Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh

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After a long time, coming back to completing the comprehensive Travel Guide for Leh – Ladakh, here in this article I will introduce you about the places to see around Leh town or in other words local sightseeing around Leh town. It is almost inevitable (at least for people flying directly to Leh) to skip the local sightseeing of Leh town, so it becomes really important to know what all places are there, either in Leh or nearby Leh town so that you can spend a day or two easily without getting bored and utilize them effectively.

The Khar – Leh Palace, Tsemo Castle, Namgyal Gompa

The Khar is the so called landmark of Leh almost since 17th century. Being in Leh and missing a sight of this mega structure (almost and comparatively), seems something has horribly gone wrong with your planning or you were somewhere else in Ladakh but not in Leh 😉 … It houses Leh Palace, Tsemo Castle and Namgyal Gompa on the same hills which houses this complex. The museum houses collection of ornaments, jewellery, thangkas and paintings about 450 year old but still look as new as it can 🙂

Leh Palace in Leh…
Leh Palace in Leh - Ladakh
Tsemo Castle in Leh… A Distant View…
Tsemo Castle in Leh - Ladakh
Shanti Stupa

Built on a hilltop in Changspa region of Leh at an altitude of about 14K feet (4267 Mtrs), Shanti Stupa was built in 1991 and is considered to be the most favorite tourist destination in/around Leh. The visit to Shanti Stupa would greet you with wide panoramic view of entire Leh town in foreground and with breath-taking landscapes in the background. You can reach it either through a drivable road all the way almost to top or you can choose to ascend about 500-600 stairs, which I will not advice if you are just landed a day or two back. After 7-8 day, you may give a try to fatigue using those stairs otherwise avoid them to let your body acclimatize properly.

Shanti Stupa in Leh…
Shanti Stupa in Leh - Ladakh
Hall of Fame

Worth a visit for every Indian to get a feeling of undue respect and salute the spirit of heroes of the Kargil War, especially if you have not been to Kargil War Memorial on Srinagar – Leh Highway. On the other section, you can see and get an idea of various things that forms the rough life of our brave soldiers at Siachen viz. the shoes used by soldiers, the food they eat and how they heat them using Hexamycin tablets etc. You will walk out of with a different feeling if you really respect those brave souls, a feeling that can help you co-relate their rough life with yours which we keep cribbing over either some official matters or daily homely issues. Next time you do that think of these soldiers posted here for us, to protect our mother land and think how they get the strength to keep going in their lives 🙂 … My heart was full of emotions when I walked out first ever from Kargil War Memorial…

Hall of Fame in Leh…
Hall of Fame in Leh - Ladakh
Leh Main Bazaar / Leh Main Market

Most attractive place of Leh is Leh main baazar where you can have finest of cuisines and even shop for variety of accessories for your mother/sister/wifey/girl friend(s) or woollens for yourself and family or contact some travel agents for money exchange or planning your tours/treks etc. In fact this is the only place where you will find most of the hustle bustle of life in Leh – Ladakh and may be the most busiest part of Ladakh 🙂 …

Shanti Stupa in Leh…
Shanti Stupa in Leh - Ladakh
Sankar Gompa / Monastery

It is about an easy half-hour walk from Leh towards the road leading to Khardung La pass. It is well lit in evening and considering the fact that visiting hours are only limited to morning and evening, I will say going in there for a short walk in evening is not at all a bad idea 🙂 …

Zorawar Fort

If you happen to have some interest in history and ancient culture, then you can visit Zorawar fort which is about 30-40 mins walk/hike from Leh main market and jeepable too if you are not interested in hiking. General Zorawar Singh owned this fort and is remembered here for struggle with Chinese. Europeans even termed him little Napolean of India.

Datun Sahib

Datun Sahib is a Meswak tree that is located close to Leh Palace or just behind the Jama Masjid in the Leh Main Baazar and holds quite religious significance for the whole Leh – Ladakh region. It is said to be the first ever tree planted by Guru Nanak ji, who blessed the town by planting it.

Sindhu Ghaat

A peaceful place where you can enjoy the river banks of Indus and relax amidst beautiful surroundings. The music of river just relaxes all the nerves you get after reaching this place. If you want to spend a lazing afternoon, go and be there at Sindhu ghaat and just relax 🙂

Sindhu Ghaat near Leh…
Sindhu Ghaat in Leh - Ladakh
Spituk Monastery

About 8 KMs from Leh, at an altitude of 3300 Mtrs was built way back in 11th century. The monastery houses about 100 monks and a giant statue of Kali which is unveiled at annual Gustor Festival held from the 27th to 29th day in the eleventh month of the Tibetan calendar. Read more info at the Wikipedia link here.

Phyang Monastery

About 16 KMs west of Leh towards Srinagar was built back in 15th century. It houses a 900 year old museum which has an extensive collection of idols including a number of fine Kashmiri bronzes probably dating to the 14th century, thangkas, Chinese, Tibetan and Mongolian firearms and weapons. The Gang-Sngon Tsedup Festival is held annually from 17th day to 19th day of the first month of the Tibetan calendar. On the 2nd and 3rd day of the 6th month of the Tibetan calendar Phyang serves as a venue for sacred dances. Read more info at the Wikipedia link here.

Sham Valley Tour

West of Leh towards Srinagar on Srinagar – Leh Highway, Sham Valley tour includes a day trip to Sham Valley that consists of (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 I will say it is a must do trip for anyone visiting Leh – Ladakh. I will write a detailed article for the same describing all these places and link it here, pretty soon.

Monastery Tour

East of Leh towards Manali on Manali – Leh Highway, Monastery tour includes a day trip to Shey Palace, Thicksey Monastery, Hemis Monastery and Stakna Monatsery Depending upon the time in hand and your interest, you can also choose to visit Matho Monastery and Stok Palace a bit ahead of Stakna Monastery and complete the circuit while exiting towards Leh from Stok. I will write a detailed article for the same describing all these places/monsateries and link it here, pretty soon.

Conclusion

I hope you find the above information useful whenever you will be traveling to Leh – Ladakh in coming future. Please do share your views and any places or details I have missed out if you have been there in case I have missed any.

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  1. Sunil Vishwakarma on

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  2. raghuraman on

    1. You have suggested clearly in many posts that it is best to travel from Srinagar to kargil and then onwards to Leh. Is it OK to get the body acclimatized by staying in kargil? I had planned to stay in kargil and see the local places by getting permit: stay there for three days. Then travel to Leh. Is it OK for the human body to get acclimatized that way? Request advices on this.

    2. You had also posted that one group had travelled by the Srinagar route in May or thereabouts. However, in reply to another person in 2016, there was a suggestion to avoid travel through Srinagar route. I am really really confused here: from what I see on the 24/7 news channels: the situation in the Srinagar side is BAD. Alternatively, I am contemplating taking the Manali Leh route.

    3. Will the Manali Leh road route be open by the second week of July 2017?

    4. Should I get permit for crossing Rohtang pass? Where can I get the same?

    5. Also, acclimitization wise: is this ok? Chandigarh to Solang valley (stay); onwards to keylong (stay); onwards to jispa (stay); onwards to sarchu (stay); onwards to leh. Is this plan ok acclimatization wise?
    This will allow me to acclimatize, I hope, to enable me to see in and around Leh.

    Also, I plan to fly back from Leh to Delhi and then to Chennai.

    • Hi Raghu,

      1. Not necessarily I will say but yes does help staying in KArgil and then moving to Leh. It depends from Kargil where exactly are you moving. Best way if one has days is to do Kargil, Alchi night stays before reaching Leh.

      2. Well, it depends upon person to person. The situation changes every day in Kashmir and you should ignore whatever is posted in 2016. Please go through the thread of Srinagar – Leh Status in DoW Community to read about people experiences traveling there in this year.

      3. Yes Manali – Leh Highway is about to open any day now.

      4. If you go from Manali – Leh side, you will have to take Rohtang Pass permit to go beyond Rohtang PAss.

      5. It is not OK but well, it is the way to travel to Leh if you choose Manali – Leh Highway. Also, PLEASE do not stay over night at Sarchu. It should be Solang, Jispa and then directly Leh.

  3. chandrakesh singh on

    Please suggest three day itinary for local Leh tour.I will reach to Leh on 24 June and leave on 26 june

    • You can rest for the first day, explore market and trolls in the streets, visit Shanti Stupa. Next day you can visit Sham Valley and then you can visit monasteries (Hemis, Thicksey, Shey, Stakna)

      • chandrakesh singh on

        Thank you for reply.Whether two days are sufficient for local sightseeing or more days are required?.Which place I should visit in Leh to see snow in June?

        • I hope you mean two days for above places? Yeah, that should be fine for Leh Local sightseeing and sham Valley. June, you can find snow only at Khardung La Pass and Chang La pass on the way to Nubra and Pangong Tso respectively.

  4. Salil Sahani on

    Hello Sir,

    I plan to visit Leh Ladakh in September mostly from from 11th for a period of 16 days, so that would be from 11th to 26th September

    Wish to thank You for Your blog which is really very helpful 🙂

    It will either be Me or I might have two other people joining me

    I have read your articles, well most of them but still just want to know a few things … As I am a photographer this would be a completely photography based trip

    1. Will a laptop work in Leh ? I mean do You know anyone who has used it in Leh

    Being a photographer I would need to download/take backup on my laptop and if possible on an external HDD, Will that be possible in Leh as it is at a altitude of around 3000 mts.

    2. Do You know of any good/reliable travel agency in Leh ? I would be hiring a vehicle and a driver/guide so …

    I have noted down the names of drivers/guide that You have recommended but what about a reliable local travel agency

    Especially those who have worked with photographers or are used to taking/handling photographers

    3. The places that I have planned to visit/stay are Hunder, Pangong, Tso Morriri, Tso Kar, Hanle and Rangdum … I want to ask about the availability of Electricity in these places or guesthouses/homestays because I will need to charge the camera batteries at least once every two to three days

    4. Will accommodation ( Guesthouses/Homestays ) be available for the above places in this period from 11th to 26th September ? Will the tented camps be open especially in Pangong

    5. I want to make it as cheap as possible the whole trip that is … especially if I will be going alone so if there are any good guesthouses or homestays which offer good food and have electricity sometimes during the evening then please do let me know so that I can plan the trip accordingly

    As of now the probable itinerary is –

    1st day – Rest

    2nd day – nearby places

    3rd day – Leave for Hunder

    4th day – In and around Hunder

    5th day – Back to Leh

    6th day – Leave for Pangong

    7th day – In and around Pangong

    8th day – If possible ( Depends on the availability of electricity ( Battery charge ) and Driver/Guide )), travel to Tso Morriri

    9th day – In and around Tso Morriri

    10th day – Back to Leh

    11th day – Leave for Hanle

    12th day – In and around Hanle

    13th day – Back to Leh, Visiting Tso Kar on the way back

    14th day – Leave for Rangdum

    15th day – Back to Leh

    Please let me know what You think and it would be really nice if You could clarify my queries 🙂

    Would welcome any suggestions or ideas that You might have regarding the above itinerary which would be helpful for me in one way or the other 🙂

    Thank you 🙂
    Warm Regards,
    Salil Sahani

    • Thank you Salil.
      1. Yes, it should be OK to use it but please do read: Carrying Laptop to Ladakh or High Altitudes
      2. Most of these drivers are very reliable as you might have read their feedback in the thread too. IF you really want to get authentic stays and feeling of Ladakh trip, better exclude the middle men.
      3. Rangdum is too far and needs more days at least 2 days ex. Kargil. So, ;eave Zanskar and Suru for some other time.
      4. Yes, stay options will be available.
      5. You should be able to find guest houses or home stays at almost all the places.
      6. Day 8 should be Hanle, In around Hanle and then move to Tso Moriri. Pangong tso to Tso Moriri have mid point as Hanle though a bit diversion

      • Salil Sahani on

        Thank you very much Sir for getting back so quickly 🙂

        1. Yes I have read that article Sir 🙂

        2. Yes, will keep that in mind :), Can the driver take care of the accommodation, I mean if I decide whom to go with then will He take care of the rest, especially the accommodations at all the places to be visited ?

        3. Oh Ok

        4. Oh good 🙂

        5. 🙂

        6. Yes that would be a better idea 🙂

        Sir, Which of the above places have electricity, apart from Leh that is ? Hunder, Pangong, Hanle, Tso Morriri

        • Yes, drivers take care of their accommodation. All the places will have electricity but the supply will be limited at Pangong tso and Tso Moriri.

  5. Dinesh Bhagat on

    Hi deeraj” would you please give me information, if I tour all the way from Leh to {Pangong TSO by JKSTC bus from leh on saturday & stay at Pangong TSO at Night and again return to leh. May kindly provide me a detailed staying option at night where the JKSTC bus halts at night and the distance of Pangong TSO lake from bus stand. I will be very helpful if your valuable suggestion are accorded for me for chalking out a programe for visit to Leh

  6. sundar kamath on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Me and My wife are planning to travel from to Leh from 16th June to 25th June. Our initial plan was to reach Manali by Bus and then either bus or taxi from Manali to Leh. However, I read online that there’s a possibility that the Manali-Leh Highway may not open till late June, so we have planned to fly to Srinagar instead and then travel to Leh via Bus and end the trip by traveling from Leh to Manali by road by 25th Afternoon. Can you suggest an itinerary based on the above dates and do you think we can accommodate road trip from Srinagar to Leh and Leh to Manali within 16th and 25th June?

    • Hey Sundar,

      You can follow the below plan:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Day 8 | Leh – Taglang La – Moore Plains – Pang – Sarchu
      — Stay overnight at Sarchu

      Day 9 | Sarchu – Baralacha La – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
      — On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
      — Overnight at Manali

      Day 10 | Manali – Delhi
      — Return home

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

      • Thanks a lot Dheeraj. In your opinion, would the Leh-Manali Highway open by the 25th of June considering the record snowfall experienced this year.

        • Thanks Dheeraj. Just one more question. I was planning to cover the journey from Srinagar to Leh in JKSRTC bus. Do these buses stop at Sonamarg, Zozi-la, Drass, Lamayuru which I should be covering during the trip or do I choose an alternate mode of transport? Private taxi’s do seem expensive.

        • Sundar, these buses do not stop unless it is a stop for them for meals and tea/snacks. Some of them you mentioned may be actual stops for them. However, it is not a tourist bus that will stop for scenic places. There is no cheaper alternate mode unless you get a shared taxi with tourists who are willing to share the taxi or find online travel partners to share the cab.

  7. Hi Dheeraj,
    We are from Hyderabad, Mumbai and Bengaluru. We (about 12 of us) are planning to visit Leh-Ladakh by April end-first week of May and leave by May 6-7. We will be flying to Leh from Delhi and will be travelling with 2 kids aged 5-6 and one aged 13. A couple of us are on the heavier side too. Is it too risky for us? Will be grateful if you can help us decide the itinerary in a way that we don’t miss anything.

    • Hello Rekha,

      If you guys can take precautions and go prepared (it will still be cold in April end), it shall be OK to travel. Considering you have about 7-8 days, I will suggest following:

      Day 1 | Delhi – Leh (By Flight)
      — Checkin at Hotel. Many hotels provide free pick and drop from Airport. Ask while you book them.
      — Take ample of rest as well as water or anything that keep your body hydrated enough. DO NOT OVER HYDRATE. Take ORS Soluted water or ORS – L tetra packs from home.
      — Do not over exert your body at any cost. Avoid too much up-down on stairs or avoid it in entirety, if possible.
      — After 5-6 Hrs of rest you can visit Leh Palace, Local Leh market, Shankar Gompa .
      — If you feel exerted go back to Hotel, have dinner at Hotel and take rest. Avoid any exertion. Else continue and,
      — Follow the sunset by stroll at Changspa road and have a nice dinner on varied cuisines offered in-around Changspa road.
      — Go back to hotel for overnight stay at Leh.
       
      Day 2 | Leh Local 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

      In case you have about 1-2 days more, you can add Turtuk day trip from Deskit/Hunder in Nubra Valley.

  8. celden margarico on

    greetings from the philippines…i would like to travel to your wonderful country this month of sept…ill arrive in amritsar on sept 13 at night and begin exploring on the 14th…ill leave india from delhi on the 28th……i have around 15days….ill be visiting leh ladakh and beyond and probably taj mahal….from amritsar i would like to go to srinagar and go to leh but some said its not safe to travel somewhere in JK since there is ongoing tension…is it true.?????..so i guess ill just go to manali and enter leh that way…..i would like to enter leh/ or leave leh from delhi thru a flight but its very expensive….however the flight from srinagar going to delhi is way cheaper and considering leaving leh f going to srinagar to catch a flight, but im still concerned about secuirty issues is srinagar….and also i really wanted to go to phuktal monastery in sanzkar…the photo of the place i saw on the internet seems really awesome…can i do it all with the time i have in india??????

    • Hello Celden,

      Very warm welcome to India and Himalayas 🙂 🙂

      Julian, well, I will not recommend at all to travel from Srinagar side. Please avoid it completely at the moment. Go from Manali side and come back from the same route. You have 15 days, I can recommend you the flow and you can take it as per availability of public transport or shared taxis:

      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 come back the next day
      5. Move to Tso moriri and come back the next day
      6. In between (3-5) you can opt to visit Alchi, Likir, Lamayuru as well as two day trip.
      7. Finally take the bus back to Manali from Leh which will take halt at Keylong.

      This will be around 14-15 days not leaving anything else to cover.

  9. Hi Dheeraj,

    Reading these articles are great! A huge help before I fly from the UK to India and directly to Leh on the 5th Sept for approx. 5 nights. I haven’t really committed to booking guest hostels yet, as I wanted to confirm the itinerary (similar to what you recommended to RISHABH) with a friend that I will be travelling with. Wanted to get your input on this and suggestions of what to do?

    Day 1 & 2: Will stay in Leh to acclimatise and try and cover what you have suggested to others.
    Day 3: Pangong Tso day trip and on the way back, will try and stay in Thiksey Monastery for the night?
    Day 4: I wanted to visit Nubra Valley, wasn’t sure whether we could do a day trip there or would it be better to stay there for the night? Any suggestions of where to stay?
    Day 5: Nubra Valley/Leh

    Day 6 and onwards will include the bus ride to Manali however we would like to stay over another place for a night or 2 to break up the long journey, however not sure where?

    Final query is regarding the drinking water in Leh, is it recommended that we should take purification water tablets?

    • Hi Dan,

      You should visit Nubra Valley first on Day3,4 and then on Day 5 you should go over to day trip of Pangong Tso. You can stay at Hunder in Nubra Valley which is more close to nature and has many hose stays or small guest houses with local touch. Day 6 when you take the bus to Manali it will halt at Keylong where you will be staying for the night. Then next day you can move over to Manali from Keylong.

      Well, you can carry them for precautions but most of the time I never found any filth or impurities in the water

      • Hi Dheeraj,

        Thanks for getting back, will go ahead with that then.

        Would you know how long the bus journey is to Keylong, and whether taxis will be available for this journey as an alternative?

        Cheers,

        Dan

        • Dan, Leh – Keylong is around 13 Hrs and Keylong – Manali is around 7 Hrs. Yes, taxis are there always and can be booked on the spot as well in case you decide not to go by bus.

  10. Rishabh Kasliwal on

    Hello Sir,
    I am planning trip to leh from 16th august to 20 aug. I’ll reach leh airport by 6:40 in the morning on 16 and I hav a flight back from srinagar on 21st noon.
    So can u please suggest me the best itinerary for the trip..
    Thank you in advance.

    • ishabh, you can follow the below plan for a 5 day trip to Ladakh

      Day 1 | Delhi – Leh (By Flight)
      — Checkin at Hotel. Many hotels provide free pick and drop from Airport. Ask while you book them.
      — Take ample of rest as well as water or anything that keep your body hydrated enough. DO NOT OVER HYDRATE. Take ORS Soluted water or ORS – L tetra packs from home.
      — Do not over exert your body at any cost. Avoid too much up-down on stairs or avoid it in entirety, if possible.
      — After 5-6 Hrs of rest you can visit Leh Palace, Local Leh market, Shankar Gompa .
      — If you feel exerted go back to Hotel, have dinner at Hotel and take rest. Avoid any exertion. Else continue and,
      — Follow the sunset by stroll at Changspa road and have a nice dinner on varied cuisines offered in-around Changspa road.
      — Go back to hotel for overnight stay at Leh.
       
      Day 2 | Leh Local 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

  11. AYUSHMAN AHLUWALIA on

    Hey

    Hope you are doing good …Man!!

    Your comments and updates are really Appreciable.

    Need Help:

    Planning a trip for he first time from Delhi on rented bikes and 10Days in Hand
    Let me know about the permit/permission process and formalities

    Places to be covered: Pangong lake, Khardungla, Nubra valley

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

      Opt to go via Manali – Leh Highway and I will suggest that you refer the thread for more details on the route and night halts though it is of 9 days: Manali – Leh – Ladakh – Manali | Itinerary for 9 Days. You can fit in plan I suggested in above para in this plan

      You will need permit to cross Rohtang Pass which is issued from SDM office in Manali.

  12. hello,
    i am going to spend a week in ladakh, but i only have 1 day in leh, and i am travelling alone and i want to do a bike journey for a day, can you please suggest me where shal i go and come back by the evening?

    thank you.

  13. Hello Dheeraj sir
    We are travelling from haryana to leh in our own suv. Do we require any permit for local site seeing like nubra valley,pangong lake,kargil etc etc. Can we visit these sites in our private car or we require to hire a taxi there.

    • Yes Aarti, you can visit all these places on your own car without any issues at all. You need permit for Rohtang Pass in case you are going from Manali to Rohtang Pass

  14. Hi Dheeraj,

    Thanks for writing so detail about Leh, it helps in giving a perspective to someone who have never been to Leh.

    I am in a dilemma whether should I go with a tour agent for the entire trip, or should I just take local tours from Leh itself (Pangong Lake, Nubra Valley, Leh local sight seeing, Tsomoriri etc.)

    I am planning to go either on 14th Sept that week or 21 Sept that week and I heard from many that end of September onward are off-season, which means I will be able to get good price/bargain for hotels, taxi and local tours during that time. However, I would not want to risk going in to Leh and later on screw up the whole trip. What do you suggest?

    Is it easy to get taxi/local tour in Leh itself? Do you know the price for the above-mentioned places tour if taken from Leh plus taxi? Below is my draft itinerary, can you please suggest if they are fine?

    Regards,
    Noel

    Day 1: Reach Srinagar – Kargil
    Stay @ Kargil

    Day 2: Kargil – Leh
    Stay @ Leh

    Day 3: Leh Local
    Visit: Shey, Thicksey, Hemis, Stok Monastries
    Stay @ Leh

    Day 4: Leh – Nubra Valley
    Stay @ Nubra Valley

    Day 5: Nubra Valley – Leh
    Stay @ Leh

    Day 6: Leh –Pangong Tso Lake
    Stay @ Pangong Tso

    Day 7: Pangong Tso Lake – Leh
    Stay @ Leh at 11,562 ft

    Day 8: Leh – Tsomoriri
    Stay @ Tsomoriri

    Day 9: Tsomoriri – Leh
    Stay @ Leh

    Day 10: Depart from Leh Airport

    • Your plan seems good to me, you can plan the entire tour on your own. DoW has enough sources which you can use to plan the trip yourself and save money.

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

      For the leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2015 – 16 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here. You can get about 10-12% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more.

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

  15. Hi Dheeraj,

    I am leaving from Kargil to Leh as I write this. Unfortunately I twisted my ankle while leaving from Srinagar and it is swollen since then. I took the painkillers and am feeling better.
    I am planning to show it to a doctor in Leh. Can you please let me know any known doctors and their address? I will be reaching Leh by 3:30 PM.

    Thanks,
    Suhas

      • Thanks a lot Dheeraj. I visited the hospital, fortunately there was no fracture and I could carry on with the trip. I returned yesterday and once again would like to Thank you for all the information you provided, without which the trip would probably not happened.
        You are touching lives of people in a special way, keep it going!!

        • That’s really good to know that Suhas and glad you had a wonderful trip to Ladakh. If you have time and possible for you, do share the experience or reviews or just a photo tale in DoW Community 🙂

  16. Sri Abeywickrema on

    Hi Dheeraj

    Your articles are a gem pit for those who wanna travel to Leh. We too are planning to visit from 27 Aug till 04 Sep and the itinerary goes as follows:

    27 Aug – Leave Delhi and arrive at Manali early morning. Travel to Solang Valley and spend the night there.
    28 Aug – Travel to Jispa and spend the night there.
    29 Aug – Travel to Sachu and the night there.
    30 Aug – Travel to Leh.
    31 Aug – Wandering around Leh – Local Sightseeing.
    1-3 Sep – ???
    4 Sep – Leaving Leh

    The next three days (1-3 Sep) are really tricky coz I can’t put my finger on how best to go about. Any suggestions would be lovely.

    Thanks in advance.

    Sri

    • Hi Sri,

      You should follow below:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Day 8 | Leaving Leh

      • Sri Abeywickrema on

        Thanks heaps Dheeraj…

        Will share this among my friends and adjust accordingly…

        By the way, one more thing. I’ve drawn up this plan skip Manali-Leh journey altogether and spend all 8 days in Leh by flying from Delhi to Leh again thanks to your articles…

        Day 1 (27 Aug) | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
         To know the about the places to visit in/around Leh.
         Overnight at Leh
        Day 2 (28 Aug) | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping or you can do tour to Sham Valley (60km)
         Sham Valley include Alchi, Likir, Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu, Gurudwara Pather Sahib
         Overnight at Leh
        Day 3 (29 Aug) | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder (126km)
         Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
         On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass Khardung La
         Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha Statue and Hunder has sand dunes and Bactrian Camel Safari
         About 5-6 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between and at Khardung La
        Day 4 (30 Aug) | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh (66km + 141km)
         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 5 (31 Aug) | Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake – Spangmik (156km)
         Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on the go towards Pangong Tso
         Pangong Tso Lake
         Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik or Lukung)
         About 5-6 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between
        Day 6 (01 Sep) | Spangmik – Man – Merak – Kakstet – Chusul – Tsaga La – Tsaga Village – Loma – Nyoma – Mahe – Sumdo – Tso Moriri (235km)
         Tso Moriri Lake
         Overnight at Tso Moriri
        Day 7 (02 Sep) | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Chumathang – Upshi – Hemis – Leh (220km) or via Tso Kar-Debring-Rumste-Upshi (241km)
         Cover Karzok Monastery
         About 7-8 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between
        Day 8 (03 Sep) | Leh
         Hemis National Park
         In and around Leh

        I can actually bring the Day 8 after Day 1 for more acclimatization…

        Just take a look and offer your suggestions. I’m feeling so stingy to let go of the things in Leh in favor of Manali-Leh… Your thoughts on this will be invaluable

        • Keep it the way it is, just make sure that you have all the required permits to take the route from Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri. In case army send you back, you can use Day 8 as buffer day.

        • Sri Abeywickrema on

          Hi Dheeraj

          Sorry have to bother you again. The itinerary is fixed based on your opinions. However, I wonder if you could give a couple of reliable travel agents to arrange our accommodation in Leh and other places plus the transportation.

          Your recommendation will be invaluable as you’ve first-hand experience.

          Thanks again
          Sri

        • 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. 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.

        • Sri Abeywickrema on

          Hi Dheeraj

          Just wanted to let you know that we finished our journey very successfully from 26 Aug to 04 Sep. Your reports on Ladakh were invaluable and we managed to complete the whole journey with very little High Altitude Sickness such as giddiness and lose motion.

          If one takes a dose of Diamox at least 2 days prior to the start of the journey it should help. Further we stayed at a place called Shanthi Guest House and they were simply out of this world. Extremely good, humble, friendly and helpful people and they’re Ladakhi folks. Very cheap too. So if anyone who reads these for helpful tips, do give them a try and you can go wrong.

          https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g297625-d1203760-r417108830-Shanti_Guest_House-Leh_Ladakh_Jammu_and_Kashmir.html

          Thanks once again and good luck for your future articles…

          Cheers
          Sri

  17. Hi Dheeraj,

    We are 2 px travelling on 1st July wanted to know how easy it is to get shared taxi, can you share contact no of taxi drivers for the same.

  18. Hi Dheeraj,

    I have one question…
    As suggested by you if i start the journey via Srinagar and come back via leh manali highway, then from where we can take the bike on rent?
    Also with that rented bike can we travel in and around leh.. and all the places which comes in between..
    also what & all places need any special permit.. because i don’t want to skip even a single place on both the routes..

    • You should take the rented bike from Leh and drop it back in Leh. you should do Srinagar – Leh and Manali – Leh by other means of transport. This will keep budgets under control.

  19. Puneet Warikoo on

    Hi Dheeraj

    I am travelling solo to ladakh from 16 July.

    Below is my planned itinerary;
    July 16: Mumbai to Leh (by flight)
    Evening; Local city sightseeing, acclimatization
    July 17; Leh to Nubra.( what is the prefered village to stay here? Hundur?)
    July 18: Nubra to Leh
    July 19: Leh to pangong tso ( preferred village to stay? Is setting up camp possible?)
    July 20: Pangong tso to Leh
    July 21: 1 day trip to alchi or shyam valley (Please suggest which is better)
    July 22: Travel to Jammu and spend fees days there and move back to Mumbai on 27 July

    The plan can be extended by a day also if needed. Anything that should be done which I missed in itinerary?

    Questions:
    1. How easy is to get local shared taxis to get to these locations? How much by average would it cost?
    2. I like camping and is it possible to setup own camps in any of the locations like pangong or Nubra?
    3. For where all places do I need inner line permit in the above plan?
    4. July being heavy travel season will it be necessary to pre book any homestays or will find something on walk-in also?

  20. Saravana Kumar on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Thanks for the blog which is helpful for all.

    We are looking for your help.
    We are 2 members planning for the trip and we have completed booking (Hotel and Bus) until 21st July trip Journey
    and below is our plan details, What type of transport we can get arranged in cheap for the few days 24th – 29th

    July 16th – Bangalore to Delhi (Flight) – Manali Same day (Bus)
    July 17th – Manali Local Signt seeing
    July 18th – Manali Local Signt seeing
    July 19th – Manali to Leh (Bus by 9AM) Reaches by Nextday
    July 20th – Leh Local Signt seeing and monasteries (Stay in Leh)
    July 21th – Leh – Pangong Lake – Leh (Stay in Leh) – Bike Ride
    July 22th – Leh – Nubra Valley (Stay – Nubra Valley Camp) – Bike Ride
    July 23th – Nubra Valley – Khardungla Pass – Leh – Bike Ride
    July 24th – Leh – Tso Moriri — Looking for transport how to cover?
    July 25th – Tso Moriri – Leh — Looking for transport how to cover?
    July 26th – Leh – Kargil — Looking for transport how to cover?
    July 27th – Kargil- Sonmarg – Srinagar — Looking for transport how to cover?
    July 28th – Srinagar – Gulmarg – Srinagar
    July 29th – Any Place i can cover?
    July 30th – Srinagar – Bangalore

    Please suggest whether any thing needs to changed or we are missing any good place?

    Thanks
    Saravana

      • Saravana kumar on

        Hi Dheeraj,

        No, We have only booked until 21st stay… If something needs to be changes no issues we will cancel it.

        Thanks
        saravana

        • I will suggest following changes:

          July 16th – Bangalore to Delhi (Flight) – Manali Same day (Bus)
          July 17th – Manali Local Signt seeing
          July 18th – Manali to Leh (Bus by 9AM) Reaches by Nextday
          July 19th – Reaches Leh ad take rest
          July 20th – Leh Local Signt seeing and monasteries (Stay in Leh)
          July 21th – Leh – Nubra Valley (Stay – Nubra Valley Camp) – Bike Ride
          July 22th – Nubra Valley – Khardungla Pass – Leh – Bike Ride
          July 23th – Leh – Pangong Lake – Bike Ride
          July 24th – Pangong tso – Hemis – Thicksey – Leh – Bike Ride
          July 25th – Leh – Tso Moriri – Why not Bike Ride?
          July 26th – Tso Moriri – Leh – Bike Ride
          July 27th – Leh – Kargil — Shared taxis or private taxis or JKSRTC buses
          July 28th – Kargil- Sonmarg — Shared taxis or private taxis or JKSRTC buses
          July 29th – Srinagar – Gulmarg – Srinagar
          July 30th – Srinagar – Bangalore

        • Saravana Kumar on

          Hi Dheeraj,

          Thanks for the detailed plan there is a problem on 18th there are no bus service by HPTDC that is the reason we extended the trip by a day in manali.

          Thanks

        • Saravana Kumar on

          Hi Dheeraj,

          Thanks for the details and few more things.

          What about the bike for rents in Leh?
          Whether we need to book the hotels now only for the trip? I have gone through the page for the cheap hotels but there will be no guarantee we will get a place.

          Thanks
          saravana

        • You can get bikes on rent in Leh, fort road is the place. You can go there and if OK with searching few places, you will get something to stay

        • Saravana Kumar on

          Hi Dheeraj,

          As part of your plan is there something we need to take any permission or pass for going to these places.

          Can we ride in a single bike 2 members for these places? Reason I dont have driving licence.

          July 16th – Bangalore to Delhi (Flight) – Manali Same day (Bus)
          July 17th – Manali Local Signt seeing
          July 18th – Manali to Leh (Bus by 9AM) Reaches by Nextday
          July 19th – Reaches Leh ad take rest
          July 20th – Leh Local Signt seeing and monasteries (Stay in Leh)
          July 21th – Leh – Nubra Valley (Stay – Nubra Valley Camp) – Bike Ride
          July 22th – Nubra Valley – Khardungla Pass – Leh – Bike Ride
          July 23th – Leh – Pangong Lake – Bike Ride
          July 24th – Pangong tso – Hemis – Thicksey – Leh – Bike Ride
          July 25th – Leh – Tso Moriri – Why not Bike Ride?
          July 26th – Tso Moriri – Leh – Bike Ride
          July 27th – Leh – Kargil — Shared taxis or private taxis or JKSRTC buses
          July 28th – Kargil- Sonmarg — Shared taxis or private taxis or JKSRTC buses
          July 29th – Srinagar – Gulmarg – Srinagar
          July 30th – Srinagar – Bangalore

    • Saravana Kumar on

      Hi Dheeraj,

      Can we plan to include Amarnath Yatra in this trip, Please provide your suggestion.

      Thanks
      saravana

  21. Rana Jabeen on

    Hi I want to visit Leh from 4-7th August for a 3 night stay with main focus on photography , Please suggest an itinerary , thanks in advance

  22. Hi Dheeraj,

    Again, I had drafted out my itenaries and would love to have your comment regarding it, below will be the plan.

    15 June – reach delhi by night
    16 June – fly to srinagar early morning, from srinagar take a taxi to kargil
    17 June – kargil to leh
    18 June – sight seeing in leh,
    19 June – leh to nubra valley
    20 June – nubra valley to leh
    21 June – leh to tao pangong and back
    22 June – leh to tso morari
    23 June – tao morari to sarchu
    24 June – sarchu to manali
    25 June – visit around manali
    26 June – manali to delhi
    27 June – delhi day trip to taj mahal night flight back at 11pm night

    questions
    1. wil the check in process takes time in delhi airport? izzit sufficient to arrive 2 hours before flight time to check in? for domestic as well as international.
    2. will my journey along leh-manali being too rush? will it be too tired to do so?
    3. sorry for out of topic but will it be alrite to do a day trip to taj mahal? will it be too rush?

    thank you in advance..

  23. Hi Mr Dheeraj,
    me and my friends (Total 4) are planning to travel to Laddakh in Aug from Delhi,
    we are planing as below,
    we are planning for 14th Aug to 20th Aug for both Srinagar and Laddakh put together.
    we will fly on 14th from Delhi to Srinagar and then Srinagar to Laddhakh by road (Taxi) and then Laddakh to Delhi by air on 20th.
    pl suggest the suitable Itinerary.
    Thanks in Advance..

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

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

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

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

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

  24. Dear Dhiraj Sharma
    Thanks for all your experiences and sharing, Me 57 & my wife 55 wanna visit Leh for Ten days as she do not want to travel by road i want to know how to make our itinerary. Also suggest some hotel within budget of 1-1;5K with at least room heater n sufficient bedding…is it very cold in sept first half.
    plz reply me in detail thanking you in advance.

  25. sundeep sharma on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning to visit leh in July..can u plan an itenary for 10 days which includes rafting n paragliding..we will be going by road n coming by flight.

  26. Mandar Patil on

    Dheeraj Sir,
    I want a guide who can help me locally there with markha valley trek and rafting(L3).

  27. simmy sharma on

    Hi guys…me n my husband are planning to visit leh by June end dis year. We are looking for a company of oder married couples…anyone interested??

  28. Hi Dheeraj ,
    I am planing to do ladakh trip in first week of June.I will be doing solo on my bike (pulsar 150cc).Here the itinerary.

    Day 1:Jammu to Srinagar
    Day 2:Srinagar to Drass
    Day 3 :Drass to Leh
    Day 4: Leh to Khardung La (stay at diskit) (Any ILP required to stay at diskit??)
    Day 5: Leh (rest,local sight seeing )
    Day 6:Leh to Pangong Tso( stay near lake side)
    Day 7:Pangong Tso to Leh
    Day 7 :Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
    Day 8 :Tso Moriri -Sarchu Via Debring
    Day 9 :Sarchu to Jispa
    Day 10: Jispa to Manali (Is any Permit required to cross rohtang pass?)
    Day 11:Buffer

    If there is improvement needed in the itinerary then please Guide.
    Also I want to know that personal bike is allowed in leh and around ?And how good will be Pulsar 150cc?
    Thank You For this wonderful site

    • 1. Make Srinagar to Kargil
      2. Add one rest day after reaching to Leh and before going to Khardung La.
      3. Then make two day trip to Nubra Valley, then to Panogng Tso two day trip and then finall the way you have mentioned exit to Manali – Leh from Tso Moriri.

      You do not need any permit for Rohtang Pass in this direction

  29. Hi Buddy,

    Visiting Ladakh (Leh) on 20th of this month – April. It will be a short visit to the place. The main objective is to visit one of the valleys and do local sightseeing there at Leh.

    Apr 19th – Flying Raipur to Delhi
    Apr 20th – Flying Delhi to Leh (will rest a day and start our tour from the other day)
    Apr 26th – Fly Leh to Delhi
    Apr 27th – Fly Delhi to Raipur

    We will be having 5 days in hand. 2 days will be for valley and 3 days for the local sightseeing.

    Can you let me know which valley would be best to visit? And a budget stay, if you can name any guest house? A best way to reach to the valley and do the sightseeing in Leh?

    Thanks in advance!
    You are doing a great job, love your blog.

    • Hello Irfan,

      You can follow like below:

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

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

      Day 6 – Rest day in Leh

      • Hello Dheeraj,

        What a great itinerary suggested by you, thanks! 🙂

        Have few questions:

        1. Local sightseeing mentioned on this page are on walking distance?

        2. You suggested about hotel for advance booking but didn’t mentioned how, from where I can get a best hotel/guest house to book under a good budget?

        3. And, regarding AMS, incase someone get ill what are the best medicines to control so that the short trip shouldn’t get ruin. I have had a talk with my doctor and he had no clue for any such option only way he suggest is to reach their by road so the body get used to that condition slowly. But in our case we are directly flying to the place.

        Thanks in advance,

        • Hello Irfan,

          1. No they are not walking, only few are
          2. 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
          3. No medicine is there for curing AMS, only acclimatization is he key. To know about AMS and acclimatization including the tips to combat AMS, please DO READ: Acute Mountain Sickness and Importance of Acclimatization

  30. Hi Dheeraj,
    Very informative website you have here. I am determined this year to visit Leh Laddakh and have a plan as follows. Please let me know if you see any fundamental faults here. For two people package, I am being asked Rs 56000 for hotel/camp + car rental (excluding Air travel). Is it too much?

    3-Jun FRI Fly PUNE to DELHI
    4-Jun SAT Fly DELHI to LEH
    5-Jun SUN LEH to NUBRA Valley and Stay at Camp
    6-Jun MON Back to LEH
    7-Jun TUE LEH to PANGONG Lake and Stay at Camp
    8-Jun WED Back to LEH
    9-Jun THU Fly LEH to DELHI
    10-Jun FRI DELHI to Pune (Flight or Train – Depending on budget 🙂 )

    Appreciate the inputs.

    • Shavej, the itinerary to me lacks the number of minimum days required that is 2 within Leh when you fly to Leh for acclimatization. So, you need to add a day of rest in Leh before moving to Nubra Valley. Rest should be OK else plan one day trip to Pangong Tso. You will need to shell out around 25K for taxi and rest around 15K at max for hotels for 5 days you have in hand.

      I will advice you can connect with info@offbeatescapes.com as most of the readers in the past three 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 (please note that DoW except reliable reference has nothing to do with them)… 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.

  31. Hi ,

    I am planning to visit Leh in March 16 around 16-22. Kindly provide me the details about taxi (share or Private).
    And how should I plan the trip.

    • Vaibhav,

      For the leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2015 – 16 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here. You can get about 10-12% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more.

  32. hi,
    I am planning to visit Leh in July. my main objective is to attend the Hemis festival. I am an avid Tibetan Buddhism follower/enthusiastic/devotee, whatever you may call it. Could you suggest approximately how many days it should take if I wish to cover all the monasteries you mentioned above in your post? I can skip shanti stupa and hall of fame, not my first priority.
    Eagerly waiting for your response.
    Thank you.

    • Kuheli, it depends upon how much time you would like to spend in these monasteries. If you want to see all of them, may be 2-3 days would be good enough time as all are nearby. So, how much time you want to spend?

      • Nothing has been finalised yet, but 7-9 days max. I think any duration less than that wouldn’t be wise owing to the acclimatization issue and all. And I will also be flying to Leh directly from Calcutta. I read that there are museums in the monasteries as well, I would like to explore them too. Preferably if I could have conversations with the monks (hope they are cooperative and friendly enough), regarding the history and the different sects each monastery follows. I guess you get the picture. And well, I do not mean to sound too ambitious (since I have limited time in hand), but I would not like to skip Pangong. It’s breathtaking.
        Thank you for responding. 🙂

        • In that case it is fine and you will get enough time. You can make a couple of day trip in the last leg of your trip to Pangong Tso rest you can focus on these monasteries.

  33. Hi Dheeraj:

    Can you suggest some budgeted local guide contact detail in Leh for winter Chadar trek.

  34. Jatin Saini on

    Dheeraj sir….
    me and my friends ar planning for a 20 day bike trip in june-16 from delhi to leh , but v are confused abt the better route…..
    delhi-jammu-srinagar-kargil-leh-manali-delhi
    or
    delhi-manali-leh-kargil-srinagar-jammu-delhi…
    plz guide us….

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