Once you have prepared yourself physically for the journey, have packed the apt clothes and biking gear and have rented an Avenger/Enfield at low prices at Wheelstreet, you are good to go for the journey to Ladakh.
The destination, Ladakh, is said to be one of the most beautiful places in the world, and is the dream destination of many. But what most people are not prepared to accept is that the journey from Delhi to Ladakh, especially on a bike, is a transformation in itself. You set off as a caterpillar, change into a cocoon of self-preservation when you realize that the road you have chosen to tread on, is difficult and requires all your dedication and strength, and as you approach your destination, victorious, defying the treacherous path, you emerge as a magnificent butterfly. It’s a journey and a lesson for a lifetime, that none would understand in words, it is so subtle yet so profound!
Parwano – First Halt
You start your journey from Delhi, the first stop from here is Parwanoo, a town near Chandigarh, 270km away from Delhi via NH 1 and NH 22. If you start your ride early in the morning, you may just make a short stop for tea and snacks and stretching your muscles before heading towards Narkanda, 155 Km from Parwanoo, a beautiful hilly town near Simla in Himachal Pradesh.
Narkanda – Second Halt
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This is where your body will get some respite from the sunburns that the plains have given you. Next stop would be Kalpa, 200 km further North via NH 22. It is a small town in the Sutlej Valley in Kinnaur district of Himachal. It is advisable to take a night halt at Kalpa, as the cold really starts to descent after 6pm and you cannot hope to drive too well with frozen fingers and low visibility.
Night halt at Kalpa
Early next morning, set out again, make sure to fill up your bike, you may, however, have to wait at the petrol pump, as the nearest petrol pump in Peo is the ONLY pump available. After about 35 km, you reach Indo Tibetian Border Police where you have to make a stop to get your permits and papers checked before heading onwards to Spiti Valley.
Fill up your bike
A little ahead you will find the Sutlej flowing in all its glory defying anyone or anything to come in its way. And yes…you will find a few landslides more than you imagined, so be open to it. As you keep riding further, you will not help but notice the marvelous rocks around you. The grandeur and magnanimity of nature, the sheer naked unadulterated beauty cannot be put into words, or at least cannot be justified in its completeness. Therefore, we coax you to pick up a bike from us and set off on a journey of the lifetime.
More about the remaining route to be found in subsequent articles. Stay tuned!