This post was last updated on September 16th, 2021
One of the major concerns of travelers going to Ladakh is the availability of petrol pumps on Srinagar Leh highway, Manali- Leh highway, and throughout the internal circuit.
In the past 10 years, Ladakh Tourism has risen significantly on many fronts. People can now freely self-ride and self-drive to various attractions in Leh-Ladakh. But there are still some things that travelers have to keep in mind.
We are going to discuss one of these problems that persist in every traveler’s mind throughout their trip. If you are planning on taking a road trip to Leh-Ladakh via Srinagar- Leh highway, then this blog is going to help you in knowing vital things about the fuel availability on this route.
Keep reading to know more about the petrol pumps on Srinagar- Leh Highway
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Should I be concerned about the fuel on Srinagar- Leh highway?
If you need a one-word answer to this question; you shouldn’t be concerned at all. Srinagar- Leh highway is highly developed and you will have no problem in finding a petrol pump on this route. Every now and then at comfortable intervals, you will get the pumps.
Petrol pumps between Srinagar and Leh
There are a number of petrol pumps on Srinagar Leh highways. You don’t have to worry about carrying jerry cans or spare petrol on this route. Here is some more insight on the same. Listed below are the places where you will get petrol pumps on this route.
Petrol Pumps/Fuel Availability in Srinagar
Being a well-developed city of India, Srinagar has multiple petrol pumps sprawled over its territory. Finding a petrol pump/fuel in Srinagar on Leh- Srinagar highway would not be a difficult task. You can also use a Google map to find the nearest pump from your location.
Petrol Pumps/Fuel Availability in Nagbal
Approximately 45 km away from Srinagar, a few kilometers from Pulwama; you will find another petrol pump which is Nagbal. This is a 24-hour working fuel station. You can get your vehicle’s tank full here.
Petrol Pumps/Fuel Availability in Ganderbal
The next place where you will find a petrol pump on the Srinagar-Leh highway will be Ganderbal. Both these villages are approximately 18 km from Srinagar. If you skipped fueling up in Srinagar and Nagbal, don’t worry, you can get your tank full at Ganderbal.
Petrol Pumps/Fuel Availability in Wussan
After Ganderbal, the next fuel station will be at Wussan. This is another small village just about 12 km from Ganderbal and 31 km from Srinagar.
Petrol Pumps/Fuel Availability in Gagangir
A few kilometers before Sonmarg at Gagangir, you can get your tank full. This is another village approximately 69 km from Srinagar. If you have a needle showing less fuel in your vehicle’s tank, then do get it filled here. There won’t be any petrol pumps until Kargil.
Petrol Pumps/Fuel Availability in Kargil
Sonmarg still doesn’t have a petrol pump so after Gagangir, the next place where you will find a petrol pump on Srinagar- Leh highway is in Kargil. You will not find any petrol pumps in Dras or Baltal.
Petrol Pumps/Fuel Availability in Khalsi
After leaving Kargil, there will be another petrol pump/fuel in Khalsi which is roughly 125 km from Kargil. Once you get your tank filled in Khalsi, you will have no problems in reaching Leh. It will be enough for the entire ride/ drive.
Availability of Mechanics and Vehicle Repairing Shops on Srinagar Leh Highway
Now that you are well-aware of the petrol pumps on Srinagar Leh highway, the next important thing that usually concerns people is finding a mechanic. When compared to the Manali-Leh highway, this one is much more developed but there are a few patches where you would not want to get stranded.
Although it is recommended to get your vehicle serviced before leaving your place. But if you think you require a mechanic then these are places where you can get a mechanic and vehicle repairing shops on Srinagar- Leh highway.
Places where you find mechanic shops between Srinagar & Leh for small faults
Places where you find Vehicle Repairing shops between Srinagar & Leh For just fixing your tire’s puncture:
Important Tips while carrying spare fuel for Ladakh Trip
- One of the best ways to carry spare fuel is in metal jerry cans. You can get them at any utility store. These metal cans are leakproof and can be often seen being carried by army people.
- If you don’t want to buy these cans, you can also simply keep 2 ltr cold drink bottles. They are also leak-proof and have a narrow neck that helps to refuel easily and without spilling.
- If you are traveling in a car you can either increase the number of cold drink bottles or fill up a 20 ltr water container. Just make sure it is leakproof because that’s the last thing you would want on your trip (a leaking can).
- You can simply use plastic to seal the opening of the cans. This will improve the “leak-proof” availability and also prevent the petrol from spilling.
- No matter what container you use to carry spare fuel, just remember to fill it up to 90% of the container’s capacity. Overfilling the cans can increase the chance of spilling the fuel.
- While carrying a can on your bike, it is advised to keep it covered because while you ride, there are chances that a pebble or stone might hit the can and result in cracking it.
- If you are buying fuel in black, make sure to use a thin cloth to filter the impurities.
How is the fuel availability in Leh Ladakh’s inner circuit?
There are a few places where you need to carry reserves whereas to some places you can go with a full tank. Also, if you do not want to return to Leh without completing your entire circuit, you will definitely have to carry fuel.
How about the petrol pumps on Manali Leh highway?
Manali- Leh highway has a stretch of 365 km of no petrol pump. Once you leave Manali, you will have to get your tank filled at Tandi. This is the last petrol filling station on this route before Karu. Although Jeeps, cars, and SUVs would not have a problem during this stretch, if you are traveling on a bike, you might just need to carry a can for an emergency.
If you do not want to carry any cans, you can simply ask for fuel at Sarchu and Pang. But again while filling the fuel use a cloth as a filter.
Can I carry fuel in any bottle?
The only thing that you need to keep in mind is that the jerry can you use should be leakproof. It is better to carry the metallic cans that are used by army people.
Which are the routes in Ladakh where you need to carry spare fuel?
It is not just the highways where you will have to be cautious about carrying fuel but even in the internal circuit as well. Here are some routes where you will have to carry spare fuel.
- Leh – Hanle – Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Sarchu – Keylong – Manali: This entire route is approximately 700 km round trip, therefore you need to have some fuel in reserve.
- Leh – Karu – Rumtse – Taglang La – Sarchu – Keylong – Tandi – Manali: This entire route is approximately 400 km round trip, therefore you need to have some fuel in reserve.
- Leh – Nubra Valley – Pangong Tso – Tso Moriri – Leh: This entire route is approximately 950 km round trip, therefore you need to have some fuel in reserve.
- Leh – Pangong Tso – Tso Moriri – Leh: This entire route is approximately 700 km round trip, therefore you need to have some fuel in reserve.
- Leh – Nubra Valley – Pangong Tso – Leh via Wari La: This entire route is approximately 650 km round trip, therefore you need to have some fuel in reserve.
- Leh – Pangong Tso – Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Sarchu – Keylong – Tandi – Manali: This entire route is approximately 950 km round trip, therefore you need to have some fuel in reserve.
- Leh – Pangong Tso – Hanle – Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Sarchu – Keylong – Tandi – Manali: This entire route is approximately 1075 km round trip, therefore you need to have some fuel in reserve.
- Leh – Nubra Valley – Pangong Tso – Hanle – Tso Moriri – Leh: This entire route is approximately 1075 km round trip, therefore you need to have some fuel in reserve.
- Leh – Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Sarchu – Keylong – Manali : This entire route is approximately 550 km round trip, therefore you need to have some fuel in reserve.