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Memorable Journey to Ladakh(9 Nights)

Srinagar, Kargil, Leh, Pangong Lake, Nubra Valley, Sarchu, Manali, Chandigarh

for Family Traveller

Holiday Overview

Enroute - Photos Courtesy Milind Kshirsagar (Nivalink Trip Dated - 30 August 2013)
Hunder Sand Dunes - Photos Courtesy Milind Kshirsagar (Nivalink Trip Dated - 30 August 2013)
Double Humped Camel - Photos Courtesy Milind Kshirsagar (Nivalink Trip Dated - 30 August 2013)
View from Diskit - Photos Courtesy Milind Kshirsagar (Nivalink Trip Dated - 30 August 2013)
Enroute - Photos Courtesy Milind Kshirsagar (Nivalink Trip Dated - 30 August 2013)
Pangong Lake (Nivalink Trip Dated - 15 July 2010)
Views from Pangong - Photos Courtesy Milind Kshirsagar (Nivalink Trip Dated - 30 August 2013)
Pangong Views - Photos Courtesy Milind Kshirsagar (Nivalink Trip Dated - 30 August 2013)
Enroute to Basgo - Photos Courtesy Milind Kshirsagar
View of Leh from Shanti Stupa - Photos Courtesy Milind Kshirsagar
View from Thiksey - Photos Courtesy Milind Kshirsagar
River Beas
View from Manali
Nagin Lake Views

Memorable Journey to Ladakh is an ultimate high altitude drive and experience itinerary that has both Srinagar - Leh and Leh - Manali route that have eight of the worlds highest motorable passes in the world. In addition to that guests also visit Nubra Valley (High altitude Oasis and Desert) and Pangong Lake (high altitude lake).

Route

Srinagar(1) - Kargil(1) - Leh(1) - Pangong Lake(1) - Leh(1) - Nubra Valley(1) - Leh(1) - Sarchu(1) - Manali(1)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Arrival at Srinagar
  • Day-2 Srinagar - Kargil via Sonamarg
  • Day-3 Kargil - Leh via Lamayuru
  • Day-4 Leh to Pangong. Visit Shey - Thiksey - Hemis Monasteries enroute
  • Day-5 Pangong - Leh. Leh market visit for shopping
  • Day-6 Leh - Nubra Valley. Visit Sumur and Hunder village and Diskit Monastery
  • Day-7 Visit Sand Dunes. Bactrian Camel ride. Back to Leh
  • Day-8 Leh - Sarchu via high motorable passes
  • Day-9 Sarchu - Manali Via Barachala Pass and Rohtang Pass
  • Day-10 Travel to Chandigarh for departure
Sightseeing Summary

Kargil - Lamayuru Monastery (149.00 kms), Pangong Lake (149.00 kms)

Leh - Shanti Stupa (5.00 kms), Sindhu Bank (10.00 kms), Thiksey Monastery (19.00 kms), Khardungla Pass (39.00 kms), Hemis Monastery (45.00 kms), Lamayuru Monastery (109.00 kms), Pangong Lake (128.00 kms)

Manali - Rohtang Pass (40.00 kms)

Nubra Valley - Double Humped Camel Ride (5.00 kms), Diskit Monastery (14.00 kms)

Pangong Lake - Pangong Lake (0.50 kms)

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - Srinagar Departure - Chandigarh
Best Season to Travel
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
Popular Extensions to the Itinerary

Keeping additional night at Leh in between could avoid 8 straight 1 night stays and also allow guests to explore high altitude monasteries around Leh better. Additional night at Manali at the end if preferred before departure from Chandigarh.

Distances
  • Srinagar to Kargil -204 kms (8 hrs)
  • Kargil to Leh -234 kms (10 hrs)
  • Leh to Pangong Lake -150 kms (5 hrs)
  • Pangong Lake to Leh -150 kms (5 hrs)
  • Leh to Nubra Valley -125 kms (5 hrs)
  • Nubra Valley to Leh -125 kms (5 hrs)
  • Leh to Sarchu -255 kms (11 hrs)
  • Sarchu to Manali -222 kms (10 hrs)
  • Manali to Chandigarh -292 kms (8 hrs)
Route

Srinagar(1) - Kargil(1) - Leh(1) - Pangong Lake(1) - Leh(1) - Nubra Valley(1) - Leh(1) - Sarchu(1) - Manali(1) - Chandigarh

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Arrival at Srinagar Arrival at Srinagar. Transfer and stay in a houseboat.

Day-2 Srinagar - Kargil via Sonamarg  Early Departure from Srinagar, travel to Kargil (8200+ ft asl) via Srinagar - Leh Highway. Enroute visit Sonmarg (8500+ ft asl) and experience stunning close range Himalayan views. Reach Kargil via Zojilla pass & Drass region.

Day-3 Kargil - Leh via Lamayuru Proceed to Leh (10000 ft asl - 234 kms - 10 hrs). Enroute visit Mulbek (known for its huge Buddha Statue) and Lamayuru monastery (10500+ ft asl - The oldest monastery in Ladakh). Enroute pass the confluence of Indus – Zanskar Rivers and the effects of Magnetic Hill (Defiance of the law of gravity). Visit Gurudwara Patthar Sahib and Kali Mata temple and reach Leh in the evening. Rest for the day

Day-4 Leh to Pangong. Visit Shey - Thiksey - Hemis Monasteries enroute Early departure from Leh to Pangong (14000 ft asl - 150 kms - 5 hours) via Changla Pass (third highest pass of the world). Enroute visit Shey monastery, Thiksey monastery, Hemis monastery and Sindhu Ghat. Experience lake views from the Camp.

Day-5 Pangong - Leh. Leh market visit for shopping Drive back to Leh (150 kms - 5 hrs). Enroute take a short halt at Changla Pass to enjoy a cup of hot steaming tea. If time permits, explore local Leh market for shopping.

Day-6 Leh - Nubra Valley. Visit Sumur and Hunder village and Diskit Monastery  Early departure to Nubra Valley (10000+ ft asl - popularly known as the valley of flowers.) (125 kms - 5 hrs) enroute visit Khardung-la-pass (the highest Motorable road in the world - 17582 ft asl). Post lunch can explore beautiful village of Sumur & Hunder with a Visit Diskit Monastery.

Day-7 Visit Sand Dunes. Bactrian Camel ride. Back to Leh Visit high altitude cold desert and Sand Dunes to enjoy a Bactrian Camel ride (Double humped camel). Return to Leh (125 kms - 5 hrs). If time permits take a walk to the market.

Day-8 Leh - Sarchu via high motorable passes Start journey to Sarchu through Indus Valley, Tanglangla Pass (17,585) Skyangchu Thang (the biggest and highest plateau on the earth with a stretch of 42 km), Lachangla Pass (16,617 ft). Experience the scenic journey on the Manali Leh highway which is considered a definitive experience and the most beautiful road in the world. Stop for a lunch break at Pang. Reach by late evening to Sarchu.

Day-9 Sarchu - Manali Via Barachala Pass and Rohtang Pass Proceed to Manali (240 kms - 10 hours via Baralacha Pass (15000+ ft asl) Keylong (10000+ ft asl) and Rohtang Pass (12000+ ft asl). Reach Manali by late evening.

Day-10 Travel to Chandigarh for departure Travel to Chandigarh (320 kms - 7 hours) for departure

Detailed Sightseeing

Kargil :

  • Lamayuru Monastery - Lamayuru is one of the largest and oldest gompas in Ladakh and visited enroute on the Leh - Srinagar route. It has a population of around 150 permanent monks resident.

  • Pangong Lake - Pangong Lake is an high altitude lake visited ex-Leh (128 kms). The lake is 134 kms long and max 5 km wide. Pangong drive from Leh is most spectacular via Changla pass and staying overnight at Pangong Lake is nothing short of an experience. Pangong area is also renowned for bird watching as its a nesting grounds for migratory birds like Bar headed Geese and being considered for a Ramsar site.

Leh :

  • Shanti Stupa - Shanti Stupa is a Buddhist stupa on a hilltop near Leh built in 1991 by Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu Gyomyo Nakamura. The Shanti Stupa holds the relics of the Buddha at its base, enshrined by the 14th Dalai Lama himself. The stupa has become a tourist attraction not only due to its religious significance but also due to its location which provides panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

  • Sindhu Bank - Sindhu Ghat is situated at 10 km up stream the Indus River from Leh near the Shey monastery. It is a peaceful river bank offering excellent views of the area around.

  • Thiksey Monastery - Thikse Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Yellow Hat sect at 19 kms and is noted for its resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet and is the largest gompa in central Ladakh. The monastery is located at an altitude of 11,800 ft asl and is a 12-storey complex and houses many items of Buddhist art such as stupas, statues, thangkas, wall paintings and swords.

  • Khardungla Pass - Khardung La (17582 ft asl) is one of the worlds highest motorable passes at 39 kms from Leh. Khardung La offers spectacular views and is kind of must visit for any traveller to Leh.

  • Hemis Monastery - Hemis Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Drukpa Lineage, located at 45 kms from Ladakh. The monastery existed before 11th century and was re-established in 1672 by the Ladakhi king. The annual Hemis festival honoring Padmasambhava is held here in early June.

  • Lamayuru Monastery - Lamayuru is one of the largest and oldest gompas in Ladakh and visited enroute on the Leh - Srinagar route. It has a population of around 150 permanent monks resident.

  • Pangong Lake - Pangong Lake is an high altitude lake visited ex-Leh (128 kms). The lake is 134 kms long and max 5 km wide. Pangong drive from Leh is most spectacular via Changla pass and staying overnight at Pangong Lake is nothing short of an experience. Pangong area is also renowned for bird watching as its a nesting grounds for migratory birds like Bar headed Geese and being considered for a Ramsar site.

Manali :

  • Rohtang Pass - 40 kms from Manali is Rohtang Pass, one that takes guests into Lahaul and Spiti valley. Rohtang Pass is open June - Sept. However tourists travel upto base of the Pass till Kothi (16 kms) and a bit beyond to enjoy snow experience that includes a bit of sliding and fun playing with snow. This area is extremely touristy in high season and often seas heavy traffic jams.

Nubra Valley :

  • Double Humped Camel Ride - Nubra Valley (120 kms from Leh) is known for being the high altitude desert area and home to double humped camels. A camel ride here is popular with tourists.

  • Diskit Monastery - Diskit Monastery is the oldest and largest Buddhist monastery in the Nubra Valley region of Ladakh. Lachung Temple and Hundur Monastery are also located nearby.

Pangong Lake :

  • Pangong Lake - Pangong Lake is an high altitude lake visited ex-Leh (128 kms). The lake is 134 kms long and max 5 km wide. Pangong drive from Leh is most spectacular via Changla pass and staying overnight at Pangong Lake is nothing short of an experience. Pangong area is also renowned for bird watching as its a nesting grounds for migratory birds like Bar headed Geese and being considered for a Ramsar site.

Destination Overview

Chandigarh - Chandigarh is a major business centre and hub for Software, IT and ITES companies. Chandigarh is a tourist destination being a transit point for guests on Delhi - Manali route and an access point to visit neighboring hills of Himachal Pradesh and hill station of Shimla.

Srinagar - Srinagar is the summer capital city of Kashmir. Srinagar is a city famous for its lake experience. Houseboats, Shikaras and Mughal gardens, Handicraft shops all combine to give a unique holiday experience.

Kargil - Kargil (8200 ft asl) is one of the coldest regions in India on the Srinagar - Leh highway.

Leh - Leh lies at altitude of 10500 ft and the region basically is a high altitude desert and home to ancient monasteries, offers some extreme weather and exceptional views.

Pangong Lake - Pangong Lake (160 kms from Leh) is situated at about 14,200 feet and is the world’s highest saltwater lake.

Nubra Valley - Nubra Valley (120 kms from Leh) is known for being the high altitude desert area having sand dunes and the double humped camels.

Sarchu - Sarchu (222 kms from Manali and 250 kms from Leh) lies mid-way on the legendary Manali - Leh Route at about 11000 ft asl surrounded by exceptional beauty and views.

Manali - Manali (7000 ft) is a major hill station and a preferred Ex-Chandigarh weekend Getaway and a destination for Honeymooners, adventure lovers.

Access
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Distances
  • Srinagar to Kargil -204 kms (8 hrs)
  • Kargil to Leh -234 kms (10 hrs)
  • Leh to Pangong Lake -150 kms (5 hrs)
  • Pangong Lake to Leh -150 kms (5 hrs)
  • Leh to Nubra Valley -125 kms (5 hrs)
  • Nubra Valley to Leh -125 kms (5 hrs)
  • Leh to Sarchu -255 kms (11 hrs)
  • Sarchu to Manali -222 kms (10 hrs)
  • Manali to Chandigarh -292 kms (8 hrs)

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Distances
  • Srinagar to Kargil -204 kms (8 hrs)
  • Kargil to Leh -234 kms (10 hrs)
  • Leh to Pangong Lake -150 kms (5 hrs)
  • Pangong Lake to Leh -150 kms (5 hrs)
  • Leh to Nubra Valley -125 kms (5 hrs)
  • Nubra Valley to Leh -125 kms (5 hrs)
  • Leh to Sarchu -255 kms (11 hrs)
  • Sarchu to Manali -222 kms (10 hrs)
  • Manali to Chandigarh -292 kms (8 hrs)

Expert Speak

Memorable Journey to Ladakh is an ultimate itinerary for those looking for a definitive high altitude driving experience. June-Sept is the best time to travel. Travelling during Festival time in August could enhance the experience even more.

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