Originally Posted by Pecha72
As part of our trip from Europe to Oz we rode through India with my GF as pillion in -07 (from Wagah, Pakistan border to the extreme south and then Chennai)
To put it short: India (travelling on a bike) seldom felt like a HOLIDAY, but Thailand felt like one most of the time.
Agree 100%... I spent 4+ months in Kashmir and Ladakh and pretty much every day was awesome, fun, and relaxing. But when I got back down to Delhi, Agra, Rajistan, UP, India was getting on my nerves after 2 days.
Crowded, dusty, filthy, touts.
Basically, the Northern parts have a completely different feel from "India". They are not crowded. They are mostly not populated and what little population there is is either Buddhist or Muslim.
Flying into Leh and renting a bike would be very easy, very cheap, and fun riding. Other parts of India can be PIA and expensive if you want a nice clean place to sleep.