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Old 6th February 2017, 14:23   #1291
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Has anyone noticed that Google Maps is not showing the route map beyond Srinagar? Anyone has any update on this? Planning a trip to Leh in last week of May, hence needed the route map
Hi Ramsnavy,

I am also planning Leh in mid-May and while doing my bit of research, even I noticed that Google Maps is not showing any route from Delhi to Leh.

My vague idea is that the roads are closed right now and hence, not showing on google maps. However, it'll be great if a senior can shed light on this from their experience.

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Old 6th February 2017, 14:39   #1292
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This happens during winters, Google Maps would show the last real-time situation recorded. Due to snow, the higher-altitude roads are all closed hence this confusion.

I am not sure how true is this info, but this is what I have noticed over the past several years.
So when does the map start showing the route?
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Has anyone noticed that Google Maps is not showing the route map beyond Srinagar? Anyone has any update on this? Planning a trip to Leh in last week of May, hence needed the route map
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This happens during winters, Google Maps would show the last real-time situation recorded. Due to snow, the higher-altitude roads are all closed hence this confusion.

I am not sure how true is this info, but this is what I have noticed over the past several years.
^^ True !! Since the roads are officially closed, Google maps will not show a route. Happens every winter.

Workaround : Use the depart by option. Change the depart by from NOW to June 15, 2017.

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Hello all - would 20th-30th May be too early for a drive to Leh? What is the likelihood of Srinagar-Leh and Manali-Leh highways opening up for traffic by this time? Also, what other areas would I NOT be able to cover if I go at this time of the year?

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In the previous few posts, passes are likely to open by June only. Considering the summer vacation in India for kids are during April-May, looking for any options for a bike trip in the Himalayas.

If not Leh, what else is possible?
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In the previous few posts, passes are likely to open by June only. Considering the summer vacation in India for kids are during April-May, looking for any options for a bike trip in the Himalayas.

If not Leh, what else is possible?
You can easily do Himachal or Uttaranchal in between April-May. Also you can go to some beautiful place like Chanshal Pass, or visit Gangotri ( the Temple will open in May). You can check my travelogue which i did in May, 2016 to give you an idea.

Feel free to ask anything.
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Are Inner Line Permits still required to visit places around Leh?
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Are Inner Line Permits still required to visit places around Leh?
You do not need ILP for the popular places.
Found a article : http://www.lehladakhindia.com/innerline-permits/

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What would be the recommended time of the year to visit Sach Pass and Leh(via Manali) in a S-Cross?
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You can easily do Himachal or Uttaranchal in between April-May. Also you can go to some beautiful place like Chanshal Pass, or visit Gangotri ( the Temple will open in May).
I went through your ride and it looks welcoming. However being someone who lives down south, a visit to Himalayas doesn't happen often or rather it happens rarely due to the long vacation and high expenses it demands especially while on a road trip.

I am kind of skipping the biking idea for this year and trying to make a guys only SUV trip in June so that no vital experiences are missed.

Any pointers on climatic situation this year and high-level predictions on when BRO will likely open the passes for public will be of great help.
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I went through your ride and it looks welcoming. However being someone who lives down south, a visit to Himalayas doesn't happen often or rather it happens rarely due to the long vacation and high expenses it demands especially while on a road trip.

I am kind of skipping the biking idea for this year and trying to make a guys only SUV trip in June so that no vital experiences are missed.

Any pointers on climatic situation this year and high-level predictions on when BRO will likely open the passes for public will be of great help.
Thank you. How many days do you have in hand? And if you have already planned a place to go, then i can inform you accordingly.

As per me I would suggest you to plan for Spiti Valley around mid-June.

As per the weather conditions now, May onward the pass of several places start opening and by mid-June, almost all the pass are open. But yes the inital days after the higher altitudes pass opens, the roads are a mess, with slush and water streams from the melting ice. But the beauty remains intact of these places.
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What would be the recommended time of the year to visit Sach Pass and Leh(via Manali) in a S-Cross?
You can do once the roads settle down. June-July will have slushy roads around but you can do after July.
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Are Inner Line Permits still required to visit places around Leh?

No. You do not need an ILP now a days. But do carry few copies of your ID proofs with originals.




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Hello all - would 20th-30th May be too early for a drive to Leh? What is the likelihood of Srinagar-Leh and Manali-Leh highways opening up for traffic by this time? Also, what other areas would I NOT be able to cover if I go at this time of the year?

Thanks in advance...
The roads do open in early or mid May but will be in a very bad shape especially Zozila Pass and roads from Leh to Sarchu except few stretches. So it's advisable to do it from last week of may or in June. I did a Kerala - Leh trip in june first week of 2016.
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I had traveled through Spiti valley and Chandratal lake in late September. The weather was fine and the roads in fairly good shape. The bonus was the apples were ripe and so juicy. There is not much traffic due to the late season but facilities are still available.
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Thank you. How many days do you have in hand? And if you have already planned a place to go, then i can inform you accordingly.
Heart says Kochi - Chandigarh - Srinagar - Leh - Manali - Chandigarh - Kochi. Chandigarh to Chandigarh I should be able to spare about 10 days if a beautiful itenary can be worked out. Have to factor about 8 days for up and down drive between Kochi and Chandigarh.

Please feel free to correct my ignorance being a first time traveler to Himalayas. First of all is it a realistic plan in high level? If yes, what all places like Spiti valley or Nubra valley can be added between Srinagar - Leh - Manali circuit? Should I add another week or push the travel to July to make this trip at its best?

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