How to rent a motorcycle in LehIn this article, I will provide information on how to rent a bike in Leh and some basic tips that I am sure can be helpful for anyone wanting to rent a motorcycle in Ladakh. The details below can be of help in saving you a lot of hassle and money and ensure that your trip remains enjoyable.
Ladakh has been termed as a “Biker’s paradise” and the term is not incorrect at all. A motorcycle ride to Ladakh is a mix of both adventure and fun. Even people who are not bringing their own bike look forward to renting a bike in Leh for a day or two for this very feeling of adventure.
Because of this very reason, motorcycle rentals are a huge part of the tourism industry here. Some people rent a bike to visit the nearby areas of Nubra or Pangong and some people will just rent a bike in Leh for local sightseeing within the city. I have even known people who drove to Leh in their own car but for visiting the nearby areas, they opted to rent motorcycles just for fun.
Please note that in this post, I am only talking about renting a bike in Leh Ladakh. For other details about planning your trip, please take a look at How to Plan a Trip to Leh Ladakh – A Complete Travel Guide.
Can I Rent a Bike in Leh?
Definitely a yes. These motorcycle rental agencies are a big part of the tourism industry here and finding a motorcycle to rent in Leh is no problem at all.
Where can I rent a Bike in Leh?
There are a lot of options available. Pretty much every tour operator, every travel agent, and most of the mechanics in Leh offer this service. Just take a walk around in the city of Leh and you will notice that options are in plenty.
Do not worry, Leh is a very small city that you can probably cover on foot within an hour so you won’t even have to walk much. You may even inquire at the hotel you are staying and they can guide you too.
Can I use a Bike rented outside Leh?
No, you cannot. If you rented a motorcycle in some other city, say Srinagar or Manali, you can take it only as far as Leh. Locals here do not allow these motorcycles to be used to visit nearby areas like Nubra Valley or Pangong Tso. For commuting within Ladakh, you will have to rent another bike from Leh.
Can I use a self-owned motorcycle in Ladakh?
This is a little off the topic but I still thought to add it here. If you came to Ladakh on your self-owned motorcycle (or even car for that matter), you are free to use it anywhere you like. There is absolutely no need to leave your own vehicle at the hotel and rent a motorcycle.
Can I rent a motorcycle in Leh and drop it at either Manali or Srinagar?
Some of the renters or tour operators do provide this option but not for free. There will be an additional charge involved for dropping the motorcycle at either Manali or Srinagar which can be anywhere between Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 15,000
How much it costs to rent a Bike in Leh?
It will depend on which motorcycle you want to rent but I will give you a breakdown of all.
- Renting a Royal Enfield 500CC motorcycle in Leh would cost you Rs. 1600 per day and Rs. 1000 for half day.
- Renting a Royal Enfield 350CC Thunderbird and Classic in Leh would cost you Rs. 1300 per day and Rs. 800 for half day.
- Renting a Royal Enfield 350CC Electra in Leh would cost you Rs. 1100 per day and Rs. 700 for half day.
- Renting a Royal Enfield 350CC Standard in Leh would cost you Rs. 1100 per day and Rs. 600 for half day.
- Renting a Bajaj Avenger 220CC in Leh would cost you Rs. 1000 per day and Rs. 600 for half day.
- Renting a Bajaj Pulsar 200CC in Leh would cost you Rs. 1000 per day and Rs. 600 for half day.
- Renting a 150CC motorcycle in Leh would cost you Rs. 800 per day and Rs. 500 for half day. This includes Yamaha FZ, Fazer, Pulsar 150CC, Hero Impulse, Duke motorcycles, etc.
- Renting an automatic bike in Leh would cost you Rs. 800 per day and Rs. 500 for half day. (Activa for example)
An extra amount of Rs. 100 per day will be charged for Rack and saddlebags.
Half-day charges are application 2 PM onward.
Also read: How to Rent a Bike in Srinagar?
Is this price negotiable?
Not at all. All the agencies have strict instructions to follow this rate list. If any of the agencies rent out bikes for a lower rate, they will be charged Rs. 5000 as a penalty.
Do you have to pay a security deposit?
Yes, you do. Apart from your daily rent, you will also be required to pay a security deposit which will be refunded at the time of returning the motorcycle. If there is any damage to the machine, the repair costs will get deducted from the security deposit. The amount of the security deposit will vary but be ready to pay a minimum of around Rs. 15000 or more.
Some of the agencies may even accept half of the amount in the case and a cheque for the other half. They may even opt to keep the original of one of your identity cards too as security.
What are the documents required?
A valid driving license is a must without which, no agency will rent out the motorcycle to you. You will have to submit a photocopy of your DL which will work both as your identity card as well as an address proof.
Is a luggage carrier available for rent?
As mentioned above, luggage carriers and saddlebags will be provided at an extra charge of Rs. 100 per day.
Also read: How to Rent a Bike in Manali
Is riding gear available for rent as well?
Except for luggage carriers and saddlebags, no other gear is available for rent. If you want to get any other accessories or gear like knee caps or elbow caps, you will have to buy them. Jackets of course are not available for rent anywhere.
Is there any paperwork involved?
You may be required to sign a rental agreement which would lay down the terms and conditions like what will happen if there is damage to the bike, or if you do not return it, or if you return it late, etc.
What documents should you ask for along with the Bike?
Please ensure that the renter provides you the RC, Insurance documents, and pollution certificate of the motorcycle. Also, check the dates carefully and ensure that all these documents are still valid and not expired.
Can I book a motorcycle in advance over the phone?
Yes, you can but I recommend that you do not. The most important thing before renting the motorcycle is to test it and you will be deprived of this option if you pre-book it. The best thing would be to walk through the town, check out several options, the condition of the motorcycle, the costs involved, and then make a decision of where to rent it from
How is the condition of the motorcycles?
It is never good is what I can say. The condition will differ from being OK to bad to even being pathetic which is why it is of utmost importance that you do not book in advance and inspect the motorcycle closely before paying the amount.
These motorcycles have been used by multiple people and always in the hilly region. Used is actually the wrong word, these motorcycles mostly get abused and hence the bad condition. From the engine to fuel efficiency, it will never be at par with a personally owned motorcycle.
What to check before renting the motorcycle?
I am not a mechanic myself but I will still list a few things. Check the condition of the chainset and ensure it is not worn out. If the motorcycle is an electric start, try bringing it to life a couple of times and ensure that it doesn’t cough or give trouble when you press the start switch. If it is kick start, ensure that there is no starting problem and the motorcycle is a single or at most two kicks start.
Check the condition of the tires if they are worn out. Sit down on the motorcycle to check that the seats are comfortable enough. Do a thorough inspection of the motorcycle for any oil leakage, either from the engine or front shock absorbers. Check that the headlamp is bright enough and get it replaced if it is not. Also, check the tail light and that both the indicators are in working condition.
The first tip is that check how old the motorcycle is and how many kilometers are on the odometer. Try to find a motorcycle that is comparatively new, has been bought in the last couple of years, and has run lesser kilometers. Finding a new motorcycle is hard but not tough so if you find one go for it.
The second thing you must do is to stay in Leh for a day and test the motorcycle. Take it towards Khardung La Pass and get an idea about how it performs on steep ascents and fuel efficiency. If there is a fix required, get it done immediately.
If there is a fault too big or time-consuming for repair, dump the motorcycle and find another one. The third thing would be to make sure that you are carrying some essential spares like clutch/accelerator/brake wires, headlamp, spare tubes, a toolkit, chain link, and spark plug, etc.
You must learn how to take off the wheel and change the tube in case of a flat tire. Any other basic mechanical knowledge too will be beneficial so learn little basic of bike repair like fixing a puncture, changing sparkplug, clutch/cable wire, headlamp, headlight, attaching chain link, etc.
My final advice would be that do not be tied down to a particular motorcycle, do not go with the mindset that you only have to rent an Enfield or a Pulsar. Rather look for a motorcycle which is in good running condition irrespective of which brand it is.
Rent a Bike in Leh Ladakh – Conclusion
With all this said, another point to consider here would be that if you have a motorcycle of your own, transporting it to and from Manali would actually cost you less than going through the hassle of renting a motorcycle in Manali. Since it is your own motorcycle, you will always have trust in its capabilities and hence the peace of mind. Something to think about.
I hope this information was helpful. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below or at our Community Forum and I would be glad to answer.