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Embark on this exciting journey of traveling different parts of India including the remote Himalayas through this motorcycle tour! Adventure India's journeys do not only offer challenges and opportunities to explore something very new and rare but are based on our extensive research on machine and mountains. Riding Enfield bikes from Golden Temple of Amritsar to Leh and then further to Srinagar by crossing several high altitude mountain passes, valleys, landscape and cultures is the most challenging idea of biking in the Himalayas. The journey is long but the distribution of pockets of daily riding has been done very carefully. In cities, the sightseeing is made by cars and special care is taken by Adventure India's camping team to make your stay most comfortable.
Adventure India offers you best economy hotels in cities and towns and very comfortable tents with maximum possible facilities in the mountains. Adventure India provides the most luxurious camps fitted with dining areas and modern toilet facilities.
The accommodations you'll be staying at during the tour are La Suite, MK Hotel, Villa Paradiso, Home Stay, Srikhand Hotel, Kinner Villa, guest house, Devachen Retreat, The Spiti, Tashi Delek, Camp Sarchu Heights, Pangong Hotel, Ule Ethnic Resort, DZozila Hotel, and a houseboat. Adventure India provides luxury tents for the members, staff tent for cook, helper, and biking guide as well as equipment such as aluminum cots, thick mattresses, bed sheets, quilts, room chairs, tables, etc. In addition, kitchen tent, chairs, tables, stools, utensils, crockery, cutlery, toilet tents, toiletries, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, maps, and directions will also be available.
On arrival, Adventure India's office representative will meet and drive you to your hotel from the airport for the overnight stay in Delhi.
In time transfer to the railway station to board your train for Amritsar, a holy and old city in Punjab, which literarily means a pool of nectar. Amritsar is one of the most important pilgrimage centers, especially for the Sikhs, in the country. The city is characterized by some of the must-visit religious, historical as well as contemporary sites of importance. The Golden Temple, where Sikhs from all over the world come to pay their reverence to Guru Granth Sahib and take a dip in the Amrit Saras Kund (Pool of Immortality) for spiritual purification, is the major landmark of the place.
On arrival, your guide for the tour will meet you at the railway station and escort you to your hotel in cars. After check-in, you move to visit the famous Golden Temple and Jallianwala Bagh, which is a historical monument that tells the sad story of mass killing during the independence movement in India. Jallianwala Bagh is another must visit in Amritsar. Here lies the memorial of the martyrs of the 1919 massacre by British General Dyer. Return back to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay. In the evening, you get your bikes.
This morning, you technically meet your bikes and understand them well. Your mechanic is there to help you to know this machine well. After familiarization rides, you start to Wagah Border, which is 30 kilometers from your hotel. Wagah is the only road border crossing between India and Pakistan and lies on the Grand Trunk Road between the cities of Amritsar (India) and Lahore (Pakistan).
Wagah itself is a village through which the controversial Radcliffe Line was drawn. The village was divided by independence in 1947. Today, the eastern half of the village remains in the Republic of India while the western half is in Pakistan. The Wagah border, often called the “Berlin Wall of Asia”, is a ceremonial border on the India - Pakistan frontier where each evening there is a “retreat ceremony” called 'lowering of the flags', which has been held since 1959. At that time, there is an energetic parade by the Border Security Force of India and the Pakistan Rangers soldiers. The parade / retreat ceremony is worth to watch. Later, you ride back to your hotel in Amritsar.
After breakfast, you ride for Dharamsala. On the way, you visit a temple near Batala that is dedicated to Lord Ganesha where according to a religious story of Hindus, Lord Ganesha and his brother Kartikeya were asked to prove the superiority between two. The various spheres of life through the villages and fertile land of Punjab is visualized and you stop for picnic lunch on the way and move towards your final destination by leaving the plains and gradually climbing the mountains to Dharamsala.
The drive is scenic and once you reach the base of Dharamsala, the mighty mountain ranges of Dhauladhar are highly exciting and welcoming. Trilokpur rock cut temple can be visited before reaching Dharamsala which is a miracle of nature. From Dharamsala, you climb up further 10 kilometers to the Mc Leodganj which is the house of His Holiness Dalai Lama, administration center of Government of Tibet in exile, monasteries, and various other Tibetan centers. You visit the residence of HH Dalai Lama and Namgyal Monastery this day. A walk on the roads of Mc Leodganj is quite interesting and educating about the life of Tibetans in exile.
In the morning, you start exploring this high valued and spiritual destination through monasteries, Tibetan Medical and Astro centre, Tibetan library, Tibetan Parliament in Exile, Tibetan Handicraft center, and Tibetan Children village. Lunch at Norbulingka Institute can be always advisable. This center is the mirror of Tibetan rich art, craft, and culture. A visit to Tibetan kitchen in the evening would be a nice memory forever.
The whole day will reflect a day one could spend in Lhasa with the Tibetans, their activities which are much on rituals and their respect to the high seat of Potala which in Dharamsala is the Namgyal Monastery. The day includes a visit to Lord Elgin’s Memorial, the mausoleum of the famous Scottish Eighth Viceroy of India, Lord Elgin. Located on the premise of St. John’s, the mausoleum was built in the year 1852. The memorial is famous for its Gothic style architecture and glass stained windows depicting the meeting of John the Baptist with Jesus.
This morning, you move towards Tirthan Valley in Kullu District, a less discovered region. On the way, you drive through the beautiful tea gardens of Palampur, under shining and sharp ranges of Dhauladhar Mountain ranges and stop at Baijnath, which is 72 kilometers from Dharamsala and a place of ancient Shiva Temple, worth to visit and admire. Further, you drive through the valleys and mountains to Mandi, another 78 kilometers and visit the temples of Trilokinath and proceed to your destination, which is less than three hours journey.
The Tirthan Valley in Kullu District is one of the most beautiful places in Himachal Pradesh, located within the Great Himalayan National Park. The valley moves along the river through forests, fields, and tiny hamlets. This valley is the home to wilder brown trout and its more coveted cousin, the rainbow trout. The snow-fed river gushes its way over the rocks to drop into pools and spread itself out over flats where every stone is visible through its crystal clear waters. On arrival, you check into a fishing resort at Ghusheni and explore the valley on foot.
The morning at Ghusheni is extremely pleasing. You leave the place after breakfast and reach Jalori Pass (3140 meters) through a beautiful place, Sojha. The way towards Sojha goes through dense jungles of Alpine’s trees, which offers an unharmed habitation of many kinds of fauna and flora. Jalori Pass top is about 35 kilometers from Ghusheni and from here you drive down towards the Sutlej Valley. Just 86 kilometers from the top is the Rampur - a center of silk route trade, situated just at the banks of River Sutlej and from here, you further drive towards Sarahan - the beautiful mountain destination with the enormous temple of Goddess Bhimakali.
In the morning, you visit the Goddess Bhimakali Temple at Sarahan with a spectacular view of Shrikhand Mahadev (5227 meters). The Bhimakali temple, dedicated to Goddess Durga, is the finest example of Indo-Tibetan architecture. As per legend, this is where goddess Shakti destroyed the mythical demon king Bhasmasur. It is a highly revered place of pilgrimage. A pheasant breeding centre and stadium are worth visiting. The area is a rich bowl of quality apples and other varieties of delicious fruits.
After this memorable morning, you continue your journey to the beautiful valley of Kinnaur. The drive moves on the banks of Sutlej and through the power projects on this river. The small villages like Chora and Nigulsari come on the way and surely a deep curve at Tranda fills the maximum excitement on this tour. You reach Powari and drive up to Kalpa through Rekang Peo. Kalpa is a beautiful and main village of Kinnaur. Across the river faces the majestic mountains of the Kinner Kailash range. Kalpa is surrounded by picturesque villages and was once the favorite haunt of Lord Dalhousie, the then Governor General of India. The local inhabitants follow a syncretism of Hinduism and Buddhism, and temples in Kalpa are dedicated to both the faiths. Kalpa is a town of with history of ancient temples. Overnight at a hotel in Kalpa.
The morning at Kalpa is mesmerizing if you open your window and see the facing Kinner Kailash Peak. You visit Kinnaur’s most powerful local deity Chandika Devi Temple at Kothi while coming down to the main road for Nako. The temple, popularly called Devi Kothi, has beautiful wood carvings and silver plated doors. The deity is depicted as a rich golden image vanquishing a demon. Through Rekang Peo, Pooh, and Khab, which is the junction of Spiti River and Sutlej, you drive upwards through an adventurous trail to Nako. The village is situated at the altitude of 3662 meters and a cluster of old houses, a huge lake in between, and monastery dedicated to Lord Padmasambhava create a situation like explained in a fairy tale.
You visit the monastery in the morning and leave for Tabo through Maling Nalla and Sumdo down at the beds of Spiti River. Some miles away from Nako is a village called Tashigang around which are several caves where it is believed that Guru Padmasambhava meditated and gave discourse to followers. A waterfall nearby has snow water falling like a river of milk close to Tashigang. Legend says that it is a heavenly realm of fairies. In one of the caves, you can still able to see the live footprints of these fairies or other demigods. Himalaya is the bundle of mysteries. (Tashigang is not in your itinerary).
You get down to Sumdo where your inner line permits will be checked again. This is another place from where the Chinese border is just a few kilometers. Through the silent roads, you reach Tabo in the afternoon, check into the hotel and in the evening, move out to explore the more than 1000 years old group of monasteries, known as Ajanta of Himalayas. Tabo Monastery was founded in 996 AD. With its original decoration and art images intact, it is considered to be the oldest continuously functioning Buddhist monastery in India and the Himalayas. The unique beauty of its art and its pivotal historical role in the transmission of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism and culture in the 10th and 11th century makes Tabo Monastery a historically significant site. Within the ancient monastery's compound are nine temples built between the late 10th and the 17th century and numerous stupas.
In the morning, you can walk to the caves in front of Tabo Monastery where the monks have been meditating for last hundreds of years. The view from the caves is excellent. You get down and after breakfast, leave for Pin Valley. On the way, you see Dankhar Monastery. Dankhar was the traditional capital of the Spiti Valley Kingdom during the 17th century and has some features dating back to the 12th century. The complex is built on a 300 meters high spur overlooking the confluence of the Spiti and Pin Rivers - one of the world's most spectacular settings for a Gompa. Dankhar means fort on a cliff.
After spending time at Dankhar Monastery, you get down to the main road and drive to another monastery, Kungri at Pin Valley. Pin is the greenest valley in Spiti on the banks of Pin River. Kungri is Spiti's second oldest monastery, built around 1330 and belongs to Niyangma sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The Gompa consists of three detached rectangular blocks facing east. It is noted for its sword dance by the Buzhens of Mud village and Adventure India sometimes organizes special Buzhens for the visitors.
After the visit to the monastery, you leave for a small drive to Mud, the last village of Pin Valley and from where trek routes to Kullu and Kinnaur start over Pin Parvati and Bhaba Passes. The entire area is wonderful with the close interface of the life in small villages of the valley. Later, you drive to Kaza through Lhalung Monastery for the overnight. Lhalung is known as Golden Temple too was one of the earliest monasteries founded in Spiti by the great Tibetan Buddhist lotswa (translator), Rinchen Zangpo, the king of western Himalayan Kingdom of Guge during the late 10th century CE. This beautiful village is 14 kilometers from the main road and is the largest in the Lingti valley.
Spiti has come to be known as the “Fossil Park of The World”. The three villages of Kibber, Kaza, and Kee fall on the favorite route among those looking for fossils. In the morning, you drive to Kee Gompa, then to Kibber Village and Gompa, and from there take right to Hikkim, Langza, and Komic Monasteries, and villages. The Kee (4166 meters) is the biggest monastery of Spiti Valley and a religious training center for Lamas. It reportedly had 100 monks in 1855 and presently there are 80 monks in this monastery. This is the center of all ritual decisions in the valley.
Kibber is the village situated at 4200 meters and the gateway to Changthang Valley. Hikkim and Komic are the highest villages of the world connected with road and the monastery of Mahakala at Komic is fascinating. The Komic Lundup Tsemo Gompa is one of the world’s highest at 4587 meters. Komic Gompa was earlier located near Hikkim and had to be shifted to its present location after it was destroyed in an earthquake. The drive moves through the fertile top land of the valley facing several mountain peaks and ranges, almost snow covered. After spending a day with the ancient monasteries of Spiti valley, you get back to Kaza hotel.
In the morning, you leave Kaza and drive towards Keylong. On the way, you cross through small villages like Hansa and Lhosar and there are plenty of chances to see the herds of ibex jumping in the rough mountains across the river. The place of Takche offers a panoramic view of the mountains and the different small wildflowers and later, you slowly start climbing up to the mighty Kunzam Pass (4590 meters). The view of distinct mountain ranges from Kunzam Pass is awe-inspiring and then you gradually start descending to Batal, a place on the riverbed of Chandra.
From Batal, although the road moves along with the river till Chatru for more than 36 kilometers, the route is rough and takes time. From Chatru, you again climb to Gramphug and then join the Manali-Leh highway to Keylong. You stop at Koksar for the tea and registration of passports and later reach Keylong through the various village of Lahaul Valley and the meeting point of Chandra and Bhaga rivers at Tandi from where these two rivers become Chinab and flow deep in Pakistan. Reach Keylong and check into the hotel.
In the morning, you climb to visit Kardang Monastery close to Keylong, which was once the capital of Lahoul and a monastery of Drukpa Lineage. The monastery is believed to have been built in the 12th century and houses a large library of Buddhist literature. The monastery was in ruins until it was renovated in 1912 CE by Lama Norbu Rimpoche (died in 1952), who, with Lama Kunga, turned it into "a proper education and training establishment".
You leave Keylong later and drive towards Sarchu through small villages on the way including Jispa and Darcha, two prominent bases for trekking to Zanskar from ancient times. The trail’s second pass, Baralacha La (4830 meters) lies some 73 kilometers beyond Keylong. Another 33 kilometers of relatively rougher road bring you to the busy little hamlet of Sarchu which marks the border between the states of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Overnight at fixed camps.
From Sarchu, the road flattens into a good straight stretch of 25 kilometers known as the Lingti Plains and then climbs through a 10-kilometer stretch of amazingly circuitous hairpin bends known as the Gatta Loops which number all of 21. The road eventually reached the Nakee-La Pass (4800 meters) with a fantastic view. Just downhill from this pass is the Whiskey Nallah, beyond which the road begins to climb to the Lachalung la Pass, 54 kilometers from Sarchu, with a panoramic view of snow-clad peaks. Crossing the vast expanse of flat area called the Moray Plains which are a part of the Tibetan Plateau. The next high pass is the Tanglang La (5359 meters), the second highest motorable pass of the world. This is also the last pass on Manali-Leh highway. After the Tanglang La descent, small villages, green fields, and people of Ladakh appear, you enter into Leh.
This will be the full day visit to the Indus Valley monasteries to get a flavor of the history and culture of Ladakh India. With a visit to Thiksey, Shey, and Hemis, you cover the best-known monuments around Leh. You also pass Sindhu Ghat by the Indus River. In the late afternoon, you visit Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, Namgyal Shemo Gompa, and then stroll through Leh Bazaar.
After breakfast, you ride towards Uletopko and visit Phyang Gompa on the way, which is located six kilometers away from Leh. Further, you drive to Likir and visit Likir Gompa that is situated at a windy cliff top overlooking the beautiful village of Likir. Basgo is certainly the most impressive of Ladakhi citadels despite its ruined state. Then, you cross the River Indus and reach Alchi, Ladakh's most loved monastery. After visiting Alchi monastery, you drive to Uletopko to check in at the resort for the night.
After breakfast, you start a very spectacular ride to Kargil and on the way, you visit Rizong Gompa, known as the paradise for Meditation and reach Lamayuru. After visiting the monastery, you drive straight to Kargil over Fatu-La (3967 meters) which is the highest pass on Srinagar - Leh road. After driving up the Kangaroo curves, one can have a fascinating view of granite color rocks Mulbeck and Namika-la (3697 meters) and other fascinating places on the way. The Chamba statue carved out of a single rock about 144 feet high at Mulbeck is worth seeing.
You reach Kargil at the later afternoon and check into your hotel. Kargil (2700 meters) is the second largest urban center of Ladakh and headquarters of the district of the same name. Kargil once served as important trade and transit center in the Pan-Asian trade network. Numerous caravans carrying exotic merchandise comprising silk, brocade, carpets, felts, tea, poppy, ivory, etc. transited in the town on their way to and from China, Tibet, Yarkand, and Kashmir. In the evening, you walk out to explore the town.
Adventure India advises for an early start this day to Srinagar where you pass through Drass, the second coldest inhabited place on earth and you can have a spectacular view of Kargil War famous Peaks Tiger Hill and Tololing Peak. You cross Zozi La (3033 meters) pass to enter in Srinagar Valley, which is a different experience. Arrive in Srinagar in the evening through a beautiful place Sonmarg on the way. Check in to your houseboat for the night. Staying in a houseboat at Dal Lake of Srinagar would be a wonderful experience for the lifetime where the several small boats (Shikaras) give the colorful movement to life on the water.
Morning at the houseboat corridors is full of joy and excitement. The flower sellers visit your boats this time with various kinds of flowers. You start your day with an excursion to Shankaracharya Temple and Mughal Gardens, Nishat Bagh (Garden of Pleasure), and Shalimar Bagh (Garden of Pleasure). Further, you drive to Gulmarg - the beautiful meadow and golf course in the Kashmir Mountains and of course, a world-renowned ski resort. You reach back to your houseboat in the evening and make a small excursion on shikars (boats) to the floating market in Dal Lake. Dinner in a market restaurant.
In the morning, Adventure India transfers you to Sheikh ul-Alam International Airport (SXR) for the one-hour flight to Delhi. On arrival, you will meet Adventure India's office representative who will escort you to the hotel. For the rest of the day, you can independently spend it in Delhi. After dinner, Adventure India drives you to Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) for your flight to home.
Gini is an experienced camp manager and a passionate biker and organizer of bike tours. He specializes in tours escorting in Himalayas, Rajasthan, and South India. He is also an experienced problem solver and planner for any expedition in India. He has good and effective communication skills as well as efficient local support in every region of Himalayas.
Susheel will be your guide in this tour.
This tour will take you to explore Amritsar, Leh, and Srinagar in India. The tour moves from Amritsar to Dharamsala which is the home of His Holiness Dalai Lama and then enters into hidden valley of Great Himalayan National Park from where a sharp but short climb takes you to Jalori Pass, your first pass of the journey that takes you down in Sutlej Valley. The journey on the banks of Sutlej takes you to Kinnaur Valley and its magnificent valleys and villages sharing boundaries with China / Tibet.
The next piece of forbidden land meets with this journey is Spiti Valley where monasteries of more than 1000 years old simply make the difference. The shining barren landscape has its own beauty which lives in the memories forever. Leaving Spiti, you cross another high pass of Kunzam La and enter into Lahoul Valley from where you enter into Leh with more than 300 kilometers ride through extremely spectacular landscape including four major passes like Baralacha La, Naki La, Lachalung La, and Tanglang La which is the second highest motorable road in the world. Riding on moray plains is a series of endless happiness. From Leh, you move to Kargil though Lamayuru and Fotu La, which is your sixth high altitude pass and later you cross Zozi La pass and enter into the beautiful valley of Sonamarg in Kashmir.
A mixture of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food is offered for you during the trip. Adventure India has cooks who make Korean, Japanese, and Continental food along with Indian food. Adventure India offers the heavy and healthy refreshments during the biking to keep your energy level fine and high.
Indira Gandhi International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Adventure India will pick you up from the airport.
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