Eight months after bus services were stopped to arduous 1,050 km journey to Leh due to heavy snowfall, Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) on Monday restored bus services on Delhi-Leh route via Manali.
“Delhi-Leh bus service via Manali had been restarted from Monday and it will take 33 hours to complete the 1,050 km journey to remote region of Leh,” said a HRTC official.
The bus to the Ladakh capital will make brief halts and it will stop at major tourist spots like Manali in Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu district and Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti district.
The bus journey crosses four high mountain passes in the cold deserts of Himachal and Jammu and Kashmir, Rohtang Pass (13,050 ft), Baralacha Pass (16,020 ft), Lachungla Pass (16,620 ft) and Tanglangla Pass (17,480 ft) on its route to Leh and one-way fare between Delhi-Leh is Rs 1,203.
Booking for the bus tickets have started and a passenger can even book journey tickets online.
The Delhi-Leh bus service via Manali normally operates during four months in summer season and the 475 km Manali-Leh highway remains shut rest of the year due to snowfall.
The Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) has announced that its luxury bus service between Manali and Leh would restart in the first week of July and it runs a 35-seater bus on the Manali-Leh route via Keylong.
The bus leaves Manali in the morning and stops overnight at Keylong. From there, it departs for Leh and reaches the destination in the evening.