Road trip from Srinagar to Leh

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Road trip from Srinagar to Leh

If there is heaven on earth it is here…it is here..it is here “Kashmir” + When travelling “laddakh”, be a traveler not a tourist – (Work + Finance + Time) = Beautiful memories of lifetime.

For so called common people like us it is once in lifetime opportunity and such decisions do need a very strong will power. Little that we knew then that it also needed allot more from us, with enormous excitement in our heart we plunged in to the journey of self discovery and life long memory.

After speaking to few tour operators and googling, we (I and Wife) decided to curate our own travel itinerary and directly coordinate with hotels/cars etc.

Leh ladhadk tour

We planned the trip from 30 May to 7 Jun. We took flight from Mumbai to Srinagar via Delhi, late afternoon we landed at our first destination- Srinagar. We had carried a post paid sim (Prepaid sim do not work in Kashmir). We had our cab waiting for us which took us to Nagin Lake.

Leh Ladakh-A Journey

Our first adventure was to spent night in a Boat House, the name of this boat house was “Dilbagh”. It was a floating hotel, we took some rest and after dinner we went to its upper deck.

We were mesmerised to see the silver shadows of stars in Nagin lake. We sat there for hours gazing the sky as if some one is peeping at us from behind those beautiful stars. We were lost in search of something we had no clue, we sat there until cold started to hit our bones but by then this beautiful silence had filled our souls.

Post our breakfast next morning we again went to the upper deck and this time we were greeted with clear view of mountains and skies. We also saw few vendors selling flowers, vegetables and fruits from their floating Shikarahs.

We spent entire day at Srinagar exploring Dal lake, Shankaracharya Temple and Mughal Garden and spent one more night.

After breakfast we started with our road trip from Srinagar to Leh. On the way we enjoyed the scenic view of Sonamarg valley. We also crossed one of the most difficult motorable road Zojila Pass and enjoyed the breathtaking view of Baltal valley, the base camp site for Shri Amarnath Yatra from Zojila pass.

We took a halt at Kargil and visited Kargil War Memorial Hall and Museum. We had an overnight stay at Kargil.

We started early after breakfast and drove to Leh via Mulbek Maitreya Buddha, Lamayuru Monastery, Mesmerizing Moon Landscapes of Lamayuru. Before reaching Leh on the way we visited Sangam(confluence of river Indus and Zangskar), Pathar Sahib, Magnetic Hill and Hall of Fame(war museum).

We reached Leh by evening and checked in to our hotel. Post our dinner we went to bed early to ensure that we were well rested to explore tough terrains of Leh.

After early breakfast, we drove to Nubra valley via Khardongla Pass – the world’s highest motorable road and gateway to Siachen Glacier, the views from the top of the pass were amazing. We also visited Deskit Monastery, post lunch we visited Hundar village and did a Double-Humped Bactrian Camel Safari in sand dunes between Hundar and Deskit villages.

Next day we left to see the most famous “Pangong Lake”, This famous blue brackish salt water lake is 5-6 kms in width and it spreads in to the other side of the Indo China Border.

The time stops here – you could possibly see all the colours of nature in this lake including beautiful flamingos- there is no word that I know which can describe the beauty of Pangong Lake.

Next day we headed for Tsomoriri Lake, 7-8 hrs one way drive on the way. Though tent options were available but we booked proper hotel and we were pleased with our decision as there was a snowfall in the night and temperature fell to -15.

From 30 degree of humid Mumbai climate to -15 degree was indeed a difficult change but hot coffee and hot Maggie were our saviors. It is also advisable to carry small oxygen bottles which is easily available in hotel/local market.

Post our breakfast, we visited Tsomoriri Lake, there were very few visitors here and we explored this place for many hours. On our way back to hotel we visited Puga Sulphur Mine, Tsokar Lake and passed through Taklang La Pass second highest motorable road in the world. In the evening we explored local markets of Leh and came back to hotel for dinner.

Our hearts were filled with memories from Srinagar to Leh and deep down we knew we had reached a milestones of our lifetime.

How to reach

On the way from Srinagar to Leh-Ladakh by road, you will cover approximately 430 Km. There is only two ways to reach Ladakh, one is from Manali to Leh and the other is from Srinagar to Leh.

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