25 August 2014

The road from Leh to Manali

We drove over the second highest road in the world by moonlight and carried on down into the dawn. Somewhere a long way from here -- and a long way from anywhere -- the minibus ran over a large rock which destroyed the radiator and sump.

We should have arrived in Manali in the early evening. I finally reached my guest house about half past midnight.

This is one of the very few parts of the road with a good surface. Most is little more than a four-wheel-drive track.

I'm currently in Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir), enjoying a few days' relief from the Delhi furnace.

All content © 2014 Pete McGregor


Ruahines said...

Kia ora Pete...
By moonlight! It rather looks like the moon, or some other worldly planet. Glad to read you are out of the heat. Check out the blog for a few other photos that may help to cool you off. Stay well e hoa!

Elephant's Child said...

Ouch. But all too familiar.
I loved Srinegar (half a lifetime a ago) and envy you. Rest up well.

pohanginapete said...

Kia ora Robb. Yes, Ladakh's landscape is sometimes described as a 'moonscape'. Lovely post on your blog, too, Robb.

EC, I'm certainly enjoying it, and would be even more if I hadn't come down with a cold (the irony!)

Zhoen said...

So much like areas of this part of the world. A bit higher than here. But some of southern Idaho, and Western Utah, look so much like this.

pohanginapete said...

Zhoen, I didn't realise your area was as arid as this. I should've guessed, though -- much of the world seems to be that way.

Zhoen said...

Not all of it, but some areas, especially late in the year just has dry scrub.