Ladakh is not only the home to some of the most beautiful, ancient and serene monasteries you’ll ever see, but it is also rich in natural beauty – and it’s this natural beauty that hits adventure hunger people like you so hard, because it’s a barren beauty. Many travelers find themselves at a loss to understand how something so barren can yet be so beautiful. Today Leh & Ladakh is a dream destination for thousands of us and for some of us “Travel Ladakh” is a lifetime experience. Travelling Leh and Ladakh can be an awesome experience as the place is full of natural mesmerizing landscapes, some of the oldest Gompas, mountain crests, natural life safaris, and experience movement spots and significantly more.
Mesmerizing Ladakh, reliably, is visited by a large number of local as well as foreign tourists every year mostly in months of June, July, August and September. It is both a common summer and in addition a winter holiday destination. If you love travelling by road, riding your own bike or driving through your car, it is the best place to travel from June till September. Its untouched perfection, snow-clad mountain peaks, lavish greenery and detached places draw in a considerable measure of honeymooners as well. With a wide range of adventurous activities that it has to offer such as mountain biking, rafting, mountaineering, trekking and so on, it is well-known among adventure loving people too.
Which is the best and economical way to travel Ladakh?
Many of my friends and other travelers asks me which is the Best and economical way to reach travel Ladakh. Today we are going to find out the suitable answer for this, but before we find the answer, we have to think of a few things and the expectations we have with this lifetime trip to ladakh. There are many things like what really we like during the trip to leh ladakh, like some love the road drive and others may like spending more time in the main city despite of spending time during the ride. A few may love to take a nap and enjoy at each and every spot those are in the way and others may like to cover up the route as soon possible. So depending on all these things we are today going to discuss different ways to travel Ladakh. You can reach Manali by your own, may be by bike, car or a public transport. We are discussing the route and trip hereafter from Manali to Leh. We had already discussed the route map & distances here, you can check it out and ask us for more information if needed.
Travel Ladakh on bike: If you love riding by yourself than you are heading towards a right place. Ladakh is made for riders, you can have most beautiful memories and much more adventure while riding on the way to Ladakh. You can freely use your bike ride during your stay and while travelling to various destinations like Pangong Lake, Khardung La Pass, Thiksey Monastery, etc. without any issues and permission. If you are taking your own bike than the only expense will be fuel, food and stay during the route and if you are planning to hire a bike in Manali, it will cost you somewhat around Rs. 1000/1200 per day.
You can plan your stay at Jispa or Sarchu for the first Night, you can get a Swiss Tent for Rs. 1600 per night with an occupancy of 5-6 people or you can get into a Hotel ranges between Rs. 1000 to 2500 per night. The second stay, or may be first for a few amongst a few of us could be at Pang and you will get camps here for Rs. 200 per person. The food is mostly not much costly and can get in between Rs. 150 to 200 on diet basis. Please remember to keep extra fuel with you as we have only one Manali to Leh petrol pump, located at Tandi near Keylong.
Travel Ladakh on car: Most of the things will be same as rest above. The only difference is the mode of getting a car for your trip to Ladakh. You can hire a shared taxi for Rs. 3000 per person or can hire a Taxi if you are 4-5 people or more so it will be approximately same cost as in the share taxi. The other option is if you are taking a car with you, either personal or can get one from ZoomCar. The only thing that you need to keep in mind that commercial vehicles are not allowed in Ladakh for sightseeing and for travelling local destinations like Pangong Lake, etc. and you will have to hire a taxi from Leh Taxi Union in order to go to these places. For personal vehicles, it is always a confusion whether the taxi union will allow you to use it to commute within the city or not.
Travel Ladakh in Public Transport: This is the most economical way to reach ladakh but is not much famous amongst the travelers as it will not have an option to enjoy at the various spots on the way like Tanglang La to stop there and enjoy and relax at the World’s second highest motor-able pass. There are two options for you. First one is to reach Manali by State Transport bus and then take a share taxi which will charge you approx. Rs.3000 per person. The other one is more economical and you do not need to change the transport in Manali, the Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) runs a bus from Delhi to Leh covering a total of 1203kms and charges Rs. 1353 per persom from Delhi to Leh. You can book your bus tickets from State Roadways Office in ISBT Delhi or can book the same on HRTC website.
Travel Ladakh by Air: If you are willing to reach Leh by air, may be to save the travel time or seeking some luxurious comfort than you can have many options to take the flight from. We have flights from Jammu to Leh (approx. Rs. 4000 per person), Srinagar to Leh (approx. 5000 per person), Chandigarh to Leh (approx. Rs. 11000 to 14000 per person), Delhi to Leh (approx. Rs. 8000 to 12000 per person), Mumbai to Leh (approx. Rs. 11000 to 15000 per person). For more Air Fare and booking on economy prices, you can visit here on skyscanner.
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