Leh – Ladakh is the most anticipated road trip in India. The scenic beauty of the mountains and endless barren land has a special place in the heart of every Gallivanter. In this article, we will take you along all the aspects of Leh Ladakh Road trip. For those who don’t own a car, we will share the best and most cost-effective way to book a rental car or feel the desi vibe in Public transports (just like Swades).
There are only three options to cover this road trip
- Personal Car
- Self Drive Rental Cars(Zoomcar, Mychoize)
- Public Transport
- Distance – 1111 km
- Driving Time – Car (27 hrs in one go), Public Transport (minimum 36 hrs due to waiting time).
- The Route
- Delhi → Karnal → Mandi → Manali (600kms)
- Manali → Jispa → Sarchu → Tanglang La → Leh → Ladakh (511 km)
Some more points to consider
- All driving times mentioned above are without a provision for stopping to take photographs/smoke ciggys. Please add extra time as per your comfort level.
- It’s not a race you need to enjoy the trip so make a productive but comfy trip plan especially in terms of trip duration.
- If you are driving a self-drive rental car you need to know that taxi number vehicles are not permitted to wander inside Ladakh.
- When you are short of time, like when you have a full day drive planned, it may be a good idea to carry some packaged food from the roadside dhabas or wafers & munchies are also a pretty good option, You will then not waste your time looking for food.
Not every one of us owns a car to enjoy this beautiful road adventure. Also in some cases, we have a small hatchback car as per our daily city rides. For such long duration and hilly terrain trips, it is highly advisable to drive SUV/MUVs. Luckily, we have multiple rental car options to book a ride for our gang. Choose from a variety of cars from Compact-SUV/MUV segment and book the car which suits your style and pocket. Apart from fuel please factor in State road tax and toll taxes based on commercial vehicle charges. If you are in no hurry to reach your destination, you can take frequent stops to enjoy the view, and reach your destination comfortable in 2-3 days.
Which Rental Car Provider to choose
Zoomcar/Revv provides you with multiple rental packages based on a different combination of Time and Distance. Delhi to Ladakh is a scenic trip where you might want to take the foot off the pedal and stop over at many places on the way, to enjoy the combination of mountain streams, cold mountain lakes and an alpine valley blend into a high altitude desert. The Zoom Classic and Zoom Lite plans are more suitable to balance the distance and time. While, in other Car Rental Options like Mychoize and Myles, there is no barrier on kms to be driven, the fare includes the hourly rental as per car segment is chosen by us.
There are two routes that you can choose from while travelling to Leh Ladakh
Leh-Manali Highway:This road provides a perfect vibe for travellers but you have to plan smartly. The road is 463 km long and there are no petrol pumps for around 365 km. You can halt in Sarchu and Keylong and stay in hotels as well. You can take this road only if the Rohtang Pass is open which gives you a beautiful view of the valleys. The best time to travel is between June-September as Rohtang Pass opens in May. You will have to carry Jerry Cans for fuel storage while taking this highway to avoid any shortage of fuel situations.
Leh- Srinagar Highway:This route is 434 km long and is also known as National Highway 1. It is more reliable and will give you a nice comfortable ride in your self-drive Rental car. You will drive alongside Indus River and pass through mountain passes named Zozi La, Namki La, and Fotu La Pass. You can witness some breathtaking old constructions while passing through this route.
Places to Visit in Leh-Ladakh
There are many places to explore in Ladakh as you drive through its lonely mountain highways. I’m here jot down names of all the must-visit places in Leh-Ladakh. Marvel at the captivating Pangong Tso Lake, the beautiful Zanskar valley and make sure you head to the highest motorable road in the world the Khardung La Pass. Nubra Valley is another name, one shouldn’t miss out on his Ladakh Road Trip. Do not miss out on the bountiful Ladakhi cuisine while you explore the countryside in your Zoomcar and enjoy favourites like thukpa and momos.
Along with these major tourist attractions, there are few places to visit in the interiors of Leh which gives you the glimpse of the culture and community, listing them below:
- Shanti Stupa
- Leh Palace
- Sankar Monastery
- Leh Main Market
Did I forget to warn you about the speed limit?
The safety of their customers is the topmost priority for every rental car services. The speed limit for all Self Drive Rental cars is set at 80km/hr as per government guidelines. While in some cases, the speed governors are not present in Zoomcar vehicles and customer will be fined if the odometer needle crosses 120km/hr speed during the journey.
No Self Drive Cars in Leh Ladakh
You read it right, Self Drive cars are not allowed inside the Leh Ladakh. You will have to travel in local taxis after reaching Leh Ladakh as the local taxi association have banned rental cars entry in their territory. You can drive your self-drive and park it safely in Leh. But you will have to hire local taxis available in Ladakh for sightseeing. You can also hire bikes on rent and roam freely. This way you can explore every inch of Ladakh and experience a journey of a lifetime.