Imagine the cozy warm sunlight kissing your cold body that ends up detoxing your mind, body and soul. That’s what Ladakh is all about. Don’t believe us? Have a look for yourself.
Beholding Ladakh on a bike is a dream for many. The place has always been known to leave its visitors spellbound for the magic it entails in its mighty mountains, snowy passes or green forests.
And if all this inspires you to travel Ladakh on a bike anytime soon, then we are here with the best tips that can make that trip a memorable one.
Best Time to Visit Ladakh on a Bike
Before even planning a trip to Ladakh, you must be aware of when is the best time to visit Ladakh. And that would be in summer. Well, you can prefer going in winter too but a bike trip to Ladakh in winter is kinda impossible affair.
Also, summer is one time when Ladakh reveals its best. It provides you a space to escape the hot city and allows you some time amidst nature where you can make memories that you would tell stories about.
Leh Ladakh on Bike
When Arijit Singh said safar khobsurat hai manzil se bhi, he must be referring to visiting Ladakh on a bike. A bike trip from Delhi to Ladakh is a great experience. You get to pass through unseen towns and cities, curvy roads, amazing passes and literally everything good.
For anyone wanting to visit Ladakh, you can take two routes. These would be via Manali or via Srinagar.
One thing to note is that if you don’t have a bike and wish to rent one, then you must know that the price would be extremely high. Thus, it is recommended to reach Manali first and then rent a bike.
Leh and Manali are connected via a highway which is 428 km long. Once you enter Leh, the journey upwards are extra kilometers you wish to cruze.
We would recommend choosing the Manali-Leh route just to witness the celebrated Rohtang Pass that falls along this route. Rohtang Pass offers icy vicinity that literally glows when shimmered with sunlight.
Also, adding to your experience would be the recently inaugurated Atal tunnel that has been built under the Rohtang Pass in the eastern Pir Panjal range and connects Leh to Manali.
One handy tip would be pre-booking the pass permit online at the Tourism Development Council of Himachal Pradesh. The pass permit cost varies from Rs 400 to Rs 800.
Pouplar Route: Manali – Gramphu – Khokhsar – Sissu – Keylong – Jispa – ZingZing Bar – Sarchu – Pang – Tanglang La – Miru – Upshi – Karu – Leh
The Srinagar-Leh route as a substitute is equally gorgeous. The route allows you a prolonged glimpse of the mighty Himalayas and the Kashmir Valley. Also, the Srinagar-Leh route allows you to motor through the world’s highest motorable pass, the Khardung La pass.
When it comes to facilities, the Srinagar-Leh route has better connectivity, petrol pumps, accommodation spots and more.
Pouplar Route: Srinagar – Sonamarg – Zoji La – Drass – Kargil – Mulbekh – Lamayuru – Saspol – Leh
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