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Himalaya by Bike

Himalaya by Bike

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Contents


Contents | Introduction | Route options | When to go | Costs and Money | Sample route guide - Siliguri to Mirik


INTRODUCTION

PART 1: PLANNING YOUR TRIP

Route options 13

When to go 19

Getting there By air 21 – by train 24 – by bike 25

Visas, permits and paperwork

Costs and money 34

What to take The bike 34 – Everything else 47

Health and safety 58

PARTS 2-8: ROUTE OUTLINES

2 Karakoram Highway (Islamabad, Pakistan to Kashgar, China)
Facts about the region 67 – Islamabad and Rawalpindi 77 – Route guide 81 – Kashgar 117

3 Manali-Leh Highway (India)
Facts about the region 121 – Manali 128 – Route guide 134 – Leh 148

4 Leh-Srinagar Highway (India)
Facts about the region 158 – Route guide 162 – Srinagar 176

5 Spiti & Kinnaur (India)
Facts about the region 181- Route guide 185 – Shimla 208

6 Sikkim (India)
Facts about the region 211-Route guide 217 – Gangtok 226

7 Friendship Highway (Lhasa, Tibet to Kathmandu, Nepal)
Facts about the region 241 – Lhasa 250 – Route guide 254 – Kathmandu 286

8 Bhutan (Paro to Samdrup Jongkhar)
Facts about the region 294 – Paro 301 – Route guide 302

APPENDICES

A Trans-Tibet Kashgar to Lhasa 321 – Lhasa to Zhongdian 331

B Motorcycling in northern India 339

C Embassies 351

D Emergency medical facilities 353

GLOSSARY 354

INDEX 357

 

 

Himalaya by Bike

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