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Julley! I am Dheeraj, welcome to my blog – Devil On Wheels.

I am Dheeraj Sharma, an avid traveler, a day-night dreamer and a soul wandering in the Himalayas. I have a zest for driving whilst exploring new places & sharing back those travel experiences with the other fellow travelers. I love Spreading Smiles in the Himalayas through DoW Causes & currently enjoying life as a happy traveling soul on this website.

Some 10 years back I realized that living your passion to dive into the unknown and testing your limits of body and soul, really helps in boosting your well being. Since then I never looked back. Frequently, I get on my wheels to hunt this unsatisfied hunger of rejuvenating myself in the endless beauty which the Himalayas does offer to us.

While traveling to the Himalayas, I feel I went through a kind of metamorphosis that led to my reincarnation. I am working hard to materialize the vision & mission of DoW Travel Community with the support of all other members of our community.

Well, professionally I am into Software Development, you can call me a Software Project Lead/Manager now ;)… A couple of years back, I came to live in the USA with my family on a work assignment for my company. As of now enjoying every bit of new life and travel in this beautiful country, the United States of America 🙂

Besides traveling, I enjoy and love my work to the core, trying to be ever competitive in challenges offered to me in my professional life. Personally, Cricket, Computers, Netflix and Hollywood Movies always find special attention in my day to day life. Before I die, I would love to see the vision of DoW Community getting materialized where both the Himalayan lives & travelers get benefit from each other. Just as everything starts with a cause, so do this whole chapter of traveling in my life. If you are interested to know more please read the post “Everything has a start…

One day a thought rippled through my mind for sharing all I learn from travel with the likes of you, hence I choose to start this blog.  This Blog (& DoW – Himalayan Travel Community) is simply about my hobby and passion for traveling to the Himalayas and getting connected with them in one or the other form. You can expect experiences, learning, thoughts, tips, guides, routes, maps, suggestions, hotel reviews, travel news, etc. You all are most welcome to join in, be a part of DoW – Himalayan Travel Community and share your comments, experiences, thoughts, suggestions etc or any stuff related to traveling, driving, dining, riding, etc.

The vision of my blog is to help travelers, backpackers & tourists from all walks of life in planning memorable trips to the Himalayas – Smartly, Safely, and Responsibly. It is all about living my passion for travel & driving but at the same time to share as much valuable + more practical Himalayan travel information and experiences as possible with other fellow travelers or tourists in order to help them travel with a difference in the Himalayas…

Since 2009, I have extensively traveled in the Himalayas on my own and hence, carries a vast amount of practical Himalayan travel experience. In the last decade, I have possibly answered 100,000+ questions about traveling to the Himalayas.

Over the past few years, Travel has taught me many things and if you are interested to know more about it, you can read How Travel Transformed and Made Me Feel that Alive is Awesome. Along with it, you can also read about the 6 Reasons Why I Travel

I dedicate this blog and offer my sincere Thanks to my Family (Lovely Mom and Dad and a beautiful wife, my little superhero), Relatives, Friends, Uncle (Mr. Dev Dutt Sharma) for their never-ending love, care, affection, and support. Of course, they sacrifice their time with me and allows me to help me grow this Himalayan Travel Platform to benefit the lives of all Himalayan Travelers and Himalayan Lives. May GOD bless each one of them and their families too.

Since 2009, I have extensively traveled in the Himalayas on my own and hence, carries a vast amount of practical Himalayan travel experience. In the last decade, I have possibly answered 100,000+ questions about traveling to the Himalayas. My work has appeared in a range of mediums, blogs, publications, and newspapers.

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3,109 Comments

  1. Hi
    I am planning to travel Spiti Valley in march end.
    Can you tell me a suitable itinerary and accommodations ?
    I will be starting my journey from Rampur ( HP ) .

        • Paaras, from Rampur, it will take at least a 12 Hr journey to reach Kaza and thereby you will be directly under AMS threat due to high altitude. At max. you can do is just relax in there at Kaza and then next day start again at 7 AM to reach Rampur by evening 🙂

        • I recently read in a forum that the Kinnaur-Spiti road is blocked .
          Can you update me on this ?

        • Paaras, guess I told on the Facebook page that as per recent updates, road is closed and expected to be closed for next 10 days. It is not advisable to travel this route for next week or so.

  2. Hi, I was wondering if you could help please. My partner and I are planning to cycle Leh to Manali starting 19th June. Is this too early in the season – will there be lots of snow on the road and no accomodation or food stops?
    Thanks

    • Louise, 19th June is quite a good time to travel Manali – Leh Highway. Usually the road gets open by late may or first week of June and it gets stabilized of initial snowslides within a week or two. So, by third week of June, it becomes good to travel especially with tons of snow around though not on road but on the sides near high mountain passes that falls on the route. Accommodations options will also be by then setup and in place.

  3. Hi,

    We want to start our leh tour in May end. Can you please confirm if this is right time? Would like to cover pangong and nubra and leh and srinagar.

    How many days will I need? Whats cost of 4 persons if rented the taxi?

    Thanks for your comments, in advance
    Anirudh

    • Anirudh, if you planning to go from Srinagar side and come back from Manali side then Manali – Leh Highway usually open in May end or June type but the condition is not stable. So, there is always a risk traveling in that time due to landslides/snowslides in early days of road opening. In case you going into Leh and getting out of Leh by air then it shall be fine.

      Based on your plan I can suggest you the itinerary.

      • We want to skip Manali. Want to cover Nubra and pangong lake. So its Leh to Srinagar only. So will public transport can be availed in early June? To save on cost?

        • Anirudh, yes public transport will be available in June. So, you will be landing in Srinagar then going to Leh and then you want to go back to Srinagar to fly out? Or are you flying to Leh first?

  4. Dear Dhiraj,

    I am planning to do entire circuit of spiti valley as early as possible. Since I have to book tickets for that from Mumbai, when is the best time to book it in advance in order to avail cheaper air rates for Mumbai-Chandigarh. And for circuit, start point should be from Shimla or Manali…which place opens more early generally?
    Also tell me whether shipkli la (silk route) possible to visit?

    • Hi Dharman,

      From third week of June to late July and then in September are good time to visit Spiti valley and Kinnaur Valley. You should start from Shimla and end at Manali to have your body acclimatized and gradual ascend to high altitude of Spiti Valley. Shipki La permits are not issued and you will not be allowed to travel on that route. You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Spiti Valley followed by many travellers including me at the link here for 10-11 days: Most Common Itinerary for Spiti Valley.

      Regards
      dheeraj

  5. Hello Dheeraj,
    Firstly i would like to extend you hearty wishes for your blogs. Its an amazing piece of work which is keeping people like me and many other like-minded, motivated and enthusiastic. Keep this rolling.

    Secondly, I seek a help in framing my itinerary, for Leh-Ladakh trip. Below mentioned are mine criterions (which is why i need your erudition at my disposal :D..)
    I will be traveling from Bangalore, with a friend. Both of us dream of having this Leh-Ladakh trip, as a bike trip, but we are constrained to 6days 5 nights. ‘No leaves’ stuffs.. :(. We are deciding on July beginning this year, as I read somewhere, there is some Ladakh festival, that takes place during that time. So basically we would be more than glad if any local festival, where we would be able see ladakh/leh tradition, co-inciidently gets included in our trip. To be very frank, we are not on a lavish budget also, and donot care about staying in luxury accomodations. For us, making most of the trip would mean visiting as many places, including less-famous places as well. We were thinking,i would have been great if we could have entered from Srinagar and end via Manali. So our concerns are-
    1. Is it possible to rent bike for a through journey; because logically we would need to go back to the place of where we would be renting to return.
    2. How much safe is this idea of renting bike, when none of us have any experience of riding bike on mountains?
    3. Can there be any option like riding half of the journey by bike and rest some other transportation?
    4. If not bike, what can be the next best option, which will not really burn the pockets?

    It will be a great help, if you could help me with these thing. I will look forward to your reply.

    Thank you.
    Have a great week.

    • Hello Pratiti,

      6 days seems too less. You will only be able to do Srinagar to Leh, rest in Leh, Day trip to either Khardung La or Pangong Tso and then Leh to Manali in these 6 days assuming you will start early morning at max by 11 AM from Srinagar for Kargil.

      1. the one way bike rental is quite costly and leave a big dent in pocket for you, sometimes like 12K for just the pickup from Manali. Be sure if you are ready to make that investment or not or if at all it is worth the money spent. My suggestion is unless you are hard core biker and cannot live up the passion of biking, it is not wise to spend that much money just for the pickup of bike.

      2. I will say a very bad idea unless you are one of those who just don’t care of anything that can happen if things go wrong…

      3. Answer 1

      4. Public transport on long routes and shared jeeps or cabs on sightseeing places.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

      • G.Shivasankar on

        Hi, Dheeraj,

        Can you please advice the When the Ladkah Festival Time this year (i.e start and end date). Read elsewhere in your BLog, during this time, getting accommodation is very tough.

        Afraid, we two couples planned for Bike trip from 5th July till 15th July. We’ll reach Leh twice, on 7th July and 10th July accordingly. Accommodation is required in Leh, How to manage this, please advice.

        Also Booked flight tickets 🙁 (without consulting you!!), Reaching delhi on 4th July…

        Kindly advice.

        G.Shivasankar
        Bangalore.

        • Shiva, this is the list of Ladakh festivals for this as well as upcoming years: List of Ladakh Festivals 2015 to 2020 …. Ladakh festival is not declared for this year yet as per it.

          The thing that you read must have been for Kalachakra festival which is a very big thing and hence the availability issues. Regular ones should not be a problem. Book on the spot unless you want some specific hotel.

  6. Hi Dheeraj,

    Came across your blog today and its amazing. Doing some great work!
    My friends and I are planning for Leh-Ladakh road trip via either Chandigarh or Srinagar. We are a group of around 10-12 people. We have 2 weeks of time with us and want to start in the last week of May.

    We wanna explore as much as possible. Dont just want a routine trip. Not a luxury trip. Non-regular place, local customs, historical places, scenic locations, etc. We are a bunch who enjoy historical stuff. I hope you understand what I’m trying to say.

    So please can you help us draw an itinerary? It’d very helpful for us. Also, is there a way I can contact you via email or something?

    Thanks in advance 🙂

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

      You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh followed by many travellers including me at the link here for 13-14 days: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh.

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

  7. Hello Dheeraj,

    Your website has definitley inspired me to visit Leh, Ladakh. We are travelling from the Middle East to visit Leh/Ladakh this June. I have recieved mixed reviews on how to travel as many have suggested tour guides and operators- Do you think that is wise?
    Secondly, I was reading through the route where you have mentioned that taking the Srinagar – Leh route is good in terms of not falling sick and in terms of the scenery (which we are really keen on) Since we are getting to Delhi by flight- ( we have only 12 days) and there on to Leh- is going to srinagar possible or feasible?
    For stay- do you suggest Leh or Ladakh? or would it be better to be staying at different places while visitng?
    Thank you so much in advance for your response
    Pamela

    • Hello Pamela,

      Thanks for the appreciating words. Well, you can travel all your own. The Mega Menu link of Ladakh have links to almost everything one needs to plan a trip to Ladakh. Hence, if you can research a bit on your own here at DoW, you will get all the required info. Still, in doubt, you can also leave a comment here for the doubts or queries. First of all, Leh is the capital town of Ladakh district. So, it is Ladakh that you will be exploring with Leh being its capital town 🙂

      Yes, you are right, that choosing the Srinagar – Leh Highway helps a lot in acclimatization and by June the highway will be open as well. Book a flight from DElhi to Srinagar and then you can follow the itinerary as suggested below up to Delhi for 12 days. You need to get protected area permits being a foreigner. You can read the details at the link: Protected Area Permit in Ladakh for Foreigners

      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

      Check the list of things to carry for Leh – Ladakh or other trip including basic medical kit, clothing, must haves etc. at the link here: List of Things to Carry for Leh – Ladakh trip.

      Here is the itinerary for you:

      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 + Protected Are Permits
      — You need to get protected area permits being a foreigner. You can read the details at the link: Protected Area Permit in Ladakh for Foreigners
      — To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
      — Overnight at Leh

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

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

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

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

      Day 9 | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping OR Monastery tour OR you can use this day to visit Tso MOriri Lake and exit from Tso Moriri lake directly to Sarchu on Day 10. Though it will add about 240 odd KMs of journey to Tso Moriri. Hence, to keep it easy and relaxed better skip Tso Moriri
      — Overnight at Leh

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

      Day 11 | Sarchu / Jispa – Baralacha La – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
      — On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
      — Overnight at Manali

      Day 12 | Manali – Delhi
      Day 13 + 14 | Buffer days to be kept incase of road closure due to landslides or snowfall or perhaps you want to enjoy more.

      I hope this helps.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  8. Any trusted and accurate weather forecast for Himachal ?

    Some weather forecasts ( Chitkul , Poo , Nako and Kaza ) show snowfall in the last week of mach .
    Specially Pooh .

    • Paaras, snowfall can never be sure. You can stay tuned with weather updates and in case it says rains in lower hills around such passes like Chansal, Jalori, Rohtang, etc.. Just as we mortal souls cannot say when it will rain for sure and when it will not, we cannot predict the snowfall too. It cannot even be guaranteed even in winters as well that this day it will snow and this day it will not snow.

  9. Will I be able to witness snow or snowfall at chanshal pass or jalori pass on around 20th of march till 1st april ?

    • Paaras, snow for sure but snowfall all depends upon the luck on that very day. Also the road to Chansal PAss may not be open during that time due to huge amount of snow though Jalori Pass was open from Narkanda side last week as well with plenty of snow there even on the roads.

  10. Hey Dheeraj
    I had recently asked you about chances of snowfall in kinnaur valley .

    I heard about a pass names Chanshal somewhere near Rohru in HP .
    Can you provide some details regarding How to access this pass ?

  11. Hi
    I will be travelling to Kinnaur during mid march this year .
    Which all places can I expect snowfall ?

  12. Hi Dheeraj,

    Finally the time has arrived to use all the tips and itinerary that I have been reading on your website for a long time now! Needless to say I am a big fan of DoW (thanks to Vinod, Bangalore). I need help from you to prepare my itinerary. My husband and myself are planning for a trip to leh-Zanskar-Spiti for 2 weeks. Starting on July 25 and ending on August 8th. Can you please help me draw up an itinerary? I plan to enter through Srinagar and exit through Chandigarh.

    Looking forward for ur response.

    Cheers,
    Bhavana

    • Thank you Bhavana for loving the work and info. on DoW and Vinod just rocks our team 🙂 🙂 … Regarding 15 days you have in hand, I will suggest that you add a day and follow the below itinerary for both Ladakh and Zanskar. In case, you cannot extend by a day then what you can do is make a day trip to PAngong Tso to save that day OR reach Pangong Tso via Wari La Pass from Nubra Valley though keep in mind that this route via Wari La is quite desolated so any need of help will be hard to fulfill in miles. Here is the itinerary:

      Day 1 | Reach Srinagar and rest for the day
      — 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 | 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 – Padum (Zanskar Valley)
      — Head straight to Padum

      Day 4 | Padum Local Sightseeing
      — Enjoy Zangla, Stongde, Karsha

      Day 5 | Padum – Zongkhul Monastery – Penzi La Pass – Rangdum
      — Start back and stay at Rangdum

      Day 6 | Rangdum – Panikhar – Sankoo – Kargil
      — Checkout rock carved statue at Khartse Khar

      Day 7 | 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 8 | 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 9 | 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 10 | 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 11 | 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 12 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
      — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 13 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
      — Cover Karzok Monastery
      — Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri

      Day 14 | 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 15 | Pang / Sarchu – Baralacha La – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
      — On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
      — Overnight at Manali

      Day 16 | Manali – Chandigarh
      — Return

      Day 17 + 18 | Buffer days to be kept incase of road closure due to landslides or snowfall or perhaps you want to enjoy more.

      • Thanks for information, Dheeraj. I will go through these and revert in few days.

        Cheers!
        Bhavana.

        • Hi Dheeraj,

          Just working on the itinerary… Is it not possible to reach Leh from Padum via Karsha – Zangla – Markha – Rumbak – Leh? How long does it take?

          Thanks,
          Bhavana

        • I checked with a travel agent (Shikhar travels) and they informed me that it is possible to go by road. In fact they mentioned that reaching Leh from Padum is not advisable since he road is not good and it might take entire day to reach. Instead we can o Lamayuru which takes 3.5 hours from Padum and then reach Leh. Can you please check from your sources if this is true?

          Thanks,
          Bhavana.

        • Bhavana, I will suggest you drop this travel agent 🙂 🙂 … They are providing wrong information completely. Also, Padum to Leh cannot be done in 1 day, it should be done in at least 3 days and if you OK with 12 Hrs drive one day and then 8-9 Hrs drive second day then you do in two days.

          In case, you looking out for travel agents for booking and arranging tour for you, then better get connected to [email protected] who works in that belt only AND have a very good feedback from many readers in the past two years 🙂

  13. suman mandal on

    we are 6 in number from kolkata……planning to discover ladakh in august
    little confused about how to reach leh….via srinagar or manali…
    and should we be visting tsomoriri ??? i mean is it worth visiting after pangong???
    kindly if you give your advise how to plan it…

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

      Regarding Tso Moriri, well personally I like it more than Pangong Tso 🙂 🙂 … So, if you have couple of days to visit it, it will not disappoint you, highly likely.

      You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh followed by many travellers including me at the link here for 13-14 days: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh.

  14. suman mandal on

    we are planning to dscover ladakh……….we need advise
    should we prefer srinagar-leh highway to leh manali-leh
    little confused as how to reach leh….is going via srinagar a better idea than via manali
    and should we be wasting 2 days in tsomoriri ??? i mean is it worth visiting after pangong???

  15. Anuradha Goyal (@anuradhagoyal) on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Have been interacting with you social media for a while. Saw your website for the first time and what am impressive body of work you have.

    Keep it up and all the best.

    Regards
    Anu

    • Thank you so much Anuradha ji for visiting my blog and liking it. Glad that you finally visited and thanks for wishes. Your blog too is one of those on the list I keep visiting as I love the way you write and tell story around it 🙂

  16. Krishan Kant Bisht on

    Hi Dheeraj

    I was searching about ladakh and route to go there in google when I came across your blog and read your suggestions and your articles about the trip to ladakh and I also like your views. As I belong to hilly areas but I have a dream to visit ladakh and see the beauty of nature. So, could you please mail me your contact number and email of yours so that whenever I will be planing to visit ladakh I can contact you for the suggestions .

    Thanks

    • Krishan, I am available here always. You can drop a comment here or post a topic in DoW Community, and you should be able to get any reply for your trip to Ladakh as soon as I can 🙂

  17. G.Shivasankar on

    Hi, Dheeraj,

    Consistently you are doing “Woder-Full” and Your are Google of Himalayas, JK, etc.. :-). This July I’m Planning for Biking trip along with my Wife (10/12 Days).

    Kindly request your advice on below

    1. Nubra to Pongang Tso
    a. Planning for Wari-la Route.
    b. Will the Wari-la route will be open around 8th July
    c. Is the Shyok route is still dangerous, abnormally remote and bad? (every year i skip this rote due to bad road and remoteness). Is it advisable to try this year.

    2. Pongang-tso to Tso-morir (Never had been so far, though plan every year, drop in last moment due to time/leave constraint)
    a. Route 1 Merak – Chusul – Nyoma
    i. Is the road suitable for biking! Great if you could throw some light on last year road condition
    ii. Will this route open during 1-2nd week of July
    iii. Accommodation Options
    iv. Every year i plan for Tso Morir, but drop in last moment  for some reason…
    v. If someone in DOW community planning this route in 1-2nd week July wish to accommodate/align my schedule accordingly.
    b. Route 2 Chumathang. Alternative to Above!!
    c. From Above Two routes which one you suggest/recommend.
    d. Planning for Manali –Leh Route This time.
    i. Do we need to obtain Permit at Leh to reach Tso Morir
    ii. Can I reach Tso Morir from Sarchu Via More Plains? What would you suggest?

    3. Leh to Zanskar Valley
    a. I never had been to Zanskar and is it worth Visiting? Kindly advice on below
    b. Road Conditions from Kargil to Zanksar
    c. Will the Route/Pass/Road open during 1st and 2nd week of July.
    d. Weather condition (Snow Fall, Water Melt, sunny etc..)
    e. Accommodation? Looking for Budget hotels.
    f. Is there any Short cut or direct route from Leh to Zankar? Or One has to go via Kargil Only. (Since it is 440 KMS from Leh via Kargil!!)

    4. Planning to Stay in Tented accommodation in Sarchu (Generally i never book, land there and request for tent.) Kindly share the Number for booking

    Kindly advice.
    G.Shivasankar
    Bangalore.

    • Hi Shiva,

      Ha Ha 🙂 🙂 … Thank you bhai !! Too good to see you here again and know that you planning the trip again to heaven 🙂

      Here are my replies:

      1. Wari La route will be open but as you know it is a desolated route and only handful of people travel on it. So, in case of any emergency or need of help, it may not be available in distance. Do it in group only, my personal advice. Ohh, yes, Shyok becomes deadly post May, I even posted a pic yesterday on FB page and people have posted some horrible experiences of that route from last year. Check that thread before trying Shyok route.

      2a. Regarding Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri route or Pangong Tso to Hanle, the permits to Man – Merak – Chusul – Tsaga or remote Changthang routes are being given by DC office in Leh at ON and OFF basis, so keep your fingers crossed and hope for the best if they start issuing the permits by the time you visit or issue you on your lucky day. Also, even if the permits are given then as well there is no guarantee that you will be allowed to cross Chusul Post or not because since last year several such incidents happened and people with permits also had to return via same route. The story is same this year too and only handful of people have passed through Chusul this year too on their lucky days. All this will mean that you will have to risk it for at least a day getting wasted if you are not allowed because there will be no guarantee until you cross Chusul and Tsaga post. Otherwise, you have to take the traditional routes only via Upshi – Chumathang. Road is kind of dirt track only with full of bumps all the way to Tsaga from Spangmik – Lukung. Route will be open and regarding accommodation may be home stays at Chusul.

      Regarding tagging along, submit your travel partner calendar entry using the menu about with appropriate options.

      2b. In case you follow route form Chumathang then no permits required now. All depends on choice as this one is easy and do not need any permits and also do not have any constraints or iff/buts of passage through any check post. You can reach Sarchu from Tso Moriri via Tso Kar – Moore Plains. To get an idea of the routes in Ladakh along with distances, you can refer: DoW – Maps of Ladakh | Nubra Valley & Changthang. Keep in mind that, the remote routes are isolated and completely off track with almost no roads.

      3. Regarding Zanskar Valley, you need at least 4-5 days ex. Kargil more to visit it. It is damn beautiful, no doubt but very arduous journey as there isn’t much roads rather dirt track only all the way to Padum from Purikutchey. Roads will be open but like I said, it is one back braking drive or ride 🙂 🙂 … You will have to come back to Kargil only and there is no choice.

      4. No need of booking brother, start early from Tso Moriri and I am sure you will get good options in Sarchu too. Key is to start early so that you have enough daylight to bargain good with the camping sites. Because the later in the day you will reach there, they will try to take benefit of the opportunity there.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  18. Thanks a lot for your kind response. Please advice if it would be better to go to North East (Darjeeling etc.), instead Himachal as most of the routes may not be opened?
    If yes then which places in North East we should cover?

  19. We (Wife, Husband & a 4 year kid) are planning to visit Himachal in 1st week March 2015, for 5-7 days. Please advice the places we should go during that time.
    Also, would it be feasible to visit Spiti Valley at that time, specially with a 4 year Kid!
    Thanks in advance for your kind response and advice.

  20. Raj Ghosh on

    Dear Dheeraj,

    I am planning with my wife & my little hero (3 yrs old) to Kinnaur Kailash for first time this April (3rd to 10th 2015). We are coming from kolkata.and by train to Chandigarh. Could you please guide me for the best way to reach Kinnaur kailash from Chandigarh My arrival at Chandigarh of 3rd april @ 3:00 AM & return from (Chandigarh or kalka ) of 10 April. bcoz i don’t know for this . u guide me for day & nightstay Schedule.

    waiting for your reply.

    Thnx
    Raj
    9163364560

    • Raj, you cannot reach Kinnaur Kailash in April – March in case you are refering for its Parikrama. In case you plan to visit Kinnaur Valley, then that can be done and you can see the Kinner Kailash mountain from Kinnaur Valley especially from Kalpa which offers its amazing views. However, trek in this time of the year will not be feasible. You can refer the article for more details about Kinnaur Valley Travel Guide as well as a trip plan itinerary which will suit you for the tour detailed in the article only. Here is the article: Kinnaur Valley Travel Guide | Kalpa, Sangla & Chitkul

  21. RAJESH KUMAR DWIVEDI on

    i m planning for leh ladakh trip in june 2015 with my friends plzz guide me and suggest us, my contact no 9574187809 ,
    plzz reply or contact us or share your mobile no. for better communication.

    • Rajesh, what are your queries, please post here or in the forum so that it helps all. We are not any travel agent and just provide info. on this platform so that it helps everyone coming to this platform for travel to various parts of Himalayas. So, please post your queries here or in DoW Community so that we can help you in a better way.

  22. Hello Mr Dheeraj,
    i got to know from a website that you people are into responsible tourism. I am a speaker promoting people like you to international and domestic audiences telling them about the noble work you people do. Please email me your contacts, would like to put up some information about your work as well.

    regards,
    Jayanthi

  23. Preeti Beri on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    Your blog is very useful, it helped me a great deal before I travelled to Leh Ladhak in October last year. It was my first ever time travelling alone and that to from the UK, to a beautiful mystical place that Leh Ladhak is. I had the most amazing time and a journey I will never forget for the rest of my life (I think I left my soul there…..) An absolute beautiful experience. And I think I made the right choice by going off season in October, the place was amazing, beautiful autumn colours and the peace you would not normally get in the summer. I have to thank you for your advice though as most of the travel agents I contacted were against the idea of me travelling in October… some even suggested that the roads will be closed and Pangong and Moriri will be unreachable…… obliviously that was not the case.
    So thank you, you are doing a great job helping and advising fellow travellers. 🙂

    • Thank you so very much Preeti !! Super glad to know about it that you had a wonderful trip to Ladakh with the help of info. present on DoW 🙂

  24. Hi Dheeraj,

    I think this is now one of my favourite blogs! So much information and quite amazing how you are replying to each and every query. Kudos!

    I am planning a Himachal Trip in June (cause i’ve promised my sister a holiday and that’s when her exams get done) We have 8 days and will be travelling from Mumbai.

    Could you suggest an ideal itinerary – on the wish list are Dharmshala, Manali and Spiti but am open to include whats practical.

    Cheers,
    Ashwini

    • Ashwini, thank you so much and sorry for such a delayed reply as I missed a complete page of comments to reply.

      In 8 days, you need to draw a decision between Dharamshala + Manali OR Kinnaur Valley + Shimla. Spiti Valley will be a bit hectic in 8 days but in case you are open to travel most on roads and are OK with 2 days of rest in Spiti, then you can plan 8 days of Spiti Valley trip covering Kinnaur Valley on the way.

      Let me know and we can further discuss accordingly.

  25. mukund behere - pune on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    Myself and four friends are planning to visit lahul spiti vally by end sept.2015. Whether it is ok season? what will be tempareture/ rainy season that time. we are planning for 10 days in vally only excluding our journey from pune to vallay/back. Hope this period is sufficient. pl reply for any further information.

    • Mukund, yes end of September is fine season to travel road to Spiti valley. Tempratues will be in range of around 3-8 degree C in night and early morning. Days will be pleasant. You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Spiti Valley followed by many travellers including me at the link here for 10-11 days: Most Common Itinerary for Spiti Valley.

  26. vikram mallesh on

    Hello Dheeraj.. Really appreciate your work.. I share a similar passion as you – love traveling.
    I’ve completed whole of south India, now its time for me to head north. I’m planning to hit 3states at one go. Panjab – Jammu and Kashmir – himachal Pradesh.
    Here’s my plan. Chandigarh – Amritsar – vaishno Devi – Srinagar – gulmarg – Srinagar – kargil – leh – kasol – manali – shimla – Chandigarh – Delhi – Agra – Bangalore. I’ll get my royal Enfield along by train. How many days should I spend. Do you have a better itinerary ?? . is it okay if i start late april ??waiting for your reply.
    Regards
    Vikram mallesh

    • Hi Vikram,

      Good to know that you love traveling and for exploring northern Indian Himalayas, you are at the right place for seeking info to plan your trip 🙂

      It all depends upon the days you can spare. The places that you have suggested cannot even be explored in 6 months I believe unless it is just a matter of ticking off a place. So, let me know how many days you can spare and accordingly we can talk about your plan. Also, how much comfortable are you with long drives back to back.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

      • Thanks for the reply.

        Long rides are not a problem. I’ve just completed a 2000 km ride in 4 days last week. I can afford 25 days for this north Indian ride. It would be really helpful and really appreciated if you sketch out an itinerary for the above mentioned places because north India is a first time for me. And let me know if I can do this trip alone. Is it enough if I spend 50000 rupees for 25 days for the whole journey.

        Regards
        Vikram mallesh

        • Hi Vikram,

          Here is a 25 Day Itinerary for Kashmir – Ladakh and Amritsar.

          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 – Pahalgam
          — Overnight at Pahalgam

          Day 4 | Pahalgam – Gulmarg
          — Overnight at Gulmarg

          Day 5 | Gulmarg – Sonamarg
          — Overnight at Sonamarg

          Day 6 | 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 7 | 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 8 | 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 9 | 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 10 | Turtuk – Hunder
          — Spend whole day at Turtuk and reach Hunder by evening
          — Overnight at Hunder

          Day 11 | Hunder – Deskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur
          — Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari
          — Enjoy drive upto Panamik, visit Yarab Tso Lake and back to overnight stay at Kyagar or Tiger or Sumur
          — Enjoy walks in Hunder, Deskit, Sumur villages for the last 3 days

          Day 12 | 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 13 | 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 14 | Leh – sham Valley
          — Sham Valley include Alchi, Likir, Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu, Gurudwara Pather Sahib
          — Overnight at Alchi

          Day 15 | Alchi – Dha/Hanu Villages
          — Do mention Dha Hanu Villages on the permits
          — Enjoy the local culture at Dha Hanu Villages

          Day 16 | Dha/Hanu – Leh
          — Overnight at Leh
          — Enjoy local Leh

          Day 17 | Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake
          — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on the go towards Pangong Tso
          — Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik)

          Day 18 | Pangong Tso Lake – Man – Merak – Chusul – Tsaga – Tsaga Village – Loma – Hanle
          — Mention all the places of this route as mentioned above on the permits and Nyoma as well
          — Overnight at Hanle

          Day 19 | Hanle – Loma – Nyoma – Mahe – Korzok / Tso Moriri Lake OR Hanle – Chumur – Tso Moriri Lake
          — Overnight at Tso Moriri lake

          Day 20 | 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 21 | Pang / Sarchu – Baralacha La – Jispa
          — On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
          — Overnight at Jispa

          Day 22 | Jispa – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
          — On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
          — Overnight at Manali

          Day 23 | Manali – Delhi
          — Return home

          Day 24 + 25 | Buffer Day which can be used to visit Amritsar after reaching Manali and then finally Amrtisar to Delhi

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  27. Hi Dheeraj, just wanted to appreciate your in-depth knowledge of the Himalayas! Planning a trip to Ladakh in the month of June with a few friends, will seek your assistance in planning the trip as we go forward!
    Good luck and safe travels always!
    Abhi

  28. Harsh Goel on

    Hi dheeraj,
    Firstly I wud like to tell you I appreciate u a lot for such wonderful help u provide. Then I wud lyk to ask u about ladakh trip from delhi. Firstly i wud tell u dat
    -we are opting to hire a xuv from zoomcar for this trip of max 15 days(3 buffer days) wishig to cover all major areas and nature’s beauty
    -my group is lyk we are wiling to enjoy the scenic beauty but none of us is so adventorous
    -I am the only best driving person in my group and have driven a lot for long hours as well but in plains and haven’t ever driven on such terrains
    I wud appreciate ur advice for a perfect route and the how should i design my trip and what i would lyk ur advice is on-
    -i want to avoid river runnings, landslides and rains completely
    – we can only plan for june2015
    – i wish to have suchplans where we can enjoy ladakh trip without any sort of tensions or worries
    Please advice me for the problems as I am hydrophobic. I can see it from far but can never think of even messing with it. Please suggest and reply as soon as possible as I am very worried and at same time its my dream to visit there. Thank u waiting for ur reply eagerly.

    • Hi Harsh,

      Thanks a lot. You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh followed by many travellers including me at the link here for 13-14 days: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh. Rains can be avoided in June though no guarantee and similarly for others there is no guarantee. It is an adventure tour, so there will always be certain amount of risk associated with it. Add your comfort days in between the itinerary suggested in the link above.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

      • Harsh Goel on

        Thank you dheeraj, i wanted to know about river crossings as well as I am a bit afraid of water. Please reply. Also how can I see for travel partners?
        Harsh

        • Harsh, there will be water crossings during that time. Only september is the period when water crossings are tamed a bit and have less water in them. Regarding Travel Partners, you can read: DoW Travel Partners Calendar v2.0

        • Harsh Goel on

          So should I expect them to be furious at that time or are they easy to cross?

        • Harsh, some will be furious some tamed ones. The early in the day you hit a water crossing, the less furious it will be and the later in the day you hit them, the more furious they will be.

  29. Jill Walters on

    Dear Dheeraj,
    I am so lucky that I came across your site.
    Am planning on a trip through the following:
    Shimla-manali-leh-ladakh-kashmir
    I am travelling alone and am looking for female travel partners.
    If no luck then would solo travel be safe?
    Solo travel- cheap budget- 30-40k for 25-30 days.
    Quite keen in exploring the region. month- july-august.
    Kindly let me know if this will work out and how and what i should do to make this work.
    And yes I have read through all your posts.
    A huge fan. 🙂

  30. DearDheeraj ,

    Very informative needed ,I will be travelling from Patna -Dharamshala next week enroute Delhi -Palampur.Can I expect Snowfall @ Dharamshala .

    Regards

    Sayan

  31. Hello Mr Dheeraj.
    Goodday..

    I am planning for 3-4 days of trip with my hubby and 7 years old doll. Is it safe and enjoyable to go Manali these days. The trip is on 23rd to 27th Jan 15…

    Plz advise, is it good go there as due to cool weather and off-course the republic day ..

    • Hi Sweety, yes it shall be fine to travel up there. But it will be cold and of course you can expect lot of crowd owing to Republic Day long weekend.

      • Hello Mr Dheeraj

        Thankyou So much, I appreciate u a lot for such wonderful advice you provided. My trip was fantastic and enjoyed lot with my family,Also seen the romantic snow fall while returning.

        Lucky that we came across your site.

        THNX N RGRDS

        • Thank you so much and it is so good to know that you had a wonderful trip to Himalayas. Glad DoW was helpful in making your trip memorable.

  32. Hi Dheeraj,
    I am not much of a reading person, but from what ever i have read, looks like you have lot of info on the same.

    I am planning for a family trip (wife, daughter(2yrs) and I), from 7th to 14th March.
    Could you please suggest me something.

    Thanks,

  33. Priyakanth on

    Hey man, just dropping by to say this is an amazing blog. I found more information for my srinagar – leh trip here than on Google. Keep up with the good work and wish you more travels 🙂

  34. Ajay Singh Khampa on

    If possible go to “Guchupani (Robber’s Cave)” in Dehradun and “CloudEnd”(on the route to “Haathi-Paon”) before Mussourie and Dhanaulti Eco-Park.

    You can also visit the Shikhar Falls if you are in Doon. It comes after taking the steep climb through Rajpur.

  35. Ajay Singh Khampa on

    Man, I wanted to know the name of the HOT WATER SPRING which comes about 10 Kms. before Manali.
    It come on the NH from Kullu to Manali.

    Also, if possible please visit KANGRA FORT which is near DHARAMSHALA. Good place to visit…

      • Ajay Singh Khampa on

        No, it comes about 10 kilometers before Manali. Vashisth Hot Springs is after crossing Manali.

        The spring is on the right hand side of the road between BEAS river and the road. From there you can also see a Apple Orchid on the right hand side.

  36. Dheeraj
    Wish you a splendid 2015. Its been an education going through your blog. We (two couples and a ten year old girl) intend doing a Delhi-Srinagar-Leh-Manali-Delhi trip in June this year (07-24 June). Please suggest an iterinary. We would like to spend more time around Leh than Srinagar. Please suggest accomodation in suitably located Army Camps as I can get the bookings done there. Also, please include places where movement is otherwise restricted by the Army for tourists, as I am an Army Officer. Will two self driven Innovas be good for the journey?
    Regards
    Nirupam

    • Hello Nirupam,

      Thank you so much, it is such a compliment 🙂 … You can catch up with the itinerary as mentioned 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 – Turtuk
      — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Turtuk
      — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      — enjoy the culture in the Turtuk Village
      — do mention Turtuk on the permits

      Day 7 | Turtuk – Hunder
      — Spend whole day at Turtuk and reach Hunder by evening
      — Overnight at Hunder

      Day 8 | Hunder – Deskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur
      — Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari
      — Enjoy drive upto Panamik, visit Yarab Tso Lake and back to overnight stay at Kyagar or Tiger or Sumur
      — Enjoy walks in Hunder, Deskit, Sumur villages for the last 3 days

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

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

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

      Day 12 | 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 13 | Pangong Tso Lake – Man – Merak – Chusul – Tsaga – Tsaga Village – Loma – Hanle
      — Mention all the places of this route as mentioned above on the permits and Nyoma as well
      — Overnight at Hanle

      Day 14 | Hanle – Loma – Nyoma – Mahe – Korzok / Tso Moriri Lake OR Hanle – Chumur – Tso Moriri Lake
      — Overnight at Tso Moriri lake

      Day 15 | 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 16 | Pang / Sarchu – Baralacha La – Jispa
      — On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
      — Overnight at Jispa

      Day 17 | Jispa – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
      — On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
      — Overnight at Manali

      Day 18 | Manali – Delhi
      — Return home

      Regards
      Dheeraj

      • Thanks a ton Dheeraj. The pains you take to cover every detail is evident of the fact that you are passionate about travelling and making others benefit from your experience.

      • Prateek Vora on

        Hi Dheeraj,

        I am based out of Mumbai and we are planning for Ladakh trip in the end of July and also in a way that we can reach Pangong and stay there on Amavasya night as we have heard it is way too beautiful on that night. Secondly, I really need your help for itinerary as all the places you mentioned above is in my list but days I can afford is just 14 and money I can afford is maximum 40K. Please give me your email id or mobile number to connect with you and discuss the same. We all are visiting North for the first time and want to cover as much as possible and make it as one of the most memorable trips ever. Will be grateful for your help. Thanks in advance

        • Hello Prateek,

          Amavasya?? How come it will be pitch black? You want to see stars? Or you want to see it full moon?

          You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh followed by many travellers including me at the link here for 13-14 days: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh.

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

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  37. Ritayan Ghosh on

    Plz suggest leh tour plan at Oct 15. We will reach leh by air on 25th oct. We have a group of 5. Plz mention approx cost. We will have 25th oct to 1st Nov time period in leh. Thanks.

      • Ritayan Ghosh on

        Thanks 🙂

        plz tell appox cost per head for 5 person tour?
        Is there any way to go Pangong Tso Lake to Tso Moriri Lake?? Is it possible?

        Thnak U again for helping me 🙂

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

          Regarding Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri route or Pangong Tso to Hanle, the permits to Man – Merak – Chusul – Tsaga or remote Changthang routes are being given by DC office in Leh at ON and OFF basis, so keep your fingers crossed and hope for the best if they start issuing the permits by the time you visit or issue you on your lucky day. Also, even if the permits are given then as well there is no guarantee that you will be allowed to cross Chusul Post or not because since last year several such incidents happened and people with permits also had to return via same route. The story is same this year too and only handful of people have passed through Chusul this year too on their lucky days. All this will mean that you will have to risk it for at least a day getting wasted if you are not allowed because there will be no guarantee until you cross Chusul and Tsaga post. Otherwise, you have to take the traditional routes only via Leh.

          Regards
          Dheeraj

  38. Hi D!
    Fatabolus.. if there is word like that then thats what your website it. I am planning to go to Leh on November 1st week in 2015. Have a kid of 5 years. If not by road what are the options. From Delhi so cold is not a problem. I read your blogs. But what I am looking at is- where can i stay? any possiblitiy to take 4*4 car? where can i visit?
    if i take the road which road will be open? is staying in guest house is an option? what type of gear i should be prepared for?
    i am really looking forward for your answers.
    Thanks Much!!! 🙂
    Suravi.

    • Hello Suravi,

      A happy new year to you and your family !!

      Thank you. November is not an ideal time to visit Leh Ladakh and by road it is very risky. Only Srinagar – Leh is viable option during that time as risk of life over Manali – Leh Highway is much more. Cold will be very dry, biting and harsh during November in Ladakh. This cold is different from Delhi cold and plus also hinders in acclimatization process. Otherwise, you can very much visit most of the places in Ladakh including lakes and nubra valley.

      Here is one article for carrying clothes: Tips for Carrying Clothes for Ladakh Trip

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  39. piyush sharma on

    Hi Dheeraj
    I want to drive to Leh from Delhi via Manali in my Ford Figo. Is it a good plan, or should u suggest anything different. I mean, particularly with the vehicle Ford Figo.
    Or should I book some self driven SUV from Manali.
    What would be the best option

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

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

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

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

  40. Hi Dheeraj
    Have been a real fan of your Himalayan stories …. We are planning to come to manali in jan end.. Cud u please tell me if it’s ok to travel to spiti from manali ?

    • Hi Kiran,

      A happy new year to you and your family !!

      Manali to Spiti Valley road will reopen again in June 2015. As of now you cannot even reach Rohtang Pass due to presence of snow.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma
      PS: Sorry for the late reply, I was on a trip to Kumaon, Uttarakhand for the last 8-9 days.

  41. Hi Dheeraj
    I have been following your blog and website since July 2013 and has benefited from it as we had a successful road trip (on Car ) to Delhi -Manali -Leh and then back via kargil– Jammu — delhi in August 2013 . Though going on two wheels has always been a wish to great himalays and as i read in your blogs that possessing a personal bike is always better than to have a rented one ,, though I have one now and been riding it for a while now and have a good hang of it not.. I Believe going to Leh is not an option during this time for some obvious reasons as the terrains must be closed so I need your genuine and helpful advice for any such trip for Feburary as I have planned the leaves between Feb 14 to Feb 22 2015.

    Thanking you in anticipation
    Deepak

    • Hello Deepak,

      A happy new year to you and your family !!

      Most of the places remote areas will be closed in February. I will suggest that you, in case interested in extreme adventure which is not wise during that early, may try Kinnaur Valley trip. Otherwise, best is that you do Almora – Kausani – Chaukori – Munsiyari trip given the time on hands.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma
      PS: Sorry for the late reply, I was on a trip to Kumaon, Uttarakhand for the last 8-9 days.

  42. Hi Dheeraj
    I am planning to go on a trip to Ladakh with my friends.Can you suggest any tour operator who can help us by arranging the tour.The main focus is on the budget.My email id is [email protected]
    Thanks
    Avishek

  43. Joanna Jaoudie on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    I’d like to ask if you’re open to collaborating on an article I plan on writing (a compilation of the best travel advice from India’s travel bloggers). It’d be an honour to feature your advice and site. Please contact me so that we can work up an agreement. Looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks!

  44. Hi Dheeraj,

    We are planning to visit Dharamsala, mcloedganj, truind, manali and Shimla from March 8th to March 16th. I have my return Flight on 16th March from Chandigarh to Bangalore. Can you please suggest a itenary for the same? And also I wanted to know if we can find snow in Manali during our one week of travel.. And will Rohtang Pass be open? Looking forward for your advise.
    Thanks.

    • Hello Bhartish,

      Rohtang Pass will not be open but you will be able to enjoy snow up there at the snow points of MArhi or Gulaba during March towards Rohtang Pass. Regarding itinerary, may be you can check:

      8 – assuming you reach by noon and ready to take overnight Volvo to Manali.
      9 – Reach Manali and take rest for the day. Visit Local sightseeing around Manali.
      10 – Go over to snow point of Marhi or Gulaba, on return go to Solang Valley for Paragliding
      11 – Manali – Naggar Castle and enjoy the day there
      12 – Manali – Dharamshala – Mcleod ganj
      13 – Triund trek
      14 – Come back to Mcleod ganj
      15 – Visit Palampur and catch a bus/taxi Chandigarh

      • Thanks Dheeraj, that sounds like a plan. And appreciate all your help.
        Also, just read your travel Blogs, it is quite amazing the way you have written. 🙂

  45. Hi Dhiraj, I am planning a visit with family to Leh from Bangalore by road in July 2015. Planning to take my Audi. Would July be fine and is the car journey from Bangalore advisable? Would you know someone who has traveled from Blore so that I can get some idea on how much time it took?

    • Anurag, which Audi are you planning to take up? Q or A series? I mean if it is Q series, it should not be an issue as we had Q3 in our Mega Meet of Spiti this year which was fine all the way round from Kinnaur to Spiti. However, A series will be trickier to take up there and you would surely need to hate your car as there will be bruises for sure one or the other places and especially in underbelly. There are many people who travel from down south to Ladakh every year. Do you have fair idea how much time you will take to reach Delhi from Bangalore?

      • It is Q3… Delhi to Bangalore should be doable in 3-4 days. The other option for us is to reach Srinagar by flight and then drive all the way to leh and then to Manali. We can take flight from Manali back to Bangalore. Driving from Srinagar would be more convenient as we don’t have to then drive all the way from Blore. What do you feel? But can we get self-drive taxis from Srinagar as opposed to just chauffeur driven taxis? We would have to leave the car back at Manali though.

        • Anurag, self drive cars will not be available from Srinagar but for sure from Delhi in coming days. Check the Ads placed in the sidebar and try to get in touch with Zoomcar who are launching their services in Delhi in coming week and have XUVs too in the fleet plus an advantage of fuel of 10 KM for every hour you book with them. You can refer my name to Mithun who is leading the initiative here in Delhi/NCR, may be if they can offer some discount or something from our reference and above all these guys are open for offering their fleets to Ladakh as well which most rentals available at present don’t agree to.

        • Shivasankar on

          Hi,

          Mr. Anurag, Though I haven’t driven personally from Blore to Leh. One of my close friend did this in 2014 in his Bolero. I heard, the route was really good and himself thoroughly enjoyed start to end… if you are okay i can connect him to you.. 🙂 (he lives in Banaswadi, blore!!).

          Yes, indeed me too did Delhi -leh -delhi quite number of times in my Bikes.

          You may wish to reach me at [email protected] and/or 9886454200.

          Shiva.G

  46. Hi,

    I have booked my flight on Dec 22 from bangalore to Srinagar expected to reach Srinagar at 2: P.M and return Flight on Dec 26 From Srinagar to Bangalore t 4:00 P.M . Can you please help me to schedule the best possible itinerary and I need to attend the christmas mass in a catholic church on on 25. My route planned is srinagar to Leh(ladakh) and vist all teh prominet spots on the way up and down

    • Gladson, have you checked with hotels in Srinagar if they have recovered or not? I think first step should be this only. Secondly, you cannot travel to Leh – Ladakh as road is already closed at Zojila Pass. So, you will be able to just do Kashmir parts like Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sonamarg.


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