How to rent a motorcycle in Leh in 2020 – Rates & Procedure

by Vargis.Khan

Ladakh has been termed as a “Biker’s paradise” and the term is not incorrect at all. A motorcycle ride in Ladakh is a mix of both adventure and fun. Even people who are not bringing their own bike look forward to rent a motorcycle in Leh for a day or two for this very feel of adventure. Because of this very reason, motorcycle rentals are a huge part of the tourism industry here. Some people rent a motorcycle to visit the nearby areas of Nubra or Pangong and some people will just rent a motorcycle for local sightseeing within the city of Leh. 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.

In this article, I will provide some information on the topic and some basic tips which I am sure can be helpful for anyone wanting to rent a motorcycle in Leh.

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How to rent a motorcycle in Leh

Please note that I own a Royal Enfield and have never rented a motorcycle myself. This article is completely based on my knowledge of the region and the feedback I have received from numerous people that I have helped planned their trips to Ladakh.

Also read: How to Plan a Trip to Leh Ladakh – A Complete Travel Guide

Can I rent a motorcycle 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 motorcycle in Leh?

Lot of options. 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 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 motorcycle 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.

Also read: Which is the best Motorcycle for Ladakh Trip?

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 motorcycle 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 saddle bags.
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 agency rents out bikes for a lower rate, they will be charged Rs. 5000 as penalty.

Do you have to pay a security deposit to rent a motorcycle in Leh?

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, repair cost will get deducted from the security deposit. 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 case and a cheque for the other half. They may even opt to keep original of one of your identity cards too as security.

What are the documents required while renting the motorcycle?

A valid driving license is 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 luggage carrier available for rent?

As mentioned above, luggage carrier and saddle bags 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 carrier and saddle bags, 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 it. Jackets of course are not available for rent anywhere.

Is there any paperwork involved while renting the motorcycle?

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, if you do not return it, if you return it late etc.

What documents should you ask for along with the motorcycle?

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

Also read: How to Transport your Motorcycle for Ladakh Trip by Train

How is the condition of the motorcycles?

It is never good is what I can say. 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 chain set and ensure it is not worn out. If the motorcycle is 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 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.

Other tips that may be useful while renting a motorcycle in Leh

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 last couple of years and have run lesser kilometers. Finding a new motorcycle is hard but not tough so if you find one go for it.

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. 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.

Also read: How to Calculate Ladakh Trip Cost by Motorcycle

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 a little basics of bike repair like fixing 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 Motorcycle in Leh

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 the trust on 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.

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Vilma Fedritiaa May 30, 2020 - 5:51 am

Hi Vargis,

Thanks for your very informative blog on Leh bike tour, It is very helpful as I have been reading a lot on Leh tours.

I have few queries … like
1. I have been planning to do Leh bike tour through an tour operator during September as a sole rider. My question is…. is this biking doable for a lady? Though I ride RE 500cc here, but not rode for long rides and also steep terrains, so is it possible for me to complete this tour?
2. Is this tour operators give safety and preferences for woman as men ride really fast where I may not be able to cope up with their speed, does tour operators help me with this regard, though they said they will..
3. Is this terrain is too steep to ride?
4. How will be the weather during September?

Thanks in advance

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Vargis.Khan May 30, 2020 - 3:13 pm

Hi Vilma – If you have decent enough riding experience then you should be able to complete the journey. The terrain is a mix of good and bad and yes, it is steep at some places. Rental agencies usually have a support vehicle that drives at the tail of the group, right behind the last person. So even if you were going slow, you should be OK.

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bhupendra December 14, 2019 - 6:21 am

hi vargis , me and my friend coming leh on 25th December . we will join losar festival there . is it safe to go khardungla on bike on 28th December ?

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Vargis.Khan December 15, 2019 - 9:53 am

Hi Bhupendra – If the weather was OK and there wasn’t too much snow on the road, then yes you can go.

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Mrug November 25, 2019 - 10:38 am

Hey Vargis,

I would like to know how much deposit has to be given to rent the bike? Like an appropriate value maybe?

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Vargis.Khan November 25, 2019 - 9:07 pm

Hi Mrug – 15k – 20k would be an average estimate.

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Mrug November 27, 2019 - 11:16 am

Deposits are too high! Thanks for the information ✨ really appreciate!

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Vargis.Khan November 27, 2019 - 6:11 pm

You are welcome !!!

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Thomas August 27, 2019 - 10:44 am

Dear Vargis,

thank you so much for this informative Post! Its just great! I have a few questions maybe you have some answers or tipps for me?

– ill plan on arriving in Leh at the 24th of September
– acclimate to the height for two days and then rent a motorbike to drive through nubra valley
– after that i want to drive all the way back to Manali

Is the pass leh manali still open at that time? Or ist it too dangerous and to cold as well?
Is it possible doing nubra valley and Leh-manali in that time?
And can i find a Renting company which enables me to pick up the bike in leh but drop it off in manali?
I planned for around 10 days. What do you think?

All the best from germany!

THomas

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Pranav Arora August 26, 2019 - 9:12 pm

can you please tell me what are the approximate cost of petrol on a rented motorcycle?The visit would include pangong and nubra valley.Also,some additional local tours.

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Thomas August 6, 2019 - 4:07 pm

Hey Vargis,

can i rent a bike just with the normal drivers licence for cars from germany? I could get an international as well. But i dont have a motorcylce licence. Would that be aproblem?

I did some motorcycling in Thailand for two weeks i rode about 1000 Km on fairly shitty roads and passes. Do you think im fine renting a bike in leh and drive around for a few weeks?

Or do you think i should reconsider that idea?

All the best from germany Thomas

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Vargis.Khan August 8, 2019 - 1:53 am

Hi Thomas – You would have to get an international driving license. Your DL for Germany won’t be valid in India. If you have done some passes and bad roads before then you are good for Ladakh as well brother.

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Ajay Aj June 3, 2019 - 8:08 pm

Hi vargis..been following your blog for sometime ..great info .thanks

3 of us are planning for a trip on july 1st week. Thing is.. 2 of us are good bike riders..but the 3rd doesn’t knw to drive a bike..he drives activa very well though..

We are planning a circuit trip… Leh -nubra-pangong-tsomoriri-leh. we have an ample 9days.

Is it possible to cover this circuit in activa/Jupiter/ etc ?can a gearless cover routes like shyok…or merak to chushul etc…

What are the options here… Safer
route? Mid stops on the way for a night stay so we dont wear out activa…

We want the last resort to be riding doubles…thanks in advance!

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Vargis.Khan June 3, 2019 - 11:53 pm

Hi Ajay – I would not recommend an Activa on the route. It is doable but with much difficulty and you also risk causing damage to the bike. Better would be to dump all the luggage on one bike and ride pillion on the other.

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hooseini sogiawala February 25, 2020 - 4:16 pm

Hello Vargis,
Below is our travel itinerary for Ladakh can you please advice whether it is good or we need to make some changes to it.. your help on this would be great.
Final date
Date of leaving Saturday 30/05/20
By flight Bombay to shrinagar
10 45 am to 3 pm flight time

Date of return Sunday 07/06/20
By train scheduled on Saturday 06/06/20 from udhampur(Jammu) morning 10 am

Day 1
Saturday 30/05/2020
Hiring bike
exploring shrinagar and Stay at shikara at dal lake for night

Day 2

Sunday 31/05/20 leaving at 6am for pahelgram 88 kms ett 2hrs and exploring before lunch and back to shrinagar

After lunch,
Shrinagar to gulmarg 50 kms 1 hr 30 mins explore gulmarg and back to shrinagar

Day 3
shrinagar sonmarg 85 kms 2 hr 30 mins

Monday 01/06/2020 morning 6 am from shrinagar, leave for sonmarg eta 9 am
Explore till lunch

Post lunch leave for kargil
130 kms 4hours

Reach kargil app. 6 pm
night stay at kargil

Day 4
Leave Tuesday 02/06/20 morning 4 am for ladakh 400 kms
App. ETA 4 pm explore ladakh

Day 5
Wednesday 03/06/2020 explore ladakh

Day 6
Thursday 04/06/2020
ladakh-shrinagar
Leave for shrinagar 500 kms 7 hr 30 mins morning 4 am
ETA shrinagar 12 pm lunch
Cab enquiry and Marketing

Day 7
Friday 05/06/20
Rest whole night at Srinagar
And explore whole day
Leave for udhampur post lunch in cab
Shrinagar udhampur 200 kms 6 hours
Stay at udhampur for night

Day 8
Saturday 06/06/2020
Wake up at udhampur
Have bf explore and leave for Mumbai via train.

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SUBODH May 25, 2019 - 2:40 pm

THE RENT OF BIKE INCLUDES PETROL CHARGES ALSO

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Vargis.Khan May 25, 2019 - 4:23 pm

No it doesnt

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Amar tagde May 25, 2019 - 3:01 am

Khud ki bike nhi ho aur bike ghar ke kisi member ke nam pe register ho to leh me allow krenge kya?

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dikri March 24, 2019 - 2:14 am

Vargis it is possible using automatic bike to reach nubra or pangong from leh ?

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Vargis.Khan March 24, 2019 - 3:20 am

Yes you can but the small tires will definitely be problematic at bad stretches.

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Indika March 17, 2019 - 7:04 pm

Dear vargishkhan
I will hope to visit to leh in 4th April 2019 I from Sri Lanka.can I rent motorcycle for Pangong Lake
Using my Sri Lankan driving licens? Is itvalid ?

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Vargis.Khan March 18, 2019 - 4:03 am

You will need an international driving license Indika

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Atul yadav March 5, 2019 - 8:58 am

Is there any security deposit involved in renting bike

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Vargis.Khan March 5, 2019 - 12:50 pm

Yes there is

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Anirudh sharma February 21, 2019 - 6:58 pm

Hey vargis
i want to know..can you provide Harley Davidson on rent?if you will provide so how much the rent.

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Vargis.Khan February 22, 2019 - 1:26 am

I am just a blogger Anirudh. I do not provide motorcycles on rent.

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Vargis.Khan February 22, 2019 - 1:37 am

You are welcome !!!

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C SUpare January 9, 2019 - 5:17 am

Hi Mr.Vargis,
I am planning for a leh trip somewhere in mid may 2019. I will be traveling with wife & a daughter (8 Years old). Can I rent a bike at leh & ride all three on the same ?? Is there any restrictions on traveling with child on bike??
Please reply.
regards & thanks in advance

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Sofia December 13, 2018 - 7:48 pm

Hi Vargis

Me nd my husband are planning our leh- ladakh trip in 2019 June. Thanks to your blogs I have sorted out an itinerary, but have the following queries:
1. We want to start from Leh nd finish our journey at Srinagar. Can we take Leh registered bikes to Srinagar? If not then what is the alternative
2. What is the usual distance between petrol pumps at Leh, do we have to carry extra fuel?
3. Is it safe to keep our extra luggage at Leh, while we are traveling to nubra/pangong
4. Will it be fine to travel alone as a couple, as I have heard the roads are too empty, nd in case of breakdown it’s very hard to get any help. Should we rather travel with a group?

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Ankit May 17, 2019 - 7:34 am

Hi Sofia, we and my wife are also planing a trip in June and we are not joining any tour. It would be great if we could exchange notes. Please write to me on [email protected].

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Ruchir Ranjan August 24, 2018 - 1:57 am

Hi Vargis,

I have been following ur blog for months now reading everything about Ladhak. Finally I booked flight (up & down) to Leh (13-19Sep). I’m going with a very close friend & both of us will be renting Bullet at Leh.

My only concern is:
Will there be direct & safe route from Nubra Valley to Pangong Lake ? (I’m a fair rider with long highway rides but no experience on hilly areas).

Thanks

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Chaitanya July 30, 2018 - 10:26 am

Hi Varghis, great post!
Wondering if we can pay bike rentals by credit card. Thanks

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Vargis.Khan July 30, 2018 - 4:43 pm

Hi Chaitanya – It entirely depends on the rental agency. Some of them have that facility while others don’t. You will have to look for one that accepts.

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Bikram sandhu July 29, 2018 - 11:36 am

Hi Vargis
Reading your blog ( especially after seeing MI – Fallout ) has motivated me even more to visit leh area. I have contemplating the trip for a while now.
Haven’t decided axact dates but I play to fly to leh ( sometime 2019 ) and then visit the area for 4-5 days. Looks like there is lot to do there. Since one way rental from leh to Manali will cost me 10-15K extra I have a few questions.
1. Do all bike rentals at leh give the option of drop of at Manali.
2. If I have a pillion rider, how much luggage can I carry on Enfield 500.
3. What is the best time to visit the area when temperature is most favourable.
4. Is there a time or place which is peaceful and away from the crowd to enjoy a day/ night on your own.
5. If for some reason I decide not to do the road trip from leh to Manali and instead stay at leh 4-5 days, rent a bike to visit nearby places only. I guess my question is how much of a difference is , (in respect to driving experience, scenery and local culture ) in “ driving from leh to Manali “ v/s “driving to attractions around leh “ and then flying back.
Thanks in advance for helping other novices like me.

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Vargis.Khan July 29, 2018 - 10:09 pm

Hi Bikram,

1. No
2. Depends on how well maintained the bike is but with a 500, you can take almost all the luggage you will need.
3. June or September
4. Late September or early October would be ideal to avoid the tourist rush
5. There is a difference to be honest. The Manali – Leh and Srinagar – Leh highway are an experience in themselves and worth visiting definitely.

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Ayush July 29, 2018 - 5:34 am

hi
can i rent a scooter out there while i have LL?

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Vargis.Khan July 29, 2018 - 5:45 am

No you will need a permanent license for that

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Anuj Chaujan July 24, 2018 - 11:12 am

Hi Vargis,
First of all- Thanks a lot for writing such informative blog which’re really helpful to all.
Please find my itinerary from 26th Aug- 3rd Sept>

26th Aug- Flight from Delhi to Leh, Rest in Leh with exploring of Shanti Stupa,Leh local shopping market.
27th Aug- Explore places like- Shey Palace,Thikse Gompa,Ranchod School- Druk Padma Karpo School, Leh Central Museum,Hall of Fame,Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Nimmu village (If time allows) on bike
28th Aug- Check out from Leh & moving to Sumur/Hunder’s sand-dunes for a night
29th Aug- Back to Leh by exploring Diskit Gompa,Panamik Hot Spring & checkin to Leh
30th Aug- Check-out & moving to Kargil for exploring Manetic Hill,Confluence of River Indus & Zanskar
31st Aug- Visit to Kargil War Memorial,Lamayuru Monastery & back to Leh
1st Sept- Early checkout & moving to Pangong Lake, Booking made online
2nd Sept- Checkout & back to Leh
3rd Sept- Flight back from Leh to Delhi

Please let me know if I suppose to do any edit in my itinerary.
We’re 3 people & thinking of hiring 2 bikes from 27th- 31st Aug & Pangong lake by Innova/Xylo.Please help me for below question-

> We’re thinking to hire Bajaj Avenger- 220cc to explore Leh,Nubra Valley & Kargil, Will it be okay?
> Rented Leh bike can go to the Kargil War Drass Memorial to explore Kargil?
> Should I carry extra petrol or petrol pumps are easily available in way of Nubra & Kargil?
> What’s the cheapest option of travel to Pangong if we don’t do approach shared taxi for 2 days?
> If I take online permit, do I need to verify it in-person from DM-office n all?..Or post online-permit..Can I approach respective place w/o any verification or any govermental interfere?
> Just heard about the village- Hunderman village near Kargil where Leh vehicle is not allowed. Should I explore that or not, your suggestion pls.

Please sugest if I missed any point which i should explore during Leh-Diaries & your suggestion for my itinerary.

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Vargis.Khan July 24, 2018 - 12:07 pm

Hello Anuj,

1. Yes Avenger is fine but just be careful at sharp turns.
2. Yes
3. You can get it in black everywhere in Ladakh these days
4. You will still have to visit the DM office to get it stamped and make payment
5. Until Kargil you can go on Leh registered bike do not wander to any of the villages nearby. The Kargil bike rental guys make create a problem.

For your category, you could have headed straight to Pangong from Nubra valley rather than coming back to Leh.

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Vimal Vijayaraghavan July 23, 2018 - 8:55 am

Hi Vargis bhai, thanks for all the valuable information that you have provided here. Me and my pals are planning to hit Leh on 27th September 2018. we would want to hire The Bullet Himalayans there, do you have any idea of it is available there? if yes, how much would it cost and do you feel that it is advisable to select it?

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Vargis.Khan July 23, 2018 - 12:29 pm

Hi Vimal Bhai – Yes Himalayan is available on rent and is a good bike for the trip. Please see the article below for daily rentals of different motorcycles.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/leh-ladakh-bike-rental-rates-2018-19/

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Kumar July 20, 2018 - 4:52 am

Hello vargis…Thanks for the total guide to Ladakh ..great site .
My concern is
Can I use srinagar rented bike for local sight seeing in leh?

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Vargis.Khan July 20, 2018 - 1:00 pm

Hi Kumar – No you cannot. You will have to leave that bike parked at the hotel in Leh and rent another one there for local sightseeing.

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Aadish Mehrotra July 17, 2018 - 5:00 am

Hi
I have just lost my licence and the Trip is in 3 weeks time ,It will take more than a month to get new licence delivered..I do have xerox and scanned copy of the licence ..Do you think it will suffice?
Thanks

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Vargis.Khan July 17, 2018 - 1:45 pm

You may also need to bring a copy of the FIR. Better would be to speak to a rental agency first and ask if they will rent you the bike on basis of a photocopy and the FIR.

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Gourav Aanjna July 13, 2018 - 6:35 pm

Hey Vargis We r reaching leh by flight
And we would hire a bike there.
But can we also get a bike on rent from leh to manali as we wanted to visit the rohtang pass??
And also is bike ride possible to zanskar valley??

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Vargis.Khan July 13, 2018 - 6:57 pm

Hi Gourav – You can get a bike on rent in Leh but if leave it at Manali then you will have to pay an additional 10 to 15k for it. This is the amount they will charge over and above all other expenses for not bringing it back to Leh city.

For Zanskar, you will have to rent a bike from Kargil; can’t go that way on a Leh registered bike.

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Sayali July 4, 2018 - 2:51 pm

Hi Vergis.Thanks for sharing useful information.As June – September is peak season,then finding bike on rent will it be possible?Or should we pre book bike?Also we are planning to rent bike from Leh and travel to Srinagar (also return journey) at 1st week august.Will it be allowed?

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Vargis.Khan July 5, 2018 - 2:56 am

Hi Sayali – Do not book in advance. Reach there, test ride a few bikes and then decide. And renting a bike in Leh and riding to Srinagar will not be a problem. You can do that.

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Azhar Khan July 2, 2018 - 1:36 pm

I am planning to parcel my bike that is Glamor fi through train to Delhi from my city. It is necettssary to empty fuel tank while parcel any bike. Mechanic say that fuel injection bike with totally empty tank may get its valves not working properly, and they told me that its valves costs around 3000. Is it true? Please help me.

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Vargis.Khan July 2, 2018 - 4:12 pm

Not that I am aware of. It is rule that applies to everyone and I have not heard of any such case ever.

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Azhar Khan July 3, 2018 - 2:13 am

Thanks for ur reply

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Vargis.Khan July 3, 2018 - 2:01 pm

You are welcome !!!

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sagar June 24, 2018 - 7:08 am

Hello sir,
Me and my friends are going to travel to leh this july,
we are six of us and going to hire 3 bikes mostly pulsar.
and we are going to travell to
leh to alchi
leh to nubra
nubra to turtuk
nubra to leh
leh to pangong
pangong to leh

my question is

1- is permit to all the places available easily ?
or we have to book it in advance. and where to book it?
2- is riding on a pulsar safe ?
because three of us dont know to drive a bike
And one is not confident about riding bullet.
so we have decided to hire pulsar.
so sir can u help me with your suggestions.
and the permits required

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Vargis.Khan June 24, 2018 - 5:09 pm

1. Permits available AT all the places? NO. They can only be taken from Leh city.
2. But permits are easily available FOR all these places at Leh city.
3. Yes riding a pulsar is safe but it also depends that the person driving the bike is good at handling it. I hope that you guys have ridden bikes in hills before?

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Sagar June 24, 2018 - 5:57 pm

no sir… only city riding in Mumbai.
Two of them are confident riders ,
I’m the new one…. But confident enough to ride safe….at low speeds

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Vargis.Khan June 24, 2018 - 6:19 pm

Bhai then just ride slow and carefully and you will be OK. Travel light though, carrying too much luggage also means making the bike heavy to maneuver.

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sagar June 25, 2018 - 5:26 am

all has been sorted
there will be only small bags with us…
rest we will keep at lockers back at ladakh…
thank you very much sir for your suggestions
really appreciated.

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Vargis.Khan June 25, 2018 - 2:22 pm

You are welcome brother. Do let me know how your trip went after you return.

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Gaurav Suryawanshi. June 22, 2018 - 10:04 pm

Hi, nice vlog btw is there any provision available to take my bullet there by an train or bus??. Would this be nice option over renting a bullet at Leh

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Gaurav Suryawanshi. June 22, 2018 - 10:12 pm

from Mumbai to Leh,

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Vargis.Khan June 23, 2018 - 5:26 am

Yes you can transport your own bike to the nearest railway station and then ride to Ladakh. See the post below please.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/transport-motorcycle-by-train-india/

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Rakesh K Thakkar July 2, 2018 - 10:03 am

From Where To Get Royal 350 cc Half Day For Today I Am Saying At The Grand Dragon

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Vargis.Khan July 2, 2018 - 4:17 pm

Just take a walk around Leh City. You will find several rental agencies.

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Azhar Khan June 20, 2018 - 3:15 am

I have hero glamor FI, 27000 kms driven, it is in good condition, I want to make a trip on my bike, I live in Bundelkhand’s (1700 kms away from leg). Will it be good for me to ride on a 125 cc bike with fuel injection technology

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Vargis.Khan June 20, 2018 - 3:21 am

Yes you can but make sure that you are traveling solo and as light as possible. Also ensure that you get your bike serviced well. Take a look at the article below please.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/how-to-prepare-your-motorcycle-for-ladakh-trip/

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Amit Kumar June 18, 2018 - 2:36 pm

Hlo sir muja bike learning chayia kya muja mila sakte hai aur kya prize hoga

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Vargis.Khan June 18, 2018 - 6:44 pm

Matlab? Main samjha nahi. Bike Learning chahiye?

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NITESH Soni June 18, 2018 - 8:50 am

Hi. Vargis Khan
Mai ladakh me bike rent pe lu yo wo mujhe usi rent me kya denge bike ke sath
Helmet
Puncture kit
Air pump
Sparking plug
Clucth wire etc.

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Vargis.Khan June 18, 2018 - 1:53 pm

Nahi Nitesh. In sabka charge alag se lagega.

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Jitendra Chauhan June 18, 2018 - 1:56 pm

I guess helmet will be provided with the bike..

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Vargis.Khan June 18, 2018 - 2:28 pm

That too is not guaranteed. Some agencies are charging additional for that too. Some are giving it for free.

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Sourabh Bisla June 6, 2018 - 9:11 am

Hii Vargis … how are u??. As i m planning to visit till leh by bus and then hire a motorcyce from there … is it a good idear to visit all tourist places in leh ladakh … is it safe as i m solo traveller. ?? And for how many days i had to rent a bike???..
Nd the last thing that while returning bike to agency whether they fraud regarding motorcycles ccondition ???
I m goint to start from 10th june from chandigarh..

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Vargis.Khan June 6, 2018 - 7:30 pm

1. Yes it is a good idea to rent a bike as long as you have some good riding experience.
2. It depends on how many days you have in hand.
3. There won’t be any fraud as such but just make sure that you click photos of every part of the bike before renting it and you do not damage the bike in any way.

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Jitendra Chauhan June 5, 2018 - 2:59 pm

Is the fuel provided by the bike agency or we have to bare the fuel expenses and also is there any Km restriction per day?

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Vargis.Khan June 5, 2018 - 4:09 pm

1. You will have to buy your own fuel.
2. No restriction on kilometers traveled per day.

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Jitendra Chauhan June 5, 2018 - 5:02 pm

Thank you for the information..

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Vargis.Khan June 5, 2018 - 5:09 pm

You are welcome !!!

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Jitendra Chauhan June 25, 2018 - 5:17 am

Is it okay to go on 1 or 2 July as per the rainy season is about to start and have heard about the floods as well?

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Vargis.Khan June 25, 2018 - 2:23 pm

1st and 2nd July is fine. There won’t be much rain at this time.

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Sourabh Bisla June 6, 2018 - 9:14 am

When u r planning to visit leh jitender ????

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Jitendra Chauhan June 6, 2018 - 9:49 am

We’re planning for July.. .

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Yash June 4, 2018 - 6:25 am

Hi Vargis..
I called a bike rental in Leh for pre booking, they said we have to take 500cc bike for two person on a bike & it costs for 1700/day & also taking 1400 permit charge for two person??

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Vargis.Khan June 5, 2018 - 4:11 pm

Hi Yash – The rental sounds about right and yes, even I will recommend getting a 500CC bike if you have a pillion traveled. Your permit will depend on how many days you need it for. I will however recommend that you get the permit on your own. Why pay them a little extra?

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Jack May 21, 2018 - 11:17 am

Hi Vargis, i plan to rent a bike probably a scooty for local sight seeing and till magnetic hill, but the money which we will be giving them , either deposit or rent, are there no cashless options available or card system.
M little dicy to carry so much cash, and i may not trust the atms so much (can be out of cash also)

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Vargis.Khan May 21, 2018 - 2:52 pm

Hi Jack – There are plenty of ATMs available now in Leh so don’t worry, you will definitely find cash in either of them.

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Mayank May 14, 2018 - 9:51 am

Do i need to carry a helmet there or i can get a helmet with the bike i rent?

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Vargis.Khan May 15, 2018 - 5:31 pm

You will get the helmet as well.

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shyeam May 6, 2018 - 6:27 am

hello we are planning for a tip to numbra pangong and local sightseeing we are 6 people we want 3 bikes how many days do you think we need to rent to cover

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Vargis.Khan May 7, 2018 - 3:15 am

Depends on how many days do you really have in hand but I will say 5-6 days at least so that you can cover all tourist places.

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Rohith V V May 3, 2018 - 4:05 am

Hi Sir…
Can i ride with this vehicles with triples…
Is police checking is strictly there

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Vargis.Khan May 3, 2018 - 7:00 pm

No you cannot ride with three people on it. It will be very uncomfortable and the motorcycle will refuse to climb up at steep ascents.

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Prashant April 8, 2018 - 12:45 pm

Do we really not require to book bikes in advance during the peak seasons of Jun-Sep. Atleast book the bike and give it a try there and then decide to take it or not. Whats your suggestion?

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Vargis.Khan April 8, 2018 - 5:34 pm

If you book the bike, give it a try and not decide to rent it then you lose the money. They will not refund you the amount you paid.

No need to book. You will easily find a bike.

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Mohsein Mazlan March 21, 2018 - 3:59 am

Hi Vargis,
thanks for the info.
Do we need an international license to rental the bike.
Or our local license will do.

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Vargis.Khan March 21, 2018 - 4:43 pm

Hi Mohsein, For Indian citizens, the local license will do.

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Vargis.Khan March 21, 2018 - 4:44 pm

Or did you mean that you are not an Indian citizen?

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Mohsein Mazlan April 7, 2018 - 11:20 am

yes, i’m not a local citizen
Thanks

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Vargis.Khan April 8, 2018 - 5:34 am

Then you must have an International driving license brother

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sunny daksh August 23, 2019 - 7:21 pm

Which month is better for leh travelling

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Srinivasan Ganesh March 19, 2018 - 4:41 am

Hi vargis
I plan to take a Leh registered bike on rent 

I plan to visit hanle and move to Tsomorri
My queries are ?

From Tsomorri can i go to sarchu with Leh registered bike and return to Leh in same bike.

Hanle to Tsomori 
Tsomorri To Sarchu
Sarchu to Leh 

If i cant take the Leh registered bike to sarchu till which point am i allowed to move in Leh manali highway with Leh registered bike?

with regards

srinivasan G

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Vargis.Khan March 19, 2018 - 6:16 pm

Hello Srinivasan – Yes, you can take the Leh rented bike till Sarchu and come back to Leh, no issues there.

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Srinivasan Ganesh March 19, 2018 - 7:05 pm

Thanks a lot for clarifying dude

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Vargis.Khan March 19, 2018 - 11:23 pm

You are welcome brother !!!

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josro ethof January 29, 2018 - 8:46 pm

“Can I use a motorcycle rented outside Leh?
-No you cannot.
Locals here do not allow these motorcycles to be used”

Is there any policy by the authorities or do local businessmen determine this.
Thank you Vargis, josro

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Vargis.Khan January 29, 2018 - 9:47 pm

There is no policy or law as such. Just a self imposed rule by the locals to ensure that their motorcycles get rented and their business flourishes

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Branch Ghall January 24, 2018 - 6:59 am

is it possible to ride bike in leh in this month

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Vargis.Khan January 25, 2018 - 3:10 pm

No, not right now. March or April at earliest.

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Tan August 18, 2017 - 2:21 pm

is travelling alone on a motorcycle possible?
do i need to carry extra fuels?
is it safe to travel alone?
may i know the pros and cons

thank you

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Vargis.Khan August 18, 2017 - 3:00 pm

Yes it is possible. Fuel will depend on your itinerary and safety depends on how good a rider you are.

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Akshay Mahadik August 9, 2017 - 7:38 pm

I am having learning licence, can i get bike on rent. please advise as i am traveling on 1st September.

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Vargis.Khan August 10, 2017 - 3:16 pm

Ideally they won’t but they may make an exception if you have someone with a permanent license accompanying you.

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ARUN PRASAD June 23, 2017 - 1:18 pm

Hi, i will be staying at Fana Resorts Chimre. Can the bike be delivered and picked up from there ( at an additional cost of course ). I cannot go from Leh to Chimre with my luggage and coming back to Leh again for the bike is a pain.

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Vargis.Khan June 23, 2017 - 4:29 pm

You will have to check this with the rental agency Arun

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Bhushan May 31, 2017 - 1:46 pm

Hi Vargis. Thank you for this information. Its been really helpful to plan the trip. I have been hearing from most of my friends lately that during peak season( July to September) its very difficult to find good bikes on rent in Leh.
My friends are recommending to book the bike in advance to avoid a last minute ditch 🙁
What are your thoughts?

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Vargis.Khan May 31, 2017 - 2:42 pm

The best thing to do before renting the bike Bhushan is to check it. If you book in advance, you will be stuck with the motorcycle you get and the company you booked it with. You should always check the motorcycle and take it for a test ride before renting it.

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Vargis.Khan May 31, 2017 - 2:44 pm

There are plenty of options available in Leh and finding a motorcycle to rent will not be tough, dont worry.

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