We believe anyone who has done a road trip in Ladakh has done everything, now most things in life don’t hold any meaning. We salute everyone who has taken time out, spent the effort in planning, reading forums, convincing friends, bosses, family. Once you hit the road, you realize everything, every effort was completely worth it, you were rewarded more than what you came for.
Now the ones who are still planning, think no more and make sure you are in Ladakh this summer, Take a bus, take a tour package or if you are ambitious enough get a ‘BULLET’ and ride through heaven on Earth. We did the same last year in our lazy style spending about a month. So feel free to ask all the questions that may arise in your mind. For starters, below is a break up of the money we spent in this road trip.
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For those who love to see pie-charts
The route we followed was
Delhi – Manali – Leh – Nubra Valley – Kargil – Zanskar Valley – Kargil – Srinagar – Jammu – Delhi
Summary of where we spent our money.
1. Bike Rental : We have a BULLET, but did not take it for this trip and had to rent one out. It cost us INR 650/- a day and was a major chunk of our daily budget. They are easy to rent in Karol Bagh in New Delhi. All you need to know about renting motorbikes is here
2. Food : Once you are in the mountains, food tends to get simpler, tastier and international at the popular places. We spent about INR 500 – 600/- a day on food. This could have been more, but thanks to Ishwinder, she was fasting on a lot of days and I kept on eating most of the food.
3. Accommodation : You get basic, simple, clean guest houses everywhere in the area. What they come with are stunning views, great hospitality, lovely smiles all for free. It cost us about INR 500 – 600/- and could have been less, but we decided to stay in the better places. we can skip a meal but need a nice and clean bed.
4. Fuel : We rode about 3500 kms in this trip. The roads were either the best tar roads in the country and there were no roads at all. You need to constantly keep on checking your bike to make sure you have a smooth trip. We did two checks everyday morning and evening. An important tip was to have enough engine oil, this made sure we never had a breakdown. The only trouble we had were a punctured tyre, but it resulted in lots of events and cost us about INR 2000 – 3000/-.
5. Body Suits : We are not bikers, but decided to stay safe. Researched a bit on the internet, had past experience of riding in Spiti valley and went with the body suits which cost us a whooping INR 25,000/-. But they made sure we had a great journey, were never too cold, a little warm at times. We also brought two new helmets. We did not carry any rain coats or thermals as they body suits took care of everything. This is an optional expense but highly recommended.
P.S. If you wish to have a detailed account of day to day expenses, please leave a comment and we will send you the xls.