Ladakh is the most exotic region in the northernmost Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir. It is sandwiched between two mighty mountain ranges; the Great Himalayas and the majestic Karakoram Mountains. It is the land of high passes and magnificent Gompas. It is also termed as the “Cold Desert”. It has been one of the most sought after tourist destinations in India when it comes to choose a perfect destination for adventure tourism. The region is worldwide famous for stunning landscapes, snow-clad mountains, riveting rivers, beautiful trekking trails, exciting adventure sports & outdoor activities and above all Buddhist culture and magnificent Buddhist monasteries (gompas). Thus, you will have a great tourism opportunity in this region. You will enjoy here lots and treasure the charm that will last forever. Leh is the main town of the region. It is the gateway for tourism in the region. Leh is well-connected by air and road. The nearest railway station to reach at Leh is Jammu Tawi at the distance of around 690 km from Leh. Have a look at brief information about how to get Ladakh in India.
The airport of Ladakh is located in Leh which is the main city of Ladakh region. Leh Airport is well connected by various flights like Goair, Jet Airways, Air India Jetlite and Kingfisher airlines from Delhi, Srinagar and Chandigarh. Because of heavy snowfall in the region, many times Ladakh remains cut offer from rest of the world during the winter season (December to February).
There is not any railway station in Ladakh region. But the nearest railway to reach at Ladakh is Jammu. Jammu is located at the distance of around 690 km from Leh. Jammu railway station is well-connected by railways to all the major cities of India. Jammu is well-connected with Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Trivandrum by directed rail services. From Jammu you can get regular bus services to Leh. Cabs or taxis are also available on hire.
There are two major routes via road to reach at Leh, Ladakh. One is from Srinagar (the summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir state) and the second one is from Manali (a hill station of Himachal Pradesh state).
You can get regular bus services from Srinagar to Leh. Jammu & Kashmir Road Transport Corporation operates regular ordinary and luxury bus services from Srinagar to Leh via Kargil. Srinagar – Leh route is open for travelers from June to November. The road distance between Srinagar and Leh is around 434 km.
Manali – Leh route (Leh Manali Highway) is around 473 km. Manali and Leh are well-connected by regular bus services of Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation and Jammu & Kashmir Road Transport Corporation. The route is open for travelers between June and November. The route remains closed in winters due to heavy snowfalls.
Distance from Leh to different cities
Leh – Manali : 473 km
Leh – Srinagar : 434 km
Leh – Kargil : 285 km
Leh – Delhi : 1047 km
Leh – Pahalgam : 332 km
Leh – Sonamarg : 290 km
Leh – Gulmarg : 463 km
Leh – Jammu : 877 km
Rahul Kumar Verma is an expert writer primarily focusing on travel and tourism related topics. Currently he is rendering his services to lehladakhtourism.com. He has written many articles for Ladakh Trekking.