I was keen to experience the Leh-Manali road drive. So, we decide to drop flight and take a bus by HRTDC which starts from Leh at 5 am. It was indeed one of the best decisions of this trip. There are beautiful valleys, mesmerizing mountain views that one can witness. The ride is scary but will keep you in a magical world for most of the time. We crossed some of the highest and beautiful passes during this journey. Tanglang la, Baralacha la, Rohtang were some of the halts on our way.
We stayed for a night at Keylong and started next day again and reached Manali by 1 PM. From Manali we took night bus for Delhi and then flight till Mumbai.
This trip makes you believe that it is not about the destination always. The journey is equally important and beautiful.
Things to Carry : sun cap, sunscreen lotion, winter wear, biking gears if you plan to take a bike ride
Budget for 2 people:
Nature of Expense Cost in INR -
Flight from Mumbai to Leh & Delhi to Mumbai - 18,000
Bus ride from Leh to Delhi - 6,000
Stay & Food by YHAI - 10,000
Taxi & Permit - 6,000
Bike Ride for a day - 2,000
Miscellaneous - 5,000
Total - 47,000
If you do not want to opt for YHAI Camp, you can book a hotel in Leh. You will get a place starting from 1200 per day. For sightseeing you can inquiry at the Leh market and book yourself in sharing cabs or hire a bike.