Driving to Leh in your own vehicle can be dangerous. Have a read through this post about how people are being attacked in Leh for bringing their own cars.
Leh is not a safe place even for those who go in their own cars. Self drive rental cars are being lined up and burnt on road sides with occupants left stranded and any opposition is met with violence.
You will find less traffic on Manali route because majority of commercial and defense vehicles use Srinagar route which is also a better quality road. Srinagar - Leh route has a lot more options as compared to Manali - Leh route for both accommodation and places to eat. Manali route does not have as many petrol pumps as Srinagar route does. If you do go via ...
I had recently been to Leh-Ladakh bike tour. Few of the friends were touring the same way by a car. We had first thought of taking our own vehicle there, but then eventually dropped the idea after receiving various reports of undue issues caused by Taxi drivers union in Leh.
As per their say, it hampers their business and the safety as well. And, I don't ...
Prepaid connections that are bought from outside the J&K state do not work in J&K (Leh is in J&K).
If you want your connection from else where in India to work in Leh you would need a post paid connection. Mobile phone connections from abroad which are post paid will work as well. I have tried a UK EE mobile sim and it works for both data and ...
There is no Reliance JIO coverage anywhere in J&K. There was Reliance JIO network until Pathankot but as soon as we entered J&K it did not show up in our entire journey. Manali had Reliance JIO network throughout the town and even in near by villages. For coverage of other networks please read my reply here.
The only network you can rely on is BSNL ...
Customs at Indira Gandhi Airport, New Delhi is fairly fast, especially in very early morning in your case. I have been done International to Domestic Transfers in 1-1.5 hours. Since yours is on non-peak time, it should be even faster for you.
Unless your incoming flight is significantly delayed, you don't need to worry about this.
Leh by road is once in a life time trip. You can go by bike, but you need to take necessary precautions.
We did this trip in a car(Toyota Qualis) two years back (2012) and we loved the experience
We took the route
We stayed at Kargil for a day
While coming back
Leh - Jispa - Manali
with a stay in Jispa
Now that I have successfully completed my Leh-Ladakh trip, let me clarify the scenario as it has become clear to me:
The ban on private vehicles from entering the Rohtang pass was initiated only and specifically for tourists headed to visit the Rohtang pass and its associated villages. Tourists headed for Lahaul-Spiti or Leh-Ladakh were permitted to pass. ...
Leh is quite difficult to reach: there are only two roads, one from Srinagar and the other from Manali. Starting from either requires at least two days by public transport, and starting from Chandigarh or Pathatkot means you will need to add a day just to get to Manali.
If you are pressed for time and are starting from Delhi, the sensible thing to do is to ...
Yes, you will have mobile connectivity. I used Airtel several years ago, worked pretty well.
You will need to buy the sim in Ladakh.
Naturally, you will have proper coverage in the Leh, but in the way or in the villages around much less change.
This website (Hebrew) have several useful tips (summary):
Sim card that bought in India won't work in Leh, ...
Do not take the Srinagar route if you are going now because of the recent protest and most areas of Kashmir are under curfew these days. Manali - Leh route is absolutely fine as far as security is concerned and whole of Ladakh is good as far as security is concerned. Road (travel) Safety is a different aspect and out of the scope of this thread.
Pathankot to Leh will take a lot lesser time due to better road conditions as compared to Chandigarh to Leh via Manali. You would save atleast ten hours of driving time if you started from Pathankot.
The reason Pathankot-Leh road is better is because it is used by the Indian Army as a supply route to Kargil and other regions where as Manali-Leh road is ...
Is it clear for sure that tourists who are headed for Ladakh won't be
blocked from entering the Rohtang pass? If so, how would the
authorities confirm that the tourist is headed for Ladakh?
There is no way to stop this from what I know. What about those who really plan to go to Ladakh but 100kms into the journey they get a phone call from home about ...
I would suggest taking overnight bus from Chandigarh to Manali. This way you can travel comfortably in the night saving time. From Leh you can either hire bike to ride till Leh (if you're an adventure enthusiast, and more importantly have prepared well for Manali-Leh Bike trip) or take Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) bus which runs daily from ...
It is safe. Hope you enjoy your travel :) I traveled to Leh in 2010. The place should not be missed.
Anu Motors in Manali have a good network of good people. They extensively travel to Leh and back as part of groups. You can approach them for more information and help.
I am late to party and one thing that you will not receive any kind of signal in J&K if you have prepaid sim card but if you have postpaid then you will receive only broken signals.
There's only one signal that works fine is of BSNL postpaid and realince jio is being tested in country and it has not been even at initial phase in J&K.
Rest are ...
Certainly most decent hotels could either help you organise one, or let you know where to.
The distance is around 200km, and a shared taxi would be a reasonably economical way of doing it.
Prices vary, but a quick google search for 'taxi manali ladakh' is very easy to find a bunch of sites that let you organise them, for example - Discoverledahk.in - ...