Srinagar to Leh Road Trip


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Enveloped by the barren mountains with an icing of crystal clear snow, lies the white sand beneath our feet, rivers chiseling out the valleys, colourful prayer flags soaring to reach the dizzying heights, small flat white houses and prismatic monasteries. As we unwrap Leh-Ladakh, the boundless sheet of blue sky, translucent white water, crimson robed monks, patches of green vegetation and paleness of the deserted land aptly symbolises each colour of the Tibetan flags mantra: “Om Ma Ni Padme Hum”.

Who wouldn’t relate to the widely acclaimed movie: 3 idiots? Cruising through valleys and mountains, there at the lake, ‘Silencer; a.k.a Chatur’ bowed to acknowledge Aamir Khan. If only that ‘taufa’ was not for Aamir but the stunning beauty of the place holding the highest salt water lake, highest motor able roads, plentiful monasteries, diverse culture and unmatched challenges and fun it offers. The exquisiteness of Leh-Ladakh pulls not only filmmakers but many riders to jaunt through the rugged and dirt trails to soak in the picturesque poster painted by the nature itself.

With a touch of spirituality and unmatched beauty, Leh-Ladakh is no less than a magical land too. With a place called Magnetic Hill which defies the gravitational force holds for a remarkable experience when we see car climbing up instead of rolling down. With extreme climatic conditions and living away from urbanisation, Leh-Ladakh was and continues to be favoured by traders marking the legacy of The Silk Route. Not only merchants, Leh holds brilliant minds too. Don’t we all remember kids shaving off the sheep and grinding wheat to flour by paddling of cycle in Phunsuk Wangdu School of 3-idiot? That is a school run by Sonam Wangchuk, the real life Wangdu in Leh.

Who wouldn’t want to live the amalgamation of scenery, science, business, magic and unearthliness? So prepare the gears, don the leather jacket, a handy camera and a bullet to ride on; here we hit the road from Delhi to explore the forbidden cold desert: Leh-Ladakh. Let’s soak in mother earth and various shades of it!

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Day 1: Arrive Srinagar

- Upon your arrival at the Airport, we will transfer you to the hotel. 

- Complete day is at leisure. On your own, you can utilize the day to explore Srinagar. Some of the famous tourist destinations in Srinagar are Dal Lake, Char Chinar, Tulip Garden, Hazarat Bal Mosque.

- Overnight stay at Houseboat/Hotel.

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Day 2: Drive From Srinagar to Kargil

- This is the day when your Ladakh Trip begins. After breakfast you start your drive towards Kargil. On the way you will pass across some of the most famous places like Sonamarg, Drass and Kargil War Memorial.

- The first Mountain Pass of the road trip awaits you today. After crossing the Zoji La (11,575 ft), you will officially enter the Ladakh Region.

- On the way to Kargil, visit the Kargil War Memorial. From the memorial you can have a magnificient view of Tiger Hill and Tololing (Places where the Kargil War was fought)

- By evening reach Kargil. Overnight stay at hotel.

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Day 3: Drive From Kargil to Leh

- Morning after breakfast, start your drive towards Leh. This day will offer you the best Road of your entire trip. Meandering roads across the cold desert of Ladakh passing along some of the famous towns and Mountain Passes.

- On the way to Leh, you will pass across the famous Hamlet called "Lamayuru" also know as the Moonland. Also you will be passing across the highest point on Srinagar - Leh highway today. Fotu La the mountain pass at the altitude of 13,478 ft.

- Before reaching Leh, you will pass along some of the most famous places of Ladakh like COnfluence of Indus and Zanskar Rivers, Magnetic Hill. 

- Reach Leh by evening, check-in to the hotel and explore the beautiful Leh city in the evening. You can try some famous international cusienes in some of the famous cafes and restaurants.

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Day 4: Leh Local Sightseeing Day

- This day is reserved to get acclamatized to the High Altitude and for the Local Sight Seeing.

- After breakfast, you can start your day by exploring some of the famous places in Leh like Shanti Stupa, Hall of Fame, Leh Palace, Thikshey Monastery.

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Day 5: Drive From Leh to Nubra Valley via Khardung La

- The day arrives for which you were waiting since a long time. The adventurous drive towards the Highest Motorable Road of the world, Khardung La (18,380 ft). 

- On the way to Nubra visit the famous Diskit Monastery. By the evening you will reach Hunder.

- Enjoy the double humped camel ride in the evening in the desert of Nubra Valley. At night, relax at the campsite.

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Day 6: Drive from Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso via Shyok

- Early morning we start our drive towards the Pangong Tso lake. You will be driving along the Shyok river across the Shyok valley. Since the time anyone has seen the Pangong Lake either in movies or through pictures, its aura has pulled people towards it from far - far off places.

- By the evening you arrive at the famous Pangong Tso and witness the charisma of this pristine lake. The Moonrise over the Pangong Tso is one of it's kind.

- Spend the night in the Lake facing Camps and bonfire.  

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Day 7: Drive From Pangong Tso to Leh via Chang La

- Early morning wake up and take a walk beside the shores of the lake. You can also see how the lake changes it's color based on the sunshine. Visit the famous 3 Idiots shooting spot before driving towards Leh.

- Enroute Leh, you will drive across the magnificient Changthang Valley with smooth roads and the best views. Changthang valley on the route will leave you spell bound. It’s not only rich with great lakes (Pangong being one of them) and vast highlands but hides in them rare wildlife species. Black necked cranes, seagulls, blue sheep and Kyangs being few of them makes this valley a wildlife sanctuary. Today you will cross the Second Highest Motorable of the world, The Mighty Chang La (17,590 ft)

- By evening reach Leh and relax at the hotel. Explore the markets and other placeds as this is going to be your last evening in the town of Leh.

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Day 8: Depart from Leh

- Bidding good bye to our travel mates throughout the tour is no less pain than leaving the cold desert behind.

- Photographs and Videos en route will definitely ease the pain. We head back to our destinations with all the amusement, fun, enjoyment and excitement you started your journey with.

• Deluxe Accommodation for 07 Nights on Double Occupancy

• 07 Breakfast and 07 Dinners + Morning Tea (Veg/Non Veg Meals)

• Xylo for the complete itinerary

• Airport transfers

• Stay in Luxury tents on Pangong and Nubra

• Permits for Ladakh

• Lunch on All days

• Personal expenses like Snacks, Water Bottles, Laundary, Tips etc

• Monument entry fee

• Any kind of travel insurance

• Anything which is not mentionned in Inclusions

- Basic Clothing

- Warm clothes

- Bag pack

- Good shoes for Tiger's nest trek

- Personal medication etc.

From where the trip starts?

Trip will start from LEH.

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