As we have mentioned many times across many conversations that Ladakh was the first destination in our Travel Bucket-list and we were super elated to strike it off. So, obviously we were planning for it from eternity! We read numerous blogs, went through so many itineraries, and made our own which we thought was ideal. Once that happened, we started looking for aggregators who could help us with all the necessary arrangements. The itinerary that we wanted wasn't readily available and the ones ready to customize it, were charging a bomb (literally).
Finally, we got to know that one of our dear friends conducts Leh-Ladakh guided tours for small groups. We asked him for the itinerary and budget, and guess what? It was a perfect match for both the things; and before we knew, plans were set, the date decided and the excruciating wait began :( We literally had a countdown rolling for about 6 months, but all worth it... So without further ado, let us take you through our itinerary.
Here's an overview of the itinerary we followed in a nutshell:
Day 1 - Mumbai(your city) - Srinagar - Sonmarg Day 2 - Sonmarg - Drass - Kargil - Lamayuru - Leh Day 3 - Rest Day for Acclimatization. Day 4 - Leh - Khardungl La - Nubra Valley - Turtuk Day 5 - Turtuk sightseeing Day 6 - Turtuk - Nubra Valley - Leh Day 7 - Day visit to Pangong Lake Day 8 - Leh - Jispa Day 9 - Jispa - Rohtang Pass - Manali Day 10 - Manali sightseeing - Solang Valley visit - Night Departure Manali - Delhi Day 11 - Reach Delhi after an overnight journey and take a flight back to Mumbai.
Here are some things you may consider adding in case you have more days-
Stay a day in Srinagar to explore and experience the houseboats on Dal Lake
Kargil also has quite some interesting villages and staying a night there is also recommended
Stay a night in Pangong in a campsite
Go for a day's visit to Tso Moriri lake
We have a blog dedicated to just that, the top 10 must-have experience in Leh-Ladakh. These are unique to this region and hence you cannot miss these. Do check the blog- Top 10 Leh-Ladakh Experiences You Cannot Miss
On most Leh-Ladakh itineraries, Turtuk isn't included or if included it is just a day's visit. But we can't stress enough on the fact that this gem requires more of your time. Check this blog for more details on that- Turtuk Diaries - A Tale of a Wonderland
What to eat?
The Ladakhi cuisine specials Thukpa & Thentuk The Tibetan Momos - try the mutton and lamb momos
Kashmiri food - Do try the Wazwan, we missed having this while we were there
All the tea variants - Don't miss having the Kahwa and butter tea.
That's about the planning part. Hope you like this itinerary and the modification options should help you include/exclude/adjust according to your feasibility. Keep it safe for the time when you would want to plan this epic road trip to Leh-Ladakh. Till then, Julley!!