It is the quintessential road trip that features on every seasoned traveler’s bucket list. The beauty, the thrill, the harsh weather, the rugged terrain, the serene monasteries and the people- all add to the hype surrounding Ladakh.
I thought a lot about how best to write about Ladakh, till I finally gave up. Every attempt would end with “…cannot be described in words.” A pictorial tour of Ladakh seemed like a reasonable way out of the dilemma. So here is our road trip to Ladakh :
Day 1: Manali-Rohtang-Gramphu-Kokhsar-Tandi-Keylong
Day 2: Jispa- Darcha – Zingzingbar – Baralacha La – Bharatpur -Sarchu
Day 2 (contd): Gata Loops – Nakee La – Lachulung La – Pang – More Plains – Tanglang La- Gya – Upshi – Karu – Leh
Day 3: Leh Palace-Hall of Fame-Magnetic Hill-Indus Zanskar River Confluence-Gurudwara Pathar Sahib-Spituk Monastery-Shanti Stupa
Day 4 -5: Leh-Khardung La-Diskit Monastery-Nubra Valley (including Panamik)-Leh
Day 6: Leh-Chang La-Pangyong Tso-Leh
Day 7: Leh-Hemis Monastery-Thiksey Monastery-Stok Palace-Kargil
Day 8-9: Kargil-Drass-Sonamarg-Srinagar
Logistics: We had posted our request on Travel Triangle. From the quotations we received, we zeroed in on Go Ladakh to take care of our logistics and the required permits. They were very receptive of our demands for last minute changes in itinerary owing to a combination of our mood and weather conditions. We owe it to Sagar from Go Ladakh and our driver Angchok (Ph:9419800431) for this very memorable trip.