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Leh Ladakh Taxi Rates 2012 – 13

 

Being in Ladakh for sometime and got the opportunity to get the latest taxi rates for the year 2012-13 from leh taxi union. It is a surprise to see a hike of about 22% in the rates when compared to last year. Also, from this year onward, taxi union has separated the rates on the basis of model and make of the taxi. The have grouped the taxis as -

  • Innova and Xylo (highest price tag)
  • Scorpio, Tavera, Sumo Grande, Qualis, Safari and Winger (middle price tag)
  • Eeco, Omni Van, Sumo old (lowest price tag)

These are the rates from last year and you can find the updated Leh taxi union rates for the year 2013-14 at the link: Leh Ladakh Taxi Rates 2013 – 14

Below you can find the entire rate list of leh taxi union for sightseeing purposes within Ladakh and to Manali and Srinagar as well for 2012.

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Some Good Taxi Drivers in Leh – Ladakh
    • Rigzin – 09622954779, 9469472772 (he know me personally and being more of a friend, he might help arrange some alternative in case he is busy or booked already in the season)
    • Manzoor – 09622973951 | Very nice person, recommended by readers below as well
    • Chamba – 09596979829 / 09906999808 (Nice person, tried by couple of readers below with positive feedback)
    • Naseer – 09906229203 and 09469293183
    • Dorjey – 09419372742, 09622969317
    • Dorjay Anbchuk – 09419308051
    • Tashi – 09469630613, 09906994647, 09419342238
    • Tsewang – 09622993372
    • Tsewang (not same as above) – 09419853528
    • Sonam – 09419371012
    • Abbas – 09622998367
    • Abbas (not same as above) – 09622971759, 09469271786
    • Chamba – 09596979829 and Rinchen – 09906999808


For more updated & comprehensive list of taxi drivers in for Ladakh – Srinagar – Leh – Manali, check the link: Updated List of Taxi Drivers for Ladakh – Srinagar – Leh – Manali

Conclusion

I hope the above Leh – Ladakh taxi rate list for 2012 – 13 will be useful for your upcoming Leh – Ldakh trip. Feel free to get in touch for any queries or doubts you may have in terms of planning your trip to Leh – Ladakh :)

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495 Comments

  1. Swapnil K says:

    Hello Dheerajji,

    I am planning Ladakh in the month of july.
    I hv checked flight rates frm delhi to leh they are quite high as compared to last few yrs back.
    Now I am exploring option from delhi to srinagar flight & then taxi. Want to know taxi fares from srinagar to leh & will it be good option ???
    Is there any bus service available there ??

    • Hello Swapnil,

      Good to see you here again !! :)

      Better to fly to Srinagar in that case and start with taxi from there. Taxi cost shall be around 13-14K with night stop at Kargil for a drop to Leh. Then you can get taxi within Leh for Ladakh and come back even by HPTDC bus that runs on Manali – Leh Highway every alternate day.

      There are also shared taxis that run on these routes and in fact within Ladakh even these shared taxis are for tourists to enjoy the route as well.

      Buses also ply on Srinagar – Leh Highway and cost about 800-900 per ticket.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

    • Also, you can check the latest taxi rates within Ladakh at the link: Leh – Ladakh Taxi Rates 2014 – 15

  2. Vijay Pratap Singh says:

    Hi.
    I have so far planned a trip to Jammu on 8th March. We are a group of 2. I will be heading towards Sonamarg where another friend of mine will be joining us.
    I have a few queries.
    1. Are there good bus (Volvo) services from Jammu to Srinagar ?
    If yes, how can we pre book our seats ?

    2. Planning to vissit Pahalgam and Leh (In march).
    Possible ?

    3. Srinagar To Leh by road at this time of year ?

    4. Any other plans that we should consider.

    • Hello Vijay,

      1. I have not heard of any Volvo Buses running between Jammu and Srinagar. You can get the standard ones though.
      2 + 3. Pahalgam is possible but Leh will not be possible in March as route from Srinagar to Leh generaly opens up late April at max. or in May.
      4. Just stick to Kashmir including Sonamarg, Pahalgam, Gulmarg and Srinagar. May be try Aru Valley.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

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  4. Hatim Taj says:

    Hi again Dheeraj,

    I returned a few days back after another thoroughly enjoyable trip to Ladakh. I met Chamba again and you will be pleased to know that after reading this blog several of your readers contacted him and hired him during their visit to Ladakh. As a result he did extremely good business this summer! This is all thanks to you and your brilliant website – thank you once again for the excellent work you’re doing!

    This time Chamba even invited me home where I met his extremely warm and welcoming family who treated me to a most excellent traditional Ladakhi dinner. Chamba’s brother Rinchen even gifted me a piece of artwork that he made himself (he too drives a taxi and is also an amateur artist). And Chamba’s such a great guy, he didn’t even charge me for my airport pickup and drop!

    I would like to share some more details about Chamba for the benefit of your readers. He works together with his brother Rinchen (whom I’ve talked about above) who is also himself an excellent driver. So those of your readers who are interested in availing their services may get in touch with either of the 2 brothers – their mobile numbers are: Chamba – 09596979829 and Rinchen – 09906999808. Also, they have an Omni too in addition to their Innova. I would appreciate if you would kindly update your blog with their phone numbers. Another thing they mentioned is that it would be just a little helpful if readers could, if possible, contact them a bit in advance about their tours. Oftentimes it so happens that tourists call them at very short notice and they (Chamba/Rinchen) have to unfortunately decline because they’re already engaged at that time.

    Thanks once again Dheeraj!

    Best regards,
    Hatim

    • Thanks Hatim !! Ladakhis are such hospitable and friendly by birth!! Some amazing people which is also a big contributing factor in making this place heaven :)

      I have updated the contact info. for both of them

      • Hatim Taj says:

        Totally agree with you Dheeraj! And thanks for updating the info – appreciate it.

        Hatim

    • Mehul Shah says:

      Hi Hatim, we are planning a trip from Manali to Leh, what would you suggest us about the budget and accommodation. Regards, Mehul.

      • Hi Mehul,

        For doubts related to budget for Leh – Ladakh trip, I am sure the link below will help you alot for getting an idea of overall budget:
        How to calculate cost or budget for Leh – Ladakh trip

        Also, check the article: 5 Tips for a Budget Trip to Ladakh

        Still, in case you have any doubt, kindly let me know.

        Regards
        Dheeraj

      • Hatim Taj says:

        Hi Mehul,

        The two articles that Dheeraj has pointed to provide an excellent reference source for budgeting a trip to Leh. To add my two pence worth, the exact budget would depend upon (a) the time of year at which you visit, (b) model of travel, (c) number of people in your group and (d) the level of comfort you wish for in your accommodation. For instance I always visit in September which is the lean season, fly in and out of Leh, travel alone and stay at budget guest houses. So my travel (flight + taxi) costs tend to be higher but I save a bit on accommodation and the discounted off-season rates. So the actual budget can vary significantly depending on these factors and as I’ve said Dheeraj’s articles discuss these in depth along with actual costs you can expect to incur.

        There are other articles too on this website that discuss accommodation options at various places in Ladakh so do check those out too.

        Best regards,
        Hatim

  5. avi says:

    Firstly, your comments are very detailed and helpful….and I need a help please, are roads open in Nov ? And also is it advisable to travel in Jan ?

    • Avi roads are closed in November, they are more or like closed now. It is highly not recommended to travel to Ladakh by road anytime now and in winters too. Please plan it next season.

  6. b parkash says:

    we r 10 person and want to visit leh from srinagar
    10/10/13 srinagar to sonemarg
    11/10/13 sonemarg to kargil
    12/10/13 kargil to leh
    13-14-15-16/10/2013 stay at leh and local sight seeing
    Please suggest traveller for this visit and rent etc.

  7. Subrat says:

    Would anyone be aware of reliable cab drivers from Srinagar to Leh? Can we pre-book someone who can pick us up from the Srinagar airport on Sep 7, 2013 and proceed straight towards Leh. Is there any paperwork involved for such an arrangement?

  8. Priyesh says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    We are 4 people planning our trip to Leh-Ladakh from Delhi. we will start from delhi on 10th evening and need to return delhi by 18th aug. How should we plan our trip where our main concern will be to click lots and lots of pictures keeping a budget of approx 10k per head including our start from delhi till we reach back covering our travel, accommodation and food expenses. we need to choose the best route to view.
    Will be rally thankful for your suggestion.. :)

  9. Abhishek says:

    Hi ,
    We are 3 persons ,planning from delhi to leh by road on 19 july for 10 days .If any one is interested to join , can contact us by @ ashishinfogr8@gmail.com .

    Thanks .

  10. kiran T says:

    Hi,

    We are 3 friends planning a trip to Leh in August.We are landing in Delhi on 9th August.
    Return flihght to Bangalore from Delhi on 17th August.So we haev 7 days in hand.
    WIll it be possible to travel to leh and be back in Delhi by 17th.We planing to take the Manali route.Pls guide.Also if you have any reference to hire a taxi from Manali.

    Regards
    Kiran

  11. Shishir says:

    Hi Dhreej,
    I would like to check few things
    1)Del-Manali-Leh-Manali-Del by innova as we are 6 people,(can you please help with the cost & is it possible to have the same cab through out the trip ??- because than It might cost us cheap)

    If yes can you please suggest an Iteneary …
    8th Aug – can start from delhi 3 AM –to reach manali 3-4 in afternoon I guess,
    9th-
    10th-
    11th-
    12th Aug
    13th
    14th
    15th Leh- Manali
    16th Leh -manali
    16th Night – manali – del
    17th by 2 PM we need to reach delhi

    How much the cab would cost us?
    If we cant take the same cab everywhere than what will be the cheapest option?
    16th

    • Hello Shishir

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

      2. Itinerary can be like below

      9th- Manali – Jispa
      10th- Jispa – Leh
      11th- Leh Local Sightseeing + Permits
      12th- Leh – Khardung La – Diskit/Hunder
      13th hunder/Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Khardung La – Leh
      14th Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh
      15th Leh – Jispa
      16th Jispa – manali
      16th Night – manali – del
      17th by 2 PM we need to reach delhi

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  12. Ashish says:

    Hi Deeraj ,

    Thanks for such a useful information .We are four people planning for leh for 10 days .Can you please suggest that how can we arrange taxi from manali and how much cost they will charge ,we dont have any idea about taxi charges from manali to leh .

    Thanks in Advance ,
    Ashish

    • Ashish, with one night stop Manali – Leh will cost you about 16-18K depending upon the tourist rush and your bargaining skills. Once you reach Manali, go to taxi stand and directly get in touch with drivers.

      • Sanchit says:

        Hello Dheeraj,

        Me and my 4 other friends are planning a trip to leh in August. We will be leaving delhi on 9th for manali by volvo. Could you please advise if we could plan a trip goin from manali to leh and return via Srinagar(Kargil) and finally back to delhi on 18th?

        Thanks.

        • Sanchit says:

          Also if you could give me a tentative idea on our travelling expense, via taxi(Inova).

        • It will take 3 days to reach Leh from Delhi via Manali and 4 days to come back to Delhi from Ladakh via Srinagar side. You have about 9 days in hand. Just two days will remain and out of which 1 days you need to do rest and acclimatize + arrange permits too. In the remaining one day, you can either day trip to Pangong Tso or Nubra Valley.

  13. Somdev Banerjee says:

    Hi Dheeraj. Me and my 2 friends are planning a trip 2 leh from delhi. We will reach delhi on 6th July early morning and planning to start our journey immediately. Kindly help us with the itinerary keeping in mind that we have to return to delhi by 14th morning. Also i would like to mention that we are planning this trip only in bus and cabs. Please help us out as my previous plan of going to Goa on the same dates washed out due to monsoon. Looking forward to this trip.

    • Somdev, you can follow the plan like below for 9 days for Manali – Leh – Manali:

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

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

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

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

      Day 5 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder – Leh
      – Head for Nubra Valley and do day trip
      – 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 | 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

      Day 9 | Manali – Delhi
      – Return home

      • Somdev says:

        Thanx Dheeraj for the above assistance. Can you be more kind and help me out with the same itinerary only the other way around this time i.e., from leh to manali. And also can you suggest me a convenient and economic mean to reach leh from delhi and start my journey from there. The date and duration of the journey will remain same.

        • Somdev, I could not understand what you mean by Leh to Manali? Are you flying all the want to Srinagar? I think I shared Manali – Leh – manali trip completely. Get down to Manali by Volvo – HPTDC and then book a seat in HPTDC Semi Deluxe bus to Leh from Manali.

        • Somdev says:

          My apologies if i failed to reason it to you properly. What I meant to say is that in a travel tip from you I read that its better to start the journey from leh rather than manali. So now to frame my question in a constructive way I want to know what if I start my journey from Leh. What is the most convenient way to get to leh so that i start my trip from there and reach delhi by 14th July.
          P.S: My journey will start on 6th July morning from delhi.

        • Somdev, you have 9 days and it is better that you follow this plan:

          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 – 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 – Taglang La – Sarchu
          – Overnight at Sarchu or Pang
           
          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
           
          Day 9 | Manali – Delhi
          – Return Home
           
          Day 10 – Buffer day to be kept incase of road closure due to landslides or snowfall or perhaps you want to enjoy more.

          Regards
          Dheeraj

  14. Partho says:

    Can you please advise an itenary for me starting Srinagar on 9th August. I want to cover Sonmarg, Gulmarg, Kargil, Leh, Ladakh.
    I need to be at Delhi on 18th Aug Night. Is it possible to take the Leh-Manali route while returning.
    And how do I book a vehicle from Srinagar and what Vehicle, we are a couple.

    • Partho, for 10 days you can follow something like below:

      You can do it like below:

      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 + 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 – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake – Leh
      – Make a day trip to Pangong Tso and 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 – Delhi

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Partho says:

        Thanks a lot for your reply.
        Can I book a vehicle which can take me from Srinagar till Manali?

        • Partho, you will need to book a vehicle first for Srinagar to Leh and then from Leh you can book one vehicle which will do all ladakh sighseeing and drop you to Manali.

      • Prashant says:

        Im travelling with my family from Srinagar to leh on 4th August ( Sunday ) with sightseeing on the way and overnight stay in Kargil.

        Can you Please share the contact details of tourist taxi / buses, is it possible to book bus ticket in advance.

  15. Nikhil says:

    hello dheeraj,
    i want to ask that whether any taxi are running in leh for local sightseeing(pangong,nubra,tso moriri) on shared basis.?

    • Hi Nikhil,

      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 :)

      OR, 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.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  16. manish says:

    dheeraj i plan to go leh pls suggest konsa konsa saman carry karna chahiye and useful medicine.
    10 din me Delhi se leh or leh se shrinager trip ho jayenge kya.

    • Mannish, you can follow the 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 – Leh
      – Head for Nubra Valley very early in the day and come back by late evening after visiting Deskit. If you have time go little further and see Hunder sand dunes too
      – 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 | Leh – Pangong Tso Lake – Leh
      – Day trip to Pangong Tso
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 8 | Leh – Taglang La – 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 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 – Delhi

      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.

  17. Archit says:

    hi dheeraj
    me and my 2 frnds are planning to go to leh in july 2013. As we are just 3 person so suv will be quite expensive for us. Aren’t their any hatchback cars for taxi purpose in leh that would help us in local touring(nubra, pangong, tsomoriri). Can we get them at price under 20000/- ?
    regards,
    archit

    • There aren’t any hatchbacks but there are Vans and Ecco that also run and has the lowest price tag. You can opt for them r better get people along with you to share taxi cost.

      DoW have started an initiative under DoW as Himalayan Travel Community, 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 which will hep you save some good amount of money.

      • Archit says:

        thnx for your valuable suggestion.
        i have another question that can we follow the following route after visiting nubra valley-
        leh to pangong(1st day)
        pangong to tso moriri via tsanga,loma,nyoma(2nd day)
        tso moriri to sarchu or keylong via tso kar,pang (3rd day)
        sarchu or keylong to manali(4th day)

        • Archit, permits for the route from Tsaga – Chusul are not permitted or approved since last couple of years. So, not a chance to cover this route.

      • Archit says:

        Dheeraj, is mahindra quanto(self drive) ok for leh or we should arrange a suv?

    • Radheshyam says:

      Hi Archit,
      I and two of my friends are planning a trip in last two weeks of July. Considering that the travel cost is significant, we’re also in the same dialemma. I was wondering if we could join our trips.. Shall we sync up some time to discuss this?

  18. Ajay says:

    Dheeraj,
    do you have any other contacts of the driver Rigzin (first on the list). Managed to get him on phone calls before 27th May and he assured would take care of transport. From last 04 days I’m not able to get him on both of his mobile contacts (Airtel – this No. doesn’t exist & BSNL – switched off). Is there any fixed landline contact of him with you? Need urgent message to pass it to him.

    Rgds
    Ajay

    • Ajay, do not worry he will be on some trip with guests/clients. He will be back soon. Don’t worry I have asked him whenever he will change the numbers he will certainly let me know :)

  19. Amit Goyal says:

    hi Dheeraj,
    We are going to ladakh next month. we have hired 2 innovas in self drive from autoriders. the cars have black number plates with yellow number. Do we face any problems entering the area from administration or the taxi associatoin there??
    thanks,
    amit goyal

  20. Guneshwor says:

    Dear Dheeraj,
    2 of us are looking forward for a 4 night & 5 days trip to Leh covering Pongnang Lake too. Plz help as i dont know where to start from & where to stay ?

    • Guneshwor, how are you planning to reach Leh and getting out of it? Are you planning to fly in and out of Leh?

      • Guneshwor says:

        Hi Dheeraj,
        We are planning to fly to Delhi, (till delhi bcos another 2 frens might join in ) so 4 people in total, take a bus till Manali. & from manali to Leh by tempo or taxi.

        • Brother, it takes 3 days to reach Leh from Delhi via Manali. Same will be required for coming back. You have just 4-5 nights, I do not think you can manage.

  21. anshuli says:

    Hi there,
    great site :) amazing info!
    We have 7 days. Plan is:
    July 6th: Fly Mumbai – Chandigarh
    Travel to Manali and arrive there that evening. (We were thinking driving is best, hiring a cab)
    July 9th Manali-Leh Highway
    We wanted to do this in one day, but is that insane?? If it is, where is the best place to stay the night on the highway at an intermediate point?? Which are good hotels/camps?
    July 14th fly back to Bom from Leh
    Many thanks for your help!

    • Anshuli, yes doing Manali – Leh highwaay in one day is close to being insane. Better do Manali to Jispa and then do Jispa to Leh. This is the best way to do with un-acclimatized body.

  22. Mayur Bhutada says:

    Dear Dheeraj,

    First of all, congratulations and sincere thanks for this super fantastic portal which has turned out to be boon for the first-timers like us.

    We are planning for this much awaited trip from 7-July-2013.
    Our tentative plan is as follows:
    1. Day 1 (6 July) – Mumbai to Srinagar ( Via Flight) – Stay @ Srinagar
    2. Day 2 (7 July) – Srinagar to Kargil ( Via Taxi) – Stay @ Kargil
    3. Day 3 (8 July)- Kargil to Leh (Via Taxi) – Covering Few Spots on this highway)
    4. Day 4 (9 July) – Leh – Local Sight Seeing ( By Bike )
    5. Day 5 (10 July)- Leh – Pangong Lake – Leh ( Via Taxi )
    Day 6 (11 July) – Leh to Khardungla Pass ( By Bike )
    Day 7 (12 July) – Leh to Sarchu ( Via Taxi)
    - Stay @ Sarchu
    Day 8 (13 July) – Sarchu to Manali ( Via Taxi) – Stay @ Manali
    Day 9 (14 July)- Manali to Delhi (Via Bus)
    Day 10 (15 July)- Delhi to Pune ( Via Flight)

    We had few questions:
    1. Is plan Good? Is it covering all important locations of Leh? Please suggest if we are missing anything important location.
    2. We are expecting a budget to be around (25K to 30k) – I Hope we are on the right track?
    3. We also want to include Bike tour for local visit and also for khardungla pass. Please comment on the this plan on whether is it possible or not.
    3. Will it possible for us to visit the important locations on both the highways in our planned journey of 2 days each on these highway? We just don’t want it to be sight seeing trip on both of these highways. Also, please tell whether this will be hectic?

    We have restriction of maximum 10 days for this trip.

    Can you please help us in chalking out the basic plan so that we can book flight tickets from Mumbai – Srinagar and Delhi to Pune.

    Please alter our plan if required.

    We will finalise the stay, food, transportation, bike hire, local permits etc. after basic plan is confirmed.

    Eagerly awaiting for your response.

    Yours,
    Mayur

    • Hi Mayur,

      1. Plan is OK but do Leh – Khardung La – Leh before Pangong Tso.
      2. Hmm, might fit in. For doubts related to budget for Leh – Ladakh trip, I am sure the link below will help you alot for getting an idea of overall budget:
      How to calculate cost or budget for Leh – Ladakh trip
      Still, in case you have any doubt, kindly let me know.
      3. Yes, pretty much this is the way it is done mostly.

      The above plan looks OK given the limited days you have in hand. May be on Day 4 you can reach Nubra Valley if you get the permits early over Khardung La and come back making it almost perfect trip to Ladakh with 10 days :)

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  23. Ambar Ray says:

    Brother,
    I desparately need to get in touch with you to discuss about my Leh/Ladakh tour. So plz plz send me your mobile number.
    Please do not ignore my message as I am really interested for this trip and wana talk 2 u in details. I would appreciate if you revert with your contact number.
    Thanks in advance bro,
    Ambar.

  24. Chitra says:

    Hello Dheeraj,

    Just connected with Rigzin and was glad to hear of his availability during our dates of travel. He has offerred to even take care of our accomodation right from kargil upto Pangong Tso trip.

    Thats such a load off of my head. Thanks again for the wonderful work you are doing through this site.

    Regards,
    Chitra.

  25. rajender says:

    was planing to go from srinagar to leh by road in hope that 460 km streach could be covered in 10/12 hrs but after going through blogs droped the idia as time is short , nex time wil go directly to leh , thanks for all the information posted ,,,,

  26. Tushar says:

    Thanks for the wonderful information Mr. Dheeraj.
    I would like to know the taxi fare from jammu to pahalgam – 1 night stay.
    Pahalgam to sringar-1 night stay.
    Srinagar to kargil – 1 night stay
    Kargil to leh- 1 night stay.
    Taxi should drop us at Leh.
    If you have better plan then plz suggest.

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  28. Balasubramanyaswamy says:

    Dear Dheeraj Sharma,
    We are planing to go to Leh in August 1st from Srinagar.
    How we must plan to go and reach Leh and return back to Srinagar on 4th of August?

    • Balasubramanyaswamy, please avoid it because it takes 2 days to reach Leh from Srinagar with overnight halt at Kargil and same way back to Srinagar. So, all your 4 days will be consumed by just going to Leh and coming back. Rather explore Gulmarg and Pahalgam in these days.

  29. Nupur Jain says:

    We want to do River rafting but we have got just one day spare.
    Is it possible? and How? pls guide?

  30. Archit says:

    Hello Dheeraj
    me and my 4 frnd are planning to go to manali and leh on 11 july 2013. We have prepared a outline of our trip with the help of your various blogs. Please check if it is a good schedule or not or whether any changes are required or not.
    11 July- New Delhi to Manali
    12 July- reach Manali at around 12 noon,check in hotels.
    13 July- visit rohtang pass and near by places .
    14 July- stay at hotel and local sightseeing.
    15 July(Monday)- checkout from manali hotel at 8:30 am. Leave for leh by hptdc bus. Reach keylong at 6 pm.
    16 July- depart from keylong and reach leh around 4 pm.
    17 July- get permit to various places and local sightseeing.
    18 july- departure to tangste at 6;30 am via bus and from tangste hire a public transport to pangong lake. Reach pangong lake and stay in tents.
    19 july- return from pangong to leh.
    20 july- tso moriri via bus at 6:30 am.
    21 july return back to leh.
    22 july depart to diskit, and stay at diskit(nubra) and visit nearby places.
    23 july return to leh.
    24 july return to new delhi by air.

  31. Pradeep says:

    Dear Dheeraj,
    I’m Pradeep from Bangkok,Thailand.
    We(my wife and I , only 2)will visit Kashmir&Ladakh during 4 – 20 October,2013. We want to take road trip by private taxi for the whole trip.
    Here is our itinerary :
    Day 1 (October 4th) : pick up at Srinagar airport , forward to Pahalgam , stay
    Day 2 (October 5th) : Pahalgam visit Betaab vallry, Aru valley , stay
    Day 3 (October 6th) : Pahalgam -Gulmarg , stay
    Day 4 (October 7th) : Gulmarg – Srinagar ,stay
    Day 5 (October 8th) : local sight-seeing in Srinagar , stay
    Day 6 (October 9th) : Srinagar – Sonamarg sisit Thajiwas glacier, Nilagrad,etc. , stay
    Day 7 (October 10th) : Sonamarg – Mulbekh monastery – Lamayuru , stay
    Day 8 (October 11st) : Lamayuru – Leh (sight-seeing enroute) , stay Day 9 (October 12nd) : Leh (Gonpa tour) , stay
    Day 10 (October 13rd) : Leh – Nubra valley ,stay at Hunder
    Day 11 (October 14th) ; Hunder – Turtuk or Sumur) – Leh , stay
    Day 12 (October 15th) : Leh – Pangong , stay at homestay ,Spangmik valley
    Day 13 (October 16th) : Pangong – Leh , stay
    Day 14 (October 17th) : Leh – Tsomoriri ,stay at homestay at Korzok village
    Day 15 (October 18th) : Tsomoriri – Tsokar – Leh , stay
    Day 16 (October 19th) : Free day(not have a plan ,yet) , stay
    Day 17 (October 20th) : depart from Leh to New Delhi

    from the above itinerary you’ll see how it is very importance that I have to prepare for private taxi in advance.
    A week ago ,my niece called Mr. Rigzin she told him that we want him to be our driver for this trip and pick us up at Sonamarg. He told her that he can help us and he can also help us with the taxi in Kashmir .
    Thus, I sent SMS to his mobile phone(+919622954779) twice to ask for his email address so that I could send the details of this trip to him.
    But,until now I do not get any message from Rigzin, it may be he do not recceive my message. So, Mr.Dheeraj, please contact Rigzin and ask him to contact me at my email address asap.
    Moreover, for the free day on Day 16, please suggest the places that I should visit .
    Best regards,
    Pradeep

    • Pradeep, I do not take a call in between any tourist or service provider. Also, getting a mail from Rigzin in unlikely as I feel. Get in touch over phone with him, not even smses. Also, please keep in mind he is not a travel agent or tour operator BUT he is a great soul who will be there to help you in every need till you are with him. So, do not expect any callbacks from him brother!!

      Regarding itinerary, you will not find any camps at Tso Moriri or Pangong Tso at this time of the year. Most of the hotels in Nubra will be only those like guest houses only. Considering the stay at Lamayuru again it will be very basic. So be ready fro some challenge ;)

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  32. Rushi says:

    Dear Dheeraj,
    Is the road way from Leh to manali suitable to travel in june last week??
    or do we prefer Leh to Manali via srinagar???

    • Rushi, 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

  33. Abhijit Neogi says:

    Hello Dheeraj Sir
    At the very outset, let me congratulate and thank you for creating such an informative, useful and guiding blog.

    We are planning to visit Leh-Ladakh in the month of August by road. If u arrange the same
    We are all total 6 persons in our group & our itinerary is as follows.

    8th august- Train from Howra
    9th august – reached delhi. take a volvo to manali
    10th august – rest at manali
    11th August – Start from Manali to Ley through Leh-Manali Highway. Stay at Sarchu.

    12th August – Drive from Sarchu to Tso Kar – Tso Moriri

    13th August – Tso Morri to Leh

    14th August – In Leh ( City tour )

    15th August – Khardongla Pass + Nubra Valley (stay at deksit)

    16th August – Drive back to Leh

    17th August – In Leh ( Day excursion to Pangong Lake )

    18th August – Drive to Alchi – Lamayuru. Stay at Kargil

    19th August – Kargil to Srinagar & drop . back to kolkata by air.

    Can u provide me the estimated cost of the tour in each category i.e. car, hotel etc from manali to srinagar so that we can customize our journey.

    Request your comments and suggestions on tour itinerary.

    Thank you very much,
    Abhijit

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

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

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Abhijit Neogi says:

        Dear Dhiraj,
        First of all, thanks a ton for your precious suggestion.
        Now my final itinerary and some queries as follow.
        9th August | Kolkata – Srinagar
        10th August | Srinagar – Sonamarg – Zozi La – Drass – Kargil
         Overnight at Kargil
         (Where we will stay at kargil???Is there any hotel or tent type accommodation within 1000/- per room (2 beds)?? Is it necessary to book it earlier, if yes then pls give some information about it )
        11th August | Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh
         Cover Mulbekh Maitrey, Lamayuru Moanstery, Lunar Landscapes
         On the way you can also see Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills,( Zanskar and Indus River Confluence at Nimmu, Ruins of Basgo Palace and Basgo Plains, Alchi and Likir Monastery—this sightseeing is possible when we will go from Kargil to Leh???? )
        12th August | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
        13th August | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder (Stay at Diskit)
        if we stay at Hotel Sten Del, Is it necessary to book it earlier, if yes how it will be booked?
        14th August | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
        15th August | 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) if we stay at Camp Watermark – Spangmik, Pangong Tso: Is it necessary to book it earlier, if yes how it will be booked?
        16th August | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
         Stakna Monatsery. Depending upon the time in hand and your interest, you can also choose to visit Matho Monastery and Stok Palace a bit ahead of Stakna Monastery
        17th August | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
         If we stay at Tso moriri Camp and Resort Tso Moriri, Korzok ,is it necessary to book it earlier, if yes how it will be booked?
        18th August | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Moore Plains – Pang / Sarchu
         Where we will stay at Sarchu???Is there any hotel or tent type accommodation within 1000/- per room (2 beds)?? Is it necessary to book it earlier, if yes then pls give some information about it )
        19th August | Pang / Sarchu – Baralacha La – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
        20th August | Manali – Delhi

        Waiting for your precious opinion..

        Thanks & Regards

        Abhijit

        • Hi Abhijit,

          Your plan looks OK to me and you should do good with it. Regarding hotel bookings you can get in touch with either all these hotels OR single point of contact “info@offbeatescapes.com”. Refer my name, they will be able to offer good discounts (10-15%) too on all the bookings. Also, I saw one of your mails too going via booking form for Tso Moriri I think.

          Now, regarding to book or not to book, I will say: It depends on if you are OK with searching a little bit over the place once you reach there and if you are looking for specific hotels like you mention above. They all are good ones and generally gets booked but does not mean that once you walk in, you may find some accommodation other than these places at most likely case. Also, I see you looking for Rs 1000 or less at Kargil, I am not sure if there is any other than JKTDC rest house, if you can get hold of the booking at that place. I stayed at Greenland Hotel which appeared to me the most cheaper on my Zanskar trip last year and standard as compared to other which are there in Kargil. Always keep in mind that you save more if you take risk more with the bookings. Walking into hotel and then bargaining is different thing while booking over phone :)

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  34. Salil Modak says:

    HI Dheeraj

    First of all thanks a lot for this awsome page. You are doing great work!!!
    We are 3 couples planning to visit Leh Laddakh between 13th july and 21st july.one couple from indore and 2 from hyderabad. Due to extremely expensive flight rates we would have to go Indore/HYD to srinagar and then to Leh. Back via the same route. This is taking us a day more than our allotted week. Could you suggest the quickest route so as to save time. Our first preference is Leh Laddakh. We wouldnt mind missing out on Srinagar.

    Thanks

    Salil Modak

    • Salil if you are going to Srinagar then there is no shortcut, you have to go via this route only. You cannot skip Srinagar because that is the only airport other tan Leh from where you can quickly reach Leh. There is Kullu as well but I think it is always better to go via Srinagar than Manali and in your case since you are flying directly so number of days taken to reach will not be of any relevance.

  35. Nupur Jain says:

    ooo thanks for the reply.
    Really nice of you.

    We were planning trip of 12days. please see the itinerary.

    We are 11 (4 girls and 7 boys) and need 3 bikes and 1 MUV car (like tavera) with 6-7 seating capacity.

    10th june – manali to jispa

    11th – jispa to pang

    12th – pang to leh

    13th – rest at leh

    14th – leh to pangong

    15th – pangong to leh

    16th – leh to nubra

    17th – rest at nubra

    18th – nubra to leh

    19th – leh to pang

    20th – pang to jispa

    21st – jispa to manali

    Now i need to know

    IS THIS PLAN GOOD?

    SHALL WE TALK TO OFFICIAL MANALI TAXI STAND AFTER GOING A DAY BEFORE TRIP?

    Waiting fo rthe reply,

    • Hello Nupur,

      Please do not follow the above plan as it do not cater to the requirements of the acclimatization which is key to a successful Ladakh trip. Better do it in the manner listed below:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Day 9 | Leh – 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
      – Return

      Day 13 | Buffer day to be kept incase of road closure due to landslides or snowfall or perhaps you want to enjoy more.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • MANOJ TIWARI says:

        Hello Dheeraj,

        First of all thank you for such a nice and great efforts and guidance you have been providing.

        We ( 2persons)planning to visit Leh from 9th-June-13 onwards and will be picking up taxi from Srinagar to Leh. Can you pls. guide us on Govt. Approved Taxis as we will be on LTC.

        Thanks.
        Manoj Tiwari

        • Sorry Manoj, I am not sure about this one. But, I think as long as you take the bill from any of them, it should not be any problem.

        • MANOJ TIWARI says:

          Thanks Dheeraj, Have changed the plan as taxi from Srinagar will take more time…and we will be left with lesser days to visit Leh.
          Will be reaching on Leh on 10th-June-13 morning from Delhi by air and depart from Leh to Srinagar on 15th-Morning by Taxi.Pls. suggest whether this time is sufficient or not. Regards
          Manoj

        • Manoj, it will be better if you do the other way round because then you may get away with just one day rest for acclimatization in Leh. If you fly directly, you need 2 days of rest at least if not 3 for acclimatization. If you go via Srinagar then it will need 2 days of journey and 1 days of rest should be fine. That saves at the very least one day for you. Then finally fly back to Delhi from Leh

        • MANOJ TIWARI says:

          Hi Dheeraj, as advised by you..we have modified the plan…now we will be travelling to LEH from Srinaagr by Taxi on 09-June-13 and will be returning back directly from LEH- DLI- Ahmedabad on 18th-June…it will be really a big help if you can pls. advise the budget hotels to stay there….thanks n regards

        • 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

      • Nupur Jain says:

        Thanks dear Dheeraj,

        this is awesome info.
        Two of four girls along with us have this vomitting problems in car at mountains/altitudes.
        Are we more prone to AMS?

        I think we wont be doing justice traveling 300 kms a day directly from Jispa to Leh. Isnt it? Shall we not stay somewhere in the middle?

        Regards

        • Nupur, that is motion sickness which is different from mountain sickness. Motion sickness mostly happens due to driver taking sharp corners at high speed other than people who suffer for travel sickness usually. Please do not do that because you will not be acclimatized to stay in between Jispa and Leh anywhere. Else, you might fall sick and it may cause trouble for the whole trip plan.

        • Nupur Jain says:

          Dear Dheeraj,
          everything is okay but i dont understand how would we 11 of us can travel 300 kms a day on 3 bikes and Innova?

          Is it okay?

        • Nupur, it should be manageable as long list of people do that :) … Start by 5 AM and you will reach in good time to Leh by 6-7 PM at max.

        • Nupur Jain says:

          Dear Dheeraj,

          Can you name some drivers from manali also like you mentioned from Leh. That would be handsome help.

          Thanks

        • Sorry Nupur, no contacts as of now but will try this year to get some contacts like I have for Leh.

  36. Anjan Saha says:

    Thanks for reply.
    Actually I was thinking that visit two lakes in two consecutive days may be monotones (we will try to return from somoriry in same day) so I planned Nubra between particular days.
    Would you please suggest about the vehicle we can easily get from Manali for Leh (we are three people in our group) as share basis and also at the time of returning from Leh to Srinagar.
    Do you know how much time share vehicle or bus will take from Srinagar to Jammu?
    Regards
    Anjan

    • Hi Anjan,

      Nopes, it do not work tat ways. For better health and combat AMS, yo must visit Nubra Valley first and then Pangong Tso. You will not get it easily as shared vehicles that will halt at Keylong. Rather fo for HPTDC bus for Manali to Leh which costs about 2000 including accommodation at Keylong.

      Srinagar to Jammu is about 8-9 Hrs of journey.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  37. Nupur Jain says:

    We are also planning from 10th june.
    Please suggest taxi providers from manali to leh and back leh to manali.

    So much thanks in advance.

    • Nupur, how many day you have in hand and why are you planning a trip from Manali side? You should go from Srinagar side and come back from Manali side as a rule of thumb. But, even in case you are planning from Manali side then you will need two taxis, one that can drop you to Leh from Manali and then one which will be Ladakh taxi that will allow you to roam inside Ladakh first and then drop you back to Manali because taxi from Manali with Manali number will not be allowed to roam in Ladakh.

      • Nupur Jain says:

        One more thing Dheeraj,

        Shall we have to book taxis in advance or just going at taxi stand a day before will do?

        Shall we talk to official taxi stand of manali and leh or We should talk to drivers mentioned here?

        • Nupur, you can get the taxi in from Manali taxi stand. Talk directly to the drivers there and they will be ready to give you good offers. In Leh you can contact the above drivers for the complete rest of the tour. Also, check with them if they can pick or are around in any of the day in Manali so that you have only one vehicle all the way for complete tour.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

      • Nupur Jain says:

        Hey dheeraj,

        I heard this year roads wont open before 15th June, 2013 from leh to manali.

        Is this true??

        • It is too early to comment but usually the road to Manali – Leh Highway opens by June first week or late May. Srinagar – Leh Highway has already been opened in record time. So, expect exception for Manali – Leh as well. Stay tuned for the status updates for Manali – Leh Highway at the link here

  38. Anjan Saha says:

    Hello Dheeraj
    I am Anjan from Kolkata.
    Actually we three friends decided to visit Ladakh at beginning of July this year.
    We already booked our ticket. We start at 30th June from Kolkata and reached Amritsar next day. On 2nd July evening we take bus from Amritsar for Manali and probably we reached Manali at 3rd July early morning. We decided to enter Ladakh from Manali via Sarchu, Keylong and return via Kargil, Srinagar. Our return ticket booked from Jammu at 15th July.
    If you have no any problem, would you please make a detail tour summary for us including the places like Pangong-Lake, Somoriri-Lake, Nubra-vally, Local site seen, Alchi, Likir, Lamayaru.
    Is there any possibility to spend two or three days at Srinagar after completing ladakh within our tour schedule?
    Please suggest for transportation we can avail from Manali to Leh and returning from Leh to Srinagar.
    I found some budget guest house and taxi drivers contact number from your site. If I call them and they asked for advance money then what will be the risk factor about our advance money.
    Waiting for reply with your valuable suggestion.

    • Anjan,you can refer the below itinerary and try to see how it fits within your requirements and then probably we can discuss further once you have initial plan in place.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Day 12 | Kargil – Drass – Zozi La – Sonamarg – Srinagar
      – Enjoy the vistas enroute
      – Have late drunch meal at Sonamarg
      – Overnight at Srinagar

      Day 13 | Srinagar – Jammu
      – Overnight at Jammu

      Day 14 | Jammu – Delhi
      – Back Home

      Day 15 + 16 | Buffer days to be kept incase of road closure due to landslides or snowfall or perhaps you want to enjoy more.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Anjan Saha says:

        Thanks for your reply. But I want to inform you that Delhi is not in our route. We start from Kolkata and reached Manali via Amritsar and return Kolkata from Jammu. I will try to follow your tour guide for completing all the spots.
        Please suggest about our plan….
        Day1-start from Manali
        Day2-reach Leh
        Day3-Local sightseeing + Inner line permit
        Day4-Pangong Lake and return
        Day5-Nubra Valley (covering all spot you mention)
        Day6-Return Leh from Nubra
        Day7-Start for Somoriri (If possible return same day or stay at Karzok Vally)
        Day8-Returm Leh
        Day9-total rest and marketing
        Day10-Kargil via Alchi, Likir, Lamayaru
        Day11-Srinagar

        Now I want some information from you, if you have no any problem.
        What kind of vehicle we can easily get from Manali to Leh (please keep in mind we are three people in our group) as share basis and also at the time of returning from Leh to Srinagar.
        If I call the taxi drivers, can they make the total tour as share basis? If they ask for advance money then can I give or not.
        Can they arrange the permits for us?
        Is it needed to book the guest house and if the answer is yes then the question arise again If they ask for advance money then can I give or not.
        Do you know how much time share vehicle or bus will take from Srinagar to Jammu?
        Again waiting for reply.
        Regards
        Anjan

        • Hello Anjan,

          Your plan looks OK but please see me modifications below:

          Day4-Nubra Valley (covering all spot you mention)
          Day5-Return Leh from Nubra
          Day6-Pangong Lake and return
          Day7- Leh – Tso Moriri
          Day8- Tso Moriri – Leh

          Also, it will be much much nicer if you do it from Srinagar side, if possible. Regarding your queries:

          1. Taxi drivers will not be able to arrange group for you. They might not ask for advance money but yes, tour operators can as for it. It should be OK to give advance to some reliable tour agent. Most likely you will not get any shared taxi over bookings. Both taxi guys and tour operators can arrange permits for you.

          2. If you are OK with little search here and there, then most likely you should be able to accommodation plus it will save money too with on the spot bookings.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  39. Hatim Taj says:

    Hello Dheeraj,

    Your site proved to be an invaluable resource for me in planning my recent trip to Ladakh. I am highly grateful for the wealth of information, advice and updates you maintain. My trip was most memorable and this was made possible in large part because of the information and tips I got here. Keep up the excellent work!

    Chamba (mobile no 9596979829) is the name of the taxi driver I hired during my trip. I would very highly recommend him to your readers and would be much obliged if you could please add his name to your list as well. He drives a white Innova and I travelled with him for 3 days around Pangong Tso, Nubra and Turtuk. He’s a skilled driver, a most amiable young man and a really nice person.

    Thanks once again Dheeraj!

    Best regards,
    Hatim

    • Thanks alot Hatim. Just added his name too in this list of taxi drivers in Leh – Ladakh.

    • Chitra says:

      Hello Hatim,

      Inspired by your feedback on Chamba, I tried contacting him. His no. has changed since. I managed to trace his new no. Wondering if I could chat with you about your experience with Chamba. could you share your mail id or contact no. My id is ctra1271@yahoo.com.

      Thank you so much in advance.

      Regards,
      Chitra

  40. prm says:

    hello dheeraj sir i would like to know mid aug.2013 will ok for Leh @ 6-7 nights and i read (1 Day for arranging permits) this for what ?//

  41. [...] including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here. You can get about 10-15% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, [...]

  42. DEBASIS MANDAL says:

    Congratulation Dhiraj. Today I speak with Rigjin for Ladakh tour and I refer your name as friend and insist him for discount and after hearing your name he has provided me discount for upcoming Ladakh tour that starts from 27-th June 2013.
    Also prima facie it appears that he is a good guy.
    Again thanks Dhiraj for your help through this web-site.
    One thing I am mentioning in this connection is that the road between Pangong-Tsomoriri via Chusul is closed now.AS per Rigzin military has ordered to close the road for public.

    • Thats great brother. I am glad Rigzin was able to help you with good offer. He is indeed a very very very nice chap. You will completely enjoy his company. Yes, that permit thing for Chusul rather beyond Chusul towards Tsaga La has become a trouble point now.

    • Anjan Saha says:

      Hello Debasish, I`m Anjan, i`m also planing to visit ladakh with my two friends at same date you are going. Can i get your cell no. My no is 9883420997(kolkata)
      my email id : anjansaha21180@gmail.com
      waiting for reply.

  43. Rohit Vaidya says:

    We did a roadtrip from Srinagar to Leh & back in Aug’12. The guy who ferried us was Naseer. Nice guy, he had just got a new Xylo… excellent driving throughout. His contact no. is 9906229203 & 9469293183. Refer my name (Rohit) to him.

    • Pradeep says:

      Hello Rohit,
      I’m looking for a good driver for the same roadtrip as yours.

      Did you contact this driver(Naseer)for transportation purporse only (from Srinagar to leh with 1 night halt at Kargil) or also roamimg around for sightseeing purpose en route in Kashmir and ladakh ?

      • If it had been a Ladakh number taxi then only sightseeing is possible within Ladakh. Otherwise, it can only be used for drop to Kargil or Leh and then change of taxi with Ladakh number is required.

      • Rohit Vaidya says:

        Hi Pradeep, As Dheeraj mentioned , it was a Ladakh number taxi. What happened was, this guy happened to drop some1 in Srinagar on the day that we arrived there. (I had called him up a month before our visit & coincidentally, he had plans to drop some1 to Srinagar from Leh on the same day). So he took us from Srinagar to Leh (kargil night halt) & he was with us throughout the trip. Ladakh sight-seeing, Nubra valley (1 night) & Tso Pangong lake (1 night) & then drop back to Srinagar (no night halt).
        So 1 taxi guy throughout !

        • Oops, my bad. I forgot to map the number with the above list in the article :) … I know Naseer too and have done trip with him personally. He knows me very well too, just ask him that you need decent discount and he will be ready to offer that :)

  44. Shehely says:

    Urgently require a taxi operator contact from Srinagar to Leh, who can transfer us at an affordable n cheap price! Can anyone help?

    • Well, roads are closed then why do you need the taxi operator urgently?

      • Shehely says:

        Lol.. na na, actually, we have plans for June. I believe passes would open by that time right? Urgently because we need to plan the trip properly as early as possible so that we can become sure about the budget and everything :D

        • Shehely says:

          Can you advice me what which one would be better – Taxi or Bus? :\

        • Mostly it depends on your budget because Bus would be cheaper but less comfortable and less flexible on sightseeing stops as compared to taxis.

      • Chinmaya says:

        Hi Dheeraj

        Gr8 job . Valuable articles for the ppl planning for Leh trip . Need a small help , I am planning for a road trip with my family from Srinagar to Leh during June mid . If you have contact info of some taxi operators please share .

        Thanks,
        Chinmaya

        • Chinmaya, there would be many options available at Srinagar taxi stand else contact Firoz (09469190694) or Kazim (09419801538). Firoz is Kazim’s son and they might remember me if wanna take the reference.

    • Well, You can reach there and bargain then to get good rates. Normally the rates to Leh from Srinagar with one night halt at Kargil are somewhere between Rs 11K to 13K depending upon the season and tourist rush. For Leh – Ladakh sightseeing, you already good list of drivers in the above article and the latest rates as well. You will be able to get about 12-15% discount on these rates if you talk directly with these drivers.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj sharma

  45. DEBASIS MANDAL says:

    Dheeraj,
    I want to travel leh and surrounding area such as Nubra-Valley- Pangong Lake- Tsomoriri Lake-Aryan Village in the first and second week of July 2013.We are five in numbers in our tour party. We do not want luxarious car.
    Kindly suggest what type of car is ideal for us? What would be approximate cost of that car for the entire tour.
    In this connection I am informing you that we shall reach Ladakh via Kasmir and leave Leh via Manali.
    Kindly suggest whether the route for entrance and exit is O.K. or not?

    • Debasis it is the best way to undertake Ladakh journey, going via Srinagar and coming via Manali. I am not sure how many days you have for this trip but still you can go through links below to get some understanding of the prices of taxis, contacts of drivers, accommodation options etc. We can discuss for the plans once you let me know about the number of days in hand. You can either hire a Scorpio or Xylo for yourself.

      For the current leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2012-13 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here. You can get about 10-15% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more.

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

      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

  46. hardik says:

    is there any road from pangong to tso mori. and if yes how is the road condition.

  47. Madhuvanti says:

    Hi Dheeraj,i am visiting Leh for my upcoming expedition to Stoke and was searching for information on leh,sightseeing and taxi fares etc,and came across your blog thanks a lot for all the tips for acclamatization you gave and taxi fares too…my question is leh airport pick up and drop charges are not mentioned in the rate chart can u tell me approximate cost?i will have less days in my hands for sightseeing and don’t want to exert my bosy before my trek but still wish to see leh as far as possible can u tell me which all places i can cver if i have 3 days in my hand 14th july arrival early morning and 17th july start of the trek,I will not be booking accomodation from here rather will reach and check some good options,is it safe for a alone lady travelling?can you recommend as well any good homestay for accomodation?i heard thr are very cheap and good homestay options available at Changspa.please help

    • hi Madhuvanti,

      1. I guess it is abut 200-250 bukcs for on way. Please contact the hotel you are going to book if any, they might provide you with free one in case it is not economic hotel.

      2. Hmmm… Do visit Sham Valley (alchi-Likir-Basgo and other things that comes on the way)

      3. You can make a day trip to Pangong Tso as well just before the tour ends or you can do the monastery tour of Hemis, Thicksey, Shey, Stakna, Matho, Stok (All in a circuit)

      4. Ladakh is one of the safest places on earth buddy especially when crimes are concerned andit is one of those places in India where solo traveler are very common. So, do not worry about safety at least from humans, people in Ladakh will come and let a helping hand even in the middle of night at any place they are :)

      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

      • Rajesh Sharma says:

        Dear sir
        we are planing to leh ladakh through shrinagar on 1st week of July 13 with groupof 15. I have read all the suggestion of you. But please give how many important places we must see in leh ladakh with returning leh manali. please help me

        • Rajesh please check the below itinerary for the list of such places

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

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • Rajesh Sharma says:

          Dear sir we have planning leh ladakh on 1st week of July for 6 days from jammu to katra vaishno devi then baltal – amaranath then kargil and then leh. Please tel us 6 days leh ladakh programme ending on 6th day at sarchu and then we will move to kaza – spitii valley manali- delhi

  48. vaibhav jain says:

    Hi,give some information about srinagar to leh to manali (20 days plan)

    • Hi Vaibhav,

      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 current leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2012-13 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here. You can get about 10-15% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more.

      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

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  49. Hitesh Mehta says:

    Hi, I am very much impress by your help.. Thanks for sharring. I am planning to go to Leh-Ladakh ,I have undergo surgery for my back. so I would like to know wether is it advisable to go by road from Manali to leh ?If yes in which month road normally openes?As my son is in 10th & his result will be coming in 1st week of june I would like to travel in end of May.Is it good? please help me.

    • Hi Hitesh,

      You might not be able to travel via Manali – Leh Highway in May as the road generally opens in June first week only. Also, not sure how much sitting time is advised to you after surgery and jerks too. There will definitely be long back breaking journey over Manali – Leh highway for many of people having average fitness levels. So, do take this into account. Also, it is always advisable to go via Srinagar – Leh highway and come back via Manali – Leh Highway.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  50. Rahul says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I just returned from Leh two weeks ago and wanted to thank you for your help. We had an awesome trip. Weather was good , got to see snowfall at Chang La. I had hired taxi of one Sonamji mentioned on this site. Must say a very good person, arranged all our sight-seeing, decent accomodation and doubled up as photographer too. I would highly recommend this guy to anyone planning to hire taxi. i got 20% discount. He has a brand new Xylo too.

    • Thanks alot Rahul for updating here. Surely, it will help others choosing among the guys in above list. And, yeah glad that the info. present on the blog was helpful for making your trip nice and memorable.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  51. ROHIT JAIN says:

    IS IT RECOMMENDED TO TRAVEL TO LEH LADAKH KASHMIR IN DEC 1st week ?

    • Well, it depends if you can bear those harsh conditions of Leh – Ladakh but yes you can visit Kashmir for sure.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

      • Daya says:

        Gys, I am planning to drive down to leh from Pune on Nov 1st 2012 with my family. I am planning to reach leh vis Srinagar and coming back via Manali. I would like to know the road status and budget/good hotel recommendations. Appreciate your quick reponse. I live in pune, if possible please share your contact number to get more information over phone. This is my first trip to Leh.

        • Daya, please do not undertake this trip at this time of the year by road. It is not at all advisable. Better plan it in the month of June now.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  52. Taz says:

    Hi guys.
    I am attending the Thiksey Festival in Nov and will be there Oct 31 – Nov 6.

    I need your opinion on the below transportation charges:

    Attending Thiksey Festival & adjoining Monasteries Return to Leh = 3000/Rupees.

    To Pangong Tso and return to Leh = 8500/Rupees.

    Visit Khardung La and Nubra Valley Return to Leh = 9000 Rupees.

    Visit Tso Moriri and adjoining areas Return to Leh = 12000 Rupees.

    Nov 5 – Afternoon Shanti Stupa and Leh Market. = 1500 Rupees.

    Thanks for the advice.

    • Priyesh says:

      Hi Taz,

      I have visited leh and just back you can expect atleast 15-20% discount on taxi fare as the season is over and if you will bargain than you can add all local places like shanti stupa, shey palace, leh palace, stock palace, thiksey and hemis monestries for 2500-3000.

      • judy says:

        Hi All,

        I got a 25% discount since its off-season for people at Leh.
        Also expect weather to be really chilly.

        At many places except at Leh you wouldnt find a decent place to stay.

        Anyways all the best Taj for your upcoming visit.

        Regards..

  53. judy says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am back today from Leh and it was an awesome experience.. Many thanks to your insights.. We stayed at Sia la Guesthouse, highly recommended for family stay..Zarina & her husband (Owners of the guesthouse) are sweet people..
    We had engaged Rigzin & et al for reaching our planned destinations. As it was a non-sharing deal it was altogether a very good trip barring travelling & staying at Chumthang. Worst guesthouse at Chumthang near the sewer; unclean room & washroom,no security, hated their food..
    We liked Tso kar, Pangong lake & Khardung La (Snowy pass) very much on the contrary travelling to Magnetic Hill, Pranamik, & Chumthang was total waste of time.. People at Leh say the season’s over but for us we were just at the right time..:)

  54. Jerry Sebastian says:

    Hi all, I’d just visited Leh from 12th to 21st of October and it was AWESOME. A major chunk of credit for making my trip memorable goes to our driver Abbas. He is an amazing driver and really knows how drive well. Moreover, more than us, he was taking initiative to show us the places. We never heard him get angry or shouting at others on the road. A great driver, a great guy and a skillful guide and driver. He is highly recommended to everyone who wants a hasslefree Ladakh trip. Abbas’ numbers are as follows: 09622971759, 09469271786. Dheeraj, your site was extremely helpful for the trip. All my planning was based on it and it worked out pretty well. Thanks a million for putting so much info. I would highly appreciate it if u could add Abbas’s numbers also!!

    • Hello Jerry,

      Thanks alot for sharing all these details and feedback with us. Glad that you had an awesome trip. I have updated the details on Abbas in the article, I am sure it will surely be helpful to many other looking out for good drivers in Ladakh.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  55. me my husband and my 9 year old kid going to leh on 5novenber to 12 november. i want to know the climate and tempreture these days .and can we take a night stay in pangong lake and Tso morri on this time is it ok or not . i also want to know that centre heating system because we book The Grand Dragon hotel becouse of very harsh cold can we comfortable in any other hotel also.and i also want to know that the pangong freeze on that time or not please reply fast

    • Hi Pratibha,

      I hope you are OK with some really cold conditions because at that time of the year Ladakh will be completely freezing and both lakes would be more. There will not be any stay option at Pangong Tso but may be Tso Moriri you will get some home stay. Considering you want to stay at Grand Dragon not sure if home stay idea will suit you. Hmmm… So, drop the plan for Tso Moriri and make a day trip to Pangong Tso. Now, about Nubra Valley, well most of the decent places of stay are already closed, so again.

      I will suggest better make Ladakh plan in season time next year unless you really want to be in such harsh conditions.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  56. Priyesh says:

    Hi All,

    I am planning to visit Leh in mid of October’12 by road from Manli-Leh and return from Leh-Srinagar.
    and in Leh we are planning to visit 1. Pangong lake 2. Tso Moriri 3. Nubra Valley. 4. Tso kar.
    We will be in leh for almost 4 days.
    Can anyone help me with some details like.
    1.Climate condition in Leh during mid October?
    2.Roads will be open from Manali-Leh?
    3.Is it possible to cover those destination in 4 days?
    4.Any other best location which we can add?
    Thanks.

    • Hi Priyesh,

      You cannot cover all these places in just 4 days first of all. You can at max cover Nubra Valley + Day trip to Pangong Tso + 1 Day for arranging permits for them in the 4 days you have in hand.

      1. Climate would be very cold at night, expect below freezing point at night. Day time would also be cold but might be bearable when sun is out.
      2. Roads will be open but might go out if snowfall happens. BRO tends/try to clear the Manali – Leh Highway upto end of October but it is generally not advisable to ride/travel on Manali – Leh in October.
      3 + 4. Already answered above.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj

      • Priyesh says:

        Hi Dheeraj,

        Thanks for your suggestion and accordingly we have changed our schedule.

        Also it will be very helpful if you can suggest some good accommodation and best places to visit in Leh.

        Regards,
        Priyesh.

        • Hello Priyesh,

          You can get the idea of places to visit in Leh – Ladakh in the most common itinerary linked here: 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

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

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • Priyesh says:

          Hi Dheeraj,

          we have visied leh and kashmir from 13th – 25th oct it was a lifetime memorable days we all have enjoyed alot at ladakh and as per your suggestion we visited Pangong, Tso moriri and also added kardung La and local sight seeing.
          The trip was Awesome and also want to thank our guide (Driver) Tashi Namgayal. I will say him guide instead of driver Because he is an excellent driver and also great person always ready to help us and guiding us all the time.We had a very nice and lots of laugh days with him you can contact him on.09469630613.Dheeraj you can change his old number.
          Also want to say that anyone wants to visit leh from now most of the local places like Leh palace, Stock Palace, and other local sights are close for tourist and most of the hotels are closed.You will not find any stay at Pangong.
          The climet is cold at night and also expect snowfall as we have experienced.
          A big Thank to dheeraj for all your suggesions your blog is so much informative for the tourist who wants to visit leh.

          Rgards,
          Priyesh.

        • Hi Priyesh,

          Thank you so much for sharing your feedback and updating the number. I am sure this will be quite helpful for many looking forward to plan their trips ahead in future to Ladakh. Glad to know that the info. present on this blog was useful for your trip.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  57. Rudraraj Das says:

    Please let me know either the Manali – Leh road is still open or will be open on 16th or 17th October of this year..

    • Hi Rudra,

      Yes, Manali – Leh Highway is still open but Raid De Himalaya is under way, so plan it accordingly. It is a risk to travel on those dates and I rarely advice people running over Manali – Leh highway that late in the season. There will be chilly conditions especially during night and morning as most of the lakes and water has started to freeze around there. Manay of the accommodation will not be available at Sarchu and Pang, so you need to dash out from Keylong to Leh in one dya and keeping shorter days with forzen water/ice on roads, you will not be able to make early starts as well.

      Better plan it next year.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  58. judy says:

    Hi all,

    I was going thru some of the important travel tips that have been posted in this thread. Its of huge help. Thanks! To add further I am also planning a trip in leh-ladakh in mid october’12 and to narrow down on places i want to visit, the list is as follows:
    1. Pangong lake 2. Tso Moriri & Tso kar 3. Nubra Valley and 4. Zanskar Valley

    I will be coming for 7N/8D and arriving and departure thru flight at Leh.

    First of all is it possible to cover all these in the above mentioned time. and can somebody suggest me a possible yet economical itenary for the same.

    Thanks in advance..

    • judy says:

      Hey Dheeraj,

      Waiting for your piece of advice on my query.. Sorry for being impatient but I have little time left for the trip so..

    • Hello Judy,

      Forget about Zanskar Valley, what you can manage in above said number of days is:

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

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

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

      Day 8 | FLy back home

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  59. Anand P says:

    Dheeraj,

    We came back after a good trip of Srinagar-Leh-Manali. I and my friends extend great thanks to you for all the information provided. Even though we have not got any taxi drivers listed above, we could manage another decent fellow from Srinagar & Leh. Also we stayed near changspa-shanthisthoopa.
    Guest House: Galwan Guest house: 9622968184/9419178131/01982252509
    Please update the drives list with these numbers also.
    Srinagar – Leh : Driver is a Kargil Fellow who will come to pick you from Srinagar, His name is Muhamad Firoz – 09469735622 (Mahindra Xilo – Good Condition) – Excellent behavior.
    Leh-Turtuk, Leh-Pangong, Leh Town Tour etc: Abdul Khader – 09797452892 (Xilo),
    His brother is Gulam Nabi- 094969274107/09797310803 (New Xilo) – Both are good fellows and also very much friendly.
    At all these places please tell my reference (Anand from Kerala), this may help you to get discount. All taxi wil offer minimum 10% flat discount if you bargain well.

    • PRINCE says:

      We are going to Ladakh in last week of October. Plz let us know how much was your expenses on Taxi/ Vehicle?

      • Hello Prince,

        Well, it depends upon the itinerary you are following and places you want to cover. Above are the rates of Taxi Union for this year and in October being so late in season, you can easily get about 20% discount on these rates if you talk directly to drivers above.

        Regards
        Dheeraj Sharma

    • Pradeep says:

      Hello Anand,
      I’m going to visit Kashmir & Ladakh . I am worrying about hiring the taxi in both places. Your post just give me the way out,thank you for your generosity
      Please advice me how to contact this driver “Muhamad Firoz”. Should I call him before or after I reach Srinargar.
      Best Regards,
      Pradeep

      • Pradeep, try to call other drivers in the above list as well to get more idea about the prices. Rigzin is a good friend of mine, call him and you can ask for more discounts from him. You can contact them by call as well as once you reach there. Better be connected upfront.

        • Pradeep says:

          Dear Dheeraj,
          Thank you very very much.

          Is Mr.Rigzin the guy who has nickname “Sam” ?

          May I have your mobile phone no.,just in case I have difficulties while travelling in Ladakh&Kashmir ?
          You may send to my email address
          dr_pradsach@yahoo.com

          Best Regards,
          Pradeep

        • Hello Mr. Pradeep,

          Nopes, AFAIK, Rigzin never called me Sam. May be you talked or referred to someone else. I had a word with him couple of months back on the same number as above. May be some disconnect is in between

          I will share my contact over email.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • Pradeep says:

          Dear Dheeraj,
          I am deeply grateful for your most valuable details.

          I’m still not clear whether Kargil taxi can roam around Kashmir region(+Srinagar) for sight-seeing purpose or not.
          Please also ask Mr.Rigzin if he can recommend some good&decent drivers in Kargil and Srinagar.

          Beast Regards,
          Pradeep

        • I guess you are taking the journey from Leh to Srinagar. Right? If that is the case then you will have Leh taxi with you all the time from Leh to Srinagar. Once, you finally reach Srinagar then hire another taxi in Srinagar to visit Gulmarg, Pahalgam and other places inside Kashmir.

          If you are doing the other way round then hire a taxi that can do Kashmir sightseeing taxi from Srinagar and that can drop you to Kargil from Srinagar. Once, in Kargil ask Rigzin or other drivers from Leh who agrees to pick you from Kargil and be with you for rest of the entire trip.

          Regards
          Dheeraj

  60. nitin kedari says:

    I just visited ladakh 15days ago and it was a very beautiful and adventurous trip.I grafted my full plan according to the info posted by dheeraj.So thank u dheeraj.I traveled in a xylo and it was very nice.My drivers name was abbas-the most safe and fun loving driver I’v seen.If any1 needs a car do approach him.He’s no. is +919622998367

    • Thanks alot Nitin for the info. provided by you. I am glad that info. present on the blog was really helpful for making your Ladakh trip enjoyable. I have updated the number provided by you in the above list.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  61. Parthiv says:

    Hi! Dheeraj,
    Hope you are well; I am planning to go to leh in second week of Dec. can you please give me some tips about travelling in that particular month; shall be so grateful.
    Thanks and regards,
    Rahul

  62. Jerry sebastian says:

    I’ve heard that taxis with yellow numbers (from outside Leh) are not allowed to play within leh – the taxi union of leh creates problems. Is it true? I intend to hire a taxi from Srinagar and travel to Leh. Please Advice.

    • nitin kedari says:

      yes the drivers from other states are not allowed in leh for sightseeing.I’d just been to leh 15days ago and my driver’s name is Abbas-9622998367.He’s a great driver and also very safe….u can contact him if u need a car..he owns a xylo.:) happy journey….

    • Tripti says:

      yes only taxis of leh r allowed or u can have ur private vehicle..but u can’t hire a taxi from srinagar (which is not a registered LEH taxi)…as varun has updated..taxi numbers with JK 10 r leh taxies..while jk 01/02 r srinagar. Besides, even the srinagar taxies know these rules so they won’t accept the offer. You can certainly find leh taxies in srinagar so u can book them from srinagar if you want.

    • Hi Jerry,

      I suppose you might have already got the reply but still, you can use that taxi outside of Leh for a drop to Leh only. You will not be allowed to roam inside Ladakh in that taxi where you need to hire a taxi of Leh taxi union.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  63. Avijit says:

    Recently visited Leh-Ladakh in Sep-2012, Beware of this guy – “Tashi Namgyal”. I initially contacted him. he and his brother continuously followed me up and later started irritating us by bargaining and giving blank calls. even after reaching leh when we contacted them, they came to hotel and started playing game with us as if we dont have any option other than relying on them. we cancelled them and called “Manzoor – 09622973951″. He was a nice guy and rest 5-6 days he was with us till droping to Srinagar via kargil. I would recommend him to each and every traveller visiting leh. you may expect 10-15% discount on total rate mentioned in taxi unions rate chart depending on the season time.

    • Thanks alot Avijit, just updated the information above. Removed his contact number from above as well as from your comment. Thanks again for sharing this experience which will help others too.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

      • Mani says:

        Dear Dheeraj ji,
        Coming 28th Sept 12, i shall be arrived at Leh as a tourist. Please advice me…I want to see Khardung la on 29.09.12 & Pangong Tso 30.09.12 on. Is there any shared taxi available at leh near taxi stand???. Please send some shared taxi agent contact nos.

        Thanks & Regards,
        Mani

        • Tripti says:

          Hi mani, i came bac frm ladakh juz yesterday. N there’s bin a snowfall at khardungla..time n again…n will only get severe. The travel agency i contact was Active adventures: 09906971009. They tuk 1800 for 2 days trip to nubra (four ppl sharing)…or you can directly contact Sewang: 09419853528 (our driver to nubra thru active adv) who’d give you around 20-25% discount on the taxi rates if you go to him directly. He’s a very sweet bubbly young lad and a very SAFE driver. But he won’t look for ppl to share taxi with you, if you already have a group then approach the driver directly otherwise only agencies will help you find a group to share taxi if you’re travelling alone. I was alone so agency worked better for me.

        • Manikandan says:

          Thank you so much Dheerajji and Triptiji.

          Triptiji please send few photographs of Khardung la at Present view to below email id: manikandan131286@gmail.com

    • C.Mani says:

      Dear Avijit ji
      This is Mani from Hisar, I will go to leh as a tourist coming 28th sept, 12. Pls clarify the follw 1) How much cost/person to visit Khardung la & Pangong lake (single day) in shared taxi / Taxi..? If you have any shared taxi agent contact nos..How is climate at Khardungla? Pls help me…

      • Hello Mani,

        1. May be around 600 for the tour to Khardung La and about Rs 1500 for the tour to Pangong Tso in a shared taxi.

        2. Khardung La just got a snowfall, so do carry heavy woolens as there is news of cold conditions all around hills.

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

        Regards
        Dheeraj Sharma

  64. Rahul says:

    Thanks your quick reply Dheeraj. Need help on few more questions :

    How much can we bargain on taxi rates in leh?

    I know there is a strong taxi union but when i called up Few taxi drivers given by you they were offering upto 15% discount.I want to know if i should book them before i reach leh or is more bargaining possible once i land there?

    How much does it cost for inner line permits -nubra, Pangong, Tsomorriri?Not sure if they all need permits,how long does it take to get them and what documents are required?

    Any ideas if staying in a camp is a good idea in Nubra/Pangong/Tsomorriri? Will they be operational in Oct 1st week?

    Can you provide your views on below camps (good or bad):
    Watermark ( Camp Pangong Lake)
    Tosmoriri Camp and resort (Tosomoriri Lake)
    Organic Retreat (Camp Nubra Valley)

    Someone told me that these lakes freeze in Oct 1st week? Your take?

    • Hello Rahul,

      Well, you can bargain about 12-15% of rates, generally about 10% is very common. Since, the season is ending the figure is towards the higher end. Please go through the link here for everything you want to know related to Inner Line Permits for Leh – Ladakh.

      Many go away and many stay there, you need to check with them. Most of them are are costly camps and if budget is OK for you then only go for it. Else,

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

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Rahul says:

        Thanks Dheeraj for your reply. One more question : Do the Pangong ,Tsomorriri lakes freeze in 1st week of october. If yes, shall i still visit there?

        • Rahul, Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri starts to freeze in January. Upto December as well the bloom their lovely blue hues :)

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • Disha says:

          Hi Rahul,

          Me and my husband are also planning to visit Leh from Delhi on the same dates as yours – Sept 29th – Oct 6th. The only difference being that we’ll doing the road trip from Srinagar to Leh. Let’s keep in touch, so that if any help required….it would be good to know someone around from Delhi :)

          Regards,
          Disha

        • Rahul says:

          Hi Disha,

          Sure we can keep in touch. send me ur email id and we can share our itenary details.

    • Tripti says:

      if you approach the driver directly with a group (to share taxi) they can give you around 20-25% discount on the taxi rates. But if you are a lone traveller…then the driver won’t look for passengers to share taxi with you. Then its better you go to the agency instead.

  65. mahesh s pauskar says:

    Hi Dheeraj, Thanks for your advice. Decided to fly down to Leh and explore around.Is it possible to go Leh-Alchi-Nubra-Pangong-Tsomoriri-Leh.We have 6 days at our disposal. Also, can we get a self drive vehicle in Leh-any reference? Pls suggest.

    • Rahul says:

      Hi Dheeraj,

      Me and my wife are planning for a trip to Leh during from 29Sept – 7 oct.Need your help to find a contact for booking hotel and travel. I did try to call the numbers mentioned in this link but most of them are saying they can confirm the travel but not lodging. Also if someone looking for car share during below dates please reply.

      Details of Trip :

      VISIT LIKIR, ALCHI, RIDZONG & Magnetic Hill (Leh)- 30th Sep

      LEH TO NUBRA VALLEY VIA KHARDONGLA PASS 01st Oct

      NUBRA VALLEY TO LEH 02nd Oct

      LEH TO PANGONG LAKE 03rd Oct

      PANGONG LAKE TO LEH 04th Oct

      LEH TO TSOMORIRILAKE 05th Oct

      TSO MORIRI – TSO KAR – LEH – 06th Oct

      Leh – Delhi by Flight.

      • Hi Rahul,

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

        I will strongly suggest you keep first two days strictly for acclimatization otherwise it may ruin the entire trip. Make a day trip to Pangong Tso to get that day for you. First day you should not be doing anything but rest and acclimatize.

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

        Regards
        Dheeraj Sharma

      • agni says:

        rahul,we are 3 from chennai,and will be in leh at the same time. my mail id is rasunfire@yahoo.co.in.

    • Hi Mahesh,

      Only keep Pangong Tso and Nubra in the plan and if possible last day for Alchi – Likir – Basgo and first two days for rest and acclimatization. Tso Moriri will need two more days.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  66. Varun Bhatia says:

    Just an additional piece of information I have. Taxis registered in Srinagar have their registration number as JK 01 or JK 02. Taxi registered in Kargil have their registration number beginning with JK 07 and ones registered in Leh have JK 10. This can help you identify a Srinagar/kargil taxi to take you to Srinagar for a very discounted rate.

    • Tripti says:

      Hi Varun, i’ll b reaching srinagar on 9th sept, at around 8.30am…by that time both govt buses n shared taxi wd have already left for leh… (i heard they leave early in the morn)…any suggestions how shd i commute then??…cuz i certainly won’t take a private taxi..n whats the ‘latest’ transport cost frm srinagar to leh (nite halt at kargil) on share basis…or u suggest i take a cab to kargil…and then another taxi to leh frm kargil?? what shud be the approx break up cost then?

    • Thanks again Varun for this information. I will try to update it in the article itself with your reference :)

      Regards
      Dheeraj

      • Tripti says:

        Hi Varun,
        Thanks for that info..it helped me alot. Normally they charge 1800 from srinagar to leh…but jk10 (leh cab) gave us a discount of 300 bucks. Later i heard that sumtimes they even take passengers for 1000 if they’re in a rush to go to leh. But in my case one driver had given up to go to leh because he couldn’t find enough passengers and the road to leh was in a bad condition. Thankfully, we found 3 more passengers for leh and we left at 9apm for a straight drive (reached leh at 11.30pm :()

        And dheeraj, you were right. Tourist should avoid any kind of physical exertion first day of leh. I walked so many streets with my heavy backpack and then climbed the leh palace. I suffered such bad head ache. I couldnt sleep the whole night. And my agency guy wasn’t sure of the passengers goin to nubra the next day. So i was tensed about that too…Thankfully, next day one of the co-passengers took me to the hospital to take sum oxy and diamox 250mg. The doc advised i shouldn’t stop at khardungla even for a minute while goin to nubra. Can halt while coming back. Gave me a dispirin (which makes the blood thin, helping better oxy carrying capacity) Diamox can be taken empty stomach, bt dispirin should be taken after eating a filling meal.

  67. simpy says:

    hi dheeraj
    i want to know is it possible to visit nubra valley in one day we r leaving srinagar on 12 sep and reaching leh on 13 sep and we r havg return ticket of 17 sep plz suggest places that can be covered during this period.
    thanks

    • Hi Simpy,

      It is possible but not much worth to visit Nubra Valley in just one day. Better split the journey in two days. You can ask your hotel/guest house to arrange permit for you in advance and you can leave early in the morning on 14th to Nubra Valley, then return on 15th to Leh and then on 16th make a day trip to Pangong Tso Lake and finally 17th the return flight.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  68. tripti k says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    Thanks alot for the itinerary yesterday. It helped me a great deal plan the below. Since it took 3 days to reach leh n then back…i felt i’m wastin my time covering same places twice…So i finally decided to go to srinagar via flight (to save those 2 days to reach srinagar) n cover most of the places i had to miss in manali-leh-manali plan.

    Pls see if the below itinerary makes sense….PPl who’ve been to leh in late aug, pls suggest if pangong-moriri roads r usable???

    Day 1 | Delhi – Srinagar (by Flight arrival time 7.50am)- Sonamarg – Zozi La – Drass – Kargil
    • Maybe go to dal lakh;
    • Enjoy the vistas enroute
    • Visit war memorial
    • 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
    • About 8 Hrs drive, depend upon the traffic movement at Zozila and breaks you take in between (Should I take a shared taxi to kargil???)
    Day 2 | Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh
    • Cover Mulbekh Maitrey, Lamayuru Moanstery, Lunar Landscapes
    • On the way you can also see Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu
    • Overnight at Leh
    • About 9-10 Hrs drive, , depending upon the breaks you take in between
    Day 3 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
    • Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Stok village; Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
    • For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here
    • Overnight at Leh
    Day 4 | Leh – Chilling-Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
    • Rafting@chilling
    • 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
    • About 5-6 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between and at Khardung La
    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
    • About 7-9 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between
    Day 6 | Leh – Hemis /Thicksey Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake
    • Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on the go towards Pangong Tso
    • Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik or Lukung…I wanna stay in tents here..should I book in advance???)
    • About 5-6 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between
    Day 7 | Pangong Tso Lake – Tso Moriri via Chushul– Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Moore Plains – Pang / Sarchu (sounds doable without ‘much’ exertion??..approx how many hours will it take??)
    • 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 8 | 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
    • About 11-12 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between and of course the mess at Rohtang Pass
    Day 9 | Manali – Delhi Or 10th Day if I go to leh from pangong n then leh to moriri
    • Return Home
    • About 13-14 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between
    BTW THE TAXI RATES ARE OUTRAGEOUS! For pangong its 6000!!??? Any way I can reduce the transportation cost, cuz boss…I’m not gonna pay that much!

    • Hi Tripti,

      1. Do the river rafting at Chilling on the day you return to Leh. Start early from Hunder and you will be able to make it to chilling to do rafting or while going to Nubra start for rafting early in the day. Sometimes, traffic is not allowed to cross after 2PM from Khardung La on either side. So, if you get late then probably you will miss out. My advice do rafting some other time and enjoy it in relaxing manner complete Nubra Valley including Sumur and Panamilk as well. Panamik has a small wish lake called Yarab Tso as well. Check my recent Travelogue of Ladakh for pictures.

      2. Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri will not be possible as permits are not being issued still. Also, you will need a dedicated taxi for it if you even get the permits which will be very costly and forget about going anywhere ahead of Tso Moriri the same day as Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri will take about 14 Hrs. Best thing to do is, make a day trip to Pangong Tso, then use your buffer day to visit Tso Moriri, from there there continue to Sarchu on next day and finally reach Manali. Alternatively you can drop Tso moriri from the plan and make this day count for Rafting and relaxing around Leh. This way you will also be able to get back with HPTDC bus to Manali which is quite economic and comfortable than other options.

      If you look forward for shared taxis then probably you will get good rates like Rs 1500 per seat for Pangong Tso, Rs 1800-2000 for Nubra Valley with overnight stay, Rs 3500-4000 for Tso Moriri in cadse you get one group matching your dates for this one. For sure for this you will need help from local travel agent.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Tripti K says:

        Hmmm..makes sense..i guess i will have to drop tso moriri plan. But im keen on taking a nite halt @ pangong…is it possible to go to pangong directly on 5th day (after vising panamik/sumur??)

        BTW i checked with HPTDC, 15th Sept is the last day their buses will be plying to/fro…n i’ll be leaving leh on 16th for delhi :(..i hope private buses will be easily available…n at reasonable rates…koi private bus service u’d recommend??

  69. Richa Agarwal says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I would like to seek you help in making itenary for the Leh. I and my friends will reach Leh on 7th Sept around 9am. We have planned to book Hotel Dragon. We will be there till 10th morning. Can u please guide us which place we should go and how??

    Thanks in advance

    • Hello Richa,

      Well, its too less a time to visit a place such as Ladakh where you spend at least 2 days in the acclimatization only :( … Still, with super limited time on hand you might like to give a try to following itinerary:

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

      Day 3 | Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh
      – Make a Day trip to Pangong Tso
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 4 | Fly back Home

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  70. Chirag says:

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  71. Ramprasad says:

    Hello Dheeraj,
    Im from Hyderabad., and this is my first ever visit to leh/ladakh, for me apart from the leh scenic., I want to experience the snow., Im flying Hyd-Delhi 1st September., (sighseeing and Agra)
    Delhi-Leh 4st september.,
    Leh-Hyderabad 9th September.,
    can you please help us on putting a better schedule.,
    Tajmahal is the only bucketlist should not be missed.,
    kindly suggest so that I can make the most out of my trip

    Thanks,
    -Ram

    • Hi Ramprasad,

      What I get is that you have about 5 days only for Leh – Ladakh and this is what you can follow:

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

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

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

      Day 6 | Fly back

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

      Sorry for the delayed reply.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Ramprasad says:

        thanks a lot Dheeraj,
        your information is very valuable,
        I will take care of your points,
        will get in touch with you for further changes
        thanks a lot for prompt resonse
        devilonwheels rocks and so does Dheeraj :) you are doing such a great job in helping we people who are looking out for these valuable info

  72. prashant says:

    hi Dheeraj,
    Im planing to Manali-Leh-Srinagar Trip from 27 Sept to 7 Oct’12 with 3 freinds
    What do you think is this best time to visit or we have to preponed our journey.
    One more question if we will plan Manali-leh-manali trip is it advisable to hire bike.if yes what could be the charge.
    Thanks
    Prashant

    • Hi Prashant,

      Well, it will be better to make Manali – Leh – Srinagar in that direction only if you have something important lined up as soon as you return home. If not, then probably, you can do either other direction that is from Srinagar to Manalai via Leh or Manali – Leh – Manali because by the end of September it susually starts getting cold up there and chances of even moderate snowfall at high mountain passes that may close the road for temporary.

      Check the link here for tips and rates on hiring or renting a bike in Manali: How to Hire or Rent a Bike or Motorcycle in Manali

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

      Sorry for the delayed reply.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  73. Victor says:

    Hello!
    I would like to visit Ladakh in mid september. If I go from Leh to Srinagar – what is a situation in Kashmir at the moment?

    • Hi Victor,

      It is fine to travel that time as being delayed monsoons, you will see region devoid of rains and will witness some extremely beautiful colors. The kashmir situation is always unpredictable much like mother nature but seeing things remained calm as of now, it should remain the same always we all hope.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Victor says:

        Thank you!
        As I understand, if I go to Leh its very easy to find a car with fix prices in central taxi stend(?). What about Srinagar (if I go to Leh by land)? is they ready to go with fix prices? May be, it will be “double” for foreigner?
        1 more question: if my friend dont go with me, is it ok travel alone? (problem is permit, for example to Moriri tso; not money)?
        Regards, Victor

        • Hi Victor,

          If you are alone or less in number 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 :)

          Yes, even in Srinagar you will find fixed rates taxis and you will not be charged more, may be some idiot might want to trick you but the price should not be more than Rs 1800-2000.

          And yes, it is completely OK to travel in Ladakh even alone, you will find many solo travelers there.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

    • rohit says:

      We are also looking for travel partners for pangong and Nubra. We will reach Leh on 24th August. If you do not have any problem then we can share the taxi atleast for one place as we can start from 25th only.

      Looking forward for reply.

  74. Anand P says:

    Hi dheeraj,
    Kudos to your wonderful site.
    We are three male adventurers (age 30-34) planning a road trip from srinagar to Manali (Via Leh) from 31st Aug to 07th Sep 2012. We’ve worked out day wise itenary also.
    However, We wud like to have a self drive option in Mid range SUV. What are the options available?
    Also, can we hire a mechanic cum driver along with vehicle who is well versed with the terrain/conditions.

    Thanks and regards.

    • Suraj says:

      I visited Ladakh 2 weeks back, and my driver Sonamji was an extremely amiable person, with good knowledge of local terrains. He had served the army (Ladakh Scouts) for 28 years.
      Get in touch with him @ 9419371012 He can guide you with the schedule and itinerary
      Cheers
      Suraj

      • Thanks alot Suraj for providing the details, I have updated the number in the article list. I am sure this compiled list by so many of us will be helpful for many other planning their journey.

        Regards
        Dheeraj Sharma

      • Lalit says:

        Hi Suraj,

        Can you please tell me the hotel in which you stayed at Leh. Also had you booked the car in advance. Is it better to book a cab once you are in Leh so that you get good discount

        • Hi Lalit,

          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. 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

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

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • Lalit says:

          Hi Dheeraj,

          Thanks for your reply.
          Do you think we should book the place in Leh for 1st night since we would travel from Srinagar -> leh by road with a stopover at Kargil & would reach leh late in the evening.
          Also should we carry wollen socks & gloves.
          We are carrying some packed food as backup if we hit road blocks. Any other important things that we need to carry.
          Do you know any good houseboats in Srinagar.

          Thanks & Regards,
          Lalit

        • Hi Lalit,

          It would be better but not much worry factor since you will be able to get one in Leh if you are OK with the way of searching a bit after reaching the place. Not that required but you can carry at least a pair of woolen socks to be used in worst case. Gloves not required though. Sorry I never stayed in Srinagar, waiting for it next month so can’t let you know about that :(

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

          Sorry for the delayed reply.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • Suraj says:

          Hi Lalit,
          Apologies for getting back so late! We stayed @ Hotel Padmaling, Changspa Road. We booked everything on arrival. However, get in touch with Sonamji (9419371012) and coordinate your travel plans
          He owns a brand new Xylo – best suited for Ladakh terrains

        • Amit Mehta says:

          Dorji of Hotel Padmaling is a wonderful guide in Leh. Rooms are neat & clean & for budget people.

    • Mahesh says:

      Hi…we are three people travelling on 31st Aug Leh till 8th Aug Srinagar.If anyone wants to shared taxi fare. We are planning to leave for Srinagar on6th and reach srinagar on 7th, will halt in Kargil at night.

    • Hi Anand,

      Do you want to rent a vehicle/SUV for self – drive. If yes, I am not sure if any company ever Hertz/Carzonerent are giving self drive cars for Leh – Ladakh. Best bet to have a driver with such car and ask him to let you guys drive may be by paying a bit more. You need a search a bit for mechanic cum driver.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Anand P says:

        Hi dheeraj,
        Guess an SUV (Mid range) with a driver seems like our best option. We can work out self drive with him… Can you give us some contact info for such an option. Can this option be worked out with the driver nos given in your site??
        Thanks n regards

        • Hi Anand,

          I do not think it will work with drivers who have their own vehicle and many of them in the list have their own. You need to search a bit at Leh taxi stand itself or may be talk to some travel agent if they can arrange a self drive jeep for you because they do arrange them many a times for foreigners as seen on the highways. Or your best bet is with someone who is just a driver, driving car of someone else.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  75. Vaishali Haldavanekar says:

    Hi Dheeraj;

    We a group of 10 people are travelling from 24 Sep 2012 to 5th Oct 2012 from Shrinagar to Manali via Tsomoriri. Is it right time to travel at the end ofseason? I would like to know whether leh-Manali road will be opened?

    • Hi Vaishali,

      It is fine to travel that time as being delayed monsoons, you will see region devoid of rains and will witness some extremely beautiful colors. Just that if it snows at any high mountain pass, which usually starts by late Septemeber then, you might need a wait a bit for its clearance else it is fine to travel.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  76. Lav says:

    Hi Dhiraj,
    Its a very informative blog.
    I am planning my trip to Leh on 10th aug till 20th aug alongwith my wife. I would need some suggestions from you on my itinerary:
    1) 10th Aug – Reach leh and stay at hotel
    2) 11 Aug – Sightseeing in Leh (can you please suggest some places nearby)
    3) 12 Aug – Leh to Nubra via bike. Stay in Hundar. Is it possible to go there by bike? if yes, where can i get the bikes and what are the charges (if you know)
    4) 13 Aug – Visit Sumur, khalsar and stay in Nubra (Not decided where, can you suggest please). I decided on 2 night stay in Nubra as i am going by bike and not sure if its a good idea to travel so much in a day.
    5) 14 Aug – Reach Leh and take rest at hotel
    6) 15 Aug – Leh to Pangong lake via bike again, stay at Pagong lake in camps
    7) 16 Aug – Reach Leh and stay
    8) 17 Aug – Leh to Srinagar (early in the morning) via rented Taxi. Probably reaching Kargil in afternoon. I am planning to go to Srinagar without stay in Kargil but I have heard due to some permit issues, we have to stay overnight in Kargil only. (Is it true?)
    9) 18 Aug – Reach Srinagar and stay in house boat in Nagini Lake
    10)19 Aug – Plan to visit either Gulmarg or Pahalgaon (not decided yet)
    11) 20 Aug – Back to Delhi

    Kindly let me know your comments.
    Also some basic questions:
    1)How do we need to take the permits? what documents are needed from our sides
    2) Please suggest if we are missing out any place worth visiting

    Regards,
    Lav

    • Hello Lav,

      Thanks alot. Here are my inputs:

      1. Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening

      2. Yes, you can rent bikes in Leh and Fort Road in Leh is full of such shops that rent bikes. Depending upon the condition, model, make and tourist rush you can get bikes starting from Rs 600 to Rs 1200. 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.

      3. No it is not true that you have to stay in Kargil, you can go to Srinagar but that is about 16 Hrs journey so better stay overnight at Kargil only and enjoy Mulbek Maitrey, Moonland at Lamayuru and Lamayuru Monastery on the way to Kargil. It will make it a bit relaxing.

      4. I will suggest, you make a two days trip to Nubra valley instead of three days. This will give you an extra day. Now, hire a shared taxi and do day trip to Pangong Tso. This will give you another extra day. Using these two extra days, you can do two days trip to Tso Moriri Lake and cover all three basic places in Ladakh. Less number of tourist go over to Tso Moriri, so still it has not lost the charm.

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

      6. For accommodation, check the nice, 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

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Deepak says:

        hello dheeraj, I am visiting Leh from 27th August, to 2nd September, 2012 alongwith wife and 2 kids . Plant to visit Pangong Lake and Nubra valley (for three days). saw the taxi rates, they appears to be very high any other alternate taxis available?

        • Hi Deepak,

          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 Sharma

        • deepal says:

          Hallo everyone, i am on trip to Leh from 27th august to 3rd september alongwith my wife and two kids, want to go on pangong lake on 29th august, and to nubra valley on 30th august. want to share taxis for these routes. anybody travelling during the same time and interested in sharing taxi then kindly contact.

  77. Ankit says:

    Hello,

    We are two couples flying to Leh on the September 2012. We have a flight back on the 10 September. We wish to cover Nubra, Pangong and Tsomori (atleast). Please suggest a good itenary and also how much would an Innova cost us for 10 days approx.

    • Ankit says:

      I meant we are comming on September 01, 2012

    • Hi Ankit,

      You can do something like below:

      Day 1 | Delhi – Leh (By Flight)
      – Checkin at Hotel. Many hotels provide free pick and drop from Airport. Ask while you book them.
      – Take ample of rest as well as water or anything that keep your body hydrated enough. DO NOT OVER HYDRATE. Take ORS Soluted water or ORS – L tetra packs from home.
      – Do not over exert your body at any cost. Avoid too much up-down on stairs or avoid it in entirety, if possible.
      – After 5-6 Hrs of rest you can visit Leh Palace, Local Leh market, Shankar Gompa .
      – If you feel exerted go back to Hotel, have dinner at Hotel and take rest. Avoid any exertion. Else continue and,
      – Follow the sunset by stroll at Changspa road and have a nice dinner on varied cuisines offered in-around Changspa road.
      – Go back to hotel for overnight stay at Leh.
       
      Day 2 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
      – For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here
      – Hire a taxi from Leh taxi stand or Hotel whichever suits you.
      – Bargain hard with taxi driver. Book that single taxi for entire trip after explaining the complete plan.
      – Take his inputs if you feel reasonable and if required modify the plan accordingly but should suits you best.
      – Ask him to be with you guys starting first day itself, if required and charged reasonable else do it at your own.
      – Again DO NOT over exert and take little steps and slow walks only.
      – If feeling OK then do Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
      – Do not use stairs at any of these places just to see them as it will exert your body much more.
      – Overnight at Leh
       
      Day 3 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      – Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
      – On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      – Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari
       
      Day 4 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      – Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      – Overnight at Leh
       
      Day 5 | Leh – 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 | 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 8 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
      – Cover Karzok Monastery
      – Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri

      Day 9 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Taglang La – Upshi – Leh
      – Come back via Tso Kar and Manali – Leh Highway to Leh
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 10 | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping OR Monastery tour OR You can do tour to Sham Valley
      – Monastery tour may include Hemis, Thicksey, Stakna and Shey monasteries.
      – Sham Valley include Alchi, Likir, Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu, Gurudwara Pather Sahib
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 11 | fly Back Home

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Ankit says:

        Thanks a lot. But i forgot to add one point. We are flying abck from Srinagar, so we would require around 2 days to reach srinagar. so effectively we have 8 days of which day one would be to rest. So please suggest wat can be skipped…

        • Hi Ankit,

          In such a case, buddy, please make a day trip to Pangong Tso which will give you one day and another day can be used from the last buffer day you have kept. These two days, you can do like Leh – Sham Valley Tour – Kargil, Kargil – Srinagar.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  78. Naveen says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    I am planning to do Srinagar-Leh-Manali from Aug11th. After reading your blog n consulting few of my friends, have chalked out this itinerary. Please suggest me if this could be possible in the time i have mentioned.
    Day1 -Aug11th – Reach Srinagar and Overnight Stay in BoatHouse.

    Day 2 – Drive to Kargil . On the way sight seeing and overnight stay at Kargil.

    Day 3: Start to Leh. Local sightseeing and overnight stay in leh.

    Day 4: Local Sight seeing and end the day reaching Pangong. Overnight stay at Pangong.

    day 5: To Khardung la and to Nubra Valley. Overnight stay at Nubra.

    Day 6: Back to Leh.

    Day 7 : Leh to Manali. Overnight stay at Sarchu.

    Day 8 : Reach Manali and rest for a day.

    Does this look achievable or could you please give us some suggestion. I have to return back to Bangalore on the night of 20th August. Hence tried to plan like this. Your suggestions will be very valuable.

    • Hello Naveen,

      Please find my suggestions below:

      Day 3: Start to Leh. Local sightseeing and overnight stay in leh.
      – Get the permits for Nubra Valley and Pangong tso arranged in advance through some travel agent or Hotel guy

      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

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  79. Suman Chanda says:

    Can I see snow in LEH and LADAKH in the month of September from 17th to 27th ,2012???
    What you say??

    • Hi Suman,

      September is not known for snow but the most beautiful colors, Ladakh does offer us in the whole year. So, snow would be rare to find but yes, there would be snow clad peaks visible to you.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  80. Hitesh Puri says:

    Hi i am Hitesh and v r planning for leh ladak via Manali. starting from 14th of aug..

    Its our 1st time we are going.

    We are group of 4 and want to go on bikes ( with lot of driving and off roading experince )

    But still want to know what kind of problems are faced while going on Bike ?

    and Will weather conditions will be good in mid of aug ?? are suitable to travel ??
    I m talking about Rainfall and land slides

    And if we opt for taxi How much they will charge ?? return fare ??

    • Hello Hitesh,

      Definitely, it is not another driving exepreince to ride on Manali – Leh Highway. It throws hell lot of challenges and especially in monsoon season untill you reach close to Leh. You get gushing water streams, landslides, slush of Rohtang Pass and bumpy/tiring roads with all sought of headache due to Acute Mountain Sickness. At that time, at some parts of Manali – Leh Highway (like before Baralacha La) and Srinagar – Leh Highway (like before Kargil) you might need to face monsoon hassles but once you get closer to Ladakh, then Ladakh being rain shadow region is least affected by monsoon rains, though rains does reach Ladakh now but to minimum and mostly it might remains overcast conditions. There is no thumb rule of certainity about weather conditions but above is generally common pictures seen over last few years except ugly 2010 …

      A taxi for Manali to Leh would cost you about 18000 and same would be for the return. You can opt for HPTDC semi-deluxe bus service as well that charges about 2000 including the night stay and dinner at Keylong.

      I hope that helps. Please let me know incase you need more details or have some queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Hitesh Puri says:

        Thanx Dheeraj… Your Information is Very helpfull….

        I want to knw as.. it is our 1st tym on Bike to that side …

        We can also Postpone our tour little bit …Would U prefer Sept or End of Aug… Better then 14th aug ???

  81. Deepa says:

    hi Dheeraj,

    Ur entire blog is very very helpful. we friends are planning for a trip from Srinagar to Leh . We are starting from 12th Aug – 19th Aug . Just want to know any of your trek group is going during that time. As we are 3 of us we can join few people which can help us to share our transporatation cost.

    Deepa

    • sarvesh singhal says:

      Hi, Me and y wife are planning a trip to leh. I will be reaching srinagar on 11-afternnon. I plan to start for leh the next day via kargil i.e. 12-Aug. I have not finalized itinerary. If possible please share youritinerary. It it works we can travel together.

    • Hello Deepa,

      You are less in number 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 hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info. or have any queries or doubts.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

    • Naveen says:

      Hi,
      We are a couple and are planning for trip to leh from Srinagar from 12th August. We are planing for overnight stay in Kargil in between. I have got information about the hotels that are good during the journey. Just searching for some like minded people to join us.

  82. Mayur says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    Thanks for such great information.
    We are 6 of us planning leh-ladakh trip.
    Budget – 20,000/- per head
    7-8 days (2nd or last week of September – Please suggest which would be best out of these two)
    Our tentative Plan:
    Day 0(Saturday Evening):Pune-Srinagar (Via Flight)
    Day 1 and 2 :Srinagar-Leh (Via Taxi)- Probable stay in Kargil.
    Day 3 : Leh – Khardunga Pas – Leh (Bike tour)
    Day 4: Leh -Pangong Lake (should we stay there or come back to leh?)
    Day 5: Local Sight Seeing/monastery
    Day 6:Leave for srinagar early morning and reach there by 10pm
    Get train to Delhi at 11.30pm from srinagar.
    Day 7:Get Delhi-Pune Train in afternoon
    Day 8 : Back to pune on sunday.

    We have decided to hire taxi every-where except one day bike tour to khardung la.

    We have arrived at this plan based on the budget and time constraints.

    I hope we will able to fit it in our budget too.

    Request your comments and suggestions.

    Thank you very much,
    Mayur

    • Hello Mayur,

      Well considering the constraints, it looks OK to me but a bit rushed up anyhow since you have less number of days. I will suggest you following changes:

      Day 3 : Local Sight Seeing/monastery
      Day 4 : Leh – Khardunga Pas – Leh (Bike tour)
      Day 5 : Leh – Pangong Lake – Leh

      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 600 to Rs 1200. 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 hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info. or have any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Mayur says:

        Hi Dheeraj,
        Thank you so much for quick response.
        That would be a great help.
        Few points-
        1. Can you suggest places to visit on srinanagar – leh route?
        2.If we increase our tour by 1 day, should we stay at Pangong or should we exploar Nubra valley?
        3. In this entire tour, are we going to get to see ice glacier or would you recommend any such place?

        Thank again!

        • Hello Mayur,

          1. On Srinagar – Leh highway, you will like to visit War Memorial at Drass, Maitrey at Mulbek, Lamayuru Monastery and moonland views, Ridzong Monastery andother Sham Valley sightseeing including the Magnetic Hills, Patheri Sahib Gurudwara, Confluence at Nimmu, Alchi, Likir, Basgo based on the time and choice you have.

          2. Better to spend a night at Nubra Valley and explore it more and easy pace.

          3. By this time of the year, all the places you would be visiting would not have much snow left. Aside Khardung La you might see some snow.

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

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  83. Lalit says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I along with my wife plan to travel to leh-ladakh. Our itenary is Mumbai-Delhi/CHandigarh – Manali(Stay 2 days) – Leh (Stay around 8-9 days & visit places like pangong, nubra valley) – kargil – Pahlegam – Srinagar – Mumbai. We would like to rent a car from Manali. Do you know any car rentals. Also any suggestions on our itenary. We plan to start from mumbai on 24th night

    • Lalit says:

      We plan to start on 24th August

    • Hello Lalit,

      If you have not booked anything then it would make much more sense to do it from Srinagar side and come back via Manali side 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. In case, you agree, you might want to follow an itinerary like below for about 11-12 days:

      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 Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
      – Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
      – 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 – 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 OR Monastery tour OR you can do tour to Sham Valley
      – Monastery tour may include Hemis, Thicksey, Stakna and Shey monasteries. They come on the route of Pangong Tso but as you will be doing day trip, it will be a bit hectic to include them on that day only.
      – Sham Valley include Alchi, Likir, Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu, , Gurudwara Pather Sahib
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 10 | Leh – Taglang La – Moore Plains – Pang – Sarchu
      – Stay overnight at Sarchu

      Day 11 | 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

      Day 13 + 14 | Buffer days to be kept incase of road closure due to landslides or snowfall or perhaps you want to enjoy more.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Lalit says:

        Hello Dheeraj,
        Really appreciate for your reply with suggestion& the itenary. Thanks. Had below questions
        1) If we travel from Srinagar to Leh in shared cab or bus do they stop & show the points enroute.
        2) Should we book taxi from travel within Leh from Mumbai or book int once we are in Leh
        3) When should we include Tso Moriri lake in our itenary
        4) ALso wanted to do river rafting.When should we accomodate that. Which is the best place in leh to do riverrafting

        • Hello Lalit,

          1. Not on sightseeing points but somewhere for food/tea/snacks etc.

          2. You can get about 10-15% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more.

          3 + 4. I will say then make a day trip to Pangong Tso and add spare day after Day 9. Then it will be like

          Day 8 | Local Leh Rest Day or River Rafting at Nimmu/Chilling in Zanskar reiver
          Day 9 | Leh – Tso Moriri
          Day 10 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Sarchu
          Day 11 | Sarchu – Manali

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

          Regards,
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • Lalit says:

          Hi Dheeraj,

          Thanks a lot for your suggestion. We have made below itenary. Can you please let u know if it looks ok.

          Day 1
          Mumbai to Sringar(via flight) Reach by 11
          Srinagar sightseeing
          Overnight at Srinagar – Houseboat

          Day 2
          Srinagar sightseeing
          Overnight at Srinagar – Houseboat
          Look for options to Travel to Leh

          Day 3
          Srinagar to Kargil
          Enroute vist Sonmarg
          , Zoji-La,
          Drass
          Overnight at Kargil

          Day 4
          Kargil – Leh
          Enroute visit Mulbekh,
          Lumayuru,
          Moon Landscape,
          Gurudwara Pather Sahib,
          Magnetic Hills,
          Confluence at Nimmu
          Overnight at Leh

          Day 5
          Rest at Leh
          Do Inner Line Permits,

          Visit Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll
          Overnight at Leh

          Day 6
          Leh to NubraValley
          Enrout visit Khardung La,
          Hunder,
          Diskit, Do camel ride
          Overnight at Nubra Valley

          Day 7
          Nubra Valley to Leh
          Enrout visit Sumur/
          Panamik
          Overnight at Leh

          Day 8
          Leh to Pangong
          Enroute visit Hemis/
          Thiksey,
          Shey Palace
          Overnight at Pangong

          Day 9
          Pangong to Leh
          Enroute visit Hemis/
          Thiksey,
          Shey Palace
          Overnight at Leh

          Day 10
          Leh
          White water rafting
          Overnight at Leh

          Day 11
          Leh to Tsomoriri
          Overnight at Tsomoriri

          Day 12
          Tsomoriri to Sarchu
          Enroute visit TsoKar
          Overnight at Sarchu

          Day 13
          Sarchu to Manali
          Enroute visit Baralacha La,
          Keylong,
          Rohtang Pass
          Overnight at Manali

          Day 14
          Rest at Manali,
          sight seeing
          Overnight at Manali

          Day 15
          Rest at Manali
          Overnight – Manali to Delhi

          Day 16
          Delhi to Mumbai

          Had few questions for the above itenary
          1)Can you recommend any place where we can stay in Kargil.

          2)If we want to visit to places enroute Leh to Kargil will we have to do a private cab or cane we do a share cab. Its only 2 of us. So wanted to know the best option.

          3) Can we go directly from Pangong to Tsomoriri

          4) What are the transport options to go to Manali directly from Tsomoriri. Will we have to take the Leh cab to Manali ?

          Thanks in advance for all your help.

          Regards,
          Lalit

        • Hello Lalit,

          Itinerary is nice one Lalit, great research job :)

          1. You may like to stay at PC Palace or Siachen, Carvan, J&K Tourism Tourist Bungalow, Kargil, near Hospital, Hotel Aziz. Sorry, I do not have contact info. for them.

          2. Shared cab’s won’t stop in between. Better have a taxi for yourself if you do not have budget constraints else most of the places on in Sham Valley can be covered on the day you plan to do river rafting.

          3. Better not, and stick to this plan only. First, road is quite bumpy, in fact no road is there just a dirt track. It will be tiring and more over the budget will shoot to sky high as you will not get any shared taxi. Lastly, DC office is not issuing the permits for the same.

          4. Yes, you have to get a taxi doing such a journey from Leh itself. Better talk to some travel agent or tie up with some group to execute this trip in economic way.

          Lastly, You are two in number 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 hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info. or have any queries or doubts.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

    • Lalit says:

      Hi Me & my wife are travelling to leh – ladakh via srinagar starting 27th Aug. We are looking for like minded people who are also travelling around the same time & ready to share the cab.

      • Lalit says:

        Hi Dheeraj,
        1) Do you know any travel agents who would do the booking for travel within leh on share basis.
        2) If suppose I book a private car from Srinagar for entire trip will they allow to share the cab if I find some in Leh.
        3) Will we need car for doing local sieght seeing
        4) Will I get a taxi just for Srinagar – Leh. Will it be costly if I hire just a cab from Srinagar – Leh.
        5) What re the health precautions that we need to take.

        • Hello Lalit,

          1. Well, just go over an stroll on Main Market, you will get many of them. 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 :)

          2 + 3 + 4. You cannot use taxi from Srinagar to do sightseeing in Ladakh. Srinagar taxi can only be used for a drop in Leh. It will charge about 13-14K for a drop to Leh from Srinagar. You have to hire a local Ladakh taxi or get a seat in shared one to do local sightseeing within Ladakh.

          5. You can check some tips given in the article: Acute Mountain Sickness and Importance of Acclimatization

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

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  84. Madhu says:

    Hi,
    I am planning to visit Leh in mid of August,I am arranging all the travel by my self..not taking help of any travel agent.
    I would like to hire a car and drive my self,but i never drove before on high altitudes.

    So would like to get some tips of renting a car and how difficult is it to drive around places in leh and ladakh..

    Thanks you..

    • Hello Madhu,

      AFAIK, now a days, you should be lucky enough to get a car on rent for self drive to Ladakh even by bigger names like Carzonerent/Hertz motors etc. So, best option is to tip the driver you are traveling with to let you drive. Else, I see very slim chance that you will get a car on rent for Ladakh trip. If you are decent driver and drive with patience and caution, then you would be able to manage the drive within Ladakh.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  85. Hassan Khalid says:

    Hi Dheeraj

    I'he been here in this site for just under 5 minutes and all the exciting information are just overwhelming me. Let me clear myself, I love high altitude adventure, doesn't mean I am a climber but like mountains and stuff. I haven't been in the far north corner of India. Hence planning to be there in July next year. I would like to cover Simla-Kullu-Manali-Leh region in one go and doesn't want to miss anything. Hiking, sightseeing by jeep trekking and everything but no skiing please (I guess there isn't enough show to ski in July). Anyway, here is the main bit, could you please advice me the right itinerary for me. And also the cost, please (if possible a breakdown would be much appreciated)!!! By the way, Manali-leh rout should be on road, not by air! Thanks in advance for you reply.

    Regards

    Hassan

    • Hello Hassan,

      Seems, you are on a lovely trip to Himalayas. Can you please let me know the number of days you have in hand? This will help me define the itinerary for you with the best places you can visit in this region with stipulated time window.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Hassan Khalid says:

        Hi Dheeraj

        Earnest thanks for your quick reply. I can afford to spend up to 3 weeks in that region starting from the beginning of August. Do you think its the prime time to visit?

        Well. I was just browsing through the other queries as well as your answers in this site which are absolutely fantastic and priceless. The mouthwatering details of the alpine terrain is just irresistible. Anyway, could you please try to add as much rugged and scenic places (also remote) as possible (of course they have to be practical and doable please). We like to enjoy the pristine wilderness. Attributes like the “highest”, “coolest”, “northernmost point”, “panoramic view” all seem too boring. We like to meet real people on the ground and of possible get a first hand experience of their culture. So the trip shouldn’t be planned as touch and go, rather should have a soil and purpose. I’m sure an expert like you got what I mean. By the way, I am not an adrenalin junky but also don’t mind some adventure and wildlife sets included here. I hope Im not asking for too many stuff!

        Regards

        Hassan

        • Hassan, please spare me some time. I will post your 3 week itinerary in a day being running under too much official load :)

          Regards
          Dheeraj

        • Hassan Khalid says:

          Hi Dheeraj

          I hope your busy days are over at least for the time being. Its weekend! By the way, did you manage to pull the rabbit out of your hat?

          Regards

          Hassan

        • Hello Hassan,

          Busy days are never over in IT ;) … But, passion always gets precedence for someone like me :D .. Regarding your 3 weeks plan, how about following to start with:

          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 Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
          – Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
          –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 – 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 7 | Turtuk – Hunder
          – Spend whole day at Turtuk and reach Hunder by evening
          – Overnight at Hunder

          Day 8 | Hunder – Deskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur/Kyagar
          – 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 to overnight stay at Kyagar or Tiger or Sumur
          – Enjoy walks in Hunder, Deskit, Sumur villages for the last 3 days

          Day 9 | Sumur/Kyagar – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
          – Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
          – Overnight at Leh

          Day 10 | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping OR Monastery tour
          – Monastery tour may include Hemis, Thicksey, Stakna and Shey monasteries. They come on the route of Pangong Tso but as you will be doing day trip, it will be a bit hectic to include them on that day only.
          – Overnight at Leh

          Day 11 | Leh – sham Valley
          – Sham Valley include Alchi, Likir, Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu, Gurudwara Pather Sahib
          – Overnight at Alchi

          Day 12 | Alchi – Dha/Hanu Villages
          – Do mention Dha Hanu Villages on the permits
          – Enjoy the local culture at Dha Hanu Villages

          Day 13 | Dha/Hanu – Leh
          – Overnight at Leh
          – Enjoy local Leh

          Day 14 | Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake
          – Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on the go towards Pangong Tso
          – Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik)

          Day 15 | Pangong Tso Lake – Man – Merak – Chusul – Tsaga – Tsaga Village – Loma – Hanle
          – Mention all the places of this route as mentioned above on the permits and Nyoma as well
          – Overnight at Hanle

          Day 16 | Hanle – Loma – Nyoma – Mahe – Korzok / Tso Moriri Lake OR Hanle – Chumur – Tso Moriri Lake
          – Overnight at Tso Moriri lake

          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

          Day 21 + 22 | Buffer Day

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  86. Ankit says:

    Hey Dheeraj,

    Its very nice of you to help all of us brother, was just reading some of the comments and questions and your answers are of great help i am sure…

    We are a group of 10 boys and we have planned a trip for 9-10 days, We will reach Delhi on 26th Aug and have planned to pick up bikes from manali the next day and begin our dream ride and chill for 10 days…….

    Kindly help me/ advice with the trip planning, the Do's, the donts….. stops to take, places to halt, bascially help ,e plan this trip.. should we take a back up jeep in our journey and we are planning to ride with pillion, should that be fine…….

    Help me making this trip a legendary one..

    • Hello Ankit,

      firstly, sorry for the delayed response, was offline for last few days. Thanks. Not sure, if you are planning to do complete loop (Manali – Leh – Srinagar) or not but seems you are hiring the bikes from Manali, so might not be doing that. In such a case, you might like to follow the plan like below:

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

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

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

      Day 4 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
      – Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
      – 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 – Delhi
      – 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

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • ruman says:

        hi,i am planning a tour to leh 27th of august..i have 8 days spare..can u guide me how to travel from hyderabad to leh and the itinary for those 8 days which includes my travel from and to hyderabad

  87. Rudraraj Das says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I really like how you guide to tour of Leh from Manali. if you can help me that will be great.

    First please confirm me, in October 15-20, Either Road from Manali to Leh is closed or not? basically I need to feel the snowfalls with cool outside. So, if you suggest, i can make a trip with my wife on the mentioned days. And obviously i will preffer to stay in TENT and journy through Road.

    If you suggest then i can make a plan on 12th October beeing in Shimla, 14th in Manali, 16th journy to Leh. And wish to stay overnight @ Serchu.

    What is your suggession? is it possible? or you recommend others?

    -Rudraraj

    • Hello Rudra,

      It is extremely dicey time to make a visit to Manali – Leh Highway at this time of the year. I would suggest you go through the article linked here and know what will be on offer and difficulties you might face.

      Even then if you decide for this trip, 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.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  88. Shriram says:

    Would like to confirm the closure time of Manali to Rohtang Pass. We would be travelling to Leh from Manali.

    We are travelling from Manali to Leh aroung 19th August as we are strting our journey from Pune on 17th August.

    One more help is appreciated – Whats number of passengers are allowed to travel in Sumo or Scorpio from Manali to Leh considering space required for luggage. We are 8 Adults two kids in our group.

    • Hello Shriram,

      Manali to Rohtang Pass is closed from 8 AM to 12 PM and full day on Tuesdays, now a days. Number of passengers can be 6-7, I guess otherwise it will be too much packed and would be very much uncomfortable. You can make 1 person sit with driver, 3 in middle row and 2 (4 with lot of discomfort) at back with double rear seat sumo or 3 at back with single rear seat. Rest depends upon the comfort you want on such arduous journey.

      I hope this helps. Let me know incase you have any queries.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Shriram says:

        Thanks Dheeraj for valuabel information on closure timing and other info.

        Regards

        Shriram

  89. Vishal Raja says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    How r u ?
    Need some help from you.

    We are 2 people heading for Leh-Ladakh for the first time.

    We arrive in Leh on 12th July morning and leave Leh on 18th July back to Delhi.

    Dear can u help us as how we organise our trip , so that we cover the maximum places in these 6 days .

    We also want to take a bike for a day ( only for Leh local stight seeing ).

    Awaiting yr reply.

    br,
    Vishal Raja
    New Delhi

    • Hello Vishal,

      I am doing fine buddy. Thanks alot. You can follow an itinerary similar to below:

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

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

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

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

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  90. ankit says:

    hi i have conformed my date

    mum to leh by flight on 6th september…than aproximately how many day i need to explore ladak & we comming back frm leh to manali so how do we come does we get sharing taxis

    • Ankit, how many day you have in hand. I think the below itinerary might suit you if you have these many days in hand:

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

      Day 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
       
      Day 12 – Buffer day to be kept incase of road closure due to landslides or snowfall or perhaps you want to enjoy more.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  91. sushil says:

    On 29th June,2012, we hired two qualis, prefixed at the rate of Rs.2500/-from our Paramount cottageat Manali.We left around 5am. On the way, the driver insisted that we go for rented clothing which we did. By, 7.20 AM we were at Mari. He kept on suggesting that we should return back as there was a road blockage. But when we insisted to go to rohtang pass he stopped the quals at the barrier at 8.05am just to inform that the barrier is closed and it will reopen at 12 .oo noon. Further he started threatening us if we get late due to road blocks, he'll charge another Rs. 2500/- . He was rude and fighting attitude throughout the journey. Finally he dropped us back at the cottage at 12.30 . We felt highly cheated,and everything appeared as if everything was preplanned. We had to shell out Rs.5000/- for two qualis.

    • Hello Sushil,

      I guess soon are the days when these idiots spoiling the tourism in Manali would curse their own fate which they are writing currently due to greed. Although in your case, rudeness is not acceptable but he might be right about the barrier though because rohtang Pass – Manali road is closed for maintenance all days from 8 AM to 12 PM including full day closure on Tuesdays. But, since you didn't know this fact he might have used this to his fvour :(

      Sorry state of tourism in Manali and it is getting worse day by day, every year!! Thumbs Down!!

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  92. subbu says:

    Hi,

    This site is really helpful to us guys who don't have the first clue as where to start for the Leh/Ladakh trip. Thanks a ton guys for this mound of helpful info. Now coming to our trip, we are a group of 6 planning to do the Manali-Leh-Srinagar route this Aug 10-20. Granted its too short a time to cover much but this is the only time we got so we have to make do with it for now. Our temporary itinerary so far is as follows

    Aug 10 – Morning chennai/b'lore-delhi flight

    Evening 6:30PM – HPTDC volvo to Manali (or we can take a cab from delhi itself????? What say)

    Aug 11 – Spend in Manali and try Para gliding (again if weather permits). If not start to Leh on that day itself. But besides this what can we cover in manali in a day. Do we use this extra day in Leh/Srinagar instead of Manali ??????

    Aug 12 – Book a SUV for the Leh trip and start to Leh

    Night camp at Keylong

    August 13: Get the permit made for Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso and Man and Merak Villages, do the monastery circuit and local sightseeing at Leh.

    August 14: Leh – Khardung La – Nubra Valley, stay at Hunder or Diskit. Visit Hunder Sand Dunes and Diskit Monastery.

    August 15: Diskit/Hunder – Agham – Wari La – Chang La – Pangong Tso, stay at Lukung or Spangmik. Start early in the day, since it is a long journey.

    August 16: Drive up to Merak Village and then head back to Leh.

    August 17: Leh – Kargil, visit Likir, Alchi and Lamayuru en route along with Gurudwara Pathar Sahib and Magnetic Hill.

    August 18: Kargil – Srinagar, visit Drass War Memorial (5km before Drass) and spend an hour or so if possible, at Sonamarg.

    Aug 19 – Spend it in Srinagar (Dal Lake and any other suggestions???)

    Aug 20 – Catch the flight back to chennai/b'lore

    Pls let us know if we are missing anything imp in Leh/Ladakh and if this plan is feasible tooo?? We plan to hire a private taxi and I got few contacts from your site…Will start contacting them as sooon as we finalise the itinerary.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    Regards,

    Subbu

    • Hi Subbu,

      Three things from my side:

      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. Currently, permits are not issued for Changthang and Wari La as well, as per last reports. So, keep in mind that you might need to do a day trip from Leh to Pangong Tso rather doing the way listed above, as backup plan.

      3. on 12th, you start for Leh from Manali with overnight at Keylong, so how do you reach on 12th itslef to get permits on 13th? You will need two days here and better use the day you plan to spend in Manali on the way. If you are following the advise 1, then you will do it like Leh – Sarchu and then Sarchu – Manali.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • subbu says:

        Thank you Dheeraj for the comments….It helps a lot

        Now coming to your comments,

        1. i understand about the AMS and somehow foolishly we thought we'll finish this stretch first incase the weather holds during that time and there are no landslides…We wanted to finish of this route first as this is the one prone to being blocked often :(……I know a mistake but we have already booked the flight tickets alone…So not much can be done about it now….We'll see how our luck holds

        2. Regarding the permits, one of our frnds suggested that depending on the hotel we book, we can ask the owner to get the permits done earlier….what are the requisites for the permits btw…anything that we need to carry?

        3. if Wari La is not open, could you suggest a plan on what to cover in Leh given we have 4 days ( Aug 14,15,16,17)….Given these 4 days, what is safest bet on the places to cover???

        Thanks in advance.

        Regards,

        R.Subha

        • Hello Subbu,

          1. best wishes for your luck. Just take it easy, do not exert and drink adequate liquids to keep body hydrated.
          2. he will charge a bit more while it is a trivial task and can be done on your own. Check my link on inner line permit which has all the details including the copy of permit form.
          3. Make a day trip to Pangong Tso on 17th which is the best option, spare one day for local i.e. 14 and 15,16 should be Nubra Valley.

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

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • subbu says:

          Hi Dheeraj,

          What about the 2 lakes Pangong and Tso Moriri…..How far is the 2 from each other….Can I cover both the lakes in 2 days and what all can I cover in between…..

          1. One day for Local Leh

          2. To Diksit via Kardungla and back to Leh or overnight stay stay at Diksit if wari La permit is given.

          3&4. I want to cover both the lakes and stay overnight near one of them….Is that possible???

          Thanks in advance.

          Regards,

          Subbu

        • Hello Subbu,

          Both cannot be covered in 2 days, Tso Moriri requires 2 days and Pangong Tso can be done in 1 day. If you have 3 days left for them, then you can else you have to drop one.

          Regards
          Dheeraj

        • subbu says:

          Ok thanks for the info…

          Also I read in some places that you cannot use outside taxis in leh? But we can use personal cars??? I know few people who booked a taxi full route Chandigarh-Manali-Leh-Srinagar-Chandigarh….how did they manage….I am little confused about the taxis?

          Could you also let me know when Rohtang pass is closed….Tuesdays full day but the rest of the days is it open full time?

          Thanks,
          Subbu

        • Hello Subbu,

          Yes, taxis outside Ladakh are not allowed for sightseeing in Leh Ladakh and those you have read either used a white number plate to do local sightseeing or they were just used to enter in Leh, then hired local taxi to do sightseeing and then finally used their home town taxi to get back to home from Leh.

          Yes, Rohtang Pass is closed full day on Tuesdays and 8 AM to 12 PM on all other days.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  93. Ritesh Sharma says:

    Hi Dheeraj

    really appreciate your effort in putting so much info on the blog.

    I am planning to visit Leh in August. Planned dates are either 15th AUg-20th Aug. While if the number of days are less then I can start journey from 10th Aug to 20th Aug.

    I am travelling with my wife and 5 year kid.

    Travelling from Mumbai.

    Will be taking flight from Mumbai to Leh.

    I am at the initial level of planning and request your help on planning the itinerary.

    The flight I am taking will make me reach Leh at 10 am on Day 0. And the return flight will be again in morning at 6 am on 20th Aug.

    Please suggest places to stay.

    I have picked up info on the taxi drivers form your blog, and once I am in a position to plan the itinerary I will talk to them.

    Thanks in advance and looking forward for your revert.

    Ritesh

    9920281001

    • Hello Ritesh,

      Make the 10 day trip to enjoy Ladakh at its best :) … 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 + Inner Line Permits
      – For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here: http://devilonwheels.com/index.php/inner-line-per
      – Hire a taxi from Leh taxi stand or Hotel whichever suits you.
      – Bargain hard with taxi driver. Book that single taxi for entire trip after explaining the complete plan.
      – Take his inputs if you feel reasonable and if required modify the plan accordingly but should suits you best.
      – Ask him to be with you guys starting first day itself, if required and charged reasonable else do it at your own.
      – Again DO NOT over exert and take little steps and slow walks only.
      – If feeling OK then do Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
      – Do not use stairs at any of these places just to see them as it will exert your body much more.
      – Overnight at Leh
       
      Day 3 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      – Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
      – On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      – Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari
       
      Day 4 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      – Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      – Overnight at Leh
       
      Day 5 | Leh – 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 | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping OR Monastery tour OR or you can do tour to Sham Valley
      – Monastery tour may include Hemis, Thicksey, Stakna and Shey monasteries. They come on the route of Pangong Tso but as you will be doing day trip, it will be a bit hectic to include them on that day only.
      – Sham Valley include Alchi, Likir, Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu, , Gurudwara Pather Sahib
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 8 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
      – Cover Karzok Monastery
      – Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri
       
      Day 9 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Taglang La – Leh
      – Come back via Tso Kar lake and Taglang La pass (second highest motorable road ;))
      – Overnight at Leh

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

      For accommodation, check the nice, 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

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Ritesh Sharma says:

        Hi Dheeraj

        Thanks for a quick revert. Really appreciate your effort in replying individually.

        Had some queries-

        1- Is it safe for a 5 year child to go for this trip?

        2- Is it advisable to book the hotels and taxi before starting or should be done once you reach there?

        3- I guess as per my plan I will reach on 11th morning and will have to leave on 20th morning. this will lead to only 9 days in hand. How can I change the plan you have suggested to cover most places in those 9 days?

        Thanks again

        Regards

        Ritesh

        • Hello Ritesh,

          1. It is fine to take the child because the AMS do not matter with respect to age. It can happen to anyone of any age. The only issue with children is that they tend to exert the body considering it the same place which elevates the chances of getting stuck with AMS. Secondly, they are not much expressive about their un easy feelings, so it is parents who need to take care that the child is not suffering from uneasy feelings, headache or nausea and are behaving properly. With 5 year child, I think he/she would be able to convey the uneasiness with little efforts. If you notice any such feeling or he/she tells you about such a felling 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. Do keep the body adequately hydrated!!

          2. 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. 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 the 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

          3. As suggested in the itinerary above, that is the maximum you can cover considering the day travel times while traveling with family.

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

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  94. Ritesh Sharma says:

    Hi Dheeraj

    really appreciate your effort in putting so much info on the blog.

    I am planning to visit Leh in August. Planned dates are either 15th AUg-20th Aug. While if the number of days are less then I can start journey from 10th Aug to 20th Aug.

    I am travelling with my wife and 5 year kid.

    Travelling from Mumbai.

    Will be taking flight from Mumbai to Leh.

    I am at the initial level of planning and request your help on planning the itinerary.

    The flight I am taking will make me reach Leh at 10 am on Day 0. And the return flight will be again in morning at 6 am on 20th Aug.

    Please suggest places to stay.

    I have picked up info on the taxi drivers form your blog, and once I am in a position to plan the itinerary I will talk to them.

    Thanks in advance and looking forward for your revert.

    Ritesh

    9920281001

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    • Ritesh Sharma says:

      Hi Dheeraj,
      I had finalised the travel itinerary. Need your help whether it looks fine. Plus I had some queries mentioned as ** marked on the various days.

      Request you to please answer them.

      The final itinerary is as follows-
      Day-1 (11/8-Sat)
      Mumbai-Leh flight (arrival 10 am).
      - Check in Hotel,
      - Take Rest
      - Apply for ILP (as sunday the office may be closed** can this be done via hotel guys and @what charges).

      - If time/body permits- Visit Leh Local -
      - Leh Palace,
      - Leh Market,
      - Shankar Gompa,
      - stole on Changspa Road and watch sunset.

      Overnight at- Leh

      Day 2 (12/8-Sun)
      - Hire Taxi’s,
      - Liason with fellow travellers, etc
      - Visit Leh Local- the places which was not covered on day 1
      - Namgyal Gompa
      - Shanti Stupa
      - Hall of Fame
      - Spituk Gompa
      - Can try in early part of the day for River Rafting on Indus/Zanskar river.

      Day 3 (13/8-Mon)
      by taxi
      Leh-Khardung La-Diskit-Hunder- Nubra valley
      Khardung La - highest motorable pass
      Diskit - Monastery with highest Budha statue
      Hunder - Sand dunes and Bacterian Camel Safari

      ** want to check what else can be done at Nubra valley?

      Overnight at- Diskit/Hunder

      Day 4 (14/8 Tue)
      by Taxi
      Hunder- Diskit- Sumur- Panamik- Khardungla La-Leh
      Sumur - Famous Monastery
      Panamil - Hotwater Springs

      overnight at-Leh

      Day 5 (15/8 Wed)
      by taxi
      Leh- Hemis Monastery- Pangong Tso Lake
      Hemis Monastery
      Thicksey Monastery
      Shey Palace
      Stakna Monastery

      overnight at- Pangong Tso Lake (Spangmik/Lukung)
      *Tent accomodation

      Day 6 (16/8 Thurs)
      by taxi
      Pangong Tso Lake- Thicksey- Shey palace- Leh
      overnightat- Leh

      **can I go to Tso Moriri directly from Pangong Tso (via Man-Meral-Chusul-Tsaga-Lorma-Hanle-Nyoma)?

      Day 7 (17/8 Fri)
      by taxi
      Leh-Tso Moriri (via Chumathong)
      -cover Karzok Monastery
      overnight at- Karzok or Tso Moriri

      Day 8 (18/8 Sat)
      by taxi
      Tso Moriri- Tso Kar – Taglang La- Leh

      Tso Kar- Lake
      Taglong La- 2nd highest motorable pass

      overnight at- Leh

      Day 9 (19/8 Sat)
      by taxi/bike
      Leh-Sham valley Tour- Leh
      cover-
      - Alchi
      - Likir
      -Basgo Palace
      - magnetic Hills
      -confluence at Nimmu
      -Gurudwara Pather Sahib
      -Dha/Hanu villages

      overnight at-Leh

      Day 10 (20/8)
      Checkout and fly back Leh-Mumbai

      Have summarised my queries also-
      Day 3- ** want to check what else can be done at Nubra valley?
      Day 6- **can I go to Tso Moriri directly from Pangong Tso (via Man-Meral-Chusul-Tsaga-Lorma-Hanle-Nyoma)?

      • Hi Ritesh,

        1. You can get the permits through hotel guys. They will charge about about 200-250 per person.

        2. I think it is enough what you are doing there. There is a sacred small lake at Panamik, Yarab Tso. May be you can check that out too.

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

        4. Dha Hanu will not be possible in a day alon with Sham Valley. Better leave it.

        Rest the itinerary looks well though off to me :)

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

        Regards
        Dheeraj Sharma

        • Ritesh Sharma says:

          Thanks Dheeraj. Appreciate your effort.

          1- A lot of people at forums have suggested to start taking acetazolamide ( Diamox )2-3 days prior to start of the trip to overmanage the AMS. whats your opinion?
          2- Is it safe to book the hotels from Mumbai itself and make some advance payment without knowing the quality of the hotel?
          3- Should we carry much of winter wear type of clothes or just 1/2 jacket is gud?
          4- Should we carry anything to protect ourselves from rains?

          regards
          Ritesh

        • Hello Ritesh,

          1. Do consult your doctor first as it is a sulpha drug and does have side effects, especially to the ones who are allergic. So, do not consume it without doctor’s suggestions.

          2. 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. 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

          3. 1-2 Jackets with a pair of thermal inners would suffice I will say.

          4. It is monsoon time and at some parts of Manali – Leh Highway (like before Baralacha La) and Srinagar – Leh Highway (like before Kargil) you might need to face monsoon hassles but once you get closer to Ladakh, then Ladakh being rain shadow region is least affected by monsoon rains, though rains does reach Ladakh now but to minimum and mostly it might remains overcast conditions. There is no thumb rule of certainity about weather conditions but above is generally common pictures seen over last few years except ugly 2010 … So, I do not think you need something to pretect you from rains. If you guys are riding then probably yes, you do need a good rain gear else since I am not a biker cannot comment how difficult or bad it can be while driving in rains.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  95. ruchika says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    we are 9 people leaving next month for amarnathji yatra.

    Our plan is to first complete the yatra, and then take a cab from baltal to leh. we will leave mumbai on july 24th and reach srinagar by 10 am. then leave for baltal and stay overnight. next morning, july 25th, start amarnath yatra and aim to return the same day (booked helicopter), sleep at baltal and leave for leh on july 26th. We have our return to srinagar by July 31st.

    Kindly help me with the following queries:

    1. is it possible to reach leh in one day from baltal? if we leave early morning?

    2. since we are 9 of us, what vehicle do you suggest from baltal? if we take two vehicles e.g. xylo then what is the approx fare from baltal to leh, local travel there and then back to srinagar?

    3. since we only have 3-4 days in leh, which are places we can visit and make the best of leh trip?

    thanks a ton for all the info you have given here; more than half my questions are already answered; just these three left :)

    • Hello Ruchika,

      You have just 3-4 days in Leh and out of it at least one if not two would go in acclimatization by resting in Leh itself. You are left with 4 days and out of these 4 days, you will need two day to reach back to Srinagar from Leh. so, you are left with just 2 days? I guess it is not much worth to visit it, rather plan and cover Kashmir Valley – Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sonamarg at an easy pace. Come back for Ladakh with handy number of days say about 12, if by road, next time.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Ruchika says:

        Thanks a ton for the prompt response.

        Actually, we wanted to sqeeze Kashmir, Leh and Amarnath in all 10 days, but seems like a bad idea. Our return flight is on Aug 3 from Srinagar, so we might skip Srinagar and spend time in Leh rather. Still deciding.

        Anyway, thanks for your help. It came really very handy.

        Ruchika

  96. Rohit says:

    Hi Dheeraj, this is "THE" best site that i found for my Leh trip research … Kudos to u !

    Need your suggestions to help me plan and finalize my half-baked itinerary for Leh trip. We are 5 of us from Bangalore.

    11-Aug : Bang-Delhi-Srinagar Flight (will reach at 2 pm) – Srinagar sight-seeing.

    12-Aug : Srinagar-Sonmarg-Zoji La – Drass – Kargil

    13-Aug : Kargil to Leh

    14-Aug : Leh local sight-seeing + Inner line permits

    15,16,17,18 : (Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri etc.) Need your inputs on the best way to schedule these 4 days.

    Some Qs here : Can Leh-Diskit-Hundar-Leh be done in 1 day ?

    Can we drop Tso Moriri ?

    Can we directly go to Pangong tso from Nubra Valley?

    19-Aug : Leh to Srinagar

    20-Aug : Afternoon flight back to Bangalore.

    Also, we are planning to hire a Xylo/Innova for our Srinagar-Leh & Leh-Srinagar trip. I read somewhere that taking a rented car from Kargil is better … why is it so ? do Leh taxis wait at kargil , which we can use from kargil to Leh and the same can be used for Leh local sight-seeing?

    Also, to catch the afternoon 2 pm flight on Monday from Srinagar, would leaving from Leh on early Sunday morning be ok ? or should we leave on Sat night ?

    Please suggest the best way we can hire our taxis to and from Leh i.e taking at Srinagar/Kargil etc … Basically, how many times would we need to change taxis ?

    Sorry for the long list of Qs, but would surely help a lot ! :)

    • Hello Rohit,

      1. You can plan the 4 days as below:
      Day 15 | 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 16 | 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 17 | 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 18 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
      – Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
      – Overnight at Leh

      Or make a day trip to Pangong Tso and again do two day trip to Srinagar from Leh.

      2. Yes, getting taxi at Kargil is better if you are interested in sightseeing along the route i.e. Alchi, Likir, Basgo that comes along the Srinagar – Leh Highway.

      3. You will need to hire shared taxis that start at mid night and reach by evening next day to Srinagar in about 16 Hrs or so.

      4. Hire one for Srinagar – Kargil and then hire a Ladakh taxi from Kargil which can do sightseeing along and for the rest of the trip. You need to get JK – 10 number plate taxi. For the current leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2012-13 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here. You can get about 10-15% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more.

      For accommodation, check the nice, 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

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  97. Dhanya says:

    Hi,

    We are a group of 7 ppl and are planning to go to leh. we will reach chandhigarh on 15 july. the route so far is- chandigarh – leh-srinagar- jammu.

    my query is

    1 will we need two vehicles for the seven of us?

    2 is the route possible to cover in 12 days (from 15 july to 27 july)

    Dhanya

    • Hello Dhanya,

      Most likely yes, you will need two vehicles for a comfortable journey or arrange a tempo traveler for the same otherwise it will be quite uncomfortable with 1 with driver, 3 at middle row and 3 in last row. It can be done but it is upto you guys to decide for the comfort. Yes, it is possible to do it in 12 days as below:

      Day 1 | Delhi / Chandigarh – 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 Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
      – Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
      – 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
      – Day trip to Pangong Tso
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 9 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
      – Cover Karzok Monastery
      DO NOT FORGET to Carry spare fuel for about 550 KMs including your tankful
      – Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri

      Day 10 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Moore Plains – 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 | 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/Chandigarh
      – Return home

      Day 13 + 14 | Buffer days to be kept incase of road closure due to landslides or snowfall or perhaps you want to enjoy more.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  98. Archis Patankar says:

    Dear Mr. Dhheraj,

    You are providing an excellent infomration wrt Leh Ladkah and Sringar trip. We are already in touch with Mr. Rigzin and are taking his help and we plan to do this travle with private taxi,

    I am finding that you are suggesting to take a trip from Srinagar to Leh to Manali – where as I have planned Manali – Leh – Srinagar route!

    I will request for your kind advice if this route is OK, I will be travelling with my family ( 5 people) and 3 peopole are in the age range of 55 to 65 ! Hence this query, Kindly help

  99. jayant joshi says:

    hi dheeraj sharma,

    im jay and we r a group of 5 from delhi, wants to visit manali – leh – srinagar.

    we hv xact 10 days in total.

    we will b coming in zen estilo.

    im really confused…

    hv planned for 25 june to 4 july.

    we hv an estimate of around 12k per head.

    my no is 9711983795, 9911414441.

    will our sweet car make it thru easily..

    which way wud b fne for us thru srinagar to leh or manali to leh den to srinagar..

    need ur help…

    please call me or just text me ur no i wud contact u..

    dnt hv much tym left..

    help us…wl b thankful to u…

    • Hello Jay,

      For 10 days you can follow the plan mentioned below but 5 people in Estilo and that too Ladakh including the Manali – Leh Highway would be almost killer for the car and very much uncomfortable too. I will email you my number, just sms me before calling.

      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 Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
      – Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
      – 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 – Leh
      – Head for Nubra Valley very early in the day and come back by late evening after visiting Deskit. If you have time go little further and see Hunder sand dunes too
      – 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 | Leh – Pangong Tso Lake – Leh
      – Day trip to Pangong Tso
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 8 | Leh – Taglang La – 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 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 – Delhi

      Note: No buffer days for Ladakh trip mostly many a times means trouble, so do plan a day or two as buffer apart from these 10 days.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  100. Edoardo says:

    Hello!

    Here I am again, hoping to sort my issues out through this amazing blog!

    Everything is almost planned about my trip Srinagar – Leh – Manali, which will start in 3 days (18th of June).

    I heard that from Tso Moriri it is possible to take directly the way back to Manali, rather than having to get back to Leh.

    But which is exactly the itinerary from Tso Moriri to Manali (assuming that I will sleep in Korzok)?

    Would it be better (in terms of road safety) to go back to Leh and from there go down to Manali?

    I also read that is not wise to sleep in Sarchu/Pang, but that is smarter to sleep in Keylong. But I guess Keylong would be to far from Korzok… THerefore, where to sleep?

    As you can see, I need detailed and accurate info regarding the way back from Tso Moriri to Manali.

    Please answer ASAP since on friday I'll be leaving Delhi destination Srinagar!

    Cheers to everyone *

    • Hello Edoardo,

      Yes, there is a route that connects Manali – Leh Highway to Tso Moriri and you can follow it without much trouble as follows:

      Day 1 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
      – Cover Karzok Monastery
      – Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri
       
      Day 2 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Moore Plains – 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 3 | Sarchu – Baralacha La – Jispa – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
      – On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
      – Overnight at Manali

      You can sleep at Sarchu while coming back from Leh. It is always advised to skip sleeping at Sarchu or Pang if you are going from Manali to Leh because initially the body is not acclimatized to sleep at such high altitude. So, follow the plan as above or to enjoy more may be add an overnight stay at Jispa before reaching Manali if you have time on hand :)

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

    • Amitavo says:

      Hi,

      I am planning to go to Leh this August 19, I will be alone so, could you please tell me how much will it cost me for share taxi from Manali to leh.Last time when I went with my parents in the year 2007, It costs us Rs 1250/- per person.

      Also please suggest me the possible taxi fare from Leh to Nubra valley via khardungla,Pangong tso Lake, Tso moriri Lake , Leh sightseeing and from Leh to Srinagar ( or any other transport option as I will be alone and I will prefer using public transport if at all its available and safe.

      • Hello Amitavo,

        Currently, the rates are around 1800-2000 I guess.

        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 :)

        For the current leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2012-13 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here. You can get about 12-15% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more.

        Regards
        Dheeraj Sharma

        • Amitavo says:

          Thank you very much for the reply. Can you please tell me one more thing,is end of August the dates which I have picked for my rip to Ladakh is season or off season?

        • Hi Amitavo,

          Season time starts from mid-May and run upto almost mid-September with June and July being the peak of season time. Hence, for end of August it will be season but not peak time.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  101. Snehal says:

    Your posts are so very helpful.

    One more query, would you advise a Xylo or an Innova for 5 person-group (and why)?

    • Hi Snehal,

      I will suggest you go with Xylo because many a times Innova find trouble getting through water crossings and landslide areas even though it is more comfortable but in such harsh terrain I keep myself to Scorpio or Xylo :)

      And, thanks for appreciation buddy :)

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  102. Snehal says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Its a great effort that u r putting in. Helps a lot to plan.

    We 5 (a family of 4 and father)want to travel to Kargil- Rangdum – Padum – Kargil (as apart of our 15-day travel manali-leh- padum- srinagar).

    Can you suggest

    1. some taxi drivers who know these routes (do any of your recommended drivers- mentioned in the article know this route?)

    2. Some decent place to stay (not luxury but comfortable for kids and aged)in Padum/ Rangdum?.

    We are planning to visit padum during 24-29 June.

    Please advise soon.

    • Hi Snehal,

      Thanks alot.

      1. Well, for Zanskar leg of your journey you will need to hire a taxi from Kargil as Leh taxis are not allowed. Then, again when you reach Padum you will have to hire a taxi again as only Padum taxis are allowed for sightseeing in Padum. If you want I have one contact number that may help and would send it over email.

      2. In Padum, try out Hotel Marq (+919418002171/+919419219327 / +91-1983-245223/245071), very much recommended. In Rangdum go with JK Tourism Bunglow, I guess there is one there.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  103. Gaurav says:

    Hi dheeraj,

    Your blog is doing a wonderful job for educating directionless visitors who want to explore ladakh.

    We are a group of 3 people from delhi who want to visit Manali and Ladakh and we have seven days from 20-27th june.

    Kindly suggest how we should plan our trip?

    Do u suggest that we should travel one way in our trip from delhi to leh or vice versa by air?

    Will this reduce our expenditure as we will have to travel by taxi only one- way?

    • Hi Gaurav,

      Although flying in one direction will not reduce the expenditure considering high airfares but it will help you see more. In 7 days a road trip to Ladakh is not possible buddy. Since, you are lacking the required number of days, so you have to take a chance and go via Manali – Leh Highway only. I will suggest:

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

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

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

      Day 4 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
      – Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
      – 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 | Fly back.

      Better take permits in advance if possible and head to Nubra Valley on the Day 4 only. This will give you the required buffer day before you take your flight on Day 8 and you can do either local sightseeing on this day or a tour to Sham Valley.

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

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  104. Saurabh says:

    Hi Dheeraj, thanks for the useful info you have put up!

    Do you know if taxis will be willing to do Leh – Pangong Tso – Tso Moriri – Leh in 3 days? I didn't see it in the rate list. There are 6 of us and we're planning to go in mid August.

    • Hi Saurabh,

      Yes, they will be able to do it and will charge you as per customized tour. No issues with that. Do take the permit of all places on the route from Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri though and keep in mind it is long and arduous and bumpy ride…

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  105. Sankalp says:

    HI Dheeraj,

    I am traveling alone to Leh via Srinagar.

    Is there any cheap or shared transport to Pangong. If yes what would be the rough cost ?

    rgds

    Sankalp.

    • Hi Sankalp,

      Once you will reach Leh, you will find many people posting flyers at cafes, restaurants, dine-in etc. where you can get the seat in shared taxi to Pangong Tso.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  106. Sukhpreet Singh says:

    Dear Dheeraj,

    Thanks a lot fot all the information provided by you. I want to know whether we can cover the srinagar- leh-manali route by maruti dzire?

    regards,

    Sukhpreet Singh

    • Hi Sukhpreet,

      For dZire taking on Manali – Leh Highway, I will suggest you read about section "Private Vehicles i.e. Cars and Bikes | Self Drive or Ride to Ladakh" in the article linked here: How to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway to give you an idea what to expect in self drive in hatch back. For a quick read:

      You will need to face few tough challenges on the route especially considering monsoons. The hatchback/sedan will increase the level of every challenge even further. 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 come back via Manali side. Secondly, since you are in hatch/sedan back then you need to drive with extra care as well. There will be some sections on the Manali – Leh highway in which yo 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, funnely, 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

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  107. Krishna says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Are these taxi rates on a per person basis? or for the entire taxi (i.e. for all six in a Xylo)?

    I believe it is for the entire taxi but wanted to confirm before I leap.

    Thanks a lot.

  108. Jayashree says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We are a group of 5 persons travelling to srinagar-Leh-Manali in August 2012.I give below the itinereray as planned.Can you see if it sounds good and make your suggestions?

    Day 1: Fly from Bangalore to srinagar, reach around 1.30 pm, look around Dal Lake, shikari ride, etc.

    Day2:Gulmarg – gondola ride.Back to srinagar, leave for Kargil

    Day 3: Kargil to Leh via Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Zanskar

    Day 4:Leh to Pangong, stay

    Day 5:Back to Leh

    Day 6: Leh to Nubra, stay

    Day 7: Back to Leh

    Day 8:Leh to Manali or Leh to srinagar

    Day 9 : Fly back to Bangalore

    I wan to know if returning back to srinagar is better as retrun to Chandigarh via sarchu, Manali takes long. What is the shortest time between Leh- Manali- Chnadigarh?

    • Hi Jayashree,

      Firstly, Day 2 do not look feasible to me. You have either skip Gulmarg or add another day. Secondly, how are you planning to fly back from Manali side? Wil you reach Delhi and fly (guess this is the option only as Kullu flights might be very costly)? Also, one shall always do Nubra Valley first and then Pangong Tso lake. I will suggest the following plan for it:

      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 Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
      – Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
      – 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 – Delhi
      – 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.

      If you are short on time, then better do Nubra Valley day trip from Leh.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  109. niket says:

    hello Dheeraj,

    This blog is really very good and helpful. Thanks for posting such nice things on this blog. I have been going through several articles, blogs as I am planning a trip from Pune to Leh Ladakh with my friends. Most probably, we will commence our journey from 7th July 2012… we wll hv complete 8-9 days for this trip. So please let mi kno how should i plan for the same…we are total 8 peoples…

    pls also mention what may be the total budget for this trip.

    • Hi Niket,

      In 8-9 days, you will not be able to Ladakh journey by road both sides. Are you planning to do it by road both ways? And these 9 days are ex. Pune?? For budget related, I will suggest you go through the article linked below which will answer most of your queries.

      How to calculate cost or budget for Leh – Ladakh trip

      I hope this helps. Please let me know the details and I will suggest the plan accordingly.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • niket says:

        hi Dheeraj,

        Thanks for replying me.

        I think some misunderstanding is ther….We are gonna reach Delhi or Shrinagar from Pune by Flight.

        then… from there to ladakh….

        so u pls suggest travel from there onwards…

        what wll be more convinent from delhi or from shrinagar?

        • niket says:

          Our plan is like…

          - we have total 7 days

          - Pune to Jammu by flight

          - Jammu to Leh by road (pls suggest tourist points in between) (suggest travel time)

          - Stay at Leh. (about 5-6days)

          - Nubra Valley, Pangong Lake, Khartung Pass,Drass Vally,

          Rangdum…

          pls suggest better points than these.. is it possible to visit these points within 6 days.

          - Leh to Delhi by road via Manali(suggest travel time)

        • Niket, it takes about 3 days to reach Delhi from Leh via Manali excluding any buffer days. It will take 3 days from Jammu to reach Leh. You expecting 5-6 days in Ladakh?? I am still not sure, how many day you have in hand? Are these 5,6 days in Ladakh excluding the days required to travel in and travel out of Leh? If not, then buddy you have just one day left for Leh :cry:

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • Hi Niket,

          You can check the below plan and remove any of the days between 5 and 6. Rest as you can see first will be required to drive to Leh and then drive out of Leh. One to rest and arrange permits.

          Day 1 | Delhi – Srinagar
          – Fly to Srinagar if you are not self driving because it will almost cost the same and help you save one day plus fatigue of traveling unnecessary in plains or boring hills for 2 days
          – 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 Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
          – Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
          – 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 – Leh
          – Head for Nubra Valley very early in the day and come back by late evening after visiting Deskit. If you have time go little further and see Hunder sand dunes too
          – 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 | Leh – Pangong Tso Lake – Leh
          – Day trip to Pangong Tso
          – Overnight at Leh

          Day 7 | Leh – Taglang La – 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 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

          Day 9 | Manali – Delhi

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

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  110. [...] Leh – Ladakh taxi union prices by as much as 22% this year (2012-13 Ladakh taxi rates linked here), I guess this was also bound to happen. So, overall a not so good news for the families/youngsters [...]

  111. avinash says:

    hey dheeraj

    I am quite grateful & impressed with kind of information you have been givin on this blog,

    i have a INNOVA 2WD, so i hope it would be comfortable to reach leh self driven…!!

    but my concern is whether such a trip will have any serious long term affect on my car..reagrdin engine performance or overall life of the vehicle

    • Nipun Jain says:

      Dear Dheeraj

      We are planning our trip to leh on july 13 now and we plan to go to leh by air and return by taxi from leh to Ambala via Manali.Plz suggest would that be a good idea?? If yes, then would it be easy to get a taxi from leh for that purpose at cheap rates?? kindly suggest

      • Hi Nipun,

        How many days you have in hand? You can plan something like below:

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

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

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

        Day 6 | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping or you can do tour to Sham Valley
        – Sham Valley include Alchi, Likir, Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu, , Gurudwara Pather Sahib
        – 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) – 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 9 | 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 10 | Manali – Ambala
        – Return Home

        Day 11 + 12 | Buffer days to be kept incase of road closure due to landslides or snowfall or perhaps you want to enjoy more.

        Additional Points:
        1. Instead of coming back to Leh from Nubra Valley, you can head towards Pangong Tso via Wari La route. This will give you an additional day which can be spent in Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso or Leh. If you are riding then you need to carry sufficient fuel for it.

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

        Regards
        Dheeraj Sharma

        • siddharth sharma says:

          hi dheeraj! the information that you have given is fantastic. Could you please help me in knowing, how much would it cost to come by road on the way back from Leh to Delhi? I shall be waiting for your kind response. We have planned our trip from 11th jun to 21st jun.

        • Hi Siddharth,

          It depends upon the mode of transport you use. If you are hiring a private taxi then drop from Leh to Manali will cost you about Rs 17-18K with one night halt. If you are taking a shared taxi then a seat in it will cost you about Rs 1500 to 1800 but they will make you reach Manal in straight cannon ball run from Leh without any night stop. Then from Manali you can always catch a overnight HPTDC volvo that costs about Rs 1200 per person for the ticket.

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

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • siddharth sharma says:

          Thank you for your prompt reply Dheeraj. We are a group of 6 people and we want to start our journey from Delhi on the 11th June and be back by 21st June. We want to keep it as much cost effective as possible too. Please suggest. Again, thanks in advance.

        • siddharth sharma says:

          just to add a bit… we have worked out the transport thing and wanted to take your advice. We have managed a private vehicle for the entire trip costing us 3500 per day. I want to know about how to start the route from delhi considering the number of days that we have for the holidays. Also, where to take the stops and stays at night to keep our health ok and prevent AMS etc as we have 3 girls in our group travelling.

        • Hi Siddharth,

          You can follow something like below for 11 days:

          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 Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
          – Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
          – For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link : http://devilonwheels.com/index.php/inner-line-per
          – 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
          – Day trip to Pangong Tso
          – Overnight at Leh

          Day 9 | Leh – Taglang La – 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 | 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 – Delhi

          Day 12 + 13 | Buffer days to be kept incase of road closure due to landslides or snowfall or perhaps you want to enjoy more.

          Additional Points:
          1. Instead of coming back to Leh from Nubra Valley, you can head towards Pangong Tso via Wari La route. If you are riding then you need to carry sufficient fuel for it. The additional day could be rest day at Leh where you can do Sham Valley tour or some shopping in Leh or Buffer day.

          Rs 3500 is I think too much for single day. Try to bargain about Rs 3000 per day. Also, PLEASE keep in mind that you will be just paying for this taxi unnecessary within Ladakh for 4 days because taxis outside Ladakh are not allowed to roam inside Ladakh. So, you will pay about 14000 for nothing. I will suggest you fly to Srinagar, take taxi from there to reach Leh and then hire taxi for the entire tour in Ladakh which will drop you back to Manali. From Manali you can either take a taxi or get overnight Manali – Delhi Volvo.

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

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • siddharth sharma says:

          Hi Dheeraj!

          Again a very warm thank you. The vehicle that we have managed is a private number vehicle not a taxi number. Would it still not be allowed outside Ladakh?

        • Hi Siddharth,

          If you have managed a private vehicle then it will be allowed. Just ensure that you all in the group are on same page to whom this vehicle belongs. Do not give multiple answers if asked anywhere and never try to give hint to locals that you are running on a hired vehicle.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

    • Hi Avinash,

      Although Innova has been always at bottom of my list for preferred vehicles for Leh – Ladakh but still with careful driving you make it through to Leh. Just be cautious while going through the water crossings and first see how other are doing it. Then, only cross it after seeing the safe passage.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  112. Divakar Puri says:

    Dear Dheeraj,

    Thanks for the information.

    I will start my tour from Amritsar on 06/07 June 2012 with my family (4 adults & 2 kids 9 & 6 yrs) to J&K, Leh and Himachal for 26-28 days approx.

    Kindly suggest me the best itinerary for my family tour. If you also know some honest driver in Leh, pls let me know.

    I hope you'll understand my concern.

    Thanks & Best Regards,

    Puri.

  113. Abhinav says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I really appreciate your effort and all this information that you have gathered and distributed via this blog.

    I am trying to chalk down an itenary for a trip to leh-laddakh from delhi. I am thinking of going to srinagar by air and then srinagar-drras-leh (via kargil) and then return from leh-manali route. It will be a 9-10 days trip.
    I need to know if is it possible to book the bus/taxi for these routes from phone or we will have to see once we reach srinagar airport ?
    And also if there is some way I can get an estimate of the taxi fares on these routes provided the recent hike of petrol prices and how much will it influence our budget.

    I will be thankful to you if you can provide some info in this regard.

    Regards,
    Abhinav

    • Hi Abhinav,

      Thanks dost!! For 9-10 days, check below –

      Day 1 | Delhi – Srinagar
      – Fly to Srinagar if you are not self driving because it will almost cost the same and help you save one day plus fatigue of traveling unnecessary in plains or boring hills for 2 days
      – 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 Zanskar
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 4 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
      – Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
      – 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 – 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 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 – Delhi

      Note: No buffer days for Ladakh trip mostly many a times means trouble, so do plan a day or two as buffer apart from these 10 days.

      For the current leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2012-13 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here

      For accommodation, check the nice, 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

      Check the list of things to carry for Leh – Ladakh or other trip at the link here.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  114. Raman says:

    5/23//2012

    Mr Sharma:

    My wife and I (in our late sixties) are planning a visit to Ladakh from August 12th through August 19th. Since we will be flying in from US, we plan to spend couple of nights in Delhi near the airport. Then

    we take a flight on the 12th to Leh from Delhi and spend the 12th & the 13th at Leh, getting acclimatized. We hire a taxi to go to Nubra valley on the 14th (visit Diskit gompa and the sand dunes in Hunder & stay at Snow Lepard Guest house)and return to Leh on the 15th. Use the same taxi to visit Pangong Tso (visit Shey, Thikse, Hemis on the way or back) on the 16th and stay at Spangmik(home stay)and return to Leh on the 17th. For 18th & the 19th, we though we will visit Alchi, Nimu, Likir & Lamayaru. We fly out of Leh on the early morning of the 20th. Most of this planning came at looking at your travelogues and commentaries. I must offer my thanks to you.

    At this time,we have made a reservation at Siala Guest House, Leh. Should I be making reservations at Hunder and Spangmik and arrange for the taxi ahead of time? Lonely planet travel guide recommends doing the reservation for taxis upon arrival in Leh. Should I contact Mr.Rigzin ahead of my arrival? Do you have any suggestions for a hotel near Delhi airport?

    Any suggestions would be welcome. You can respond directly to my email address. Thank you in advance for this courtesy.

    Sincerely

    Raman

    • Hi Mr. Raman,

      The plan looks really good and if by chance on third day when you plan to go to Nubra Valley, you do not feel good then better do Sham Valley tour on third day and shift the plan by one day. This way you will still get one buffer day to be spent in Leh. On that day do the monastery tour and skip visiting Hemis, Thicksey, Shey while going to Nubra Valley because this will help reduce time in traveling on those days.

      Secondly, Sia La is good option that you have chosen. Try restaurant Lamayuru or Gesmo for good food in Leh. I guess if you plan to stay at Snow Leopard, probably you should book because being famous on IndiaMike, it might be booked. To be frank, we did not find the dinner quality even at par for the money we paid in my recent April trip to Ladakh. Infact dinner at snow Leopard was the worst dinner on the whole trip of 12 days… Breakfast was far better, however. So, if you plan to stay at some specific property then please book in advance otherwise if you do not mind choosing by searching here and there a bit, then no need to book. If going for Rigzin, please contact him as early as you can because he remains quite busy and scheduled in the whole season. Even if he is not available, ask him giving my reference either he will arrange any other good alternative in case he cannot shift any of his plans.

      For Delhi, I will say sorry because I never stayed there in Hotel being native to it. Perhaps, it is an irony that I do not anything for my native place but so much about Ladakh :)

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

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Atmjeet says:

        My travel Itenary for Delhi-LEH:

        Delhi-Manali: 2nd June 2012 starting in the morning. Reaching Manali at night. NIght stay @ Manali.

        Manali-Jispa:3rd June (4am)morning. Reaching Jispa maximum by Noon. Staying @Jispa to acclimize and local sight seeing. Nightstay in Swiss cottages.

        Jispa-Leh: 4th June(5am) morning to reach Leh by evenning.

        Leh-Pangong-Leh: 5th Morning. May opt for a nightstay in camp @pangong tso lake.and vomeback to khardoonga directly from there or.

        Leh-Khardunga: Starting early for khardunga by cycle or bike. coming back and local city surfing.

        Leh: 7th June Local sight seeing(Monastries,Magnetic hill, Rafting etc)

        Leh-Kargil/Sonmarg:8th Morning. I have yet not decided about stay at kargil/sonmarg which one would be preferable. I have to catch a flight from srinagar next day @4pm too.which place has more sights to visits. accommodation options etc.

        Kargil-Srinagar: 9th morning.

        Srinagar to Delhi-: 9th june afternoon.

        Please put your suggestions. thanks :)

        • Hi Atmjeet,

          After reaching Leh, do it in this order:

          Leh: 7th June Local sight seeing(Monastries,Magnetic hill,)
          Leh-Khardunga: Starting early for khardunga by cycle or bike. coming back and local city surfing.
          Leh-Pangong-Leh: 5th Morning. May opt for a nightstay in camp @pangong tso lake.and vomeback to khardoonga directly from there or.

          Also, 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 into 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

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

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • avinash says:

          i have a similar itienary, squeezed into 10 days. to manali and fro srinagar.

          lemme kno of your trip, and i hope u wd be goin by self driven vehicle??

  115. Parth says:

    Hello Sir,

    Are there any bike-rental facilities available in Leh? Also, can you give any advice, suggestions for a bike tour of Tso Moriri/Tso Kar/Pangong Tso?

    • Hi Parth,

      Yes, there are lots of options available at Fort Road Leh. How do you want to do Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Pangong Tso? Direct and Tough way? Or Routine and Normal way? Any plans you have formalized so far?

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

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Parth says:

        It would be really helpful if you can tell me about both.

        we'll be doing Nubra valley by car. and the rest by bikes.

        • Hi Parth,

          Tough Way: Pangong Tso – Man – Merak – Chusul – Tsaga – Loma – Hanle (night stay) – Loma – Nyoma – Tso Moriri – Tso Kar
          Direct Route: Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh and then Leh – Chumathang – Tso Moriri – Tso Kar

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

          Regards,
          Dheeraj Sharma

  116. puneet says:

    I have chalked out my plan to drive to Ladakh from Delhi starting June 30 morning.

    I'm reaching Delhi on June 29 night with my group. I need to rent out 8 bikes (bullets and pulsars) in Delhi and then start the journey. Can any one suggest me any bike rental dealer who provides bikes in good condition.

    Also few of us will be traveling in Taxi. So need to hire taxi from Delhi-Leh-Srinagar-Delhi for 13 days. Suggest me optimum plan for that.

    • Hi Puneet,

      I cannot help with bike rentals in Delhi. Regarding hiring taxi from Delhi, it will not be allowed in Ladakh for sightseeing purpose. So, whatever you will hire to reach Leh will only be available for you to get in and out of Leh. For all the local sightseeing within Ladakh, you need to hire a local Leh taxi.

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

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

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  117. jagdeep mavi says:

    I've my own vehicle.Can I able to visit pangong tro and nubra valley with this vehicle or not.I've read some news about leh ladakh that personal vehicle are not access that locations.please reply soon

    • Hi Jagdeep,

      For private vehicles, there is not restriction and you can take your own vehicle. It is for taxis which are outside Ladakh which are not allowed to roam inside Ladakh

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  118. Adi says:

    Thank you Mr. Dheeraj for all your information provided by u. It was great talking to u.

  119. Alisha says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Thanks alot for all the above information.

    5 of us are planning a trip to Leh in august. I understand its not the ideal climate season, however could i get a heads up on the expected climate Leh – Kullu during August?

    Thanks alots & Good Job

    Alisha

    • Hi Alisha,

      Within Ladakh there won;t be much of a problem because Ladakh is a rain shadow region though for last few years it does rain a bit in Ladakh but not that much. On Manali – Leh road, especially after crossing Baralacha La, you will surely face rains right upto Delhi. If it is raining heavily it will be a little cold, like we have in December start types. Otherwise, all peasant. Do plan your journey with buffer days in hand.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  120. Khai Chern says:

    Dear Dheeraj,

    First of all, thank you for your immense effort for providing so many information and being patient to reply everyone's enquiry. We are a group of three planning to visit Ladakh-Leh from 21st till 28th June from Delhi. Since the days to visit isn't too many, we plan to take flight either from heading or returning trip, and take a road trip on the other one.

    Thus I would like to ask for your opinion for a more feasible option. Our reason to take flight from Delhi to Leh and road trip back is so that we can take flight immediately after we land on airport (we are taking flight to delhi from Singapore) without getting out to city area. Reason to go to leh by road trip and coming bac by flight is to get us acclimatize more easily (please verify if this is not true). Perhaps you can take the scenery along the road trip into account too.

    Also can you advice us on the places to visit? Let's say the road trip would take 2 days, we are left with 6 days to spend on Leh. The only place that we wouldn't want to miss is Pangong Tso (impressed by the Three Idiots scene :D ).

    Thank you for your patient and kindness. Cheers.

    Khai Chern

    • Hello Khai,

      Thanks for appreciating words, means alot to me!!

      Since, you are low on number of days then you have to fly at least in one direction. Better fly to Leh directly because going via Manali will cause more AMS concerns than flying to Leh directly and also going via Srinagar is not viable for you due to less number of days but that helps in acclimatization more than flying to Leh directly. So, fly directly to Leh and after sightseeing come back to Delhi either again by flight or by taxi/volvo combination. The only dis-advantage is that you do not have any buffer day and in case Manali – Leh road goes out for a day then you might miss any flights you may have while coming back. You need three days to come back to Delhi from Leh via Manali. For 5 days you have the following choice only:

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

      Day 3 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      – Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
      – On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      – Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari
       
      Day 4 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      – Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 5 | Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh
      – 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 | Leh – Taglang La – Moore Plains – Pang – Sarchu
      – Stay overnight at Sarchu

      Day 7 | 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 8 | Manali – Delhi

      For the current leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2012-13 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  121. keshav says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I must say, what an useful information!!! Superb man.

    I'm planning to come to Leh on 27th May. We will depart from Delhi. As per your opinion, what will be the best way to reach Leh and Laddakh. Flights are very costly now,specially during return voyage. What is better, to book a taxi directly from Delhi for complete Leh trip or to book a taxi from Jammu Station.

    My second doubt is-are outside taxis allowed to roam around Kargil/Dras sector, I mean, is there any permit requirement?

    Please guide me as I am in deep dilemma.

    • Hi Keshav,

      Thanks for the appreciating words!!

      Well, there is a trick here, because you cannot run a taxi outside Ladakh within Ladakh for sightseeing purposes so you cannot take taxi for whole route from Delhi. Delhi taxis can only drop you to Ladakh and then take you back to Delhi and you will have to pay for two taxis when you will use only one :( … So, it is better to split it.

      Take a train to Jammu or better fly directly to Srinagar from Delhi (much cheaper per person cost), take taxi from Jammu to Srinagar, then take taxi from Srinagar to Leh and then finally book one in Leh which will make you do whole Ladakh sighseeing and drop you to Manali. From Manali you can take the overnight comfortable Manali – Delhi Volvo to reach back Delhi :)

      For the current leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2012-13 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • keshav says:

        Hello Dheeraj,

        First off all, I thank you immensely for narrowing down my taxi dilemma. It helped me a lot to plan my journey.

        I have planned as follows-

        Day 1(28th May)- Flight from Delhi to Leh. Hotel stay in Leh. Market visit and permit things to do. Stay in Leh hotel.

        Day 2 (29th May) Shaam Valley, Magnetic Hill, Alchi, Likir and Gurudwara Pathar Sahib. Stay in Leh hotel.

        Day3(30th May) Wednesday Early departure for Nubra Valley. Stay at Nubra Valley in camp.

        Day4(31st May) Nubra to Pangong lake. I have one question here. Is it possible to visit Panamik if we go directly Pangong via Wari La route. Stay at Spangmik or Lukung in any camp.

        Day5(1st June) Pangong to Leh. Stay at Leh in hotel.

        Day6 (2nd June) Leh to Tso moriri via Chumathang by taxi

        Day7( 3rd june) Tso Moriri to Sarchu by taxi.

        Day8(4th June) Sarchu to Manali by taxi

        Day9(5th June) Manali to Delhi by Volvo bus.

        Please suggest me if this plan sounds good or not.

        • Hi Keshav,

          Plan looks Spot ON :) … Just make sure that you take very very easy on Day 1 and Day 2. If not feeling well, then do not use stairs much at Likir or use them very slowly. Avoid stairs of Basgo on second day. Now, for Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso via Wari La, I will suggest you skip Panamik and Sumur and do that route only. Try to ask if Shyok route is open, though when I was there on Shyok route last to last week, it was quite dangerous, not for faint hearted I will say. So, stick to Wari La even if your driver is not confident about that route.

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

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • keshav says:

          Thanks Dheeraj for your approval.It boosted my morale. :-)

          Is there anything special in Shyok route?

          I heard that Panamic has hot sulphur sprinng,is not it worthy to take this route then?

        • Hi Keshav,

          It is an all special route with some magnificent views :) … Bu, all too risky and we took and enjoyed everybit of risk involved plus it is about 80KMs odd shorter than Wari La route :)

          There is nothing much there, hot spring can also be seen at Chumathang on the way to Tso Moriri from Leh. There is one tiny sacred lake as well Yarap Tso but nothing special about it just the importance in the religion. You need to trek a bit to reach that Lake.

          Regards
          Dheeraj sharma

          Regards
          Dheeraj sharma

        • keshav says:

          Hello Dheeraj,

          I have incurred two more doubts-

          1. Is Leh-Manali highway open now? If not, then till when it will be opened? I'm planning to use this road on 1st June, will it be open till then?

          2. Which mobile operator works in Leh/Manali? I can figure out that it is only BSNL. So outside Jammu' prepaid BSNL sim will also work there?

          3. In above itinerary, I have planned Nubra-Pangong-Leh-Tso Moriri.

          Is it posible to go to Tso Moriri without going to Leh?

        • Hi keshav,

          1. Yes, un-officially it is open. By next week, all likely it will open for public as well. Yes, by June 1st week it shall be thrown open in any case.
          2. Only post paid connection work in Leh – Ladakh. MTNL/BSNL has the vastest coverage followed by Airtel. Vodafone which is tied up with Aircel have limited connectivity.
          3. Yes but Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri with night halt at Hanle is a not a road at all rather a dirt track but with magnificent beauty. If there is not fight of time, little discomfort traveling on that road for so long and you can carry fuel for about 700-800 Kms if returning back to Leh from Tso Moriri or about 950+ KMs if you want to further move to Manali from Tso Moriri then you can take that route. The beauty on this route is unmatched.

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

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • keshav says:

          Good Day Dheeraj,

          I have planned nearly everything with your help only. Now, my doubts are zeroed down to only fewer in no's.

          I'm not able to book a good taxi for Leh/Manali. Is it better to book taxi from home(means talking to guys in Leh from home only and book a taxi) or to book a taxi once I reach in Leh.

          2. I am not able to book any accommodation for myself in following location-

          a.> Not finding any good hotels in Leh which are upto 2000-2500 per day and provide all facilities.

          b.> Stay at Hanle is also without any hotel til now.

          c.> Stay at Tso Moriri

          d.> Last but not least, stay at Sarchu.

          what do you suggest, should I go there directly and get the hotel for myself or i should book all the hotel from here only as I believe this is peak season for all tourists.

          Thanks in advance.. :-)

        • Hi Keshav,

          1. Did you call the drivers above? If not then do it and see what they offer.
          2. Try hotel shaynam, will provide you the details once I will reach back home, currently traveling.
          3. Hanle details as well I will provide. If you get it then go for it else no need to book, go at hanle village and ask for lady padmadeskit homestay. It is the last in the village towards Pasture Land.
          4. did you check the accommodation series on the blog? For accommodation, check the nice, 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
          5. Check this: http://devilonwheels.com/index.php/list-of-accomm

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

          Regards,
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • keshav says:

          Good Day Dheeraj,

          I talked to many taxi drivers but all are demanding a high amount from LEh to Manali. My budget will be around 15-20K for maximum. Can you please suggest me any place(like Hotel himgiri in Manali) in Leh where I can find all the Manali drivers who drop passengers in Leh and thus eager to go back to Manali.

        • Hi Keshav,

          Are you traveling in a group? If not why not try HPTDC Volvo to Manali from Leh? I do not have any such hotel in Leh but you can surely get in touch with them at Leh Taxi stand and get the driver number immediately and then start talking to him. If any Leh taxi union guys interrupt then tell them that you are assuring the status of the road and are on your own bikes. Then go away and talk to him over phone to setup the deal.

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

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  122. Rajnish says:

    Dear Dheeraj ji

    We are a group of 4 friends and leaving for Leh on 1st June. Expected to be back to Del by 10th June. Going via srinagar and coming via manali. Pls guide us, if on the way back manali leh route will be open or we need to come back via srinagar route only. As I see status of keylong leh route – closed. Reqyest your help.

    • Hi Rajnish,

      Manali – Leh is most likely to be open by this week because as per last talks with the driver, snow has been cleared through the roads all the way upto Leh and hence, it will be open soon. Local bravo taxi drivers might have started plying on it as well ;) … For an itinerary, please check below

      Day 1 | Delhi – Srinagar
      – Fly to Srinagar if you are not self driving because it will almost cost the same and help you save one day plus fatigue of traveling unnecessary in plains or boring hills for 2 days
      – 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 Zanskar
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 4 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
      – Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
      – 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 – 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 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 – Delhi

      Note: No buffer days for Ladakh trip mostly many a times means trouble, so do plan a day or two as buffer apart from these 10 days.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  123. Parth says:

    Hello Sir,

    I have changed the itinerary provided by you a bit, because we wish to attend the Lamayuru Monastry Festival on 16/17th June. Can you please have a look at it, especially from the Petrol/Food/Accommodation availability point of view?

    *Itinerary*

    *Land in Srinagar on June 13,2012 at 13:00.*

    *13 June:* Srinagar local-sightseeing(optional depending on feasibility)

    + Sonamarg (stay)

    *14 June: *Sonamarg – Drass – Kargil (stay)

    *15 June:* Kargil – Mulbekh – Lamayuru (Lamayuru festival + stay)

    *16 June:* Lamayuru – Leh (stay)

    – Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Nimmu Confluence, Magnetic

    Hills

    *17 June:* Leh

    – Inner Line Permits

    – Local Sightseeing (Namgyal Gompa, Sankar Gompa, Leh

    Palace, Main Market, Shanti Stupa, Changspa)

    *18 June:* Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Handar (stay)

    *19 June:* Handar – Turtuk (stay)

    *20 June:* Turtuk – Handar – Diskit – Sumur – Panamik (stay)

    *21 June:* Panamik – Khalsar – Wari La Pass – Takthok – Sakti – Chang La -

    Durbuk – Tangtse – Lukung – Spangmik

    *22 June:* Spangmik – Pangong Tso – Man – Merak – Tsaga – Loma/Nyoma

    *23 June:* Loma/Nyoma – Mahe – Sumdo – Tso Moriri/Tso Kar

    *24 June:* Tso Moriri/Tso Kar – Upshi – Hemis – Thikse – Shey Palace – Leh

    *25 June:* Leh – Sham Valley – Leh

    • Edoardo says:

      Dear Parth, I'm gonna do your exact same itinerary in the same exact dates with two friends!

      We'll fly from Delhi to Srinagar on the 15th…and then we'll basically have your same itinerary. we have already planned to hire a jeep with a driver…

      It would be great to do the trip together, we are three really easy going friends. I am Italian, the other friends are a German girl and an indian guy.

      I think if we can really share the trip it would be much more fun…

      This is my email: edoardosantangelo@gmail.com

      Cheers man!

    • Hello Parth,

      The itinerary sound good for mostly with little correction below.

      1. You can include Alchi, Likir and Basgo plains on 16th June when you move to Leh from Lamayuru. This will save you a buffer day on 25th June.
      2. Do it like:

      *22 June:* Spangmik – Pangong Tso – Man – Merak – Tsaga – Loma – Hanle
      *23 June:* Hanle – Loma – Nyoma – Mahe – Sumdo – Tso Moriri

      There is nothing to stay/eat at Loma and Nyoma. So, plan the stay at Hanle only.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  124. Laukik says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    You have been doing great service by helping many here providing valuable info before hand.

    My query is ,do you have any idea on the cab fares from Manali to Leh ?.Does Manali have taxi union like Leh ? We plan to hire Cab for about 5-6 of us from manali to leh in the 3rd week of June

    • Hi Laukik,

      The fares will more or less be equivalent to what has mentioned in the above list while going from LEh to Manali. It should be in whereabouts of 15-18K for a drop to Leh from Manali. you can also go through the article here: Cheap private taxi to Leh – Ladakh | A Myth or A Reality? . It will give you an idea on how to get cheap budget taxi from Manali to Leh ;)

      Yes, Manali also have a taxi union but rates are not so forced upon on drivers as it happen in Leh – Ladakh due to limited period and roughest of terrains.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  125. Sneha says:

    Hi,

    I am booked at hotel grand dragon for my stay in leh. Is it true that the leh taxi association has boycotted this hotel for some scam? I need to book a car for 6 days to stay with me and drive me around.

    Thanks

    Sneha

    • hi Sneha,

      Yes, it is true fact that you know :) … When I was in Ladakh last to last week, our taxi guy told this to us that Ladakh Taxi Union has boycotted it and if any tourist staying with this hotel need taxi, he has to walk down to taxi stand and get one and they will drop the tourist in the market or taxi stand only, not at this hotel.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Sneha says:

        Could you recommend another good hotel in leh ? Which are the best 3 hotels in leh ? Should I change my booking or continue to stay at grand dragon?

        • Hi Sneha,

          If possible and feel above restrictions are some what in convenient to you then you can check:

          1. Hotel Royal Heritage Resort
          2. Hotel Lasermo

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

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • Sneha says:

          Thanks for your response Dheeraj. Is there any safety issue in staying at this hotel? the pictures of this property look very nice online compared to the other hotels. which is the best hotel in leh in terms of the rooms etc. i do not have any budget constraints. Thanks

        • Hi Sneha,

          There is no safety issue staying anywhere in whole Ladakh. It is one of the safest places in INdia to be :) … I would rate Royal Heritage and Lasermo to be very nice properties, if you are not looking for extra luxury :) … These two have extremely good feedback.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  126. bhavana says:

    THANK YOU!!! WILL BE TAKING A PRINT OUT OF THE POST AND ALL THE COMMENTS AND SHARING WITH GROUP!!! yOU ARE THE BEST!

    • Thanks Bhavna, glad it was useful for you. Check the Ladakh section of the blog and you will find tons of information about Ladakh in terms of planning the whole trip. Please let me know incase you have any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  127. Kartik says:

    Dear Dheeraj Sharma,

    Was going through with the suggestions and comments you have made to the above mentioned queries. Its really nice of you the way you are helping and rather guiding people with your knowledge and experience about this destination.

    Now the query i have is again about the same destination, me and my family which includes me, my wife, my mother and my father are planning to visit these destinations in the month of June 2012. We have booked the plane tickets for the date of 24th June 2012 Sunday at the return is on 1st June 2012 Sunday again.

    Now we have booked the tickets from New Delhi to Leh and the departure from Srinagar to New Delhi. Our flight is going to arrive early in the morning at Leh Airport, what all destinations we can cover, now we have certain limitations. We have to reach Dras cantt by 26th June 2012 as we have some further plans to visit Amarnath with the Military facilities which include the Hepter (Helicopter) transfer and all.

    So, on 24-25 June 2012 what all we can cover in Leh?

    How much would be the taxi fare, local sight seeing & Srinagar transfer (i think i can calculate this cost with the help of the Taxi Fare List pictures you have uploaded) ?

    What all we can cover on our way from Leh to Dras ?

    Thanks in advance for your valuable time and suggestions.

    Regards,

    Kartik

    • Hi kartik,

      If you hav not booked the tickets then do not book them and if you have please cancel them because for 2 days youwill not be able to see anything within Leh – Ladakh due to AMS concerns. Perhaps the other side around would have suited because by the time you reach Leh, your body will have been acclimatized but just after reach Leh you have to take at least 2 days rest without any kind of exertion. Not adhering to it, most people fall sick in matter of hours :(

      Better explore Srinagar, Drass, Kargil and around in those two days as well.

      REgards
      Dheeraj

  128. Adi says:

    Hi just want to know that the last image of page 9 which says some important Information. The numbers in it are the latest updated number or they are old which won't change???

  129. rajak says:

    hello dhiraj,

    we are couple ,would lyk to visit manali-leh srinagar.we vl be reach manali on 12th aug after 2 days plan to go leh -srinagar 5d/6n so advice itinerary for this trip,we are planning on 14th aug to 21st aug we vl be return back from sri nagar to delhi by flight on 21st aug eve….plz suggest us hrtc and hptdc buses for leh from manali and leh to srinagar and local site seeing in leh and srinagar also….

    • Hi Rajak,

      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 into 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.

      Guess you have over all 10 days or so and hence you might like:

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

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

      Day 3 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
      – Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
      – For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link : http://devilonwheels.com/index.php/inner-line-per
      – 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 – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
      – Cover Karzok Monastery
      DO NOT FORGET to Carry spare fuel for about 550 KMs including your tankful
      – Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri

      Day 8 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Moore Plains – 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 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 – Delhi
      – Return home

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • rajak says:

        thanks dhitaj ji,but aug 15th is thr so may be security prob vl be thr na so am plan manali-leh -srinagar.if no security problems means we vl follow ut itinerary

        • Hi Rajak,

          Yes, there could be stringent security checks and might be issues, which are unpredictable in nature. Hence, it is better that you kkeep both plans with you and if you do not see any concerns in the news for Kashmir, I guess you are good to go. you can always avoid stay at Srinagar and move to Sonamarg which is mostly less vulnerable of any issues.

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

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  130. Parth says:

    Hello Sir!

    Wanted to know approx how much distance can be covered in a day. Rather, what is the average speed of the vehicles? Because wouldn't want to make the schedule too stuffed/unpractical.

    • Hi Parth,

      It is not about the distance in Ladakh rather about the destinations every day because in between you do not find anything to eat and sleep :) … you can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh followed by many travelers including me at the link here: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  131. azfar says:

    Can you please tell me the no. of person allowed in scorpio/xylo/sumo as we are a group of 7/8 individual. Also can we get the gypsy (open type) fro the same. Thank you

    • Hi Azfar,

      There is no restriction of allowing factors but hiring a taxi depends upon your comfort. For a comfortable journey I guess 5 passenger or at max 6 shall be accommodated in any of the taxis running in lLeh – Ladakh. 1 with driver, 2 in middle row and 2 at back row shall be the ideal choice, now you can extend it upto 7 by making middle and back seat with 3 passengers.

      I guess for open Gypsies you need to get in touch with some travel agents if they provide them.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  132. Rutger S says:

    Dear Dheeraj,

    Thanks for uploading the info makes planning my trip a lot easier. What I was curious about:

    Have you got any idea what the exact itinerary is of the route on page six:

    Tso mori, Tso kar, Simla via Kinor. Kinor is kinnaur in this case? So the route would be through kaza tabo and reckong peo to Simla? In 6 days? Can you enlighten me?

    Big thanks in advance!

    • Hi Rutger,

      Yes, that is Kinnaur. So, the route will be like Leh – Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Pang – Sarchu – Keylong – Kunzum La – Kaza – Tabo – Kalpa – Narkanda – Shimla. Not sure how 6 days will be split but what I guess, it should be like
      Leh – Tso Moriri, Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Pang – Sarchu, Sarchu – Keylong, Keylong – Kaza, Kaza – Kalpa/Reckong Peo, Kalpa – Shimla

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  133. Aniruddha Thosar says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning to visit Leh from 18 June 2012 to 28 June 2012. I am hiring a car from Chandigarh for to & fro journey.

    I am being told that in Leh, the Ladakh Taxi Operators has an union & which does not allow any outside tourist vehicle for local site visits. Can you please confirm me whether it is true or not?

    And if yes what is the best solution you can provide on the same.

    Seeking your valuable reply on the same.

    Thank you.

    • Edoardo says:

      Dear Aniruddha Thosar me and two friends are planning a trip from Srinagar to Leh to Manali on the 16th of June. Paybe we can do the trip together it might be more fun and safer…

      We still have to plan everything and right now we're looking for a reliable taxi company…

      Let's keep in touch!

    • Hi Aniruddha,

      Yes, your Chandigarh taxi will not be allowed to roam inside Leh – Ladakh and you will be paying him unnecessary when in Ladakh. Best thing to do is, take flight to Srinagar and then either hire a taxi that drops you to Leh and then hire a Ladakh taxi for whole sightseeing in Ladakh and then drop to Manali and then finally volvo to Chandigarh from Manali or taxi. The complete package taxi for Ladakh and drop to Manali will also be available from Kargil as well. Some good drivers numbers has been shared in the article above for Leh – Ladakh, you can contact them as well. Naseer can also pick you from Srinagar and then drop you anywhere you want I guess because he do Srinagar – Leh route frequently.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

    • T Singh says:

      get a non taxi car like Sorpio which could be possible and drive ladakh like hell,Ladakh Taxi union kyi asi kyi tisi

  134. Ayan Basu says:

    Hi Sir,

    First of all i want to thank you for the kind of help you are extending towards each individual.

    We (two couple)are planning for a tour to Leh starting from Srinagar(via Kargil) in August (tentative 15 Aug – 26 Aug). Can you please help me with a proabable itinerary for the same so that we can cover most of the places in this time frame.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    • bhai says:

      There is enough information available on the web for you to make a plan yourself. The idea is to make a plan that you are comfortable with. Enjoy your trip. :-)

    • Hi Ayan,

      Considering, you will reach Srinagar around 15th August you might see some very stringent security checks. If you are not self-drivin then it is better you take flight to Srinagar which will save a day for you. For 12 days, you can follow something like below:

      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 Zanskar
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 5 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
      – Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
      – For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link : http://devilonwheels.com/index.php/inner-line-per
      – 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
      – Day trip to Pangong Tso
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 9 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
      – Cover Karzok Monastery
      DO NOT FORGET to Carry spare fuel for about 550 KMs including your tankful
      – Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri

      Day 10 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Moore Plains – 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 | 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
      – Return home

      Day 13 + 14 | Buffer days to be kept incase of road closure due to landslides or snowfall or perhaps you want to enjoy more.

      Additional Points:
      1. Instead of coming back to Leh from Nubra Valley, you can head towards Pangong Tso via Wari La route. If you are riding then you need to carry sufficient fuel for it. The additional day could be rest day at Leh where you can do Sham Valley tour or some shopping in Leh. Sham Valley include Alchi, Likir, Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Zanskar, Gurudwara Pather Sahib

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  135. Arnab Mandal says:

    thanks ,mr. dheeraj for your valuable information.

  136. Parth says:

    Hello Dheeraj Sir!

    At the very outset, let me congratulate and thank you for creating such an informative, useful and guiding blog. It has helped me and three of my friends a lot. I'd be grateful if you can kindly answer a few queries-

    We'll be landing in Srinagar on 13 June. 14th onwards, we intend to follow the itinerary you've published in response to Karthik, the biker. The only difference is that after Tso Kar, we would return to Leh and take the flight out.

    Now if we skip all the buffer days from the proposed itinerary, we get an extra day. I was wondering whether we should invest that in Dha-Hanu villages or as an additional day in Turtuk. What do you think? Also, I read in your response to one of the comment that there isn't anything to see in Tso Kar. So should we skip it and utilise that day somewhere else? Also, is there any motorable road connecting Pangong Tso and Tso Kar?

    Lastly, we wish to hire one four wheeler which would take us through the entire trip as opposed to every time hiring new vehicle to visit different places. Is it possible? If yes, can you please provide me with a few numbers of some good reliable drivers/agents?

    Thank you once again.

    Regards.

    • Hi Parth,

      Thanks buddy!! It will be better you go to Turtuk as it might better fit in the itinerary. You will anyways have to come back to Leh from Tso Moriri, so better come back via Tso Kar and that ways you will also see some beauty of Manali – Leh Highway including Taglang La pass (my favorite one). Yes, you can go to Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri (I assume it is Tso Moriri you want to ask, you can also go to Tso Kar because the detour to Tso Kar comes on the way to Tso Moriri if you go by Mahe bridge). The road goes via Changthang region (Pangong Tso – Man – Merak – Chusul – Tsaga – Loma – Nyoma – Mahe – Sumdo – Tso Moriri). You can take route from Sumdo to Tso Kar.

      Yes, ideally you should hire a taxi for the whole route. Some Good Drivers in Leh – Ladakh:
      1. Rigzin – 09622954779 (he know me personally and will arrange some alternative for you being very busy in the season)
      2. Naseer – 09906229203 and 09469293183
      3. Dorjey – 09419372742
      4. Tashi – 09906994647, 09419342238
      5. Tsewang – 09622993372

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

    • Edoardo says:

      Hi Parth! I am really happy to hear that you'll do basically the same trip as me. I'll reach Srinagar on the 15th with to friends and then the plan is to rent a car with driver to Leh. Once in Leh one friend will go back to Delhi by plane, whereas me and my other friend will continue by road to Manali.

      I am also looking for a reliable taxi company to rent a taxi for the entire period…did you come across with someone?! It could be even nicer to share the trip together…You'll basically reach Srinagar two days before us…

      Let's keep in touch!

      • Hi Edoardo,

        I have updated the article and you can check contacts of some good/reliable drivers within Leh – Ladakh whom you can get in touch. I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have any queries or doubts.

        Regards
        Dheeraj Sharma

  137. Meavin says:

    Thanks Dheeraj for sharing this revised Price List. It definitely is of great help to us. Typically how much discount we can expect on these standard prices in case we contact the driver directly? Can you please recommend few other drivers (Rigzin may be pre-occupied most of the time) as well along with their contact numbers? Is early September considered as off-season in Ladakh?

    • Hi Meavin,

      You can get about 10-12% of discounts easily and more if you bargain hard. I will email you the other contacts because I know Rigzin might be busy for the season. He told me last week when I was with him that most of the season for him is booked. He is more of a friend now and definitely a great human being to enjoy and be with in Ladakh. Yes, September is considered a bit off-season as cold starts to set in Ladakh but now a days Ladakh is having extended season time :)

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Meavin says:

        Thanks Dheeraj. I guess you must haave been busy so could not send the details yet.. Please do mail me both Leh as well as Srinagar registered Taxi drivers.. Also after Rigzin who is your second preferred / recommended driver? How much discount we should ask for from Rigzin if we are planning a trip in 1st week of Sep? :)

        • Hi Meavin,

          Sorry for the delay, just bogged down too much into office work :( … Some Good Drivers in Leh – Ladakh:
          1. Rigzin – 09622954779 (he know me personally and will arrange some alternative for you being very busy in the season)
          2. Naseer – 09906229203 and 09469293183
          3. Dorjey – 09419372742
          4. Tashi – 09906994647, 09419342238
          5. Tsewang – 09622993372

          After Rigzin, I will go with Tsewang and Naseer as I have traveled with both of them earlier. Personally, I do not ask for any discounts considering it is the only source of income, harsh terrain, high fuel cost etc. (being passionate driver myself I know what vehicles go through in such terrain) for them but they themselves offer about 10-12% types. I guess this figure is easily bargain-able and above it you may go upto 15-20% I guess considering the off season.

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

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  138. Nilratan Naskar says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Thanks for giving taxi rates so early. We will be in Leh from 29th May 2012 and are in a group of 9 people. Can you please help me providing telephone nos. who can provide me Tempo Traveler where we can accommodate all of us in a single vehicle for our local trips including Nubra Valley & Pangong TSO and will drop us at Sonmarg. Please respond as early as possible so that I can fix the same in advance.

    Regards.

    • Hi Nilratan,

      I am sorry as I do not have any number who can provide you the tempo traveller. I have contacts of few taxi drivers may be I can provide you and you can get in touch with them if they can provide any such number.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  139. Arnab Mandal says:

    Hi, We are a group of 8 friends from KOlkata willing to go to Ladakh from 20 September'2012.I have a question…. How many passengers(maximum) are allowed to go Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso???????

    Here is our itinery…

    20/09/2012 Train towards Kalka

    21/09/2012 on train

    22/09/2012 Chandigarh-Manali

    23/09/2012 Manali- Sarchu (228 kms,10-12 hours)

    24/09/2012 Sarchu-Leh (245 kms, 8-9 hours).

    25/09/2012 Leh sight seeing

    26/09/2012 Leh-Pangok Lake-LEh

    27/09/2012 Leh-Nubra Valley(N.S)

    28/09/2012 Nubra Valley-Leh(120kms)

    29/09/2012 Leh to Ulleytokpo ,Alchi to Kargil

    30/09/2012 Kargil to Srinagar (204 kms, 9 hours).

    01/09/2012 Srinagar Sight seeing

    02/10/2012 Srinagar to Jammu(290kms, 4.5 hours)

    03/10/2012 Jammu to Howrah train

    04/10/2012 on train

    05/10/2012 Howrah

    • Hi Arnab,

      There is no limit on number of person to go to Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso. You can take as many as you can in various vehicles. On itinerary,

      1. Do not sleep at Sarchu else highly likely many of the members in the group will fall sick due to AMS. Many are not able to sleep at Sarchu and many starts vomitting in the night. I would highly suggest that you guys do it the other way around, that is Srinagar – Leh – Manali. If you do so then you will be able to sleep at sarchu without much issues. Otherwise, do Leh – Keylong and then Keylong – Leh on other day.

      2. You need to get inner line permits once you reach Leh. Check the link here.

      3. First go to Nubra Valley and then go to Pangong Tso lake. You will be much more acclimatized to visit Pangong Tso in that case.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Arnab Mandal says:

        How many passengers are allowed in 1(one) Car……….Please reply …

        • Hi Arnab,

          There is no restriction of allowing factors but hiring a taxi depends upon your comfort. For a comfortable journey I guess 5 passenger or at max 6 shall be accommodated in any of the taxis running in lLeh – Ladakh. 1 with driver, 2 in middle row and 2 at back row shall be the ideal choice, now you can extend it upto 7 by making middle and back seat with 3 passengers.

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

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  140. Dr Samba Kumar says:

    Hi Dheeraj, I am quite impressed by your blog; I have been going through several articles as I am planning a trip from Srinagar – Leh – Manali with my family (my wife and daughter) from June 2 to 14; and I find them very useful! We would like to make Srinagar to Leh in 3 days (following your suggestion) seeing places enroute. SO, you suggest I take a taxi from Srinagar to Kargil; and then take a Ladakhi taxi to Leh via Alchi. But do you think I can do pre-booking or I will be able to easily hire a taxi in Kargil. I was also wondering if I can get a scorpio for the entire trip of 12 days. I am thinking of following itinerary:

    June 2 arrive in Srinagar

    June 3 Drive to Kargil; stay

    June 4 Drive to Alchi, stay

    June 5 Drive to Leh, stay

    June 6 Leh

    June 7 Leh to Pangong Tso, stay

    June 8 Explore Pangong Tso

    June 9 Drive to Tso Moriri, stay

    June 10 Explore Tso Moriri, stay

    June 11 Drive to Tso Kar, stay

    June 12 Explore Tso Kar

    June 13 Drive to Sarchu, stay

    June 14 Drive to Manali, catch Volvo bus to Delhi in the evening

    June 15 Depart Delhi.

    I would appreciate any suggestions you may have on this itinerary, as well as assistance in hiring a vehicle.

    Also, since we are seriously interested in bird watching and wildlife viewing, do you think I should drop visit to Pangong Tso, instead spend more days in Tso Moriri/Tso Kar or in Rumbuk valley.

    Sorry for this long email; but I look forward to your suggestions.

    samba

    • Hello Dr. Samba,

      Thanks alot sir, really glad that you liked the information present on the blog. You will be able to get taxi from Srinagar to Kargil very easily. If you are a bit apprehensive over getting taxi from Kargil for rest of the trip, I will email you some Ladakh taxi drivers numbers. Rigzin is a great chaps and a good friend of mine, you can get in touch with him and most likely he will arrange the taxi for you as he will be occupied for the season. (give my names as reference) If he cannot help then you can also contact others too :)

      In the itinerary I see you are not doing Nubra Valley, which I see to be a scenic place to be missed out. You will not find anything over Tso Kar, so make place of Nubra Valley in your plan. I will suggest you do it like:

      June 7 Leh to Nubra Valley via Khardung La (Deskit and Hunder can be explored), stay
      June 8 Nubra Valley to Leh
      June 9 Leh – Pangong Tso
      June 10 Pangong Tso – Leh
      June 11 Leh – Tso Moriri
      June 12 Tso Moriri – Tso Kar (if you like to spend a day otherwise use this day as buffer day)
      June 13 Tso Moriri or Tso Kar to Sarchu, stay
      June 14 Drive to Manali, catch Volvo bus to Delhi in the evening
      June 15 Depart Delhi.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Dr. N. Samba Kumar says:

        Dear Dheeraj, Thanks for your helpful guidance and contact numbers. One of my contacts in Leh has suggested that he can help me and organize a Maruti EECO vehicle for my use. Given your familiarity with the terrain along the route that I wanted to take up, do you expect any problems with this vehicle for my trip? I will greatly appreciate your thoughts particularly on the ground clearance as well as on the driving comforts and ruggedness of this vehicle for my 12-day trip.

        Regards

        Samba

        • Hi Dr. Kumar,

          I will suggest avoid Ecco because it might not prove that comfortable as per other counterparts. Many of the roads you will be covering are actually no roads and there the bumpy ride will be less comfortable in Ecco. If you are OK with a more bumpy ride than what you will get in Scorpio, then I guess it shall be fine. Also, I am sure driver will be skilled but at some places having high GC vehicle helps alot.

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

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  141. aakash says:

    hello guys,

    i am planning to travel to delhi- manali-leh-srinagar- delhi on 2 june for 15 days trip with my wife. what is your opinion self drive by hyundai-I20 car.

    any couple interested then let me know

    • Hello Akash,

      I will suggest you read about section "Private Vehicles i.e. Cars and Bikes | Self Drive or Ride to Ladakh" in the article linked here: How to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway to give you an idea what to expect in self drive in hatch back. For a quick read:

      The roads may not be stabilized by that time and you will need to face few challenges on the route. The hatchback will increase the level of every challenge even. My suggestion will be to go via Srinagar route which is opened for light vehicles earlier (most likely) and will be stabilized by then. It will help you feel comfortable with the driving, provide more acclimatization and then once you have done the local Leh Ladakh come back via Manali side. Secondly, since you are in hatch back then you need to drive with extra care as well. There are be some sections on the Manali – - Leh highway in which yo 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, funnely, jerry cans and towing rope with you all the time.

      If you plan the itinerary properly, you will not need any tents. Let me know for any queries regarding planning the trip.You can check the a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh followed by many travelers including me at the link here: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  142. Himanshu says:

    Nice to see this rate list online so soon. When is the travel experience coming up.

  143. NILESH PATEL says:

    hello dhiraj sir,

    thanks a lot , tell me abought your trip to ladakh of 11 days . in leh xylo { mahindra & mahindra } servive station available and if yes then u have any tele number or address ?

    • Hi Nilesh,

      Yes, there is service station for Mahindra and Mahindra in Leh but I do not have its contact number. Once, you reach Leh I guess you can get the contact number easily.

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

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  144. Suniket Dhali says:

    Awwsum job dheeraj.. we r goin there on july 21st… tell us something.. Is the road from Leh to Nubra Valley closed on mondays for maintenance??

    • Hello Suniket,

      Yes, the road to Khardung La is closed for maintenance on Monday. However, I guess these restrictions are for winters only AFAIK and in season time it is not a restriction when snow is less. Of course, if you go early in season then due to presence of snow this rule might be in applicable like in early June or May types but by July the snow from the roads would have resided and you would be allowed to go past Khardung La pass.

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

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  145. Debanjan Das says:

    you are messiah to us…

 
 

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