How to Reach Leh from Delhi { Best Route }

Jammu & Kashmir

A trip to Leh Ladakh is on every adventure seeker’s wishlist. A Delhi to Ladakh road trip also features often on the best trips to take before you die. Delhi to Ladakh by bike is also a must on every bikers’ wishlist. Delhi to Leh Ladakh distance by bike can be anywhere between 1500 km or more depending on the places you see in Ladakh, your Leh Ladakh itinerary and the route you take ( via Srinagar or via Manali ). However, if you’re not up for a road trip to Leh or are short on time and wondering how to reach Leh from Delhi, you can simply fly directly to Leh. Here is a list of ways how to reach Leh from Delhi.

How to Reach Leh from Delhi by Air

1. Delhi to Leh Ladakh Flight – Direct

There are many airlines that operate on the Delhi to Leh sector namely, Air India, Jet Airways, Go Air and Vistara. The flights to Leh from Delhi however are few in the day, all early morning schedules. Air India flights are mostly expensive or you can use 5000 miles in your frequent flyer account for a Delhi – Leh flight. Go Air and Jet Airways flights are decently priced if you book in advance.

2. Delhi to Leh Flight via Srinagar

If you are on a longer holiday and want to see Srinagar as well, you can take a connecting flight to Leh via Srinagar. All major airlines in India ply to Srinagar. You can take a short flight to Leh via Srinagar after you done with Srinagar sightseeing and other places around. Again, only Air India, Go Air, Jet Airways and Vistara fly from Srinagar to Leh

How to Reach Leh from Delhi by Road

Delhi to Leh by Road via Srinagar

This route might be best route to take if you’re short on time and Srinagar is peaceful. The distance from Delhi to Leh via Srinagar is more than the distance from Delhi to Leh via Leh Manali Highway but it takes a shorter time which generally means that the roads and traffic are better via this route. Please avoid this route this year. To know more, read below.

PRO TIP: Please avoid this route via Srinagar if there is any chance of attack or unrest in Jammu & Kashmir because it is not safe to travel via Srinagar in such a scenario. There have been instances of Cars getting pelted with stones and dented and broken cars this year – 2017.

Distance from Delhi to Leh via Srinagar: 1,233 km

Delhi to Leh by Road via Manali

One of the most scenic road trips to be taken is the Leh to Manali stretch and back via the Leh Manali highway. You can drive down in an SUV as you must have a car with high ground clearance. You will encounter snow on both sides of the road while going from Manali to Leh.

Distance from Delhi to Leh via Manali Leh Highway: 1,017 km

Delhi to Ladakh by Train

Delhi to Jammu by Train

Leh Ladakh does not have a train station, and the nearest station is Jammu Tawi, at a distance of 297 kms from Leh Ladakh

Train No. Train Name Origin Arr. Dep. Days Of Run
M T W T F S S
12425 Jammu Rajdhani Jammu Tawi 05:40 Ends Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
12265 Dee Jat Duronto Jammu Tawi 07:10 Ends N Y N N Y N Y
12445 Uttar S Kranti Jammu Tawi 06:35 06:45 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
12446 Uttar S Kranti Jammu Tawi 20:55 21:05 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
12207 Jammu Garib Rat Jammu Tawi 09:40 Ends N Y N N N N N

Jammu Tawi to Ladakh by bus, taxi or flight

As there is no railway in Leh Ladakh, if you want to travel by train, the best bet is to reach Jammu Tawi station and then take a bus or taxi or flight to Leh depending on the budget. To take a bus, continue reading below.

Delhi to Ladakh by Bus

How to Reach Leh from Delhi by bus

Yes, it possible to take a direct bus to Leh from Delhi. It is a 33 hour, 1100 km long bus journey operated by Himachal Tourism.

Delhi to Leh bus fare

The Delhi – Leh bus costs Rs. 1,365

Delhi to Leh Bus Booking

You can book the Delhi to Leh bus at any of the ticket counters. Online booking is not available as it is subject to the weather at Keylong. Below are some details to help you book your bus ticket.

Departure: Every alternate day (till Sept 15) from ISBT, Counter 7 Time: 02:30 pm
For more information you can call ISBT at 011- 23868694

Phone numbers:

ISBT Chandigarh (Himachal counter): 0172-2668943
Keylong bus station: 01900-222245
Manali Bus stand: 01902-252323, 01902-252116 & 01902-253147
HRTC Keylong depot: 01900-222245

Schedule of the Delhi – Leh Bus

Delhi: 02:30 pm
Chandigarh Sector 43: 8.30 PM
Kullu: 5:30 AM
Manali:  7:00 AM
Keylong – Arrival – 01:00 PM,
**Night Halt**
Keylong – Departure: 05:00 AM
Leh (Arrival) – 7 PM

Leh – Delhi Schedule

For the return journey from Leh to Delhi, you can take the same bus. Below is the schedule and stops:

Leh (Departure)- 5:00 am
Keylong (Arrival) – 7:00 pm
**Night Halt**
Keylong (Departure) – 06:30 AM
Manali (Departure)- 1:25 AM
Delhi (Arrival)- 4:00 AM

These are all the options for you to consider if you’re wondering how to reach Leh from Delhi. If you do not want to go through the cumbersome activity of booking your own tickets and hotels, you can also use the numerous Delhi to Leh Ladakh tour packages from a travel agent or online travel websites like MakeMyTrip, Cleartrip, Yatra and GoFro.

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