This route has become rather famous in the last couple of years. Thanks to the famous Atal tunnel in Manali that attracts numerous travelers throughout the year. This is also slightly more challenging route than the Srinagar one. The sudden increase and decrease in the altitude can lead to Acute AMS which is why only experienced travelers and bikers should opt for this route with enough time to rest in between.
This route lasts for 1020 kms approximately. It takes up to five days or more depending on the stops. The route follows the following towns and villages in between:
Delhi, Karnal, Ambala, Bhuntar, Manali, Rohtang La, Suraj Tal, Baralacha La, Gata Loops, Naaki La, Moore Plains, Tanglang La, Karu and Leh.
Here is everything you need to know about this iconic route form Manali to Leh.
Petrol pumps on this route
This route has lesser petrol pumps than the Srinagar route. The Delhi Manali highway has endless options followed by many more petrol bunks in Manali. The next fuel stop could be Tandi, followed by Karu and finally Leh. These are where you will easily find petrol bunks. However, as mentioned earlier, it is suggested that you carry some extra fuel on you especially for this route.
Tips for traveling from Delhi to Leh
- Carry cash as there are only a few ATMs on either routes and some may not even be functional.
- Carry good quality, trekking shoes. The terrain gets rugged as you climb up the route. You want to wear comfortable and sturdy shoes that are all terrain friendly.
- Make sure you check your vehicle inside out.
- Carry warm clothes. You might not need them when you board from Delhi, but you will as you climb the inclination.
- Take regular stops to avoid Acute mountain sickness.
- Carry a medical emergency kit with basic tablets and first aid.
- Carry enough food like nuts, dry fruits, fruits and quick bites on the journey.
- Make sure you have insured your vehicle.