This is a detailed road map of Ladakh & Spiti marked with popular landmarks, destinations, altitude of the places and distance between two places.
Common Routes to reach Ladakh
There are only 2 main routes which connects Leh-Ladakh to the New Delhi.
Route 1 – By road via Srinagar
This route is preferred for proper acclimatization. It goes via Srinagar situated in Kashmir region. Srinagar is known as the heaven on earth. sometimes it get unrest but usually there is nothing to fear for the tourists. But still many people avoid this route. You can reach Srinagar by road or via flight from New Delhi. It is approx 800 km and will take approx 18 hours by road. So it require at least 2 days to reach Srinagar. By flight it will take approx 2 hours.
Leh which is the capital city of Ladakh is approx 400 kms away and will take 10 hours to reach there. Riders have to cross 2 passes on this route Zozila Pass and Fotu La Pass.
Route 1 – By road via Manali
Tough riders take this route. Manali is a popular hill station of north India and is first choice for the honeymoon. Manali is approx 550 kms. from New Delhi and will take approx 12 hours by road. It is also connected by air but flight services are not reliable. So it is not recommended to go there by air.
From Manali the popular scenic route Manali Leh highway will take riders to the Ladakh. A rider have to cross 5 high mountain passes (Rohtang Pass, Baralacha La Pass, Lachung La, Nakee La and Tanglang La) on this route. Leh is approx 480 kms from Manali.
Mostly domestic riders complete the circuit by covering both the routes starting from one route and return from another route. For international riders they do one sided by flight and another side by road. But there is another option is there as well.
Route 3 – Direct to Leh by air from New Delhi
Though Ladakh is one of the remotest area on the earth but it is connected by air to the New Delhi. And it is a good option to reach Ladakh directly via flight. Your body require 24 hours time to acclimatize at such a height. Landing directly to Leh will not decrease your adrenaline as there are lots of adventure places to visit on a motorcycle. But surely you will miss one thing and that is the beauty of lower, greener Himalayas.
Now apart from these basic routes you may include some adventurous routes which are less traveled in your itinerary.
Advanced Routes to reach Ladakh
These routes are for advanced riders.
Ladakh via Spiti Valley
Adding this route is much easier. You starting point should be from Manali but will go through the Spiti valley. If you have time you must include this route in your itinerary. This route offers you to ride on a cliffhanger road, visit to the highest post office of the word, visit to a Himalayan mummy. There are 2 passes on this route Kunzum La and Jalori Pass. If you choose this route then it will take a journey of 1000 kms to reach Leh which join the Leh manali highway near Koksar. This is more adventurous then Manali Leh highway.
Ladakh via Sach Pass
This is most advanced route and is only recommended for hard core adventurists. This is not for the novice riders. It offers opportunity to ride through the core Himalayas which is still untouched and is traveled by very few peoples. This route again meet to the main Leh Manali highway near Keylong. You have to cross the mighty Sach Pass on this route which is known as one of the deadliest passes of the world.
Routes to Explore Ladakh
After reaching Ladakh you have option to include destinations that you want to visit in Ladakh. Here are some routes or destinations.
Leh Pangong Nubra
This is the most common route that everyone should have to consider including in their itinerary. This route offers 3 major attractions of the Ladakh first is Khardungla Pass, second Pangong tso and last one Nubra valley sand dunes. The complete circuit journey is approx 450 kms. It require 1 night stay at Nubra valley and 1 night at Pangong Tso. So you require at least 3 days extra for this. If you can extend the time there are lots more places to places on this route. In Nubra valley one route go via Diskit hunder to up to the last village at pakistan border. You may visit upto Turtuk Tiaksi etc. Another route go towards Sumur. You may give a visit to Panamik on this route.
Leh to Tso Moriri
Tso Moriri is a Ramsar wetland site and is the highest lake of the world of such a size. Korzok village is situated on its bank and is the only stay option here. Leh to Tso Moriri is approx 220 kms. The route bifurcate from Upshi from the Manali Leh highway towards the Chumathang region. On return you may take a route via Tso Kar aur repeat the same route to get back to Leh. It require 1 night stay at the Tso Moriri.
Leh to Zanskar Valley
Zanskar is famous for its Chadar trek which is a trekking over the frozen Zanskar River. To reach Zanskar via road it takes a long route via Kargil and Suru Valley. But it is worth to explore the less explored area of the Himalayas. Zanskar valley is approx 450 kms from the Leh and will take the same route to return. So you require approx 1 week to explore this region. An alternate route is under construction to reach Zanskar. After completion of that route it will reduce the distance between Leh and Zanskar. But this long route offers you many sites along the way like Lamayuru, Kargil and Suru Valley. Pensi La is the only Pass you need to cross on this route.
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