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Day 01: Srinagar - City Tour
Arrive at Srinagar Aiport and transfer to Hotel, and City tour in Srinagar Visit Nishat Garden, Shalimar Garden, Chechima Shahi, Pari Mahal, Shankaracharya Temple, Dal Lake. Visit the carpet factory and island of Char Chinar. Overnight Stay in Hotel.

Day 02: Srinagar - Gulmarg
After breakfast proceed towards Gulmarg. En route, you get to see the beautiful Tangmarg town and drive ahead on a scenic drive of 14 kilometers to Gulmarg. And begin a short tour, boarding the Gondola cable car system the 08 minutes ropeway. Descend back to Gulmarg Drive back to Srinagar. Overnight stay in Hotel.

Day 03: Srinagar – Drass - Kargil
Drive to Kargil, Enroute Sonmarg, Zojila Pass, War Memorial, Drass. Have a magnificent view of Kargil war Famous Peaks Tiger Hill, Tololing & visit Vijay Smarak. Then drive along the Drass River till one arrives at Kargil & Check-in at Hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 04: Kargil – Ule – Leh
After Breakfast leave for Ule, en route visit Mulbek. Proceed further towards Lamayuru & passing thru Namikala & Fatula Passes, the highest pass on Srinagar – Leh road. Later have a magnificent view of the spectacular Moon landscape. Leave for Leh en-route visit Alchi Monastery, Nimo, Sangam of Zanskar and Indus River, Sham valley, Likir monastery, Basgo Palace Hiking, Leh hall of fame, Magnetic Hill, Pathar Sahib Gurudwara. Evening free time at Leisure at the Hotel.

Day 05: Leh –Nubra Valley
After breakfast leaves for Nubra Valley, driving across Khardong-la passing thru Horzey & Gangles Village. After descending from the pass, drive on for sightseeing of the Sumoor area and Samstaling Gompa. Overnight at Nubra camp.

Day 06: Nubra Valley –Leh
In the morning visit / explore Deskit Village including Diskit monastery, Hundar Sand Dunes enjoy a short camel safari using the double-humped Bactrian camel. Later drive back to Leh reaching in the late afternoon/evening. Arrive hotel in Leh for dinner and overnight.

Day 07: Leh - Thiksey/Shey - Pangong Lake
After breakfast, leave for a full-day excursion to Pangong Lake. This route takes the visitor past the picturesque villages of Shey and Thiksey and turns off the Indus valley by the side valley of Chemrey and Sakti After a full day of sightseeing around the lake, check-in at a fixed tented camp near the lake for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 08: Pangong - Hemis - Leh
After breakfast, leave Pangong / Tangtse and retrace the Leh route across Chang-la. Upon reaching Karu, drive across the Indus and visit the famous Hemis Monastery, the biggest monastery of Ladakh. Later drive on to Leh, en-route visit the Shey and Thiksey monastery. Arrive hotel in Leh for dinner and overnight.

Day 09: Leh Local Sightseeing
After breakfast visit Stok Palace Museum. Post lunch at the hotel, visit Shanti Stupa, Sankar Gompa & Leh Palace, and then explore the local markets.

Day 10: Airport Drop
Departure Leh Leave for Leh airport to board flight back home.

Accommodation
Srinagar - Hotel Grand Habib Or Similar
Srinagar - De-Laila Houseboat Or Similar
Kargil - Hotel Green land Or Similar
Leh Ladakh - Hotel Yasimin Or Similar
Nubra Disket Habib Guest House Or Similar
Pangong Tso Camp/Guest House Or Similar

Itineraries

Day 1

Srinagar - City Tour

Arrive at Srinagar Aiport and transfer to Hotel, and City tour in Srinagar Visit Nishat Garden, Shalimar Garden, Chechima Shahi, Pari Mahal, Shankaracharya Temple, Dal Lake. Visit the carpet factory and island of Char Chinar. Overnight Stay in Hotel.

Day 2

Srinagar - Gulmarg

After breakfast proceed towards Gulmarg. Enroute you get to see the beautiful Tangmarg town and drive ahead on a scenic drive of 14 kilometers to Gulmarg. And begin a short tour, boarding the Gondola cable car system the 08 minutes ropeway. Descend back to Gulmarg Drive back to Srinagar . Overnight stay in Hotel.

Day 3

Srinagar – Drass - Kargil

Drive to Kargil, Enroute Sonmarg, Zojila Pass, War Memorial, Drass. Have a magnificent view of Kargil war Famous Peaks Tiger Hill, Tololing & visit Vijay Smarak. Then drive along the Drass River till one arrives at Kargil & Check in at Hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4

Kargil – Ule – Leh

Morning after Breakfast leave for Ule, enroute visit Mulbek. Proceed further towards Lamayuru & passing thru Namikala & Fatula Passes, the highest pass on Srinagar – Leh road. Later have a magnificent view of spectacular Moonlandscape. Leave for Leh enroute visit Alchi Monastery, Nimo, Sangam of Zanskar and Indus River, Sham valley, Likir monastery, Basgo Palace Hiking, Leh hall of fame, Magnetic Hill, Pathar Sahib Gurudwara. Evening free time at Leisure at the Hotel.

Day 5

Leh –Nubra Valley

After breakfast leave for Nubra Valley, driving across Khardong-la passing thru Horzey & Gangles Village. After descending from the pass, drive on for sightseeing of Sumoor area and Samstaling Gompa. Overnight at Nubra camp.

Day 6

Nubra Valley –Leh

In the morning visit / explore Deskit Village including Diskit monastery , Hundar Sand Dunes enjoy a short camel safari using the double-humped Bactrian camel. Later drive back to Leh reaching in the late afternoon / evening. Arrive hotel in Leh for dinner and overnight .

Day 7

Leh - Thiksey/Shey - Pangong Lake

After breakfast, leave for full day excursion to Pangong Lake. This route takes the visitor past the picturesque villages of Shey and Thiksey, and turns off the Indus valley by the side valley of Chemrey and Sakti After full day of sightseeing around the lake, check-in at fixed tented camp near the lake for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 8

Pangong - Hemis - Leh

After breakfast, leave Pangong / Tangtse and retrace the Leh route across Chang-la. Upon reaching Karu, drive across the Indus and visit the famous Hemis Monastery, biggest monastery of Ladakh. Later drive on to Leh, enroute visit the Shey and Thiksey monastery. Arrive hotel in Leh for dinner and overnight .

Day 9

Leh Local Sightseeing

After breakfast visit Stok Palace Museum. Post lunch at the hotel, visit Shanti Stupa, Sankar Gompa & Leh Palace and then explore the local markets.

Day 10

Airport Drop

Departure Leh Leave for Leh airport to board flight back home.

  • Welcome, Drink on Arrival.
  • Accommodation on MAP Plan (Breakfast & 01 meal on twin sharing).
  • Transportation to all places mentioned by non-AC Vehicle.
  • Permits to a restricted area.
  • Any Kind of Personal Expenses or Optional Tours / Extra Meals ordered
  • Camel Safari Charges/ Cable car charges/ entrance to Monasteries.
  • Any Kind of Drinks (Alcoholic, Mineral, Aerated)
  • Tips, Insurance, Laundry, Phone Calls.
  • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks, and/or any factors beyond control on any circumstances.

July and August are the definite peak months to visit Ladakh when all roads and passes are open. The weather is nippy with a sunny morning and afternoon making it fit for exploration. Expect the mercury to go up to 25 degree Celsius and fall to about 10 degree Celsius post sunset. For bikers too this is the best time to visit and experience all the wonderful colours the place is splashed in. Also the time when the popular Hemis Festival takes place.

Give yourself a couple of days - but at best a day, before moving out to the higher reaches. Not only does Leh have an array of monasteries, palaces and other sightseeing spots, it will also let you acclimatise better when you go further up to a Nubra Valley or Chang La.

There are several shared as well as private jeeps running the 470-odd kilometres from Manali to Leh. Though shared jeep rides come cheap, they can be tad uncomfortable given the length of the journey which is nearly 24 hours with little scope to acclimatise. While the front seat-view (beside the driver) is enviable and puts you as close to the natural surroundings as possible, those on the back seat can have a rather bumpy, uneven ride and suffer motion sickness.

Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) has direct buses from Delhi to Leh, leaving New Delhi’s ISBT Kashmere Gate daily at 02:30 pm and arriving into Leh in about 35 hours. To cover the 1050 kilometre, the bus halts overnight at Keylong before moving ahead to Leh. The bus route is Delhi to Chandigarh to Kullu and via Rohtang Pass to Keylong before arriving in Leh. The bus makes several pit-stops along the way for food and drink and lets you soak up the stunning scenery.

Souvenir hunters have plenty of opportunities afoot in Leh’s Main Bazaar home to an assortment of curio shops selling Tibetan antiques, trinkets among other bric-a-brac. You can head into the Tibetan market to pick up unique silver jewellery, Pashmina shawls. There are several bookstores in Leh with a superb array of novels, travel books, guide books, and books on the Himalayas and Buddhism. Just by the jeep stand is a second-hand clothing market selling warm winter clothing, in case you desperately need to get yourself one. But if you have a trek planned out, do round up the trekking food shops selling powdered milk, instant noodles, chocolate, biscuit, granola bars and some dry fruits.

Pangong Tso at an altitude of 14,271 foot affords a dramatic mountain scenery that is starkly beautiful. In order to get to the blue-coloured Pangong Lake from Leh, you need to begin at the break of dawn so that you get there before noon. Typically it is a five-hour journey through the picturesque Chang La Pass, but the later you start more the difficulty in reaching the lake site since the road gets blocked by water from melting snow trickling in around 01:00 pm up until 08:00 pm. However, you do not have to return on the same day from Leh; you can stay the night at a guesthouse or hotel in the Tangtse village close to Pangong.

Yes, you need an ILP to visit Nubra Valley because it is close to the borders of Pakistan and China. It is easy to attain an ILP permit these days as you can go to the official ILP website, enter your details, furnish your identification proof, state the purpose of your journey and you will be issued an e-ILP. You need to produce a printout of the same at the site.

Though the Indian Army keeps the world’s highest motorable road open through the year, it may not necessarily be possible to travel all year round. The best time to enjoy the beauty of the landscape and drive through is between April and June and then from September to October. The monsoon months in between make the stretch extremely treacherous, and in the months post November it goes under a blanket of snow. The road opens at 09:00 am and shuts by 05:00 pm everyday.

The Himachal Pradesh Tourist Development Corporation (HPTDC) buses take about 2 days to get to Leh from Manali. The 473 kilometre stretch warrants a night stay in Keylong or Sarchu before progressing to Leh. The road is extremely scenic and the slow pace of the journey helps you acclimatise better.

While Ladakhi is a Tibetan dialect and can be difficult for a traveller to fathom, you can get around locally by speaking in Hindi and also English, courtesy the surge of foreign tourists. Across Leh, most people speak and understand Hindi and even English, but when you travel remotely into the villages, no other language but Ladakhi is spoken and understood. Keep the word ‘julley’ - a greeting in Ladakhi - handy and you can win both favour and friends.

Jammu Kashmir Road Transport Corporation (JKRTC) has direct buses from Srinagar to Leh, leaving from TRC Srinagar, via Sonmarg, Zojela Pass, Kargil