Those who are looking forward to traveling to Leh from Manali by bus, HRTC Delhi Leh bus will start from today 7th June 2017. The bus covers the journey from Delhi to Manali and then over 474 KM long Manali – Leh Highway in two days with an overnight halt at Keylong. The whole journey of Delhi – Manali – Keylong – Leh of about 1050 KMs takes about 30 hrs of travel on road over the two days. This bus service will continue to run till October month when the snowfall starts at high mountain passes and Manali – Leh road gets closed. The fare of the HRTC Delhi – Manali – Leh bus service is Rs 1380. Tickets for HRTC Delhi Manali Leh bus can be booked from official website of HRTC OR at the counter of HRTC at Delhi, Kashmere Gate ISBT terminal.
Timings of HRTC Delhi Leh Bus Service
- The bus starts from Delhi at 2.30 PM and reaches Chandigarh Sec 43 bus stand at 8.30 PM. From Chandigarh, the bus starts for Kullu and reach Kullu in the morning around 5.30 AM. Finally, it goes over Manali – Rohtang Pass road from Kullu and reaches Keylong around 2 PM for the overnight stay. Next morning, the bus leaves from Keylong at 5 AM and reaches Leh by sunset.
- In the opposite direction, the HRTC bus starts from Leh at 5 AM and reaches Keylong by sunset for an overnight stay. Next morning, it starts from Keylong at 6.30 AM to reach Delhi by 3.30 AM in the night.
Well, this Delhi – Leh HRTC bus runs over the ultra scenic Manali – Leh. But, unlike HPTDC bus, the HRTC Delhi – Manali – Leh bus do not stop over at the tourist’s locations. The bus covers the journey of Manali – Leh highway passing over five high altitude passes viz. Baralacha La, Rohtang Pass, Nakee La, Lachulung La, Taglang La. The bus also stop over at various dhabas on the route to have tea/snacks. This allows you as a tourist to enjoy the beauty of Manali – Leh Highway and take pictures on the way as well at these stops.
It is always suggested to travel prepared with at least one heavy jacket and one light jacket over Manali – Leh route along with other woolens and essential things to carry on Ladakh trip. If you are relying on buses only for your Ladakh trip, well you can check my article on Rates & Timetable of Bus Services in Leh – Ladakh
The tourist specific HPTDC semi deluxe bus service that runs on Manali – Leh Highway will also start its services from 1st July 2017. Tourists can book the HPTDC bus from HPTDC website. The fare for HPTDC bus from Manali to Leh is Rs 2900 and includes overnight stay at Keylong with dinner.
In the end like I always say, AMS is the key for any trip to Ladakh and going from Manali to Leh, one has to suffer mild to moderate AMS symptoms of AMS. Hence, do read about some tips on combating AMS in the article: Acute Mountain Sickness and Importance of Acclimatization
Photo Credits: HRTC Official Website