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How to Travel from Delhi to Leh


Since Leh is the main attraction and the most common way to travel to Leh Ladakh is from Delhi.

Since New Delhi is the Capital of India and it has all the means of transportation and anyone from anywhere can come to New Delhi and can get bus or taxi to reach Manali.

You can even find Taxi and Bikes on Rent if you want to travel to Leh from Delhi. You can also take flight to Leh directly from New Delhi.

New Delhi has all means of communication and transportation for Leh, So in this article, I have listed down all the things you need to know about traveling from Delhi to Leh.

How can I reach Leh from Delhi?

Delhi to Leh Bike Trip & Budget

Several people have a dream to ride a bike to Leh and most of the time they remain a dream. But if you are one of them who wants to make this dream come to reality, then this guide is just made for you.

There are two ways to take a bike to Leh from Delhi.

  1. From Srinagar
  2. From Manali

I have already covered how to go to Ladakh from Manali – You can Check our Blog or read this post – Best time to Visit Leh Ladakh via Rohtang Manali.

If you want to go through Srinagar, then I have already discussed this in this post below.

Now, coming to the bikes, there are two way to take your bike to Leh.
1. Taking your Own bike
2. Renting a Bike

If you have your own bike then its really easy for you to take the bike. Since all our subscribers and readers know that if you have a bike rented then you cannot take it beyond Leh.

So, I will divide this into 2 sections for you to easily know the important details:-
1. Taking Own Bike from Delhi to Leh
2. Renting a Bike from Delhi to Leh

Taking Own Bike from Delhi to Leh

The easiest way to take a bike to Leh is your own bike. Since the biggest advantage of taking your own bike is that you can take it to Leh and beyond Leh.

All you need is to have proper documentation of your bike with current date validity and you should have your proper driving license and government authorized identification like Voter ID, Aadhaar Card or something similar.

Once you fulfill the required documents for yourself and the bike, you can start the ride. You should also carry essential things for Leh Ladakh.

Read: List of things To Carry To Ladakh Trip

After you reach Manali, you should take a proper permit for “beyond Rohtang so that you can legally visit the Leh and the places around it.

If you are a person who wants to travel to Leh but with a budget then I have created a complete guide to Leh Ladakh on a Budget.

Budget for a Bike Trip for Delhi to Leh Ladakh on own Bike

ThingsBudget (Money)
FoodRs. 3000
AccommodationRs. 8000
MiscRs. 2500
BikeRs. 0
PetrolRs. 12000
Total BudgetRs. 25500 (Approx)

Renting a Bike from Delhi to Leh

So, if you don’t have a bike that you can bring for your Leh ladakh trip or you don’t want to ride it way long from your hometown to Leh. Then the best option is to rent a bike.

Read: Complete Guide on How to Rent a Bike for Leh Ladakh from Delhi or Manali.

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If you are taking a bike on rent from delhi or Manali, then you should know that you cannot take that bike beyond Leh city. You need to rent a bike from Leh city with a Jammu registration.

So the cost of the bike would increase since when you will be in Leh, you will have 2 bikes rented at the same time.

Try finding a dealer that has their connection in Leh that can give you a bike in Leh and give you a discount on the bike that you rode from Manali or Delhi.

Bikes are available to rent from Delhi and Manali. I would personally recommend you to rent the bike from Manali.

There are several shops to rent a bike in Manali, and you have higher chances to choose the newest bike for your Leh Ladakh Expedition.

We have brought the best Leh Ladakh Trips on Bike available by the best tour companies at the cheapest price. Click on the button to check all the details.

You should be very careful while renting a bike as this is when you will make a decision and use the bike for the rest of your trip.

Budget for a Bike Trip for Delhi to Leh Ladakh on Rented Bike

ThingsBudget (Money)
FoodRs. 3000
AccommodationRs. 8000
MiscRs. 2500
BikeRs. 19000
PetrolRs. 12000
Total BudgetRs. 44500 (Approx)

Delhi to Leh Road Trip

Delhi to Leh Road trip is the second most used way to travel to Leh Ladakh. People use their SUV or vehicles like Innova to visit and tour the places around Leh and related places.

If you are thinking of doing a road trip from Delhi, then the first thing you should know is the itinerary. There are several ways to travel to Leh via road, like hiring a taxi, taking your own car or getting into a shared taxi.

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The commons itinerary for Delhi to Leh is as follows:-

10 Days Itinerary of Delhi to Leh Road Trip:

  • Day 1 – Delhi to Manali.
  • Day 2 – Manali to Jispa.
  • Day 3 – Jispa to Leh.
  • Day 4 – Leh.
  • Day 5 – Leh to Nubra Valley –
  • Day 6 – Nubra Valley to Leh.
  • Day 7 – Leh to Pangong Tso.
  • Day 8 – Pangong Tso to Pang / Sarchu.
  • Day 9 — Pang / Sarchu to Manali
  • Day 10 — Manali to Delhi

The number of days depends on the itinerary and the places you are going to visit and how long will you stay in a place. There are several itineraries being provided by several companies with several variations.

Here you can find complete details on renting a car or hiring a taxi for your Delhi to Leh trip.

Delhi to Leh by Air

Lots of people don’t like to travel via road or they don’t have much time. Since most of the places that are being visited by the tourist are from Leh and beyond Leh.

Leh has an airport and you can get a flight from New Delhi to Leh Airport – Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport.

If you want to book cheap tickets, then you can use the agoda website to book cheapest flight tickets. Click the button below to book tickets from New Delhi to Leh Airport.

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This website provides the cheapest flight tickets, even cheaper than MakeMyTrip, goibibo or any other flight booking website.

Agoda is a flight and booking website that is owned by Booking .com


There’s a downside of using a flight.

Yes, if you take a flight to Leh, you need to acclimatize your body to that altitude and pressure. So you may feel doziness and vomiting after arriving in Leh.

So you need to book a good hotel in Leh and rest for 2 days. You should also take essential medicines like Diamox and other essential things for Leh.

Here I have created a guide on How To Acclimatize and Deal with Mountain Sickness in Leh Ladakh.

After your body has acclimatize, you can explore leh and beyond leh in a hired taxi or a shared taxi.

Delhi to Leh by Bus

Government buses also runs till Leh from Manali. If you want to experience the bus journey than you can take the Himachal tourism buses that run from Manali to Leh.

Bus journey will be a rough one as the time taken to travel will be significantly higher and this journey may not be favourable for everyone.

Ladakh, the land of high passes is known for bike rides. If you don’t know to ride a bike or you fear riding a bike at those altitudes then the next best thing to travel in a car.

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Delhi to Leh via Srinagar

Srinagar is a very beautiful place, and if you want to visit srinagar and then go to leh than the srinagar leh highway is the route you should take.

While traveling from Srinagar to Leh the journey is longer than the Manali to Leh and takes 1 day more to visit Leh.

The journey from Srinagar is totally different from Manali to Leh. The only reason many people don’t travel through Srinagar is because of security issue.

Unfortunately, Jammu is attacked several times a year via terrorist and our Indian Army is constantly defending the area and saving the lives of our Indian brothers and sisters in Jammu.

Due to those sudden attacks, many times the roads are closed without prior notice or somtimes for days and weeks. So people avoid the srinagar road.

Even I have a dream to visit Srinagar…

So, if you find the situation is Jammu is under control, then you can definitely go via Srinagar, and don’t worry if you face any problem, our Indian Army is always there for you.


So I hope by now you have the answer to – Can I use low powered Bike for Leh Ladakh

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