When I took life for a ride. LEH-LADAKH solo trip

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5th Aug 2014

Endless roads of Ladakh

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At rohtang pass

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Leh-manali Highway

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Somewhere on Leh-manali Highway

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Photo of When I took life for a ride. LEH-LADAKH solo trip by Souvik Kar

Met Dr. Bhardwaj who was riding KTM 390 from

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leh-manali highway

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Finally Made it to the K-pass

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The Khardungla Pass

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Nubra Valley sand dunes

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The Highest Cafeteria at K-pass

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Photo of When I took life for a ride. LEH-LADAKH solo trip by Souvik Kar
Photo of When I took life for a ride. LEH-LADAKH solo trip by Souvik Kar

Pangong tso lake

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Magnetic Hill

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Kargil war memorial

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Leh- Srinagar Highway

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The trip

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On the way to Rohtang Pass from manali

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Coffee at 4565 m

Photo of When I took life for a ride. LEH-LADAKH solo trip by Souvik Kar
Photo of When I took life for a ride. LEH-LADAKH solo trip by Souvik Kar

It all started in 2012 when I graduated from medical college and I had money to burn petrol and do some mid distance bike touring around Delhi. As I progressed from one adventure trip to another, the longest being my Delhi-Jaipur-Delhi 600 kms, it always was at the back of my mind that, I have to go to Ladakh and ride to Khardungla top.

I had this 2006 Honda Unicorn, which was gifted by my dad back in school era.

Are you crazy?” was the common refrain thrown at me when I talked about my planned trip to Leh. Driving solo through unknown highways, the reputation of the Manali-Leh stretch, the old bike in question, were all brought up. Many people planned to join in, then cancelled.

That’s when I decided to embark on a solo ride and it turned out to be the best decision I have ever made. Had I postponed the trip, I would've been visiting a flood-ravaged Leh instead or worse being caught in it.

This trip made me believe in the saying, “How everything falls into place when you really want it.” I never knew I would be able to reach Leh. All I wanted to see was how far my bike and I could make it. After this eventful journey, it feels like I’ve finally made it.

I knew it was a crazy idea, as many had pointed out, but the prospect of an amazing journey, riding across India was too hard to resist. I would’ve loved to claim that I had an amazing ride, with no unpleasant incidents. But that wasn’t the case. In a hurry to cover as much distance as possible in a day, trying to reach far flung destinations led to some unpleasant incidents as well.

Dr. Souvik Kar

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hi going to ladakh solo bike ride from kerala starting from 1st september... any one likes to join? denjo8@yahoo.com
Mon 08 21 17, 20:02 · Reply · Report
42 days wow !!
Mon 07 24 17, 10:46 · Reply · Report
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Resham Lawand
Well, that is an achievement. Could have written a bit more, it would have been a pleasure to read..
Thu 02 05 15, 19:44 · Reply (1) · Edit · Delete ·
agree !!
Mon 07 24 17, 10:45 · Report
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Dhanesh S Malviya
Wow..I took a similar task to cover all of gujarat.. around 3000 kms in 8 days..this month..You've described your experience well.. I am into writing down all the things now. You on twitter?
Fri 01 30 15, 05:30 · Reply · Edit · Delete ·