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Roadtripping from Delhi to Ladakh, now within budget

Fancy a summer vacation in Leh? Having a shoe-string budget or difficulties in coordinating with your bike gang? Ditch all the worry and prepare yourself for a non-stop 33-hour bus journey through mountain passes.

The Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC)  started its summer bus service to and fro bus service between Delhi-Leh via Manali.

Started this June, this bus ride takes one of the longest, highest and toughest bus routes in the world. Taking off from the warm plains of Delhi, this journey will take you through Chandigarh, Kullu, Manali and Keylong, before reaching the freezing heights of Leh.

Here are a few important things you should know before booking the ticket.

  • A one-way ticket costs Rs 1,365.
  • For now, this bus can be booked at the Maharana Pratap Interstate Bus Terminus (popularly known as Kashmere Gate) and not online. There is no online booking for the trip yet as the weather in Keylong decides the fate of the journey forward. You can get your tickets/ advance tickets from the ISBT counter for the 2:30 pm Keylong bus service. Tickets to Leh can then be extended at Keylong.
  • Time taken – 33 hours approx (one way)
  • The bus will operate every alternative day starting from Delhi.
  • The bus will make an overnight halt at Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti district to leave at 4am the next morning. One-way fare of Rs 2,700 includes one-way fare, night’s stay at Keylong, dinner and breakfast. a special camping site has been developed at Keylong for the passengers by the HPTDC.


The bus crosses four beautiful mountain passes in Himachal and Jammu and Kashmir —
Rohtang Pass (13,050 ft)

Rohtang Pass Source: travel.india.com

Rohtang Pass | Source: travel.india.com

, Baralacha Pass (16,020 ft)

Baralacha Pass Source : bcmtouring.com

Baralacha Pass | Source : bcmtouring.com

Lachungla Pass (16,620 ft)

Lachungla Pass Source: bcmtouring.com

Lachungla Pass | Source: bcmtouring.com

Tanglangla Pass (17,480 ft)

Tanglangla Pass Source : Stateexpressindia.com

Tanglangla Pass | Source : Stateexpressindia.com

However, this journey is not for the faint-hearted. Leh is a challenging trip as the weather conditions are never constant. And since you’ll be 17,000 feet above sea level, you could start experiencing altitude sickness, nausea and headaches.

So make sure you are fit enough to take this journey. And once you have prepared your adventurous soul, get ready to watch the brown mountains making way for the barren hills and breath taking landscape.

Shramona Poddar

Shramona Poddar

She is a lover of dogs, dance and drama. With a fascination for photography; she has a habit of turning her eye-shot into frames all the time. A sucker for good conversations and good humour, she chooses food over dude any day. A believer of serendipity with an itchy feet, she works hard to make her life brighter than sunshine.