Few days ago I posted a series of articles detailing on how to rent a motorcycle in all these three places with name and numbers of a few rental agencies. Adding more to that information, in this article I will provide some feedback on a motorcycle rental agency that I would personally recommend as best place to rent a bike in Srinagar. These guys are good, bikes are reliable and the overall customer experience is highly satisfactory.
Riding a motorcycle to Ladakh is a dream for almost everyone who either owns a motorcycle; or has even the slightest of interest in motorcycles, travel or photography. But what do you do if you do not really own a motorcycle but still would like to visit this small piece of heaven on earth called Ladakh? Or the motorcycle you own is not really good enough to go all the way? Or maybe you live way too far to have all the time for a ride to Ladakh from your hometown. The most common way in a situation like this is to reach Manali, Srinagar or Leh and rent a motorcycle there.
Best Place to Rent a Bike in Srinagar
Address: Dr. Ali Jain Complex, M.A. Road, Lal Chowk, Srinagar
Phone: 9596410670, 7006029164Registered with J&K Governments’s Tourism and Transport Departments
There motorcycles are all in excellent conditions and well serviced before they hand it over to their customers. Fuel efficiency of each bike is great and you won’t have to keep refilling every few hours. Seat or any other part is not worn out and they ensure that the bike will not break down anywhere during the ride. They primarily deal in cruiser bikes like Royal Enfield or Avenger but others motorcycles like Pulsar and Activa etc are available too.
A Royal Enfield 350CC will cost Rs. 1500 per day and Rs. 1700 per day for a 500CC motorcycle. Going for a smaller engine motorcycle like Avenger will cost you about Rs. 1300 per day. These rates are pretty much the standard all across Kashmir and Ladakh and considering the condition of the motorcycles and the gear provided; these charges are definitely competitive. Entire riding gear and spare parts provided are covered under this daily rent. If you want to rent a bike in Srinagar, you will have to pay around this amount no matter which agency you chose.
Below is a list of gear provided. There is no additional cost for these items (except for the ones I mentioned as chargeable) and it is all covered in your daily rent.
- Luggage carrier
- Packing ropes
- Medical kit.
- Oil container
- Puncture kit
- Pillion helmet
- Bungee cords
- Bike net
- Digital Camera (Chargeable)
Below is a list of spares that you will be provided with the motorcycle, all covered under your daily rent except for the items mentioned as chargeable.
- Tool Kit
- Leg Guard
- Chain Lock
- Spark Plug
- Clutch Cable
- Brake Cable
- Head & Tail Lamps
- Chain Joining Link
- Bike Fuses
- Mobile Charger mounted on the handle (Chargeable)
- Rain Coat (Chargeable)
- Face Mask (Chargeable )
For both the gear and spare parts, the daily price is a great deal; considering the fact that most of the rental agencies will give you just the motorcycle and a helmet. They will charge you extra for everything else like even the luggage carrier.
In case you need the motorcycle modified per your taste, that can be done as well for a marginal cost. If you are riding in a large group and would rather have a support vehicle with a mechanic accompany you for your peace of mind; that service too can be arranged. If you need any help arranging for camps or anything else to make your visit to Kashmir or Ladakh easy and memorable, let these guys know and they will be more than happy to assist in any way they can.
One Way Ride
In case you do not intend on returning via Srinagar then the same daily rental will apply with an additional charge of Rs. 7000 for handing over the bike outside Srinagar. This too is a standard charge and some of the agencies cost even as high as Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 15,000 for this facility.
A security deposit of Rs. 20,000 for each motorcycle would have to be made which will be refunded at the time when you return the motorcycle. In case you are not able to pay this amount, you can pay Rs. 5000 and hand over your passport; both of which you will receive back at the time of handing over the motorcycle. This charge too is pretty much standard all across Kashmir and Ladakh. No matter where you rent the bike from, you will have to pay this amount as security deposit.
In order to rent a motorcycle, you will have to produce a copy of your driver’s license and a copy of valid identity proof like Aadhar card or Voter’s ID.
If you need a reliable bike for your Kashmir or Ladakh ride; a bike that you can actually take without worrying about how it will perform or fear of any breakdowns; then you should give Kashmir Travelogue a try. They in my opinion are one of the most genuine bike rental agencies in Kashmir. They have excellent mechanical support and provide amazing customer service. The bikes are all in perfect condition at the time of renting; gear they provide are genuine and at reasonable price. Formalities are very simple and above all the price is very cheap as compared to others. Take my word, you will not be disappointed. Give them my reference and you may even get a discounted price.
I hope the information above regarding best place to rent a bike in Srinagar was helpful. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below and I will be glad to answer.