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Entering the Golden Lands!

One of the highest and most rugged highways in the world, the journey on the Manali - Leh highway is one that leaves the traveller gasping for breath on all accounts...dream like landscapes taking your breath away at
almost every turn and sheer breathlessness from the lack of oxygen as you cross some of the highest roads and mountain passes in the world.
It connects the Manali valley to Kullu valley, Lahaul and Spiti and Ladakh and is open only between June and mid-September when snow is cleared from the road. Prominent passes that one crosses include Rohtang La (3,978m), Baralacha La (5,045m), Lachulung La (5,059m) and Taglang La (5,325m). Between Lachlung La and Taglang La the road crosses the More plains, a vast desert like expanse at an altitude in excess of 4,500mts.
As the journey along the road normally takes two days and many travellers make overnight stops at Jispa and tented camps such as Sarchu. Alternately, overnight stops can be made at Keylong. Owing to the high altitudes and the low-oxygen air, many travelers experience breathlessness, headaches and nausea or in some cases even acute mountain sickness. The highway was designed, built, constructed and is maintained in its entirety by the Indian Army and is capable of supporting the heaviest of their vehicles. This journey is often referred to as the ultimate challenge for riding and off-roading enthusiansts and attracts bikers from all over the world.
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