15 Days - 15 Nights on Twin share
|Start/End||Delhi / Delhi|
|Total Time||15 Days|
|Hotel Overnights||15 Nights|
|Total Distance||2600 kms|
|Riding Days||13 Days|
|Breakfast||14 Included breakfasts|
|Riding Season||Aug to Sep|
Delhi, Jallandhar, Srinagar, Sonmarg, Kargil, Leh, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso Lake, Sarchu Plains, Manali
Primarily first-class and motorcycle-friendly hotels or camps
Well let me say this - if you have not taken a ride to Ladakh and back, you are yet to qualify as a passionate adventure person - this is a must on your bucket list of adventure travel. One of the toughest road trips in the world, Ladakh is a pilgrim for adventure bike riders and 4x4 driving enthusiasts.
This ride to greater Himalayas - you would probably experience the most astounding vistas of your life - rugged and tough terrain, where mountain face changes colours as you ride through them, cross highest altitudes you would ever do on any road in the world, traverse world's top five mountain road passes - the mighty & highest motor-able pass - Khardungla is in Guinness world records. The unmatched beauty of the deep blue high altitude lakes that change color by the hour, the surprising presence of bactrian camels on high altitude deserts of Nubra valley and the most sprightly pleasing green river oasis hamlets - well it is nothing like anything. It definitely is - the views like never before and a road trip of a lifetime. And all this does not come easy - there is a tough adventure riding or driving to do and harsh weather to endure.
This is one of the best designed life-time adventure experience on quintessential 500cc Royal Enfields or an SUV. You could bring your own, or we could provide you with a rental motorbike or SUV. If you have a partner or family who wants to come along - well we have an SUV and a logistic vehicle that follows. We would be happy to customize the trip for you. Please go through the itinerary and decide. What we wish to assure at the outset is that you are in the most seasoned and safest hands.
Our attention to detail and the personal service offered throughout the duration of your journey. Our group sizes are deliberately small so that we can give each person as much personal attention as possible. The safety of our tour participants is our number one priority, followed by their enjoyment.
You don’t have to be an expert rider to participate in one of our tours – we can tailor a journey that is suitable for riders of all experience levels. Just ensure that you’re upfront about your abilities on a motorcycle and we’ll do the rest.
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Day one of this amazing expedition starts as you’ll reach Delhi (by your own means) and check into a Hotel - we will receive you at the Airport or Railway station. Delhi is a capital city with immense historical and political importance. It has been a seat of power since times immemorial - there are umpteen legends and anecdotes as you walk around this exceptionally revered power centre. Spend sometime visitng the landmark tourist spots such as Qutub Minar, Lutyens Delhi, Humayuns Tomb and lot more. If you do have more time its good to see the Bollywood Opera at Kingdom of Dreams, and some food streets of old Delhi in Chandni Chowk.
At hotel in the evening you would have a detailed briefing of the expedition and your acquaintance with your motorcycle - your horse for the next 15 days. Its common to give it a name.
The rides would normally start early in mornings - to take advantage of low traffic - and cool ride experience. You will begin the ride the vintage Grand Trunk road (comes all the way from Peshawar) through plains of Haryana & Punjab - the bread basket of India - hamlets and rice fields would be on both sides of the road. Punjab has a distinct cuisine and flavour - do not miss the delicious chicken preparations of Jullundhur.
We ride out relaxed this morning through the rural Punjab. Its all plains till we enter the lower Himalayas and an endless series of bridges over streams - flowing out to the plains of Punjab. We then are in the foothills of Himalayas as we eneter Jammu region - the Hindu settlement of Jammu & Kashmir. You will have to be careful with some potholes and unruly traffic at road crossings.
After an early breakfast, we check out and ride towards Srinagar. Today you would ride through a busy road - passing through the crowded villages and towns - made busier by the Army convoys which have priority rights. There will be a checkpost short of Jawahar tunnel for your identity and passport checks. Jawahar tunnel needs to be crossed with care - and once across you are officially in the most beautiful Kashmir valley. After some quick pictures, we ride down past the Kashmiri crowded towns towards Srinagar. You can expect some traffic snarls as you come closer to Srinagar, the capital of Jammu & Kashmir. We reach Srinagar by afternoon and take a Shikara ride to our houseboats - a unique stay on the famous Dal Lake. You could relax for a while and then in the evening you are free to explore the Lake and surroundings. Shikara ride on the lake is the most popular thing to do in the evening. Once back from your easy and pleasant evening, you will be served a Kashmiri dinner at the houseboat. You could spend some more time on the lakeside seating or retire early for the ride in the morning. This would be another very memorable evening.
Start early in the morning after breakfast. The morning ride will take you through a nice and winding road along a gushing water stream - to Sonamarg. This is a beautiful hamlet - lush green meadows and time for a hot cup of tea. You will cross famous Zozila Pass - this pass gets washed away by heavy snowfall each year. There are at times long truck convoys on Zojila. This one will surely test your riding skills - there is no black top. Once across, you ride on to Dras - rated to be the second coldest inhabited place in the World. You would also pay tribute to the real Heroes of the Kargil War. Overnight we will be at hotel in the small himalayan township of Kargil. This is where the greater Himalayas will begin to unfold.
Wake up early again and start journey toward Leh after breakfast - the roads today too - will be a mixed bag. Enroute you’ll visit standing Buddha at Mulbegh, the famous Lamayuru Monastery among a unique landscape that resembles moon - called Moonland. We take detour off the main highway - and a lunch break at the ancient Alchi Monastery - what a wonderful temple complex. We then ride onto the strangely true Magnetic Hill and the Pathar Sahib Gurudwara. We then ride the Bazgo plains - and reach Leh by the evening. It was a good days ride - you are in a capital town of Ladakh region. Some modern amenities in this high Himalayas - beyond 10,000 ft. So take it easy today.
After four days of riding, this day is dedicated for relaxing and acclimatization. On this day you are free to explore Leh at your own pace, and visit to Stok Palace, Leh Palace, Hall of Fame museum, Shey, Thiksey, Hemis, Shanti stupa, Tibetan market and shops in Leh town. You can also enjoy some local food and buy souvenirs from a local market. Leh is the centre of all the activities in the region and you would love even walking around the town. But take it easy - this is an acclimatisation day. The motorcycles would be put through a servicing routine - for next day's tough ride to Khardungla.
This is a big landmark day of your riding life. You’ll ride on a motorcycle to the world’s highest motorable pass, the Khardung La (18384 ft) - this is the highest one can ever reach on a motorcycle on this planet - click a quick picture and be sure that you leave the pass earliest to ride down on the other side. We now cross over to the beautiful Nubra Valley - riding some of the highest altitudes. Your overnight stay will be at an Organic farm field camp - and you would love it. There would be a dinner by the fireplace and a clearest of the night skies.
Nubra valley deserves more than one day. There are quite a few things one could do. You can explore the Nubra valley on your bike - important places to see would be the Diskit Monatery - which has some great stories to hear from monks and the famous Hunder sand-dunes - where you would be amazed at the double hump bactrian camels. These camels are the remnants of the silk trade that flourished through this valley in the past. About a days ride from Nubra and back would be to the Balti village of Turtuk or may be the hot water springs of Panamik. These are optional activities - and would require special permits and preparations.
This would be an easy morning to wake up and may be take a walk around the village and see the life as it exists beyond 10,000 ft. Around 10 am, post breakfast we ride back to Leh once again via Khardungla. You have another chance to take a photo at highest motorable pass in the world - before you roll down back into Leh valley. Yet another day when modern amenities are available to you. So you may have the long missed pizza or a burger before we once again ride into the wilderness.
This is a wonderful ride to one of the most beautiful vistas of your life - the stupendous Pangong Tso lake. We do pass through various passes and valley and frightening roads. It would be cold in the passes and on the lake - the winds at times are pretty harsh. Try spotting the mormots or ibex on the slopes and meadows if you can. The turquoise blue Pangong lake and the various hues of blue it changes as the sun and clouds play with each other - is a natural wonder. We would be at our camps by the afternoon. Take a walk by the lake in the evening and see the vastness of this crystal clear lake. It is a humbling experience.
With some more morning views of Lake - we need to ride out early, and it is a long day ride to Sarchu. You would pass by Tanglang La and then a drying Tso-Kar lake - often visited by the bird watching enthusiasts. Once across Tsokar, we are on some real nice roads and drives - The Moreh Plains. Here you could ride to your heart's content after a long time. At the end of these plains is a road side camp called Pang. With a quick lunch, we get on to our ride, as we still have quite a bit to cover. By late afternoon we cross the border into Himachal at Sarchu - a windy valley that looks like narrow plains. We quickly check into our camps. Sarchu normally is pretty cold and has wind chill effect. It would be good to retire early, as you still have another tough day ahead, before you are in Manali.
Well here we are - the last of the tough ride days, but with most rewarding views too. We would do well to start early morning to ride some more mountain passes. The roads will be good, bad and ugly - and you would be happy to finally cross the famous Rohtang La - which means the Heap of Dead. A few years from now - you will not have to cross Rohtang, as there is a tunnel under construction below this hill. If we do sustained riding with only very essential halts - we would be Manali by the evening. This would be a tough day, and a few places your IDs would be checked.
Well you have just finished one the most tough ride of your life - given the uncertainties it reveals - it arguably is the toughest commercial ride on planet Earth. Here is one more day of ride, though with traffic increasing as you ride down the Himalayas. Once in plains you are back to your usual mundane traffic on Indian Roads.
Like all good things that come to an end - this is the last day of this tour. We ride back to Delhi by the afternoon and reach our hotels. You would now deposit bikes and prepare for our flights or trains back home. We normally have a review session - and we see all the pictures we took on the ride. You say good bye to your ride buddies, thank you to the staff that made it possible - and go your own way till you meet again on another Viktorianz ride in another unique riding trail.
What we have mentioned above as add-ons is what normally our foreign guests ask of us. Beyond this too we are happy to organise anything on travel that you want to do after the ride. It could be a Yoga and wellness or a beach holiday in Goa - we handle all that and more for our clients.
In case you have a family or a partner who wants to accompany with you either as a pillion or wants to be in the SUV following us - we are ready to work that out. If you wish to do the itinerary on a self drive SUV and be with the ride - we are OK with that. If you have any such special requirements we are happy to help and customise. Please let us know of it by filling the Ask Quick Question form below.