Ladakh; a traveler's dreamland with massive lakes, high altitude passes, beautiful valleys and scenic trails. The "land of high passes" is also known for facilitating the best adventure sports in Ladakh, the dream land for bikers. No other destination comes close to when talking about the thrill and excitement that is on offer at Leh-Ladakh.
Ladakh offers various adventure activities like biking, trekking, river rafting and camping, and trust me each and everything you are going to try will give you goosebumps. Each mountain range you are going to pass through, will give you a different landscape view.
The road trip to Ladakh was also in our minds since we returned from valley of flowers, and we started to prepare itinerary for our travel. As always we wanted to cover most of the destinations and also wanted to feel the place.
Preparation for the Journey:
Unlike our other plans, preparation of Ladakh was full of drama, cancellation and hours of discussion, because some other friends also wanted to join us. We all wanted a road trip to Ladakh via Manali-Leh Highway.
Firstly we tried to book Isuzu for all our Leh trip from Himalayan Brothers, but this plan was dropped because we were more than 4 people who were joining the trip. In the end when all the people backed off and we were only 4 people to join it, we tried to book it but we couldn't as Isuzu was already booked. Ahhhh.
Initially our plan was to leave on Friday night to Manali and start our journey to Leh, but because of all this drama it would have been taken more time for us to reach Leh. so we thought to add few more days to our trip and we booked our tickets of volvo bus to Manali from Delhi (Cost around 1500/person) of 14th June.
Now everything was looking sorted and here we go, some more drama into the story. One of the person was not able to get the leave from office for extra two days. Aaaah not again man. So we booked one flight ticket for him of Sunday morning on 17th June he was going to meet us there in Leh and cancelled his ticket of bus (Cancellation charges of bus : 150, Flight ticket 6300).
Travel Tip: Do not book all your tickets from one account, try to book it from different accounts, firstly you will get discounts on all the tickets secondly you can cancel any ticket if any of your group member is backing out.
Next day we also thought to book Flight tickets so that we can discover more of the Ladakh as we were already covering Manali to Leh highway on our return from there.
All the flight tickets were booked for 14th June of early morning.
We also booked bikes (1 Himalayan and 1 Bajaj Avenger) for 9 days with Ladakh Bike rentals.
Cost of the bikes : Himalayan : 2000 per day, Avenger : 1000 per day.