Chandigarh to Leh-Ladakh
Duration: (11 Nights | 12 Days)
Day 01: Arrive at Chandigarh & drive to Manali
Day 02: Explore Manali
Day 03: Manali to Jispa via Rohtang La (13,051 ft.)
Day 04: Jispa to Leh via Tanglang La (17,480 ft.)
Day 05: Leh – Full day at own leisure (No Taxi)
Day 06: Explore Leh & Sham Valley
Day 07: Leh to Nubra Valley (Diskit/Hunder) via Khardung La (17,582 ft.)
Day 08: Nubra Valley: Hunder to Sumur/Yarab Tso
Day 09: Nubra Valley (Sumur) to Leh via Khardung La (17,582 ft.)
Day 10: Leh to Tso Pangong via Chang La (17,585 ft.)
Day 11: Tso Pangong to Leh via Chang La (17,585 ft.)
Day 12: Leh Airport Drop
• Chandigarh – Manali Highway with scenic views of the Himalayas
• Leh – Manali Highway with stops at all the major engrossing locations
• Famous Passes – Rohtang La (13,051 ft.), Tanglang La (17,480 ft.), Khardung La (17,582 ft.) & Chang La (17,585 ft.)
• Leh – Srinagar Highway up till Sangam
• Manali (2N)
• Jispa (1N)
• Leh (5N)
• Nubra Valley (2N)
• Pangong Lake (1N)
• Visit to Sham Valley, Yarab Tso & Tso Ltak
• Famous Palaces & Monasteries and Mountain Passes
• Room category & accommodation as desired
• 02 nights’ stay at Manali with dinner & breakfast
• 01-night stay at Jispa with dinner & breakfast
• 05 nights’ stay at Leh with breakfast
• 01-night stay at Hunder in Nubra Valley with dinner & breakfast
• 01-night stay at Sumur in Nubra Valley with dinner & breakfast
• 01-night stay at Tso Pangong with dinner & breakfast
• Transportation: All sightseeing tours by Non-Ac Innova as per the itinerary
• Chandigarh airport pick-up & drop to Leh airport
• Protected Area Permits (PAP)
• Fuel, driver allowances
• All applicable taxes
• Taxi service on Day 05
• Entrance fee for monasteries/palaces, etc.
• Expenses of personal nature, such as laundry, telephone calls, room service, alcoholic beverages, mini bar charges, tips, portage, camera fees, etc.
• Room heater charge
• Any meals and services not specifically mentioned in the inclusions
• Any cost arising due to natural calamities like landslides, roadblocks, etc.
• Any unforeseen expenses beyond our control will be charged extra.
• Medical insurance/travel insurance/oxygen cylinder
• Additional sightseeing charges or extra usage of the vehicle apart from the suggested itinerary
Day One: Out of the Office
Arrive at Chandigarh & Drive to Manali
In the morning, upon arrival at Chandigarh Airport/Railway Station, you will be warmly welcomed by Unplugged Life’s representative, who will whisk you off to your hotel in Manali. The journey would take around 8-9 hours. Manali, the valley of gods is a combination of natural splendour and rich cultural heritage.
Day Two: Tell it to the Mountains
Explore Manali (Altitude 6725 ft.)
Manali has tonnes of options for sightseeing. Start with the Hadimba Temple, a unique shrine dedicated to Hidimbi Devi, the wife of Bhima. It’s in the middle of a forest dotted with tall cedar trees.
Get a dose of Tibetan culture at the Tibetan Centre & Monastery. Laze around at Van Vihar. Take a dip in the sulphur infused hot water springs of Vashisht Village or do a short hike to Jogini Falls. In the evening, you can drop by Mall Road, the bustling heart of the city, and go on a shopping spree or try some of the popular restaurants.
Day Three: Here We Go
Manali to Jispa via Rohtang La (13,051 ft.)
Today you will start your journey towards Leh via Rohtang Pass 13,051 ft. which literally translates to a pile of corpses. The Manali – Leh Highway is one of the most scenic highways that Northern India has to offer.
Jispa is a town of about 500 people set on the bank of the bustling Bhaga River. It is set at the foot of mist and cloud-covered mountain peaks; and is surrounded by the lush, dew-covered greenery, making it an ideal camping spot for travellers. You’ll be spending the night here in a hotel/camp.
Manali-Leh Highway with 10 minutes halts at all the major engrossing locations on this stretch
Manali (6725 ft.) – Rohtang La (13,051 ft.) – Chenab River – Koksar – Jispa (10,500 ft.) – Suraj Tal (16,020 ft.) – Bara-lacha La (16,043 ft.) – Sarchu (14,074 ft.) – Nakee La (15,646 ft.) – Lachulung La (16,597 ft.) – Pang (15,280 ft.) – Morey Plains (15,748 ft.) – Tanglang La (17,480 ft.) – Karu – Leh (11,500 ft.)
Day Four: Getting There Is Half the Fun
Jispa to Leh via Tanglang La (17,480 ft.)
Next morning, you will proceed to Leh, passing through some of the most scenic landscapes in the world.
On the way, you will halt at Suraj Tal, the 3rd highest lake in India 16,020 ft. The road then takes us through 3 major mountain passes, Nakee La 15,646 ft., Lachulung La 16,597 ft. & Tanglang La 17,480 ft.
The infamous Gata loops stand in the way. A series of 21 hairpin bends, the Gata loops are counted among the most treacherous stretches in the world. Don’t worry, you will be safe.
Then comes Tanglang La pass (17,480 ft.) – the 12th highest motor-able pass in the world. It is the last pass you will cross before reaching Leh. After a blockbuster road trip of 8-9 hours, you will be transferred to your stay in Leh city. The rest of the evening is for you to take a chill pill.
Day Five: Footloose in Leh
Leh: Day at own leisure (No Transport)
Take this day to explore the small lanes of Leh by foot, try bouldering, or just go shopping and at Leh Market. You can try some local Ladakhi food which has much in common with Tibetan food, the most prominent foods being Thukpa (noodle soup), and Tsampa, known in Ladakhi as Ngampe (roasted barley flour).
A dish that is strictly Ladakhi is Skyu, a heavy pasta dish with root vegetables. As in other parts of Central Asia, tea in Ladakh is traditionally made with strong green tea, butter, and salt. It is mixed in a large churn and known as Gurgur Cha, after the sounds it makes when mixed. Sweet Tea (cha ngarmo) is common now, made in the Indian style with milk and sugar. Most of the surplus barley that is produced is fermented into chang, an alcoholic beverage drunk especially on festive occasions.
Day Six: Making Memories
Leh: Excursion to Sham Valley
Explore the gorgeous town of Leh and its beautiful stopovers. Most prominent among them is the Leh Palace. The ruins of this 350-year-old, 9 storey high Palace offer a breath-taking view of the city of Leh and its surroundings. Leh Market is starkly different from its metropolitan counterparts. The shops here are small, colourful, and vibrant. It has a rare mix of western and native cultures which is unique to itself.
Leh also boasts of a widely diverse population and shows its influences on its infrastructure. The Shanti Stupa, Jama Masjid, Zorawar Fort, Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib, and Magnetic Hill all lie within 25 km of Leh’s radius. Also, within this radius is the Indian Army’s Hall of Fame. It is a monument dedicated to the soldiers who served, and/or perished on the borders during wartime.
The Sangam (Confluence of rivers) between the ice-cold Zanskar and the mighty Indus is incredible to watch. It’s gushing blue waters put on a stunning display of power. Once you’ve absorbed in all these wonderful sights you will return to Leh and spend the night there.
Day Seven: Overland to Nubra
Leh to Nubra Valley via Khardung La (17,582 ft.)
After an early breakfast, you’ll check-out & drive to super scenic Nubra Valley 10,000 ft. The road takes you through the world’s 11th highest motor-able pass, Khardung La (17,582 ft.) a place engulfed in fog and wrapped by snow-laden peaks. You will literally be on cloud 9 that day.
Descending from the high pass, you will drive through the barren beauty of Nubra Valley, with the aquamarine waters of Shyok River for company. On arrival, you’ll first visit Diskit Monastery. It is over 250 years old and is the oldest monastery in Nubra Valley. Next to that lies an imposing 100 feet statue of Maitreya Buddha, in its resplendent golden avatar.
Later, you can spot double-humped camels, one of the rarest mammals, lounging on the desert at Hunder. At night, step out of your cosy room and gaze at the sky. Ladakh is one of the best places to stargaze, thanks to the pollution-free environment.
Day Eight: Room with A View
Nubra Valley: Hunder to Sumur/Panamik
After breakfast you’ll check-out and visit Sumur, a picturesque village around 42 km’s from Hunder on the other side of the valley. The village of Sumur is famous and also an important stop since the holy monastery, Samstem Ling Gompa is located close to the village. The Samstem Ling Gompa other than its spiritual importance is also known for its frescos and gorgeous silk Thangkas. The sand dunes at Sumur is also unoccupied compared to its counterpart in Hunder.
Later in the day take a short drive to Ladakh’s best-kept secret, Yarab Tso Lake. The lake is a sacred place for the local people and can only be approached by a short hike.
From here either drive down to Sumur for the night or drive to the hot sulphur springs at the village of Panamik which is the last destination for tourists travelling across Ladakh. Panamik is also the village that is nestled very close to the Siachen Glacier, the highest battlefield in the world.
Day Nine: Forget Me Not
Nubra Valley to Leh via Khardung La (17,582 ft.)
After a lazy breakfast, you’ll check-out and drive straight to Leh. On the way back stop at Khardung La (17,582 ft.) and get those perfect pictures for your Instagram and continue the drive to Leh. Upon arrival, you’ll check-in at the hotel and will have the rest of the evening to yourself.
Day Ten: Corners of Himalayas
Leh to Tso Pangong via Chang La (17,585 ft.)
After an early breakfast, you’ll check-out and drive towards Pangong Lake via the Chang-La (17,585 ft.). Chang-La is the 10th highest motor-able pass in the world. On the way your first stop will be Shey Palace, the palace, mostly in ruins now was built first in 1655. The Palace and adjoining monastery are situated on a hilltop and the Palace offers a breath-taking view of the valley below as well as of the Mountain range across the valley, where the colours of the mountains change with the altitude.
Later visit Thiksey Monastery located in the Indus Valley. The monastery is home to a beautifully sculpted sculpture of Maitreya (Future Buddha) as well as murals depicting the life of future Buddhas. From here you’ll continue on to Tso Pangong. Upon arrival you’ll check-in at the hotel/camp and spend the rest of the evening strolling around the lake, taking in the beautiful scenery.
Day Eleven: A Walk to Remember
Tso Pangong to Leh via Chang La (17,585 ft.)
Tso Pangong has the most crystal clear, cerulean blue waters ever seen. Tso Pangong plays host to migratory bird families during mating seasons. Bar-Headed Geese and Brahmani Ducks are two of the most prominently found birds here. The rare, endangered, and usually elusive Black-necked Cranes are also found here. Tso Pangong lies only partially in India. Over 60% of the lake lies in China. Situated at an altitude of about 13,943 ft. Tso Pangong also holds the honour of being one of the highest brackish water lakes in the world. In winter the entire lake freezes over which allows you to actually walk over it.
After breakfast check-out of the hotel/camp and head towards Leh. On your way back, you’ll stop at the Druk Padma Karpo School. This is the school we saw in the movie ‘3 idiots’. Rancho’s School. You’ll visit Rancho’s Café, a café just outside the school campus. You can have some crunchy snacks and coffee while enjoying the memorabilia from the movie that is kept in the café. Upon arrival in Leh, you’ll check-in at the guest house/hotel.
Optional: You can also pay a visit to the Tibetan Refugee Old Age Home near Leh. Unlike the Ladakhi people’s Old Age Home, this place receives a tiny fraction of visitors and donations.
Day Twelve: Bye-bye Ladakh
Depart Leh: Transfer to Airport
In the morning, you’ll be driven to the airport where you’ll board the flight to your onward destination.