Tourist Attractions in Ladakh – A Comprehensive List

by Vargis.Khan

tourist attractions in ladakh

What do you see in Ladakh? Everyone knows Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri but what else? Nubra Valley is a famous name but what exactly do you see there? What are some of the places to keep an eye out for while traveling from Manali to Leh or Leh to Srinagar? In this article, I will provide a list of tourist attractions in Ladakh that can be used as a reference guide to ensure that you did not miss anything.

Some of these places are quite famous while others are a little unknown. I am not claiming that this list includes everything that is there to see but it will cover all places that can be termed as must-visit places in Ladakh.

Tourist Attractions in Ladakh

Over the last few years, I have been compiling this list breaking it down by different regions in Ladakh, in different articles. The reason behind doing so was because adding everything on the same page with a brief overview would have resulted in too heavy and lengthy an article.

Keeping the same in mind, on this page I will provide the name of the place and a link to the article where I have written more about it. You can find the names here and if any name sounds unfamiliar, or if you wish to know more about it before you go to Ladakh, you can follow the link and get the details.

Please note that an Inner line permit is required to visit some of the areas listed below. This permit can either be applied for online or procured in person from the DM office in Leh. Please read How to Obtain Inner Line Permit for Ladakh for further details.

I will break this article into different regions; detailing must-see places in different areas of Ladakh as well as the two roads leading to it. How many of these places you can cover entirely depends on the time you have in hand. If you have the trip planned for about 2 weeks, then it is safe to assume that the entire list below can be easily covered.

what to do in leh ladakh

Tourist Places on Srinagar Leh Highway

Below is a list of tourist attractions on the Srinagar to Leh highway. The natural beauty of the road, however, will still remain its prime attraction.

  • Lush Green Valleys
  • Zoji La
  • Namika La
  • Fotu La
  • Hambuting La
  • Lunar Landscape
  • Indus Zanskar River Confluence
  • Magnetic Hill
  • Tiger Hill
  • Hangro Loops
  • Kargil War Memorial
  • Good Kashmiri Food
  • Lamayuru Monastery
  • Redzong / Rizong Monastery
  • Alchi Monastery
  • Likir Monastery
  • Phyang Monastery
  • Spituk Monastery
  • Gurudwara Patthar Sahib
  • Mulbekh Monastery / Maitreya / Buddha Statue
  • Basgo Monastery / Basgo Palace
  • Thajiwas Glacier
  • Hunderman Village

If you would like to know where exactly these places are located or get some more knowledge, please read Tourist Attractions on Srinagar Leh Highway where I have provided this information in detail.

kargil war memorial

Tourist Places on Manali Leh Leh Highway

  • Manali
  • Rohtang La
  • Sissu Waterfall and Lake
  • Jispa
  • Deepak Taal
  • Baralacha La
  • Suraj Taal
  • Gata Loops
  • Nakeela
  • Lachulung La
  • Moore Plains
  • Tso Kar
  • Tanglang La

To get the exact location of these places or any other information in detail, please read Tourist Attractions on Manali Leh Highway where I have elaborated on this information.

places to visit on manali leh highway

What to see in Leh

Once you have arrived in Leh city, there are plenty of places that you can see here within a day or two. Below is a list.

  • Leh Palace
  • Tsemo Castle
  • Namgyal Tsemo Monastery
  • Sankar Monastery
  • General Zorawar Fort
  • Shanti Stupa
  • Hall of Fame
  • Jama Masjid
  • Daatun Sahib

leh palace

What to see around Leh

Below is a list of places that are in close vicinity of Leh city.

  • Shey Palace
  • Shey Monastery
  • Thiksey Monastery
  • Hemis Monastery
  • Stakna Monastery
  • Matho Monastery
  • Stok Palace
  • Stok Monastery
  • Phyang Monastery
  • Spituk Monastery
  • Sindhu Ghat
  • Leh Main Market
  • Mani Wall
  • Basgo Palace / Monastery

To read more in detail about these places that you can see within Leh city and nearby areas, please read Tourist Attractions in Leh City and its Vicinity.

thiksey monastery

What to See in Nubra Valley

After Leh, moving on to the next most visited area in Ladakh, the famous Nubra Valley. There is plenty to see here and it can keep you busy easily for 2-3 days.

  • Khardung La
  • Hunder Sand Dunes
  • Bactrian Camels
  • Maitreya Buddha
  • Hot Water Springs
  • Samstanling Monastery
  • Diskit Monastery
  • Yarab Tso
  • Ensa Gompa
  • Hunder Gompa
  • Lachung Temple
  • Zamskhang Palace
  • Shyok River
  • Siachen River
  • Siachen Base Camp
  • Turtuk Village

To read more in detail about these places and get their exact location, please read Tourist Attractions in Nubra Valley.

nubra valley

Places to Visit in Zanskar Valley

Below is a list of all the places that are worth a visit in Zanskar Valley. Several of them are on your way from Kargil to Padum.

  • Suru Valley
  • Shafat Glacier
  • Parkachik Glacier
  • Drang Drung Glacier
  • Parkachik La
  • Pensi La
  • Umasi La
  • Shingo La
  • Nun-Kun Massif
  • Ta Tso and the Lang Tso lakes
  • Fort of Rangdum
  • Zangla Fort or Palace
  • Doda River
  • Zanskar River
  • Suru River
  • Sani Monastery
  • Bardan Monastery
  • Dzongkhul Monastery
  • Rangdum Gompa
  • Karsha Monastery
  • Pibiting Monastery
  • Stongdey Monastery
  • Phuktal Monastery
  • Wildlife
  • Chadar Trek

To read in detail and to know where these places are, please read Tourist Attractions in Zanskar Valley.

drang drung glacier

Tourist Attractions in Sham Valley

Below is a list of places to see in Sham Valley.

  • Hemis Shukpachan
  • Phoebe La
  • Chagatse La
  • Tsermangchen La
  • Rongthi La
  • Mebtak La
  • Spango La

To know more about how you can plan a trip to Sham valley and see these places, please read Tourist Attractions in Sham Valley.

Lakes in Ladakh

Beautiful high-altitude lakes are one of the star attractions of a trip to Ladakh. To list them all is going to be one hell of a task since they may just get beyond counting, including the smaller ones as well. Mentioned below, however, is a list of some of the known ones.

I may have missed a few in the list here. Please do suggest if you know of any other one in the comments below and I will add it to the article.

  • Pangong Tso
  • Tso Moriri
  • Tso Kar
  • Startspuk Tso
  • Yaye Tso
  • Mitpal Tso
  • Ordong Tso
  • Yashu Tso
  • Kyun Tso
  • Lam Tso
  • Kiagar Tso

tourist attractions in ladakh

Passes in Ladakh

Like lakes, passes in Ladakh too are ample. Mentioned below, however, are a few that are approachable by a motorable road. The list below does not include the ones that I have already mentioned in the article above.

  • Chang La
  • Marismik La
  • Wari La
  • Polo Kongka La
  • Namashang La
  • Charchagan La
  • Salsal La
  • Photi La
  • Tsaga La
  • Kakasang La
  • Horla
  • Umling La

tourist attractions in ladakh

Hot Water Springs In Ladakh

There are two hot water springs in Ladakh that I know of. One is Chumathang Hot Water Springs and the other one being Panamik hot water springs in Nubra Valley.

Main Tourist Attraction of Ladakh

Ever since the release of the movie “3 Idiots”, I think it is safe to assume that Pangong Tso has definitely come up as the main tourist attraction of Ladakh. The number of tourists that this beautiful lake receives increases with each passing year.

Must Visit Places in Ladakh

Pangong Tso, Nubra Valley, and Tso Moriri are probably the three most visited places in Ladakh. As a matter of fact, most of the tourist places in Ladakh are either on the way, around, or in these areas only.

tourist attractions in ladakh

Tourist Attractions in Ladakh – Conclusion

I hope the information above regarding tourist attractions in Ladakh was of help. If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below or at our Community Forum, and I will be happy to answer.

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Vaibhav Sharma December 18, 2023 - 8:23 pm

Hi Vrghis sir
Hope you are in good health…
This is Vaibhav…and I’m planning a trip to ladakh with a friend on 22nd December 2023…..
we are planning to land at leh airport on 22nd morning from Delhi…then we are thinking if we could get a bike there and and wandering in ladakh only.. covering what we can in the next 3 days…

Few questions though, jaha pr we need your help…and hame koi idea nahi h

1) is it a right time to visit there
2) is this plan ok (of hiring bike there)
3)Can we get a bike in leh
4) can you plz help us with locations that we can cover in this period

Can you please help us in framing this trip

Thank you in anticipation

BH Nijhum November 22, 2022 - 7:16 am

Hello Mr. Khan,
Salam from Bangladesh.
First all thanks a lot for your efforts to make this website so useful.
I wish to make a trip to Ladakh next May’2023. need some information for that. hope you can help me out.
1. I’d like to fly from Dhaka to Srinagar and hire a bike form there. is there any chance to hire bike from Srinagar and return at Manali?
2. is there any good hotels or home stays at Sarchu?
Thanks In advance.

Vargis.Khan November 22, 2022 - 6:27 pm

Hello Mr. Nijhum

Salaam from India.

1. It will be hard to find someone in Srinagar who will let you drop the bikes in Manali. Even if you do, it will be at an additional cost of Rs. 10-15 thousand.
2. No. Sarchu is entirely a camping type accommodation area.

Nitin June 15, 2022 - 7:01 am

Hello Vargis Sir, We are planning self car ride to Leh from Chandigarh and plan to complete circuit (Srinagar-Leh-Manali). Couple of question with latest 2022 june rule
1) Is black plated car allowed in Leh to travel Nubra, Pangong, Turtuk?
2) Is inner permit required? As some of other latest post mentioned currently in 2022 do not require any inner permit for Leh?
3) What is good route to cover — Chandigarh-Srinagar-Leh-Manali-Chandigarh OR Chandigarh-Manali-Leh-Sringar-Chandigarh

Ashwini Chavan July 13, 2021 - 1:47 pm

Hello Vargis Sir
I am ashwini .I will be visiting leh from 21 July to 25 July with my younger brother who happens to be army officer. Should he apply for the ILP with me? How can I plan my travel there since we have only 4 days.

Vargis.Khan July 14, 2021 - 6:52 am

Hi Ashwini – If your brother is posted there, he will not need a permit but if he posted elsewhere, he will have to get the permit. It will be needed for you in both the situations though

Sonali Manhas March 30, 2022 - 11:05 am

Hello Vargis sir
I am Sonali Manhas planning a family and friends group of 12 people trip from 26th may 2022 upto 4th June 2022 by air from pune. Will it be a good time to travel as a tourist in 2022.

Vargis.Khan March 31, 2022 - 2:17 am

Hello Sonali Ji – Yes, it is a great time to go

Ravindra Jadhav January 18, 2021 - 9:07 am

Good day Vargis Sir,
Have booked flight to Leh on 16th May 20121. Return flight on 21st may. 3 days in Leh. With family. Any present restrictions due to the Chinese Virus ?
Will you please suggest me tourist points worth viewing. And specific places to have local food and the dishes I should not miss.
Kindly revert. God Bless You.

Suraj sah June 1, 2020 - 10:42 am

Hello .. vargis sir.. we 2 friends planning to go leh Ladakh by manali leh route .. n so much places we decide to go around leh pangong moriri tsokar nubra panamik which can take 15 16 days .to roam I think….but my que is that which places of Srinagar leh route from leh at short distance we can visit like zanskar suru Kargil as we have to return on the same manali leh route..our trip duration 22 days. (4 days for up n down from Delhi to our home) so 2 day extra we can have..

Minal February 6, 2020 - 12:24 pm

Hi Vargis,

Greetings of the day!
We 4 people are planning a tour to Ladakh for 8days for the first time and this is my dream driving tour to Ladakh. I don’t want to miss on below locations Nubra valley,, Pangong TSO Lake, Rohtang pass,Kargil,TSO Morriri and sightseeing at ladakh. I would like to explore it widely.

Kindly help me with itinerary.
We will start from Mumbai-Leh on 28th May and plan is for 8 days.
We will hire bike in Leh

Vargis.Khan February 8, 2020 - 2:43 am

Hi Minal – Please take a look at this article and let me know if you still have any questions.

Nikhil March 8, 2021 - 10:12 am

Hi minal amd vargis sir…………You have traveled to Ladakh. Please give me information there. I have not been there yet, I do not have much experience.

Tapan Kumar chakraborty February 6, 2020 - 10:49 am

Hai vargis,
I am planning to visit leh ladakh with some friends and others June 2020 by tempo traveller.. Below is my itinerary.please comment sheathed it’s ok or wants any change.
D6-nubra for turtuk.
D8-tso moriri.
I am 66yrs. May I fullfil my dream by covering this circuits.

Vargis.Khan February 8, 2020 - 2:44 am

Hello Mr. Chakraborty,

Your itinerary looks good. If you can add a day more, I will recommend the below.

D6-nubra for turtuk.
D9-tso moriri

Tapan Kumar chakraborty February 8, 2020 - 2:36 pm

Thank you vargis, for your valuable suggestion. But in this regard one question more, if the said tour organise in ist week of September is that possible.

Vargis.Khan February 14, 2020 - 3:54 pm

Hello Tapan – Yes it is possible.

Suraj sah June 1, 2020 - 10:41 am

Hello .. vargis sir.. we 2 friends planning to go leh Ladakh by manali leh route .. n so much places we decide to go around leh pangong moriri tsokar nubra panamik which can take 15 16 days .to roam I think….but my que is that which places of Srinagar leh route from leh at short distance we can visit like zanskar suru Kargil as we have to return on the same manali leh route..our trip duration 22 days. (4 days for up n down from Delhi to our home) so 2 day extra we can have..

Dr A K A Rathi January 30, 2020 - 9:46 am

Mr Vargis, thanks very much for such a detailed informative blog of yours.
Can I ask for your suggestion on the itinerary, considering that we, a group of 9 persons, plan to reach Leh by flight from Delhi on 23 May morning, and leave by flight to Delhi on 31 May morning?
We have tentatively proposed to be at Leh (4N), Kargil (1N), Nubra (2N), Pangong (1N). Thanks very much again, Mr Vargis

Vargis.Khan January 30, 2020 - 8:00 pm

Hello Dr. Rathi – Assuming that you are renting a private taxi there for sightseeing, your plan looks great. But 4 nights in Leh is a bit much.

mangesh k. January 5, 2020 - 8:10 am

please tel me, important n must visit places at leh for 8 days from shrinagar to shrinagar. and where i can spend how many days

Raksha November 20, 2019 - 7:05 am

Hi, I’m planning my trip on april 16th 2020 to Leh. Is it safe to go at that time? How about landsliding and blockage of roads?

Vargis.Khan November 20, 2019 - 1:04 pm

Are you planning to go there by flight or by road?

Mlv November 11, 2019 - 10:05 am

Hello Vargis,

Thank for the info.. we all girls group planning for ladakh trip from 13 – 19 June 2020. below is my itinerary please suggest if need some changes.

13 – mum – Leh (hotel in leh)
14 – Nubra Valley (hotel in Nubra)
15 – Pangong (camp + rafting)
16 – Tso Moriri (travelling + hotel in moriri)
17 – tso moriri (stay in moriri)
18 – leh (hotel in Leh + lamayuru village + (either can cover on 18 or 19 – hemis national park))
19 – (checkout) Leh-mum

also would like you to suggest good and reasonable hotel to stay + restaurant for food too


Vargis.Khan November 11, 2019 - 6:21 pm

Hi Mlv – Just one change. There is no rafting at Pangong. I assume you will be traveling by a private taxi?

Arjudeb Mukherjee January 19, 2019 - 8:43 am

Thank you so much for maintaining this blog. It’s been extremely helpful.
I intend to travel in Leh from 14-18 February and have my flight back on 19th morning.
1) I obtained the PAP for all the regions online but haven’t made the payment since the website states the payment page isn’t secure. Is it possible to pay the fee when i go to the office for verification?
2) I primarily intend to visit Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso. Should I take a bus and spend two days at each place (one day to go and one day to come back) or is there a route that you could suggest for 5 days in which I can see the aforementioned places and a few others along with.
Thank you so much

Vargis.Khan January 19, 2019 - 5:48 pm


1. For PAP, you will have to go through a travel agent so yes can make payment after you get here.
2. If you are traveling by Bus then yes, you will need two days for each destination. A day to get there and next to return to Leh.

Arjudeb Mukherjee January 20, 2019 - 5:33 am

Thank you so much for your reply.
I shall go and take care of the PAP once I’m there.
As for the itinerary, I don’t really have major financial constraint so if need be, I wouldn’t mind going in for any other alternate mode of transportation.
Given that I have 5 days (14-18), is there any particular route that you could recommend so that I could get the most out of my time there?
Thank you so much


Vargis.Khan January 20, 2019 - 7:01 am

If you are OK with renting a private taxi or a bike then you can go to Nubra from Leh, then head to Pangong via Shyok road straight and then return to Leh on Day 3. You can save a day in there for not having to come back to Leh from Nubra Valley

remishaserviceapartments September 5, 2018 - 5:47 am

nice place….

Vargis.Khan September 5, 2018 - 12:49 pm

I agree

remishaserviceapartments August 25, 2018 - 11:06 am

nice blog …very informative .

Vishal Shrivastava August 22, 2018 - 11:18 am

Hi Vargis

First and foremost , I really thank you for this wonderful website (like hundreds others). This truly is so informative for someone like me who has been dreaming about Ladakh for so long but knew nothing about it.
This website is indeed a travel guide. I really appreciate the efforts you put in keeping the content updated at all time.
Here’s something I needed you to help me with. With the help of this website, I have planned an itinerary. Can you please look into this and help the brother out.
I am bit confused about on what dates I should book the accommodation. Have booked for few days but still deciding on other dates.

25-Aug-2018(Saturday)- Day 1: Leh. Accommodation Booked
Arrive at Leh. Acclimatise. Hire Bike. Get it serviced in the morning to avoid delay in eve.
Local Ladakh Site visit. Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, Hall of Fame, etc.
26-Aug-2018(Sunday)- Day 2: NOT SURE WHAT TO DO.
27-Aug-2018(Monday)- Day 3: Accommodation Booked at Leh
28-Aug-2018(Tuesday)- Day 4: Accommodation Booked at Leh.
29-Aug-2018(Wednesday)- Day 5: Nubra via Khardong La Pass. Stay at Nubra
30-Aug-2018(Thursday)- Day 6: Nubra to Pangong Tso Stay at night
31-Aug-2018(Friday)- Day 7: NOT SURE WHAT TO DO.
01-Sep-2018(Saturday)- Day 8: Leave for Manali
02-Sep-2018(Sunday)- Day 9: Reach Manali. Leave for Delhi
03-Sep-2018(Monday)- Day 10: Fly back to being usual useless human being in a boring life carrying awesome memories.

I know this request doesn’t leave much time before the trip starts. But I wanted to gather as much info as I can through this web site before I reach out to you. Hope I’m not too late.

Vishal Shrivastava August 22, 2018 - 11:23 am

Day 7 was actually: Return to Leh. (Stupid copy paste). Beg my pardon.

Sagar Dhingra August 3, 2018 - 4:04 am

Hey Vargis – I am planning to visit Leh on 14th September and will be landing at 9 in the morning and will be leaving on 20th morning. Wanted your advida on the jtineriti piece as in what all can/must I cover.

Sagar Dhingra August 3, 2018 - 4:05 am

Hey Vargis – I am planning to visit Leh on 14th September and will be landing at 9 in the morning and will be leaving on 20th morning. Wanted your adviad on the itinerary piece as in what all can/must I cover.

Vargis.Khan August 3, 2018 - 2:51 pm

How will you be traveling locally in Ladakh Sagar?

SHIVA December 23, 2021 - 2:49 pm

Hi Vargis Bhai…Hope u well in this pandemic situation. Your blog is really very helpful.
We 6 friends are planning to visit ladakh for the first time from Kolkata for 12 days in Sept 2022. We don’t want to miss the main attractions & beauty of the whole LADAKH. Can u please suggest a route with a trustworthy name who can arrange the whole like hotels, transport & permits.

Vargis.Khan December 24, 2021 - 4:43 am

Thanks Shiva Bhai. You can try talking to Kunal @ 9910402252.

SHIVA December 27, 2021 - 5:32 pm

Thank you so much Bhai.

Neil Gangar July 20, 2018 - 11:35 am

Hi Vargis, Really appreciate your selfless efforts and guidance for tourists.

Can you comment on the below itenary that I have planned for my August end trip to Leh:

Day 1. Arrival by flight (Leh) – Leh mkt, palace, shanti stupa, etc
Day 2. Likir, alchi, pathar sahib, sham valley
Day 3 – Leh- Turtuk
Day 4. Turtuk Nubra
Day 5. Nubra Pangong
Day 6 Pangong – Tso
Day 7 Tso Leh
Day 8 Leh – Departure

All routes to be covered by pvt taxi
1. Is the above journey too exhausting considering that I have 50 year old with me?
2. What would be the general weather in ladakh in aug end (esp. Pangong and Tso)

Thanks for your efforts once again


Vargis.Khan July 20, 2018 - 12:43 pm

Hi Neil – This itinerary can actually be changed since you do have some time. Are you planning to spend an entire day at Pangong, Day 6? There is really nothing to do there the entire day. Weather in August will be pleasant. Days will be warm with harsh sun but nights will still be cold.

Neil Gangar July 20, 2018 - 1:30 pm

hI. THanks! Any modifications which you can suggest? Pangong overnight stay is planned for a) rest between 2 long journeys. b) view of sunset / sunrise.

Vargis.Khan July 20, 2018 - 1:45 pm

I will recommend adding Tso Moriri but then the journey may become a bit exhausting. Going from Pangong to Tso Moriri on the same day will required about 10-11 hours of travel and then Moriri to Leh is also about 7-8 hours; so actually no, you can leave the itinerary as it is.

Anamika kashyap July 1, 2018 - 2:58 pm

Hi Varghis,

We are group for 6 and planning a trip for laddkah from 29th July to 4th august and we will using taxi for the whole trip.

I would like your help in planning the trip as we are going crazy here as we would be able to cover these locations within the dates we have considered.

Zanskar river rafting
Tso mururi
Lamayuru monastry

Can you please help us in planning the itinerary and it would best if you can tell us would it be feasible to cover these places in given time range.

I am trying to locate that blog of yours where you have given driver details of your trusted driver but I am not able to do so.Kindly provide us with that as well.

Anamika kashyap

Anamika kashyap July 1, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Hi Vargis,

I just got the number of Sonam (one of the driver) from one of your replies.

Just an addition to my query above, our trip will start from Srinagar on 29th July.

Anamika kashyap

Vargis.Khan July 1, 2018 - 3:46 pm

So you are reaching Srinagar on 29th and then flying out from Leh on 4th?

Vargis.Khan July 1, 2018 - 3:41 pm

Hi Anamika – Are you reaching Leh by flight on 29th and flying out on 4th? Just confirming the dates before I suggest an itinerary. Including river rafting will be a bit tough though.

Anamika kashyap July 1, 2018 - 5:30 pm

Hi Vargis,

Actually we are reaching Srinagar on 28th via flight and leaving leh on 5th morning via flight.

Anamika kashyap

Vargis.Khan July 1, 2018 - 5:48 pm

Hi Anamika – I am assuming that you are renting a private taxi from Srinagar as well. Because you will have to rent two different cabs here, one for Srinagar to Leh and another for Ladakh sightseeing. Your Srinagar cab will not be allowed in Ladakh. You can travel like this.

29 – Srinagar to Kargil
30 – Kargil to Leh
31 – Leh. Rest, local sightseeing and arrange permits
1 – Leh to Diskit
2 – Diskit to Pangong via Shyok
3 – Pangong to Leh
4 – Leh. Rafting. Book with a local agency in Leh on 1st itself
5 – Fly Out

Anamika kashyap July 1, 2018 - 6:46 pm

Thank you so much Vargis for quick response.

Just one more query, can’t we cover Tso mururi as well in the available time span.

Don’t want to miss that heavenly awesome place πŸ™‚

Anamika kashyap

Vargis.Khan July 1, 2018 - 6:50 pm

You are welcome Anamika. Moriri will be tough. You will have to pick between Rafting and Moriri, cannot do both.

Anamika kashyap July 1, 2018 - 6:56 pm

Thank you for your kind help.

But if we leave on 28th from Srinagar, then may be we can cover.I can sense, a lot of negotiations we would require here.

Thanks again for your quick response.

Vargis.Khan July 1, 2018 - 7:13 pm

What time are you landing in Srinagar?

Anamika kashyap July 1, 2018 - 7:21 pm

We would be landing by 9.

Vargis.Khan July 2, 2018 - 4:26 pm

If you are landing at 9 then yes, you can go to Kargil the same day. Ask the driver to pick you directly from the airport and bring you to Kargil the same day itself.

If you do this, then yes, you can cover Tso Moriri as well. It will be a very long journey though. Make sure you start from Leh before even the sun came up, as early as possible. Go to Karzok, spend some time at Leh, have lunch there and return to Leh by evening.

Anamika kashyap July 2, 2018 - 6:44 pm

Thank you for your help.We will book our cabs as per suggestions!!

Vargis.Khan July 2, 2018 - 9:17 pm

You are welcome !!!

Andrea May 24, 2018 - 12:47 pm

I will be in delhi at 22 june , i would like to reach ladakh by bus on the manali leh highway.
Can you suggest me an itinerary of the trip? i would like to do a trekking (5 days) and see and visit the best natural and cultural places. I will come back by flight from leh or maybe in a different way, but i have to be in delhi 9th of july. I know it’s a difficult question, i hope you can help me.
Thank you very much!!!

Vargis.Khan May 24, 2018 - 3:55 pm

I am sorry but I am not really much into trekking so cannot advise on that. I can let you know what all places you can visit by road if that helps.

Andrea May 28, 2018 - 8:36 am

Yes, for sure!! What are the place that i don’t have to miss?
I’m not looking only for the tourist places but for something more “tipical”.
Thank you very much!

Andrea May 28, 2018 - 10:15 am

I’m a solo traveler…
Thank you for your help

Nikhil May 20, 2018 - 6:08 pm

Can I take an outside rented vehicle to Hanle and Tso Moriri? Because I’m planning to exit from Hanle without returning to Leh

Vargis.Khan May 20, 2018 - 7:44 pm

No you cannot. You will have to rent a local bike from Leh itself to go that way. Also, permits for Hanle are not being issued this year so you will not be able to keep it on your itinerary.

Minakshi May 20, 2018 - 7:21 am

We r planing for Leh Ladakh
On 7th we r reaching Leh
Please guide us for Leh ladakh or sugges suitable itinerary for 7th to 12th June

Vargis.Khan May 20, 2018 - 6:48 pm

Hello – How are you planning to travel around? Private taxi?

Minakshi May 20, 2018 - 7:20 pm

Yes private taxi

Vargis.Khan May 20, 2018 - 7:46 pm

I will suggest the following.

7 – Leh, Rest and arrange permits.
8- Leh to Lamayuru to Leh. See Indus zanskar confluence, magnetic hill etc.
9- Leh to Diskit (Nubra Valley)
10 – Diskit to Pangong via Shyok road
11 – Pangong to Leh
12 – Fly out

Minakshi May 20, 2018 - 8:47 pm

Thank u so much

Vargis.Khan May 20, 2018 - 9:23 pm

You are welcome !!!

Nitesh May 18, 2018 - 7:51 am

Thanks for the itinerary. We are renting bikes from srinagar, n have to return them back. We thought to complete the triangle.We have booked 2 RE classic 350. Please suugest if there is any other option as per your point of view.

Thanks for the reply
Ramzan Mubarak to you n your family


Vargis.Khan May 18, 2018 - 1:38 pm

Then your biggest concern will be the rented bikes. You cannot use Srinagar rented bikes for sightseeing in Ladakh. You can only use those to reach Leh but will then have to leave them parked at the hotel, rent another bikes from Leh to visit Nubra, Pangong, Moriri. You will then have to come back to leh again, hand over the Leh bikes, collect Srinagar bikes and go to Manali and then Srinagar. Your itinerary will then have to be changed to Leh to Tso Moriri and Tso Moriri to Leh again.

Ramazan Mubarak to you as well brother !!!

Nitesh May 14, 2018 - 1:45 pm

Hi Vargis

Thanks for sharing this information. I hope You are doing good and pls keep up this good Work. kindly suggest for below trip

Me & my frndz have planned for Leh Ladakh bike trip from 7th to 21st of June 18. (i.e 15 days). Can YOU please suggest a suitable itineary for our trip, as we have decided to start our journey from Srinagar to leh, and from leh to srinagar via Dharmashala. Is it ok ?

2) is it ok to have rented bike from Srinagar and entering leh ladkah and its surrounding area?

Please do suggest, it matters a lot.


Vargis.Khan May 15, 2018 - 4:56 pm

Hi Nitesh,

Thank you for your kind words.

1. You mean Leh to Manali – Dharamshala – Sriangar or some other route?
2. You can only use Srinagar rented bikes to reach Leh but cannot for sightseeing in Ladakh. For this purpose, you will have to rent other bikes from Ladakh itself and will have to leave the Srinagar bikes parked at the hotel.

Nitesh May 17, 2018 - 7:25 am

Thanks for your quick response. Appreciate it.

We are starting our journey from Srinagar – leh – manali .
From manali we will be heading back to srinagar via dharmashala. Does it sounds good.

Vargis.Khan May 17, 2018 - 6:31 pm

Yes, the plan is good. Manali to Srinagar via Dharamshala is at least a 2 days journey so please plan accordingly.

Vargis.Khan May 17, 2018 - 6:39 pm

Sorry, I forgot that you asked for an itinerary. Here you go. How are you traveling BTW and why do you want to go back to Srinagar? Are you renting bikes?

1. Srinagar to Kargil
2. Kargil to Padum
3. Padum to Kargil
4. Kargil to Leh
5. Leh. Rest and arrange permits
6. Leh to Diskit
7. Diskit to Pangong via Shyok
8. Pangong to Leh
9. Leh to Tso Moriri
10. Moriri to Pang
11. Pang to Jispa
12. Jispa to Manali
13,14,15 – Manali to Sriangar and Buffer Day

Rito May 13, 2018 - 7:12 pm

Hi Vargis!

During your time in Leh, did you happen to find out anything about the lost Jewish tribes or the pond of Lowan Tso?

Vargis.Khan May 15, 2018 - 5:45 pm

Hi Rito – No I did not. This is something new for me as well. Definitely digging into this now.

Monica Sharma April 25, 2018 - 6:35 am

Awesome post. Thanks for sharing this informative article I enjoyed reading it as you have covered everything in it. We are planning a trip to Leh and would love to visit these beautiful attractions over there. Keep posting such interesting articles.

Vargis.Khan April 25, 2018 - 2:37 pm

Thank you for taking the time to drop a note.

Devyani Kantawala April 3, 2018 - 11:39 am

Hi Vargis,

We are a group of friends planning a trip delhi-srinagar-leh-manali-delhi. We are around 10-12 people. Please suggest an itinerary for 12 days which covers the different landscapes and regions. This is my dream driving trip!

Vargis.Khan April 3, 2018 - 2:18 pm

Hi Devyani, You can follow the itinerary below. I know I suggested for 13 days but if you can manage to add a day more, you would have completed the entire circuit, visiting most of the places.

1. Delhi to Jammu
2. Jammu to Srinagar
3. Srinagar to Kargil
4. Kargil to Lej
5. Leh. Rest and Arrange Permits
6. Leh to Diskit / Turtuk
7. Turtuk to Panamik.
8. Panamik to Pangong via Shyok
9. Pangong to Hanle
10. Hanle to Karzok
11. Karzok to Pang / Sarchu
12. Pang / Sarchu to Manali
13. Manali to Delhi

Nishant April 2, 2018 - 4:36 pm

What are public transport options available from Leh to Pangong lake?

Vargis.Khan April 2, 2018 - 6:18 pm

I guess you already read that other article on Leh to Pangong Bus

Lidya Natasia Putri March 19, 2018 - 8:56 am

Hi Vargis,

I have a question. Is the monastery such as Hemis & Thiksey open on the independence day (15 Aug)?


Vargis.Khan March 19, 2018 - 5:47 pm

Hi Lidya – Yes they are open on all national holidays including Independence Day.

Piu Roy Chowdhury February 20, 2018 - 10:54 am

Please suggest a suitable itineary for our upcoming Ladakh tour in Sept’18.
We reach at Leh on 22 Sept’18 early morning and return on 2 Oct’18 morning by flight.

Vargis.Khan February 20, 2018 - 3:33 pm

You are reaching there by flight, correct? And how do you plan to travel locally? Private taxi or public transport? Let me know and I can suggest accordingly.

Piu Roy Chowdhury February 21, 2018 - 7:33 am

Thanks for your prompt response.
Yes, we’re(3 adults) reaching there by flight and avail private taxi for the trip.
We want to cover all the wetland of Ladakh, is it possible??
Preferred route from Leh-Nubra-Pangong………-Leh.

Vargis.Khan February 21, 2018 - 5:15 pm

You can travel in the following manner.

22 – Rest in Leh and arrange permits
23 – Leh to Kargil
24 – Kargil to Leh
25 – Leh to Diskit (Nubra Valley)
26 – Diskit to Turtuk to Panamik
27 – Panamik to pangong
28 – Pangong to Hanle
29 – Hanle to Karzok (Tso Moriri)
30 – Karzok to Leh
1 – Buffer Day
2 – Return Flight

Piu Roy Chowdhury February 22, 2018 - 5:35 am

Thanks for your suggestion.
Kindly let me know, if on 22 we can stay at Kargil. If Yes, please let me know the permit and arrangement details

Piu Roy Chowdhury February 22, 2018 - 7:14 am

My expected itinerary is as follows:

22 – Leh to Kargil
23 – Kargil to Padum via Drass
24 – Padum to Leh
25 – Leh to Diskit (Nubra Valley)
26 – Diskit to Turtuk to Panamik
27 – Panamik to pangong
28 – Pangong to Hanle
29 – Hanle to Karzok (Tso Moriri)
30 – Karzok to Leh
1 – Leh Sightseeing
2 – Return Flight
Please guide me for any changes or modifications.

Piu Roy Chowdhury February 22, 2018 - 5:41 am

Thanks for your suggestion.
Kindly let me know, if we stay at Kargil on 22 instead of Leh. Is it possible?

Piu Roy Chowdhury February 22, 2018 - 7:15 am

Please ignore this reply

Vargis.Khan February 22, 2018 - 7:28 pm

You cannot do Padum to Leh in one day. It is a 2 days journey.

Vargis.Khan February 21, 2018 - 5:16 pm

For taxi, contact Sonam Angdus in Leh at 9469272773

Piu Roy Chowdhury February 22, 2018 - 5:36 am


Ayush December 5, 2019 - 6:46 pm

Hi vargis!
I am planning to visit leh with my frnds on june 2020!!!
I want an itnery frm manali to manali!
I will travel by private taxi!
And if u can share any contact of taxis which i can get from manali till leh!

Vargis.Khan December 5, 2019 - 8:44 pm

How many days do you have Ayush?

Vijay Patel November 7, 2017 - 6:48 am

So many Place to go to, Each better than the other, one of the best travel destination on earth.

Vargis.Khan November 7, 2017 - 6:02 pm

I agree Vijay


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