Ladakh, often known as the "town of Qualcomm," is one of India's most distinctive and delightful areas. For adventurers from all over the world, this vast and sparsely inhabited region is a dream come true. The delight that envelops when riders approach Leh by one of the ways is magnificent. One begins to smile for no apparent reason. The sound of all the Bullets rumbling around in the streets of Leh throughout the season will undoubtedly give an impression as if the riders in the Mecca of motorcyclists. And the minute after reaching the summit of Khardungla, everything else in one’s life appears to fade into the background. Then there's the journey to Pangong Tso, arguably the world's most relaxing lake. Simply sitting at the edge of that lake, alone, reveals a whole new aspect.

Ladakh's highest passes and twisting roads attract passionate riders. With the well-planned Leh Ladakh Bike Tour, which may lead oneself to bask in the bliss of the mountains. The meticulously created tour package, allows bikers to be the most trusted companion on an exciting adventure. Ladakh bike tour will cherish with memories of lifetime by providing with the ultimate adventure. The cruise will go all the way through rocky terrain, blue waters, top tourist destinations, tranquil monasteries, and more, in addition to providing with a once-in-a-lifetime ride. The path leading to Ladakh is the same one followed by caravans on their way to the Silk Route centuries ago. If that wasn't impressive enough, the region's roadways are only open four months of the year, with the remaining eight months buried in snow.

 

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LEH at a glance

 

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

Elevation: 3500m

Total Population: 30,870

Local Language: Ladakhi and Tibetan

When to visit Leh?

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 perfect blend of mountain breeze. Although there are some trek activities 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 traveller!

How to reach Leh?

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.  

What to eat ?

The cuisine of Leh is slightly influenced by forgein 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 alcoholic beverage associated with the area. 

 

Places to visit in Leh 

 

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 views 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 for. 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 honour 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 place unconventional from the rest of the region. With Sikhism in its roots and 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

 

Nubra Valley at a glance

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

Elevation:3084m

Total Population: 22,443

Local Language: Nubra Skat 

 

When to visit Nubra?

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

How to reach Nubra?

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 in Nubra 

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 it's 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 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

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!

 

SARCHU & JISPA

 

Sarchu & Jispa at a glance

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

While in Jispa, average summer temperature is 15 °C and in winters it drop to -4 °C

Elevation: 4290 meters for Sarchu and 3200m for Jispa

 

When to visit Sarchu and Jispa?

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

 

How to reach Sarchu and Jispa?

While travelling on Manali-Leh highway, Sarchu serves as a major stopover point. It lies 252 kilometer 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. 

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

 

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.

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 in Sarchu and Jispa

Sarchu offers a serene view and acts as a gateway for the people travelling by Leh-Manali highway as to what the state offers. Barren land, clear sky and mountains in its backdrop accounts 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 Zanskar region of Ladakh.

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


 

PANGONG LAKE

Pangong Lake at a glance

If you are a fan of Bollywood then there’s no way you already don’t know about the 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. 

Weather: -5 °C to 10 °C

Elevation: 4350 meters

Total Population:

Local Language:

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 the Pangong lake.

 

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 the place less travelled. 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. 

 

KARGIL

 

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 Kargil?

With the sun shining bright during the day (don’t forget to apply sunscreen) and 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 winter season because of the harsh weather conditions. Winter does come for Kargil.

 

How to reach Kargil?

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 travelling in 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 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. Same is the story with the Main street market, though it’s not swamped with brands and fancy outlets but 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 the seasoned travellers 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

Best places to visit are either the ones that attract a lot of people or a place which is underrated yet spellbounding. Suru basin falls in the latter category. With the suru river flowing through the valley and mighty Himalayan mountains looking over it, 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 makes it worth your while then you should surely visit the Suru valley. 

 

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 send chills down your bones and perforate 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 Sonmarg?

With 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 wild flowers, breathing, capturing and admiring the scenic beauty of the place.

 

How to reach Sonmarg?

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 travelling in 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, you can travel to Sonmarg by road. 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 tune 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 in Sonmarg

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 like 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 off an altitude of 3528 m above the 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 travelling 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 it’s finest work in and around this lake. Also keep an eye for 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 white sheet of snow surrounding the green limitless meadows is what makes Baltal a major tourist attraction, not to forget that it is actually an extension of the ‘meadow of gold’. Within a 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 everyday. It supports a wide variety of flora and fauna around it as well.

 

 

 

 

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