Leh-Shrinagar National Highway officialy opens from 15th May to 15thNovember every year (depending on weather condition). By road Leh to Shrinagar 434kms, Kargil 230 kms, Manali 497 kms, Keylong 380 kms.
Jammu Kashmir Road Transport Corp. operates buses between Srinagar & LehFare (approx) : Super Deluxe- Rs.225, A Class- Rs.125, B Class- Rs.100.
PLACES OF INTERESTAt Leh
Leh Khar Palace, Leh Monastery, Leh Mosque, Tsamo Gompa.
Kargil has beautiful Imambaras at Trespone and Sankho representing Turkish architecture.Attached to these Imambaras there are famous Arabic and Persian speaking Muslim divinesknown as ghas.
Mulbak Monastary 190 kms, Lamayura 125 kms, Alehi Gompa 135 kms, Likir Gompa 140 kms,Phiyang Gompa 20 kms, Spitak Monastary 8 kms, Snaker Gompa 3 kms, Shey PalaceMonastary 15 kms, Thiksey Monastary 19 kms, Hemis 49 kms.
Ladakh is a virtual paradise for Adventure sports-Mountaineering, trekking White water rafting / canoeing etc. For mountaineering the Zanskar Range, the Ladakh range and recently openedKarakoram range offer some of the finest challenges and schedule for reservation is availablewith Indian Mountaineering Foundation, Banito Juaraz marg, New Delhi, Tel: 671211.ForTrekkers, Ladakh has immense possibilities.
Some well known treks around Leh are :
Leh-Lamayuru-Wanla-Ursi-Tar La-Mangyur-Saspol-Leh (7 days)
Leh-Stok-Zachan-Runbagh Pass-Shingo-Skiu-Shaluk-Markha-Nimaling-Longmaru-La-Churkirmo-Shang-Hemis-Leh (14 days)
Padam-Tongde-Zangla-Sher Sher La-Chup Cha-Shang Kong Ma-Kurna Sumdo-NariNarsa-Lang Tan-Hankar-Nima Ling-Shakdo-Hemis (14 days) Trekking equipment canbe hired from Leh Tourist Office, on nominal charges and its recommended that theyshould be consulted for information & guidance. Indus and its tributaries provideexciting opportunities for rafting/caneoing.
Ladakh has its own version of polo which is played during the summer months in Leh.
Tourist Information Centre Jammu & Kashmir Department of Tourism, Leh, Tel: 95/97.
Jammu & Kashmir Tourist office, 12 Jawahar Lal Nehru Road, Calcutta, Tel: 248-5791.
The holy cave shrine of Vaishno devi is situated in a beautiful racess of the Trikuta Mountainsforming a part of the lower Himalayas as in the state of Jammu & Kashmir at an altitude of over5000 feet. In the cave there are images of three dieties viz. the Mahakali, Mahalakshmi andMahasaraswati. The shrine can be visited throughout the year, but during the winter seasonthe route is often blocked by snow-fall.