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8 Reasons Why A Road Trip From Manali To Leh Will Make A Dent In Your Memory!

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Riding 18,000 feet above sea level, this 480-km stretch is undoubtedly the most spectacular route. HolidayIQ Travellers list 8 reasons why you should do a road trip from Manali to Leh.

8 Reasons Why A Road Trip From Manali To Leh Will Make A Dent In Your Memory!:

  1. Naggar (Himachal Pradesh)
  2. Manali Heights, Manali (Himachal Pradesh)
  3. Manali (Himachal Pradesh)
  4. Lahaul and Spiti (Himachal Pradesh)
  5. Jammu (Jammu & Kashmir)
  6. Pangong (Jammu & Kashmir)
  7. Ladakh (Leh) (Jammu & Kashmir)

1. Spend A Night In the Mountains Just Stargazing

Spend A Night In the Mountains Just Stargazingsource: colorodyssey.files.wordpress.com

Naggar is around 20 km from Manali is a hidden gem with a distinct natural charm. It is absolutely mesmerising to watch a snow-capped peak glitter in this light through crevices amidst innumerable pine trees. 

Rohit Bhumam: Leh is the best place to unwind. There is something magical in the air which makes it special. Whatever you are going through in the life, a trip here will get you back to your life, refreshed with a new zeal. Also, for stargazing at night from Shanti stupa. Take herbal tea and enjoy looking up at the stars.

Budget:  Poornima Guest House

Mid range: Soham's Chateau De Naggar

Luxury: Naggar-The Castle

2. Experience This Quaint & Unique Hamlet - Malana

Experience This Quaint & Unique Hamlet - Malanasource: mysterioushimachal.wordpress.com

Experience this hamlet perched between rocky ridges sporting two-three storey houses with a hanging balcony in the remote locales of Manali. 

A.S: This is a lovely little village in middle of dense mountain forest. The approach is not scenic but after reaching it is worth every penny. The place is very refreshing with hospitable villagers. We played a cricket match with local boys and had a great time.

Budget: Whispering Valley Resort

Mid range: Rock Manali

Luxury: The Span Resort 

3. Escape The Commotion Of Manali And Head Towards Arjuna Caves

Escape The Commotion Of Manali And Head Towards Arjuna Cavessource: indiabusiness.info

Deafening silence, gurgling sounds of the Beas, sights of the majestic Himalayas, and an appealing natural beauty of the cave makes it worthy of a visit. Situated at the start of the climb to Rohtang Pass is the beautiful Rahala Falls. An attention grabber all year round, this waterfall is a delightful trail for avid trekkers too.

Budget: Whispering Valley Resort

Mid range: Rock Manali

Luxury: The Span Resort 

4. The Contrasting Topography - Lush Green Lahaul & Desert Land Of Spiti

The Contrasting Topography - Lush Green Lahaul & Desert Land Of Spitisource: darter.in

Ami: Through my journey from Manali to Spiti I saw the transition in the shades and hues of the mountains going from green (forest) to brown (desert). Zooming into the white snow flushed peaks that got closer and closer as we made our way up through the mountain passes. The roads getting treacherous, showing no signs of mercy lying remorselessly between the enormous mountains on one side and the steep valley on the other. The journey was adventurous and breathtaking with spectacular views of the infinite mountain ranges that ran till the end of sight and beyond. Making way through the streams that made its course from the melting snow at the top of the alluring mountain peaks, finally we arrived in the magical land of Spiti Valley.During our stay at Spiti, we visited various places and beautiful villages like Losar, Kaza, Tabo, Ki, Kibber, Comic, Dhankar, Langza, Laung, Chandratal Lake, Pine Valley,etc. that laid peacefully in the lap of the stupendous Himalayan range. The locals being as calm and welcoming as the mountains lured us to stay back and left us craving for more.We gazed at the colorful monasteries and breathed in the bliss it had to offer. The flaming red attire draped across the lamas and the attractive Buddha statues that stood strong and handsome in contrast to the light hues of the surrounding forming its background. The treks through the mountains and the enthralling serene lakes absorbing the reflection of the fresh blue skies and the mountains surrounding it creating captivating views that left us beguiled.

Budget: Whispering Valley Resort

Mid range: Rock Manali

Luxury: The Span Resort 

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5. Conquer The Highest Motorable Road In The World - Khardung La

Conquer The Highest Motorable Road In The World - Khardung Lasource: jeetenge.com

HolidayIQ Traveller Abhijit Sarkar shares, “Dream come true to stand at the highest motorable road of the WORLD. Feel really thrilling although a bit tough to breath. It's only 40 km from Leh but the roads take you up slowly as we become more acclimatized as we move up. Hats of to bikers who scale this road and it's only possible who dares. Met many women bikers who trailed along with us to the top and we really feel proud when we shake hands with them at the top. Yes one has to be mentally prepared / physically acclimatized to start this journey.”

Budget: Plaza Hotel

Mid range: Jammu Ashok Hotel

Luxury: Asia Jammu Tawi Hotel

6. Let Your Heart Skip A Beat When You First See Pangong Tso

Let Your Heart Skip A Beat When You First See Pangong Tsosource: audiocompass.in

HolidayIQ Traveller Deepali Mathur shares, “It really is an experience beyond words to describe the visit to Pangong Lake. The journey from leh to Pangong lake can be taxing for those who do not relish mountain driving but it gets compensated by the panorama that assails you every moment. the scenery, keeps changing with every turn . Even the weather can be very unpredictable. we were caught up in heavy snowfall and after sometime the weather cleared up for us to witness the heavenly scenery. The lake is surrounded with snow capped mountains and chilly winds blow down to the lake making it imperative to be clad in heavy Woolens. the view is breathtaking from any direction...it is quiet, peaceful and serene , seems like a communion with the heavens . A must visit place on earth.”

Budget: Pangong Residency

Mid range: Wonderland Tourist camp

Luxury: Pangong Sarai

7. Give This A Try - A Ride Across Magnetic Hills

Give This A Try - A Ride Across Magnetic Hillssource: Tajindiatours.com

The Magnetic Hill offers the most baffling phenomenon of nature. You can see vehicles moving up at a speed of 20 km/hour with the engines off, apparently defying the law of gravity. It is an optical illusion caused by the layout of the hills, which obstruct the horizon. As a result, you don't have a reliable reference and a downhill slope seems to be uphill!

HolidayIQ Traveller Devi Nair says that the Magnetic Hill is a very popular stop for tourists. “It is on the Leh highway & gives the illusion that vehicles can slowly move upwards.”

Budget: Hotel Chube

Mid range: Apple Nubra Cottage

Luxury: Hotel Dragon

8. A Distinct Culture - Land Of Buddhists, Monks & Festivals

A Distinct Culture - Land Of Buddhists, Monks & Festivalssource: excitingindia.in

A land of Buddhists and monks with a distinct culture in comparison with the rest of India, it can be quite surreal. Visit this mountain land during a time when the locals celebrate festivals akin to them. A number of festivals such as the Hemis Festival, Losar Festival, among other annual festivals are organised by various gompas and monasteries from July to February each year. 

HolidayIQ Traveller Sreekumar Menon shares, “One of the most visited monasteries in Leh, well known for its festival with mask dances performed in the large courtyard of the monastery.”

HolidayIQ Traveller Devi Nair shares, Thangka paintings dating back to the second century & Buddhist statues, the Kalachakra and the Lords of the Four Quarters, idol of Sakyamuni Buddha along with many Buddhist relics are seen at Hemis.

Budget: Hotel Chube

Mid range: Apple Nubra Cottage

Luxury: Hotel Dragon

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