If you were planning a trip to either Ladakh, Kargil or Zanskar Valley and were thinking of renting a taxi en route; then below is the most recent list of Kargil Taxi Union Rates. The list below contains rates for renting a taxi from Kargil for traveling towards Srinagar, Zanskar and Batalik routes. The images of the rate list below are not too clear but if save it to your hard disk and zoom in, you will be able to read in clearly. I will also add the rates for some of the common routes here in the post as a quick reference.
The most important thing to remember while renting a taxi in this region is that the local unions do not allow taxis outside of their district to ply on their routes. So any taxi rented from Srinagar cannot be used for sightseeing in Zanskar and Ladakh. Kargil taxis cannot be used for sightseeing in Kashmir and Ladakh. And similarly, Ladakh rented taxis cannot be used for sightseeing in Zanskar and Kashmir. For example, if you rented a taxi from Kargil, it can only drop you to Leh city and Srinagar but you cannot use the same cab for visiting local tourist attractions in either of these places. Similarly, if you arrived in Kargil in a Leh or Srinagar registered cab, it is only good enough for dropping you to Kargil. If you want to travel towards Zanskar Valley, you will have to rent a local taxi from Kargil.
I agree that it sounds like an expensive affair and unnecessary hassle for tourist but that is the way it is out here. There is no other option or way to work around this.
Taxi Services in Kargil
There are three types of Taxi available for rent in Kargil and their fares too are different.
- XUV and Innova fall in Category 1 and are the most expensive of the lot.
- Second category consists of Xylo, Scorpio, Tavera, and Qualis. The fare for this category is slightly less than the first Category.
- The cheapest taxis available are Sumo and Bolero
There are no hatchbacks and Sedans available for rent. Even though the fares for these SUVs are different, the margin is not really huge and they will cost you almost the same.
Taxi Rates in Kargil
Below are the rates on some of the most preferred tourist routes. I will mention the common taxi fares as a quick reference. For rest, please refer to the rate list in images below.
|Kargil to Padum Taxi Fare (1 Day )||14,765||19,637|
|Kargil to Padum Taxi Fare (2 Days)||17,546||23,683|
|Kargil to Rangdum Taxi Fare (1 Day )||9,530|
|Kargil to Rangdum Taxi Fare (2 Days)||12,276|
|Kargil to Sankoo||1,364||1,818|
|Kargil to Baltal (1 Day)||5,683|
|Kargil to Baltal (2 Days)||8,584|
|Kargil to Drass||2,046||2,706|
|Kargil to Jammu Taxi Fare||17,050||22,623|
|Kargil to Pahalgam in 2 Days||10,401||13,867|
|Kargil to Pahalgam in 3 Days||13,302||16,768|
|Kargil to Sonamarg||5,445|
|Srinagar to Leh Taxi Fare (1 Day)||14,834|
|Srinagar to Leh Taxi Fare (2 Days)||17,727|
|Kargil to Srinagar Taxi Fare||7,150||9,320|
|Kargil to Udhampur||14,663||19,550|
|Kargil to Lamayuru||5,456|
|Leh to Srinagar Taxi Fare (1 Day)||14,834|
|Leh to Srinagar Taxi Fare (2 Days)||18,277|
|Kargil to Leh Taxi Fare||7,843||10,457|
|Kargil to Mulbek||1,364||1,818|
|Kargil to Leh via Batalik||8,184||10,912|
|Kargil to Batalik Taxi Fare||2,046||2,706|
|Kargil to Keylong||20,415||27,154|
|Kargil to Manali||23,892||27,154|
|Kargil to Sarchu||13,001||17,301|
|Kargil to Tso Kar via Tanglang La||6,751||8,979|
50% of the total fare must be paid in advance in long routes like Manali, Srinagar and Padum. If the taxi is used for more than the specified days to the destination, additional charges will be Rs. 2503 for full day and Rs. 1250 for half day. Full day here means 8 hours and 4 hours as half day.
Kargil Taxi Union Rates
Below are the images of the entire rate list.
I hope the information above on Kargil Taxi Union Rates was of help. An alternate choice to private taxis in this area are shared cabs which will be less comfortable but will also cost far less. If you were traveling in a group of 5 or 6 people then rent a private cab or else board a shared cab. If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below; or at our Community Forum; and I will be glad to answer.