TAXI: Taxis or Hired vehicles from out side is not allowed to play in Ladakh area by the taxi union. The reason being the dream-like short tourist season of Ladakh when the local taxis earn for rest of the year.
However, if the vehicle is private and personal you can do the sighteeings.
Taxis in Leh do not has a meter and do not run on Kilometer basis but point to point charges. The taxi rates are fixed and authorised by the local administration.
99% of the taxis are driven and maintained by the owner themself thus they are very well maintained. The drivers speaks Hindi and most of them may understand English but can to reply well.
BUSES: There are local buses running frequently to the villages and are very cheap compared to hiring a taxi but you can not stop at points to photograph etc.
Similarly taxi from Leh can not play for sighseeing in Kargil or Zanskar. So you have to change vehicle in this sector and the safari cost will be very hight as you are paying for each taxis return journey too.
MOTOR BIKE: Some agencies in Leh give motorbike mostly Enfield Bike on hire on per day basis.
We flew Jet Airways both ways. It took a little over an hour. Will fly with them any chance I can again. Excellent service! Clean modern aircraft and very friendly and efficient staff.
To get around we walked around Leh (up up up) and for the rest of the trips hired a jeep and driver/s. Husain organized the latter. As we were all pooling our money and paying in a lump sum, I have no idea how much it cost. Our drivers were great, even if the roads weren't. Will write more in a travelogue. Pictured are the world's highest road workers. At around 5000m above sea level!