Dummies guide to Motorcycle Ride to Leh-Ladakh

  • RideIndia
  • May 1, 2013 1:55 pm
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To ride all the way or transport

For those who do not hail from Delhi, Chandigarh or any other North Indian states, it’s always a question whether to ride all the way to Leh or transport the motorcycles to Delhi and start from there. This is more of a ‘self-esteem’ or ‘ego’ related question as treated by the riders. Having done both kinds of ride, we can very well recommend you to start from Delhi unless you have a really, REALLY good reason for riding all way. Ride till Delhi is a sheer highway ride and is tiring. Initially, for couple of days,it’s fun; riding on a highway, having lunch on roadside dhabas, eat-drink whatever you see and stop at almost all places you might come across. Start day 3 and the mundane phase kicks in pretty early since motorcycle rides always give you a fatigue. Now you surely want to reach Delhi as soon as possible. By the time you reach Delhi, you are already exhausted and the actual enthusiasm is set to pretty less than 100%. You become more of a destination person than a journey person, if you know what I mean.

By transporting your motorcycle, you save a lot of time and effort. And there is nothing you have lost for the time saved. Rather you have still maintained your energy and enthusiasm levels to well above 100%. Best combination is to ship your motorcycles by Indian Railways and fly directly to Delhi. Planning in advance will get you cheap deals on air fare. Indian Railways will usually ship your motorcycle in 3 odd days once surrendered at the departing station. If that’s expensive, you can even arrange to take the same train in which your motorcycle is being shipped. The best people to help you with this combination are the Railway depot guys you will help you pack your motorcycle before loading. Check with them for such train options.

Whichever combination you use, do not co-relate using transport option with your self-esteem or ego. In future, it might happen that, in a conversation you might be snapped out saying you didn’t ride the whole way and someone might go loud about how he/she rode along all way, but, take it from us, it’s really not going to matter once you have been there,because there are lot of other interesting things to talk about and you are already convinced what you did was right.

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  1. Deepak Kulkarni says:
    Posted May 4, 2013 at 6:54 am | Permalink

    excellent compilation of basic facts required.
    Helps in deciding and fine tuning the plan.

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