Exploring the Ancient Landscapes on Bike in Leh and Ladakh

Lying between the Himalayan and Kunlun mountain ranges, Ladakh is often referred to as the land of high passes. It borders Tibet in the east, due to which the Tibetan influence can be seen quite evidently in the heritage and culture of this place. The incomparable and mesmeric beauty of this place is at its peak in summers. Leh is the capital of Ladakh and one of the largest districts in the country. It was an important stopover on the historic Silk Route in the ancient times that featured some of the most breathtaking landscapes. A bike ride during Leh Ladakh tour is one of the must-do things, which tourists having an adventurous streak can try.

 

The winding roads from Ladakh to the Himalayan regions are covered with snow for around eight months, giving travelers only four months to enjoy the beauty and adventure of these challenging tracks. As per visitors, riding bike on these roads is not an easy task as most parts are at heights of around 13000 feet or higher. However, expert guides are provided in the best tour packages to assist travelers through these roadways while giving thorough details of the history of this place. Frost and snowfall in months from October to May make Ladakh a difficult place to live in as temperature usually drops down to 0 degrees or lower. In monsoons, it is tough to get a control on wheels and, hence, is not suggested by experts and visitors. The best time to go on this excursion is anywhere between June and September as temperature hovers around 25 degrees and can go up to 32 degrees. It is a paradise for photographers in these seasons, giving some spectacular views.

 

Bikes are often included in these tour packages, but travelers have to decide what to choose from the abundant options. It has been observed by many trip organizers that vacationers usually prefer Royal Enfield over other bikes because of its power and reliability. After deciding the bike, they have to check the list provided by organizers in order to ensure a safe and hassle-free trip. The trip usually starts from Manali – the first stop and one of the popular hill stations of the country. Roads are ultra smooth and riding bike amidst green vegetation is altogether a different experience, as per various visitors.

 

After Manali, the next stoppage is Jispa – a place to get acquainted with the routine life in mountains. Jispa to Sarchu is a short journey, which is followed by Tso Moriri – the lake situated more than 4500 metres above the sea level. Leh is at a distance of around seven hours from Tso Moriri, where the Indus Valley can be explored by the tourists. Khardung La is the last stop, where tourists may take a minute to observe the unique work of science and nature at the magnetic hills.

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