LADAKH

About LADAKH

Leh Ladakh bike tour is an adventurous journey for a biker by heart and passion and a spirited nature lover. Leh Ladakh bike trips give you an innate pleasure while enjoying its raw beauty. A Leh Ladakh bike tour package is capable of giving you all the pleasures and experiences, which, being a biker, you can dream of.

Leh is headquarter, the biggest town of Ladakh and seating the local governing authorities of Ladakh region. Being at an altitude of 3500m above sea level, Leh, Ladakh gives you a unique experience in every facet of vacation. Bike trip packages to Leh Ladakh region ask you for acclimatization period of atleast 1.5 days, especially if you are arriving directly to Leh via air. Without proper acclimatization, you become vulnerable to altitude sickness. So, for an adventurous and memorable Leh Ladakh bike tour, whether it is a romantic Leh Ladakh bike trip package or an adventure bike trip package to Leh Ladakh, acclimatization becomes very important.

There are different types of Leh Ladakh Bike Tour Packages which we offer. The shortest Leh Ladakh bike tour package is of Leh – Nubra Valley – Pangong Lake – Leh, which takes around a week’s time. The best way to explore Leh Ladakh is a bike tour package to Leh, either from Delhi, Srinagar, Manali or Chandigarh, allowing you a gradual acclimatization to the high altitude and your trip advances smoothly.

Best time to visit

The best time to book a Leh Ladakh bike tour package is the Summer Season.

April – August (The summer season): Leh, being on such high altitude, is best seen during the summers. Leh bike trips or other road trips smoothly move during this time of the year, with snow melting and Leh having a pleasant temperature. During this time, Ladakh experiences a max temp. 25 deg C with a min of -1 deg. This comforting temperature makes Leh, Ladakh approachable via air also. Leh has a small airport, which is well connected to major cities of India, especially if you are travelling from Delhi or Mumbai.

September – October (The transition season): These months in Leh, Ladakh, offer cool climate with slight chill settling in and as such the Leh Ladakh bike tour package starts to slow down. Snowfall generally sets in, making Leh Ladakh bike tours a little risky because of the snow secured streets and passes.

November to March (The winter season): Ladakh experiences harsh winters, thus this season experiences less travellers. Bike tour packages to Leh Ladakh are virtually not possible in this season. An exciting option, which the winter season opens up, and becomes an integral part of Leh Ladakh tour package is for trekkers through the Chadar Trek or the Zanskar Gorge Trek. It opens up near vertical cliffs upto 600m high with a total trek distance of 105 km.

Best Places To Visit

1.      Khardungla pass – Leh Ladakh bike tour packages takes you to one of the highest motorable pass opened for general public use, which you cross when you travel from Leh towards Nubra Valley. Located at an altitude of 5359 m / 17,582 ft, and only at distance of 40 km from Leh city, still the pass gives you a sudden altitude rise and drop in temperature and requires an Inner Line Permit to go cross it. Although being a gateway to Nubra Valley, you can also go to and fro Khardung La Pass, in case you are not planning a further trip. Being maintained by BRO, you will also find the highest Souvenir shop in the world here. Remember to stay hydrated, eat at regular intervals, carry medicine for Altitude Sickness, wear sunscreen lotions and carry sunglasses, carrying camphor or oxygen cylinders can come in handy in emergency situations, wear warm clothes and take lots of pictures. The bike tour package takes you to the place generally on the 2nd / 3rd day after reaching Leh Ladakh depending upon the Leh Ladakh tour package you have taken.

2.      Pangong Lake – Another exciting place which you visit on the bike tour package to Leh Ladakh, is situated at an elevation of 4350 m. The Pangong Tso is the world’s highest salt water lake, which also freezes during winters. It appears to change its colour during the day and you can spend hour by its side, soaking in its serene beauty and still can’t have enough of it. The lake itself is approx. 150 km from Leh city and can be accessed by taking an inner line permit from Leh, via two routes. You can visit this massive beauty directly from Leh via Chang La or from Nubra Valley via the Shyok route. If you have a travel guide along, mark his words for the time to leave for your destination. Carry extra warm clothes as the weather is slightly unpredictable here, especially if you are planning overnight stay by the lake. Again altitude sickness may be an issue so does not forget you carry your medicines along. The bike tour package takes you to the place generally on the 3rd/ 4th day after reaching Leh Ladakh depending upon the Leh Ladakh tour package you have taken.

3.      Nubra Valley – One of the green pastures you visit on the Leh Ladakh bike tour package is the Nubra valley is a high altitude cold desert, located at an altitude of 10,000 ft /and around 140 km from Leh city. It mesmerizes every traveler with its unsurpassed naked beauty and is probably the only place in Ladakh which gives a glimpse of snow clad mountains encompassing green pastures. The valley is comfortably located in the Karakoram Range, and gives a feel of cold desert sand dunes, constantly changing shape and place. You can visit Hundar, which is famous for Bactarian camels, more popularly known as double humped camels. Again an inner line permit will be required to visit the Nubra Valley, which you can easily get from Leh city. En-route you will cross the Khardung La Pass. You can also plan a visit to Turtuk Village and Siachen Base Camp form here. The bike tour package takes you to the place generally on the 2nd / 3rd day after reaching Leh Ladakh depending upon the Leh Ladakh tour package you have taken.

4.      Siachen Base camp – An offbeat destination include these days in the Leh Ladakh bike trip is the Siachen base camp. Located at an altitude over 12000 ft, Siachen base camp is strategically important from Indian perspective as this is the highest altitude battleground in the world. Being a part of Actual Line of Control between India and China and LOC with Pakistan, it was banned for general public. Off late the Indian government has opened the Siachen Base Camp for tourists with inner line permits.

5.      Shanti Stupa – Located well within Leh city, and a very common destination on the bike tour package to Leh Ladakh is Shanti Stupa, a magnificent white domed stupa built in 1991 by Buddhist Monk Gyomyo Nakamura. It was built as a commemoration of the Peace Pagoda mission. Enshrined by the 14th Dalai Lama, it also houses relics of the Buddha at its base. Apart from holding religious importance, the stupa also gives a panoramic view of the Leh city, and, hence, is a very popular tourist attraction, which becomes all the more beautiful to look at with the night lights at their full glow.

6.      Leh palace – Leh Palace, currently being maintained by the ASI, is former residence of the royal family of Leh. It was completed in the 17th century by Sengge Namgyal, being initiated by Tsewang Namgyal in 1553. Showcasing medieval Tibetan architecture, this 9 storeyed building is also one of the tallest buildings in Leh. Apart from giving a majestic view of the surrounding snow laden mountains, the palace is also the house for 450 year old artefacts, jewellery and ornaments, ceremonial dresses and crowns, which are open to general public through a museum built inside the palace. The bike tour package takes you to the place generally on the 1st / 2nd day after reaching Leh Ladakh depending upon the Leh Ladakh tour package you have taken.

7.      Magnetic Hill – Another fascinating place in Leh, the Magnetic Hills are located around 30 km from the main city on the Leh-Kargil highway. It is generally covered immediately after the acclimatization day on the Leh Ladakh bike tour package. It’s a mystifying spot, where gravity is said to take a back seat. You are welcomed by a big yellow coloured sign board, indicating the exact spot where you should park your vehicle to witness the gravity defying phenomenon of vehicles moving uphill despite the sloped road. Another theory states that there is nothing unusual at the Magnetic Hill and it’s all an optical illusion, the surrounding mountains are a downhill instead of uphill. Nevertheless, the place excites tourists who spend hours experiencing and trying to digest whatever happens at the spot. The bike tour package takes you to the place generally on the 1st / 2nd day after reaching Leh Ladakh depending upon the Leh Ladakh tour package you have taken.

8.      Rancho School & coffee shop – Located on the way to Shey palace and Thiksey Monastery, this school came to fame after the release of 3 Idiots movie. The original name of the school is Druk Padma Karpo School also known as Druk White Lotus School. There is no entry ticket for the guided tour of the school, photography is not allowed inside the premises except with the wall painted with movie characters. The school is open for tourists from 9 a.m. to    6 p.m. The bike tour package takes you to the place generally on the 5th / 6th day after reaching Leh Ladakh, depending upon the Leh Ladakh tour package you have taken.

9.      Hall of Fame – Situated on the airport road, Hall of fame, is just 2 km from the heart of Leh city. It is being maintained by the Indian Army and showcases the valour stories of the Indian Army men who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their motherland while fighting during the Indo-Pak wars. The two stories of the museum display all the seized weapons and equipments from the enemy during the course of different wars. It also has a section dedicated to our brave soldiers serving the nation at the Siachen glaciers and the apparels and accessories being worn by them, equipments being used by them etc. Also there is a separate section dedicated to “Operation Vijay”. The whole museum requires around 2 – 3 hours going around. The light and sound show being hosted every evening for approx. 45 min., shows the major events and the sacrifices of our armed men that led us to victory during Operation Vijay. The bike tour package takes you to the place generally on the 1st / 2nd day after reaching Leh Ladakh, depending upon the Leh Ladakh tour package you have taken.

10.   Sangam – This is the confluence of Indus and Zanskar rivers, located near the Nimmu village, approx. 35 km from Leh city, on the Leh – Kargil highway. This is one of the best places to enjoy rafting, the place being the highest river rafting points in the world. The approx. Price is around Rs. 1500 per person inclusive of rafting gears, transportation and lunch. A nature lover’s paradise, you can spend hours all by yourself sitting on the Sangam bank. The bike tour package takes you to the place generally on the 1st / 2nd day after reaching Leh Ladakh depending upon the Leh Ladakh tour package you have taken.

11.   Gurdwara Pathar Sahib – Gurudwara Pathar Sahib is one of high altitudes gurudwara being maintained by The Indian Army, initially built to mark the visit of Shri Guru Nank Dev Ji to the Ladakh region. It was built in the year 1517 and is around 25 km from Leh city, near the Magnetic Hill, on the route towards Sangam. The gurudwara houses a large boulder with imprints of head, shoulders and back side of Shri Guru Nank Dev Ji. The gurudwara is opened from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. every day. The bike tour package takes you to the place generally on the 1st / 2nd day after reaching Leh Ladakh depending upon the Leh Ladakh tour package you have taken.

12.  Turtuk – Being part of the Baltistan region in the northernmost part of the Himalayas, Turtuk is one of the last village on the indian side of LOC, being part of 5 small villages of the Baltistan region to fall in the Indian Territory. It is around 205 km from Leh and takes the road ahead from Nubra Valley. This small village, native to the Balti people, is very popular for the fruits grown in this region, especially Apricots. Staying in home stays and small guest houses, allows tourists to witness the Balti culture. Though, not being a part of standard Leh Ladakh tour package, your bike tour to leh Ladakh can always be customize to include it as a visiting destination on the Leh Ladakh bike tour.

13.  Tso Moriri – Located at a height of 4522 m / 14,836 ft., this lake is a part of Tso Moriri Wetland Conservation Reserve and is the largest high altitude lake, residing completely in the Indian land, entirely within Ladakh. Located around 230 km from Leh, the lake is 7 km wide at its broadest point and 19 km long. The lurking blue waters of the lake and the breathtaking surroundings make the place one of the popular romantic tourists spot around Leh. Being at such a height, altitude sickness may become a challenge. May, June, July and August are ideal months to spend time in the lap of this beauty who often sees less tourists than Pangong Lake. The lake remains solid frozen during winters and start to melt only by mid April. It also attracts some migratory birds towards its flanks, marmots and rarely Tibetan wolves. Though, not being a part of standard Leh Ladakh tour package, your bike tour to leh Ladakh can always be customize to include it as a visiting destination on the Leh Ladakh bike tour.

14.  Hanle – Hanle, a small village of about just 1000 inhabitants, is home to something more important, something more special, one of the world’s highest sites for astronomical observations, as it is also the home for Hanle Observatory. Located in the Hanle River Valley, it is also the site for HanleMonastery, which was built in the 17th century. The Hanle observatory is operated by the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bengaluru with an installed telescope of about 2.01 m. Though, not being a part of standard Leh Ladakh tour package, your bike tour to leh Ladakh can always be customize to include it as a visiting destination on the Leh Ladakh bike tour.

15.  Umling La Pass – Placed at an altitude of 19,300 ft, and still not being present on the Google Maps, Umling La Pass, has overtaken Khardung La to become the highest motorable road in the world, built and maintained by the Border Roads Organization, as part of Project Himank. This is an adventure lovers paradise, as the land leading upto the pass and the pass itself is completely barren, the only voice you will be hearing is of the wind gushing in your face from both directions. There are two distinct routes that take you up the pass, one from Fukche, which requires a special permit signed from DM, Leh and second from Hanle either via Photi La or Ukdungle which requires regular permits visting Leh. You can enjoy the picturesque view en-route from June to October, during which the roads remain open. If you are travelling in June or in October, you would probably the very few people traversing this road and hence, can enjoy it in its entirety. Though, not being a part of standard Leh Ladakh tour package, your bike tour to leh Ladakh can always be customize to include it as a visiting destination on the Leh Ladakh bike tour.

16.   Shey Palace – Shey Monastery and Shey Palace, is located at a distance of approx. 15 km from Leh city on the Leh – Manali road. It used to be the summer residence of Leh royal family before moving to the Stok Palace. It enshrines the Du-Khang with an almost 10 m high copper with glided gold statue of Shakyamuni Buddha, believed to be the second highest statue in Ladakh. It can also be visited by trekking around 4 km from the Thiksey Monastery. One can visit Shey Palace together with Rancho School, Thiksey Monastery, Hemis Monastery, or while going or returning from Pangong lake. The bike tour package takes you to the place generally on the 5th / 6th day after reaching Leh Ladakh, depending upon the Leh Ladakh tour package you have taken.

17.   Thikshey Monastery – It is one of the largest monasteries in Ladakh, situated on a hill top overlooking the Stok range, just 19 km from Leh city on the Leh – Manali highway. The route leading up to the monastery is lined with stupas and prayer walls. It is well noted for its resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. It is a twelve storeyed complex and houses many items of Buddhist art such as stupas, statues, thangkas, wall paintings and swords. It also resides in itself, the largest Maitreya Buddha of Ladakh, an enormous 15 m or two storeyed staute. The Maitreya Temple, in which this statue is housed, was constructed inside the Thiksey Monastery to commemorate the visit of 14th Dalai Lama in 1970. The monastery manages the ancient site of Nyarma and also is the site for a school for novices and a Tibetan medicine centre. Thiksey monastery also marks the first Gelugpa establishment in Ladakh to extend the influence of Gelugpa teachings. Some of the important monasteries being administered by Thiksey are Nyarma, Diskit, Hunder, Insta and Stagmo. The bike tour package takes you to the place generally on the 5th / 6th day after reaching Leh Ladakh, depending upon the Leh Ladakh tour package you have taken.

18.   Hemis monastery – Hemis monastery was re-established in 1672 by Sengge Namgyal, in Hemis, around 45 km from Leh to honour the Drukpa Lineage. The famous festival of Padmasambhava, is held in Hemis Monastery every year in June. It is one of the richest monasteries and also hosts the 2 – day religious festival, the Hemis festival. The major attraction of the Hemis festival is the unfurling of the giant thangka, which is basically a religious painting, unfurled in front of the ever gathering crowd. The gompa near the monastery houses a generous collection of Tibetan books, thangkas, gold statues and stupas embedded with precious stones, weapons, carriers, and even a stuffed vulture pup. The bike tour package takes you to the place generally on the 5th / 6th day after reaching Leh Ladakh, depending upon the Leh Ladakh tour package you have taken.

19.   Leh Market mall road – A perfect place to spend out the evenings after a long day. You have a whole range of restaurants to explore from and shop out your wallets. Carry home exquisite stuff ranging from Pashmina Shawls, native handicrafts including prayer wheels, Buddhist masks and Thangpa paintings, rugs, carpets, wall hangings, woollens and traditional jewellery. Apricots and processed products from Apricots such as jam, can be a good souvenir for friends and family back home. Do carry an extra bag to pack all your shopped stuff from Leh.

20.   Changla Pass – Located at a height of 5360 m above sea level, Chang La Pass is the third highest motorable road in the world. It gets its name after a saint named Changla Baba and also has a temple dedicated to him. It lays en-route Pangong Lake while traversing the distance from Leh. The roads on either side of the pass are very steep, mainly loose gravel and hence, become treacherous especially during winters. Small streams of water flows during summers which again makes the pass difficult and adventurous at the same time. Altitude sickness still mongers as a threat at the Pass, but, do not forget to stop and take some good clicks to make the moment marked in memories. The bike tour package takes you to the place generally on the 4th / 5th day after reaching Leh Ladakh depending upon the Leh Ladakh tour package you have taken.

21.   Diskit monastery – Located in the Nubra Valley,en-route Hunder,Diskit Monastery is one of the oldest and biggest monasteries in Ladakh region. It is around 115 km from Leh and one has to cross through the mighty Khardung La Pass to reach Diskit. It represents the Gelukpa sect of Buddhism and is administered by the Thiksey Monastery. It was founded in the 14t century by ChangzemTserabZangpo, it also runs a school for Tibetan children, supported by Lungta, “The Tibet Support Group”, which is primarily an NGO and provides the children with education in computers, science and english. Diskit monastery is also famous for the “Dosmoche” festival, which literally translates to “Festival of the Scapegoat”. The festival being celebrated in the month of February, is attended mainly by the locals of Nubra Valley as the rest of Ladakh is virtually cut out due to heavy snowfall in winters. Amidst guardian gods and huge drums, the main attraction of this monastery is the statue of crowned Buddha also known as the Cho Rinpoche, in the prayer hall. The bike tour package takes you to the place generally on the 3rd / 4th day after reaching Leh Ladakh depending upon the Leh Ladakh tour package you have taken.

22.  Chushul – Chushul is a small village located in the Chushul valley, strategically very important to India as it very close to the Line of Actual Control with China. The valley is famous for some historic battles fought across the LAC. Rezang La is the ridge line that follows the Chushul village and the fierce battle fought between Chinese army and PVC Major Shaitan Singh with his men of 5 platoons, during the 1962 Sino-Indian War was also fought along the Rezang La in the Chushul valley. Though, not being a part of standard Leh Ladakh tour package, your bike tour to leh Ladakh can always be customize to include it as a visiting destination on the Leh Ladakh bike tour.

23.  Sindhu Ghat – Have a good hand with the shutter, or love to pose in front of the lens, then Sindhu Ghat is a must visit place for you. Located near the Shey village, the Sindhu Ghat offers scenic views or surrounding mountains and barren landscape, river bank and sprawling water. Though, not being a part of standard Leh Ladakh tour package, your bike tour to leh Ladakh can always be customize to include it as a visiting destination on the Leh Ladakh bike tour.

24.  Sumoor - Sumoor is a small village under the district administration of Nubra, housing just a few over 150 homes. The importance of this small village lies in it being the anceint trade route connecting Khasgar in China to Ladakh in India. There is an ancient fort at the top of the hill just above the local monastery. The monastery is one of the biggest in the Nubra Valley, which was founded by Lama TsultimNima around 1830s. There is huge rock craving dating from 8-9th century AD. You can witness sand dunes, double humped camel, flowers of different types across the village marking its beauty and serenity. One can visit this village from Nubra, which itself is around 140 km from Leh. Since, it lies in the Nubra Valley, an inner line permit is required to visit Sumoor. Though, not being a part of standard Leh Ladakh tour package, your bike tour to leh Ladakh can always be customize to include it as a visiting destination on the Leh Ladakh bike tour.

25.  Panamik - Another small village lying in the Nubra Valley, Panamik is famous for hot water springs. It also marks one of the last destinations for tourists visiting Ladakh. The most favourable time to visit this place is during the summers which also mark the tourism season in Leh. Lying at a distance of approx. 150 km from Leh, this village summarizes a total natural beauty with flower laden trees, and high peaks rising from the valley. The hot springs are said to be sulphur rich and hence hold medicinal properties as well. The village also serves as the base camp for those who trek to the Ensa Monastery or Ensa Gompa. Kashmiri carpets, woollens socks, pashmina shawls, apricots, walnuts, apples and almonds are some of the local produce which you can shop and carry as memories of Panamik, back home.  Since, it lies in the Nubra Valley, an inner line permit is required to visit Panamik. Though, not being a part of standard Leh Ladakh tour package, your bike tour to leh Ladakh can always be customize to include it as a visiting destination on the Leh Ladakh bike tour.

26.  Kaksangla – With an elevation of 5,436 m / 17,834 ft, Kaksang la is one of the high passes in Ladakh region. Locals claim this road as “hell”, as the road leading to the summit is very adventurous and challenging, starting as a paved road, turning into a mule track near the summit. Also known as the Chushul – Mahe Road, this pass is probably the highest a foreign tourist can go in India. Avalanches, heavy snowfall and landslides are common in the area and hence, as a warning, it is recommended to use a 4 x 4 vehicle to traverse the path here. This is indeed an adventure lover’s road as you can expect small landslides, rocks here and there, hair pin bends, cold winds hitting like knife, and dangerous drop offs. Since the road is rarely used and hacks into the mountains, it becomes very challenging when planning for such a trip. Though, not being a part of standard Leh Ladakh tour package, your bike tour to leh Ladakh can always be customize to include it as a visiting destination on the Leh Ladakh bike tour.

27.  Spituk monastery – located well within the Leh city, Spituk monastery is just around 6 km from the city centre. This is the only monastery which is co-located with a Kali Mata Mandir. The giant idol of Kali Mata is unveiled during the annual festival of Spituk festival else the whole year round, the idol is kept covered with a cloth. Being founded in the 11th century, the monastery was initially established by the Red Hat Institution, and later taken over by the Yellow Hat sect in the 15th century. Located well within the town, the monastery offers lovely view of the airport, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Hall of fame and Khardung la ranges, and hence, is a very popular and attractive spot for photography. Without requiring a permit, the monastery can be visited round the year. Though, not being a part of standard Leh Ladakh tour package, your bike tour to leh Ladakh can always be customize to include it as a visiting destination on the Leh Ladakh bike tour.

28.   Tsemo Gompa – The Namgyal Tsemo Monastery or the Tsemo Gompa, was built by TashiNamgyal in 1430, and is suitably located on a hill top just behind the Leh Palace. It is a crag top shrine and houses a 3 storeyed Futuristic Buddha statue. It also houses sacred scriptures, water coloured paintings and more importantly Padmapani and Manjushri, both of which are revered elements of Buddhist faith.

29.  Zorawar fort – Built in 1836, for Zorawar Singh Kahluria, a military general of Dogra Rajput ruler, Gulab Singh. It was restored in 2006. In its earlier days, the fort was mainly used for keeping the wealth of the Dogra dynasty rulers. In its present days, the Zorawar fort attracts its tourists towards The War Room, The History Room and The Artefacts Room. There is a ticket that you need to get either from the Hall of fame or from the fort itself, to go around its walls. The War Room showcases the secret strategic planning room of the Dogra dynasty during war times. The Artefacts Room showcases the cookware, utensils, belts, shields, armorsetc used by the warriors during war times. The History Room showcases the valuable information on the various battles fought like The First Ladakh Campaign, The Baltistan Campaign, The Tibet Campaign, The Great Reverse and the Re-conquest of Ladakh. There is a light and sound show also being hosted in the Zorawar fort in lines with the one shown is Hall of Fame, mainly highlighting the Kargil War. Though, not being a part of standard Leh Ladakh tour package, your bike tour to leh Ladakh can always be customize to include it as a visiting destination on the Leh Ladakh bike tour.

30.  Gurdwara Datun Sahib – Located well in the heart of the city, this small gurudwara shares the wall with the main mosque. The gurudwara glorifies the sacred “Datun” or “miswak” tree planted by Guru Nanak Dev ji on his second visit in the area. The tree planted, was the first vegetation planted in the area, and, hence its significance. The gurudwara is being maintained by the GurudwaraPrabandhak Committee of Leh, the tree itself has grown to be the biggest tree in the city. Though, not being a part of standard Leh Ladakh tour package, your bike tour to leh Ladakh can always be customize to include it as a visiting destination on the Leh Ladakh bike tour.

31.  Stok Palace – It is conveniently located around 15 km from Leh city and is the official residence of the royal family of Ladakh. Constructed in the year 1820 by King TsepalNamgyal, it was opened in the year 1980 for general public by Dalai Lama. The palace itself is a classic example of traditional and contemporary architecture with beautiful garden and library. The Palace has now been converted into a heritage hotel housing the Stok Palace Museum and Temple.  Though, not being a part of standard Leh Ladakh tour package, your bike tour to leh Ladakh can always be customize to include it as a visiting destination on the Leh Ladakh bike tour.

32.  Likir monastery – Sitting at an elevation of 3700 m, Likir Monastery is approx. 52 km from Leh city. Belonging to the Gelugpa sect of Buddhism, the monastery is relatively isolated, built on a hill in the Likir valley. Residing 120 monks and 30 students, the monastery has 2 assembly halls, courtyard with paintings of the four guardians depicting the four cardinals, on a thangka. The complex is also the house for 23 m high futuristic or Maitreya Buddha. The annual festival of Dosmochey, is hosted by the Likir monastery with sacred dance being the star attraction of the festival. Though, not being a part of standard Leh Ladakh tour package, your bike tour to leh Ladakh can always be customize to include it as a visiting destination on the Leh Ladakh bike tour.

33.  Alchi monastery – Commonly referred to as the Monastic Jewel On the Banks of The Indus, Alchimonatery or AlchiGompa, lies 65 km from Leh, dating back to around a 1000 years. 5 shrines, with splendid wall paintings welcome you in the monastery. You can see thousands of miniature Buddha paintings on the wall with three distinct large sized images made of clay and painted with bright colours. These paintings are said to be some of the oldest surviving painting works in Ladakh. The monastery is more of a tourist place, as the religious practices have been shifted to Likir monastery. Though, not being a part of standard Leh Ladakh tour package, your bike tour to leh Ladakh can always be customize to include it as a visiting destination on the Leh Ladakh bike tour.

34.  Tso Kar – Recognized as the 42ndRamsar site, Tso Kar is a fluctuating salt lake located in the Southern Ladakh in the Rupshu Plateau. Offering a whole lot of peace and serenity in its vicinity, the lake is also popular as the White Lake. This name it gets, from the salt deposits it leaves on its shores. Migratory birds such as Brahmin ducks, Bar headed geese and great crested grebe are among the popular fauna witnessed here, making it a bird lovers paradise. Tso Kar’s main attraction is the Black necked crane, who come to its shores for laying eggs. Night halts, though rare are a beauty in itself given the calmness of the place and the moonlight peeping through the open sky. Though, not being a part of standard Leh Ladakh tour package, your bike tour to leh Ladakh can always be customize to include it as a visiting destination on the Leh Ladakh bike tour.

FAQ

1.      Where is Ladakh: Ladakh is a Union Territory in the northern Himalayan region of India. This is a centrally governed area, with the local governing authorities having their seat in Leh, which is the most important and biggest area of Ladakh district. Ladakh, India is situated at a high altitude of 3500 m above sea level, making acclimatization period of atleast 1.5 days mandatory for all tourists. The region of Ladakh has proper medical services available in case of an emergency which may arise because of altitude sickness. The tour operators in Leh, Ladakh also are fully capable of handling any such unpleasant situations.

 

2.      Do I need a separate Visa/Permit to travel to Ladakh: Ladakh is an integral part of Government of India, and, hence, no separate visa requirements or guideline exists. The visa issued by the government of India authorities via Ministry of External Affairs, to all foreign clients is sufficient to visit the region of Leh, Ladakh. However, since the region also happens to be a border area of India, there are certain sensitive areas which require Inner Line Permits. These permits can be received from the local authorities after reaching Leh or the tour package providers arrange these for you.

 

3.      Best time to travel to Ladakh: The best time to travel to Leh, Ladakh is the summer season of the region, especially from Mid May to Mid August. This time offers the most comfortable weather in Leh, with average day temperature being around 20 deg C and night temperature being around 5 deg C. This time also allows for smooth road trips, as high passes are generally clear of snow. The Manali highway is also clear during this time of the year, and as such time hurdles are at a minimal. However, there is also a winter season of Leh tourism, having extreme climates and open for extremists who wish to trek through the frozen Zanskar River.

 

4.      How can we go to Ladakh:  Leh Ladakh tour packages offer you road or air travel options. The most easiest way to go to Ladakh is via air. If you are an international tourist, then the most frequent flights operating for you to Leh will be from New Delhi. You should book with a tour package company for a smooth trip to Leh Ladakh as they can help you with inner line permits and other accommodations. One can also reach Leh Ladakh via road, again with a good tour operator. Bike trips and other forms of road trips are most common from New Delhi, Chandigarh, Manali, Srinagar and Amritsar.

 

5.      Is it safe to visit Ladakh: Yes, it is absolutely safe to visit Leh Ladakh. The local government authorities and the Border Security Forces of India take care of its tourists very well. The safety of the region is of utmost priority and as such the place is very safe to visit. The tour package providers and facilitators are all registered and verified by local authorities, adding a line of safety for anyone visiting the region. The only hurdle you will face will be from the climate point of view. So, visit Leh during summers and acclimatize properly for a fun experience.

 

6.      Can people from all countries visit Ladakh: If you have a valid visa issued by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, you are allowed to visit Leh Ladakh as there are no special visa requirements to visit the region.