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20 Places You Miss if You Don’t Take the Manali – Leh OFF-Roadtrip

April 26, 2016

” Fortune Favors the Brave”


I was lucky to have done the complete Manali – Leh – Srinagar Roadtrip in July 2010 in an all boys group, Back then I was sort of afraid of being judged, I was younger and less surer of myself. Gender steorotypes need to change and it is high time. Traveling has got nothing to do with gender or the no. of boys and girls in a group. I end up traveling either solo or mostly in an all boys group and all we all care about is the place and the culture, trust me, no body cares about the gender ratio in a travel group.

I know with direct flight routes opening from all Major cities, flying into Leh is an easier option, however you end up giving all your money to large scale airline companies, and don’t even get to see the best of the journey. Won’t you much rather take the road trip, ensure the money goes to local taxi drivers and enjoy fully rather than half. Here are a few places you miss if you don’t take the road trip ๐Ÿ™‚



Manali needs no introduction, a hub for travelers and backpackers around the world, a vibe you cannot forget. This is were it all begins.1

Rohtang Pass:

The first high altitude pass you cross the the high to Leh and trust me the view changes every 15 mins after crossing Rohtang Pass. Rohtang Pass in itself is majestic and extreme.


Gramphu and Koksar

The next hault soon afterย Rohtang, here the road cuts for Spiti Valley incase you didn’t know ๐Ÿ™‚IMG_0482r


The last fuel station, the HQ of Dist. Lahual and the last hault to fix all your problems, there is nothing after this until Leh



A perfect hault incase you are tired, you still see greenery



Here is where you start feeling the altitude ๐Ÿ™‚




Getting higher and higher and you start feeling lighter and easier.


Baralachla Pass,

The second high altitude pass you cross after Rohtang Pass, there is not a single soul who is not hit by AMS here, I don’t mean to scare you ๐Ÿ™‚


Suraj Tal

Yes, you cross this beautiful high altitude lake after Baralachla, and the sight is magnificient ๐Ÿ™‚



The border between Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, one of the most peaceful and beautiful borders you will ever come across


Gata Loops,

And suddenly you will notice the landscape changing, you are at a constant height of 15000ft and above from here



The next high altitude pass, which is at a height of 17000 ft plus,




I stayed here and it was surreal and unreal


More plains,

How does a high altitude plain looks like? it looks like this ๐Ÿ™‚


Taglangla, the second highest recorded pass of the world.IMG_0631

Last but definitely not the least Upshi

Upshi gives you a feel like Kashmir valley, pink mountains



Hope I have been able to ignite the wanderlust in you,

please feel free to touchbase with me if you wish to know more, I’ll be happy to guide.


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