Start in Manali and end in Leh! With the motorcycle ride tour Great Himalayan Expedition, you have a 22 day tour package taking you through Manali, India and 13 other destinations in India. Great Himalayan Expedition includes accommodation as well as flights, insurance, meals.
After breakfast you will get to try out your bikes. Today we will visit some popular sights in and around Manali. This will help you to get familiar with your bike and also the Himalayan road and its turns. For Lunch we will stop at Naggar Castle, Naggar once used to be the capital of Kullu hence the Castle. The castle is now converted into a Heritage hotel and has a Museum. After lunch we head back to Manali and prepare for the days ahead.Start point Bus Station, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India 08:00 - 16:00
An early morning start for Rewalsar Lake. Rewalsar is a holy lake and its revered by many. From Manali we will ride towards Kullu, from Bajaura we take a left and ride on a narrow link road. This is one of the most beautiful rides, the road doesnt have a lot of traffic so most of the time it will just be us and the mountains. The ride takes us through enchantingly beautiful pine forest. We ride past some beautiful local villages. We get to Mandi, a busy little town; but cross it soon to enter another quiet valley all the way to Rewalsar. Check into the hotel and after freshening up go for a walk around the Prashar Lake and pay respects at the temple here.
Another early morning start today as we have a long way to cover. The road is in a fairly good condition, with lots of curves. Some parts of this ride are really scenic. We ride through some busy towns like Jogindernagar, Paprola, Baijnath but we also ride through the quiet and beautiful tea plantations of Palampur. After freshening up you can go for a stroll in Mcleodganj. Dharamsala is where His Holiness the Dalai Lama has his residence; it is the capital of Tibet in Exile. You can visit his monastery, and then check out some of the famous cafes here.
In and around KhajjiarIt is a very scenic ride through the mountain side today as we try to avoid the main highway and ride on the Pahari road meaning the mountain road. This may take a bit longer then the main highway but it is really worth it. Khajjiar is famous by the name Mini Swiss of India. It is a beautiful location, where a small Lake is encircled by mighty Deodar trees. The air is crisp and fresh.
We can have a relaxed start today as we dont have a long distance to cover. This gives us more time to enjoy the beauty of Khajjiar. Once in Chamba, we can go and explore the Lakshmi Narayan temple Complex and also visit the Museum here. Leaving Chamba would take some time as it is busy town. Once we get out of Chamba, the road is smooth and the traffic is not so bad. After Chamba, all that we do is go up, up and up. Today, our ascent up to the Saach Pass begins. The road is smooth, the valley lush green. On the way we will come across the Gujjars or Buffalo Herders either going up or coming back down depending on the time of the year that you travel. A lot of quaint little villages and fertile terrace fields are to be seen along the way. We stay overnight at Bairagarh Rest house.
After a well-rested night we prepare for the Saach Pass today. We check the bikes to make sure everything is working well and then we set off on an Epic Ride. Just before getting to Satrundi the Tarmac starts to disappear until it is no longer there. The road initially is dusty but good. At Satrundi we stop at a police check post and complete the necessary documentation. The road here onwards is rocky and dusty. As we start going higher towards the pass the view of the valley below is mesmerising. The pass suddenly appears on your right as you make left turn. There is little shrine here dedicated to Jot Wali Mata meaning the Goddess of the Pass. After stopping here for a few minutes we head down towards Killar, the ride so far is nothing short of exhilarating. The road all the way to Killar is the same- rocky, muddy and dusty. The valley below is now narrow, yet fascinating and the ride a wonderful adventure.
In and around JispaIt will be an early start today as though we are not covering a large distance today, but we will be riding on road that comprises more or less of bull dust for a major part of the journey; thus we cant ride fast. The route is picturesque, rugged, bare rocks on your left and 200m drop on the right. This could easily be classed as one of the toughest road in the world. There is never a lot of traffic on this road. You will meet the occasional public bus and a few jeeps. The landscape start to change as we get closer to Udaipur and just before entering Udaipur you come across a lovely young pine forest, this is famous as Mini Manali; the site is a local favourite for picnics. At Udaipur we stop in town to visit the Mrikula Devi Temple. Constructed in the 11 th century, this temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali. It is believed that the temple was constructed from a block of wood by the Pandavas (from the time of the Mahabharata) during their time in exile. From Udaipur onwards the road all the way to Jispa is in good condition and we pass through some very scenic villages of the Pattan Valley.
After the tough and tiring ride of yesterday today is a well-deserved rest day.
After a relaxed and easy day yesterday, today will be a long day and we will start early. At Darcha we stop at the police check post and then continue up the winding road to Baralacha La (4890m) and then descend to Bharatpur for a quick chai break. Then we ride on one the most beautiful stretch of road on this journey towards Sarchu. After Sarchu we ride up to cross two more high passes the Lachulung La (5050m) and Nakeela Pass (4740m).
In and around LehFrom Tsokar we retrace our route back to the main Manali- Leh Highway. Once on the highway we begin our accent of the Taglang La Pass (5328m). Then begins a wonderful curvy descent. Now onwards you will keep crossing Ladakhi villages and the road is smooth all the way to Leh.
After the long days ride yesterday today is a welcome break. After lunch you can go for some local sight- seeing or explore the different markets of Leh.
In and around KargilAlthough its a long day, the road is fantastic and the landscape has loads to offer. On the way you pass many tourist sightseeing regions like: Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Magnetic Hill, Sangam. The most popular stops en route are Lamayuru, where theres a memorable monastery and the curious Moonland erosion formations and Mulbekh (for its ancient carved Buddha statue).
In and around RangdumRangdum is the farthest and most isolated part of the Suru Valley. Rangdum is surrounded by colourful hills on one side and glacier-encrusted Rocky Mountains on the other. It falls mid-way between Kargil and Padum. The main attraction of Rangdum is the 18 th century Buddhist Monastery of the Geluk-pa order with about 40 resident monks. Perched atop a central hillock, which is surrounded by a wild mountain stream, the monastery has the aura of an ancient fortification guarding a mystical mountain valley. The entire day is a picturesque riding day.
In and around PadumIts another day of riding through some of the most amazing landscapes. The road is mainly off-road today. On the way we cross the Penzila Pass, which is the highest motorable pass of this area at 14000ft. It is primarily areas around this point that cut off Zanskar from rest of the world every winter that lasts 7-8 months. Driving some distance from here you catch the sight of the vast Drang Drung glacier, the 2 nd largest glacier in the region, largest being the Siachen glacier. After the descent from the pass you will start seeing summer camps of the Zanskar people, where they spend the summer months grazing their cattle. Small villages now start dotting the road side all the way to Padum.
Padum is the only town and administrative centre in Zanskar. It was historically one of the two main capitals of the Zanskar Kingdom, the other being Zangla. Padum is scenic and known for its Spartan splendour. The landscape acquires different hues with the change of time. After a relaxed morning we will ride to Karsha Monastery and take time to explore there. Karsha Monastery is one of the largest monasteries of the region and commands the most splendid view of the entire valley. Spend the afternoon strolling the streets of Padum.
This will be a long day. Today we retrace our route all the way back to Kargil, once again soaking in the magnificent view of the Zanskar and Suru Valley.
After taking the same route back towards Leh for some distance we will take a detour in to the Aryan Valley. Aryan Valley is mainly inhabited by the Brokpas, an insulated and confined ethnic group of pure race of Aryans present in the world today. Their dress, food habits, social and day to day life is quite different from other parts of Ladakh.
A short ride will bring is us down to the main road. From here we ride on fairly good surfaced along the Indus river and passing through some beautiful little hamlets. We join the main Leh- Srinagar Highway at Khalsi. Then retrace our journey back to Leh.
Nubra about 160km north of Leh is where the Shyok River meets the Siachen River to form a large valley separating the Ladakh and Karakoram Ranges. Todays journey will take us over the famous Khardung la Pass, one of the worlds highest motorable passes at 5602m. The ride once again is nothing short of amazing. After refreshing we can visit the Diskit Monastery. Diskit is the oldest and the largest Buddhist monastery in the Nubra Valley.
In the morning ride a few kilometres to Hundar, here we can ride on the double humped Bacterian camel. Then we retrace our route back to Leh
A day to relax. Go shopping for souvenirs or enjoy one of the many cafs and restaurants in Leh.
Early morning transfer to the Leh Airport.End point Main entrance, Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport (IXL), Ladakh, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, India 03:00 - 10:00