The Srinagar Leh highway is about 434KM long and it remains closed from November to May due to heavy snowfall. Zojila Pass is one of the Major Passes in the route which starts receiving the snow from November and the snow deposits make Leh non accessible by this route. The snow fall also bring a considerable amount of damage to the roads and bridges. The BRO team start fixing this from mid of March ably supported by the melting snow to complete the repair work by Mid of May. The Bro team then flag-off and officially declare the routes to be open around mid of May to first week of June.
Although the roads are open in May, it is noticed they still are in bad shape and BRO continue to work on them and improve as the time progress. Also in the previous years we saw a few landslides in May which slowly get stabilised by June. Hence travelling between June to October is considered to be the best time by this route. However, you will not find any snow from Mid of August as the summer would have melted all the snow by then.
We also recommend our guest to avoid this road in the range of 15 August, during independence day as we have noticed a few bandh and also strikes during this period.
Another time to avoid the road is during Amaranth Yatra as you find a lot of pilgrims travelling leading to huge traffic jams. To maintain the crowd the army forces block the travellers and are advised to proceed only when presented the vouchers of Leh hotel bookings.
The distance from Srinagar to Leh is about 421 Km and journey can be done in one, two days (recommended) or three days as per your preferences.
The two day plan to travel to Leh by Srinagar Leh Highway is the most preferred itinerary by travellers. In this you eventually split the journey into two parts and provide yourself sufficient time for sightseeing which again can be done in multiple ways.
The option of travelling to Leh from Srinagar is only recommended for the one who is travelling in the private vehicles as Srinagar taxi Union affiliated vehicles are not allowed at Lamayauru or Alchi. Thus an accommodation at these villages is not possible.
The journey remains the same till Alchi as mentioned in the two day plan where your plan deviates once you reach Alchi or Lamayuru where you decide to stay. Based on your stay yo then finish the sham valley tour and reach Leh on Day Three by evening.
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