TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Duration: 15 Days. 
Start/End: Delhi (India)
Best time: Early June to Mid September.
Bikes: Enfield Classic 500cc or Himalayan 411cc.
Group Size: Min 4 to maximum 15 riders.

HIGHLIGHTS: Ride thru more than 7 high passes including Khardungla 5360m. Sightseeing in Leh city, Flight to Buntar, return fright from Srinagar to Delhi. Pangong Tso, Nubra Valley, day ride to Turtuk India-Pakistan border, end the trip in Kashmir’s beautiful lakecity Srinagar.

DETAIL TRIP ITINERARY

DAY 1: Arrive in Delhi. Transfer to Metropolitan Hotel & Spa (5 star).

Our representative will receive you at the airport. Transfer you to our hotel near Connaught Place. Rooms and Breakfast only. Meet and greet over drinks. Complimentary use of swimming pool, sauna and fitness center.

DAY 2: Full day sightseeing tour in AC Car.

Sightseeing in Delhi. Visit to Humayun Tomb, The Red Fort and the Spice Market in an AC car. After dinner, pack all your bags and have them ready to go early in the morning to airport. Lunch and dinner not included.

DAY 3: Fly to Bhuntar Airport. Drive to Manali.

Early morning leave for airport. Fly to Buntar Airport. Flight leaves between 6:45am to 8:05am. Drive to Manali. 50km. 2hours. Check into Banon Resort. We stay in a beautiful Banon Resort in a quiet neighborhood. Rest or test ride around Manali or take a walk around this little hill station. Get your last minutes shopping done. Walk to the town takes about 10 minutes. Bikes will be at the hotel before we arrive.

DAY 4: Ride to Sarchu via Rohtang Pass 4000M, Baralachala Pass 4890M. 225KM.

After breakfast, start ride at 8:00am. Beautiful winding road but expect heavy traffic till Rohtang Pass top which is our first highest pass. After Rohtang exciting downhill through 22 hairpin bends. Permit Entry at Gramphu and first tea stop. Beautiful mountain views and river valley on the way. Refuel our bikes at Tandi. Lunch stop either at Keylong or Zispa approx. 140km from Manali. Continue ride to Sarchu (4290m) over Baralachala Pass and Suraj Taal.

Sarchu is a beautiful open meadow often filled with grazing sheep and mountain goats famous for making pashmina. In Sarchu we spend the night in deluxe camps having attached restrooms. Hot water provided in bucket. Once the sun sets, Sarchu is cold. Warm clothes will be needed in the evening and morning. Food is simple veg/non veg and is fixed. Soup, rice, Indian chapatti, vegetable, lentil soup, chicken curry, etc. 80% blacktopped road. 20% dirt due to landslides or road expansion work.

DAY 5: Sarchu to Leh via Tanglangla Pass 5330m. Lachulungla Pass 5060M. 250km.

Leave Sarchu at 8:00am after breakfast. Amazing ride through the famous Gata Loops where the road snakes uphill making a total of 21 loops. The bottom of the loop stands at 4100M while the top majestically stands at 4668M. There is a high pass once again named Lachulungla (5060M). Stop for lunch on the roadside camps at Pang. These camps sell simple food like rice and chapatti or else India’s famous instant noodle Maggi, very basic food and tea. A few kilometers up we will arrive at Moore Plain, one of the most beautiful landscapes of the entire ride. Wide open meadows surrounded by snow capped hills. This used to be the home of the wild ass. Many people have sighted these shy animals while riding. The road stretches like airport’s runway making the ride simply mind blowing. Soon we start climbing to the Second Highest motorable road on Tanglangla 5330M. Continue ride till Upshi, where we will stop for the tastiest Tibetan noodles and beef/mutton momos. The last stretch from here to Leh, our destination is just 48km. We will check into Hotel Snowland, located in a quiet neighbourhood away from the hustle and bustle of the Leh city. Hotel Snowland has their own organic vegetable gardens, and the front lawn is beautifully ornamented by low hanging apple trees. Our dinner is at the Tibetan Kitchen, 10 minutes walk from our hotel. Dinner of your choices. Veg and non veg dishes available. 90% blacktopped road. 10% offroad.

DAY 6: Rest and Sightseeing day in Leh.

Breakfast at 8:00am. Around 10:00am we take a car and visit Thiksey Monastery. The most beautiful monastery sitting on top of a hill overlooking the entire valley resembles that of Potala Palace of Tibet. You will see the biggest Buddha Maitreya (Buddha of Compassion) statue ever. Lunch at a nearby Restaurant. Drive back and visit the Shey Palace. Drive back to the city and to the World Peace Pagoda. The view of the entire Leh city can be enjoyed from the Pagoda around sunset time. Before dark we return back to our hotel and go for a walk around the town. Dinner of your choice at the Tibetan Kitchen, the best food available in town. Note: We visit these monasteries by car. Wear shoes that are easy to take off since many of these monasteries don’t allow shoes inside. With our casual clothes it is much more comfortable to walk up and down the monasteries.

DAY 7: Leh to Nubra via Khardungla - World's highest Motorable Road. 5360m.

We start around 8:30am and head towards Khardungla, the world’s highest motorable road at 5360M. Take a break at the top and enjoy the breathtaking sceneries of the snowcapped mountains. We continue our ride downhill and enter yet another magnificent Nubra Valley. This is where double humped camels roam around on high altitude sand dunes. We check into a luxury camping in Hunder, enjoy freshly cooked lunch and go see the double humped camel on sand dunes. Diskit Monastery built around 11th century is worth a visit. A more recently built giant Buddha statue can be seen from the monastery. In the evening we will sit around campfires accompanied by celebration drinks of chilled beer and some complimentary snacks of fried chicken. Dinner is fixed buffet.

DAY 8: Nubra to Turtuk, Pakistan border and back to Nubra. 160km round trip.

Some of the most amazing landscapes lies in this area. The road is awesome. The steel suspension bridges with wooden floors are incredible. Not to mention the funny road signs that dots this border roads. However, the military presence is huge around this area. So whenever we are approaching these military camps, it is advised to slow down. Lunch will be near Turtuk, in a small village where simple food like fried rice, noodles, tea etc. are available. We ride back the same route back to our camp in Hunder, Nubra and enjoy campfire. Dinner is fixed buffet.

DAY 9: Nubra to Pangong Tso Lake. 4225m. 250km.

After breakfast, around 8:30am we start the ride towards Pangong Lake that is said to be 134km long and stretches into Tibet Autonomous Region of China. It is also a high altitude salt lake. The partly blacktopped road offers awesome ride following the wide Shyok river beds till Durbuk and Tangtse. We will pass thru some really interesting military training areas. We will stop at Tangtse take care of the permit entry and have lunch in one of the small restaurants. The riding distance is roughly 250KM. We will check into one of the many beautiful deluxe camps and enjoy the spectacular turquoise blue lake surrounded by moonlike landscape. Once again, it is cold after the sunset. Warm clothes recommended. Woolen hat covering your ears is highly recommended. Dinner will be served inside a dining tent. All vegetarian buffet set dinner such as soup, rice, chapatti, lentil, cauliflower, potatoes, etc.

DAY 10: Pangong to Leh via Changla Top. 5350m.

After breakfast at 8:30am, we will leave Pangong behind and ride back to Leh via Changla Pass, considered as the Third Highest Motorable road. Check into our favorite Hotel Snowland. We should arrive in Leh by afternoon. Evening dinner of your choice at The Tibetan Kitchen.

DAY 11: Leh to Kargil via Lamayuru. 220km.

After breakfast, at 8:00am we leave Leh and ride towards Kargil. On the way lies Magnetic Hill, a small spot on the road where an SUV left in neutral gear will be pulled uphill. A few kilometers further lies the beautiful confluence of two famous rivers Indus and Zanskar. We continue our ride to Lamayuru - famous for moonlike landscape and Himalayan Ibex. Lunch at Lamayuru and continue to Kargil. If time allows, we will visit the Silk Road museum owned by Gulzar Sahib in Kargil. In 1996 a war between Pakistani Army and Indian Border Security Force nearly destroyed half of the city. It took them few years to rise, however the city never returned back to it’s previous glory. You can feel the warn torn city struggling to return back to normalcy. We will stay in the beautiful Dzojilla Residency located next to a raging Suru river. Dinner of your choice.

DAY 12: Kargil to Srinagar, Kashmir's beautiful lakecity. 200km.

After breakfast, start ride at 8:00am to Sri Nagar via Dras – second coldest place on earth. Dras is another Indian Military training ground that also has the war memorial museum. We will stop and visit the museum that showcase the remnants of the war between Pakistan and India in 1996. Continue our ride thru Dzojilla Pass 3528m, where road is built thru cliff. At Sonamarg, a small town we will stop for lunch. Food of your choice both veg and non veg meals are available. Continue ride to the beautiful city of Srinagar. We will check into Victoria Group of Houseboats in Dal Lake. Leaving the bikes in a safe parking area, we will jump into small boats and float to our houseboats where we will relax the next whole day. Dinner is set buffet.

DAY 13: Rest day in Srinagar.

Explore the floating vegetable markets, visit Mugal garden and enjoy some Mughal style lunch. For bird lovers, Dal Lake offers excellent opportunity for bird watching. Late afternoon we will go for a shikara ride on the Dal Lake to visit floating Lotus garden. This is the best day to take care of your laundry too. Local vendors in small wooden boats will arrive at our door trying to sell their products like Pashmina, Silk Carpets, papermache products, cold drinks, snacks, etc. NOTE: if you are interested to buy pure pashminas, or Kashmiri silk carpets, bargain hard. For lunch we will go into town to enjoy food of your choice. Dinner is set buffet in the houseboat.

DAY 14: Fly to Delhi. Check into Hotel Metropolitan & Spa.

After breakfast, we leave for the airport to fly to Delhi. Since Srinagar Airport is an army airport we have to go through multiple security checks. Arrive in Delhi, drive to Hotel Metropolitan and Spa. Room and breakfast only. Transportation included. Lunch and dinner on your own. Use of gym, swimming pool and Sauna is complimentary.

DAY 15: Transfer to airport.

After breakfast or whenever you are ready, we bid farewell and transfer to airport for your journey back home. Transportation included.

INCLUDES: Airport pickup and drop in Delhi, 500CC Royal Enfield or RE Himalayan 411cc with electric start and universal 5 gear, support SUV, mechanic support and spare parts, fuel for the entire trip, hotel with breakfast lunch and dinner on twin sharing basis as per itinerary. Sightseeing in Delhi. All temple and monastery entrance fees, all ground transportation, air tickets from Delhi to Bhuntar and Srinagar to Delhi (Domestic flight with 20kg luggage), permit for Pangong lake and Nubra valley. British style houseboat accommodation in Srinagar with all three meals, Shikara tour in Srinagar to floating lotus garden, etc.

EXCLUDES: International airfare, Indian Visa fee, lunch and dinner in Delhi, bar bills and soft drinks throughout the tour, laundry, insurance, emergency rescue, repair charge of physical damage to the bike (if any), extra luggage charge in domestic air (allowed 20kg only) etc.

OUR BIKES: We have 500CC Royal Enfield Classic or 411CC Himalayan with left gear shift & electric start. Bikes are only third party insured.

NOTE: Please note that we are climbing to 5360M at Khardungla, you must consult your doctor and seek advice regarding the health. No need of international driving license as long as you have a valid driving license from your own country. Riders must bring proper riding gears. Please carry 4 PP size photographs with you and photocopies of your passport for permits.

WHAT TO BRING: Proper riding gear with gloves, full helmet (roads in many parts are dusty), sunglasses, sun blocks, two pairs of trousers, two full set of inner wears like long johns, two t-shirts, a warm jacket preferably down jacket, one full sleeve sweater woolen, 3-4 pairs of socks, 3-4 pairs of under wears, rain gear, mobile chargers, camera and chargers with enough memory cards at least 32GB. GoPro.