Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2017 & Road Condition

by Vargis.Khan

Srinagar Leh highway is open for vehicular traffic. This will be a dedicated post for Srinagar Leh highway status 2017. As the year progresses, I will continue updating the status and condition of the road in this thread.

Current Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2017 : OPEN

Also read: Manali Leh  Highway Status 2017



Update June 30th: Update on road conditions towards and in Ladakh.

There was a cloudburst on Manali Leh highway causing a landslide near ZingZing Bar. Tourists were stranded on both sides of the road for about 17 hours before it was cleared. Though vehicular movement has started again, authorities have issued warning of further cloudbursts in the area.

The road from Sanku to Padum is in a really bad state with numerous water streams to cross. The road around Pensi La from Rangdum is in a terrible state.

Road from Srinagar to Leh Highway is mostly smooth except for the stretch around Zojila which as always is in bad condition.

There is some sort of construction work happening in Leh town due to which it is dug up all around.

Construction is happening at Sakti Village as well so if you are planning to towards Pangong, you will have to take a diversion towards Wari La for about 10-12 kilometers and then turn around back on Pangong road.

The entire road between Leh and Pangong is quite good except for around Chang La top where it is completely broken.

From Pangong to Chushul and Tsaga via Man Mera is a dirt trail like always but easily doable.

Tsaga to Hanle and Nyoma Mahe is good smooth road.

Sumdo to Karzok is completely dirt trail as always.

Road to Nubra valley are all good except for the stretch around Khardung La top which is completely broken and in terrible state.



Update June 15th: I have been receiving this question almost everyday so thought of adding this in the form of an update. There is nothing to worry about if traveling to Srinagar right now. Life has returned to normal and there are a lot of tourists in the valley; either visiting Srinagar or going to Leh. It is safe to travel to Srinagar right now.

If you are planning a visit in near future, please know that construction work is going on the stretch between Qazigund and Srinagar. This will cause delay and you may as well take about 4-5 hours to reach Srinagar from Qazigund; depending on the traffic.

Also, Amarnath Yatra is about to begin on 29th June. This time will see huge traffic on both Jammu Srinagar highway and on Srinagar Leh highway as well. Movement of army vehicles too will increase as there is also a huge change of violence breaking out during this time. If your plan was after 27th June, then best to delay it by a few weeks.



Update May 31st:Curfew was lifted today and life has returned back to normal. Traffic from both Jammu and Leh side is getting allowed through the city. A lot of tourists travelled through Srinagar today. It will however most probably remain all closed again on Friday, June 2nd.



Update May 31st: Traffic from Jammu to Srinagar is being regulated at Udhampur, Ramban, Ramsoo & Jawahar tunnel. There is news of snow pelting at local vehicles and very less traffic is coming through Srinagar.




No traffic is being allowed currently on their own on Srinagar Leh highway. Mughal road is currently closed too. Army is escorting vehicles coming from both Jammu and Leh side. The Bandh is expected to be called off today but there is no confirmation as such.

There is no word on how people flying to Srinagar are able to make it out of airport.

Best would be to avoid traveling to Srinagar and wait until situation is back under control. Manali Leh highway should open within a week or so and if the situation is not under control in Srinagar, travel to Ladakh via Manali.

Entire Kashmir valley is under a complete shutdown right now, curfew imposed and internet services unavailable. Tourists are not currently being allowed to enter Srinagar. For anyone planning a trip right now, please give it another 7-10 days before you start and keep an eye on the news.



Update May 28th: Update on Road conditions:

Stretch between Sonmarg to Drass still has a lot of snow. There are numerous water crossings created by melting snow. The entire stretch is slushy and slipper so drive carefully.
Road between Drass and Leh is tarred and an OK drive all the way.
From Leh to Nubra Valley, roads are extremely around Khardung La for about 10-12 kilometers. Rest of the roads in Nubra Valley are good.
Towards Pangong, roads are bad around Chang La top, rest it is all tarred and OK drive.
Wari La route is closed as of now however the Agham Shyok road is open.



Update May 18th: Thank you Ramya for providing another update on road condition in the comments section. Copy pasting it here.

“Hello All,

All’s well here. We bunch of people from Bangalore left from Srinagar to leh on 15th. We reached leh yesterday. There is no issue with the roads or situation. Hope this news helps.
Don’t forget to carry warm clothes. Apart from that there is no issue here. We are now leaving from here to pangong and nubra.

All the best everyone who are travelling.”



Update May 15th: Update on road conditions. Copy pasting from the comments below by a fellow reader who is travelling to Leh from Srinagar today.
“Weather is pleasant. Driving from Srinagar r to Kargil. Road is bumpy for 10km on zero point. Lots of water from melting snow flowing over the road. It is an absolutely fabulous journey till Kargil. At Sonamarg checkpoint police will stop the vehicles at 8AM and leave only on 11AM. So plan to cross Sonamarg before 8AM. Road works are going on many places nearby zero point.”
Road from Srinagar to Sonamarg is good, really bad around Zojila and smooth again all the way till Kargil.



Update May 12th: After remaining closed for over 4 months, Srinagar Leh highway was finally declared open for vehicular traffic today. As per DSP Traffic Ganderbal, Liyaqat Qadri, only light-motor vehicles are currently allowed to move on the highway ahead of Sonamarg as of now. Authorities will decide about the movement of heavy vehicles on the highway later. The opening date officially remained 12th as I had updated earlier on May 3rd.

The highway usually gets open towards Late April however Owing to the heavy snowfall this year around Zojila, the opening was delayed by couple of weeks. Snow was as deep as 30 ft at several stretches around Zoji La Pass.

 There is still a lot of snow around the road and a high chance that BRO may close the road temporarily for restoration work. The worst partch is around Zoji La where the melting snow has created a lot of slush. Even though open, crossing the pass even at this time is quite challenging. Landslides and avalanches can still happen around this stretch.

If you are planning a trip on Srinagar Leh highway in next couple of weeks, please be very careful and practice caution while driving. Best advice would be to give it another 2-3 wees before you travel on this road.


Update May 10th: The entire stretch is now clear of snow and light motor vehicles from Kargil were able tor reach Srinagar, crossing Zojila, without any problem. Trials run were scheduled for last week but after the avalanche at Zojila, the road was blocked again. It was scheduled again for today and was successful; a vehicle carrying an ill patient too was also allowed to ply from Drass side. The highway will be officially declared open within next two or three days. As of now, vehicles had to pass through six to eight feet of snow wall on both sides.



Update May 8th: BRO was able to clear snow and restore connectivity between Kargil and Srinagar a few days ago ; however a recent landslide at Zojila has again gotten the road blocked. BRO is again working on restoring the road and this will push the opening date by a few days. As of now, road is not expected to open until May 15th.



Update May 6th: A few news agencies reported yesterday that the highway was declared open and people were already traveling from Srinagar to Kargil; this however is incorrect. BRO is expecting to clear snow by Saturday, May 6th, post which administration will take a call on by when to allow traffic. A team of officials from Drass reached the zero point earlier this week. A group consisting of SP Kargil and SDM Drass which probably what started the news that the highway is now open.

BRO has crossed the 107 km of the highway and their target is to reach Zero-Point at 108 km by Saturday afternoon.



Update May 5th: It will be a matter of couple of days only before the highways gets declared open. There are conflicting news as of now. Zeenews reports that the highway was open today however Dailyexcelsior says it will take another week or so. I will update here when I hear more and better.



Update May 5th: Highway may get open in next 4-5 days but for the first few days or maybe a week, Army will continue the restoration work. During this period, only locals are allowed to ply on the route till BRO determines the road to be safe to allow tourist traffic.

If you are planning a trip to Sonamarg, then be prepared to stay in dark with no phone reception still. There is still no electricity, phone or ATM connectivity anywhere in Sonamarg. Neither BSNL nor Airtel, the only two networks available at Sonamarg are functioning,

The road connecting Sonamarg and Thajiwas glacier too is still not restored and will take another week or so. You will not be able to go to the glacier right now for sightseeing.



Update May 3rd: As per the most recent update, it may not take until May 15th for the highway to open. Officially, it is expected to be declared open by May 12th and unofficially, by May 8th. This however is just an estimate and may change anytime.
For the unofficial opening date, Army may allow motorcycles and light motor vehicles to traverse but commercial vehicles will strictly not be allowed. It will also depend on how smooth you can talk your way in asking them to let you go. Tourists usually get allowed considering all the way they have travelled to reach Sriangar.
I must however advise word of caution. Traveling so early in the season and before the official opening date can be risky. Roads will be in a terrible state, specially around Zoji La.



Update April 29th: Sharing a most recent pic of Srinagar Leh highway between Sonamarg and Drass.

srinagar leh highway status 2017



Update April 27th: Copy pasting the update provided by one of the readers in comments section below. Thank you Syed Hussain for providing this information.

Talked today with a tour guide based in Srinagar, he is still confident of getting the road open on 6th May. I’m still not sure because of too diverge information. I sense things may not be too bad but for safe option one should plan for later than 15th May. I’ll update again tonight…”

“I got back some message from Srinagar – Kargil travel guide source that says it’ll take around 20 days to open the road. That means it is 15th of May. Two weeks back there was snow fall on the same place that made the thing delayed.”



Update April 26th: Expected official opening date of Srinagar Leh highway still remains to be around May 3rd Week. The road until Sonamarg is completely and a few kilometers after that as well. Below are a few pics of a couple of friends who went towards Drass last week. There is still snow on the road and Army is allowing general public only a little after Sonamarg. As you start to get closer to Zoji La, there is a check post at which you will be stopped.






Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2017 – Update April 24th: As per BRO officials, the snow clearance work on Srinagar Leh highway is in full swing. About 40 feet of snow has been estimated to have accumulated on the road along Zojila. As per Chief Engineer Brig A K Das, BRO is facing a tough situation due to heavy snowfall and frequent landslides along the road. Snow clearance work is expected to be completed by May 15 if weather remained favorable. Only then, after assessing the road conditions, the decision to allow civilian traffic on the road will be taken. Per BRO, the opening is expected to get delayed  and the highway is likely to be thrown open for traffic only after 15th May.

For now, my advice would be to not plan to travel on Srinagar Leh highway at all in May. Even after the road opens after 15th May, BRO will still take some time to restore it. In this initial couple of week,s road conditions will not be good and there will always be a high chance of a temporary closure anytime.



Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2017 – Update April 22nd: With temperatures soaring high all over the country, even hill stations like Shimla and Manali too were no exception. Shimla recorded the highest temperature of 28 degrees Celsius since 1999 and Manali at 27 degrees. As a result of the heat, snow is melting faster than expected, expediting BRO’s snow clearing operation. Expect the Srinagar Leh highway to open by May 15th as of now.

 Word of warning though, with snow melting that fast, entire stretch is filled with numerous water streams that are quite furious. This also means that the road conditions too will be really bad in initial few days. If you are planning a trip to Ladakh, it is best advised to give it at least 2-3 weeks after the Highway has been declared open.



Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2017 – Update April 16th: The road to Sonamarg has been completely restored  and the local business including hotels and guest houses have started setting up for upcoming tourists seasons. There is however a definite lack of even some of the basic amenities in the region as of now. All the telephone lines are still dead and there is no electricity in the area yet.

There were avalanche warnings issued across Kupwara, Bandipora, Kargil last week. Snow clearing works continues around Zojila however there is no expected date by when the road will open yet.



Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2017 – Update April 4th: Road from Srinagar to Sonamarg has been officially declared open and safe to travel on. You can safely plan a tip to areas like Sonamarg, Gulmarg, Pahalgam however the road beyond Sonamarg is still closed.

The 10-km long Gagangeer – Sonamarg road stretch on Srinagar-Leh highway was declared open for light motor vehicles on Monday. Work on clearing the snow on Srinagar-Leh highway has reached near Bajri nallah around the Zoji la area.
As per BRO Officials, due to heavy snowfall this year, re-reopening of the highway may take more time. Due to avalanches, Zoji la and the area around it received over 30 to 35 feet of snow this winter.



Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2017 – Update April 1st: Work still continues to open Srinagar Leh highway at earliest. Road between Srinagar to Sonamarg is currently open. Snow is expected to be all cleared from Zoji La by April 15th post which the highway will open for vehicular traffic. Last year the road opened on 30th April, this year it could be anytime in May 1st week but that is highly prone to a change.



Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2017 – Update March 18th: There is a weather forecast of more snow in the hills in next few days. The good news however is that BRO has already started clearing snow from Srinagar Leh highway from Gagangir. Zoji La has received huge amount of snow this year and there is still no date on by when this stretch will be cleared, connecting Drass and Sonamarg.



For now the highway is closed as the entire Himalayan region experienced a heavy snowfall this year, as a matter of fact heaviest in last five year. Temperature in Leh dropped down to a minus 18 and Srinagar saw temperature as less as minus 5 this year. Both cities experienced their coldest nights in last 4 years. Usually the highway opens sometime in late April but considering the heavy snowfall, there could be a delay in opening this year.




BRO has already confirmed that Manali Leh highway opening may be delayed as several stretches along the 474 kms long road received over 20 ft of snow. The same delay can be expected for Srinagar Leh highway as well but there is no confirmed news as such. Last year the highway was declared open on 30th April however this date may get pushed a little this year.

Snow clearing hasn’t yet started on Manali Leh highway however the work has already begun on Srinagar Leh highway. BRO is currently working on clearing the snow from Srinagar to Sonamarg.

If you are planning to travel on Srinagar Leh road this year, my best advice would be to not plan your trip any earlier than late May. Even if the opening is delayed, you can rest assured that you will not have to change your plans at last minute. If the road opens on time, delaying your trip by a few weeks would ensure that roads will not be in their worst conditions. After the opening snow clearing still continues for some time as BRO stabilizes the road which may result in the road getting closed temporarily by  a few hours or even a day. You also need to consider in the fact that the vehicular movement between Drass and Sonamarg (across Zojila Pass) will be one sided and time bound. In 2016, the timings were as mentioned below,

Drass to Sonamarg (Civilian Traffic): 4 AM to 8:30 AM
Drass to Sonamarg (Army vehicles): 8:30 AM to 11 AM
Road closed for maintenance: 11 AM to 1 PM
Sonamarg to Drass (Light vehicles): 1 PM to 3:30 PM
Sonamarg to Drass (Heavy Vehicles): 3:30 PM Onward

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.

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272 comments

Saurav Ganguli July 23, 2017 - 1:51 pm

Hi Vargis, Could you please update the vehicle timings from dras to sonmarg and vice versa for this year?

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Vargis.Khan July 23, 2017 - 10:38 pm

Hi Saurav, from Sonmarg traffic is allowed before 8 AM and after 11 AM. Traffic from Drass crosses over between 8 – 11 AM.

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sujay June 16, 2017 - 2:18 pm

Are tourists allowed to pangyong ??
Is there any issues in visiting it ???

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Vargis.Khan June 16, 2017 - 8:09 pm

Tourists are allowed. No issues right now

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Manish Kumawat June 10, 2017 - 4:12 am

is it safe traveling via Srinagar ?

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Vargis.Khan June 12, 2017 - 5:53 pm

As of now, yes it is

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Lalit jain May 30, 2017 - 1:33 pm

I have booked flight tickets from Bangalore to Srinagar on 2nd June 2017 & going towards Leh on 4th june.
What to do

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Vargis.Khan May 30, 2017 - 4:24 pm

They are hoping that the curfew will be lifted tomorrow but not sure right now. I will let you know more after I know myself tomorrow.

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Nimisha Patel May 30, 2017 - 8:56 am

Hello Vargis ji…
Returned from leh trip safely.. Thanks a lot for your guidance.. It helped me a lot. We passed through srinagar leh highway on 16 th may.. Road was ok ok..but enjoyed. Changala pass was terrible. on 22 nd may we passed from there..experienced traffic jam as Snow clearance was under process..
Anyways thank u once again..

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Vargis.Khan May 30, 2017 - 4:23 pm

Hello Nimisha Ji – I am glad that you trip went well and you are home safe. How about sharing some pics, I would love to see some. Especially of Zojila and Changla Pass.

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Nimisha Patel June 1, 2017 - 3:32 pm

Sure..can u tell me how do I post pics on this blog.

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Vargis.Khan June 2, 2017 - 3:28 am

Hello Nimisha Ji,

If you can please join and share a small travelogue with pics at the link below, it would be great. I will link your post to the blog here. My travelogues are also at the same link.

http://roadragas.com/index.php?forums/travelogues.4/

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DILIP RAJGURAV May 30, 2017 - 5:08 am

Dear Vargisbhai, Namaste, Thanks for your compliments. I spoke with my son this morning and he told me that they have crossed Srinagar with the total help of Authority early this morning and now on way to Kargil via Sonmarg. Aapki Dua aur Uparwaleki Daya kam aayi hai. Thanks a lot again. will contact you latter. DILIP RAJGURAV PUNE

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Vargis.Khan May 30, 2017 - 4:22 pm

Hello Dilip Bhai – I am glad that you Son is well. Insha-Allah he will be home safely before you even know it.

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DILIP RAJGURAV May 29, 2017 - 3:08 pm

Dear Vargisbhai, “chand se Roshan ho Ramjan tumhara, Ebadat se bhara ho Roja tumhara” “Har roja aur Namaj, kabul ho tumhari” “Yahi Allah se hai, Dua Hamari” RAMJAN MUBARAK. – As per Schedule my son alongwith other friends reach Jammu on 27th,may with Bikes. But unfortunately because of tense situation they all are stopped at Srinagar Border and waiting for clearance to go further towards Leh. Bhai, I want to Know whether Srinanagar Leh Road is safe for Travel by Bike now days? Pl. inform. DILIP RAJGURAV. PUNE.

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Vargis.Khan May 30, 2017 - 1:18 am

Hello Dilip Bhai – Bahut Bahut Shukriya .. God Bless you and your family .. Ramzan Mubarak …

Unfortunately, the entire Kashmir valley is under a complete shutdown right now, internet services unavailable and curfew imposed. I have not been able to speak to my contact in Kashmir so cannot really give you an exact idea of the situation. The problem however is only around Sriangar, once your son crosses Sonamarg, it is all Ok. Please ask him to just wait it out and to NOT STAY AT Srinagar. Tell him to continue straight to Sonamarg from Jammu, stay at Sonamarg and be on his way to Kargil the next day. Hotels in Sonamarg are a bit expensive but at least he will be out of Srinagar.

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sujay May 26, 2017 - 9:00 pm

Hi vargis ,
Can i find snow on the way to leh from manali ???? Or any where throughout the trip from manali to leh to Srinagar ???
We have planned trip from June 15 th ……
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Vargis.Khan May 28, 2017 - 3:14 am

Plenty of snow right now brother. Entire Baralacha La right now has 10 to 20 ft of snow right now. See the video I just posted sent by Srinivasan in the comment below. Lots of snow around Zoji la still.

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Srinivasan Ganesh May 26, 2017 - 11:44 am

Hi vargis khan ji,
we group of ten adults +1 child traveled from leh to srinagar. On 21st we traveled from leh to kargil ( 8.30 to 3pm) and on 22nd our driver asked us to be ready by 1.30 am midnight 22nd and reached srinagar at 8.30am . Our driver told moving around 4 am to zozilla will be good and we and easily pass through it without waiting and pass will be visible as we have early sunrise.

We started at 1.30am on 22nd and reached Drass at 3.10 am then from there to menamarg point around 4.15 am and then we covered entier zojila stretch for 1.30 hours without traffic and luckily we were able to capture the zojila beauty and zero point as sun rise was bit early. The stretch is fine with snow walls on each side then and there, and most stretches are fine we came across 10 to 14 streams of water flows between roads. I luckily captured the entire trip in with cam and uploaded the video .
https://youtu.be/e1DmdiRVHm8
https://youtu.be/1dbXe_wWwi8

You can have a look at the stretch in this video. I would like to thank khan for his updates which helped us to plan the trip accordingly and I hope we visit again leh. Thanks bro

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Vargis.Khan May 28, 2017 - 2:13 am

Srinivasan Bhai – I am so glad that your trip went well and thank you for sharing your experience with us. If you would like to share more of your experience and a few pics with us, please do join our community at RoadRagas.Com. Would be great to have you with us.

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Mohit May 23, 2017 - 4:04 pm

Road is bumpy for 10km on zero point. ……

What is zero point ????

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Vargis.Khan May 23, 2017 - 7:28 pm

Zero point is a tourist spot about 30 kilometers from Sonamarg, near Zoji la top. Lots of people from Sonamarg go that way, making it a day’s journey. Like till Rohtang top from Manali, same way is Zero point from Sonamarg.

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Rajiv ranjan May 25, 2017 - 7:49 am

Hi Khan,
We are planning to go leh via Srinagar and return from Manali route from 28.05-08.06.2017 by personal vehicle. Is there any issue by going personal vehicle in entire route?

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Vargis.Khan May 25, 2017 - 2:26 pm

Hi Rajiv – No issues for personnal vehicles as long as you are carrying all documents including your DL, RC, PUC and Insurace papers.

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Rajiv ranjan May 25, 2017 - 6:18 pm

I want to know timing to cross zozilla pass from sonmarg and vice versa.location to stay in nubra valley- nubra or hunder or diskit- advice

Vargis.Khan May 25, 2017 - 7:01 pm

As of now, from Sonmarg traffic is allowed before 8 AM and after 11 AM. Traffic from Drass crosses over between 8 – 11 AM.

For Nubra valley, read https://vargiskhan.com/log/accommodation-nubra-valley/

Rajiv ranjan May 29, 2017 - 1:29 am

We reached udhampur yesterday and now started trip to kargil and tomorrow will move to leh

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Vargis.Khan May 29, 2017 - 3:11 am

That is great Rajiv. Do update us about the road conditions ahead and if there is any change in Sonamarg / Drass traffic timings.

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Suketu shah May 23, 2017 - 3:31 pm

Hi
We are two families travel from udampur to srinagar on 27th May 2017 and Srinagar to Leh 28th may 2017.
Please inform road status and conditions for travelling by taxi.
we want car rental for our 10 days package if you have in mind please suggest.
thanks and regards
Suketu shah

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Vargis.Khan May 23, 2017 - 7:26 pm

Hello – Roads are open and condition is bad around Zoji La. Rest of the roads are ok to drive on. For taxi, call Faisal at 9596410670 in Srinagar.

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Martin May 17, 2017 - 2:34 pm

Hi khan,

Can u plz update the Road condition between srinagar to leh.
Can u also tell me hw they release traffic at zojila pass….
Do they release traffic both ways or 1 day to go srinagar- leh and other day for cmg from leh-srinagar.
My travel date is 26th of May from srinagar to leg…

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Vargis.Khan May 17, 2017 - 8:14 pm

Hi Martin – Below is what a couple of other people who travelled from Srinagar to Leh on 15th provided.

“Road is bumpy for 10km on zero point. Lots of water from melting snow flowing over the road. It is an Abdolutely Fabulous journey till Kargil. At Sonsmarg checkpoint police will stop the vehicles at 8AM and leave only on 11AM. So plan to cross Shonmarg before 8AM. Road works are going on many places nearby zero point.”

“It looks 8:00-10:30AM checkpost is blocking traffic after Sonamarg.
Lots of internet issue in Kargil”

“Hello All,
All’s well here. We bunch of people from Bangalore left from Srinagar to leh on 15th. We reached leh yesterday. There is no issue with the roads or situation. Hope this news helps.
Don’t forget to carry warm clothes. Apart from that there is no issue here. We are now leaving from here to pangong and nubra.”

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Martin May 18, 2017 - 6:09 am

Thanks for ur feed back…

When I travelled to leh from sirnagar in the year 2014 it was one day to go and other day to come.

Can i travel 420km from srinagar to leh in one day

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Vargis.Khan May 18, 2017 - 2:24 pm

Ideally it is a 2 days journey but there are shared cabs available in Srinagar that run non-stop to Leh making it a one day journey. It will be too tiring though so be prepared for that. You can board a bus too but the bus will halt at Kargil for the night and go to Leh the next day.

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Martin May 18, 2017 - 6:01 pm

Is it possible for me to travel to leh from sonamarg in a day & How many hours will it take….

How many days did they take to reach leh from Bangalore

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Vargis.Khan May 18, 2017 - 7:46 pm

You can do it but it will be one hell of a long journey … anywhere between 10-12 hours.

and Bangalore?

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Ramya May 22, 2017 - 5:41 am

Hello all,

We travelled back to Srinagar yesterday from leh at a stretch. We left at 5 in the evening and reached here by 8 with couple of breaks in between.
It was freezing cold, bumpy ride and people who were awake had tough time seeing them driving during night. Luckily I was asleep

Now flying back to Bangalore today evening. Wow it’s awesome and unforgettable trip till date.

Regards,
Ramya

Vargis.Khan May 22, 2017 - 8:30 pm

Thank you so much Ramya !!! I am glad your trip was good.

Syed Hussain May 15, 2017 - 2:17 am

W
Weather is pleasant. Driving from Srinagar r to Kargil

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Vargis.Khan May 15, 2017 - 2:40 am

Syed Bhai – Please do update us about how the drive is, the road conditions and a few pics.

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Syed Hussain May 15, 2017 - 10:07 am

Road is bumpy for 10km on zero point. Lots of water from melting snow flowing over the road. It is an Abdolutely Fabulous journey till Kargil. At Sonsmarg checkpoint police will stop the vehicles at 8AM and leave only on 11AM. So plan to cross Shonmarg before 8AM. Road works are going on many places nearby zero point.

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Vargis.Khan May 15, 2017 - 1:32 pm

Thanks Syed. Do let us know the road is between Kargil and Leh as you travel tomorrow.

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Syed Hussain May 15, 2017 - 2:45 pm

It looks 8:00-10:30AM checkpost is blocking traffic after Sonamarg.
Lots of internet issue in Kargil

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Ramya May 17, 2017 - 4:43 am

Hello All,

All’s well here. We bunch of people from Bangalore left from Srinagar to leh on 15th. We reached leh yesterday. There is no issue with the roads or situation. Hope this news helps.
Don’t forget to carry warm clothes. Apart from that there is no issue here. We are now leaving from here to pangong and nubra.

All the best everyone who are travelling.

Regards,
Ramya

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Vargis.Khan May 17, 2017 - 7:22 pm

Hi Ramya – Any recent changes in Sonmarg to Drass traffic timings?

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Deepak malik May 14, 2017 - 3:25 pm

Hi vargis

I m planning a trip via srinagar to leh n return by manali around 24th may in scorpio 4×2. Will roads will be ok by that time.

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Vargis.Khan May 14, 2017 - 7:29 pm

Hi Deepak – Manali Leh highway will not be open by 24th May so you will have to return via Srinagar only.

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Razi May 8, 2017 - 5:44 pm

First of all thank u for this valuable blog Mr vargis khan.we(4 people)are planning for leh ladakh trip from srinagar at 16 th of may onwards.you mentioned the opening date above.is there any lag for that day and tourist entering date.we planned to rent a bike at srinagar.is it possible to travel with that bike along ladakh also.else pls suggest me about bike rentals.we are planning for a low budget trip.thanking you.

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Vargis.Khan May 9, 2017 - 4:09 am

Hello Razi – You will be Ok for traveling on 16th, Highway is expected to open in next 3-4 days as of now.

For bike rentals, take a look at the article below.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/best-place-rent-a-bike-in-srinagar/

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Razi May 9, 2017 - 5:05 am

Brother,Do the bikes you mentioned above can also be used for local sight seeing in ladakh?

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Vargis.Khan May 9, 2017 - 3:10 pm

Hi Razi – No they cannot be brother. Bikes from Srinagar can only be used to reach Srinagar, not for local sight seeing. Same way, bikes from Ladakh cannot be used around Srinagar. These guys are very strict in this manner.

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Razi May 9, 2017 - 3:17 pm

Thanks brother and i would like to know whether there is any cheap travel options from srinagar to leh exept taxis?like bus..

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Vargis.Khan May 9, 2017 - 4:01 pm

Yes Razi, you can travel via Bus as well. Take a look at the article below detailing how to plan a budget trip to Ladakh traveling via Public transport.

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

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RAMEEZ May 10, 2017 - 5:22 am

Khan bro..any new updates of sgr leh road plz relpy me fast

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Vargis.Khan May 10, 2017 - 5:59 am

No fresh update as of now Rameez Bhai. Hoping to get one by evening today.

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RAMEEZ May 10, 2017 - 8:45 am

Thx alot bhai

RAMEEZ May 10, 2017 - 5:29 pm

Any updates bhai….

Vargis.Khan May 10, 2017 - 5:39 pm

The highway is clear of snow Bhai. LMVs from both Kargil and Leh arrived in Leh today without any problem. I am guessing that it should be declared open for tourists as well in next couple of days. I will know more tomorrow

RAMEEZ May 11, 2017 - 3:51 pm

khan bhai any new updates now…..i saw in in news that close sonmarge leh Road has been closed it once again i dont know why maybe land slide or something…. please confirm and reply me fast

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Vargis.Khan May 11, 2017 - 5:53 pm

I have not really heard about it Rameez Bhai. I will check again tomorrow

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RAMEEZ May 11, 2017 - 6:22 pm

Ok bro thx alot

Vargis.Khan May 13, 2017 - 1:46 am

It opened yesterday Brother

Yogendra Rajput May 9, 2017 - 11:49 am

Thanks for ur update status. We are 4 people want going to srinagar to leh by own celerio car on 20 may. Is any prob for celerio car

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Vargis.Khan May 9, 2017 - 3:16 pm

The low ground clearance will be a big problem. So early in the season means really bad roads with numerous water streams and slush at several places where the low GC will be tough to handle.

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Yogendra Rajput May 10, 2017 - 6:18 am

Finally go or no

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Vargis.Khan May 10, 2017 - 5:28 pm

You can go definitely but drive a bit carefully and avoid a couple of treacherous stretches. Take a look at the couple of articles at the link below and plan accordingly. My friend went to Ladakh in Maruti 800 with 4 other guys in it so yes, you can definitely complete the trip in Celerio.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/best-car-for-ladakh-trip/

https://vargiskhan.com/log/important-tips-driving-through-ladakh/

priyanshi sikhwal May 8, 2017 - 5:29 pm

hello sir, i have a few queries and will be very thankful if you could reply back to them
1. We are a family travelling from noida in our own car all the way to and fro leh ladakh and wanted to know if june 4th will be a suitable time for our visit.
2. Given importance to the unrest in kashmir an the militancy issues would that be a problem for us tourists?
3. I have been made aware of a permit that needs to be taken for tourist travellers, could you please tell me about it and its necessities.
4. what route would you suggest to take, we plan to take the highway to srinagar and return back the same way. will it be fine?

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Vargis.Khan May 9, 2017 - 4:08 am

Hello Priyanshi,

1. Which car are you traveling in? I am hoping it is an SUV because you are traveling early in the season and roads aren’t really good at this time.
2. Kashmir is OK, do not worry about it. here are already tourists there visiting the valley.
3. There is no permit needed for Srinagar to Leh but you need ILP for visiting places like Nubra valley and Pangong in Ladakh see the link below for more details on these permits.

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

4. How many days do you have in hand? Let me know and I can suggest an itinerary.

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priyanshi sikhwal May 13, 2017 - 8:15 am

sir
we are travelling in a ford endeavor, also is there a problem if we travel with bp patients? no seriousness in their health as such now. please suggest an itinerary, we do not have a time constraint.

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Vargis.Khan May 13, 2017 - 11:31 pm

Hello Priyanshi – Quite honestly, I do not feel qualified to be passing on advice in medical cases. I would highly recommend that you consult a doctor in this case and follow their advice. I am sorry I just do not want to give a false suggestion based on my assumptions which may get you in some trouble.

For your itinerary, you can complete the route in the following manner.

Noida to Jammu
Jammu to Srinagar
Srinagar to Sonamarg
Sonamarg to Leh
Leh
Leh to Nubra Valley (Diskit)
Diskit to Panamik
Panamik to Leh
Leh to Pangong Tso
Pangong Tso to Leh
Leh to Tso Moriri (Karzok)
Tso Moriri to Sarchu
Sarchu to Manali
Manali to Noida

This is a 2 weeks itinerary. If you have more days, you can include Zanskar valley here as well.

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Naga Kannan May 8, 2017 - 6:36 am

Hi Vargis,
Your posts are useful. We are travelling to leh for first time in life. Starting my journey from srinagar on may 19. Please tell me whether the road will be open for tourist vehicles on that day….

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Vargis.Khan May 9, 2017 - 3:50 am

Hi Naga – Yes it will be open by May 19th

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Naga Kannan May 12, 2017 - 2:28 pm

Thank you so much vargis….now i am relaxed and happy…

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Vargis.Khan May 13, 2017 - 2:27 am

You are welcome brother

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Syed Hussain May 7, 2017 - 12:41 pm

Hi Vargis,
Called twice J. K. Tourism office they told (with re-confirmation) 15th May is the date tourist can travel. Before that not confirming anything. One 5 star rated travel agency also mentioning the same date. Looks like things are converging. I hope road will be functional starting from 8th May. Then chance will be very bright for 15th May tours. Otherwise, I’ll be stuck in Srinagar and wait for 16, 17, and waste my booking in Leh.
Pls let us know the 8th May status of the road. Appreciate your help…

Thanks,
Syed Hussain

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Vargis.Khan May 7, 2017 - 2:09 pm

Hi Syed – I just spoke to my contact in Srinagar. BRO has started testing the road, they are running their own convoys as of now and have even allowed a few local drivers to ply towards Kargil. This process usually runs for 3-4 days so as of now the estimate is that it should be all operational by 12th.

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Sujay Yashwanth May 6, 2017 - 7:20 pm

Hello Mr.vargis Khan,
we are a group of 10 planned to ladhak trip from june 15th-june28th , starting from Madhya pradesh
Katni to delhi
delhi to manali
manali to leh on bike and return
leh to srinagar on bike
Srinagar to delhi and back home.
so will it be the right time to visit leh-ladhak ??
Should the bikers have professional skills when travelling through manali to leh route?? , i mean what can be the expertise level?
How does recent clashes in srinagar can affect our tour ????

Sorry for many ques !!! 😀
But i need to know from well known person like you !!

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Vargis.Khan May 7, 2017 - 2:12 pm

Hello Sujay,

Yes the time of your travel is good enough. You will be able to cover both Manali and Srinagar route at this time.
Have you rode a bike in the hills ever? Anyone with decent enough bike riding experience can go to Ladakh as long as they are riding slow and carefully. You do not have to be hardcore motorcyclist really.
Things are Ok in Srinagar as of now and there are tourists in the city. Nothing to worry about right now.

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sujay yashwanth May 7, 2017 - 8:38 pm

Thank u so much 🙂

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Vargis.Khan May 8, 2017 - 1:44 am

You are welcome brother

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Kash May 6, 2017 - 10:15 am

Hi Vargis Khan,

I’d like to first Thank You! for the contents on this page, it is very useful. 🙂

Its indeed great to see that the Srinagar-Leh road is expected to be open soon. On this regard, I wish you could help me out with my query –
I understand that there is a schedule thats maintained with respect to the direction of traffic allowed at Zoji la pass.
I have read that, Early morning – Afternoon – Second half.. of a given day is spread across like so, Srinagar to Dras – Army vehicle movement/maintenance – Dras to Srinagar.

Does this still hold good every year?
Could you please help with the exact timings?

Thank You.

Regards,
Kash

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Vargis.Khan May 6, 2017 - 1:19 pm

Hi Kash, The exact timings will only be known once the traffic movement starts on the highway. The timings last year were,

Drass to Sonamarg (Civilian Traffic): 4 AM to 8:30 AM
Drass to Sonamarg (Army vehicles): 8:30 AM to 11 AM
Road closed for maintenance: 11 AM to 1 PM
Sonamarg to Drass (Light vehicles): 1 PM to 3:30 PM
Sonamarg to Drass (Heavy Vehicles): 3:30 PM Onward

It however could be different this year so do not plan according to this. Best to wait for the highway to open and then I will post the timings here.

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Kash May 7, 2017 - 5:14 pm

Thank you for the prompt response.
Yes, the above mentioned timings is what I am aware of too.
Like you rightly mentioned, these timings may not hold true for this year.

Yes, it would be great if you could include the timing details once we have the highway officially opened.

Cheers.

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Vargis.Khan May 9, 2017 - 4:14 am

I will Kash. Just waiting for that damn highway to open, its playing hide and seek this year.

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Kash May 15, 2017 - 11:40 am

Yey!! Seems like the ‘damn highway’ has finally opened. Have you happened to hear anything with respect to the traffic-movement-direction timings?

Thank You in advance.

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Vargis.Khan May 15, 2017 - 1:31 pm

This is what Syed updated in the comments above, he travelled from Srinagar to Kargil today.

“Road is bumpy for 10km on zero point. Lots of water from melting snow flowing over the road. It is an Abdolutely Fabulous journey till Kargil. At Sonsmarg checkpoint police will stop the vehicles at 8AM and leave only on 11AM. So plan to cross Shonmarg before 8AM. Road works are going on many places nearby zero point.”

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Kash May 15, 2017 - 1:35 pm

ohh!! I missed Syed’s update. Fantastic to read his explanation 🙂
Thank You for the prompt response and for the contents on your website. Its very useful and has the potential to save lives.
Cheers.

enayat May 5, 2017 - 11:59 am

Which date is fix to open the zojila Pass Srinagar To ladakh

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RAMEEZ May 5, 2017 - 3:46 pm

Aaj

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Vargis.Khan May 6, 2017 - 12:29 am

Open for locals only, tourists are not allowed to travel right now.

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ruhail May 5, 2017 - 8:11 am

Update: srinagar leh highway opened…Bt not for tourists its just for locals as shortage of essentials items deepens in leh district.Just matter of 2-3days officially it wll declared open…happy journey…

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Vargis.Khan May 5, 2017 - 11:54 am

Thanks Ruhail

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Nimisha Patel May 5, 2017 - 3:46 am

Thank u Vargis ji for your latest update..

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Vargis.Khan May 5, 2017 - 11:55 am

You are welcome Nimisha Ji

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Sumitbedi May 4, 2017 - 10:24 am

Sir can u pls tell me Kashmir to leh roads are open or not coz we are traveling to Kashmir on 12 th may 2017 and want to go to leh our roads open if not when will roads open

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Vargis.Khan May 4, 2017 - 11:36 pm

Just posted a video with most recent update Sumit Bhai

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ruhail May 3, 2017 - 7:08 pm

Vargis bhai thanks for t updates…As soon as official date of opening come up just let us all know….Regards Ruhail…..

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Vargis.Khan May 4, 2017 - 3:34 am

I will Ruhail Bhai.

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Srinivasan Ganesh May 2, 2017 - 6:33 pm

hi any updates vargis bro?

thanks in advance
srinivasan G

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Vargis.Khan May 3, 2017 - 3:29 am

Hi Srinivasan – No further updates as of now bro. The opening date still remains sometime after May 15.

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Vargis.Khan May 3, 2017 - 3:37 am

Just received a fresh update, posted.

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Srinivasan Ganesh May 3, 2017 - 4:51 am

Thanks a lot buddy

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Vargis.Khan May 4, 2017 - 3:35 am

you are welcome brother

Nimisha Patel May 2, 2017 - 3:56 am

Hello Vargis ji…Any updates for srinagar leh highway?
Thanks n Regards,
Nimisha

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Vargis.Khan May 3, 2017 - 3:30 am

Hello Nimisha Ji – I am sorry but there are no further updates as of now.

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Nimisha Patel May 3, 2017 - 3:37 am

Thanks a lot for your quick response as always..

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Vargis.Khan May 3, 2017 - 3:51 am

You are welcome

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Vargis.Khan May 3, 2017 - 3:38 am

Just received a fresh update, posted.

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Nimisha Patel May 3, 2017 - 6:18 am

Just saw your recent updates… Thank u..u can’t imagine how happy I m to see your updates as I was really worried. You might think I m crazy but 3-4 times in a day I open your blog to see latest updates..
Thank u once again.

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Srinivasan Ganesh May 3, 2017 - 9:46 am

same here. Thanks a lot for your updates vargis ji. All my tour members are keeping your page open and refreshing frequently. Thanks for your tym.

Vargis.Khan May 4, 2017 - 3:37 am

Thank you Nimisha Ji and Srinivasan Bhai. I am glad I could be of help.

KC May 1, 2017 - 6:28 pm

Vargis,

This is brilliant blog that you have. Thank you for putting so much information.

I have a quick question on my Leh trip. I would be in Leh by 15th May and was thinking of renting a bike there and travelling to Nubra and Pangong. What do you think about the road conditions in Ladakh region? Are they too bad in mid May or okay to travel by bike. I am an experienced rider and have done Manali – Kunzum – Spiti before.

Please note, I’ll be taking a flight to Leh as both Srinagar and Manali routes would be shut on May 15th.

Thanks,
KC

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Vargis.Khan May 3, 2017 - 3:34 am

Hello KC – All the roads in Ladakh are open so you will have no problem going towards Nubra Valley or Pangong. There may be a temporary closure if it snows at Khardung La or Chang La top but it will be just for a few hours or a day at most. Army will clear it and the road will be open again.

Road conditions will be terribly bad at some places like between South Pullu and North Pullu towards Nubra Valley and between and around Chang La top on the way to Pangong Tso. For rest of the places, it will be a mix of good, average and bad but mostly average.

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ruhail May 1, 2017 - 11:23 am

Vargis bhai any update…

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Vargis.Khan May 3, 2017 - 3:35 am

Ruhail Bhai not as of now. The opening date is still after May 15

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Vargis.Khan May 3, 2017 - 3:52 am

Just received a fresh update bhai, posted.

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Rezvin April 30, 2017 - 3:56 am

Can we do

Delhi- Chandigarh – Shimla – Narkanda – Reckong Peo – Kalpa – Kaza – Keylong – Sarchu – Leh
Leh – k Top – Nubra and back to Leh
Leh – Kargil – Leh
Leh – Keylong – Manali – Chandigarh

Route during 2nd week of may ?

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Vargis.Khan April 30, 2017 - 1:34 pm

No you cannot. Kunzum Pass will not open by June so you cannot cross it over from Kaza towards Manali.

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Rezvin April 30, 2017 - 5:45 pm

How about going to leh by shimla – spiti route and returning from leh through srinagar route by 19th of may and heading back ?

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Vargis.Khan April 30, 2017 - 6:32 pm

Not really sure I understood the question. You want to travel to Spiti from Shimla and return via Srinagar? That is the same thing that I mentioned above. From Spiti, in order to go to Leh, you will have to cross Kunzum Pass to reach Manali Leh highway near Keylong. Furthermore, even Manali Leh highway will open by June first week. The only options you have in May is to reach Spiti from Shimla and return via the same route. Fro Leh, you cannot reach either ways as Srinagar Leh highway will open late May and Manali Leh in early June.

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Rezvin May 8, 2017 - 6:41 pm

We had planned a leh trip by 14th May but since the roads are not open we are not taking the risk. So planning for a 10 day trip to spiti valley on may 11-20. We are 2 bikers traveling all the way from kerala and now we have reached delhi.

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Faisal nazir April 29, 2017 - 4:45 pm

Hi vargis, it is really appreciable what you are doing, keep updating!!

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Vargis.Khan April 30, 2017 - 1:33 pm

Thanks Faisal

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Srinivasan Ganesh April 26, 2017 - 12:58 pm

Hi vargis ,
Thanks for your latest update. We are 10 people planned to start from srinagar (16th eve arrival in srinagar airport) on 17th may to leh via road and return back to srinagar on 22nd via road tempo traveller (23rd evening return flight from srinagar). I have confirmed flight and hotel bookings. As the road status opening is not yet finalized I have a few queries for you,

1. can I book flight from srinagar to leh such that i will reach leh on 17th and plan to return back on 21st from leh via road and reach srinagar on 22nd what are the chances that road will be open on 21st? so that atleast i can return back via road Will this plan work out ?

2. If the roads dont open by then is there any other itenary so that i can look for like gulmarg and sonmarg atleast. If so how should i split the itinerary and visit them. We will arrrive on 16th evening 6 pm srinagar and our return flight is on 23rd evening. In the current scenario in srinagar I would like to move out of srinagar on 16th evening itself and come back on 23rd morning to srinagar airport directly ? Is it safe to visit gulmarg and sonmarg ? If so how would i spent the days from 17 to 22 around sonmarg and gulmarg

Sorry for the long question. Thanks in advance.

srinivasan G

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Vargis.Khan April 27, 2017 - 2:44 am

Hello Srinivasan – In my opinion, you should go for option one. Take a direct flight to Leh and catch the return flight from Srinagar. The highway in all probability will be open by 23rd.

What time is your return flight from Srinagar?

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Srinivasan. G Srinivasan. G April 27, 2017 - 5:58 am

23rd evening 5.30 pm flight from srinagar.

So 22nd leh to kargil
23rd kargil to srinagar ? will this workout or should i start from 21 leh to kargil and 22nd kargil to srinagar.

Moreover from your latest update it is 15th may will the road open or will BRO will take some more time after snow clearance to allow public use it.

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Vargis.Khan April 28, 2017 - 7:07 pm

How are you planning local sightseeing in Ladakh? Booking a cab or motorcycles?

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Srinivasan Ganesh May 1, 2017 - 10:16 am

local sight seeing is through tempo travellor

Vargis.Khan April 28, 2017 - 7:06 pm

You can follow this itinerary,

17 – Leh
18 – Nubra Valley
19 – Nubra Valley to Leh
20 – Leh to Pangong via Chang La
21 – Pangong to Leh
22 – Kargil
23 – Start by first light of the day from Kargil so that you reach Airport well in time to catch your flight.

or you can do the following.

17 – Leh, rest and let your body adjust to high altitude
18 – Nubra Valley
19 – Pangong via Agham Shyok road
20 – back to Leh
21 – reach Kargil
22 – reach Sonamarg
23 – reach Srinagar by evening straight to airport (just 3-4 hours drive so you can reach airport easily and spend first half of the day sightseeing in Sonamarg

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Srinivasan Ganesh May 1, 2017 - 10:19 am

I would prefer the second one and move along with it. Thanks for your time and I hope the road will be open on 22nd from kargil to srinagar . thanks alot VARGIS.KHAN

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Vargis.Khan May 3, 2017 - 2:46 am

You are welcome brother. Glad I was of help.

I must however warn you that Agham Shyok road is a treacherous path and you may not find a driver in Leh willing to drive you here. Another option to reach Pangong from Nubra directly is via Wari La which too is kind of a difficult drive. Agham Shyok road however will see you at Pangong from Nubra valley within 5-6 hours at most.

If you have trouble finding a driver, let me know and I can direct you to someone.

Nimisha Patel April 26, 2017 - 5:49 am

Hello Vargis ji
First of all thank you so much for your updates. As I told u earlier we r planning for Leh via srinagar highway on 16 th may. as per your post it will open only after 15 th may. We are ten people travelling by tempo traveller. I m really worried as our booking has been done.
From 12 th may to 15 th may we are visiting pahalgam, Gulmarg and srinagar. Kindly guide me.. We are worried.
Thanks in advance.
Regards,
Nimisha

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Vargis.Khan April 27, 2017 - 2:46 am

Hello Nimisha Ji – I wish I had better news for you but I really do not. Per the latest update, it will take about another 20 days for the road to open.

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Nimisha Patel April 27, 2017 - 3:24 am

Thank u so much for your quick response. It’s really sad for us as we have booked hotels too….best hopes that everything turns out well.
Thank u once again.

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Vargis.Khan April 27, 2017 - 4:25 am

I hope so too …. and you are welcome !!!

As soon as I hear something different, I will update here.

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Srinivasan G April 24, 2017 - 4:56 pm

I have booked flight tickets to srinagar on 16th may for 10 people and have planned to travel from srinagar to leh on 17th 18 kargil 19 leh and return from leh on 21st and reach srinagar on 23rd. From your latest update I think it is almost not possible to move ahead. Shall I wait for some more days or cancel my flight and hotel bookings

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Vargis.Khan April 25, 2017 - 3:14 am

Hi Srinivasan – Right now, the update is that the road will open after May 15th, no date is confirmed so yes, I will recommend that you postpone your trip by a couple of weeks to be on a safer side.

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Punto April 23, 2017 - 8:05 am

Hello Mr. Khan, I see your regular updates on the road condition which I dont see anywhere else on similar forums. Keep up the good work and keep helping travel freaks with very important and precise information. From your last status update with the pics, it looks like you have a contact on ground zero. I talked to a member of GRC in Sonmarg and as per him, the zojilla is almost cleared and is expect it to be open by May 5. Can you please confirm and verify it with your source?

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Vargis.Khan April 24, 2017 - 2:30 am

Hello Mr. Punto,

Thank you for your kind words.

As of now the snow clearing work is still going on. There is a high chance that the it may get cleared within first week itself, with the rising temperatures all over the country doing half of BRO’s job. However the road is not immediately declared open. For the first week or 10 days, BRO inspects the entire stretch to stabilize it and only after they are convinced that it is safe, the road is declared open for civilian traffic. So yes, it may be cleared all the way by May 5th but I doubt that BRO will declared it open for civilians too at that date.

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Punto April 24, 2017 - 3:36 am

Appreciate your quick response. I guess in your last update you mean “Srinagar Leh highway” not “Manali Leh highway”.

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Vargis.Khan April 24, 2017 - 4:38 am

You are right. Thanks for catching that. Corrected now. Latest update is that road will open for civilians even later than May 15th.

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Syed Hussain April 26, 2017 - 7:04 am

Talked today with a tour guide based in Srinagar, he is still confident of getting the road open on 6th May. I’m still not sure because of too diverge information. I sense things may not be too bad but for safe option one should plan for later than 15th May. I’ll update again tonight…

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Syed Hussain April 26, 2017 - 5:45 pm

I got back some message from Srinagar-Kargil travel guide source that says it’ll take around 20 days to open the road. That means it is 15th of May. Two weeks back there was snow fall on the same place that made the thing delayed.

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Punto April 27, 2017 - 4:35 am

Thanks Syed for the update. I changed my plan and now flying directly to Leh.

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Girish V K April 19, 2017 - 8:54 am

Dear Varghis
I am really happy to see your knowledge on the Leh Ladakh Trip. I would need your help. I am planning to visit Leh with following broad Itinerary. Request you to validate and let me know if the roads status will allow me to succeed in this plan

5th May: Bangalore to Chandigarh – by flight
5th May: Chandigarh to Srinagar – By Private cab services
6th May: Srinagar to Kargil and stay at Kargil- By Private Cab(Same as above)
7th May: Kargil to Leh
8th to 12th May : Leh visits to all sight seeing places
13th May: Back to Srinagar
14th May: Back to Chandigarh and Delhi:
15th May: (Early Morning 5:40 AM Flight) To Bangalore

I know I am taking risks of Bad roads. But, will the roads by open by then from Srinagar to Leh ? Please let me know.

Thanks in advance

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Vargis.Khan April 21, 2017 - 3:08 am

Hello Girish,

Thank you for your kind words, I really appreciate it.

As of now, the Srinagar road is expected to open sometime around 15th May. There is no set date yet but there is a high chance that it will not be open by 5th or 6th May.

You also need to consider the situation in Srinagar around your dates of travel. There will be elections over there around 20th and a high chance of violence breaking out. Not trying to scare you , just making aware of all possibilities.

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Syed Hussain April 23, 2017 - 9:56 pm

Girish,

Your Itinerary is pretty ambitious, I wish it works without issue. I also had travel booked from Srinagar on 10-11th May. Some tour guide I had talked even confident that road will be ready by 1st May. Tour guides are kind of optimistic persons, so I’m trying to get the latest info almost daily. As of now I’m only worrying about this issue, pretty much not bothered on unrest issue. I had good experience three yrs back, my cab driver took me out of Srinagar very early in the morning before a potential shutdown. So this time I’ll plan to get out of Srinagar around 5-6AM. Since election is near, Srinagar to Shonmarg road will have security posted in every 100m. That will be the only scary part may dampen the mood of sightseeing.

Vargis,
Pls update if you have new info…

Thanks,
Syed Abid Hussain

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Vargis.Khan April 24, 2017 - 2:34 am

Thanks Syed. I will post update as I hear more, however if you get an update earlier than I do, I would kindly request you to please post to help others.

Girish – Yes, the itinerary is very ambitious, especially the Chandigarh to Srinagar and back, & Leh to Srinagar in one day. You may have to add additional days here.

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Ramya April 18, 2017 - 10:33 am

Hi Vargis,

Firstly I wanna thank you for all your response which is very informative and appreciate your patience in answering all the queries.

So finally my dream of going on road trip from srinagar to leh is coming true this May.

We have booked flight from Bangalore to srinagar on may 13th and 13 of us are planning to start from srinagar to leh on 15th may. Could you please confirm if the roads will be open during that time. I have already canceled plan once to srinagar because of the problems there last year. I Do not want to get disappointed again.

I again see that there have been issue cropping up this year as well. Please let us know if we need to avoid spending time I. Srinagar and directly start to leh by road.

Thanks in advance

Regards, Ramya

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Tutun Dasgupta April 18, 2017 - 7:04 pm

Hi,

I also have a similar query.
With family I have a plan to visit Leh on 14th May by Srinagar -Leh Highway.

Still there is a confusion and doubt regarding opening of this route!

Can u please share a very assured tentative date?

Tutun Dasgupta
Kolkata.

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Vargis.Khan April 21, 2017 - 3:15 am

Hi Tutun – There is no 100% assured date but expected date of opening as of now is between 10th – 15th May.

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Tutun Dasgupta April 25, 2017 - 6:35 pm

Hi Vargis,

Will we be able to visit Khardungla pass on 17th may?

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Vargis.Khan April 26, 2017 - 2:55 am

Hi Tutun – Yes you will be able to

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Vargis.Khan April 21, 2017 - 3:18 am

Hello Ramya – Thank you for your kind words, I really appreciate it.

Srinagar Leh highway is expected to open between 10-15th May as of now so chances are that yes, it will be open around your dates of travel.

As for your second query, due to the rising tensions in Srinagar because of elections, I would suggest that you do not spend time in Srinagar and head straight to Sonamarg. It is just 3 hours drive and the road to Sonamarg is already open.

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Sanjeeb Mishra April 17, 2017 - 7:44 pm

Hey Vargis,

You rock man! Your post & comments helps a lot. I have planned my trip in June end.
I’m planning to directly go to Leh from Srinagar, spend like 3 days in Leh and then return to Srinagar with couple of pitstops.

My questions are
1. How will be the public transport frequency from Srinagar to Leh on 24th June ??
2. While returning to Srinagar from Leh I want stops at Kargil (night halt) -> Drass -> Sonmarg -> Srinagar. So can I expect a local bus or any local commute. without any prior booking?

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Vargis.Khan April 17, 2017 - 9:24 pm

Hi Sanjeeb,

Thank you for your kind words brother.

1. There will be a daily bus from Srinagar to Leh with a night halt at Kargil.
2. Yes you can. There is also a daily bus from Leh to Kargil that passes through all these towns. You can board the same bus and get off at the next stop. There are also regular shared taxis that locals use, you can also board these if bus timings aren’t matching yours.

There is no prior booking available. You will have to reach Sriangar bus stand and catch the bus.

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Yogendra Rajput April 17, 2017 - 8:05 am

Can I travel from srinagar to leh by road on 15 may. And how many days need to travel peacefully

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Vargis.Khan April 17, 2017 - 9:26 pm

Yes you can but with elections and the unrest in Kashmir, not really sure how safe it will be. Srinagar to Leh is a 2 days journey.

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Yogendra Rajput April 18, 2017 - 9:53 am

Thanks. I have a one question, Can I go by own maruti celerio diesel car.

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Vargis.Khan April 20, 2017 - 3:40 am

You can but ground clearance will be a problem. Going that early in the season will mean even bad roads so you will have to be extremely careful and be prepared that the belly of your car will be touching the ground at several places.

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srinivasan April 16, 2017 - 1:00 pm

hi vargiskhan ,
Thanks for your update. what about the status of snow clearance from sonmarg to kargil .

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Vargis.Khan April 16, 2017 - 1:13 pm

Hi Srinivasan – BRO is still working to clear the snow from Zoji La. There were avalanche warnings issued for areas near Kargil last week. As of now, expect the highway to open by sometime first week May.

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srinivasan G April 16, 2017 - 3:23 pm

Thanks a lot for your time and consideration. Your update is what we look for, thanks man.

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Vargis.Khan April 16, 2017 - 6:09 pm

You are welcome brother … Thank you for your kind words.

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sachin vyas April 15, 2017 - 8:24 am

Hi Vargis,

Continuing our conversation on new thread as per your advice 🙂

Below is my planned itnerary.
May 20: Arrival to Sringar and transfer Sonmarg
May 21: Sightseeing in Sonmarg, Thwajas glacier and others
May 22: Sonmarg to Mulbekh, visit Kargil War memorial on the way, stay over night at Mulbekh
May 23: Mulbekh to Leh ,
• Cover Mulbekh Maitrey, Lamayuru Moanstery, Lunar Landscapes
• On the way you can also see Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu
May 24: Leh AM Rest PM local Sighseeing of Hall of Fame, Shanti Stupa, Leh palace and Market. Overnight hotel at Leh
May 25: Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder ( Nubra Valley). overnight at Hunder:
• On the way cover Khardung la
Visit Diskit monastery , Sumur, Panamik
May 26: ,Visit turtuk from Nubra Valley , night stay at Nubra valley.
May 27 Nubra valley to Pangong . Overnight hotel at Pangong camp.
May 28:Pangong – Hanley or Tso moriri Overnight at Henley/Tro moriri
May 29:Tso moriri/Hanley to Leh via Chumthang , visit thickey monastery overnight at Leh.
May 30 Early morning departure transfer to Airport.

1) I understood that last 3 days would be very hectic, so my plan is to cover either Tso moriri or Hanely.

as below:

May 28:Pangong – Tso moriri Overnight at Tro moriri
May 29:Tso moriri to Leh via Tso kar, Taglang La back to Leh.
May 30 Early morning departure transfer to Airport.

2) Other option i was thinking, if Nubra to Pangong route via (Warri la) is difficult, I may need to come back to Leh and then travel to Pangong via Chang la.

In that case, i have two possibilities, either drop Turtuk and save additional night (keep only 1 Night in Nubra) which can i use to visit from Pangong to Tso moriri.

or Drop Tso moriri Plan , but keep additional night for Turtuk.

Which one seems better ?

3) Thanks for your inputs on Inner line permit, i guess i can apply for the same on day when i am Leh right ?
how much is fees per person for ILP to cover Pangong, Tso moriri, Tso Kar, ?

4) I will also speak to Sonam to know about road condition.

Regards,
Sachin

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Vargis.Khan April 15, 2017 - 8:16 pm

Hello Sachin – The plan is still the same and needs to be changed. Pangong to Moriri is a very long drive via Chushul, easily 12-14 hours. Hanle is the middle point. I recommed that you review the map at the link below to better understand the route and change your plan.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/pangong-tso-tso-moriri-road-map-distances/

If you are hiring Sonam, he probably won’t take you to Wari La unless you request. Morever, Wari La will most probably be closed at the dates of your travel so you will need to take the Agham Shyok road. It is open as of now.

Yes you can apply for the permits while you are in Leh. Chushul permits are a bit hard to get so talk to Sonam and ask him if he can keep those ready well in advance so you do not waste time while you are there. You may need to fax/email him copies of your identify proof for permits. Check the link below for details on inner line permits.

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

You do not really need two days for Nubra. What you can do is to drive all the way till Turtuk and if you like the place, stay there. If not, then return to Hunder the next day. Pangong via Agham Shyok road is only 5-6 hours so in the morning next day, you can explore a bit more of the valley, leave for Pangong by 11 AM and you will easily get there by 4-5 PM max.See this map for better understanding of the place.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/leh-nubra-valley-road-map-distances/

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sachin vyas April 16, 2017 - 1:39 am

Thanks A lot Vargis,

I spoke to Sonam yesterday, he said the route are ok as per my itinerary.

I am considering below option now from Pangong

So in that case I can either choose
1. Pangong to hanle , stay overnight at Hanle and return via chumathang to leh on next day.

Or

2. Pangong to tso moriri , stay overnight at tso moriri , return via tso kar , taglang la to leh.

Or

3.(considering i reduce one Night in Turtuk/Nubra),
Pangong to hanle , stay at hanle.
Next day hanle to tso moriri and stay at tso moriri
And last day tso moriri to leh via tso kar and taglang la

Which option is better for may end ?
Would tag-lang la route be open at that time ?, if not i can skip Tso Moriri Option.

Regards,
Sachin

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Vargis.Khan April 16, 2017 - 3:53 am

Hello Sachin – Third option is the best, you should do that. Tanglang La would be open

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Rocky April 15, 2017 - 5:34 am

Hi varghis I have read questions and answers answered most of my questions

I am travelling from Delhi to Delhi from 20 th may to 10 th June

May 21 st I am at Amritsar after that I don t know exactly how to plan it as anantnag constituency has bypolls on may 25 th

I would like to cover pehalgham / gulmarg/ sonmarg
Leh Ladakh
manali (does the road open by July 8 th) can’t really take risk about this one
Delhi

Is it better to start to leh straight away on may 22 nd and come back to Srinagar and have Srinagar tour or Srinagar tour 3 days n leh Ladakh n wait for leh manali road opens??

We r a couple on budget trip using public transport we r going to hire a bike in leh however public transport or sharing taxi from Srinagar or to manali (while returning)

Could u pls Briefly let me know what to do

Thanks in advance

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Vargis.Khan April 15, 2017 - 8:30 pm

Hello Rocky – Do not spend time in Srinagar, I would advise against it. Due to election, there is a very high change of violence in the valley. Go straight to Leh on 22nd.

Manali Leh road will most probably be open by first week of June so you may consider that for your return journey. For this again, you can board a bus from Leh to Manali.

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Vargis.Khan April 15, 2017 - 8:32 pm

I am not sure if I answered your question completely here. For Sriangar to Leh, you can board a bus early in the morning for Srinagar to Leh. What time are you reaching Srinagar?

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Rocky April 15, 2017 - 10:55 pm

Hi vargis
Thank you so much for the reply
You did answer all my questions

I have been frequent visitor of your blog
Read about busses n their availability

Gone through question n answers of others

I have no plan or any schedule when n how I am gonna get to Srinagar from Amritsar

On 21 St night I will be done with Amritsar
As per your suggestion I would stay in Amritsar on 21 St night 22 ND Srinagar night stay and leave to leh 23 Rd early morning

Places like tso moriri n pangnong lake I would like to spend a day or two

I have read on your blog that it s expensive to stay there however chadar tents are affordable n nice my question is as we r a couple is it safe to stay in chadar tents or are we risking it and how comfortable r they ? Or can I skip one of those places

As you know I have good 15 days for leh

Last question what s the weather gonna be like from 23 Rd may till 8 the of june??

Thank you so much for your help

Warm regards

Rocky

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Vargis.Khan April 16, 2017 - 4:02 am

Hi Rocky, Thanks for your kind words brother !!!

Honestly, I would not recommend staying at a chadar tent with your lady accompanying you. Privacy is a concern, comfort level is just OK but the biggest problem is shared washrooms, more like a pit that you squat on.

Best advice I can give you is to just reach Pangong and try to negotiate a deal on the spot. Since there will not be a lot of tourists in May, you may end up getting a deal. If it still seems a bit out of budget, head to Man or Merak and stay there at any of the guest houses. Or return to Tangste and stay there at a hotel.

Take a look at the following link for more details at Pangong and the area around. I have provided details on several campsites and guest houses here with their numbers. Dorjay Delbu Guest House in Merak is the one I will recommend. To get to Merak, just continue driving on the banks of Pangong after Spangmik. Search for maps in the search area above and look at the map of Pangong I posted to understand better.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/accommodation-at-pangong-tso/

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Vargis.Khan April 16, 2017 - 4:03 am

Btw, Have you prepared an Itinerary for your 15 days of travel?

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Rocky April 16, 2017 - 3:11 pm

I have never read my books more interestingly than your answers n the blog

I will definitely try other options than chador tents

Roughly as I saw busses n availability I would go to Nubra valley by bus 2-3days
Panganong 2 days
Moriri 2 days
Leh 3-4 days
Kargil 1 day

Don’t take my itenary seriously as I have lots of time to kill

We usually explore so sometimes if we really like the place we just stay for days at the same place

Nubra doing by bus

Other places gonna hire a bike

Is learners license good enough of permanent license is a must to rent a bike??

Thanks again n again

Vargis.Khan April 16, 2017 - 6:14 pm

They will ask for a permanent license. One of the readers updated me last year that none of the agencies in Leh rented him a bike on learner’s license.

If you are going to be traveling by Bus, I recommend that you take a look at the article below.

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

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Syed Hussain April 14, 2017 - 9:19 pm

Hi Vargis,

I’ve planned the Journey from Srinagar to Leh on 11th May. I talked with my earlier tour guides from Srinagar and they are sure of road clearance by start of May. I only hope that my calculation basing upon their suggestions and few other blogs remain works.
Pls let me know if you’ve any new update…
Thanks,
Syed Hussain

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Vargis.Khan April 15, 2017 - 4:06 am

Hi Syed – Srinagar Leh highway in all probability will be open by 11th May.

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Dinesh April 14, 2017 - 3:42 pm

Hi Varghis,

We arrving at delhi on may 24 and returning on May 30. Can we visit ladakh within this time period? will Manali to leh road will be open? can you suggest us an iteinary.

Thanks
Dinesh

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Vargis.Khan April 15, 2017 - 4:08 am

Hi Dinesh – Manali Leh hihgway will probably not be open during this time. I would suggest that you catch a flight to Leh rather than making it a road trip via Srinagar with only a few days in hand.

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Logendran April 13, 2017 - 8:06 am

Hi Mr. Vargis.Khan,

I am travelling from Chennai to Leh via Srinagar in July between 8th & 16th. Can you advice me of the places where i can find fresh snow.

Thank you,
Logen

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Vargis.Khan April 14, 2017 - 3:48 am

Hi Logendran – In July the snow will pretty much be limited to top of the peaks or in the gorges, you will not find it anywhere near the road brother

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Vaibhav v vaghasiya April 14, 2017 - 11:29 am

Hi Vargis sir, We are planning a trip from the 21st to 29th April 2017 to Kashmir where in we want to cover Srinagar, Sonmarg, drass, kargil , leh-ladakh. Will these areas(Sonmarg, kargil, nubra valley, diskit, pongong tso lake) be accessible from Srinagar around 22nd of April or will the roads to these destinations still might be closed…
We are four couples…. Nd booked flight nd hotel…
Suggests us…

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Vargis.Khan April 15, 2017 - 4:12 am

Hello Vaibhav – Srinagar Leh road will probably not open by 21st. Even last year the opening date was of April th

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Chetan Trivedi April 12, 2017 - 5:50 am

Hello Mr.Vargis

We will land at Srinagar on 18th May & want to start for Leh on 19th May…Whether Srinagar-Leh highway will open till 19th….pl. guide me…& from where, we can konw officially that whether Srinagar-Leh highway is opened or not….Is there any contact no. of BRO or any authority, from where we can get latest info ab. Srinagar-Leh highway?…..pl. let me know, as my all booking r on hold…..Thank you v. much….:)

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Vargis.Khan April 13, 2017 - 2:53 am

Hello Mr. Trivedi, As of now the expected date of opening is around 2nd week of May so in all probability, the highway will be open on your dates of travel.

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sachin vyas April 11, 2017 - 4:11 am

Hi Mr Vargis

We are planning trip to Leh via Sringar from 20th to 30th May, 2017 as per below itinerary.

We are a couple with 2 boys of 14 years and 9 years.

20th May Arrival to Sringar, and transfer Pahalgam

21st May Sight seeing in Pahalgam

22nd May Start after breakfast from Pahalgam to Sonmarg via Sringar ( do some local sight setting e.g Avantipur ruins/temple, Nagin lake and reach sonmarg evening).

Do you know if there is any timing restriction to travel from Sringar to Sonmarg during evening for civilians ?

Is this plan feasible ?

23rd May, Morning sight seeing to Glacier in Sonmarg, at noon depart Kargil/Mulbekh ,

How much time needed for Glacier visit at Sonmarg ?

Is it possible to start towards Kargil/Mulbekh in afternoon ?

Does Mulbekh have good options for Stay and vegetarian food ?

24th May Mulbekh to Leh on the way visit Lamayuru – Leh via Alchi, Gurudwara Pathar Saheb & Magnetic point. Overnight in hotel at Leh.

May 25: Leh AM Rest PM local Sighseeing of Hall of Fame, Shanti Stupa, Leh palace and Market. Overnight hotel at Leh

May 26: Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder ( Nubra Valley). Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Nubra valley.

May 27: Hunder – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh. Overnight hotel at Leh

May 28: Leh – Changla pass – Pangong Lake. Overnight in Camp near Pangong Tso lake

May 29: Pangong Tso Lake – Leh via Thiksey monastery & 3 Idiot school. Overnight hotel at Leh

May 30: Early morning departure transfer to Airport.

Could you comment if above itinerary is ok, or some changes are needed., am i missing any good places at Srinagar , leh ?

Few more questions:

1) Would Sringar to Leh road would be open by May 23 ?

2) Which is better place to stay Kargil or Mulbekh, i opted for Mulbekh as that would allow me to spend more time for sight seeing on the way to Leh

3) Considering current situation, is it ok to Travel to Srinagar/Pahalgam during May , as i also heard Election in Anantnag is postponed to May 25.

4) I geuss i would need to hire two different Taxis, one to cover Srinagar/Pahalgam/Sonmarg and 2nd one to cover Leh, can i hire taxi from Sringar which can drop me at Sonmarg and covers all sight seeing , and get another Taxi from Sonmarg to which covers all sight seeing of Leh ?. What would you advise to get Taxi booking ?

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Vargis.Khan April 12, 2017 - 3:16 am

Hello Sachin –

1. No time restriction for Srinagar to Sonamarg
2. Thajiwas Glacier is about 5 kilometers from main town. Easily doable in half day of walking around.
3. Yes you can start for Kargil the same day.
4. Mulbekh has a few average guest houses and hotel. I would recommend that you stay at Kargil if with family. The guest houses and homestays are very basic and electricity too can be a problem here. It is just a small village.
5. Your itinerary looks good. If you do not want to stay at Kargil, go to Lamayuru and stay there.
6. Not safe to travel to Sriangar as of now due to elections. I am not advising anyone to go that way for that matter until elections have passed. Srinagar is the centre of all trouble and is best avoided. My honest advice would be that you land at Sriangar and proceed directly to Sonamarg. The additional day you wanted to used for Pahalgam can be used for Sonamarg as well. Visit Gulmarg too if you wish too.
7. You will have to get a taxi from Srinagar to take you all the way to Leh. This taxi would be good for sightseeing around SOnamarg as well. They just cannot go any beyond than Leh. Once you reach Leh, get another taxi there for visiting Nubra and Pangong.
8. For taxi booking, I can give you the number of my contact in Leh. He is a driver with a cab of his own. Good fellow, I have sent a few other familiies to him in last couple of years and they all had a good feedback to share. You can talk to him about taxi in Sriangar as well. He lives in Leh but I am sure will have contacts in Sriangar. Let me know.

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sachin vyas April 13, 2017 - 4:09 am

Thanks a lot Mr Vargis for your very valuable inputs.

1. So you are saying better to avoid Pahalgam and directly go to sonmarg, due to safety issue
2. Regarding Taxi from Sringar, i guess same Taxi can’t cover sight seeing places in sham valley right ?, so i must change Taxi at Kargil or somewhere to cover sight seeing places of sham valley right ?
3. Can you share the contact your Taxi guys in Leh ?

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sachin vyas April 13, 2017 - 1:21 pm

Hi Mr Vargis, based on your suggestion i am changing my itinerary as below:

20th May Arrival to Sringar, and transfer Sonmarg

21st May Local Sight seeing in Sonmarg
What are other good places to cover at Sonmarg apart from Thwajas glaicer ?

22rd May, Depart from Sonmarg to Mulbekh or Lamayuru
I guess it should be possible to start journey from Sonmarg in morning towards Zo-zi la pass, right ?

23th May Mulbekh.Lamayuru to Leh on the way visit Lamayuru – Leh via Alchi, Gurudwara Pathar Saheb & Magnetic point. Overnight in hotel at Leh.

May 24: Leh AM Rest PM local Sighseeing of Hall of Fame, Shanti Stupa, Leh palace and Market. Overnight hotel at Leh

May 25: Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder ( Nubra Valley). Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Nubra valley.

May 26: Hunder – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh. Overnight hotel at Leh
Or is it possible to directly go from Nubra valley to Pangong in May ?

May 27: Leh – Changla pass – Pangong Lake. Overnight in Camp near Pangong Tso lake

May 28: Pangong Tso Lake – Leh via Thiksey monastery & 3 Idiot school. Overnight hotel at Leh

May 29: Extra Day, any other places i can cover on this day ?

May 30: Early morning departure transfer to Airport.

What do you think about above itinerary ?,

One last question, As my per understanding both Pahalgam and Sonmarg provides similar view.
Which is better place to visit during May end ?

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Vargis.Khan April 14, 2017 - 4:09 am

Hello Mr. Vyas,

1. Correct, I would suggest that you move towards Sonamarg rather than spending time in Sriangar.
2. Correct again. Sriangar registered taxi cannot be used for Sham Valley sight seeing but since you just added Alchi, there is a chance that the taxi driver may take you there. It is only 4 kilometers from National Highway and not really within Sham Valley. Sham Valley is on the other side of the road than Alchi is. Rest of the places like Magnetic Hills and Patthar Sahib are right on the highway itself so you should not have any problem visiting there, it is just Alchi. Best would be to talk to the taxi driver that you are booking and ask him if he would be able to take you to Alchi as well. If he says no, you may as well just skip it. There isnt much in Alchi except for a Monastery that you would anywyas be seeing plenty of in Ladakh. The real Sham Valley is around Hemis Shukpachan. Take a look at the link below for more details.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/plan-journey-sham-valley-ladakh/

3. Last year the traffic from Sonamarg to Drass was in the second part of the day, after 1 PM. So on 21st, reach Sonamarg and rest. On 22nd, visit the glacier and start for Kargil or Lamayuru after 1 PM.

4. Yes you can go to Pangong directly from Nubra Valley. Taxi driver should be able to drive you through. I spoke to him yesterday and the road is open. Look at the link below for more details on how to reach Pangong directly from Nubra.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/can-go-directly-nubra-valley-pangong-tso-route/

5. You can use the extra day for a day visit to Sham Valley. The taxi you hire in ladakh can take you there.

6. Number of the driver is 9469272773 and his name is Sonam Angdus. You can talk to him about Srinagar situation and Alchi part as well. I dropped him a text that you would be calling.

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sachin vyas April 14, 2017 - 6:16 am

Hi Mr Vargis,

Thanks again for your very usefull feedback:

After your feedback about direct route from Numbra to Pangong , i have changed my itineary as below, now i also plan to cover one additional night at Numbra to cover Turtuk and one additional night at Hanley or Tso moriri

as per below itinerary:

May 20: Arrival to Sringar and transfer Sonmarg
May 21: Sightseeing in Sonmarg, Thwajas glacier and others
May 22: Sonmarg to Mulbekh, visit Kargil War memorial on the way, stay over night at Mulbekh
May 23: Mulbekh to Leh ,
• Cover Mulbekh Maitrey, Lamayuru Moanstery, Lunar Landscapes
• On the way you can also see Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Confluence at Nimmu

May 24: Leh AM Rest PM local Sighseeing of Hall of Fame, Shanti Stupa, Leh palace and Market. Overnight hotel at Leh
May 25: Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder ( Nubra Valley). overnight at Hunder:
• On the way cover Khardung la
Visit Diskit monastery , Sumur, Panamik
May 26: ,Visit turtuk from Nubra Valley , night stay at Nubra valley.
May 27 Nubra valley to Pangong . Overnight hotel at Pangong camp.
May 28:Pangong – Hanley or Tso moriri Overnight at Henley/Tro moriri
May 29:Tso moriri/Hanley to Leh via Chumthang , visit thickey monastery overnight at Leh.
May 30 Early morning departure transfer to Airport.

Does above plan look feasible ? especially direct journey from Pangong to Hanley or Tso Moriri ?
Which is better option in between Tso Moriri and Hanley , considering scenic beauty and time required to return Leh on last day ?

What about road condition between Pangong to Tso moriri/Hanley
and Tso moriri/Hanley to Leh ?, is it doable in May end especially with kids of 13 year and 9 year old ?

Vargis.Khan April 15, 2017 - 4:27 am

1. Plan looks good except for towards the end. It is ideally a 3 day journey. Pangong to Hanle on 28th, anle to Karzok (Tso Moriri) on 29th and Karzok to Leh on 30th.

2. Hanle is a beautiful small village, right on the border and Tso Moriri is a lake so both are kind of beautiful in their own way, hard to compare.

3. This entire route is mostly bad with lot of traveling on dirt tracks. Did you speak to Sonam? It is actually the driver who can tell you if he is ready to drive at this time. The road should be open though.

One last thing, the Pangong, Chushul, Hanle, Karzok requires permits so you will have to arrange for those first from DM office Leh.

Vargis.Khan April 15, 2017 - 4:28 am

Let us start a new conversation trail since this one is getting way too deep, LOL. When you reply, please do not reply to this one and post a new comment. 🙂

Biplab De April 10, 2017 - 2:45 pm

Hi Vargis,
Thanks in advance.we are three people including a boy of 12 years old are planning to visit LEH-Ladakh on the month of may-june.My itinerary is as follows:-
25/5/17:- start from SRINAGAR to WAKHA via Sonmarg DRASS kargil.N/S WAKHA.
26/5/17:- visit Aryagram dha biyama hanu lamayuru etc N/S SASPOL
27/5/17:- TO LEH visit enroute ALCHI LIKIR magnetic hill confluence Pather sahib etc.N/S Leh.
28/5/17:- Leh local sightseeing.N/S Leh
29/5/17:- To NUBRA VALLEY visit enroute KHARDUNG LA hunder diskit.N/S TURTUK
30/5/17:- visit NUBRA VALLEY.N/S PANAMIK.
31/5/17:- TO PANGONG TSO via Agham shyok route.N/S PANGONG TSO.
01/6/17:- TO LEH back.N/S Leh.
02/6/17:- TO TSO MORIRI.N/S TSO MORIRI
03/6/17:- TO sarchu/pang/darcha via TSO kar.N/S pang/sarchu/darcha whichever is convenient.
04/6/17:- Back to Manali.N/S MANALI
05/6/17:- Manali local sightseeing.N/S MANALI
06/6/17:- TO SHIMLA enroute sightseeing Jagatsukh Naggar Kullu Pandoh dam.N/S Shimla
07/6/17:- TO new Delhi via KALKA-
Is there any wrong? I need your advice regarding all aspects.Please suggest.

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Vargis.Khan April 11, 2017 - 3:48 am

Hello Biplab – Any reason why you want to stay at Wakha on Day 1?

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Dr ashfaque ur rehman shah April 7, 2017 - 11:33 am

Hi vargis.
Planning road trip shrinagar leh with family between 19th may or 20th may. Will stay in shrinagar for 4 days before proceeding to leh. Will do reservations for kargil and leh while in shrinagar after getting the status of leh highway. Will it work out.

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Vargis.Khan April 8, 2017 - 5:03 am

Hello Dr. Shah,

It should work. Srinagar Leh highway in all probability will be open by 19th May so you will be able to continue your journey towards Leh.

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Dr ashfaque ur rehman shah April 9, 2017 - 6:00 am

Thanx Mr Vargis .I really appreciate the way u are helping travelers.
Few more questions:-
What will be the conditions of roads after 19th may. ( Traveling with family) what are the chances of road blockages.
Can you suggest an itinerary for our tour to leh.
We will start from shrinagar after 19 may. Planning to be there in leh for 4 days.
This will be our 1st tour to leh.
4 adults 4 kids. 2 kids between 10-12.
2 kids Between 4 -6 . (Acclimatisation issues)
Hiring a taxi from shrinagar for the entire tour. How much will it cost. ( What else to u suggest)
I think I’ll totally do the tour as u suggest.

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Vargis.Khan April 10, 2017 - 2:32 am

Dr. Shah – Did you see the news today? I would advise against traveling to Srinagar as of now until the elections have passed.

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Vargis.Khan April 9, 2017 - 2:15 pm

Thank you Dr. Shah.

Please let me know how many days you have in total for Srinagar, Leh and back home. I can accordingly suggest an Itinerary.

You cannot hire a taxi from Srinagar for the entire tour. Take a look at the article below and it should explain everything in details. You will have to hire multiple taxis for different places.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/self-drive-rental-non-local-taxis-still-banned-in-ladakh/

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Dr ashfaque ur rehman shah April 9, 2017 - 3:01 pm

Hi! Mr vargis. 3 nights stay at shrinagar and 4 -5 night stay at leh.
I’ve been a couple of times to shrinagar and this time will not do much site seeing in shrinagar. Will just explore the city itself and relax.
Our main tour is for Leh but shrinagar is such a heavenly place u cannot miss staying there.

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Vargis.Khan April 10, 2017 - 2:33 am

Dr. Shah – Did you see the news today? I would advise against traveling to Srinagar as of now until the elections have passed.

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Vargis.Khan April 10, 2017 - 2:37 am

If the situation by then is peaceful, then you can follow the following itinerary.

Day 1 . Srinagar to Sonamarg (only 4 hours drive at most so you can also visit Gulmarg on this day. You can stay at Gulmarg too if you wish to)
Day 2. Sonamarg / Gulmarg to Kargil
Day 3. Kargil to Leh
Day 5. Leh to Nubra Valley
Day 6 .Nubra Valley to Pangong
Day 7. Pangong to Leh
Day 8. Leh
Day 9 .Leh to Drass
Day 10. Drass to Gulmarg (If you did not visit Gulmarg while on your way to Leh)
Day 11 . Gulmarg to Srinagar

Does this match your total days of vacation?

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Shivam Raje April 6, 2017 - 7:10 pm

Hey vargis,
I’m planning for leh on April last week by rad so will the roads get opened?

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Vargis.Khan April 8, 2017 - 5:03 am

Hi Shivam – As of now, chances are that it will not brother. Expected date of opening is sometime in early May.

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Shivam Rishi April 6, 2017 - 6:13 pm

Hello..I will plan to go sonmarg and gulmarg on April 12 2017.Is roads are open from Srinagar to go these places?

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Vargis.Khan April 8, 2017 - 5:04 am

Hi Shivam – Road to Sonmarg and Gulmarg is already open.

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Chandan Sharma April 6, 2017 - 5:14 am

Hi Vargis, have planned a road trip to leh via srinagar starting 11th May. Know am cutting very fine with the road opening , but if the road opens, am I taking too much risk taking a Sedan ?

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Vargis.Khan April 8, 2017 - 5:07 am

Hi Chandan – I would say yes. Roads at this time will be in terrible condition. There had been a lot of snow this year, Zojila experienced 30-35 ft of snow so there is going to be a lot of damage on the entire highway which BRO will start restoring around the date of your travel only. There is also going to be a lot of slush. Taking a Sedan will be risky, it may get damaged or stuck in Slush.

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Bhagyarajsinh zala April 5, 2017 - 1:02 pm

Sir we are planning for a road trip delhi -srinagar -leh-manali-delhi from 28th may to 9th of june..already booked our flights and hotels for delhi for the said dates….
Want to know will there be any problem ??? Will Srinagar leh and manali leh highways be opened by that time???

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Vargis.Khan April 6, 2017 - 3:55 am

Srinagar Leh highway will definitely be open but I cannot really confirm the Manali Leh route. Chances are that it will too be open by that time.

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Sundeep Mhatre April 4, 2017 - 4:00 am

Hi Vargis. We are planning a trip from the 21st to 29th April 2017 to only Kashmir where in we want to cover Srinagar, Sonmarg, Pahalgam/Aru & Gulmarg. Will these areas(Sonmarg, Pahalgam/Aru & Gulmarg) be accessible from Srinagar around 22nd of April or will the roads to these destinations still might be closed.
Appreciate your feedback & thanks in advance.

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Vargis.Khan April 5, 2017 - 1:35 am

Hi Sundeep,

Road to Sonamarg is already open so yes you will be able to travel to all these areas on these dates.

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Manoj Rawat April 3, 2017 - 2:23 pm

Can i travel by road at 1th june 2017 from srinagar to leh or is it safe with own car at this time.

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Vargis.Khan April 4, 2017 - 1:42 am

Yes you can, it is completely safe.

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Syed Hussain April 2, 2017 - 6:54 pm

Dear Mr. Vargis Khan,
I’m planing to travel (with family of four) from Srinagar to Leh starting from 10th May taking an Innova car. Is that time suitable for this travel? What is the current status of Srnigar-Leh road clearance. If the road is open by 5th May then I will be comfortable to take a decision in favor of it. Could you Pls write some details on the status of this road.
Second question is can you make an account in telegram App to discuss about Srinagar-Leh road status.
I think many of the tour guides will be able to put their information on that account.

Thanks,
Syed Hussain
Bangalore

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Vargis.Khan April 2, 2017 - 8:30 pm

Hello Mr. Hussain,

As of now, it is unclear whether or not the road will be open by 5th May. I am sorry but I cannot give a firm answer, everything depends on the weather and BRO.

I will create an account with Telegram.

Thanks,
Vargis Khan

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Abbas March 28, 2017 - 7:16 pm

Hi Vargis,

We are planning for a road trip i.e., manali-leh and leh-srinagar/srinagar-leh and leh – manali(which route is preferred to start our trip) in the month of July.
Our travel dates are from 1st July to 12th July. So can we make it for the month of July and 12 days would be sufficient to complete the trip?

please suggest me.
thanks for your time.

Regards,
Abbas

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Vargis.Khan March 28, 2017 - 9:22 pm

Hello Abbas – Yes you can do it at that time and 12 days should be sufficient. Do you have an itinerary though that I can look at? What all places are you planning on visiting? Let me know and I can suggest if 12 days are enough to cover all those places and where you should start from.

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siddharth March 24, 2017 - 3:52 pm

I am planing for a road trip from srinagar to leh bye car on 23rd april…will roads be open by that time? or how far till roads open from sringar?

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Vargis.Khan March 25, 2017 - 5:08 am

No, roads are currently closed. Right now, you won’t even be able to reach Sonamarg by car from Srinagar.

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Siddharth March 25, 2017 - 10:06 am

I am Planing for 23rd april and by what sonamarg gets open?

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Vargis.Khan March 25, 2017 - 1:54 pm

This road will be open sometime around the date of your travel but then you are kind of cutting it too close. It may be open or it may get delayed by a few more dates. Then also the fact that the road at that time will be in terrible condition too.

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Shashank Shekhar March 28, 2017 - 7:47 pm

Hi i didn’t knew that even Srinagar – Leh Highway will be closed around April 22-23. I have already booked tickets etc. What should i do? Please help

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Vargis.Khan March 28, 2017 - 9:19 pm

Hi Shashank – Hard to say brother. Last year the road was declared open on 30th April and this year a delay is expected so it may be sometime in early May. There is no other choice except to cancel your tickets.

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surendra Rajput March 24, 2017 - 3:01 am

Hello,
We are 3-4 family , planning to go from Srinagar to Leh by road on 25th or 27th may. Hope highway will be completely open by this time

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Vargis.Khan March 24, 2017 - 3:10 am

It will definitely be open by that time.

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Rashid March 23, 2017 - 9:11 am

Hi Vargis,
We are group of 3 and we ll be travelling srinagar from Leh on 18th May.
Roads would be open by that time?
And do buses operates from Leh to Sringar, how much time it takes and what is fare..?

Kindly let me know, bdw thanx in Advance bro

Rashid Aslam

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Vargis.Khan March 24, 2017 - 2:12 am

Hi Rashid – This is not really an ideal time to go if you are planning to travel by Bus. I will suggest that you push your trip by a few weeks, do it in early June to be on a safer side. Bus service from Srinagar to Leh starts by end of May and considering that this year the highway will open late and there is a lot of snow, even the bus service may get delayed.

Srinagar to Leh is a 2 days journey and minimum fare would be around Rs. 500 per person for a normal bus.

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Rashid March 24, 2017 - 7:47 pm

Thnx for the vital info..
But we have already booked our Delhi to leh flight on 13th may and srinagar to delhi on 20th May..
On 19th may, we were suppose to start for Sringar.
We have a flight from Sringar to Delhi in evening on 20th May.
Please let me know, how we can reach Srinagar if we start from Leh on 19th.
Secondly if we don’t opt for bus , wht else will be economical way to reach Srinagar.
However, also let me know at what time buses starts from Leh and reaches to Sringar.
Need your help badly.

Thanks
Rashid Aslam

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Vargis.Khan March 25, 2017 - 5:07 am

Hi Rashid – How many people are you in total? If not bus, then the next best thing would be a public shared taxi which will cost about Rs. 800 – Rs.1000 per person but highly inconvenient. A tourist shared taxi will cost about Rs. 2000 but availability is questionable around your time of travel. If you are in a group of 5-6 people to share the cost, then the best thing would be for you guys to hire a private cab.

Bus from Leh starts early in the morning and reaches Leh in the evening of next day.

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srinivasan G March 21, 2017 - 4:27 am

Hi vargis ,
I am planning a road trip with my family (10 adults and 1 child)
16 may evening – srinagar
17 – srinagar to kargil – stay
18 – kargil to leh
19- leh to kardhungla – pangong lake stay
20 – pangong to leh
21 – leh to Drass
22 – Drass to gulmarg
23 may – gulmarg to srinagar

I have planned to book a tempo travellor ( 12 seater)
I have a few doubts
1. Is the itenary ok?
2. Is it possible to travel in a single day to srinagar from leh on return if so i will change 21st as leh to srinagar in one stretch is it possible?
Thanks in advance.

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Vargis.Khan March 21, 2017 - 4:18 pm

Hi Srinivasan,

On 19, Leh – Khardung La-Pangong, do you mean Leh to chang La to Pangong or are you intending to go to Khardung La first, descend back to Leh and then go towards Pangong? Search for maps in the search option near the menu bar, look at the maps. Khardung La and Pangong are in two different directions, how are you planning to do this journey?

No it is not possible to do Leh to Sringar in a day. You will need to give this journey 2 days minimum. As a matter of fact, Leh to Drass will be a llong journey as well so ensure that you leave as early as you can, possibly by 7 AM. Last year, I started from Leh somewhere between 9-10 AM and reach Drass after Dark, around 8 PM. And I was on a motorcycle, tempo traveler will take even longer so start by first light of the day.

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srinivasan G March 22, 2017 - 9:08 am

19 the morn- Khardung La first, descend back to Leh and then go towards Pangong lake and stay in pangong
20th morn pangong to leh
21 leh to kargil (as you have suggested I prefer to move till kargil)
22 kargil to gulmarg
Is it fine. Thanks for you time and consideration

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Vargis.Khan March 23, 2017 - 3:05 am

Leh to Khardung La and back will easily take about 3 hours and then Leh to Pangong is again good 6-7 hours minimum so please plan your day accordingly. Rest looks great.

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surajit nandi March 20, 2017 - 8:47 pm

Hi Vergis,
We are planning to start from srinagar on 18th may towards kargil, then 19th may to Lamayuru, 20th May at Leh, 21st May at Nubra, 22nd May at panggong, 23rd May at Tso Moriri, 24th May at Jispa, 25th may towards manali, Is it possible to get return via Leh- Manali road? We are driving own car from Visakhapatnam.

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Vargis.Khan March 21, 2017 - 12:49 am

Hi Surajit

Manali Leh Highway would probably not be open by that time. It is expected to open sometime in early June as of now. As for your itinerary, how are you planning to go to Pangong from Nubra and then to Moriri from Pangong? This part of your journey is really rushed.

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Saurabh Patil March 20, 2017 - 5:21 am

Hi,
We are reaching srinagar 9th June.

Our Plan is

9th June- Srinagar.
10th June- Srinagar- Kargil
11th June- Kargil-Leh
12th June- Leh- Local Sightseeing
13th June- Leh – Pangong (Night @ Pangong)
14th June- Pangong – Nubra valley (Night @ Nubra)
15th June- Nubra – Leh
16th June- Leh- Sarchu
17th June- Sarchu- Manali
18th June- Manali- Delhi

Is it Ok or require any changes our suggestion. We are group of 16 so getting Tempo Traveler from Sringar.

Please suggest !!!

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Vargis.Khan March 20, 2017 - 2:09 pm

Hi Saurabh – Your itinerary looks Ok but I do have a couple of questions.

1. How are you planning to reach from Pangong to Nubra direct? Which route?\
2. Do you have arrangements for visiting Nubra and Pangong? Your tempo traveler from Srinagar would not be allowed to ply on these routes. Did you clarify this?
3. Better would be that you go to Nubra first and then Pangong in order to acclimatize better.

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Nimisha Patel March 18, 2017 - 4:16 am

Thank u so much.

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Vargis.Khan March 18, 2017 - 4:53 am

You are most welcome

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Nimisha Patel March 18, 2017 - 4:15 am

Hello…we are 10 people 6 adults and 4 kids and planning to go to leh via srinagar on 16 th may 2017. Will the highway open? I m worried as we have already booked tickets and hotels.

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Vargis.Khan March 18, 2017 - 4:53 am

Hello Nimisha – Srinagar Leh highway usually opens by late April or early May but a delay is expected this year due to high amount of snowfall. I cannot really say right now whether or not it will be open but chances are that even if it is, it would have just opened around your dates of travel. So if you travel at this time and the road is open, you will need to keep in mind that the roads will be in worst ever condition. How are you travelling by the way?

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Nimisha Patel March 20, 2017 - 6:31 am

Hello…
We are travelling by tempo traveller as we are 10 people..best hopes that roads will open.

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Vargis.Khan March 20, 2017 - 2:05 pm

BRO has already started clearing the snow a few days back from Srinagar Leh highway so chances are that the road will be open around your dates of travel.

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P sharma March 17, 2017 - 8:54 pm

Hi….we are coming to Srinagar on 22 nd March and planning to go to sonamarg on 23rd March.. Will the road from Srinagar to sonamarg open on that day?

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Vargis.Khan March 18, 2017 - 1:34 am

Yes the road till Sonamarg should remain open. It is after Sonamarg that road is closed towards Zojila pass

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VM-Tale of her stolen heart! March 15, 2017 - 12:19 pm

hi.. Could you please confirm if all the roads within Leh would be open for Bike trip. We are planning to come on 22nd April.. I understand Srinagar would be closed however if we wish to do within Leh… ?

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Vargis.Khan March 15, 2017 - 12:34 pm

Roads will be open at that time. There is a possibility of passes like Khardung La and Chang La getting closed temporarily if it snows at the top though.

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Mm reddy March 14, 2017 - 11:29 am

Hi,
How about the road travel on 21st May this year from Srinagarrival to Leh

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Vargis.Khan March 14, 2017 - 5:52 pm

Srinagar Leh highway should be open by 21st May, Manali to Leh may not.

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Lalit jain March 14, 2017 - 6:11 am

I m traveling on 4 June from Bangalore to Srinagar & then to leh on 5 the June with 2 kids aged about 9 years . Is it safe

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Vargis.Khan March 14, 2017 - 6:07 pm

Hi Lalit – Yes you can travel with kids. Please take a look at the article below for more details on traveling to Ladakh with children.

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

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subbu March 13, 2017 - 8:26 am

Hi Mr. Khan…v are troop of 14 (including 4 kids age between 9-13) are reaching srinagar on 24th May…start towards leh on May 25th and reach Leh on 26th May…v are planning to return to chandigarh via Manali on 31st May or 1st June….is the route will be open by that time

v wait for your kind advise…

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Vargis.Khan March 13, 2017 - 10:00 am

Hello Subbu – Srinagar Leh highway in all probability will be open by late May but it is highly doubtful if Manali Leh route will be open for your return journey. There is a delay expected in openings of both the roads this year. Manali Leh route usually opens by late May or early June so if it gets delayed, you will have no choice but to return via Srinagar only.

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subbu March 13, 2017 - 11:14 am

Thank you very much for your response….As I already booked ticket from Bangalore to Srinagar I will not be able to postpone my trip….

Moreover, my friends who are accompanying with me are more concerned of weather and road condition, I am thinking of making only Kashmir tour (4-5 days) and plan Leh trip some other time only with my family….

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Vargis.Khan March 13, 2017 - 4:28 pm

I think it is a bit too early to make that call yet. Even if Manali Leh highway is not open, you can still cover Ladakh. Can you extend your trip by a few days? Let me know and I can suggest an itinerary accordingly.

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subbu March 14, 2017 - 5:23 am

I have already booked tickets from Bangalore to Srinagar…if I cancel or change the date of journey I will loose huge amount….Can you please provide me the itinerary for between 8-9 days….

Thank you so much for your kind help….

Vargis.Khan March 14, 2017 - 5:57 pm

Subbu – For 9 days, I will suggest the following Itinerary. This way you will be able to cover both Ladakh and part of Kashmir.

Day 1 Srinagar to Kargil
Day 2 Kargil to Leh
Day 3 Leh to Hunder/Diskit
Day 4 Hunder /Diskit to Leh
Day 5 Leh to Pangong Tso
Day 6 Pangong Tso to Leh
Day 7 Leh to Kargil
Day 8 Kargil Gulmarg
Day 9 Gulmarg to Srinagar

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subbu March 16, 2017 - 4:47 am

Thank you so much…..we will try to plan as per your suggestion.

Vargis.Khan March 17, 2017 - 1:04 am

You are welcome !!!

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rishi March 10, 2017 - 8:14 am

AS WE HAVE PLAN TO REACH LEH ON 4TH JUNE , WE REACH SHRINAGAR ON 1ST JUNE , TO GO LEH BY ROAD , CAN YOU SUGGEST TRANSPORTATION WE TAKE FROM SHRINAGAR TO LEH ,WITH SOME TIPS THE PLACES WHERE WE CAN STAY OR TAKE FOOD (AS WE ARE VEGETERIAN AND WITH KIDS ) AND PLACES TO VISIT COMING IN OUR WAY{ I.E. ROUTE OF SHRINAGAR-LEH }WITH TIME SCHEDULE as well as we are planning back on same route

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Vargis.Khan March 10, 2017 - 5:56 pm

Rishi – It depends on your budget. You can either take a bus, or a shared cab or a private cab. It it fits in your budget, Private cab would be the best option in terms of enjoying the drive. Bus would be the cheapest option but then you would pretty much be tied to the stops and time of the bus. Shared cabs is the most inconvenient one and I would not recommend it at all. What is your plan and how many people are traveling?

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rishi March 10, 2017 - 8:12 am

AS WE HAVE PLAN TO REACH LEH ON 4TH JUNE , WE REACH SHRINAGAR ON 1ST JUNE , TO GO LEH BY ROAD , CAN YOU SUGGEST TRANSPORTATION WE TAKE FROM SHRINAGAR TO LEH ,WITH SOME TIPS THE PLACES WHERE WE CAN STAY OR TAKE FOOD (AS WE ARE VEGETERIAN AND WITH KIDS ) AND PLACES TO VISIT COMING IN OUR WAY{ I.E. ROUTE OF SHRINAGAR-LEH }WITH TIME SCHEDULE

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Vargis.Khan March 10, 2017 - 6:15 pm

Rishi – It depends on your budget. You can either take a bus, or a shared cab or a private cab. It it fits in your budget, Private cab would be the best option in terms of enjoying the drive. Bus would be the cheapest option but then you would pretty much be tied to the stops and time of the bus. Shared cabs is the most inconvenient one and I would not recommend it at all. What is your plan and how many people are traveling?

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Lalit Jain March 9, 2017 - 2:02 pm

I have booked flights from Bangalore to Srinagar on 4th June will Srinagar leh road open on 5th June

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Vargis.Khan March 10, 2017 - 1:42 am

Yes it will be

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Chirag Patel March 9, 2017 - 7:06 am

Can i travel by Road at 8th June 2017 from srinagar to Leh , we r cumg from gujarat with our own car to visit nubra valley & To Lake so their is any permit required for out state vehicle.

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Vargis.Khan March 10, 2017 - 1:43 am

Yes you can. No permits required as long it is your own car.

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srinivasan G March 7, 2017 - 4:49 pm

I have booked flight tickets to srinagar on 16th may and would like to travel from srinagar to leh on 17th ??? Will the road be open by that time. ????

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Vargis.Khan March 8, 2017 - 3:18 am

Chances are that yes it will be but there has been a lot of snow this year so cannot really predict anything for sure.

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