Shimla: The arduous 1,050 km bus journey linking Delhi to Leh via Manali has resumed eight months after it was stopped due to heavy snowfall, an official said in Shimla on Monday.

"The to and from daily bus service between Delhi and Leh restarted on Monday. The 1,050 km journey will take 33 hours," Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) regional manager Mangal Singh said.

The bus to Ladakh capital would make brief halts and stops at major tourist spots like Manali in Himachal Pradesh's Kullu district and Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti district.

The one-way fare between Delhi-Leh is Rs1,203. The bus crosses four high mountain passes in the cold deserts of Himachal and Jammu and Kashmir - Rohtang Pass (13,050 ft), Baralacha Pass (16,020 ft), Lachungla Pass (16,620 ft) and Tanglangla Pass (17,480 ft).

"The response of tourists are quite good. A passenger can even avail the facility of online booking to get their tickets in advance," the official said.

Delhi-Leh bus service via Manali normally operates for four months as the 475 km Manali-Leh highway remains shut rest of the year due to snowfall.

Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) has announced that its luxury bus service between Manali and Leh would restart in the first week of July.

HPTDC runs a 35-seater bus on Manali-Leh route via Keylong. The bus leaves Manali in the morning and stops overnight at Keylong.

From there, it departs for Leh and reaches the destination by evening.

(Agencies)

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