Day 8: Drive from Sarchu – Manali – Chandigarh – 515kms – 15 hrs
Route – Sarchu – Baralacha La – Darcha – Jispa – Keylong – Tandi – Rohtang – Manali – Kullu – Chandigarh
We had to leave very early from Sarchu around 7:00am. There was a slight modification in the plan. Today instead of driving till Manali, we hit it till Chandigarh. This way we get Sunday to be with our family and tell them all the stories of our fun trip.
Roads from Sarchu to Rohtang are extremely bad. Pathetic after the brilliant army constructed roads we had been on. This slowed us down. We reached Rohtang and it hit me hard in face! What? The crowd, the touristy feel of that place. We were coming from the most peaceful place in India into a total dirty, mule, stinking crowded Rohtang pass. Felt like going back to Leh. I had planned to dance on that song from “Jab we met – Yeh Ishq haye” but without snow the whole setup was disheartening. Later we had lavish lunch at Manali Holiday Inn. Then drove straight to Chandigarh.
After celebrating Rajiv’s birthday at midnight, rest of the group continued their journey till Delhi that night.
Thinking of Sarchu to Chandigarh, it was indeed an eventful drive with some obstacles. The adventure that started on Day 1 continued till the last day of the trip.
As I am writing this last snippet of my blog on “An unforgettable road trip to Ladakh” I feel blessed and satisfied that I did this road trip with Explorex.in
group. I look forward to much more fun and adventure this year on Ladakh 2014 by Explorex.in
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