Day 01 Delhi
rive at Delhi Airport. Our first culture shock in Delhi will send to us to check-in to the hotel to relax from the flight. Later on, we’ll meet up with our group and tour guide who will brief about the tour.
Day 02 Delhi
What more can be said of Delhi…Take this day to explore India in its extreme, in the bustling city that is home to 25 million people. Set near medieval ruins of lost empires, massive bazaars that offer anything you can imagine, we will also visit the Royal Enfield Flagship store to shop for some bikers’ items. We will spend the night in an overnight drive in a semi-sleeper bus to Naggar.
Day 03 Naggar
Early in the morning, we will wake up in the bus and find ourselves in a completely different scenery around us. We will take the morning to breathe in the spirit of the valley of gods- Kullu valley. This day calls for familiarising with the thousand years old Hindu temples scattered around, the lush rice fields, forests and tiny villages.
Day 04 Naggar
We will drive around Naggar and get familiar with the handling of the Enfield Bullets and the Indian traffic “system”. Nicholas Roerich, who was a famous artist at the begging of the 20th century, fell in love with Naggar and settled there until his death. His home is now an art gallery which we will pay visit to. While slowly getting to know each other, we’ll pass by the green foothills of the Himalaya range and eat in local huts in the tiny villages of this region.
Day 05 Keylong
Get ready to rumble in an epic motorcycle excursion you will never forget! After breakfast, leaving Naggar, we will leave dust behind us on the Rohtang pass at 3.970 meters which offers great views of the Pir Panjal Range. Later, we will descend into the drier Lahaul valley travelling along the Chandra River. Those who are brave enough to reach this remote area will be rewarded with a perfect laid -back experience for its visitors. By late afternoon we will reach Keylong.
Day 06 Udaipur
Lahaul valley is ours to discover today. We will drive along Chandra Bhaga River to visit a unique Ancient Hindu Shiva temple. Especially here, we will notice a unique melting pot of Hindu and Buddhist culture. Across the river in Udaipur there is the Trilokinath, a rare ancient temple of Goddess, famous for its wood carvings and impressive white paint.
Day 07 Sarchu
An early start after breakfast for Sarchu (4.000 meters) crossing the windswept Baralacha Pass (4.800 meters) which was a trading route and is now populated by shepherds. Sarchu is not even a village, but rather an overnight stop in the tough Manali-Leh path. Night in deluxe camp at Sarchu.
Day 08 Tsokar
Today, we ride up the Gata loops and reach Tsokar Lake (4.500 meters), a picturesque sight with the reflections of the distant mountains. This is a breath-taking salt lake from where nearly all of Ladakh’s salt supply used to come from. We will camp by the salt lake. (6-7 hours)
Day 09 Tsomoriri
As sunrise welcomes our stay at Tsokar Lake, we will ride to the top of the Polo Gonka Pass and descend towards the hot water springs of Puga. Following a rocky track, we will reach to the heart of the Rupshu Valley, the most isolated region of Ladakh and view Tsomoriri Lake with its crystal clear turquoise water. On our way, we’ll meet the Changpas (nomads) who camp around in their yak skin tents and graze their yaks and Pashmina goats. We’ll spend the night in a deluxe camp near Tsomoriri Lake or spend the night in a Homestay.
Day 10 Tsomoriri
We’ll enjoy a free day and a day for our modern day horses- the Enfield, to rest. A walk around the lake leaves us spell bound as we’ll be spotting some of the wildlife. The lake lies in the Wetland Conservation Reserve and is home to thirty-four species of birds including 14 species of water birds. We are lucky to take a glance at this beauty, as this region’s accessibility is largely limited to the summer.
Day 11 Leh
Long day in the Enfield’s saddle; we leave Tsomoriri early after breakfast for an 8 to 9 hour ride to Leh via Mahe where we meet the Indus River continuing down the valley to reach Leh (3.500m) in the evening. This stretch is everything a biker can wish for as the road wanders along the river and through the gorges.
Day 12 Khardung La Pass
Top of the bill today, we are reaching the world’s highest motor able road- the famous Kardung La Pass. The modern route, opened in 1988, is not entirely paved and is closed during the winter. Don’t be surprised to fill a bit dizzy, the backdrops will leave you short breathed, or maybe it’s the high altitude. Sheltered on the other side is the beautiful and fertile Nubra valley with the Saser Range of mountains ahead. Later we’ll ride back to Leh and enjoy a calm day to explore the town. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13 Leh
After two weeks of self-driving, we can allow ourselves to wake up late, enjoy our breakfast and travel the city, bazaars and temples around. The bazaars are there for us to touch, smell and taste, a perfect place for shopping. We will also visit the Stok Palace and further via the famous Hemis and Tiksey monasteries before returning to our hotel.
Day 14 Sarchu
Heading back to Manali! From Leh, we’ll ride towards Sarchu along the Indus valley until we reach Upshi from where we’ll start ascending to Tanglang La Pass, cross More Plains and onwards a few more high mountain passes; Lachung La and Nauki La, to reach Sarchu. Overnight at deluxe camp.
Day 15 Sissu
Leaving Sarchu, we’ll go through the famous Baralacha La pass (4.800 meters) crossing the villages of Darcha, Jespa and Gemur and all the way to Sissu where we’ll be rewarded with a great view on the Sissu Falls upon arrival. Overnight at hotel.
Day 16 Naggar
Our last day in the saddle, so we’d better make the most of it. The ride will take us back to the green and lush Kullu Valley, crossing the adventurous Rohtang Pass. It’s time to feast in a farewell dinner in Naggar.
Day 17 Naggar
A day of unwinding in Naggar. Slowly strolling through the alleys, you can send pictures to friends and family, enjoy the traditional Indian cuisine along with the Continental cuisine and get your feet back on the ground from the long drive on the motorcycle. This village is a great spot to leave for delightful day trips for those who wish to experience Naggar to its fullest.
Day 18 Naggar – Manali
In just 30 minutes’ drive, we’ll reach Manali to soak in the sun in this haven and complete our last shopping for souvenirs. This is a great opportunity for sightseeing and relaxing before our overnight bus to Delhi, so, depending on your preferences, we can take a whiff of the spices in the market, travel back in time in Old Manali or starting our introduction to Manali from scratch from the sacred temples.
Day 19 Delhi
Alas, today we are returning home. It’s sad to leave but the memories will stay forever