#BestOfTravel The Himalayan Adventure: Leh Ladakh Bike Trip from Bangalore | 25 Days | 5175 Kms


The Himalayan Adventure - 25 days Bike Trip Across India

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The Himalayan Adventure

An Epic Journey of 25 days covering 5175kms on my Bike. It was definitely, 'The Journey of a Lifetime'.

The Struggles, Learnings, a few tough Choices and Decisions, the Challenges, the People, Mind blowing Landscapes and Nature at its Best!! Memories to Cherish for a Lifetime.. The Solo Bike Ride from Manali to Bangalore was a Dream come true and a Life Changing experience. All I can say is - "Chase Your Dreams and Conquer your Fears. Cheers!!"

Riders: Vinay B M and Nitesh Chandra

Bikes: Karizma ZMR and Pulsar 200NS

Other Riders we met on the Trip: Vinod (ThunderBird), Sheshu, Prashanth, Deepak and Co.

Watch the Videos below:-

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Route Map of the Trip


Group Ride Map: https://goo.gl/xKSAKN

Solo Ride Map: https://goo.gl/ShBqkN




Day1: Banglaore to Delhi- Flight

Collect Bikes from VRL. Halt at Karolbagh.

Day2: The Ride Begins with my Ride Partner 'Nitesh'.

Delhi to Ludhiana, Punjab

Day3: Ludhiana to Patnitop, J&K

Day4: Patnitop to Dal Lake, Srinagar

Day5: Srinagar to Gulmarg to Srinagar

Day6: Srinagar to Kargil

Day7: Kargil to Leh

Day8: Getting Permits at Leh- Rest and Halt

Day9: Leh- Khardung La- Leh

Day10: Leh- Pangong Lake(Halfway)- Leh

Day11: Leh to Pangong Lake-SightSeeing to Leh

Day12: Leh to Shanti Stupa to Leh- Rest

Day13: Leh to Sarchu

Day14: Sarchu to Manali

Day15: Manali Sight Seeing and Halt

Day16: Bike Fog Lamps Repair. Rest and Halt at Manali. 'Nitesh' leaves for Delhi.

Day 17: Solo Ride Begins.. :)

Manali to Mianpur Bandalian, Punjab

Day 18: Rain Ride Begins.. :)

Mianpur Bandalian to Bawal- Rewari, Haryana

Day 19: Rewari, Haryana to Amratpuri, Rajasthan

Day 20: Amratpuri, Rajasthan to Udaipur, Rajasthan

Day 21: Udaipur- SightSeeing, Bike Service - Rest and Halt at Udaipur

Day 22: Udaipur, Rajasthan to Vadodara, Gujrat

Day 23: Baroda(Vadodara) to Thane West Mumbai, Maharashtra

Day 24: Mumbai to Pune

Day 25: Pune to Home (Bangalore, Karnataka)


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Some Pics..

The Majestic Udaipur City Palace. It was worth the Visit.​

Photo of Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by TrailblazerVinay

Love taking pics of my Bike. Who doesn't?? This is somewhere on the way to Pangong Lake from Leh.

Photo of Leh by TrailblazerVinay

Beautiful backdrop. My Sports Tourer going places!

Photo of Sonamarg by TrailblazerVinay

Mesmerizing Snow Caped Hill top at Sonmarg

Photo of Sonamarg by TrailblazerVinay

Scenic Landscape​

Photo of Sonamarg by TrailblazerVinay

On the way to Lamayuru Monastery. Beautiful Landscape. You can see this in the videos too

Photo of Lamayuru by TrailblazerVinay

Waterfalls on the way to Manali from Sarchu.​

Photo of Sarchu, Himachal Pradesh by TrailblazerVinay

Beside a River. Good that we took a detour to this place. Scenic beauty with the backdrop of mountains (can't see here).! Pics don't do justice to this place!. Hope the Videos will.

Photo of Srinagar by TrailblazerVinay

Admiring the beauty of Nature.. The Gift of being a Biker.

Photo of Srinagar by TrailblazerVinay

At Pangong Lake. Dr. Rajkumar Pose

Photo of Pangong Lake by TrailblazerVinay

Colorful City View through an Arch. Artistic Click! :P

Photo of Rajasthan, India by TrailblazerVinay

Shooting a Chipmunk at Udaipur Palace. GoPro at Work! The Tripod did come to use.​

Photo of Rajasthan, India by TrailblazerVinay

Snow Caped Hill covered in Fog. Clicked by my friend using Zoom Lens​

Photo of Rajasthan, India by TrailblazerVinay

Beautiful Leh City surrounded by Hills​

Photo of Leh by TrailblazerVinay
Photo of Leh by TrailblazerVinay

Sliding on Snow on top of Khardungla

Photo of Khardung La by TrailblazerVinay

One of the very few pics I've with Nitesh, my Ride Partner. This picture needs some brightness adjustment. I know!

Photo of Khardung La by TrailblazerVinay

Khardungla Top! Not the Highest motorable Pass but definitely one of the most visited High mountain Pass.

Photo of Khardung La by TrailblazerVinay

At Suvarna Vidhana Soudha, Belgaum. Last Day of the Ride covering 808kms from Pune to Bangalore. So Happy to be back in Karnataka.

Photo of Suvarna Vidhana Soudha, Belagavi, Belagavi, Karnataka, India by TrailblazerVinay

Bangalore-Delhi: We traveled by Flight and Bikes were shipped through VRL.

Ride Started from Delhi. Took Srinagar route while going and Manali route while returning since the elevation is gradual and that minimizes AMS(Acute Mountain Sickness). While returning, I Rode Solo from Manali to Bangalore. My other friend took a flight from Delhi to Bangalore and shipped the bike through Train.

VRL Bike Shipping Cost from Blore-Delhi: Rs. 7400

Bike Transit time: 10 days, So we had to leave our bikes at VRL warehouse, 10-15 days in advance.

Other options to Ship the bike: Train, VRL, Ghati and others. Train is the Cheapest option.

But VRL is safer and convinient, since they provide a palette(cage) for the Bike and our Riding gear, Helmet and luggage can be sent along with the Bike.

***Before you go to give the Bikes at the VRL Godown, call them and check if the palettes(cages) are available.

***Carry all documents: DL, Passport, RC and Insurance.

***Carry enough empty bottles and a petrol draining pipe.




Things to Carry: Excel Document Check the list of medicines as well in the second sheet. As bare minimum, carry at-least the commonly used medicine for Cold, Cough, Fever, Headache, Gasteric, Diarrohea, Stomach Ache etc. Carry Pain Killer tablets, Gels and Sprays. Bandage, Band-Aid, Dettol and Anti-Septic Cream. Carry mosquito repellants like coil or Odomos.

Keep in mind that Medical stores will not be available at all the places you visit. Power and network may not be available at few places.


Route we took:

Delhi - Ludhiana(Punjab) - Patnitop(Jammu Kashmir) - Srinagar - Gulmarg

Sonmarg - Zoji La Pass(11,575 Ft) - Drass - Kargil - Mulbek

Namika La(12,139 Ft) – Fotu La(13,478 Ft)- Lamayuru Monastery- Leh

Khardung La Pass(17582 Ft)- Chang La Pass (17,590ft) - Pangong Lake(14270 Ft)

Karu - Upshi - TanglangLa(17,480 ft)- MorePlains- Pang

Lachulung La(16,598 ft)- Nakeela La(15,647 ft)- Gata Loops - Sarchu

Baralacha La(16,040 ft) -Zingzingbar -Darcha -Jispa

Keylong -Tandi -Koksar- Rohtang Pass(13,050 ft) - Manali


Solo Ride Route from Manali to Bangalore:

Manali - Kurukshetra- Panipat

Rohtak - Rewari- Jaipur

Ajmer - Udaipur - Vadodara(Gujrat)

Surat - Mumbai - Lonavala

Pune - Kolhapur - Belgaum - Hubli - Bangalore


2 ways to Reach Leh from Kargil

Kargil – Mulbekh – Lamayuru- Alchi – Leh = usual route

Kargil– Batalik – Dah – Skurbuchan – Leh = more scenic.(need permit from Kargil DC office)


Regarding Permits:

1) From 2014 onwards, Indian Tourists don't need permit to visit Khardung La, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri, Turtuk etc. But we still need to take permits to visit Hanle, Chusul, Tsaga, beyond Loma bend, Chumur, Marsimik La, Batalik sectors.

2) Inner line permits are issued from DC office in Leh (10am to 3pm).

Closed on Sundays.Getting Permit may take 1hour to half a day.

Need to carry few attested copies of Permits with Photo-IDs (Passport, Driving License, Voters ID, PAN card etc.) and submit that in check posts. Good to carry a Self Declaration form mentioning the Details like Name, Age, ID No., Vehicle details, Places and Dates etc but its not necessary. But the attested permit application form along with valid ID proof need to be carried for checking at the checkposts without which entry will be denied.

You will get the application form in the DC office itself. No need to write the place names. It will already be mentioned. We just need to underline or tick the places we will be visiting.

This is the latest format of application form taken in July 2017. Take a look: Permit Application Form Latest

Getting Permit took us around 30 minutes overall. If you go early it'll take 10 minutes only. The crowd will be more as the day progresses. If you do not want to go the DC office yourself you can ask your hotel/lodge guys to get you the permit by providing your ID proof. Of course they will charge a nominal fee for this. You can even email the Lodge guys your ID proof and details before going to Leh (in case you've booked your stay in prior) so that they keep the permit ready for you when you go there.

3) If we are going to Leh from Manali, need to take permits to cross Rohtang pass from SDM office at Manali (10am-5pm closed on Sunday and Second Saturday). Need to submit DL, Vehicle RC, pollution certificate. Again might take half a day.

*Rohtang pass permit is mainly for our vehicle, to prove its fitness & validity of registration, whereas Leh Inner Line permit is to prove our identity that we are Indian citizens visiting the places as tourists.

4) The good thing is Rohtang pass Permit is not needed if we coming to Manali from other side(Leh-Rohtang-Manali). All the more reason to take the route: Chandigarh-Srinagar-Leh-Manali-Chandigarh


Our CheckList:

1) Flight Tickets

2) Riding Gear: Helmet, Jacket, Gloves, Knee Guard

3) Bike Service and Extra cable fitting

4) Tyre Change, Engine Oil Change

5) VRL Booking

6) Saddle Bag, Tank Bag

7) Puncture Kit and Foot pump

8) Mobile mount and USB charger for Bike

9) BSNL and Airtel Post Paid Sims

10) Rain Cover for Shoes

11) DSLR n Action cam

12) Final Bike, Luggage and Documents check

13) Route map, documents, ID Proof and permit Application forms

14) Bookings for Hotel/Stay if any.

15) Fog Lamps for Bike

16) Toolkit, First Aid Kit and Medicine

17) Rain Coat and RuckSack

18) Water proof Gloves

19) Windproof Gloves

20) Tarpaulin and Rain cover for bags

21) Tripod, GorilloPod and Mounts

22) Memory Cards

Read my Blog post about the Trip here.

Check the Complete TRAVELOGUE here.


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