27th may 2006 - 8:00am After breakfast checked out of Tashi Deleg Hotel and walked upto the Jeep stand on main road. After a wait of 45 minutes got a share-Sumo leaving for Manali at 9;10am. The road condition was pretty bad all the way to Rohtang and so the ride was pretty rough.
We passed Rohtang-La at 2:00pm in the afternoon. It was full of tourists from Manali, come up to see and play in the snow. Many of the Indians from far corners of India, must be seeing the snow for the first time in their lives! So naturally there was lot of excitement & noise and a festive atmosphere in the whole area. Our Sumo crawled along for the 3-4 Kms before we could get past teh crowds and parked line of jeeps & cars.
Our Sumo reached Manali Bazar by 2:30pm. So it was a five-and-half our ride from Keylang to Manali. Got off and checked into the Rohtang-Inn hotel, in the main road bazar ... Rs 450/- per night for my room.
The next day, 28th May 2006, I visited some local temples.
15 Zanskar-Leh >
J&K, Zanskar and Ladakh Bus Tour
Keylang > Rohtang-La > Manali
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