Manali – Leh Highway Status 2011 | Rohtang Pass May Open Soon

 

Rohtang Pass is the gateway for tribal valleys of Lahaul and Spiti in Himachal Pradesh and is the one of the major hurdle on the ManaliLeh highway today. However, owing to some clear weather and with the help of some valiant efforts by BRO, it is predicted that Rohtang Pass is all set to open up early this year 2011 as compared to last year. Being said that, the conditions subject to weather gods are always applied here in Himalayas. If there happens to be a major snowfall at Rohtang Pass then again the scheduled date of opening would be postponed further.

The Manali – Rohtang Pass road has been cleared upto Gulaba, about 21 KMs from Manali, by BRO. At present, the tourists are allowed till Gulaba snow point as BRO is continuously working hard to clear the snow from Gulaba – Marhi road stretch. Ultimately, they will reach Rohtang pass after cutting through the huge snow walls of Rani Nalla. But, it still a long way to go and we keep our fingers crossed :)

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The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) is now engaged in clearing snow on the road and efforts are being made to open the 13,050-ft high Rohtang Pass, the gateway to Lahaul-Spiti.

The Manali-Leh Highway, which runs north from Manali, has now been opened to vehicular traffic up to picturesque meadows of Gulaba, about 21 km from here. The height up to which the road opens up gradually as the snow clears is popularly know as snow point. This snow point moves higher and higher till it reaches Marhi (11,500-ft), Rahni Nullah and further towards 13,050-ft high Rohtang Pass. To the right of this pass, lies the source of the Beas river, also known as Beas Rishi.

Hundreds of tourists have started moving to Gulaba to get a visual feast of the snow-capped peaks of the Western Himalayas. The heavy snow in the vicinity attracts the visitors.

The 51-km-long route from Manali to Rohtang Pass is replete with magnificent views of snow-covered Pir Panjal Range to the north and the lush-green Kullu Valley to the south. The tourists when move on this road up to 7,000ft high feel drastic changes in temperature.

The 474-km-long Manali-Leh highway was included in the BRDB programme during 1964. The road portion from Manali-Sarchu (222 km) is under the area of responsibility of the Project Deepak and beyond Sarchu-Leh (222.390 KM) to Leh (474 KM) is with the Project Himank. In 1989, the Government of India threw open the Manali-Leh highway to foreign tourists.

The journey from Manali to Leh is replete with adventure and thrills. The road to Leh (3505m) winds its way through Rohtang Pass, Baralacha Pass (4883m), Lachlungla Pass (5065m) and Tanglang La (5328m). The journey on this high road has become popular, particularly among visitors from western countries.

Source: BRO set to open road to Rohtang Pass for 2011

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346 Comments

  1. somesh says:

    hello,I will be going on the leh trip. I want to do taxi from delhi. Is outside taxi allowed on leh highway from manali via rohtang pass or we have to require some sort of pass. if pass is required how do we get it and how much time does it take?

  2. Atul says:

    Hi,

    Can any body lemme know whether Rohtang pass will be open if i plan to go there by 1st week of May…if not what would be the right time so that I can get a chance to visit Rohtang Pass as well.

    Also if I plan going to manali..what are the hot destinations I can hang on.

    Thanks

    Atul

    • Hi Atul,

      No one can predict the exact date of Rohtang Pass opening but post mid May, there are high chances that Rohtang Pass might be open. If you wanna be dead sure, then most safe bet will be first or second week of June. Any predicted opening of May can be washed away with one or two heavy snowfall and considering the weather in last couple of week, it might have surely disrupted the snow clearance operations :(

      Regards
      Dheeraj sharma

  3. tejas says:

    hi….can anybody help me with the date of opening of rohtang pass way to leh….i got news from some sources that this year it wud be near the end of June…..v r planning our tour in mid of June….plzz someone help

    • Hello Tejas,

      From what sources??? All likely Manali – Leh Highway will be open by at worst first week of June (though everything depends upon weather) but I see very slim chances of getting delayed beyond first week of June. In second week of June highly likely you will have Manali – Leh Highway opened.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  4. Ravindra says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am Ravindra from Mumbai.

    I am planning to visit Manali and Shimla this summar. I will be reaching Manali on 13th late evening and will leave Manali for Shimla on 19th morning. I will be in Shimla till 22nd and will be flying back to Mumbai from Chandigarh.

    I would highly appreciate if you could please suggest suitable itiniary in Manali/Shimla. I plan to hire private car for the entire trip.

    Regards,

    Ravindra

    • Hi Ravindra,

      You can follow something like below for your Shimla – Manali trip –

      Day 1 – Reach Manali, take rest for the evening
      Day 2 – Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc.
      Day 3 – Manali – Snow Point either at Solang Valley or Marhi/Gulaba on the way to Rohtang Pass. Enjoy in snow and come back to Manali
      Day 4 – Manali – Naggar Castle (stay at Naggar and enjoy the place)
      Day 5 – Naggar – Kasol – Manikaran – Kasol (Enjoy Kasol with Israeli culture and cuisines)
      Day 6 – Manali – Shimla
      Day 7 – Around Shimla, a relaxing day. Jakhoo Temple, State Museum, Mall Road, Ridge, Lakkar Bazar etc. as you like
      Day 8 – Shimla – Narkanda – Hatu Peak – Narkanda
      Day 9 – Narkanda – Kufri – Chail
      Day 10 – Chail to Chandigarh

      If you have any specific plans to come via Jalori Pass to Shimla via Manali, then I suggest a different itinerary but the above one is most standard one :)

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Ravindra says:

        Hi Dheeraj,

        Thanks a ton for immediate and detailed response.

        I would be glad if you can please help me with following further information:

        a. I had earlier planned to keep two separate days – one day each for Rohtang and Solang Vally snow point. From your others posts in this website, I gather that Rohtang Pass may not be open during May 13 to 18 and I can only go up to Marhi/Gulaba. Is this correct? Can I still plan 2 separate days one for Solang vally and other for Marhi/Gulaba? I intend to do more relaxed holiday.

        2. I really liked the option of Naggar Castle and intend to stay there for two nights and plan to skip visiting Kasol. Instead thinking of covering Kullu. What is your opinion?

        3. One of the days in Manali I would like to do a simple nature trekking for about 2-3 hours. Since I have a kid of about 12 years, like to take simple trekking. Do you have any suggestion of any trekking route. Do I need to hire some guide for this?

        Regards,

        Ravindra

        • Hi Ravindra,

          Please find below some information on the same:

          1. I guess yes, there are chances that Rohtang Pass might not open by end May but no one can guarantee. If you are lucky you might be able to go and visit it. The average opening of Rohtang Pass over last decade is Mid-may types only but for last couple of years it is being opening in June or May end types. If you have time on hand then you can plan for two days but I guess you can visit Solang Valley while coming back from the snow point of Gulaba. May be you can stay there for the night if you do not want to come to Manali.

          2. Skip Kullu but visit Kasol if you have time, nice experience with nice ambiance around with variety of cuisines. Kullu is nothing but a too populated town to be on a vacation.

          3. You can trek ahead of Manu Temple as there are ample of walks present ahead of it. You can check walk towards goshal village which start near Manu temple or otherwise hike towards Lamadugh whose trail starts near Hadimba temple. Ask locals for direction, great views from the top :) … Also you can try Manali Sanctuary can also be covered as it is just about 2-3 KMs from Manali town and there is trail which starts from Manali Log Huts or Dhungri temple that leads you into the woods. Just do not divert form the trails and I guess you should be fine without a guide.

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

          Regards
          Dheeraj sharma

      • Ravindra says:

        Thanks Dheeraj,

        I will skip Kullu and visit Kasol as suggested. Checked in internet..looks good. It looks like about 60 km from Naggar…hope I can cover Kason and Manikaran and return back to Naggar Castle by evening. Let me know if you see any issues.

        Here is the revised itinery. It you get some time, please let me know, if you have any more suggestions.

        Instead of starting from Manali, I can also start from Shimla (from Chandigarh to Shimla instead of Manali) and cover Manali in last.

        May 13th – Pick up from Chandigarh airport at around 11 am to drive to Manali. Rest for the evening.

        May 14th – Manali local sightseeing which includes Hidimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs, Jagatsukh.

        May 15th – Manali – Snow Point at Solang Valley. Visit Rahala Waterfalls.

        May 16th – Manali – Rohtang Pass. If not accessible visit Marhi/Gulaba.

        May 17th – Manali to Naggar. Sight seeing at Naggar including Roerich Art GalleryGauri Shankar Temple, the Chatar Bhuj Temple, Tripura Sundri Devi Temple and the Murlidhar Temple etc. Will checkin at Naggar Castle.

        May 18th – Visit Naggar- Kasol-Manikaran-Naggar.

        May 19th – Naggar to Shimla – Reach around 2 pm. Evening visit mall for shopping.

        May 20th – After breakfast Full day Sight seeing of Visiting wild flower, jakhu temple, Kufri etc. Overnight at Hotel .

        May 21st – Ful day trip to chail and back. Overnight at hotel.

        May 22nd – After breakfast drive to Chandigarh enroute Pinjore garden. Late afternoon visit Rock Garden and Sukhana Lake. Visit sector 17 for shopping thereafter lunch and proceed to Airport to connect flight for Chandigarh-Mumbai

        Thanks for your help.

        Regards,

        Ravindra

        • Hi Ravindra,

          Yes, you can cover both Manikaran and Kasol as a day trip from Naggar. Enjoy a meal for sure around river side in Kasol. Just one suggestion on the itinerary, instead of coming back to Shimla from Chail on May 21st, stay at Chail only and then carry ahead towards Chandigarh from Chail. The route from Chail to Kandaghat where it meets the main highway leading to Chandigarh, is too scenic to be missed :) … You can cover Kufri while going to Chail only. So, do not waste time the previous day for visiting Kufri.

          All the best for the trip.. Feel free to let me know incase you have any queries or doubts :)

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  5. tejas says:

    can any1 help me…..we are planning a leh ladakh tour in the end of may….so my query was that…when could the roads from rohtang pass would get open…..plz help….

    • Tejas, surely I can help you in planning the whole trip to Ladakh. How many days you have in hand and how do you want to commute? What is your starting point? Roads generally open by end of May only and better bet will be first week of June for Manali Leh Highway at least. If you have sufficient time then try going via Srinagar side and come back via Manali side. It will help you with better acclimatization and allow the Manali – Leh Highway to settle down and stabilize to more extent.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know any queries you have regarding your ladakh trip.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  6. Kalyan emandi says:

    Was wondering whether i could bike to leh this year during April end?

    • Hi Kalyan,

      The roads both Manali Leh highway and Srinagar Leh Highway are closed at that time of the year. So, the only option is to fly-in.
      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have some queries or need any help.

      Regards
      Dheeraj sharma

  7. Sharjeel says:

    Hi

    We are planning to go to LEH in first week of April 2012, can you please advice if we can go by road from Delhi – Chandigarh – Manali – Rohtang – Leh.

    How is the weather condition this year?

    Any advice would be very helpful.

    Thanks and Regards

    • Hi Sharjeel,

      In April, all roads to Leh – Ladakh are closed. So, the only option is to fly in. Do you still wanna make it? If yes, we can discuss over the itinerary and other plans :)…

      Regards
      Dheeraj sharma

      • Sharjeel says:

        Hi Dheeraj

        Thanks for your quick reply, we are planning for a Road trip we are a group of 6 people and we have already booked the tickets. We will be arriving to Delhi on 29th of March 2012 and we have a return ticket from Delhi on 7th April 2012.

        Can you give me any other alternate routes for Road trips.

        Also would it be possible for you to arrange an Innova from Delhi Station for the same.

        Thanks and Regards

        • hi Sharjeel,

          There is no other route that goes to Ladakh by road. Both Srinagar – Leh Highway and Manali – Leh Highway will be closed at that time. So, you cannot make the road trip in April.

          Regards
          Dheeraj sharma

        • Sharjeel says:

          Hi Dheeraj

          As per your Advice we have decided to go to Spiti Valley, can you guide us for an itinerary for the same.

          We are a group of 5 people and we are thinking of taking Innova or Scorpion from Delhi.

          Thanks and Regards

          Sharjeel

        • Hi Sharjeel,

          I have replied to your email for the itinerary and provided my comments inline. Let me know incase you have any queries or doubts.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  8. Sanjay Sharma says:

    Hi,

    I want to travel manali in new year celebration by my own car. Is this the right time to visit there and also tell me about road condition.

    • Hi Sanjay,

      First and foremost, please keep in mind that first you will be traveling in the costliest week of the year, second there will be hefty tourist rush around both Shimla and Manali and third that you will need pre-booking at either of the places to avoid sleeping in taxi/bus itself (I am not joking but around X-mas and new year, have known people who slept in car :))…

      If that is OK then probably you can head in your own car. But, once you reach Manali I will suggest that you hire local taxi there to cover snow points at Marhi or Gulaba or Solang Valley. Road conditions is generally fine between Manali and Delhi sparing few rough patches.

      Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc, Snow Points are at either at Solang Valley or Marhi/Gulaba on the way to Rohtang Pass and do check out Naggar Castle (stay at Naggar and enjoy the place if possible).

      I hope that helps. Please let me know incase you need more details or have some queries or doubts.

      If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Gayatri says:

        Hi Dheeraj,

        Saw many comments on Rohtang and all… I am planning to visit Chandigarg-Shimla-Manali-Chandigarh in the first week of March

        IS there any chance that I can find snow ??? or snowfall

        • Hi Gayatri,

          It is always hard to predict snowfall as it depends on the luck and the weather on the day you plan to visit :)… Well, yes at that time you will be able to see ample of snow stock around the snow points of Gulaba/Marhi or Solang Valley and even Kufri/Narkanda/Hatu Peak. So, if snow is the priority then there are no issues but for snowfall best bet is that, you keep the plan flexible and keep a check on weather updates on the day you plan to visit. The links here: Rohtang Pass, Kothi and Manali regions respectively can be helpful for you in tracking the weather updates of Manali and around. If it says raining in Manali, or rains/snow at Kothi or snows at Rohtang Pass then expect snowfall at nearby snow points of Solang and Marhi/Gulaba etc. As far as snow is concerned, you will find plenty of snow out there.

          Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc, Snow Points are at either at Solang Valley or Marhi/Gulaba on the way to Rohtang Pass and do check out Naggar Castle (stay at Naggar and enjoy the place if possible).

          Around Shimla, you can check Jakhoo Temple, State Museum, Mall Road, Ridge, Lakkar Bazaar, Kufri, Chail, Narkanda/Hatu (full day trip).

          I hope that helps. Please let me know incase you need more details or have some queries or doubts.

          If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  9. ningrinmi says:

    so many question,wat about how to get to manipur after a trip to manali from delhi…do u have any idea???

  10. ningrinmi says:

    clarification, why wil rohtang pass be closed??? also the other place u mention….for sure , ter will be ample of snow ryt?? can we make snow man ter??im india but stay in philippines n im bringing my frens from thailand n indonesia..so want to confirm everything well….iv never been to manali either..but heard a lot about it….

    plzzz…..give me all the necessary imformation needed..also we choose manali coz of the snow ..we all have never seen in our life!! please help!!

    • Hi ningrinmi,

      Rohtang Pass gets closed due to heavy snowfall in winter season and for safety of people BRO do not allow people beyond points upto which snow is cleared. These are called snow points where you will find plenty of snow and yes you can make snow man there ;) … I request you go through the Manali travel guide which contains information about Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc and is available at the link here

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Divya says:

        I had been to Manali in the month of June. But the road to Rotang Pass was closed and we were allowed to go till Gulaba snow point. Can you please tell me as to which time of the year can i be sure that Rotang pass would be clear? I wish to go to Leh via Rotang Pass.

        • Hi Divya,

          Rohtang Pass often opens up in June first or second week, atleast this year. However, the frequent landslides at Rani Nalla for the last two years are killing the adventure and closing the pass again and again. Best thing to go to Leh is by Srinagar and come back via Manali so that you do not suffer AMS (mind you AMS can be deadly too, read more about AMS here). Though I am not saying that one cannot do it from Manali side, 1000s of people do it but I am not sure they actually enjoy it rather running for day. So, going by Srinagar side helps you acclimatize properly and evenly balance the distance between Manali and Leh at Sarchu night halt. Going via Manali it is not recommended at to stay at Sarchu.

          Now, coming back to the question, ideally for me best time window for traveling on Manali – Leh Highway majorly depends upon your luck. But, still —

          1) If you want to enjoy snow then best time to visit is June end or July first two weeks before the monsoon hits Norther India. But, you need to keep the plan flexible with buffer days which can be utilized incase of any road blockage due to landslides or snow slides.

          2) If you want to enjoy beautiful colors and much decent roads (comparatively only) then just after Monsoon resides in September is the ideal time for me. However, you will be devoid of snow and yes of course winter starts to set-in in trans Himalayan region at that time, so be ready for some cold conditions. I have compiled the risks involved in traveling in late September or October here. Go through them and decide if you are OK with such risks, otherwise go with the earlier window before monsoon.

          You can decide on the time window and we can further discuss the entire plan for you given the number of days and mode of transport. For starting points, if interested in more details you can check the below link —

          1) How to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway
          2) How to plan a journey on Srinagar – Leh Highway
          3) Travel Guide for Manali – Leh Highway
          4) How to arrange Inner Line Permits for Leh – Ladakh
          5) How to calculate cost or budget for Leh – Ladakh trip

          I hope this helps :) … Please let me know incase you have more doubts or queries.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  11. ningrinmi says:

    hi! i want to visit manali last week of march with some of my fren, will ter still be snow at rohatang peak. plz! your imformation wud be very much appreciated!!

    • ningrinmi says:

      i mean rohtang pass…plzz let me know!!

    • Hello ningrinmi,

      Rohtang Pass will be closed at that time. However, there will be plenty of snow at that time on the snow points of Solang Valley and Gulaba or Marhi, so enjoy the snow there. If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  12. Mayank Pande says:

    Hi All,

    I am planning to visit Manali in the month of jan 2012.Is shimla-manali road open in januaryc 2012?and can we expect to see snowfall in manali at that time.

    We are coming by train to shimla and then via road to manali.

    please suggest.

    Thanks,

    Mayank

    • Mayank, Shimla – Manali road will be open at that time from the usual route but route via Jalori Pass will be closed. Yes, in Januarry you can expect snowfall for sure but it totally depends on your luck. It is hard to predict snowfall as it depends on the luck and the weather on the day you plan to visit :)… Well, yes at that time you will be able to see ample of snow stock around the snow points of Gulaba/Marhi or Solang Valley. So, if snow is the priority then there are no issues but for snowfall best bet is that, you keep the plan flexible and keep a check on weather updates on the day you plan to visit. The links here: Rohtang Pass, Kothi and Manali regions respectively can be helpful for you in tracking the weather updates of Manali and around. If it says raining in Manali, or rains/snow at Kothi or snows at Rohtang Pass then expect snowfall at nearby snow points of Solang and Marhi/Gulaba etc.

      As far as snow is concerned, you will find plenty of snow out there, may be even at Kufri too near Shimla.

      If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Mayank Pande says:

        Thanks Dheeraj for the info.

        we will be reaching Shimla on 20th Jan morning and will be exploring Himancahal till 25 jan night we have return train from Kalka. can you please inform which are spot which we can explore in those 5 days where we can expect lots of snow.. last time when i visited himachal was in 2007 and at that time we did package from shimla …is that still possible?

        Thanks

        Mayank

        • Mayank, if you have not done the bookings yet then please book the tickets only for one side for train from Kalka. Take Volvo to Manali from Delhi at any one side.

          Day 1 – Reach Manali by morning via Overnight Volvo. Take rest for half of the day. In the evening/late noon, spend time around Mall road, visit Hadimba devi temple, manu temple, local monastery etc
          Day 2 – Manali to snow points of Marhi or Gulaba towards Rohtang Pass and on the way back explore Solang Valley if you feel like.
          Day 3 – Manali – Shimla
          Day 4 – Explore Shimla and around like any of these Ridge road, Mall Road, Lakkar Bazaar, Jakhu Temple, Chini Bunglow, Yak Rides, Himalayan Zoo, State Museum etc.
          Day 5 – Shimla – Kufri – Naldhera – Mashorba Tattapani – Shimla
          Day 6 – Shimla enjoy other sightseeing till noon and then move to Kalka to take overnight train.

          I hope this helps. Please let me know for any queries or doubts.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  13. Avinash says:

    I was in Rohtang Pass on 24th October 2011 and it snowed 2 days back. I enjoyed very much.

    It was like dream come true when I experienced snow there.

    • Hello Avinash,

      Thanks for the update and welcome to DeViL on WheeLs… Your update is really valuable for others planning their journeys and wanting to see snow. Thanks for it. It is really sweet to know that you enjoyed your journey with full enthu and weather gods were favs for you :) … I know it is a great feeling to see snow…

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • moin khan says:

        i was in rohtang pass on 24th oct 2011 and it snow 1 day back me n my friends enjoyed lot realy it was to good

  14. jaison says:

    hi dheeraj,

    can u tell me the location of kardung la,how far is it from leh??i need to discuss u about ma trip,i ll be coming from kerala,n v have around 18 days,plan a trip for me.

  15. jaison says:

    hii dheeraj,

    me and my friend is planning for a trip to shimla-kullu-manali and rohtang,we will be coming on our bike,i know its risky but still we want it to happen.are two wheelers allowed to rohtang?suggest me the best climate to visit n we would like to see some snow capped peaks too so pls do suggest a time suitable for all this….even let me know if there is any good view point after rohtang n we would also like to ride through indias highest motorable road….pls drop a reply,thnx in advance

    • Hello Jaison,

      The highest motorable road is in Ladakh that is Khardung La and is very far away from Manali or Rohtang Pass almost more than 500+ KMs. Now, if you want to ride to Rohtang Pass and also want to see snow then it will be great if you can visit the Rohtang Pass after June second week but before monsoon starts. When the monsoon starts the roads become almost like anightmare to ride, so avoid that period. If you are not totally interested in Rohtang Pass and OK seeing snow at lower snow points then you can visit Manali region anytime from December to May but keep in mind that Rohtang Pass will be closed for you due to heavy snow on roads. However, you will be able to see much of snow around snow points of MArhi Gulaba or Solang Valley.

      If interested in more details on Manali including accommodation options, food joints, must see places etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here

      I hope this helps. Let me know for any further queries or doubts.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • jaison says:

        hi dheeraj,

        thanks for the reply,i changed my trip status and extended it till Leh,i mean Manali-Leh,pls do suggest a suitable time for this trip,at present i am at dubai,i ll take leave accordingly depending on the time u suggest….pls do suggest a time when ther ll be snow n roads remain open….thnx mate,thnx a lot,do reply

        • Hello Jaison,

          In that case, it will be quite safe to plan your journey in last week of June or first two weeks of July when you can find ample of snow on roads and roads will be open by that time from both Srinagar as well as Manali sides to Leh. Now, please keep in mind that road conditions hardly improve on Manali – Leh road and remains almost quite challenging + adventurous all throughout the season. It improves slightly towards the end of season that is September or October first week but by that time snow is all gone. So, you need to be prepared for all the adventure that Manali – Leh Highway present to a traveller in the month of June – July and situation worsens when monsoon comes in late July and August.

          So IMHO, overall whatever best window you will get so that you avoid monsoons, see ample of snow and roads are open for you will be like 20th June – 15th July window. Please feel free to discuss about your entire plan by letting me know about the number of days in hand and mode transport. I will be happy to sketch the entire travel plan for you, if required. For a journey to Leh – Ladakh it is always better to have atleast 12 days or more ex-Delhi to enjoy the beauty of this heaven called Ladakh.

          I hope this helps.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

          Regards,
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • jaison says:

          hi dheeraj,
          i m from kerala,have got couple of friends in shimla,me and ma friend ll be going to delhi by train,my bike too ll be taken in the same train till delhi,from delhi we ll ride to shimla n spend two days there n after that to manali,then to leh..all together we are planning for around 20 days,cos kerala to delhi takes around 40 hrs by train..so 4 days ll go in travelling from kerala -delhi,up and down.even let me know whether ther is any mobile network in way to leh..so i can tak a connection also.we are planning to take one bike for rent from manali,riding with a pillion rider n lugages ll be risky n quite tiring so thought of renting one from manali.what all necessary stuffs sud i carry,i mean from manali to leh,pls drop a reply,i would like to discuss more about accomodation and tourist spots in that region…thanks in advance mate..

        • Hello Jaison,

          In that case, ex. Delhi you have around 16 days as 4 days out of 18 will be utilized in to-from from Kerala. So, I will suggest a plan for your journey for 16 days. First and foremost, I will strongly advise that you go via Srinagar side and come back via Manali side. This way it helps you better acclimatize your body and evenly distribute the distance between Manali – Leh highway over two nights. It will also help you enjoy Manali – Leh Highway in a better way because your body will be acclimatized to the high altitude that one goes through on Manali – Leh Highway. So, transport your bike to Jammu and from there try to courier it to Srinagar. This way you can fly directly to Srinagar from Delhi and start your journey from there. It will save you another two days of boring ride from Delhi to Srinagar. Also, flight tickets from Delhi – Srinagar are cheap enough and will be less or similar in cost incurred for Delhi-Srinagar ride. Assuming this, I suggest the below plan and we can discuss/modify/fine tune according to your needs later:

          Day 1: Reach Srinagar by flight and get the bikes and stay overnight at Srinagar. Enjoy Dal Lake views in the evening.
          Day 2: Srinagar – Drass – Kargil
          Day 3: Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh
          — Explore Maitrey at Mulbekh, Lamayuru Monastery, Lunar Landscapes, Redzong Monastery

          Day 4: Leh Local Sightseeing (overnight in Leh)
          – Get Inner Line Permits or ask your hotel owner to get the permits for you, which will save time for you to explore the below places. For more details and to download application form for Inner Line Permits (ILPs) visit the link here: here
          – Local sightseeing including Leh Palace, Main Market, Shanti Stupa, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa

          Day 5: Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder – Diskit (Nubra Valley)
          – Enjoy a cup of soup at Khardung La top and do not forget to take pictures along the sign board of highest motorable road …
          – Visit Diskit old and new monastery including the tallest Buddha statue
          – In the evening you can go for double humped camel ride at Hunder
          – Overnight at Diskit or Hunder

          Day 6: Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
          – Visit Sumur and Panamik and finally return to Leh.
          – Panamik has hot water springs and Sumur has a nice monastery.
          – Overnight at Leh

          Day 7: Leh – Hemis or Thiksey – Pangong Tso
          – Visit one of the Hemis or Thiksey monasteries while going to Pangong Tso as other can be covered on return

          Day 8: Pangong Tso – Hemis or Thiksey – Shey Palace – Leh
          – Visit the monastery that you left while going to Pangong Tso our of Hemis or Thicksey.

          Day 9: Leh – Shyam Valley – Leh
          — Visit Indus and Zanskar Confluence at Nimmu, Basgo Palace, Likir Monastery, Alchi Monasteries, Magnetic Hills and Gurudwara Pathar Sahib.
          — Overnight in Leh

          Day 10: Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
          – Visit the Karzok monastery

          Day 11: Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Moore Plains – Pang – Sarchu
          Day 12: Sarchu – Baralacha La – Jispa – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
          Day 13: Manali – Delhi

          Day 14 + Day 15 + Day 16 = Buffer days which will be very important in case of road blockages. In case, they are not utilized then I will suggest you can utilize them like
          — Day trip from Hunder/Diskit to Turtuk. Keep atleast two spare days for Manali – Leh Highway. So, if all three are still intact when you visit Nubra Valley then use one for a visit to Turtuk from Hunder/Diskit, of course you need to write Turtuk on ILP form
          — Leave for Tso Moriri with atleast two buffer days. When you reach Sarchu then you can use one of them by breaking the journey on Manali – Leh Highway at Jispa and doing the Jispa – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali on the next day with a little ease. Keep one day buffer here for Rohtang Pass mess.
          — After reaching Manali you can either use the leftover buffer day by exploring the areas around Manali like Naggar and Kasol or can utilize it in any other way you like going to Shimla and spending a day there.

          For mobile your best bet will be to carry post paid BSNL SIM. Pre-paid networks outside Leh do not work in Leh – Ladakh. Most of the queries/doubts you have regarding mobile network, sightseeing places, public amenities, places to stay, accommodation options, ATMs, petrol pumps etc are detailed in the article here and here. Kindly, go through them too to have better understanding of your plan.

          I hope this helps.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • jaison says:

          hi dheeraj,
          i forgot to ask u one thing,have seen those pics u have uploaded,pls do mention wher all dis pics were taken,is that on manali -leh road or some other places.

        • Jaison, all the pictures in Ladakh album are from Manali – Leh Highway, Leh Local and Nubra Valley

  16. Rajeev says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Pls let me know whether I can get to see snow in Manali in the month of december 2011

    • Hey Rajeev,

      Snow has already started falling in the upper himalayan region including Rohtang Pass. So, plan your trip and go ahead buddy as you will have tons of snow around Manali at snow points of Gulaba or Marhi or Solang Valley. If interested, for more information on Manali including accommodation options, food joints, must see places etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here

      I hope this helps. Let me know for any further queries or doubts.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  17. jiashin says:

    Hi, I'm planning to drive this highway this coming January 2012 do u think it is possible? pls advise thank you

    • Hi Jiashin,

      Are you planning Manal – Leh drive in January? No buddy, it is not possible. The roads will close down in November most probably and even if BRO will successfully show some resistance against nature this November for the first time, the roads to Leh will surely close down in December for next 6 months. Then, Manali – Leh Highway will open most probably in June and Srinagar – Leh Highway will open either in May end or June. I hope this helps, please let me know for any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • jiashin says:

        Thanks for your quick revert Dheeraj that's such a pity. Are the highways entirely close or partially? If i were to explore that highway what would be the best time to tavel there?

        • Hello Jiashin,

          They are almost completely closed in winters and by no means one can drive through those roads. Time window to Travel on Manali – Leh Highway and Srinagar – Leh Highway is June to September and some part of October sometimes. But things may or may not go in favour even in October but that depends upon weather that time. So, if you looking forwards then plan your journey between June – September. You can plan in September end if you want decent roads but ready to sacrifice snow. If you are crazy for Snow then plan mid June to mid July.

          For detailed account including best time, accommodation options, places to see, basic amenities, tips, night stays etc on planning the journey on Manali – Leh Highway check the link here and for Srinagar – Leh Highway check link here.

          I hope this helps, feel free to discuss more if you have any doubts or queries.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • Hello Jiashin,

          Manali – Leh Highway has started freezing at many places ahead of Patseo and BRO is having tough time in clearing the roads. There are water crossings which have frozen and there is ice on roads already. I advice you to start only after sun is out in the sky around 8 AM types so that the roads have less ice on it, if the roads are open. Do drive/ride with extreme care if there is ice on roads or crossing frozen streams as it is extremely dangerous and skidding. Take Care buddy.. and have a safe safe trip…

          Be ready for some bone chilling experience and freezing night stays at Keylong and Sarchu :)

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

    • Hi Jiashin,

      Are you planning Manali – Leh drive in January? No buddy, it is not possible. The roads will close down in November most probably and even if BRO will successfully show some resistance against nature this November for the first time, the roads to Leh will surely close down in December for next 6 months. Then, Manali – Leh Highway will open most probably in June and Srinagar – Leh Highway will open either in May end or June. I hope this helps, please let me know for any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  18. Sunny says:

    hey dheeraj, dude we are planning from manali to rohtang in 15 november. So plz tell me that rohtang will open on 15 november or not. and rani naala is open on november 15 or not..

    • Hey Sunny,

      Yes, BRO has announced that they will be keeping the Rohtang Pass and Manali – Leh Highway open for the month of November as well. so, if the weather is clear I guess you will be allowed to visit Rohtang Pass on that very day when you plan to visit it. I hope this helps, please let me know for any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  19. vivek sethi says:

    iwant to for atrip to rohtang& patsio can we have snow there.

    • Hi Vivek,

      As of snow you can only find snow if it snows one noght before you plan to reach Rohtang Pass. Snow stock will not be present and if there is any recent snowfall that will be melted in next day's sunlight. Now, going to Patseo, I am not sure what is the intent as you will find snow only at Baralacha La which is further ahead and again with the same limitation as of Rohtang Pass.

      I hope this helps. Let me know incase you have any doubts or further queries.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  20. deepesh mittal says:

    I am planning to go to manali and rohtangpass on 1st nd 2nd november
    please tell me will rohtangpass open at that time. my son is 1year nd 8months whats the precautions.

    • Hello Deepesh,

      Regarding 1.7 Yr old child, I do not feel any major concerns but do take necessary precautions against cold conditions and chill by carrying heavy woolens and keep him draped well so that he do not catch any cold. You must go through other precautions mentioned in the link here regarding carrying child/infant to high altitidue. Although most of them apply while taking kids/babies to high altitudes and may be only applicable in your case while going to snow points in Marhi/Gulaba/Rohtang Pass.

      Rohtang Pass may or may not be open depending upon the weather conditions and snowfall in the coming days. Actually, it must have been closed by that time for tourists generally but this year BRO has extended the maintenance of Rohtang Pass even in the month of November. So, if weather is not too much of a concern you will find it open for you. But, keep the visit only after couple of days you reach Manali.

      I hope this helps. If interested, for more information on Manali and Rohtang Pass including accommodation options, food joints, must see places etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here

      Please let me know if you need more details or have any doubts or queries.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  21. Nagarajan Jayamani says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    End of Jan’12 am planning to visit Delhi – Shimla – Manali – Rhotang pass trip…can I take my son along with me who is 3.5 years old. Can we see snow in Shimla that time (End of Jan’12). Can we able to visit Rhotang Pass

    • Hello Nagarajan,

      Well, frankly speaking you will find tons of snow around Manali and Kufri near Shimla or Hatu Peak near Narkanda at that time of the year. So, don't worry regarding that just go ahead with your plan. Regarding 3.5 Yr old child, yes none of these places are too above the altitude to cause any major concerns but do take necessary precautions against cold conditions and chill by coming with heavy woolens and keep him draped well so that he do not catch any cold. You can also go through other precautions mentioned here in this article. Although most of them apply while taking kids/babies to high altitudes and may be only applicable in your case while going to snow points in Manali. Rohtang Pass will be closed at that time of the year, so forget about it and enjoy snow near Gulaba or Solang Valley.

      I hope this helps. If interested, for more information on Manali and Rohtang Pass including accommodation options, food joints, must see places etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here

      Please let me know if you need more details or have any doubts or queries.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

    • Hey Shivya,

      Well yes Munsiyari have been on To-Travel list for a long time now and I feel like going over it soon. More and more I read about Munsiyari more strongly I feel like going there and have have almost decided to postpone my Gujrat plans for an year. So, it will be choice among two in the coming winters, let's see what happens :) … I am sure you would surely love this place being off-beat as of now. BTW, I did compile one list of my favorite off-beat places in Himachal Pradesh at the link here and I hope you can find one interesting for you as well, do check.

      As of now, soon will be hitting the Himalayan roads next week.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  22. Devendra Bansal says:

    Actually we are a newly married couple, married on 06th july 2011, want to go for Honeymoon with one more couple to Vaishno devi as well as Kullu manali & shimla in last sept. or starting october for 7 to 9 days. please would u share it will be appropriate time for honeymoon. will be able to enjoy our honeymoon on this time, if not please suggest us suitable time

    • Hello Devendra,

      First I will suggest that you choose limited destinations for your honeymoon. IMHO, Shimla is too commercialized for honeymoon, so do not plan it. You should choose one of Manali – Naggar region or Tirthan Valley or Khajjiar + Chamba region along with Vaishno Devi. I feel it should be sufficient and will give ample amount of time for you to relax and enjoy.

      Secondly and MOST importantly, first week of October means holiday for Durga Puja and Dusherra, so all these places will be flocked with tourists specially from Calcutta and Bengal. Kindly avoid this period in order to avoid too much crowd. Rather try to re-plan it between mid-October to mid-November.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you need more inputs or have some queries/doubts. At last congratulations for your marriage :)

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

    • Harish says:

      Hello Dheeraj, We are 4 students planning a bike trip to Leh from Manali starting from October first. How are the weather and road conditions at this time? especially at Rohtang Pass. Thnx a ton in advance…

      Regards,

      Harish

      • Hello Harish,

        October is a 50:50 time for going to Ladakh and especially Manali – Leh Highway. For more information on the risks involved, do read the article on 5 reasons to avoid Manali – Leh Highway in late September or October linked here.

        Now, since the monsoon has been delayed this year too, I guess it may be (I repeat may be) OK to travel but do make sure that you have atleast 2 buffer days in hand to make this trip. Weather conditions will be cold in night and in day time it can be warm if sun is out shining. As per road conditions at Rohtang Pass, they have improved a bit but just a bit. Since, you are riding I will advice you to carry extra pair of clutch plates and learn them how to replace them. If you get stuck in slush then please avoid using bike power to pull out with cluth rather use your and your friend's muscle power to push the bike out of slush stretch. Rest apart from cold conditions, you may do good for rest of the Manali – Leh Highway. Again in Ladakh itself the biggest challenge will be cold conditions, so go prepared with heavy woolens.

        I hope this helps. Let me know incase you have more queries or doubts.

        Regards,
        Dheeraj

  23. minal says:

    Hi,

    We are planning to visit Manali around 16th October can we see snow in manali [not live] i.e Rohtang and so some Skiing.. Thanks in Advance

    • Minal, usually the snowfall starts by October at all the high mountain passes. I guess seeing a delayed monsoon you may or you may not be able to see snow at Rohtang Pass in mid-October. As far as skiing is concerned that will be very much unlikely to happen :( … I hope this helps. Let me know incase you have some queries.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj

    • rajkumar vyas says:

      Dear ,

      We are planning to visit manali and rohtang by end of the october .

      will there be snow fall ?

      and if we extend the journey to leh ,will it be good time and roads open ?

      • Hello Raj Kumar,

        First and foremost, drop Leh out of equation unless you will very much like to run into any of the 5 reasons or risks to avoid a journey on Manali Leh Journey in late seasons, mentioned here. Now coming back, no one can predict weather that early but it is likely that you may be able to see snow in October end at Rohtang Pass. However, it will very much depends upon the weather conditions this year. Monsoons have been delayed in Himachal, so I wonder if it will impact the snowfall or not. But, generally there happens to be snow at end of October on Rohtang Pass.

        If interested, for more information on Manali and Rohtang Pass including accommodation options, food joints, must see places etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here

        Regards,
        Dheeraj Sharma

        • rajkumar vyas says:

          Thanks Dheeraj sir for the valuable information ..so kind of you.

        • You are most welcome anytime :) , Rajkumar.

        • rajkumar vyas says:

          Dear Dheeraj sir ..so if we plan the trip till Rohtang Pass at the end of october and since i will travel there by my car ..will it be ok ?

        • Hi Rajkumar,

          Hmm, to be very frank you will not be allowed to take your own car to Rohtang Pass unless you take the permits for going to Leh or Keylong. HP GOVT. has banned movement of non-HP vehicles going to Rohtang Pass from Manali. So, if someone needs to go to Lahaul Valley, Spiti Valley or Leh-Ladakh from Manali in his own car then he needs to get permits from SDM office Manali. You can read all information about this rule at the link here

          So, you need to tell them lie that you are going to Keylong/Lahaul Valley and need permits to take your own car then only permits will be issued to you. In case you mention just Rohtang Pass then permits will not be issued, as per the rule though. I am not sure if the HP GOVT. has any plans to relax the rules or take off the permits in off season though but in all cases it seems unlikely to kill the generation of income of local taxis by this rule. Again, if the Rohtang Pass is officially closed by then, again you will not be issued any permits in any likelihood.

          So, if you get the permits it is OK to travel to Rohtang Pass but confirm from the locales that there shouldn't bee too much snow on the roads which can make driving difficult if you haven't done that before. As of now the drive to Rohtang Pass is a mess or nightmare due to the presence of 1.5-2 feet slush near Rani Nalla and road conditions between MArhi to ROhtang are too worse. October end, seems that roads will be dried up i.e. slush may be gone but if there is snow then do confirm before you leave.

          Regards,
          Dheeraj Sharma

  24. mohit says:

    Hi dhheraj

    What is current status for chandertal ? I want to visit chandratal in this month , is it possible?

    Thanks

    • Hello Mohit,

      You can reach Chandratal Mohit but the road conditions between Rani Nalla and Rohtang Pass are still not so good. But, the Chandratal road is motorable upto 2.5 KMs before Chandratal which is the parking spot. Rest you need to trek a bit. If interested, you can also go through the Travel Guide for Chandratal available at the link here.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  25. Rakesh says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Once again seeking your guidance, how do i reach kaza i mean is it a motorable road and how much times does it take and where to stay

    • Hello Rakesh,

      Kaza is located in Spiti Valley and you can reach Kaza via Following two route, one goes via Manali and other goes via Shimla.

      1. Delhi – Manali – Rohtang Pass – Kunzam Pass – Kaza
      2. Delhi – Shimla – Kalpa – Nako – Tabo – Kaza

      The first route is difficult and requires just two days with night halt at Manali. But, since Kaza is at greater height and you pass through high mountain passes your body is not properly acclimatized. So, you may fall sick or hit with acute mountain sickness if you take that route. Having said that people do take the route, to decrease the AMS symptoms you can stay overnight first at Solang Valley instead on Manali and then at Khoksar on second day and third day reach Kaza and carry further ahead to Tabo (about 47 KMs away) to stay there for night and then come back to Kaza on the fourth day to enjoy the region.

      The second route goes via Shimla and is longer and time consuming route. But, your body gets acclimatized well by the time you reach Kaza as the altitude with each overnight stay increases gradually on this route. You can reach Kaza through this route with overnight halts at Narkanda, then Kalpa, then Tabo and then fourth day Kaza or may be even third day. But, again to reach there with good amount of acclimatization you should stay at Tabo first before planning to stay overnight at Kaza. Infact you can see places around Kaza as with day trip from Tabo itself. The idea is to delay the night stay at Kaza as much as you can for acclimatization on the body.

      Both Tabo and Kaza have good amount of homestay and other options. Infact Kaza has lots of stay options. Please let me know for further details on them.

      I hope this helps. Let me know for any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  26. A.K.Paul says:

    I Visit kaza to kelong on 22-may-11 pssible ?

  27. Deepak Bathija says:

    Hi Dheeraj, I am planning to visit manali in 2nd week of October wanted to know if this is the best period to visit Manali and will rohtang pass b open?

    • Hi Deepak,

      Yes, I guess by 2nd week of September the Durga Puja holidays will be over and Dusherra festival as well. So, it will be good time to visit Manali and yes Rohtang Pass will be open by that time.
      For more information on Manali including accommodation options, food joints, must see places etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have further queries or doubts.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  28. rakesh says:

    hi actually we are planning to go to manali via shimla from delhi in the first wk of sept. so, can u tell me if the roads are clear ryt nw? and if not then we ill go to mussourie, and i hope roads to mussourie are clear. ryt?

    • Hello Rakesh,

      The roads between Shimla – Manali are open now and in fact there are three routes from Shimla which go to Manali. So, I guess you shouldn't have any problems going against you in terms of connectivity unless weather turns really bad shape. I hope this helps you in decision making. Let me know if you need more details or have more queries.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  29. Sushma says:

    Hi Dheeraj, Appreciate greatly your updates on the current status and details being provided. Its very helpful.

    We are planning for a trip from Chandigarh to Leh via Manali and Rohtang around Sept 6th.

    Can you please let us know if the weather conditions during that time would be good and safe from landslides/snowfall etc?

    • Hello Sushma,

      Thanks for such appreciating words, I am glad information present on my blog is useful for you. Coming back, it is too early to predict the weather at that time. Usually, the rains should subside the region by that time and you should get clear skies and a bit improved roads by then but again nothing is certain when it comes to weather now a days. Currently, the Rohtang Pass is in ugly state but Manali – Leh road is open. If weather holds up by that time the slush present on the roads will start to dry and you will get much better roads between Manali (specifically Marhi) to Rohtang Pass. Once, you cross Rohtang Pass the rest of the roads are in far better state upto Leh. For long term weather forecast updates on Rohtang Pass, keep hooked to the below link: Long term forecast for Rohtang La in Himachal Pradesh (India)

      If you need more details on how to plan trip on Manali – Leh Highway, acclimatization and its importance,list of accommodation options, amenities on Manali – Leh Highway etc I will suggest you read the following article: Travel Guide for Manali – Leh Road

      I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any further queries or doubts.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • kumar says:

        Hi Dheeraj, Gone through the blog thank you very much for the info provided. Me and my friends are also planning to visit LEH on october 1st week and we are not sure of the whether and road condition at that time.Can you plz help us to provide some info and also if it is the right time to visit LEH via manali-rothang pass.your response will help us a lot cos we are so much excited to visit the place this october 1st week.Thanks in advance.

        • Hello Pavan,

          If you re attempting to go in October first week then I will suggest you to go through this post: 5 Reasons to Avoid Manali – Leh Highway in Late September or October

          So, you might and you might not get the favorable weather as stated in the link above. Now, by that time the business starts to pack up at the places like Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri as well but again you might not find tents but there will be homestay options available in near by villages by and large.

          I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have some doubts/queries.

          Regards,
          Dheeraj Sharma

  30. Angeles says:

    Hello :),

    im waiting in Mc Leod Ganj for already 2 days because the road from Manali to Leh is closed. Tomorrow im going to Manali since a few persons told me that maybe they open it in 2 days !!! What do you think ??

    Thanks for the information :)

    • Hello Angeles,

      It has not rained since yesterday around Manali as per the last updates I had and it was a bright sunny day too. I hope the roads will be cleared soon if they have not been cleared by today. So, I feel if weather holds up there are high chances that you will find the Manali – Leh Highway open by tomorrow, if it has not been opened today.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Hello Angeles,

        The Manali – Leh Highway is still closed near Rohtang Pass and taxis will not be plying on the Manali – Leh Highway for today as well.

        Regards,.
        Dheeraj Sharma

  31. anshika says:

    my family members are stuckon manali chandigarh highway on 17 aug 2011 .plz let me know when will the highway open .i am unable to contact them

    • Hi Anshika,

      The water level has been reduced in the rivers and it has not rained since yesterday around Manali. I guess the highway will be operational very soon or it might have been operational by now so they might reach Chandigarh by tonight or tomorrow.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  32. ashoknb says:

    is the road from jispa to leh still blocked by landslides ? i have family members who are unreachable on phone . can you give me some information .

    • Hi Ashok,

      The road and the whole valley along with river Beas are in spate due to continuous rainfall. The Manali – Leh Highway is blocked between Manali – Keylong due to landslides at Rani Nalla as per today’s report. But, I guess Jispa – Leh is open as per the last updates on 15th August. There is no mobile connectivity after Jispa till Leh or outskirts of Leh.

      I wish and pray everything is fine with your family members. Please update about there safety here as well.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

    • Hi Ashok,

      The road and the whole valley along with river Beas are in spate due to continuous rainfall. The Manali – Leh Highway is blocked between Manali – Keylong due to landslides at Rani Nalla as per today's report. But, I guess Jispa – Leh is open as per the last updates on 15th August. There is no mobile connectivity after Jispa till Leh or outskirts of Leh.

      I wish and pray everything is fine with your family members. Please update about there safety here as well.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • ashoknb says:

        thank you for your reply . i was able to contact my brother ( himanshu shethis/ bhanushali ) at 1 pm on the 16th of august . he was stuck between keylong and jispa . he is accompanied by mr. sanjay madan of expeditiononwheels ( in sanjay's landcruiser ) . they have airtel / bsnl sims between them which are still unreachable . please pass on any info , fellow travellers , i am worried .

        • Well Ashok, I have posted the info. on few forum and my twitter account. If they were stuck at 1 PM between Keylong and Jispa yesterday then probably they might have stayed overnight at Sarchu. Today they might be doing the Sarchu – Leh and once they reach Leh by evening today they will be able to contact you, I guess.

          Regards
          dheeraj sharma

  33. chirag says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    i have seen your comments and would seriously appreciate your detailed ideas adding knowledge for the manali-leh goers.

    I am planning to come to manali in coming weekend (22) as my friends would be coming to Delhi from different parts and would be reaching delhi by 9-10 pm how can we come at 10 pm from delhi to manali as i have no bus is available (RED bus and htdc) at that time. Also, let me know the best option to reach asap in wednesday morning back as the bus will be reaching by 7.

    thanks

    chirag

    • Hello Chirag,

      Thanks alot, I am glad that you liked the info on the blog. Well, buddy in that case you need hire a private taxi for yourself. HPTDC bus is a good option of travel but again you can't get them after 8 PM I guess. So, either you guys should hire a private taxi to leave Delhi by 10 PM and reach Manali by 11 AM next morning. Again, you need to leave from Manali by 2 PM on Tuesday night so that you guys reach by 4 AM in the morning. Manali is about 13-14 Hrs of journey from Delhi and also keep in mind that if it rains then it may slow down the journey. HPTDC bus service leaves Manali at 5.30 PM and reach Delhi at around 7 AM in the morning, which in your case will be late as you say.

      Also, get some trained or skilled driver with you who has the experience of driving in the hills and make sure he has slept in the day for sure.
      I hope this helps. Let me know in case you have doubts or queries.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  34. ravivarma says:

    Also some of my friends are suggesting to visit shimla manali circuit in the first week of october where in we can expect snow at that time. So can u suggest whether this month end which we planned earlier is the right time or october first week is best?? Also suggest some more places which are photographers delight apart from which u suggest to my previous post. thanks in advance..:):)

    • Hello Ravi,

      In Shimla you have no chance to find any snow in October. It is in December last week or January first week when Shimla region starts getting snow. In between August and October, I will prefer October but not for snow rather based on the fact that rains will be resided completely and roads to Rohtang Pass will be in a lot better shape than what they are today. Again, in October first week I feel there will be Dusshera Festival in Kullu and Manali region. It is the time when tourists mainly from Bengal throng the valley and due to festivals the villagers from local villages also come to the valley, resulting in too much crowd and difficulty in finding accommodation too. So, please keep this fact in mind if you plan to visit around Dusshera festival.

      Among all tourist places, Manali is the best region to find snow in early winters as Rohtang Pass is easily approachable from Manali and Rohtang Pass is the best place to get snow in early winters. Generally, it is October end or November first week that Rohtang Pass starts receiving snowfall. Hence, if you really wish to touch and play in snow then try to visit Manali region in November first or second week types, you will not be disappointed.

      In between Shimla and Manali there are many places of interest which I mentioned in the previous post like Tirthan Valley, Naggar Castle, Kasol, Narkanda, Hatu Peak, Kufri (I least prefer going there) and the drive from Narkanda to Jalori Pass etc. It all depends on the amount of time you have in your hands. You can also check travel guide for Manali at the below link along with some pictures for all the near by places that can be visited around that Manali region:

      Travel Guide for Manali

      I hope this helps. Let me know incase you have more queries or doubts.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  35. Ajit Chauhan says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We are planing for a trip to manali,rohtang pass and some other places in himachal pradesh this month i.e from 14th aug 2011 to 17th Aug 2011.Can u please suggest ki whether is this the right time for the trip.My 4 year daughter also with me 'she is crezy about seeing snow.Any Suggestions?

    • Hello Ajit,

      Around Manali you will not be able to find any snow currently or in August. If you are planning a hassle free vacation then going to Rohtang Pass is also not suggested as the slush is too much over there and you may end up in long traffic jam too with some tough conditions. Kindly, avoid it rather visit Naggar Castle and Kasol which are very nice places to hang around and spend time. In any case, you can always check with the locals about the average time taken to visit Rohtang Pass at the time you plan to visit. If they give some positive feedback that there is no slush, silt present on road then owing to the dry spell then ONLY plan a day visit to Rohtang Pass else try to avoid it.

      Meanwhile for more details on Manali town, you may like to check the Manali Travel Guide at the link below: Delhi to Manali Travel Guide

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  36. ravivarma says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We are planing for a trip to shimla,manali,rohtang pass and some other places in himachal pradesh this month end i.e from 27th aug 2011 to 4th sep 2011.Can u please suggest ki whether is this the right time for the trip.Also please suggest any other places of intrest which we can cover during this duration.

    • Hello Ravi,

      I guess by the time you are planning the rains will subside to certain extent, so it will be kinda good time to visit Manali – Shimla circuit. If you are planning a hassle free vacation then going to Rohtang Pass is also not suggested as the slush is too much over there and you may end up in long traffic jam too. Kindly, avoid it rather visit Naggar Castle and Kasol which are very nice places to hang around and spend time. In any case, you can always check with the locals about the average time taken to visit Rohtang Pass at the time you plan to visit. If they give some positive feedback that there is no slush, silt present owing to the dry spell then plan a days visit to Rohtang Pass else avoid it.

      From Shimla you can go via Narkanda – Jalori Pass – Shoja – Trithan Valley – Manali route to hang out for a day or two in Tirthan Valley as well and finally cover Manali for remaining days.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  37. ravi says:

    hi,

    i like to know whether the manali-leh highway would be open around 10th of october. if yes then plz throw some light on the complications to travel on this highway during this month of year

    thanking you

    ravi

    • Hey Ravi,

      October is genrally not the best time to visit Ladakh and its the time when most of the high mountain passes enroute Manali – Leh Highway and also in Ladakh starts receiving snowfall on frequent basis. Based on the past two years, although the Manali Leh Highway has not been closed upto mid November and BRO maintains or clears any road closure until the Manali – Leh Highway is offcially declared closed by them. Even in this case you will certainly run with the risk of closure of roads for two three days even at anytime in Ocotber due to heavy snowfall on the passes. So, road closure due to heavy snowfall is one reason you should avoid traversing Manali – Leh Highway in October. Secondly, the winter begin to set in this region and the cold conditions certainly becomes bone chilling. So, one needs to be prepared for battling the some really cold conditions as well. Thirdly, people who setup tents at Sarchu, Pang start to packup and move to their homes which leaves you with very limited accommodation options on Manali – Leh Highway.

      Hence, IMO one should avoid traversing Manali – Leh highway after September until you have atleast 2-3 buffer days in hand which can be utilized in case of any road closure and you are ready to battle some really cold conditions :)

      I hope this helps.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  38. ravi says:

    hi,

    i am planning a journey to leh-ladakh via manali route in october. to be little bit more precise it would be around 10th of the october. so, from previous years statistics i like to know whether the highway upto leh-ladakh would be open for public. if yes the n also throw some light on the difficulties to travel on this road during this month.

    thanking you

    ravi

  39. Hi Manas,

    I guess there are couple of route if you want to go from Amritsar to Manali via Hoshiarpur but I guess below one is the best route –

    Amritsar – Kartarpur – Adampur – Hoshiarpur (follow NH 70) – Amb – Nadaun – Hamirpur (Leave Nh-88 now and follow NH-70)- Daroghan – Sarkaghat – Mandi (Follow NH -21) – Kullu – Manali

    Yes, it is safe to drive but do drive with care, safety and caution as hills drive require more patience, skills and safety measures than plains drive. If you are not OK with driving then take the driver with you. Total distance could be around 450 KMs and once you enter Himachal Pradesh after Hoshiarpur the hills will start. Hoshiarpur to Manali could be about 290 odd KMs.

    You can always get more details about Manali in the link below for Manali Travel Guide – http://devilonwheels.com/index.php/delhi-to-manal

    I hope this help. Please let me know if you have any queries.

    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  40. manas says:

    hi dheeraj..

    me and my friends are planing to visit manali….we r leaving from amritsar via hoshiarpur…can u tell me about the road conditions …..nd can it is safe to drive ourself…..nd how much s the mountain area to be covered in ths route…

  41. Arun says:

    Hi All,

    We, a group of 5 members on 2 bikes and a scorpio, are planning for the Leh road trip starting from Delhi on 15th morning. All the planning and prep work has been almost done after multiple meetups and discussions. Initially we were a group of 13 members including a few families as well, but now left to just five of us because of people backing out due to office commitments and family exigencies. We need a few more buddies to club in to maintain the estimated budget else it shoots like hell. In case if anyone is interested please write in at er(dot)arunsingh(at)gmail(dot)com.

    Please be quick if interested, as we don't have much time left with us.

    People interested in going for the trip but don't have a vehicle can also pool in as we have some space in scorpio still left.

    Looking forward for positive response.

    Thanks,

    Arun

  42. sumeet dudani says:

    hello Dheeraj..

    finally we have decided to start our tour from our city Chandrapur Maharashtra in Ritz on 20 july 2011.

    can u plz give me update on road status and weather conditions so that we can prepare ourselves. Or plz give me ur contact no. so that i can call u.

    thanks a lot.

    • Sumeet, road Manali – Leh Highway is open for traffic but in bad shap upto Gramphu from Manali. Secondly, you will not be allowed to take your Ritz on Manali – Rohtang Pass road without the permit. Recently, HP Govt. has banned the entry of non-Himachali vehicles on Manali – Rohtang Pass road. You need to get in touch with some travel agent or hotel in Manali to get the permit or contact SDM office Keylong for further detailes of getting the permit. I guess hotel agent is the best option to get the permit for your car. I will mail you my contact details.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  43. deepak says:

    hello dheeraj!!

    can u plz help me out. . i wanna knw d current status of leh manali track. .as m in leh right now. . so m thnkng k shd i return back frm whr i came i.e. via srinagar. !! m frm chandigarh! bt wanna see d manali track too.!

    plz tell me. if dere is no land slides around.!!

    thank you. !

    • Deepak, roads are open buddy but post gramphu upto marhi via rohtang pass is in worse shape. Moore plains and tanglang la also have few bad patches. Be prepared for touggh ride around rohtang pass.

  44. Hello Nitin,
    Yes, at present you will be able to see alot of snow around Manali Leh Highway, especially between Rohtang Pass and Baralacha La as well as around Taglang La. Enjoy your trip and of course snow…
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  45. nitin tyagi says:

    Hello dheeraj

    Can you tell me If we are able to see snow on the manali-leh highway these days.

  46. Rahul, I have even the better than the best news  for you. The Manali – Leh Highway has been reopened for traffic, atleast for light vehicles but soon heavy vehicles will start playing on it too…

  47. nitin tyagi says:

    hello dheeraj

    Thanks s lot, I will take care of what you say.

  48. Rahul O says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    So automatic google news alerts with "Manali Leh" as keywords categorically state that Manali Leh highway should open as early as June 5th! This is the best news so far! I plan to hit the highway on June 18th and which now looks like a safe window. BUT yes fingers will be crosses all along.

    Dheeraj, can you verify this? Surely great news for all people frequenting your site!

    Cheers,

    RO

  49. Hello Nitin,
    Yes, that is tru then you won't need any other car. But, one thing I would like to clear that do not disclose to any one that you have hired that vehicle and ask your friends about the same that they don't do it even. Secondly, you might get interogated by the policemens or local drivers who may create fuss, so its better that all of you in the group have a common answer to whom the car belongs and why you guys have hired driver, just in case it was asked separately by each one of you. You must ensure the person interrogating that the car belongs to you, so have the complete details of model, make, purchase date and name of the owner and how he/she relates to you. I hope you are getting what I mean to say, it should not by anymeans look that you have hired it.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  50. nitin tyagi says:

    hello dheeraj

    If we hire a white number plate car from here Delhi, then we don't need to any other car for visiting pan-gong lake and nubra valley?

  51. Hello Vikram,
    Well, it is expected that Manali-Leh Highway will open by second week of June. Rohtang Pass has been declared open for tourists today but vehicles will be allowed from June 2, 2011 onwards. Sarchu to Leh is open and BRO is currently working on Baralacha La Pass. I hope this helps.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  52. dhiraj says:

    thanks a lot

  53. phogaat says:

    plz tell me when will b road open manali to leh-ladakh

  54. Hello Mr. Gill,
    You can surely enjoy snow up there at Marhi snow point. If you are lucky enough BRO may open the traffic for tourists even for Rohtang Pass at any moment during the coming days. So, have fun and enjoy the snow up there. All the very best wishes for the trip.You can go through the Manali Travel Guide link below, if you want yo explore more around Manali —
    Delhi to Manali, Travel Guide
    Let me know incase you need some info.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  55. Gill says:

    I will be in Manali on the second of June. Was planning on going to Rohtang but will be satisfied with any place that has snow before that as my daughter is hell bent on seeing snow. Any suggestions?

  56. Hello Ankur,
    Well, firstly its not possible for you to reach Leh in one day from Manali as it will lead to some serios ill-health and acute mountain sickness. You are trying to go to the roof of the world right from the sea level within 3 days. Please do not try it buddy. I guess you can get the volvo in the evening from Chandigarh to Manali. It will make you reach Manali the next day morning else you can hire small taxi to reach Manali within same day. Then either stay at Manali or Solang Valley (better for acclimatization but not economic options present) Then it will take two days to reach Leh from Manali. You can do it in single day but I suggest against it. It is likely that BRO will open the highway by that time as Sarchu to Leh is open, Manali to Keylong is cleared, Keylong to Sarchu is pending. So within 6-7 days BRO will open the enire Manali – Leh highway. Hence, 13th June seems likely but if possible try to postpone it by one week else you may stick to current plan.
    You can check the following link on "How to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway" including the selection of night stops/accommodation, selecting the mode of travel —
    How to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway

    You can check the below link for AMS and its related medicines and tips to minimize the symptoms —
    Acute Mountain Sickness and Importance of Acclimatization

    Here is the link explaining the details of Inner Line Permits for Leh – Ladakh —
    Inner Line Permits for Leh – Ladakh

    A sample itinerary for Leh – Ladakh which will help you plan yours too. We can discuss and fine tune it according to your needs at the same linke below —
    Leh – Ladakh | Sample Itinerary 2

    You can check the below link to get an idea of a comprehensive list of things to carry while you travel to Ladakh or any other place including basic first aid —
    List of things to carry when you go on trip

    Let me know incase you need more info.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  57. ankur says:

    Hello Dheeraj,

    we are two friends plang to go leh from mumbai. my iternery is as under :

    11th June – Mumbai to Chandigarh ( 9.am – 11.10 am)

    12th Manali

    13th June – to leh.

    plz advice on the following :

    1. what is the best mode to reach Manali from Chandigarh on 11th nite itself. what will be approx cost.

    2. will manali – leh highway will be open at that time i.e. 13th june onwards.

    regds

    ankur

    • Manali – Leh Highway Status | Update Date: 30th May, 2011

      As per the current status,
      Manali – Keylong –> Road is cleared but not thrown open to tourists.
      Keylong – Sarchu –> Clearance work under progress at Baralacha La, expected to complete by coming weekend if weather remains good.
      Sarchu – Leh –> OPEN

      So, its the Baralacha La that is the only hurdle left and its hopeful that by the end of second week of June the Manali – Leh Highway will be OPEN, if weather god remains with all fellow travelers :)

      • Manali – Leh Highway Status | Update Date: 1st June, 2011

        As per the current status,
        Manali – Keylong –> Rohtang Pass Declared Open for Tourists (Read More:Rohtang Pass Declared Open for Tourists for 2011)
        Keylong – Sarchu –> Clearance work under progress at Baralacha La, expected to Open by second week of June
        Sarchu – Leh –> OPEN

        So, its the Baralacha La that is the only hurdle left and its hopeful that by the end of second week of June the Manali – Leh Highway will be OPEN, if weather god remains with all fellow travelers :)

  58. Hello Monika,
    I am sorry but I do not have any reference of Tour Operator in Manali but yes regarding shared taxi they will charge about 1100-1200 Rs per person. They leave about 2 AM in the night and reach Leh the same day at 6-7 PM in the evening. I guess its better that you 3 go to Leh taxi stand and talk to other tourists who are planning to go to Leh. You can ask them to join in a private taxi. A private taxi will be much more comfortable as well as safe and would cost about 10K-12K if you directly bargain with the drivers at Manali taxi stand. So, if you can get atleast 2-3 tourists to accompany you 3 then you guys are looking at the similar price of bus fare. Of course private taxi will have your wish behind where to stop and where to start and of course the much needed night stop at Jispa or Keylong or Sarchu (not preferred) too.
    <span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: x-small;">Regards,</span>
    <span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: x-small;">Dheeraj Sharma</span>

  59. Monika says:

    Thanks Dheeraj,

    Well, looking at the scenario may I request you to kindly advise me any details about the local tour operator in Manali also an idea about the cost and possibility of shared taxi.

    Thank you for your help !

  60. Hello Monika,
    Well, in the time window that you have chosen you will not be able to find any public transport. HPTDC and HRTC both run their bus services in July when the roads are stabilized. Also, non of them halt at Sarchu rather they do night halt at Keylong. Infact HRTC runs from Keylong only, you need to get separaate HRTC bus from Manali to Keylong.The only ption you have is either private taxi or shared taxi which will run you to Leh in a single day. Otherwise you need to book a ticket on some shared tempo traveler or mini bus that local tour operators jointly run from Manali. But, the last option will cost you time as they have fixed departures as well as decent money as well. Best will be to arrange a local taxi and get hold of few tourists or foreigners who are happy to travel with you sharing the cost of the private taxi.

    You can check the following link on "How to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway" including the selection of night stops/accommodation, selecting the mode of travel —
    How to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway

    You can check the below link for AMS and its related medicines and tips to minimize the symptoms —
    Acute Mountain Sickness and Importance of Acclimatization

    Here is the link explaining the details of Inner Line Permits for Leh – Ladakh —
    Inner Line Permits for Leh – Ladakh

    A sample itinerary for Leh – Ladakh which will help you plan yours too. We can discuss and fine tune it according to your needs at the same linke below —
    Leh – Ladakh | Sample Itinerary 2

    You can check the below link to get an idea of a comprehensive list of things to carry while you travel to Ladakh or any other place including basic first aid —
    List of things to carry when you go on trip

    Let me know incase you need more info.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  61. Monika says:

    Dear Dheeraj,

    We 3 frnds are planning a Leh tour from Delhi from 11th June. We will reach Manali on 12th morning and then plan to go to Sarchu and next day to Leh.

    Can you advise us the possibility of local transport or bus from HPTC with timings and accommodation in Sarchu.

    Thank you for your help.

    Regards,

    Monika

  62. Hi Nitin,
    Well, I guess too that the Manali – Leh Highway may open in the second week of June considering weather holds good. Since, its early season you will surely face lots of adevnture on your journey to Leh via Manali. Roads will be motorable and manageable but definitely more challenging and adventurous too. If you can postpone a week or two it will be definitely better as the road side dhabhas and tea stalls would have come up by then and got stabilized too. Early in season once cannot predict what will be present and what will be thrown as a surprise. I will email you my contact number.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj sharma

  63. Nitin Naudiyal says:

    Dear Dheeraj,

    Ive come to know that Rohtang Pass will be opening for tourists within a couple of days and that other passes should also be open anytime now.

    We are a group wanting to ride on our bikes this route starting 11th June from Manali. Do you think the route will be in a condition to allow biking (Bullets)?

    Also will appreciate if I can have your contact details for further discussion.

    Thanks, Nitin

  64. Hello Nitin,
    Last year was a bad year interms of Manali – Leh Highway. The highway I guess opened almost in July, if I remember correctly. It opened in the second week of June for couple of days but then series of landslides at Rani Nalla shut it down for many days. Then again it opened but there was an oil camper that got stuck for five days :shock: blocking the traffic on the highway on both sides. The oil camper belonged to some high profile guy so it was not thrown of the road. It also caused on person his life as well being struck in the middle of nowhere for more than 5 days. People got stranded due to that as well as landslides and some had to go back again to Leh to come via Srinagar route. We went in the last week of July and by that time too Manali – Rohtang Pass was in ugly shape.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  65. nitin tyagi says:

    hi dheeraj

    Can you tell me that on what date the manali-leh highway open last year?

  66. Hello Arun,
    Since, the roads in early part of season i.e. June are extremely rough, it would be hard to see your dZire make it scratch-less underbelly on the Manali-Leh Highway. I will suggest that is possible do it later in the season preferably, August end or September start when the roads are completey dried out and most of the road widening and maintenance work being complete. Of course, you will not see the snow around at that time but there are ample of colors to see in Ladakh apart from the white which can be explore anywhere else in India easily at some later day :)
    If you want to experience some good piece of adventure then it will be better to do it in July mid types. Not to forget that at any given day, driving to Ladakh in hatch or sedan will required extra amount of care, patience and little more skills.Do read the sefl drive section in the link below to have better understanding and preventive measures:
    How to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway
    Let me know incase you need more info.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  67. Arun Sharma says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Planning to travel in mid june via manali in a Dzire vdi. Ok with hill drive (more on shimla rampur roads).

    We were looking at going on manali leh route in earley june, around 3rd june.

    Dod you think its a good idea or should we shift it to later? Four of us- 2 couples with 10 days in hand from chandigarh.

    Apprecitae your suggestion on timing

    Thanks

    Arun

  68. Rajan, you can surely go in an Indigo but again you need to be very careful not to let underbelly hit and if it is unavoidable then make sure you do not scratch or puncture Engine sump. When in doubt park aside, see how other are doing and then inspect the section by your own fee and follow the planned path then. Try to do it in one go by taking care of the direction in which vehicle is going.

  69. rajan says:

    hi dheeraj, i am planning to go manali by tata indigo cs cr4. just wanna know that it will be comfortable for trip to manali,rohtang?

  70. Iliyas, well, you can travel to Leh anytime between July to mid September.

  71. iliyas says:

    Thanks Dheeraj 4 your advise. I want to ask what is the right time to travel Manali to Leh with Tata Specio?

  72. Hello Harsh,
    It is highly likely that the Manali-Leh will be open by then although subject to the weather conditions in coming weeks hold out good. I hope this helps.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  73. harsh says:

    Hey I wl manali leh route wl be open on 15th of june…can u plz tell me dheeraj..

  74. Hi Iliyas,
    Yes, I guess you won't find issues. Just drive with care. Secondly, I do not think that you can do Ladakh ride with a pillion on any bike. I just guess, as I am not a biker but I have never seen people riding to Ladakh with a pillion.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  75. iliyas says:

    hi dheeraj is tata specio safe for manali leh route for 5 persons starting from manali on 16th june 2011? and which bike is safe for 2 person to travel manali leh highway

  76. Hi Nitin,
    You can check the below link for AMS and its related medicines and tips to minimize the symptoms —
    Acute Mountain Sickness and Importance of Acclimatization
    You can check the below link to get an idea of a comprehensive list of things to carry while you travel to ladakh or anyother place including basic first aid —
    List of things to carry when you go on trip
    You can check the following link on How to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway including the night stops and accommodation —
    How to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway
    Let me know incase you have some doubts.
    Regards
    Dheeraj Sharma

  77. nitin tyagi says:

    Hi dheeraj

    Thanks again for your suggestion. Can you tell me what should we add in our first AID box in case of Mountain sickness or AMS. Is there any facility of tented accomodation in Manali-leh highway(we like that actualy).

    Regards

    Nitin tyagi

  78. Hi Nitin,
    Yes many tourist do Pangong Tso lake trip in a day. But, accomodating Magnetic Hills can be too much buddy. You are already having less time. Best you can do is to attempt it in the evening while you return from the Nubra Valley. I will not suggest though but still if you like you can do it by leaving from Nubra very early in the day and visiting Magnetic Hill in the evening. Confirm from the driver if he agrees with it.
    Regards
    dheeraj sharma

  79. nitin tyagi says:

    Thanks dheeraj for your advising us. I like your Schedule, but I have one more question to ask, is it possible to comeback from pangong LAKE in the same day.

    And if we want to visit magnetic hill also then what will we do.

    Your post really help people.

    Thanks

    Nitin tyagi

  80. Hello Mr. Rajesh,
    Well, Pangong Tso lake is definite place to visit atleast if you are going to Leh for the first time along with Nubra Valley. You will need 2 days to cover it but it can be done as day trip as well, although not recommended as one day trip. The road conditions are fine except few sections for about 10-12 KMs near the Chang La and some definite rough areas about Pagal Nalla. Distance is about 170 KMs from Leh. There is Tangste about 30 odd KMs before Pangong which offers lots of accomodation options, then there are Spangmik and Lukung just near the banks of Pangong Tso lake which also offers accomodation, mainly tented ones.
    Let me know if you need more info.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  81. Well Nitin in that case you will need to hire the taxi again in Leh – Ladakh for Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso lake as well as Local sightseeing. Given below is the daywise plan for you –
    Delhi – Solang Valley (DO not stay at Manali)
    Solang Valley – Jispa/Keylong (Do not go ahead towards Sarchu or Pang)
    Jispa/Keylong – Leh
    Leh – KTop- Nubra Valley (Arrange your permits through travel agent or hotel, so that this day can be saved else you won't be able to make it)
    Nubra Valley – KTop – Leh
    Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh (Its a lake not river)
    Leh – Keylong/Manali (if you can extremely stretch yourself, shared taxis also run from Leh at 1 AM and drop you at Manali this day)
    Keylong – Manali – Delhi (if possible for you guys)
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  82. Dr Rajesh says:

    Hi Dheeraj, Can u give some information on Panong tso lake. How approachable, road condition, accomondation etc, do u suggest it as a spot to be conquered..

  83. nitin tyagi says:

    hello dheeraj

    We have yellow number plate car, So what should we do after go to Leh and which schedule plan we should adopt for travel nubra and pangong river.

    thanks

  84. Hello Jatinder,
    1. BRO plans to open the Manali – Leh Highway in first week of June but I doubt they will. Do not go via Manali route as it may not be open or will be in too much fussy shape. Rather go via Srinagar route and come back via Manali route only after confirming its status from Leh taxi stand while you return.
    2. Safety wise I guess KAshmir is alays unpredictable and you never know what's gonna happen tomorrow. Having said that, thousands of tourists go there and enjoy. But, the it will always be unpredictable and you should be self vigilant and aware of your surroundings all the time. If you are concerned enough then you can avoid stay at Srinagar and stay ahead of it to Sonamarg. Prefer J&K Tourism Hotels over private properties. You can do it like, CHD – Patnitop nd then Patnitop – Sonamarg. Of course check the news on the day when you are leaving Patnitop for any mis-happenings and proceed to Sonamarg. Remain on highway and do not follow any trails. Highway is generally safe. Start early from Patnitop so as to reach Sonamarg on time before the sun sets.
    3. For Manali – Leh highway if you are coming back then halt at Sarchu. If you are going from Manali – Leh halt at Jispa or Keylong. Check the link below to get more details on how to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway:
    How to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  85. Jatinder says:

    Hello,

    I am planning to go to Leh from Chandigarh on 3rd June via the Manali route; please let me know if the route will be open by then.

    If not, how much time will it typically take to reach leh via Kargil from Chandigarh and is it a safe route to travel with family considering the disturbances in the valley

    Also what will be the ideal places for night stay on both the routes because it will take close to 3 complete days to reach Leh from either of the routes.

    Your feedback will be much appreciated

    Thanks & Regards

    Jatinder

  86. Hello Harish,
    Thanks Harish, I am obliged. Please consider few more points –
    1. If you are vegetarian then take your last meal of the day at Drass as in Kargil it may be difficult to get a veg. meal.
    2. Well I ain't an expert dear :)… I guess you have the experience with you, so guess will not be toruble some for you. Just incase you feel in doubt especially at Manali – Leh Highway then park you vehicle aside, inspect the section with your foot, see how other are crossing it and then go ahead with the planned route. For water crossings, key is to do in one go without giving anyhalf clutch measures. Also, do read the self drive section at the link below to get an idea of list of things to carry —
    How to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway
    I hope this helps.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  87. harish chander says:

    thanks dheeraj it has been always been nice to read u. we have planned that we will start from srinagar on 10 june ,reach leh on 11 june with night stay at kargil .12,13,14 in leh 15 inpang gong lake . 16,17 for leh to manali. all tour by innova self driven as i am quite familiar with driving in hilly areas . ihad sumo for 5 years and i have travelled in it to srinagar twice, rohtang and manikaran twice ,a couple of times in santro to jalodi pass &shimla . will it be fine or some better & expert advice from ur side.

  88. Hi Nitin,
    Well, the best car isn't there any such among SUVs/MUVs. It is the man behind the wheel that should be best to conquer such a terrain. I will say avoid Qualis and Innova. Take Scorpio if possible else take Sumo if possible else take Tavera. I am just saying based on what I saw with Qualis and Innovas during my trip and there is no conrete sense to mu suggestion as the drivers behind the steering could had been bad in that case. But, I guess we saw Qualis and Innovas struggle through deep water crossings. I am still not sure if you are taking the white number plate taxi or yellow number plate taxi as its very important fact?
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  89. nitin tyagi says:

    hello dheeraj

    Can you tell me which car is best for the manali-leh highway….We have option of qualis,scorpio,tavera,Innova.

    thanks

  90. Hello Rocky,
    For Leh – Kargil Highway, Check Day 2, Day 3 and Day 4 at below link:
    Leh & Ladakh Sample Itinerary | Nubra Valley – Local Leh – Uley Topko
    Average speed on Kargil – Leh Highway could be around 40-45 considering the fact that there will be straight roads just as an arrow where you can hit more than 60-70 even :)
    I guess you should go with your plan if you into portraits and culture and traditions and people. If you are into landscape then I guess it will be better to do it in September first week or August last week. By that time monsoon would have also settled down to a great extent. But, for sure you will not find much snow at that time. Water on roads, its something you cannot avoid atleast on Manali – Leh highway alas you plan it in late spetember when major part is dry and all snow has meted out that too I am not too sure though
    I hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  91. Hello Harsh,
    Great to know that buddy. For places on Manali – Leh Highway and to plan your journey on Manali – Leh Highway you can check the below link which will be useful for you to decide and plan.
    Places on Manali – Leh Highway | A Detailed Description
    How to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway
    Then for Srinagar – Leh Highway you can check the below Itinerary which focus mostly the stretch towards Lamayaru from Leh. Lamayaru comes on Srinagar – Leh Highway and you may check the places on it to explore.Check Day 2, Day 3 and Day 4 at below link: Leh & Ladakh Sample Itinerary | Nubra Valley – Local Leh – Uley Topko
    I hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  92. Rocky says:

    Thanks for info.

    Any places to see on the highway leh-kargil? Hows the road condition, whts minimal average speed can be covered in this path?

    Manali to leh

    Planned for July 1st and 2nd week to see Hemis festival. But thinking to postpone for July end and Aug 1st week, I can get more greenery to see and no water flowing on roads. Pls suggest. Keeping in mind about my photography as priority.

  93. Hello Soumyadeep,
    Thanks for the same but as I said yes the Rohtang Pass is declared open BUT vehicles are not plying on it as BRO and state administration is currently working on the traffic regulation plans. They can allow traffic anytime but as of now no vehicles are allowed to go to Rohtang Pass. The regulation of traffic means that for some time heavy vehicle entries will be stopped and since the lane are too narrow for single lane, traffic will be allowed one way at a time.  The only issue is that weather holds up which for last two days is not and there must have been some good amount of snowfall which will further delay the opening of Rohtang Pass for vehicular traffic. But, they maay decalre it open for vehicles anytime though.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  94. Hello Harish,
    Safety is a matter of the fact how the driver will drive the vehicle no matter what vehicle it is :) … In terms of competence of Innova, although it will provide you much needed comfort on this ardent journey but it may struggle with deep water crossings when compared to Sumos and Taveras. If your driver is skilled enough you will not face any such trouble at all. But, it will surely make it though. Just take care and drive sensibly andenjoy the weather and do not forget to click the pictures :D
    Let me know incase you need further info.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  95. Hello Prasad,
    Well, yes the pass is declared open BUT vehicles are not plying on it as BRO and state administration is currently working on the traffic regulation plans. They can allow traffic anytime but as of now no vehicles are allowed to go to Rohtang Pass. The regulation of traffic means that for some time heavy vehicle entries will be stopped and since the lane are too narrow for single lane, traffic will be allowed one way at a time. I guess by 9th June you will surlely be able to visit Rohtang Pass till the very top. The only issue is that weather holds up which for last two days is not and there will have been some good amount of snowfall which will further delay the opening of Rohtang Pass for vehicular traffic. But, its highly likely that by your time everything should be sorted out.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  96. Prasad Kulkarni says:

    Hello Dheeraj,

    We are planning a trip to Manali on 9th June 2011 and plan to visit Rohtan Pass on 10th June. Will we be able to reach to the top up till the point they say is a real Rohtang Pass? I am sorry but I dont have a slightest clue of that area. I was happy to know that the pass was finally declared open on 25th May 2011. Let me know the current stauts and will we be lucky enough to enjoy the beauty of the pass.

    Thanks and Regards,

    Prasad

  97. harish chander says:

    is innova safe for manali leh route for 6 persons starting from manali on 11 june 2011?

  98. harsh says:

    hi dheeraj, today only i came to know about ur experience manali to leh. u r doing a very very good thing for others. even i have also traveled from Delhi to Manali and stay then vashisht and stay and then via Rohtang Pass to Sarchu and stay then leh and stay for 2 nights then via Kargil to Drass and stay then Srinagar and stay for 2 nights then via Patni top to Hoshiarpur and stay then via chandigarh to delhi from 6/6/2009 to 16/6/2009 in new ford ikon diesel by self drive. now i again wish to go to the same route by same car, pls advice about more places in this route which we can see. thanks again for ur spirit.

  99. Rocky, you are looking about 3000-3200 KMs of Journey, so you cannot get away with the fact that you don't want to ride too much :)… This is calling an average daily run of 300 KMs straight away. Both routes are equally scenic while Manali-Leh is mostly barren, the Srinagar-Leh offers some green part to some extent like Sonamarg. The roads on Srinagar-Leh are beautiful which can act as subjects of your photography while covering them. On Manali-Leh you have various things to capture like two lakes that comes Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal, unusual soil formations around Pang, numerous curves leading to snow capped mountains once you cross Baralacha La, flowing river Bhaga, Chandra, the passes and milestones are not to be missed and especially the views from Taglang La which you will surely like to caputre, just before Pang you will find some interesting shots too while riding along the river and entering a canyon like place. Although I don't have any links inparticular for the same but you can check my Ladakh album if it interests you in "Photo Gallery" Section (second link on top of the page).
    If possible try to add one more day so that you can have a relaxing journey and may cover more places too. If you are into portraits then do not miss the local sightseeing tour for monasteries to capture the essence of culture, traditions and people.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  100. Rocky says:

    Thanks Dheeraj for info. I got lots of info under Private Vehicles i.e. Cars and Bikes sections. Few more, doubts

    1. I got 11 days, total how much distance it will be from Chandigarh to srinagar to leh and manali and including local site seeing?

    How much time required for the same?

    I dont want to spend much time in travel, since I am alone like to have good short ride and enjoy photography. Pls suggest some.

    2. If I take manali-leh highway for to and fro, what are the places i can cover for photography? [ If u have any links pls provide ]

  101. Nitin, the taxi you have hired from Delhi should have white number plate. The yellow number plate taxis are not allowed for sightseeing in Ladakh. You will then have to hire another taxi. Moreover, its always better to have some local driver if not driving self otherwise do confirm the driver's experience if he has done the circuit before or not. By 9th June it seems that traffic will be allowed to ply on Manali-Leh highway. If you are interested in Photography and comfortable drives then atleast two days for each place is required in Ladakh which are Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri and Tso Kar. This makes 6 days for all three places. Generally, people opt for 2 of them with one day local sightseeing of Leh including monasteries (making it 5) and culture of Ladakh which one must not miss. Let me know incase you have any doubts.

  102. nitin tyagi says:

    HELLO dheeraj

    We have hired a qualis for leh from delhi on 9th june.

    Is it right time and how many days will expected to stay in leh for sight seeing.

  103. Hello Priya,
    I have uploaded a new Itinerary according to your needs at the following link: Leh – Ladakh Sample Itinerary | Nubra Valley – Local Leh – Uley Topko
    As I have mentioned in the article there are many hotels in Leh which gives free pickup and drop service from/to Airport if you are staying with them. For accommodation options, I guess you should give me some idea about the budget per day and what exactly you are looking forward from the hotel.
    We can discuss it on that link if you require to fine tune it further. I hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  104. priya says:

    hey dheeraj,

    i hve sum mor queries like,

    1) i have 6n/7d plan wer i wish to cover max locations in leh – ladakh incldng nubra valley and uleytopko, so plz help me with perfct itinerary for my holiday.

    2) help me with the mode of transportation as wel frm airprt.

    3) good accommodation options.

    Thanx in advnc.

  105. Rashid, currently it is expected that Manali-Leh highway will open in the first week of June. Secondly, BRO will pass their vehicles today from Rohtang Pass and snow has been cleared on the road. However, since the snow was huge about 50-60 feet, so currently road is single lane and pretty narrow at some points majorly at Rani Nalla. I guess in early season, going in i10 could pose trouble as roads are in bad shape. Hence, you have to be very careful in driving the i10. When you feel that i10 will get stuck in some water crossing its always better to let Xylo pass first, so that it can tow or pull i10 when required. I hope this helps. You can check the article below for more details on planning the journey on Manali – Leh Highway – How to plan journey on Manali – Leh Highway
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  106. m.rashid says:

    hi deeraj we r planning for leh with mahindra xylo and i10 i

    t is it ok pl guide in this site keylong is open than what about leh road

  107. Soumyadeep Ghosh says:

    Thanks dheeraj for the update. Do let us know if you receive any news on Rohtang. Its nice to see an active thread here. Helps a lot!

  108. Soumyadeep, yes you can go ahead with your plan as the road from Manali to Keylong will be by then, I am assuming no bad weather in coming days. Have a nice trip in the valley of god and godesses :)

  109. Soumyadeep Ghosh says:

    Thanks Dheeraj for the updates.

    I am planning on a trip to keylong from Manali via Rohtang Pass on 1st June. I heard rohtang will open in a couple of days. Can this trip be made?

  110. nitin tyagi says:

    Thanks dheeraj for your suggestion, I will go via shrinagar as you said.

    Thank you for guiding me.

  111. Hi Priya,
    Uley Topko is small village located about 70 odd KMs from Leh alongside Indus River. You can visit many places either enroute or keeping Uley Topko as the base and feel the tradition and culture of Ladakh around this place. The places around Uley Topko includes Phyang Monastery, Likir Gompa, Grudwara Pathar Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Rizong Gompa, Lamayaru Monastery, Alchi Monastery, Basgo Palace. You can cover these places in two days with one night stay at Uley Topko. I guess you need to either pitch your tents at Uley Topko as the accommodation may not be there in such village.
    I hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info.
    Regards
    Dheeraj Sharma

  112. priya says:

    hey dheeraj,

    i want sum idea abt uleytopko as m plnng 2 visit dat place.

  113. Hello Nitin,
    I guess you guys should better go via Srinagar side and come back via Manali side thereby covering the whole circuit and with ease. Doing this way will also help minimizing the mountain sickness. You can take a train to Jammu and from there at taxi stand get a taxi to Srinagar the morning you reach Jammu. Have night halt at Srinagar that day and hire a taxi from Srinagar Taxi stand to Leh with one night stop at Kargil or Drass. You will get the taxi in Leh from Leh taxi stand for sight seeing in Ladakh region. Then, on your return day get the taxi to Manali from Leh taxi stand. You can alsways bargain hard with Leh driver for over all package including the Ladakh sightseeing as well as your drop to Manali on the last day. This way the taxi operators/drivers in Leh will give you better bargain. The bus service starts in July to Leh. You guys can also fly to Srinagar to save time and since the flights will cost almost similar to what you will spend with train to Jammu and taxi to Srinagar, its always better to save more time by spending few more bucks extra.
    I hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma
     

  114. nitin tyagi says:

    Hi dheeraj, I am planning to go to leh from delhi with my friends group of 8 on second week of june. I wont't able to understand that from where i should go . If you know any taxi service or bus from delhi or from manali to leh., Any help will be appreciated .

    Thanks

    Nitin Tyagi

  115. Hi Abhinav/Sukhjinder,
    Well, Abhinav is correct in saying so but many people do it in their hatch/sedans every year. Even they venture ahead of Rohtang Pass and complete Manali-Leh journey in them. However, as I said firstly you need to be EXTRA careful while driving in such patches where the underbelly is bound to hit. By careful and sensible driving you can avoid it at least upto Rohtang Pass. On Manali-Leh highway sometimes it is difficult to avoid hitting the underbelly in which case you should know about yor engine sump, plan the path to cross that stretch keeping in mind that underbelly does not touch at the section where engine sump is present. I would advise the same here.
    Secondly, its all about adventure taking your car at Rohtang Pass. If you are not one of those and want to avoid all the hassles (there will be surely) then its always better to sit back in the taxi and enjoy the great vistas. This keeps you relaxing enough on a relaxing trip.
    One cannot gurantee whether the underbelly will be the victim on Manali-Rohtang Pass road, its the one driving the car can only better judge. You can easily get away with minor scratches at underbelly but with careless driving it could prove worse for the car. Hence if you are ready to take up your car then be patient, see how others are doing when in doubt and when you cannot avoid hitting the underbelly (highly unlikely) pretect the engine sump first.
    I hope this helps.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  116. Hello Sukhjinder,Just be extra careful on the stretch ahead of Gulaba as generally the road tends to deteriorate from that point onwards. Since, it will be early season so roads will not be in good shape up there. In slush stretches (if present) 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. Some more below —— Do not give horn to the local drivers.— Always give them the pass to let them win the race and avoid any argument with them. They tend to risk the lives of the passengers they take by racing on the highest roads and boasting their talent. But, please do not let them hurt your ego and you be patient.— Always make sure to give horn at the turns, as most percentage of locals in hills do some ugly driving at turns, especially. Its better to always let them your presence.— When, there is JAM try to follow the bigger vehicle. especially local one, than your car and stick behind it. He will do best to make your way too :). However, if he is breaking the queue, you please do not break the queue as it will lead to more JAM and fuss.— Try to leave early in the morning by AM for sure, to avoid getting stuck in traffic jam.— Last but not the least, please preserve the cleanliness of the Himalayas and try to use dustbin more and more.I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any queries. I am sure you must have gone through the Manali Travel Guide at the following link to know more about the Manali: Delhi to Manali, Travel GuideRegards,Dheeraj Sharma

  117. Hi Dhiraj,
    I am afraid you wont be able to traverse the Manali – Leh Highway atleast this month. BRO is expecting to open the Manali – Leh Highway in first week of May but I am hoping that they will open it in second week of May considering they have missed the Rohtang Pass opening date by almost a week. So, if you want to plan to travel Manali-Leh Highway then try to make the plan in second week of June.
    I hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  118. dhiraj says:

    hi.dheeraj tell me earlist when will open road manali to leh i want go there 25.5. 2011 pls tell me

  119. Abhinav Gautama says:

    Hey Sukhjinder.

    I see that you are planning to go from Manali to Rohtang by your i10. I'd suggest that u not take your car. Reason being that the road at higher altitudes does have some rough patches and your car may 'touch' the road surfaces and several places. Though you will find many Altos on that road but they all are accepting those few 'hits' their cars might take.

    Rgds

    Abhinav Gautama

  120. Sukhjinder says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning my trip to Manali Rohtang on 30th May and I am planning by my own car (i10) any tips for driving.

    Thanks in Advance.

    Sukhjinder

  121. Hi Dr. Rajesh,
    It is very likely that you will be able to come via Manali – Leh Highway on your return after seeing the Sindhu Darshan programme. Just stick to your plan, go via Srinagar side and after 14th June it is very likely that you will be able to return via Manali – Leh Highway. However, keep fingers crossed for weather to hold good and highway to remain open without any snow sliding etc.
    I hope this helps.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  122. Hi Dinesh,
    This is what my worry was when I told you that the road may not open by that time. The snow is too much these days so this time it will take more than what happens in earlier years. That is why I am not surprised to see Kunzam open in July even. Now, regarding the plans I will suggest that you make the base as Kaza for Spiti Valley exploration instead Rangrik. There you will find much more and better options of stay. Both plans are quite balanced and in your plans you have chalked out a relaxed itinerary in which case covering all these places together with Manali – Rohtang Pass via Jalori Pass will be a big ask. At max what you can do is club Day 7 and Day 8 as in Option two as single day (I prefer not). You can also drop the visit to Kunzam La to save one day or drop Mane village and then you can cover Pin Valley within a day and reach Nako or Tabo on Day 7 Then on Day 8 you can either do Tabo – Sangla or Nako – Sangla. All these things will give you one extra day and you can do following –
    Day 11 – Narkanda – Manali via Jalori Pass
    Day 12 – Manali – Rohtang Pass – Manali
    Day 13 – Manali – CHD
    OR
    Day 11 – Narkanda – Shoja/Gushaini (Prefer this along Tirthan River)
    Day 12 – Shoja/Gushaini – Manali
    Day 13 – Manali – Rohtang Pas – Manali
    Day 14 – Manali – Delhi (Many people do it and it is an easy drive as the roads are quite good)
    I hope this helps.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  123. Dr. Rajesh mural says:

    Thanks Dheeraj a lot , as i m planning my journey frm Hissar to Shrinagar to Leh to Manali. You have provided very valuable information regarding timeing. I was thinking to attend the Sindhu darshan programme at Leh on 12 to 14 june and return via Manali, can it be possible as it was my dream to attend this programme since very long and to complete the Leh Manali route.,Can it be possible till that time that Thanglang la will open or i have to postpone my programme a bit.

    • Manali – Leh Highway Status | Update Date: 24th May, 2011

      Well, finally the good news is here that the Rohtang Pass will be declared OPEN from tomorrow for 2011 onwards. The vehicles could be allowed til Zingzing Bar I guess as Baralacha La is still closed. Now, the BRO can focus more on towards opening of Baralacha La and finally the Manali-Leh Highway. Let's hope that BRO opens the Manali-Leh Highway by first week of June itself. Read more at: Manali-Keylong highway ready for traffic

  124. Dinesh Agarwal says:

    Dear Dheeraj,

    About the Manali-Kaza road. I had also spoken to asst. at PWD Koskar. The person confirmed me that they have cleared 4 kms from the Gramphoo side and Kaza div has reached Kunzum Top. The person further informed me that Koskar Div will have to clear road upto Chotta Dhara some 34 Kms from Gramphoo. Kaza division still needs to cover about 27kms upto Chotta Dhara. This person was pessimistic about the road being open before end of June. :( . He says some of the glacier takes 3-4 days to cut through. This has caused me to worry.

    Looks like this trip of mine does not have tail. I have drawn up option 2 in case the road is closed. Kindly advice particularly Option-2.

    If not I will follow option 1 upto Kalpa and then head towards Jalori Pass/Shoja/Gushaini.

    OPTION:1 (In Case Kaza_Manali Road in Open)

    6 June Monday Day 1 : Delhi-Chandigarh

    7 June Tuesday Day 2 : Chandigarh – Narkanda

    8 June Wednesday Day 3 : Narkanda-Sarahan via Tanedhar

    9 June Thursday Day 4 : Sarahan-Sangla (Chitkul)

    10 June Friday Day 5 : (Chitkul)Sangla-Kalpa

    11 June Saturday Day 6 : Kalpa

    12 June Sunday Day 7 : Kalpa-Tabo via Nako and Gui

    13 June Monday Day 8 : Tabo-Dhankar Via Mane- Schichiling- Attarago-Kungri-Sangam Mud-Lingti Valley-lalung_Dhankar Monestry

    14 June Tuesday Day 9 : Dhankar-Rangrik……… via Langza-komic-Hikkim

    15 June Wednesday Day 10 : Rangrik ……….Sightseeing Kye-Kibber-Tashigang

    16 June Thursday Day 11 : Rangrik ………. Manali

    17 June Friday Day 12 : CONTINGENCY: Extra Day on hand will plan on route

    18 June Saturday Day 13 : Manali-Chandigarh

    19 June Sunday Day 14 : Chandigarh-Delhi

    OPTION:2 (In Case Kaza_Manali Road in closed)

    6 June Monday Day 1 : Delhi-Chandigarh

    7 June Tuesday Day 2 : Chandigarh – Sarahan via Tanedhar Narkanda

    8 June Wednesday Day 3 : Sarahan-Kalpa

    9 June Thursday Day 4 : Kalpa – Tabo via Gui

    10 June Friday Day 5 : Tabo-Dhankar- Kye-Kibber-Tashigang -Rangrik

    11 June Saturday Day 6 : Rangrik-Kunzum La-Rangrik

    12 June Sunday Day 7 : Rangrik- Langza-komic-Hikkim- Lingti Valley-Lalung -Sagnam

    13 June Monday Day 8 : Sagnam-Mud-Kungri-Mane-Nako

    14 June Tuesday Day 9 : Nako-Sangla

    15 June Wednesday Day 10 : Sangla

    16 June Thursday Day 11 : Sangla-Narkanda

    17 June Friday Day 12 : EXTRA DAY

    18 June Saturday Day 13 : Narkanda-Chandigarh

    19 June Sunday Day 14 : Chandigarh-Delhi

    Please advice.

    Dinesh

  125. Ankit, the Manali – Leh Highway is not open and will not be open by next week too. You need to postpone your trip by two weeks atleast to be on safer side else you can go via Srinagar side and mabe comeback via Manali side if the route gets open by then. You will need atleast 12 days to complete the basic circuit of Leh including Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso lake. If you have SUV/MUV it will certainly help and ease out much tension if you have 4×4 variant. The hatch/sedan can do but you need to be extra careful with them and advisable to have some prior hill driving experience to venture on this adventurous journey. Some links that will be useful for you to plan this journey are below:Leh – Ladakh Sample Itinerary covering Manali and Srinagar Routes
    How to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway
    (In the link above, DO refer section: Private Vehicles i.e. Cars and Bikes | Self Drive or Ride to Ladakh)
    Details of all the places on Manali – Leh Highway
    List of things to carry while going to Ladakh or any trip
    Let me know incase you have any queries.

  126. Ankit Mittal says:

    Hi dheeraj,

    I am planning to go to Leh Via manali next week are the routes open.

    We are planning through car. Plz suggest us how much time we would take into consideration. and by which car we should travel, and places which can be visited in Leh – ladakh

  127. Hello Dinesh,
    Thanks alot for validating further the updated news. Well, as per the updates you have its just 4 KMs ahead of Gramphu and please note Gramphu to Kunzam La is about 60 odd KMs. So, they still have to cutt the snow for about 50 odd KMs. Keeping this in mind even if they surpass 3 KMs a day on an average then it will take about 17 days to reach Kunzam top. I am not sure if Kaza PWD will be able to help them from other side because they generally do it till Battal as far as I know. Keylong PWD is responsible for Gramphu to Keylong, but I am just guessing. 15th June seems far away as of now and you will better know the facts once people start crossing Rohtang Pass and reach other side of it. As a matter of fact, you just keep both options open and I guess you may be able to sneak through the complete loop, fingers crossed. I will update you as soon as I have some news on the same.
    As a side note, please do spend a day at Pin Valley and a day at Mane village. I am sure you will love them both. My itinerary is rushed one, so just refer it for some of the places to see and some places to halt for meals or night stays etc. Its something for those who have less time unlike your case. :)
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  128. Dinesh Agarwal says:

    Dear Dheeraj,

    Thank you for prompt reply.

    It will be huge disappointment if we were not able to cover the Kaza-Manali route. However I have kept positive frame of mind.

    About the Route. Here is what I have got:

    As per the police check-post (this morning) in Koskar the news is that BRO has cleared a single lane to Rothang. Some broadening work is going on and is expected to open to tourist in next 2-3 days. The news about the Kaza-Manali road according to them is the clearing work from the Gramphoo side has reached about 3 kms.

    As per the HP-PWD at Udaipur. They say Rothang will take about a week to open. About Kaza Manali road they say that from Gramphoo Side they have cleared 4 Kms and from Kaza side they have reached Kunzum top.

    So, Dheeraj ji Please guesstimate for me. Will it be open by 15th June?

    I have kept my finder crossed as I really want to complete the loop this time. I hope this time the drive will provide a better view thanks to heavy snowfall.

    Thanks for all other info. Your Spiti itinerary sounds perfect in case the pass is not open. But I guess I need to cover all the points before reaching Kaza so that I reach as late as possible to find the Kunzum open. I will need to take the gamble and retrun long way back incase the pass is not open.

    Please provide any additional info that you feel can help my family.

    Thanks Again

    Dinesh

  129. Sumit, I am not sure about that but yes it is expected that Rohtang Pass will open within 2-3 days for small vehicles and highly likely within this week. The whole Manali – Leh highway will take time as Baralacha is still not open and may take sometime to open. As guessed earlier, the highly optimistic guess is the second week of June and the optimistic with third week of June i.e. about 15th June. Yes, BRO is currently working on Parking up at Rohtang Pass.

  130. sumit says:

    i am continuously taking updates about rotangpass, and baralachala opening….

    do u have any conform information regarding that…

    because some of taxi drivers are saying that it is opened But not for the Public…

    BRO is working on the place for parking..

    Can we cross it..?

    we planned cycling Expedition from manali to leh on 1st weak of June..

  131. Hello Dinesh,
    I am glad that you like my articles so much. Tons of Thanks for the same and I am highly obliged. Well, the most probable ground reality is what you won't like to hear i.e. Kunzam La may not be open by that time, of course it depends on the weather and the progress PWD makes in coming weeks. But, considering the situation Rohtang Pass was expected to open up by today but it has not yet opened and this weekend's bad weather will surely delay the its opening by two days atleast. Now, PWD works at much slower pace than BRO and I guess, that they have not started the clearance process from Gramphu side yet. The major area ahead of Gramphu till Kunzam La is glacier zone so I really doubt that it will open :(
    Now, the good news is that you can still fulfil your promise by showing the Jab We Met snow walls to your daughter :) which are at Rani Nalla, near Rohtang Pass and this time it will be much bigger than what you saw in film :) … Rohtang Pass will open by that time and so as Rani Nalla and the advantage you have is that you have time in hand, so even if Kunzam La is closed you can track back and reach Manali via Jalori Pass and have a day trip to Rohtang Pass going through the Rani Nalla snow walls. Secondly, you can book the taxi at Kaza and they will take you to the point ahead of Kunzam La til where the road is closed, where again you can find those snow walls between Chota Dhara and Battal stretch, check below links to have a glimpse of them…
    Snow walls between Chattru and Battal | Chandratal Trek
    If the Manali – Kaza stretch is open by then,you can go ahead with the current formulated plan. So, you need to have two plans with you, one with Rohtang Pass via Jalori Pass and the other one i.e. your current plan via Kunzam La. In 12-13 days at your had both plans will be feasible enough. Chandratal I am afraid may not be open and will not be advisable in June with kids as you will surely need to trek there. I cannot see any possibility that road will be motorable by then as PWD will first focus on opening Kaza-Manali road and then at snails pace they will start the work for Battal – Chandratal road. Along with kids it will be a big ask to trek about 8 KMs from Kunzam Pass to Chandratal if there is snow on the trek, which is highly likely to be present there.
    As per the accilimatization point of view your plan is perfect. We can talk surely discuss the itineraries for both plans if you like on the below post (just to keep it organized :)): Sample Itinerary for Spiti

  132. Dinesh Agarwal says:

    Dear Dheeraj

    I have been avid reader of your articles and posts. Me and my wife have been planning from quite a while to do a road trip with our kids (4 year old son and 7 year old daughter) across Kinnaur, Spiti and Lahaul taking the route Delhi-Chandigarh-Narkanda-Tabo-kaza-Kunzum-Rothang-Manali-Chandigarh-Delhi. Initially the plan was to start the trip around 27th may (Crossing Kunzum on/around 6th June) however we have postponed the trip little bit hoping to find the route open. Now the plan is to start on 6th June from Delhi and to cross the Kunzum la 16th June (17th June Max.) returning back to delhi on 19th June. I cannot postpone my trip further as I need to catch up office work for a tleast 2 days before I fly out on 22nd June.

    My wife and kids have been looking forward for this trip since ages. However I am worried that the road may not open by them. I have promised my daughter a ‘Jab we meet’ moment with snow and Ice wall. :)

    I tried calling many people in Manali and Kaza but everyone of them have provided confliction feedback. Hence I hope you provide me with some info about the likely dates of opening of Kaza-Manali road. I disperately want to complete the loop.

    Please provide some info regarding any possibility of camping or at least visit to Candrataal with kids in mid-june.

    I have planned my itinerary presuming that routing via Narkanda-Sangla-Kalpa-Tabo will give ample time for my kids to adjust to high altitude. What do you sa. Please suggest?

    I hope this to be a preparatory trip for next year’s planed trip to Leh (Delhi-Srinagar-Leh-Manali-Delhi).

    Looking forward for your help and suggestions.

    Thanks

    Dinesh

  133. Sushobhon says:

    Thanks Dheeraj.For your information.

  134. Dear Sushobhon, It is highly likely that Manali-Rohtang-Keylong will be open by 30th May. But, now alot depends upon the WD hitting the region today and tommorrow. Its raining in NCR, will be snowing at Rohtang I guess :D

  135. Sushobhon says:

    Dear friend ,

    can you please give me the info whether manali -rohtang pass-keyong road will open by 30th of may…?

  136. Okies, well going via Srinagar Leh helps in acclimatization and better plan the journey if one is interested in Tso Moriri and Tso Kar lakes. But, anyways you can do the otherway round as well as a matter of need. But, still if you can call your friends to Jammu and then start from there it will always be better. Well, you only need the permissions for Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri and Tso Kar lakes. Not to mention the fact that you cannot run over general routes to reach these places without proper permits especially going Tso Moriri from Pangong Tso. Below link will help you with better understanding of Inner Line Permits. You can also download the application form and complete the formalities like filling it, application, photocopies at home then, thereby saving lots of time in Leh.
    <a title="Inner Line Permits for Leh – Ladakh" href="http://devilonwheels.com/index.php/inner-line-permits-for-leh-ladakh/&quot; target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Inner Line Permits for Leh – Ladakh
    Let me know incase you need some input.

    • Rakesh Kumar says:

      Hi Dheeraj, first i would like to thank you for your valuable posts and guidance that made my trip (chd-jmu-sri-leh-manali) with my swift a success. We didn't faced any great problem in road except rohtang. Rohtang is really a mess we stuck up there for 5 hrs and we were able to pass rohtang with the help of Army convoy. Srinagar-Leh Road is quite ok to drive but as compared to that Leh Manali road is in a very bad shape. Anyways its my lifetime wish to visit that area by Road and i made it. With our swift we have visited khardung, Diskit, Hunder, Panamik and Pangong. Next year and Chumathang. Guys its an amazing experience we must do it….. Once again thanks Dheeraj

      • That's great Rakesh!! Hats off to your spirit and kudos the success :) … Yes, surely make plans for Changthang and Chumathang both for next year. Ladakh is a destination which never falls short of places to visit :) … I am really glad that information on my blog helped you in your lifetime dream of driving through one of the top adventurous roads of the world.

  137. Rocky, well it is possible to come back to Manali from Srinagar via Pathankot – Palampur route. but you will need to have an extra day for the same. I will suggest that you take or rent bike from Chandigarh instead so as to avoid the travel between Jammu and Manali just to return bikes. Rent bikes from Chandigarh, go via Srinagar – Leh highway and return via Manali – Leh highway. Some links that will be useful for you –
    Leh – Ladakh Sample Itinerary covering Manali and Srinagar Routes
    How to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway
    (In the link above, DO refer section: Private Vehicles i.e. Cars and Bikes | Self Drive or Ride to Ladakh)
    Details of all the places on Manali – Leh Highway
    List of things to carry while going to Ladakh or any trip
    Let me know incase you have any queries.

  138. Rakesh, firstly why do you want to go and come back via same route? You should go via Srinagar – Leh highway and come back via Manali – Leh highway. Srinagar – Leh highway will only throw few challenges to you while traveling in hatch, mainly, Zozila Pass. But, Manali – Leh highway will definitely pose many challenges. Here are few links which will help you plan the journey and list of things to carry on the trip —
    How to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway
    (In the link above, DO refer section: Private Vehicles i.e. Cars and Bikes | Self Drive or Ride to Ladakh)
    Details of all the places on Manali – Leh Highway
    List of things to carry while going to Ladakh or any trip
    Leh – Ladakh Sample Itinerary covering Manali and Srinagar Routes
    Let me know incase you have any queries.
     

  139. Rakesh Kumar says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    i want to start from manali – then leh and finish at Jammu, its a complete round trip because i put up in jammu and my friends are in Chandigarh.
    Everywhere you have mentioned to start from srinagar-leh highway and come back from leh-manali highway.
    May i have a list of places which requires permission from DC office
    thanks for replying back.

  140. Jasbir, both are same called by the name “Leh – Ladakh Inner Line Permit Application Form” and you can download any of them. There are in all three links two of them will download you the form using “Leh – Ladakh Inner Line Permit Application Form” and one will download you the sample completely filled and approved application form suing “Leh – Ladakh Inner Line Permit Sample Application Form”. The latter can be used to see how to fill the application form. Let me know if you have any doubts.

  141. Jasbir says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    Thanx a lot for the information. But there is one confusion. The Inner line permit and application form downloaded from the link provided by you appear to be the same. I hope these are not two different forms. Please clarify.
    Thanx
    Jasbir

  142. Rocky says:

    hey dheeraj,

    nice to see you reply all our questions. thanks for that.
    i need some guidelines, i will be visiting leh via manali in july which u told its fine. Taking bike for rent in manali.

    Is it possible for me to come back to manali via kargil and srinagar?
    just to see different places. How much time it takes? Is it allowed to travel via NH 1D?

    Thanks in advance

  143. Rakesh Kumar says:

    Hi guys,
    Need ur guidance for chd-leh-sri-jmu-chd trvel by road. iam planning to travel with my Swift during 1st week of july. Please guide me what necessary items i need to carry with me and whether swift will do good on the road.

  144. Sushan, by 26th May the roads from Manali to Leh will not be open. You need to postpone it by about 2 weeks. You will also need atleast 10 days to visit Leh and that too will be hurried journey. Any less than that its not worth going to Leh rather just running through the places. BTW, Srinagar – Leh highway is much safer than Manali – Leh interms of nature. Man made fouls of course are less on Manali – Leh highway. I suggest that you go through the below links to get better idea of Manali – Leh highway –
    How to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway
    Details of all the places on Manali – Leh Highway
    Let me know incase you need more details.

  145. Hey Prashant,
    Yes the period will be suitable and you will have lots of adventure at that time. Please go through the following link for details on night stay options: How to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway
    Let me know incase you need more details.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  146. Prashant Kulkarni says:

    Hi Dhiraj.

    I am planning to visit Leh via Manali during last week of June, 2011 on bike alongwith my four friends. Can you tell me whether the period will be suitable for travelling and what are the options for night stay between the Manali-Leh route.

  147. Sushan says:

    Hi Dhiraj,

    I am planning a trip to leh from Delhi and plan to start on 26th May by my own car (Ford Fiesta). Kindly suggest whether i should take my car and i have 8-9 days only for the trip. Also, i would like to travel from manali-leh highway as it seems to be more safer than the Srinagar one. Please suggest?

  148. Jasbir, I have prepared a detailed article on how to plan a journey to Leh via Manali. It will provide a detailed explanation for most of your queries and concerns and help you plan the night stops, places en-route etc. Please go through the following link for details: How to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway
    But, for your quick reference here, I would like to mention following points -:
    — Time window you have choose seems fine for Ladakh, you need to just avoid rains in the lower Himalayas. Ladakh is not affected by monsoon.
    — Five people would be too much for such a journey in SX4 along with luggage. I suggest you take maximum of 4 people else there might be too much uncomfortable considering there will be some long days of drive. It will also mean they need to step out frequently to provide enough GC for SX4 to cross certain sections on the road.
    — If you plan to do the complete circuit then do it from Srinagar side. Refer sample itinerary for the same at the link: Sample Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh
    You can add two more day for Pangong Tso Lake in the same. Please discuss there if you have any doubts by letting me know the number of days you have in hand and places of your interest.
    — Permits are required by everyone to visit restricted areas of Ladakh no matter you are Indian or foreigner. So, you will also need them. The link below will help you get complete idea of the inner line permits for Ladakh and help you process them faster by downloading it and completing all the formalities from home itself. Then, in Leh you just need to get it signed from DC office. It will save you a lot of time in Leh. Please go through the following link: All you want to know about Inner Line Permits for Leh – Ladakh
    I hope above links and pointers will be useful for you to clear your doubts. If you have any queries please feel free to let me know.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  149. Mahesh, you can visit Shimla and Manali in first week of June but be prepared for high tourist rush owing to the summer holidays fact. You will find plenty of snow at snow points of Manali region in June first and second week but in Shimla you will not find snow rather pleasant weather.

  150. Sandeep, well the people over there are saying that Rohtang Pass will open by next week. So, I hope if the weather does not foul play you may find it open. BTW, if you are looking forward to enjoy in snow only then you will find plenty of snow at Marhi and Beas Nalla snow points irrespective of the fact that whether Rohtang is open or not.

  151. Jasbir says:

    Hi Dhiraj,

    I wish to travel to Manali-Leh-Srinagar in the second week of August and would like to cover the sight seeing spots enroute to Leh. Please guide me whether travelling in SX4 with five people on board would be a good idea. Whether any permits are required while visiting Tsomoriri, Pangong Lake etc. I am told that Indians do not require any permit. Is it true? If at all, permits are required, where would we get it?

    I would also request you to guide the prefered stoppages on the route taking into consideration the appropriate distance to be covered in a single day.

    Thanks,

  152. Mahesh says:

    Hi,

    Is June 1st or 2nd week the best time to visit shimla & manali. If not, which is the best time to visit.

    Rgds,

    Mahesh

  153. Sandeep says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning to visit Manali and rohtang on 26-28 May. Can you suggest will rohtang will be open by that time….?

  154. Ashu, I am glad to know that the articles were useful for you. I will email you my contact. Please feel free to get in touch for any inputs you require.

  155. Ashu says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Your informations and other articles have been really of a great help. Can you drop me your email id and contact number if possible.

    Thank you.

  156. Well, sumeet that's wise choice I guess. I will give a number of a guy who runs the taxi at Manali – Leh Highway. You can talk to him if he is ready for the same or may be he can suggest someone or arrange someone for you. You can talk to Ravi – 9816508774. Road conditions would not be that good and they never are on Manali – Leh highway. It is only at the season end that the conditions improve. Let me know incase you need more info.

  157. Sumeet Dudani says:

    hello Dheeraj..

    I am planning to go to Leh with a friend of mine in Maruti Ritz in the month of july. I am from chandrapur( maharashtra). Upto manali we r planning drive the car ourselves. But i think we will need a driver for manali-leh. i want to know if we can hire a driver for our car. n plz tell me about road conditions in the 1st week of july.

    thank u.

  158. Akshay, I am really sorry but I am not a biker so can't comment much on the price. Anyways, I have seen lots of people do it on Pulsar, CBZs etc too. So, don't think that you will face any any issues with that.

  159. akshay says:

    hello Dheeraj ,

    A agency called "AnuAutoWork" is offering bikes(pulsars,RoyalEnfield) for Rs.8000. Is a pulsar suitable for the journey or nothing other than Enfield will do?

    Regards

    Akshay

  160. Anu, I guess August is not good time to visit Manali and Rohtang. One rains may play spoil sport a big time, second snow will be hard to find. If at all you find it will be more or less dusty, brownish which you will avoid touching.

  161. Anu says:

    HI Dheeraj,

    Pls let me know if mid -Aug is suitable time to visit Manali and Rohtang pass.

  162. Hello Neetu,
    Since, you are traveling with kids I will suggest that you guys do the circuit from Srinagar side and return via manali side. This will give you two advantages. First one being acclimatization is better and generally people adapt to change in altitude from Srinagar side.Secondly, you will give enough time to Manali – Leh highway to be open and functional completely.
    1. As said above, Srinagar route will minimize any chances for mountain sickness which is bound to happen from Manali side.
    2. If you want to cover Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso Lake at easy pace then take atleast 12 days into consideration ex-Chandigarh. If you do not want to visit Pangong and consider Tso Moriri and Tso Kar lakes then you will need about 11 days provided Manali – Leh highway is open. If the highway will not open then again you will need 12 days for these two as well. You can check sample itinerary for Tso Moriri here: Sample Ladakh Itinerary
    3. If you comeback via Manali – Leh then only you will be staying at Sarchu Tents. The tented accomodation varies from 600-700 to 2K-3K on twin sharing basis including one meal or two meals. It depends which one you opted in the 6-7 KMs stretch full of the options at Sarchu. However, you need to bargain over there and make sure you are not the one late in the night because then propositions to bargain lessens due the fact that you can't go ahead in the dark. So, if you land up about 4-5 PM then you can explore many options there. Secondly, you are going in early season which may also affect the bargaining part due to lack of options. Consider it about 800-1200 including meals for twin sharing. Camp Himalayan Saga is one such of the tented option. These are swiss tents with attached toilets. They run the geenrator only in the night at meal time, so you need to carry the torch.
    For more information on Manali – Leh Highway you can also check –
    How to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway
    Let me know incase you need more details.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

    • Manali – Leh Highway Status | Update Date: 16th May, 2011

      Well, I just called up the driver at manali taxi stand. He told me that by next week they will start dropping people till Rohtang Pass if weather remains clear and there is no snowfall in coming days. However, this may not be official opening of Rohtang Pass but he said the route is being cleared and currently BRO is managing the parking space up at Rohtang Pass. He was hopeful that at least unofficially Manali – Leh highway may open in the second week of June or may be even first week. I will call him again next week and confirm if it will open or not.

      • Manali – Leh Highway Status | Update Date: 23rd May, 2011

        Rohtang may open withing next two – three days or highly likely within this week for public. Hence, the road to Lahaul valley will also open upto Darcha or may ahead till Zingzing Bar. But, the Manali – Leh highway depends very much on the opening of Baralacha La, which is assumed to be open by second week of June, keeping fingers crossed.

  163. Neetu says:

    Hi Dheeraj

    We are planing for a trip to leh from Chandigarh in the Mid of June. We are a group of 4 Adults with 3 kids -Age 10yrs, 8yrs and 4yrs. my Questions are

    1. Is it a safe trip for Kids specially for the 4year old.?

    2. How many days shud we take in account for this trip to Leh.?

    3. If we want to stay in Camps then what will be their charges or rents..?

    Regards

    neetu

  164. Yogesh, glad to know that you plan to travel to Chandratal. Unfortunately, the roads will not be open at the time you plan your visit to Chandratal. You need to wait at least third week of June, which also seems difficult currently. I would suggest to postpone it to July, if you want to reach the lake else you may get the doze of adventure you are looking for but you may not be able to reach the lake either due to closed path or snow. You won't need to ride to Kunzam La when you go via Manali side. The road, don't know I shall call it a road or not, from Gramphu to Chandratal is I guess the worst road in India so be prepared to leave early morning from Manali. It will take about 6-7 hours to reach Chandratal from Manali if you don't get stuck in the Rohtang Pass jam. The road is not motorable till the end now (PWD dig it intentionaly now) and you need to atleast trek the last 1.5-2 KMs after parking your bikes. This is only valid if PWD have cleared the road upto that parking point else you may need to trek from Battal. Battal does have dhabha where you can stay and Chandratal also have some tents pitched by a guy but don't know when that guys pitch them this season, I bet atleast mid July. You can carry your own rented tents as well. You can find more information on Chandratal at the below link for its Travel Guide:
    Delhi to Chandratal Lake, Spiti Valley | Travel Guide
    Let me know incase you need more details.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  165. hi Dheeraj,

    i am planning to go to chandertaal lake from manali sumwhere in the first week of june on rental bike with my friend.. first of all is it possible ? and if possible then how much time doses it take to reach lake from manali.

    Moreover can we bring our own portable tents and sleeping bags (on rent) and stay over there at chandertal lake or there are tents by locals ?

    Also please tell if kunzum la is difficult to ride at all and can we go upto chandertall on bike itself without any trekking

  166. Deepak jain says:

    Thanx a ton Dheeraj.

    Regards,

    deepak jain

  167. Deepak, you will be able to enjoy loads of snow at snow point of Marhi but won't be able to goto Rohtang Pass as it is closed at the moment.

  168. Akshay, alot of people do it one bikes and many of them do it even Solo and you guys are six in number, so it may not be an issue. I hope you guys are not planning with pillion because I am not so sure how much tiring or possible to complete the journey with pillion. Its safe as long as you have driven before in the hills and ride with caution. But, keep in mind that there will be challenges in the entire route which people love to enjoy :) .. It will be even better if you postpone it to third week of June or July, if possible.

  169. Deepak jain says:

    Hello Dheeraj,

    We are planning a family trip to Manali from 17th to 20th May 2011. But have heard from someone that we will not be able to get/see/enjoy snow there (or in Rohtang). Is it true?

    PLEASE SUGGEST.

    Regards,

    Deepak Jain

  170. akshay says:

    Hi Dheeraj ,

    we are a group of 6 guys intending to go from manali to Leh on bikes.Do you think it is safe to go by bikes. we intend to postpone the plans to second week of june.

  171. @Akshay, it is difficult to tell right now. I don't think that WD will deviate. Now a days these short term predictions are pretty accurate. I guess 4th June, is still too optimistic for me. Anyways, I will keep the status updated.

  172. akshay says:

    Hello Dheeraj ,

    If the western disturbance is to deviate and the snowfall does not happen , do you think June 4 would still work for me.

    would we be getting a good picture in 3-4 days time as that is the time by which the disturbance would have hit if it would have…

    I appreciate your help on this page.

    Thank You

  173. Parvesh, As I guess we can just roughly say and only weather god knows when it shall open. June second week is what it looks like currently. BRO says, they plan to open it in first week but snowfall is predicted next weekend which might surely delay it atleast by a week.

  174. Parvesh says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Me and my 4 friends are planning to visit Leh via manali-aleh highway in the second week of June this year. Will the roads be cleared by then?

  175. Akshay, as I said it seems very difficult that highway will open in first week of June. A Western Disturbance is expected to hit the Himalayas on the coming weekend which will delay the progress atleast a week, I guess.

  176. Akshay says:

    hi ,

    I am starting my journey on 4th june. do you think i will be able to start my journey through this highway on 4th? I have already booked my plane tickets to chandigarh.

  177. Akshay says:

    Hi,

    I have booked the tickets for 4th of june and will start journey by road on 4th . Do you think i will be able to use the highway on 4th june or is there a doubt. please advice.

  178. Hello Manoj,

    I am afraid that no public transport would allow you for the local sightseeing on the route. From Shimla to Manali, you go via Jalori Pass and many buses run between Kullu and Shimla via Jalori Pass. On the route from Shimla to Kullu, you might be interested in Shoja + Jalori Pass (Seroloskar Lake Trek even) + Tirthan Valley. Even Narkanda comes too in between. You can get down from the HRTC bus at any of these places and take the next bus on the next day. You can check Tirthan Valley travel guide for more info. on Tirthan Valley : http://devilonwheels.com/index.php/travel-guide-d

    About, the Indica I am not so sure how much it should cost in Shimla. I have this number of one taxi driver (Shri Ramchandra 94180 27528, in Shimla I guess) which may be useful incase you want to confirm.

  179. manoj says:

    Hello Dheeraj,

    doing nice job.. :)

    I need some advice from shimla to manali visit :

    I prefer public transport that will be less expensive.

    But dont want to miss the places/sights "ON The ROAD".

    HPTDC buses have no stop on the way.

    Are any tourist buses/Others available from shimla to manali that provide sightseeing on the way along with travelling ?

    And what an indica(NON AC) will cost apprx for 4-persons,15May (Just in case).

    • Manali – Leh Highway Status | Update Date: 12th May, 2011

      Well guys, snowfall is predicted next weekend in the higher hills of Himalayas including Rohtang Pass, Baralacha La, Darcha etc. So, those who are planning to travel Manali – Leh Highway in the first week of June, must plan the travel from Srinagar – Leh Highway as it is not expected that Manali – Leh Highway will open in the first week of June.

  180. Hello Priyanka, Well it seems that Rohtang Pass will open by that time owing to the fact that weather holds up. So, I think you will be able to visit Rohtang Pass by the time you are planning it. Let me know incase you need more info. Regards, Dheeraj Sharma

  181. Priyanka says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning a trip to Manali for a week starting May 21, 2011.I want to visit Rohtang Pass and heard on some channel that it will be open starting May 15th.

    Could you please advise.

    Regards

  182. Ya sure, I will share my contact details over email.

  183. Priyanka says:

    Thanks Dheeraj. I do need some more info. Can I speak with u over the phone since I have just a day left and I plan to leave day after

  184. Priyanka says:

    Hi

    I am planning a trip to spiti and lahaul in May 2nd week starting 11th May. Wanted to know if the route manali onwards will be open and what wpuld be the conditions of the roads at that time?

    Thanks

    Priyanka

    • Hi Priyanka, Nopes the route from Manali side will not be open in the second week of May as Kunzam pass will be closed. You will need to go via Shimla side. Let me know incase you need more details. Regards, Dheeraj

  185. Thats, nice mohit. :)

  186. mohit says:

    Thanx dear , I read the sample itinery and your reply at BCMT..

    Will plan chandratal separately with Lahaul spiti next year..

  187. Mohit you have just 9 days buddy. You cannot do these many places. I guess I replied to your itinerary at BCMT as well, do check. Either do Nubra with day trip to Pangong Tso or Do Nubra and Tso Moriri and Tso Kar skipping Pangong. I have prepared an itinerary for one of my reader at the following link – check that  by replacing the first three days of Srinagar with Manali highway and we can tweak to your needs accordingly. Let's discuss the same on the below post –
    http://devilonwheels.com/index.php/leh-ladakh-sample-itinerary-2/

  188. mohit says:

    Hi Dheeraj ,

    You are doing great job man ..

    Please help me in creating a plan for delhi – manali – leh

    We want travel as much as possible , exploring everything

    chandratal , zanskar , khardungla pass, pongong tso , nubra ,tso mori … everything .. We have 9 days and 10 nights . 2 sat , 2 sun , and whole week in between

    can you please help me in creating our itinerary

    thanxxx

  189. Manoj, you can find your itinerary at the link below. Please feel free to discuss and further fine tune the itinerary according to your preferences at the same link.

    Dalhousie – Dharamshala – Manali – Shimla | Sample Itinerary

  190. Hitesh, although I am done with the article on “How to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway” but I will try to answer your queries on the itinerary shared (http://devilonwheels.com/index.php/leh-ladakh-sample-itinerary-2/) and may be after 10th you may check the detailed version too because my blog publishing policy does not allow me to publish before 10th May :) … The article will be first in the three part series with other parts to follow on 15th and 20th May. Let’s further discuss your plan on the itinerary post.

  191. Hello Hitesh,
    Since, you will need 2 days atleast to travel between Delhi and Gujrat from each side, I have taken out 4 days from the given 15 days and prepared the following itinerary for you trip. Check the link below –
    http://devilonwheels.com/index.php/leh-ladakh-sam
    We can discuss or fine tune things on the above post now.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  192. Cesar says:

    Do you know if is possible travel by land from manali to leh on 10th of may? Thanks

  193. Hello Manoj, Yes, amount of snow if surely good this time and will last almost till July mid. Visiting Rohtang Pass you will get the views which are quite amazing in itself. Snow wise I don't think there will be much difference but it feels good to be at Rohtang Pass. Crossing Rani Nalla which comes after Marhi is nice experience as well because you rarely pass through 20 feets of snow walls any where else :) … As for the itinerary, please give me some time I will create separate post and upload your itinerary there by tomorrow day end.

  194. Manoj Nanda says:

    Dheeraj, Could u make me a Detailed Itinerary for the follwing route :

    (from Rajasthan arrival at pathankot at 4:00PM) -> dalhousie -> Dharamshala -> Manali+Rohtang -> Shimla -> Kalka(departure to Rajasthan at 9:00PM)

    (total 9-10 Days)

    I dont know how many days are needed for what place.

    It will be really helpful if u list name of local places to visit in these cities.

  195. Manoj Nanda says:

    Hello Dheeraj,

    Thanks for ur quick response.

    So it means that good amount of snow is still there.

    Late Tour mean we can visit Rohtang but with less snow, early tour means MAY BE no rohtang but more snow.

    so what acutally we will get more if we visit rohtang and what we will lose if we dont, I want to know what rohtang EXTRA has, ( anyway we will be visiting the road upto snow).

  196. No Cesar, it is not possible to go by land (Highway) from Manali to Leh. However, you can go via Srinagar – Leh Highway which has been opened for traffic earlier this week. Let me know incase you need more details.

  197. Siddharth, in that case you may need atleast 11 days if you do Nubra + Tso Moriri and Tso Kar and 12 days if you do Nubra + Pangong Tso. If you are OK with hectic drives in Ladakh then you may deduct one day from them. I am assuming that you will come back via Manali – Leh highway only. Let me know if you need more details. Regards, Dheeraj

  198. Siddharth says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Again my query is that i plan to go to LEH in the first week of july via manali ex Delhi with a 1 overnight in ambala before heading out to manali. Could you tell me how many days would be suitable for a trip to LEH provided i fly back to delhi on my return.

    Thanks,

    Siddharth

  199. Hello Hitesh,
    The time period is OK. I will prepare a detailed itinerary for you in a separate thread and share the link with you soon. I request you to please spare me sometime, may be tonight. For the queries on Manali – Leh highway this space will not be enough ;) , hence by tomorrow may be I will upload a detailed article on "How to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway". It will answer all your queries buddy. Just incase you are in a hurry you can call me on the contact number I have shared with you on email :).
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  200. Hitesh says:

    I am going with my own car self driving and my plane is ex – gujarat and in kashmir i want to cover all places as you suggested and also in ladakh want to see all beautiful places. and also hepling me how much fuel i have to carry with my car in manali-Leh Highway and how many petrol pump are on the way in that route. my car is Toyota Qualis. we are leaving from bhavnagar(Gujarat) may be on 5th of July. is that ok at that time? please tell me. and from manali how much days are to leh and what are timings of driving and Night halt is there any hotels or tent in that route and which place to stay in Night please tell me

  201. Hello Hitesh, I guess 15 days would be OK for completing the circuit but it does matter how many places you are planning to see. Are you planning to cover the places in Kashmir as well (Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Pahalgam etc) or want to explore just Ladakh (Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri) with both highways? Also, let me what is your mode of transport and where exactly you plan to start the trip? Are 15 days ex-Gujrat or ex-Delhi/Chandigarh/Srinagar? Most importantly, I will suggest that you start from Srinagar side and come back from Manali side. This will help your body be better acclimmatized to the high altitudes and you will enjoy the trip on each day. Going from Manali side will surely cause some mountain sickness for first few days. Let me know the answers to my queries and I will prepare the plan for you in a separate thread/post.Regards,Dheeraj Sharma

  202. Hitesh says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    i am going to leh via manali-rohtang in july and return via srinagar jammu. tell me that how many days time need to complete that tour and let me know how many places to see in that route. i am coming from bhavnagar(Gujarat) is 15 days are ok?

  203. Hello Manoj, If you can do that it could definitely give you more time but I just had a word with a friend at Manali and he told me that Rohtang Pass is expected to open in the third week of May i.e. after 21st May upto Keylong and Manali – Leh Highway may get open by first week of June, possibly. Let me know incase you need more details. Regards, Dheeraj Sharma

    • <p align="justify">Manali – Leh Highway Status | Update Date: 4th May, 2011

      I just had a word with a friend at Manali and he told me that Rohtang Pass is expected to open in the third week of May i.e. after 21st May upto Keylong and Manali – Leh Highway may get open by first week of June, possibly.

  204. Manoj Nanda says:

    hello Dheeraj Ji,

    we 4 planned following 10 Days tour (10may-20may):

    Rajasthan-> kalka-> shimla-> manali+rohtang-> dharamshala-> Dalhausie -> Rajasthan(BACK)

    I came to know that rohtang is closed.. could u tell when it will be opened..?

    Will it be good for us to do the tour in reverse order, so by the meantime rohtang get opened..

  205. Ishan Agarwal says:

    Hi. Does anyone know about the route from Manali – Kishtwar via Udaipur? The roads are marked on some maps, but I do not know of anyone who has actually done this. If anyone has some info on the road conditions or pretty much any info, pls do let me know. you can mail me on ishan [at] ces [dot] iisc [dot] ernet [dot] in

    thanks

    • Sorry, Ishan I do not have much idea about the route but I read about a Killar – Kishtwar route sometime back. Killar can be reached from Udaipur and Udaipur via Manali once Rohtang Pass will open. The give link states that, the road is in too bad shape and recommended for 4WDs. Below is the link where you can check the info. or may be start the discussion with Yogesh or others at BCMT. I am sure there will be many answers to your questions :)
      Killar – Kishtwar route

  206. Hello Puneet,
    Please find below the answers to your queries
    1. Since, you are going in 2nd and 3rd week of May, please go via Srinagar – Leh Highway. It is open from today onwards.
    2. It will be great if you can get the car from Chandigarh because that will save you from boring journey in plains and ofcourse time too. I hope you have experience of driving in the hills before. If not, please let me know I will suggest something better.
    3. Well, you cannot do Manali – Leh as of now because the highway is closed. It may not open before June or may be even second week of June. Generally, Manali – Leh Highway journey is split into 2 days and three will make it more relaxed if some one has time on hands.
    4. Do not expect the road conditions to be in good shape especially near the passes. Since, it is start of the season the road conditions generally improves as the time passes by.
    Ofcourse, I will mail you my contact details. Let me know incase you need further details.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

    • Dheeraj thanks for the nice support and wonderful information.
      I've done Indore to rohtang pass once in 1995 then again in 1997 by ENFIELD.
      In Recent yrs I've been to Manali repeatedly in febs to enjoy snowfall with my family by scorpio once and by innova then by innova again.
      But every time I could never get pass Rohtang.
      Now I'm planning it possibly in may end.
      I've heard from a army person that BSNL post paid sim is the only mobile service available in those parts could u pls confirm that.
      Kindly advice which vehicle Swift/Vista since we r only two of us,me and my 17 year old son. I really don't feel the need to drive a bigger car all the way from INDORE.
      Saw ur mind blowing pics I really wish we could meet sometime. If U pls u could add me as friend on FB.
      Thanks a lot .
      Take care be safe.

      Hello Puneet,

      Yes, BSNL Postpaid and Airtel Post Paid both works in Ladakh region. On Manali – Leh highway phone services work till Keylong or at Max Jispa only. After which the connectivity will be restored once you cross Upshi and approaching Leh. Airtel has poor connectivity but it works and especially the messages. You need to call and to be called many times to get connected. Packet data Is also not available after Keylong.

      IN between Vista/Swift, I guess Indica is more spacious and may perform better but I am not sure of the ground clearance, the higher the better. I ain’t an auto expert and since both are hatch I guess both will struggle at some stretches owing to early season and bad road conditions. Also, if you return via Manali side then be ready to sacrifice some scratches on the underbelly of the car else you need great skills to negotiate the water crossings and slush enroute. Typically, Manali – Leh circuit if not first then is surely the second most toughest accessible circuit to conquer. So drive with care.

      Thanks for appreciating the pictures, I am glad that you like them. Thanks. Let me know incase need any details.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  207. Puneet Bhagat says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am from Indore (MP) and planning to go to Leh in 2nd or 3rd week of may. I have some doubts. Could u please clear them:

    1) which route should i prefer: manali leh or srinagar-leh?
    2) Should i get my own car from either Indore or Chandigarh (Vehicle being no problem, i am in used car business)
    3) How long will it take from manali to leh.(how many stops are required)
    4) what will be the road conditions around 15th May?

    Will it be possible for you to give me your contact no. Pl send it mail me at bhagatmotors@gmail.com
    Thanks in advance
    Puneet

    From ADMIN:-Contact Details Removed from Public Post

  208. Hello Prashant, If you have Scorpio then without second thought at any day, you take Scorpio with you. As I said in the above comment if the progress of snow clearance will remain same as of today then Rohtang Pass is expected to open up around June second week only. But, you never know if BRO starts to push things forward and weather remains the same then it might open by the time you are planning it. I will suggest you that you go via Srinagar – Leh highway which is already open now and come back via Manali – Leh highway only after confirmation from Leh taxi stand while you plan to return. Let me know incase you have some queries. Regards, Dheeraj Sharma

  209. Prashant Jain says:

    Hello

    I am planning to go to Leh via Manali in 1st week of June. Is it the right time to go? Also i am planning to use Indica,however have an option of Scorpio as well…which car should i take if i am going in june?

    Regards

    Prashant

  210. Hello Sid, Srinagar – Leh highway will open today i.e. 2nd May, 2011 officially after being closed for more than 5 months. The light vehicular traffic was restored on the highway on 29th May, 2011 itself. Well for Manali – Leh Highway status, as per the most recent updates the work is still in progress at Rani Nalla and onwards, at Manali side and between Gramphu to Khoksar on the Keylong side. The snow is huge so it’s taking too much time to cut through it. If BRO will work at this pace I do not feel that the highway will open up before June or may be mid-June types. Let's hope for the best. Let me know incase you need more information. regards, Dheeraj Sharma

  211. sid says:

    hi people.. planning a visit to leh on the 13th of may.. cud anybody help with the details and the current status of the road..

    via manali and srinagar both…

    email: sidbaxx@aol.com

  212. Hello Neeraj, Manali is open all around the year but for Rohtang Pass if BRO has made good progress by that time then they may allow tourists to go till Rohtang Pass depending upon the weather on the particular day. But, surely you will be allowed till snow point around Marhi or Rani Nalla where you can enjoy the snow stock. Well, in May-June owing to holidays and to beat the heat of plains many tourist visit Manali region. So, you will get some rush though.

  213. Neeraj jain says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    I am planning to visit manali and rohtang pass from 13-17 may 2011. Please let me know if routes will be open or not. And is it good time to visit.
    Thanks
    Neeraj

  214. Hello Dakshdeep, Manali route is expected to open around second week of June. If BRO does too good job and weather stays good, it might open earlier too. You do not require to do any pre-booking unless first you are staying at Jispa which has lesser options. You always have the option to ride back 20 KM to Keylong where you will surely find one. For the rest you cannot book in advance as they are tented accommodations with no phone or mobile connectivity. If you opt to stay at Keylong then you have many options for a stay and don't need any prebooking. Again if you are attempting it in June then mad tourist rush in June will demand you to pre-book the room in Manali only. Rest of the route you will not need except like I said Jispa. Let me know incase you need more details, I will share my contact number over email. regards, Dheeraj Sharma

  215. Dakshdeep says:

    Hey Dheeraj,

    It seems you have mastered all the routes to Leh. Well here is my question.

    When are the Manali leh route expected to open. Also, is it required to do a pre-booking of hotel on the way to Leh via Manali.

    We are riding and are not planning to do any booking before hand.

    Do you think it would be dangerous?

    Also drop me ur contact details so that i can touch base with you.

    Thanks

    dakshdeep

    dakshdeep at gmail

  216. Well, Kanwar if you are planning Shimla – Leh then there are two routes… One you go via Shimla – Jalori Pass – Manali – Rohtang Pass – Gramphu – and then towards Leh on the highway and the other one goes like Shimla – Spiti Valley – Kunzam Pass – Gramphu – and then towards Leh on the highway. You will not find any snow on the road in the month of July even June end but yes of course snow will be there on the high mountain passes but not on roads. Since, in July the Manali – Leh highway starts to get stabilized, I will suggest you to do it in July (may be second week or third week) as in June there is always an uncertainty about weather and roads are not that much stabilized. <span> </span>Currently, both Kunzam Pass and Rohtang Pass are closed. Let me know incase you need more info. With Regards, Dheeraj Sharma

  217. kanwar says:

    hi dheeraj,

    we friends, are planing a road trip from Shimla to Leh on our motorcycles. could you please suggest us the best time for that between June and July. we want to avoid any precipitation and snow covered roads.

  218. Hello Pravin,Yes, you will have good time in Manali in May. But, I guess tourist throng the valley in the months of May and June (much more) owing to summer holidays and to beat the heat of plains. Santro will do great on the good roads till Manali and the route is totally safe for travleing with a girl. Well, if you go by mine you shall book Hotel Johnson's, near Circuit House Manali. I personally have not idea about the ones you mention but do check the reviews of Johnoson's. Also, for more details you can checl the Manali Travel Guide at the below link –
    Delhi to Manali, A Travel Guide
    Let me know incase you need more info.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  219. Pravin Singh says:

    Hi guys

    I m planning to visit Manali this summer. What would be the ideal time to visit??Is it possible to travel all the way by car??I have a santro & I will have my partner along. Is it safe to travel on the roads with a girl??M thinking last week of may since lot of u guys are saying June is the peak season & we prefer not to travel in crowded time…please advise …since we need to book the hotel also…& ya..suggest a good hotel…I went through Tripadvisor & top 3 are Honeymoon Inn, Tourist & Simlog…any idea abt these hotel?????????Thanks in advance..

  220. Hello Hitesh,
    You are most welcome anytime. Well, your car will do fine on the Manali – Leh highway and Ladakh. Just be little cautious in deep water crossings to avoid getting stuck and if you are doing it post June i.e. July roads will be stable by then and you will not face much issues. Just try to pass the nalla near Zingzing Bar as early in the morning as possible. Just for precautionary measure, do take a towing rope along with you.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  221. Hitesh says:

    Hi dheeraj thanks for helping me by giving me your contact number. one another question that i am planning to leh via manali rohtang by self driving and my car is Toyota qualis is that ok car on that road.

  222. Hello Rajesh,
    If you are going to Leh via Manali side, well the roads may not be stabilized by that time and you will need to face few challenges on the route. The hatchback will increase the level of every challenge even. Well, kids apart from tiring drive will not face much issues because they acclimatize faster than older people. My suggestion will be to go via Srinagar route which is opened for light vehicles now and will be stabilized by then. It will help you feel comfortable with the driving, provide more acclimatization and then once you have done the local Leh come back via Manali side.
    Secondly, since you are in hatch back then you need to drive with extra care as well. There will be some sections on the road in which yo might need to sacrifice some scratches on the underbelly just make sure you do not bump the engine sump (know it before where it is placed in your car). You need to protect it all around the trip. Secondly, whenever in doubt do not rush into the section rather park aside and feel the section with your foot, see how other vehicles are crossing it and make a plane route in your mind to cross the section. At the very least do carry Mseal, quick fix, funnely, jerry cans and towing rope with you all the time.
    Let me know incase you need more info.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  223. Hello Partha,
    Well, you can only go by Srinnagar – Leh highway as that is opened now for light vehicles and in the coming week things will start to stabilize there. Kunzam Pass generally opens after Rohtang Pass and hence both routes are closed currently.
    You will not need ILP (Inner Line Permit) while you travel on the highway Srinagar – Drass – Kargil – Lamayaru – Leh. When you reach Leh then you will need permits for Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri, Tso Kar, Nubra Valley etc. However, there is another toute that goes to Leh after Kargil via Batalik. If you follow that route then you will need the ILP for Batalik which is issued from the DC office at Kargil.
    Let me know incase you need more info.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  224. Partha says:

    Hi Dhiraj,

    I want to go to leh via manali, but unfortunately the road is not open.so, i've 2 option, i.e. either i'll take srinagar route or the kaza route through kunzum la so that i can avoid the rohtang.I need some information regarding these 2 options about their condition ,because i'm reaching Delhi on 1st may and on 4th morning i'll go forward.Another information that if i'll take srinagar-leh road then ILP is necessary or not as i'm travelling alone on my bike.

    With regards

    Partha

  225. rajesh says:

    Hi Dheeraj ,

    tks for yr prompt reply .

    Actually My plan is to visit leh from june 15th .

    my only concern is the kids and type on car ??????

    As I hv indica Vista ( Quaterjet ).Driving is not a problem .

    regards

    rajesh

  226. rajesh says:

    Hi Dheeraj ,

    pls advise is it a right to traval with kids in car by june 15th . I hv Indica vista car . Is the road condition will be ok at that time .

    Regards ,

    Rajesh

  227. Siddharth says:

    hey Dheeraj,

    i am basically looking to travel to leh from manali in the first week of july could you tell me the possibility to travel by road to leh?

  228. Hello Rajesh,

    Well, certainly you can travel upto Manali without much trouble. However, I will only suggest to go ahead from Manali towards Rohtang if you have driven in hills before because the road conditions beyond Manali will not be good at that time. But, if you have driven on rough roads before I don’t see any issues upto Rohtang as many people do it on daily basis in hatchbacks there. But incase, you do not feel comfortable you always have an option to take taxi or even book your tickets with HPTDC local sightseeing bus service.

    I will suggest if you are going to enjoy the holiday not being adventurous then hire a taxi from Manali to Rohtang Pass and enjoy the vistas and ride in it. In June owing to peak seasons tourists generally flood Manali and especially at Rohtang Pass you will get big fuss of traffic jam, which I am sure you won’t like to have on your holiday. Let me know incase you need further info and if interested you can check travel guide for Manali as well at the following link

    Delhi to Manali, A Travel Guide

    Regards,

    Dheeraj Sharma

  229. Hello Rinky,
    I will email you my contact info. As per the Rohtang Pass status, well last news which I got was that BRO is working on the stretch ahead of Rani Nalla but Rohtang Pass is closed currently. I guess, vehicles may be allowed upto Marhi by now but for sure till Gulaba.
    There is plenty of snow up there so you guys can surely enjoy it around Marhi though around Gulaba you may find dusty snow.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  230. Rinky says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Can you please give me your mobile no. so that I can take latest information from you regarding Rohtang Pass. We are visiting Manali and Rohtang on 1st May,2011. I am keen on knowing whether the Rohtang Pass will be open by that time. Even if the Rohtang Pass is not open, can we find snow and snow sports anywhere in Gulaba or Marhi ?

  231. Hello Siddharth,

    Yes, ofcourse you can travel to Leh from Manali in the month of July by road. By that time the highway will be operational until and unless nature has something bad in store for us. Usually the highway opens up by that time and is expected the same this year as well. You can check the latest updates on the below link as well

    Manali – Leh Highway Status 2011

    Let me know incase you need further details.

    Regards,

    Dheeraj Sharma

  232. Manali – Leh Highway Status Update: 27th April, 2011BRO is currently working on the stretch of Rani Nalla – Rohtang Pass – Khoksar on Manali – Leh Highway. Khoksar – Keylong – Darcha road is open and vehicles are plying on it. However, Srinagar – Leh Highway will be opening next week i.e. from first week of May 2011 you will be able to go to Ladakh from Srinagar – Leh Highway.

  233. sudarshan mandale says:

    hi dheeraj, we r planning to do cycling to leh from manali in first week of june. so can you give me latest status of rohtang pass on my email. sudarshan.mandale@gmail.com thanks in advance :)

  234. Sure, Hitesh. I will mail you my contact info. Let me know incase you have any queries.

  235. Hitesh says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am Hitesh from Bhavnagar(GUJARAT)

    i am planning a tour to leh-ladakh via manli-rohtang so please give me your contact info in my mail id so i can contact you and know all latest news on rohtang pass when will open. (hits24024@gmail.com)

  236. vishnu says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Thnx for the help , will contact you soon…As only this schedule will be workin for us i wuld like to know the status of srinagar- leh road by may 2nd week..

    • Manali – Leh Highway Status Update: 27th April, 2011

      BRO is currently working on the stretch of Rani Nalla – Rohtang Pass – Khoksar on Manali – Leh Highway. Khoksar – Keylong – Darcha road is open and vehicles are plying on it. However, Srinagar – Leh Highway will be opening next week i.e. from first week of May 2011 you will be able to go to Ladakh from Srinagar – Leh Highway.

  237. Hello Vishnu, you are most welcome anytime. Srinagar – Leh Highway will be opening next week. Check the latest article for more details: http://devilonwheels.com/index.php/srinagar-leh-highway-status-2011-opening-next-week/

  238. Hello Mitra,

    Both Kunzam Pass and Rohtang Pass are closed as off now. You cannot go to Manali from Kaza via Rohtang Pass this week.

    Regards,

    Dheeraj Sharma

  239. mitra says:

    will you please tell that can we come from kaza to manali via rohtang pass in this week??

    my mobile no. is 09960993848… currently i am in kinnaur dist…

    we are treavelling on motercycle…

    do reply….

  240. Hi Vishnu,
    It is highly unlikely that you will get any roads open by May second week. BRO is predicting that they will open Srinagar – Leh by May first week but my expert friends really doubt and so do I. Anyways I will email you my contact info.
    Regards,
    Dheeraj Sharma

  241. vishnu says:

    hi,,.

    can u please give me your mobile details so that i can know the status of leh road, as we have planned to visit this may 2nd week.

    thnx…

    vishnu

  242. Manali – Leh Highway Status Update: 17th April, 2011

    On South side of Rohtang pass road till Marhi from Manali has been cleared by BRO but inclement weather had put an halt to the progress. However, vehicles are allowed only upto Gulaba for the time being. Work is in progress towards Rani Nalla but at Rani Nala there is huge amount of snow that is present this year. It is expected that progress will be go down slow once BRO reaches that part of the stretch near Rani Nalla.

    On the North side of Rohtang pass the strecth from Sissu – Keylong – Darcha has been cleared and vehicles are doing it on daily basis. Currently, work is in progress on Sissu – Khoksar stretch.

    This year snow stock is huge and experts predict opening of Manali – Leh highway could be delayed due to huge amount of snow present at the passes. Last two days even it has snowed in the higher hills of Himalayas including all the passes.

    • Ravindra says:

      Hi Dheeraj,

      I will be reaching Manali 13t May night and will be there till 16th night. I will be at Naggar on 17th and 18th. Given below my brief itinerary at Manali. Can you please suggest me a good River Rafting point. Which day in the below schedule I should include River Rafting?

      From the internet I gather Mohal, Raison & Katrain are good river rafting points. Some body also suggested to me the rafting near Manali is at CAMP site with Himachal Tourism Property of HUTS . But I am not sure, which one I should fit in my itinerary.

      May 13th – Will reach Manali around 8 pm.

      May 14th – Manali local sightseeing which includes Hidimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs, Jagatsukh.

      May 15th – Manali – Snow Point either at Solang Valley. Visit Rahala Waterfalls.

      May 16th – Manali – Rohtang Pass. If not accessible visit Marhi/Gulaba.

      May 17th – Manali to Naggar. Sight seeing at Naggar including Roerich Art GalleryGauri Shankar Temple, the Chatar Bhuj Temple, Tripura Sundri Devi Temple and the Murlidhar Temple etc. Will checkin at Naggar Castle.

      May 18th –Naggar- Kasol-Manikaran-Naggar.

      May 19th – Naggar to Shimla

      Regards,

      Ravindra

      • Hi Ravindra,

        Do it from Katrain/Raison and do it like:

        May 15th – Manali – Rohtang Pass. If not accessible visit Marhi/Gulaba. Solang Valley can be done, if required while coming back from Manali but I see if you wanna stay there then go for it else almost similar views are available in whole Manali valley.
        May 16th – Manali – Rafting – Manali/Naggar

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

        Regards
        Dheeraj Sharma

 
 

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