Ladakh, the adventure capital of the country is a pristine landscape with beauty like no other place.
This destination has everything to offer right from vegetation hills, snow capped mountains, clear water bodies, architecture, culture, cuisine - the best things that would push a person to visit the place again and all over again.
How can you reach?
TRAVELLING BY AIR
One can opt for different ways to go Ladakh. For those who are looking for easy and convinient travel - taking a flight is a smart choice. However, if you are looking for a budget travelling - it might not only be the choice as the airline ticket to Ladakh is expensive.
Main Airport : Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport is the closest airport at Leh.
There are numerous flights regularly running to Ladakh and are directly connected from Delhi, Srinagar and Jammu. These flights run during the peak season and also during the offseason. However, the schedule to this flights have huge dependency depending upon the weather conditions.
The security checks at the Leh Airport is a military air terminal and follows strict guidelines.
Things to keep in mind : Keeping everything handy, including the identity proof as well as the keeping the printouts of your e-ticket is indeed the best way to keep things smooth.
View : The flight journey to Leh offers a spectacular panoramic view of snow-capped mountain ranges as well as the highest twin peaks of Nun and Kun can be enjoyed that stand out high above the others. One can also enjoy the other giant peaks of Baltistan Karakoram.
Flights Running :
There are number of airlines that operates regularly to Leh from Delhi, Jammu, Srinagar and Chandigarh.
- The Indian Airlines works for about 3 flight in 7 days amongst Leh and Delhi. 2 flights in seven days from Jammu and once in seven days from Srinagar.
- Fly Airways additionally works for six flights in seven days between Leh – Delhi.
- Go Air works day by day flight Between Leh – Delhi.
Cost : The prices of the flights from Delhi approximately starts from Rs 8000
Travelling by Car / Jeep
For those who are looking ahead for a thrilling adventure - journey to Leh is the best. Routes to follow -
Route 1 : Srinagar to Ladakh
Distance from Srinagar to Ladakh : 434 Km
Best Time to Visit: Journey to this place depends on the weather and the highway opens up on early May to late October.
Route Map along this way: Srinagar – Sonmarg – Zozi La – Drass – Kargil – Mulbek – Lamayaru – Saspol – Leh
Route 2 : Manali to Leh Road
Distance from Manali to Leh: 473 Km
Best Time to Visit: June to September
Route Map: Manali – Rohtang – Gramphu – Kokhsar – Keylong – Jispa – Darcha – Zingzingbar – Baralacha La – Bharatpur – Sarchu – Gata Loops – Nakee La – Lachulung La – Pang - Tanglang La – Gya - Upshi - Karu – Leh
Other Distance :
- Distance from Srinagar - Kargil : 204 Km
- Distance from Delhi - Leh : 1047 Kms
- Distance from Leh - Kargil : 234 Km
- Distance from Kargil - Padum (Zanskar) : 240 Km
- Distance from Leh - Deskit (Nubra Valley) : 118 Kms.
View : The most beautiful part of the journey is crossing 11,500 feet high Zoji-La, a high mountain pass in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. En route, you can also enjoy the famous Tanglang-La, the world’s second most astounding motorable go at a height of 17,469 feet.
Cost : The approximate price for Malai to Leh Jeep Safari will be around Rs 32,000
Tips to follow :
- One should note that only high ground clearance vehicles like SUV or MUV are preferred.
- Keep spare tyres, easy fixes mechanical tool as finding mechanic shops is hard.
- One should always drive safe and very aware and careful of rough road, landslides, water crossing etc.
- Starting the trip early in the morning is advisable - if you want to avoid traffic.
TRAVELLING BY BIKE
A dream of every rider – is a bike trip to Leh. For those who are waiting for this time of the year - this adrenaline ride to this amazing bike trip to Ladakh would be worth to cherish for lifetime.
Routes to Follow : There are two different routes that one can opt to go Ladakh- one from Srinagar and the other from Manali: Srinagar to Leh and Manali to Leh.
Route 1 : Srinagar to Leh Road
Total distance : 434 kms
Route : Srinagar – Sonmarg – Zozi La – Drass – Kargil – Mulbek – Lamayaru – Saspol – Leh
Route 2: Manali to Leh Road
Total distance : 490km
Route : Manali – Rohtang – Gramphu – Kokhsar – Keylong – Jispa – Darcha – Zingzingbar – Baralacha La – Bharatpur – Sarchu – Gata Loops – Nakee La – Lachulung La – Pang – Tanglang La – Gya – Upshi – Karu – Leh
View : The adventurous journey passes through open roads, spectacular views, breath-taking scenic views, challenging and awe-inspiring landscapes.
It truly makes it a spectacular setting for a motorcycle tour covering the entire journey with evergreen valleys and magnificent snow-capped ranges, serene temples, remote wilderness, clear waters, picturesque lake, deep gorges and breath taking passes making it a ride of a lifetime.
Best Time to embark bike journey : May to September.
Cost : There are numerous bikes you can choose from - Hero Impulse, Bajaj Pulsar, KTM Duke, CBR 250, Royal Enfield Himalayan and Bajaj Avenger.
The approximate price for Bullet 500cc starts right from Rs 1700 per day.
TRAVELLING BY BUS
For those who are planning their journey to Ladakh - can follow the route either from Srinagar or Jammu. The road to Zoji La Pass opens amongst June and October wherease Rohtang Pass opens amongst June and September.
The two routes to reach Ladakh are - One is the route of Srinagar to Ladakh by Zoji La Pass while the other route is Manali to Ladakh by Rohtang Pass. The bus crosses four mountain passes in Himachal and Jammu and Kashmir - Rohtang Pass (13,050 ft), Baralacha Pass (16,020 ft), Lachungla Pass (16,620 ft) and Tanglangla Pass (17,480 ft).
Transport Services : JKSRTC and HRTC
Approximate time from Delhi : It will take around 4 days
Cost : The approximate cost for a bus ride from Manali to Leh is Rs 2400 .
- Bus Service from Delhi to Leh :
Departure Time: Delhi - ISBT (3.45 PM) - Chandigarh (9.30 PM) - Kullu (6.30 AM) - Manali (10.00 AM) - Keylong (5.00 AM) - Leh (7.00 PM)
Fare : 1339 INR ( Approx)
- Bus Service from Manali to Leh
Departure Time : Manali (9.00 AM)
Fare : 2500 INR ( approx)
- Bus Service from Srinagar to Leh
Departure Time: 8 AM
Approx Fare: 1058 INR (deluxe) and 670 INR (Semi Deluxe)
Journey : About 2 days with a night stopover at Kargil.
- Bus Service from Leh to Pangong
Departure Time: 6.30 AM
Approx Fare: 250 INR
Running Time : Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.
- Bus Service from Leh to Tso Moriri
Departure Time: 6.30 AM
Approx Fare: 370 INR
Running Time : 3 times a month, i.e. on 10th, 20th and 30th of every month.
- Bus Service from Leh to Nubra Valley
Departure Time: 8 AM
Approx Fare: 350 INR
Running Time : Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
- Bus Service from Leh to Hanle
Departure Time: 6.30 AM
Approx Fare: 492 INR
Running Time : Every Saturday
- Bus Service from Leh to Stok
Departure Time: 8 AM and 5 PM
Approx Fare: 25 INR
Running Time : Twice every day, i.e. in the morning and evening
TRAVELLING BY TRAIN
For all those people who are planning to be away from the heat and chaos of the city, one can find peace in the mountains of Leh and Ladakh.
Closest railway station : Jammu Tawi which is about 700 km from Ladakh.
Connected to : Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai.
Other nearby rail stations : Pathankot and Chandigarh are the nearest railroad stations to Leh, still a three-day transport ride away.
Cost : Taxi costs Rs 9,000 – 10,000 from Jammu Tawi to Ladakh, and takes about 2 days travel.