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1. Posted by piyush (Full Member 26 posts) 9y

Hello Friends,

This my first post on this wonderful site. I am planning a trip to Leh on first week of August. Need your help on what all places to visit ( other then treks ). My total stay in Leh is full 5 days.

Please guide the best way to see max places in this period of time.

Thanks & Regards,

2. Posted by flynn (Inactive 140 posts) 9y

Hi piyush,

have a look at Ladakh's website, maybe you discover some places you find interesting :).


3. Posted by piyush (Full Member 26 posts) 9y

Hey Flynn,

Thanks for the link. If you can suggest some places of ur expert choice then its will be great :)

4. Posted by citybell (Full Member 419 posts) 9y

If you are reaching Leh by flight, you need to rest for atleast 2days so that your body gets acclimatized. If you are arriving by surface, may be you need a day's rest.

If you are not trekking then there are many monastries around Leh and there is a nice very old Leh Palace which is must to see. This palace is in Leh itself.
Take a good camera (with lots of film rolls if not digital as i don't suggest you to buy a film roll there)as you will have stunning scenery of nature.

I suggest you to have a short trekking, if possible, within the available time so that you can see nature at its best.

have a nice trip.

5. Posted by flynn (Inactive 140 posts) 9y

Hi piyush,

sorry, no expert choice available, never been to Leh, only Srinagar ;)

But I most certainly agree with citybell, I'd also visit the religious sights.

Have a nice trip,


6. Posted by mohit_sa (Full Member 59 posts) 9y

Hi Piyush,

Visiting the monasteries is a must. Also, a day trip to Pangong-Tso, the lake on the Indo-China border is a must see. This lake is one of the clearest bodies of water you will ever see. Its a fantastic place.

Although 5 days is not enough. I was there for only 4 days. I felt I should have had at least a week or 10 days. Like citybell mentioned, if you're flying, you'll need a day or two's rest before doing anything strenuous like trekking. So you can roam the market or the old Leh town at the most on your first day.

There are other nearby places worth seeing - Tsomori lake and Khardung La (the world's highest motorable road.) But if your schedule is tight, then these would have to be skipped. Actually there's a lot more to see around Leh.

If you're driving to Leh, thats the best decision you have made regarding this trip. Let me know if you need any additional info, especially about the drive.


7. Posted by piyush (Full Member 26 posts) 9y

Hey Mohit,

Great help buddy. As u mentioned the Pangong lake, is it possible to cover it in one full day ( 6am to 6pm) . Also what i read, if I go to Nubra I can drive on the Highest Road that true.

Also as u mentioned can I cover any nearby monasteries on day 2 ( may be the leh palace and couple of monestories ).

My plan is like :

Day 1 : Rest and local market n town if possible
Day 2 : Leh Palace & nearby monestories
Day 3 : Numbra n come back next morning
Day 4 : Cover some more close by Monestories ( which in under 20 Km )
Day 5 : Pangong lake ( return on same day )
Day 6 : Fly back to delhi at 8 Am.

Is above schedule possible :) Fingers crossed ;)

Thanks to All

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 25, 2007, at 8:54 AM by piyush ]

8. Posted by piyush (Full Member 26 posts) 9y

Friends need one more help. What about the permits required to visit some places in Leh. Do I need to take help of some hotel person or can i do it on my own.

9. Posted by citybell (Full Member 419 posts) 9y

To my knowledge there are no permits needed since you are an indian citizen.
There are some entrance fees at many places --example in monasteries.Also if you are passing thru some thick jungle for your trekking you may have to pay a small fee.

If you are camping in a tent in any place, you may need to pay some amount usually 50 rupees to the village chief.

Within Leh , you may not need any help. Just have the map and some help from the passers-by and you can visit places inside Leh.

However if you are visiting monasteries on the outskirts of Leh, then you need a private transport surely.The driver can also act as your guide.

have a nice trip

10. Posted by piyush (Full Member 26 posts) 9y

Hello Everyone,

First of all I would like to thank u all for all help :). My trip was great but missed numbra :( as Dalai Lama was also visiting the same place on same day so all roads blocked. But still its was a great experience. I was really luck as AMS dint even touched me. I visited more then the places I planned with full comfort.

Once again thanks a lot :)