Need suggestions for Manali - Leh August

#1 Mar 14th, 2016, 22:59
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Hi,

I'll be travelling to Leh with my wife in mid august. Below is the itinerary i plan on taking.

Mangalore - Chandigarh (Flight)
Chandigarh - Manali (Bus)
Manali - Leh (Bus)
Leh - Delhi (Flight)
Delhi - Mangalore (Flight)

All local sightseeing will be by bike. I can make arrangements for everything above except the Manali to leh bus. I plan on taking the Manali to Leh bus by HTPDC over 2 days costing about 2.5k. But i have no idea how i can book the tickets for that bus. The below link shows the dates as 2016. But i'm not sure if thats correct. Can someone please help me out in how i can book the tickets for the bus?

I cannot book the flight tickets unless i know i'll get the bus tickets. Since there is limited number of buses and they don't ply on a daily basis, I also want to know if the schedule posted in the link is right.

http://hptdc.gov.in/leh.htm
#2 Apr 5th, 2016, 14:10
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You can check availability of seats online and buy your tickets here.
Manali to Leh bus tickets are Rs2700 per person. HPTDC is not the only one that runs buses on Manali Leh route, you can get a HRTC bus too but they dont have direct buses from Manali to Leh, you will have to break your journey at Keylong and HRTC tickets cost a lot less as compared to HPTDC.

The amount of money you would be spending on your bus journey from Delhi to Leh is almost as much as a flight ticket. Have a look at air ticket prices between Delhi and Leh and see if that appeals to you. The bus journey may sound very appealing but to be honest it is not a very enjoyable journey in my opinion as you cannot stop when you want and buses go loaded.

Delhi to Leh flight tickets will cost you less then Rs9000 for both legs put together. 4500Rs one way and it will only take an hour and a half to get there. Going via Manali Leh highway is a great option if you are driving yourself, not on a bus.
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in case you dont get tickets for the bus, there is a daily early morning (read 0200 hrs) tempo treveler service from Manali to leh and vice versa. its same day journey (18-20 hrs) so will be hectic but you can keep it as a backup option.
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Originally Posted by Chahal View Post HPTDC is not the only one that runs buses on Manali Leh route, you can get a HRTC bus too but they dont have direct buses from Manali to Leh, you will have to break your journey at Keylong ...
Both HPTDC and HRTC buses stop overnight in Keylong. The other options are not safe : with the nonstop cannonball run you hit 5000+ meters without any effective acclimatization first , and with the minibuses there is often a (planned or unplanned ) stop more than a thousand meters higher than Keylong.

Manali-Leh pointers here : http://korta.nu/sleepless
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I forgot to mention that HPTDC ticket price includes over night stay in tent accommodation with dinner, breakfast and tea. Not bad for the price and you dont have the hassel of having to look for a place to stay at Keylong.
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I wouldn't call t a hassle find a nice bed in Keylong . You'll see three places literally as you step off the bus , and more as you walk the street leading up from the bus station.
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Originally Posted by LOWKEY_ View Post in case you dont get tickets for the bus, there is a daily early morning (read 0200 hrs) tempo treveler service from Manali to leh and vice versa. its same day journey (18-20 hrs) so will be hectic but you can keep it as a backup option.
Where in Manali we can approach for Tempo Treveller to Leh?
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Can we get shared cabs or tempo traveller from Srinagar also for Leh?
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Originally Posted by cookie110 View Post Where in Manali we can approach for Tempo Treveller to Leh?
visit taxi union near manali bus stand. they will point you in right direction. or you can esquire from your hotel manager.
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I completed this trip a couple of weeks back.

The HTPDC bus from Manali - Leh was a great experience and something i wouldn't swap for the flight.

Day 1: The bus is scheduled to depart from Manali at 9 and reach Keylong at 2-3 PM. Once the driver and helper completed the boarding and ticket checking, the bus left from the Mall road bus stand at around 9:15 PM. The route from Manali to Keylong was very scenic but i'll keep this post to the bus review.
The first stop is at Marhi. The bus stops for around 20 mins for breakfast. You can manage to get some quick eats, go to the restroom during this time.
The second stop is at Rohtang. The bus stops here for 10 mins only and quite far from the Rohtang pass sign board. So its impossible to get some pictures of you with the sign board here. But you can go out, get some fresh air and come back.
The third stop was at Khoksar for lunch. It stopped for about 30 mins.
The bus reached Keylong at around 4:45 PM.
The accommodation was provided at Chandrabhaga hotel. There's about 8 rooms behind the hotel that accommodates tourists from 2 buses. Each room can accommodate 4-6 people. Each room had its own bathroom. So, if you are a group of 4 or more, then this option is good enough for you. But if you are solo or a couple, then you'll end up sharing your room with other random people. The alternative option is to upgrade your room at Chandrabhaga. A standard room for a couple cost us 850. But it was worth the upgrade. There's private room,bathroom, decent views and hot water anytime. The rooms are not that great. But it was good enough for 850 in Keylong.
The dinner was provided in the hotel premises. The menu is fixed and is pure vegetarian. The food is nothing great but you don't have any other options nearby. The Keylong Market is about 10-15 mins from the hotel and it gets really cold in the night.

Day 2: The hotel staff wake you up at 3 AM with a tea. They also remind us that the bus leaves at 4 AM and the packed breakfast can be collected at the reception.
The bus left Keylong by 4:15 AM. There was light snowfall in Baralacha la that morning. So the driver decided to give a 10 minute stop there for us to enjoy the snow. A few minutes later the driver stopped for breakfast. 20 mins break (Not sure about the location).
Our bus got stuck in a Jam at Sarchu because a truck broke down on a bridge and the crane that was supposed to move the truck broke down as well. Most vehicles found an alternate route to bypass this bridge. But our bus driver was very hesitant to drive on that route. It did look slightly dangerous but there were other buses passing through this route very easily. The hesitation of the driver meant we had to wait in Sarchu for 2-3 hours.
The next stop was at Pang for lunch. The bus stopped here for 20 mins. The bus stopped at Tanglang la for 5 mins just to take some pics. Stopped at Upshi for tea break for 20 mins. And finally reached Leh at around 7:30 PM.

Pro's-
1) The bus is comfortable. You have your own seat. Your luggage is safe
2) The accommodation provided is good enough. The food is OK.
3) The bus does stop for a few minutes at most tourist spots (if not all) to click some good pictures.
4) No hassle of getting the permit or dealing with anyone/anything on the road.

Con's-
1) The driver and the helper are very rude. They don't really interact with the passengers in any way. This is NOT a guided tour. Expect no information from the bus driver and the helper.
2) They are too strict when it comes to timings. If you are not on time, they won't hesitate leaving you back.
3) There are all sorts of people in the bus. There was a guy sitting in front of us who snored for most of the journey with his windows open which meant we had to take in all the dust, cold, rain and even snow at baralach la. Its incredible how some people manage to sleep so tight while passing through some of the best views.

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