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A highway in Northern India, it connects Leh in the Ladakh region of the state of Jammu and Kasmir with Manali in Himachal Pradesh. The highway remains open only for around four months during summer when the snow gets cleared and there is no fear of landslides. Again when winter arrives and there is snow all around, the highway remains no more motorable. At this time a part of the highway connects Zanskar in Ladakh to Lahaul and Spiti Valley in the Himachal Pradesh.
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We would end up lastly by sharing a quote:"It's good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end"and what a peaceful last breath the man would breathe in the garb of heaven which man prays for... The mountains are calling, and you must go!
# Manali-Leh Highway : Riding in the Himalayas with snow covered and deserted sand mountains is everyone's dream and Manali-Leh Highway is the best place to fulfill this dream.
1. MANALI - LEH HIGHWAY
Manali to Leh cycling expedition is a scenic ride traversing through some of the highest passes in the world making it one of the most challenging rides to beat. Cutting across beautiful trails with the Himalayas serving as the perfect backdrop, one can cross Tanglang La, the world’s second highest motorable pass standing at 5280m before entering Manali. The route from Manali to Leh is straightforward with the roads either being completely dirt or tarmac.
If you are a new rider and planning to have a road trip for the first time, let me tell you- this is one of the most arduous routes to attempt at the beginning. The whole trip includes at least 15 days to explore the region thoroughly. A rush can spoil everything. Manali, the name itself makes us envisage the beautiful mountain valleys covered in snow. Reaching there on a bike is like you have climbed Mount Everest (LOL). The Khardung La pass is considered to be a very tough one to perform the maneuvers, and hence, it is advisable to get a guide or complete the trip by joining a motorcycle tour.Bewitching Factor: Chilly mountain wind, thrilling paths, hurriedness, exotic landscape.Shimla-Spiti ValleyOne of the beautiful highways in India is the Shimla-Spiti valley beneath the mountain canyons of Himachal Pradesh. It looks like the valleys have draped the linen of clouds all around. The sight and sounds of nature can be savored with the thrilling experience of a bike ride. To get the best of experience with your dirt machine, start the journey from past Baspa, Kinnaur, Kalpa, and Kaza to end up at the valley.Bewitching Factor: The spell-bound valley, an insane ride, reaching the peak point.Bangalore-KannurKerala is the first choice for every vacation in India. Kannur is a destination there, which can be considered for a bike ride as the route is very long. Amidst the lush greenery, a sports beast can serve the best. Nagarhole and Tholpatty are required to be passed to reach Kuthuparamba via Manandvady. The entire aisle from scratch to the Kuthuparamba has scenic lakes at minor distances where you can take a pause and savor the beauty of panorama.Bewitching Factor: Delicious local cuisine centers in between the journey, mounted green cliffs.Pollachi-ChalakudyWhen it comes to South, the list never ends. Here's another destination from Tamil Nadu to Kerala, which is perfect for a bike journey with friends. Splendidly beautiful, the trail looks like a paradise during the monsoon. However, it may turn out to be risky as the wet areas may lead to accidents. With rain forests all over the place, this could become the coolest trip if you revel every single bit of it. To be precise, the path from Valparai to Athirapally is the best thing to explore on a bike.Bewitching Factor: Insanely green valley, roller-coaster ride would be too much fun, dams, and reserves on the way, certainly the best place for wildlife lovers.Siliguri-YuksomHeading towards the east, Darjeeling and Sikkim can not be skipped for a bike trip. Start your riding from Siliguri, a city which is situated on the Mahananda River banks and the foothills of Himalayas. Riding via Kalimpong is again something good, which can be done. Take your Royal Enfield and rush it on the Siliguri-Yuksom trail. Pelling and Gangtok will be great pit stops for a long time journey.Bewitching Factor: Mighty Himalayas, colorful scenery all around, gorgeous Kanchenjunga.Similar: Safety First: Motorcycle Riding Outfits from Head to ToeBhalupkong-TawangWhat is the meaning of a bike ride without challenges? Enjoyment is when you witness a daring route along with hilarious landscapes. Give a shot to Arunachal Pradesh to reach Tawang encountering various cultures and scenic beauties. There's a lot more to explore in the entire region with quite a good number of pit stops.Bewitching Factor: Snow covered terrains during November and December.Barmer-BikanerIf you consider deserts as one of the least amusing destinations in India, hold on a second!! We bet this would change your mind in a matter of minutes. Yes, riding via a desert could be a bit daunting, perhaps, it would generate thoughts about the damn hot weather. But, just stop thinking about the above factors for a moment. A bike trip in a desert will let you experience the rural culture of our country. Besides, at the end of the day, you'll feel like the ride was so serene and calm owing to the lack of population. Barmer-Bikaner highway is a free and uncongested route to be easily covered via a standard bike.Bewitching Factor: Indian Thar DesertGuwahati-Khasi HillsRiding on a damp surface always enhances the risk of accidents, however, it is too much fun as well. The Guwahati-Khasi hills is again a destination that must be checked in with a sports bike. Well, all this will let you undergo an amazing experience once the route from Shillong ends up to the Khasi Hills. Dotted with bridges and waterfalls, the east destination is great to have a perfect biking fun.Bewitching Factor: Waterfalls, living root bridges in NongriatRead Also: Most Comfortable Touring Adventure Motorcycles for Long Rides in IndiaMumbai-TrivandrumMumbai to Trivandrum, that too on a bike!! Sounds impractical. Isn't it? But, it is certainly one of the best rides to have. Normally, in a corporate sector, vacations are about to happen once in a blue moon. Still, if you get a chance to get a complete holiday for like 10-15 days, hit on this. From all the aforementioned, this is a little bit easier. The ride encompasses hot beaches of Goa, tourist friendly Cochin and Allepey are the places where you can halt your journey for a while.Bewitching factor: Riding past the coastline, an endless number of beaches.Delhi-MandawaDelhi-Mandawa highway would be best when you plan a ride at night and especially for long hours. Besides, there's a plus point for the history lovers as they will encounter the old monuments of India amidst the ancient tourist places. Taj mahal, one of the iconic erections in the country could be your stoppage for a while. Meanwhile, several forts between Agra and Jaipur might cheer you up and excite you to explore more about our culture.Bewitching Factor: Richness of historical forts and palaces, endless trail.
A memory that'll always be as vivid as the sky and the valleys! -- For Tripoto Travel Photographer of the Year.
Leh-Manali Highway, IndiaThe Leh-Manali Higway is located in North India and connects Leh in Jammu and Kashmir to Manali in Himachal Pradesh. Although the road is only open between May and October, because heavy snowfall blocks the road the rest of the year, jot it down in your bucket list now! The road gives you mesmerizing views of the daunting Himalayas and if the journey doesn’t make you fall in love with the mountains, nothing will!
Manali-Leh road tripThis is the most epic road trip to be undertaken with your friends. The ultimate 20s road trip, the Manali-Leh highway is every bikers’ favourite route. Be it solo backpackers or a gang of friends, this is one trip you should take in your 20s.
We moved on to Manali - Sarchu Road which was an absolute delight. It was in outstanding condition with proper barricading. The mountains were carpeted in different shades of green and the peaks, covered with snow at places. No wonder, it is for these quaint surroundings, that Manali is often referred as mini Switzerland of India. Ten years back the road condition was certainly not as good as it is today. Moreover, the Border Roads Organization (BRO) has now set up multiple check posts where tourists need to register for their journey. Considering the fatalities that often take place on this treacherous route, this is a highly welcoming move which helps BRO to reach out to tourists in distress. The check posts en route Rohtang Pass are well equipped with drinking water and makeshift restrooms which again adds to the merit of this stretch.
This road is by far the most dangerous, I have ridden a bike on. One could find all the extreme roads on this route. Be it good or Bad !! Check out the Video for all the details. I have tried to wrap everything in 4 mins compilation .People who have already been on a road trip to Leh can understand, how difficult it is to bring everything down to 4 mins :). But, I am quiet sure, most of the part is covered in the video. :) The route planned was Manali - Jispa - Sarchu - Leh - Khardungla - Pangong - Manali, but the landslides and fast flowing river streams forced us to halt for the night several times in the middle of nowhere. We had to halt at 'Debring' (Before Tanglangla Pass) on Day 2 because the river stream was too fast to cross (01:21). A motor biker named Adam Luc tried but nearly got washed away. We set off again on Day 3 , but just after crossing Tanglangla, had to halt again at 'Rumtse' because the road was eroded due to landslides (02:22). Situation got worse and increasing crowd started to get into fight with each other just for a phone call Home stating their safety. The reason behind this, there was only one army provided landline phone in the small village, and no mobile networks work all along the way. After waiting there for more than a Day, the decision we made was to leave our bikes there , and we trekked our way across the river.(02:34 - which proved to be good afterwards, because the news came that the road took 3 days to get fixed) Although it included some help from Indian Army and local guys, but after all, nothing could have stopped us from reaching the destination! And though this refrained us from completing the journey in the planned 7 days. But, proved to be added benefit. Because, the adventures also increased with the same proportion, crossing those landslides and river streams. ;)
It seems these roads have their own pride and beauty. I go mesmerized whenever i see this picture.
The most dangerous road in India and one of the World’s deadliest road, Leh Manali Highway connects Leh in Ladakh to Manali through the most beautiful Lahaul and Spiti valley. Manali to Leh highway is 490 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.
The most spectacular natural landscape that my eyes have ever seen. In Delhi, sitting on a rooftop as a neophyte, I heard several guru backpackers talking about this place. A phrase led me to make the trip: “It’s like being on the moon.” Really: if something looks like being on the moon on this planet Earth is this place. Oh well, also to be on Mars. The landscape is constantly changing and it’s SURREAL. I always sleep on buses or trains, but here I made every effort to stay awake during the 20 hours of journey (split in two days) because every 10 minutes the landscape changes. I took many photos, but the truth is that none of them do justice to it. I guess there are not cameras designed by humans that can capture such beauty. The cons: it is not only the second highest road in the world (5328m above sea level), but one of the most dangerous. There are parts that are not even a road anymore but muddy rivers that cross it. Many times there is only one lane and curves are so narrow, that suddenly you see in front of you an army truck. With cliffs on the other side, in such a case, good that heaven doesn’t seem to be far away from here…