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  • The Beauty of Ladakh on a Bike Trip

    By: Admin | In: Travel | Last Updated: 2017-10-23

    The Beauty of Ladakh on a Bike Trip

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    Want to get Leh'd and ride over that roaring beauty called your bike? Call your gang, plan a trip to ladakh, and accelerate the engine. Crossing the rugged terrains and reaching the place blest with an otherworldly ambiance called Ladakh, gives a feel of accomplishing one of the best tasks of the life. Measuring the length and breadth of the roads on a bike trip to Ladakh is an experience that is indescribable. In simpler words, such a trip is an emotion that can only be felt.

    My friend, you might now have started staring into space as your brains tell you to plan a bike trip to Ladakh. Relax, you can relish it after going through what all is necessary before you get ready for the enjoyment with the bunch of your buddies.

  • About Leh Ladakh Bike Trip

    About Leh Ladakh Bike Trip

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    Every ardent biker lives with a dream to drive on the stimulating hilly roads and passes of Ladakh. Leh Ladakh bike trip is deemed among the best adventure experiences on the land of high passes. A well-organized itinerary provides you the absolute thrill of driving on the tortuous roads of Leh, along with the Kullu Valley. The highlight of the Ladakh bike trip includes riding through the serpentine roads and high mountain passes, shopping in the Leh bazaars, a visit to the placid monasteries like Thiksey and Shey, a visit to the Buddhist Shanti Stupa, and savoring a lavish ladakhi dinner. The itinerary also offers a visit to the places like Manali, Jispa, Sarchu, Leh, Pangong Lake (one of the most spectacular lakes in the world), and Khardung La. Experiencing the Ladakhi culture, tantalizing views, and wonderful weather are auxiliary bonuses!

  • Best Times For A Bike Trip

    Best Time For A Bike Trip

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    Itinerant to the Himalayas requires proper planning and a suitable month to visit. Though it all depends on your preference, whether you want to experience the intense freezing temperatures on the altitude (which is nearly impossible on a bike, unless you crave for a frostbite!) or desire a cool atmosphere with nature blooming at its best. For the bikers, the best time for a bike trip would be the months starting from April to September. You can easily get accommodations and camps at Nubra. Even the Pangong starts setting up by the mid of April. As the weather starts warming up, all the passes and roads open up tentatively by the mid of June. Biking in this weather is really fun! With an average daily temperature of 25 degrees, the bikers can enjoy the natural grandeur, making the shutterbugs going crazy for the panoramic views that will leave you spellbound!

  • Ideal Duration For A Bike Trip

    A difficult question to answer though, but an average guided bike tour to Leh Ladakh may take a minimum of 10-12 days. Many factors count here, such as the route you take, stoppages per day, how you plan your itinerary, and most importantly, the budget you have if you are planning for a long stay to enjoy the pristine beauty of Ladakh.

  • Best Bikes For Leh-Ladakh Bike Trip

    Best Bikes For Leh-Ladakh Bike Trip

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    Well! Again a tricky question, but a simple answer to it are the following features that you should consider before choosing your beast for the trip:

    • Age: Don't frown! I am not asking your age, but the age of your bike matters a lot here. The fact of Old is Gold' doesn't apply here, as the bike you choose should be in a perfect condition! Remember, old machines have more chances of breaking down every now and then. So, select your ride wisely.
    • Odometer: How new is your bike hardly matters if you have over-run it more than a lakh km in 3-4yrs.
    • Pillion: If your passenger seat is occupied, then don't dare opt for small engines, as there will always be double backpacks for the doubles to carry.
    • Luggage: The less the luggage is, the more comfortable the journey will be.
    • Servicing of the bike: A must before you even think for any long bike trip! That's equally important.

    Having a more powerful bike, like Royal Enfield or Harley Davidson with a substantial engine, of course, gives an edge. Still, here goes a list of some chosen bikes to give a clear view on the options:
    • Bajaj Pulsar RS
    • Suzuki Intruder
    • Bajaj Avenger
    • Royal Enfield Thunderbird
    • KTM Duke
    • Indian Scout
    • Royal Enfield Himalayan

  • Bike Rentals

    Bike Rentals for Ladakh Bike Trip

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    Not being biased with the bike owners, there are rental facilities for those who don't own one. The tariff differs as per the city from which you depart but, a rough estimate goes to 900-1200 INR per day. The credentials required for hiring a bike are an authorized photo id proof, your driving license, 10,000 INR as a security deposit, and a permission letter from your parents/guardians if you are under 25. Talking about Manali specifically, the charges range from 1000-1800 INR per day along with the same credentials as above. The security deposit goes between 12,000-18,000 INR. For a better assistance, hiring a mechanic on daily pays is also facilitated.

  • Things To Do

    Things To Do Ladakh Bike Trip

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    The adventure experiences en routing Ladakh may include camping at the rough terrain, gazing at the clear skies layered with shimmering stars at night that is almost impossible in the metro cities now, sitting by the Pangong Tso watching the river changing its color various times a day, knowing the local culture and savoring authentic cuisines, river rafting at Zanskar, and the extraordinary taste of hot Maggie on the world's highest motorable road.

  • What To Pack

    This bike trip requires a smart packing, as you are carrying your luggage in a compact two-wheeler vehicle with no scope of over luggage. The general list may include:

    • Enough warm clothes that can be worn layer-by-layer starting from the thermal inners to a handy heavy jacket along with warm accessories like gloves, capes, mufflers, socks, etc.
    • A tough helmet to keep the brains working and safe!
    • An extra pair of shoes, preferably gumboots.
    • Medicines
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen (in bulk)
    • First-aid kit
    • Tool-kit
    • Money
    • Toiletries
    • Documents and Ids
    • Snack items such as nuts, chocolates, biscuits, and Cuppa-noodles
    • Water
    • Glucose
    • Disposable Cutlery
    • Camping equipment
    • Sleeping bags
    • Swiss army knife
    • Camera
    • Potable phone chargers, backup batteries, and Bluetooth headset
    • Physical map
    • Multiple charger
    • Rain covers for luggage and self

  • Tips

    You would be getting enough advice from the people surrounding you but take an account of the following tips that come straight from the mouth of a pro biker:

    • Do your homework properly before initiating the trip.
    • Choose the route wisely.
    • Check your physical fitness.
    • Keep your documents safe, but handy.
    • If you are opting for the Manali-Leh route, do carry some extra cans of petrol apart from the full tank, as there are only two petrol pumps on this route.
    • Abide the rules as you meander the roads of the Himalayas.
    • Know your bike in and out, in case of any breakdown.
    • Keep the medicines and some eatables handy, in case you are prone to altitude sickness.
    • Check for the ATMs on the route you opt.

  • Budget

    All depends on how affluent your pocket is! The base where you start from, the route you choose, taste, comfort, preferences, circumstances, the condition of the biker, and the number of people traveling along are a few attributes that affect the cost of the trip. The cost per day may start from 700 INR to 3000 INR and plus, based on the choice of accommodation and food you opt for. So, no splurging.

  • Places To Visit

    This incredible journey is an experience in itself. There is always a new site to view throughout the journey. The gushing rivers, lofty passes, majestic mountains, and the picturesque woods running beside you will take away all the travel fatigue. Still, the highlights within the vicinity that are surely not to be missed are:

    • Zanskar and Ladakh Mountain Ranges
    • Tso Moriri Lake
    • Khardungla Pass
    • Nubra Valley
    • Magnetic Hill
    • Spituk Gompa
    • Namgyal Monastery
    • Hemis Monastery
    • Lamayuru Monastery
    • Likir Monastery
    • Shanti Stupa
    • Leh Palace
    • Zanskar river
    • Snow Leopards and other wildlife
    • The Donkey Sanctuary

  • Now, that you have gathered all the required info regarding this adventurous Ladakh bike tour, you must be lured to roar the bike's engine and explore the enticing panorama of the mysterious hilly setting of Ladakh. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your cell phone and phone-a-friend ASAP!

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