Cheap private taxi to Leh – Ladakh | A Myth or A Reality?

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In the previous article on How to calculate cost or budget for Leh – Ladakh trip I mentioned that if you hire a private taxi for Manali – Leh journey then it can easily cost you about Rs 15000 – 18000 just for a drop from Manali to Leh or Leh to Manali. However, there is another way out if your luck is with you. What is it? Well, there is a rule that Leh registered taxi cannot pickup passengers from Manali while coming back and same rule applies that Himachal or Manali taxi cannot pickup passengers from Leh while coming back to Manali. Hence, the charges of private taxis are so high as the drivers have to get costing for both ways. But, we are humans after all and at times these rules are broken for the benefit of both passenger and driver. Driver charges the operational and fuel cost to take you back from the place where he is not authorized, i.e., if you can get hold of one, then Ladakh taxi can take you back from Manali by paying just fuel and operational cost and similarly, Himachal/Manali taxi can take you back from Leh at around similar cost.

Now, the best part. This operational or fuel cost can range from Rs 4000 – 6000 depending upon how you bargain with the taxi driver. Hence, the cost of Manali – Leh and Leh – Manali comes down from 2 X (15k-18K) = Rs 30K – 36K to a mere Rs 8000 – 12000… And, you save the entire cost of food and accommodation almost for the entire trip 😯 😯 …

Ha ha ha, However, the toughest part is to find such a deal in both directions until unless you have sufficient contacts with both Ladakh Taxi drivers as well as Manali taxi drivers who are friendly enough with you to fix such a deal. May be on your third or fourth trip to Ladakh you can manage such a handsome deal. Realistically speaking, with little ease you can at least chip in with Rs 10K – 11K savings. How?

When you reach Manali try to fix the deal with Himachal Taxi driver first for one side journey to Leh. He will of course ask you anywhere about Rs 15-18K for a drop to Leh. Once you settle for one side, then tell him about your interest to come with him only from Leh as well on one of the day he will be returning from Leh. Depending on your Leh – Ladakh itinerary, fix the day and deal with him. He will probably ask you anywhere between Rs 4000 – 6000 depending upon the bargaining skills or may be for entire package. If the taxi driver do not agree then move to some other one and repeat the same process or in a way you like. You will need to definitely explore some options to find such a deal. Hence, reaching Manali or Leh taxi stand a day before or early morning is highly advisable.

A true account of my friend who followed the above process and successfully booked such a deal for Rs 21,000 in June 2011 where he paid Rs 4000 for return journey from Leh to Manali. Thereby saving good Rs 11K – 12K for investing in local taxis within Leh – Ladakh 🙂

Problems or Challenges finding such deals
  • Ideally, the driver while coming alone from the other end, does this journey in single day. So, you be ready for some tough time with this single day cannon ball run. Otherwise, you can always pay a bit more and ask him to cover the journey with a night halt. If you are short on time then finding such a deal will be bread on butter 🙂 …
  • It might be possible that the day when the driver return to his native place from Leh or Manali, you may not be ready to return as per the itinerary. Hence, tweak and synchronize your itinerary with taxi’s near by return date or ask him to accommodate you in some of his friend’s taxi who is returning on the day you have planned to return.
  • AMS is always an issue while traveling from Manali to Leh. Hence, you do not have the option to go via Srinagar side and minimize AMS related issues. So, follow the tips on minimizing AMS and may be halt your Manali – Leh journey on Keylong or Jispa thereby avoiding stay at high altitudes of Sarchu or Pang. If you need more details or tips on AMS and importance of acclimatization then do read the article linked here
  • It may not be possible to find such deals if you plan to go via Srinagar side and come back via Manali side or vice-versa. The problem gets complicated here in way exactly like you are finding such deals on both sides i.e. from Manali as well as Leh without knowing any driver. However, one day when you have made sufficient trips to Ladakh and had enough contacts of drivers then yes, such a deal is possible too 🙂
Few tips to find cheap taxis to Leh – Ladakh
  • As soon as you find a non-native (Ladakhi driver in Manali and Himachali driver in Leh) exchange your contact numbers. Do not talk much there at the taxi stand and fix the deal and pickup point over phone or away from taxi stand so that other native drivers cannot get into the act and create problems for that non-native taxi driver.
  • If by chance, some native driver get into the act confidently tell him that you were just clarifying on the raod conditions and status as you are having your own vehicle to drive back and little concerned. Then fix rest of the deal and pickup point over phone.
  • Try to stroll around mall road in taxi stands of Manali or Leh around night, when most of the non-native drivers reach. Get hold of any of them and quickly exchange phone numbers and may be tell him to come over away from taxi stand. (Thanks to Dhiraj Debbarma for sharing the idea of night stroll in the comment below)
  • I am sure that after one trip to Leh – Ladakh you will feel the itch to go again (such is the beauty of this heavenly place), so try to keep records of contact numbers of such drivers, such that they can be contacted for such deals on the next trip. Share the numbers with other fellow travelers too, may be here, other forums, your friends who are traveling to Ladakh etc.
  • Find and ask on forums, blogs, sites etc for such contact numbers of taxi drivers doing Manali – Leh, Leh – Manali, Leh – Srinagar, Srinagar – Leh… Contact them and try to fix the deal or ask them when they will be reaching non-native place based on the itinerary. (Thanks to Kaushik Da for this tip in the comment below)

Note-: Same rules apply between Srinagar and Leh but I have heard many drivers of Leh and Srinagar both, run their taxis from other ends as shared taxis where they charge about Rs 1200 – 1500 per seat for a drop. In that case, it will be more difficult to find such a deal. Hence, I have not mentioned anything about Srinagar though you can apply the same process between Srinagar and Leh as well, who knows your luck is on higher end of the curve at that moment 🙂 …

Conclusion

In the end, all I have said is a bit difficult to find but it is indeed possible and few people do it or have done it. Just it depends on your luck and the way you deal with people after meeting them. So, while planning your trip to Leh – Ladakh try to explore this option as well or keep it at the back of your mind and who knows you may "manage a 2N/3D Nubra and 1N/2D Pangong Tso trip from the savings you get from it.", as quoted by one of my friend and a super passionate traveler Kaushik da in this IM thread here. In fact, the source and motivation of this article is Kaushik da and that IM thread only, so special thanks to him for pointing me out.

I would be really happy if any one of you found such a deal and have experience with it. Any tips, suggestions, contacts, anything that save us money for taxis 😉 to Leh – Ladakh, will be helpful for other fellow travelers too. So, do share your thoughts and valuable inputs or resources on the same with us too.

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120 Comments

  1. Hey dheeraj,

    I have lots of questions to ask..

    We are planning to go leh from new Delhi(on 18.7.16) to manali by train but we are so confused about which train should we catch to reach manali as no direct train from new Delhi to manali is available.
    Once we reach manali we will take taxi or a bus to reach leh.

    1. Does this cheapest private taxi applicable to the group of 6 people.?
    2. What are the cheapest way available to explore leh! Please suggest ways other than rented car or bike..
    3. How can we plan our trip by local bus available in leh? Does traveling by bus cost us more ??
    4. How & what should we plan when we are traveling by bus in leh?? Can you please make a plan for us by bus in leh (by keeping in mind you cover the main main places to watch)

    This will help us a ton, if you help us in the making of appropriate plan. Thank you so much. Please reply asap.

    • Hello UV,

      1. Why do you need a train? There is no train that goes to Manali. You should take a volvo and reach Manali. Yes, it is applicable to 6 people but keep in mind that 6 will be tight on such roads.
      2. Shared taxis run bettween the tourist places, you can take them. But, since you guys are already 6, having a personal taxi more sense else get some seat in tempo traveller.
      3. Check: Rates & Time table of Bus Services in Leh – Ladakh
      4. Buses are available as weekly to places like Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri, in case it falls on your day of plan, you may like to use the bus.

      • Thank you so much for your suggestions.
        I have one more question.. Is it safe to travel in leh.. b’coz as per the news there are lots of firing, road blocking is going on..??
        If yes so Please suggest when to go.

        • I will suggest to have a word with some hotel guy in Srinagar and then take a call to go from Manali side. These things are dependent from person to person judgement call and what a person feels is OK to him or her given the circumstances. So, best is to talk to a local hotel guy in Srinagar and confirm about the ground situation in tourist places and Srinagar – Leh route. Having being stuck in riots/curfews myself at times, my personal suggestion will be to avoid unless unrest is over and take the Manali route.

  2. Hello!
    We are a group of 5 people planning a trip to leh from delhi and back. We are planning to start the journey on 25/ June in the evening from Delhi and back within 3/ july. We have a budget of around 16,000 – 18,000 per person. Please suggest suitable options.

    Thanks in advance.

  3. Hi Dheeraj
    I am planning for a trip to leh with my husband.Our flight tickets are done for Pune to Srinagar for 19th June ’16 and Leh to Pune for 26th June.
    May I request you to suggest an itenary for these 7 nights.
    We were planning for one night in Srinagar, then 6 nights in leh with Nubra and Pangong lake. I’m not sure if we shud travel in 1 day from Srinagar to Leh. Or should we take 2-3 nights in Srinagar do Gulmarg and pahalgam and take flight to leh on 4th day and cover Nubra and Pangong.
    Can you please suggest and alo share taxis or travel options?

    • Hi Kitty, you do not have so many days to do all these places. Below is best what you cn follow:

      Day 1 | 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 2 | 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 3 | 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 4 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Inner Line Permits
      — To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
      — For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 5 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
      — 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 6 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      — Overnight at Leh

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

  4. Dear mr. Dheeraj Sharma

    Excellent article! In july I would like to take a shared taxi from Srinagar to Leh (we are two). Is it better to make a stop in Kargil or is it no problem to go to Leh in 1 long day?

    We arrive at Srinagar around 11am, is it better to have contact with a taxi driver before arriving or is it no problem to search one there?

    Thank you!

    • It is always better to stop in Kargil, acclimatise for a night and then move to Leh. This helps a lot. If you are booking the private taxi to reach Leh, it will be better that you contact them upfront and have them pick you up from Srinagar airport. The cost will not be much difference for taxi if you contact the taxi driver directly.

      • Thank you for you quick response.

        If we book a private taxi from Srinagar Airport to Leh, how much do we +/- pay? We are just two, so maybe it’s better to go to the taxi stand to share a taxi?

        Thanks!

        • Eugenie, it will be quite costly, around 15-16K Rs for a drop to Leh from Srinagar with overnight halt at Kargil. private taxis are very costly in Leh but you will be able to find the shared taxi without much fuss at all. There are lots of flyers which people put at cafes, dine-ins, restaurants, travel agent desks/shops/whiteboards wanting to share the taxis for different trips within Ladakh. Even travel agent organize such shared taxis trip as well but charge a little higher about Rs 200-300 more than it would ideally cost. So, in worst case you can always go back to them and book a seat for yourself. Gelling up with people in Ladakh is more or less easy because many people travel solo and look forward to meet new people and share cultural thoughts and values over the trip. No where else in the world you will find more smiling and helpful people as Ladakhis are 🙂

    • Hi Eugenie,
      I am also planning a trip to Leh. Can you give me your email id so that we can discuss the matter. We are currently two in number.

    • Hi,

      Me n my wife are also planning Srinagar-Leh trip in July. Let me know if u wanna share a private cab. Best
      Sushant
      9899090519

  5. Kishor shah on

    i would like to know for taxi hire can I hire for Nubra and pangong lake on seat basis or full return taxi or share taxi to be drop at Nubra and back and also for pangong and back . I will stay at Nubra for one night and visit at pangong lake within one day and return at Leh can I get rate for drop for Leh Kargil then for Kargil phalgam a also what sight seen be done on way I would like to do river rafting at zanskar . Can we local sight seen in local taxi and what rate or what is rate for good vehicle for two person. For 24/8/15 to 5/9 /15 Leh Nubra pangong lake Leh Kargil pahalgam via sonmarg Then to Gulmarg. And Srinagar Or taxi on seat basis will be cHeap

    • private taxis are very costly in Leh but you will be able to find the shared taxi without much fuss at all. There are lots of flyers which people put at cafes, dine-ins, restaurants, travel agent desks/shops/whiteboards wanting to share the taxis for different trips within Ladakh. Even travel agent organize such shared taxis trip as well but charge a little higher about Rs 200-300 more than it would ideally cost. So, in worst case you can always go back to them and book a seat for yourself.

  6. Poulami Kundu on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Me and my husband are planning a 11day trip to Leh-Ladakh during end August from Kolkata. We want to go to Leh via Delhi by air but return via the Leh-Manali route. Can you help us with the plan?

    • Hello Poulami,

      You can follow below plan for 11 days:

      Day 1 | Delhi – Leh (By Flight)
      — Checkin at Hotel. Many hotels provide free pick and drop from Airport. Ask while you book them.
      — Take ample of rest as well as water or anything that keep your body hydrated enough. DO NOT OVER HYDRATE. Take ORS Soluted water or ORS – L tetra packs from home.
      — Do not over exert your body at any cost. Avoid too much up-down on stairs or avoid it in entirety, if possible.
      — After 5-6 Hrs of rest you can visit Leh Palace, Local Leh market, Shankar Gompa .
      — If you feel exerted go back to Hotel, have dinner at Hotel and take rest. Avoid any exertion. Else continue and,
      — Follow the sunset by stroll at Changspa road and have a nice dinner on varied cuisines offered in-around Changspa road.
      — Go back to hotel for overnight stay at Leh.
       
      Day 2 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Acclimatization
      — Hire a taxi from Leh taxi stand or Hotel whichever suits you.
      — Bargain with taxi driver and you can refer the thread for a comprehensive list of drivers: List of Taxi Drivers for Ladakh – Srinagar – Leh – Manali
      — Take his inputs if you feel reasonable and if required modify the plan accordingly but should suits you best.
      — Ask him to be with you guys starting first day itself, if required and charged reasonable else do it at your own.
      — Again DO NOT over exert and take little steps and slow walks only.
      — If feeling OK then do Local sightseeing. To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
      — Do not use stairs at any of these places just to see them as it will exert your body much more.
      — Overnight at Leh
       
      Day 3 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
      — 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 4 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 6 | Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake
      — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on the go towards Pangong Tso
      — Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik or Lukung)

      Day 7 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
      — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 8 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
      — Cover Karzok Monastery
      — Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri

      Day 9 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Moore Plains – 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 10 | Pang / 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 11 | Manali – Chandigarh/Delhi
      — Return

      • Poulami Kundu on

        Thanks for your quick reply Dheeraj…just another question.. will it be advisable for a couple to plan a solo trip there?..Is there any risk involved?

  7. Hi Dheeraj,

    Have been following your comments and must say, all are really helpful.
    Now I have few queries:-

    1. When is the best time of the year to visit Leh and Ladakh?
    2. What is a better way to travel to and fro Kolkata to Leh, keeping in mind the expenses?
    3. We will be a group of 8 persons. Is it possible from your side to give a rough estimate per person?
    4. For how many days should one take leave from his/her work (Kolkata – Leh – Kolkata)?

    • Hi Amit,

      1. Please read: Best Time to Travel Ladakh & Zanskar Valley
      2. It is better to reach Srinagar by Air to save time and some energy. Then, hire a taxi to Kargil from Srinagar and fix a taxi of Ladakh number in Kargil (get help from drivers in the article of taxi rates linked below) which will allow you to do sightseeing on Srinagar – Leh Highway as well (Srinagar taxi will not be allowed) and keep that Ladakh number taxi with you for rest of the trip.
      3. For doubts related to budget for Leh – Ladakh trip, I am sure the link below will help you alot for getting an idea of overall budget:
      How to calculate cost or budget for Leh – Ladakh trip

      Also, check the article: 5 Tips for a Budget Trip to Ladakh
      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

      • Hi Dheeraj,

        We are planning a trip for 5 of us starting from 25th July doing the leg of Srinagar-Leh-Manali. Since we didn’t have enough days, we wanted to do it in 9/10 days and end out trip on 3rd August in Chandigarh.

        We have made an initial itinerary based on the waelth of info on this site, can you please look at the below and suggest if this is good or should we modify it :

        Day Dates Itinerary
        Day 0 24th Late evening flight to Delhi
        Overnight stay at Delhi
        Day 1 25th Early morning leave for Srinagar. Commence trip to Kargil
        Overnight stay at Kargil
        Day 2 26th Leave Kargil early morning for Leh
        Overnight stay at Leh
        Day 3 27th Sight seeing at Leh + Inner Permits
        Overnight stay at Leh
        Day 4 28th Leave Leh towards Khardung La pass to Nubra valley
        Overnight stay at Nubra Valley
        Day 5 29th Leave Nubra Valley through Shyok village to Pangong Lake
        Overnight camp at Pangong Lake
        Day 6 30th Sightseeing at Pangong Lake
        Overnight camp at Pangong Lake
        Day 7 31st Leave for Tso Moriri through the Chusul.
        Overnight at Tso Moriri
        Day 8 1st Leave Tso Moriri to Sarchu
        Overnight at Sarchu
        Day 9 2nd leave Sarchu for Manali
        overnight Manali
        Day 10 3rd Leave for chandigarh – Chandigarh to Delhi

        Please suggest.

        • So Dheeraj, could I request you to suggest/ recommend modifications for the itinerary above? What would your suggestion if I want to visit Tso Moriri and Pangong both. Our tickets from Chandigarh are already booked, hence no chance of extending the same.

          Thanks!

        • I will suggest that you follow following plan:

          Day 4 28th Leave Leh towards Khardung La pass to Nubra valley
          Day 5 29th Leave Nubra Valley to Leh
          Day 6 30th Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh/Upshi
          Day 7 31st Leh/Upshi – Tso Moriri
          Day 8 1st Tso Moriri to Sarchu
          Day 9 2nd leave Sarchu for Manali
          Day 10 3rd Leave for chandigarh – Chandigarh to Delhi

  8. Sayan Gupta on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    First of All, Thanks For the awesome info you are giving. High Five Bro!!!.. We are three friends from Bangalore planning to go to Ladakh on Second Week of June. The itinerary is as follows:

    13th June: Fly to Chandigarh from Bangalore & Catch HRTC AC buses to Manali from Chandigarh on the same Night.

    14th June: Staying a day in Manali

    15th June: Manali to Jispa. Night Stay at Jispa.

    16th June: Jispa to Leh.

    17th June: Rest Day at Leh

    18th June: Leh to Diskit/Nubra Valley Stay.

    19th June: Nubra valley to Leh. Stay at Leh.

    20th June: Leh-Pangong Tso-Leh

    21st june: Leh-Tsomoriri Stay

    22nd June: Tsmoriri to Leh Back

    23rd June: Flying out from Leh.

    Can you tell me if this schedule is good enough to acclimatize ourself in preventing AMS?

    Also, since June is a peak tourist time on Manali-Leh Highway, will it be tough to get Hired cabs for Leh Drop from Manali Taxi Stand? What I meant is do we need to book Cab for Manali to Leh in advance, since there might be rush at that time to get a cab??

    • Sayan, given the number of days in hand, the plan looks fine to me. Finding the taxi will not be that much difficult, you will be able to get on the spot on Manali taxi stand.

      • Surajit Mitra on

        Hi Dheeraj,
        1st of all I would like to thank you for your guide to Leh – ladakh.
        We are planning to got to Leh – Ladakh in mid of june for 10 days including journey. (From Kolkata)
        Can you please make a itinerary with costing ? We are 8 adults and 3 child. It will be better, if you make that with the timing ……. as we are carrying 3 child so we can plan out our halt accordingly . I think for journey Tempo Travelers wil be good for us. Is it possible to book a Tempo Travelers from Manali for entire tour and come back to Manali by same Cab ????
        what will be best option please suggest us

        • Surajit Mitra on

          Hi Dheeraj,
          Yes I have 10 days From Manali to Manali. 3 child are from 5years onwards.

        • Suraji, you can follow below plan:

          Day 1 | Manali/Solang Valley – Keylong/Jispa
          — It is always better to stay either at Keylong/Jispa so that you do not feel sick or hit by AMS.
          — Avoid sleeping at Sarchu at any cost while going to Leh from Manali because your body will not be acclimatized by the time you reach there.
          — I prefer staying at Jispa more because Keylong gives the feeling of a town while Jispa is more closer to nature having Bhaga river running just aside the Manali – Leh Highway at Jispa.
          — Overnight at Keylong/Jispa

          Day 2 | Keylong/Jispa – Leh
          — Leave Keylong/Jispa early next morning, say by 4/5 AM types, so that you reach Leh in the evening.
          — Overnight at Leh

          Day 3 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Inner Line Permits
          — To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
          — For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here
          — Overnight at Leh

          Day 4 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
          — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
          — 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 5 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
          — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
          — Overnight at Leh

          Day 6 | Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake
          — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on the go towards Pangong Tso
          — Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik or Lukung)

          Day 7 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
          — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
          — Overnight at Leh

          Day 8 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
          — Cover Karzok Monastery
          — Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri

          Day 9 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Moore Plains – 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 10 | Pang / 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

          Best would have been that you should have gone from Srinagar to Leh and then Leh to Manali. 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.

        • Surajit Mitra on

          Dear Dheeraj,
          Thank You so much for your total trip plan. According to you if we will enter from Srinagar side, then where will we spend the night if you suggest.

          If you tell me the approximate costing for entire trip of 10 days (including Travelling, Lodging and Fooding) for the following routes:- Srinagar to Manali & Manali to Manali.

          Thanks
          Surajit Mitra

  9. Harsh Sanghavi on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning a trip Manali-Leh-Srinagar in June (12 to 25). But since we are travelling as a couple, the tour cost is very high and hence looking for some other couples to join in to share the vehicle cost. Can you suggest what should be my options? M willing to join any couples/family groups travelling, but am not able to add my trip to the calender. Pls help.
    Thanks
    Harsh

  10. Dear Mr. Dheeraj,

    I would like to thank you so much as in a single site i found all the relevant information.

    I would require your help in planning my trip. Will it be possible for you to share your contact info as i want to talk to you regarding the plan.

    I am planning for 6days trip to Ladakh. We are 2 people and planning to reach leh via Manali(Cab) and in Leh we are planning to hire a bike.

    Need your help in fixing the itinary and also quick help info.

    It would be of great help if we can chat once. Eagerly waiting for your reply.

    Thanks
    Kiran

    • Kiran, 6 days for ladakh trip are a bit less. You will need 2 days to reach Leh and then one day to rest in leh for acclimatization. You can do a 2 day trip to Nubra Valley and then 1 day trip to Pangong Tso.

  11. Abhinav Acharya on

    Dear Dhreej,

    Thanks for quick response..

    Dude as per your your suggestion that road has been likely blocked till may first week. i decide to there in june 1st or second week and also i am wondering to go there by flight bcoz of altitude sickness or sudden mountain phobia. i am going with my 7 buddy’s and i told to every that 20k is enough budget for each person via srinagar leh highway with night halt at srinagar and kargil on the way.
    Now whats say??is it fine??? 🙂

    • Abhinav, yeah 20K is decent budget but problem could be 7 in number. If it would be 5-6 number would be good but with 7 you will either need two taxis OR a tempo traveler and both will not be filled to optimum level. Hence, price could increase up there.

      June second week is a good time and you can actually go from Srinagar – Leh Highway and come back from Manali – Leh Highway during that time of the year.

  12. kamal hossain on

    hi sir dheeraj
    salute sir the way you giving all those info. sir this is the first time we r 4/5 friends r planing to go delhi, shimla, kashmir, manali on 10th November can u make a itinerary for us…… plz plz plzzz sir thanks in advance.

  13. Hi Dheeraj,

    We are travelling 3 Males for a trip to Leh Ladakh have booked our tickets from delhi to Leh for 2nd Nov. We do not have a return air ticket as we wanted to return via Manali. We have a train to catch on 9th Evening from New Delhi and are flexible to extend that if need be. Can you help us excavate a best plan for the trip? Also what do you think would be the total cost to bear (just an approximate)?

  14. Hi Dheeraj,
    Any risk involved in hiring a taxi by this way? I mean, being a first timer to Leh, and just in case there’s any checking in between and we are caught red handed, what happens to us? :S 😛

  15. For taxi in leh and back to srinagar, I would highly recommend Akhbar – 9419594937. Just tell him the you got my reference. He is one of the best driver. Very nice guy who was always there to help us.

  16. some suggestions:
    1.
    Stay either in Jispa or Sarchu. Saved day could be utilized for local site seeing Like Shanti Stupa, Hall of Fale, Magnetic Hill, Patther Saheb Gurudwara and Sangam Point.
    I would suggest go to the markets and walk on roads in the evening.
    2. Staying in Diskit for two night would be waste of time. One night stay is more than enough. Again Panamic is nothing but one hot water spring. (I would really not suggest that place, its just killing precious time)
    3. On the way to pangong, cover shey palace, 3 idiot school and Hemis monastery.

  17. Kumar Ritwik on

    Hi Dheeraj

    Here is our itinerary. Any comments/suggestions would be appreciated. Ours is a group of 7/8 people.

    11 Aug: Leave Delhi for Manali, Hired Taxi
    12 Aug: Manali to Jispa. Stay overnight at Jispa
    13 Aug: Jispa to Sarchu. Stay overnight at Sarchu.
    14 Aug: Sarchu to Leh.
    15 Aug: Rest day in Leh.
    16 Aug: Leh to Diskit/Hunder. Stay at Diskit/Hunder
    17 Aug: Diskit/Hunder Sumur/Panamik. Stay at Diskit/Huner.
    18 Aug: Diskit/Hunder to Leh.
    19 Aug: Leh to Pangong. Stay at Pangong.
    20 Aug: Pangong to Leh.
    21 Aug: Rest Dat at Leh.
    22 Aug: Leh to Kargil/Lamayuru.
    23 Aug: Lamayuru/Kargil to Srinagar.
    24 Aug: Srinagar to Delhi.

    • Ritwik, had this been other way round, it would have been much better and easy to include Tso Moriri too. However, if you planning this way then it is best to avoid a sleep at Sarchu and head to Leh straight away. You will have 2 days spared then. Make use of these two days for Tso Moriri. Also, in 3 days of Nubra Valley, you can skip Sumur Panamik and visit Turtuk in place of them from Hunder. That will be much better experience.

  18. Is following itenary possible to cover both Pangong and Tso MoRiri in 6 nights stay in Leh
    19-Jul Delhi-Manali by Volvo
    20-Jul Manali Overnight Stay
    21-Jul Jispa/Sarchu Overnight Stay
    22-Jul Leh Overnight Stay
    23-Jul Leh Overnight Stay
    24-Jul Leh – Nubra Overnight stay
    25-Jul Nubra – Leh – Pangong Overnight Stay
    26-Jul Pangong to Tso Moriri Overnight Stay
    27-Jul Tso Moriri to Leh Overnight Stay
    28-Jul Fly back to Delhi

    • Saurabh, I believe you should follow something like below:

      19-Jul Delhi-Manali by Volvo
      20-Jul Manali Overnight Stay
      21-Jul Jispa Overnight Stay
      22-Jul Leh Overnight Stay
      23-Jul Leh – Nubra Overnight stay
      24-Jul Nubra – Leh
      25-Jul Leh – Pangong – Leh Overnight Stay
      26-Jul Leh to Tso Moriri Overnight Stay
      27-Jul Tso Moriri to Leh Overnight Stay
      28-Jul Fly back to Delhi

  19. Hi…
    I want to know, what is the cost, a driver pick up from manali and after covering us ROthng Pass deop us at Leh??
    Please share the exact or near about the. Our requirement is we want to cover Rothang Pass, and stay at jipsa at Night and then next day in Leh.

    • Tanmoy, it should be around 18K. For the leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2014 – 15 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.

  20. Hi dheeraj…ws wondering foe sum help if u cn…do u hv ny idea hw can v go to leh ladhak via baltal? As v r goin for amarnath darshn first n den willing to go to leh in d beat poss way ..wtevr cn b cheapest? N convenient way of returnin bck to jammu ? Plz help if u cn… Khushbu here..tnx 🙂

  21. Hi Dheeraj,
    Just read somewhere,there is no need for advance ?
    But the driver i contacted asked me for advance. Should i trust him ?

    • It depends, most of the drivers don’t ask for deposits. I cannot say that you should trust him or not. But some ask and some don’t with latter being high in percentage.

  22. Hi Dheeraj, we are 2 couple visiting Leh in first week of July. We are planning to stay one night each in srinagar,sonmarg,ule in our road trip from Srinagar to Leh. Can it be advisable to hire a taxi from leh for overall journey?

  23. Saket Ranjan on

    Our final tour iternary is as follows:
    1. Departure from Delhi to Srinagar by flight: 18th June (Night Stay at Srinagar)
    2. Srinagar-Kargil: 19th June (Night Stay at kargil)
    3. Kargil- Leh: 20th June (Night stay at Leh)
    4. Leh- Kardungla- Nubra Valley- 21st June (Night Stay at Nubra Valley)
    5. Nubra Valley- Leh- 22nd June
    6. Leh-Pangong Lake- Leh- 23rd June
    7. Leh- Tsso Moriri- Saruch- 24th June
    8. Saruch- Manali-25th June
    9. Manali- Delhi- 26th June

    • Saket, you cannot include Tso Moriri here. I will suggest that you drop Tso Moriri as it cannot be done given the days you have in hand. Also you will be taking very high risk of crossing over Khardung La pass without spending a day in Leh as well for acclimatization.

  24. can we ride two on one byke in leh to nubra valley and pyongo lake.

    also is it possible to get rental bikes in leh for manali drop.

    • Ravinder you do get bike rentals in Leh but with new rules in place this year for bike rental, I am not sure how it might affect one way bike rentals. And regarding riding with pillion, it can be done BUT you need a place to keep your luggage so have carriers in it and travel light. You will not want to have your pillion back aching after the day.

  25. Saket Ranjan on

    We are a group of 4-5 and want to visit Leh from 18 June to 28 June starting from Delhi. I have following questions:
    1. Will it be better to hire a taxi directly from Delhi-Srinagar-Leh-Manali-Delhi or from Srinagar. Here one thing is to be noted that we also want to complete the local site seeing i.e Nubra Valley, Pangong etc by hired bike only.

  26. we four adult persons going to leh ladakh via srinagar on LTC tour. How to book a JK Taxi association registered taxi in advance for a trip from srinagar to leh ladakh via kargil. Pl advise.

    • For the leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2014 – 15 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. Hi, could you please provide some advice for the following itinerary.
    28th may evening- Reach Manali
    29th morning- Leave manali on hired bikes around 9 am after bike testing, night stay at keylong
    30- keylong to sarchu
    31- sarchu to leh
    1- Leh local + permits
    2- Pangong tso
    3- Nubra valley, night stay at nubra
    4- reserve day
    5- cab from leh to manali
    night stay at keylong
    6- keylong to manali, bus for delhi at 5 pm
    7 june- reach delhi by morning.
    The problem is we cannot extend dates as we are on a tight schedule and flight tickets are too expensive out of leh. Also, will the manali-leh highway be open on 29th of may? Thanks

    • Hi Akshay,

      I see good possibility of opening of Manali – Leh Highway by that time of the year. But, I am confused a bit here. You are going on hired bike then what cab from leh to Manali? Also, doing Pangong Tso before Nubra is not suggested as it is at much higher altitude. If you can clear on this commute thing, I will be able to suggest you an itinerary accordingly.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

      • Hi
        We are planning to do the journey on bike one side only and leave the bikes in Leh itself and then come back by a cab. We’ve talked to a few travel agents who provide the facility of dropping off the bikes in Leh.

  28. we are a group of 7. Which is the best vehicle one can get from Srinagar-Leh-Manali trip.
    Also, let me know , if one can get one single vehicle for the entire trip . ( refer your 10 day itenary), or change of vehicle is required.

    • Well, with 7 people if you looking for taxi only opt for Innova OR Xylo brother which will also put you into tight positions. From Srinagar to Leh you will need one vehicle and then keep the Leh registered vehicle for rest of the Ladakh trip.

      • Thanks Bro. Do you get Tempo Travellers easily there ? How comfortably Tempo Traveller moves in the roads of Leh-Nubra, Leh-Pangong, Leh-Manali routes.

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  30. hi dheeraj,
    we will be reaching Jammu on 18th of june in morning and are in group of 6(friends) and we have our reservations of returning from delhi on 27th of june.
    Can u suggest us cheapest way to reach and roam around in leh ladakh.
    It would be greatly helpful if u prepare a tour for us.
    thanks in advance.

    • Tarang, you can follow a plan like below though you have less days with you but still:

      Day 1 | Jammu – Srinagar
      Day 2 | Srinagar – Zojila Pass – Kargil
      Day 3 | Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh
      Day 4 | Leh Local Sightseeing and Permits
      Day 5 | Leh – Khardung La – Nubra Valley
      Day 6 | Nubra Valley – Leh
      Day 7 | Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh
      Day 8 | Leh – Sarchu
      Day 9 | Sarchu – manali
      Day 10 | manali – Delhi

  31. How good are the roads for us to take a swift petrol from chandigarh tleh and back. Going via srinagar and returning via Manali. Innova hire is costing Rs. 48000 for the same which seems very costly.

    • For hatchback/sedan taking on Manali – Leh Highway and Ladakh, I will say:

      You will indeed face few tough challenges on the route. The hatchback/sedan will increase the level of every challenge even further, sedan is the worst candidate. My suggestion will be to go via Srinagar route as it will help you feel comfortable with the driving, provide more acclimatization and then once you have done the local Leh-Ladakh, then come back via Manali side. Secondly, since you are in hatch/sedan, then you need to drive with extra care as well. There will be some sections on the Manali – Leh highway in which you might need to sacrifice some scratches on the underbelly. Just make sure you do not bump the engine sump (know it before where it is placed in your car). You need to protect it all around the trip. Thirdly, whenever in doubt do not rush into the section rather park aside and feel the section with your foot, see how other vehicles are crossing it and make a planned route in your mind to cross that section. At the very least do carry Mseal, quick fix, funnel, jerry cans and towing rope with you all the time.

      Also, I will strongly suggest that you go through and read my series on Ladakh Self Drive tips at the links below:

      7 Useful Tips for a Self Drive to Leh – Ladakh, Routes and Road Conditions In Leh – Ladakh | Ladakh Self Drive Tips, Fuel Availability In Leh – Ladakh | Ladakh Self Drive Tips

  32. Hi Dheeraj,
    buddy i need a very imp. suggestion from you. we, 4 of us, are planning to visit leh next week. we have our volvo tickets til manali. we want to hire a taxi from manali to leh to srinagar. Is it possible ? will the taxi driver charge us for to and fro even of we want him to drop by srinagar. Please suggest. Its kinda urgent.
    Suggest anything better in case this is not possible.
    Thanks already

    • Hi Nitin,

      No this is not how it works. There are charges fixed for drop and both ways. So, if you are opting for a drop then drop will be charges else both ways. You need to hire a taxi from Manali but that will be changed in Ladakh because taxis outside Ladakh will not be allowed. Once you will reach Ladakh then you will have to hire another taxi for Ladakh sightseeing which cwill drop you to Srinagar 🙂

      • Hi Dheeraj,
        Thanks for the info.
        I mean, if i hire a taxi from manali to ladakh and then hire another taxi from ladakh to srinagar, do i have to pay them for a round trip. i.e. i m not coming back to manali, he will charge for round trip ? same for srinagar taxi

  33. subhankar choudhury on

    Dear Dheeraj

    we booked a taxi driver mr. manzoor after got the info from your side(Manzoor – 09622973951 | Very nice person, recommended by readers below as well), and accordingly we have given advance of rs. 2000/-, bnut unfortunately after that we are not able to contact him anymore, because the message is coming number is not valid. may be due to bad connectivity or may be for any other reason.

    as our date of journey is coming soon, we are really worried, else we will go for a new driver.

    do you have any other contact number of mr. manzoor, or is there anyone who might have any other number so that we can contact him.

    with regards
    Subhankar

    • Subhankar, not sure about it. But, you will be able to find Manzoor once you reach Leh or Leh taxi stand. Most of them know each other. Try getting connected with few other drivers if they have any recent contact of him. Else, not sure. BTW, these drivers do not ask for advance, why did you give them? May be you should have opted for another one if that was the case? If you do not get connected to him through someone else then better book someone else and try to find him once you are there

  34. Rathee Naskar on

    hi dheeraj,
    m planning my trip with 5 to 6 friends to ladakh by road via manali in d first week of sept for 10days n returing back by air to delhi.could you plz help me out with the itenirary so that i can explore the most of my trip to leh..n approximate budget cost per head.looking for a budgeted cost trip.n is the time best and safe for us to travel there.plz gimme sum suggestions on trip where it needs change in schedule..plz revert me back asap on the same…n if pos reply me on my email id that wld b a grt help.thanks.waiting for ur reply.
    regards.

    • Hello Rathee,

      for 10 days trip to Ladakh, you can follow something like below:

      Day 1 | Delhi – Manali/Solang Valley
      — Better stay at Solang Valley and avoid Manali as sleeping at Solang Valley does help in acclimatization
      — If going by own car, get the permit made in advance to drive on Manali – Rohtang Pass road through hotel/travel agent in Manali
      — Overnight at Manali/Solang Valley

      Day 2 | Manali/Solang Valley – Keylong/Jispa
      — It is always better to stay either at Keylong/Jispa so that you do not feel sick or hit by AMS.
      — Avoid sleeping at Sarchu at any cost while going to Leh from Manali because your body will not be acclimatized by the time you reach there.
      — I prefer staying at Jispa more because Keylong gives the feeling of a town while Jispa is more closer to nature having Bhaga river running just aside the Manali – Leh Highway at Jispa.
      — Overnight at Keylong/Jispa

      Day 3 | Keylong/Jispa – Leh
      — Leave Keylong/Jispa early next morning, say by 4/5 AM types, so that you reach Leh in the evening.
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 4 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Inner Line Permits
      — To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
      — For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 5 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
      — 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 6 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      — Overnight at Leh

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

      Day 8 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
      — Cover Karzok Monastery
      — Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri
       
      Day 9 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Taglang La – Upshi – Leh
      — Come back via Tso Kar and Manali – Leh Highway to Leh
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 10 | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping OR Monastery tour OR You can do tour to Sham Valley
      — Monastery tour may include Hemis, Thicksey, Stakna and Shey monasteries. They come on the route of Pangong Tso but as you will be doing day trip, it will be a bit hectic to include them on that day only.
      — Sham Valley include Alchi, Likir, Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu, , Gurudwara Pather Sahib
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 11 | Fly back (13th August)

      For doubts related to budget for Leh – Ladakh trip, I am sure the link below will help you alot for getting an idea of overall budget:
      How to calculate cost or budget for Leh – Ladakh trip
      Still, in case you have any doubt, kindly let me know.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  35. Darshan Zaveri on

    Following is travel plan.Plz let me know should i hire a vehicle from starting point of my trip or changing our vehicle at srinagar & leh:
    23rd May Morn(10;00am)Journey starts from amritsar,Night halt at katra
    24th May Morn-Even Journey to Srinagar from katra,Night Halt at Sringar
    25th May Local Sighseeeing in Srinagar
    26th May Srinagar-Pahalgham-Srinagar(Same day Return)Night stay in Srinagar
    27th May Srinagar-Gulmarg-Srinagar(Same day Return)Night Stay in Srinagar
    28th May Leave Early Morning For Lamayuru(Sighseeing on d way kargil & sonmarg)
    29th May Leave from Lamayuru early moring reaching Leh by Evening (on the way sightseeing ulleytokopo)
    30th May Local sightseeing in LEH
    31st May Local Sightseeing in LEH +Market Shopping
    1st June Journey to Nubra Valley & Overnite stay at nubra
    2nd June Journey back to LEH & DAY FREE FOR LEISURE
    3rd June Journey to Pangong & same day return to leh by evening
    4th June Sightseeing in & around LEH
    5th June Drop at LEH Airport

    • Hello Darshan,

      You are mainly seeing Kashmir rather seeing Ladakh as you are missing out on overnight stays at Pangong Tso as well as you are missing Tso Moriri al together. Hence, you need to see if this is what you intend to with your ladakh tour. Otherwise, above itinerary looks OK to me except that you be at Kargil on 27th from Srinagar because Lamayuru will be a bit bit longer. Also, it is better to have a taxi from Srinagar which can drop you to Leh and then change it in Leh for rest of the tour.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  36. swapna Gupta on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    It is very encouraging to go through your blog and see your enthusiasm in providing a word or two of advice to all the fellow travelers in planning a trip to ladakh.

    I have been following devilonwheels for a while and have chalked out my travelplan for 29th June-9thjuly 2013.

    Day 1 Bangalore/Bomaby- Delhi-Srinagar
    Day 2 Srinagar – Sonmarg – Drass- Kargil – Mulbekh 250 Km
    Day 3 Mulbekh – Temisgong 150 Km
    Day 4 Temisgong – Likir – Leh 100 Km
    Day 5 Leh – Chilling-Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder 138 Km
    Day 6 Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh 138 Km
    Day 7 Leh – Hemis /Thicksey Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake 164 Km
    Day 8 Pangong Tso – Leh 165 Km
    Day 9 Leh – Upashi – Chumathang – Tso Moriri 240 Km
    Day 10 Tso Moriri – Pang Village-Sarchu 235 Km
    Day 11 Sarchu-Tandi- Manali 260 Km

    Let me know if this is an ok plan.
    I need your help in figuring out travel options by a private car. I understand we have to book a cab from Srinagar to leh and then a second cab for leh manali leg.
    Can you advise how to go about it?

    • Hello swapna,

      Your plan seems more or like OK but there is too much of traveling in there. May be you can get a rest day in between if you do Kargil to Leh in a day. Use that day to rest at Leh for a day on Day 4. Now, if you want to visit Likir and Alchi then you have to take Ladakh number taxi on the way to Leh because Srinagar taxi will not be allowed to do so. So, try to hire a taxi which has Ladakh number and I think it will help you have a single taxi for the entire trip all the way to Manali.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  37. hello sir i will going to leh in month of aug first week for 6 Night”s can u suggest/Guide for 5 days pack which cover Leh Beauty
    my flight on 7th Aug and Ret.12th Aug.

    • Hello Prm,

      Do you need a package tour with pricing or help with the plan? If you need 5 days plan then you can follow something like below:

      Day 1 | Delhi – Leh (By Flight)
      — Checkin at Hotel. Many hotels provide free pick and drop from Airport. Ask while you book them.
      — Take ample of rest as well as water or anything that keep your body hydrated enough. DO NOT OVER HYDRATE. Take ORS Soluted water or ORS – L tetra packs from home.
      — Do not over exert your body at any cost. Avoid too much up-down on stairs or avoid it in entirety, if possible.
      — After 5-6 Hrs of rest you can visit Leh Palace, Local Leh market, Shankar Gompa .
      — If you feel exerted go back to Hotel, have dinner at Hotel and take rest. Avoid any exertion. Else continue and,
      — Follow the sunset by stroll at Changspa road and have a nice dinner on varied cuisines offered in-around Changspa road.
      — Go back to hotel for overnight stay at Leh.
       
      Day 2 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
      — For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here
      — Hire a taxi from Leh taxi stand or Hotel whichever suits you.
      — Bargain hard with taxi driver. Book that single taxi for entire trip after explaining the complete plan.
      — Take his inputs if you feel reasonable and if required modify the plan accordingly but should suits you best.
      — Ask him to be with you guys starting first day itself, if required and charged reasonable else do it at your own.
      — Again DO NOT over exert and take little steps and slow walks only.
      — If feeling OK then do Local sightseeing. To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
      — Do not use stairs at any of these places just to see them as it will exert your body much more.
      — Overnight at Leh
       
      Day 3 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
      — 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 4 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 5 | Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh
      — Do not plan to stay overnight at Pangong Tso as you will not be acclimatized and may fall sick. So, make a day trip only.
      — Overnight at Leh

      Let me know in case, you need some package tour references then I have couple of contacts of tour operators for Ladakh.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • hi, Dheeraj plz suggest me for mybelow query I am reaching chandigarh on 15 june and staying at manali
        16 june sarchu
        17 june leh
        18 june leh
        19 june nubra
        20 june leh
        21 june pangong
        22 june leh
        23 june kargil
        24 june Srinagar
        25june Srinagar – Mumbai

        isthis above ok or any changes I need as I had already booked the ticket

        • Gaurav, it has been posted at multiple places and has already been replied at the link here. Please let me know on the same article comment thread if you have any queries.

        • Hi Gaurav, Pankaj here. we are two ppl reaching manali on 15th morning. our tour is almost in line with urs. How many ppl you have. Is there any possibility of clubbing our transport.
          We are tow guyz.

  38. Am going to Ladakh with my wife from Oct 22nd 2012 onwards for a week. Would like to tag with another family.

  39. Arun Patel on

    Mr. Dheeraj Sharma
    You have a great wealth of the area knowledge and thanks for sharing it with the world.

    Am planning a 2 to 3 weeks trip to Srinagar – Leh and not sure of going to Manali. We are retired couple in their early 60’s.
    1) Is it possible to get your contact number so I can call if I have any questions?
    2) Is it safe to travel by our self in a private taxi on the Srinagar – Leh route and the Leh – Manali route.
    Thanks for all the info and keep up the great work.
    Regards
    Arun

    • Hello Mr. Arun,

      1. Well, yes I will email you my contact info.
      2. Ladakh is one of the safest places in India, no issues with safety as whole region is pretty much away from crimes.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  40. does any one has number of leh taxi guy whom i can catch while returning from manali to leh…

  41. hi all thanks for all details

    just want to ask

    me n my wife plaaning to visit ladak ny 1st week on september by flight mumbai to leh ,, than leh to manali by road,,, is dis good time to go

    • Hi Ankit,

      For last couple of years we are having delayed monsoons so dark clouds last about 1st week of September. No one can be certain how it could be this year but in September you witness some outstanding magical colors of nature in Ladakh. No other month is better to witness such blooming colors. It is my favorite month to visit trans Himalayan region. So, if delayed or prolonged monsoons do not play spoil sport, you would really love the beauty.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  42. ajinkya chaudhari on

    hi dheeraj

    we are a group of 10 people planned a trip to leh after taking darshan of holy cave(amarnath), So

    1:Can we get JK SRTC buses to leh from baltal (capacity for 10 person) or private cab.

    2:Cant we get ladakhi registerd taxi from baltal or we have to go back srinagar-sonmarg for that?

    3:After reaching to leh only one taxi can take us for 8days i.e.leh-hunder-leh-pangong-leh-sto moriri-sarchu-manali-simla

    please help me on this

    • Hi Ajinkya,

      1. Not sure if you can get from Baltal to Leh but perhaps you can get for Kargil and then from Kargil you can get one for Leh.
      2. No, you cannot get ladakhi number taxi from Baltal. You need to reach kargil to get one.
      3. Yes, that is possible for lest of the route. In fact you can get one from Kargil itself.

      For the current leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2012-13 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

    • Hi Meeth,

      For the current leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2012-13 and the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  43. dhiraj debbarma on

    It is possible infact..

    During my last trip to leh from manali, did the same thing..

    Had just went out for a brief stroll in the mall road post dinner, just then saw a old ladakhi taxi driver unloading baggage of the passengers who had just reached manali from leh.

    It was somewhere between 9-9.30 pm at night…

    Can try this option.

    Otherwise 'Himgiri Hotel' in manali is the place for you.. Ssshhh!!!(well thats the place where all the Ladakhi taxi drivers put up) 🙂

    • Thanks alot Dhiraj. This is so useful to many. I guess now people planing to opt for such option should definitely look for ladakhi drivers at night around taxi stand and may be quickly share the phone numbers together to fix the deal. As one needs to be careful while fixing the deal with non-native driver so that native drivers do not get in to the act. And that hotel reference is awesome… Thanks buddy.

  44. Excellent Article, We all should be aware of these possibilities and if even one in ten attempts clicks, it makes a lot of savings. Also whoever travels there, many times keeps contacts with the drivers/car he/she used. So in case someone knows that a Leh based car is returning from Manali or vice versa can post here that details and someone who is planning his/her trip may strike a good deal. I remember two incidents once in September one Leh driver I know was asking me specifically if he could get any tourist while coming from Manali. Sometimes when Rohtang is bad, they throw some excellent bargain price for anyone who is willing to take the cab from Keylong instead of Manali. Similarly one Leh guy asked me last month if anyone is willing to travel towards Leh from Srinagar couple of months back, fortunately one of my friend was travelling during that time, I just got them connected, my friend got a super deal and the driver was happy too.

    It's really a nice idea to share numbers/contacts if you know someone is returning with a empty car. It might really help both the parties.

    • Thanks alot Kaushik Da. Sharing the contact numbers among other is a great way to increase chances of making out on such deals 🙂 … I will update it in some section on Tips for crack such deals in the article above. Thanks for you valuable suggestions.

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