Should You Do Leh-Manali Trip by Bus or on Your Bike?

Being chauffeured has an advantage. You can focus on the neighbors of the road instead of focusing on the road. The roads snaking through the mountains of the Himalayas are challenging but they lend themselves to the beautiful views. If you drive to tame your adrenaline rush, you will miss the views because your eyes and mind will focus on the road, the challenge. And you will miss one of the rewards of the ride, interesting landscape.

So those of you who enjoy the landscape can opt for Leh-Manali trip by bus. Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) buses ply this route during the season. Today’s photo story is a collection of sights captured from the moving HPTDC bus that plied this route on July 18, 2014. Browse through the sights and decide whether you want to drive or being chauffeured.

Taglang La, a highlight of the Leh-Manali trip by bus

The Taglang La (Thanglang La) at an altitude of 5,370 meters is the second highest motor able pass in the world and the highest motor able pass along this route.


Leh-Manali Highway in Jammu and Kashmir

The Leh-Manali highway near Thanglang La, the second highest motor able pass after the Khardung La


Leh-Manali highway photos

A polluting truck drives along the Leh-Manali highway.


Biking along Leh-Manali highway

A biker careens through the mountains of Ladakh.


Photos of interesting landforms along Leh-Manali bus route

A natural arch on one of the slopes hemming the Leh-Manali highway


Thin traffic along the Leh-Manali road

The trucks transport supplies between the plains and the remote mountains.


Suraj Kund, an attraction of the Leh-Manali trip by bus

The Suraj Tal / Lake of Sun is located near Baralacha Pass (4,900 meters), Lahaul Spiti District. The lake is the source of the Bhaga River. The pass connects the Zanskar and Bhaga valleys. The Bhaga meets the Chandra at Tandi to form the Chandrabhaga River.

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