Delhi to Leh (Himalayas) ride in August 2011

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  1. carmima

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    Well I've finally committed to do this ride. Plane tickets have been purchased and first 2 nights accommodation booked in Dehli - Karol Bagh. :clap

    Email sent to Lalli Singh regarding bike rental but I'm still waiting to hear back from him!! :huh Hopefully soon.

    The whole build up has been a bit daunting though, with the thought of doing this ride solo. I usually like riding solo and have done it in a number of countries but riding the Himalayas solo has had me thinking a bit!

    I might be lucky though and have a friend sort things out and be able to make it...we'll see.

    Anyway, I'll be landing in Delhi on the 17th August 2011 at 2:15am (what's the go with flights that arrive at that time of day) :cry. That will give me the day to sort the bike and hopefully be ready to leave the following day.

    Of course if anyone has wanted to do the ride and didn't want to take the guided tour method, then you'd be more than welcome to join me - late notice obviously!

    Chanderjeet was good enough to mention that from the middle of August into the early part of Sept was a very good time to do this ride - I just hope there's less rainfall this year than last year when there was lots of landslides in the mountains.
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  2. Chanderjeet

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    Lalli doesn't do emails :lol3
    That's a busy time of the year for renting companies. But I sure hope you can find a bike. :thumb

    I am in New Delhi, hardly 20 mins from Karol Bagh.
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  3. carmima

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    :lol3 - g'day mate, thanks for letting me know!!

    Any idea how I can contact Lalli - I don't want to leave it till the last minute to organise a bike.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated

    Thanks...Mark
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  4. carmima

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    Well I've finally heard from Lalli :evil It took a bit to get hold of him though.
    Chanderjeet was partially right, he doesn't readliy respond to emails and I couldn't get in touch by ringing the shop phone number!!

    I finally realised he had a mobile number listed and he answered :clap

    So I've now got everything sorted:
    Flights
    Accommodation in Delhi
    Bike

    Now I've just got to wait patiently for the next 2.5 months to pass and I'll be there :D

    Oh, and some other great news...oodeano (ADV member) is joining me. He's going over for work two weeks before I get there and is then taking leave and we'll do the ride together.
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  5. Chanderjeet

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    Very good. See ya here.
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  6. carmima

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    Hi Chanderjeet...mate I'd love to catch up if you have the time. The only issue with me is I arrive on the 17th August and we take off early the next day, so I only have the evening of Wednesday 17th :cry.

    Oodeano will be in Delhi 2 weeks before me (he's working). So he could possibly meet up anytime.

    Let me know if you have any time.

    cheers...Mark
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    I'm sure we can work something out.
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  8. Minko

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    Do you have a route planned yet? I just booked flights to get over there in August too, might see you on the road! Hoping to find rental bikes out of Amritsar instead of starting in Delhi.
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    It would probably be a little tough to rent bikes in Amritsar, Minko. Not typically on a biking circuit.
    Delhi/Manali, even chandigarh possibly would be better options.
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  10. carmima

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    Hi...I've been away and just got came across your question. The following is what I've got planned. The wording for the route is from a travel writer (not me): :D
    Proposed route:
    [FONT=&quot]<http://maps.google.com.au/maps?f=d&...&sspn=60.525286,91.40625&ie=UTF8&z=7&dirflg=d>[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]The most popular motorcycle touring route in India is the northern route from New Delhi to Leh. The Delhi-Chandigarh-Manali-Leh circuit starts from the capital and then crosses a 250km agrarian and industrial belt through the states of Haryana and Punjab before weaving into the Shivalik Hills of the State of Himachal Pradesh.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]New Delhi to Chandigarh = 251klm; National Highway 1 – approx 5hrs[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]After Chandigarh, the scenery improves and the best option of routes presents itself. Turning right from Chandigarh leads to Shimla – the Raj’s old summer capital and within an hour you are transported from the hot north Indian plains into the cool coniferous and monkey infested hills.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Chandigarh to Shimla = 120klm; NH 22 - approx 2hrs – Stay in Shimla 1st night[/FONT]
    Spars Lodge, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh – Before entering Shimla, take Shimla Bypass NH 22 to [FONT=&quot]Museum Road, Chaura Maidan

    [/FONT]
    From Shimla, the best way to get to Manali – the gateway to the Himalayas: is the little known Tatapani route, a narrow and very sparingly used serpentine back road that snakes through a fir forest, descends down to a subtropical highland jungle with hot springs, and then, hugging the hills from valley to valley, comes out near Pandoh before Kullu. With an early start, it’s a day's ride and one of the most beautiful in the country. Keep an eye for the gigantic mural of Hanuman, the monkey god.
    Located amidst towering peaks, pines and cannabis fields, Manali is usually the first unwinding spot of the route and the last for stocking up on spares. The town is a mixture of Tibetan and Indian residents and has several great bars, restaurants, guesthouses and shops. It’s easy to hang here for several days, get adjusted to the altitude and gear up for the next leg of the trip.
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Shimla to Manali = 270klm; Various, NH 22, SH 13, MDR 22, SH 11, NH 21, MDR 29 – approx 5hrs – Stay in Manali 2nd night
    [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Harmony Hotel Manali – on NH 21, near the Tibetan Monastery[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]
    [/FONT][FONT=&quot]The real trial begins right after, with 485ks of narrow, steep and gravel roads, creeping though the Himalayas, deserts and no less then five snowy mountain passes, the highest of them, the [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Tanglang La[/FONT][FONT=&quot] at 18,300+ feet. At the end of the road you arrive at [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Leh[/FONT][FONT=&quot], the capital of [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Ladakh[/FONT][FONT=&quot], with its Buddhist monasteries and volunteer workers. From here, I’ll ride ahead into the valley of Kashmir for the day, then returning back the same way.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Manali to Leh = 485klm; Various, NH 21, SH 26, NH 21, NH 22, NH 21 - approx 8hrs – Stay in Leh 3rd & 4th night[/FONT]
    Hotel Tso Kar


    Hotel in New Delhi:
    Hotel Sri Nanak Continental, New Delhi
    2222 Hardhyan Singh Road
    Karol Bagh, New Delhi, 110005
    Ph: 91 11 49330000 ; 91 9212001832

    Hotel in Shimla:
    Spars Lodge, [FONT=&quot]Museum Road, Chaura Maidan[/FONT]

    Hotel in Manali:
    [FONT=&quot]Harmony Hotel Manali[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Kanyal Road, Rangri
    Manali
    [/FONT]

    Hotel in Leh:
    Tso Kar

    Bike hire:
    [FONT=&quot]Inder Motors [/FONT]– Lalli Singh[FONT=&quot]
    1740-A/55 (basement) Hari Singh Nalwa Street,
    Abdul Aziz Road,
    Karol Bagh,
    New Delhi 110005
    India
    Phone:91-11-28750869,
    91-11-28758579[/FONT]
    Look at hiring 500cc Royal Enfield Bullet Machismo’s with left foot gear change and right foot brake.
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  11. arn

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    A couple of points.

    Delhi to Chandigarh. When the roads are OK, it is just 2 1/2 hrs, unfortunately, AFAIK, the roads are not OK now. There is a lot of construction activity going on, (flyovers being constructed across each of the major cities en route) so crawling through them is a nightmare at present, and greatly adds to travel time. The figure of 5hr may be a bit optimistic, however, at night it should not be a problem. The road being a dual carriageway, it is fairly safe to travel through for noobs to India even at night.

    Manali is at a height of just 8000 feet, not really enough to start the acclimatization process. Lots of things of tourist interest, yes, but for acclimatization, Keylong, on the other side of the Rohtang would be a better place to spend a few days. A cheaper alternative to Manali is Vashist, 5km away.

    Manali to Leh 8hrs? No way. Minimum - 15, if there are landslides/ poor road conditions, it could easily be double that. Keylong to Leh can be done in a day, though, IF you start early and do not stop. Most stop at Sarchu for the night.
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  12. carmima

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    Thanks for that arn...good to have some local input rather than the times noted by a travel writer :D

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  13. rhino_343

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    Hey carmima what kind of budget you looking at to do this trip? How long you going for? Me and sean@Yals may be interested in joining in! We are loooking for a ride in asia or thereabouts mid august! India is definitely on my to do list so if it fits our meager budgets it might be a goer!! Please let me know a few more details mate?:ear
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  14. carmima

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    Maaaaate...come along. Me and Deano are all about doing it cheap :D

    Except for the airfares all the rest will be low budget.

    Bike hire for 2 weeks is approx $500

    Accomodation is bugger all, the dearest being Delhi for the first and last nights, the rest is very cheap (or so I'm led to believe).

    Food also costs stuff all.

    PM sent as well

    Cheers...Mark
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  15. zain

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    Hello guys,
    Any news from the trip. Himalaya is my most waiting trip which I hope I can do next time. Thus, i really hope that you guys could share your experiences and detail it out for us so that we could use them in future esp. in total cost, road condition, bike rental and the names of the hotels along the way to Leh. hope to see your RR soon. Good luck guys..:clap
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  17. carmima

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    Hi Guys...well the ride didn't even get started!!

    12 months planning and 9 hours after leaving Australia the whole adventure came to a screaming halt :cry.

    All my fault, in preparation for the trip, I'd checked the India Government web-site about Visa requirements and seems I misread about what nationalities could obtain entry visa's upon arrival. Well I now know Australians must have a prearranged visa for entry into India.

    So I got as far as Singapore to change flights and while trying to check-in, was asked for my Visa, of course I didn't have it, so they wouldn't let me on the plane :eek1

    I decided to stay in S'pore the night and go to India High Commission next day and plead ingnorance. So much for that plan.
    Got into the interview room with a woman that couldn't crack a smile if her life depended on it.
    She just flatly said 'No Visa' - when I pushed and tried offering to pay for an emergency visa, she asked why I wanted to go to India, I said Holidays, and she said they are not interested in tourists, only business. The interview was over and so was our Himilaya adventure ride.
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  18. zain

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    It's very sad and I am very sorry to hear the story. Never come into my mind when you said that the woman told you that India is not intersted in tourist but business instead. Very unacceptable and undiplomatic. But I hope you will plan again next year.
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    Hi,

    Thanks for the thoughts. Yes, I'll try again. I really want to ride the Himalayas and doing it from India is just the easiest way...especially at my age :D. If I was younger, I'd probably try it a different way and give my money to countries more deserving. Having said that, the people of India are deserving of my tourist dollars but fu#k the government, they're only looking after themselves and it pisses me off that they get anything!

    But that's just frustration speaking and I'll try again soon.
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  20. vaish

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    i wish you get the visa soon and able to ride to himaplays .. god bless
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