25th May 2006 was a rest day in Leh for me .... I just went all over the city bazar areas and did bought some Buddhist / Tibetan music cassettes. And booked my share jeep seat for next day to Manali.
26th May 2006 - I got up at mid-night (!)... packed and left my hotel Tso-Mori at 1:15 am with my back-pack ... and walked thru the dark and deserted streets of Leh, to reach the new Bus-Jeep stand some 2 Kms away.
We reached Baralachal-La pass at 2:30pm. The pass was heavily covered in snow and icy formations.
2:30PM - As we drove down Baralacha-La we came across a beautiful lake Deepak Tal with frozen ice floes floating in the lake.
Only around 6:30pm we reached Keylang. We calculated it would take us another 4 or 5 hours to reach Manali. I did'nt want to land up there at 11pm and search for a hotel. So decided to get off in Keylang and stay teh night there. Found a good room in Hotel Tashi Deleg at Rs 300/- per night.
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Leh > Taglang-La > Pang > Lachlung-La > Baralacha-La > Keylang
Leh to Manali is a distance of 475Kms of which 250 kms is in J&K state and the rest 225 Kms is in Himachal Pradesh. This is the world's 2nd highest motorable road crossing several high passes and reaching a height of 5328m at the Taglang-La Pass
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