Delhi to Leh Ladakh Guide - 2020 Everything You Should Know
It is time for you to check off the most exciting trip, Delhi to Leh from your bucket list and live your dream in the world of mountains and wonders. We have brought for you this comprehensive tour guide that will tell you all you need to know about this trip.

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Famous for thrilling high altitude passes, extremely gorgeous glacial lakes, and mountains hiding under virgin snow, Ladakh is a fantasy that exists for real. Ladakh has the kind of landscapes you will not find in any other part of the country, which is quite evident from its fame.

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Trekkers, bikers, explorers, photographers – everybody wants to visit this place at least once in their lifetime. If you have been postponing a Delhi to Ladakh trip for a few years now, no need to tease your heart anymore.
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How to Reach Ladakh from Delhi

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How to Reach Ladakh from Delhi
By Air: 

There are several flights that fly from Delhi to reach Ladakh. The frequency of these flights is very high. There are various connecting flights to Leh via Delhi. The aerial distance between Delhi and Ladakh is approximately 613 kilometers. The flight takes only 1.5 hours to reach Ladakh. After reaching the airport one can easily hire a cab to reach various places in Ladakh. Though the flight schedule may vary due to weather conditions in Leh.

This is, without a doubt, the most convenient and the fastest mode of traveling as it takes very less time to reach Ladakh via a flight as compared to other modes. The views of the snow-capped mountains from high above are another reason why flying to Ladakh is a good choice.

Besides, during winters, the airway is the only mode of transportation available to reach Ladakh as due to the heavy snowfall roads are closed. Experience Chadar trek in Ladakh winters and change your life forever. 

By Road:

A road trip to Ladakh is an adventure desired by every thrill-seeker in India. The roadway distance between Delhi to Ladakh is around 1000 kilometers if you take Delhi - Manali - Leh route. However, Delhi to Ladakh journey via Srinagar is a little longer with 1230 kilometers to cover. Read about the fixed departures of Ladakh beforehand to plan your holiday soon. 

If you are into landscape photography or thrilling adventures, you should opt for a road trip so that you can savour the wonders of nature on the way by taking halts wherever the scenery is the best. If you want to avoid mountain sickness, Delhi to Ladakh via Srinagar route is recommended as it lets you acclimatize with a gradual increase in altitude unlike the route via Manali. As the long distance between Delhi and Ladakh cannot be covered in a day, multiple stays during the journeys are necessary irrespective of which route you are taking. 

It usually takes 2 to 3 days to reach Ladakh via road depending upon the number of halts you take en route. The total travel time is 24 hours, approximately. Also, there is a direct bus which runs between Delhi to Ladakh that passes through Manali with an overnight stop at Keylong. It takes 40 hours to reach Ladakh from Delhi on this bus. Also, know more about the road trips to Leh Ladakh for the best road trip experience.

By Air and Road:

If you want to save some time without missing out on the adventurous and thrilling experience to travel via a road to reach Ladakh, you can take a flight to Srinagar and cover the rest of the journey on road. You can easily get a flight from Delhi to Srinagar which will only take 1.5 hours. Major airlines fly to Leh from Delhi like Air India, Jet Airways.

Ladakh lies at a distance of 420 kilometers from Srinagar. There are rental bikes, cars, and taxis available for Ladakh in Srinagar. So, upon reaching Srinagar, you can choose the option that suits your style and adventure, and start the expedition. It takes 11 to 12 hours to reach from Srinagar to Leh. While you drive through Srinagar - Leh highway, you will realize that this heavenly road connects one heaven to another. The sights of vast expanses of pastures and barren lands, and rivers flowing in the valleys will take your breath away.
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Best Time to Visit Leh

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Best Time to Visit Leh
With views to die for, Leh is a visual delight – another piece of heaven in Kashmir. It looks different during all the seasons but extremely scenic throughout the year. Most people prefer to visit Leh when the temperature is not too cold and the roads are clear with almost no probability of rainfall or snowfall, that is during May, June, July, and August. Then, the months of September and October bring along clear skies and chilly airs of the approaching winter, making it not so ideal time to visit Leh. After that, the winter season sets in, rendering the region isolated from the other parts of the country.

So, if you are planning a comfortable trip from Delhi to Leh, summers, and autumns are the best seasons. You can consider the months of May, June, July, and September for the trip. The winter months in Ladakh starting from November to March bring extremely low temperatures and frequent snowfalls along, making movement and acclimatization tough.
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Highway Routes of Delhi to Leh

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Route 1: Delhi – Manali – Leh

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Route 1: Delhi – Manali – Leh
Distance:
The road distance between Delhi and Leh via Manali is 1,005 km

Best Time to Visit:
It is advisable to avoid taking this route during the monsoon season as water crossings and landslides render the rods dangerous. And the route remains closed from peak winter months to April due to heavy snow. The best time to take this route is May – June,
and September – October.

Route Map:
Delhi – Chandigarh – 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
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Route 2: Delhi – Srinagar – Leh

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Route 2: Delhi – Srinagar – Leh
Best Time to Visit:
This route between Delhi and Leh opens before the Manali route. Delhi – Srinagar – Leh route generally remains open from April to mid-November. Post which, it becomes difficult for BRO to clear the snow, and the route is closed for tourists. June to October is the best time to take a trip to Leh via this route.

Distance: 
The road distance between Delhi and Leh via Srinagar is 1,230 km

Route Map:
Delhi – Patnitop – Srinagar – Sonmarg – Zozi La – Drass – Kargil – Batalik – Dah – Leh
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Places to Visit During Delhi - Manali - Leh Trip

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Chandigarh

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Chandigarh
Rightly popular as “The City Beautiful”, Chandigarh is not only one of the most desirable cities to live in, but also an excellent tourist destination you must explore on your Delhi to Leh trip. Before you make your way towards the mountains and high altitude regions, Chandigarh, with plenty of attractions for you to relish, calls for a halt.

The city is in stark contrast with Delhi in terms of being well-organized and clean. While Sukhna Lake is a perfect place to enjoy a quiet evening watching the sun drown, Rock Garden is another major attraction in the city that will impress you with its unique man-made sculptures and structures. Chandigarh is also a great place for foodies and shopaholics.

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Manali

Manali
Counted among the most popular hill stations in the entirety of India, Manali is a scenic town in the state of Himachal Pradesh located at an altitude of 2050 meters. Some of the major tourist attractions in Manali are Hidimba Devi Temple, Bijli Mahadev Temple, and Beas River. Apart from these tourist attractions, you have a long list of snow activities to try in Manali.

Furthermore, Manali also houses a few popular trekking trails, namely Bhrigu Lake Trek, Beas Kund Trek, and Bijli Mahadev Trek. Also, check out Manali Ladakh trekking for one of the most adventurous treks. You should definitely take a halt to get a glimpse of the beauty you are headed to experience on your journey ahead. Don't forget to know more about Manali to Leh highways, routes, and other details before planning a road trip to Leh.

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Rohtang Pass

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Rohtang Pass
As you move ahead of Manali, amazingly pretty vistas await you at Rohtang Pass. This pass is located at a distance of 51 km from Manali Town and boasts an elevation of  13,050 feet. If you are interested in landscape photography, you will find Rohtang Pass irresistible.

Green pastures with snow-clad mountains in the background will grab your attention instantly and will compel you to spend a couple of hours appreciating the beauty of the paradisiacal landscape that makes this spot an important stop on Delhi to Leh trip. If you visit Rohtang Pass in winters, you will find the entire place covered in white sheets of snow.

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Keylong

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Keylong
Lying 120 km north of Manali, Keylong is another beautiful place that is worth becoming your temporary destination on your Delhi to Leh journey. There are numerous natural and man-made wonders that make Keylong an excellent stopover on your dream trip.

Keylong is located in Lahaul and Spiti district, and the cultural nuances that can be seen here are quite different from that of Kullu and Manali. You will come across a number of monasteries here, the most prominent ones of which are Shashur and Kardhang monasteries. Besides, the magnificent sights of Baralacha La Pass and Suraj Tal here will take your breath away.

Click here to get the list of all the Monasteries in Ladakh that you must visit on your vacation to Leh Ladakh.
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Jispa

Jispa
At a short distance of approximately 20 km from Keylong lies this quaint village in Spiti and Lahaul district of Himachal Pradesh. Jispa is located at an elevation of 10,500 feet and holds within its realm a rich culture to experience and dreamy vistas to relish and click on your cameras.

The village is located by the river Bhaga and houses several chortens and stupas. The journey from Keylong to Jispa will become the highlight of your trip owing to the outstanding landscapes you will come across while driving amidst the snow-laden mountains. This beautiful place is definitely worthy of an overnight stay.

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Darcha

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Darcha
One of those remote villages in Lahaul that have earned a reputation among backpackers, Darcha is a remote village with a scarce population. This place, apart from being a common stopover, enjoys popularity among trekkers.

The unbelievably picturesque landscape of the village with lofty hills and mountains surrounding it makes it an excellent spot for shutterbugs where they can easily find some surreal frames to freeze. If you plan on staying at Darcha overnight, you are going to love the camping experience here because there will be millions of stars studded in a clear sky to keep you company.

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Zingzing Bar

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Zingzing Bar
If someone has taken a bike trip from Delhi to Leh, there is no way they would not remember Zingzing Bar. Lying 18 km ahead of Baralacha La between Jispa and Sarchu, this bar is an excellent point where you can park your vehicles and put your body to some rest before the enthralling journey that awaits ahead.

Beverages and food items are available here so that you can refuel your body. The spot, apart from relaxation and refueling, also offers peace, which is, of course, free of cost. Owing to the beautiful location of Zingzing Bar, many travelers can be seen clicking landscape pictures and selfies here.

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Baralacha La Pass

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Baralacha La Pass
If you are an adventure freak living in India, you must have heard of Baralacha La umpteen times. This high altitude pass is located on an elevation of 16,043 feet, and riding a bike here is a memory to treasure. That is the reason why anybody who has been on Delhi to Leh trip cannot resist uploading their selfies at Baralacha La Pass.

The region is blanketed with thick snow which makes passing through here a delightful yet a tough ride. This pass connects Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir to Lahaul in Lahaul and Spiti, and thus plays an important role in promoting the mobility in the region. 

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Sarchu

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Sarchu
This place played an important role being a major trading point in Silk Route and is now a popular tourist destination. The town sits at a whopping elevation of 14,070 feet above the sea level and serves as a stopover point during Delhi to Ladakh journey.

Due to its high altitude location, the place stays hidden under the whites of snow during winter months, so most tourists visit it between the months of June and September. Though place does not have much in terms of tourist attractions, taking an overnight break here is both enjoyable in best camps in Sarchu and necessary to stay in good shape.

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Gata Loops

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Gata Loops
If you have not taken Leh to Ladakh route yet, chances are, you have not heard of Gata Loops. It is basically a road section with 21 hairpin bends which is nerve-wracking as it is. The stories of paranormal sightings here make the place all the more terrifying. It is said that the ghost of a man who had died and buried here often makes appearances.

So, if you love mysteries, the place is going to serve as a great point, passing through which while hoping to catch a sight of the ghost will send chills down your spine in the already frosty atmosphere at a height of almost 15,000 feet.
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Lachulung La Pass

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Lachulung La Pass
Imagine how thrilling it would feel to drive at an altitude of 16,600 feet – that is the experience you will undertake while you pass through Lachulung La – a high altitude pass in Ladakh region. The pass connects the valleys of Tozay and Tsarap Chu.

The landscape created by the mountains around the pass wearing sheets of snow make it appear really stunning. This pass lies 54 km ahead of Sarchu and makes for a popular halt point where people love to treasure the moments by capturing videos and photographs

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Pang

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Pang
It is the world’s highest transit camp, boasting an altitude of 15,640 feet. It is an ideal spot to take a halt on your Delhi to Ladakh trip as food and accommodation are available here. The journey is sure to tire you with low oxygen levels and rugged roads, and places like Pang offer much-needed rest and recharge to the travelers.

The landscape of Pang introduces you to unique geography and vivid colors of Ladakh. Hence, it is also an excellent place to take out your cameras and indulge in a memorable photography session.

A good way to celebrate this beautiful world is to camp, it means to get away far from the madding crowd. So, here is a complete information about campsites in Ladakh for your next trip.
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Tanglang La Pass

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Tanglang La Pass
Ladakh is the land of high passes, so it is natural to expect a number of iconic high altitude passes while you cover your long journey from Delhi to Ladakh. Tanglang La is another popular spot that falls on the dream route.

Counted among the highest motorable roads in the world, Tanglang La Pass claims an elevation of 17,480 feet. The oxygen level decreases drastically by the time you reach this pass, so it is better to be prepared to fight mountain sickness out. The dramatic landscape of the pass under the dramatic sky looks absolutely stunning and will keep you busy with your camera for a while.

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Upshi

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Upshi
As you drive further from Tanglang La, the elevation will start to decrease and you will descend to reach Upshi. The site has a bridge spanning over Indus River which you are supposed to cross to continue your journey.

You may not have heard the name of this place before but you must have come across videos and pictures from this place in your Instagram feed. The place is extremely scenic and makes for a good place for a short stopover.
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Karu

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Karu
This is one of the most important places for taking a halt on Delhi to Leh trip. It is a small village inhabited by a small population, housing an army camp. What makes this place an important point on the trip is the presence of a petrol pump here. It is recommended to fill up your tanks at Karu before continuing with your journey.

If you are returning from Leh and do not have enough fuel, you must get it at Karu because there isn’t any fuel station anywhere near ahead. Karu is located at a distance of 30 km from Leh. 

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Leh

Leh
After a long journey full of horrors and treats, you will reach Leh Town located at an elevation of 11,480 feet, which is more than just a visual delight. The town houses a number of iconic places for you to discover including the renowned Shanti Stupa and Leh Palace.

You can also take a stroll in the vibrant market of Leh where you can spend some fun time shopping and dining. Leh also has a fair number of accommodation options that will soothe your body tired from the exhilarating trip. As far as the landscape is concerned, you just cannot get enough of beautiful attractions and activities in Leh

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Places to Visit During Delhi - Srinagar - Leh Trip

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Dal Lake

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Dal Lake
Inarguably the prettiest lake in the entire country, Dal Lake is the major reason why Kashmir is called “Paradise on Earth”. This lake located in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir state, is the most iconic site in the state. Watching a sunset while enjoying shikara boat ride in the tranquil waters of Dal Lake is the kind of experience that gets etched in one’s memory and stays there forever.

If you plan to visit Srinagar, a stay experience at a houseboat on the lake is a must to experience the authentic Kashmiri hospitality. The lake also gives ample opportunities to shutterbugs with vistas that will render you speechless.
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Sonmarg

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Sonmarg
A treat for your eyes and a soothing sensation for your soul, Sonmarg is a little piece of heaven for you on your Delhi to Ladakh trip. The valley is located at a distance of 87 km from Srinagar and is well-connected via roadway and railway.

While the valley features velvety green meadows surrounded by lush green forests during summers, winters whitewash this whole place, turning it into a fairyland. The views of imposing Himalayan peaks covered in snow make the valley appear all the more picturesque. Owing to its open meadows that are truly picture-perfect, Sonmarg is loved by photographers all over the country.
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Drass Valley

Drass Valley
It is a town in the Kargil district of Jammu and Kashmir with plenty of places to amuse the explorers visiting this place. Also known as “Gateway to Ladakh,” Drass is located at a distance of 60 km from Kargil Town.

Apart from numerous places of interest, what makes Drass a popular tourist destination is its breathtaking landscapes and its extreme climate. Drass is the coldest inhabited place in India and the second coldest in the world after Siberia. Some of the attractions you may cover on your visit to Drass are Ningnoor Masjid, Suru Valley, Manman Top, and Brigade War Gallery.


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Kargil

Kargil
One of the most important places in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Kargil Town is located in the Kargil district and is the second largest town in Ladakh after Leh Town. The region was not quite popular before the Kargil War that was fought in 1999 between India and Pakistan.

The town has in store for you some good stay options and a market with quite a few shops. Located at an altitude of 8,780 feet, Kargil has beautiful landscapes that are further adorned by the snow-covered mighty mountains that surround it from all sides. Kargil war Memorial and Jama Masjid are the major tourist attractions in Kargil.


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Mulbekh

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Mulbekh
This is an underrated place that is worthy of a visit on Delhi to Leh trip. It is a town lying at a distance of 45 km from Kargil and can be definitely considered for a short halt and little exploration. Mulbekh is an interesting site for culture vultures as it is replete with Buddhist structures.

Mulbekh is home to Mulbekh Monastery which consists of two gompas; one of which belongs to Drukpa sect and another one, Gelugpa sect. The town boasts an altitude of above 10,834 feet while the gompas are located at a height of 11,495 feet. Chamba statue is another famous attraction here.
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Lamayuru

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Lamayuru
It is a Buddhist monastery located in Lamayuru Town sitting at an elevation of 3,510 meters 127 away from Leh Town. This is one of the most prominent religious sites you should not miss on your journey to Leh as the construction of this monastery dates back to the 11th century.

The monastery complex is situated on Srinagar – Leh Highway and looks absolutely stunning when seen from a distance. It is one of those structures you would love to make a part of your Instagram feed, so make sure to keep your camera charges when you visit Lamayuru. 

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Leh

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Leh
Located at an altitude of 3500 meters, Leh is a paradise within the paradise that Kashmir is. It is the most important destination in the entire Ladakh region with a few tourist places to cheer you up and a lively, bustling market to meet your needs.

If you are on a bike trip from Delhi to Ladakh, Leh will comfort you with facilities that you could not expect on the highway you rode through. The town has guest houses where you can rest and a few eateries where you can celebrate your achievement of riding through the high altitude passes of Ladakh. Furthermore, the unique landscape of Leh will elate your spirit for adventure

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Things you Should Know for Delhi to Ladakh Trip

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Petrol Pumps

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Petrol Pumps
One of the most important aspects of Delhi to Leh trip is keeping your vehicle’s tank full because fuel stations are separated by long stretches of uninhabited areas. So, it is advisable to start your journey with a full tank and top up your fuel level wherever you find a station on the route to avoid trouble.

Manali – Leh Highway:

Manali: 
While in Manali, you can find an abundance of petrol pumps. This hill station town has a total of 6 petrol pumps.

Tandi: 
Moving 110 km from Manali, you can find a petrol pump in Tandi.

Karu: 
345 km from Tandi and 30km before Leh, you can also refuel your vehicles in Karu.

Leh: Arriving in Leh, one can also find quite a few petrol pumps. In addition to the few petrol pumps in Leh, you can refuel your vehicles at the petrol pump near the Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport in Leh (25 km from Leh city).


Srinagar-Leh Highway:

Srinagar: There are plenty of petrol pumps in Srinagar, so fill your tank before leaving here.

Nagbal: The next place with a petrol pump is Nagbal, 50 km from Srinagar.

Ganderbal: There are two petrol pumps in Ganderbal, 70 km from Nagbal.

Kargil: After a long stretch, you will find a petrol pump in Kargil.

Khalsi: 70 km before Leh district, Khalsi has an Indian Oil petrol pump.  

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ATMs

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ATMs
Though India may be heading towards cashless transactions, it is the cash that you need in the remote areas of Jammu and Kashmir. So, it is always wise to withdraw extra cash before starting your journey even though there are quite a few ATMs on the way.

Manali- Leh Highway:

It is strictly recommended that while going on Leh Manali highway you should carry a sufficient amount of cash, as you can find the scarcity of ATMs after leaving Leh/Manali. Though there are too many ATMs in Manali, giving you sufficient opportunities to withdraw cash, after Manali, there is only one ATM you will find in Keylong, which is on the way to Leh. 


Srinagar- Leh Highway:

Srinagar: All bank ATMs are available
Ganderbal: SBI, J&K Bank, HDFC Bank ATMs
Kangan: J&K Bank and ATM
Hari Ganiwan: J&K Bank ATM
Gund: J&K BanK ATM
Sonmarg: J&K Bank ATM
Drass: J&K Bank ATM, SBI ATM near Kargil War Memorial
Kargil: J&K Bank ATM
Saspol: SBI ATM

Only the SBI, Jammu and Kashmir Bank, HDFC, Axis Bank and ICICI Bank have their ATMs in Leh.
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Mechanics

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Mechanics

The journey is long and the roads are dangerous, so it is always advised to get your vehicle checked before embarking on the journey. 

Manali- Leh Highway:


In your journey along the Manali-Leh Highway, you can find mechanics and puncture shops around Marhi, Khoksar, Keylong, Darcha, Sarchu, and Upshi.

Srinagar- Leh Highway:

You can find numerous mechanics in Srinagar. However, when you leave Srinagar, almost all towns en route have mechanic shops and puncture repair shops available. When you are traveling on Srinagar – Leh Highway, you can find mechanics in towns and villages like Kangan, Gund, Baltal, Lamayuru, Mulbekh, and Nimmu.
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Must Visit Places in Ladakh

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Khardung La

Khardung La
Riding a bike on this pass is the wildest dream of every bike lover in India as it is one of the highest motorable roads in the world. Khardung La is a high altitude pass in the Himalayas, boasting an elevation of 17,582 feet. The pass, located in Ladakh region, is the gateway to Shyok Valley and Nubra Valley.

Khardung La happens to be one of the best places to visit in Ladakh from June to August. Hence, your Delhi to Ladakh trip is really incomplete without rolling the wheels over the snowy terrains of Khardung La. 


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Shanti Stupa

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Shanti Stupa
Easily among the most photographed structures in Ladakh, Shanti Stupa, built in 1991 by a Japanese Buddhists and Ladakh Buddhists, is a symbol of peace. Perched on a hilltop in Chanspa, this white-domed Buddhist Stupa is located at a short distance of 4 km from Leh city center and is a major attraction in Leh sightseeing. This place not only lets you feel peace and divinity but also offers magnificent views of Leh Town from a higher angle, making it a perfect place for photography.

Perhaps there is no better time to tour Ladakh region than during the festive season. Ladakh comes alive during festivals when people from different corners of the life comes together. Here is the list of all the festivals of Ladakh to enhance your trip.
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Pangong Lake

Pangong Lake
The most iconic of all the tourist places in Ladakh, Pangong Lake or Pangong Tso is a sight to behold. From its azure waters to the clouds floating above it and the mountains in its backdrop – everything about the lake is extremely dramatic.

The reflection of the mountains and the changing hues of the water with the change in shades of the sky make the lake appear something way beyond ordinary. The lake is located at an altitude of 14,270 feet and is 134 km long. Pangong Tso is a paradise for landscape photographers.

Camp around Pangong Lake is set to amidst the serene beauty of naked mountains which will definitely make your vacation a special one.

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Nubra Valley

Nubra Valley
Nubra Valley is known for its unique landscape where towering mountains bearing white snow surround vast deserts of golden sands. The barren landscapes of this valley, lying 150 km north of Leh, are ultimately scenic.

Nubra Valley is where the two major rivers, Shyok and Siachen meet. The fame enjoyed by Nubra is also greatly attributed to double-humped camels that are iconic to the valley’s character. When you visit the valley, do not skip a ride on the back of a camel. Here is everything you have to know about camel safari in Nubra Valley.

This landscape view of the valley also makes this place very famous for camping. Hence, these best Nubra Valley Camps will open up a world filled with gorgeous mountain sceneries, gurgling streams, lush valleys and ancient monasteries in the distant, all call out to you to come and live in this paradise

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Tso Moriri Lake

Tso Moriri Lake
If you are planning to explore the lesser-explored parts of Ladakh, Tso Moriri is an item your list should not miss. This is another scenic lake in Ladakh that appears like the great Pangong Tso Lake.

This lake located in Changthang Plateau of Ladakh is considered sacred by the locals. The surface elevation of Tso Moriri is 14,835 feet. Blue waters of the lake change their tones every now and then with the sky and make the lake appear magically beautiful.

If you are planning to stay overnight at the lake then Tsomoriri Camps are a perfect option to enjoy superb Tso Moriri accommodation which is well–known for luxurious stays.

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Magnetic Hill

Magnetic Hill
A hill in Ladakh that apparently defies the law of gravity. Magnetic Hill is among the major tourist places one should miss out on their trip to the region. It lies at a distance of 30 km from Leh Town.

When you are driving a vehicle here, it seems that the vehicle is moving uphill without any gravitational force pulling it down. However, the scientific explanation of the magnetism in the region is that it is purely an optical illusion. Nonetheless, Magnetic Hill is a popular place among people visiting Ladakh and is definitely worth a visit to spend some moments of bewilderment.


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Royal Leh Palace

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Royal Leh Palace
A magnificent palace overlooking the town of Leh, this site is an interesting place to learn about the past of the region. The palace which is in ruins now was built in the 16th century by the king Sengge Namgyal.

The palace was once inhabited by the royal family. History buffs are sure to enjoy a visit to this palace as it also houses a museum that features interesting articles. You can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding regions from the roof of the palace.

If you are looking for some amazing stays then check out this list of hotels in Leh and book one for your trip now.
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Tso Kar

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Tso Kar
This salt lake in Ladakh region surrounded by gorgeous landscape is a wonderful specimen of God’s artistry. As compared to Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri, this is smaller in size but appears equally charming as the other two lakes.

The lake is located in Rupshu Valley at a distance of 50 km from Tso Moriri and claims an elevation of 15,280 feet. It is a must visit a place to enjoy some moments of solace and solitude.
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Lamayuru Monastery

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Lamayuru Monastery
Take a step into the world of spirituality and peace by paying a visit to this iconic Buddhist monastery located on Srinagar – Leh Highway. It is one of the oldest and largest monasteries in Ladakh as its construction date back to some time around the 10th and 11th centuries. Perched atop a hillock against the backdrop of a snow-clad mountain, this monastery looks amazing.
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Alchi Monastery

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Alchi Monastery
Among the large collection of Buddhist monasteries in Ladakh, Alchi Monastery holds an important place. This is one of the most renowned Buddhist learning centers in Ladakh, and one of the oldest too.

Situated on the banks of Indus River, the monastery complex is quite photogenic and will compel you to take out your camera and click it along with its breathtaking scenery in the frame. Built in the 11th century, Alchi Monastery is located at a distance of 70 km from Leh.
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Shey Monastery

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Shey Monastery
Rested atop a hillock in Shey, 15 km south of Leh, Shey Monastery is an excellent place where you can spend a couple of hours learning about the Buddhist culture and breathing in the soothing peace of the place.

Shey Monastery was built in 1655 by the then king of Ladakh, Deldan Namgyal. Shey was once the summer capital of Ladakh, so the historical significance of the place is huge. The giant gold and copper statue of seated Shakyamuni Buddha at the monastery is noteworthy.
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Hemis National Park

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Hemis National Park
If you want to spot an elusive snow leopard, a visit to Hemis National Park will do. Extending over a region of 4400 sq. km, this park is a treat for all wildlife buffs and photographers visiting Ladakh.

The rich Himalayan biodiversity and unique landscapes set this wildlife apart from all the other wildlife parks you may have been to. The Hemis National Park also offers a number of trails for trekking in case you are planning for some offbeat adventure.

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Namgyal Monastery

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Namgyal Monastery
A tour of Buddhist monasteries in Ladakh is incomplete without a visit to Namgyal Monastery, which was built in the 15th century by King Tashi Namgyal. The major attraction at the monastery is a giant three-storeyed gold statue of Maitreya Buddha. The complex also houses rare manuscripts and religious scriptures.

The beautiful scenery of the Indus River and snow-capped Zanskar peaks can be relished from this site, which is probably the reason why this monastery is very popular among photographers.
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Spituk Gompa

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Spituk Gompa
This Buddhist monastery gives you an opportunity to meet monks and observe their lifestyle closely while reveling in the divine tranquility of the peaceful atmosphere that dominates the region. The gompa is located just 6 km away from Leh Town and is one of the major tourist attractions in the town.

From its architecture to its location, everything about the monastery has an air of divinity to it. Founded in the 11th century, the monastery houses a giant statue of Kali.
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Sangam Point

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Sangam Point
A sight so wonderful that it will make you stare in disbelief, Sangam Point is the confluence point of Zanskar and Indus rivers. When you look down at these two rivers flowing between towering snow-blanketed mountains to meet and flow as one, you will feel an urge to hide it away among the most treasured moments you have ever lived.

This is among the most popular tourist sites in the region and is visited by almost every person traveling to Leh. The place lies at a distance of 48 km from Leh Town. Owing to the stunning sight, Sangam Point is a great place for shutterbugs as well

Add some adventure to your trip in a fulfilling way by enjoying river rafting in Leh-Ladakh for an exceptionally fascinating experience.
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Gurudwara Pathar Sahib

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Gurudwara Pathar Sahib
Located at a distance of 25 miles from Leh town, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib is a highly revered religious place popular among visitors belonging to all faiths. It is believed that Guru Nanak had defeated a demon on the same spot where the gurudwara stands.

The original complex was built in the year 1517. Even local Buddhists worship Guru Nanak as Nanak Lama. If you take a halt here, do enjoy the delicious langar that is served here.\

Also, taste the adventure as you head out on an exciting Ladakh safari and get a chance to explore the beauty of the region
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The Hall of Fame

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The Hall of Fame
This war memorial located in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir is an important tourist attraction, frequented by hundreds of tourists every day. The museum was built in 1986 to commemorate the brave soldiers who lost their lives while protecting the nation.

The museum has on display weapons and uniforms used by Indian Army. Apart from inculcating in you to the spirit of patriotism, the museum also gives you an opportunity to learn about the culture and history of Ladakh.
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Thiksey Monastery

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Thiksey Monastery
Numerous times you must have spotted this iconic landmark in your Instagram feed as it is among the most photographed monasteries in Ladakh. Whenever you are traveling from Delhi to Ladakh, do grab the chance to add this pretty structure to your collection of photographs.

This Tibetan style monastery lies in Thiksey, 19 km away from Leh, and is affiliated with the Gelug Buddhists. This monastery, tucked atop a hill, overlooks the beautiful Indus Valley and is magnificent in its appearance.
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Diskit Monastery

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Diskit Monastery
Another popular example of the intriguing Tibetan architecture, Diskit Monastery is the oldest and the largest monastery in Nubra Valley of Ladakh and is frequented by locals and tourists alike. The monastery features a gigantic 100 feet tall statue of Lord Buddha which adds to the many reasons to visit this site.

This fascinating monastery complex was built by Changzem Tserab Zangpo in the 14th century. Splendid views of Nubra Valley can be observed from the top section of the monastery.

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Hemis Monastery

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Hemis Monastery
This is the monastery the wildlife park, Hemis National Park is named after. Located at a distance of 45 km away from Leh Town, Hemis Monastery is visited by tourists in great numbers during the Hemis Festival which is organized here every year in June.

The monastery looks absolutely stunning owing to the landscape it is the part of and Indus River that flows by it. Probably the largest monastery in Ladakh, Hemis Monastery was re-established in the year 1672 by Sengge Namgyal.
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