Feed the wanderlust in you by travelling to this part of the earth.Ladakh indeed is a paradise on earth and to witness and endure the pristine and serene beauty of such a magnificent yet beauteous place, one needs to plan the trip accordingly. Just keeping track of all you wish to visit is definitely not going to do justice to your trip. You should make it a point to escape and explore different places in Ladakh with ample amount of time. Make sure you have 14-15 days to explore the unexplored places and adventures in Ladakh. Just make sure that your trip goes smoothly and safely despite hostile weather conditions and bad roads.In this article, we will discuss some of the places that are worth seeing in Ladakh for all the tourists and a detailed itinerary to Ladakh from Manali.
Day 1 | Delhi to Manali/Solang
It is a 13-14 hours drive to Manali from Delhi.Staying overnight in Solang helps in better acclimatization than staying in Manali. Enjoy the beautiful views of lower Himalayan Region and apply for permits to go to and across Rohtang Pass.
Day 2 | Manali/Solang Valley to Keylong/Jispa
It is about 6-7 hours drive depending on the breaks you take in between.Staying at Jispa is a better option than staying at Keylong because you get to experience the alluring beauty of the majestic Himalayas with Bhagu River running just beside the Himalayas. Avoid sleeping in Sarchu while going to Leh from Manali as by that time your body is not fully acclimatized and acute mountain sickness might hit you.
Day 3 | Keylong/Jispa to Baralacha La-Leh
It is approximately 11-12 hours drive depending on the breaks you take in between.Leave from Keylong/Jispa wherever you had spent your last night early in the morning so that you reach Leh timely in the evening. On the way to Leh on Manali- Leh Highway, you will spot a few small lakes like Suraj Tal,Deepak Tal. On your way to Leh you will cross Baralacha La, Lachulung La, Nakee La, Taglang La passes.Stay overnight at Leh.
Day 4 | Exploring and Sightseeing in Leh & Acclimatization
For this day, you can explore and do sightseeing in Leh. Meanwhile, your body will get time to adjust according to the change in weather conditions because of the rise in altitude. Apply online for Inner Line Permits for sightseeing in Leh(Changthang Valley or Batalik) and you can pay the required fees too. Make sure that the permits get stamped at Tourist Information Centre or Leh DC Office.
Day 5 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit / Hunder
For this day it will be about 5-6 hours drive to Nubra Valley depending on the breaks you take Khardung La and other spots. Khardung La is the highest motorable pass as claimed make it a point to enjoy a cup of soup or a cup of tea at the Army Canteen. Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and Bactrian camel safari, these are famous tourist attractions. Stay overnight either at Diskit or Hunder.
Day 6 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
Start early from Hunder/Diskit and head towards Sumur. Sumur has a famous monastery if you have time make sure you visit this place. After this head towards the small village,Panamik which is quite known for hot water springs. Head back to Leh via the same route you took to reach Nubra Valley.Overnight stay at Leh after 7-9 hours of a drive depending on the number of spots you covered on your way.
Day 7 | Leh – Hemis Monastery – Chang La Pass – Pangong Tso Lake
Now start from early in the morning and make sure that you cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on your way to Pangong Tso. After a drive of approximately 5-6 hours, overnight stay at Pangong Tso.
Day 8 | Pangong Tso Lake to Leh
Take the same route back to Leh and if you did not cover Shey Palace previously you may do the same today.Overnight Stay at Leh.
Day 9 | Leh to Tso Moriri
This day’s journey is going to be a bit difficult as you will be travelling on treacherous roads. Head back on Manali Leh highway until Upshi and take the diversion towards Chumthang. Road until Sumdo will be a mix of good and bad but after Sumdo it will pretty much be a dirt trail all the way until Karzok. Cover Karzok Monastery and overnight stay at Karzok or Tso Moriri after 8-10 hours of drive.
Day 10 | Tso Moriri to Leh
Wake up early in the morning and spend some time by the lake. Come back via Tso Kar and Manali – Leh Highway to Leh. Overnight stay at Leh after 10-11 hours of drive.
Day 11 | Leh
Spend some time in Leh. Depending upon your likings you can either rest, shop or interact with the locals there and get to know about their culture. Overnight at Leh.
Day 12 | Leh – Lamayuru – Kargil
Start your journey early in the morning to Leh via Leh Srinagar Highway.See the magnetic hill, Zanskar river confluence, Gurudwara Patthar Sahib, monasteries at Mulbekh and Lamayuru and Lunar Landscapes.It will be around 10-12 hours of a drive if you cover the places mentioned above.Overnight stay at Kargil.
Day 13 | Kargil-Srinagar
Travel on Srinagar-Leh Highway and enjoy the vistas en route.You can have lunch at Sonamarg. Visit Dal Lake in Srinagar and make it a point to stay in a houseboat(highly recommended).
Day 14 | Srinagar -Jammu
Enjoy the mesmerizing beauty on your way to Jammu via Patnitop. It will be 8-10 hours of journey.
Day 15 | Jammu- Delhi
Now is the time to get back home and it will be mostly plain areas.Around 11-12 hours of drive depending on the breaks you take in between.
It is a very common and Best Itinerary for Ladakh. The itinerary covers almost all the renowned tourist attractions and things to do when in Leh. Hoping that the Leh Ladakh Itinerary discussed above will be helpful to you.