DoW – Maps of Ladakh | Srinagar – Kargil – Leh

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Continuing of the series on maps of Ladakh, in the first article I presented the DoW – Maps of Ladakh | Nubra Valley & Changthang. Now, in the second article of the series, it is time to present the road map of Srinagar – Leh Highway. We have talked enough on how to plan a trip to Srinagar – Leh Highway in the article linked here where you can get a fair idea on season to travel, modes of travel, how to plan a night stay, accommodations, sightseeing, petrol pumps etc. on Srinagar – Leh Highway in detail. Hence, quickly skipping the details let’s jump over to see the maps.

Your suggestions on improvement on this map is highly welcomed and please keep in mind that this just tells you a tentative idea of the route and distances between the places. It does not depict the entire route as is, so there could be minor twists and turns not outlined in this map. Again, as in the first map, I have tried to put the details including places, distances, important monasteries, mountain passes, lakes etc. on Srinagar – Leh Highway. This time map also has couple of legends that explains the fuel availability on Srinagar – Leh Highway & road difficulty level along with which type of car you might need to cover a particular stretch and list of ATMs. Since, there isn’t much issue with the fuel availability all throughout Srinagar – Leh Highway, so nothing much to worry about. However, these are just my recommendations and should not be taken granted that even for a novice you can take a hatchback or sedan at the routes mentioning “All Cars” … The man behind the wheel must have some skills and experience with driving in the hills. The most rough patch of Srinagar – Leh Highway is few KMs on either side of Zoji La Pass, especially from Baltal to the Zoji La Pass.  Similarly, for taking up difficult roads, the person must have good experience in traveling or driving/riding to these high altitude terrain of Ladakh & Manali – Leh Highway especially.

Maps of Ladakh

Here is the map of Srinagar – Leh Highway which you can download by right clicking & then select the option: “Save Image As…”

To download, right click & select option “Save image as”
DoW – Maps of Ladakh | Srinagar - Kargil - Leh

Please note that all the distances & places indicated are approximate in unit and location. Data has been collated for just a fair idea & is completely based my notes of Ladakh trips, roads signs & pictures of boards clicked on those trips, Wikimapia, Google Maps, some GPS Trails from Internet or Googling, trails shared by some fellow travellers. Hence, I request that please spare me in case of any mistake you find in there and help or contribute in improving it if you see any kind a major correction 🙂

Conclusion

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44 Comments

  1. Hello Mate,

    Hope you doing great buddy.

    What will be your advice on mode of transport and route to reach Srinagar from Mumbai? Will like to transport Royal enfiled from Mumbai to Srinagar as well for further journey to LEH

    • Vaibhav, you can transport them to Jammu and then ride. If you are sending it by Gati or other private courier directly to Srinagar, then you go ver to go by air

  2. chetan Vemra on

    Hello Dheeraj Sir,

    I am going to Amarnath Yatra this year form Pahalgam and return down via Baltal.
    Could you please suggest me that .will I hire a Taxi or bike from Baltal to Kargil -Leh and end to Manali.
    Or if is not possible so please suggest me the good plan from Baltal to Leh.

    Thanks in Advance

  3. PARTHA SARATHI BISWAS on

    I want to travel alone from Srinagar to Padum via Kargil and then to Leh again via Kargil. Is it at all feasible. Also, how much would this cost?

    • Yes completely feasible. The cost depends upon the mode of transport you will take. The cost of taxi will be Srinagar – KArgil, around 7000-8000 and from Kargil – Padum – 14000, Padum – Kargil – 15000

  4. can anyone give my a full detail of journey by means of zoomcar from chandigarh , srinagar, leh, manali, chandigarh. we are 03 friends from andaman island want to explore himalayas. we are planning from july 15 this year.

    • Ashraf, 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.

      Unfortunately, you can only use the self-drive rented cars including Zoomcar (black number plate and yellow number plate) just to enter Leh and exit Leh from Srinagar – Leh Highway or Manali – Leh Highway but you cannot use them for any kind of sightseeing within Leh – Ladakh to places like Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso. For sightseeing within Ladakh you will need to hire a Ladakh based taxi else you will end up in trouble. Please refer the link from the post for the personal experiences: http://devilonwheels.com/india/himalayan-travel-guides/topic2618-10.html#p22017

    • Vineet Rai on

      Hi All,

      we are planning to visit ladakh via srinagar and taking bike from srinagar for the road journey. We have only 5-6 days with us so we were planning for this road trip from srinagar to ladkah and couple of days to visit places near ladakh but not taking the exit route to manali but take a flight back to srinagar.

      now i read somewhere that if you take bike from jammu or srinagar and leave at some other place they charge a lot for same and that won’t be economical. Can anyone suggest me if there is any other way to have this road trip on bike and take a flight back from ladakh without making a big hole in our pockets?

      • Vineet, it takes 2 days to reach Leh from Srinagar and then you taking flight back to Srinagar? and then how you return to Delhi? 5-6 days are too short for a ladakh trip.

        • Vineet Rai on

          Hi Dheeraj,

          5-6 days I have mentioned in for the trip by which I meant 5-6 days being on road traveling from srinagar to Leh and back.

          Besides that we have 4 days kept aside for traveling to and fro from srinagar and Delhi.

          My only blockhead here is, if there is a possibility that I rent a bike from Srinagar and leave in Leh-Ladhaka without having to pay some insane amount of money and if it is possible what would be the possible amount for that.

          Thanks in advance for helping with this.

        • Hello Vineet,

          For Srinagar bike rental you can refer the link: http://devilonwheels.com/india/ladakh-zanskar-travel-guides/outside-rented-bikes-banned-ladakh-t1009-50.html#p12858

          Bikes rented outside Leh are not allowed for sightseeing inside Ladakh except Tso Moriri and Tso Kar lakes which can be done while going to Manali from Leh. Private bikes are completely allowed. You can use the outside rented bike to reach Leh but then for going to Pangong Tso, nubra Valley, etc.. you need to hire rented bikes from Leh only.

          To know more about this rule and present situation, please refer the link: Bikes Rented Outside Leh Banned in Ladakh

          This year as per reports, rule is going to be stricter. Manali rental guys have formalized a deal that for the days Manali bike is parked in Leh and Leh bike is rented, they will charge 50% of the rent of the bike. So, confirm with Manali rental guys first about this signoff.

          For renting bikes in Leh – Ladakh along with current Bike Union Prices, you can check the DoW Community thread: Leh – Ladakh Bike Rental Rates 2015 – 16 & Reliable Shops

          The one way bike rental is quite costly and leave a big dent in pocket for you, sometimes like 12K for just the pickup from Manali. Be sure if you are ready to make that investment or not or if at all it is worth the money spent. My suggestion is unless you are hard core biker and cannot live up the passion of biking, it is not wise to spend that much money just for the pickup of bike.

  5. Hello sir,
    I am planning to go Leh by Srinagar and Leh to Manali. My query is can I go leh in May ending or june starting?? And can I go on 125dts-si bajaj bike to leh??

  6. AVINASH V SAMANI on

    Dear Mr. Dheeraj,

    Thanks for the very useful information proovided in your different articles, my query is, I am reaching Srinagar onthis Friday 17th July, going for Shri Amarnath Darshan on Saturday 18th July via Baltal route, and my return flight for Mumbai is on Wednesday 22nd July.

    I will be having 2 (two) days time to visit the places nearby, will be greatfull if you can guide me for the same.

    Thanks.

  7. Monojit Chakraverty on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    We will be starting on Srinagar-Leh route by hired car on 29th June 2015, Apart from halting at Kargil for the first night, can we ask the driver to stay at Alchi for the second night before proceeding to Leh the next day? Will it be against their rules? We have “more” acclimatization on our mind 🙂

    • Yes, you can do so and stay at Alchi which will be very good for you guys. Regarding driver, well you can ask the Ladakhi drive to pick you up from Kargil or Leh to avoid any hassles but even for other drivers some of them agree to stay at Alchi but some of them does not agree. So, get a driver who agrees to stay at Alchi.

  8. HI Dheeraj,

    thanks for all the great information.
    3 of us are planning a trip from Delhi- Srinagar-Leh/Ladakh – Manali and back to Delhi

    So wanted to know :
    -if we can rent bikes from srinagar and drop it off at leh
    -Can we cover all the major places like nubra valley, pangong tso tso moriri , sham valley etc on bike.

    Regards,
    JEan

  9. Sumit Sharma on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Can you please comment on itinerary below , how do you think about this one ? How long will it take to reach Sonmarg from pahalgam, any idea ?

    12th to 13th > Delhi to Pahalgam (Approx 860 Kms)
    13th > night stay @ pahalgam
    14th > Post noon (1-2 pm) starts from pahalgam to sonmarg (Approx 165Kms ), night stay @ Sonmarg
    15th > Sonmarg to mulbekh , night stay@ Mulbekh (Approx 165 Kms)
    16th > Mulbekh to Leh , Night stay @ Leh, (Approx 175 Kms)
    17th > Leh local sigh seeing , Night stay @ Leh,
    18th > Leh – Nubra valley thru ‘Disket-Hunder-Turtuk (night stay @Turtuk) (Approx 210)
    19th > Turtuk – Summor-Panamik- Leh (Night stay @ Leh) Approx (220)
    20th> Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh , Night stay @ Leh, (Approx 340kms)
    21st > Leh – Sarchu (Night stay @ Sarchu) (Approx 260 Kms)
    22nd > Sarchu to Manali (Night stay @manali) (Approx 230 Kms)
    23rd > Manali to Delhi (Approx 560)

  10. pramod sancheti on

    it is nice and informative site .we are also planning to visit leh from srinagar in group of 10 (5 couples )
    will be a great help to enjoy this tour
    thanks
    keep it up

  11. HI Dheeraj Ji,

    Congrats for this great website and detailed coverage of all topics related to Himalayan travel. I have been doing a lot of research on the web for my up-comming, Srinagar – Leh tour, i stumbled upon your site and can’t seem to be getting enough of it…..great job your site is like a bible on Himalayan travel 🙂

    Would love to have a drink with such a travel enthusiast like yourself.

    Cheers,

    Edward.

    • As I reply to it, you will get the mail Id? Would prefer if something that is personal and cannot be discussed here, then better mail as because there is huge list of unanswered mails and in general preference is given to Blog Queries, then Community Queries, then FB Messages and then mails 🙁

      • Anand Bhagwane on

        Thanks for Immediate reply.

        Nothing personal, Am planning for Leh Ladkha trip in June(Last week) for 08 days. I need your help in plan this trip. 08 days are sufficient for Srinagar to Leh to Manali. Please help me in this.

        • Anand, 8 days are a bit less where you can cover like below:

          Day 1 | Reach Srinagar and rest for the day
          Day 2 | Srinagar – Kargil over ZojiLa Pass
          Day 3 | Kargil – Lamayuru – Sham Valley – Leh
          Day 4 | Leh rest and acclimatization
          Day 5 | Day trip to Khardung La
          Day 6 | Day trip to Pangong Tso
          Day 7 | Leh – Taglang La – Sarchu
          Day 8 | Sarchu – Baralacha La – Rohtang Pass – Manali

        • Anand Bhagwane on

          Thanks lot Mr. Dheeraj,

          Any permit rerequired to enter ley or any area of Srinagar to Manali

  12. Hi Dheeraj,
    Thanks for great information. I have a detailed Leh city map with tourist places marked. If you wish I can send it to you & you can post it on this website. It’s in A4 size & people can easily print it & use it. Let me know.

    • Vinyasa, that will be great. I see you registered in community. Either you can mail me using “Email Me” button on the right side bar here or you can upload the map as attachment in the community in the DoW Maps link here: DoW – Maps of Ladakh

      Thanks alot, it will save me alot of time creating one detailed for Leh only.

      • Dheeraj, I have sent you the map by email. In case you notice any mistake, let me know, I will correct it & send it back to you. The map is extracted from Google maps with high resolution. The places are marked comparing various information available on internet such as Google Earth. In case you need any other map, let me know. I can tell you how to grab high-resolution maps from Google maps ( you may be already knowing). Thanks.

        • Thanks I got the map, just uploaded in the DoW Maps thread of the community. Now, I am getting more used to drawing them up but it will be great know how to share the knowledge on how to extract that High Resolution maps from Google maps.

  13. Rajiv singh on

    Hi Dheeraj, I have been reading a lot of your posts for planning for a trip to Ladakh next year. Quite a lot of very useful information along with comments from other travellers. I was wondering if it is possible to add the height of the places in your map series especially for places above 3000m to give people an idea of where they might get affected by AMS. That would help in planning for acclimatisation.

    • Hi Rajiv,

      Thanks alot for the suggestions. Yes, that is in plan but that will be done a bit differently, using distance vs altitude graphs. We have couple of them available for Manali – Leh Highway and Hindustan – tibet Road at the links below:

      Places on Manali – Leh Highway | A Detailed Description

      Spiti Valley via Kinnaur | How to Plan Your Journey

      Similar graphs will be released for Srinagar – Leh Highway and Kargil – Suru – Zanskar road. For Ladakh we will release one based on the itinerary followed by most people. This way I know it will be two pictures to look at but at least have a clear, easy to read pictures.

      Idea is the keep map information intact only for places and distances as they were already cramped in space. Stay tuned, more is coming 🙂

      Thanks alot for the suggestion again!!

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  14. Yadvinder Bharti on

    Great Job Dear and Thanx for all the information you provide to people. After reading your posts it looks very easy to go for a ride on one of the most dangerous roads for driving in the world. Thank you dear once again. I am really sorry to miss out the trip with a person like you with so much knowledge-Yadvinder Bharti

    • Yadvinder ji, thanks alot for such praising words!! No issues at all we will be having more and more DoW Open tours in time to come under our adventure club inorder to promote various causes in various parts of Himalayas …

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