One people in our group had some problem in his bike so we got a little late and left for Manali at 10:30am after the breakfast and now we were about to witness the beauty/passes of Leh Manali highway as we already witnessed beauty of Leh Srinagar highway.
After crossing Umlingla pass, we were confident to cross any pass but there is one pass on this highway which is known for it's danger, which is Baralacha pass and I was pretty excited to cross it.
But there is yet another famous spot on this highway, known as Gata Loops, road is built in a way such that 21 hairpin bends can form, so you just can't manage to speed up, as soon as you speed up a little a loop will come and you will have to turn and again very very advisable to drive very slowly and carefully, as it's a very high accident prone area
First we crossed lachungla pass, 16,616 ft and then head towards the dangerous baralacha pass and while we were getting closer we understood why it's called dangerous pass on this highway because are so small that a bike and a car 6becomes difficult to cross together and imagine too many trucks and tempo loaders running on the same road and yes once with god's grace I was about to fall in well of death but luckily I balanced properly and took my bike towards my right but these things happen so always go on a bike which you can manage. It's a beautiful pass with snow capped mountains everywhere making it a great scenery.
And yes be ready to witness heavy Traffic Jams on Leh Manali highway and we started doubting whether we would be able to reach Manali on time.
One of our bikes got punctured in Jispa so we had to stop there for 30 minutes but yet again witnessed a beautiful place where you can stay in camps located on the river side. The moment we left, it started raining very heavily so we stopped, wore our rain coats and started driving but it kept on raining heavily, heavy means heavy the way it rains heavily in Delhi or anywhere. We were completely drenched but target was to reach Manali as someone said that it was not raining at Atal Tunnel. And yes we reached Atal tunnel at 7pm and rain had stopped.
Everyone heard of Atal tunnel when it was inaugurated in 2020 and I had in my mind that will visit Atal tunnel while coming back from Leh, so did it happen. I could say that it's a perfect example of Great Engineering which helped reduce distance by 50km and helped locals of Lahual area to be connected with Manali.
The roads from Atal tunnel to Manali are so smooth and broad that you will speed up your vehicle, we reached Manali at 9pm after 30 min stay near Atal tunnel. Found a hotel near the market and entered there.
We had plans in the morning to roam and chill in Mall road, manali but we reached so late and were so tired that after freshening up, most of the things were closed. But I went outside with one of them for a walk at 11pm and I couldn't believe that it's Mall road, Manali, I was like "Itni Bheed kahan se aa gayi, saare delhi, chandigarh log yahi aa jaate lagta hai"
So, only 1 day was left and we talked for 1 hour about our Journey from the last 12 days which would be the most memorable ride of our lives.
2 people in our group were 46 years old and said "Ghar ki Zimmedaari mei itna ulajh gaye ki mauka hi ni laga apne liye sochne ka and jitna bhi karle shikayetein humesha hogi to accha hai ki apne liye bhi jeele"
We slept after a long talk at 1:30am at night