Sunday, July 22, 2012

Bike Tour - Kinnaur, Spiti, Lahaul, Ladakh & Kashmir

This time I had planned a longer and wider bike tour covering some of the spectacular valleys of Himachal and J&K for any biker and photographer.

We started with plan of six riders and by the time we were to hit the road, we left with 2 riders i.e Anand and me. The entire blame goes to office schedules.

Nevertheless we were in really very high spirit to ride hard and ride longer.  I was eager to ride to Kinnaur and Spiti valley of the Himachal. So we covered all these places before heading towards Ladakh. The day wise tour was:- 
  • Day 1:- Chandigarh to Sarahan via Shimla
  • Day 2:- Sarahan to Kalpa (covering Sangla Valley and Chitkul Village)
  • Day 3:- Kalpa to Kaza
  • Day 4:- Kaza to Keylong (covering holy Chandertaal enroute)
  • Day 5:- Keylong to Leh (the original plan was to stay at Pang but we got the benefit of early birds and landed at Leh same day)
  • Day 6:- Leh to Khardung La, World’s highest motorable pass
  • Day 7:- Leh to Tso-Mori ri Lake
  • Day 8:- Tso-Mori ri Lake to Leh
  • Day 9:- Leh to Pangong Tso Lake
  • Day 10:- Pangong Tso Lake to Leh
  • Day 11:- Leh to Kargil
  • Day 12:- Kargil to Gulmarg
  • Day 13:- A day at Gulmarg
  • Day 14:- Gulmarg to Jammu
  • Day 15:- Jammu to Nangal Dam
 We rode 3,500 KM in 15 days trip and this was truly mesmerizing.

Since we were aware of our mega plans, we serviced our bikes at Chandigarh a day in advance and carried some of basic spare parts with us, which are:-

  1. Tyre Tubes
  2. Clutch Cable
  3. Accelerator Cable
  4. Spark Plugs
  5. Chain Locks
  6. Electrical Fuse
  7. Tool Kit
  8. Engine Oil
  9. Two containers of 5 ltr each for Petrol

On Safety gears, below list accompanied me:- 
  1. DSG Biking Jacket
  2. RST  Gloves
  3. Knee cum Shin Guard
  4. Helmet
 Taking learning from my previous experiences of Bike Tour, This time I had Saddle Bags from Cramster which made my entire trip extremely comfortable.

And I forgot to mention about the the most important fellow of my mega tour, The Diva, The Lady of my passion, ROYAL ENFIELD CLASSIC 500. A true companion of my solace and life.


  1. Kitni publicity krte hain log..:-P
    Nyways got to knw da A B C. Of. Bike tours...lot of info like encyclopidia of byke tours. Great work.. Hats off.. :-)

  2. cool!!

    my brother also did a similar trip to ladakh and rest of J&K from 2009.

    he said it was once in a lifetime trip!!

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