Start in Srinagar and end in Manali! With the adventure tour Guided Himalayan Motorcycle Tour (Srinagar - Ladakh - Manali), you have a 12 day tour package taking you through Srinagar, India and 12 other destinations in India. Guided Himalayan Motorcycle Tour (Srinagar - Ladakh - Manali) includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals and more.
In and around SrinagarHi Adventure Seeker. Welcome onboard. Hotel check in starts by 12 so please reach the notified hotel before evening. After checking in, wander around the city if you wish. In the evening, we shall meet again, and exchange regards with the fellow riders. After the Knowledge Overdose Session for the whole ride, feel free to ask as many questions as you want. After this difficult to bear hours, next comes tasty food and great sleep, you will be deemed fit for the ride. Start point Hotel Comfort Regency, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India 10:00 - 11:00
In and around SonamargWake up early & reach the parking with all your luggage for the trip. Keep your belongings in the luggage vehicle. Test the bike allotted to you & inform the team of adjustments if any. Come back after breakfast as we head to Sonmarg. The distant mountains seem walking closer to you. You find yourself getting comfortable with the bike and the chilly weather on the relatively short ride. When we reach Sonamarg, the hilly surrounding of Sonamarg clarifies your doubt why it is called Paradise on Earth. We enjoy the meal at hotel gazing the hills.
In and around KargilSoon after we leave Sonmarg, we start ascending Zoji la, the infamous pass. Innumerous factors make the roads unpredictable and scary even for a local. It dares you to look below at the scariest George. This treacherous drive takes you to the second coldest inhabited town of Dras. Ironically to pain in your bum and shoulders, your eyes contend- ice, alpines, wild horse & the Himalayas. We stop at Kargil Memorial to salute our soldiers. You realise insufficient carb power as you cruise towards Kargil for nice dinner and stay. Do not forget to gaze at stars at night, if you did; you missed something stunning.
In and around LehWe walk past the historic city to cruise on NH 1D again. Unlike yesterdays terrain, we glide through two higher passes Namika La (12,139 feet) and Fotu La (13,478 feet). Lowered carb power or a headache is a mere symptom that you are flying high. For selfie break, you land your ride at the moon land of Ladakh- Lamayuru. Why dont I just become a monk- Dont share the idea with your mom or the lady who rules the home. Things are sure to go sour. The magnetic hill pulls you from Lamayuru. You better reach Leh before its dark; the chilling temperature might kill you.
'I can sense Oxygen. I am free to wander around. After riding on such rugged terrains, the bike needs a complete check up. So, leave the bike at the hotel for maintenance & use the local commuting vehicles use public transport or rent a car. On the leisure day, unleash the lone wolf & explore various parts of the Leh city, like the Namgyal Palace, Tibetan market, Shanti Stupa, Thiksey monastery, Leh Palace, Shey Palace and numerous monasteries.
The day starts with a mix of excitement and nervousness for riders as well as Bollywood enthusiast. Eventually, it reminds you where you stand. Do not stop at every other point to take photos, unless you wish to miss the sunset view at Pangong Lake. You get to meet numerous small water bodies washing your dirty shoe before you finally reach the Majestic Lake You may not like where you stay Camp or small cottage, limited & not so tasty food. But remember, whatever you are getting, it is a privilege transported from Leh market. So, forget everything; it is time for soul-searching in the beautiful blues.
This is not a joyous day for you if you don't love trading your way in mud & water roads. You face hilly curves at the beginning, accompanied by the roar of Shyok. Later the river following you will take over your road in the form of a few huge water crossings. If you happen to be lucky sandstorm will further come to greet you. You get to meet numerous small water bodies washing your dirty shoe before you finally reach the Majestic Lake. . The ride of a smelly double hump camel, bonfire, & music - a perfect way to nourish your vitals and soul.
In and around TurtukIt is the day when we explore an untouched destination - Turtuk; once a part of Pakistan until 1971. Take it as an opportunity to explore the culture and hardship of locals who live with these extremities. Soon after we head to the last Indo Pak border town Thang. You have to be there to understand rider's feeling of farthest village of India. Do not forget to take a snap with the mighty K2. We will return to Nubra valley in the evening.
Let's Go! We are leaving to witness a man-made wonder. While you ride for the top of the world, you understand the toil it takes to build a road this altitude. You along with many other overly enthusiastic riders run for the customary photograph with the board. After the joyous celebration, we now ride downhill to catch a breath & some tea at Pullu. Later, we dug-dug further to the Himalayan sand desert. After the joyous celebration, we drive downhill for Kilometers, feels scary while looking at endless downhill roads. The grand road welcomes you back to Leh.
It is time to bid farewell to Leh. We are headed towards Pang. You reach Tanglang La after riding 30 Km uphill. You can catch the breath while selfie and social media lovers click photos. There is More re. We again on the saddle and drive downhill towards Moray plains, Indias only share in the Tibetan plateau. Go crazy with lenses in natural light splashes on this high plateau. Pang is so remote and cold; it dares you to sleep without socks. Do not waste food here; it is a much-valued luxury. Have a nice warm meal at unique group tent. Dont judge the place for the scarce amenities, you may not the heart warming hospitality even in a five star hotel
In and around KeylongWith breakfast in belly & you on the saddle, we start riding. As the customary goes, Dessert is served at last. You are headed to feast the fat dessert - water crossings, Streams & three high altitude passes (16,500 Ft Baralacha high mountain pass, 15,547 Ft Nakila and 16,616 Ft Lachungla Pass). It is less scary than Zoza La, but not less fun. You will not get a chance to be careless. In this 180 Km ride, you remember God many times. After dinner, you get to lie down on your bed at Keylong.
This morning after breakfast, we are headed to explore Himachali beauty. You enjoy different colours of beauty in Manali highway, but at times, it reminds you of Ladakh. As if, you enjoy the company of the new girlfriend, but you still miss your ex. The twist and turns on the Rohtang Pass let you enjoy the last drag of the ride. Finally, we reach Manali to leave our machines in peace. A couple of rooms will allow you to freshen before we depart. We meet again after we freshen up to share memory cards and gossip the whole trip before we leave for our destinations. We came as strangers, slowly jelling-up, becoming friends for life. It was my pleasure riding with you. With these words, we head back to our destinations. End point Volvo Bus Depot, Manali, Manali Bus Stand, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India 05:00 - 06:00