Leh-Delhi bus service starts after 21 months: La Tribune India
Kullu, July 1
The Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) today resumed bus service between Leh and Delhi, which had been suspended amid Covid for around 21 months. The service continues until September, after which various passes on the course see snowfall. Service was not resumed last year.
Lahaul and Spiti SP Manav Verma got off the Keylong bus. He praised the efforts of HRTC staff to operate in difficult terrain. He said the bus would improve the influx of tourists to the valley.
The 1,026 km trip from Leh to Delhi takes approximately 30 hours. Mangal Chand Manepa, HRTC regional manager, Keylong depot, said the one-way fare would be Rs 1,548. The bus will depart provisionally at 4 am from Leh for Delhi on July 2 and the time may be on time. be revised as the distance and travel time had been reduced due to the Atal tunnel. He said the RT PCR report was still mandatory to enter Ladakh and tourists should wear the report to avoid unnecessary hassle.
He said the bus service between Killar and Chamba over the Sach Pass also resumed yesterday. He said electric buses have also been running smoothly between Manali and Keylong through the Atal tunnel for the past two weeks. —OC