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Precautions to take, things to do – Leh Ladakh travel guide! | Day 8

So, here the beautiful journey of Leh-Ladakh trip comes to an end after completing 7 nights 8 days journey. My sister and her husband left for Mumbai the very next day but few couples who took night stay at Pangong Lake came the next day back to Leh. After reaching Leh, they took rest in the afternoon and then went to the market in the evening for shopping. The very next day they took flight with beautiful memories back to their destinations. Today, along with the experience, I am sharing a complete Leh Ladakh travel guide and itinerary.

I shared the entire journey and the beautiful experience of Leh-Ladakh trip with you all as guided and discussed by my sister. I hope you all liked it. After reading my blogs on Leh-Ladakh trip, I am sure many of you might plan their very next trip to Leh-Ladakh. No doubt, you should definitely plan and should visit, but should go with all the necessary things and complete precautions.

traveling in Leh LadakhBelow is the list of things and precautions you should take care of while traveling to Leh. Complete Leh Ladakh Travel Guide!

  1. You should plan a trip in such a way, that you should keep 1-1 day ideal at the beginning and end of the journey.
  2. Couples if having kids of age less than 5 years should not travel to this place.
  3. People above the age of 60-65 having medical problems should avoid visiting this place.
  4. People having health issues like asthma, severe sinus problem or any other big illness and severe breathing issues should also avoid going to this place.
  5. It is advised to carry enough warm and woolen clothes when you plan to visit Leh-Ladakh.
  6. It is one of the cleanest places of India, where littering at any place and also throwing garbage anywhere is a serious offense.
  7. If you are a pure vegetarian, then carrying enough food with you is necessary or either you can opt for tours who provides pure vegetarian food like Heena Tours.
  8. Even after reaching Leh-Ladakh, if you face any health issues you must discuss it with your tour guide.
  9. It is the best place to visit for youngsters.
  10. If you are nature and adventure lover then you must visit Leh-Ladakh at least once.
  11. Many youngsters also opt for a bike tour to travel and visit entire Leh-Ladakh.

Leh Ladakh Travel GuideSo, after the complete Leh Ladakh travel guide. Here I am sharing the Itinerary of Heena tours for Leh-Ladakh trip.

My sister after returning from Leh-Ladakh trip also discussed some feelings of her regarding what she liked the most about this trip. She said the most she loved the helpfulness and friendliness of the people staying there, they were always ready to reply whenever you ask them about anything regarding that place. The changing weather of this place is another thing she liked the most, during the morning it was mild cold while in the afternoon it was normal temperature and during evening time, the place used to turn in heaven.

Then were the different Monasteries, it’s peaceful and the architecture she liked very much. The places like Nubra Valley and Pangong Lake were the best places among everything and she wished to visit at least once again to this place whenever destiny gives her another chance to visit Leh-Ladakh. Overall she was just amazed by the entire Leh-Ladakh trip and had beautiful and memorable memories to cherish for a lifetime.

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We had a blast on Day 5 in Leh Ladakh

Day 6 Leh Ladakh Diaries

Witness the beautiful Pangong Lake on Day 7

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Witnessing the beauty of Pangong Lake – Day 7!

Leh Ladakh Diaries Day – 7

After a tiring and long journey of Day 6, they left for visiting Pangong Lake. Pangong Lake is said to be the best place of the entire Leh-Ladakh trip. Most of the tourist visit Leh-Ladakh to see this beautiful place. Pangong Lake gained popularity amongst the Indian as well as International tourists after the release of Aamir Khan’s movie 3 Idiots. At this place, the climax scene of the movie was shoot, which was liked by almost all the people who saw the movie, 3 Idiots. After which, it becomes a famous hot-spot for many other movies too.

The sparkling and mind-blowing Pangong Lake is situated in the Himalayan region of Leh-Ladakh at the height of approximate 4350 meters. This beautiful Lake is 12 km long and extends from India to Tibet, among which 2/3 lies in the Tibet region. Since this Lake connects India and China, a lot of security is maintained there. No water sports and no swimming are allowed in this Lake. It is a salty water Lake. The temperature of this place ranges from 5’C to 10’C because of which this Lake freezes completely during the winter season.  One of the unique features of this Lake is its color, which never remains the same and changes from light blue to green and even grey too.

It is a breath-taking 5-6 hour journey to reach Pangong from Leh. My sister and her friends left from Leh around 8:30 in the morning after having breakfast and they reached at the Pangong Lake spot around 2 P.M. While on the way to Pangong, their tour guide suggested them to visit Lake first and then have Lunch and take rest. On the way to Pangong lies the tourist spot Changla Pass, it is another highest point to see and click photographs. There are several modes of transport through which you can reach Pangong Lake but you should make sure whichever vehicle you hire, it should have enough fuel in it and should be completely fine since there are no Petrol Pumps on the way to Pangong.

Pangong LakeAfter reaching Pangong Lake, all the couples enjoyed the beautiful view of crystal waters and gentle hills. They clicked many Photographs since Pangong Lake is said to one of the best Photogenic places. The mesmerizing and the real beauty of the Pangong Lake makes it a favourite destination for film directors for shooting and filming. Many films like Dil Se, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, 3 Idiots, Waqt, Tashan, Heroes etc. have been shot at this place. There are few eatery stalls at this place, where you can enjoy having Maggi and some snacks with hot Tea and Coffee but they took their own snacks at the Lake. One can also find the famous 3 Idiots climax scene scooty model which actress Kareena Kapoor Khan drives in the movie for clicking photographs in the same pose. You will also find the local animal Yak ride there.

The best time to visit this place is during summer Season because during winters the Lake freezes to an absolute turquoise on which one can even walk and the temperature drops to a minimum of – 14’C. And during summer the weather is completely different with open and fresh air with normal temperature and you can also witness migrating birds and other flora fauna.

Many leave on the same day back to Leh, while some opt for a night stay at this place. If you are opting for a night stay, then tents are the only options for stay. The tents there are quite clean, comfortable and cozy. My sister and few couples left on the same day while few couples took the option of night stay to enjoy the beautiful view of the sky at night and also sunrise of Pangong Lake.

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Day 6 Leh Ladakh Diaries

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New Adventures on Day 6 – Leh Ladakh Dairies!

Leh Ladakh Diaries Day – 6

For the day-6 journey, there were another few places of Leh Ladakh to visit, the most important one was the Alchi and Lamayuru Monastery. There was also an option of river rafting but for only those who drop the option of visiting Lamayuru Monastery, since the Lamayuru Monastery was far and also it was not possible to visit all the places and return back on the same day. Since my sister and her husband and few other couples who never did river rafting opted for it. So, the two buses took two different routes, all the places were almost the same except the Lamayuru Monastery and river rafting.  After having breakfast they left from hotel and first visited Shri Pathar Sahib Gurudwara. It was a very beautiful and peaceful place situated on Leh-Srinagar road and was created in the memory of the founder and the first guru of Sikh religion, Guru Nanak Dev ji. T was the first time my sister visited the Gurudwara, she finds it very holy and peaceful.

Leh LadakhEveryone was asked to place some dupatta or cloth on the head before entering the Gurudwara and should be wearing full clothes, no shorts and capris were allowed. The man sitting inside the Gurudwara narrated the entire history behind the ancient stone of Gurudwara and how and why the Gurudwara was built. The story was very inspiring. After that, on the way, they stopped to see the Magnetic Hill. It is basically a small stretch of road located about 30kms from Leh Ladakh towards Kargil, one can clearly see the road ahead going uphill. The tour guide with them explained the mysterious story of Magnetic Hill, he said if you turned off the engine of the vehicle and stand it in neutral, it will start moving because of the magnetic force of the hill pulling the vehicles towards them. And so, like every tourist even they tried doing this and find it true to some extent. While some people try this, some people just pass through this place unaware of the Magnetic hill.

Then they all went to experience the new and thrilling experience of River Rafting at6 zanskar River. It is said to one of the wonderful activity on the land of Ladakh. For the River Rafting, they all were taken to the place where they were given all the information about the River rafting and also its prices. Once they all were convinced, they were asked to change the clothes and footwear available for River Rafting. There were three options for River rafting, Rafting for about 25kms, 16kms or 6kms. They opted for the 16kms one and for kids 6kms. After wearing the rafting costumes, they all were dropped on the starting point of the rafting, there the rafting driver explained all the rules to follow while rafting.

Leh LadakhIn the beginning, many were scared and nervous but as the Rafting started, they all got busy enjoying the rafting experience with beautiful scenery. The rafting driver also dropped everyone sitting inside the boat purposely to experience how cold the water of the Zanskar river was. At the end point, they saw was the Sangam point. It was a beautiful view, where you see two different rivers flowing in the same direction but not getting mixed i.e the crystal clear water of the Indus River and the muddy water of Zanskar River. After River rafting they all left for Alchi Monastery were yummy and tasty lunch was waiting for them.

Alchi Monastery is considered as one of the oldest and most architecture Monastery. The major attraction point of this Monastery is its temple having elaborate artwork with wood carving and also the view of huge ancient statues of Buddha. Several monks worship and perform ceremonies inside the temple. The temple entrance door still remains the same with low height and is made up of wood. After worshipping, they left back for Leh i.e. to their Hotel.

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In the interiors of Leh Ladakh! Exploring continues on Day 5

Leh Ladakh Diaries Day – 5

The very next day i.e. on day 5, after having breakfast they packed their luggage completely and then left from their tent rooms to visit some of the few places left to visit of Nubra Valley and then will continue their journey back towards Leh. Among those few places left to visit one of them was the most famous, oldest and the best surviving Monastery of Nubra valley of Ladakh named as Diskit Monastery.  The main attraction of that Monastery was the gigantic statue of Lord Buddha built on top of it. It faces the Shyok River towards Pakistan.

Leh LadakhAlmost all tourists who come to Nubra Valley love to Visit Diskit Monastery and experience the magnificent view of Nubra valley from the top of the Monastery. This Diskit Monastery was constructed during the 14th century by Changzem Tserab Zangpo but the construction of a huge 100-foot statue of Lord Buddha was started in the year 2006 and was inaugurated by the well-known priest of Ladakh Dalai Lama in the year 2010. After that almost all tourist visits this Monastery and like the huge magnificent statue a lot. The main part of this Monastery is a prayer hall which has several images of fierce guardians and it also has a huge drum inside it. Since this Monastery was situated at the high altitude it gave very unique and magnificent view of nearby villages and other scenic beauties. My sister and their friends loved this place a lot and also clicked memorable pics.

Leh LadakhSince we all Ladakh is famous for its religious and cultural festivals and also has a rich heritage of folk dance, so the tourists who love to know and enjoy the Ladakhi folk dance and its music do watch the show held by the local people for entertainment purpose. Even my sister and their friends took the tickets to watch the Ladakhi folk dance for some Rs.100 per person.  Four females performed on four songs which were all different with completely different attire. The dance they performed was though very simple but were very charming and enchanting,  basically, the female dancers were singing songs by themselves with just one person playing drum sitting on one side. The songs they were singing were in Ladakhi language, not understood by any one of them, which was obvious. But still they enjoyed the folk dance very much and the best part was that they all requested that drum player to play the famous Ganpati dance music and Garba dance music for which he was hesitating first but then played for all of them, which became an extra enjoyment for them.

Leh LadakhAfter enjoying this they all left for Leh with beautiful memories of Nubra Valley. On the way back they stopped at the point named as Khardung La pass which is believed to be the highest motorable road in the world. It is situated at an altitude of 5,359 meters and is about 39.7 km away from Leh.

All the tourist’s vehicles traveling to Nubra valley from Leh or vice-versa stop at this place to enjoy the mesmerizing view from such a high altitude and for photo clicks. Since it is at high altitude many tourists face the problem of low oxygen level and so should carry oxygen cylinders with them. This place had an Indian Army post and a temple. After leaving this place they reached Leh in the evening with lots of beautiful memories having completely tiring and adventurous journey. After having dinner, they were advised to take rest. Since we were having another tiring and traveling day the very next day waiting for them.

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One of the must visit places in India Leh Ladakh – Day 4

Leh Ladakh Diaries Day – 4

Continuing from the Day 3 Leh Ladakh journey to Day 4 today. Nubra valley with its breathtaking views, eye-catching greenery, and friendly inhabitants is one of the beautiful and peaceful places to visit. The best time to visit this place is from July to September. At that time the pleasant autumn season lets you enjoy this beautiful and heavenly place. No matter which month you visit this place, the climate there is always pleasant and loving. Mostly the temperature is low and winter wear is must to carry, especially during night time, it’s very chilling. While traveling to Nubra valley from Leh, there comes a place called Khardung La Pass. From Khardung La Pass, it is a single lane road to reach Nubra valley. During the complete journey from Khardung La to Nubra Valley, you will find the areas having barren hills and lands without any greenery but at some places ice melting water is collected, which then is passed to the nearby villages through canals. So, after reaching Nubra Valley they took rest and the next day went for the sight-seeing of Nubra.

Leh LadakhIt was a beautiful place where they stayed at Nubra Valley. They were many tents of the same sizes and shapes were built. Each couple was given a separate tent house room for stay. It was a completely different experience to stay in the tent rooms. The rooms inside the tents were beautifully architect and were having all the basic necessity things. There was heater attached in every tent room on the sleeping bed. Outside the tents rooms was a small but moving water canal was present. The flowing water sound of that canal during night time was very enchanting. Also, there were many fresh Apricots trees outside the tents house, from which you can pluck and eats those fruits as many as you want. The place for having food was nearby and convenient.

After having breakfast they left for ATV Bike ride. ATV stands for All Terrain Vehicle. It is basically a track available to drive ATV bikes near Khalsar village. There were some people and some 10-15 ATV bikes in different colours. If you wish to go on a drive on the ATV bikes you have to pay the amount asked from them and enjoy. For per person, the charges were around 900 and on one bike a couple can travel together, where both can drive one by one under the guidance of the bike driver. He will sit beside you and will guide. He also takes videos and photos of your while driving and enjoying the ATV bike ride. The experience of driving an ATV bike was new for my sister and for many others present with her.  The overall experience of driving that bike was very lovely and adventurous. It was such a pleasant experience that many enjoyed that bike ride more than once.

Leh LadakhThen they went to see Sand dunes. It is actually a place located at Diskit Village at Nubra, basically at the place called Hunder. This area is also known as cold desert were you can see sand dunes spread to some specific location. There were some special kind of camels with a double hunch and also bit small as compared to the camels you must have seen at Rajasthan or at some other place. Tourists enjoy a camel ride there and also it is a beautiful place for photo clicks. The charges for camel ride were around Rs.200 for per person for some 15 minutes and more than 200 for more time. After enjoying at these places they returned back to their tents rooms. Where some couples enjoyed taking rest in the rooms, some enjoyed clicking photos while some enjoyed playing outdoor games.

In my next post, I will discuss about the next day journey of Nubra and about traveling back to Leh.

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Surrounded by beauty while traveling in Leh Ladakh – Day 3!

Leh Ladakh Diaries Day – 3

After traveling in Leh Ladakh’s some beautiful places and taking rest in the evening, the next day after having breakfast they left from the Hotel to visit the remaining places of Leh. From the Hotel, they directly went to Shanti Stupa. It was a beautiful place with mind-blowing architecture. The Shanti Stupa was having a two level of construction. The first level was having the statue of Gautam Buddha embellished in Gold color and Dharmachakra and the second level depicts the life, enlightenment and the death of Gautam Buddha. They moved the wheels of the Dharmachakra and made wishes.

They also took the round of entire stupa praying and enjoying the glittering beauty of traveling in Leh Ladakh, as what majority of devotees who visit this place do. The walls of the second level were painted with colorful pictures which depict the complete life of Gautam Buddha. The construction of this beautiful monument was the joint effort of the Japanese and Buddhist monks. The architectural designing of Shanti Stupa is entirely different from the typical Ladakhi style. It is one of the popular spots of Leh-Ladakh and every tourist visiting Leh make sure they don’t miss this place.

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After visiting the unique monument Shanti Stupa, they all went to see the Hall of Fame Museum. It is a museum located on the Leh-Kargil road and is constructed by the Indian soldiers in the memory of all the brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives in different wars for the safety and security of our country. There were several things to see in that museum. The museum was built in two storey and each floor was having few sections. On the upper floor, there was a section named as OP Vijay Gallery, there were several weapons displayed which were used in Kargil war.

In another section on the same floor, there were various apparels and amenities used by Indian Army of the Siachen region. There were also many pictures showing the struggle of Army officers in glaciers and heavy snow-clad regions. Then in one of the section on the ground floor of the same museum were the pictures of the soldiers who fought in Kargil war and also the pictures of all the soldiers, along with their information, who sacrifice their lives for the well- being and safety of the country.  Watching all those pictures made them realize, how precious the sacrifice of our Indian Soldiers is it is only because of them each and every Indian is living a safe and fearful life.

traveling in Leh LadakhOn the back side of the Museum, there was a parade ground were daily during sunrise and sunset a parade is carried out by few Indian Soldiers in the memory of the all the Shahid Soldiers. Just a few steps far there was a graveyard, with the graves of the Shahid Soldiers. On the ground floor, there was a section which showed the history, culture and other important facts of Ladakh. It also consists of a souvenir shop where tourists can buy several items including caps, t-shirts, some show pieces related to Ladakh culture, many designs and sizes of dream-catcher, dry-fruits, and pashmina shawls, etc.  The money they collect by selling the above products is then used for the well-being of Indian Soldiers. At last, they showed a video which was actually a documentary on ‘Operation Vijay’of about 35-45 minutes. After watching that video, the tears were rolling from the eyes of an almost every person watching that documentary, since the video was very heart touching and emotional too.

traveling in Leh LadakhAfter visiting both of these places they left for Nubra valley, it was a 6-7 hours journey. So, in my next post, I will tell you about the journey of traveling in Leh Ladakh day-4.

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Leh-Ladakh Diaries Day – 2

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This article is a continuation of the last article on Leh Ladakh where I am sharing my sisters Leh Ladakh experience thru my words. So that if someone planning the trip to Leh Ladakh they get real-time experience.

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Monastery at Leh-Ladakh

Beginning the day two with glooming sunrise, after having breakfast they went for sight-seeing of several places at Leh which includes Thiksey Monastery, Sindhu Darshan, Sindhu Ghat, Rancho school, Shanti Stupa, Hall of Fame Military Museum, etc. It was a traveler bus through which they traveled throughout their entire journey. Firstly, they visited Thiksey Monastery which is also called as Thiksey Gompa. It is one of the largest and most famous Monastery in Ladakh and is located at an altitude of almost 3,600m in the Thiksey village. Thiksey Monastery has a beautiful architectural design blended together with red, ochre and white colour. They also saw the wheel of life, which you can rotate and can make any wish of your choice. It is also one of the architecturally grand Buddhist Monastrey in Ladakh. To reach at the top of this Monastrey, one has to climb about 200 stairs. My sister and some of her friends faced altitude sickness problem since as you climb the stairs, you are a reaching a much higher altitude level. They were already prepared for this, since were guided by the tour guide about it. Inside the Thiksey Monastrey there were several monks which are also called as Lama’s, they stay and workship inside the Monastrey. There was an entry fees for the Monastrey, which is used by the Monastrey trust for the maintenance of the Monastrey. She said though this place was a bit out of leh but was totally worth to visit since it has mesmerizing views of the surrounding area. Overall the location was very pleasant, colourful at the same time was very peaceful too.


After visiting Thiksey Monastrey, they all went to Rancho School. This is a school which became famous after the release of Aamir khan’s movie 3 Idiots. The original name of this school is Druk Padma Karpo School also known as Druk White Lotus School. On arrival at the entrance of the school, they all were taken inside the campus by a guide. Since there were already a group of people visiting the School. My sister and her friends were asked to wait for about half an hour in one of the special classroom can say information room of the school. The classroom was having several things to purchase like T-shirts, refrigerator magnets, caps, books, pen, pencils and several other things all having some message engraved on them. It is said the money they collect by selling those several things, they used it for the education purpose of the several poor students of the same school. There were several pictures also showing the history and several achievements of the School. After some 35-40 minutes, the guide took all of them to visit the campus. A strict instruction was given to all of them, not to make noise and take photographs at the restricted area, since the School was going on. The first thing they saw was a café, where they offer coffee and few snacks which were chargeable. Then they went to the 3 Idiots movie spot which is said to be the most popular spot among the tourists, were you can give several pose and click various photographs. This School was conferred as one of the most beautiful schools in the world by BBC London in the year 2016. The tour guide also said about the damage the School faced by the flood and cloudbursts in August 2010, which destructed the School completed.

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With knowing the inspirational stories and hardwork of the students and School authorities, they visited Sindhu Ghat. It was a beautiful riverbank situated near the Shey village in Leh. It is famous for its scenic beauties consisting of rocky Mountains, sandy landscapes and greenery everywhere with the flow of the Sindhu River. The Sindhu River also known as River Indus originates near Mansarover Lake in Tibet passes through several Indian regions and then reaches to Pakistan. It is said to be a holy place. Since many people come and worship at this place calling it as Sindhu Darshan. Cultural Programmes are organized at this place by many tourists people which includes sight-seeing, campfire, etc. Apart from this Sindhu Ghat is also famous for River Rafting, which gives a perfect opportunity for the adventure and thrilling activities lover. After a beautiful half day journey, they all went back to the Hotel for Lunch to take rest and enjoy night at our own choice.

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