Bike Trip From Delhi to Ladakh

17th Sep 2018
Photo of Bike Trip From Delhi to Ladakh by Akash Deep Sinha
Day 1

So it was night of 14th September, I was doing my night shift as usual and one of my junior ( Pankaj ) approached me asked about Ladakh trip. I nodded my head in positive as we both were discussing about Ladakh few days back. When I nodded my head he said," So we are going on 17th september" I raised my head and asked me are you serious ? we need approval of our leaves and all. He said that approval of leaves is mine headache, his role was to just plan everything and modify the bikes. I called one of my senior ( Shanu ) and asked him to join this trip. He got agree , and he should afterall Ladakh was our dream trip. So we left Delhi at 2:00 Am and our first target was to take our 1st stay at Patnitop ( 661Kms ). I was riding my INS vikrant, Shanu was riding Activa 125 and Pankaj was riding Honda Xblade. In first we were taking frequent halts but when we realised that its 6:00 Am now and we have only covered 170 kms then, we pulled up our socks. Unfortunately, we were not able to made it to Patnitop but somehow we managed to made it to Jammu. Expenses till now ( For two people You and yur pillion) Fuel cost:- Highway road so considering 30KMPL will cost INR1600. Hotel cost:- INR700 Food cost:- INR 400 for two.

Photo of Jammu by Akash Deep Sinha
Day 2

Now its time to getting out of Jammu and start riding for Kargil but again we underestimated the road and started our day late . We started riding by 10:00 Am in morning and between Jammu and Srinagar , you will come across a patch of 100 kms i.e, tiring seriouly. So, after stretching our body , somehow we managed to ride till Srinagar (270kms) . Now I was not in good mood as we have encountered with lot of problems while entering Srinagar, My bike got puctured and there was no one to help me, I rode 80 kms with punctured tyre. We reached Srinagar by 8:00 Pm.

Dal Lake.

Photo of Srinagar by Akash Deep Sinha
Day 3

It was Muharram, Government of J&K had issued ACT 144 and Curfew too. We started to ride by 10:00 Am after fixing my puncture and the Zojila Pass ( 11680Ft) had taken our lives by making us tired, we were riding at such a height but on sand and pebbles instead of roads, somehow we reached Kargil . Note please do wear your woolen clothes after Zojila as you will cross Drass ( second inhabited coldest place in world) to reach Kargil ( 202 Kms ). We reached Kargil at 8:00 PM and we slept without food as there was curfew and no shops were opened. Expenses from Jammu to Kargil for two now: You will riding mostly offroad so considering 25kmpl fuel cost : INR 1600, Hotel Cost : INR 1200, Food cost: INR 400 for two.

Namik La at 12198 FT.

Photo of Kargil by Akash Deep Sinha
Day 4

Finally , We are heading for Leh now. We started our journey at 9:00 Am and reached Leh at 5:00 Pm, 70% of roads were good and had stayed at Hotel Shanti Palace, one of the good hotels there. Now you would require permission or permit for going ahead or Khardung La and Pangong Lake. Hotel will arrange that for you at nominal charges, Generally they take INR 600 per person.

View from Hotel Shanti Palace, Leh.

Photo of Leh by Akash Deep Sinha
Day 5

Now We started to conquer Khardungla Pass (45 kms from Leh ) and it took us 5 hours to reach there, Speed of 9km/hr. We reached there at 5:00 Pm and after taking good images we descended towards Nubra ( 65 kms from Khar dung La ) and finally reached Sumoor village at 9:00 Pm. Expenses from Kargil to Sumoor Fuel Cost:-1000, Hotel cost:- INR 4500 Food cost: 1000.

Shanu with his Activa 125.

Photo of Nubra Valley by Akash Deep Sinha

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