This article is more like a complication of several questions that I get asked related to traveling on Manali Leh highway. Some of these questions have been asked here in the blog itself, some on the forum and some via emails. Idea behind putting together these questions was to put together this information for anyone who may be wondering about the same thing. It remains to be a fact that while you can read 100 lengthy articles, sometimes they all fail to either answer some specific altogether or sometimes the information is way too much to find a simple answer. I will continue updating this article as I receive these queries and hope that this information will be helpful for everyone planning a journey to Leh via Manali. Please note that this article is part of Manali Leh highway travel guide and in continuation with the previous article discussing must visit places on Manali Leh highway.
1. What are some of the must visit or tourist places on Manali Leh highway?
It is really hard to answer this question as the entire Manali to Leh road is a scenic destination in itself. However some of the places worth mentioning are Rohtang La, river confluence at Tandi, Sissu Waterfall, Deepak Taal, Baralacha La, Suraj Taal, Gata Loops, Nakeela, Lachulung La, More Plains, Tso Kar and Tanglang La. Please read the following article for a complete list of must visit places on Manali Leh highway.
2. Where can you find a mechanic or puncture repair shop on Manali Leh highway?
Earlier this option was severely limited but with recent increase in tourism in Ladakh, you can hope to find a mechanic or puncture repair shop at Manali, Kokhsar, Tandi, Keylong, Jispa, Sarchu (not 100% and not always though), Upshi and Karu.
3. Is there a permit required for Manali Leh highway?
No there is not however you do need a permit for crossing Rohtang La from Manali side. More information on the topic is available at the link below.
4. What is an ideal Manali to Leh itinerary?
An ideal itinerary for traveling from Manali to Leh depends on how you are traveling and how many days you have in total for the complete trip. Please take a look at the following article for an ideal Manali to Leh tour itinerary.
5. Can I travel from Manali to Leh in one day?
While the answer to this question is that yes you can travel from Manali to Leh in one day, it is highly advised that you give this journey a minimum of 2 days and 3 days is highly recommended. More information on the topic is available at the link above.
6. Can I find Liquor on Manali Leh highway?
My honest advice would be against consuming alcohol while traveling from Manali to Leh however if you must, you can expect to find liquor at Manali, Keylong, Jispa and Upshi. Several chadar tents and camp sites on the way also provide alcohol at an increased price, this however is not for sure.
7. Where can I find an Bank / ATM on Manali Leh highway?
The only Bank or an ATM after Manali and before Leh is at Keylong.
8. Where can I find a hospital on Manali Leh highway?
The only hospital after Manali and before Leh is at Keylong.
9. How is the mobile network on Manali Leh highway?
In all probability, your mobile network will vanish anywhere between Rohtang Pass and Keylong. Vodafone will probably be gone as you start descending Rohtang La, Airtel may survive until Keylong. BSNL or MTNL is the best mobile network in Ladakh and has the best connectivity even on Manali to Leh route. After Keylong, your phones will remain dead until your reach Leh. You will not be able to make or receives calls/messages and even data connectivity will be gone after Keylong.
10. Where can you find a hotel, guest house or camp site on Manali Leh highway?
You can find accommodation at several places between Manali to Leh in from of hotels, guest houses, PWD guest or rest house, camp sites and chadar tents. Chadar tents are available the most and cheapest, camp sites would be second, PWD guest houses would have to be booked in advance, hotels are limited to few places. More information regarding accommodation on Manali to Leh route is at the link below in details.
11. Where can you find petrol pump on Manali Leh highway?
After Manali, the next petrol pump is at Tandi post which there is no petrol pump until Leh, hence it is absolutely necessary that you tank up at Tandi.
12 Where can you find a pay phone on Manali Leh highway?
Pay phone services are available at Keylong, Jispa and Upshi.
13. Is electricity available on Manali to Leh route?
Almost all the hotels and camp sits have electricity available. If they do not have an electric connection, then they will have generator facility.
14. Which motorcycle is best for Manali to Leh?
There is really no best motorcycle as such. I have known people who have been to Ladakh on a 100 CC motorcycle as well. It all depends on the condition of the motorcycle and how well you can ride it. There are however certain motorcycles that suit the terrain better than other. More information on the topic is at the link below
15. Can I ride from Manali to Leh with a pillion?
Yes you can but ensure that your motorcycle is very well serviced, at least a week in advance. Whatever seems troublesome must be repaired or replaced. When riding with a pillion, be extra careful specially at places with no Tar on the road or at water crossings. You will also need to pay close attention to how you plan to carry two people’s luggage on the motorcycle.
16. How is the public transport service on Manali Leh highway?
I have explained the public transport serviced on Manali Leh highway in detail at the link below. Please take a look to get more information.
I hope this information was helpful. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below and I would be glad to answer.