Leh Ladakh Bike Tour: The Perfect Road Trip
Leh Ladakh, located in Jammu & Kashmir, is the perfect destination for an adrenaline-filled holiday. The geographical location of the Leh Ladakh makes it a haven for both adventure lovers and nature admirers. Flanked by mountains and laden with beautiful lakes & breathtaking landscapes, Leh Ladakh is a popular tourist destination. Leh Ladakh is a place where you will come across the desert, sand dunes, glaciers, lakes and snow-capped mountains while travelling. The unusual and mystic elements of the place further adds to the beauty of Leh Ladakh.
One of the popular ways to explore the magical land of Leh Ladakh is by bike.
How to reach Leh Ladakh?
Leh Ladakh is one of the prime destinations in India for a Bike tour. It is very common to take a Leh Ladakh trip on bike. There are two routes to reach Leh Ladakh via bike. One route is through the Srinagar Leh highway and the other is Manali Leh highway. The distance covered when travelling from Srinagar to Leh is 434 Km and from Manali to Leh is 490 Km. The Srinagar Leh highway gets opened from May to October. Whereas the Manali Leh highway is open through May to September.
There are two routes by which one can travel to Leh Ladakh via bus. One route is from Srinagar passing through Zoji La Pass and another route is from Manali passing through Rohtang pass. Both Private and government buses run on both the routes on a regular bus. There is a bus from New Delhi also which covers a distance of 1.203 Kms in a minimum 4 days time to reach Leh Ladakh.
The closest airport is Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Leh. The airport is well connected to major cities of the country like Delhi, Srinagar, and Jammu ( few to mention). The airport is a military terminal, so it is mandatory to carry all the necessary documents as well as the print out of e-ticket. One can avail taxis outside the airport to reach the required destination.
The nearest railway station is in Tawi, Jammu. The distance between the Tawi’s railway station to Ladakh is 700 Km. The railway station is well connected to major cities of the country. One can take a taxi from the railway station to reach Leh. The minimum duration required to reach Ladakh from Tawi’s railway station is 2 days. This is the least preferred method used to reach Ladakh.
Activities to do in Leh Ladakh
River rafting on Zanskar river
Zanskar river is also known as the Grand Canyon of India. The rafting expedition on the mighty Zanskar river is one of the best river rafting experiences in the country. Located at a height of 12,000ft, one can witness the grandeur called Zanskar valley while rafting through the Zanskar river.
The other name for the chadar trek is the Frozen river trek. The trek across the frozen Zanskar river is one of the most challenging and distinctive treks in India. While undertaking the Chadar trek, one will witness the spellbinding mountains all around and will be enveloped in the surreal beauty of nature. The 6 days trekking expedition is one of the famous activities that one can undertake in Ladakh.
Bactarian camel safari
The two humped camels also known as the Bactarian camel were the major source of transportation on the silk route. Take a ride on the two humped camels through the beautiful terrains of Ladakh alongside the glorious Shyok and Nubra River. The route taken for the Bactarian camel safari is from Hunder to Turtuk.
Stargazing at Lamayuru Monastery
The village of Lamayuru is famously known as the “Moonland of Ladakh”. Located on the Leh-Kargil road, Lamayuru is about 100 km away from Leh.The village of Lamayuru is famous for being home to one of the oldest and largest Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in Ladakh. The other thing The village of Lamayuru is famous for is its clear visual of the night sky. Stargazing at the Lamayuru Monastery is one the reasons people make a stopover at the Lamayuru village.
Jeep safari at Changthang wildlife sanctuary
The Changthang wildlife sanctuary is famous for its rare range of exotic flora and fauna. The second most largest nature reserve is situated at a height of 4000-9000 ft in Leh district. The sanctuary is also home to the famous lakes of Ladakh which includes Tso Moriri, Pangong Tso and Tso Kar. Take the jeep safari through the wilderness of Changthang wildlife sanctuary to witness some of the rarest wildlifes and enthralling beauty of nature. Do not forget to ask for permission from the District Commissioner’s office, Leh before visiting the sanctuary.
The scenic places to visit and the interesting adventure activities makes Leh Ladakh the most sought after travel destinations in India. It is also the place every adventure enthusiast wishes to travel once in their lifetime. Explore the mystic Leh Ladakh on bike to get the most out of your visit to Leh Ladak.