Motorcycle Trip to Himalayas

Posted: July 8, 2007 in Rides_n_Travel

Pre – ride preparations:

After few weeks long planning and some negotiations at office we were all set for a 15 days trip to Himalayas. Khardung La, Leh was the destination. Initially we were the team of two – me and one of my old pal ‘Jatin’, but we were joined in at the last moment by another friend of mine ‘Prasoon’. Prasoon did not have any bike so we asked him to rent one from Delhi. With all plans set, we decided to catch up in Delhi on 9th June.

With tips from other experienced riders and some research we made an extensive list of things and spares to carry on our trip. (drop a mail in case someone need help on the list) Each item from matchbox to sleeping bag was listed.

I needed to ship my bike from Mumbai to Delhi. When Speed Age informed that they no longer ship household goods due to some new company policy, I decided to book the bike on my train ticket and booked a ticket on Shatabadi. (Parcel and on ticket charges are different. On ticket it costs around Rs. 1600 + 1% of the value of bike u declare + misc packing and loading charges. You can take your bike to the station few hours before departure and make sure it is loaded carefully)

Day 0 – 9th June 07

I reached New Delhi around 10 AM and met Prasoon & Jatin, who were waiting there for me. Got my bike unloaded and all three moved directly to Kar

ol Bagh for spares and stuff. Headed straight to Khajanchi and got all our spares. Prasoon managed to get a Thunder Bird from Madaan Motors on rent. It was a long and extremely hot day and it was 8.30 PM by the time we finished our shopping.

Thereafter we had to see a friend so came back late after meeting him and managed to catch some sleep around 3.30 AM after finishing packing of all our stuff.

The Ride

The Route: Delhi – Chandigarh – Udhampur – Anantnag – Pahalgaon – Anantnag – Srinagar – Sonemarg – JoZi La – Drass – Kargil – Leh – Khardung La – Nubra – Khardung La – Leh – Tanglang La – Pang – Sarchu – Jispa – Darcha – Keylong – Rohtang Pass – Manali – Chandigarh – Delhi

The Riders:

Rahul – Thunderbird ‘05

Jatin – Electra ’05 with new tyres

Prasoon – Thunderbird ’03 (on rent)

Total Distance clocked: 3040 kms

Start date: 10th June 07

End date: 24th June 07

Total riding days: 15

Day 1: Noida – Chandigarh – Hoshiarpur

Day 2: Hoshiarpur – Samba – Udhampur – Patnitop – Batote

Day 4 – Rest day at Srinagar

Day 5: Srinagar – Sonemarg – ZoJila – Drass – Kargil

Day 6: Kargil – Lamayuru

Day 7: Lamayuru – Leh

Day 8: Leh – Khardung La – Hunder/Nubra

Day 9: Hunder – Khardung La – Leh

Day 10 & 11: Rest at Leh

Day 12: Leh – Upshi – Tanglang La – More Plains – Pang – Sarchu

Day 13: Sarchu – Jispa – Darcha – Keylong – Tandi – Rohtang Pass – Manali

Day 14: Manali – Mandi – Chandigarh

Day 15: Chandigarh – Delhi

Post – ride hangover.

That hangover is not yet over and it will be there for atleast some time to come. Best thing that happens after such ride is that you tend to think what all went wrong, and how the ride could have been better. Even I have so many thoughts running and would love to make my next ride to the mountains even more rewarding. One piece of advise here for riders who are planning this route for the first time. ‘Start early’ – Start early and you get enough time to enjoy your ride and to appreciate nature. Check your bike the day before and tank it up. Especially in mountains starting early should be the mantra.

Enuf of gyan, now packing up till the next trip.

You can find more pics at



  1. jsr says:

    good one Rahul! nicely written, an enjoyable read…. Way to go..

  2. Mustang says:

    An amazing trip and a brilliant write up…. Good to know that you had a lot of fun mate. Ride safeMustang

  3. a v says:

    hi.. supurb writeup…. I need some hlep from you. we are planing to ride from delhi – manali – leh – srinagar – delhi in june. can you pls give us some plan details and also where can we hire BULLET in delhi for the trip and how much will it cost.. can you pls mail me the details at…. thanks santhosh

  4. Tejvir says:

    hi.. supurb writeup…. I need some hlep from you. I m planing for a long drive in himalayas. can you pls give us some plan details ,i have my own 2004 electra but still i want 2 know where can we hire BULLET in delhi for the trip and how much will it cost.. can you pls mail me the details at…. thanks TEJVIR KADIANmob no. 98106100990

  5. Wow…. I envy You. I would love to do that someday. Go on a trip to the Himalayas on an enfield. (hmm… some dreams… they are.)Cheers!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hi rahul,This is Mahendra from Bangalore. Very well written article, giving lots of info. Am planning to do a trip to Leh with a friend in July 2008. Could you help me out with my preparations for the trip with your suggestions on the also coming down to delhi in a few days (between 11jan and 15jan2008). I can meet you or talk to you if its possible for you. The help would be highly email id is mahen44@gmail.comMy cell no. is 0-98450-00696

  7. TopGear says:

    U’v doin a nice job of recording yr entire trip in minute detail. Great help for “would-go” bikers. Can U please mail me the “(drop a mail in case someone need help on the list)” things. I’m planning 2 go in July by my Pulsar, although in the reverse direction that you took. Also lemme know where/how in Delhi can I hire a Bullet/Thunderbird.Would be really thankful.Sameer Kumar(

  8. Pranjal says:

    Dear Rahulcan u please help me out with a trip to leh in June 2009. i'm planning to drive(scorpio) Delhi-manali-leh. it's been my dream to do this trip. we will be around 4 people in one car. can u please help me with map (route), places to see, do's & don't . what to carry , where to stay etc….thanksPranjal 9819198899

  9. this is Gaurav sir ji !!
    u had lot of fun !! I can only dream of this due to my chronic back pain 😦
    I have only read the itinerary and i am like
    Wow !!

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