One of the most famous bike trips in the country, the Manali to Leh bike trip is definitely a bucket list trip for every biker. The trip begins from the beautiful lush green valleys of Himachal Pradesh and covers the barren and cold deserts of Ladakh. This article gives a brief insight into all the different activities one can take part in while on the Manali to Leh bike trip.
There is no better way than bike trips to explore a place and feel close and connected to nature all at the same time.
The trip starts from the beautiful valleys and grasslands of Manali and covers places like Jispa, the Solang Valley, the Gata Loops, the Pangong lake (the largest saltwater lake in the world) the Cyclop’s hill (popularly known as the Magnetic Hill), the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar river, and numerous high altitude mountain passes like the Khardung la and Lachung la, Rohtang la and Baralacha la. Each of these places has its own importance.
One also gets to pass through numerous valleys and grasslands, open meadows, forests, rivers, streams and waterfalls; along with the magnificent mountains in the backdrop. Apart from all these, the rich natural biodiversity of this region that one gets to catch a glimpse of is yet another reason behind the huge popularity of this trip. The swirling roads along the rugged terrains will give one all the adventure and adrenaline rush, and this trip is definitely not meant for the faint-hearted.
Ladakh is best known for all the opportunities for adventure sports that it provides. The confluence of the Indus and Zanskar rivers offers opportunities for river rafting, and it is also the highest river rafting point in the world.
Apart from this, Solang valley offers options for other adventure sports like paragliding, ice skating, cable car ropeway, snow scooter, and many more. One can also opt for archery, which is a traditional adventure sport in Ladakh.
Biking along the swirling roads and narrow and steep terrains in itself is quite adventurous and thrilling, and no less than any other adventurous sport. The adventures that come with this trip are the main reason why adventure seekers from all over the world visit this trip in large numbers every year.
The unparalleled natural beauty that one gets to witness all along the way is truly a rewarding and fulfilling experience. Along with that, one also gets to witness the rich variety of flora and fauna of the region. The Tsokar lake is best known for its exotic collection of migratory birds and is a heaven on earth for bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts.
Ladakh is also home to some rare and endangered plants and animals. All of this with the stunning views of the magnificent mountains is an absolute delight for every nature lover.
One can also explore nearby places, like the Hadimba temple in Manali, the Nakeela river, the Sham valley and the world-famous Hall of Fame (where one can learn about the Indo-Pak wars), Gurdwara Pathar Sahib, the white sand dunes at the Nubra Valley and a ride on the double-humped camels (exclusively found in Ladakh), the Pangong lake at the Indo- China border and the scenic beauty of the Shyok river, and the Thiksey monastery- the largest Tibetan monastery in Ladakh.
Apart from all of the activities mentioned above, one can also opt for photography, as the picturesque villages on the lap of the mountains. The unparalleled natural beauty makes this place a paradise on earth for photographers.
One of the most sought-after bike trips in the country. The Manali to Leh bike trip has its admirers and visitors from all over the world. Though a long and strenuous trip, it has its own charm and appeal. The stunning views and all the other opportunities that it provides definitely compensate for all the physical exhaustion and fatigue. Above all, the Manali to Leh bike trip is a perfect blend of adventure, natural and cultural diversity. And is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.