leh to manali road trip – Leh to Jispa

by Vargis.Khan

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Prodip Chakraborty September 16, 2019 - 2:11 am

I have seen pickup vans following groups of bikers as part of the team. It carries spares, extra fuel and a mechanic too. Could you throw some light on these facilities? Also, for a novice, can a bike be hired along with a professional driver?

Vargis.Khan September 16, 2019 - 4:21 am

Those are available but at an extra cost. It is usually provided by the agency that you rent the bike from. You will have to ride the bike yourself if u rent one, it doesn’t come with a driver.

Ashish Kushwaha July 22, 2019 - 6:14 pm

Me and my friends are planning for mid December this year. I want to know that, could we able to visit every popular places like, pangong lake, nubra valley etc. Or roads were blocked in December. One more thing, is it a good idea to visit in December.

Vargis.Khan July 23, 2019 - 11:48 am

Yes you will be able to visit all the places but it is going to be terribly cold so be prepared.

Jeet July 17, 2019 - 1:44 pm

Bhai I am in Manali and i hired a RE 350 but someone told me that you cannot go to Rohtang on bike . If you go you have to stay for one day otherwise a Challan will be fined but aur bikes hire agency wale kehte hai ki kuch nahi hota aap jaa sakte hai . Please can you help me brother I am in confusion . I am with my wife planning to go to Rohtang . Please help

Vargis.Khan July 17, 2019 - 2:37 pm

No such Bhai, you are free to go. Aisi koi condition nahi hai.
Bas Permit Rohtang wala lena
‘Beyond Rohtang’ naam ka Permit mat lena.

Dhruvesh Chavda May 1, 2019 - 5:14 am

Hey man…great review though and very detailed insights are there…thank you so much..
I want to ask that if i hire bike from srinagar to reach leh.so obviously i have to leave that bike in leh but in that condition also will they take charges of single side trip ??? If yes then how can we eliminate these charges because after reaching leh from Srinagar i can’t go back the next day to return the bike.
Same scenario follows for manali to leh also…Did you get my point ??
Please give your thoughts on that

Vargis.Khan May 1, 2019 - 1:52 pm

Yes Dhruv. They will charge you about 10-15k over and above the rental for leaving the motorcycle in Leh. There is no other way around this.

Devesh Daksh January 11, 2019 - 12:49 pm

Sir, we are planning to visit leh and other near by places my concern Is for renting bikes In January 25-28… Or taxi will be available in this month?

Vargis.Khan April 7, 2019 - 5:06 am

Sorry for not replying to your comment in time Devesh. I was myself traveling at that time and just noticed your comment now.

Abhishek Kumar November 28, 2018 - 3:41 pm

awesome info and briefing . Me and 3 of my friends are traveling leh on 21st dec 2018 , we would like to know that bike riding would be good that time , if yes the where to get the bikes on rent . I have done leh circuit with my own bike 4 time but all in summer .

Vargis.Khan November 29, 2018 - 2:00 am

It is going to be terribly cold and if you want to be riding bikes then make sure you are packing proper clothes for it. You can get bikes on rent in Leh itself but there is snow towards Khardung La right now so you should know how to handle a motorcycle really. If you aren’t sure you can manage then better not take the risk.

Abhishek Kumar November 29, 2018 - 11:34 am

Yes I would like to take the risk, if possible then please share some contact numbers of some bike rentals

Neeraj Shokeen November 8, 2018 - 12:08 pm

Hi Vargis
Friend can be get bike on rent after 15th November this year?? 2018
Or will shared taxis be available at this time??

Vargis.Khan November 8, 2018 - 1:01 pm

Hi Neeraj – You can get bikes these days in Novevmber as well. Shared cabs will be available too but very few.

Neeraj Shokeen November 12, 2018 - 11:11 am

Thank you friend

Vargis.Khan November 12, 2018 - 6:05 pm

You are welcome !!! 🙂

Ashish Kushwaha July 1, 2019 - 6:12 pm

@Neeraj Shokeen How was your experience in November… I am also planning for this uear in mid November

Dieter November 5, 2018 - 11:54 pm

Thank you for all your information! Very helpfull!
My girlfriend and I are planning to visit Leh in July 2019 for the summit of the Stok Kangri. But before that we need to acclamatize a few days in Leh.
To discover the surroundings (Pangong Lake and Khardung La Pass) we want to hire a motor bike.
We both have a driving license but it is only for cars and scooters in our country (Belgium).
Do we need a driving license specifically for motor bikes?

Vargis.Khan November 6, 2018 - 2:10 pm

You will actually need an international driving license for renting bikes in India. Your Belgium license will not be valid in any other country.

Subha Ranjan Ghoshal October 26, 2018 - 9:02 am

Hello Vargis, thank you so much for sharing such valuable information on biking in Leh. I came to know many important things on the topic.

Me and my wife are planning a trip there in May 2019 (most probably 3rd May to 10th May). We want to cover Nubra, Pangong and Tsomoriri with night halt at each spot by a hired vehicle and the sight seeing of Leh (Magnetic Hill, Confluence, Guru Pathar Sahib etc.) by a rented bike. Can you please share your expert views on the plan? Thank you.

Vargis.Khan October 26, 2018 - 12:37 pm

Hi Subha – Yes you can plan the trip. All the areas you mentioned will be open and bikes tooo will be available in Leh on rent.

Subha Ranjan Ghoshal October 26, 2018 - 4:02 pm

Thank you so much for replying. Do you suggest to book the vehicle from now through a travel agent or book it directly after reaching Leh? I can understand than booking on my own will save plenty of my hard earned money but I’m concerned about availability of an unbooked vehicle when I reach Leh. Please share your views.

Vargis.Khan October 26, 2018 - 9:06 pm

If you are booking a motorcycle then reach there, test a few and then book. If you are booking a taxi then prices will remain same in either case. Availability in May should not be a concern really.

Shobi September 10, 2018 - 10:58 am

Asslamualaykum vargis bhai DSLR rent per mil jata leh m?????

Vargis.Khan September 10, 2018 - 12:08 pm

Walaikum As-salam Shobi Bhai — Haan mil jaayega. Kisi bhi photographer ya kisi bike rental wale se pata karna vahan

Shobi September 11, 2018 - 4:40 am

Thanks vargis bhai ek baat or ye time best h jaane k liye leh

Vargis.Khan September 11, 2018 - 11:54 am

Kab ja rahe ho aap?

Shobi September 12, 2018 - 2:39 pm

18 september ko flight hai delh se or hotel online bookoing sahi hai ya wahi jakar dekh le

Vargis.Khan September 12, 2018 - 3:09 pm

Vahin jakar dekh lena .. End of tourist season hai, mil jaayega aaram se

Shobi September 12, 2018 - 5:05 pm

Ok bhai bhut bhut shukriya or aage bhi malum karke pareshan karta rahunga

Vargis.Khan September 12, 2018 - 6:21 pm

You are welcome !!!

Nayab Chishti September 7, 2018 - 10:55 am

What about Four Wheeler, if am going by car of Delhi Taxi number or ZOOM Car or any personal car but the owner is not in car so can we roam in Ladakh (Nubra, Turtuk, Pangon e.t.c)

Vargis.Khan September 7, 2018 - 12:07 pm

No. Any cab rented outside of Ladakh can only be used to reach Leh City. Once you get there, you will have to leave it parked at the hotel and rent another local cab there for visiting Nubra, Pangong etc.

Nayab Chishti September 13, 2018 - 12:09 pm

What about self-drive car rental ? Kya rent hai per day ka aur kya LEH mein mil sakti h self-drive car rental?

Vargis.Khan September 13, 2018 - 12:41 pm

There are no self drive rentals in Leh

Abhishek August 15, 2018 - 7:27 am

Rental bikes available in november or not ?

Vargis.Khan August 15, 2018 - 12:38 pm


Abraham Cherian July 30, 2018 - 10:03 am

Hi Vargis,

First of all you have great blog man, its very informative. Thanks a lot for putting up all the updated information. Now me and my friends are planning to visit Leh in September, So my doubt is on the security amount. Is the 20,000 for every single bike or is it 20K even if we rent more than 2 bikes?


Vargis.Khan July 30, 2018 - 4:44 pm

Hi Abraham – Thank you for your kind words. That security amount is per bike, so if rented 2 bikes then you will pay 40k.

Sony July 25, 2018 - 5:34 pm

Hi I am planing for a week in Leh, from August 13, and like to visit nearby places by taking a motorcycle. But i havent ride through tough terrains and no experience in repairing bike if something happens. Is it possible to join with some other team and go for the ride

Vargis.Khan July 25, 2018 - 7:39 pm

Yes you can but I do not know of any such groups so cannot actually direct you to someone.

Vijay Ram July 20, 2018 - 4:42 pm

hi.. we want to plan bike trip to ladakh so i have royal enfield on my cousin name… so its require to rent bike from leh? our family is joint family and bike on my cousin name. can i continue on my own bike from leh?

Vargis.Khan July 20, 2018 - 6:18 pm

Bikes in your cousin’s name could be a problem. You will have to carry sufficient documents to prove that the owner of the bike is your cousin. And even than the locals can stop you and send back.

Vijay July 20, 2018 - 8:12 pm

thanks… and one more question is we want to plan second week of November so this time good? I read somewhere that at that time close leh manali road.

Vargis.Khan July 21, 2018 - 1:59 am

No, November is not a good time for a bike ride to Ladakh. And yes, Manali Leh highway by then would definitely be closed.

Nabi July 3, 2018 - 11:34 am

Sir if i rent bike on Let to Manali one side is available (I will go on bus manali to leh)
and any bike rental agency contact number if you have please share with me sir

Vargis.Khan July 3, 2018 - 1:51 pm

Yes bikes are available but one side rental will cost you more. I am sorry but I do not have any contacts as such.

Ludovic Ampe July 2, 2018 - 3:51 pm

Hi, do you have any agencies that you recommend? We would like to reserve bikes as we are 6. We only have 4 days around Leh, any itineries to recommend? Thanks a lot!

Vargis.Khan July 2, 2018 - 4:10 pm

Sorry I do not have any recommendations in this aspect. Best to test ride a few bikes before making the final call.

Suhas June 27, 2018 - 6:49 am

Hi Vargis,
the bike which i will be travelling is in my father’s name. This wouldn’t cause any problem?
Do i have to show any ID of my father as well?
Thank you!

Vargis.Khan June 27, 2018 - 4:35 pm

Hi Suhas – Just carry all the vehicle’s paperwork and your identity card that can prove that the owner of the vehicle is your father; and that you are not renting it from someone.

menon June 13, 2019 - 5:06 am

Thank you so much for the detail and effort put into each of your peices.

Vargis.Khan June 13, 2019 - 12:59 pm

Thanks Menon

lauradelee June 24, 2018 - 2:39 pm

Hi Vargis, your website is absolutely fantastic!

We know that Manali bikes can only go as far as Leh, but how about the other way around? Are Leh bikes allowed all the way to Manali via the Leh-Manali highway?

Vargis.Khan June 24, 2018 - 4:59 pm

Hi Lauradelee – Yes you can rent a bike in Leh and bring it to Manali city.

Sudhanshu June 18, 2018 - 2:19 am

Hi Vargis
This Is sudhanshu…can I rent a bike on the basis of learning license in leh??

Vargis.Khan June 18, 2018 - 1:58 pm

Hi Sudhansu – No, they will ask for a permanent license.

Modi007 May 20, 2018 - 9:32 am

Hello, Thanks for article. I am planning leh-ladakh trip with my brother this july so is it ok if we do bike trip without any tour agency?. can you please suggest?

Vargis.Khan May 20, 2018 - 6:28 pm

Yes, absolutely. No need for any tour agencies. Go and travel on your own, majority of the people do it.

idrish nagori May 10, 2018 - 6:16 pm

will i get bike on rent on around 18 june ?
should i rent it online now?

Vargis.Khan May 10, 2018 - 7:55 pm

You will get it easily. No need to book in advance.

Deepesh May 5, 2018 - 10:52 am

hello sir
Can you please provide with some information regarding relieble bike rentals in leh ??

Vargis.Khan May 6, 2018 - 2:48 am

Hi Deepesh, I do not have any contacts at such but there are so many in Leh these days. Just take a walk through the town and try out a few before you decide on a motorcycle.

Darshan July 22, 2019 - 5:55 pm

Hi Vargis,
Is it possible to get pulsar 180 in Leh. I could not find anything online.

Vargis.Khan July 23, 2019 - 11:49 am

Hi Darshan – Try talking to Azhar in Leh @ 9906990020. Give my reference and see if he can arrange a Pulsar for you.

Maharshi Mehta April 13, 2018 - 4:14 am

Hi Vargis,

Thanks for sharinf the information. I visited leh last year and I rented bullet 350 and it seems it had both self stary AMD disc brake on fromt tyre. Are you sure they are missing from 350 bullet?

Also, I would be visiting leh this year around too and would be having a pillion rider as well. Can you provide me mpre information about carrier luggage? Do this bike rental company fit their own thing or I should bring it along with me and they will fit it. We would be having one backpack which i wish to fit at the carrier luggage abobe the headlight (if possible)

Vargis.Khan April 13, 2018 - 7:02 pm

Hi Maharshi – Thank you for sharing the quick tip but I am guessing you must have rented 350 Electra and not standard, correct?

Bike rental companies would provide a luggage carrier at a cost of Rs. 100 per day additional.

Maharshi Mehta April 14, 2018 - 3:55 am

Yeah, it was 350 Electra. So that’s why it had self start and disc brake. Anyways, do you think i should go with 350 electra again or should go with 500 since i will have pillion rider and luggage this time?

Vargis.Khan April 15, 2018 - 9:57 am

If you have a pillion then definitely go for a 500 just to be on a safer side.

vasista April 5, 2018 - 4:17 pm

hiii..this is vasista…is there any issues with yellow coloured number plate bikes during the trip from delhi-srinager-leh-numbra vally-pagnong tso-manali-delhi

Vargis.Khan April 7, 2018 - 10:11 pm

Non-local bikes are not allowed in Ladakh. If you rented a bike from Srinagar or Manali, you can use it to get to Leh but after you reach there, you will have to rent another bike for visiting Nubra, Pangong etc.

Arun March 29, 2018 - 1:17 pm

Thank you Bro !.
1.Are there any rental agencies or associations where I can opt for the bike directly ?
2. About the security deposit money – can I trust the agency and get back the money without any issues ?

Vargis.Khan March 29, 2018 - 8:54 pm

Arun Bhai, There are numerous bike rental agencies in Ladakh these days. It is a big business there right now. And yes, you will definitely get the security deposit back, do not worry about that.

SUKESH Shah September 30, 2019 - 4:47 pm

Hi Vargis Bhai, I have heard that now rules are changed in Leh Ladakh . You cannot use out side vehicle in LL. Can u help me to plan Manali – LL- Kargil- Srinagar or Jammu.

Vargis.Khan September 30, 2019 - 4:49 pm

Hi Sukesh Bhai, As long as the bike is registered in your name and you have all the papers, you are free to use it anywhere in Ladakh.


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