Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Intense RoadTrip #1. Manali-Leh Highway, INDIA

This is our first blog post for road trip destination, here we are going to talk about most intense destination for road trip.

Manali at an altitude of 2,050 m in the Beas River Valley is a hill station nestled in the mountains of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh near the northern end of the Kullu Valley. Manali is primary attraction for the tourists who want to visit the Himalayas. Rohtang Pass is very much popular among tourists. Kullu river nearby also offers opportunities for rafting. Manali is also getting increasingly popular as a destination for Tourists desiring to witness Snowfall.

Leh is the largest town in Ladakh which is in Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir that lies between the Kunlun mountain range in the north and the main Great Himalayas to the south.

The highway begins from Manali and stretches to Leh in Ladakh. This highway is open in summer approximately from June to October. Due to snow covering the roads highway is good for travelling roughly for four months a year. The cheapest mode of transport by bus. The main public transport company is HPTDC and the seats on the bus should be reserved couple of days prior. There are agents who reserve certain amount of ticket in prior to sell it in higher amount. Additionally there are private transport companies and modes of transport. Shared taxis are also available but must be avoided, the journey is a dizzying long haul of 16-18 hours, known as the ‘Cannonball Run’, is not only tough on your body due to the altitude, but also leaves you no time to contemplate the scenery.

Group of people also organize bike ride from Manali to Leh every year. Bike fanatics travel from different cities to participate in this ride. It is an adventure for young hearts as they ride it on rough terrains and through beautiful roads surrounded by snow capped mountains and blue lakes. Ride may be a test for your back as 16-18 hours ride can test your body to the limit. Eventually, it is a trip to remember for life time and share it colleagues and friends.

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