The long-awaited opening of Manali – Leh highway is over , it is now announced that the normal traffic on this highway will be allowed from 8th June 2014 , normally it use to open around end of the month of May with the clearing of snow at high passes on the way but this year it got delayed due to heavy snowfall in this region up to 60 ft. at places . The BRO ( Border Road Organisation) arm of Indian army has worked hard to remove the snow and repair the roads and then declare it worthy for the traffic. It is one of the highest motor road , one is take precautions and be aware of the dangers of high altitude sickness
For quite some time the Manali – Leh highway has become the paradise for the Motorbike and Jeep Safaris lovers , equally loved by the professionals and amateur photographers , they egarly wait and then come in groups from down South to East and West of India , it is also famous among the foreigners for Motorbike and Bicycles rides testing their stamina and toughness of human body and machine , the Gata Loops, the part of the highway famous for its 21 hairpin turns.
There are no villages or towns the whole stretch of road from Keylong to Leh, only roadside stops for food or overnight stays. These are makeshift temporary seasonal tents that offer cots for travelers to sleep in and a basic menu of dishes such as paranthas, rice , daal and noodles .
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