LADHAK known as bikers Paradise. Like every biker even we always wanted to explore the places around ladhak in our own bike. It was 2018 when we took up planning seriously. Planning is not easy job when we are going out on adventure touring across different states for weeks. We have been doing rides in South India however this was our first venture in North India. We can cover Ladhak tour in a 7 days or in 15 days. It always depends on route we choose, how are we travelling by Air or roadways. Also not every route over roadways will be open through out the year. It's open only for 5-6 months in a year. Our plan was to ride to Leh through Srinagar path and desecnd throught Himachal.
Circuit is as shown below
Bangalore - Delhi - Pathankot - Srinagar - Kargil - Rangdum - Kargil Leh - Nubra valley - Leh - Sarchu/Keylong - Manali - Chandigarh - Delhi - Bangalore
From Bangalore to Delhi we wanted to ride by bike, however this will take atleast 3 days. It adds up 3 more extra days to circuit plan and it's a challenge to get 20 days leaves if you are working in IT companies. We some how managed to get 16 days leaves and we have plan accordingly .
This circuit takes atleast 14 - 16 days. It's always suggested to keep 1 - 2 days buffer. Due to weather conditions and natural calamities our plan might have to be changed .
Bike tour was in mid of June 2018. We started planning atleast 20 days prior to tour. We were 3 guys. We split responsibilities . Myself with tour planning which includes route plan and accomodation. Muthu as navigator and to take care of bike overall technical issues. Nikhil took care of logistics which includes shipping our bikes and luggages.
Once we have circuit planned, we need to ensure we download the offline maps on day to day route plan basis. We also had hard copy of route map which helps in briefing everyone before riding it also comes in handy if we don't have GPS
Bikes were serviced to ensure no issues at higher altitudes. Two week prior to travel we started shopping winter wear clothes( thermals, gloves, jackets, balaclavas, skull caps) which is must if we are traveling high altitude places as temp tends to drops below zero.
Followed by this we ensure we have all required tools and spares for bikes. We packed clothes , tools and shipped in Indian railways 3 days before tour. While Shipping through railways it's better we stay back while packing bike, loading and unloading bike from trains to ensure everything goes smoother.
Bengaluru to Delhi by flight
Our flight departure time was 6:30am. We were suppose to reach airport by 5am to ensure smooth process. I still remember it was sleepless night due to excitement and we hardly slept for 1hr, though we manage to get 1hr sleep in flight. We landed in Delhi around 10am. Took taxi from airport to railway station to collect our bikes. Our arrival time and train arrival time was in sync. Formalities at railway station will take 60-90 minutes in an average which includes 3 phases sign from platform inspector, station inspector and one more office at exit gate. We met 3 guys from Bangalore who were also riding towards Ladhak, we both shared our trip plans wished each other. Booked room near by to Karol Bagh. Visited Karol Bagh for few more bike accessories , tools in the evening.