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INDIVIDUAL TOUR GROUP TOUR

Himalayan Conquest

  • 2771 km
  • 22 days / 21 nights
Chandigarh - Manali - Sarchu - Leh - Pangong - Leh - Nubra Valley - Leh - Dras - Srinagar - Patnitop - Amritsar - Chandigarh
Activity :
  • Adventure
  • Culture
  • Culinary
Terrain :
  • Mountain
  • Desert
  • Urban

A road-trip to Leh is among the most exciting journeys you can treat yourself to. This almost mystical journey is challenging, exhilarating and not to forget, it's got the bragging rights that few road-trips come with. The 2500 km-plus itinerary you are about to check out, takes you through some of the best parts of North India. Leh is, of course, a part of this, but so are Manali, Spiti, Srinagar, Amritsar and many more. Dig in!

Trip Type
Self Drive 365
Forget early wake-up calls, scheduled departures and the regular battery of sight- seeing destinations. That’s because when you’re out on a self-drive holiday, you decide where to go, what to see, and what to drive. And with Self-Drive 365, the road, the destination and that palpable connect between man and machine is all yours to explore!
Skill Level
Difficult
This trip is not for the faint-hearted. It's for those adept at tackling hilly roads, bad roads, no roads, the works!

Is this road trip for me?

  • If a long, exciting and challenging road trip is what you seek, this one is just for you.

Highlights

  • Explore the cities of Chandigarh, Leh, Srinagar and Amritsar
  • Excursion to Solang Valley
  • Experience the camp stay at Sarchu, Pangong Lake, Nubra Valley and Dras
  • Click a selfie at the Khardung La - one of the highest motorable roads in the world
  • Enjoy a shikara ride in the Dal Lake
  • Relish a delicious langar at the Golden Temple
Start of Tour Chandigarh
Day 1
Total Driving Distance 2771 km
End of Tour Chandigarh
Day 22
  • Day 1 Chandigarh
    • None (Meals on your own)
    • Arrive at the airport/railway station, pick up your rental motorcycle and ride to the hotel in Chandigarh.
    • Overnight in Chandigarh.

  • Transfers

    Arrive at the airport/railway station, pick up your rental motorcycle and ride to the hotel in Chandigarh.

    Welcome to Chandigarh! On arrival at the airport / railway station, pick up your rental motorcycle from the rental company and ride to the hotel and check in.

  • Other Recommendation

    The rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore this brilliantly planned city as per your liking.

  • Day 2 Chandigarh
    • Breakfast
    • Enjoy a city tour of Chandigarh.
    • Overnight in Chandigarh.

  • Activities

    Enjoy a city tour of Chandigarh.

    Kick off your ride in the brilliantly planned city of Chandigarh with a visit to the Rock Garden, brainchild and work of Nek Chand, and also the city's prime attraction. It's popular for its statues and sculptures, all of which are made from construction waste and household discard.

    Chandigarh is also home to Asia's largest rose garden, the Zakir Hussain Rose Garden. It hosts Chandigarh's annual Rose Festival which is held from February - March.

    Designer Le Corbusier's Open Hand Monument is a spot that you should visit after sunset, as the hoisted hand symbol looks stunning with all its lighting switched on.

  • Day 3 Chandigarh
    • Ride
    • Distance:320 km
    • Breakfast
    • Ride from hotel in Chandigarh to resort in Manali.
    • Overnight in Manali.

  • Transfers

    Ride from hotel in Chandigarh to resort in Manali.

    To ride to Manali, take NH 205, which you can reach via Hoshiyarpur. Stay on NH 205 till you reach Bilaspur, where you need to switch to NH 154.

    Follow NH 154 till Mandi. Thus far, the pit-stops worth making en route include Shere-e-Punjab (before Bilaspur), Hotel Raja (in Jarol) and Visco Resort (in Mandi). Although regular fair, the food at these places is good, the restaurants are clean, and prices reasonable.

    At Mandi, switch to NH 3, also called the Manali Highway. The road hugs the turquoise-blue Beas River all the way to Manali.

    Head towards Manali, and you will pass Dhakpo Shedrupling, a Buddhist Monastery nestled in the hills alongside NH 3. It's a school and place of refuge for Tibetans. This perch also gives you the best view of Kullu's picturesque surroundings.

    Manali is another 33 km from here.

  • Day 4 Manali
    • Breakfast
    • Explore the town of Manali.
    • Overnight in Manali.

  • Activities

    Explore the town of Manali.

    Explore local Manali (mostly Old Manali) on your first day at the hill station.

    Manali is believed to be where Sage Manu stepped on to land from his arc to restore life after a great deluge submerged the world. The Manu Temple located in Old Manali is the sole temple in the world dedicated to the sage. Just a walk away from the Manu Temple is the other prominent shrine in Old Manali, the 500-plus year-old Hadimba Temple. This temple is named after Hadimba, the demon wife of Bhima, the Pandava.

    If a hang-out spot is what you're looking for, head straight to the Manali Club House. It has a restaurant, gaming zones and the adventurous ones will surely enjoy zip-lining across the Manaslu River. Most of Manali's hep restaurants are also located close by. These include Johnson's Cafe, the Lazy Dog Lounge and Il Forno. The latter is a rustic, heritage home and the one to pick if you crave for some authentic Italian food.

  • Day 5 Manali
    • Breakfast
    • Enjoy an excursion to Solang Valley.
    • Overnight in Manali.

  • Activities

    Enjoy an excursion to Solang Valley.

    Get ready for your first proper glimpse at the Himalayas. After breakfast, our chauffeur will pick you up from your hotel and for your excursion to the Valley. Located north of Manali, Solang Valley is a famous adventure sport spot, especially popular among skiing enthusiasts. When it is not clad in snow, adrenaline junkies arrive here to indulge in zorbing and paragliding. While there's ample for the adventurers, the delightful vistas of the majestic Himalayas are sure to keep even the laid back enthralled all day long.

    Note: All adventure sport activities are on your own.

  • Day 6 Manali
    • Ride
    • Distance:230 km
    • Breakfast
    • Ride from the hotel in Manali to the camp in Sarchu.
    • Overnight in Sarchu.

  • Transfers

    Ride from the hotel in Manali to the camp in Sarchu.

    It's the first day of your thrilling trip to Leh! Time to keep your permissions for Rohtang Pass, and medication for high altitude sickness ready.

    Stop by the picturesque Deepak Tal on your way to admire the valley view.

  • Day 7 Sarchu
    • Ride
    • Distance:240 km
    • Breakfast
    • Ride from the camp in Sarchu to the hotel in Leh via Gata Loops and Tanglang La.
    • Overnight in Leh.

  • Transfers

    Ride from the camp in Sarchu to the hotel in Leh via Gata Loops and Tanglang La.

    Your first challenge for the day is clearing the Gata Loops - a set of 21, back-to-back hairpin bends that climbs 2000 ft. This stretch is an absolute treat for those who like to ride.

    Your next attraction before descending into Leh is Tanglang La (17,480 feet above sea level), one of the highest motorable mountain passes on the planet.

    Famished already? You could drop by the Trishul Bakery at Karu. It is located just off the highway, inside the local military base. However, don't hesitate, it's open to public. Try their plum cake and coconut biscuits along with tea; just the sugar rush you need after the arduous ride.

  • Day 8 Leh
    • Breakfast
    • Overnight in Leh.

  • Other Recommendation

    When in Leh, acclimatisation should be your top priority. Give the body at least a day to adapt to the thinner air and cold climate. Refrain from as much physical strain as possible.

    Note: In case you decide to explore Leh by yourself, leave your motorcycle at your hotel.

  • Day 9 Leh
    • Breakfast
    • Explore Leh on a city tour.
    • Overnight in Leh.

  • Activities

    Explore Leh on a city tour.

    Keep this as an easy day for you to explore Leh locally. Visit the Military Hall of Fame, the Shanti Stupa, and roam the local market.

    When you visit the market, make sure you stop by Hot Millions (for piping hot samosas, jalebis and thick lassi), Chopsticks (for Tibetan food and Thukpa/noodle soups) and Lala's Cafe (for chocolate cake and ginger tea).

    Note: Park your motorcycle at your hotel. A local taxi or hired motorcycle will be provided.

  • Day 10 Leh
    • Ride
    • Distance:230 km
    • Breakfast
    • Transfer from the hotel in Leh to camp in Pangong Lake.
    • Overnight in Pangong Lake.

  • Transfers

    Transfer from the hotel in Leh to camp in Pangong Lake.

    Pangong Lake is among the most fascinating destinations in Ladakh. The lake has gained popularity in recent times, especially thanks to movies like 3 Idiots and Jab Tak Hai Jaan.

    Today, after breakfast, head for a trip to Pangong Lake. Enjoy the view of the lake in the evening, and stay the night at Pangong.

    Note: Leave your motorcycle at your hotel in Leh. A local taxi or hired motorcycle will be provided.

  • Day 11 Pangong
    • Ride
    • Distance:230 km
    • Breakfast
    • Transfer from camp in Pangong Lake to hotel in Leh, en route enjoy a visit to Hemis Monastery and Stok Palace.
    • Overnight in Leh.

  • Activities

    Transfer from camp in Pangong Lake to hotel in Leh, en route enjoy a visit to Hemis Monastery and Stok Palace.

    Today, make your way back from Pangong Lake to Leh. The route passes by some of Leh's major monasteries and palaces. Among these, a visit to the Hemis Monastery and the Stok Palace are sure to be worth your while.

    The Hemis Monastery, a 400-year-old monastery is the largest in Leh. It has a large Buddhist museum with precious artefacts, paintings and statues. Some of these are from as early as the 1st century BC.

    The Stok Palace, on the other hand, is the current summer home of the Ladakhi royalty. Part of the Palace has been converted into a boutique hotel. The hotel is also the start-point for many major treks in Leh.

    Note: Return to Leh in the local taxi or hired motorcycle provided to you on day 10.

  • Day 12 Leh
    • Ride
    • Distance:180 km
    • Breakfast
    • Transfer from hotel in Leh to camp in Nubra Valley.
    • En route stop at Khardung La, Samstanling Monastery and Diskit, followed by a ride on a Bactrian camel.
    • Overnight in Nubra Valley.

  • Transfers

    Transfer from hotel in Leh to camp in Nubra Valley.

    Post breakfast, proceed for a trip to the serene Nubra Valley.

  • Activities

    En route stop at Khardung La, Samstanling Monastery and Diskit, followed by a ride on a Bactrian camel.

    Your first stop is the Khardung La, one of the world's highest motorable passes. Now, driving through the icy, windy pass is an event in itself; get ready for a lot of jealousy 'Likes' on your selfie with "World's highest motorable road" sign-post. If you feel like grabbing a bite, the Army post at Khardung La maintains a cafe that doles out piping-hot snacks and tea at phenomenally affordable prices.

    From Khardung La, head to the Samstanling Monastery in Sumur. It's a 140-year-old monastery popular for its Buddhist murals.

    Next, stop at Diskit, known for the biggest monastery in Nubra. The highlight of the Diskit Monastery is a 22-metre tall Maitreya Buddha statue that overlooks the valley.

    Head further to Hundur, where you can ride the rare double-humped camel (found only in Nubra and Kazakhstan).

    Ahead of Hunder lies Turtuk, the furthest accessible point in Nubra. The ride to Turtuk takes you through what is the most scenic stretch of road in Leh, running along the turquoise blue waters of the Shyok river.

    Note: Leave your motorcycle at your hotel in Leh. A local taxi or hired motorcycle will be provided.

  • Day 13 Nubra valley
    • Ride
    • Distance:180 km
    • Breakfast
    • Transfer from the camp in Nubra Valley to the hotel in Leh.
    • Overnight in Leh.

  • Transfers

    Transfer from the camp in Nubra Valley to the hotel in Leh.

    Return to Leh and settle in for the day.

    Note: Return to Leh in the local taxi or hired motorcycle provided to you on day 12.

  • Other Recommendation

    The rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore Leh.

  • Day 14 Leh
    • Ride
    • Distance:300 km
    • Breakfast
    • Ride from the hotel in Leh to the camp in Dras.
    • Overnight in Dras.

  • Transfers

    Ride from the hotel in Leh to the camp in Dras.

    After a hearty breakfast, pick up your motorcycle from the hotel and ride up the brilliant NH 1 towards Dras.

  • Other Recommendation

    A little outside Leh, you will come across the famous Patthar Sahib Gurudwara. This Sikh shrine commemorates Guru Nanak's visit to Leh in the early 16th century.

    About 30 km down Pathar Sahib is a little town called Likir, popular for the Likir Monastery. This 11th century shrine is one of the oldest and most well maintained monasteries in Ladakh. The seated Buddha statue in the temple is 75 feet tall.

    Continue on the NH 1, and you will reach Mulbekh Gompa, known for its 30-foot rock sculpture of Maitreya Buddha. The sculpture dates back to the 8-9th century.

    Your last halt before Dras is at the Kargil War Memorial. This museum commemorates the recapture of Tiger Hill from the Pakistan Army in July 1999. Mind your step here, because you may be under enemy surveillance here.

  • Day 15 Dras
    • Ride
    • Distance:141 km
    • Breakfast
    • Ride from the camp in Dras to the hotel in Srinagar, en route you may explore Sonmarg on your own.
    • Overnight in Srinagar.

  • Transfers

    Ride from the camp in Dras to the hotel in Srinagar, en route you may explore Sonmarg on your own.

    Head out for Srinagar early in the morning so that you have some spare time to explore Soanmarg, a hill-station that comes on the way to Srinagar. It is popular for horse-riding, and the Thajiwas Glacier, a major tourist attraction. Trekkers can also head to Vishansar Lake,Krishansar Lake,Gangabal LakeorGadsar Lake from here.

  • Day 16 Srinagar
    • Breakfast
    • Enjoy a shikara ride in the evening.
    • Overnight in Srinagar.

  • Other Recommendation

    It's true that if there were paradise on earth, it would be Srinagar; such is the beauty of the capital city of Jammu and Kashmir. Most attractions of the city are located along the rim of the Dal Lake. Start your day at the Shalimar Garden, the biggest, most popular garden in the city. It was built by Mughal ruler Jehangir for his wife Noor Jahaan. Head next to the Nishat Garden, which is located just a stone's throw away from the Shalimar Garden.

    Other notable gardens in the vicinity include the Nehru Botanical Garden, the Tulip Garden (open only during April, when Tulips blossom) and the Chashma Shahi Garden (the smallest Mughal garden in Srinagar).

    If you are religiously inclined, you should head next to the Shankaracharya Temple. It is believed to be the abode of the south Indian Saint Adi Shankaracharya when he travelled to Srinagar in the 3rd-4th century.

    You could also visit the Hazratbal Dargah Sharif. Counted among one of the most respected Islamic monuments in India, for it is believed to house the sacred hair of Prophet Muhammad.

  • Activities

    Enjoy a shikara ride in the evening.

    In the evening, head to the serene Dal Lake for a shikara ride.

  • Day 17 Srinagar
    • Ride
    • Distance:185 km
    • Breakfast
    • Ride from the hotel in Srinagar to the resort in Patnitop.
    • Overnight in Patnitop.

  • Transfers

    Ride from the hotel in Srinagar to the resort in Patnitop.

    Patnitop is a picturesque hill-station in the Kashmir Valley, and is where you will halt for the night.

    To reach Patnitop, exit Srinagar via NH 44, and stay on the highway. At Barthal, NH 44 dives to the left, towards Patnitop.

  • Day 18 Patnitop
    • Breakfast
    • Overnight in Patnitop.

  • Other Recommendation

    Patnitop is a popular destination for paragliding; in winters, skiing the major attraction here. Hikers will also have it good, as the trek to Nathtop (its peak stands 2711 metres above sea level) also starts from here. And so, there's ample to keep you occupied if you are the adventurous types.

    Even if you aren't, the serene, pine forest-laced surroundings make Patnitop the perfect place to sit back and take a day off from wheel-time.

  • Day 19 Patnitop
    • Ride
    • Distance:285 km
    • Breakfast
    • Ride from the resort in Patnitop to the hotel in Amritsar.
    • Overnight in Amritsar.

  • Transfers

    Ride from the resort in Patnitop to the hotel in Amritsar.

    Leave early for Amritsar so that you will reach Amritsar by late afternoon.

  • Other Recommendation

    In the evening, you may head to Wagah Border to watch the flag ceremony, wherein every day, India and Pakistan briefly open their borders as a gesture of brotherhood and cooperation. The highlight of the ceremony is the fervent march parade performed by soldiers from both countries.

  • Day 20 Amritsar
    • Breakfast
    • Visit the Golden Temple.
    • Overnight in Amritsar.

  • Activities

    Visit the Golden Temple.

    Begin your day by paying a visit to the Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple), the most revered Sikh Shrine in the world. Now, a visit to the Golden Temple is absolutely incomplete without tasting the Gurudwara's Langar. Despite being a simple fair, it is, undoubtedly the most delicious meal you will have had in a while.

    The infamous Jaliyaanwaala Bagh should be your next stop for the day. It is located outside the Golden Temple's compound. This is where General Dyer ordered his troops to open fire on unarmed protesters gathered in the garden compound on 13th April, 1919. Lots of protesters died due to bullet injuries; the bullet marks on the wall can still be seen here.

    Before you get out of the city, make sure to make a halt at Giani Lassi.This hole-in-the-wall shop has been dishing thick, frothy, makkhhan-laden (cream) lassies in XL-sized tumblers. Just one of these bad boys should keep you full till noon, if not longer.

    Other notable restaurants that are worth your while and money include the Kesar Dhaba (for Paranthas and Phirnis) and Bharavan da Dhaba (for Kulchas and Dal Makhani).

    Next, head a couple of kilometres out of the Golden Temple compound to the Durgiana Temple. Also called Lakshmi Narayan Mandir, the architecture of the Durgiana Temple mirrors that of the Golden Temple. Goddess Durga, Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu are worshipped here.

  • Day 21 Amritsar
    • Ride
    • Distance:250 km
    • Breakfast
    • Ride from the hotel in Amritsar to the hotel in Chandigarh.
    • Overnight in Chandigarh.

  • Transfers

    Ride from the hotel in Amritsar to the hotel in Chandigarh.

    For the home-run, you will head to Chandigarh from Amritsar on the Grand Trunk (GT) Road, one of the oldest and longest major roads in Asia.

  • Other Recommendation

    Your sole attraction for the day is Gobindgarh Fort. You'll see it en route, as you exit Amritsar.

    The Fort was constructed in the 18th century to protect Amritsar and the Golden Temple from looters who arrived via the GT Road. It was recently renovated, converted into a museum and made open to the public.

    After reaching Chandigarh, check in to your hotel.

  • Day 22 Chandigarh
    • Breakfast
    • Ride from the hotel in Chandigarh to the motorcycle rental agency, drop the motorcycle off and head out for your onward journey.

  • Transfers

    Ride from the hotel in Chandigarh to the motorcycle rental agency, drop the motorcycle off and head out for your onward journey.

    Enjoy breakfast and check out of the hotel. Ride to the motorcycle rental agency, handover the vehicle and take home experiences of a lifetime!

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Inclusions

  • Accommodation as per hotels mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Transfers as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Motorcycle as per your package selected.
  • Travel insurance upto age of 70 years.


Exclusions

  • Any transport to / from Chandigarh. Your tour price starts ex Chandigarh.
  • Hotel surcharges (if applicable) during high / festive season to be paid extra per person.
  • Meals, tips, Laundry, telephone, entry charges wherever applicable, optional excursions and other items of a personal nature.
  • Cost of Petrol for the vehicle provided.
  • Client has to pay in case of damage to the vehicle by accident.
  • Spare parts / engine oil of any kind.
  • Any items / services not specifically mentioned under inclusions.
  • Goods and Services Tax of 5%.
  • Motorcycle insurance.
Categories Touring Motorcycle - Royal Enfield Classic 500 or similar Sports Touring Motorcycle - Royal Enfield Himalayan or similar
ECONOMY 90,260 96,260
STANDARD 95,260 1,02,260
  • Chandigarh 3 Nights

    Hotel View
    Hotel 6 Zirakpur
    Economy Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Manali 3 Nights

    Hotel View
    Sarthak Resorts
    Economy Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Sarchu 1 Night

    Deluxe Camp
    Economy Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Leh 4 Nights

    Hotel View
    Hotel Kidar
    Economy Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Pangong 1 Night

    Hotel View
    Deluxe Camp
    Economy Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Nubra Valley 1 Night

    Camp View
    Deluxe Camp
    Economy Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Dras 1 Night

    Deluxe Camp
    Economy Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Srinagar 2 Nights

    Hotel View
    Hotel Aksa
    Economy Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Patnitop 2 Nights

    Hotel View
    Vardaan Resort
    Economy Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Amritsar 2 Nights

    Room
    The Grand Galaxy
    Economy Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
    • TOURING MOTORCYCLE

    Royal Enfield Classic 500 or Similar.
    Included in trip
    • 499 cc
    • Electric, Kick
    • 5-Speed Constant Mesh
    • 13.5 litres
things-to-carry

Appropriate equipment is a component of a successful journey! Travel light, try to stay under 45 l (20 kg).

  • Driving License
  • Credit card in the riders name
  • Cash
  • Smartphone for maps
  • Phone charger
  • First-aid kit
  • Swiss army knife
  • Flashlight / torch
  • Water bottle
  • Music
  • Tissue box
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Mints
  • Spare plastic bags
  • Small tool kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Medication for high altitude sickness
  • Oxygen cylinder
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