Dear Vargis, It was pleasure to go through your blog and thank you so much for your dedication. This is unusual query for you as we, a bunch of friends & relatives numbering around 45 and 70% of them more than 50 years of age, are planning a trip to Kashmir & Ladakh. After reading so much from you blog & elsewhere we have our itinerary as follows : Day 1 - Jammu to Srinagar via Mughal Road (no Ramban - Anantnag road) covering Aharbal waterfalls Day 2 - Srinagar sight seeing (Shankaracharya temple, Mughal gardens etc.) Day 3 - Srinagar to Yusmarg, Doodhpathri & back Day 4/5 - Srinagar to Pahalgam & back covering Betaab valley, Aru valley etc. Day 6/7 - Srinagar to Kargil or Mulbekh & then to Leh covering Lamayuru, Magnetic Point etc. Day 8/9 - Leh & nearby places like Hemis, Thiksey, Shey etc. Day 10 - Leh to Diskit & Hunder via Khardung La Day 11 - Diskit to Turtuk to Panamik Day 12- Panamik to Pangong Tso via Shyok or Wari La (preferably Shyok) Day 13- Pangong Tso to Hanle Day 14 - Hanle to Tso Moriri Day 15 - Tso Moriri to Tso Kar to Sarchu Day 16 - Sarchu to Manali Day 17 - Manali sight seeing & to Chandigh by 10 pm latest From Jammu we will be starting on Sept 3 and reach Chandigarh on Sept 19. My queries are : 1. Is the itinerary ok or need for improvement ? The idea is to absorb more scenic beauty. 2. What is better on Day 3 - Gulmarg or Doodhpathri & Yusmarg ? 3. 2 night stay in Nubra - Diskit / Panamik or Turtuk / Panamik 4. Nubra to Pangong Tso - Shyok or Wari La route ? 5.Pangong Tso - Leh - Tso Moriri or Pangong Tso - Hanle - Tso Moriri ? 6. Is there in sightseeing around Hanle to be covered on Day 14 ? Difficulty in getting permits for Hanle ? 7. Is it worthwhile to book vehicles/stay after reaching Jammu / Leh or per-booking is preferred ? 8. How is your opinion regarding Geographic Tours, Leh ? 9. Are 26/35 seater buses allowed on this route ?10. All are almost vegans. So how can we prepare food ? 11. General precautions & suggestions for this large group. Thanking you in advance for bothering you so much.