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Travel QuestionsCategory: Ladakh & Zanskar ValleyRegarding Leh trip and Bike maintenance
Ilamparithi asked 1 week ago

Hi DoW,
I’m following your site more than 5 years and this year I have an opportunity to travel to Leh. I’m Planning for Leh trip from Amritsar by 20th of August till 1st week of September. I will be using my RE classic 350 with a pillion. I’m planning to follow your common itinerary to Leh by road and completely go with your list of restaurants and accommodations. 
My question here is 

  1. How will the climatic and road conditions be at that time? 
  2. Will there be any situations where I have to encounter river crossings? 
  3. Is it possible to exit via Leh-Manali Highway by 1st week of September?
  4. What are the probabilities of getting a flat tyre? if it is high how to take care of tube tyres?  What are the tool kits I need to carry for managing a flat Tyre? 
  5. Is it mandatory to book accommodations before hand during that season?  
  6. What are the proximity of petrol pumps in your suggested itinerary?
  7. Is pollution certificate required for 5 year old RE? 

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DHEERAJ SHARMA answered 1 week ago

My replies below:

1. Monsoon is about to leave North India by that time, however, postponing it by a week or so will give you more opportunity to avoid rains and September is an amazing month to travel Ladakh.
2. In September, the water crossings will be tamed a lot.
3. Yes, go from Srinagar side and come from Manali side. Whole September, early October you can travel on Manali – Leh Highway
4. There is surely probability, you must carry the puncture repair kit and should know how to apply the puncture.
5. Not really, book the stays on the spot.
6. With suggested itinerary, you should be OK to fill in the petrol a Leh and then Tandi at Keylong. Rest wherever you see the opportunity to fill the tank, fill it. Check: Fuel Availability In Leh – Ladakh | Ladakh Self Drive Tips
7. PUC is required for all vehicles bro 🙂

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