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Travel Guide for Manali – Leh Highway

 

There have been many articles on ManaliLeh Highway published earlier on the blog. Now to make complete sense of all of them  I would like to put them all at one location to transform it into a Manali – Leh Highway Travel Guide. I hope this helps all my fellow travelers to find information or all they want to know about Manali – Leh Highway at a single place only.

Manali - Leh National Highway

Planning a Journey on Manali – Leh Highway

In order to help you plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway, you can refer the below link which will explain you complete details about how you can plan your journey on Manali – Leh Highway. The below link includes the information regarding best season to travel on Manali – Leh Highway, modes of travel on Manali – Leh Highway, public amenities like ATMs, Petrol Pumps, Liquor shops etc on Manali – Leh Highway etc. Refer the link below for details – How to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway

Complete Details of Places on Manali – Leh Highway

If you are interested to know comprehensive details about the places on Manali – Leh Highway then below is the link for such information. The below link includes the information about distance and altitude chart for the places on Manali – Leh Highway along with their description which helps you plan your brief stoppages, night halts, point of interests etc on Manali – Leh Highway. Refer the link below for details – Places on Manali – Leh Highway | A Detailed Description

Suraj Tal besides Manali - Leh Highway

List of Accommodation or Stay Options on Manali – Leh Highway

Its always better to know or have the list of all accommodation places on Manali – Leh Highway before you travel on it because in such unpredictable terrain you can never predict what can come to your rescue. So, having as much details as possible about the place is always favorable. I have complied the list of accommodation or stay options on Manali – Leh Highway at the below link which includes the information about their contacts, location, price range, experiences etc. Refer the link below for details – List of Accommodation Options on Manali – Leh Highway

Views at Pang on Manali - Leh Highway

Importance of Acclimatization on Manali – Leh Highway

Since, you would be traveling above 14000 feet for about 300+ KMs on Manali – Leh Highway its really IMPORTANT for you to understand about acclimatization, its importance and AMS or mountain sickness. Many instances people have been found in doubt weather to take the babies or kids with them to Leh – Ladakh or on Manali – Leh Highway. To answer yuor queries and doubts in such cases, I have complied a brief text on the link below which includes information about AMS, acclimatization and few important TIPS which will help you keep your body better acclimatized and minimize the chances of AMS or mountain sickness, when its safe to take babies or kids to Leh – Ladakh and what precautions to take etc. Refer the link below for details – Acute Mountain Sickness and Importance of Acclimatization

Tangang La on Manali - Leh Highway

List of things to carry on Manali – Leh Highway

I have tried to compile a practical list of things to carry while you travel or go on trip. I am sure it will be helpful for you even in case of Manali – Leh Highway too. Refer the link below for details – List of things to carry when you go on trip or travel

As for clothing, its always best to dress up in layers with Inner Thermals both lower and upper always ON. It might irritate in bright sunshine in lower hills but as the altitude increase then it will certainly help in the shades or evenings or mornings or if the weather turn up dark. You need to carry heavy woolens while you travel to Manali – Leh Highway.

Its really IMPORTANT that you carry eateries like dry fruits (must have as backup incase you get stuck), chocolates, some non-perishable food and ample of water to keep each one of you hydrated.

Along with things mentioned in above link, if you are self-driving then you must take the Basic toolkit, screw driver set, small hammer, puncture repair kit, iron rod, two or three “2 liter” empty bottles of Pepsi / Coke / Limca etc to carry extra petrol or diesel (jerry cans will leak, cold drink bottles do not leak), funnel, towing rope, spare tube (must for bikes), Elfy or Fevi quick (2-3 sachets), jump start cables/wires, M-seal to prevent leakage etc. These are among the things which I carried along on my trip to Ladakh.

Also, do not forget to get your vehicle (car/bike) serviced about 2-3 weeks before the start of the Ladakh journey. This will ensure that you have proper time in advance to test your serviced vehicle and get fixed any hitches that may have been introduced in that service.

Deepak Tal besides Manali - Leh National Highway

Conclusion

I hope the above information along with dedicated links will help you plan your travel to Manali – Leh Highway in the entirety and hassle free. In case you wish to share your experience or have any suggestions or have any queries then please feel free to leave a comment below and I would be more than happy to respond to it within quick time…

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580 Comments

  1. Rakesh says:

    Hey,
    I am flying from Srinagar to leh and planning to go from leh to manali on rented bike and thereon from Manali to Delhi on bus. Wanted to check whether we can get rented bike one way from leh to manali at leh

    Thanks

  2. Himmanshu Arora says:

    Hi dheeraj
    I am planning for Ladakh via manali via road journey with my wife and a four years old daughter.Just wanted to know whether mid of Sep. shall be fine.
    Also please let me know is the journey safe for Travelling along withe the family.Hope no lootmar type incidences via road.
    thanks

  3. Archana says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    What a great blog and envious life you have! :)

    We are flying from Delhi to Leh on September 27th. The idea is to drive from Leh towards Manali (stopping where we feel like) and October 8th we camp at Chandratal. 10th morning we fly out from Kullu. I have a few questions for you:

    - do you have any recommendations for car hire in Leh?
    - what camping equipment will we need for chandratal (besides sleeping bags?) Is there a possibility to hire them somewhere? More importantly what’s the probability of being able to stay overnight near chandratal first week of October. 8th is a full moon which is why we picked that date (and also why we are doing Leh to Manali and not other way round)
    - lastly, if you have a recommended route? I have Koko singh’s book on Ladakh and the Himachal version in the same series had worked out really well for an impromptu trip few years back.

    Apologies for any questions that you may have already answered on the blog. I’m happy to just have you point me to relevant links.

    Thanks a bunch!
    Archana

  4. Manish says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    Im going to start my trip on 23 aug, Delhi – Manali – Leh.
    as im hearing lots of news about heavy rain in UK and part of HImachal,
    DO you have current update about the Manali-Leh highway status ?
    Is it still opened or not ?
    and what about manali, is it affected by this heavy rain in northern India ?

    • Manish, roads are open both Manali to Delhi and Manali to Leh. There were landslides but things are through. You should expect some blockades as it is monsoon time but things are settling.

      • aman says:

        Hi Dheeraj,
        I m going to start my trip on 31 Aug, delhi to manali to leh. one of my friend was told about the heavy rainfall on delhi-manali highway at near sundernagar. Do you please give the latest info about the delhi manali highway.

  5. Malte says:

    Hello! I have a question concerning the HRTC bus service between Leh and Manali. I know that there is a bus which is connecting Delhi and Leh. I can choose this connection in the online booking system but it is not possible for me to find the other way around. It is just not possible to select Leh as source. It want to travel from Leh to Manali in mid or late september. Can you tell please whether it is possible to book this trip online?
    Thank you very much!

    • You can book the bus service from Leh to Keylong, then Keylong to Manali and finally Manali to Delhi.

    • Manish says:

      I just want to add up here, you have to choose the bus type as deluxe bus, for delhi to manali route there is a volvo bus but for manali and leh route there is only deluxe bus, i was facing the same issue as i was putting volvo bus in search option, so please try changing the bus type while searching the bus in manali and leh route, i recently booked so its possible.

      • Malte says:

        Thank you both! Maybe I did not understand everything correctly but I can not find Leh as ‘source’ in online booking system. I have uploaded a photo to illustrate the problem.
        http://picload.org/view/cgrwrag/screenshotfrom2014-08-20220011.png.html

        • Yes, Leh is not in that list. Manish is refering to HPTDC but I am refering to HRTC which you are refering too. In destination you can see Leh but in source there is not any. HRTC only runs standard bus between these places. There is Facebook Page of Himachal Roadways, please get in touch with them there and you should get the updated info. about the last date of bus to Keylong from Leh.

        • Malte says:

          Thank you for your kindness. I have written HRCT a massage on Facebook :)

        • Great, so we look forward to correct details here too so that we can keep all updated :)

  6. Sachin says:

    Hello Dheeraj,

    I am planning a road trip by bike on Manali-Leh link. I ahd been reading your blogs and browsing Dow for past 2 days but still confused, so appreciate direct guidance from you. I am just preparing my itinerary based on few friends feedback who had been there. i share my plan below, and then would appreciate your advise on it…

    Dates: 10 Aug to 17 Aug [18 i had to be in office ;-)]
    Travelling from Chennai.
    I plan to take a flight from Chennai to Leh. Settle for 2 day in Leh take rest, do some sight seeing near by and then leave for Leh – Manali trip by rented bike next morning. i guess this 400 approx Kms stretch could be covered in 2 days. Arrive in Manali and do local sight seeing for a day and leave for delhi next day. from delhi come back to chenai.

    Major questin: Sould i plan road trip from leh to manali or manali to leh. i read about AMC and is little confused. Only advantage i see for me is that i get direct flight to Leh and save 1 day journey from delhi to manali.

    thx in advance for your kind feedback

    • hi Sachin, if you have to do Manali to Leh then you have to do Delhi to Manali in one or the other way for sure. I will suggest do something like below:

      10: Delhi
      11: Delhi – Manali
      12: Manali – Jispa
      13: Jispa – Leh, long day but to avoid AMS, must be done
      14: Leh Rest and acclimatization
      15: Leh – Khardung La – Leh
      16: Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh
      17: Leh – Delhi and Chennai by flights.

      • Sachin says:

        Wow Dheeraj, appreciate your prompt feedback! I follow your itinerary and advice. I proceed with tickets booking and prepare the full itinerary and list of stuff i carry with me. once all in place i make a final check from you on preparation, Sir.
        One question as of now…Aug 11-17 is good time to visit manali-Leh i guess, no rains or harsh weather etc!!

        • Bhai, there will be rains for sure in the lower hills but once you enter rain shadow region of Ladakh after Baralacha La then it should be fine with very less rains or no rains. However, down Rohtang Pass towards Manali and then further down, you will face monsoon hassles.

        • Sachin says:

          Sir jee, finally tickets are booked (although most of the friends are ditching me for the trip); but i remain committed to travel (if not now, i wonder in future i will be able to go or not!!)….
          by the way little change in plan…in return i take flight from delhi instead of Leh..so the plan is like below:
          09 night: Delhi
          10: Delhi – Manali
          11: Manali – Jispa
          12: Jispa – Leh, long day but to avoid AMS, must be done
          13: Leh Rest and acclimatization
          14: Leh – Khardung La – Leh
          15: Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh
          16: Leh – Manali (is it possible in 1 day??)
          17: Manali – Delhi  Flight to Chennai at 5 PM

          In above itinerary which place/route should I skip to be able to catch my flight at delhi on 17th at 5 PM.
          Have to be in delhi by 12 noon to be able to reach airport by 3 pm.

          can i make this trip as per above plan..or should i skip any place to be able to reach back to delhi in time..

        • Leh to Manali is ONLY possible as cannonball run of 16+ Hrs in a shared taxi that starts 2-3 AM from Leh and drop you at Manali non-stop in the evening.

        • Sachin says:

          Dheeraj San,

          one more question…
          i should halt at Jispa or Leh? you say long day at Jispa and halt at Leh..thx for confirming where should i halt for 1 day..
          for overnight stay i read your posts but again confused with many options..just suggest me 1 (or 2 as back up) for the night stay…

          thanks…i write i na while with questions on items to carry along :-)

        • Sachin san, (after a long time I heard san, almost 6 years now :)…)

          Day 1 (11), it should be Manali or Solang Valley, Day 2 at Jispa and Day 3 you reach Leh from Jispa directly after a long day.

          Solang: Hotel Iceland, Jispa: Jispa Journeys / Padma Lodge, Leh: Khan Manzil, Kidar, Jigmet, Paul Guest House, Glacier View, Greenland Homestay at Changspa,

  7. Nikhil Nene says:

    Hi,
    Thanks for this very helpful information. Do you have any contacts for booking reliable taxi service from Manali to Leh.
    It will be helpful if you could share.

    Thanks,
    Nikhil

  8. Firoz Ahmed says:

    Hello Dheeraj, thanks for this awesome site..We are planning to visit Ladakh in 2nd half of september.

    I have an i10 and my friend has a Premier Rio. We are planning to take both of them. (2 couples). Can these cars withstand this journey?

  9. Manish says:

    Thanks Dheeraj for earlier suggestions :
    Here is My complete plan after all the suggestions :

    Day 1 : Delhi to Manali
    Day 2-3 : rest in manali (since there is bus on the same day when i reach manali and if i take rest i will get the next bus for leh after one day)
    Day 4-5 : Manali – Leh ( HPTDC buses)
    Day 6 : Rest + local sighting
    Day 7-8 : Nubra Valley( diskit and all the places)
    Day 9 : Leh – Pangong lake – Leh
    Day 10 : Fly back to Delhi
    ______________________________
    or PLan B :
    Day 1 : Delhi – Manali ( bus)
    Day 2-3 : Manali – Leh ( Bus)
    Day 4 : Rest in Leh
    Day 5-6 : Nubra Valley( diskit and all the places)
    Day 7-8 : Leh – Pangong lake( and around places) – Leh
    Day 9 : please suggested a place for this day, i can Cut one day from Pangong, if 2 days needed.
    Day 10 : Fly back to delhi

    My start plan 23th aug cant be changed( boss woudnt allow :)______________________
    so please suggest is manali worth 2 days ?
    or shall we live one more day in heaven :)

    • Manish, problem is that whether or not you like 2 days in Manali, it is forced in this circumstance. You have to spend one night in Manali / solang valley at least before moving out to Keylong where the high altitude region starts. Putting up in Vashishth or Solang Valley will help you with acclimatization. So, go with Plan A and stay at either Vashishth OR Solang

      • Manish says:

        Thanks Dheeraj,
        One more thing, i have heard that we need to book tents for nubra valley in advance we are staying there overnight,
        is that true ?
        how much advance we have to book tents and where we can do that ?
        can it be done online ?
        or we have to do it in leh ?

  10. Avinash says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Thank you for the capturing the intricate details of LEH n Ladakh. Need your suggestion on the plan below. Have looked at your suggested itenary and adapted it to suit our travel plan.

    Day 1 | Delhi – Manali/Solang Valley
    – Better stay at Solang Valley and avoid Manali as sleeping at Solang Valley does help in acclimatization
    – Overnight at Manali/Solang Valley

    Day 2 | Manali/Solang Valley – Keylong/Jispa
    – It is always better to stay either at Keylong/Jispa so that we do not feel sick or hit by AMS.
    – I prefer staying at Jispa more because Keylong gives the feeling of a town while Jispa is more closer to nature having Bhaga river running just aside the Manali – Leh Highway at Jispa.
    – Overnight at Keylong/Jispa

    Day 3 | Keylong/Jispa – Leh
    – Leave Keylong/Jispa early next morning, say by 5 AM types, so that we reach Leh in the evening.
    – Overnight at Leh

    Day 4 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Inner Line Permits
    – Overnight at Leh

    Day 5 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder- Turtuk
    – Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit/ Turtuk
    – Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

    Day 6 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
    – Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
    – Overnight at Leh

    Day 7 | Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake
    – Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on the go towards Pangong Tso
    – Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik or Lukung)

    Day 8 | Pangong Tso Lake – Chusul-Loma-Hanle(If Permits allowed)
    – Overnight at Hanle

    Day 9 | Hanle– Tso Moriri via Mahe or Chumur(If Permits allowed)
    – Cover Karzok Monastery
    – Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri

    Day 10 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Taglang La – Upshi – Leh
    – Come back via Tso Kar and Manali – Leh Highway to Leh
    – Overnight at Leh

    Day 11 | Leh – Lamayuru – Kargil
    – Cover Mulbekh Maitrey, Lamayuru Moanstery, Lunar Landscapes
    – On the way you can also see Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu
    – Overnight at Kargil

    Day 12 | Kargil – Drass – Zozi La – Sonamarg – Srinagar
    – Enjoy the vistas enroute
    – Have late drunch meal at Sonamarg
    – Overnight at Srinagar

    Day 13 | Srinagar – Chandigarh
    – Overnight at Chandigarh

    • Avinash, part from direct route of Pangong tso to Hanle from Chusul, I think all seems quite good and you can try your luck with it. Keep in mind that even after you get permits, there is no assurance that Army will allow you to pass through it. So, keep that buffer with you. Also, DO NOT Mention Chumur as it is too sensitive to be mentioned and may lead to ILP rejection in the first step.

  11. Tapas says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    Came back from the majestic and rejoicing bike trip to Leh Ladakh.
    Your Leh manali highway guide really helped us a lot.
    Thanks for your updated and helpful information given.
    Great!!!

  12. Himani says:

    Hi,
    can you please suggest if this schedule will be fine. as I have my train back from Chandigarh on the 9th Aug and Im reaching Chandigarh on the 28th around 4pm. so I have around 11 days for CHandigarh – Manali – Leh – Manali – Chandigarh.

    27th Mumbai TO Chandigarh (4pm)
    28th chandigarh evening 6pm to 1am manali midnight
    29th Manali take bike and around solang/ Manali Solang Valley and around Manali
    30th Solang Jispa next stop ahead Sarchu – ROUTE – Rotang pass / Chandra valley /Koksar /Tandi (PETROL PUMP)/ Jispa/Sarchu
    31st – Jispa/ Sarchu TO Leh – Route - Jispa / Baralacha-la pass/ Sarchu/ Gata loops/ Lachlung-la / Nakee-la pass/ Changthang / Tso Kar Lake/Polo Kongka La/ Tso Moriri/Korzok / Changpa nomad life / Mahe Bridge/ Indus / Leh
    1st – Leh -around Leh – Shey, Thiksey & Hemis Gompas/ Stok Village/ Market
    2nd – Leh to Hunder – Route – Leh/ Khardung La/ Nubra Valley (camel ride) /sunset at a vantage point near Diskit Gompa/ Nite stay @ Hunder
    3rd – Hunder to Pangong - Route – Nubra hunder /wari Pass / Chang pass/ Pangong
    4th – Pangong to Leh
    5th – Leh to Tsomoriri
    6th – Tso Moriri to Sarchu- Route: Sarchu/ Gata loops/ Lachlung-la / Nakee-la pass/ Changthang / Tso Kar Lake/Polo Kongka La/ Tso Moriri
    7th – Sarchu to Keylong -Route Baralacha-la pass/ Sarchu
    8th – Kelong to Manali / nite
    Same nite – Manali to Chandigarh
    9th – chandigarh 11.20am train to Mumbai

    Please let me know if we shoud do this route, we are 4 people and planing to hire 2 bikes.

    Thanks
    Himani
    10th Mumbai

    • Himani, this looks fine except the fact that you are doing Manali – Leh highway while going to Leh in 3 days which is not recommended. After Solang Valley, you should stay at Jispa and then next day leave early morning by 5 AM to reach Leh by evening. Your body will not be acclimatized to sleep at Sarchu while going to Leh. While coming back, you can do so in 3 days.
      Now the day you have saved, use that for a two day trip to Pangong Tso instead of going directly from Nubra to Pangong Tso. This will be eased out and will offer much safer route.

  13. Vinit Shah says:

    Thanks for awesome information. I was planning my Trip to Leh via Manali in November-14. Your site provided me all the details. Now I will delay my Trip in month of Apr-15 or May-15. Thanks again.

    • Vinit to travel on Manali – Leh Highway, you need to delay the trip upto January 2015. Also, I will suggest you that please plan it in other direction as going via Srinagar – Leh Highway will be much much easier on your body and help you acclimatize to the high altitude of Manali – Leh Highway. Also, it allows you to enjoy the beauty of Manali – Leh by splitting the journey almost evenly in two days which is very difficult in the other direction. Thirdly, it will allow you to fit Tso Moriri lake into the itinerary in better way. You can read more reasons on the link here

  14. Himmanshu Arora says:

    Hi dheeraj, i am traveling manali to leh in mid og Aug .we are on person me & my wife & my daughter she is only four year i just wanted to know roads are safe or not & Aug month is fine for traveling What more precautions do i take when i m doing journey with my wife

    • It depends on person to person to take the children of such age group because AMS do not matter with respect to age or sex or any physical health condition. It can happen to anyone of any age or sex or fitness I shall say :D… The issue with children is that they tend to exert the body considering it the same kind of place they belong to and this elevates the chances of getting struck with AMS. Secondly, they are not much expressive about their uneasy feelings, so it is parents who need to watch out and take care that the child is not suffering from uneasy feelings, headache or nausea and is behaving properly. With 2+ year child, I think she will also be NOT able to convey the uneasiness she may feel. You have to be vigilant and if you notice any such feeling or he/she tells you about such a feeling then please do not ascend anywhere, either descend to lower altitude or stay at the same place to watch things overnight and if symptom increase then start descending immediately. Same is applicable for any adult as well. And yes, do keep the body adequately hydrated!!

      Also, PLEASE read the article: Traveling to Ladakh with Kids or Babies. This article covers this topic in complete detail.

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

  15. Shrinidhi says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We are planning ladhak trip in this july 23rd, we are starting this from delhi – manali – leh. we are landing at delhi @10.00 pm. is there any bus transport service available from delhi to manali after 10.30 pm. please help us out.

  16. Dhanesh Gadekar says:

    Hello Dheeraj,
    We are 4 student planning for Manali-Leh trip from 26 July to 2 aug.Plz plz provide me proper itinerary.which is suitable for us bike or Geep (self driven)?What will be cost for geep or car ?

  17. Ashwin says:

    Hi,

    First of all I would congratulate on such a successful blog and forum which is an inspiration and help for every traveler. Your blog is the one which inspired me to do the Ladakh Ride.

    After three years of planning and cancelling I’m finally going to Ladakh in July.

    Itinerary is copied below. Itinerary is flexible. Please feel free to suggest any changes.

    Day 1 -19 July: Delhi – Manali
    Day 2 – 20 July: Manali – Jispa
    Day 3 – 21 July: Manali – Sarchu
    Day 4 – 22 July: Sarchu – Leh
    Day 5 – 23 July: Acclimatize to Leh and Sightseeing
    Day 6 – 24 July: Leh – Panamik/Turtuk – Diskit
    Day 7 – 25 July: Diskit – Leh (If possible we can go directly to Pangong)
    Day 8 – 26 July: Leh – Pangong Tso
    Day 9 – 27 July: Pangong – Leh (Pangong to Tso Moriri)
    Day 10: 28 July: Leh – Sarchu (Tso Moriri to Sarchu)
    Day 11: 29 July: Sarchu- Jispa
    Day 12: 30 July: Jispa – Kullu
    Day 13: 31 July: Kullu – Delhi

    Queries:
    1) How will be the weather at that time. I’m expecting heavy rains till Baralach La. Will it be ok to ride at this time?
    2) We are not going for Saddle bags and we will keep our stuff in Rucksacks and tie them to the seat and cover them with sheets. Will it work?
    3) We are buying Army Boots from Gopinath market. Will we face issues after crossing streams?
    4) Will we need Permits?

    Please suggest me.

    Cheers
    Ashwin

  18. Manish says:

    OK Many Many fresh ppl go to there leh trip
    and im one of them :)
    I hope there are lot of experience ppl will help me or ppl like .
    My problem start with very basic question :
    1. Should i have an online reservation of Manali- leh ( HRTC) ?
    I will be reaching delhi from mumbai at 5 pm.
    so i have two option, go to chandigarh ( will reach there around 11 pm by catching 7 pm shatabdi)
    or catch any bus from delhi (around 6 pm)
    In both of the cases im not sure that these buses will take me to manali on time( before 9 am)
    and how far that place where i got the bus to Leh.
    so help me out here ppl
    thanks.

    • Manish, you should reserve the Manali to Leh bus by HRTC as HPTDC one will start in July. Book and HPTDC Volvo bus from Delhi to Manali which runs late in the evening or HRTC Volvo which also runs late in the evening. They will make you reach Manali early morning. Rest for a day there and do Manali – Leh by HRTC bus service. In case you visiting in July, by that time HPTDC semi delux bus will also start from Manali to Leh which you can take too.

  19. Manish says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    There is news about Delhi-Leh Bus services, just wana know do you have idea, when its going to start ?
    doubt in my mind is they saying fare from delhi to leh will be around 1300/- and currently fare from manali to leh is around 2500, so how its possible get from delhi to leh in 1300/- ?
    another question is
    IF i took bus from delhi which is schedule around 6.30PM so im able to reach to manali in time to catch the 9:00 am bus from manali to leh. both are himachal tourism buses

  20. Anil Rajput says:

    We are 4 person age group 55-58 yrs.in a Scorpio leaving from Delhi on 18July will be doing Manali, Jispa,Leh/around Leh, Kargil,Srinagar, Mughal route to Jammu , return Delhi on 03 Aug. any like minded , there are few friends willing to bring own Jeep / bike any one want to join us call me at 09810506646

  21. Tapas says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    I visit almost everyday your site and i must say its very helpful.
    I have traveled once to leh via manali-leh highway on mid sept-2012 and was forced to return back from Pang because of sudden snow fall and bad health. We got stuck just before baralacha because of weather.
    We have planned to visit once again and starting our journey on 28th June from Delhi. Will reach Manali on 29th and have return tickets booked on 9th July 2014.
    Need a route plan so that i can see Pangong Tso, Nubra valley ,khardunla,Diskit,Hunder, Man – Merak, Chusul,Tsaga , Loma , Hanle , Nyoma ,Tso Moriri. How to go via Chumur.

    • Tapas says:

      Sorry to mention few things.
      1.Returning 9th July 2014 from Delhi airport.
      2.10 Persons travelling 6(bikes) + 1 Taxi.
      3.Can u suggest some renting agents fro bikes and taxi?

      • For renting bikes in Leh – Ladakh along with current Bike Union Prices, you can check the DoW Community thread: Leh – Ladakh Bike Rental Rates 2014 – 15 & Reliable Shops

        For the leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2014 – 15 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here. You can get about 10-12% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more.

        • Tapas says:

          Thanks a lot Dheeraj.
          I need bike and taxi renting agents from manali.
          4 Bikes + 1 SUV preferred
          1.Is accomodation is there at pangong tso ?
          2. While returning can return from Pangong tso to Tso Moriri? any accomodation there?
          3.And which route to follow on way back to manali considering the above route ?

        • Tapas, do you know outside rented bikes are not allowed now for Pangong Tso and Nubra in Ladakh?

          You can check the nice, preferred list of accommodation options in entire Leh – Ladakh (Leh, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri) including moderate (cheap budget hotels as well) in the series of articles starting on the link here

        • Shera says:

          Dheeraj, simply saying-
          “you are GREAT Yaar”

        • Thank you so much Shera !! :)

    • Don’t plan for Chumur as you will be end up not doing the entire route :D … It is a trouble some place and in case you mention on permits, you will end up loosing permits for other parts too. Hence, do it when you have enough reasoning, time and can afford loosing places. Now, To get an idea of the routes in Ladakh along with distances, you can refer: DoW – Maps of Ladakh | Nubra Valley & Changthang. Keep in mind that, the remote routes are isolated and completely off track with almost no roads. Better stick to traditional routes in case it is the first trip to Ladakh.

      Regarding these places of remote Ladakh, you will need permits from DC Office. Even if you get permits nothing is sure that army will let you pass through Chusul and Tsaga or not.

  22. chetan Doshi says:

    Hello
    Is manali leh highway open?

  23. Rahul says:

    Hello Dheeraj Bhai…..
    First of all thanxs for ur reply…. We 6 people leaving Srinagar on 30 July…. We have a night halt at Kargil on 30th July…. n next 3-4 days at Leh…. I m having a contact with one Army person and he helping us in our stay at Kargil n Leh…. I just wanna to ask u that is the accomdation at Army’s place is fine or weather we go with private accomdations…. Can u help us in this ??????

  24. Ankit Mahajan says:

    hey,
    i am a lonely traveler and planning to a 25 day trip to ladakh….my plans include stock kangdri summit so please suggest what is best time for trekking in leh and any tips for lonlely traveller.

  25. Rahul says:

    Hi Dheeraj Bhai….. Is their any road from Shimla to reach Leh other than Manali-Leh highway????

    • Rahul, there is Hindustan – tibet Highway which goes through Kinnaur and Spiti Valley. You can traverse that route. Ultimately it meets at Gramphu on Manali – Leh Highway and hence you skip rohtang Pass on this route. Rest you follow Manali – Leh Highway

    • Anil Rajput says:

      Hindustan – Tibet road is better in a group , chances of road blocks are more better to drive Shimla – Manali – Leh

  26. Sahil says:

    The information on your site is really helpful. We (five persons)are planning for our tour from Leh to Manali in the first week of June. Will it be OK? Also please tell me how long can I expect the tour to be (from Jammu to Srinagar to Leh to Manali to Jammu)? Any other suggestions!!!

    • Sahil, I will suggest to shift it by couple of weeks for Manali – Leh Highway to open and settle a bit. Else take srinagar to Leh highway and come back from Manali – Leh highway

  27. Udit says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    First of all let me congratulate and thank to you for this beautiful forum/website.
    We are planning to leave Delhi on 31st may. We are 4 people, 2 from Bangalore, one from hyderabad and me from gurgaon using Xylo to travel.
    our itinerary: Delhi – manali – leh
    31may – manali stay
    1june – jispa
    2june – Leh
    3june – pangong(Bike)
    4june – leh(back)
    5june – Nubra (Bike)
    6june – leh(back)
    7june – leh local
    8june – jispa
    9 june – manali
    10 june – delhi
    Is there any thing You can suggest? Is it fine traveling on these dates?
    One more thing, we have one vacancy :)

    • Just swap your Nubra tour with Pangong for better acclimatization. And while coming back from Leh to Manali stay at Sarchu. If you can add a day you can also do Tso Moriri as well. However, there is a doubt about opening of Manali – Leh Highway. Earlier it was expected to open by 28th of May but now with recent snowfall and avalanches, it seems unlikely.

  28. Anuj Sharma says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We are a group of 06 people + 01 mechanic and will be travelling from Manali to Leh on 04 motorbikes 350cc rented from Manali.

    We will start on 10th July from Manali and will be back to Manali by 19th July.

    Will this period be a good time to travel on Manali-Leh highway with respect to monsoons, road conditions and pillion riding?

    Thanks in advance.

    Anuj Sharma

    • Bikes rented outside Leh are not allowed for sightseeing inside Ladakh except Tso Moriri and Tso Kar lakes which can be done while going to Manali from Leh. Private bikes are completely allowed. You can use the outside rented bike to reach Leh but then for going to Pangong Tso, nubra Valley, etc.. you need to hire rented bikes from Leh only.
      For renting bikes in Leh – Ladakh, you can check the DoW Community thread: Leh – Ladakh Bike Rental Rates 2014 – 15 & Reliable Shops

      • anuj sharma says:

        Hi Dheeraj,
        Thanks a lot for your reply first of all.
        I have gone through your article on vehicles to be allowed to pangong lake etc.

        My concern is whether the period of my travel will be good with respect to road conditions especially rohtang pass because it would be rainy season at that time.

        Anuj

        • Anuj, Please refer the link in our community: FAQ | Is Monsoon season good time to travel to Ladakh? for more details.

        • Anuj Sharma says:

          Hi Dheeraj,

          Thanks a lot for your response.

          I have another query. We are renting motorbikes from Manali. The bike rental shop is saying that the “restrictions on only Leh bikes to be used to Nubra Valley n Pangong Lake” has been lifted and that bikes rented from Manali can be used too to go to Nubra n Pangong.

          Could you please help me out with this doubt.

          Thanks

          Anuj

        • Anuj, I just had a word with guys in Ladakh. They have confirmed me that rule is not lifted. And bikes rented outside will not be allowed for sightseeing in Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso and Zanskar Valley. Rest anywhere in Ladakh the bikes rented outside are allowed. Local authorities are supporting the bike union and there were couple of groups who have faced trouble. For the first group the bikes were taken in custody and offered free bikes of Leh by union just as warning. For the second group again as a warning bikes were taken into custody though not seized and the group had to hire a tempo traveller to travel to other places on their own cost. So, this rule is still in place as per the local union of Leh.

        • Anuj Sharma says:

          Dheeraj,

          I need another suggestion.

          I have gone through your blogs on Stay Accommodations in Leh/ Nubra/ Pangong etc.

          But the articles are of year 2012. How much would be the variations in cost in general with respect to the earlier dates such as 2012?

          And do I need to get the hotels pre-booked for my intended stay, 12th July to 18th July at Leh, Nubra and Pangong or I can get hotels after arriving at these places directly?

          Anuj

        • nuj, expect about 15-20% hikes for last 2 years in these hotels or guest houses. Every year they increase in general by 10-12%. In July since it is Kalachakra festival this year in Leh, expect lacs of tourists to be there. Most of the hotels are already booked, so book them in advance to avoid any hassles.

        • Anuj Sharma says:

          Hi Dheeraj,

          Thanks a lot for your help. I finally got an accommodation booked for my travel dates at Leh.

          I have another query.
          Can we get rain jackets in Manali either by purchase or for rent and what would be their rates?

          Anuj

        • You should be able to get those jackets there but the prices might be steep. Better hire from home town only and carry along.

        • Anuj Sharma says:

          Hi Dheeraj,

          Could you please update me about the status of Manali-rented bikes being allowed to go to Nubra and Pangong.

          Anuj

        • Anuj, the scene is eased out for small groups or individual bikers. Those who came back have reported nothing much asked to them as they were traveling in small group of 2-3 bikers only. So, I feel unless you are not part of big group then things should be fine for you too.

  29. Kush K says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning to travel to Leh from Manali by bikes on 22nd June. We are 5 friends (3 boys + 2 girls).
    I had few questions, if you can answer them, would be great for us :

    1. We need to come back to Manali by 29th June (i.e. 8 days in total); so can you help to plan an itinerary so as to cover the Pangong lake and either of the Nubra Valley and the Khardunga Pass (whichever of these 2 is better)as we have time limitation ?

    2. With your experience of the Manali Leh highway, can you highlight on the cons of riding 2 on a 350cc/220cc bike ? I mean to ask that is it fine if we travel 2 considering the road condition and altitude we need to escalate ?

    3. This is a separate question from the 1st one. Can we cover the distance from Rohtang to Sarchu in one day considering nothing unexpected happens ?

    4. Can we cover the Leh to Manali return journey in 2 days ?

    Looking forward to your reply.

    Thanks and Regards,
    Kush K

    • Hi Kush,

      1. With 8 days from Manali to Manali, you can plan something like below:
      Manali – Rohtang Pass – Jispa
      Jispa – Baralacha La – Sarchu – Pang – Leh
      Leh Local Sightseeing and Acclimatization
      Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder (Nubra Valley)
      Hunder – Sumur – Panamik – Khardung La – Leh
      Leh – Pangong Tso/Leh
      Pangong Tso/Leh – Sarchu
      Sarchu – Manali

      2. Both bikes should do fine. BTW, I am not a biker but all bikers in the group when I travelled never had any issues. You need to decide with which bike you are in better control and comfort.

      3. Better not to do so and follow the itinerary as suggested above

      4. Yes, in fact starting early from Pangong Tso, you will reach Sarchu and then to Manali next day.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  30. Sumit Dutta says:

    hi Dheeraj… been a great fan of your blog since some time now .., but never could really make it to the mountains. But now we.. a group of 5 are planning to visit Amarnath caves. We have planned to go Chandigarh-Manali-Leh-Ladakh-Amarnath-Srinagar-Chandigarh. Do Advise and help plan the route please. And thanx a lot in advance

    • Thank you Sumit. How many days do you have in hand. Amarnath Yatra will take at least 5-6 days of your schedule. How about doing it first and then coming from Manali side?

      • Sumit Dutta says:

        Thanx for the reply bro… We do have like 15 days in hand and more , well time is no problem. Only thing is we want to go from Manali side and finish it to Srinagar and then Baltal and Amarnath , back to Srinagar for 2 days and then home. Need advise on the route/stoppages/special places to see enroute . Hoping for a very detailed reply.
        WE have to reach Baltal on the 5th of July, so were thinking of starting towards manali on the 25th of June. Need expert advice bro! for the stoppages overnight and special places to be visited /not to be missed :)

        • Hi Sumit,

          Day 1 | Delhi – Manali/Solang Valley
          – Better stay at Solang Valley and avoid Manali as sleeping at Solang Valley does help in acclimatization
          – If going by own car, get the permit made in advance to drive on Manali – Rohtang Pass road through hotel/travel agent in Manali
          – Overnight at Manali/Solang Valley

          Day 2 | Manali/Solang Valley – Keylong/Jispa
          – It is always better to stay either at Keylong/Jispa so that you do not feel sick or hit by AMS.
          – Avoid sleeping at Sarchu at any cost while going to Leh from Manali because your body will not be acclimatized by the time you reach there.
          – I prefer staying at Jispa more because Keylong gives the feeling of a town while Jispa is more closer to nature having Bhaga river running just aside the Manali – Leh Highway at Jispa.
          – Overnight at Keylong/Jispa

          Day 3 | Keylong/Jispa – Leh
          – Leave Keylong/Jispa early next morning, say by 4/5 AM types, so that you reach Leh in the evening.
          – Overnight at Leh

          Day 4 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Acclimatization
          – To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
          – Overnight at Leh

          Day 5 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
          – Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
          – On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
          – Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

          Day 6 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
          – Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
          – Overnight at Leh

          Day 7 | Leh – Pangong Tso Lake – Leh
          – Day trip to Pangong Tso
          – Overnight at Leh

          Day 8 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
          – Cover Karzok Monastery
          – Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri
           
          Day 9 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Taglang La – Upshi – Leh
          – Come back via Tso Kar and Manali – Leh Highway to Leh
          – Overnight at Leh

          Day 10 | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping OR Monastery tour
          – Monastery tour may include Hemis, Thicksey, Stakna and Shey monasteries. They come on the route of Pangong Tso but as you will be doing day trip, it will be a bit hectic to include them on that day only.
          – Overnight at Leh

          Day 11 | Leh – Lamayuru – Kargil
          – Cover Mulbekh Maitrey, Lamayuru Moanstery, Lunar Landscapes
          – On the way you can also see Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu
          – Overnight at Kargil

          Day 12 | Kargil – Drass – Zozi La – Sonamarg/Baltal
          – Enjoy the vistas enroute
          – Overnight at Sonamarg/Baltal

        • If you have more time, you can do two day trip to Pangong Tso :)

        • Sumit Dutta says:

          Thanx a ton for the reply bro!
          So we can stay overnight at Pangong Tso ?! Ok thats great info.
          Yes going by own car.. a 7 year old innova as this is our first trip to the region so would like to see and access vehicle damages this time :) .
          By any idea… can I get any contact of a travel agent in Manali for the permit purposes ? or do i search google.. which i tell you is pretty confusing at times:p
          Thanx again bro!

        • Sorry bro, your hotel should be able to help you with it. But its a trivial process and done within 15 minutes.

  31. vinit sharma says:

    I have 4 days can I make it done?? in 4 days ?

  32. vinit sharma says:

    I am planning to do manali-leh bike tour in May last week 2014,on my 110 cc bike TVS star city.Any tips for safe tour.Any travel buddy??

    • Vinit, DoW has started an initiative under DoW – Himalayan Travel Community for finding Travel Partners or Companions, leave your message in Travel Partners section at the link: Ladakh & Zanskar – Travel Partners Section. There is also a DoW Travel Calendar linked here which can be used to easily and quickly spot a travel partner with similar dates of all the people looking for Travel Partners for their trips. May be you meet someone online going over the same dates.

      It will be quite challenging in last week of May as roads will just open by then and will not stabilize.

  33. Varun Gupta says:

    Hi Deeraj,

    Thanks for all updated and tips for leh trip, just have one question me and my friend are planing for leh trip in first week of jun on bikes. please suggest what will be the better way to go via Srinagar side and come back via Manali side or
    go via Manali side and come back via Srinagar side.

    • Varun, I will suggest you that please plan it in other direction as going via Srinagar – Leh Highway will be much much easier on your body and help you acclimatize to the high altitude of Manali – Leh Highway. Also, it allows you to enjoy the beauty of Manali – Leh by splitting the journey almost evenly in two days which is very difficult in the other direction. Thirdly, it will allow you to fit Tso Moriri lake into the itinerary in better way. You can read more reasons on the link here

  34. Saikat says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Me and my friend will attempt stok kangri starting from 21st June. We will reach Manali on 17th. June, 2014. I have info from HPTDC that they will resume their services from 1st July onwards. Can you please provide me with some contact number of Four wheeler operators who will organize Manali to Leh road trip in Two days? We are budget traveler / Trekker and cannot afford to book the entire car. Any info will be highly appreciable.

    Saikat

    • Saikat, sorry brother I do not have any contact for such travel agents. It is best that you go over there and book in person after a little bargain on per seat basis.

  35. Amit says:

    we are 11 persons and plan to visit Leh in the month June’14. date -22nd june. and start from Srinagar and finish at Manali. no. of day 10.
    Please adveice the itinerary and some good hotels

    • Amit, It will take 4 days to reach Leh from Delhi via Srinagar side and 3 days to come back to Delhi from Leh via Manali side. This makes it 7 days. 1 Day is required in Leh for acclimatization. You have 10 days. 1 Day can be used as Day trip to Pangong Tso and other day can be used as day trip to Nubra Valley or just Khardung La pass.

  36. Pratik Bhattacharjee says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Thanks for all your articles.I am planning my first trip to Ladakh based mostly on those.

    We are planning a trip to leh via the Manali-Leh highway in end of July.We are 2 families consisting of 7 people.
    Here is the rough itinerary that we have prepared.

    Day 1 : Manali-Jispa
    Day 2 : Jispa-Leh
    Day 3 : Leh
    Day 4 : Leh-Nubra
    Day 5 : Nubra-Leh
    Day 6 : Leh-Pangong
    Day 7 : Pangong-Leh
    Day 8 : Leh
    Day 9 : Leh-Tso Moriri
    Day 10 : Tso Moriri-Leh
    Day 11 : Leh-Sarchu
    Day 12 : Sarchu-Manali

    I have two major questions-

    a) Is travelling through the Leh-Manali highway safe during July?I did saw you mentioning in one article that the road conditions are very bad during this time.Would first week of august be a good time?

    b) Are 7 seater taxis to Leh available from Manali?And in Leh?(For going to Pangong,Tso Moriri etc. and returning).
    Because if we have to take 2 separate taxis then the whole point of sharing the taxi fare will become moot.

    Any suggestions on the itinerary?
    Our budget is preferably ~20-25k per person.

    • Pratik Bhattacharjee says:

      More like (7+1) seater vehicle

    • a) August will be more bad better carry on the journey in July as road conditions hardly improve.

      b) There are no 7 seater available but you need to get tempo traveler or winger in that case.

      c) You don’t need to come back to Leh from Tso Moriri. You can take Tso Moiri – Tso Kar – Pang – Sarchu route to directly reach Sarchu on Manali – Leh Highway from Tso Moriri. This will save you a day. Rest of the itinerary is good to go.

  37. Ajay Kumar says:

    Hi Dheeraj

    I made promise to my friends that we will go to LEH on 11th may but i dont have any information whether manali-leh highway will be open by the time or not. Please give me some info if u have on that.
    Thanx
    Ajay

  38. Kishore says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We have planned for manali-leh-nubra-leh-manali trip staring from May 29th 2014. Will you think it would br possible for us to accomplish the same( for about 7-8days) considering the road status on Manali Leh highways?

    • Kishore, it will take 2 day to reach Leh from Manali and then 2 days to come back. 1 day you need for rest, acclimatization and permits.You will be left with 3 days, if I consider 8 days. You can make a 2 day trip to Nubra Valley covering Hunder, Sumur, Diskit, Panamik and 1 day trip to Pangong Tso lake.

      • Kishore says:

        Thanks Dheeraj,
        BTW what would you comment on the status of roads to that place during May 28-June 5?

        • Kishore, by late may, I believe that Manali – Leh Highway should be open going over the past years. All depends upon weather in coming few weeks.

  39. Pankaj Sharma says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I have been a regular visitor to your website and it a pleasure to read all queries and suggestion posted here. I follow all your updates on facebook as well where you post amazing pics from travellers, but seems like there has not been more updated recently.

    Anyways, I have been to Leh region in 2011 and it was the most memorable time I had there. Though previous trip was coved with Flight (Delhi-Leh) and Bike(All Leh Region) rides, this time I am planning to visit by Road from Manali. Few Questions I have regarding this:

    1. I work with an IT company and I won’t be able to take leaves from 26 May to 20 July due to some important commitment in office, So I am planning the trip (Via Road on Bullet from Manali) around 12th may for 10-12 days. I do not want to shift the plan after 20th July as I want to avoid that monsoon season because weather is very much unpredictable. Will that be good to visit during that time?
    2. If that duration is too early to visit, What according to you will be perfect to visit: Chandrataal, TSO Moriri or any other place where I will get the same peace and Nature as Pangong TSO (I am also fine with Uttaranchal). Kindly suggest few options as I have 10 days of time to visit.

    Looking forward for your reply.

    Thanks,
    Pankaj Sharma

    • Hello Pankaj,

      Thank you so much. Glad you love the info. provided on DoW.

      No Pankaj, seeing the current situation of weather and progress on snow clearance, I do not think that Manali – Leh Highway would be stable by that time of the year. I will suggest to make it in September in that case when roads are best to ride and tourist rush is less.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  40. aman singh says:

    hi dheeraj
    There are three query..
    i am travelling to leh via manali from 23 rd june 2014 onwards (thanx for the guidance i have made the whole trip acc to the views and suggestions)my doubts are as follows.
    1) i know my veh (i-20 sports diesel well)just the concern is will it cross the whole stretch on manali leh as per ur experience on seeing veh moving?
    2) what is the best time of the day to cross rani nala ?
    3) i am starting on Tuesday from manali towards sarchu (i knw rohtang is closed on tuesday)is it possible to cross it on tuesday (ny means) and will i be able to get the permit on monday for the next day as the officials know that tuesday will be closed so will they even issue the pass.
    regards
    aman singh

    • Hello Aman,

      1) For hatchback/sedan taking on Manali – Leh Highway and Ladakh, please refer the link: FAQ | Can I do Leh – Ladakh trip in Hatchback or Sedan? for more details.

      2) It does not really matter and Rani Nalla was not much of a concern last year and had been stabilized. But, it is always best to start early in the day for Rohtang Pass. I will suggest 3.30 – 4 AM types to avoid the mad tourist rush.

      3) This is a bit tricky though people get through on Tuesday as well. Just that you may need to cross very early in the day, like said above 3.30 types. Try to get the permit for Monday only if they resist for Tuesday. Tell them that you will leave on Monday night only in that case.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

      • archit says:

        manali rohtang road is closed on tuesday????..Though we are travelling by HP Registered Taxi???

        • Archit, yeah, Manali – Rohtang Pass remains closed on Tuesday for maintenance. you can leave very early in the morning, say 3.30 AM types before the Checkpost appears to avoid rush and the limitation. Mostly people kind of pass through at such time even on Tuesday.

  41. Shivinder Singh Saini says:

    First of all Thanks for this Site.
    my que is Regarding ILP – Mentioning Nubra Valeey will cover almost everything except Turtuk.
    But what are the places to Mention for Pangong Tso Lake.

  42. Sudhee says:

    Hello Dhiraj,
    I was planning for 1 10 days trip to Leh in May 3rd and 4th week with two of my German colleagues. My point of interest is Manali-Leh by road (preferring 4 wheeler- Do you have any contact for a good guide/a travel agency?), Khardung La, Pangong lake, Tsomoriri lake.
    Can you plase help me for a planning.
    What would be the temperature in Manali and Leh in May?
    Also what permission need for a foreigner to enter these areas?
    They are in India as tourists.

    Is Dalhousie is a good place for travelling?

    Thanks a lot in advance.
    Sudhhee

    • Hi Sudhee,

      Well, in May, I feel there is least chance of opening of Manali – Leh Highway and getting stabilized. I think last week of May still feel a 50:50 chance for its opening. Then, 10 days a bit tad less for a trip to Ladakh by road and for foreigners, you need to get Protected Area Permit from DC Office Leh and for yourself you need to get Inner Line Permit.

      Why is Dalhousie?

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  43. archit says:

    Hi, we have planned a trip from Manali-Leh-srinagar in June.We are 10-11 people. so can anyone have contact no. of tempo traveler. i had enquird to some drivers taking their numbers from DoW community and they responded very well but still as that drivers dont have 13 seaters they said we will arrange 13 seater for you. if i got their numbers than i can settle rents directly with them.
    also check this itinerary
    31 may-day 1- mumbai- chandigarh
    1 june-day 2- chandigarh- manali
    day 3- manali
    day 4- manali-Gispa
    day 5- Gispa-Leh
    day 6- rest and permit at leh
    day 7- leh-hunder
    day 8- hunder-leh
    day 9- leh-Pangong Tso
    day 10- Pangong Tso-leh
    day 11- leh-Kargil
    day 12- Kargil-srinagar
    day 13 srinagar
    day 14 srinagar-jammu
    day 15 jammu-mumbai

    • Vikas says:

      Hi Dheeraj you are doing great job. keep it up man
      I am planning for Ladhak in Aug 2014 with my 4 friends. i am planning to hire self driven car (innova) in Delhi for 14 days & my trip will be Delhi- Manali- Leh – Manali – Delhi. I have driving experience of 4 years and i am passionate about driving. none of my friend drives. so can single driver can complete ladhak trip for 14 days or it will be too hectic and whether outside vehicles are allowed in ladhak

      • Vikas, single driver depending upon how much he can drive in a day, should be able to do it. I drive alone only :) … Expect about 7-8 Hrs of driving everyday on a Ladakh trip on an average over 14 days. Regarding outside vehicle, as long as it is white number plate, there should not be any issue. However even black number plate also does not face issues apart from few in between. Yellow number plate that is taxi outside Ladakh is not at all allowed for sightseeing in Ladakh.

  44. Ajay Kumar says:

    Can you tell me how to send bike from delhi to manali and vice-versa;
    if u have any contant than please share the details; i m going to leh on 3 May is this time is good for visting leh and the roads will open during that period….please let me know

    • By 3rd May, Manali – Leh might not be open. From Delhi to Manali, you can ride there brother, anyways it will take a day, so you are not saving anything and plus before entering the isolated zone of Manali – Leh Highway, you will also come to know if there are any glitches in your bike.

  45. Omkar says:

    Dheeraj,would mid oct 2014 be good season for bike ride from manali to leh-ladakh n all other itnry? m planning d same for 15 days ex manali… n i want to leave bike in leh which m gona pick up at manali! is it possible?

  46. Santosh Nayak says:

    Hello Dheeraj, Planning a trip to Leh-Ladakh region via Manali-Rohtang in the 1st week of July ( starting 3rd-10th July 2014)… how do we plan our itinerary for 8 days…a rough plan is 1. Keyong 2. Moriri 3. Leh 4. Palace 5. Pangong 6. ?? 7 ?? 8 ?? we need to find out some more places of interest to visit need your help.. thanks and rgds Santosh

    • Santosh, are you planning to travel by your own vehicle? If not, then please DO postpone the program by couple of weeks because there is Kalachakra Festival in Ladakh in first two weeks of July and finding a vehicle will be very hard or almost not possible. 8 days feel a bit tight too for a road trip. Are you flying back out of leh?

  47. ketan shah says:

    Dear Dheeraj,
    Your details for Srinagar-leh & manali-leh is perfect.
    We family of 4 intend to visit in 1st week of June & will not be having my own vehicle. Also intend to use local bus to/from leh being on budget.Will be grateful for following info. —
    Suggested iteniary for 12 days ex-srinagar. DO you recommend return from LEh via MAnali to enjoy that scenary of that area also?

    • Ketan, you that early in the season you will not have buses plying on manali – Leh Highway. So, you need either your own vehicle OR shared taxis or private taxis to travel. For Srinagar – Leh Highway, I am sure there will be buses running for sure. You can follow below itinerary:

      Day 1 | Srinagar – Sonamarg – Zozi La – Drass – Kargil
      – Enjoy the vistas enroute
      – Have late drunch meal at Drass is you are a vegetarian as sometimes it gets difficult to find veg. food at Kargil
      – Overnight at Kargil

      Day 2 | Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh
      – Cover Mulbekh Maitrey, Lamayuru Moanstery, Lunar Landscapes
      – On the way you can also see Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 3 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Inner Line Permits
      – To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
      – For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 4 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      – Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
      – On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      – Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

      Day 5 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      – Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 6 | Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake
      – Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on the go towards Pangong Tso
      – Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik or Lukung)

      Day 7 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
      – Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 8 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
      – Cover Karzok Monastery
      – Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri

      Day 9 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Moore Plains – Sarchu
      – Try to start early in the day so that you reach Sarchu where the accommodation options are better than Pang
      – Overnight at Sarchu or Pang

      Day 10 | Sarchu – Baralacha La – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
      – On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
      – Overnight at Manali

      Day 11 | Manali – Delhi
      – Return home

      Day 12 | Buffer Day

      You need to get shared taxi for Tso Moriri tour to Manali from Leh. Else You might need to drop Tso Moriri or go back to Leh using your buffer day and then travel to Manali – Leh Highway.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  48. We made a video from our cyclingtrip Srinagar-Leh-Manali.
    Maybe you’re interested:
    https://vimeo.com/76082141

  49. Priya says:

    Is Oct a good time to visit Ladakh or J&K or Himachal Pradesh? I would love to go to Ladakh as this has been eluding us for the last two years…. Please please suggest a one of the three places for 13 to 14 days in the first half of Oct from Delhi. I hope it is Ladakh

  50. amzie says:

    Hi, I am planning to travel leh from the manali side in mid september. I wanted to ask you if a ritz car will be able to reach there hassle free??

  51. Amit Sharma says:

    Dear Dheeraj,

    I read your comments about Leh journey. I am also making a plan to visit this beautiful creation of nature along with my friends. Please help me to get the itinerary for 8 days from Chamba (H.P) via Pangi (Killar Valley-Sach Pass) as I have not seen any of your blog with this route. Can we take tents with us and if yes, can we require any permission to spend a night in our tents anywhere while on journey. Thanks in advance for your kind help.

    • Amit, 8 days will be less. Is your starting point Chamba only? For information on pitching your own camps in Leh – Ladakh, please refer our FAQ in the community: FAQ | Can I pitch my own tents or camps anywhere in Ladakh?

      • Amit Sharma says:

        Hi Dheeraj,
        Thanks for your reply.
        Yes, My Starting point will be Chamba only and the days we will increase from 8 to 10.

        • Amit, in that case you can follow something like below:

          Day 1 | Chamba – Sach Pass – Killar
          Day 2 | Killar – Udaipur – Keylong/Jispa
          Day 3 | Keylong/Jispa – Sarchu – Leh
          Day 4 | Leh Rest Day + Permits
          Day 5 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
          Day 6 | Hunder – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
          Day 7 | Leh – Pangong Tso/Leh
          Day 8 | Pangong Tso / Leh – Sarchu
          Day 9 | Sarchu – Manali
          Day 10 | Manali – Delhi/Chamba

          I hope this helps.

          Regards
          Dheeraj

        • Amit says:

          Thanks Dheeraj. It will really helpful for us.

        • Pleasure Amit, best wishes for the trip :)

  52. sapan says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    we are going from Manali to Leh by taxi on 9th Aug. Since its raining a lot, I would like to know whether how safe are the roads and weather.

    • Sapan, you might need to face rain hassles upto Sarchu but then ahead it is generally OK and very light rain because the area is under rain shadow. But, if there are predictions of rain then you might need to face the challenge upto Sarchu or Baralacha La pass.

    • Chandan says:

      We(4 of us) did Manali to Leh on 22nd of July with overnight stay in Sarchu. It wasn’t really raining anywhere then. There was very little snow fall at Rohtang.
      Dheeraj we had defy all your suggestions due to hiccup with our transport! We were supposed to take Srinagar route, but ended up traveling via Manali due to strike in Srinagar, plus had to halt in Sarchu instead of Keylong because of car breakdown before Manali. Overall had a good trip. Thanks to pointers that you have given here.

  53. Hashim says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We have used your sample plan and tweaked it to suit our requirement. We are going to Leh in Aug first week on bike from Delhi. Below is our sample itinerary. Please let us know in case of any fallacy in the plan. Thanks in advance.

    Date Starting Point Halt Distance Expected Journeey Time
    8/3/2013 Delhi Chandigarh 257 8
    8/4/2013 Chandigarh Manali 290 10
    8/5/2013 Manali Keylong/Chander Taal 160 8
    8/6/2013 Keylong Sarchu 106 4
    8/7/2013 Sarchu Leh 251 9
    8/8/2013 Leh
    8/9/2013 Leh Diskit 118 5
    8/10/2013 Leh Pangong Tso 214 7
    8/11/2013 Leh Kargil 215 7
    8/12/2013 Kargil Srinagar 204
    8/13/2013 Srinagar
    8/14/2013 Srinagar Jammu 294 10
    8/15/2013 Jammu Chandigarh 345 10
    8/16/2013 Chandigarh Delhi 258 7

    • hi Hashim,

      Please do it like below:

      8/3/2013 Delhi Chandigarh
      8/4/2013 Chandigarh Manali
      8/5/2013 Manali Keylong/Jispa
      8/6/2013 Keylong/Jispa Leh
      8/7/2013 Leh Local + Permits
      8/8/2013 Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      8/9/2013 Diskit/Hunder – Leh
      8/10/2013 Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh
      8/11/2013 Leh – Kargil
      8/12/2013 Kargil – Srinagar
      8/13/2013 Srinagar
      8/14/2013 Srinagar Jammu
      8/15/2013 Jammu Chandigarh
      8/16/2013 Chandigarh Delhi

      One suggestion will be to skip a day in Srinagar and use it for 2 day trip to Pangong Tso to enjoy more in Ladakh.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Hashim says:

        Thanks Dheeraj!
        Now following you in Twitter and FB :-)

        • Thanks alot Hashim for the follows, feel free to throw any queries you have. Also, if you are an avid traveller then request you to JOIN DoW – Himalayan Travel Community and share your Himalayan knowledge and experiences with other like minded travellers too and help us materialize the vision to help a Himalayan life & help travelers travel with a difference in various parts of Himalayas

  54. Suneet says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Thanks for your help and providing the info.

    We are leaving on 29th from Amritsar to Leh Via Srinagar & Return from Manali. Just wanted to confirm that is it OK if we drive through my Ikon Diesel on this route? Or do we necessarily need some 4*4 with more ground clearance?

    Keep helping!!!

    Thanks,
    Suneet

  55. YOGENDRA SAIDAWAT says:

    are you going on a tour.if you are going than can we join your group..and what are the charges/cost or price for that and around how many days it will take to come back.and can we come through our bikes

  56. Dushyant says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    first of all i would like to praise you real high for the excellent knowledge you have given through this forum. I am planning a road trip to leh ladakh. As u recomended earlier i will take the srinagar route and return via manali. Ill be driving a tata safari 4*2.
    It would be very kind of u if u would suggest me with th schedule.I would like to bend the trip more over the nature side.

    • Thanks Dushyant.

      You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh followed by many travelers including me at the link here for 14-15 days: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh.

      For accommodation, check the nice, preferred list of accommodation options in entire Leh – Ladakh (Leh, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri) including moderate and cheap budget hotels as well in the series of articles starting on the link here

      For the list of good restaurants in Leh – Ladakh or eateries or food joints where food is enjoyed by many travellers including me, you can check the link here: List of Good Restaurants in Leh – Ladakh | Restaurant Reviews

      Check the list of things to carry for Leh – Ladakh or other trip including basic medical kit, clothing, must haves etc. at the link here: List of Things to Carry for Leh – Ladakh trip.

      For details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here

    • yogendra saidawat says:

      are you going on a tour.if you are going than can we join your group..and what are the charges/cost or price for that and around how many days it will take to come back.and can we come through our bikes

  57. Suvankar says:

    Dear Dheeraj,
    Thanks again! here is the route that we are planning for the trip..as bike rent from Delhi will increase the tour span as well as cost we are now going through Manali_leh route..Please comment on preliminary route plan given below.
    Day 1 – Delhi
    Day 2 – Chandigarh-Manali
    Day 3 – Manali >> Rent bikes
    Day 4 – Manali–Palchhan-Koth–Marhi–Rohtang–Gramphoo–Koksar–Sissu–Gondla–Tandi–Keylong
    Day 5 – Keylong-Gemur–Jispa–Darcha–Zingzing bar–Baralacha–Sarchu
    Day 6 – Sarchu–Gata loops–Naki la–Lachulung la–Pang–Morey plains–Rumptse–Upshi–Karu– Stakna –Thiksey–Shey–Leh
    Day 7 – Leh–Khardungla–Leh
    Day 8 – Leh–Spituk–Lamaguru–Nimmu –Likir–Saspol–Alchi–Uletokpo–Ritzong-Nurla–Khaltse–Lamayuru– Leh
    Day 9 – Leh–Shey–Thiksey–Karu– Shakti – Changlang La – Tangtse – Lukung – Spangmik – Pangong Tso
    Day 10 – Pangong Tso – Spangmik – Lukung – Tangtse – Changlang La – Shakti–Karu–Upshi–Rumptse–Tanglang La –Morey Plains–Pang
    Day 11 – Pang–Lachulungla–Nakila–Gata Loops–Sarchu–Baralacha La–Zing Zing Bar–Darcha–Jispa–Gemur–Keylong –Tandi–Gondla–Sissu – Kokhsar–Gramphoo–Rohtang–Marhi–Kothi–Palchhan
    Day 12 – Manali–Delhi

    • Suvankar, on Day 5, do not stay at Sarchu and then go directly to Leh from Keylong or Jispa. Sarchu will make you feel sick with AMS, a bit. This will give you extra day. Add that day for getting permits and rest in Leh. Then Club Day 7 and 8 for 2 day trip to Nubra Valley and skip Lamayuru. You can also make a day trip to Pangong Tso and include Tso Moriri on the route back to Manali on Day 9.

      • Suvankar says:

        Hi Dheeraj, thanx for your valuable comment..its look like this now :
        Day 1 – Delhi
        Day 2 – Chandigarh-Manali
        Day 3 – Manali >> Rent bikes
        Day 4 – Manali–Palchhan-Koth–Marhi–Rohtang–Gramphoo–Koksar–Sissu–Gondla–Tandi–Keylong

        Day 5: Keylong-Gemur–Jispa-Leh

        Day 6 – Sarchu–Gata loops–Naki la–Lachulung la–Pang–Morey plains–Rumptse–Upshi–Karu– Stakna –Thiksey–Shey–Leh

        Day 7 & 8 : Leh-Nubra valley-Leh

        Day 9 – Leh–Shey–Thiksey–Karu–Shakti–Changlang La– Tangtse–Lukung–Spangmik–Pangong Tso
        Day 10 – Pangong Tso– Spangmik–Lukung–Tangtse–Changlang La–Shakti–Karu–Upshi–Rumptse–Tanglang La–Morey Plains–Pang
        Day 11 – Pang–Lachulungla–Nakila–Gata Loops–Sarchu–Baralacha La–Zing Zing Bar–Darcha–Jispa–Gemur–Keylong –Tandi–Gondla–Sissu – Kokhsar–Gramphoo–Rohtang–Marhi–Kothi–Palchhan
        Day 12 – Manali–Delhi
        Is it ok?Is there any short route to go to leh form kaylong on day 5 in bike?and how to accumulate TSo moriri in 9th day’s plan?plese help!

        • Suvankar says:

          Hi Dheeraj, thanx for your valuable comment..its look like this now :
          Day 1 – Delhi
          Day 2 – Chandigarh-Manali
          Day 3 – Manali >> Rent bikes
          Day 4 – Manali–Palchhan-Koth–Marhi–Rohtang–Gramphoo–Koksar–Sissu–Gondla–Tandi–Keylong
          Day 5: Keylong-Gemur–Jispa-Leh
          Day 6 – Leh
          Day 7 & 8 : Leh-Nubra valley-Leh
          Day 9 – Leh–Shey–Thiksey–Karu–Shakti–Changlang La– Tangtse–Lukung–Spangmik–Pangong Tso
          Day 10 – Pangong Tso– Spangmik–Lukung–Tangtse–Changlang La–Shakti–Karu–Upshi–Rumptse–Tanglang La–Morey Plains–Pang
          Day 11 – Pang–Lachulungla–Nakila–Gata Loops–Sarchu–Baralacha La–Zing Zing Bar–Darcha–Jispa–Gemur–Keylong –Tandi–Gondla–Sissu – Kokhsar–Gramphoo–Rohtang–Marhi–Kothi–Palchhan
          Day 12 – Manali–Delhi
          Is it ok?Is there any short route to go to leh form kaylong on day 5 in bike?and how to accumulate TSo moriri in 9th day’s plan?plese help!

        • Guess, I replied it here

        • Suvankar, first Day 6 you might have missed. It will be Leh Rest + Permits. Now, there are two back to back long days which are Day 10 and Day 11 in particular. Start early from Pang to be there right in time at Manali. Tso Moriri is impossible in this plan, you need an extra day for it.

        • Suvankar says:

          Hi Deheeraj,
          Thanx again buddy! yes..i hav miised to rectift day 6 on the 1st post! :) We will decide to add one more day to visit Tso Moriri as no one of the team is ready to come back with out missed it!!please suggest:
          1.how to arrange that day to visit Tso Moriri in current plan..
          2.route to leh from Keylong on day 5
          Thanks in advance…take care

        • Suvankar, if you want to include Tso Moriri then do it like below;

          Day 9 – Leh – Pangong Tso – Hemis – Leh/Upshi
          Day 10 – Leh – Shey – Thicksey – Upshi – chumathang – Mahe – Tso Moriri
          Day 11 – Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Pang – Sarchu
          Day 12 – Sarchu – Baralacha La – Jispa – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
          Day 13 – Manali – Delhi

          Route from Keylong to Leh is like: Keylong – Jispa – Darcha – Baralacha La – Sarchu – Pang – Rumtse – Leh

    • Shiva says:

      Suvankar: Your Schedule looks to be too tight.

      1. Manali to Keylong It is very hard to cover in a Day. THe Climb in Rothang itself is Tiring and Taxing. Plus Plan to Leave Manali at 5 AM.

      2. You would Require 2-3 Hrs in Leh in Getting Permit
      3. If you Leave Pongantso around 10 AM, you can Reach Sarchu. Avoid Staying in Pang.
      4. You do not have any Buffer day between, you might need to consider having atlease One.
      5. Things to Carry for Personal and Bike is Good idea. Create a list. If you are planning by Bullet, carry Essential Spares.

      August is Monsoon Season, Proper Ride Gears are important.
      All the Best.

      Shiva, Bangalore

      • Hello Shiva,

        Great tips, thanks for sharing it here bro… Just that things have changed at Rohtang Pass and long jams happens only in June and at max, mid July when there is tourist rush. Now, just few patches that are bad. Rest Rohtang is empty. So, Manali – Rohtang Pass – Keylong is about 6 Hrs drive with ease now a days.

        Regards
        Dheeraj

  58. Sudhee says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    Last year we made a bike trip to Manali-Leh and around Leh.
    It was a good advice from you that time.
    This is a short video of that trip. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AYX5go4lkg

    Thank you!

  59. Suneet says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Doing good job, keep up the good work!!! Your articles helped to finalise the whole trip, now just need your help on 2 more things:

    1.) Can this route be done in single day? (Leh – Khardung La – Hunder – Leh & if possible Panamik too)

    2.) We would be visiting following places in Ladakh, which all permits do we need? (Khardung La – Hunder – Panamik – Hemis – Pangong Tso-Masmik La – Moore Plains)

    Please Reply ASAP.

    Thanks :)

    • Hi suneet,

      1. You can do upto hunder and come back by evening. But, leave as early as possible from Leh. Leave Panamik not worth that much pain.
      2. Just write Nubra Valley, Marsimik La, Pangong Tso

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  60. Rohit Singh says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I so wish I had known about this wonderful forum and the initiative taken by you, that would have helped me plan a lot better. I would have planned Srinagar  Leh  Chandigarh, just like you prefer and not Chandigarh  Leh  Srinagar like I did. Anyways, I am listing my plan below. I would really appreciate if you or other members can give some inputs.
    We are a group of 6 leaving Mumbai for Chandigarh on the 19th of this month and we have a return flight from Srinagar at 2 pm on the 29th. None of us has ever been even close to that region. We know nothing about the places we are heading to. Thanks to you and DOW community I have been able to devise at least a tentative plan.
    Day 1 – June 19th – Chandigarh  Manali: We reach Chandigarh airport at 9:45. Plan to leave Chandigarh after meal at around 11:00. I believe we will reach by 9:00pm. Am I right?
    Day2 – June 20th – Manali: To avoid continuous travel we plan to spend the day in Manali.
    Day3 – June 21st – Manali  Sarchu: I understand you prefer staying at Keylong for acclimatization but I want to take the risk and stretch it till Sarchu. So that next day travel is as long as today’s and it doesn’t get too hectic.
    Day4 – June 22nd – Sarchu  Leh: We shall reach Leh by 5:00 if we leave at around 6:00. Am I right? I wish to reach early so that we can get to see a bit of Leh this day itself.
    Day5 – June 23rd – Leh + Inner line permits: To avoid continuous travel and for acclimatization I wish this day for Inner line permits and Leh.
    Day6 – June 24th – Leh  Pangong lake  Leh: Is it OK to make Pangong lake a single day affair? Or should I plan to stay here. But due to limited days I believe I can plan for a stay either at Pangong or Nubra and not both. And the other I have to visit in a day and come back. For now I have chosen Nubra valley for stay and not Pangong lake. Please let me know if my decision is correct.
    Day7 – June 25th – Leh  Nubra Valley via khardung la: As discussed, stay at Nubra valley.
    Day8 – June 26th – Nubra Valley  Leh: We shall reach by afternoon. Rest of the day I believe we don’t have any option but to stay and explore Leh.
    Day9 – June 27th – Leh  Kargil  Sonmarg: Do you think it’s wiser to stretch till Sonmarg and not stay in Kargil? Is it possible to reach Sonmarg from Leh by around 4 or 5 pm. I have heard it has more to offer than Kargil and hence this decision. Please correct me if I am wrong.
    Day10 – June 28th – Sonmarg  Srinagar: This is a short distance which would mean we get an entire day here in Srinagar.
    Day11 – June 29th – Srinagar  Mumbai: We get half a day for Srinagar and then at 2:00pm we are off to Mumbai.
    Other Queries:
    1. I will in all need three vehicles (Innova or Scorpio) as the trip progresses. One from Chandigarh to Leh for 4 days, next for 4 days in Leh and last for 3 days from Leh to Srinagar. The cost I have found so for for these three 25k+25k+15k respectively. Is it reasonable or can I get better rates.
    2. I have not opted Tso Moriri as I have only 4 days for Leh out of which one day has to be for Leh + inner line permits. For other three days I wish to stay at one so I opted for Nubra Valley and among Pangong Lake and Tso Moriri I chose Pangong Lake as I have heard a lot about it. Do you think it’s a right decision or shall I tweak something somewhere. Should I not stay at Nubra Valley and make all three destination a day long affair?
    3. I only wish to book the first vehicle (Chandigarh to Leh for 4 days) in advance. Rest I believe can be taken care off there and then. Am I correct in my assumption?

    My friends are hopeless when it comes to planning and hence I am the only one who has to plan something substantial or else trip can go for a toss. This is my last trip before I get married and spoil my life  that pushes me all the more to make it a success. I have only 5 days and I have started panicking now. Please take some time off and reply to my queries. I would appreciate if you could drop a mail about ways of other means to contact you if in desperate need.

    Thanks & Regards,

    Rohit Singh
    9821828881

    • Hi rohit,

      It shall be OK to go with above plan but DO Nubra Valley first, then Pangong Tso day trip. And, halt at Kargil and then do Kargil – Srinagar next day.

      1. Technically you need just 2 but better go with three vehicles as: Chandigarh to manali, Manali to Leh and then Leh – Ladakh and drop to Srinagar. For the leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2013-14 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here. You can get about 10-12% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more.

      2. It is better to keep Tso Moriri out as you have just 4 days in Ladakh.

      3. No need for that too. Take them on the way after reaching the place, you will get good discounts. Talk to drivers for Ladakh in the list above, they might even come to pick you from Manali with good offer prices.

      Believe me, marriage does not spoil it, see me. I started travel and this whole DoW initiative only after marriage ;)

      Regards
      Dheeraj

      • Rohit Singh says:

        Hi Dheeraj,
        Thank you for your prompt response and inputs.
        I will surely make the subtle changes as suggested by you.
        Will also try half a day more in Kashmir by making some adjustments here and there.
        I have been talking to the contacts provided by you. Hopefully something will work out.
        Glad to know someone who is advocating marriage.
        Knowing you happy state post marriage is surely killing at least a bit of marriage phobia in me.
        Will bother you again if needed. I am sure you will be as prompt and responsive as you were yesterday and you are usually.

        Thanks & Regards,
        Rohit Singh
        9821828881

    • prema says:

      hi
      i am single person traveling to leh. i would like to do car pool. is there an online community for this. i have the vehicle, but would be good to share cost. advise.

  61. Vijay says:

    Dear Dheeraj Bhai
    First of all many thanks for the great work of information & guidance.
    We 10-12 ppl r planning to visit Ladhak region last week of June and first week of July. Tentative plan given below, pl advice us about the plane and guide us for the nice and enjoyable visit to Leh
    Day-1: Ambala – Manali
    Day-2: Manali – Jispa/Darcha
    Day-3: Jispa/Darcha – Leh
    Day-4: Leh : Acclimatization and Leh SS
    Day-5: Leh-Nubra & stay @ Nubra
    Day-6: Nubra-Leh & Leh SS
    Day-7: Leh – Pangong
    Day-8: Pangong – Tso Moriri – Leh
    Day-9: Leh – Kargil
    Day-10: Kargil – Srinagar

    1> Is it possible to use the same vehical hired from the Manali, for the local ss in Leh
    2> Can we get the ILP for Tso Moriri and Pangong, in advance so we can able to visit their
    3> If it is possible to provide the personal contact number for any kind of help, info, etc.

    Desperately waiting for u r comments & suggestions.

    With thanks & regards

    • Vijay, as I said do it like:

      Day-7 Leh – Pangong Tso
      Day-8 Pangong Tso – Leh
      Day-9 Leh – Kargil
      Day-10 Kargil – Srinagar

      OR

      Day-7 Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh
      Day-8 Leh – Tso Moriri -
      Day-9 Tso Moriri – Sarchu
      Day-10 Sarchu – Manali

      Regarding other queries:

      1. No, you need to hire different vehicle in Ladakh.

      2. You should not do Tso Moriri while going from Manali to Leh because one need permits to visit Tso Moriri and these permits are issued at DC office in Leh. Even if you arrange these permits in advance somehow from Travel Agent in Leh then taxi from Manali will not be allowed to visit Tso Moriri. Even if you manage Leh taxi or going on your own, then you will not be acclimatized to sleep at such high altitude so early in the trip and may cause some ugly AMS issues for you. Highly not recommended.

      3. I will mail you.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  62. PIYUSH says:

    WE ARE PLANNING FOR BIKE TOUR FROM MANALI TO LEH FOR 10 DAYS. HOW SHOULD WE PLAN OUR JOURNEY?

  63. Hrishikesh Chakraborty says:

    Hi Dheeraj, We read thro ur website and it was very wonderful!!. We are 2 of us planning around a 13 day trip to ladakh in the mid of September. I will reach Leh via Delhi in flight, and want to back via Manali – Leh Highway after 12/ 13 days of Ladakh Trip (Pangong Lake, Nubra Valley, Alchi, etc.). I need to know –
    1. May I find Snow in Kardungla pass on that time.
    2. How will be the weather that time for Pangong Lake, Nubra Valley.
    3. Is it be possible to avail Leh-Manali highway to back from Leh to Manali at the end of September.

    I need your guidence for my Delhi – Leh – Manali – Delhi Trip on Mid of September 2013. If possible please share your contact details for more information.

    Thanks,
    Hrishikesh Chakraborty.

    • Hi Hrishikesh,

      1. Very less chances unless there is fresh snowfall.
      2. Weather will be a bit cold at that time at Pangong Tso and High passes but pleasant in Nubra Valley.
      3. Yes, very much possible.

      As I am replying to this thread you will get an email, check spam if not, and we can discuss it there. Quickest replies you can get either on the Blog OR I am sure you will like to be at below link for your itinerary advice in more structured way :) DoW – Himalayan Travel Community | Ladakh Itinerary Advice

      Regards
      Dheeraj

      • Hrishikesh Chakraborty says:

        Hi Dheeraj,

        Thanks for the information. I have communicated with some travel agents (As we are 2 and want to avail the trip on cost sharing basis) – as per them the Trip need to start from Manali to Leh. As end of September, the Highway may be close and also I will not get any tourist for sharing.
        Could you guide me in the same. Also I have not received any email from you. So it will be greatful if you share your contact information with me.

        Thanks
        Hrishikesh Chakraborty.

        • Hrishikesh, you can email me using the Email Me button in the side bar or you can PM me in Forums section of DoW – Himalayan Travel Community. Regarding highway being closed, it is not that ways. IT might close for a day or two in case there is snowfall but not always. Highway permanently close after October only.

          DoW has started an initiative under DoW – Himalayan Travel Community for finding Travel Partners or Companions, leave your message in Travel Partners section at the link: Ladakh & Zanskar – Travel Partners Section. May be you meet someone online going over the same dates.

  64. guru says:

    Dear Dheeraj,

    First of all, hats off for all the detailed information with respect to all aspects of travel and answering to varied queries by sharing thoughtful insights.

    We are planning a 13 day bike trip from Manali. It would be great if you could suggest a itinerary for the Manali-Srinagar-Leh route since the acclimatization will be better and we can enjoy the drive . Thanks much!

  65. Anubhav Raikar says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Thanks for your reply earlier. I have dropped the plan of 1-way travel. Better do a return and come back to Manali.

    I would like to know if we can be able to do a very quick tour. My route would be Manali – Leh. Monday – Saturday (Return journey in 1 week). Would we be able to cover Nubra and Pangong Tso in this 1 week trip? Incase if we have to skip 1 place, shall we skip Nubra or Pangong Tso?

    Also, we would be on Bikes. Could you please give info on Permits stuff? Is it to be taken from Manali or Leh?

    If I were to list my plan..

    Start from Manali on Monday
    Reach Leh on Wednesday
    Thursday for Nubra and/or Pangong Tso
    Reach Manali back on Saturday

    My plan sounds funny to me, specially after reading these wonderful write ups over here. Let me know your thoughts. Would it be doable?

    • Anubhav, I am a bit confused!! You you saying you have dropped plan of 1-way travel and then you are planning to return? Earlier were you planning to fly out? If yes, why are you not doing it now? You have less number of day as well. Also, thi Start from Manali and end at Manali is what 7 days you are looking?

      • Anubhav Raikar says:

        yes Dheeraj, start from Manali and come back to Manali in 7 days.. my earlier plan was to take the bike from Manali and drop it at Srinagar.. canceled that now. Now its Manali – Leh – Manali in 7 days. it would be possible?

        • Anubhav, you can try to follow below itinerary:

          Day 1 | Delhi – Manali/Solang Valley
          – Better stay at Solang Valley and avoid Manali as sleeping at Solang Valley does help in acclimatization
          – If going by own car, get the permit made in advance to drive on Manali – Rohtang Pass road through hotel/travel agent in Manali
          – Overnight at Manali/Solang Valley

          Day 2 | Manali/Solang Valley – Keylong/Jispa
          – It is always better to stay either at Keylong/Jispa so that you do not feel sick or hit by AMS.
          – Avoid sleeping at Sarchu at any cost while going to Leh from Manali because your body will not be acclimatized by the time you reach there.
          – I prefer staying at Jispa more because Keylong gives the feeling of a town while Jispa is more closer to nature having Bhaga river running just aside the Manali – Leh Highway at Jispa.
          – Overnight at Keylong/Jispa

          Day 3 | Keylong/Jispa – Leh
          – Leave Keylong/Jispa early next morning, say by 4/5 AM types, so that you reach Leh in the evening.
          – Overnight at Leh

          Day 4 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Inner Line Permits
          – To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
          – For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here
          – Overnight at Leh

          Day 5 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
          – Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
          – On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
          – Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

          Day 6 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
          – Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
          – Overnight at Leh

          Day 7 | Leh – Pangong Tso Lake – Leh
          – Day trip to Pangong Tso
          – Overnight at Leh

          Day 8 | Leh – Taglang La – Moore Plains – Pang – Sarchu
          – Stay overnight at Sarchu

          Day 9 | Sarchu – Baralacha La – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
          – On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
          – Overnight at Manali

          Day 10 | Manali – Delhi
          – Return home

          You can club Day 5 and Day 6 and do day trip to Nubra Valley skipping Panamik and Sumur

  66. Aishwarya says:

    Dear Dheeraj,
    We read thro ur website and it was very wonderful!!. We are 2 of us planning around a 13 day trip to ladakh in the last week of june -1st week of july and have got this iternary from a tour operator. Pl advise us whether its wise to travel according to this as soon as posible
    Day 01: Arrival Delhi to Manali by bus

    Day 02: Arrival Manalisight seeing – Naggar Castle, Hadimba Temple & Vashisht Hot spring

    Day 03: Manali-Rohatang Pass-Sarchu: via Rohatang Pass, Koksar, Tandi, Keylong, Jispa, Suraj Tal and Baralacha La, stay at Sarchu

    Day 04: Sarchu-Tsokar: drive to Tsokar, , Overnight at Tsokar.

    Day 05: Tsokar-Tsomoriri: drive to Tsomoriri- crystal water lake & Karzok Village overnight stay at tsomoriri

    Day 06: Tsomoriri-Leh Via Mahe Bridge: Morning drive to Leh via Mahe Bridge and Chumathang, stay at Leh

    Day 07: Leh-Nubra: drive to Nubra Valley (Diskit) via “Khardung la 17380ft” stay at Diskit – visit Monastery

    Day 08: Nubra-Leh: Morning drive back to Leh visit Shanti Stupa, Tsemo Castle and Leh Palace

    Day 09: Leh-Pangong Tso-Leh: Full day excursion of the lake, drive back by evening.

    Day 10: Leh-Kargil: drive to Kargil, en route visit Nimmu, Pathar Saheb Gurudwara, Magnatic Hill, Alchi and Lamayuru, overnight stay at kargil.

    Day 11: Kargil-Drass-Sonmarag-Sringar: Morning drive to Srinagar, via Dras, & Sonmarag, overnight stay at Srinagar

    Day 12: Srinagar sightseeing

    • Hi Aishwarya,

      Firstly, I will suggest you that please plan it in other direction as going via Srinagar – Leh Highway will be much much easier on your body and help you acclimatize to the high altitude of Manali – Leh Highway. Also, it allows you to enjoy the beauty of Manali – Leh by splitting the journey almost evenly in two days which is very difficult in the other direction. Thirdly, it will allow you to fit Tso Moriri lake into the itinerary in better way. You can read more reasons on the link here

      You should not do Tso Moriri while going from Manali to Leh because one need permits to visit Tso Moriri and these permits are issued at DC office in Leh. Even if you arrange these permits in advance somehow from Travel Agent in Leh then taxi from Manali will not be allowed to visit Tso Moriri. Even if you manage Leh taxi or going on your own, then you will not be acclimatized to sleep at such high altitude so early in the trip and may cause some ugly AMS issues for you. Highly not recommended.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  67. Sandeep says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    First of all would like to appreciate your efforts for the information you are providing to all those who are asking your help/suggestion.
    I also want your help in the same regards, I am planning to visit Leh Ladakh in the month of Aug-13, we are planning to start our trip from Chandrigrah-Manali-Leh-Ladakh-Pangong-Khardungla Pass-Huder-Diskit.
    We are planing to start on 23 Aug 13 from Chandigrah and should reach back to same by 31 Aug 13, Can we will be able to visit all the places mentioned above within 7 days? What you suggest? Will this be the right time to visit? Weather will be OK? Or you think that we should visit early? Who can help us providing the taxi from Manali to see all these places, We are thinking of taking bus to and fro from Chandigrah to Manali, Please advice/suggest.
    Waiting for your reply,
    Sandeep

    • Sandeep, it will take 3 days to reach Leh and 3 day to come back from Manali. You are left with one day only in Ladakh. So, even if you some how arrange permits in advance through some agent, then you can at max visit Pangong Tso (still not recommeded as your body will not be acclimatized) or Khardung La day trip and return. August, rains will be lashing out upto Manali.

    • I meant 3 days from Chandigarh via Manali side :)

      • Sandeep says:

        Hi Dheeraj, Thanks for the reply. So, after going through your comments it feels that its better not to visit in Aug and we should have at least 15 days of time in our hand.
        Can you suggest us about which are the areas we must visit and what is the best time to visit? Minimum how many days we should have if we are starting from Chandigarh.
        Waiting for your reply,

  68. Charu says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Firstly, you have an amazing blog. All that one requires to know, systematic in one place. I need your help in preparing the best possible itenary..

    I understand that you’ve been stressing on a srinagar-leh-manali trip, but we want to finish off the traveling part first and then enjoy in kashmir for a couple of days.. So basically we wish to do a manali-leh-srinagar trip.. Can you please help me with an itenary for about 14 days (planning to make a trip on 2nd august ’13 to 15th august ’13). Thanks!

    • Charu, if you wanna do it from Manali side, then you can follow the below itinerary:

      Day 1 | Delhi – Manali/Solang Valley
      – Better stay at Solang Valley and avoid Manali as sleeping at Solang Valley does help in acclimatization
      – If going by own car, get the permit made in advance to drive on Manali – Rohtang Pass road through hotel/travel agent in Manali
      – Overnight at Manali/Solang Valley

      Day 2 | Manali/Solang Valley – Keylong/Jispa
      – It is always better to stay either at Keylong/Jispa so that you do not feel sick or hit by AMS.
      – Avoid sleeping at Sarchu at any cost while going to Leh from Manali because your body will not be acclimatized by the time you reach there.
      – I prefer staying at Jispa more because Keylong gives the feeling of a town while Jispa is more closer to nature having Bhaga river running just aside the Manali – Leh Highway at Jispa.
      – Overnight at Keylong/Jispa

      Day 3 | Keylong/Jispa – Leh
      – Leave Keylong/Jispa early next morning, say by 4/5 AM types, so that you reach Leh in the evening.
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 4 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Inner Line Permits
      – To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
      – For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 5 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      – Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
      – On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      – Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

      Day 6 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      – Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 6 | Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake
      – Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on the go towards Pangong Tso
      – Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik or Lukung)

      Day 7 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
      – Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 8 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
      – Cover Karzok Monastery
      – Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri
       
      Day 9 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Taglang La – Upshi – Leh
      – Come back via Tso Kar and Manali – Leh Highway to Leh
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 10 | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping OR Monastery tour OR you can do tour to Sham Valley
      – Monastery tour may include Hemis, Thicksey, Stakna and Shey monasteries. They come on the route of Pangong Tso but as you will be doing day trip, it will be a bit hectic to include them on that day only.
      – Sham Valley include Alchi, Likir, Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu, , Gurudwara Pather Sahib
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 11 | Leh – Lamayuru – Kargil
      – Cover Mulbekh Maitrey, Lamayuru Moanstery, Lunar Landscapes
      – On the way you can also see Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu
      – Overnight at Kargil

      Day 12 | Kargil – Drass – Zozi La – Sonamarg – Srinagar
      – Enjoy the vistas enroute
      – Have late drunch meal at Sonamarg
      – Overnight at Srinagar

      Day 13 | Srinagar – Jammu
      – Overnight at Jammu

      Day 14 | Jammu – Delhi
      – Back Home

      Day 15 + 16 | Buffer days to be kept incase of road closure due to landslides or snowfall or perhaps you want to enjoy more.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  69. Reena Katyal says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Can you please tell me the best monthh to Visit Leh (out of July and August)?

  70. Uchit says:

    Hi, we have planned a trip from Manali to Leh in June..Is it possible to cover the distance from Keylong to Leh in a single day on bike?Do suggest a place for renting bikes from Manali.

  71. Padma says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Glad to see new form of your blog.

    I wanted to know details about buses from Manali to Leh like timings and all. When should one start from Delhi to reach Manali and how to get buses from Manali to Leh. Is advance booking done for the buses on internet? What is the price of the ticket.

    Thanks again for your help!

    Padma

    • Hello Padma,

      Glad to see you back after long time :) … Check the HPTDC and HRTC website for the same. You can book them from there and their time table shall be there too. The buses run on Odd and Even dates and take overnight halt at Kargil Price is about 2000 per person which includes stay at HPTDC Keylong hotel. HRTC buses are standard and cheaper.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      PS: Sorry for the delayed response, I was traveling to Spiti Valley for past 10 days.

  72. Vikas Garg says:

    Hi
    We are planning to go for a trip to leh by road from delhi via srinagar & returning via manali.
    Please suggest me the itenarary and also the required documents & process for getting permit & other legal documents….

    • Vikas, not sure about how many days you have in hand but to get an idea you can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh followed by many travelers including me at the link here for 14-15 days: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh. It has a link to information on inner line permits to Ladakh as well :)

      • Lesley says:

        Hello, we will end our trek in Manali or Shimla around 20 October. Afterwards, we would like to travel to Srinagar and be back in Delhi around 27 October. What options do I have to get from Manali or Shimla to Srinagar? Ideally I would also like to visit Leh. I have a week between the end of my planned trek and having to be back in Delhi, so trip suggestions welcome! Thank you.

        • From Shimla or Manali, it will take two days for you to reach Srinagar at the very least if not 3. Then very little time is left to visit Leh in that case. As two days if we count for Srinagar then for another 2 days will be required to reach Leh with overnight halt at Kargil. So, over all it is like 8 days to reach Leh and get back to Delhi.

  73. jithin unnikrishnan says:

    Hello Sir,
    Its always been a dream to ride to ladakh since last 3-4 years. Its a unfulfilled dream yet. But this July, am going to make it true. I have planned a SOLO bike ride from Delhi to Delhi via Dehradun(1)-shimla(2)-manali(3)-keylong/sarchu(4)-leh(5)-pangong tso(6)-leh(7)-khardung la-leh(8)-kargil/drass(9)-srinagar(10)-chandigarh(11). Figures in bracket is the Day wise night halt. Two-three days are kept as reserve or for any unforeseen circumstances. Inner line permit will not be an issue. (xyz reason)
    I have been on this route in a convoy so know the route a little bit. Can’t really predict on the health issues but acclimatisation and AMS issues can be taken care of.
    My few hiccups are :-
    1. Is it possible to ride in a day from Keylong to leh (Sarchu to Leh can overcome).
    2. Any threat (militancy) on leh-kargil/drass-srinagar highways being a solo rider.
    3. Know that there is very less or no network coverage beyond Rohtang pass. Have to activate my BSNL J&K sim. Is it possible to activate by J&K Sim with GPRS / EDGE while in Delhi itself.
    4. Is it possible to cover Srinagar/Jammu to Delhi in one day (Approx 850 Km). Dont mind sleeping for next two days after reaching home.

    5. Accomodation at Pangong Tso. Been there and felt that there was nothing or less. Dont want to carry stove, sleeping bags, mattress. Might have to get into one of those tent shacks at pangong tso or the sovenir shop.

    • Hello jithin,

      1. Better do Keylong to Leh, I have seen/known fittest of fit kneel down in Sarchu second night halt, may be if you can pass away it is fine. There will always be iffs and buts though. I will suggest to go with Keylong to Leh even if it means a longish drive. Frankly, I will suggest you that please plan it in other direction as going via Srinagar – Leh Highway will be much much easier on your body and help you acclimatize to the high altitude of Manali – Leh Highway. Also, it allows you to enjoy the beauty of Manali – Leh by splitting the journey almost evenly in two days which is very difficult in the other direction. Thirdly, it will allow you to fit Tso Moriri lake into the itinerary in better way. You can read more reasons on the link here

      2. In terms of Solo Travelers, I do not see any.
      3. If you can get the Post Paid (BSNL/MTNL preferable due to vast coverage) connection from anywhere, it will work the same way as the local sims.
      4. Will take 16+ Hrs brother, may be very very hectic.
      5. Check the link: Good Hotels or Accommodation options near Pangong Tso – Ladakh

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

      Regards
      Dheerja Sharma

      • Nash says:

        Dear Dheeraj,

        Greetings!

        Hope to find you in best of Health and Spirit.

        I am planning a vacation with my family to Kashmir.

        First, we will be going to Katra, Vaishnodevi.

        Then one or two days in Srinagar.

        Then from Srinagar to Leh – Ladakh by a private vehicle and bus.

        We will be travelling in the first week of May, 2013.

        I would like to know if the Srinagar Leh road would be open around first week of May 2013 and the best possible route to take for Leh Ladakh.

        I will be staying 3 days in Leh Ladakh.

        Thanks and best regards,
        Nash

  74. Shamanth says:

    Hi

    We are planning for a road trip from Delhi to Leh. Our only concern is about the date what we have finalized. We are planning t start on 7th of May from Delhi. Will the roads be open????????? This is the only question whch is haunting us ;) ;)
    Cheers !!!!!!

    • Hi Shamnath,

      Well, Srinagar – Leh Highway might open by that time of the year tough nothing certain and chances are 50:50 and Manali – Leh Highway will all likely be closed. If you plan to do the whole circuit of Srinagar – Leh – Manali then plan it by second week of June.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

    • NeeraZ says:

      manali- leh road normally opens in last week of MAY but may take longer due to weather condition . RohtangLa remains closed on tuesday for maintenance. You can target second week of june.

    • pratik says:

      hi shamanth,
      i m from mumbai. me n wife are also planning to go to leh via delhi. v ll reach delhi on 7th may. looking for some company together to go via road. tell me if ur group has some space so that v can go together. thx. my contact is 09769972717

  75. Somnath Basu says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    My self along with few of my friends are planning to have a trip to leh-chandratal-manali on Jun-Jul of this year. We are planning to have a schedule as below.
    Can you please review the below plan and please pass your comments on the same from your previous exp.-s in ladakh, assuming that we have an avg. health cond. and fitness.

    We are planning to have this tour on taxi booked from Srinagar.

    D1:Kolkata-Srinagar (Flight)
    D2:Srinagar-Kargil
    D3:Kargil-Leh
    D4:Leh-Leh
    D5:Leh-Diskit
    D6:Diskit-Leh
    D7:Leh-Pangong Tso
    D8:Pangong Tso-Leh
    D9:Leh-Tso Moriri
    D10:Tso Moriri-Sarchu
    D11:Sarchu-Chandratal
    D12:Chandratal-Manali
    D13:Manali-Delhi
    D13/14: Delhi-Kolkata

    Beside, we are still in doubt (google is not helping much) on the below points, so it will be of enormous help if you can please advise on the same,

    1. Is there any way to reach Chandratal on taxi (i.e. avoiding trekking absolutely).
    2. Is there any way so that we can camp near the tal. (we are getting a bit confused out here, as some of the people are saying we may have to camp at a distance of 2.5 km from the tal)
    3. In case we want to include Hemis National Park within our plan – will it be possible to reach there via taxi (again w/o trekking). And is there really a chance to get any wildlife there.
    4. Is there any option to stay for a few days in Hemis (type of accommodation possible as well if any special permit is required).

    • Hello Somnath,

      1. You will have to change taxi at Leh because Srinagar taxi will not be allowed to do sightseeing in Ladakh
      2. Sarchu to Chandratal is a long long run, better do it at ease with Sarchu to Keylong/khoksar and Keylong/Khoksar – Chandratal
      3. Nopes, you have to trek about 2.5 Kms from the parking spot to Chandratal. I do not think they allow them to reach all the way to Chandratal now. They must have dug up the road there.
      4. Yes, that is true. Camping along the Chandratal is banned and you have to do it before 2.5 KMs
      5. Nopes, you need to trek in Hemis National Park. Taxis can get you to Hemis village.
      6. You will need permit for trekking in Hemis National Park I believe though I am not 100% sure about it.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you need any inputs or queries.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  76. jitendra singh gill says:

    hi dheeraj
    are you planning any trips in december ?

    • Most probably yes, Jitendra. But, it will be a family trip only. I do not see any open trips before the next season commences, generally tend to keep the open trip count to two per year and just a day ago completed the second open tour of the year to Zanskar Valley.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  77. jitendra singh gill says:

    hi dheeraj
    remember me I was planning for leh, but due cloud burst, I have decided to change the plan. We three (my wife & son) decided to go to Dalhousie. Thank you very much for your advice all the things matter a lot during driving. as you know I have Maruti 800 5 speed. We visited Amritsar, Dalhousie, Khajjiar, Chamba, Chamera Reservoir and Saach Pass about 4300 mtrs. Saach Pass is about 170 Kms from Dalhousie and it took about 7 hours to climb. Weather was very bad. Overall We Enjoyed it.
    I want to confirm that is this road connects to Kelyong (some people told me)
    Thanks.

    • Hello Jitendra,

      That is great to know Jitendra. I am sure you will be able to get over with Ladakh Love in next season. Sach Pass itself is an achievement in its own sense and yes, that Dalhousie/Chamba/Chamera circuit is the one I am looking forward too with my family as my son is just a year old. May be this winter, I will travel this region. It feels really nice to know that you had a wonderful time on the trip and thanks for sharing your feedback too.

      Yes, the Sach Pass connects the Lahaul Valley via Udaipur – Tandi – Keylong route.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • jitendra singh gill says:

        hello dheeraj ji
        thanks for everything, it was you who inspired me to do so. Saach pass trip assured me that i will be able to complete my Leh trip. Hope to hear from you soon.

  78. Abhishek Bhan says:

    Hello,

    We are planning to leave for Leh from Manali on Monday morning i.e 24 Sep 2012. We are 10 people and we will be staying at Sarchu on Monday and will leave for Leh on Tuesday morning.
    Kindly let me know all the details regarding tariff and all.
    Also kindly take this into consideration that the Tempo which you will be providing should be good in condition so that we don’t have to suffer while travelling and also it should not be on sharing basis. Only our group of 10 people should be on the Tempo. It will be great of you if you could provide me with the image of the tempo which you will be providing us and I am expecting your reply ASAP so that we can go further on planning this trip with you.

  79. gaurav katoch says:

    Hey Dheeraj,
    Reading your experiences had ignited the flame inside a female friend of mine to make an adventurous trip to Ladakh. Now she intends to get there on a bike and do all kinds of things yous see the people doing in an adventurous movie like staying awake till late at night beside the camp fire in a tent. And I out of enthusiasm had consented in affirmative that time to her proposal, thinking that her desire was not serious and might fade away but it had grown beyond bounds. That I am finally considering that how safe would it be to make a girl ride to such a far flung place like the Ladakh is. The kind of things like where might we stay,what to eat, the safety measures concerned with having a girl with you in a remote zone where the help might be scarse etc. Kindly guide me Dheeraj as it would be best to consult an expert over this as you are, and putting the load off my shoulders by having you to ask for.

    • Hello Gaurav,

      Thanks alot buddy, glad I am helping a tiny bit few people reaching this heaven on earth :) … Ladakh is one of the safest places on earth buddy especially man made crimes are concerned. Though the late you get in the season the accommodation as well as food option start to get lesser. So, do not worry about safety atleast from humans, people in Ladakh will come and let a helping hand even in the middle of night at any place they are :)

      Firstly, I will suggest you that please plan it in other direction as going via Srinagar – Leh Highway will be much much easier on your body and help you acclimatize to the high altitude of Manali – Leh Highway. Also, it allows you to enjoy the beauty of Manali – Leh by splitting the journey almost evenly in two days which is very difficult in the other direction. Thirdly, it will allow you to fit Tso Moriri lake into the itinerary in better way. You can read more reasons on the link here

      You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh followed by many travelers including me at the link here for 14-15 days: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh.

      For accommodation, check the nice, preferred list of accommodation options in entire Leh – Ladakh (Leh, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri) including moderate and cheap budget hotels as well in the series of articles starting on the link here

      For the current leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2012-13 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here. You can get about 10-15% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more.

      Check the list of things to carry for Leh – Ladakh or other trip including basic medical kit, clothing, must haves etc. at the link here: List of Things to Carry for Leh – Ladakh trip.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  80. Monika says:

    Hello Dheeraj,
    Me and my Husband are planning our first trip to Ladhakh Sept 3rd – Sept 7th.
    Can you please help with the following questions:
    1. How do I travel from Chandigarh to Leh? Please suggest some options.
    2. How is the weather during this time? (right now, so we get some idea)
    3. How are the roads right now?
    4. Please advise us couple of places near Leh we can visit in 3 – 4 days or so?
    I really appreciate all your help in advance.
    Thank you so much
    Regards,
    Monika

  81. ABHISHEK says:

    Hi DHEERAJ,
    We are planning a road trip to leh from manali. got all the important info from ur website. its very helpfull thanks a lot. we were planning to take a backup jeep to carry spares and mechanic as it is our first ride, but came to know that tourist jeeps are allowed only till leh and then will have to arrange for local jeeps from leh to visit nubra and pangong…. is it true ….. if not can u provide me with some details please
    thanx

    • Hi Abhishek,

      Taxis outside Ladakh are not allowed to do any sightseeing within Leh – Ladakh. You can use them from drop-in and take-away modes only. So, the taxi you are hiring locally must have private number plate otherwise you will have to again hire a taxi within Ladakh and pay for your local taxi without using it.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  82. Rohit Jain says:

    Hi Dhiraj, I’m reaching chandigarh on 20th aug. with my bhaiya and bhabhi. We are planning to book a cab from chandigarh to leh via manali. Just need some help on the same. And also most of the people who recently visted leh are saying that manali to leh route is not safe now. They are suggesting us to take the rote from srinagar to leh. But We already booked tickets and I really wanna go by road from manali to leh. Just want your opinion and some inputs on the same. We have a flight back to srinagar to leh on 30th aug. Need to plan a itinerary for the same. Rohit
    And by the way nice website. :-) :-)

    • Hi Rohit,

      Well yes the roads are pretty bad in shape especially at Manali – Rohtang Pass stretch. But, it is usually like this only in monsoons for the last 2-3 years I have been seeing. So, traveling in monsoons does have this factor which you need to consider whether to take up the challenge or not. Generally, those who ae not into adventure I try to advice them not to venture but yes, if you are into it then doing with caution and care, you will be able to pass through. Once you reach around Keylong then roads are much like you find everywhere you o after that in whole Leh – Ladakh and even Srinagar – Leh Highway.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  83. Deepak Gupta says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    As i told you, I’m planning to go Leh-Ladakh on swift-dezire on 13 august, Now only thing comes in my mind condition of road (manali to rohtang pass)slush and all, By any change you can inquire this road condition for the car from any of your local contacts, it will be very helpful for me and my journey because i dont want to leave my car in manali and go by taxi as you did in you trip 2010.

    And also mail me your contact no and email for emergency as I’m travelling alone that why I’m bothering you so much….

    Many thanks

    Regards
    Deepak Gupta

    • Hi Deepak,

      I have emailed you my contact. Well, yes the slush situation is still bad from MArhi to Rohtang Pass though the road is open. It all depends if it rains or not in coming days. If yes, then again it will be slush else it will dry up and be able to manage.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

    • Deepak Gupta says:

      Hi dheeraj,

      Just came back from my trip, it was awesome somehow my dzire manage everywhere……it was a 17 days trip,i went from Manali and came back via Srinagar, road condition is very poor in some section espacially from marhi to rohtang.

      Thanks for the information’s, it helps me a lot.

      • Awesome. Great to know you had such wonderful trip buddy. Do try and share few pictures or info. with us through FB Wall and comments, if possible.

        Cheers!!

        Regards
        Dheeraj

  84. Ankit says:

    hey dheeraj,

    can u plz share your phn number on satija.ankit@gmail.com I need to eatablish communication for some very important detail.

  85. Hi Dheeraj,
    We 6 people returned from Ladak trip last week. The trip was awesome.
    In Moore plains the road construction is going one. They are making good wide roads. As construction is going on there are many diversions on Moore plains. Many are not properly indicated. So many times need to return back after riding few meters ahead. And off roading is too adventurous here :)
    Thanks for your blog! and it helped us very much…!!!

  86. Shyam Vador says:

    Hey Dheeraj,

    We are 4 friends planning a trip to Leh – Ladhak for 9 Days.
    We want to visit Rohtang pass and like to travel on Manali – Leh highway or Vice Versa.

    It would be great if you could suggest us some itinerary and help us out.

    Thanks,
    Shyam vador

    • Shyam Vador says:

      Also Note we will be travelling from Mumbai

    • Hello Shyam,

      If you can increase a day, it would be much better. I will suggest a below itinerary for 10 days. But, if you have only 9 then try to cut the 2 day trip of Nubra Valley below to one day trip of Deskit or Khardung La.

      Day 1 | Delhi – Manali/Solang Valley
      – Better stay at Solang Valley and avoid Manali as sleeping at Solang Valley does help in acclimatization
      – If going by own car, get the permit made in advance to drive on Manali – Rohtang Pass road through hotel/travel agent in Manali
      – Overnight at Manali/Solang Valley

      Day 2 | Manali/Solang Valley – Keylong/Jispa
      – It is always better to stay either at Keylong/Jispa so that you do not feel sick or hit by AMS.
      – Avoid sleeping at Sarchu at any cost while going to Leh from Manali because your body will not be acclimatized by the time you reach there.
      – I prefer staying at Jispa more because Keylong gives the feeling of a town while Jispa is more closer to nature having Bhaga river running just aside the Manali – Leh Highway at Jispa.
      – Overnight at Keylong/Jispa

      Day 3 | Keylong/Jispa – Leh
      – Leave Keylong/Jispa early next morning, say by 4/5 AM types, so that you reach Leh in the evening.
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 4 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
      – Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
      – For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 5 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      – Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
      – On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      – Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

      Day 6 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      – Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 7 | Leh – Pangong Tso Lake – Leh
      – Day trip to Pangong Tso
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 8 | Leh – Taglang La – Moore Plains – Pang – Sarchu
      – Stay overnight at Sarchu

      Day 9 | Sarchu – Baralacha La – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
      – On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
      – Overnight at Manali

      Day 10 | Manali – Delhi
      – Return home

      Day 11 | Buffer day to be kept incase of road closure due to landslides or snowfall or perhaps you want to enjoy more.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  87. shiraz says:

    i am a single travellr from hyderabad..need a company from manali to leh (august end to sept 1st week)..a bike tour is preffrd.please mail me if any1 intersted..

    • Shivasankar.G says:

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      all the best..

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    • vinay says:

      Hi we r also planning bt from jammu-srinagar -kargil-leh-then back via leh manali road .we r 2 guys on two bikes we r from pune and dates r 28 th aug reach in jammu via train and then bike ride from jammu to srinagar and …..

  88. Chaitanya Gandhi says:

    Hey, is there possibility to join certain groups for LEH from delhi ? (Heard of it somewhere)

    Initially,we were 8 friends going but few did not get leave approvals so its down to 3 guys.

    So we were thinking to join some group as we can then hire a private vehicle from all the way to delhi-leh and back to delhi as changing buses and taxis and traveling seems to be tedious and time consuming.

    • Hi Chaitanya,

      You might need to find such groups over net may be in Travel Partners sections of BCMT or IndiaMike or TripAdvisor or Lonely Planet sites. But, it is quite easy to manage the taxis and buses as well. Delhi – Manali, connected with Volvo service. Manali – Ladakh again connected with HPTDC Sei Deluxe Bus Service. within Ladakh you will find ample of tourists ready to share taxi costs or get in touch with some travel agent and they would cater to all your itinerary needs in shared tourist taxis.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  89. jitendra singh says:

    hi deeraj ji

    please arrange phone numbers of car mechanics / workshops in case of any breakdown on srinagar – leh – manali highway. it would be a great help.

    thanks.

    yours

    jitendra singh gill

  90. jitendra singh says:

    thanks dheeraj ji

    is there anyone planning same stuff ? please let me know, if there are two vehicles it would be great.

  91. jitendra singh says:

    hi dheeraj ji
    i am planning to visit leh, khardung la, pangong tso in second week of august. i will start my journey from bikaner (rajasthan) in first week of aug 2012 on my maruti 800 mpfi 5 speed car and visit golden temple and stay there for 2 days. now please guide me what route i should take and what are the road conditions, weather etc. and i don’t want to return from the same route. is it safe through srinagar in august month. please guide me.
    thanks

    yours,
    JITENDRA SINGH GILL
    08947925577

    • Hello Jitendra,

      You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh followed by many travelers including me at the link here: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh. You can use this itinerary from Jammu onward and from Amritsar, you can reach Jammu on the previous day.

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

      For hatchback/sedan taking on Manali – Leh Highway and Ladakh, I will say:

      You will indeed face few tough challenges on the route. The hatchback/sedan will increase the level of every challenge even further, sedan is the worst candidate. My suggestion will be to go via Srinagar route as it will help you feel comfortable with the driving, provide more acclimatization and then once you have done the local Leh-Ladakh, then come back via Manali side. Secondly, since you are in hatch/sedan, then you need to drive with extra care as well. There will be some sections on the Manali – Leh highway in which you 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. Thirdly, 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 planned route in your mind to cross that section. At the very least do carry Mseal, quick fix, funnel, jerry cans and towing rope with you all the time.

      Also, I will strongly suggest that you go through and read my series on Ladakh Self Drive tips at the links below:

      7 Useful Tips for a Self Drive to Leh – Ladakh, Routes and Road Conditions In Leh – Ladakh | Ladakh Self Drive Tips, Fuel Availability In Leh – Ladakh | Ladakh Self Drive Tips

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  92. Gaurav K says:

    Hi Dheeraj, i am planning to go to leh from delhi on my Honda City ZX with one more friend of mine. So need your help to understand which route should we take for going to Leh, I know you have been suggesting Delhi-Srinagar-Leh but lets say AMS is not a major concern. Then

    1. Can we do Delhi-Manali-Leh…the bigger concern for us is Can our Car which is very low GC.. pass through the slush near Rohtang and Rani Nalla ?
    2. Are there any other similar problematic areas which we should be be aware of as our car might be a problem.
    3.Also since we are still open for going via srinagar. Can you please help which option is better considering our vehicle and road conditions.

    OPTION1 :

    Delhi – Manali – Leh – Srinagar – Delhi.

    Wednesday 25-Jul Day 1 Delhi – Mandi (Manali) (Leave Around 1:00 PM)
    Thursday 26-Jul Day 2 Mandi (Manali) – Jispa (Need to Get Permit for Rohtang)
    Friday 27-Jul Day 3 Jispa – Leh
    Saturday 28-Jul Day 4 Leh sightseeing (Get Permits)
    Sunday 29-Jul Day 5 Leh – Nubra Valley(Hunder/Diskit)
    Monday 30-Jul Day 6 Nubra – Leh
    Tuesday 31-Jul Day 7 Leh – Pangong so
    Wednesday 1-Aug Day 8 Pangong so – Leh
    Thursday 2-Aug Day 9 Leh – Kargil
    Friday 3-Aug Day 10 Kargil – Srinagar
    Saturday 4-Aug Day 11 Srinagar – Udhampur
    Sunday 5-Aug Day 12 Udhamnpur – Delhi

    OPTION 2 :
    Delhi – Srinagar – Leh – Manali – Delhi

    Wednesday 25-Jul Day 1 Delhi – Udhampur (Leave Around 1:00 PM)
    Thursday 26-Jul Day 2 Udhampur – Srinagar
    Friday 27-Jul Day 3 Srinagar – Kargil
    Saturday 28-Jul Day 4 Kargil – Leh (Get ILP if we reach early)
    Sunday 29-Jul Day 5 Leh sightseeing
    Monday 30-Jul Day 6 Leh – Nubra Valley(Hunder/Diskit) (Get ILP. If we get ILP on Monday, can go to Pangong So First.(Shorter Distance))
    Tuesday 31-Jul Day 7 Nubra – Leh
    Wednesday 1-Aug Day 8 Leh – Pangong so
    Thursday 2-Aug Day 9 Pangong so – Leh
    Friday 3-Aug Day 10 Leh – Jispa
    Saturday 4-Aug Day 11 Jispa-Manali
    Sunday 5-Aug Day 12 Manali- Delhi

    Thanks in Advance
    Gaurav

    • Hi Gaurav,

      You are anyways doing the circuit in both the plans, so why not do it the right way from Srinagar only and not take any chance with AMS. It will also help you with the idea how challenging the Manali – Leh Highway could be for Honda City. My concern is also the low GC of Honda City as you might be having trouble negotiating the speed breakers in the city as well :) … So, it is a bit concerning and I will say if you love adventure more than your car, then only take it as there could be sections where an underbelly hit could not be avoided at all. In such cases, you need to decide upon which parts to sacrifice.

      Also, itinerary looks fine and if you are coming from Leh towards Manali (second plan), then stay at Sarchu as you will be acclimatized enough to decently sleep at Sarchu on return which is not possible while going towards Leh from Manali.

      For hatchback/sedan taking on Manali – Leh Highway and Ladakh, I will say:

      You will indeed face few tough challenges on the route. The hatchback/sedan will increase the level of every challenge even further, sedan is the worst candidate. My suggestion will be to go via Srinagar route as it will help you feel comfortable with the driving, provide more acclimatization and then once you have done the local Leh-Ladakh, then come back via Manali side. Secondly, since you are in hatch/sedan, then you need to drive with extra care as well. There will be some sections on the Manali – Leh highway in which you 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. Thirdly, 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 planned route in your mind to cross that section. At the very least do carry Mseal, quick fix, funnel, jerry cans and towing rope with you all the time.

      Also, I will strongly suggest that you go through and read my series on Ladakh Self Drive tips at the links below:

      7 Useful Tips for a Self Drive to Leh – Ladakh, Routes and Road Conditions In Leh – Ladakh | Ladakh Self Drive Tips, Fuel Availability In Leh – Ladakh | Ladakh Self Drive Tips

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Gaurav K says:

        Thanks Dheeraj, so as per you suggestion we have planned for Delhi-Srinager-Leh.
        So if we are not going via Batalik we wont need any Inner Line permits till leh right?

        Also any tips for passing Zozi la :) ?

        Thanks for your articles…they have helped me a lot in preparation.. and i appreciate your efforts and the pains you take to answer queries of travellers like me.

        • Hello Gaurav,

          Yes, if you are not going via Batalik then you do not need any permit on that highway. Once, you reach Leh then get the permits for sighseeing places like Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri. For zozi la, it is one hell of a road with crater sized potholes :( … Be careful while driving through water clogged sections and drive slow. Also, try to follow some vehicle, preferably local one to know what path to follow immersed under water.

          Thanks for the appreciating word buddy :)

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

    • pranjal says:

      last october i saw a couple of ford figos up there in rohtang.

  93. Deepak Gupta says:

    Hi,

    I’m planing to go leh from manali-leh highway in the mid of august2012 with maruti dzire…………is it suitable car for this trip at that time or should i go from SUV only???? and need to know is it suitable for further journey to Pangong lake and other places in ladakh or should hire taxi after reaching Leh????

    • Hello Deepak,

      It is possible to do with dZire but with little caution. First advice will be, if you have an SUV then better go with it. Second, if you can make it to Ladakh over Manali – Leh Highway and Srinagar – Leh Highway then you can do the in-roads in Ladakh to other sightseeing places from Leh :)

      For hatchback/sedan taking on Manali – Leh Highway and Ladakh, I will say:

      You will indeed face few tough challenges on the route. The hatchback/sedan will increase the level of every challenge even further, sedan is the worst candidate. My suggestion will be to go via Srinagar route as it will help you feel comfortable with the driving, provide more acclimatization and then once you have done the local Leh-Ladakh, then come back via Manali side. Secondly, since you are in hatch/sedan, then you need to drive with extra care as well. There will be some sections on the Manali – Leh highway in which you 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. Thirdly, 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 planned route in your mind to cross that section. At the very least do carry Mseal, quick fix, funnel, jerry cans and towing rope with you all the time.

      Also, I will strongly suggest that you go through and read my series on Ladakh Self Drive tips at the links below:

      7 Useful Tips for a Self Drive to Leh – Ladakh, Routes and Road Conditions In Leh – Ladakh | Ladakh Self Drive Tips, Fuel Availability In Leh – Ladakh | Ladakh Self Drive Tips

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

    • Gaurav says:

      Hi Deepak,
      we have covered delhi manali leh sirnangar delhi by alto in 2010. if you are a good driver and have some experience on mountains than you can do it with your dzire as well. Cheers..
      http://www.ghumakkar.com/2011/05/06/3-idiots-1-alto-and-leh-ladakh/

      • Deepak Gupta says:

        thanks………

      • Hey Gaurav,

        It was very nice reading your log and the adventure you guys went through. Having said that, calling it that it can be done is different thing. Of course, it can be done as thousands of people do it in their sedans and hatches but there are several hundred of horror-ful stories attached with them when people tend to take it too easily. The pictures in your log clearly states that how Nano is being pulled out by other vehicles, guess from Zingzing bar nalla. That is where your skills as well as luck matters and how you need to be cautious to drive through the tough stretches and nallas. Often the call is required what parts to sacrifice, the luck quotient!! :)

        Dzire when compare to alto is a sedan with hanging body at the back, and many a times it is the boot that hits from the back as it is loaded by luggage causing some damage. Hatchbacks are much easier to manage when compared to sedans. BTW, I have a Dzire as well and being through some really treacherous roads. Key is not rushing through and judging the situation by all means before jumping in to it, to minimize the damage if at all :)

        Regards
        Dheeraj

    • jitendra singh says:

      hi deepak
      I’m planning to go to leh from srinagar side on 7 aug on maruti 800. Are you planning the same if so let me know. It will be better to have company. awaiting to hear soon from you.

  94. manav says:

    Hi
    indeed a good informatic website and good work by you Dheeraj. after going through the posts , it was easier for me to plan my trip to leh . i will be leaving on 25th of july and will be dedicating atleast 12 days for the trip. anyone intersted in joining is welcome , i am travelling alone with a driver and would love to be accompained by like minds. you can contact me at my email manmauji.india@rediff.com.
    Regards

  95. Hemanth says:

    Hi! your informations are really helpfull.Could you please mail me your contact no and email ID so that we have some doubts.

    We are planning to start to leh on sep 07 2012

    • I have emailed you the contact :)

      Regards
      Dheeraj

      • hemanth says:

        Could you please say us how much it will cost for taxi from Chandigarh to Leh ?

        or

        It is advisable to take seperate taxis? like from chandigarh to manali and the manali to Leh?

        • Hi Hemanth,

          It would be economic in case you get the white number plate taxi from Chandigarh than any other option. Otherwise, take a taxi that will take you to Leh and then back from there. For Leh – Ladakh sightseeing, hire a separate taxi in Leh.

          For the current leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2012-13 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here. You can get about 10-15% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more.

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

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

      • Nishesh Patel says:

        hi dheeraj,

        I have heard that to while travelling from sringar to Leh and from Leh to Manali by personal car, there are lot of traffic police / Army police stopping private cars and taking money from the travellers as bribe. can you brief me if any thing like this does exist or there is no problem not at all. one of my freind travelled by said route in private car and as per him he paid almost 11000 Rs to traffice police / army polce in different locations on the road.

        Please confirm me of the same.

        • Hi Nilesh,

          Not sure, about this because I mostly travel by my own car and haven't paid anytime though I have not covered most parts of Srinagar – Leh Highway, but still I never heard any of my friend giving money unnecessarily to anyone. In fact on Manali – Leh Highway and ahead of Kargil on Srinagar – Leh Highway, you will rarely find a police men stopping you.

          Regards
          Dheeraj

      • Nitin says:

        Hi Dheeraj,
        Thanks for all this info.. I am planning to travel to Leh in 2nd wk of Aug, I hve few questions so could you share your contact number and email id

  96. Viplav says:

    Hi Dheeraj,
    Finally my trip is confirmed . I am taking the manali to leh bus at manali on 17 July 11:00AM to reach Leh at 18 July evening . hope the bus driver stops at major view point enroute. and later I am also planning to go to Alchi and Lamayuru . I only have 3 days ( full days )
    Tentative Itenary
    18-July : Khardungla , Leh palace
    19-July : Alchi
    20- July : Lamayuru and back to leh by evening .
    What could be the costings involved any travel agencies.

    • Viplav, aren't you covering Khardung La or Pangong Tso? Anyways, For the current leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2012-13 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here. You can get about 10-15% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Viplav says:

        Dheeraj : I am covering Khardungla on 18 July.

        One more doubt , I heard that manali to leh via rohtang is closed every tuesday , then how our HPTDC bus starts on Tuesday 17-July to reach Leh on 18July evening . Also please provide your phone number just in case of any emergency

        • Hello Viplav,

          I am not very sure about if they allow HPTDC bus, I think they would be allowing it and it remains closed for tourist taxis not even local ones. I will email you my contact.

          Regards
          Dheeraj

        • Viplav says:

          Finally completed the Manali to Leh trip , the whole trip was excellent , we had our best times at Tanglangla and Barlacha la and Keylong. Roads are in bad shape on Moore plains but somehow we managed . We had little AMS symptoms in the route from Manali to Leh after we have crossed Sarchu and Pang.

        • That is so great to read buddy and glad that you have a rocking trip to Ladakh. Thanks for sharing the reports here as well and would be great to see your pictures too :)

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  97. Veeresh says:

    Hi Deeraj sharma.,, in this blog evrything is very useful and informative ,i have some queries please help us …..my frnds already booked flight tickets from bangalore to chandighad den chandigad to bangalore .. our trip starts on 13 th july and ends on 25th july..

    1)we r thinking to rent bike from manali to leh ..is it good idea,??

    2) we ll take cab to leh …den to roam arond ,we ll rent bike ,since we booked return tickets from chandighad ..we have come back to chandigad,,,how can we cover all places around leh..

    3) what would be cab charges from manali to leh and leh to manali,???

    • Hello Veeresh,

      1. If you guys are not that experienced bikers in hills and havn't done long distances on bike, better not o hire them from Manali and do Manali – Leh in a shared taxi.

      2. Yes, you can rent bikes in Leh and Fort Road in Leh is full of such shops that rent bikes. Depending upon the condition, model, make and tourist rush you can get bikes starting from Rs 600 to Rs 1200.

      3. Taxi would cost you about 18K approximately for a drop to Leh from Manali. Regarding a plan from 13 days, you might like to follow below:

      Day 1 | Chandigarh – Manali/Solang Valley
      – Better stay at Solang Valley and avoid Manali as sleeping at Solang Valley does help in acclimatization
      – If going by own car, get the permit made in advance to drive on Manali – Rohtang Pass road through hotel/travel agent in Manali
      – Overnight at Manali/Solang Valley

      Day 2 | Manali/Solang Valley – Keylong/Jispa
      – It is always better to stay either at Keylong/Jispa so that you do not feel sick or hit by AMS.
      – Avoid sleeping at Sarchu at any cost while going to Leh from Manali because your body will not be acclimatized by the time you reach there.
      – I prefer staying at Jispa more because Keylong gives the feeling of a town while Jispa is more closer to nature having Bhaga river running just aside the Manali – Leh Highway at Jispa.
      – Overnight at Keylong/Jispa

      Day 3 | Keylong/Jispa – Leh
      – Leave Keylong/Jispa early next morning, say by 4/5 AM types, so that you reach Leh in the evening.
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 4 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
      – Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
      – For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 5 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      – Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
      – On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      – Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

      Day 6 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      – Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 7 | Leh – Pangong Tso Lake – Leh
      – Day trip to Pangong Tso
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 8 | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping OR Monastery tour OR or you can do tour to Sham Valley
      – Monastery tour may include Hemis, Thicksey, Stakna and Shey monasteries. They come on the route of Pangong Tso but as you will be doing day trip, it will be a bit hectic to include them on that day only.
      – Sham Valley include Alchi, Likir, Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu, Gurudwara Pather Sahib
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 9 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
      – Cover Karzok Monastery
      – Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri
      – Do not forget to carry spare fuel for about 550 KMs, or ask you taxi driver as he will manage it accordingly.
       
      Day 10 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Moore Plains – Pang / Sarchu
      – Try to start early in the day so that you reach Sarchu where the accommodation options are better than Pang
      – Overnight at Sarchu or Pang
       
      Day 11 | Pang / Sarchu – Baralacha La – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
      – On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
      – Overnight at Manali
       
      Day 12 | Manali – Chandigarh
      – Return
       
      Day 13 – Buffer day to be kept incase of road closure due to landslides or snowfall or perhaps you want to enjoy more.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      PS: Sorry, for the delayed response, was offline for last few days.

  98. Maitreyee says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    First of all, kudos for setting up such an exhaustive and interesting blog. I am planning to travel to Leh with a friend on 21st July from Delhi via the Manali-Leh highway on a bike.

    Hence wanted your advice on whether it is a good idea to ride pillion for close to 11-12 days. Also, is it safe for my friend as he will have a pillion rider along with two luggages to carry all the way to Leh.

    Also tell me if it is a good idea to rent a bike from Manali? How safe and reliable are they? Or do you rather suggest we take our own bike from Delhi?

    We are planning to travel alone. Since I have no working knowledge of bikes and will have to rely solely on him, is it a better idea to go in a group or is it fairly common to get groups on the way who you can team up with?

    Will await your advice. Do write back. Thanks in advance.

    • Hello Maitreyee,

      Thanks alot. Well, it is possible but a bit tough with a pillion. You can do it though, drive with caution. It is always best to take your own bike but still you want to hire a bike then read: How to Hire or Rent a Bike or Motorcycle in Manali before you do so.

      You will be able to get groups on the go or in Manali itslef. So, not much issues with that I guess.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  99. Jay Gandhi says:

    Hi dheeraj,

    This is an amazing website man… Great help… I am traveling to leh with few frnds this month..below is the schedule… Do let me know if any changes are required in this, also any place which we can include… For stay options in leh- i had zeroed down on Asia guest house or oriental guest house… For stay at disket we had thought of hotel Stan del and for pangsao it was hotel padma… Is that ok? Or suggest some other good options…

    15 July.   Reaching Chandigarh by train at 4 pm…  Leave from Chandigarh at 7 pm for manali by bus

    16 July.     Manali to jispa – hire taxi. Night stay at jispa

    17 July.      Jispa to leh. 

    18 July.      Explore leh

    19 July.      Leave for nubra valley. Halt at Khardungla for soup. Stay at hunder / diskit. 

    20 July.    Diskit to sumur to panamik to sumur to khardungla to leh.

    21 July.      Leh to hemis monastery to pangong Tao. Overnight at spangmik or lukung 

    22 July.    Return to leh from lukung

    23 July.    Leh to srinagar

    24 July.    Stay at srinagar

    25 July.    Srinagar to jammu

    26 July.     Board for onward destination.    

    • Hello Jay,

      Thanks alot.

      Firstly, at Hunder go with Snow Leopard or Olthang as Sten Del has gone costly, if there are some budget constraints. Your plan overall is OK if you really like to go via Manali and come back via Srinagar. However, I always advice the other way around if someone is doing the complete circuit as going via Srinagar – Leh Highway will be much much easier on your body and help you acclimatize to the high altitude of Manali – Leh Highway. Also, it allows you to enjoy the beauty of Manali – Leh by splitting the journey almost evenly in two days which is very difficult in the other direction. Thirdly, it will allow you to fit Tso Moriri lake into the itinerary in better way. You can read more reasons on the link here.

      Other thing will be Leh to Srinagar will be tiring in one day, so better do Leh – Kargil and then Kargil – Srinagar.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know in case you need more info or have any doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Jay says:

        hi dheeraj,

        thanks man for your help… we cant take the srinagar – leh route due to a few reasons… can you mail your contact number… would like to ask you a couple of things on phone…

        thanks a ton…

  100. Shrenikk says:

    Is it advisable for girls to travel Leh to Manali via road. We would be completing this over two days.

    • Hi Shrenikk,

      As long as human triggered disturbances are concerned, it is perfectly safe. Stay at either Jispa or Keylong overnight before starting the journey to Leh :)

      Regards
      Dheeraj

    • Hi Shrenikk,

      As long as human triggered disturbances are concerned, it is perfectly safe. Stay at either Jispa or Keylong overnight and avoid staying at Sarchu while going to Leh from Manali :)

      Regards
      Dheeraj

    • Prafulla Y. says:

      Hi dheeraj,

      I read above ur comments on Leh Laddakh trip, all r helpful tips. I will sure consider them. Good Job! Can you please help me get the itinerary for 13 days.. leaving from delhi on 8th July and return by 20th July. I m traveling on bike with my wife. What more precautions do i take when i m doing journey with my wife, she is not a good rider? Please share ur expert comments.

  101. Kartik Sharma says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Really appreciate what you are doing here by providing extremely useful info. I had been to Ladakh 2 years ago, and am planning a trip this year in august. But I want to include Chandratal in it. And only have 11-12 days. I plan to leave from Mumbai on 3rd August night.

    Could you please give me your contact no.? Would like to talk to you and iron out all the questions I had.

    Thanks a lot!

  102. Abhin says:

    I need your help !!

    We are also planning for leh by bike and we are 3 boys and 2 girls. So i wanted to know how safe is the trip with girls if we are going by bike to leh. In all ways like

    accommodation, safety point of view, crowd on roads, etc. Would appreciate if you spare some time and share your comments in details.

    And want to add one more point that we all will go for the first time. Please share your expert comments, so that we make our plan accordingly. Will appreciate your prompt response.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Hello Abhin,

      Well, safety in terms of human triggered crimes, it will be safe as people are nice, friendly and most lovable over in Ladakh. If you plan the trip carefully, accommodation shall not be a problem. The only problem I see, if you guys are not too much experienced with driving in hills then it will be hello lot of challenging and with pillions (I hope girls are not riding :)), it will increase more especially at Manali – Leh Highway which is one of the most adventurous roads in India.

      Firstly, I will suggest you that please plan it in other direction as going via Srinagar – Leh Highway will be much much easier on your body and help you acclimatize to the high altitude of Manali – Leh Highway. Also, it allows you to enjoy the beauty of Manali – Leh by splitting the journey almost evenly in two days which is very difficult in the other direction. Thirdly, it will allow you to fit Tso Moriri lake into the itinerary in better way. You can read more reasons on the link here

      You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh followed by many travelers including me at the link here: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh.

      For accommodation, check the nice, preferred list of accommodation options in entire Leh – Ladakh including moderate and cheap budget hotels as well in the series of articles starting on the link here

      Check the list of things to carry for Leh – Ladakh or other trip at the link here.

      Also, I will strongly suggest that you go through and read my series on Ladakh Self Drive tips at the links below:

      7 Useful Tips for a Self Drive to Leh – Ladakh, Routes and Road Conditions In Leh – Ladakh | Ladakh Self Drive Tips, Fuel Availability In Leh – Ladakh | Ladakh Self Drive Tips

      I hope this helps. Please let me know in case you need more info or have any doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  103. Gaurav Pandhi says:

    Hey Dheeraj,

    I need to speak to you. Please provide me your contact number or email id.

  104. vijay says:

    wow dheeraj I admire your fan following and I know why.Your blog is great.My son Rahul just left to manali to drive to leh by bike.I suddenly saw that I have to go to leh on the 10th

    for a tender.So I am flying to leh on the 9th and am planning to drive down along with my wife from leh to manali on 13th july.I need a vehicle in Leh and also to drive down to manali.Any suggestions?I have been a rally driver and do not have a driver for the last 32 yaers of driving.Did 13 days driving in the himalayas about 2 years back.I sincerely look forward to hearing from you.

    • hello Vijay,

      You will not be able to get a self-drive car in Leh but yes, you can get a taxi and ask the guy to let you drive for a while, if he agrees (I doubt though). I understand that you would have loved to drive on this beautiful and adventurous terrain but I do not think you will be able to get a self-drive. But, for the current leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2012-13 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here. You can get about 10-15% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more.

      Do plan to properly rest for the first two days you are in Leh and keep the body hydrated and least exerted to avoid any AMS issued.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  105. Vikram says:

    Hi, I am planning to go on a road trip from Delhi to leh in Hyundai accent in July 2nd week.

    Day 1 – Delhi – manali

    Day 2 – manali – leh

    I have few queries -

    1. How safe is it? I am travelling with my wife

    2. Where all can I see snow?

    3. Do I need to carry extra petrol?

    Will really appreciate your help with this.

    • Hello Vikram,

      1. In two days from Delhi to Leh not possible. You will at least need three days where third day will be very tiring. Delhi – Manali, Manali – Jispa/Keylong and then Jispa/Keylong – Leh. Safety wise I would say, no human triggered disturbances you will find on the entire route. Taking Accent, read tips below.
      2. On the passes enroute, you will find snow especially Baralacha La.
      3. You need to cover about 365 KMs without fuel pump once you refuel at Tandi near Keylong. If you think the tank full would enough for it, then you do not otherwise carry spare about 10 Ltrs or so.

      For hatchback/sedan taking on Manali – Leh Highway and Ladakh, I will say:

      You will indeed face few tough challenges on the route. The hatchback/sedan will increase the level of every challenge even further, sedan is the worst candidate. My suggestion will be to go via Srinagar route as it will help you feel comfortable with the driving, provide more acclimatization and then once you have done the local Leh-Ladakh, then come back via Manali side. Secondly, since you are in hatch/sedan back then you need to drive with extra care as well. There will be some sections on the Manali – Leh highway in which you 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. Thirdly, 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 planned route in your mind to cross that section. At the very least do carry Mseal, quick fix, funnel, jerry cans and towing rope with you all the time.

      Also, I will strongly suggest that you go through and read my series on Ladakh Self Drive tips at the links below:

      7 Useful Tips for a Self Drive to Leh – Ladakh, Routes and Road Conditions In Leh – Ladakh | Ladakh Self Drive Tips, Fuel Availability In Leh – Ladakh | Ladakh Self Drive Tips

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  106. Anil Kumar says:

    Hello Dheeraj, First of thanks a lot for your good work. I am 50 years young and this is the first time I am trying to do Manali-Leh-KhardungLa-Leh-Kargil-Srinagar-Jammu by bicycle. About Srinagar-Jammu I have to decide late as it depends on my stamina. I don't have mountain biking experience. Timing is not a problem as I planned it for three weeks for entire trip. At present I am alone and starting from Manali on July 1st2012. Any chance to get someone who can join me or I can join someone? Would like to have your suggestion.

    • Hello Anil,

      Hats off to your courage and spirit for taking on toughest road on the bikes at such an age. For travel partners, better try IndiaMike or BCMT or TripAdvisor travel partner sections to team along. On my blog, there is no dedicated section for it :(

      Also, considering AMS and acclimatization, I will seriously suggest you do it from Srinagar side and come back via Manali side.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  107. Anil Kumar says:

    Hello Dheeraj, Earlier also I asked you if HRTC bus allow me to bring my bicycle by ordinary bus from Delhi to Manali but now I couldn't find your answer. Could you pl answer on my email as well. Thanks a lot.

    • Guess, it is answered and I think you can carry it along by keeping it at the top of the bus. Just make required arrangements with the conductor of the bu ;)

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  108. Sudarshan says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Thanks for this wonderful website. I am planning a trip with my friend from Aug 5th to Aug 19th, in which time we are planning to do Delhi – Manali – Leh – Srinagar – Delhi (I have done this before, too). We are also open to changing the route and go via Srinagar and return via Manali (as suggested by you and many others).

    I don't want you to tell me the itinerary, there are many versions of it in the comments itself and I don't want you to go through the trouble again. What, however, would be great is if you could provide me with the Rates of private cabs on both routes.

    Thanks,

    Sudarshan

    • Hello Sudarshan,

      Thanks a lot. For the current leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2012-13 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here. You can get about 12-15% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Sudarshan says:

        Hi, Thanks, I had already seen that page before. But there were some talks of hiking the fares up this season, which made me wonder if they have already done so.

        On a related note, can you tell me if Zoji La is closed every evening? If yes, when is it closed? And how much time does it take to go from Srinagar Airport to Zoji La?

        Thanks!

        • Hello Sudarshan,

          Yes, there are traffic regulations at Zozila Pass but I am not 100% sure about the timings. It will take about 5-5.5 Hrs to reach Zozi La pass from Srinagar. Regarding taxis, yes they have already hiked by 22% and I do not think they will be hiking anymore this season. The rates you see are after that hike only.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • Sudarshan says:

          Thanks, I think the prices into Leh will be a bit lesser than from Leh.

          In any case, this is what I have planned, so far, please let me know if it sounds good to you:

          Aug 5: Land at Srinagar Airport by 1st flight and proceed to Dras/Kargil. Night stop.

          Aug 6: Leave Kargil/Dras early morning and reach Leh by evening. Rest.

          Aug 7 – Aug 14: Go on a trek (undecided so far, any recommendations will be good. So far, looking at the Markha valley trek).

          Aug 15: Go to Khardungla and somewhere close, to return to Leh by night

          Aug 16: Leave for Tso Moriri, stay overnight at Tso Moriri.

          Aug 17: Leave Tso Moriri for Sarchu

          Aug 18: Leave Sarchu for Manali

          Aug 18: Continue on to Delhi to reach Delhi by 19th Evening.

          Delhi to Manali will be by the Volvo.

          We can adjust the days according to the trek. If it's possible to go to Tso Moriri via Khardungla, we might skip Khardungla and instead go for the Indus-Zanskar whitewater rafting.

          Please let me know your thoughts, we are a tentative group of 3.

          Thanks,

          Sudarshan

        • Hi Sudarshan,

          Prices would be same, it is just that away from Leh you get about 8-10% discount while talking to driver and within Leh you might get 12-15%. Markha Valley is awesome and so as Stok Kangri. Last day is what I feel dicey and you might miss the overnight volvo. So, you need to either keep a buffer day or plan to add a day in between. Nopes, it is not possible to go to Tso Moriri via Khardung La in a single day, even two days for that route is tiring.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  109. Ravi says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    You are doing really great man.

    I am looking for your help.

    We are planning for Leh tour from Manali through Rentals bikes.

    We are totally 10 guys and we have planned the tour for 9days (Manali to Leh and return).

    Could you please suggest us a perfect itenary which is suitable for BIKE riding.

    Thanks in Advance.

    • Hello Ravi,

      For 9 days Delhi – Manali – Leh – Manali – Delhi, you can follow a plan similar to below:

      Day 1 | Delhi – Manali/Solang Valley
      – Better stay at Solang Valley and avoid Manali as sleeping at Solang Valley does help in acclimatization
      – If going by own car, get the permit made in advance to drive on Manali – Rohtang Pass road through hotel/travel agent in Manali
      – Overnight at Manali/Solang Valley

      Day 2 | Manali/Solang Valley – Keylong/Jispa
      – It is always better to stay either at Keylong/Jispa so that you do not feel sick or hit by AMS.
      – Avoid sleeping at Sarchu at any cost while going to Leh from Manali because your body will not be acclimatized by the time you reach there.
      – I prefer staying at Jispa more because Keylong gives the feeling of a town while Jispa is more closer to nature having Bhaga river running just aside the Manali – Leh Highway at Jispa.
      – Overnight at Keylong/Jispa

      Day 3 | Keylong/Jispa – Leh
      – Leave Keylong/Jispa early next morning, say by 4/5 AM types, so that you reach Leh in the evening.
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 4 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
      – Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
      – For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 5 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Leh
      – Head for Nubra Valley very early in the day and come back by late evening after visiting Deskit. If you have time go little further and see Hunder sand dunes too
      – On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      – Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

      Day 6 | Leh – Pangong Tso Lake – Leh
      – Day trip to Pangong Tso
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 7 | Leh – Taglang La – Pang – Sarchu
      – Try to start early in the day so that you reach Sarchu where the accommodation options are better than Pang
      – Overnight at Sarchu or Pang

      Day 8 | Sarchu – Baralacha La – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
      – On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
      – Overnight at Manali

      Day 9 | Manali – Delhi

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  110. amit says:

    thanks dheeraj yes i have discuss with friends and have taken decission for 10 days trip going via srinagar and coming back via manali how it sounds to u now also please make my itenary it will be helpfull as it will be my first visit to leh and wanna enjoy each and every moment

    regrds

    amit

    • Hello Amit,

      For 10 days for Ladakh trip via Srinagar – Leh and coming back via Manali – Leh, you can follow a plan like below:

      Day 1 | Delhi – Jammu / Patnitop
      – Overnight at Jammu or Patnitop

      Day 2 | Jammu / Patnitop – Srinagar
      – Enjoy walk around Dal lake and may be Shikara ride as well
      – If you have time then check out, floating market, Shalimar Garden.
      – Overnight at Srinagar

      Day 3 | Srinagar – Sonamarg – Zozi La – Drass – Kargil
      – Enjoy the vistas enroute
      – Have late drunch meal at Drass is you are a vegetarian as sometimes it gets difficult to find veg. food at Kargil
      – Overnight at Kargil

      Day 4 | Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh
      – Cover Mulbekh Maitrey, Lamayuru Moanstery, Lunar Landscapes
      – On the way you can also see Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 5 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
      – Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
      – For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link : http://devilonwheels.com/index.php/inner-line-per
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 6 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Leh
      – Head for Nubra Valley very early in the day and come back by late evening after visiting Deskit. If you have time go little further and see Hunder sand dunes too
      – On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      – Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

      Day 7 | Leh – Pangong Tso Lake – Leh
      – Day trip to Pangong Tso
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 8 | Leh – Taglang La – Pang – Sarchu
      – Try to start early in the day so that you reach Sarchu where the accommodation options are better than Pang
      – Overnight at Sarchu or Pang

      Day 9 | Sarchu – Baralacha La – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
      – On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
      – Overnight at Manali

      Day 10 | Manali – Delhi

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  111. amit says:

    also let me know during trip which place to stay in night time how much fare for taxi from manali to leh updown may be approx

    over all budget if u could suugest that can help a lot including accomdation and fares +others breakdown if possible approx

    regards

    amit

  112. amit says:

    haloo dheeraj how u doing mate.

    kindly guide me for manali leh route as we are two friends going with my own car which is hyundai verna from delhi-manali-leh ladakh

    please plan me a trip for seven days with some sight seeng destinations and precautions to be taken

    is it safe to go by private car or we should hire taxi from manali

    you guidence ill be appriciated

    regards

    amit

    • Hello Amit,

      7 days are two less to make a road trip to Ladakh. With lots of effort and continuous journeys, you can make it in 9 days at minimum because it will take 3 days to reach Leh via Manali from Delhi and 3 days to come bac. I hope you will stay for 3 days in Ladakh to explore a bit. So, do you have those 2 more days extra and do not forget the terrain is un-predictable and it is always advised to have buffer days as well.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  113. vipin says:

    hi dheeraj

    if we stay in Swarghat & then drive to manali for fresh mind..is it ok….and what about the road is it good condition ???

  114. Wish us luckdharth says:

    OK Dheeraj,

    So after all discussions and research, we are leaving for this adventure trail today eve. We are taking the road less taken MAnali-Jipsa-pang-Tso Moriri-Pangong-Leh-kargil-Srinagar = 13 days.

    Wish us luck and adventure. Also, I want to keep adding the experience and snaps to a travelogue. Where do I do it ?

    Siddharth

    • Hey Siddharth,

      All the very very best for the trip, have a great journey. Once, you are back I can create a user for you and you can post your travelogue as a Guest Post on my blog. It will be a great pleasure to have your experience here. Feel free to get in touch with me once you are back, I will provide all the details.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Sanjay says:

        Hi Dheeraj,

        The places mentioned by siddharth requires the inner line permits, which are issued in Leh. Please tell how this trip can be taken without permits.

        • Hi Sanjay,

          I guess he is not following this order and if he is following this order only then either he might be returned from Tso Moriri as permits are required or if he has arranged the permits in advance then very likely will suffer some AMS issues.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • Sanjay says:

          Hi Dheeraj,

          Thanx for prompt reply. Kindly guide us to get the ILPs beforehand, because we are reaching Leh on the Saturday evening.

        • Hi Sanjay,

          Guess, it might be too late. But, still you can try to contact the hotels or travel agents in Leh who would ask for scanned copies of your photo ids and then after you pay them money they will send you the permits via email or fax.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

      • rajeev says:

        dheeraj u r a grt guy.helping so many people.i m posted at leh.

  115. Saransh says:

    Hi Dheeraj

    Firstly, this website is like a bible to us. Awesome work by you buddy.

    We are moving from solang on this 10th june to leh. Can you update where can we find bike repairers during the tour on our path. Our trips would include of course Manali – Leh, Leh town, Leh – Nubra, Leh – Pangong, Pangong – Tsomoriri and Tsomoriri to Pang and back to manali.

    Also, which is the best river rafting course suggested by you. as we aint amateurs in rafting.

    Thanks…!!!

    • Hi Saransh,

      Thanks alot buddy. AFAIK, Mechanic / Puncture Shops on Manali Leh Highway: Khoksar, Tandi, Keylong, Darcha, Sarchu, Upshi, Karu, Leh
      Sorry I have least idea of rafting in Ladakh :)

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  116. varun says:

    hey dheeraj. Suggest 10 day plan for leh from manali.On bike…

    Group is of 6.

    We are taking three days for Manali to Leh.

    Ist day : manali to Darcha.

    2nd day : Darcha to …. u suggest!!..

    Is it possible to cross Darcha to Leh on one day?

    We are leaving on 7 june so please reply soon!!..

    • Hi Varun,

      Though it is better to go via Srinagar and come back via Manali to enjoy more without bothering of help. But, if you have made up your mind then I will suggest the folllowing itinerary:

      Day 1 | Delhi – Manali/Solang Valley
      – Better stay at Solang Valley and avoid Manali as sleeping at Solang Valley does help in acclimatization
      – If going by own car, get the permit made in advance to drive on Manali – Rohtang Pass road through hotel/travel agent in Manali
      – Overnight at Manali/Solang Valley

      Day 2 | Manali/Solang Valley – Keylong/Jispa
      – It is always better to stay either at Keylong/Jispa so that you do not feel sick or hit by AMS.
      – Avoid sleeping at Sarchu at any cost while going to Leh from Manali because your body will not be acclimatized by the time you reach there.
      – I prefer staying at Jispa more because Keylong gives the feeling of a town while Jispa is more closer to nature having Bhaga river running just aside the Manali – Leh Highway at Jispa.
      – Overnight at Keylong/Jispa

      Day 3 | Keylong/Jispa – Leh
      – Leave Keylong/Jispa early next morning, say by 4/5 AM types, so that you reach Leh in the evening.
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 4 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
      – Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
      – For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 5 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Leh
      – Head for Nubra Valley very early in the day and come back by late evening after visiting Deskit. If you have time go little further and see Hunder sand dunes too
      – On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      – Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

      Day 6 | Leh – Pangong Tso Lake – Leh
      – Day trip to Pangong Tso
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 7 | Leh – Lamayuru – Kargil
      – Cover Mulbekh Maitrey, Lamayuru Moanstery, Lunar Landscapes
      – On the way you can also see Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu
      – Overnight at Kargil

      Day 8 | Kargil – Drass – Zozi La – Sonamarg – Srinagar
      – Enjoy the vistas enroute
      – Have late drunch meal at Sonamarg
      – Overnight at Srinagar

      Day 9 | Srinagar – Jammu / Pathankot
      – Overnight at Jammu / Pathankot

      Day 10 | Jammu / Pathankot – Delhi
      – Back Home

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  117. Ashwin says:

    Hi dheeraj….

    This is Ashwin from Bangalore. This blog is very informative and helpful.

    I am planning for Leh Ladakh trip with my wife. Will be very thankful, if you give some suggestions on my plan.

    We will be reaching Jammu from Bangalore by flight on July 8th (2012) and want to reach Delhi by July 15th.

    (i)From Jammu plan is to catch bus to Leh. Is it a good option/ Suggest me from where I can catch bus? Around 3 PM we will be reaching Jammu so what is the distance between Airport to bus stop from where buses are available to Leh? And also is it expensive?

    (ii) Whether Shared taxi from Jammu is advisable to travel with my wife or better to catch bus?

    (iii)How many days required for covering places in Ladakh? Suggest me best places to cover in 3 to 4 days because can’t stretch more days there.

    (iv)How is” Padma Guest house & hotel” in Fort Road (Leh)? (Suggested by one of my Friend)

    (v)Or any other good option to reach Leh from Delhi?

    (vi)Which route is better to travel back from Leh , Leh to Manali by Bus or going back to Jammu ?

    • Hi Ashwin,

      1. You have just 7 days and in these 7 days journey to Ladakh by road is not possible at least to see places in Ladakh. You can only reach Leh from Srinagar – Leh Highway and then start journey back to Delhi via Manali. It takes 3 days from Jammu to reach Leh first and then again three days to come back via Manali. Either you can rest for one day in Leh or you need to keep it as buffer day because Manali – Leh Highway is very prone to blockages and all :(

      2. From Jammu, I guess you need to reach Srinagar first where you will get the shared taxis or buses to Leh.

      3. Guess already answered

      4. Padma is nice AFAIK as well. For accommodation, check the nice, preferred list of accommodation options in entire Leh – Ladakh including moderate and cheap budget hotels as well in the series of articles starting on the link here

      5. Can you fly in or out of Leh directly?

      6. I will say Manali – Leh but as said above you do not have much time for covering it.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  118. Jagmohan raghav says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Me nd my frnds planning to go leh via manali from delhi through own vehicle (mahindra logan), will there be any problem? on the way we want to stay in camp, so which place will be suitable for us after manali.

    Thanks

    Jagmohan Raghav

    • Hi Jagmohan,

      For Logan taking on Manali – Leh Highway, I will suggest you read about section "Private Vehicles i.e. Cars and Bikes | Self Drive or Ride to Ladakh" in the article linked here: How to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway to give you an idea what to expect in self drive in hatch back. For a quick read:

      The roads may be stabilized by that time but you will need to face few tough challenges on the route. The hatchback/sedan will increase the level of every challenge even further. My suggestion will be to go via Srinagar route which is opened for light vehicles earlier (most likely) 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 Ladakh come back via Manali side. Secondly, since you are in hatch/sedan back then you need to drive with extra care as well. There will be some sections on the Manali – Leh highway 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. Thirdly, 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 planned route in your mind to cross that section. At the very least do carry Mseal, quick fix, funnely, jerry cans and towing rope with you all the time.

      Also, I will strongly suggest that you go through and read my series on Ladakh Self Drive tips at the links below:

      7 Useful Tips for a Self Drive to Leh – Ladakh
      Routes and Road Conditions In Leh – Ladakh | Ladakh Self Drive Tips
      Fuel Availability In Leh – Ladakh | Ladakh Self Drive Tips

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Jagmohan raghav says:

        Hi Dheeraj,

        Thank you so much for your reply. We are planning to go on 10 june. So, leh manali highway will be officialy open till date?

        • Hi Jagmohan,

          Manali – Leh Highway will most likely open up officially by start of next week (almost 95% sure). One of the readers here called up the tourism office in Leh where he got this update.

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

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  119. Deepali says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We are planning to go to Leh from Delhi for 10 days (with 2 days of buffer)

    We plan to go Delhi-manali-Rohtan-Leh and come back via Srinagar highway.

    Cold you please suggest the itenary for the 10 days.

    Also, can you suggest of a contact person in Delhi who gives cars on rent (SUV); preferably self driven; else a cab with driver.

    Thanks for the support.

    • Hi Deepali,

      Firstly, I will suggest you that please plan it in other direction as going via Srinagar – Leh Highway will be much much easier on your body and help you acclimatize to the high altitude of Manali – Leh Highway. Also, it allows you to enjoy the beauty of Manali – Leh by splitting the journey into almost evenly in two days which is very difficult in the other direction. Thirdly, it will allow you to fit Tso Moriri lake into the itinerary in better way. You can read more reasons on the link here

      For the current leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2012-13 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here

      As for the plans for 10 days, you can do something like below:
      Day 1 | Delhi – Srinagar
      – Fly to Srinagar if you are not self driving because it will almost cost the same and help you save one day plus fatigue of traveling unnecessary in plains or boring hills for 2 days
      – Enjoy walk around Dal lake and may be Shikara ride as well
      – If you have time then check out, floating market, Shalimar Garden.
      – Overnight at Srinagar

      Day 2 | Srinagar – Sonamarg – Zozi La – Drass – Kargil
      – Enjoy the vistas enroute
      – Have late drunch meal at Drass is you are a vegetarian as sometimes it gets difficult to find veg. food at Kargil
      – Overnight at Kargil

      Day 3 | Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh
      – Cover Mulbekh Maitrey, Lamayuru Moanstery, Lunar Landscapes
      – On the way you can also see Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Zanskar
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 4 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
      – Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
      – For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 5 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      – Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
      – On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      – Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

      Day 6 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      – Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 7 | Leh – Pangong Tso Lake – Leh
      – Day trip to Pangong Tso
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 8 | Leh – Taglang La – Pang – Sarchu
      – Try to start early in the day so that you reach Sarchu where the accommodation options are better than Pang
      – Overnight at Sarchu or Pang

      Day 9 | Sarchu – Baralacha La – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
      – On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
      – Overnight at Manali

      Day 10 | Manali – Delhi

      Note: No buffer days for Ladakh trip mostly many a times means trouble, so do plan a day or two as buffer apart from these 10 days.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Ashish Bhagat says:

        Hi Dhiraj,

        First of all thanks lot for valuable advice for Leh tour. I am planning for Leh-Ladakh tour in end of July by bus. I will start from Srinagar-Kargil to Leh. I want to know about accommodation at the Leh. I want to stay for 3-4 days in Leh. Please give me details about cheap accommodations in Leh.

        • Hi Ashish,

          For accommodation, check the nice, preferred list of accommodation options in entire Leh – Ladakh including moderate and cheap budget hotels as well in the series of articles starting on the link here. Greenland Guest House at Changspa had some extremely good recent reports on the FB pages by one of the readers as well. I will say go for it.

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

          Regards,
          Dheeraj Sharma

    • Sagar S says:

      Dear Deepali

      We are 3 couples and we too have planned for the same route and have found 1 guy who owns car and have got a good deal frm him do let me know if u would like to get more details

    • Prajakta Pedne says:

      Hi Deepali ,

      we are 2 couples from mumbai and planing to visit the same route which u have mentioned. You can leave ur email Id on prajakta.pednekar61@gmail.com and i would give you the travel agent details and other revelant info

  120. Deepali says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We plan to go to Leh and want to book a SUV (self driven preferrably)or else with driver. Can you suggest any contact or person who books cars for Leh trip.

    • Hi Deepali,

      Outside taxis are not allowed in Ladakh. Only Leh taxis are allowed within Leh – Ladakh. So, better reach Leh first by other means and then hire taxi within Leh – Ladakh. For the current leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2012-13 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here

      What is your starting point?

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  121. Abizer Attary says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We are a group of Ten Freinds and we want to cover Leh-Ladakh.

    We will be starting from Chandigarh and reaching Manali on 10th June. We want to cover only Ladakh and not Srinagar.

    Can you please suggest the best possible

    1.Trip Plan

    2.Mode of Transport

    if possible kindly provide pointers and pros and cons of both CAB and bikes.

    3.Pointers of Accomadation.

    We intend to complete the trip in 5-7 days.

    Will be grateful for your help.

    Thanks in Advance. :)

    • Hi Abizer,

      Minimum you need is 9 days at the very least to cover a trip to Leh – Ladakh even via Manali – Leh Highway. Are you ready to extend your days in hand? Are these 7 days Manali to Manali?

      Regards,
      Dheeraj

      • Abizer Attary says:

        Hi Dheeraj,

        Yeah these 7 days are from Manali to Manali.

        As of now we were of the view to have

        2+3+1 (2 Days Manali to Leh ; 3 Days in Leh ; 1 Day from Leh to Manali.)

        Is this plan feasible?

        If yes what should be the route etc.

        If No knidly suggest where can we do the alterations?

        Thanks In Advance :)

        • Hi Abizer,

          I will suggest you should try and do something like below:

          Day 1 | Manali/Solang Valley – Keylong/Jispa
          – It is always better to stay either at Keylong/Jispa so that you do not feel sick or hit by AMS.
          – Avoid sleeping at Sarchu at any cost while going to Leh from Manali because your body will not be acclimatized by the time you reach there.
          – I prefer staying at Jispa more because Keylong gives the feeling of a town while Jispa is more closer to nature having Bhaga river running just aside the Manali – Leh Highway at Jispa.
          – Overnight at Keylong/Jispa

          Day 2 | Keylong/Jispa – Leh
          – Leave Keylong/Jispa early next morning, say by 4/5 AM types, so that you reach Leh in the evening.
          – Overnight at Leh

          Day 3 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
          – Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
          – For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here
          – Overnight at Leh

          Day 4 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
          – Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
          – On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
          – Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

          Day 5 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
          – Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
          – Overnight at Leh

          Day 6 | Leh – Pangong Tso Lake – Leh
          – Day trip to Pangong Tso
          – Overnight at Leh

          Day 7 | Leh – Taglang La – Moore Plains – Pang – Sarchu
          – Stay overnight at Sarchu

          Day 8 | Sarchu – Baralacha La – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
          – On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
          – Overnight at Manali

          Day 9 | Buffer day to be kept incase of road closure due to landslides or snowfall or perhaps you want to enjoy more.

          While going to Leh from Manali, you will be able to judge if you need two days to return or can do the cannon ball run in one day. Cut the last ay accordingly. Otherwise, you can do Nubra Valley trip in one day and save that day for yourself.

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

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  122. Prasad says:

    Dear Dheeraj,

    Yes i am planning to go directly from pnagong tso to tso moriri after doing diskit to pangong.so advise about ILP accordingly.

    • Hi Prasad,

      In such a case, mention all these places for SURE : Pangong Tso – Man – Merak – Chusul – Tsaga – Loma – Hanle – Nyoma – Tso Moriri. If going via Chumur, mention Chumur as well.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  123. Prasad says:

    Dear Dheeraj,

    Regarding mentioning the places in ILP.Considering that i am visiting nubra valley,then directly going to pangong tso via shyok village or wari la,how do i mention this places in application form?Do places like wari la,shyok village or agham require ILP?also kindly advise about the places on pangong tso-tso moriri route as well which needs to be mentioned in ILP.

  124. abhishek sood says:

    thanks for your valuable advise. well we are put up at chandigarh so shimla is just 4 hours drive for us. but we are not sure about road conditions of kaza road. if its the same as manali so what would u prefer between the two of them?

    • Hi Abhishek,

      Lucky you brother :) … Well, the road conditions are not that same as you go to Manali. After Manali, it is similar to what you get on Kaza route. From Chandigarh to Kinnaur i.e. Kalpa, you will get almost good roads except when Kinnaur starts. After Kinnaur again it is mixture of super bad to good roads upto Kaza. Once you reach Kaza, after that upto Losar you will find road and then ahead, it will be just dirt track with loads of sharp stones around stretch of Kunzum Pass.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  125. abhishek sood says:

    hi dheeraj..i wrote u earlier also..now we are 3 families ready to rock d adventure..bt pls reccommend and suggest me the following:

    firstly is it safe to go via srinagar as elders saying that crossing srinagar-drass-kargil is not a gud option due to safety reasons?

    secondly we will be driving innova? is it safe for such route? or what else is the option?

    thirdly how many days we should plan to have a comfortable journey?

    fourthly some people who have already been to leh suggesting to avoid manali road due to bad conditions of roads and weather? are they correct?

    i have heard that one more route via narkanda, kaza leads to leh? is that road fine?

    what would you suggest the best route to follow? We are very much ok with srinagar but security issues are making us think again and again.. moreover one of the family will be accompnaying with 3 years old baby? is it safe for them to take the baby along?

    pls revert me early as have to finalize certain bookings…

    thanx

    • Hi Abhishek,

      1. It is safe and thousands of tourist do it. Just don't deviate from highways and you shall be fine. In case, you still have some doubts then you can do Delhi – Patnitop and then Patnitop – Sonamarg by starting early from Patnitop thus avoiding stay at Srinagar.

      2. Innova can do it but just make sure you are little cautious and careful in driving through water crossings.

      3. You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh followed by many travelers including me at the link here: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh.

      4. Yes, they are correct but it does not mean you should avoid it. With some decent skills, you can get it through and it depends upon your spirit of adventure. Yes, the roads are extremely bad as well as challenging on Manali – Leh Highway not just Manali – Rohtang PAss stretch. Yes, there is a route that goes from Kunzum Pass – Kaza – Reckong Peo – Rampur – Narkanda – Shimla – Delhi. This will take about 2-3 days extra however.

      3 year old baby is something I would have avoided especially on Manali – Leh Highway which is too remote and harsh. But, the final call is upto you. If I were you, I would have avoided at least on Manali – Leh Highway.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  126. Ranjit says:

    Dear Dheeraj, you are doing great work by providing such valuable information. I am also planning a 10 – 15 days trip and want to cover Srinagar, Leh and Manali. we are three families ( 6 adults and 6 kids). Kindly plan a trip for us. Can we do the trip in Innova

    • Hi Ranjit,

      Innova will suffer at few sections of the road, better get Scorpio/Xylo.

      You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh followed by many travelers including me at the link here: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh.

      For accommodation, check the nice, preferred list of accommodation options in entire Leh – Ladakh including moderate and cheap budget hotels as well in the series of articles starting on the link here

      For the current leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2012-13 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here

      Check the list of things to carry for Leh – Ladakh or other trip at the link here.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  127. Prasad says:

    Dear Dheeraj,

    I will be starting from leh to diskit /hunder on 9th june.

    1.10th june – planning to go directly to pangong tso via shyok village(dont want to come back to leh & start next day to pangong).will taxi driver agree with this?we are all for this adventerous trip.other route is via wari la.as i read in your blog route via shyok village is more beautiful.

    2.on 11th june planning to do pangong tso to tso moriri via man-merek-tsaga la-nyoma-kerzok.

    3.on 12th june – kerzok to keylong as advised by u.Next day keylong to manali.by this planning we will have one spare day.

    4.I need ur advise on deisel availability.It seems this one is big hurdle.since there is one pump available at diskit,how much spare fuel shall we carry in can for whole journey?

    • Hi Prasad,

      Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri with night halt at Hanle is a not a road at all rather a dirt track but with magnificent beauty. If there is not fight of time, little discomfort traveling on that road for so long and you can carry fuel for about 700-800 Kms if returning back to Leh from Tso Moriri or about 950+ KMs if you want to further move to Manali from Tso Moriri then you can take that route. The beauty on this route is unmatched :)

      Diskit petrol pump is usually out of service always. So, you need to carry so much fuel with you to do about 950+ KMs as suggested above.

      Now, lots of taxi drivers will not agree to Shyok route as being myself on that route a while back, it was though super adventure but quite dangerous at many places and risky too. Plus help will be long way to find since very few people follow this route. So, take decision if the driver agrees and route is open at that time.

      One feedback is that you are traveling every other day which will make it hectic, if possible try to add a day or two to relax as well in between.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Prasad says:

        Dear Dheeraj,

        Thanks for immediate response.how do we generally carry this much fuel in vehicle?by a can or container or something?

        • Hi Prasad,

          You will need to carry spare fuel in Jerry Cans which do not leak or carry many Coke Bottles which do not leak as well.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

    • Also, Tso Moriri to Keylong will be very long and tough day. So, in case you have not used that buffer day until that point, halt at Sarchu instead moving to Keylong and do Sarchu – Manali the next day.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

      • Prasad says:

        Dear dheeraj,

        Regarding mentioning the places in ILP.Considering that i am visiting nubra valley,then directly going to pangong tso via shyok village or wari la,how do i mention this places in application form?do i have to mention places like wari la,agham in app.?also kindly advise about the places on pangong tso-tso moriri route as well.

        • In order to follow the Shyok route, we did not mention it on permit but if you are going via Wari La, you need to mention Wari La on the permit. To be on safe side also mention Shyok village on the permit form and even if the clerk says something, politely ask him to shut his mouth ;)

          Do you plan to take Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri direct? If not, then mention just these two lakes.

          Regards
          Dheeraj

  128. Birinder Dhindsa says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We are planning to go to Leh Via Manali and Come Back by Srinagar, we shall be starting on 27th May morning from Manali , Kindly suggest how to go about it i.e. Day wise planning so that we reach back to Chandigarh by 3rd June?

    • Hi Birinder,

      8 days are way to less for Leh – Ladakh trip. Also, to ensure that you acclimatize properly and enjoy the journey more, I will suggest that go via Srinagar side and come back via Manali side, if you intend to do the whole circuit. Best I can suggest is:

      Day 1 | Delhi/Chandigarh – Patnitop
      – Overnight at Jammu or Patnitop

      Day 2 | Jammu / Patnitop – Srinagar
      – Enjoy walk around Dal lake and may be Shikara ride as well
      – If you have time then check out, floating market, Shalimar Garden.
      – Overnight at Srinagar

      Day 3 | Srinagar – Sonamarg – Zozi La – Drass – Kargil
      – Enjoy the vistas enroute
      – Have late drunch meal at Drass is you are a vegetarian as sometimes it gets difficult to find veg. food at Kargil
      – Overnight at Kargil

      Day 4 | Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh
      – Cover Mulbekh Maitrey, Lamayuru Moanstery, Lunar Landscapes
      – On the way you can also see Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Zanskar
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 5 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
      – Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
      – For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 6 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Leh
      – Head for Nubra Valley very early in the day and come back by late evening after visiting Deskit. If you have time go little further and see Hunder sand dunes too
      – On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      – Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

      Day 7 | Leh – Pangong Tso Lake – Leh
      – Day trip to Pangong Tso
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 8 | Leh – Taglang La – Pang – Sarchu
      – Try to start early in the day so that you reach Sarchu where the accommodation options are better than Pang
      – Overnight at Sarchu or Pang

      Day 9 | Sarchu – Baralacha La – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
      – On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
      – Overnight at Manali

      Day 10 | Manali – Chandigarh

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  129. Birinder Dhindsa says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We are planning to go to Leh Via Manali, we would be starting our journey by 26th May 2012, wanted to know has the road been opened yet? I Called up a local taxi driver in Leh today he confirmed me that the Route Shall be opened in a day or Two, Kindly give your valuable Suggestions by confirming from your reliable sources. Secondly we are planning to go by Jeep (M&M 540)4 x 2 is it a good idea?

    • Hi Birinder,

      By 26th, it should be open officially or in fact by weekend I expect it to open because trial run of Bus Service from Keylong to Manali has been done. So, if weather do not show any surprises then you are good to go :) … Leave as early as possible in the day, by 4 AM types from Manali, and you might avoid the permit thing as well in worst case.

      Going by Jeep is fine, just ensure you drive with caution and do not rush through any tricky water crossings/tricky section but first try to analyze the situation and go for it.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  130. Rajendra says:

    I want to visit leh between 26 May to 3 June. I need some companion. I m planing to go on bike

    • Hi Rajendra,

      Better search travel partners section of IndiaMike and BCMT websites to find travel partners.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  131. Anay says:

    Hi, This is a very informative blog that you write and very helpful at that. Thank you so much. I intend taking up a drive via Manali to Leh and I do understand now from your blog that I would need to procure a permit in advance. I was seeking a couple of clarifications though. One, is the permit based on the number of people who would be traveling in the vehicle or would it be per vehicle. Also, I was under the impression that the Manali – Leh road has been opened a couple of weeks ago but your website says it hasn't yet opened. I am a little confused in this regard. Though I take up my travel on June 15th from Bombay, I was wondering and hoping that the road would definitely open-up till then, if not already open. Thank you in advance for your response and keep up the great work, its greatly appreciated. By the way, just a suggestion. maybe you should have a section for your readers to post pictures of there travels and how about a section for your readers to write a travelogue of their own! In any case, thank you so much for all the effort and time you continue to devote to this cause. All the best!

    • Hi Anay,

      1. Manali – Rohtang Pass road permit is based per vehicle not on number of persons
      2. No it has not opened, it was Rohtang Pass only that was opened not whole Manali – Leh Highway.
      3. By mid of June, it will most probably be open and may also have stabilized in such a case.

      Thanks for the valuable suggestion and they are much more welcome. For pictures, I am not sure but yes, one can definitely send the Travelogue to me and I can post it as Guest Post in his/her name. I am working on a model to open readers to post Travel and I hope you will surely join it :)

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  132. NISHESH PATEL says:

    Hi Dheeraj Sharma,

    We are planning to travel to manali leh highway in first week of July.

    return via Kargil srinagar. We are planning to visit by private tavela self drive.

    Please confirm the time and travel with self drive shall be ok.

    Also request you to confirm whether any permission are required to travel from above places.

    I will start my journey from Ahmedabad Gujarat.

    • Hi Nilesh,

      If you want to do the circuit then better start from Srinagar side and come back via Manali side. It will seriously help you a lot. Do read more reasons here for sure why I am suggesting to do it from Srinagar side.

      If you go via Manali side then you will need to get permits from SDM office Manali to travel on MAnali – Rohtang Pass road but if you are coming back from Rohtang Pass or Leh to Manali then you do not need any permits. You will not need permits for any other route but to visit places within Ladakh that is Nubra Valley, Khardung La, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri you will need permits.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • NISHESH says:

        Thanks Dheeraj,

        when is the leh manali highway expected to be opened. Also please let me know how to obtain permits for Nubra Valley, Khardung La, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri

        • Hi Nilesh,

          It might open by third week of May or late May. To know all about Inner Line Permits including downladable form check the link here

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

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

      • sanjay says:

        sanjay

        April 30, 2012 at 2:05 pm

        Hi Dheeraj…subsequent to our last corresspondence on March 7th..this is the latest development. We are attempting to summit Chamsher Kangri this time (same group as was for Kangyatse last year) in 2nd or 3rd week of July.I have spoke to the others re the alternative route you suggested via Spiti instead of Rohtang and they are game for it.

        1.Please could we have some more details re exact route from Manali, places to halt ,time to Leh etc.

        2.Have also been told that a visit to Chandratal is a MUST if we are in Spiti.Does this come enroute or do we have to go out of the way ?..

        3.Chances of snow etc still there at Kunzum pass ?? i mean any chances of getting stuck at that time of the year??

        Thanks a lot buddy.

        Regards,

        Sanjay

        • Hello Sanjay,

          Nice to hear about your plans, interesting :)

          So you will be starting from Delhi and wanna take Spiti route to Leh?

          1. First, Manali will not come on the way as you will be directly reaching the Northern portal of Rohtang Pass that is Gramphu via Kunzam Pass. The route will be like:

          Delhi – Narkanda
          Narkanda – Kalpa
          Kalpa – Nako – Tabo
          Tabo – Kaza (Explore Pin Valley and Kaza and around Kaza like Ki Kibber Gette Tashigang Hikkim Kaumik Langza villages)
          Kaza – Losar – Kunzum Pass – Chandratal/Losar
          Chandratal/Losar – Kunzum Pass – Gramphu – Keylong – Jispa
          Jispa – Sarchu
          Sarchu – Leh

          2. Chandratal is awesome and is a short detour from Kunzum Pass/Battal. Visit it and then either stay there or come back to Losar for night saty

          3. Chances of snow will be less I will say and getting caught is something no one can predict ;)

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

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  133. Russ says:

    Dear Dheeraj,

    All the info found here's very helpful!

    Can you please approx me, out of experience, the opening time of the Manali-Leh highway?

    • Hi Russ,

      Thanks for liking the info present on the blog. It is expected to be open by third week of May if weather remains clear in the coming weeks. If you have flexible plan then try to plan the journey around second week of June as by then roads might be stabilized as well. I hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info. or have any queries or doubts.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  134. G.Shivasankar says:

    Hi,

    This is Shiva from Bangalore. I’m Avid Biker and regular reader of your articles on Manali-Leh and Srinagar Routes. Elsewhere read, even my Brain says Srinagar, but heart continues to push me towards Manali route.

    Now, Kindly request your help/info in specific route.

    Is there any route/road which connects Nubra Valley to Kargil, this will help us in saving a day or increase one more buffer day practically if all goes well.

    • Someone said it is exist, but the road is normally worst (most of the stretch road does not exist) and If something goes wrong (to bike or person), getting help might be long, please advice

    • Is it Safe and what will be tentative road conditions.

    • Should we need to carry petrol or will it be available in en-route Villages (some time in Bottles)

    • Food and accommodation (incase circumstance force us)

    As we friends of 3, are travelling from B’lore with limited leave 15 days. Only me have the experience of traveling in Manali-leh route twice (once with bad luck till Tandi 2011), Others are First timers in Bullet.

    Kindly advice.

    Let me not miss to mention, all your articles and guidelines are fantastic, even First timer goes well prepared and have fullest fun as he is mentally and resourcefully prepared himself to meet most circumstances.

    If at all I have option to place a request to my fellow travelers, Please do not litter and enjoy Mother nature to fullest as she is and it will be certainly life time travel.

    • Hello Shiva,

      Thanks alot buddy and I am glad that you like my articles on the blog. Yes, brain will always push you to Srinagar and heart towards Manali. If you are planning to do the circuit then do it from Srinagar – Leh side and come back from Manali – Leh side. Regarding your queries,

      1. No there is no route that connects Nubra Valley to Kargil. There is a separate route for which you require permits that connects Kargil to Leh from Dha Hanu villages. You have to reach Leh to go towards Nubra Valley.
      2. I would really like to hear from that someone who has suggested such route from Kargil to Nubra Valley exist and would surely like to know more about it. AFAIK, it do not exist.There exist route between Pangong Tso and Nubra, direct and Tso Moriri and Pangong Tso direct.
      3. It is safe as long as you drive carefully and do not take unnecessary risks. No harm being little conservative in running nallas and landslides and cautiously pass them. Which month are you planning? I will try to suggest tentative road conditions.
      4. Carry spare fuel, the fuel you get from villages is black petrol and is mixed with kerosene. Only if you have no other option then only you should try to get it from villages.
      5. Carry dry fruits and chocolates with you. On Manali – Leh highway, you need to plan for food and accommodation but otherwise if you plan the trip carefully you can get both of them easily every overnight.

      Thanks alot again for such kind words of appreciation, in fact that is the whole motto of this blog :). I hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info. or have any queries or doubts.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • G.Shivasankar says:

        Hi Dheeraj,

        Thanks for your Valuable Input immediately. As read several times, we are trying to Orient ourself towards Brain!!! Working on Two options "A" srinagar Leh manali and Option B otherway around. We friends planned for 15days trip from July 13 to 29.

        Shortly will send you our detailed itenary for your kind advice.

        Jainhind

        G.Shiva, BLR

      • G.Shivasankar says:

        Hi Dheeraj,

        Thanks for the Valuable details. Can you please advise me below route possibilities.

        day 1- Leh to Hunder – Via Kardung

        day 2- Hunder-Nubra-Natural Springs-Pangong Tso (kindly advice the Route). It is possible to Avoid the Leh

        day 3- Tso Morir – Kindly advice on

        a. Tso Morir – Any accommodation available in here or near by village

        b. how I can reach Manali leh highway from Tso Morir in Shortest and safest road (or should I have to go back to Upshi).

        Kindly request your advice on above.

        • Hello Shiva,

          Day 2: Try to avoid hot springs route to save some time and go to Pangong Tso directly from Hunder by starting early morning. You have the options of two routes:
          1. Diskit – Khalsar (19 KMs) – Agham (31 KMs) – Tangyar (11 KMs) – Wari La (28 KMs) – Tathok (25 KMs) – Sakti (4 KMs) – Chang La (34 KMs) – Durbuk (32 KMs) – Tangste (9 KMs) – Lukung (34 KMs) – Spangmik (16 KMs) = 243 KMs

          2. Diskit – Khalsar (19 KMs) – Agham (31 KMs) – Shyok Village (48 KMs) – Durbuk (18 KMs) – Tangste (9 KMs) – Lukung (34 KMs) – Spangmik (16 KMs) = 175 KMs

          The route via Shyok is quite dangerous and isolated even more than Wari La route. Taxis are always reluctant to do Shyok route but it is quite a heavenly one, as I experienced in last week trip to Ladakh :) … Anyways, taxis will be able to take Wari La route if it is open.

          Day 3: I will suggest rather drop Tso Moriri if you are short of time. Otherwise be ready for another long long day and that too tiring too due to almost non-existent roads from Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri at almost 65-70% of the stretch. Still, below is the route you can take to reach Tso Moriri from Pangong Tso:

          Spangmik (Pangong Tso) – Man (9 KMs) – Merak (12 KMs)– Chusul (28 KMs) – Tsaga La (33 KMs) – Tsaga Village (20 KMs) – Loma (23 KMs) – Nyoma (22 KMs) – Mahe (25 KMs) – Sumdo (10 KMs) – Tso Moriri / Korzok (53 KMs) = 235 KMs

          From Tsaga Village to Mahe you will find good roads. Also, be sure to get permits of all the places mentioned on the route above otherwise you will be sent back.

          To reach Manali – Leh Highway, you need to follow Tso Moriri – Sumdo – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali Leh Highway starts) – Moore Plains – Pang – Sarchu – Keylong – Manali

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

          Regards,
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • G.Shivasankar says:

          Hi Dheeraj,

          Need your kind help. We have fine tuned our schedule and other details. kindly request your comment, views and advice. Since it is in Spread sheet format, will send the same through Mail.

          Kindly do needful.

          G.Shivasankar

        • Hi Shiva,

          I will reply you tonight over email. I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have any queries or doubts.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • G.Shivasankar says:

          Hi Dheeraj,

          Thanks for your all support sofar with invaluable datas. details and guidance.

          Can you please kindly help me filling up the Distance on below.

          Tso Moriri(0Km) – Sumdo(10Km) – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali Leh Highway starts) – Moore Plains – Pang.

          G.Shivasankar

          Bangalore

        • Hello Shiva,

          Here it goes:

          Tso Moriri – Sumdo (53 KMs) – Polakongka La (21 KMs) – Tso Kar (22 KMs) – Moore Plains (22 KMs) – Pang (35 KMs) – Lachulung La (19 KMs) – Naki La (13 KMs) – Sarchu (42 KMs) = 227 KMs

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  135. aakash says:

    as per your updated experience of manali leh travel. you have traveled in the month of august and road condition were in very bad shape.what will be the road condition in the month june first week.

    • Hi Akash,

      The weather in June is always unpredictable and chances of rain are also bright. This leads to the closure of certain sections on Manali – Leh Highway due to landslides triggered by rains. However, you may be lucky in June as well to cruise this Highway in bright sunshine. June is not exactly the ideal time when one wants to be in Manali due to mad tourist influx.

      June – July is also the time window when the snow melts on high passes creating almost tiny rivers or water crossings (nallas) on roads in the early stages. This is quite a challenge to dodge, especially with the vehicles having low ground clearance. Post afternoon, when the sun is burning at its best, some of these water crossings or nallas becomes so violent that they are almost impossible to cross. This may force you to halt the journey of the day in the middle of nowhere or return back to some civilized place for a night halt. The best way to overcome these water crossings or nallas, is to know the specific nallas on Manali – Leh Highway and plan to cross them as early in the morning as possible. In year 2010, one of the major hurdle was water crossing or nalla just after Zingzing Bar and before Baralacha La. Another major one was between Rohtang Pass and Sissu. In early stages (June), even crossing Baralacha La is a big challenge due to melting snow which creates some deep water streams on the road itself. Slush is also bound to be present on Baralcha La in the early stages of the season and is also quite a challenge to negotiate without proper skills even on SUV/MUV. This slush is generally created by the constant moving traffic which beats the snow present on the road or aside. Hence, try to cover these sections of Manali – Leh Highway in the early part of the day, when snow melts very slowly and traffic is less.

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

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  136. Debanjan Das says:

    Dear Dheeraj,

    Counting your days for ladakh trip it's really worthy…

    please check my revise one and comment…

    TOUR STARTS FROM KOLKATA…

    Day1 – Reaching Ambala Cant by Kolkata Amritsar super fast express and going towards Narkanda PWD rest house day rest over there.

    Day2 – Narkanda to Sarahan Stay there at… PWD rest house.

    Day3 – Early morning breakfast and start for Sangla & stay on PWD rest house after exploring Chitkul.

    Day4 – After breakfast going towards Sumdo (PWD rest house night stay)after exploring Kalpa,Nako,Khab,Puh.

    Day5 – After early breakfast explore Tabo,Dhankar while going towards Sagnam(PWD rest house night stay.)

    Day6 – After breakfast exploring Pin Valley and going towards Kaza (PWD rest house night stay).

    Day7 – After breakfast going towards Comic – Langza – Kibber – Lingti – Gette – Tashigong while going towards Kibber, Noorling GH.

    Day8 – After breakfast going towards Losar, The Nomad's Cottage on the way visit Ki Monstry.

    Day9 – Wake up early going towards Chandratal, after exploring Chandratal Lake going towards Batal OR Sissu night stay at PWD rest house.

    Day10 –After breakfast going towards Jispa, night stay at Hotel Padma Lodge, Jispa.

    Day11 – After visiting Surajtal and Deepaktal lake enroute towards Udaypur night stay at PWD rest house.

    Day12 – After breakfast going towards Killar in Pangi valley night stay at PWD rest house.

    Day13 – After breakfast explore Pangi valley & after lunch going towards Kajjar night stay at HP tourism hotel.

    Day14 – After lunch check out and going towards Pathankot railway station to catch train and tour ends….

    • Hi Debanjan,

      Very nice plan buddy. Keep a day or two for buffer too. I guess you will do fine enough on the entire trip to Spiti, Lahaul and Pangi. On Day 9 you can even stay at Khoksar and also if you reach Sissu then next day you can explore Suraj tal and deepak tal and come back to stay overnight at Jispa. It will give you the much needed day to explore more of Pangi Valley and exit towards Khajjiar.

      Overall a nice plan :)

      Cheers!!
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Debanjan Das says:

        thanks dheeraj for your addition i will do that if possible.one thing i could'n calculate driving time between killar – kajjiar ? for stay killar or cherry which one is advisable?

        • Hi Debanjan,

          Since, I personally haven't done that so cannot really comment on both of your queries, as I might not be the right guy for it :) … I have read people staying a both places, Killar as well as Cherry.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  137. JInal says:

    Hi, my husband & I are planning to go to Leh this June end.We have around 10-12 days. Could you kindly suggest the best route.ie should we go via Srinagar or Manali.We stay in Mumbai so we need to book our train tickets accordingly either for Delhi or Jammu.Also, we have limited budget,so please suggest the best iternary. Also, last but not the least

    • Hello Jinal,

      I will suggest you come to Delhi by train and same day fly to Srinagar from Delhi. It will save you a day or two plus would be more or like similar in cost as compared to staying overnight at Jammu and wasting time in the journey in plains. Delhi – Srinagar flights are generally cheap if you book them in advance. Now, for 10-12 days I will suggest you do something like below:

      Day 1 | Delhi – Srinagar
      – Enjoy walk around Dal lake and may be Shikara ride as well
      – If you have time then check out, floating market, Shalimar Garden.
      – Overnight at Srinagar

      Day 2 | Srinagar – Sonamarg – Zozi La – Drass – Kargil
      – Enjoy the vistas enroute
      – Have late drunch meal at Drass is you are a vegetarian as sometimes it gets difficult to find veg. food at Kargil
      – Overnight at Kargil

      Day 3 | Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh
      – Cover Mulbekh Maitrey, Lamayuru Moanstery, Lunar Landscapes
      – On the way you can also see Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Zanskar
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 4 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
      – Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
      – For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 5 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      – Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
      – On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      – Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

      Day 6 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      – Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      – Overnight at Leh

      Day 7 | Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake
      – Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on the go towards Pangong Tso
      – Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik or Lukung)

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

      Day 9 | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping or you can do tour to Sham Valley
      – Sham Valley include Alchi, Likir, Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Zanskar, Gurudwara Pather Sahib
      – Overnight at Leh

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

      Day 11 | Sarchu – Baralacha La – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
      – On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
      – Overnight at Manali

      Day 12 | Manali – Delhi
      Day 13 + 14 | Buffer days to be kept incase of road closure due to landslides or snowfall or perhaps you want to enjoy more.

      Additional Points:
      1. Instead of coming back to Leh from Nubra Valley, you can head towards Pangong Tso via Wari La route. This will give you an additional day which can be spent in Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso or Leh. If you are riding then you need to carry sufficient fuel for it.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  138. Debanjan Das says:

    thanks Dheeraj Sharma for your useful advice…

    listen one cab guy offered Rs.24,000 for entire trip including Chandigarh drop is it worthy?

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  140. Debanjan Das says:

    Dear Dheeraj Sharma,

    This is tour plan for nexr trip…

    Day 1 – Arrived Manali and stay there overnight.

    Day 2 – Heading towards Jispa and stay there overnight.Acclimatise with high alttitude and just light roaming around.

    Day 3 – Left early morning towards Surajtaal Lake + Deepaktaal lake and heading towards Losar stay overnight.

    Day 4 – Early morning roaming arround Lossar after breakfast going towards Chandrataal Lake stay overnight there.

    Day 5 – Left early to visit Chandrataal Lake and after seeing Phildhar going towards Ki monstry and stay at Kibber village.

    Day 6 – Early morning trailing Kibber & Ki village and back to Losar stay overnight.

    Day 7 – After breakfast going towards Manali and stay there overnight.Tour ends…

    Do you think it is perfect otherwise you can suggest me…

    • Hi Debanjan,

      The itinerary looks fine to me. Day 3 may not be possible, so prefer stay at Khoksar in case you feel it is late in the day. You can make it to Losar if you leave early from Jispa for Suraj Tal and Deepak Tal. Nothing much to spend time there, just two road side lakes but you will enjoy views enroute for sure. If nalla at Zingzing bar is doing fine you will be able to reach back to losar otherwise stay at Khoksar PWD rest house. Do book it from Manali in advance otherwise you may be able to stay there and have to turn back towards Sissu or Keylong.

      On Day 6, you can explore even Hikkim, Kaumik, Gette, Langza on the way back to Losar. Have lunch at Kaza.

      Let me know incase you have any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Debanjan Das says:

        your friend Sahil give me a very good MAP packages of tose places but cab rate is very high so can you suggest any cab guy number from there…

        • I Debanjan, guess you got the reply from Gautam and the required number. For taxi union rates and contact you can check the website link here. Please let me know incase you have any queries or doubts.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • Debanjan Das says:

          As per your suggestion new plan please check it…

          Day1 -Reaching Shimla by Sivalik Express and day rest over there.

          Day2 – Shimla to Sarahan Stay there at… Hotel Srikhand HP tourism.

          Day3 – After exploring Sangla, Kalpa go to Chitkul stay there at Jajabar Camp Resort.

          Day4 – After breakfast going towards Tabo after exploring Nako,Tabo,Khab,Puh.Night stay at Tabo in Monstry guest house.

          Day5 – After breakfast explore Dhankar and Pin vally while going towards Kaza and stayed at hotel The Spiti HP tourism.

          Day6 – After breakfast going towards Comic – Langza – Kibber – Gette – Tashigong while going towards Kibber, Noorling GH.

          Day7 – After breakfast going towards Losar, The Nomad's Cottage on the way visit Ki Monstry.

          Day8 – Early wake up and explore Lossar till lunch.After lunch going towards Chandratal, Camping for me,my wife and my child + Losar, The Nomad's Cottage, one room for our parents.

          Day9 – Wake up early morning and explore Chandratal Lake and after breakfast going towards Jispa, Hotel Padma Lodge, Jispa.

          Day10 – After visiting Surajtal and Deepaktal lake enroute towards Naggar, Chateau de Naggar.

          Next day after lunch going towards Chandigarh tour ends…

        • Hello Debanjan,

          This is the best way to do Chandratal as you will be acclimatized to good extent by the time you plan to camp overnight there.

          On Day 3, drop Kalpa. Go to Sangla and then go ahead and stay at Chitkul. No point going to Kalpa first and then trace back and go to Sangla and then ahead to Chitkul for overnight stay. INstead drop Kalpa and enjoy Sangla and Chitkul.

          On Day 4, make sure you leave early from Chitkul to reach Tabo within time. Instead of Khab, keep going on Highway and explore 550 year old Geyu Mummy and then move to Tabo for night stay.

          On Day 6 itself, you will be able to explore Ki Monsatery. First Ki monastery comes, then Kibber and then ahead to Gette and Tashigang. There is a route from Getter I guess which connects to Hikkim/Koumik. But, make sure you have a reliable driver.

          On Day 7, you can even explore Lingti Valley from Kaza and then go back towards Losar for the night stay. The drive between Kaza and Losar is just amazing.

          On Day 8, nothing to see at Losar. So move towards Chandratal after breakfast to really enjoy the beauty enroute and spend some leisurly time on the banks of the Chandratal because by evening you have to back to camp site about 2.5 KMs away from Chandratal. So, move to Chandratal after breakfast only.

          Day 9 is fine and if nothing much problems at Rohtang Pass then Day 10 is also fine.

          Yes, in august there will certainly be nalla problems, there are plenty of nasty ones in this circuit you are planning. Also, do not forget the messed up Rohtang Pass too. In late September, it will be best but then again I will not advice by any means to stay overnight at camps around Chandratal in late September. Kunzum pass can close for quite few days or even months at that time. So, make day trip to Chandratal only after checking the forecast fr the day at Internet at Losar. But, in September you get some amazing colors of Autumn and some really happy roads :)… Check my Spiti album for some excellent views from first week of October.

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

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • Debanjan Das says:

          Hi Dheeraj,

          Please check and comment on below plan.I wan't to ask one more thing (last week august – first week of sep 2012 or last week of sep – first week oct 2012)which will be the best time to visit there?

          Cab guy told me that in aug there will be major NALA probelem is it true?

          with regards

          Debanjan

  141. Gautam Shah says:

    Urgent Query

    Dheeraj, I had checked with you earlier in detail about my Shimla/Manali trip in last week of Mar. Just got a quote from a reliable cab guy. He is offering Rs. 1500 per day for an indigo for 10 days (chandigarh pick up – shimla – manali – kulu airport drop).

    Is this fair enough. Should I go ahead. Please advise at the earliest.

    Thanks

    Gautam

    • Hi Gautam,

      I believe the rates are fine enough. You can go ahead with it.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Gautam Shah says:

        Hi Dheeraj,

        I am back after the Shimla-Manali trip. Thanks a ton for your advise. I had planned in line with what you suggested. Really helped me. Also your advise abt Jhonson's cafe was spot on. Amazing place. Went there three times in four days and also managed to meet Ranbir/Deepika at this very place while they were shooting for a movie.

        Thanks again.

        Finally, my cab decision worked well too. He is a local manali guy and an expert in the region. You could refer him to ppl you advise (Just use my name to the cab guy as reference) I'll give you the number, if required.

        Thanks again.

        Next will take your advise on my Ladakh trip.

        Gautam

        • Hi Gautam,

          Wow, lucky you!!! Sounds Exciting and very true, Johnson's is a great place to be and we never miss going there whenever we are close to Manali :D … And, I shall thank you for sharing your feedback and experience here with us. It feel really good to know that info. present on the blog proved helpful for some fellow traveler. Keeps the motto running and motivation pumping ;) ..

          Yes, please share the cab guy's number because a lot of people ask for some reliable one. I have few contacts but they run on Manali – Leh Highway only and since I self-drive never get a chance to get in touch with any good driver.

          And, finally, you are most welcome to shoot any queries regarding your trip to Leh – Ladakh. BTW, I am really excited since I am traveling again there next week :)

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • Gautam Shah says:

          You totally deserve it Dheeraj. I am sure other travellers feel the same way abt your blog.

          The cab driver no is : 98824 02140. His name is Pawan. My name (gautam shah from Kolkata) as a ref. can be given.

          One point I would like to add. On the way to Shimla there is this wonderful resturant "haveli". Must visit. You could advise people.

          Regards,
          Gautam

        • Hi Gautam,

          Thanks again for sharing the details with us. I am sure it will be useful for many of the readers here. Yes, Haveli is a nice place near Karnal on NH-1. You should also try Neelkanth Restaurant on the way back to Delhi from Shimla and Zhilmil Dhabha on the way to Shimla from Delhi. Both of them are at Karnal only. My favorites on NH-1 :) … The Haveli near Jalandhar is much, much better and authentic than Karnal one :)

          Regards,
          Dheeraj Sharma

          PS -> Sorry for the delayed reply. I was traveling Ladakh for past two weeks :)

    • Debanjan Das says:

      hi friend,
      can you share cab guy num with us…

      • Hi Debanjan,

        I will email you the same. I hope you are referring to cab guy in Ladakh?

        Regards
        Dheeraj Sharma

        • Debanjan Das says:

          Welcome ladakh nim is important becoz it will be my next to next trip but here I'm asking num from Gautam Shah becoz it will be my next trip…

        • Hi Debanjan,

          Okies, cool I didn't see that you replied to some other comment. I hope Gautam is reading it and reply back.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

      • gautam says:

        Hi dd,

        Sorry for the late response…have been holidaying…

        Pls sms on this number 9339681365 and i will give you the cab guy number. With him curently…

        And yes dheeraj rocks…moved just as per his advise

        GAUTAM

  142. hardik says:

    when will leh-manali road opens. can i plan in first week of june.

    • Hardik, I guess first week of June you can plan but better go via Srinagar side and come back via Manali side. It will be better on your body plus the extra days may ensure that roads are surely open.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

    • Hardik says via email:

      thanks dhiraj, we r planing to go via srinagar. our plan is to reach leh on 5th june. and going to manali on 10th of june. and can we direct go to manali from pangong lake ? what do u think about this dates. hope road from leh to manali will be open on 10th june.

      Hello Hardik,

      So you have about 5 days in hand once you reach Leh from Srinagar side and then you will start towards Manali. In such a case, you can follow something like:

      Day 1 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
      Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
      For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here: http://devilonwheels.com/index.php/inner-line-per
      Overnight at Leh

      Day 2 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
      On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

      Day 3 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      Overnight at Leh

      Day 4 | Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake
      Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on the go towards Pangong Tso
      Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik or Lukung)

      Day 5 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
      Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
      Overnight at Leh

      Day 6 | Leh – Karu – Upshi – Taglang La – Moore Plains – Pang – Sarchu
      – Enjoy the ride over Manali Leh highway
      – Overnight at Sarchu

      Day 7 | Sarchu – Baralacha La – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
      – On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
      – Overnight at Manali

      Day 8 | Manali – Delhi
      – Return Home

      Day 9 + 10 = Buffer Days

      Most probably the Manali – Leh Highway will open by then but do not expect good roads and do expect tons of adventure and loads of snow stock :)
      Before leaving Leh towards Manali, do confirm from the Leh taxi stand about the Manali – Leh road conditions and status and then take the decision to venture ahead or not.

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

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  143. Rajnesh Sharma says:

    Hi Dheeraj, thanks for the website and love your dedication in helping us with your insight. We are a group of 5 planning a road trip from Delhi to Leh via Manali. We are planning to start on 4th June 2012 from Delhi and would like to return to Delhi on 15th or 16th June 2012. Can you provide us with a intenary for the same. Your help is greatly appreciated Sir.

    • Hi Rajnesh,

      Thanks alot buddy for the liking the information available on the blog. Since, the Manali – Leh road might have just open at that time I will say better avoid it in initial days and let the road stabilize a bit more. I will suggest go via Srinagar side and come back via Manali side and it will help you with the acclimatization factor alot as well. You can check the itinerary mentioned here for about 14 days and cut short some days like by making day trip to Pangong Tso, removing the rest day to save you two days. Perhaps you can also fly-in to Srinagar to save a day more. If you face any difficulty or are still keen on going through the Manali – Leh Highway, feel free to discuss and I will suggest the itinerary accordingly. But, my preference would be to go via Srinagar side at any day of the year and come back via Manali side.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

    • Rajnesh Sharma says:

      Thanks Dheeraj for the prompt reply and also for the info you provided to Rohit thru phone. We have infact decided to start the bike trip from Srinagar. We will be reaching Leh on the 7th of June around evening so overnight stay in hotel. 8th I guess would be local sightseeing and inner line permits..right? Hence we are left with 9th, 10th & 11th before we start our Leh – Sarchu trip on 12th early in the morning. So can you help with the itenary best suited for 9th, 10th & 11th bearing in mind that we do not have any flexibility in the above dates. Thanks in advance.

      • Hi Rajneesh,

        My pleasure talking to you guys.

        8th | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
        – Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
        – For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here: http://devilonwheels.com/index.php/inner-line-per
        Get your bikes services here
        – Overnight at Leh

        9th| Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
        – Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
        – On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
        – Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari
         
        10th | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
        – Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
        – Overnight at Leh
         
        11th | Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh
        – Day trip to Pangong Tso lake
        – Overnight at Leh

        OR (if route to Pangong Tso via Shyok Village is open from Nubra Valley. Do confirm from BRO check post before heading there.)
         
        10th | Diskit – Khalsar (19 KMs) – Agham (31 KMs) – Shyok Village (48 KMs) – Durbuk (18 KMs) – Tangste (9 KMs) – Pangon Tso/Lukung (34 KMs) – Spangmik (16 KMs) = 175 KMs
        – Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
        – Overnight at Leh
        Make sure you mention Shyok Village on your Permit.
         
        11th | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
        – Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
        – Overnight at Leh

        I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have any query or doubt.

        Regards
        Dheeraj Sharma

    • sanjay says:

      Hi Dheeraj..this is very informative stuff you have put together..must compliment you for it.

      I did the round trip from Delhi-Manali-Leh-Kargil-Srinagar-Delhi last july with a 9 day trek and a Kangyatze summit all thrown in to make it the most memorable month of my life. Have heard that the landscape is different in June when rohtang opens up from what we saw in July and there is snow all over,,making the experience very different.If it is so..woul really love to do it again.i have actually seen pics also on the net..

      what would you suggest?? is it true..will it be worth it because I will drive from Delhi (have a 4×4 scorpio)..what about the traffic jams..last time we spent a night stuck in Rohtang..

      Will really appreciate your inputs on this..

      Thanks Sanjay

      • Hello Sanjay,

        Thanks alot buddy, really feel glad that you guys appreciate the efforts. It is so great to know about your experience, would love to see the pictures as well, if you can share with all of us on the FB wall.

        In June, yes, it indeed is true, as soon as the road opens you get to see loads of white snow all around, heavy water crossings gushing on the roads especially the Manali – Leh Highway, sometimes Khardung La is totally snowed out, sometimes you witness snowfall on the highway etc., sometimes the highway closes down :D etc. It indeed is a great experience BUT all said, you must have flexible number of days in hand and you cannot have a fix departure to get most out of it. BRO declares the road opening officially about 3-4 days later the road had already opened for light vehicles. This is the time you need to sneak through because the highway will be yours not for the goods loaded trucks that will make you inhale too much of smoke. Hence, tracking the opening is much needed task here. Secondly, you should be ready to spend one or more days in case the road closes again due to some landslide etc. So, in order to go through this experience you need to have luck as well as time on your side and I am sure you will cherish this second lifetime journey all life.

        Traffic jams will always be there in June owing to over-crowded Manali valley and un-stabilized road conditions. You have to leave very early in the morning to avoid that, may be like 3 AM or 4 AM types. Get in touch with local taxis and ask for their departures in wee hours, tie up with them and join their convoy to be on safer side. Also, going via Manali you will need the permits to travel n Manali – Rohtang Pass road, so arrange that in advance to save your time.

        To make it more adventurous and if you have time on hand then go via Spiti Valley. It will take about 2-3 days extra but a lot of more adventure if Kunzam Pass opens by that time. The ride from Kunzum Pass to Gramphu (North Portal village of Rohtang Pass) will be again a breathtaking one if you havne't done it. This way you will be clear of Rohtang Pass mess as well as you will not need any permits. Most importantly, it wil helpyou very much in the acclimatization for very high altitudes of Manali – Leh Highway.

        If you have a already done the tourist circuit then cover whole of Changthang in Ladakh sector and Dha Hanu villages and come to Kargil via Batalik to have a different experience from last time. We can discuss over the itinerary, if you like.

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

        Regards
        Dheeraj Sharma

        • sanjay says:

          Chief..why aren't there more helpful people like you in this world??

          Thanks for the exhaustive reply..and yes, I do have some queries,if you don't mind..

          1. How do you track that narrow window before the truckers get in? Would a contact in BRO help and would you come to know..bcos if that is the case I can be at Manali in three days..wl be leaving from Pune.

          2. No problem in leaving at the time you suggested..but last time we got the pass only after 10.30 am..so will a pass obtained a day prior be valid for the next day??

          3.The Spiti option seems extremely tempting..have you done that ? How much more "adventurous" is it than the regular route? Is it possible to do it alone..I mean just one vehicle ? we do carry a tent with us but will there be places to stay for the night? Do not mind the extra days AT ALL..otherwise what's the idea, right??

          4.Will be in touch re the route etc once I make up my mind on this.

          Once again..thanks a lot.

          Sanjay

        • hi Sanjay,

          Thanks buddy for such words of appreciation. It is just the passion for Himalayas that drives me… And, you can ask any number of queries you want because that is what I love :)

          1. Well, I have contact number of few drivers located in Manali from where I keep getting the information and over various online news publishing services. I try to keep updating the information regarding the same on the blog as well and here is the link which you can follow for the same, I regularly update whatever info. I get about Manali – Leh Highway.

          2. Well, I guess on the date you want to travel, you can arrange the pass/permit in advance through a travel agent or hotel staff. Secondly, if you are OK with extra days then nothing beats traveling via Spiti Valley traversing the Hindustan – Tibet Highway :)

          3. Yes, I have done entire loop twice and it is just as much adventurous than Manali – Leh Highway, sometime more. Hindustan – Tibet Highway is one of the most adventurous roads of India, neck and neck with Manali – Leh Highway. Yes, it is possible to do it alone, no issues. In fact I had sprinted all the way almost upto Losar and back in just four days with back breaking drive of 26 Hrs from Kaza to Delhi. I will not advice you though as your prime focus shall be to enjoy the journey and acclimatize properly for high altitude of manali – leh highway, other wise no point taking this longer route :) … Carrying tents is added advantage and there are options to pitch them at few locations if at all required in case of any urgency. Secondly, having your own tents give you the power to bargain more at places like Sarchu, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri etc.

          Some pictures of what is on the offer can be seen at the two threads here and here.

          Let me know in any case, we will discuss about your itinerary.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • sanjay says:

          Thanks a lot Dheeraj..

          The Spiti route is now what I think I would like to do..will have to talk to a few people and then will be troubling you again i guess closer to travelling time..

          will definitely keep in touch..

          Thanks buddy,

          Sanjay

        • My pleasure Sanjay. Do let me know for any queries or doubts you have regarding planning your trip. I will suggest all possible little things I know about the whole region :)

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • sanjay says:

          Hi Dheeraj…subsequent to our last corresspondence on March 7th..this is the latest development. We are attempting to summit Chamsher Kangri this time (same group as was for Kangyatse last year) in 2nd or 3rd week of July.I have spoke to the others re the alternative route you suggested via Spiti instead of Rohtang and they are game for it.
          1.Please could we have some more details re exact route from Manali, places to halt ,time to Leh etc.
          2.Have also been told that a visit to Chandratal is a MUST if we are in Spiti.Does this come enroute or do we have to go out of the way ?..
          3.Chances of snow etc still there at Kunzum pass ?? i mean any chances of getting stuck at that time of the year??
          Thanks a lot buddy.
          Regards,
          Sanjay

        • sanjay says:

          Thanks Dheeraj..just a few questions on the route :

          1. how many days will this take now from Delhi ? is delhi-narkanda same as delhi-manali ??.

          2. What about the time frame from Narkanda to Keylong (including all the places you mentioned, as well as keeping a day for Chandratal).. once we reach Keylong then it is like before to Leh.

          3. Are there enough places to tank up before we reach Keylong ?

          Sorry for the bother but need to pass on this info to other people..

          Thanks again and regards..

          Sanjay

          Hello Sanjay,

          Nice to hear about your plans, interesting :)

          So you will be starting from Delhi and wanna take Spiti route to Leh?

          1. First, Manali will not come on the way as you will be directly reaching the Northern portal of Rohtang Pass that is Gramphu via Kunzam Pass. The route will be like:

          Delhi – Narkanda

          Narkanda – Kalpa

          Kalpa – Nako – Tabo

          Tabo – Kaza (Explore Pin Valley and Kaza and around Kaza like Ki Kibber Gette Tashigang Hikkim Kaumik Langza villages)

          Kaza – Losar – Kunzum Pass – Chandratal/Losar

          Chandratal/Losar – Kunzum Pass – Gramphu – Keylong – Jispa

          Jispa – Sarchu

          Sarchu – Leh

          2. Chandratal is awesome and is a short detour from Kunzum Pass/Battal. Visit it and then either stay there or come back to Losar for night saty

          3. Chances of snow will be less I will say and getting caught is something no one can predict ;)

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

          Regards

          Dheeraj Sharma

        • Hi Sanjay,

          1. The route I have suggested is with overnight stays. So, I guess it is about 8 days plan, you can skip nights at Kaza, Chandratal/Losar to make it in 6 days. No Narkanda is ahead of Shimla while Manali is on the other route.

          2. As I said, the above route is Daywise and you can skip local sightseeing around Kaza to save a day because you are interested in Chandratal.

          3. Upto Keylong not much of problems. DO NOT forget to refuel at Powari petrol pump when reach Kalpa and then again DO NOT forget to refuel again at Kaza petrol pump just be on safer sides. Before Keylong, you will get last fuel pump at Tandi for next 380 KMs on Manali – Leh Highway. Hence, do not forget to refuel there either.

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

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • sanjay says:

          Hi Dheeraj,

          I had put up your itineary to other folks.The issues are there are certain people joining us directlt at Leh for the summit climb so we are a bit short on days.They wanted me to ask you few things..

          1.Can we do ONLY Chandratal this time and save the rest of the spiti valley for a more detailed holiday some other time? .In that case what should be our route from Narkanda to Chandratal and then to Leh ? and how long will this take ?

          If it is exceeding the time schedule to reach Leh (We are planning to leave Delhi on 17th July early morning)..so based on this can you give us an idea when we would reach Leh if we want to see Chandratal?. Can we do this on way back from Leh after the climb?

          2. Alternative route back to Delhi from Leh.The last time it was a torturous trip via Kargil and Drass to Srinagar and then back to delhi.Is there a better way to do this or come back via Rohtang / Kunzum again??

          Thanks a ton bro..

          Sanjay

        • Hi Sanjay,

          1. Yes, this can be better option because Spiti requires real dedicated time due to unmatched beauty. It should be like: Narkanda – Kalpa/Puh, Kalpa/Puh – Kaza, Kaza – Chandratal (spend some time and move ahead) – Keylong/Jispa, Keylong/Jispa – Leh. You can spend night at Chandratal camps if you have a day in such a case. You can also do it one the way back via same route.

          2. No other way to come back. You have either Kargil – srinagar option or you have Keylong – Kunzum Pass – Shimla or Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali options to reach back Leh.

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

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • sanjay says:

          Thanks a lot Dheeraj,

          Will put up this itineary to the rest.

          1.At which point does the Kunzum pass figure in this?

          2.Will just need the time frame if possible :

          Delhi – Narkanda,

          Narkanda – Kalpa/Puh, Kalpa/Puh – Kaza,

          Kaza – Chandratal (spend some time and move ahead)

          Chandratal – Keylong/Jispa,

          Keylong/Jispa – Leh.

          Then I think we should be able to finalize the programme.

          Regards,

          Sanjay

        • hi Sanjay,

          1. Kunzum Pass will come after you cross Losar while driving from Kaza to Chandratal.
          2. Delhi – Narkanda (about 10 hrs considering new expressway got opened last month),
          Narkanda – Kalpa/Puh (8-9 hrs)
          Kalpa/Puh – Kaza (8-9 hrs)
          Kaza – Chandratal (spend some time and move ahead) (about 3.5-4 hours to reach the trek point, then about 2.5 Kms of trek)
          Chandratal – Keylong/Jispa (7-8 Hrs)
          Keylong/Jispa – Leh (13-16 Hrs depending upon hurdles on the way ;))

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

          Regards,
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • sanjay says:

          Hey Dheeraj,

          So we are all set for the Chamser Kangri expedition..hope all that preparation and work-out helps to reach the top.We are leaving Delhi on 17th July and will hopefully begin the climb on 22nd.

          There are a few last queries about the drive ,if you don't mind..

          1. We are taking a detour for the base camp at Tsomoriri ,i think,after Tanglang-La and not getting into Leh.Is that correct? and how long would it take to get to Tsomoriri from there ? what kind of road condtions should we expect and degree of difficulty in terms of the drive ( will it be just like the rest of the drive we did last year?..we all have 4WD Scorpios ).

          2.We have decided to take your advice and leave the Spiti exploration as a complete seperate trip.

          3.So now for the return we have following options..

          a. back the same way via Rohtang.

          b. via Srinagar..(we hated this part the last time)..but I believe there is a MUGHAL ROAD now which has cut short the distance by almost 500kms and so also the time. Do you have info about this and have you tried it out? will it be worth the torturous drive to Srinagar ?

          c. Back via Kunzum etc like you mentioned earlier..without any diversions etc..straight to Narkhanda..

          Which would you recommend out of the three??

          4. I know this is a superfluous question but here goes…are things any better at Rohtang nowadays or still the same old jams and slush ?

          Sorry,buddy, for the longish mail…

          thanks,

          Sanjay

        • Hey Sanjay,

          That seems great adventure, my best wishes for you guys!! Coming back to queries:

          1. Nopes, it is before Taglang La near Debring. Just when you enter Moore Plaing after Pang, keep going and before Debring the diversion to Tso Moriri starts via Tso Kar, Sumdo. I hope you have arranged the permits. It would take about 4-5 Hrs from there, if I am not mistaken being mostly the Kuccha road. Below is the route map from Tso moriri to Sarchu which you would be doing in reverse direction "Tso Moriri – Sumdo (53 KMs) – Polakongka La (21 KMs) – Tso Kar (22 KMs) – Moore Plains (22 KMs) – Pang (35 KMs) – Lachulung La (19 KMs) – Naki La (13 KMs) – Sarchu (42 KMs) = 227 KMs". You will not face any great difficulties there :) … Sleeping at Sarchu may cause, as I might have said earlier, AMS issues.

          3. I do not have much idea about Mughal road, so sorry on that front. So, for me best pick again will be Rohtang Pass route. If time is not much issue then explore the road via Kunzum Pass in 4 days. Keylong – Kaza, Kaza – Kalpa, Kalpa – Shimla/Chail, Shimal/Chail – Delhi

          4. Jam wise still the same, not much difference but yes, slush wise it is not as bad as it was in last two years as there hasn't been much rain or any landslide so far reported.

          I hope this helps. Please let me know in case you need more info or have any doubts.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  144. Bikash says:

    It seems to be a very informative blog. We three (self, wife and son) all adults, are planning to make the trip around July – August. It was great reading this blog, which I feel will help me temendously in planning the trip. Thanks.

    • Hello Bikash,

      Thanks alot for such appreciating words. It really helps. Sounds great, that you are going for this adventurous journey. In any case, you have any doubts regarding your plans or need any inputs, please fell free to drop a comment here. I will try to provide my little insights too.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  145. Devansh says:

    Hello, i'd like to bike from manali to leh, but need to rent a bike in manali. the problem is tht all the rentals i've looked at require me to pay a deposit as high as the value of the bike..! Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 60,000/-. i certainly cant afford tht much. So could you tel me about options where i could find bikes to rent with less deposit amounts. My itinerary is to travel May end or early June. As of now i have a group of 4 people so tht would mean 2 bikes but chances of the group increasing are quite high. Would appreciate your help in the matter.

    Many thanks

    Devansh

    • Hi Devansh,

      Did you check all the options mentioned in the article here on How to Hire or Rent a Bike or Motorcycle in Manali. There are quite a few options mentioned there, try to contact them and I hope you will get a good deal.

      Also, May end or early June is a risky date and you plan should be kept flexible because it might be possible that by end May Manali – Leh Highway will not be open.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  146. Vinay says:

    Hi Dheeraj, Must appreciate the good work you are doing.. M planning a road trip from Delhi to Ladakh this year (via Manali) & found your article "VERY USEFULL".. Thanks a Ton Buddy!!!

    • Thanks a lot Vinay. I am glad that you found the information present on the blog useful. Feel free to let me know for any planning required for your Leh – Ladakh trip.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  147. Aditi says:

    Hi,

    Dheeraj Can you tell me the date of last snowfall in Manali and Kufri and Narkanda.

    Thanks With Love for your help for tourist's

    • Hi Aditi,

      It did snowed last week up there and there is plenty of snow stock around. Predictions of fresh snowfall in coming days is also ON. I hope this helps.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  148. Sanjog Lunkad says:

    Dear Dheeraj

    We are a group of 3 couples from Mumbai , wanting to do leh/ladakh and leh-manali in June 1st week . Have read your blog / must admit it is fantastic work and inspiring .

    We would want to do the entire trip by road could you help us on the following :

    1. What is the itiniery that you suggest either starting from leh or starting from manali , whatever you suggest is better this time of the year .

    2. Would the leh manali road be open this time of the year

    3. Any particular company you would suggest from whom we can rent car / four wheel drive . Our primary concern is that the vehicle should be in good condition . We are open to renting self drive or also with a driver / guide

    4. 10-12 days is the time that we are looking for.

    5. What kind of weather do we expect in June in Leh/ladakh and Manali -leh road . Would there be snow still during this time of the year on the roads

    Thanks and Best Wishes

    SANJOG LUNKAD

    • Hello Sanjog,

      Thanks alot, I am glad that you liked the information present on the blog. Please find below my suggestions/answers to your queries in respective order –

      1. You will need at least 12 days to cover two out of three ajor tourist destination in Leh – Ladakh. I will suggest you to go via Srinagar and come back via Manali, since by then I feel the Manali – Leh Highway will be open as well as you will better acclimatize yourself from Srinagar side. You can find the itinerary at the last after answers to your query.

      2. It generally, opens in June but be ready with backup plan and it will be much better if you can postpone the plan further by a week or two as by then the roads may have been stabilized if opened early.

      3. Keep yourself away from Tour/Travel agents as they charge handsome commissions. I will provide the contacts of the drivers whom you can directly contact and fix your trip. Before that you should finalize the plan.

      4. If you can increase it by a day or two at least you will have the necessary buffer days. You will need atleast 12 days otherwise it will be just hopping and running for the night halts.

      5. There will be plenty of snow around in June. Weather is pretty much unpredictable now a days, so cannot comment much on it. Yes, generally, in Leh – Ladakh and Manali – Leh Highway it will be a little cold if dark clouds are around else pleasant.

      Here is the itinerary –

      Day 1 | Delhi – Jammu / Patnitop
      – Overnight at Jammu or Patnitop
      Day 2 | Jammu / Patnitop – Srinagar
      – Enjoy walk around Dal lake and may be Shikara ride as well
      – Overnight at Srinagar
      Day 3 | Srinagar – Sonamarg – Zozi La – Drass – Kargil
      – Enjoy the vistas enroute
      – Have late drunch meal at Drass is you are a vegetarian as sometimes it gets difficult to find veg. food at Kargil
      – Overnight at Kargil
      Day 4 | Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh
      – Cover Mulbekh Maitrey, Lamayuru Moanstery, Lunar Landscapes
      – On the way you can also see Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Zanskar
      – Overnight at Leh
      Day 5 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
      – Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
      – For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here
      – Overnight at Leh
      Day 6 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      – Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
      – On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      – Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari
      Day 7 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      – Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      – Overnight at Leh
      Day 8 | Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake
      – Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on the go towards Pangong Tso
      – Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik or Lukung)
      Day 9 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
      – Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
      – Overnight at Leh
      Day 10 | Leh – Taglang La – Debring – Moore Plains – Pang / Sarchu (Manali – Leh Highway)
      – Try to start early in the day so that you reach Sarchu where the accommodation options are better than Pang
      – Overnight at Sarchu or Pang
      Day 11 | Pang / Sarchu – Baralacha La – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
      – On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
      – Overnight at Manali
      Day 12 | Manali – Delhi
      – Return
      Day 13 | Buffer day to be kept incase of road closure due to landslides or snowfall or perhaps you want to enjoy more.

      OR

      Day 8 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
      – Cover Karzok Monastery
      – Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri
      Day 9 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Moore Plains – Pang / Sarchu
      – Try to start early in the day so that you reach Sarchu where the accommodation options are better than Pang
      – Overnight at Sarchu or Pang
      Day 10 | Pang / Sarchu – Baralacha La – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
      – On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
      – Overnight at Manali
      Day 11 | Manali – Delhi
      – Return
      Day 12 | Buffer day to be kept incase of road closure due to landslides or snowfall or perhaps you want to enjoy more.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj sharma

      • SANJOG LUNKAD says:

        Hi Dheeraj

        Thanks for your suggestions and as per your suggestions we would start from Mumbai around 6th June .

        Due to shortage of time , we would like to skip the srinagar part of it as have already been there before . Would really like to spend more time in leh ladakh and manali highway and do it at ease rather than rushing thru it .

        We would like to start from Mumbai on 6th June and return back latest by 16th or 17th June .

        Also would not mind doing in manali – leh highway in 3 days instead of 2 days .

        Would appreciate if you could suggest a itiniery as per the above , were interested in going white water rafting in leh or wherever you recommend for beginners .

        As far as the renting of cars is concerned , we would be intersted in renting a little comfortable car or a four wheel drive as 2 of the people travelling with us have back problem so as comfortable a car would be preferred .

        Also please suggest some hotel options with good vegeterian food as all of us are veggies .

        Best wishes and good luck

        Sanjog

        • Hello Sanjog,

          It is not about shortage of time. It is about making you feel alright on the trip. Going via Srinagar side you will be more acclimatized once you come on 5000+ Mtrs altitude of Manali – Leh Highway. Generally people fall sick when they do it from Manali side, so it is advisable to avoid it. But, still if you want to do it, then firwst night stay at Solang Valley not in Manali, then do Solang Valley – Keylong/Jispa and finally Keylong/Jispa – Leh in two days while going to Leh. On return you can do Leh – Sarchu and Sarchu – Manali. This will help you avoid sleeping at high altitude of Sarchu which will make you more sick on the way to Leh. On return, your body will be acclimatized for altitude of Sarchu.

          Are you flying from Mumbai or coming by train? I guess by train it will be like two day for Delhi either way which makes it just 7 days for the trip? I hope you are flying-in. Let me know and I will suggest the itinerary for you.

          Most of the taxis that do Manali – Leh in Manali are either Xylos or Sumos or Qualis. You will not find 4×4 drive on rent AFAIK in Manali, by the way you won't need it with the skills of local Manali driver :) … Then in Ladakh you will find Scorpios mostly which are very much comfortable. If you want to do Rafting then do it in Leh at Indus river near Nimmu, where it starts. It will save you a day for Leh.

          I am in process of writing a series of articles on Preferred places to stay in Leh – Ladakh. First article is already up which present a listy of very economic and cheap options of stay in Leh. If interested read the details at the link here. Next part will enlist the preferred hotels in Leh but with Moderate and high budgets in range Rs 600 to Rs 2500. If that suits you then wait for about 4-5 days and you will have the entire list. By the time you are going all the articles wil be published and you can decide on whatever hotell you need and I will suggest my preffered nes in the itinerary once you tell me how many days you have in hand for Delhi-Leh-Delhi :)

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

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  149. garry says:

    Hi Dheeraj, i am good enough..

    How are you..??

    First of all sorry for not replying soon..Actually i was busy in my study for a few days…

    Yes i got your replies… But i have some issues regarding your suggestion… Which i am writing in a mail to you… Please go through that and reply me the best for me..

    THANKS A LOT FOR DOING SO GREAT FOR ME BROTHER….

  150. garry says:

    Hi dheeraj..

    How are you ..??

    Dheeraj, Do you get the mail if i reply you in the gmail..????

    • Hi Garry,

      I am doing good, thanks. how about you??
      Sorry for the delayed in replying to your email Yes, I have your email and by tomorrow I will reply to it bro as my Outlook was not functional for last few days. I have fixed it now and will be replying to your email by tomorrow.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

    • Garry, I hope you doing good. Did you get my reply?

  151. garry says:

    hi dheeraj, how r u, the day before yesterday i sent ask something to u in a comment, today i was trying to see reply but i couldn't found my comments, that where i gave my comments.. ur blog is so big that i m confused that where i gave my comments..

    will u plz help me in finding my comments….

    Thank you….

    • Hi Garry,

      I am doing great buddy, thanks. I hope you doing good too. He He, guess I need to introduce some feature for it ;) thanks for giving an idea… Anyways, here are the links of two comments I see from you on 23rd November –

      1) http://devilonwheels.com/index.php/manali-leh-hig
      2) http://devilonwheels.com/index.php/trip-of-the-ye

      BTW, for every comment you post and whenever someone will reply to it on the blog including me, then you will get the email with your comment and an updated comment. Using the email you can reach the comment if incase similar thing happens in future :)

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • garry says:

        hi dheeraj, how r u ..?

        thank you very much for links..

        you thought very well in favour of visitors, and i think it can also help u to follow the comments of visitors..

        thanks for giving the way to find my comments…

        i think, as u r searching the nature.. in such a deep way.. one day u will definitely find the way to heaven, as u write many times in ur pictures "The way to Heaven". This dream will come true one day..

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  154. piyush bansal says:

    hey dheeraj.. jst cmng bck fron ladakh.. 7sep night stay in mandi(manali) 8th keylong 9th pang la 10th leh-ladakh 11th pangong lake n bck to leh 12th nubra valley (hunder, panamik)13th night stay drass(kargil) 14th srinagar night stay in houseboat.. 15th night stay in jalandhar(heavy rainfall) 16th evening bck to firozabad.. awesm trip lyftym

    • Hey Piyush,

      Glad to know that you had an awesome trip of your life. Trip to Ladakh is any day a lifetime trip. The beauty is such that you get an addiction to the place. Would love to see your pictures, may be share your album's public link here or on Facebook page of DeViLonWheeLs. Agains, thanks for updating back here as well.

      Cheers!!
      Dheeraj Sharma

  155. Mehmood says:

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We are traveling as a couple from Manali to Leh on 26th Sept, 2011. Please advice us on the weather and road conditions for the journey. We are also planning for a 5 days stay in Leh which includes visits to Nubra valley and Pangong Lake. Please let us know the expected weather conditions in these locations. We will be in Leh from 28th of Sept to 3rd of Oct, 2011.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Hello Mehmood,

      The weather by that time should open up but be ready for some cold nights and if snowfall happens then be ready to spare a buffer day or two or more. Usually it is the start of winter season and many tents/accommodation starts to pack up at places like Sarchu, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri etc. Again I cannot predict the weather but general trend is by last week of September snowfall starts getting frequent. You can check the latest weather updates on the link here and I hope you have gone through the article on 5 reasons to avoid Manali – Leh highway in late September or October which highlights the little/major risks.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Mehmood says:

        Hi Dheeraj,

        Thanks for the quick response. Will definitely take your suggestions into consideration for the travel.

        Regards,

        Mehmood

  156. salman says:

    hey ,me and 2 of my friends are planing to do a road trip next week from manali to leh by renting bikes from manali, firstly is the road condition now apt for us to take up this trip? Also we wish to go to nubra valley and the tso pangong ,do you suggest we make our trip to leh on the bikes and again then take the bikes to nubra and pangong ,or first visit nubra and pangong from manali and then head towards leh? Also ,what do most travellers do ,make a one way trip to manali to leh on bikes or a two way trip back ? in case we wish to only make a one way trip is there a possibility tht we can leave the bikes we hired from manali at leh? Please let us know your feedback and also comment on the current road status and the forcasted status arnd the 16th of sept

    • Hey Salman,

      Well, road conditions are not that great since rains are still pouring the region. So, be ready for little tough ride upto Rohtang and then things will ease out a little for the rest of the journey till Leh. Yes, you need to go to Leh first then get your permits to visit Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso, without permits you will not be able to go to these places and permits are issued from Leh only. You can get more information on Inner Line Permits for Leh and download is application form here.

      Since, you need to hire bikes from Manali so you cannot go via Srinagar side which is the best option. So, I will advise you do Manali – Leh once and utilize the remaining days in Ladakh itself and fly back to Delhi or your native place. Yes, there are bike rentals in Manali which allows you to hire bike in Manali and drop it in Leh itself.

      Let me know if you have more queries or doubts.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  157. piyush bansal says:

    hey dheeraj,

    wts the weather condition in manali..? nd update the status of manali-leh road.. plz rply

    • Hey Piyush,

      I guess for the last few days it was raining in Manali and Rohtang Pass and for the coming few days as well the weather main remain rainy.You can also track the weather of Manali using the link here

      I hope this helps. Let me know in case you have more queries.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  158. ravi says:

    Thanks for your reply

    Is it advisable to stay in Solang valley or Gulaba instead of Manali?

    What are the advantages and disadvatages of NOT staying in manali?

    Are there good hotels in Solang valley and Gulaba? Their distances respectively from Manali?

    Regards

    Ravi

    • Hi Ravi,

      First of all Gulaba is just a snow point and does not offer any stay option. Snow point is a point upto where the road is kept open towards Rohtang Pass. It could be well before Gulaba as well like Kothi, if it snows that early in this season. Rohtang Pass will be closed due to heavy snowfall by the time you are planning to visit the region, so don't worry about the mess of Rohtang Pass but yes traffic will also be present towards snow point as well though not too heavy.

      Well, you can check Solang Valley (about 16 KMs away from Manali) for Hotels but they will be expensive as compared to hotels in Manali. Also, hotels in Solang are limited as compared to wide varieties and cuisines available in Manali. Advantage being Solang Valley stay will be away from the hustle bustle of Manali but again disadvantage being you won;t be able to feel the atmosphere of Manali since it is just one day stay over there and also the cuisines will be limited to hotel restaurant only in Solang Valley. Prefer Manali only, I would say.

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

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  159. ravi says:

    Going to manali in December with a child of 3 yrs. Will land at Bhuntar on 2nd December and leave on 5th early in the morning…What would you advise me??my child want to see snow.

    • Hey Ravi,

      Once you land at Bhunter take a taxi to Naggar Castle and rest there for the entire day while enjoying the beautiful landscapes offered by this lovely place. Taxi will cost you about 500-700 Rs. Since for the first day you need to take rest only in order to acclimatize to the altitude change so I am suggesting to go to Naggar for that very day to utilize your limited days more efficiently.

      On 3rd December, leave for Manali from Naggar after early morning breakfast it will hardly take about 1-1.5 Hrs to reach Manali from Naggar as it is 30 KMs away only. The taxi will cost you about
      Rs 300-500. Once you reach Manali explore the local Hadimba devi temple (soon to be on the world heritage list), Manu Temple in the first half and then local monastery on mall road and mall road itself in the evening. Rest overnight.

      On 4th December go to visit snow points either at Solang Valley or any snow point enroute Rohtang Pass either Gulaba or Marhi whichever is accessible. If there is snow at Solang Valley then prefer Solang Valley snow point. Come back by noon/ early evening types and enjoy rest of the time in Manali.

      Now, apart from itinerary do take heavy woolens with you especially for your kid, on the first take take ample of rest (Naggar Castle is best location to laze out), keep drinking fluids like soup milk tea/coffee, water on your trip. For more details on Naggar Castle check the link here and for more details on Manali including the food joints, stay etc check the link here.

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

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • ravi says:

        Thanks for your reply.

        I read that reaching Rotang pass takes time due to heavy traffic. Is this an everyday routine?

        Is it advisable to stay in solang valley or gulaba instead of manali?

        What will be the advantages and disadvatages of NOT staying in manali?

        REGARDS

        RAVI

    • rajesh says:

      Hi Ravi,

      Did you go to Manali this December? I am also in same situation – daughter (7yrs) wants to see snow. Any advice? I was planning to go in last week of Dec (25-29) from Mumbai via Chandigarh. Thanks.

      • Hello Rajesh,

        There is great amount of snow stock present up there at the snow points of Marhi/Gulaba or Solang Valley. 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 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 :))…

        For Manali and around you can follow below mentioned plan –

        25 Dec – Reach Manali, take rest for half of the day and enjoy the x-mas in the evening including Mall road. (I assume that you will be reaching in the morning by Volvo)
        26 Dec – Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc.
        27 Dec – Manali – Snow Point either at Solang Valley or Marhi/Gulaba on the way to Rohtang Pass. Enjoy in snow and come back to Manali
        28 Dec – Manali – Naggar Castle (stay at Naggar and enjoy the place)
        29 Dec – Naggar Castle – Manali – Delhi (Checkout from Naggar Castle by noon. Since, the volvo will be around 5.30 PM types, so either you can spend a sometime hanging around Naggar only and after lunch leave for Manali or come back to Manali and hang around on Mall road and finally take the return bus)
        – I have assumed you will leave Manali on 29th Dec.

        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

        • rajesh says:

          Dheeraj,

          Thanks for your comments. My travel plan got changed – will probably do this sometime next year.

          Thanks anyways, and wish you a very happy 2012.

          regards,

          rajesh

        • Hey Rajesh… wishing you and your family a very very Happy New Year 2012 as well… All the best wishes for your Travel next year.

          Regards
          Dheeraj

  160. piyush bansal says:

    plz suggest sm places in ladakh whr we plan to stay in our private camp.. nd we find sm othr camp too.. coz it might be risky if my group are single at there..

    • Piyush, In Leh you will be staying in Hotel only. In Nubra Valley go to Hunder where you will find camps pitched, you can ask them to pitch your own tents. They will ask for very nominal charges and allow you to set up the tents near by them. Same is true for Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri lakes.

      With tents in hand, you can also bargain with them to greater extent if you are not in a mood to pitch the tents.

  161. Dhiraj Debbarma says:

    Hello Dheeraj.. That was such an informative blog..Loved it!

    Anyways me and one of my friend are planning a Manali-Leh trip, Ex Delhi from September 25th- October 3 despite reading the 5 reasons not to travel by Man-leh road that time (Not interested in the srinagar-leh route) :-)

    We plan to stay in Leh city for 4 days atleast.

    But I do have several queries..

    I would be glad if any of my friends out here in devilonwheels helps me out:-

    1.I Read somewhere that HPTDC buses would stop operating by that time.

    Since we are on a low budget. Is there any option of a shared taxi, which is not going to do the cannon ball run of 19hrs, but will cover it in 2-3 days with an overnight stay at keylong thereby reducing the risk of AMS on the way?

    If so how much will it cost and where should i look for such taxis in manali town?

    2. Once we reach Leh, It wont be possible for us to hire the whole taxi nor does it make any sense. So how do we again look for a shared taxi so as to visit pangong/tsomoriri/nubra vof and khardungla passes during our period of stay in leh?

    Any contacts of travel agencies who arrange such facilities on a shared basis?

    3. Planning to stay at some cheap budget hotels in changspa or fort road while in leh? Will it be the correct decision?

    Please suggest!!

    • Hello Dhiraj,

      Please find the answers below in the respective order of your queries –

      1. Yes, HPTDC buses stop operating by 7th September. Now, the best option is to find travel partners either on some online forum such as India Mike or BCMTouring and share the taxi cost for the whole trip with them. Second option may be to try to contact some travel agent in Manali who runs tourist taxis or tempo travelers which halt for a night at Keylong or Sarchu before reaching Leh on second day. Opt for taxi that stops at Keylong not Sarchu. Manali Mall road are full of such travel agents. Third option will be to spend some time at Manali taxi stand and ask the like minded tourists who are also looking for a taxi to Leh from Manali with one night stop at Keylong and then share cost with them. I guess, one of the above option will surely work :)

      2. Again here, the best option is to find travel partners either on some online forum such as India Mike or BCMTouring and share the taxi cost for the whole trip with them. Second option may be to try to contact some travel agent in Leh or check for the flyers that are stick on cyber cafes and dine in points intending to share the taxi cost for local sigh seeing in Ladakh. Third option will be to spend some time at Leh taxi stand and ask the like minded tourists who are also looking for a taxi inline with your itinerary. Again I guess, one of the above option will surely work :)

      3. Yes, it will be the perfect decision. You can check Shanti Guest House, Asia Guest House, Oriental Gues House near Changspa Road and Atisha Guesthouse, Irfan Guest House and Malpak Guest House near fort road. My favorite is Shanti Guest House. On the Changspa road you will find plenty of flyers/notes posted by travel agencies or traveler groups who intend to share the cost of taxis for Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso majorly.

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

      Regards,
      Dheeraj :)

      • Dhiraj Debbarma says:

        Thank you so much Dheeraj Sharma for your prompt reply ..

        I do know one ex army driver whom i had met in my last years trip to manali. May be even he can help me out in arranging the Man-Leh shared taxi since he works under a reputed travel agency which is on the mall road, near the nescafe outlet!

        If any more help needed from you i will surely not hesitate to ask you sir :-)

        • You are most welcome Dhiraj anytime, I would be happy to share my thoughts and inputs for the same. Have a safe, sound and joyful journey :)

  162. parag says:

    Hey…m planning to leave for rohtang in some time now…will i find traces of snow in rohtang and is the road open???plz reply quick

    • Hi parag,

      Though the road is open to rohtang pass, but the road condtion is too worse with knee high slush stretches. If you are planning the trip to rohtang pass shortly and need an hassle free vacation the try to avoid it or ask the locals first before you leave. You may or may not find traces of snow depending upon the fact the unseasonal snowfall in last to lst week still has its remains or not. Generaly, it is difficult to find snow in August which you can cheer about. Ihope this helps.

      Regards,

      Dheeraj

      • parag says:

        thanks dheeraj…but a trip to manali is kind of a rarity due to my busy schedule :(…is there not any place here nearby where i can find snow? also in absence of snow what all places would you recommend that will be scenic enough to make my day :)…awaiting your reply

        • Hey Parag,

          I can understand that buddy but this time the road is in its worse form. Also, by this time snow almost becomes like dirty slush. There was a decent snowfall last to last week but I doubt if that will be present or not. In the absence of snow you can visit naggar castle for an overnight stay and can include a day stop at kasol while coming back. Both are great places with charm of their own and not too far, approx 30/50 odd kms, from manali. I hope this helps.

          Regards,

          Dheeram sharma

      • sahil says:

        i am planning to visit manali by 10th october.what the weather condition there at october.is rohtang pass open.and what about the bus connectivity from amritsar to manali.is there any must see places in between.please help me.

        • Hello Sahil,

          In October, the weather in Manali is good and pleasant and I am sure you will enjoy it. Although night will start getting colder though, so go with woolens. Also, Rohtang Pass is usually open upto last week of October and I imagine by then the roads will be completely dry to spare you from any major hassles. You will be able to find buses between Amritsar to Manali but if you want to travel in Volvo then best option will be to come to Chandigarh from numerous buses available from Amritsar and then get into the Chandigarh – Manali Volvo.

          For more information on Manali and what to see there go through the Travel Guide of Manali available here

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

          Regards,
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • sahil says:

          Hello Dheeraj

          thanks for your reply.

          i read the link.it says october is too crouded.is it so?am coming with my friends and whats the cheapest way to stay there.

        • Sahil, October is crowded only at the time of Dusherra Festival when the Durga Puja holidays are ON. I guess it will be over by the time you are planning to visit the Manali region. The cheapest way to stay in Manali is to find some guest house in either Old Manali or on the Manali – Naggar road or near Vashishth. All these three places have plenty of economic options of stay. I hope this helps.

          Regards,
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • sahil says:

          Thank you Dheeraj

          I will be back to you for your help after finalising the date.

  163. m.s says:

    planing a trip to chandartal in sept. 2011. is this the right time to go and how is the road condition to take an suv

    • Hello M.S

      Well, in September you can visit Chandratal but make sure you do it in the early half. As the time passes by the risk of snowfall at Kunzam Pass and Rohtang Pass gets higher which ultimately may lead to the closure of roads for few days. Now, if you planning in the second half of the September then I will only advice a day trip to Chandratal without any overnight halt and that too after checking the weather conditions through IMD or other weather forecasting sites just a day before.

      From Manali – Rohtang Pass the road condition is extreme bad almost nightmarish with almost knee high slush between 17 KMs of stretch. They may improve as the rains reside the region and sun dries the slush present on the roads. After Rohtang Pass from Gramphu to Chandratal you need to negotiate some water crossings but if you drive carefully that won;t be much concern as you taking an SUV. Do not expect good roads after Rohtang Pass (Gramphu to Battal/Chandratal) as they are like dirt tracks with pebbles and stones all over. If you come via Kunzam – Kaza side then roads will be better but again you need to negotiate two or three water crossings between Kunzam Pass and Chandratal. The road or dirt track from Kunzam Pass – Battal link road to Chandratal is also quite narrow, so you have to drive with extreme care.

      You can also check the Chandratal Travel Guide here to get more details on Chandratal.
      I hope this helps. Let me know incase you have more queries or doubts.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  164. Sushil says:

    Wonderful article, truly sums up the requirement.

    Which type/quality jerry-can should I use to store fuel, instead of the 2Ltrs cold drink bottle? I need to store at least 10Ltrs of fuel.

    Thanks is advance,

    Cheers!

    • Hello Sushil,

      Although nothing beats 2 Ltrs of cold drink bottle as they are leak proof always and being tested with aerated content as well. So, no chances of leakage in that case. But, still if you want to go for Jerry cans then try to look for a steel Jerry cans with petrol resistant paint. I am not sure about any other characteristics which might be present or required for Jerry Cans. If you are based in Delhi/NCR then you can surely get them from Mayapuri market. But, do keep in mind that very good quality Jerry cans cost about 1K+ range but in Mayapuri you may find varied amount of alternatives but leakage you will need to test them.

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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Sushil says:

        Hello Dheeraj,

        Thank you very much for the much needed insight.

        I searched nearly the whole of Mayapuri scrap market, but could not find any steel/tin/aluminium jerry can, except for the 20Ltrs Army discarded steel cans.

        The traders said that earlier 5Ltrs steel cans used to come, but now they have gone extinct from the market. Anyway, I would carry 2*2Ltrs cold drinks' bottle and would try to procure another 2 cans of 5-7Ltrs capacity, my only hope now is the engine oil/lubricant cans by servo/castrol.

        Do you think the Kaza to Manali route this year during the 1st week of November'11 would remain open, taking into consideration this year's rainfall & other conditions besides weather history? I wish to attend the Tribal Fest of Kinnaur & then do a Nako-Kaza-Manali ride, would it be possible? Earlier I had to ride back from Kaza during the 1st week of Dec'09.

        Thanks again,

        Sushil,

        New Delhi.

        • Hello Sushil,

          If you really want to get a jerry can then try reaching Shoaib Khan at http://www.technotools.co.in

          He may be able to help you I guess. Well, regarding the Kaza Manali road I will strongly advise not to venture on it even if it is open. You will be running a risk very high of getting stuck in between for as many months as the snow remains. Perhaps it is playing with nature, so please don't attempt it. You can go to Kaza and come back the same route, even Lahaul Valley is not recommended as the official closure date of Rohtang Pass is generally 31st October and BRO do not maintain and very least support any rescue operations after that.

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

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  165. Milada says:

    Dear Dheeraj,

    I have two more questions:

    1. Is it possible to receive some information about the status of Major District Road 29 from the airport Bhuntar trough Kullu to Manali after last major landslides? We would like to use it from the airport coming Sunday.

    2. Is it true that Rothang La is close every Tuesday for road repairs? Or nevertheless, can we go with our bicycles?

    • Hello Milada,

      Please find my answer to your queries below in respective order –
      1. As per the last updates, the Kullu – Manali connecting road has been cleared of any debris and is not operational. So, I think you will be able to go through it provided there is no further landslides and weather holds up :)
      2. Yes, Rohtang Pass is closed for repair work on Tuesday but if you can leave about 4 AM types from Manali then you might sneak through the checkposts are generally unmanned in the wee hours of the day. Although I am not sure but I guess they should not have any problems for letting you go with your bicycles, but I am not 100% sure about this.

      I hope this helps.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Milada says:

        Dheeraj, thank you very much for the answer. But I mean the secondary road Kullu – Manali, not national highway. National Highway 21 (NH21) is on the left side of river Beas and I am sure it is fully operational now. But we would like to use Major District Road 29 (MDR29) on the right side of the river Beas and I am not sure about its status.

        • Oops, I am sorry Milada not sure about the condition of that road. I guess you need to check them once you reach there and only someone present in Kullu can truly update the latest conditions in that part.

  166. tan says:

    Thanks! Found this very useful for our recent trip and will recommend this to anyone I come across visiting this region. A short post on our experiences here: http://elusive42.windforwings.com/2011/08/manali-

  167. Rahul says:

    Thanks Sir for all the info .Still at Keylong Too much chilly :-p :-) Thanks and already liked you Fb and Twitter Page :-) m/

    • Hey Rahul, Thanks alot for the likes mate. I am glad you like the info on my blog and updates. Yups, Keylong does becomes chilly when it rains and recent unseasonal snowfall also counted for the dip in temperatures. But, never mind I guess the roads are now open as per the latest updates however its still raining in the lower hills and Rohtang Pass as well. Road conditions will be worse but if you guys have the local driver he will get you through.

  168. Rahul says:

    Is the keylong Manali way open as right now i am near keylong and driver is not willing to g further .Please help

    • Nopes Rahul, currently the Manali – Leh road is closed between Manali and Rohtang Pass as well as Baralacha La is also closed due to landslides.

      • Prafulla Y. says:

        Hi dheeraj,

        I read above ur comments on Leh Laddakh trip, all r helpful tips. I will sure consider them. Good Job! Can you please help me get the itinerary for 13 days.. leaving from delhi on 8th July and return by 20th July. I m traveling on bike with my wife. What more precautions do i take when i m doing journey with my wife, she is not a good rider?

        • Hello Prafulla,

          For 13 days check this:

          Day 1 | Delhi – Jammu / Patnitop
          – Overnight at Jammu or Patnitop

          Day 2 | Delhi – Srinagar
          – Enjoy walk around Dal lake and may be Shikara ride as well
          – If you have time then check out, floating market, Shalimar Garden.
          – Overnight at Srinagar

          Day 3 | Srinagar – Sonamarg – Zozi La – Drass – Kargil
          – Enjoy the vistas enroute
          – Have late drunch meal at Drass is you are a vegetarian as sometimes it gets difficult to find veg. food at Kargil
          – Overnight at Kargil

          Day 4 | Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh
          – Cover Mulbekh Maitrey, Lamayuru Moanstery, Lunar Landscapes
          – On the way you can also see Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu
          – Overnight at Leh

          Day 5 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
          – Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
          – For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here
          – Overnight at Leh

          Day 6 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
          – Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
          – On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
          – Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

          Day 7 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
          – Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
          – Overnight at Leh

          Day 8 | Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake
          – Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on the go towards Pangong Tso
          – Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik or Lukung)

          Day 9 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
          – Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
          – Overnight at Leh

          Day 10 | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping OR Monastery tour OR you can do tour to Sham Valley
          – Monastery tour may include Hemis, Thicksey, Stakna and Shey monasteries. They come on the route of Pangong Tso but as you will be doing day trip, it will be a bit hectic to include them on that day only.
          – Sham Valley include Alchi, Likir, Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu, , Gurudwara Pather Sahib
          – Overnight at Leh

          Day 11 | Leh – Taglang La – Moore Plains – Pang – Sarchu
          – Stay overnight at Sarchu

          Day 12 | Sarchu – Baralacha La – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
          – On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
          – Overnight at Manali

          Day 13 | Manali – Delhi
          Day 14 + 15 | Buffer days to be kept incase of road closure due to landslides or snowfall or perhaps you want to enjoy more.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

 
 

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