National Highway 1 (India)

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National Highway 1
Route information
Maintained by BRO
Length534 km (332 mi)
Major junctions
East end NH 3, Leh
Major intersections
West endS-3 Strategic Highway, Hattian Bala
StatesJammu & Kashmir, Ladakh
Baramulla, Srinagar, Kargil
Highway system
NH 87 NH 301

Schematic map of National Highways in India

National Highway 1 (NH 1) in India runs between the union territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. It comprises parts of old NH1A and NH1D.[1][2] The number 1 indicates, under the new numbering system,[2] that it is the northernmost East-West highway in India.

NH 1 through the Himalayan mountains

Route description[edit]

National Highway 1 near Leh, Ladakh

NH 1 passes from Uri to Baramulla, Srinagar, Sonamarg, Zoji La, Dras, Kargil and Leh. The route passes through high mountain passes and most of the road clings to mountainsides. The NH is the lifeline of the Ladakh region. An alternative route, the Leh-Manali Highway, exists but it climbs over even higher mountain passes. NH 1 passes near the India-Pakistan border.

Major intersections[edit]

LehLeh0.00.0 NH 3East end
KargilKargil217.4135.1 NH 301
BudgamSrinagar431.4268.1 NH 444
Srinagar445.1276.6 NH 44old NH1A
BaramullaBaramulla510.3317.1 NH 701A
510.6317.3 NH 701
574.1356.7S-3 Strategic HighwayWest end
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


The Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation (JKSRTC) operates regular Deluxe and Ordinary bus services between Srinagar and Leh on this route with an overnight halt at Kargil. Taxis (cars and jeeps) are also available at Srinagar for the journey.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "New National Highways notification - GOI" (PDF). The Gazette of India. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Rationalisation of Numbering Systems of National Highways" (PDF). New Delhi: Department of Road Transport and Highways. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 February 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Google Maps".

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