Leh Ladakh and the ultimate bike trip, doesn't need any introduction. Randomly the thought of being there stuck me today. Yeah me and my amazing gang were there last year and there is no doubt that we had the best bike trip ever . The muddy Himalayas are a treat to watch and drive through. Today sitting somewhere ideally in New York, my heart still pounds for those Royal Enfield thumps we experienced in route to Leh.

Leh ladakh is a very sparsely populated area in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, and we are blessed to be part of this beautiful country. The roads are well managed and stretched out by Border Road organisation , Indian army is always there to help at high altitudes. Let me rephrase our amazing experience.

It all started with all of us daily planning for a weekend trip and those never ending Goa plans. We made a useless whats group named 'Trip to No where' and started sending those stinky jokes all around. Then suddenly came one day when someone of us thought its best time to visit Leh and then started something really serious.Sitting in the office,I was going through some boring email spams then there came one email from one of my office colleagues about his cousin's start up for rental bikes. Well Yeah this was the bullet in the gun we were looking for.

I reached out to him and we made a deal to get 5 Royal Enfield Classic 500CC for 10 days. We all had those issues with the leaves and all but in the end the love for Leh and ultimate road trip got us on to collect the bikes on the decided date. But here comes the twist. the bikes that guy made available for us were as shitty as it can be. 4 bikes were not having a pillion seat , 2 without luggage gear , all with very bad handling , disgusting braking. It was 5AM in the morning when we first met those epic bikes. It made us all felt so bad that we all went to that Bike rental owner's home . got him up by 6AM , gave the bike keys back to him. We had to fought a little to force that guy to give back our money to us and all the drama continued till 10AM. Now we had our luggage with us and no bikes. I got my car from home and put all the bags inside and we all went for breakfast at a Dhaba with broken hearts and super frustrated mood.

Then may be those Ghobhi prantha's instilled some magic to us and that is where we decided , let us make it to Patnitop and my friend managed to get his Dad's car as well.  

Day 1: We drove to Patnitop on day 1 from Chandigarh and that is where all the magic started. Had some drinks in the hotel just to get rid of the tiredness from the drive and next morning we all were set to drive to Srinagar.

Day 2 reached Srinagar, went to Dal lake and had some seriously tasty kabas sitting alongside in Shikara. Spent the night in Shikara and next morning headed to Kargil.

Day 3 reached Kargil and guess what the embracing Drass memorial was good enough to give us goosebumps. It was so proud to visit and see what our Army conquered.

Then came Day 4 for the amazing drive to Leh, started bit early in the morning. By evening we were in the sand paradise Leh. We had some amazing food there and this is where we rented bikes in Leh. I guess it was Khan bike rentals , they gave us brand new Royal Enfield bikes on rent. The bikes were hardly 1000 km mileage.

Day 5 we started our journey to Pangong lake and it was superb. The 5 hour ride from Leh to pangong just takes your breath away. Changla Pass was the hardest one at such a high altitude. We stayed at nominal homestay just nearby to Pangong lake.

Day 6 was all about having sunbath besides Pangong lake, play some Punjabi music and feeding those memories in your mind which will stay for long. By second half of the day we started our journey back to Leh and en route enjoyed our amazing bullet ride and raced with each other.

Day 7 was all about Leh , we stayed there rested locally . We went to see Shey monastery, the 3 idiots school and local market in Leh. Had some drinks in those amazing cafe playing awesome Trance music.

Day 8 we started our journey till Khardungla pass only. We  wanted to go to Nubra valley but our tight schedule didn't allowed it. Anyways Khardungla pass was also a blaze,snowfall welcomes us to Khardungla pass. It was super cold there and we couldn't stay more than 30 minutes there and had to drive back to Leh.




Day 9 was the day we had to say good bye to this amazing place , we started back till Srinagar. We started early morning at 5 AM and reached Srinagar till 8 PM after a hectic drive.

Day 10 was all about Srinagar. We went to one of the oldest Shankaracharya temple , It was amazing to see whole city and Dal lake from that height. Then went to Lal chownk and did some shopping. It was amazing to see how the locals were showing enthusiasm towards the tourist. I wish it to be same this year as well. 

Day 11 we started early morning for our journey back to our home. It had some traffic that day because Amarnath Yatra just began , so highways were expected to be flowing with Buses and Trucks. 

Leh you were really amazing....
volveremos(We will be back)!


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