Dreaming to ride across the cold desert of India i.e., Leh Ladakh, but are you having difficulty in planning? From budget to the most exciting routes, we have got you covered. Leh- Ladakh is the land of marvelous visions. The rich beauty which it beholds is a treat for the eyes and soul. If you are a solo traveler and a bike trip to Ladakh is next on your list, then here is the complete guide for you to prepare for the trip.
- DECIDING THE ROUTE
There are three main routes for ladakh bike trip.
- This route is also known as the Circuit route. The route is from Delhi-Jammu-Srinagar-Kargil-Leh-Manali-Chandigarh-Delhi
The distance between Srinagar to Leh in the first route is 421 Km. It covers Sonemarg,Zoji La, Dras, Kargil, Mulbekh, Lamayuru, Saspol, and Leh. The route via Manali will cover almost 3000Km. One travels through Manali, Spiti, Rohtang, Gramphu, Kokhsar, Keylong, Jispa, Darcha, Zingzingbar, Bara-lacha La, Sarchu, Gata Loops, Nakee La, Lachulung La, Pang, Tanglang La, Gia, Upshi, Karu, Leh, Pangong lake, Chang la pass. The circuit route is longer than both routes covering a distance of 3000- 3500 Km.
You can choose any bike within the range of 100cc to 1000cc. The bike should be well-maintained. As there is no petrol-pump on Manali- Leh Highway, you should carry extra petrol. For a 100cc bike, 5L extra petrol should be carried and for a 150+ cc bike, 10L petrolshould be carried. The entire cost of petrol will depend on your bike. For example, if your bike has a mileage of 40 Km, the petrol cost for the circuit route will be Rs 5500-6000/- and for The Manali route, it will be within Rs 5000/-.
Carrying a bike toolkit and puncture kit is necessary. Along with these two, other important things which need to be carried along include a chain lock, spark plug, chain lubricant, accelerator wire, and a small pack of engine oil.
- CLOTHES AND ACCESSORIES
You should carry warm clothes, both summer and winter bike gloves, knee caps and elbow caps, helmet, raincoat, power bank, postpaid sim, waterproof bags, keypad phone, mobile charger, camera, toiletries,etc.
If you are going via Srinagar, you only require one permit. However, if you are going through the Manali route, you need two permits. One permit is required for the Rohtang pass and the second permit is required for Leh.
There are many options for staying in Ladakh. Most of tourist opt for ladakh tour package, to cover all the places of ladakh. You can stay in a tent, in a hotel or you can home-stay. You have to stay in a tent for at least 2-3 days.The normal charge for a tent is usually Rs 2000/ – for 4 people. You can carry your tent as well. The hotel charges around Rs. 1000-2000/-. Along with being cheaper, home-stay has another advantage of letting you enjoy the local delicacies.
THE CIRCUIT ROUTE: While traveling from this route, you will be having a breath-taking ride to Leh, traveling across the green fields of Sonamarg, the banks of Sindh River, the town of Dras, Zoji La mountain pass, you will reach the city of Kargil where you can visit the Kargil War memorial. After leaving Kargil, you will travel through Alchi, Lamayuru, and Saraks in Ladakh to reach Leh. After spending time in Leh, you will have an electrifying experience riding across the Khardung-La pass, (where you can visit the Deskit Monastery), to reach Hunder, where you will discover the Wari-La Nubra Valley. You can do a camel safari in the valley. Your departure from Nubra Valley will lead you to the mesmerizing Pangong Tso lake and from there you will head towards Karu. From Karu, you will go to Sarchu, a place in the Himalayas, and then via Manali, you will come back to Delhi. The best time to visit this route is early May to late October.
- EXPLORING LEH-LADAKH
There are many captivating places in Leh. One can visit the Lamayuru Monastery and capture the views of Lamayuru which are also known as the ‘Moon land Hills’. The places to visit include the beautiful Namgyal Tsemo Gompa or Namgyal Tsemo Monastery in Ladakh, the Shanti Stupa which glows on a full moon, The Leh Palace, The Hemis Monastry and Tso Moriri Lake, etc.
A bike trip and chadar trek of Ladakh is one of the most adventurous trips. You have to take a risk to travel across. Some of the most difficult, yet beautiful places in the world. It is a trip where you spend most of your nights camping under the stars, feeling the wind on your face and peace at heart. If well planned, it can cost around Rs.12000/- to 15000/- and it can turn out to be spectacular. Now that you are all prepared, get ready to go on a trip where you explore nature, the culture, and your soul.