Delhi Ladakh Delhi Bike Ride


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Enveloped by the barren mountains with an icing of crystal clear snow, lies the white sand beneath our feet, rivers chiseling out the valleys, colourful prayer flags soaring to reach the dizzying heights, small flat white houses and prismatic monasteries. As we unwrap Leh-Ladakh, the boundless sheet of blue sky, translucent white water, crimson robed monks, patches of green vegetation and paleness of the deserted land aptly symbolises each colour of the Tibetan flags mantra: “Om Ma Ni Padme Hum”. 

Who wouldn’t relate to the widely acclaimed movie: 3 idiots? Cruising through valleys and mountains, there at the lake, ‘Silencer; a.k.a Chatur’ bowed to acknowledge Aamir Khan. If only that ‘taufa’ was not for Aamir but the stunning beauty of the place holding the highest salt water lake, highest motor able roads, plentiful monasteries, diverse culture and unmatched challenges and fun it offers. 

The exquisiteness of Leh-Ladakh pulls not only filmmakers but many riders to jaunt through the rugged and dirt trails to soak in the picturesque poster painted by the nature itself. With a touch of spirituality and unmatched beauty, Leh-Ladakh is no less than a magical land too. With a place called Magnetic Hill which defies the gravitational force holds for a remarkable experience when we see car climbing up instead of rolling down. With extreme climatic conditions and living away from urbanisation, Leh-Ladakh was and continues to be favoured by traders marking the legacy of The Silk Route. 

Not only merchants, Leh holds brilliant minds too. Don’t we all remember kids shaving off the sheep and grinding wheat to flour by paddling of cycle in Phunsuk Wangdu School of 3-idiot? That is a school run by Sonam Wangchuk, the real life Wangdu in Leh. Who wouldn’t want to live the amalgamation of scenery, science, business, magic and unearthliness? So prepare the gears, don the leather jacket, a handy camera and a bullet to ride on; here we hit the road from Delhi to explore the forbidden cold desert: Leh-Ladakh. Let’s soak in mother earth and various shades of it!

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Day 1: Depart from Delhi

We set our journey from Delhi as a common point. All board the bus to reach the start point of our expedition i.e. Manali. Though it’s a smooth ride to Manali but the excitement to Leh-Ladakh will keep you on edge and bouncy throughout the drive. Its tomorrow we will be in the laps of Himalayas and a step closer to our dream journey to Leh and Ladakh.

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Day 2: Arrive Manali. Rest day at Manali

After a long ride to Manali we recline here. We crusade to higher altitudes from 3rd day onwards. Reaching to a whopping height of 18,380ft on our journey isn’t an easy task. Complete briefing about the road, rules of riding and climate via presentation will thus be a mandatory task in the evening. Along with allotment of our companion throughout: our bullets will be handed over. Either sit back and set yourselves for the coming days or hit the roads of Manali. Manali sets a wonderful trailer for our upcoming movie with a twist of more civilization.

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Day 3: Manali to Sarchu via Rohtang & Baralachala

Every biker once must have dreamt of this ride. Here we flag off our ride through bustling roads of Manali. Through dense forest as we move up slowly and gradually we see trees fading and snow bed welcoming us ahead. With Manali city at a distant vision, it gets lost in the snaky trail taking us up to our first mountain pass: Rohtang Pass. With beast in hand, cruising through the valleys and deserted region we reach another pass which marks the entry to Leh: Baralacha La. We not only ride through off roads but there are several water crossings too which adds flavour to the already exotic ride. From witnessing colour shades of grey, white and black on the road, the turquoise river follows us along our way to Sarchu. We halt at Sarchu and get accustomed to the low oxygen level in the air and rest for the night

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Day 4: Sarchu to Leh

After catching up on some good sleep which is very important at this altitude we head towards Leh. With barren mountains and smooth roads running from infinity to infinity we cross through Gata loop. The 21 hairpin bends are twisted roads no less than a roller coaster ride. From turning right to left to right every few minutes is an experience worth taking. Crossing Nakee La pass we reach to Moore plains. We are only left to wonder that at a height of 15,650ft, between huge rocky structures lays a barren land running till where our eyes reach. Crossing Tanglang La, the third highest motor able road at a height of 17,480ft and Lachung La at 16,600ft, we make our way to some greenery around. The little vegetation indicates our proximity to Leh. We have finally made to the destination we awaited for. After such a long drive its only sleep we look forward to.

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Day 5: Leh Local Sightseeing + Rest Day

We are finally in the town which we can brag about later. The markets, the houses, the food, the people, the monasteries, the palace and Leh in whole will force you to stay there and sulk in its charm. If we can term just gazing at the elegance with which Shanti Stupa stands tall above the town as meditation, you are sure to be enlightened then. We get to see the spectacular view of Ladakh valley from the Leh palace. One can also pay homage to the warriors who lost their lives in Indo-Pak war by visiting Hall of Fame museum. Leh isn’t a widely spread town, yet it offers various sights to see each giving a unique experience. To hear monks chant the prayers, light the butter lamp and encounter all new culture, one can visit the Thiksey Monastery. For some amazing life hacks and ease of living, one can learn new tricks and techniques from kids in 3-Idiot School. Do try out some local cuisines and shop hunt. Relax with a sip of butter tea by the side and conclude the day.

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Day 6: Leh to Nubra via Khardungla

We embark our journey to Khardung La pass, the highest motor able road at 18,380ft. There are no words to describe the feel of being ‘On top of the World’ in literal sense. The pass has its own way of welcoming its visitors. From Tibetan flags waving us from far of distant to pampering us in the lap of the mountain, it soothes us to the core. We continue our way to Nubra valley. The true meaning of cold desert is witnessed here. A widespread of stunning silver sand dunes of Hunder and double humped camels breaks the monastic and scenic approach to Leh-Ladakh. Nubra has another advantage to it of being the third glacier of Siachen. This is the closest we can get to the Siachen glacier where our defence men safeguard us at -50 degree Celsius temperature round the year.

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Day 7: Nubra to Pangong

After the nightstay at Nubra we head back to via Shyok River. Enroute we will explore villages like Shyok and Agam which are no less than a heaven. We will reach Pangong Tso by evening. Since the time anyone has seen the Pangong Lake either in movies or through pictures, its aura has pulled people towards it from far - far off places. People fall short of words in describing the charisma of this lake. No wonder claiming for lake caused subtle disputes between India and China in the year 2017. Serenity of the place, tall mountains standing behind the lake and sky reflecting water makes it a compulsion for everyone to spend a night here under the stars.  

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Day 8: Pangong to Leh via Chang La

From here we start our return journey. Changthang valley on the route will leave you spell bound. It’s not only rich with great lakes (Pangong being one of them) and vast highlands but hides in them rare wildlife species. Black necked cranes, seagulls, blue sheep and Kyangs being few of them makes this valley a wildlife sanctuary. As we move ahead we are nothing but nostalgic as we had raced through the same path a day before. On reaching Leh we sign off for the day.

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Day 9: Leh to Sarchu

This would be our last day in the Leh-Ladakh valley. We pass through many distinguished motor able passes (Tanglang La, Lachung La and Nakee La) we crossed by before. Each pass marks a new trait for the onward journey and unveils the appeal of various valleys we bid bye to.

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Day 10: Sarchu to Manali

As we descend we get a little closer to the chaotic civilization which Leh-Ladakh was free off. Not to mention the further we go away from Leh & Ladakh, it calls us from behind for one more visit or just one glimpse of it. Keeping all the memories in mind we pass through Baralacha La in Lahaul valley which marks the end of deserted yet loving Leh-Ladakh. We drive through Rohtang Pass to see gliders in the sky and witnessing life in hustle-bustle again.

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Day 11: Depart from Manali

Biding good bye to our love (bullet) throughout the tour is no less pain than leaving the cold desert behind. Photographs and Videos en route will definitely ease the pain. We head back to Delhi with all the amusement, fun, enjoyment and excitement we started our journey with.

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Day 12: Arrive Delhi

We reach Delhi and proceed for our onward journey from here. Though the trip ends, the memory of it lives with us forever. Looking forward to another trip in coming future we bid farewell.

• Accommodation for 09 Nights on Double Sharing 

• 09 Breakfast and 09 Dinners + Morning Tea (Veg Meals) 

• Royal Enfield 350/500CC with Helmet for RIder and Pillion

• Fuel Expenses 

• Petrol Jerrycans

• Back-Up vehicle with Mehanic and Spare Parts 

• Inner Line Permits for Nubra and Pangong Tso 

• Road Captains 

• Free Photography 

• First-Aid medical kits 

• Free TanTra T-shirt 

• Go-Pro video of the ride 

• Lunch on All Days

• Any Monument entry Fee

• Riding Gears for the Riders

• Personal Expenses (Snacks/Water Bottles/Energy Drinks)

• Cost Escalation due to natural reason/strike/taxi-Bike Union Issues/Anti social unrest (Riders need to bear their expenses of the day in such cases)

• Anything which is not mentioned in inclusions

Apparels: 

1/2 Thermal Upper - 1/2 Thermal  Lower - Briefs as per requirement - 2 Comfy Boxers - 1 Lower - 3 Denims - 5 Tees - 1 Jacket - 8 Pairs of Woolen- Socks-  1 Gloves - Caterpillar Boots - 1 Slipper - 1 Quick Dry Towel 

Personal Care:

Face wash - Deo Vaseline - Toothpaste - Toothbrush - 2 soaps - Shampoo - Toilet Paper - Sunscreen

Gadgets:

Camera + Charger  - Phone + Charger - Multiplug Power Bank 

Riding Gears:

Riding Jacket - Knee Guards - Elbow Guards - Gloves Rain - Liner Thermal - Liner Rain Coat - Riding Boots - Backpack - 5 Bungee Cords - Balaclava - Helmet

Documentation:

RC(self biker)  + DL Insurance (self bike) + Photo Id PP Size Photos + Xerox of DL/RC + Xerox of Photo Id + Petrol Jerry Cans + Spare Keys (self bikes)

Medicines (Optional):

Personal medication (if any) - Combyflam - Dolo650 - Dettol - Cotton Gauge - Band Aids - Volini Spray - Diamox - Crep Bandage - Knee Cap etc

Misc:

Chocolates - Polybags - Rubber bands - FlashLight - Scissors - Lighter/Matchbox - Swiss knife -  Handkerchief - Diary - Pen - Volet - Debit/Credit cards etc

All essentials should only be consider as advice, essentials may change as per the conditions and situations

I am the individual registering for this programme and hereby agree to the following:

 

  1. I understand that if a change in my health or physical condition does occur which might affect my ability to participate in the Program or otherwise exercise safely, that I will immediately notify Tantra AdventureZ.
  2. I agree that Tantra AdventureZ shall not be liable or responsible for any injuries to me resulting from my participation in the event and I expressly release and discharge Tantra AdventureZ, its owners, employees, agents and/or assigns, from all claims, actions, judgments and the like which I or my heirs, executors, administrators or assigns may have or claim to have as a result of any injury or other damage which may occur in connection with my participation in the event.
  3. I understand that whenever I will feel light headed, faint, dizzy, nauseated or experience pain/discomfort during the camp, I will stop the activity and inform the  Event Leader of  Tantra AdventureZ.
  4. I understand that I am not obligated to perform nor participate in any activity that I do not wish to do, and that is my right to refuse such participation at any time.
  5. I am aware that Tantra AdventureZ does not allow & entertain the consumption of Drugs & Alcohol during the complete activity. If I am found indulging in any such activity, then Tantra AdventureZ has the right to disqualify my participation from the Adventure Activity with immediate effect.
  6. I acknowledge that trainers of Tantra AdventureZ. are not physicians and are not trained in any way to provide medical diagnosis, medical treatment, or any other type of medical advice. Furthermore I am aware that it is always advisable to consult a physician before embarking on any new adventure activity.
  7. In the event of my suffering any medical or health difficulty whilst performing any physical activity, and particularly where I may lose consciousness or be unable to deal with matters myself, I hereby authorize Tantra AdventureZ to contact a physician and to take me to such physician and/or any appropriate medical clinic or other hospital and to use the services of an ambulance where appropriate and I undertake liability for all costs thereby incurred. I am aware of all inherent dangers during the trip. I acknowledge and understand I will be engaging in activities that involve risk of serious injury, including permanent disability or death and severe social and economic losses which might result not only from my own action, inaction or negligence, but action, inaction or negligence of others, or the condition of the premises on or off site or of any equipment used and further, that there may be other unknown risks not reasonably foreseeable at this time. I assume all these risks and expressly waive, release, discharge and agree not to sue Tantra AdventureZ for any loss, damage, death, disability, injury, or action of any kind for participating in this camp or any other activities organized by Tantra AdventureZ and I hereby indemnify and hold Tantra AdventureZ. Harm less against any claims by my dependents or other third parties whatsoever arising by reason of my death, disability or injury whilst participating in Adventure Activity.
  8. I am aware that Tantra AdventureZ does not accept responsibility for any loss, theft and/or damage to vehicles and/or personal property left in vehicles or any other area at the location I am camping.
  9. I understand and accept that no refunds, whether in whole or in part, will be granted if I cannot complete the activity
  10. It is in the nature of a holiday of this kind to be flexible. The day to day agenda and ultimate goal of the tour is taken as an aim and not as a contractual obligation. We shall not be responsible for the delays or alterations in the program or expenses incurred due to Conflict, international or internal flight/train/bus delay or cancellations, strikes, sickness, bad weather, natural calamity like landslides/cloud burst/avalanche, road block, war, riots, vehicle problems, political closures, sudden shut down of government office eg immigration office/DC office/RSTA or similar.
  11.  Participants need to bear their own expenses of the day (accommodation + meals, apart from the package cost) in case of change in itinerary due to Conflict, international or internal flight/train/bus delay or cancellations, strikes, sickness, bad weather, natural calamity like landslides/cloud burst/avalanche, road block, war, riots, vehicle problems, political closures, sudden shut down of government office eg immigration office/DC office/RSTA or any other reason which is not under control of Tantra Adventurez
  12. In case any Rider wants to drop the bike on the way other that the starting point of the Ride ie MANALI then Rider have to bear the transportation charges of the bike, which is Rs 10,000/- per bike.
  13. The cost is for the entire package and there would be no refunds in case any part of the Package is not availed
  14. We would not be liable to pay any kind of compensation arising because of any mishap, sickness, accident etc
  15. Your participation in a trip is entirely at your own risk. We are NOT responsible or liable for any injuries you may suffer, fatal or otherwise. Also, we are NOT responsible for any loss or damage to your property, including your motorcycle, irrespective of how any damage may have been caused.
  16. I notify that I do not have any Criminal Cases/Police Cases running against me.
  17. I agree that this constitutes the entire agreement between me and Tantra AdventureZ and I acknowledge that I conclude this Agreement of my own free will without force or coercion and not having been induced to do so by reason of any representations on the part of Tantra AdventureZ. and any agreement to terminate this Agreement or to amend or vary it in any way, shall not be of any force or effect unless and until reduced to writing and signed by the relevant parties.
  18. I have read, understand and accept the terms and conditions above.

 

I have read this Release and Terms of Agreement and understand all of its terms. I sign it voluntarily and with knowledge of its significance.

Participant Name:                                                                     Signature & Date:

1. What is the fitness requirement for Ladakh Bike RIde ?

As you are aware, Ladakh is the High Altitude cold desert with very little vegitation and during the ride we will be crossing many High Altitude Passes like Baralacha, Taglang La, Khardung La and Chang La where the air is very thin. So starting with some cardio exercises 1 month prior to the ride is the best way to prepare your health for this ride.

2. From where the Bike ride will start ?

- Bike ride will start from Manali, however package will start from Delhi only. Travel from Delhi to Manali and Manali to Delhi will be by AC Volvo.

3. What will be the riding distance on each day ?

- The riding distance on each day differs, however on an average we will be riding around 160 KM on daily basis.

4. Do i need to carry my own riding gears ?

- Yes, we provide Helmet and Riding Gears to the riders as well as the pillions.

5. Will we be staying in Camps or Hotels during the ride ?

- Your accomodation will be in Hotels as well as in the Camps during the ride. We will provide accomodation in Deluxe Hotels in Manali and Leh, and the accomodation will be in Luxury Swiss Tents in Sarchu, Nubra and Pangong Tso.

6. What kind of clothing is required for this trip ?

- You can find all the necessary details about clothing in the essentials section. 

7. Are there any chances of getting Acute Mountain Sickness in Ladakh ? If yes, then how to prevent it ?

- As you know Ladakh is at very High Altitude and we will be crossing some of the highest motorable roads of the world, so there are chances of getting Acute Mountain Sickness. However, it can be prevented if you keep your body hydrated by drinking lot of water throughout the day. Secondly, you should not over exert yourself in the High Altitude Mountain Passes by running and doing more physical activities. It is advisable that you do not spend more than 15 minutes in the Mountain Passes.

8. Will there be oxygen cyclinder as a backup ?

- Yes, we carry oxygen cylinder as a backup.

9. What are the Sanitation Facilities in the Camps ?

- All your camping stays will be in Luxury Swiss Tents with attached western style Washrooms.

10. If i am riding with a pillion, where will i keep my luggage ?

We have a dedicated backup vehicle which goes along with the riding group. All the central equipments along with the luggage of the riders will be carried in the Back Up vehicle. You only have to tie your day pack in the bike.

11. Do we need to carry the fuel as there are no petrol bunks on the Manali - Leh Highway ?

- Fuel will be carried in the Backup vehicle. Yo do not need to carry the fuel on your bikes.

12. What will happen if there is any breakdown ?

- All our bikes are in best conditions so the breakdown are a far distant thing to happen. But, in case of a breakdown, there is a Mechanic who accompany the whole group throughout the ride with spare parts.

13. Are there any permits required for visiting Ladakh ?

- Yes, Inner Line Permits are required to visit Nubra and Pangong. All the Permits will be provided by Tantra Adventurez.

14. Do i need to carry any Identity Proof with me for this ride ?

- Yes, you need to carry your valid Driving License, ID proof and Address proof. Your ID Proof and Address proof will be required to get the Inner Line Permits.

15. Will there be any photography and Videography in the Ride ?

- Yes, our road captains carry a Gopro Camera and the complete ride is recorded. Raw footages of the ride are hared with the complete riding group.

16. Which mobile networks are available in Leh/Ladakh ?

- BSNL and Airtel postpaid network services are available in Ladakh. However Airtel postpaid will only work in Leh city.

17. How to Book for this ride ?

- You can book directly from the website/NEFT/IMPS.

7 reviews of Delhi Ladakh Delhi Bike Ride

  1. Rahul February 21, 2018

    It was an awesome trip with team Tantra Adventurez in june 2017. Good condition bikes, hotel and meals everything was top notch. Amazing memories. Looking forward to travel again with this team.

  2. ng February 23, 2018

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