Srinagar-Leh Highway: The Most Scenic Road Trip in India

9 Days
  • 2033  
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Shweta Modgil

Shweta Modgil

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Traveller, writer, dreamer.


Estimated Trip Cost

15000 Which Includes
  •   Transport
  •   Food
  •   Stay


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Trip Overview

If I had to pick one road in India that I would travel again to treat my eyes and senses , it would undoubtedly with the National Highway 1D or popularly known as the Srinagar-Leh highway. Well almost because I decided to take a detour at Kargil towards Zanskar and what I saw made feel I was in paradise though with un-metalled roads.

The road from Srinagar to Zanskar takes you from the picturesque Dal Lake to the grass meadows of Sonemarg to the treacherous Zozila Pass to the infamous Kargil town to forlorn Rungdum-almost like a forgotten ancient township of yore. From there  the road takes you through breathtaking Pensila Pass to the unbelievable Darang drung glacier and finally after passing by never ending grasslands, frozen peaks, barren mountains, glistening rivers, numerous dirt tracks, a myriad hues and contours of landscape, you have entered Zanskar-a land forgotten and lost in a time warp. If you can survive dirt tracks, landslides, and treacherous terrain, well pat yourself on making your way through heaven-though it is not exactly a glide. 

Travel Itinerary and Map

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Srinagar Houseboats Duration : 2 days

Srinagar Houseboats, Dal Lake, Srinagar
The lifeline of Srinagar-the picturesque never ending Dal Lake which stretches on and on. Dotted with innumerable houseboats and floating shops, the Dal is like balm to a roving traveler spirit. Highly recommended is staying in one of the houseboats, and savoring Kashmiri hospitality.
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