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Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2016


Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2016 may be saying closed as of now BUT this year owing to less snow in all over Himalayas, the 434 KM long Srinagar – Leh Highway is expected to open by end of March this year if weather holds up in coming days. There is only about 8-10 feet of snow between Baltal to Zojila this year and 2-3 feet between Sonamarg to Baltal …

So, all the adventure lovers out there preparing for the trip to Leh – Ladakh this year, gear up for a longer season of adventure in Ladakh as the Srinagar – Leh Highway is set to let you cruise it through by end of March or first week of April… Please keep in mind that even when the highway gets open it needs at least couple of weeks to settle or get stabilized from initial snow sliding that happens due to quick melting of snow. So, do not rush into the highway as soon as the road is thrown open, wait for couple of weeks to let it stabilize 😉 …

As per the past years, I will be starting this sticky post for status of the 434 KM long Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2016 which so many adventure lovers await every year. However, instead of updating the main article here at DoW Blog, I will keep the updated progress in the DoW Community thread for the same for better tracking of updates. A forum topic always helps in better updates tracking as well as collation of such updates in time organized manner. Hence, for all updates on Srinagar – Leh Highway after this initial post please stay tuned to the topic in DoW Community: Srinagar – Leh Highway Status 2016 | DoW Community Thread

Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2016
Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2016

Once the Srinagar – Leh road opens, I may not be that active in frequently updating the status because these roads close and open on frequent basis. It is barely impossible for a single tiny soul like me to update this information on daily basis once the road gets open, so please request you to excuse me on that front and accept my apologies :)… However, if there is some major blockade of 3 – 4 days, I will try to surely update such information about Srinagar – Leh highway status. That is another reason to keep updated to DoW Community Thread for the same.

I hope as per the last year, this year as well this article thread will be useful in planning your journey on Srinagar – Leh Highway and further to Leh – Ladakh.

Again, for all latest updates on Srinagar – Leh Highway Status 2016 after this initial post on DoW Blog, please stay tuned to the topic in DoW Community: Srinagar – Leh Highway Status 2016 | DoW Community Thread

Current Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2016 = OPEN | Updated: 30th Apr, 2016
  • Srinagar to Sonamarg is Open
  • Sonamarg to Zojila Pass to Kargil is Open
  • Kargil to Leh is Open
Timings of Zojila Pass in 2016: 30th April 2016
  • Drass to Sonamarg (light vehicles): up to 1 PM
  • Drass to Sonamarg (light vehicles): after 1 PM
Srinagar Leh Highway | Important Articles
Srinagar – Leh Highway Status = OPENED | Update Date: 30th April, 2016

Srinagar – Leh Highway is opened for Light vehicles now. The timings of movement for traffic are as, Drass to Sonamarg = up to 1 PM, Soamarg to Drass after 1 PM

Srinagar – Leh Highway Status = CLOSED | Update Date: 1st March, 2016

Snow clearance is full swing on Srinagar – Leh Highwayowing to less snow this year and is expected to open the highway by April starting this year.

Srinagar, March 1 2016: The strategic 434 km long Srinagar-Leh Highway, the only road linking the Ladakh region with rest of Jammu and Kashmir is likely to open early this year.

The likely early opening of the road is mostly credited to less snowfall this year and the dry weather.

Beacon officials told Rising Kashmir that the snow clearance work on the highway was started on February 24 and is going on. The highway was closed in December last year following heavy snowfall. Border Roads Organization (BRO) officials said that the snow clearance operation from Gagengar to Gumri started on Wednesday, adding that the snow clearance operation will be completed by mid March and the road is expected to be thrown open by ending March.

Pertinently last year the road was officially opened on May 13.

Zojilla Pass on the highway which experiences heavy snowfall and remain closed for several months during winter is considered to be the most difficult and avalanche prone terrain. However this year due to the less snowfall during winters the road clearance operation in high swing it is likely to take less time to clear the as compared to previous years.

Reports said that nearly 8-10 ft of snow has accumulated along Zojila Pass while as 3-4 ft of snow along Sonamarg-Baltal road.

“The snow clearance work has been started and will be completed around mid march and the road is likely to be thrown open by ending March this year subject to good weather,” Chief Engineer Beacon, Brig A K Das told Rising Kashmir.

Braving the bone-chilling cold, BRO has pressed dozens of its workers and snow-cutters into service to clear the Zojilla Pass, Das said.

He said that the toughest work to clear snow remains the 30-km-long-stretch up to zero point of Zojilla from Sonamarg.

He said that if weather continues to support, the road is all set to open by March end this year.

Officials added that Project Beacon of Border Road Organization is responsible for clearing the road up to zero point near Zojilla from Sonamarg, while the Vijayak of BRO clears the road from the Kargil side.

External Source: Snow clearance operation on Sgr-Leh highway in full swing

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  1. Kirit Mehta on

    Dear Dhiraj,

    We are family ( 8 person ) are planning to Leh by our private Car ( INNOVA) of Rajasthan passing between 17 May to 2nd June this year.

    As advise you i am planning my tour from Srinagar -kargil-leh-keylong- manali route

    Is i require any special tourist permission or vehicle permission ?

    Kindly provide information

    Kirit Mehta

    Is srinagar to Manali & Leh to Manali route will be opened in this period ?

    • I will highly recommend postponing the trip to Ladakh by at least two weeks so that the roads to Ladakh are open and stabilized for a family trip. The environment fees of Rs 400 & Inner Line Permits (most likely as well) will again be required in Ladakh for Indian Tourists / Nationals with effect from April 1st, 2017. This has been recently announced and is available on official website of Leh administration. It is expected that a public circular should follow soon as well. Hence, like it used to happen before 2014, all Indian Nationals or Indian Tourists WILL need to pay environment fees and may need to also get the inner line permits in Leh – Ladakh region in order to visit the restricted places like Dah, Hanu Villages, Pangong Tso, Man, Merak, Tso Moriri, Nyoma, Loma Bend, Khardung La, Nubra Valley, Turtuk, Tyakshi, Digger La, Tangyar (for trekking only).
      For details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link All you want to know about Inner Line Permits for Ladakh

  2. mahuya sarkar on

    Hi dheeraj,
    we are planning to leave from Srinagar at 1 PM and will go to lamayuru on the same day by our own cab. Will there be any issue to cross jojila pass at that time?

  3. Aniruddh naik on

    Hi dheeraj if we hire bike from srinagar is it possible to drop bikes in manali or we have to drop bike from where we have picked up

    • They charge about 10-15K per bike for a pickup from the other end. Also, Srinagar bike will not be allowed for sightseeing in Ladakh so you will have to pay for another bike locally rented from Leh as well. My advice, unless absolutely required, hire bike within Ladakh from Leh and for entering and exiting Leh use other means of transport.

  4. deepak ghai on

    My experience is so good for the journey for leh via manali. Road to leh after rohtang pass is not so good upto pang.but after it there is a plane road upto leh. Its a great expereicne for riders.Leh is so beautiful. I wish to go for it again in coming july or august 2017 for zanksar valley and visit pangong lake.

  5. Does Jammu-Srinagar-Kargil-Leh highway passes within the cities of Anantang, Pampore n Srinagar? Or is their any bypass which passes from outside these cities?

      • Hi dheeraj sharma

        your work and info details are superb
        we planned on 17 -09-16 to leh via srinagar
        is it fine right now to trvel over srinagar
        or any problem is going on please help us

        • Pradeep, it is still not recommended to travel from Srinagar – Leh route as people have faced issues and their vehicles have been thrashed with stones as per last week updates as well.

      • We are planning to visit SRINAGAR TO LEH ON MAT First week ….my return flight from leh to banglore is on may 06/2017,,,,,,,,,so I will be reaching srinagar on april end ……… I wan to know whether is there any chance for the roadways to be opened on may first week to reach LEH from SRINAGAR.. please kindly help us to know the details …so that we will plan accordingly your guidence….

        • Sabari, there is a 50:50 chance that Srinagar – Leh Highway will be open during that day time of year. Even in case it is open, it may not be stabilized for safe travel. Rest depends upon the snowfall that we will get this year.

  6. Mahendra Naik on

    Hi Mr. Dheeraj.. Dow is a great website and has helped us a lot to plan our leh trip in past year. We have planned this tour from 2 years back and this is the only time me and my wife would be in india together to make it happen. Our plan is travel from 13th September towards leh. As of now due to sit at ion in srinagar we have to change our plans to go from manali. Please advise on AMS from this route… also we are travelling on our own thunderbird bike …. please please your advise will a lot. .this is the only chance and I don’t want to miss on this tour… we even bought our tent already…

    • The only way to combat AMS on this route is to halt at Jispa and then start early the very next day at around 5.30 AM to reach Leh by evening. Then rest completely in Leh on next day. Keep your body hydrated.

  7. Hi Dheeraj,

    How are situations in kashmir now? I mean, i don’t demand any explanation, i just need to know whether travelling on these roads will be safe? I shall be commencing the trip from 17th sep 2016 from pune and reach jammu on 19th morning.

    I plan to reach kashmir the same evening for an overnight stay and leave early morning for Kargil. Is it safe? and is the army allowing tourists to go ahead?

    Is there any trouble? Please, please find out and let me know ASAP.

    P.S: Also, is there any permit required in Leh? If yes, please guide me accordingly.

    • Saket, as of now the situation has not improved in fact night travel was also not allowed for few days. You have anoother month, keep an eye on situation in the Kashmir valley before deciding to go from that route. Else go from Manali side. So, as per current situation it is recommended not to travel from Srinagar as of now.

      No permit is required in Leh in case you are all Indians in the group and following the conventional routes to sightseeing places in Ladakh

      • Ok.. I shall keep a check… Is there any alternate route from Jammu to leh? I heard that there’s another route which is 500kms long and goes from kishtwar..

        Any idea?

        • Also, when i see google map, i see the unrest is in some parts of the valley, excluding anantnag.. So, please suggest on this.. If i reach anantnag the same evening from jammu. And leave for Kargil early morning like around 5AM the very next day, do you think is it possible to reach kargil the same day, like by afternoon??

          Pl Guide

        • No Saket, the traffic movement in curfew areas are only allowed in night hours and that too was restricted last week, not sure about current situation. So, I will only advice to go from Manali side and not take the risk of being stuck in curfew.

        • Saket, that route is there which goes from Kishtwar – Killar – Udaipur – Keylong – Jispa – Sarchu – Leh. However, that is like going from Manali side only but taking extra days. It will be better to take that route from Manali only instead of Jammu.

  8. Is their any issue of non availability of pure veg food in the entire trip…. ie. ……from jammu to Leh to manali including Nubra valley

    • No, you will be able to get veg food everywhere in Ladakh. But, if you are looking for pure veg restaurants, there will be only few in Leh main market.

  9. Hi Dheeraj, thanks for this highly informative blog. Appreciate the effort you put in.

    We were planning a Delhi-Srinagar-Leh-Manali-Delhi trip for the end of august 2016-september 2nd week.
    However, we’ve been told that Srinagar might be closed due to the ongoing unrest in the valley, and have been suggested to both enter and exit via Manali.
    I’ve read your posts about AMS affecting you if you take this route, therefore I just wanted to corroborate the status of Srinagar with you too. Is the situation there very bad?

    • No Anchit, with all the unrest you should be planning the trip from Manali side. Just stay at Jispa and then move to Leh next day by leaving at 5 AM. This way you will be able to minimize the AMS isuses. Keep drinking water and other minerals every now and then.

  10. sreekumar km on

    we plan to go Ladak on September 16 to 25 this year from Delhi by bike (rental). Is there any issue at Leh Ladak to driven a Delhi registared bike???

    Is the Srinagar to Ladak road will open in September???

    • Yes Sree, you cannot use an outside rented bike in Ladakh for sightseeing in Ladkah. You can only use to reach Leh and come back from Leh. You will have to hire another bike in Leh to do sightseeing in Ladakh

      • Hi Dheeraj,

        As far as I have gathered information, that we cannot visit Nubra valley and Pangong lake by outside rented bike, but we can take our private bike from Delhi of white no. plate. Kindly correct me if I’m wrong.

        • Nadeem, if the rented bike is from outside of Leh town, then you cannot visit. Otherwise you can rent bike from Leh and then visit Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso lake.

    • Hi, Sreekumar we are also planning a bike trip with 3 of my friends to Leh for the first time. We plan to go in Sept around 14th so if you would like to join us or if we could join you. do let me know.


  11. Hi Dheeraj,
    I’ve planned for the srinagar-leh trip on 12 August. How is the climate and the road conditions expected to be?

      • Hi Vignesh, Dheeraj,

        Vignesh – we had booked flights till Srinagar and then planned by road to Leh. But due to unrest and the turmoil happening in Srinagar all the hotels and home stays suggested us to defer on the plan. Thinks would not settle until 12 August. We had to make changes in our plan and people who had planned to come with us dropping at this moment. It’s better to change the plan to either fly or via manali based on our experience.

        Looking at today’s news – Srinagar is not safe for few days and the phone connections are not working.

        • I totally agree here. It is wise to take Manali – Leh Highway or fly directly to Leh and avoid Srinagar altogether. Thank you for the update.

    • Hi Vignesh..

      I have also planned my trip frm Srinagar to Leh on 12 th. I will be reach at Srinagar on 11 th of Aug by flight from Delhi. As I also heard that situation of srinagar is not good.
      Do you have any arrangement to pass the srinagar.

  12. Mitrali Bose on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    I’m planning a trip in the first week of September. We reach Srinagar on 3rd September around 12:30pm. Just wanted to understand if we can leave for Kargil immediately after. I’m not sure if there are shared cabs or buses available post 1pm. Please recommend.


    • Mitrali, it will be hard to get shared cabs or buses during noon to Kargil. Most of these buses and shared taxis leave in morning. Also, it takes about 8 Hrs to reach Kargil from Srinagar. I would suggest to stop at Srinagar or may be at max. reach to Sonamarg that day.

      • Mitrali Bose on

        Great. Thanks! Is it advisable to stay back at Srinagar or Sonmarg? Also, what is better: Going directly to Leh or taking a halt in Kargil?

        • Better will be to stay back at Srinagar, then reach Kargil next day. This way you split the journey evenly and enjoy more but loose one day. If you reach Sonamarg the same day, you can leave early and reach Leh the next day which will save you a day but will be a bit hectic.

        • Mitrali Bose on

          Thanks so much. Just one last thing. How long does it take from Sonmarg to Leh? Are buses/ shared cabs available from there?

  13. Gaurav Jain on

    Hi Dow,
    I and my wife along with one more couple are planning to travel to leh from Pune from 5th of August, we as of now have decided to take Srinagar-sonmarg-dras-leh route while ascending and manali route while descending back to Chandigarh. My concerns are now about the route we decided to reach leh considering the fact that the valley in currently having curfews placed at various districts. Just today heard that things are getting back to normal now, do you think that we can continue with our plan as we probably will be reaching Srinagar on 8/9th of August. Please suggest and update with the current status in the valley?

    • Gaurav Jain on

      Hi Dheeraj,
      Request you to please reply on my query as soon as you have any information, this will be helpful for me to modify the trip accordingly, also our plan for a particular day is to start from Jammu and stop at Sonmarg, next day morning start from Sonmarg to Leh.

      I’m not aware of the exact road timings but heard that mostly it remains open till noon for people from Sonmarg to Leh, please suggest.

        • Gaurav Jain on

          Thanks Dheeraj for quick reply, I also posted one more query above, regarding the current condition in valley and will it be safe taking jammu–srinagar–sonmarg route to Leh. I have heard that things are now getting back to normal, Please suggest.

        • Yes Gaurav, things are getting normal but I will advise that you keep a tab on the news up there for at least couple of weeks and then only take a decision to go-no-go from Srinagar side. If there are still any doubts, it will be better to go from Manali side.

    • Gaurav, I will suggest to avoid traveling from Srinagar side and beter go from Manali side unless the unrest in valley settles for couple of weeks and things look normal.

  14. Hi dheeraj we have planned to visit ladakh on agusut 14 from ahmedabad via rinagar, but due to current issue in valley ,is it safe to go there ? And also if not Srinagar then can we go via manali route ? And also once we reach ladakh are we supposed to have any safety problems like Srinagar ? Beacause ladakh also is a j&k district.

    • Mayur, unless it becomes fine in coming days I will not suggest to go from there and go from Manali side to have peace of mind. You wil have to make a long drive from Jispa to Leh in that case to avoid AMS issues.Ladakh does not have any reports at all of any kind of unrest

  15. Sneha Nagaraj on

    Hi Dheeraj, my holiday to leh is booked from 25th August to 3rd September. I’ll be travelling from Srinagar to Leh on the 25th and currently there is a curfew in Srinagar. I’m hoping things will get better in a month’s time. Suppose it doesn’t, could you please suggest alternatives since my flight tickets (non refundable) from Bangalore to Srinagar is booked. Is there an alternate route or different dates. What will be my best option at this point ? Kindly help, thank you !

    • Sneha, the only option you have is to wait in case you do not want to cancel the tickets which any case are nonrefundable. So, wait and hope things gets better by then. As soon as you land in Srinagar, you can leave it for Kargil or Drass the same day in case highways are at least restored by that time.

  16. Hi Dheeraj – I live in US and planning for a trip to Leh sometime in mid August. I am not sure about weather in August, do you think its safe to travel by car in Aug, like road conditions?


  17. Thank you Dheeraj sir.there has been change in plan and we are planning to go on 20th.can u please suggest some hotels and there numbers..we are a group of 3 people from kerala coming with our own car taking from Delhi.

    • 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

  18. We are in manali right now. Travelling to leh tomorrow and we have flight from Srinagar to Mumbai back home on 23rd July. But since bcoz of on going issues in Srinagar can anyone update current ground and road conditions of Leh to Srinagar? Are private vehicles running smoothly on this route ? Respond Asap guyz

  19. Hi Dow,

    We 3 friends are planning for Delhi-Srinagar-Leh Manali-Delhi circuit from 22nd July to 5th Aug. I have completely planned this trip based on information that i got in Dow. I should be very thankful to you.
    I have two questions one my mind.
    1> one of us have Yamaha FZ 150CC bike. Will it make it to all the passes(kardungla, changla etc..). Do we need to modify anything on the bike? Is it durable. ?
    2> Since there is some issue going on in Srinagar(Curfew), should we take alternative route(Manali)? Can you please guide us on that?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Hello Poorna,

      1. Yes, it will be be good enough to easily pass such roads
      2. I will suggest to have a word with some hotel guy in Srinagar and then take a call to go from Manali side. These things are dependent from person to person judgement call and what a person feels is OK to him or her. So, best is to talk to a local hotel guy in Srinagar and confirm about the ground situation in tourist places and Srinagar – Leh route.

  20. I’m planning to travel leh,ladak via Srinagar on 15th July starting from Delhi. Is there any problems in Srinagar highway…(due to Kashmir clashes)

    • Hi,

      I am also leaving from delhi for leh on friday.
      My plan was to go via srinagar, but now I am confused which route to take.

      Please call me on 9953646006 so that we van discuss.


      • I will suggest to have a word with some hotel guy in Srinagar and then take a call to go from Manali side. These things are dependent from person to person judgement call and what a person feels is OK to him or her given the circumstances. So, best is to talk to a local hotel guy in Srinagar and confirm about the ground situation in tourist places and Srinagar – Leh route. Having being stuck in riots/curfews myself at times, my personal suggestion will be to avoid unless unrest is over and take the Manali route.

    • I will suggest to have a word with some hotel guy in Srinagar and then take a call to go from Manali side. These things are dependent from person to person judgement call and what a person feels is OK to him or her given the circumstances. So, best is to talk to a local hotel guy in Srinagar and confirm about the ground situation in tourist places and Srinagar – Leh route. Having being stuck in riots/curfews myself at times, my personal suggestion will be to avoid unless unrest is over and take the Manali route.

  21. Shamsher Singh on

    Hello Sir
    Mujhe Jalandhar Punjab to leh laddakh Jana hai abhi evening me kon SA route comfortable hai? Am civil engineer leh laddakh me army me 3day visit hai to koi permit/pass bhi Lena hai manali ya other routes me

    • Agar manali se jaaoge to permit lena hoga but bus ya shared taxi se ja rahe ho to koi permit nahin chahiye. Permit sirf apni gaadi ya bike se jaane walon ko chahiye. Agar srinagar se ja rahe ho to koi permit nahin chahiye

      • Himanshu jain on

        Manali se Jane ke liye apni car ke liye permit lene me koi issu to Nahi and permit Lena difficult or not and how many formalities

  22. Ashish Sharma on

    Hi Everyone,

    Need your support in planning trip to Leh.

    Me & My wife are planning to leave from Delhi on 8th July Night 2:00 AM. We are travelling on New Honda Jazz Diesel. I have got ground clearance kit installed (Gutka at rear suspension) . Need all of your advise if it is doable on Honda Jazz and also planning our itinerary. We have approx 13-14 days to cover this.
    My planned itinerary is as mentioned below :

    Day 1 ( will start 8th Night or 9th Early Morning around 12:00 AM hrs) Delhi to Patni Top
    Day 2 (10th July) – Patni Top to Srinagar
    Day 3 ( 11th July ) Srinagar to Kargil
    Day 4 (12 th July ) Kargil to Leh

    Now I need your advise to plan ahead. What all to vivit and what should be direction of travel. We want one night at Pangong Lake & also want to cover Khardungla pass. Other than that as per the advise/suggestions.
    We want to return via Manali with One night stay in Manali. Also I am carrying one 25 ltr cane for Diesel and one towing wire. PLease advise the last filling station and from where i should fill the diesel in cane as well.

    Please advise guys :-:

    Kindly advise or email me at

    • 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 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

  23. Hello 🙂 I’m going to Leh from Pondy. I’m going through Delhi-Jammu-Srinagar-Leh-Manali-Leh way. I hav booked a train ticket from Delhi to Jammu. I came to know that there’s no Train from Jammu to Srinagar. So can you say where I can book a Bus ticket at Jammu and will I get a seat if I book a day prior ? Thanks 🙂

  24. Mahendra Naik on

    Good morning!
    Me and my wife have planned the ladakh circuit from srinagar – leh – tso moriri – manali. Travelling on 350cc thunderbird from 17th sept to 2nd October. My plan is to cover all regions extensively and also we have good camping gear. Could u advise safe places to camp at Tso moriri, pangong tso, manali highway and also around tso kar if possible. I read ur blog on camping in leh and spiti but I need more guidance – we will definitely consider ur 10 tips but need more info on specific locations or bargains with locals… I’ve started to become a fan of ur forum and thanks for such great info. Plans for spiti in June 2017 already taking place….

    • 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.

      I am not sure Mahendra, what you mean by specifics. The article covers it all that you can pitch it anywhere or you can ask the locals to let you pitch in their farms and pay them like Rs 100 types as a tip next day for using any facilities or as a gesture of gratitude. Also, late September gets quite cold and nippy for camping in higher Himalayas. So, take care.

  25. Harish Sharma on

    We are 9 people planning to visit Leh from 1st of July to 11th July. We are planning to start our journey from Chandigarh and follow the Jammu, Srinagar, Kargil route to go to Leh. While returning we plan to take the Sarchu, Manali route. Any suggestions for the trip, if it will be hectic or is it fine? Is the Srinagar Leh road in good condition? Any other challenges we may face during the trip?
    Will there be any probelm in the Srinagar region due to our vehicle as we plan to take a tempo traveller having Uttarakhand number on it.
    Thanks in advance.

  26. Ashraf Azmal on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    We have a very tight schedule (7th July evening to 16th July evening) as 10 of us cousins from different part of the globe meet after a long time for Delhi-Srinagar-Leh-Manali Delhi tour. We are doing it in a Tata Safari and a Mahindra XUV. We have the following itinerary which we know is very very tight. But with facts that all 10 are pretty decent drivers, I am looking forward for your motivation and suggestions for changes we need to make. We are planning to move from Delhi at 11 PM to avoid traffic and owing to the limited time we have.
    7th July 11PM : Delhi
    8th July 10PM : Srinagar (we are all committed to do Delhi-Srinagar in one stretch)
    9th July : Overnight stay at Sonmarg or Drass
    10th July: Reach Leh by night
    11th July: Sight seeing in Leh
    12th July: Bike rides to Nubra Valley, Overnight stay at Hunder
    13th July: Return to Leh/sight seeing
    14th July: Visit Pangong lake. Overnight stay at Leh
    15th July: leave Leh very early morning to Manali (stay overnight manali)
    16th July: Manali to Delhi (again, we are committed to do
    (most of us from the middle east have our flights on 17th early morning)
    We know it is a very optimistic plan, but this is the maximum time we could get to be together. Making the best of it. I Would appreciate your response. Thanks in advance

    • Well, Leh – Manali is a very very long long day and should not be done in one day. That too followed by another 14 Hrs of drive. So, in 48 Hrs, you will be on road for almost 32 Hrs. Does not seem a logical trip to me, much better if you do Spiti Valley in just 9 days in hand or may be Opt to go via Manali – Leh Highway and I will suggest that you refer the thread for more details on the route and night halts though it is of 9 days: Manali – Leh – Ladakh – Manali | Itinerary for 9 Days.

      • Ashraf Azmal on

        Thank You very much for the quick response. We will definitely consider your suggestions.
        Another question I have is whether it is possible to start from Leh in the evening and drive in the night and stay overnight somewhere in Upshi or Pang (I went through your blog of list of places to stay in Leh – Manali highway). Is it ok to drive in the night? That will save us some time rather doing the long long Leh – Manali on one stretch?
        And what do you think about the first part of our tour? Delhi-Srinagar -Leh? Doable?

        • It is OK to drive at night but what you get out of it without any views? Reagdring first part, you are inclined to do a 16 Hr drive, for me again not a cool idea of vacation but I felt you have already decided to undertake it.

  27. Davinder Singh on

    I’m Planning to reach Srinagar on 17th July , want to travel Leh -Ladhak & return Chandhigarh on 27th July. Can you pls. suggest Tour Operator who can organise my low budget trip. Travelling alone.
    Thanks in advance

  28. Hi ,we 4 people planning to make a trip from delhi- jammu-leh-manali.we prefer budget/cheap mode of travelling,stay,food.need to know about average expenses and how many days it wil take.revert wil be really apreciated.

    • 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

  29. Jeevandeep Singh on


    I am planning to go to Leh via Srinagar on my Fiat Punto car. The ground clearance of the car is 185mm.
    Should I go by my car? Will it be safe with this much of ground clearance?

    Thanks & regards,
    Jeevandeep Singh

  30. thanks for your valuable advice…………………
    Its truely helpful for every person to travel an unknown place specialy ladakh region……
    Again a big thanks to Dheeraj for your valuable advice that make my trip so comfortable & reliable…..god bless you yaar…….JULLAY

  31. Amit Kumar Gupta on

    Hi ,I am planning to travel leh ladak via Srinagar from 2june 2016 on my petrol Swift with my wife and 7.5year Daughter.
    Do I book the hotels in advance or I can book as and when I reach the destinations respectively. I have 12 to 15days in hand.
    Pls advice
    Warm Regards

  32. Sourabh Madan on

    Hey Dheeraj,

    We will be travelling to Leh via new delhi on June 9.
    The route is as follows : Delhi – Patnitop – Srinagar – Kargil – Leh – Nubra – Pangong – Jispa – Solang – Delhi.
    We will reach delhi back late night on 19th June.

    I was just wondering, that is it totally safe to travel via Srinagar – Leh Highway ?

    Sourabh Madan

    • HI Dheeraj,

      I didn’t know where I should be asking this question so asking it here. Because of the situation in kashmir is it safe to travel to leh in the first week of October?

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