Those who are looking forward to travel to Leh from Manali by bus, HPTDC Manali Leh bus (semi deluxe) will start from 1st July 2016. The bus covers journey of 474 KM long Manali – Leh Highway in two days with overnight halt at Keylong. The bus runs at every alternate day and the updated schedule can be found at: Schedule of Manali-Leh-Manali Bus service. The fare of Rs 2900 per seat includes the tented (canvas ) night stay at Hotel Chandrabhaga with dinner + breakfast (both vegetarian meals) included in this fare. The HPTDC Manali Leh bus bus carry 30 passengers who all share the common bathrooms in Hotel Chandrabhaga at Keylong while doing the overnight stopover on Day 1. Tickets of HPTDC Manali Leh bus can be booked from official website of HPTDC OR by contacting the local HPTDC office in your own/nearest city.
Manali Leh Bus – The scenic views
Timings of HPTDC Manali Leh Bus
Following are the timings of bus from Manali to Leh
- Day 1 – Starts from Manali at 9 AM and reached Keylong around 2-3 PM
- Day 2 – Starts from Keylong at 4.30 AM and reaches Leh around 6-7 PM
Following are the timings of bus from Leh to Manali
- Day 1 – Starts from Leh at 5 AM and reaches Keylong around 6-7 PM
- Day 2 – Starts from Keylong at 9 AM and reaches Manali around 2-3 PM
Manali Leh Bus
Well, the bus plies on the ever scenic Manali – Leh for tourists only. Hence, unlike HRTC bus, the HPTDC Manali Leh bus stops over at most of the tourists locations including all the passes on the route from Manali to Leh like Baralacha La, Rohtang Pass, Nakee La, Lachulung La, Taglang La. The bus also stop over at various dhabas on the route to have tea/snacks. This allows you as a tourist to enjoy the beauty of Manali – Leh Highway and take pictures on the way as well. It is always suggested to travel prepared with at least one heavy jacket and one over Manali – Leh route along with other woollens and essential things to carry on Ladakh trip. If you are relying on buses only for your Ladakh trip, well you can check: Rates & Time table of Bus Services in Leh – Ladakh
and if you are interested to know more about Manali – Leh Highway, please read: Travel Guide for Manali – Leh Highway
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