Rates & Time table of Bus Services in Leh – Ladakh

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There are many of us who are looking for a budget trip to Leh – Ladakh but one of the major challenge in making a budget trip to Leh – Ladakh is the cost at which taxis are available. So, in order to cut short the budget we look forward to bus services in Leh – Ladakh or other means of transport shared transport like shared taxis to save more. If you are alone then private taxis are very costly in Leh – Ladakh but you will be able to find the shared taxi without much fuss at all, mostly. 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. No where else in the world you will find more smiling and helpful people as Ladakhis are 🙂

Bus Services in Leh – Ladakh
Bus Services in Leh - Ladakh

However, if shared taxi is not your cup of tea, then in that case the bus services in Leh – Ladakh are the only means of travel left for you. Today after getting in touch with a dear friend Lobzang in Leh, I was able to get hold of time table of bus services in Leh – Ladakh who got this only for all of us here. So, special thanks to him and he will keep sharing the updated info. from Ladakh. In a nutshell, today in this article I will be sharing the details of various bus services available in Leh – Ladakh which you can opt for in case either you are looking to save budget and not interested in shared taxis OR if you are looking for an adventure of a different kind 🙂 🙂 … Yeah, believe me, traveling in Leh – Ladakh by a bus is entirely a different experience 😉

Along with the snapshot of rates & time table of bus services in Leh – Ladakh below I have also tried to list down the details of other bus services running on longer routes to Leh such as bus service on Manali – Leh route or Delhi – Manali – Leh bus route or bus services on Srinagar – Leh route, which in total will help you plan your entire trip of Ladakh..

Local Bus Services in Leh – Ladakh

Below screenshot details out the all the routes connecting Leh with different places in Ladakh and I have also listed major tourist spots as below for quick reference:

  • Leh to Pangong Tso Bus Service: Bus from Leh to Pangong Tso leaves at 6.30 AM every Saturday and Sunday, return next day. The charges are about Rs 256.
  • Leh to Nubra Valley Bus Service: Bus from Leh to Deskit, Nubra Valley leaves at 6.00 AM every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, return next day and leave from Deskit at 7 AM. The charges are about Rs 197. There is a bus that also goes to Sumur and Panamik at every Tuesday which departs from Leh at 6 AM. The charges of this bus are Rs 256 and 287 respectively.
  • Leh to Tso Moriri Bus Service: Bus from Leh to Tso Moriri leaves at 6.30 AM every 10th, 20th and 30th day of the month, return next day. The charges are about Rs 370.
  • Leh to Hanle Bus Service: Bus from Leh to Hanle leaves at 6.30 AM every Saturday, return next day. The charges are about Rs 492.
Rates & Time table of Bus Services in Leh - Ladakh

Rates & Time table of Bus Services in Leh – Ladakh

Bus Services from Srinagar – Leh Route

  • JKSRTC Srinagar – Leh Bus Service: The bus from Leh to Srinagar starts 2 PM and runs non-stop 7.30 AM in Srinagar. Deluxe bus charges about 1058 per person and semi deluxe charges Rs 670 per person. Normal buses charge around Rs 470 per person. The private bus operators charges about Rs 800-900 per person.
  • The bus from Srinagar to Leh starts at 8 AM at present and halts at Kargil for one night and reaches Leh next day. Deluxe bus charges about 1058 per person and semi deluxe charges Rs 670 per person. The bus from Srinagar to Kargil cost around 250 for ordinary and Rs 300 for semi-deluxe.
  • These timings are subject to change based on timing of Zojila Pass.
  • There are some private buses as well that runs between Srinagar – Leh.
  • Justin suggests below in comments, “just completed ladak trip. there are lot of tempo travellers and Mini bus starting from Leh city .They start everyday evening 5:3O PM -6:00 PM and reach srinagar the next day early morning 7:30 AM . cost is Rs 1000 to Rs 1500 based the vehicle. The mini bus is best optiion you only get individual seat and confort to sleep @ night too.”

Bus Services from Manali – Leh Route

  • On Leh – Manali route, there are two bus services that run as HRTC Buses and HPTDC Semi Deluxe Tourist buses (non-ac). HRTC ones are normal public transport buses which do not stop for sightseeing on the way except mandatory stops of food + daily routines while HPTDC is a semi deluxe bus that is run for tourists only from 1st July to 15th September every season and does all the sightseeing on the Manali – Leh Highway.
  • Manali – Leh HPTDC Bus: HPTDC bus charges Rs 2400 per seat one way in which Transport cost of Rs 1800 and also includes the accommodation cost of Rs 600 at Hotel Chandrabhaga, Keylong with dinner and morning breakfast. HPTDC bus leaves Manali at 11 AM in the morning and reach Keylong in evening. Then starts 5.30-6.00 AM in the morning from Keylong and reach in the evening. Similarly in opposite direction. Plus,
  • Schedule of HPTDC Manali – Leh Bus Service can be found at the link: http://hptdc.nic.in/leh.htm. So, while planning please refer this schedule as there is no fixed Odd, Even days now. As you see in updated schedule, bus even runs on odd days as well from Leh to Manali, similarly on even days from Manali to Leh. This bus schedule is published by HPTDC in May every year, so please refer the latest when you are planning the trip.
  • Delhi – Manali – Leh Bus Service is run by HRTC. This bus covers a total distance of 1260 kms and has a fare of Rs 1339. The total travel time is about 35 hours. There might be a bus change once at Keylong and driver changes twice, one at Sunder nagar and other at Keylong. The bust departs from Delhi ISBT – at 3:45 pm, then departs from Chandigarh Sec 43 at 9:30 pm. It departs from Kullu at 6:30 am, Manali at 10:00 am and arrive at Keylong at 3:00 pm. Then there is night halt at Keylong and then next day the bus starts 5:00 am from Keylong and arrives at around 7 PM in Leh. The reverse route from Leh starts at 5 AM.
  • HRTC Keylong – Leh Bus starts at 5 AM from Keylong and charges are around Rs 480
  • There are some private buses as well that runs between Manali – Leh

Conclusion

I hope the above article will help you plan your trip to Leh – Ladakh by bus or plan your sightseeing within Ladakh by bus services and help you either save good money or have a different kind of adventure and experience, altogether. Please share in case you have more details on the bus services in Leh – Ladakh or if you have any update on them. I will keep adding to this article with more updated info. as and when I will get.

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429 Comments

  1. Hi Dheeraj,

    Love your posts and help on every situation that can happen in Ladakh.
    Would you please share the local bus transport services chart (days, time, locations on specific dates etc.) in Ladakh for Aug-Sep 2017.

  2. Dheeraj sir can u please help me with planning my trip to leh.I have a 8 day holiday in which i have to travel ladakh.could u plese tell us the places to visit there, day by day and the cheapest way to travel

  3. Hello, I plan to arrive at srinagar on May 28, it is possible to travel by bus to leh these days
    Is it better to leave srinagar or manali, to get to leh now?

    • AFAIK, the bus services to Leh from Srinagar has not started yet. Only shared jeeps are running over Srinagar – Leh. Manali – Leh is not yet open but expected to open by end of May.

  4. Goodmorning Deeraj,
    You are the best consultant ever and so, I have one more question for you…rather two!!!!
    1) During our time in Leh we would like to visit also Lamayuru, I have seen that it’s on the road for Srinagar, our next stop. We don’t know if is better doing up and down in a day Lah-Lamayuru or wait for the bus for Srinagar in Lamayuru. Do you know if the bus tha leave from Leh to Srinagar daily around 14.00 also stops in Lamayuru?
    2) we absolutely want to go to Nubra valley, how long at the least we have to spend there? two or three days included arrival and departure, I mean)?
    Thanks a lot! Hope you have a nice day
    Carlotta

    • Hello Carlotta,

      My replies as below:

      1. Hmm, I am sure the bus will go through Lamayuru but since the bus will be running at night, it may or may not stop there. I am not 100% sure on it. Also, you can confirm this when you reach Leh as you are reaching there first and I also believe that there will surely be some shared cabs running to Kargil from Lamayuru in day time too and from Kargil to Srinagar buses and shared cabs will be available.

      2. I will suggest at least 1-night stay covering Hunder and Deskit Villages and come back to Leh next day. If you want relaxed outing or enjoy Turtuk village as well, add one more day to the plan.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

    • It will be difficult to explain like it but once you land in Leh, almost everyone in the city will be able to guide you turn by turn to the bus stand of Leh.

  5. Hey Dheeraj,

    I appreciate all the comments that you have replied to. Helps a lot!

    So here is my set of questions –

    1) My girlfriend (from Japan) and I are travelling to Leh from JUNE 19 (landing at Leh early morning) to JULY 2 (flight from Delhi), would be helpful if you could suggest us an itinerary for the same.

    2) If you could help us find a way back to Delhi from Leh via road (preferably bus) where we don’t miss our flight on JULY 2.

    3) Would it be better to travel in a shared taxi or a local bus within Leh and why?

    4) Would my girlfriend need any special permit or such for the trip?

    Also if any, do share other additional pointers to keep in mind.

    Thanks a bunch,
    Ronak

    • Hi Ronak,

      1. You can follow the plan suggested below
      2. Refer plan below
      3. Best is to get tourist shared taxis. You are alone/couple 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.

      4. Your girl freind will need Protected Area Permit to travel and you will need Inner Line Permit to travel.

      Here is the plan I will recommend:

      June 19, 20: Rest and Acclimatize in Leh. Get shared taxis schedule and patch up with others to share taxi cost
      June 21, 22, 23: Nubra Valley trip from Leh and Back to Leh
      Day 24, 25: Two day trip to Pangong Tso
      Day 26: Rest Day in Leh.= or make a day trip to Sham Valley
      Day 27, 28, 29: Travel from Leh to Tso Moriri to Manali route in case you get a taxi for it. Or rest in Leh on 27, then make two day trip to Manali.
      30, 1: Rest in Manali, take overnight volvo on 30th and reach Delhi by 1st.

  6. Krishnaprasad on

    Helo Dheeraj..

    In this month I am visiting Jammu and Kashmir along with my friends. We are total 6 members. first we visit Shree Mata Vyshno Devi Shrine in Katra(16thMay) and then we start to LEH. But I am unable to find out the RTC Buses and Tourist Buses to LEH. Would you suggest me short trip to LEH for 4 days from SVDK Katra and 5th day morning we should reach to Delhi(22nd May).

    • Buses will not be running during that time of the year as road would have just opened and when it opens initially only light vehicles are allowed to start with. Are you planning to fly back to Delhi from Leh? It takes 3days just to reach Leh from Katra and you will just rest one day and then fly back from Leh next day. Don’t think it is worth the risk

  7. Hi! On 1st of august I’m going to leave from Delhi to Leh by bus, but I can’t understand some things….Firstly: how long does it take for the complete route? Where can I buy the bus ticket? May do you also know departures time from Delhi?
    After that, I will reach Srinagar fron Leh (Always by bus), how long does it take and what do you think about that?
    Thank you very much for your helpfulness
    Best regards
    Carlotta

    • Hello Carlotta,

      Delhi to Leh bus takes about 33 Hrs of road travel. It stops one night in Keylong and then reaches Leh next day. Once the bus service starts you can either buy the ticket using HRTC.nic.in website OR you can buy tickets at the counter of ISBT Kashmere Gate bus terminal in Delhi. The bus leaves at 3.30 from Delhi everyday when Manali – Leh Highway.

      Leh to Srinagar bu bus takes around 16-18 Hrs. The bus leaves Leh daily at around 2.30 PM and reaches next evening to Srinagar without any night halt.

      • Thanks a lot for your information!
        I have another doubt: I’ve read somewhere that is not a good idea travelling by train on 15th of August because the Indipendence day could provoke some delay and also problem (strikes, demonstrations,…). Is it true or not? Do you suggest me to change my program and leave anther day from Jammu to Delhi by train?
        Thanks again
        Carlotta

        • Regarding security issues, in general the tourist areas remain safe there but bandhs can affect the traffic movement. It is advised always that you leave the city in the early morning hours in such cases. Usually these bandhs are pre-declared and hence you can leave the city in early morning hours judging the situation around before the bandh gets active. As long as you can stick to main highway and tourist areas, there is in general no issues.
          If you are really concerned about it more then probably you can skip the stay at Srinagar and move to Sonamarg directly. Or otherwise, change the date else change the route to follow Manali – Leh.

  8. tarika kumar on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We are three girls and travelling to Leh in June. Below is our itinerary, request your advise on the same:
    Hi Rohan. Below is our itinerary for Leh:

    6 June night: reach Chandigarh from Delhi
    7 June Morning 5am: Cab hire: leave for Manali
    8 June: Manali
    9 June, 13:00 hrs: leave for Jispa – spend night
    10 June, 5am: Leave for Tso Moriri – night stay (not arranged – no clue)
    11 June, 6am: Leave for Diskit, Nubra Valley
    12 June: Diskit
    13 June, 5am: Leave for Leh and spend day there
    14 June, 6:30am: leave for the airport

    Two of my friends are not Indian and I am going to Leh for the first time myself. We really want to see Nubra Valley and spend most time there. Is this itinerary realistic or too ambitious?

    Thanks.
    Tarika

    • This itinerary is a bit unrealsitc, will suggest you plan it as below:

      6 June night: reach Chandigarh from Delhi
      7 June Morning 5am: Cab hire: leave for Manali, reach and rest for the evening
      8 June: Get a taxi and head to Jispa
      9 June: Jispa to Leh
      10 June, Leh rest day, get inner line permits for you and protected area permits for your friends
      11 June, 6am: Leave for Diskit, Nubra Valley
      12 June: spend time at Deskit – Hunder
      13 June, 5am: Leave for Leh and spend day there
      14 June, 6:30am: leave for the airport

      • tarika kumar on

        Thanks Dheeraj. This does spund more relaxed. But is there no way we can see any of the tsos with this little time? Or would we cross something similar?

        • No Tarika, only way you can see Pangong Tso is to drop the extra relaxing day at Nubra Valley, take the direct route from Deskit to Pangong Tso and next day return from Pangong Tso to Leh.

    • Hii tarika,
      I was planning for a trip to leh,but was for looking for company to share the cost. Please let me know if there is space available. You can contact me on guddy7102@gmail.com

  9. Dip Maitra on

    I am planning to Leh To Leh trip within 7 days in September. Is it possible? and the bus services you mentioned that is ok on this time? Please help me with the itinerary also bcoz i will go with my little family members.

  10. But HPTDC bus would start from july right…n we are gng in june…so if v want to stop at some places between srinagar-leh & leh-manali route the only way wud be taxi..cab..
    Is there any other way out by which we could make this route as cheap as possible

  11. Hi …cud u help me ..how can v trust those Car or taxi operators/drivers whose name nd number u have provided to me in a link (http://devilonwheels.com/india/ladakh-zanskar-travel-guides/listof-taxi-drivers-for-ladakh-srinagar-leh-manali-t353.html)

    Also as of now in 2017 what would be the schedule of buses running from srinagar to leh via kargil route & leh to manali route and also rates for the same(updated)
    Nd does this bus stops at important points such as sonamarg, drass,etc in srinagar-leh route & rohtang in leh-manali route
    It wud be very helpful for usas v r now about to finalize everything

    • There is no assurance Raj, it is personal take based on the reviews people have posted in the forum. Buses follow the same schedule without much changes every year. Also the rates do not varry much too. No HRTC or JKSRTC buses stops at tourists spots. only HPTDC bus stops which is a tourist bus with higher fare.

  12. Thank u for above post….it was very informative as v r going for 1st time on north side…
    i have more queries hope i will get best suggestion from you…v r planning a road trip from Manali to Leh & then after covering Leh-ladakh we want to return from Leh to Srinagar via Kargil route. Leh ladakh is planned the problem is how v get to leh from Manali as v want approx.1Hr in Rohtang n then night stay in jispa at lowest possible cost….because wat i mentioned above is not possible in bus service so suggest somethng best …v r grup of 4…and the same thng goes with Leh to srinagar ..in which kargil night stay + covering Sonamarg & Drass
    please help me on this…it wud be very helpful to us …v r going in 1st week of june or else in mid june

    • 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

      For the leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2016 – 17 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here. You can get about 12-15% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more.

      • Thank u for ur kind information…but v dnt have 13-15days..max to max 10-11days including flight Mumbai to Srinagar den Chandigarh to mum flight…

        • You can drop few places accordingly and adjust the plan. If you have just 11 days and flying to Srinagar then you may follow something like below:

          Day 1 | Delhi – Srinagar
          — Enjoy walk around Dal lake and may be Shikara ride as well
          — If you have time then check out, floating market, Shalimar Garden.
          — Overnight at Srinagar

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

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

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

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

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

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

          Day 8 | Leh – 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

        • This is a good one…thank you…n cud u roughly suggest me the price per person for the itinerary u provided…for 4pax n budgeted/economical stay in hotels..n car rent

  13. majeed ibrahim on

    Hi Dheerja,

    Much appreciated your effort to make this site full of latest information and it is very helpful.

    I am planning to visit Kashmir and Leh by 1st of July with my wife and 10 year old kid. We will be reaching Srinagar by air and then want to explore Kasmir and Leh.

    Would you mind give me a good itinerary. personally I prefer an easy going itinerary as I don’t want to give hectic time to my wife and kid. Meantime, would prefer cost effective travel options.

    Appreciate your earliest help.

    Thanks & regards – majeed

    • Thank you Majeeb. You can refer below the plan for a 23 day trip to Kashmir and Ladakh. You can ignore the days from road trip to Delhi to Jammu and Jammu to Srinagar and rest assume your Day starts from Srinagar.

      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 – Pahalgam
      — Overnight at Pahalgam

      Day 4 | Pahalgam – Gulmarg
      — Overnight at Gulmarg

      Day 5 | Gulmarg – Sonamarg
      — Overnight at Sonamarg

      Day 6 | 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 7 | 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 8 | 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 9 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder – Turtuk
      — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Turtuk
      — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      — enjoy the culture in the Turtuk Village
      — do mention Turtuk on the permits

      Day 10 | Turtuk – Hunder
      — Spend whole day at Turtuk and reach Hunder by evening
      — Overnight at Hunder

      Day 11 | Hunder – Deskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur
      — Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari
      — Enjoy drive upto Panamik, visit Yarab Tso Lake and back to overnight stay at Kyagar or Tiger or Sumur
      — Enjoy walks in Hunder, Deskit, Sumur villages for the last 3 days

      Day 12 | Sumur/Kyagar – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 13 | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping OR Monastery tour
      — Monastery tour may include Hemis, Thicksey, Stakna and Shey monasteries. They come on the route of Pangong Tso but as you will be doing day trip, it will be a bit hectic to include them on that day only.
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 14 | Leh – sham Valley
      — Sham Valley include Alchi, Likir, Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu, Gurudwara Pather Sahib
      — Overnight at Alchi

      Day 15 | Alchi – Dha/Hanu Villages
      — Do mention Dha Hanu Villages on the permits
      — Enjoy the local culture at Dha Hanu Villages

      Day 16 | Dha/Hanu – Leh
      — Overnight at Leh
      — Enjoy local Leh

      Day 17 | Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake
      — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on the go towards Pangong Tso
      — Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik)

      Day 18 | Pangong Tso Lake – Man – Merak – Chusul – Tsaga – Tsaga Village – Loma – Hanle
      — Mention all the places of this route as mentioned above on the permits and Nyoma as well
      — Overnight at Hanle

      Day 19 | Hanle – Loma – Nyoma – Mahe – Korzok / Tso Moriri Lake OR Hanle – Chumur – Tso Moriri Lake
      — Overnight at Tso Moriri lake

      Day 20 | 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 21 | Pang / Sarchu – Baralacha La – Jispa
      — On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
      — Overnight at Jispa

      Day 22 | Jispa – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
      — On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
      — Overnight at Manali

      Day 23 | Manali – Delhi
      — Return home

      Day 24 + 25 | Buffer Day

  14. Hi. Sir. How r u.

    I just wish to know that can we have on route any local transport facility available to go to tso moririr lake while travelling from manali. So we can see the same on route and save one day. Or any other option u have for the same than pls suggest.

  15. Hello sir, I want to go in batalik sector village from Leh any bus service available from Leh To Batalik village ( The battle ground of Kargil war. ) plz sir provide me some Information . Thanks

    • Alok Saxena on

      Hi
      I am Alok Saxena from Bhopal I plan to visit Leh and adjoining areas in AUG SEP with my wife will it be feasible further what is the condition of Tent accomodation w.r.t. a lady’s privacy

  16. ashvin bhanderi on

    Hello sir. I will reach in Delhi on 16.4.17 from Gujarat.on the next day I am planning to go leh ladakh via road. Plz suggest best way.. thank in advance

    • Ashvin, the roads to Ladakh via Manali – Leh opens in June first week and Srinagar – Leh opens by May first week. So, you will not be able to make a road trip to Ladakh in April.

  17. Arpit soni on

    hi i am arpit from jaipur,
    i am planning to travel from manali to leh in the month of march. can i find any public transport during this month.

    .

  18. Hello,

    We are 5 people planning to visit Leh between June 24 – July 6 from Hyderabad. Our plan is to reach Leh via Srinagar and return from Leh to Delhi via Manali by bus.

    We want to take direct bus from Leh to Delhi by HRTC. We would like to know that bus schedule – When it will start from Leh, and halt timings at keylong and when it reaches Manali and then Delhi.

    Everywhere we are getting the bus schedule of Delhi to Leh but not the return bus journey timings. This information is really required for us to book flight from Delhi back to Hyderabad

    • Hi Vishnu, the bus starts from Leh at 5 AM and then halt at Keylong overnight. Next day starts for Manali and follow the journey to Delhi till late night, early morning. If you start from Leh at Day 1 you will make night halt at Day 1 at Keylong and then on Day 2 late night or Day 3 early mornning you will reach Delhi. I will suggest making a booking at Day 3 morning or noon to be on safe side. Exact timings I also not aware about, you can call in HRTC office at ISBT delhi to check for the Timings.

  19. what are the options to travel from leh to manali/chandigarh/delhi in end of july…… will there be additional flight out of leh then what are showing now????

  20. Deepika Pandita on

    hello
    i am planning to go to leh from 17-28 may
    Can you tell if the bus service starts from that duration
    Thanks!!

  21. Hi dheeraj,

    I am.planning to start from Delhi to manali..then to leh..will there be any buses April second week..pls let me know

  22. Hello Dheeraj bhai!
    read ur article it is very useful and important information to roam in heaven (Ladakh).
    i want to make solo trip from Mumbai to Ladakh in cheapest budget… (2nd april, 2017 to 15 th april)
    1. Mumbai to Delhi by train
    Delhi to Leh by bus…. but m not sure about this that bus is available from delhi… i just read on net that hptc runs buses from delhi to leh… is it true?
    or on my travelling date srinagar-leh route is working?
    where should i stay in leh???
    is there any option other than hotels like with local home-stay n all?
    plz guide me with ur experience!!!
    Regards!!
    Abdul..
    abdulshaikh1991@gmail.com

    • Hi Abdul,

      The roads to Ladakh are closed in winters and open in around last week of June from Manali side and end April or early May from Srinagar side. So, in April road trip to Ladakh is not possible.

      • Hi Dheeraj,
        Planning on going to Leh in April 1st week, is the weather OK during that time? Is there any activity you can do during that time? Can you suggest something budget friendly? Target date is April 5-12. Flying in and out. Thanks in advance

        • Bert, weather will be still cold in April in Ladakh with occasional snowfall too. If snowfall gets heavy the routes to Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso closes. The water in ther rivers is still cold and hence I feel rafting wont be possible. For bike rides, they wont allow to go through high passes because of slippery conditions. So, you can visit Ladakh and roam around in taxis.

  23. I planned a solo trip from delhi to leh from 3rd of October by flight, I haven’t booked the return tickets as I am not sure, how many days I will stay there and I can’t book the flight tickets then as they will be too costly for me, what are the possible ways to get a safe return travel around 10th October, and how well it is advised to have a homestay there

    • Balajee, please keep in mind that you may be facing issues finding the shared travel partners to share cost of taxi in Ladakh. It is end of season and most people stop going over there and hence it becomes difficult to travel. You will have to rely on shared local transport on which locals travel including the buses.

      • thanks for the reply dheeraj.I think , it will be fun to travel with the locals, I will have to go and explore the conditions or there &till what date Leh to manali bus service runs?

        • I think it will run about first week of October or in case HRTC feels that it is still OK to push for week, they might do depending on the weather.

      • Hi Dhirajji…..
        I plan for Leh in end of April 2017 for 6/7 days…
        Can we got share taxis in this period….
        Waiting for your kind reply..

        Pradyumna

  24. anjali sharma on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning a trip to leh-ladakh 21 sept, 2016 onwards, even flying to leh on the same day but i am not able to book return tickets due to high chargers. Please , advice me some way out otherwise i have to cancel my plan 🙁 another question is that Srinagar Curfew is having effect on the manali – LEH route.

    reply soon

      • Anjali Sharma on

        Thanks dheeraj, I wanted to know that if the transport is easily available at this time and concerned about safety too ……

        • Yes Anjali, it is fine to travel Manali – Leh road during last week fo September. The taxis will be available and so do the Leh – Keylong HRTC bus will be running.

  25. shubham mansingka on

    Oops, I forgot to add… All the hitchhiking happened because the Manali-Leh bus was full. I went at 5 in the evening at Keylong bus stand and there was already no room for the one departing at 5 in the morning, next day.

    But it turned out to be even more amazing!

    Best wishes
    Shubham

  26. shubham mansingka on

    Excellent information Dheeraj bhai. I was very lucky this time to explore most parts of the Changthang just by hitchhiking. In fact, i received a ride from Keylong and kept getting them.

    Your post is amazing for all Ladakh backpackers.

    http://www.travelshoebum.com

  27. Hi Dheeraj,

    Hope you doing great, i just wanted to know,,i called HPTDC and got to know that bus with a charge of 2400/- is been over for this year,,now i think the only option is HRTC bus,,so if i am travelling to manali by any other bus or volvo suppose,,can i still get that bus from manali to leh?? as you mentioned the time is 10 am from manali?
    Could you please confirm this asap,,as i am travelling tomorrow..

  28. Dear Dheeraj,

    I plan to travel solo from HYD to Delhi and Delhi to Manali and from there to Leh. I am on a budget travel and will be taking public transport. Now questions and help need are to din out

    1. Does the HRTC bus starting from Manali is a non stop trip or does it stop at key long at nights ?
    2. Is it ok with the dates? Can I travel between 12th and 30 th sept and will it be fine
    3. Shared tempos will also be available from Manali to Leh ??? Like the HPTDC bus???
    4. Is solo travelling safe ?

  29. Hi Dheeraj,

    I’m quite intrigued by the level of detail you’ve put up in here for fellow 1st timers such as myself. Me n my wife are travelling to Leh for an unexpected trip and flying in on the 5th early morning flight from Delhi. Planning to stay 5,6,7,8 and 9th return since we have already planned Manali and a few nearby treks.

    Going by your blog, visiting Nubra valley you say is a 2 day trip??? So that means there’s no point of me booking a hotel stay for 4 straight days at Leh cuz if i’m heading out to Nubra n booking a home stay for 2 days then why in Leh as well… Just unclear about this.

    Same goes for visiting Pangong Tso as well since you mentioned its a 2 day trip!!!

    What are other activities to do at Leh… apart from acclimatization and sight seeing?

    I mean no hostility in my genuine doubts and I have but only praises for all your valuable info here at DoW.

    Best
    Ohm
    P.S: Would luv to hear back at umc1310@gmail.com / 9845708200 (active only from 5th Sept)

    • Hello Ohm,

      If you are flying directly to Leh then you need 2 days of acclimatization full in Leh with first day complete rest. So, that leaves you with three days. You should visit Nubra Valley for two days and then make a day trip to Pangong Tso. So, out of 5 you will be staying 4 days in Leh and one day in Nubra Valley

  30. durga prasad mannem on

    namaste dheeraj,

    nice article btw i was planning for stok kangri on july 12 2017 made my bookings as well . need few suggestions dheeraj i’m little confused with the mode of travel . i really want to go by road atleast one side but not sure is it safe or not to travel by road(manali to leh) during the second week of july ? will dere be any land sides during dis period ? .

  31. Hello, So I seem to be getting off From october 9th.. and would love to do either spiti or ladakh… mostly by public transport. Just one question.. will the passes and roads close down by then? and which one has more chances of being open during october 2nd week.

    PLEASE help.. 🙂

    And all your articles are super amazing and helpful.

    Thank you Dheeraj

    Rachana

    • Rachana, thank you and glad the articles on DoW are helpful in planning your trip.

      October is season end, it is not recommended to travel on Manali – Leh Highway. So, with curfew in Srinagar, I will suggest to skip Ladakh for this time and focus on Spiti Valley. Even Spiti Valley in mid october gets a but chilly, quite cold at night. The passes in general on the Spiti Valley route, Kunzum Pass will remain open but it is better to do it as early as possible. Hence, you should do it while going from Manali side and come back from Shimla side.

      Whole of Spiti Valley is well connected with public transport with daily busess between Manali – Delhi, Manali – Kaza, Kaza – Reckong Peo, Reckong Peo – Delhi/Shimla, Shimla – Delhi.

      • Hey Dheeraj. Thank you for replying.
        So how about taking a flight to Leh from Delhi and then taking buses or shared taxi to go around as much as I can. Well any inputs on this plan??
        How would be the weather around October 11-20?

        Regards,
        Rachana

        • That will be much better choice. The buses to Nubra Valley will still be possible but Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri as you see are very few in a week. You will have torely on shared cabs too.

  32. Narendra prajapati on

    Hey dheeraj, i want trek solo form padum to phuktal monastery. Is it safe? And any public transport run from leh to zanskar valley? Can you plan en route for me from leh to phuktal monastery. Please reply.

    • Narendra, I will not suggest a solo trek from Padum to Phuktal because in case you need something there has to be some person to take you to nearest help center. I am kind of reserved attitude when it comes to make solo remote journeys to high altitude places but it is true that it can lead to life threatening situation even with small thing like Diarrhea. So, take some local villager with you to complete the trek and do not make the trek alone.

      Padum to Kargil, lot of shared taxis run. You can take one. From Kargil JKSRTC buses as well as shared taxis run to Leh

  33. Hey everyone. If anyone going to Ladakh this month through srinagar side……pls update the status of Kashmir Valley due to recent riots n curfew…….as I m planning to leave on 3rd September

  34. sanjay thakur on

    Hello Dhiraj
    we have 10 people group and we are planing to visit leh ladakh in the month if may 2017, for 5 days 6 night. I checked air ticket from Mumbai to leh cost around 4700 via delhi. which is best way please help and guide how much total cost of total for this trip all ten person.

    thanks

    • Hi Sanjay, you shoudl expect about 22K for one taxi, you will need two to accommodate 10 or approx 30K for a tempo traveler. Next year rates will change, expect an increment of about 10-20% as this year rates were not increased by the taxi union.

      Rest take around 800-1200 per person per day for food + stay in economic places.

  35. Suresh Burdak on

    Hello there,

    We are total 4 members who have planned a trip to Leh Ladakh on this Weekend (30th July, 2016 ). We need your instructions for the same. In our plan, we have the below steps:

    1. Flight from New Delhi to Sri Nagar Airport.

    (Please confirm if there is no problem in Srinagar. For eg. Police protection or ban on visitor for some time.)

    2. From Sri nagar, we would like to go to Leh via Kargil by Bus. I think this is OK.

    3. In Leh we would like to visit all the famous places via Royal Enfield rented bikes.

    Please suggest if we need to change something in this rough plan.

    Also, I would appreciate you can tell me your cell phone# so that I can call you and get more information for the same.

    Looking forward to hear from you soon.

    Thanks
    Suresh Burdak
    burdak.suresh@gmail.com
    +91 9461447648

    • Hi Suresh,

      1. For Srinagar, Please keep a tab on situation and ask some local hotel guy foe extact ground reality. If he says things are smooth it should be OK else I will suggest to avoid it and go by Manali – Leh route.
      2. Yes, that should be fine if buses are running on the route
      3. You can rent bikes in Leh.

  36. Hey,

    Not related to leh but still I thought you may have an idea,

    Best way to reach Srinagar by Manali?

  37. Howdie Dheeraj, We are 3 people visiting leh in Month of August i. e second week. We are taking the bus from Manali to leh i. e one run bt htdc. We are planning to stay in OYO rooms.. Since we are students we are on super budget and Am just curious to know how much it may cost for each of us if we share taxi!!?!! N we are staying just for 3days. Is it possible to cover most places in 3 days?! Thanks a lot for the article…

      • Sagar S Krishna murthy on

        Thanks a lot for telling that.. Deeraj i have one more stupid question. Hope you dont mind.. Am not well versed in riding bikes. I mostly use moped. Heard somewhere that in leh they rent automatic moped. Is it true? If yes can i drive it to see nearby places like Shanti stupa, leh palace, sankar gompa, shey, thiskey, hemis or sindhu ghat. I mean roads leading to these can be ridden on automatic?

        I have another small doubt. since we are three we can go on a shared tempo traveller right? So that cost per head is reduced! Is it easily available?
        Thanks again Deeraj.

        • Yes Sagar, at few shops you get scooty like activa without gear which you may use for rides to nearby places. Yes you can opt for shared tempo travellers or even form your own groups with other fellow travellers looking for the same in Leh.

  38. Ria Banerjee on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Me & my husband are planning to visit ladakh on August’ first week on bike. I have searched via net & the cheapest cost I was found is 55500 for 7 days for two with all inclusive. But it’s sound us little expensive. Do you know any budget way to visit ladakh on bike?

    • Hello Ria,

      If you are visiting Ladakh for 7 days, it must be by Air only as 7 days is only required to reach Leh and come back from Leh by road. So, assuming that you will be doing local sightseeing for a day after two days of complete acclimatization and then two day trips to Pangong Tso and Nubra Valley

      Following are the taxi rates by taxi union on which you can get about 10-15% discount.

      Leh – Nubra Valley 2 Day = 10566
      Leh – Pangong Tso 2 Day = 10301
      Leh local sightseeing around 2500

      Then for hotels and food, you will be OK with 800-1200 per person per day depending upon the hotels/guest houses you opt for. 800 is a very good figure in general per day for a person and easily doable. So, this means you will end up paying about 5500-6500 per person for food + stay and rest for taxi which will be around 11000. So, for both of you trip should not exceed by 35000 excluding air tickets.

  39. Ria Banerjee on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Me & my husband are planning to visit kadang on August’s first week over bike. I have searched via net & the cheapest cost I was found is 55500 for 7 days for two with all inclusive. But it’s sound us little expensive. Do you know any budget way to visit ladakh on bike?

  40. Ria Banerjee on

    Hi Deheraj,

    Me & my husband are planning to visit kadang on August’s first week over bike. I have searched via net & the cheapest cost I was found is 55500 for 7 days for two with all inclusive. But it’s sound us little expensive. Do you know any budget way to visit ladakh on bike?

  41. Sharon Ong on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Quick question – I will be taking the HPTDC bus from Leh to Manali with the Keylong stopover. Any idea what my arrival time is at Manali from Keylong the next day? I’ve scoured the official HPTDC website and written to them but to no avail, please help!

    Thanks,
    Sharon

      • Thanks Dheeraj! That gives me just enough time to hop on to another bus bound for Delhi. Any idea if it is possible to just buy my HPTDC ticket at the bus stand right after or should I book in advance? My worry is that booking in advance might be a problem if there are delays and the Keylong-Manali trip takes longer than it should.

        • Sharon, mostly the tickets are available at times they are not available for next bus but also available next to next bus leaving Manali. So, unless it is a an unlucky day, you should get the bus ticket on the counter. Also, the bus coming to Delhi from Leh leaves Keylong early in the morning around 6.30 AM and reaches Manali around 12.30-1 PM. If you are taking that bus, it will give you more time.

        • Sharon Ong on

          Hi again Dheeraj,

          That’s really helpful great! You’ve been incredibly informative – so great to have a face and a voice to communicate with rather than just official websites offering scant information about public buses.

          One last question: I fly into Leh in the mid-morning and have about 3 days to see Leh, Pangong Tso and Lamayuru. Happy to explore any mode of transport with a last resort being a private taxi as rates are insane for a lone traveler like myself. Would you recommend day trips? Hitchhiking? Was just wondering if you would know of other options – crazy or not 😉

          Sharon

        • Hi Sharon,

          Glad to know that DoW has been useful in planning your trip. If you are flying to Leh then you have to take rest for two days full in Leh only for acclimatization and then only you can travel to other high altitude places in Ladakh. It is in general two day trip to Nubra Valley, two day trip to Pangong Tso and sometimes 1-2 day trip to Lamayuru after the acclimatization is complete for first two days.

          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. No where else in the world you will find more smiling and helpful people as Ladakhis are 🙂

  42. Hi Dheeraj, thanks a lot for the info I am planning to travel in august and this is my first trip to Leh. Can you please tell me the pick up points for buses you mentioned above and back timings of buses from Nubra valley and Pangong Lake to Leh.

      • Harsh Pandya on

        Hi Dheraj–
        so, lets say i book a bus ticket from leh to nubra vlley- and the bus leaves the next day back for leh-
        but where does one put up in nubra or for that matter Tso moriri or Pangong.?

        is it advisable to book my stay prior or take a tent OR are there any home stays available that i could look into at these places.?

        any info would be really helpful 🙂

        looking forward

        • No Harsh, once you reach these places yo can find plenty of home stay or small guest houses filled with warmth hospitality of Ladakh. Choose any you like once you there.

  43. Thanks Dheeraj for your very helpful details. I am planning to return from LEH on 16th June2016 to Manali, preferred transport is bus/Public Transport. Could you please suggest the options as i came to know that the last HRTC bus date is 15th June2016?

  44. Hi Dheeraj,

    In the month of July me & my 5 Friends would visit Chandra taal in first week. So could you please share us some tips whether what are the mode of transport available to reach there. We are more inclined towards state bus transport or private transport as we would not like to spend 6 – 8K in private cars because we would plan to do camping overnight at Chandrataal.

    Please share us easiest mode of transport & their timings.

    Regards,
    Jay

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