This 434 KM long Highway is entirely within the State of Jammu & Kashmir in North India connecting Srinagar to Leh in Ladakh. Declared as National Highway 1D in the year 2006, this highway now is like a lifeline in the form of road connecting Leh – Ladakh with the rest of India via Kashmir Valley. The highway runs alongside of the River Indus through some extremely rough, harsh and barren terrain piled with snow including the three high mountain passes named Zozi La, Namki La and Fotu La.The Highway generally remains close for about 6 months in an year starting from month of November to May due to heavy snowfall on the mountain. Hence, the best season to travel Srinagar – Leh Highway is between June to October.
Self -Drive – Mostly people prefer for self drive trip to Ladakh by their own car and some of them even also prefer for self drive or self ride to Ladakh by hiring / renting a car. In any case, travelling by hired car or personal car is to live the passion of driving or riding through one of the toughest and adventurous terrains accessible in India. But you should be careful while driving or riding through slushy roads, snow and water crossing. Also, it is important to get maintenance / servicing of your vehicle prior to the start of this arduous journey.
Type of Car (Self – Drive) – When it comes to cars, although an SUV/MUV is good to have and a 4WD SUV will definitely help during this kind of journey.
By Taxi -Another option is you can hire a Private taxi by going directly to the Srinagar taxi stand for a drop to Leh.
Other Conveyance- You can also get in touch with some travel agent or taxi union in Srinagar who also runs their private buses or Tempo Travellers on Srinagar – Leh Highway.
NH4, Mumbai-Pune Expressway – Feel the thrill of talking to the winds as you drive on this six-lane expressway. Snuggled between the beautiful Sahyadri ranges, the route is ultimate scenic with picturesque surroundings. The taxi service runs between Dadar Circle and Pune railway station that takes about 4.5 hours to cover the complete distance. They seat four (Padmini) to five (Ambassador), passengers which can be a quite uncomfortable. Therefore, you can book the entire taxi or pay for two seats, if you would like a more comfortable ride. The taxis are easily available and the fare for the ride is to be paid at the starting point costs about Rs 200 per seat. However, the booking of a full Ambassador taxi costs Rs. 1,000 while a Padmini costs Rs 800. You can even experience the drive through the tunnels on this route. So what are you waiting for? Experience the joy of travelling with your family & friends.
Yamuna Expressway, Greater Noida to Agra – The 165 km long highway connects Greater Noida with Agra. The six-lane Expressway has cut down the distance between Delhi and Agra from the earlier 210 km to almost 165 km. not only that has also reduced the travelling time to two hours. It is indeed worthwhile to drive on this route for an amazing long drive experience. Earlier, it used to take at least five hours to reach Agra, and that too if we were lucky not to get stuck in a traffic jam. At both ends of the route are two of the biggest cities of the Mughals-Agra and Delhi. You can travel by your own car or rent a car for a self -drive trip. Car rental services are available that provide car on rent at different price, so you can choose the one you feel is best for accordingly. This definitely could be an ultimate fun and very exciting.