Ladakh which translates to” A Land of high Passes” is a region in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in the northern most of India. It is the most sparsely populated region in the state.
There are 2 ways of getting to Leh, the capital of Ladakh ; either by road or by air. For someone who wants to try both I would recommend driving from the capital New Delhi via Manali and then flying out. True to it’ s name the journey from Manali to Leh, takes you through some of the highest motor able roads in the world. The trip can be done in a day or in two days . I would recommend two days; the reasons being acclimatization and the beautiful vista!
The roads are open from mid June to Mid October. They are maintained by the BRO( Border Roads Organization). You are bound to come across military convoys transporting materials and troops to the border and back.
Day 1: Manali to Keylong
Distance : 190 Kms
Rohtang Pass :- 13,051 ft above sea level
Rohtang means ‘A pile of corpses’ owing to its unpredictable landslides and blizzards coupled with the narrow road.
Start early from Manali. Unless the Gods are very pleased with you chances are you will be stuck at the pass due to bad weather or due to a traffic jam.
Once you cross Rohtang Pass local dhabba are scarce. Stock up on food and petrol before you start from Manali. You never know how long you will be stuck at the Pass.
En-route to Keylong, stop at Tandi to refuel . This is the last petrol Pump till you reach Leh a good 380 Km away.
Keylong: 10,104 feet
Keylong is the administrative centre of the Lahaul and Spiti district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. There are many guest houses located here. Alternately one could also spend the night at Jispa which is 21 km away and at the same altitude.
Jispa is the last stop along the journey where one can use modern comforts. After you leave Jispa you have only tented accommodation all the way to Leh.
Day 2: Keylong to Leh
Distance: About 290 Km
The second day takes you through a series of peaks and valleys. While you ascend you will need to keep warm against the chill winds and while you descend you will start to sweat thanks to the scorching sun.
The scenery changes from snow covered hills to sand dunes, from glaciers to running streams.
Stop for breakfast at Baralacha at one of the road side tents. Meals are basic but indeed expensive. The menu consists mainly of noodles and bread and omelet.
Sarchu: 14075 ft
Sarchu is the last town of the state of Himachal Pradesh. Once you cross Sarchu you enter into Jammu and Kashmir. Sarchu is a valley village where the main occupation of the locals is animal husbandry. So do not be surprised if you your way is blocked by hundreds of goats crossing the road.
Pang: 15584 ft
Pang boasts of the highest army transit camp in the world. Stop here for lunch and a stretch. The sun is overhead by now and it is bound to get uncomfortably hot, so make sure you apply your sunscreen lotion before continuing to Leh.
Tanglang La: 17582 ft
The second highest motor-able road in the world is 21 ghat loops from Pang. Stop here before you start your descend into Leh to enjoy the fresh high altitude air.
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