INDIA / Kashmir & Ladakh

Mountain retreat of Mughals and Buddhist lamas, the Alps of India. Valley of paradise. These are terms used to describe Kashmir; one of India´s wildest destinations. Kashmir boasts some of the highest and most rugged landscapes on earth in mountainous Ladakh and one of the most sublime in serene Dal Lake. These rugged Buddhist regions, reachable via the world´s highest mountain passes, are a little slice of Tibet transplanted to India - wedged in by roaring rivers and snow-capped mountains.

At a Glance ...

Best traveltime June, July, August
Start/Finish Delhi / Delhi
Duration 23 travel days, 17 riding days
Distance covered around 1.600 mi / 2.600 km
Day rides 50 - 180 mi / 80 - 290 km
Roads Mainly tarmac; around 400 km / 280 mi some stretches with gravel
Motorcycles Royal Enfield Bullet 500cc, left side gear shift, e-start, disk break
Rider's requirements A comfortable ride on tarmac and gravel. Steady nerves for the traffic needed!
Group size Min. 4 and max. 10 riders - space for pillion rider in our follow up car.
Accomodation Middle-class hotels, houseboat,  Guesthouse
What's included All meals, all non-alcoholic beverages, all entry fees, petrol for the bikes
Highlights World´s highest roads, home of the Dalai Lama, Buddhist monasteries, houseboats on Dal-Lake, sand dunes at 12.000 ft, the joviality of the Ladakhi people...
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Kashmir & Ladakh - Touring the World's Highest Passes!

Day 1 Arrival in Delhi. Airport pick-up and transfer to hotel.
Day 2 Early morning we take the Shatabti express train to Kalka and by bus to Nalagarh Fort. After a briefing on bikes and traffic and a few circuits around the parking lot, we ride a few kilometers before heading back for dinner.
Day 3 A ride up to Shimla, the former summer residence of the British Raj, at an altitude of 2.200 m / 7.217 ft.
Day 4 An endless up and down and round and round, Jalorie La pass, 3.125m, and some memorable scenery on the road to Gusheini. Fresh fish out of the river next to Raju's Lodge maybe?
Day 5 A relaxing ride along the Beas river get us to India's honeymoon capitol, Manali.
Day 6 An awesome ride up the 3.890 m / 12.760 ft to Rothang Pass on route to Keylong.
Day 7 Scenery that makes you feel as if you´re on the moon. And a great camp at Sarchu. SwissTents with beds inside.
Day 8 Landscape out of this world - another remarkable day through two passes above 5000 m / 16.400 ft! We stay next to Tso Kar at Eco Lodge.
Day 9 Another memorable ride to the most beautiful lake in the Himalayas, Tso Moriri, surrounded be snow covered mountains. Stay at a new hotel overlooking the lake.
Day 10 On the way to Leh, the capitol of Ladakh, we visit the monasteries of Hemis and Tikse.
Day 11 We explore Leh and its vicinity with Stok palace and Matho monastery.
Day 12 Another highlight of the tour! We cross Kardung La, at 5.603 m / 18.380 ft, the world's highest motorable road.
Day 13 We explore the sand dunes and ride our motorcycles across Kardung La and along the Indus valley to Alchi.
Day 14 We leave Alchi in the morning for Kargil. On the way, we visit Lamayuru Monastery in the "Moon Valley". (2 week motorcycle tour ends here and turns back from Lamayuru to Leh. Day 14 is spent in Leh then leave for Delhi on day 15)
Day 15 Via the memorable Zoji-La pass, we reach Srinagar, where we spend two nights on a luxury houseboat.
Day 16 A day to relax, visiting the Moghul gardens and the floating market on a Chikara boat taxi.
Day 17 We leave the Kashmir valley and our Houseboat behind and wind our way southwards to Jammu. Night in Patnitop.
Day 18 Into the plains again - rural scenery till we reach another hill station of the British Raj - Dalhousie.
Day 19 Going up the into the hills again, to Dharamsala, the Dalai Lamas exile.
Day 20 Explore Dharamshala - with a little luck an audience with his holiness
Day 21 Through the Himalayan foothills and back to Nalagarh Fort - relaxing in the swimming pool maybe?
Day 22 Early morning train ride to Delhi and time for a last shopping spree.
Day 23 Farewell! Flight back home.