually, especially I believe if you get stuck in some water crossing. DO NOT push the bike beyond its limit in case your stuck rather user your own physical power to get it out.

        • Madhur says:

          Hi Dheeraj,

          Thanks for the reply.
          Didn’t understand what do U want to say by “DO NOT push the bike beyond its limit in case your stuck rather user your own physical power to get it out”.

          If we stuck if then it would be difficult to push heavy bike rather than a lighter one.

          Please clear

          Madhur

        • Madhur, by pushing means. Do not let the machine pull itself in case it is stuck too much. Try to give the machine a physical push. I know it is hard to push heavy bikes but that is what you should do to save it else you might end up with burnt clutch plates in the middle of no where…

  195. saurav says:

    We are planning to visit Leh-Ladakh with a group of 6. What would be the cost of the 3 rented bikes and also pls tel me the best route for ladakh-leh. We will reach delhi on 11th Aug. Pls tel me the cost which would be incurred on the bikes. Pls suggest…ASAP

    • Naren says:

      Saurav your question is already answered below…

    • 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

      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.

    • andy says:

      hey guys ,,lookin forward to join in with group of bullet bikers to leh ,so if u could feel free aded one more biker to your group ,do inform me.

  196. Rohan says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    You have great knowledge and give good suggestions about the place. I thought I’d ask for your opinion on my plans as well, if you could please share some tips.

    We are a group of 5 people and plan to go from Manali to Srinagar. We fly to Chandigarh on the 27th July Morning and depart for Manali, and return from Srinagar on the 6th of August.

    We wish to do all the touristy things such as pangong lake camping, nubra valley, the shey palace, the monasteries, zanskar river rafting, kargil peaks, srinagar house boats etc.

    The budget for stays and food comes up to approx 15-16K per head. The budget for traveling however, is exceeding 20k per head by private vehicle (chandigarh – srinagar).

    Where are we going wrong ? The budget is exceeding our expectations.

  197. Karan says:

    Hi,
    We are a group of 8 and planning a trip for 8 days (as post that more leaves from office are not possible :P) It would of great help if you could suggest an itinerary for end of june and we are planning to travel from Delhi on hired taxis only so wat sort of budget per person are we looking at ?
    one feedback we got from a travel agent that end of june is peak season and all hotels, taxi, camps are full and it will be impossible to find bookings on going there. How true is that ? and do we need bookings from Delhi only .. possible to get bookings on reaching Leh ?

    • KAran, you will get booking once you reach Leh. Though you will have to search a bit. But, you need at least 9 days to make some sense of ladakh trip. It will take 3 days to reach Leh from Manali side from Delhi and 3 days to come back. You are left with just 2 days where you can do one day acclimatization + permits and next day do either Khardung La OR Pangong Tso.

  198. Ajay Gupta says:

    Hi Dheeraj
    I am planning to leh, but have have only 8 9 & 10 june. we will reach manali on 8 in the morning could u help me by suggesting which placed should we visit. is 3 days enough can we go to leh and come back to manali. As we working so its hard to take out time. and should we go by rented bike or taxi. please give ur suggestion

    • Ajay, it will take two days of long rides to reach Leh from Manali and then come back you need 2 days. So, with three days in hand it is not possible. Go towards Lahaul Valley, do Suraj Tal and Deepak Tal on the way to Baralacha La pass. Spend these days in Lahaul and come back to Manali on thrid day.

      • Ajay Gupta says:

        Hi Dheeraj
        Thank you for the valuable suggestion. can u plz tell me the minimum days in which we can enjoy our trip and also want to go Pangong Tso Lake in night and want enjoy the morning,please give me ur insight

  199. deepak says:

    hello all any body is going on leh ladakh by bike near 5 to 7 th june via srinagar so plz contact me am alone here i have no partner still…and i want to go thr…..so plz join me and contact me …on my numbar 9971791455……am waitng for postv reply……

    • Akash K says:

      Hi Deepak, We are group of 6 going to Leh Via Manali.If you wish to come through this route than you can join us for the same.
      We will start from Delhi on 8th June 2013.

  200. Bhairab says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    Your blog is really very informative. We are planning Leh Ladakh trip this summer for 10 days. I am planning to go to leh from delhi by my Chevrolet-Spark .. Will it be feasible option as i am starting from del on 20th July and return back to del on 30 th July, 2013..

    Thanks

    • Guess, you said Ikon in the previous comment. Anyways 10 days will be tad less, make it few more to have a comfortable trip else it will be a tight one. For hatchback/sedan taking on Manali – Leh Highway and Ladakh, I will say:

      You will indeed face few tough challenges on the route. The hatchback/sedan will increase the level of every challenge even further, sedan is the worst candidate. My suggestion will be to go via Srinagar route as it will help you feel comfortable with the driving, provide more acclimatization and then once you have done the local Leh-Ladakh, then come back via Manali side. Secondly, since you are in hatch/sedan, then you need to drive with extra care as well. There will be some sections on the Manali – Leh highway in which you might need to sacrifice some scratches on the underbelly. Just make sure you do not bump the engine sump (know it before where it is placed in your car). You need to protect it all around the trip. Thirdly, whenever in doubt do not rush into the section rather park aside and feel the section with your foot, see how other vehicles are crossing it and make a planned route in your mind to cross that section. At the very least do carry Mseal, quick fix, funnel, jerry cans and towing rope with you all the time.

      Also, I will strongly suggest that you go through and read my series on Ladakh Self Drive tips at the links below:

      7 Useful Tips for a Self Drive to Leh – Ladakh, Routes and Road Conditions In Leh – Ladakh | Ladakh Self Drive Tips, Fuel Availability In Leh – Ladakh | Ladakh Self Drive Tips

  201. deepak says:

    Hi dheeraj…….
    am going on my R.E bike so i want to know should i cary tyre pucher kit or not ……there is any chances to get tyre puncher…can u tell me…i should get any chemicals in my bike tyres…….plz tell me ill go on 7th june …..

    • There are many chances to get the tyre puncture. Do carry some puncture repair kit. Chemical wise, I do not know about it which one shall be applicable for tourist and its efficiency.

    • andy says:

      heya ,,i wana join a group so ,,do inform if you are lookin forwrd for one more rider.

  202. Kank says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Great and very Useful Blog. We are 2 couples planning to go to Le Ladakh in 2nd Week of August. Please see our itinerary:
    1) Day 1 Leh – Rest and visit leh market
    2) Day 2 – Leh- Alchi. See places in between. Visit Magnetic Hills
    3) Day 3: Leh – Monasteries Shey, Thiksey etc)
    4) Day 4 – Leh – Nubra
    5) Day 5- Nubra – Leh
    6) Day 6- Leh – Pangong Lake
    7) Day 7 – Pangong Lake – Leh
    8) Day 8 – Delhi

    We are planning to fly from Delhi.

    I have few questions:
    1) What do u think about our itinerary?
    2) Can we club Day 2 and Day 3 activities and Can we plan something else? If Yes, Please suggest.
    3) We are getting one pre-packaged plan with almost same itinerary which includes air fare, accommodation, food(all 3 meals), site seeing etc. Its coming almost 28K per person.

    I was doing cost analysis, thanks to your blog :), considering we stay in reasonably decent Hotel,and airfare shooting high, cost coming roughly around same.
    What are your views about taking Ladakh trip through tour operators? Whether we will miss the beauty and adventure while following strict timelines? Are they offering us a competitive price?

    • Hello Kanak,

      1. I will suggest that you move Day 3 that is monasteries before coming back from Leh that is make it Day 7 after Nubra and Pangong Tso tour. rest looks OK but not sure about if you could cope with exertion of alchi and all on seocnd day itself. Will suggets better take rest. Do Sham Valley on Day 7 and visit monasteries on the way to and from Pangong Tso.
      2. No. Keep Day 2 for local leh only, rest as suggested above.
      3. Seems decent if that is so the only thing is flexibility of their cars if they are doing it in a group with other people with you 4.

      Better go with someone who can help you with hotels and taxi but you lay your own plan in front of them.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  203. Akash K says:

    Hi Friends
    We are group of 7 people driving to Leh on Royal Enfields from New Delhi.We will start from New Dlehi on 8th June 2013 with schedule of 9 days to and fro.
    Anyone interested to join our group can email us at akashskygags@gmail.com or call at 9871000631

  204. deepak says:

    hi am deepak frm gurgaon……….am planning to vist leh ladakh in 7th of june …but still i didnt find any frd …which is going to leh .the same date and the route…ill go via srinagar to leh and ill return via manali…..ill go thr on my R.E 350.cc.bike…so i want to say that if any body want to go with me then plz contact me …9971791455…..and add me on facebook …mr_deepak_ji_23@yahoo.co.in……………

    • andy says:

      hey frnds, m also from delhi,,,,wud like to join you guys and do tell your plan …may be i can get on sum more RE bikers like me .contact 9654626677 (Andy).

  205. Suman Doogar says:

    Hi, I am from delhi and I am looking for people who are travelling to Ladakh this June. I am actually looking for company so that the cost of the trip can be shared. I plan to start from Delhi on 30th May.

    • Rajiv says:

      genious :D

    • kumar says:

      hi,i am from delhi and i look forward to do this trip on 30th or 31st may 2013 on my personal en-field bike. Looking for the company so that trip cost can be shared. I will carry personal tent/sleeping bags along with me with all required accessories. Prior to this trip i have visited kailash mansarovar, Chota kailash, Om Parvat trek, Srikhand Mahadev, ManiMahesh and many more high altitude treks. Pl contact Kumar V at 09971104848.

    • Vinod says:

      we are two guys from bangalore. reaching delhi on 15th morning of June. Will collect our bolero which we would ship earlier and start on the same day. you may join us.

    • deepak says:

      hi….if u can adjust ur plan on 7th of june then we can be in touch to go thr…..via srinagar….on my ROYAL ENF…350 c.c…………

    • Vishal says:

      Hi Suman, We are 4 to 5 member who are actually going to visit in leh in june month. if you have a group of people please update us, so we can plan accodingly.

    • DoW has started an initiative under DoW as Himalayan Travel Community for finding Travel Partners or Companions, leave your message in Travel Partners section at the link: Ladakh & Zanskar – Travel Partners Section. May be you meet someone online going over the same dates.

    • Narender grewal says:

      Hi, I am from Chandigarh and I am looking for people who are travelling to Ladakh this June. I am actually looking for company so that the cost of the trip can be shared. I plan to start from Chandigarh on 15th June.

  206. BORGE UMESH says:

    Hi Dheeraj iam UMESH from pune with my friend we plan a trip to leh we start it from pune to jammu by train & then we start our journey on ROYAL ENFILD we want to know how to manage the trip such as ATM FUEL NORMAL HOTEL & LODGING TECHNICAL SUPPORT please guid me general information .

  207. rajalakshmi says:

    Hi Dheeraj I am travelling with family (3 members) to leh ladakh 22-05-13 to 31-05-13. Hired taxi willing to share taxi (Xylo) with travellers – couple or family or frnds group (2 to 3 members). Planned to visit nubra valley, pan gong lake if possible tso morri lake too, other places in leh. Interested people can contact 919922912384.

  208. Shraddha says:

    Hi,
    Thanks for the all the info. This blog is amazing.

    I am planning to travel to Leh in mid June. But since the travel operators in Mumbai do not do group tours to Leh via Zoji la, I am planning to do the Mum-Srinagar-Leh leg on my own and join the group tour in Alchi/Uley. this would save me a lot of airfare. Coz the airfare from Mum-Srinagar& Leh-Mum is approx 30K
    I would like to know the below:

    1. Is the above plan uselful and worth it?
    2. what would be the approx cost I would incur for the Srinagar-Alchi/ Uley leg with a night halt in Kargil?
    3. What would be the cost of transport from Sinagar-Leh via Zoji la with halt in Kargil on Public / private transport ?
    4. Would I be able to enjoy the beauty of Sinagar-Leh highway (touristy places*+ taking pics) through public transport (goverment buses / share taxis)?

    Thanks in advance for the info and help.