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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

How can one reach Leh?

Ravinder Malik DEC 10 2012
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A significant part of planning your holiday has got to do with how you want to reach your destination, right? Let's take care of this one now. While there are myriad ways of reaching Leh, all dependant upon how much time and money you are willing to spend, the most popular ones are discussed as follows:

  • Air

    If you are far too excited and just can't wait for your "actual" holiday to start, take a plane and reach Leh in a matter of hours! With daily flights connecting Leh and Delhi with carriers like Air India, Jet Airways and GoAir, there's no easier way to reach Leh than to fly down. Flights to Leh also operate from Jammu and Srinagar airports.

    After you reach the
    Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport in Leh, it is strongly advised that you spend a day in acclimatizing your body to the scanty oxygen at these heights to prevent medical complications. A short drive from the main city (about 3kms), this is one of the highest airports in the world. Try to get a window seat and enjoy great views of snow capped peaks on your flight!
    An important bit to remember - in winters, Leh is only accessible by air as the roads are shut due to snow logging.

  • Rail

    Travelling to Leh by train doesn't exactly top our list of recommendations as you would have to take a train to Pathankot or Chandigarh, from where going to Leh translates into a three day ride. However, if you have the time and love the rhythmic chugging of trains, you are welcome to take a train to the above railheads from Delhi, and follow up the rest of your travel by a cab, a bus or a truck.

  • Road

    You can reach Leh via two road routes, one joining in from Srinagar at the west and the other from Manali in the south. The drive to Leh is one of India's favourite road trips of all times. It is recommended to stop over for a night in Manali if you plan to drive down to Leh from Delhi, as the stretch is too long to cover in a go.

    If you plan to go here by bus, you
    can avail of the state operated facility running from Srinagar, Manali or Delhi to Leh, in between June and October. If you are headed here from Delhi, these buses stop over for the night at Manali and Keylong (Lahaul- Spiti) and cost upto INR 700 generally. You can also opt for a private bus, which are a little steep on the pockets but provide bodily comforts nonetheless.

    Reaching Leh from
    Manali by jeep is another favoured option due to its speed. While the bus will take about two days, you can land up Leh from Manali in a span of 22 hours if you take a shared jeep from the latter. From Srinagar, you reach Leh via Kargil where you spend a night and then head to Leh. While the jeep from Srinagar costs about INR 900, from Manali you have to shell out about INR 1500.

    The biking route from Manali to Leh is often dubbed as
    Biker's Paradise for its adventure and thrill. Hire a bike at Manali (Hardev Motors, Telephone: +91-98160-82825) and take the Manali- Jispa- Pang- Leh route, stopping overnight at all these places for the ride of your lifetime!

Trust an old hand, reaching Leh by whichever way you choose is an experience in itself, a complete package separate from the holiday. Take your pick for the mode and reach Leh, making beautiful memories along the way.

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