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Every now and then I keep getting queries on the budget for Ladakh trip, so I guess a post around it will be helpful for many looking forward to prepare or analyse the budget of their upcoming Leh – Ladakh trip in 2012 and years to come ;). To be very frank, the budget of any trip including Leh – Ladakh depends a lot upon person to person and the taste + comfort he/she prefers. Leh – Ladakh is such a place where you can get varied stay options depending on your choice of comfort, preference, conditions and circumstances :D. The variety may range from Rs 100 stay at some Dhabha tent to Rs 250-500 stay at low cost hotel/homestay to Rs 700 – 1500 at medium cost hotels to Rs 3000 and above for hotels that offer much more comfort etc.. The same thing applies for food as well and depends what you want to eat (Pizza or Dal Bhat or Roti+Dal Fry or Maggie / Veg. Non-Veg. etc.) and more importantly where you want to eat and drink :)… But, in any case I would try to sketch a basic average budget analysis on Leh – Ladakh trip based on the choice of accommodation and food which majority of people opt.

Interested in making a budget trip to Ladakh?? Go on and read the article: 5 Tips for a Budget Trip to Ladakh
UPDATE from 9th July 2014
Please note that this article is from 2011 and you need to factor in the rates by 10-12% increment every year done by Leh – Ladakh Hotels and Guest Houses. Some prices you will see inline as those hotels, guest houses might have been updated in later years in the list. Same applies to Taxi Prices as well. So, consider about 20% increment of the prices in taxis listed below, till date: July 2014

Given below is a basic itinerary for Leh – Ladakh tour ex. Delhi (without any buffer days) covering all major tourist destinations of Leh – Ladakh and followed widely by many travelers including me :). We will be analyzing or finding the budget or costing for this Leh – Ladakh tour as a part of our exercise… You can roughly guess for yourself that for a similar trip or based on your point of interest, what will be the approximate cost or budget for your custom Leh – Ladakh trip. An example itinerary for Leh – Ladakh covering almost all basic tourist places –

  • Day 1 | Delhi – Jammu/Patnitop
  • Day 2 | Jammu/Patnitop – Srinagar
  • Day 3 | Srinagar – Kargil
  • Day 4 | Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh
  • Day 5 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Inner Line Permits
  • Day 6 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit (Nubra Valley) – Hunder – Diskit
  • Day 7 | Hunder/Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
  • Day 8 | Leh – Hemis – Pangong Tso
  • Day 9 | Pangong Tso – Thicksey – Shey Palace – Leh
  • Day 10 | Leh Rest Day or Sham Valley Tour around Leh including Magnetic Hills, Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Alchi, Likir, Basgo, Confluence at Nimmu
  • Day 11 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
  • Day 12 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Moore Plains (Manali – Leh Highway) – Pang – Sarchu
  • Day 13 | Sarchu – Manali
  • Day 14 | Manali – Delhi

So, you can see for our sample Leh – Ladakh itinerary we have taken 14 days (without any buffer days). You can add/remove modify it according to your needs and of course the budget outcome will depend a bit on that but I guess that is very much trivial to say :). Also, consider that while traveling alone the cost of accommodation and transportation is bound to increase and while traveling in large evenly balanced groups it will surely decrease. As of now, I will also assume that you guys are two in number so that budget can be calculated on twin sharing basis.  Now, to analyze the budget on the above or any other itinerary, we can categorize the budget in two major parts described below –

Food + Accommodation + Miscellaneous

If you are living in an average budget hotel with decent comfort and are traveling in a group (at least 2 in number) then the average cost per day for food, accommodation and other misc. things like toll, permit fees, entry fees to monasteries etc. comes about Rs 500-700 per day. This trip will need about 14 days at the very least, so roughly you will be spending some Rs 7000 – 10000 per person for food, accommodation and other misc. expenditures. Again, 500-700 figure could be low budget for someone and little high for the others depending upon choice of stay and food or other activities you plan to do. Example, if you dine at a dhabha tent then the cost of meal would come out to be around Rs 50-70 only per person and the same meal if you take at a restaurant at Changspa road in Leh then you might pay Rs 150 – Rs 170 per person or may be more 🙂 or furthermore in some high end restaurant the cost will go up much more… Vegetarian or Non-Vegetarian also matters with respect to food pricing, so take that too into account. Same thing applies for the miscellaneous activities and here I have considered only which are unavoidable such as toll, permit charges, entry fees, snacks etc. If you are going for paragliding, rafting, shopping etc. then that will surely be something additional for you.

Hence, if you are going with the budget hotel having decent comfort, taking decent quality food and including only mandatory miscellaneous charges then you may need to shell out Rs 7000 – 10000 per person for the above Leh – Ladakh itinerary of 14 days.

Mode of Transportation

On a trip to Leh – Ladakh, the major cost comes out to be for taxis or transportation or fuel depending upon your mode of transport. Using public transport inside Leh – Ladakh is a challenge as frequency of such vehicles are very poor and based on their schedules you may require 18-20 days to complete the above trip 🙂 … So, in Leh – Ladakh, travellers mostly commute either by private hired taxis or shared taxis run by tour operators or by finding travels partners and sharing the cost with them or riding rented bikes or ultimately self-drive on their personal bikes or cars. All these options will present you different costing of the trip. Let’s look each one of them below to get an idea of the total cost for a Leh – Ladakh trip.

Self-Drive Private Vehicle

You will be traveling about 3300-3600 KMs for above Ladakh trip. So, if your bike gives mileage of about 30 KMPL on an average in hills + plains then you are looking for about Rs 8000 – 9000 for fuel roughly. Similarly, you can calculate if you are driving the car. Just keep in mind that in hills your car will give much lesser mileage than in plains. So, calculate accordingly and divide them among the people traveling in car to calculate per person cost. It is difficult to travel to Ladakh with a pillion on a bike, so cost is calculated singularly above.

Finally, taking food + accommodation into account, traveling to Ladakh by self-drive mode of transport, you are looking at about ((Rs 8000 – 9000) + (Rs 7000 – 10000) = (Rs 15000 – 19000)) as the total cost for the entire trip.

Self-Drive But Rented Vehicle

Here, cost of fuel would be same as for a self-drive private vehicle calculated above but you will be adding the cost of bike/car rent as well. Usually, you get a decent bike in good condition at around Rs 1000 – 1300 per day depending on the make and model of the bike you rent. So, the cost of rent only comes out to be around Rs 13000 – 17000 considering if you get some discount. Adding the fuel cost as calculated above, the cost here becomes approximately about Rs 21000 – 26000.

Finally, taking food + accommodation into account, traveling to Ladakh by self-drive rented bike mode of transport, you are looking at about ((Rs 21000 – 26000) + (Rs 7000 – 10000) = (Rs 28000 – 36000)) as the total cost for the entire trip. If you are interested to know more details or tips on how to hire the bikes in Manali / Leh, kindly check the link here.

Privately Hired Taxi in Leh

The taxis outside the Leh are not allowed to roam in Leh – Ladakh and you are always required to hire taxi that belongs to Leh only. So, I am considering the case when you will be hiring the private taxi in Leh only and to reach Leh you will be using public transport. It may be the case that you are coming in privately hired taxi from outside Leh or may be flying directly to Leh etc. but here I will assume that you have used public transport such as train to reach Jammu, JKSRTC buses to reach Srinagar and then to Leh, HPTDC buses to reach Manali from Leh and further to Delhi. Also, I will assume that on Day 12 you will be going to Leh from Tso Moriri since in public transport you cannot travel directly from Tso Moriri to Manali. This means one extra day being spent in Leh – Ladakh making it 15 day trip. I am again assuming you are 2 in number… I will break down the private taxi cost and other transport cost for the entire trip as below –

Day 1 – Day 4 (Leh – Jammu – Srinagar – Kargil – Leh) = Rs 2000 – 2500 per person
Day 5 (Leh Local) = Rs 1500 / 2 = Rs 750 per person
Day 6 – Day 7 (Leh – Khardung La – Nubra Valley – Leh) = Rs 6931 / 2 = Rs 3465 per person
Day 8 – Day 9 (Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh) = Rs 6757 / 2 = Rs 3378 per peson
Day 10 (Sham Valley) = (Rs 2000 – 2500) / 2 = Rs 1000 – 1250 per person
Day 11 – Day 12 (Leh – Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Leh) = Rs 9369 / 2 = Rs 4685 per person
Day 13 – Day 15 (Leh – Keylong – Manali – Delhi) = Rs 3200 per person

Considering about 10-12% discount on the rates of Leh Taxi Union after bargaining, total cost comes out approximately to be Rs 16500 – 17500 per person when traveling two in number. This cost per person will come down if there are more people traveling with you to a maximum of 6. Why 6? Because one Scorpio taxi can accommodate 6 persons with ease :), anything more than that you need to hire two taxis.

Finally, taking food + accommodation into account, traveling by privately hired taxi in Leh and reaching Leh in public/shared transport, you are looking at about ((Rs 16500 – 17500) + (Rs 7000 – 10000) = (Rs 23500 – 27500)) as the total cost for the entire trip including  1 day added to travel between Tso Moriri – Leh.

If by any chance you plan to hire a private taxi to Travel on Srinagar – Leh Highway and Manali – Leh Highway then the cost will go much more higher because charges for Srinagar – Leh and Manali – Leh in a private taxi are about Rs 10500 and Rs 17000 – 18000 respectively. If you are less in number, like 2 in this example, it is always suggested to travel in public transport such as shared taxi, JKSRTC buses, HPTDC buses on Srinagar – Leh and Manali – Leh Highways 🙂

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?

Shared Taxis or Public Transport or Travel Partners (in group)

Assuming that if, instead of hiring private taxi in Leh – Ladakh you plan to travel by shared taxis run by tour operators or join with other travel partners to share the cost or you yourself are about 6 in number then you are looking at about Rs 10000 – 11000 approximately. If you further plan to travel only by public buses then this figure as well will go down further considerably. However, at the same time you may be required to stay for longer period adjusting to the schedule of these public buses which means increase in lodging + food cost.

Finally, taking food + accommodation into account, traveling shared taxis (or public transport or along with travel partners) in Leh and reaching Leh in public/shared transport, you are looking at about ((Rs 10000 – 11000) + (Rs 7000 – 10000) = (Rs 17000 – 21000)) as the total cost for the entire trip.

Conclusion

If I look at above scenarios or example the of course, it may not be the case every time that you will be hiring the bike from Delhi only. There can be cases where you will travel to Leh – Ladakh by bus or public transport and then hire the bike in Leh to ride other places. Similarly, you may travel to Manali in public transport and then hire bike from Manali etc. There could be similar other cases as well like flying directly to Leh etc. I have tried to cover many general cases here and we can surely discuss custom cases in the comments section below, if you like. Otherwise, if you are looking them at individually and day by day then you will be able to calculate the cost estimate for any such custom combination with fair ease 🙂 …

I will look forward for your queries or doubts in the comments section below and to know your perspective/tips of cost analysis for Ladakh trip as well. Kindly share your valuable thoughts/feedback/inputs etc here with many other fellow travelers.

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  1. HI Sir This is Ahmed we are travelling in Aug last week. we will start from Delhi and our tour is for 10 to 12 days.
    1) From Delhi its good to start from Srinagar then Leh manali and all or we should start from Manali.
    2) We are 6 frnds and we want to hire taxi from Delhi to cover all the places how much will be total cost if we hire from Delhi to Srinagar Leh Manali and all and coming back to Delhi?
    3) Kindly suggest few places where we should go by bike coz we want to explore the places by bikes?
    4) What will be the approx. cost including Rental car, Bikes in few places, Budget hotels and meals for 12 days? places will Start from Delhi and cover Manali leh Ladakh Srinagar kargil and all places which we should go?
    5) Kindly suggest the best route map to cover max places which are worth and duration we should stay there?

    • I did reply to your other question in Travel Questions section? Still again,

      1. 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.

      2. For the leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2018 – 19 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. You can call the local drivers directly to connect with them and check the more comprehensive List of Taxi Drivers for Ladakh – Srinagar – Leh – Manali with recommendations/reviews for DoW community members.

      3. You can go all the places in Ladakh on bike but you should have experience of it.

  2. Dipto Dasgupta on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    We would be 3 members and want to hire a taxi from Leh for the full trip. We kept 2 more reserve days at Pangong,Tso-Moriri, which may help us overcome any hurdles during the journey.

    Request expert advice on tour plan, best taxi and accommodation details.

    # Date Trip
    1 2-Aug Leh Sightseeing (Night stay at Leh)
    2 3-Aug Leh- Nubra Valley via Khardungla pass (Night stay at Nubra Valley)
    3 4-Aug Nubra Valley- Pangong Tso Via shyok(Night stay at Pangong)
    4 5-Aug Pangong stay(Night stay at Pangong)
    5 6-Aug Pangong Tso -Tso Moriri(Night stay at Tso Moriri)
    6 7-Aug Tso Moriri Stay(Night stay at Tso Moriri)
    7 8-Aug Tso Moriri – Pang(Night stay at Pang)
    8 9-Aug Pang- Jispa(Night stay at Jispa)
    9 10-Aug Jispa- Keylong- Sarchu(Night stay at Sarchu)
    10 11-Aug Sarchu-Leh(Night stay at Leh)
    11 12-Aug Leh Sightseeing
    12 13-Aug Flight To Delhi

    • If you are directly reaching at Leh by flight, then sleep in Leh fo at least two days before going out to Nubra Valley. Once there your plan looks OK except instead of Pang, stay at Sarchu and do Sarchu – Shingo La near Darcha – Jispa to cover a new pass and then come back by Jispa to Pang or Sarchu and then to Leh.

      Also, you have so many days but missing Hanle in between. I believe you should spare a day for Hanle in between Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri

  3. MOUSMI DHANUKI on

    HI DHEERAJ,
    Can you check this itinerary-
    date – 28thjune to 7th july
    day 1 – flight ti leh from Mumbai
    rest for the day at leh
    day 2 rental bike
    leh- nubra
    day 3
    nubra- pangong
    day 4
    pangong to leh
    day 5
    local sightseeing at leh
    day 6
    leh – sarchu by rental car
    day 7
    sarchu – manali
    day 8
    exploring manali
    day 9
    manali – delhi
    day 10
    delhi to Mumbai flight

    we have only booked the stay at leh for day 1,
    do u think we need to book anything prior ?
    also is the itinerary okay ? our budget is around 35 k per person
    and we are total 4 people

    • You should move Day 5 as Day 2 and rest looks OK with me. No need to book the hotels unless you are very particular about a place to stay. 35K is very reasonable and doable budget for this kind of Ladakh trip. It should be below it.

  4. Hi Dheeraj, 

    Visiting Ladakh has always my dream and now when it is finally coming true, I have started exploring options to make it memorable. I have really liked your blogs since they are very informative. We are a group of 4 friends planning to finally go to Leh on 13th July and will return by 18th July. The travel is by air, since some of them had holiday issues. 

    Our itinerary is as follows (We have tried to follow the itinerary that you have suggested in one of your blog with minor tweaks):

    13th July – Morning flight – Leh – Rest and Acclimatization – visit shanti stupa

    14th July – Leh Local Sightseeing + Acclimatization – visit hall of fame, Pathar Sahib, Magnetic Hill, Spituk Monestry

    15th July – Leh – Khardung La – Deskit – Hunder 

    16th July – Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh  

    17th July – Leh – Chang La – Pangong Tso – Chang La – Leh

    18th July – Morning flight – Delhi

    We have done the hotel booking in Leh and are looking for accommodation in Nubra. 

    I have been in contact with many travel agents. I am getting a rate of 37K for a private car for the entire trip for site seeing, plus they are ready to give us 2 rooms with breakfast at Diskit.

    Is the rate given by travel agent fine or we can get better rates locally? What is your opinion? 

    • Harpreet, you should travel to Pangong tso directly from Nubra Valley as the road is fine now a days. For the leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2018 – 19 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. You can call the local drivers directly to connect with them and check the more comprehensive List of Taxi Drivers for Ladakh – Srinagar – Leh – Manali with recommendations/reviews for DoW community members.

      You should take the direct taxi instead of travel agent and book some hotels on your own.

  5. Aman Dhanuka on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    We are planning from Delhi-Chandigarh Self Driven(SUV Car) Leh-Ladhak Tour Via Manali-leh highway with group of 5-6 in July ending. Can you please help us with the car-rentals, itinerary, stays, other suggestions etc. What problems will we get if we hire a ZOOMCAR, MYLES ETC, for our travel…

    • 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.

      Alternatively, if you are one of those who want to get the whole package done through a single point of contact, you can also fill the form below and get in touch with one of our hand picked Destination Specialists to book your hotels, bikes or taxis at the special discounted prices for DoW Community members: Ladakh Hotels & Camps Booking Form.

      For the leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2018 – 19 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. You can call the local drivers directly to connect with them and check the more comprehensive List of Taxi Drivers for Ladakh – Srinagar – Leh – Manali with recommendations/reviews for DoW community members.

      At times, while going from Srinagar to Leh, you might need to work out few things if there have been some tensions in taxi unions of Kargil and Leh. In order to settle it out, what they do is that they make a transit point just before Fotu La while going to Leh from Kargil. All Leh taxis stop there and kargil taxis too. They exchange passengers and move back in respective directions. Leh taxis take passengers to Leh coming from Srinagar/Kargil and Kargil guys take passengers to Srinagar/kargil coming from Leh. But, that happens only when there is an issue.

      For the list of good restaurants in Leh – Ladakh or eateries or food joints where food is enjoyed by many travellers including me, you can check the link here: List of Good Restaurants in Leh – Ladakh | Restaurant Reviews

      Check the list of things to carry for Leh – Ladakh or other trip including basic medical kit, clothing, must haves etc. at the link here: List of Things to Carry for Leh – Ladakh trip.

      To know about AMS and acclimatization including the tips to combat AMS, please DO READ: Acute Mountain Sickness and Importance of Acclimatization

      For details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here

  6. Yogesh Baheti on

    Hi, Dheeraj

    I am planning for Manali – Leh , one way by bike and return flight. I would be travelling with my wife as a pillion rider. I am confused if i should go with a package tour or should i choose to go on our own. I am mainly concerned about the luggage to be carried on bike. Also, are there any chances of finding companions from manali if we dont book any package now. Please advise us.

    Thank you

  7. Prateek Chugh on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am big fan of DOW and i am following you from last 2 years.I am planning for a solo trip from delhi to leh-ladakh via my bike FZ150. I have never tried any road trip, this would be my first. I need your help regarding organizing my trip. I need to purchase everything from Riding jacket to boots and all the basic things which you have mentioned. would you also recommend any group which organize this trip without any money because i have a very small budget.

  8. Prateek Chugh on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning for a solo trip from delhi to leh-ladakh via my bike FZ150. I have never tried any road trip, this would be my first. I need your help regarding organizing my trip. I need to purchase everything from Riding jacket to boots and all the basic things which you have mentioned. would you also recommend any group which organize this trip without any money because i have a very small budget.

  9. Akash Baiju on

    Hey can u help me with something? I am planning a pillion ride to leh from kerala .. can i have a pillion ride to leh..? If yes can you give me a budget plan .. and useful tips as this is my first ride to leh.. waiting for your reply plz help

  10. Pinky Shah on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Your blog is really helpful! But, need your help on my itinerary and know the budget for the same. It’s a 9-day long trip which I am planning for Sep (including the day I reach Leh and the day I leave for my hometown). The itinerary is as follows:

    Day 1:In Leh. Planning for the next day.

    Day 2:Bike to Magneti Hills. Indus and Zanskar. Sunset at Shanti Stupa.

    Day 3:Drive in a taxi to Nubra valley through Khardung La. Evening at Hunder Dunes.

    Day 4: Diskit Monastery in morning. Pangong.

    Day 5:Back to Leh. Thicksey Monastery

    Day 6:Hemis, Stakna and Matho. Leh Palace and local Leh markets.

    Day 7:Tsomoriri Lake. Chumathang Plateau and hot springs.

    Day 8:Back to Leh. Relax with friends.

    Day 9:Leh to hometown.

    So, I want to know how much will I be spending per head if we plan to stay in an average hotel. Also, lemme know if I am missing out a place that I should go to in my itinerary.Thanks!

    • You will be spending around 25-40K for the taxi for above tour. and for a stay in average hotel + food, you can count for about Rs 1200 per day per person. Rest it will be your air tickets and extra you would like to spend on shopping.

      • Pinky Shah on

        Thanks for a quick response! However, you mean 25-40k we ll Just be spending on taxi only?

        Also, am I missing on any other place which I should visit but have not made it a part of Mubarak’s itinerary?

        • Hey Pinky,

          Yes, you will be spending that much money on taxi. As per the taxi union rates of year 2017-18 (https://devilonwheels.com/leh-ladakh-taxi-rates-2017-18/) following is the break up

          Srinagar – Leh in 2 days = 18400
          Leh Local sightseeing = 2500-3000
          Leh – Nubra Valley 2 Day = 10566
          Leh – Pangong Tso 2 Day = 10301
          Leh – Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Sarchu – Manali 2-3 days = 29056
          Leh – Manali 2 Days = 21588
          Leh – Pangong Tso 1 Day = 8653
          Leh – Nubra Valley 1 Day = 8053
          You can usually get about 10-15% discount on these taxi rates after getting in touch with the driver directly. You can call the local drivers directly to connect with them and check the more comprehensive List of Taxi Drivers for Ladakh – Srinagar – Leh – Manali with recommendations/reviews for DoW community members.

          You have covered most places. I will suggest that you cover Turtuk in Nubra Valley and club the monastery tour while coming back from Pangong Tso lake or going to tso Moriri. All those monasteries fall on the route.

      • Pinky Shah on

        Thanks for a quick response! Am I missing on any other place which I should visit but have not made it a part of the itinerary?

  11. Thedesika on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Me and my wife Swathi are avid followers are DOW and have been a great fans from past 3-4 years. Our family trip upto Keylong in 2015 and my bike trip to Ladakh circuit last year were successful greatly because of the info we got from DOW. We are planning family trip as per below schedule in 2018. In spite of so many posts on this topic, we still have questions and looking at you to guide us

    We would be 4-7 members and want to hire a taxi from Srinagar for the full trip. Is it possible to get a taxi from Srinagar and get a drop in Manali/Chandigarh? If yes, should we book taxi in advance? What would be approx taxi fare and cost of accomodation in 2018? We kept a day free at Srinagar to search and book Taxi for the trip. We kept three more reserve days at Leh,Nubra,Tso-Morori, which may help us overcome any hurdles during the journey.

    Request expert advice on tour plan, best taxi and accommodation details.

    #    Date       Trip
    1    23-May   Jammu – Srinagar
    2    24-May   Srinagar Local
    3    25-May   Srinagar – Kargil
    4    26-May   Kargil – Lamayuru, Leh
    5    27-May   Leh Local
    6    28-May   Leh-Hunder
    7    29-May   Hunder Local
    8    30-May   Hunder-Pangong ( We want to take Shyok route and don’t want to come back to Leh)
    9    31-May   Pangong – Tso Morori
    10  1-Jun     Stay at Tso-Morori
    11   2-Jun    Tso-Morori – Sarchu
    12   3-Jun    Sarchu-Manali
    13   4-Jun    Manali-Chandigarh

    • I am glad and honored to have such loyal readers from the past. Happy to know that DoW was always helpful in the need of hour 🙂 … You have to call up a Ladakh taxi for a pickup in Srinagar that will drop you Manali after covering whole of Ladakh. I will highly recommend to add two days:

      1. One in Nubra Valley for visiting Turtuk, may be use the same day kept for Hunder local to visit Turtuk
      2. One day between Pangong tso and Tso Moriri to break the journey between at Hanle, the most beautiful place in Ladakh

  12. Sunil nayak on

    4 pax.ex- manali or ex- srinagar to leh and other related places and back.10 days.may last week to June 1st week.including budget hotels.

    • If you are looking for competitive and customized Ladakh tour and packages, you can connect with [email protected] as most of the readers in the past five years have had very good feedback about them and especially their transparent policies along with being there with you all the time in need. So, we trust them the most. You can refer my name or DoW to Gaurav, the guy who runs it. He knows us very well and should be able to offer some special rates being a DoW Member. You can just refer him the DoW Community Member Username in such a case or screenshot/link of this reply here.

  13. Hi
    We wnt to go leh ladakh next year in may end from shrinagar to leh kargil and back from leh to manali.
    We are 20persons so i wnt to knw that how to complete this circle in 12 to 14 day and what is a cost for all trip . We take food with us.

    Thank you ..

    • 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 2017 – 18 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. You can call the local drivers directly to connect with them and check the more comprehensive List of Taxi Drivers for Ladakh – Srinagar – Leh – Manali with recommendations/reviews for DoW community members.

  14. Great website and has critical information for travelers. I will be going to Ladakh for a month from Mid August to Mid September. I was wondering what a cheap meal would cost in Leh, as I need to budget. If anyone can provide me some numbers would be really grateful.

      • Hello Dheeraj,
        Thank you for sharing this budget Itinerary… My wife and I are planning a trip to Ladakh this September 2017 and have followed this itinerary suggested by you with the only difference that we plan to fly in and out of Ladakh due to time constraints.. However, when we shared our plan with few of the drivers recommended by you, they have given us a price quotation much higher than what we expected according to this itinerary… As we are budget travelers, we were looking at a 8 day trip to Ladakh(5 days tour, 2 days complete rest) in mid range vehicle like Scorpio… Please find our itinerary below and can you kindly help us figure out what should be the total cost of our package (on traveling) according to you as we wish to negotiate further with them?

        17th September, Sunday: Day 1- early morning flight to Leh ; whole day rest

        18th September, Monday: Day 2- Sham Valley Tour (Magnetic Hill, Sangam at nimmu, Hall of Fame Museum, Spituk Monastery) with Likir monastery
        (if possible will add Lamayuru to the list)

        19th September, Tuesday: Day 3- Leh Local Sightseeing (Shanti Stupa, Stok Palace, Leh Palace, Leh Market)

        20th September, Wednesday: Day 4- Nubra valley and back (Khardung La, only Hunder and Deksit Monastery) and back to leh

        21st September, Thursday: Day 5- Rest for full day or Hemis, Thiksey and Shey Monastery

        22nd Spetember, Friday: Day 6- Pangong Lake , back to leh

        23rd September, Saturday: Day 7 – Tso Moriri and Tso Kar, back to leh

        24th September, Sunday Day 8- flight to delhi

        Awaiting your reply eagerly,
        Best Regards,
        Varun

        • As per the taxi union rates of year 2017-18 (https://devilonwheels.com/leh-ladakh-taxi-rates-2017-18/) following is the break up
          Srinagar – Leh in 2 days = 18400
          Leh Local sightseeing = 2500-3000
          Leh – Nubra Valley 2 Day = 10566
          Leh – Pangong Tso 2 Day = 10301
          Leh – Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Sarchu – Manali 2-3 days = 29056
          Leh – Manali 2 Days = 21588
          Leh – Pangong Tso 1 Day = 8653
          Leh – Nubra Valley 1 Day = 8053
          You can usually get about 10-15% discount on these taxi rates after getting in touch with the driver directly. You can call the local drivers directly to connect with them and check the more comprehensive List of Taxi Drivers for Ladakh – Srinagar – Leh – Manali with recommendations/reviews for DoW community members.

          Do two day trip to Nubra Valley and Pangong tso each. You are a 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 the 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

  15. Hi Dheeraj,

    I’ve been going through your articles and they are extremely informative.

    I’m planning a trip across India with my friend who’s a US citizen starting first week of October which looks something like this. I need your inputs because you have so much experience.

    Delhi-Leh-Sringar-Guwahati-Shillong-Cherrapunji-Guwahati-Bangalore-Puducherry-Kanyakumari-Kerela-Karnataka-Goa-Mumbai-Udaipur-Jaisalmer-Amritsar-Delhi

    All this has to be done in 28 days. Plus it’s a budget trip Rs 75K for the complete trip.

    Now, I’m planning to be in Leh for 6 days maximum. For this, I was thinking of flying to Leh (Rs 3000 per person), renting a bike there and spending 4 days in Leh (Nubra Valley and Pangong and acclimatization, Rs 8-10k for 2 people) and then taking a bus ride to Srinagar (2 days – Rs 1500) and flying to Guwahati from Srinagar. Will there be buses plying in the first week of October and also, do we get to see everything in a bus ride?

    I was thinking of flying to Srinagar first and renting a bike from Srinagar to Srinagar but that would throw off the budget completely and also I don’t think I can fit that in 6-7 days. What do you think about it? Do you have any suggestions or comments? And what about the permits since their is a foreign national with me?

    Also I’m flying from Srinagar because there is a huge difference between flights to Guwahati from Leh and Srinagar.

    Looking forward to your reply.

    Thanks in advance
    Sahil

    • Hey Sahil,

      1. You need at least two days of acclimatization in Leh after flying, then two day each for Nubra and Pangong Tso and then two day to reach Srinagar. This makes it 8 days. The buses will keep plying on Leh to Srinagar route in first week of October. Don’t go to Srinagar and to Leh, best is to go to Leh and then drive to Srinagar for renting bikes.

  16. Hi,
    Myself and a friend if mine are planning for ladakh bike trip in september. We are planning to bring our bullets to delhi and start riding from there. I would like to go throught srinagar and come back from manali. We are riding for the first time to ladakh, so i would like to go without packages, need to know whether it is advisable to go without packages. I have seen this from one of the forums(New delhi, amritsar, wagah border, srinagar, kargil, padum, kargil, leh, khardung la, turtuk, leh, karu, changla, pangong tso, chushuk, tangtse, karu, tso moriri, pang, sarchu, keylong, manali, ambala, new delhi) please advice main places of attraction in this route,
    To complete the following areas how much days are reccomended ? Where all should we take a halt at night ?
    Please provide us an itinerary. In case if the route i have written here is not a good option.. You could suggest me with some better options

  17. HI Team,

    please advice me.. we are a team of 10 members from hyderabad we are willing to travel to leh-ladak on the dates from august 11-15th would that be possible time to visit it and can you tell me the expenditure for 4days.

  18. Manish Sharma on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Firstly, thanks for being so wonderfully helpful to all leh-ladakh aspires, hard to find someone with so much enthusiasm, numerous answers to tonnes of queries, wow. finally its my turn…BTW, i have taken lot of notes from your posts on Acclimatization and Acute Mountain Sickness.

    I along with 5 other friends are travelling to Leh via Manali in Aug.(11th Aug to 19th Aug) i.e. we will land in chandigarh on 11th evening. Honestly speaking, that is the only plan finalized till now. there is whole lot of confusion over whether to take bike or hire cab. confusion majorly is over whether we will be able to cover up the entire tour on bike as none of us has done beyond 100kms at one stretch on bike. Thus, everyone is considering cab that atleast we will be able to atleast complete tour on time. I personally along with one other friend is keen on doing it on bike, hope the weather remains firm….also, I hope 9 days will be enough, still googling around lot of itinerary to ensure tour ends on time.

    Thanks..

    • It will take 4 days to reach Leh from Srinagar side starting from Delhi with stop overs at Jammu, Srinagar, Kargil and 3 days to come back from Leh from Manali side to Delhi with stopovers at Sarchu, Manali. This makes it 7 days. 1 Day is required in Leh for acclimatization.

      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. You can fit in plan I suggested in above para in this plan

  19. Hi dhreraj
    I’m Huda, I have plan solo trip ladhak from 10 to 20 August 2017 aprox 9 days
    Night I will arrive to new dehli and flight to leh 11 August 2017 if 1 day is required for acclimatization in Leh is enough??
    i wanna to go pangong lake, nubra valley tso moriri

    help me to describe how long need to acclimatization in there???

    thanks..

    • Plan itin start form i got 8 days from leh
      New Dehli – Leh By Air
      ekslpore Leh (pangong lake, nubra valley, tso moriri) By Public Tranportation
      Back to New Dehli via (Manali or srinagar) by Public Tranportation (By Bus)

      help me to suggest my itinary

    • Hi Huda,

      You can plan the trip as below assuming you will be taking the fly in to Leh and fly out of Leh options:

      Day 1 | Delhi – Leh (By Flight)
      — Checkin at Hotel. Many hotels provide free pick and drop from Airport. Ask while you book them.
      — Take ample of rest as well as water or anything that keep your body hydrated enough. DO NOT OVER HYDRATE. Take ORS Soluted water or ORS – L tetra packs from home.
      — Do not over exert your body at any cost. Avoid too much up-down on stairs or avoid it in entirety, if possible.
      — After 5-6 Hrs of rest you can visit Leh Palace, Local Leh market, Shankar Gompa .
      — If you feel exerted go back to Hotel, have dinner at Hotel and take rest. Avoid any exertion. Else continue and,
      — Follow the sunset by stroll at Changspa road and have a nice dinner on varied cuisines offered in-around Changspa road.
      — Go back to hotel for overnight stay at Leh.
       
      Day 2 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Acclimatization
      — Hire a taxi from Leh taxi stand or Hotel whichever suits you.
      — Bargain hard with taxi driver. Book that single taxi for entire trip after explaining the complete plan.
      — Take his inputs if you feel reasonable and if required modify the plan accordingly but should suits you best.
      — Ask him to be with you guys starting first day itself, if required and charged reasonable else do it at your own.
      — Again DO NOT over exert and take little steps and slow walks only.
      — If feeling OK then do Local sightseeing. To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
      — Do not use stairs at any of these places just to see them as it will exert your body much more.
      — Overnight at Leh
       
      Day 3 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
      — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      — Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari
       
      Day 4 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      — Overnight at Leh
       
      Day 5 | Leh – Hemis Monastery – Pangong Tso Lake
      — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on the go towards Pangong Tso
      — Overnight at Pangong Tso (Spangmik or Lukung)
       
      Day 6 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
      — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 7 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
      — Cover Karzok Monastery
      — Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri
       
      Day 8 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Taglang La – Upshi – Leh
      — Come back via Tso Kar and Manali – Leh Highway to Leh
      — Overnight at Leh

      • OR

        Day 7 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
        — Cover Karzok Monastery
        — Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri
         
        Day 8 | 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 9 | Pang / Sarchu – Baralacha La – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
        — On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
        — Overnight at Manali

        • Nuke Huda Setiawan on

          Waw… Thanks very much

          but on Day 7 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
          — Cover Karzok Monastery
          — Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri

          any public tranportation go there because just 10th 20th n 30tn bus go to there??

          this is day from day my itinary adjust schedule public tranportation go there

          9 Tuesday flight to Delhi
          10 Wednesday Flight to leh rest
          11 Thursday leh to Hunder/Diskit
          12 Friday Hunder/Diskit to Leh
          13 Saturday Leh to Pangong Tso (There is a bus to Pangong from Leh every Saturday)
          14 Monday Pangong Tso to Leh (The bus from Saturday returns on Sunday)
          15 Sunday Leh to Kargil
          16 Tuesday Kargil to Srinagar
          17 Wednesday Srinagar to dehli
          18 Thursday Delhi ke KL

        • I wil suggest two days of complete rest after landing Leh and then move to Nubra and Pangong Tso. Also, you should rely on shared taxis and not on buses for Nubra and Pangong tso unless the bus is available when you are traveling to Pangong Tso.

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