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Budget Trip To Ladakh – Part 4

Pangong Tso

This is 4th Part of the series Budget Trip To Ladakh. To reiterate again, we are on our 15 Day trip to Ladakh following the below itinerary (roughly).

28th July : Day 1 : Kolkata – Srinagar / Sonmarg
29th July : Day 2 : Srinagar / Sonmarg – Drass – Kargil / Lamayuru
30th July : Day 3 : Kargil / Lamayuru – Sham Valley Sightseeing – Alchi / Uleytokpo
31st July : Day 4 : Alchi / Uleytokpo – Dha and Hanu Villages – Leh
1st Aug : Day 5 : Leh Local Sight Seeing + Arrange Inner Line Permits
2nd Aug : Day 6 : Leh – Khardung La – Diskit (Nubra Valley) – Hunder / Diskit
3rd Aug : Day 7 : Hunder / Diskit – Turtuk – Hunder / Diskit
4th Aug : Day 8 : Hunder / Diskit – Agham – Wari La – Shakti – Chang La – Durbuk – Tangste – Pangong Tso / Nubra Valley – Agham – Shyok Village – Durbuk – Tangste – Pangong Tso
5th Aug : Day 9 : Buffer Day
6th Aug : Day 10 : Pangong Tso – Man – Merak – Kakstet – Chusul – Tsaga – Loma – Hanle
7th Aug : Day 11 : Hanle – Loma – Nyoma – Mahe – Sumdo – Tso Moriri (Karzok) / Hanle – Salsal La – Charchagan La – Tso Moriri (via Chummur)
8th Aug : Day 12 : Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Moore Plains – Pang – Sarchu – Baralacha La – Darcha – Jispa
9th Aug : Day 13 : Jispa – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
10th Aug : Day 14 : Manali Sightseeing. Manali – Delhi (Evening Volvo)
11th Aug : Day 15 : Delhi – Kolkata

NOTE : (1) For Permits, you’d need to mention the exact name of all the places, and not only the destinations. Thus it’s very important to make a note of the possible routes too. (2) In case of Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri, you may see that I have used or sign (/) as there were two possible routes, and accordingly based on various parameters we had to opt for one.

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3rd Aug : Day 7 : Hunder / Diskit – Agham – Wari La – Shakti – Chang La – Durbuk – Tangste – Pangong Tso / Nubra Valley – Agham – Shyok Village – Durbuk – Tangste – Pangong Tso :

Achu already informed us last night that we’d have to start early today, as we’d be going to Pangong Tso through Agham – Shyok – Durbuk – Tangste. And that, we’d have to cross 3-4 water stream, and that the water level rises gradually as the day preceds. Thus we needed to start early morning as much as possible to avoid the road blocks and getting stuck.

We woke up at around 5:00 AM in the morning and gradually got ready. Although we decided to leave by 7AM, however the hotel staffs informed that they won’t be able to provide us breakfast before 7AM. They also informed that, there’s nothing to worry, and that they have already discussed the same with Achu last night and he’s aware of the same.

They further informed us that there’s nothing to worry as the water level is generally low these days and we won’t be having much problems.

In the meantime, Sushmita came up and informed that Avik is having loose motion and she’s having her gut feeling that something is not right. We were sure by then that Avik has developed some serious kind of food posioning. While we were discussing of taking him to an Army Hosital first before proceeding towards Pangong Tso, in the meantime our breakfast were served.

In the meanwhile, Ayan and Piu joined us and informed that, Ayan has got some issues on his back due to the Camel Ride yesterday and that he’s not able to sit properly due to pain. Well the most funny part is, he choosed to have his breakfast standing instead.

After having our breakfast, we payed up the bills and left after bidding goodbye to all the staffs for such a wonderful stay by around 8:10 AM.

Well, now we had 2 patients and before further proceeding towards high altitude it’s best to have a round of consultation. There are lots of Army Camps of the brave-hearts who serve at Siachen throughout Nubra valley. Achu drove us to one such camp. Noticing us civilians, they came forward and guided us accordingly. The doctor confirmed that Avik really have developed a serious kind of food posioning and gave him some medicines and ORS. Although we were carrying our own ORS’es, however the doctor informed that Avik should consume that specific ORS or something of same composition. And unfortunately, the ORS’es that were carrying and that we generally get in market are not of that kind.

They even asked him to go to the canteen and get some Curd and Banana too. When they went up there, the attendant himself informed that the Curd they have right now is 2 days old and thus expired. And that the new lot would take around 3-4 hours to get delivered. Noticing all these Sushmita exclaimed “Half of the condition will be cured by the behaviours of these brave-hearts”.

Pangong Tso - Ladakh

Well we spotted 2 Bengali officers too who guided us accordingly regarding Ayan. They gave some ointment to Ayan and some medicines too. BTW did I mentioned all these were for free?

All these took a while and finally we started by around 9:15 AM. A few minutes of drive took us to a place where there was no road. Achu informed us that this is the 1st river that are crossing. Although the river seemed to have dried up totally and there was no water. Achu informed that, all the water streams that we are going to cross are from glaciers. And as the sun starts rising high, glaciers starts to melt and the water level increases. Thus people starts early morning in order to cross those paths.

The patch in between was in a devastating state. And achu used to drive very fast and thus whoevever used to sit at the last row would definitely ended up hitting their head multiple times throughout the journey. And his speed of driving increases with the beats of remixes that he used to hear. However not a single point of time we felt insecure. Instead his command over the steering wheel is something to praise for.

And man, I tell you, the remixes he used to hear, is another story of it’s kind. He loves all kind of “dhinchak music” and thus his full collection were comprised of Punjabi Remixes of which we gradually started feeling irritating. First of all we didn’t used to understand a single word except “Munda” (Guys) and “Kuri” (Girls). And surpsingly all the songs are surrounded with those two words mostly. And secondly that kind of catchy beats of remixes started giving us an headache!!

Well, we mutually decided with achu that one day he’d play his playlists and next day it’d be our turn!! Although when our turn used to come up, he’d have again started playing his playlists after listening to ours for few hours. He used to say, “aisa gana chalega to mujhe nind a jayega” (if you play these type of songs, I’d get sleepy)!! The party songs that we used to play were too old for him!! Well it didn’t took us much time to realize that our taste is music is compeltely different!!

At around 1:20 PM, we reached Durbuk, and achu gave us a halt for lunch. We went ahead to a dhaba nearby and ordered our lunch. Well after our experience at Khardung Village, we got very cautious about our lunch. Even the staffs at Shayok Guest House informed us that most of the vegetables takes days to come up to this point and thus they are never fresh. So they informed us to have only such foods which are cooked right in front of us like Maggie, Bread Omlette, Fried Rice etc. Although rice would have been boiled in advance, however there’s nothing to worry about that as that being a staple food here, generally gets sold always. However they specifically asked us to avoid curry’s like Mix Veg, Muttor Paneer etc. at any cost as there’s no way to justify if they are fresh or not or even when they were cooked.

While we were just chit-chatting after having our meals, a vehicle suddenly came up from nowhere and co-incidentally we noticed Rigzin Ji coming out of it. We were glad to see him again. He was returning to Leh from Pangong Tso with some tourists and they too happened to stop by for their lunch too. We pulled a seat together and chit-chatted for a while before we parted our ways.

After driving for around an hour or so, Achu asked us “Kuch Dikha?” (Did you noticed anything?) and we were like “Kya Dikhega?” (Well, what are we supposed to check out?) trying to see here and there what he wanted us to see. And then achu exclaimed “Are samne dekho na” (Hey man, see straight) and we just freaked out with joy to have a glimpse of a giant blue lake – Pangong Tso!!

Pangong Tso - Ladakh

The accommodation options at Pangong Tso, are around the Spangmik village which is right on the bank of Pangong Tso. It took us another 30 minutes drive to Spangmik by the side of Pangong Tso. Well here too one needs to cross 2 river streams and on a instance we noticed the flow is very high and lots of vehicles are waiting there thinking about how to cross the stream. However achu like a hero, took the vehicle a bit backwards and then with full accelaration drove through the stream!! Noticing achu, other vehicles started taking their vehicle backwards too!!

Finally achu drove us to a homestay nearby, however we wanted to stay in the camps / tents instead. But achu informed us that camps / tents would be out of our budget. However after requesting him, he took us to the camps / tents right at the front row. He asked us to check them out if we can manage within our budget.

Well, truely speaking, although we were aware about the exorbitant prices of those camps (specially the ones at front row) from internet. However I still had a positive feeling considering it to be a lean season and we could hardly spot much tourists at Pangong. Me, Avik and Ayan went ahead and started out bargaining. Well I would consider this as the best bargaining we ever did in our lifetime. A lots of hand-shakes, hugging and butterring and finally we got it!!

We were glad to go back to the vehicle and inform the girls that we made out at the first row itself!! Even achu got shocked for the price we bargained!!

After putting our luggages into the camp, we pulled the chairs together and kept on adoring the beauty of the place and the lake itself. We heard a lot about Pangong Tso and it’s beauty however checking out pictures at internet and experiencing the same standing right in front of it is a completely different experience.

Within a while, we were called for evening Tea and Biscuits. Although Avik again, started feeling a bit of cold so he skipped it and went inside the tent. Later after having our tea, rest of us went ahead to the Lake. Ayan & Piu went ahead for clicking pictures whereas Me, Suparna and Sushmita was just walking around the lake adoring it’s beauty.

Pangong Tso - Ladakh

Later we came back in the evening to notice that Avik has been developing fever. Without wasting much time, we requested Achu to drive us to the Army Hospital which we noticed while coming to Spangmik. While Suparna, Ayan and Piu stayed at the camp instead, me and Sushmita went ahead with Avik. Achu first drove us to a medical center nearby, however we couldn’t find a doctor there. And the medical attendents there mistakenly thought that it was because of AMS as that’s the common problem amongst the tourists staying at Pangong Tso. Although we tried hard to make them understand that it’s not because of AMS instead, it’s because of the food posioning, however we failed. Thus without wasting much time and energy, we requested achu to drive us to Army Hospital instead, as that would be the best option.

The Army Hospital was around 9-10 KM’s drive from the camp, however as we started proceeding, we noticed that the stream that we crossed few hours ago has turned vivacious and washed away the portion of the road. We got tensed and asked achu to not to take any risk instead. However our achu again like a hero, turned the vehicle around with full accelaration and passed over the stream!! Although we were praising of what achu did, in the meantime we were wondering if this is the case now, what would happen while coming back? Achu asked us not to worry, as the Glacier doesn’t melts once the sun goes down and thus post evening most of the river stream dries up.

Within next few mintues we reached Army Hospital. Sushmita and Avik explained the whole situation starting from the lunch at Khardung Village to the doctor there. However after listening to everything clearly, the doctor exclaimed “Bangali?” and we were like “Wow!!”. We never expected to find a Bengali person at such place ever. He happened to belong from Barrackpore and is posted here for last 2.5 years. Well, now the communication got much easier!!

After examining him for a while, the doctor informed us that, there’s nothing to worry. The medicines prescribed by the Army Hospital at Nubra Valley are perfectly fine and that he’s developing fever because of the effect of the same only. He also explained some medicial terms and reasons which I hardly remember!! However he gave some medicines and assured us that he’d be fine. We thanked him a lot for all the help and such a friendly gesture and left.

Pangong Tso - Ladakh

Well going through all these took us a bit long and thus after returning we found them to be tensed. We told them the whole story and specially about that road that got washed way because of which we were stuck for a while.

Within a moment, we were called for dinner. Although veg, but it was so tasty and heavenly. We were glad to have some good food after 2 long days. After having our dinner I still choosed to wait there as I was charging the battery of my DSLR at the dining. The owner was watching some movie and I joined along!!

However at around 11:00 PM or so, Sushmita came up and called me. She looked very tensed. Well, unfortunately Avik was developing more fever instead of the same being cured. Sushmita got very tensed and started crying, although we tried consoling her that there’s nothing to worry and we all are here. We couldn’t decide what to do, to wait and watch or to take him to the hospital again. But if we need to take him to the hospital again, the big question is how? At such remote place, we couldn’t figure out what to do. And Sushmita started cursing this decission of hers of coming to this trip.

Ayan, being a doctor, I called him up for his opinion. Finally we decided that doctor have already given him a medicine for fever and it might take up some time to effect. So we decided to watch tonight and we’ll take him to the hospital tomorrow with the first ray of the sun, if thing’s doesn’t goes as expected. They gave him some paracetamol too I believe.

Later considering the situation of Avik, we decided that Avik, Sushmita and Piu should sleep at one tent while we 3 would take up another. As the lights went off, I got very excited to experience the Milky Way with bare eyes. In Kolkata or in other major cities this is a rarest (infact impossible) view due to all the light pollutions. I always dreamed about doing astrophotography and this was my chance.

Milky Way - Pangong Tso

While Suparna feared of sleeping alone, she choosed to stay awake along with us, however Me and Ayan indulged ourselves into astrophotography. Later as the clock striked 12:30, we experienced another rare view i.e. rising of moon. We all have experienced sunrise sometime or the other in our life, however experiencing moonrise was something very unique.

We kept on clicking star trails and milky ways till around 2:30 and then we choosed to call of the day and hit the bed.

4th Aug : Day 8 : Buffer Day at Pangong Tso :

Well today was a rest and acclimitization day before we further move ahead and thus we planned to sleep till late morning. However at around 7AM, Sushmita came and woke me up informing that Avik is still sufferring with fever. I got ready and went ahead to call achu to take us to army hospital again, as depending on the situation we’d have to go down in case things detoriate.

As we were about to leave, the staffs came up and informed that our breakfast is ready. Finally we woke up Suparna and others and informed them about the situation of Avik and left after having our breakfast.

Noticing us, the doctor came forward and asked us about our whereabouts. We informed him about the high fever and even told him that we couldn’t decide what to do at that time of the night so we gave him a paracetamol. Although he appriciated the act of ours however informed us that he’s there 24×7 and we could have come up at night itself. Well after examining the condition, he informed us that, everything is fine and there’s nothing to worry and that this high fever is because of the effect of medicines on that infection. He asked us to wait and decided to run a drag of saline to finally cure any issues.

We being tensed, asked him whether we should move down and go back, however he denied and asked us not to worry and to continue with whatever our plans are. While Avik was lying around, we chit-chatted for a while. In between some of his senior officers came in and offered us prasad. Later he even bought us a large pouch of Tropicana Grape Juice and asked us to have the same while feeding Avik some of it!!

Pangong Tso - Ladakh

Finally as we were about to leave he again offered us a large pouch of Tropicana Mango Juice, however Avik being showing his humbleness denied the same. And for that, only he knows how much we mocked him after leaving the place. Anyway, the doctor was like a God for us. He even asked us to visit during the evening or night if things turns up otherwise and he’d push him another round saline which would completely cure the problem.

The doctor was too humble to even offer us his phone in case we wanted to speak to our family back home. However we couldn’t connect due to the connectivity issues except Avik.

Finally we returned back to our camp by around 1:00 PM. Well as I explained before, all the homestays and hotels post Leh comes with Meal Plan (Breakfast & Dinner), however they don’t offer Lunch, as most tourist tends to go out during the day and Lunch is mostly done while on road at some Dhabas.

In the mean time, Rigzin called at achu’s mobile to ask us about our whereabouts and suggested us to move down in case things turns up urgly, as in Hanle we’d not get Army Camp nearby. We assured him that, we have consulted the doctor at the Army Camp and things would be fine now. However if problem doesn’t solves by tonight, we won’t be moving ahead to Hanle. Well I guessed it correctly, that achu might have got tensed by us making the rounds of Army Hospitals again and again, might have reached out to Rigzin which is his duty. And Rigzin being caring about his guests, had to call us up.

When we returned, we noticed all of them to be in a deep sleep. We woke them up and informed about the whole story and then Suparna started mocking Avik for denying the Mango Juice. Later achu drove us to a restaurant nearby where we had our lunch and then he drove us to the Shooting Point. Well the Shooting Point is a touristy place (a point actually) beside Pangong Tso where the last scene from the movie 3 Idiots was shooted and also few shots from Jab Tak Hai Jaan.

The place was full touristy, with seats as like 3 Idiots and the Bikes from Jab Tak Hai Jaan which comes at a premium though!! However the water is crystal clear at this point and thus one can experience the reflections of mountains over the lake. Few Yak’s are decorated nicely, however forget about a ride, just clicking a picture would require Rs. 30/-.

Although I wished to click a picture of the Yak, but Rs. 30/- didn’t seemed justifiable to me. Instead we spent some time there and returned back to our camp.

Later during the afternoon, we went ahead to the lake and spent some time waking around the same. Finally we clicked few pictures of ours in various poses and came back to our tent.

Pangong Tso - Ladakh

I tried doing a timelapse, however considering the charging options, I couldn’t take risk and do it for a much longer time.

Later during the evening, as the sun started hitting the horizon, the sky turned yellowish and it was such an amazing view that it can’t be described in words.

Pangong Tso - Ladakh

As we didn’t had much to do, we went ahead to the dining hall and started gossiping among ourselves. In the meanwhile, the owner came up and asked us that we can use the phone to call our family back there if we want to. This is something free service for tourists staying at the camp. We grabbed the opportunity, however it took each one of us a long time to get connected due to connectivity issues.

Finally the dinner was served. After having our dinner, we choosed to stay there and kept on gossiping as we were charging the batteries of our DSLR’s!!

Later we went outside to try astrophotography again just in case to make sure we don’t miss the shots and our chance. Avik being fit today joined us outside, chit-chatting with us. After clicking some shots, I gave the tripod to Avik as he wished to click some pictures of the moon’s reflection over Pangong Tso. However ubnfortunately, he was out of luck today, as the sky was mostly covered with clouds, and thus the view of yesterday didn’t re-iterated today.

Star Trails at Pangong Tso

Well tomorrow, we had to travel a long way and again had to start early. Thus after chit-chatting for a while, we called off the day and hit the bed.

NOTE : (1) There are various medical centers throughout Pangong including the Army Hospital which operates 24×7 considering the popularity of the place after 3 Idiots which raised the inflow of tourist. The most common problem is breathing issues due to the same being situated at around 14,270 ft. However if you can acclimatize well, that shouldn’t be an issue. But in worst case, you have necessary medical options in case of any emergency. (2) Nights are really chilly and thus don’t try be a hero / heroine and take necessary precautions / protections.

The Budget Trip To Ladakh Series :

Important Points To Stay Safe :

  1. In Jammu & Kashmir, only postpaid connection works. So get yourself a postpaid connection before hailing to Kashmir. Also throughout most part of Ladakh, BSNL is known to work best and then Airtel.
  2. Even with BSNL, you would be out of network at most regions. So inform your family beforehand about the situation. Although at places, you’d get local options to call your home and inform. Most hotels offers that service for free or for a premium for their guests. In case it’s free, use it wisely and make room for next one. Your amazing travel stories can wait.
  3. Ladakh is a land of Cold Desert, and thus during the day, it too hot. Unlike Kolkata, the humidity is very low, thus you won’t be sweating, but the heat feels like burning a hole on your skin. Use Sunscreen, Body Lotions, Lip Balms etc. daily.
  4. However the nights are cold and depending on the region nights can be really chilly.
  5. Most importantly, whatever it be, whether starts changing post 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM, and one shouldn’t be without a basic winter garments like pull over / windcheaters / thermals etc. As that’s the time when the weather changes and if you are not protected / covered, it easily affects you. Believe me, we are the sufferers.
  6. In this part of the country, sun sets late, during 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM. However don’t be misguided that sun rise late too. Unfortunately that’s not the case and thus you get a lot of daylight to travel and explore.
  7. Most regions in Ladakh is situated at very high altitude and thus Acclimatization should be given top priority if you really want to enjoy Ladakh and stay safe.
  8. Ladakh can be approached in various ways – (1) Starting from Srinagar i.e. travelling through Srinagar – Leh Highway, (2) Flying to Leh, (3) Starting from Manali i.e. travelling through Manali – Leh highway. Considering the Acclimatization, the options are given in order i.e. 1 is best, second best is 2 and worst option is 3.
  9. Unless you are travelling with very less number of days in hand, I’d always recommend Option 1 i.e. travelling through Srinagar – Leh Highway
  10. Well Ladakh is known for harsh weather i.e. too hot during the day and too cold during the night. Also the thin level of oxygen plays an important role for your dissatisfaction. Unless you are acclimatizing properly, it’s really hard to enjoy the trip. Instead you’d always think of going back. During first few days, we felt same. But when we had a first glimpse of Pangong Tso, everything changed!!
  11. There are lots of guides available in internet regarding AMS. So I’ll refrain from writing a story about the same again. In short, AMS depends and varies from person to person depending on their health, age and various other factors. However below are few important and helpful tips which would help you enjoy Ladakh safely.
  12. Never rush it. Better do it some other time with more number of days in hand and properly acclimatize at every 3000 ft gain. Although you don’t need to follow this rule hard and fast, however don’t change altitudes everyday. The idea is to acclimatize every other day with every possible altitude gain.
  13. Don’t compete. Don’t be a superhero / superheroine. Well as I said, every person is different. So is their health. So don’t compete and take your own sweet time and instead enjoy the beautiful landscape.
  14. While at high altitude, you’d feel exhausted even by going to toilet or loo. It happens because of the thin layer in oxygen. Steady and Slow wins the race. Don’t walk faster or run as you’d do in your hometown. Keep it slow.
  15. Communication is a key point. Never feel ashamed and hide it when you are having issues. AMS can strike anyone. Thus if you are having any kind of problem, communicate with your Team Members. May be you are affected with low level however if not communicated and treated in time it can turn into severe. And in that case everyone have to leave and descend.
  16. At all points you’ll come across Army Hospitals / Base Camps which can come to your rescue in case things turns worse. So there’s nothing to fear.
  17. Keep AMS Medications handy like Coca 30 / Coca 6X / Diamox. We started taking Coca 6X twice daily (5-6 drops) from Kargil onwards. Remember these medicines prepares you for the high altitude, i.e. these are considered as preventive medicine. Once AMS had striked, these might not come to resue depending on the condition. Don’t be a doctor yourself, instead in case of any issues contact the locals and go to Army Hospital / Base Camp nearby.
  18. Drink lots of water. Yes hell lot of water i.e. 3-4 lts. minimum per day. This is very important to keep yourself safe. If possible mix ORS to it, which is even better. We carried 2 packet ORS per person per day.
  19. You might be a foodie. But to stay safe the myntra is to eat light. Avoid spicy foods and avoid over eating. Infact eat a bit less than what you generally eat. When your body is getting low oxygen, most of it is driven to your brain to function properly and thus indigestion is a common issue if you are eating heavily.
  20. Very importantly, avoid Smoking, drinking Coffee (or any kind of Caffine) and Alcohol. This single point will keep you fit and fine. People have even died due to drinking alcohol. You might not face issues while drinking alcohol, however your body might get collapsed after you sleep. This has happened to a lot of people already. You might notice foreigners drinking and smoking, however again as I said don’t compete. Their upbringing and yours might not be same.
  21. Most importantly, be positive. Yes there’s no medication or nothing than being positive and believing in yourself.
  22. Last but not the least, your god’s sake keep your plan flexible and don’t be a stubborn to stick to an specific itinerary even if your health is not permitting it. You are the best person to know if your health is permitting or not. And if not, descend. Because, if you don’t, it can be a life risk and a lot more risk for other team members. And Ladakh is not a top priority than your life.

Reviews :

Royal Camp Pangong : The camp is situated right in the front row, so you can have clear unobstructed view of the lake. The camps are of really great quality and well maintained. They provides 4 blankets which is more than sufficient to manage the chilly nights. Infact you’d feel using 2 or 3 is more than enough. The washroom is attached which is a great plus point. However they would provide hot water only for an hour in the morning at specific time and all the guests are expected to take bath during that time.

The meals (breakfast and dinner with morning and evening Tea) are served as buffets in the dining hall and I must say, it’s heavenly and fingerlicking. However please don’t consider it as of your hometown considering the altitude. Although post Leh, you’d only get Veg foods. So for die-hard Non-Veg fans like us, it’s a bit of an issue. But this is not specific to this camp, it’s throughout all the places you’ll visit after Leh.

Last but not the least, the staffs are always smiling and very helpful. What else you can ask for.

Royal Camp Pangong

Royal Camp Pangong

Royal Camp Pangong

Royal Camp Pangong

Royal Camp Pangong


Royal Camp Pangong : Rs. 10,000/- (2 x Tents @ Rs. 2500/- x 2 Days). The price includes breakfast and dinner along with morning and evening Tea. We stayed 3 pax in each tent.

We were travelling with flexible plan and had a budget of Rs. 60k per couple + Rs. 10k as buffer (i.e. Total 70k with Buffer per Couple) which we were carrying in cash accordingly, excluding Flights & Manali – Delhi Volvo Bus which we booked in advance. Finally we made it within Rs. 70k per couple for the whole tour Kolkata to Kolkata including the Fights and Manali Delhi Volvo Bus. That means we made it within 54k per couple excluding the flights and Manali – Delhi Volvo Bus.

CCU – DEL – SXR : 7334/- (For Me & Suparna)
Manali – Delhi HPTDC Volvo Bus : 2840/- (For Me & Suparna)
DEL – CCU : 5126/- (For Me & Suparna)
Vehicle : 64000/- (For the whole tour)

NOTE : I have omitted the costs of personal in nature and meals to keep things simple but informative.


Royal Camp Pangong : Tsering Tundup – +91-94198-34234 / +91-96978-37702 / /

Bakir (Our Achu, The Driver, Very friendly young chap, Works for Rigzin) : +91-94696-66401 / +91-70514-45539. He drove a white Aria which belonged to Rigzin, under registration number JK 10A 4036.

Mr. Rigzin (The driver who took us to Stanti Stupa) : +91-94697-31211. He drives a white Maruti Suzuki Eeco under registration number JK 10 6530.

Mr. Rigzin (Driver, The single point of contact, The Showstopper) : +91-96229-54779 / +91-94694-72772.

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Hi, I'm born and bought up in Kolkata in the midst of what bongs are best known for - Eating, Sleeping and Travelling. A developer by profession and a traveller by passion. As I was facing a lack of budget-friendly information on the internet while planning my travel, I started drafting my travel experiences here to help you all having a pocket-friendly smooth travel experience.


  • Tushar Mondal
    September 1, 2018 at 1:28 AM

    Great shots, if this is first samples of your astrophotography then you are bound to be a great photographer.

    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      September 1, 2018 at 6:46 PM

      Hi Mr. Tushar, Yes this is the first time I tried my hands on astrophotography!! Thanks a lot 🙂

  • jayesh parmar
    September 1, 2018 at 1:36 PM

    How much cost of entire tour

    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      September 1, 2018 at 6:47 PM

      Hi Jayesh, Please check the Costing section. We did it for 30k per head including the flights and buses i.e. Kolkata – Kolkata

  • jayesh parmar
    September 1, 2018 at 7:05 PM

    Thanks for reply

  • max
    April 25, 2024 at 8:01 PM

    Reading your travel blog feels like a mini-vacation; keep the adventures coming, If you are planning a trip to Kashmir visit


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