5 Reasons to choose Srinagar – Leh Road over Manali – Leh Road

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Soon the roads to heaven on earth, named Leh – Ladakh will open its door and lots n lots of travel, adventure freaks hit the highways from various parts of India to live their moments of the year and ride/drive this adventure filled journey to Leh – Ladakh. The biggest question I keep getting is, “While doing the complete circuit of Delhi – Srinagar – Leh – Manali – Delhi, which direction is best to start the journey?”. Most of the time I reply, go via Srinagar – Leh Highway and come back via Manali – Leh Highway. I will try to enlist 5 reasons below why I suggest Srinagar – Leh direction while going to Leh – Ladakh over Manali – Leh direction

1. Better Acclimatization, Less Health Trouble

When you travel to Ladakh via Srinagar – Leh Highway, you ascent in altitude in a gradual manner This means body gets more time to get acclimatized for the high altitude of Leh and you feel much better plus relaxed. The more acclimatized your body is, the less health (acute mountain sickness) issues you will face while you travel to Ladakh from Srinagar – Leh Highway.

If you start via Manali – Leh Highway then most of the terrain runs over 4000 Mtrs of altitude (you hit above 5000 Mtrs on second day itself) and by the time you reach such high altitude your body is not properly acclimatized, so high chances of falling sick and ruining the trip. When you are traveling with family including children or old age people, going via Srinagar – Leh Highway makes even much more sense.

Read more about Acute Mountains Sickness and Importance of Acclimatization including some tips at the article linked here.

2. Better Enjoyment of Views on Manali – Leh Highway

When you travel to Ladakh via Srinagar – Leh Highway and then do whole Ladakh sightseeing, your body gets very much acclimatized to the high altitude of Manali – Leh Highway. Hence, rather than worrying about your health, you definitely enjoy the beauty and explore Manali – Leh Highway in a much better way as compared to when you travel the other way round.

If you are traveling via Manali – Leh Highway in tweaked manner and get stuck at some high altitude pass (5 passes are on the way) due to some mechanical failure or landslide or road blockage, it will mean some serious trouble for you. Without proper acclimatization there are high chances of worsening the symptoms if you prolong your stay at high altitude. This may cause some serious health issues at one of the remotest places where even help would be hard to find for a long time.

3. Evenly Balanced Travel Distance and Time on Manali – Leh Highway

In order to combat acute mountain sickness issues, many traveler going via Manali – Leh Highway tweak the itinerary and tend to sleep at Keylong or Jispa (about 120 KMs from Manali) at first night. Then they start very early in the next morning from Keylong or Jispa to reach Leh (about 350 KMs from Keylong) by nightfall. Sarchu about 222 KMs from Manali, almost a mid point, is almost at a height of 4200 Mtrs and causes some serious acute mountain sickness issues many a times to many travelers. Hence, the travelers prefer/suggest breaking the journey into 25:75 ratio when you travel to Ladakh via Manali – Leh Highway and still you feel heavy head/nausea in many cases.

All this tweaking means, you will have less time of second day to thoroughly enjoy the views. Now, if you are traveling via Srinagar – Leh Highway and coming back via Manali – Leh Highway, you are acclimatized in much better way to sleep at high altitude Sarchu where you find good accommodation. Halting your journey at Sarchu means, you divide the over all 474 KM long journey very much evenly between two days and hence, more time for explorations the beauty at either day.

4. Better Placement of Tso Moriri Lake in the Itinerary

As you can see in the most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh followed by many travelers including me at the link here, if you travel towards Manali from Leh then you can better place Tso Moriri lake in your itinerary and save a day for you. You cannot visit Tso Moriri while coming from Manali – Leh Highway because first, you will not have any permits and secondly, even if you get the permits somehow your body will not be acclimatized to sleep at very high altitude of Tso Moriri lake. So, you have to go to Leh first, do all your sightseeing and then visit Tso Moriri and then again go back to Leh to exit via Srinagar – Leh Highway. All this means, you should have one more day in your itinerary.

Since, you can always exit from Tso Moriri lake towards Manali via Tso Kar or Taglang La over Manali – Leh Highway, it gives more flexibility to place it in the itinerary when you travel from Leh towards Manali. For more details on Tso Moriri Lake, check the comprehensive Travel Guide for it at the link here

5. No worries of Manali – Rohtang Pass Permits for Non-HP Vehicles

In 2011, Himachal GOVT. floated a strange rule which disallowed any non-HP vehicle excluding two wheelers (bike/scooters) to ply on Manali – Rohtang Pass road. The GOVT. stated that this rule was brought into affect to regulate un-necessary traffic plying on Manali – Rohtang Pass road and make the traffic situation a bit better (in reality nothing changed rather got worse, I feel as per the reports last year).

For people going past Rohtang Pass towards Lahaul or Spiti Valley or further to Leh – Ladakh required to get a permit from Manali SDM Office. This meant wasting a day for sure in Manali. The FUNNY thing about this regulation is that only vehicles going from Manali towards Rohtang Pass need that permit but any vehicle coming from Rohtang Pass (i.e Leh – Ladakh or Lahaul Spiti) to Manali do not require any permit Hence, if you are coming from Leh – Ladakh towards Manali, you do not need any permit :)

For more details on this rule that do not allow non-HP vehicles to ply on Manali – Rohtang Pass road including how to get permit, what documents are required etc, you can read more here.

Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed the article and now understand why we shall choose Srinagar – Leh Highway while traveling to Leh – Ladakh and choose Manali – Leh Highway while you return from Leh – Ladakh towards home :) … If you have been there before, I would love to know your thoughts to on choosing Srinagar – Leh over Manali – Leh. Please share your valuable thoughts and inputs for the same. And, if you happen to be the first timer I hope the above article will help you decide the right way to Travel to Leh Ladakh by road and plan your itinerary in much better way.

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658 Comments

  1. Dear Dheeraj
    We are a group of four planning for an adventurous 10 day road trip to Leh from Delhi. We are planning to rent a car in Delhi and drive it our self. What should be our itinerary for making the best of this 10 day trip? Would really appreciate your help.

    • Hello Sai,

      You can follow something as below:

      Day 1 | Delhi – Jammu / Patnitop
      — Overnight at Jammu or Patnitop

      Day 2 | Jammu / Patnitop – Srinagar
      — Enjoy walk around Dal lake and may be Shikara ride as well
      — If you have time then check out, floating market, Shalimar Garden.
      — Overnight at Srinagar

      Day 3 | Srinagar – Sonamarg – Zozi La – Drass – Kargil
      — Enjoy the vistas enroute
      — Have late drunch meal at Drass is you are a vegetarian as sometimes it gets difficult to find veg. food at Kargil
      — Overnight at Kargil

      Day 4 | Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh
      — Cover Mulbekh Maitrey, Lamayuru Moanstery, Lunar Landscapes
      — On the way you can also see Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 5 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Acclimatization
      — To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 6 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Leh
      – Head for Nubra Valley very early in the day and come back by late evening after visiting Deskit. If you have time go little further and see Hunder sand dunes too
      – On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      – Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

      Day 7 | Leh – Pangong Tso Lake – Leh
      – Day trip to Pangong Tso
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 8 | Leh – Taglang La – Pang – Sarchu
      — Try to start early in the day so that you reach Sarchu where the accommodation options are better than Pang
      — Overnight at Sarchu or Pang

      Day 9 | Sarchu – Baralacha La – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
      — On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
      — Overnight at Manali

      Day 10 | Manali – Delhi

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  2. kavish yadav on

    Hi Dheeraj

    We are 4 couples,planning a road trip from delhi via manali-leh highway on 27/06/15 by our own car safari and scorpio. As by your blogs we have decided the dates and have done all the bookings.So i hope manali-leh highway to be opened by 27/06/2015.
    Any special advise you will suggest that we should keep in mind?
    secondly reading blogs about all the permits(for rohtang pass) and all, i am confused that how we can get permit from rohtang? do we need the permits as we will be going to Leh if yes then how can we get it, as now only 1000 vehclies are allowed and our cars have non-hp registerations.

    Waiting For your reply
    Thanks

  3. rupa reddy on

    Hi dheeraj.. Your blog is really helpful with regard to leh ladakh. You seem to have a lot of experience in this.
    Me and my partner are planning for leh-ladakh in the month of July. But we are able to afford only 8 days totally. So can you please suggest if it’s possible and we are planning to return from Srinagar in flight. Can you please help?

  4. Deepankar Tomar on

    Hi Mr Dheeraj,

    Its always nice to read your blogs related to leh . finally i am planning to visit leh by road along with family with 2 kids of 3yrs and 5yrs of age . we are planning to go and return by Srinagar – leh highway. from 20th June to 28th June by my own car Duster.
    As i am planning to go with family and kids , kindly suggest me is this journey is safe to travel with kids.
    I am very much confused.

    kindly guide.

    • Hi Deepankar,

      It depends on person to person to take the children of such age group because AMS do not matter with respect to age or sex or any physical health condition. It can happen to anyone of any age or sex or fitness I shall say :D… The issue with children is that they tend to exert the body considering it the same kind of place they belong to and this elevates the chances of getting struck with AMS. Secondly, they are not much expressive about their uneasy feelings, so it is parents who need to watch out and take care that the child is not suffering from uneasy feelings, headache or nausea and is behaving properly. With less than 3 year child, I think he/she will also be NOT able to convey the uneasiness she may feel. You have to be vigilant and if you notice any such feeling or he/she tells you about such a feeling then please do not ascend anywhere, either descend to lower altitude or stay at the same place to watch things overnight and if symptom increase then start descending immediately. Same is applicable for any adult as well. And yes, do keep the body adequately hydrated!!

      Also, PLEASE read the article: Traveling to Ladakh with Kids or Babies. This article covers this topic in complete detail.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

      • Hi All,

        You can take your kids along with you- No problem at all. Just give them water/juice/frooty on time to time.

        I am going to Leh every year from last 4 years and in 2012 when I went then my kids were of 5 years and 2.6 years old. They didn’t feel the AMS.

        I am also going this time on 5th June with a group of 8 people – On bike and one SUV.

        Rgds,
        Mithlesh

        • Mithlesh, it does not matter in case they hit by AMS or not as it does not guarantee that they will not get hit anytime. It is good to know that you have been lucky but saying “No problem at all” may be without seeing or knowing about problem can send a wrong message to many. If you have time to trove through 30K comments here on the website you will come to know that there have been instance where people have died, there have been instance when people had to run all night risking lives of everyone over Manali – Leh Highway to save the life of their kid, you will come to know that there have been people who have to send their families in trucks on the very night or day as they started turning faint because their vehicles were dead in the middle of nowhere, etc.. etc..

          I am not saying you cannot take them, medically you can, but there are other problems associated which people must be aware and should consult their doctor before taking such a step.

    • Ananya Tripathi on

      Mr Dheeraj,
      We have planned a road trip to Leh Ladakh from New Delhi. I’d love if you could provide information on the following.
      Can you please provide a route map for the journey via car ?
      What are the attractions/ must visits along the way ?
      Is going to Srinagar and then Leh and coming back via Manali better or vice versa and why ?

      Thanking You,
      Ananya Tripathi.

  5. SANDIP MANE on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    Firstly thanks for giving lot of helpful information. We are group of 8 persons including 1 infant (1.5 years and 1 child(2.5 years). And plan to leh with 5 night stay at leh. We are starting from srinagr-kargil-leh and also returning the same route. Now after reading the information on this site i want to see the natural beauty of leh-manali route. As we are traveling with 1 infant and 1 child we choose leh-srinagar. So suggest me how to plan as i already booked the palne ticket and return date from srinagr is on 23 JUN 2015 at 15:05 hrs. Also please tell me that what type of care i have to take while traveling with infants .
    My plan is

    13-Jun-15- Srinagar
    14-Jun-15 Srinagar
    15-Jun-15 kargil(stay while travel to leh)
    16-Jun-15 leh
    17-Jun-15 leh
    18-Jun-15 leh(nubra vally)
    19-Jun-15 leh(pangon lake)
    20-Jun-15 leh ( journy to srinagar)
    21-Jun-15 kargil
    22-Jun-15 srinagar stay
    23-Jun-15 return to mumbai on 15:05
    srinagar srinagar kargil leh leh leh leh leh kargil srinagar srinagar

    • Manali – Leh Highway is not a place to be with Infant. I will never recommend you going there and that too during the time you have planned when the highway will just open. Better that you let the children grow and then make a trip as these places will remain there only but it is a life threatening trip to take. The issue with children is that they tend to exert the body considering it the same kind of place they belong to and this elevates the chances of getting struck with AMS. Secondly, they are not much expressive about their uneasy feelings, so it is parents who need to watch out and take care that the child is not suffering from uneasy feelings, headache or nausea and is behaving properly. With less than 3 year child, I think he/she will also be NOT able to convey the uneasiness she may feel. You have to be vigilant and if you notice any such feeling or he/she tells you about such a feeling then please do not ascend anywhere, either descend to lower altitude or stay at the same place to watch things overnight and if symptom increase then start descending immediately. Same is applicable for any adult as well. And yes, do keep the body adequately hydrated!!
      Also, PLEASE read the article: Traveling to Ladakh with Kids or Babies. This article covers this topic in complete detail.

  6. Hi there,

    We have planned a bike trip to Leh between 12th and 23rd June 2015. We have chosen Chandigarh as our starting point.

    We need to rent bikes Chandigarh. Do you have any contacts for Motorcycle rental in Chandigarh?

    BR,
    Sandeep

  7. DR. I.P SINGH on

    Hi Dheeraj
    Am very very impressed with your in-depth knowledge and passion to help and guide others .
    I am a practising doctor in Chandigarh and plan to take the trip from Chandigarh to Leh by my Fortuner vehicle . I have absolutely no idea of how to go about it . I have certain questions , i would be very grateful for answers
    1. Which is the best and safest time to go ?
    2. What are the permissions that are needed and how difficult are they to get for a layman like me ?
    3. How many days should the trip be planned for ?
    4. Reading your blog , i think the Srinagar – Leh route is better and with the hassle of restricted passing of vehicles from the Rohtang valley onwards ? But i would like your expert advice on it .
    5. Can you please guide me with the night halts and the best places to stay through out the journey ?
    I have many other questions and apprehensions but would like to start with these .
    Thank you

    • Hello Dr. IP Singh,

      1. In case you want to see snow, then 20th June to 20th July else in September.
      2. No permissions required as long as you follow conventional routes.
      3. You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh followed by many travellers including me at the link here for 13-14 days: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh.
      4. Yes. You can follow the plan suggested in 3.
      5. You can check the nice, preferred list of accommodation options in entire Leh – Ladakh (Leh, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri) including moderate (cheap budget hotels as well) in the series of articles starting on the link here

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  8. Rohith Reddy on

    Hi, Dheeraj. Your website is very great. We are 6-8 people planning to go to leh in the first or second week of june from Delhi. How many days would it take to cover the entire trip? Delhi-Manali-Leh or Delhi-Srinagar-Leh, we still havent decided on the route. We will take a rented SUV. Approximately how much is it going to cost per person?

    • Firstly, I will suggest you that please plan it in other direction as going via Srinagar – Leh Highway will be much much easier on your body and help you acclimatize to the high altitude of Manali – Leh Highway. Also, it allows you to enjoy the beauty of Manali – Leh by splitting the journey almost evenly in two days which is very difficult in the other direction. Thirdly, it will allow you to fit Tso Moriri lake into the itinerary in better way. You can read more reasons on the link here

      You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh followed by many travellers including me at the link here for 13-14 days: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh.

      You can check the nice, preferred list of accommodation options in entire Leh – Ladakh (Leh, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri) including moderate (cheap budget hotels as well) in the series of articles starting on the link here

    • Mohit Maheshwari (@iam_mohit_msw) on

      please contact me on +91-9820649002 or +91-9166220714 whatsapp or call, we are 4-5 friends also planning the same trip from delhi to leh via manali around 12 june 2015 …. could go in group and enjy the scenery more !!

  9. Hey,
    We are 4 friends planning a trip to Leh from Delhi. We want to do the delhi-manali-leh route and take a flight back from leh, so we get to spend more time in Leh. Is it advisable? And if so what should be the proposed itinerary. We are planning to leave 2nd week of June.
    Alternately, can we take a flight to srinagar, drive to leh and travel around and take a flight back from leh. Would that allow us to cover and explore more places in Ladakh. And proposed itinerary for that?
    We at max can spare 10 days.
    Thanks in advance
    TUSHAR.

    • Tushar, my preferences are always as follows:

      1. Fly to Srinagar, start road trip to Ladakh and then follow road trip to Manali, if you have about 12-13 days from Srinagar to Delhi
      2. Fly to Leh, rest for couple of days, have road trip back to Manali in case you looking for more adventure
      3. Fly to Srinagar, start road trip to Ladakh and then fly out of Leh, in case you looking for little less adventure and easy to go trip

  10. Rash Thakur on

    Hey Dheeraj , we group of 2 friends planing to visit leh ladakh via manali leh highway by 2nd week of June. What will be the status of highway by that time. Or we postpone it to some other date n please advice suitable dates to start the trip

  11. Dhaval Shah on

    Hello Mr Dheeraj Sharma,
    WE are planning to travel in July.Planning to take Srinakagr- Leh – Manali Road.
    We are falling short of days and would like to cut on the stay or the journey.
    We will definately travel from Srinagar to Leh – But should we cover Leh – Manali Route too or we shall take a Flight from Leh and come back to Delhi.
    Which route is advisable as in beauty and NOT TO MISS ELEMENT – Srinagar to LEH or LEH to MANALI

    Kindly guide us…
    Thanks

  12. Hi Dheeraj,
    love ur blogs about Leh and thank u for spreading so much info abt this place. We a grp of 6 ppl are planing one week trip at leh. we had chosen the delhi-Manali- Leh-srinagar-delhi route and we have flight frm srinagar to delhi. Its a budgeted trip so can u please suggest the onward journey? we want to stay at pangong lake for a night, is it possible?

    • It will take 3 days to reach Leh from Delhi via Manali side and 4 days to come back to Delhi from Leh via Srinagar side. This makes it 7 days. 1 Day is required in Leh for acclimatization. You have 7 days but you flying to Srinagar will save you one day. So, that 1 Day can be used as Day trip to Pangong Tso OR can be used as day trip to Nubra Valley or just Khardung La pass.

  13. Hi Dheeraj, we are pplanning a family trip to leh ladakh around 15th of july. Is it right time?
    what car u suggest and route. we reach leh via srinagar and return via manali?
    Your advice would be greatly appreciated…

  14. Hello,
    I want to go to leh via kargil in mid june by ALTO car and in return via manali…Is this right vehicle for this trip.Please advice.

    Thanks
    Amit

  15. Rishi Kumar Baid on

    i m planning to visit Leh Laddakh on 1st of Julyfor 7-10days .Is it the right time to visit Laddakh.I shall be travelling from Kolkata to Delhi.Is it advisable to hire a vehice from delhi to Laddakh

    • Rishi, outside taxis are not allowed inside Ladakh for sightseeing purposes. So, you will need to hire another taxi in Leh again. Hence, it better that you fly to Srinagar first and then take a taxi from there and then once reaching Leh get another taxi and fly out of Leh. Or are you planning end to end by road only?

  16. vishal Singh on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We a group of 10-12 people including 4-5 kids age group of 3 + are planning to visit Leh .
    Route which we are planning is Srinagar – Leh- Manali with our Personal Cars ( Scorpio and Duster ). Expected date of departure from Srinagar will be 7-8 June.

    I have some queries , we need your guidance kindly suggest.

    1- IS it safe to travel with kids of these age group ?
    2- IS it safe when we had face a big Earthquake recently.?
    3- Till 8th -9th June Srinagar – Leh – Manali highways will open ?
    4- How many days we need to cover this round trip ?

    kindly reply.

    Vishal….

    • Hi Vishal,

      1. It depends on person to person to take the children of such age group because AMS do not matter with respect to age or sex or any physical health condition. It can happen to anyone of any age or sex or fitness I shall say :D… The issue with children is that they tend to exert the body considering it the same kind of place they belong to and this elevates the chances of getting struck with AMS. Secondly, they are not much expressive about their uneasy feelings, so it is parents who need to watch out and take care that the child is not suffering from uneasy feelings, headache or nausea and is behaving properly. With less than 3 year child, I think he/she will also be NOT able to convey the uneasiness she may feel. You have to be vigilant and if you notice any such feeling or he/she tells you about such a feeling then please do not ascend anywhere, either descend to lower altitude or stay at the same place to watch things overnight and if symptom increase then start descending immediately. Same is applicable for any adult as well. And yes, do keep the body adequately hydrated!!

      Also, PLEASE read the article: Traveling to Ladakh with Kids or Babies. This article covers this topic in complete detail.

      2. Nothing reported as any aftermath of it.

      3. Srinagar Leh for sure and Manali – Leh very much likely.

      4. You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh followed by many travellers including me at the link here for 13-14 days: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  17. Arun Patel on

    Hey Dhiraj!
    We get a high just reading your posts. Thrilling!
    I am from Bangalore. We are a fit and slim 62 year couple planning to do the Srinagar – Leh/Ladhak – Manali trail in the 3rd or 4th week of September this year. My queries:-
    (a) Is it a good time?
    (b) Is it possible to hire a good taxi (Innova) from Srinagar all the way to Manali for around 10 to 12 days?
    Thanks for your attention
    Cheers!
    Arun

    • Hello Arun ji,

      1. Better keep in third week of September. Cold increases especially at nights and morning and at high altitude lakes. Apart from that, it is one of the best time to visit Ladakh
      2. Very much possible. You need to call a taxi driver from Ladakh who can come and pick you up from Srinagar and be with you till Manali. You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh followed by many travellers including me at the link here for 13-14 days: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh.
      For the leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2015 – 16 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here. You can get about 10-12% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  18. Sukhvinder on

    Hi dheeraj,
    Me and my 4 friends are planning a trip to leh-ladakh in mid of may and i have planned this trip on my own vehicle so do we have to hire driver in leh or we’re fine i mean is there any problem in road driving? And also do we need etra gallon of diesel in our car?

  19. hi dheeraj
    can activa 110 cc scooter good for riding on this jammu to leh road..d person who will riding activa will b around 80kg and his bag will b 2-3kg..overall weigh on activa will be 85 kg..so is it good for ride..i saw d roads in videos..i think activa can take it..wat u say?
    waiting for ur reply

    • Well though it is not required to have more powerful bike like Bullet/RE but always preferable. 110cc might be able to do it as I have read few accounts of it in the past but surely will struggle at some places where it might be required to push manually, especially I believe if you get stuck in some water crossing. DO NOT push/accelerate the bike beyond its limit in case your stuck rather user your own physical power to get it out.

  20. Apoorv Sharma on

    Hello Dheeraj!
    I would also like to know whether it takes equal time to reach leh from chandigarh regardless of which way we opt for ( either manali or srinagar)??

      • Sahil Mangla on

        Hi Dheeraj, Nice to read about you here..pretty cool!!! We are 5 friends (aged between 30 to35) who have planned for Leh Ladakh trip from 13th may to 21st may travelling by Innova from Delhi via Kashmir. We will stay in Leh for 3 days…It would be great help if you can recommend us regarding safety measures, any special care, do’s and dont’s …Looking forward to hear from you!! Thanks

        • Hi Sahil,

          Outside taxis are not allowed to roam in Ladakh and it takes 4 days from Srinagar side to reach Ladakh from Delhi and 4 days to come back. You have just 9 days. Are you sure you want to make this trip happen with one day in Leh where it is mandaotry to rest in Leh only for acclimatization to high altitude.

          Regards
          Dheeraj

  21. Apoorv Sharma on

    Hello dheeraj!
    Its so nice to read your blogs. I have been through to all your blogs relating to leh and himalyas. Now I have some queries regarding it.
    Me and couple of my friends (around 5 including me) are planning a trip to leh in the 1st week of july (most probably 2nd july). Our starting point will be from chandigarh. We would be hiring innova or something from chandigarh itself. I would like you to please suggest me as what way we should opt for from chandigarh to leh as we are very much time bounded. We have a return flight from chandigarh on 10th july. it shall be highly appreciable if you would suggest me with an whole itinerary including proper halt that we should take at proper places. We are planning to stay in leh for 4 nights and 3 days.
    Looking for a detailed reply from your side.
    Thank you!

  22. Hi Dheeraj,

    We are 2 person planning for bike trip in July or August by taking rental bike from Manali.. Is it really need
    To take mechanic with us? Is there any mechanic shops on the way? Does remtal bikes have the option to keep our bags? Planning to take only one bike for rental.. Other person who is coming with me doesn’t know the driving

    • Prakash, there are not many mechanic shops available on the way. In fact after Darcha you get a shop at Sarchu and then almost not before Upshi. Pang is tentative. So, you will be on your own in case anything goes wrong with bike on Manali – Leh Highway.

  23. Hey Dheeraj
    I’ve gone through almost all your articles and have been ever more excited to go to leh. We are 3 of us are travelling to delhi from bangalore and will reach there by 11th may. we are planning to go to leh. what is the best option to reach leh from delhi? will roads be open by then? we have time till 23rd may in leh . Also could you tell us how much it will cost for the delhi leh delhi trip (aprox is enough) as we are students on tight budgets. Hoping to hear from you soon.
    Regards
    Rohit

    • Rohit, you will have only Srinagar – Leh road as an option to travel by road because as per the report Srinagar – Leh is expected to be open by late April or first week of May. Manali – Leh will be closed most likely by that time and is expeted to open in first week of June

  24. Hii dheeraj,
    We are group of 8 people planning to travel ladakh via leh manali highway and then come back via manali leh highway.We are planning our trip around 20th may to 1st june From chandigarh.So will that be ideal time to travel n wll both the highways be operational by that time?

  25. jayant verma on

    Thanks for such a wonderful and informative article. I am planning to travel to leh with my family including my son who is 15 years and daughter who is 12 years but I have one apprehension that Srinagar to leh route is safe enough keeping in mind the terrorist activities in the state.

  26. Hey Dheeraj, We are a group of 8 peoples planning to From Manali to Leh bike trip.

    Starting date would be 20th Of June 2015. Please guide me the maximum days that would be required for the Manali-Leh-Manali trip.
    Would 8 days will serve the purpose

    • Prasoon, it will take 2 days to reach Leh from Manali and 2 days to come back. 1 day is MUST required for rest in Leh for acclimatization. So, you are left with 3 days where in you can make a 2 day trip to Nubra Valley and 1 day trip to Pangong Tso lake.

      • Hey Dheeraj thanks for the reply,
        We are planning to hire a tempo as a backup, can you provide me the Rent information about hiring a tempo.

        • Prasoon, tempo traveler are about 35% more the cost of a taxi. For the leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2015 – 16 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here. You can get about 10-12% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more.

  27. Hari Prakash on

    HI Dheeraj,

    Thank You for the valuable information you are providing here.

    We are planning for a Srinagar-Ladakh-Manali trip in June 3rd week (June 19th – June 30th).
    As It is hard for us to get leaves in July we planned it in June.
    Is it right time to visit in June?? Will all the roads be opened by that time??

    Please find the below itinerary we are planning to follow

    Will start from Bangalore on June 19th

    June 19 – Fly from Bangalore to Srinagar
    June 20 – explore Srinagar
    June 21 – Srinagar to Kargil (Night stay in Kargil)
    June 22 – Kargil to Leh (Night stay in Leh)
    June 23 – Explore leh and hire bikes
    June 24 – Leh to Nubra Valley (Night Stay in NUbra)
    June 25 – Nubra to Leh (Night Stay in Leh)
    June 26 – Leh to Pangong (Night Stay in Pangong)
    June 27 – Pangong to Leh (Night stay in Leh)
    June 28 – Leh to Sarchu/Keylong/Jispa (Night Stay)
    June 29 – Sarchu to Manali via Rothang (Night Stay in Manali)
    June 30 – Explore Manali (Night Bus Journey to Chandigarh/Delhi)
    July 1 – Fly from Delhi/Chandigarh to Bangalore

    Are there any other places to be included in our plan which we are missing, please suggest if any.

    Regards,
    Hari

    • HI Hari,

      June third week shall be good time to visit Ladakh and roads will be open by that time. Given the number of days you have in hand, the travel plan looks perfect :)

      Regards,
      Dheeraj

      • Hari Prakash on

        Hi Dheeraj,

        Thank you for your suggestion.

        We(3 persons) finally booked our flight to Srinagar from Bangalore.

        I need bit more information for booking a cab for the entire trip.

        1) Do we have to book a cab for our entire trip, I think booking a cab for entire trip
        will be bit costlier for 3 people.
        2) How much will it cost for car pick up in Srinagar on June 20th and drop us all the
        way to Chandigarh on July 1st.
        3) Is there any possibility of booking 2 cars one to pick us in Srinagar and drop in
        Leh and other to pick in Leh and drop in Manali/Chandigarh as we will be
        booking bikes for rest of the 5 days to roam in and around Leh and how much
        do cab people charge for drop.
        4) Will there be rafting in Manali in June.

        Regards,
        Hari

        • Hi Hari,

          1. Are you planning to take shared taxi in other case?
          2. Shall be around 65-70K.
          3. Yes, that can be done too. Srinagar – Leh is about 16-17K, Manali – Leh should be around 19-20K
          4. Most likely yes

          Regards
          Dheeraj

  28. hi bro
    me and my friend(2pers only) have planned for a srinagar trip for 2-4 days in march on our bike can you suggest some locations which don’t have any restrictions and have some adventure in them and also undr budget travelling

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