Saturday, December 15, 2012

Manali - Leh Motorcycle Trip- A PhotoDairy!!!

There are few journeys that change the way you look at fellow travellers or strangers as we call them. A journey that makes you understand that life is all about exploring more, trusting more, growing more and living each day of your life to the fullest.  For me, this adventure journey gave me such a learning that I feel no structured team building program or a highly trained consultant would have been able to embed deep in me. We were 6 strangers on this adventure trip from Manali to Leh on our motorbikes. All new to each other, met each other only a couple of days ago and to some of them the same day we started our journey.

I had this trip in my bucket list and had been trying to tick it off for quite a long time but somehow things did not materialize every time I tried. The year we finally travelled, I had made up my mind that even If I don’t get a partner, I’m going to do it all alone. I had almost lost hope but then everything started to fall in place and finally we formed a PRIDE of 6. We formed a complete team, a team better than the A- TEAM. This is a collection of photos of our journey which made us F.R.I.E.N.D.S for life!!!! 

Some Facts About Ladakh- A land of freezing winds and burning hot sunlight, Ladakh is a cold desert lying in the rain shadow of the Great Himalayas and other smaller ranges. Little rain and snow reaches this dry area, where natural forces have created a fantastic landscape. Surrounded by rugged mountains this land is completely different from the green landscape of many parts of the Himalayas. Bounded by two of the world's mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and the Karokaram, it is a land which has no match.

Average annual rainfall is only 90 mm (3½ inches). The temperature can range from −28 °C (-18.4°F) in winter to 33 °C (91.4°F) in summer. The principal access roads include the 434 km Srinagar-Leh highway which connects Leh with Srinagar and the 473 km Leh-Manali Highway which connects Manali with Leh. Both roads are open only on a seasonal basis. Although the access roads from India are often blocked by snow in winter, the local roads in the Indus Valley usually remain open due to the low level of precipitation and snowfall.


From L To R- Dr. Priyank, Me, Parth, Dr. Anil, Diwakar, Chander

Jispa- The First Night Halt

The Landscape Changes With Every Turn You Take

Priyank Struggling His Way Thru

Heros OF The Trip- At Sarchu



Tented Accomodation At Sarchu

Down But Not Out!!!

Diwakar Joshi- On Way To Nubra Valley


View From Khardungla Top- Said To Be World's Highest Motorable Road

Tso Pangong- The Beauty Of This Place Is Beyond Explanation

Tso Pangong- Prayer Flag

Tso Pangong

Tso Pangong

Flight Of Freedom- Tso Pangong


Since the time I have come back from this Joruney there has been a continious burning desire in my heart to go back, to experience the thrill all over again. This journey was an experience which is very valuable and dear to my heart. I know the whole PRIDE is listening and is ready to do the epic journey once more..



  1. Wow Bhaji... amazing work... and it should be 'Karan Travels' and Karan travels A LOT!!'

  2. Amazing!

    Way to go!

  3. Amazing!

    Way to go!

  4. Nice serie of pictures Karan! Will keep you updated when I will arrive in India next time :-) And yeah Bandhavgarh is excellent!


  5. Inderpreet- Thanks a lot!!! But Karan has still A LOT more to TRAVEL!! :-)

    Charanjit- Thanks Bro..

    Jonathan- Thanks!!!

  6. is is good to do a bike trip from chandigarh to manali during mid dec?

    1. Thanks for stopping by Karanbir!!!! Yes, it will be nice if you are ok with the cold. From Chandigarh to Manali the roads are good but traffic is high...

  7. karan paji, i really like it, that is the passion. you can really go alone if no one is ready...
    don't wait and don't stop .explore new horizon..good luck

  8. Thanks!!! One should follow his heart..

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