There used to be (still is) an adage in North India in Pre – Independence era – “Jisne Lahore Nahin Dekha, Usne Jeevan me Kuch nahi Dekha” (If you haven’t seen Lahore then you haven’t seen anything in life). I would dare to state, “Jisne Ladakh Nahi dekha Usne Jeevan me kuch nahi dekha” (If you havnt seen ladakh , you haven’t seen anything in life). Ladakh, first image / feeling comes in your peripheral vision when you hear this name; is nothing but the paradoxical feeling of an infinite serenity mixed with the doses of excitement and adventure. Ladakh is a region ( Leh is the district) and on record biggest region and district of the whole Asia. Strategically Ladakh is vantage point for Indian forces and government. Instead of theoretical information I would like to focus on traveling part of it. Since the start of the teenage and being raised up as a farmer, my mind’s landscape was always engaged in adventures and especially the one associated with traveling. When to Go When road is declared opened and snow is being cleared from the road. So keep an eye on Himachal Pradesh Websites or Leh City Website for up to date Information. Generally it opens in the last week of May and opened up to last week of September. Road Route Chandigarh – Manali – Leh Srinagar – Leh Either way the whole journey is around 2500 – 3000 Kms Chandigarh being the starting and end point. How to go to Ladakh So guys there could be three ways to explore the Ladakh :- Bike Road Trip – It is advised for the guys who think and believe that they are tough. Mind my words; this road is the grand daddy of toughest road in the world. Further this is for the guys with ample amount of time. Four Wheeler Trip – It is more convenient than the previous one. A group of friends, family can go in a four wheeler. Hiring a driver would be best option instead of driving self. It is good for females as well. Flight to Leh – It is the best option available for anybody especially who want to do Leh but cant take the road trip due to time and other constrains. This gives you an advantage that you would be fresh to explore the important spots around the Leh. From Leh city one can hire a motorbike as well as a four wheeler to further explore the beauty of the region. What to Bring? Folks who would want to explore the Ladakh by road in an organic way must have – A sleeping tent: According to the size of your group buy a sleeping tent which can accommodate maximum guys. Dom shaped tent is recommended. Don’t get looted through online purchase. Best way is to go to Azadpur Market in Delhi. It is a wholesale market for sleeping tents, bags and such stuff. I myself surveyed the whole day and purchased a dome shaped tent which could accommodate four people. It weighs around a kilo and easily adjustable. Sleeping bag: Forget about the blankets, go for the warm and compact sleeping bag when you have decided to go organic way. Again it can be purchased from Azadpur Market in Delhi. You would understand the importance of both these items when you would arrive at Pangong Lake. You would want to spend a night and local tent owners would demand more than two thousand rupees for a night. A small diesel stove: It is essential as you would need to make your breakfast, tea and food. If a bigger group is there, at night can go for cooking on woods but again you have to carry them which would increase the weight of your luggage. Utensils: Multipurpose small pan is the way to go where you can make noodles, warm the water and make chapattis in that. Milk powder: Instead of searching for liquid mild, carry milk powder. Shoes: A pair of strong water proof strong shoes with warm socks pair. Your feet many times would kiss water on the way. Gears:- Water proof jackets/Gloves/Windcheaters/Warm inner/Knee and elbow guards are essential for a biker. They must be of very good quality otherwise in no time your hand would stop talking. A special type of bandana comes in market for biker which covers your head and face and saves you from tanning. Go for a pair of it. Spares: A pair of extra Clutch Wires, Clutch plates, Extra Break Wire, a small plastic air pump. Along with full serviced bike with new tires you must keep the above mentioned accessories along with you. Luggage carrier: Iron carrier on both side of the bike is must to carry your luggage. This can be bought and fitted in Karol bagh auto market of Delhi. Last but not the least one pair of 5 liter plastic cans. It is interesting for your knowledge that at many place the next petrol pump comes after more than 300 KM. And yes, a good SLR camera to click the eternal beauty of the earth in this region. I bet this place is the photographer’s paradise. You would have not seen such a beauty prior in your life. An SLR with extra pair of battery, memory card would be your partner and you would thank yourself for it. We did shoot almost 8 hours of footage on a normal video camera. It would be a treasure to show your kids and grand kids. Medication: Many blokes might feel Acute Mountains Sickness due to thin air in Leh and around. So there might be stomach upset, vomiting and dizziness. Don’t forget to carry a strip of Diamox (Acetazolamide) from your local pharmacy shop. For bikers, you would start feeling this on the way near Sarchu. Don’t fight it. Take a tablet; drink a lot of water and go to sleep soon. Give your body time to acclimatize. Upon reaching Leh take a full day rest for acclimatization. Permit: Anybody from the outside of Jammu and Kashmir region would need permission from Leh city administration to go beyond Leh. This is a must step for everybody. Write maximum number of surrounding spots to cover. This permit would be checked at various places by the state police and para military forces. If you are accompanying any foreign national along with you, he/she would get permission only in a pair. A single foreign national is not allowed. So you need to look out for travel agents, many of them would be humming in the same office for their client’s permit. ATM n Cash: Most of the time there is only one ATM(SBI) is in working condition in Leh city. You would have to wait for long time for your cash. So it is better to carry a bit of extra cash with you than to stand in queue. Phone: Up to Himachal your pre or post paid number can work. But in the state of Jammu and Kashmir you would need BSNL sim. Your service would hardly work there. If you seriously want to do an adventure this is the best option in world. I have met hundreds of bikers on the way including enthusiastic bike lover from foreign countries. None of them have seen such an exciting, beautiful, tough and adventurous terrain in the whole world. You would be a changed person after this trip in many ways and particularly you would start respecting truck drivers and driving.