How to calculate cost or budget for Leh – Ladakh trip


Every now and then I keep getting queries on the budget for Ladakh trip, so I guess a post around it will be helpful for many looking forward to prepare or analyse the budget of their upcoming Leh – Ladakh trip in 2012 and years to come ;). To be very frank, the budget of any trip including Leh – Ladakh depends a lot upon person to person and the taste + comfort he/she prefers. Leh – Ladakh is such a place where you can get varied stay options depending on your choice of comfort, preference, conditions and circumstances :D. The variety may range from Rs 100 stay at some Dhabha tent to Rs 250-500 stay at low cost hotel/homestay to Rs 700 – 1500 at medium cost hotels to Rs 3000 and above for hotels that offer much more comfort etc.. The same thing applies for food as well and depends what you want to eat (Pizza or Dal Bhat or Roti+Dal Fry or Maggie / Veg. Non-Veg. etc.) and more importantly where you want to eat and drink :)… But, in any case I would try to sketch a basic average budget analysis on Leh – Ladakh trip based on the choice of accommodation and food which majority of people opt.

Interested in making a budget trip to Ladakh?? Go on and read the article: 5 Tips for a Budget Trip to Ladakh
UPDATE from 9th July 2014
Please note that this article is from 2011 and you need to factor in the rates by 10-12% increment every year done by Leh – Ladakh Hotels and Guest Houses. Some prices you will see inline as those hotels, guest houses might have been updated in later years in the list. Same applies to Taxi Prices as well. So, consider about 20% increment of the prices in taxis listed below, till date: July 2014

Given below is a basic itinerary for Leh – Ladakh tour ex. Delhi (without any buffer days) covering all major tourist destinations of Leh – Ladakh and followed widely by many travelers including me :). We will be analyzing or finding the budget or costing for this Leh – Ladakh tour as a part of our exercise… You can roughly guess for yourself that for a similar trip or based on your point of interest, what will be the approximate cost or budget for your custom Leh – Ladakh trip. An example itinerary for Leh – Ladakh covering almost all basic tourist places –

  • Day 1 | Delhi – Jammu/Patnitop
  • Day 2 | Jammu/Patnitop – Srinagar
  • Day 3 | Srinagar – Kargil
  • Day 4 | Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh
  • Day 5 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Inner Line Permits
  • Day 6 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit (Nubra Valley) – Hunder – Diskit
  • Day 7 | Hunder/Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
  • Day 8 | Leh – Hemis – Pangong Tso
  • Day 9 | Pangong Tso – Thicksey – Shey Palace – Leh
  • Day 10 | Leh Rest Day or Sham Valley Tour around Leh including Magnetic Hills, Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Alchi, Likir, Basgo, Confluence at Nimmu
  • Day 11 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
  • Day 12 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Moore Plains (Manali – Leh Highway) – Pang – Sarchu
  • Day 13 | Sarchu – Manali
  • Day 14 | Manali – Delhi

So, you can see for our sample Leh – Ladakh itinerary we have taken 14 days (without any buffer days). You can add/remove modify it according to your needs and of course the budget outcome will depend a bit on that but I guess that is very much trivial to say :). Also, consider that while traveling alone the cost of accommodation and transportation is bound to increase and while traveling in large evenly balanced groups it will surely decrease. As of now, I will also assume that you guys are two in number so that budget can be calculated on twin sharing basis.  Now, to analyze the budget on the above or any other itinerary, we can categorize the budget in two major parts described below –

Food + Accommodation + Miscellaneous

If you are living in an average budget hotel with decent comfort and are traveling in a group (at least 2 in number) then the average cost per day for food, accommodation and other misc. things like toll, permit fees, entry fees to monasteries etc. comes about Rs 500-700 per day. This trip will need about 14 days at the very least, so roughly you will be spending some Rs 7000 – 10000 per person for food, accommodation and other misc. expenditures. Again, 500-700 figure could be low budget for someone and little high for the others depending upon choice of stay and food or other activities you plan to do. Example, if you dine at a dhabha tent then the cost of meal would come out to be around Rs 50-70 only per person and the same meal if you take at a restaurant at Changspa road in Leh then you might pay Rs 150 – Rs 170 per person or may be more 🙂 or furthermore in some high end restaurant the cost will go up much more… Vegetarian or Non-Vegetarian also matters with respect to food pricing, so take that too into account. Same thing applies for the miscellaneous activities and here I have considered only which are unavoidable such as toll, permit charges, entry fees, snacks etc. If you are going for paragliding, rafting, shopping etc. then that will surely be something additional for you.

Hence, if you are going with the budget hotel having decent comfort, taking decent quality food and including only mandatory miscellaneous charges then you may need to shell out Rs 7000 – 10000 per person for the above Leh – Ladakh itinerary of 14 days.

Mode of Transportation

On a trip to Leh – Ladakh, the major cost comes out to be for taxis or transportation or fuel depending upon your mode of transport. Using public transport inside Leh – Ladakh is a challenge as frequency of such vehicles are very poor and based on their schedules you may require 18-20 days to complete the above trip 🙂 … So, in Leh – Ladakh, travellers mostly commute either by private hired taxis or shared taxis run by tour operators or by finding travels partners and sharing the cost with them or riding rented bikes or ultimately self-drive on their personal bikes or cars. All these options will present you different costing of the trip. Let’s look each one of them below to get an idea of the total cost for a Leh – Ladakh trip.

Self-Drive Private Vehicle

You will be traveling about 3300-3600 KMs for above Ladakh trip. So, if your bike gives mileage of about 30 KMPL on an average in hills + plains then you are looking for about Rs 8000 – 9000 for fuel roughly. Similarly, you can calculate if you are driving the car. Just keep in mind that in hills your car will give much lesser mileage than in plains. So, calculate accordingly and divide them among the people traveling in car to calculate per person cost. It is difficult to travel to Ladakh with a pillion on a bike, so cost is calculated singularly above.

Finally, taking food + accommodation into account, traveling to Ladakh by self-drive mode of transport, you are looking at about ((Rs 8000 – 9000) + (Rs 7000 – 10000) = (Rs 15000 – 19000)) as the total cost for the entire trip.

Self-Drive But Rented Vehicle

Here, cost of fuel would be same as for a self-drive private vehicle calculated above but you will be adding the cost of bike/car rent as well. Usually, you get a decent bike in good condition at around Rs 1000 – 1300 per day depending on the make and model of the bike you rent. So, the cost of rent only comes out to be around Rs 13000 – 17000 considering if you get some discount. Adding the fuel cost as calculated above, the cost here becomes approximately about Rs 21000 – 26000.

Finally, taking food + accommodation into account, traveling to Ladakh by self-drive rented bike mode of transport, you are looking at about ((Rs 21000 – 26000) + (Rs 7000 – 10000) = (Rs 28000 – 36000)) as the total cost for the entire trip. If you are interested to know more details or tips on how to hire the bikes in Manali / Leh, kindly check the link here.

Privately Hired Taxi in Leh

The taxis outside the Leh are not allowed to roam in Leh – Ladakh and you are always required to hire taxi that belongs to Leh only. So, I am considering the case when you will be hiring the private taxi in Leh only and to reach Leh you will be using public transport. It may be the case that you are coming in privately hired taxi from outside Leh or may be flying directly to Leh etc. but here I will assume that you have used public transport such as train to reach Jammu, JKSRTC buses to reach Srinagar and then to Leh, HPTDC buses to reach Manali from Leh and further to Delhi. Also, I will assume that on Day 12 you will be going to Leh from Tso Moriri since in public transport you cannot travel directly from Tso Moriri to Manali. This means one extra day being spent in Leh – Ladakh making it 15 day trip. I am again assuming you are 2 in number… I will break down the private taxi cost and other transport cost for the entire trip as below –

Day 1 – Day 4 (Leh – Jammu – Srinagar – Kargil – Leh) = Rs 2000 – 2500 per person
Day 5 (Leh Local) = Rs 1500 / 2 = Rs 750 per person
Day 6 – Day 7 (Leh – Khardung La – Nubra Valley – Leh) = Rs 6931 / 2 = Rs 3465 per person
Day 8 – Day 9 (Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh) = Rs 6757 / 2 = Rs 3378 per peson
Day 10 (Sham Valley) = (Rs 2000 – 2500) / 2 = Rs 1000 – 1250 per person
Day 11 – Day 12 (Leh – Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Leh) = Rs 9369 / 2 = Rs 4685 per person
Day 13 – Day 15 (Leh – Keylong – Manali – Delhi) = Rs 3200 per person

Considering about 10-12% discount on the rates of Leh Taxi Union after bargaining, total cost comes out approximately to be Rs 16500 – 17500 per person when traveling two in number. This cost per person will come down if there are more people traveling with you to a maximum of 6. Why 6? Because one Scorpio taxi can accommodate 6 persons with ease :), anything more than that you need to hire two taxis.

Finally, taking food + accommodation into account, traveling by privately hired taxi in Leh and reaching Leh in public/shared transport, you are looking at about ((Rs 16500 – 17500) + (Rs 7000 – 10000) = (Rs 23500 – 27500)) as the total cost for the entire trip including  1 day added to travel between Tso Moriri – Leh.

If by any chance you plan to hire a private taxi to Travel on Srinagar – Leh Highway and Manali – Leh Highway then the cost will go much more higher because charges for Srinagar – Leh and Manali – Leh in a private taxi are about Rs 10500 and Rs 17000 – 18000 respectively. If you are less in number, like 2 in this example, it is always suggested to travel in public transport such as shared taxi, JKSRTC buses, HPTDC buses on Srinagar – Leh and Manali – Leh Highways 🙂

Wondering if there is any cheap mode of hiring private taxi to Leh – Ladakh from Manali or Srinagar???? I will say Yes as well as No For more details, read the article here: Cheap private taxi to Leh – Ladakh | A Myth or A Reality?

Shared Taxis or Public Transport or Travel Partners (in group)

Assuming that if, instead of hiring private taxi in Leh – Ladakh you plan to travel by shared taxis run by tour operators or join with other travel partners to share the cost or you yourself are about 6 in number then you are looking at about Rs 10000 – 11000 approximately. If you further plan to travel only by public buses then this figure as well will go down further considerably. However, at the same time you may be required to stay for longer period adjusting to the schedule of these public buses which means increase in lodging + food cost.

Finally, taking food + accommodation into account, traveling shared taxis (or public transport or along with travel partners) in Leh and reaching Leh in public/shared transport, you are looking at about ((Rs 10000 – 11000) + (Rs 7000 – 10000) = (Rs 17000 – 21000)) as the total cost for the entire trip.


If I look at above scenarios or example the of course, it may not be the case every time that you will be hiring the bike from Delhi only. There can be cases where you will travel to Leh – Ladakh by bus or public transport and then hire the bike in Leh to ride other places. Similarly, you may travel to Manali in public transport and then hire bike from Manali etc. There could be similar other cases as well like flying directly to Leh etc. I have tried to cover many general cases here and we can surely discuss custom cases in the comments section below, if you like. Otherwise, if you are looking them at individually and day by day then you will be able to calculate the cost estimate for any such custom combination with fair ease 🙂 …

I will look forward for your queries or doubts in the comments section below and to know your perspective/tips of cost analysis for Ladakh trip as well. Kindly share your valuable thoughts/feedback/inputs etc here with many other fellow travelers.

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  1. i am planning for manali from vskp.and from manali to ladakh,,,is it safe,on jan 2017.! also can u ensure the cost from manali to ladakh for 3nights on the bike which gives 30kmph

  2. Isha agrawal on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    We have booked flights from delhi to leh round trip 29th sept to Oct 4th. We have 5 days in all. I wanted some clarity from you. We want to cover nubra valley,pangong lake and tso moriri. Most of the travel packages said its hectic but some are ready to give us all three of them.

    29th – leh (acclimatization etc)
    30th – leh to pangong
    1st oct – pangong to tso moriri via chusul
    2nd – tso moriri to leh
    3rd – leh to nubra and back to leh
    4th – flyback to Delhi

    Is this literary fine? He is asking 75k for 6 persons including fooding lodging and travel. Should we take hotels and cars separately to cut cost?
    One more package I got is
    29th sept- leh (rest)
    30th – local sightseeing leh
    1st Oct – leh to tso moriri
    2nd Oct – tso moriri to leh via pangong
    3rd Oct – leh nubra leh

    Which seems better between the two?? Any suggestions from your side??
    Thanks in advance

  3. nitish sharma on

    hi. can u tell me about the best climate to visit Ladakh. i wants to go there with my friends on bike of 26th dec to 6 jan. & how much i carry cash to visit delhi to Ladakh.

  4. Hi Dheeraj. I am a girl, planning a a solo trip to Ladakh in the first week of October. I reach Delhi on 1st Oct at 1:30 AM. And the return flight is on 11th Oct at 8:15 AM. Being a girl, all these posts about budget places to stay and all are a little confusing. Can you please help me with the itinerary as there are hell lot of them available and I don’t know which one to go for. I will be taking the public transport to Leh. Probably Manali- Keylong-Leh. And return to Delhi via Srinagar. I have already booked flight tickets for a round trip from Pune to Delhi and back. Can you suggest something to make my trip happen in a cheapest and way possible?

  5. mukul golwalkar on

    nice to see your advices to all tourists dheeraj ji .i want to know whether we can use maruti dezire to travell from manali to leh further to nubra and tso pangong

  6. hai neraj me and my friend are palning to a trip to leh ladakh with our own car frm kearala to ladhakh is that posibile to travel in a sedan car with thoos like roads in thair or need an bigger suv tipe wehichile

  7. we are 5 frndz, planning for leh trip for 15 days from nainital… can u tell the budget….
    mode : bullet
    average budget hotels, 3 days in camp..
    visit as many places as we can in the route…
    plz rply me on my mail add

  8. Hi Dheeraj, thanks for this excellent forum.
    Wanted to ask you a couple of things here.
    We are 5 frnd, for this trip, here’s our itinerary.
    Aug 29 – Land in Srinagar at 12pm – Hire a cab for Leh with overnight at Kargil (preferably someone from the reviewed one’s), overnight in Kargil
    Aug 30 – Leave early from Kargil for Leh & visit the valleys enroute. Arrive Leh by 4-5pm
    Aug 31 – Stay in Leh & do the bike rental thing & visit local monasteries.
    Sep 1 – Leave for Nubra Valley via Khardung La, Overnight in Diksit/Hunder
    Sep 2 – Diksit to Turtuk, overnight in Turtuk
    Sep 3 – Leave from Turtuk for Leh, Reach Leh by 4-5pm
    Sep 4 – Leave for Pangong Tso, Overnight at Pangong
    Sep 5 – Pangong to Leh, visit monasteries along the route.
    Sep 6 – River Rafting in Leh & shopping (if any)
    Sep 7 – Leh to Mumbai flight

    Have a couple of Q’s
    1. How is the itinerary as per you?
    2. What would be the approx individual budget of this trip with Individual bikes RE 350cc (flight tkt excluded)?
    3. Should we do the hotel bookings prior? Or we would find better deals there face to face?
    4. Which place to stay whilst in Nubra Valley
    5. Is Turtuk worth it, it has hotels for staying?
    6. Considering the current tension in Kashmir, Srinagar to Leh route would be open for us?
    7. Additional tips, if any?

    All i am looking for hotels is it must have attached toilets, electricity backup & hot water. (easy accessible in city, if applicable)

    P.S. Sorry for the long list of Q’s. Planning it all by myself and on behalf of my lazy friends.

    • Hello Dheeraj,

      I am arriving in Srinagar on 18th of September and would like to travel by road to Leh. can you please give me some viable options under the current scenario.

      Thanks much!

      • Well, the curfew has been eased out. I will suggest to keep a tab on situation as you have still 20 odd days left for your trip and then take a call around 10th September.

  9. Ujjwal Mehta on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Thanks for establishing this forum! I am planning a trip to Ladakh from 20-29th September and DoW has been a great help in this. Would need your input on the following:
    1. Stay options near Tso Kar – Are there any homestays/ camps nearby or we need to stay at Debring?
    2. We are flying in&out of Leh and plan to hire Scorpio/Xylo for the entire Ladakh trip. What would be the approx taxi rental cost considering 7 days travel and full circuit from Leh-Hunder-Tyakshi-Agham-Shyok-Man-Hanle-Korozk-Tso Kar-Leh (Without returning to Leh). We plan to finalize a guy from one of your blog’s list.
    3. Is Man-Chusul-Hanle-Tso Kar (Korozk) doable in a single day or we split in 2 days? In that case, is Hanle the best place to halt at night?
    4. Considering the timing of our trip (End September), is it better to pre book accommodation or take it up upon reaching? We plan 2 days in Leh, 2 days in Hunder, a day each in Man, Hanle, Korozk, Tso Kar & Leh, in that order.
    5. Can we visit Gorkha Ridge ahead of Tyakshi? Or any place nearby LOC/LAC (With proper permissions, ofcourse!)?

    Looking forward to your ever informative suggestions!


    • Hi Ujjwal,

      1. There are manu homestays/small guest houses in Tso Kar.
      2. About 45K
      3. It will be too too much. Better halt at Hanle and then next day move to Korzok
      4. No, you should be OK in booking on the spot.
      5. No, Tyaksi whill be the last place you will be allowed.

  10. Hello Dheeraj,
    First, thank you for assembling such a great blog here, it is helping a lot.
    Now my question, I am travelling with my wife around 20th Aug. And we have no group to travel with. I am vary of organized trip groups as I fear I won’t get enough freedom to explore as we do if we go with acquaintances.
    I want to know how easy it is to find people to share taxis or find shared transport for routes like from Manali to Leh or from Leh to whole Nubra area or Leh to Srinagar (as they are long and costly and take more than one day to complete)

    Also, let me know if there is a better way of doing it.
    (There are many articles, but I guess I can’t get article which shows how one or two people can pull off whole trip by sharing taxis and how it works)

  11. Hey Dheeraj,

    We are 4 friends and planning to go leh on 9th of september to 19 september via road (hired bullet). So I want to know what precautions(any emergency nos, things which must have while biking) we should take , where we can find out best plus cheaper bikes for rent at Manali, Can we share bikes. Moreover, could you please tell me at which places we should stay.

    we are three boys and a girl, we are looking for a travel group who can join us so that we can happily and safely.


  12. Mahesh Reddy on

    HI Dheeraj,

    Me and my frnd are planning to travel to leh by bike from delhi via Manali on 27Aug, so can you please guide me in getting rented bike n best route….

    • 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.

      Yes, you can rent bikes in Leh and Fort Road in Leh is full of such shops that rent bikes. Depending upon the condition, model, make and tourist rush you can get bikes starting from Rs 900 to Rs 1300. Rather than booking over phone, it is much better to visit the Fort road, check 4-5 shops over there and get a good deal after checking the bike conditions. I will suggest you read this for sure to understand few tips on hiring bikes from Manali or Leh: How to Hire or Rent a Bike or Motorcycle in Manali

      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 2016 – 17 & 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.

      I will suggest that you go through the articles mentioned under the DoW Community thread for bike trip to Ladakh or any other part of Himalayas at the link: All About Bike Ride to Ladakh & Himalayas. This will help you cover almost all your queries related to bike trip to Ladakh or Himalayas.

  13. hello dheeraj,

    i have planned delhi to ladakh bike trip (2or3 of august 2016) 2 on 1 bike, so want a little help about which way is better for me cause this is my first time. i dont want to go with any group or trip packages, plz assist me about this, and is there any kind of permit or something to go ladakh. I want to ride on my own bike… plz suggest

  14. Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning to Travel from mumbai to leh max 10 days . On 6 aug (2 adults) .
    Can you suggest how to plan it on such a short notice, do i book tour plan from agents or is there any other way?
    also please can you mention the places to visit there?


      • hi dheeraj,
        actually I was going to kashmir and have tickets till jammu but due to curfew and issues over there we have cancelled our plan to visit there.
        now, when we have leave from office i.e thinking to plan a trip to ladakh, I have to and fro tickets till jammu.
        so, now please help me out as its really getting difficult to plan anything new.

        • So, you have tickets booked for Jammu or is there any scope of cancelling them? It does not make sense to start the trip from Jammu and go and come back from Manali side. It will be long day to reach Manali in one day from Jammu but you can try. Opt to go via Manali – Leh Highway and I will suggest that you refer the thread for more details on the route and night halts though it is of 9 days: Manali – Leh – Ladakh – Manali | Itinerary for 9 Days. You can fit in plan of 10 days in this itinerary

    • Hello Komal, I am also from Mumbai, Me and my wife are planning to visit Ladakh around 20th Aug. Let me know if you have not yet started your trip. We can plan something quick together.


    Hello Sir, Me and my 5 Friends have a plan to visit Leh -Ladakh on this Pooja holidays( from 8th october). As we all are working we are not having as much of time to spend for the journey.Still we have 8 Days and 8 nights available so we have to plan accordingly. In order to explore maximum days there in Leh Ladakh we prefer our journey via Air.We will start from cochin by on 8th of October and will reach Delhi on the same day itself before noon. From Delhi we are planning to proceed Leh -Ladakh on the same day itself.Can u please please provide a day wise chart for the days to be spend in each places and places to be visited and all..expecting response from your end.

  16. Dear mr dheeraj
    I want to Travel from lucknow to leh max 10 days . On 1st week of agust 2 adults .
    Can you sugges chepest & proper way .
    Thanks& rigards
    Vijay dubey

  17. srikanth saripalli on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    me and my wife are going to ladakh 16/8 to 21/8. 5 nights and 6 days.

    first day local sight seeing.
    taxi to sham valley water rafting,hall of fame, magnetic hill.
    taxi to numbra and return
    taxi to pangong and return.
    taxi to tso marori and return.

    we have quotation from a travel 38k for both in private cab. and 25k in groups.

    i would like to go for private if it is worth for. what do you suggest.
    To go in group and save money or worth to go in private cab of tour agent.

    I estimated 32k for taxi alone if i hire my self in leh for 5 days. and for 5 nights stay and food would pay 10k.

    i was suggested not to stay night at pangong because of cold there and can manage to see sun set ?
    do taxi’s start from pan-gong to leh after sun set on the same day return taxi ?

    Thank you

    • Well, your plan is too much to do in too little time. You should only plan two day trip to Nubra Valley and one day trip to Pangong Tso. Not more than that. For this the taxi should be around 20-23K including the local sightseeing.

  18. Hi Dheeraj

    I am Suriya and I am from Chennai. I planned to ride my bike SOLO from Jammu to Leh. Now the problem is as I am from south state so basically I don’t know Hindi. Is this create any problem in finding room or getting permission in check post. Can local people understand English ? My poor English?

  19. vineet gupta on

    i am from Lucknow and planning to go Leh via Srinagar , can we go in eartiga with 4 adult and 3 child.

  20. Vikram Gadhavi on

    Hi Dheeraj
    Please give advise about this tour
    15/8/16 to 3/7/16
    Ahmedabad – bokaner – amritsar – srinagar – kargil – leh – manali – delhi – ahmedabad

    • Shared vehicles are available all around ladakh for sightseeing. 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.

      • These shared trips are only for trips within ladakh (Does visit to Nubra valley /Pangong also are ‘within ladakh’ trips? if not, do they get shared taxis easily?)

        • Darpan, which tips are you talking about? The article? If yes, it covers entire road trip of Ladakh from Delhi to Delhi including Nubra, Pangong Tso, and Tso Moriri

  21. Jainik Shah on

    Hi Dheraj,

    I am planning to do a bike trip from Tuesday 9th august for 8 days. I am from UK and will be coming to India foe 3 weeks from 5th august to 27th August. So I really want to do a roadtrip to ladakh for 8 days. I have friends in delhi so we will be taking overnight bus on Monday night to arrive to manali. Planning to do 8 days trip from manali to manali. But struggling to workout budget per person. Can you help me out with budget calculations and the travel plan for 8 days and how to cover the most places in those days. I know you would recommend from Srinagar but we want to do it from Manali as we are going to hire the bike from there. we will be in group of around 3-4 people. can you give the budget for each person including bike rent, food, and hotel stay for 8 days. my friends in india wants to know the price per person so they can plan their finances. And can you advise me the permits I need as a foreign traveller and what tips would you give me about this trip.

  22. We are a group of 3 girls who are planning a leh ladhak trip in mid september and we have been getting varying info on local hired taxis.. ur itinerary has been of great help, and I also went through ur budget calculation too, but since that is from 2011, cud u plz help with a budget for 2016?

    Our plan is to travel to Srinagar via flight. So we need help with the approximate budget for a 7 day trip (17-24 Sep) starting from and back to Srinagar.

    • Hello Kavya,

      Things have not changed much you can increase around 200-300 per day for food + stay. Currently, it should not cost you more than 1000-1200 per day per person for food + stay in case you are staying with guest houses and mid budget camps. As per the taxi union rates of year 2016-17 ( following is the break up

      Srinagar – Leh in 2 days = 18400
      Leh Local sightseeing = 2500-3000
      Leh – Nubra Valley 2 Day = 10566
      Leh – Pangong Tso 2 Day = 10301
      Leh – Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Sarchu – Manali 2-3 days = 29056
      Leh – Manali 2 Days = 21588
      Leh – Pangong Tso 1 Day = 8653
      Leh – Nubra Valley 1 Day = 8053

      You can usually get about 10-15% discount on these taxi rates after getting in touch with the driver directly.

  23. Hi Dheeraj,

    I have a couple of queries.
    – How widely is Credit card accepted in Leh area?
    – Do the shared taxis traveling from Srinagar to Leh stop at the war memorial near Drass?


    • No Suhas, they are not. Do carry cash but now there are many ATMs too in Leh town. Still, will advise you to carry some cash for sure. No, the shared taxis are meant for locals who dont have much interest in tourist places. They wont be stopping for any sightseeing.

      • Thanks Dheeraj. So there is no way I can do sight seeing unless I am in a private taxi or bike?
        And I have not booked any hotel for Kargil stay. Can I get a decent one for single accommodation for 800-1000 rs., Can I find it once I arrive there?

      • Hai dhreraj
        Me and my 5 friends plan a trip to Srinagar-ladhak.16/09/2016 evening we will be in Srinagar, 22/09/2016 return from Srinagar at noon by flight. Please give a plan including one day full in Srinagar

        • You have just 6 days in hand, 1 day you want full in Srinagar. This leaves just 5 days. It needs two days to reach Leh and two days to come back from Leh. 1 day is required for acclimatization in Leh. So, are you sure you want to make this trip?

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