8 days in Varanasi & Ladakh Itinerary

8 days in Varanasi & Ladakh Itinerary

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8 days in Varanasi & Ladakh Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly:  13 h
1
Varanasi
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  10 h 30 min
2
Hemis
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Leh
— 4 nights
Fly:  11 h 15 min
End: Istanbul, Turkey

1
night
Varanasi

Varanasi
A sacred city for Hindus and thought by many to be the place where Buddhism formed as a religion, Varanasi leaves an imprint on the hearts and minds of visitors regardless of their creed, race, or religion.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then contemplate the waterfront views at Ganges River, then make a trip to Dasaswamedh Ghat, and finally contemplate the long history of Rajendraprasad Ghat. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple (Kashi Vishwanath), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rana Mahala Ghat, then don't miss a visit to Sarnath, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Varanasi day trip planning site .

Istanbul, Turkey to Varanasi is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Istanbul to Varanasi, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in August, expect Varanasi to be a bit warmer, temps between 39°C and 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hemis.

Things to do in Varanasi

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Ganges River
Ganges River
Sarnath ©
Sarnath
Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple ©
Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple

1
day
Hemis

Hemis ©
On the 12th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kloster Hemis and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hemis Monastery.

Planning Hemis trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Varanasi to Hemis. On the 12th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Leh.

Things to do in Hemis

Historic Sites
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Hemis Monastery ©
Hemis Monastery
Kloster Hemis ©
Kloster Hemis

4
nights
Leh

Leh ©
The former capital of the Kingdom of Ladakh, Leh possesses a historic old town area marked by stupas, monasteries, and traditional mud-brick houses.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Thiksey Monastery and Likir Gompa. Take a break from the city and head to Magnetic Hill and Donkey Sanctuary. Take a break from Leh with a short trip to Alchi Monastary in Alchi, about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurdwara Pathar Sahib, don't miss a visit to Confluence of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and examine the collection at Hall of Fame.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Leh online trip builder .

Drive from Hemis to Leh in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Alchi Monastary
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Thiksey Monastery ©
Thiksey Monastery
Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib ©
Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib
Likir Gompa ©
Likir Gompa

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