It's not about the destination, It's about the ride
Leh Ladakh Bike Trip
This past summer I took a 13-Days motorcycle trip across Chandigarh - Leh - Srinagar with The Dream Riders Group. Of course, it wouldn't be easy - getting 2 weeks leave from office would be tough for a start; the right gang of friends, bookings etc.etc. Keep the to-do list quite long.
We covered over 2000 km riding 2-up. This was my first long-distance motorcycle trip and I enjoyed it so much that now i am planning another trip within the next 2-3 years. Being new to extended motorcycle travel, we were not sure what to expect or just how much to pack. Once I left Ahmedabad I knew what I had to make do with what I took.
I wonder what got me through those 13 days, 2000kms, ice cold streams, mucky roads, and lonely passes as high as Khardung La, Chang La and Tanglang La. It was probably the feeling of victory I felt after crossing each pass, or may be it was the encouraging thumbs-up from other bikers and Groups who passed by. May be it was the locals and their kids with pink cheeks that welcomed us in their homes, gave us food and wished us well for the remaining ride. TheIndian army trucks that slowed down to let us cross and the soldiers offering biscuits was a definite good Feeling & Respect. It could also be the reassuring sight of colourful prayer flags on snow capped peaks or the stacked stones that some say bring good luck to travellers. May be it was just the raw and majestic form of nature that rewarded me at every turn.
The scariest part of this route for me were the carved and blind turns which make collision between the moving vehicles a regular incident. The road is carved out of hard rocks and might turn extremely narrow and scary at certain points. And Those snow covered road is enclosed with lofty mountains on both the sides which also makes it prone to landslides. last but not the least " Zoji La Pass " we also named lt " Godzila " as it is one of the most dangerous mountain pass i ever passed through. The pass is located at an altitude of around 3538m but easily gets muddy during rain along with Heavy snow storms, strong winds and regular landslides which makes it perilous one for the Himalaya Bike Trip.
I encountered all types of weather, including a brief hail storm, Rain, Snow, Sunshine, Wind durning my ladakh trip. My plan was to head towards “Chandigarh –Manali – Jispa – Sarchu – Leh – Khardung LA – Nubra – Pangong La – Kargil – Drass – Srinagar”, then back to destination. I am now home and truly miss being on the road. The trip was amazing and except for a clutch issue on the way to Khardung La I rode problem free but still trying to get out of that Ladakh Zone.
I don’t think i’ll be ever forgetting those moments and feeling I shared in those beautiful valley’s, Snowey Mountains, cool Riders & Fantastic Atmosphere. And this trip has bring me more close to myself within. I have Lot to say, Lot to dream, Lot to share, Lot to Motivate, lot to Change & Lot to feel within. But i promise i’ll be there once again. “ Live To Love Ladakh
N ow ! I got back to Ahmedabad. This 13 days and 2100 kms has been the trip of a lifetime, so far, and one we'll remember always. Thanks for all the Love and support provided by The Dream Riders Group and my Co. Riders as Brothers for a lifetime, and those Unknown folks who with whom I met on the roads. I got a chance to met so many people on this trip, and a couple of Egypt – Russ and Berta, but that goes with the territory. No accidents, illness or mis-haps.
T hat is story up above in Himalaya’s. After that I have done enough and more riding around the country.