3 idiots, 1 Alto and Leh ladakh

“The Land is so barren and the passes so high that only our fiercest enemies or Our best friends would want to visit us” -Ladakhi Saying

I was planning to visit Leh by road since past couple of years, reading blogs, preparing itinerary, detailed plans even power point presentations but it never materialised but this time we were determined to make it. Me my cousin Gaurav and friend Dinesh we agreed to make it this time no matter what comes. We finally planned for a 9-10 days visit in the month of June 2010.

Before I start let me tell you that purpose of this travelogue is NOT to advise or guide people as to what to DO when going to LEH but rather tell people what NOT TO Do. Most of the things we did must come strictly under “Don’ts”.

Timing :- We chose June as no other time was available with us. It wasn’t a good choice as there were floods in Beas River near Manali and Punjab during that time.

Vehicle:- we decided against renting a SUV and decided to take our own Alto. We thought in worst case if we get stuck we’ll turn back to home..As it turned out it’s almost impossible to turn back.

I got the servicing and check up done one day prior and ensured that the car is in good condition. Just one day before leaving we heard that a petrol canter is stuck at rohtang and rohtang is closed since last 3 days. We decided to go anyway as postponing of dates was not possible for us.

Day-1 We left Delhi around midnight for Manali by the morning we had crossed Chandigarh and entered into Hills.

Road was choked with traffic (mostly trucks going towards shimla). Just before mandi it started to rain heavily and it looked ominous. It kept raining till we reached Kullu there were landslides at many places and we had to wait for some time for the road to get cleared.

We reached Manali late in the afternoon weather at Manali was pleasant (as always).

Beas at Manali

Apple orchard at Manali

We were delighted to hear that Rohtang pass was just opened and the truck had been removed. But the condition of roads was pathetic. Roads were almost nonexistent and we asked many drivers everyone advised against going in ALTO. They said the car won’t able to take on the harsh terrain and will certainly break down. We really got demoralised hearing about all this and even contemplated going back from Manali itself but then we met one driver who told us that we should continue since we have come this far. We then decided lets go Dekha jayega jo hoga.

Day 2- We left early morning around 5 am towards Rohtang pass & stopped at Marhi for a cup of morning tea.
Alto waiting happily at Rohtang

Weather at Marhi was chilly and view amazing. When we reached Rohtang (abt 2.5 hrs) we realised why taxi driver told us not to take alto. Just before Rohtang crossing Road was muddy. One innova had got stuck there in slush and other cars were stopped behind her..it took 7-8 people to push Innova out of mud. At that point me and Dinesh got out from the car ready to push our Alto in case it got stuck too..Gaurav (our best driver) took the command of the steering and managed to steer it through the deep mud. Car swerved like a snake but luckily did not stick up..We had our hearts in the mouths but soon the muddy patch was over..Me and dinesh ran over mud in joy. We felt good about clearing the first obstacles but little did we know that it was a mere tip of the iceberg.

Road at Rohtang
We reached Rohtang and spend some time there clicking pictures..there was no snow there at that time but the view was still amazing.
Our target for the day was Jispa a small town near Keylong. We were never in no hurry. There was a last petrol pump in Keylong after that no petrol pumps till Leh. We did a tank full and carried 20 ltrs in a spare can for emergency. Roads after Rohtang were really bad it was actually a rocky kaccha rasta one couldn’t go more than 15-20 kmph (at least in an alto).

Last fuel pump at Tandi

Before Keylong


When we reached Jispa in late afternoon we found that Jispa Hotel was charging exorbitant rates almost twice of the usual and to our surprise we realised that we forgot to withdraw money from Manali ATMs. We had about 7-8K with us barely enough to survive till leh but nothing to cover any sort of emergency.

Jispa

We took a tenting accommodation just near Jispa hotel for 1200 rs including dinner for 3 I think that was a fair deal. Jispa is a lovely little place and it was quite a sight. It’s cut off from rest of India for about 7-8 months in a year due to heavy snow.

Beautiful Jispa..road was newly laid

gaurav n dinesh enjoying the beauty of Jispa

Day 3. target of day 3 was Sarchu another tenting accommodation before Leh. Most of the people left early morning to LEH but since we were going only till Sarchu we decided to take it easy and had our breakfast in Jispa itself and left around 10. Sarchu is about 5-6 hrs drive (depending on condition of road).After we left Jispa we found that many vehicles had stranded there at check post. We came to know that there’s a flash flood just before Darcha a couple of nallas/streams (mini rivers) have been formed on the road itself and no vehicle could cross it .It was really a disappointing news as it could means hours even days but we took heart from the fact that BRO guys were already working on the restoration of road. We then decided to move forward and check the status of Nallah/stream ourselves. After about half an hour we saw the stream it was mind blowing..road was almost gone and water had flown so much of debris and pebble with it that it looked like a river itself. We parked our car just before the stream and kept staring at each other not knowing what to say. We saw few bikers cross the stream they managed to cross it with great difficulty.

Bikers don’t have to wait for anybody

No BRO guy was present there somebody told us that that they are working on another stream much bigger than this one. Now we were really clueless and didn’t know what to do there was so much water in the stream and it came with such a great flow that we were afraid that it could even sweep away Alto .some guys then started removing the big stones and rocks after some time the flow of water receded a bit and few SUVs tried to cross it and managed successfully.

We just decided to observe other people and then decide what to do. A NANo came (testing vehicle) and it got stuck in the stream that fully it had a backup vehicle which pulled it from the stream. It was really scary to see that.

Nano

Nano got stuck and had to be pulled away

Then we saw some small vehicles like santro cross the stream. Don’t know what came into Gaurav’s mind then he suddenly got into the car and told us that he’s crossing it he started the car and in one go crossed the stream without a single sign of trouble while myself and dinesh looked with our hearts in mouth. We were delighted to see him on the other side and we clapped and shouted in joy..

Now it was turn to cross the next big hurdle the next big stream, when we reached there we found 100s of truck and other vehicles stranded.

Alto waiting with BIG brothers
We also saw the bulldozer of BRO guys. After waiting about one hour the BRO signals that we could cross the road..and it was not at all difficult considering the previous stretch, BRO guys had made the road motorable.

Brave BRO guys

Soon we crossed Darcha and headed towards BARALCHA one of the highest passes on the stretch. Temperature at baralacha was almost freezing and snow everywhere and it made a very beautiful sight.

baralacha

Baralacha road

taal at baralacha was partly frozen

We reached Sarchu and took a tented accommodation there and then I got hit with AMS (Acute mountain sickness) I spend the whole night vomiting (thanks to dinesh and Gaurav for taking care of me).
Near Sarchu

Day 4- We had to reach Leh and leh was still good 10-12 hrs drive away. I began to feel better by day and ate some dalia and had some lemon tea (I must say lemon tea work wonders when u feel weak after vomiting).Pang was next destination after sarchu (80Kms). Road was more or less good now and terrain was all desert like. Then come the famous Gata loops. Gata loops are a collection of sharp 21 loops which takes you to an altitude of 15032 feet. Roads in the loops are in not so good condition and the slow moving trucks leaving cloud of thick smoke make the ascent feel tougher than it actually is.

Next up is the third pass on the Manali Leh route, Nakee La, 15,547ft. While few km down the road is Lachulung La pass situated at an altitude of 16,616 ft. The descent from Lachulung La will take you to Pang, which is a temporary tent settlement some dhabas selling hot maggi noodles and has a check post where travelers need to register themselves. Take a breather here and eat something for the final push to Leh.

After stopping at Pang for a quick cup of tea we started the leg 2 of our journey (Pang -upshi 125kms).The road from pang takes you to famous Moore plains. Situated in a plateau it’s hard to believe that such a flat piece of land can exist at an altitude of 15400 feet.

Dinesh and Gaurav enjoying at Morey plains :-)

It was like a desert and driving there was like rallying in desert. Soil was loose and Alto was really swerving every now and then.

vast plains

windshield was full of fine dust and we had a tough time crossing moorey plains ( we had thought that moorey plains would be easier to cross and as it turned out it was one of the toughest stretch to cross.

After the dusty journey on the Moore plains, we found ourselves on the ascent to the third highest pass you will encounter in Ladakh, Tanglang La (17,582ft).

Tanglang-la

The Roads are in bad condition and the steepness coupled with lack of air takes a toll on vehicles performance. But once you reach the top you will be greeted with spectacular views,

In fact from Tanglang La you can clearly spot the road to the pass for miles on both directions. We stopped at tanglang la for few minutes for some quick snaps in fact we were not able to stand there for more than 30 seconds (lack of oxygen)..Descent from Tanglang La for first few kms is in bad condition, however after that you will be greeted with spectacular roads and with the altitude decreasing gradually, your spirits will start picking up and you will feel rejuvenated by the time you reach Upshi.

We had a brief stoppage at Upshi around 4pm for a quick cup of tea (lemon tea for me) From Upshi the final leg to leh begins (55 kms).You can also spend the night in Upshi in case you are too tried to continue with the journey.

We reached Leh around 6pm and started searching for hotels. Had to enquire in 9-10 hotels before we finally got a room (1500 rs/nite). May be most hotel prefer foreign guest in their hotels. We were very tired and felt lucky to have reached Leh finally, first thing we did was to find a SBI ATM and withdraw some cash.

Leh

Day-5 Nothing much to do on day-5 except some local sightseeing..after some deliberation we cancelled the visit to pangong lake ( we were really dead tired & pangong was quite far away)

Gompa

Shanti stupa

.we just covered few local attractions like Thiksey gompa, himes and shanti stupa and returned to our hotel in the evening.

View from shey palace

leh

Day-6 It was now time to go back to Delhi we had seen such horrors on the manali-leh route that we decided to go back via leh-Srinagar route in spite of some political problems and protest going on in srinagar. We did a tankful in Leh (20 ltrs of fuel was still there in a can with us) and left Leh around 9 am. The famous town of Kargil was our target on day-1. We were told that road were better on this route. But as we found out it was not different than manali-leh route may be slightly better.

confluence

beautiful scenes just before fotula

Kargil was our target on day-1 (about 300kms from leh) .On the way there is Gurudwara patthar sahib and the famous magnetic hill. We were curious to see magnetic hill and to our surprise it actually worked. We put out car in neutral and it actually started moving there’s a strong magnetic force in that region.

Magnetic hill

On the way we crossed fotu-la the highest point in the srinagar -leh route.

Fotu-la

It was late in evening when we reached Kargil. There are quite a few hotels in Kargil but finding a decent place to eat is a big task. After checking few places we decided to eat at hotel itself. Thankfully food was good enough to eat or may be since we were starving (we hadn’t eaten anything since breakfast) we didn’t really care.

Day-7 We didn’t fix any target on the day we just discussed that lets cross Jammu and then we’ll decide whether to stop at pathankot or patnitop. We left kargil early in the morning around 5.30 am. And crossed drass, took a few pictures of the famous Tiger hill.

Drass

After drass comes the famous zozila pass. The route was really muddy it was raining since last 2 days but thankfully just stopped on the present day. Zozilla was closed for the upcoming traffic. We had a really tough time trying to cross it as the road downhill was so slippery . Gaurav had a tough time trying to control a swerving car. We kept on praying till the time pass was crossed. It turned out to be the most horrible pass on the way and literally sucked the air out of our lungs. We were really relieved when we finally crossed Zozila. We reached sonmarg just before noon and had some food in a Punjabi dhaba there.

Sonmarg

We then emptied our stock of spare fuel in the car and moved toward Srinagar. Roads were getting better now and landscapes were turning greener a welcome change from the dry and barren views we encountered since last few days.

Sonmarg

Srinagar is about 85 kms from Sonmarg, when we reached Srinagar the streets were really empty because of curfew. The famous dal lake looked beautiful yet it just appeared to stand lonely in a corner waiting for tourists.
Lonely streets of Srinagar and Dal lake

We had to wait at couple of crossing where protests were going and crowd was shouting slogans of ‘azaadi azaadi’ . Thankfully the protest was a peaceful one and we managed to cross without any sign of stone pelting or violence And for second time in the day we were left terrified and shaken. Srinagar is a beautiful place and seeing army, isolated streets and protests did spoil our mood. We crossed jawahar tunnel and turned towards Jammu and then came another challenge that we needed in the form of a traffic jam. We got stuck for about 4-5 hrs in the traffic jam near Jammu. It was getting late and we thought we should be lucky to reach patnitop. We finally managed to reach Patnitop around 10 pm. We were lucky to find a room in a J&K tourist rest house at patnitop however the bad thing was their restaurant was closed at 10pm and the attendant rudely told us that it’s closed and they can’t provide food..We just had to do with some leftover coke biscuits and snacks.

Day-8 Time had come make the journey back home. Patnitop is about 700 kms from Delhi. We left after having breakfast. We already had more adventures than we expected now we were tired and slightly homesick too..We left in the morning around 10 am and reached Delhi around 5am next day it took us slightly longer owing to some traffic jams on the way. But the last leg was done without any major hiccup however when we parked the car in front of my house in the morning we realised we had a flat tyre :-)

=============Some Facts=======================

Route Covered :-Delhi-Manali-Leh-Kargil-Srinagar-Pathankot-Delhi.

Vehicle :- Maruti Alto 2009 model

Total Kms :- 2404

No. of Days :- 9 (2 nite halts at Leh)

Fuel Consumption :- 135 ltrs approx.

Passes covered :- 6 nos Highest being Tanglang-la @ 17500 feet

Coldest temperature encountered @ baralachala and Sarchu – almost freezing.

146 Comments

  • Shivasankar.G says:

    Hey guys,

    Exciting to read start to end.

    I’m inspired to do this in My Swift Petrol 1.3 Ltrs.

    Me Unlucky, me live in other end of India, Bangalore. However made up my mind to do it in next year… Got to dive 4500 Kms to have this fun…. yeh sounds too big, further 1600 odd kms..

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience. It is awesome adventure, indeed.

    g.shiva
    bangalore

  • jayant says:

    the journey undertaken was awesome and inspiring. you will relishe throughout your life.
    jayant

  • Deepak says:

    Guyz, it looks awesome. I too wanna go Leh and that too by road, not sure when will the target day come.

  • Vipin says:

    Wow, what an adventurous tale it was! Am dying to be there sometime very soon…

  • raju says:

    Sir,
    I am planinig to go Leh – via Mnali in my Maruti 800 Car ( new ),can it b doyable please need your comment,i appreciate your journey to Leh.My planing is on July 2 nd week.

    • rahul says:

      Hi Raju,

      Its definitely doable..small cars with shorter wheelbase is anyday better than a regular sedan. However I am not sure about the road conditions this year , if road conditions are normal( read bad as usual) then you can give it a shot.

  • Amelia says:

    Would love to visit again and some of the things mentioned here. Here is sharing my holiday post for something’s to there
    http://www.chaiacupoflife.com/ladakh

    Have a great NY !

  • Shubhangam Sharan says:

    I have been to Leh via Manai-Kelong-Sarachu-Pang September last year and returned to Delhi via Srinagar. I took my petrol Indica which went through with absolute grace. Just you need to worry about roads between Sarachu and Pang and road between Moore Plain and Tangala which is situated at 17000ft. If you are planning to visit Khardungla which is situated at 18500ft and supposedly the highest memorable road of the world, you need to be careful as the roads are half the way broken and too steep. You will not get enough chance to even to change the gear from 1st to 2nd most of the time for small cars

  • Gaurav says:

    The tales of drive to Ladakh is always inspiring and treat for readers as each story offers something fresh and unique!

  • sandeep says:

    Great To read your story

    pls advise if sx4 can do this route or not and the best time to go

    • Rahul says:

      I am replying too late, but if its still relevant then SX4 is a perfect vehicle to go there. It has a high ground clearance which all you need to go there.

  • Great information and beautiful photos. What an adventure you had!! Ladakh is one of my favourite destinations! I also wrote about it on my blog! http://www.chaiacupoflife.com/ladakh

  • Dr.Rakesh Gandhi,Advocate says:

    Good Adventurous job…in small car….appreciates n salute for efforts of Gaurav for his courage n best judgement to cross not only mud lands but small( for the time being )rivers.But i have a complaint that u posted only few clicks.Beautiful clicks posted from Leh to Sonmarg.Thanks Rahul n party.

  • Ashutosh Verma says:

    mera b dream hai leh jane ka by road on bike or car

  • ayesha says:

    Three idiots and ladakh! This movie motivated me to travel to leh ladakh. The tour was amazingly planned by roads less travelled.

  • rahul says:

    can a diesel punto 1.3ltr make through the manali-leh route??

  • Abhishek says:

    Hi,

    I wanted to visit leh ladakh this year probably in August.
    Can you please suggest which car to take, I have two options, Honda Amaze – 2013 and Volkswagen Polo 2011.

    Abhishek

  • deepak sharma says:

    i wish to travell to leh via manali route by car.. if somebody is intrsted thn call on my no. 9810021704

  • deepak sharma says:

    i wish to travell to leh via manali route by…… car.. if somebody is intrsted thn call on my no. 9810021704 any body can call

  • rohit gaur says:

    slute to mr . sharma u r such a 3 ideots alto is very difficult to drive on leh highway i hav xylo and i go there two time thanx

  • sambhav poddar says:

    Take a bow you guys. Your courage and determination paid off beautifully and the experience would have been far greater than anyone of us could even imagine. I am also keen for such road trip maybe by bike. Let hope for the best!. Again. KUDOS!

  • dhiraj upasani says:

    I want take maruti 800 twenty five year old to from mumbai to ladakh i know i can do it tell your suggation

  • dhiraj upasani says:

    c an you suggest from ambala shall i go with manali route or by shrinagar to ladakh highway i want to reach from mumbai to ladakh . I want to reach ladakh at fifth day.Iam havingtechnical knowledge of vehicle last 25 years

    • Rahul says:

      Hi Dhiraj, you can take either of the route. best way to do is go by manali & come by Srinagar. My personal preference is Manali-Leh its more scenic ( but bit harsh as well as you encounter higher passes).

  • mrinal says:

    CAN I TAKE MY SUPERB UP THERE??

    • Rahul says:

      Yes you can, but due to longer wheel base & comparatively low ground clearance therewill be many underbody hits for sure. But if you remain careful then its doable.

  • Deepak says:

    i am planning to be there in Jun this year. Anyone interested. Call me at 9818095185.

  • Tarun says:

    Seeing army spoiled ur mood? Dude they are the only reason u could even think of going there

  • Hi,

    I am also planning to go this july ..

    I have optra magnum 2.0 .. i am planning to take my car , any comments or suggestion ?

  • ABHISHEK DIXIT says:

    Vehicle is not the main constraint, one who driving, is the main concern….whatever is the Vehicle !!! Leh trip is all about your driving skills sharpness & accuracy, not showing off the huge automotive beauties there !!! :)

  • Abhishek says:

    Hi There,

    I am also planing to visit Leh-Ladakh this month. Anyone interested from Chandigarh or nearby place can call me @ +91-9876597103

  • Imtiyaz says:

    Hi Rahul;

    Its a great post, I have been planning for this trip, since last few Months and after going through your journey details, its a real boost to my spirit, I just want to ask few things, based on your experience where you think Indica (Turbo – Diesel) Stand for this journey, My Journey Begins from Pune, Maharashtra and my route will be Pune Manali, Lel, Srinagar, Delhi…back then Pune.. My car is again 2009… What kind of maintenance you suggest before I start.

    Thanks
    Imtiyaz

  • Tanaz Sopariwalla says:

    Adventurous journey, GREAT !!! did any of u know anything about the insides of your car. do u need to know. How safe is it for a woman driver on that road, in an Ertiga Petrol 2014 car. any suggestions….Thanks Tanaz

    • Gaurav says:

      I think basic knowledge of the car is enough. It’s safe for women driver if she is experienced but there must be a expert male driver with you because this road is v risky and anything can happen any time. It doesn’t matter which car you hv. Only your luck and JIGER can save your life :) find someone one else like you and go ahead.. It’s beautiful and will change your life.. Cheers..

  • G Rajkumar says:

    Really well described. Kudos to you guys. I am planning a trip to Leh Aug 2016, and want to drive in my Wagon R 2007 model. Although your story says that when Alto can why not cars like Wagon R which have better ground clearance. But i am just curious do you think it is advisable?

  • Anubhav says:

    Hi everyone,

    i was planning to go leh in jan. with my waganR any suggestion and advice?

  • mahendra singh parihar says:

    Great
    Aise himmat ke kam bahadur hi kar sakte hain
    Want to meet you all brave boys
    good keep it up

  • Davinder says:

    Hi Gaurav,
    How do you rate Honda Brio 2012 model,11000 kms. for this trip, 3 adults over Alto car 800 cc.for this trip.

    Regards,
    Davinder

    • Rahul Rattan says:

      HI, very well manageable , only thing is you need to be mindful of the ground clearance. you might get a few underbody hits

  • Agnishwar says:

    Hello, all brave guys!!

    I wish to travel Leh this year in my Renault KWID.
    Can anyone please suggest me whether I should do it in KWID (800 cc, 54 PS) ?
    We will be 4 persons and planning to make it through Sri Nagar route.
    Also Please suggest the best time to travel to this part of the world and an itinerary with details like journey breaks, Places to stay, precautions etc.

    Thanks!

    • chander shekhar khokhar says:

      a common itinerary.

      Day 01 Gurgaon – Jammu Night at Jammu
      Day 02 Jammu – Sonamarg Night at Sonamarg can get early information of Zojila opening times and get a headstart
      Day 03 Sonamarg – Kargil Night at Kargil
      Day 04 Kargil – Leh Night at Leh Cover Mulbekh, Lamayuru and Sham valley enroute, easily doable as most of the places are on the road except for Alchi and Likir monastries which are 10-15 kms detour from NH1
      Day 05 Night at Leh Rest & Acclimatizing. Leh local in second half, Night at Leh
      Day 06 Leh – Diskit – Hunder Night at Hunder Diskit has nothing to offer except the monastry, cover enroute
      Day 07 Hunder – Leh Night at Leh
      Day 08 Leh – Pangong , Night at Spangmik
      Day 09 Pangong – Leh Night at Leh
      Day 10 Leh – Keylong Night at Keylong
      Day 11 Keylong – Manali Night at Manali
      Day 12 Manali – Gurgaon

  • Smritilekha C says:

    Ohhh my God! You went to Leh-Ladakh via Manali on an Alto & managed to get out in 1piece!!!! Un-freaking-believable!!!

  • chander shekhar khokhar says:

    Hi Agnishwar,

    Kwid is OK the ground clearance (180mm) is much better than alto (160mm). remember scorpio has 180 and Inova 176 where as ecosport has 200mm.

    Ground clearance
    alto 160
    Bolero 215
    Duster 210
    scorpio 180
    eco sport 200
    innova 176

    power will also not be a big issue.
    it is better to go via srinagar and come back via manali, as it helps to smooth acclimatisation and no hassles of permit for rohtang pass.

    A common itenary is :

    Day 1 in Jammu
    Day 2 in Srinagar
    Day 3 in Kargil
    Day 4 in Leh
    Day 5 in Leh
    Day 6 in Hunder / Diskit
    Day 7 in Leh
    Day 8 in Pangong Tso
    Day 9 in Leh
    Day 10 in Leh
    Day 11 in Karzok or Tso Moriri
    Day 12 in Sarchu or Pang
    Day 13 in Manali
    Day 14 delhi

    this year roads are opened early so end of June or early July is OK.

    precaution : as the fuel tank of Kwid is smaller than Alto , need to take extra fuel.
    rest normal precautions to be taken in hills.

    Wish you happy journey.

  • Joginder rohilla says:

    Great one ! How it would be to go via Alto this year ? I was searching something related to going by Alto this year, found this terrific one. I feel that Alto is workable, would be good if anyone can advice more.

    Thanks,

  • Rachana says:

    Hey rahul nice article! Can we get your number we are planning trip to ladakh next Friday. Need your guidance for manali to ladakh permit for car

  • Azhar says:

    Hi , guys u have done a great job
    Hats off to u all . By the way am also from delhi and i have toyota camry , do you think it can make it to leh as it does not have a good ground clearence .It would be greatful to hear from you…

    • Rahul Rattan says:

      yes you can , only thing is you need to be mindful of the ground clearance. you might get a few underbody hits. So if you are a bit careful then you should be fine.

  • Rushil says:

    Hi there.
    Very amazing and Interesting experience you guys and and beautifully written.
    I am planning to go to Leh from Jaipur.

    I have 2 cars , HONDA JAZZ and NISSAN SUNNY. Can I make this trip with either of these cars?

  • Alok Saxena says:

    Can I take my wife along in self car. What is the condition of tent accomodation wrt a lady’s privacy

  • Tanaz Patel Sopariwalla says:

    I am planning to take an 2015 Ertiga petrol n gas model. Don’t know much mechanics. How can one learn about it. I hv used the vehicle in Bombay Goa n Bombay Karnataka routes. Any suggestions

    • Abhishek Dixit says:

      Hi,
      Avoid gas fuelled automobiles, simple petrol/diesel.
      Best, you can go with your ertiga petrol, no doubt, go ahead….

      Abhishek Dixit
      Automobile Enthusiast

  • Deepak Palial says:

    can we go to leh in baleno diesel model

    • Abhishek Dixit says:

      Hi,
      Yes off course, Baleno is powered by 1.3 Multijet diesel unit, enough to take roads on that reason, clear your doubts & move on !!!

      Abhishek Dixit
      Automobile Enthusiast

  • Abhishek Dixit says:

    The real passion is in Somebody’s heart, not in an SUV…If you have spark then you can go leh ladakh in any vehicle.

    Abhishek Dixit
    Automobile Enthusiast

  • Gourav says:

    Hi Guys, I read your story couple of years ago. Reading it was a fun and I was smiling all the way.
    Would like to tell you that your story inspired me to write and today I also have one story here. Thank you for the motivation.

  • Vipul Sharma says:

    Really an informative article and good information provided about visiting Ladakh and a detailed day wise itinerary which helped me a lot to understand most about the terrains, the scenarios, the food. Really beautiful pictures with detailed content.

  • Sangeeta Nag says:

    Hi guys. A very inspiring and motivating article. It’s been my dream to go to Leh Ladakh by road. Would like to try it next year in the month of April or May. Thanks for the inspiration.

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