December 13, 2017

Ride to Leh- A Photo Essay

The road from Manali to Leh is presently quite different from what it used to be 10 years ago. There were lesser travellers, bikers, and tea shops then. It has now become one of the 'beaten to death' road trips, but is still considered one of the best in the country as you are treated to spectacular landscapes of Ladakh with high mountain passes, snow clad mountains, stream crossings, gorgeous rivers and occasional wildlife. Despite hordes of visitors heading out on Manali- Leh road after the Rohtang pass opens in the summers, what brings people back again and again are the mesmerising views all the way to Leh.

Near Jispa

Landscapes near Jispa

Near Darcha

Jankar Nala at Darcha

Snaking through the mountains

Bikers are common on this road

Deepak Tal

Near Zing Zing Bar

Through the visor

Zing Zing Bar

The road I rode up

Suraj Tal

Snow capped mountains at Baralacha La

More snow

Seems like someone has showered the mountains with talcum powder

Baralacha La

Beyond Baralacha La

Flat plains and snow capped mountains

Camps near Sarchu

The road to Sarchu, the mid point

Interesting natural formations

Sunset at Sarchu

Beautiful landscape beyond Sarchu


Gata loops

It isn't just bikes that you find on this road

More wildlife

Mud track through the beautiful landscapes

Weird natural formations

Wind swept landscapes

Through the barren landscapes near Debring

Herds and herds of sheep

View from Tanglang La

Tanglang La, the second highest motorable pass in the world

The ride down from Tanglang La

Near Rumtse

Near Upshi

Spot the rider

Riding along the Indus river

Near Karu

Stakna Monastery atop a hillock

The road to Leh


  1. Damn! These are simply stunning shots buddy...makes me want to visit Leh right away :)

  2. These are incredible pictures! So easy on eyes... but I'm sure the terrain must be tough.

    1. Thank you, Renuka. The ride was quite adventurous.

  3. Makes me wanna go again!!!. Gate loops and the gorgeous baralacha la which looks like vanilla topped chocolate cake 😩

    1. Yeah, the mountains were gorgeous with all that snow.

  4. that's so dramatic landscape, all pictures are so words to describe


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