Have you been itching to go to Ladakh? Then ditch all the worry about prepping your car or coordinating your bike gang. All you need to do is catch the bus! Really, it’s that easy now!
I think everyone will agree on the point that a trip to Ladakh is best enjoyed if traveling by your own vehicle. This however is not really an option for everyone. Thousands of tourists visit Ladakh each year using Public transport like Bus, shared taxis or private taxis. The biggest advantage of traveling by Bus is if you are on a budget trip to Ladakh or not in a condition to bring your own vehicle. The biggest disadvantage however is that Ladakh is a remote region and bus connectivity is not really that great. To plan your trip better, you need to know where you can get a bus to and when.
Now Pack your bags and take the bus from ISBT Delhi, which will make the 1100 kms long journey, taking you to Leh in a picturesque 40 hour journey, all for Rs. 1356. Check out the following information on Ladakh by Bus and timings to plan your trip to this wonderful destination accordingly.
Reach Ladakh by Bus From Delhi to Leh
A bus service for Ladakh runs from Delhi via Manali. It halts far the night at Keylong, before continuing the journey onwards to Leh in the morning. The bus starts at 3.45 PM from New Delhi’s ISBT Station. It makes a stopover at Chandigarh at 9.30 PM, Kullu at 6.30 AM next day in the morning. After reaching Manali at 10 AM, there is a short break.
Departure Time: Delhi – ISBT (3.45 PM) – Chandigarh (9.30 PM) – Kullu (6.30 AM) – Manali (10.00 AM) – Keylong (5.00 AM) – Leh (7.00 PM)
Reach Ladakh by Bus From Manali to Leh
The Bus service from Manali to Leh is operated by the Himachal government and takes about two days to cover the distance. The bus mentioned below is a semi deluxe, non AC bus, which makes a stopover at various places for sightseeing. The bus also halts at Keylong for night where the accommodation, dinner and breakfast is included in the ticket itself. The bus departs for Leh at 6 AM early the next morning.
Departure Time: Manali (9.00 AM)
Reach Ladakh by Bus From Srinagar to Leh
The journey from Srinagar to Leh takes about 2 days with a night stopover at Kargil. The government run Bus, charging about 1058 INR for deluxe and 670 INR for semi-deluxe per passenger, leaves at 8 AM in the morning. There is usually only one bus, but depending upon the number of passengers, there might be second bus as well, later in the day. There are private operators as well with a fare of 1,000 INR or more. Unfortunately, there is no system of online booking and exact schedule can be known by calling the concerned booking office.
Departure Time: 8 AM
Reach Ladakh by Bus From Jammu to Leh
There is no direct bus from Jammu to Leh. You will have to a bus from Jammu to Srinagar and then catch another bus to reach Leh from Srinagar.There is a direct bus from Leh to Jammu via Kargil and Srinagar. Fare per person is Rs. 740.
Reach Ladakh by Bus From Leh to Kargil
A daily bus to Kargil leaves Leh every morning at 6.30 AM and reaches Kargil by evening. Fare per person is Rs. 230. A semi deluxe bus starts from Leh daily at 4 AM for Manali. Fare is Rs. 585 per person.
Chandigarh to Leh Bus Service There are no direct buses running from Chandigarh to Leh. You will either have to reach Manali or Srinagar first.
Reach Ladakh by Bus From Leh to Pangong
The bus service from Leh to Pangong runs every Saturday and Sunday and leaves Leh at 6.30 AM in the morning. On the other hand, there is another bus that reaches up to Tangtse and runs every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. This bus, however, does not go all the way to Pangong.
Departure Time: 6.30 AM
Reach Ladakh by Bus From Leh to Tso Moriri
The bus service runs only 3 times a month, i.e. on 10th, 20th and 30th of every month. It starts from Leh at 6.30 AM and charges a fare of about 370 INR. The bus subsequently make a return journey the next day, that is, on 11th, 21stand 31st or (1st of the next month).
Departure Time: 6.30 AM
Reach Ladakh by Bus FromLeh to Nubra Valley
The bus from Leh to Nubra Valley leaves at 8 AM on every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and makes a return journey the very next day. Charging about 350 INR, the bus finally halts at Diskit and begins a return course from the same location at 7 AM next day. Similarly, there is another bus to Sumur that runs every Thursday and Saturday that leaves Leh at 6 AM from the main stand and returns to the same place, the very next day.
Departure Time: 8 AM on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday