My Ideal Yatra: Leh-Ladakh- A Traveller’s Paradise!

My Ideal Yatra: Leh-Ladakh- A Traveller’s Paradise!

So, the 20s is a phase when most of us are too frustrated with our messed up careers and life and all we want is to pack our bags and go travel the world. No matter how many abroad business trips our company arranges for us, nothing can beat the pleasure derived from vacationing in the lap of nature. And what’s the best destination for the adventurous 20 somethings to fulfil all their travelling desires in India? Undoubtedly, Leh-Ladakh!

Leh-Ladakh is a dream, a paradise for every traveller and the perfect vacationing destination for adventurous youngsters. Personally, a trip to Leh-Ladakh is what I can think of as the most ideal yatra of my life!

Leh-Ladakh, situated in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, is one the most scenic places one can ever visit. Also known as the ‘Bikers’ Paradise’, it is a perfect place to find solitude and rediscover oneself amid the mountains. Blessed with breathtaking scenic views and numerous monasteries, Ladakh is surely the place of my dreams. If opportunity strikes, I would love to plan a good 10 day tour to Leh-Ladakh from Mumbai.

To begin with, I would check out the best and cheapest flight for Delhi from Mumbai. There are also many Domestic Airlines for direct flights from Mumbai to Leh but I would prefer going to Delhi and taking the bus to Leh from Delhi. Of course there’s also an option to travel by train here and save some bucks but, unlike International Flights, domestic flights from Mumbai to Delhi are way cheaper now and can also help save a great deal of time. Thus, flight would be a more preferable option.

Once at Delhi, I would love to take the HRTC Delhi-Leh bus that has just started. This is one of the most adventurous rides to take with spectacular landscape views and thrilling roads. In a fare of 1353 rupees, the bus covers a total distance of 1203 kilometres and passes through scenic tourist spots such as Manali, Solang Valley, Mandi, Taglang La Pass, Kullu, Rohtang La Pass and many more. What I believe would make this journey even more fascinating are the treacherous roads through which the bus passes. Now, that sounds like a real adventure!

On arriving at Leh, I would like to follow the following itinerary. I particularly favour solo travelling so I would not like to travel with any tours and travels or a group. And, that way, I can also spend as much time as I wish at the places that I would love the most. Thus, after a good research on the internet, here’s an itinerary I came up with!

Day 1:

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Via sanctumholidays.com

Keeping the 1st day simple, I would like to take some good rest after having travelled for so long. In the evening, I would like to explore the markets of Leh and even check out the Leh Palace and Shanti Stupa. Some good shopping from the Leh market will make the evening more worthwhile.

Day 2:

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Via wikimedia.org

Day 2 in Leh would be dedicated to the Lamayuru or simply the Yuru Monastery. This is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery on the Srinagar-Leh highway and I would prefer renting a car and driving there myself. En route, I would also like to check out the Liker Monastery and Magnetic Hill.

Day 3:

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Via indianholiday.com

I have heard a lot about the Hall Of Fame in Leh. So, that would be on my bucket list on the 3rd day. The Hall Of Fame is a museum that is maintained by the Indian Army in memory of the soldiers who died during the Indo-Pak wars. I would really consider myself lucky to visit this place and salute the courage of our brave soldiers. Also, a visit to the Alchi Monastery nearby would be on the agenda.

Day 4:

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Via audiocompass.in

Day 4 would be a real adventure! Who would miss out on the breathtaking Pangong Lake after visiting Leh? Situated at an altitude of 14,500 square feet, I would love to drive there through Changla Pass. By the way, Changla Pass is the 3rd highest motorable road in the world!

Also, I have heard they have camps for overnight stay at Pangong Lake. If that is so, I would definitely love spending my night at one of the camps!

Day 5:

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Via loupiote.com

Day 5 would begin with the beautiful sunrise at the Pangong Lake followed by a visit to the Thikse Monastery and the Shey Palace. After that, a drive back to Leh sounds like a good idea.

Day 6:

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Via mghworld.net

Another major tourist attraction at Leh, the Nubra Valley would be on my bucket list of the sixth day. Again, I would love driving down to this site myself through Khardungla Pass which is the highest motorable road in the world. According to my research, they have camel safari there at the Sand Dunes, so that one’s on the list too!

Also marking an overnight stay at the Nubra Valley!

Day 7:

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Via http://3.bp.blogspot.com/

Day 7 would be simple; a visit to the Diskit Monastery and a drive back to Leh through the Khardungla Pass.  The Diskit Monastery is the oldest and largest Buddhist monastery in Ladakh. Hoping for some good solace and peace of mind here!

Day 8:

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Via wikimedia.org

Day 8, on my itinerary, is dedicated to the Tsomoriri Lake. This would be a drive through Chumathang, a beautiful village along the banks of the Indus river. An evening walk along the Tsomoriri Lake sounds so relaxing and heavenly!

Day 9:

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Via hptourtravel.com

Day 9 would be a drive back to Leh passing through the Tsokar Lake and Tanglang La Pass which is the second highest motorable road in the world.

Day 10:

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Uh-oh, I just realised that the dream trip has come to an end! Day 10 would be dedicated for some rest followed by a flight back to Mumbai.

And, the dream yatra has finally come to an end! I didn’t realize when, while writing this, my mind virtually travelled to Leh-Ladakh and it breaks to my heart to end this trip.

So, how do you feel about it guys? Any suggestions? Please comment below if you feel I should include some more places that you know of in my itinerary!

Pooja Kshirsagar is a full-time Copywriter, a passionate blogger and an aspiring novelist. She believes in the power of words and loves writing entertaining stuff and opinion-based articles.

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8 Comments

  • Smeet July 14, 2016 06.32 pm

    I want to go!!!!
    Right now!!! :\

    Reply 
    • Pooja Kshirsagar July 14, 2016 06.45 pm

      I am dying to go! 🙁

      Reply 
      • Smeet July 19, 2016 03.06 pm

        That too on bike!

        Reply 
        • Pooja Kshirsagar July 19, 2016 04.16 pm

          Lol no..car!

          Reply 
  • Sheetal (Halo of Books) July 15, 2016 10.28 am

    Beautifully written Pooja !! Perfect plan, this will help lots of people who are planning to visit Leh- Laddakh 😀

    Reply 
    • Pooja Kshirsagar July 15, 2016 10.41 am

      Sheetal..I hope we also get to follow this plan soon! 😛

      Reply 
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