Srinagar to Leh Bus Service : Fare, Schedule & How to Book

by Vargis.Khan

With the recent boost in tourism in Ladakh, several modes of travel that people avoided using earlier are now gaining popularity. What was once considered a destination for adventure enthusiasts now also gets considered for family vacations. A journey to Ladakh earlier used to be though as expensive because of the time and the related cost involved but now there are several cost effective methods available. One such mode of travel that people have started to opt for a lot is bus service. So many people look for a bus to Ladakh that HRTC even started a direct bus from Delhi to Leh, details of which I have provided in the previous article here. In this article, I will provide details on Srinagar to Leh Bus service; fare involved, timings, frequency, where to board it from and how can you book a seat.

Also read:

Manali to Leh Bus Service

Delhi to Leh Bus Service

Srinagar to Leh Bus Service

There are two kinds of bus services available of Srinagar to Leh route; one by Jammu & Kashmir government and other by private tour operators. Government run buses are a mix of luxury, semi deluxe and ordinary buses. The ones run by private tour operators are usually the semi-deluxe mini buses.

JKSRTC Bus from Srinagar to Leh

JKSRTC provided three different types of buses on this route. One is MCV, 14 and 19 seater, which is a fully luxury bus; next is a Deluxe Bus followed by a Semi Deluxe Bus. There could also be an ordinary bus but it is not available on a daily basis. Usually it is just the MCV, Deluxe or Semi Deluxe bus from Srinagar to Leh.

Srinagar to Leh Bus Distance

This bus starts from Srinagar, travels via Sonamarg, Drass, Kargil and covers a total distance of 425 kilometers. It crosses three high altitude passes on the way; Zoji La, Namika La and Fotu La.

Also read: Is Srinagar Leh Highway Safe for Tourists?

Srinagar to Leh Bus Schedule

This is a daily bus from Srinagar. Usually it is just one bus every morning but depending on the bookings, JKSRTC may run a second bus on the same day.

Srinagar to Leh by bus

The bus departs at 8 AM from Tourist reception center near Dal Lake. It is a two days journey with night halt at Kargil. The bus stops at all popular tourist places for a little while for sight seeing. It reaches Kargil by evening and starts again the next day early in the morning for Leh; where it arrives by late afternoon or evening.

Srinagar to Leh Bus Timings

Departure from Srinagar is in the morning by 8 AM from TRC. Arrival at Kargil is in evening between 4-5 PM. Next day it departs from Kargil at 6 AM and arrives at Leh by 4 PM.

Also read: Best Time to Travel from Srinagar to Leh by Road

Srinagar to Leh Bus fare

An MCV bus will cost Rs. 1300 per person. Fare for a deluxe bus is Rs. 919 and Rs. 737 for a semi deluxe bus. Accommodation at Kargil is not included in this fare. You will be paying for your stay and meals separately. Ordinary bus, if available would cost around Rs. 500.

Srinagar to Leh Bus Booking

For booking your seat, you will need to arrive at TRC and buy a seat for your date of travel. Please note that a booking at least one day in advance is must. JKSRTC usually decides on number of buses based on the bookings made. It is possible that you arrive early in the morning without booking and may get a seat but it is not guaranteed. To be on a safer side, buy your ticket at least one day before your date of travel.

Srinagar to Leh Bus Booking Online

There is no online booking available. You will have to physically go to TRC and buy your ticket.

Also read: Srinagar to Leh Travel Time

Volvo bus service from Srinagar to Leh

Adding this information here because someone emailed me a few days ago with this question. There is no Volvo between Srinagar to Leh, just the MCV by JKSRTC which is as good as a Volvo.

Jammu to Leh Bus

There is no direct bus that runs from Jammu to Leh. You will have to reach Srinagar and board a bus from there for Leh.

Jammu to Leh Bus Fare

Fare for Jammu to Srinagar is Rs. 445 for MCV, Rs. 392 for Hi-Tech, Rs. 321 for Deluxe, Rs. 230 for Semi Deluxe and Rs. 213 for an Ordinary bus. Depending on which bus you chose to travel in, add this fare with charges for Srinagar to Leh and you will get the total cost for traveling from Jammu to Leh.

Also read: Guest Houses & Hotels on Srinagar Leh Highway.

Leh to Srinagar Bus

For traveling from Srinagar to Leh, there is a direct bus that you can board at Leh bus stand. This bus starts at 2 PM, runs non-stop and arrives at Srinagar the next day at 7.30 AM. Fare is Rs. 1050 for a deluxe bus, Rs. 650 for Semi Deluxe and Rs. 450 for an ordinary bus.

Also read: Local Bus Service in Ladakh

Apart from the bus provided by JKSRTC, there are plenty of other options like shared taxis, tempo travelers, and mini buses. These usually start from Leh by evening 5 PM and reach Srinagar the next day by 8 AM. It is a non-stop drive all the way fare of which will be between Rs. 1000 to Rs. 15000, depending on which mode of travel you chose. Mini buses are probably the best way to go here rather than choosing a shared taxi which can be a lot inconvenient.

I hope this information on Srinagar to Leh bus service 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 would be glad to answer. Also, if you have traveled to Ladakh by Bus recently and have any information that can be added for other people’s benefit, please feel free to do so in the comments section below and I will add it to main article

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Leh Ladakh in October - How to Plan a Trip & What to See - Vargis Khan October 20, 2020 - 9:56 pm

[…] if you went via Srinagar, the JKSRTC bus from Srinagar to Leh will still remain available. It operates throughout the month of October except for rare occasions […]

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Vipin August 27, 2020 - 2:24 am

Hello Mr Khan ,
Your post is very informative and precise. Its great help to all of us dreaming to visit Leh.
I had a few queries-
1. Is it a good time to visit Leh (by road- preferably by bus from Srinagar) in End November.
2. Would there be bus service available at that time ?
3. If not , what would be my options ?
Would be grateful for your inputs. Thank you πŸ™‚

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Vargis.Khan August 28, 2020 - 12:51 pm

Hello Vipin – Ladakh is closed for tourism this year. You will have to plan for 2021

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Vipin August 31, 2020 - 3:41 am

Oh , that’s sad
But thank you for the heads up !
Regards

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Vargis.Khan August 31, 2020 - 10:21 pm

you are welcome !!!

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Bobby Kalra October 18, 2020 - 2:05 pm

Can I get bus in morning 7am on 19 oct 2020 pls help from dal lake 2020 srinagar

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Frank November 21, 2019 - 7:18 pm

Hi Vargis,

thank you for the information.
I will to go by taxi then.

Frank

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Vargis.Khan November 22, 2019 - 6:55 pm

You are welcome Frank !!!

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Frank November 17, 2019 - 6:17 pm

Hello Vargis,
thank you for your information site.
i have some questions :
i will arrive early in the morning in Leh in March 2020 and would like to go to Kargil for 3 – 4 days, visit a friend and then back to Leh.
– is the road from Leh to Kargil open in march or is still closed
– can i go by bus ( wich company ) or better with a taxi
– when is closed , wich option i have

Thank you.

Frank

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Vargis.Khan November 19, 2019 - 6:35 pm

Hi Frank,

1. It remains open throughout the year
2. Bus service is highly doubtful at that time there aren’t many people around. You will have to go by Taxi.

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nachiket September 28, 2019 - 3:02 am

HELLO VARGIS THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARE SUCH A NEEDFUL INFORMATION I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW FOLLOWING POINTS:
1. WE ARE PLANNING TO GO LEH IN MONTH OF MID MAY. IS IT GOOD TO GO THERE?
2. ON 14TH MAY WE’LL REACH JUMMU. AROUND WHICH DATE SRINAGAR- LEH HIGHWAY OPENS?
3. WHAT IS THE CURRENT FARE OF THE JKSRTC?
4. TO COVER ALL LADAKH HOW MANY DAYS REQUIRED?
5. WHAT WILL BE THE RENT FOR THE BIKE? FROM LEH
6. WHAT WILL COST FOR INNER LINE PERMIT?

REGARDS AND THANK YOU IN ADVANCE

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Vargis.Khan October 1, 2019 - 2:17 am

Hi Nachiket,

1. Yes
2. Sometime in late April or early May
3. About 500 per person
4. For complete road trip, at least 10 to 11 days
5. See the post below
https://vargiskhan.com/log/leh-ladakh-bike-rental-rates-list-2019/
6. See the post below
https://vargiskhan.com/log/ladakh-permit-updates-procedure/

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Trang Nguyen T Minh September 18, 2019 - 7:46 am

Hi Vargis Khan, Thank you so much for your information. I will take JK HRTC from Srinagar this 23rd Sept to Leh and as your suggestion I will stop at Kargil. I want to ask you 2 questions, please help me in answering them:
1. How to visit famous places in the route from Srinagar to Leh if travelling byJK HRTC?

2. If I stop at Kargil, the next day I should take another JK HRTC to go to Leh, right?

Thank you for your help.

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Vargis.Khan September 18, 2019 - 5:00 pm

Hi Trang,

1. You can’t. Your breaks will be limited to only where the bus driver decides to stop
2. Yes

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Sunil Kumar M N August 24, 2019 - 5:15 pm

Hi Sir,

We are reaching Leh on 2nd Sept 2019 for participating Ladakh Marathon . We have to travel back to Srinagar on 9th Sept 19 to catch flight .Is buses are running in this route?

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Sindhu M June 7, 2019 - 9:47 am

Hello … I am planning for solo trip to Leh Ladakh and ur blog has really nice info … Thank you the bus from Srinagar to Leh will it stop at Sonamarg … Can I board it from sonamarg ?? As I ll complete my Amarnath darshan and reach sonamarg and want to go from there …. can u help me in this ?

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Vargis.Khan June 7, 2019 - 2:02 pm

It all depends on the Bus conductor whether or not he allows. The ticket for the Bus is supposed to be bought from Srinagar only. You can talk to the conductor and see if he allows.

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Sindhu M June 9, 2019 - 6:55 pm

Thank you … One more query … Is there any mode of transport from tsomoriri to Manali directly via key long ? Public transport or shared taxi ?

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Vargis.Khan June 9, 2019 - 7:00 pm

No there isn’t

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Arun Suri July 31, 2019 - 3:55 pm

Dear friend,are there any buses from Kargil to Leh.i would like to stay at Kargil for a day or two

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Vargis.Khan July 31, 2019 - 4:07 pm

You can board the same Srinagar to Leh bus at Kargil. If not, then shared taxis are easily available from there.

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Shifas May 28, 2019 - 7:19 pm

Hi sir … I want know the ordinary bus time leh to srinagar ??…. Please respond

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Gurdev Singh May 27, 2019 - 8:18 am

Hi sir, I am Gurdev Singh from Dharamshala, District Kangra, Himachal. I have planned a tour to Leh. I have planned to travel from Manali to leh and return journey from Leh to Home via Kargil. In this way I can visit Sonamarg near Kargil. I just want to know whether there are some Public Transport i.e. Buses from Kargil to Sonamarg ? and what about the accommodation. Are there some Guest Houses at Sonamarg or not..
thanks.
with regards,
Gurdev Singh.

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Vargis.Khan May 27, 2019 - 5:56 pm

Hello Mr. Singh – Yes there are buses as well as shared taxis available on the entire route. And there are plenty of hotels available in Sonamarg.

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Chinmay May 16, 2019 - 6:54 am

Hello, Is it possible to travel from srinagar to leh on last week of september?

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PG May 15, 2019 - 10:06 pm

Is Srinagar to Leh bus service started now?

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Manoj chatterjee July 10, 2019 - 1:29 pm

Thnx ,Vargis Xcllnt information thank U once more

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Vargis.Khan July 10, 2019 - 1:51 pm

You are welcome !!!

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Swapnil May 4, 2019 - 6:05 am

Dear Vargis Sir,

Thank you very much for your detailed blog. It is really useful.
Need your valuable suggestion on my plan. I have my wife and 10years old daughter with me.
I will check out from Leh on 17th sept in the morning and planned to stay in Srinagar till 23rd Sept.
I would like to cover Sonamarg, Gulmarg, Pehalgam and local sightseeing at Srinagar

While travelling from Leh to Srinagar, I would like stop & stay in Sonamarg. It is good option? Can I get public (budget) transport from Sonamarg to Srinagar?

Regards,
Swapnil

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Vargis.Khan May 4, 2019 - 6:59 am

Hi Swapnil,

The only budget option from Leh to Srinagar is the JKSRTC bus. See the post below.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/leh-to-srinagar-bus-service/

Yes you can cover Sonamarg on the way and visit rest of the palces after you reach Srinagar.

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Swapnil May 4, 2019 - 7:43 am

Thank you Vargis Sir for quick reply πŸ™‚
If i catch 2PM bus from Leh then approx what time it will reach at Sonmarg? I hope it will reach at @5:30 am, is it safe to get down at sonamarg in early morning with family?

Regards,
Swapnil

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Vargis.Khan May 4, 2019 - 4:02 pm

Hello Swapnil,

You will reach Sonamrg early in the morning, possibly at around 4 AM because the Bus reaches Srinagar by 7 AM. You may even need to go all the way to Srinagar and come back to Sonamarg the next day.

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Swapnil May 6, 2019 - 12:56 pm

Thank you Sir!
I guess better to go Srinagar and come back again πŸ™

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Vargis.Khan May 6, 2019 - 1:35 pm

You are welcome !!!

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Swapnil May 6, 2019 - 1:51 pm

Vargis Sir,

Thank you for your help and sorry to bother you again.
Can I plan Leh to Kargil by 2Pm JKSRTC bus (let me know if there is any early bus).
Stay in Kargil for one day.
Then
Option 1 – Kargil to Srinagar by JKSRTC If i can get a place or prior booking if possible.
Option 2 : Kargil to Sonmarg if any share taxi available. spend some time in Sonmarg and then catch 5PM JKSRTC bus to Srinagar.

waiting for your valuable suggestion.

Regards,
Swapnil

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Vargis.Khan May 6, 2019 - 11:14 pm

Yes you can do that as well but then I would recommend to stay a day in Sonamarg. Visit Thajiwas Glacier the next day and then go to Srinagar after that.

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Tejender Singh May 3, 2019 - 10:54 am

Hi Vargis,

The information provided is really useful, appreciate the efforts sir.

I am travelling to Srinagar on 28th May and from there i’ll be leaving for Leh by Bus, just wanted to know whether the roads will be opened by that tym ?

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Vargis.Khan May 3, 2019 - 1:26 pm

Thanks Tejender. Yes, the roads will be open by then

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Tejender Singh May 4, 2019 - 7:27 am

Thank you sir, booking the tickets now, was waiting for your revert

Thank you Peace Out

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Vargis.Khan May 4, 2019 - 4:03 pm

You are welcome Bhai. Do let me know how your trip went.

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shrikant joshi February 25, 2020 - 12:01 pm

Hi Vargis,
I am planning to attend Tulip Festival this April and from there to Kargil, Batalik and Dah to see apricot blossom and Aryan people. So I need permit for this travel and where will I get them?

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Dr. P. J. Sajin April 28, 2019 - 6:57 pm

Dear Vargis,

Thanks a lot for this insightful article about Srinagar to Leh travel.

I am planning to travel from Srinagar to Leh on the 16th of May, 2019. After reading your post I have decided to take the luxury bus. But my question is that I really wanted to stay at Kargil for a day and travel the next day to Leh. Is it possible to get a luxury bus from Kargil to Leh on the second day?

Thanks in advance!

Dr. P. J. Sajin
Kerala

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Vargis.Khan April 28, 2019 - 11:37 pm

Hello Dr. Sajin,

Yes, you can board the Bus from Kargil as well. In case you don’t get a seat, you will easily find a shared cab going towards Leh from Kargil.

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DR. P. J. Sajin April 29, 2019 - 6:43 am

Thank you very much Vargis! I am closely following all your posts. They are really helpful.

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DR. P. J. Sajin April 29, 2019 - 6:46 am

I have one more query. Is it possible to get a rent a car (self driving) to go for sightseeing at Leh?

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Vargis.Khan April 29, 2019 - 3:48 pm

Yes, a cab would be better but it would come with the driver. Self-drive rentals are not an option in Ladakh.
But you should also know that a cab would cost you more than 3 bikes.

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DR. P. J. Sajin April 29, 2019 - 6:50 am

I have one more query. Is it possible to get a rent a car (self driving) to go for sightseeing at Leh? We are planning for a round trip from Leh to various places like Pangong Tso and return to Leh. All of us can drive. Hiring bikes means three bikes for us all. So a cab would be suitable I suppose. But please suggest a best mode of transportation.

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Vargis.Khan April 29, 2019 - 3:48 pm

Yes, a cab would be better but it would come with the driver. Self-drive rentals are not an option in Ladakh.
But you should also know that a cab would cost you more than 3 bikes.

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Vargis.Khan April 29, 2019 - 3:48 pm

You are welcome Dr. Sajin !!!

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DR. P. J. Sajin April 29, 2019 - 3:57 pm

Thanks a lot for your advise.

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Vargis.Khan April 29, 2019 - 4:35 pm

You are welcome !!!

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Yogesh April 25, 2019 - 7:45 am

Thanks for very nicely written article. I have 2 question.
We plan to travel from Sonmarg to Leh after a trekk which ends at 3 pm at Sonmarg.
1.Please let me know if we can start Sonmarg to Kargin journey at 4 pm in evening from Sonmarg and stay at Kargil at night. Is any bus available at that time or any cab will be available , what is generally the cost of cab. Post this at what time Kargil Leh bus will be available from Kargil next day.
2.Or is it better to start travel from Sonmarg next day early morning and do whole day travel to Leh without stay at Kargil, it is possible. Thanks in advance.

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Vargis.Khan April 25, 2019 - 2:59 pm

It will be better to stay in Sonamarg that day and go to Kargil the next. It will be tough to find a commute so late in the day.

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Yogesh May 20, 2019 - 10:30 am

thanks for your guidance

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Vargis.Khan May 20, 2019 - 5:29 pm

You are welcome !!!

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Nishant shah May 23, 2019 - 1:27 pm

Hello vargis bhai…I want to visit drass war memorial…So, how can i reach drass from jammu tawi???Can i get stay options at drass????My trip is low budget so tell me accordingly…I will travell jamu tawi from Ahmedabad…

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S P Suganthan April 19, 2019 - 3:45 pm

Wonderful Mr Vargis Khan. YOU are wonderful! How many tireless replies! I salute you Sir.

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Vargis.Khan April 19, 2019 - 11:17 pm

Thank you for taking the time to drop a note and for your kind words Mr. Suganthan. I appreciate it.

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Saurabh Shukla April 19, 2019 - 6:58 am

Dear Virgis,

We have to do our own arrangement to stay at the Kargil halt in Srinagar to Leh journey?

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Vargis.Khan April 19, 2019 - 1:14 pm

Yes Saurabh. You will have to find a hotel on your own

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Saurabh Shukla April 21, 2019 - 5:33 am

Thanks For Responce.

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Vargis.Khan April 21, 2019 - 5:51 pm

You are welcome !!!

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Mohit April 13, 2019 - 11:05 am

Can I book this ticket online? If so then where? Apart from this If I plan to book a Cab (white plate) from delhi for the whole trip (Delhi – Ladakh -Delhi) will it be an issue? Please let me know.

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Vargis.Khan April 13, 2019 - 4:15 pm

No online booking available.
Delhi cab – No it will not be as long as the person that the cab is registered to is with you in the car.

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Himanshu Singh April 12, 2019 - 3:03 pm

Hi Sir, i need your suggestion wrt bus bookings from srinagar to leh. I am reaching srinagar on 24th May and planning to leave for ladakh on 25th May.

What are the chances of getting bus tickets a day in advance. Would it be too risky to leave it for last minute. Do you suggest any pvt bus operators.

Much appreciate your insights.

Thanks ,
Himanshu

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Vargis.Khan April 13, 2019 - 5:55 am

You can buy your ticket a day before from the bus stand easily.

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Himanshu Singh April 13, 2019 - 1:48 pm

Thank you so much.

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

And that is actually a mandate. You must buy your ticket a day before.

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Meetesh jain April 6, 2019 - 5:37 am

Hi vargis shrinagar to leh road open or not or when it will be opened i will plan for LEH on17 April of this month please guide me what i will do

Regards
Meetesh jain

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Vargis.Khan April 6, 2019 - 2:05 pm

It will not open until May 1st week Meetesh.

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Sandeep March 9, 2019 - 4:00 pm

Sir chal gyi bus shrinagar se leh ki nhi chli to kb tak chlegi

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Vargis.Khan March 10, 2019 - 2:59 pm

May 1st week tak chalegi Bhai

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Sandeep March 7, 2019 - 4:23 pm

Sir shrinagar se leh ki bus mil jayegi 16 march ko

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Vargis.Khan March 7, 2019 - 8:05 pm

Abhi toh sadak hi nahi khuli Bhai

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Komal Gori February 13, 2019 - 5:45 am

Hello sir
We were thinking of going to leh in june 1st or 2nd week so just wanted to know that will there be chances of seeing high clusters of snow?
Can we get buses from jammu to srinagar anytime and is the conditions of buses good?

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Vargis.Khan February 13, 2019 - 11:32 pm

Snow – Yes you will find some at top of the passes
Bus – Yes it will be available
Condition – Just about OK

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Sumit December 10, 2018 - 6:18 pm

Is srinagar to leh travelled by bus is safe or not in month of December..

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Vargis.Khan December 11, 2018 - 1:26 pm

This bus is not available in December

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Sonal March 27, 2019 - 5:16 am

Hello sir we are planning last week of may or frst week of june from shrinagar to leh.. any bus facilities, cab or any other mode of transport so i contact them..please provide us number

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Vargis.Khan March 27, 2019 - 12:41 pm

Please contact Faisal in Srinagar at 9596410670 if you want to rent a cab.

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Jay September 5, 2018 - 10:18 am

Hello We are planning to travel to Srinagar from Leh on 10th or 11th October, would the buses still be operational during that time?

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Vargis.Khan September 5, 2018 - 12:46 pm

Yes it would be

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Ramendra Nath Das December 5, 2018 - 3:44 am

Sir, can you please tell me by which month Srinagar to leh bus services gets open? we are already booked ticket on 11 May 2019 from Bangalore to Delhi. then it will take another 1 or 2 days to reach Srinagar, please let me know if we can avail the bus service.

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Vargis.Khan December 5, 2018 - 12:56 pm

It depends entirely on the weather and how soon the snow gets cleared. There is no set date for it.

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Ramendra Nath Das December 6, 2018 - 4:13 am

Thanks for your comment. So can you please tell me normally like last year or last to last year when this bus route started operated.

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Vargis.Khan December 6, 2018 - 1:21 pm

You are welcome !!! To be on a safer side, assume that it will only start after May 15th.

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Ramendra Nath Das December 10, 2018 - 6:13 am

Nice to know this information, Thank you very much

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Vargis.Khan December 10, 2018 - 1:07 pm

You are welcome !!!

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Sajan Joseph July 29, 2018 - 9:30 am

Hi Sir
Can you let me know the costs of sharing taxi and what kind of taxis ply as sharing taxi ? Is it safe to go by sharing taxi ? Do you need any permits for Kargil , Leh and other tourist places ?
Regards
Sajan

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Vargis.Khan July 29, 2018 - 10:13 pm

Yes it is safe to go. All kinds of taxis are available like alto, sumo, bolero etc. No permit is needed for traveling to Kargil and Leh but you need a permit for going beyond Leh

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Ninad Hindupur July 28, 2018 - 6:33 am

HI Mr. Khan,

I am travelling alone from Srinagar to Leh on 13 Aug and arriving Srinagar on 12th Aug at 5 PM. Shall I get the bus tickets on 12th Aug.Or Is there any good private bus operators or taxi operators in Srinagar?
Can bus stops at Kargil War Memorial if I want to visit? Or How I can visit the memorial, If I am travelling from Srinagar to Kargil and staying 1 night at Kargil by bus?
And I want to travel from Leh to Manali. Is there any good Govt buses or private bus operators from Leh? How much time it will take?

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Balkrushna Sawant June 27, 2018 - 2:26 am

Hi Sir,
In the journey of Srinagar to Leh, it halts at Kargil. I have to ask, it is possible to see kargil war memorial in this halt.

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Vargis.Khan June 27, 2018 - 2:28 am

Kargil war memorial is actually at Drass and not Kargil. It all depends on the bus driver really, he may or may not stop. You can request him though to stop for a while at the war memorial.

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Suseem Dhaneshwar June 25, 2018 - 4:24 pm

Hi vargis,
I’m planning to travel from leh to srinagar in the first week of September. Will I be able to get a bus? How many Days should I keep for this journey with 2 days in srinagar before I fly back to Mumbai.

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Vargis.Khan June 25, 2018 - 8:30 pm

Yes you will be able to get the Leh to Srinagar bus in September. Keep 2 days at least for this journey.

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Lorenzo Rossi June 22, 2018 - 4:39 am

Hi Vargis, first of all I have to say you the biggest “thank you” in the world, I’m planning my first trip to ladakh and your website is a real mine of precious advice.
I’m planning to reach Leh from Srinagar to try to avoid sickness, I will move by train from Delhi to Jammu around the 8th of july.
From Jammu i’ve to choose between a bus to Srinagar or try to reach Banihal and form there and take a train to Srinagar.
1) how long does the bus take? Is the bus terminal nearby the train station?
2) how can I reach Banihal? Is there any direct bus from the Jammu train station?
Do you know how much does it cost more or less?

Thank you again.

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Vargis.Khan June 22, 2018 - 3:09 pm

Hi Lorenzo – You will easily find a bus or shared taxi from Jammu to Srinagar and that is what I will recommend. It is almost a complete day’s journey but the drive is quite scenic.

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Rups June 19, 2018 - 11:34 am

Thanks a Lot Khan Sahab for the details info and so many answers.
how much time it takes from Leh To Kargil? I am planning to visit Western Ladakh and need to take bus/mini bus till Kargil and then hire a taxi. any info will be helpful.
thanks

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Vargis.Khan June 19, 2018 - 4:11 pm

Hi Rups – Leh to Kargil is an entire day’s journey. You can board a bus from Leh for Kargil; or a shared cab.

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jasim vu June 11, 2018 - 12:05 pm

hi varghese khan during the travelling time from srinagar to leh by bus. which popular places will be seen and stopped ?

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Vargis.Khan June 11, 2018 - 6:14 pm

The bus does not stop any pre-defined places. It may stop at top of the passes en route, a few dhabas and that is pretty much it.

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Vishal May 26, 2018 - 4:34 am

Hello Vargis,

What are the timings of TRC Srinagar as I would be arriving at around 8pm in the evening at Srinagar from Pahalgam and from the very next day I want to catch the Bus to Leh? Would I get ticket still?

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Kedharnath July 27, 2018 - 4:53 pm

Hi Vishal,
If you have any idea about the closing timing of TRC, please let me know.

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Vargis.Khan July 27, 2018 - 9:36 pm

It is the usual business hours, 9 to 5.

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mohit May 20, 2018 - 5:14 am

Hello Sir
Thanks for the informative article.
Please confirm that JKSRTC bus tickets for Leh from srinagar can still be booked only by going to TRC in Srinagar OR online booking is also available. Apart from this, private buses can be booked from TRC as well ?
Also is there a bus service from Srinagar Airport to TRC(or somewhere near it) as i guess taxi would be costly.

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Vargis.Khan May 20, 2018 - 6:53 pm

Hello Mohit – Yes you will still need to buy a ticket for the bus from TRC. There is really no online booking system available. And yes, you can find an SRTC bus from Srinagar airport to TRC, charges Rs. 80 I think.

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BAISHAN CHATTERJEE May 17, 2018 - 7:46 am

Dear Varghis sir, thanks for all the information and answers that u provide so elaborately and patiently. It’s indeed a treat to go through ur blogs.
Regards Baishan

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Vargis.Khan May 17, 2018 - 6:19 pm

Thanks Baishan Bhai for taking the time to drop a note. I really appreciate it.

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Pankaj April 25, 2018 - 3:25 pm

Please tell me about the network connectivity as in 2018. i hear that airtel had launched 4g services in drass and leh..pease tell me about that.

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Vargis.Khan April 25, 2018 - 4:30 pm

No Airtel connectivity in Drass yet but in Leh you will get it. It won’t surely be 4G though.

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Saran April 25, 2018 - 10:14 am

Hello Vargis Khan…we(4ppl) will be reaching Srinagar by 1pm(July 31st) and our plan is to stay in srinagar on the same day and next day to drass and after that from dras to Leh.My doubt is regarding the bus service/share taxi to drass..Where we need to get down in dras ? as we need to visit War memorial also.Next day from drass will i get enough bus to leh from drass?If we are going in bus where all the bus stops in between..as we need to cover main attraction in this route..

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Vargis.Khan April 25, 2018 - 2:29 pm

You will have problem catching the bus from Dras. Kargil war memorial is not in main Drass town, it is a few kilometers before the town. Bus does not stop at all tourist places and neither do the shared cabs. They will just take brief halts at a few places and that is pretty much it.

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Abhra Ghosh April 24, 2018 - 10:14 pm

Hello Vargis,
Thanks for the detailed infos…
I have two questions:
1. Please give some details regarding buses from Delhi to Srinagar.
2. If I reach Srinagar by 1-2 pm, will it be possible that I can buy a ticket for the bus on the next day for Leh?
3. Is Hotels/Hostel/homestays are easily available in Kargil? Does it need pre booking?

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Vargis.Khan April 25, 2018 - 2:39 pm

Hi Abhra,

1. I do not think there is a direct Delhi to Srinagar bus, may have to break it at Jammu.
2. Yes, you can buy the ticket for next day bus from Srinagar bus stand
3. Accommodation in Kargil is easily available, no need to book in advance.

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Alok April 21, 2018 - 2:46 pm

HI Vargisji. I plan to reach Len by Bus and have 10 Days for Leh whereafter I shall leave by bus for Delhi. Can I hire a local Bike at Leh for 10 days . Can I travel on bike with my wife as pinion rider.

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Vargis.Khan April 22, 2018 - 5:45 am

Alok Bhai yes you can definitely rent a bike there for 10 days. As long as you have some experience with bike riding in hills, then it is very safe. Just ride slow and carefully and you will be OK.

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Alok April 27, 2018 - 11:11 am

Thanks a lot

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Vargis.Khan April 27, 2018 - 1:20 pm

You are welcome

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Robieo Chazhoor April 18, 2018 - 6:44 pm

Hi Vargis
Thanks for the blog
Me and my friend finish our Leh trip provided by a group on 16th June Saturday(Pangong to Leh)
They havent communicted the exact time we will reach leh
We have accomodation till 17th morning and have our flights on 18th Monday in the afternoon
1.Is it safe to assume that we can make it for the 2pm bus to Srinagar on 16th, provided we ask the hotel guys to buy bus tickets for us the previous day
2.Should we wait till the next day?(Preferably not wanted since we want to visit Srinagar for atleast a day)
3.Till how late can you get a shared taxi from Leh to Srinagar?
4.Should we try a Leh – kargil bus and halt for the day and continue with Kargil – Srinagr the next day?How much will be the duration for these 2 legs and the frequency of buses?

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Vargis.Khan April 18, 2018 - 8:31 pm

Hi Robieo,

Your best choice would be to go to Leh bus stand and look for a shared taxi to Srinagar. They run non-stop for about 18 hours till they reach Srinagar. I will not recommend looking for a bus in your situation.

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shaun chonkar April 16, 2018 - 9:04 am

Hi vargis, A lot of info I got from this page.

I just had one concern.. I’ll be reaching Jammu airport by 4pm on 9th June and I need to catch the first bus for srinagar after that so that I reach before 6am on 10th June as I would need to catch the 8am bus for Leh the same day. The schedule is a little hectic.
So 2 questions..
Will I get a bus or a shared cab between 4pm to 7 pm from Jammu to Srinagar without prior Booking?
And also will I be able to catch the 8am bus from Srinagar to Leh without booking or would there be any other buses or Share cabs available the same day?

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Vargis.Khan April 16, 2018 - 10:47 am

Hi Shaun,

1. Shared cab that late in the day is highly doubtful but you can try your luck. Most of the buses and cabs from Jammu start by mid day at latest.
2. You will need to buy the Srinagar to Leh ticket the day before. They do not sell tickets on the spot in the morning and I doubt they will let you board the bus

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sneha April 2, 2018 - 9:33 am

Hi, if we travle by these buses do we get accomodation at kargil easily or wee need to do prior booking.

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Vargis.Khan April 2, 2018 - 2:03 pm

You will get accommodation easily.

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Utkarsh Pandit April 1, 2018 - 1:08 pm

Is there any other way to save two day travelling time from a JKSRTC bus from srinagar to leh. Is there any other direct (srinagar to leh) bus services available? If so please do reply.

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Vargis.Khan April 2, 2018 - 2:29 pm

The only way to save these 2 days is to either reach directly to Leh by flight or take a non-stop local cab from Srinagar to Leh which will cover the journey in about 18-20 hours.

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Deepika March 21, 2018 - 12:07 pm

Hello vargis
Its a very informative blog. Plz help me with this, I have to catch my flight in Jammu from leh. Can you please tell me what’s the distance and duration to reach Jammu airport? I would also like to know if any cab service available there and its fare..?

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Vargis.Khan March 21, 2018 - 3:46 pm

Hi Deepika, Let me first get this correct. You have a flight from Jammy for which you will travel from Leh to Jammu by road, is that correct?

If yes, then plan it at least 3 days of travel. That is the minimum time it will take you to reach Jammu well in time to board the plane.

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Deepika March 21, 2018 - 3:55 pm

Thank you v much.
Yup by road, but I don’t have 3 days time. Is there any possibility that I can make it in 20 hrs?

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Vargis.Khan March 21, 2018 - 4:32 pm

All the way to Jammu, no you cannot. Non-stop journey from Leh to Srinagar will eat up to 16-18 hours at least.

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Neha Sharan March 11, 2018 - 6:37 am

Hi Vargis Sir,

Can we book bus from Srinagar to Leh over phone? Me and my friends are travelling from Delhi.

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Vargis.Khan March 12, 2018 - 8:27 pm

Hello Neha – There is no booking system available. You will have to buy the ticket in person, one day before the journey. So if you want to catch the bus on Tuesday morning, you will have to personally go to the counter on Monday and buy a ticket. It cannot be booked in advance over the phone or online.

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Shobhit deshwal March 4, 2018 - 9:42 am

Hi vargis,
First of all thank u for providing all those details.
We are a group of 5 persons and are planning to visit leh from Srinagar on 9th of June,2018. We are thinking of hiring a cab(Innova,xylo) from Srinagar to leh.what options do we have? How much is it gonna cost if u have any idea about it? Do they provide cabs like for one sided travelling? Any taxi services contact info that u can recommend ?also how is the route typical turns Wala or simpler than Manali and shimla wala(in short what are the chances of motion sickness/vomiting)?
Regards,
Sho

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Vargis.Khan March 5, 2018 - 6:07 pm

Hi Shobhit,

I am sorrry I do not have any contacts for self-drive rentals. As a matter of fact, I do not beleive they even have that option in Srinagar. You will have to rent a private cab with driver.

The route is Way more tough than the usual Shimla or Manali roads.

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Caleb Benner March 3, 2018 - 11:25 pm

Vargis,
I am planning on flying into Srinagar in the afternoon around 5pm. Would I still be able to arrive at the TRC in the evening and book a bus for the next day to Leh? What are the hours of the TRC? This would be on a Sunday. Also, I see you say that shared cabs aren’t much more than a bus. Is this an option if I am by myself, wanting to stop in Kargil overnight, and want opportunities for picture taking at the main sites?

Thanks

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Vargis.Khan March 5, 2018 - 5:43 pm

Caleb – I just replied to your other comment. For 5 days, fly straight to Leh and focus on Ladakh. If you reach Srinagar first, it will just be increased hassle for you. Reach Leh by air, relax and visit more places there.

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Kamal Somani February 22, 2018 - 1:50 pm

Hello Sir,
Its great to see such detailed information, I feel to start share something similar on my trips once a year πŸ™ , Are you a traveler or an local resident ?

Is roads/public transport gets open by 15th April ?
I would be reaching srinagar on 11th April for a 12 days trip. I am a Nature lover, can you suggest places to visit(not to miss) in and around Srinagar(J&K).

Below are places in my current checklist :
Srinagar(2 days)
Gulmarg(1)
Pahelgam(1)
Sonmarg(1)
Doodhpathri(1)
Varinag(1)
ducksum(1).

I have 4 days in hand, and I am with family(4) with youngest kid of 10yrs.
looking fwd. to your experiences and valuable inputs.

thanks
Kamal

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Vargis.Khan February 22, 2018 - 7:27 pm

Hello Kamal,

I am just a traveler like you. If you are asking about the Srinagar to Leh road, then it opens sometime by mid April. For a list of places to visit around Srinagar, Please take a look at the post below.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/tourist-attractions-in-srinagar-city-vicinity/

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yasir February 6, 2018 - 8:48 pm

Assalamuallaikum tell me manali to leh by road opens in which months

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Vargis.Khan February 6, 2018 - 11:51 pm

Walaikum As-salam – Manali to Leh opens either by late May or early June

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BUNTY HALDER February 1, 2018 - 7:46 pm

Sir jee october 15 .2018 me srinagar to leh by local transport travel possible hai? Hum 2frnds leh tour prog set kar raha hu.is this possible?

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Vargis.Khan February 2, 2018 - 1:28 am

Bhai is waqt aapko shared cabs mil jaayegi Srinagar se Leh ke liye

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BUNTY HALDER February 2, 2018 - 7:55 pm

Bus service nahi milegi Sir?only share cab. Road open rahega to?aur share cab non stop jayega leh?ya kargil ngt stay karega?

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Vargis.Khan February 5, 2018 - 3:00 pm

Bus mil bhi sakti hai aur nahi bhi, depend karta hai sab weather par and snowfall shuru hua hai ya nahi Zoji La top par. Choice aapko hai. Apko non-stop shared cab bhi mil jaayegi aur agar aap chaho toh pehle Kargil tak cab aur vahan night stay karke next day Leh ke liye cab pakad lo. Bus ka 50/50 maan kar chalo. Agar mil gayi toh vo 2 din ki journey hogi with Kargil night stay.

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P.K.Biswas January 14, 2018 - 10:16 am

Hello Vargis Bhai,

I am really impressed and grateful to you for the precious information shared by you on travel in J&K specially Ladakh. We are two families of total 07 persons planning to visit Srinagar en route to Leh in mid May’18. Pl confirm whether the roads will open for public or not. Secondly, whether it is better to book a Xylo/Tavera type vehicle from Srinagar to Leh. Or, book seats in a MCV of 14 seater. What is the cost for a drop by a Xylo/Tavera from Srinagar to Leh?. Main purpose of preferring a Xylo over a MCV is to do sight seeing at Sonemarg and other places on the way. Our itinerary for the trip is like this;

Day-1: Reach Srinagar 15.05.18.
Day-2: Local sight seeing at Srinagar and booking a taxi/ MCV for Leh the next day.
Day-3: Leave Srinagar early morning and reach Kargil. On the way sight seeing and night stay at Kargil.
Day-4: Leave Kargil early and reach Leh in the evening and night stay.
Day-5: Local sight seeing at Leh.
Day-6: Leave Leh early in the morning for Nubra valley via Kahrdungla pass and night stay at Nubra valley.
Day-7: Leave early from Nubra valley for Pangon lake and night stay at Pangon lake.
Day-8: Leave early from Pangon lake for Leh and reach Leh in the evening and night stay at Leh.
Day-9: Leave Leh in the morning for Delhi by flight.

Pl let me know the above itinerary is workable? What are the type of accommodations available at Nubra valley and Pangon lake. Pl provide tariff of budget/ decent hotels at Nubra valley and Pangon lake.

Pl help me with my above visit plan.

Regs,

P.K.Biswas.
Kol.

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Vargis.Khan January 14, 2018 - 10:50 pm

Hello Biswas Bhai,

Thank you for your kind words.

1. If you want plenty of sightseeing then I recommend booking a private taxi for the trip rather than relying on public transport.
2. Srinagar Leh road will be open in May.
3.You may want to change the plan a bit. The direct route from Nubra to Pangong may not open in May so you will have to come back to Leh from Nubra and go to Pangong the next day.
4. For budget hotels around the route, take a look at these posts please.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/guest-houses-hotels-on-srinagar-leh-highway/

https://vargiskhan.com/log/good-budget-hotels-in-leh-with-tariff/

https://vargiskhan.com/log/accommodation-nubra-valley/

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

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Gowtham January 3, 2018 - 1:55 pm

Dear Varghis Bhai

First of all, thank you for your kind time in answering our questions patiently.I live in Hyderabad, India, and I want to visit ladakh in september 2018 for a marathon. I also want to get my wife and a 1.5 year old son along with me that time. I can take a flight to Srinagar and will visit places there first before moving to Ladakh by a vehicle.

1. Is it OK to get my 1.5 year old kid with us? Now he is now 11 month old.
2. How will it be to take the luxury government transport from srinagar to ladakh (with kid)? I have read your post on govt transport and it was really good thank you.
3. What general preparations do i need to do for my kid before i get him there? preparing for altitude sickness etc..?
4. What is the can I book local travels cab in srinagar upon arriving? or do i need to go with a reputed online tour package? If you have some contacts please provide.
5. Also, at ladakh site seeing, can i book the same upon arriving there? please share your thoughts on hotels booking also.

Thanks alot for your time.

Gowtham
Hyderabad

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Vargis.Khan January 3, 2018 - 8:48 pm

Hello Gowtham Bhai,

Thank you for your kind words.

In terms of traveling to Ladakh with your child, please take a look at the article below. Should help answer most of your questions.

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

For the bus from Srinagar to Leh, you will have to buy the ticket a day in advance from Srinagar Bus stand or Tourist Reception Center near Dal Lake

For sightseeing, how do you intend to travel? Private taxi I suppose since that is the most comfortable way?

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Sweman December 28, 2017 - 3:00 pm

Dear Vargis,

Thanks for maintaining this wonderful website. I needed your help as I do not live in India.

I applied for a Vipassana course in Leh,Ladakh thats starts the 28 Feb and last 10 days.

Since I would be in Ladakh, I was thinking to explore the region with 10-12 days in mid March 2018.

I was wondering if it is possible to visit the major location points in Ladakh region during the month of March 2018? Would the roads be open to drive to all the popular attractions?

Is it possible to take a bus from Srinagar to Leh during March 2018? I have read on your blog that the trip between Srinagar to Leh is incredibly beautiful.

It also stops at Kargil. As a foreigner, would i need special permissions for the stopover or spending the night over at Kargil?

If it is possible to visit the major tourist attractions in March 2018, then I would appreciate if you could recommend any good travel agency.

Best regards

Sweman

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Vargis.Khan January 2, 2018 - 8:21 pm

Hello Sweman – Thank you for your encouraging words.

1. Can you visit all major tourist locations – YES
2. Can you catch a bus from Srinagar to Leh? NO. The highway remains closed at this time and you cannot travel either by your own or public transport.
3. The only way out is to reach Leh by flight and rent a private taxi there for sightseeing.

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manish October 26, 2017 - 4:52 pm

which road is open till 15th november 2017

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Vargis.Khan October 29, 2017 - 9:21 pm

Srinagar to Leh road but public transport at that time may be be scarce.

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Pankaj October 21, 2017 - 6:51 pm

Hi Vargis bhai, Have gone through many of your replies. It is indeed fantastic that you are helping so many. You are superb in terms of knowledge, courtesy and promptness. I have saved your link and shall get back to you shortly for help. I am planning Leh trip in coming June. Hope that is a good time to visit. Thanks a ton in advance.

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Vargis.Khan October 21, 2017 - 8:53 pm

Hello Pankaj Bhai – I am glad that the information posted was of help and really appreciate your encouraging words. Feel free to contact me whenever you have a question. I will be glad to help in any way that I can with your trip.

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Vaishu October 5, 2017 - 8:37 pm

I am planning for Leh from Jammu .I will reach Jammu by 6:00 pm on 13 oct
Guide me about Jammu to Srinagar -Leh
With halt in Kargil ( where to stay at night )

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Vargis.Khan October 5, 2017 - 10:57 pm

You can take a shared cab or bus for Jammu to Srinagar, then board a shared cab for Kargil and then for Leh finally. Shared cabs are easily available at bus stands so you will have no trouble finding one.

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vaishu October 6, 2017 - 8:11 am

thank you Vargis .Me and my friend (F) traveling to jammu.Is it safe to travel by shared cabs from srinagar to leh..? will I be able to get the bus from srinagar to leh on same day morning , because I would be landing to srinagar early 8 am..what about stay in kargil.?

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Vargis.Khan October 7, 2017 - 10:44 pm

You are welcome Vaishu. No you will not get the bus the same day. It starts early in the morning and ticket must be bought a day before. So if you want to catch the bus, you will have to stay for the day in Srinagar, buy the ticket in the evening and catch the bus the next morning. Shared cabs are quite safe too

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Faizi Naeem September 23, 2017 - 1:27 pm

Hi. I am Solo Traveler and planning a short 10-12 days trip to Leh and Shrianagr. I’ll reach Jammu on 5th October. No plans ahead. I’ll travel through road. Please suggest me any cheapest way by road? as i m solo traveler so anyone can join me ….

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Vargis.Khan September 28, 2017 - 3:43 pm

Hello – Cheapest way to travel would be by Bus only. You should still be able to find a bus in Ladakh in October but in case you are not then you will have to look for a shared taxi. It will cost you just slightly more than what you will pay for a bus.

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Moitri Dutta September 20, 2017 - 4:09 pm

Hi Vargis,
I am staying at Dal lake currently and need to know Where exactly at Dal Lake is the TRC booking center and when does it open in the morning to book tickets?
Thanks.

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Vargis.Khan September 20, 2017 - 4:51 pm

Hi Moitri – Just ask around for Tourist Reception Center and any of the local taxi guys or the hotel people will be able to guide you

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Tony September 18, 2017 - 4:57 pm

Is there any Jksrtc buses available from leh to nubra valley and leh to pangong tso ???

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Tony August 9, 2017 - 5:58 am

Sir, May i know the Jksrtc bus timings of Jammu to Srinagar ?

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Vargis.Khan August 9, 2017 - 2:05 pm

Hello Tony – I do not know the exact timings but there are a couple of buses that leave for Srinagar in first half of the day, before 10-11 AM. You can find both JKSRTC and private agency buses plying en route. As a matter of fact, there could be private buses leaving for Srinagar in second half of the day as well but I do not have more information on the matter. I am sorry.

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tony August 14, 2017 - 10:42 am

Thank you sir for the information

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Vargis.Khan August 15, 2017 - 5:35 am

You are welcome !!!

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Tony August 8, 2017 - 11:02 am

Sir, We are from Kerala and we are plaining a low budget trip ladakh by bus coming october. So that how can we go to Srinagar by bus if we reach jammu tawi railway by 2 pm ? If we will reach Monday by 2 pm at jammu tawi, can we catch a Jksrtc bus that day itself to srinagar ? And is there any Jksrtc bus starting afternoon and time ?

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Vargis.Khan August 8, 2017 - 1:46 pm

Hello Tony, I doubt there will be a bus that late in the day for Srinagar. You can look for a shared taxi though or else you you will have to catch the bus next morning.

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Tony August 8, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Ok.. May i know the bus timings of Jammu to Srinagar ?

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ann lamio September 27, 2017 - 11:03 am

Hi tony….i am lami from kerala and i m also up to a budget trip.Additionally, i ll reach srinagar at first week of october 2017 and looking forward to join with you guys since i m solo.

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Rajesh December 2, 2017 - 1:11 pm

Hi lami,
Im Rajesh from kerala. i would like to visit leh. could you pls contact me +919042773556

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Rajesh Kalbande July 26, 2017 - 4:28 am

Good morning sir jummu to leh timeing kb ka hai or sir cost Katina hai

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Vargis.Khan July 26, 2017 - 1:57 pm

Bus starts in first half of the day Bhai, around morning and fare would be between Rs. 200 – Rs.300. There are shared taxis as well that you can board from Jammu to Srinagar.

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tanzeem ahmed July 24, 2017 - 8:35 pm

Assalamualaikum vargis Bhai October last me leh to Srinagar k lie bus available rehti h ?? Hum delhi to leh by air jarhe h phir leh se srinagar by road Bcoz 30 October hmri Srinagar se Delhi ki flight hai din me 2 baje ki leh se kb nikla jye Jo hm apni flight pkd sake agar koi bus provider Ka contact no h to plaese share kre Bhai thanks

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Vargis.Khan July 25, 2017 - 12:27 am

Walaikum as-salam Tanzeem Bhai .. October last week mein Bus bahut mushkil hai. Aap Leh mein shared taxi ke liye try karein, vo non-stop chalti hain and takreeban 18 ghante mein Leh se Srinagar pahuncha deti hai

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Shankar July 14, 2017 - 10:53 am

we are landing at 12 afternoon at Srinagar… can you help us with option to go to leh…

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Shankar July 14, 2017 - 10:56 am

Aug 10th … 3 people.

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Vargis.Khan July 14, 2017 - 3:27 pm

If you mean traveling on same day then your best choice is to reach TRC Srinagar and see if you can find a shared cab. If not, then you can take the Srinagar to Leh bus the next morning

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haider ali khan July 11, 2017 - 11:34 pm

assalamwalaikum vargis bhai .
1)I’m haider pathan my flight from mumbai to srinagar landing 11.05 AM 29 JULY and I’m traveling with my gf so I’m confuse bhai how to travel srinagar to leh ladka can u plz tell me bus sahi hogi ya sharing cab? I want to reach next day. kargil main stay karna hoga around 2500rs spend hoga so is batter to take sharing cab? do you thing what will be good and cheap fare but I want to reach next day
2) bhai meri trip 29 July to 6 Aug tak hai mein soch raha hu ki 1 or 2 day srinagar main stay karu? what u thing muje Kya karna chahiya
3) bhai what is the best way to travel from leh to mumbai I didn’t booked anything yet do u thing how I’m traveling I shout come back same way from leh to srinagar and the srinagar to mumbai?

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vishal July 12, 2017 - 6:06 pm

Vargis bhai, I want to travel from Jammu/katra to leh by bus or shared taxi. I am travelling solo so can you suggest what would be the charges and how much time or hour will it takes.I planning to travel on 18th July 2017. Thanks

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Vargis.Khan July 12, 2017 - 7:26 pm

Vishal Bhai Jammu to Leh is one day journey and fare would be between Rs.. 200 to Rs. 500 depending on which bus or taxi you chose. Srinagar to Leh is 2 days journey, fare will be between Rs. 800 – Rs. 1500 depending on which bus you travel in (around Rs. 2000 for shared taxi)

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vishal July 13, 2017 - 6:05 am

Jammu to LEH is one day journey?????

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Vargis.Khan July 13, 2017 - 11:14 am

Sorry Bhai. I meant Jammu to Srinagar one day and then Srinagar to Leh 2 days.

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Vargis.Khan July 12, 2017 - 7:24 pm

Walaikum-As-Salam Haider Bhai,

1. Bhai It would be better to take the bus, but in case you want to reach the very next day then shared cab is good. It will however not be an enjoyable journey. You willl be travelling non-stop and may suffer from acute mountain sicnkess as well.

2. If you only have until 6th August and want to cover Ladakh then I will not recommend staying in Srinagar.

3. Best would be to catch a direct flight from Leh to Mumbai so it gives you enough time to travel more areas in Ladakh.

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Kuldeep July 11, 2017 - 2:17 am

Vargis Bhai, we are planning to move from Leh to Srinagar on 25th July. Is there mini buses are available to cover this journey in two days that is night halt at Kargil. So that we can enjoy the journey.

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AMAN KALRA July 10, 2017 - 7:58 pm

Hi sir we will reach srinagar airport on 20july 7AM…if we have to directly go to leh …please tell me available buses and taxi services with duration of time and fare

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Praveen July 10, 2017 - 6:25 pm

Hello Vargis, we have flight towards delhi on saturday afternoon 2 pm from Srinagar. so when do you think we have to leave from Leh , So as to catch the flight.

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Vargis.Khan July 10, 2017 - 6:34 pm

Hello Praveen – You can take a shared cab from Leh the day before. It starts by afternoon and reaches Srinagar the next day morning, running non-stop for 18-20 hours. Or you can take the usual Leh to Srinagar bus that makes the journey in 2 days, stopping overnight at Kargil.

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Chrysann July 10, 2017 - 1:50 pm

Hi.. I am travelling to Leh via srinagar with a halt at night in Kargil. Please tell me what time will I get bus from Srinagar as my flight is reaching Srinagar at 10:00 am in the morning.

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Vargis.Khan July 10, 2017 - 4:52 pm

Hello – The bus to Leh from Srinagar starts early in the morning so you will not be able to catch that. You can try a shared taxi from TRC Srinagar, those are available until 12 – 1 PM.

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Yashaswini July 4, 2017 - 5:21 am

Hi vargis, I am travelling to Leh on 19th of july directly from my place..but i hav got the tickets from srinagar to bangalore to bangalore on 25 th july..
i just wanted to ask u, do i get buses from Leh to Srinagar for booking ?? i should book the tickets from Leh Bus stand on the previous day day is it ?? since i hav a flight from srinagar on 25th, will it be able to reach safely on time from leh to srinagar,can u elaborate on bus service or shared taxi service or personal cab.. wat do u suggest ?

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Vargis.Khan July 5, 2017 - 2:28 pm

Hi Yash – Yes there is no booking system available for Srinagar to Leh Bus. You will have to buy a ticket a day in advance. What time is your flight from Srinagar? The Leh bus usually reached towards late afternoon. You can inquire about a shared cab while you are in Leh. These usually start around 3-4 PM from Leh and run non-stop to reach Srinagar the next day morning.

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mrganeshane June 26, 2017 - 3:12 pm

Hello Vargis Bhai

1) Hum July 19 ko jammu Pohochane wale hai kya hame Jammu se Shrinagar jane k liye morning main ya night ko JKRTC or Private Bus available hai kya ? agar hai to Timing kya hoga ya fir aur koi options

2) Aur Srinagar Se leh k liye buses kb available hoti hai ? kaha se ? unka time kya hota ? hai aur booking process kya hota hai ?

Thank You,
Raju

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Vargis.Khan June 26, 2017 - 6:54 pm

Hello Raju Bhai – Jammu se Srinagar ke liye kayi buses chalti hain. Vahan Bus stand se aapko day and night dono tiime ke liye hi bus mil jaayegi. Srinagar se Leh ke liye bus ka koi booking process nahi hai. Aapko Srinagar Bus stand pahunchna padega and agle din ke liye ticket leni padegi. Bus subah subah chalti hai 7-8 ke beech.

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Raju June 26, 2017 - 7:17 pm

Quick response k liye shukriya Vargis bhai…Thanks Alot πŸ™‚

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Vargis.Khan June 26, 2017 - 7:43 pm

You are welcome Bhai

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Shamal kadam June 20, 2017 - 5:49 am

Helo sir hamara July 18 ko program he leh ka 18 ko ham shinager air pot pochenge morning 9 o’clock hame shering vehicle milegi kya leh ke liye

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Vargis.Khan June 20, 2017 - 5:02 pm

Bus subah subah 6 – 7 baje ke aas paa milegi toh usse pehle pahunch jana bhai vahan. Agar shared taxi ke baare mein puchh rahe ho toh TRC Srinagar se dopahar 12 tak shared taxis chalti hain Leh ke liye

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ayushman June 19, 2017 - 3:34 pm

hey,

is it good to book taxi (from srinagar to leh) in advance or can be bargained after reaching srinagar ?
i called few taxi drivers, i found their num on net, they are asking for 18k.

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Vargis.Khan June 19, 2017 - 8:45 pm

If you are looking for a private taxi Ayushman, you may as well book it. They have set rates and even if you bargain, they won’t go down by a marginal difference.

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ayushman June 18, 2017 - 9:14 am

hello vargis,

how is the condition of JKSRTC buses ?

may we get luxury buses (volvo sort of) from srinagar ?

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Vargis.Khan June 18, 2017 - 8:22 pm

Hello Ayushman – These are just ordinary buses, not too comfortable but not in a terrible state either. There is no volvo available on Srinagar to Leh route.

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ayushman June 19, 2017 - 3:31 pm

thanks vargis

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Mohan June 15, 2017 - 1:27 pm

Hi vargis, I went thru this site and comments, very useful. First time I am visiting to leh in this September.
Once again thanks for the good information.

Thanks

Mohan

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Vargis.Khan June 15, 2017 - 1:46 pm

Thank you for your appreciating words Mohan Bhai. I am glad that the information was of help.

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Amol Chavan June 8, 2017 - 6:58 pm

Hi Vargis Can I reach Leh from Srinagar in Single Day. I will be landing in Srinagar around 10AM on 7th July. I wants to be in Leh on 8th of July.

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Vargis.Khan June 9, 2017 - 3:28 am

Hi Amol, The only way to do the journey in a single day is to catch a shared cab from TRC Srinagar. If you are landing at 10, then you can still make it in time. They have shared cabs running until around 12 noon to 1 PM.

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Martin Nelson May 29, 2017 - 12:21 pm

Hi Vargis ,

I am Martin.
Is it safe to travel by third week of June 2017 from Srinagar to Leh. Please give some information in this regard as I am planning for a trip alone using public transport as my mode of transportation.

Thanks in advance.

Martin

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Vargis.Khan May 30, 2017 - 1:09 am

Hi Martin – The valley is under a complete shut down right now, curfew imposed and internet services unavailable. No one can really guarantee anything when it comes to Srinagar. Best thing would be to keep an eye on the news before you start your travel.

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Martin Nelson May 30, 2017 - 4:22 am

Thanks Vargis for your prompt response.

Possible keep updates through the same forum…

Martin

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Vargis.Khan May 30, 2017 - 4:16 pm

They are hoping that the curfew will be lifted tomorrow but not sure right now, I will update once I know more.

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karan May 14, 2017 - 8:56 am

hey vargis, can you please throw some light on accommodation at kargil. Is there any hotel for night stay and what are the charges?
Thank you.

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Vargis.Khan May 14, 2017 - 3:01 pm

Hey Karan – You will have to look for the hotel yourself. JKSRTC doesn’t have any ties ups with any hotels (at least not till last year) and your accommodation too is not included in the ticket. So it is pretty much that the bus will drop you at a certain point, you will look for a hotel, stay there and be back in the morning to catch the bus from the same spot.

There are numerous hotels in Kargil and you will have no trouble at all finding one. Hotel Cavaran and Hotel D’Zojila are good but their prices are a bit steep, about Rs. 2500. Apart from these, there are several guest houses where you can easily get a room for under Rs. 1000

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vishal naik May 11, 2017 - 4:54 am

Thank you very much for detailed information.

From when Srinagar to Leh buses start operating? We want to travel on 31st may.

Can you provide me any contact details of TRC srinagar or any private bus operators?

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Vargis.Khan May 11, 2017 - 1:59 pm

You are welcome Vishal. You can try contacting TRC at these numbers

94190 77544
0194 2501776

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BALA May 11, 2017 - 1:54 am

Bro I need MCV bus timings from Leh to Srinagar. Additional to that please tell me same like Srinagar-leh, will bus stop at sight seeing places from Leh-Srinagar trip..

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Vargis.Khan May 11, 2017 - 1:49 pm

Hi Bala – It starts from Leh in the morning at 8 AM, halts at Kargil for the night and reaches Leh the next day. Both these buses stop at a few spots for sightseeing but not all of them

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Martin May 10, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Hey Vargis,
thanks a lot for very useful tips. I’ve still got some question I’d be grateful you could answer.

I am going to India in 2 weeks and would like to get to Ladakh. I will arrive to Delhi on the 25th of May but I am not sure whether I should take the Srinagar-Leh route (which should open on the 15th of May) or the Manali-Leh route (opening probably on the 25th of May).

I don’t have a car, so I’ll be travelling by buses and hitchhiking. If I were to go from Srinagar to Leh, I would take a bus (if it will operate at the end of May), if from Manali to Leh, I would hitchhike, since there won’t be any bus. You think there could be enough trucks on the Manali-Leh highway right after its opening?

Which route would you please recommend?

Have a nice day,
Martin

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Vargis.Khan May 10, 2017 - 5:50 pm

Hey Martin – Why not take Srinagar Leh route to reach Ladakh and return via Manali? Yes there will be plenty of trucks and shared taxis playing on Srinagar Leh highway around 25th.

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Martin May 10, 2017 - 8:55 pm

Thanks for the reply, Vargis. I wanted to go to Srinagar when coming from Leh, since I expect that my stay in Leh will be quite demanding (trips to the surrounding villages, a few hikes).
I wanted my stay in Srinagar to be more relaxed, chilling on the lake and so on.

Nevertheless taking the Srinagar-Leh highway seems like an easier and more reliable way how to see Ladakh. I’m affraid the Manali-Leh highway won’t open in time or landslides will occur after it’s opening. I wouldn’t like to get stuck in Manali for too long.

Thanks for the advice.

Take care,
Martin

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Vargis.Khan May 10, 2017 - 9:02 pm

This is your only option right now Martin. Expected date of opening for Manali Leh road is right now May 25th but that is just an estimate. In all probability, this date will get pushed to June 1st week. Srinagar Leh highway on the other hand will open in next 2 to 3 days.

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Martin May 11, 2017 - 9:06 am

Thanks, I’ll take the Srinagar-Leh road and go to Manali on the way back to Delhi.

Have a nice day,
Martin

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Vargis.Khan May 11, 2017 - 1:39 pm

You are welcome brother !!!

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Faisal nazir May 10, 2017 - 5:29 am

Your info is always useful!! Keep it going!!

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Vargis.Khan May 10, 2017 - 5:56 am

Thanks Faisal Bhai

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Raunaq anand June 10, 2017 - 6:08 pm

Ko

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Raunaq anand June 10, 2017 - 6:11 pm

Hey if you could help me out with the cost and timings of share cab from Srinagar to Leh , we are 3 of us planning to go in August also if you could help me with number of people providing share cab

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Vargis.Khan June 12, 2017 - 7:31 pm

There is no number. Just reach TRC Srinagar and you can easily find shared cabs going towards Leh. Charges will be between Rs. 2000 to Rs.2500 per person.

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