Minutes from India

Traveling from New Delhi to Leh, Ladakh on a Royal Enfield Himalayan.

Travel

A three-week trip through the famous Himalayan route through Leh, Ladakh.

Itinerary:

  • Fly to New Delhi from Prague
  • Rent a motorbike, have it sent to Kalka at the foot of the Himalayas
  • Take the night train to Kalka, pick up the bikes there
  • Head north into the mountains passing / staying at:
    • Tattapani
    • Bhima Kali Temple, Saharan)
    • Sangla
    • Kalpa
    • Nako
    • Kaza
    • Jispa
    • Pang
    • Leh
    • Hunder (Nubra Valley)
    • Spangmik (Pangong Tso/lake)
    • Leh
    • Kargil
    • Srinagar

Our plans got halted in Leh. When we arrived there was sporadic electricity for the last two days, disrupted cell signal and internet. After some investigations with the locals, we are told that the India-controlled Kashmir region has been revoked its historical special status, removing its autonomy and sparking potential for large protests. The region became locked off from the world for several weeks and infested with the Indian military. We were stuck in Leh with about a week of our journey still remaining, we, therefore, organized trips in the area to Nubra valley through Khardung La pass – one of the highest roads in the world at 5600 meters above sea level, and to Panglong lake, which is split in half between China and India.