Gateway of Heaven: Ladakh is one of the most beautiful places one can visit in the world. It is situated in the beautiful Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir. It’s literally heaven on earth. It’s breathtaking and charming views can make you go wow in seconds. It has recently been made a Union Territory by the BJP government. The higher altitude of Ladakh will make you feel like you are at the top of the world. The snowy, rocky, barren brown mountains and windy paths with the natural blue color sky will make you sense the real beauty of nature. This journey to Gateway of Heaven: Ladakh will offer you some best views of the Great Himalayas.
One can plan a trip to Ladakh in the months of June to early October because before and after these months the roads remain closed due to heavy snowfall. Our Indian Army clears these snowy paths every year and makes it accessible to tourists. Thinking about the weather in Gateway of Heaven: Ladakh and clothes to carry? So, the answer to this question is that you will find very chilly and snowy weather all through your journey with speedy winds.
So, you at least have to wear three layers of clothes to protect yourself from the freezing cold along with caps, gloves, and mufflers. Some of you can feel high altitude sickness which can cause headaches, discomfort, etc. So, you need to carry essential medicines for the trip. Carry food and water bottles from your start point because once you will reach the high altitude you may have to purchase it at a high price like a water bottle and a lays at a price of Rs.40. Do carry chocolates and other energy giving food as they will provide you energy at the high altitude and do carry your oxygen cylinders as you may face breathing problems due to lack of oxygen at high altitudes. Wondering about the must travel and day-wise itinerary? Come on let’s plan it for you.
You can go to Ladakh either by Bike or by Car but that must be an SUV and with all the necessary permits which you will need to go beyond Manali to Rohtang Pass and beyond Leh. You can go via the Volvo bus as well till Manali and after that, you will have to board a car only. Must travel and day-wise itinerary from Delhi to Gateway of Heaven: Ladakh is as following:
Day 1- Depart from Delhi overnight and reach Manali first. Manali is your first stop or starting point of your journey. Further, move forward to Rohtang Pass which is at the altitude of 13,051 feet. You will experience a lot of snow here. Enjoy the snow and the chilly weather and further depart for Keylong and then Jispa. Your first-night stay will be in Jispa(Himachal Pradesh) in camps which are just like a room with an attached washroom and enough space. You will find very freezing weather here itself.
Day 2- After an early breakfast depart for Leh and firstly get your fuel tank full because after Jispa the next petrol pump is 365 km ahead in Leh only. Hence, this is a must-see reminder. In your journey, you will come across Baralacha Pass which is at an altitude of 16,043 feet, Sarchu, Lachulung Pass. You will experience the most scenic views on this day as you will be on Leh-Manali Highway. In the evening enjoy your stay in the hotel in the beautiful district of Leh.
Day 3- Enjoy local sightseeing in Leh like Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, Hall of Fame, and Leh market in the evening and overnight stay in a hotel in Leh only. You must book a Royal Enfield bullet here at the price of Rs.800-1200 plus fuel for a day and make your dream come true of riding a bullet in Leh.
Day 4- Now get ready for the must-travel places beyond Leh. After breakfast, drive to Nubra Valley via Khardungla Pass(altitude 18,380 feet) which is the highest motorable road in the World. Hence, you will come across a lot of off-roading today. Explore Nubra Valley, Diskit monastery, and enjoy double-humped camel safari in Nubra sand dunes and you can also enjoy the cultural show here in the evening. Overnight stay in camps.
Day 5- Leave for Pangong lake today. Yes, you heard it right where the last scene of 3 Idiots movie was shot. Believe it, this is the must-visit and most beautiful place of your entire trip. The crystal clear water and the scenic view will make you feel like you have just landed in heaven. This place is too cold so do carry your caps and mufflers. Therefore, get a photograph clicked at the 3 Idiots movie yellow scooter and three colorful ass shaped chairs. Overnight stay in camps.
Day 6- The next day head to Kargil via Leh where the Indian Army defeated the Pakistan Army in 1999. Enroute take a short halt at Changla Pass and must enjoy a cup of hot tea. You can also find a little snowfall here. Proceed for Kargil via Leh and explore moon landscape, Namkila and Fatula Pass in your journey, and the Sangam point, Magnetic hill, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, etc in Leh. Overnight stay in Kargil in camps.
Day 7- Departure for Srinagar now. In your journey, you will see Sonamarg, Drass(The second coldest inhabited place in the world), and the Kargil War Memorial. Further, overnight stay in a hotel in Srinagar.
Day 8- Therefore, that’s the end of your trip. You may return to Delhi via a direct flight from Srinagar. You will be very tired and not ready for the return road journey.
Therefore, for more travel journeys you can read another blog on Goa.