See it is the month of August and probably rainy season in India. so be careful while you opt for your journey to Leh this time as you can face landslides this time. So better ask to some travel companies which provided tour and travel to Ladakh, as they can clear your doubt. Moreover, if you hire some agency for your trip then they will arrange for your safe trip to the danger some route to Led and Ladakh. Also per person charges for Delhi to Ladakh is around 15k INR. more you can ask for the your travel agent. But what I told you is apt, rest you can clear with them. Take care.! have a nice trip to Leh.. you can visit this link below if you want.
Fondest memory: it was Leh Market and Hemis Festival.
At first a great trip this one, you would love it. One thing-hope sept would not be too late as officially by sept 15th the roads close. Nevertheless, during this time the weather is at its best around Ladakh and Spiiti Valley.
Night stay at Jispa is fine but next day it would be difficult to make it to Leh. So instead stay the next night at Pang and then move to Leh, which is 110km from Pang.
Pangong Tso is only around 130km one way, but to get the best of Pangong,
Day 1 Leh-Tangstey, start around 9 or 10 am, reach Tangstey by late afternoon via Chang la.
Day 2-Leave Tangstey early in the morning aorund 7-8am, be at the lake by latest 9am. Spend some quality time there as the lake looks different as the sun rises in the sky, colorwise. Start from there by 1pm(if you have packed lucnh with you otherwise by 12pm, so that you get some time for lunch at Tangstey.) You will get Tourist Lodge and few small hotels at Tangstey to spend the night there.
Leave Tangstey around 3pm and reach Leh by late evening.
Same way you can do Nubra-Best time June-Aug. (http://www.tourism-of-india.com/nubravalley.html)
Day 1 Leh-Nubra Valley (150km from Leh). Start early, reach Khardungla by 9-10am, have tea or coffee there at the top. Leave for Nubra Valley . Stay the night at Diskit, you will find many guest houses and hotels too. (This accomodation you can book from Leh itself before leaving for Nubra)
Day 2-Move around Nubra Valley ie, Diskit, Panamik, etc. Panamik offers hot springs as well.
Day 3-Leave for Leh and reache Leh by late afternoon.
Leh-Tsomoriri-Manali (approx 240km)
Day 1-Start from Leh early morning around 5-6am, reach Tsomoriri by around evening or at the most late evening. Get the feel of the night and the lake, arrange for alpine tents before you leave from Leh. Guest houses are also available in the Tsomoriri village.
Day 2-If want to spend some time around you can do so, then start for Manali. By the end of the day reach Pang. Stay the night there.
Day 3-Start from Pang and reach Jispa or Keylong, stay overnight there.
Day 4-Start in the late morning and reach Manali by evening OR
Day 3-Start very very early in the morning from Pang and reach Manali by late evening or early night. Would be around 365km from Pang-Manali.
Now never worry about your kid, just be cautious and take proper precautions and be extra careful. Always drink bottled water, and not chilled, if possible slight luke warm. Also temp would be slightly cooler almost like Delhi's Dec-Jan. So carry proper woolens and other clothes. Try not to drive more tham 200km in the mountains, but the last phase like Pang-Manali, you could take a chance.
Also few tips do visit Alchi ang Thikshey monastery and if possible(if no constaints of days)do visit Lamayuru, the moonland. In my opinion the Manali-Leh road is better and safer than Srinagar-Leh. Though as you must know all adventure trips are not without risk factors.
What else?? I have taken a lot of your time, before I sign off "Wish you a great voyage to the top of the world"
Fondest memory: The beauty specially the full moon nights and night picnics and stroll to Shanti Stupa on a full-moon night and evenings spent at Pangong tso and many more.
Travelling to Leh at the age of 55/60 should not pose any health related problem, as long as you are physically fit. Its a fact that Leh is situated at a very high altitude and amount of oxygen there is less in the air. Hence for asthamatic patients and those with respiratory ailments, things may not be as favorable. The other tip on this query is very informative. You may need to acclamatize yourself to the high altitude before you set exploring the wilderness.
Leh is a beautiful place and I am sure you will love the landscape.
Great to know u r travelling to Leh.. i had been there last year and it was one of my most beautiful traveling experience.
I dont know if its really safe traveling alone since u r a girl...now with respect to finding travel mate..i m sure u can find many travelers..better would be find travel mates in manaili itself...u can share Jeep or Scorpio or traxx for traveling to leh...its gonna be 18 hrs difficult journey via sarchu...its beautiful enroute but be prepared for rains too..which might convert ur trip into 2 days ..u shall be starting ur day at 4 in morning and reaching leh city by around 11 pm...well i m sure u dont need to book ur hotel from delhi as u will find many in Leh. u will get very decent rooms for the budget u mentioned.u dont need any help from travel agents..u just need to book urself for a taxi from manali to leh..find hotel in leh...make ur daily plans for traveling around leh..from the centre of the city(market). u will find many service operators.u can take up white water rafting in ravi sutlej or mountain biking from kardungla pass at 18000 ft for 40 km down to leh city ..its one of a experince in life..
if u r tough i dont think u will find problem acclimatizing urself ...pangong is must do...i had been there on bike for a day...not sure if its too good for night as its very windy...its a difficult terrain...so be careful as i had fallen of the bike...just sharing my experience...dont be scared:) u can visit many monastaries there ..major one would be thiksey , hemis, spituk to name a few.
Its not very expensive place to travel...just be careful what u go for..if u need any help..would love to share...have a great time...
Ur travel plans made me once think to travel again to leh..which i surely wanna do again but maybe not this year as tied up with work..
Fondest memory: The white water rafting and mountain biking experience from khardungla at 18000 ft to the main leh city.
Pangong was like a montain desert with beauitful lake with different colors in the sky.
Hi: Four or Five days for visiting the nearby places of ladakh is just sufficient. Y0u can certainly visite Pangon-taso, Khardungla and Nebra Velley as well. You can search out reasonably good hotel or guest house very easily according to you budget. Better, spare some time to go through my blog: I am sure you will find it worth reading
Wigh you very best of luck.
Fondest memory: I am bearing all the eternal memories of leh in my mind. I very strongly feel if someone has not visited Leh by road he is missing too much.
Leh, the capital of Ladakh is situated at a height of 3505 meters and is towards the eastern parts of Jammu and Kashmir. The Ladakhi capital sprawls from the foot of a ruined Tibetan style palace.
Ladakh is open for tourist throughout the year, while the best period for tour and trek is from June to October. Most of the trekking routes are closed after November due to heavy snowfall at high passes.
Tourist don't require permit for Leh; however, all foreigners are required to registered at Drass, Rumtse and Sarchu if they are traveling by road. The tourist are required to get a permit for restricted areas like Tsomoriri, Pangong Lakes, and Nubra Valley, which can be obtain through registered travel agencies.
Tickets to leh during June-July and August finishes as soon as they are opened for booking. Since jet Airways www.jetairways.com open it for a year, most probably it will all be booked by Jan-feb. So you can try Indian airlines www.indian-airlines.nic.in instead.
Fondest memory: The ticket price for one person is about US$ 180 one way, but book early for Check prices and get discounts upto 50%.
This time I got ticket for around US$ 75 one way :)
Most loveable thing about Leh is its unspoilt beauty! It's unpolluted, away from the world and quite remote.
Please go to Thiksey Monastry positively and attend the morning prayer. It will take you to another spiritual experience !
Fondest memory: I really miss the peacepul atmosphere and vast stretches of unrealistic mountains.
The best place to explore Leh is by walking around. Take a bottle of mineral water with you and walk around the whole town! There are little monastries which aren't on the tourist map, so they're very quaint and clean. There are plenty of little book shops, most of which are full of books on Ladakh, Tibet, or the Dalai Lama, but you will find some interesting.
On the outskirts of Leh, there are some Ladakhi people who are very friendly, and they just took me in to their houses and fed me. One even wanted me to marry his 27 year old daughter!! I didn't even know the language, plus I'm only 19!! That was huge fun. Later on, a guide told me, that if it wasn't for my age, the man would have gotten violent because I turned them (that's right, THEM) down...scary, but I started believing in God, and then was thanking him for being 19!!
Fondest memory: I miss the beautiful houses, which have the little farms in them, and the clean air. Not to mention the Ladakhi man's daughter!!! Hope he's not reading this!!
At every high passes on the highways, you will notice a secred spot which can be identified easily as multi color prayer flages are placed all over.
Local custom and belief is that every pass has a diety protecting it. The prayers flags usualy has printed mantra on it with horse figure. It is called "Lung Ta". "Lung" meas Sprit and "Ta" means horse thus the propose is to keep ones "horse of spirit high" placing the flags at high passes..... amin