A motorcycle ride to Ladakh is a dream journey for many people. Not so long ago, it was a journey that only the adventurous sort will do but with the recent increase in tourism in Ladakh, each year more and more people ride their motorcycles to this piece of heaven on earth. With that being said, it is still not an easy affair to get to Ladakh on a motorcycle. Not all of us either own a motorcycle or have a motorcycle strong enough for the journey. For people from east, west or Southern part our country, riding a motorcycle to Ladakh would first mean several days of riding in plains which I agree is boring enough. For these people, renting a motorcycle is probably the easiest way out. You can rent a motorcycle at either Manali or Srinagar, depending on which route you are taking to reach there, and then rent a motorcycle in Leh for local sightseeing. Please read the articles below for a few quick tips on renting motorcycles in these places.
In a few months time, Ladakh season will be on again. Thousands of motorcyclists from all over the country will be taking this journey. Some on there own motorcycles and some on rented ones.
If you too are planning to rent a motorcycle in Leh for local sight seeing, below is the Ladakh Motorcycle rental rates list for year 2017. Please note that these are rates for renting motorcycle in Leh and not outside. Rates will be different if you are renting motorcycles in either Manali or Srinagar.
- Royal Enfield Himalayan – 411CC – Rs. 2000 per day, Rs. 1200 for half day
- Royal Enfield Classic 500CC – Rs. 1,800 per day, Rs. 1,100 for half day
- Royal Enfield Standard 500CC – Rs. 1,600 per day, Rs. 1,000 for half day
- Royal Enfield Electra 350CC – Rs. 1,200 per day, Rs. 700 for half day
- Royal Enfield Standard 350CC – Rs. 1,100 per day, Rs. 600 for half day
- Bajaj Avenger – Rs.1,000 per day, Rs. 600 for half day
- Bajaj Vikrant – Rs. 900 per day, Rs. 500 for half day
- Hero Impulse – Rs. 900 per day, Rs. 500 for half day
- Automatic Bike / Scooty – Rs. 800 per day, Rs. 500 for half day
There are a few things that you do need to keep in mind while renting the motorcycle, as mentioned below. No agency will be allowed to rent you a motorcycle if you cannot produce a valid driving license. Please ensure that you are carrying your DL with you if you intend on renting a motorcycle in Leh. No agency will rent you motorcycles below these rates. If they are found doing so, there is a penalty of Rs. 5000 that they may have to pay. Half day rental is applicable post 2 PM. It means that you need to return the motorcycle before 2 PM. Failure to do so will imply full day charges. An extra amount of Rs. 100 per day will be charged for luggage carrier / saddle bag.
For local sightseeing in Ladakh, you must rent a motorcycle from Leh itself. If you arrived in Leh on a motorcycle that you rented from either Manali or Srinagar, you will have to leave it at the hotel. Please do not use this motorcycle for visiting places like Nubra, Pangong or Tso Moriri. The Ladakh Bike Rental Association has check posts at several places and they may send you back to Leh if found on a motorcycle registered outside of Leh. The rule is only applicable to rented motorcycles. Privately owned motorcycles are however free to travel around as you like without any restriction. Please note that in case of personal vehicle, you can only take a motorcycle that is registered either in your name or in your parent’s name. Let us say that if you are travelling on a motorcycle registered in your father’s name, you can produce any valid identity proof to prove the relation. If however, you are travelling on a motorcycle registered to a sibling or a friend, you must leave it in Leh and rent another motorcycle for local sightseeing.
The much anticipated Enfield Himalayan is now available for rentals. I am not sure why the rental is so high for this motorcycle but I guess it is because of all the hype surrounding the launch. Some motorcycles like Bajaj Pulsar & KTM are missing from this list. It may however still be available for rental at several shops. Any 150 CC motorcycle will cost you the same as a 150 CC Impulse or Vikrant. For a 180 or 200 CC Pulsar, it would probably cost you same as Avenger.
I hope this information 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.