The Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) has resumed its bus service on Leh – News Delhi route after a gap of about nine months.
The bus service was flagged of by Sub – Divisional Magistrate Amar Negi at Keylong today (June 20).
The bus service covers a distance of 1072 kilometers in 36 hours and passes through many high passes like – the Rohtang pass ( 13050 ft) , the Baralacha pass (16020 ft), , the Lachunga pass ( 16620 ft ) and the Tang Lang La ( 17480 ft) .
The HRTC has also found a place in Limca Book of Records for running Leh – Manali bus service on the road passing through at the height of 17480 ft. Temperature remain below zero degree at many places on the route.
The HRTC had stopped this bus service on the October 15, 2018 after heavy snowfall on this route and process to restart the bus service was revived after Manali- Leh road was cleared of snow a few days back by the Border Roads Organization (BRO) and vehicular traffic resumed after about eight months.
The Leh – Delhi bus service is quite popular among adventure tourists and local residents as passengers can travel between Leh and Delhi on a very nominal fare of Rs 1050 in comparison to exorbitant taxi charges of Rs 45000.
On the route the HRTC replaces three drivers, which takes thirty six hours for one way journey and the bus service takes a night halt also on the way.