Leh for 2 days

#1 Jul 19th, 2010, 21:47
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Hello fellow IMers,
I'm planning on taking a short trip to India in early September and for part of my trip I am planning on going to Leh. Unfortunately, because of scheduling and generally not getting much vacation time off from work, I can only spare 2 days for Leh. Here's what I was thinking of doing:

Day 1: Fly to Leh in the morning. Check into hotel, spend day around Leh.
Day 2: Visit some of the outskirts, Lakes, etc.
Day 3: Fly back to Delhi in the morning.

I do realize that my itinerary is sacrilegeous. Most of you would recommend much longer stays. I couldn't agree more. But given my work schedule and demands back home, it's impossible for me to actually take in such beautiful places unless I quit my job.

Having stated that, does the above seem do-able? What places can I cover on Day 2? Any other advice you guys can offer?

Thanks in advance and happy trails.
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Save your money! It can take 3 days to acclimatise,you won't have the energy to do anything, you'll probably just want to lie down & rest.KK
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Originally Posted by kullukid View Post Save your money! It can take 3 days to acclimatise,you won't have the energy to do anything, you'll probably just want to lie down & rest.KK
Normally I'd absolutely agree, but if it's a case of going for two days or not going at all, I'd say go for it. We stayed for about 4 or 5 days, but for soemeone like me who had never seen mountains or scenery like that, it would have been worth the flight up just for the things we saw in the first few days.

No you won't feel great, and you definitely won't be able to do a lot or maybe even any walking round, but you will see some awesome scenery from the plane as you land and take off, and while you're there you'll be able to sit quietly in a taxi and enjoy some glorious countryside rolling past.

All of which will no doubt inspire you to return for a longer visit.
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Originally Posted by Haylo View Post but you will see some awesome scenery from the plane as you land and take off
Maybe, may not. When I flew back from Leh to Delhi, I didn't see much because I didn't have a window seat. In fact, I didn't see anything at all because of the clouds. Not a single mountain was visible. (But OK, before flying back to Delhi, I had spent two gorgeous weeks in Ladakh!)

I agree with kullukid. The mountains will not go away. The OP may get another chance to see them.
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Thanks everyone for your suggestions. It's just so unfortunate because everyone here on IM raves about Leh and the surrounding areas. I just wish I got more vacation time to actually see and experience these places. I will research this some more before making a decision.
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Keep in mind that flights to and from Leh often get cancelled due to weather. If your schedule is that tight, you may not go, or you might get "stuck" there an extra day or two, or three...
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Even in September?
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Yes, even in September you can get delayed flying in or out of Leh for a day or a few days!
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My 2 cents ... 2 days in Leh is way too less - you'll be wasting your time and money. Leh needs atleast a week.

I'd suggest that you check some of the great places around Delhi (I am assuming you will based out of Delhi).
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10yearitch,

Yes, I'll be based in Delhi but I've done most places around there and Rajasthan.

Any other suggestion?
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I fully agree. You need 2 days just to acclimatise.
I did not fully understand the dread term "Terminal Illness" until I saw Terminal 1 D of Delhi Airport.
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Dont waste your money.forget acclimitisation.you need a day solid to get permits.without that only local sightseeing is possible.And Acclamitization is also important.
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Checkout the 52 Weekend Breaks from Delhi book by Outlook Traveller. That should give you some ideas. You can pick this up from any bookstore in Delhi.
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Originally Posted by santos_g15 View Post you need a day solid to get permits.without that only local sightseeing is possible.
You say that as if "local" sightseeing, which actually extends a long way out of Leh, is not worth doing.

Yes, I agree that two days is not enough, and that far longer would be better, but it is a fascinating place and two days is better than nothing. If there are other interesting places which have not been visited, maybe they might be a better choice than Leh.

For anyone in our situation ie stuck in Delhi working during the week and with pressure of work meaning that we could not take long to be away, just nipping up to Leh for a short while is far from ideal, but still worth while.
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Thanks everyone for your valuable input.
I was able to finagle one more day. So would the following at least be halfway do-able:

Day 1: Take flight from Delhi to Leh (reaches Leh at 8am). Relax all day and get bearings.
Day 2: Sightsee locally around Leh
Day 3: Pangong Tso
Day 4: Fly back to Delhi in the morning

Is this realistic? Or still too ambitious?

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