Welcome to Leh to Kargil
There are many fascinating sights close to the Leh–Srinagar road. You'll need a vehicle to make the most of numerous short diversions, for example to Basgo, Likir and Alchi. The most popular stops en route are Mulbekh (for its castle and ancient carved Buddha statue) and the village of Lamayuru, where there's a memorable monastery and curious 'Moonland' erosion formations. With more time consider canyon-land sidetrips to Chilling (30km), Kanji and/or Wanla-Honupatta.
An alternative route following the Indus via Dha requires permits and means you'll bypass Lamayuru unless doubling back somewhat.