Part of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh is a heaven on earth. Located in the famous and spectacular Himalayas, it is a destination everyone should go to at least once in their life. If you are traveling in India, then be sure to put this place on your list. Moreover, one of the best ways to experience Ladkha is to do a roadtrip from Delhi to Leh, travelers’ favorite place in Ladakh. It is a very common and popular roadtrip for bikers and jeeps for many reasons. It is also possible to go by cab. On the way to Leh, the landscapes are magical and breath taking. Two routes are possible, but the Leh-Manali highway is the most popular. Here is a 15 days roadtrip plan to Leh and the surroundings starting from Delhi.
Day 1. Delhi to Manali
First of all, you will have to reach Manali from Delhi. Be well prepared and start your day early because it is going to be one long journey. The total journey takes 578 kilometers. Make a stop in Karnal to get some food before leaving again. Stay the overnight in Manali and don’t forget to fuel since fuel stations are not going to be numerous along the way.
Day 2. Manali to Jaspi
Now, you will be on your way to Leh by the Leh-Manali highway. The weather might be rough on you with some heavy rain so it is recommended to go slow and to make an overnight stay in Jaspi. Note that in Koksar, you will have to make a stop at the Police Post to fill your personal information.
Day 3. Jispa to Sarchu
For your third day, start early and reach Sarchu. Remember that you are going to be driving in high altitude and because of that, you might experience some headaches and feel hill. For this reason, it is recommended to stay a night in Sarchu. It is a popular stop on the Leh-Manali highway for drivers because it will give you the chance to get used to the altitude. Be aware that it is only tented accommodations and that it might get cold and windy at night.
Day 4. Sarchu to Leh
Note that you will first have to register yourself in Sarchu as you are now leaving Himachal Pradesh and entering Ladakh. On your way, make a stop to Pang, your chance to enjoy a good meal before the rest of the drive and another stop at Taglang La for some the greatest views of your trip. Stay the night in Leh.
Day. 5 Day off to explore Leh
Take this well deserved day off to take some time to explore the magnificent valley of Leh. Among the many attractions of Leh, apart from the great landscapes that you won’t get enough of, you can explore Leh Palace and Tsemo Fort. Try to book a homestay;. The people of Leh are friendly and welcoming which is going to add to the beauty of your trip.
Day 6. Leh to Pangong Tso
You can enjoy many day trips from Leh and but first, let’s start with a two-day trip from Leh to Pangong Tso. A smooth road will lead you to beautiful views over high peaks and a stunning looking lake. The drive, more than the destination itself, is the main joy of this trip. Stay the night either in Spangmik or Man.
Day 7. Back to Leh
Wake up early and head back to Leh in the morning to avoid the heavy rain of the afternoons. Enjoy the landscapes of Leh a little bit more and since you are around, taste some of the best Ladakh Tibetan’s food. If you are tired, you may want to do some meditation or yoga, but if you are feeling adventurous, why not going for a little bit of kayak?
Day 8-9 Leh to Tso Moriri loop
Tso Moriri is a high altitude lake with crystal water. The reflections of the high mountains peaks in the water is a stunning show. It requires a minimum of a two-days trip from Leh to truly appreciate. On your way there, you will see many small villages like Likche and Himya. Let yourself be charmed by the beautiful sunset and then head to Korzok for the night. Come back to Leh on the next day by finishing the loop.
Day 10. Day-trip to Matho
Since you are surrounded by Tibetan culture, you might as well want to make the most of it and immerse yourself in it. From Leh, enjoy a day trip to Matho where you will find Matho Gompa, a large and truly impressive Buddhist monastery. From there, you will certainly enjoy the picturesque panoramas.
Day 11. Day-trip to Thiksey
Another well-known monastery in Ladakh and probably the most attractive one is Thiksey Gompa. From Leh, you can make it a day-trip. Take some time to enjoy it and to take it easy since it is your last day before heading back for long drives.
Day 18.104.22.168. Going back to Delhi
One the 12th day, start you trip back to Delhi by the same way. It’s a long way back and you might be tired since it is the end of your trip. For this reason, it is better not to rush it back. Also, the Leh-Manali Highway itself is so amazing that you will probably want to take time to make the most of it before going back in the busy city. You can stop at different places though, such as Keylong, Gemur or Debring.
Overall, keep in mind that it is not a race, but a beautiful roadtrip which you should appreciate every kilometre. The landscapes will sincerely be the best part of your whole journey. After all, the views your eyes are going to witness is among India’s most gorgeous panoramas. There’s a reason why this route is one the most popular destinations for bikers in India and you are about to discover why. Don’t try to rush it; it is safer to go slower because of the unpredictable weather. Be adventurous and get ready for the ride of your life!