How to Rent a Bike in Srinagar in 2020 – 2021

by Vargis.Khan

Are you planning a trip to Kashmir or Ladakh and wondering about how to rent a bike in Srinagar? In the article below, I will provide some necessary details on renting a motorbike in Srinagar like how much it will cost, what you should check and where you you rent it from.

Whenever I get asked this question that whether renting a bike for Ladakh trip is better or riding your own motorcycle is, my answer is always the same. If you can then you must take your own motorcycle to Ladakh. This is beneficial in multiple ways and bringing your own motorcycle will always have advantages over riding a rented motorcycle. What those advantages are is a topic that I have covered in another article at the link below.

Also Read: Latest Srinagar Motorcycle Rental Rates

However, self-owned motorcycle is not always an option for everybody due to several reasons. Someone may not own a motorcycle at all in which case, buying one just for one trip does not really make sense. Or you may not have a motorcycle that you consider good enough for a trip to the challenging terrain of Ladakh.

The most common reason of all however remains to be that you do not live in the northern part of the country which means that if you want to bring your motorcycle to Ladakh, you will have to ride it all the way in plains as well until the mountain region starts which I agree sounds quite boring in itself and hence the option of renting a motorcycle comes into picture.

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How to rent a Bike in Srinagar?

In this article, we will talk about what your options are in case you want to rent a motorcycle from Srinagar. Please note that I own a Royal Enfield and never had the need to rent 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.

Where can I rent a Bike in Srinagar?

Unlike Manali, where the entire town is flooded with places offering motorcycles on rent, situation in Srinagar is way more different. Finding a motorcycle to rent here can be slightly difficult for primarily two reasons. First it is a larger city than Manali and second that the options here are not that great. Hence it is better to contact a renter in advance and check with them if they have motorcycles available in the time slot that you are planning to rent in. Below are the details of the rental agency that I recommend in Srinagar.

Kashmir Travelogue
Lal Chowk, Srinagar
Phone: +91-9596410670, +91-7006029164
Website: http://www.kashmirtravelogue.com
FB: http://www.facebook.com/kashmirtravelogue
Email: [email protected]

Also Read: Best place to rent a motorcycle in Srinagar

Can I rent a motorcycle in Srinagar and use it in Ladakh as well?

Please do not. The tour operators and the locals in Ladakh do not allow this. If you have rented a motorcycle outside of Ladakh, then you can only use it to get as far as Leh. For local sightseeing and visiting areas like Pangong and Nubra, you will have to rent another motorcycle from the city of Leh itself.

Can I rent a motorcycle in Srinagar and drop it at Manali?

While some of the tour operators in Manali offer the option of one side rental for an additional cost, I am not too sure if this option is also available in Srinagar so cannot give a firm answer on this. Best to call the agencies I mentioned above and inquire with them.

Can I rent a Bike in Srinagar and drop it at Leh?

Same answer to this question as above.

Is there a minimum or maximum rental period?

It depends on the renter but some of them do have a 7 day minimum criteria.

How much it costs to rent a Bike in Srinagar?

It depends on which motorcycle you want to rent but the cost would be anywhere between Rs. 800 to Rs. 1600. Smaller engine motorcyles, 150 CC for example would cost you slightly less and a 500CC motorcycle would cost you more. For example, Royal Enfield Standard, classic, or Electra 350CC would be around Rs. 1200 or Rs. 1300 per day, a 500 CC Machismo or Thunderbird would be around Rs. 1600 per day. On the other hand, a Pulsar would cost you close to Rs. 1000 per day. Automatic bikes like Activa would cost around Rs. 800 per day.

For most recent information in this regard, please read Updated Motorcycle Rental Rates in Srinagar.

Is this price negotiable?

Most of these tour operators have a standard rate but the price can be negotiated in Srinagar. It may however depend on how well you negotiate, how many motorcycles you want to rent and for how long. This is actually one good thing if you were to hire a motorcycle in Srinagar. Places like Ladakh and Manali have overpriced and non-negotiable rates but in Srinagar, the prices are flexible.

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

Yes you do. Apart from what you will pay as daily rent, a security deposit ranging anywhere between Rs. 15000 to Rs. 30,000 would also have to be paid. Renters usually would accept part of this amount in cash and may take a cheque for the remaining amount. They may also keep your Identity card as security deposit. If you crash the motorcycle or there is any damage to it, the repair cost would be deducted from the security deposit. If there is no damage at all, then this amount is refundable in full.

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

What are the documents required while renting the motorcycle?

Your driving license is a must and pretty much the only document you will need to submit as it works both as an Identity proof and address proof as well. Someone asked me on an email if you have to submit the original and the answer to that is no. You are required to carry your DL with you during the trip and just need to submit a photocopy at the place you are renting the bike from in Manali.

Is riding gear available for rent as well?

It depends on the agency or operator you are dealing with. Some of them do provide the riding gear on rent but there will be no jacket included. It is pretty much limited to helmet, knee and elbow guards etc.

Is luggage carrier available for rent?

Since these motorcycles get rent out for touring purpose, most of them are already equipped with luggage carriers. In case you want a motorcycle without luggage carrier, you can opt for that too. There may however be a separate cost involved for renting luggage carriers, like Rs. 100 per day for renting the carrier.

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.

Also Read: How to Plan a Trip to Srinagar

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 option, 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?

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. But it also depend on the agency you are renting it from. Some of the agencies, like the one I recommended above, have extremely well maintained motorcycles.

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.

Also Read: How to Plan a Trip from Srinagar to Leh

Other tips that may be useful while renting a motorcycle in Srinagar?

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 Manali for a day and test the motorcycle. Take it towards Rohtang 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. 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.

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 Srinagar would actually cost you less than going through the hassle of renting a motorcycle in Srinagar. 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 the information above on how to rent a bike in Srinagar was of help. 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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Tushar July 22, 2019 - 10:33 am

Hi vargis, i really see your answers helpful. I m planning ladakh with my wife. Can you please suggest on bike riding… Is it safe?? And what will be the average price bike available in leh ladakh tour???

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Vargis.Khan July 22, 2019 - 5:14 pm

Hi Tushar – If you have experience in riding a bike in hills, then yes it is safe. For Bike rentals, please talk to Azhar in Leh @ 9906990020. Give my reference and he will give you the best price possible.

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Madhu June 18, 2019 - 6:30 am

Hi Vargis, thank you for the post. I am planning to a trip to Gurez Valley on a motorcycle. I would like to hire motorcycle in Srinagar. Wanted to check if you have any advise for me regarding road conditions, any permits, things to be cautious about etc. Thanks in advance

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Vargis.Khan June 18, 2019 - 6:10 pm

Hi Madhu – You can talk to Faisal in Srinagar at 9596410670 about renting bike in Srinagar. For rest of the details on Gurez, please read the following post.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/gurez-valley/

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Parvesh June 14, 2019 - 9:56 am

Hi Vargis,

excellent piece of info for first time travellers. I want to rent a bike in Sri nagar and want to leave it in Leh or in Manali. I’ll surely contact the numbers you provided. I want to know is most probably I’ll be travelling alone till srinagar. Is there any chance that I would get similar solo riders like me and we can ride in a group or is there any possibility that I can join any group of riders?

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Vargis.Khan June 14, 2019 - 12:54 pm

Hi Parvesh – It is tourist season right now so yes, you will find several other solo riders or groups at this time.

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Naser June 12, 2019 - 3:39 pm

As Salam Alaikum
i am looking to rent a bike for use with Srinagar
preferable bikes — Yamaha or KTM 390
please let me know whom to contact about this
Jazak Allah

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Vargis.Khan June 12, 2019 - 4:40 pm

Walaikum As-Salam – You can talk to Faisal in Srinagar @ 9596410670 and see if he ccan help.

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Swapnil More May 20, 2019 - 8:08 am

Hi Virgis, We are planing to visit Leh Ladakh on next month 1st week. SO could you please help me with the route How we can go ? We are landing to Chandigarh and from there we are all the way to coming to Srinagar. As Manali to Leh Ladakh Route is closed and it will be supposed to open after 15th June as per the news. So we want a suggestion that is kashmir bike would be allowed us in Leh Ladakh..?

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Vargis.Khan May 20, 2019 - 5:31 pm

Hi Swapnil – You can take Srinagar Bike to Leh but will have to leave it parked at the hotel. For sightseeing in Ladakh, you will have to rent another local bike from Leh.

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PRAKASH December 25, 2018 - 7:23 am

detailed Q/A bro..thanks a lot

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Vargis.Khan December 26, 2018 - 2:53 am

Thanks Bro

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Ankit June 28, 2018 - 12:42 pm

I just talk with lion biker in Kashmir and they say that their bike is their bike will be allow in lahdhak region also…. Should I trust them..??

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Vargis.Khan June 28, 2018 - 2:12 pm

No. They will say that to rent their bikes out, may even talk about an ownership transfer certificate but don’t fall for it.

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Ankit June 28, 2018 - 6:39 pm

Thanks vargis it will help us a lot..!!

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Vargis.Khan June 29, 2018 - 1:33 am

You are welcome

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shyam March 23, 2018 - 7:11 am

Hi Vargis,

Doing a great job by providing so much useful information. Really appreciate it.
I have one question.
I want to explore zanskar valley on a rented motorcycle by following Srinagar – kargil – Padum route.
I dont want to fly to Leh as it’s very expensive compared to flying to Srinagar.
Is the patch from Srinagar to Sonamarg safe ?
Because last year I travelled to Leh from chandigarg – srinagar side, we were attacked by a few stone pelters near Anantnaag. Our car glasses got completely broken and we faced a lot of difficulty because of this.

Thanks in advance,
Shyam

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Vargis.Khan March 26, 2018 - 4:27 pm

Hi Shyam -Thank you for your kind words.

As for your query, what happened with you was an unfortunate incident. Things can change in Kashmir overnight but this is really the first time I ever heard people attacking tourists in the region. I have been on these routes multiple times myself and have never faced any trouble. As far as I can tell, it is quite safe to go and thousands of people do it every year.

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ravinder February 13, 2018 - 9:29 am

My best experience with bike renting in Delhi, was with motorcycles rental India. This company offered bike on rent.

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Vargis.Khan February 13, 2018 - 2:39 pm

Thanks Ravinder

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shaadismart August 30, 2017 - 7:59 am

Thanks for the tips, i took the 5 bikes on rent from Kashmir biker, they have choices of bikes on affordable price. you can visit them if you want to know more.

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Vargis.Khan August 31, 2017 - 2:52 pm

Thanks for sharing the feedback.

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OMAR ANDRÉS HERNANDEZ August 6, 2017 - 6:32 pm

Hola, mi interés es alquilar una moto, la de menor cilindrada posible, con inyección electrónica, para hacer el trayecto Kishwar – Killar. Es posible? De qué motos se dispondría? Y cuál es el costo aproximado diario ? Desde ya, muchísimas gracias por responder a ésta consulta.
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+5493436113333 (Whatsapp)

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Vargis.Khan August 6, 2017 - 7:30 pm

Hola Omar, I do not speak Spanish brother. I could make out that you are asking something about Kishtwar and Killar but I couldn’t understand the rest.

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Vargis.Khan July 26, 2017 - 2:03 pm

Thanks Shanaya

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Sumeet Kumar naik May 30, 2017 - 10:49 pm

Hi we want to take bikes on rent from Srinagar to lehon 3rd June 2017.. can you just tell me whether it’s easy to get bikes on rent in Srinagar? What will be the price range? And is it safe to go in bike fro Srinagar to leh? Thanks.. expecting your reply asap.

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Vargis.Khan May 31, 2017 - 2:18 am

For renting bikes, Contact Faisal at 91-9596410670, +91-7006029164

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Faisal Nazir March 28, 2017 - 5:12 am

you can also hire the motorcycle from Kashmir Travelogue,
lal chowk srinagar contact no. 91-9596410670, +91-7006029164
http://www.kashmirtravelogue.com
http://www.facebook.com/kashmirtravelogue
[email protected]

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Vargis.Khan March 28, 2017 - 9:26 pm

Thank you Faisal. I have added the information to main article.

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