Leh – Ladakh Taxi Rates 2017 – 18


The new season for traveling to Leh – Ladakh has arrived. In this article today, I will share Leh – Ladakh Taxi Rates 2017 – 18 which are published by leh taxi union every year in April. Well, to my surprise, this year Leh taxi union has decided not to hike the taxi rates except few hundred bucks for airport transfers. It is the second year in a row now when Leh taxi union has decided not to hike the rates. I expected around 8-10% at least but the news is a very pleasant surprise. You might know that few of year ago the taxi union has separated the rates on the basis of the model and make of the taxis. There are XUVs too available as taxi now, which falls in the category of Innova and Xylo… The taxi grouping along with price hikes for this year, which is same as last year, are as follow with an exception of Xylo moving to Category B:-

  • XUV, Innova and Aria (highest price tag) – No change in rates
  • Xylo, Scorpio, Tavera, Sumo Grande, Qualis, Safari, etc.. (middle price tag) – No change in rates
  • Eeco, Omni Van, Winger, Old Sumo, Bolero, etc.. (lowest price tag) – No change in rates
  • Tempo Traveller / Wingers – No change in rates
At times while going from Srinagar to Leh, you might need to work out few things if there have been some tensions in taxi unions of Kargil and Leh. In order to settle it out, what they do is that they make a transit point just before Fotu La while going to Leh from Kargil. All Leh taxis stop there and Kargil taxis too. They exchange passengers and move back in respective directions. Leh taxis take passengers to Leh coming from Srinagar/Kargil and Kargil guys take passengers to Srinagar/Kargil coming from Leh. But, that happens only when there is an issue.

Below you can find the entire rate list of Leh taxi union rates for 2017 – 18 for sightseeing purposes within Ladakh, towards Manali and towards Srinagar for this current year which is same as that of the last year. I have highlighted the important or most frequently referred rates in the rate list below just to ease out that task for you 🙂:

I am still enlisting below some of the most frequently visited trips in Ladakh and applicable Taxi rates for sightseeing to Nubra, Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri. This will help you quickly get rough idea of your budget for taxi in Leh – Ladakh.

  • Srinagar – Leh in 2 days = Rs 18400
  • Leh Local sightseeing = Rs 2500-3000
  • Leh – Nubra Valley 2 Day = Rs 10566
  • Leh – Pangong Tso 2 Day = Rs 10301
  • Leh – Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Sarchu – Manali 2-3 days = Rs 29056
  • Leh – Manali 2 Days = Rs 21588
  • Leh – Pangong Tso 1 Day = Rs 8653
  • Leh – Nubra Valley 1 Day = Rs 8053

Leh – Ladakh Taxi Rates 2017

I am going to confirm or update the rate list as soon as it is printed by the taxi union this year. However, below updates are based upon discussions with working clerk at the union and other fellow locals and taxi guys who are using these Ladakh taxi rates for 2017-18 as well. So, please expect a refresh of images in a week or so.

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You can download the all these files of Leh taxi union rates for 2017 – 2018 in a single PDF using the link: [download id=”13″ format=”2″]
Some Good Taxi Drivers in Leh – Ladakh

Following are the contacts of some very reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh. You can get about 12-15% of discount by directly getting in touch with these local drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more. If you involve any travel agent, there is a likelihood of giving away these direct discounts given by the local drivers when you connect with them directly 🙂

  • Rigzin – 09622954779, 09469472772. We know each other personally for last 7 years now and being more of a family friend to me now. He has a couple of Aria and a Scorpio but mostly remain booked for the season 🙂 :)… In case due to overload, if he is not available, he might help arrange some alternative. The best person to get hold off in entire Ladakh I will say. So, in case available, don’t miss the opportunity as traveling with this jovial, entertaining soul in remote corners of Ladakh is an experience in itself. He makes you feel laughing on the floor by all his story telling…
  • Chamba – +91-9906999808, +91-9716507246. Chamba is a fabulous guy, know me personally very well along with DoW for last 2-3 years now. Very nice and humble person, tried by hundreds of readers along with Rigzin above with 100% positive feedback 🙂 🙂 …
  • Sonam Angdus: His phone numbers: 09469272773. More like Rigzin and Chamba, Sonam ji has been associated with Devil On Wheels for a 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<7li>
  • Sonam – 09419347945 | As per feedback below “Also he has a guest house ready at the Gompa village–named ‘Apna Ghar’.I am sure that would turn out to be one of the great places to stay in Ladakh, away from the market’s hustle bustle.Please find the details below.This guy definitely needs recommendation at your site. That’s the minimum I could do for the hospitality he and his family showered.He can provide stay as well as taxi for the tours in Ladakh.He Owns a black Innova.
  • 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 Reviews in forum thread.
  • Manzoor – 09622973951 | Very nice person, recommended by readers below as well
  • Naseer – 09906229203 and 09469293183
  • Dorjey – 09419372742, 09622969317
  • Dorjay Anbchuk – 09419308051
  • Tashi – 09469630613, 09906994647, 09419342238
  • Tsewang – 09622993372
  • Tsewang (not same as above) – 09419853528
  • Sonam – 09419371012
  • Abbas – 09622998367
  • Abbas (not same as above) – 09622971759, 09469271786
For more updated & comprehensive list of taxi drivers for Ladakh – Srinagar – Leh – Manali routes, check the link: Updated List of Taxi Drivers for Ladakh – Srinagar – Leh – Manali

I hope the above Leh – Ladakh taxi rate list for 2017 – 18 will be again useful for your upcoming Leh – Ladakh trip in the year 2017. Feel free to share it with your family & friends who are looking out for a trip to Ladakh this season. In case you have any questions or doubts, in planning your trip to Leh – Ladakh, please post them in the comments section of this article OR in “Ask a Travel Question” section of our website.

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  1. Saddam Hodsain on

    Is there all time snow in ladakh.
    And will u please give me the transportation cost to visit leh from srinagar.

    • In general, it is fine to take the children of such age group because AMS do not matter with respect to age or sex or any fitness level. It can happen to anyone of any age or sex or fitness I shall say :D.. The issue with children is that they tend to exert the body considering it the same kind of place they belong to and this elevates the chances of getting struck with AMS. Secondly, they are not much expressive about their uneasy feelings, so it is parents who need to watch out and take care that the child is not suffering from uneasy feelings, headache or nausea and is behaving properly. With 5+ year child, I think he/she would be able to convey the uneasiness with little efforts. 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.

  2. Saddam Hodsain on

    Will u please suggest what will be the perfect time to travel through srinagar-leh-manali highway. On the basis of current weather condition. And we are a 5 people group so which way will be perfect to travel, from Srinagar or manali with which Vehicle??
    And is there all time snow in ladakh. And what will be the gate closing date for srinagar-leh-manli highway??

  3. Nitin Dongre on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    It is nice to see your support on Leh-Laddakh tour. I am travelling to Leh beween 18 August(Arrival:11 AM by air) and departure 25 August (8 AM). Can you pls suggest some best itinary for my this trip. I am also looking for some location where i should book the hote( Suggest some goood budget hotel ). What is the best way to book the taxi.

    I want to cover best places in these 6 days. can u pls suggest itinary accordingly

    • Hi Nitin,

      You have 8 days in hand and you can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh by Air followed by many travelers including me at the link here for 8-9 days: Leh – Ladakh | Most Common Itinerary by Air.

      You can skip Tso Moriri to keep the trip easy however, the first 4 days of the trip should be as per the article mentioned. 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

  4. Hello Dheeraj,

    We are planning Ladakh in July 1 st week. The itinerary is just like above only that we are flying to Leh and planing to return via Rohtang. We just have 9 days in hand. Could you let me know what can be skipped from below to fit it in 9 days.

    Day 1 – 1st July | Leh Local Sighseeing
    Day 2 – 2nd July | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
    Day 3 – 3rd July | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Lehh
    Day 4 – 4th July | Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake
    Day 5 – 5th July | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
    Day 6 – 6th July | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping or you can do tour to Sham Valley
    Day 7 – 7th July | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
    Day 8 – 8th July | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Moore Plains – Pang / Sarchu
    Day 9 – 9th July | Pang / Sarchu – Baralacha La – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
    Day 10 – 10th July | Manali – Chandigarh

  5. Hi, Dheeraj

    I’m planing to go from Srinagar to Leh in two days on Aug/13 and Aug/14
    We got 6 people and some baggage
    We want to take taxi, then what should we do now?
    Please give some advice.

    • Please get connected with some of the drivers mentioned in the article above or the link of the comprehensive list provided in the article. You should talk to them to see who can fit the luggage above.

  6. Hi Dheeraj,

    Tremendous information on your portal.

    We are 5 people travelling from chandigarh to leh via srinagar.

    query1 :- Below travel plan to leh is ok or or you want to add something to it to make more interesting and enjoyable.
    chandigarh to patnitop (nightstay)
    patnitop to sonmarg (nightstay)
    sonmarg to leh

    query 2:-
    We will be travelling by taxi from chandigarh, as you suggested we have to hire a local taxi in leh as outside taxis are not allowed. So can you please give me any Idea for how much i can hire it for the whole trip which includes:-
    leh khardungla
    nubra to pangong

    query 3:-
    since we have our own taxi and while coming back we will be following the manali route, so can we travel by our own taxi to jispa or we have to hire the local one.

    • Hey Sumit,

      Replies below:

      1. It looks OK to me though it will be better if you sleep at Alchi from Sonamarg and don’t directly go to Leh. This will cut the journey by 1.5-2 hrs and also helps in acclimatization

      2. Nubra, Pangong Tso and local sightseeing will cost you around 24K

      3. Jispa falls in Himachal and also on Manali – Leh route, so no restriction of taxis there.

      • Hi Dheeraj,

        Thanks for your quick response.

        1. We are carrying our own tent, can you please suggest on the whole trip where we can do camping using that tent, which can save our living expenses in hotels.

        2. is khardungla pass is on the way to Nubra valley or we need to keep a separate day for that?

        • ok,

          while coming back from leh to chandigarh, where we can take the night halts in between manali and leh?

        • Also,
          if i travel like below is is feasible :-

          day 1: chandigarh to patnitop
          day 2:- patnitop to kargil
          day 3:- kargil to leh

          and is there any particular time interval for taxi’s in which they have to cross srinagar or sonmarg, like in rohtang pass during 9-12 only), something like that ???

        • Hey Sumit, it will be too much. Do it like below:

          Chandigarh – Patnitop
          Patnitop to Sonamarg
          Sonamarg to Kargil/Mulbekh/Lamayuru/Uley/Alchi
          Kargil/Mulbekh/Lamayuru/Uley/Alchi – Leh

          Yes, Zojila pass currently have time restrictions. In the afternoon only traffic from Sonamarg to Kargil is allowed.

    • 1. if we take our tent with us and do camping in sarchu or at any other place in Leh or Himachal on our way, do we require any sought of permit for camping?

      2. Also we are travelling by a private number plate Innova taxi, not yellow, with driver, so can we take that anywhere in Leh or do we still need to hire the local taxi??

        • ok thanks, my 2nd question also requires your answer.

          2. Also we are travelling by a private number plate Innova taxi, not yellow, with driver, so can we take that anywhere in Leh or do we still need to hire the local taxi??

        • You can take it anywhere as long as if checked the vehicle belongs to one of you sitting in the car or your parents or the driver or his parents. It will come under scanner only if confronted for checking. Also, all of you should not the same story to tell whose car is it and who is driving it and why is he driving it. Any sense of commercial reason will force you to park the car and hire a local taxi.

  7. i am planning visit leh ladakh from 5th June to 15th June via Manali highway can u suggest me about vhiecle and travel route

  8. Hi ,We are looking for tempo traveller from Srinagar on 24th May,Itinerary
    24th May – Srinagar Airport to Hotel drop
    25th May – Srinagar to Kargil through Sonmarg
    26th May – Kargil to Leh
    27th May – Kargil to Nubra Valley
    28th May – Nubra to Leh
    29th May – Leh to pangong
    30th May – Pangong to Leh
    31st May – Leh leisure stay
    1st May – Leh to Tso Moriri
    2nd May – Tso Moriri to Jispa/Keylong
    3rd May – Jispa/Keylong to Manali drop ( by 2 to 3 pm )

  9. Uttam Sharma R on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    WE, 6 adults are planning for Leh trip from 30 june till 7th july. Intending to hire bullet for local sigh seeing. Confused over taking a flight from delhi or a 6 seater cab from delhi to leh. Apart from the seating capacity and comfort within the car, any other reasons would you suggest for or against choosing a cab from delhi to leh? Is it advisable to drive the cab ourselves or should we necessarily need a professional local driver’s help to negotiate the roads to leh?

    • Hi Uttam,

      It will take 4 days to reach Leh from Srinagar side starting from Delhi with stop overs at Jammu, Srinagar, Kargil and 3 days to come back from Leh from Manali side to Delhi with stopovers at Sarchu, Manali. This makes it 7 days. 1 Day is required in Leh for acclimatization. You have about 8 days only. So, better fly in and fly out of Leh to make some sense of Ladakh trip.

      You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh by Air followed by many travelers including me at the link here for 9 days: Leh – Ladakh | Most Common Itinerary by Air.

  10. Hi Dheeraj,
    we are 4 people in scorpio & wanna go to leh on 26th may. Is it possible on leh manali highway?

  11. Amitkumar Patel on

    Hello Dheeraj Sharma
    Should I travel Whole Ladakh in my own car hyundai I 20?
    If I go by my own car is there any problem create by local drivers?

  12. Aniket patel on

    We are 7 people and travelling to manali- leh highway by zoom car (xuv500) on 4th of may
    And return on 10th may from leh manali highway.
    Is it okay to travel in zoom car with 7 people in same car?
    And what are places we should visit in leh can u please suggest me…!!
    And is self drving car banned in leh and we have to travel in rented taxis over there?
    Thanking u in advance

  13. Hi Dheeraj, we r planning to visit leh by manali leh highway around 26th may is it possible n we are driving by self …we have Tata zest car.. is it safe with that car ….

    • Hi Pranoti,

      As of now, Manali – Leh is expected to open by 25th May, so your date is very touch and go. Also, in the initial days, the highway is not that stable with snow sliding and landslides. It takes a week or two at least to settle the road after opening.

  14. Bhaskar Roy on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Thanx for all these information.

    One thing I need to know, what is leh’s local conveyance? Suppose I need to go to local market from our hotel, or need a drop at airport, what will be the conveyance and what will be the cost?


    • Bhaskar, in such a case you can hire the taxi for whole day or just for local couple of places and market, the taxi will cost around Rs 1000-1200 and for airport drop around rs 600-700

  15. Hi,

    I could not make out anything in the pictures you have posted.
    Could you please upload a clearer copy?
    Thank you.

    • As per the taxi union rates of year 2017-18 (http://devilonwheels.com/leh-ladakh-taxi-rates-2017-18/) following is the break up
      Srinagar – Leh in 2 days = 18400
      Leh Local sightseeing = 2500-3000
      Leh – Nubra Valley 2 Day = 10566
      Leh – Pangong Tso 2 Day = 10301
      Leh – Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Sarchu – Manali 2-3 days = 29056
      Leh – Manali 2 Days = 21588
      Leh – Pangong Tso 1 Day = 8653
      Leh – Nubra Valley 1 Day = 8053
      You can usually get about 10-15% discount on these taxi rates after getting in touch with the driver directly.

  16. Hi Dhreeraj,

    Thanks for providing really valuable information.

    What you think …whether June 1st week will be roads clear.. Manali to Leh?

    We are planning to visit Leh in 1st week – 2 week of June via Bike..

  17. Dheeraj, can you tell me if the rates are inclusive of fuel or excluding fuel? How much is the driver bata per day on an average?

  18. Dheeraj, Im slightly confused by the rates. Are these rates per person for a shared jeep or rather for the total cost of a jeep regardless of who is sharing it?

  19. Kushal Gandhi on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning to do solo travelling to Leh Via Manali end at Srinagar in mid of july. Have certain querries, can you guide me on same ?

    1. Will be reaching till Leh by pulbic transport (HPTDC buses) are they safe and comfortable or should i explore other options ?
    2. For travel in Leh,i.e Local SS, Pangong, Tso miri, Nubra do unions have shared tax service, since I am alone and hiring private cab is not feasible. Can you guide me on that ?
    3. What are Scenic attraction Leh -Kargil – Srinagar and share taxi available for this route ?

    • Hi Kushal,

      1. HPTDC offer tourist buses, safe as other vehicles of course and comforting than shared local taxis.
      2. You are alone and private taxis are very costly in Leh but you will be able to find the shared taxi without much fuss at all. There are lots of flyers which people put at cafes, dine-ins, restaurants, travel agent desks/shops/whiteboards wanting to share the taxis for different trips within Ladakh. Even travel agent organize such shared taxis trip as well but charge a little higher about Rs 200-300 more than it would ideally cost. So, in worst case you can always go back to them and book a seat for yourself. Gelling up with people in Ladakh is more or less easy because many people travel solo and look forward to meet new people and share cultural thoughts and values over the trip.
      3. Since you will be traveling with shared taxi on this route, it will not matter much for you. Enjoy the scenes as they come and pass.

  20. sandeep patel on

    Dear Dheeraj

    i had my booked plan from manali to leh… i m reacing manali by 9th june night and will go for leh on 11th morng… i want to know the is NGT BAN this rohtang pass road for visit rohtang pass ?

    and the another thing… will this road fully open till 11th june ?

    and usually at which time we will leave manali for trip ?

    • Sandeep, you just need permit to travel beyond Rohtang Pass. In case you are hiring a taxi, the taxi guy will manage it. Yes Manali – Leh will open by 11th June.

  21. Bhaskar Roy on


    I have a plan to journey from Manali till Keylong on 5th Sept’17 – which is Tuesday.

    Please let me know if the same is possible or crossing Rohtang on Tuesday will not be possible?


  22. Pavan shukla on

    Dear Dheeraj

    Planned family trip in June via Srinagar but situation in srinagar and around compelling me to re-think .

    Please advise.

  23. Dear Dheeraj

    I m planning a trip to ladakh from srinagar in June 1st week.
    Will u pls guide me , how to get the best in 7 days and a tentative budget.

    • hussainanwar1983 on

      Dear Sudhir,
      i too am travelling from bareilly to leh via manali, booking done from 5-12th june @ leh, but as far as current news road via manali will not be open by them, so planing a de-tour but not too sure about srinagar(will it be safe for a couple) but if u would like to join then can plan ahead, wo kya kehte hain ek aur ek gyarah.

  24. Bhaskar Roy on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I have plan to visit Ladakh in coming Sept and have contacted a driver for exclusive Xylo for 15 days.

    I have got his name and contact details from the top rated driver list of your blog.

    For 15 days [from Kalka to Lamayuru – all place covered], he has asked for 82K [all inclusive cost for car & travel] and agreed to allow us a reasonable discount.

    Now, he asked for a 10K advance in his bank account.

    Please tell me what is your advice / suggestion on this. Should I trust him with advance.


    • Bhaskar, it all depends upon you. I cannot endorse or ascertain them on trust factor, judging by the feedback of people or community members on the website, you can take your own call. Check the DoW Community thread and see feedback from others, try few more and if all are asking for a discount, you will have to make a choice in such a case.

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