places to visit in leh ladakh

BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN LADAKH ON A MOTORCYCLE – Ladakh is one of the most beautiful places in India is often compared to Tibet due to the similarity in their cultures and way of lifestyle that is predominantly influenced by Buddhism, but nowadays it’s not just restricted to local people and culture, it’s becoming more and more popular as a travel destination among the youth and travel enthusiasts, highly for those who like to travel on a motorcycle.

Nowadays people from all around the world looking for travel and adventure experience visit every year to Ladakh in order to explore the beauty of this place and capture some lifetime memorable moments.

So if you are planning a trip to Ladakh this year then we bring you 10 best places to visit in Leh Ladakh on a motorcycle.


To get the best experience of travel in Ladakh you should either explore the places to visit in Ladakh on a motorcycle or a bike. But before you plan a Leh Ladakh bike trip we recommend you to start exercise at least 10 days before your journey because Leh Ladakh bike trip is not simply like a Breakfast ride . It requires you to be physically fit and have the stamina to overcome the challenges of bad patches and riding through tough terrains moreover since Ladakh is situated at the higher altitudes, therefore, you might also experience shortness of breath due to low oxygen levels and climatic conditions.

Places to visit in Ladakh on a motorcycle

We mentioned this not to scare you but to inform you in advance that Ladakh bike trip is not just like a holiday to any hill station, it’s much more than that. Moreover, there are ways you could visit either by air which is the most comfortable and faster way to reach Ladakh but if you want more adventure, thrill, and excitement in your journey then you could visit Leh Ladakh on a motorcycle by road ;

Every route to visit Leh Ladakh offers a unique experience in itself but we recommend you to choose what you feel the best and comfortable for you according to your budget for Leh Ladakh bike trip.


Once you reach the Leh city get yourself comfortable and acclimate your body and mind with the place to start the real journey the next day.

Here are the 6 days Bike Trip Plan or itinerary that you could follow to explore the best places to visit in Leh Ladakh on a motorcycle or car.


For the first day you could travel to Sangam point from Leh on a motorcycle via Nimmo and on the way, you will start exploring the various places and raw beauty of Ladakh, Here you need to proceed towards “Leh – Srinagar Highway” to visit Sangam point.

It is situated at a 48 km distance from Leh city and Here you will see how two rivers “Zanskar” and “Indus” merge together. The colors of two rivers can be distinctly seen at the Sangam/confluence. During extreme winters In the month of January people perform the Trek on the frozen river “Zanskar” famously known as Chadar Trek.

On the way, you could also visit  


Where you could relax for sometime and take the blessings of the Gurudwara Pathar Sahib and then proceed with your journey.


shanti stupa
Shanti Stupa situated at just 5 km distance from Leh city is a Buddhist white-domed stupa on a hilltop in Chanspa, built in 1991 by Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu, The best time to visit Shanti Stupa is both in the early morning and in the night.


Leh PalaceLeh Palace is a former royal palace built by a king known as “Sengge Namgyal” in the 16th century.  This is nine storey high where the upper floors were used to accommodate the royal families, Here you could capture the panoramic views of the Leh Palace and the surrounding areas.


Magnetic Hill is known as a cyclops hill located near Leh Ladakh on the Srinagar Leh Highway, to be precise Magnetic hill is located on the Leh-Kargil-Baltic National Highway in the Trans-Himalayan region.

People visit here to experiment against the law of gravity where it is believed that the Magnetic Hill

Forces the cars and motorcycles on the road to move uphill without any start in the engine in n defiance of gravity when they are, and creates an illusion.

To experiment on the Magnetic Hill you need to park your vehicle on the boxed marked on the road with white paint and turn off your car or motorcycle and leave it neutral to see the effect of the magnetic hill.


kargilKargil is one of the popular destinations and the second largest town in Ladakh after Leh, and moreover who don’t know about the Kargil war between India and Pakistan, We recommend you to don’t be in a hurry please take out some time to visit this place and you will feel proud of being an Indian citizen and of our brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives for our nation’s safety.


For those who want to feel the sense of achievement in their life then must visit Khardungla pass which is also known as the highest motorable road in the world situated at 18380 feet above sea level,

khardungla rideThe road to Khardungla Pass appears to be just 40 kilometers from Leh but trust me it is one of the challenging roads for any driver or rider because within 40 kilometers your rate of reaching the altitude from 12000 feet to 18000 feet is very high. You could carry extra oxygen bottle and water to hydrate yourself and most important “Diamox tablet”.


Once you reach Khardung La Pass you could visit Nubra Valley from there, The road is a bit challenging when you approach down from Khardungla Pass towards Nubra Valley but once you approach the good road there will be no one to stop you, at Nubra valley you will find Double Hump Camels for an exciting camel safari ride on the desert in Hunder ( Nubra Valley ).

nubra valleyThe Main Attractions of Nubra Valley is It’s an ultra wide landscape of snow clad mountains and vast sand dunes, Buddha Statue, Diskit Monastery and the shyok river flowing through the colorful valley of flowers.



To experience the best picturesque views as you have seen in some of the movies, then you could visit Pangong Lake from Nubra Valley which is 274 kilometers and will take you around 7 to 8 hours to reach.  

The road from Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso is packed with the challenging terrains, water crossings and raw mountains with wide landscapes that are absolutely unforgettable.

pangong lake

Don’t miss Pangong Lake as this is the most beautiful place that you could ever visit in your entire Leh Ladakh trip.

It’s not like a beach but it feels amazing to see the crystal blue water that changes its color for the different time zones in a day that looks like a canvas made by God.

These are not just the only places left to visit in Leh Ladakh but there are many offbeat places away from the crowd that you could visit to explore the hidden beauty of Ladakh on a motorcycle.  

I hope you find this article helpful, Please do mention your thoughts in the comment section below.

We would appreciate if you have any suggestions to add in this road trip itinerary. If you like this post then kindly share it with your friends and get ready to plan your Ladakh road trip.

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