Wednesday, 28 November 2012

The Chronicles of Ladakh - End of One Journey is the Beginning of another

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Day 15, 22nd September, Manali to Delhi (580 KM)
Today we spent the day leisurely, just roaming around the Mall and the Van Vihar nature park and sitting besides the Beas. We planned to do no more exertion after this hectic trip.

We booked ourselves in the HPTDC Overnight Volvo to Delhi which we boarded at 5.30 pm. Again most of the journey we spent sleeping.
Day 16, 23rd September, Delhi

We reached Delhi at 7.30 am the next day and went to my maternal uncle’s place at Noida which was so much peaceful. We not only just relaxed and ate; but sometimes we also ate and relaxed.
Day 17, 24th September, Delhi to Pune (1440 Km) – Reminiscence

We reached Pune at around 4.30 pm, on time, by the Indigo flight which we boarded at Delhi Airport. Coming back to the familiar places it felt to be at home. But we were still under the spell of Ladakh. In fact we are not over yet – the mountains, the barren lands, the scenic monasteries, the rivers and the remoteness still call us. Sitting on the couch today, the adventure we encountered during the last leg of the trip seemed to be a distant dream but it must have transformed us into a better person who can now confront any challenge. And I can not run away from myself. So I can’t deny that I really long for the adventures again. So we promised ourselves to return to the heavenly haven once again because end of one journey is the beginning of another.
And thus ends the chronicles of Ladakh, finally!
Logistics – Accommodation
Hotel Sahara
Kohnkhan, Dalgate, Srinagar 19001
Ph: 0194 – 2474578
Owner: Mr A Hameed (+91 – 9419010592)
Manager: Mr Rather (+91 – 9622641859)
Tariff: We paid 700/- per night for a double bedroom with attached bath.
Highly recommended, good for family stay.
Niranjana Guest Hose. Great View, good food, highly recommended.
Contact: 01982 – 224555, +91 – 9419870872
Tariff: After bargaining, we paid 700/- per night for a double bedroom with common bath.
Asia Guest House, Leh, Changspa. Good friendly staffs (a couple of ever smiling girls), clean rooms, good food, Highly Recommended.
Contact:+91 9622958260
Tariff: We paid 600/- for double bedroom after bargaining. No advance payment is necessary.
Ibex Guest House. Good rooms, clean place, great cheap food. Highly recommended.
Tel: 01980 – 200044, +91 – 9469176114 (Owner – Jigmet Wangpo)
Ashoor Guest House and Restaurants
Nice Clean rooms. Recommended. No Attached Bath.
+91 9419800776/ 941934263/ 9419178738
+91 – 1980 – 248153
Ask for Abdullah Ashoor
Tariff: 700/- per night per room
Eagle Guest House, Deskit. Bad mannered staff, overpriced food. Never recommended
Yakmik Changla Guest House,Tangtse Highly Recommended for clean rooms and good view and food.
Tel: +91 – 9469567990/ 9469726902
Tariff: We paid 700/- per double bedroom
Pangmik/Pangong Tso
Pangong Tso Resort and Camp, Great view, good rooms, good food, friendly staffs. Highly Recommended
Contact: Jigmet -  +91 9622999087 / +91 9419178903
Gyaltsen - +91 9419977787
Tariff: After hard bargaining by Rigzin, we paid 2000/- per night including dinner and breakfast.
Hanle IIA Guest House, Highly Recommended. For logistics please send me a PM.
Best in class accommodation with great staffs and food.
Tariff: 400/- per person per night.
Tso Moriri
Nomadic Life Camp, Tso Moriri,
PO Box 133, Leh Ldakh 194101
Contact: + 91 9419178984/ 9906990975 / 9906229877 / 9419853139
Tariff: After hard bargaining by Rigzin, we paid 2000/- per night including dinner and breakfast.
Recommended for good view and good food.
Tso Kar
Tso Kar Resort and Camp, great location, great staffs, great food. Very Highly Recommended
Near Thukjau Gompa.
Contact: +91 9622965002/ 9469450295/ 9622992350
Tariff: After hard bargaining by Rigzin, we paid 2000/- per night including dinner and breakfast.
Manali Hotel Van Vihar View, good clean rooms Recommended
Contact: Kamlesh Thakur (+91 9418014865/ 9418803004)
Just opposite Manali Van Vihar gate and close to the Mall.
Tariff: We paid 500/- per night for a double bed room.
Logistics - Transport
For Srinagar to Manali, Sonam, Highly Recommended: +91 9419370934
All Leh local and around – Rigzin Wangchuk, Very highly recommended
+91 9469472772/ 9622954779
To Manali, Two Real Brother Tours and Travels, recommended
Susheel Kumar: +91 9418356710
Sunil Kumar: +91 9418774150
Total Transport Cost – 55000K
Logistics – Map and Routes
Towards Leh: Srinagar-Sonamarg-Zoji La-Drass-Kargil-Mulbeck-Namika La – Fotu La – Lamayuru – Alchi – Likir – Leh
Leh Local: Leh- Karu - Hemis-Stakna-Thiksey – Shey – Leh
Nubra: Leh – Khardung La – Deskit – Hunder – Turtuk – Deskit
Pangong: Deskit – Khalsar – Agham – Wari La – Sakti – Chang La – Durbuk – Tangtse – Pnagmik (Pangong Tso)
Pangong to Leh: Pangmik – Tangtse-Durbuk- Chang La – Sakti – Karu – Leh
Leh to Hanle: Leh-Karu – Upshi – Chumathang – Mahe – Nyoma – Loma – Hanle
Hanle to Tso Moriri: Hanle – Loma – Nyoma – Mahe – Sumdo – Namashang La – Tso Kiagar - Korzok (Tso Moriri)
Tso Moriri to Tso Kar: Korzok – Tso Kiagar - Namashang La – Sumdo – Puga – Polakongka La – Tso Kar
Tso Kar to Manali: Tso Kar – Debring – Moore Plains – Pang – Lachulung La – Naki La – Sarchu – Bharatpur – Baralacha La – Zingzing Bar – Jispa – Keylong – Tandi – Khoksar – Rohtang La – Marhi - Manali
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  1. Thanks for such valuable information.And pics are so lovely,i am tempting to go there.

    1. Thanks ritu for going through the blog and the appreciation. Please do visit Ladakh, its a piece of heaven on earth.

  2. Hi Saugata,

    I have gone thru your travelogue. Awesome is the word! This probably is one the best travel tales I have read here in IM.

    I am planning to visit Ladakh with my wife this July end. I following your plan more or less and have pre booked hotels at most places. Only at Hanle, I am unable to find any contact for Hanle IIA Guest House. Can you please help me here.


    Ranjan Sengupta

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