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Ladakh is known as "the Moonland", "Little Tibet" or even more romantically as "the last Shangri-La". Ladakh is the most remote region of India. It is a barren, virtually rainless area. Ladakh beckons for more than one reason. The defiance of its barren landscape, its unique flora and fauna, its culture, its clear blue skies, and clean air, and its land where snow never melts and only corn ripens has more to offer a good holiday for you.
Your accommodations for this motorcycle tour are good, clean rooms with grand view location on 2 sharing basis in hotels, guesthouses, and deluxe tents.
Start your overland journey and drive to Jispa. This high altitude road beyond the great Himalayan range connects the densely fertile and green Kullu Valley to the stark barren region of Ladakh. The drive starts at Manali and is slowly winding up to mountain roads until Rohtang Pass at 3,950 meters which connects the Kullu to the Lahaul valley.
When entering the Lahaul valley, you will see a distinct change with the Hindu influence being replaced with the Buddhist religion. Continue to drive to Jispa via Keylong. Packed lunch will be given en route and overnight in tents with American Plan basis.
Drive leisurely over the scenic Bara-lacha la pass (4,880 meters). Have plenty of stops to capture the scenic grandeur of this majestic landscape dotted with snow-capped peaks and high altitude lakes. After crossing the pass, drop down to the vast Sarchu plains. Have dinner and overnight in tents with American Plan basis.
You will leave the vast Sarchu plateau, to head up in a curvy drive until you reach Namika La (4,950 meters / 16,240 feet), where you can experience the spectacular views of rugged rocks and its unique geological formation. Then, you go over Lachu Lang La (5,090 meters / 16,699 feet) before descending to the gorge of the cliffy Gangaajal to Pang. Overnight at a hotel in Leh.
After breakfast, drive up to the scenic Indus Valley. En route, stop over to visit the famous Shey, Thiksey, and Hemis monasteries. Have a packed lunch en route. Overnight with Continental Plan basis.
After breakfast, leave for Pangong Tso (14,500 feet) through Chang La pass (17,350 feet). It is the third highest motorable road in the world. Arrive in Pangong Tso which is the highest saltwater lake in the world shared by two countries, India and China. Enjoy the beauty of the lake. Overnight in a camp.
After breakfast, you will ride to Nubra and cross some new routes which few riders or people have covered. On the way, you get an excellent view of great Karakoram range. Lunch en route and overnight at Nubra Valley in green farm camps.
Drive to Khardung La pass, the highest motorable pass in the world (18,300 feet) which part of the road goes over the glacier on top.
After breakfast, you will check out of the guest house and proceed towards Sarchu, en route stopping at Taglang La pass, the second highest motorable pass in the world at 5,350 meters. Overnight stopover at Sarchu (4,253 meters), bordering the states of Himachal Pradesh (Lahaul), and Jammu and Kashmir (Ladakh). Upon arrival in Sarchu, you check in at the tented campsite for the overnight stay.
Besides that, on this day, you can choose to fly back to Delhi / Mumbai, drop bike for transportation with GATI.
After breakfast, you will ride from Sarchu to Manali over Bara-lacha la pass (4,800 meters) and cross Darcha, Jispa, Gemur, and Keylong. From Sissu to Manali, cross the Rohtang Pass (4,050 meters) and descend to Marhi, Gulaba, Kothi, and finally reaching Manali. The journey ends with beautiful memories.
You will be dropped off at the airport and this is your departure day.
Minor repairs like brake shoe, spark plug, clutch plate, tubes, cable (1 set only), and engine oil are included in the cost. However, if more breakages happen due to rough handling, accidents, theft, etc., the clients will have to bear the cost.
You will have a chance to visit the famous Shey, Thiksey, and Hemis monasteries.
With an interesting story behind his peculiar nickname that he loves to narrate when asked, Rahul Chauhan a.k.a MAT is very well-known and respected among the Indian biking fraternity. A doctor by education and a traveler at heart, he lives life as simple village boy. MAT has been riding through the length and breadth of India since the late 90s. His knowledge and experience of traveling in India and Asia is unparalleled. He is also a bit of a grease monkey and loves getting his hands dirty, modifying, and restoring old bikes and cars occasionally.
Sheetal is a Civil & Structural Engineer who occasionally feels that she might get stuck in an office in the buildings. Sheetal Baranth a.k.a CHERRY makes and turns into an audacious backpacker and an energetic traveler as soon as she can. She loves traversing non-traded paths and loves interacting with people. She is the scribe and the motivator of the team. Cherry also takes yoga classes in a tour. Cherry has traveled extensively pan India and has led many camping and photography tours in North and Central India.
This tour starts and ends in Manali. The route covers several places in India, including Jispa, Sarchu, Tso Kar, Leh, Khardung La pass, Nubra, Pangong Tso, and Pang.
The museum houses information related to Leh culture, a way of life, history, vegetation, and animals found in this part of the world. Among other things, one finds information on Zorawar Singh Kahluria, the Dogra ruler and his battles with the king of Ladakh and the advances his army made in China. The top floor houses guns and equipment that have been seized by the Indian Army during its skirmishes with Pakistan Army.
On display, there are seized guns, grenades, passports, documents, etc. Another section has been dedicated to the Siachen area which has on-display apparel and equipment used by the Indian Army in the region.
Gurdwara Pathar Sahib is a beautiful Gurudwara Sahib constructed in the memory of Guru Nanak, about 25 miles away from Leh, on the Leh-Kargil road, 12,000 feet above sea level. The Gurdwara was built in 1517 to commemorate the visit to the Ladakh region of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder guru of the Sikh faith.
During his lifetime, Guru Nanak traveled to many distant places and one such place was Tibet. Guru Nanak is well respected by Tibetan Buddhists who consider him a saint. The Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Buddhists in Tibet, has confirmed this in his discussions with some Sikh leaders saying that Tibetans revere Guru Nanak as a Buddhist saint under the name of Guru Gompka Maharaj.
This summer palace of the erstwhile king of Leh set upon a hill. The monastery itself has a 7.5-meter high, copper statue of a sitting Buddha, wrought in gold. This is the largest of its kind in the world.
Situated 19 kilometers from Leh, Thiksey is one of the largest and most impressive gompas of Ladakh. The Thiksey Monastery provides a panoramic view of the green Indus Valley from its vantage point atop a hill. It has chambers full of statues, stupas, and colorful thankas.
Situated just off the Leh-Manali Highway, Ladakh’s biggest and wealthiest monastery is situated on the Leh-Manali road. Its popularity stems from the annual festival held here in summer. The festival coincides with Guru Padmasambhava’s (Buddha) birthday. It contains quite a few statues in gold and stupas decorated with precious stones. It has a superb collection of thankas, including one which is supposed to be the largest in existence and is exhibited only once every 12 years.
Leh Palace overlooks the Ladakhi Himalayan town of Leh, modeled on the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. The palace was built by King Sengge Namgyal in the 17th century but was later abandoned when Dogra forces took control of Ladakh in the middle of the 19th century. The royal family moved to Stok Palace.
Leh Palace is nine stories high; the upper floors accommodated the royal family, and the stables and storerooms were on the lower floors. The ruin of the palace is currently being restored by the Archaeological Survey of India. The palace is open to the public and the roof provides panoramic views of Leh and the surrounding areas.
The mountain of Stok Kangri in the Zanskar mountain range is visible from the Indus Valley to the south, with the Ladakh Range rising behind the palace to the north.
Please book your flight to arrive at Kullu-Manali Airport (KUU). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Planet Way Round will pick you up from the airport.
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