Leh to Srinagar road trip

Leh to Srinagar road trip, Ladakh Map

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The road trip from Leh to Srinagar can be done in one very long day's drive, but it is recommended to do it in two days with one night halfway in Kargil.



Start the road trip with the visit of Gurdwara Pathar Sahib, a highly sacred place for Sikhs that was built in the memory of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism. A few kilometres further, you can stop at the mysterious Magnetic Hill as well as at Sangam, the confluence of Indus and Zanskar rivers.



On the first day, you could also take the opportunity to visit the main monasteries of the Indus valley: Basgo monastery, Likir monastery, Alchi monastery and Lamayuru monastery. Before arriving in Kargil, stop at Mulbek to see the wonderful 8-metre-high Chamba statue carved into a rock face. On the second day, go through Zoji La pass and Sonamarg before reaching Srinagar, the capital of Kashmir.



There is also an option to take a small road via the Dha-Hanu valley (where Brokpa people live) and Batalik to reach Kargil.



Choose if you want to do this Leh to Srinagar road trip in one or two days and if you want to visit the monasteries of the Indus valley or the Dha-Hanu valley and Batalik on the way:

  • Leh to Srinagar (in 1 day), one-way trip from ₹ 15,273 / car  
  • Leh to Srinagar (in 2 days), one-way trip from ₹ 17,960 / car  
  • Leh to Srinagar with monasteries (in 2 days), one-way trip from ₹ 18,891 / car  
  • Leh to Srinagar via Batalik (in 2 days), one-way trip from ₹ 20,123 / car  

Monk at Lamayuru Monastery Gompa, Indus valley, Leh to Srinagar road trip with monasteries, Ladakh
Lamayuru Monastery Gompa, Indus valley, Leh to Srinagar road trip with monasteries, Ladakh

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Places to visit during the road trip from Leh to Srinagar

When travelling from Leh (the capital of Ladakh) to Srinagar (the capital of Kashmir), it is worth making the journey over 2 days so as to have time to visit several attractions on the way such as famous monasteries (Alchi, Likir, Lamayuru…), beautiful valleys and natural sites (Dha-Hanu, Sangam, Sonamarg…). Here are some details about the sights that you should not miss.

Srinagar

Wooden boat on dal lake, Srinagar, Kashmir

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Kargil

Kargil town and Suru river, Ladakh

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Gurdwara Pathar Sahib

Gurdwara Pathar Sahib, Sikh place of worship, Ladakh

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Magnetic Hill

Magnetic Hill, defying gravity, Ladakh

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Sangam (confluence of Indus and Zanskar Rivers)

Confluence of Indus and Zanskar Rivers, Sangam, Ladakh

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Basgo Monastery

Basgo Monastery and village, Ladakh

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Likir Monastery

Likir gompa, Ladakh

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Alchi Monastery

Alchi Monastery complex, Ladakh

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Lamayuru Monastery

Lamayuru Monastery from above, Ladakh

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Mulbek Rock Carving

Chamba Buddha Statue, Mulbek Rock Carving, Ladakh

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Zoji La Pass (3,528m)

Zoji La Pass (3,528m), Ladakh

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Sonamarg

Sonamarg, Kashmir

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Dha-Hanu Valley and Batalik

Brokpa women, Dha-Hanu valley, Ladakh

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Best time to travel from Leh to Srinagar

The road between Ladakh and Srinagar is closed in winter due to heavy snowfall on the mountain passes (especially at Zoji La pass). Therefore, the Leh to Srinagar road trip is usually possible only between April and end of November. If you travel in Ladakh during winter, you can still drive from Leh up to Kargil (and visit the Sham region) but then you will need to go back to Leh and take a flight from Leh to Delhi at the end of your trip.

Sunset over a village in Ladakh

Tips for planning a road trip from Leh to Srinagar

Altitude and acclimatization

During the road trip from Leh to Srinagar, the altitude is always below 3,500m above sea level. Therefore, there is no risk of altitude sickness on this trip.

Permit for the Leh-Srinagar road trip

You do not need any pemit to travel from Leh to Srinagar. However, if you choose the option via Dha-Hanu and Batalik, you will need to get an Inner Line Permit from the Deputy Commissioner’s Office in Leh prior to the trip. Any travel agency in Leh can assist you to apply for the permit.

Phone and Internet service on the Leh-Srinagar road

During the first part of the trip from Leh to Kargil, there is a good mobile phone network coverage and the internet service is also available in most places. The most reliable service providers in this area are BSNL and Airtel. During the second part of the trip from Kargil to Srinagar, there are many areas without any phone connectivity but you will still be able to catch the phone network in a few places such as Sonamarg and Drass.

Accommodation on the Leh-Srinagar road

During the 2-day road trip from Leh to Srinagar, the most usual option is to spend the night in Kargil because the town is located exactly halfway between Leh and Srinagar. There are many accommodation options in Kargil; the most popular ones are Hotel Kargil Heights, Hotel International Residency, Royal Gasho Hotel and Hotel Zojila Residency.

Mountains and rainbow, Ladakh

Suggested itineraries for the road trip from Leh to Srinagar

Leh to Srinagar (in 1 day)

Day 1:

Start driving from Leh very early morning (ideally at 6am or 7am). Make a short visit of Gurdwara Pathar Sahib, the Magnetic Hill and Sangam. Stop for lunch at Kargil. In the afternoon, drive to Srinagar via Zoji La pass and Sonamarg.


Note: It is a very long day’s drive from Leh to Srinagar. We recommend to do this trip in 2 days.

Leh to Srinagar (in 2 days)

Day 1:

From Leh, follow the Indus valley towards the west and stop at Gurdwara Pathar Sahib, the Magnetic Hill and Sangam. In the afternoon, visit Lamayuru monastery and Mulbek rock carving before reaching Kargil where you can take a stroll in the town. Night in Kargil.

Day 2:

From Kargil, cross the Zoji La pass to reach Kashmir. Pass by Sonamarg and reach Srinagar.

Leh to Srinagar with monasteries (in 2 days)

Day 1:

In the morning, visit Gurdwara Pathar Sahib, the Magnetic Hill, Sangam, Basgo monastery and Likir monastery. Then, head to Alchi village where you can take your lunch in one of the restaurants. After visiting the Alchi monastery, drive towards Kargil and stop at Lamayuru monastery and Mulbek. Night in Kargil.

Day 2:

In the morning, visit the town of Kargil. Next, drive across the Zoji La pass, the gateway to the Kashmir valley and stop at Sonamarg. Drive to Srinagar.

Leh to Srinagar via Batalik (in 2 days)

Day 1:

Drive from Leh to the Dha-Hanu valley and stop at Gurdwara Pathar Sahib, the Magnetic Hill and Sangam on the way. Explore the Dha-Hanu valley and its villages inhabited by the Brokpa community. Head to Kargil via Batalik. Night in Kargil.

Day 2:

After breakfast, take a stroll in Kargil city centre. Then, head toward Kashmir via Zoji La pass. Stop at Sonamarg before reaching Srinagar.

Author: Lhundup Gyalpo
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