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List of Taxi Drivers for Ladakh - Srinagar - Leh - Manali

Postby dheerajsharma14 » Sat Aug 17, 2013 2:56 pm

Starting this sticky thread where we all can collate the taxi drivers used on our Ladakh trips including Srinagar to Leh journey, Ladakh Sightseeing and then Leh to Manali journey. I will keep updating the list from various parts of the forum where other members mention the drivers and their contacts and one can also keep replying to this thread with their recommendations. Please provide direct contact of driver NOT any travel agent as the vision of DoW Community is to directly benefiting the Himalayan life separating the middle men as far as we can...

DoW Community already have a list of few recommended drivers in the Leh - Ladakh Taxi Union Rate List of 2016 - 17 article at the DoW Blog link: Leh Ladakh Taxi Rates 2016 – 17. I am copying that list here as well and we all know that, directly getting in touch with these drivers we can get about 10-15% of discount and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more.

You can use the Leh - Ladakh taxi drivers for Ladakh sightseeing and then drop to either Manali or Srinagar. They are not allowed to pick up tourists from Srinagar or Manali but if any of them happen to be around there, they will more than happy to pick you with pre-fixed tie up over phone and pickup point. This can save good amount of money as they will offer you discounted prices. This is very much true for other directions as well that is from Leh to Manali and Leh to Srinagar. So, you can get in touch with Srinagar or Kargil drivers to save money for a drop to Srinagar from Leh and similarly tie up with Manali taxi drivers around in Leh to save money over Manali - Leh Highway. Read the article at DoW Blog for more details: Cheap private taxi to Leh – Ladakh | A Myth or A Reality?

Please note "No where else in the world you will find more smiling and helpful people as Ladakhis are :)"

Happy Traveling, Happy Hunting to Save Money :) :) ....

List of Taxi Drivers for Leh - Ladakh Sightseeing
These taxi drivers services can be used for complete sightseeing within Leh - Ladakh as taxis outside Ladakh are not allowed to roam inside Ladakh. They can only be used for drop into Leh:
  1. Rigzin – 09622954779, 9469472772 (he know me personally and being more of a friend, he might help arrange some alternative in case he is busy or booked already in the season) Best person to get hold off in Ladakh... so don't miss the opportunity as traveling with this jovial soul is an experience in itself... He has now two Aria, one Scorpio and a Xylo. His son has also started driving to support him now. No trip of mine is completed without traveling with him in Ladakh... One hell of an amazing person I will say and a great friend too !!
    There goes my friend Rigzin along with his mean machine :)
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    Rigzin, my dearest friend from Ladakh
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  2. Chamba – 09596979829 / 09906999808. Very very nice and humble person. Knows DoW and me pretty well, so you can for sure expect a god discount. Respect the things we are doing for spreading smiles, cares for every single person who travels with him. A bit shy but he will do whatever possibly best when you refer DevilOnWheels being a big follower of us :) :) ... I hope that is more than enough to recommend him :) :)... Now have a Tempo Traveler too which you can book through him.
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    Chamba with his family
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  3. Sonam Angdus: His phone numbers : 09469272773. More like Rigzin and Chamba, Sonam jis has been associated with Devil On Wheels for long time and have been to all our mega meets alongside Rigzin. He knows me and DoW very well and always happy to support all the members of Devil On wheels by any means he can. He is ex-serviceman, one of the best persons you will come across in Ladakh and his company will keep you soothing & safe. Never gets frustrated with many stops, always smiling and helpful. He runs a Xylo and is a very very safe companion. In case you get his availability, don't feel hesitant to book him for the tour :)

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  4. Karma Sonam: His phone numbers are :09419215110 (bsNL postpaid) , 09906991011 (Airtel prepaid). His email id is karmasonam947@gmail.com. He speaks in English and Hindi nicely. Detailed Review is here and here and here and here
  5. Rigzin Stakna 09622951113 & 09419349082. Excellent human being with a great sense of humour and comic timing along with great driving skills. He is an excellent human being, very down to earth and very lively! He is a very good driver and knows in/out of every route. He is very punctual, he will arrive 10-15 minutes before the agreed time. (detailed feedback here) and here and here and here and here
  6. Naseer – 09906229203 and 09469293183
  7. Dorjey – 09419372742, 09622969317
  8. Dorjay Anbchuk – 09419308051
  9. Tashi Namgail – 09469630613, 09906994647, 09419342238 (Own a Xylo and has 22 yrs of experience. Very helpful gentleman. Services availed by Jai. Review here and by Jai here)
  10. Tsewang – 09622993372
  11. Tsewang (not same as above) – 09419853528
  12. Tsewang (not same as above) – 09469200545 (feedback here)
  13. Abbas (not same as below) – 09622971759, 09469271786. Reliable, Courteous and Flexible. Abbas is a role model - an absolute benchmark with all the right skills and competencies that you look for in a driver. Detailed feedback by Ritu here
  14. Sonam – 09419371012
  15. Abbas – 09622998367
  16. Stanzin Angchuk – 09469626990
  17. Thendup – 09622992347
  18. Saleem Mir - 9419842881, 9596660880. He is driving for last 7 years and runs an Innova 2012 model. He is a driver cum guide.
  19. Smanla – 09469049594, perfect gentleman, very very down to earth, he knows every curve of Ladakh with 27 years of exp as per the post here
  20. Thinley – 09797313132, very very humble , well mannered , knowledgeable & simple person, He drives his own vehicle - Relatively New Xylo, as per the post here
  21. Ali – 09419853648 or 9874221442, one of the nicest persons I have seen. Very polite and humble as per the post here and (feedback here )
  22. Tracey/Tashi – 09906305546, our driver (not the one mentioned above) was very good. Showed us many places which was not on Itinerary, told us folklore, very patient and humble as per the post here
  23. Zakir Bhai – 09622228576, 09419242966 Feedback here, here, here and here)
  24. Jigmit Stopgyas: 094-19-56674 and 096-22-992302. Trustworthy, reliable and great driver for exploring amazing Ladkah. He owns a Mahindra vehicle and has pretty good sense on driving rough areas. Read more here
  25. Manzoor Bhai – 09622973951 (Very nice person, recommended by readers,read feedback in below posts)
  26. Mutup – 09419269925
  27. Mohd. Taki – 09469732290 (read feedback in below posts)
  28. Dava – 09622037724. a very helpful and pleasant guy, very good driver , child friendly too as per the comments here
  29. Tashi – 09419534932, 09906322297, read feedback here
  30. Lobzang – 09469525400, 09622996847, read feedback here
  31. Sonam Tsering – 09419372817, 09906982535 (recommended by many tourists but read this horrible experience too)
  32. Kifayat - 9622979472 - Cousin of Zakir. Very patient guy and careful driver. Doesn't talk much, but is a gentleman. He is from Leh and claims to have 10 years experience. (feedback here)
  33. Ringzing Norboo - 9469453680 - Very helpful chap and good driver. Explained all the local details such as the monasteries and dressing of people of various regions. He is from Nubra Valley and claims to have 15 years experience. (feedback here)
  34. Kunchok - 09419269479. A true gentleman he drives his own Xylo and knows every bit of this route and offbeat places inside out. See the picture and detailed review here
  35. Wangdu - 9469369384, 9622048446. Read detailed review here and here
  36. Dorje - 09469715533. Read detailed review here
  37. Phunchok : +91-9419988816 (JK 10 A 2012) Drives XUV, Detailed Review is here
  38. Stamba : +91 - 9622961767 (JK 10 2011) Drives XUV, Detailed Review is here
  39. Mr. Nabi: 09469216100, drives a Xylo. Detailed Review is here
  40. Norbo: +91 - 9419993423, owns and drives a Xylo. Detailed Review is here
  41. Tondup: +91-9419541718, owns and drives a Xylo. Detailed Review is here
  42. Tashi - 09469216775 (feedback here)
  43. Norbu - 09622134791 (feedback here
  44. Tashi Tsering - 9419477646. Drives Tata Aria. A humble and jolly guy. An epitome of the Ladakhi hospitality. (The importance of a good driver on long road trips needn't be stressed). Feedback here
  45. Stanzin Phuntsog - +91-9622963951. Feedback here
  46. Naman Namagyal : +919797452728 & 01981201115 (feedback here)
  47. Mr. Tsewang :-- 094 19 979141. He has three vehicles (innova only). Got very good deal from him. He was most friendly person. On the event of Chakka jaam , we were stucked in Leh. He helped us to get Kargil Taxi, as Leh taxi was not allowed on the same day. Complete Feedback here
  48. Dorjay Namgyal - 09419177040 (has a Toyota Innova)
  49. Dorjay Tsewang - 09419888805 (has a Mahindra Xylo)
  50. Tashi Namgyal - 9419188543 / 9906988050. Has an Innova. Very warm and kind hearted, excellent driver, helps in getting sweet deals. Complete feedback by @gautam023 here
  51. Rigzen Namgyal (9622950842 / 9419844285). He has 2012 Leh registered Innova, in pretty good condition. Detailed feedback here and here
  52. Rinchen (9469521858). Rinchen is a hassle free driver and has a friendly demeanor. He knows a lot about Leh's culture and keeps you engaged as well.. Detailed feedback here
  53. Sonam 9419347945 and He has worked for 18 years in Indian Army and thereafter for last 12 years too he has been in this profession. Detailed feedback here
  54. Anwar (Madhosh) - +91-94195-20062 / anwar.madhosh@gmail.com. A government school PET Teacher, hailing from near Turtuk, drives his black Scorpio during season. He smokes sometimes but we all have bad habits, one or the other. You can just ask him to avoid smoking in front of family or when you guys are around. He should be able to oblige. Detailed feedbacks here here and here
  55. Phunchuk Wangayl - +919469251558. Young lad with pleasant personality and smiling behavior, drives a white Innova sporting a DoW sticker. Detailed feedback here.
  56. Mr Angchuk (Pandit). Phone number is 09622970015. Our driver was awesome. Very polite courteous experienced nice person. His name is Mr Angchuk (Pandit). Phone number is 09622970015. He has a comfortable Xylo. Read feedback here
  57. Stanzin's can be reached at 9469462379, has a brand new Innova. A very sweet, funny and down to earth guy who drives very cautiously. Read feedback here
  58. Padma - 09469217808 and 08492812247. He has a Xylo. Read feedback here
  59. Tenzin, Contact :- 9622963877/9419237023, Vehicle: Tavera, Registration No: JK10 8497 He's friendly, he's shy, hes been driving on the Leh circuit from 1996, he knew the spots where our photos would look good more feedback here

List of Tempo Travelers Drivers for Leh - Ladakh Sightseeing
These tempo travelers can be used for the entire Leh circuit.
  1. Chamba – 09596979829 / 09906999808. Very very nice and humble person. Knows DoW and me pretty well, so you can for sure expect a god discount. Respect the things we are doing for spreading smiles, cares for every single person who travels with him. A bit shy but he will do whatever possibly best when you refer DevilOnWheels being a big follower of us :) :) ... I hope that is more than enough to recommend him :) :)... Now have a Tempo Traveler too which you can book through him.
  2. Stanzin Lotos: +919622273867 & +919469224466 runs a 14 seater Tempo Traveler. Detailed Review here and here
  3. Stanzin Chille – +919419855428 (drives a Tempo Traveller as suggested in below post)
  4. Tsewang Mutup - +919469172653 who runs a Tempo Traveler. Detailed review here
  5. Tashi: +919419347745, +9196 22962458 owns and runs a a 14 seater Tempo Traveler (JK 10 A 1057), belongs to Nubra. Detailed Review here
  6. Jigmit Stopgyas 094-19-56674 and 096-22-992302 details here

List of Taxi Drivers for Srinagar to Leh Drop
These taxi drivers services can be used for a drop Leh from Srinagar:
  1. Ansari: 094-69-568527 Nice chap, very helpful and was with devils on DoW Mega Meet 2015 in first taxi. No complaints by anyone in the group.
  2. Jaan: 094-69-732955 Nice chap, very helpful and was with devils on DoW Mega Meet 2015 in second taxi. No complaints by anyone in the group.
  3. Mohd. Abbas: 094-69-249211 Nice chap, very helpful and was with devils on DoW Mega Meet 2015 in third taxi. No complaints by anyone in the group.
  4. Noor Mohd: 9419890787 Super helpful, speaks english and drives safely (feedback here) and here
  5. Gulam Murtaza: +91-9419840627. very nice and clean Innova which was less than a year old. (feedback here)
  6. Kazim – 09419801538
  7. Firoz – 09469190694 (Firoz is Kazim's son and they might remember me if you wanna take the reference)
  8. Rameez – 09419021868
  9. Hussain – 09469736891(very positive feedback here)
  10. Mohamad Husain - 09469644018. He is having Kargil registration ( JK -07-4003) new Innova (2014 July model). Perfect driver on himalayan routes. (feedback here)
  11. Taqi - 09906977826 (feedback here)
  12. Macin Ronaq- 09469736959 (feedback here)

Apart from that you can get in touch with Mr Omar Farooq at 096-22-479974 who is in Srinagar TRC, guess a manager or something there as shared by @lamalady30


List of Taxi Drivers for Manali to Leh
These taxi drivers services can be used for a drop Leh from Manali:
  1. Ravi – 09816508774
  2. Biru – 09459518549
  3. Amit – 09459281888 , 09805670579

List of Taxi Drivers for Kargil to Padum, Zanskar
These taxi drivers services can be used for a drop Padum, Zanskar Valley from Kargil:
  1. Ansari: 094-69-568527 Nice chap, very helpful and was with devils on DoW Mega Meet 2015 in first taxi. No complaints by anyone in the group.
  2. Jaan: 094-69-732955 Nice chap, very helpful and was with devils on DoW Mega Meet 2015 in second taxi. No complaints by anyone in the group.
  3. Mohd. Abbas: 094-69-249211 Nice chap, very helpful and was with devils on DoW Mega Meet 2015 in third taxi. No complaints by anyone in the group.
  4. Hasan – 09419843703
  5. Gulam Rasul – 09419807087 , 01985-232328/232721
  6. Suroom Singh – 09797389642
  7. Ashu – 09419222992
  8. Gulam Akbar – 09419806358

List of Taxi Drivers for Zanskar Valley Sightseeing
Taxis outside Padum or Zanskar Valley are not allowed to do sightseeing in Zanskar or around Padum, hence, you need to have local taxi from Padum. As of now we do not have any contact but this list is there to maintain the local drivers from Padum as we come to know about them.

Note: Please share your driver details with us too, it will be helpful for both driver as well as fellow traveler.
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Re: List of Taxi Drivers for Ladakh - Srinagar - Leh - Manal

Postby Sabyasachi » Sat Aug 17, 2013 8:38 pm

Driver from Manali to Leh

Amit - 9459281888 , 9805670579

a very genuine & energetic driver :)
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Re: List of Taxi Drivers for Ladakh - Srinagar - Leh - Manal

Postby Sabyasachi » Sat Aug 17, 2013 8:51 pm

few more drivers in padum zanskar route :

Gulam Rasul - 09419807087 , 01985-232328/232721.

Suroom Singh - 09797389642.

Ashu - 09419222992.

Gulam Akbar - 09419806358.

Fe drivers in around Leh :

Sonam Tsering - 09419372817 , 09906982535. (recommended by many tourists)

Thendup - 09622992347.
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Re: List of Taxi Drivers for Ladakh - Srinagar - Leh - Manal

Postby dheerajsharma14 » Sat Aug 17, 2013 9:23 pm

Saby bhai ;) .... Thanks for valuable info. List have been updated in the first post :)
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Re: List of Taxi Drivers for Ladakh - Srinagar - Leh - Manal

Postby Sabyasachi » Sun Aug 18, 2013 8:37 pm

no need to thanks dheeraj bhai... :)

we all himalayan lovers need this :)
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Re: List of Taxi Drivers for Ladakh - Srinagar - Leh - Manal

Postby shahshyam2007 » Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:30 am

Stanzin Chille - 09419855428

Amazing driver ... a very humble guy and drives awesooome !! he was throughout our trip from Srinagar - Leh - Manali ...

drives a tempo traveller
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Re: List of Taxi Drivers for Ladakh - Srinagar - Leh - Manal

Postby dheerajsharma14 » Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:55 pm

shahshyam2007 wrote:Stanzin Chille - 09419855428

Amazing driver ... a very humble guy and drives awesooome !! he was throughout our trip from Srinagar - Leh - Manali ...

drives a tempo traveller

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List of Taxi Drivers for Ladakh - Srinagar - Leh - Manali

Postby Rachit » Sat Aug 24, 2013 6:30 pm

Dear Travelers,

Just want to share my experience of Taxi Drivers.......

Requirements were:
Srinagar-Leh, Nubra, Pangong & Korzok, Leh-Srinagar.
Inova (No Mahindra Stuff)
Leh Guy (or Driver from Ladakh Region who can Communicate well with nomads & tribals)
For Full 10 Days

We had collected reasonable good informations from DoW & few other details from my friends. Thanks DoW & Mr Dheeraj for amazing work.

We had tried almost all the available numbers: Rigzin, Naseer, Manzoor, Chamba, Dorjey, Tashi (very common name in Ladhak Region, so surname is very important) ..... & many more from Registered Travel Agents in Leh. Few were already booked so did not respond, with few finances did not work out. I was in conversation with 4-5 Drivers for few days.

We personally avoided Srinagar, Kargil & other region Taxis because we want to take the same for Nubra, Pangong & Korzok. We also avoided Taxi other than Inova. We were only looking for local Leh guy & Leh local number Taxi.

Please dont take it otherwise, but this is my personal experience. Ladakh region people are good, nice, honest and reliable as compared to other nearby regions. We already had past good experiences with Leh Guys.

Driver needs to be jolly in nature & should be very patient for mountain journey & travelers like us (many time we took 1-2 hours, just enjoying local food or maggi at local shop & taking halt every 15-20 kms for photo-shot)..... :D

Manzoor (Resident of Leh region) was already booked but he gave reference of his close friend Zakir (Resident of Leh region). Initially, conversations were directly with Manzoor, last few conversations were with Zakir only. Finally, we went for Zakir.

Zakir is 12+ years experienced driver, also worked for Army Services. He has New Innoa - April 2013 Model. Luckily, We & Manzoor's Guest were staying in same hotel in Leh. So for couple of days Zakir & Manzoor both Taxis were together one after the other. Later we went for Korzok.

Both Zakir & Manzoor were really amazing & nice. Manzoor is little shy guy, on other hand Zakir is full of energy and good story teller. His stories were amazing & very funny. He was more like a friends. ...... :lol:

We had gone to many nomads & tribal's to understand their living, their culture & their Tents (ROOMS within A Room) . Zakir helped us a lot as a good mediator & guide...... :)

Both Zakir & Monzoor are HIGLY RECOMENDED.
Zakir Bhai - 09622228576, 09419242966
Manzoor Bhai - 09622973951



If anyone would be travelling recently, Start with Asalam Walekum Zakir Bahi. He will 100% recognize me.


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Re: List of Taxi Drivers for Ladakh - Srinagar - Leh - Manal

Postby dheerajsharma14 » Sat Aug 24, 2013 7:28 pm

Amazing update brother, thanks for sharing it here at DoW. I have updated the list :) ... If possible, try and share your Himalayan experience with us at the Community as Photo Tale or Travel Tale Or your reviews of the property where you stayed or dhabhas/restaurants you ate food on your trip...
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