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Road Trip to Ladakh: Complete Guide

 
  • Ladakh, the land of high passes, is one of the highest visited tourist destinations in India. Located more than 3,000m above the sea level, the scenic beauty of the Himalayan range and the Karakoram Mountain ranges add to the alluring beauty of this region.

    Any road trips to Ladakh takes you through scenic valleys, rugged terrains, high passes, snow clad mountains and many more fascinating elements of nature. Offering mesmeric views of the surroundings, these trips also offers adequate amount of challenges as the prevailing conditions along these regions cannot be exactly predicted at times.

    There are two different routes that lead to Ladakh- one from Srinagar and the other from Manali: Srinagar to Leh and Manali to Leh.

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  • 02Route 1: Srinagar to Leh

    Route 1: Srinagar to Leh
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    On the Srinagar to Leh trip, you will visit beautiful villages, war memorial, Himalayan valleys, a mountain top Gurudwara, monasteries and more. This is a comprehensive trip that exposes you to the various facets of Ladakh. In this exciting road trip, you visit spectacular locations.

    Be it the green fields of Sonamargh or the quaint and happy villages on the banks of the Sindh River, fill your eyes with the sights, sounds and essence of Ladakh. Covering a distance of 434 kms, this trip lets you understand the true majesty of Mother Nature’s creations.

    Total Distance: 434 Kms

    Best Time to Visit: Highway generally opens on early May to late October (Depends on the weather)

    Route Map:

    Srinagar – Sonmarg – Zozi La – Drass – Kargil – Mulbek – Lamayaru – Saspol – Leh

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  • 03Route 2: Manali to Leh

    Image Credit : Prabhu B Doss - Flickr

    Covering a distance of 490km, be treated to an unforgettable experience on the Ladakh road trip. On the Manali to Leh road trip, you will traverse through high mountain passes, narrow passes, hair pin bends and scenic valleys where you can click panoramic photographs.

    You will tour villages and witness the quiet and elegant lifestyle of people living in such divine settings. Fantastic scenic quotients, monasteries, resplendent villages, ancient trade routes and jaw-dropping views are the highlights of this trip.

    Total Distance: 490 Kms

    Best Time to Visit: June to September

    Route Map:

    Manali – Rohtang – Gramphu – Kokhsar – Keylong – Jispa – Darcha – Zingzingbar – Baralacha La – Bharatpur – Sarchu – Gata Loops – Nakee La – Lachulung La – Pang - Tanglang La – Gya - Upshi - Karu – Leh

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  • 04Places to visit during Srinagar to Leh Road Trip

  • 05Sonmarg

    Sonmarg
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    Translated as the Meadow of Gold in English, Sonmarg is located in the Ganderbal district. Situated in the finest regions of the Himalayan glaciers, this place is known for its majestic views of the Kolhoi Glacier and Machoi Glacier.

    Being an alpine valley, it is a popular tourist destination with grassy meadows providing imposing views of the glaciers while taking a road trip to Ladakh. There are trekking routes from this place to numerous lakes such as Gangabal Lake, Krishnasar Lake and Vishansar Lake. You can also visit the nearby Baltal valley and reach the Amarnath sacred cave.


  • 06Drass Valley

    Drass Valley

    Starting from the base of the Zojila pass, this is a Himalayan getaway like no other! Located in the Kargil district of Jammu & Kashmir, this place is also known colloquially as the Gateway to Ladakh. The Drass Valley is an adjacent land that runs along the Drass River.

    Trekkers visit this valley to take a trek to the Suru Valley. This is a three day long trek and the route passes through upland villages and green meadows. You can also visit the Pugu Valley from here. This valley is known for its hot springs that has potential therapeutic health benefits.


  • 07Kargil War Memorial

    Image Credit : Kamaljith K V- Flickr

    Dedicated to the war heroes and martyrs of the Kargil War, this war memorial is a testimony to the selfless sacrifice of Indian soldiers in the Kargil War. There are artefacts, expositions and a memento shop inside the complex. When you are going for a road trip to Ladakh, you can get hats, T-shirts and other such items from the shop.

    There is a sandstone wall on which the names of slain Army personnel are displayed. There is also information on the events that led to the war and you can also read about the details of how the Indian Army captured peaks and market their glorious victory. 


  • 08Pattharsahib Gurudwara

    Pattharsahib Gurudwara
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    25km from Leh, this magnificent gurudwara is dedicated to Guru Nanak. Built in the 15th century, this structure commemorates the visit of the Guru to this region. It is also a symbolization of the love and respect, the Tibetans hold toward the Guru and his teachings. Tibetans even idolize Guru Nanak as a Buddhist Saint and call him fondly as Guru Gompka Maharaj.

    Built and managed by the Indian Army, there is a stone with Guru’s form imprinted on it in the premises of the gurudwara. You can spend your time visiting the Gurudwara’s Diwan Hall and Darbar Hall.


  • 09Mulbekh Monastery

    Mulbekh Monastery
    Image Credit : Sitaram Shastri - Flickr

    Located around 45km from Kargil over a hilltop, the Mulbekh Monastery is well-known for its two gompas. A revered place of faith, there are two sub-monasteries called Drukpa and Gelugpa within the premises. You can see the building from afar when on the Srinagar-Leh Highway. The highlight attraction here is the statue of Maitreya Buddha.

    Built of limestone and measuring 30ft, splendid relics and frescos add to the beauty and spirituality of this gompa. This sculpture was believed to be the work of Buddhist missionaries to propagate the Buddhist faith. From atop the monastery, you get an aerial view of the surrounding regions.


  • 10Alchi Monastery

    Alchi Monastery
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    Located 70km from Ladakh, this monastery was known to be an ancient place for learning and preaching Buddhism. Situated on a flat ground, the Alchi Monastery was built during the 12th century. Inside the monastery are the structures Du-khang and Sum-tsek. There is also a temple on premises called the Manjushri Temple. Du-khang or the assembly hall of the monastery houses ancient paintings and also showcases numerous murals that depicts the various forms of Lord Buddha.

    Managed by the Archaeological Survey of India, this monastery is located in the picturesque Alchi village. On a tour to this sacred place, you can also visit the nearby village and witness the life and culture of the local people.


  • 11Magnetic Hill

    Image Credit : Rohit Ganda - Flickr

    Located near Leh, this hill is also called Gravity Hill. It is believed that this entire region has magnetic properties that attracts and pulls the cars or other passing vehicles up the hill. The pulling effect of the hill is so intense that the airplanes passing over this peak alter their altitude to escape the gravitational pull of the hill.

    Many people have supposedly seen huge rocks being hurled upwards rather than downwards! On a road trip to Ladakh, you can stop-by at this hill and experience its gravitational force. Although theorists believe that the slopes of the hill create an optical illusion, it still continues to fascinate the visitors.


  • 12Spituk Monastery

    Spituk Monastery
    Image Credit : Amit Rawat - Flickr

    Also called the Spituk Gompa, this monastery houses about 100 monks. During the Spitok festival, a huge statue of Goddess Kali is unveiled here. Built in the 11th century and located 8km from Leh, the Indus River flows just behind the Spituk Monastery. Belonging to the Geluga Sect, this building houses fresco, scriptures and idols that are thousands of years old.

    There are numerous images of the Lord Buddha in His many avatars, forms and manifestations displayed within the monastery. Every year, the Gustor festival is celebrated here. The mask dance is the main attraction of this picturesque and culturally resplendent festival.


  • 13Moonland

    Moonland
    Image Credit : Sanish Suresh - Flickr

    If Ladakh is known as the ‘Heaven of Passes’, the Moonland is known ‘Heaven of Adventure’. This is one amongst the best places to visit in Jammu and Kashmir while doing a road trip to Ladakh. Often referred as paradise of the shutterbugs, the spectacular views of the region is sure to captivate its visitors.

    The serene picturesque settings of the vicinity add to the enchanting beauty of the Moonland. Be it the scenic terrains, picturesque valleys or the stunning views of the surroundings, every element makes this place, a heaven on earth!


  • 14Lamayuru Monastery

    This monastery is also known as the ‘Place of Freedom’. It is one of the oldest and largest monasteries in Ladakh. Located at about 127km from Leh, the Lamayuru Monastery is situated on a steep mountain and belongs to the Red Hat Buddhist sect. Rich paintings, scriptures and Buddha statues make this place, a must visit monastery while visiting Leh.

    Image Credits : BJ Graf- Flickr



    As you walk inside the building, visit the Dukhang or the assembly hall and witness a unique assortment of artefacts and Buddhist ideological architecture. Visit the residential buildings for monks in the temple premises, have a glimpse of their daily life and alos explore the peace and tranquility that prevails in the monastery.


  • 15Things to know during Srinagar to Leh Road Trip

  • 16Petrol Pumps on Srinagar-Leh Highway

    Image Credit : Kiran SRK - Flickr

    1) Mangan: Starting from Srinagar, the first petrol pump is available at Mangam, which is situated at around 32km from Srinagar.

    Distance from Srinagar: 32 Kms

    2) Sonamarg: The next refueling can be done at Sonamarg; around 80km from Srinagar and 48km ahead of Mangam.

    Distance from Mangan: 48 Kms

    3) Kargil: Make sure, you fill enough fuel in Sonamarg as the next petrol pump is located around 124km from Sonamarg or 204km from Srinagar.

    Distance from Kargil: 124 Kms

    4) Mulbekh: From Kargil, the next filling station lies in Mulbekh; around 40km, and 242km from Srinagar. Fuel stations are also available in Wakha and Khaltsi, which can be easily reached from Mulbekh.

    Distance from Mulbekh: 40 Kms


  • 17ATMs on Srinagar-Leh Highway

    On this astounding road trip, you can find ATMs in Ganderbal, Drass and Kargil. Due to the lesser number of ATMs in these regions, you can expect quite a rush in each of the ATM booths.
  • 18Mechanics on Srinagar-Leh Highway

    Mechanics on Srinagar-Leh Highway
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    Before embarking on this tour, double check the performance of your vehicles. However, as uncertainties are never known, you can easily find mechanic shops in Ganderbal, Sonamarg and Kargil. Moving further from Kargil, you can find only puncture shops in Lamayuru, Mulbekh and Nimmu.

  • 19Places to Eat

    At Rohtang pass, there are beverage and food stalls. Primary and healthcare centres are available at Sissu town and so are eateries. There are plenty of restaurants at Keylong. Zingzing Bar is probably the only place where you get dhabas that combine staying options. Dhabas serve tasty food and whilst staying here you get breakfast too. All along the trip you might find dhabas interspersed in between.
  • 20Places to Stay

    After Rohtang Pass, you can find several homestay options at Khoksar. At Keylong, there are places to stay and also ATMs. This is amongst the few ATMs on this stretch. Zingzing Bar has dhabas that function as staying places as well. Sarchu has some homestays and after this place you may have to rely on Swiss tents to camp outdoors.
  • 21Places to visit during Manali to Leh Road Trip

  • 22Rohtang La

    Rohtang La
    Image Credit : Axel Drainville - Flickr

    Located on the highway leading to Keylong and Leh, this is amongst the highest mountain passes in the world. The spectacular scenery of the Leh landscape is worth witnessing from here. Visiting this pass during the month of May-Novembers make it for an unforgettable experience as the region, during this period blooms at its best!

    Amazing views of glaciers, mountains, valleys and meadows keep you enchanted all through the journey; paragliding is also a not-to-be-missed experience. There is perennial snow at the Rohtang La; you can also get indulged into snowball games and have the best fun-frolic moment of your life! 


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  • 23Keylong

    Keylong
    Image Credit : Deepak Sharma - Flickr

    Being the headquarters of the Lahaul Spiti region, Keylong is known to be a slice of paradise. A place with abundance of greenery, you can easily find willow trees, rivulets and snowcapped mountains in this region. Whether you want to explore the scenic countryside or visit the quaint villages, Keylong presents you an eclectic mix of sightseeing locations on the Ladakh road trip.

    You can visit the flourishing Bhaga Valley and embrace the richness of the ecosystem when in Keylong. There are two important monasteries, namely Shashur and Gemur that you can visit as well.


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  • 24Jispa

    Image Credit : Motographer - Flickr

    Located along the Chandra River is Jispa, a paradisiacal place where uninterrupted beauty is the norm. Although tourists visit this place for an overnight stay, this region is filled with sightseeing locations. The open fields present perfect camping sites for travellers on the Manali-Leh road trip to halt for an overnight stay.

    The natural architecture that encompasses you when in Jispa is an inexplicable reality. Being a high altitude place, this place has an ecosystem that is characteristic of high altitude lands in excess of 10,000ft.


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  • 25Darcha

    Darcha
    Image Credit : Kiran SRK - Flickr
    Located beside the Bhaga River and 23km from Keylong, Darcha is a scenic village surrounded by picturesque mountains and valleys. Due to its geographical location, it also serves as an ideal location for camping. From this village, you can also Padum, and the Darcha-Pardum route is one of the famous trails that has been fascinating the trekkers with its enthralling spells and delight.
  • 26Zingzing Bar

    Zingzing Bar
    Image Credit : Motographer - Flickr
    Sometimes a pit-stop can be more than just a pit-stop! Although Zingzingbar is a peace-over joint, its stature is more than that. Located between Jispa and Sarchu, people visit this place not only for beverages and snacks break, but for a spiritual break too; the scenery from here is simply outstanding. You are effortlessly transported into a realm of meditative bliss.
  • 27Baralacha La

    Baralacha La
    Image Credit : Deepak Sharma - Flickr

    Located in the Zanskar region and created within the high altitudes of the Himalayas, the Baralacha La connects Lahaul to Ladakh. Overlooking the pass is the beautiful Pir Panjal ranges, from this pass you can see the three valleys that surround it.

    At over 16,000ft above sea level, Baralacha La is definitely one of the highest mountain passes in this region on the Ladakh road trip. Trekkers use this region to start their trek to the Suraj Tal Lake; be prepared to witness and interact with trekkers from different parts of the world within this route.


  • 28Sarchu

    Image Credit : Prabhu B Doss - Flickr

    Locally known as Sir Bhum Chum, Sarchu is yet another beautiful region surrounded by snow-capped glaciers and abounding greenery. Tourists on the Manali to Leh trip use the open fields of Sarchu to setup an overnight camping stay. This is a place to enjoy the riches of a unique ecosystem.

    At an altitude of 14,000ft, Sarchu posses an embarrassment of visually enticing scenery. The abundance of majestic mountains draped in a blanket of snow and the murmuring sounds of the rivulets add to the heavenly beauty of this region.


  • 29Nakee La

    Nakee La
    Image Credit : Chris Juden

    Located on the Leh-Manali route, Nakee La is the third pass that offers breathtaking views of rivulets passing through the mountains. You can see how the Indus River flows through the mountains and winds its way through the gorges and ravines. The picture perfect beauty of Nakee La can easily make the visitors fall for its splendid beauty and showiness.

    Situated 4,750m above the sea level, you can stopover at this pass and witness the Indus River and its serpentine trajectory along the mountains. Do not forget to capture this visual delight with a photograph!


  • 30Lachulung La

    Lachulung La
    This is a high mountain pass located 16,000ft above sea level and providing undulating visuals of your surroundings. At the Lachulung La mountain pass, with one sweeping glance you can see the entire Ladakh plateau. Considered an easy mountain pass to traverse, you can visit this pass to get breathtaking views and click priceless photographs.
  • 31Upshi

    Image Credit : abrinsky - Flickr
    Situated along the Indus River, Upshi is one of the quaint picturesque villages you can find on the way to Ladakh. Located 45km southeast of Leh, a tour to this village is an extremely delightful affair. There is also an ancient trading route in the vicinity, which once connected the region to Tibet but is no longer used.
  • 32Things to know during Manali to Leh Road Trip

  • 33Petrol Pumps on Manali – Leh Highway

    Petrol Pumps on Manali – Leh Highway
    Image Credit : Ananth Narayan S - Flickr

    1) Manali

    While in Manali, you can find abundance of petrol pumps. This hill station town has a total of 6 petrol pumps.

    2) Tandi

    Moving 110 km from Manali, you can find a petrol pump in Tandi.

    Distance from Manali to Tandi: 110 Kms

    3) Karu

    345 km from Tandi and 30km before Leh, you can also refuel your vehicles in Karu.

    Distance from Tandi to Karu: 345kms

    4) Leh

    Arriving in Leh, one can also find quite a few petrol pumps. In addition to the few petrol pumps in Leh, you can refuel your vehicles at the petrol pump near the Leh Airport (25 km from Leh).


  • 34ATMs on Manali-Leh Highway

    Image Credit : Sistak - Flickr
    Carrying adequate amount of cash is always a wise choice on this route as there is a dearth of ATMs. All through this way, you can find only one ATM in Keylong, after which Leh town has the next ATM.
  • 35Mechanics on Manali-Leh Highway

    Mechanics on Manali-Leh Highway
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    Before starting this tour, check the vehicles properly in order to avoid any breakdowns. However, all through the journey, you can find mechanic shops in Marhi, Khoksar, Keylong, Darcha, Sarchu and Upshi.
  • 36Places to Eat

    At Rohtang pass, there are beverage and food stalls. Primary and healthcare centres are available at Sissu town and so are eateries. There are plenty of restaurants at Keylong. Zingzing Bar is probably the only place where you get dhabas that combine staying options. Dhabas serve tasty food and whilst staying here you get breakfast too. All along the trip you might find dhabas interspersed in between.
  • 37Places to Stay

    After Rohtang Pass, you can find several homestay options at Khoksar. At Keylong, there are places to stay and also ATMs. This is amongst the few ATMs on this stretch. Zingzing Bar has dhabas that function as staying places as well. Sarchu has some homestays and after this place you may have to rely on Swiss tents to camp outdoors.
  • 38Best Road Trip Packages

  • 39Motorcycle Ride from Leh to Manali

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    Fixed Departures: 18th June 2016, 16th July 2016, 13th August 2016
    • Use the opportunity to take a Royal Enfield ride to have a view of the most beautiful valleys in Leh and Manali and the trip will take eight days and seven nights.
    • After arriving in Leh, you can get familiarized with the climate and get to know about the places. On the second day have some practicing rides on the bullet and prepare for the long riding session.
    • From Leh ride to Pangong Tso lake, feel the beauty of the lake where you can relax for an overnight stay.
    • Ride for few kilometers along the Pangong lake, have a glance of the nature's possessions and come back to Thiksey, take rest and get prepared for the highway ride next day.
    • On your ride to Sarchu from Thiksey, you come to have halts at Taglang La, Lachlung La and Nakee La.
    • Enjoy the sight of Baralach La at 16500 feet altitude on your way to reach Keylong and on the last day you will reach Manali where your tour ends by the evening.
  • 40Bike Tour to Leh and Srinagar from Delhi

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    • Prepare for a 12D/11N bike trip in Leh and Srinagar, if you are really a enthusiast about travelling, try to partake in this trip.
    • Start your trip from Delhi after boarding an overnight Volvo bus to Manali, after reahing Manali, enjoy a local ride over there.
    • Ride to Jispa, enjoy an overnight stay there after exploring Jispa for sometime, visit Barlacha Pass prior to reaching Sarchu.
    • Gear up your bike to meet the enchanting beauty of Pangong lake by car or bike as per your wish and while you return to Leh, get a chance to visit Thiksey monastery.
    • Also, visit the Khardong La and Nubra by car or bike, get back to Leh for a local exploration and an overnight stay.
    • From Leh, speed up your bikes to reach Lamayuru and then finally you will reach Kargil, visit Zozila pass before your go ahead to reach Srinagar and on the final day depart from Srinagar and you tour ends.
  • 41Jeep Tour from Manali to Srinagar

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    • Fixed Departure: July 9, 2016, July 23, 2016, August 13, 2016, and September 3, 2016
    • It is a dream of all adventure enthusiasts, motor sports lovers and leisure travelers to drive through the daunting and highest motorable passes of the world above 3500 meters.
    • Once you reach Manali from your destination by air, rail and road. There is good connectivity of flights that links Manali  to Delhi airport.
    • Visit a famous temple and check out other sightseeing spots with picturesque mountains and scenic landscapes in and around Manali.
    • Take a drive from Manali to various destinations including Jispa, Sarchu, Leh, Hunder, Panamik, Chang La, Pangong Tso, Srinagar and many more.
    • Enjoying the most amazing journey of their life sitting on the back seats. You can feel the effect of gravity, atmosphere low on air, freezing temperature.
    • Also visit the most famaous attractions like Shey Gompa, Thiksey,  Gompa Hemis and many winding roadways into mountain passes.
    • Your support team makes this challenging journey very smooth and safe without tampering the fun and adventure as you end the trip in Srinagar.
  • 42Manali To Leh Jeep Expedition

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    From the pleasantly hospitable town of Manali, the Manali to Leh Jeep expedition  takes you on a roller coaster drive through distinct geographies portraying diverse geographies. From hill town to high altitude arid desert, this safari is one mega experience.

    The Manali to Leh by road traverses over five high altitude Himalayan passes such as Rohtang (3,978m), Keylong (3,350m), and Tanglang La (17,585ft) showcasing an ever changing dynamic landscape that alters from barren lands to lush green pastures. A drive through Skyangchu Thang, the biggest and highest plateau on earth on a stretch of 42kms leaves you breathless. For you to capture moments like these, the safari also includes a brief photography workshop to help arrest high altitude frames with more panache.

    By the end of the journey multi-hued prayer flags, Tibetian chortens, and friendly locals would be etched in your memories for a very long time to come.   

  • 43Bike Tour from Manali to Leh

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    • Take the toughest roads of Leh in a 12D/11 N long bike ride trip around Leh, the most beautiful valley in northern India.
    • Catch a Volvo bus from Delhi, travel overnight to reach Manali the next morning, get a short drive around Manali.
    • Make your trip exciting with a ride to cross Rohtang pass, then visit Keylong and Jispa; and the next day, cross another pass, the Baralacha pass before you reach Sarchu.
    • Roam around Leh, visit many local places and attractions to have  beautiful sightseeing day in between.
    • Pangong lake makes the trip more enjoyable because the view of the lake amidst the greenery is something very charming and exhilarating.
    • Take a ride to see Tsomoriri lake too after riding for 8 hours which is located in the Indus Valley of Ladakh and also visit Sarch before you get back to Manali.
    • Board an overnight Volvo bus to reach Delhi the next morning and your awesome trip ends there.
  • 44Bike Trip from Leh to Leh

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    • Leh, situated at 3500 m from sea level, is a place of absolute marvel.
    • Located in the upper Himalayas, this quaint district offers incredible sights and scenery.
    • This bike trip of 7 days is a chance to experience the uniqueness of Leh and the Indo-Tibetan culture that exists in perfect harmony there.
    • The trip covers areas like Pangong lake, Khardong-La and Nubra along with Leh.
    • Get ready for the adventure ride of a lifetime as you explore the town that once was a major commercial spot on the silk route during this 7 day trip. 
  • 45Bike Tour to Leh and Srinagar from Delhi

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    About the Activity:
    • Prepare for a 12D/11N bike trip in Leh and Srinagar, if you are really a enthusiast about travelling, try to partake in this trip.
    • Start your trip from Delhi after boarding an overnight Volvo bus to Manali, after reahing Manali, enjoy a local ride over there.
    • Ride to Jispa, enjoy an overnight stay there after exploring Jispa for sometime, visit Barlacha Pass prior to reaching Sarchu.
    • Gear up your bike to meet the enchanting beauty of Pangong lake by car or bike as per your wish and while you return to Leh, get a chance to visit Thiksey monastery.
    • Also, visit the Khardong La and Nubra by car or bike, get back to Leh for a local exploration and an overnight stay.
    • From Leh, speed up your bikes to reach Lamayuru and then finally you will reach Kargil, visit Zozila pass before your go ahead to reach Srinagar and on the final day depart from Srinagar and you tour ends.
  • 46Manali to Leh Cycling Trip

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    • Explore the breathtaking Himalayas atop two wheels on this enthralling cycling trip across Manali and Leh.
    • Start your trip from Manali and make your way across 5 passes with a maximum altitude of Khardung La (5602 mts).
    • Pass by Rohtang Pass, Bara Lachha La, Naki La & Lachu lung La and many more. 
    • Cycle through loopy passes, high altitude peaks, cold deserts and breathtaking snow filled landscapes. 
    • Conclude your 11 day tour by arriving at your stunning destination of Leh.

  • 47Manali To Leh Cycling Tour 2016

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    About the Destination:

    Manali to Leh cycling expedition is a scenic ride traversing through some of the highest passes in the world making it one of the most challenging rides to beat. Cutting across beautiful trails with the Himalayas serving as the perfect backdrop, one can cross Tanglang La, the world’ second highest motorable pass standing at 5280m before entering Manali. The route from Manali to Leh is straightforward with the roads either being completely dirt or tarmac.

    In the Manali Leh cycling tour explore rougher dirt tracks while making some tough climbs along with gut-wrenching descents. Everyday the distance covered ranges from 40 to 80 km traversing altitudes over 4000 m. Not only will this invigorating route comprise cycling from Leh in the Indus Valley to the alpine Kullu Valley covering a total of 470 km, but it also cuts across three mountain ranges of Zanskar, main Himalayas and Pir Panjal Range. Altogether one exceeds 29000 feet in altitude  crossing passes like the Khardung La, Tanglang La and Baralacha La (4890m). 

    Temperature: Around 25 degrees (Day) to 10 degrees (Night)

    Max Alt: 5328m (Tanglang La)

  • 48Motorcycle Ride from Leh to Manali

    Motorcycle Ride from Leh to Manali
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      Code: 1297959
    About the Activity:
    Fixed Departures: 18th June 2016, 16th July 2016, 13th August 2016
    • Use the opportunity to take a Royal Enfield ride to have a view of the most beautiful valleys in Leh and Manali and the trip will take eight days and seven nights.
    • After arriving in Leh, you can get familiarized with the climate and get to know about the places. On the second day have some practicing rides on the bullet and prepare for the long riding session.
    • From Leh ride to Pangong Tso lake, feel the beauty of the lake where you can relax for an overnight stay.
    • Ride for few kilometers along the Pangong lake, have a glance of the nature's possessions and come back to Thiksey, take rest and get prepared for the highway ride next day.
    • On your ride to Sarchu from Thiksey, you come to have halts at Taglang La, Lachlung La and Nakee La.
    • Enjoy the sight of Baralach La at 16500 feet altitude on your way to reach Keylong and on the last day you will reach Manali where your tour ends by the evening.
  • 497 Days Motorcycle Safari in Ladakh

    7 Days Motorcycle Safari in Ladakh
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      Code: 9197115
    About the Activity:
    Fixed Departures: 23rd June 2016, 06th July 2016, 21st July 2016, 03rd August 2016, 18th August 2016, 31st August 2016
    • Embark in this exciting 7 days mountain viking tour from Leh to Ladakh and explore the majestic beauty of this region.
    • Arrive at the Leh airport and get transferred to the hotel. Meet your fellow riders and get briefed about the riding in Ladakh.
    • Ride to the most awaited Khardung -la (5580m.) 39km from Leh and enjoy clicking pictures at Highest Motorable Road of the World.
    • Continue riding towards North Pullu and then towards Nubra Valley.
    • Next ride back to Leh and enjoy the sight of Diskit Gompa, 50ft tall statue of Maitreyi. Head towards Sumur and take the road back to Khardungla pass.
    • Start riding on the  Leh – Manali highway and after getting the permits proceed to the Mighty Chang La Pass (5289M) after crossing the crazy stream called “PagalNala”.
    • Continue riding through the Tanksey and then reach Pangong. Next reach Lukung and enjoy the magnificent view of this region.
    • After a delicious morning breakfast leave for the most exotic and the enchanting beauty of the lake. Climb to the Changlang la pass and reach Karu.
    • Depart from Ladakh and bid farewell to your fellow riders.
    • Head back home with lots of memories.




  • 50Things to Keep in Mind

    Things to Keep in Mind
    - Before starting the trip, ensure that the vehicles are in proper working conditions as mechanic shops are less found in this region. Also, carry a tool-kit to overcome any minor breakdowns.

    - It is important to acclimatize to the weather of Leh given that it is an altitudinous land during the Ladakh road trip. There are some places such as Sarchu where you can stay for some time and get used to the weather.

    - Clothing essentials to carry are jackets, hand gloves, thermocot inners, socks, warm sleeping bags, chocolates, dry fruits, biscuits, camera and cell phones.

    - Keep a lot of dry fruits in stock, chocolates, and food that is not easily perishable.

    - Carry ample bottles of water and buy water whenever you stop by at dhabas.

    - Do not drink and drive when on the trip.

    - It is advisable to drive on a full tank as the density of fuel stations are very sparse.

    - Carry extra petrol or diesel in empty bottles and carry the complete repair kit along in case the car or bike has a punctured tyre.

    - ATMs can also be found only in a few places. Make sure you carry enough cash to sustain any uncertain circumstances

    - Indian citizens may not require special permission to visit places such as the Pangong Lake, Nubra Valley and Tso Moriri given that they are close to bordering countries.

    - Foreign nationals have to obtain a permission called the Protected Area Permit and this can be arranged by a local tour operator during a trip to Ladakh.

  • 51Safety Tips on Road Trip to Ladakh

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    - Do not expose yourself to the weather without wearing adequate thermal wear.

    - Drive safely and go slow on hairpin bends.

    - Always park the vehicle on the side of the road to get down and take pictures.

    - Do not sleep during days.

    - The nights are cold and you might want to distract yourself by simply dozing off.