Leh – Ladakh Bike Rental Rates 2017-18

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As the new season for Ladakh is approaching, I am sure adventures lovers are eagerly waiting for the roads to Ladakh to open. Both Manali – Leh Highway and Srinagar – Leh Highway will soon be buzzing with the dug-dug sounds of the bikes. However, not all of us have our own bikes to dug-dug on the roads of Ladakh. Hence, many of you will be waiting for the leh – ladakh bike rental rates 2017-18 from Leh – Ladakh Motor Bike Rental Association.

The good thing about presence of Ladakh Motor Bike Rental Association is the rates are regulated by a central body. This way different rental guys are not playing around with their own rates as it happens in Manali. The problem what I feel with the fluctuating rates is that you never know if you paid the right price in return of what you received.

That bike ride to Basgo plains in Ladakh

That bike ride to Basgo plains in Ladakh

Leh – Ladakh Bike Rental Rates 2017-18

This year the rates of bike rentals in Leh – Ladakh has seen a rise of about 12-20% approximately compared to the rates of last year. Also, there has been a noticeable introduction of the much awaited mountain bike by Royal Enfield “Himalayan”. Yes, the wait is over and now you will be able to rent the Royal Enfield Himalayan in Leh – Ladakh as well but for a whooping price of Rs 2000 per day 😉 😉 … I am sure many of you will surely give it a try. The availability shall be a challenge, so make sure you book it in advance in case you need to git a try on Ladakh roads.

The most popular Royal Enfield Classic 500cc and Royal Enfield Electra 500cc are available for Rs 2000 and Rs 1600 per day respectively. Then comes Royal Enfield Classic 350cc and Thunderbird at a price tag of Rs 1400 per day while Royal Enfield Electra 350cc costs Rs 1200 and Standard 350cc costs Rs 1100. There is an option of Bajaj Avenger 220 cc at Rs 1000 per day and Hero Impulse at Rs 900 per day. You can also get a scooty for as low as Rs 800 per day which should be enough for Leh local sightseeing at least. Please note that these bikes are also available for half day rentals as well. Here is complete list of Leh – Ladakh Bike Rental Rates 2017-18:

Leh - Ladakh Bike Rental Rates 2017-18

Leh – Ladakh Bike Rental Rates 2017-18

Some Important Notes for Bike Rental in Leh – Ladakh

  • You should know that the Luggage Carrier / Saddle bag costs Rs 100 extra per day with the bike you will rent.

  • Half day rental means you need to return the bike by 2.00 PM else the full day charges will apply.

  • Bikes rented outside Leh are not allowed for sightseeing inside Ladakh including Pangong Tso, Nubra Valley, Khardung La etc.. Outside rented bikes can only be used to enter Leh from Srinagar – Leh Highway or Manali – Leh Highway. Hence, for local sightseeing you need to rent bike again from a bike rental shop in Leh. To know more about this rule and present situation, please refer the link: Bikes Rented Outside Leh Banned in Ladakh

  • The Ladakh motor bike rental association has setup checkposts at various sightseeing locations and they are mostly very active in checking especially in season time. Hence, do not get into any kind of ugly situation in case confronted and at fault. It will most likely ruin your trip and days you took off from office. Best bet in such cases is to act ignorant of the rule and agree to return to Leh to rent a bike motor bike from Leh for sightseeing.

  • Some bike rental shops in Manali also have tie-up with bike rental shops in Leh. In such tie-ups, if you present back the slip of bike rental charges from Leh shop to Manali guys then they will waive of 50% of rental charges on their bike rent for those number of days. However, you must verify about such tie-ups and get them in written before striking the deal.

  • Private bikes are completely allowed to go any where in Ladakh. The private bike should be in your name or in the name of your father/mother. Mostly if there is any document proof associated to your and bike owners identities, it works.

  • The one way bike rental is quite costly and leave a big dent in your pocket. Sometimes like 12K for just the pickup from Manali or Leh. Be sure if you are sure to make that expenditure or if at all the one way ride is worth the money spent. My suggestion is unless you are hard core biker and cannot live up without the passion of biking, it is not wise to spend that much money just for the pickup of bike. Better reach Leh from Manali or Srinagar in a taxi and then hire bike in Leh – Ladakh itself. The roads within Leh – Ladakh provides you with ample of adventure opportunities 🙂 …

The bird resting at Magnetic Hills

The bird resting at Magnetic Hills

FAQ 1: Book bike rental in advance or rent a bike after reaching Leh?

Couple of years back I wrote an article on How to Hire or Rent a Bike or Motorcycle in Manali or Leh – Ladakh. In this article, I continuously suggest to reach Manali and inspect the bike before renting it. Well, in the last few years things have dramatically changed with Leh rental shops now in picture and huge footprints of tourists year by year in Ladakh.

Now a days, it becomes difficult to get a bike on the spot in Leh – Ladakh market because the demand has gone too high than what supply is available in Leh. IN Manali, there are still good number of options and supply is more as compared to Leh. Hence, especially in the month of June – July – August, better try to book a bike in advance than running out of options on the spot. It will avoid hassles in your plan and save you from running or ending up with a bad bike given to you as better bikes were not available. In the months of early season and late season, you can land up there in Leh and book your bikes on the spot as tourist rush is less in those days.

You can also advance book your bike rentals in Leh and Manali online by checking out for some SPECIAL DISCOUNTED RATES available to all the readers/followers of the DoW website through our Destination Specialist / Sponsor – Offbeat Escapes. In order to avail the discounts, you can use the online booking form at the link: Advance book your bike rentals in Leh online

FAQ 2: Can I use a 100cc bike for Leh – Ladakh trip?

Well though it is not required to have more powerful bike like Bullet/RE but always preferable. 100cc might be able to do it as I have read few accounts of it in the past but surely will struggle at some places where it might be required to push manually, especially I believe if you get stuck in some water crossing or slush. DO NOT push the bike beyond its limit in case your stuck rather user your own physical power to get it out.

Ready to fly in Ladakh?

Ready to fly in Ladakh?


I hope the article helps you plan your budget for your upcoming Ladakh trip. I will suggest that you go through the articles mentioned under the DoW Community thread for a bike trip to Ladakh or any other part of Himalayas at the link: All About Bike Ride to Ladakh & Himalayas. This will help you cover almost all your queries related to bike trip to Ladakh or Himalayas, especially if you are a rookie biker.

Feel free to share any further questions or feedback you have for bike rental in Leh – Ladakh in comments section of the article. Also, do not forget to share this article with your friends or family who are planning a trip to Leh – Ladakh in the coming season on a rented motor bike.

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  1. Hi Dheeraj,
    Actually as you suggested I will rent a bike from leh and will do the journey. Just in case if the rental bike breaks down then what can I do for help

    • If you are in the middle of nowhere without a signal, then well, you can park the bike aside and get the lift to a point where you can call them or reach back to Leh and ask them to pick the bike. However, please confirm this first so that they do not charge you anything extra. Most have this setup but there can be exceptions.

  2. Alok Dubey on

    I am planning to visit to leh-ladakh-dras possibly by 26 sep and will be needing a bike from Manali. Please guide me how can I plan this trip

    • Alok, you can reach Leh and rest for one day. Then next day you can rent the bike and travel to Kargil and stay overnight. Next day you can visit Drass, come back to stay at Lamayuru or Alchi. Finally on Day 4 you can go over to Nubra Valley and Day 5 come back to Leh. Day 6-7 can be used to do a two day trip to Pangong Tso.

  3. Dear Dheeraj,

    We are 4 friends flyign Mumbai -Leh-Mumbai and would like to hire 4 RE starting and ending at Leh and want to ride 4 / 5 days. Could you suggest an itinerary with overnight stays and good hotels? 9821299477

    • You should do it like below:

      Day 1 | Delhi – Leh (By Flight)
      — Checkin at Hotel. Many hotels provide free pick and drop from Airport. Ask while you book them.
      — Take ample of rest as well as water or anything that keep your body hydrated enough. DO NOT OVER HYDRATE. Take ORS Soluted water or ORS – L tetra packs from home.
      — Do not over exert your body at any cost. Avoid too much up-down on stairs or avoid it in entirety, if possible.
      — After 5-6 Hrs of rest you can visit Leh Palace, Local Leh market, Shankar Gompa .
      — If you feel exerted go back to Hotel, have dinner at Hotel and take rest. Avoid any exertion. Else continue and,
      — Follow the sunset by stroll at Changspa road and have a nice dinner on varied cuisines offered in-around Changspa road.
      — Go back to hotel for overnight stay at Leh.
      Day 2 | Leh Local Sightseeing + Acclimatization
      — Again DO NOT over exert and take little steps and slow walks only.
      — If feeling OK then do Local sightseeing. To know the about the places to visit check the link: Travel Guide for Local Sightseeing of Leh Town in Ladakh
      — Do not use stairs at any of these places just to see them as it will exert your body much more.
      — Overnight at Leh
      Day 3 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
      — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      — Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari
      Day 4 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 5 | Leh – Pangong Tso – Leh
      — Make a Day trip to Pangong Tso
      — Overnight at Leh

      Or you can take direct route from Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso from Shyok Village to save a day and do the trip that ways

        • Ohh I see what you are pointing too !! Well, it is the local bike union rule (technically not a law), should have been approved by authorities for sure and many tourist locations does follow such rules. Rest it is what the locals decide with local authorities.

  4. chintan patel on

    hello dheeraj sharma,
    we are 7 person planing leh bike trip in September.
    we choose route manali-leh-srinagar.
    if we rent bike from manali and want to go till srinagar is there possible?
    or we rent bike from delhi to delhi than we go though that route easily.
    i heared that manali rented bike not travel to srinagar via leh?
    how can we complete this trip?

    • Both Manali rented bikes and Delhi rented bikes are not allowed for sightseeing in Ladakh. So, in both cases you have to pay twice when you are in Ladakh, one for Leh bike and other for Delhi / Manali bike. If you take Manali rented bike and drop at Srinagar, it will cost you about 12K for bike pickup per bike while Delhi bike you can ride back to Delhi and return it.

  5. Hi Dheeraj, am planning a trip in a weeks time from leh to manali. Saw one of your replies about the rented bike to be left at keylong. My questions are 1) can the bike rented in leh be taken upto Manali for a price? 2)what will be the cost? 3)can kargil trip be made in a single day with overnight stay in kargil? 4) for two nights stay from leh to manali, what are the places for overnight stay?..

    • Hi Tom,

      1. It may be possible but that might not be official and needed to be talked with local bike rental who is renting the bike.
      2. The cost for pickup of bike is around 12-13000 INR in general.
      3. Leh to Kargil is 8 hrs drive, if you have just one day then make a day trip to Lamayuru, if you can sleep at night in Kargil and come back to Leh next day, then only go to Kargil.
      4. If you want to stay two nights, I will suggest you sleep one night at Pang or Sarchu and second one at Jispa. If you sleep at Sarchu and second at Jispa, you can also cover Shingo La pass from Darcha and come back to Darcha and move to Jispa.

  6. Paritosh Sankhla on

    Hello dheeraj,
    i want information regarding leh to manali one side bullet trip
    take a rented bike in leh and drop it in keylong or manali can you suggest me please this type of service available there and also contact no. of that persons
    your reply will be highly appriciated

    • The service will be available but the problem is it will cost you about 12K to drop the bike on one side. You can get in touch with people listed in the article above.

  7. Bapina Parida on

    Hi Dheeraj

    We are planning a bike-trip from delhi-punjab(golden temple & wagha border) -Srinagar to Leh Then return manali-chandigad-delhi 22may – 4june. we are also planning to visit the Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso. We are 4riders in total.
    Now the problem is Delhi rented bikes are not permitted at Ladhak.
    We are from Odisha and we are students. So we don’t have that much money to bring our bike to leh or rent another bike.
    Can you please suggest some way out so that we can implement our plans, without having to pay twice for the bikes?

    Thanks in advance

  8. Hi, DOW,,

    I am planning a trip to Laddakh on thi 1st April to 5th April via flight from Delhi .
    Firstly, Will the road to Khardungla, Nubra Valley and pagong be opened ??????
    Secondly, how much a Bullet cost for this trip to these three places ??

  9. Chirag Gilatar on

    Hii , i m chirag we are planning for manali and leh ladakh trip in August is it a right tym to visit..
    Want to also know if bikes will be available and what will be the rent for the same and deposit if any
    Want to know what will be the places and time schedule for the places…
    Chirag Gilatar

    • It is monsoon time in general up there in North and at some parts of Manali – Leh Highway (like before Baralacha La) and Srinagar – Leh Highway (like before Kargil) you might need to face monsoon hassles but once you get closer to Ladakh, then Ladakh being rain shadow region is least affected by monsoon rains. Landslides or slush or road blocks are pretty common in the month of monsoons but these landslides are cleared in a day or two unless there is a very major one. Having said that, rains does reach Ladakh nowadays but in general, it is overcast days or in form of light drizzles. I will suggest you also read my article on 10 Tips for a Trip to Ladakh in Monsoons.

      You can also refer to the link in our community: FAQ | Is Monsoon season good time to travel to Ladakh? for more details.

  10. Some of us are planning to go in june from delhi, could you tell me where to start and how much budget will be sufficient, any permission required.and is there possiblity to go with my car if yes then till which point, and what will ne our route.

    • You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Leh – Ladakh followed by many travellers including me at the link here for 13-14 days: Most Common Itinerary for Leh – Ladakh.

      You can check the nice, preferred list of accommodation options in entire Leh – Ladakh (Leh, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri) including moderate (cheap budget hotels as well) in the series of articles starting on the link here

  11. Saurabh Sharma on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    First of all i must say that you are doing a great job man. Extremely informative website and blogs.

    I have an upcoming trip from 06 Sep – 12 Sep. We are 7 in total. I have few questions for you.

    1) Is it going to be a tourist rush on these travel dates ?
    2) Will i be able to get the bikes on rent easily or do i have to book it in advance ?
    3) Could you please explain how to experience zanskar wildlife (Hemis national park) in a day ? From where should i enter ?
    4) Though i will be doing natural acclimatization by staying initially in Leh, shall i take Diamox for my wife as she will be traveling first time at this altitude ?
    5) I have registered myself as a member on your website with email [email protected] and i have validated my email as well, however i am unable to find login options on your website.

    Your assistance on above queries is highly appreciated.

    Saurabh Sharma

    • Hi Saurabh,

      1. There will be tourists though season starts to decrease a bit
      2. You should be able to get the bike on rent in September
      3. One day is no worth it as you will not reach anywhere
      4. Well, for that you should consult the doctor as Diamox is a sulpha drug and can have side effects. Should be taken only after consultation with a doctor.
      5. Well, you can click on Community link in the Main menu and then click on the login button on upper right corner.

  12. sudhagar gopal on

    Hello Sir,
    We are planning to go Ladhakh trip by bike from Delhi. Our route via Srinagar – Leh – nubra – pangong – tso moriri – Jispa – Manali.

    We have 3 own bikes and 1 rental bike from Delhi.

    As you said – we have to take another rental bike in Leh to roam nubra & pangong lake.

    But my rental agency saying, you can travel in Delhi rental bike but go in between own bikes; if somebody stops then give 500/- .

    Sir, will the option will work or my rental guy is interested in his own business??


  13. Hi Dheeraj,

    Is it possible to get a self drive car (Probably Thar) in Leh and use it for local site seeing , or renting a bike or Taxi are the only options ?


  14. extrakarma on

    i would rent a RE bike in leh to go to zanskar, nubra . i think that it s ok….. ?
    but after that, i ll to go to manali with a motorbike that i ll rent in Leh….. It s possible ? what s the different options ?
    thanks in advance

  15. Manish das on

    Hii I am planning to reach leh on 7aug..
    8 Aug to pangong lake
    10 Aug pangong to nubra Valley… Should igo through leh… Or is dere any other routes availabl..
    I wl b accompanied by a person… N we wl b taking a single bike… Plz suggest..

    • Manish, you should stay one day in Leh for rest and acclimatization if reaching by road and if by air then at least 2 days. Then, you should move to first Nubra Valley and then Pangong Tso else chances of falling sick are very very high.

  16. Hey Dheeraj,

    Any recommendations on where to book a bike (advance booking)?
    We are planning to take it for just a day trip till Lamayuru and back to Leh.


  17. Hi Dheeraj,

    Wanted to know one thing that if i have a bike of my friend who is in manali, will that bike be considered as a rented bike ??
    I will be having all document related to that bike with me, can i use that bike as a private vehicle in manali and Leh also ??

  18. Kirupakaran on

    Hi 4 bullets we intend to rent from 22nd July to 29th July at Leh.Pls advice how to online book the bullets.

  19. LOKMAN ALI on

    is it possible to rent a bike from delhi and make a trip from delhi – srinagar – leh – manali – shimla – delhi?


    My itinerary for leh ladakh
    30th july delhi-leh
    31st july leh-turtuk
    01st aug turtuk
    02nd aug turtuk-hunder
    03rd aug hunder-pangong(via agham shyok)
    04th aug pangong
    05th aug pangong-leh
    06th aug leh -tso moriri
    07th aug tso moriri -leh
    08ty aug leh sightseeing
    09th aug leh-delhi
    Will be doing entire trip by bike
    Been there last year also
    Suggest if any better modification possible

    • Please do it like below:

      30th july delhi-leh
      31st july leh rest, permits
      01st aug Leh – turtuk
      02nd aug turtuk – hunder
      03rd aug hunder – pangong(via agham shyok)
      04th aug pangong
      05th aug pangong – leh
      06th aug leh – tso moriri
      07th aug tso moriri -leh
      08ty aug leh sightseeing
      09th aug leh-delhi

      Or may be move 8th Aug, sightseeing to Turtuk rest day


        permits req for turtuk??
        Last year i visited pangong and nubra bt didn’t required any permit
        Also plz tell me road condition of agham shyok if u have any info

        • Update April 2017 = Pay environment fees and apply for permits again
          The environment fees of Rs 400 & Inner Line Permits is required in Ladakh for Indian Tourists / Nationals with effect from April 1st, 2017. This has been announced in April 2017. Hence, like it used to happen before 2014, all Indian Nationals or Indian Tourists WILL need to pay environment fees and may need to also get the inner line permits in Leh – Ladakh region in order to visit the restricted places like Dah, Hanu Villages, Pangong Tso, Man, Merak, Tso Moriri, Nyoma, Loma Bend, Khardung La, Nubra Valley, Turtuk, Tyakshi, Digger La, Tangyar (for trekking only).
          For details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link All you want to know about Inner Line Permits for Ladakh. Page 1 is Protected Area Permit applicable for foreigners. Fill in Page 2, 3 for Inner Line Permit applicable for Indians, got to DC office in Leh and submit the application with valid Photo ID nationality proof and pay the required fee of Rs 400 + Rs 20 x number of days you will be in Ladakh.

  21. Bijender prasad on

    Hi ,
    Our plan is
    1. Delhi to leh via bus
    2. Take bike on rent visit surround
    3. Leh to nubra and return -2 day
    4. Leh to pangong like and return -2 day
    5. Leh to sringar via car – 2 days
    6. Sringar to mumbai via flight

    So i have some query
    1. Do we need to book bike in advance and i checked the rates 1000 minimum but my friend got in 500 last year, is it possible to bargain
    2. Is there any stay in nubra, pangong and in kargil
    3. Car rent from leh to sringar

    • I really doubt Rs 500 you will get the bike in season time, not possible in Leh. You can check the nice, preferred list of accommodation options in entire Leh – Ladakh (Leh, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri) including moderate (cheap budget hotels as well) in the series of articles starting on the link here

      For the leh – ladakh taxi union rate list 2017 – 18 including the contacts of some reliable taxi drivers within Leh – Ladakh, check the link here. You can get about 12-15% of discount by directly getting in touch with drivers and of course, talking in person rather on phone always help in bargaining more. You can call the local drivers directly to connect with them and check the more comprehensive List of Taxi Drivers for Ladakh – Srinagar – Leh – Manali with recommendations/reviews for DoW community members.

  22. Arjun Dhawan on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    1. For FAQ 1. if i make a prior booking, in this case i am booking Avenger what if the condition of bike which is given to me is not good ?
    2. I am using this link to do the booking “Advance book your bike rentals in Leh online”, but its not happening .

    Thanks in Advance.

    Arjun Dhawan

    • Most of the bikes in Leh are new/ new type conditions. You can call up few bike rentals including Offbeat Escapes and ask what is the process of refund in such a case?

      Are you getting any error on it?

      • Arjun Dhawan on

        1. The Booking just got submitted, Call awaited.
        2. I can ask for re fund process but i just do not wish to spoil the mood there by not getting good service of Bike. Lets see – waiting for call
        3. For hotel booking also i have dropped an email to Offbeat. Reply awaited.

        Thanks in Advance.
        Arjun Dhawan

  23. Surajit Sengupta on

    Hello Dheeraj

    We are planning a bike-trip from Srinagar to Leh and back from 3 June – 13 June. On due course we are also planning to visit the Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso. We are 3 riders in total.
    Now we are looking at a problem where we need to rent bikes from Srinagar which is not permitted at Ladhak.
    Can you please suggest some way out so that we can implement our plans, without having to pay twice for the bikes?

    Much thanks in advance.

    • Sorry Surajit, there is no way out of this situation. You will have to pay twice else try your luck in case you are not caught up or confronted but that comes with a risk of spoiling the trip

  24. Hi Deeraj , I am from Malaysia and I dont have a bike license. Is it possible to drive around Leh / to Pangong Tso ?

    • Hi Zheng,

      I highly doubt if anyone will give you bike on rent without license but you can try upon reaching there, may be you may get scooty.


  25. Hi Dheeraj,

    Thank you for wonderful article !

    I am travelling to Leh with my wife on our own. I am planning to book hotels and travel on my own.
    So If I rent bike in Leh then can I drive till Nubra valley and back?
    Is there any additional charges for overnight ?
    What if bike breaks down due to certain reason is there any help available on call or something ?
    Is it safe if I travel we travel on our own ?

    • Sanket, bikes are rented per day. So, that means it will be two day rent. If the netwrok is coming, you may call the provider of the bike and he will do possible to help you out.

      Hmm, it is subjective 🙂 … 1000s of people travel solo or as couples every year to Ladakh. If you are not comfortable in riding, then please avoid.


    hello dheeraj
    i am going to leh in september-17 for marathon. i am not a biker. i just want a bike to travel 20-30km surrounding leh. which bike will ok. is it ok to ride very first day in leh??

    • Deepak, rent a bike with which you have little comfort and experience. You don’t need an RE in case you have not ride it before. Any bike or scooty will do as roads are mostly good around Leh.

  27. saurabh shegokar on

    Dheeraj, I am having plans to visit Leh on 23rd of June with my friends. But I want to start my journey from Chandigarh. Can you list down any contact where I can get a bike on rent till Leh and from there Leh permitted bike for a later journey as I am having 10 Days for this trip.

    Thanks and Regards,

  28. Shashikant Kumar on

    I want to start my bike journey from chandigarh itself. I know the rule regarding local bike requirement in leh.
    can anyone please tell where to hire bike in chandigarh, as i have found negative reviews of many bike renters in chandigarh. Experienced people please help.

  29. Vishal Nagar on

    I want one bike for nubra valley for 2days so suggest any bike’ rental number.

  30. shivam soni on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I take my cousins bike or my friends bike registered in Rajasthan, Delhi or Mumbai & on confrontation, i am able to prove that this is personal bike and not a commercial vehicle. Will that do?


      • shivam soni on

        RC card registered as a personal vehicle will be good enough to prove that bike is not a commercial one or I would require more evidence & if yes, what that evidence could be that I would need to furnish on confrontation?

        • shivam soni on

          Okay, thanks but what if it’s not in a family members name but on a friends name but its a personal vehicle then?
          Also Dheeraj we all know that there is a loophole in this bike renting ecosystem as completing the entire Srinagar – Leh – Manali circuit on the bike is a dream of many but we are unable to do so because of the ban which is justified for a couple of reasons so can we (rather you as you have the widespread network) do the following

          1. You initiate a monthly thread & ask the travellers in the community to post there iternary & dates so that other travellers are aware of there plan and they can assist each other by playing around dates.

          E.g. Our group is starting their trip on 8th July from Mumbai and would reach Srinagar on 10th July , they rent couple of bikes from Srinagar for couple of days to reach Leh and they drop the bikes after reaching leh. Now there are other people who would have finished their leh Trip by this time and would be returning back to Srinagar so they can take our bikes back after co ordinating with us thus addressing the issue of one way journey on any of the routes as no one will have to transport the bike back to rental city.
          Whats your thought on this?? I believe this would be of help to fellow travellers.

        • You may have trouble in such a case Shivam. That’s what they see when confronted.

          Well there is a Travel Calendar where every one post the entry who are looking for finding travel partners that can be extended. However, the challenge is what if you took the bike on rent but those who taking back did some damage or did not return. There are papers or ids which are submitted too by the one who rent it. Then, it is difficult to return the documents of original renter.

        • shivam soni on

          True but that’s the risk one has to take if they want to do their dream trip without burning a hole in their pocket. Also, this can be further discussed with the bike rental associations in Manali, Leh & Srinagar & they could churn out a peaceful treaty so that they can work in collaboration (I know am being very optimistic in this case :P). And the thing about being rookie with the vehicle or reckless riders, that can be ruled out with clear communication. It is just a flying that appeared as I am struggling to get bikes to complete the circuit rest everything is in place.

        • Yeah bro, I agree with your emotions but it is hard fact of life. Everyone need to survive and those who are locked up in a snowbound region for 6 months only have this time window to live their next 6 months with money earned in season time.

        • shivam soni on

          Yeah yeah!! I totally agree with you hence I said that it is justified but I am not against renting bikes in LEH but its hard paying for the oustside rented bikes which are just parked in LEH & nothing else.
          Acha Dheeraj,l there won’t be any issues if I take a friends bike to get in and out of LEH & we wont be stopped at checkpost enroute?? Bike will be with complete documents + valid license 🙂

        • Yes, there will not be any issues in such a trip because these checkposts are on the way to sightseeing places not on main highways. You can go and try to go to other places too, in case no one confronts like you leave early about 7-7.30 AM then you are through.

  31. Rahul Nayak on

    Dear Dheeraj brother,
    We a group of 6-8 person planed for a trip for manali to leh on 20 may. So is it best time to visit . And what we do rent a bike or four wheeler . What will be thw cost . Please suggest.

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  33. hi,
    can u pls find the deposits for bikes from LMBRA..? i would like to hav an impulse or avenger…

  34. Hi Dheeraj,

    Your posts are amazing and in fact one of the reason for us to prefer Srinagar-Leh to Manali-Leh route.

    Can you suggest any tour organizer that customizes our requirements? Following itinerary is what we thought of. Do you think it is good?

    1) Srinagar-Leh by road by cab 2 days, night stay at Kargil
    2)Leh local sight seeing -one day – rent a bike in Leh
    3)Leh-Nubra Valley-Leh >> planning to go on a bike–2 days
    4) Leh – Pangong-Leh >> One day– cab –
    5)Explore more Leh and relax — one day — rent a bike in leh
    6) Leh-Srinagar by cab with night halt at Kargil


    • If you are looking for Ladakh tour and packages, you can connect with [email protected] as most of the readers in the past couple of years have had very good feedback about them and especially their transparent policies along with being there with you all the time in need. So, we trust them the most. You can refer my name or DoW to Gaurav, the guy who runs it. He knows us very well and should be able to offer some special rates being a DoW Member. You can just refer him the DoW Community Member Username in such a case or screenshot of this reply here.

  35. Amol Chavan on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Can i get Hero impulse easily after arriving in Leh or should i need to book it in advance?
    and how is it’s performance in Leh-Ladakh? We are planning trip in 1st week of july 2017.

    • Hi amol,

      Easily is uncertainty I will say due to high demand and less supply in season time, keep checking with the rental guys or else you will get a similar bike on arrival.

      • Amol Chavan on

        Thanks for the update Dheeraj.
        I have another question what is the performance of Hero Impulse 150cc in Leh. specially on the way to khardung la pass.

        • Amol, performance wise, you will feel power a bit sucked especially at high passes but with patience, it should be OK to travel as loads of people do it on 150cc bikes.

  36. Dear Deeraj ,

    can you help us with any packages available for the bike trip starting the journey from Delhi if possible please ?

    • Sorry on that front, I can direct you to [email protected] who can help you with all commute and whole tour package but they don’t organize bike trips rather just customized tours and can fulfill any needs you may have. Please check with them.

  37. Hi, I am planning a bike trip to kasol with my friends for a week.. Which includes travel too.. So basically we have 5 days to travel to kasol and maybe go to other nearby places too. Can you suggest the best ways to travel and be safe, economic amd to enjoy the serenity as well. We are all working in different companies and have to be back soon.

  38. Rupesh Agarwal on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Nice article!!! Thanks for sharing the information.

    I have question for you that can i rent a bike from manali and travel to Leh?? If yes then can you suggest any good contacts. Also i am planning to visit by 23rd May 2017 so it the right time?

    Thanks in advance


    • Rupesh, Manali – Leh might or might not be open by that time and chances are only about 30% that it will be open. So, better potpone it by at least a week. Secondly, as mentioned in the article the bike rented from Manali will not be allowed for sightseeing in Ladakh. Are you sure you want to still rent the bike and pay twice?

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  40. any pass required from local authorities at manali to go to Rohtang and further to leh as last year i had gone to manali and i was stopped at Gulaba(Manali) for not having the Pass..???

    • Yes Satya, you need to get Rohtang Pass permit in order to go beyond Rohtang Pass to Leh, Lahaul or Spiti Valley. Permit is available from DC office and you need to show a valid DL, PUC of car and RC of car.

      • Thanx a lot. So may i get it online or shall i directly go to dc office at manali. Is the complete information to get the pass available anywhere oniline??

        • Now a days they have stopped giving the permit to cross Rohtang Pass online. You will have to get it after reaching Manali and SDM office. make sure to reach early in the day in queue so that you dont have to be in the last in queue.

  41. Juzar Kachwala on

    Hi dheeraj,

    You keep on rocking us with your posts, and yes as you mentioned all of us are waiting for the roads to open up.We can take our own biikes all the way up and back as long as we have our paper work in place right?

    PS: Keep rocking.

    • Thank you Juzar, yes you can ride your own bikes and come back without any fuss as long as correct papers are in place. You need to prove by paper work that bike belongs to your or your family and is not for commercial purpose, in case confronted.

  42. @Dheeraj Sharma – A bike rental from Srinagar should not be a problem for the association guys, right?

    • Naved Akhtar on

      Dheeraj bhai. Please send me a list of Leh bike rental shop contact list if u have. I have plan my Leh trip on 5may to 13 May Leh to Leh.. Kindly give me some suggestions to recover of kargil war memorial, zanskar Vally, pengong lake, tosomori,khardunla pass,

    • Naved Akhtar on

      Dheeraj bhai. Please send me a list of Leh bike rental shop contact list if u have. I have plan my Leh trip on 5may to 13 May Leh to Leh.. Kindly give me some suggestions to recover of kargil war memorial, zanskar Vally, pengong lake, tosomori,khardunla pasS.. Thanks

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