The Ride Starts Here
Leisure biking needs a place where there is low density of vehicles. The joy of riding is ruined the moment you have lots of traffic. The mountains are usually a good place to ride but they come with their own set of perils. That’s what makes Leh ( and Ladakh) so different. You access it through a hilly terrain but once you are actually in the town, it’s a plateau and the terrain is flat.
I lived in Ladakh for two years at Stakna, 36 km from Leh, where my dad’s battalion was based. I used to travel to Leh to study at the Kendriya Vidyalaya. It’s a route I know like the back of my hand. On our recent visit, my husband and I had the most amazing time riding on a new road which runs parallel to the Indus river, hugging the base of the mountains.
The best time to go is end- September. The crowds thin out and it gets a little cold. You can start or end the day at the German bakery where you get great apple pie and delicious tarts.