Kargil Taxi Union Rates 2023 – Updated Rate List

by Vargis.Khan

Below is the most recent list of Kargil Taxi Union Rates. The list below contains rates for renting a taxi from Kargil for traveling toward 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 it 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 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.

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 at 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 at Kargil. If you want to travel toward Zanskar Valley, you will have to rent a local taxi from Kargil.

I agree that it sounds like an expensive affair and an unnecessary hassle for tourists 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 Taxis available for rent in Kargil and their fares are different.

  • XUV and Innova fall in Category 1 and are the most expensive of the lot.
  • The 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 the rest, please refer to the rate list in the images below.

Route Drop Return
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

Helpful Tips

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 a full day and Rs. 1250 for half day. A full day here means 8 hours and 4 hours as a half day.

Kargil Taxi Union Rates List – Conclusion

I hope the information above on Kargil Taxi Union Rates was of help. An alternate choice to private taxis in this area is 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 questions, you can ask in the comments section below. You can also contact me on Instagram to chat with me or subscribe to my YouTube channel and ask a question there.

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Santanu Nandi November 29, 2023 - 3:28 pm

How much will cost on second week of JUNE for 5 seater car for 5 nights 6 days starting form Kargil – Padum – Purne – Ganbo Region – Baralachala – Kelong Drop.
And Is kelong to Kunjum Pass and back to Manali drop same day possible ? If possible then shared taxi / Car rental available at Kelong for rent ? If available how much will be the cost for Share Taxi / Car rental ?

Santanu Nandi November 29, 2023 - 3:18 pm

If I take Kargil commercial no. suv from Kargil – Padum – Zanla – Lingshed – Lamayuru – Leh then Leh-Pangong – Hanle – Tsomoriri -Sarchu- and drop Manali
Then can we use Leh-Pangong-Hanle-Tsomoriri_Sarchu- and drop Manali trip in the same vehicle ? Any objection can comes form RTO for not travelling with Leh commercial vehicle no ?

Anindya Majumdar August 10, 2023 - 12:33 pm

Hi Vargis. Your blog is awesome… You have mentioned rate from Kargil to Manali is Rs 23,892. How many days does it take to reach Manali, and where is/are the night halts?
Thanks in advance.

Vargis.Khan August 11, 2023 - 8:03 am

Bhai that rate will differ depending on the route you chose. But ideally it is at least a 2-3 days journey either via Padum or Srinagar

Bob Tomlinson May 5, 2023 - 2:30 am

My wife and I intend to do the Srinagar to Leh road in early September. After much reading we have decided to do Srinagar to Kargil on day 1 then get a Ladakh Taxi in Kargil for a 2 day trip to Leh including stops for Mulbekh Monastery, Lamayura, Redzong Monastery, Alchi, Likir Monastery, Sham Valley sights. Can you give us any idea what this 2 day trip will cost in private taxi? We are senior travelers, both in 70’s. We visited India as our first overseas destination in 1988 but could get to Leh from Srinagar because of road blockages, so we want to do it now.

Vargis.Khan May 5, 2023 - 5:32 am

It will cost you between 10 to 15k for two days.

Bob Tomlinson May 12, 2023 - 4:40 am

Thanks heaps for that info. Should we book online? (suggestions?). We also hope to visit either (or both) the Nubra valley for 2-3 days and then go to Manali (3 days), plus a day round Leh. Would it be best to get the one taxi and driver for whole trip or separate ones for each part? Do we pay extra for driver’s meals and accommodation or is it an all included price? Thanks again for passing on your knowledge. :=)

Vargis.Khan May 12, 2023 - 5:34 am

It will be better to book one taxi for complete trip, will cost you much less this way. And no, you are not required to pay for driver’s meals or accommodation.

Bob Tomlinson May 13, 2023 - 12:11 am

Thank you, your information is very valuable to us.

Vargis.Khan May 13, 2023 - 4:29 am

You are welcome

Bob Tomlinson May 13, 2023 - 12:13 am

BTW your confirmation email from your forum is not arriving. We have tried several times to get it.

Vargis.Khan May 13, 2023 - 4:29 am

Thank you Bob. I will look into it.

Bob Tomlinson May 13, 2023 - 10:56 pm

We have contacted Kunal and sent him our proposed itinerary for his comments and to get a price for one taxi.

Darshi Shah April 15, 2023 - 6:56 pm

Hi Vargis,

It is great to read your posts and they are super helpful. Recently, had gone to Spiti and had read your posts before going, and they were quite useful.

I am planning Leh Ladakh – from 17 June to 24th June 2023. It’s me and my friend and we are doing this 8 Days journey with a tour group. However, this package doesn’t include Kargil and the other packages that include Kargil, don’t include Tso Moriri. So, we were planning to go ahead with this package and do Kargil War Memorial by ourselves.

I am planning to take a shared taxi from Leh to Kargil on 24th June 2023 Saturday and would like to visit the Kargil War Memorial the same day. For this route, my questions are:
1. Is this doable ?
2. If yes, what is the current rate of shared taxis from Leh to Kargil ? And where do I find one ?
3. I know that Kargil to the war memorial is also a 1 hour journey. How can I cover that – hiring another cab, bus, etc. ?
4. Should I stay in Kargil or Drass ?

And we would like to catch an 8.00 pm flight on 25th June from Srinagar. My questions for this are:
1. Is this doable?
2. If yes, and I am living in Kargil, will I get a shared cab from Kargil to Srinagar? Where and what cost?
3. If I am living in Drass, how do I go back to Kargil and get the shared cab for Srinagar?
4. How long is the journey from Kargil to Srinagar in a shared cab and will it drop us to the airport?

Having asked all these questions, please do share with me any other useful tips according to you which are required for this plan.

Thank you so much.

Vargis.Khan April 18, 2023 - 7:33 am

Hi Darshi – It is doable but not by shared cabs. You will have to hire a private taxi for this considering your tight schedule. Rent a taxi from Leh, have him drive you all the way to the war memorial, visit there and then come back to Dras for the night stay. The next day, use the same taxi to go back to Leh but for the return journey, you can take the Batalik route rather than going back the same way. That way you will cover the Aryan Valley as well.

This is how you should plan it. Attempting this by shared cabs will be a hassle. I will not recommend it.

Ansh May 1, 2023 - 6:47 pm

Hi Vargis
Me and my friend are going to do Leh-Ladakh via a tour group. We have planned to separate from them in Kargil by noon , after visiting war memorial. I was advised by a friend that I should travel from Kargil in the morning on the next day. So my questions are.
1. In which area of Kargil should I stay for 1 night?
2. Other that taxi, what are the other options to travel to Srinagar and how much will they cost?
3. My Kargil-Srinagar travel date is 3rd June. So do I need to book the transport now or I can get adhoc booking on the 2nd June?

Vargis.Khan May 4, 2023 - 6:55 am

1. Bhai Kargil is a very small town. You can stay anywhere you get a good hotel. It hardly takes 15 minutes to get out of Kargil
2. The only other option is by Bus or shared cab.
3. If you are traveling by public transport, I will recommend pushing your travel dates a little. Public transport can also not be booked, it is an on the spot deal

Ansh May 6, 2023 - 6:34 pm

Hi Vargis
Thanks for ur response. But I’m sorry, I didn’t understand what did you mean by ‘pushing my travel date’. I do not have choice other than 3rd June to travel from Kargil to Srinagar as my subsequent booking has already been done .
How much will it cost for renting a car and how much for a cab from Kargil to Srinagar? Which are the sites where I can book either of them now?
Also, I need to book a bus/car/taxi for my travel from Srinagar to Jammu on 5th June morning too. So request your advice for that too.

Vargis.Khan May 7, 2023 - 11:40 am

What I meant was to postpone your trip a little as the bus service has not started yet. But if you cannot do it then it is fine. You will get public transport between Kargil and Leh in the form of shared cabs. Just go to the Kargil taxi stand. Hopefully, depending on the weather, the bus service should also start by then.

Ajay September 24, 2022 - 9:02 am

What would be the current fare from srinagar to leh

Vargis.Khan September 29, 2022 - 3:45 pm

Private taxi or shared?

Kunal August 17, 2022 - 5:21 pm

Hello Mr khan, what is the rate of taxi from kargil to leh.

Sudip Aich June 13, 2022 - 5:45 am

Can you please suggest me the name of a driver who has Innova for Zanskar trip from Srinagar side which we want to do next month. Srinagar to Kargil and next Kargil to Padum,Lamayuru,Leh

Pradeep May 11, 2022 - 7:06 am

Hello Mr Vargis,
Thank you for your comprehensive posts. Im planning to travel from Kargil to Srinagar by taxi on 20/7/22, and my flight from Srinagar airport is at 430 pm on the same day. Would it be doable in case i leave early, as i have heard that the weather is uncertain and the road after Zojila is prone to jams and landslides which could cause delay and also, Kargil Diwas is a week later on 26/7.

Vargis.Khan May 11, 2022 - 11:03 pm

Hello Pradeep – This journey will really be a rushed one because you will also have to consider the traffic you will run into after you reach Srinagar. Then you will also have to reach the airport a couple of hours early. My advice would be that you do not keep it on the same day and reach Srinagar a day before.

Krishna Saravade March 13, 2022 - 6:00 am

Kargil to leh taxi required on 18.05.22 ..

Manzoor July 11, 2021 - 10:17 am

Ya konsa driver ha joo ladies pasanger ko tang karraha ha zanskar sa kargil road ma pasanger ko ak taxi driver na personal comment karha ha auj 10/07/2021 . ko kohi taxi driver aaraha ha zanskar sa kargil usna pasanger ka sat batamiz kiya ha please is driver ko lesson band kardo

Aman Deep Singh Randhawa May 10, 2022 - 10:28 am

I am looking for a taxi for tommorow i.e 11/05/22 from kargil to Drass
.drop only for a single person.Please contact me on 9289540077

Tarun biswas June 5, 2021 - 11:07 am

What would be cost of cab if I go from Padum to manali via sinkula pass/darcha/ keylong and is it possible to go there in early October

Pramod May 1, 2022 - 10:29 am

What would be the cost of taxi from sonamarg to leh

Vargis.Khan May 5, 2022 - 8:10 am

Around 10k

Ravi September 11, 2022 - 7:25 am

Sir can you provide me the phone number of taxi operators in Kargil. I want a shared taxi from Kargil to Leh for my Ladakh trip.

Vargis.Khan September 13, 2022 - 10:56 am

I am sorry I do not have the numbers anymore bhai

Musa May 6, 2020 - 9:52 am

If we take a taxi from kargil to leh, will we be able to stop at tourist places on our route like lamayuru monastery, alchi, likir etc?
How much extra will the driver ask for?

Arshad ali June 4, 2019 - 2:38 am

I forget my two shoes in an innova please sms to innova divers group that one passanger of kashmiri forget his shoes in a innova plz call 8494003549

Somdeep May 21, 2019 - 6:37 am

Hi, from where I can get the shared taxi for Padum at Kargil and when?


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