Good Hotels or Accommodation in Nubra Valley – Ladakh

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In this third article of the series – Preferred Hotels or Accommodation options in Leh – Ladakh, I am enlisting down some of the preferred places to stay in Nubra Valley – Ladakh which are cheap budget (Rs 600 – 900) types as well as moderate budget (Rs 1200 – 2000) types accommodation and good for stay. So, if you are looking for a decent, clean and comfortable but moderate budget options of stay in Nubra Valley – Ladakh then you can refer the list of below guest houses or hotels compiled after reading various resources/reviews of many people over Internet mainly IndiaMike and BCMT forums (as said earlier, of course, I cannot stay in all of them 😉 ).

Hotel Sten Del at Diskit town, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
Hotel Sten Del at Diskit town, Nubra Valley, Ladakh

Most of these places are ideal to stay with family as well because they offer decent comfort and facilities which a family may require but looking out for moderate range budget accommodation options. However, if you are looking for an exceptional in-room service, finest linen, luxurious and ultra comfortable rooms in a hotel and that too for this price range and in such remote places as some villages of Nubra Valley then perhaps this list may not be for you or I shall say this place (Nubra Valley – Ladakh) is not for you. Well, you may find one or two such services too in the below guest houses but no certainty.

Nubra Valley is one of the hottest tourist spot in Ladakh and Diskit is one of the town which people generally make the base to explore rest of the Nubra Valley. The biggest reason of Diskit being so popular is that it offers better and varied amount of accommodation options when compared to the rest of the places like Hunder, Panamik, Sumur, Turtuk in Nubra Valley being its head quarters. No doubt, Hunder is also starting to become popular with more and more options coming up.

LAST UPDATED: 9th Feb 2015
The article has been updated to match the current prices of most of these hotels or campsites or homestays for the year 2015.

Good Hotels or Accommodation options in Nubra Valley, Ladakh

Below, I have segregated the list of good accommodation options or hotels available in Nubra Valley by the villages viz. Diskit, Hunder, Sumur, Turtuk, Panamik etc. These are the villages in Nubra Valley mostly visited by the travelers and tourists. You can easily refer to the section of village where you plan to stay overnight on your trip to Nubra Valley in Ladakh.

Hotels or Accommodation options in Diskit, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
  • Hotel Sten Del (Sangam Bar and Restaurant):
    Very much Recommended being one of the excellent stays in Diskit. Really comfortable, nice and cozy. Clean rooms and bathrooms. Tasty food, good parking space, running hot water. TV with DTH and most importantly nice little garden Bar. For my complete review read here.
    • Price Range: Rs 2500 – 3000 for a double bedroom
    • Contact: +91-9419348223 (Mutup Namgyal), +91-9469702071 (Deepak), +91-1980-220196 or [email protected] for email
    • Location: Near Kharyok below Diskit monastery, Diskit, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
    • Category: Moderate / High

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  • Olthang Guest House
    Recommended as one of the nice stays in Diskit. Clean rooms and bathrooms. Parking space, Running hot water or in buckets.
    • Price Range: Rs 1000 – 1500 for a double bedroom
    • Contact: Tsewang Norboo 919469176104, 01980–220025
    • Location: Near Kharyok below Diskit monastery, Diskit, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
    • Category: Economic / Moderate / Home Stay

  • Sand Dunes Guest House
    Good place to stay, nice and clean rooms. Nice and cheap food too.
    • Price Range: Rs 600 – 900 for a double bedroom
    • Contact: 01980 – 220022
    • Location: Near Main Market, Diskit, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
    • Category: Economic / Moderate / Home Stay

  • J&K Tourism Rest House
    Spacious, neat and clean.
    • Price Range: Rs 800 – 1200 for a double bedroom
    • Contact: ??????
    • Location: Diskit, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
    • Category: Economic / Moderate

Hotels or Accommodation options in Hunder, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
  • Yourdum Guest House
    Very much Recommended if you looking for a decent low cost option of stay though not that luxury & small but quite good. I stayed there on DoW Mega Meet 2013, loved the food, the humble people running it and little fresh garden. Decent parking space as well. Check my detailed review at the link here
    • Price Range: Rs 700 – 1000 for a double bedroom
    • Contact: +91-1980-221114 OR +91-9469735827
    • Location: Hunder, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
    • Category: Economic / Cheap

  • Snow Leopard Guest House
    Very much Recommended. Nice, clean and spacious rooms with attached bathroom. Nice little garden.
    • Price Range: Rs 1500 – 2000 for a double bedroom
    • Contact: Mr. Dawa Norbu – +91-9469176759 / +91-1980-221097
    • Location: Hunder, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
    • Category: Economic / Moderate

  • Galaxy Guest House
    Very much Recommended by a friend who stayed here. Nice, clean and comfortable rooms but only 4-5 of them with a little garden having nice views.
    • Price Range: Rs 800 – 1200 for a double bedroom
    • Contact: Mr. Stanzin – +91-9419885450 / +91-9797541101 / +91-1980-221054
    • Location: Hunder, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
    • Category: Economic / Moderate

  • Goba Guest House
    Very much Recommended. Nice and clean rooms. Good for stay in Hunder.
    • Price Range: Rs 700 – 1000 for a double bedroom
    • Contact: Mr. Tsering Goba – +91-9469534590, 01980-221083, 01980-200021
    • Location: Hunder, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
    • Category: Economic / Moderate

  • Milkyway Guest House
    Nice and clean rooms. OK for stay.
    • Price Range: Rs 600 – 900 for a double bedroom
    • Contact: 01980-221041
    • Location: Hunder, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
    • Category: Cheap / Economic

  • Olgok Guest House
    Very clean rooms and not too old. Tasty food.
    • Price Range: Rs 800 – 1200 for a double bedroom
    • Contact: 01980-221092
    • Location: Hunder, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
    • Category: Economic / Moderate / Home Stay

  • Himalayan Guest House
    Good option of stay. Nice and clean rooms. Tasty food and a little garden.
    • Price Range: Rs 450 (Shared bath) – 800 – 1200 (Attached bath) for a double bedroom
    • Contact: Mr Ghulam Hussain – 09469177470, 01980-221131
    • Location: Hundar, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
    • Category:Cheap / Economic

Hotels or Accommodation options in Sumur, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
  • A O Camping Gardens or A O Guest House
    Recommended, if you stay in Sumur. Very clean rooms and tasty food. Great views and nice little garden.
    • Price Range: Rs 500 – 700 for a double bedroom
    • Contact: 01980–220050
    • Location: Sumur, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
    • Category: Cheap / Economic

  • K-Sar Guest House
    Nice and decent place to stay with clean rooms.
    • Price Range: Rs 700 – 1000 for a double bedroom
    • Contact: +91-9469291395
    • Location: Sumur, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
    • Category: Cheap / Economic

Hotels or Accommodation options in Turtuk, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
  • Turtuk Holiday Camp, Turtuk
    Spacious, clean and comfortable tents, Nice and fresh food, Bathroom with hot running water and power backup.
    • Price Range: Rs 2200 – 2500 for a double occupancy
    • Contact: ??????
    • Location: Turtuk, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
    • Category: Moderate / High

  • PWD Rest House, Turtuk
    Good to stay but should be booked from Diskit or try your luck on the spot. Attached and clean baths.
    • Price Range: Rs 700 – 1000 for a double bedroom
    • Contact: ??????
    • Location: Turtuk, Nubra Valley, Ladakh
    • Category: Cheap / Economic

Other Tips for Hotels or Accommodation option in Nubra Valley, Ladakh
  • There are lots of options in Diskit and hence, if really not required then you don’t prebook if you go in Aug/Sep in this region. You will get better bargain in that case.
  • There are less/few options of stay at Turtuk Village but there are lots of camping options available at Turtuk. So, you can bring your own tent and pitch it anywhere you like. It also gives you an upper hand to bargain with available options when you are not in mood to pitch it.
  • You can find contact of more hotels or accommodation options for Hunder and Diskit all ranging between Rs 600-1000 in the text file available for download here: [download id="4" format="2"]
Conclusion

I hope you find the above list of hotels or accommodation options in Nubra Valley – Ladakh useful for your upcoming Leh – Ladakh trip. If you happen to know any updated contact numbers or missing contact numbers of these hotels or any other nice, cheap or moderate budget but good option of stay in Nubra Valley – Ladakh, kindly leave a comment as it will be helpful to others fellow travelers as well. If you have ever stayed at any of these hotels, please share your experience with us too.

In the end, again these hotels or guest houses are not for people who are looking for ultra luxury and comfort. In most cases, these hotels or guest houses will be suitable for a family as well and hence, they may be worth to look out…

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  2. Hi Dheeraj,
    We are 7 of us visitng leh in August 2014. I wanted to know on August 15th ( Independence day special ), monasteries will be open or not? Which is a good idea? Is leh sightseeing or visiting Pangong?

    • Meghana, Monasteries should be open as I do not see a reason for temples or monasteries to close. Though I am just guessing and may be wrong too. Leh Sightseeing with a visit to Hall of Fame may be where there could be some ceremony too, should be a good idea.

      • Thank you so much Dheeraj. And also one more doubt? Is it possible to go directly to Nubra from Pangong or viceversa without coming back to leh?

        • Regarding Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso route, in order to take Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso via Shyok village, you need not need any permits. However, with such a small distance it appears tempting to be done BUT just to analyze the difficulty I will strongly suggest that you read:Trip Report | Nubra – Shyok Village – Pangong Tso Route. The report is from last June & in July/August, most likely the route is washed away. So better confirm first, analyze the high risk involved and then only attempt it or better avoid it unless very much sure.

          Next possible way is to attempt Wari La route, which is also a bit desolated but doable enough. If your driver agrees to travel on this route then take the Wari La route to Pangong Tso. Remember that any help required on both these routes will be HARD to find in miles of distance. If you have couple of vehicles then only take this route otherwise best is to avoid it.

    • hi deeraj,

      we are a group of 4 on 3 bikes (bullets) , planing to do the route anticlockwise starting at manali and ending in jammu in aug 15 to 29.

      i would like to know if nubra valley to pangong tso doable directly ? if fuel reserves are taken care of ?

      stay in nubra and pangong , is prebooking required during this period ?

      general update on the road conditions around this time ?

      your site has been very helpful , only place i was able to find information abt stay in nubra and pangong … great work … 🙂

      • Vijey, there is no fuel pump on direct route of Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso via Wari La. It is a desolated route and any help required will be miles away. So, take that route with calculated risk. If you OK with searching a bit here and then, then no prebooking is required. Roads are bad especially in lower hills where it is not a rain shadow region due to monsoons or aftermath of monsoon.

        Thanks for the good words.

        • Thanks a lot for the reply Deeraj , guess I would not pre book then.

          I’ll take your advice on the Nubra pangong road , but just that I’ve seen some pictures and that route looks so beautiful.

  3. Hi Dheeraj,
    I will be visiting leh in last week of July. We are planning to stay in Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso in tents. Do I need to pre-book tents in there or that can be done when we reach there? If we book tents when we reach there, then what will be cost of it for moderate stay in tents?

      • bhavesh sharma on

        hi dheeraj
        ur website has been very helpful in planning my trip. have a few queries though ..
        we (2 couples)are landing in srinagar on 6th august 1400hrs ….

        should we move straight to sonamarg or kargil from the airport en route to leh???

        we dont want to miss out on the treats on the way to kargil coz it will be night by the time we reach kargil ….

        we have decided not to stay in srinagar to save a day …

        also please advice on the mode of transport we should use for this up to leh …

        can we take a cab to sonamarg/kargil on 6th and then arrange for leh travel the next day

        after reaching sonamarg / kargil …. is it possible to arrange ??

        we would like to limit our costs as much as possible but not at the expense of missing out on the road journey … i suppose it is not possible to halt in between using public transport/ sharing jeep .

        please advice we are really confused on how to go about things after landing at srinagar airport.

        thanks.

        • You can at max. reach Sonamarg on this day. So, you can either rest in Srinagar or move to Sonamarg. You cannot save a day anyhow. Srinagar to Leh will take 2 days in any case. If you want to drive right from Sonamarg to Leh, acclimatization will be an issue.

          From sonamarg, it will be difficult to get, but from Kargil you will get shared cab and so from Srinagar.

          Shared Jeeps do not stop anywhere for sightseeing. So, better you look out for travel partners and go with private cab.

  4. navin reddi on

    hi dheeraj,planning to b in leh from april 27th to may 1st 2015…just wanted to know if the pangong lake would b open for tourist by then…thanx

    • Navin, all the routes within Ladakh remain open all round the year barring few days of heavy snowfall on high mountain passes connecting these places to Leh. So, Pangong Tso will be accessible in April and May too.

  5. Anchal Jain on

    Regarding Stay in Nubra- Would you recommend stay at a camp location or a hotel? We have been suggested Karma Inn in Hunder. Any inputs?

    • Anchal I have no idea about that hotel. I will suggest Sten Del if you looking out for better comfort else any guest house in Hunder will be be OK to sleep for the night in Hunder at ease.

      • Anchal Jain on

        Thanks Dheeraj.. I am planning to do a solo trip to Leh, 12-20 July. Do you recommend advanced booking of accomodation?

        • Anchal, though the Kalachakra festival will end by that time or on the verge of end but still I believe there will be some residual crowd that will remain there. So, it is better to book in advance during this period of Kalachakra this year.

  6. Abhijit Seal on

    Hi Dheeraj
    It’s awesome to read your blogs given here and lots to learn too.
    Actually planning for a seven day trip for Ladakh in the first week OR precisely 9th – 16th Oct’14.
    Looking forward for valuable suggestions for the road conditions for Nubra Valley and Pangong Lake.
    Also please mention why not to avail the Leh-Manali Route at this time. I would be highly obliged if you please let me know for any special precautions that got to be taken at this time over there, as there would be my family with me, having teenagers and old ones too. Please revert.
    Regards
    Abhijit – Kolkata

  7. Hi Dheeraj

    I have been to leh and back on 30 th April. Was a lovely experience. Thanks to your blog. It was very very helpful. Indeed you are doing a commendable job. after Reading your blog I was so very much knowing what to expect there. Rather from the information I had because of your blog the locals thought I must have visited Leh before (even though it was our maiden visit). all thanks to you. Indeed the info has been very helpful. Thanks once again

    • Wow !! Thank you so much and so good to know that information present on DoW was so helpful to your Ladakh trip. Great to know that you had a very ood time up there. If possible, do share some travel tale or photo tale with us in DoW Community 🙂

  8. Hi Dheeraj,
    Heard Srinagar-Leh road is open for traffic. Do you have any news confirming the same

    • No confirmation yet from my sources, will check with them in the evening. Last news was, Zojila Pass has been cleared of snow but BRO is waiting for conditions to stabilize as there are daily 10-12 avalanches / snow slides happening between baltal and Zojila pass. So, they do not want to risk the lives of people. It is expected to open between 10-15 May.

  9. Hey Dheeraj,

    A quick question. is Paragliding possible in Ladakh, we are travelling on 1st of May 2014.

    If yes, if you can help us with details of provider contacts ??

    • Paragliding does not happen in Ladakh. You can do in Solang Valley but you will not be traveling by road, so won’t be coming to Solang Valley.

  10. Hi Dheeraj,

    We are a group of 9 friends and will be travelling to Ladakh in the first week of September. We wanted to experience the traditional Ladakhi life and wanted to stay in a homestay. Would you be able to give some info on traditional homestays in the Nubra valley (Diskit/ Hunder) and how we can book it?

    Many Thanks,
    Shreyaa

    • Shreyaa, I do not think you will be able to book any home stay. Most of the small guest houses almost run as home stays especially in Turutk or Hunder. Even at Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri you will find home stays. You can check Yourdum Guest House in Hunder

  11. Hi Dheeraj,
    Me and my husband are planning for a visit to Ladak on July this year. We will reach Srinagar and then we are planning to go by road. We are not planning to drive on our own, so what all options are left for us. After reading your blog i found that personal cab hiring is just tooo expensive.
    We have a weeks time in hand. Can you please suggest the places we can visit on our way to Ladak and in Leh (apart from the sight seen) which all places to visit.
    Thanks in advance.

  12. Dear Mr. Dheeraj,

    We have booked tickets on 27th April Delhi to Srinagar by Air.27th local sight seen at Srinagar, 28th Gulmarg, 29th Pahelgaon. 30th Morning we leave from Sri Nagar via Kargil to Leh. Night stay at kargil and next day 1st reach leh. 5th May early morning flight Leh to Delhi. Please suggest entire itinerary and recommend where to stay. how to travel sri Nagar to leh (we take 7 seater innova as we are 7 family members no kids. please

    • Prasant, there is 50:50 chance that if the Srinagar – Leh Highway will be open during that time or not. Be prepared with Plan B in such a vase for sure. You can check the accommodations listed in the article above to various places in Ladakh according to your budget. You have just 3 days in Leh, not really sure if it is worth the trip, but still you can rest for one day to acclimatize and arrange permits for you. Second day visit Khardung La and near by local places. Finally day make a trip to Pangong Tso, most likely will be frozen to some extent and fly out next day from Leh.

  13. Thanks Dheeraj for the blog and all the detailed comments – very very helpful.
    My husband, myself and son (10 years) old are planning a trip around mid June to Kashmir & leh. Reach srinagar and leave for gulmarg. will stay 2 nights at Gulmarg. From Gulmarg to Pahalgam and will be 2 nights at Pahalgam. from Pahalgam to Sonmarg and will spend 1 night in Sonmarg. From Sonmarg we go to Kargil where we are staying the night at D’zojila. From Kargil to Leh. Please suggest a good hotel at Leh. i have been recommended Hotel Grand Dragon. From Leh to khardungla – Nubra valley. We are staying that night at Nubra valley. Please suggest stay options. From Nubra valley, should we leave for Pangong lake? what is your suggestion? Stay the night at Pangong Tso? I have 2 more night after that and would like to stay in Leh for those 2 nights and be relaxed.
    Please let me know your suggestions to the above itinerary.
    I have booked a car driver for kshmir but please let me know your thoughts for Leh.
    Appreciate your help. Thanks much.
    Thanks for your help.

    • Hi Pinali,

      Your itinerary seems fine to me, you can also cover Tso Moriri lake in the last two days of the Leh, which is quite beautiful indeed. Regarding stays, I am not sure about your budget but Grand Dragon is kind of costliet hotel of Leh? Are you into luxury hotels? If yes, probably guys at [email protected] can help you with it otherwise I can suggest some moderate budget hotels like Royal Heritage Resort in Leh, Nubra Valley you already have one above, the entire list. For Pangong I can vouch for Camp Watermark, Himalayan Wooden Cottages as I have stayed with them. For Tso Moriri there aren’t much options, so Tsomoriri Resorts and Camps is good one, owned by same guy as Camp Watermark.

      Regarding taxi, you will need to get a leh registered taxi for ladakh sightseeing as outside taxis are not allowed to move inside ladakh.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  14. Hi Dheeraj

    Can you please give me stay details at Kargil, Srinagar and Jammu
    and few stay details at market street, leh.

    • Sumanth, in Kargil you can check out Greenland, PC Palace. In Srinagar, you can check with houseboats at dal lake, Hotel York. In Jammu, sorry never stayed there.

  15. hello mr dheeraj your information is very helpful and you are doing a great job. we are planning a trip to leh in the month of may from 18th to 25th. weare reaching Srinagar on 18th and planning toleave on 19th morning and reach leh by road with a halt in kargil.we are leaving to delhi from leh by flight on 25th.we are left with some 4days for sight seeing in leh. is this enough? can u suggest us a itenary with suggesting some good accommodation places?thanks in advance.

    • Ramesh, 4 days are a bit less for Leh but you can try something like this below:

      Day 1 | Rest in Leh, acclimatize and take permits
      Day 2 | Start for Nubra Valley tour, cover Khardung La, Diskit, Hunder
      Day 3 | Come back from Nubra Valley
      Day 4 | After checking the weather conditions make a day trip to Pangong Tso and come back. Please note that in case the pass gets closed due to snowfall then you do not have buffer for you to catch the flight next day.

      Regards
      dheeraj

  16. Chandrashekhar on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning to travel to Leh with following itinerary
    29th Sept 13 – Arrival in Sringar and stay in Houseboat for 1 night

    30th Sept 13 – Transfer to Kargil and overnight stay in Hotel Zojila

    1st Oct – Transfer to Leh and overnight stay at Hotel Omasila.

    2nd Oct – Leave early morning for Pangong and return in the evening

    3rd Oct – Visit to Nubra valley. Do you know any camp which shoud be operational at this time or if you can suggest any good hotel for a family

    4th Oct – Return to Leh and overnight stay at Hotel

    5th Oct – Leave for Tso Moriri and stay in Camp. Can you please suggest a camp for stay or any other suitable place for stay for a family

    6th Oct – Leave for Jispa and stay in Padma Guest House

    7th Oct – Travel to Manali and stay overnight at hotel

    8th Oct – Leave for Chandigarh and stay overnight at hotel

    9th Oct – Leave by train for Pune

    Please suggest if i should make any modifications to the itinerary and also suggets me places for stay and Nubra Valley and Tso Moriri.

    Also is it possible to cover Tso Kar enroute on this journey?

    Thnx
    Chandrashekhar

      • Chandrashekhar on

        Hi Dheeraj,

        Unfortunately i have not other dates than the ones mentioned above for my travel. Could you please help me out with the best possible way to manage this vacation?? Your expertise should really help me.

        Also can you please throw some light on where i can stay around TSO Moriri or is it possible to do a day visit? And how can i visit Tso kar

        • Chandra, it will not be possible to stay at the lakes. All camps go over by that time of the year. Just do a day trip to Pangong Tso and for Tso Moriri, better skip or stay at some home stay. OR you can stay at Chumathang.

    • Pooja Pandya on

      Dear Dheeraj,

      I have checked with Hotel Sten del, unlike the above mentioned price, they are showing 3500 INR for a double bedroom.

      • Hi Pooja,

        The above rates mentioned are for walk-in without any bookings and the one you are seeing on their websites are for pre-booking. Hotels / Guest Houses have different rates for walkins and pre-bookings 🙂

        Regards,
        Dheeraj Sharma

    • hi chandrashekar
      wanted to know how was your trip to leh. i am also plannig the same iternery as yours. kindly give suggestion an dadvise

  17. Soham Banerjee on

    The food in the Snow Leopard guest house in Hunder was tasteless though the rooms and the bathrooms were comfy and spacious.

  18. Hi Dheeraj,

    Any clue about camping at Hunder.

    Great job with the blog. Very very informative.

  19. Hi Dheeraj,

    We are planning a trip to Leh in second week of August. I called Sten-Del and they are quoting 3800/night for MAP. I am not reach Snow Leopard Guest house, will try more. Any review for Double Humped Camps in Hunder (for family)?

    Regards,
    Krish

    • Krish, get in touch with [email protected] … they have StenDel listed for DoW Special Discounts for its readers, refer the blog name and they would be happy to give you 10-12% easily and for pangong tso and tso moriri about 15%. I have no idea about double humped camps.

  20. new_traveller on

    Dheeraj,
    I tried to search but was unable to find the contact details for Nubra Organic retreat in Hundur. Any chance you have the contact numbers? The numbers on their website seem to be incorrect.

  21. no questions remaining,just going through your block solved them all.
    thank You for such deep entails

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  23. Hi Dheeraj,
    First things first, many many congratulations for your blog. It’s really really helpful. Also the effort you have taken to reply back to each and every person is commendable. We are 6 friends travelling to Srinagar & leh from 12th to 21st July. After doing a lot of research and contemplating on our personal preferences, we have narrowed down on the below itinerary. If you could please go through it and inform us the corrections that needed to be considered, we would be grateful.
    12th – Reach Srinagar. Local sightseeing in Srinagar (shikara ride in Dal Lake, Mughal Gardens, Tulip Gardens, Nishat bagh). Overnight in Houseboat.
    13th – Srinagar – Sonmarg – Zozi La – Drass – Kargil 205 Kms In Kargil, overnight stay at Hotel.
    14th: Kargil – Uleytokpo – Leh: Leave early in the morning and get ready for full day drive to Leh. At lunchtime, we will be at Lamayuru Monastery. Visit Gurudwara Pathar Sahib. Continue drive to next village Nimu, where we can view Zanskar River flowing into Indus. We also visit the sangam point between the zanskar and Indus River. Here we will be doing rafting at zanskar. Overnight stay at Leh.
    15th: Local Sightseeing in leh & Permits: Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening.
    16th: Leh to Nubra Valley(Diskit – Hunder) via Khardongla Pass – Leh 85 Kms We head to Nubra Valley via the Khardongla pass, We intend to visit Hundar in Nubra valley for double hump camel’s ride.
    17th: Nubra Valley to Pangong Lake via Wari La or Shyok route: Camping overnight at Pangong Lake.
    18th: Pangong Lake to Leh: Reach Leh after covering Hemis / Thicksey or Shey Monastery. Evening visit to Sham Valley include Alchi, Likir, Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills. Overnight at hotel in Leh.
    19th: Leh – Tsomoriri: Head towards Tsomoriri via Chumathang.
    20th: Tsomoriri – Leh: Reach Leh. In the evening roam around local markets in Leh.
    21st: Fly back to Mumbai

    We are in all 4 guys & 2 girls. We plan to hire bikes to travel in Leh. We have 3 riders amongst us. We do not intend to pre book the hotel for Leh but just shortlist names and crack a deal when we reach there directly. I don’t think there should be a problem of availability.
    1) Could you suggest some places for renting bikes & what the approx per day charges are for the same?
    2) Could you guide us that about the timings for river rafting in Zanskar. Any contact of the agency that looks after the rafting bookings for that site which could help us to pre book to avoid waiting there.
    3) Could you suggest places where we could stay at Diskit? How far is Diskit from Hundar & are the camel rides on dunes done only in Hundar?
    4) Is travelling from Nubra to Pangong possible. What is the total distance & how much fuel will be needed in all from Leh-Nubra-Pangong.
    5) Which is better to visit between Hemis / Thicksey & Shey Monastery?
    6) Could you mail me the road map & route to be followed from Leh – Nubra – Pangong – Leh – Tsomoriri – Leh along with the points at which we could refuel our bikes?
    7) If we don’t pre-book our tents at Pangong (Watermark), Nubra (Guesthouse) & Tsomoriri (Tsomoriri Resort), will we easily get availability for 3 tents/rooms there?
    8) Could you send me the points to keep in mind & things to carry while exploring Leh by self ride bikes.

    Please send me your contact no for further queries.

    • Hi Vidhi,

      Thanks alot. Please find the answers to the queries below:

      1) Yes, you can rent bikes in Leh and Fort Road in Leh is full of such shops that rent bikes. Depending upon the condition, model, make and tourist rush you can get bikes starting from Rs 600 to Rs 1200. Rather than booking over phone, it is much better to visit the Fort road, check 4-5 shops over there and get a good deal after checking the bike conditions.

      2) Sorry on this front.

      3) Hunder – Deskit is just 8 KMs separated. StenDel is the best place to stay at Deskit. Read my review in Hotel Reviews.

      4) Through Shyok Village, might not be possible but yeah through Wari La might be possible if you are game for the adventure and a bit risk to traverse the desolated path. Will easily take 10+ Hrs through Wari La route.

      5) Hemis is something I really liked personally.

      6) Will do so, only place you will get the fuel is Karu 36 KMs from Leh and in Leh only.

      7) If you want to stay at these camps then better book them else if any other camp will do, then surely you might get some or the other camp. Depends if you OK to search a bit with other camps.

      8) 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. 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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  24. Jatin Singh on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    I am planning for a trip to leh from Delhi on bike with my 4 friends in June 1st week…we would be coming through the srinagar route & returning via the manali route…just like to have the basic info & things to be taken with us…

      • Hi Dheeraj,

        Just came down from Leh on 12th and trust me your blog helped me like my personal navigator.

        Everything mentioned in your blog was there in person.

        We enjoyed a lot and specifically LAMAYURU restaurent was awesome, much better than Gesmo.

        theres one new MASKA CHASKA DOSA CENTRE, all sud try that.

        have more than 1200 pictures but how to upload in your site ???

        It was a very close introoduction to MOTHER NATURE, cannot express in words as that would be insult.

        Leh Ladakh is the only Paradise in India atleast. and definately not Kashmir as being propagated.

        Raj

  25. Sanket Manerikar on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    we are visiting leh between 5-13 june 13′.so we are in leh for 8 nights.could you suugest some good hotels in leh,tents in nubra,pangong,tso moriri.we are 3 people and would travel by taxi.
    I had selected nature residency (choglamsar) and camps of ladakh in nubra.

    • Sanket, camps of Ladakh have issues with over bookings as I have read it. You can refer the articles linked in the above article for accommodation in rest parts of Ladakh.

  26. Gautam Mitra on

    I, along with my family and my friend’s family, total 5 adults and 2 child wish to visit Leh in the Month of October. we are arriving in Leh on 7th. oct. 2013. From there we want to cover Nubra valley, Pangong lake and then through Rohtang Pass to Manali. Within 12th. Oct. we want to arrive at Manali. Can anybody give us a proper itinerary with approximate cost of budget hotels which will be available in that particular time in AP mode with a all time vehicle for all the time.

    • Gautam,

      You have very less time to explore Ladakh brother and that too in the month of October when season is almost over and there are very less tourists and most of the hotels and camps are closed. Well, you can follow something like:

      Day 1 | Reach Leh and take ample of rest at hotel for acclimatization
      Day 2 | Leh Local Sightseeing and permits for inner line
      Day 3 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Leh (long day)
      Day 4 | Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh (long day)
      Day 5 | Leh – Jispa/Keylong (very long day)
      Day 6 | Jispa/Keylong – Manali

      Cost of the taxi for above tour will be about 35-38K and hotels it depends upon your budget which you would be going with. But, consider something 800-1200 per day per person for food and accommodation in moderate budget hotel.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Gautam Mitra on

        Dheeraj,
        Thanks.Please help me by giving some hotels phone numbers in Leh,Diskit,Jispa and Manali.

  27. Hi Dheeraj,

    can u guide us on TENTED accomodation at Nubra, Pangong and Tso Moriri, I tried online but the rates are mind blasting.

    • For tented accommodation at Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri check the links above at the start of article for respective places and try contacting them. They will surely quote them on higher side and it is always best to land up there and bargain. The more daylight you have in the day, the better deal you get.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  28. Dear Dhiraj
    We r planning a trip to leh n ladakh around 10 Nov for 10 days. It’s four of us me n my husband n my two kids aged 14&10. Can u just suggest us a good place where it is comfortable with a family to stay n the price range also.
    Regards
    Sakina

    • Hello Sakina,

      In Leh, my favs places to stay for a family is Hotel Shaynam, Hotel Sia La, Kidar Guest House, Oriental in the same order. For Nubra Valley, you can go with Sten Del or Snow Leopard if they are not closed else go with Olthang which most likely to be open that time.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  29. Nishant Jha on

    Would any stay option available on 31-Oct-12 in Hunder/Diskit?

    Are places to stay open there during that time of the year?

    Please let me know.

    Regards,
    Nishant

    • Hi Nishant,

      Glad to see you here buddy!! I think yes, you will be able to get some decent accommodation at Nubra Valley at that time. Most probably Hotel Sten Del shall be open and so as Olthang at Deskit. Though the food facility might be basic as most cooks who cook North Indian food goes away. However, I guess the cook at Sten Del is local to the region. So, check with them. Snow Leopard someone told me closes down and might be available in Home stay type fashion and so as Goba Guest House. My best would be on Sten Del and Olthang.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

      • Nishant Jha on

        Hey Dheeraj,

        Just called up both Hotel Sten Del & Olthang Guest House and both of them are closed and would not be available when I plan to be in Nubra on 31-0ct…now only Habib Guest House is my last hope…have asked a friend to give it’s number…let’s hope for the best else I would have to drastically change my Itinerary!

        • Nishant bhai then to aal the best for the trip brother but I am sure that you will surely get a place there, may be more or like a homestay at least to stay for the night. Try Goba as well because it is much like a home stay!!

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • Hi, I stayed in Goba guest house 2 weeks ago.. awesome place.. can bargain for a good discount also.. Snow leopard was closed.. food in Goba was manageable.. not the best food that i’ve had.. but decent enuf…

        • Thanks alot Niraj for sharing the details. Yeah, I believe that once the cooks are gone to their home the quality of food is not that good and some of the restaurants/guest houses do close down as well mainly due to lack of cooks.

          Regards
          Dheeraj

  30. Varun Bhatia on

    We stayed in Hotel Jamshed in Nubra valley. The hotel is ok with attached toilets. Meals are reasonably priced too. Provides hot water in buckets. Charges only 800/- for a 4 bedded room whereas it charges 700/- for a 2 bedded room. Its contact details are 01980-21158, 221139, 9419179394, 9906983212, [email protected].

    Also hotel Olgok has opened up another guest house in its vicinity and it charges modest 450/- rooms on bargaining for that.

  31. Hi Dheeraj

    Just browsed your responses on Hotel Stendel and Snow Leopard. Hotel Stendel is quoting very high (room alone around 2000) as compared to Snow Leopard (room only around 1000-1200). Do you think Stendel is still better bet and worth paying that much extra?

    Your main concern was Dinner at Snow Leopard. What did they serve during Breakfast? Do we have good local restaurants in Hunder so that we can have dinner outside?

    • hi Shalu,

      As suggested in other post, I will say that you go with Snow Leopard. It is not that worth paying 1000 bucks more for Sten Del. I had food issues there because it was off season and may be their cook has not come yet. What I really didn’t like is the quality v/s price thing nothing else but it seems still better than Sten Del in terms of price as well as location. I found hunder to be much more nice and calmer than Deskit.

      I hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info. or have any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  32. Hi Dheeraj,
    This is a wonderful website.. Kudos to you. I am planning a trip to leh from 15th August to 20th August. Can you please suggest an itinerary which sums up the ladakh experience in entirety. I know 5 days is short, but I will want to cover as much as possible.
    Thanks again for all the info on this website.

    • Hi Vivek,

      It seems you are flying in and out of Leh. For 5 days, you can check the below itinerary:

      Day 1 | Delhi – Leh (By Flight)
      — Checkin at Hotel. Many hotels provide free pick and drop from Airport. Ask while you book them.
      — Take ample of rest as well as water or anything that keep your body hydrated enough. DO NOT OVER HYDRATE. Take ORS Soluted water or ORS – L tetra packs from home.
      — Do not over exert your body at any cost. Avoid too much up-down on stairs or avoid it in entirety, if possible.
      — After 5-6 Hrs of rest you can visit Leh Palace, Local Leh market, Shankar Gompa .
      — If you feel exerted go back to Hotel, have dinner at Hotel and take rest. Avoid any exertion. Else continue and,
      — Follow the sunset by stroll at Changspa road and have a nice dinner on varied cuisines offered in-around Changspa road.
      — Go back to hotel for overnight stay at Leh.
       
      Day 2 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
      — For more details on inner line permits process for Leh – Ladakh and to download the application form, check the link here
      — Hire a taxi from Leh taxi stand or Hotel whichever suits you.
      — Bargain hard with taxi driver. Book that single taxi for entire trip after explaining the complete plan.
      — Take his inputs if you feel reasonable and if required modify the plan accordingly but should suits you best.
      — Ask him to be with you guys starting first day itself, if required and charged reasonable else do it at your own.
      — Again DO NOT over exert and take little steps and slow walks only.
      — If feeling OK then do Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
      — Do not use stairs at any of these places just to see them as it will exert your body much more.
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 3 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
      — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      — Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

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

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

      Day 6 | Fly back home

      I hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info. or have any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  33. Dheeraj,

    For our night stay at Diskit/Hunder, we inquired at Snow leopard, Sten Del. Both are running full on that day.

    As a second option, I called up Olthang. He is quoting 2k for a double bed room (in MAP plan). Looking at this blog and a few BCMT blogs, I felt it was too much as we need 4 double bed rooms.

    Do you think we should book Olthang for 2k as we may not get 4 rooms after going there? Or, should we just go there and book it on the spot after some hard bargain? Do you think there would be rooms around Aug 15th? Is that some peak seaon?

    • Hello Satya,

      Do not book in that case and try to search a decent accommodation then and there itself. 2K is too costly for a hotel/guest house like Olthang and it is right on road too. Try to search a bit in Hunder Village, try Goba Guest House and few others. Most of them are pretty similar, it is just that if in need they will provide the hot water in buckets.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  34. A few more advice needed.. do you have experience of staying at the guest house at the pangong tso, and in route to kargil..
    is there the option of renting a bike and doing the trip uphill? from whom? which rates?
    do permit for foreigners need to specify every town visited?
    THANKS A TON and A SAC!

    • Hello Luisa,

      1. For staying at some homestay Pangong Tso- Spangmik, you might want to check:Good Hotels or Accommodation options near Pangong Tso – Ladakh. I have never stayed on Kargil – Leh Highway, so sorry on that front.

      2. Yes, you can rent bikes in Leh and Fort Road in Leh is full of such shops that rent bikes. Depending upon the condition, model, make and tourist rush you can get bikes starting from Rs 600 to Rs 1200. Rather than booking over phone, it is much better to visit the Fort road, check 4-5 shops over there and get a good deal after checking the bike conditions.

      3. No, no need to specify all the villages. Just mention the major destinations you want to visit. It should be Tso Moriri, Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso, I believe.

      I hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info. or have any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  35. Hi Dheeraj,

    I am going in the first week of October. When i called "Snow Leopard Guest House", they say that they are closed in Oct. Any other hotel suggestions in Hunder?

    Thanks,

    Niraj

      • Hi Dheeraj,

        Yes, it was indeed strange. I guess Sten Del is also closing this October for some renovation work. That leaves Olthang (which is open in October) and the owner of Olthang agreed to give me discounts as well… Thanks bro for the info.. 🙂

      • Dheeraj,

        I read some where that a minimum of 4 people group only will be allowed to enter Nubra and that even if we have a permit, 2 ppl will NOT be allowed to enter. Is that true?

        Thanks,

        Niraj

        • Hi Niraj,

          It is not at all true. You got the wrong information. Even one person can travel if he has the permits. Also, it is the permits that is issued for foreigners requires you to be in group and that too through a travel agent. For Indians, even a single person can get the permit.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

    • hi dheeraj for tourist. sumur and Kyagar is by far the nicest place to stay in Nubra Valley. Much better then the overcrowded, tourist side of the valley at Diskit and Hunder.

      • Juley Stanzin,

        Yes, very true but since those towns are more touristy prone so more options are available and of course those who do not like tourist rush, Sumur and Kyagar, even Tigir are nice options of stay. I would surely love again this time to stay with you when I come next year. I checked it from outside this April'2012 when I was in Ladakh, and looked promising 🙂 … I will update your contacts here in this list.

        Regards
        Dheeraj Sharma

      • HI, I also want to stay at Sumur, Kyagar or Panamik.. Dear fantastic Dheeraj, do you have any suggestions where to stay?? Thanks 🙂

  36. Hi Dheeraj,

    Plz let me know if staying in Hunder is better or staying in Diskit is better? I am planning to stay for 1 night in Nubra. What is the difference between staying in Diskit or Hunder?

    Thanks,

    Niraj

    • Hi Niraj,

      There is not much difference between the two and its is just 7-8 KMs that separates them. I have stayed at both the places and found Hunder a bit more interested for local street walks in the evenings or early mornings 🙂

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Thnx bro for your suggestion.. if I might ask, where did u stay in Hunder? I guess u stayed in Sten Del in Diskit if i am not wrong… I went through your list of places to stay in Hunder, which is extremely helpful…

        Thnx again bro… 🙂

        • Hello Niraj,

          In April 2012, I went to Ladakh again and this time I stayed at Snow Leopard in hunder. It was nice place to stay but the dinner offered was not that good to us considering the price they charged for it. However, the breakfast was very nice.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  37. Hi Dheeraj, please let me inform that during month of sept(6th-17th) this year, is it possible to gate inner line permit for pangong tso-Hanle-Tsomoriri route.

      • Siddhartha Pakrasi on

        Hi Dheeraj,

        Just came back from a 15 day trip to Ladakh.

        Stayed at most of the places recommended by you – Snow Leopard – Hunder (New Wing), Oriental Guest House – Leh (C Wing).

        Really good experience,

        Thanks for all your inputs and tips.

        Cheers, Sid

        • Hi can u upload some pictures of June trip of yours, we are planning to go in May 2013.

        • Siddhartha Pakrasi on

          Hi Dheeraj,
          My Leh Ladakh trip in June 2012 became far more enjoyable thanks to the great inputs that you provided.
          Saw some photographs that you have put up pertaining to your trip to Chakouri……… am planning a trip to Binsar, Kausani, Chakouri & Munsiyari during June ’13.
          Thought I will check with you if you have any thoughts to share ….. suggested itinerary, stay options, how to get around considering that we are planning to do this by train to Kathgodam and then pretty much use public transport.
          Look forward to your inputs.
          Thanks,
          Sid

        • Hello Siddhartha,

          Yes, brother I went to Chaukori in December with my family and had a lovely time. Considering Itinerary, I will suggest the following for you:

          Day 0 | Khathgodam – Nainital/Saatal/Bheemtal
          Day 1 | Nainital/Saatal/Bheemtal
          Day 2 | Nainital/Saatal/Bheemtal – Binsar via Almora (take Sheraghat route)
          Day 3 | Binsar – Patal Bhuwaneshawar – Chaukori
          Day 4 | Chaukori – Birthi Fall – Munsiyari
          Day 5,6 | Munsiyari and around
          Day 7 | Munsiyari – Chaukori – Baijnath – Kasauni (a bit long but manageable, else halt at Chaukori again)
          Day 8 | Kasauni – Delhi

          This is general itinerary, may be you can add days as per your liking 🙂

          Regards
          Dheeraj

  38. nadeem akhtar on

    Hi Dheeraj,I am living in una district of Himachal pradesh.I am planning trip to leh in first week of july in my honda city with my wife and two kids.kindly suggest whether I should go from pathankot-jammu-srinagar route or manali side.which road is better

    • Hello Nadeem,

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

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

      For accommodation, check the nice, preferred list of accommodation options in entire Leh – Ladakh including moderate and cheap budget hotels as well in the series of articles starting on the link here

      Check the list of things to carry for Leh – Ladakh or other trip at the link here.

      I will suggest do not take Honda City as it has very low GC but still for hatchback/sedan taking on Manali – Leh Highway and Ladakh, I will say:

      The roads may be stabilized now but you will need to face few tough challenges on the route. The hatchback/sedan will increase the level of every challenge even further. My suggestion will be to go via Srinagar route which is opened for light vehicles earlier (most likely) and will be stabilized by then. It will help you feel comfortable with the driving, provide more acclimatization and then once you have done the local Leh Ladakh come back via Manali side. Secondly, since you are in hatch/sedan back 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

      I hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info. or have any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  39. ramamoorthy on

    Hi..

    Recently checked in at "Snow Leopard" guest house in Hunter, Nubra Valley (27th May-28th May). they have a new block with hot-water throughout (heating system with wood) and having rent @ Rs. 1000/- per night for a double bed room, very spacious rooms.

    Old block rooms have geyser which were having rent @ Rs. 800/- per night.

    In Nubra valley, power was available only from 7.30 pm to 11 pm. No power for rest of the period. So hot-water conservation during day was pain-in-the-posterior.

    regards & Juley

    ramamoorthy

    • Hi Ramamoorthy,

      Thanks for sharing your valuable feedback. I am sure it will be useful to many. Yes, I also stayed in the new block last month and overall everything was nice except the dinner they served. It was the worst food we had for the entire trip including the meals at roadside tented dhabhas. In fact not only worst but the costliest too 🙁 … Apart from that overall the guest house was nice.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  40. firstly,you guys have done a commendable job by making this site which is proving very helpful for fellow travelers like me…

    We are a group of 10 frnds…we have booked our return air ticks from shrinagar….we would like to do a road trip from shrinagar to leh…and back to shrinagar…including tsomiriri lake,pangong,nubra and river rafting…can you please help me with the best itenary…transportation…and should we prebook the hotels as i hear of too many ppl gng to leh this year or can we go there and use the information from ur site to find a good deal..we are gng from 27th june to 8th july

    Regds

    Sonali

    • Hi Sonali,

      For the itinerary you can follow something like:

      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 Zanskar
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 4 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
      — Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
      — For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here
      — Overnight at Leh

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

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

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

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

      Day 9 | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping or you can do tour to Sham Valley
      — Sham Valley include Alchi, Likir, Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Zanskar, Gurudwara Pather Sahib
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 10 | Leh – Dha/Hanu Villages – Kargil (Do not forget to mention Dha, Hanu on permits)
      Day 11 | Kargil – Srinagar
      Day 12 | Buffer Day

      For latest taxi fares 2012-13 as per leh – ladakh taxi union and contacts of some reliable drivers check the link here

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  41. Mintu Chakraborty on

    Now we decide to go Ladakh by Road from Jammu. but we may return from ladakh to delhi by air. Can you give me some information where We may hire Taxi from jammu to leh?

    • Hi Mintu,

      First reach Srinagar from Jammu in public transport and then take taxi to Leh. It will be more economic. Keep in mind that any taxi hired outside Ladakh including Srinagar taxi is not allowed to do sightseeing within Leh – Ladakh. Hence, once you reach Leh you need to hire another taxi of Ladakh registration.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  42. Shashidhar on

    Can I cover Lamayuru visit in one day. If not which is best place to stay? Will it be open during 2nd week of April?

    • Hi Shashidhar,

      Lamayuru is about 125 KMs from Leh and you can cover it in single day trip from Leh. But, since there is whole Sham Valley on the route to Lamayuru from Leh which includes Alchi, Likir, Basgo, Magnetic Hills, Pather Sahib, Confluence at Nimmu, Redzong Monastery etc. It will take some time to explore these places if you want and hence, a two day trip will be much more worthy and in such a case, Lamayuru will be the best place to halt for the night after exploring the whole Sham Valley. Next day, you can explore Lamayuru and Redzong monastery and come back to Leh.

      Please let me know incase you need any details or have any queries.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  43. Sharmeen Khan on

    Hi Dheeraj, Looks like Sten del is the best option in Nubra. The photos on their website show clean, cozy and spacious rooms. But is it better to stay in Diskit or in Hunder? Where is the camel safari in Nubra valley?

    • Hi Sharmeen,

      Yes, Sten-del was extremely cozy and comfortable when we stayed there. You can opt to stay at any place between Hunder and Diskit. Both are just 10-15 minutes away from each other. Camel Safari is in Hunder sand dunes.

      Please let me know in case you have any doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  44. G Shashidhar on

    Thanks for the useful info. Can you give some info on stay at Panamik? Can I cover both Nubra valley and Panamik with only one night stay?

    • Hi Shashidhar,

      AFAIK, there are couple of small basic guest houses there and one of them is: Bengka Guest House, Panamik – 01980–247044. I feel you will not have a need to stay at Panamik because you can do Nubra in two days with overnight stay at Deskit like below:

      Day 1 | 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 2 | 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

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

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  47. Dheeraj You, Your friends and your work is superb I like all of you very much

  48. Tourism Ladakh on

    You have given a very valuable information on Ladakh hotels. Your description for hotels in Ladakh will be very valuable for tourists.

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    • Hi Dheeraj

      Was going through your blog….indeed very informative..

      We are a family of 4 elders and a child planning to travel from Srinagar on 23April 14 to Leh. Return tickets from Leh to Mumbai on 30 April. Can u sugesst an itenary pl.


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