First Hour of Leh-Chilling Drive in Ladakh

On July 14, 2014, we hired a Maruti Van for a Leh-Chilling drive in Ladakh. The van window offered a perfect opportunity to capture the almost treeless house of the Zanskar River on camera because the skillful driver minimized jerks and drove at slow and steady pace. The 2-hour drive presents many surprises, especially for travelers looking for

  • colorful rock forms and stones,
  • solitude, adventure on wheels in less frequented areas of the Himalayas, and / or
  • white water rafting enthusiasts.

The First Hour of Leh-Chilling Drive in Ladakh slideshow introduces you to the road (National Highway 1D) that you would follow during the first hour of the bicycle ride, motorbike ride, or car drive. You will see two major religious monuments along the road:

  1. Spituk Monastery – an ancient Buddhist temple complex and
  2. Gurudwara Pathar Sahib – a Sikh shrine managed and maintained by the Indian Army.

A geographical attraction Magnetic Hill is also located along this section of the ride/drive.



Send a new year ecard featuring the Indus and Zanskar Sangam in Ladakh


Have fun, be active. Ride a bike instead of driving, for example. — Dan Buettner