Road trip to Leh-Ladakh from Mumbai

Bhavesh Dixit

New Member
Hi,

I plan to do a road trip to Leh-Ladakh from Mumbai in 2nd half of July. Plan to drive in XUV-500 and a group of 4 people (all guys). Plan to start on 14th July from Mumbai and do Manali-Leh-Srinagar circle and return to Mumbai on 28th July.

Request advise on planning the itinerary, places to cover, documentation and permit process and accommodation availability at various places.

Thanks,
Bhavesh
 

Yogesh Sarkar

Administrator
14 days will be quite less for the trip and you will be mostly rushing through Ladakh since it will take you at least a couple of days to reach Delhi (another 2 to get back) with average 12-14 hours of driving each day.

10 days ex-Delhi will allow you to do the Ladakh trip, albeit at a fast pace. You might be able to squeeze in Srinagar route as well. However, it would be a tad difficult.

Also, July is monsoon season in North India, so there can be delays en route due to landslides or heavy rainfall (until Baralacha La, beyond that it should be fine.)

Is it possible for you to increase the number of days to around 16-17?

Also is the car in you name?
 

Bhavesh Dixit

New Member
Yes. The car is in my name. Can squeeze in one more day at best.

Driving long hours not an issue since all 4 are used to driving long....have driven close 750/800 kms a day quite a few times....

Agree that rain can be a spoiler in terms of road conditions..
 

Yogesh Sarkar

Administrator
In that case, you can do something like this:

Day 1: Mumbai to Udaipur.

Day 2: Udaipur to Gurgaon/Sonipat/Ambala.

Day 3: Reach Manali (make sure to get online Rohtang permit by the time you leave Mumbai.)

Day 4: Manali to Jispa

Day 5: Jispa to Leh, long journey so start at 5 in the morning.

Day 6: Get the inner line permit for Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso. Do some local sightseeing (Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Tsemo Gompa, Hall of Fame.)

Day 7: Leh to Nubra Valley via Khardung La, visit Sumur Monastery and Panamik Hot Springs, then head to Hunder for night stay. You can visit the sand dunes in the evening or in the morning next day. Fuel pump is at Diskit, make sure to fill up.

Day 8: Visit Diskit Monastery and then take the Shyok or Wari La route to Pangong Tso.

Day 9: Pangong Tso to Leh, en route you can take detour to Hemis, Thiksey and Shey Monasteries.

Day 10: Leh to Sarchu

Day 11: Sarchu to Manali

Day 12: Manali to Gurgaon

Day 13: Gurgaon to Udaipur

Day 14: Udaipur to Mumbai

Day 15: buffer day

Check the following resources for more info

Ladakh AMS Survival Guide

How to prepare your car for Ladakh

List of essential things to carry for Ladakh

First Aid Travel kit

Phone services in Ladakh

Map: Ladakh & Zanskar (All routes)

Fuel availability in Ladakh and Zanskar

HOWTO : River crossings, and tough off road terrain in non 4x4 vehicles
 

Bhavesh Dixit

New Member
In that case, you can do something like this:

Day 1: Mumbai to Udaipur.

Day 2: Udaipur to Gurgaon/Sonipat/Ambala.

Day 3: Reach Manali (make sure to get online Rohtang permit by the time you leave Mumbai.)

Day 4: Manali to Jispa

Day 5: Jispa to Leh, long journey so start at 5 in the morning.

Day 6: Get the inner line permit for Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso. Do some local sightseeing (Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Tsemo Gompa, Hall of Fame.)

Day 7: Leh to Nubra Valley via Khardung La, visit Sumur Monastery and Panamik Hot Springs, then head to Hunder for night stay. You can visit the sand dunes in the evening or in the morning next day. Fuel pump is at Diskit, make sure to fill up.

Day 8: Visit Diskit Monastery and then take the Shyok or Wari La route to Pangong Tso.

Day 9: Pangong Tso to Leh, en route you can take detour to Hemis, Thiksey and Shey Monasteries.

Day 10: Leh to Sarchu

Day 11: Sarchu to Manali

Day 12: Manali to Gurgaon

Day 13: Gurgaon to Udaipur

Day 14: Udaipur to Mumbai

Day 15: buffer day

Check the following resources for more info

Ladakh AMS Survival Guide

How to prepare your car for Ladakh

List of essential things to carry for Ladakh

First Aid Travel kit

Phone services in Ladakh

Map: Ladakh & Zanskar (All routes)

Fuel availability in Ladakh and Zanskar

HOWTO : River crossings, and tough off road terrain in non 4x4 vehicles
Thanks a ton Dear Yogesh...

This is certainly of great help....Was discussing with other members of the Group and one thought that came was that we return via Srinagar and 2 of them who are not in a position to get that extra 2 days, take a flight from Srinagar....

Also please advise in case we have to shift the dates, which will be a better period, June end or mid-September...
 

Yogesh Sarkar

Administrator
It will take you at least 4-5 days to do Mumbai to Srinagar vs. 3 days for Mumbai to Manali, that too, if you have no intention of doing sightseeing at Amritsar.

Mid-September would be a better bet.
 

Bhavesh Dixit

New Member
It will take you at least 4-5 days to do Mumbai to Srinagar vs. 3 days for Mumbai to Manali, that too, if you have no intention of doing sightseeing at Amritsar.

Mid-September would be a better bet.
I am thinking of returning from srinagar...will start from Manali route and return from srinagar route so that flying out from srinagar is an option available.

Also have been to amritsar in past, so it will be srinagar-mumbai with night stops only.

Was going thru Tourism site for Manali Permit - need to take 2 permits i.e. Beyond Rohtang and some Green Tax. - Please confirm if the understanding is correct.

Also advise stay options...Thanks once again.
 

Yogesh Sarkar

Administrator
Green tax is for entering Manali, you can pay for it online or while entering Manali. You only need permit for going beyond Rohtang Pass and pay for the appropriate fee along with it.
 

mohinderst

Active Member
This is certainly of great help....Was discussing with other members of the Group and one thought that came was that we return via Srinagar and 2 of them who are not in a position to get that extra 2 days, take a flight from Srinagar....
We did Leh - Pune via Srinagar last year in July in 4 days (started on 2 July from Leh and reached Pune on night of 5th July), so it is very much possible. But you need to take in consideration the traffic jams, we got stuck in two traffic jams for 6-8 hours each, one at zozilla pass and other near Ramban. So, to make for lost time we had to drove two nights continuously, but as we were 3 drivers we were able to make it as per our plan.
 
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