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Leh's Top 5 Tourist Routes

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Wednesday, 1st September 2021

Leh is the most popular destination and there is no doubt that it deserves all the praise. The unpredictable weather, rugged terrain, and high-altitude challenges make it a bucket list destination for almost every traveler. So if you've been waiting for such a road trip, here are the 5 best travel routes in Leh.


Route 1: Srinagar – Kargil – Leh

One of the routes to Leh is through Srinagar, which in itself is a good destination to explore and kill time. When you start your journey to Leh, you will pass Sonmarg, and when you start climbing the majestic Zoji La, the adventure will begin here, which is also the first mountain pass on the route. During this journey, you will pass a total of three mountain passes.

There are many places worth exploring along this route, such as the Kargil Monument, the Zanskar River, and the Ramayauru Monastery. Then, as you pass through Drass, you will see how the landscape begins to change dramatically, after which the last section of the road to Leh will become one of the most memorable trails ever, with arid land on both sides.


Route 2: Chandigarh – Manali – Jispa – Leh

This trip starts from Chandigarh to Manali and takes about 8 hours by car. From here your journey to Leh begins, the route is beautiful and impressive. This is a trip that every traveler wants to enjoy.

The trip will take you through snow-capped mountains, lush green areas, desolate wastelands, charming villages, high mountain passes, and glacial lakes. After arriving in Leh, take a day off, relax, and explore the local attractions. Before ending your trip and returning to your home destination, don’t forget to explore the Nubra Valley and Bangong Tso.


Also Read: The 5 most sacred mountains in the world.

Route 3: Amritsar – Dharamshala – Manali – Jispa – Leh

Amritsar is also a good place to start this epic journey. From here, head to Dharamsala, the Dalai Lama's residence in India, where you should not miss out on visiting St. John's Church, Namgyal Temple, etc.

Next is the popular Manali hill station where there are many tourist attractions such as Hadimba Temple, Jogni Waterfall, or you can choose to relax in some riverside cafes to spend your stay. Then you will cross the Manali-Leh Highway, which will take you through some of the most beautiful terrains. As it will be a long journey, you can take a break at Jispa, a unique place in its own way. When you are on the Manali-Leh Highway, you will cross some of the highest mountain passes in the world: Baralacha, Lachulung, and Tanglang La.


Route 4: Delhi – Leh – Khardung La – Nubra Valley – Chang La – Tso Pangong – Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Tanglang La – Leh

After arriving in Leh by plane, take a day to relax and adjust to the altitude. You can start your journey by heading to the Nubra Valley, which is lower than Leh, and it may help you adjust to the environment. However, to reach this place, you must pass Khardung La. Along the way, you can stop at Hunder, which has surreal scenery and two bactrian camels.

From the Nubra River Valley, you can explore Bangong Co, Comolli Lake, and Cokha Lake, the shores of which are partially covered by salt crusts. After exploring all these, you will start your unforgettable Manali journey via Manali-Leh Highway.


Route 5: Srinagar – Kargil – Leh – Khardung La – Nubra Valley – Chang La – Tso Pangong – Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Tanglang La – Sarchu – Manali

This route will give you the best Manali Leh and Srinagar Leh highways. You start your journey from Srinagar, then go to Leh, and halfway, you can stop at Kargil. This place allows you to explore the Kargil war memorial and the confluence of Nimes, where the Indus and Zanskar rivers meet. After arriving in Leh, spend a day rest and relax.

So, after a day of acclimatization, your epic road trip is about to begin. The highlights of this route will be the scenic Nubra Valley, Khardung La, Pangong Tso, and Tso Moriri. The last point will be driving on the Manali-Leh highway where you will witness all the splendor of nature.


The News Talkie Bureau



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