Manali Leh Bike Trip
How about feeling the chilly air on your face and letting it go right through your soul? That one time when you don’t care about your hair, you just let the route of Manali to Leh get locked in your heart forever. If you imagine this feeling just by reading it, then this article is for you. All the things you need to know for manali leh bike trip are described in the following article:
Overview: Leh-Ladakh, is no doubt that paradise of our country, which holds a special place in every Biker’s heart. The place that not only is beautiful but amazingly adventurous is so well routed with smooth and good quality roads that the journey becomes even more awesome. Though there are uneven terrains as well, but without them how will you show your biking skills?
This surreal beauty lies in the Majestic Himalayas and Karakoram range and is visited by thousands of Bikers and visitors every year. One can reach this union-territory by two highways: Leh-Ladakh and the Manali- Leh highway, both equally beautiful and adventurous, but still different. Both differ on the basis of days to reach, distance covered, places to visit on the way, and views.
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Best time to visit: May to September should be the best time to plan this trip, as there is an abundance of snowfall for most of the year, thus the warm months must be preferred by the Bikers. There are rains too at this time of the year and thus the route becomes more serene and views are worth a watch. For the road conditions, weather and views, anytime during these months will be nice.
Route: Out of the two highways available, which are Leh-Ladakh and Manali-Leh highway, this article caters to the latter one. This route is 473 km long and the altitude is about 13,000 ft. It connects the Hill station of Manali to the Himalayan town of Leh in Ladakh, where one travels 230 km in Himachal Pradesh and the other 260 km in Ladakh, promising beauty all along the way. The route covers in total 5 passes and around 20 different places on the way, in sequence:
Manali- Marhi- Rohtang Pass- Gramphu- Kokhsar- Sissu- Tandi- Keylong- Jispa- Darcha- Sumdo- Patsio – Zingzingbar – Baralacha La – Bharatpur- Sarchu- Gata Loops – Nakeela La – Lachulung La – Pang- Tanglang La- Gya- Upshi- Karu and finally to Leh.
The complete trek takes around 10-15 days, depending on different Itineraries.
Places to visit: Other than feeling the amazing road trip under the open sky, there are many other places that one can visit on the way:
Rohtang Pass: One of the highest passes of the Himalayas, Rohtang Pass is 50 km from Manali and of the very famous attractions. The pass is at an altitude of 3987 meters and thus provides very serene views of the mountains and vegetation. Snow all around will make the place more beautiful and winsome.
Manali Nature Park: Also known as Van Vihar, the place definitely will make your trip merrier. It is one of the famous attractions around the place due to the amazing range of Flora and Fauna that resides here. Deodar, Cedar, Horse chestnut, walnut, maple, Musk deer, monal, Brown Bear, snow rabbits, and many more.
Suraj Tal: The third highest lake in the country at a height of 4890 m, is the Suraj Tal or Surya Tal Lake that is 800 m long. The Lake, without any debate, is one of the most serene places in the country. The charm of the place will make you lose all your worries and just let you stare into its blue and clean water.
Other places like Solang Valley, Gulabaviewpoint, Bara-Lacha-La-Pass, etc are equally beautiful and worth a visit.
There are many other attractions in the Ladakh region that one must not skip, like The Zanskar valley, Pangong Tso, Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, Hemis monastery, etc but these places are in the Ladakh region, you can explore them once you reach the destination, above mentioned place are the ones that one will get to visit on the way itself.
Bikes: The main hero of the story has to be selected very attentively. Choose the one with good mileage, equipped with the tires for uneven terrains, comfortable with you to drive, and of course, Stylish. Royal Enfield, Bajaj Pulsar, KTM Duke, Royal Enfield Himalayan are some very good and considerable options.