Leh Ladakh Bus Services – Rates & Timetable

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There are many of us who are looking for a budget trip to Leh Ladakh but one of the major challenges in making a budget trip to Leh Ladakh is the cost at which taxis are available. So, in order to cut short the budget, we look forward to Leh Ladakh bus services or other means of transport shared transport like shared taxis to save more money.

Looking for Leh Ladakh bus services timetable?
Looking for Leh Ladakh bus services timetable?

Before I share the information about the bus services in Leh Ladakh, let us check out what other options you have to travel in Ladakh apart from the buses.

Shared Taxis in Ladakh

If you are a solo traveler, then private taxis are very costly in Ladakh, but you will be able to find the shared taxi without much fuss at all, mostly. There are lots of flyers that people put at cafes, dine-ins, restaurants, travel agent desks/shops/whiteboards wanting to share the taxis for different trips within Ladakh.

Even travel agents organize such a 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 and look forward to meeting new people and share cultural thoughts and values over the trip. Nowhere else in the world you will find more smiling and helpful people as Ladakhis are 🙂

Time to pose at Pangong Tso lake
Time to pose at Pangong Tso lake

Leh Ladakh Bus Services

If the shared taxi is not your cup of tea, then, in that case, the bus services in Leh Ladakh are the only means of commute left for you. Lately, I was able to get hold of the timetable of bus services in Ladakh.

In a nutshell, today in this article I will be sharing the details of various bus services available in Leh Ladakh. You can opt for these buses in case either you are looking to save budget and not interested in shared taxis OR if you are looking for an adventure of a different kind in a local way 🙂 🙂 …

Yeah, believe me, traveling in Leh – Ladakh by bus or public transport is an entirely different experience. It gives you the local perspective of life.

I will share with you complete details about the rates and timetable of bus services in Leh Ladakh. Apart from the buses within Leh Ladakh, I will also cover buses running on the Manali Leh route and Srinagar Leh bus services too. Recently, HRTC started a direct bus service on Delhi – Manali – Leh route.

I am sure the details in this article will help you plan your trip to Ladakh by public transport.

Leh Ladakh Bus Services
Leh Ladakh Bus Services

Local Bus Services in Leh Town

In a welcoming step from Leh administration in 2018, public transport in Leh (as daily public transport buses) has been launched within Leh town. Leh administration has launched buses to operate between Leh and various nearby villages around Leh.

What makes this s special is that now Leh town will be connected with Leh airport by daily buses, which means that you no longer have to rely on just a taxi service for a pickup and drop. These buses will save budget travelers close to Rs 1000 on their Ladakh trip 🙂 …

In other cases, tourists, in general, used to rent scooty or bikes to travel within Leh for visiting tourist attractions around Leh town. Some tourists also opt for private taxis for the commute but they are a bit costly.

If you have been to Ladakh, you might know that the majority of transport within Ladakh is dependent upon private tourists taxis which are costly and for some travelers, it makes it difficult to have a trip to Ladakh on a budget.

Taxis plying in winters in Ladakh
Taxis plying in winters in Ladakh

Public Transport in Leh – Bus Timetable

The introduction of these bus services in Leh will help many tourists save costs, especially from the airport, moving around Leh, a visit to Phyang or Choglamsar or Spituk monasteries. Some of the bus routes also cover the Shey monastery, Thiksey monastery, Hemis monastery, and Stakna monastery, which are quite popular among the tourist circuits.

All these buses will depart from the Leh main gate and end up on the same location except the ones running between Tourist Information Center and Airport. Well, as the bus will drop the tourists to the Tourist Information Center, it will be easy for the tourists to get the online permit stamped immediately and fees paid for their inner line permits.

You can find below the routes from Leh to nearby villages for which has been started this year.

  • Bus from Leh to Sakti (via Shey – Thicksey) –
    1. 8.15 AM Departure, 9.45 AM Arrival
    2. 1.30 PM Departure, 2.30 PM Arrival
    3. 2.30 PM Departure, 3.30 PM Arrival
    4. 3.30 PM Departure, 4.30 PM Arrival
    5. 4.30 PM Departure, 5.30 PM Arrival
  • Bus from Sakti to Leh (via Shey – Thicksey) – 8.30 AM Departure, 9.30 AM Arrival
  • Bus from Karu to Leh (via Shey – Thicksey) – 8.30 AM Departure, 9.30 AM Arrival
  • Bus from Cemday to Leh (via Shey – Thicksey) – 8.30 AM Departure, 9.30 AM Arrival
  • Bus from Igoo to Leh (via Shey – Thicksey) – 8.30 AM Departure, 9.30 AM Arrival
  • Bus from Leh to Stakna (via Chuchot) – 4.30 PM Departure, 5.30 PM Arrival
  • Bus from Stakna to Leh (via Chuchot) – 8.45 AM Departure, 9.45 AM Arrival
  • Bus from Leh to Martselang (via Changa and Hemis) – 8.30 AM Departure, 9.30 AM Arrival
  • Bus from Martselang (via Changa and Hemis) to Leh – 4.30 PM Departure, 5.30 PM Arrival
  • Bus from Choglamsar to Leh (frequency every 10 minutes) – 8.30 AM Departure, 8.50 AM Arrival
  • Bus from Leh to Choglamsar (frequency every 10 minutes, last bus 8.00 PM) – 9.00 AM Departure, 9.20 AM Arrival
  • Bus from Leh to Shara (via Shey – Thicksey) – 8.30 AM Departure, 9.45 AM Arrival
  • Bus from Leh to Spituk (frequency every one hour, last bus 6 PM) – 8.30 AM Departure, 9.00 AM Arrival
  • Bus from Spituk to Leh (frequency every one hour, last bus 6 PM) – 9.00 AM Departure, 9.30 AM Arrival
  • Bus from Leh to Phyang –
    1. 9.00 AM Departure, 9.30 AM Arrival
    2. 2.30 PM Departure, 3.00 PM Arrival
    3. 4.30 PM Departure, 5.00 PM Arrival
  • Bus from Phyang to Leh –
    1. 8.00 AM Departure, 8.30 AM Arrival
    2. 4.15 PM Departure, 4.45 PM Arrival
  • Bus from Leh to Agling (frequency every one hour, last bus 6 PM) – 8.30 AM Departure, 9.00 AM Arrival
  • Bus from Agling to Leh (frequency every one hour, last bus 6 PM) – 9.00 AM Departure, 9.30 AM Arrival
  • Bus from Leh to Skalzangling (frequency every 15 minutes, last bus 8 PM) – 8.30 AM Departure, 8.45 AM Arrival
  • Bus from Skalzangling to Leh (frequency every 15 minutes, last bus 8 PM) – 8.45 AM Departure, 9.00 AM Arrival
  • Bus from Leh to Gompa and back –
    1. 8.45 AM Departure, 9.15 AM Arrival
    2. 4.30 PM Departure, 5.00 PM Arrival
  • Bus from Tourist Information Center to Leh Airport and back –
    1. 6.00 AM Departure, 6.15 AM Arrival
    2. 6.30 AM Departure, 6.45 AM Arrival
Public Transport in Leh - Bus Timetable
Public Transport in Leh – Bus Timetable

Leh – Nubra Valley Bus Services

Nubra Valley is well connected to Leh by buses and other public transport. Many buses run from Leh to many villages of Nubra Valley including Diskit, Turtuk, Panamik, Skuroo, Charsa, etc..

Even within Nubra Valley, Diskit village is also well connected from both the ends of the valley that is Diskit to Panamik and Diskit to Turtuk.

Sightseeing in Nubra Valley is divided into two parts, one section has Diskit – Hunder – Turtuk on one side and the other section has Sumur – Panamik villages.

Leh – Diskit – Hunder – Turtuk Bus Services

Bus from Leh to Diskit, Nubra Valley leaves at 6.00 AM every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The bus from Diskit to Leh returns the next day and leaves from Diskit at 7.00 AM in the morning.

Then, a starts from Leh to Skuroo at 6 AM every Tuesday and Thursday, which is a bit ahead of Thoise. Hence, if you want to stay at Hunder, you can travel by this bus because it will fall on the way from Diskit to Skuroo.

Finally, on this side of Nubra Valley, one bus goes to Turtuk from Leh every Saturday at 6 AM from Leh bus stand.

Leh – Sumur – Panamik Bus Services

If I talk about the other side of the Nubra Valley, the bus from Leh to Panamik leaves every Tuesday from Leh bus stand. You can get down at Sumur if you are interested in visiting Sumur else go all the way up to Panamik.

Finally, one bus runs between Leh and Charsa village which is a little ahead of Sumur every Saturday. This bus leaves Leh bus stand at 6 AM.

Diskit – Turtuk & Diskit – Panamik

There is a daily bus that runs from Diskit to Turtuk at 2.30 PM, and then the same bus returns to Diskit from Turtuk at 6.00 AM. The daily bus from Panamik to Diskit runs every day at 7.30 AM.

Bus Fares | Leh – Nubra Valley Buses

  • The one-way bus fare for Leh to Diskit bus service costs about Rs 197.
  • The one-way bus fare for Leh to Skuroo bus service costs about Rs 256.
  • The one-way bus fare for Leh to Turtuk bus service costs about Rs 316.
  • The one-way bus fare for Leh to Charsa bus service costs about Rs 280.
  • The one-way bus fare for Leh to Panamik bus service costs about Rs 287.
  • The one-way bus fare for Panamik – Diskit bus service is about Rs 75
  • The one-way bus fare for Turtuk – Diskit bus service is about Rs 80

You can refer the detailed guide on Leh to Nubra Valley Bus Service – Timings, Rates & FAQs

Leh Town at Night
Leh Town at Night

Leh – Pangong Tso Bus Services

There are only a couple of buses that run between Leh and Pangong Tso. The buses from Leh to Pangong Tso starts every Saturday and Sunday at 6.30 AM from Leh bus stand. The one-way bus fare from Leh to Pangong Tso is Rs 256.

This means that only two buses are available in a week to travel from Leh to Pangong Tso by bus. So, plan your trip to Pangong Tso lake on these dates only in case you are interested in traveling by bus from Leh to Pangong.

Some buses travel to nearby villages of Pangong Tso like Tangtse, about 34 km away from Lukung. Then there is another bus that travels to Phobrang, and you can get down at Lukung on that bus. Lukung is the first village that comes on the Pangong Tso shore.

Finally, some buses make a trip to Chusul from Leh, which you can board as well. You will have to get down at Tangtse and then cover the rest of the journey to Pangong Tso by hitchhiking.

So, there is limited connectivity of buses from Leh to Pangong Tso in a week and you have to match the schedule accordingly.

You can refer the detailed guide on Leh to Pangong Tso Bus Service – Timings, Rates & FAQs

That lonely ride at Pangong Tso
That lonely ride at Pangong Tso

Leh – Tso Moriri Bus Services

Bus from Leh to Tso Moriri leaves at 6.30 AM every 10th, 20th and 30th day of the month, return the next day. The charges are about Rs 370.

When it comes to traveling to Tso Moriri from Leh, the options are very limited in a month. Only three buses in a month run from Leh to Tso Moriri every 10th, 20th, and 30th day of the month. The Leh to Tso Moriri bus leaves at 6.30 AM on these dates from Leh bus stand.

So, you are pretty much tied down when it comes to traveling to Tso Moriri by public transport.

The bus fare of Leh to Tso Moriri bus service is Rs 370.

If you miss the bus to Tso Moriri from Leh or the bus dates are not matching your schedule, few buses run from Leh to Chumathang, Koyul, Tsaga, Loma. You can travel to either Chumathang or get down at Mahe ridge on the buses going towards Loma, Nyoma, or Hanle. Then hitchhike from Chumathang or Mahe to Tso Moriri.

You can refer the detailed guide on Leh to Tso Moriri Bus Service – Timings, Rates & FAQs

Leh – Hanle Bus Services

Bus from Leh to Hanle leaves at 6.30 AM every Saturday and returns the next day from Hanle to Leh. The charges are about Rs 492. There is also a bus that travels to Koyul, you can get down near Rhongo or Loma bend and then travel to Hanle by hitchhiking.

Hanle Monastery at Sunset
Hanle Monastery at Sunset

Srinagar Leh Bus Services

Srinagar Leh route is well connected by bus services and public transport in Ladakh. JKSRTC runs some of these buses, and private tour operators run some. The shared local taxis are also an option to travel between Srinagar and Leh.

These buses are deluxe, semi-deluxe with cushioned seats and standard buses. So, you can see that quite a few options exist on this major route connecting Ladakh with Srinagar.

You can get the bus from Srinagar at the Tourist reception center near Dal lake at 8 AM every day. The bus will halt ar Kargil and will reach Leh next evening. The Kargil stay is not included in the bus fare and has to be managed by yourself.

The super deluxe bus from Srinagar to Leh charges around Rs 1320 per person and semi-deluxe bus fare is Rs 925 per person from Srinagar to Leh. If you prefer to travel by a standard bus from Srinagar to Leh, the bus fare is Rs 470. You can also split the journey at Kargil and then take Kargil to Leh bus service the next day.

Leh Srinagar Bus – Return Journey

The return journey of Leh to Srinagar bus service starts at 2.30 PM every day from Leh bus stand. It does the 434 KM long journey on Srinagar Leh Highway without night stop to arrive in Srinagar at 7.30 AM.

The private bus operators who run tempo travelers and other mini-buses between Leh and Srinagar charges between Rs 1000-1500. They start in the evening and run overnight to reach Srinagar the next day. The mini-buses provides good comfort because of the cushioned seats.

In the early season, the timings of the buses will be dependent on the timings of Zojila pass.

You can refer the detailed guide on Srinagar to Leh Bus Service – Timings, Rates & FAQs

Truck losing itself at Srinagar Leh Highway
Truck losing itself at Srinagar Leh Highway

Jammu Leh Bus Services

You should be aware that there does not exist any direct bus from Jammu to Leh. So, you have to reach Srinagar first and then travel from Srinagar to Leh. However, in this article, I can provide the details of Jammu to Srinagar by bus.

Jammu – Srinagar Bus Service

The public transport buses from Jammu to Srinagar leave at 7 AM from JKSRTC stand which is located nearby Tourist Reception Center at Residency road. The bus running from Srinagar to Jammu also leaves at 7 AM in the morning.

The Jammu – Srinagar bus takes about 10-11 hrs to reach depending upon the traffic situation and any roadblocks on the way

The bus fare of Jammu – Srinagar bus service is Rs 445, Rs 325 and Rs 220 for super deluxe, deluxe and standard buses respectively.

If you plan to stay overnight at Jammu, it is better to stay near Residency road only. The auto-rickshaws will take about Rs 70-80 to take you to the TRC or JKSRTC counter in the morning.

Bus Services from Manali to Leh to Manali

There are two types of buses that run on Manali Leh Highway by govt. department. One bus service is run by HRTC (transport department) and the other bus service from Leh to Manali is run by HPTDC (tourist department).

The HRTC bus service starts as soon as the Manali Leh Highway is opened for tourists. While HPTDC semi-deluxe bus from Manali to Leh starts in July and runs up to 15th September.

As per the departments, the HPTDC being a tourist bus stops at all sightseeing places on Manali Leh Highway while the HRTC bus will stop only for tea or food stops.

When you ride alone on Manali Leh Highway
When you ride alone on Manali Leh Highway

Manali Leh HPTDC Bus Service

The semi-deluxe HPTDC bus starts from Manali at 10.00 AM and reaches Keylong in the evening around 4-5 PM. The bus will then begin the journey from Keylong to Leh 4-5 AM in the morning and reaches Leh by late evening. Every year HPTDC publishes the schedule of Manali Leh bus service on its official website.

In the opposite direction, the bus starts from Leh at 5 AM, reaches Keylong at 7 PM. Then the bus leaves Keylong at 7 AM and reaches Manali by afternoon.

The total fare of the HPTDC semi-deluxe bus from Manali to Leh with an overnight stop at Keylong is Rs 2900 (as of 2018). The bus includes a night stay at HPTDC Hotel Chandrabhaga in tents. Dinner and breakfast are also provided within the fare of the bus.

You can book the bus tickets from the official website of HPTDC.

HRTC Bus Service from Manali to Leh

HRTC runs two buses between Manali and Leh. One is the direct bus that starts from Manali and reaches Leh by evening, covering the journey in 17 hrs. You can take this direct bus from Manali to Leh from Manali bus stand.

This bus leaves at 4 AM from Manali and reaches Leh in the late evening. The one-way fare of this direct bus service from Manali to Leh is Rs 833.

You can also take the bus from Manali to Keylong, which leaves at 8 AM from Manali and reaches Keylong at 2 PM. Next morning you can travel from Keylong to Leh by another HRTC bus that leaves at 5.00 AM from Keylong.

The Manali – Keylong bus fare is about Rs 174 and for Keylong – Leh bus service, you may have to pay Rs 550.

You can refer the detailed guide on Manali to Leh Bus Service – Timings, Rates & FAQs

Colors of Diskit Monastery, Nubra Valley
Colors of Diskit Monastery, Nubra Valley

Delhi – Leh Bus Service

HRTC runs a daily direct bus from Delhi to Leh that starts from Kashmere Gate every day around 2-4 PM (2.30 PM as of now). The total distance of 1050 KM from Delhi to Leh is covered by this direct bus in about 35 odd hrs over two days. The bus takes the night halt at Keylong.

The bus reaches Keylong in the late afternoon the next day from its start in Delhi. Like other HRTC buses from Manali to Leh, this bus does not bear your stay and food prices at Keylong. You have to search for your hotel and find food for you for night and morning. The next morning, the bus leaves 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. The next morning, it starts from Keylong at 6.30 AM to reach Delhi by 3.30 AM in the night.

The total bus fare for Delhi to Leh direct bus service is Rs 1380. Hence, a return journey in this direct HRTC bus service from Delhi to Leh and Leh to Delhi will cost you Rs 2760.

You can book the tickets for this direct bus from Delhi to Leh at the HRTC ticket counter at Delhi, Kashmere Gate ISBT terminal. You can only purchase these tickets from the ticket counter at Delhi or Leh bus stand.

Private Taxis in Leh – Ladakh

You can check the Leh Ladakh taxi union rate list 2020 – 21 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh. The rates of the taxis are pretty costly. However, you can get about 12-15% discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on the 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 traveling from Srinagar to Leh, you might need to work out a few things if there have been some tensions in the taxi unions of Kargil and Leh. 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.

Local Taxi in Ladakh
Local Taxi in Ladakh

Conclusion

I am sure this article will help you make a trip to Leh Ladakh by bus and plan your sightseeing in Ladakh by bus services or public transport.

This will help you save money on the Ladakh trip and also help you get a different kind of adventure and experience altogether. It is like living the life of a local in Ladakh.

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  2. parvez khan on

    Hi sir
    I m very thankful to u..most of my ladakh trip is planned by your articles..
    Is it safe to travel delhi to leh via manali by hrtc bus?? Is there more chances of getting hit by AMS??
    Is it necessary to stay in leh for acclimazation??As i m going to lower altitude nubra valley??
    Can i stay in leh monasteries for few days if it is necessary to stay in leh for acclimazation??
    I m only 19 year old boy going to seculded monasteries for sprituality purposes..may be diksit monastery..
    Sir please please help me as i m reliable to ur help..thanksss

  3. Dheeraj SIr,
    1) Is there any volvo seating /sleeper coaches between Srinagar and Leh?
    2) Is there any volvo bus betweeen Katra and Srinagar?

    • No, there is no volvo of sleeper buses between Srinagar and Leh neither I know about any service between Katra and srinagar of a volvo

  4. Chinmay Y. Kale. on

    thank you very much dheeraj sir for this detailed information. it would be very helpful to us on our trek expedition to stok kangri. sir, can you please guide us about where can we able to get good rooms in leh at low/reasonable cost?

    • 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

  5. Shrikar Kalagi on

    We are leaving from Manali to Leh on 6th August in a group of 6. The taxi guy is telling 18k with halt in Keylong for innova. Is there any other cheaper way to reach leh other then HPTDC bus.? Please let me know about share taxi and any other options.

    Thanks in advance
    Shrikar

  6. Hi,
    I want Delux bus ticket for 4 person (Deluxe bus charges about 1058 per person) from srinagar to ley..29.06.2016..I am from kolkata. so where can i get this ticket now.
    Please guide me.

    Regards
    Tapas

  7. Dheeraj sir thanks for the great article.I am planing to go from Patiala to LehLadakh.please suggest following head goings.
    How to save money of travelling and livind and eating drinking etc?
    How to arrange Taxi on sharing basis from Patiala/ Rajpura/ Chandigarh?
    Is there any bus service from station nearby Patiala?
    Where should be the first destination and what are other main places to be covered from 25 June to to 2 July?
    What types of clothes are required?
    What precautions are to be followed?
    What do you want to tell from your side?

  8. Hello dheeraj G
    Gud Eve. I am highly obliged for such a wonderful and knowledge able blog. I wanna know if it would be OK or easy if M planning my journey to pangong from Jammu on 13 July 2016 and ending back to Jammu on 19 July nite 9 PM. Plz suggest. I wl travel from Jammu to Srinagar 9:30 am and reach in Eve Srinagar on 13 July.
    Then 14 morning start @ 6:00 am from Srinagar to leh by car with a nite halt.
    Then 15 July morning start early from leh to pangong and a nite halt @ pangong.
    Then 16 July morning returning from pangong to leh and stay at kargil.
    Then 17 July morning return to Srinagar. And 19 morning Srinagar to jammu. Our train is in nite on 19 July 9:00 p.M.

    So could u please tell me am I going rite or no

    • Robil, you o not have enough days to Pangong Tso trip. It takes 3 days to reach Leh from Jammu and 3 days to come back. One day acclimatization is required in Leh

  9. Hi Dheeraj,

    It’s really amazing blog and provides a good information. I’m planning for solo trip to cover Manali-Leh-Manali in August. I’ve 10 days in my hand. So, having 10 days, is it possible to stop (twice) in the middle of the journey(At any of the places) and stay there for 1 or 2 days and catch the bus on next odd/even day. Can I get accommodation or can I camp on my own?

    Thanks in advance

    • 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. You have about 10 days. 1 Day can be used as Day trip to Pangong Tso and other day can be used as day trip to Nubra Valley or just Khardung La pass.

      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

  10. hii

    We will be leaving leh on 6 July via bus to reach Manali. Then from Manali to chandigarh and we have a train on 9 morning. Do you feel we would be able to catch the train on 9 morning from Chandigarh

    • Well, if you leave from Leh to Manali on 6th, you stay at Keylong on 6th, 7th you will reach Manali and 8th you can be at Chandigarh

  11. Hi Dheeraj,

    Amazing blog! You have all the necessary details for a trip to Ladakh around 20th June. I am planning a trip there but solo. I am going to ladakh for the first time so it is advisable to go solo bike trip ? Or are there public buses available ( as per my itinerary below) ? I have not booked advanced accommodation.

    Day1: Leh- Nubra ; overnight stay at Hunder/Diksit
    Day2: Nubra visit
    Day3: Nubra-Pangong; overnight at Spangmik
    Day4: Spangmik-Tso Moriril; overnight at Karzok
    Day5: Karzok – Tso Kar – Leh; visit Hemis, Shey, Thiskey Monasteries on the way

    Will really appreciate your input! As for my bike driving experience I have done Delhi – Malana – Chandertaal in 2011, Delhi-Deoriatal in Feb and a couple of mainland trips

    A couple of other questions ? Manali to Keylong to Leh HRTC bus service is daily? I can’t seem to connect to their reservation center at Manali. Can I squeeze the plan above by 1 day? I am short on time otherwise would have done Lamayuru and Hanle 🙁

    Thanks!

    • I will not suggest that you do go alone on the direct routes between Nubra and Pangong Tso and Pangong tso and Tso Moriri. They are isolated and may need other people to support each other.

      Yes, Manali to Leh there is a daily bus service. You will not be able to do the way you have posted it. It should be 2 day Nubra trip, 1 day pangong tso and 2 day tso moriri trip. Before going to Nubra, you need one day rest.

      • Thanks for your reply Dheeraj!

        Yes, one day rest is needed at Leh. I will be reaching Leh in evening by bus, so there will be an overnight stay should do it? If not bike, is there any other option to implement this plan?

        Thanks!

  12. Hi,
    We are planning to travel to Ladakh in the last week of June. We are planning to travel through the Delhi-Srinagar-Leh route by bus. Looking at the previous posts on this site, we learnt that the tickets for the Srinagar-Leh route can be booked at the Srinagar bus station itself. However, what about the overnight stay at Kargil? Does that have to be booked separately? Or is it inclusive in the bus fare? Can any of this (bus or overnight stay bookings) be done online?
    Thank you. You are doing a great job!

    • Yes Divya, tickets of bus will be available from Toursit Reception center at Srinagar too. The hotel in Kargil needs to be booked separately. No online bookings are available for this route.

  13. Hi Dheeraj,

    First of all thanks for such a wonderful post. It helped me a lot in planning my travel.

    I am planning to visit leh on 7 th July starting from Srinagar on 6th july and would need some suggestions.

    I want to take up the bus from Srinagar to leh which halts at kargil for the night.

    Now here are my questions

    1. Are buses available from kargil to leh daily and how much time will it take?
    2. Is there a stopover at sonmarg for the Srinagar to leh bus and how much time would it be? Will it be enough to visit the thajawas glacier and board the bus back.
    3. Are there buses from Sonmarg to Kargil available on regular intervals and how much would be the cost ?

    We are a family of 4 and looking out for budget options. Please suggest.

    Regards,
    Payel

  14. Jose Mathew on

    Hey, I am planning to visit Delhi, Manali, Leh, Srinagar in september during 12th to 26th.
    I was thinking of reaching delhi by train, then catch a bus to manali, stay there for a day and catch a bus to leh next day, stay for a couple of days and head to srinagar and return to kerala.
    But as I looked the schedule of HPSRTC, buses aren’t shown after 12th sept. Will the highway be closed during that time or that road is completely covered in snow or not suitable for travelling.

    I am tight on my budget, so bus is my only option.
    Please ask your friend and give some updates about the situation, if you can.

  15. Hi Dheeraj,

    This is a great post. I have a couple of queries:

    – I have booked HPTDC bus from Manali to Leh. From what I have read the bus reached Leh in the evening but where it does it stop? Is there a Leh bus stand? Also, should i book a hotel in advance for the night around this place since the bus will reach in the evening or its easier to find a hotel after i reach?
    – For internal Leh travel – is it easy to find shared cabs after reaching Leh or you recommend booking this in advance? Any idea on how much this will cost.
    – Last question, I am in Leh for 3 days and 4 nights – what are the top places you recommend to cover. I have read about river rafting in Indus, Pangong Lake, Nubra Valley – anything else that I am missing?

    Thanks a lot!
    Preeti

    • Hi Preeti,

      1. Well, bus will drop you at Leh bus stand and many guest houses are nearby it. You should be able to find it with ease in case you are travelign light.
      2. you will be able to find the shared taxi without much fuss at all. There are lots of flyers which people put at cafes, dine-ins, restaurants, travel agent desks/shops/whiteboards wanting to share the taxis for different trips within Ladakh. Even travel agent organize such shared taxis trip as well but charge a little higher about Rs 200-300 more than it would ideally cost. So, in worst case you can always go back to them and book a seat for yourself. Gelling up with people in Ladakh is more or less easy because many people travel solo and look forward to meet new people and share cultural thoughts and values over the trip. No where else in the world you will find more smiling and helpful people as Ladakhis are 🙂
      3. First day in Leh, it will be complete rest. Next day day trip to Khardung La and then to Pangong Tso day trip. Ideally you should have 4 days to make a t least a two day easy trip to Nubra and one day trip to Pangong Tso

  16. Monty Singla on

    I want to visit leh on Sept 5th. I already booked articket upto leh. But I have return tickets from srinagar. So please tell available bus services from leh to srinagar on 8th or 9th September.

  17. i am a budget traveller will be visiting srinagar, kargil, pangong, and leh & ladakh places…the only worry is transportation..will i able to get local buses to travel to this places..like first tell me can i get a bus from jammu to pahalgam or udhampur to pahalgam ??? Can u kindly guide me as i came to know u r a traveller…

    Pritam
    09972506723

  18. Asim Kumar Das on

    Hi Deeraj,
    I want to visit Ladakh in June 16. My train will reach Jammu after 12-30 pm . Whether I get any bus for Srinagar within 2pm to 3 pm .
    A bus starts from Leh for Skuru in Nubra Valley . Does this bus pass via Deskit in Nubra Valley
    Kindly intimate me.
    With thanks
    Asim Das

  19. Hi! I was interested in going from Manali to Leh by bus in the last week of June (around 24th to 25th). But as I read in your post, the HPTDC buses run only after 1st July. Is there any other mode of transport I can rely on? Thanks!

  20. Akash Soni on

    sir please help me.. I am planning for treking trip of stok kangri base camp which is conducted by youth hostel association for which i have to report at 1 jul 2016 at skara leh . So sir tell me the best way to reach leh upto 1 jul or 30th june please As you have told i was thinking of delhi manali leh by hrtc which cost 1339 rs but sir the problem is that the bus halts at keylong for night and at leh when it arrives hwere will i stay in leh sir because i am 21 yr old so no expierience in this please help me if this can be possible then only i can register and book my trek to stok kangri

      • Akash Soni on

        Thank you Sir !! 🙂
        Sir now i am thinking to go from gwalior to delhi by train and from delhi to manali by himachal state buses . I mean solo trip to manali so sir can you tell me the best possible way when i reach manali by bus what steps should i take for accomodation and i am thinking of renting a bike and travel solo to nearby areas and spots of manali by bike and return by night to acoomodation will it be fine ..just tell me hte procedure and also i am confused of security deposit for bike rent as i am thinking of budget rtavel and so i will be 21 yrs this june…what security deposit htey require an dsir tell me the possible ways and procedure .
        If i chose this plan that is to travel to manali by train and bus and then visit places in manali by renting bike how will be that sir also tell me the acocmodation budget places and ideas ..a nd tell me the places which i can visit nearby manali an d in manali by bike as i am 21 year old so sir i am new and cant risk much and also never trvelleed alone.
        Considering all this help me sir

        • Akash, there are many buses HRTC connecting Delhi with Manali. Then you can bike in Manali and cover near by areas. And bhai, it will be great if you ask specific queries rather being all over the place as it will help me reply you in best manner to what exactly you looking towards. Stays are esily available in Manali, head to old manali for cheap stays

        • Akash Soni on

          Sir I only want to know about hrtc Delhi Manali Leh bus fare ₹ 1339 that. When it runs I mean which days of week and will it be functioning at 27-28-29 June around as I have to be in Leh at 1 July itself. My route from Gwalior to Delhi is fixed but problem is in Delhi to Leh route as I still don’t have info abt will it be functioning upto Leh at 27-28-29 June…other option I have is Delhi to Manali bus then Manali to Leh bus….just anyhow please you get the info for dates 27-28-29-30 as on 1 july I have to report at skara Leh…so please tell me for Delhi to Manali so that I can be assured and travel sir

        • It should be available on those days. AFAIK, it is a daily bus to Leh from Delhi. In mid of June you can call up Delhi ISBT Kashmere gate to confirm the bus availability

  21. Hi Dheeraj,

    Thanks for this wonderful post.
    Had a couple of questions:

    1.When travelling from Srinagar to Leh by bus, is the hotel booking for the overnight stay @ Kargil done by the bus operators or do we need to do that in advance.
    2. When returning, is there any option for travel by bus / shared taxi leaving Leh in the evening (post 4pm) to reach Srinagar before 9am next day?

    • 1. You will need to find your own hotel
      2. It will be difficult to find such an arrangement as mostly the shared taxis leave in wee hours of night

      • Deat Dheeraj

        Any recommended hotel for kargil for overnight stay?

        Regards
        Danny

  22. prudhvi teja on

    Do buses from leh to kargil and then kargil to srinagar are available. If they do, can you mention the timings for the same.

      • prudhvi teja on

        Dear Dheeraj

        Thanks for your reply. Me and my friend will be completing journey from manali- leh by 24th june with other group. We want to leave from leh to kargil and then back to srinagar. So my question is by what time I will get leh to kargil taxis, and from kargil to srinagar. This will help me book my tickets from sringar back to mumbai. I am thinking by 27th or 28th. Also any information about good hotels in kargil and sringar

  23. sir,
    i am planning to go leh in next month june 2016.
    so i want to know,
    1). what is timing of jksrtc buses from jammu to srinagar ?
    2). what is timing of jksrtc busus from srinagar to leh ?
    3). which month srinagar – leh highway road open ?
    4). what is bus timing of leh to manali or kyelong ?
    5). which month leh – manali highway road open ?
    please tell thanks

      • Gabbar Mumbai on

        thanks sir, one more question if i booked share taxi from srinagar to leh and leh to manali how much rupees it will cost for 2 person

  24. Hi Dheeraj!
    It’s Eugeny from Russia. Thanks for lot of helpful information! Planin my trip trip to Leh from Srinagar via Lamayuru, where wanna stay for one or two nights. So, Is there some way to get to Lamayuru right from the Srinagar, w/out stain at Kargil? Search a lot, a lack of information about it. Thanks a lot once again!

    • Eugeny, well, yes you can surely take the overnight shared taxis that run between Srinagar and Leh every night and reaches by evening in Leh. instead of reaching Leh, you can just drop off at Lamayuru and halt night up there in Lamayuru

  25. Hi,

    your post is very informative. Thanks a ton. Jus wanted to ask tat the bus from Srinagar to Leh stops at kargil compulsorily???..Cos its just 8 hours journey. And they say the bus from srinagar starts at morning 8. Then within 4 hours only will they declare night halt?? And if there is a night halt then can we get any cheap but clean accommodation in Kargil. Thanks. Pls reply…

    • You should stop at Kargil to acclimatize for sure. Where did you reach it is 8 hrs? Srinagar to Kargil is just 8-9 Hrs and then again Kargil to Leh is another 8 Hrs.

      • Thanks for giving the clarity.. Can u suggest places for budget stay for kargil..

        • Few readers/members of DoW have suggested below options:

          Aaman Guest House (just 3-4 kms after entering Kargil check post), it was a homestay and stay and food was awesome.
          Daspa Guest House (confused it with other) near bypass bridge. Name: Mr. Gulam Mohammed; Mob: 09469730240. 
          Paradise Guest House in Kargil is a decent place to stay

      • Thanx a ton..have finalised d travel plan all due to ur help..Now i just wanted to know tat can we book srinagar to leh bus via kargil stop online thru any website..can u pls share the number of website if any..

  26. Hi ,Dheeraj,
    When the srinagar –leh bus service will start their service this year….

  27. Che Aranzazu on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Firstly thanks for the very helpful post.

    I was hoping you might be able to help answer a few questions about getting to Leh.

    My wife and I will be in Rishikesh until the end of May from where we need to get to Leh:
    1) Will the Manali to Leh route be open by then? Do you know where I can find information on the status of this route?
    2) If so then do you recommend the best way is to do the Delhi – Manali – Leh route?
    3) If the Manali – Leh route is not open I’m assuming the only option is to go via Srinagar or fly? Again would it be best to start from Delhi or is there someway to go Rishikesh – Srinagar?

    Thanks again,

    • Hello Che,

      1. Highly chances are that Manali – Leh Highway will open by late May for sure.
      2. Hmm, if you have time best is to travel from Srinagar side to Leh and come back from Manali side.
      3. From Rishikesh you can travel to Jammu by train and from there you can take the road journey to Srinagar – Kargil – Leh

  28. Hi Dheeraj, first of all u have explained everything on this page in a structured manner, so kudos to you.
    So me and 2 other friends are planning to visit leh from 18-24 June, in this plan i have few doubts, kindly resolve it

    18th June : Delhi to Manali (night journey by volvo, reach there in morning)

    19th June: Manali to Leh ( What should be best way of transport in economic way? how much the taxi cost? Are there any govt. deluxe bus service at that time? MAIN QUERY, Will the manali-leh route be opened that time?

    20th June: Reach Leh by evening (In case of Pvt taxi, where should we halt in night during the manali-leh journey so that we can find hotel easily and how much would the hotel cost?)

    Alternate Plan:- 18June:- Delhi to Srinagar via flight
    19-20 June: Taxi from Srinagar to Leh.(Its safe, right?)
    Which of the journey would be more beautiful? Srinagar-Leh or Manali-Leh

    21-23 June: What all places should we cover?

    24 June: 1st option : Leh to Srinagar by morning flight, explore srinagar for 8-10 hours and then Srinagar-Delhi flight in night
    2nd option: Direct Leh to Delhi flight
    Which option would be better? Is going Srinagar would be safe?

    I know there are so many questions since this is going to be our first trip. So take ur time to answer these.

    Hope to see ur reply soon.

    Thanks.

    • Hello Pankaj,

      Below are the answers to your queries:

      19th June: Best is to get the shared taxi to Keylong from Manali or bus to Keylong from Manali

      20th June: You can again take either shared taxi to Leh from Keylong OR you can take HRTC bus to Leh from Keylong
      21st you need to reast and acclimatize. But then for next two day one day you can make day trip to Khardung La, one day then to Pangong Tso trip

      Better you cover Manali – Leh in that case.

  29. Hello, I am travelling alone to ladakh in May, I will be reaching Delhi on 14th Afternoon, What is the cheapest way to get to ladakh from there? Will the Delhi-manali-leh bus service will be available that time?

    Also, If anyone else is travelling to ladakh at the same time?

    • No Delhi – Manali – Leh service will not be running on the route by then. You should take a train from Delhi to Jammu, then Jammu to Srinagar and then further to Leh travel by local JKSRTC buses.

  30. Sourav Satpathy on

    hallo from jalandhar
    i am planning solo trip to leh in may end. As HPTDC buses will not be available from manali by then , what is the alternative for budget travelling from manali to leh?

  31. Thanks for the loads of data. Very useful. Me and my teenage son is reaching jammu station may 23 Monday early morning. Rtn from Jammu 28 night. Three queries..
    – For the first time visitor suggest ‘ miss not’ schedule.
    – to save time is there any night vehicle to Jammu from Srinagar?
    – Any attempt to visit leh using the night minibuses is advisable?

    Thanks dear.
    Sadiq, Chennai

      • Thanks for the fast and prompt reply. So leh would be another time.
        Is there any night bus or share taxi in may end for jammu from srinagar?

        Also can i proceed to jammu from pahalgam directly or via Srinagar only.?
        Thanks

        • Yes Sadiq, there are daily buses . shared taxis that run from Jammu to Srinagar. I will suggest that you go to Srinagar first, stay for a day and enjoy Srinagar life and then move to Pahalgam for two day trip

  32. Saksham Talwar on

    We are a group of 8 planning to visit Leh in the first week. We reach Delhi on June 4th morning. How should we plan our journey ahead? We plan to reach Jammu by Bus. We will reach Jammu on 5th morning hopefully. From there, how do we move ahead? Should we take a bus from Jammu to Leh or are there taxis available? Or is there any other mode of transport? If taxis are available, how much do they cost? Being college students, we’re short on budget. So looking forward to saving some money 🙂

    I think the Manali – Leh route stays closed till June 10th. So I think that isn’t an option for us.

    • Yes Saksham, Manali – Leh is still closed and is not expected to open at least by third week of May. How many days do you have in hand?

      • Saksham Talwar on

        Well, we plan to reach Delhi back by 15th or 16th June. So we have to plan accordingly which we are finding it difficult to because I am unable to find a proper route to reach Leh from Delhi in first week of June.

  33. Diptanu Debnath on

    I am planning a trip to Ladakh in the last week of june. Me and one of my friend will be reaching Jammu in the morning of 25th June and on that day we will be plying a bus to Srinagar. After 2 days stay in Srinagar we will start our journey to Ladakh.
    Is the timing convinient and for bus tickets from Jammu to Srinagar and fron Srinagar to Ladakh do we need to make online booking or reservation of seas. If so then from which website nd what procedure???
    We are travelling from a long distance away (Kolkata) so an expert advice of yours before hand will really help our cause.

    • Yes, time is fine to travel Ladakh. No need to make bookings online, just reserve the seats a day before the journey at the bus station itself.

  34. Diptanu Debnath on

    Me and one of my friend are planning to have a trip to Ladakh via Srinagar. We are scheduled to reach Jammu on 25th of June and on that day we are planning to reach Srinagar by bus. After two days stay in Srinagar we like to reach Ladakh by bus. Is the time of travel convenient?? and for bus service do we need to make online booking or reservation of seats. if so then from which website or by what procedure.
    We are coming from a long distance away (Kolkata) and an expert advice of yours will really help our cause.

  35. Mohamed irshad on

    Hi dheeraj travelling solo from chennai to jammu -srinagar-leh-hanle
    Starting on 20/4/2016 i.e tomorrow ..will there be any bus service from jammu to leh on 22nd or 23rd..if yes then are the weekly once buses to hanle running from leh now?
    If none of that is possible which is the best place to STAR GAZE in spiti valley or kashmir or dharmshala or anywhere in himalayas tat is accessible by public transport at this time of the year?
    I have only booked my train ticket from chennai to jammu..i can change my plans anyhow according to ur suggestion..
    Eagerly waiting for you to reply!
    Thank u dheeraj

      • Mohamed irshad on

        Thanks so much for ur swift reply…really unbelieveable how fast u reply to all the queries in the site…im fb..etc..

    • you can connect with [email protected] as most of the readers in the past three 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 (please note that DoW except reliable reference has nothing to do with them)…

  36. Hi, what is the price of the HRTC bus just from Manali to Keylong, not all the way from Delhi? Also, coming back from Leh to Keylong and then from Keylong to Manali, what is the average time table? What time could you expect to arrive in Manali? And do you just book your own room in Keylong? Thanks!

  37. Hi Dheeraj,

    Thanks for the wonderful article. I have a few questions about my schedule this June.

    DAY 1 | Delhi → Srinagar by flight (June 5)
    Arrive Srinagar at 10:00AM

    DAY 2,3 | Srinagar (June 6,7)

    DAY 4 | Srinagar → Leh by flight (June 8)
    Arrive Leh at 10:20AM and take a rest

    DAY 5,6 | Leh (June 9,10)
    Motorcycle to Tsomoriri Lake

    DAY 7 | Leh → Kargil (June 11)

    DAY 8 | Kargil → Srinagar (June 12)
    Then Srinagar to Delhi by flight

    Day 9 | Delhi (June 13)
    — Fly back home at 2:00AM June 13

    1. Is the schedule too rush ?

    2. The flight to Leh is very costly in June. So I don’t fly back to Delhi from Leh.
    My schedule above revised to back to Delhi from Srinagar.
    However, I am wondering an alternative. That is, I am back to Delhi from Leh by bus. And that will be time consuming. And I only have 9 days in India. Do you think which option is better for me?

    3. In your article, you mentioned the bus from Leh to Srinagar starts 2 PM and runs non-stop 7.30 AM in Srinagar. Do I have the option to stay at Kargil for one night? I wanna see the beauty from Leh to Srinagar

    4. Is it possible to motorcycle to Tsomoriri lake form Leh?

    Thank you in advance.

    • Hello Ryan,

      1. Yes, this is too too much. DO NOT go to Tso Moriri as you will not be acclimatized at all to survive that high altitude.
      2. I will suggest with days that you have in hand, either make a trip by flight OR focus on Kashmir or spend a little more and take flight from Leh back to Delhi and from Srinagar travel by road to Leh.
      3. Like I said do it from the other side
      4. Not really I see since you do not have sufficient days in hand. Do you wish to skip Srinagar? If you skip srinagar, plan to travel by road to Leh from Srinagar on Day 1,2 and then fly out of Leh on Day 9, then you will have the option to visit Tso Moriri

  38. hi dheeraj,
    I just want to know is there any direct buses from Leh to Jammu tai station.if there is can u please share the bus timings and fares both local and private buses, it would be of great help for our trip.respond as soon as possible ,thank you 🙂

  39. hi dheeraj,
    i just want to knw is there any direct bus from leh to jammu tai station?? if there is any can u share with me the timings and fare please both local buses and private ones .thank you

  40. Samar Mirza on

    We are planning to come to Ladakh from Mumbai via Road.
    My plan:-
    Arrive in Jammu in evening
    Take bus to Sri Nagar from Jammu the same evening
    Arrive in srinagar the next morining and take a bus to Leh the same time
    Arrive in Leh the next
    and stay for 3 days and leave to manali by bus.

    Is the above plan workable and is three days enough for ladkah ?

    • Hello Samar,

      You need to rest your body as well. Please note if your body is very tired which it will be as you plan above and you reach a high altitude place, you will surely gonna suffer issues of AMS. So, take rest and follow regular plan after Srinagar. Once reach Srinagar, rest for the day then nex day get to Kargil and after that next day get to Leh from Kargil. Then rest complete day in Leh.

  41. Hi Dheeraj,

    thanks for the wonderful article. I’ll be travelling to leh with my wife between August 11-21. Below is my plan.

    Day 1
    Mangalore – Bangalore (Bus)
    Day 2
    Bangalore – Chandigarh (Flight)
    Chandigarh – Manali (bus)
    Day 3
    Sightseeing in Manali(bike)
    Stay in Manali
    Day 4 & Day 5
    Manali – Leh by hptdc bus for 2.5k. Stay in Leh
    Day 6
    Leh to Pangong (bike)
    Stay in Pangong inn
    Day 7
    Pangong to Leh. (bike)
    Stay in Leh
    Day 8
    Leh – Khardungla – Nubra – Leh. (bike)
    stay in Leh
    (will this be too much for a single day?)
    Day 9
    Leh Local sightseeing (cab or bike)
    Day 10
    Leh – Delhi (flight)
    Stay in Delhi
    Day 11
    Delhi – Mangalore (Flight)

    How does the above plan look? Are we missing out on something here? I want to go to magnetic hill as well. But its not above Pangong, Nubra in terms of priority.

    And the most important thing. How do i book the bus tickets from Manali to Leh. Without having those tickets ready, i cannot book the flight tickets and hotel rooms which are reasonably priced for now. I’ve searched a lot on the internet. But could not find a way to book tickets for that HPTDC bus. Can you please help me with this?

    • Hi Prithvi,

      DO NOT go over to PAngong Tso before making a trip to Nubra Valley. IDeally you should swap them with each other. Rest looks OK. On Day 9, while doing local sightseeing you can make a trip to Nubra Valley. HPTDC buses can be booked from :

      • Oh i had read somewhere that we should head to Pangong tso before Nubra. May be i read it wrong. We’ll change the plans accordingly. Thanks a lot.

        I checked with HPTDC and they confirmed that the schedule and online booking facility will be fixed in 2-3 days. I’m not sure how reliable they are. But fingers crossed.

    • Hi prithvi this is Sukumar from Chennai. I am also planning trip on the said dates with my spouse. If you are interested get in touch with me. [email protected] Com

      And I would also want to know about the safety when travelling with spouse and that to biking in leh. And I read Aug might have its share of rain and since Independence Day will bring lot of traffic and military activities.

  42. Hi Deeraj,

    I will be travelling to LEH this JULY. I had a plan of covering Manali – LEH through hired bikes from Manali. Now since these bikes cannot be used in Ladakh, i dont want to pay 1.5 times the actual bike rent and i have come up with the following plan.

    1. Cover Manali to LEH by HPTDC bus.
    2. Hire a bike in LEH and cover Hunder, Pangong Tso etc.
    3. Return to Manali bu Bus.

    By doing this, will i be missing something that i should’nt? I will be travelling from Chennai and i dont want to miss anything. Your suggestion please 🙂

    • Deesh, your plan seems good to me to save cost. The HPTDC bus that runs on Manali – Leh does stop over for sightseeing so you wont be missing anything. Bike ride experience you will anyways do in Ladakh 🙂

      • Thank you for your reply Dheeraj. Please help me with these doubts.

        1. Is it advisable to travel from Diskit to Pangong Tso directly through Shyok, Durbuk by bike (Single Day)
        2. Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri through Tangtse, Harong (single day)
        3. Tso Moriri to LEH?

        May i know why this route is not preferred by the tourists?

        Thanks 🙂

        • Deesh, Tso Moriri to Leh is fine.

          Regarding Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso route, in order to take Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso via Shyok village, you need not need any permits. However, with such a small distance it appears tempting to be done BUT just to analyze the difficulty I will strongly suggest that you read:Trip Report | Nubra – Shyok Village – Pangong Tso Route. The report is from couple of year back in June & in July/August, most likely the route is washed away. Similar, reports are there from last year as well. So better confirm first, analyze the high risk involved and then only attempt it or better avoid it unless very much sure.

          Next possible way is to attempt Wari La route, which is also a bit desolated but doable enough. If your driver agrees to travel on this route then take the Wari La route to Pangong Tso. Remember that any help required on both these routes will be HARD to find in miles of distance. If you have couple of vehicles then only take this route otherwise best is to avoid it.

          Regarding Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri route or Pangong Tso to Hanle, the permits to Man – Merak – Chusul – Tsaga or remote Changthang routes are being given by DC office in Leh at ON and OFF basis, so keep your fingers crossed and hope for the best if they start issuing the permits by the time you visit or issue you on your lucky day. Also, even if the permits are given then as well there is no guarantee that you will be allowed to cross Chusul Post or not because since last year several such incidents happened and people with permits also had to return via same route. The story is same this year too and only handful of people have passed through Chusul this year too on their lucky days. Then this is completely a dirt track all the way with quite a bumpy ride upto Tsaga. That churns most things in your stomach 😀 … Finally, totally isolated with no one around you in miles. All this will mean that you will have to risk it for at least a day getting wasted if you are not allowed because there will be no guarantee until you cross Chusul and Tsaga post. Otherwise, you have to take the traditional routes only via Upshi – Chumathang.

  43. Hi,

    Very informative piece this is. Thank you. 🙂
    Do the bus timings for Leh to Srinagar and cost hold true for this year too?
    I couldn’t find the date of this article. Planning a visit in June. Thank you:)

    • Ankita, the prices more or less holds true for this year too. There wont be much difference. The article was updated last year only. The bus timings also remain more or less same every year and that is the reason they have painted them on wall.

  44. Hello Dheeraj,

    Appreciate your efforts and thanks for such a wonderful blog. Me and my wife will be travelling from Srinagar>Kargil>Leh>Manali and of course we are planning a budget trip however they are few queries so request you to please guide me on this.
    1) can we cover Srinagar to kargil along with all sightseeing(Sonamarg – Zozi La – Drass) in between by Bus or shared taxis as private taxis would be costly?If not then how to do this sight seeing?
    2)Same query for Kargil to Leh route along with all Sightseeings (Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh).
    Also from where we can get the bus from Kragil to leh?
    3)From Leh to pangong>khardungla>diskit we can manage to hire a private taxi or can share it with other couple if we get any.
    4)Please provide your suggestions from leh to Manali also.
    5)do you think paying 60k to private taxi for same route srinagar>kargil>leh>Manali along with all sight seeings is worth??
    6)I will be doing Hotel bookings for all three locations srinagar,kargil,Leh, by direct calling – what are your suggestions on this?
    7)What will be the tentative budget for this Entire Journey srinagar>leh>Manali along with reasonable accommodation would cost to a couple like us?

    Waiting for your inputs

    • Hello Ashish,

      1,2. Not by bus or shared taxi, only by private vehicles with sightseeing. Else form a group or travel partners, may be look or post in DoW Travel Calendar from main menu to find online and then make a trip
      3. private taxis are very costly in Leh but you will be able to find the shared taxi without much fuss at all. There are lots of flyers which people put at cafes, dine-ins, restaurants, travel agent desks/shops/whiteboards wanting to share the taxis for different trips within Ladakh. Even travel agent organize such shared taxis trip as well but charge a little higher about Rs 200-300 more than it would ideally cost. So, in worst case you can always go back to them and book a seat for yourself. Gelling up with people in Ladakh is more or less easy because many people travel solo and look forward to meet new people and share cultural thoughts and values over the trip. No where else in the world you will find more smiling and helpful people as Ladakhis are 🙂
      4. Leh – Manali has HPTDC tourist bus service which does the sightseeing you can go with it.
      5. Not sure all depends upon budget, else there isnt any option apart from finding people to share the cost. Or leave the sightseeing and just enjoy views in the bus, mostly for Srinagar to LEh as rest of it is mostly sorted as per above answers
      6. If you want phone bookings done, you can do that
      7. All depends on mode of transport you choose. For stay and food per person per day comes in general to be around 1000-1200 per day for on the spot bookings and around 1200-1500 per day for over phone bookings.

    • naveen singh on

      Hi ashish tell me about your dates.I am also trvelling with my wife and facing the same problem.We can go together.Call me on 7209635332.

  45. Dnyaneshree on

    Hello, Dheeraj Sharma
    I would travelling to Leh in august. I am going to board delhi- manali-leh bus. Since, there are 3 isbt’s Could you please tell me from which isbt should i board this bus ?

      • Hello Dheeraj…what is the bus timing from Delhi to leh..and i am planning to to leh in may last week

        • Hi Nikki,

          Guess you missed reading the article “The bust departs from Delhi ISBT – at 3:45 pm, then departs from Chandigarh Sec 43 at 9:30 pm. It departs from Kullu at 6:30 am, Manali at 10:00 am and arrive at Keylong at 3:00 pm. Then there is night halt at Keylong and then next day the bus starts 5:00 am from Keylong and arrives at around 7 PM in Leh. The reverse route from Leh starts at 5 AM.”

        • Hi Dheeraj, Thanks for the article. its very informative. My trip is in the last week of may from Manali to Leh,
          I read it somewhere the distance bet manali leh is 12 hrs, HPTD with keylong halt seems to be a longer journey.
          Is there any alternate (budget) option for HPTD. I intend to reach leh on the same day Evening/ Night.

        • Aboli, it is very very taxing journey of 17-18 Hrs at high altitude terrain in shared taxis crammed for space if you wish to directly travel from Manali to Leh in one day. I will not recommend it because then you become more susceptible to AMS

      • I am planning to go on may end … Will there be bus services in may … Delhi to leh ?

  46. Hi,
    This is Niraj from Bangladesh. Actually I have plan to visit leh and pangong tso. As I m a foreigner in India, can I visit pangong tso? Is there any restriction for Bangladeshis? Please reply soon?

    • Yes Niraj, as from Bangladesh, you need to get inner line permit to visit Pangong Tso from MEA, Ministry of External Affairs which in my knowledge is a complex process and have not heard from anyone getting permit in less time. So, if you are planning you have to start the move now to apply for the permit and hope to get it.

  47. I have some questions to you guys can u assist me pls…
    1. What is the timing & fare of shared taxi or govt buses from jammu – srinagar / pahalgam?
    2.What is the name of the low price hotel and contact no where i can stay in srinagar / pahalgam / kargil / leh & ladakh?
    3.How should i plan my trip from pahalgam towards kargil, leh & ladakh & other important sightseeing places around leh & ladakh?
    4.From where i ll get shared taxis or buses from pahalgam for kargi along with leh & ladakh and their fares?
    5.Again cheap hotel & their number for my stay?
    6.I want to cover full Leh & Ladakh as i have enough days & time for the trip, then drop to manali by road.
    I’ll be doing this after AMARNATH YATRA thru pahalgam this year around july 01st week.
    You can mail me @ [email protected] / 09972506723 ….Will be highly obiliged if you could guide me as i am a traveller not a tourist.

    • Hi Pritam,

      1. Shared taxis work on per seat basis, usually 700-800 per seat for a drop to Jammu and for Pahalgam you will need from Srinagar.
      2. 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. From Pahalgam, you will have to come back either to Sonamarg or Srinagar and then move to Kargil
      4. Kargil has a taxi stand, I doubt on Pahalgam for tourist based shared taxis and frequency of it. You might get local based shared taxis
      5. AFAIK, there isn’t anything cheap in Pahalgam 🙂
      6. Below is a plan

      Day 1 | Delhi – Srinagar
      — Take rest for the day. May be enjoy Shikara ride or stay in house boat itself.

      Day 2 | Srinagar – Pahalgam

      Day 3 | Pahalgam
      — Just relax for the day and spend sometime around
      — May be a visit to Chandanwari

      Day 4 | Pahalgam – Gulmarg
      — Explore ruins of Awantipura
      — Enjoy vistas en-route

      Day 5 | Gulmarg – Srinagar/Sonamarg
      — Enjoy vistas enroute, especially between Tangmarg to Gulmarg
      — May be check out Golf course, if you feel like

      Day 6 | Srinagar – Sonamarg
      — Rest at Sonamarg

      Day 7 | Sonamarg – Zozi La – Drass – Kargil
      — Enjoy the vistas enroute
      — Have late drunch meal at Drass is you are a vegetarian as sometimes it gets difficult to find veg. food at Kargil
      — Overnight at Kargil

      Day 8 | Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh
      — Cover Mulbekh Maitrey, Lamayuru Moanstery, Lunar Landscapes
      — On the way you can also see Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 9 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Inner Line Permits
      — To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
      — For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 10 | 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 11 | 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 12 | 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 13 | Pangong Tso Lake – Thicksey Monastery – Shey Palace – Leh
      — Cover either of Hemis, Thicksey and Shey on return to Leh
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 14 | Rest day at Leh to enjoy local culture and some shopping OR Monastery tour OR you can do tour to Sham Valley
      — Monastery tour may include Hemis, Thicksey, Stakna and Shey monasteries. They come on the route of Pangong Tso but as you will be doing day trip, it will be a bit hectic to include them on that day only.
      — Sham Valley include Alchi, Likir, Basgo Palace, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu, , Gurudwara Pather Sahib
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 15 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
      — Cover Karzok Monastery
      — Overnight at Karzok or Tso Moriri

      Day 16 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Debring (Manali – Leh Highway starts) – Moore Plains – 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 17 | Sarchu – Baralacha La – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali
      — On the way cover Suraj Tal, Deepak Tal which are on the road sides only
      — Overnight at Manali

      Day 18 | Manali – Delhi
      — Return home

      Day 19 + 20 | Buffer days to be kept incase of road closure due to landslides or snowfall or perhaps you want to enjoy more.

  48. Hello,
    I’ll be in Leh on 13th Sept 2016 at 6:30 am. Kindly let me know if my planning is feasible or not (transport wise, stay wise and time wise).
    Day 1 (13th Sept): In and around Leh
    Day 2 (14th Sept): To Pangong Tso lake (over night stay): Transport- what ever is cheapest. Time of departure: early morning. Over night stay in tent accommodation (Charges?)
    Day 3 (15th Sept): To Nubra Valley via Khardung la. Cheapest way to reach there? I can leave at early morning like 5:00 am. (Over night stay)
    Day 4 (16th Sept): To Turtuk from Nubra via Diskit Turtuk highway. (Overnight stay)
    Day 5 (17th Sept): What possible places can I go in these three days that is (17th 18th and 19th Sept). Mostly I am thinking of going to Kargil region. Let me know if it is possible to go there. Also I’ve inclination for places where there are less people. Kindly suggest if this plan is possible or not.
    Day 6 (18th Sept)
    Day 7 (19th Sept)
    Day 8 (20th Sept)- Back to Delhi

    • No Rohan, PLEASE DO NOT attempt such a plan. Leh – Ladakh is a high altitude place and when flying directly, you will face Acute Mountin Sickness challenges and in order to cope up with it, you have to acclimatize in Leh for the high altitude. Please refer a plan below and cut it shor tto cater your needs from last few days. The order of days as mentioned in the article MUST be followed as it is mentioned in it to cope to the needs of acclimatization.

      You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh by Air followed by many travelers including me at the link here for 9 days: Leh – Ladakh | Most Common Itinerary by Air.

      You can skip Tso Moriri in ablve plan to fit in 7-8 days.

      • Thank you so much. I will definitely keep everything in mind and the blog about most common itinerary was really good and helpful.
        Thank you 🙂

  49. deepika sharma on

    first of all, dheeraj i would like to thank you for this very resourceful articles. i am planning to visit leh on may with my mom, but flight tickets are so high. So can i go by bus. how much time and money it will take to reach leh from Delhi and dehradun. tell the cheapest and easiest route. plz.

    • Yes Deepika, you can go by bus. I will advice that you take a flight to Srinagar as mostly deals are available on Delhi – Srinagar route and from there either travel by bus or use shared taxis to first reach Kargil, stay overnight and next day move to Leh

      • deepika sharma on

        thankyou so much, for your valuable advice. Keep writing more on your Himalaya trips. All the best

        • Thank you Deepika, best wishes for your Ladakh trip. Feel free to post any queries you might further have in planning the Ladakh trip 🙂 …

      • Hii,

        As you told that go to kargil first then move to leh then in that case can we find shared taxi from kargil to leh??
        or if we go from pangong to tsomoriri then can we find shared taxi from tsomoriri to manali??

        • Yes Soni, you will find plenty of shared taxis between Srinagar to Kargil and Kargil to Leh. It is usual. No, for Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri direct route because shared taxis within Ladakh are mostly between tourists not locals and that route is not that famous. Most Indians have their own vehicles or their own groups, so in shared taxis mostly foreigners are there who are not allowed on that route. So, for normal conventional routes to Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri from Leh, you have high chances of getting shared taxi but for the other route you have to form your own group. If you looking for travel partners you can submit your entry into DoW Travel Calendar and search the calendar to see what others are looking out


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