It took us 23 hours over 2 days to travel 394km on this road passing over 4 of the highest passes in India, one of which is the second highest motorable road in the world. There are rivers to ford, landslides to dodge, switchbacks going on forever and moments where you look out the bus window, over the edge at a sheer drop, and think this is it, time to meet our makers. But with a tea towel on his head and a bottle of whiskey, the driver kept his cool and pushed on to the end – I’m pretty sure id be drinking whiskey on this road too.
After travelling some other hair raising roads in China I underestimated this one – This is one crazy road. In fact I told myself there was no way I’ll ever travel this road again – Except on a Royal Enfield, and I plan to do this sometime in the next couple of years after meeting so many people having done this. I have to admit I was a little jealous of these guys and girls having conquered this mighty road on their own and not in the back of a luxury bus.
We made it though, through the green meadows, lunar landscapes, Nevadaesque canyons, dusty deserts and finally down into the Indus valley and Leh. We crossed over Rohtang La (3978m), Barlacha La (4892m), Lachulung La (5059m) and finally Taglang La (5325m) the second highest road in the world (the first is just outside Leh) and for you Scottish people reading almost 4 times the height of Ben Nevis.
The only way to really appreciate this experience is to do it yourself – Just plan another way out!
Some more photos are here