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Ladakh, the curtains of valleys and desire of mountains, invites you, Oye Riders, to a journey unseen, led by experts. Embark on a journey to the zigzag snowy roads as you ride along the dancing waters of Pangong Lake and let its beats overpower you, touching and climbing its sides as it gets deep settled in your memories. Go and crown the terrace of the world. Go to the spiritual eye of Buddha, head to the blowing winds, holding your hands amidst the cold whistles. The dream of the riders and the soul of those who ride, it is the place which wags your desire to get swayed in the scenic mirages.
You will stay at hotels and tents that have been associated with The Dream Riders Group for long and relied on for best services. In Manali, you will stay at the Laurent & Banon Resort or similar accommodation. Next, you will be accommodated at Hotel Dekyid in Keylong, at Ibex Group Tent in Pang, and at Hotel Ladakh Imperial or similar accommodation in Leh.
Meanwhile, you will spend the night in 100 Sky Camp or similar accommodation in Pangong and in Nubra Imperial Eco Cottage or a similar accommodation will be your home. Kargil will host you at Hotel Karavan and Sonamarg welcomes you at Hotel Glacier Heights or similar accommodation.
Welcome onboard, rider! Arrive at the Srinagar airport where The Dream Riders Group team shall be waiting. Depart in the group to Sonamarg on a stipulated time. You are requested to schedule your arrival following the communicated time. After checking in, you are free to wander the meadows of your wish.
You'll meet once again in the evening to greet and team up with fellow riders on this adventurous journey to the Himalayas. There, they'll prepare you for the expected and the unexpected, the roadmap, riding etiquette, pitfalls, and heavenly views with cold weather conditions followed by a welcome dinner. Now, you are mentally prepared. Go, Baba! Have a good night.
Wake up early and reach the parking to check if your luggage has been placed well in the backup vehicle. Soon after you got through the police checkpoint, start ascending Zoji La, the infamous pass. Innumerous factors make the roads unpredictable: deep gorge, muddy roads, and a water crossing. The road is designed to test your endurance and skills, witness the glacier once reaching the top point.
Afterward, this treacherous ride takes you to the second coldest inhabited town of Dras. You'll realize insufficient carb power as you cruise towards Kargil for a nice dinner and stay. Ironically to pain in your bum and shoulders, your eyes contend ice, alpines, wild horse, and the Himalayas. Stop at the Kargil War Memorial to pay tribute to martyr soldiers. Do not forget to gaze at the stars at night, if you did; you'll miss something stunning!
Walk past the historic city to cruise on NH 1D again. Unlike yesterday's terrain, glide through two higher passes Namik La (12,139 feet) and Fotu La (12,478 feet). Lowered carb power or a headache is a mere symptom that you are flying high. Catch a glimpse of one of the oldest monasteries while riding across Lamayuru.
For a selfie break, land your ride at the moon land of Ladakh. The magnetic hill pulls you from Lamayuru; you better reach Leh before it's dark; the killing temperature might kill you!
Just like you, after riding on such rugged terrains, the motorbike needs rest and a thorough check-up. So, leave the motorbike at the hotel for maintenance. You can sense oxygen; you are free to wander around. For today, please use the local commute modes, public transport, or rent a car.
Feed and set free the lone wolf within to explore various parts of the Leh city and numerous monasteries. Go around the market and taste authentic Ladakhi food with salted tea made of Yak milk. Come back to the hotel for dinner in the evening.
The day starts with a mix of excitement and nervousness for riders as well as Bollywood enthusiasts. Head towards the next big thing. En route Pangong, you'll ride on earthen and gravel roads to mighty Chang La (17,580 feet). From the op, you may catch the glimpse of Khang Yisay atop of Hemis National Park. Eventually, it reminds you of how small you are on earth.
You will forget the count of the numerous small water streams on the road, which keeps flooding your mud wrapped bike before you finally reach the lake. Do not stop at every other point to take photos, unless you wish to miss the sunset view at Pangong Lake. It may not be the best place you stayed in the past, but remember the fact of how less of these were produced or manufactured in Ladakh.
Probably, each amenity that you enjoy has traveled a thousand kilometers to serve you. So, praise the hardship of your host and enjoy an evening soul-searching walk on the beautiful blue lake bank.
Today, you'll be riding on an incredibly moody road with a wide variety of terrains, changing every few kilometers. The road to Nubra will confuse you whether to look on the road or the beautiful view of the oasis in the high-altitude desert. The Dream Riders Group hopes you never get confused. You'll face hilly curves at the beginning, accompanied by the roar of Shyok.
Look at the mountains across the river on your right side, that would be the Karakoram mountain ranges. Sandstorm and rolling stones are very usual, just like water crossing. Who knew crossing a dry river could also be so painful says your touché while crossing Shyok River. Once you reach the campsite, enjoy the evening with bonfire and music, a perfect way to nourish your vitals and soul at the Himalayas, isn't it?
It is the day when you'll explore an untouched destination. Today, you are headed towards the northernmost village in India, Turtuk, the only Baltic Town in India; once a part of Pakistan until 1972. Take it as an opportunity to explore the culture and traditions of Baltic people. Don't forget to take a snap with the mighty K2. You have to turn into a writer to narrate the beauty of Gate to Siachen in words.
Soon after, head to the last Indo Pak border town, Thang which is just three kilometers from the actual line of control. You have to be there to understand the riders' feeling of the farthest village of India. You will return to the Nubra Valley in the evening and visit the dunes famous for its humped Bactrian camel.
Let's go! You are leaving to witness a human-made wonder. A lot has been and is being said about Khardung La. You'll also observe a 50-foot tall statue of Maitreyi (Buddha) en route. Even though the roads are broken, muddy, and narrow, there is still a road to the highest motorable road for a civilian.
While you ride for the hilltop, you'll understand the toil it takes to build and maintain a road at this altitude; the respect for BRO reaches a new height. Your eyes glitter by looking BRO's board of highest motorable road, the feeling is so difficult to express. "Mission accomplished"; you along with many other overly enthusiastic riders run for the customary photograph with the board.
After the joyous celebration, drive downhill for kilometers; which feels scary while looking at endless downhill roads. The grand road welcomes you back to Leh.
It is time to bid farewell to Leh. Witness color-changing mountains and topography while heading to Upshi, riding along the subsidiary river of the Indus river. Head towards Pang, you'll reach Tanglang La after riding 30 kilometers uphill. You can catch the breath while selfie and social media lovers click photos at the top. Then you will ride towards Morey Plains, a part of the Tibetian plateau.
Go crazy with lenses under the scorching sun on this high plateau. Pang is so remote and cold; it dares you to sleep without socks. your executive class body wouldn't mind sleeping at Banjaara-style stays, cramped beds in a common tent. You can cook your own food outside with your trembling hands. Do not waste food here; it is a much-valued luxury. Have a nice warm meal at a unique group tent. Don’t judge the place for the scarce amenities, you may not have the heart-warming hospitality even in a five-star hotel. You better be ready to dance when a fellow rider sings in the evening meet up!
With breakfast in your belly and you on the saddle, start riding. As the customary go, dessert is served at last. Head forward road blockades, landslides, snowfall, etc. are frequent along with the three high altitude passes (16,500 feet Baralacha La, 15547 feet Naki La, 16616 feet Lachung La).
It is less scary than Zoji La, but not less fun. You will not get a chance to be careless, you'll remember God many times. Roads will turn slightly comforting after Zing Zing Bar. In this 180-kilometer ride, you'll remember God many times. After dinner, you'll get to lie down on your bed at Keylong.
After breakfast, assemble along with the bikes as you depart to explore Himachali beauty. You'll enjoy different colors 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, you'll reach Manali to leave your machines in peace, hand over the motorbike key and gears to the team. Feel free to go out to party in Old Manali or have a drink with ride buddies at the hotel.
After breakfast, you'll meet again to bid farewell to each other and cheers the moments of togetherness. Here onwards, you'll leave for your lives and cities.
On this tour, you will get to visit Pangong and Majestic Lakes, various attractions in Leh, Turtuk, and historical sites and interesting places in Srinagar.
The riders on this trip will explore the highest motorable road of the world accessible to a civilian, sitting at an altitude of 18,380 feet. The ecstatic feeling of a rider reaching that point is beyond words. You would witness an uphill unlike ever before and never again. The road extends the path to strategically crucial Nubra Valley. En route to Nubra Valley, one gets to see Diskit Gompa or the monastery and its chortens.
Almost 40 percent of the salt lake lies in the Indian territory and the rest lies in China. The 134-kilometer-long lake is situated at 14,270 feet altitude and covers 604 square kilometers. The sunrise is as stunning and mesmerizing as the sunset at the lake.
While in Leh, riders do not miss out on the opportunity to visit the largest Buddhist temple in the Ladakh region. The 12-story building complex preserves Buddhist culture, including Thangka paintings, statues, stupas, swords, and so on in it.
While on the trip, you will visit Nubra Valley, which is the jewel of the Himalayas. Situated 150 kilometers away from the city of Leh, the austere of the region is cradled by the snow-clad and rugged mountains. "How come the desert is situated at this altitude?" would pop up when you stay and spend nights there. The barley fields, sand dunes, and ride of an endangered double-hump Bactrian camel soothe the soul.
Hiren is the founder and the director of Dream Riders Mototouring LLP. He has hosted 2,000 riders in the past 10 years. He has conquered Khardung La 60 times and he has traveled Spiti, Bhutan, Ladakh, North East India, and Seven Sisters of India during the last 10 years. Hiren is an expert in trading 'difficult situation' on road.
Devendra is a rider and an amateur photographer. He is also a management graduate, multilingual expert, and also an ex-business strategy consultant. Devendra is also an etiquette and customer relation expert. As a solo rider, he has covered half of India on the bike.
This tour will cover various destinations in India including Manali, Rohtang Pass, Keylong, Sarchu, Pang, Leh, Pangong Lake, Shyok River, Nubra Valley, Turtuk, Kargil, and Srinagar. Here is the list of mountain passes: Khardung La, Baralach La, Tanglang La, Chang La, Namik La, Naki La, Fotu La, Rohtang La, and Jozi La among the prominent ones.
During this tour, you will be offered a vegetarian breakfast with eggs or omelet and dinner. Food will be typically Indian and Tibetan and, at some places, non-vegetarian (depending upon availability). For special dietary requirements, it is a good idea to communicate it with the organizer before making a reservation.
Sheikh ul Alam International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Sheikh ul Alam International Airport (SXR). Transfers are included in the package, The Dream Riders Group will pick you up from this airport.
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