Bangalore to Ladakh
Many of my friends and our blog followers are asking a question these days, “Bangalore to Ladakh distance” and the routes available. So today we are going to discuss about the various route options, modes of transport and the distance between Bangalore to Leh Ladakh.
There are practically two ways available here, if you are a rider and love riding your bike or driving your own car than you can choose between these two options, NH 44 or NH 48, we will discuss about these two options later in the post. If you are a comfort lover and need to save some time, you can fly directly to Leh from Bangalore or can choose to fly from Bangalore to Delhi and than take the road trip from Delhi to Ladakh.
Read more: Delhi to Leh Ladakh
Bangalore to Leh Ladakh flight
There are various options available for you if you intend to take a flight from Bangalore to Ladakh. Though we do not have a direct flight between Bengaluru (BLR) – Leh (IXL) Airports, but we can take connecting flights with one stop or two with flight stops in Delhi (DEL) Airport in case of one stop or may be different other locations if you intent to take a flight with 2 or more stops. The flight time is approx 8-10 hours depending on which flight you takes and the flight prices ranges from INR 13,000 to INR 32,000.
Another option available is to take a flight from Bangalore to Srinagar and than you can continue your trip on road from here onward. If you ask my personal opinion, I will go with this option as there are a plenty of places and experiences you can take from your road trip from Srinagar to Leh, covering Zoji la and Kargil as well. Whether if you take first option than you have to specially come to these places if you wish to visit the same.
You can easily find the flights from Bangalore here at www.skyscanner.co.in
Bangalore to Ladakh by road
Let us now discuss about the most adventurous option available for a rider. The most beautiful and a lifetime experience for you. As we said earlier, there are two options available for us, one if NH 44 and another one is NH 88. The most common one is NH 44 option where you will start your drive from Bengaluru to Hyderabad Highway and moving towards Hyderabad, Chhindwara (Madhya Pradesh), Gwalior, Agra and than New Delhi. The total distance between between Bangalore to New Delhi is 2167kms. From here onwards you will start your drive to Chandigarh which is 245kms from here and will take approx 4 hours to reach.
From Chandigarh you can opt for the option if you wish to start your trip with Manali as your base or from Srinagar. Distance from Chandigarh to Manali is approx 309kms and will take about 7-8 hours to reach and the same from Chandigarh to Srinagar is approx 563kms and will take about 12 hours to reach.
From here I am going to discuss about taking the route from Manali to Leh and than coming back from Leh to Srinagar and than Chandigarh, so that we can cover all the places in both Manali and Srinagar as well.
Manali to Leh by road
The distance between Manali to Leh i approx 475kms and will take you to some of the most beautiful places with the most beautiful experiences on the road, enriched with high mountain passes and snow covered mountains including Tanglang La, the second highest motorable pass in the world. Below is a day wise itinerary which you can adapt and can modify according to your needs and availability of time.
Manali to Leh Itinerary
Your journey from here will take you to different altitudes and different weather conditions, please do not forget to fill up your juices and take a lot of water daily so that you won’t feel exhausted during your road trip. Please maintain a distance from a lot of drinks as it can dehydrate your body which will not at all a good thing for you.
Day 1 & 2: Manali
From Chandigarh, start your day early in the morning so that you can reach Manali by early evening. As soon as you reach Manali, check into a Hotel and let your body relax for a couple of hours. You can take a walk on the Mall road in the evening in order to make yourself fit in the weather.
The next morning you can plan your day for sightseeing in Manali including Hidimba Devi Temple, Solang Valley, Gulaba, Naggar Castle, natural hot sulphur baths at Vashisht. Do keep in mind to buy a 20-25 liter jerry-can for extra fuel as this will of much use on your trip from here.
Day 3: Manali to Jispa
Hit the road early in the morning as today you will be covering a lot of distance. If you plan to start early at approx 5a.m., the beautiful Rohtang pass will welcome you with the very first sun rays when you reach at the top. Spend some time there clicking a few pictures and you can take a good morning breakfast here. Driving down from here you will reach Gramphoo, Koksar & than Tandi. In Tandi, located is the last petrol pump on Manali – Leh highway, so please make sure to fill up your tanks and also the extra fuel in the jerry can that we had bought. Distance between Manali and Tandi is approx 87kms and total distance from Manali to Jispa is approx 116kms. In Jispa you will find camps and cottages for your stay.
Day 4: Jispa to Sarchu
The driving distance from Jispa to Sarchu is approx. 88kms but due to both road conditions and many of the photo-ops will take approx 6-7 hours to reach Sarchu. After Jispa, 52kms ahead lies Baralacha La pass connecting Lahaul district in Himachal Pradesh to Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir. A beautiful snow covered pass and you will feel like to stop by take some selfies but you can not due to the thin road that is surrounded by big snow walls on both the sides. Sarchu lies 36kms of Baralacha La and you will get tented accommodation here on per person basis.
Day 5: Sarchu to Leh
Here we are on the final day of our ride from Manali to Leh, feels a bit excited, right! Today we will be driving two most beautiful things, one is the Tanglang La of-course, the second highest motorable pass of world. Some of you may feel a little uneasiness while driving up to Tanglang La due to less oxygen levels and high altitudes, if so, you are not advised to stop at the top for long. The second place is the 21 hairpin bends that you will find near Pang and the More Plains, you will feel awesome and some may try to take the shortcuts if having a 4×4 vehicle. You will reach Leh by the end of evening or a little early. Check in to some nice hotel, may be near by old Fort road or take a guest house as per your need.
Day 6: Leh
Do not start your day early today and make some light walk around the streets, try to keep yourself away from the sun, wear some high SPF level Sun Screen, pardon the sun for a little harsh and make yourself soak in the atmosphere. This is the day you have to spend to acclimatize a little more in the atmosphere or else you will feel sick and tired. In the evening you can visit Shanti Stupa for an amazing Sunset view and to the entire Leh city below the Shanti Stupa.
Day 7: Leh Sightseeing
Leh town is full of monasteries and other attractions, today you can plan your visit to nearby monasteries like Thiksey Monastery, Hemis Monastery, Shey Gompa or you can do the Sindhu Darshan to Holy Indus River, can visit War memorial.
Day 8 & 9: Khardungla & Nubra
As of now, we are well settled in the atmosphere, so lets hit the road today and we are driving to the world’s highest motorable pass. Khardungla, located at an altitude of 18,380 ft from sea level. From here you can drive to Nubra Valley and can take a stay overnight at Nubra itself. Nubra is called as the ‘Valley of flowers’ and is known for its double humped camels & natural hot water springs at Panamik. Plan and drive back to Leh so that you can reach Leh by Evening.
Read More: Nubra Valley (ལྡུམ་ར), Ladakh – The Valley of Flowers
Day 10: Pangong Tso
The very next day, you can start early so that you can visit Pangong Lake and come back to Leh by the end of evening. This L-shaped lake is around 156 km/six hours drive from Leh. The total length of this lake is approx. 134 km and almost three-quarters of this lies in China. The lake is 3 to 5 km wide.
Read more: Pangong Lake (སྤང་གོང་མཚོ) – Lake of the great hollow
Day 11: Kargil
So as of now, we are almost done with the places around Leh, one can plan a trip to Tso Moriri and Tso Kar as well, which will take two days as you have to spend a night there and you can come back to Leh next day.
Today we are moving towards Kargil, the next stop of our journey. You can stop by Pathar Sahib Gurudwara, Magnetic Hill, Sangam and the Lamayuru Monastery on the way. Please take a note to fill up your tanks and extra fuel as there is no petrol pump here till Kargil. The total driving distance from Leh to Kargil is 210kms. You can take a nice guest house here in Kargil and please be advised to confirm the timings for Zoji La crossing, as its sometimes allowed for only a few hours.
Day 12 & 13: Srinagar
Kargil is also known as the Gateway to Zanskar and you can move on to Padum from here if you are planning to go to Zanskar. Read More about Zanskar Valley
Start your day according to the timings that are being allowed to cross the Zoji La pass, the distance between Kargil and Zoji la is approx 99kms and will take nearly 2 hours to reach. Srinagar is 104 kms from here and can take 3-4 hours approx. You can spend your evening near Dal lake or even a Shikara here and can spend the very next day for Sightseeing here.
Day 14 & 15: Dharamshala & Delhi
The total driving distance from Srinagar to Delhi is approx 808kms, which is practically not possible to drive in a day. In my personal opnion, we can split the drive in two days and can take a stop at Dharamshala which is 412kms from Srinagar and will take approx 9 hours to reach here. Spend your evening here in Mcleoadganj and hit the road back next morning. Delhi is approx 474kms from Dharamshala and will take you approx 9 hours to reach. From here you can take a flight back to Bangalore or can drive back if you are having your own vehicle.
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