Whatever little I've seen of India, I've found two destinations which are second to none in the world in terms of sheer beauty and their place among the must-visit spots in your travel list. Havelock (in Andaman Islands) is one such among beaches, and Leh-Ladakh is one such among hills. We got opportunity to undertake memorable journey to Ladakh region in May 2011. Ladakh isn't really hill-station in usual sense of word, and is nothing more than barren land and snow covered mountains all around, but it presents very pristine and untouched view of nature which is mesmerizing and breathtaking. Given its high altitude, people with breathing difficulty and history of altitude sickness should avoid this. Even we were asked by our travel agent to take Diamox tablet a day before the trip. Due to extreme cold, tourist season opens in May and ends in October, and popular time is July-Sep, and even in May mountains were fully covered in snow.
Tourism in this area requires permission from local authorities because of security reasons due to its proximity to China and Pakistan. Hence you can book hotel and flights yourself but you will need assistance of local operator to get permissions (copies of identification documents required) and for travel (since SUV or ATV are only mode of travel). We decided to book whole vacation package through MakeMyTrip for 7 days and 7 nights trip for INR 83,775/- for two adults. This included return trips from Delhi (22,230/-) and hotel and sightseeing for 7 nights (61,545/-). Below is day wise itinerary.