Great Ladakh-Kashmir Trip

Ladakh means translated "land of passports". And really there is no country in the world with higher passable roads and passes than Ladakh. In the far north of India, on the upper course of the Indus river, on the border to Tibet, this rough piece of earth is hidden.

Pricing

Price
Prices for 19 June 2020 - 11 July 2020
per rider in shared double/twin room with discount of 3% if booked until 31st March 2020 €3,104.00 $3,453.07 ?
per pillion passenger in shared double/twin room with discount of 3% discount if booked until 31.03.2020 €2,813.00 $3,129.34 ?
per single room (surcharge) €450.00 $500.61 ?
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Prices for 17th July 2020 - 08th August 2020
per rider in shared double/twin room €3,300.00 $3,671.11 ?
per pillion passenger in shared double/twin room €3,000.00 $3,337.37 ?
per single room (surcharge) €450.00 $500.61 ?
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per rider in shared double/twin room €3,200.00 $3,559.87 ?
per pillion passenger in shared double/twin room €2,900.00 $3,226.13 ?
per single room (surcharge) €450.00 $500.61 ?

Features

Features
16 x overnight stay in hotel
2 x overnight stay in a tent
3 x overnight stays in a houseboat
21 x breakfast
20 x dinner
Rent a motorcycle
Operating materials (petrol/oil)
Service vehicle
Mechanic Service
Tour guide
Nat. flight: flight from Srinagar to Delhi
Airport transfer in India
Transfer by car or minibus to Chandigarh
Not included features
Everything that is not listed under services
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It is recommended to take out travel cancellation insurance, travel health insurance and travel interruption insurance.

More details

More details
Total distance approx. 1915 km
Level of difficulty: very high
min: 4 - max: 12 drivers
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Visa
Swiss, Austrian and German nationals require a visa to enter India. Your passport must be valid for at least another six months. Obtaining a visa is relatively uncomplicated. A visa valid for six months or an e-Visa valid for 30 days is sufficient.
Vaccinations
No vaccinations are required for India. A valid international vaccination passport is required from persons entering from areas with yellow fever (certain countries in Africa and Central and South America). However, it is generally recommended to be vaccinated against tetanus, diphtheria, polio, hepatitis A and typhoid fever. As there are many different aspects to be considered in each individual case, it is always advisable to seek personal travel health advice from a doctor or pharmacist experienced in travel medicine in good time (about 4 to 6 weeks) before the trip. Here too, we recommend that you seek medical advice in good time.
driving licence
You need a valid German and an international driving licence of class 1 or A. Please note that the international driving licence is only valid in combination with the national driving licence.
Minimum number of participants
You will find the minimum number of participants next to the respective travel description. As an organizer we have a right of withdrawal if the minimum number of participants has not been reached 6 weeks before the start of the trip. In this case, we will refund the amounts paid on account.
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In practice, however, we always try to carry out the trip with fewer participants in your interest, if you agree. in this case, there is no service vehicle available and we charge a staggered small group surcharge:
1 participant: 10% of the travel price
2 participants: 5% of the travel price
3 participants: 2,5% of the travel price
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Half double room
For single travellers we offer the possibility to share a double room with another traveller. If there is no "half" double room available at the time of your booking, we will charge the single room supplement. You will be refunded as soon as a double room partner is found.
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Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.

Ladakh is a foothill of the Tibetan Plateau and is therefore also called "Little Tibet".

The first settlers of Ladakh were Buddhist monks who stopped here on their pilgrimage from India to Tibet. In the 9th century Ladakh's influence grew far beyond the borders of the Indus valley; during this time numerous fortresses and palaces were built. In the 14th century a Tibetan pilgrim founded a Buddhist order, then known as "Gelupka", which was led by the first Dalai Lama. Until today Buddhism is the dominant religion in Ladakh; Buddhist monasteries can be found everywhere. Thousands of believers from all over the world flock to this region to hear the teachings of Buddha from the mouth of the Dalai Lama and other teachers.

on- or off-road

This question cannot be answered so easily. Although there are roads everywhere, even if traces of old asphalt can still be seen, they are in a condition that requires a new definition of the term road. A large part of the routes to be driven consists of gravel and sand tracks. The latter turn into slippery mud tracks after a downpour. Additionally, there are some river crossings that can also end with an unwanted refreshment.

In any case, a motorcycle tour through Ladakh means ultimate adventure. The climatic conditions are a constant challenge for man and machine. Temperatures can reach up to 30 degrees Celsius in summer and can easily drop to freezing point at night. Roads are blocked from one minute to the next. Landslides, undermining or even political unrest can be the cause. Everything makes high demands on the bikers' performance and condition as well as on the reliability of the machines.

And what's the point?

The traveller is compensated for all his efforts by a true feast for the senses. First of all, the indescribable variety and beauty of the Himalayan mountain world. Surrounded by the most majestic peaks of this globe we cross desolate scree deserts and almost believe we have landed on the moon. Then again the eye is refreshed by lush meadow valleys, which are crossed by quietly rippling mountain streams. The contact with the exceptionally friendly and endearing population is balm for the soul; the blaze of colour and the variety of oriental smells that permeate and shape bazaars and markets are a treat for the eyes and nose.

Culinary Ladakh leaves nothing to be desired. The Tibetan as well as the North Indian cuisine are so varied that two or three weeks are just enough to take home a first impression. And for those who find it too Indian, there are numerous international restaurants in Manali or Leh.

Route

Route

1. Arrival

The adventure can begin. Only a few hours lie between your usual everyday life and a world that is completely different in terms of landscape, climate, culture and cuisine.

Overnight stay in New Delhi

2. Arrival in Delhi, transfer to Chandigarh

Your plane will land in New Delhi in the night or early in the morning. When everyone has arrived, we continue by jeep or minibus to Chandigarh (approx. 250 km), the capital of Punjab, which was created on the drawing board. There we reach the hotel in the early afternoon and you will have enough time to visit this extraordinary city.

Overnight stay on approx. 375 NHN

Overnight stay in Chandigarh

3. Chandigarh - Shimla (about 135 km)

After breakfast we take over the bikes and start our first tour. The short drive to Shimla, one of the most famous hill stations in India, gives us a first impression of what to expect in the next few days. Curve after curve we swing unceasingly up to about 2,200 meters. In the afternoon we reach our hotel and can recover from the first motorcycle ride in India.

Overnight stay on approx. 2.158 NHN

Overnight stay in Shimla

4. Shimla - chindi (about 150 km)

Breakfast. In countless bends we wind our way up and down a narrow but well maintained road. Depending on the weather conditions, we have to reckon with obstructions due to landslides and flooding. In Himachal Pradesh the monsoon is ruling. But only now the passes are passable. We are compensated by a very beautiful landscape, terraced rice fields with their bright green, wooded slopes, wide meadow valleys.

Overnight stay on approx. 1.975 NHN

Overnight stay in Chindi

5. Chindi - Rewalsar (about 120 km)

Breakfast. Today Rewalsar is on the agenda as a stage finish. Like yesterday, the route takes us through fertile farmland and fruit plantations. Sufficient curves are also provided. Rewalsar is situated on the lake of the same name. It is a very religious city, Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs live peacefully next to and with each other. The town's landmark is the gigantic Padmasambhava statue, around which numerous exciting stories and myths entwine.

Overnight stay on approx. 1.335 NHN

Overnight stay in Rewalsar

6 Rewalsar - Nagar (about 115 km)

Breakfast. Next station is Nagar near Manali. Before we reach our destination, we cross the Kullu Valley, the fruit and vegetable garden of India. We stay overnight in the former royal palace, which was lovingly restored by the government and converted into a hotel. From here we have on the one side a beguiling view over the valley and on the other side we recognize the Himalayas, our destination for the next days.

Overnight stay on about 1.780 NHN

Overnight stay in Naggar

7. Nagar day trip (about 60 km)

Breakfast. The Indian authorities have come up with a new obstacle for travellers. Since recently, one needs a permit to cross the Rohtang-La, which is only available in Manali. Therefore we will spend a second night in the beautiful town of Nagar and its old royal palace. We fill the day with an excursion to some interesting places in the surrounding area.

Overnight stay on about 1.780 NHN

Overnight stay in Naggar

8. Nagar - Keylong (about 135 km)

Breakfast. The band begins to play! From Nagar we continue for a good 40 km through wooded heights before we gradually reach the tree line. The vegetation retreats completely, it becomes more and more sparse and at some point there is nothing left but rock massifs, on which however an amazing number of beautiful mountain flowers grow. We cross the Rohtang Pass (3,978 meters) and reach our stage destination Keylong in the afternoon.

Overnight stay on approx. 3.090 NHN

Overnight stay in Keylong

9. Keylong - Sarchu (about 85 km)

Breakfast. Today we cross the 5,000 meter border for the first time. With 5.029 meters the Baralachla comes quite close to the clouds. Our Enfields remain completely unimpressed by this. Effortlessly they follow the winding roads. To the right and left we find nothing more than rocks and scree. We have reached the moon landscape of Ladakh.

They sleep in a tent camp in Sarchu at 4,250 meters above sea level.

Overnight stay in Sarchu

10. Sarchu - Leh (about 260 km)

Breakfast. The longest and by far the most strenuous part of our journey lies ahead of us. We pass three passes. In narrow hairpin bends we fight for every meter. Depending on the weather we will drive through snowy landscape. Warm clothing is appropriate. A good 60 km before Lehents relaxes, the road is in excellent condition, there is vegetation again and the climate is becoming friendlier. In the evening we reach our hotel in Leh.

Overnight stay on about 3.500 NHN

Overnight stay in Leh

11. rest day in Leh

Breakfast. Leh! Once you have acquired a taste for it, you will want to stay in this city forever. The calm, cheerful balance of the Buddhist population is extremely contagious and soon the last remnants of stress and hecticness fall away from us. Whether you take a stroll through the narrow streets of the old town or go to "observation posts" in one of the many cafés, today you can relax.

Overnight stay on about 3.500 NHN

Overnight stay in Leh

12. Leh - Diskit (about 115 km)

Breakfast. Things are really looking up now. Just behind Leh, the pass road rises to Kardung La, the supposedly highest pass in the world. With a cloudless blue sky and bright sunshine, there is a magnificent view of Leh and the Stok mountain range. At Kardung La we enjoy a tea in the highest tea house in the world and continue our journey after the obligatory "passport photos" to Diskit in the Nubra Valley.

Overnight stay on approx. 3.180 NHN

Overnight stay in Diskit

13. Diskit

Breakfast. Today can be arranged by everyone at will. There are several options. Relaxing with a visit to the monastery of Diskit, camel riding in Hundur (approx. 30 km), excursion to Turtuk (approx. 180 km), a small dreamy village at the border to Pakistan or along the Nubra river into the valley of flowers (approx. 100 km). The km figures refer to the outward and return journey. We meet again for dinner together.

Overnight stay on approx. 3.180 NHN

Overnight stay in Diskit

14. Diskit - Pangong Lake (about 160 km)

Since recently the route from Diskit directly to Pangong Lake is regularly navigable. Road closures are now only occasional. So we will not take the detour via Leh, as we have done up to now, but drive directly to Spangmik.

Overnight stay on 4.200 NHN

Overnight stay in Spangmik

15. Pangong Lake - Leh (about 160 km)

Breakfast. On the way back to Leh we stop at some monasteries along the way. The programme includes a visit to the two most famous Buddhist monasteries in Thikse and Hemiss as well as a visit to the former royal palace in Stok. Back in Leh a (shopping) stroll through the shopping streets of Ladakh's capital concludes the day.

Overnight stay on about 3.500 NHN

Overnight stay in Leh

16. One last day in Leh

Before we set off for Srinagar, we spend a relaxing day in Leh. The last days of driving were very exhausting, and so a rest day comes in handy.

Overnight stay on 3.500 NHN

Overnight stay in Leh

17. Leh - Lamayuro (about 115 km)

Breakfast. After about three to four hours of driving along the Indus river and through spectacular canyons we reach the small village of Lamayuro. Here is one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries in Ladakh, from where we have a breathtaking view of the "Moonland".

Overnight stay on about 3.520 NHN

Overnight stay in Lamayuru

18. Lamayuro - Kargil (about 105 km)

Breakfast. The further west we go, the more lovely the landscape becomes. A pass is on our way, the FotuLa. A little later we reach Kargil. Here we leave the land of the Buddhists. Kargil is a Muslim city. We notice this immediately by the changed street scene and also by the fact that there is no beer, or if there is, then at highly inflated prices.

Overnight stay on approx. 2.700 NHN

Overnight stay in Kargil

19. Kargil - Srinagar (about 200 km)

Breakfast. The last kilometres of our Himalayan adventure lie ahead of us. There's one more pass we have to cross, Soji La. It can be a real challenge. The road is narrow and has never seen asphalt. It gets quite slippery when it rains.

The route continues through dense forests, wide meadows and agricultural land. It is easy to understand why Kashmir is called the Switzerland of India. After a few hours we reach our houseboat on Nagin Lake, the smaller and more contemplative of the two lakes in Srinagar.

Sleeping in a luxury houseboat

Overnight stay on about 1.600 NHN

Overnight stay in Srinagar

20. Srinagar

Breakfast. Today is the day to relax. If you want, you can hang out all day on the houseboat, take a shikara, a typical Srinagar water taxi, cruise the lakes and waterways around the city, visit the famous Mughal Gardens or go on foot and go shopping at one of Srinagar's bazaars. The operator of the houseboat provides for the physical well-being with typical home-style cooking from cashmere.

Overnight stay on about 1.600 NHN

Overnight stay in Srinagar

21. Srinagar

Breakfast. It was the unanimous wish of our guests to extend their stay on the houseboat in Srinagar by one day, and this has been done with this. How you spend the day is entirely up to you. Abdul and his son Rouf will fulfill your wishes as best they can.

Overnight stay on about 1.600 NHN

Overnight stay in Srinagar

22. Srinagar - Delhi

Breakfast. We leave Srinagar by plane and land a short time later at Indira Gandhi Airport in Delhi. Now we have more or less time, depending on the flight connection, to explore the capital of India. How this is done is entirely up to you. The range of things to see is so varied that we limit ourselves to suggestions and let you go off on your own

For Taj Mahal visitors

All those who have booked a visit to the Taj Mahal after the tour will be picked up directly at the airport and taken to Agra by car.

Overnight stay in Agra

23. Flight home (or visit of the Taj Mahal)

The adventure comes to an end. Sometime in the night from today your plane will take off for home. Until then you will have a room at the hotel in Delhi.

We would be happy to welcome you soon on one of our other trips in Incredible India, perhaps in the desert state of Rajasthan or in tropical Kerala.

For Taj Mahal visitors

Early in the morning, before sunrise, we will go to the Taj Mahal and admire this amazing wonder of Muslim architecture. Afterwards we have breakfast at the hotel and drive back to Delhi.

Overnight stay in New Delhi

24. Flight home

Now the adventure also comes to an end for the visitors of the Taj Mahal. Sometime in the night to this day your plane will also take off for home. Until then you will have a room at the hotel in Delhi.

We would be happy to welcome you soon on one of our other tours in "Incredible India", maybe in the desert state of Rajasthan or in tropical Kerala.