It was a bright sunny morning in Manali. After de boarding the bus our search for a hotel began . Staying wise we opted for a cheap hotel in a little out of the main Manali area , simply because it was cheaper . After freshening up we went to look out for a bike . The thing is, this wasn't supposed to be a bike trip , we knew we couldn't afford one , but the traveller in me was not satisfied with taking a bus to Leh . Still we sought out to look for a bike , in hopes the prices would not fit in our budget and we would atleast know that we can't afford one .But after asking around here and there we landed in a garage across the Manali bridge .The garage offered us Royal Enfield 350 , with a J&K number plate for a rent of ₹1300/day. We knew that this would eat a lot into our budget , but passing up on an opportunity like this would have been stupidity. So we rented the bike , did the whole deal , got a permit and everything . When i look back i realise how lucky we had been, because renting a bike with a J&K number plate meant that we didn't have to ride the bike back to Manali,we could ride to Leh, explore the area around and leave the bike there . This saved us a good amount of money. I would recommend all budget travellers to do the same . Another advantage having a J&K number plate meant we could do a lot of local sightseeing like Pangong Tso and Nubra Valley which you can't do if you have a HP commercial number plate .
Another thing i would recommend you to do is to take a bike that has a good kilometre/litre value.Fuel is scarce in a place like Ladhak , so you will be paying a lot of money for it. Mine had a mileage of 20-25 km/litre.
The next thing we did was shop for some supplies . There were a lot of things we needed to get , like boots , AMS medicine, raincoats and some basic bike gear.I can't stress enough on how much you would need a good pair of boots and a raincoat on this trip . If you are biking from Manali to Leh there are many patches where water bodies flows across roads . And that is when boots will come in handy. If you are on such a long trip you would definitely want your feet to stay dry the entire situation.
And also, Ladakh is very unpredictable , it maybe sunny one moment , and snowing or raining the next . So having a raincoat is a good idea.
Bike rent for 8 days:5200/head
Bike fuel cost for the entire trip:2500/head