Ladakh is one of the most scenic places to visit in India and ranks very high, probably on top, on the list of motor bikers across the country. Its absolutely stunning landscapes make the drive from Manali or Srinagar to Leh in Ladakh one of the most memorable journeys you can ever embark upon.
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The beautiful barren land of Ladakh is not very easily accessible throughout the year. In fact. highways leading to Leh are open only between May and October and covered in snow for the remaining months. However, it is still visited by a large number of travelers every year. Here is how to reach Ladakh:
The nearest airport is at Leh, which is well connected to Delhi, Jammu, Srinagar, Chandigarh and several other cities in India. From the Leh airport, you can hire a cab to visit your places of interest. Leh city has several accommodation options.
The nearest railway station is Jammu Tawi (700 km from Ladakh) which is well connected with Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai. You can hire a cab or board a JKSRTC bus to reach Ladakh from there.
Ladakh is located 434 km from Srinagar and 494 km from Manali. You can hire a cab or a jeep or board a JKSRTC bus to reach Ladakh. Alternatively, you can embark on a bike trip to Leh from Srinagar, Manali or Chandigarh depending upon the time you have. The highways are shut due to heavy snowfalls during the winter months. So, you can only travel to Ladakh by road between May to September.
Traveling within Ladakh
A road trip to Ladakh and within its beautiful lands is worth every bit of the effort and one of the finest adventures you will ever indulge in. Highly recommended!