Travel Information on Leh-Ladakh

6/29/2010 02:56:00 AM

( Note: The Information is based on my June-July 2010 Trip to Various parts of Ladakh. Please note the prices/tariff , the Taxi and guest house etc might be revised) )
Here I'm jotting down some contacts and information about stay, food, travel, etc in ladakh based (only/exclusively) on my experiences here, since its still the season and i think most of the folks are planning to get in here. and I hope it'd save some time of yours, hunting. 

Leh Town: 
Guest house in leh - Rahela near women's alliance chubi road. -nice family, breakfast provided (not complimentary though), no dinner, but quite close to the main bazaar.
rates from 250 above.
01982- 250969

Zeepata Guest House in Upper Changspa is also a good option, very hospitable ladakhi family, and dinner is just awesome!!
Restaurants I tried till now: *none but only few are cheap.
Himalayan cafe - nice ambiance, good food. 
Tibetan kitchen - cheap and nice.
Budshah Inn - very good aaloo paratha. thats something for some specific tastebuds.
Leh view - costly, but with a nice view of mountains, nice cheez pastas.
Dzoma/Dzomsa- for Seabuckthorn, Apricot Juices, and water refill.

Internet : sky cyber cafe in main bazaar just below himalayan cafe on the ground floor. 

Taxi - Dorje 9419371029 took me to Lamayuru and back. nice fella.

Permit - You need permit to visit Nubra, Pangong and Tsomiriri which can be done a day before you visit the place, and before 3PM from the DC office which is near Polo ground.  is easy to get it done by some travel agent, charges ~INR 150

Travel/trekking agent - Praveen Wankhede, Lobjang Visuddha 'Ancient tracks' (, very helpful, reasonable and has ~10 years of experience in mountaineering. trekking himself. 09419862542, 09906971808

Nubra valley

Guest Houses:-
Diskit - zambala guest house - just down the bus stand on main bazaar road - newly constructed and renovated rooms. 
Nwang - 01980220418, 9469177465
Sumoor - K. sar guest house, keep walking on the road which says links to sumoor village, and on the right you'd find the big gate. looks like resort, has both rooms and tents.
care taker - govind raj, a happy go lucky nepali guy, great singer and a great cook as well.
rooms 300+ bargain. 

Turtuk.- stayed in government guest house - the care taker lives in the  village up hill,  The rooms are mostly closed hence bit dusty... (open the windows and sleep. otherwise nice n clean). room charge is actually 50/- so if you give anything above, he'd be happy.. I paid 100 bucks since i was alone.
for food, two small tea shops, can get maggie, eggs, tea etc. 

Buses/Taxi/Trasportation in Nubra:-

Not many options of hitchhiking in Nubra valley, seldom you get to, however guys can  sure give a try...:P I'd recommend to make diskit village your base and then travel in either direction, as its better connected to all the places.
Bus to n fro turtuk - There are two buses in general, only 1 as of now. at 2:30/3 PM from diskit to turtuk and same bus returns to diskit next morning around 9-10AM. its starts from beyond turtuk,  and reaches turtuk at 6-6:15, dont expect an easy ride though. 
Tariff - INR 80. another option is taxi. charges INR 200 though.

Bus to Panamik/Sumoor - there is one bus in the morning at 8-8:30 from Diskit, main bazaar road which comes back to diskit the same evening. convenient. 

2/3 other buses (mini-buses, swaraj mazda) run daily to the same side, i.e. sumoor, panamik and ahead, at 3/3:30/4  pm. and start from panamik the next day around 6:30 in the morning.
tariff till sumoor village - INR 30.

To Hunder which is ~10KM from Diskit to left, the buses are available every hour. tariff - INR 15.

From Nubra to Leh - only one bus on Sunday ~7AM, you can catch it at diskit. avg hours- 6, distance 140KMs. tariff - INR 115
You can catch a taxi however, plenty available, n on daily basis, start at 7 AM or later, and charge around INR 300/-

Buses from Leh to Nubra - Tuesday towards panamik. 
Thursday and saturday to Diskit/panamik.
Tariff - INR 115

Pangong Lake. 
There are two J&KSRTC buses to pangong lake in a week, one of saturday which goes till lukung, and another on Sunday which goes to chusul via lukung, spangmik, man and merak. time is Saturday  bus is 7AM (Sunday 6AM) and since both the driver and conductor are easy going, it reaches lukung around 2:30/3PM. there are few rooms/tents available at lukung however, ahead in merak if you want to stay there is nothing but some homestays since its been open to tourist this year itself.

Saturday bus starts back to leh on Sunday, around 8:30 AM and same is with Sunday bus which starts from Chusul to leh around 6/6:30AM.

The road to tsomiriri via upshi, chumathang and mahe bridge, is very good except the last stretch of 30-40KMS from thangskaru lake till korzok/Tso Moriri. and uphill it take around 1-2 hours of your journey. surprisingly there is no buses to korzok except of 10th, 20th, 30th of everymonth (i.e. every 10days) and thats precisely of no use.hence a share taxi is advisable.

while coming back you can take a left to Puga hotspring and Tso Kar, which meets the leh Manali highway at Pang. again the road from the village sindh till Tso Kar is bad, but good from tsokar onwards. hire a 4X4 only for this trip. 

Guest Houses in Korzok: 
I stayed in Lake view and Mentok guest houses in Korzok (300-500/- per room). both are nice, and have some rooms with lovely view of the lake. (lake view a little more cleaner side) however the host at mentok are really good.. They did provide dinner and dint even charge me for it. and also were really helpful otherwise. there are couple of eating joints in korzok..where food is good, avoid lake view restaurent as the charges are sky high.

Zanskar and Kargil:
I would rate the kargil stay experience as worst, and I have my reasons. Its tough to find place in direct bus to zanskar, and if you think you go to kargil and find a taxi to zanskar, padum, its even tougher. I tried the latter :( so recommended is that you take a direct bus/txi to zanskar. 

The halt in kargil, either ways is must, if your in bus, (taxi or if you have your own vehicle, you can stay at panikhar or parkachik as well, however rangdum would be little far (when going to padum). 
Padum :
Tariff Padum-leh or Leh -Padum is 600/- 

the hotels/guest houses in the main bazaar areas are very very basic, and staying there is a must, since you wouldn't want to take a long walk to bus stand, to catch the bus or taxi at 1/2/3 AM at night and i"n dark" charges are nothing less than 350/- per night and Ah.. I hate those rooms.. :(

for food etc you can visit some restuarants on SBI Bank road. I tried UP Sweets, for my usual Aloo paratha and chai and I was not disappointed. 

(Carry a torch, specially for Kargil :P )

Rangdum, the most beautiful village in Zanskar valley, as I call it, is a lunch/breakfast/dinner halt for every vehicle passing by. its a picnic spot as well for local, it takes around 6 hours from each side to reach rangdum. food is cheap and good.  there is a tourist bungalow in Rangdum if you want to spend some time out there. (do it!!!)

 Padum is pretty small for its name, all the monasteries (4-5 of oldest monasteries) are outside padum and you need a taxi or your own vehicle to visit those. there is only one bus to Karsha monastery at 4PM every day which comes back to Padum next morning. 

There are few hotels/guest houses in padum, and one J&K tourist bungalow as well, where if no VIP is coming, you can get a place. charges are INR 200/- per night.

The Bus/Taxi stand is at walking distance on the same road, go there and get in the bus, and ask if they are going next morning, or next to next... the driver is generally the one, booking your ticket, so a conversation/ inquiry is a necessary.

However if you take taxi from Padum to Kargil or vice versa its INR 1000 or above.
from Leh to Kargil the taxi charges INR 600/-

Around Leh:-
towards west i.e. Kargil - spituk, Lamayuru, Alchi, Likir, Basgo, Phyang, Temisgam. dha-hanu, Rizong etc are the places/monasteries are nice ones to visit. 

To most of the places buses are available on selective days, and few might need a walk, if you dont want to, then take a taxi. 
(Bus Time tables- latests i found at the bus stand is attached in the form of pictures.)

To lamayuru - taxi pref. as the Jalebi road is bound to give you a headache.. I paid INR 3000 for Lamayuru, Alchi and likir. do share it, n it works out better.

Towards east i.e. hemis, pangong, tsomiriri and manali, the closest places to visit are thiksey, shey, sindhu darshan, hemis, saboo, stok etc. 

There are mini buses available every days to these close-by monasteries and are quite comfortable and cheap. go to the bus stand, and at mini bus stand area, and ask for the bus to the place you want to visit, timings are mostly early morning till 5pm. use 'em. 

Attached (photos) the time tables of buses (by ladakh private, and J&K state travels) available. this one is latest, you can also visit new bus stand in leh, take a latest picture and consult the same, while you are in ladakh. (they do not have printed time-table to offer)

HTH. Have a good time traveling in Ladakh.
PS Now that the basic info post is over, My experience as both text and photos, is coming up shortly.. till then Happy Traveling :)

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  1. this post will helpful to lot of us here...
    we are planning a trip next month to ladakh...
    this will be a nice guide there...thanks a lot poonam :)

  2. really detailed info ...thanks for sharing the info

  3. Great information, thank you very much. I am considering a trip after reading your stuff and your blog is an excellent resource.

  4. Thanks Very much Max.. feel free to send me a mail or post a comment if you need any sort of info.. all the best for your trip in future.

  5. @Praveen.. - you're most welcome Praveen..glad i could help. do keep me updated and if you need more info.. shoot me a mail..or post a comment in that respective article (pref)

    have fun.. keep commenting.

  6. It is agreat help. In fact,I was planning a trip to Leh and was enquiring from friend about the place, I chanced to go through Ms poonam'blog,I instantaneously realized I had foound a tresure.In deed,I genuinely feel like thanking her,many a thanks poonam.
    yogendra kumar

  7. You are most welcome Yogendra. Glad I could be of some help..
    do not hesitate if you need any more infor.. do post it.. I shall do whatsoever possible..

  8. It is agreat help. In fact,I was planning a trip to Leh and was enquiring from friend about the place, I chanced to go through Ms poonam'blog,I instantaneously realized I had foound a tresure.In deed,I genuinely feel like thanking her,many a thanks poonam.
    yogendra kumar

  9. Thanks Very much Max.. feel free to send me a mail or post a comment if you need any sort of info.. all the best for your trip in future.

  10. Great information, thank you very much. I am considering a trip after reading your stuff and your blog is an excellent resource.

  11. great info.. I am planning June/July 2011..

  12. cool.. all the very best for your trip.

  13. thanks for the detailed info..but do taxis charge as little as 300-200 INR as you have mentioned(for nubra)?

  14. yes.. these taxi are share based hence cheap.. and nubra is not that far really..

  15. how far is the shyok bank from diskit? and how do i get there?

  16. Great info! I wish I had seen it before my trip this year... Have posted my experiences from our Manali-Leh bike ride and stay at Leh here:

  17. Hi poonam what was your expenditure....? it'll be useful me to plan....(Spl of Leh Ladhak n Kargil)thank you.

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  21. Hi..
    We are going to Ladakh soon.
    Do you have contact number of Mentok Guest house in Tso Moriri?
    How to book it in advance.
    Thank you

    1. Hi Sirisha,

      Unfortunately I do not. but I think you'd be fine if you cant book in advance, the volume of tourists is pretty less in tsomiriri and there's plenty of tent accommodation available incase you dont find the room on the first day..

    2. Thank u Poonam for the details :)

  22. This is the best treasure of useful and usable information on my research for the June 2014 travel. Thank you for sharing.

  23. @Srisha - you're welcome. hope you had a great time.

  24. @Lokesh - thanks lokesh. Glad it helped. Have a good trip.

  25. @lokesh - I missed the date. :) Hope you had a good trip. happy diwali. :)


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