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Guide to Leh Ladak Roadtrip


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Leh Ladakh Road Trip ranks amongst the top in the list of top coveted road trips that one can take in India.Adventure of a lifetime as you drive your way through the mesmerizing landscape of North India from Manali to the Himalayas at a height of more than 18000 feet above. The journey weaves it way through a diverse terrain of villages,picturesque countryside and extraordinary roads to heights where the adrenalin rush is high but oxygen levels low. The journey tests your abilities and fitness but rewards you with unimagined sights that only a few have seen and experienced.

Two different routes that reach us to Leh -
One from Srinagar and the other one from Manali. Manali is the preferred route for a trip to Leh Ladakh as it is just a day drive from Manali city and is also provides a very thrilling ride, along the highest motorable passes in the world. Complete road trip to Leh Ladakh following the route Srinagar – Leh – Manali is a once in a lifetime experience.


Manali to Leh road trip is around 476 kms.

Srinagar to Leh road trip is around 434 kms.



Manali to Leh




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 Overing a distance of 476 km, be treated to an unforgettable experience on the Leh Ladakh road trip. On the way to Leh by road trip, you will traverse through high mountain passes, narrow passes, hairpin bends and scenic valleys where you can click panoramic photographs.

You will tour villages and witness the quiet and lifestyle of people living in such divine settings. Fantastic  monasteries, villages, ancient trade routes and mother nature views are the highlights of this trip.



Total Distance:approx  476 Kms.



Best Time to Visit: June to September


Route Map: 

Manali – Rohtang – Gramphu – Kokhsar – Keylong – Jispa – Darcha – Zingzingbar – Baralacha La – Bharatpur – Sarchu – Gata Loops – Nakee La – Lachulung La – Pang - Tanglang La – Gya - Upshi - Karu – Leh


Srinagar to Leh

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On this beautiful route, you will see beautiful villages, war memorials, Himalayan valleys, Gurudwara, monasteries. This is a trip that exposes you to the various facets of Ladakh.

In this exciting Leh road trip, you visit Grate locations.the green fields of Sonamarg and happy villages on the banks of the Sindh River, fill your eyes with the sights of Ladakh. Covering a distance of 434 km.

 

Total Distance: 434 Kms

 

Best Time to Visit: May to late October (Depends on the weather)


Route Map:


Srinagar – Sonmarg – Zozi La – Drass – Kargil – Mulbekh – Lamayuru – Saspol – Leh.

Here are some of the famous points across the Manali – Leh route road trip



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  1. Manali (2050 mts): Tourist destination, view of Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges
  2. Rohtang La (3980 mts) – 53 kms: Pass in Pir Panjal range. Connecting point for Kullu, Lahaul and Spiti Valleys
  3. Keylong (3348 mts) – 117 kms: Kardang Monastery
  4. Jispa (3142 mts) – 140 kms:Bhaga river
  5. Darcha (3400 mts) – 147 kms: Village
  6. Patsio (3820 mts) – 161 kms: Campsite
  7. Baralacha La (4892 mts) – 192 kms: Pass. Connects Lahaul to Ladakh
  8. Sarchu (4253 mts) – 224 kms: Campsite. Halt point for tourists
  9. Lachang La (5065 mts) – 277 kms: Pass. Close to Pangong lake
  10. Pang (4630 mts) – 301 kms: Campsite
  11. Taglang La (5360 mts) – 365 kms: Pass. Highest point in the trip
  12. Rumsey (4325 mts) – 397 kms: Monastery
  13. Gya (4100 mts) – 403 kms: Historical place
  14. Hemis (3518 mts) – 426 kms: Monastery
  15. Thiksey (3370 mts) – 455 kms: Monastery
  16. Shey (3365mts) – 460 kms: Palace/Monastery
  17. Leh (3348 mts) – 475 kms: Your final destination


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Starting from Srinagar, here is list of some important places along the route



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  1.     Sonamarg (2743 mts) – 84 kms
  2.     Zojila Pass – 127 kms: Pass
  3.     Drass (3033 mts) – 147 kms: Valley
  4.     Kargil (2650 mts) – 204 kms: War Memorial
  5.     Mulbek – 259 kms: Rock Engraves
  6.     Fotu La (4108 mts) – 299 kms: Pass
  7.     Lamayuru (3440 mts) – 309 kms: Hanging Monastery
  8.     Ridzong (2985 mts) – 361 kms: Nunnery
  9.     Uleytokpo (2985 mts) – 362 kms: Village / Campsite
  10.     Alchi (3345 mts) – 367 kms: Ancient Monastery
  11.     Likir (3265 mts) – 374 kms: Ancient Monastery
  12.     Basgo (3343 mts) – 394 kms: Palace/Monastery
  13.     Phyang (3490 mts) – 417 kms: Monastery
  14.     Spituk (3380 mts) – 422 kms: Ancient Monastery
  15.     Leh (3348 mts) – 434 kms: Your final destination

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So are you planning a road trip ? 

Then you can opt a cab/taxi services to this locations and make your trip memorable in affordable prices.

Important Places Associated with Indian Independence Movement

Independence Day falling on a Monday this year so it's long weekend time again! and this is the perfect time and opportunity for all those who wish to take a walk down memory lane and visit multiple patriotic places across the country.

So here we are giving a list of some of places in India that make you feel patriotic.

1] Red Fort:  

Red Fort, Delhi
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The majestic Red Fort located in old Delhi and it is visited by thousands of visitors each day. It has been important part of Indian freedom strugle. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru's who had become the first Prime gave first Independence speech on 15th August 1947 at Red Fort. There are many attractions like monuments and museum that represent a glimpse of major phases of India's struggle for freedom.

2] Wagah Border, Punjab 

Wagah border
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It is border post located on the Grand Trunk road and approximately 30 km away from Amritsar.
The place is must visit for to witness the popular ceremony of lowering of the flags of India and Pakistan.

3] Sabarmati Ashram, Gujarat

Sabarmati Ashram
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Situated on the bank of Sabarmati river and about 5 km from the center of Ahmedabad has historical importance. It was the place from where Mahatma Gandhi started his padayatra (foot march) in 1930 from Sabarmati Ashram to Dandi for the Salt Satyagraha. The ashram also know as Satyagraha Ashram.

4] Cellular jail, Andaman Islands

 
Cellular jail
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The Cellular Jail has been a mute witness to the long and glorious struggle of our revolutionary freedom movement. Vir Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, a famous freedom fighter of India, was imprisoned here for 11 years.
Port blair is well connected to the main land by regular passage of ships and scheduled flights from KolKata and chennai.

5] Jallianwala Bagh,Punjab

 
Jallianwala Bagh
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Jallianwala Bagh is a public garden in Amritsar and has an important place in the Indian history. It is the place where on 13th April, 1919, on the occasion of Baisakhi(Punjab's largetst festival) British soldiers opened fire against thousands of unarmed innocent men, women, and children without warning. 

6] Azad Park, Uttar Pradesh

Azad Park, Allahabad
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One of the biggest public park located in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh is associated with  Chandra Shekhar Azad, a revolutionary's fight in the freedom struggle of the country.
The park was earlier known as Alfred park but later it was renamed as Azad Park after freedom fighter Chandra Shekhar Azad, who sacrificed his life here.


7] India Gate

India gate
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India Gate is the monument which has very important historical significance. It was built in honor of  the 90,000 soldiers of the British Indian Army who died during the World War I and the Afghan Wars (1919).
'Amar Jawan Jyoti' is another must visit place near India Gate. a site for Indian Army soldiers who lost their lives in 1971 war with Pakistan.

8] Netaji Bhawan, Kolkata

Netaji Bhawan
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It is a ancestral home of Subash Chandra Bose, a patriot and freedom figher of India. It was built in 1909 by Subash Chandra Bose's father and Subash Chandra Bose spend his childhood till he escape to Berlin in 1941.

So what are you waiting for? make the most of your weekend and holidays in this August with this awesome car rental offers and head out to any of these places.

Lesser-known Facts about the Heritage city Aurangabad

Known:
The heritage city Aurangabad (Maharashtra) is best known for the Ajanta and Ellora caves. The city serves as a base destination for reaching the historical sites mentioned above and attracts tourists from all across the globe. This city was a Mughal Territory in the reign of Aurangazeb and is named after the emperor. The city houses the mausoleum of Aurangzeb’s wife which is known as the Taj of Deccan.
Aurangabad’s proximity to Ellora, Ajanta, Daulatabad and Shirdi has earned the city a prominent place in the tourism industry of India. The city has geared up to cater both national and international tourists by providing good accommodation and transportation facilities. The city is served by a well connected airport and a railway station. MTDC (Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation) provides special tourist packages for seeing Ajanta and Ellora Caves. You can also ask for private transport services or hire a car to reach here.
Lesser-known:

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 The city is, so far, known by its historical significance and industrial growth. But, not many know about the internal cultural activities that go unnoticed by the visitors. The city keeps hosting classical music and dance concerts frequently for the connoisseurs. Up until recently, there used to be Ellora Festival every year by inviting international level singers and dancers. The Ellora festival has been temporarily halted.
However, another cultural event hosted by MAHAGAMI (Mahatma Gandhi Mission Sangeet Academy) is making news. It is called the Sharangadev Samaroh. This unique music and dance festival has been initiated by the director of MAHAGAMI, Parwati Datta. Parwati Datta, being a versatile Kathak and Odissi dancer, has been motivating the art lovers of Aurangabad since the establishment of the institution and is coordinating noted artists of the nation to enlighten the younger generation on the path of Indian music and dance heritage. 
 
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Image Courtesy:Prajna LS

Sharangdev Samaroh is one such step taken by MAHAGAMI. This cultural event celebrates the rich heritage of classical music and dance that exists in various forms all across India. This event is especially dedicated to the 13th century musicologist Sharangadev, who is said to have lived in the court of Devagiri Yadava rulers. Devagiri is the present day Daulatabad which is at about 17 km from the city.

Sangeeta Ratnakara, the book written by Sharangadev is an important text for the seekers of both Hindustani and Carnatic music tradition. This 13th century text documents almost all the prevalent dance and music traditions of that time and gives descriptions about technical details of dance movements, music, and rhythm. So, to commemorate the contribution made by the author, the Sharangadev Samaroh will be held in the land where the author created such a treatise.
The cultural event comprises of a three day workshop followed by evening concerts. Eminent artists belonging to various music and dance traditions such as Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathakali, Kathak, Odissi, Mohiniattam and Manipuri will present their pieces. Noted artists like Birju Maharaj, Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam, Padma Bhushan Swapna Sundari, Sadanam Balakrishnan and many other scholars have graced the event so far.
Dear tourist…

If you are planning to visit Aurangabad, please make a note of this event. Normally, the event will be held in January or February for three days and nights. Visitors can make use of this opportunity if they are in the city during that time. Try something different when you are in Aurangabad next time. Experience the lesser- known treasures of Aurangabad.

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