Riding to Leh 2015

Riding to Leh is a task undertaken by thousands every season. You will see every form of transportation involved in this once in a lifetime journey making their way to Ladakh on the Leh Highway. Some do it regularly and most do it at least once. We do it regularly on a bunch of different Royal Enfield motorcycles and as many times as we can!

Leh was a small encampment at the crossroads of history which became a kingdom and a rich one at that. Being an oasis in the middle of such a harsh terrain, it still has the attraction of that city over the mountains, in the middle of nowhere, a place you have to travel hard to reach. It comes with the risks of weather and terrain that can be fatal. However well prepared you are, there is always that freak weather, that chance you will break down far away from help that makes the journey exciting.

Add to this the edgy experience of motorcycles. Riding is always risky and thrilling. Riders the world over look for the roads that will challenge their skills and their endurance. Well, the road to Leh is all that and more. It has more variables than you can calculate and makes it a Mecca for riders.

“THE EDGE, there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.”  – Hunter S ThompsonRiding to Leh Royal Enfield, Ladakh, Sarchu, Leh Road. Motorcycle tour

Apart from the terror and beauty of nature are the host of dodgy travel agents, bike rentals and so called guides that lead the unsuspecting tourist looking for a bargain into the wild. Here I am talking only of riding to Ladakh on Royal Enfields only. You every so often see the group of riders on rental bikes making it up the Baralacha Pass or the gigantic Tanglang La and you wonder if there is a God for just these riders. Those motorcycles are dying! They are just about to give up the ghost but manage to live on for a few more kilometers by sheer will of the rider and some divine intervention.

May it be a Government run bus service or the best vehicle money can buy, the Leh road is a must do and for Royal Enfield riders, it is a mandatory requirement to earn respect as a rider. Good luck to all the fellow riders going up this year, ride safe and be prepared.

Rocky Road Trekballs

Sustenance is of huge importance when you’re out on the trail.  Anyone who’s ever trekked knows that keeping your body energised and hydrated can make or break your trip.  With this in mind we’d like to share a series of recipes for delicious and energy-boosting food for the road.  We’d also love to hear from you if you have any favourite trekking/riding snacks, please share your recipe!!!

Rocky Road Tsampa Trekballs

Tsampa is roasted barley flour from Tibet and is a top choice for the trail due to its nutritional qualities and ability to fill you up.  Tsampa is widely available here in Dharamsala due to the fact that it is the principal Tibetan settlement in India.  Tsampa is beginning to be a bit more widely available in the West also.

Here’s our recipe for quick and easy tsampa snacks:

1 cup tsampa

2-3 tablespoons melted butter

3 tablespoons crushed peanuts (or other nuts)

3 tablespoons crushed oreo cookies, maltesers, butter biscuits (or chocolate/biscuits of your choice)

Handful of chopped marshmallows

2 tablespoons honey

Cocoa powder for dusting

Desiccated coconut (for coating)

Combine all the above ingredients (except the cocoa and coconut) in a bowl (or food processor if you have one) and mix thorougly.  Roll the mixture into walnut-sized balls and roll firstly in the cocoa powder to coat, then in the coconut.  Voila, some Himalayan-inspired Rocky Road, for the road.

Rocky Road Trekballs