A dream road trip for travelers around the world. A life time experience when one covers the most beautiful routes of India.
Manali-Leh highway :
Open from the month of May to September. A journey along this route is pretty much close to your path to enlightenment. It is approx 480 kms long and takes around 2 days to complete with overnight stays at Keylong, Jispa or Sarchu.
How to reach
Book a flight from Delhi to Leh which will cost you around Rs. 8000 round trip.
Book A Bus (HRTC): HRTC buses ply between Manali to Leh. Ordinary bus will cost you around INR 650-700 one side fare. HRTC also recently started Deluxe bus service from Manali to Leh. You can book it from Manali bus stand or online .
Hire a Car or by Car: We booked a Innova 6+1 seater. For 6 of us, it cost around INR 4500 per day.
Pro Travel Tip : If you are travelling by a car, prefer a private number because commercial vehicle other than J&K are not allowed beyond Leh.
To travel beyond Rohtang, you need to apply for a permit. Apply for it here. It will cost INR 500 per vehicle for Non-HP vehicles and INR 50 for HP vehicles.
To visit Nubra Valley and Pangong apply for innerline permit. But they dont take payment online, so you need to deposit the permit fee at Tourism Department of Leh, opposite J&K bank in Leh.
Pro Travel Tip : Make sure you have printed copies of all permits. It will save you time and last minute hassles.
" A good traveler is one who knows how to travel with mind." -Michael Bassey Johnson
Before setting out for an scenic drive along Manali-Leh highway, one should keep below things in mind:
1) Fill up fuel wherever you get a petrol pump. After Manali the next petrol pump is in Tandi, which is 110 kms from Manali. Next at Karu, 235 kms from Tandi.
2) Carry first-aid box and some Diamox tablets. If you feel shortage of oxygen in breathe and headache due to high altitude, have one Diamox.
3) Pack some woolen clothes.
4) Follow the rules of hill driving. Drive in day light and rest at night.
Our journey started from Chandigarh. Total distance between Chandigarh and Leh is 780 Km.