5 Tips for a Budget Trip to Ladakh

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Answering a big question, “Can I make a budget trip to Ladakh“? Over the last couple of years, there is a steep climb of number of tourists, especially domestic, visiting the wonderland Ladakh. Many of them are favoring those newly constructed comfortable hotels and varied cuisines sold with meal plans. However, there is still a good bunch of budget Travelers like me looking out to make budget trip to Ladakh and enjoy it in a manner which is pocket friendly too. Actually, the problem is that a road trip to Ladakh needs good number of days in hand, minimum about 9-10 days ex. Delhi, and it is whole lot of uncertainties owing to bad roads, landslides, AMS / health issues, etc.. risking the bookings for you. Hence, importance of amount of money spent or going to be spend per day basis becomes really important to reduce the over all cost of your Ladakh trip.

Wondering about Budget Trip to Ladakh??
Budget Trip to Ladakh

I am not sure if you are aware but in the past I did write one article on How to calculate cost or budget for Leh – Ladakh trip which can help you calculate your budget for Ladakh trip in an eased out manner. Any doubts you have, feel free to comment here or in the DoW Community. However, in this article today, I will try to enlist some of the tips which I follow for making my budget trip to Ladakh. I am sure following these tips will help you too to optimize your budget for Ladakh trip as well and you will be able to enjoy more rather worrying about the dent over your pocket 🙂 … So, let’s look at them one by one…

Tips on Budget Trip to Ladakh
1. Travel in April/May OR August/September

Traveling in less touristy season has its very own advantages or dis-advantages. Traveling in a bit low season like April/May just when the season starts OR mid-August/September just when the season is about to end, has the biggest advantage that most of the hotels/guest houses are empty and are more than welcoming for tourists/travelers. This gives you three basic edges to cut down costs:

  • a. You can make on the spot bookings easily which automatically reduces the cost when compared to over phone or pre-booked costs of same hotels.
  • b. Since, most of the hotels are empty so they are ready to offer good discounts too either in terms of room cost or letting an extra bed for free. In our case, most of the guest houses did not even care if we were 3 or 4 in the rooms.
  • c. Finally, you have less tourists, so less fuss and rush even on the tourist places. Hence, you better enjoy those places rather constantly waiting for someone to clear the spot before taking the picture 🙂

I will say that dis-advantages are really trivial like a bit cold conditions, less tourists to share taxis, less restaurants with proper cooks, etc. but if you look in totality the advantages are more pocket friendly as well as experience friendly too.

2. Commute & Stay in Group of 3 to 5

I feel it is always optimum to commute as well as stay in the group of 3 to 5 people. Having 3 people means that if you follow Tip 1, then you can have three people to share cost of the room where in most cases you will need to pay only room rent and extra bed will be free. In the recent trip (2013), we usually had a share of Rs 100-250 for the room per day and we stayed 3-4 guys in one room in case with 1-2 extra beds, mostly.

In terms of commute as well, I suggest that the taxi cost is shared in balanced way if you are in the group of 4-5. More than 5 means you will need 2 taxis, so avoid that and make groups in the multiples of 4-5 only. According to me, based on the number of people we shall use following options of transport/commute:

  • a. 1-2 people, then choose Bike Rental OR Shared Taxis. Hitch Hike / Public Transport where ever possible and routes of least interest like Delhi – Jammu – Srinagar Highway, Manali – Delhi Highway.
  • b. 3-5 people, then choose Taxi as SUV type.
  • c. 6-10 people, then choose Taxi as Winger/Tempo Traveller which will save you directly 65% over hiring 2 taxis.

Having said that, Self Drive/Ride on your own car/bike is always the cheapest & most flexible way to commute anywhere. And if mixed with this tip, it can really bring down the cost of travel because commute is the major portion of the cost of Ladakh tour.

Ready for Bike Ride??
Budget Trip to Ladakh

Wondering if there is any cheap mode of hiring private taxi to Leh – Ladakh from Manali or Srinagar???? I will say Yes as well as No For more details, read the article here: Cheap private taxi to Leh – Ladakh | A Myth or A Reality?

3. On the Spot Deals for Accommodation & Taxis

Keep in mind that Ladakh & Spiti Valley are places with full of uncertainties like road blocks, landslides, AMS / health Issues, etc.. and pre-booking some hotel means that you are running between the money as well as flexibility of your plan with some tensions to reach the place for sure. If we talk in terms of cost, then two things to consider here primarily,

  • a. Talking over phone OR booking over Internet will always cost you more, remember it always. Hence, do your bookings on the spot only. If you do not plan to stay at any specific hotel and if you are OK with searching the place a bit after seeing the room conditions once reaching the place, then I guess you could save some good amount of money too on the hotel bookings. Secondly, it provides you with more and more flexibility in terms of dates you reach on a particular place and allow you any last minutes changes. In places like Ladakh where road conditions are uncertain enough to force a change in plan, the flexibility always top the list. I do not feel that Ladakh & Spiti are places where you will be left stranded on the road without any place of stay, if you have done your little research (of course DoW is there ;))… So, forget that and just on the cost of little search and giving away a particular name of a hotel/guest house, you will save alot 🙂

    For a quick & handy reference, you can always take the printout of 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. You can also note some of the preferred hotels/guest houses reviewed by other co-travelers in our DoW Community at the link here.

    This will help you search for hotels or contact them on the fly that very day considering any change in plans. Also, if in taxi, then your taxi guy will help you getting good deal at some hotel/guest house for sure.

  • b. If on the spot booking, then the late you reach in the day at some hotel/guest house or camp, then very little margin of bargaining remains because they understand that you have least options in dark. Hence, “Leave Early, Sleep Early” shall always be the principle while traveling anywhere in Himalayas.

    Even booking taxis in advance shall be avoided for similar reasons. Also, by directly getting in touch with the drivers without any travel agent in between will at least help you get about 12-15% discount in general and in less tourist seasons, even more. You can check the list of recommended drivers from DoW Community at the link: List of Taxi Drivers for Ladakh – Srinagar – Leh – Manali

Taxi Service in Ladakh?
Budget Trip to Ladakh
4. Wisely Choose your Accommodation & its location

The above mentioned list of stay options will surely help you choose wisely BUT always try to forget the name HOTEL 😀 … Most of the A-Grade or B-Grade guest houses in Ladakh & Spiti and even some homestays are well versed with cleanliness, comfortable beds & western toilets (though sometimes shared). Keep in mind that you need hotel only to stay or spend night at such lovely beautiful place because beauty is outside the room not inside 😉 …

Hence, in order to spend night comfortably, you can stay at the guest houses and do not need a full fledged hotel with amenities you might not be even needing while sleeping. The only drawback in some of these guest houses is that the food might not be available in some of them. Even then, don’t worry much as you will surely find nearby dhabha or restaurant to eat, just stay nearby Changspa or Main Market 🙂 … In order to find decent yet economic places to stay in Manali, you can stay at Old Manali, Manali – Naggar Road, Vashisth. Similarly, Leh has full of such small budget very clean guest houses at Upper Tukcha road, Fort Road, some clusters near Main Market, Zangsti road etc.

A Budgeted Guest House in Nubra Valley
Budget Trip to Ladakh
5. Wisely choose the Places to Eat

If you eat at some of the basic restaurants / local dhabhas, then along with saving some good money, you also give yourself a chance to eat local as well as fresh food in general 🙂 … Try and give yourself a chance to eat local tibetan home like cooked food at such local eating joints. It does not mean that you don’t eat at good restaurants, but all I am saying is make a mix of both to balance out the budget.

Eating at Local Dhabha on Manali – Leh Highway
Budget Trip to Ladakh
Bonus Tips 🙂
6. Pay for Individual Meals

Well, though in a group of friends sometimes it looks odd in a country sepcially ours, but it is quite common to pay on table individually and I feel nothing wrong at all in it. Things get a bit messy if you are not used to and people in the group are not pro-active but if done properly, it does help in saving money. If you take this up, you can additionally save about 10-12% in your overall trip or help someone in the group save it 😆

7. Air Travel? Plan in Advance

Air tickets in season time for Leh – Ladakh are CRAZILY high but if you plan your Travel to Ladakh well in advance, it is always better to book your tickets well in advance as applicable for other places. However, for Leh sometimes it works too much well because in season time the one sided tickets can go even like 10K and if booked in advance same can cost you about 5K types. Same is true for Srinagar flights as well with cost saving of almost 33% of tickets cost nearing to Travel dates.

Are you a Single Traveler or Couple of Travelers?

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 you on your own. 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 🙂 … Or you can search for Travel Partners online too (read below).

Online Travel Partners for Ladakh Trip?

You can even search for online Travel Partners for your Ladakh trip to reduce the overall cost and at DoW Community we already have an easy way to spot Travel Partners through our dedicated forum linked here & DoW Travel Calendar. Using our Travel Partners Forum & Calendar, you can pretty quickly and easily spot on which dates people are traveling and if some group suits your need to gel up or not. Check the example: So, take the advantage and travel in group to reduce your travel cost for Ladakh trip 🙂

Conclusion

I hope the above mentioned tips helps you in some way or the other to reduce your overall cost of the Ladakh trip and help you make a budget trip to Ladakh I am sure you will be able to save some good amount of money by following above tips. You can also read one of the topics in DoW Community regarding Customize Tour v/s Self Organized Tours to Ladakh to really see the benefits of traveling on your own.

In the end, if these tips in the article really helps you in making a budget trip to Ladakh as compared to some ready made Leh Ladakh Tour Packages then please, I will seriously suggest you to read about DoW Causes – A Step Towards Responsible Travel that guides you in the direction on how to help the local Himalayan people when you Travel in Himalayas and if possible contribute towards these causes on your own with very little portion of that saved money with the help of tips over DoW Blog & Community. This will do nothing BUT definitely provide you some real smiles & blessings from the locals up there in such remote villages of Himalayas. Thank You !!

PS: I know for the last two weeks I did not write any article for you and hope this will somehow help in compensating but don’t worry as I am back from Ladakh Trip, so there is much more to share in coming weeks, which will surely make up for this absence 😉 …

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253 Comments

  1. avik chakraborty on

    If I take my bike over there can I get a guide for rest of the road for travelling

    • Avik, what do you mean by guide? A guide who travels with you or ride your bike for you? First one is easy enough to find but mostly not needed especially for road trips.

  2. Hey Dheeraj,

    I have read all your comments and it’s really helpful in planning the whole trip.

    I would like to know if Feb beginning is good for the Leh Trip. Also, Leh Local has the facility to provide the bike on rent there for travelling and site seeing. We are Couple and are planning to go on Leh-Ladhak through Flights from Pune via Delhi. We have planned for just 3 days trip in Feb. Could you please suggest if Feb is the right time to visit Leh and 3 days are sufficient to spend there ?

    Thanks in advance.

    • No Priyanka, Feb is not the season to travel to Ladakh. It is cold and harsh. Also, 3 days you will not be even able to adjust to harsh climate and high altitude of the place.

        • hat will be much much better. 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

  3. Ravindra Parcha on

    Hey Dheeraj,

    I am planning to go for ladakh with my friend next year. We are planning to go by train to Delhi from Mumbai and after then will go ahead on bike to ladakh. Can you please answer my following questions
    1. What is best time to go ladakh on bike trip ?
    2. Expected cost and time will it take to cover major points?
    3. Guidelines for the ride?
    4. Things to take care during ride?

    There must be various points I would haven not mentioned or listed as I am not much aware of the things.

    It will be great if you can help us out so that we can plan accordingly

    Thanks

  4. V.P. Singh on

    I am planning to go to ladakh in month of November.
    it will be best season for travelling?
    i want to go to ladakh by bike from manali, so bike permission is necessary and where from i get permission, what is the process.
    please guide.

    • Vijay, the roads to Ladakh from Manali side will close by late October and beyond which officially it is not allowed as well to travel on that road. Please plan your Ladakh trip in the next season now.

  5. Nitin Singh on

    I want to travel to Ladakh for a snow leopard specific wildlife tour, which people recommend in Jan. Not able to get relevant tips for this, only information is from tour operators which seem to charge a bomb… 50k per person for 9 days as compared to ~20k for usual trip in season.. Please help

    • Well, Nitin, you can custom make your plan. You can reach Leh and then you can join the groups up there. Since, it is an organized tour with camping and kitchen in the wild, you have to go through the operator only. However, instead of making the entire trip with them, you can opt and customize the part on your own after reaching Leh.

  6. hey we r planning ladakh trip frm manali on 9th sept (4 people).is there any wheather problem in that time?

  7. Hi Dheeraj,

    Going by your suggestions, we 4 friends decided to go take Srinagar route for our Leh-Ladakh trip instead of Manali route. But we are a bit skeptical about the situation in the valley currently. Is it safe enough to try the Srinagar route to reach Leh. If say there is a curfew in Srinagar or other town on the route, are travellers (in private or self drive vehicles) allowed to continue on their journey or stopped for indefinite time? Hope to receive your answer soon.

    Thanks a ton for your excellent write-ups.

  8. Hi dheeraj,
    me&my friends (4 members) are planning a trip from start manali – baralacha la pass – pangong .on bikes RE(350cc).we have all lodgings things(sleeping bags and tents).can i stay where i interested is there any restricted area and if i stay is it danger?
    please suggest me.

  9. I am planning for a bike trip from delhi to leh via srinagar and return via manali… I m planning to take a rent bike from delhi… Can i take this bike to pangong tso and nubra…

      • How will they know whether it is rented bike or not??? If we are going with our own bike is there any issues???

        • Own bikes is not an issues and regarding the first answer, they are in business and they know how it is run 🙂 … They should be able to easily identify if it is rented or personal in most cases. Secondly to ease out things, they have simplified it to check RCs which should be under your name or your father, mother or wife name with valid proof of relationship 🙂

      • Hi Dheeraj
        Planing trip from Delhi to Leh via Manali.
        I have two options of self drive ie XUV5OO Mahindra & Innova Toyota.
        How about getting permit & is there any link fir online permit.
        Anil

    • Hi sir, we were planning to go for a tour to leh_ladak in November first week from delhi . November month is fine as per weather or climate.

  10. Hy,,,, I am planning to travel to leh in the month of Oct on 22nd,,, I m a Solo traveller,,, Please Tell me some information for this trip. I am planning for 6 night 7 days..

  11. Hello Dheeraj,
    This is Abraham from Pune. I am planing to visit Leh-Lakakh; wont mind to travel with like minded peoples.I am thinking to travel by Mid August for say 10-12 days.
    Need your advice on:(or Probably share some links)
    1) best time to visit
    2) what should be the ideal stay duration
    3) routes to take for all must visit places
    4) need to know more about adventurous special/camping.
    5) travelling in groups

  12. This is Daina from USA. I am looking for travel partners of likewise minded and safety wise. I tried looking into your links. I am also ok to hire personal car-rent, I have saved that link. I will aprreciate if you can send me text or email on given address. I would like to talk to you on matter personally. I did gave you my whatsapp number in previous msg but just in case your website does not show up. Please reply to my email link. I am very serious for this tour but feel lost always in India to arrange proper channels. I really will appreciate.
    Thanks

  13. Hello Dheeraj.

    This is Daina from USA. I am looking for travel partners of likewise minded and safety wise. I tried looking into your links. I am also ok to hire personal car-rent, I have saved that link. I will aprreciate if you can send me text or email on given address. I would like to talk to you on matter personally. You can whatsapp me, and I will revert. my number is 001-317-918-7294. I really will appreciate.
    Thanks
    Daina

  14. Debangana on

    Hi Dhiraj
    All or posts are really helpful and informative…..would even like to know that can my two kids-9 yr old and 2yrs old visit leh-ladakh at their age?

    • It depends on person to person to take the children of such age group because AMS do not matter with respect to age or sex or any fitness level. It can happen to anyone of any age or sex or fitness I shall say :D… The issue with children is that they tend to exert the body considering it the same kind of place they belong to and this elevates the chances of getting struck with AMS. Secondly, they are not much expressive about their uneasy feelings, so it is parents who need to watch out and take care that the child is not suffering from uneasy feelings, headache or nausea and is behaving properly. With less than 3 year child, I think he/she will also be NOT able to convey the uneasiness she may feel. You have to be vigilant and if you notice any such feeling or he/she tells you about such a feeling then please do not ascend anywhere, either descend to lower altitude or stay at the same place to watch things overnight and if symptom increase then start descending immediately. Same is applicable for any adult as well. And yes, do keep the body adequately hydrated!!

      Also, PLEASE read the article: Traveling to Ladakh with Kids or Babies. This article covers this topic in complete detail.

  15. Hi Dheeraj,
    Greetings for the day.

    I liked this post and found it useful,.

    Thing is we are planning for bike ride from Srinagar to Manali. Thing is we are coming from mumbai and planning to bring our own bikes ( since we’ve heard that even if we rent bike then too we have to rent diff bike in leh and after leh again we can use old bike and we have to transfer it to vendor through courier after ending trip. Thus we thought of our own bikes.)

    So due to transfer of bikes from mumbai our cost is increasing.

    So I would like to know, suppose if we dont have any breakdown backup just as which is available in most of group trips, then in case of breakdown during tour, any chances to get early help? I know it is unpredictable, still I would seek your opinion, since all your posts I found very helpful. And does leaving early and sleeping early method will raise probability of getting help?

    Coz that is our main concern. breakdown and medical support. If we will be able to get it, then we’ll plan to trip solo else we’ll have to shell out extra bucks and join other groups.

    Sorry for my novice question, actually it’s our first trip to ladakh so please Kindly help.

    Thanks in advance. 🙂

    • Swapnil, there will not be any help in miles of distance. The best thing you can do is to carry spares because even if you find any mechanic near by, there will not be any guarantee that you will get spare with him. Having said that, there are loads and loads of people who do such trips every year without any spport vehicles. So if you guys are confident of your bikes, you should be OK with it. Do carry spares though and rest all depends on your luck.

  16. Prashant Negi on

    Hey .i want to knw bout the budget for leh .we are 3 or 4 friends planning for a trip to leh …
    So we r frm dehradun .we r going to jammu by train and then to leh … we r planning to stay for 5,6 days .. so plaese tell me how much money is required for each person .and is there any better way of transport to leh . ?

  17. divyarajsinh vaghela on

    hi dheeraj,

    m divyaraj sinh from rajkot,gujarat..
    i want to do a bike ride to leh via manali from my home city rajkot,
    actually i want to travel alone which is approx 2,214km on royal enfield 350cc,
    and i wnt to do completely travellers trip and cheapest,
    how much it cost approx

  18. Hi dheeraj
    Just wanna brief you with our plan from Delhi..can u please tell me if it’s possible to cover al the places within the time v allotted
    Day1:Delhi to manali by bus
    Day2:hiring a taxi from manali and halt at jispa
    Day3:jispa to leh
    Day4:leh to pangong
    Day5:pangong to tuturk
    Day6:tuturk to nubra
    Day7:nubra to leh
    Day8:leh to sarchu
    Day9:sarchu to manali
    Day10:manali to Delhi
    Planning to hire a taxi from manali to leh
    N hired taxis from manali are allowed in leh?
    Is it possible for us to cover al those places..

  19. Arjun Singh on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    Is it possible to visit leh ladakh solo. What would be the cost of shared texies/public transport.
    I am planning to start around may end and Time is not a problem.

    Thanks in Advance 🙂

  20. Hi dheeraj , I from Malaysia , I would like to travel alone in Ladakh , so can you give me a worth package or budget informayion to get there? Thank you

  21. Arup Chanda on

    A very well written and informative article. I am planning to visit in August. Would like to interact with you Dheeraj Sharma please.

  22. Hi Dheeraj

    I a planning for a trip to Ladakh with my family.We are planning to travel in the month of May 2016.
    Can you please suggest us the best way to travel.

    Regards
    shwetha

  23. Hey Dheeraj, I with my 9 other friends (total 10) are planning to hit manali – leh highway in july. Will it be good time to visit leh. If not please suggest the appropriate time. Secondly, we are planning to hire bikes on rent from manali and our trip is for 10 days. Can you help in knowing the budget per person for this trip?

    • Yes Neha, Manali – Leh Highway will be good to go in July. Bikes rented outside Leh are not allowed for sightseeing inside Ladakh except Tso Moriri and Tso Kar lakes which can be done while going to Manali from Leh. Private bikes are completely allowed. You can use the outside rented bike to reach Leh but then for going to Pangong Tso, nubra Valley, etc.. you need to hire rented bikes from Leh only.

      To know more about this rule and present situation, please refer the link: Bikes Rented Outside Leh Banned in Ladakh

      This year as per reports, rule is going to be stricter. Manali rental guys have formalized a deal that for the days Manali bike is parked in Leh and Leh bike is rented, they will charge 50% of the rent of the bike. So, confirm with Manali rental guys first about this signoff.

      For renting bikes in Leh – Ladakh along with current Bike Union Prices, you can check the DoW Community thread: Leh – Ladakh Bike Rental Rates 2015 – 16 & Reliable Shops

      The one way bike rental is quite costly and leave a big dent in pocket for you, sometimes like 12K for just the pickup from Manali. Be sure if you are ready to make that investment or not or if at all it is worth the money spent. My suggestion is unless you are hard core biker and cannot live up the passion of biking, it is not wise to spend that much money just for the pickup of bike.

  24. Hi Dheeraj,
    I am a alone traveller , planning to go to ladakh in month of april or may.
    which will be best season.

    • Arshu, May will be much better for a solo trip to Ladakh as you will have more options of stay and more options to get shared taxis to places as there will be more tourists in May.

      • Dheeraj,
        Would we be able to book seats easily on shared taxis during second week of May? Or would it be better to book a private taxi instead? (Trying to find travel partners to cut the cost, but need to have backups ready as well).

        Thanks.

        • Manjot, you have to find taxis on the spot. Best is that you do the arrangements a night before at the taxi stand. Taxi guys will be able to help you with it.

  25. anuj dixit on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Appreciate your good work,

    we along with kid 6 yrs are planning trip to leh and ladhak in second week of april this year.

    Would it fine time for family vacation and would be able to find snow.

    thanks
    Anuj

    • Anuj, for how many days are you planning such a trip? April is not a season time in Ladakh and most hotels start to open by that time only. It remains cold during that time in adakh mostly.

      • anuj dixit on

        Thanks Dheeraj,

        We are planning for a week trip in the second week of april.

        We will reaching Leh by Air from Delhi.

        If Leh would not be the best time in April then please suggest me the best destination for that time.

        My kid wants to enjoy snow.

        Regards
        Anuj.

        • Hi Anuj,

          Well, it will ceryainly be quite cold and if you can withstand the cold which may be less this year, you can travel by Air to Ladakh. Otherwise you can also plan for Kinnaur Valley trip from Delhi for 7 days in hand. Are you interested in it?

  26. Dear Dheeraj,
    Please give me the following information:
    1. Which month is the best to go to Leh by motor cycle according to you, from Srinagar;
    2. Whether mechanics are available in the Srinagar-Leh-Manali high way;
    3. Whether any other bike riders or any professional bikers are available to join with;
    4. Whether Royal Enfield Company provides any roadside assistance in this high way;
    5. What is the Law and Order situation there since I am going alone.
    Thanking you in anticipation,
    Sincerely yours,
    mukul

    • Hi Mukul,

      1. Anytime from June to September except the month of Monsoon is a good time to visit Ladakh. In June, you get to see some snow while in September you get to see some very beautiful colors
      2. Only in bits and pieces, check: How to plan a journey on Srinagar – Leh Highway
      3. Check the DoW Travel Calendar from the menu, you will also get lot of biker groups on the road. Most should accept or help you.
      4. Never heard of anything
      5. As of now it is fine, in Ladakh it usually is fine.

  27. Hi Dheeraj,
    I am from Hyderabad.Me and my friends(around 7) are planning to go ladakh in April first wk. And want to make it a whole one wk trip. We are planning to start by train. Can you pls let me know the best way to reach leh after reaching delhi/Jammu.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Abdul, whole one week means 7 days? It will take 3 days to reach Leh from Delhi via Manali side and 4 days to come back to Delhi from Leh via Srinagar side. This makes it 7 days.

  28. Hi dheeraj,
    Thanks fr the update..it is quite valuable. ..bt need some information..me and my colleague plan fr 1st week of April fr d trip,do we need warm clothes there..also will it safe fr two girls to roam alone in dat unknown area, do we take some more people with us

    • Yes, you will need heavy woolens to make this trip to Ladakh in April as winter does not go away by then. Also, the roads will be closed to reach Leh, you need to take a flight in and out of Leh. Private taxis will be very costly during that time for just two people as you might not find shared taxis due to less tourists.

  29. A.Mohamed Irshad on

    hello Dheeraj,
    You are one of the inspirations for me to travel Ladakh and experience Nature at its best!Thank u for your great work.
    i have a few questions to you..
    My itinerary is delhi-shimla-manali-leh-kashmir-delhi on bike as soon as the roads open for this year.
    1.when can we expect the roads to ladakh from manali and srinagar open this year (2016)?
    2.Can i pitch my own tent in every destination as i go?is that allowed?
    3.my bike gives 45 kmpl mileage on roads here..What mileage can i expect in the Hills?esp. on the trip to leh from manali.
    4.i am from Chennai.I will be taking my bike on train to delhi and from there travelling on it.do i need to have any papers for it?Any permit or such thing to ride in other states?

    Thank you Dheeraj
    I wish you continue the Good Work!

  30. Hi Dheeraj,

    Is last week of June -early July a good time to visit Ladakh? I want to enjoy snow while i see the true Ladakh beauty. We are a couple planning for Srinagar-Leh-Manali on bike. I have read through your blog on the route map and the budget for this trip and planning my trip. Thank you for sharing such useful information. YOu are doing a lot of service to your fellow travellers!

    • Hi Mythri,

      Yes, mid of June to July end types is a good time to travel snow. This year snow has not poured much, so early your go in June as soon as the road open, more chances of seeing the snow.

  31. Hi Dheeraj,

    Will you and your DoW team be organizing any trip to Ladakh in the month of August? Like i guess last time you did in sept.

    • Hello Sanchita,

      This year we conducted a poll to choose between Sach Pass – Lahaul Valley AND Bhutan trip and the poll resulted in favour of Bhutan Drive in November. So, if it happens DoW Mega Meet will happen for Bhutan in November. You can understand what do we mean by a mega meet and how it is organized: http://devilonwheels.com/Suru-Zanskar-Valley-DoW-Mega-Meet-2015

      We do not conduct any tours or trips, the Mega Meet is a concept Well, where taking on our theme “we wish to travel together frequently to Himalayas” & “guide travelers to Travel Responsibly along with supporting one or the other DoW – Causes | A Step Towards Responsible Travel, we are conduct an annual DoW Mega Meet which is going to be held in Bhutan this year.

      It is not an operated tour rather a meet of like minded people to travel together to spread smiles in Himalayas by participating in one or the other DoW Causes. If you feel connected, you can stay tuned to DoW Travel Calendar AND Facebook Page Event section or our forum where all mini meets and mega meets announcement happen: http://devilonwheels.com/india/dow-travel-meets-workshops/

  32. Hi Dheeraj,

    We are planning to visit Leh in the forth week of August. Is it the right time to visit? Please guide us on what to carry and which places to visit.

    Thanks,
    Jignesh

  33. Hi Dheeraj,

    We are single couple and want to travel in leh-ladakh on July mid 2016 from Srinagar by bike.
    I am from Mumbai & will travel to & fro Mumbai-Srinagar by flight.
    Please advice me on below points

    1.Bike (RE350) for rent from Srinagar/Leh & cost per day,Any shop you can suggest where I can take bike.
    2.Road conditions in July MID
    3.List of places in ladakh where permit required & how to obtain permit.
    4.Best places to see in leh ladakh as we are planning to stay for 6-7 days in leh-ladakh.
    5.Cost for taxi If we hired for local sightseeing.

    Regards,
    Niks

    • Hello Nikhil,

      1. Bikes rented outside Leh are not allowed for sightseeing inside Ladakh except Tso Moriri and Tso Kar lakes which can be done while going to Manali from Leh. Private bikes are completely allowed. You can use the outside rented bike to reach Leh but then for going to Pangong Tso, nubra Valley, etc.. you need to hire rented bikes from Leh only.

      To know more about this rule and present situation, please refer the link: Bikes Rented Outside Leh Banned in Ladakh

      This year as per reports, rule is going to be stricter. Manali rental guys have formalized a deal that for the days Manali bike is parked in Leh and Leh bike is rented, they will charge 50% of the rent of the bike. So, confirm with Manali rental guys first about this signoff.

      For renting bikes in Leh – Ladakh along with current Bike Union Prices, you can check the DoW Community thread: Leh – Ladakh Bike Rental Rates 2015 – 16 & Reliable Shops

      2. Road conditions shall be OK in July as roads will be open, may not be best which is only case of September in comparison to whole season.

      3. No permits required for Indians now in Ladakh

      4. Please refer the most common itinerary from the menu of Ladakh above in site.

      5. You can refer last year rates as: http://devilonwheels.com/leh-ladakh-taxi-rates-2015-16/

      • Thanks Dheeraj,
        I am planning trip on Mid July or Mid Sept.
        Which month is the best time to travel in leh ladakh. Please advise me.
        I do not want to go in monsoon season.

  34. HI,
    I AM PLANNING FOR LEH LADAKH TRIP FOR AROUND 20 PERSON IN MAY LAST WEEK. HOW TO PLAN. SHOULD WE MAKE RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE IN HOTEL.

  35. dilkash khan on

    Hey dheeraj,
    Is it safe to go leh this sunday 16 november 2015.
    On road from swift. We are from jamshedpur

  36. BINOY KUMAR SHARMA on

    HI DHEERAJ,
    I am travelling to Leh with my wife on 14th April 2016 from Kolkata and reaching Leh on 15th April in the morning by Jet airways, Can it is possible to cover the full itenary by 21st of April, because need to attend a marriage of my cousin to be held on 21.04.2016. I am travelling by Air from Kolkata to Leh and Back, please suggest me the clothing and the precaution during this period, My plan is to take the morning flight from Leh to Delhi by GO AIR.

    Since we belongs to plain, never purchased the clothing for Very Cold Weather, as going through ur post surely you got PH. D. in Ladakh reasons, and your advice will be gold to me.

  37. Nikita Chawla on

    Hey,
    Thanks for the above article.

    Me and my fiance are planning a trip to Leh – Ladakh somewhere during May end – wanted to know if its the right time to travel , also we are planning to fly from delhi so what will be the perfect time to book air tickets to get the best deal. Also it would be great if you can help us with some expert tips to plan this trip an adventurous one.
    Thanks in Advance.

  38. Raju Ranju on

    Hi Deeraj,

    I’m planning to go for ladak next year apri \ may, please let me know if any one going alone.

  39. Dheere, I’v plan to visit in first week of October,I’m a solo traveller. plz suggest if it is okay or I should wait for some other time..

  40. sahil vansil on

    mr and my friends want to leave for ladakh from delhi in september end…I want to knoe that how many days are suitable for stay in ladakh….nd we will going by air….will dat be gud??is dere any problem in travelling by flight?

  41. Lalita Singh on

    Hi Dheeraj, we are 2 girls travelling from Mumbai to Srinagar on August 29. We are planning to stay in Srinagar on 29th & then leave for Kargil on 30th early morning & stay the night there. We will leave for Leh from Kargil on 31st.

    Since we are only two, we are planning to take either a bus or a shared taxi (whichever available & affordable). Could you tell me which would be the best bet?

    Also can we take a bus/taxi to Kargil & then take another one next day morning for Leh from Kargil? & how long the the journey from Srinagar to Kargil & then Kargin to Leh take? We don’t really have an itinerary yet (only a rough one), we will figure it out as we go.

    We have a flight to Delhi from Srinagar on September 7 so we plan to leave Leh on the 5th. So I don’t know how much we really over in 5 days. Could you suggest?

    Thank you so much in advance. 🙂

  42. Hi Dheeraj, We are from Darjeeling and we are planning to make a two week trip to Leh from Delhi starting around 25th of September, Since you have such vast knowledge on this subject, could you tell me if it is better to do a Delhi – Srinagar – Leh and return via Manali or do the other way round, ideally we would like former but i hear that sometimes it snows early in the Manali – Leh route and the roads gets blocked..is that true.. when does it normally start snowing in the Manali – Leh route and the road shuts for the winters and also recently i heard that the Himachal Government has passed a law wherein all kinds of Petrol and Diesel vehicles are banned from crossing the Rothang Pass, do you know if that is true..thanks in advance

    Karma

    • Yes Karma, I also advice that one should take the trip from Srinagar and come back from Manali only as it has many advantages. However, the time you are traveling will be tricky on Manali – Leh Highway. Here is what I wrote and in case you are OK with it: 5 Reasons to Avoid Manali – Leh Highway in October

      Yes, you are true about rule of vehicles allowed at Rohtang Pass too. All vehicles are banned to travel to Rohtang Pass and only local buses can take you up there. However, in case you are traveling to Leh – Ladakh or Lahaul Spiti then in that case the rule is exempted for you.

      • Thanks a lot Dheeraj, we will take a chance and take the Manali Route while returning but we will definitely take your advice and be prepared for any calamity. you’re input ( 5 reasons to avoid Manali – Leh Highway in October) was very informative and comprehensive, Now i feel i confident after reading it because i know what to expect. Thanks again

  43. Hi Dheeraj,
    Me and My friends wants to Leh. however we are first time travelling. I am from bangalore need your help on places around and planns accordingly. We are planning around mid september this year.

    • Devesh Kumar Sharma on

      Hi Shreyas,

      We r going to Leh from 16-27 sep 2015. on bikes, if gals will b more thn cab cold b also an option with bikes. till now we’re 4 males & 2 females. So if ur interested in joining pls do let me know # 9717035353

      • Prashant maurya on

        my leh arrival time is 22 sept & Departure time 26 . i m intrested in bike riding, i m one cuple. my number is 9322925320

  44. hi, dheeraj
    me and my father are planning to go leh by bulet 350 or ford figo diesel next year 2016 june
    tell me we should go in bullet or figo….

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