When you travel with 50% less oxygen in your lungs and at a high of more than 15000ft, the felling is something different. People, who have inclination to adventure tour, must travel to Ladakh from Shrinagar to Leh route.
Normally people go to Leh from Delhi by air or through Manali. The main advantage of taking the road from Srinagar, covering a distance of 434 km, is that it follows the traditional trade route between Ladakh and Kashmir, which passes through many picturesque villages and farmlands. It takes two long days, passes through “Gateway of Ladakh” – Dras (where in winter temperatures goes down to -55 deg C) with an overnight stop in Kargil. The scenery is fantastic, though it is definitely not for the faint hearted.
Leh-Ladakh looked so barren with high mountains all around. There was no greenery around as it never rained. It only snowed. There were no tall trees in that area. It was called the high-altitude desert.
Places where you can visit in Leh: Palace of the King of Ladakh; Buddhist temples; Shanti Stupa; War Museum; Khardungla Pass (Highest motor able road in India)
Nubra Valley: The Nubra Valley is at the base of the Karakorum Range. Within the valley are the Hundar Sand Dunes, well worth seeing. You can see a 2-humped Bactrian camel there.
Pangong Tso: A beautiful high altitude lake at 4350 meters with deep blue waters, surrounded by tall mountain peaks. This lake is one of the largest and most beautiful natural brackish lake in the country. This lake lies on the Indo – China boundary, with only one fourth of the lake being in India. The road to this lake passes through Chang-la pass, claimed to be at 5425 meters. It’s a five hour drive (149 Kms) from Leh to this place. The passage is also very tough to cross by car.
DO NOT walk the first day as you may be a victim of Altitude sickness. Even experienced high altitude travellers might have some trouble.