A place in India where you wish to visit at least once in your lifetime and get compelled to revisit :) Trust me its true ! The kind of beauty which each and every place in Leh offers is beyond comparison . If you are an ardent fan of biking then this place should be on top of your list .
You can reach this mighty land either by road or by air . Options to reach by road is limited to few months ,typically between May end to August . You can opt for bike /own car /cab /HPTDC bus . If you want to go on self drive make sure to carry heavy woolen clothes ,snow resistant jackets , rain coats , petrol , tools to repair your bike/car etc.
1. Manali to Leh : This 474km long highway operates usually from June 1st week to October . It's not recommended to go for bike ride after September as weather becomes drastically cold . Roads and facilities are not so good but if you are a daredevil go for this route. HPTDC bus runs between Manali to Leh till September start .It takes approx 2 days to reach Leh (including an overnight halt)
2. Srinagar to Leh : This 434km long highway - NH 1 operates usually from mid May to November mid . Roads and facilities are better as compared to Manali - Leh route . It takes approx 2 days to reach Leh (including an overnight halt) .
Cannot drive this long but want to experience ride on those hilly terrains ? Worry not , you still have an option to unlock the door of your happiness . Rent out a bike in Leh and expedite your desire !
Reaching the city by air takes approx 1.5 hrs from Delhi . I preferred this and began the tour to one of the most awaited destination of my life along with my travel partners . Plane was flying high and high and so was I . Nature started unfolding its beauty with increasing proximity to the moon-land . Panoramic view of sparkling snow laden Himalayan ranges made me speechless . Do not miss the chance to have a glance !
Finally I landed on the abode of miraculous beauty . Chilling breeze , rocky mountains & snow covered peaks . A perfect wow moment ! Since Leh is at very high altitude you need to take special care of your health . Do not panic if you are not aware of dos & don'ts . You can find instructions within the airport to guide tourists but its better to do homework before coming :)
From airport we went to the hotel, checked in and took rest entire day to get acclimatized to the high altitude .Make sure you do not exert yourself for at least first 24 hrs. However you can go to some nearby places if you are feeling well else take rest.
In the evening we planned to visit Shanti Stupa as it was not far from the hotel. This is a monastery built by both Japanese and Ladakhi Buddhists. Being on a hill top it offered mesmerizing view of Himalayan ranges. Sunlight on the mountain peaks served as a crown and refined its beauty further. I had never ever seen such a view in my life. It was blissful. That was "THE MOMENT" when i fell in love with this place.
Then we headed towards Leh palace. This palace was built in 17th century and is nine story high. It was not at all maintained and was pretty dark inside. Still I managed to reach the top floor and trust me it was worth taking the pain. You can see the entire Leh city from here.
Sun had already set by this time and mercury was dipping further. Since my hotel was close to market area, we decided to have a walk over there. There were numerous shops selling pashmina woolens, handmade gloves, cap , tibetan handicraft items, statues of Budha, traditional ladakhi jewellery etc. It was a mini version of mall road of shimla/manali. Overall a lively market.
We reached hotel finally after the long day , took rest and recharged ourselves for the next day !