Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2017

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Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2017 is still closed but BRO has started the snow clearance operations on it. Couple of days back BRO begin the snow clearance from Gagangair village about 18 KMs from Sonamarg and in the first leg will clear the snow up to Sonamarg. This year there had been record amount of snowfall in all over Himalayas and BRO will surely be facing tough challenges to clear the snow especially from the deadly Zojila Pass.

The 434 KM long Srinagar – Leh Highway is the lifeline for connectivity to Kargil and further Leh – Ladakh. The only other route to Leh – Ladakh is the 474 KM long Manali – Leh Highway whose status for the year can tracked on the thread here. Srinagar – Leh Highway generally opens and gets stabilized by second week of May and last year in 2016 the highway opened on 30th April itself. However, this year it seems unlikely and I feel that the Srinagar – Leh Highway will open and gets stabilized by second or third week of May only. Please keep in mind that even when this road to Ladakh gets open early, it needs at least couple of weeks to settle or get stabilized from initial snow sliding that happens due to quick melting of snow. So, please do not rush to Ladakh by road soon as the highway is thrown open rather wait for couple of weeks to let it stabilize 😉 … This will ensure safe passage for you and avoid any unforeseen mishaps.

As per the past years, I will be starting this sticky post for the Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2017 which so many adventure lovers await every year. However, instead of updating the main article here at DoW Blog, I will keep the updated progress in the DoW Community thread for the same for better tracking of updates. A forum topic always helps in better updates tracking as well as collation of such updates in time organized manner. Hence, for all updates on Srinagar – Leh Highway status 2017, please stay tuned to the topic in DoW Community: Srinagar – Leh Highway Status 2017 | DoW Community Thread

Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2017

Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2017

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

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

Again, for all latest updates on Srinagar – Leh Highway Status 2017 after this initial post on DoW Blog, please stay tuned to the topic in DoW Community: Srinagar – Leh Highway Status 2017 | DoW Community Thread

Current Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2017 = OPEN | Updated: 5th May, 2017
  • Srinagar to Sonamarg is OPEN
  • Sonamarg to Zojila Pass to Kargil is OPEN
  • Kargil to Leh is OPEN
Timings of Zojila Pass in 2016: 1st Mar, 2016
  • Drass to Sonamarg (light vehicles): up to 1 PM (will update for 2017)
  • Sonamarg to Drass (light vehicles): after 1 PM (will update for 2017)
Srinagar Leh Highway | Important Articles
Srinagar – Leh Highway Status = OPENED | Update Date: 5th May, 2017

Srinagar, 5th March, 2017:Finally, the good news has come. Leh – Srinagar Highway is to be opened on 5th May 2017. It was expected to be opened on 15th May but it appears BRO did a great job in opening the Srinagar – Leh road much sooner despite inclement weather recently. It is suggested to allow a couple of weeks for the road to settle with initial snow sliding and landslides to have a safe passage. Read more at: Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2017

Srinagar – Leh Highway Status = CLOSED | Update Date: 5th March, 2017

Srinagar, 5th March, 2017: The Border Roads Organization (BRO) has started snow clearance to resume traffic on Srinagar-Sonamarg road on Friday.
The Border Roads Organisation, which is looking after the Srinagar -Leh highway has pressed its men and machinery into service from Gaganigar onwards to make the road traffic worthy.

Officials said the snow clearance “TEAM 122” led by Captain Sumit Das under the supervision of OC (Officer Commanding) Subodh Kumar started the snow clearance from km 75 Gagangir towards Sonamarg.

External Source: BRO starts snow clearance from Gagangair onwards

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  1. When is the srinagar – leh road likely to close down in 2017? We want to go on a Bullet. We have been there in 1985. Thanks.

    • Sunil ji, October is OK to travel on Srinagar – Leh road but after that it is not wise to travel on Srinagar – Leh road as winters sets in the high Himalayas.

      • Shivang Mehta on

        Good to hear this that we would not be having any time constraint in the month of September. Also, i m still not able to locate any budget stay at –
        1. Pangong
        2. Hanle
        3. Karzok
        Or, will we have to content with the homestays?


        • Shivang Mehta on

          Hi Dheeraj,
          Because of priceless information from your blog, I’ve been able to get in touch with Mr. sonam Dorje, owner of Sonam guest house, and have been able to reserve a room for an upcoming trip.
          Informed him that I m a DOw member and I even got a concession.
          All thanx to you.
          Ih by the way, where can we find homestay at pangong? Do we have to go till Merak to find one?

        • That’s wonderful Shivang, do say a hello from my side to Sonam ji. Spangmik village has many home stays, you should be OK finding it there.

        • Shivang Mehta on

          Hi Dheeraj, came back from my trip. Sorry for writing so late. It was a wonderful trip and explored the place to the fullest. Thanks to you for your valuable inputs.
          There was slight change in our plan as well.We had to go to karzok from hanle n stay there. Since we reached tso moriri at 2 PM only, we decided to head back and stayed at Pang. Then next day in manali and then delhi, thereby saving a day.

        • That is wonderful to know Shivang. If possible do share some pictures and updates in the community forums or our Facebook page or Facebook Group of DoW Community.

        • Shivang Mehta on

          On the day of leh to pangong, we got our car serviced which is why we got a little delayed and stayed at thangste instead of going pangong, which turned out to be an excellent decision.
          Next day, we were at pangong and an Innova got stuck in sand and we all helped this family. Much to my amazement another group came and started helping and towed innova with their scorpio and pulled her out.

        • That’s wonderful, spreading smiles in the Himalayas and helping others is a kind of travel we promote as well here on this site. Thanks for stepping up and taking part in it.

        • Shivang Mehta on

          And yes, we couldn t meet Mr Dorje as her wife Sonam was sick and he had to take her to Leh for medication.

        • Shivang Mehta on

          Hi Dheeraj
          I tried to post photos on your FB page, but find way to do it. Pls guide.


    • You can plan something like below

      Day 1 | Reach Srinagar and rest for the day
      Day 2 | Srinagar – Sonamarg – Zojila – Kargil
      Day 3 | Kargil – Leh
      Day 4 | Rest in Leh, get permits and acclimatize
      Day 5 | Leh – Nubra Valley (Deskit – Hunder)
      Day 6 | Day trip to Turtuk and come back to Deskit or Hunder
      Day 7 | Tank up at Deskit and move to Pangong Tso in case you have company else return to Leh
      Day 8 | Pangong Tso to Hanle, get the petrol in black also make sure to carry some spare in jerry can. Make sure you again have some company of this route as well and do not venture alone.
      Day 9 | Hanle to Tso Moriri
      Day 10 | Tso Moriri – Leh
      Day 11 | Fly back from Leh

  3. Gaurav Rupani on

    Hello Friends, I have an important information to share. Yesterday I tried going Srinagar, but at Jammu we have told that Srinagar route is blocked for 3 days. so we changed our itenery and now today going via manali.

      • Gaurav Rupani on

        We have planned but due to Srinagar attack we drop our plan and came back through Manali

      • Gaurav Rupani on

        Hi Friends. Finally i am back in Delhi after life changing Wondeful journey of Leh

        I will share my Complete experience -do’s and don’ts, pitfalls we faced in detail shortly. as of now, we took manali route for going and coming and it was fine. Rarely snow (only only High pass),

      • Anish Chandran on

        Is the Srinagar – Leh route open now? I’m planning to travel from Amritsar to Leh starting from 22nd July. Planning to reach Srinagar on 22nd. Wanted to know if there is any block in that route.

        • Anish Chandran on

          Thanks a lot Dheeraj, You boosted up my confidence. I have reached Leh via Srinagar. Heavy security from the army for the Amarnath Yatra. Army had re-routed me to Jammu near Samba to connect me back at Udhampur. Apart from that the roads were empty. No traffic at all.
          Great job Dheeraj 🙂

        • Awesome !! Wonderful, please share any updates, reviews or road conditions that you may find that could prove helpful to other fellow travellers too.

  4. arianpranav on

    Dear All DOW members specially Dheeraj, you are helping alot and doing wonderful job.
    Thanks a ton.

  5. Hi guys,

    I am planning to manali-leh-shrinagar by zoom car (swift) from 3july to 14 july please suggest can we go by hatchback, how’s the weather conditions in route and i heared there is some issue in kashmir valley ????

    If anyone intrested can also go i groups 9928788887

  6. Another Update: A couple of my friends did the Delhi-Srinagar-Leh route. They reached Leh yesterday no worries. Most parts of Kashmir valley are peaceful. Kashmiris are welcoming tourists with open arms and hearts. They stayed at a hotel in Raj Bagh, Srinagar and explored beautiful Srinagar barring a few tense spots which are under police cordon and restricted for travellers. Heavy military presence over a 80-100 kms strech on the highway from Srinagar to Zozila pass so the road is very safe. However, the road at Zozila pass is in a very bad condition due to melting snow and currently undergoing repairs so better be prepared for long jams at Zozila( Took my buddies 3-4 hours to cross over). Better make sure you get an early start in the morning from Srinagar or Sonmarg to avoid that.

  7. Sanmeet Hundal on

    Hi friends,
    We were debating whether or not go to Leh via Srinagar from our home in noida considering the current tensions in the valley. We started last Saturday 7pm from Noida in my SX4 and reached Srinagar @ noon on Sunday. We took a hotel near Dal lake. Friends had warned that we do not venture in the city with our non j&k registered car and take a taxi instead but hotel as people may throw stones! But hotel owner assured that there is no such problem at all and insisted we go by our own car. We moved around to dal lake and chasme Shahi and enjoyed the paradise on earth fully in our old trusty SX4 without any issues. We left Srinagar Monday morning and reached Kargil Tuesday. The road condition is good except a bad patch before Kargil memorial around 10 km. After Kargil memorial, road is world class. I was reaching triple digit speeds. We are leaving Kargil now and will keep you updated.

    • Thank you so much Sanmeet for posting these details. It will be mighty helpful to many others especially when there has been a recent incident that stone pelters pelted the car of a tourist.

  8. Can you plz suggest a place between udhampur and Srinagar for stay as we may be able to cover more distance than udhampur.

  9. Hi Dheeraj,

    Hope you’re well!

    Going by the current tension in the hills, would it be wise to pass Srinagar on 15th-16th August, 2017 or shall I postpone or pre-pone my visit by a week? Also, regarding the new shitty rule of vehicle limitation on daily basis in manali and rohtang, from when is the rule going to take effect?

    I’m planning to drive down in my laura tsi which has decent ground clearance with skoda rough road package. Will the sedan be able to encounter manali-leh or shall I stick to srinagar-leh for both to & fro?

    Looking forward to your reply.


    • Hi Aneesh,

      Well, yeah, it will be best to postpone it so that even you dodge some of the monsoon hassles. Also, regarding the rule for crossing the Rohtang Pass from Manali side, it is in effect for last few years now and not anything new. This year they have also increased the vehicle limit to 1200 from 1000. Also, it will not affect you as you need Beyond Rohtang Pass permit not Rohtang Pass permit.

      Possible = Yes, Difficult = Yes, at quite a few place. For hatchback/sedan taking on Manali – Leh Highway Or Spiti Valley via Manali Or Ladakh, please refer the link: FAQ | Can I do Leh – Ladakh / Spiti / Manali – Leh trip in Hatchback or Sedan? for more details.

    • Sonal, if you are worried about the situation, I will highly recommend avoiding taking the Srinagar – Leh route because I have gone through the feeling of being worried about the tensions around and not enjoying the trip. It is best to avoid such a route and take a route that basically gives more pleasure than make you worried all the time.

    • Drass to Sonamarg : 3 AM – 8 AM as by 9 AM you will have to Minamarg post which no vehicle will be allowed to cross Minamarg
      Sonamarg to Drass: 11 AM – 4 PM

      • Thanks!!
        Can you please also suggest if Nubra to Pangong via Agham Shyok route is do-able in Swift?How long does it take to cover this streach(not relying on GMaps timings for obvious reasons)

        • Sonal, I will not recommend taking a Swift on the Agham – Shyok route as things can get tricky and backup/help will be hard to find.

  10. Baldevsinh Chauhan on


    How is the current situation in Srinagar and Kargil area? Do we have the current road situation update, are they open?

    We would be leaving from Jammu on 16th June and reach Srinagar on 17th June on our bikes.

    Is it worth to take this road at the moment ?

    • Srinagar – Leh closes in the month of November, however, it is not suggested to travel on Srinagar – Leh after first or second week of November as sudden snowfall can trap you and also it gets quite cold in November.

      • Krishnakumar on

        Is it risky to travel with family through this way. Am planing to get rented car from srinaganar and go for this.

        • Self drive rental cars are not available from srinagar and also banned in Ladakh for sightseeing purposes. Are you renting a taxi or a self drive car?

        • Krishnakumar on

          Am planing for get a self drive car like zoom Car.
          i don’t know how it will work out.and what about sightseeing purposes you mentioned..?
          is it allowed there with self drive cars or not??

          Thanks for your replays.

        • Self drive rental car is not allowed for sightseeing in Ladakh. You will have to rent a local taxi in Leh for sightseeing in Ladakh

        • Krishnakumar on

          Going as couple have any problem or any risk part in it ?

        • Krishnakumar on

          Okay..Thank you very much for your replays..
          Am planing to go with my wife on October..

        • Krishnakumar on

          I contacted some travel agencies and i think two wheedlers are available there. so am planing for that and happy to know that you are maintaining your site as well and keep going.
          all the best.

  11. Hi Everyone,

    Today morning we started from jammu around 9 am and crossed Srinagar around 6pm. On jammu -srinagar highway Everything was fine except traffic. We didn’t faced any trouble. Today i am going to stay at sonmarg. I will keep posting about the srinagar-leh highway status.

    • raghuraman on

      That is a huge relief. thanks on behalf of everyone here and myself. i fervently wish that your travel be hassle free and totally enjoyable. Please make the most of it. be safe and health conscious. cheers.

    • Somenath Biswas on

      Hi Manmeet,

      Please let us know the status on this route. I am going to Leh in this route on 16th June’17 and really worried about the present situations in Kashmir valley. Please keep us updated!

      • hi Somenath, we are also starting out trip June 16 onwards, would be great if like minded people travel together and its always better for self confidence and a helping hand. if you also think same, please give me a call on 09311109090

        • Sanmeet Hundal on

          Hi Ankit/Somenath and all others leaving for Leh this week, last week or the next one,

          Im travelling to Leh from noida starting 17 june evening with wife and kids on my SX4 . Noida-srinagar-leh-manali-noida 17jun evening departure, 26June morning planned return. Request to share your nos for information sharing, if you find appropriate. Maybe we can make a whattsapp group.

          I will also try to update important info here

          Sanmeet Hundal

  12. raghuraman on

    Planning to travel from Jammu to srinagar onwards to Leh on 10th july, 2017.
    1) I want to know what type of shoes are recommended? will normal black leather shoes be OK? (of course with woollen socks)?

    2)I am a solo traveller (male age 55 years, indian). arriving jammu on 10th july, 2017. Is anyone interested in travelling together, or in groups? I gather that the situation on the jammu srinagar route is fluid as of now.

    3)Is it feasible to have plan B as visit to Kaza if travel to Leh is not possible, because of the political turmoil?
    As always, this forum has been of immense help, under the able stewardship of Shri Dheeraj Sharma.

    • Thank you Raghu ji!!

      1. I will suggest to go with sports shoes to be comfortable and may be couple of pair of warm socks in case required. July will be pleasant though.
      2. Yes, keep an eye on the situation and to find travel partners please check DoW Travel Calendar from the main menu
      3. Travel to Leh will be possible from Manali side in case Srinagar situation does not permit.

  13. HI,
    i am to start on the leh trip with my family today. evening i am planned to start from delhi towards chandigarh. we planned to take the srinagar route to leh via sonamarg, drass kargil. we are double minded cause of the current political situation there at srinagar. does anyone know if the roads are open or not? is it safe to travel via that road? my plan is to stop at jammu after chandigarh and then at sonamarg and kargil before reaching leh. i am worried about the safety factor and the political situation for jammu to sonamarg. if someone can please inform me asap. i would really appreciate it.

  14. Suresh pathak on

    What’s the current status of the highway as in till 31st may??? When will it reopen from jammu

  15. Tushar Bajaj on

    Sir-Please approve my itinerary;-

    6th June : Delhi to Srinagar(18Hrs/2 drivers)
    7th June: Srinagar
    8th June : Srinagar to Kargil(overnight in Kargil)
    9th June : Kargil to Leh
    10th June : Leh and Around
    11th June : Leh to Nubra Valley
    12th June : Nubra Valley to Pangong via Shyok
    13th June : Pangong to Sarchu
    14th June : Sarchu to Kullu
    15th June : Kullu to Delhi

    All this in my personal duster

    • Tushar, your plan is doable but quite hectic. Make sure you have some company when doing Nubra to Pangong Tso via Shyok route. Do not venture alone in that route. Leave early from Pangong Tso to reach Sarchu in time. Ideally, couple of days added to the trip or at least one day would have eased out a trip quite a lot.

        • Tushar Bajaj on

          Got Leh’d

          Thanks Dheeraj for all your help, please see my actual dates…..

          6th June(4PM start)- GGN to Srinagar
          7th June- reached Srinagar at 12 noon
          8th June-Srinagar to Kargil(enjoyed snow at zero point, went to war memorial)
          9th June-Kargil to Leh
          10th June-Leh-Khardungla-Leh(could not reach Nubra due to heavy snowfall
          11th June-Leh to Pangong(got stuck at Changla for 2 hrs due to really heavy snow)
          12th June-Pangong to Leh
          13th June-Leh to Manali(this was amazing)
          14th June-Manali to GGN,FBD

          all in my duster

          do see my facebook for photos & videos

      • Hi, Dhheraj Bhai,

        Glad to be here again. 🙂

        Last year I traveled from Nubra to Pong via Shyok. We left around 7.30 AM at Nubra and as you mentioned the shyok route was very very remote and the route was friendly to me then 🙂 , ride and nature was awesome. As you said rightly, We traveled all alone, however having some vehicle around is safe and recommended.

        We reached around 4 PM, had wonderful time at Pong till 8 PM and returned to back to Tang-tse for stay, as My kid and Wife were having Mild AMS.

        I Drove my SUV in this route!

    • Sanmeet Hundal on

      Im doing similar run in my SX4 (aged 9) with kids(aged 5&7), Dad (aged 70) and wife( well she’s probably 16 🙂 . Pls see my itinerary below. Its 8 days days Mohali-LEH-Mohali

      Dear Dheeraj, Your feedback please! Is this doable considering Me and family have done long runs (say 700 Kms runs) in our car in the past. Also, pls suggest where to stay? Also pls tweak the itinerary based upon your experience to make it a little less hectic. Unfortunately, days cannot be increased.
      Dear Tushar you must nearing completion of your tour. Did it work out as planned? Where did you stay? Did you book before hand? Pls advice.

      (17June Start 6PM after work : Noida to Mohali. Overnight @home in Mohali)

      18th June : Mohali to Srinagar(11Hrs/ single driver)
      19th June : Srinagar to Kargil(overnight in Kargil)-4hrs 200KM
      20th June : Kargil to Leh- 4hrs 217KM
      21th June : Leh to around LEH then to Nubra Valley-5hrs 160KM plus around LEH time
      22th June :(maybe) Nubra Valley to Pangong- 7hrs 273KM
      23th June : Pangong to Sarchu-10hrs 408KM
      24th June : Sarchu to Kullu-8hrs 264KM
      25th June : Kullu to Mohali/Karnal-7hrs 260KM

      (26th June: Mohali to Noida before 7:30AM to join office 🙂 )

      • Sanmeet, it does not seem practical to do this trip with family with kids and elders on board and in SX4 for such long day drives. I will strongly suggest to add more days.

        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. 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

  16. Hi Dheeraj, we are planning to ride from Srinagar -zozila- Drass-leh-ladakh-manali.. Starting from July 15th 2017. Is it manageable though it’s monsoon?? Appreciate your advise. Thanks in advance!!!

    • Monsoon generally hits around late July or August nowadays but again, nothing can be predicted when it comes to weather. So, check the weather updates and may be go for it.

  17. Ankush Bhardwaj on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    First of all, you are doing a great work, really appreciate!!. I have few questions:

    1. We have plan to travel Leh 10th June – 21st June from Chandigarh – Leh – Manali – Chandigarh.
    2. We have rented bikes with temporary number along with all originals documents (bill/insurance/ etc), Do we need any permit prior to start our journey ?
    3. Can we ride to Pangong/Nubra with these rented bikes?
    3. Is there any security concerns (local/boarder ones) if we travel from Srinagar to Leh?

    Thanks in advance!!

    • You will need a permit to cross Rohtang Pass and go beyond it to Leh. Also, when you reach Leh, you need to get inner line permits for Ladakh. These bikes will not be allowed for sightseeing in Ladakh, so have to hire Leh based bikes. Most of the people who have travelled so far have not reported anything serious except couple of minor incidents if you stick to the tourists spots or main highways only.

  18. Ganesh Borhade on

    Hi Dhiraj,

    Please advise if the below itinerary is Ok or any changes needed.

    27-May 12.00 Noon arrival at Srinagar Airport and book a cab to Hotel, Leisure at Hotel take tour of Dallake and Mughal Garden
    28-May srinagar to kargil via zojila pass sonamarg, zero point. Visit drass 99war memorial museum. Tiger hill tololing hill.  (Overnight in kargil )
    29-May kargil to leh via fotula pass visit mulbek stone curving mitriya buddha statue. lamayuru moonland view lamayuru monestry .sangam point Indus and zanskar river confluence view. magnetic hill. guruduara pather sahib.Hall of fame museums (Overnight in leh )
    30-May leh to nubra valley via khardongla pass highest motorable road in the world. visit disket monastery. hunder sandunes double hump camel safari, Hot water spring, Gods lake  (Overnight in hunder Villege )
    31-May leh local Indus valley sightseeing visit hemis monestry. thiksey monestry .rancho school .shey place. Stok place. 71ft of Buddha statue at stok Village  (Overnight in leh )
    01-Jun Leh to pangong lake via changla pass (156 Kms) (overnight in spangmik village pangong lake )
    02-Jun Pangong lake to TOS Moriri Via Man, Marek, Pangong Lake Road to Chushul
    03-Jun TSO Mroriri – Baralacha pass.visit morie plains.Pang .serchu .suraj taal (Overnight in jispa)
    04-Jun jispa to manali via famous rothang pass (overnight in manali)
    05-Jun manali to Chandigarh drop 

    • Hi Ganesh,

      I will suggest making two day trip to Nubra Valley on 30, 31 and then 01, 02 make two day trip to Pangong Tso. Then travel to Sarchu from Leh and then Sarchu to Manali. This will ease out the trip a bit.

      • Hi Dhiraj,
        Thanks for reply, I have kept 31 for Leh local and we also want to see TSO Moriri via Man, Marek, chushul I heard this is the best scenic route but not quite used by travellers. So need your suggestion if we can travel from Pangong to Tso Moriri.

      • Thambi Prasad on

        Hi dheeraj,

        I am travelling to srinagar on June 7th 2017 and would like to visit kargil from there … Have 3 queries

        1. Do you have rtc busses from srinigar to kargil if so what is the time taken ?
        2. Can we rent bikes in Srinagar to kargil and is it safe to ride now ?
        3. Budget Hotels in kargil ?

        • 1. Yes, JKSRTC buses have started running on Srinagar – Kargil – Leh route. Leh-Srinagar 2:00pm daily (Continus drive till Srinagar)
          Srinagar-Leh 8:00am daily (night stay in kargil)
          2. You can but then how do you return back? Do you come back from Kargil?
          3. I always stay with Hotel Greenland, They have both economic and deluxe blocks available with them. Very decent place to stay. Else, 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

        • Thambi Prasad on

          Thanks for that prompt and quick reply dheeraj .
          For bike rental….yes I need it only upto kargil and I would return back to srinagar.

          1. Is the road good and safe ?
          2. Can you suggest that bike rental in Srinagar . If possible with the phone #. ?
          3. Any decent places to stay for 4-5 days at srinagar close to dal lake?


        • 1. Yes, mostly the roads are fine, except around Zojila Pass which can be managed on the bike.
          2. Sorry on that front.
          3. I always landed on the spot and bargained over there for a better price. Mostly all are same types of house boats, you can go in and search, fix and be there. Else JH Bajaj guest house is also an economic option.

        • Thambi Prasad on

          Also could you share number of Greenland’s guest house at kargil

        • Thambi Prasad on

          One last info and help required , have a mixed view of people visiting srinagar due to riots. Any idea as to what the situation is like ? Travel is planned for 7th June to 14th June. In and around Srinagar and kargil . Pleas do help if any info on safety

  19. Hello admin and everyone
    Iand some of my frnds will be traveling to ladakh on 19th June
    We have planned to avail private car from manali to leh . my question to the forum is will it be a good idea to book the car in advance via online or should we book it from manali instead once we reach there

    Thank You so much

  20. Hello All,

    All’s well here. We bunch of people from Bangalore left from Srinagar to leh on 15th. We reached leh yesterday. There is no issue with the roads or situation. Hope this news helps.
    Don’t forget to carry warm clothes. Apart from that there is no issue here. We are now leaving from here to pangong and nubra.

    All the best everyone who are travelling.


  21. Sudha Dubey on

    We are leaving on the 24th from kolkata for Srinagar for a road trip to leh via sonmarg and Kargil. With respect to the present condition in Kashmir, is there any security issues we might have to deal with?

  22. Hey we are having flight tomorrow to srinagar for ladhak trip. Current situation in J&K is not good. Would you recommend us going to sonmarg and kargil?

  23. Chayan Gupta on

    Hi dheeraj and everyone…. Scheduled to reach kargil on 21st may and then go to zanskar. Hopefully the roads will be open

  24. Ashish Goyal on

    How to reach tso moriri via srinagar-leh highway? Also there are riots going on in srinagar, so is it safe to go?

  25. I am planning for Mumbai leh Mumbai from 16 the may 2017, plz suggest me roads.
    By Mahindra That 4 x 4

      • Thanks dheeraj,
        What all places we can visit during this time, also we have tent etc, so also suggest where we can do our night halts,

        • You can visit all the places in Ladakh and Srinagar – Leh Highway. Also, if you have good number of days in hand, the Manali – Leh Highway is expected to open by 25th May, so it will be open too for some adventure 🙂

  26. Delvin t r on

    sir,I’m planning to go in november 28th from cochin to leh by flight 3 day stay .return leh to srinagar by road DES 3 th
    please suggest this time is good?

      • Delvin t r on

        Thanks for your feedback,we r booked tickets for 28th nov to 4th dec @Leh.This dates suitable for sight seeing pangong . khardung la ,nubra valley,
        Tso moriri, suru& zansakr, chadar frozen river.Accomodation comforts places also required.Expecting your valuable feedback .

        • No Delvin, though you have already booked it will be quite cold and dry up there in Ladakh during this time of the year. Also, Chadar – Zanskar river freezes only in late Jan or Feb. Places of sightseeing within Ladakh will be open but then again, the problem is it will be quite cold.

          You should refer: 6 Special Tips for a Winter Trip to Ladakh

  27. I have planned for traveling from Jammu-Sonamarg on 23/May on way to Leh and doing Sonamarg-Kargil on 24/May. Looking at the current situation in Kashmir, is it better to halt at Srinagar on 23/May and start for Kargil early morning on 24/May from Srinagar?
    Or will it be better to do Jammu-Sonamarg on the same day?

  28. Srinagar – Leh Road Status Update:

    Yesterday, about 25 light vehicles, carrying essential commodities, were allowed to ply on Srinagar – Leh Highway connecting Ladakh from Srinagar. The highway is expected to be declared open officially in next 2-3 days for vehicles. There is still about 6-8 feet of snow on sides of the road at Zojila Pass.

  29. Hi Dheeraj,

    Thanks for your updates.

    We (4 People) are planning to go to LEH via Manali on 16June2017 to 27June2017 by our Own SUV.
    Please share the suitable itinerary.

    Best Regards
    Ashish Sharma

  30. Hi Dheeraj! A crazy, passionate rider myself am quite jealous of your Ladakh expeditions…..
    Failed twice in reaching Ladakh. Once snowfall once landslide played spoilsport. Following your posts regularly hope to complete it this time…..
    Starting 19th May from Pathankot, via Srinagar. Any rider wanting to join us may do so…just call 9972151612.
    Thanks, keep the great job going….

  31. Chetan Trivedi on

    Talked to a friend Taxi driver. He traveled Kargil to Srinagar today. So, finally highway is opened for light vehicles. According to him ‘Mahol bahut khubsoorat hai janab, mausam saaf hai, aur travel me liye anukul hai, Charon aur snow itna hai ki aap barf ka Maza lete thak jaoge’. ☺

  32. Soumya Dash on

    thank you for all your updates.. you are indeed a saviour… if i rent a bike from delhi can i use it to visit tso morir?

    • No, outside rented bikes are not allowed for sightseeing in Ladakh. However, Tso Moriri does not have much checks as mostly focus is no Pangong Tso and Nubra, so you may get away with it.

  33. I’m planning to go in June from Mumbai, what I have decided is I will go from Srinagar route and come back from Manali route, but due to unrest in Srinagar idk is it safe or not to go from there, suppose if I go through this route do I need to take permit while coming back from manali route and if I go from manali route will I get permit for my car as it’s a 2005 petrol car

    • I will not recommend that you travel from Srinagar side unless the condition of unrest stabilizes a bit. People will start traveling soon on the route, please stay tuned here as we will keep on publishing the updates.

    • sandesh gowda on

      Hi Dheeraj,, Is there any direct to Pangong to Tso ? and whether it is preferable ? we are planning to start or leh trip on june 18th from dehli – srinagar – leh

        • sandesh gowda on

          Thank your for your reply bro.. 🙂 and i want to know how about going to spiti from manali after covering leh ? i read in one of your article that you suggest spiti vally via shimla.. But, we are planning to do spiti via manali.. please let me knw which is the best route to cover?

        • Hi Sandesh,

          I believe it will be much better to visit Spiti Valley first and then plan to travel to Ladakh, that is what the article suggest that do Spiti Valley from Manali and visit Ladakh and then come back either from Manali route or exit from Srinagar route.

  34. Sanjay Sharma on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    We have planned for leh ladhak trip via srinagar route from 26th may 2017 from Jammu with rental car. We are 3 families with 9 adults and 3 children.

    Kindly suggest whether planned dates are good to travel for leh ladhak vai srinagar route.

  35. Hi Dheeraj,

    Following your blog for last two years. It has so much information that one needs not to ask anything if one follows your posts regularly. How fast you are in providing the updates!!! I checked all the internet and you are the first to report that Srinagar -Leh Highway is open for the season.

    Better change the name to Encyclopedia to Leh :).

    Anyways, I visited Leh last year in July. And fell in love with everything of that place. But unfortunately due to AMS to some friends we had to left the trip in between. On 7th of July( Day of Burhan Wahi encounter), the day Srinagar unrest started we were coming back to Delhi and were stuck near Srinagar and it was very frightening for all 5 of us. My Car DashCam captured the only bad moments of that trip :(.

    Actually, this year again on June second friday, i.e 9th June, i am planning Leh again. But the unrest in Srinagar is still bothering me. My biggest concern is that this time I am travelling with my wify and we are not accompanying anyone else with us.

    Can you please let me know the conditions of Srinagar to Kargil road in terms of safety. Also as I am planning a 15 day trip so I want to cover Srinagar, Gulmarg area also. Is it advisable to plan in this way.

    Thanks and Keep it Up with your unmatched work. 🙂

    • Thank you Sudeep 🙂 🙂

      I can understand brother of being stuck in such a crisis. I got a stuck couple of times too and those moments are still bad memories 🙁 …

      If the unrest is still going on as per news, I will suggest to better avoid the route. I will keep posting the updates if there is any once the road opens and people share the experiences.

  36. thanks dear for good news was following your update daily.
    please confirm now we can travel according to my tickets on 11 may

    • the road is cleared but vehicle movement is not yet allowed. It will be allowed by next week. Please check with some hotel in Kargil or Srinagar to confirm if vehicle movement for tourists have started.

  37. Srinagar – Leh Road Status Update:

    Finally, the good news has come. Leh – Srinagar Highway is to be opened on 5th May 2017. It was expected to be opened on 15th May but it appears BRO did a great job in opening the Srinagar – Leh road much sooner despite inclement weather recently. It is suggested to allow a couple of weeks for the road to settle with initial snow sliding and landslides to have a safe passage.

    • Nimisha Patel on

      Thanks a lot Dheeraj ji for your latest update.. So happy to hear that Srinagar leh highway is opened.. Will it be safe for us to travel on 16 th may. Kindly give your suggestion.
      Thank u so much..

    • Hey Dhirajji,

      Now can we go to srinagar -leh by road on 8th may?

      otherwise, i have to cancel my tickets today.

      Please suggest.

      • Jalpa, the road is cleared but vehicle movement is not yet allowed. It will be allowed by next week. Please check with some hotel in Kargil or Srinagar to confirm if vehicle movement for tourists have started.

  38. Hi Dheeraj,

    Is it possible to hire self-drive cars in Srinagar/Jammu area to go to Leh?

  39. Hello Dheerajji,

    we have booked our tickets on 7th may from ahmedabad to srinagar. we have planned to start road journey from srinagar to leh on 8th may. But now it seems we have to cancel our tickets as roads are not still open.

    Please suggest me what to do?

    We are 4 person only -2 adult -2 kids.

    • YEs Jalpa, the road from Srinagar to Leh is not yet open. The latest reports were that it may soon open in a week or so but 8th looks very much touch and go.

  40. Hey Dheeraj, following your blog from long time thanks for guiding people like me who are planning for the first time. we are group of 4 now planning 15 days bike trip to Ladakh will start in between 15th-20June.

    after going through few of the blogs and suggestion from few friends who have gone there. we have prepared a rough itinerary. please check and suggest any changes.

    First day – Delhi to Manali (Stay in Manali)
    Second day – Manali pass (Start at 10am from manali)
    Second day Manali to Jispa night stay in Jispa
    Third day – jispa to Karu (Stay in Karu)
    Forth day – karu to Pangong (Stay in Pangong)
    Fifth day – pangong to leh (Stay for a day in leh)
    Sixth day Leh Local Sight Seeing
    Seventh day- leh to hunder (Stay in Hunder)
    Eight day visit to border/TSO moriri and stay in Hunder
    Ninth day – hunder – leh (stay in leh)
    Tenth day – leh to kargil (Stay in kargil)
    Eleventh day – Kargil to dal lake (stay in Sirinagar)
    Twelfth day – Srinagar to jammu (Stay in jammu)
    Thirteenth day – jammu to Ludhiana (Stay in Ludhiana)
    Fourteenth day – back to Delhi


        Great Dhiraj !!! You are doing fantastic job helping traveller..
        We are also planing Srinagar – Leh on 16th May, is it safe to travel on that time?

        • Right now the road is opened but vehicles are not allowed to travel on it. Next week they are planning to allow vehicles to ply on Srinagar – Leh road over Zojila Pass. It will be fragile in initial days, so plan for some delays/buffer

      • Thanks Dheeraj for sharing your views will discuss and make necessary changes. will come back to you if i need more help/information from you. and I hope group of 4 bikers will be fine or should we include more people.

        • Hey Dheeraj, Is there any way we can get the bike permits in advance, else we have to stay in manali only for the permission which will force us to stay a day in manali or delay our journey. if anyone who can apply on our behalf we only need to collect the permit on the night we will reach manali and leave for jispa early in the morning.

        • Biswa, this year, permit to go beyond Rohtang Pass will also be made available online. So, you will be able to get the permit in advance online. There will be a restriction of 800 vehicles only to cross Rohtang Pass starting this year.

          The online software is about to be tried this week and soon will be made available to the public.

  41. Tonu Alex on

    Dear Dheeraj,

    You are doing a great job by helping all the fellow travelers. Thanks a ton for that
    We are a group of 5, planning to travel from Srinagar to Leh via road.. on MAY 21st. Would the roads be open by then? And is it still snowing en-route?

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