How to Plan Your Ladakh Trip: Complete Travel Guide on Ladakh by Road

Updated on August 8, 2016
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Riding on the Top of the World: Crossing Chang La Pass on Way to Pangong Tso Lake
Riding on the Top of the World: Crossing Chang La Pass on Way to Pangong Tso Lake | Source

How to Plan Your Trip to Leh Ladakh

Nestled in the Trans-Himalayan region, in the state of Jammu & Kashmir in North India, Ladakh has, in recent times, become one of the most popular summer holiday destinations in India. Riding across high altitude mountain passes, visiting monasteries, and camping by some stunning high altitude lakes are the major allure of Ladakh.

Besides spell binding landscapes, Ladakh is renowned for its ancient Buddhist monasteries. Ladakh is often dubbed ‘Little Tibet’ as it shares an international boundary with Tibet and plays host to a sizable population of Tibetan Buddhists.

Although a trip to Ladakh has a lot to offer, tourists are required to take some precautions since it is mostly a barren land and has low atmospheric pressure and low oxygen levels at higher altitudes.

In this article, I’d like to mention some important points that every tourist planning a trip should know and answer some frequently asked questions in travel forums online.

The most common questions are related to acclimatization, ATMs, Petrol Pumps, acute mountain sickness, and innerline permits as well as how long Ladakh tour itineraries tend to be.

All of my tips are based on my personal experience in the region.

Sitting by The Pangong Tso is such a sublime experience that words fall short of meaning
Sitting by The Pangong Tso is such a sublime experience that words fall short of meaning | Source

How to Deal With High Altitude and Acclimatize in Leh Ladakh

Acclimatization is an important part of building your Ladakh itinerary. Make sure you don't rush your trip and allow time for your body to adjust to the low atmospheric pressure. You should reserve the first 2 days after your arrival in Leh for getting used to the high altitude. Don't expect to arrive in Leh and go right away to Nubra or Pangong. Since you could get seriously affected by AMS which may lead to severe headaches, nausea, restlessness, or even inability to walk or think, and ataxia which will ruin your vacation. Even the most fit people are affected by acute mountain sickness. Here are some precautions to keep in mind:

  1. Physical fitness is the foremost thing you need to consider while undertaking a trip to the Ladakh region.
  2. Increase your altitude gradually, and balance ascent with rest to help your body acclimatize.
  3. Due to the low atmospheric pressure, tourists need to rest for around 2 days or 48 hours after reaching Leh.
  4. If you suffer from high blood pressure, heart ailments and asthma,you should consider not visiting Ladakh.
  5. Hydration is necessary but overdoing it could harm you. Increase your normal water intake by a liter, and that will be enough. Dehydration does not necessarily leads to AMS.
  6. During the cold weather, cover your head and ears with something warm. Don’t exert yourself physically too much. Never run out of excitement especially on passes. Low oxygen levels could lead to fatigue and it can be difficult to catch your breath. You might feel the earth spin or even pass out.
  7. Some preventive medicines do aid acclimatization and treat altitude sickness. The most popular is Diamox. The local version of this medicine, a time tested and natural alternative is garlic soup, or a soup prepared with lots of garlic.
  8. If you notice any symptoms such as headache, nausea, dizziness, or fatigue, rest immediately and descend without delay if you are at a high altitude (as in Khardung La Top).
  9. I know this one is difficult to do but you should avoid smoking and drinking alcohol at a high altitude to prevent AMS.
  10. If you are taking Leh-Manali Highway, then stop at Keylong, Jispa, and Darcha and avoid staying at Sarchu if possible. Otherwise, if you are taking Leh-Srinagar Highway you should spend the night at Kargil (I am assuming that you have already spent a night in Manali or Srinagar respectively).
  11. If you are flying directly to Leh , you still need to take two days to rest. During this period , you could always go on a short trip to Thiksey, Hemis, Shey, Nimoo and Stok etc. to visit monasteries and palaces.
  12. You should avoid sleeping during the day. I know I didn't have to say this because who'd waste even seconds of time sleeping during the day in such a magnificent land.

Chang La is the high mountain pass which you need to cross to go to Pangong Tso Lake from Leh. It is also one of the most beautiful passes that I crossed during my Ladakh road trip.
Chang La is the high mountain pass which you need to cross to go to Pangong Tso Lake from Leh. It is also one of the most beautiful passes that I crossed during my Ladakh road trip. | Source

What to Pack for Your Trip: Clothing and Other Essentials

Ladakh is situated in the Greater Himalayas, which means it is cold and at a considerable elevation. As soon as you cross Keylong (Leh-Manali Highway), you will experience a drastic change in weather condition as well as landscape. The same changes will be apparent when you cross Zoji La on Leh-Srinagar Highway.

The point is that while you travel at higher altitude during the day, the weather will be warm and sunny. It seldom rains in the Ladakh region which is one of the reasons that Ladakh is considered one of the best monsoon holiday getaways in India.

During the day, a simple pullover or jacket will do the trick but as soon as the sun goes down, the temperature also drops steeply and it could even reach zero degrees. The evenings are generally when people rest inside. Most lodgings along the routes are warm enough. Even sleeping in tents is not a problem since blankets and quilts are provided by the owners.

Here are a few key things which you should pack when traveling to Ladakh.

  • At least two jackets and 2-3 pullovers
  • A pair of hand gloves preferably woolen, and warm clothes/caps to cover your ears and neck, especially so if you are a rider
  • Soaps, towels, general medicines, bandages etc.
  • 2-3 pairs of thermal inner
  • 4-5 pairs of socks (a must for bikers)
  • Good waterproof shoes for trekking and riding in case you are a biker as you’d have to face water streams on high mountain passes like Chang La, Baralacha La and others
  • One warm sleeping bag if you are planning to camp along the route
  • Carry some vital medicines for Acute Mountain Sickness such as Avomine, Dexamethasone, Diamox and Acetazolamide
  • Lots of chocolates, biscuits, and dry fruits
  • Camera, chargers for cell phone and other basic things
  • A pair of sleeper
  • Torch
  • Mobile chargers
  • Camera kit etc.

At Taglang La (17,480 feet) is the third highest mountain pass in Ladakh after Khardung La and Chang La but the road sign at the top claims otherwise
At Taglang La (17,480 feet) is the third highest mountain pass in Ladakh after Khardung La and Chang La but the road sign at the top claims otherwise | Source
After crossing Rohtang Pass
After crossing Rohtang Pass | Source

Packing Essentials for Bikers

Besides what I mentioned above, you will also need:

  • A pair of good raincoats as more often than not, riders face rains after crossing Chandigarh and before crossing Rohtang La Pass on Leh - Manali highway. On Srinagar - Leh highway you are very likely to get caught in the rain until you reach Zoji La.
  • Alternatively, you could use a raincoat as windbreaker. They also help keep your clothes clean along the dirt tracks on passes and along the Moore Plains. The cloud of sand and dirt can be quite substantial, especially when an army convoy is passing through and when you are crossing passes where trucks and other vehicle takes longer due to narrow roads.
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Boots to keep your feet, shoes, and socks from getting wet at streams flowing on passes, especially the one at Baralacha La which is one of the most vicious. There are more water crossings on passes such as Khardung La and Chang La. The trick is not to cross the stream from middle, keep your bike in first gear, and use the clutch to maintain traction and throttle. Or you could wait for others to pass, see how they did it and follow suite.
  • Spare tube, puncture kit, clutch wire, break wire, chain lock, gear oil, engine oil, spark plugs etc are a must pack in your bag. Also carry a petrol jar if you are taking Leh - Manali Highway as the last petrol pump that you’ll find is at Tandi which is around 380 KM before you find the next at Karu. So you should carry 10-20 liters of extra petrol.

Puncture shops are also not available and even if you find one, there is no guarantee that they will have the tube, which is why a tyre tube is a must-pack item even if you don’t have a puncture kit.

Magnetic Hills on Leh - Srinagar Highway, Ladakh
Magnetic Hills on Leh - Srinagar Highway, Ladakh | Source

Leh - Ladakh Bike Rental Costs 2016-17

Bike name
Model
Min. rate per day
Royal Enfield
500 CC All Models
1500
Royal Enfield
350 CC Classic/Thunderbird
1600
Royal Enfield
350 CC Electra
1000
Royal Enfield
350 CC Standard
900
Honda Activa
Automatic
1400
Bajaj Avenger
200 CC
900
Bajaj Pulsar
200 CC
900
Bajaj Pulsar
150 CC
700
Yamaha FZ, Hero Impulse
 
700
Scooters
125
800
Automatic Bikes without Gear
 
700
The cost of hiring motorcycle in Leh Ladakh as announced by Ladakh Bike Rental Association which governs the rate in the region.
Khardung La Top
Khardung La Top | Source

New Rules for Inner Line Permit since 2014

The good news is that Indians don't need to obtain inner line permits to visit destinations in Ladakh. Well most of it. For some areas like Chusul, Man, Mirik (Pangong to Tso Moriri direct route), you still need to obtain and carry inner line permits.

As per the new circular issued by the office of District Magistrate of Leh, Indian Nationals will no longer need to apply for inner line permits to visit certain inner areas like Turtuk, Panamik, Khaltse, Pangong, Changthang, Hunder, Nubra Valley Tso Kar, and Tso Moriri etc. in Ladakh.

You will, however, need to carry your Nationality ID proof (Driving Licence, Voter ID etc.) which will have to be presented at certain check posts where earlier Indians were required to submit a copy of an inner line permit.

But still, if you are on a motorcycle and your route involves crossing or traveling to Hanle, Chusul, Tsaga, beyond Loma bend, Chumur, Marsimik La, and Batalik sectors, then you'd still need to apply for and obtain inner line permits as per the earlier procedure.

The new rules for inner line permits will really help those travelers who don't want to come back to Leh after Tso Mori Ri and head straight to Manali which would save them a precious day.

I'd personally advise against coming to Tso Mori Ri from Manali directly as it would most likely lead to acute mountain sickness (since it is located above 15,000 feet).

Fotu La (13,478 feet) is the highest mountain pass which one has to cross on Leh-Srinagar Highway.
Fotu La (13,478 feet) is the highest mountain pass which one has to cross on Leh-Srinagar Highway. | Source

Getting Innerline Permits for Indians and Protected Area Permits for Foreign Travelers

To visit certain inner areas like Turtuk, Panamik, Khaltse, Pangong, Changthang, Hunder, Tso Kar and Tso Moriri, etc. in Ladakh, even foreign residents need to obtain inner line permits.

Visiting Hanle, Chusul (for Pangong to Tso Mori RI by road), Tsaga, beyond Loma bend, Chumur, Marsimik La, and Batalik sectors will still require Indian Nationals to obtain inner line permits.

Travelers from overseas (with the exception of residents of Burma, Bhutan, Nepal, and Pakistan) need to obtain Protected Area Permit (PAP) to visit the above places. In the case of foreigners, the permit is issued only for a group with four or more foreign tourists.

For foreign tourists, it is also mandatory to go through a registered travel agent in order to obtain the permit. The travel agent will also help you group together with others in case you are traveling solo or as a couple so that your permit can be obtained.

Inner line permits for Indian nationals are valid for up to three weeks, and the Protected Area Permit is issued for a maximum of seven days. You need to re-apply for the same permit if you are planning on visiting the more remote areas in Ladakh.

For foreign tourists with a PAP, you don't need to travel in the same group or with the same travel agent mentioned in the permit.

Traveling to Suru and Zanskar Valley does not require inner line permits. Foreign visitors can't go beyond Merak Village in Pangong or Mahe Village in the Changthang.

The permit application forms are available at the stationary shop just behind the Leh DC office which opens at 9.00 AM, and applications for permits are not usually accepted after 03:00 PM (The office is closed on Sundays and National Holidays.)

You should get to the office as early as possible to avoid the rush and get your permit in a hassle-free way.

The fee required for the permit is Rs. 200 per person as environment tax + Rs. 20 per person per day as wild life protection fee and Rs. 10 for a Red Cross Donation.

You should carry a valid photo ID and photocopies of your proof of Nationality (Passport, DL, Voter's ID etc.)

One person may apply for the entire group provided he or she is carrying proof of nationality of all the members in the group.

After acquiring the permit, make sure that you carry 4-5 copies of it, and photo id proof. You may be required to submit them at certain checkpoints by military personnel who track entry and exit at certain points to make sure tourists all return.

This is more for your own safety since one may get stranded or stuck during the treks or rides due to bad weather.

Mention all major places you are traveling to in the permit i.e. if you are spending the night in Spangmik, you need to mention only Pangong Lake. In some cases certain places or routes need to be mentioned.

In order to take the Chushul route from Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri with a visit to Hanle, you need to mention Pangong Tso, Man, Merak, Chushul, Tsaga, Loma, Nyoma, Mahe, Hanle and Tso Moriri in the permit application.

Planning Ladakh Trip by Bus from Delhi, Manali and Srinagar

For those looking to plan their Ladakh trip on budget, bus service in Leh Ladakh could come very handy. However using bus service in Leh Ladakh means that your schedule might get a bit hectic due to limited connectivity of far-flung destinations that entail long hours of drive on rocky mountainous terrains and crossing several high altitude passes.

Options for bus service to Leh Ladakh is available from Delhi, Srinagar and Manali. Mentioned below is how the journey would be like along with departure days, timing and fares of bus services in Leh Ladakh.

Bus Service from Delhi to Leh

Buses operated by HPTDC depart everyday starting from 1st of July till 15th of September every year when the road conditions are most suitable to cross the unpredictable Rohtang Pass. The journey spanning over 35 hours makes a number of halt along the way which include change of the driver and sometime even the bus. The journey also include a entails a night halt in Keylong.

The final day journey include driving through spectacular terrain that include Gata Loops, Morey Plains and 3mighty mountain passes - Baralacha Pass (16,020 ft), Lachungla Pass (16,620 ft) and Tanglangla Pass (17,480 ft).

Departure Days of Bus Service from Delhi to Leh from ISBT: Daily from 1st July till 15th September from Counter 7 of HPTDC.

Departure Time: 3:45 PM

Distance Covered: 1050 kms

Fare of Bus Service from Delhi to Leh: INR 1350 per person

Bus Service from Manali to Leh

A Deluxe bus operated by HPTDC operate from Manali to Leh twice a week that crosses the most breathtaking terrain and is considered one of the best routes for road trips in world. Several high mountain passes, high altitude lakes and loops, deserts and plains makes it one of the most sought after route to take to Ladakh.

The semi deluxe bus halts for sightseeing along the way and the nighthalt along with meal is included in the fare of this bus service from Manali to Leh. The highlight of this route is riding across 5 of the mightiest mountain passes of this trans Himalayan region - Rohtang Pass (13,060 ft), Baralacha La (16,500 ft), Nakee La (15,547 ft), Lachulung La (16,616 ft) and Taglang La (17,480 ft).

Departure Days of Bus Service from Manali ISBT to Leh: Twice a Week

Departure Time: 09:00 A.M

Distance Covered: 475 kms

Fare of Bus Service from Delhi to Leh: Rs.2500 per person

(Transport Charges 1900/ + Accommodation charges Rs. 600 (M.A.P)

Bus Service from Srinagar to Leh

This is the route from where one could get the maximum options of bus service to reach Leh. Many government run as well as private operators ply bus on Srinagar Leh highway. A nighthalt if any is taken at Kargil. The journey involve crossing 3 high passes - Zozi La (3528 m), Namki La (3815 m) and Fotu La (4108 m).

Departure Days of Bus Service from Srinagar ISBT to Leh: Daily

Departure Time: Multiple times

Distance Covered: 419 kms

Fare of Bus Service from Delhi to Leh: Rs.1197 and even lower per person

Accommodation in Ladakh

Due to the conditions and nature of Ladakh region, luxury hotel properties are mostly not available in the region. There is one luxury hotel in Leh town by the name of Grand Dragon. You will also find luxury tents at places like Thiksey, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri and Nubra Valley.

At other places, you’ll find budget and deluxe or even luxury tents and camps, some with basic facilities and some with running hot water and attached western toilets. Homestays are easily available at most of the places with basic facilities and would cost 700-1200 per room for the night.

Luxury camps with attached toilets and running hot water will cost you around 3000 to 5000 for two people. You could also book your accommodation in advance through the internet or calling the hotels and camp providers. You could also simply check-in upon arrival since Ladakh is not one of the places that has a ”peak season" when rooms are fully booked in advance.

Accommodation for Bikers Along Leh-Manali and Leh-Srinagar Highway

For bikers, accommodation is available all along the route on both Leh-Manali and Leh-Srinagar Highway. To allow for acclimatization, bikers taking Leh-Manali Highway, accommodation is available at Keylong, Jispa, Darcha and Sarchu and one should stay for the night at one of the places.

Most of the bikers stay at camps in Sarchu. But if you have arrived at Zingzing Bar late in the afternoon, avoid crossing Baralacha La as the water stream that crosses the road on this pass gets dangerous because of the strong current.

You should go to to Darcha or Jispa to spend the night. One could also stay at Pang but watch out for AMS since Pang and Sarchu are located at an elevation of 15,100 and 14,100 feet respectively. Don't cross Baralacha La if you are already feeling mountain sickness or if there are any symptoms like headache or nausea. In that case, you should stay at Jispa or Darcha at 10,800 feet and 11,020 feet respectively.

If you are riding from Srinagar, then I’d advise you to stop over in Mulbekh instead of Kargil or even Lamayuru if you could make it. Accommodation in Kargil are very costly and it is an overrated place to spend the night.

Personally, I'd recommend taking Srinagar route and return via Manali as it helps in acclimatization. If you are on a road trip to Ladakh via Manali route, then I'd advise you to stay for the night at Jispa, Darcha or Keylong to avoid AMS.

Petrol Pump at Karu
Petrol Pump at Karu | Source

Petrol Pumps in Leh Ladakh

If you are traveling by road and doing Ladakh by motorcycle or four-wheeler, you need to know where the petrol pumps are and where do you need to get extra petrol in cans and jars so that you don’t run out of fuel on the highway.

This is important especially if you have chosen Leh-Manali Highway for your road trip. The last petrol pump that you’ll find on this route is located at Tandi and the next one is at Karu which is around 380 kms away. It is always advisable to carry petrol in reserve so that you don’t get stranded because you ran out of fuel.

Similarly if you are Planning Leh – Pangong – Tso Mosriri – Rumtse – Leh or Leh – Nubra – Pangong - Leh which would be like traveling more than 700 – 900 kms, then get your tank full and carry plenty of petrol in reserve as you are going to need it.

At some places, petrol is available at local shops and residences near roadside settlements along the route but you need to pay luxury surcharge to buy them and the quality of petrol is not guaranteed.

You need not worry about petrol or fuel if you are taking Leh - Srinagar Highway as you’ll find enough petrol pumps en route.

Canteen at the top of Chang La
Canteen at the top of Chang La | Source

Money Matters During Ladakh Trip: Tips on Cash and ATMs

Except at some antique shops, credit cards are not accepted by any of the hotels and travel agents. Therefore, carry a good amount of cash with you. If you find carrying cash a bit risky, go for plastic money i.e. debit cards, and withdraw money from ATMs whenever required.

ATMs of several banks like SBI, AXIS Bank, J&K Bank, PNB etc. are available in Leh Town. More remote places like Pangong, Changthang, etc. don’t have them so carry your cash when traveling farther abroad in the region.

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More Travel Essentials for Your Trip

Respect the Local Culture

While traveling in Ladakh, kindly show respect towards the local culture and don't do things that are against the norms of Tibetan Buddhist culture. The Tibetan Buddhist culture is quite ancient and conservative, so dress properly and cover your full body. Always ask permission before taking photographs of any person. If they ask for money, don’t take pictures.

Communication Facilities in Ladakh

There are STD booths available in most of the markets in Ladakh region but they close down before 10 PM. On the other hand, Kargil has a global direct dialing telephone facility, in addition to a post and telegraph facility. There is also a wireless radio phone network service of Jammu and Kashmir Tourism station with field stations at Leh, Padum and Kargil. From May to August (peak tourist season), Jammu & Kashmir Tourism has mobile wireless stations in the remote areas.

Avoid Using Plastic Bags

Both locals and tourists are responsible for maintaining the environment. Therefore, do not litter. Plastic is officially banned in Ladakh so you need to avoid the use of plastic and polythene bags.

Carry Proper Documents for Your Bike Trip

If you are heading to Ladakh on a motorcycle, you will come across some highland passes such as Changla Pass, Zojila Pass, Fotula Pass, and Khardungla Pass. Since all these areas have a huge military presence, you need to carry a permit, vehicle registration, driving license, and bike insurance paper.

If you are looking for someone else to plan your journey or need more information on attractions, places, lakes, and passes then I'd recommend you to visit the website of lehladakhindia.com.

The stunning views from Gata Loops
The stunning views from Gata Loops | Source
Khandung La: The Highest Motorable Pass in the World
Khandung La: The Highest Motorable Pass in the World | Source
3 Idiots Point: Pangong Tso, Ladakh
3 Idiots Point: Pangong Tso, Ladakh | Source

Taxi and Cab Cost in Leh Ladakh 2016-17

Cost in Indian Rupees
Innova / Xylo
Qualis/ Scorpio/Tavera
Echo/Zen
Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace,Sankar Gompa
1,136
1,089
1,042
Shey, Thiksey, Hemis, Stok
3,138
3,010
2,876
Sangam, Hall Of Fame, Pathar Sahib, Magnetic Hill, Spituk Kali Mandir
2,273
2,178
2,083
Pangong Lake (One Day)
9,046
8,670
8,293
Pangong Lake (Two Days)
10,770
10,815
9,871
Khardungla
2,677
2,543
2,414
Khardungla, Deskit, Hunder (One Day)
9,274
8,887
8,502
Khardungla ,Deskit, Hunder, Sumoor, Panamik (Two Days)
11,046
10,586
10,125
Likir, Alchi
3,382
3,241
3,100
Likir , Alchi, Lamayuru (One Day)
6,579
6,305
6,031
Basgo, Likir , Alchi, Rezeong, Uletokeo, Lamayuru (Two Days)
8,852
8,482
8,115
Market Transfers
188
188
188
Airport Transfers
341
341
341
Leh - Kargil Drop
8,257
7,912
7,568
Leh - Kargil (Via Batalik)
12,013
11,513
11,011
Leh - Kargil (Via Sanjak)
9,667
9,263
8,860
Leh, Kargil (1/N), Srinagar
19,237
18,434
17,634
Leh - Zanskar
18,880
18,538
18,194
Leh - Srinagar (One Day)
16,359
15,678
14,996
Leh - Tsomoriri via Mahey Bridge (one Day)
12,334
11,821
11,307
Leh - Dhad-Tsokar - Tsomoriri Via Mahey Bridge (2 Days)
19,316
18,512
17,706
Leh - Manali (Two Day)
22,570
21,628
20,689
Leh - Manali (Two Days) - Leh
29,344
28,120
26,897
Permit Fee (Pangong/Nubra)
500 Per Person
 
 
At the top of the world: At Taglang La on Leh-Manali Highway during Ladakh motorcycle trip
At the top of the world: At Taglang La on Leh-Manali Highway during Ladakh motorcycle trip | Source

Cost of Hiring Tempoo Traveller for Local Sightseeing in Ladakh

Cost in Indian Rupees
Tempoo Traveller
Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, Sankar Gompa
1,419
Shey, Thiksey, Hemis, Stok
3,921
Sangam, Hall Of Fame, Pathar Sahib, Magnetic Hill, Spituk Kali Mandir
2,840
Pangong Lake (One Day)
11,309
Pangong Lake (Two Days)
13,462
Khardungla
3,346
Khardungla, Deskit, Hunder (One Day)
11,593
Khardungla , Deskit, Hunder, Sumoor, Panamik (Two Days)
13,808
Likir, Alchi
4,227
Likir , Alchi, Lamayuru (One Day)
8,224
Basgo, Likir , Alchi, Rezeong, Uletokeo, Lamayuru (Two Days)
11,065
Market Transfers
442
Airport Transfers
759
Leh - Kargil Drop / Return
10,319 / 14,357
Leh - Kargil (Via Batalik) Drop / Return
15,016/ 19,519
Leh - Kargil (Via Sanjak) Drop / Return
12,082 / 15,708
Leh - Kargil (1/N) - Srinagar
24,045
Leh - Zanskar
25,489
Leh - Srinagar (One Day)
20,449
Leh - Tsomoriri via Mahey Bridge (One Day)
11,005/ 15,418
Leh - Dhad-Tsokar - Tsomoriri Via Mahey Bridge (2 Days)
24,145
Leh - Manali (One Day)
30,470
Leh - Manali (Two Days)
28,212
Manali - Leh (One Day Shairing Basis) Everyday at 2:00 AM (Midnight)
3,162
Manali - Sarchu (1/N) - Leh (Two Days Shairing Basis) Everyday at 5:00 AM (Tented accommodation at Serchu @ 1500 Per Person Extra with Breakfast and Dinner)
3,795

Ladakh Travel Map

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More Ladakh Travel Images

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The Mesmerizing Pangong Tso
The Mesmerizing Pangong Tso | Source
Riding along the Lake toward Spangmik
Riding along the Lake toward Spangmik | Source
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Gata Loops
Gata Loops | Source
The last petrol pump on Manali Leh highway
The last petrol pump on Manali Leh highway | Source
Zoji La Pass
Zoji La Pass | Source

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        SANDEEP 7 days ago

        ladakh is so beautiful place. i like to ride bike in ladakh and thanks for sharing this information.

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        Ankit Balbudhe 4 weeks ago

        Hello Nikhil,

        Thank you for sharing information.

        Its really a helpful information for each of us.

        we are group of 6 people.

        We are plannig for leh-ladakh ride from 7th July to 18th July.

        We will be starting from Mumbai to delhi by flight.

        and after that we are planning to go to manali and hire a bike and enjoy the adventure.

        Can you please suggest me some rout from where we should start from?

        Is it safe in the dates between?

        Thanks in advance.

        Ankit Balbudhe

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        Divyesh Vora 6 weeks ago

        Hi Nikhil,

        Nice blog, with good to know information. :)

        Can you help me plan a trip for 10-12 days, for August month. Looking to travel by a 4-wheeler from Delhi. Budget around 25k. Basic stay options would work.

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        Nikhil Chandra 7 weeks ago from New Delhi

        For one another time...

        Some very reliable and most recommended taxi drivers and their number for booking taxi in advance and to negotiate the rates:

        Rigzin: +91 9622954779, +91 9469472772

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        Abbas: +91 9622971759, +91 9469271786

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        Ringzing Norboo: +91 9469453680

        Accommodation:

        In Leh

        Greenland Hotel

        Lovely garden, clean place, tasty food, filtered water to refill, hot water heated through solar between 10 and 5 in evening (or else heated separately in a bucket). Close to Main Market and Changspa road.

        Price Range: Rs 400 – 500 for single bedroom, Rs 700 – 1000 for double bedroom

        Contact: 01982–253156

        Location: Changspa Road, Leh / Right Across Asia Guesthouse

        Atisha Guesthouse

        Very clean, spacious, hot water till 2 PM. Rooms at 2nd floor are spacious while first floor rooms are small and dark but cheaper. Most rooms with attached bath.

        Price Range: Rs 400 – 500 for single bedroom, Rs 700 – 1000 for double bedroom w/w/o attached baths

        Contact: Sh. Tsering Dawa – 09906992187

        Location: Farka, Leh / Malpak, Leh / in a small lane near Fort Road

        In Deskit Nubra Valley

        Hotel Sten Del (Sangam Bar and Restaurant) Deskit

        Really comfortable, nice and cozy. Clean rooms and bathrooms. Tasty food, good parking space, running hot water. TV with DTH and garden Bar.

        Price Range: Rs 2500 – 3000 for a double bedroom

        Contact: +91-9419348223 (Mutup Namgyal), +91-9469702071 (Deepak), +91-1980-220196 or info@offbeatescapes.com for email

        Location: Near Kharyok below Diskit monastery, Diskit

        Olthang Guest House

        One of the nicer 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

        Hunder, Nubra Valley

        Yourdum Guest House

        Price Range: Rs 700 – 1000 for a double bedroom

        Contact: +91-1980-221114 OR +91-9469735827

        Location: Hunder, Nubra Valley, Ladakh

        Snow Leopard Guest House

        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

        In Tso Moriri

        Tsomoriri Camp and Resort

        very clean, comfortable and having attached toilets with running cold water. Hot water in buckets.

        Price Range: Rs 2500 – 3000 for a double bedroom (without meals)

        Contact: info@offbeatescapes.com

        Location: Korzok

        Lake View Guest House

        Good to stay. Nice, clean rooms and average food. Good view of the lake.

        Price Range: Rs 700 – 1000 for a double bedroom

        Contact: 01982 – 264867

        Location: Korzok

        In Pangong Tso

        You'll find that, every house in Spangmik village or Man – Merak village acts as home stay charging anywhere between 700-1500 which may or may not include food. Toilets are not attached. Some have Western style but many do not with only cold water. Basic food and no electricity. Padma and Gongma are very good but then there is no connectivity and hence you can't book them in advance.

        Himalayan Retreat – Spangmik

        Attached western toilets, electricity source for limited period.

        Price Range: Rs 3200 – 3500 for tents with two meals (MAP).

        Contact: info@offbeatescapes.com

        Location: Spangmik Village

        MarTseMik Camping Resort

        Luxury tented accommodation with attached western toilets, own electricity source.

        Price Range: Rs 3500 – 4500 for luxury tents

        Contact: Mr. Muthup Namgial: 09419177658, 09906981777, +91-1982-257030, 01982-253010

        Location: Spangmik Village

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        Nikhil Chandra 7 weeks ago from New Delhi

        First week through Manali to Leh is always risky due to snow on Rohtang buddy... Take that into consideration Rohith...I suggest you take the Krgil route via ZojiLa

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        Nikhil Chandra 7 weeks ago from New Delhi

        Runa dey,

        Give me your dates and duration along with budget so that I can plan a good trip for you.

        Thanks

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        Aditi Shukla 2 months ago

        I will also plan Ladakh tour. Thanks for sharing this information, This information is really helpful for me.

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        Nikhil Chandra 6 months ago from New Delhi

        Hey Nazeer,

        What kind of suggestions you are looking at...could you be a bit more specific. Also if you could share more details like your budget, preferred mode of traveling and dates etc then I could be more helpful in drawing an itinerary to meet your requirements.

        Thanks,

        Nikhil

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        Nazeer Ahmed 6 months ago

        Hi Nikhil,

        I am planning a trip from Bangalore to Ladakh by flight throughout for 7 days and would like to know if you can give me some suggestions as to how shall I plan this trip.

        It is a solo trip and I have planned my trip in this way: Blr - Delhi - Leh, Nubra valley and Turtuk.

        Thanks in advance.

        Regards,

        Nazeer

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        Janesh 13 months ago

        Hi Nikhil,

        I have found lots of required information from this site though have few confusions. We are group of Runners, planning to participate in Ladakh Marathon on 10th Sep & visit Ladakh region with family (8-10 adults & 4-5 kids). Will reach on 8th Sep (so 3 days for Leh and around), 11 to 14 or 15 sep for other places.

        8,9,10 - Local ( 1 day extra but Running Event on Sun Morning), please suggest about these 3 days

        11 & 12 - Khardung La

        13 & 14 - Pangong Tso

        15 - any suggestion

        Where should we stay keeping in mind kids at Leh and other stop overs.

        Suggestion for Transport too for group if possible.

        Thanks

        Janesh

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        ankur 13 months ago

        Hello Nikhil,

        We are planning to visit Leh around mid of July from Mumbai and here are the places we want to cover. We will be leaving on Friday and returning back by next Sunday

        1) Leh sight seeing

        2) Pangong Lake (stay required if not costly) enroute visit Hemis, Shey and Thiksey

        3) Nubra Valley (stay required Camel ride, activities, etc)

        4) Tsomoriri Lake (can be skipped due to time constraint)

        5) Kargil

        6) Srinagar

        So I came up with this plan

        Direct flight to Leh, Sight Seeing, Take rest and body accimilization

        2 days for Pangong, 2 days for Nubra Valley, 1 day for Tsomoriri(if possible)

        Then Leh to Kargil by road cover places enroute Stay at Kargil. Kargil to Srinagar

        Srinagar local sight seeing. Total days from Leh to Srinagar will be 2 days with halt at Kargil.

        Srinagar to Home direct return flight

        We are planning to cover Leh first and then Srinagar since flight costs are high from Leh to Mumbai. Please help us in planning the trip and mention the itinerary.

        Regards

        Ankur

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        Harshal Nene 14 months ago

        Hello Nikhil,

        I have gone through this blog. I must say it is very informative and helpful. With few inputs from this I have finalized itinerary for a motorcycle ride in month of July or Aug 2017.

        Me and my 6 friends are planning to ride Delhi-Leh-Delhi with RE bikes, few of them Thunderbirds, some classic 3500 and some are 500. We also have 2 female riders. Interested riders can join us.

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        Nikhil Chandra 14 months ago from New Delhi

        Hi Nusrat,

        You can reach me @ nikhilchandra81(at)gmail.com.

        Just replace (at) with @

        Thanks,

        Nik

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        Nikhil Chandra 14 months ago from New Delhi

        Hey Prarthana,

        Thanks for your kind words.

        But I have more questions before I answer your questions :-) Sorry for that but to be able to help you chalk out a memorable lifetime experience I would need a few details.

        1. How long will you be spending for your trip.

        2. Best time for you is the best tourist season or when you can explore the less crowded Ladakh?

        3. If you take either the Manai route or the Srinagar, will you be flying out from Leh?

        4. What kind of accommodation are you comfortable with e.g. hotel Vs homestays?

        For your last question I do have an answer. If you plan and execute Ladakh trip on your own, it will be at least 40-50% cheaper than what the agent will offer.

        Also what kinda transportation are you looking forward to use?

        With these points answered I may assist you better.

        Hope you got my points :-)

        All the best,

        Nik

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        Nikhil Chandra 14 months ago from New Delhi

        Will wait for your trip experience Nusrat. I am glad I was of help :-)

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        Nusrat 14 months ago

        Thanks Nikhil! Will let you know what I could accomplish!

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        Nikhil Chandra 14 months ago from New Delhi

        Hey Nusrat,

        Thanks for your kind words....Much appreciated :-)

        In a recent move, the requirement to obtain Inner Line Permits for Bangladeshis to roam around the areas of Ladakh like Pangong, Khardungla, Turtuk, Nubra, Tsomorriri has been made simpler. Now Bangladeshis can get the same through a Travel Agent or by himself visiting DC office, Leh & completing the formalities. You need a valid Tourist Visa & a copy of passport for application of the same.

        It won't be disastrous at all. In fact Ladakh remains open throughout the year if you are arriving there by plane. Roads although remains closed from Manali and Srinagar side from Nov till May.

        Enjoy your visit and let me know if I could be of further assistance.

        All the best!

        Nik

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        nusrat 14 months ago

        Hi Nikhil,

        I loved your blog and this got me plan to visit Leh. I would like to visit Leh for 5/6 days in a group of 4. Will a visit in march or april be disastrous? Being a Bangladeshi, I would need a permit, can I just fly in to Leh and then sort out the permit and travel-around details or should I book before hand?

        Thanks so much. You are an inspiration.

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        Nikhil Chandra 15 months ago from New Delhi

        Dear Subhasish,

        Leh – and as a matter of fact most of Ladakh – could be traveled throughout the year. Although it is not possible to reach Leh by road from late October till late May due to accumulation of snow on Rohtang Pass on Leh – Manali Highway and Zoji La on Srinagar – Leh Highway.

        However, the good news is that passes in Ladakh i.e. Khardung La that connects Leh to Nubra Valley and Chang La, that connects Leh to Pangong Lake remains open for most of the day entire year hence reachable in April – May.

        One thing that you should be prepared of is that accommodation and food at this time of year will be very basic as most of the tents operated by travel agencies are only pitched in June which sees the beginning of the tourist season. Homestays are readily available though and are very comfortable as well as cozy option when it comes to accommodation during peak winter season.

        Here are some numbers and names that will definitely help you in planning your trip to Ladakh.

        Some very reliable and most recommended taxi drivers and their number for booking taxi in advance and to negotiate the rates:

        Rigzin: +91 9622954779, +91 9469472772

        Chamba: +91 9596979829, +91 9906999808

        Karma Sonam: +91 9419215110, +91 9906991011

        Abbas: +91 9622971759, +91 9469271786

        Stanzin Angchuk: +91 9469626990

        Ringzing Norboo: +91 9469453680

        Accommodation:

        In Leh

        Greenland Hotel

        Lovely garden, clean place, tasty food, filtered water to refill, hot water heated through solar between 10 and 5 in evening (or else heated separately in a bucket). Close to Main Market and Changspa road.

        Price Range: Rs 400 – 500 for single bedroom, Rs 700 – 1000 for double bedroom

        Contact: 01982–253156

        Location: Changspa Road, Leh / Right Across Asia Guesthouse

        Atisha Guesthouse

        Very clean, spacious, hot water till 2 PM. Rooms at 2nd floor are spacious while first floor rooms are small and dark but cheaper. Most rooms with attached bath.

        Price Range: Rs 400 – 500 for single bedroom, Rs 700 – 1000 for double bedroom w/w/o attached baths

        Contact: Sh. Tsering Dawa – 09906992187

        Location: Farka, Leh / Malpak, Leh / in a small lane near Fort Road

        In Deskit Nubra Valley

        Hotel Sten Del (Sangam Bar and Restaurant) Deskit

        Really comfortable, nice and cozy. Clean rooms and bathrooms. Tasty food, good parking space, running hot water. TV with DTH and garden Bar.

        Price Range: Rs 2500 – 3000 for a double bedroom

        Contact: +91-9419348223 (Mutup Namgyal), +91-9469702071 (Deepak), +91-1980-220196 or info@offbeatescapes.com for email

        Location: Near Kharyok below Diskit monastery, Diskit

        Olthang Guest House

        One of the nicer 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

        Hunder, Nubra Valley

        Yourdum Guest House

        Price Range: Rs 700 – 1000 for a double bedroom

        Contact: +91-1980-221114 OR +91-9469735827

        Location: Hunder, Nubra Valley, Ladakh

        Snow Leopard Guest House

        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

        In Tso Moriri

        Tsomoriri Camp and Resort

        very clean, comfortable and having attached toilets with running cold water. Hot water in buckets.

        Price Range: Rs 2500 – 3000 for a double bedroom (without meals)

        Contact: info@offbeatescapes.com

        Location: Korzok

        Lake View Guest House

        Good to stay. Nice, clean rooms and average food. Good view of the lake.

        Price Range: Rs 700 – 1000 for a double bedroom

        Contact: 01982 – 264867

        Location: Korzok

        In Pangong Tso

        You'll find that, every house in Spangmik village or Man – Merak village acts as home stay charging anywhere between 700-1500 which may or may not include food. Toilets are not attached. Some have Western style but many do not with only cold water. Basic food and no electricity. Padma and Gongma are very good but then there is no connectivity and hence you can't book them in advance.

        Himalayan Retreat – Spangmik

        Attached western toilets, electricity source for limited period.

        Price Range: Rs 3200 – 3500 for tents with two meals (MAP).

        Contact: info@offbeatescapes.com

        Location: Spangmik Village

        MarTseMik Camping Resort

        Luxury tented accommodation with attached western toilets, own electricity source.

        Price Range: Rs 3500 – 4500 for luxury tents

        Contact: Mr. Muthup Namgial: 09419177658, 09906981777, +91-1982-257030, 01982-253010

        Location: Spangmik Village

        Nimoo near confluence is the popular rafting destination. It is approx. 40 kms towards Kargil on Leh - Srinagar Highway. No you don't need to pre-book. There are plenty of agents offering that service in Leh. Or you could ride directly to Nimoo and take service from there too near confluence.

        Price will be approx. INR 1200 per person. You could always bring it down but that depends on your negotiation skills.

        Let me know if you need any further assistance.

        Thanks and all the best!

        Nikhil

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        Subhasish 16 months ago

        Hello ALL,

        Great to read all your stories and memories of the Leh trip.

        I am planning for a trip 14th April to 1st May( max possible- can shorten it by some days). For that I have some questions

        1. Is it safe to travel to in Leh at that time. I understand that the roads from Manali to Leh will be blocked. Thinking of taking flight from Delhi. But the other places in Leh like Pandong, Nubra etc are accessible during that time?

        2. It will be great to get some contacts of local guys like travellers ( direct nos) to save the middle man agent cost.

        3.Any suggestions regarding the plan are most welcome.

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        Nikhil Chandra 17 months ago from New Delhi

        Hey mitzyee

        Great to know that you have finally nailed Ladakh.

        Currently I don't have any plan but then trips happen accidentally. Will definitely let you know if something comes along.

        And no, I haven't been on a motorcycle trip to Rajasthan before so it is as good a guess of yours as mine. I have been there but not on motorcycle so...Well I would let you know if I plan something next year.

        Keep traveling!

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        Nikhil Chandra 17 months ago from New Delhi

        Hey Madhuri,

        Thank you for dropping by and good to know that you liked my article.

        Here's what I would suggest as a 7 days common itinerary for Leh Ladakh:

        Day 1: Leh Arrival and acclimatization

        Day 2: Leh Local Sighseeing

        Visit Shanti Stupa, Tsemo Fort, Sankar Monastery.

        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 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

        Day 6: Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh

        Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh

        Overnight at Leh

        Day 7: 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 Nimmu, Gurudwara Pather Sahib

        Overnight at Leh

        What do you think...Do let me know if you need any further assistance.

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        Madhuri Kenny 17 months ago

        hi Mr. Nikhil,

        thanks u for providing the above details, it will helps us in our visit to LEH LADAKh, which we are planning for this may ,

        our's is a family of 5 people including my son of 11 years.. & will be traveling byh flight , so a span of 7 days will be ok , to cover all the places??

        if possible can u share us the itineraryfor the same from Leh..

        Thanks in advance...

        n yes keep it up , we really liked ur blog, it si very informative.

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        mitzyee 18 months ago

        Ha Nikhil.....!!!!

        Hope your trip to spiti was gud.....Sorry I did not see your message at the right time or else would have surely come on the trip. I also had done the same plan to Spiti in July but could not go as the group members who were ready to go on the trip could not make it and i was left alone. But i did my Leh-Ladakh trip last season..... It was awesome.... and waiting for the next.... do let me no if you are planing some ride later..... even the leh-ladakh... will love to do it again.... Want to do the entire Rajasthan trip.... See if you want to do it...we can do it together.... have 15-20 days of leave. If you are not interested then you can suggest the plan if you have done it before.....!!!!!

        If you are planing any of the trip then would love to join you can drop me a mail or else call or watsapp me on 9923652686 .....!!!!!

        Thanks.....!!!!! Cheers

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        Nikhil Chandra 18 months ago from New Delhi

        Hi Ram,

        Thanks for dropping by!

        In a week yes only one way is possible. However do understand that you will be charged for the transportation cost of your bike from Leh to Manali to making is an expensive deal.

        Also, you didn't mention any date. When are you planning to travel?

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        Ram 18 months ago

        hi

        i would like to plan a week long bike trip from Manlali - Leh. i think we can cover only one-way direction. can you all please suggest the best suggestion for planning this trip. we will be coming directly to Manali and arranging to hire a bike and drop off at leh(seen this option in some websites).

        please help.

        thanks

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        Nikhil.D.L 22 months ago

        Hi Nikhil,

        Great blog !!! Your response to queries is really great, fast and helpful.

        We are a group of 6 guys going to leh Ladakh trip 12 days from Delhi on 3-4 bikes. We are thinking of starting from Delhi- Srinagar- leh-manali route. we were hoping of camping for overnights as we have 3 tents, to cut the cost and add to the experience.

        Also being students we are a bit hard on cash so is it possible to do the journey 11k-13k per head. we have our own bikes.

        Could you suggest us detailed plan for 12 days for us to follow.

        Waiting for your reply. Thank you in advance.

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        Nikhil Chandra 23 months ago from New Delhi

        Hi Manoj,

        Thanks for the compliment :-) And I am glad that you loved it.

        10 guys is a big group really. If you hire private taxi, you'll need two. But there are regular bus services too if you want to do it on budget.

        The places of tourist interst on Srinagar - Leh route are Drass War Memorial, Maitrey at Mulbek, Lamayuru Monastery, Rizong Monastery, Alchi Monastery, Likir Monastery, Basgo Palace, Confluence of Zanskar and Indus at Nimmu, Magnetic Hills, Pathar Sahib Gurudwara, Phyang Monastery and Spituk Monastery.

        If you take 3 days to plan this journey to reach Leh then it is doable. But since you have only 5 days for traveling to places in Ladakh once you arrive in Leh, you'll need to arrive in Leh in 2 days with an overnight stay in Kargil.

        Also, you'll have to choose between going to either Nubra Valley or Tso Moriri or Pangong Tso.

        With the number of days that you have, you can cover only two of these three destinations.

        And yes, it is possible to do so on Motorcycle.

        Here are some important milestones along this Srinagar - Leh Highway if you choose to hire motorcycle.

        Srinagar – Sonamarg (80 KMs) (Stop for brunch or lunch a bit of photography)

        Sonamarg – Drass (65 KMs) (Stop for snacks and to visit Drass War Memorial)

        Drass – Kargil (55 KMs) (Overnight Stay)

        Kargil – Mulbekh (40 KMs) (Stop to have something to eat and if possible take a detour to Maitrey)

        Mulbekh – Lamayuru (70 KMs) (Stop to have something to eat and take a detour to Lamayuru Monastery)

        Lamayuru – Leh (125 KMs) (En route Magnetic Hill and Confluence of Zanskar & Indus at Nimoo)

        A suggested itinerary would be:

        25th July

        Overnight in Srinagar

        26th July: Srinagar - Sonamarg - Drass - Kargil

        Visit Kargil War Memorial at Drass.

        Overnight in Kargil.

        27th July: Kargil – Mulbekh – Lamayuru - Leh

        Visit Maitrey in Mulbekh, Lamayuru Monastery. A stopover at Magnetic Hills for photo session and similarly at Nimoo where the confluence is.

        Overnight in Leh (Acclimatization day so take complete rest and no activities)

        28th July: Leh (Local sightseeing)

        Yet another day for acclimatization mixed with local sightseeing that could include Alchi Monastery, Likir Monastery, Basgo Palace, Confluence of Zanskar and Indus at Nimmu, Magnetic Hills, Pathar Sahib Gurudwara, Phyang Monastery and Spituk Monastery.

        Overnight in Leh

        29th July: Leh – Khardung La – Nubra Valley (Deskit/Hunder)

        Have a cup of tea at Khardung La top which is claimed to be the world’s highest motorable road.

        Visit Deskit monastery in Nubra Valley and do the famous double-humped Bactrian camel safari in Hunder.

        Overnight in either Deskit or Hunder.

        30th July: Deskit/Hunder – Sumur – Panamik - Leh

        Visit monastery at Sumur and hot springs at Panamik

        Overnight in Leh

        31st July Leh – Chang La – Thiksey - Pangong Tso (Spangmik)

        Travel to Pangong Tso via Chang La. You could visit Thiksey Monastery on your way to the lake.

        Overnight in Spangmik (Adjacent to Pangong Lake)

        01st August: Spangmik – Chang La – Hemis - Leh

        Return to Leh. Visit Hemis Monastery on your return journey.

        02nd August: Leh - Kargil

        Overnight in Kargil

        03rd August: Kargil - Srinagar

        Fly out of Srinagar

        Alternatively, you could skip either Pangong Tso or Nubra Valley and do Tso Moriri which is the most spectacular lake in Ladakh and less crowded too as opposed to its popular counterpart Pangong Tso.

        Let me know if you want any further assistance.

        All the best for your trip!

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        Manoj 23 months ago

        Hi Nikhil,

        Immensely well detailed blog !!! Loved it.

        We are a group of 10 guys going to leh Ladakh trip during June 25th to July 3rd and booked flight tickets from Hyderabad to Srinagar. We will be in Srinagar by 25th Afternoon 12 Pm and return tickets on 3rd July afternoon from Srinagar .

        Please suggest us Which route will be the best to cover most of the ladakh sceneric beauties between Srinagar-Leh. We are interested in biking also, guide us is it possible in that short period to go by bikes. Also can you please chalk out an itenary for us to follow, that would be really helpful.

        Waiting for you reply. Thanks in advance.

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        Nikhil Chandra 23 months ago from New Delhi

        Hey mitzyee

        Sorry to disappoint you again but I am not. Next year I am sure I will.

        However this year I am planning for Spiti. It is as majestic as Ladakh and the good thing is that it is not crowded. I'll be doing the 10-12 day trip from Delhi via Shimla Narkanda to Spiti and will be back via Kunzum Pass and Rohtang La Manali route to Delhi.

        Let me know if this is something you are interested in.

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        mitzyee 23 months ago

        Ha Nikhil.....!!!!!

        Hope you r doing good..... The same question again..... Are you planing the ride this year.....?????

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        Nikhil Chandra 23 months ago from New Delhi

        Dear Yugant in this many days you will just reach Leh and will have to go back without doing anything else.

        Add more days to make it worth it. IMHO, you'll need at least 20 days for a meaningful Ladakh tour by road from Mumbai.

        Here's a sample itinerary:

        Day 1: Leh

        Leh Local Sighseeing

        Day 2: Nubra Valley

        Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder

        Overnight stay at Hunder / Diskit

        Ride across Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La

        Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

        About 5-6 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between and at Khardung La

        Day 3: Leh

        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

        About 7-9 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between

        Day 4: Pangong Tso

        Leh - Thiksey - Chang La - Tangtse - Pangong

        Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik or Lukung)

        About 5-6 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between

        Day 5: Leh

        Pangong Tso Lake – Thiksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh

        Overnight at Leh

        About 5-6 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in between.

        Let me know if you need more assistance in itinerary planning. If you want me to plan an itinerary from Mumbai to Ladakh and back; do let me know.

        Cheers!

        Nikhil

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        Jaya 2 years ago

        Hi Nikhil..that's a very informative blog indeed! We are a group of about 6 ladies planning on Leh-Ladakh this summer, flying in from Delhi. We are looking at mild physical activity, visit to scenic places, home stays in order to get a feel of the local life. Can you help with the following...

        1. When is the best time to visit and typically how many days would we need?

        2. Any advice on good home stays?

        3. Suggestions on the mode of transport for our commute at Leh-Ladakh

        4. Suggestions on must-do things

        Appreciate your response

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        Dhinesh 2 years ago

        Hi nikhil.. Great piece of information.. We are planning for a trip in the month of jan to leh ladakh.. Most probably to delhi/manali by flight n then on a bike trip.. Let us know will it be the right time n general do's/dont's since we are in the phase of planning the entire trip..

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        Nikhil Chandra 2 years ago from New Delhi

        Dear Sushant,

        Could you please let me know if you'd be riding out from Leh or is it either the Manali or Srinagar route that you are planning to ride your bike through. If it's the latter, I am sorry to say that these roads only remains open from late May till mid October.

        As for your safety concerns, Ladakh is perhaps the safest place in India for even a woman even traveling on her own. Don't worry. And you could book on spot and it will not be a problem. However if you are planning to visit Pangong or Nubra in December, you should check and book accommodation in advance as most of the camps and homestays are packed up due to extreme cold and food availability is also limited. Leh however is a fine place with more than enough comfy accommodation and fine food throughout the year.

        I hope it helps.

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        Nikhil Chandra 2 years ago from New Delhi

        Dear Soumyadip,

        Yes it is very much accessible. You could visit Pangong Tso as well as Nubra Valley crossing the Khardung La barring a few rough days when there are landslides or heavy snowfall which is very rare.

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        Unais K 2 years ago

        Hi Nikhil,

        We are a group of 4 friends from mumbai planning a trip to Leh in April. We would probably take a train or flight till delhi or manali and then proceed further. From Manali onwards, i have heard April is not the best time to go via Manali-Leh route. However we wanna explore that route as we have heard its a lifetime experience. Further, we would want to have a riding experince, if not for the full route, then say around 200-300 kms. Is that possible to get bikes for a partial route? please suggest. Also, let us know if exploring by rented bikes there or cabs, which would be cheaper? We are 4 people and would require 2 bikes. Please help us with the bike rents and petrol costs(approx). Further, tell us how much it will cost per person from Manali to Leh-Ladakh and back, exploring all the famous places, including white water rafting and cheap accomodation options if you could provide. Thanks.

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        shankar 2 years ago

        Can we plan in end of april

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        Sushant 2 years ago

        Hello friend, I am planing to visit leh after my marriage in december with my wife, i will be taking my own bike so can you please suggest me weather it is safe to travel on our own bike, is it safe for womens in that region for stay and do we need to do prorior bookings for stay or we can do it on the spot.

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        Soumyadip Guha 2 years ago

        Hello Nikhil,

        I will visit Ladakh on 1st week of April. Can you please confirm me in April(1st week) is Khardungla pass and Pangong lake is accessible?

        Please inform me.

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        vineet gupta 2 years ago

        Hello Friends,

        I am new to this community.This year i have completed my dream ride of 6506 km(PUNE-LEH-PUNE).

        Recently i have written a blog on this. Hope you guys will like it. It has couple of useful info regarding leh ladakh bike trip, regarding long rides.

        And some innovative ideas that we have implemented to cut short the expenditure and get things fixed.

        My Blog---https://vineetgupta1908.wordpress.com/2015/09/06/m...

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        Aniruddha 2 years ago

        Dear All,

        Great piece of information. So so lively and vivid :) Thank you all, and special thanks to Nikhil.

        Am from Bangalore.

        Am traveling to Leh in between 18th (Del to leh) and 25th Sept(Leh to Del) 2015.

        Is there anyone traveling during that time? Will be happy to connect.

        Cheers!

        Aniruddha

        aniruddha83@gmail.com

        +919740783003

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        Keerthana 2 years ago

        Thank you for a very informative Article !!!

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        jainpunit 2 years ago

        Hi ,

        We have thought of keeping a 7-8 days tour, i.e. end of september 2015

        We will be taking a flight to Leh from Delhi and back.

        After which we plan to hire a royal enfield.

        Please suggest what are the things to consider in this scenario.

        Thanks

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        Rahul 2 years ago

        Dear nikhil,

        Yr mai ambala se ladakh ka trip krna chahta hu apni bike pe ,to kya muje kahi pe rgstration krana hoga,mai apne ek frnd ke sth us bike pe hounga,or mere pss bullet thunderbird bike hai ,kya ye bike sahi rahegi,mai 15 din ke trip jana chahta hu to isme kitna cost lagega.?

        Plz tell me

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        Vinay 2 years ago

        Hello Nikhil

        Its been great reading through your blogs and the advice,you're the best in this business and I thank you alot for the wealth of the information you're providing to all us.

        We're a group of 12 planning to start to leh on 8th august .we are from Hyderabad and booked our air tickets on 8th(Hyderabad to Srinagar) and 16th(Chandigarh to Hyderabad).

        We actually want to start from Srinagar (8th aug 3pm is our flight arrival time to srinagar) and end at Chandigarh (11 am is our flight from chandigarh).In between we want to cover leh and manali. can you please help us in planning our trip from srinagar to chandigarh covering leh-ladhak and manali and also any information on adventure sports would be very much helpful.

        Thanks a lot in advance!!

        Vinay

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        uttam 2 years ago

        Hi Nikhil,

        The details are quite informative and helpful. Thanks a lot for the whole info here.

        Is Chandigarh to Jispa doable in a day or a halt is advisable in Manali? How long does it take from Chandigarh to Jispa?

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        Rajiv G 2 years ago

        Hi Nikhil,

        Myself and my friend are planning to Leh-Ladakh during July last week or first week of August via train .Plan is for 12-15 days (including travel from Bangalore-Delhi and vice versa). We are taking our bikes (pulsar 150 and pulsar 180) with us till Delhi via train.

        Kindly let us know if 12-15 days are fine for our entire trip and also do provide us the Itinerary break up (day wise).

        Since this is our first road trip to leh-ladakh , we would like to cover all must see sight places.

        Also let us know July - Aug is best month to visit Leh-Ladakh as we are taking our pulsar bikes with us.

        Also could you let us know if there is any way we can transport our bikes to Manali from Delhi and from there we can drive to Leh.

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        Akshay Arya 2 years ago

        Dear Nikhil,

        I hope this notes find you well.

        I appreciate the way you are helping people hear for their concern regarding their itinerary aspect.

        I would like to request you please guide/suggest us for our dream tour "Manali to Leh/Laddhak" following are my queries....

        1) We are a group of four friends, planning a bike tour (without any package) from manali-Ladakh-manali (21-06-2015 to 1-7-201511) please suggest a Itenary with full of adventures, joy and which can make the tour memorable forever. is it good time (June) to visit Ladakh?

        2) We are suppose to take 500cc bullets on rent. Please suggest me from where we can find the Bullet with good conditions and what will be the tentative cost (rent)of the bullet will be for a day? Should we book bullet for each person separately (4) or we can we go with 2 bullet.

        3) Could you share petrol pump locations and climate condition.

        4) Where we should halt during the travel.

        4) Best locations in Leh &Ladakh that we must visit.

        5) Our budget is 30 K INR per head is it enoughf ?for this tour.

        I am willing to learn and listen from your end. Thank you in advance for taking the time to reply.

        Regards,

        Akshay Arya

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        Akshay Arya 2 years ago

        HEllo nikhil

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        Sumeet 2 years ago

        Dear Nikhil,

        I hope this notes find you well.

        I appreciate the way you are helping people here for their concern regarding their itinerary aspect.

        I would like to request you please guide/suggest us for our dream tour "Manali to Leh/Laddhak" following are my queries....

        1) We are a group of four friends, planning a bike tour (without any package) from manali-Ladakh-manali (21-06-2015 to 1-7-201511) please suggest a Itenary with full of adventures, joy and which can make the tour memorable forever. is it good time (June) to visit Ladakh?

        2) We are suppose to take 500cc bullets on rent. Please suggest me from where we can find the Bullet with good conditions and what will be the tentative cost (rent)of the bullet will be for a day? Should we book bullet for each person separately (4) or we can we go with 2 bullet.

        3) Could you share petrol pump locations and climate condition.

        4) Where we should halt during the travel.

        5) Best locations in Leh &Ladakh that we must visit.

        6) Our budget is 30 K INR per head is it enoughf ?for this tour.

        I am willing to learn and listen from your end. Thank you in advance for taking the time to reply.

        Regards,

        Sumeet Sandhya Jadhav

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        bhuvanvignesh 2 years ago

        Hey hi. Thanks for such an amazing blog.

        So me and friends are travelling from manali on 9th june for 8 days.

        Can you pls suggest me an itenary where i can few sights along with someother sights. Zanskar trek,pangong(stay),magnetic field, tso mansoori,nubra valley.

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        Badal 2 years ago

        Hi Nikhil,

        we are 4 boys planing to go to khardung la. we will start from Delhi . we do have 14 days to plan it. i would like to go via Srinagar and returning journey via Manali. Please let me know the itinerary for this route.

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        Akshay Donde 2 years ago

        Dear Nikhil,

        Am planning a roaf trip to leh from mumbai.

        Have made a rough itenary, would love to get recomendations from you.

        Day 1

        Home - Indore 562 Kms

        Day 2

        Indore - Agra 772 Kms

        Day 3

        Agra - Rishikesh 422 kms - 8 Hrs

        Day 4

        Rishikesh

        Day 5

        Rishikesh - Manali - 496 Kms 11 Hrs

        Day 6

        Manali

        Day 7 - 15 Leh

        Day 16

        Leh - Srinagar 423 kms 8 hrs

        Day 17

        Srinagar

        Day 18

        Srinagar - Amritsar 469 kms 9 hrs

        Day 19

        Amritsar

        Day 20

        Amritsar - Ajmer 715 kms 12 hrs

        Day 21

        Ajmer - Mumbai 1057 kms 16 hrs

        Akshay

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        RaghvendraShukla 2 years ago

        Hi Nikhil,

        Thanks a lot for such a detailed information, this will help a lot to fellow travellers.

        Please help me to complete my itinerary.

        We 4 friends are going to Leh by our own Innova via Manali-Leh highway and want to return to Delhi from Leh from another route in 3 days by 4:00 PM.

        Please complete the below itinerary:

        June 14: Start from New Delhi to Manali at Friday Morning 9:30 am approx. by Innova and Will reach Manali by Night 10:00 PM, Dinner, relax and Night Stay.

        June 15: Start early Morning 7:00 AM to Sarchu (Intermediate Stop) and evening stay at Camps.

        June 16: Will start from Sarchu early morning at 7:00 AM for Leh via scenic beauty sightseeing of Himalayan Valley and more and reach Leh in noon at 3 PM.

        June 17: Visit Monasteries, Villages etc for the cultural tour in and around Leh and Night Camping at Hill Top.

        June 18: Reach Nubra Valley on Hired Bikes and have Adventure sports like trekking, mountaneering, mountain biking etc and Overnight Stay at Nubra Valley

        June 19: From Nubra Valley Visit Pangong Lake on Hired Bikes, Trek and Overnight Camping at Lake

        June 20: Return to Leh and Visit Monasteries, Villages... and Relax..

        June 21: Start return from Leh early Morning by 7:00 AM

        June 22:

        June 23: Reach Delhi by 4:00 PM to catch train for Pune.

        Thanks in Advance!

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        prasun mandal, 2 years ago

        hi nikhil,

        our plan is to as follows as two of us carrying our bike(bajaj discover&honda unicorn)

        Reaching jammu by train on 3rd June morning,that day we'l reach srinagar.

        4th June srinagar to gulmarg & coming back on the same day.

        5th June srinagar to kargil by road with our bikes.

        6th june kargil to leh going to stay at mahabodhi sambodhi retreat for 3days(spiritual classes till 9th june). then again in the same route 10th June we will stay at kargil, 11th june kargil to srinagar.

        12th june we have to cath our train from jammu station.

        do suggest us Do's & donts..

        thank you.

        prasun

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        mitzyee 2 years ago

        Hi Nikhil... Hope u r doing well.... When i spoke to u last 10 months back you told me that you will be planning to go on tha Leh- Ladakh trip again... I guess the time is come as the best time to go for the trip has come...... I could not find any group to accommodate me with them as they all were groups of frends and dint wann any one form outside the group..... So m trip is pending..... I tried all the sits that you had told me i was on a regular check with different sites and hubpages at the same time... But by bad luck.... The problem is that all my friends have done the trip and dont want do it again..... So i thought i would remind you that " Your Next Trip and My First Trip" is paging us .....!!!!

        Thanks Regards,

        Mitzyee

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        shivesh 3 years ago

        I with my two more friends are planning a trip to ladakh starting from delhi. Kindly suggest whether this is feasible or not in the budget of 10-15k per head. If feasible please suggest best route and means we should opt.

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        Sriniblr79 3 years ago

        Can we carry helmet in flight? Will they allow us.

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        Nikhil Chandra 3 years ago from New Delhi

        No need to worry Rohit,

        There are plenty of accommodation available on the route. I'd recommend that you stay for the night at Jispa or Darcha instead of Sarchu which is at a height that causes real trouble and may lead to AMS.

        However, If you are carrying your bag then you may camp at Zingzingbar too :-)

        Cheers!

        Nikhil

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        Nikhil Chandra 3 years ago from New Delhi

        Hi Kapil,

        The idea is good. Start your road trip from Delhi if you are planning to go via Manali side or better still for better acclimatization, have your bike taken to Jammu by train and start from there.

        All the best!

        Nikhil

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        Nikhil Chandra 3 years ago from New Delhi

        Thanks Dheeraj Sharma :-)

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        Nikhil Chandra 3 years ago from New Delhi

        Hi Suhas,

        Sorry for replying this late!

        Your plan is fantastic and perfectly feasible. The only concern is how are you going to carry that much fuel in spare which is required to do Nubra - Pangong - Tso Moriri - Sarchu - Tandi without going back to Leh or Karu which are the only two places to find petrol pump.

        Think about that :-)

        Cheers!

        Nikhil

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        Rohit 3 years ago

        Hey guys i am planning my delhi leh bike trip via manali and i am worried about the accommodations part & do i need to carry a sleeping bag or a tent with me or its available on camp sites...?

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        Kapil 3 years ago

        Gud job Dost....

        I'll though Cary my bike Nagpur to Delhi than continue journey Leh ladakh it's good or not???? my bike is FZ....

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        Home and Away Holidays 3 years ago

        Thanks for sharing your thoughts i am planning to visit Ladakh with my friends in May 2015

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        Dheeraj Sharma 3 years ago

        Greate Job buddy ..ausam :)

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        Suhas Gowda 3 years ago

        Hats off to your detailed guide and tips. I will be riding for the first time to Leh Ladakh from July 17th to Aug 2nd.

        I have made a rough itinerary ..please let me know if this is feasible.Thank you so much!

        Day 1: Bangalore to Delhi (Flight) collect bike and reach Ambala by night.

        Day 2: Ambala to Srinagar stay

        Day 3: Srinagar to Mulbekh stay

        Day 4: Mulbekh to Leh Stay

        Day 5: Leh sightseeing

        Day 6: Leh to Nubra stay

        Day 7: Nubra to Pangong stay

        Day 8: Pangong to Tso moriri stay

        Day 9: Tso moriri to Sarchu stay

        Day 10: Sarchu to Manali

        Day 11: Manali to Ambala

        Day 12: Amabala to Delhi

        Day 13-15 : Reserve days for anywhere in between.

        Day 16: Delhi to Bangalore.(Flight)

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        Shubham 3 years ago

        Hi nikhil

        What should be the minimum capacity of bike engine so as to comfortably maneuver the terrain during the trip.

        Is it that any bike will do? Or is it that any bike over 150cc or so will do.

        Bikes are to carry 2 people.

        Thank you :)

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        Suhas 3 years ago

        Hello Nikhil,

        Thanks a ton for this detailed write up, you are helping out a lot of travellers. I am planning to ride to ladakh in July end. Please help me out on the itinerary. I will fly to Delhi on 18th July and return on Aug 2nd. Will be transporting my bike to Delhi by train.So i will have 14 days in between.

        Planning to ride to Leh via Srinagar and return by Manali highway.Thank you again.

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        Nikhil Chandra 3 years ago from New Delhi

        Hi Rohan, as per my experience it is more than enough. However, it all depends on what is included plus your lifestyle and the kind of hotel you choose to stay in :-)

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        Rohan 3 years ago

        10000 per head is enough or you need more for the trip for 8 days.

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        Nikhil Chandra 3 years ago from New Delhi

        Hi Jitendra,

        Thanks for the compliment :-)

        However, it is not possible to do Delhi - Leh by road in the month of March. Rohtang La (Manali side) and Zoji La (Srinagar side) only open in late May or early June. So if you want to do Ladakh by road from Delhi I suggest you wait till then.

        The other option is that you fly to Leh and then hire the jeep to travel to Nubra Valley or Pangong Tso.

        As for the cost...are you hiring a jeep or do own one that you want to ride to Ladakh?

        Let me know if you have any other concerns.

        Cheers!

        Nikhil

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        jitendra parmar 3 years ago

        hellllo nikhil..

        i need to knw, if it is good think to go for a trip in2nd week of march???

        n how to find a group for jeep trip..???

        wat will b d cost???

        i m planning the trip for 10 days max. from delhi to delhi....

        thank u

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        Nikhil Chandra 3 years ago from New Delhi

        Hi Sriniblr79

        Thanks for writing good information, we are team of 6 from Bangalore planning for a trip and we are getting confused if its good to go with a trip organizer or we can do this on our own. Kindly let me know with your experience. We are planning to get our bikes for this event.

        With the wealth of information that is available on the internet, I would suggest that you should not bother about a trip organizer and do it own your own. There are 6 of you. You can easily manage it. Own bike and Do it Yourself will reduce your trip cost by half. For more information, you may try bcmtouring.com. There's wealth of information there. Even visiting treads at IndiaMike and ThornTree or for that matter TripAdvisor will help.

        Cheers and all the best!

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        Nikhil Chandra 3 years ago from New Delhi

        Thanks Apurva for your compliment.

        First of all, extremely sorry for this late reply.

        Renting the bike and talking about scenic trail, I could - with absolute confidence - tell you to take the Manali - Leh route. Driving on this stretch is absolute adventure. With so many mountain passes, the sublime Gata Loops, the trail from Keylong to Jispa and the majestic ride through Morey Plane are some of the most spectacular drive that one could experience in their lifetime.

        In 10 days, you can easily do the round trip from Manali to Leh, cover Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri and return back to Manali.

        I would have suggested you to do the Srinagar on your return journey via Kargil but that will cost you 10K more per bike.

        The itinerary that I'd suggest is:

        Day 1: Manali - Hire the bike and ride it to have a feel at the engine and the milege. Do buy some canissters for fuel that you'll have to carry along from Tandi, the last petrol pump pn the route before you reach Karu near Leh.

        Day 2: Jispa or Zingzing Bar

        Day 3: Hopefully Leh

        Day 4: Leh: Local sightseeing and Acclimatization

        Day 5: Pangong Tso

        Day 6: Leh (Do the Thiksey while you are returning)

        Day 7: Ride up to Magnetic Hill and in between visit Gurudwara Pathar Sahib and Confluence of Zanskar and Indus at Nimoo. Hemis, Shey, Leh Palace and Shanti Stupa in the evening

        Day 8: Tso Moriri

        Day 9: Sarchu

        Day 10: Manali

        I hope it helps. Let me know if you have any more questions :-)

        All the best,

        Nikhil

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        sandeep 3 years ago

        I am planning to leh ladakh on july5th from bangalore please give any suggesstions.we are group of 3 members.

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        prosen 3 years ago

        In my wife plan to enjoy Himalaya on bike .I like to hire a bike from Delhi n via manali want to reach ladakh .and also via kargil to Srinagar.

        So I want to know how and where I manage inner line permission. How much it take from my pocket each day or step by step .

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        Sriniblr79 3 years ago

        Hi Nikhil,

        Thanks for writing good information, we are team of 6 from Bangalore planning for a trip and we are getting confused if its good to go with a trip organizer or we can do this on our own. Kindly let me know with your experience. We are planning to get our bikes for this event.

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        Abu Sufiyan 3 years ago from Bangalore, India

        hi hope you all doing good,

        i am planning for leh trip for about 15 to 17 days Delhi to Delhi, I am from Bangalore and want to take my bike and ride what would be the best itinerary to cover most of the places want to cover srinager alos kindly help me as if now we are 3 bikes more to confirm m getting confused bu reading most of the blogs from other sites also want to do this trip in August 2015 it would be help full if you coul help me out acording to your experience .

        Thanks

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        Apurva K Singh 3 years ago

        Hey Nikhil

        Excellent blog !!!!

        We are a group of 6 people planning to go on a trip o Ladakh in July. Plan is for 10 days. Thinking of hiring bikes for the trip. What would be the best route to encouter all the scenic beauties of Ladakh, Leh-Manali or Srinagar-Leh route? or can we cover both of them, one while going and one while coming back ?Please suggest. Also can u please chalk out an itenary for us and the budget needed. That would be really helpful. We are based out of Bangalore.

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        Apurva 3 years ago

        Hi Nikhil,

        Immensely well detailed blog !!! We are a group of 6 people planning to go for a leh Ladakh trip in July . We will be travelling from Bangalore. We will be renting the bikes. Which route will be the best to cover most of the ladakh sceneric beauties, Manali-Leh or Srinagar-Leh. Or can we cover both the routes ,one on our way and one while coming back. Please suggest . Also can you please chalk out an itenary for us, that would be really helpful. We are thinking of a 10 day bike trip

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        hotels in ladakh 3 years ago

        Woah .. you blog is superb.. almost took me to a mini tour to Ladakh.

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        Nikhil Chandra 3 years ago from New Delhi

        Yes Ganesh,

        There are many. Just take a stroll along the street and you'll find them at Bullet mechanic shop.

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        Ganesh 3 years ago

        Hi Nikhil,

        Very informative and descriptive information. I just want to know Is there any rental shop in leh which provides luggage rack for thunderbird 350?

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        Akash jain 3 years ago

        Hello Nikhil,

        We are a group of 8 people planning to reach Leh directly . I have few questions , could you please suggest us your recommendation.

        Q- We are planning to hire bikes from leh to travel along lakes and local sightseeing. Would bikes be easily available there ? How much does it cost for 4 bikes and 8 people?

        Q- We are interested in camp stay , what will be the best place to stay in camp?

        Q- We want to cover maximum of Ladakh , what will be the best travel plan for 9 days Max ?

        Very much thanks in advance.

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        Praveen Sharma 3 years ago

        Hi,

        We are 3 frnds and planning a trip to Leh from Delhi in June 2015.

        We are planning a 12-13 days trip. We will take bike on rent from manali. We want to cover manali - leh route as well Kargil -Srinagar

        Kindly suggest an Itinerary and the estimated cost of bikes if we hire from Manali and drop them at Srinagar for all sightseeing including accommodation. Please help.

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        Nikhil Chandra 3 years ago from New Delhi

        Hey Tushar,

        I'll say if you could afford it, go for it. It will be a road trip of a lifetime.

        All the best!

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        Nikhil Chandra 3 years ago from New Delhi

        Daer Jinay,

        Sorry for replying Please tell me the number of days that you have so that I could chalk out an itinerary for Leh and other destinations in Ladakh region accordingly.

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        Nikhil Chandra 3 years ago from New Delhi

        Dear Mr. Bijan Bhattacharjee,

        That's a very well sketched itinerary considering you have left enough time for acclimatization upon arrival in Leh. The only place where you could feel discomfort due to acclimatization issue is Sarchu which is well above 14,000 feet above sea level. If you try spending the night at Darcha or Zing Zing Bar, that would be better from acclimatization point of view.

        I hope you have made your plans for sightseeing. I'd recommend that you do the Thiksey, Shey and Hemis on the second day of your arrival in Leh and Shanti Stupa on the last evening before leaving for Kargil.

        Rest of your itinerary sounds good. Go for it...All the best!

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        Bijan Bhattacharjee 3 years ago

        Dear Mr. Chandra,

        We a group of 15-18 heads(family) are going for Leh-Ladakh trip from 14th August, 2015. our itinerary is as under :-

        16-8 reaching chandigarh rly stn. proceed to manali (manali stay)

        17-8- Manali to Sarchu (sarchu stay)

        18-8- Sarchu to Leh (Leh stay)

        19-8- Leh stay

        20-8- Leh to Pangong (Pangong stay)

        21-8- - Pangong to Leh return (leh stay)

        22-8- Leh to Tsomoriri (Tsomoriri stay)

        23-8- Tsomoriri to Leh (leh stay)

        24-8- Leh to Nubra (Nubra stay)

        25-8- Nubra to Leh (leh stay)

        26-8- Leh to Kargil (Kargil stay)

        27-8- Kargil to Suru valley (kargil stay)

        28-8- Kargil to Srinagar (Srinagar stay)

        29-8- Fly for calcutta

        How is the itinerary and seek your valued suggestions about the trip

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        Jinay 3 years ago

        hey ...we are a group of 6 ..and we are planning to trim to leh bike trip in april 2015 end ...and we reside in mumbai...so can you please gimme the itinerary for the same and the cost ASAP so we can book the trip

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        Jatin Agarwal 3 years ago

        Hi,

        We are 6 frnds and planning a trip to Leh from Delhi in May 2015.

        We are planning a 8-9 days trip. We will fly directly to Leh from delhi.

        Kindly suggest an Itinerary and the estimated cost of bikes if we hire from Leh for all sightseeing including accommodation. Please help.

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        tushar 3 years ago

        I am from nagpur(maharashtra) planning for leh-laddak in june-14 by my fiat linea ( sedan ). the distance from place is 2100 kms (GPS). should i go with it???? plz reve

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        shubhampareek 3 years ago

        Well i hope to see you there. :)

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        Nikhil Chandra 3 years ago from New Delhi

        Hi Shubham,

        Well Ladakh is doable by road till October first week. But it gets challenging this time of the year.

        I wish you all the best for a bike trip to Ladakh next year. Do ping me if you need any assistance. And FYI, I may also plan yet another trip to this paradise on motorcycle next year :-)

        Will let you know if it happens.

        Cheers!

        Nikhil

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        shubhampareek 3 years ago

        Thank you so so much. We did not go on the trip though. We planned and then rains and thunderstorms made us regret the delay.

        Thanks a ton :)

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        Nikhil Chandra 3 years ago from New Delhi

        Thanks sukhneet,

        Well 2 is certainly doable - many do it - but not advisable. These roads are made for solo biking.

        And it is perfectly safe to travel solo. In fact, once you cross Rohtang Pass, the roads and areas are the safest that you'd find in India.

        Cheers!

        Nikhil

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        Nikhil Chandra 3 years ago from New Delhi

        I am very very sorry Shubham for not replying to you earlier.

        Here are your answers question by question :-)

        1. What is it gonna cost if bikes are rented from Manali and we make a trip to leh, pangong and khardung la and return back to Manali.

        From Manali 2 way ride, hiring motorcycle will cost you anything from 1000 to 1800 bucks per day depending on the model of bike you choose.

        You are also required to pay Rs 12K – 18K refundable security amount along with original copy of your photo ID card such as Voter ID card, Passport or Aadhar Card.

        Do carry test run of the hired bike for a day and get the required fixes done right in Manali itself and don't forget to ask for extra spark plugs as lack of oxygen often leads to spark fun malfunctioning especially on Khardung La and Taglang La.

        Total Distance travelled (One way):

        Manali - Leh: 500 kms approx

        Leh - Khardung La: 40 kms

        Leh - Pangong Tso: 170 kms

        Petrol Required: Approx: 50-60 ltrs (mean average 30kmpl)

        So the cost will come around:

        15K X 10 = 15000 for rider and 3K-4K for pillion

        Fuel cost will boil down to: 3-4 K

        2. What should be our budget estimate if we are 2 on a bike ie pillion rider.

        Minimum cost would be 28-30K for 2 that will include food, accommodation and fuel charges.

        3. What should be the length of the trip such that it happens to be in the budget. (15-18k pp)

        10 Days are sufficient to do the places you have mentioned. You could even do it in 9 but it is always better to be safe than sorry.

        4. Are their any large river crossings on the way to leh, so large that they are impossible or are very troublesome to cross?

        The toughest nut to crack would be the nullah (water stream) which comes between Zingzing Bar and Baralacha La. It is advisable that you you cross it as early in the day as possible as the progression of day increases the viciousness of the water current making it very difficult to cross. Take stock and return to Darcha or Zingzing Bar if you come across it near evening.

        I have specifically mentioned it in this post of mine as one of the 3 bikes we were riding got stuck. We were crossing late in the evening.

        5. We are in a group of 6. And 1 of us cannot ride well. Should he be allowed to ride on such a way?

        No, this road is not for the novice riders. The terrain is challenging and the one who doesn't ride well will get stuck in the slush at Rohtang Pass itself. I have seen many a bike break down and bikers returning from Rohtang itself.

        6. If we do not have much of the time in leh, what should we choose? Khardung la or pangong lake. Or is there any alternative to pangong?

        As I have mentioned in the post, 2 days are a must for acclimatization in Leh before you proceed to Pangong Tso. Both are a must when you are traveling to Ladakh. For a biker, riding to the top of Khardung La - which is often claimed to be the highest motorable pass in the world - is a dream come true. But to pick one and leave other is a tough ask. I'll leave it to you :-)

        7. I ask you to suggest an itinerary of 10 days trip within the budget.

        In 10 days are enough to do the round trip that will include

        Day 1: Manali

        Day 2: Manali - Zingzing Bar or Darcha

        Day 3 (Optional for a halt in Sarchu as per weather and timing)

        Day 4: Rumtse or Leh

        Day 5: Leh - Local sightseeing

        Day 6: Leh - Khardung La and back. You could do local nearby monasteries like Thiksey, Hemis and Shey palace etc.

        Day 7: Leh - Pangong Tso

        Day 8: Leh

        Day 9: Leh - Sarchu

        Day 10: Manali

        Ride slow, enjoy the scenery and have a safe trip.

        All the best!

        Nikhil

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        sukhneet singh vohra 3 years ago

        A superb article ...very useful...minimum how much time is needed for a good tour to ladakh kurdaang and all on royal Enfield 350 with tow on one bike... How about going solo?.... Is it safe...

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