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How to plan a journey on Srinagar – Leh Highway

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The 434 KM long Srinagar – Leh Highway is almost like a lifeline in the form of road connectivity between Leh – Ladakh and rest of India via Kashmir Valley. Srinagar – Leh Highway also known as National Highway – 1D (NH – 1D) is the most reliable and one of the only two ways to reach Leh – Ladakh by road, the other one being Manali – Leh Highway (Check: Travel Guide for Manali – Leh Highway here). Generally, travelers or adventure lovers from all over world loves or dreams to undertake this road trip of their life time by covering both routes connecting Leh – Ladakh to rest of India i.e. a lifetime experience road trip traversing Srinagar – Leh – Manali Highways. Apart from being famous for its enchanting views, this highway holds a strategic importance for India and being close to LOC, you see the heavy army presence on it when you travel through Srinagar – Leh Highway.

The highway runs along side the Indus River and through some extremely harsh and barren terrain including the three high mountain passes named Zozi La (3528 Mtrs), Namki La (3815 Mtrs) and Fotu La (4108 Mtrs). In any case, Srinagar – Leh highway offers some breathtaking landscapes ornamented by various historical and cultural constructions which are just like a dream treat for any traveler driving/riding through Srinagar – Leh Highway.

Generally, people traveling or flying directly to Leh – Ladakh suffers from acute mountain sickness as Leh (3500 Mtrs) due to sudden disturbance of altitude with which the body is adapted. However, Srinagar – Leh highway provides a gradual ascent to travelers thus helps them fight any chances of acute mountain sickness (AMS) caused due to high altitudes and let them enjoy the beautiful vistas in relaxed manner.

Season to Travel on Srinagar – Leh Highway

The 434 KM long Srinagar Highway generally remains closed for about 6 months in an year starting from November to May due to heavy snowfall on the mountain passes mainly Zozi La pass. Zozi La pass starts receiving snowfall in the month of November and then any day of November (generally 15th November officially) the highway ceases to close officially as it becomes extremely difficult for BRO to clear the snow. Then, again as the winter months resides, the BRO guys begins the snow clearance process in spring season that is in March and repair the damaged roads, bridges and other parts of the highway. Finally, after completing this rigorous job of snow clearance and fixing the roads, bridges etc BRO announces the opening of Srinagar – Leh Highway generally around mid – May or by June first week.

Hence, the best season to travel Srinagar – Leh Highway is between June to October. In May, if the highway gets open then generally the roads are in really bad shape and only improves as the season progress with constant repair work conducted by BRO. By end of June as the road condition stabilizes the monsoon comes to the party in July and creates havoc in lower hills connecting Srinagar to Jammu and further to other parts of India. The landslides are almost inevitable in monsoon season which causes road blockages ever now and then. The Amarnath Yatra being in full flow in July – August, do expect heavy traffic and rush from Jammu – Srinagar – Kargil parts of highway. Even the dominance of armed forces also increase in July – August owing to the security of pilgrims of Amarnath Yatra.

It is almost a nightmare to drive through Zozi La Pass in July – August especially when its raining or has rained previous days but at any day better than Rohtang Pass on Manali – Leh Highway which becomes more than hell during monsoon season. One should always avoid Srinagar – Leh Highway during days alongside Independence Day in India i.e. 15th August which is when the bandhs and strikes gets more active. As the end of August approach, the Amarnath Yatra is over and monsoon starts to reside from Northern India, the conditions improve much more to travel on Srinagar – Leh Highway and in September it could be called as best time to travel but you will not find any snow of course. Even in August and late July snow will be hard to touch except few patches on Zozi La pass.

Since, the other side of Zozila Pass mainly Kargil onwards comes under rain shadow area where only the dry winds of monsoon reach. So, in July – August you need to tackle the monsoon rains and their havoc in lower hills only including Jammu, Srinagar, Zozi La pass i.e. till you reach Kargil where there is very little rain during these months.

Throughout the season, you need to let pass large convoys of army trucks as army also stock up required materials in Leh – Ladakh through Srinagar – Leh road majorly. This may cause delay of few hours every now and then in your entire journey on Srinagar – Leh highway.

Modes of Travel on Srinagar – Leh Highway

Private Vehicles i.e. Cars and Bikes | Self Drive or Ride to Ladakh

Most people prefer to self drive or self ride to Ladakh by their own car or own bike and some also prefer to self drive or self ride to Ladakh by hiring a bike or car. In any case, hired car/bike or personal car/bike, idea is to live the passion of driving or riding through one of the toughest and adventurous terrains accessible in India. You can take your own or rented, car or bike to Ladakh but one must be careful while driving or riding through slushy roads, snow and water crossing or nallas. Also, it is always handy to learn little maintenance tasks of your vehicle prior to the start of this comparatively less arduous journey than Manali – Leh Highway.

For cars, although an SUV/MUV is good to have and a 4WD SUV will definitely help but I have seen hatchbacks (including Altos and Nano) and sedans doing good enough job on Srinagar – Leh Highway than on Manali – Leh Highway. If you want to try your sedan or hatch back drive to Ladakh then Srinagar – Leh Highway is better bet when compared to taking a sedan or hatch from Manali – Leh Highway. However like on Manali – Leh Highway, with sedans / hatchbacks one must drive with extra care and caution even at Srinagar – Leh Highway and especially around Zozila pass (ascend and descend both).

You get less number of challenges on Srinagar – Leh Highway as compared to Manali – Leh Highway with only major hurdle being Zozila Pass. However even then, whenever you are in doubt, always step out of your car, walk down the path, inspect with your foot and plan the path of exit before crossing a dangerous landslide or water crossing on your vehicle. You can also park aside and see how others are crossing the risky section to plan your route of escape. In deep water crossings try to maintain the momentum without any half clutch measures and complete the entire stretch in one go only. Similarly, in slush stretches do not force the issue rather keep the smooth momentum with required speed to pass you through, without half clutch measures. Do keep an eye on the direction of the vehicle too. If you get stuck in slush then try to back and forth your vehicles to get out of the stuck position. It is always handy to ask your fellow co-travelers to get out of the car and push the vehicle from behind incase the car is struggling to pass through the slush or water crossing stretch.

Basic toolkit, screw driver set, small hammer, puncture repair kit, iron rod, two or three “2 ltr” empty bottles of pepsi / coke / limca etc to carry extra petrol or diesel (jerry cans will leak, cold drink bottles do not leak), funnel, towing rope, spare tube (must for bikes), elfy or fevi quick (2-3 sachets), jump start cables/wires, M-seal to prevent leakage etc. were among the few things which I carried along on my trip to Ladakh. Also, do not forget to get your vehicle (car/bike) serviced about 2-3 weeks before the start of the Ladakh journey. This will ensure that you have proper time in advance to test your serviced vehicle and get fixed any hitches that may have been introduced in that service

Hiring a Private Taxi | Taxi Number or Private Number

All taxis (except Ladakh registration number) having taxi number or tourist permits number plates are only allowed for a drop in Leh – Ladakh. As per the taxi union rules only taxis with Ladakh number are only allowed to roam in the Ladakh region for sightseeing purposes. If you want to travel within Leh – Ladakh in your private taxi hired from a place other than Ladakh then in that case you need to hire a taxi with private number plate only. However, in the latter case be ready for some queries by the local taxi drivers in Ladakh or police constables on your route. You need to ensure everyone interrogating with you that the vehicles is not hired.

If you can get hold of some taxi driver in Ladakh then hire that taxi only else go to Kargil first and change taxi from there. From Kargil, the Ladakh taxi driver can pick you and you will have the advantage to cover the sightseeing places en-route Leh on Srinagar – Leh Highway like Alchi, Basgo, Likir etc before you reach Leh. If that is not your plan then hire a direct taxi from Srinagar to Leh but with taxi hired with Srinagar number plate you will not be able to do sightseeing en-route especially Sham Valley, as far as I know.

To hire a taxi, go directly to Srinagar taxi stand and bargain hard with the local drivers only, for a drop to Leh. Do not involve any tour operator or hotel staff at any stage. The local taxi drivers will charge about Rs 1200-1500 extra for a planned night halt on the way to Leh. The charges are close to Rs 9000 to Rs 12000 for a drop to Leh from Srinagar with one night halt, depending on your bargaining power, tourist rush and the time of the year you are visiting.

Srinagar – Leh Bus Service, JK SRTC and Others | Economical mode of travel

JK SRTC ply buses on Srinagar – Leh Highway which are available at Srinagar Bus Stand near Lal Chowk and near Polo Ground in Leh. I guess JK SRTC have both standard as well as semi-deluxe buses which run Srinagar – Leh Highway with cost of about Rs 500 – Rs 600 for Standard bus and Rs 600 – Rs 700 for semi-deluxe types. There are also few private bus operators running semi-deluxe buses between Srinagar – Leh who charge about Rs 800 – Rs 900 per seat.

These buses generally stop at Kargil for the night and Sonamarg for tea and snacks. The JK SRTC buses may not be as comfortable though but comfort comes with the price. The buses leaves Srinagar around 5 AM and Leh around 6 AM, I guess.

Shared Taxi | A Cannon ball run

You can also buy yourself a seat in a shared taxi which runs every mid-night from Srinagar and reaches Leh on next evening without any night halt. In the same way, shared taxis are run from Leh to Srinagar as well.

You need to pay about Rs 1200 to Rs 1500 per person for a drop to Leh from Srinagar or a drop to Srinagar from Leh. Of course, since it is shared with 7-8 other people plus the driver and completes the back braking cannon ball run of Srinagar – Leh in 16-18 hours, you can imagine the level of comfort yourself. This one is the second cheapest mode of travel on Srinagar – Leh Highway but mind you, it could be the toughest on the body too :)

Also, not staying at Kargil will mean less acclimatization which may make you feel a bit sick in the first few days when you reach Leh.

Other travel modes

You can also get in touch with some travel agent or taxi union in Srinagar who also runs their private buses or Tempo Travelers on Srinagar – Leh Highway.

Planning Night Stay or Accommodation on Srinagar – Leh Highway

Based on my experience, you can opt to plan a journey on Srinagar – Leh Highway in one of the following ways –

Two Day Journey on Srinagar – Leh Highway

The options of stay or accommodation are very limited on Manali – Leh Highway due to the limited civilization but on the Srinagar – Leh Highway you get the respite as there are plenty of civilized places enroute and you get to find accommodation either one or the other place. You will find accommodation option ever 70-80 odd KMs on an average. But still, a two day journey on Srinagar – Leh Highway is the most common among all travelers as you tend to see the beauty in relaxing manner as well as you help your body to accilimatize to the altitude of Leh. Private Taxis and buses run by JK SRTC also cover the Srinagar – Leh Highway in two days with night halt at Kargil. Mostly, people break up the journey on Srinagar – Leh Highway in the following ways over a span of two days –

Srinagar – Kargil / Drass (Day 1) and Kargil / Drass – Leh (Day 2)

This option is mostly preferred by people as it evenly distributes the travel time of the entire journey in two days. However, on the second day, you need to leave early in the morning if you are interested to stop at every other point to take pictures and still reach Leh in time :).

Personally, out of Kargil or Drass you shall prefer to stay at Kargil due to varied options of accommodation available at Kargil. But, many a times finding vegetarian food becomes difficult in Kargil in the late evening and hence, you can opt to stay at Drass which does offer a few accommodation options. The distance between Drass – Kargil is about 60 KMs only which means about 2 hours of more travel time on next day.

If you are a vegetarian then most likely, what you can do is that if you are reaching Drass by about evening then its good to take your dinner there and reach Kargil by the late evening or early night time. May be a tea or coffee with some biscuits will make you feel good for rest of the night. It will surely help rather than sleeping without vegetarian food due its unavailability in Kargil :)

One Day Journey on Srinagar – Leh Highway
Srinagar – Leh (Day 1)

This option of completing the journey of Srinagar – Leh in single day is mostly common among local people or people who are in high rush and is least recommended if you want to enjoy your travel. Shared taxis are the preferred way to avail this option. Although, it could be the cheapest or time saving for you but this back braking, cannon ball run of 15-16 Hrs with least stoppages does put a heavy toll on the body as well as the mind of an average traveler. This long journey is extremely tiring and by traversing through the varied amount of altitudes in a single day, you are definitely running a risk of acute mountain sickness (AMS) or some severe headaches and for initial days spent in Leh. Of course, this is true incase you have not stayed overnight in Gulmarg or Pahalgam or Sonamarg on previous nights of your tour. Doing in a single day, may certainly kill the joy of the journey.

Three Day Journey on Srinagar – Leh Highway
Srinagar –  Kargil/Drass (Day 1) and  Kargil/Drass  – Lamayuru/Alchi (Day 2) and Lamayuru/Alchi – Leh (Day 3)

Well, by extending the journey of Srinagar – Leh Highway in three days, you give yourself a chance to explore the sightseeing places en-route thoroughly. There are many tourist destinations in Ladakh region which are situated on Srinagar – Leh Highway and requires time if you really wish to explore them. Hence, by extending the journey with one day you give your self ample of time to explore these tourist places before you reach Leh. For more details on sightseeing refer section: Sightseeing on Srinagar – Leh Highway, below in the article.

Very few people follow this option due to lack of time and to save money. If these two things have no place for consideration at your grounds then I will say just go with it and you will make your journey on Srinagar – Leh Highway much more than a memorable experience :). I guess the comparison of night halts (Drass/Kargil) is already done in first option, so opt as per your taste.

This option will mostly be available, if you are traveling by your own vehicle. To be very frank, this option is not even available if you are hiring a private Srinagar registered taxi as well because Srinagar registered taxi are not allowed for local sightseeing in Ladakh region especially Sham Valley where all these tourist places are present. In such a case you need to book a taxi to Kargil first from Srinagar and then hire yourself a taxi from Kargil to Leh or you need to hire a Ladakh registered number taxi. Confirm in advance from the driver if he will do sightseeing for Sham Valley before booking it. Then, in next two days after covering all tourist destinations including Mulbekh, Lamayuru, Redzong, Alchi, Likir, Sham Valley etc on the route you can reach Leh.

Staying one night at Alchi, which is lower in altitude than Leh, also make sure that your body is much more acclimatized to the altitude of Leh and you enjoy a lot better conditions once you reach Leh after a stay at Kargil and Alchi on previous nights.

Alternate Route to Leh from Kargil via Batalik and Dah

There exist an alternate route to reach Leh once you reach Kargil which is a bit more scenic than the usual route. The usual route goes like Kargil – Mulbekh – Lamayuru – Leh and the alternate, less used route goes like Kargil – Batalik – Dah – Skurbuchan – Leh.

Please make a note that the route via Batalik requires you to get the Inner Line Permits from either DC Office Kargil or DC Office Leh. So, I will advise that you go to Leh from Kargil via Lamayuru following the usual route and then you can come back to Kargil via Batalik after getting the permits from Leh DC office at the time you apply permits for Ladakh sightseeing places like Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso etc. If you are returning via Manali – Leh Highway then you need to take permits from Kargil DC Office to go via Batalik route and thereby miss the usual route to Leh which goes via Lamayuru.

Sightseeing on Srinagar – Leh Highway

Well, while traversing this beautiful road of Srinagar – Leh Highway you also give yourself a chance to visit the following places either on the route or with little diversions from the route –

Maitrey at Mulbek, Lamayuru Monastery, Lunar Landscape, Redzong / Rizong Monastery,  Alchi Monastery, Likir Monastery, Basgo Palace, Confluence at Nimmu, Magnetic Hills, Pathar Sahib Gurudwara, Phyang Monastery, Spituk Monastery.

You need to give yourself time to explore these places especially Lamayuru, Alchi and Likir monasteries. Hence, if you plan to cover these sightseeing places either while going towards Leh from Srinagar or towards Srinagar from Leh, then give yourself at least 3 days to cover the entire Srinagar – Leh route.

List of Accommodation or Stay Options on Srinagar – Leh Highway

Srinagar – Leh Highway is much better than Manali – Leh Highway in terms of accommodation options it offers and one can find decent place to stay within 125 odd KMs at max. At some places like Mulbekh, Sonamarg, Drass etc the accommodation options could be very limited and basic guest house / home stay types while places like Kargil, Lamayuru does offer varied amount of accommodation options. So, it always better to break the journey at Kargil or Lamayuru but of course there are not much worries for places of stay on Srinagar – Leh Highway than on Manali – Leh Highway. You can also take diversion to the towns of Alchi / Likir for a stay there as well. Of course you will find basic home stay types of accommodation at both Alchi / Likir but it would be a worthwhile experience in any case. Here is the break up of accommodation options available on Srinagar – Leh Highway with distances –

  • Srinagar – Sonamarg (80 KMs) | Decent number of accommodation options available at Sonamarg
  • Sonamarg – Drass (65 KMs) | Decent number of accommodation options available at Drass
  • Drass – Kargil (55 KMs) | Many accommodation options available at Kargil
  • Kargil – Mulbekh (40 KMs) | Few basic / home stay accommodation options available at Mulbekh
  • Mulbekh – Lamayuru (70 KMs) | Decent number of accommodation options available at Lamayuru
  • Lamayuru – Alchi / Likir (55 – 65 KMs / 65 – 75 KMs) | Few basic / home stay accommodation options available at Alchi / Likir
  • Lamayuru – Leh (125 KMs) | Many accommodation options available at Leh
  • Alchi / Likir – Leh ( 65 KM / 55 KMs) | Many accommodation options available at Leh

Please keep in mind that Alchi and Likir are not exactly on Srinagar – Leh Highway and you need to take diversions near Sasapol, I guess, for either of them. The distance between Alchi – Likir is about 18 – 20 KMs only.

Acclimatization and its importance on Srinagar – Leh Highway

Unlike Manali – Leh Highway, the journey on Srinagar – Leh Highway goes through gradual increase in altitude thereby helping our body to get acclimatized properly for the altitude of Leh. That is why going through Srinagar – Leh Highway is always preferred for road trip to Ladakh than going via Manali – Leh Highway. By going to Leh – Ladakh from Srinagar – Leh Highway, one gives himself a chance to properly acclimatize to the high altitudes there by decreasing the chances of being hit by AMS. In the return leg, you can go via Leh – Manali Highway so that your body is properly acclimatized by the time you under take the varied high altitudes on that route. This helps you enjoy the Manali – Leh highway in a better way as well.

Having said that even on Srinagar – Leh Highway its always good that you take little precautions to further minimize the effects of high altitude  sickness. Here are some tips which will help acclimatizing the body faster

  • Try to cover the Srinagar – Leh journey in two days with a night halt at Kargil most preferably.
  • Keep your body properly hydrated.
  • Avoid sleeping at high altitudes.
  • Avoid over exertion.
  • Avoid tobacco and smoking and alcohol and other depressant drugs.
  • Keep your body warm and eat lots of carbohydrates.
  • Avoid sleep during the day.
  • Sleep in upright position, if possible.
  • Carry preventive medicines for AMS.
  • Immediately descend, if symptoms increase.

For more information on Acute Mountain Sickness and all above acclimatization tips, please refer the following link at least once: Acute Mountain Sickness and Importance of Acclimatization

Fuel or Petrol Pumps on Srinagar – Leh Highway

Again, unlike Manali – Leh Highway, it is easy to find fuel or petrol on Srinagar – Leh Highway. One can get fuel or petrol on Srinagar Leh Highway at:  Srinagar, Kangan, Sonamarg, Kargil, Mulbekh, Wakha,  Khaltsi, Leh

ATMs on Srinagar – Leh Highway

As per my knowledge there are ATMS available at Ganderbal, Drass, Kargil apart from Leh and Srinagar ATMs. I guess you should carry enough cash with you in Ladakh because ATMs at these limited places can run out of money or become un-operational at any day or time.

Places on Srinagar – Leh Highway with their Distances and Altitudes

Generally, the places of on Srinagar – Leh Highway majorly goes like Srinagar – Sonamarg – Zozi La – Drass – Kargil – Mulbekh – Namika La – Fotu La – Lamayuru – Khaltsi – Sasapol – Nimmu – Leh and the approximate distances between these places is shown below briefly –

  • Srinagar – Sonamarg (80 KMs)
  • Sonamarg – Drass (65 KMs)
  • Drass – Kargil (55 KMs)
  • Kargil – Mulbekh (40 KMs)
  • Mulbekh – Lamayuru (70 KMs)
  • Lamayuru – Leh (125 KMs)

Summarized View of Facilities or Amenities on Srinagar – Leh Highway

Facility

Places

Accommodations / Stay Options

Sonamarg, Drass, Kargil (Many options), Mulbekh, Lamayuru, Alchi
Food / Beverages Sonamarg, Drass, Kargil (Many options), Mulbekh, Lamayuru, Alchi
Diesel / Petrol Pumps Mangan, Sonamarg, Kargil, Mulbekh, Wakha, Khaltsi
Mobile Connectivity
  • Upto Sonamarg both BSNL and Airtel post paid connections work, then in Drass only BSNL, once you reach Kargil you will get the Airtel signal, but then in Mulbekh and Lamayuru only BSNL works, in Nimmu Airtel is restored along with BSNL and once you reach Leh both Airtel and BSNL works.
  • Of course BSNL has more coverage and better connectivity within this range than any other operator. Airtel works in Ladakh but with poor connectivity.
  • SMS does work fine for both BSNL and Airtel.
  • Vodafone did not work after Srinagar and but now works in Leh – Ladakh with Aircel. Surprisingly, Anadi reports recently (June 2013) below that it does not work anymore, may be contract renewal did not happen or what. So, do not rely on Vodafone.
  • Aircel also work in Leh and adjoining areas.
  • Packet data works but only with BSNL that too with EDGE only.
  • Prepaid connections from outside Jammu and Kashmir do not work in Leh – Ladakh. Carry only post-paid.
  • Anadi reports below: Vodafone postpaid still does not work after anywhere after Srinagar on Srinagar-Leh Highway and towns falling on the said highway.(It works in Gulmarg and Pahalgam). It did not work in Sonemarg, Drass, Kargil, Mulbek, Khaltse, Nimmu and Leh. Bsnl was omnipresent. In Leh, Bsnl, Airtel and Aircel were working. Vodafone, Reliance and Idea were not working.
Fixed Phones Ganderbal, Sonamarg, Drass, Kargil, Mulbekh, Lamayuru, Alchi, Nimmu and in between these places as well
Electricity Almost all the towns en-route have electricity and I wonder if there is any town which lacks it.
Medical Facilities Sonamarg, Drass (limited), Kargil, Lamayuru (limited)
ATMs Ganderbal, Drass, Kargil
Mechanic / Puncture Shops Ganderbal, Sonamarg, Kargil, Lamayuru (Puncture), Mulbekh (Puncture), Nimmu (Puncture)
Liquor Shops Sonamarg, Drass, Kargil

Conclusion

Have you ever been to Srinagar – Leh Highway? If yes, please share your view points, suggestions or inputs as comments below, it will help other fellow travelers to plan their own journey on one of the beautiful highways of India. Are you planning to go to Ladakh via Srinagar – Leh Highway? If yes, please feel free to ask any queries or doubts you have regarding the same as comments below. I will be happy to reply and discuss them with you. Looking forward for your responses :)

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  1. venu panicker on

    Dear Dheeraj,
    Wishing you all the best for you and your forum. And a big thans for helping us through ur forum.
    I have been planning for a self drive trip from delhi – srinagar – leh- manali – delhi . i have contacted zoom cars and i can to know that there are troubles in leh for self driven cars and also for privet cars.
    PLS SEE THE MAIL I GOT.
    “Dear Zoomer,
    This is a follow-up on the Ladakh Travel Advisory (about ban of non-local vehicles including self-drive rented cars) we had issued earlier. It has come to our notice that the situation has aggravated and all outside vehicles (even personal cars) are being restricted from entering Leh. Cases of violence, including manhandling and stone pelting, have also come to light.
    In view of these unfortunate events, we would advise extreme caution to anyone who is planning to take any personal or rented vehicle in the region. ”

    Please give your feed back on this situation. I am travelling with two ladies and they are foreigners and we are planning this trip from 10 sept and end by 24 sep in delhi .

    thanks in advance

  2. Hi Dheeraj

    Thank you for replying to my earlier post. We have come up with the following itinerary from Srinagar to Leh. We plan to take a taxi (looking for travel partners to share taxi cost) from Srinagar to Leh and hire a bike in Leh.
    Please suggest any changes if you think this is not suitable.

    1 Aug: Reach Srinagar, overnight stay in Srinagar
    2 Aug: Start from Srinagar to Kargil
    3 Aug: Kargil to Leh; Cover Mulbekh Maitreya, Lamayuru, Zanskar, Ulley, Alchi
    4 Aug: Rest in leh and get inner line permits
    5 Aug: Leh-Khardungla-Diskit-Hunder; overnight at Hunder by bike
    6 Aug: Hunder – Pangong Tso by bike
    7 Aug: Pangong – Hanle; overnight at Hanle/if possible leave for Tso Moriri
    8 Aug: Hanle – Tso Moriri; overnight at Tso Moriri
    9 Aug: Tso Moriri – Leh by bike
    10 Aug: Leh – Keylong; overnight at keylong; On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal
    11 Aug: Keylong – Manali

    Please suggest if this is a doable itinerary.

    Thanks

  3. Nikhil Sharan on

    Mr Dheeraj. Let me thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your efforts. I have planned my trip from 4th August to 14th Delhi-Srinagar-Leh-Manali-Delhi. I have not seen such a detailed info on such an important topic. Travellers like you are a blessing for all the love you share. You will always grow in life. Keep up the good work. My team appreciates you.

    • Thanks a ton Nikhil for taking out time and writing this feedback for us, really appreciate and many a times much needed one to keep yourself running at same pace :)

  4. Hello Dheeraj Sir,

    6 of us are reaching Srinagar on 25 August, 2015 at 13:00 hrs. We want to visit Nubra, Pangong and TsoMoriri and this is our first time in Ladakh.
    I have two questions:
    1) We have to reach Manali by 3rd September evening. So what should be our ideal itinerary?
    2) We have 3 girls in our team. Should we take any extra precaution on that part?

    Thanks in advance.

    P.S: I have read almost 40-50 blogs in your website. Respect for you for the effort you put in to showcase in intrinsic details for every single item! Our ladakh would have impossible without DOW.

    • Hi Ribhu,

      Thanks for the appreciation, much needed at times :) :)

      1. You can follow the below plan:

      26: Srinagar – Kargil
      27: Kargil – Leh
      28: Leh rest and acclimatize
      29: Leh – Nubra
      30: Nubra – Pangong Tso via Wari La, please keep in mind that route is desolated and very few people travel on this route
      31: Pangong Tso – Leh/Upshi
      1: Tso Moriri
      2: Tso Moriri to Sarchu
      3: Sarchu to Manali

      2. Girls shall be fine too, a lot of girls or females are quite frequent on Ladakh trip now :)

      • Dear Sir,
        Thanks a lot for your kind response :)

        Given Amaranth Yatra is ending on 29th August and we are reaching Srinagar on 25th August, what all things (Hotel, Cars etc) should we book beforehand? And what car should be economically and performance wise perfect for the Wari La route for a team of 6?

        • Ribhu, you have to hire whatever is available in Leh for sightseeing. Not much in control of that. Better go with Xylo or Scorpio. Rest if you OK with searching few places it should be OK to book on spot too

  5. AVINASH V SAMANI on

    Dear Mr. Dheeraj,

    Need your guidance on places to visit near Srinagar, if i am having 2 (two) days time.

    Thanks & Regards.

    • is there any time bracket to cross sonamarg towards leh as told by some traveller that you have to reach there early because the highway is only open for one way traffic from sonamarg from 10 am to 1 pm.

  6. Thanks for the great articles Dheeraj & team DoW. Im gradually getting through them as there is a ton of information here.
    We will be doing Srinagar-Leh in mid Sep’15(1 Cab and 2 bikes rented). As recommended by you, was considering 2 nights in Sri , 1 night enroute at Kargil and remainder of the 10 day trip in Leh.

    My questions:

    1) Any place we can experience snow in this trip? (was thinking of making a night stop at Sonmarg instead of Sri if there is snow there in mid Sep)

    2) Any advantage of doing a night stop at Pangong Tso? Since, when I went there last about 5 years ago, we did a day trip and back.

    3) Reading all the issues with the taxi union in Leh we are considering surrendering our Srinagar vehicles on arrival and re-renting at Leh. What do you think?

    Thanks a lot again,
    Anmol.

    • Hi Anmol,

      1. No snow will be there unless if it snows at high passes that day when you cross the pass. Else no snow.
      2. Better do it in relaxing manner and stay overnight rather than rushing it. You can go further towards Man – Merak and stay there for sometime or walk along the pangong tso.
      3. Yes, you will have to do it, no option out of it :)

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  7. Steffi Itola on

    Hi,

    I have gone through your site and I would find it helpful if you could advise me on the itinerary of my trip beginning on 1st of august and ending on 9th of august.

    On 1st aug- 7.40 am flight from delhi to srinagar. Take a city tour of srinagar.
    2nd of aug- leave for leh in a hired cab reach kargil (night stay at kargil)
    3rd of aug- leave for leh. enroute visit the shami valley, magnetic hills (night stay at leh)
    4th of aug- leave for nubra valley and return to leh (night stay at leh)
    5th of aug – leave for Panong tso lake and return to leh (night stay at leh)
    6th of aug -leave for srinagar
    7th of aug – leave for gulmarg and return to srinagar (night stay at srinagar )
    8th of aug- leave for pahalgaum and return to srinagar (night stay at srinagar )
    9th early morning flight to delhi.

    Please inform me wether this is a gud plan and let me know any permits are required and were can i get it from.

    Thanks & regards,
    Steffi

        • Steffi Itola on

          Hi Dheeraj,

          Wow your adventure trip sounds tempting!!
          Thanks for your reply. In fact was waiting everyday day.
          Please let me know about this as my journey dates are coming close!!!!

    • Hello Steffi,

      Thank you, glad you found the site helpful. It is quite a hectic plan as there does not seems to be too many days here. I will suggest that you skip Gulmarg and Pahalgam here and do Ladakh only in these two days. You can keep on day for rest after reaching Leh and make a two day trip to Nubra Valley followed by one day trip to Pangong Tso from Leh. This will ease out things for you to quite an extend.

        • Since you are an Indian, you do not need any permits for traveling to Inner Line Areas of Ladakh over conventional routes to these places :) .. Try out the below plan:

          4th of aug- Leh Rest Day and acclimatization
          5th of aug – Leh – Khardung La – Nubra Valley
          6th of aug – Nubra Valley – Pangong Tso via Wari La Pass (it is a desolated route, so take it if your driver is confident)
          6th of aug – Pangong Tso – Leh/Alchi
          7th of aug – Leh/Alchi – Kargil/Sonamarg
          8th of aug- Kargil/Sonamarg – Srinagar OR Sonamarg – Gulmarg – Srinagar
          9th early morning flight to delhi.

  8. arunkumarparathody on

    Hi dheeraj

    Me and friends have started and reached amritsar. Planning to drive to srinagar starting on Tuesday morning as early as possible.

    Meanwhile hearing unconfirmed reports of huge blocks, washed out roads, floods etc on the amritsar-jammu-srinagar-kargil-leh route. Is there any reason to be worried or alter plans? Please advise regarding the current situation.

    Thank you
    Arun kumar

    • Sorry Arun I was on Sach Pass trip in Pangi Valley and not updated with current updates of what is happening with roads. Manali – Leh was open when I traveled there on Sunday and Monday

  9. Hi Dheeraj

    Firstly, this is a wonderful and informative post.
    I could really use some help. We are a couple planning a trip to Leh and Ladhak and plan to leave from Hyderabad on 1st August to reach Srinagar. After reading your post we understood that driving down from Srinagar to Leh is a better option. We would like to rent a bike and drive to Leh from Srinagar and we plan to go back to Manali from Leh. Other than this we don’t have any other information.

    It would be great if you could help us understand how we can plan this trip and what are the places we can see in Leh and Ladhak and where we can stay. Is there a bike rental that we can rent in Srinagar and drop off the bike in Leh. How can we travel to Manali from Leh? Are there any buses?

    It would be great if you could help us plan this trip of our lifetime.

    Thanks

  10. Dear Dheeraj,

    me and my friends planning to visit Srinagar-Leh-Srinagar / Srinagar-Leh-Manali by late august.
    We are starting from kerala on 22nd will reach jammu by 25th morning. please help me to make a feasible itinerary starting from jammu to srinagar-leh-srinagar or srinagar -leh- manali-Chandigarh. (Hired vehicle might be innova)
    we are planing for nubra valley,pangong tso, tso moriri. we have to return back to chandigarh by 31st.so how effectively we can plan within this limited period.
    please suggest a feasible itinerary also about the hired vehicles.

    • You can follow the below plan:

      25: Jammu – Srinagar
      26: Srinagar – Kargil
      27: Kargil – Leh
      28: Leh rest
      29: Leh – Sarchu/Jispa
      30: Sarchu/Jispa – Manali
      31: Manali – Chandigarh

      So, you are just traveling on road only ad seeing nothing in Ladakh with these many days

  11. Shantanu Banerjee on

    Thanks Dheeraj,

    Just to be sure.. is there any time slot for Private Cars to travel from Srinagar to Kargil? Because in some post I saw it 4 – 7 PM is the private car slot and some other post mentioned there is no specific timing.

    Do you have any update on the above?

    Regards

    Shantanu Banerjee

  12. Hi Dheeraj,

    Here is our rough plan.
    Aug 8: leaving Bangalore to Srinagar,find bike agents [One way deal], stay in srinagar
    Aug 9: Start early morning to Kargil,stay in kargil
    Aug 10: leaving to Leh. local sight seeing,stay @ leh
    Aug 11: leaving to pangong lake, stay in pangong
    Aug 12: leaving to leh, stay in leh.
    Aug 13: heading towards manali, stay @ sarchu(6hr ride)
    Aug 14: leave to keylong,stay in keylong
    Aug 15: leave the bike in manali. And catch bus to chandigarh.
    Aug 16 : chandigarh to bangalore.

    is this feasible? Please let me know.

    Regards
    Anoop

  13. Hi Dheeraj,

    We(4 members including 2 women) are planning to start from Delhi on 15th Aug by our Zen Estilo. Is it safe to be in Jammu/Srinagar around Independence day?

    Thanks

    • Regarding security issues, in general the tourist areas remain safe there but bandhs can affect the traffic movement. It is advised always that you leave the city in the early morning hours in such cases. Usually these bandhs are pre-declared and hence you can leave the city in early morning hours judging the situation around before the bandh gets active. As long as you can stick to main highway and tourist areas, there is in general no issues.
      If you are really concerned about it more then probably you can skip the stay at Srinagar and move to Sonamarg the same day you reach Srinagar.

  14. Hi,

    I am planning to travel from Delhi to Leh on 20th August via flight and return from Srinagar side on 28th via flight. How will the road status to travel from Leh to Srinagar during August end by bike and also will the bike be available for one way ( i.e., Leh to Srinagar) and what will be the cost.

    • It is monsoon time in general up there in North and at some parts of Manali – Leh Highway (like before Baralacha La) and Srinagar – Leh Highway (like before Kargil) you might need to face monsoon hassles but once you get closer to Ladakh, then Ladakh being rain shadow region is least affected by monsoon rains, though rains does reach Ladakh now but to minimum and mostly it might remains overcast conditions. There is no thumb rule of certainty about weather conditions but above is generally common pictures seen over last few years except ugly 2010 …

  15. Arvind Choudhary on

    Hi Deeraj,
    Could you please help me in finding good bike rentals in Srinagar? I want to do Srinagar-Leh-Manali bike trip. Will they be willing to rent the bike out only for one way? (I know its expensive but its fine for me given limited time). Thanks a lot. Arvind.

  16. Hello Dheeraj, Here is my updated plan.

    Aug 1st: Flight from Chennai Arrival @Srinagar
    Aug 2nd: Proceed towards Leh. Night stay@Kargil
    Aug 3rd: Reach Leh. Overnight.
    Aug 4th: Rest day @Leh. Overnight
    Aug 5th: To Hunder (Hired Taxi Up/down). Night halt @Leh
    Aug 6th: To Tso moriri Night halt@Karzok
    Aug 7th: Towards Manali. Night halt @Jispa
    Aug 8th: Reach Manali. Night bus to Delhi.
    Aug 9th: Evening Flight to Chennai.

    Awaiting for your suggestion. Thanks.

  17. Hi Dheeraj,
    I think my post got moderated out due to penning of my contact number. Apologies for the same. Nevertheless can you please answer my queries?

  18. Hi Dheeraj,
    We are speechless to read such a comprehensive post and the links are quiet self explanatory.
    We are a family of three(kid aged 10) will be landing at Srinagar on Sunday 8th Nov 2015 at 8:30AM and have a return flight from Leh on Sun 15th Nov at 8:20 AM. We have the following queries;
    1. Would the highway be closed during 8-15 Nov?
    2. Is it advisable to take two halts enroute and have more time in leh?
    3. Must see places? Places which we can skip for want of time?
    4. On 8th Nov by the time we come out of the airport it would be 9:30 AM is it ok to drive to kargil(200KM)? would it be too tiring? or do we plan a night halt in Srinagar on sunday and then start the road trip from Monday.?
    5. Is srinagar of any interest during that time as the weather would be bit gloomy.
    6. Any good tour operator who could organise the stay, travel and permits.

    Thanks in advance.

    Harish
    09922992360

    • One more thing. I just checked that there is airindia flight every wednesday from srinagar to Leh . I could book and keep it as backup just in case the highway is closed. The wednesday comes to 11th Nov and the cost is just bit less than 7000 rs for three tickets. The catch is if I cancel i would get only 2000 back. What say? God forbid if the highway is closed during 8th to 10th Nov 2015 then anyway I will loose heavily for cancelling my return ticket from leh and also I will need to shell out huge sums for getting a last minute ticket from srinagar to delhi.
      Pls suggest from your experience if the highway could be closed. whats the probability?
      Thanks

  19. Hello Dheeraj.,.,
    Can u please suggest,whether it is safe to travel Srinagar-Leh with kids??? My daughter is 1 year 5 mnths old..

    Thank you

    • Ankur, 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 fitness level. 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.

  20. Hi Dheeraj,

    Fantastic info you’ve given here mate. I will be travelling to Leh on 15th Sep to 21st Sep 2015.
    We are two friends, we take a flight from Delhi to Leh and vice versa for our return trip.
    So, essentially we have 6 full days in hand. My plan in short will be as per below:
    15th Sep: Arrive Leh (overnight in Leh)
    16th Sep: Leh Sightseeing (overnight in Leh)
    17th Sep: Travel to Nubra Valley (overnight in Nubra Valley)
    18th Sep: Return to Leh (overnight in Leh)
    19th Sep: Travel to Pangong (overnight in Pangong)
    20th Sep: Return to Leh
    21st Sep: Fly back to Delhi

    Can you please suggest if this is doable or not, or alternatively, can you please suggest an itinerary..
    I would like to cover Nubra and Pangong, but feel like I’m a day short in this itinerary.

    Cheers Mate,
    Sahil

  21. Lata shetty on

    I found your post soooo helpful and written in detail. Thanks for all the efforts. We are planning road trip to leh via Srinagar – leh highway next May 2016. But could not resist reading your post.

  22. Hello Dheeraj, Below is my plan to Reach Leh and Back to Delhi. Please check and tell me the feasibility.

    Aug 1st: Flight from Chennai Arrival @Srinagar by Noon. Night stay.

    Aug 2nd: Start to Leh. (Hired Innova for 7 people) Reach Kargil for Night stay

    Aug 3rd: Proceed to Leh as early as possible. Reach by late noon. Acclimatize. Night stay@Leh

    Aug 4th: Proceed to Nubra valley (Hired Bikes). Night stay in Hunder

    Aug 5th: Return to Leh. Return the bikes. Local sight seeing. Night halt at Leh

    Aug 6th: Hired Innova to drop in Manali. En route divert towards TSO MORIRI lake. Night stay in Karzok

    Aug 7th: Early morning proceed to Manali via Tso kar. Reach Jispa or if possible Keylong for night stay ( Will be a tight day i guess as we have to cover 340kms)

    Aug 8th: Proceed to Manali from Jispa or Keylong. Bus to Delhi@18:00 hours from HRTC Bus stand

    Aug 9th: Morning arrival in Delhi. Afternoon flight from DELHI to Chennai.

    Advance thanks for the reply..

  23. abhay sachan on

    Hi ,

    We are 8 friends ( 4 boys & 4 girls) planning to travel Leh – via Srinagar -leh highway from 3rd July to 13th July from Delhi.We hired 4 bullets from Srinagar
    Below is our plan –
    3rd july – delhi to udhampur by train
    4th July – Udhampur to Srinagar by traveller
    5th July – Srinagar to sonmarg-drass-kargil (halt at kargil)
    6th July – Kargil – Lamayuru- Leh(stay at Leh)
    7th July-Leh to Pangong
    8th July – Pangong to leh and then head direct to Nubra Valley(diskit)- early start from Pangong
    9th July – diskit to leh (halt at leh- local sight seeing in evening)
    10thJuly- Leh -lamayuru-kargil (halt at kargil)
    11th july-kargil -drass-sonamrg-srinagar
    12th july – Srinagar to udhampur and train to delhi at 11 pm at night
    13th july- Morning will be there in delhi

    Please tell us if this is feasible , considering the monsoon and 4 girls & 4 boys on 4 bikes.

    or any change you can suggest keeping the dates as same as aobve.

    Thanks ,
    Abhay Sachan

    • Abhay, you are at a risk of AMS and also you are just on the road mostly without any rest. On MUST DO change is to do Nubra first and then visit Pangong Tso lake

  24. Hi Dheeraj,

    Wanted to plan a self drive trip starting from Delhi. We want to plan a trip between 3rd July and end by 12th July. What plan and route will be best suited in case we want to cover the trip with the above dates?? Would not like to miss any place but just in case required will be willing to miss some.

    Regards,
    Nikhil

  25. Our group is also planning for road trip Delhi – Srinagar – Leh- Manali -Delhi in last week of August. We would be travelling by zoomcars.

    There are few queries riding our minds, I hope you may be able to answer :

    a. Firstly, we would reach pathankot around 6pm, and would like to continue till udhampur/patnitop (around 8/10pm). How well are the road, traffic conditions and is it advisable to continue.
    b. How about the traffic and road conditions from Patnitop – Srinagar – Sonamarg.
    c. In Leh, will local sight seeing be a problem from taxi union for our travel by zoomcars.
    d. I heard inner line permits for Indian travellers is not required now, is this true.

    In another blog, I read the local taxi union charge some amount from the travellers using self-drive cars and allow them to pass through. Pls say.

  26. Prateek yadav on

    hello dheeraj,

    i was planning my trip on 3rd july from srinagar but thn i came to know that there are some timings set by army for civilians and tourist on highway from srinagar to kargil or something like that….. it would be helpful if u share some information on this please…

    Thanks :)

  27. How comfortable are the buses for the journey Srinagar-Leh and Leh-Manali? Also would visiting during July give us any glimpses of snow on the high altitude passes on the 2 highways??? TIA

    • Amitoj, Srinagar – Leh you will find normal JKSRTC buses and some tour operators do run semi deluxe buses too. Leh – Manali HPTDC buses run semi deluxe buses. Yes, you will get glimpses of snow in July.

  28. Hi Dheeraj ,

    As every visitor to leh-ladakh ,i am very thankful to this great blog and really appreciate all your effort to answer every post whtsoevr.
    So, we are 5 and visiting leh in the first week of August.
    Our tour plan:

    31st July – Flight to Srinagar from Delhi.
    31st July – Spend time in Srinagar (Dal lake and stay in Houseboat).
    1st Aug – Srinagar to Kargil by rented cab ,
    2nd Aug – Kargil to Leh (Overnight stay in Kargil )
    3rd Aug – Visit all nearby place and Ladakh.
    4th Aug – Leh – Kgardung La – Diskit – Hunder (Nubra Valley) on Bike
    5th Aug – Hunder to Leh
    6th Aug – Leh to Pangong Tso Lake on Bike
    7th Aug – Pangong Tso Lake to Leh On Bike.
    8th Aug – Leh to Srinagar -(Travel in 1 day in 1 strech).
    9th Aug – Flight to Delhi

    Now ,we need to save one day so we don’t have to travel all the way from srinagar-leh in 1 day.
    1) How feasible to cover Leh- Nubra- Pangong – Leh on bike in august first week.
    As per your other blog there are 2 routes ( Nubra-wari la-Pangong Tso and Nubra-Shyok village-Pangong Tso ) .
    2)We would prefer via Wari la. As it will be early monsoon ,can we take this route on bike .Or hired taxi would be a better/safer idea.
    3)Are we going to miss anything if we not choose to go leh-nubra-leh and leh-pangong-leh instead leh-nubra valley- Pangong Tso -Leh.
    4)Any suggestions on booking camps in Nubra and Pangong Tso.

    Looking forward to your expert advice ..:-)

    Thanks
    Upanshu

    • Hi Upanshu,

      1. Totally feasible in case you are comfortable in riding bike in mountains. Please stick to the conventional routes to these places
      2. Wari La is desolated, keep this in mind before going over it. In desolation, numbers are the key so that if one vehicle goes down atleast there is comfort of safety with other
      3. Not really
      4. You can check the nice, preferred list of accommodation options in entire Leh – Ladakh (Leh, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri) including moderate (cheap budget hotels as well) in the series of articles starting on the link here

      • Hi Dheeraj ,

        Thanks a ton for the reply.
        Just one more question.
        As i said earlier ,we are running one day short in the schedule. And so we wanted to cover leh-nubra-pangong tso-leh ,but it seems not possible due to unexpected rain .
        And we need to book the camps in pangong.
        So our option are
        1st option- spend 2 days for pangong and one day travel from leh-srinagar ).
        (6th Aug leh-pangong tso
        7th Aug pangong tso- leh
        8th Aug start from leh to srinagar
        9th Aug Fly to delhi

        2nd option- spend one day for Pangong tso and 2 days for return.
        6th Aug Leh- Pangong -Leh
        7th Aug leh- kargil
        8th Aug kargil – srinagar
        9th Aug fly to delhi.

        Please suggest which is the better option to choose . And also if we plan to stay in pangong ,what would be the best choice.

        Thanks
        Upanshu

        • Upanshu, though I will favour the first one as it gives at least rest for 2 days to me but still I would like to know the flight time on 9th Aug?

  29. arunkumarparathody on

    hello dheeraj,

    i have some bad news. my guest house owner in leh just called me and informed that the taxi union in leh has made a decision not to allow any zoom cars or such rental cars to go from leh to pangong tso, nubra etc. they have put up “check posts” on the roads and are stopping travellers in such vehicles, ( black background nuimber plates with yellow numbering), and harassing the tourists, and not allowing them to proceed.

    this puts us in quite a fix as we are from kerala and dont have any contacts in delhi, and so we already booked and paid for a zoom car for our 20 day trip. now it looks like we’re gonna have to leave it in leh and rely on the taxi drivers. i hear that they can charge upto 20K for a stay trip to pangong tso.

    worse, the guy told that the district administratio0n is with the union and will not lift a finger to stop this practice.

    is the situation likely to change? will someone do something against this??

    • starting this year, there are many uncertainties over taking a self drive car with even black number plate to Ladakh as taxi union or local taxi guys have started creating nuisances especially on the route to Pangong Tso and Nubra Valley. There have been reports where tyres have been deflated, people have surrounded/questioned and asked for various documents and proofs to be shown even if you have a black number plate self drive car with you. Having said that, some people have fall victim of it and some have been able to escape the troubles and have visited Nubra and Pangong Tso in their self drive cars in this year itself. So, it appears all by luck that if you escape the eyes of such elements who are creating nuisances up there over self drive cars with black number plates, you are good to go. Otherwise, be ready for some confronting if the day is bad up there. This includes Zommcar self drive rented cars too. Not sure if it is legal or not yet

      Situation will not change but be assured that no one, read “no one” in Leh will charge you more than what is defined by Taxi Union. They might be fighting for their living caught off guard by self drive services but from heart they are one of the most genuine and honest people you will come across.

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

  30. Anil verma on

    HI DheeraJ,
    I am Planning to travel on 22th june from Delhi to LEH VIA Srinagar in my Honda city (petrol).
    Need your advice if honda city will be fine for the journey.
    Also road condition is good for my car. i am following same route in return. will that will be of for my honda city ?

    • Hi Dheeraj,
      We 6 friends from Mumbai have planned for a LEH trip. I will brief you about our plans.
      We will be ariving in Srinagar on 15th and a day will be spent there visiting all the local sight seeing. Can you sugggest some good places over there???

      We will be leaving Srinagar by car on 16th August with night halt at Kargil, and then next day reaching to Leh on 17th.

      In Leh we are planning a bike trip to Khandungla pass for a day, then one day in LEH city and one day to Pangong lake. All these trip within and around Leh will be on bikes. Would it be feasible to Pangong and back in one day on bikes???

      From Leh we will be leaving on 20th the to Tsokar lake by a car where we will be night halting and the next day to Manali…Also should i Book a car or will get something on the spot??
      I am asking about car booking from Srinagar to Leh and Leh to Manali and bike booking in Leh..coz the rates seem pretty high on various websites, so is it preferrable to book on the spot or in advance???

      After reaching Manali we will be travelling to Delhi and then flying to Mumbai. Pls suggest if any changes are required..also the place to visit enroute and at Leh and Manali…

      Thanks & Regards,
      Kaustubh

      • Kaustubh, I will suggest to move to Sonamarg when you land on 15th to ease out the journey. Do rest day in Leh before going to Khardung La trip. It will take about 11-12 hrs of ride for Pangong tso one day trip, see if you can manage. Tso Kar to manali will be a bit long, about 13-14 Hrs. Do not book on any site, book on the spot. For the leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2015 – 16 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here. You can get about 10-12% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more.

    • Honday city with its low ground clearance is going to struggle brother, plus in case there is any issue then it will be very difficult to get someone to repair it as well.

  31. Dheeraj, you are a rockstar!!

    I have finally booked my tickets out of Leh (on the July 16th morning). Reaching there by road (srinagar – Leh) on the 11th evening. What sort of itenarary am i looking at ? for 5 nights and 4 days? I def want to see Pangong and Nubra. Is that possible? and still not rush..

    • Thank you Arvind. But, you have too little time to do it. May be something like below:

      Day 1 | Srinagar to Kargil, if you reaching there before 12:00 noon
      Day 2 | Kargil to Leh
      Day 3 | Leh rest day
      Day 4 | Make a day trip to Khardung La or Pangong Tso, it will risk the chance of AMS

      • Dheeraj, I prob did not communicate this to you as well as I should have.

        Leaving srinagar- 10th morning
        Reaching Leh – 11th evening
        12
        13
        14
        15
        16th morning – Flying out early morning.

        • Arvind, you can do it like:

          12 – Rest Day in Leh
          13 – Leh – Khardung La – Nubra Valley
          14 – Nubra Valleu – Leh
          15 – Leh – Pangong tso – Leh

  32. sunil bhandari on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    Thanks a lot for such a great and detailed post for Srinagar – Leh journey. I am planning a trip from Delhi to Srinagar – Leh – delhi with my family (wife, 2 kids (4 & 7) and parents around 3rd week of July for 15 days approx. Is this a good and safe time (monsoons in mind) to travel especially with kids ? I will be flying into Srinagar from Delhi and then its all by road till Leh and fly out of Leh to Delhi on the last day. What do you suggest for my itinerary ?
    Thanks a lot.
    Regards,
    Sunil Bhandari

  33. HI ,
    We are planning trip to Leh on first week of Aug. for 12 days.
    We plan to reach Srinagar by flight and hire bike from Srinagar.
    Please suggest a best suitable plan for us for bike trip.

    • Day 1 | Delhi – 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 + Acclimatization
      — To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 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 – 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 8 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
      — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 9 | 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 10 | Leh – Taglang La – Moore Plains – Pang – Sarchu
      — Stay overnight at Sarchu

      Day 11 | 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 12 | Manali – Delhi

      • Tia Sparkles on

        WOW!! What an incredible site and such detailed information you’ve provided, Dheeraj. I’m uber impressed with how you respond to every comment – you really care about your readers & travellers :). Found your site as I was looking up information for our trip to Ladakh and have read quite a few posts – your responses have helped me plan about 70% of our trip already, esp this one.

        Now I’m turning to you to help fit in the missing links. Thanks in advance for all your help! We’re starting off from Chandigarh on the afternoon of 25th of July and have to be back on August 9th late afternoon / early evening. That’s 15 nights 16 days.

        25th – Chandigarh to Jammu (since we are starting at 2pm)
        26th – Jammu to Srinagar
        27th – Srinagar to Kargil
        28th – Kargil to Leh
        29th – Leh rest day
        30th – Leh to Nubra Valley
        31st – Nubra valley & around
        1st – Nubra to ???
        2nd – ???
        3rd – ???
        4th – ???
        5th – ????? to Leh
        6th – Leh – Pangong Tso
        7th – Pangong Tso – Sarchu
        8th – Sarchu – Manali
        9th – Manali – Chandigarh

        What else can we do in the area? I would like to fit in Tsomoriri Lake. It’s a relaxed kinda trip, so we prefer to stop at places along the way to our next destination instead of doubling back to Leh every 2nd day (unless there’s no way around that).

        We will be travelling in an XUV 500 – do we need skid chains, tow hook, jerrycans, a stove etc? That was recommended to us by a friend who just returned 2 weeks ago.

        Once again, thanks a million – let us know if you need anything from there :)!

        • Tia Sparkles on

          Also, will we be fine driving around everywhere in our car or are taxis better in some areas? Our friend said he left his Xylo in Leh and hired taxis for sightseeing..

        • Hi Tia,

          Sorry for delayed reply, I was on a trip in Pangi Valley with limited connectivity. Thank you for liking the DoW website and super glad to know it answered most of your queries too :)

          I will suggest following plan for you:

          25th – Chandigarh to Jammu (since we are starting at 2pm)
          26th – Jammu to Srinagar
          27th – Srinagar to Kargil
          28th – Kargil to Leh
          29th – Leh rest day
          30th – Leh to Nubra Valley
          31st – Nubra valley & around, do go to Turtuk for sure
          1st – Nubra to Leh
          2nd – Leh – Pangong Tso covering Thicksey and Shey palace
          3rd – Pangong Tso to Leh covering Hemis Monastery
          4th – Leh – Tso Moriri Lake via Chumathang
          5th – Tso Moriri – Tso Kar Lake
          6th – Tso Kar to Sarchu
          7th – Sarchu – Manali
          8th – Manali – Chandigahr
          9th – Buffer day for rain hassles

          I will suggest that you prefer above because it ends up in much relaxing manner than going direct ways due to limited stay options on direct routes, you end up rushing to destination hurriedly. You do not need any skid chains. Do carry stove and jerrycans as it may be required. A wooden plan to get tyre out of slush in case it gets stuck.

          Regards
          Dheeraj

  34. Hi Dheeraj,

    Me & my husband plan for a trip in the 3rd week of August to Leh. We plan to take a flight to Srinagar and a return from there. We are planning a trip for 10 days. We need your suggestions on the travel from Srinagar to Leh and the best scenic places around Leh. We are not looking for a really hectic trip so if you could suggest the possible places we could cover with enough breaks. Also can we visit Amarnath in this trip? Are there any permissions for ame?

    Thanks

    • Priya, 4 days will be used just in travel over Srinagar – Leh Highway. 1 days is required for rest and hence adding Amarnath yatra will mean too much I will say. You can follow something as below:

      Day 1 | Delhi – 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 + Acclimatization
      — To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 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 – 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 8 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
      — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 9 | Leh – Lamayuru – Kargil
      — Cover Mulbekh Maitrey, Lamayuru Moanstery, Lunar Landscapes
      — On the way you can also see Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu
      — Overnight at Kargil

      Day 10 | Kargil – Drass – Zozi La – Sonamarg – Srinagar
      — Enjoy the vistas enroute
      — Have late drunch meal at Sonamarg
      — Overnight at Srinagar

  35. Hi Dheeraj,

    We are planning to go to Leh on 24th July via Srinagar. Will it be an appropriate time to visit ? Or do we need to take Manali-Leh route ? Thanks a lot for all the work that u r doing for this community

  36. hi sir
    pls suggest me how to book a advance and cheaper taxi or bus ticket from srinagar to leh highway..

  37. Will I be able to enjoy or see Snow on Srinagar Leh highway in the last week of June? Also please suggest me with some good Pure Veg restaurants on the highway and Leh town.

  38. Hi Dheeraj,

    As I’ve previously posted, I’m planning a trip to Leh via the Jammu-Srinagar highway and back via Manali. However, I’ve just been reading travel warnings about this area and was wondering how accurate these warnings are (ie, if they are making the issue out to be bigger than it is). Below is an extract from what I’ve read. What are your thoughts on traveling this route?

    Cities of Jammu and Srinagar (including the Jammu-Srinagar highway): We advise you to reconsider your need to travel to the cities of Jammu and Srinagar, including the Jammu-Srinagar highway, due to the risk of armed clashes, terrorist attacks and violent demonstrations. If you choose to travel to Srinagar, you should do so by air. All travel to the region should be via Manali, or by air to the region’s main city of Leh, in order to avoid potential trouble spots elsewhere in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

    Thanks!
    Liesel

    • Liesel, yes there are intermittent issues with strikes / bandhs / protests and all, however, in most occasions tourist circuits are left aside from trouble. If you are concerned my advice will be also to fly to Srinagar and then move to Sonamarg that day only. Then you can take it easy all the way to back home as required.

    • mansoor shayir on

      Hi i am from kashmir and would like to tell you that there is nothing like that. Please fell free to go by road anywhere anytime you want. It is seriously safe all around

  39. Hi, Dhreeraj Sir, Plz suggest itinerary for 12 day, We are three People on bike, Planing to start Our Ride from DELHI-JAMMU-SRINAGAR-LEH-MANALI DELHI, So please suggest itinerary including tsomoriri lake, Pangong and Khurdang-La……?

  40. dheeraj jee we are planing to go leh from srinagar 17 june. i have hyundai accent .can we reach in 1 day ? sir please advice me .

      • sir i belong to dharmshala H.P. so i have good hill road driving experiance from last 20 years . dharmshala to jammu . srinagar. kargil . leh . back keylong manali and dharmshala so 6 days are good or not ? and also accent car which is new and done only 13000 kms . we are total 2 me & my friend . i shall be very very thankful to you

        • These are the night halts you will have to under go from Dharamshala in a hectic way with just 6-7 days in hand without buffer and any other location of Ladakh

          Dharamashala to Patnitop
          Patnitop to Sonamarg
          Sonamarg – Leh, long drive
          Leh Rest day
          Leh – Sarchu
          Sarchu to Manali
          Manali to Dharamshala

  41. Hi Dheeraj,
    I am planning to travel on 19th June from Srinagar to Leh in my Maruti Suzuki ERTIGA.
    Need your advise if ERTIGA will be fine for this route.
    Also if road conditions are good then would want to take Leh – Manali route in retrun.
    WIll that be okay for ERTIGA ?
    Please advise.
    Warm regards,

  42. Hi Dheeraj,
    We are about 15 friends planning a trip to leh. Our major issue is time, though I know that leh is one destination where you should go with as much time as possible.
    We are reaching Srinagar on 27th June at 2 pm and want to head straight for sonmarg. Overnight at sonmarg
    28th June we want to do sonmarg to leh ( please advise if this is possible. If so then we would like to be in leh on 28th Jun to 1st July
    Start from leh on 2nd July and stay at Sarchu.
    3rd July sarchu to jispa
    4th July jispa to manali.
    The queries now
    1) can we do sonmarg to leh in one day and enjoy the drive enroute with all the picture stops
    2) is the return trip from leh alright as planned by us

    We would have 4 bikes 2 bullet and 2 hyosung.
    Plus the 4 wheelers would be 4×4
    Advice would be highly appreciated
    Vivek

  43. Hi Dheeraj,

    thanks for your blog regarding srinagar to leh .
    it is very help full for all of us.
    since it’s my 1st time to travel on bike for mountain road.
    i have some question for your please help.
    1) I want to travel on Aug 1st or 2 nd week so it is a good time to travel or not
    2) i want to hire a bike from srinager to leh & return we are two peoples so a single bike will be ok or we have to hire two bike
    3) my travel as per below
    mumbai to srinagar 2 day by train
    srinagar rest
    day -1 Srinagar-Kargil
    day -2 kargil to leh
    day -3 leh sight seen
    day-4 leh to pangong lake to leh
    day -5 leh to kargil
    day -6 kargil to srinagr
    please suggest how i can see the below site on my route
    sham valley, alchi, likri, basgo, magnetic hill, gurudware sahib.
    also give your advised which more site i can see on this plan.

    day -7 srinagr stay
    return to mumbai

    looking for your prompt reply .
    thanks
    vaibhav

  44. Hi ,
    I am planning to visit leh from Srinagar. Our flight will be touch Srinagar on 3rd july after noon. Our return flight is from New Delhi. I have drafted my plan as bellow. Please check and let me know if I have missed anything .

    Days Date Days Programme
    1 3/7/2015 Fri Arrive Srinagar – Sonamarg
    2 4/7/2015 Sat Sonamarg- Temisgam (Sham Valley)
    3 5/7/2015 Sun Temisgam – Leh
    4 6/7/2015 Mon Leh – Nubra Vlaley
    5 7/7/2015 Tue Nubra Valley – Leh
    6 8/7/2015 Wed Leh – Pangogn Lake – Leh
    7 9/7/2015 Thu Leh – Sarchu
    8 10/7/2015 Fri Sarchu – Manali
    9 11/7/2015 Sat Manali = Delhi Overnight Bus
    10 12/7/2015 Sun Arrive Delhi

    Thank You

  45. SOURAV PRAMANIK on

    I’m planning for zansakar valley-ladakh trip as follows
    DAY1:Arv. Srinagar from kolkata by flight..stay at srinagar
    DAY2:stay at kargil.
    DAY3:stay at rangdum..is there any of altitude sickness for zansakar tour?
    DAY4:stay at Padum
    DAY5:whole ady sight sceen at zansak valley & stay at padum..
    DAY6:stay at Kargil
    DAY7:stay at uletokpo/alchi/lamayuru(suggest me which is better from natural beauty point of view)?
    which route should i follow from kargil-via batalik-dha/lamayuru?which is more beautiful & feasible?
    DAY8:stay at Leh
    DAY9:Full day sight sceen at leh
    DAY10:stay at dha-hanu village-homestay..
    DAY11:Back to leh….is there any direct route dha hanu to hunder?if yes how?
    DAY12:Visit of nubra valley…stay hunder/diskit/panamik(suggest me which is better from natural beauty point of view,camel safari etc)
    DAY13:Camel safari & trip to turtuk & panamik…is it permitted to go upto siachen glaciar?..
    where should i stay?
    DAY14:Back to Leh…
    DAY15:visit to pangong…stay at spagmik(suggest me the best camping ground for pangong)
    DAY16:visit upto Chusul & back to leh…is it possible to come back to leh after covering sight sceen on the way/or stay at pangong?
    DAY17;visit to tsokar..stay(suggest me the best camping ground for tso kar & wild life photography)
    DAY18:visit to tsomariri-stay at karzok(suggest me the best camping ground)…is it realy required to stay separately in tso kar & tsomariri?Can we cover tso kar on the way to tso mariri?
    DAY19:stay at sarchu..
    DAY20:Stay at Manali/bhuntar
    DAY21:Fly to kolkata via delhi from bhuntar…is AI flight service is regular from bhuntar to delhi?

    MY QUESTIONS:
    1)which is the best time for photography,weather,access for zansakar & rest of ladakh part?
    2)which is the best time for wild life photography at tsokar?
    3)is it possible to arrange DHA-HANU tour from uletokpo?Where should we stay another day-uletokpo/dha?
    which is much more beautiful rt. from kargil-leh:via batlik-dha/via lamayuru?
    4)is there any direct rt. from dha hanu to nubra skipping leh?if yes,how?
    5)I want to explore nubra valley..pl. suggest tour prog. as i’m staying in nubra for 2 night…
    6)Natural beautywise which is better:directly from nubra to pangong via warila or conventation rt. via leh?
    7)Natural beauty wise which is better:directly from pangong to tsomariri/tsokar or conventional rt. via leh?
    8)If i split this prog. in two separate tour-which will be better for except srinagar-zanskar tour?
    option1;arv. leh from delhi by flight & return via manali rt.
    option2;start with manali-leh rt. & fly to delhi from leh?

    Regards,
    sourav pramanik

    • Hi Sourav,

      Please find my reply below:
      A. It is better to reach directly at Padum, rest full day next and skip Rangdum on the way to have more control on situation in case you hit with AMS. Rangdum does not have much facilities, else stay at Parkachik or Panikhar only, with Panikhar prefered. On the way back you can split the tour with stay at Rangdum to enjoy the journey.

      B Uley will be good to stay. You can follow any route but for Batalik, you will need to get permits from Leh. If you did not do Lamayuru before then do that route only.

      C. In case you want to go to Dah Hanu, then no point going back again. While coming from Kargil, go to Dah Hanu, stay there and then come to Leh from there may be by staying at Alchi or directly to Leh. Skip Uley in that case. There is no direct route from Dahu Hanu to Nubra.

      D. Siachen is not allowed, you can at max go up to Warshi village about 39 KMs ahead of Panamik starting this year.

      C. Go to Tso Moriri first and then from there go to Tso Kar so that you can exit to Sarchu from Tso Kar only instead of backtracking it twice.

      Regarding your QUESTIONS:
      1) September is good time but snow will not be there though colors will be best.
      2) September is good time too.
      3) Answered above
      4) Answered above
      5) Answered above
      6) Best is to follow normal route to PAngong Tso
      7) Both are good, since Chusul route is sensitive, you in any case cannot stop to take pictures. If caught you will land up in deep trouble.
      8) Your current program is good.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj

      • SOURAV PRAMANIK on

        Hi Dheeraj,
        Thanks for great suggestion..
        So,now modified prog. becomes
        OPTION1:(ZANSAKR)
        DAY1;Arv. srinagar from kolkata..stay
        DAY2:stay at kargil…
        DAY3:stay at panikhar…
        Pl. give me contact details for camp/homestay/hotel/resort at panikhar
        DAY4:stay padum
        DAY5:full day tour around padum
        pl. give a suitable adventurous prog. for this day
        DAY6:stay at rangdum/kargil
        DAY7:leave early from rangdum.. collect ILP from kargil for dha hanu..
        stay at dha hanu…is it feasible to reach dha hanu from rangdum on the same day?
        pl. give me contact details for homestay at dha hanu…
        DAY8:stay at uletokpo…
        pl. suggest a suiatble prog. for this day
        DAY9:stay at leh
        DAY10:fly to kolkata…

        is this tour prog. perfect from all respect in mid. august–mid. september?
        kindly suggest what the places to see enroute & around(including small walk/light treking) daywise..

        Regards
        Sourav Pramanik

  46. sunil khairnar on

    Hellow Dheeraj ji, please tell me in Sringar from which point I can get a shared taxi to Leh which drop us there without any halt.

  47. Hi Dheeraj,
    I am planning to visit Leh from Srinagar during 1st Aug to 9th Aug 2015.
    What are my options of getting two wheelers on rent as compared to Manali. I have been to below threads from your community however did not get any specific details for Srinagar rentals.
    Do you recommend any?

    http://devilonwheels.com/travel-guide-for-manali-leh-highway/

    http://devilonwheels.com/5-tips-to-rent-bike-in-leh-ladakh/

    http://devilonwheels.com/india/himalayan-travel-guides/topic1818.html

    http://devilonwheels.com/india/ladakh-zanskar-travel-guides/ladakh-bike-rental-rates-2014-t954.html

    http://devilonwheels.com/list-of-accommodation-options-on-manali-leh-highway/

    http://devilonwheels.com/how-to-plan-a-journey-on-manali-leh-highway/

    Waiting for your valuable inputs :)

    Regards,
    Sujit

  48. Sir,I also feel my self a good driver and my dream distinction is ofcorce leh. I had read all your suggestions in ur blog ,I am from Allahabad. My privios trip is from Allahabad-goa.v r planning for leh in next few weeks, kindly suggest me the exact date of travel via Srinagar- leg highway & minimum time to feel the glory of leh. (Thank you).

  49. Shantanu Banerjee on

    I am planning to visit Delhi to Leh via Srinagar in July 14th in my own SUV and return via Manali. Please let me know do I need to get any permit for my car to travel from Srinagar to Leh?

      • Shantanu Banerjee on

        Hi Dheeraj Ji,

        11th of this month we are starting from Kolkata in my personal XUV 5oo and reaching Srinagar by 13th Evening. We plan to start on 14th morning from Srinagar to Kargil.

        What is the best time to start from Srinagar? Any other suggestion from your side.

        Cheers

        Shantanu

        • Shantanu, I follow a principle of “Leave Early, Sleep Early” when in mountains as it gives me an oppotunity to have buffer sunlight left in the later half of the day in case I get stuck somewhere on the way. I consider anything late than 7.30 AM as quite late.

  50. Sumit Sharma on

    Hello Buddy,

    Can you please let me know the time table to cross Zojila pass. I’ll be crossing Zojilla on 15th June and theres a lot confusion . I have spoken to few hotels at sonmarg (they gave different answers) , two of them said from sonmarg side, vehicular movement window is early morning one like it used to be and 2 said from this year its 1 PM onwards. Can you please shed some light on this as i need to decide my next stay accordingly .

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