Ladakh Taxi Rates 2020 – 21 | Leh Ladakh Taxi Union Rates

by Vargis.Khan

A road tip to Ladakh is best advised by your own vehicle. This is beneficial in numerous ways and allows you to explore much more in limited time. With that being said, bringing their own vehicle for the trip is not always a choice for everyone. Some people do not feel confident enough to drive themselves while others are a bit short on time. A lot of people live a bit too far away to be driving all the way from their home. The next best thing to do then is to catch a flight to Ladakh and rent a taxi there for local sightseeing. If you too were planning on doing the same then mentioned below are the Ladakh taxi rates 2020 which can help you determining the overall cost of doing so and planning your budget.

Also Read: How to Plan a Trip to Ladakh – A Complete Travel Guide

There is a slight increase in taxi rates on all routes as compared to previous year but that usually is the case each year. Tourism in Ladakh is on rise and tourist footfall increases every season. With the increasing number of people visiting here, the demand of taxis too has gone up. And an increase in demand is always followed by increased cost which is the case with Ladakh these days.

Should you book a taxi in advance? I would say that yes you should. Last year, during peak tourist season, people found it hard to find a taxi because everyone they called was booked already. If you were planning to visit in the months of June till September, I would highly recommend that you book a cab ahead of your visit.

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Ladakh Taxi Rates 2020

Let me first post some of the most common routes used by tourists and taxi rates on these routes. After this, I will then break it down and provide information based on different parts of Ladakh. Along with the taxi rates, I am also posting information on how much it will cost you in a tempo traveler; in case you were traveling in a larger group.

Airport Pick and Drop Rs. 500
Leh to Nubra Valley – 1 Day Rs. 8,858
Leh to Panong Tso – 1 Day Rs. 9,518
Leh – Nubra Valley – Base Camp in 2 Days Rs. 15,942
Leh – Nubra Valley – Base Camp in 3 Days Rs. 19,389
Leh – Nubra Valley – Base Camp – Pangong Lake in 3 Days Rs. 25,690
Leh – Nubra Valley – Base Camp – Pangong Lake in 4 Days Rs. 32,709
Leh – Nubra Valley – Base Camp – Pangong Lake – Tso Moriri in 5 Days Rs. 43,409
Leh – Nubra Valley – Base Camp – Pangong Lake – Tso Moriri – Tso Kar in 6 Days Rs. 46,856
Leh to Panong Tso – 2 Days Rs. 11,331
Leh to Tso Moriri via Mahe Bridge (2 Days) Rs. 12,978
Leh – Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Tanglang La – Leh (2 Days) Rs. 15,711
Leh to Srinagar in 2 Days Rs. 20,240
Leh to Manali in 2 Days Rs. 23,747
Leh Local Sightseeing Rs. 3,000
Sham Valley Sightseeing Rs. 9,000
Hall of Fame, Magnetic Hill, Gurudwara Patthar Sahib Rs. 3,098

Taxi rates in Ladakh are a costly affair but it does have its own benefits as well. If you weren’t sure whether or not you should rent a cab there, then please read Why you should rent a taxi in Ladakh. Maybe the information posted here can help you make a final call.

Now coming to the topic of taxi rates, there are cars available for rent in Ladakh.

  • A Class – Innova, XUV and Aria
  • B Class – Scorpio, Safari, Sumo Grande, Xylo, Tavera, Qualis
  • C Class – Sumo, Eco, Van

Type A of the cabs is the most expensive one followed by B and C class. There is also the choice of hiring a tempo traveler or a Maxi cab if you were traveling in a large group; rates of which I will share in a following article.

For more details on tempo travellers, read Ladakh Tempo Traveller Rate List.

Leh Ladakh Taxi Rate List 2020 – 2021

Below is the complete rate list for this year.

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Leh Airport Taxi Rates

For the sake of explaining this better, I will break the information down in different regions of Ladakh. I will begin with your arrival in Leh city. If you want to book a cab to pick you from the airport and drop at the hotel, then below is how much it is going to cost you.

Leh Airport to City Taxi Fare

Depending on how far your hotel is, a taxi from Leh airport to Leh city will cost you between Rs. 550 to Rs. 1,500. As you can see in the chart above, the charges of A and B Class taxis are exactly the same. There is a small difference in the rates of C Class cabs but it is not too significant. Choglamsar Bridge is about 9 kilometers from the airport and Stok Palace is about 15 kilometers.

Leh Sightseeing Taxi Fare

Next let us talk about the fare that you will be paying if you rent a cab for sightseeing in and around Leh City.

Leh to Khardung La Taxi Fare

If you rent a taxi for Khardung La, then it of course cannot be just a drop because you will also be using the same cab to return. That is the reason why it shows Rs. 0 in the drop field. Depending on what type of cab you chose, a drive from Leh to Khardung La and back will cost you between Rs. 2,300 to Rs. 2,600.

Leh to Leh Palace Taxi Fare

Depending on which cab you chose, a taxi from your hotel to Leh Palace (drop and return) will cost you between Rs. 200 to Rs. 300.

Leh to Shanti Stupa Taxi Fare

Leh Palace and Shanti Stupa are in fact located quiet close so you can actually rent the same cab for both the places. But a cab just for Shanti Stupa will cost you beteen Rs. 200 to Rs. 350.

Leh to Nubra Valley Taxi Fare

Next let me provide information on how much a taxi will cost you from Leh to Nubra Valley.

Depending on the type of cab you chose and destination you opt for, a cab from Leh to Nubra valley and return in 2 days will cost you Rs. 10 – 12k for Diskit and Hunder. If you go as far as Turtuk then this fare would increase to Rs. 12 to 14k. If you also include Panamik and make it a 3 days trip, then the fare would be between Rs. 18k to 21k.

Leh to Pangong Tso Taxi Fare

Depending on the type of cab you chose, a taxi from Leh to Pangong Tso and return in 2 days will cost you between Rs. 9k to Rs. 11k. If you want to continue traveling and explore even further, then a round trip to Chushul will cost Rs. 13,000 for one day; and Rs. 16,000 for two days (for A Class cabs). Venturing further into Chumathang Valley; a private taxi to Hanle will cost about Rs. 17,000 round trip. If you want to complete the Pangong – Chushul – Tso Moriri – Leh circuit then a three day trip on this route will cost you about Rs. 24,000.

Leh to Tso Moriri Taxi Fare

A one day taxi from Leh to Tso Moriri and return will cost you Rs. 12,000. If you extend the journey for 2 days and return the next day, then it will cost you about Rs. 15,000.

Leh Srinagar Route Taxi Fare

Below is a chart detailing fares on Leh to Srinagar route.

Leh to Kargil Taxi Fare

A private taxi from Leh to Kargil will cost you Rs. 9000 for drop and Rs. 12,000 for return journey via Lamayuru. If you however went via Batalik route then the charges will be Rs. 12,600 for drop and Rs. 16,400 for a return journey.

Leh to Srinagar Taxi Fare

A private taxi from Leh to Srinagar will cost you Rs. 17000 for a single day journey. If you want to break the journey in 2 days with a night halt at Kargil then it will cost you Rs. 20,000. For a return journey to Leh, it will cost you Rs. 26,000.

Leh to Jammu Taxi Fare

A private taxi dropping you from Leh to Jammu will cost you Rs. 28,500 for 2 days journey and Rs. 31,300 for 3 days journey. For a return journey to Leh, charges will be Rs. 37,000 for 2 days and Rs. 40,700 for 3 days.

Leh to Drass taxi fare

A private taxi from Leh to Drass will cost you about Rs. 12,000 for a drop and Rs. 16,000 for return journey.

Leh to Sonamarg Taxi Fare

A private taxi from Leh to Sonamarg will cost you Rs. 14,000 for a drop and Rs. 19,000 for return journey

Leh Manali Route Taxi Fare

Below is a chart detailing taxi fare on Leh to Manali route in 2019.

Leh to Keylong Taxi Fare

A taxi from Leh to Keylong will cost Rs. 20,000 for drop and Rs. 26,000 for return journey

Leh to Manali Taxi Fare

For a 2 days journey, a cab from Leh to Manali will cost Rs. 22,000 for drop and Rs. 30,000 for return journey.

Leh to Tso Kar Taxi Fare

If you just want to visit Tso Kar lake on Manali Leh highway, then a private taxi will cost about Rs. 8000 for return journey and Rs. 6000 for drop.

Sham Valley Route Taxi Fare

Below is a rate list showing how much a private taxi from Leh will cost you on the Sham Valley route. I have mentioned the rates for all the places but the ones highlighted on the top will be the most relevant ones for tourists.

Nubra Valley Taxi Rates

Below are the taxi rates if you hire a private taxi in Nubra Valley itself. These rates are for taxis available from Diskit for visiting other places in Nubra Valley.

Special Note

If the taxi is used for more than specified days to the destination will be charged for the category as detailed below.

  • Innova, Aria, Xuv: Rs. 3097 for full day and Rs. 1548 for half day
  • Scorpio, Qualis, Grand, Safari, Xylo: Rs. 2942 for full day and Rs. 1470 for half day
  • Sumo, Eco, Van: Rs. 2668 for full Day and Rs. 1337 for Half Day
  • Full day mean 8 hours and half day mean 4 hours.
  • Waiting charge fir the first hour will be free and remaining hours @ Rs. 314 per hour for all type of vehicles.
  • Extra entry into routes from the planned routes is chargeable upto 8 [email protected] Rs. 314.
  • The rates has been prepared for the year 2019-20, applicable from 1st April 2019.
  • 50% of the billed amount should be deposited in advance in long routes Like- Manali, Srinagar others routes of Leh district.
  • Night halt charges @ Rs. 350/- for all types of vehicles.
  • AC on demands @ Rs 7/- per Km and will be collected by the driver directly.

Ladakh Taxi Rates 2020 – Conclusion

I hope the information above on Ladakh taxi rates 2020 was of help. If you have any questions; or need any further information; please feel free to ask in the comments section below; or at our Community Forum; and I will be glad to answer.

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Waseem August 29, 2020 - 2:25 pm

Do you provide Luxury bus for 27 persons from Manali to Leh

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Vargis.Khan August 30, 2020 - 7:13 pm

Yes I can help arrange it

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Stanzin July 30, 2020 - 12:36 am

Hlo sir
M citizen of UT ladakh .. I like to go spiti tabo is 32 km far approx from kaza on same day came drop go manali .. because in this pendimic situation over stay night in kaza is not allow. How much its cost please could u let me know ..
Thank q

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Sandip May 25, 2020 - 10:07 am

Hi, I would like to visit leh ladakh by bus from manali and book local taxi from leh for all sightseeings. Do–( May 20- June10) or October is ok for leh ladakh tour? Would I get clear sky and pleasant whether to enjoy?….Your suggestion please. Thanks

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Vargis.Khan May 26, 2020 - 1:58 pm

October is a little late for traveling by Bus. You should plan before September 15th.

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Amitava Chandra May 18, 2020 - 3:47 pm

We two friends are planning to have a tour of leh ladakh in September 2020 in 2nd week.We want to visit all tourist places in and around leh including Pangong, Tsumorari lake ,Nubra valley etc .Pl let me know how many days are needed and total expenses.I want to have road trip from Srinagar to leh, and return journey by road from leh to Delhi by AC bolero.
Thanks
Amitava Chandra

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Arunendra September 18, 2019 - 5:06 pm

After reading some more, it seems October is the time matching my requirement, when the ice is just perfect for visiting??

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Vargis.Khan September 18, 2019 - 10:32 pm

But the problem again will be of the Manali Leh Bus service. HPTDC Bus shuts down by September 15th followed by HRTC Bus in early days of October. It all depends on the weather really.

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Arunendra September 19, 2019 - 5:45 am

Agreed.The only benefit is that flight cost from Delhi to Leh is cheap at that time?

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Arunendra September 19, 2019 - 9:24 am

Would you kindly provide me an estimated budget (travel,hotel,food) for the following trip in October 2019:
Tour Highlights :

Leh Market – Leh Palace – Shanti Stupa – Shey – Thikse – Hemis Monastery – Hall of Fame – Spituk Monastery – Pathar Sahib Gurudwara – Magnetic Hill – Sangam – confluence of Zanskar and Indus River – Pangong Tso Lake – Changla Pass – World Highest pass called Khardungla – Nubra Valley – Diskit Monastery – Hundar Sand Dune – Hot Spring at Panamic – Samastalingka Monastery – Chumathang Hot Spring – Tso Moriri Lake – Tso Kar Salt Lake – Wild Ass viewing – Tahing lang La pass world third highest pass.

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Vargis.Khan September 19, 2019 - 12:20 pm

As compared to peak tourist season, yes.

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Arunendra September 15, 2019 - 6:07 pm

Dear Mr. Khan,
Such a detailed information is very much appreciated.May you please suggest a plan and budget for me?
Persons-2
Time:Apr/May 2020, when there is still snowfall available
We will start from Delhi via Manali to Leh in a Bus.
I wish to visit Leh,Nubra Valley, Pangong Lake, Tsomoriri and anything worth seeing in these lines.
I will skip Kargil,Zojila,Srinagar side.

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Vargis.Khan September 16, 2019 - 4:19 am

Hello Mr. Arunendra,

You must delay your plan until June. The Manali to Leh bus service starts only after June 10th.

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Arunendra September 16, 2019 - 5:59 am

Ok.Thanx.Is still snowfall/ice on road available after June 10th?
And if you would kindly guide me with an itinerary according to my route.
I will be with my wife but on a strict budget.

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Vargis.Khan September 16, 2019 - 4:37 pm

There could be some snow left at the top of the passes like Rohtang and Baralacha La. How many days do you have for the trip?

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Arunendra September 17, 2019 - 9:32 am

7 days from New Delhi to Leh tour and return to New Delhi.
I guess I have to read more.Actually, we were hoping to see snowclad roads also, even if it is between winter and summer. But it seems from your earlier comment that bus route from Manali to Leh will not be available then?

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Vargis.Khan September 17, 2019 - 4:24 pm

Correct. The Manali Leh route opens usually by late May or early June and then the bus service starts by Mid June. You will find some snow on the road but only at the top of Rohtang Pass and Baralacha La.

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Vishakha Sharma August 19, 2019 - 8:38 am

is there any taxi available from Tsoureri to leh by what time and what will be the charges

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Vargis.Khan August 20, 2019 - 12:06 am

Nothing scheduled. You will look to look for one while you are there.

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PRADIP KUMAR SINGHA ROY June 17, 2019 - 8:49 am

VERY NICE,THANK YOU.

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Vargis.Khan June 17, 2019 - 1:54 pm

You are welcome !!!

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Shilpika June 8, 2019 - 4:42 pm

Hey vargis. We r planning to visit manali leh ladakh in july first week from lucknow. We r coming by our personal vehicle. Is dat allowed for sight seeing dere? Also kindly tell which one will be cheap ..hiring a taxi or by our own vehicle.

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Vargis.Khan June 8, 2019 - 8:11 pm

Your own vehicle will be cheaper Shilpika. Yes, it is allowed as long as the person the car is registered to is traveling with you.

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Harry June 4, 2019 - 1:56 am

Hello vargis bhai…. kindly suggest us location of hotel in leh city from where we can get taxi easily for nubra and pangong…..

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Malvika May 22, 2019 - 10:01 am

Hi Vargis,

We are planning a road trip from Srinagar-Leh-Nubra-Pangong-Srinagar in July/August. We usually take a self-drive vehicle but I’m not sure of the Srinagar-Leh highway. What would the road be like if we self-drive or is it better to take a driver?
Spoke to a couple of people for car cost from Srinagar for a 10 day trip. The prices are varying a lot and I don’t understand the differences. 1 person said 70k, another said 60k and third is saying 46k. All of them include driver allowances, tolls, taxes, fuel and parking for the entire itinerary. I don’t know how they are including Ladakh as well since outside rented taxis aren’t allowed for Ladakh. What should I ask them or keep in mind which will help me book the car I want and not face problems later. I want the car at my disposal so I can stop along the way for sightsee, tourist places or food.

Thanks!

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Abhilash Jain May 7, 2019 - 8:16 am

Hello Mr.Khan, it is really exhaustive and important information you are sharing with us.
I am planning to travel to ladakh in 1st week of October (2nd to 8th)with my family .We are 2 adults and 2 children aged 8 and 3.Please suggest which all places to visit.I will be coming by air from Delhi

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NIREN VIJAY PAREKH April 13, 2019 - 8:31 am

Dear Mr Varghis Khan,

Always nice to read your blogs which gives a good insight of Leh- Ladakh.

I’m planning a trip to Leh Ladakh as under, How much would a taxi cost me for below itinerary dates if I can contact the taxi owner directly instead of going through any travel agents.

1) May 24 – Airport to Hotel Drop in Leh

2) May 25 – Leh Local Sight Seeing

3) May 26 – Leh Rest Day. No taxi required

4) May 27 – Leh to Nubra Valley

5) May 28 – Nubra Valley – Turtuk – Nubra Valley

6) May 29 – Nubra Valley to Pangong Lake

7) May 30 – Pangong to Tso Moriri Lake

8) May 31 – Tso Moriri to Tso Lekar Lake to Leh

9) June 1 – Rest Day in Leh

10) June 2 – Leh to Kargil

11) June 3 – Kargil to Sonmarg/Srinagar

12) June 4 – Sonmarg/Srinagar to Srinagar Airport Drop.

We shall be 3 persons OR maybe 6 persons travelling together.

Regards,

Niren Parekh.

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Vargis.Khan April 13, 2019 - 4:17 pm

Hi Niren – Please contact Nasir in Leh @ 9906229203 and he will be able to give you a cost estimate better.

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JAYANTA SUR October 8, 2019 - 10:34 am

Hi Vargis ,
Really wonderful inputs you provide on all subjects !!
I am planning a trip in Oct 3rd week for 6 days .
Need to know how to hire a Driver / Taxi before reaching .
Is there a Taxi Union Driver & contact List available for that ?
Regards
Jayanta

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Arunendra October 8, 2019 - 7:13 pm

Dear Jayanta,
After waiting for long for a group for a trip in Oct 20-26 and getting no response, we decided not to visit Ladakh.
Now that you have a similar plan, may I contact you personally outside this forum?Please contact me at [email protected].

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Vargis.Khan October 10, 2019 - 11:23 pm

Hi Jayanta – You can contact Nasir in Leh @ 9906229203.

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Ms. B Mitra April 13, 2019 - 5:32 am

Hi, Mr Vargis Khan. Good morning. I find your blog very informative and useful. We are 9/10 heads will be going to ladakh in end August/September ’19 for 12nights, 13 days tour starting from Srinagar airport to Manali through Kargil-Lamayuru-leh-Turtuk-Hundar-pangong-Hanle-Tsomoriri-Keylong-Manali. Can you please suggest what type of transpor we could avail? An what can be the approximate total cost?
Thank you.

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SANJEEV SHARMA March 22, 2019 - 2:44 pm

Hi Vargis, I am planning a solo bike trip from Leh to Khardung La and Sha, Valley in 2nd week of April 2019. I only have 4 days and people I have spoken to so far told me Khradung La on bike is not possible in April. I will love to have your feedback if it is doable and if I can have a local rider buddy I can take with me taking care of all costs? Regards

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Vargis.Khan March 22, 2019 - 4:30 pm

It is doable Sanjeev but entirely depends on how well can you handle the bike. There is a lot of snow on the road towards the top of the pass so it will be a very challenging task. I know people who have done it but it won’t be an easy thing to do.

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Dhananjay Vaingankar March 6, 2019 - 2:47 am

Hallo sir,
We r planning to ride in july in ladakh from Chandigarh.. 14 riders are in group..
We r looking for backup vehicle from Chandigarh Srinagar leh pangong nubra manali for whole circuit… i read that tourist vehicles registered outside leh is not allowed in pangong and nubra valley…
What you suggest to overcome this issue.. thanks in advance..

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Vargis.Khan March 6, 2019 - 12:55 pm

Vehicles rented outside Ladakh aren’t allowed. There is no solution to it Dhananjay

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Bala February 24, 2019 - 9:13 am

Hello Sir

How to prebook the taxi? Is there any contact available or online site? As we are from south India, we don’t know Hindi and also want to prebook in order to avoid last minute mess up. We need to book from April 13 to April 21. We have following itinerary and is it fine

April 13 – pick up Airport to Hotel
April 14 – Leh Local sightSeeing
April 15 – Leh to Diskit
April 16 – Diskit to Turtuk and back Panamik
April 17 – Leh
April 18 & 19 & 20 – Pangong – Chushul – Tso Moriri – Leh
April 21 – drop at Airport

What is the expected cost for the taxi? Also provide some good hotels in Leh, Diskit, Panamik, Pangong, Tsomoriri

Thanks in advance

Regards
Bala

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Vargis.Khan February 24, 2019 - 9:52 pm

Hi Bala,

Talk to Nasir in Leh at 9906229203. He run his own taxi there and you can book him. He can also advise about the hotels there at all other places.

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Bala February 26, 2019 - 4:48 am

Is the above itinerary fine during April 13 – 21? If not please suggest one

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Hemant Kumar Verma April 15, 2019 - 9:39 am

Dear Mr Vargis Khan
In July 2019 we are planning for Ladakh trip. We are taking taxi from Jammu to Leh and return. Can we see places of tourist interest enroute as war memorial at Drass,magnetic hill, Lamayuru,Mulbek,Pathar sahib, etc. as outside taxi is not allowed in Ladakh.
Thanks in advance.

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Vargis.Khan April 15, 2019 - 3:10 pm

Hello Mr. Verma – Non local taxi is not allowed for sightseeing in Ladakh but all these places are on the way so yes, you will be allowed to visit them all.

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