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
Detailed information about HRTC’s Delhi to Leh Bus Service
HRTC’s bus service on 1072 kilometers long highway; starting from the warm plains of Delhi & passing through freezing cold of 17,000 feett high mountain passes; before reaching its destination at Leh after a daunting 35 hour road trip, resumed today (23rd May 2018).
Route: Delhi – Chandigarh – Bilaspur – Mandi – Kullu – Manali – Keylong – Sarchu – Pang – Upshi – Leh
Distance: 1072 kilometers
Fare: Rs. 1399
Bus type: TATA Ordinary 2X3 (47 seater)
Halts: The bus takes overnight halts at Keylong both sides, which is not covered in the fare. However cheap accommodation is available near the bus stand itself.
Mountain passes covered: Rohtang La, Baralacha La, Nakee La, Lachulung la, Tanglang la
How to Book
As of now HRTC is offering online booking only from Delhi to Manali, because of unpredictable weather conditions on Leh road. However it will be available for online booking in coming weeks. Bus tickets are also available at counter prior to departure from Delhi ISBT.
From Delhi- 3:45 pm | From Chandigarh sec.43- 9:30 pm
From Kullu- 6:00 am | From Manali- 7:30 am
At Keylong- 1:30 pm
From Keylong- 5:00 am | At Leh- 7:00 pm
From Leh- 4:00 am | At Keylong- 6:00 pm
From Keylong- 6:30 am | From Manali- 1:25 pm
At Delhi- 3:30 am approx.
Also read: Srinagar to Leh Bus Service
• 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 usually stops at major mountain passes for 5-10 minutes
1. HRTC is going to start a Deluxe bus on Manali – Leh route for this season w.e.f 25th May. As a luxury option, passengers can travel from Delhi to Manali by Volvo and then catch this Deluxe bus from Manali.
2. Passengers starting from Manali can take any Keylong bound bus from Manali and then catch Keylong – Leh bus from Keylong next morning. Tickets for Leh bus are available at Keylong bus stand counter, an evening before departure of the bus from Keylong to Leh.
This bus is a great option for people who want to plan a road trip to Ladakh but cannot do it by their own vehicle. It is also a great choice for people traveling on limited budget. I hope the information above was of help. 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 help.