Srinagar Leh Highway Travel Guide & Route Map

by Vargis.Khan

A long time ago, before I even went to Ladakh; I somewhere read Srinagar Leh highway referred to as “A road from one heaven to another”. I immediately knew what it meant as both Kashmir and Ladakh are often called as heaven on earth. Then I went to Ladakh for the first time and I realized that what I read was actually wrong. This is not a road from one heaven to another but the road itself is actually heavenly. Travel on it and you will know what I mean. In an effort to help others plan their journey on this one of the best roads to drive on in our country; I wrote a few articles detailing its several aspects. Idea behind creating this one page, Srinagar Leh Highway Travel Guide, is to put all that information together and link it to one post for easy access.

srinagar leh highway travel guide

Srinagar Leh Highway Travel Guide

Linking all the article I have written on one page however will be extremely difficult. I am only linking here article with most of the basic information here; however you can always review all the articles related to Ladakh by clicking HERE.

Srinagar to Leh Route Explanation and Map

I will first start with posting a map of the entire route and a detailed explanation. This article explains all the major places as you move from Srinagar to Leh with the help of a map. How you can plan your journey; where you should halt; what should you see is explained in detail at this article. For more details; please read Srinagar to Leh Travel Guide

Why should you travel to Ladakh via Srinagar Leh Highway?

Srinagar to Leh or Manali to Leh is one of the biggest questions that people ponder upon. While in the end you should cover both; there are several advantages that Srinagar Leh highway holds over Manali to Leh route. Please read Ladakh via Srinagar Leh Highway for a detailed explanation.

Available Modes of Transport on Srinagar Leh Highway

If you are not traveling by your own vehicle, then one of the biggest question is of how you can commute. Srinagar Leh highway has several choices available like Bus, taxis, rented motorcycles etc. Please read How to Travel from Srinagar to Leh for further details related to schedule, fare and where you can find a public transport.

When is the best time to travel from Srinagar to Leh by road

This will probably the next question in line. Srinagar Leh highway remains open from late April till late November but when is really the best time to travel on it. A lot will actually depend on your individual preference and how you are traveling; but read Best Time to Travel from Srinagar to Leh by Road to find out when would be the best time to be traversing on this beautiful highway.

Renting Motorcycles in Srinagar: Where and How?

Thinking about renting a motorcycle to reach Leh from Srinagar and wondering where to rent it and how much you will pay? Read How to rent a motorcycle in Srinagar to get more details on this aspect.

Bus and Taxi Services from Srinagar to Leh?

In case you are traveling by public transport and wondering where you can find a bus or rent a taxi; or how much will you have to pay for either of these, please read Srinagar to Leh Bus Service.

Srinagar to Leh Travel Time By Road and Suggested Itinerary

If you are having trouble in finalizing how many days you should spend between Srinagar and Leh; or what should your Ladakh itinerary be starting from Srinagar; then please read Srinagar to Leh Travel Time

Accommodation on Srinagar Leh Highway

At this article, I have provided complete information on where you can find accommodation on Srinagar to Leh road and in what price range. Names and contact information of several recommended hotels is also added here. Please read Guest Houses & Hotels on Srinagar Leh Highway.

Facilities on Srinagar Leh highway

Information related to some of the basic facilities like Banks, Gas stations, phone services, mobile reception is provided in this article. It lists all the places on this road where you can hope to find an ATM or Petrol station.Please read ATMs, Mechanics & Petrol Pumps on Srinagar Leh Highway.

What to see on Srinagar Leh Highway?

If you are wondering what should you be seeing while traveling from Srinagar to Leh; then in this article I have provided a complete list of all major tourist attractions en route. Please read Tourist Attractions on Srinagar Leh Highway.

Also Read:

Below are a couple of other helpful articles on Srinagar Leh Highway.

Best Place to Rent a Bike in Srinagar

A Common Srinagar to Ladakh Itinerary.

Srinagar Taxi Rates for Private & Shared Taxis.

 I hope this Srinagar Leh Highway travel guide was helpful. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below or at our Community Forum and I will be glad to answer.

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Vatsal mody June 11, 2018 - 5:13 pm

Dear mr. vargis
I want to travel from leh to kargil on 1st july. Which route is better leh- dargoo- batalik or leh-heniskot-kargil? Better means which one is more scenic.
Kindly advise


Vargis.Khan June 11, 2018 - 6:19 pm

Hi Vatsal – The Leh – Lamayuru – Kargiil route is better.

Arpit July 11, 2017 - 9:42 am

Hi Mr. Vargis,

I am planning to visit leh ladakh in a group of four in last week of july’17 itself.
Thanks for your blog , i came to know that outside rental cars are not allowed in leh for site tours.
So i planned to rent a self drive cab for road trip till leh and will hire bike from leh itself for further site tours.

I have few doubts if you can help me in that.

1. IS Srinagar – LEH highway is safe to go to leh ? unfortunately yesterday (10th july’17 ) there was attack on pilgrims for Amarnath Yatra.
2. Is there also some kind of permit required in srinagar – leh route ? like as in MAnali rohtang pass permit.?
3. Should we books Bike in advance or we can get bike on spot?
4. Is there any parking available where we can park our rented car for 3-4 days?

Thanks and best regards,

Arpit July 11, 2017 - 9:43 am

Delhi -jammu – srinagar – kargil – leh

Vargis.Khan July 11, 2017 - 4:53 pm

Hello Arpit Bhai,

Situation in Srinagar changes on a day to day basis, hard to predict anything really. There can be a bandh or protest anytime . Since you are however passing by and not planning to stay in Srinagar, I will advise you to go as planned unless there is some unrest around your dates of traveled.

No permit is required to travel from Srinagar to Leh

Vargis.Khan July 11, 2017 - 4:54 pm

I would advise to rent bikes on the spot. Do not book in advance. Bikes available for rent are not usually that well maintained. If you pay online in advance, you will be stuck with whatever bike they give you. Go there, check out different motorcycles at different rentals, take a test ride and go for the one that seems best.

Not that I know of. Everyone I know who went to Ladakh in self drive rental kept a room at a hotel and left the car in Hotel parking for safety.

Michael June 26, 2017 - 5:20 am

Hi Vargis..we are riding dharamsala to Srinagar on to Leh leaving 29 June do you have links to information to inform of the current situation in srinagar….

Vargis.Khan June 26, 2017 - 6:35 pm

Hi Michael – If you only need to stay at Srinagar for one night and start towards Leh the next day, then you are Ok to travel. Shouldnt be a problem.

sumit kumar singh June 11, 2017 - 6:05 pm

hello Mr. Vargis
have found ur posts very useful. i was planning to go to leh via manali by bike but got to know that there has been a fallout between the bikers association of manali and ladakh and now they are not allowing vehicles further..pls let us know the truth…also is there any such dispute between the srinagar and ladakh bikers association?

Vargis.Khan June 12, 2017 - 8:52 pm

Hello Sumit Bhai, yes this is correct. Manali rented bikes cannot now go to Leh and Leh rented bikes cannot come to Manali. There is however no such dispute between Srinagar and Ladakh.

Rajiv June 11, 2017 - 9:58 am

Hi vargis, we have completed tour fro. Ahmedabad to leh via Srinagar from 27.05.17 to 06.06.2017 including nubra and pangong. Total distance travelled 5000 km. We started journey on 27th may – halt at jhajjar, on 28th halt at udhampur. 29th may morning, police didn’t allow to go on udhampur Srinagar road. They allowed at 8 pm and driven vehicle up to sonamarg- 3 am/30.05.2017. on 30th may, at 10 am we moved towards kargil via zozilla pass- dangerous road as so many times bolders.were felt on vehicle roof and road conditions were very bad up to drass- halt at kargil.On 31st may moved to leh and road was awesome including natural beauty. On 1st June rest and taken tourist permit for nubra and pangong ( per person 400 rs). On 2nd June moved to nubra via khardung la pass, road was slippery due to snow fall and we skipped 2 times on khardung la road when moved down towards nubra. We started journey by 7 am from leh and reached hunder by 1 pm. On 3rd June moved from nubra to pangong and same day return to leh via Chang la pass.

Rajiv June 11, 2017 - 10:06 am

If you will take care properly like energy drinks, medicine, camphor etc, then no issue as you should start travel in early morning. We have completed tour with our Renault duster with 4 adults and one kid. Truly awesome driving experience and really your eyes would be open. If you are not having experience in terrain driving, don’t dare to try on such route. Keep calm and be patience on such trip. No problem faced for fuel, hotel, fooding etc( we have not done any advance booking of hotel) and public is very good in nature. Thanks to Srinagar leh road who has given me immense pleasure during trip , hassle free. BSNL postpaid Network – major issue.

Vargis.Khan June 12, 2017 - 8:55 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this information Rajiv Bhai. Would you mind answering a few questions for me?

1. Where did you stay for the night at Sonamarg?
2. How did you travel from Nubra to Pangong? Via Shyok road?
3. How did Duster perform in Ladakh?

vineet June 5, 2017 - 5:58 am

Hi Vargis…My original plan was to go from Kashmir to Leh starting from this weekend. However, due to unrest in the valley, everyone is suggesting to go via Manali. Do you have any comments or advice as to how should we plan our next move for the Trip ? Thanks, Vineet

Vargis.Khan June 6, 2017 - 3:51 am

Hello Vineet – Situation is Ok in Srinagar now, you are good to go via that route. A lot of tourists are already traveling that way so nothing to worry about as of now.

DILIP RAJGURAV June 5, 2017 - 4:20 am

Dear Vargisbhai, Namaste, How are you. My son alongwith other friends enjoying Beauty of heaven on earth and today they are going to Pangong Lake. Many Many thanks for your advices/suggestions. Your abovementioned Article is also very helpfull for travellers to Leh-Ladakh via Shrinagar. In single page you have provided all the necessary Info. to Travellers. Pl. Keep it up. Thanks again. DILIP RAJGURAV-PUNE MS.

Vargis.Khan June 6, 2017 - 3:48 am

Dear Dilip Bhai, I am doing very well, how are you? I am glad that you son is enjoying the trip, please do not forget to share some pics when he is back. I would love to hear how his trip went.


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