Srinagar to Leh Bike Trip
Enjoy Srinagar to Leh Bike Trip is over high passes in an arid due to largely treeless rain shadow. Ladakh boasts because of a classic Trans Himalayan scenery. The huge khaki-coloured valleys and big rock walls brought alive by the splash of green fields. Traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture remains attracting here due to beautiful monasteries. They burst into life during dance festivals but they have changed little in over 500 years.
This contains everything an adventure lover wants. Epic treks, sparkling high-altitude mountain lakes. A well developed backpacker infrastructure based around the capital, Leh.
Leh was an important stopover on trade routes along the Indus Valley. It is between Tibet to the east, Kashmir to the west and also between India and China for many years . Salt, grain, pashm or cashmere wool, charas or cannabin from the Tarim Basin, indigo, silk yarn and Banaras brocade are the most carried goods.
Although there are a couple of indications that the Chinese knew of a trade route through Ladakh to India as early because the Kushan period and positively by Tang , little is really known of the history of the region before the formation of the dominion towards the top of the 10th century by the Tibetan prince, Skyid lde nyima gon, a grandson of the anti-Buddhist Tibetan king. His army originally numbered only 300 men but still conquered western Tibetan.
Several towns and castles are said to possess been founded by Nyima gon and he apparently ordered the development of the most sculptures. He says he had them made for the religious advantage of the Tsanpo (the dynastical name of his father and ancestors), and of all the people of Ngaris (Western Tibet) in an inscripton. This shows that already during this generation Langdarma’s opposition to Buddhism had disappeared. Shey, just 15 km east of recent Leh, was the traditional seat of the Ladakhi kings.
DAY 01: - ARRIVAL AT SRINAGAR
Welcome to the world of adventure traveling in Himalayas. Report by 12:00 Pm at the Tourist point of Srinagar Airport and our representative will meet you there. Later, we will transfer you to Sonmarg by Tempo Traveler. Overnight stay in Sonmarg.
DAY 02: - SONMARG TO KARGIL
Post breakfast, leave Kargil. Cross the famous Zojila pass and Drass Village (2nd Coldest Inhabited place in the World). This ride gives you a spectacular view of the Kargil area. Visit the Famous Peaks; Tiger and Tololing from Vijay war memorial hall site. Overnight stay at Kargil.
DAY 03: - KARGIL TO LEH
Post breakfast, leave for Leh. Visit the Dha-Hanu village inhabited by the people
considered as the last remnants of the Indo-Aryans. They have distinct features and their attire consists of elaborate jewellery. During the ride you will cover Sangam point (meeting point of Zanskar and Indus River), Magnetic Hill and Gurudwara pathar sahib. Overnight in Leh
DAY 04: - LEH TO NUBRA
Post breakfast, take on the highest motorable pass in the world – Khardung-La pass - at 18,380 feet. In spite of the altitude, ride on some of the smoothest roads and gawk at the magnificent landscape. After celebrating at Khardung-La pass, descend into the dramatically different landscape of the Nubra valley.
DAY 05: - NUBRA –TURTUK – NUBRA
Get ready to explore the unexplored lands of Turtuk post breakfast. Turtuk was under Pakistani control until 1971, after which India gained control of this strategic area and on the way, view the beautiful valley surrounding this scenic area. This place is a part of Shayok valley. Turtuk is the last village before the line of control. After exploring Turtuk, ride back towards nubra. Overnight stay at Nubra.
DAY 06: - NUBRA TO PANGONG
Post breakfast, explore one of the most uncommon routes in Ladakh area via Shayok village, which has been opened recently for tourists.
DAY 07: - PANGONG TO TSO-MORIRI
Post breakfast, explore a route which is not commonly used for commercial bike trips.This route leads you to a beautiful lake birthed from the Himalayan mountains. Explore the new route from mahe bridge to chushul village. Within this route we may get chance to explore small lakes named Yaye-TSo and Mirpal-Tso. Have your lunch at chushul village, and experience the delicacies of nature. From mahe bridge, we will have to cover another 50 kms approx to reach our destination of Tso-Moriri. Overnight stay at Tso-moriri.
DAY 08: - TSO-MORIRI TO SARCHU
Post breakfast, leave towards Sarchu, which is commonly shared by the states of J&K with Himachal Pradesh. En-route you will be crossing the Tsokar lake, Mori-planes, Pang, Gata Loops, Nakee-la, Lachung-La. Reach your destination of Sarchu by the evening. Overnight stay in Sarchu.
DAY 09: - SARCHU TO KEYLONG
Post breakfast, leave for Keylong from the border between Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir. Here, you can see the nomadic Gaddi people and an army outpost. On our way, we stop at Baralacha Pass (4891 m) which means “a pass with cross roads”. The roads from Ladakh, Zanskar, Lahaul and Spiti intersect here. Overnight stay at Keylong.
DAY 10: - KEYLONG TO MANALI
This is the final leg of our amazing bike trip. Start your day early and begin your ride from Jispa to Manali. This route is slightly rough. So, cover the maximum distance with minimum stopovers. Reach Manali in the evening by covering few of the most attractive mountain passes including the Rohtang-La pass. Overnight stay in Manali.
DAY 11: - DEPARTURE
Post breakfast, check out from the hotel and leisurely explore the beautiful city of Manali until the time of your journey to Delhi. Depart from the wonderful and mystic Himalayas back to Delhi in a Volvo bus.