Places on Manali – Leh Highway | A Detailed Description

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There is no doubt that Manali – Leh Highway is easily the most adventurous as well as the most beautiful among all the Highways in India. Every adventure lover has a dream to traverse this 474 KM long, Manali – Leh Highway at least once in his or her lifetime. However, I strongly feel that everyone who loves to travel, be it adventure lover or nature lover or any other form, must and must travel Manali – Leh Highway at least once in his/her lifetime. Personally, I am lucky enough to have gone through the experience of this lifetime journey and wish I will do it many more times in future too. Over a span of 474 KM, on the Manali – Leh Highway, one goes through varied forms of nature ranging from beautiful lush green valley(s) to rocky barren multi colored mountains to high walls of snow to violent river/water crossings (nallas) to wide flat lands to abrupt landslides to head swaying hair pin bends to butter smooth roads to many non-existent and washed away roads to strong cold winds blowing you away and to what not :lol:, all this raising the fun of this ultimate journey to greater heights.

The Manali – Leh Highway makes you experience the raw mother nature present on earth in almost its every form. Technically, BRO takes care of this Highway and they have further divided its responsibility between Project Deepak and Project Himank . Project Deepak is responsible for maintaining the section from Manali to Sarchu(222 KM) in Himachal Pradesh region while Project Himank is responsible for Sarchu to Leh (252.4 KMs) section which falls in Ladakh district of Jammu and Kashmir region.

Manali – Leh Highway | Altitude over Distance Graph

Manali - Leh Highway | Distance v/s Altitude Graph
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How to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway

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Places of Manali – Leh Highway

This article is an informatory dissection of all major places that comes on the route from Manali to Leh along with the details of food, fuel, accommodation or stay options, amenities etc on Manali – Leh Highway. I hope this may help you get an idea of what is offered on a journey of Manali – Leh Highway bearing in mind the stoppages of your interest including overnight stays, food, beverages, amenities, photos etc. If you are not interested in much of the text then you may also check the summary of the places in tabular format at the end of the article directly.

Manali | Altitude: 1950 Mtrs – Solang Valley | Altitude: 2590 Mtrs

Manali, about 570 KM from Delhi, is the place from where this life time journey begins. Manali, the valley of gods is lush green at the time when you would be doing your Leh journey and you will definitely enjoy the weather there. Although, in May – June due to holiday rush this place is not a penny less than the chaotic trade fair and I am sure you will not want to be at this place in such a tourist rush. Being said that, you can do a lot in Manali town and for comprehensive details including how to reach Manali from Delhi, I request you to go through the Manali Travel Guide here: Delhi to Manali, Himachal Pradesh | A Travel Guide

One point worth highlighting here is that if you are on your way to Leh – Ladakh from Manali then avoid staying overnight in Manali town rather stay overnight at Solang Valley, 14 KM away. Why? Manali is at lower altitude than Solang Valley and does not help in acclimatization. Solang Valley does help acclimatize your body to some extent which may help in minimizing the troubles of mountain sickness as you move ahead towards Leh – Ladakh in upcoming days. Solang Valley is further 16 KM ahead of Manali and is much more calmer place as compared to Manali. Solang Valley also offers some majestic views along with adventure activities like parachuting, paragliding, skating and zorbing etc

The only drawback with Solang Valley is that you won’t find as many options for a stay as you can find in Manali. The prices of the hotels in Solang Valley are likely to be on the higher side as compared to the varied economic hotel options available in Manali town. Also, the variety of cuisines will be much less as compared to Manali and mostly you will need to have your food in hotel only. But, the advantage acclimatization and peace definitely outweighs these minor hitches, unless you really want a very very cheap hotel. If you really miss different cuisines and lively place, you can surely spend your day in Manali enjoying the other flavors of the valley and come back to hotel at Solang Valley for night stay.

Technically, Solang Valley is not on Manali – Leh Highway rather one needs to take a left diversion from Palchan and travel further 6 KM to reach Solang Valley. If you have hired a taxi from Manali to Leh, you need to ask the driver upfront to pick you from Solang Valley hotel. If you have opted for a shared taxi / public bus, then you yourself need to reach Palchan, the diversion point on Manali – Leh Highway to get into one of them en-route but that also must have been booked in advance from Manali.

Gulaba

Running through few small villages (Palchan, Kothi) of this beautiful lush green valley you reach Gulaba, 20 KM from Manali. Gulaba is famous as one of the lower winter snow point when the road to Rohtang Pass gets closed. There are only few Dhabhas on Gulaba and no options of stay.

Marhi | Altitude: 3300 Mtrs

After Gulaba, one reaches Marhi which is the highest snow point in winters when road to Rohtang Pass is closed. There are few Dhabhas on Marhi and as well as there is a liquor shop as well :D. There are no stay options apart from those temporary Dhabhas.

Rani Nala

Few KMs ahead of Marhi you reach Rani Nalla which is a glacier point. This place is famous for its huge snow walls, more than 20 feet high. You can find snow here almost every day of year, may be just year 2010 was an exception. The feeling of going between between these huge walls of snow is impeccable. Of course, if you do not leave early in the day then surely the traffic jam may frustrate you here due to the narrow passage and kill your time. You need to leave as early as possible like 5 AM from Manali to avoid traffic jam on Manali – Rohtang Pass road. In year 2010, the stretch here was in pathetic shape and took many lives due to constant landslides. It is perhaps the last major point on southern portal of Rohtang Pass. No stay or food options are available here.

Rohtang Pass | Altitude: 3980 Mtrs

51 KMs away from Manali town, Rohtang Pass connects the tribal valleys of Lahaul and Spiti to Kullu Valley. This is the hottest Himalayan tourist spot in Northern India and people flood this place in the month of May and June. Do expect heavy tourist rush and traffic jam, if you are late in leaving from Manali. It is closed for more than six months in the winter months due to heavy snowfall. Many people feel the altitude factor after reaching Rohtang Pass with headaches and feeling to puke. So, it better to keep yourself hydrated on the way. You can enjoy food / beverages here but there is no place for accommodation. By the way meaning of Rohtang is “pile of corpses or dead bodies” ;)…

Gramphu | Altitude: 3200 Mtrs

After you descend towards northern portal of Rohtang Pass, you reach Gramphu. At Gramphu, there is a diversion towards right which will lead you to Spiti Valley via Kunzam Pass. If you want to visit Chandratal then you need to take the diversion towards Spiti and once you reach Battal, go straight towards Chandratal. There are no stay or food options at Gramphu. If interested in knowing more about Chandratal then read its travel guide at: Delhi to Chandratal, Himachal Pradesh | A Travel Guide

Khokhsar | Altitude: 3140 Mtrs

Just few KM after Gramphu you reach Khoksar which is the first settlement in the Lahaul Valley of Himachal Pradesh. This place has several Dhabhas where you can enjoy the food, a clean washroom / toilet to freshen up and a PWD rest house. In order to stay at PWD rest house, generally you will need the advance bookings. There are few houses as well in this small village. The Chandra river flows through this place and the views are just amazing from the village.

Sissu | Altitude: 3170 Mtrs

Sissu or Khagling is a small town situated at the right bank of Chandra River in the Lahaul valley of Himachal Pradesh. There is a waterfall on the opposite side of town which, people says, looks spectacular but personally I haven’t seen it.

It has a PWD Rest House but in case you want to stay then do book that in advance else you may not find the accommodation. My personal experience had not been good with getting any accommodation at any of the HP PWD Rest Houses. There are few small dhabhas or food stalls where you can find food, tea/coffee and drinking water as well. You may also get some basic healthcare facilities at the local Primary Health Care center at Sissu town. There is also a helipad that is used for the chopper services and mainly utilized by locales in the winter months when the roads are closed due to heavy snow at Rohtang Pass connecting Kullu – Manali Valley and Kunzam Pass connecting Spiti Valley.

Tandi | Altitude: 2573 Mtrs

At Tandi, you will find the only petrol pump on Manali – Leh Highway after Manali and up to Upshi / Karu or Leh. The next petrol pump is about 365 KMs away towards Leh from Tandi. Hence, it is extremely important that you do not miss this petrol pump to top up the fuel. Apart from being famous for this only petrol pump on Manali – Leh Highway, Tandi is a confluence of Chandra River and Bhaga River. The merged river is called Chandrabhaga River and when it enter Jammu and Kashmir, it is further called Chenab river. The Chandra River originates from Chandratal, Spiti Valley and Bhaga River originates from Suraj Tal or Surya Tal, Lahaul Valley. So, if you have time on hand then do click some pictures of the confluence too.

Keylong | Altitude: 3080 Mtrs

Keylong is the biggest town located on Manali – Leh Highway and is the district/administrative headquarter of Lahaul Valley and Spiti Valley districts of Himachal Pradesh. All the major GOVT. offices of the district are present in Keylong town only. The Keylong town is completely cut off from the outside world in the winter months of November to April, due to heavy snow present at Rohtang Pass. There is a famous Kardang Monastery in Keylong which is the largest and most important monastery of Lahaul district of the Drukpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The views from the Keylong town are nice with Bhaga river flowing in between but personally I felt it (Keylong) too boring 🙁 …

Most people while traveling on Manali – Leh Highway including the HRTC and HPTDC bus services halts for a night stop at Keylong town. There are many options of accommodation (small hotels and guest houses) available at Keylong including the famous HPTDC Hotel Chandrabhaga, Circuit House, PWD Rest House, Tourist Bungalow etc. There are few small hotels or guest houses in Keylong town which are right on the Manali – Leh Highway and can be opted for a stay too.

Also, people coming to explore Lahaul Valley including Udaipur, Triloknath Temple etc make Keylong as the base town. There are phone and power connections which can be utilized to call at home, charge mobile or camera batteries. Beyond Keylong you will not not find mobile signal and fixed landline phone except Jispa. Medical facilities are also available at the local hospital and there is also one SBI ATM in Keylong town. So, if you have by chance missed the ATM at Manali to fetch the cash then do not miss this one. At first place, I will say do not miss the Manali ATM but still if you have missed it then try your luck at the Keylong ATM which is the only ATM in reach on Manali – Leh Highway.

Jispa | Altitude: 3320 Mtrs

Jispa, is a small village that is located on the banks of Bhaga River. While coming from Manali side, this is my most preferred place for a night stay and to break the journey on Manali – Leh Highway. The accommodation options present in Jispa are limited as compared to Keylong but if you book them in advance I bet the vistas are worth spending time and money. There is hotel Ibex, a guest house and some camping tents including the Swiss tents which are available as stay options at Jispa. You can get the food as well as beverages here. The village also has a small monastery, a small museum along with numerous trails into the woods which you can explore or how about spending some time on the banks of Bhaga river, for me it’s just amazing. There is a helipad as well in Jispa. Jispa have telephone connection which you may use to call at home or inform someone close because beyond Jispa mobile signals (might have gone already) as well as fixed phones will be hard to find till you cross Upshi or reach Leh.

Darcha | Altitude: 3360 Mtrs

Darcha is a small village that is considered as last northernmost civilized place in Himachal Pradesh. Primarily, everyone traveling on Manali – Leh Highway needs to stop at Darcha police checkpoint and has to register their names with vehicle number in the passerby records. This acts as a record that a person has passed Darcha on his journey on Manali – Leh Highway which is useful in case of rescue like operations (or other purposes as well). Foreigners need to get their passports verified at Darcha police checkpoint. Darcha is also the endpoint of a famous trek which starts from Padum, Zanskar Valley in Ladakh region and of course, you can start the same trek from here as well :)…

Food / Drinking Water / Beverages (tea/coffee) in dhabhas or road side stalls is available at Darcha. This place also have some tented accommodations and a few people stay overnight at Darcha as well. Darcha does have telephone and power connections, in case you need to call home or charge your phone or camera for one last time before reaching Leh 🙂 then you may try your luck here as well. I didn’t see any phone here but people do say that the village has the connection even WIKI also say so 🙂

Beyond Darcha, the vegetation will start to reduce and the mountains will start to change their colors into dark brown water color paintings that we all used to paint in childhood. Decrease in vegetation also means difficulty in pumping the oxygen and increasing altitude will make it even tougher. This is another reason why you need your body to be acclimatized better and hydrated always on this tough journey. Do not forget to intake good amount of water just to keep your minerals and oxygen correct in the body. It will be best if you can carry ORS diluted water with you all the time and keep sipping it after every half an hour or so.

Deepak Tal | Altitude: 3810 Mtrs

Deepak Tal is a small man made lake near Patseo having its own charm and is one of the two lakes that comes on Manali – Leh Highway. The still water of the lake offers some very nice reflecting views, almost picturesque from many different angles to all those photography lovers. So, if you are one of those then get ready to shoot some unique angle of your own :)… You can enjoy a cup of tea or your breakfast at the Dhaba just aside Deepak Tal. Beyond Deepak Tal, you will be at an altitude of more than 14000 feet till you reach about Upshi. So, get ready for some real fun in various ways… 🙂

Patseo | Altitude: 3811 Mtrs

After passing through Deepak Tal you will reach Patseo just a couple of KMs ahead. Patseo is a small place where only few army camps are present and they have diverted the road in some weird zigzag manner. Once you reach Patseo the roads deteriorates considerably and there on for about 40-45 KMs till about you pass Baralacha La, you will find some very rough or even washed away roads.

Zingzing Bar | Altitude: 4270 Mtrs

Zingzing Bar is a tiny place with 2-3 tented dhabhas that offers stay options in them. Of course, these dhabhas does offer food and beverages too. If leaving early from Keylong/Jispa and if you are one of those who eat late after waking up then you can mark this place for breakfast as well. This is where the ascent to the mighty Baralacha La pass starts. Just after Zingzing bar, there is a nalla (water crossing) created by the melting snow of Baralacha range. So, do cross this nalla or water crossing early in the morning because in the late noon it becomes barely impossible to cross this violent nalla even by trucks :). In such a case, on Manali side, you will either have to stay overnight in the vehicle or Zingzing Bar dhabhas and on the Baralacha La side, you will need to go back to Bharatpur or Sarchu tented accommodations for a night stay or stay in vehicle.

Suraj Tal | Altitude: 4883 Mtrs

Suraj Tal or Surya Tal is the second highest lake in India and 21st highest lake in the world. Amidst in the high hills of Baralacha La range and just below the Baralacha La pass (8 KMs before Baralacha La pass), you will find this beautiful crystal clear aqua colored sacred body of water. Suraj Tal is the source of Bhaga river and remains totally frozen and cut off in the months of winter.

Early in the season i.e. June, you may find this lake to be frozen as well. As the time pass into the summers, surrounded with snow covered peaks and emitting its aqua green color as the base, the Suraj Tal looks simply breathtaking. Do not miss to click few pictures of this amazing high altitude lake in India.

Baralacha La | Altitude: 4890 Mtrs

Baralacha La or Baralacha Pass (La meaning Pass) is second of the five high mountain passes that comes on Manali – Leh Highway. Baralacha La connects Lahaul district of Himachal Pradesh to Ladakh district of Jammu and Kashmir. At the North West base of Baralacha La range, Bhaga river originates from Suraj or Surya Tal and at South East base, Chandra river originates from Chandratal. Yunam river flows on the Sarchu (Ladakh) side of Baralacha La. There is another famous trekking route which goes to Chandra Tal or Chandratal, either starting from or ending at Baralacha La. You will not find any food or water or accommodation at this pass.

After Rohtang Pass, Baralacha Pass is the second major hurdle to cross or open. At least in the early season of Manali – Leh journey, you will certainly witness one or two vehicles either stuck aside or stuck in the middle to traffic jam the road. The ice or snow melting from the slopes, battered by moving traffic either creates deep slush or deep water crossings by washing away the roads. This makes the journey more adventurous and full of challenges on this mighty mountain pass :).. The feeling of passing through this particular pass is a feeling of its own kind and I purely loved it 🙂

Bharatpur | Altitude: Not Sure and Killing Sarai or Sarchu Sarai | Altitude: 4600 Mtrs

After passing through a small deserted place named Killing Sarai or Sarchu Sarai, you will reach Bharatpur (city) which has 2-3 dhabhas as well as a series of tented accommodation running along side Manali – Leh Highway. Some people do stay overnight at these camps as well. The tents here are cheaper as compared to Sarchu. You can have food / tea / coffee here. Once you cross Bharatpur, after a few KMs you will come across a road straight as an arrow leading towards Sarchu. Your instincts will compel you to rip apart and just zip pass through it. I will suggest to hold on to those instincts as the road is straight but does have lots of bumps in between may be due to loose soil beneath or due to holes dug by Himalayan marmots. All I want to say is that while speeding through that road, do not be too complacent while driving :)… else ready for some super bumps on the way…

Sarchu | Altitude: 4290 Mtrs

Sarchu, 222 KM away from Manali, is famous for its good tented accommodations on Manali – Leh Highway. At Sarchu, the state changes from Himachal Pradesh to Jammu and Kashmir. Also, the Deepak Project ends and Himank Project starts from Sarchu. At Sarchu, there is a second police checkpoint where you need to register your name again on this epic journey. The entry acts as a record of your arrival up to Sarchu. Sarchu is almost a middle point of the journey on Manali – Leh Highway having good amount of tented accommodation options including the Swiss tents with attached toilets. Hence, many people do consider it for a night halt. People already having the night halt at Keylong or Jispa, usually stops for lunch at Sarchu. It does have few dhabhas (2-3) which offers food and beverages as well.

Sarchu is at high altitude and many people staying overnight here suffer from mountain sickness including sleepless night, severe headaches or vomiting. If you are not properly acclimatized you will surely be one of them, suffering the pinch or punches :)… While coming from Manali side the body is not properly acclimatized and incase you have not had a night stay at Keylong or Jispa, the body will surely suffer to adapt at such high altitude at night. Hence, even though Sarchu offers good amount of stay options (tented) but it’s always better to avoid a stay at Sarchu over Jispa or Keylong in the same order of preference. However, if you are coming from Leh after spending few nights at higher altitudes then the body is acclimatized to adapt and you can either opt to stay at Sarchu or Pang depending upon your taste of the place.

For more information on Acute Mountain Sickness and acclimatization tips, please refer the following link at least once: Acute Mountain Sickness and Importance of Acclimatization

Gata Loops | Altitude: 4190 Mtrs

After 24 KMs from Sarchu, a series of 21 hair pin bends or loops about 7 KMs long, just before Nakee La Pass, will elevate you from an altitude of 4190 Mtrs to 4630 Mtrs. They are called Gata Loops. No food, no fuel and no accommodation is available here.

Nakee La | Altitude: 4740 Mtrs

This one is the third of the five passes that comes on the Manali – Leh Highway. You will not find any soul, food, accommodation or fuel or even trees here 🙂 … The place is totally deserted.

Lachalung La or Lachulung La | Altitude: 5079 Mtrs

Lachulung La or Lachalung La or Lungalacha La is the second highest pass on the Manali – Leh Highway. Get ready to start feeling some breathlessness from here. You will reach above an altitude of 5000 Mtrs or 16000 feet for the first time on your journey. Again there is no vegetation (also counts for breathlessness too), people, fuel, food, or accommodation 🙂

Pang | Altitude: 4600 Mtrs

Pang, is where you really start to see those unique looking soil formations on the mountains and special colors of Ladakh will become more prominent just around Pang and onwards. Pang also has the world’s highest transit camps. Pang has few tented accommodation in Dhabhas for a night stay and one can also enjoy food or beverages on their short stopover at Pang, evening tea may be. One of the Dhabhas also had attached bathroom. Few KMs before Pang, the road runs alongside a river which offers an exciting feeling and some very nice vistas. Pang along with its surrounding areas, does offers some fantastic views to be captured in your camera. Hence, do not miss on the opportunity to record few of them 🙂 … Pang is at higher altitude than Sarchu which will account for headaches + mountain sickness and offers much lesser accommodation option too. Hence, it is always better to stay at Sarchu which offers the Swiss tents too.

This is the last point where you can find food and accommodation at least before Upshi, which does have very basic and limited guest houses. If you are running late, then at Upshi as well you are likely to be unlucky on accommodation front. Hence, if you think you have gone late and don’t want to carry on till Leh in dark, I will suggest you to stay at Pang only and thoroughly enjoy the rest of the colorful journey in next day’s daylight, it will be totally worth.

Moore Plains | Altitude: 4730 Mtrs

Moore plains or Morey plains are surprisingly, flat bedded plains amidst the highest of hills in the country. They run over a length of about 30-35 KMs. As soon as one reach here, the instincts force people to make their own roads 😥 but I request you not to do so because it damages the ecology of the place and disturbs the wildlife. Many of the wild animals live on the water sources present in Moore plains and running the car off the used tracks may damage those scarce sources. Most people make their own road here and try to do all sought of things with their vehicles, including race with other fellow drivers (specially common among taxi drivers). However, these jerks are unaware of the fact that along with risking the damage to the vehicle in loose soil or pot hole in the middle of nowhere they are also disturbing the ecology of the place. So, I request at least you not to do so 🙂 and respect the mother nature in every term so that it prosper more and more… If you are lucky you may spot a Kiyang (Ladakh wild asses) here and blue sheeps too. Hence, keep your cameras ready for the game 🙂

Debring | Altitude: 4835 Mtrs

At Debring, there are few wrecked shelters of road workers may be and some army camps too. There is a road (rough in condition) rather I shall stay dirt track that goes to Tso Kar lake and further to Tso Moriri lake of Ladakh. However, you cannot visit the lakes if you are going from Manali side as you will not be having the inner line permits to visit the lakes. The permits are issued from DC office, Leh or even if you arrange the permits through a travel agent it is not recommended that you attempt a stay at such high altitudes (Tso Moriri: 4595 Mtrs and Tso Kar: 4530 Mtrs) with improper acclimatization. Well, on your return if you have plans to visit Tso Moriri and Tso Kar then you can return via this route. However, the road conditions are bad.

Taglang La or Tanglang La | Altitude: 5328 Mtrs

This is the last and the highest pass on Manali – Leh Highway at a whooping height of 5328 Mtrs or 17582 feet. This pass is also the second highest motorable pass or road in the world, after Khardung La (5602 Mtrs or 18380 feet) which is the highest motorable pass or road in the world. The winds at the pass are freezing cold and the force is such that it will blow you off the cliffs 🙂 … Sometimes, it’s even hard to stand your ground even. Secondly, the oxygen level per breath decreases considerably and with almost nil vegetation most people suffer breathlessness at this pass. The raging pollution from trucks or oil tankers also accounts for the stoppage being brief, by most people. Don’t be surprised if your head may also spin many rounds at this place, especially when you come from Manali side. While our short stay of 10 minutes, I had almost lost my footing quite a number of times due to that spinning affect at Tangang La 😀 (Disorientation or ataxia)… The picture aside the sign board of second highest motorable road in the world, is a must for everyone visiting this mighty pass. No food and no accommodation is present here.

Rumste | Altitude: 4260 Mtrs

As you descend from Taglang La, Rumste is the first settlement you will come across as you enter the Leh valley. It is situated alongside the Indus river and have several tea houses. The road conditions will dramatically improve as you descend from Tanglang La towards Rumste. There will be a point when you will be driving just adjacent to Indus river and you will feel ecstatic, forgetting all about the swaying headaches in the past 3-4 hours. Reaching the place, you will start to breathe a bit better and so as your head will also feel slightly lighter. I started to feel that I have reached my dream destination i.e. Leh :). I am not aware or heard of any accommodation or food options which may be available at Rumste apart from some home stay, if the villagers allows you. Secondly, the drive to Leh from Rumste is almost like a drive in plains and you can cover it fast enough. Hence, after clicking the pictures of this small village you better move ahead towards Leh. BTW, the trek to Tso Moirri and Tso Kar and further towards Kibber in Spiti Valley also starts from Rumtse.

Upshi | Altitude: 3480 Mtrs

Upshi has the last police check point where you need to register your name along with vehicle number in the records. This marks either your arrival in Leh town or marks the departure from Leh town in opposite direction. Upshi is a small town from where you can lead to Tso Moriri and Tso Kar lakes via Chumathang. It does have few hotels or guest houses with food but they are very basic. Upshi and (few KMs ahead) Karu also have a petrol pumps from where generally you need to top up on the return towards Manali from Tso Moriri and Tso Kar lakes route. But, you can ignore it if you are heading to Leh, where you can find the fuel as well. So, overall you can ignore Upshi and head straight to Leh even if gets late.

Leh | Altitude: 3500 Mtrs

Leh, the dream of reaching Ladakh is finally true and if you love this place then the excitement to reach Leh will refresh each of your body part even after a 14-15 hours of strolling journey. It’s better that you give some days to local Leh sightseeing and feel the culture, people, traditions and magical aura of Leh – Ladakh. Main market and Changspa road really rocks, so if you like lively environment then try to get a hotel as close to them as possible. Next day, along with local sightseeing you can also arrange the Inner Line Permits for other destinations you are planning to visit in Leh – Ladakh. If you need more details on Inner Line Permits of Leh – Ladakh then read this article: Inner Line Permits for Leh – Ladakh

Summarized View of Facilities or Amenities on Manali – Leh Highway

Facility

Places

Hotel / Guest Houses Khoksar, Sissu, Gondla, Tandi, Keylong (Many options), Jispa, Upshi
Tents / Camps

(Dhaba / Swiss / Normal)

Jispa, Darcha, Zingzing Bar, Bharatpur, Sarchu (Many options), Pang
Food / Beverages Marhi, Rohtang Pass, Khoksar, Sissu, Keylong, Jispa, Darcha, Deepak Tal, Zingzing Bar, Bharatpur, Sarchu, Pang, Rumste, Upshi
Diesel / Petrol Pumps Tandi (107 KMs from Manali), Karu (36 KMs from Leh)
Mobile Connectivity
  • In our case, mobile signal of Airtel worked till Keylong only and then faded rapidly. The signals were restored after crossing Upshi for Airtel.
  • Of course BSNL has more coverage and better connectivity within this range than any other operator. Airtelworks in Ladakh but with poor connectivity.
  • SMS does work fine for both BSNL and Airtel.
  • Vodafone did not work for us at all after crossing Marhi and not even in Leh -Ladakh.
  • Packet data also works upt Keylong and in Leh packet data is available only with BSNL edge.
  • Prepaid connections do not work in Leh – Ladakh.
Fixed Phones Keylong, Jispa, Darcha, Upshi
Electricity Sissu, Gondla, Keylong, Jispa, Darcha, Upshi
Medical Facilities Sissu, Keylong
ATMs Keylong
Police Checkpoints Darcha, Sarchu, Upshi, Khoksar (For foreigners only)
Mechanic / Puncture Shops Marhi, Khoksar, Tandi (not sure), Keylong, Darcha, Sarchu, Upshi
Liquor Shops Marhi, Keylong, Darcha, Upshi
Natural Highlights Rohtang Pass, Tandi Confluence, Sissu Waterfall, Deepak Tal, Suraj Tal, Baralacha La, Strange Soil formations, Moore Plains (Wildlife too), Taglang La or Tanglang La, Gata Loops

Conclusion

The above information is known to my knowledge only and may not be in its entirety. Hence, I request you to share your valuable inputs or information which I may have missed out. Looking forward for your responses as comments and develop it as an comprehensive information pack on Manali – Leh Highway.

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    1. “Mumbai – Chandigarh – Manali – Jispa – Sarchu – Leh – Nubra – Pangong – Kargil – Leh – Sarchu – Manali – Chandigarh – Mumbai ”
    Or
    2. Mumbai – Leh(flights) – Nubra – Kargil – Pangong – Leh – Tsomorriri – Sarchu – Manali – Chandigarh – Mumbai

    If we take the 2nd route,Please advice on the following points,

    – AMS impact – I feel our bodies will be well prepared for the bike trip if we acclimatise in Leh and take the bikes, instead of taking bikes directly from Manali to Leh, kindly advice.
    Bikes availability – We can rent the bike from Leh and drop it at Manali, avoiding the restrictions on outside vehicles
    shared taxi from Leh to Manali – Can we get the shared taxis for dropping few of us to manali who are uncomfortable for the bike ride at the proper cost (ranging 3-4k per person)

    Advance booking – Do we have to book the camps & bikes in advance, if yes then how much in advance?

    Also I came to know from a local person in Manali that we can take the manali bikes to Leh and get a slip of Rs. X amount say Rs. 500 from the union and use it in manali for roaming around for time we are there in Leh, It would be really helpful if you can authenticate this from your sources.

    Advance booking – Do we have to book the camps & bikes in advance, if yes then how much in advance?

    Awaiting for the revert.
    Thanks
    Shivam Soni

    • HEllo Shivam,

      1. Among th two routes, I will surely suggest that you fly to Srinagar and then travel by road to Leh. This will ensure acclimatization issues are taken care.

      2. Dropping bikes or renting them one way is digging a big hole in pocket. Yes, shared taxis to Manali are easily available. HPTDC bus service also run in July. Mid-June to Jully is a good time to travel as well.

      3. It depends if you want to stay at specific hotel and ok with searching places or not. If No, then better book a hotel in advance.

      4. I am not really sure about this, hearing is first time seems like some jugaad. Bikes in Leh are short on availability, better book them in advance in season tmie. But then you run into the issue of not sure about the bike condition.

      • shivam soni on

        Hey Dheeraj,

        Thanks for the quick response.

        1. I am not considering flying to srinagar and then taking roads to LEH, I am more keen on knowing the impact of directly flying to Leh from Mumbai which takes off at 4 in the morning and arrives at 7 in the morning and then after a day’s rest taking bikes to roads. So out of the two routes Viz,
        1. Mumbai – Chandigarh – Manali – Leh – Manali (without flights)
        2. Mumbai – Leh – Manali -Chandigarh ( one way flights)
        which will be easier on our bodies to acclimatise, just asking for the sake of knowing as we have came up with this route (with flights) assuming that it will easier on our delicate darlings in the group :P, save us 3 days and hustle of dealing with Leh Union as then we would be renting bikes from Leh itself and then will take it out to places.

        2. About dropping Leh bikes at manali, i had heard from a local guy that you can drop manali bikes to leh and vice versa, as they possibly have a mutual agreement or tie up or they might be having a shop at both the places but this is not applicable for Srinagar – Leh – Srinagar or Srinagar – Leh – Manali for some reasons.

        3. Yes it is a jugaad kind of thing but i cannot rely on that hence need your authentication for the same.

        4. Oh! then what would you suggest in that case, as it is not advisable to book a bike without knowing its condition

        • Hello Shivam,

          1. Lesss taxing will be to fly to Leh rest at least 2 days in Leh and acclimatize yourself. Rent bikes on day 2 and roam around Leh and then on Day 3 start with Nubra, then Pangong and finally Tso Moriri if you have time and back to Manali

          2. There is tie up but comes with about 12000 of pickup cost per bike, in case you are OK with it. Go ahead with it.

          3. Jugaads don’t have authenticity. In case someone can assure you, go ahead with the arrangements but it may end you up in ugly situations too especially in peak season time for sure.

          4. Well, that’s basically a bad state to be in. Considering the mad rush in Ladakh for last 2-3 years, I myself would have opted to rent a bike in advance (though don’t like a single bit of the idea) than to keep waiting or juggling with shops after landing there in low oxygen zone 🙂

  2. mohan chawla on

    i was travelling to manali from mumbai. flight was around 6pm. then rain started. flight got delayed by half an hour. still i board the flight with an expectation that i will get my bus for manali form delhi. bus was around 10pm. I reached delhi around 9pm. i thouhout i was lucky and i will get my bus. then i got stucked in traffic jam and missed my bus. after that i contacted travel agency to provide me another seat in some other bus. he state that it was last bus. then i waited till next evening to get bus. then i board the bus to manali. journey was nice till we cross punjab. after that due to landslide there was jam of more than 16 hours. i reached manali by next night around 9pm. next day my hotel manager came to me vacat room as it was booked by someonle else. then next evening i have to leave back to mumbai. alll holiday got ruind just due to half an hour rain.

  3. Hi,
    Road trip is planned for Aug/Sept, Manali/ Leh.
    Could you provide details of Home-stays, hotels, accommodation in these towns/villages.
    Solang Valley, Jispa and Sarchu?
    Thank you.
    Regds Ananda

    • 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. Aditya Chasta on

    Hello Dheeraj,

    This is a huge buldle of informaiton. Thanks! It seems very useful.

    I am planning a self supported bicycle ride from Manali to Leh in September 2016. Will start on 11 sept. from manali. If every thing goes well the I will be in Sarchu on 2nd/3rd day, in Pang on 3rd/4th day and in Debring 4th/5th day. So I may take night halt at all the three plaecs and I am thinking I will be acclimatize by then since I will be moving slowly towards higher altitude as compared to a vehicle. I will be on a cycle that will consume my energy for sure but one thing I know is that I will not force myself. I will ride easily, I won’t even try to push myself upto my limit. So altitude shouldn’t be a problem if I take night halt at these three places. Need your advice on it.

    • Hi Aditya,

      Well, I wil say you may be doing like this Marhi, Sissu, Darcha, Zingzing Bar, Sarchu, Pang, Rumtse, Leh

      This way it should be fine, not sure if you will be able to stretch it beyond this

    • Aditya Chasta on

      One more query. Can I take night halt at Debring. I will be carrying my own tent but still I will not take night halt at no man’s land.

  5. Saket Panicker on

    Hello Again Dheeraj,

    I just wanted to confirm about the performance of RE classic 350 in ladakh.

    I just wish to check whether it’s a good decision to complete the ride on CL 350, and if not, then what type of servicing is to be done to sustain the terrain.

    Kindly guide

    Thanks

    Saket Panicker

  6. Hi Dheeraj,
    Are there any issues if we go from Manali leh highway ?
    Planning to go from 18th to 26th june?

  7. Saket Panicker on

    Hi Deepak, Wonderful article.. I personally liked it..
    I am planning to go on a road trip on my bull in month of sep 2016. Please guide me as I am planning on manali-leh-manali highway.
    As i reside in Pune I have two plans.
    Plan 1: Jammu-Leh-ladakh-manali-chandigarh
    Plan 2: Chandigarh-Manali-leh-ladakh-manali-chandigarh

    I think if i go for plan 2, i’ll miss on Pangong lake.

    Please guide me properly. As i am planning for 15-17 days. Also tell me an estimated budget

    My id is saket.panicker@dreamsgroup.in

    Waiting for your reply

    Thanks for the post 🙂

  8. gaurav sharma on

    First of all thanks for all the information.. actually we are 4 person planning to go for leh in last weak of june.. can you suggest us do’s or don’ts . and we are coming for punjab.. we want to go for leh from manali and straight to srinagar

  9. Rohan Kadolkar on

    Hello Deepak,

    Thanks for suggesting people here.
    I want to plan a trip to leh, somewhere in Mid August.
    I have to plan 9-10 days trip from Manali – Leh Manali.
    Can you please suggest me a plan with places and good time to visit the place ?
    Can you please let me know, if any permits are needed to visit any places there?
    Thank you.

    • Rohan you need to get permit for Rohtang Pass done for your vehicle since you will be going from Manali to Leh. Check: How to get Rohtang Pass Permit Online. Rest there is no permit required if you follow the below plan:

      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

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

      • Rohan Kadolkar on

        Hey Deepak,
        Thank you very much for the tips and this plan.
        Really excited to follow this up.
        One more doubt I have!
        I read somewhere that the Rented bikes from manali cannot be used to visit Khardung la, Nubra, Pangong from leh. Is it true?
        If I plan my journey from Chandigarh – Sonamarg- Kargil -Leh- Manali -Chandigarh.
        Then Can I complete this journey in 10-11 days, if yes then please suggest me a plan for this route also. So that I can skip renting bikes in leh to visit K-la, Pangong and other places.
        I can assure them I am not going to come back to leh from pangong, from pangong direct exit to manali.

        • Rohan, you cannot skip renting bikes in Leh, you will have to rent bikes in Leh as outside rented bikes are not allowed inside Ladakh. It will take 4 days to reach Leh from Srinagar side starting from Delhi and 3 days to come back from Leh from Manali side to Delhi. This makes it 7 days. 1 Day is required in Leh for acclimatization. You have about 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.

        • Athul, it is suggested that you do not stay at Sarchu while going to Leh from Manali as your body is not acclimatized. However, while coming back your body is much more acclimatized and should be OK to sleep at Sarchu.

  10. Vishvendra Gaur on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    We are group of 15 planning bike trip to ladakh through LEH MANALI highway.
    We have selected 4-14june for that .
    Will it be safe to go at that time?
    What about the rohtang entry and road conditions?

    • Mid june should be good time to travel Ladakh. 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 travellers including me at the link here for 13-14 days: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – 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

    • If you follow the plan suggested above, you do not need any permit entry for Rohtang Pass as you will be coming from Leh side to Manali. Road conditions will not be that good but they hardly improve in the year until September when it is water in water crossings that gets tamed only.

  11. Hi,
    I am planning to visit Leh ladakh in first week of oct (2nd Oct to 10th Oct) by Manali highway
    Please suggest is it Ok to plan a trip in this duration?
    Please help.

  12. Hi Dheeraj..

    Nice writeup…
    We are a group of 6,planning to fly to leh and then sightseeing +Pangong +Nubra valley for 6 days and then we plan to ride to manali from leh ( reverse of usual manali to leh ). What is ur opinion ? We plan to rent bike for some stretch ( like leh to manali or leh to nubra valley )and hire a taxi for the rest? Which sretch should v go by bike??
    Thanx in advance….
    Joseph

    • Jospeh, first two days will be just rest in Leh. Next two days visit to Nubra Valley, one day visit to Pangong Tso will make it 5 days. Now you need two more days just to reach Manali but you have just 6 day. are you sure you want to make this trip?

      • Dheeraj,
        We have 6 days in leh and 2days for travel from leh to manali.
        We are planning to tqke bike ride for nubra vallwy and pangong lake. How are those routes ? Which is the best package to book for our travel ?

        • Joseph, you will need a custom package for such a trip. I can only help you here with the info as DoW is just an info. sharing platform. If you are looking for a travel packages, then you can connect with info@offbeatescapes.com as most of the readers in the past couple of years have had very good feedback about them and their transparent policies.

          You can follow a plan like below:

          Day 1 | Delhi – Leh (By Flight)
          — Checkin at Hotel. Many hotels provide free pick and drop from Airport. Ask while you book them.
          — Take ample of rest as well as water or anything that keep your body hydrated enough. DO NOT OVER HYDRATE. Take ORS Soluted water or ORS – L tetra packs from home.
          — Do not over exert your body at any cost. Avoid too much up-down on stairs or avoid it in entirety, if possible.
          — After 5-6 Hrs of rest you can visit Leh Palace, Local Leh market, Shankar Gompa .
          — If you feel exerted go back to Hotel, have dinner at Hotel and take rest. Avoid any exertion. Else continue and,
          — Follow the sunset by stroll at Changspa road and have a nice dinner on varied cuisines offered in-around Changspa road.
          — Go back to hotel for overnight stay at Leh.
           
          Day 2 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Acclimatization
          — Hire a taxi from Leh taxi stand or Hotel whichever suits you.
          — Bargain with taxi driver and you can refer the thread for a comprehensive list of drivers: List of Taxi Drivers for Ladakh – Srinagar – Leh – Manali
          — Take his inputs if you feel reasonable and if required modify the plan accordingly but should suits you best.
          — Ask him to be with you guys starting first day itself, if required and charged reasonable else do it at your own.
          — Again DO NOT over exert and take little steps and slow walks only.
          — If feeling OK then do Local sightseeing. To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
          — Do not use stairs at any of these places just to see them as it will exert your body much more.
          — Overnight at Leh
           
          Day 3 | 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 4 | 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 5 | 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 6 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
          — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
          — 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

  13. Gaurav Gujral on

    Hii we want to plan 3 brother delhi to leh by Flight. 13 july 2015 return 16 july 2015 by bus
    But we are confused return leh to delhi via manali or srinagar witch is the best way to returns. Plz guide me
    Gaurav
    9810579774

    • Gaurav, in jus 2 days you will not be able to see much. first two days are only for rest, one day you can plan for day trip to Khardung La and then you can start the return by HPTDC bus to Manali from Leh.

  14. Vishal Kulkarni on

    Hi Dheeraj..
    I have many questions to ask..
    i will start with this..
    which would be better, finally need to return to mumbai!!
    manali – leh manali or manali – leh – srinagar

    These are both routes i want to follo

    questions –
    1. how many days total,
    want to cover manali-leh(above link route), pangong, khardungla, leh-srinagar(above route) minimum no of days??
    2. budget per person, we are 6 ppl!!
    3. need to plan ourselves, no packages so suggestions?
    4. i heard outside vehicles not allowed in leh?
    5. budget and no of days for this second possibility -> leh-pangong-khardungla-manali…!!

    • Vishal, the best route is Srinagar – Leh – Manali on any given day. 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 travellers including me at the link here for 13-14 days: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh.

      For doubts related to budget for Leh – Ladakh trip, I am sure the link below will help you alot for getting an idea of overall budget:
      How to calculate cost or budget for Leh – Ladakh trip

      Also, check the article: 5 Tips for a Budget Trip to 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

      For the leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2015 – 16 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.

      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.

      Yes, outside taxis are not allowed in Ladakh.

  15. Hi dheeraj sharma. Great job. Needed a small suggestion. What would be the best itinerary for 8 to 9 days starting from manali and be back in either manali or srinagar on day 9 max. Your suggestion would really be very helpful. Thanks 🙂

    • Hi Ravi,

      You can try below:

      Day 1 | Manali – Jispa
      Day 2 | Jispa – Leh
      Day 3 | Leh Rest Day
      Day 4 | Leh – Khardung La – Nubra Valley
      Day 5 | Nubra Valley – LEH
      Day 6 | Leh – Pangong Tso
      Day 7 | Pangong Tso – Pang / Sarchu (start positively between 6-7 AM)
      Day 8 | Pang / Sarchu – Manali

      In case you have 9 days then from Pangong Tso, go back to Leh and then do Leh to Sarchu and Sarchu to Manali to ease out Day 7.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  16. Vivek Padamattumal on

    hi
    dheeraj Sharma
    I m planning a all india trip from kanyyakumari to kashmir on 2017november 2nd with my friend
    and this is my dream ride .. we start planning about this ride from 2015november 2nd by inspiration from roshini Sharma we are planned to cover 14 states within in 28days I don’t know that is it possible to cover this 14states within28days including manali leh highway but I need to finish it in 28 days
    to complete the ride in 28 days we need to travel around 450km per day I know that it is tough
    probably my bike will be bullet 350
    I need your valuable suggestions for my ride about the bike ,route,..

    • Manali – Leh Highway will not be open in November, so you need to change the plan for it. Also, I can help you in Himalayas ex. Delhi but for rest of India, I may not be the correct person for it.

  17. hey.. i m planning to visit leh on june 2015 and wanted to ask a question related to my bike. i will be riding fazer with my wife as a pillion, and wanted to know should i have to do wire in carbuerator mod from manali itself or after reaching leh.

  18. Pirajirao Nimbalkar on

    hello mr. dheeraj sharma
    Ur blog is very helpful
    i m 4m Maharashtra
    i m planing for biking from manali-leh-Srinagar in abt 15 days. cn u suggest d best time to travel,place to visit.

  19. hi dheeraj
    amazing job by sharing all these info with aspiring travelers. Am certain it’s proving helpful to loads of people…
    i have never been to leh ladhak thought i m planning to visit in july last week i will be travelling from Pune-Delhi-Srinagar…. Reaching Srinagar on 29th July in the morning and leaving Srinagar on 30th morning to Leh…. We r 6 peoples all r males and hiring a vehicale from Srinagar…. Our return ticket was booked on 10th August from delhi….Wanted to do a round trip (Srinagar-Leh-Manali-Delhi)… can u plz suggest itinerary so that i make bestof it!!any help would be apricieated…thank you

    • I see you have 11 days till Delhi from Srinagar, you can follow something like below

      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 + 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 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 – 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

  20. Dear Dheeraj ,

    We are 4 people planning for a Manali-Lay trip(by bike) During first week of September.We don’t have have too many days in our hand so just wanted to know couple of thing.
    1)Can we cover 475km(Manali-Lay)by 2 days bike riding.we all 4 know bike riding how ever we don’t have nay such previous experience riding in high altitude. We have planed to hire 2 bikes and ride alternately.

    Our plan
    day 1- Manali to Jispa
    Day 2-Jispa to Ley
    Day 3-Ley to pangong lake.
    Day 4 to day 6-returning from pangong lake to Manali

    2)In case we are not able to cover 475 km within 2 days.then our plan is

    day 1- Manali to Jispa
    Day 2-Jispa to pang
    Day 3-Pang to pangong lake.
    Day 4 to day 6-returning from pangong lake to Manali
    Is there any such route to go directly from Pang to pangong lake.
    We don’t want to miss “pangong lake” 🙂

    Could you please suggest if our plan is feasible for this trip.

    • Soumya, this should be your plan:

      day 1 – Manali to Jispa
      Day 2 – Jispa to Leh
      Day 3 – Leh Rest Day
      Day 4 – Leh – Pangong Tso
      Day 5 – Pangong Tso – Pang / Sarchu
      Day 6 – Pang / Sarchu – Manali

      This is going to be a very very hectic trip

  21. Hi Dheeraj,
    Wonderful and very helpful blog. Hats off to you for this description and for helping so many people.
    Its our first trip to Ladakh, and here’s the itinary I thought of, based on whatever I have read. Please suggest if I should make any edits, based on acclimatisation and distances : Also have some questions for you, noted at the end:

    29th June: Starting from Manali (unfortunately read ur blog much later after making all bookings), so have to leave from Manali on 29th. Prefer to stay at / near Chandratal (can’t miss this place with all that you have described about it)! Please help on how should plan on visiting this site for some time / stay here.
    Overnight Stay at Losar (Is it possible given we are coming from Manali, considering acclimatisation?)
    30th: Losar – Kaza (since you’ve mentioned its v beautiful) and then onward to Leh

    1st : Leh: Day at Leh : Visit to Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Leh Market (Namgyal Gompa, Shankar Gompa, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening)
    2nd: Leh: Drive downstream along the River Indus on Leh – Kargil Highway to Hall of Fame, Gurudwara Patthar Sahib; Magnetic Hill; Confluence Of The Indus – Zanskar River.
    3rd : Leh – Khardung La – Nubra Valley. Stay at Nubra Valley
    4th: Nubra Valley – Leh
    5th: Leh – Pangong Tso Lake – Leh (Can we stay here?)
    6th: Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang (Stay ??)
    7th :
    8th :
    9th: Return from Leh early morning
    • Where all should we plan night stays considering travel time (Nubra Valley / Tso Moriro and Pangong Tso). Don’t want a very hectic trip with lots of travelling to reach a place, take photos and head back! Wud rather relish the place
    • Is it possible to accommodate any two day glacier treks in the 2 days available on 7th and 8th?
    • Would you recommend us to replace or add any place like Zanskar or Kargil or any other place that may be a must-visit? If so, how should I carve that into my itenary? Else can stay at Tso Moriri and Panong Tso overnight? Is it safe for women to stay there (considering other travellers having a good time there :)
    • Where would you suggest rafting?
    HOw should we contact and book for the remote locations like Chandratal, Tso Moriri etc.

    Your inputs would be very helpful!

    Varsha

    • Thanks a ton Varsha.

      Given the number of days in hand, I will suggest to drop Chandratal and Kaza and focus just on Ladakh. This is the best you can do:

      29th June: Manali to Jispa
      30th: Jispa to Leh
      1st : Leh: Day at Leh : Visit to Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Leh Market (Namgyal Gompa, Shankar Gompa, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening)
      2nd : Leh – Khardung La – Nubra Valley. Stay at Nubra Valley
      3rd : Nubra Valley – Leh
      4th : Leh – Pangong Tso Lake
      5th : Pangong Tso – Leh
      6th : Sham Valley tour including Rafting.
      7th : Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
      8th : Tso Moriri – Leh
      9th : Return from Leh early morning

      • I have planned above a less hectic and comfortable trip. You will enjoy it likeways.
      • No, you will have to drop either of the lakes and 2 days there isn’t any great trek.
      • Best will be to follow above itinerary
      • On 6th june with Sham Valley tour, do Rafting.

      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

  22. hi dheeraj, i must appreciate ur efforts and information given here. i m planning srinagar-leh-manali. i would like to know, 1.Which places is best (scenery) for the night halt or worth to stay on the way between srinagar to leh & leh to manali?
    2. If i can get the public transport from drass, kargil, for leh & from sarchu & jispa for manali?
    3. during june – sept. in which month is best in turm of temp. and cost?
    4. and during june – sept in which month i can expect snowfall?
    5. can i make route, Leh – Tso moriri – jispa – manali?
    6. any more useful advice from you.
    thanks

    • Hello Lecille,

      Thank you.

      1. To know about such places on the route and neary by, you can refer Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh

      2. Yes, you will be able to get public transport for all these routes or shared taxis that run everyday.

      3. I love September always due to less tourists, low costs, beautiful colors BUT there is downside that is no snow.

      4. June is the time for snow.

      5. Yes, you can travel from Leh to Tso Moriri, Tso Moriri to Sarchu and then Sarchu to Manali. But, no public transport there and you have to book your seat in shared tourist taxi through some agent in Leh or find travel partners on your own in Leh or online.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  23. ravi mehmi on

    hello dheeraj how are you
    we are planing a tour of 4 persons, jalandhar to leh via manali in last of the may on bikes, manali to leh in 2 days. i want to know the road and whather conditions at that time and also clothing for bike riding

  24. dr.sonu patel on

    hi dheeraj
    one quarry in 14 days iternary for leh ladakh
    is hanle village included ????? or not den if we want to visit it den how many days we need more ?? and which day we can visit it in our iternary??????
    second is nubra vally included in 14 days iternary????
    please guide us sir

    • No Sonu, Hanle is not included in the above itinerary suggested. If you want to include Hanle, you can do something like below from the day you were supposed to leave for Tso Moriri from Leh:

      Day 1 | Leh – Chumathang – Mahe – Nyoma – Loma – Hanle
      Day 2 | Hanle – Loma – Nyoma – Mahe – Sumdo – Tso Moriri
      Day 3 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Pang – Sarchu
      Day 4 | Sarchu – Rohtang Pass – Manali

      But, please carry fuel for about 750-800 KMs for doing this circuit.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

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  26. Mayank Gothi on

    Hi dheeraj
    i m,mayank frm rajasthan.
    i m planinig to visit leh ladhak
    with my frnds.
    we r 7 guys and going via manali.
    and we r going on 3rd week of june14.
    plz suggest me how we go there with car or bike?

    • Hi Mayank,

      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 travellers including me at the link here for 13-14 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

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  27. hi,
    we are 4 guys going on 2 bikes from 20 sep 13 to 2 oct 13. please suggest if this a good time to go or is there risk of snowfall, closed highways etc. ? we plan to go via manali and come back via srinagar, kargil.

    • Robin, you can make a trip but keep in mind that all will depend upon weather, so keep some buffer days with you otherwise it shall be fine to travel there. Also, keep in mind that it will be very cold up there in Ladakh and especially to manali Leh Highway

  28. Hello Dheeraj. Your blog is the best one I have come across so far on travelling to Leh. I am travelling to Leh with 3 more people, starting 10th Sept from Ambala – solang- jispa-sarchu-leh. it is a bit too late to switch to srinagar route. Could you please recommend a place to stay in solang?
    Also, once we get there, we wish to do atleast one serious trek say of about 3-5 days. I often trek in Goa (where i live), but not sure if m ready to do a strenuous one at that altitude. Could you pls suggest something which is moderate?

  29. Hi,

    Great blog thankyou. I’m a solo novice rider and I have a one week window at the end of my trip – I’m dying to do the Manali-Leh highway. I want to try and do it in 3/4 days max. Is this achieveable, can I get motorbike jackets/equipment from Manali, and if I asked for a basic tutorial in changing motorbike parts would that suffice the repairs I may need to make? Any advice you can offer would be much appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Dave

    • Hello Dave,

      Thanks a lot. Though from Manali to Leh it is 2 days journey but it will depend what is your starting point for this trip and what is the exit point. That is even if you start from Manali you can cover the journey in 3 days at easy pace very enjoyably but then how do you come back? Are you ready to fly back from Leh?

      Yes, you can get the bikes on rent from Manali and though I am not a rider, you can check some great tips on riding bikes i Himalayas or long rides at the link in DoW Community at: Long Bike Riding Advice

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  30. Hi Dheeraj,
    I am planning to visit the Tso Moriri Lakein about 2 weeks.
    Can you suggest me the best possible route & also the stay options that we have there.
    Also places around the lake.

    • Ravi, 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

      Regarding the Travel Plan, how many days do you have in hand?

    • S Roy biswas on

      This is a tremendous effort on part of Sh. Dheeraj Sharma and I used the information available on this site for my journey to Leh in June this year and the Hotel Kidar suggested by him is a really good hotel in Leh, with a lot of personal attention put in by the owners. I visited Tso Moriri, but due to inclement weather could not stay overnight. Here is a link to my video, you may enjoy – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqgrUQxmOSE&feature=share&list=UUyX8aFo6aGnzyEdA6lEQkDQ

  31. Prateek yadav on

    hi dheeraj, I’m pratek yadav from allahabad(up)
    i’m planning a trip to leh in first week of july this year. Is it good time to travel manali leh highway ?
    i’ve got a scorpio and two bikes can you help me with the night breaks i have to take…i’m a bit confused about that after manali and what should be my budget if we are three guys in one suv(scorpio)..this is like once in a life time opportunity for me…actually i got so much of confidence after reading your blog….needed your help brother..thanks

  32. Hi dheeraj, we are planning manali to srinagar bike trip on 16th june..we are finding it difficult to find a operator Who allows to drop the bikes at srinagar(transportation cost covered by us) or an operator who allows a free drop at ladakh..can u suggest any name..

    • Anadi, no one will allow the free drop to any of these places, Ladakh or Srinagar. They have to send their representatives to pick up the bikes and exchange/hand over the securities, so they will charge you for sure.

  33. Dear Dheeraj,
    Your home page is showing that Manali Leh highway is open but the goverment official site site is stating status as closed. Please let me know as i am going to Leh on 15.06.2013 though bike.

    • Ravi it is officially open but only for light vehicles. Once, it will open for heavy vehicles like trucks and buses then, govt. website will change the status.

  34. Ravi Raj R on

    Hi Dheeraj. I am planning to ride the Manali_ Leh Highway. Planning to start from the 1st.
    Like you said, i would love to do the leh – manali side. But how do i get to leh? and can i rent bikes in Leh? If i do rent the bikes in Leh, how do i return it to leh?

    • Ravi Raj R on

      Do you advise taking bus from chandigarh to Jammu. And then do i have an option of taking another bus to srinagar. Or is there any direct way?
      From Srinagar i am planning to to ride to Leh via Kargil & from Leh to Manali.
      Biggest issue i face is renting a bike from Srinagar. and dropping it off in manali / chandigarh.
      Can you please suggest how i go about it.
      Most important will the leh – manali highway open in 1st week of june

      • You can also reach Jammu by train and then carry on with bus or shared taxi to Srinagar. Most likely Manali – Leh highway shall open in first week of June.

    • Ravi, 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.

      This will give you a basic idea on how to go about it. Also, you can rent the bikes in Leh but there may be only very few operators who will be allowing you to drop the bike at Manali.

  35. HI Dheeraj,

    I am on a road trip from Hyderabad. planned for leh and ladakh trip. Right now at Agra.. will reach shimla on April 10th. please help me plan as i dont have much time on vacation. I need to return to Hyderabad by 20th April

  36. Milind Biradar on

    Thanks dheeraj for the valuable feedback…
    this will definitely help me to plan out the trip
    one more thing I would like to know

    is the climate good in september?

    what will be the idea period?

    thanks and regards

    Milind

    • Milind, yes September is the best time to Travel Ladakh and climate is also good generally, though a bit cold. Ideal period will be travel between 15th September to 30th September.

  37. Milind Biradar on

    Dear Dheeraj ,

    thanks for the detailed blog about leh ladakh…but it has further confused me…

    we are around 10 people both male n females…coming from pune..no plans have been done yet..dates are flexible from july 15 to augast 30

    We wish to cover the circuit srinagar-ladakh-manali

    also wish to travel one way by bikes

    so how should i go ahead with my plan

    also some of our members are very healthy and not that fit

    so will it be a problem

    please guide

    thanks and regards

    milind

    • Milind,

      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 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

      For the 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

  38. hi yaar
    thanks for this valuable info
    me and my friends are planning to cover leh ladakh on bike
    we have TVS Apache RTR and bullet 350
    what are the things that we need to take care of on our journey
    and oter than that there will be two person on each bike…is it possible and what would you prefer ?
    Also i want to know what are the cheapest staying options on the entire journey
    i have planned like this
    mandi
    manikaran
    manali
    keylong
    sarchu
    leh
    what do you say about it
    and for the return journey i cant plan anything so what is the best option ? Srinagar or Manali again?

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  40. Nice Info…
    We are planning for a self drive trip of the whole circuit – Delhi – Patnitop – Srinagar – Kargil – Leh -Pang – Keylong – Manali – Delhi and the preferable dates are 14 June 2013 – 30 June. We are 4 people with a Maruti Ritz VDI. Do you think the car with 4 people is capable enough for this trip. (WRT – Zozila/Rohtang and rough terrian)

    • Surya, 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

      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.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  41. Hi, we are traveling 8 guys from delhi to ladakh around 3rd week of june for 10 days.This blog is very helpful for us. Could you please guide us about the route plan.

        • Sandeep, you can follow an itinerary similar to the one below for 10 days. Public Transport would be difficult to manage in such short duration better hire dedicated taxi from Delhi to Srinagar or Leh, Srinagar to Leh and then Leh – Ladakh taxi which finally drop you at Delhi or Manali. Between Leh to Manali and Manali to Delhi, you can use the HPTDC buses as well.

          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 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 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

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  42. Hy Dheeraj,
    We are planning for may end (28th May 2013 )via manali – leh route. We are 7 adults & 5 child (child age 8-12..is it ok for children on this route). We dont have limitations on number of days. What will u recommend? whether we can travel in 1 big vehicle?

    • May is too early for Manali – Leh Highway Hitesh. Try to push the dates by at least 10 days, to be on safer side. Let me know if that can be done and I will suggest accordingly. Still, some info. to read:

      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

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  43. Hi
    I am planning to travel through Manali-Leh Highway next year, by September 1st. We are planning on a Motorcycle ride, my Wife will accompany me. The Bike will most probably be ThunderBird 350. This is one of my dream journey. Somone advice me on the essentials needed for a biker, like the do’s and don’t’s etc. and something about the trip

    Thanks
    Stev

    • Hello Steven,

      September is a good time to visit Leh – Ladakh and Manali – Leh Highway. However, for the last few years, we had been getting delayed monsoon rains which may play a bit spoil sport towards to lower hills (before Baralacha La on Manali – Leh Highway towards Manali and before Kargil on Srinagar – Leh Highway towards Srinagar) for you in the first week of September but still nice time to go as colors of Ladakh and Manali – Leh Highway are most beautiful in September with clear blue skies.

      I will suggest that you read few articles below which will help you plan every bit of your journey to Ladakh:

      For anything related to Manali – Leh Highway, check the link: How to plan a journey on Manali – Leh Highway

      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

      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.

      Also, I will strongly suggest that you go through and read my series on Ladakh Self Drive tips (equally applicable for self bike rides as well) 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 have any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Hi Dheeraj,

        I have completed my trip to Ladakh.It was really a wonderful experience and without your guidance it would have never been possible.

        Also I got the permit from pangong tso to tso moriri via Chusul-Nyoma route. I heard from people that I was the first to get this permit in this whole season :).

        Thanks again for all your help.

        • Thanks alot Abhishek for sharing the experience with us and glad to know that info. on my blog was useful for making your trip more exciting. Glad to know that you also got those rare permits because I can understand the feeling of getting those permits when no one is getting around you. Generally, in off season they tend to start re-issuing the permits because less number of people are easy to control otherwise in season that route can get flooded with tourists. That is why we also got them in April and some also got in May but since June I think they have stopped giving them. Cherish these memories for a long time as I know it is a lifetime trip one can never forget 🙂

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  44. Praveen Kumar on

    NUBRA DIVISION
    This valley is popularly known as Ldumra or the valley of orchard/flowers. It is situated in the North of Ladakh, between Karakoram and Ladakh ranges of Himalayas. Nubra lies at average altitude about 10,000 feet above sea level. The climate, of the areas being soft, soil is much fertile and the vegetation of the area is comparatively thicker than those of the other areas of Ladakh. Shrubs, bushes and trees grow in abundance wherever there is any source of water. Due to this reason Nubra has acquired its right name- Ldumra. Shayok and Siachan rivers forms fairly large drain in Nubra. Nubra is a broad valley with lofty mountains on its all sides. Valley assumes greater attractions at the site where both the rivers meet. The formation of Central part of Nubra also takes place there. Diskit is the Sub-Division HQ. of Nubra. Diskit Gonpa is also situated at a height of about 200 mtrs. Above the village, on the spur of rocky mountain and at the most commanding point having clear view of the entire central part of Nubra. Samstanling Gonpa is situated on the North, facing Diskit Gonpa. This Gonpa is equally important and recreationally it assumes greater importance for being situated at a commanding scenic view point at the foot hills of Karakoram ranges up above Tegar and Sumoor villages, amidst plenty of water and high vegetation. Major village via Kardong, Khalsar, Tirit, Sumoor, Tegar Pinchemik, Tirisha and Panamik all fall along the traditional silk route. The caravans travelling Central Asia and Kashmir through Nubra valley used to stay at those villages. Panamik was the most important place for haltage of Caravan. It served as last major village where the Caravans landed the facility of feed back, before they negotiate Saseer and Karakoram passes towards Central Asia. The famous hot spring of Panamik also served them as a source for bath, drinking water and therapeutic purpose. Panamik has still got charms and potentiality to serve as a host to travellers. All areas around it including Iantsa Gonpa and Murgi waterfall across it combined with scenic view strengthens its beauty and hospitality

    Major attraction of Nubra is the highest motorable road Khardongla pass (18,380ft.) majestic peaks and glaciers enchanting valleys and villages. Diskit and Samstanling Gonpa, Panamik hot spring, double humped camel safari, river rafting, trekking and Sunbathe in the sand dunes at Hunder are also a great source of attraction for the tourists

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