“The world is not in your books and maps, it’s out there”.
Ladakh, the mystical land to the world’s highest motor-able passes. Its breath taking high altitude mountains, cold deserts, saltwater lakes and insane landscapes makes it a spiritual journey for travellers, nature enthusiast and adventure fanatics.
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For all those wanting to travel to Ladakh, this is how you can do it under a budget of 20,000 INR (Excluding Food).
This land of wonder had been on my visit list of dreamy places for over 3 years. Considering all the packages I came across on the internet, it took me 3 months of working in a call center to arrange 60,000 INR to make this dream come through.
August 2015, I finally set out solo to the land that was keeping me awake for years. Travelling from flights to buses, cars and motorbikes, dozing off with a million stars, sleeping in different locations every night and waking up to barren mountains every day, this was indeed a journey of a lifetime.
Renting a Bike in Leh
You can get a Royal Enfield Classic 350 for 1100 INR a day or a 500 cc for 1300 INR (No Deposits Needed). Depending on the model and make of the bike you rent, it is advised you carry extra fuel for those extra miles as reliable petrol pumps are only available in Leh. Ladakh Rangers Ph: +91 9596928861 (Note: They are other bikes available for cheaper rent).
Hiring a Taxi in Leh
Just walk across the travel agencies in Leh, they all have notice boards put up for people wanting to share taxis. Below are the estimate return prices for an XUV;
Leh to Tso Pangong (Spangmik) 1700 INR.Leh to Nubra Valley (Hunder) 1600 INR.Leh to Tso Moriri & Tso Kar 2500 INR.
(Note – All fares are for a taxi shared by 6 people. If you are 6 in total, you can go directly to the taxi stand and compare the fares for best possible deal).
Trip Itinerary from Delhi (15 Days)
Delhi – Manali – Leh – Tso Pangong – (Rafting) – Nubra Valley (Diskit/Hunder) – Tso Moriri & Tso Kar – Leh – Manali – Delhi or Leh – Srinagar – Home Destination
Day 1: Delhi to Manali – You will get an AC Semi-Sleeper Volvo ranging from 600 INR to 1000 INR.
Day 2: Arrive in Manali – You can easily get a guest house costing around 300-350 INR near Mall Road and Old Manali.