Biking in Kullu Manali

If all you wanted to do in life is to race the rain, ride the wind and chase the sunset, you have to experience a bike ride to Kullu Manali.    The thrill of riding a motor bike to reach one of the most irresistible hill station needs to be experienced at least once in a lifetime.  You would have to admit that the beauty Kullu Manali never looked better.

Kullu Manali is the northern terminal of the Himachal Pradesh.  Perching at a height of 2050 m in the Himalayan region has a magnetic pull to visitors across the globe.  The presence of the 14th Dalai Lama in Himachal Pradesh has enveloped the place with essence of Buddhist aura.  Blessed with natural beauty, Kullu Manali is on every traveler’s bucket list.  The flowing Beas River below the towering mountains through the narrow valley is spell binding on the passer-bys.  The tall mountains are calling upon trekkers, the narrow valleys are tempting the tourists and the banks of the river are offering lovely camping spots.  The picture perfect charm of Kullu Manali is every photographer’s dream to capture its beauty in the camera roll.

How to reach Kullu Manali

From the capital of the country, Kullu Manali is approximately 554 km which will take 12 hours of travel.  An interesting fact about Kullu Manali is that there are no direct flights or trains that will take you there.  The only way to reach Kullu Manali is through your own conveyance or by bus.  The nearest railway station to Manali is Joginder Nagar or ChauntraBhater or Ahju railway station.  Bhuntar is the nearest airport to Kullu Manali.  Beyond these points, you will have to depend solely on your own conveyance or take a taxi or bus to scale Kullu Manali.  If you want to explore the rugged side of yourself and the beauty of the valley at the same time, then choose to take a journey on a motor bike.

Bikes for rent

Several tours and travel companies in and around Manali rent out motor bikes in first class condition.  Instead of hiring a fancy taxi to drive you to Kullu Manali, discover the beauty of the place at every step of your way.  Numbers of tour and travel operators as well as workshops are ready to offer services for hiring a motorcycle in Bhuntar.   Local mechanics also rent out their bikes at a cheap rate but at the time of returning the bike, they will end up hassling you to scoop out more money.

In Manali, the per day rent charges range from INR 1000 to INR 1800 whereas the security deposit is between INR 12,000 to INR 18,000 along with the original copy of valid ID proofs.

If you want to hire bike for a long tour like Manali to Leh ladakh,  you can also hire a mechanic on daily bases for the entire duration of Leh Ladakh bike trip.

Check List for renting a bike

  • Scrutinize the bike properly for scratches, working condition, etc.
  • Avoid booking online bikes for rent.
  • Avoid booking old bikes in spite of low cost offered to you.
  • Choose a bike which has an attached carrier. It will help you to carry your luggage easily.
  • Test drive the bike before paying the security money.
  • Carry your valid driving license. Beginners should avoid taking risk on the rugged path.
  • Check if the following documents are valid and authentic
  • for RC (registration certificate),
  • Insurance and
  • PUC (Pollution Under Control)
  • Recent map

The Journey

Riding through the jungle, amidst the meadow and through the waterways, you will witness the most scenic views ever.  Stop at local dhabas for lip-smacking and simple meals or halt at noodle stalls for tea with the mighty Himalayan range overlooking.  It is just about 50 km from Bhuntar to Kullu Manali if you take Manali road and NH3 via Naggar.  The ride from Bhuntar to Manali will take you about 2 hours but the zenith of your motorcycle safari will be the greatest journey of discovering yourself among the meandering mountain roads.

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