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Bikes on the side of the road in Himachal Pradesh. Photo by Karl Rock.

Delhi to Ladakh, Kashmir & Jammu Motorcycle Tour Super Guide [+ 4K Video]

I’ve never been so in awe of a place as I was with Himachal Pradesh (past Manali), Ladakh, and Kashmir. The mountains and beauty of this land are breathtaking. The sheer scale is like nothing I’ve seen before, and I’ve travelled the world.

It’s grander than Yosemite, more picturesque than New Zealand, and more enchanting than anywhere else.

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Royal Enfield Himalayan Motorcycle. Photo by Royal Enfield.

Royal Enfield Himalayan (2017) Adventure Bike Foreign Review

The bottom line on the Royal Enfield Himalayan is it’s a good entry-level adventure bike for off-road and an average bike for on-road. If you’re living outside of India, for a little extra you’re much better off with the tried and tested Kawasaki KLE 650 (the fact that the U.S. Military have been using it for the past 30 years says something).

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The Royal Enfield Classic 350cc 'Bullet'. Photo by Vincent Paul.

Tips for Renting a Motorcycle in India (Especially a Royal Enfield)

Renting a bike in India is, without a doubt, the most adventurous way to enjoy India. I always feel so free on a motorcycle cruising the wild Indian motorways with mountains, desert, farms, or forest on either side. A motorcycle road trip is a must-do experience in India.

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Me and my Royal Enfield Himalayan beside Pangong Lake. Photo © Karl Rock, all rights reserved.

Light Packing List for Ladakh or Any Mild Climate Motorcycle Trip

I always travel light. Travelling with excess baggage is a pain at the best of times, but overloading your bike with heavy bags takes away from the pleasure of riding altogether. I like to keep my bike as light as possible, so I don’t have to compromise on it’s handling and power. I want to enjoy the ride.

Here’s what I pack in a single 25L backpack and a pouch above my fuel tank when I travel to mild climates like Ladakh in summer (4 – 25 degrees).

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Pangong Lake. Photo © Karl Rock, all rights reserved.

The Ultimate Leh, Ladakh Motorcycle Itinerary

Ladakh is the land before time. It’s the beautiful, rugged, untouched region in the northernmost Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). It’s a part of Indian not frequented by foreigners probably due to the road passes to Ladakh only being open in the tourist off-season when they’re not frozen shut (June – September).

The major town and base for travelling around the Ladakh region is Leh. It’s the largest but least populated area of J&K and highly influenced equally by the cultures of Buddhism and Islam. The area is known as Trans-Himalayan, meaning it lays beyond the Himalayas.

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