Coralie’s trip to Kashmir, exploring Leh and Ladakh
Pangong Tso, LadakhPangong Tso
Pangong Tso, Ladakh
Nubra Valley, LadakhNubra Valley
Nubra Valley, Ladakh
Delhi, IndiaDelhi, India
On her second trip to India Coralie wanted to explore the stunning landscapes of Leh and Ladakh. This region is known for its rugged landscape, bright blue skies, snow capped mountains, colorful prayer flags and charming villages dotted with stupas and brick houses. Coralie wanted to explore the raw natural beauty of this region. In the ten days she had to explore she visited Srinagar, Leh, Pangong, and Nubra valley. If she had more time could have also explored a few treks or visited Tso Moriri, and the quaint town of Lamayuru.
When to go
The roads to Leh for both routes are open only from Mid- May till end of September. If you plan on traveling to Leh and Ladakh we recommend you plan our trip in advance as it is only accessible for a very short window of time every year. There are two routes to get to Leh by road, one from Manali in Himachal Pradesh and one Srinagar in Kashmir. Normally we recommend taking the route from Manali as Kashmir is a volatile region because of it’s proximity to the border and various other political factors.
When Coralie traveled to Srinagar it was safe to travel via the Srinagar route, however now we always advise caution and recommend checking with us or other reliable sources before starting your trip.
How to go
This road trip is definitely not for the faint-hearted. There will be altitude sickness and really bumpy roads. But the journey from Manali or Srinagar is one of the most exhilarating drives you can experience. For some one who prefers a little less adventure there are direct flights from Delhi. There are one stop flights from Mumbai and Delhi respectively. Flying into Leh is the most comfortable and the fast way of getting there. If you do catch a flight, remember to rest on your first day to acclimatize to the altitude.
- Day 1 - 2Srinagar
Fly to Srinagar from Delhi or Mumbai. Srinagar is the capital and largest city of Kashmir, It is known for it's beautiful lakes, stunning natural beauty, and delicious cuisine.Zaffer HouseboatDay 2 - 3Kargil
Kargil is Just a stopover town on the way from Srinagar to Leh. You can find a few cheap guesthouses here. Do not expect high end or boutique accomodationGuesthouseDay 3 - 6Leh
Leh is the largest city in Ladakh and often used as a base to explore the region. Visit Leh castle for views of the city, or idle your time in one of the many cafes.Gurgu HomestayDay 6 - 7Pangong
Pangong Lake is landlocked lake in the Himalayas. It is extremely picturesque. Do remember that you need to get special permits from Leh to venture out till here and Nubra valleyPangong InnDay 7 - 10Nubra Valley
Nubra Valley is its sand dunes and interesting terrain.You need to cross the highest motorable pass in the world Khardung - La to get to Nubra. You can visit various small towns of Turtuk, Diskit and Sumer during your time in NubraNubra ecolodgeDay 10 - 11Leh
Head back to Leh for the end of your trip you could go on one day excursions from Leh or go on various 3 day treks. Before flying /travelling back to DelhiGurgu Homestay