List of things to carry when you go on trip

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There are so many of us who likes traveling to the core of our souls and keep on visiting new, beautiful places every now and then. Sometimes the plan arises out of no where and you have no time to think about contents of the luggage for the trip. Most of the time in these cases, we forget one or more essential things to carry while going on a trip. You can imagine a situation where you need to rush and search desperately for a small thing such as soap where even a tissue paper would have come handy ;).

Since luggage is most common among any kind of traveler, it would be great to always have a list of things to carry on a trip, in store for yourself. It would certainly be extremely handy when the plans are abrupt and come out of nowhere, leaving no time for packing the luggage. I have tried to compile a comprehensive list of thing to carry while I go on a trip and feel could be helpful for each one of us traveling to various places.

Basic Travel Kit
  • Itinerary Printout (at least 2)
  • Travel Guide / Map Print Out (at least 2)
  • At least two Copies of PhotoIDs for all members
  • Mobile
  • Mobile Charger
  • Pen and a small Diary
  • Bag locks (2 or more)
  • Backpack or Carry bag
  • Extra spectacles with cover
  • Spectacles cover
  • TORCHLIGHT
  • Small Scissor
  • Watch
  • Swiss Knife
  • Hand Sanitizer (Dettol, Lifebuoy) – Recommended
  • Sunglasses – Recommended
  • Multi-Plug – Recommended for remote areas
  • Small water bottle, say 500 ml
  • Match Boxes or Flint or Cigarette Lighter
  • Couple of candles
  • Plastic Bags / Plastic Zip Lock Bags
  • Twist-ties, safety pins
  • Novels or two
  • Pens, pencils, colors, crayons, chocolates, toffees for distribution among local children
Are you planning to carry Laptop to Leh – Ladakh or high altitude? If yes, please do read the article to protect and safely use it: Carrying Laptop to Ladakh or High Altitudes
Eateries
  • Chocolates, toffees, chips, chewing gums, mouth freshener, dry fruits etc.
  • Pre-cooked food if possible
Camera Kit
  • Camera with bag
  • Camera Charger and its cable
  • Camera Battery
  • Camera Cleaning Kit including Lenspen
  • Tripod
  • Filters
  • Remote Release
  • Photography Handbook
  • Extra Camera Battery, if possible
  • Extra Remote Release Battery, if possible
  • Extra memory cards, if possible
Toiletries
  • Tooth Brush
  • Tooth Paste
  • Toilet Soap
  • Shampoo Pouches according to the schedule or a small shampoo bottle
  • Tissue Papers
  • Face wash if required but common for girls
  • Hair Oil
  • Deodorants
  • Moisturizing Cream
  • Lip Guard
  • Cologne Talc
  • Comb
  • Small Mirror
  • Feminine Hygiene, if required
Shaving Kit
  • Shaver / Razor / Trimmer
  • Shaving Blades ( If possible keep some extra blades)
  • Shaver Brush
  • Shaving Foam or Cream
Clothing Kit
  • Clothes as per the schedule
  • Towels
  • Socks
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Slippers
  • At least one light jacket
Are you going to Leh – Ladakh and confused in carrying type of clothes? If yes, check the link: Tips for Carrying Clothes for Leh – Ladakh Trip
Air Travel
  • Air-ticket Printout (if flying with e-tickets)
  • Credit/Debit Card photocopy both side from which booking was made — Don’t forget to strike of CVV number
  • Authentication Letter if someone else’s Credit/Debit Card
Mountains Must Haves
  • Digital Thermometer (Optional)
  • Cold Cream
  • Lip Guard
  • Hats / Caps
  • Heavy Woolen Clothing including woolen socks (Severe Cold / Snow)
  • Woolen Hand Gloves (Severe Cold / Snow)
  • At least 2 pairs of thermal.
Trekking Must Haves
  • Mountains Must Haves
  • Hard Wooden Stick (Also handy in snow for the grip)
  • Rain / Snow Protection Gear like Rain Coat / Rain Suit
  • Hats / Caps
  • Gaiters for snow or water
  • Water Bottles (Snow trek needs more water than we think)
  • Trekking Shoes
Beach Must Haves
  • Hats / Caps
  • Sunscreen lotion (SPF 50 or greater) or  Sunblock
  • 2-3 Extra Shorts,
  • An extra slipper and extra towel for back pack
  • Thin single bed sheet – if not interested in beach shack / bed always
  • Lip Guard with sunscreen
  • Long-sleeved over shirt and a thin pair of pants as night gets a bit cold at beaches
Medicine or First-aid Box

Disclaimer– Well medicines listed here are just my suggestion as it suits me and you shall always consult your doctor before taking any of these.

  • ORS or ORS-L Tetra Packs at least 5 in number
  • Pain Relief Spray
  • Pain Relief Cream or Gel
  • Betadine – Antiseptic cream
  • Savlon or Dettol – Antiseptic solution
  • Combiflaim or Flexon – Pain Killers
  • Crocin or Paracetamol – Mild Fever
  • Avomine – Relief from Dizziness, Motion Sickness and Vomiting
  • Digene – Relief from Flatulence, Indigestion, acidity (mild)
  • Zinetac 150mg – Acidity or gastric problems (only if severe)
  • Eno Sachets – Quick Gastric Relief
  • Entroquinol – Relief from Loose motion (mild)
  • Metrogyl – Relief from Loose motion (high)
  • D-Cold Total or Vicks Action 500 for cold
  • Pudin Hara for stomachache
  • Crepe Bandage – 2 (for fractures)
  • J&J Band-Aid Fast Heal Wash proof – Long, Square and circle patches
  • Cotton and Dressing Bandage
  • Becosules for vitamin B-complex and sometimes energy
  • Eye Tone for soothing eyes
  • Nasivion for blocked and dry nose
  • Ongoing Regular Medicines, if any

I feel a cross check of luggage with this list before leaving, would be helpful to many of us in reducing the chances of forgetting some small things while we go on a trip. This way we can enjoy the trip without worrying over the availability of some item in the town or trek :) we check-in. This list may not be perfect for each one of us but at least we can tweak it according to our pickings and save that in our archives for future trip references.

You are most likely invited to keep adding your valuable thoughts suggestions for the list of items things to carry while going on a trip. This way we may end up making it a complete comprehensive list for all of us and others seeking this kind of a list. Do provide your suggestions in the comments section below.

Disclaimer– Again to remind you that medicines listed above are just my suggestion as it suits me and you shall always consult your doctor before taking any of the above medicine.

Article Last Updated on 1st November 2014

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226 Comments

  1. WE ARE PLANNING TO GO TO HIMACHAL PRADESH AS WE CAN FOLLOW THIS SAME LIST DO WE WANT TO ADD ANYTHING ELSE .

  2. Me,my husband and my son are planning to go to Goa.I am a little bit scared because we are going first time to any beach places. Don’t know exactly what to pack…..??

    • Komal, above article should help you in deciding many of the things. If you can carry them I wonder if you will be missing anything at all for a trip to beach. Carry floaters and towels.

  3. Hello sir, me and my friend thinking of going to manali by motorcycle ( Chandigarh to manali) this week. Is it right time to go?

  4. Vikas Jain on

    Hello Deeraj,

    Tons of thanks for your efforts compiling this list and many congratulations being able to help so many travelers.

    Going through this blog almost vanished all my doubts but I manage to keep one alive :P

    we are 5 people for Leh trip on first week of September, could you please advise if it’s manageable we do not book hotels in advance.

    Many Thanks

  5. ch srinagar and halt at house boat in dal lake.on 6th morning we want to leave to jammu for vaishnodevi.(please advice mode of travel can i afford to reach vaishnodevi by road)

  6. muniruddin on

    Sir I want to go to manali around 8 of august with my wife and 1 year old son, sir plz ive me List of things to carry when I go on trip.and places to be visit in manali thanx

    • muniruddin, List of things to carry when you travel is mentioned in the article. There is no specific thing to say just for Manali but keep some warm clothes like light woolens with you for the kid. Also, though it is not a recommended time to visit hills being monsoons, so be mentally prepared even for confining yourself to the hotel room in case it keeps raining and travel safe.

    • Yes, you can travel to Leh by bus from both Manali as well as Srinagar. In fact there is a direct bus of HRTC that leaves Delhi everyday around 3-4 PM for Leh and costs about Rs 1339 via Manali – Leh Highway

  7. Hello…..
    I along with my husband planned a trip of total 7 days to Delhi, Shimla and Manali in July…..
    Could you please suggest us what all should be taken care of like clothes, things to be carried and things not to be carried as we are travelling by flight……

    • Sravanthi, above list mentions all the list of things to carry. Suit it to your needs and carry that stuff with you. Regarding clothing, you can carry just few light woolens like a zipper or light jacket. No need to carry heavy woolens as it will be cool and pleasant during these days in Manali and Shimla.

  8. ANKUSH GANDA on

    we are 10/11 persons going to leh via srinagar and return via manali , starting the trip on 28 june from manali. 5/6 persons in xylo and 5 in indigo. we are thinking to do leh- pangong – nubra ( via wari la route). will it be possible to do it in indigo with 5 persons onboard and both the vehicles are taxs, so even if we are not returning to leh once we leave it, is it compulsory to drop the taxis at leh and hire a local taxi?

  9. Hi Dheeraj vai…
    could you please share some emergency contact no,those we sould be having with us..when we will be going for Leh to Nurba /Leh to Pangong trip …as we are only 4 people ..and 2 bikes…so if in any case emergency happens,,,then we can at least contact to some local body/army/BRO..or anyONE..

    Thanks in advance

  10. Hi dheeraj

    We r group of 4 peoples planning bike trip from Delhi-manali -leh-manali -Delhi

    We have 9 days to complete this .we have good experience of long biking but no idea of such terrain .plz advice what should be our plan….?

  11. we are visiting sringar this month… pls suggest kind of clothes to be carried as well as some important tourist places…..

  12. hi, I am naresh and I am visiting manali for the first time in mid of june. please suggest, what all places to visit in 3 days and what all thing to be kept in mind and baggages.

    • Naresh, Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc, Snow Points are at either at Solang Valley or Marhi/Gulaba on the way to Rohtang Pass and do check out Naggar Castle (stay at Naggar and enjoy the place if possible).

      If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

  13. HI dheeraj ,
    CAN u please list me the things to be carried by sea ,as v are leaving to andaman by ship from chennai its a 3days voyage on sea from 30th may.and v r planning to dive there.
    kindly send me ur opinion

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  15. dheeraj g
    manali se leh jane k liye koi govt se permission leni padti hai kya maine suna hai ki manali si leh ke liye transport office se permission leni padti hai kya mein rajasthan pasiing vehicle pvt no. se manali to leh ja sakta huin

    • Yes Mridul, if you are taking a vehicle outside HP then you have to take permission or permit for your car to travel from Manali to Rohtang Pass. You need to pay congestion fees of Rs 100 as well. This permit need to be entered at Khoksar post.

  16. aditya raj kapoor on

    Hi Dheeraj. Indeed you are a Godsend for newcomers like me. I am a biker and am planning a 30 day-Manali 2 Manali trip in JUly 14. i would like to stay longer in Nubra, Tso morori, and other interesting and trekkable places. Just me and my wife. we did a 5200km Mumbai-Shoja-Mumbai over 25 days, a proper cultural tour. Ladakh deserves the same attention, once and for all. I have gone through most of yourt site for 10/15 day trips and shall expand on that. Do you have any special places in mind that need time to reach. we have the time. My best wishes. aditya

    • Hello Aditya,

      That’s amazing stuff !! Envy you in first place :D :D

      Well, you can Include Dah – Hanu Villages, Hanle, Turtuk which should be included in this list for sure. You will really enjoy these places. Keep it simple and relaxed and you will be amazed by the experience :)

      Regards
      Dheeraj

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  18. Shyam Prabhu on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Thank you for the List. You are doing awesome work!

    I am planing to visit leh in april 2014. from 11-17th.

    I know its off season, but sill wanted to experience Leh during April. Please advise me on itinerary for this trip. I want to visit nubra valley.

    Regards
    Shyam

  19. rohit chandra on

    i am planning to visit the leh sector on my bike and you are just like a god’s messenger to me.

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  21. Pooja Mehta on

    Thanks Dheeraj I think I’m not going to forget anything in this trip with your list as I always do and than can’t enjoy fully..

  22. Dear Dheeraj,

    My self jiten mamtora, from gujarat. Your list has reduced my most of the worries. Thanks a lot.

    I have planned 8 days tour for Srinagar and Jammu with my wife and 3 year old son. My trip schedule is as follow. I ‘ll reach jammu by 30th dec and depart for srinagar by 30th night. 31st dec will be local site seeing, 1st jan gulmarg, 2nd sonmarg, 3rd pahalgam. On 4th leave for jammu. On 5th mrng will leave for vaishnodevi and try to reach jammu by 6th evng. 7th full rest at jammu and on 8th mrng leave for gujarat.

    Now thing is that what extra things should i keep with me for my little champ, as he is just 3 yrs old.

    2nd thing is that i am going individualy, without any tour package. Hotels and railway bookings are confirmed. What are the transportation mode available to visiting sonmarg, gulmarg and pahalgam, and that to low cost.

    your kind help for above two things Will be more than anything. Thanks a lot

    • Hello Jiten,

      Hmm… looks too much of traveling brother. I will suggest that you leave out one of Gulmarg or Sonamarg and keep two day visit to Pahalgam to allow some rest in between hopping places almost every day. Did you check the flight option to Srinagar? Jammu to Srinagar is long tiring and boring journey and doind it 2 times on a trip unless forced upon is mostly not worthy.

      Regarding carrying things for the little champ, well you have to be sure enough to protect him from cold up there with heavy woolens. Keep his skin covered all round and if he wear gloves then do carry them. Also, DO NOT forget o carry shades for him because the reflection from snow causes much harm to eyes than anything, AFAIK. So, protect the eyes for sure.

      No need of tour packages, just land up there and enjoy brother. Don’t bother much. You will get taxi from Srinagar taxi stand or your houseboat and hotel can also arrange for the taxi for you.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Jiten Mamtora on

        Dear Dheeraj,

        First of all very sorry for late thanks.. Thanks a lot for your quick reply. But due to some unavoidable reason, i have to cancel my whole trip. Now planning to visit in May. If time permits.

        Thanking you very much once again.

  23. Dear Dheeraj,

    My self jiten mamtora, from gujarat.Your list has almost covered everything, very much thanks for that.

    I am planning for 4 days trip at srinagar and 4 days at jammu for vaishnodevi. I will reach srinagar on 31st december. The tour plan is like 31st dec. local siteseeing, 1st Jan gulmarg, 2nd sonmarg and 3rd pahalgam. On 4th will return to jammu. On 5th we will start for vaishnodevi and try to return by 6th evening, after rest for full day on 7th at jammu will return by train to gujarat.

    Now my worry is that i am travelling with my 3 year old son, what extra things should i carry with me for him.

    Another thing what are the mode of transportation available for gulmarg, sonmarg and pahalgam from srinagar as i am not going in any tour package.

    Please advise in this two matter. Thanks in advance

  24. Heading for a winter vacation to Manali on 27 Dec 2013. what are the essentials I should not forget to carry.Please suggest.

    • You should carry heavy woolens with you in winter months for traveling to Manali and around. Rest depending upon the duration and frequency of travel you can refer the list mentioned in the article above to pick up items that suits you best.

      Regards
      Dheeraj sharma

  25. Dear Mr Dheeraj,

    This is really helpful. Has made me sorted as I am planning for a 10 days trip. However, don’t you think something is still missing. Carry a toilet seat sanitizer spray is a must-have specially for women & kids as this has always been most dreadful situation while using public toilets in India.
    Thanks:)

    • Nandini, yeah, a general hand sanitizer is one thing I seriously missed on my last trip a week back and I feel it shall be up there. Even I made a note to add it but right after the trip its too much work load ;) … Well, I am talking about general hand sanitizer not any specialized product because it will very well do the job for anyone.

      If you talk about toilets, in trans-Himalayas or treks, you seldom have toilets ;) … So, hand sanitizer is much better prospect many aspects :)

  26. Hello Dheeraj,

    I read your blog, it is very interesting

    we are six people and will be reached at jammu on 7th spetember for 15 days trip .

    our trip schedule is like jammu to sonmarg, gulmarg, shrinagar, simla, kulu manali, delhouses, amritsar, delhi, agra but still we have not decided proper schedule.

    please suggest me how to scheduled trip to make trip more good and which place we have to visit apart of this and how many days allot each place.

    Please suggest me special activity for each places we have to eajoy it

    thanking you

  27. Hey hi, the stuff is really helpful, need some help, planning for a trip wid some friends from 2nd oct – 11th oct. I really want to explore this place and love adventures will be travelling from Pune. We can extend our stay.. really want to make it memorable.

  28. Hi Dheeraj,

    You are really doing a great work here.. :)

    We are a group of 5, will be flying for leh on 13 Sep 2013 @06:30am from New Delhi and the Departure is scheduled on 18 Sep 2013 11:10 am from Leh. (5 days trip)
    We have contacted a travel agent and he has proposed the below schedule for our trip:

    Package Includes:

    *3 night’s accommodation at Leh
    *1 night accommodation at Pangong lake Camp
    *1 night accommodation at Nubra Valley Camp
    *Meals – Daily buffet Breakfast & Dinner.
    *Airport-Hotel-Airport Transportation

    The Package Cost quoted is around INR 11000 Per Person. (Is it fine..?)

    We will be visiting these places during our trip:

    SEP 13: LEH ARRIVAL
    SEP 14: LEH TO PANGONG LAKE
    SEP 15: PANGONG LAKE – LEH
    SEP 16: LEH TO NUBRA VALLEY
    SEP 17: NUBRA VALLEY TO LEH
    SEP 18: DEPARTURE

    Can you please suggest if we can cover some more places or if we can follow a different schedule to make this trip better.
    I am still confused that apart from Nubra valley and Pangong lake, what are the other local places to visit (which we can cover in this trip..!!)

    Also wanted to know about the mobile communication network and internet service there. How good is this.? Do we need to carry some particular telecom sim cards and is how good is mobile internet there?

    Though we have not made this booking final. Please suggest if its a fair deal or we can have a better budget trip than this.

    It also says that:

    *GST extra: 3.09%
    *Rafting & Camel Safari Charges.
    *Inner line Permit- (what’s this and how much it costs)
    *rates are twin sharing basis.

    Thank you. :)

    • Hi Ankush,

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

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

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

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

      Day 6 | fly back

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  29. Hi Dheeraj.. I have found your blog to be very informative and would like to thank you for it :)
    We are a group of 10 people travelling to Leh from 15th Sep to 28th Sep. We plan to camp in pang gong,nubra and tso moriri.Could you please advise us on the kind of clothing that we need to carry…like will it be very cold there during that time ?

    • Thanks alot Mrudula, please carry at least 2-3 pairs of heavy woolens, 1 light jacket and 1 heavy jacket too. September, nights are cold alongside lakes as well as passes too.

  30. Hey, dheeraj sharma
    its good to hear ur vivid experience nd detailed explainations.
    we are a group of 4 college students planning to go to manali between 9 to 12 august. can you plz advice an overall plan, and ne extra stuff to carry apart from ur checklist..

  31. Dear Dheeraj..
    I cud find a lot of needed information from ur bolg…thx for help.
    Me n my husband are planning to visit laddakh next month. We will b leaving from jammu on 6th aug to leh via srinagar by road n will be back by 15th aug to srinagar to catch our flight back to delhi.
    Can u plz suggest how to plan this tour as we r not frequent travellers..
    Nishi

    • Nishi, you can probably follow a plan like below:

      Day 1 | 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 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
      — 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 – 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 10 | Kargil – Drass – Zozi La – Sonamarg – Srinagar
      — Enjoy the vistas enroute
      — Have late drunch meal at Sonamarg
      — Overnight at Srinagar

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  32. harsh doshi on

    hi dheeraj

    it is such a great pleasure to read ur vivid experiences and feedback that you provide thru this blog.

    we are a group of 5 people going to ladakh from july 20 to 29, 2013. we are taking a flight to srinagar from mumbai on 20th and will stay back in srinagar on 20th night. we will leave from srinagar the nrxt mrng and will be taking srinagar – ladakh highway and will complete the journey to leh with overnight at kargil on 21st july. is this appropriate?

    we are group of youngsters aging from 22 to 28 and are highly inclined to include river rafting in our schedule at leh for one day. frankly we are not regular travelers but are in a way physically fit. what do you suggest? should we include rafting? what will be the cost of rafting in leh and which patch should we take in case if we go for it. also please share ur expertise n give a glimpse of locations we can visit at leh. we have 5 days at our disposal.

    awaiting your reply

    regards

    harsh doshi

    • Hi Harsh,

      For 5 days, you can follow something like below:

      Day 1 | 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 2 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
      — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      — Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari
       
      Day 3 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      — Overnight at Leh
       
      Day 4 | Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake
      — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on the go towards Pangong Tso
      — Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik or Lukung)
       
      Day 5 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
      — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
      — Overnight at Leh

      You can do rafting on Day 3 once you come back from Nubra to Leh. Go directly to Nimmu or Phey and do the rafting there.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  33. Hi Dheeraj!

    Is it possible to visit Lamayuru monastery on the same day as Sham valley tour? Are these places close?

    Thanx
    Sneha

  34. Jignesh Patel on

    Hey Dheeraj, this block is great.

    I m planning to go to Leh from 3rd Aug to 17 Aug,2013.

    Route-1
    Chandigarh-Manali-Keylong-Leh-Kargil or Drass – Srinagar.

    Route-2
    Srinagar-Kargil-Leh-Srinagar.

    Kindly advice me which route is better to go to Leh. This year monsoon season is critical such as in Uttarakhand, Assam….
    So it is advisable to go Leh in Aug,2013.

    Also let me know that woolens are necessary during this period or not?

    Which place is better to stay night – Kargil or drass ????

    Is there any bus service operated between Leh to Srinagar?

    • Jignesh, first of all please refer the link: FAQ | Is Monsoon season good time to travel to Ladakh? for more details.

      Secondly, 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.

      At least carry one pair of woolens and zipper as on overcast days it might be cold else pleasant. Kargil will be better in terms of options on hotels. Yes, there are HRTC buses that operates between Srinagar and Leh.

      • Jignesh Patel on

        Thank you so much for your prompt reply.
        Still i can’t find the bus schedule between Leh and srinagar.If you have any link pl send me.
        Also pl tell me about river rafting at zanskar. Also let me know how to reach there.

        • Rafting at Zanskar hhappens at Phey and Nimmu. You can book at any of the agent in Leh for rafting. Get in touch with Ladakh Bus Operators at LBOC Ltd, Ph.No 252792

        • Jignesh Patel on

          Mr. Dheeraj one more help please….
          I just read on DoW srinagar-leh highway blog that only postpaid connections of sim card are working in leh especially BSNL and Airtel only. No prepaid connections working in this area. Prepaid connections only from J&K working…..Is it right????

          Kindly give me suggestions bcoz mobile is much more important to me as my work concern…..

        • Yes, only Post Paid Connections work in Leh – Ladakh for outside states but prepaid from J&K states only work. Best bet is BSNL and second best is Airtel. If work is too much of concern then brother do de-risk it as connectivity is majorly present only in Leh and around. Rest only limited connectivity is present.

  35. Hi I am planning to visit leh in August please suggest me how much cash should I carry with me

    • Aditya, depends upon your budget. ATMs are only available in Leh and there are about 5 ATMs if I remember correctly. 2 of JK Bank, 1 from Axis and 1 from HDFC, 1 SBI or PNB as well

      • Thanks for your reply could u also let me know how much do they charge to hire a bike in leh and do we need to pay any deposit for the bike

        • Yes, you can rent bikes in Leh and Fort Road in Leh is full of such shops that rent bikes. Depending upon the condition, model, make and tourist rush you can get bikes starting from Rs 800 to Rs 1300. Rather than booking over phone, it is much better to visit the Fort road, check 4-5 shops over there and get a good deal after checking the bike conditions. Security depends upon shop to shop.

  36. Hey there Dheeraj

    Firstly congratulations on helping out so many people and an par excellence packing list.

    My BIG dilemma since a month is this and I think you are the best to help. I have been talking to so many agencies who almost give me similar agendas for Ladakh (aka nubra, pangong etc). One agency sent me this cause i was insisting a trekking trip.

    Day 1- Arrival in Srinagar, and same day start drive to Kargil
    Day 2- Kargil to Leh, visit Chamba and Lamayuru, and Gurudwara
    Day 3- Rafting, Chiling to Sangam
    Day 4- Leh to Nubra via Khardong la pass(Snow), Sumoor monastry, Sand dunes, over night at Hundar village
    Day 5- Back to Leh
    Day 6- Leh to Wanla to Ursi
    Day 7- Ursi to Tar la base
    Day 8- Base to Phu, today climb Tar La
    Day 9- Phu to Mangyu, Climb Mangyu La, then drive to Kargil
    Day 10- Kargil to Srinagar.

    We are not seasoned trekkers and hence dont know the level of these places he has suggested after wanla. Would you know about them

    Secondly Ive read of mountain sickness. Would you know what should we do to avoid it

    Eager to read your reply. Thank you

    Kaushik

  37. Hi Dheeraj,
    I am going for a trip to Kashmir along with my husband and 2 year old son on July 09,2013. Is it safe to take our son on this trip? What extra precautions should I take for my son? I m more worried because of him.

    • Geeta, Kashmir is fine to travel and I feel 2 year child is OK to travel as well. I hope you are not mising Ladakh. The only thing you should take care about is, what food you are going to give him over trip. If he is still choosy for his diet, then there could be an issue of finding that kind of food everywhere. Otherwise, it shall be OK to travel terrain wise.

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