Manali to Sarchu : Ladakh : Episode 1

Manali to Sarchu : Ladakh : Episode 1


Holy! That’s some view, right? Here I am, standing in the midst of these huge mountains looking down the valley thankful to get to experience all of this. Thankful to get this chance to go on a journey that many dream of but a few get to experience. Thankful for Ladakh! Let’s explore! It’s 6 am, we’re in Manali town We’re about to leave For our first leg of the journey which is a 16 hour drive to Sarchu which is around 280 kms away. And I’ve been told that this is going to be one the most dangerous and gruelling parts of the journey. We’re going to be joining the Renault Gang Of Dusters for this first leg of the journey. And I am pretty excited So, what are we waiting for? Let’s go! We’re on Solang valley, on the way to Rohtang Pass We’re about 30 kms off and we’re following an army convoy It’s actually quite interesting because the Army has quite a few bases here and it’s absolutely stunning the views, almost reminds me of Switzerland About an hour ago, we were enjoying some scenic views with nice sunny weather and in about an hour it’s changed completely. My hands are freezing It’s dropped by about 10 degrees So this is not heavy fog this is actually the clouds, we’re above the clouds It just goes to show the fury of mother nature and the crazy part is it’s going to get even worse. Rohtang pass, up next Rohtang! A pass which no driver dares to cross in the night. The literal meaning of Rohang is pile of corpses. It was named so because of people dying in bad weather trying to cross this pass. This is the pass which bridges two cultures. You have the Hindu culture on one side of the Kullu valley and the Buddist culture on the other side in Lahaul and the Spiti valley. This petrol station is very special because this petrol station has the highest upkeep for the entire Indian Oil Corporation. The access to this place itself is so difficult that’s why its expensive to maintain but this also plays host to the world famous Raid de Himalaya rally which is the highest running rally in the entire world. One big tradition at the Tandi petrol station which is considered goodluck is to leave your mark on this board forever. And I came here with a bunch of stickers of PowerDrift which I misplaced and I was feeling kinda bummed out, but then I had a closer look at the board and look what I found right there! So it looks to me as if our luck has already been taken care of Onwards to Sarchu. Sarchu! A highly picturesque setting, but devastatingly harsh! The temperature was touching freezing point And the wind chill was making it difficult for me to even breathe! That is why I could not stick to my plan of stargazing. And thus I had to call it an early night. Welcome to Sarchu! A quaint little town that’s closed 7 months of the year because the cold and landslides make it unaccessible. This experience, this grandeur of these mountains make it completely worth it!