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Ladakh, the curtains of valleys and desire of mountains invites you, Oye Riders, to a journey unseen, led by our experts. Embark on a journey to the zig-zag 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, visit the spiritual eye of Buddha, head to the blowing winds, and hold your hands amidst the cold whistles. The dream of the riders and the soul of those who rides, 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. After the team assists you in checking in, you will wander around the city of which you have the energy left. Meet again in the evening to greet and team up with fellow riders on this adventurous journey to the Himalayas. There, you will be prepared for expected, and the unexpected – the roadmap, riding etiquette, pitfalls, & heavenly views with cold weather conditions followed by a welcome dinner. Now, you are mentally prepared. Go Baba! Have a good night.
Don’t let your sleepiness make you late unless you want to stuck in traffic while riding alone on the narrow and serpentine road to Keylong. Ask an experienced rider & you will know; 120 Km trip is not short if it includes hilly roads and Rohtang pass. Even the `bum ache` You will turn speechless by sceneries and breathless physically when you reach Keylong. Fill up courage in your heart and fuel in the tank; you are going to need these a lot.
As you leave for the zero-fuelling station path, you might want to recheck the fuel level and high-altitude medication. If you are a rider by heart, you will enjoy riding on this ironic patch – toughest yet most beautiful. Please make your mind for this appealing death road as the thought of taking a U-turn might strike any moment, Apart from enjoying the scenery, drive safely through the freezing – cold water crossings and keep an eye on falling mountain rocks.
`Baam!` The Himalayas can catch you by surprise at any unexpected moment, Your shoulders and back would be so damn tired, 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. You better be ready to dance when a fellow rider sings in the evening meet up.
`Come on Buddy! I know this place is awesome, but what`s coming next is better` says a fellow rider. You start riding away and close towards Jhon Carters Mars at the same time. You will stop at Morey Plains, the most picturesque road stretch. One loses the sense of time riding on the endless road surrounded by Himalayan mountains. Later, you will ride to Tanglang La top (17480ft). The mercury dips at a faster pace than your altitude gain. You will make a stop at the top and take riding along the subsidiary river of the Indus river. Although you wish to take multiple stops for photos, you can `t because you just learned the lesson at Tanglang La & understand the `Cold-hearted welcome` at Leh if you reach in the evening.
`Yes! I reached` says your heart by looking at `welcome to Leh` board.
Just like you, after riding on such rugged terrains, the motorbike needs rest & a thorough check-up. So, leave the motorbike at the hotel for maintenance. I can sense Oxygen. I am 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 & taste authentic Ladakhi food with salted tea made of Yak milk. Come back to hotel for dinner in the evening.
The day starts with a mix of excitement and nervousness for riders as well as Bollywood enthusiast. You will head towards the next big thing. En route Pangong, you ride on earthen and gravel roads to mighty Chang La (17,580ft). From the op, you may catch the glimpse of Khang Yisay top of Hemis National Park. Eventually, it reminds you of how small are you 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 past, but remember the fact of how less of these were produced or manufactured in Ladakh. Probably, each amenity that you enjoy has travelled a thousand km to serve you. So, praise the hardship your host & enjoy an evening soul-searching walk on the beautiful blue lake bank.
Today, you will be riding on an incredibly moody road with a wide variety of terrains, changing every few kilometres. The road to Nubra will confuse you whether to look on the road or the beautiful view of oasis in the high-altitude desert. I hope you never get confused. You 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 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, & music – a perfect way to nourish your vitals and soul at the Himalayas, Isn`t it?
It is the day when you will explore an untouched destination. Today, the group is 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 the group head to the last Indo Pak border town- Thang which is just 3 km from actual line of control. You have to be there to understand rider`s 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.
Day 9: Nubra - Khardung La – Leh (180 kilometers / 87 miles)
Let`s Go! the group is leaving to witness a human-made wonder. A lot has been and is being said about Khardung La. You also observe a 50 ft 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 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, the group will drive downhill for Kilometers, feels scary while looking at endless downhill roads.
The grand road welcomes you back to Leh.
Get your accelerator wire rechecked. You may snap the throttle wire while pushing too hard on the best highway of the trip so far. You also come across the Magnetic Hill. You will make another stop at the moon land of Ladakh. Being the most beautiful stretch, you can`t help yourself taking photos and videos. Catch a glimpse of one of the Oldest monasteries at Lamayuru while having riding upwards to passes. Don`t worry the breathlessness you felt were gifts from Fotu La (13478ft) and Namik La (12139ft). Slowly you descend towards the Kargil city.
After being mesmerized by the sunrise and good breakfast, the group gear up to leave for Sonamarg. You will be fascinated with the road quality just till Drass, the second coldest inhabited town in the world. While you are at Drass, it is a must to visit historical Kargil war memorial & pay tribute to those soldiers who sacrificed lives in 1999. Before you get too habituated to the road, Zoji La will test your patience and riding skill. Take a glimpse of Machoi Glacier from the Thumri Top. Later, you will continue the ride to Sonamarg. Once you reach the hotel, hand over the motorbike and gears to the team. Later feel free to roam around the meadows or take a horse ride.
After breakfast, the group will meet again to say bid farewell to each other & cheers the moments of togetherness. Our team will bid adieu to you. You will drop by the group to Srinagar Airport on a fixed time. It is advisable to reach 2 hours prior for Srinagar to avoid the unplanned situation. Here onwards you leave for our 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. Sunrise is as stunning and mesmerizing as sunset at the lake.
While in Leh, riders do not miss out 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 lives 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.
River Rafting at Manali
Paragliding at Manali
Fresh Water river rafting at Zanskar & Indus Confluence
Camel Safari at Nubra Valley
ATV Ride at Nubra Valley
Yak Milk tea Tasting at Leh/ Nubra
Authentic Himalayan herb shopping at Turtuk (Shilajit - Himalayan Viagra, Apricot etc)
Spa only available at Manali or Leh
Indira Gandhi International Airport
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) in Delhi, the capital of India. It is up to you to take rest for that day or leave directly to Manali. You can easily book a Volvo bus seat for an overnight journey. Normally, a semi-sleeper Volvo bus charges approximately 1500 INR per ticket starting Delhi and takes nearly 12 hours. A private taxi charges 13,000 INR for the same. On request, the arrangement can be made for the additional cost.
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