(Last Updated on : 11/06/2012)
Biking expedition in India is one of the popular adventure sports in the country. This is a sight that can be best described as the magic of Gods. Ladakh
is one of the oldest civilizations in India - over 1000 years old and is the most hostile environments to be in. It is situated in the Indian state
of Jammu and Kashmir, and was not open to foreign tourists even few years ago. There was a time when, even citizens of India had to take prior permission to enter the area; however, presently people from various nations are allowed to have a feel of the place.
The road to Leh
is one of the fantastic options to avail for getting the feel of adventure sport in India. The entire stretch of road offers great sense of sight, sheer adventure and of course the challenge of riding a bike. It offers 480 kms of pure adrenaline rush and delight. Crossing passes at the height of 16000 feet also requires more than skills. These 480 kms can take more than 2 to 4 days with 3 days being ideal and one can get to stop at some of the most beautiful places ever.
The night halts at the exquisite town of Jispa followed by camping for a night in the valley of Sarchu or next to the Tso Kar Lake can be really fascinating. The very next morning one can leave for the city of Leh crossing Tanglanga pass which is the second highest motorable road in the world. The biking expedition involves travelling on Leh Manali road. A traveller can come across fellow rider who stop at tea stalls at 13000 feet and then also cross the lake at Baralacha pass which cannot be described in words (its amazingly beautiful). The sight provides one experience after another, and is obviously experience of a lifetime.
There are many places to see like the 1000 years of old monasteries where people lead a pristine life, and there are places like Nubra valley, and lakes to visit in this cold desert. After experiencing the feeling of Leh, a traveller can move towards Srinagar which is another 450 kms. A halt in Gulmarg is a must. In a distance of about 50 kms the dry Lakakh hills give way to lush green grassland as soon as he crosses the Zogilla Pass. The Kashmir valley has been often described as paradise on earth and on seeing it one can understand why. It has been the source of inspiration for the works of many artists and poets. Srinagar is a comfortable 2 day ride from Leh and a stay in the houseboat and a ride on the Shikara is definitely recommended. The mughal gardens around Srinagar
are another must see. The hospitable Kashmiri people greets with a smile.
For a biker looking for best of experiences and one who wants to test himself this experience can be very pleasant. The 18 to 21 days ride beginning from Shimla and then going to Sangla Valley that was out of bound for tourists till few years ago. The people are different and it has a culture totally unique to it. The stretch from Sangla to Kaza has some breathtaking sights along with challenges like the crossing of the Malling nallah. Going ahead of Kaza one can cross the Kunzum pass which leads to Gramphoo from where one can join the Leh Manali road.