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Tanglang La

Tanuj Malhotra
We then started driving like maniacs and had no intention of stopping in between but then came Taglang La, which is the second highest motorable road, and we couldn't resist stopping here for a while. Clouds were kissing our faces and winds were hugging our shivering body.It was the most beautiful part of our journey, maybe because nobody was there except two riders or probably because of the weather.We left Taglang La and reached Leh before noon; took rest for a while after having paranthas, which is what you expect a punjabi to have. After resting for a while we decided to casually roam around Leh and enjoy the grandeur of this beautiful city. We went to Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Magnetic Hill and then finally to Shanti Stupa. Shanti Stupa gave us a perfect picture of Leh city with a rainbow in the background. We then had our dinner and called it a day because next day was going to be jam packed.
Nishant Sabharwal
Debring - Tanglang La - Upshi (79kms, 8-9hrs)The last pass that you need to cross to reach leh is Taglang La (5328m) 19kms ahead of debring. It is the second highest motorable road in the world but the considering only 19kms, It will take you around 4hrs to cross it.
The 'Clicking' Nomads
We drove back through the well paved Manali route which had a different kind of beauty with colourful rocks. We passed through Taglang La, the second highest pass in the world. Having visited all the 3 highest passes of the world in a span of 10 days, couldn’t help but agree with the inscription on the board at Taglang La “unbelievable is not it?”We made the most of our last evening at Leh, picked up last minute souvenirs, some apricots & yak cheese, had momos for dinner to our heart’s content, cleared payments at the hotel & packed up, all set to leave Ladakh with some memories that would remain forever. However, it seemed there was more adventure in store for us than what we thought. The last haul!Next day, we woke up to a foggy morning & a slight drizzle. We reached the airport to realize that our Go Air flight had been cancelled due to bad weather & poor visibility. Clearly it seemed the airport & the airline authorities were used to such cancellations regularly & couldn’t be bothered to help people with clear instructions on way forward. Deciding to make the most of the additional day, we ventured out to our most expensive lunch of the trip at Grand Dragon, the best hotel of Leh. All the while, we kept trying two phone numbers that were given to us at the airport, to get an update on the status of our flight – however, as I had feared, both were switched off. Now beginning to panic, we frantically started calling the Go Air call centre & on our third attempt, got ourselves seats in the last flight out at 12noon the next day.With fingers crossed, praying hard, we reached the airport to absolute mayhem. If last morning was crowded, today it looked like a fish market! With bated breaths, we waited for announcements to happen & all we heard were more flights being cancelled.By this time, people had started losing patience. There was total chaos & drama around, with passengers starting to gherao the Go Air manager who was a complete nincompoop & absolutely hopeless at managing the crowd, questions & more so sentiments. After much deliberation, arguments, dharnas, media threats & fisticuffs, there was this announcement that only our flight was ready to fly & all other Go Air flights were cancelled for the day. Suddenly this deluge of crowd descended at the entry gate, either trying to push their way through or stuff their luggage down the conveyer. At that point in time, security was at its lowest level possible with neither the airport authorities nor the very unimpressive army having any control whatsoever. In the middle of all this, Jet Airways & Air India made the most of everybody’s helplessness – realizing the desperation levels of the passengers waiting for two days to fly out, started selling spot tickets at insane prices, almost 3 times the original cost (17-20K one way!!). Totally exhausted, we somehow managed to board & the flight took off to this huge cheer & loud applause – probably a combination of passengers venting out pent up frustration & at the same time, heaving a sigh of relief. As the cribbing & complaining continued, I looked outside the window to the most beautiful view that immediately blocked me from everything around. While I gazed dumbfounded at the exhilarating view of the Himalayan peaks, I realized, a set of absolute idiots & imbeciles were not worth enough to spoil a vacation that will not only be reminisced forever, but will be cherished as one of those experiences that you would want to narrate to your children & grandchildren! And so, with happy thoughts & extraordinary memories...this is how we got Leh’d!The Ladakhi platterWith the high altitude, boiling vegetables is a tough ask & sometimes the food could be undercooked. Apart from the regular dal chawal & chicken curry, there are some things that you must savour while in Ladakh:§ The ubiquitous momos – can’t get wrong with these. Available in chicken, mutton & vegetable forms, we were hoping to try some yak meat momos, but they weren’t as easily available as we thought they would be.§ Thukpa – a thick broth with vegetables & meat that forms an entire meal in itself, a dish that is available easily both at the road side shacks & the restaurants across Ladakh.§ Authentic Tibetan – Tingmo (a huge dollop of steamed bread) with chilly pork – a combination better than no other.§ Apricot juice – totally fresh, a must try in the land of apricots. Gulbadan, the local juice brand of Ladakh is however more known for its apple flavour than the others.§ Steaks & Sizzlers – thronged by foreigners, continental cuisine has formed an important part of the Ladakhi menu cards & a well-deserved place there. Succulent meat with some delicious jus, just works perfect after a tiring day of driving around.§ Cakes & Pastries – there are a number of traditional bakeries all over the Leh market, churning out some delicious cakes & cookies – from apple crumble, almond cake, chocolate brownie to coffee cake, you name it and they have it all.§ Maggi – In that cold, nothing works better than a hot plate of Maggi. So popular it is there, there is a sign board at Khardung La talking about its history & how it became popular. Places to eat at Ladakh§ Chopsticks – for momo & thukpa§ Summer Harvest – for Tingmo & Chilly Pork & other Tibetan stuff§ Lamayuru & Bon Apetite– for steaks & sizzlers§ Gezmo – for sandwiches & burgers§ Pumpernickel German Bakery – fresh pastries, cakes, tarts & yak cheese§ Zangski & Ja Khang – for a lazy evening coffee§ Road side shacks – Dal-chawal, Maggi & anda bhurji 10 travel tips for Ladakh1. Ladakh ain’t for the faint hearted & this will not be one of those vacations where you can sack it out. So pick up your backpacks & be ready for some rough & tough adventure.2. Don’t rush your Ladakh trip – break journey at Leh, you will do yourself good by spending a day to acclimatize. Remember to pick up a strip of Diamox & have it a day or two before you begin the ascent. Have it for 3 days to acclimatize & avoid any kind of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). And most importantly, drink lots of water & liquids to avoid any sort of dehydration.3. Be mentally & physically prepared to stay in very average home stays, hotels & tents; for those with OCD, you better choose another destination for your vacation.4. Make sure you have lots of nick nacks & a great playlist to survive the long drives – there is nothing better than good music to complement the beautiful views along.5. Carry cards & some interesting games for the evenings at the camps.6. Everything around is so breathtaking, make sure you have enough memory cards to capture every little memory to take back home.7. Shop for prayer flags, prayer wheels, apricots & yak cheese - for everything else, there is Delhi Haat & Janpath.8. Get ready to make Maggi your best friend for the next 10-12 days & you won’t regret it at all.9. Similar to its undulating topography, Ladakh has very unpredictable & erratic weather. You will therefore need to be prepared with warm & light clothes. Best way is to make sure you wear layers (jackets, sweaters etc) so that you can keep taking them off when you are at the warm valleys & putting more on while driving through the freezing passes.10. Trips like these can never be fun without great friends. So find the perfect set of friends & make this, one of the most memorable trips of your lifetime.
Amit Kumar Sharma
Then again started rocky and high rising mountains and we started ascending again. Without knowing that how much we are about to ascend, we were preparing to take a nap when conductor shouted that we are about to reach 2nd highest Motorable road in the world. And bus will stop there for just a minute. No one was in condition to get off the bus.. Many started getting sick already due to bad weather and low oxygen. But still we got down and clicked some memorable picks. And finally moved to Ladakh as road was so good after 20-30 kms.
The Travelling Assassin
5. Tanglang La
Maria Habib
The next challenge was to sustain the steep ascent from Morey Plains to Tanglang La Pass (17,480 ft.) and cross Tanglang La unharmed. Road to Tanglang La was a smooth sail but as expected the temperature and wind speed were quite unfriendly. However, my biggest relief was my hero's speedy recovery and this time he was not willing to let go off the chance to get down and feel the chill at second highest motorable pass, in India at least (the claim of being second highest in world is often thwarted).
Considered as the World's second highest pass will for sure test your nerves when cycling. With a slow,steady pace one can easily conquer this pass!! These regions will test you mentally as well as physically but its all worth the view one acquires from the top of the pass :D On the bright side the range will gift you with an amazing downhill till Rumptse with perfect roads and cool winds!! :)
Smiti Maini
Finally we reached the fifth and final pass. Tanglang La is at an elevation of 17,500 ft and is the highest mountain pass on the Manali-Leh highway. There is no vegetation at this place and very low levels of oxygen in the air. By this time, most of the people in our group were feeling dizzy with the ascending descending journey. A few of us dared to get out of the vehicle to click a few pics but the air was so thin and wind was so chilly that even 2 minutes there made my head spin. Tanglang La also marked the first point of the trip where I promised myself that I would never ever return to Ladakh so I must endure and fight the chill and the headaches and the breathlessness and see everything I can once and for all. I had to do the same at a few other places, but more on that later.
The 'Clicking' Nomads
mamta upreti
Vipin Kumar
Oh that was 2nd highest pass in the world and because of less air there was numbness and severe headache. But really felt good being there. You can look around and see beautiful mountains and the road by which you came you feel like on the top of the world.
Sushant Panda
Talang La: 17480 ft Taglang La pass is the second/thrid highest mountain pass in Ladakh, the first being Khardungla Pass. The pass is adjacent to the Leh-Manali highway and is reached via 21 Ghost Gata loops. Gata loops is famous for its 21 Hairpin bends where in just 30 mins you climb 1532ft. Breathtaking place and incredible view of the valley around. Don’t miss to stop over at the reign of a small temple where people offer water to avoid the curse of the urban legend of the Ghost of Gata Loops. After this last pass Leh is just 2-3 hours ride. Stop at Upashi town for check up of ur vehicles & a small break.
srishti jugran
At the end of the Morey plains, the road climbs up towards the Tanglang La(17500ft)- highest mountain pass in the Ladakh region. Claimed to be the second highest motorable mountain pass in the world; this is where we had our heart in mouth! We were at level with the snow clad peaks surrounding us. Colorful prayer flags were strung around.
Shilpa Balakrishnan
My first experience with snow is here and thus it deserved a picture to be reminisced for a lifetime.