The Land of the Passes

Rohtang La

Ladakh means " The Land of the Passes" and there is no country in the world with roads and passes higher than those here. Located in the extreme north of India, Ladakh borders Tibet on the higher part of the Indus Valley, and this rough piece of land is known as "Little Tibet."

Ladakh's first inhabitants were Buddhist monks, who rested here during their pilgrimage from Tibet to India. Ladakh's influence grew greatly during the 9th Thikse Monastery century, spreading beyond the borders of the Indus Valley, and many forts and palaces were built in this time. During the 14th century a Tibetan pilgrim founded the Gelupka order of Buddhists, Buddha guided by the first Dalai Lama. Buddhism has remained the dominant religion in this area today, and one can find Buddhist monasteries all over the region. Streams of followers from all over retreat to these peaks to hear the Buddha's words as taught by the Dalai Lama and other Masters still teaching there today.

On- oder Offroad

It is not possible to easily answer this question. Although there are many roads in this area, we will widen our definition of the concept to include different types of roads and driving conditions. Some paths have faded signs of asphalt; a major part of the stretch we will drive have more rustic sand and gravel trails, which can change to slippery muddy paths after a rain shower; once and awhile we will have to cross small streams, which sometimes can result in an impromtu swim, an involuntary refreshment!

Tour Data

Day

Activity

1

Flight to Delhi

2

Chandigarh (by car)

3

Shimla

4

Chindi

5

Rewalsar

6

Nagar

7&8

Keylong

9

Sarchu

10

Leh

11

KardungLa/Leh

12

Pangong Lake

13&14

Leh

15

Alchi

16

Kargil

17-18

Srinagar

19

Flight to Delhi

20

Agra (Taj Mahal)

21

Delhi

22

Homeward journey

Ladakh

What should one take with?

An experienced adventurer once said, "When you finish packing, spread everything in front of you on the floor, and take only half, and instead of that double your tour cash. Repeat three times, and you will then be well prepared for the travel."

But some things you should have:

- Pullover
- T-Shirts
- Light raincoat
- Watertight Bike clothes
- Helmet
- Sleeping bag
- Strong shoes
- Sandals

And especially important are, curiosity, openess, tolerance and patience. If equipped with those qualities a tour in Ladakh will become an unforgetable experience that will enrich the body and soul.

Biking in Ladakh In this way, a motorbike tour over Ladakh means the ultimate driving adventure. Climatic conditions are always a challenge for man and machine; temperatures in the summer can easily rise up to 30° Checking the map Celsius in the daytime and drop down to freezing point by night. The forces of man and nature could block roads from one moment to next with unpredictable landslides or political agitations. Drivers should always be ready for the unexpected, influenced by the conditions of the terrain, performance of the biker, and reliability of the machine.

And on the whole?

On the other side of the Rohtang La

A delightful feast for the senses will reward those willing to undertake this adventure. Imagine being on top of the world amidst the majestic peaks and the indescribable beauty of the Himalayas.Or driving through a barren, high desert with landscape similar to that of the moon, then crossing into grassy areas in the lower regions. Interaction with the friendly and lovely population is like a balm to the soul and a feast for the eyes and nose as one encounters all the colours of the spectrum in their local dress and the unique smells one can only find in the bazaars or marketplaces of India.


The culinary delights of Ladakh will not leave any appetite unsatisfied. Rock structures Kinner Kailash The Tibetan and North Indian foods are of such a rich variety that 2-3 weeks is only enough to get a fleeting impression to take back home. If, however, the foreign flavours are too much for you tongue Simla, Manali and Leh offer several international restaurants where one can order something familiar.

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