himalaya motorcycle road trip - manali to leh - ladakh (india)

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.­

getting my cracked rack welded - manali (india) motorcycles - road to rohtang pass - manali to leh road (india) manali to leh road (india) road to rohtang pass - manali to leh road (india) bulldozer clearing rocks on mountain road - manali to leh road (india) BEML BD80 bulldozer - manali to leh road (india) nullah north of rohtang pass - manali to leh road (india) terrace fields near keylong - manali to leh road (india) dhaba near keylong - manali to leh road (india) tandi gas station - keylong - manali to leh road (india) man drilling rock - drilling and blasting - near keylong - manali to leh road (india) fixing the bikes - motorcycle mechanic shop - keylong - manali to leh road (india) baby in motorcycle mechanic shop - keylong - manali to leh road (india) broken motorcycle fork - manali to leh road (india) dinner in keylong - manali to leh road (india) darcha - manali to leh road (india) shepard with lamb - manali to leh road (india) chai pause before baralacha pass - manali to leh road (india) snow walls - himalayas - manali to leh road (india) snow walls near baralacha pass - manali to leh road (india) snow walls and nullah near baralacha pass - manali to leh road (india) ben driving his motorcycle around a stalled truck - manali to leh road (india) trucks passing each other on narrow mountain road - manali to leh highway (india) baralacha pass - manali to leh road (india) cool motorcycle helmet - himalaya - manali to leh road (india) trucks crossing - manali to leh road (india) asian girl with pink scarf indian sikh military personel at sarchu - manali to leh road (india) check-point at sarchu - manali to leh road (india) sarchu camp - manali to leh road (india) valley between sarchu and lachulung pass - manali to leh road (india) valley between sarchu and lachulung pass - manali to leh road (india) valley between sarchu and lachulung pass - manali to leh road (india) lachulung pass - manali to leh road (india) tibetan prayer flags on lachulung pass - manali to leh road (india) limestone canyon near pang - manali to leh road (india) ice waterfall near pang - manali to leh road (india) large nullah in the canyon before pang - manali to leh road (india) large nullah in the canyon before pang - manali to leh road (india) large nullah in the canyon before pang - manali to leh road (india) large nullah in the canyon before pang - manali to leh road (india) christoph and ben negotiating a difficult nullah before pang - manali to leh road (india) christoph - manali to leh road (india) rock formations near pang - manali to leh road (india) pang - manali to leh road (india) pang - manali to leh road (india) road to moore (morey) plains - manali to leh road (india) tanglang pass - manali to leh road (india) tanglang pass - manali to leh road (india) tanglang pass - manali to leh road (india) tanglang pass - manali to leh road (india) tanglang pass - manali to leh road (india) manali to leh road (india) gompa (monastery) near upshi - manali to leh road (india) grace - woman riding royal enfield motorcycle - leh (india) woman riding royal enfield bullet motorcycle - grace liew (india) grace - woman riding royal enfield bullet motorcycle - leh (india) getting my cracked rack welded (again) - leh (india) check-point - khardungla pass - ladakh (india) royal enfield motorcycle petrol tank (india) check-point - khardungla pass - ladakh (india) khardungla pass - ladakh (india) mud and snow on the road to khardungla pass - ladakh (india) muddy and snowy road - khardungla pass - ladakh (india) close from the top - khardungla pass - ladakh (india) signs with incorrect (inflated) elevation - khardungla pass - ladakh (india) kawazaki KLR 650 motorcycle - khardungla pass - ladakh (india) motorcycles on the muddy road - khardungla pass - ladakh (india) motorcycles on road - khardungla pass - ladakh (india) muddy road - khardungla pass - ladakh (india) mud and snow on the road - khardungla pass - ladakh (india) truck, mud and snow on the road - khardungla pass - ladakh (india) khardungla pass - ladakh (india) shyok valley - near nubra valley - ladakh (india) shyok valley - near nubra valley - ladakh (india) shyok valley - near nubra valley - ladakh (india) nubra valley - ladakh (india) view of nubra valley - ladakh (india) nubra valley - ladakh (india) river - nubra valley - ladakh (india) ben got struck when passing a stalled bus - nubra valley - ladakh (india) nubra valley - ladakh (india) star trails - nubra valley - ladakh (india) filling-up at the diskit petrol station - nubra valley - ladakh (india) filling-up the jerrycans at the diskit petrol station - nubra valley - ladakh (india) camel herd - nubra valley - ladakh (india) camel herd - nubra valley - ladakh (india) camels in nubra valley - ladakh (india) man and camel - nubra valley - ladakh (india) young camel - nubra valley - ladakh (india) camel eating bush - teeth - harness river bed - nubra valley - ladakh (india) river - nubra valley - ladakh (india) donkeys - nubra valley - ladakh (india) donkey - nubra valley - ladakh (india) stupas - nubra valley - ladakh (india) hairy donkey - nubra valley - ladakh (india) hot springs - panamik - nubra valley - ladakh (india) manuel in hot spring pool - panamik - nubra valley - ladakh (india) waterfall - nubra valley - ladakh (india) river - nubra valley - ladakh (india) river - nubra valley - ladakh (india) river - nubra valley - ladakh (india) river - nubra valley - ladakh (india) nubra valley and river - ladakh (india) shyok valley - near nubra valley - ladakh (india) old men sitting - shyok valley - nubra valley - ladakh (india) old man with bad teeth - shyok valley - nubra valley - ladakh (india) icicles - khardungla pass - ladakh (india) khardungla pass - ladakh (india) khardungla pass - ladakh (india) khardungla pass - ladakh (india) ben on his motorcycle - khardungla pass - ladakh (india) manuel on his motorcycle - khardungla pass - ladakh (india) road to nubra valley north of khardungla pass - ladakh (india) truck - khardungla pass - ladakh (india) leh valley view from the khardungla road - khardungla pass - ladakh (india) motorcycle and overturned truck - khardungla pass - ladakh (india) overturned truck - khardungla pass - ladakh (india) overturned truck - khardungla pass - ladakh (india) overturned truck - khardungla pass - ladakh (india) terrace fields, upper chemrey valley - road to pangong lake - ladakh (india) terrace fields, upper chemrey valley - road to pangong lake - ladakh (india) army check-point - road to chang-la pass - ladakh (india) singh is king - sikh soldiers at check-point - road to chang-la pass - ladakh (india) chang-la pass - ladakh (india) chang-la pass - ladakh (india) tibetan prayer flags - chang-la pass - ladakh (india) indian army complementary hot tea - chang-la pass - ladakh (india) tibetan prayer stone ben and his royal enfield motorcycle - road to pangong lake - ladakh (india) ben pushing his royal enfield motorcycle - road to pangong lake - ladakh (india) pangong lake - road pangong lake - ladakh (india) pangong lake - shore - ladakh pangong lake pangong lake - ladakh (india) cow and calf old farmer - pangong lake - ladakh (india) herd of goats farmer with baby goat - pangong lake - ladakh (india) old farmer - pangong lake - ladakh (india) baby goats suckling - pangong lake - ladakh (india) laia playing with baby goats - pangong lake - ladakh (india) baby goat sucking my finger - pangong lake - ladakh (india) farmer's kitchen - pangong lake - ladakh (india) old farmer in his house - pangong lake - ladakh (india) farmer's kitchen stove - pangong lake - ladakh (india) star trails - pangong lake - ladakh (india) farmer combing goats - pangong lake - ladakh (india) ben having breakfast at pangong lake - ladakh (india) pangong lake - ladakh (kashmir, india) cows and river - road to pangong lake - ladakh (india) tangtse gompa (monastery) - road to pangong lake - ladakh (india) tangtse gompa (monastery) - road to pangong lake - ladakh (india) tangtse gompa (monastery) - road to pangong lake - ladakh (india) be soft on my curves - sign - road to chang-la pass - ladakh (india) donkeys with jerrycans - chang-la pass - ladakh (india) ice waterfall - road to chang-la pass - ladakh (india) view from chang-la pass - ladakh (india) crossing a pretty deep nullah - road to chang-la pass - ladakh (india) chemrey gompa - road to pangong lake - ladakh (india) indus river - ladakh (india) confluence of zanskar and indus rivers confluence of zanskar and indus rivers - ladakh (india) convoy of military trucks - ladakh (india) towed military truck - ladakh (india) towed military truck - ladakh (india) shaky bridge - basko - ladakh (india) bulldozer clearing boulders - road construction - ladakh (india) bulldozer clearing boulders - road construction - ladakh (india) road damage - broken asphalt damaged road - bends (switch-backs) below lamayuru - leh to srinagar road - ladakh (india) east of lamayuru - leh to srinagar road - ladakh (india) near lamayuru - leh to srinagar road - ladakh (india) bends - road switch-backs near lamayuru - leh to srinagar road - ladakh (india) near lamayuru - leh to srinagar road - ladakh (india) near lamayuru - leh to srinagar road - ladakh (india) near lamayuru - leh to srinagar road - ladakh (india) near lamayuru - leh to srinagar road - ladakh (india) misogyny - don't gossip, let him drive - misogynist road sign in ladakh (india) lamayuru gompa (monastery) - leh to srinagar road - ladakh (india) valley between mulbek and kargil - leh to srinagar road - kashmir between mulbek and kargil - leh to srinagar road - kashmir between mulbek and kargil - leh to srinagar road - kashmir imam khomeini and khamenei - sign in urdu - leh to srinagar road - kashmir baroo colony - near kargil - leh to srinagar road - kashmir caution you are under enemy observation - sign - leh to srinagar road - kashmir now you are out of danger area - sign - leh to srinagar road - kashmir second coldest inhabited place in the world - sign - leh to srinagar road - kashmir sign in urdu - leh to srinagar road - kashmir sign in urdu - leh to srinagar road - kashmir drass river - drass valley - leh to srinagar road - kashmir man and his pony - drass valley - leh to srinagar road - kashmir pony - leh to srinagar road - kashmir nomads with horses - leh to srinagar road - kashmir horses - nomad tribe - drass valley - leh to srinagar road - kashmir nomads with horses - drass valley - leh to srinagar road - kashmir old man with baby - nomads with horses - drass valley - leh to srinagar road - kashmir two kids riding a horse - nomads with horses - leh to srinagar road - kashmir horse caravan - nomads nomads with horses - drass valley - leh to srinagar road - kashmir zojila pass - nomads with horses - drass valley - leh to srinagar road - kashmir zojila pass - drass valley - leh to srinagar road - kashmir zojila pass - drass valley - leh to srinagar road - kashmir zojila pass - drass river - drass valley - leh to srinagar road - kashmir zojila pass - drass river - drass valley - leh to srinagar road - kashmir zojila pass - truck - old snow - drass valley - leh to srinagar road - kashmir zojila pass - truck - old snow - drass valley - leh to srinagar road - kashmir zojila pass - drass river - drass valley - leh to srinagar road - kashmir zojila pass - drass valley - leh to srinagar road - kashmir zojila pass - drass valley - leh to srinagar road - kashmir zojila pass - drass valley - leh to srinagar road - kashmir zojila pass - drass valley - leh to srinagar road - kashmir zojila pass - drass valley - leh to srinagar road - kashmir zojila pass - drass valley - leh to srinagar road - kashmir
What a journey. It must have been enormously satisfying.
Shan ! The best thing about being a Rider is that you get to know people and the culture and the first and foremost thing in any culture is what they eat and how they greet an unknown person.... Till the time you initiate the Trip you wont be able to know anything about India and Indians...... I on behalf of India Invite you to visit my Land and experience.... You wont find much of a Diff.... Dont hear and plot a perseption, visit US....
in India, food is excellent and people are very nice.
really nice. I also hopes to go to India just to experience snow. I think it is the most cheap place where I can see snow from here Sri Lanka. Only thing I am worried is food and people. I didn't hear anything good on those in India.
Amazing , I am planning for the same with my friends could you please help us more about the Trip by sharing some more details. How long did it take , How much rent for the Bike ? What could be the total expense ? Did you stay at hotels or houses in night or carried 'Tent' ? Also any other detail which you find is important for us. Thanks. Sharad
i rented a bike and went on my own.
Hi , this looks amazing .. was this an organised tour , or did you just rent a bike and do it on your own with a map and good spirits ? im wanting to do something similar with my girlfriend , but the organised tours are all quite expensive ! M
Superb! Thanks for sharining the amazing pictures and info about your experience.
What was the total expense of the road trip? Im planning to go with a couple of my friends later this year.. i checked out a website, it quoted a price of 2000€ :O.
you need to have at least a photocopy of your passport, for the police check-points. but there is no international border crossing on this road, the road stays in india.
hi,passport must necessary for bike trip manali to leh???
awesome!!
yes, i did the trip with a friend on my bullet, but you'd better take a 500cc, because the 350cc with two people will not have enough power to climb the high passes. no, no permit is needed to drive from manali to leh. you need to carry your passport, and there are several army check-points on the road, but no permit needed.
is 2 person can go on single bullet from manali to leh. and is there any permission need for this.
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