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6 Perfect Reasons to go on a Road Trip From Manali To Leh

Dangerous, deadliest and most definitely beautiful, the Manali-Leh highway connects Leh-Ladakh to Manali through the Lahaul and Spiti valley. Manali to Leh highway is 474 KM long, with an elevation of more than 4,000 m (13,000 feet) along with highest at Tanglang La mountain pass, a stunning view of mountain ranges. Over a span of 474 KM, on the Manali – Leh Highway, one goes through varied forms of nature ranging from beautiful lush green valley to rocky barren multi-coloured mountains. Here’s presenting before you 6 reasons as to why you should take up this journey.

1) Curiousity of Rohtang opening

6 Perfect Reasons to go on a Road Trip From Manali To Leh-1 Serving as a base point for Pang, Leh and Lahaul and Spiti Valley, Rohtang Pass offers a spectacular view of the entire Solang Valley. The pass is closed due to heavy snowfall every year starting from December to May. The permission to travel on this highway is given by Indian army after they clear the snow and inspect the road for its fitness and safety for movement of the vehicles. The same road connects to Leh Ladakh (State of Jammu & Kashmir) from Manali (State of Himachal Pradesh). There are many beautiful places en route to Rohtang. The main attraction for tourist at Rohtang pass is snow and the scenic beauty of the area. The Manali Leh road is one such road for all the nature lovers. The best time to take the Manali-Leh trip is in Mid June.

2) 3rd highest motorable pass

6 Perfect Reasons to go on a Road Trip From Manali To Leh-2 Nestled at an altitude of 5328m above the sea level, in the Zanskar range, Taglang La pass is claimed to be the third highest pass after Khardung La (18,380 Ft) on the road from Leh to Nubra Valley and the Chang La (17,800 Ft) on the way from Leh to Pangong Tso (lake). With water gushing down from the hilltop so fast, that the driver of the vehicle may ask you to walk, this route is so titillating that it becomes one of the must adventure journeys of one’s lifetime.

Read more about most scenic passes in Ladakh

3) Monasteries

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A little detour on the way from the Manali – Leh highway takes you to some of the most spectacular monasteries (popularly known as Gompas) of the world. About 19kms from Leh is the Thiksey monastery, which is one of the largest and most impressive Gompas of Ladakh. This monastery provides a panoramic view of the green Indus Valley from its vantage point atop a hill. You'll be able to spot many Buddhists in these monasteries. Just off the Leh-Manali Highway, in the village of Hemis is the Hemis Monastery, it is Ladakh’s most prominent and wealthiest monastery. It contains quite a few statues in gold and Stupas decorated with precious stones. It has a superb collection of Tankhas, including one, which is supposed to be the largest in existence and is exhibited only once, every 12 years.

Click here to read more about monasteries in Ladakh

4) Lakes

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As you make your way through the Manali-Leh highway, you will come across many lakes that add to the beauty of the place. Amongst the arid mountain ranges, the clear blue waters intrigue the travellers on the road. On the way, you come across Suraj Tal, which at the height of 4890 meters above the sea level, is the 3rd highest in India, and 21st highest in the world. Another such lake is the Deepak Tal. The still water of the lake offers some lovely reflecting views, almost picturesque from many different angles to all those photography lovers.

5) Valleys

6 Perfect Reasons to go on a Road Trip From Manali To Leh-5 The valleys in Leh are stunning. Words fall short in describing their beauty. If you're traveling from Manali to Leh, make sure you visit one or two valleys on your way. You can go for a tour to valleys like the Nubra Valley, Salt Lake Valley, Suru Valley etc. These valleys have tons to explore and although there is no habitation there, you should definitely go to these valleys. All the valleys have a specialty so you'll be really surprised when you visit each one of them. When in Leh, you can also visit the Leh Palace which is overlooking the town of Leh. You can also visit Keylong which is situated on the main road to Leh over Rohtang. Keylong is basically an oasis of green fields with willow trees, water streams and snow caped peaks.

6) Morey plains

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On route from Manali to Leh, the Morey plains feature as a high scenic plain stretching over 50kms at an altitude of 4500m. Also known as the table top of the earth, this place has enough flat land to accommodate an entire town, but there is not a soul except some vehicles for tourists. The place is that barren and hostile. At some places, the road runs along the Sumkhel Lungpa River featuring some stunning sand and rock natural formations. The plain area starts after covering around 4 km uphill road from Pang towards Tanglang La pass. Flanked by beautiful mountains on both sides, this area is a significant attraction to the Bikers heading towards Ladakh Leh from Manali.

Every biker, tourist and traveler should take the Manali to Leh trip to get an experience which will forever be etched in their hearts. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and take a road trip from Manali to Leh Ladakh now!
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