Who doesn’t want to gear up all, put on the leather jacket and ride the Himalayas on a bike. One of the most famous and prestigious high altitude roads in India to ride is paved from Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir. The National Highway 21 or NH21 is the most popular route in India for bike trip. It starts from Manali and goes till ‘Land of High Passes’, Leh. Ever thought of going on a bike trip? If yes then biking across the highlands of Ladakh and parts of Jammu and Kashmir is a must. The tour is just an adventure which you can’t even think about packed with loads and loads of surprises and thrill embedded in it. The mesmerizing views and changing terrain blend together like nowhere else and is a sight to behold. The peaceful and calm cultural heritage of this tour will surely make your soul purified. The looping turns, difficult road conditions, unpredictable weather, and the long biking hours will make the tour interesting and away from any sort of monotone.
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Ladakh is situated at a height of 18,900ft above sea level in the Himalayas. The culture of this region is built on the foundation of Buddhism and you can experience every bit of that culture everywhere you go. The people of the region are welcoming and helpful towards the tourists which has helped Ladakh not only get attention from Indians but also from foreign travellers. Biking in Ladakh is among the favourites in foreign and Indian travellers. The place has so much to offer that one can’t get enough of it at once. Leh is the capital of Ladakh region and is the main center of attraction of this beautiful region in Himalayas. People generally do confuse between Leh and Ladakh as the same place but the difference is that Leh is a district of Ladakh territory and is the most popular and significant one. Ladakh is situated at a height of 18,875ft above sea level and is a perfect destination for bike trip and a paradise for bikers.
ABOUT THE BIKE TRIP
Biking being the most famous and sought after among those activities is the main attraction of this region.
Biking is the best way to explore Ladakh as you’ll get to see every single bit of this region while riding. From high passes to river crossings, panoramic views to cold barren desert and even the serene high altitude lakes everything is on display for those who dare to explore.
So take your bike and ride across Ladakh and you’ll never regret the decision. It’ll be a small 5-7 days of riding but will surely change your thoughts about this region after completing. First day is the acclimatization day as you’ll fly to Leh, which is the capital of Ladakh and is at a very high altitude as compared to the place you are flying from. So to overcome any kind of medical complications while riding it’s a necessary step to acclimatize. You can explore the local market and monasteries of Leh during your stay. During the next few days you’ll be covering the entire valley and get to experience some out of the world places and riding experience. The mesmerizing views and changing terrain blend together like nowhere else and is a sight to behold. The peaceful and calm cultural heritage of this tour will surely make your soul purified. The looping turns, difficult road conditions, unpredictable weather, and the long biking hours will make the tour interesting and away from any sort of monotone.
The complete tour is of 6 days during which you’ll be riding on the Himalayan roads and will be visiting exclusive places like Nubra Valley and Pangong lake.
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The first day of the tour will be the acclimatization day as your body needs to adjust itself according to the climate and altitude change. The altitude change is very significant and may cause HAS at this level so this day is very important for the days that follow ahead and to have a peaceful tour. You can explore the local market and have a look at the vast variety of handicrafts and other items that are very popular in the region. You can also visit the local monasteries in the city and experience the cultural diversity of the region and people around it. Get ready for the tour ahead and relax for the day as it’s going to be a hell of a ride ahead.
It’s time to go. So get up early in the morning and brace yourself for a thrilling experience. Get ready to ride on one of the highest motorable passes of the world and attend a briefing session from the group captain about the road conditions and challenges that you’ll be facing on the road. Visit the nearby attractions like Gurudwara Sahib, Magnetic Hills, Sangam and Pathar Sahib for the day. Get a casual ride experience and rest at the hotel in Leh for the night.
Start your day early and leave for Nubra valley. On your way to The Cold Desert of Nubra valley you’ll be passing through KhardungLa pass which is the highest motorable road in the world at a height of 17,580 feets and is a biker’s dream road to ride on. This is the gateway for the grand Nubra Valley and Shyok. Upon reaching the valley you can go for local sightseeing and explore the area and later in the day bonfire under the blanket of stars and rest for the day in the camps.
Today you’ll be visiting the world famous Pangong Tso lake which is a 134km long Lake spreading across India and China. On the way you’ll cross Chan La pass situated at a height of 17,600ft. Camp on the shores of the lake and enjoy the night sky filled with constellations and galaxies which are a rare sight in cities. It’s a surreal experience to camp at the lakeside of Pangong Tso with such a peaceful aura around you.
Today it will be the last day of your ride as you’ll be heading back to Leh. Visiting the attractions en route like Shey Palace ruins, copper statues of Shakyamuni Buddha and the straight and picturesque roads of Magnetic hills. Upon reaching Leh the riding will be done for the tour and you’ll have ample time with yourself to introspect the complete and surreal experience which you had on the tour.