Delhi-Leh bus service resumes after more than six months of halt due to the snowbound in the region
Are you a backpacker and thinking about visiting Leh this summer and that too in a non-stop bus journey? Well, Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) has good news for you and your backpacker friends, as it has resumed the luxury bus service between Delhi and Leh via Manali on Monday after more than six months of halt due to the snowbound in the region.
The 1,050 kilometers of journey takes around 33 hour and runs through picturesque valley and mountain passes. The one way ticket for the journey to Leh from Delhi via Manali will cost the passengers Rs.1,365 per head. A night stay at Keylong, including dinner and breakfast will charge about Rs. 2,700 for one way journey. During the journey the bus will cross four mountain passes in the states of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir which are Rohtang Pass (13,050 ft), Baralacha Pass (16,020 ft), Lachungla Pass (16,620 ft) and Tanglangla Pass (17,480 ft).
Leh is a very popular tourist destination in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Every year many travellers visit this region till September or October; including Indians and foreigners. Although many opt to drive down the Manali – Leh highway to reach Ladakh, but some take bus as well, which offers an amazing travelling experience through the Himalayan region. The route from Delhi to Leh remains snowbound from October to May or even June as well, which makes the bus service almost impossible in the region.
After reaching Manali from Delhi the bus will start at 11 am in the morning in every alternate day, and it will reach Leh town next evening after covering nearly 475 kilometers. The 35 seater luxury bus will halt at Keylong for a night stay and leave in the next morning at 4 am. At Keylong a special camping site has been made for the night halting passengers.