Leh is well-connected to Indian cities of Delhi, Jammu, Srinagar and Mumbai, via regular flights provided by Air India, Go Air and Jet Airways. Tourists from other parts of India and those from abroad, can reach the above-mentioned airports and board a connecting flight to Leh. The airports at Delhi and Mumbai are world-class international airports, which have connectivity not only to most of the cities of India, but also the world. Whether you are travelling from London or Ludhiana or from Toronto or Trivandrum, you can easily reach Leh through any of the popular international airports. Some of the major airlines serving these airports are Air India, IndiGo, SpiceJet, Air Canada, Etihad Airways, Air China and many more.
Nearest Airport: Kushok Bakula Rimpochhe Airport is located just 3.8 km from the main city.
Safety Suggestion: The high altitude and presence of mountain winds in the region, can cause fights to be delayed or diverted. Heavy rains during the monsoon season can also cause cancellations. Hence, it is better to be prepared and consider the weather conditions, while booking your flight.
Two high-altitude roads connect Leh to the rest of India, namely National Highway 1D from Srinagar and the Leh-Manali highway from Manali. Jammu & Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation (JKSRTC) and Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC), operate a number of buses from Srinagar and Manali respectively. Private buses can also be availed from these regions. Although buses serve an economical way of transport, you can also avail the luxury of a private taxi, if you are willing to spend a little more.
Journey Suggestion: The highways that lead to Leh are one of the most scenic routes in the world. Driving through the high-altitude mountain passes such as Zoji La, Tanglang La, Khardung La and Rohtang Pass can be challenging, yet exciting. It is preferable to hire a driver who is familiar with driving through such areas. However, it is not advisable to take these routes during the winter season, as heavy snowfall often blocks the routes, thereby making it inconvenient for travellers. Also, make sure that your vehicle is fitted with snow chains.
There are no railway stations in Leh. Kalka station in Jammu is the nearest station.
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