The distance between New Delhi and Leh, Ladakh, is almost 1000 km. It can take well above a day, to reach Leh, Ladakh by road. The best way to reach Leh, Ladakh from New Delhi, is by flight. It takes just above an hour to reach Leh, Ladakh from New Delhi, by flight. There are plenty of planes flying between New Delhi and Leh every day. The fare for a single adult can vary from Rs. 3500 to 5000, depending on the airlines and the time of booking. From Leh Airport, one can hire a cab to go around the region.
Transport options from New Delhi to Ladakh (Leh)
New Delhi to Ladakh (Leh) By Flight: By Flights: Take a direct flight from New Delhi Airport to Ladakh Leh Airport, which takes just around an hour. Ladakh Leh Airport is located at a distance of around 9 km from the city centre. You can reach the city centre by taxis, cabs and buses. Flights are comfortable and are recommended while travelling with seniors and kids.
New Delhi to Ladakh (Leh) By Car: Hire a jeep or rent a car or a bike to reach Ladakh Leh, which takes around 18 hours. Cost of cab ranges from INR10 to INR45 per kilometre, depending upon the type of car. This option is tiring as well as time-consuming.
New Delhi to Ladakh (Leh) By Bus: No direct bus is available from New Delhi to Ladakh Leh. However, you can take a bus from New Delhi to Jammu and then to Ladakh Leh, which takes around 24 hours. The bus stand of Ladakh Leh is located at a distance of around 4 km from the city centre. Take a local taxi, coach or mini-bus to reach the city centre from the bus stand. Suitable for youngsters, backpackers and individual travellers.
It is short visit from Delhi. On your way to Leh try to get a window seat on the left hand side of the flight. Provides a great view of of the mountain and approach into the valley before landing. It was an early morning flight. Travel light and keep a warm jacket which you need at the time of landing in Leh. Getting in and out of the Airport was hassle free. Tour operators provide car pick up to the hotel. They are very well organised and vehicle provided are clean and well-maintained. Initially you may feel shortness of breath. Take it is easy and walk slowly if you have to walk up to the parking lot.
The journey was good. Please book flight tickets at least 3-4 months prior the tour to get cheapest flight. I purchased the tickets for just 2200 and the tickets rose to 17000 within one month of the tour date. Yes. do not forget to click the natural terrain below and be quick to keep cameras in your bag before getting down at Leh as the Airport is governed by the Indian army and photography is a strictly prohibited.
Started journey from world class airport of new Delhi with all kind of facilities, shops. Air India flight was good. Reached Leh in 2 hours. You will fly above the mountains of Dras. Kargil and Leh. So you can enjoy view from air itself. Don't forget to carry camera or camcorder. Leh Airport is also good. Good if you compare airports situated at high altitude.
Ladakh is a very beautiful province in India which is less explored and is still pure and full of beauty. People will enjoy this place like no other. People who love peace, serenity, calmness, it's an amazing place and one should see the view when the flight lands and touches the ground.
It all started from 2012, when two of our friends been to Leh and we were stunned and bit jealous (I wont mind accepting it now :P), as they have been to the place (LEH) we could only dream of. But as you know college blood is warm and so we all agreed to a pact of visiting Leh in next summers i.e 2013.
So after waiting for almost a year the real time came and as you know we being student it was not easy for us to manage the budget and also the riding part (as we are experienced in riding in hilly areas like Musoorie or uphill till Rohtang Pass only). But now I was all up for the trip with around 20 k in my pocket.
Almost all the friends backed out at the real time (obviously due to there personal problems), but I was on a stage where there was no going back. So me along with one of my friend Manu Tyagi (who hardly had any experience regarding bike rides),launched for Manali from Delhi in bus (there was no biking till this point). We stayed at Manali for a day, visited all the rental points, checked-out every single bike and finally decided to choose Bajaj Pulsar 150 (though a weirdo choice :P). So finally kicked off our journey from Manali at 12:30 pm. The weather was too perfect, best we could have thought of. Road to Rohtang was all muddy (as most of the times), but I managed to ride through it safely. After Rohtang it was all broken road till Keylong,we also came across some harsh winds on our way to Keylong and lacked visibility at times, but MANU managed to ride through it (I was amazed, as he hardly had any riding skills or experience). We decided staying back at Keylong for the night.
Day 2: We started off at 5:30 am and this was the day we came across the main obstacles with low temperature being the first ;) and broken roads, natural falls, flowing on the road and many more. But whenever you cross one obstacle and the inner piece you get after that, only the true rider can feel it. We continued riding and managed to reach Sarchu by 12:30 pm. All our shoes, socks were wet, so we wrapped poly-bags around them and took 1 hr rest and decided to continue. But the journey got tiring now, as reaching PAANG by 3:45 was too long but we did it. This was among the varied mountain ranges we came across, the shades kept changing and we simply couldn't believe it. It was astonishing and the beauty just caught us. We were all tired our back paining because we hardly had any equipment (just our biker gloves), though low temperature was never our concern but riding in wet shoes and socks was :P. We thought of spending night at PAANG only, but something just kept us going. So we decided to go further as much as we can. The road ahead proved our decision to be right, it was like sleeping on a soft mattress and the cloud formation was like the one we used to draw in our fancy sceneries. Though you have already seen it in some wallpaper or through snaps, but seeing it with bare eyes like real view was something, I donít have words to explain. I got so excited looking at it that I decided to pose for it without putting on my jacket (which didn't proved to be a good decision, but who the hell cared that time). So after riding some more time we decided to spend night just some 30 km before Tanglang la, at the road side camp. The dinner turned out to be the reason for me not feeling well next morning.
DAY 3: So. I wasn't well or rather fit for riding the next morning, but we cant afford loosing a day. So Manu choose to ride the next morning and there was no stopping for us, though we took 2-3 small breaks in between and reached Upasi had magi and then continued riding again, with me back on handle. Reached LEH somewhere around 2 and the ultimate peace you get after reaching that place is something you call happiness.
In the end all I wanna say, its something that I managed to do in my college life, so if I and many people like me can do it, even you can. Just quit saying NO.
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