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  • Taking a motorcycle tour in India is the best way to explore the land of culture and adventure. With valleys, plateaus, deserts, forests and all kinds of terrains to ride through, bike tours in India will have you covering some of the best explorations of the country. 

    Riding a bike has benefits like no other tours. Apart from unleashing their adventurous side, it is the best way to get a close to nature as possible and explore the nooks and corners of any place.

    While some of the routes will have scenic views that will take your breath away, others will have you captured in their culture with the food and traditional art forms. There are many motorcycle friendly routes that can be taken by anyone who can ride a bike, while there are also some adventurous and tricky routes for daring bikers. 

    While it is important to plan your route before your trip, the best way to truly experience the tour is to not completely plan it and be spontaneous at some spots. You will be surprised at the low-key spots and activities that you may discover.

    From the snow-peaked Himalayan Mountains, the rich in lush greenery in Kerala, the sandy deserts of Rajasthan and the coastal route to Pondicherry, India has all kinds of terrains covered for every kind of rider. 

    There are many factors to be considered apart from just the route of the journey, such as the best season to travel, the distance to be covered and how many days and what to be prepared with for the journey. To ensure that you make the right choices most fit for you, we have combined a list of Motorcycle tours in India over here that you could consider.

  • North India Motorcycle Tours:

  • 01Manali to Leh Motorcycle Tour

    Manali to Leh Motorcycle Tour
    Image Credit : Nick Taylor

    The ride from Manali to Leh is popular for all the right reasons. Travellers will come across some of the most beautiful passages like the Khardung La, Rohtang La, Gulaba and Darcha pass.  It is important to carry windproof jackets and thermal wears as the ride up the hills might get cold. 

    The tour provides enough time to sightsee all the hotspots of Leh. Some of them that you shouldn’t miss is Hall of Fame, Magnetic hill and Sangam. The total tour lasts for about 12 days and 11 nights. This is one of the best motorcycle tours in India.

    Route Map: Manali – Jispa – Sarchu – Leh – Nubra – Pangong – Upshi – Jispa – Manali

    Total Riding Distance: 1360 km

    Best Riding Season: The best time to ride through the Manali to Leh Highway would be in the months of July, August and September.
    Manali Leh Manali Bike Trip from Delhi

    Manali Leh Manali Bike Trip from Delhi

    NNNNN138 Ratings

    d12 Daysn11 NightslLeh

    O33,300

    Starting from

    O30,800

  • 02Srinagar - Leh - Manali Motorcycle Expedition

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    The highway road from Srinagar to Leh and Manali has its own sets of challenges. However, upon careful planning of the trip, you can ensure a stress-free and comfortable tour. Along the route, travellers will be passing through The Dal Lake, lush meadows of Kashmir and the Zojila Pass. 

    These scenic views are sure to be etched in your memories. You will experience different cultures at the various stops that you will make, like the double-humped camel rides in the Nubra Valley. This road trip is a treat for adventure junkies and is popular among all the motorcycle tours in India.

    Route Map: Srinagar– Kargil – Leh - Pangong Tso – Nubra Valley – Sarchu – Jispa – Manali

    Total Riding Distance: 1797 km approximately

    Best Riding Season: September and the start of October would be the best time to ride on the Srinagar to Leh highway with beautiful colours of flowers blooming everywhere.

  • 03Jaipur-Jodhpur-Jaisalmer Motorcycle Expedition

    Jaipur-Jodhpur-Jaisalmer Motorcycle Expedition
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    There is no better way to explore this rustic city other than to take a bike tour in the region. The region is full of palaces and forts, most tour packages cover the main ones. 

    By taking a bike tour, you will be able to explore the tiny nooks and corners of the city and learn about its’ history and heritage. For those interested in exploring beyond just nature, this is an apt bike tour in India to take.

    Route Map: Jaipur- Jodhpur- WMsar – Sam Dunes – Osian Desert - Jaipur

    Total Riding Distance: 1723  km approximately

    Best Riding Season: The best time to take this tour is from the months of November to February, as the place is a rather dry and hot place and the winters are bearable.
    Motorcycle Tour in Rajasthan: a Ride to Rediscover Royalty

    Motorcycle Tour in Rajasthan: a Ride to Rediscover Royalty

    NNNNM27 Ratings

    d6 Daysn5 NightslJaipur

    O32,900

    Starting from

    O28,900

  • 04Leh Bike Tour

    Leh Bike Tour
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    Leh, by itself, has so much to explore given its numerous valleys and scenic views. The bike tour will cover all the major spots of Leh such as the Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, Ladakh Hall of Fame and Spituk Gumpa. 

    The ride will take you across the Nubra Valley and the Hunder Sand Dunes, which are must-visit scenic spots to go to. Touring by bike is the best way to explore the wildlife and nature of the region. The entire tour lasts for 7 days and 6 nights. This is a good bike tour in India to explore this part of the country.

    Best Riding Season: Post mid-June, it is a good time to tour this place by bike as the snow will start to melt and you can enjoy a stress-free ride.

    Leh Ladakh Bike Trip with Camping at Nubra & Pangong Lake

    Leh Ladakh Bike Trip with Camping at Nubra & Pangong Lake

    NNNNM41 Ratings

    d7 Daysn6 NightslLeh

    O28,800

    Starting from

    O23,800

  • 05Jaipur-Udaipur-Mount Abu-Pushkar Motorcycle Expedition

    Jaipur-Udaipur-Mount Abu-Pushkar Motorcycle Expedition
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    This biking expedition will have you covering the extreme corners and all the major spots of the state of Rajasthan. By passing through the tiny villages, travellers are exposed to the local culture of the state and also get to devour the traditional local cuisine. 

    A jungle safari through Ranthambore, a ride around Lake Pichola, Kumbhalgarh and the various Jain temple visits are top places in your biking expedition in this region. It is undoubtedly one of the most interesting motorcycle tours in India. The tour lasts for 9 days and 8 nights.

    Best Riding Season: The best time to explore this region by bike would be during winter, from the month of November until February.

    9 Days 8 Nights Motorcycle Tour in Rajasthan

    9 Days 8 Nights Motorcycle Tour in Rajasthan

    NNNNM35 Ratings

    d9 Daysn8 NightslJaipur

    Starting from

    O39,000

  • 06Manali to Spiti Valley Bike Tour

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    This 12-day bike tour in Himachal Pradesh will take through the beautiful mountains and valleys of the region. The Chandra Taal Lake, Kee monastery, Pin Valley, Tabo, Naka, Kalpa, Sangla, and Shoja are few hot spots of the region that this bike tour will cover. 

    Camping at the Chandratal Lake has been a popular activity and travelers interest can choose a package accordingly. Taking this bike tour in India will leave you with images of the mesmerizing Himalayas etched in your memories. If you are going for a bike trip you can also take a bike on rent from Manali or you can even bring a bike of your own.

    Common route taken:  Manali – Rohtang Pass – Kunzum Pass – Losar – Kaza and Delhi – Shimla – Narkanda – Kinnaur Valley – Tabo – Kaza.

    Total Riding Distance: 568  km approximately

    Best Riding Season: May to July is the peak season in the Spiti Valley, all the link roads are likely to be open making your ride much easier.
  • 07Ahmedabad to Rann of Kutch

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    This tour will have you filled with surprises. It will take as less as 4-5 days to explore this route and the Kutch region. To experience the local lifestyle, chose a package that includes a night stay in the mud houses locally called as Bhunga. Try to plan your trip during a full moon period as watching the Full moon at the Great Rann of Kutch is suggested to be a liberating and memorable moment. A trip taken during this time makes it one of the best experience of motorcycle tours in India.

    Common Route Taken:  Ahmedabad – Dholavira – Mandvi – Bhuj - Kutch

    Total Riding Distance: 767  km approximately

    Best Riding Season: The peak season is from October to March.
  • 08Delhi- Jaipur-Ranthambore Bike Tour

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    Popularly known as the Golden triangle tour, this tour covers some of the iconic places of the region. While Delhi will have you exploring the various markets such as Chandni Chowk, the pink city, Jaipur, will take you on a historical and heritage tour with numerous places to visit. 

    The Ranthambore park is a wildlife adventure and is one of the most popular in the country. The entire tour lasts for about 8 nights. It is undoubtedly one of the best bike tours in India.

    Common Route Taken:  Delhi – Jaipur- Ranthambore - Agra

    Total Riding Distance:   464 km approximately

    Best Riding Season: October to Mid-April enjoys a pleasant weather and is a good time to ride through these regions.
  • North East India Motorcycle Tours

  • 09Sikkim Darjeeling Biking Tour

    Sikkim Darjeeling Biking Tour
    Image Credit : classic-bike-india.com

    Popular for its trekking expeditions, these places and routes are also known for its biking ranges. With the weather being great towards the end of summer and autumn and the pleasing winds hitting your face, it is an absolute delight to ride in these mountains. 

    Biking is the best way to experience the culture of this region as it allows you to stop through the meadows and small villages/town and interact with the extremely friendly locals.

    Common Route Taken:  Siliguri – Pelling – Ravangla – Gangtok – Lachung – Zero Point – Lachen – Gangtok – Padamchen – Siliguri

    Total Riding Distance:  650 km approximately

    Best Riding Season: October is the best time to visit this region provided the pleasant weather before the winter falls.
    9 Days Sikkim Bike Trip

    9 Days Sikkim Bike Trip

    NNNNM234 Ratings

    d9 Daysn8 Nights

    O60,000

    Starting from

    O49,999

  • 10Guwahati to Tawang Bike Tour

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    The lush green vegetation of this Himalayan range will take you through a scenic ride along the path. The route to the small district of Andhra Pradesh, Tawang, will take you through the Sela Pass which is known to be the highest motor vehicles friendly road in the world.

    Common route Taken: Guwahati – Bhalukpong – Dirang – Tawang  

    Total Riding Distance: 550 km approximately

    Best Riding Season: The summers and Autumn, from March to October, all through is a good time to visit this region. The winters can get very cold here.

  • 11Shillong-Cherrapunji-Dawki-Mawlynnong

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    The ride through this route is an absolute treat for nature lovers. There are various spots to visit along the route such as the Elephant falls, Mawsmai Caves, Dawki Bridge and the Living Root Bridge. 

    It takes about 5 days to complete this ride, considering the numerous stops and places to visit along the way. This bike tour in India is all about its experience in natural surroundings.

    Common Route Taken: Shillong-Cherrapunji-Dawki-Mawlynnong

    Total Riding Distance: 173 km approximately

    Best Riding Season: This ride is perfect to take all year round

  • 12Western Arunachal Pradesh

    Enjoy a mesmerizing ride along the routes that are bountiful of lush green surroundings. It will take around 10 days to cover this route chosen and you will ride past lakes, forests, mountain passes and more. It is assured that this would be one of the most adventurous biking trips in the region.

    Common Route Taken:  Guwahati – Nameri National Park – Dirang – Tawang – Zemithang

    Total Riding Distance:  900 km approximately

    Best Riding Season: April to August is a good time to ride along this route.

  • South India Motorcycle Tours

  • 13Bangalore-Mysore-Ooty Bike Tour

    The highway via Bandipur offers some magnificent scenic views to enjoy while riding along this route. Apart from the popular Mysore Zoo, there are various palaces that are also worth a visit if you wish to learn a little about the history and heritage of the place.

    Common Route Taken:  Bangalore - Mysore - Gundlupet - Bandipur - Mudumalai - Masinagudi - Kallatti Ghat - Ooty

    Total Riding Distance:  290 km approximately

    Best Riding Season: This biking trip can be enjoyed all through the year, however is best enjoyed from August to October.
  • 14East Cost Road Motorcycle Tour: Chennai to Pondicherry

    Pondicherry is known to be a great weekend getaway, especially for the people from Chennai. A ride along the East coast road will take you through scenic views of the beach, lush green rice fields and many fishing villages along the route. Although not many people make stops at spots along this route, there are quite a few that are worth a visit. 

    The Sadras Dutch Fort, Alamparai fort ruins, Kalpakkam township, Serenity beach and Chunnambar backwaters are few low-key but yet definitely worth stopping by during your short bike journey to the French town. This is definitely the best motorcycle tour in India when it comes to the southern region.

    Common Route Taken: Chennai – Pondicherry (via East Coast Road)

    Total Riding Distance: 156 km approximately

    Best Riding Season: This biking trip can be enjoyed all through the year.
  • 15Visakhapatnam to Araku Valley

    Image Credit : Anshul Dabral

    This ride will take you through a coastal region towards a more terrestrial region. The Araku valley is rich in biodiversity and is filled with forest places to visit. Some points of interest on this route are Borra caves, Galikonda View Point and the coffee plantations.

    Common Route Taken: Visakhapatnam – Kothavalasa – Srungavarapu Kota – Bowdara – Borra- Araku

    Total Riding Distance: 114 km approximately

    Best Riding Season: This biking trip can be enjoyed all through the year.
  • 16Kerala Motorcycle Tour

    There is no better way to experience the nature and culture of God’s own country than taking a motorcycle tour of the state. Nestled in lush greenery, Kerala will bring you as close as you can get to nature. The tour generally starts from Cochin and will travel along the Arabian coastal strip and upwards towards the hilly regions of the state. 

    Upon your journey, you will be riding through several tea and coffee plantations where you can taste the best of their kind. The plantations, beaches, backwaters are sure to liven up your ride making you feel more rejuvenated than ever!

    Best Riding Season: The summer season between March and may is a good time to ride in this tropical region.

  • Other Motorcycle Tours in India:

  • 17NH17 Motorcycle Expedition: Mumbai to Trivandrum

    The NH17 route is undoubtedly one of the best for motorcycles rides.  This tour will have you crossing through 4 states experiences different languages, cuisines and cultures all throughout. 

    Raigad Fort, Bekal Fort, Goa beaches and Guruvayur Temple are only a few of the top hotspots of this tour amongst many others. Riders will go through different trails through this motorcycle tour in India leaving them with memories of an unparalleled experience.

    Common Route Taken:  Mumbai – Ratnagiri – Goa – Karwar – Maravanthe – Mangalore – Bekal –Cochin – Alleppey – Kollam – Trivandrum

    Total Riding Distance: 1708  km approximately

    Best Riding Season: October to February is the best time to take this national highway route.

  • 18Mumbai to Goa

    The coastal route along this highway offers a spectacular view for riders to enjoy. It takes approximately 3 days to complete this tour, considering the stops and sightseeing places to visit. Along the route, there are few places where you will have to take the ferry to get across the water region.

    Common Route Taken:  Mumbai – Guhagar – Malwan - Goa

    Total Riding Distance:   678 km approximately

    Best Riding Season: The winter months from December to February is a good time to take this ride.

  • 19Bangalore to Goa

    The roads along this route are a pleasure to ride on given its coastal side trails. This tour would be perfect for a long weekend getaway to the relaxing beaches of Goa. One must-do thing during this journey is to try the food at the local restaurants through your journey.

    Common Route Taken:  Bangalore - Mangalore – Udupi – Murudeshwar – Gokarna – Karwar- Goa

    Total Riding Distance: 700 km approximately

    Best Riding Season: The winter months from December to February is a good time to take this ride.

  • 20Puri to Bhubaneswar Motorcycle Tour: NH-203

    The roads along this route will give you a chance to explore the beauty of temples, lakes and greenery around. This tour would be perfect for a long weekend getaway to see the beautiful sightseeing options in Konark. 

    Common Route Taken: Puri – Konark – Gop – Nimaparha – Pipili – Bhubaneswar 

    Total Riding Distance: 103 km approximately

    Best Riding Season: The months from September to March is a good time to take this ride. 


Motorcycle tours in india in India

Attractions

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Corbett National Park

Expanded over an area of 308 sq km, Jim Corbett National Park was established in the year 1936 and is one of the oldest national parks in the country. Situated at the base of the magnificent Himalayas, it is the first Tiger Reserve in the country and stands to be one of the most popular weekend getaways from Delhi. Though visitors are allowed to certain parts of the reserve, the park makes for a fun and exciting wildlife tour.

The national park is the perfect place for those wildlife species that seek refuge in its wonderfully green thickets. As the first national park to introduce and execute the ‘Project tiger’ campaign, Corbett national Park has been repeatedly termed as one of the best national parks in the country! So get your cameras and binoculars ready to go wildlife exploring soon!

Distance from Delhi: 254km

Best time to visit: November to June

Attractions: Bengal Tigers, Indian Elephant, Wild Buffaloes, Leopards, Crocodiles and Gharials

Activities: Jeep Safari, Elephant Safari, Wildlife Tours and nature photography

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Lal Tibba

In the local language, Lal Tibba means the Red Hill. This is said to be the oldest and the most populated place in Mussoorie. The place is known for its scenic beauty courtesy the pleasant sunrise and sunset that leave the visitors spell bound. Do carry woolens irrespective of the month of the visit.

Location: It is situated in the Landour area and lies at an altitude of 8000 metre above the sea level.

Highlights: Lal Tibba is even famous as the Depot Hill because of the presence of a depot here. Besides this there is camp of the Indian Military services, All India Radio and Doordarshan. Hills of the Lal Tibba are also popular amongst the shoppers as there are a number of markets in the nearby areas.


Best Time: The best and the most ideal time to visit Lal Tibba is the summer months of March and June. Avoid travel during the monsoon months as there maybe leeches here.
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Haridwar

Known as one of the most ancient and sacred cities in India, Haridwar is situated on the banks of the Holy Ganga River and is one of the few places near Delhi to visit at any time during the year, and if you are an ardent devotee, then there are specific times during the year that you can visit this place.

Revered by Hindus all over the country, Haridwar is one of the seven holiest cities of India and widely known as home to the Panch Tirth (five pilgrimage destinations) and three Siddha Peetha (a place where desires get fulfilled). A pious and holy place, Haridwar is a haven for photographers who can capture the deep beauty of the place and raw Indian culture.

Distance from Delhi: 208km

Best time to visit: February to March and August to October

Attractions: Har Ki Pauri, Holy Ganges, Shantikunj, Chandi Devi and Mansa Devi Temple

Activities: Rafting, Temple Visits, Cable Car Ride, Boat Rides and Ghat Visits 

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Valley of Flowers Trek

Amongst all the exhilarating trekking in Uttaranchal or Uttarakhand, the trek to the Valley of Flowers is known to be the most enchanting and mesmeric. Discovered in 1931 by Frank Smith, a vivid botanist, explorer and mountaineer, the locals still believes the valley to be the abode of the angels and fairies.

The mystical and heavenly appearance, mesmeric beauty and the splendid outlook of the valley make it such.
Originating from Ghangria; on the foothills of the Western Himalayas, this fascinating trek comprises of rugged terrains, narrow passages, enticing views of the nearby peaks and steep climbs.

 Ascending the strenuous terrains, it takes around a few hours to reach the main valley and upon reaching the flat land, one should spend enough time exploring and witnessing the wonders of the nature.

Best season:
 Mid July to Mid August

Duration:
 6 Days

Altitude:
 3,600 m
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Nainital

If lush green plains and misty clouds allure you to nestle in a hammock and read a good book, far away from the city life then you need to head to Nainital, a stellar getaway place near Delhi for trekkers and nature lovers alike! Situated in the Kumaon foothills of the Himalayan ranges, Nainital is also known as the 'Lake District' of India.

 It has also been termed as a pious place for Hindus and is one of the most popular hill stations near Delhi due to its fascinating hills, picturesque plains, enjoyable climate and stunning lakes.  Adventurers engage in trekking activities and hike to the top of the beautiful hills just to witness the beautiful view and the wispy sky.

Distance from Delhi: 278km

Best time to visit: March to June and October to February.

Attractions: Nainital Lake, Governor's House, Eco Cave Gardens, Naini Peak and Snow View Point

Activities: Lake Visits, Village and Wildlife tours, Cable Car Rides, Rock Climbing and Trekking

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Chopta-Tungnath Trek

Chopta Tungnath trek is a relatively unexplored trekking destination, which is known for its mesmerizing scenic beauty. The trek towards Tungnath, the 3 from Tungnath takes you to Chandrashila, which is situated at an altitude of 4,000 meters above sea level.

Chopta is blessed with rich flora and fauna as it is located in the midst of dense forests, with a beautiful floor of rhododendrons, interspersed by deodar and pine trees. During the first one and half kilometers, you will pass through a sea of brightly coloured rhododendrons and silver oak forests. Following this the vista opens to green alpine meadows which take you to the Tungnath temple.

According to folklore, the arms of Lord Shiva are believed to have emerged here. On trekking a kilometer further ahead, you will reach the Chandrashila peak from where you get spectacular views of the snow capped peaks of the Himalayas glistening in the sun rays. The grassy meadows of the region make it an ideal spot for camping too.

Chopta is well-connected by roadways connecting Guptakashi and Gopeshwar. The weather is lovely and the views are simply breathtaking.

Best season: May to June and August to September

Duration: 3 Days

Altitude: 3680 m

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Mussoorie

Known as the ‘Queen of the Hill Stations’, Mussoorie is situated in the foothills of the Himalayas and was discovered by Captain Young in the 18th century. It serves as a perfect getaway to escape from the heat of Delhi summers and is located at an altitude of 2000m above sea level. Mussoorie has its emerald hills enveloped in thick, rich greenery and attracts tourists from all over the country!  You can explore the quaint marketplaces in Mussoorie and sightsee some of the popular landmarks in the area such as Landour Bazaar, Lal Tibba, Chaar Dukkan, Gun Hill, the Mussoorie Library and the Savoy Hotel.

Mussoorie is undoubtedly one of the best hill stations in the country. Home to some of the most stunning waterfalls in Uttarakhand, Mussoorie offers the most enchanting panoramic view of the Shivalik Ranges and the Doon Valley.

Distance from Delhi: 270km

Best time to visit: March to June and September to November

Attractions: Gun Hill, Waterfalls, Lakes, Benog Wildlife sanctuary, Tibetan Buddhist temple,  Sir George Everest's House and Nag Devta Temple

Activities: Trekking, Nature Walks, Bird Watching, Boating, Ropeway Rides and Temple Visits

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Nag Tibba

One of the most well-known treks near Delhi, the Nag Tibba peak stands in the Tehri Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. This trek over the weekend is witnessing growing footfalls, and offers splendid views of the Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Gangotri and Kedarnath mountain peaks en route.

What makes this an ideal first trek are the relatively easy routes etched along the mountain. Thick Deodar forests blanket the hill, and the best seasons to visit are between February and June, and September to December. The Nag Tibba trek route is circular in nature, and the differing starting and ending points ensure that there is no overlap at any point. The lush meadows hide patches behind them that act as serene camping sites.

Distance from Delhi: 347.4 Kilometers approximately

Nearest Railhead:
Dehradun Railway Station

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Har Ki Doon

A pristine hanging valley in the Garhwal range, Har Ki Doon is one of the simplest trekking places near Delhi—making it an ideal foray into Himalayan trekking for amateurs. Fulfilling scenes of nature’s majesty carry you through rampant alpine vegetation, glaciers and breath-taking views. For the hill folk, time has remained elusive and one gets to notice their lives from close quarters. The best season to visit is during the months from April to November, and is one of the closest places for trekking in Delhi.

Distance from Delhi: 299 Kilometres approximately

Nearest Railhead: Dehradun Railway Station

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Kedarkantha Trek

Close to another marvel of nature, Har Ki Doon, lies the Kedarkantha trek passing through windy trails of the Garhwal Himalayas. A classic winter trek unravelling untouched mountain-villages on its path, it’s the perfect trek to prepare for the other more arduous Himalayan treks. 

Abound with flora and fauna, the Kedarkantha treks passes around the rim of Govind National Park and is open throughout the year. This place for trekking near Delhi is flanked by the Swargarohini peak and a hanging valley, complete with views that’ll blow your mind away.

Distance from Delhi: 428.2 Kilometres approximately

Nearest Railhead: Dehradun Railway Station

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Pangong Lake

Rather, the most sought after tourist destination is Pangong Tso in Ladakh region. It is the highest among the high altitude lakes in India which is filled with saline water but provides some awe-struck moments to the visitors with the unbelievable phenomenon of changing colours quite a number of times a day.

The reflections of the towering Himalayan peaks in the water add more charm to the lake. Currently, Pangong Tso is the favorite location for tourists as the banks of the lake give soothing bed to relax and the nearby places are enhanced by the beauty of this particular lake. The quiet lake is 134 km in length and 5 km in width is situated at an altitude of 14270 meters. But the major share of the lake lies in the area of China. Now, its recognition is spread everywhere in the world because it is termed as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.

The highly saline water does not accommodate any water species not even micro-organisms. But the banks of the lake give space for several birds and animals very rarely seen in the other parts of India. It is an important breeding ground for many migratory birds as well.

Height: The lake is located at an altitude of 4250 meters above the sea level.

Location: Pangong Tso is easily accessible as it can be reached after a five hour drive from Leh and the travel would be on a rough and dramatic mountain road. You will cross the villages of Shey and Gya during the tour and go through Chang La as well.

Best time to visit: The months from May to September are the ideal time to visit the lake as the other seasons may cause challenges due to the heavy snowfall.

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Nubra Valley

Something divine makes Nubra Valley close to heart and it is not an exaggeration but a fact that experienced and shared by the countless tourists visited the paradisiacal location in Jammu and Kashmir. Without touching the spectacular roads of Nubra Valley, a Ladakh tour will not be complete. The tri-armed valley has Diskit Village as its capital. Ldumra, a magnificent name is the original name of the valley as the local scholars insist. Ldumra means Valley of Flowers. The large valley is formed after the merging of Shyok River with Nubra or Siachen River causing the separation of the Ladakh and the Karakoram Ranges. The valley is located 10000 feet that is 3048 meters above mean sea level and those who cross the Khardung La Pass can easily come to Nubra Valley from Leh.

Except for the river beds, every other place in the valley shows scant vegetation and low precipitation levels. Most of the villages in the valley are occupied by Nubra skat speakers and in the villages, one can find lush greenery and farming which happen through the regular irrigation. Diskit is the place where native people are seen in abundance and Diskit Monastery is the centre of attraction as well. The Shyok River flowing on one side of Diskit has a captivating effect on the visitors. Nubra Valley unwinds a lot of surprising sights when you visit it and an unbelievable fact is that the valley was open to the public till Hunder until 2010. Beyond Hunder, it was the greener region in the lower altitude where the Turtuk village exists. Till 2010, the Government did not allow tourists to mesmerize themselves in the magnificent beauty of Turtuk where numerous apricot trees and other vegetation along with the tribal community were preserved as a virgin.

Height: 3048 meters above the sea level

Location: The paradisiacal Nubra Valley is located at a distance of 140 km from Leh and the main road access to the valley is through Khardung La pass where you have to show the photocopies of your travel permit to the soldiers camping.

Best time to visit: The months from June to September is the perfect period to visit Nubra Valley

To see the pure, rugged face of nature, One must visit Ladakh once in their lifetime.

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Khardung La

Controversies regarding the proclamation that Khardung La is the highest motorable pass in the world is not yet diminished but Ladakh travelers still believe that it is the highest and most adventurous pass in the world. Despite the controversies, Khardung La keeps on attracting hundreds of adventure seekers every year, be it bikers, trekkers or visitors. Nestled amidst the most reverberating surrounding, the ‘Pass of Lower Castle’ is located at an altitude of 17582 feet. Near to the pass, the collection of awesome valleys will lure you and along with the natural extravaganzas, the Tibetan prayer flags are an additional charm.

The pass was constructed in the year of 1976 and later in 1988, it was opened to public and from then on, the pass was inviting uncountable bikers, trekkers and tourists. It is maintained by the Border roads Organization as the pass is highly significant and important to India because it was once used to carry supplies to the Siachen Glacier. Recently, Khardung La became the hot potato of the town with a happy news that a ten member team of visually impaired people is going to conquer the pass through cycling in 2017.

Height: Khardung La is located at an altitude of 5359 meters. But there is an incorrect proclamation on the signboards appear here saying that the height of the pass is 18379 feet.

Location: The highest motorable pass in Ladakh is lying about 39 kms away from Leh. By road, one can reach the pass. The first 24 kms of the road are paved and from there to the North Pullu check post, the 15 kms of the road are filled with loose rock, dirt and occasional rivulets formed after the melting of snow.

Best time to visit: The season between May to October is the best time to visit Khardung La.

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Tso Moriri Lake

It won’t be exceeding at all how much you describe the beauty of Tso Moriri in Ladakh, a highly protected lake in Changthang Region and a significant portion of Tso Moriri Wetland Conservation Reserve.  It is the largest of all high altitude lakes in India especially in Ladakh and is located at an altitude of 4522 meters above the sea level. The length comes to 26 km north to south and 3 to 5 km is the width and the water is wholly brackish. 

The water to feed the lake comes from the springs and melted snow from the nearby mountains. There are two major stream systems to lead the water to the lake. One in the north part of the lake and the other comes in the southwest part. Huge, extensive marshes are seen at both the entrances of the lake. Rupshu Valley, a breathtaking area is the guardian of Tso Moriri along with an array of the lofty Himalayan Mountains in the surrounding.

The number of people come to witness the beauty of this splendid lake is lesser when compared to that of Pangong Lake. It is because of the secluded location of the lake. Hence, it is a favorite home town for many migratory birds. They come to breed here especially birds like great- crested grebe, the brown-headed gull and the Brahmin duck. The rare Himalayan hares are also abundantly seen near the lake. Thus, the declaration of the lake as a reserved area is a right option to protect these species from extinction. Less human interference would keep their lives strong.

Height: The lake is situated at an altitude of 4522 meters.

Location: You can reach Tso Moriri via road from Leh. It is 150 kms away from Leh Airport. Kalka Railway station is the nearest one to the lake. You will get buses and taxis from the station as well.

Best time to visit: May, June, July and August are the peak season when tourists come to Tso Moriri in large numbers and other months will be filled with snow and have extreme cold conditions.

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Shanti Stupa

The white dome of Shanti Stupa is clearly visible from a far distance when you are on a tour of Leh. Peace Pagoda got its name like that because of many reasons mainly the silence persists in and around the pagoda always. This Buddhist prayer center is the most beloved attraction in Jammu and Kashmir. At a height of 4267 meters, the two storied stupa stands holding its head high and overlooks the bustling Leh town. The uneven mountain terrains in the surrounding gives the pagoda a remarkable shining. It is at a location which is 5 km away from Leh town and one who visits the stupa has to climb five hundred steps. The exotic view of the Himalayan peaks turns the beauty of the stupa also, a peace lover would dedicate his life to have such overjoying moments.

History

The stupa was constructed by both Japanese and Ladakh Buddhists. The construction was started in 1983, many Buddhists and Indian Government officials have supervised the procedures throughout.

Structure of the stupa

Among the two structures of the pagoda, the first level depicts the central relief of Dharmachakra which has deer on each side and the turning wheel of Dharma also has a golden image of Buddha at the center. The second level displays images which show the birth of Budhha and the death as well. In addition, both the level have smaller images of Buddha meditating. The stupa came into existence in order to spread the word of peace and harmony among people and it came into establishment as a commemoration of the valuable 2500 years of Buddhism.

Location: Any one can reach the stupa via road from Leh, only 5 kms from the town, a walk of fifteen minutes would require.

Timings: 05:00 am to 09:00 pm

Highlights: The sunset and sunrise views from the stupa are inevitably beautiful


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Magnetic Hill

Magnetic Hill is still a mystery yet a famed attraction that pulls the adventure lovers on a large scale toward it. A mystifying phenomenon which stunts the science and fiction together and exists as a magic to the normal people visiting here. Magnetic Hill is a trump card of every Ladakh tour because of the awe-struck moments it would promise the travelers. There is a sign board placed which says that the hill defies gravity completely and inviting everyone to experience the magical phenomenon.

 If you keep your vehicle in neutral at a position marked on the road and wait, you will be surprised to see the vehicle starts moving uphill at 10-20 km per hour. And this is the unexplainable feature of Magnetic Hill that confuses the world of science. It is located on Leh-Kargil-Baltic Highway and on the east, the beautiful Sindhu River is flowing calmly. Near the hill there is a Sikh Gurudwara maintained by the Indian Army. Due to the natural attraction as well as the human architectural brilliance, the hill has gained popularity in a short term. 

Not just the vehicles hitting the road but the aircrafts and helicopters crossing the radius which Magnetic Hill comes in would feel the same magnetic effect. If the aircrafts are going on a slow pace, then it starts jerking while they are in the circumference of the hill. So the only solution to escape from the clutches of this phenomenon is that the crafts should move at a greater speed.

Height: Magnetic Hill is located at an elevation of 14000 feet above the sea level.

Location: To reach the hill, you can hit the Leh-Kargil-Baltic National Highway and it is situated at a distance of just 30 kms from Leh town.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit the Magnetic Hill is from June to October.

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