How to Reach Ladakh

Ladakh, a cult among the travellers throughout the world is in fact one of the most alluring tourist places in the entire world. Guarded by the mesmerising Himalayas and its other ranges, Ladakh’s untouched beauty gets further enchanted by several gurgling rivers, scenic meadows, pristine valleys, and much more.

Also called the ‘Land of High Passes‘, this portion of the country boasts of its rich and bountiful beauty, historic grandeurs, rustic cultures, and deep religious essence. Even though Ladakh wears many hats, reaching this paradise, often becomes a high concern among its enthusiasts as the highlands connecting Ladakh remains closed during certain periods of the year. Here is a detailed guide about how to reach Ladakh:

By Air

If you are planning for an amazing Leh Ladakh tour, but want to get started with a flight journey, you can book a flight to the Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport in Leh. The only airport in the entire of Ladakh region, this airport is well connected with most of the other tourist cities in India.

Cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Srinagar, Nagpur, and few others. You can book regular flights operated by Air India, GoAir, and Jet Airways.

By Train

Ladakh do not have a railway station. For those who desires to visit their dream destination by train, they can either board a train till Jammu Tawi Railway Station in Jammu City or till Srinagar Railway Station in Srinagar.

After arriving at the Jammu Tawi Railway Station, visitors can embark on a road journey to Srinagar or just board another train to the state’s capital city. On arrival in Srinagar, they can hit the Srinagar-Leh Highway to reach Leh; after traversing a total of around 415km. The same follows for those who boards a train to Srinagar in order to reach Leh.

By Road

As already said, road journeys are the most sought after ways to reach Ladakh. Mostly followed by the adventure freaks, there are two primary routes to reach Ladakh by road: Manali-Leh Highway and Srinagar-Leh Highway.

  1. Manali-Leh Highway:

This route becomes operational from mid-June and remains open till the early weeks of October. Post this, it gets shut down due to heavy snowfall and the increased amount of risk involved. Originating from Manali, this route measures around 450km, and passes through places like Rupsho desert plateau (3,660 – 4,570m), Taglang La Pass (17,469ft), Sarchu, Keylong and others with an overnight stay in Sarchu. Government run buses, private buses, and SUVs can be availed to complete this exhilarating journey through the Manali-Leh Highway.

  1. Srinagar-Leh Highway:

While on this 440km route, visitors can enjoy some of the most astounding views of the snow-clad peaks, scenic meadows, gurgling rivers, and numerous ancient architectures. Originating from Srinagar, this route takes the visitors through the Zoji La Pass at around 11,500ft; this pass is also called the ‘Gateway to Ladakh’ with an overnight stay in Kargil. Visitors can avail buses operated by J&K SRTC, avail private taxis, jeeps or SUVs to reach Leh.

Distance Between Leh-Ladakh and Other Major Tourist Destinations

Srinagar – Leh: 434km

Manali – Leh: 473km

Srinagar – Kargil: 204km

Delhi – Leh: 1047km

Leh – Kargil: 234km

Kargil – Padum (Zanskar): 240km

Leh – Diskit (Nubra Valley): 118km

Leh Ladakh Travel Guide