LEH, many have been here, many yet to go. It’s a dream of every biker to ride here & every traveler to wander.
I started my journey to Leh from Mumbai. Flying down to Jammu was preferable for 3 reasons..
- Flights were cheaper by 8-10k per person (we were 4 of them) compared to Mumbai-Leh-Mumbai.
- I wanted to visit Vaishno Devi. 🙏🙏
- Leh “Road trip” toh banta hai boss!!! 😜
#TravelLikeAPro: While checking out for the flights, do consider other airports near to the City airport. If lucky you might save on the cost.
We drove down to Srinagar after visiting the shrine. The day was long & the 9 hrs journey was drooping ( Google maps shows 6 hrs). It was getting more tiring after listening to some 90’s alien songs.
SRINAGAR; know for the famous floating houses in Dal lake, snowy mountains & tulip gardens. Thought of such mesmerizing landscape made our visit to Srinagar refreshing. We had booked our accommodation in the middle of the lake with fancy boat houses surrounding us. There is a small ( so-called) island known as Nehru Park. Interestingly Nehru Park has a garden & few shops on it. We were staying at Green View hotel in Nehru Park. The owner of the hotel also has his “Houseboat” attached to his house on the land.
If you are staying in a houseboat or on Nehru Park, don’t worry about commuting to the land, you have a free access to the boat ride. To say in simple words, they were like the rickshaw or taxi on the lake.
We spent the evening on Shikara ride watching sunset & shopping on the floating market.
#TravelLikeAPro: If your are Thalassophobic, but still want to enjoy the serenity of the lake then don’t worry, you have array of choices to stay on the Boulevard Road which runs parallel to Dal lake.
#TravelLikeAPro: Nagin lake also has a number of Houseboat. This is little calm & in a quite location. Opt for Nagin lake if you want to stay away from the crowded place.
TOURING ON NH1
Next day was again a long day but was filled with excitement & thrill. Yes, because we were heading LEH.
Every turn we took gave us a glimpse of different shades of Kashmir, rather India, as it is always associated with filth. But believe you me, Kashmir is no less than Swiss. Even the water passing by from the alley was as clean as that in the river. Past Sonmarg we could also find some tents nailed by the river side.
So get your selfie mode on. The roads here are in very bad condition due to landslides. They are restored at certain intervals by Border Roads Organisation.
To experience a beautiful road trip journey to Leh you can drive from Srinagar or Manali or Delhi if you want t hire a bike or car. You can start your journey from DELHI through MANALI to LEH to KARGIL to SRINAGAR completing the entire circuit.
ZOJILA PASS, the adventurous entry to Ladakh.
It is one of the deadliest road in the world & hence every biker’s dream to ride here.
Visiting Kargil was the best part of our entire Leh trip. Prominent for the battle occurred here, but the little village is spellbound. Kargil War Memorial is the destination worth the visit. This memorial is entirely built by the Indian army commemorating to the martyrdom of the Jawan. Here, when I say Jawan doesn’t only represent the military personnel but also the localite (Ladhaki) who fought for India. You have to spend at least 2 hours to know history. Every year on 26th July, Kargil Vijay Diwas is being celebrated in their memories.
Moving further to our destination our next photo stop was FATULA Pass, which is at the highest point on NH1. On the way, you can also find lots of Apple & peach trees on the roadside.
While approaching towards the city we had many beautiful panoramic views of the landscape, yet it was tiring, driving for 13 hours. If you are travelling or planning to travel to Ladakh, I have pen down few practical tips for you. Please let me know your views on it.
Leh travel tips
- Srinagar to Leh is approx 12-13 hours drive, hence it is recommended to break your journey in Kargil for a night & proceed further the next day.
- There are no shops or dhaba’s for a longer stretch, be sure you carry sufficient amount of food & water.
- People with heart or lung ailment may face difficulties at high altitude. A pre-medical check-up is always suggested.
- Altitude sickness or Acute mountain sickness (AMS) happens if you go to higher altitude & ascend faster. To get accustomed to the altitude, please walk & breathe slowly for initial 2-3 days.
- General symptoms of AMS are headache, nausea, fatigue, lightheadedness, shortness of breath. Carry suitable medicines after consulting your family doctor.
- If you are flying directly to Leh drink fluids frequently ( preferably non-alcoholic) & avoid smoking .
- Avoid going on sightseeing as you might feel a little dizzy due to the elevation.
- Be aware of the shooting stone, while crossing all the Pass.
- Charge your phone & Camera battery.
BEST SEASON : May to Sep
Don’t forget to check out the local festivals before booking your tickets. These festivals will be cherry on the cake of your vacation
MODES OF TRANSPORT
Nearest Station: Jammu Tawi (approx 715 kms)
Nearest Airport: Late Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport Leh airport (airport code: IXL)
EXCURSION (from Leh)
- Kargil (approx 220kms)
- Lamayuru (approx 115 kms)
- Pangong Tso (approx 225 kms)
- Tsomoriri (approx 220 kms)
- Nubra Valley (approx 160 kms)
- Turtuk Village- Last village of India (approx 203 kms)
- Khardung La pass (approx 40 kms)
- Sarchu (approx 260 kms)
TREKS FROM LEH
- Chadar Frozen river Trek (Only in Winter)
- Stok kangri
- Markha Valley
HAPPY TRAVELLING!!! 😉😉😉