Riding over the uneven terrain and exploring the northern wonders of India is an experience that would never erase from your mind. Either you start from Manali or from Leh, both are feasible options. But exclusively in a Leh-Ladakh bike tour, you have broader opportunities to discover Ladakh. Wandering in Ladakh to explore the delightful sights demands a longer trail with your bike. This would become difficult for you if you choose to start from Manali on your bike. Thus, a simplified guide to Leh-Ladakh tour would always increase the duration in Ladakh and decrease the duration to reach Ladakh.
How to Reach
Choose the easiest mode of transport to alight at Ladakh that is by Air. Boarding a flight from any of the metropolitan cities in India will take you Leh airport. Other ways to reach Ladakh is by rail or road but are the most tedious. Ladakh is not bestowed with a train station, thus no direct trains are available. Neither direct bus is available to reach you there.
Steps aligning with Plan
Considering that you have your plans to wander and explore Ladakh ahead of time, in place. Reviewing them once more has no harm in it. You may find new opportunities to indulge in after interacting with the locals there when you reach. Hire a bike from Leh that you find comfortable to ride and suits the terrain of Ladakh. For an adept experience take the acclimatizing session on the same day you reach Ladakh wasting no time. The next day of your arrival should be dedicated to the commencement of your ride and experience in Ladakh. There are well-defined roads as well as rugged surfaces over which you will be riding. Therefore, you must ensure to ace them and not get discouraged by them for an adventurous journey.
The Map of Interest
This is a Leh-Ladakh bike trip that is not only about riding your bike over an elevated region of 3000 meters. It is also about savoring the remote and untapped region that has no greed for extravagant life. Begin your journey from Leh to Nubra Valley passing through the highest motorable pass in the world, Khardungla Pass. In Nubra Valley, you will witness the Hunder desert sustaining a double-humped Camel. The Hunder desert is located in the Silk route and approaching the desert could get you a steeper ride. Therein you will also come across the Diskit monastery that is the oldest and largest in the valley. On entering you will realize purity and peace that the civilized world is ignorant of.
The second is exciting because you will ride to taste the mountainous drive. This is the day you devote to Siachen Base Camp, a Swiss camp that is exquisite and is known for its delicate nature. It is suggested to not wait for a longer period as it can get risky because it is a disputed region. Spend the remaining day riding back and relaxing at Nubra Valley.
The next day you head out to visit Pangong lake that is incredibly adorned with its crystallized lake and deserted mountains. This ride allows you to cross rural settlements which can give you an idea about the locals at Ladakh. The night is spent at the lakeside camp to replenish and cheer yourselves up.
While returning from the valley to Leh, you can choose the Chang La pass which is the third-highest motorable pass in the world. On the way back Thiksey village and Shey village amaze you with their historical relics that derive authority from Lord Buddha. You can either choose to pass by them or choose to pay them a visit. Visiting these spectacular sites would remain in your memories forever. The Thiksey Gompa and Shey palace resemble Tibetan culture and piousness that will touch the deepest chord of your heart.
Concluding your Trip
The day you reach Leh, it gets exhausting to leave for your hometown on the same day. You can relax over and find solace in reminiscing and structuring the entire tour that you just took. Surrender your hill partner (bike/vehicle) to the owner. The next morning could be the day you bid Goodbye to Ladakh. May promise the town a comeback. It is best to take a flight from Leh airport and alight at the nearest airport to your hometown.