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About Leh Ladakh Bike Trip:

The Bike Trip to Ladakh starts at various locations primarily from Delhi, Manali, Srinagar, Leh going through Jispa, Sarchu, Tso Moriri, Hanle, Pangong Lake, Nubra Valley, Kargil, Sonmarg on a journey unprecedented. Ladakh now a union territory, is a land of mystical mountains and serene monasteries, surrounded by Tibet on the east and Himachal Pradesh to the south. The Trip to Ladakh gives you an experience that very few are able to experience in a lifetime and we make sure your trip goes as you have always imagined through our travel plans curated only for you.

After welcoming over 3500 travelers to Ladakh on our bike trips in the last season, it is now time for us to unveil our 2021 bike tours to Leh Ladakh. Are you excited to join us on this journey of a lifetime?

We present an amazing Leh Ladakh Bike Tour which includes:

  • Royal Enfield 500CC Bikes
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  • 2 Meals Daily
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  • All permit charges, Tour Guides, and backup vehicles.

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Places To Visit During Leh-Ladakh Bike Trip

LADAKH

 

The grandest dominion of Jammu & Kashmir is, to put it simply, an epitome of beauty and life itself. Yes, we are talking about Ladakh. Home to parched peaks, charming monasteries, and more than 200 species of birds, Ladakh is just infallible. 

A place that initially got all the attention because of its imperative location at the crossroads of important trade routes is now one of the most prominent tourist attractions and rightfully so. Ladakh is a phenomenal part of the Himalayas. This place is considered a literal divine abode by everyone who has had a chance to embrace everything this wonderful place has to offer. Still adhering to its roots, Ladakh’s rich culture and well balanced traditional society feels like a breath of fresh air away from the chaos of city life. 

Spread across an area of 59, 146 km2 and situated at an elevation of 2750 - 7672 meters above sea level, Ladakh offers a chance at various adventure sports including water rafting, trekking, biking, etc. And, not to mention, the ever-famous Leh Ladakh bike trip which everyone has dreamt of at least once. 

Some of the most popular excursions of Ladakh include the Pangong lake, Nubra valley, Tso Moriri lake, and such. This is the perfect place for biking enthusiasts and adventure fanatics from around the world to have an unforgettable experience. 

 And the traditional cuisine of Ladakh, greatly influenced by the Tibetan culture, is another joy for the traveler. As the word has it, one can not visit Ladakh and not have Thukpa, Tsampa, and butter tea. 

Expressively, Ladakh is closely influenced by Tibetan culture so innumerable picture-perfect monasteries and stupas play a big role in major tourist attractions. And not only the serene architecture but the stunning landscape of Ladakh makes one’s visit worth taking all the tapered twists and turns along the way.

SONMARG

 

Sonmarg, literally meaning “meadow of gold”, is one place that makes it to the ‘places you should visit before you die’ list of every travel enthusiast you’ll come across. Being more than just an alley of blue snow and golden sunshine, Sonmarg has glacial mountains against the blissfully ethereal skies as its backdrop, making it nothing less than a hidden paradise. The place witnesses a very high number of tourists during the bracing season, and shockingly enough a handful during the harsh burying snowfall as well because nowhere else would you encounter the brisk wind that sends chills down your bones and perforates every layer of protection while causing much mirth. It lies at an altitude of 2800 m above sea level inclusive of the great Himalayan glaciers of Kashmir Valley namely Kolahoi Glacier and Machoi Glacier in its vicinity, and not to forget Sirbal Peak, Kolahoi Peak, Amarnath Peak, and Machoi Peak being above 5,000 m. Sonmarg, apart from being a prominent hinge for trekking, mountaineering, and hiking to locales, is well-received by families as a vacation destination as it is by adventure fanatics.

Sonmarg at a glance

Weather: Day time 5-10 °C night -5-0 °C

Elevation: 9,200 ft

Total Population: 392

Local Language: Urdu

When to visit?

With the flora and fauna of the valley instilling a sense of tranquility, the months from April to June serve as the best time to visit, Sonmarg. During these months you can walk across endless lanes of wildflowers, breathing, capturing, and admiring the scenic beauty of the place.

How to reach?

For frequent flyers, Srinagar Airport is around 70 kilometers away from Sonmarg. You can hire a taxi from Srinagar Airport to Sonmarg.

If you prefer traveling on trains, then the nearest train station is Jammu which is accessible by all major train routes of the country.

You can also board state-run buses from Jammu and Kashmir to Sonmarg.

For an authentic wanderlust experience during our Ladakh bike trip, we travel to Sonmarg by road from Srinagar. Jammu is about 400 kilometers away from Sonmarg. On your way, you can enjoy the local marvels of the state and make your trip a little more memorable.

What to eat?

For a traveler, food plays an important part in enjoying a trip and getting hold of the true essence of the place. Sonmarg leaves no stone unturned in this aspect as well with its wide variety of local flavors and cuisines.

Along with a cup of Kahwa, you can go for Yakhni, a traditional lamb based dish cooked in curd based gravy and deal with the cold and cravings at the same time.

Rogan Josh, another traditional lamb-based dish, when served with saffron rice, sets the tone for the entire day. For non-vegetarians, Sonmarg is no less than a food haven.

But if you are a vegetarian then also you don’t need to get disheartened, Dum Aalo will come to your rescue at any time of the day. 

Places to visit?

Thajiwas Glacier

Being situated near alpine forests, having a blanket of snow covering it in all seasons, and the rays from the sun falling on its surface making a glitter effect, Thajiwas Glacier is a beauty to behold. You can trek all the way from Sonmarg to Thajiwas Glacier as the distance is only 3 km or you can hire a pony and enjoy the serenity of the place along the way. It’s one of the most famous tourist attractions and an important asset for the area. Did we mention the various waterfalls around the Glacier? Well, now you know where you should be heading in the next summer season.

Zoji-La Pass

If high altitude places offering a serene view of the world are your thing then you must stop by Zoji-La Pass while visiting Sonmarg. It boasts an altitude of 3528 m above sea level and acts as a bridge between the Kashmir Valley and Ladakh. Given its geographical importance, this pass is quite famous among travelers from all over the country but it’s equally dangerous if not traveling with an experienced driver. So make a note of that. 

Vishansar Lake

Ever wondered about seeing a lake surrounded by lush forests and mountains in its backdrop? Well, if yes then Vishansar lake should surely find a place on your list. Nature did its finest work in and around this lake. Also, keep an eye on the fish population it holds. 

Baltal Valley

The ever so quaint Baltal Valley lies at the foothills of the Zojila pass and sets out the entry for the famous Amarnath trek being just 14km away from the Amarnath Cave. The blue mountains laced with a white sheet of snow surrounding the green limitless meadows are what make Baltal a major tourist attraction, not to forget that it is actually an extension of the ‘meadow of gold’. Within proximity of 15 km from Sonmarg, Baltal Valley is easily accessible from Jammu by road via Srinagar.  

Nilagrad River

Nilagrad river is not just a tourist attraction but is a water body of importance for the locals. It is believed to have healing powers hence it attracts a lot of people every day. It supports a wide variety of flora and fauna around it as well.

KARGIL

Derived from Khar,meaning “castle”, and rkil meaning “center”, Kargil quite literally translates to “a castle at the center where people could live”. Kargil, apart from being a shared capital of Ladakh, is also its second-largest district after Leh. Although Kargil is famous for the Indo-Pak war that happened in 1999, over time it has established an eminence of its own. It is a standing symbol of sacrifice and patriotism. This place is sure to entice you with its never-ending green valleys, mighty mountains, and breathtaking views. It would not be wrong to call it a dream place for everyone carrying wanderlust in their hearts. Even though there are enough landscapes and local sights that will keep you busy throughout the day, the only thing keeping you up at night would be the strident winters here. If there is one place on your ladakh bike trip that is certain to leave you spell-bound, it is definitely this dream of a place they call Kargil. Kargil offers you the best of all then be it the finger-licking local food or the awe-worthy landscapes or the sweetest residents.

Kargil at a glance

Weather: Summers are hot while in winters temperature can drop as low as -20 °C

Elevation: 8780 ft

Total Population: 16,338

Local Language: Purki

When to visit?

With the sun shining bright during the day (don’t forget to apply sunscreen) and a cold breeze from mountains making its way on the streets of Kargil, the summer months from April to June serve as the best time to visit the place. It’s not recommended to visit Kargil during the winter season because of the harsh weather conditions. Winter does come for Kargil.

How to reach?

For frequent flyers, Srinagar Airport is around 70 kilometers away from Sonmarg. You can hire a taxi from Srinagar Airport to Kargil.

If you prefer traveling on trains, then the nearest train station is Jammu which is accessible by all major train routes of the country.

You can also board state-run buses from Srinagar and Leh to Kargil.

But the real essence of Kargil comes with a road trip. Bikers from all over the country make their way to Kargil and enjoy its aura before heading towards Ladakh or Kashmir.

What to eat?

Main Bazaar serves as one of the prominent attractions for food lovers visiting Kargil. With its wide variety of local and cross border flavors and cuisine, Kargil is truly a delight.

You can choose from Thukpa, Sugu, and Meat Chawal to Kashmiri, Indian and continental cuisines.

Places to visit?

Mulbekh Monastery

With a 9 meter tall idol of Buddha and scenic views at its backdrop, Mulbekh Monastery enchants every visitor in a unique way. Although it is 36 km away from Kargil but considering its history and various theories around its origin, Mulbekh Monastery manages to garner enough footfall. If getting gripped by a sense of calm is your thing then Mulbekh Monastery is the place for you. 

Drass war memorial

Who isn’t in awe of the Indian army and the way they won the Kargil war of 1999 but it came at a cost. So in order to pay tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives in the Kargil War, a war memorial was set up in Drass village. With pink sandstone enhancing the structural beauty of the memorial and a gallery showcasing the relics from the war, Drass war memorial is a must for everyone who visits Kargil. 

Main Street

Kargil not being a major tourist attraction doesn’t offer much on some fronts but it tries to compensate in its own unique way. The same is the story with the Main street market, though it’s not swamped with brands and fancy outlets still, it offers enough to be considered by the tourists. You can buy dry fruits or local folk music and take a part of the culture with you. 

Lamayuru Monastery

Lamayuru Monastery is quite famous among seasoned travelers because of its architectural marvelousness and the way it instills a sense of peace in one’s mind. With typical Ladakhi mountains around it and the teachings of Budha floating in its air, Lamayuru Monastery wouldn’t disappoint you. Also, it allows cars to come close to the premises so less walking!

Suru Basin

The best places to visit are either the ones that attract a lot of people or a place that is underrated yet spell-bounding. Suru basin falls in the latter category. With the Suru river flowing through the valley and mighty Himalayan mountains looking over it, the Suru basin reflects serenity like no other. Still, it garners less footfall owing to the dirt track like roads that lead to it. But if you look for adventures and places that make it worth your while then you should surely visit the Suru valley.

LEH

Leh is the largest and most important town of the Union Territory of Ladakh and there are no two ways about it. They say if you want to be amazed and surprised at every turn of the road, you go to Leh, and let me tell you, they’re not wrong. Serving as the most famous location of this circuit, Leh doesn’t disappoint you with the colossal mountain ranges and unending views along the way; and you wouldn’t be surprised that people think Leh and Ladakh is one place. From monasteries to museums to Stupas to the highest passes, Leh serves as the perfect stop for family vacation and adventure rides. This beauty of a place is totally capable of enchanting you with the velvety-smooth roads and ever-changing skies, so much so that one can’t help but sit in quiet and watch everything in front and above them change color and mood with every passing minute. Don’t wait up and bookmark this place on your travel list or even better get out of your bed, hop on to your bike, and take a trip.

LEH at a glance

Weather: Cold desert climate for the most part of the year. Summers are warm.

Elevation: 3500m

Total Population: 30,870

Local Language: Ladakhi and Tibetan

When to visit?

Considering the harsh winter season, the best time to visit Leh is from April to June. Days are warmer while nights serve as an adventurer’s delight with a perfect blend of the mountain breeze. Although there are some trek activities that are only available during winters but extreme snowfall blocks all roads. But you can surely take a plane and satisfy your adrenaline rush. You go, traveler!

How to reach?

Frequent flyers will be happy to know that Leh has its own airport.

There’s no rail route connectivity but you can hop on a bus or private transport and find your way to Leh. Along the road, you can enjoy the local marvels of the area.

During our trip, we travel to Leh on our bikes passing through the mountains and valleys of Ladakh mesmerized by the wonders that nature has to offer.

What to eat?

The cuisine of Leh is slightly influenced by foreign delicacies from China, Tibet, and Korea. You can try local dishes like Thukpa, Skyu, and Ngamphe. Momos are also a typical delicacy of the areas with a blend of authentic local flavors. We especially recommend you try, Chang-an an alcoholic beverage associated with the area.

Places to visit?

Magnetic Hill

Magnetic Hill has been a place of interest for people from all over the world owing to the fact that it offers something unique and unbelievable. Some consider it to be a geological wonder others brush it off as an illusion but nevertheless, the fame and fantasy around the Magnetic Hill only grows. It is believed that vehicles when parked at a marked spot, defy gravity and start moving uphill. Sounds sci-fi, right? Well, you can only know after seeing it with your own eyes. So go ahead, maybe you are the one who can crack this code!

Khardung La Pass

Often referred to as the highest motorable road in the world by many, although debatable yet doesn't affect the marvelousness of the Khardung La pass. Apart from being one of the major tourist attractions in the Leh region, Khardung La pass is also a place of importance for the Indian army as it is used to transport supplies to the Siachen Glacier. Khardung La offers a panoramic view of the Karakoram range and offers the tourists an experience like no other. It is said that your bike tour to Leh is not considered complete until you have been to Khardung La pass. 

Shanti Stupa

Since its inception, Shanti Stupa has managed to become and remain the most famous tourist attractions in Leh, having religious sentiments and the relics of Buddha at its base. With a picturesque backdrop, that is most likely to take your breath away, this place offers serenity and calm to everyone who comes along. To catch the best view of this astonishing location, be sure to be around during the sunrise and sunset, and catch a panoramic view of the city and Changspa village in the distance.

Leh Palace

As soon as we hear the word palace we know a place is worth visiting. Who can not be attracted to these royal structures and the history surrounding them? Leh Palace is not different. It was built by King Sengge Namgyal of the Namgyal dynasty in the 17th century and is currently run by the Archaeological Survey of India who strives to restore its lost grandeur from a 19th-century invasion. Still, it is a place of importance for locals as they gather around it to celebrate the festival of Galdam Namchot. If you are looking to get a panoramic view of the city then Leh Palace will serve as the right spot for you. 

Hall of Fame Museum

Indian army is known for its discipline, might, and glorious history all over the world. Hall of Fame museum was built to honor the soldiers of the Indian army who lost their lives in the Indo-Pakistan war. It features various relics of the war and also houses a section for Siachen showcasing the life of soldiers posted on the Siachen Glacier. The museum is located 4 km away from the city and definitely deserves to be on your list to visit.

Gurdwara Pathar Sahib 

Gurdwara Pathar Sahib with its astonishing history, religious importance, and stories of inception is placed unconventionally from the rest of the region. With Sikhism in its roots and the Indian army managing its day-to-day functioning, Gurdwara Pathar Sahib has become a major tourist and religious attraction for people visiting Leh.

NUBRA VALLEY

 

They say that your LehLadakh trip is incomplete without one place, and no points for guessing that it's The Nubra Valley. Located at a distance of 100km from the city, this place has to offer the most exquisite valleys painted turquoise that goes as far as the eyes go. Originally called “Ldumra” meaning “Valley Of Flowers”, it wouldn’t be wrong to call Nubra the abode of gods, and no wonder the road to Nubra passes through the world’s highest mountain pass. The place presents wondrous must-see spots. The highlights being the Hunder sand dunes, I mean who thought a sand dune could even exist at that height, and the Diskit Monastery, as one would say, the perfect example of magnificent and prolific architecture. The valley is especially famous for its forest of Hippophae shrub, popularly known as Leh Berry. If one wanted to spot the rarest of bird species, they would head straight for the shrub. Nubra is definitely not one of the one-time visit places, if you go there once the place will compel you to return.

Nubra Valley at a glance

Weather: Cold desert climate for the most part of the year. Summers are warm.

Elevation:3084m

Total Population: 22,443

Local Language: Nubra Skat 

When to visit?

With warmer days and clearer skies, it’s advisable to visit Nubra Valley during the summers. A trip during the winter season should be avoided unless you are looking for some snow-clad adventures. 

How to reach?

For frequent flyers, Leh airport will serve as the nearest airport (168 km). You can take a taxi or a bus from Leh to Nubra Valley.

Nubra Valley doesn’t have proper rail route connectivity but the nearest train station is Udhampur at 298 km. 

What to eat?

Owing to the fact that Nubra Valley is not a major tourist destination, there are only a limited number of options for restaurants. You can enjoy local dishes like Thukpa and momos. 

Places to visit?

Diskit Monastery

Diskit Monastery also known as Deskit Gompa, is much more than just the largest and oldest Buddhist monastery of Nubra Valley. Founded by Changzem Tserab Zangpo in the 14th century, it holds the popular festival known as Dosmoche or the "Festival of the Scapegoat" within its province attended by the locals from the villages of Nubra in the month of February.

Panamik Village

Owing to its altitude and geographical importance, Panamik Village, although is a place to be mesmerized by but bars foreigners on its lands. It lies on the banks of the Nubra River and is close to the Siachen base camp. It houses a hot water spring and the signature pashmina goats and Bactrian camels. Due to its harsh weather conditions and altitude, it doesn't boast of a significant number of inhabitants. But if you are up for some adventure and road trip through the ever curvy mountain roads then the Panamik Village is the place for you.  

Yarab Tso

Yarab Tso, located near the Sumur village is often referred to as the hidden lake because of its location. One needs to trek upon a rough terrain for about twenty minutes in order to reach the Yarab Tso. This lake is of religious importance to the locals so you will see a lot of prayer flags around its banks. Continuing the trend of the state, Yarab Tso offers its own set of scenic views and tranquility. 

Samstanling Monastery

With a flurry of prayer flags weaving a holy atmosphere, mountains looking upon it, and mountain flora covering its lands and minds of its visitors, Samstanling Monastery is as serene as a place can be. It was founded 140 years ago and hasn’t lost a bit of its radiance ever since. If you are looking for some peace and scenic views on your trip then you should definitely consider visiting the Samstanling Monastery. 

Maitreya Buddha

This 32-meter statue of Buddha doesn’t boast off a historical past but is a modern structure of importance. It was sanctified by Dalai Lama and is believed to protect the village from conflicts of any sort. Did we mention it was made with 8kg gold? Sparkle eyes!

PANGONG TSO

If you are a fan of Bollywood then there’s no way you already don’t know about Pangong lake. Although two-thirds of it lies in Tibet yet Pangong lake serves as the major tourist attraction of the state. Surrounded by mountains, this crystal clear lake is a sight to behold. And did you know that the water appears to be changing its color throughout the day? Well well! Don’t forget to take your camera though, Pangong is no less than a paradise for a photographer. 

Pangong Tso at a glance

Weather: -5 °C to 10 °C

Elevation: 4350 meters

Total Population: 977

Local Language: Ladakhi

When to visit?

Owing to its altitude, the lake freezes during the winter season and it's not advised to visit the lake during that time. Months from June to September serves as the best time to visit Pangong Lake.

How to reach?

By road, it takes about 5 hours to reach Pangong Lake from Leh. The drive accounts for surreal mountain routes and natural wonders along the way. 

The nearest airport is Leh and you can take any public transport from there to reach Pangong Lake. 

What to eat?

There are a few places and stalls around the lake that offer local delicacies like Thupka and a limited number of dishes from different cuisines. It is advised to carry your own food because of the limited options available at the lake.

Where to go?

While you’re here, you can take up camps at the lakeside varying from basic to luxurious. Legends have it that the closest to nature you will feel during the Ladakh bike trip is while staying at Pangong Tso. The view at all times is simply breathtaking here.

HANLE

With little to no tourist crowd but the scenic grandeur and a night sky serving as a window to the heavens beyond, it is only fair to say that Hanle is a hidden gem of Ladakh. Owing to its close proximity to the Indo-China border and the need to get an Inner Line Permit for visiting, the Hanle village rarely finds a place on most itineraries. But anyone who has visited Hanle will tell you that it was an experience of a lifetime. Hanle is home to a 17th-century Monastery and the Indian Astronomical Observatory. You can miss out on Hanle if you really want to enjoy every bit of Ladakh.

Hanle at a glance

Weather: During the peak season, the weather in Hanle oscillates between 5°C- 15°C. 

Elevation: 4500m

Population: 1879

Language: Urdu

When to visit?

As the winter months from December to March are harsh with water freezing everywhere, the best time to visit Hanle would be from the months of June to September. You will be able to travel and find accommodation more easily during this time period.

How to reach?

From Leh, you can take two routes to reach Hanle. The first route, via Chumathang, is much faster and if you start from Leh early in the morning, you will be able to reach Hanle by sunset. This route should be taken if you only want to visit Hanle. The second route, via Changthang Valley, is longer but it will allow you to include Hanle in your itinerary if you are visiting Pangong Tso or Tso Moriri.

You can take your own transport as you know motorbikes and Ladakh have a special connection or you can take a local taxi or a bus. The problem with the latter is that it is only available once a week.

What to eat?

The Hanle village is not a major tourist attraction so you won’t find fancy eateries but at your guesthouse or your homestay, you will be able to enjoy the local delicacies depending on the daily menu.

Places to visit?

Hanle Monastery

Built atop a hillock, the Hanle Monastery dates back to the 17th century. The then king Sengge Namgyal of the Namgyal Dynasty and Stag-Tsang-ras-pa, the notable Buddhist priest of the Drukpa sect built this Monastery. Sengge Namgyal took his last breaths at this monastery and that adds to its historical significance. Hanle Monastery’s location enables the visitors to enjoy a scenic view of the village and the Hanle Valley.

Indian Astronomical Observatory

Just like the Hanle Monastery, the Indian Astronomical Observatory is also built atop a hillock overlooking the Hanle village. It is operated by the Indian Institute of Astrophysics and is currently the ninth highest telescope in the world. As it is located very close to the Indo-China border and is a site of high importance, you will need special permission from the Indian government to visit it. But even without the permit and from a distance, this observatory is surely something you haven’t seen before.

Photi La

At an elevation of 5,524 meters and 24 kilometers away from the Hanle village, the Photi La pass not only gives you a splendid view of the Hanle valley but also the bragging rights that not many get to enjoy. The climb to Photi La is not an easy one and gets steeper and steeper but it’s as close to the Indo-China border as one can get as you won’t be allowed to go beyond this point even with the Inner Line Permit.

TSO MORIRI

One of the lesser-known places of the region and a twin to the famous Pangong Lake, Tso Moriri, houses a variety of flora and fauna around it. Being surrounded by snow-capped mountains and barren hills, Tso Moriri is a place less traveled. If you are a fan of stargazing then you should surely give Tso Moriri a visit. It was declared a wetland reserve hence is a place of importance for the region and its tourism. The wetland is considered sacred by the locals so much so that they refuse to use the water from the lake. And the Buddhist communities work relentlessly to keep it that way amidst the increasing flow of tourists from all over the world.

TSO Moriri at a glance

Weather:  In Tso moriri, the average summer temperature is 13°C and in winters it drops to -23 °C

Elevation: 4522 meters

Population: 625

Language: Ladakhi

When to visit?

The most comfortable weather for tourism activity in Tso moriri is during the months of June to September. The weather during those months remains cool and cozy for sightseeing. Any other months are believed to not be the best time to visit Tso moriri as the roads are blocked by snow. 

How to reach?

The most convenient way to reach Tso Moriri is by road. The lake is around 240 km from Leh and the drive takes about 5 hours under normal conditions. 

However, if you plan on taking a flight then the nearest airport is Leh and you can easily get any public transport from there to reach Tso Moriri.

What to eat?

One can find a few restaurants and cafes around the lake to indulge in the local delicacies. There are a few multi-cuisine options available for travelers to relieve their taste buds on the journey. 

Places to visit?

Korzok monastery

Located in the Korzok village, on the northwestern bank of Tso Moriri, Korzok, is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery belonging to the Drukpa Lineage. Found by Kunga Lodro Ningpo, Korzok monastery is 300 years old and is home to about 70 monks. This is a perfect place to connect to your inner spirituality and have an experience that will be etched in your memory forever. Korzok is a beautiful landmark that overlooks the lake and offers a serene view that is not easy to let go of.

Apart from being a major tourist attraction, the barley fields at Korzok have been described as the highest cultivated land in the world.

SARCHU

Sarchu, also known as Sir Bhum Chun, lies on the border of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir hence connecting the two states and becoming an important destination primarily because of its strategic location. Situated between the Himalayan mountain passes of Baralacha la and Lachulung la, Sarchu is more than just a layover spot for the night. This camping site offers a mesmerizing view of the Himalayan range and inanimate nature. 

Sarchu, back in the day, used to be an important mark in the silk route for trading and hence has always been favored by tribes, traders, and adventure fanatics. It is now also the perfect place to rest in the middle of the Leh Ladakh bike trip. 

Sarchu is favored by the travelers for the various treks to Zanskar that it offers during its peak season when the slow melts and the Leh-Manali highway is open. The best way to embrace all the flavors of this place and enjoy its beauty is to stay at a campsite for a rejuvenating experience.

Sarchu at a glance

Weather: Average temperature during summers is 10.9 °C while in winters it drops to  -12 °C in Sarchu. 

Elevation: 4290 meters 

Total Population: 1385

Local Language: Hindi

When to visit?

Harsh winters accounting for heavy snowfall forces the camping sites to stay closed. May to September serves as the best time to visit camping sites. 

How to reach?

While traveling on the Manali-Leh highway, Sarchu serves as a major stopover point. It lies 252 kilometers from Leh and 222 kilometers from Manali. So it’s only accessible by road and that too in the summers as during winters, snow blocks the highway.

What to eat?

As Sarchu serves as an overnight stopover point, there are a number of campsites that cater to the accommodations and needs of the tourists. Different camps offer different cuisines like Indian, Chinese, and Continental. There are no restaurants present in the area other than what the camps offer.

Places to visit?

Sarchu offers a serene view and acts as a gateway for the people traveling by Leh-Manali highway as to what the state offers. Barren land, clear sky, and mountains in its backdrop account for Sarchu’s serenity. If you are into stargazing then like any other part of the state, Sarchu won’t disappoint you as well.

Sarchu also acts as a popular trekking point in the Zanskar region of Ladakh.

JISPA

With the Himalayan mountain as the backdrop, Jispa is sure to leave you spellbound with its simplicity and beauty. This place serves as a principal halt mark in the Ladakh bike trip itinerary. 

Jispa is a small village in Lahaul situated 20kn north of Keylong along the Manali-Leh highway. Accommodating only 78 households, Jispa is sheltered from the modernization of the outside world. Travelers can seek solace for one night in this mesmerizing village during their trip to Leh. 

Away from the noise of the city, this place is sure to leave anyone spellbound with its vast riverside and the open night sky view.

Jispa at a glance

Weather: In Jispa, the average summer temperature is 15 °C and in winters it drops to -4 °C

Elevation: 3200 meters

Total Population: 332

Local Language: Hindi

When to visit?

Just like Sarchu, Jispa too gets back in its full form from May to September when the snow melts and the campsites reopen for the travelers. 

How to reach?

Jispa is 20 kilometers from Keylong along the Manali-Leh highway and the banks of river Bhaga.

What to eat?

Jispa is a village so there are a few eateries around where you can find local food and other cuisines to some extent.

Places to visit?

For Jispa, you should definitely visit the Jispa Rural Housing Museum to get a glimpse of the life of residents of the Lahaul District.

MANALI

It's no news that Manali is one of the most famous hill stations of India, but did you know that every local owns at least one apple tree. Curled up in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh, Manali makes for a celebrated resort town with more than a dozen sight-seeing spots in the vicinity. Something as simple as taking a walk among the apple orchids, or staying at a hotel and just clinging to the balcony, or a stroll across old Manali in an effort to explore every little corner and space available is fulfilling to put it simply. Manali is one place where you’ll never run short on accommodations or adventure. 

Manali at a glance

Weather: The temperatures range from −7 °C (19 °F) to 30 °C (86 °F) over the year

Elevation: 2050m 

Total population: 8096

Language: Hindi

When to visit?

 Manali is one place that doesn't discriminate and truly has its own charm in every season. 

Summer kicks in during March maintaining pleasant weather which makes it a good time for outdoor activities like trekking, rafting, paragliding.

For people who would want to get their hands dirty with snowballs and snow fights September to February is a perfect time; that's when snow covers the place from tip to toe.

How to reach?

In case, flight works for you the best, the nearest airport is Bhuntar approximately 50km from Manali. From the airport, you can easily get pre-paid taxis to your hotels. Manali is very much accessible by bus, having an active private bus and state-run systems. Having connectivity with a number of major tourist destinations like Kullu, Shimla, Leh, Manali offers perfect road routes.

What to eat?

 Like every other place, Manali has its own eminent street food that makes it a place-you-must-eat-at. Khatta, Sudu, Babru, Patande, Trout, Aktori, and if you've watched Yeh Jawani hai Diwani then you already know about Lugdi, which makes for the best local food you can get your hands on. And while you're here, try the momos. Thank us later!

Places to visit?

Old Manali

River Manalsu runs through Manali and not only bifurcates it into two towns but two lifestyles. While New Manali is the tourist’s hotspot, Old Manali is a paradise for anyone who wants to experience the serenity of the mountains. It is located 3 km uphill from Manali but with its widely spread apple orchards, beautiful hills, and soul-warming sunrises and sunsets, finding solace in this town is no uphill task. You can devour mouthwatering continental dishes at the local eateries after shopping for some souvenirs from the not so crowded local markets.

Hadimba Temple

Anyone who has read the Mahabharata or watched the various TV shows based on it, knows Hidimba Devi, wife of Bhima and mother of Ghatothkach. What you might not know is the fact that Manali has one of its kind temples dedicated to Hidimba Devi. The Hadimba Temple is surrounded by a lush cover of cedar trees and is built upon a rock that is said to have the image of the deity herself. Its cone-shaped roof and wooden walls and doorways set it apart from any temple you have seen before.

Solang Valley

On your way to Rohtang, at about 14 to 15 kilometers away from Manali, you will find the Solang Valley. It is a tourist’s hotspot for anyone who is looking for some adventure sports. During summers you can enjoy paragliding, parachuting, and horse riding or you can roll down a hill while being inside a transport ball in an adventure sport known as Zorbing. While in winters you can enjoy skiing and owe to its popularity, you will find an ample number of trainers and training institutes to learn and enjoy skiing at Solang Valley.

Rohtang Pass

Rohtang Pass is no stranger to the limelight. It has been widely used as a shooting location in a number of Bollywood movies. It is located at a height of about 3987metres and tourists usually spend a day here when visiting Manali as it is only 51 kilometers away from the main town. It has densely covered cedar forests, treacherous but beautiful treks and a suite of adventure sports to enjoy all day. You can opt for skiing, sledge riding, and mountain biking or you can just enjoy the snow and natural beauty of this place in an experience of a lifetime. 


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