Those are photos of my June 2009 Motorcycle road trip in the Himalayas (Manali, Leh, Kargil, Srinagar).
I was riding a Royal Enfield "Bullet" 500cc Machismo, that I rented in Delhi.
Photos of the Khardung-La Pass and Nubra Valley region, in Ladakh (India).
Those pristine valleys are very close to Tibet, and near the border line with Pakistan-administered Kashmir. A special Inner-line permit is needed to travel in this region.
The Nubra Valley region is only accessible by road during a couple of summer months, via Khardung-La Pass (elevation 5359 m or 17,615 feet).
For more information on the Khardung-La pass, read the Wikipedia article:
For more information on the Nubra valley, read the Wikipedia article:
Photos taken during a 7-week, 7000 Km motorcycle tour across parts of India (Delhi, Rajasthan, Ladakh, Kashmir, Jammu and more) in May-June 2009.
Photos of Royal Enfield "Bullet" Motorcycles.
Royal Enfield are manufactured in India. They are rugged and simple to maintain and fix, which is why they are very popular in the Himalaya regions. The most popular model is 350cc, but there is also a 500cc version.
Royal Enfield "Bullet" motorcycles are also heavy, sometimes unreliable and not fuel efficient, because they are based on a design that dates the 1940's, with only minor changes and improvements. But they are very simple to fix when they break down.
I rented my Royal Enfield in Delhi, at a small shop called "Smart Motors" on Naiwala street in the Karol Bagh neighborhood. The owner, Mohit Soni, is a very nice guy, and they have good bikes. I recommend him.
Other recommended shops to rent Enfield "Bullets" in Delhi are Lali Singh and Tony Motors.