How to reach Leh?
- Drive to Leh from Kashmir valley via Kargil, which is called Srinagar – Leh Highway (approx 440kms). The road closes in mid-November and reopens by early June.
- Drive to Leh from Manali via Serchu and is called Manali – Leh Highway (approx 473 km). The road closes in mid-November and reopens by early June.
- Fly in and out of Leh.
Road Trip – Both routes would take a minimum of 2 days and will also depend on the traffic and halts taken.
Flight – we have taken flight both ways. It takes almost 2 hours/way.
Indian Nationals do not require permits but are required to get permits for some of the restricted areas like Tsomoriri, Tsokar and Pangong Lakes, Dhahanu, and Nubra Valley, which can be obtained from District Magistrate, Leh, through Travel Agents at Leh.
Common Health issues:
Headache, Nausea/vomiting, giddiness, constipation, breathlessness. It is always better to relax and do nothing the day you arrive, especially if you fly down. This will help you get accustomed to the weather. Do not make a rush trip.
I usually prefer Ayurvedic medicines rather than Allopathic. As the oxygen level is low, so you feel Mountain sickness, Headache, and all.
1. Kapur (Camphor): It’s a good source of Oxygen, Rap Kapur in your hanky/stole/scarf and inhale Kapur (Camphor) properly. It helps to increase your altitude gradually and balance ascent with rest to help your body acclimatize.
2. Crocin: For body pain/Fever
3. Cardamom (elaichi) : for vomit sensation
4. Cloves (Laung): for vomit sensation
5. Electoral (ORS): For Hydration
6. UV protection Sun Glasses
7. Sun block cream – should have a good SPF rating like 45+
8. Lip balm and Moisturizer / Cold cream (Boro Plus/ Boroline)
Now I am going to elaborate on my journey:
Day 1: Leh
Day 1: Visited Leh Local
Leh Palace: The palace is one of the major attractions here. The palace was built in the 17th century by Tashi Namgyal and is now dilapidated and deserted. It was the home of the royal family until they were exiled to Stok in the 1830s. Above the palace, at the top of Namgyal peak, is the Victory Tower, built to commemorate Ladakh’s victory over the Balti-Kashmir armies in the early 16th century.
Shanti Stupa: It was built by the Japanese order and was opened by Dalai Lama in 1985. From the top, one can view the exotic locales nearby. The Stupa is located at a distance of 3km from Fort road.
Leh Market: Small/Compact market is very beautiful. You can enjoy shopping for Leh traditional wearing.
Day 2: Pangong Tso
Day 2 : Visited Pangong
We started early around 8 AM for Pangong Lake
This is the most amazing lake. Few Bollywood movies have been shot there, like 3 Idiot’s climax scene. I have added a few pictures to this article. The Lake has surrounded by barren hills with the backdrop of the snow-capped mountains this lake makes an ideal vacation spot.
The crystal clear water and blue color of the lake will make you fall in love with this place. Another interesting thing about this lake is that this lake was once a popular source of salt. Don’t miss a chance to explore this lake while on your trip from Delhi to Ladakh.
Overnight I stayed in camp and enjoyed bonfire, music and waves of a beautiful lake.
I reached on 15th -Aug -2017(Tuesday), Taking flight from Delhi to Leh. We reached around 11 AM and then take a rest in the hotel till 4 PM.
After 4 PM, we visited local areas in Leh: Hemis, Shey, palace, the local market and Shanti Stupa.
Day 3: Leh
Day 3: Back to Leh from Pangong
Back to Leh, prepare Maggie and Tea for snacks and had it. I slept in the evening and woke up around 10 PM to have dinner. I take rest overnight the same.
Day 4: Nubra Valley
Day 4: Visited Nubra
Most of you might have heard about the beauty of this destination. Nubra valley is famous among the tourist around the world for its scenic beauty. This magnificent valley lies 50 km north of Leh where the rivers, Shyok and Siachen and separate Ladakh from Karakoram Ranges.
The ultra-wide scenes, humongous mountain confronts, exquisite trails, the wide assortment of hues and melodic Shyok stream streaming the middle the valley will blow your mind at first sight. The real fascination of an excursion to Nubra Valley is the most noteworthy motorable road, Khardung La Pass Being at a lower height than Leh at a normal elevation of close to 18500 Feet.
Khardung La Pass: The pass is another essential door to Siachen Glacier. A troop of around 10,000 stallions and camels explored this street every year on their approach to Kashgar in Central Asia. The pass is deliberately essential as a result of the strained Indo-China connection. Several bikers take this street day by day.
Dikshit: this is the oldest and largest monastery in Nubra Valley, belonging to the Gelugpa (yellow hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
Day 5: Leh
Day 5: Back to Leh
Back to Leh in the evening and took rest for the whole night.
Day 6: Leh
Day 6: Sight Seeing in Leh
Hall of Fame: Don’t forget to visit this Museum.
The Hall of Fame, situated close to the Leh Airfiled, is an exhibition hall developed and kept up by the Indian Army in the memory of the warriors who had lost their lives amid the Indo-Pak wars.It is additionally named as a remembrance for the war saints. This building comprises of two stories. There are relics of different wars for the most part Kargil war, like the weapons utilized amid the war and some imperative archives, identified with the same.
Gurudwara Pathar Sahib: Gurudwara Pathar Sahib is located 25 miles from Leh in the Ladakh area in Jammu and Kashmir. This is managed by Army only. The best part is, Langar is very tasty
Sangam Point: The meeting point of the Indus and Zanskar is known as the Sangam Point. As the water of the Indus River is very warm and the Zanskar is frozen, this becomes an amazing sight for the onlookers. The two rivers meet at this point and then flow to Pakistan. The convergence of these rivers takes place at a distance of 30 km west of Leh.
Leh Market: Leh Market is small but very beautiful. you can have coffee/Food etc and its good for shopping.
Day 7: Back to Delhi
Reached Delhi, but don’t want to leave the beautiful Place Ladakh.
I have a great experience with this trip. The trip was awesome.