It was a time when we called the Himalayas our home and the navigating the mountain passes was our daily commute!
This is a photo essay of the high altitude mountain passes that we experienced.
Its tough to imagine, that in the not-too-distant past, a ferocious war was fought right here.
On a regular day, one wouldn’t cross more than 15 vehicles throughout the stretch of the 250 km gravel road that connects Padum in Zanskar with Kargil.
The first pass after Kargil on the Srinagar-Leh highway, also a part of NH1-D.
A small pass on the way to Tso Moriri
What it does have, are purple (yes… purple) mountains!
Just as you start to realise the magnanimity of the Leh-Manali, 470 km journey, the Tanglang la starts.
This was the highest point we crossed in our trip, at over 5300 m (17480 ft).
Try spotting the road in the picture!
Mountains the shades of browns you didn’t know and land formations you didn’t think possible are the characteristic of this pass!
The Indus and the oasis it creates along its flow faithfully follow you all through.
The Gata Loops
By now your heart is used to being in the mouth, and hair pin bends steep curves through deep valleys are “just another day at office”!
But before that – there is the Rohtang. A monster of a pass on the Leh-Manali route. A pass no driver will cross in the night, the most talked about stretch in the entire journey.
The journey through the entire Rohtang Pass, is not something you will forget…EVER!