Ladakh Road Trip

Why Ladakh Is The Best Location for Biking

Written by Manavi Sarang

Ladakh is the one destination in India that everyone wishes to go to at least once in their life. It is a place full of captivating and raw beauty that stays etched in the mind forever. 

This modest land of Ladakh is located in Jammu and Kashmir. Surrounded by the great snow-capped mountains of Kunlun to the north and the Himalayas to the south, it creates the perfect panoramic view. 

The region has very few inhabitants as the environmental conditions are very harsh. But it also leads to a safe and pristine atmosphere. You will be at the very door of heaven once you arrive in Ladakh. 

A clear blue sky, vast cold-desert landscapes, ice-covered mountains and a sweet mountain breeze against your skin. That’s the best part about nature.

Apart from its monasteries and scenic views, Ladakh is also famous for its risky passes and roads. The Chang-La and Khardung-La are some of the highest motorable passes around the world where tons of experienced bikers come along and take a biking trip. These passes connect the huge valleys of Changthang and Nubra to Ladakh.

Many of the risky and exciting trips in the country can be experienced here like never before to get the ultimate adrenaline rush. Such tours are very popular in Ladakh. That is why bike lovers from all over the world come to this magnificent place to fulfil their need to enjoy riding a bike.

The topography of Ladakh is the best for daring bike adventures.  Any mountain biking dream is fulfilled in the winding, hilly roads concealed in the mountains. When you go up, you will rest and admire the unbelievable view of the massive valley below, with the bright, crisp sky.

Caution is a must, but all of the adventures add to the thrill of bike rides when one goes through the breathtaking Ladakh by the steep twists of tracks, frequent uneven roads and towering cliffs. In addition, it is difficult to find the sights of the beautiful sunsets like it is here.

Here are a few reasons why Ladakh is the best destination for biking – 

 1. Cool in the Summer

While the rest of the country goes through a very hot summer, Ladakh stays cool. Riders get the opportunity to enjoy summer in a very blissful way. 

The snow-capped mountains and chilly lakes are the best features to escape the heat. The temperature here never crosses 25˚C, maintaining very pleasant weather. 

 2. Experience True Nature

Ladakh offers far more than just daunting roads and adventurous bike rides. You ought to see it all on an experience-based tour of Ladakh. The truest and easiest way that is close to nature is camping beneath the dark blue sky, illuminated with untold stars. 

You can stop your bike at locations such as Sarchu and Jispa where camping in bare surroundings is easy and you can take a moment to breathe the coolest air. The amazing views of the stars in the darkness seen here give you an unforgettable view.

 3. Hunger For Adventure – Satisfied

Ladakh offers you an escape from the daily routine of your life. Whoever comes to Ladakh looks for an experience never happened before. As humans, it’s in our nature to get bored of doing the same thing repeatedly and look for a change once in a while. 

To satiate the hunger for adventure, a road trip in Ladakh never disappoints. The narrow roads, high cliffs on one side, deep trenches on one side, gives you an adrenaline rush. 

The roads of Ladakh come with countless twists and turns which adds to the thrill of bike riding. The turning points are unexpected, but that’s what makes the ride so daring. 

 4. Freedom 

When you go on pre-planned trips, you know exactly what is going to happen and most of all, you have to go by the rule book. Playing by the rules is sometimes a good thing, but it cancels out the freedom you get of planning your own path. 

Biking Solo in Ladakh means you can skip the schedules and stop wherever you want for however long you want. Planned trips always have a limit to the timing and pace of your trip. You can move at your desired pace in Ladakh without any restrictions. 

Ladakh is one of the most sought-after destinations in the country where foreigners too, come here to enjoy the scenery and get an adrenaline rush. Though many people state that Leh-Ladakh is unsafe, on the contrary, it is one of the safest places near the Indian borders!

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