Lakshay rode from Delhi to Leh-Ladakh and explored the place on his 110cc scooter, Jupiter over a period of 15 days. He is a fan of ‘Mumbiker Nikhil’ who is a motovlogger himself. Lakshay had taken a number of adventure trips before but following Nikhil’s footsteps he wanted to take longer rides himself which led him to his YouTube page.
Long rides are something of an idea not so uncommon for this youngster. Lakshay had earlier travelled from Delhi to Mumbai and back on his scooter. It was then that he realized the need for a bigger and more difficult feat to accomplish. Thus, his bucket list took shape – Lakshay wanted to take an adventure trip from Delhi to Leh-Ladakh on his gearless scooter.
A 110cc scooter is not necessarily the best vehicle for such a trip and hence his motor vehicle had to go through some modifications. His scooter’s headlight was equipped with an LED bulb, aftermarket LED Cree auxiliary lights for extra illumination. To carry extra fuel, ‘a must’ he carried a pair of jerrycans. Network Connectivity is an issue at such places so Lakshay installed a smart-phone holder dock on the right hand side mirror on his scooter. This gave him easy access to Google Maps. Visibility at night is also an issue there. So, the mirrors had reflective stickers on them so that he could ride in the dark at ease.
Travel Route Plan
Day 1: Delhi – Panitop (650 kilometres)
Day 2: Panitop – Srinagar (200 kilometres)
Day 3: Srinagar – Drass – Kargil (210 kilometres)
Day 4: Kargil – Drass – Leh (235 kilometres)
Day 5: Apply for Inner Line Permit and explore Leh
Day 6: Leh – Khardung La – Diskit (125 kilometres)
Day 7: Diskit – Hunder – Leh (130 kilometres)
Day 8: Leh – Changla – Lukung – Pangong – Spangmik (170 kilometres)
Day 9: Spangmik – Pangong Lake – Leh (170 kilometres)
Day 10: Leh – Chumathang – Hanle (200 kilometres)
Day 11: Hanle – Sumdo – Karzok (160 kilometres)
Day 12: Karzok – Chumathang – Hanle (250 kilometres)
Day 13: Leh – Pang – Sarchu (260 kilometres)
Day 14: Sarchu – Keylong – Manali (230 kilometres)
Day 15: On the last day he had two plans, one : Manali – Chandigarh – Delhi (580 kilometres) or another : Manali – Manikaran – Chandigarh – Delhi (660 kilometres). His preference of the route was dependent on the time-constraint although he wanted to visit the Gurudwara Sahib Manikaran, that would fall on the second route.
Lakshya describes the trip to be not so easy as it may sound. He remembers the engine problems at frequent intervals due to the suddent oxygen level drop at that altitude. He had carried a lot of luggage which made it quite difficult at times for the vehicle to gain altitude.
For Lakshay, it is just a beginning as for his next bucket list he wants to take a K2K trip. A trip on his beloved scooter from Kashmir to Kanyakumari.
For adventure travel enthusiasts out there with a similar bucket list, Lakshay smirks, “Try to carry as less luggage as possible. Make sure your two wheeler is well-serviced because a stalled vehicle in the middle of nowhere is the last thing you would want during such a ride. Also, it is advisable to study and know more about your vehicle before you take a trip on it. You can then, carry the spare parts as well and can even repair your own vehicle.”
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