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  1. Hi Deeraj,

    My dream is a three month stay in Pughtal Gompa this winter for buddhist studies. I’ve read your post “Ladakh in Winters”. Do you think it is feasible reaching Pughtal in December and leaving by mid April or is it just a crazy idea? I have some experience trekking in Nepal and not scared of cold.

    If not, would you suggest any other Gompa?

    Thank you, from Spain.

  2. Hi,
    I am planning to travel to chandratal .

    Starting by taking last bus from Delhi on 1 Aug
    Reaching Shimla ..

    Can you please help me with the local transportation options from Shimla to Chandratal and back.

    I am not interesting in going towards Manali

    I have 7 days to finish my Trip Excluding the 1st Aug

    Can you help me with an Itinerary


  3. Aritra basu on

    give me a complete shimla (pick) – kinnar – spiti – manali road trip itinerary including chandratal lake and manali (drop) estimate of 10 heads in summer 2018

    • If you are looking for the competitive and customized tour and packages, you can connect with [email protected] (Ranjeet) as most of the readers in the past few years have had very good feedback about both of 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 them as both of them knows us very well and should be able to offer some special rates being a DoW Member. You can just refer them the DoW Community Member Username in such a case or screenshot/link of this reply here.

  4. Hi Dheeraj,

    We are planning for a non-stop bike ride from Pangong Lake to Manali in June. Please advise us as to how much time will we require, and the road condition for this. The maps show 16 hours. Please help.

    • It is too much to ride in one day. Pangong Tso to Sarchu is also pretty long ride, in fact, drive too, add 8 hrs more from Sarchu to Manali. I will highly advise not doing it as it could result in fatal consequences.

      • Will you be able to help us with the halt points? Pangong Tso to Jispa, overnight at Jispa. Jispa to Manali. Is this better?

        • I will start with Pangong tso to Sarchu and then Sarchu to Manali. You can try for Jispa after reaching Sarchu. Of course, if you do not want to enjoy the route by stopping multiple times, I bet you will reach Jispa but I am not sure if that should be your intent on this heavenly highway 🙂

          So, target for Sarchu and if you reach say by 2-3 PM at Sarchu, then you can attempt to reach Jispa if you really want else spend night at Sarchu only.

  5. Manoj Shetty on

    Hello Dheeraj,
    We are 4 friends planning to go to umling la last week of June2018, plz let me knw if
    1. How to obtain d permit for umling la & which route to follow?

  6. Mihir Shah on

    This review is a little late one but a deserved one or sure. We started our Spiti journey August 2017 with 6 friends and ended the trip with 7 friends. Our travel guide Anil has shown us an exceptional side of Spiti with unmatched enthusiasm and charisma. We started our journey as tourists but we were enriched with the traveler experience with access to local cuisines and culture. The journey was an incredible one and I’m glad whenever next I do visit Himachal there will be a two step protocol 1) Book na karo, Dukh na karo! 2) Call Anil. Cheers Bro!

  7. Mohammed Arshad on

    Hello .I am planning a budget himachal trip.the itinerary is as follows.
    delhi-shimla-manali-kasol-birbilling(paragliding)-dharamsala-dalhousie-khajjiar-amritsar..TOTAL BUDGET-10K rs including PARAGLIDING

    i am travelling with my friend(so total) 2 persons.i think i can get accodomation for 400 per person per day(either hostels around 400 each or room on twin sharing for 800).and daily food expenses at 300 per person per day…

    transporation for the above route(delhi-shimla-manali-…amritsar)AND transportation within these places(eg:-inside manali,inside dalhousie,etc).
    So it will be great help if u can provide the MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION and APPROXIMATE COST for each places.

    • Mohammed, you will have to rely upon the public transport which is easily available in between these places. You should check the HRTC website for bus timings and connectivity details.

  8. Suraj Tiwari on

    Hello dheeraj
    I m planng to visit leh around 3rd of may 2018.dis will b my 2nd visit.
    Dis tmy I plan are as follows…..
    Delhi to manali
    Manali to jispa
    Jispa to pang
    Pang to tso moriri
    Tso moriri to hanle
    Hanle to umling la
    Umling la to hanle
    Hanle to pangong tso
    Pangong to leh
    Leh to Kargil
    Kargil to kashmir
    Kashimir to jammu
    Jammu to delhi.
    I hv doubt on is it possble pang to tso moriri
    N hanle n umling la.can online permit be mangeable?
    Plz let me knw

  9. rrahulgupt on

    Hi, I am travelling to Leh in April. I just wanted to check how can we rent a bike just to travel in Leh city.

  10. Hi

    I am coming to Leh on 14th September 2017 and going to Srinagar on 17th September 2017. I have the following queries

    Query 1) Is there any shared taxi available for sightseeing in Leh. If so, What are the per head charges ? We are two people.

    Query 2) I have a driving license but my license expired 1 month ago. Can I get an Activa (scooty) on rent for local sightseeing?

    Query 3) I wish to travel to Nubra Valley and Pangong lake too during my tour. So, is there any way possible to travle this way: I first go to Pangong lake, then from Pangong Lake to Nubra valley and from the velley to Srinagar directly from there? Are there any buses or shared taxis available for the above route?

    • Below are the replies:

      1. private taxis are very costly in Leh but you will be able to find the shared taxi without much fuss at all. There are lots of flyers which people put at cafes, dine-ins, restaurants, travel agent desks/shops/whiteboards wanting to share the taxis for different trips within Ladakh. Even travel agent organize such shared taxis trip as well but charge a little higher about Rs 200-300 more than it would ideally cost. So, in the worst case, you can always go back to them and book a seat for yourself.

      2. I doubt they will give you scooty with expired license
      3. First, you must go to Nubra Valley and then to Pangong Tso. From both places, you have to come back to Leh only to travel to Srinagar. Now, doing the direct route between Nubra and Pangong Tso, it will all depend upon the shared taxi you will get in Leh.

  11. Hi bro,
    1*We are a couple flying to leh next week. By flight cant able to take more things (extra luggage), so tell me somethings thats to avoid purchase in delhi that can brought on leh (same price/better quality).
    Duration 20 days, ROUTE:LEH-kargil-SRINAGAR.
    3*Are share tourist taxies are safe for ladies also.
    4* TIPS for negotiation for share tourist taxies (if you share one of your any experience,will be helpful).
    5*List of Things which are much costlier better to buy on delhi.

    • Hello Bala,

      Most of the stuff can be purchased in Leh. I will suggest to carry whatever possible for you and then buy remaining in Leh. There isn’t too much of difference in Leh market. But surely it will be more.

      Regarding shared taxis, mostly they are tourists and in general, fine to travel with. Rest you can opt for a shared taxi with couples or families or girls only. There are lots of flyers which people put at cafes, dine-ins, restaurants, travel agent desks/shops/whiteboards wanting to share the taxis for different trips within Ladakh. Even travel agent organize such shared taxis trip as well but charge a little higher about Rs 200-300 more than it would ideally cost. So, in the worst case, you can always go back to them and book a seat for yourself.

    • Hi,
      Can i get mineral water and milk everywhere. In the followings.. Leh-nubra-pangong-hanle-moriri-kargil..
      Also tell what are the common eatables get on everywhere..

      • We are from southindia,
        We are having 1 full-day free at delhi. Can I purchase anything good stuff related to ladakh trip.. plz suggest me anything better buy in Delhi market.. Also tell me in delhi is there any shop particularly sells innovative travel things.. If there plz give contact.

      • You have to stock mineral water from Leh for this route, it will not be there easily available on it. Most of the Ladakh server basic food like dal, rice, sometimes chapatis, Maggie, chowmien. Apart from this, it will be hard to find much.

  12. Surajit Ghosh on

    Good evening Dheeraj,
    We are three families & planning to visit Uttarakhand at the end of this September. Our plan is Haridwar – Deoriatal – Tungnath – Chopta – Badrinath(2 days) – Kartik Swami – Khirsu – Haridwar. Haridwar to Haridwar 8 days. I found Rakesh Singh Negi from your site and contacted him for the tour. He is ready to arrange vehicle and accommodation. Now this is the time to send him some advance. Just let me know how reliable he is. I also heard the name of Lakhpat Singh from another source. Do you know him?
    I am waiting for your valued advice as you are the expert of this part of Uttarakhand.
    Like your travelogues heartily.

      • Surajit Ghosh on

        i’ve gone through your thread on Deoriatl – both the threads. But I have contacted Rakhesh Singh Negi for 8 days. I just want to know how reliable he is and need your suggestion on my total tour schedule what I mentioned before.

        • Yes, total tour itinerary is fine Surajit, but reliability wise best I can tell is that I have not heard anything negative about him by anyone in the DoW Community. But, yes, the risk is always yours to take.

  13. Arunav arya on

    Hi can anybody get an update on the status of routes , both from shimla and manali side to spiti i am planning to commence my trip from 16 august

  14. We are a group of ten people. We have planned a bike trip from manali to leh on 5-6 royal enfields(rented).
    We think we are prepared for the clothes and itinerary,but we are confused if it is raining very badly on the way. Second concern is about the permits. As far as i have read,we need two kinds of permits,one for beyond rohtang and one for leh.
    But u have read at plenty places that we dont need beyond rohtang permits anymore(himachal tourism said the same thing,but iam confused if i made some mistake in interpreting).
    Please tell if i need to make the permits before hand(probably online) . Our trip starts on 12th August.

    • As far as I know, there hasn’ been any change in the process of Beyond Rohtang Pass permit and they are still available online from the website of Kullu Administration. You can get them online easily 5 days in advance of your travel. The other permit is inner line permit for Ladakh which will be required too and can be applied online but fee had to be paid in person at the office in Leh. You can read: Ladakh Inner Line Permits Available Online

      • Thanx a lot dheeraj,appreciate the quick response. I got the links for both permits online.
        Just one more thing i needed to ask. In the inner line permit,there are five circuits mentioned for which i need to provide information for making the permit.due to less then just vague knowledge about the name of areas and lack of my own resources,iam confused for which ones to opt. I could relate to only 2,in which khardong is mentioned and other,in which nubra is mentioned. It would help me a lot if you could tell which ones i should i get enlist myself and friends if i need to visit local leh market,nubra and khardung la pass.
        Thanks in advance.

        • You should select following

          Khardung La and Nubra Valley
          2 Khardong, Khalsar, Trith upto Warsi and Yarma Gonbo, Disket, Hunder, Turtuk, Pachathang, Tyakshi in Nubra Sub-Division.

          Tso Moriri Lake
          3 Upshi, TsomoRiRi/Korzok in Nyoma Sub-Division.

          Pangong Tso Lake
          5 Kharu, Changla, Durbuk, Tangtse, Lukhung, Spangmik, Man-merag(Pangong Lake) in Nyoma Sub-Division.



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  16. Nafisa Shaikh on


    I and my husband are planning a trip to leh via srinagar.

    Initially I had thought of
    Srinagar, Kargil, Leh,nubra, pangong, leh, jispa/sarchu, manali and back to mumbai via chandigarh.

    After doing a lot of R&D, I have been suggested to drop the rohtang pass/manali plan as it would become too costly and hectic.

    Please, I need your help/advise on preparing an itenary.

    I can end my trip either at leh or srinagar instead of going to manali.

    I want a reasonable, comfortable, adventorous plan.

    Please do guide me with your valauble inputs.



  17. Hi, I’m a female planning to do a solo to Leh, Ladakh from Delhi. I understand the Leh-Manali road will be closed by then but what are my options to get from Manali to Leh. Can I book a shared taxi in advance or must I try my luck on the day itself? If so, where do I find these taxis or contact them? Or do I have a better chance with the HRTC buses? As I would prefer to do a stop at Keylong.

    Please advise on the feasibility of the above as I do want to experience on-the-road travel. Otherwise would you recommend flying into Leh directly from Delhi.

    Your advice would be very much appreciated.

    • You are alone and private taxis are very costly in Leh but you will be able to find the shared taxi without much fuss at all. There are lots of flyers which people put at cafes, dine-ins, restaurants, travel agent desks/shops/whiteboards wanting to share the taxis for different trips within Ladakh. Even travel agent organize such shared taxis trip as well but charge a little higher about Rs 200-300 more than it would ideally cost. So, in the worst case, you can always go back to them and book a seat for yourself. Gelling up with people in Ladakh is more or less easy because many people travel solo and look forward to meeting new people and share cultural thoughts and values over the trip.

      You can easily try your luck on the day itself or an evening before to get the taxi. For Manali – Leh journey, if budget is not too much of concern, HPTDC Tourist Bus service can also be opted.

      • Hi Dheeraj,

        Thank you for your prompt response! Would these shared taxis and HPTDC Tourist Bus Service be still available in the month of October? And can I opt for night stop at Keylong?

        Really appreciate it!

        • In the month of October, I believe only HRTC buses will be running which stops at Keylong. HPTDC stops at 15th September. Regarding tourist shared taxis in October, well, depends on luck as it is season end and rush of tourists is less. So, be prepared to make trips over local shared taxis too.

  18. Mohit Kumar on

    Hii DoW,
    We are group of 3 friends. We have planned a trip of 7 days to visit leh in second week of August. This is our first visit this place and we want to make most out of this trip. At the same time we want our trip to be full of adventure and a bit relaxing as well.

    Our travel plan is like we are taking flight to and fro to Leh from Chandigarh. We want to hire/rent bike for all local sight seeing in and across Leh (like Leh local sight seeing, Nubra Valley and Pangong lake, etc.)

    Can you please guide to utilize our time in the best possible way.

    Thanks in advance


    • Hey Mohit,

      You can follow the plan like below for 7 days in hand and fly on the 7th day back to Delhi:

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

      Day 6 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
      — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
      — Overnight at Leh

  19. Hi Dheeraj,
    We have booked a cab from Rampur for Spiti and in accordance of your last reply we have reserved 3 days for jispa, bara la chaa la and Suraj Tal, but our cabbie is a bit reluctant to visit those areas on the pretext that we need permits for that.
    We are not sure what to do as our cab driver will not furnish permits for areas beyond Gramphoo, can you confirm about the need of permits and if they are needed how can we furnish them ?
    Thanking in advance. 🙂

    • If you are traveling from Spiti Valley to Keylong, there is no permit required for it. You can get connected directly to some drivers in Himachal or Spiti Valley or Kinnaur Valley at the link: List of Taxi Drivers for Spiti Valley & Kinnaur Valley. These drivers can come and pick you up from Manali / Shimla / Delhi / Chandigarh too, of course with a price of the pickup as well.

      These drivers are more familiar with the routes and road conditions in Spiti and Lahaul.

  20. Hi, we are planning to travel to Manali in July 2nd week. Planning to go to Rohtang pass as well. Would you think this is a good time or will the rains prevent us from visiting a lot of tourist spots?

    • Nita, it is fine to travel in July and monsoon, in general, comes in second half of July only. Keep a tab on weather forecasts and take a decision.

  21. Arpit Agarwal on

    Dear DoW,

    We, a group of 4 people, are planning a trip to Leh – Ladakh in August. We’ll be travelling by our own XUV 500 4×2. As this is our first visit to Leh, We wish to be a part of a group organised by your company so that we can make most out of the trip. We want our trip to be relaxing as well as adventurous. Duration may vary from 10-15 days. If possible, please include a small snow trek within the itinerary.
    I tried your contact number mentioned here, but it says its out of coverage.
    Please revert back asap.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Arpit Agarwal
    [email protected]

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