Manali: Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) has started the Manali – Leh deluxe bus service for the season 2010. Fare for one way journey will cost Rs. 2000 per person.
The fare includes night stay at HPTDC hotel at Keylong, dinner and breakfast the next morning. The bus will leave Manali at 11 am and reach Keylong by evening. Next morning the bus will depart Keylong after breakfast and reach Leh in the evening.
Similarly from Leh the bus will depart at 4 am reaching Keylong for the night stay and depart for Manali the next morning. Fare for traveling from Leh to Manali is also the same as Rs. 2000.
HPTDC bus from Manali will leave every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the week.
Apart from the HPTDC bus service, services of Himachal state transport and J&K state transport are also available on this route.
The 475 km journey is done over a period of two days from Manali. This important road, which was once part of the ancient trade route between India and Central Asia, wends its way through breathtaking mountain views. The road passes through 5 high mountain passes namely, Rohtang-La (Pass), Baralacha-La, Lachung-La, Naki-La and Tanglang-La.
Manali – Leh route is officially open from July till mid September when the higher passes close down due to heavy snowfall till next year.