The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Tours in North India

Taking motorcycle rides is one of the best ways to explore the beauty of India. Covering the plateaus, hills, forests, and all other sorts of terrains, you can explore all with the bike rides – these motorcycle tours in north India are nothing less of an epic experience!

Having a bike ride is much fun than having any other rides when it is planned with friends. With the bike rides, you get to see the scenic views that will take your breath away.

Among the several routes for biking in India, the routes of North India are considered one of the most valuable routes for biking. The northern part of India has some of the best places for road bike trips.

There are some of the exciting motorcycling routes in North India that will take your excitement to another level of happiness. From the hills covered with snow to the sloppy roads, everything will astonish your views. The below-mentioned routes are best biking routes in north India.

#1 Leh (just Leh, yes!)

Mountains in Leh

Leh, by itself, has its great impact on the tourists and bike travelers. Leh has much more to offer you than you expect. With its numerous valleys and scenic beauty, the motorcycle tours can be one of your memorable journeys with your friends.

The must visit places in Leh are the Nubra Valley and the Hunder Sand Dunes and touring by bike is one of the best ways to explore the nature and wildlife of these regions. These are the items which you should pack for the Leh trip.

  • Hat/Caps to protect yourself from sunlight.
  • Sunglasses, to protect your eyes from direct sunlight.
  • Warm Jackets as it is on the mountainside, the weather will be cold.
  • Stole/muffler to keep you away from the dust.
  • Sunscreens
  • Socks or woolen sweaters

The most preferred way to start for the Leh trip is from Manali as it saves two days of acclimatizing. The trip to Leh lasts for 7 days and 6 nights where you can do various activities. The best season to visit Leh is Post mid-June because it is a time when the snow melts and you can enjoy your motorcycle rides stress-free.

#2 Manali to Leh

Clouds above Manali

The motorcycle ride from Manali to Leh is one of the most popular rides among the bikers. There are several places for bike riding on the route of Manali to Leh including Khardung La, Dharcha Pass, Rohtang La, and Gulaba. You will get to camping on the bank of high altitudes and cross deserts. You will experience a surprise at every turn of your bike ride.

You should carry these items on this trip to be protected and make your trip memorable

  • Riding Jackets, as the weather is going to be cold at high altitudes, it is advised to carry Riding Jackets with the knee and elbow guards.
  • Gloves, keep 2 pairs of gloves, one which is water resistant and the other having a good grip.
  • Muffler or stole to keep you away from dust.
  • Sunglasses to protect your eyes from direct sunlight.

The distance between Manali and Leh is around 1300kms and lasts for 12 days and 11 nights. The places for bike riding cover Manali-Jispa-Sarchu-Leh-Nubra-Pangong-Upshi-Jispa-Manali. Best time to travel from Manali to Leh is in July, August, and, September. 

#3 Srinagar-Leh-Manali

Houseboat at Dal Lake
Credits: Basharat Shah

The Srinagar to Leh and Manali trip is among the best bike trips in North India covering the route map of Srinagar-Kargil-Leh-Pangong Tso- Nubra valley-Sarchu-Jispa-Manali. Along the route, the bikers will be passing through the Dal Lake, Zojila Pass, and the lush meadows of Kashmir. Having the total distance of 1797kms, the motorcycle tour on this route is filled with many surprises and adventures. The scenic beauties of this route will be etched in your memories.

Things to be carried during this motorcycle tour are:

  • Travelling Jackets or Light Jackets.
  • Good trekking/walking shoes.
  • Helmets and sunglasses.
  • Mufflers or stoles
  • Gloves and riding pants.

This trip last lasts for 10 days and 11 nights and the best season to visit these places are in the month of October and November because this is the month in which you get to see the main beauty of the region with beautiful colorful flowers blooming everywhere.

#4 Jaipur to Pushkar

Man riding a motorcycle

From Jaipur, covering Udaipur, Mount Abu to Pushkar, the motorcycle expedition will take you to the extreme corners and all the major states of Rajasthan. This route from Jaipur to Pushkar will take you from tiny villages of Rajasthan where you will get to see the different culture and traditions and even get to taste traditional local cuisines.

The jungle safari ride through the Ranthambhore, Kumbhalgarh and the various Jain temples makes this motorcycle tour one of the best places for road bike trips. The items to be carried from Jaipur to Pushkar trip is shown below.

  • A cap or a hat to be protected from the sun, as it is a desert area the sun will be top of your head most of the times.
  • A light jacket or a wind-cheater will do the work you don’t have to carry bulky jackets.
  • Sunglasses to protect your eyes.
  • Sporty shoes or boots
  • Most importantly plenty of water bottles as you going to need them during bike trips.

The trip lasts for around 9 days and 8 Nights and the best place to visit is from the month of October to February.

#5 Manali to Spiti Valley

Spiti Valley

From the peaks of Manali to the peaks of Spiti Valley, this 12 days tour of Himachal Pradesh can be one of your best memorable trips. The bike ride covers the route as follows Manali – Rohtang Pass – Kunzum Pass – Losar – Kaza and Delhi – Shimla – Narkanda – Kinnaur Valley- Tabo – Kaza.  During this ride, you will be enchanted by the beautiful mountains and valleys of this region. Spiti Valley route contains one of the most eye-catching views that of the highest village in the world. Addition to this you can enjoy trekking here too.

Items you should carry for this wonderful trip

  • Helmet with new visor
  • Riding goggles (UV/polarized)
  • Riding Jackets with Thermal Linear
  • Armored Gloves
  • Riding pants and boots.

The distance from Manali To Spiti Valley is around 1200kms and the best time to visit these places is from Mid June to October. Also, beware of heavy trucks at certain junctions.

The above mentioned are the top five motorcycling routes in North India which you can prefer while traveling to the northern part of India. So, if you’re still here – pack your bags now!

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