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Bangalore to Leh Ladakh - The Complete Guide to an Unforgettable Trip

March 12, 2022
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The hills are calling forth. A swift wind of emotions resonates within us from kilometers away.

 

A road trip that cannot be ignored but has to be pursued. It may be a trip that will change your life and may make you rethink every 'bad' decision you've made in your life. It's every little rider's dream, a trip to Leh Ladakh.



Bangalore to Leh Ladak is something that can become a reality. The only thing you need is to put your mind to it.

 

The scenic routes, mesmerising destination, different people you'll meet, coupled with the spirit of the trip, are some of the best ways I can describe this trip. Getting out of Bangalore to go to Leh Ladakh might seem to be a bit difficult but trust us, when there is a will there's a way.

 

This blog will get you excited and prepare for everything you need to know for a trip from the silicon valley of India Bangalore to Leh Ladakh. Let's ride on!!!




Everything You Need to Plan a Trip to Ladakh From Bangalore:

 

Bangalore has often been referred to as a 'biker's hub' due to the inflow of young bike lovers and also because several crews embark on a journey towards Ladakh. 

 

Bangalore to Ladakh is one that is a memorable trip because the rider crosses several different locations, experiencing different emotions and traditions. It is a transformative journey and we want you to know exactly what to do to reach your destination. 

 

So if you are planning to visit Ladakh from Bangalore, the silicon valley of India,then here are a few things to see. 

 

During your Bangalore to Ladakh road trip, you have to embrace the maximum of destinations while embarking on this trip. Here are 2 routes that you can take to experience the best of India while riding from Bangalore to Ladakh.

 

NH 44 Highway:

 

The route from Bangalore to Delhi is quite a beautiful road. The Route goes through Bangalore, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Agra and Faridabad, amongst other main cities. There is however one more route via Pune but it could take you longer by road. 

 

The Distance between Delhi and Bangalore is about 2100 km via NH-44.

 

The roads are quite good, but when you get into some local regions, the road gets a bit messy, but all in all, it's pretty good.

 

Delhi - Srinagar - Leh Highway:

 

This is one of the best routes to take when visiting Leh Ladakh taken by many riders. While taking this route you will pass through Delhi, Chandigarh, Pathankot, Jammu, Srinagar, Sonmarg, ZojiLa, Drass, Kargil, Mulbek, Namika La, Fotu La, Hangro Loops, Khaltse, Nimmu and Leh. 

 

Several locations exist in this path and it deems to be one of the famous routes taken. This route promises to provide accommodation, places to eat, petrol pumps and ATMs. Mostly what riders do is camp out in specified camp areas when you go as a group. 

 

This is one of the best routes to take; however, there are other routes to divert from Kargil itself. One goes from Skurbuchan and the other one goes from Chitkan. You are the driver of your destiny so pick the route you feel would be fun for you. 

 

A trip fact for you, always travel in groups. There are probably thieves standing in wait to catch you, if you're travelling alone, so just take care and travel in a group.

 

Delhi - Manali - Leh Highway:

 

The road not taken. It has a mighty curious tone to it, doesn't it? 

 

Well, this route is quite less taken, but we've heard that it is an immensely beautiful place. This route goes through Delhi, Chandigarh, Mandi, Kullu, Manali, Rohtang la, Suraj Tal, baralacha la, Gata loops, Nakee la, Lungalacha la, Morey plains, Taglang la, Leh.

 

This is quite an unexplored area right here. From the highest of the mountain to challenging roads, the travellers get to enjoy a lot of stuff here. However, you should be careful around here. There are several designated locations to stay at so don't worry about that.

 

We would like to let you know that if your ride needs a bit of care, you've got good mechanics at Khoksar, Tandi, Keylong, Darcha, Sarchu, Phang and Upshi.

 

The Best Time to Visit Leh:

 

Mother nature can be a harsh mistress. It is unpredictable at times but it can also change the course of your trip. When you're travelling from Bangalore to Leh Ladakh. 

 

Other things to take care of while planning should include any unexpected road closures and spontaneously crippling weather. 

 

The summers are usually less eventful on the road and much safer. The seasons between May to September are quite ideal to take the leap, get on the bike and ride to the destination made of dreams. 

 

If you plan on taking a flight, land at the Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport to reach Leh. April to October is the best time of the year as the airports usually stay shut for a long period during the winter. 



A Set of Trip Essentials:

 

Clothes:

 

It's always good to pack light but, when you're going to Ladakh by bike you might need to carry the softest and lightest clothes. It shouldn't pull you back from picking up speed but, you shouldn't make it such that you don't have enough clothes.

 

We would suggest that you carry a few sweatshirts, sweaters and a jacket. It is obviously going to be cold there, so you might need a set of gloves, socks, a jacket and a scarf for extra protection.

 

Water and Food:

 

Sustenance is necessary!! You don't want to faint in the sun or die from starvation. We don't think any of you are professional hunters or fishermen, so we would advise you to carry a few energy bars, protein bars and a few rehydratable foods. You will definitely find food on the way to your destination but, you should still have sustenance. 

 

In the case of water, you should carry big canisters that can contain at least 5 or 6 litres of water. It might be a bit difficult to find fresh water in between regular intervals, so it's best to carry such containers.

 

Documents Required:

 

When you're traveling from Bangalore to Leh, it is integral to hold a valid driving license, PUC, Registration of vehicle, and insurance papers for your sweet ride. While driving, there will be checkpoints while traveling from State to State, so police officers can demand to show these anywhere throughout the trip.

 

Requirement of Permits:

 

Well, you've got all your documents in hand and, apart from them, you don't need any permit till you reach Leh. You will be required to, however, get your bike registered at Kargil if you're taking the Srinagar route. From Leh, you will be required to visit the office of the Magistrate to get permits for various places in Leh Ladakh. 

 

These specific places require permits and, it includes Khardung la, Khardung village, Chang la, Durbuk, Khalsar, Diskit, Hunder, Warshi, Turtuk, Sumur, Spangmik, Takashi, Panamik, Agham Shyok, Tangyar Trek, Wari la, and a few more. So go prepared and set the routes for the places you want to go to.





Protective Accessories and Riding Gear:

 

Well, you've got to be safe and also stylish while riding to the ends of the mountain deep. Safety is always the first priority. 

 

The journey will take you to several different places, different landscapes, and it is important for you to possess several protective gears like sunglasses, gloves, sunscreen, lip balm, body lotion, moisturizer. 

 

You might be one heck of a rider, but it is important that you have a riding jacket, a good cushioning helmet, knee guards and so on. It will keep you safe and secure, as well as provide an extra layer of protection from the adversity of the climate. 

 

Electronics:

 

It is always essential to carry electronics. Phones mainly are used to navigate through different terrains and it is bound to drain the battery immensely. It is important to carry a power bank or chargers. Carry a torch or a glow stick if you have it to light the path when you're camping out in the wilderness. 

 

The Cozy Story:

 

The world is a beautiful place and the trip you're about to embark on is going on one amazing journey. We know it's not the destination, but the journey that is important and wishes to make you prepared for this Journey as much as possible. Carry all essentials such as food, medicines for conditions you have or may have, and also other essentials as may be required. We promise this is going to be a trip you won't forget. Until next time, see ya!!

 

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