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Manali to Leh Tour Guide: What You Should Know Before Travelling

 
  • Manali to Leh road trip, an unforgettable journey of 474km into enchanting valleys, rugged terrains, picturesque mountains and scenic landscapes! The distance can be covered in two days typically with overnight stay options at places such as Keylong, Sarchu or Pang to name a few.

    Traversing through winding roadways and into mountain passes, you will be amazed at the ecosystem that thrives here. Almost touching the skies, the high altitude of these regions gives it a distinct look and feel. Fantastic scenery, historical trade routes and breathtaking views are highlights of this trip. 

    Best Time to Visit:


    June to September is the best time to travel down this route. If travelling by road, a person will take at least 2 days with adequate stops for rest.

    Manali to Leh Distance:


    The approximate distance from Manali to Leh 478 km

    Manali to Leh Road Map:


    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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  • 02Places to Visit during Manali to Leh Road Trip

  • 03 Manali

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    The highest point in the Kullu-Manali Valley, this is one of the most favoured hill stations near Delhi. Located on the Beas River Valley, it rises up to a height of 6,260ft above the sea level. Capped by a uniform layer of snow, it is amongst the best skiing destinations in India.

    Attractions: Rohtang Pass, Tibetan Monasteries, Solang Valley, Temples and Beas Kund

    Activities: Paragliding, Zorbing, Mountaineering, Trekking, Monastery Visits and Temple Tours

    Distance from Delhi: 550km

    Best time to visit: September to June

  • 04Rohtang Pass

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    On the Manali to Leh road trip, get spectacular and panoramic views from the Rohtang Pass. Located 51km from Manali, at an altitude of 3900m, it is a route that leads to places such as Pangi, Lahaul Spiti and Leh. You get views of beautiful snow-capped peaks and glaciers from here. It is in this vicinity that the Chandra River flows too.

    Just before getting to Rohtang Pass there is a Snow Point. You can enjoy yourself playing in the snow at this place. Open between June and October you can enjoy sledge rides and skiing during this time. 

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  • 05Keylong

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    Whether you want to enjoy scenic walks through laid-back villages or enjoy grand mountain views, Keylong is the place to be. Alongside this place is the resplendent Bhaga Valley with its riches of greenery. Being the capital city of Lahaul, Keylong is a popular stop among the tourists and trekkers for an overnight stay.

    More than this, it is adored as an oasis of greenery that has all the reasons to amaze the visitors. On a visit to Keylong, you can also visit monasteries such as Shasur and Gemur. 

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  • 06Jispa

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    A scenic and picturesque stretch of land, Jispa is located beside the Chandra River. Journey to this hamlet is one of the fascinating trails of the Manali – Leh tour. Decorated naturally by streams, scenic peaks, picturesque valleys and lush greeneries, it gets the visitors close to the Mother Nature.

    Due to its location; around 10,000ft above the sea level, it offers panoramic views of the surrounding like no other regions. A perfect setting for an overnight stay, there are numerous camping destinations in this village. While in this settlement, the different marvels of the nature will surely keep you spellbound. 

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    Adventure Camping at Jispa

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  • 07Darcha

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    Visit a picturesque Himalayan village called Darcha located beside the Bhaga River. From Keylong this place is around 23km. There is a huge camping ground available at Darcha which is commonly used as a camping ground by the tourists.

    Among all the enthralling treks in this region, the Darcha-Padum trek is the most popular. If you have enough time during your Manali-Leh tour, you can plan this 9-10 days trek and experience a world never seen or imagined before. 

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  • 08Zingzing Bar

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    A peace-over joint located on the way to Ladakh; between Jispa and Sarchu, Zingzing Bar is one of the highest roadside bars in the world. Well, don’t go by its name! More than bar, it is a resting ground of the army cadets and the exhausted travelers. None of the Manali to Leh road trips can get complete without a visit to this bar.

    This place has an ambience that is almost on the verge of meditative bliss. You can simply sit and sip your tea and be at peace with yourself. The charisma of this place is such that, within a very few moments, you can feel all the peace descending on you. 

  • 09Baralacha La

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    Located in the altitudinous sections of the Zanskar region, this is a mountain pass or the confluence point of many roads. Connecting Lahaul to Ladakh, you pass through this plateau surrounded by mountain ranges such as Pir Panjal and Himalayas.

    Towering at over 16,000 feet, from Baralacha La, you can see the three valleys that surround it. Dividing the Bhaga and Yunam Rivers, this place is a starting point for the popular Suraj Tal trek.
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  • 10Sarchu

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    Located on the Manali – Leh highway and surrounded by the Himalayan range is a beautiful region called Sarchu. Locally known as ‘Sir Bhum Chum’, it is a perfect destination for camping and overnight stay, you can enjoy a night’s sleep amidst a treasure trove of scenery.

    At an altitude of 14300 feet, expect the winds to be cooler than usual, but refreshing nevertheless! You are encompassed by picture-perfect scenic quotients. The sight of the majestic mountains overlooking you from a distance is equally thrilling; the experience is inexplicable and surreal.

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    Camping Experience at Sarchu near Manali

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  • 11Gata Loops

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    Not many people know of this place except for those who have been on the road from Manali –Leh. Anyone who has been to Gata Loops would describe it as a stunning region nestled in the Western Himalayas. Getting to this place and getting out of it is as thrilling as well.

    There are about twenty one winding curves along the road from Gata Loops. Adding to the adventurous sojourn, is its high altitude. Once you get here, you do feel like being at 17,000 feet above sea level, given the crispness of the winds and diffused sunlight. As you travel along the hairpin bends and curves, feel the adrenaline rush of being challenged by the terrain.

  • 12Lachulung La

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    Located on the Leh-Manali route, this is a mountain pass at about 16,000 feet above sea level. From here you get undulating views of the scenery beyond. You can see the entire Ladakh plateau in some sweeping glance of your eyes. Located 54 km from Sarchu, this mountain pass is considered a relatively easy route to traverse.

    There is a nala that passes through this place and simply moving alongside can accomplish your task of crossing this pass. After crossing Lachulung La, the landscape changes where the road meanders through a canyon. 

  • 13Pang

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    This is the place where the highest army transit camp exists. Traditionally a stop for the armed forces, Pang is now a stop for tourists as well. The scenery of this place is breathtakingly different.

    The high altitude of this place combined by beautiful surrounding scenery makes Pang a perfect place to take a break whilst on the tour. Being a remote region, one is assured to enjoy the vistas of naturalistic delights. 

  • 14Tanglang La

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    One of the highest mountain passes in the Ladakh region, the Tanglang La pass is like a jewel in the crown on the Manali – Leh stretch. Claimed to be the second highest motorable mountain pass on the planet, your ascent from here is unceasingly upwards. It is like driving towards the clouds given that they are so close as well.

    Along the way, the snow clad mountains will mesmerize you for sure. During the journey through this high-altitude place, you can witness the Tso Kar Lake behind the gigantic mountains. 

  • 15Upshi

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    Located along the Indus River and 45 km southeast of Leh, is a quaint and picturesque village called Upshi. Towards the east of this region is an ancient trading route that is connected to Tibet. There is also a helipad on this route that is used by helicopter-borne tourists and the armed forces.

    As the main economic activity around this region is goat farming, you can witness the goat farmers and their livestock in abundance all through the way. Tiny villages cocooned within the region adds to the pristine and surreal beauty of Upshi. Nothing short of bliss, living and staying in this paradisiacal village is indeed a privilege!

  • 16Karu

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    At Karu, you are flanked by lofty mountain peaks and hills. In this secluded bliss, you are charmed by the beauty of nature. The manifestations of nature’s finest representations lies at their best in this region. Sparkling streams, resplendent valleys and majestic mountains are the hallmarks of this region. 
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  • 18 Best Manali to Leh Road Trip Packages

  • 19Bike Tour from Manali to Leh

    Bike Tour from Manali to Leh
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    About the Activity:
    • Take the toughest roads of Leh in a 12D/11 N long bike ride trip around Leh, the most beautiful valley in northern India.
    • Catch a Volvo bus from Delhi, travel overnight to reach Manali the next morning, get a short drive around Manali.
    • Make your trip exciting with a ride to cross Rohtang pass, then visit Keylong and Jispa; and the next day, cross another pass, the Baralacha pass before you reach Sarchu.
    • Roam around Leh, visit many local places and attractions to have  beautiful sightseeing day in between.
    • Pangong lake makes the trip more enjoyable because the view of the lake amidst the greenery is something very charming and exhilarating.
    • Take a ride to see Tsomoriri lake too after riding for 8 hours which is located in the Indus Valley of Ladakh and also visit Sarch before you get back to Manali.
    • Board an overnight Volvo bus to reach Delhi the next morning and your awesome trip ends there.
  • 20Manali To Leh Cycling Tour 2016

    Manali To Leh Cycling Tour 2016
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    About the Destination:

    Manali to Leh cycling expedition is a scenic ride traversing through some of the highest passes in the world making it one of the most challenging rides to beat. Cutting across beautiful trails with the Himalayas serving as the perfect backdrop, one can cross Tanglang La, the world’ second highest motorable pass standing at 5280m before entering Manali. The route from Manali to Leh is straightforward with the roads either being completely dirt or tarmac.

    In the Manali Leh cycling tour explore rougher dirt tracks while making some tough climbs along with gut-wrenching descents. Everyday the distance covered ranges from 40 to 80 km traversing altitudes over 4000 m. Not only will this invigorating route comprise cycling from Leh in the Indus Valley to the alpine Kullu Valley covering a total of 470 km, but it also cuts across three mountain ranges of Zanskar, main Himalayas and Pir Panjal Range. Altogether one exceeds 29000 feet in altitude  crossing passes like the Khardung La, Tanglang La and Baralacha La (4890m). 

    Temperature: Around 25 degrees (Day) to 10 degrees (Night)

    Max Alt: 5328m (Tanglang La)

  • 21Bike Trip from Leh to Leh

    Bike Trip from Leh to Leh
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    About the Activity:
    • Leh, situated at 3500 m from sea level, is a place of absolute marvel.
    • Located in the upper Himalayas, this quaint district offers incredible sights and scenery.
    • This bike trip of 7 days is a chance to experience the uniqueness of Leh and the Indo-Tibetan culture that exists in perfect harmony there.
    • The trip covers areas like Pangong lake, Khardong-La and Nubra along with Leh.
    • Get ready for the adventure ride of a lifetime as you explore the town that once was a major commercial spot on the silk route during this 7 day trip. 
  • 22Jeep Tour from Manali to Srinagar

    Jeep Tour from Manali to Srinagar
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    About the Activity:
    • Fixed Departure: July 9, 2016, July 23, 2016, August 13, 2016, and September 3, 2016
    • It is a dream of all adventure enthusiasts, motor sports lovers and leisure travelers to drive through the daunting and highest motorable passes of the world above 3500 meters.
    • Once you reach Manali from your destination by air, rail and road. There is good connectivity of flights that links Manali  to Delhi airport.
    • Visit a famous temple and check out other sightseeing spots with picturesque mountains and scenic landscapes in and around Manali.
    • Take a drive from Manali to various destinations including Jispa, Sarchu, Leh, Hunder, Panamik, Chang La, Pangong Tso, Srinagar and many more.
    • Enjoying the most amazing journey of their life sitting on the back seats. You can feel the effect of gravity, atmosphere low on air, freezing temperature.
    • Also visit the most famaous attractions like Shey Gompa, Thiksey,  Gompa Hemis and many winding roadways into mountain passes.
    • Your support team makes this challenging journey very smooth and safe without tampering the fun and adventure as you end the trip in Srinagar.
  • 23Manali To Leh Jeep Expedition

    Manali To Leh Jeep Expedition
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    About the Activity: 

    From the pleasantly hospitable town of Manali, the Manali to Leh Jeep expedition  takes you on a roller coaster drive through distinct geographies portraying diverse geographies. From hill town to high altitude arid desert, this safari is one mega experience.

    The Manali to Leh by road traverses over five high altitude Himalayan passes such as Rohtang (3,978m), Keylong (3,350m), and Tanglang La (17,585ft) showcasing an ever changing dynamic landscape that alters from barren lands to lush green pastures. A drive through Skyangchu Thang, the biggest and highest plateau on earth on a stretch of 42kms leaves you breathless. For you to capture moments like these, the safari also includes a brief photography workshop to help arrest high altitude frames with more panache.

    By the end of the journey multi-hued prayer flags, Tibetian chortens, and friendly locals would be etched in your memories for a very long time to come.   

  • 24Bike Tour to Leh and Srinagar from Delhi

    Bike Tour to Leh and Srinagar from Delhi
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    About the Activity:
    • Prepare for a 12D/11N bike trip in Leh and Srinagar, if you are really a enthusiast about travelling, try to partake in this trip.
    • Start your trip from Delhi after boarding an overnight Volvo bus to Manali, after reahing Manali, enjoy a local ride over there.
    • Ride to Jispa, enjoy an overnight stay there after exploring Jispa for sometime, visit Barlacha Pass prior to reaching Sarchu.
    • Gear up your bike to meet the enchanting beauty of Pangong lake by car or bike as per your wish and while you return to Leh, get a chance to visit Thiksey monastery.
    • Also, visit the Khardong La and Nubra by car or bike, get back to Leh for a local exploration and an overnight stay.
    • From Leh, speed up your bikes to reach Lamayuru and then finally you will reach Kargil, visit Zozila pass before your go ahead to reach Srinagar and on the final day depart from Srinagar and you tour ends.
  • 25Jeep Safari and Photo Tour from Srinagar to Leh-ladakh

    Jeep Safari and Photo Tour from Srinagar to Leh-ladakh
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    About the Activity:
    • Embark on this amazing jeep safari tour of Leh and its surrounding region.
    • Start your journey by arriving in Srinagar.
    • Explore Srinagar and its surrounding locations and get acclimatized. 
    • Next day, start your jeep safari  towards Leh via Sonmarg, Zojila Pass, Drass War Memorial, Kargil, and Mulbek Buddha.
    • After reaching Leh, explore the beautiful town and some of its most beautiful locations.
    • Continue your journey from Leh to Nubra Valley via the Khardung La pass, which is the highest motorable pass in the world.
    • Visit the Pangong lake and get a chance to stay in the camp near the lake.
    • End your amazing trip by heading back to Srinagar from Leh.
  • 26Manali to Leh Cycling Trip

    Manali to Leh Cycling Trip
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    About the Activity: 
    • Explore the breathtaking Himalayas atop two wheels on this enthralling cycling trip across Manali and Leh.
    • Start your trip from Manali and make your way across 5 passes with a maximum altitude of Khardung La (5602 mts).
    • Pass by Rohtang Pass, Bara Lachha La, Naki La & Lachu lung La and many more. 
    • Cycle through loopy passes, high altitude peaks, cold deserts and breathtaking snow filled landscapes. 
    • Conclude your 11 day tour by arriving at your stunning destination of Leh.

  • 27Motorcycle Ride from Leh to Manali

    Motorcycle Ride from Leh to Manali
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    About the Activity:
    Fixed Departures: 18th June 2016, 16th July 2016, 13th August 2016
    • Use the opportunity to take a Royal Enfield ride to have a view of the most beautiful valleys in Leh and Manali and the trip will take eight days and seven nights.
    • After arriving in Leh, you can get familiarized with the climate and get to know about the places. On the second day have some practicing rides on the bullet and prepare for the long riding session.
    • From Leh ride to Pangong Tso lake, feel the beauty of the lake where you can relax for an overnight stay.
    • Ride for few kilometers along the Pangong lake, have a glance of the nature's possessions and come back to Thiksey, take rest and get prepared for the highway ride next day.
    • On your ride to Sarchu from Thiksey, you come to have halts at Taglang La, Lachlung La and Nakee La.
    • Enjoy the sight of Baralach La at 16500 feet altitude on your way to reach Keylong and on the last day you will reach Manali where your tour ends by the evening.
  • 28Manali To Leh Cycling Tour

    Manali To Leh Cycling Tour
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    About the Destination:

    Fixed Departure: 26th July 2016


    Situated among the blessed lands of Himachal Pradesh, Manali is a favourite destination among leisure and nature lovers alike. The undulating terrains of the Pir Panjal and Himalayan Ranges make this destination a veritable paradise for adventurists seeking to feel that rush of adrenaline surge through their hearts.

    Framed by mountains on all its sides the tiny village of Leh is a gem nestled in the laps of the mighty Himalayas. A land of extremes, the land boasts of a rich cultural heritage blessed by the lamas and yet hides in its arms, landscapes that are almost untouched in their wilderness.

    About the Activity with Details:

    Considered as one the most challenging cycling trails in the world, the Manali Leh cycling trip is truly a call for adrenaline junkies! Endowed in stunning treasures of nature, this route makes for an extreme adventure quest for the cyclists.

    The Manali to Leh cycling tour takes you through the lush alpine forests of Manali, picturesque villages of Lahaul, past the vast planes of Sarchu and into the colourful and rich Leh. On the way you, challenge yourself to cross the treacherous 21 zigzag Gata Loops up the canyon wall. You will overcome the mighty Khardung La Pass, the highest motorable pass in the world that rises up to 5,600m. From the pass, enjoy panoramic views of the Indus Valley Civilisation in the south to Zanskar Valley in the north right up the enormous slopes of Saser Massif.

    NOTE: Total cycling distance: 630km

  • 29Motorcycle Expedition from Manali to Srinagar Via Ladakh

    Motorcycle Expedition from Manali to Srinagar Via Ladakh
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    About the Activity:

    • Indulge in a 11D/10N long motorcycle expedition from Manali to Srinagar via Ladakh and rivet in the salubrious nature of the Himalayan ranges.
    • Arrive in Manali in the morning and the whole day is yours to explore the villages and local markets before you get ready for an exciting bike trip to Srinagar.
    • Take the route that covers Baralacha la pass and then reach Sarchu where you can see the Mulkila and Barashiigra peaks in an elaborate way.
    • Ride through Lachlung La and Tanglang La passes and descend to the Indus valley, then reach Leh for an exciting experience amidst the green fields and scenery.
    • Also ride toward Khardung La, one of the biggest motor-able passes in the world and then to Hunder for a scintillating view of the entire valley; also visit Diksit monastery.
    • Engage in a trip to Samstanling gompa in Sumoor, find solace in the peaceful location.
    • Begin your journey to Chang La; ride to Pangong Tso lake, Tso Moriri and Tso Kar and then reach Kargil from where you will drive to Sri Nagar; your bike ride ends at night with a delicious dinner.
  • 307 Days Motorcycle Safari in Ladakh

    7 Days Motorcycle Safari in Ladakh
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    About the Activity:
    Fixed Departures: 23rd June 2016, 06th July 2016, 21st July 2016, 03rd August 2016, 18th August 2016, 31st August 2016
    • Embark in this exciting 7 days mountain viking tour from Leh to Ladakh and explore the majestic beauty of this region.
    • Arrive at the Leh airport and get transferred to the hotel. Meet your fellow riders and get briefed about the riding in Ladakh.
    • Ride to the most awaited Khardung -la (5580m.) 39km from Leh and enjoy clicking pictures at Highest Motorable Road of the World.
    • Continue riding towards North Pullu and then towards Nubra Valley.
    • Next ride back to Leh and enjoy the sight of Diskit Gompa, 50ft tall statue of Maitreyi. Head towards Sumur and take the road back to Khardungla pass.
    • Start riding on the  Leh – Manali highway and after getting the permits proceed to the Mighty Chang La Pass (5289M) after crossing the crazy stream called “PagalNala”.
    • Continue riding through the Tanksey and then reach Pangong. Next reach Lukung and enjoy the magnificent view of this region.
    • After a delicious morning breakfast leave for the most exotic and the enchanting beauty of the lake. Climb to the Changlang la pass and reach Karu.
    • Depart from Ladakh and bid farewell to your fellow riders.
    • Head back home with lots of memories.




  • 31Things to Carry on Manali to Leh Road Trip

    Things to Carry on Manali to Leh Road Trip

    Some of the most important things that you must carry on your trip to Leh-Ladakh must be:

     - As the temperature varies and becomes freezing cold after reaching Leh, it is recommended that you carry a good number of woollen clothes including jackets, gloves, sweaters, etc.

    - Take a good pair of shoes because the terrain is rough, and hence, you would need a good grip while walking.

    - As you will be gaining the altitude during the trip, there are fair chances that you may get the altitude sickness. Hence, carry the recommended medicines and first-aid kit along with insulin, inhalers etc., which can be helpful in emergencies.

    - During your trip, also carry sufficient amount of clean drinking water, energy foods and drinks as there will be very less food stalls and restaurants on the way till Leh and keep yourself hydrated.

    - A few other things you must carry during your trip to Leh are torch light with extra set of cells and bulbs, hiking gears, power banks for storing electricity charge for your phones and cameras, sunglasses, caps etc. It is advised that you carry at least four to five power banks because of the shortage of electricity in the hilly areas. 

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  • 34Petrol Pumps on Manali – Leh Highway

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    1) Manali

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

    2) Tandi

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

    Distance from Manali to Tandi: 110 Kms

    3) Karu

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

    Distance from Tandi to Karu: 345kms

    4) 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 Leh Airport (25 km from Leh).

    Distance from Karu to Leh: 30kms

    Note: Petrol is also available in the road side grocery stores between Manali to Leh highway. However, the quality of the fuel cannot be guaranteed.

  • 35ATMs on Manali-Leh Highway:

    ATMs on Manali-Leh Highway:
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    It is strictly recommended that while going on the trip from Manali to Leh you carry sufficient  amount of cash, as you can find the scarcity of ATMs after leaving 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. 

    However, it is not mandatory that the ATM in Keylong will be in working condition. Aftermath, you will directly find ATMs in Leh, which will be limited in number. 

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

    Hence, make sure you have sufficient cash for the trip from the beginning only. Also, except a few antique shops, the majority of restaurants and hotels do not accept the credit or debit cards, please carry enough cash with you on your trip.

  • 36Mechanics on Manali-Leh Highway

    Mechanics on Manali-Leh Highway
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    Along your journey along the Manali-Leh Highway, you can find mechanics and puncture shops around Marhi, Khoksar, Keylong, Darcha, Sarchu and Upshi.
  • 37Mobile Phones and STD Booths

    Mobile Phones and STD Booths
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    The only service providers in the valley of Leh are the BSNL, Airtel and Aircel. Hence, the people who have the post-paid connections from these operators, can enjoy a hassle free connectivity during their visit to Leh. On the other hand, if you do not have the post-paid connection from the aforementioned service providers, there are only two options for you: First, either buy a prepaid connections from the mentioned service providers, or just use the overcrowded phone booths located in the Leh city.

    As the city of Leh has considerable amount of Army, the phone booths in the city are almost always crowded and you can find a lot of soldiers waiting in line to talk to their loved ones, especially in the booths located near the main market or the main road of Leh.

    However, if you want to buy the prepaid sim from BSNL, Airtel or Aircel, it is one of the toughest tasks for the Indian nationals. As the Indian Govt. considers the regions of Leh-Ladakh and Jammu & Kashmir as sensitive areas, getting a SIM card is a daunting process for Indians. Hence, it is recommended that you do not apply for the SIM cards until you are planning to stay for long in the city. On the other hand, the foreign nationals can easily get the prepaid connections and the process is pretty straight forward. They only have to submit photocopies of passport and two passport sized photogrpahs while submitting the application for the SIM cards. 

  • 38Places for Night Stopover:

    1) Keylong

    Located 117 km away from Manali, Keylong is the first place to take a break for the night while on the Manali to Leh bike trip. Listed below are some of the best hotels that goes easy on the visitor’s pockets:

    • Hotel Dekyid,
    • Hotel New Gyespa,
    • Hotel Tashi Delek,
    • HPTDC Hotel Chandrabhaga,
    • Valley View Hotel

    Distance between Manali to Keylong: 117 Kms

    2) Sarchu

    After Keylong, one can also halt at Sarchu, which is located around 223 km from Manali or 96km from Keylong. Also this region is one of the popular destiantions for overnight camp stays, tent stays. Some of the best lodging and dining options are mentioned below:            
    • Himalayan Saga Camps
    • Goldrop Camps
    • Planet Himalaya Camps
    • Antrek Camps
    • Blue Poppy Camps

    Distance between Manali to Sarchu: 223 Kms

    3) Leh

    Located 357km from Keylong and 250km from Sarchu, upon your arrival in Leh, you can relax around a number of hotels that are solely meant for the tourists. Most of these hotels are located within the easy reach from the main town. Some of the places to stay in Leh:

    • Ladakh Sarai
    • Hotel Nalanda Ladakh
    • The Grand Dragon Ladakh
    • Ladakh Residency

    Distance Between Keylong to Leh: 357 Kms

    Distance between Sarchu to Leh: 250 Kms

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  • 39Safety Tips and Guidelines:

    Safety Tips and Guidelines:
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    Leh-Ladakh is not yet another normal tourist destination to go for. As the majority of the tourist destinations in Ladakh are located above 10,000 feet, it is important that you get acclimatized to the location before you continue your journey and follow some of the important safety tips and guidelines for Ladakh trip. So, here are some of the tips and guidelines for your safety for the trip.

     - Under any circumstances, do not consume any kind of anti-depressant drugs, alcohol, smoking and tobacco, because, being at the higher altitudes, you will face respiratory troubles.

    - Do not over-exert and avoid any kind of physical activity, which can give unnecessary exertion to your body.

    - Avoid sleeping at the higher altitudes. It is recommended that after spending a day at the higher altitudes, you move back down to the lower ones in the evening and spend overnight.

    - Keep yourself hydrated throughout the trip. Consume lots of ORS water or other types of fluid, which can be soup, milk, tea, fruit juices etc. However, do not be over hydrated too, as it can cause you to vomit or can develop cerebral edema like weakness, confusion, hyponatremia or even coma.

    - Have a diet rich in carbohydrates, because you need calories on higher altitudes and food rich in carbohydrates have around 70 percent of calories in them.

    - Please carry a sufficient amount of AMS preventive medication, though it is recommended that you do consult with your doctor before doing so, as different medications may have different side effects.

  • 40Rules for Inner Line Permits

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    For Indian Nationals:

    - From 2014 onwards, the Indian nationals would no longer require any kind of inner line permits to visit Ladakh. This is applicable to visit areas like Turtuk, Panamik, Khaltse, Pangong, Changthang, Hunder, Nubra Valley Tso Kar and Tso Moriri and few others.

    - Indian nationals must carry their nationality proof (ID proof) such as: Driving Licence, Voter ID, Passport and other similar.

    - Whenever enquired, the visitors should produce their ID proofs at the check points.

    - For the bikers, while crosiing regions like Hanle, Chusul, Tsaga, beyond Loma bend, Chumur, Marsimik La and Batalik Sector, inner line permits are a must.

    - This permit can be easily obtained from Leh DC office within 9:00am-3:00pm.

    For Foreign Nationals:

    - To visit areas like Turtuk, Panamik, Khaltse, Pangong, Changthang, Hunder, Tso Kar and Tso Moriri and few others, the foreign nationals must obtain the inner line permits.

    - Also, to visit Hanle, Chusul, Tsaga, beyond Loma bend, Chumur, Marsimik La and Batalik Sector, the foreign nationals must have the inner line permits.

    - These permits are usually valid for 3 weeks and can be easily obtained with the help of the local tour operators from Leh DC Office.

    - Foreign nationals, with acception from Bhutan, Burma, Nepal and Pakistan, also need to obtain PAP or the Protected Area Permit to visit the above mentioned places. This permit is issued at the Leh DC Office and is allowed only to a group of four or more foreign nationals and is valid for 7 days.

    - While travelling Suru and Zanskar valleys, inner line permits are not required. However, this permit doesn't allow them to beyond Merek Village in the Mahe or Pangong village.

    - Photo ID proof are a must to obtain the inner line permit. Passport, Driving Lisence or Voter's ID will do the required.
  • 41Information about AMS

    Information about AMS
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    There is a possibility that you might suffer from Altitude sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). One should be weary of the following symptoms.

    -       Lack of appetite

    -       Nausea or vomiting

    -       Fatigue or weakness

    -       Dizziness

    -       Swelling of hands , feet, and face

    -       Insomnia

    -       Shortness of breath upon exertion

    -       Nosebleed

    -       Persistent rapid pulse or drowsiness.

    It is advisable that you carry certain medication and stay hydrated. If your health doesn’t permit, kindly go down to a lower altitude and take rest.

  • 42Documents to Carry

    Documents to Carry
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    For the Indian nationals, it is mandatory to carry at least one ID proof, which can be the Aadhar Card, Voter ID, PAN Card, and Indian Passport, as you will be required to present it in some of the restricted places in the Leh region. Also, carry the attested copies of your ID proofs, in case you need to submit the same for inline permits for the restricted areas.

    For Foreign nationals, it is mandatory that they carry a copy of their passport and visa, along with the original ones. 

  • 43Manali to Leh Bus

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    Leh is approximately 500 km from Manali and there are plenty of buses between Manali and Leh, operated by the JKSRTC and HPTDC. The one way ticket of Manali to Leh will cost you around Rs. 2500 per person, with an overnight stay in Keylong. Also, these services are only operational from July 1st to September 15th every year.