The best time to do a Leh Ladakh bike trip would be anytime between June to September. At this point in time, I think you’ll need almost 2 cameras to capture its immense expanse of beauty. It is however possible to adjust the timings by a month or so, i.e, you can start from May till October also but make sure you don’t go past this point as there can be unpredictable climates around the year which can prove to be dangerous. However many bikers prefer doing this early on in the year/ start so they can start off the year in the best possible way. Leh Ladakh is a dream come true for so many people out there.
The amount of time it takes to complete the trip depends on a lot of factors like budget, and convenience, so it’s basically subjective to the person. In case you want to start from Delhi, it’d take a long good 15-18 days that can get more tiring than fun. You can directly fly to Leh and it’d take around 8 days for completion of the trip via bike including all the touristy stuff you do around. If you want to go via Manali, it is an added bonus because you can visit so many places in just one go! You must try a hot air balloon ride in Manali.
There are basically two routes to take
- Manali to Leh ( 475 km)
- From Srinagar to Leh from Delhi ( 1078 km)
You know briefly about the entire Leh Ladakh trip but now I am gonna mention a few things you have to do here that you cannot miss out.
1. Attend the Hemis Festival
This is an explosion of vibrancy and culture at the Hemis Monastery. It is generally held in the months of July and the Chham dance is very famous around here. People dance with masks and show how good wins over bad through a synchronized dance performance. Many tourists around the globe come over here to watch this. It takes around 3-4 hours to watch and attend the entire festival. There is no fee for entry.
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2. Go to Hemis National Park
For all the wildlife enthusiasts out there, this can be a great thing to do. Spotting the rare snow leopard is what most people come here for. It is surrounded by a great greenery and spectacularly rare fauna. The entry fee is INR 500 and takes around 2-3 hours to complete looking through the park.
3. Take a ride on the Bactrian Camels
The sand dunes of Hunden have to be fully viewed for their mesmerizing views by taking a fun ride on the Bactrian camels. You can even see the Shyok and Nubra rivers and it is a beautiful sight for photography. It costs around INR 200-300 and takes you from Hunder to Turtuk.
4. Khardungla Pass – Go eat Maggi there
You’ve probably eaten Maggi everywhere but not sitting on top of peaks and viewing the scenic view while slurping on it. Go to the highest cafeteria there in the world and feel on top of the world. This pass is also the highest motorable road in the world so don’t miss this out.
5. Zanskar Valley Tour
This is a very secluded region in Ladakh and only the arduous can travel to such a place. Filled with bumps and crooks, it houses many monasteries and sightseeing points on the way. This place is the only area in Ladakh that is splendid for sightseeing solace. You can visit anytime between June to September. There is also river rafting here at certain times of the month.
6. Try Yak Cheese Momos and Butter Tea
For all the foodies who love exploring different cuisines throughout the world, this one’s for you. Butter tea is a special tea that ferments miller in a porcelain pot and the taste is something that your buds have never tasted before. Yak is a common animal there for all the dairy requirements and Yak Cheese momos are the best so far. It is also called Chhurpi and apparently melts in your mouth as you eat!
7. Magnetic Hill – Prepare to be bedazzled
This anti-gravity hill is one of the best-visited spots on the Leh Ladakh bike trip package. No one understands how it happens. Park your bike towards the base, and it will automatically move uphill on its own. You can even trek to the top here for the view and great pictures. It is free of cost to visit and is only 30 km away from the main city of Leh. The locals have different stories about this phenomenon so make sure to listen to a few!