Travelling to Northernmost border of India not only needs planning but determination, information and of course some funding :). I started planning about trip with my friend Abhishek almost 3 months before travel date and pretty soon I realized the trip will require sufficient research to travel on our own.
Ladakh which sounds glamourous to read about is actually a cold desert. It requires long hectic travels to go from one place to another but of course you get to see wonderful landscapes on all routes. It’s the region that introduced me about AMS (Do not ignore reading about it how much you are tempted to do so. You will know the reason once you are in Ladakh). I am not the best person to explain AMS and you can find tons of information about it from different forums. But I will stress again and again to read about it before going there. In short Ladakh is heaven but you need to put efforts to reach there. This is true specially if you want to plan entire trip on your own.
There are three way to reach Ladakh. Taking a flight to Leh is the quickest way but you need to put extra days to acclimatize. The second way is to take a two day long road route from Srinagar. The third option is to go from Manali. After considering recommendations from earlier travelers I finalized road route from Srinagar and now I recommend it to any one going to Ladakh. You will find some of the most beautiful landscapes on this route which you will miss if you take a flight. Also the road route help you acclimatize gradually to increasing altitude.
Day 1 : Hyderabad – > Delhi -> Srinagar
Day 2 : Srinagar -> Drass -> Kargil
Day 3 : Kargil -> Leh
Day 4 : Leh local sight seeing
Day 5 : Leh – > Khardungla Pass – > Diksit -> Hunder
Day 6 : Hunder -> Panamik -> Khardungla Pass -> Leh
Day 7 : Leh -> Changla Pass -> Pangong Lake -> Changla Pass -> Leh
Day 8 : Side Trip out of Leh to Shey Monastery and Sindhu Darshan
Day 9 : Leh -> Delhi -> Hyderabad