Srinagar to Ladakh (Leh)

Leh was the capital city of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh. It is now the Leh District of Jammu and Kashmir state. Leh District is the considered as the second largest district in the country, after Kutch, Gujarat. Road is considered as the main means to reach Leh from Srinagar. The popular route to Leh from Srinagar is through Kargil on the Srinagar-Leh Highway. However, this route is generally open from the month of June to October, depending upon the weather.

Transport options from Srinagar to Ladakh (Leh)

Srinagar to Ladakh (Leh) By Bus: State owned buses and privately functioned deluxe buses are accessible from Srinagar. It is considered as an ideal option for groups, individual travellers.

Srinagar to Ladakh (Leh) By Car: Hiring a taxi from Srinagar is considered as another convenient way to reach Leh, as it charges around INR 12 to INR 15 per km. It is considered as an ideal option for groups, kids, seniors, individual travellers.

Srinagar to Ladakh (Leh) By Flight: Air India flights are accessible from Srinagar to Leh but it functions once in a week. The airfare of its fight is expensive too. Travelling through train is not possible as there is no railway station located in Leh. It is considered as an ideal option for groups, kids, seniors, individual travellers.

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Travelling tips from Srinagar to Ladakh (Leh)

Sandipan Dutta

Sandipan,
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4 Reviews | 5 Views

Travelling at night is definitely not recommended

Aug 15, 2015
Mode of Transport: Taxi

We were able to see snowfall on the way in the month of June. It was an amazing experience. The roads are very risky to drive on and travelling at night is definitely not recommended. Landslides are a frequent occurrence and one might need help from a passer-by car in case of an emergency. However, the overall scenic view is amazing.

    • Car Type:
    • SUV
    • This route has:
    • Clear Signages
Mohanlal Jain

Mohanlal, Bangalore,
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4 Reviews | 8 Views

Journey to Leh by road

Aug 4, 2015
Mode of Transport: Taxi

Being a travel savvy person, I chose to travel from Srinagar to Leh by road along with my family and children during the month of September. The journey was very exciting and adventurous due to various road conditions on the way. As a regular practice the road which opens during the month of May is closed by 1st October as snowfall starts. The road up to Kargil is narrow and was not in good conditions. But the local driver who regularly traverse had no problem navigating. There were traffic problem on the way because of drivers not used to the driving on this road with the heavy vehicles also traversing. Before undertaking the journey, one should see the various videos available on the net for their information.

It is important one should carry proper food for their en-route consumption as good restaurants are not available en-route. Booking a hotel for night stay at Kargil is a must as everybody travelling both ways will rest at Kargil for their onward journey the next day. Carrying warm clothing is compulsory as climate may turn adverse anytime.

The road between Kargil and Leh is good and very good as you near Leh. Those travelling by car/sedan/suv should prepare themselves for photographic stops which will be abundant but should not waste more time as considering the destination to reach before dark.

Road journey helps you acclimate to the high altitude one will be reaching slowly. While catching up with the sightseeing on the way, one should continue with the regular sightseeing programs after reaching lay the following day because it will be more comfortable.

One can choose to fly back on their return journey but those who have time can travel to Manali by Leh - Manali Road which will be more exciting.

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    • SUV
Bhadresh Shah

Bhadresh, Ahmedabad,
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1 Review | 20 Views

Srinagar to Leh via Kargil was lifetime experience

Apr 16, 2015
Mode of Transport: Taxi

Started early from Srinagar, we have been stopped by local police authority as Amarnath Yatra was also scheduled on same date. It was our hard time to convince authority that we are not Amarnath Yatri but going to Leh via Kargil. On the way it was very scenic and beautiful place has come where we have stopped and enjoy. Our driver tells that you have to cross Zozila Pass before 15 hours other wise you have to stay at Sonmarg. We have started our journey to Kargil via Zozilla Pass and draws. To cross Zozilla is also unique experience as rain has made earth wet and tyres are slipping out. Way to Kargil we have seen Kargil war memorial and passing through dress which is world coldest inhabited area. Choosing journey by road instead of air is a lifetime experience. Also you have time to make your self slowly adjust at high altitude and may not create health problem, which is otherwise have high chance of breathing problem.

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    • SUV
Suraj Agarwal

Suraj, Pune,
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4 Reviews | 51 Views

Rough roads in this route

Jul 26, 2014
Mode of Transport: Taxi

The travel to Leh by car was really an excellent Idea. We travelled to Srinagar by plane and then took taxi for Leh. We reached Leh crossing Sonmarg, Zojilla, Kargil and drass. Road for Zojilla is very rough. We enjoyed the scenic beauty all the way. Take rest in Kargil and continue your journey to heaven the next day by early morning.

    • Car Type:
    • SUV
    • This route has:
    • Accomodation
    • Food/Dhabas
    • Clear Signages

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