Delhi to Leh Bus Service : Fare, Schedule & How to Book

by Vargis.Khan

How can you reach Ladakh? Well there are several answers to this question. You can take your own car or motorcycle or rent one, you can book a private cab, travel in a shared cab, hitchhike, catch a flight, or the most easiest and cost effective of all, board a bus. When it comes to a bus, you can either board one from Manali, Srinagar or the most surprising of all, from Delhi itself. You read it right, there is in fact a direct Delhi to Leh bus that you can board from ISBT Delhi.

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Delhi to Leh Bus

Image Credit: Himachal Roadways

The Delhi to Leh bus has been one of the most frequent questions I have been asked off-late. The biggest reason behind this in my opinion is that it saves a lot of hassle. Imagine that you are traveling with a group of friends or family or you have kids traveling with you. Wouldn’t it make it a lot easier if you just boarded the bus from Delhi itself and reached Leh in the same bus, without the hassle of looking for a different mode of transport at several places? It kind of makes things easier. You do not have to worry about preparing you car or motorcycle, make bookings at several places or load/unload your luggage as you change your mode of travel. If you too are planning to board the Delhi to Leh bus, mentioned below are a few details that can be helpful.

Also read:

Manali to Leh Bus Service: Frequency, Fare and How to Book
Srinagar to Leh Bus Service Schedule & Timings

Delhi to Leh Bus Service

The Delhi to Leh bus is a bus service run by HRTC from Delhi to Leh via Manali. This service starts after the Manali – Leh highway reopens for the season and is declared by the authorities as safe for a Bus to ply. It remains available from Mid of June until September 15; after which it is suspended until next year.

Total duration of the journey is approximately 52 hours; of which travel time is close to 35 hours (excluding the night stay at Keylong). This bus covers a total of over 1100 kms through some of the most challenging roads; and 5 high altitude passes. This is an extension of the Delhi to Keylong route; that was later extended till Leh.




This bus runs through six different states or UTs (Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir), covering the plains of Haryana & Punjab, lush green landscapes of Kullu-Manali, adventurous roads midst snow covered peaks of 5 high altitude passes and beautiful vistas of cold desert of Leh-Laddakh.

Delhi to Leh Bus Route

This bus will start from Delhi ISBT, travel to Chandigarh via NH1, then reaches Manali via Kullu. From Manali, it follows the Manali Leh highway via Rohtang Pass, Keylong, Jispa, Baralacha La, Sarchu, NakeeLa, Lachlung La, Pang, Tanglang La, Upshi, Karu and reach the small town of Leh. You will not be traveling in the same bus with the same driver though. There will be a change of Bus first at either Bilaspur, Sundernagar or Manali; and then at Keylong. Drivers too will change at all these places. You may be travelling in 3-4 different buses with 3-4 different drivers.

Also read: How to Plan a Trip to Ladakh by Public Transport?

Delhi to Leh Bus Fare

A one way ticket from Delhi to Leh will cost Rs 1380 per person. As I mentioned above, this service is an extension of Delhi Keylong Bus service; so you will need to book two different tickets. The first ticket is for Delhi to Keylong for Rs. 800; and some change. Then again at Keylong you will extend your ticket to Leh for Rs. 500 and change. This price is not inclusive of meals and your night halt at Keylong; and you will be needing to pay for those separately. The fare mentioned here is as of year 2017 and may change in following years.

Delhi to Leh bus timings

The Delhi to Leh Bus starts from Delhi ISBT at 3.30 pm every alternate day, reaches Chandigarh between 8-9 pm. After a quick break, it starts on Chandigarh Manali highway, reaches Kullu early in the morning by 5 AM, then Manali between 7-8 am. After a quick break at Manali and possible change of bus, the journey resumes the journey at 10 AM and arrives by late afternoon at Keylong. It halts at Keylong for the night and starts next day early in the morning between 5 – 6 am, arriving at Leh the same day by 6 – 7 pm.

Delhi to Leh Volvo Bus Service

There is no volvo bus available for this journey. HRTC is the only bus service available as of now.

Delhi to Leh Bus Booking

You can book a ticket in advance from HRTC counter at ISBT Delhi (Counter 7). You may be required to book a ticket first for Delhi to Keylong and then get the ticket extended at Keylong for Leh as you change the bus and board a different one for final leg of the journey.

Also read: Accommodation on Manali Leh Highway

Delhi to Leh Bus Online Booking

There is no online booking system available yet. You will have to reach ISBT physically and buy a ticket. You can however book your ticket a day in advance.

Delhi to Leh bus timings / Delhi to Leh Bus Time Table

Mentioned below are the departure timings from places en route.

Delhi: 02:30 pm
Chandigarh – Sector 43: 8.30 PM
Kullu: 5:30 AM

Manali:  7:00 AM
Keylong – Arrival – 01:00 PM,
**Night Halt**
Keylong – Departure: 05:00 AM
Leh (Arrival) – 7 PM

Reverse Schedule

Leh (Departure)- 5:00 am
Keylong (Arrival) – 7:00 pm
**Night Halt**
Keylong (Departure) – 06:30 AM
Manali (Departure)- 1:25 AM
Delhi (Arrival)- 4:00 AM

For your return journey from Leh to Delhi, you can take the same bus. Mentioned below are a few details on Leh to Delhi Bus Service.

Food Halts:

• Evening snacks: Karnal
• Dinner: Ropar
• Early morning break: Pandoh
• Breakfast: Gulaba
• Lunch: Koksar
• Breakfast: Bharatpur near Baralacha La
• Lunch: Pang
• Evening snacks: Upshi

Additionally, the bus also stops at major mountain passes for 5-10 minutes.

Also read: What to See on Manali Leh Highway?

Leh to Delhi Bus Service

The bus from Leh to Delhi starts from Leh Bus stand at 5 AM. You will need to buy your ticket a day before and reach the bus stand by 4.30 AM. It reaches Keylong by around 6-7 PM. Passengers are required to make their own accommodation arrangements and you can easily get a hotel near the bus stand itself for Rs. 600 – Rs. 800. There is also a unisex dormitory near the bus stand where you can get a bed for Rs. 100. Next day it starts at 6.30 from Keylong and the ticket is Rs. 850 till Delhi. It reaches Manali by noon and starts from there for Delhi at 1.30 PM; reaching Delhi at 4.30 AM the next day.

Leh to Delhi Bus Fare

A ticket from Leh to Delhi will cost Rs. 1365 per person which is broken down in two. From Leh you will buy your ticket until Keylong and then from Keylong, you will buy your ticket for Delhi.

Leh to Delhi Bus route

This bus follows the Manali Leh highway and then NH1 till Delhi. You will be travelling from Leh to Karu, Upshi, Tanglang La, Pang, Lachulung La, Nakeela, Sarchu, Baralacha La, Jispa, Keylong, Rohtang La, Manali, Chandigarh and arrive at Delhi.

Leh to Delhi Bus Timings

This bus starts from Leh Bus stand at 5 am and arrives at Keylong by 7 pm. From Keylong, it starts again at 5 in the morning and reaches Delhi after a short break at Manali.

Also read: How to Handle Acute Mountain Sickness in Ladakh?

For this bus too, you can book your ticket in advance. Just go to Leh Bus Stand, find the bus that goes to Keylong and the conductor will give you the ticket.

A special camp site has been set up at Keylong for this bus service, both for Delhi to Leh and Leh to Delhi. You may chose to stay at the same camp or check in to some other hotel. However, if you are not staying at the camp site, please ensure that you are present next morning before 5 am or the bus will leave without you.

For further inquiries, you may call at the numbers provided below.

Delhi to Leh Bus Service by HRTC

Delhi to Leh bus (Operated by Himachal Pradesh Tourism)
Departure : Every alternate day (till Sept 15) from ISBT, Counter 7 Time: 02:30 pm
For more information you can call ISBT at 011- 23868694
ISBT Chandigarh (Himachal counter): 0172-2668943
Keylong bus station: 01900-222245
Manali Bus stand at 01902-252323, 01902-252116 & 01902-253147
HRTC Keylong depot contact number: 01900-222245

Delhi to Leh By Bus

With above details provided, let me also add a few general tips based on the queries I get.

This is not a luxury bus, not even a semi-deluxe. It is just an ordinary roadways bus all the way till Leh. If you want to travel in it, be mentally ready as the journey can get tough and challenging. The long sitting hours in an ordinary bus, the twists and turns on the hills and the high altitude is bound to take a toll on the body. A better way to do this will be to catch the bus from Delhi to Keylong and spend a day there to get acclimatize to high altitude. There is an early morning bus from Keylong to Leh starting at 5 AM. Catch this bus after spending a day here. As a matter of fact, very few people are able to run to Leh in the same bus. Most of them end up taking a break at Keylong.

Is it safe for solo woman traveler? Absolutely. On your journey you will find several other couples and families traveling in the bus. Drivers and conductors behave well; rather well caring knowing that you are a solo woman traveler. You will also not face any trouble during your accommodation at Keylong.

For accommodation at Keylong, there are a few hotels right near the bus stand where you can easily get cheap accommodation.

Also read:

Other Tips

If you are interested in photography, then you will need to be careful about which seat you pick. If you sat on the wrong spot or on the wrong side, your photography window will be very limited.  From Manali to Leh, most of the time the valley is on the right side so grab a seat in the row behind driver’s seat. For Leh to Manali, grab a seat along the door of the bus. If you sat on the wrong side, you will just be clicking photographs of a mountain wall.

Even though in a bus, you will still be traveling through a cold desert and crossing 5 high altitude passes on the way. Keep a light woolen jacket, wind proof jacket, cap, and gloves handy for times when you will get down from the bus for sightseeing. Keep your socks on as well.

You may suffer motion sickness at several places and in order to avoid that; you should drink plenty of water and eat small meals throughout the day. Do not go empty stomach and do not overeat either.

At all the places that this bus will stop, washrooms facilities will be a challenge. The bus stops at Chadar tents where you will have to use shared washrooms that almost everyone uses who stops there.

Also read: How to Calculate Minimum Budget for Ladakh Trip?

Sightseeing

Do not expect this bus to stop at every tourist attraction you come across. The HRTC bus does not stop anywhere at all but the HPTDC bus may stop at a couple of places. Sightseeing is limited to only a few places on discretion of the driver and conductor. As a matter of fact, on Day 1, the sightseeing break will only be limited to at Rohtang top for 10 minutes. Then it is a straight run to Keylong with a brief stop at Tandi Petrol station for tank fill. On day 2 as well, the bus will stop at only the passes en route for 10 minutes each but not all of them.

Private tour operator also run buses for both Manali to Leh and Leh to Manali. However for further details, you will need to contact the travel agents at Manali or Leh.

Alternate Options

If you do not want to travel all the way from Delhi in this bus, then you can board a Delhi to Manali Volvo. From there you can either catch this bus from Manali or Keylong. Regular HRTC buses run between Manali and Keylong till afternoon. Tickets for Leh bus are available at Keylong bus stand counter, an evening before departure of the bus from Keylong to Leh.
You can also opt for Delhi – Keylong – Udaipur bus at 3:45 pm from Delhi, get down at Keylong and then take the Leh bus from there.

I hope this information on Delhi to Leh Bus service was helpful. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below or at our Community Forum and I would be glad to answer.

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Ram 3 June 24, 2019 - 12:51 am

Thanks for your information,,
Which one is best to get ticket easily.
1.a day before
2.3 to 4 hrs before travel(available or not)

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Vargis.Khan June 24, 2019 - 2:09 am

Getting it a day before would be better

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Chandrajit Rudra June 21, 2019 - 4:39 am

Probably a correction Vargis.
Return Schedule Keylong 630 am and then Manali 1 am.
Why so long?

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Vargis.Khan June 21, 2019 - 12:41 pm

Because of the huge traffic at Rohtang

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Dixie June 8, 2019 - 3:28 pm

Hi, I am traveling from Delhi to Leh on 4 Jul and I am planning to take a direct bus via Keylong. However, the HRTC bus service have not announced a launch yet. Any idea when they will be doing it? Thanks so much

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Vargis.Khan June 8, 2019 - 8:12 pm

It will probably be sometime around June 20th

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Rakesh kumar June 16, 2019 - 1:10 pm

Road kab tak khulega bhai koi bata do

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Vargis.Khan June 17, 2019 - 1:40 pm

Road toh khul gaya hai par Bus July mein hi shuru hogi

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hervindersingh June 4, 2019 - 7:27 am

is there any way to get notified when this service will resume in 2019 season

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Vargis.Khan June 20, 2019 - 3:49 pm

It started today

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Farouq Al-Sahara May 28, 2019 - 12:21 pm

Hi bro your guide has been very helpful. Me and a friend of mine intend to use the hrtc bus to go from delhi to leh. Is this year’s delhi to leh route open already. We intend to take the bus on the 18th june 2019

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Vargis.Khan May 28, 2019 - 12:27 pm

It is not open yet and I do not think it will be operational by June 18th

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Farouq Al-Sahara May 28, 2019 - 12:48 pm

What alternative method would you suggest to get to leh from delhi boss

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Sunil Pilani May 27, 2019 - 11:04 am

Hello Mr. Khan,

Thank you so much for this informative website!
I need your opinion for deciding if I should take HPTDC bus to Leh on the same day when I arrive in Manali. The bus from Delhi arrives in Manali at 8:30 am and the bus to Leh (via Keylong) leaves Manali at 10:00. I am trying to same a day here. Is it advisable? Are theses buses punctual?

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Vargis.Khan May 27, 2019 - 5:47 pm

Hello Mr. Pilani – Yes, if you are able to board the bus the same day then you should. No point in spending a day in Manali.

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Sankar V May 20, 2019 - 5:59 pm

Vargis bhai Actually I planned for this ride in June 10 . But at present situation I think it’s impossible. Service may not be started. So now thinking of reschedule the plan to June 21. Would it be better option?

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Vargis.Khan May 20, 2019 - 7:54 pm

Yes Sankar Bhai that will be better. If you can, delay it by another week just to ensure that Delhi to Leh Bus service would have resumed by then.

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Alok April 22, 2019 - 11:34 am

Can we easily extend ticket in bus for second part of journey means keylong to leh?

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Vargis.Khan April 22, 2019 - 1:02 pm

Yes very easily

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Piyush chauhan December 5, 2018 - 6:21 am

Hi Vargis
I have been following since you have started making maps for treks.
Can I travel by hrstc in next week to leh from delhi ?

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Vargis.Khan December 5, 2018 - 12:56 pm

Hi Piyush – This service remains available only from June to September.

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Agata October 13, 2018 - 12:48 pm

Hi, thank you for your articles. So much practical information about Ladakh.
I would like to visit Ladakh next summer during July. I have few questions about the trip.
1. Is it easy to get the tickets from Delhi ISBT for the bus to Leh on the same day?
How I can book the ticket in advance?
2. Is it possible to find a hotel in July in Leh on arrival day?
3. Is there money exchange services in Leh?

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Vargis.Khan October 14, 2018 - 4:54 am

1. Yes
2. You can buy a day in advance in person. No other booking system available.
3. Yes
4. Yes

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Vaibhav Sharma September 30, 2018 - 3:53 pm

Can’t I get a roadways bus after 15 September? I’m planning for a trip in November!

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Vargis.Khan October 1, 2018 - 3:40 pm

No. There is no bus service available in November.

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Nithin TP August 16, 2018 - 10:37 am

Hi Vargis!
Your blog has been immensely helpful to me in planning my trip. Really appreciate your work. Thanks a ton!
I just wanted to know how punctual the bus service is. Especially on the way BACK from Leh to Delhi.
Your article says the bus reaches Delhi by 4 am on the morning of the second day. Is that usually the case?
I know everything depends on road and weather conditions at the end of the day, but given that weather is not an issue, can I expect the bust to be on time (-ish)?
I ask so I can book my return tickets home (Tamilnadu) from Delhi, accordingly.

Thanks again!

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Vargis.Khan August 16, 2018 - 12:34 pm

Hi Nithin – Unless bad weather causes any delay, or there are any traffic jams en route, the bus is usually punctual and reaches on time.

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Aman Goel August 12, 2018 - 9:35 am

Thankx for the wonderfull post

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Vargis.Khan August 13, 2018 - 1:06 pm

Thanks Aman for taking the time to drop a note.

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Vinay Singh August 5, 2018 - 6:58 pm

Hello brother, i am planning to reach Leh from Assam. As to reach Delhi or Chandigarh from my state it takes 48 hours journey and after this long journey which route should i take to reach Leh with reduced tiredness and more comfortable?
should i choose delhi to leh route or should i choose manali to leh route?
2 question: Which bus condition is better in terms of seat and all?
3rd question: if i choose manali to leh route. Does this route bus crosses through Rohtang pass?

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Vargis.Khan August 6, 2018 - 12:43 am

Hi Vinay,

1. Bhai go via Delhi – Manali – Leh route. You can at least get a direct bus.
2. HPTDC Buses are the best but they are only available from Manali.
3. Yes it does

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Akshay July 24, 2018 - 7:24 pm

Hi Vargis,
Thank you for such an elaborate and clear understanding of the bus routes . We are 3 boys planning to go to leh from mumbai on 27th August, return journey we are planning to come by road to delhi and then fly back to mumbai . Which route would you recommend to take which is economical as flight rates directly from leh to mumbai are at their peak during september.
1. Leh to delhi by bus -> del to mumbai
2. Leh to Jammu or Srinagar , then fly from Srinagar or board a train from Jammu to mumbai.

Thanks in Advance
Akshay

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Vargis.Khan July 24, 2018 - 9:22 pm

Hi Akshay – Come back via Mannali. It is way more convenient and economical. Coming back via Srinagar by Bus is a lot of hassle.

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Furqan ahmad July 2, 2018 - 4:24 am

Assalamualekum bhai…bhai keylong se leh k lie kafi buses chalti h ya bus ek…kyunki I am planning delhi to manali by volvo n stay one night in manali n next to keylong…n then plz guide me..

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Vargis.Khan July 2, 2018 - 4:24 pm

Walaikum As-salam Bhai – There is only one bus from Keylong to Leh early in the morning and that is it. If you want to stay one night in Keylong then yes you can, there are a lot of hotels there.

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Soumyadeep Dev July 1, 2018 - 5:27 am

Sir, is there any permit required i.e. the one beyond Rothang pass if I travel by this bus or its only for private vehicles? And also permit required for visiting Pangong lake and Nubra Valley??

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Vargis.Khan July 1, 2018 - 5:44 am

Rohtang permit is for vehicles and not on per person basis so if you are going by Bus, you do not need a permit for crossing Rohtang Pass.

The permit for Pangong and Nubra however is on per person basis so yes, you will have to obtain that after you reach Leh city. See the article below for details on how to obtain that permit.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/obtaining-ilp-for-ladakh/

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Suraj June 23, 2018 - 5:34 am

Hye vargis. This was damn helpful and informative. I am planning to go to leh by flight and come back to delhi by bus. In this case, where do I book the bus tickets?

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Vargis.Khan June 23, 2018 - 3:14 pm

Thanks Suraj Bhai. There really is no option to book a ticket for Leh to Delhi bus. You will have to reach the Leh bus stand in the evening and buy your ticket for next morning bus. It is an on the spot deal really but make sure you buy it a day before.

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vikram singh June 15, 2018 - 4:04 pm

thanks a lot my dear bro we are going to leh on 2nd aug 2018

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Vargis.Khan June 15, 2018 - 4:47 pm

Have a great trip Vikram Bhai.

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Jitender shokeen June 15, 2018 - 6:58 am

By bus leh jane pr kya hum koi package le skte h jisme hotel , sightseesig, inerlinin permit break fast dinner sb include ho or sir estimses charges

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Vargis.Khan June 15, 2018 - 2:53 pm

Bus wala koi package toh nahi milta kahin Bhai

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Delhi to Leh Bus Service Resumes for 2018 - Vargis Khan May 25, 2018 - 3:05 am

[…] With the opening of Manali Leh highway, the HRTC Delhi to Leh Bus service has also resumed from today. Below is the entire route and schedule of this bus. Please note that this is not one bus that runs all the way. You will be changing buses and drivers at Manali and then at Keylong. The first bus you will board will be from Delhi to Manali; then an HRTC bus from Manali to Keylong and then finally from Keylong to Leh. For complete information on this bus, how you can book tickets and how your journey will be, please read my previous post, Delhi to Leh Bus – Fare, Frequency and How to Book […]

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Rakesh kumar May 23, 2018 - 4:53 pm

Thanks for this wonderful information , actually m planning for this trip to Leh ,since I hear about this bus service , now I got all my query here , I hope this bus trip will be enjoyable

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Vargis.Khan May 23, 2018 - 5:05 pm

It will definitely be Rakesh Bhai. When are you planning to go?

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B prashant June 7, 2019 - 3:35 pm

Sunday ko delhi to leh bus milegi kya 9 june ko

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Vargis.Khan June 7, 2019 - 11:21 pm

Nahi abhi toh shuru hi nahi hui … rasta hi nahi khula hai abhi tak toh

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WanderLust Adventures May 20, 2018 - 7:27 am

Sincere thanks for such a wonderful post! Only 1 question – on which days does the bus start at Delhi and Leh? (It is mentioned on every alternate day; but not the exact day). Can you please throw some light on this too?

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Vargis.Khan May 20, 2018 - 6:48 pm

There is no set day really. Whatever date the bus service starts, it then becomes the alternate day from there. As a matter of fact, it may even become a daily bus this year on, not confirmed though.

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Hitesh Patel May 18, 2018 - 8:34 am

Hello sir,
I an my two frnds frim gujarat are planing to have a YHAI leh-ladakh trip from 7Aug 2018 IT A REPORTING date but we r confused how to reach leh(skara) it base camp.

I have planed to reach sunday morning 5Aug 2018 to new delhi railway station early morning at 4 -5am then move to isbt kashmeri gate for booking bus for same sunday from delhi to keylong and over night and then to leh same evening. So is it possible to get tickets early morning for the same day travel to leh ? bus starts on Sunday?

I have two option via train Is Delhi or jammu tawi which is best way ? as it is last railway station till where we can reach via train.

How much days will it require and best way other then flight ?

I have a planned trip from 7aug 8d/7n. So how can i reach leh(skara) as 7th Aug is reporting day. And on 14thTuesday return from leh to delhi.

How much days should i consider for traveling and return travel from Delhi or jammu to leh.

Please help with the best possible way to reach, so that i can start my booking for train bus and also return journey.

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Vargis.Khan May 18, 2018 - 1:28 pm

Hi Hitesh – Take the train to Jammu, reach Srinagar, and then board the Srinagar – Leh bus from there. It will be better that way. For return journey, you can board the Delhi bound bus from Leh and return home from Delhi.

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Hitesh Patel May 18, 2018 - 9:03 pm

Thank you,
For your valuable opotion, I will definitely go by this way, but can you let me know bus from jammu to Srinagar and then after to leh do they run on daily base?

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Vargis.Khan May 20, 2018 - 7:39 pm

Take a look at this post brother. I have explained it all here.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/srinagar-to-leh-bus-service-fare-schedule-book/

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Aditya April 3, 2018 - 8:50 am

You did a great job and it’s totally perfect you give us useful and helpful information. Again Thanks a lot. Can you please let me know In leh what was the charges of the hotel (minimum) and how can I explore the leh. Is there a facility to get a bike on rent or is their any local buses. How many days it will take to explore leh. I’m planning to visit in June first week.

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Vargis.Khan April 3, 2018 - 2:21 pm

Hi Adtiya – Thank you for your great words. Take a look at the article below please. It should answer all your questions about Leh city.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/city-of-leh-travel-guide/

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navinchandra mehta November 23, 2017 - 4:18 am

iam planning to tour to ladakh,i am senior citizen, and i am solo traveller, hoe can i and which is the best season for leh ladakh, please guide me

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Vargis.Khan November 24, 2017 - 1:30 pm

Are you planning to travel by public transport Mr. Mehta?

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Naresh Jain April 23, 2018 - 4:21 pm

Yes mr khan I am looking for public transport.

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Vargis.Khan April 24, 2018 - 7:44 pm

Please take a look at this post Sir. Should help answer your questions

https://vargiskhan.com/log/plan-budget-trip-to-ladakh-using-public-transport-services/

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Jitender shokeen October 31, 2017 - 5:51 am

Sir september last b delhi to leh bus service available hoti h or is time pr jana kya thik rhega plz guide

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Vargis.Khan October 31, 2017 - 8:43 pm

Bhai September 15th tak hi mostly Delhi to Leh bus available hoti hai, uske baad nahi. Agar September end mein jaana hai toh aapko Manali se Bus leni padegi

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Nitho Neo Khro October 5, 2017 - 10:44 pm

Sir, I was actually planing to go to leh this week i.e, october 2nd week 2017. Can i get bus from manali to leh at this season since what i learned from your article is that bus will still be available from delhi to manali.

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Vargis.Khan October 5, 2017 - 10:54 pm

I doubt that the bus is still available Nitho, you may call ISBT and inquire. If not, then you will first have to board a bus for Delhi to Manali, then Manali to Keylong and finally Keylong to Leh. Even the bus service from Manali to Leh will soon stop.

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mohd asif September 7, 2017 - 5:33 pm

5000 is sufficient of 2 days tour from delhi to leh

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Vargis.Khan September 8, 2017 - 5:25 pm

2 days tour? It will take you more than 2 days to even reach Leh.

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khubaib August 23, 2017 - 2:19 pm

Instead of taking room is it possible to stay in keyong with our tent?

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Vargis.Khan August 23, 2017 - 4:29 pm

You can but not really very practical. You will reach there by evening, will be tough to find a camping spot, then pitch in the tent and then wrap it all up in the dark at 4 AM because you will have to be at the bus stand by 4.30 to catch the early morning bus to Leh. Better to just stay at the hotel and camp elsewhere further in the trip.

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Minhajul Abedin August 6, 2017 - 4:26 am

Hi Vargis Khan

I want to go leh from Delhi through manali leh highway 8Sep 2017 .
Is that bus available during this time ????

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Vargis.Khan August 6, 2017 - 7:33 pm

Hello Minhajul – Yes it will be available until Sep 15th.

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Minhajul Abedin August 10, 2017 - 2:05 pm

Is there any possibility for this bus service after sep 15th ?
Suppose Sep 20th-25th.

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Vargis.Khan August 10, 2017 - 3:05 pm

No they they shut down the service by 15th. Only other way around is to first catch a bus to Manali from Delhi, then from Manali take the Keylong bus and then the Keylong to Leh bus from there.

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Edina July 22, 2017 - 10:49 am

Hi 🙂 Which one is the ISBT counter in Delhi? I checked on Google Maps, and there are more options there, at Kashmere Gate and Anand Vihar, and some others as well. Thanks 🙂

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Vargis.Khan July 23, 2017 - 10:39 pm

Hi Edina, It is Kashmere gate.

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ranjeet singh June 28, 2017 - 7:29 am

thank you so much for this importent informetions

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Vargis.Khan June 28, 2017 - 3:03 pm

You are welcome !!!

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vaishali June 26, 2017 - 1:14 pm

Hi Vargis,

I was trying to find the actual facts from last almost a month abt this journey….thanks for such elaboration on this front….can you tell me if Aug end or sept first week will be fine from weather stand point….no rains but nice weather…so two of us only girls are planning for this trip….Having one 12 year old child (hope its ok to take child)….pls help me with this bit of information too…as it will complete our queries for this trip..

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Vargis.Khan June 26, 2017 - 7:00 pm

Hello Vaishali – September first week will be perfect for the trip, you are Ok to plan at this time. I would recommend looking at the post below for traveling to Ladakh with children.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/traveling-to-ladakh-with-children/

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Rakesh June 21, 2017 - 3:58 pm

Hello sir,
Good day
I just wanted to know that is there snow fall in leh in the month of October first week?

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Vargis.Khan June 26, 2017 - 6:52 pm

Hello Rakesh Bhai, It depends on the weather but yes, there are chances that it may snow at top of the passes in October.

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Akshay June 19, 2017 - 1:05 pm

Hi Vargis,

First of all, thank you for your efforts to write down this article.

I just had a call with ISBT Delhi. The person said that Delhi – Leh bus runs daily. Is it possible to confirm this from your side? How many days in advance can we book the bus?

Also, the accommodation in Keylong will be available at the camp? Or do we have to book hotel on our own?

Thanks & Regards,
Akshay

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Vargis.Khan June 19, 2017 - 8:44 pm

Hi Akshay – It is possible that they may have changed the schedule to daily this year onwards, I know until last year it was on alternate days. If the guy at ISBT told you it is a daily bus, then I will go by his word. There is no advance booking available for it really. It is an ordinary bus that goes from Delhi to Keylong and then from Keylong you will have to board the bus for Leh.

They do have a accommodation set up at Keylong but I would recommend that you book a hotel.

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Syed Shahbaz June 16, 2017 - 11:06 am

Hi Vargis

This article is incredibly useful, Thanks. As stated earlier by Edina, do you the exact dates these buses depart from Delhi to Leh, I tried calling the ISBT number but in vain.

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Vargis.Khan June 16, 2017 - 1:20 pm

Hi Syed, The first bus was flagged on 7th June from ISBT Delhi, and every alternate day from there.

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Vijay Chouhan June 13, 2017 - 8:11 am

Can we book the bus from Manali to leh?

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Vargis.Khan June 13, 2017 - 3:02 pm Reply
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Soma Ghosh June 12, 2017 - 8:31 pm

I am planning a solo trip and these information is very important. Thank you so much. Its really very difficult to find out actual facts.

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Vargis.Khan June 13, 2017 - 3:03 pm

You are welcome Soma and thank you for your appreciating words

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Aman Kohli June 9, 2017 - 9:08 pm

What are the accomodation charges at keylong..?

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Vargis.Khan June 12, 2017 - 5:24 pm

Charges will be between Rs. 500-700 for staying at the camp and RS. 1000 above if you take a room at the hotel.

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Edina July 23, 2017 - 1:38 pm

Soo many questions, sorry… I’ve been at the ISBT counter today, but the cashier didn’t know a lot unfortunately… Is there a tent provided or I have to bring my own?

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Vargis.Khan July 23, 2017 - 10:40 pm

There is no accommodation in any form provide with Delhi to Leh bus Edina. You will have to make your own arrangements at Keylong.

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Edina July 24, 2017 - 5:00 am

Oh Ok, sorry, then I misunderstood about the campsite 🙂 Thanks for your replies.

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Vargis.Khan July 24, 2017 - 2:20 pm

What I meant was that even if you stay at the camp site provided (a unisex dormitory), you will still have to pay for it separately, it isn’t included in the cost. From what I have been told, the arrangement is very shabby where you will have to share on tent with 4-5 people and shared toilets. For a couple hunderd Rupees more, you can get much better accommodaiton at Keylong itself. From what I have been told so far by people who traveled by Bus from Manali to Leh or Leh to Manali, it is better to look for your own accommodation. Take a look at the article below. This person traveld by Leh to Manali by Bus and looked for an accommodaiton on her own, rather than staying at the one they provided with the bus.
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https://vargiskhan.com/log/return-journey-leh-to-delhi-bus-service-via-manal

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Edina July 25, 2017 - 5:18 am

Thanks a lot for your always thorough answers 🙂 I managed to get some tips on cheap accomodation, just wanted to know the camp conditions.

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Vargis.Khan July 25, 2017 - 2:38 pm

You are welcome !!!

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Edina Bettina Tóth June 8, 2017 - 9:53 am

Useful article, thank you 🙂 Can you tell me what ‘alternate days’ means? Where can I find the exact dates when the buses depart from Delhi? (Tried to Google it, but haven’t found it). Thanks 🙂

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Vargis.Khan June 8, 2017 - 2:53 pm

You are welcome Edina. Alternate days would be from the date the bus service starts which is not confirmed but should be sometime in July 1st week. You can call the ISBT Delhi number to confirm

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Sandeep KUmar June 4, 2017 - 2:43 pm

Thank You Soo much sir
I planed a journey to Leh from Delhi but i was unknown from these facts Thank you again .

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Vargis.Khan June 6, 2017 - 3:46 am

You are welcome Sandeep Bhai

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vijay April 6, 2019 - 6:30 pm

hello sir iam vijay from Coimbatore tamilnadu i like to visit ley ladakh i need ur help to guide pls send me ur phone no

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