How To Reach Leh
By Air: The Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport of Leh located on the outskirts of the Leh City and honored to be one of the highest airports in the world provides this ‘Land of the Broken Moon’ an air connectivity with Delhi, Jammu, Srinagar and Chandigarh. The major airlines operating at the Leh Airport include Air India, Kingfisher, GoAir and Jet Airways. Due to the terrorism problems in Jammu and Kashmir the Leh Airport is maintained under the austere military security and the passengers have to go through comprehensive checking before boarding the flight. Hand baggage except for the camera and laptop bags is also not allowable aboard. Moreover, it is to be noted that down to the snappy mountain winds blowing in the afternoon, all the flights to and from Leh land or take off only in the morning.
By Rail: By reason of the mountainous terrain of Ladakh, the Leh city as well as the rest of the Ladakh Region is not directly accessible by train. However, with the completion of the proposed Bilaspur–Mandi–Leh Railway line, Leh will be connected to rest of the country through a high-elevation all-weather broad gauge railway route. Presently, the nearby railway stations from Leh are located at Kalka (749 km), Chandigarh (756 km) and Jammu (770 km). The most prevalent way of traveling to Leh is to reach one of these railheads by trains and then undertake the road trip through the Ladakh region using personal or rented motorbikes, cars, other four wheelers and even cycles.
By Road: The road trip to Leh generally advances through Jammu – Anantnag – Srinagar – Drass – Kargil – Leh – Upshi – Tandi – Sarchu – Keylong – Manali – Mandi – Chandigarh route. Leh is linked to rest of the nation via two of the most treacherous and avalanche prone high altitude roads i.e. NH 1 and NH 1 D from Srinagar via Zoji La Pass and the Leh Manali Highway via Tanglang La (world’s second highest motorable pass) and Rohtang Pass. NH 1 D is usually open from June to November while the Leh Manali Highway is open for the traffic from June to October. Jammu & Kashmir as well as Himachal Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation buses, private buses, cabs, jeeps, taxis and trucks run on these routes. Myriads of adventure enthusiasts opt for riding motorbikes on the Jammu – Srinagar – Leh – Manali route. It is to be noted that at times the roads are temporarily blocked for the general public due to the military convoy transmit or sudden landslides. Leh is located about 760 km from Jammu, 460 km from Srinagar, 257 km from Kargil, 353 km from Keylong, 470 km from Manali and 756 km from Chandigarh.