21 August 2011

Ladakh Trip: Brief Itinerary

Gompas at Thiksey Monastery

It was an engrossing trip of 10 days executed in the month of June-2011. Infact, the planning phase started 4-5 months advance. Here's our itinerary in brief, I hope it will helpful in planning your Ladakh trips.

Day-0: 16th June 2011
  • Depature from Bangalore and Arrival at Terminal-1 Delhi
  • Overnight stay at Terminal T3

Day-1: 17th June 2011
  • Morning flight from Delhi to Leh
  • Started the acclimatization process by resting whole afternoon.
  • Evening visit to Shanti Stupa. Enjoyed and captured dynamic landscapes.
  • Visited Leh Palace very late in evening.
  • Night dinner at a high frill restaurant which had a free WiFi.

Day-2: 18th June 2011
  • Visit to Hemis Monastery, witnessed lamas pratcising for events for an upcoming festival.
  • Had a glance at  Shey School(featured in 3 idiots) from outside and visited Stok Palace and Sindhu Ghat
  • Traveled to west of Leh to see confluence Indus and Zanskar rivers and witness miracle of Magnetic hill

Day-3: 19th June 2011
  • Started the ride towards Nubra Valley and passed thru the highest motorable road Khardungla pass which is at a height of 18380 feet.
  • Continued journey through Nubra, Shyok Valley -  Great Canyon of idea.
  • Brief visit to Panamic where civilians can get best view of Siachen glacier - world's highest battlefield.
  • Hiked for 15 minutes to reach a hidden lake by name Yarab Tso
  • Overnight stay at Diskit.
Day-4: 20th June 2011
  • Visited Hunder Sand Dunes early in morning and witnessed endangered double humped bacterian camels at the same place.
  • Drive back to Leh via Khardungla
  • Passed the time in evening by doing window shopping at Leh market
Day-5: 21st June 2011
  • Started the journey towards Pangong Tso.
  • Visited Thiksey Monastery on the way
  • Reached Pangong late in evening i.e. around 6 pm.
  • Overnight stay at Merak
Day-6: 22nd June 2011
  • Started Ride towards Tso Moriri
  • Brief stopover at Rezang La 1962 War Memorial.
  • Reached Tso Moriri early in evening.
  • Overnight stay at Karzok.
Day-7: 23rd June 2011
  • Started Ride towards Manali
  • On the way visited Tso Kar but due to bad timing the lake didn't look that impressive
  • Passed through Pang - world's highest army transit camp
  • Witnessed impressive landscape after Pang and crossed J&K border
  • Overnight stay at Sarchu in a tented accommodation
Day-8: 24th June 2011
  • Continued journey towards Manali
  • Brief stopover besides Surajtaal lake
  • Dropped the plan of Chandratal lake as the roads leading to the lake were closed ( may be it was cooked up by drivers )
  • Took five hours to cross Rohtang Pass, terrible traffic jam !
  • Overnight stay at Manali after marathon accommodation search for two hours.
Day-9: 25th June 2011
  • Visited Gurudwara and Shiva Temple at Manikaran
  • Had a brief stopover at Kazol in evening and partially witnessed the activities for which the place is renowned :)
Day-10: 26th June 2011
  • Cancelled plans of local sightseeing due to rains
  • Departed from Manali towards by taking 6.00 pm bus
Day-11: 27th June 2011
  • Arrived in Delhi after 16 hours taxing journey. The distance was just 570 kms.
  • Stayed at YHAI hostel Chanakyapuri
  • Took an evening flight from Delhi
  • Back in Bangalore to concluding the dream trip.
If you have any queries in specific please post a comment here or send me an email at sandeep@shande.in

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