The Journey: New Delhi – Manali – Leh
Ideal Time to Visit: If you really wish to see landscapes and snow covered mountains, June is the best time to travel on this route.
Entourage Strength: Riding solo on this route dispiriting idea, which is why whenever I travel to Leh, I prefer to ride with my group.
Preps: Before heading out on a long trip I leave my bike at the mechanic’s for servicing. Out of experience, I now make it a point to carry some essential parts like clutch and accelerator wires, clutch and brake levers, and a puncture kit etc.
Also, safety is the first concern a rider has. I make sure that I have my riding jacket, elbow and knee guards and helmet on, even when I take my bike for a small spin.
Assistive Gizmos: Riders in my group do use tech-gadgets like cameras, special helmets and handle-mounted cameras, GPS trackers and of course, our mobile phones.
Road & Traffic Conditions: Don’t expect to come across too much traffic on this route, though you might spot a few trucks from time to time.
Best & Worst Stretches: The entire route is spellbinding but I was specially taken in by the frozen lake.
Weather Encountered: Take plenty of warm clothes along, the weather will remain cold for the greater part of your journey.
Food Joints & Stopovers: Dhabas and camps dot the entire trail. Food is available at these dhabas at reasonable prices.
Bike Care: As mentioned before, there are a few things to take care of while travelling – keep extra spares, in case the bike is giving you trouble – have it examined as soon as you can. Safety is paramount, ride in full gear. Ride cautiously and consciously.
Locals: Locals in the area are friendly and very helpful. When my bike broke down, these guys helped me load the bike on a truck and secured it with rope that they provided.