We see a lot of queries that keep coming up from people directly flying to Leh – Ladakh and have about 10-11 days in hand to explore various places in Ladakh. Looking at the requests of many avid readers of the blog and so many like-minded travelers seeking guidance for their tour to Leh – Ladakh by Air, I would like to sketch below one of the most common itineraries for traveling to Leh Ladakh by air.
Manali – Leh – Srinagar – 10 Nights 11 Days plan
Pick up from bus stand and Manali Sight seeings
Manali to Jispa
Travel to leh from jispa
Travel to Nubra via Khardungla-
Day Trip to Turtuk
Visit Pangong Lake Via Shyok River
Pangong to Tso- Moriri Via Yaya Tso
Return to Leh from Tso Moriri Via Mahe
Leh to kargil Via Lamayuru
Kargil to Srinagar
Return home from the Paradise-Drop at Airport
Pick up from the bus stand and drop you at the hotel. after fresh-n up visit Manali Sightseeing a vehicle shall pick you up for the sightseeing. We will cover Hidimba Devi Temple, Ban Vihar, Mall Road, Vashishth Temple, Monastery in Manali, and Manali Club house”
Over Night at Manali
After breakfast checkout From hotel drive to Jispa by atal tunnel and sissu , keylong . Drive of about 6 hrs , dinner & overnight in Camps /Homestay . Jispa is centre point of Manali to Leh .
It is a breathtaking journey on a trail that is literally a ‘no mans’ land. The nomadic people, Changpass, are the most outstanding feature of this area. They can be seen moving from one place to another, grazing herds of goats, sheep and yaks. Changpas pass their days with their animals and move with their flocks, their only wealth from pasture to pasture according to changing season. Drive further from the stark moonscape to the lush green landscape. A very scenic passing through small lakes, waterfalls and streams.
Over Night at Leh
Day 4 Travel to Nubra via Khardungla
Post breakfast we drive to Nubra Valley. The road journey from Leh to Nubra Valley passes over Khardung La (The Highest Motorable Road In The World) at 5,602 Mtrs / 18,390 Ft, around 39 km from Leh. Upon Arrival to Hunder where you have opportunity to ride on a bacterian camel (double humped) amidst the sand dunes of this high altitude desert with snowcapped mountains on the horizon. Between Hunder and Diskit you come across sand dunes besides the road. Seen in isolation you could well be amongst the sand dunes of the Thar Desert in Rajasthan.
Over Night at Nubra Valley
Day 5 Day Trip to Turtuk
One of the most fascinating journeys in Ladakh this is a less popular destination which opened recently for tourists. If you have a thirst for a strikingly beautiful journey, this is the destination to cover. “The next morning, they woke up in India.” We are in Turtuk, listening to a villager recount the history of this remote northwest corner of Ladakh, which until that night was part of Baltistan in POK. A full day excursion of Turutk and later evening return to Nubra Valley. Adventure activities at nubra at their own cost(Double humped Camel Bacterian ride, ATV ride, zipline etc )
Over Night at Nubra Valley
Day 6 Visit Pangong Lake Via Shyok River
After an early breakfast we check out from the Camp or Hotel, and drive towards Pangong Tso via Agham and Shyok Valley. Some of the road patches are extremely tough (towards Nubra) but no doubt the landscapes are extremely scenic! After crossing this adventurous part we drive further towards Durbuk & Tangtse for Pangong. We pass through few small villages of Changthang and finally we will have a sudden view of the Pangong Lake situated at 14,000 feet. This famous blue brackish Lake is 5-6 Kms wide and over 133 Kms long with half of it’s running the other side of the “Indo China Border”. One rarely feels so close to nature and environment and the scenery is unforgettable. In June/July due to Snow Melting, Shyok Route is closed so in such a case INR 4000/- for SUV & 7000/- for Traveler would be Extra for Warila Route.
Over Night at Pangong
Day 7 Pangong to Tso- Moriri Via Yaya Tso
Drive to Tsomoriri Lake. It is a breathtaking journey on a trail that is literally a ‘no mans’ land. Vast lonely stretches on the Chanthang plateau makes this drive one of the best isolated drives of this tour. Enroute visit the faraway settlement of Chuchuk. Tsomoriri is situated at an altitude of 4511m above sea level; with an area of about 140 Sq.km. Spend your evening watching shadows of the surrounding mountain and the varying depths of Tsomoriri lake. Stay in tented cottages at Tso Moriri.
Over Night at Tso Moriri
Day 8 Return to Leh from Tso Moriri Via Mahe
Morning at leisure to explore the beauty of lake and later we drive back to Leh. En-route visit the following monuments. Thikshey Monastery Hemis Monastery Shey Palace and Museum Drive further to Leh and check in at our hotel for Overnight
Over Night at Leh
Day 9 Leh to kargil Via Lamayuru
After breakfast you drive on Leh – Leh Highway. On the way you can visit Magnetic Hills, Paththar Sahib Gurudwara, Sangam View Point, and Lamayuru Monastery. Later While travelling To kargil cover Enroute visiting Mulbek where gigantic status of Maityra Budhdha awaits you, and later visit the oldest monastery ie Lamayuru monastery of the region.
Over Night at Kargil
Day 10 Kargil to Srinagar
In the morning we will leave Kargil to head toward Srinagar. On the way visit Zozilla Pass and war memorial , Drass village which is highest inhabited place. Later head toward Srinagar via sonamarg ,Reach at Srinagar check in the Hotel. Driver shall drop you at the Hotel.You can enjoy shikara Ride at Dal Lake(at Your own expenses).Dinner & Overnight stay at hotel
Over Night at Srinagar
Day 11 Return home from the Paradise-Drop at Airport
After breakfast chcekout from Hotel and Time to say Good Bye to ladakh And srinagar trip . Later based on the flight time, it shall drop you at the airport .