Best Time To Visit
Since Mumbai has a very humid climate and is almost reversible than the dry and barren Ladakh, one must look for the best time slot to cover Mumbai to Ladakh distance easy. The summer months between May to September is one of the best time slots to land in Leh, take drives on unhindered but dusty roads and get mesmerized with each view followed by various monasteries that fall on its way. If chilled winters are your real call with snowfall and frozen lakes, then visit Ladakh in months of November to March.
But one has to note that roads are blocked during the season due to heavy snowfall and blocked roads. Also, one needs to take only flight as a medium to commute for reaching Leh airport. So, winters could be harsh on your trip making the sightseeing a lot more difficult. Hence, we recommend taking a visit during the months of May-September. In this also, consider monsoon months of August-September which can make the roads slippery. Be prepared with the cautions and move ahead safely.
How to reach Leh From Mumbai?
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Only 2 trains travel this route on selected days. One may also need to break the journey if in case, the days are not falling in sync. From a General ticket to AC-II tier, the price ranges from Rs. 419 to Rs. 2830.
This is definitely the most time-consuming
route but most thrilling in a way. Surprisingly, Mumbai to Leh distance runs
around 2418 km via NH 48 and driving through it is a challenge on its own, for
sure. A maximum of 3-5 days will cover the whole distance from one side, mostly
depending upon the number of stopovers and capability to drive.
The price of the whole trip needs to be calculated by yourself by including the type of bike or car rental, stopover stays, petrol or diesel, food consumed and other mechanical issues that cannot be totally ignored. We would just say ‘Let the adventure begin!'
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Mumbai to Ladakh Road Trip Route
Route 1: Mumbai - Manali - Leh
A distance of approx 2418 km in straight North direction will lead you to Leh through Manali. Now, this is also your choice and craze whether you wish to add new stopovers in between to cover multiple other places.
Route: Mumbai – Surat – Baroda – Ajmer – Jaipur – Delhi – Kurukshetra – Chandigarh – Mandi – Manali – Keylong – Leh is the most followed route to reach Leh with good road conditions, a variety of cuisines, new wildlife experiences, a variety of shopping locations and beautiful architecture to notice it.
Start the journey in the early morning and head out with a prepared packing a day earlier. You will be covering ‘Aamchi Mumbai' to Baroda very easy in a day as the distance is approx. 420 km and requires 7-8 hours drive. If wish to cover ahead, one can drop at Ajmer which is 610 km more from here.
Move ahead with Jaipur, the royal city and observe the pink city even from the beginning of the fortress and old highways. Keep moving ahead with Delhi which is approximately 6 hours drive from Jaipur. The Aravalis will follow your route smartly and you can see them finishing in Delhi's crowd.
The next destination takes you to Kurukshetra which is just 2 hours drive away from Delhi. Once on crossing the city and start moving towards Chandigarh, one gets jazzed up with the proximity of Himalayan foothills. Don't forget to visit Rock garden which explains the value of recyclable materials deeply.
On the same day when you started from Delhi, if your vehicle, body and time permits, hop on towards Mandi. Mandi will tell you straight that the cooler weather will greet you soon and hill peaks begin to play peek-a-boo with every passing kilometer.
Manali or the major stopover of the Mumbai to Ladakh route and is just 4 hours away. A drive of approximately 12 hours will bring you close to Leh. You will be traveling Manali – Gramphu – Khokhsar – Sissu – Keylong – Jispa – ZingZing Bar – Sarchu – Pang – Tanglang La – Miru – Upshi – Karu – Leh to cover the rest of the path.
From soothing views to beautiful temples,
green peaks to cloudy weather; all will be your companion on this route. Near
to Leh, barren lands and dusty mounts will greet with a huge smile and open
arms. Now you have actually crossed a journey of an altitude ranging from 14 m
to 3500 m. Isn’t that a Wow?
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Route 2: Mumbai - Srinagar - Leh
Things To Know For Mumbai- Ladakh Road Trip
Petrol Pumps on Manali-Leh Highway
Petrol Pumps on Srinagar Leh Highway
ATMs on Manali-Leh Highway
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ATMs on Srinagar Leh Highway
ATM services are available in the town of Kargil with SBI, HDFC and J&K Bank branches. But the only irony you might face is the availability of cash in the ATMs. So, a safe side would recommend you to take good cash in Srinagar only. Also, Petrol pumps in Kargil do not accept any kind of credit or debit cards as well.
Mechanics on Manali-Leh Highway
Mechanics On Srinagar Leh Highway
Must Visit Places in Ladakh
Distance from Leh: 40 Km North
About the Place: Built-in 20th century only, relics of Buddha are present inside the ‘anda’ of the construction which was enshrined by 14th Dalai Lama. This high altitude stupa has its own charm and grand with two grand floors.
Distance from Leh: 5km North of Leh
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About the Place: Soothing to eyes and soul, the lake attracts hundreds of visitors and bird-watchers who relish the view in midst of the scenic Himalayas around. Also, when the lake freezes in harsh winters, it gives a very different feeling of a frozen river or ‘chadar’.
Distance from Leh: 225 km South East of Leh
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About the Place: Tso Moriri lake has brackish but clean waters which also freezes in winters despite the conditions, just like Pangong. One can also give a treat to their eyes with the sights of migratory birds and distinct species around the lake and capture the best scenic moments in their cameras and eyes.
Distance from Leh: 220 km Southeast of Leh
Distance from Leh: 2.5 km from the city center
About the Place: It is said that the magnetic properties of earth attract the vehicles as if they start to move uphill by itself while defying gravity. Various theories attaching to the same makes it more interesting. It is also said that optical illusion is behind the self-moving vehicle uphill. Whatever it is, its prominence has made the location a major attraction in Ladakh itself.
Distance from Leh: 40 km West of Leh
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Distance from Leh: 153km Southeast of Leh
About the Place: This Buddhist Gompa was built in old 10th century and is studded with beautiful colors and murals on walls, from the entrance to interior locations. Wooden structures, rocky ruins, are another feature to look at within the Lamayuru monastery. This is also famous for biannually masked dance in respective festivals.
Distance from Leh: 115 Km West of Leh
About the Place: The huge complex of the monastery is well marked with details in and out. It is a breathtaking experience to view the tall structure of Tara in Manjushri. The beautiful murals are filled with colors that are photogenic as well as soothing at the same time.
Distance from Leh: 66 km Northwest of Leh
Leh-Ladakh is a region full of natural beauty and attractions. Check out the lakes in Leh-Ladakh which you must visit on your trip.
Distance from Leh: 12.5 km Northwest of Leh
About the Place: Settled in higher regions of eastern Ladakh, it is famous for snow leopards, the most. This park also offers nature lovers a varied landscape, the mountains of various shapes and sizes, vast flatlands, cold deserts, and more. The snow clad peaks and rugged mountains make it more interesting to visit.
Distance from Leh: 40 km
About the Place: A solid gold color Buddha statue of approx 3 stories makes it most famous amidst all. The colored frescoes and detailed paintings support the interiors exclusively and attract visitors from all over the world. Tibetan flags will surely greet you as well from far away from making the location more picturesque.
Distance from Leh: 4.5 km from Leh city center
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Distance from Leh: 6.7 km southwest of Leh
Distance from Leh: 35 km west of Leh
Gurudwara Pathar Sahib
About the Place: This famous pilgrimage center is known for a famous stone statue within the shrine. The shrine is also being protected by the Indian Army for a long time and the perfect view from its campus is a plus.
Distance from Leh: 34 km west of
There are plenty of camps in Nubra Valley for a peaceful stay during your trip to Leh-Ladakh.
About the Place: This museum is marked by grand entrance leading to the galleries displaying arms, ammunition seized by Indian Army from Pakistan, pictures of war heroes and stories of their pride. The museum also helps in remembering those who lost their precious lives in the war while saving the country from enemies.
Distance from Leh: 4.5 km Southwest of Leh
Distance from Leh: 17.5 km Southeast of Leh
About the Place: From detailed and colored interiors which is loaded with murals to wow exteriors makes the place a must to visit. What catches the eyes most is a 32-meter tall Buddha statue which settles the mind of a visitor with just a quick view. A not to miss monastery has to be stepped in when one crosses Diskit village.
Distance from Leh: 116 km North of Leh
Distance from Leh: 40 km Southeast of Leh