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Leh Ladakh

Gunjan Upreti
Apart from London, the Yash Raj blockbuster was shot in Ladakh and parts of Gulmarg and Pahalgam.
Soniya Kanchan
I was working in Snow Leopard Conservation as a Volunteer for a month, I am sharing my experience of a field visit to Fotoksar village in Western Ladakh. We started from Leh to Fotoksar village. We started driving at 8:30 AM and stopped at Nimmu for breakfast. We took a halt a Hanuptta village where we dropped some material for the construction of a personal livestock enclosure. The villagers were really kind and honoured us with Khata. Post lunch we continued for Fotoksar and reached the village around 4:30 pm.As our ride broke down we also got a chance to drive in a truck in Ladakh. The road was beautiful with Marmots and Yaks all around with Snow Clapped mountains all around.After we crossed Sirsila pass and upon our arrival, we distributed the material among the villagers. The village is headed by Rigzen Namgail and the members are divided in three different communities.Fotoksar is a very beautiful village located The Western Ladakh near Zanskar Valley. The village is rich with flora and fauna. Some of the animals found in the region are Ibex, Long Tail Marmots, Brown Bears, Snow Leopards, Wolves and Red Fox. We spotted multiple herds of Ladakhi Urials on our way. Fotoksar is abundant with natural beauty and has a beautiful glacier on top of the mountain. This glacier is known as ‘Gyamtso Chen’ among the local populace. The Dalthang Dal mountain peak overlooks the village and is known as a self-formed Stupa among the locals.The house we were staying at was a small little house near the stream. The owners were extremely kind and welcoming, they made sure we were fed properly. They even cooked momos for us on the first night. I also got a chance to taste Arak, the Gin of Ladakh.We started the construction of Community Livestock Enclosure. The villagers joined us in three groups headed by their team leaders. The logs and the rest of the construction material were carried by the villagers on the hill, i also decided to give a hand to one old lady. The task was to create an enclosure of 20x20 feet where the villagers will be able to keep their livestock safe from predator attacks. One member each from all the 41 households of the village participated to finish the task on the same day. During the lunch break, the villagers sat into 3 different groups and made tea with the food they brought from home. It was wonderful to see how joyful these people were.We all went for lunch in a different house, where they were building another enclosure. They were some Yak Skew and Chang for lunch. This was the first time I had chang and it was delicious. Skew is a traditional dish of Ladakh, it looks more like Pasta but it is a little soupy. This trip helped us interact with the local villagers and i also got a chance to visit an old house where they had all the traditional clothes and dishes. That house also acts as a museum for the tourists that pass by.The two days in Fotoksar went by really quickly and soon it was time for us to leave. On our way back to Leh we stopped in various location where we spotted different animals like Urials and Ibex.Goodbye Fotoksar, hopefully will see you again.
Sreshti Verma
The sublime and awe-inspiring landscape of Ladakh attracts travellers to its high passes. From glacial lakes and towering peaks to centuries-old monasteries and ancient festivals, this valley has it all! Here are the various experience in Ladakh that you can opt for to get 70% off for your partner:
Garima Garg
On June 12, as my flight flew into Ladakh, I was mesmerised. The desert mountains, large and expansive, were awe-inspiring. Suddenly, I was feeling more curious than ever to explore this magical place.
Shipra Shekhar
The Ladakh region of Jammu & Kashmir is quite sensitive as it shares borders with both Pakistan and China. Not all parts of Ladakh are accessible to civilians. An inner line permit is required to visit restricted places such as Dah, Hanu Villages, Pangong Tso, Man, Merak, Tso Moriri, Nyoma, Loma Bend, Khardung La, Nubra Valley, Turtuk, Tyakshi, Digger La, Tangyar. Inner line permits can be obtained from the DC office near Polo ground of Main Baazar in Leh town between 9am to 7pm, however, the application forms need to be submitted before 3pm. You can also get permits online but it will still need to be stamped. It is advisable to go for the permit in the morning as the queue is shorter and will significantly reduce the waiting time. Travel Agents and tour operators can also arrange the permit.Fees:₹30 per day per personDocuments required:Self-attested photocopies of valid nationality proof, photo-IDs and a request application letter addressing the DC of Leh-Ladakh district for the approval of your permits.You can get the permit online here.Amazing places you shouldn't miss:Pangong Lake, Shanti Stupa, Tso Moriri Lake, Leh Palace, Khardung La Pass, Nubra Valley, Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, Changtang Wildlife Sanctuary, Tso Kar lake and many more.A glimpse of the beauty of Ladakh:
Abhishek Chaudhary
Before I begin to put my lifetime experience in to words, I would like to mention that my sole purpose of this trip was to shoot a travel film along with some Beautiful landscapes of Ladakh.Our journey started on 4th June from Delhi. We were five people in my brand new car and we decided to take this trip with a temporary registered number and faced no problems other than Srinagar.Below is the route we took to Leh and return:1. Delhi2. Amritsar3. Srinagar4. Sonmarg5. Kargil6. Leh7. Pangong lake8. Nubra9. Tso Moriri lake10. Leh11. Sarchu12. Manali13. Chandigarh14. DelhiTotal distance covered - 3500kmsCost for five - 1,00,000/-We took homestays, and tried to keep expenses as low as possible.I shot 400gb of photos and videos which includes 45 time-lapse approx. I am still processing the video and will be sharing after a month or so.Overall, Ladakh was an experience of lifetime.(Will add more images soon)Thanks for reading :)#arcscapes #arc_leh #ladakh #leh #manali #rohtang #nubra #photography #landscapes #travelphotography #landscapephotography #pangong #tsomoriri #srinagar #dallake #sonmarg #kargil #leh #tsokari #sarchu #beautiful #lifetimetrip #besttrip #nature
Aashu @ Shrivastava
4. Chemrey Monastery, LadakhThis Buddhist monastery in Ladakh is an ancient wonder built in 1664. It falls in the shadow of gargantuan mountains that look like they're straight out of the Lord of the Rings. The teachings of the Drugpa who inhabit this place is sure to leave you at peace.
Kanika Chopra
Surprise that Ladakh gave me!
Sumesh Reddiar
Event : HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN, ROAD TRIP ON WORLD's HIGHEST PASSES(HIMALAYAS)Best Season : Mid of June to Mid Oct Destination : Marsimik La, Ladakh(World’s Highest Motorable Passes)Speciality : Riding her on World's highest passes(Himalayas)Distance : almost 3000 kmTrip Date : Fix your own date for group not less than 6Options : Instead of Coming back Via Kargil and Kashmir Valley,(As per the curent situation its not recommended)- Leh to Manali Via Tsomoriri & Tsokar on to Leh Manali Highway- To make it more exciting back from Leh via above route to Manali highway reach Keylong then to Shimla Via Spitti Valley- Sach Pass, Pangi Valley will be even more exciting n gruelingPlease Contact +91 9447702616 for above Itinerary.(Below is the common Itinerary that is bit easy for amateurs)Route : Chandigargh – Manali – Leh- Kashmir ValleyITINERARYThese breathtaking highways are the real highway to paradises.. that can only be described when you are on your wheels on highest passes in the world.One day prior, you need to reach Chandigarh & report us with your motorcycle, (it can take half a day to release your bike if it is in railway cargo, depends on how you negotiate with coolies & officer in charge) mechanic will check the bike & assist you with the maintenance for the trip, essentials riding kits like puncture repair kit, spare clutch cables & accelerator cables and some good carriers (to hold luggage) for the trip. Deadline for reporting with your bike or vehicle will be 6 p.m, those who come late will be considered as cancelled.Those who don’t have bikes don’t worry you can get it for rent in Manali, Reach Manali from Chandigarh by your own even we can help you with the travels from Chandigarh. We have tie up with best rental providers(even SUV's are another option).DAY 1: CHANDIGARH – MANALI 310KM/7 HRSAfter breakfast a small briefing will be given by the senior rider, head to Manali. There is nothing much to explain in this route. 6 hours ride to Manali, Via Kiratpur Sahib NH 21. The roads are good but are of blind corners, hairpins and short straight stretches,in between you can see so many Apple estates, don’t ever dare to pluck one, seeing your hand 5-10 danes or shepherds will jump on you. Now your acclimatization to high altitude started. Option is take 20 km diversion before Manali , spend time and overnight stay in Kasol near Parvathi Valley or reach Manali by late evening. Over night stay in Manali.DAY 2 :MANALI - JISPA (3150 M) 140 KM / 7 HRSMorning you need to do all the paper work in Manali, permit has to be submitted in Rohtang pass check post. Those who wanted to rent a bike can check their bikes in the mean time. Have to leave Manali before 12 pm.This is the day that you have been waiting for. You wake up early in the morning to ride on the world's highest road - the Manali-Leh highway. As soon as you leave Manali, after about 52 kms of continuous ascent amidst lush green Himalayan mountains and roadside streams, you reach Rohtang Pass, the jaws open from Rohtang pass through the steep curves of Keylong to the starkly barren landscape of Lahaul & Ladakh. Don’t forget Tandi is the only place in the Manali-Leh highway that has a petrol pump, its 32 km before Jispa. Reach Jispa by early evening. Avoid strenuous activity but go for a short acclimatization walk. Stay overnight in a campsite on the river side of Bhaga River.DAY 3: JISPA - PANG (4253 M) 84 KM / 170 KM/ 5 HRSThis day with bad roads, streams, freezing temperatures, small mountain lakes and breathtaking landscapes. The whole Manali-Leh highway experience is about riding up and down from one high-altitude Himalayan pass to another. Ride past Suraj Tal over Baralacha La which illuminates you with the beauty to reach Sarchu in the afternoon. . Please note: the combination of high altitude and the cold winds that set in by late afternoon, can make you victim of AMS(Acute mountain sickess) or its called Altitude sickness if you spend too much time(Don’t Stay much time in Sarchu)The best ride starts after Sarchu , negotiate the hair- rising Gata Loops - 21 hairpin bends that lift you to another 300 meter to be on the top of high altitude pass on this highway, Naki La (4740 M) & Lachalung La (5060 M) which is in the list of highest pass. Reach Pang by Evening. Overnight stay in Camp in PangDAY 4: PANG - LEH (3505 M / 11500 FT) 180 KM / 7 - 8 HRSAfter a delicious Breakfast head to Leh. This route is the last leg of Manali – Leh Highway. After sublime rides through spectacular mountain terrain, cross Tanglang La – another highest pass(5355M) and a slow down descent to Rumste, the another proper village arrive, crossing a very large Army base to reach Chuchot Village, another 2 km deviation opposite to Chonglamsur on the bank of Indus River is our campsite which is 7 km before the busy city of Leh. After a delicious dinner(instead of Parathas and maagis). Overnight stay in the campsite.DAY 5: EXPLORE THE ANCIENT CITY OF LEHToday you take a breather from the grueling ride you have had. After a half day rest you explore various parts of Leh, such as the Namgyal Palace, Tibetan market & many. Later enjoy a Ladakhi meal at a traditional home in Stok Village. In between don’t forget to get the permit from Leh for Marsimik La(World’s highest motorable pass) What about 32 km long River Rafting in Zanskar river encountering rapid beasts...DAY 6: LEH - HUNDER, NUBRA VALLEY(3048M) 140 KM / 5 HRSA stunning ride over the mighty Khardung La (5602 M) brings you to the verdant Nubra Valley - a unique landscape of desert, rivers, snowcapped mountains and farms, now you feel like you are on heaven. Spend sunset at a vantage point near Diskit Gompa, reach Hunder late evening Stay overnight in a hotel or campsite at Hunder.DAY 7 : HUNDER - LEH(3048M) 140 KM / 5 HRSHunder town in Nubra valley lies amidst big sand dunes and small streams.. Do have a ride on the double-humped Bactrian Camels in Hunder and spend some time in sand dune then ride back to Leh upon mighty Kardungla before afternoon.DAY 8 : LEH - PANGONG TSO (4260 M / 14000 FT) 150 KM / 5 HRLeave post breakfast on a great drive over Chang-La (5,475 M / 17950 ft) another highest pass to reach the grand Pangong lake by late afternoon. Pangong Tso, Pangong Lake is the largest brackish lake in Asia and is 134 km in length extended to Tibet and 2-3 km average in width. Situated at a height of 13940 feet, it is photographer's delight as the clouds and the sky make the colours of this lake change to different shades of blue. Enjoy spectacular views of the mountains of the Changchenmo range to the north, their reflection shimmering in the ever changing blues and greens of the lakes brackish water. Stay overnight in tents at a campsite on the lake shore.DAY 9 : PANGONG TSO - MARSIMIK LA(5777M) (20KM) – LEH 180 KM/7 HRSEnjoy morning tea by the lake. Leave after breakfast and ride another 30 km northeast via Phobrang encountering tough and loose tracks on the Chang Chemno Range on an elevation of 5681 metre is the world’s highest motorable pass, even if Kardung la(5602M) is widely believed to be the highest motorable pass, this pass is another 100 metre on the higher side. We are always thankful to BRO(Border Roads Organisation) for providing us access to kiss world's highest passes and we adore their creative sign boards, but ITBP(Indo Tibetan Border Police) are not far behind constructing this world's highest pass which is less than 20 km away from China where you can see 2 lane highways of China.If you don’t want to become victim of AMS(Acute Mountain Sickness) because of Low Oxygen and freezing wind, don’t spend much time here, kiss the world’s highest pass, take few snaps and ride back to Leh upon Changla. Reach Campsite by late evening, have delicious dinner and over night stay in Campsite.DAY 10: LEH - KARGIL (2820 M) 211 KM / 7 HRSEnjoy morning tea by the lake. Leave after breakfast and drive past Leh on the Srinagar Highway to reach Ulleytokpo in Sham Valley. En route stops at Hall of fame – Army Museum, Magnetic Point(Do park your bike at magnetic point and check the power of nature) and Nimo - confluence point of Indus & Zanskar Rivers. En route stop at Lamayuru after a descent through Hangro Loops, the 18 hairpins are fast yet sharp loops with steep gorges, ride carefully here. At Lamayuru to see the moonscape terrain and perhaps have a bite at the quaint cafeteria beside the ancient gompa(There are many Gompa in this route). Carry on over Namika La & Fotu La to reach Kargil in the evening. Kargil – the name itself bring goose bump to every Indians ‘Kargil War’, so many brave men sacrificed their life to safe guard this scenic beauty around under control. Overnight stay in a hotel. OPTION: an interesting variant would be take a deviation from highway after Fotu La and drive via Chitkan to reach the Dha-Hanu region – check out the unique lifestyle & traditions of the Indo- Aryan Drokpas who inhabit this region. Later drive via the little explored & scenic Batalik sector to reach Kargil. Of course this route is longer at 220 km / 9 hrs but it is a really off-beat experience. This can be done considering majorities opinion.DAY 11 : KARGIL - SRINAGAR (1730 M) 203 KM / 8 HRS OR KARGIL - SONAMARG (2740 M) 120 KM / 5 HRSAfter 50km & a few kms before Drass is the Drass war memorial, built in the memory of fallen soldiers in the 1999 Kargil war and a must visit for every traveler passing through this route !! A drive over Zoji Lawhich is one of the toughest pass in whole trip with continuos rock slides, muddy track(Don’t worry BRO will be there to assit) to reach Sonamarg. Stop for a bite, marvel the beauty of Sonamarg and carry on to reach Srinagar in the afternoon. Journey from Sonamarg to Srinagar will take you to magnificent vista of Kashmir, known for. Rest of the day spend in Kashmir valley. OPTION: spend the day & night relaxing in picturesque Sonamarg – the weather here would be much more pleasant than in Srinagar. Overnight stay in hotel.DAY 12: SRINAGAR – JAMMU 294KM/5 HRSAfter Breakfast ride another 294km on Jammu & Kashmir NH 1A , through the famous Jawahar Tunnel that connects Jammu with the Kashmir Valley across the Pir Panjal Range falls en route. Reach Jammu by late afternoon. Jammu is also known as the "City of Temples" owing to the number of historical temples and domes of old mosques located within the city. Overnight stay in hotel.DAY 13 : JAMMU - DELHI 589KM/10 HRSAll the bikes has to be send by Cargo in train and we will be busy whole day in railway station till the departure. Even you can book to your place if trains are available. Even you can fly from Jammu,those who want to ride, another 350Km to ChandigarhThose who have hire bikes can leave the bikes in Srinagar and fly from there.OPTION(SPITTI VALLEY): To make it more exciting back from Leh via above route to Manali highway reach Keylong then to Shimla Via Spitti ValleyEven those who are interested in only Spitti Valley can join us on Aug 4th from KeylongThe Itinerary is as follows after reaching KeylongKeylong – Chandratal- Kaza (190km/ 8 hrs)Early morning check out hotel and drive to Kaza enroute 55 km to chandratal lake ,Losar village and also over Kunzum Pass encounter scenic beauty of Spitti Valley.Overnight in Kaza.In Kaza – visit Ki Monastery and Kiber villageMorning visit the Ki monastery, 12 kms from Kaza. This centuries – old gompa is a labyrinth of rooms and corridors – and at one time also acted as a fort. It houses valuable Thangkas and offers a panoramic view of the area. Also visit Kibber at 4205 m has the distinction of being the highest permanently inhabited village of the region. Overnight at guest house in Kaza.Kaza to Tabo (50 km/4 hrs )Later drive to enroute visiting Lalung and Dhankar Gompa. Don’t forget the heavenly beauty of Pin Valley. Arrive at Tabo. Overnight Stay.Tabo to Kalpa (170 kms/ 8 hrs)Morning visit Tabo monastery after breakfast drive to Kalpa located in backdrop of Kinner Kailash mountain range. enroute visiting Nako village beautifully located on banks of a small lake. Overnigt stay in Kalpa.Kalpa to Sangla (51 km/ 3 hrs)Later continue drive to Kalpa located in backdrop of Kinner Kailash mountain range. Upon beautiful Kinnaur Valley. After arriving explore Sangla. Kamru Fort, Sangal meadow, Tibetan Wood carve centre is a must visit. Overnigght staySangla to Sarahan (115 km/ 7 hrs) After breakfast drive on Sangla valley to reach Saharam..en route visit remote villages of Rackcham and Chitkul villages. Overnight at camp.Sarahan to Shimla (180 km/ 7 hrs)Morning after breakfast drive from Sarahan enroute Rampur to Reach Shimla. On arrival check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.Shimla to Chandigarh(123 km/4 hrs)From Chandigarh fly back to your respective destinationPACKAGE PRICE -Without Bike - 26,999/-Package Price - With Bike - 45,999/-(considering the Leh and Manali bike rental associations rules and regulation)Add another 7 days and Rs.10,000 to your budget for Spitti Valley Only Spitti Valley package - 14,999/-Payment Option: Credit/Debit Card, Cash, Cheque and Online transferPACKAGE INCLUDES: Highly experienced Leaders, Cost mention for Indian national only, for others cost may vary depending on local rules and regulations. Mechanics to assist. Memories to bring back home. Accomodation on sharing basis in Swiss Tents, Cottages, Homestay,Houseboats & Rooms. Dinner & Breakfast, along with tea & snacks. Will be buffet and Taali system. In remote places it wont be pre booked accomodation, because lack of connectivity, I have kept a tentative price. Access to amenities available at stay place, bonfire at every stay.Stickers with catchy captionsRiding expedition Acheivement certificate.PACKAGE EXCLUDE : Any personal expenses on the way & in stay place Any permit & toll charges, sight seeing Ordering Food at Resort or hotel on Alakate. Anything not mentioned above Local transportation Tube, Spare parts if required for repairing on the ride. Back up Vehicle. Saddle bags, Panniers, go pro and any extra fitting on request. Major breakage, participant has to bear the cost as well as pick up transportation.Any transportation on personal request Dinner outside stay places, its any tourer tendency to try outside in cities like Leh, Srinagar & Manali.Everything which is not included in Package.THINGS TO BRING : All the tool kits for your vehicle along with First Aid Kit that showroom proides. Proper riding gears( Jacket, Gloves, boots & Helmet is must and whatever youhave) Rear view mirror in mandatory Adventure Gears like swiss knife, torch, portable axe, digger & whatever you have Warm & thermal clothes We recommend Sun screen lotion (SPF 40+) for those who are skin complexionconscious. Rain Gears Valid driving license (Original + 2 Xerox copies) , Vehicle Registration (Original + 2Xerox copies), Insurance Papers (Original + 2 xerox copies) , P.U.C Certificate –Original Your Passport or Any Citizenship proof(Election ID, Adaar etc) for Indians.10 Xerox Copies of your Pasport or Citizenship proof 10 Passport size PhotographsOTHER CONDITION :Booking has to be confirmed atleast 20 days before with 75% advance payment. 25% cancellation charges will be applied if you are cancelling in between. We expect every Adventurer to be humble towards Nature, localities and tribal. All our events are built on Teamwork methodology. Our instructor/Guide/coordinators presence in the event is to lead the event, make sure that things are going as per plan, schedule, and safety. In case of circumstance out of our control like, natural calamities, law and order situation, etc, may result in change in itinerary, additional booking of accomdation, transport, logistics, etc.. causing an increase in expenses, the additional cost thus incurred shall be borne by the participant.
Adete Dahiya
Day 1: Land at Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport and focus on acclimatising
mikkuhu thesurfers
Situated at 111351ft and serving as commercial and military airbase with stringent security check.
Umang Dave
Sreshti Verma
Ideal for: Travellers who like adventure, with a dose of luxury.Where: Old Road, Sheynam, Leh Ladakh, Jammu and KashmirPrice: Rs 9,500 onwards
Cox & Kings
Deluxe-  The Grand Dragon (Dlx Room), Zen Ladakh (premium Room), Hotel Shrangrila (premium Room) Or Similar
Cox & Kings
Deluxe- The Grand Dragon Dlx Room, Zen Ladakh Premium Room, Hotel Shrangrila Or Similar
Cox & Kings
Deluxe-  The Grand Dragon Dlx Room, Zen Ladakh Premium Room, Suite/premium Room at Druk Ladakh/ Ladakh Residency/ Hotel Shrangrila Or Similar
Garima Bhaskar
Road trips in Ladakh look magnificent!
Saffin Mathew
Ladakh offers some mouth watering delicacies in terms of food. The local Thukpa, mutton roghan gosh, the roadside mutton kebabs, they are mouth watering to say the least.This was the best trip of our lives. New friends, new memories and new experiences. Tinder gave me a new travel-mate. We both have traveled to lots of other places after this trip and we have grown much closer to each other. The journey from Travel-mate to soul-mate is not far away! I definitely cannot ask for more from a trip!
Saffin Mathew
What can one say about Leh and Ladakh? The place is a true paradise on earth. Free from pollution and fresh air to breath all around. The most magnificent sights to behold! One cant ask for more.The main places to visit in Ladakh are the Pangong lake and Nubra valley. Both places are 5 hours on opposite directions from the city.Pangong lake is the famous lake that appears in the climax of the movie 3 idiots and you will find every restaurant having in the area names after the characters from the movie and the movie images adoring their walls. Pangong lake is heaven on Earth. You can spend hours just taking in the sight and breathing in the beauty. Calm, serene and beautiful. You can also try yak rides and buggy rides for some adventure. You could also stay in the tents for the night and enjoy some star grazing.
Arnav Deshpande
Janil Gada
Yes you heard it right... If you want to see the real beauty of ladakh start exploring the journey instead of destination.
Prateek Dham
6. Shubham Jain
Shubham Jain
Magnificient Ladakh
The arid land of Ladakh is dotted with monasteries which are a silent witness to the unchanging beliefs of Buddhism. Fluttering prayers flags, scattered chortens holding the relies of Buddhist saints, walls carved with prayers, whirring prayers wheels, the chant of the mantra 'Om Mani Padme Hum' (Praise to the Jewel in the Lotus Flower) – all form an integral part of Ladakh's Landscape just as its soaring mountains do.
My trip to Ladakh was a much awaited one! I had built in up so much inside my head … I had read so much about it, seen so many of its photographs, watched & re-watched all scenes from bollywood movies (especially 3 Idiots) that were shot there, imagined being there so much … & the moment I caught the glimpses of the snow-laden magnificent mountains from the plane window I knew I was not in for a disappointment! I knew it would be just the way I had imagined it to be!