Most Common Itinerary for Leh Ladakh

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On request of some many avid readers of the blog and so many like minded travellers seeking guidance for their tour to Leh – Ldakh, I would like to sketch below one of the most common itinerary followed by many of Leh – Ladakh lovers including me which covers all three major tourist destinations of Ladakh including Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso Lake and Tso Moriri Lake. The itinerary also covers Srinagar – Leh Highway as well as Manali – Leh Highway, so it is apt for those looking forward to cover the entire circuit.

I have started from Srinagar side because it gives at least two benefits, if not more. First, the body gets better acclimatized due to gradual ascent by the time you reach Leh and when you return via Manali – Leh Highway, hence less chances of getting stuck with Acute Mountain Sickness (more info on AMS here) and more enjoyment of views on Manali – Leh Highway. If you start via Manali – Leh Highway then most of the terrain runs over 4000 Mtrs of altitude and by the time you reach such altitude your body is not properly acclimatized. Hence, many people fall sick on Manali – Leh Highway despite covering in 25:75 ratio (Manali – Keylong, Keylong – Leh) in terms of distance. Secondly, you save one day as Tso Moriri and Tso Kar Lakes can be adjusted once you start towards Manali from Leh. This way you are not required to return to Leh from Tso Moriri to go towards Kargil or Srinagar. For now, these two reasons are good enough to start your journey from Srinagar side 🙂 …

14 Days Itinerary for Leh Ladakh
Day 1 | Delhi – Jammu / Patnitop
  • Overnight at Jammu or Patnitop
  • About 12-13 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between
Day 2 | Jammu / Patnitop – Srinagar
  • Enjoy walk around Dal lake and may be Shikara ride as well
  • Overnight at Srinagar
  • About 8-9 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between
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
  • About 8 Hrs drive, depend upon the traffic movement at Zozila and breaks you take in between
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
  • About 9-10 Hrs drive, , depending upon the breaks you take in between
Day 5 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
  • To know the about the places to visit in/around Leh, 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 Inner Line Permits are not required for these places for Indian Nationals, starting May 2014.
  • 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
  • About 5-6 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between and at Khardung La
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
  • About 7-9 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between
Day 8 | Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake
  • Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on the go towards Pangong Tso
  • Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik or Lukung)
  • About 5-6 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between
Day 9 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
  • Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
  • Overnight at Leh
  • About 5-6 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between
Day 10 | 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 11 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
  • Cover Karzok Monastery
  • Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri
  • About 7-8 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between
Day 12 | 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
  • About 11-12 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between
Day 13 | 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 14 | Manali – Delhi
  • Return Home
  • About 13-14 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between
Day 15 + 16

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

Additional Points
  • 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.
  • In Srinagar you can also visit Floating market > Shalimar Garden.
  • For cheap and moderate budget accommodation or hotels in Leh – Ladakh you can refer the links here and here respectively.
  • Any doubts related to budget of the trip?? Don’t worry, check: How to calculate cost or budget for Leh – Ladakh trip
Request everyone that instead of putting up the queries on travel plan below, please start an itinerary advice thread in the forums so that it can be replied in more structured manner as well as more people can get benefit from the replies by reading existing threads.

Here is the link: DoW – Himalayan Travel Community | Ladakh Itinerary Advice

Conclusion

I hope this plan of itinerary for Leh – Ladakh will be useful for travelers planning their journey at least for the first time. I will look forward for any queries or doubts or valuable suggestions and inputs you have and would love to discuss about your custom plan as well in comments section.

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  1. Hello Dheeraj,
    Your posts have been of immense help in getting an idea about the itinerary that can be followed. Here’s something that I’ve planned. I’m flying from Delhi to Leh on Day 1. I’m traveling with my parents. Please evaluate the itinerary and also comment on :

    1. Is 1 day enough for acclimatisation? Second day I’m planning to do sham valley trip

    2. Please comment on accommodation available in Diskit/Pangong Tso/T Moriri

    3. Will the itinerary be too hectic? Specially keeping in mind that in travelling with my parents?

    4. May I please get a link of a thread where I may invite a group of 3 travellers? As I’m planning to book cabs from leh for transport, I think it’s most cost effective if we’re a group of 6(got some idea from your articles only)

    Day 1

    Reach Leh
    Rest, acclimatisation
    Local sightseeing

    Day 2

    Sham valley day tour
    Acclimatisation

    Day 3
    Nubra Valley
    Leh-Hunder-Diskit-Turtuk-Diskit
    Stay at Diskit

    Day 4
    Diskit-Panamik-sumur-diskit

    Day 5
    Diskit-pangong Tso via warila
    Stay at pangong TSP

    Day 6

    Pangong Tso-Leh via Chang-la-Hemish monastery
    Stay at Leh

    Day 7

    Leh-Tso Moriri via Chumuthang
    Stay at Tso Moriri

    Day 8

    Tso Moriri-Tso kar-Debring-Pang-sarchu
    Stay at sarchu

    Day 9

    Sarchu-Manali
    Stay at Manali

    Day 10

    Manali- Chandigarh
    Rest at Chandigarh

    Day 11
    Chandigarh-Kolkata flight

    • Hi Shamik,

      Yes your first two days seems OK. Stay at Hunder/Deskit, then make day trip to Turtuk. Next day reach Pangong Tso via Agham Shyok. Skip Sumur, Panamik. This will ease out the trip a bit. Make sure you have company to travel on desolated direct route.

      You can post the travel calendar entry from the main menu. You can check the nice, preferred list of accommodation options in entire Leh – Ladakh (Leh, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri) including moderate (cheap budget hotels as well) in the series of articles starting on the link here

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  2. Somenath Biswas on

    Hello Dheeraj ji,

    Need help and advice from you regarding our upcoming trip to Leh-Ladakh from Delhi.

    We, me, my wife, my brother, his friends and my other colleagues are planning for a trip to Ladakh from Delhi. The trip would be from 16th June’17 till 26th June’17.

    Can you please let me know if these many dates are ok for the trip or we need to manage extra no. of days? Our plan is to go via Kashmir and return via Manali. We want to visit all the famous places in Leh/Ladakh. But am only worried about the no. of days. Please advice.

    Can I go by my Swift car? It’s a big question in my mind. Is Maruti Swift capable of travelling in that terrain? Please advice.

    Do we need any Inner Line Permit while travelling Leh-Ladakh? If yes, then please specify as to where can we manage to get the permit and for which places do we need the permit?

    The most important thing, can you suggest the places of accommodation in Srinagar, Kargil, Leh and all other places with moderate charges? Also please suggest if we can stay in Sarchu/Pang? Which is better and also the contact nos. (if you have) for any of these accommodations?

    The most important thing – do the local taxi association in Ladakh allow vehicles from other states (my car with Delhi registration) to travel within Leh-ladakh? I heard that they create problems in doing so. Please suggest and advice.

    Your suggestions and advice will help us a lot.

    Regards,
    Somenath Biswas

  3. sachinpvyas on

    Hi Mr Dhiraj,

    I am planning trip with below itinerary for my family (2 adult + 13 year kid + 9 year kid)

    May 20: Arrival to Sringar and transfer Sonmarg

    May 21: Sightseeing in Sonmarg, Thwajas glacier and others

    May 22: Sonmarg to Mulbekh, visit Kargil War memorial on the way, stay over night at Mulbekh

    May 23: Mulbekh to Leh ,

    • Cover Mulbekh Maitrey, Lamayuru Moanstery, Lunar Landscapes

    • On the way you can also see Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu

    May 24: Leh AM Rest PM local Sighseeing of Hall of Fame, Shanti Stupa, Leh palace and Market. Overnight hotel at Leh

    May 25: Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder ( Nubra Valley). overnight at Hunder:

    • On the way cover Khardung la

    Visit Diskit monastery , Sumur, Panamik

    May 26: ,Visit turtuk from Nubra Valley , night stay at Nubra valley.

    May 27 Nubra valley to Pangong . Overnight hotel at Pangong camp.

    May 28:Pangong – Hanley or Tso moriri Overnight at Henley/Tro moriri

    May 29:Tso moriri/Hanley to Leh via Chumthang , visit thickey monastery overnight at Leh.

    May 30 Early morning departure transfer to Airport.

    1) Does above plan look feasible ? especially direct journey from Pangong to Hanley or Tso Moriri ?

    2) Which is better option in between Tso Moriri and Hanley , considering scenic beauty and time required to return Leh on last day ?

    3) What about road condition between Pangong to Tso moriri/Hanley

    and Tso moriri/Hanley to Leh ?, is it doable in May end especially with kids of 13 year and 9 year old ?

    • Hey Sachin,

      1. Your plan looks feasible, make sure you stay at Hanle to break that journey else it will be a bit too much.
      2. Hanle has landscape beauty while Tso Moriri is lake. Both have different beauty
      3. Road conditions will be like traveling on a dirt/bumpy road.

      Routes will be open during that time especially Pangong tso to Hanle to Tso Moriri. Regarding Nubra to PAngong Tso, Agham – Shyok route will be open.

      However, please make sure that you have some company with you while traveling on these routes as they are desolated and there will be no help in case of any need.

      • Thanks a lot Dhiraj for your valuable feedback.

        Regarding 1) above , I would like to cover either hanle or Tso moriri , not both as I don’t have much time., I can cover bith only if I drop turtuk and reduce one night at nubra valley (stay 1 night instead of 2)

        So in that case I can either choose
        1. Pangong to hanle , stay overnight at Hanle and return via chumathang to leh on next day.
        Or

        2. Pangong to tso moriri , stay overnight at tso moriri , return via tso kar , taglang la to leh.
        Or

        3. Pangong to hanle , stay at hanle
        Next day hanle to tso moriri and stay at tso moriri
        And last day tso moriri to leh via tso kar and taglang la

        Which option is better for may end ?
        Would taglang la be open at that time ?

        Regards
        Sachin

        • sachinpvyas on

          Thanks Dhiraj for your feedback,

          1) Does Nubra to Pangong route via Agham Shyok doable with Innova ?

          2) in case i opt to return from Hanle vis Tso-kar – Changlang la, is that feasible considering travelling time ?
          would Changlang la route be open at that time (May 29) ?

        • Hey Sachin,

          1. Route is doable but as I said please do it with some company and avoid taking the car alone on that route
          2. It will be longer, tiring route and won’t be worth. Please stick to Hanle – Loma – Mahe – Chumathang – Upshi – Leh route.

  4. bhuvan maru on

    Thank you dheeraj for your reply. Adding Hanle certainly sounds good and i will modify my itinerary accordingly.
    I also need clarification on

    1. road conditions and scenic beauty in the month of August. This is a concern raised after going through your article on best season and road conditions.
    a) Any special caution that needs to be taken for monsoon season.
    b) Does the bad and slippery roads worth the drive and view in August?
    c) Are there any good points / view that we can visit during our trip in August.?

    2. can we get a a self drive car in leh to visit Nubra, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri, Hanle etc. and again drop the vehicle at Leh

    • Hi Bhuvan,

      The roads remain open, so that is not a problem unless there is a landslide. It is monsoon time in general up there in North 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.Please refer the link in our community: FAQ | Is Monsoon season good time to travel to Ladakh? for more details.

      2. There are no self drive car options available in Leh.

  5. Hello Dheeraj,
    Thanks a ton for the treasure of information you have provided. Based on your advice, I have planned an itinerary. Please suggest if this holds good.
    September 01, 2017 Srinagar to kargil- night stay at kargil
    September 02, 2017 Kargil Leh Leh
    September 03, 2017 Leh Rest day
    September 04, 2017 Leh Hunder night stay at Hunder
    September 05, 2017 Hunder Pangong night stay at pangong
    September 06, 2017 Pangong leh Leh night stay
    September 07, 2017 Leh local
    Thanks again.

    • Plan looks fine, make sure you have company while traveling road from Nubra to Pangong Tso directly. It is a desolated route so a company on the road will surely help in any unforeseen circumstance.

  6. Hi Dheeraj,

    Very informative post. My alternate mode of transport is going to be a self-drive rented car. Can you please tell me if its safe to travel around leh with a self-drive rented car? I hear about local taxi guys creating problems with self-driven rented cars. Please help.

    Also, is there any permit I should take while taking the srinagar-leh route?

    Thanks

    • Yes Neha, you cannot use an outisde Leh rented self drive car for sightseeing in Ladakh. Please avoid it. No permit is required in Srinagar Leh route but keep in mind below:

      Update April 2017 = Pay environment fees and apply for permits again (those who missed before)

      The environment fees of Rs 400 & Inner Line Permits (most likely as well) will again be required in Ladakh for Indian Tourists / Nationals with effect from April 1st, 2017. This has been recently announced and is available on official website of Leh administration. It is expected that a public circular should follow soon as well. Hence, like it used to happen before 2014, all Indian Nationals or Indian Tourists WILL need to pay environment fees and may need to also get the inner line permits in Leh – Ladakh region in order to visit the restricted places like Dah, Hanu Villages, Pangong Tso, Man, Merak, Tso Moriri, Nyoma, Loma Bend, Khardung La, Nubra Valley, Turtuk, Tyakshi, Digger La, Tangyar (for trekking only).

      http://devilonwheels.com/inner-line-permits-for-leh-ladakh/

  7. Sunil Chopra on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am coming to Leh on 16th April and leaving on 23rd April by Flight. I am with my wife and kid. Are six days sufficient to explore Leh or should we extend our plans by two days more. And, are climatic conditions favorable now? waiting for your valuable reply

  8. Hi, I am following you itinerary to the T. However I have a few questions.
    1) I intend to rent a bike from delhi and ride via srinagar to leh & return to delhi via manali. Can we ride around leh with these rented bikes or is it mandatory to rent local bikes from LEH?
    2) we are also renting a SUV from Delhi to Leh (same route as bikes), since outside state cabs arent allowed in Leh, should we rent 2 cabs ? 1 for Delhi to Srinagar to Leh & return from Leh to manali to delhi…. another cab for Leh local visits ?

    Please advise as on the ideal way to book a cab cost effectively.

  9. Hi Dheeraj,
    Based on the suggested itineraries on DOW, i prepared the following one for a trip To Ladakh/Spiti in the first week of July, 2017.
    My qs are about Day4 & Day9. Additionally can you please let me know if this needs to be optimized/modified in any way? Would greatly appreciate all help and recommendations. ( I have sent a note to info@offbeats for help with organizing this).
    Thanks. Monalisa

    18 Days Itinerary for Ladakh-Spiti
    Day 1 | Delhi – Leh (By Flight)
    • Take Rest.
    • Overnight at Leh.

    Day 2 | Leh Local Sightseeing
    • If feeling OK, do Local sightseeing.
    • Overnight at Leh.

    Day 3 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
    • Head for Nubra Valley
    • Highest Motorable Pass Khardung La
    • Diskit monasteries and Hunder sand dunes and bactrian camel safari
    • Overnight at Hunder.

    Day 4| Hunder – Turtuk – Hunder (Is this worth it or should we skip Turtuk?)
    • Day trip to Turtuk or relax at Nubra Valley
    • Overnight at Hunder.

    Day 5 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
    • Sumur monastery and Panamik hot water springs
    • Overnight at Leh

    Day 6 | Leh – Sham Valley – Leh
    • Sham Valley: In order from Leh: Gurdwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Zanskar and Indus River Confluence at Nimmu, Ruins of Basgo Palace and Basgo Plains, Alchi Monastery and Likir Monastery
    • Overnight at Leh

    Day 7 | Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso
    • Monasteries: Hemis, Thicksey and Shey as you go towards Pangong Tso
    • Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik or Lukung)

    Day 8 | Pangong Tso Lake
    • Relax
    • Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik or Lukung)

    Day 9 | Spangmik – Chusul – Loma – Chumathang (Is this a feasible route? Alternatively could we stay at Karzok this night instead of Chumathang or will that be too long of a journey from Spangmik to Karzok?)
    • Overnight at Chumathang
    • Qs: Is it possible to take the route going through Mirpal Tso and Yayat Tso (if open and motorable? On the fly decision)?

    Day 10 | Tso Moriri
    • Cover Karzok Monastery
    • Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri

    Day 11 | Tso Moriri /Karzok – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Moore Plains – Sarchu
    • Overnight at Sarchu

    Day 12 | Sarchu – Baralacha La – Keylong
    • On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides
    • Overnight at Kelong

    Day 13 | Keylong – Gramphu – Batal/Chandratal
    • Head towards Chandratal
    • Overnight at Batal or Chandratal Camps

    Day 14 | Chandratal – Kunzum Pass – Losar – Rangrik – Langza – Komik – Hikkim – Kaza
    • Kaza – Losar – Kunzum Pass – Losar – Kaza scenic drive
    • View of Chau Chau Kang Nelda peak from Langza
    • Tanggyud monastery at Komik

    Day 15 | Kaza/Langza Homestay (Hikkim, Koumik, Langza)
    • In and Around Kaza or take Rest. Or do Langza/Komik if you couldn’t on the previous day

    Day 16 | Kaza – (via Kunzum Pass – Rohtang Pass) – Manali
    • Head early morning from Kaza via Rohtang Pass
    • Overnight at Manali.

    Day 17 | Buffer Day (wherever needed)

    Day 18 | Manali – Chandigarh and fly
    • Manali (drive to)- Chandigarh (fly to) – Kolkata

    • Your plan looks quite balanced to me. Turtuk is something that should be done, it will not disappoint at all. I see you have a rest day in Hanle. I will suggest to go from Pangong Tso to Hanle and then Hanle to Tso Moriri. No need to go to Chumathang. Hanle is a beautiful place. Just add it to the permit places list while applying for the permit of Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri via Chusul route. If all looks good spend a day in Kaza, may be a trip to Dhangkar – Pin Valley and Tabo on that day.

      • Thanks a million for the suggestions.
        Is info@offbeatescapes.com the only contact info to reach folks at offbeatescapes or is there a phone number that i can reach them at? I have sent 2 emails, but haven’t heard back. Eagerly waiting so I can move ahead with the organization part of it.
        Thanks. Monalisa

        • I am sorry about that, you can reach them at +91-9716507246, 8447530163. Last I heard, Gaurav, the guy who runs it was on honeymoon as he recently got married.

        • Needed some advice before finalization. Will this 18 day trip (including a couple of buffer days) be too hectic in such a terrain for a group with 4 people (out of total 6) in the age range 60-70yrs? All are in general healthy with no known medical condition.
          Would 12-14 days be more ideal (which is possible only if we exclude Spiti part of the tour). Would like to know your suggestion.
          Thanks. Monalisa

        • Well, I will say 18 day is a long time and body will surely travel each day long distances on bumpy roads. So, there will surely be some fatigue that will develop. Plan is more or less balanced so I feel OK with it but yeah almost every other day you will be on road and travel does have some fatigue with it.

  10. mayur vyas on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    we are 70-80 people of group planning for Leh trip in this year June and or start july and here is my itinerary for leh tour i want some of you suggestions on that

    Day 1: Srinagar to kargil
    visit sonmarg and drass, night stay at kargiil
    Day 2: Kargil to Leh
    visit magnetic hill and gurudwara, night stay at Leh
    Day3: Leh
    Relax and light side scene of Leh
    Day 4:Leh
    river raffting on indus river and side scene
    Day 5:Leh to Tso moriri to Leh back
    visit tso moriri and night stay at leh
    Day6: Leh to Pangong
    visit Pangong lake and night stay at pangong
    Day7: Pangong lake to sarchu(For manali-leh road)
    night stay at sarchu (please suggest other night stay option if better than this on manali- leh road)
    Day8: Sarchu to manali
    Night stay at manali tour end

    Now my queries on which i need your help is
    1) Do you find this itinerary good?
    2) Can we start our journey from opposite direction means from Manali side to Leh to Srinagar considering some faces of health(AMS) altitude issues. is it suggestive from your side??
    3) Can we skip tso moriri over pangong lake as they both are same type of lake??
    4) If you have any other suggestions for places that we should add or remove from itinerary
    5) What will be the best time for this year June mid to last or July 1st to 2nd week?
    waiting for your response
    thanks mayur

    • Hello Mayur,

      Well, are you still looking for reply on this one?

      70-80 😯 ?? Seriously man !! 🙂 🙂 …

      You should get this tour arrenged by some tour operator and above all your plan will land up few folks in hospital as it does not take care of acclimatization.

      • mayur vyas on

        Hey Dheeraj, thanks for your unexpected but realistic reply.

        Yes we are planning for this tour with the help of tour operators
        But according to you with this high number of people (70-80 or may be more age around- 21-40) we should avoid this trip right??
        There is not any other good option to make this happen with this number of peoples??
        Again want to know your thoughts on this
        Thanks

        • With these many people, it will be a great struggle to find accommodation together. Also, Ladakh is an adventure destination where everyone cannot keep up with high altitude and chances of getting sick due to AMS are always there. With such large group, chances increases. So, you must be clear message to the group in case of such events.

          Such a group tour should be diligently planned and I will suggest that you take help of a tour operator and you can connect with info@offbeatescapes.com as most of the readers in the past couple of years have had very good feedback about them and especially their transparent policies along with being there with you all the time in need. So, we trust them the most. They do offer competitive and customized Ladakh tour and packages. You can refer my name or DoW to Gaurav, the guy who runs it. He knows us very well and should be able to offer some special rates being a DoW Member. You can just refer him the DoW Community Member Username in such a case or screenshot of this reply here.

  11. Hi Dheeraj,

    First of all a very big thank you. This site is awesome and is a wealth of information. I am planning a road trip to Ladakh from Hyderabad starting from May 20 with my family. 2 Adults and 2 kids (aged 8 and 4). I had taken help of your most common itinerary and have come up with my travel plan below-

    1 – Hyderabad-Sagar
    2 – Sagar-Delhi
    3 – Delhi-Jammu
    4 – Jammu-Sonamarg (Not staying at Srinagar as we have visited Srinagar last year itself)
    5 – Sonamarg-Kargil
    6 – Kargil – Leh
    7 – Leh
    8 – Leh-Turtuk
    9 – Turtuk – Diskit
    10 – Diskit – Leh
    11 – Leh-Pangong-Leh
    12 – Leh
    13 – Leh-TsoMoriri-Chumathang
    14 – Chumathang – Keylong
    15 – Keylong-Manali
    16 – Manali (buffer day/rest day)
    17 – Manali – Delhi
    18 – Delhi-Sagar
    19 – Sagar-Hyderabad

    Since this is our first visit to Ladakh and with kids, I would skip staying at Pangong and Tso Moriri, So thought I will do a day trip to Pangong and return to Leh. Or is it better to stay at Tangtse?

    For day 13, I thought I will come back to Chumathang for night stay from tso Moriri. So it will be Leh-Chumathang-TsoMoriri-Chumathang. We can start by 7:00 from Leh. I would be travelling almost 300+ KM . Is this ok?

    For Day 14, I plan to do Chumathang-TsoKar-Keylong (315KM). Is this possible?
    If Manali route is not opened, will go back to Leh-Kargil from Chumathang.

    Would really appreciate your suggestions on this.
    Regards

    • Hmm, I will say with ease out things you can still give it a try to stay on Pangong Tso or Tso Moriri. Or perhaps in case of Pangong Tso stay at Tangtse and then on Tso MOriri you can stay there. If all is well in last few days, you should be OK with night at Tso Moriri. But, it is also fine if you do not want to take any chances. Should be OK to travel that much else go over to Tso Kar and stay there which is abit less in altitude than Tso MOriri. Chumathang to Jispa will be better to save an hour and is possible.

      • Thanks Dheeraj,
        Staying at Tso Kar is better in a way that my Day 14 travel becomes lesser. Online search shows only one tented accommodation. Looks like not many options as Tso-Kar.
        I saw your photos/travelog of the Chumathang hot spring and it does look quiet cozy and nice in such harsh location. So might prefer it.
        I think it might get decided on the actual day. If we are acclimatized well by then then might stay at Tso Moriri in a guest house else Chumathang hot spring.

        Regards

        • There are few options including home stays though not many. Yes, it is better to go with Tso Kar resort than Chumathang one. I agree, take a call on the spot and previous days of health of family.

  12. Dear
    Pls let me know how to fit spiti valley if I start the journey by srinagar leh highway and ends through manali side for better to avoid hitting AMS. Is it fine to drive solo through srinagar kargil route??? Pls advice Dheeraj.

    • Yes, 100s of people travel solo every year to Ladakh. You can follow the plan 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 – Zozi La – Drass – Kargil
      — Enjoy the vistas enroute
      — Have late drunch meal at Drass is you are a vegetarian as sometimes it gets difficult to find veg. food at Kargil
      — Overnight at Kargil

      Day 4 | Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh
      — Cover Mulbekh Maitrey, Lamayuru Moanstery, Lunar Landscapes
      — On the way you can also see Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 5 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Inner Line Permits
      — To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
      — For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 6 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder
      — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La

      Day 7 | Hunder – 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 8 | 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 9 | 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 10 | Pangong Tso Lake – Shey – Thicksey – Leh
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 11 | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping OR Monastery tour OR you can do tour to Sham Valley
      — Monastery tour may include Hemis, Thicksey, Stakna and Shey monasteries. 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 12 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
      — Cover Karzok Monastery
      — Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri

      Day 13 | 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 14 | Pang / Sarchu – Baralacha La – Jispa
      — On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
      — Overnight at Jispa

      Day 15 | Jispa – Chandratal
      Day 16 | Chandratal – Kaza on the way (Ki, Kibber, Gette)
      Day 17 | Kaza/Langza Homestay (Hikkim, Koumik, Langza)
      Day 18 | Kaza – Pin Valley – Dhankar – Tabo
      Day 19 | Tabo – Kalpa
      Day 20 | Kalpa – Narkanda
      Day 21 | Narkanda – Chail / Shimla – Delhi

  13. Dear Mr. Dheeraj,

    Thanks for providing such a wonderful information regarding Leh Tour.

    We are planning Leh Trip from Manali By Road as below:

    manali – jispa
    jispa – leh
    leh – sham velly – leh
    leh – numbra
    nubra – pangong via Shyok Village
    pangon (2nd night)
    peng – tso moriri
    tso moriri – leh
    leh – manali return

    We are planning to visit around 4th July.

    I want to confirm that this route is OK, or we have to change?

    Please suggest.

    Regards
    Lokesh
    [ lokesh.shah.bvn@gmail.com]

  14. Hi Dheeraj
    Am planning for solo drive all d way from kerala in my xuv. I would like to cover the whole circuit which includes even spiti valley. Please let me know the best relaxed litinery from Delhi onwards.
    I would like to even know while going if I choose the srinagar leh highway as per your advice is it safe enough for a solo car trip??? How do I even even Fit spiti to the litinery. Mostly trip planned for 1 st week of July. Pls advice.

  15. Mrs shaikh on

    Hi Dheeraj

    We are reaching Leh on April 25, 2017 morning and will return on morning of April 30, 2017. Please advise us on options for sightseeing during this period

    • With just 6 days in hand, you can plan your Ladakh trip as below.

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

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

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

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

  16. Shivashis Poddar on

    Hello Dheeraj,

    Hope you’re doing well. Hatsoff salute to you for guiding all of us so well in planning the trips. We have also planned for a 9 day trip to Visit Ladakh from 6th June to 15th June, find the below itinerary –

    JUNE 6TH –
    Already booked a flight from Kolkata and Will be reaching SXR at 14:20.
    After lunch, leave for Sonamarg and stay overnight.

    JUNE 7th –
    Leave for Leh “Very” early morning Via Kargil, Sham Valley & Lamayuru.
    We would be doing the sight seeing on the way and if every thing goes according to the Plan “A” we would reach Leh or go for Plan “B” that is overnight stay at Lamayuru and acclimatize.

    JUNE 8th –
    According to Plan A, acclimatize at Leh and go for local sightseeing(Shey, Thicksey and Hemis).
    According to Plan B, leave for Leh in the morning, sightseeings en route and later local sightseeing.

    JUNE 9th –
    Early Morning leave for Nubra/Hunder via Khardung La, overnight stay at Hunder/Nubra.

    JUNE 10th –
    Early Morning leave for Pangong Tso directly via Wari La route, overnight stay.

    JUNE 11th –
    Early Morning leave for Tso Moriri via Chusul-Chumathang, overnight stay.

    JUNE 12th –
    Early Morning leave for Sarchu/Jispa via Tso Kar overnight stay at Jispa.

    JUNE 13th
    Leave for Manali, overnight stay

    JUNE 14th –
    Leave for Chandigarh by bus at evening.

    JUNE 15th –
    Board flight from Chandigarh Airport at 12 pm

    As of now only 2 of us(both Male) will be traveling, so we have to make it a budget trip. We have composed this itinerary after going through the details you provided in this website. Please suggest in case if you want us to make some modifications in this Itinerary. Most of our doubts/queries have already been cleared by reading your answers that you provided to others in the respective sections. However have few concerns related to conveyance, trip plan etc which I have accumulated as below, can you please check and share your best opinion.

    1. We intend to avail public transport from Srinagar Airport – Sonamarg/Drass – Kargil. Can you confirm will there be any bus/shared taxi available during the afternoon hours to reach Sonamarg?

    2. Is it possible to rent a 2 wheeler for the local sight seeings within Leh? Please share some details for the same.

    3. Are there specifically any local/tourist bus/shared taxi available frequently from Nubra/Hunder to Pangon lake to Tso Moriri apart from the ones plying from Leh? Please share us its tentative schedule. Or is it advisable to hire a cab for our entire trip from Leh – Manali?

    4. We have decided not to book any rooms/camps in advance as we don’t want to incur any loss incase if any unavoidable circumstance comes up. So, will we be getting ample accommodation options/availability at Nubra/Hunder, Pangon, Tso Moriri and Jispa during the time we are traveling or is it risky to do so?

    5. Should we book any cab in advance or is it better to book it on the spot as we would get more familiar with the current rates and can bargain accordingly.

    6. Regarding the travel plan on 11th June, keeping time and road condition constraints is the plan doable in a day if we also include Hanle en route Tso Moriri? Then we can opt for overnight stay at Hanle instead of Tso Moriri. What are the staying options we have at Hanle? Then on next day if we do the sight seeing of Tso Moriri & Tso Kar on the way to Sarchu/Jispa, will this be possible? Did read about the permit issue that we might face at Chusul to reach Hanle or at Chumur while heading towards Tso Moriri. What do you suggest regarding this?

    7. Should we ourselves need to apply for the Permits or should we rely on the Cab drivers/hotel owners to get it for us as they should be more familiar with process etc? As per http://leh.nic.in environment fee will be increased to 400₹ per head w.e.f. from 01/04/2017. Then what is the revised permit rate? According to our itinerary, exactly how many check posts are there so that we can keep our permits prepared accordingly? Do we need to provide photocopies of our ID Proof at each of these check posts or showing them the originals will just do? Does the photocopies required to be self-attested or by any Gazetted officer?

    8. We also noticed that visiting to the various spots from Leh takes approx 6-8hrs ride. Can you give us a rough idea of travel time wrt our itinerary?

    Thanks

    • 1. Yes, shared taxis should be available and even some buses might be running in afternoon for Sonamarg.
      2. Yes, you can rent bikes in Leh. Please refer:
      3. Well the route you have jotted is bit hectic and in case you are not those travellers, then will, it may be a challenge. Also, for rented bikes you need to take care of the fuel and have to return to Leh as well to return the bikes and travel from Leh to Manali.
      4. On the spot booking should be OK if you ok with basic stays
      5. On the spot should be best for just two of you else it will be costly.
      6. I will suggest to reconsider or add more days in to the hectic plan.
      7. Permits are trivial and can be applied by yourself.
      8. It is not just travel time but the terrain which is bumpy at places and can causes fatgue. Best is to take it easy, after reaching Leh take rest for a day. Then make two day trip to Nubra Valley, two day trip to Pangong Tso and then travel by road to Manali or get a shared taxi with other tourists to travel Leh – Tso Moriri – Manali

  17. bhuvan maru on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    first of all thank u for amazing insights on the leh-ladhak region and associated pros and cons. It is certainly of great help for avid travelers. We are group of friends and relatives (4 person). our 12 days trip is aligned to your itinerary with minute changes. Below is our itinerary:
    Our journey begins on 6th August 2017.
    Day 1 – Delhi – Patnitop
    Day 2 – Patnitop to srinagar. Plan to reach by late afternoon. njoy evening in srinagar.
    Day 3 – srinagar to kargil
    Day 4 – Kargil to leh. We still need to freeze to route.
    Day 5 – Rest at leh. Approvals. local market
    Day 6 – Leh to Nubra valley via khardungla. Nite stay at Nubra Valley.
    Day 7 – Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso Lake. Nite at Pangong Tso
    Day 8 – Pangong Tso Lake to Tso Moriri via Changthang route. nite at Tso Moriri
    Day 9 – Tso Moriri – Pang to Sarchu
    Day 10 – Pang / Sarchu to Manali
    Day 11 – Manali to shimla
    Day 12 – Shimla – Delhi

    Day 13/14 Buffer

    I have following queries:
    1. I would like to know if this is doable. How we can improve the overall experience as we have a day or two in hand. which can be used to add a destination or break journey if any route needs to be enjoyed by breaking in two parts.
    2. I have gone through your article on issues with rented car, but as we are not returning to leh, can the nubra,Pangong Tso, Tso moriri and back to manali can be done on rented car as entry to leh and exit is allowed. If not, i am planning to do it on my Sedan. I think the most critical belt will be Pangong Tso to Tso moriri. is it doable in sedan. have people done it in past?
    3. Can these approvals/ permits be taken online, or we need to visit DC office in leh for the same?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Hello Bhuvan,

      1. It is doable. Best is to drop Shimla after covering all these beautiful places, concrete jungle like it won’t please you much unless absolutely necessary. Do Pangong Tso to Hanle, Hanle to Tso Moriri route to break that journey. You will need inner line permits from Leh DC office to take that route.

      2. No, you will not be allowed to go to Nubra Valley and even at Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri sometimes they have posts which trouble people. You should not take outside rented car on these routes. The direct route from Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri especially section up to Tsaga La will be surely trouble and challenge you in sedan. Read: 7 Useful Tips for a Self Drive to Leh – Ladakh

      • bhuvan maru on

        Thank you dheeraj for your reply. Adding Hanle certainly sounds good and i will modify my itinerary accordingly.
        I also need clarification on

        1. road conditions and scenic beauty in the month of August. This is a concern raised after going through your article on best season and road conditions.
        a) Any special caution that needs to be taken for monsoon season.
        b) Does the bad and slippery roads worth the drive and view in August?
        c) Are there any good points / view that we can visit during our trip in August.?

        2. can we get a a self drive car in leh to visit Nubra, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri, Hanle etc. and again drop the vehicle at Leh

        • The roads remain open, so that is not a problem unless there is a landslide. It is monsoon time in general up there in North 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.Please refer the link in our community: FAQ | Is Monsoon season good time to travel to Ladakh? for more details.

          2. There are no self drive car options available in Leh.

  18. Hitesh Kumar on

    Hi, We, five friends, are planning for Leh-Ladakh trip for 15 days from Delhi-Srinagar-Leh-Manali-Delhi route on May 13, 2017 to May 27 or 28, 2017. It will be road trip on 3 bikes. Would need the suggestion on following;

    1. Will it be good time to go?
    2. Should we take above mentioned route or should choose Manili-leh-srinagar route?
    3. What would be the cost for the trip?

  19. Ashish Sinha on

    Hi everyone

    I am Ashish. We were planning a 8 days trip to Leh. We r family of 04 self wife two kids one is 5 year and other is 01 year. Trip is in march. Cannot be away from home for more thn 8 days. Kindly advice

    Regards

  20. Juzar Kachwala on

    Hi there Dheeraj,
    Great work you are carrying out with helping us out with your best experience. I am planning my ride with a friend and my wife, we are two bikes and the journey is long. I have prepared a detailed itinerary and we wish to go via the srinagar leh up and come down by leh manali road down. We are planning to leave by the May 24th which would mean that the srinagar leh highway would be open positively and by the time I finish my itinerary and start returning hopefully the leh manali highway should be open too. Its a wild guess and am hoping that the risk works out in my facour. If you would be kind enough to just read out the itinerary and see if the route is feasible with me carrying about 5 ltrs of spare petrol, along with a 14 ltrs tank and considering an average of 30kmpl. Similar would be the other bike that would be going with us. Considering the fact that there are no petrol pumps at Pangong ckt and while returning via tso moriri.
    Also could you guide us as to if there are any accomodation options available at these overnight locations and if I just go and search for one will I be able to get them, as I am very much flexible with home stays and am going on a certain budget of 1 lac for me and my wife and about 60k for my friend.
    Your valuable inputs will be very helpful.
    May God Bless you and may you continue to inspire us all for the forthcoming future. I’ll pray for you always… 🙂

    DETAILED ITINERARY:

    Day 1 : Mumbai – Udaipur – 724 km
    Overnight stay.

    Day 2 : Udaipur sightseeing and leisure activities.
    Ovrenight stay.

    Day 3: Udaipur – Delhi – 650 kms Start early morning.
    Overnight stay at Delhi.
    If reach early then can go for some outing or else just go back and sleep. 😉

    Day 4: Delhi – Amritsar 470 kms
    Overnight at amritsar

    Day 5: Leisure day at Amritsar, local sight seeing, go to the wagah border ceremony, and golden temple.

    Day 6: Amritsar – Patnitop 280 kms
    Overnight halt at Patnitop

    Day 7: Patnitop – Sonmarg 261 km
    Overnight at Sonmarg

    Day 8: Leisure day and sight seeing at Sonmarg, visit thajiwas glacier, krishna sagar lake and gadsar lake and pass…. Very good place to visit.

    Day 9: Sonamarg – Zojila Pass – Drass – Kargil 124 kms
    On the way visit the kargil memorial at drass, Once reach kargil you can see the mountain view point of the village from where you can view the whole city.

    Day 10: Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh 215 kms leave early as it is a long ride and reach Leh by evening
    Overnight at Leh.

    Day 11: Leisure activities and registering of innerline permits for Leh riding from here onwards.
    Visit places like Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Hall of Fame, Sankar Gompa, Namgyla Tsemp Gompa, Spituk etc.

    Write the names of all the places that you are going to visit in Leh and around outskirts, like Turtuk, Hunder, Diskit, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri, Nubra Valley, Tso Kar, Dha Hanu, innerline permits. Most probably for us indians the inner line permits are not needed hence we need the self filled form along with the valid id card and nationality proof for the same.

    Day 12 : Leisure activities, and visiting the remaining places that you havent visited in Leh. Overnight in Leh

    Day 13: Leh – Spangmik Village – Pangong Tso.
    Leave early and reach early so that you get to see the nearby visiting places.
    On the way you can visit either Hermis, Thiksey or Shey Monestries either two of the above three, and one while the return journey.

    Day 14: Pangong Tso – Tangtse – Durbuk – Karu (for refuelling) – Khalsar – Diskit – Hunder – 257 kms.
    On the way visit the Changla La Cafe. And also enjoy the ride alongside the shyok river on the Pangong Lake road.
    Overnight at Hunder.

    Day 15 : One day trip and back from Turtuk. to Hunder. return journey 160 km, hence before leaving Hunder get the tank full and keep 5 ltr fuel reserve just in case.
    Overnight at Hunder.

    Day 16: Hunder – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardungla – Leh 207 kms
    On the way see the sumur Monestary, and visit the hot water springs of Panamik
    Overnight at Leh

    Day 17: Shyam valley tour. Leh – Sham Valley Sightseeing – Alchi / Uleytokpo 100 kms
    Overnight at Alchi or Uleytokpo.

    Day 18: Alchi / Uleytokpo – Leh – Upshi – Chumathan – Tso Moriri. 320 kms
    Overnight at Tso Moriri.

    Day 19: Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Moore Plains – Pang – Sarchu
    Start early so that accomodation options are better at Sarchu.
    Overnight accomodation at Sarchu.

    Day 20: Sarchu – Baralacha La – Darcha – Jispa – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
    Overnight at Manali

    Day 21: Manali to Shimla 250 kms
    Ovrenight at Shimla

    Day 22: Leisure day at Shimla, sightseeing.
    Overnight at Shimla

    Day 23: Shimla to Jaipur : 630 kms Leave early to make the most of the day.
    Overnight at Jaipur

    Day 24: Jaipur to Mount Abu 500 kms
    Overnight at Abu

    Day 25 Leisure at Mount Abu

    Day 26: Abu to Mumbai. 758 kms Halt if required.

    • Juzar Kachwala on

      Hi dheeraj, would really like your inputs on the above querry of mine. Your help will be really appreciated.

      Thanks in advance,
      Juzar Kachwala

      • Hi Juzar, I am so sorry that I am unable to reply. Things are a bit messy but I assure you that I will reply over weekend to all pending queries including yours. Please bear for couple of days.

        • Juzar Kachwala on

          That’s fine Dheeraj. You have helped us all out a lot. Take your time and reply. Cheers…

        • Juzar Kachwala on

          Dheeraj my email id I used to register for he DOW community is juzar1@gmail.com if you could approve of the same I would be able to add my dates to the planner. Thanks in advance.

          Regards,
          Juzar Kachwala

        • Hey Juzar,

          I am sorry but it may have been marked as spam user and got deleted in teh approval process. You may need to create your user again and I will immediately approve it.

    • Hi Juzar,

      Thank you so much for the patience and as promised I will try to reply to best possible extent. Feel free to post any questions you may further have and I am sure I will reply this time much sooner with office/personal things settling a bit in life 🙂 🙂

      Yes, the timing of the plan is nicely balanced to have full adventure especially on Manali – Leh Highway with glimpses of being it frozen too. Since, you are flexible with home stays, you should not at all worry about the stay options and you should be able to get one or the other at all these places by search a bit. I am sure that shall be fine assuming from the fact that you are OK with home stays. Regarding fuel situation I will talk about based on days. Your budget is quite decent and should be OK to carry out this trip. Rest my inputs below:

      1. Things looks fine till Day 11, just that Udaipur – Delhi can be a bit stretch
      2. You will not need any permits for the places you have mentioned.
      3. You must do the trip from Day 13 by starting from Leh to Turtuk first that is Nubra Valley and then from there you should go over to Pangong Tso on Day 15 after night halt at Hunder on Day 14. On Day 15, return back to Leh from Pangong Tso. Deskit Petrol pump is open mostly now a day and rarely it is out of fuel else functional. So no worries on petrol on this circuit with spare fuel you will be carrying.
      4. Then till Day 20, it looks fine to me and quite balanced. Ensure to top up at Karu and carry spare fuel. For Tso Moriri to Tandi petrol pump.
      5. Rest I will recommend to skip Shimla as in summers it will be too hot and completely concrete jungle. So, nothing worth spending time rather spend time in Manali or in Kasol / Parvati Valley.

      Thank you so much for all the blessings, prayers and wishes… You made my day 🙂 🙂

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Juzar Kachwala on

        Hey there dheeraj,
        Thanks very much for your inputs.
        Just wanted to know if I am halting at these places. What are my budget options of home stays. Like will the rooms be available for 1000 bucks per night basis.
        Yeah the Jaipur to Delhi one sounds a lil stretched. Also the first leg of my ride. Mumbai to Udaipur. Thinking about cutting these into two pieces.
        Are there any good and trusted service centres in or near Delhi where I can get my avenger serviced. Cause even the official Bajaj service centres right here in Bombay are not totally trust worthy. I believe the date of me leaving from here i.e. 27th of May should ensure that I might have all roads almost open while my return journey.

        Also Dheeraj I wanted to add my dates in the calender so that some fellow riders could join me, but am unable to do so as my login has not been verified from the admin. Could you ask your admin department to approve of the same.

        And it’s a fact that this forum is the most viewed and read whenever first time riders like me and also experienced ones wanna go for any ride in the north especially Ladakh. So that goes without saying that your all the years ka hard work is paying off. Kudos and take care brother.

        Regards,
        Juzar.

        • Hello Juzar,

          Yes, you will be able to find the home stays, small guest houses easily around 1000 bucks on an averrage or even below it. It will be better that you take a bit rest in that leg. I am sorry on the trusted service center of Bajaj, it has been a decade since I used the bike now 😉

          Did you create the user in the DoW Community? If yes, it should be approved else let me know the email you may have used and I will try to search and approve it. Once approved, you can submit the travel calendar entry.

          Thank you for the warm words, I am glad that Devil On Wheels is worth the the travel community in India.

          Regards
          Dheeraj

  21. Dear
    Am planning an all India drive from kerala and I would like to follow up leh and spity together as per your 15 day schedule mentioned by own car as am accompanied with one of my friend. But got some doubts as 1. July 10 to July 25th is the planned date Can we find good amount of snow at rothang pass and places we travel. Other option for this trip is May 5th to May 20th. Is it possible???? As we can’t make in the month of June as it is ramzan month for us. Please give us your valuable suggestions

    • Firaz, snow will not be in good amount but remains in July, mostly dirty. You may get some white snow around Baralacha La pass on Manali – Leh Highway. May 5-20 is not possible any how as the roads are not open by that time.

  22. Hi Dheeraj,

    Awesome blog here! Have been hooked onto this site from a very long time. I am planning for a trip to Leh with my family & I have decided to take the Srinagar route & return via Manali. It’ll be four of us in a Ford Figo Aspire, driving all the way from Bangalore & thinking of doing this in the month of June. Is it possible to cover Leh & Spiti together in 15-18 days? Or is it too much? Also would love to visit the place when there’s still snow around. You think first week of June would be a safe bet? Eagerly awaiting your reply.

  23. aquatarkus17 on

    thank you for you advice , but the last question if I do not mind the cost can one car that I take in Leh go to Korzok and then the same car go to Keylong and the next day in the same car go to Kaza or not are permit car of Leh go to Spiti?

    • No, you will have to take the car that goes to Tso Moriri, Korzok from Leh and then it will go to Keylong will be around 22K. Then from Keylong you will need Himachal taxi which will drop you to Kaza and charge you around 11-12K.

      This will be costly. I will suggest that you take two day trip from Leh to Tso Moriri and back to Leh. Then may be take shared tourist taxi to Keylong or HRTC bus to Keylong. Same is applicable to Keylong to Kaza, take either daily bus or shared jeep.

  24. aquatarkus17 on

    Hi Dheeraj, I need to ask you some questions. I am from Argentina and I want to go to India in September (13) of 2017, it will be my second time in India (the first I did the typical Rajastan circuit with a chauffeur with a car). My idea is to travel mainly Ladakh, Zanskar and Spiti in about 30 days (I will be a few days more but in other places in India). My queries are several, I travel alone, and I know that it makes everything expensive, I advise your advice in those cases to plan day by day to find companions in the trips or you advise me to deal with some of the drivers that you recommend and to see if later he finds companions for some travel and decrease the cost? Another question because I read English but I do not speak it practically and if I wanted to communicate with a driver that you put the phone would be impossible, you have some mail from some of them and they speak some English?
    I detail my plan, from Mumbai fly to Srinagar, two days, take some car shared to Kargill, the next day take another car to Padum, and another car there (law that you always have to take the local cars), travel the Surroundings and look for some guide or companion for the trek to Phugtal in 3 days returning to Padum, return to Kargill. Then take a shared car to Leh making some visits on the way, two days in Leh, then Nubra valley but with the night in Turtuk, return to leh, another day in the city touring, Then go to Pangong lake, night and my doubt because then I want to go to Tso Moriri, I return to Leh and the next day I go to Korzok or I go directly to Chumatang or Tso Kar and the other day Korzok and I arrive earlier and enjoy the day ? Then Keylong and from there I wish to go to Kaza for three nights and then for the 11th of October to return to Manali with some local car. The car I take in Leh to go to Pangong can take me from Keylong to Kaza or do I have to hire a car in Manali before I go to Keylong to take me? After Manali I follow Dharamsala, Amritsar, etc. And one last query is better to hire hotels on the web or the driver help me to look for some? Thank you and forgive so many questions.

    • Well, I will suggest that you should be relying on local shared taxis rather than talking to the drivers listed because they mostly are for private taxis which will be way costly for a single or two person. Not recommended at all. You direction of plan is good. Once you complete the Zanskar tour, come over to Ladakh and make a 2-3 day tour to Nubra Valley. Turtuk may or may be possible depending upon if you get the taxis or not to share cost. Then, make usual 2 day trip to Pangong Tso and return to Leh, then make two day trip to Tso Moriri and return to Leh. Take the Leh to Keylong HRTC bus service or some shared taxi and get over there. From Keylong there is a direct bus service to Kaza which runs 7 AM every morning. Spend 3-5 days in Spiti Valley cover local villages and Chandratal while coming back to Manali. You should refer: How to make a budget Ladakh trip by public transport
      and Chandratal Lake | Cheapest Ways To Travel There

    • I missed this, no need to book hotels through web for yourself. You will be traveling solo, best is to hunt some cozy home stays and live lives with the locals.

  25. Nishant Kumar on

    Hi,

    I am Planning 15 days trip to Leh Laddakh in Mid June 2017.
    I am trying to make Itinerary could please suggest your inputs in below Itinerary.
    Let me know where should i put rest day. as this plan is too hectic have to put rest day in between may be after Nubra or After Tso Moriri.
    Do you feel i should skip Suru Valley share your views on Itinerary.

    Day 0 – Leave from Delhi to Manali Reach Manali by Noon

    Take Booked Cab and Keep it for trip end.

    Day 1- Reach Manali, Rest local site seeing ,Basic Shopping for trip if forgot to bring anything.

    Day 2- Leave early morning from Manali to Jispa via Rohtang and Keylong night stay in tent river side (Jispa)
    [Distance is around 140km, trafic area till Rohtang Pass, Have fun at Rohatang]
    Places- Manali – Rohtang – Gramphu – Kokhsar – Keylong – Jispa

    Day 3- Jispa to Pang via Baralacha La Sarchu(Lunch Stop) night stay in Sarchu or Pang.
    Spend Quality Time at Suraj Taal and Baralacha pass.

    (Pang is 50km away from sarchu leh side if we stay at pang will be good to cover next day
    as distance will be less to Leh Will Serve our purpose to brek journey in 3days)
    [Jispa – Darcha – Zingzingbar -Suraj Tal – Baralacha La –Bharatpur – Sarchu – Gata Loops – Nakee La – Lachulung La – Pang]

    Day 4- Pang to Leh.
    [Pang – Tanglang La – Gya – Upshi – Karu -Leh]
    Rest in Hotel and Acc to weather , Permit check if required any
    Local Leh market visit, enjoy local food

    Day 5 – Local sightseeing ,Acc to weather
    (Shanti Stupa, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Leh Palace and some of the popular monasteries such as
    Thiksey Monastery, Hemis Monastery, Phyang Monastery and Spituk Monastery)
    Discuss with local people modify slight plan according to weather and situation

    Day 6 and 7 For Nubra Valley and Return to Leh

    Day 6 – Leh To Diskit/Hunder Nubra Valley via Khardungla Pass (Night Stay Hunder- Tent or hotel have to check)
    Diskit(Monestry)
    Hunder(Nubra Gompa,Lachung Temple)
    Sand dunes of Hunder(Camel Safari)

    Day 7 – Sand dunes of Hunder Diskit To Panamik and Turthak and Return to Leh
    Sumur (Monastery can go if time permit) – Panamik(Yarab Tso and Hot Water Spring) –
    Turtuk(Know for different landscapes)
    Back To Leh (Stay in hotel Leh)
    Have to Plan such a way so that can come on time to Leh, can skip Turtuk.

    Day 8 – Leh To Pangong TSO
    Via(Hemis, Shey Palace Can cover any 1 or 2
    monastery while headed to Pangong as we will be coming from different route)
    Night stay in Pangong – Tent –
    Enjoye Sunset and next day sunrise.

    Day 9 – Pangong To Tso Moriri via Chusul and Korzok Monastery (Night stay in Korzok hotel or Tso Moriri Lake Side)
    Enjoye Sunset and next day sunrise – Long Drive and Roads are not good. Need proper route knowledge.

    Day 10 – Tso Moriri To Tso To Lamayuru Via Alchi Gompa and Likir
    Night Stay in Lamayuru Enjoye Night Gazing

    Sham Valley = [Cover Sham Valley (Alchi and Likir monasteries,Uleytokpo
    Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills, Gurdwara Pather Sahib,
    Indus and Zanskar Confluence at Nimmu)]

    Day 11 – Cover some part of Sham Valley and Move to Kargil from Lamayuru via Fotu la Stay in Kargil
    [Take Proper Rest – Can Skip few parts of Sham Valley if not on highway and will cover on day 14]

    Day 12 – Enjoye Kargil and Rangdum (Suru Valley) Night Stay in Suru Valley.

    Day 13 – Rangdum(Suru Valley) to Kargil or Mulbekh[Nigt Stay]
    [Take Halt and Enjoye Places in between]

    Day 14- Kargil or Mulbekh to Back to Leh Via Cover some part of Sham Valley
    [Visit Placs which left while going to Leh or Lamyuru to Kargil ]

    Day 15- Return to Delhi from Leh Airport

  26. Hello Dheeraj Ji,
    I am following your blog for the last one year. I must thank you for sharing all these important information.
    We are planning a trip to leh in june’17. Almost in all the itinerary you have suggested to take Srinagar route to enter leh and exit through manali. we are 2 families with 3 kids(12-13 years). But the current situation in Kashmir is not so good so we are not comfortable via Srinagar route.
    can we go via manali route? and exit leh -Delhi flight? Or entry Delhi -leh flight and exit leh -manali route?
    as we are planning the trip in mid june’17, I think Leh -manali highway will be open.
    I am following the above itinerary. So if i exclude Srinagar route the trip can be completed in 10 -11days.

    • I will suggest that you travel to Leh by flight in that case and come down Manali – Leh Highway by road. This will help you combat AMS issues that people suffer over Manali – Leh Highway and especially with Kids, it will be better options. I am not saying you will not suffer AMS issues when flying directly into Leh from Delhi, but you can contain those issues by being in Leh and hospital in the vicinity always in something goes wrong. Also, taking complete rest also helps which on a road journey is not possible. So, I will suggest you 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 + Acclimatization
      — Hire a taxi from Leh taxi stand or Hotel whichever suits you.
      — Bargain with taxi driver and you can refer the thread for a comprehensive list of drivers: List of Taxi Drivers for Ladakh – Srinagar – Leh – Manali
      — Take his inputs if you feel reasonable and if required modify the plan accordingly but should suits you best.
      — Ask him to be with you guys starting first day itself, if required and charged reasonable else do it at your own.
      — Again DO NOT over exert and take little steps and slow walks only.
      — If feeling OK then do Local sightseeing. To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
      — Do not use stairs at any of these places just to see them as it will exert your body much more.
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 3 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder – Turtuk
      — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Turtuk
      — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      — enjoy the culture in the Turtuk Village
      — do mention Turtuk on the permits

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

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

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

      Day 8 | 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 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 – Jispa
      — On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
      — Overnight at Jispa

      Day 12 | Jispa – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
      — On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
      — Overnight at Manali

      Day 13 | Manali – Delhi
      — Return home

      Day 14 | Buffer day or rest day

      You can skip Day 8 and Day 4 (Turtuk) in case you want to save two more days and do it in 11 days.

  27. Anirban Biswas on

    Dear Sir,

    I appreciate your effort in maintaining such well informed site.

    I am planning family trip to Ladakh in 2017. There will be 3 family-total 9 members including 3 kids of age 10-12 years. Which will be the best month to travel considering less tourist flow?
    Is it advisable to approach Leh by Del-Leh-Del flight? In that how much duration should we keep?

    In case of road trip, whether it would be safe to travel with kids? How long will it take? Which road to follow- From Srinagar side or Manali side?

    It would be extremely helpful if you answer the above.

  28. Rajat Tyagi on

    Hello,
    I am following your blog from past 6 months and I must admit that nothing has left uncovered about trip to Himalayas.
    I am planning trip in June’17 from Delhi to Ladakh via Srinagar and coming back via Manali.
    Can you please help me in planning trip within 10 days?
    Delhi-Srinagar-Manali-Delhi while covering major visiting sites. I am not at all interested in monasteries but in Natural beauty.

    • Hi Rajat,

      With 10 days in hand, I must say it will be a bit hectic trip with running and moving every other day. You can follow the plan 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 Nimmu
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 5 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Acclimatization
      — To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 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

      • Hi Dheeraj,

        I am planning for a solo ride to Leh/Ladhak suring the same time of Rajat Tyagi (Starting off from Delhi or Amritsar on 04 June 2017). Is this the best time to kick start the ride and complete the circuit Delhi-Srinagar-Leh-Manali Delhi?

        • The roads will be open and in case you are interested in snow, then yes, Manali – Leh will provide you with freezing vistas. It will surely be cold on Manali – Leh Highway so go prepared as the roads would have just got open so will not be in perfect conditions.

  29. Julley Dheerajjee ,

    We have successfully came back from our ladakh tour with lots of wonderful memories.

    Thank you very much 4 help us to execute such wonderful tour . also I would like to say thanks Mr. SONAM , Mr. Rigzin , Mrs Solpon and all people of ladakh for their hospitality and cooperation .

    I will share some photos in DOW facebook page.

  30. Sreenath V on

    Greetings Dheeraj!
    Reached back safely, of course after a few twists and turns of plan 😀
    Thank you for the guidance.

  31. Greetings Dheeraj ji ,
    A very nice and detailed blog . Me (girl) and my brother are planning to go ladakh from 10 oct by bike , Would it be safe via manali leh highway and return from the same rout as, we are totally avoiding srinagar route .
    Will the rohtang pass safe and hospitable on going and returning ??? and is it ok to go alone there ?

    as kargil drass are excluded , could u please suggest the itinerary for major destinations
    Thank you …

  32. Hi Dheeraj,

    Thank you very much for sharing all these valuable information on your blog!

    I’ve booked a flight to Srinagar for the 12th September 2016 a couple weeks ago. Starting in Srinagar, I planned to follow your suggested route via Leh back to Manali by bus or shared taxi… I’m travelling on my own. I have 4-6 weeks to spend in the north of India before heading to Nepal, if weather and overall conditions in this region allows. Beside Srinagar-Leh-Manali-route I consider visiting Shimla, Dharamasala and Chandigargh.

    However, I’m struggling at the moment what to do cause of the situation in Srinagar… is it advisable to travel to Jammu and Kashmir region at all at the moment? Is it possible to start from “Srinagar-side” without going to Srinagar itself and avoiding the critical areas?

    Thank you very much in advance! I’d be happy and appreciate any recoomendation/advice in terms of what to do, where to start and what route to follow for the 4-6 weeks I have from next week on.

    Cheers, Julian

    • Julian, well, I will not recommend at all to travel from Srinagar side. Please avoid it. Go from Manali side and come back from the same route. You have 4-6 weeks, I can recommend you the flow and you can take it as your own:

      1. You should make two day trip to Leh from Manali as body will not be acclimatized. Fist night halt will be Keylong if you will go by bus else Jispa if you take tourist shared taxi. DO NOT take a taxi or tempo traveller which halts at Sarchu, you will not be acclimatized to sleep at it.
      2. Rest and acclimatize in Leh, get the protected area permits.
      3. Move to Nubra valley and explore Hunder, Deskit, Turtuk villages before coming back to Leh
      4. Move to Pangong Tso and spend a day or two
      5. Move to Tso moriri and spend a day or two
      6. In between (3-5) you can opt to visit Alchi, Likir, Lamayuru, Kargil, Drass sector as well based on days you have in hand and preference of trael.
      7. Finally take the bus back to Manali from Leh.
      8. Once you reach Manali, spend couple of days and move to Dharamshala by direct bus from Manali. Spend few days in Dharamshala and return.

      Shimla has nothing but concrete buildings like a concrete jungle, better avoid after visiting all such beautiful places 🙂

    • Julian..please let me know hows the situation in srinagar just in case you fly there..thanks..

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