Delhi to Ladakh

Ladakh ‘a mystery land” has been the ultimate destination for adventure seekers or for those who love traveling. Let’s start our Delhi to Ladakh tour guide.

Nestled at 3,000 meters above sea level and explicitly located between the Karakoram and Himalayan ranges

The stunning valleys, the magnificent mountains and the breathtaking views of the landscape call every traveler to explore

Ladakh is a standout amongst the most picturesque spots to visit in India and positions high, presumably on top, on the rundown of engine bikers the nation over.  The scenic scenes make the drive from Manali or Srinagar to Leh in Ladakh a standout amongst the most significant trips you can ever set out upon.

Delhi to Leh Ladakh probably the best adventure experience for those who visited here.

It is the dream of thousands of travelers who love adventure, mountains, rivers, deserts and the unbelievable beauty of nature present there.

Everyone who has visited Ladakh till now promised to himself or herself to come back again and experience the alluring nature.

Actually, not only the Indians but now the foreigners visit Ladakh.

Do you know why Ladakh is becoming so famous and within recent years we have seen a tremendous boost in tourism business in Ladakh?

This is because of a movie 3 Idiots.

Let’s jump into everything the best season to visit, distance, expenses, ways to travel, routes to travels and places to visit in Leh Ladakh.

Best season to visit Leh

The beautiful Ladakh is not accessible throughout the year because Ladakh(Leh) faces very heavy snowfall many times in a year.

 The roads get covered by snow so it is impossible to travel on those roads. The best season for traveling to Ladakh is Summer because at that time the snow starts melting.

This season is also when the famous Hemis Festival is held. Summer season is the best road trips to Ladakh.

People also visit Ladakh in winters by Flight as it is impossible to travel by road in winters.

Ladakh also receives snowfall in summers, it is so unpredictable to know when it’s going to snow.

So, as per my advice, you should plan your trip in summers because you will experience everything there, the snow, the brown mountains, the endless roads, the valleys, the alluring lakes, the clouds and the stars in the night(milky way galaxy).

Now let’s see the different routes through which you can travel.

Routes to travel from Delhi to Ladakh

You must be thinking about how you should cover this long-distance and what is the map what is the route what is the directions how you will go there I will find the direction.  don’t worry we are here to help you

 there are two ways from which you can travel from Delhi to Ladakh are you can say there are two roots which you can take to travel from Delhi to Ladakh  

First route

The first route which you can take is Manali to Ladakh(Leh) route. You will cover a distance of 490 kilometers and you will experience the unforgettable scenes of mountains narrow passes scenic valleys and etc.

The total distance from Manali to Leh is 490 kilometer

The best time to visit Ladakh(Leh)  from Manali to Leh is June to September.

Route Map from Manali to Ladakh(Leh)

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.

Second Route Srinagar to Ladakh(Leh)

The second route  which you can take to travel from Delhi to Manali is Srinagar too late visit beautiful villages the War Memorial in Kargil, The Himalayan valleys, The Gurudwara, very exciting monasteries and many much more

 the total distance you will cover from  Srinagar to Ladakh is 434 kilometers

 the best time to visit Ladakh  via Srinagar is may too late October depends upon what’s the weather is because if there will be snow and the road covered with snow so then the bikes the buses the cause will not pass from those roads so it depends upon which whether you are going on what is the weather on that time

 Route map 

Srinagar – Sonmarg – Zozi La – Drass – Kargil – Mulbek – Lamayaru – Saspol – Leh

 The choice is totally yours you can take whatever you find suitable but in this case, you will experience both the ways and the beauty of both the roads.

 Here is the full trip itinerary from Delhi to Ladakh(Full circuit)

  • Day 1 | Delhi – Jammu/Patnitop
  • Day 2 | Jammu/Patnitop – Srinagar
  • Day 3 | Srinagar – Kargil
  • Day 4 | Kargil – Lamayuru – Leh
  • Day 5 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Inner Line Permits
  • Day 6 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit (Nubra Valley) – Hunder – Diskit
  • Day 7 | Hunder/Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
  • Day 8 | Leh – Hemis – Pangong Tso
  • Day 9 | Pangong Tso – Thicksey – Shey Palace – Leh
  • Day 10 | Leh Rest Day or Sham Valley Tour around Leh including Magnetic Hills, Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Alchi, Likir, Basgo, Confluence at Nimmu
  • Day 11 | Leh – Tso Moriri via Chumathang
  • Day 12 | Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Moore Plains (Manali – Leh Highway) – Pang – Sarchu
  • Day 13 | Sarchu – Manali
  • Day 14 | Manali – Delhi


There are several ways to travel to Ladakh from Delhi.

You can travel to Ladakh from Delhi by Bus(roadways), Train(railways), Aeroplane(airways) 

And the most excitingly Motorcycles(roadways)

We will see and help you find your best route.

BY Bus

If you are planning to visit Ladakh by bus and you must prepare for a bumpy road because traveling to Ladakh by bus may be a very difficult experience for you. So generally Ladakh is connected with Jammu by roads.  There are two routes from which you can go to Ladakh one route is of Srinagar to Ladakh by Zojila pass and the other route is Manali to Ladakh by Rohtang Pass 

Zoji La Pass opens from June to October and Rohtang Pass open between June to September you can go and plan your journey from New Delhi to Leh via Zojila pass in the month of June to October or via Rohtang Pass in the month of June and September.

You can travel by bus from Delhi to Ladakh, you can book your tickets online on redbus or hrctc website. actually, this service was started a few years back only.

The maximum time from New Delhi to Ladakh tour bus maybe 3 days to 4 days and it cost around  2400 rupees(approx). 

So if you like long Journeys long roads scenic drive or delivering nature then you have to try the bus route but it must be that tiring one  

The bus service is not operational in the winters it is only operational in the summer because the weather conditions are not favorable for driving in winters. The roads are covered with the snow in the meters and bus cannot pass through those roads so you must plan your journey in the month of June, July, August or September 

By Airplane

So if you are planning A comfortable trip then you must take aeroplane from Delhi  22 airport in Leh which is Kushok Bakula Rimpoche airport this Airport is connected to major airports in the country including Delhi from this airport the City Centre is around 9 kilometers away from the airport you can reach the city center by taxi or you can hire a cab from outside the airport there are also some few buses which you can take to go from and to the Kushok Bakula Rimpoche airport

 the price of tickets from Delhi to Leh for this airport arises between 2500 to 3000 but when the tourist season comes the price can go up till 5000 to 6000 it takes approximately an hour to reach Ladakh from Delhi via airplane. but sometimes the airport gets shut because of the snow for the extreme weather conditions in Leh Ladakh so be prepared for that and plan according to that And the airport is very small in size so the flights in one day are around 4 to 5 flights in a day only. 

Since the airport is small, passenger facilities are not up to the mark. Also, be prepared for stringent checks as the airport comes in a politically sensitive region.

By Bike

Comes the most exciting way to go from Delhi to Ladakh. 

 Which is trending nowadays many people go to Ladakh via bike it is so adventurer’s so I don’t say I will not say comfortable but it is such a wonderful experience that you should experience this at least one time in your life.

I am telling you this will be the best experience in your life so let’s see how you can reach there where bike and what are the things you should carry while you are traveling by bike.

But remember my words traveling from Delhi to Ladakh by bike is not an easy task you should be are trained  Rider and should have experience in riding the mountains because you will come across many water crossing many tilt roads many cores which is  very dangerous very very dangerous 

I must say so if you are riding bikes in those areas you should be so confident that you should cover those distances easily or you should have the experience to travel there because you should have luggage the bike is heavy so you should be safe. 

The petrol pumps when you are traveling via Srinagar or Manali a very less so you must carry the Jerry cans with you so that you can able to fill those can at least two 5 litres cans for further use for carrying the Jerry cans according to your bike tank or mileage so if I will give you the list how many petrol pumps you will get when you are riding then till Srinagar you will not face any problem with the petrol pumps you will get plenty of petrol pumps between the roads after  Srinagar the first petrol pump is available at Mangam which is 32 kilometer from Srinagar

 The next refueling can be done at Sonmarg which is after 80 kilometers from Srinagar and 48 kilometers ahead of men gum

 Please make sure that you should have enough fuel in Sonmarg Ofilia Jerry cans as well because the next petrol pump is located in Kargil which is around 124 kilometers from Sonmarg or 204 kilometers from Srinagar

 After Kargil, the next fuelling station will be in Mul bake which is around 40 kilometers from Kargil and 242 kilometers from Srinagar there are two or three more petrol pumps near Mulbekh so you can also go thereafter that you can easily reach to Leh.

 Then when you are returning backfill your tanks in Leh then in Karu then in Tandi and the last one is Manali after that you will get plenty of petrol pumps to reach Delhi.

While riding a bike you should consider seeing the mechanic shops because the shops are very less  available in those areas so if unfortunately your tire got punctured or you have some another problem then you should remember that before two kilometers of 3 km before you have a mechanic then your teammate can go and  you can and get your vehicle repaired

If you are going by bike you can take any of the routes which you want the Srinagar to Leh route all the Manali to Leh route but as my opinion says you should take the full circuit route first you should go via Srinagar to Leh then come Leh to Manali then Delhi or Delhi to Srinagar to Leh then Leh to Manali to Delhi in this way you can complete the whole circuit and you will experience all the beautiful scenic alluring views of mountains valleys rivers lakes and etc.  

But the choice is all yours you can take any route but this route will be more comfortable for you as I experience the same. 

 I am given the full route map in the above paragraphs you should check that out and plan your itinerary. 

 I will write down all the things which you should carry on a trip to Ladakh via Delhi below.

Vehicle Preparations

  1. Get a servicing done before the trip and discuss your travel with your mechanic
  2. Check the wear and tear on your tires
  3. Don’t overwork your car at any point.
  4. Carry all the basic tools.
  5. Train yourself to do basic repairs.
  6. Ensure that your battery is charged.


The main expense while traveling to Ladakh is of Travelling(transportation) expenses. The transportation cost must be varied according to the mode of transportation you are taking in accordance to your comfort zone.

If I will sum up all the trip cost in one amount then it will come around 35000 to 40000 rupees for 15 days trip from Delhi including all the extra charges, food, accommodations, and mode of transportation. It may be less or more but the average amount that you should take you in order to enjoy the full trip and also ready for some mishappening or in case of emergency.

 I hope that would not happen with you and you will enjoy your full trip with your group and return to your home safely.

The amount which I gave you according to your use of money but the average amount which has discussed myself and with All my friends visited there to experience the same amount or the amount around that cost.

Receive or traveling to Ladakh via bike then you should face some more expensive than an airplane if you are taking the bike to the Ladakh then you must carry some extra cash with you because you don’t know when your bike needs a service or repair. 

Places to visit around Ladakh(Leh)

Well, this could be a very big list but I will tell you in very short.

If you are going Ladakh from Srinagar and then to Manali  means you are completing the full circuit then you must experience the world’s most adventurous and beautiful experience I bet on that there are thousands in thousands of places come across those cities which will pass through,  those places will take your breath for example Srinagar you can take one day off in Srinagar and explore the beautiful city it lies on the banks of Jhelum river the city is acclaim for its waterfronts and houseboats which is also known as Shikaras you must try that experience.

Places you can travel between your route or in Leh are listed below. 

  1. Sonmarg
  2.  Drass Valley
  3.  Kargil
  4.  Mulbekh
  5.  Lamayuru
  6.  the moon land
  7.  Alchi
  8.  Leh City
  9. Karu
  10.  tanglang la 
  11.   Lachulung la 
  12. Sarchu
  13.  baralacha la
  14.  Zing Zing bar
  15.  Darcha
  16.  Jispa
  17.  Keylong
  18.  Rohtang Pass
  19.  Manali

Must visit place in ladakh 

  1. Pangong Lake
  2.  Nubra Valley
  3.  Magnetic Hill
  4.  Shanti stupa
  5.  Khardungla top
  6.  Shey ministry
  7.  Namgyal monastery
  8. Spituk Gompa
  9.  The Sangam point
  10.  Gurdwara Pathar Sahib
  11.  Hall of Fame
  12.  Thiksey monastery

All these places have most beauty in the world you will experience the same that I have experience visited those places and have the finest view of nature.

Things to carry with you

  1. Medication to control symptoms of altitude sickness. Do check with your doctor if you need any further medication.
  2. Lip balm
  3. Sunglasses
  4. UV Sunglasses
  5. Battery Pack
  6. DSLR
  7. Sunscreen
  8. Torch
  9. Cash
  10. Documents and IDs
  11. Inner Line Permit for your travel from Leh to Kargil

Consequences of increase in traveling in Ladakh

Everybody must go to Ladakh if they love traveling or adventure because the beauty Ladakh has is adorable and cannot be explained in words. 

But due to increase in traveling because of the movie 3 idiots in many places of Ladakh tourism had also increased in the recent years which also increases the business in Ladakh, but this thing is also destroying the nature over there.

As tourism increases the vehicles over there also increases which generate very harmful gases which cause an increase in the temperature over there and ice start melting too early.

An average person drinks over 4-6 liters of water in a day in Ladakh because it is situated on high altitude due to which the process of respiration increases and because of that body gets dehydrated so easily.

The only source of water in the Himalayas is the snowfall. The water bottles and the snack wrappers which we through anywhere is also degrading the environment there and results in an increase in plastic waste which is not biodegradable waste.

So, my only request to those who are traveling that side or anywhere in the world, please do not pollute the environment and try to preserve the beauty our country has.

If you want to know more about this condition in Ladakh then you must see this video.

Killing Ladakh by Scoop Whoop

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