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Ladakh Ride Day 11 – More Leh Sightseeing

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Waking up early morning, enjoying tea near the glass windows became part of my daily routine by now. Once done, I quickly got ready and left to get my motorcycle washed, after that we had plans for Leh Sightseeing. A clean motorcycle not only looks better but trouble less.

After washing, I came back to the hotel, took all the documents needed for the permit, and straight to the Leh DC office. Sadly, they are only accepting online applications nowadays. If I knew earlier, I would have applied online via the LAHDC website and went to submit hard copies in the office.

Anyways, there is a lot of cyber cafes available in the Moti market (10 minutes walk) where one can easily fill the form and get hard copies. We did the same and submitted the application in Leh DC office (take 4-5 copies). They sealed it immediately and permit issued per place basis.

So, we got the following permits, Diskit-Nubra-TurTuk, Pangong-Chushul-Hanle, Tso-Moriri, Dah-Hanu village. All the places you want to visit should be written in the permit and stamped. These permits needed to be photocopied and submitted in all check-posts, always carry all documents in original.

We covered this online permit process step by step in How to get Leh Ladakh Inner Line Permit.

View from LAHDC office, Leh
View from LAHDC office, Leh

Once done, we started for Leh Sightseeing towards Thiksey. Firstly, we went to 3 Idiots Rancho school (Druk White Lotus School); due to maintenance most of the spots were closed. We only saw the famous wall. Although, there was one cafeteria, Ranchos Cafe; we had a sandwich and coffee there. Inside of this cafeteria was painted and decorated based on 3 Idiots film.

Then, we moved towards Thiksey Monastery, the road was good and almost empty. We reached there in no time. It was looking gorgeous, check out below.

Thiksey Monastery, Leh

Next destination was Leh Palace and ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) maintained this place nicely. We parked our motorcycle and reach the ticket counter, paid Rs. 30 (Rs. 15 per person for Indians and Rs. 100 for foreigners). There are multiple floors and each floor has some sort of beautiful paintings of the old era. Finally, the rooftop again was a beautiful place for scenery lovers. Witness yourself.

While returning back, I took a wrong turn and a car suddenly came out of nowhere, slipped on the sand, and slowly fell off. Certainly, the Motorcycle handlebar got a little bit loose. We shopped some needed items like cans to carry some extra fuel, few bungee cords, and a pair of waterproof shoes for my wife. Again, we went to Tashi Bullet Workshop to fix the handlebar. He rectified it and charge nothing. At last, we came to the hotel, had early dinner, and packed all the unnecessary stuff.

Finally, we put all the electronics in charge and after several days we set an alarm to wake early in the morning. We had planned to go towards Nubra, crossing Khardung la the next day. And yes, all routes are opened now, thanks to clear weather.

You may also like to check our Ride to Rancho School video below. This our first series of Moto-Vlog videos. Share your feedback to improve us.

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Being a remote place, a lot of preparation needed before Leh Ladakh Tour, be it mentally or physically. Don’t forget the weather in the Ladakh region is extreme and most of us are not accustomed to it.

So, be prepared and everything in your Leh Ladakh tour will definitely go well. You may also check out below generic posts to make your Leh Ladakh trip successful and memorable. I am sure you will love it.

If you are doing a road trip to Ladakh, you may find my Kolkata – Ladakh – Kolkata on a Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 journey helpful.

Lastly, get Leh’ed soon.

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