Delhi to Leh Bus Service- A Journey of Lifetime

Delhi to Leh bus service is all set to resume by April 15th 2021.The 1026 Km journey from Delhi to Leh can indeed be a travel of lifetime, if you are going through this mode for the first time.

Journey of a Lifetime

Delhi to Leh bus service by HRTC has always been popular among bag packers. On any of such trip, you will not only find a large number of foreigners travelling along but will remain pepped up as thebus passes through scenic locations on the way.

The Delhi to Leh bus service begins from the warm ambiance of Delhi and by the time you reach Manali, the temperatures cool down. Imagine going upto a height of 17,000 feet and that too in a bus ride that spans around 32 hours.

With the opening of Atal Tunnel, the bus journey has reduced by 4 hours as you will skip climbing and getting down from the heights of Rohtang Pass.

The Delhi to Leh bus service by HRTC is also popular for the fact that it is the most economic mode of travel to Leh. The fare is Rs 1656/- for the ride from Delhi to Leh. The bus is a 2×3 ordinary bus from HRTC but is comfortable enough for the rough roads. Anyways, you would not require a AC or a Volvo on this precarious route, all thanks to the cool breeze of Himalayas which can get cooler than the best AC of the world.

Delhi to Leh bus service
Delhi to Leh bus service

Delhi to Leh Bus Service Route

The Delhi to Leh bus service route begins from Delhi and passes through Chandigarh, Bilaspur, Mandi, Kullu, Manali, Keylong, Sarchu, Pang and Upshi finally culminating at Leh. The bus halts at Keylong both ways as it is not possible to drive continuously and at night on this route.

A halt at Keylong gives the travellers the opportunity to explore this scenic town in Himachal Pradesh. Accommodation is available at Keylong and you can pick and choose any hotel for a comfortable stay. However, the halting cost at Keylong is not covered in the bus fare.

The bus passes through numerous mountain passes including Baralacha la, Nakee la, Lachulung la and Tanglang la before finally arriving at Leh.  

The tentative schedule of Delhi to Leh bus service for 2021is as follows:

Delhi to Leh

  • Departure from Delhi- 3:45 PM
  • Departure from Chandigarh- 9:30 PM
  • Manali- 7:30 AM
  • Keylong- 10:00 AM

Overnight Halt at Keylong

Departure from Keylong- 5:00 AM the next morning

Reaches Leh- 7:00 PM, the same evening

Delhi to Leh bus service
The tough terrain

Leh to Delhi

The Delhi to Leh bus service by HRTC on departure from Leh for 2021 will follow the following time schedule (tentative)

Leh- 5:00 AM

Keylong- 7:00 PM

Overnight halt at Keylong

Keylong departure – 10:00 AM

Manali- 1:25 PM

Arrival at Delhi- 3:30 AM approximately

The bus ride from Delhi to Leh is indeed a lifetime experience and since the bus operates on a daily basis from April to September or early October depending upon the weather conditions, it is a trip worth exploration.  

Author: Lovnish Thakur

Development Sector Professional who loves to read, write and travel

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