Khardungla Pass

By Sanjeev Nayyar [email protected] | 2016

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Top of Khardungla Pass. It is also known as the ''Pass of Lower Castle." At 18380 feet it is the highest motorable road in the world. Leh is 12k feet, so we ascened 6380 feet in less than 2 hours. Drive not so tough as had thought. Just above the board is a Ganesha image. More about that in pic 7.

As we left Leh gained height. This is overview of Leh town. Extreme right of pic white structure is Shanti Stupa. On left small white structure on hill is Leh Palace. Right in front is a under construction amphitheatre.

This is Ganglesh village about 30 minutes drive from Leh. Again happy to see so much greenery. At South Pullu is a police check post where your driver will enter details with the police. Just a formality. Indians must carry identity proof. It is at a height of 15,300 feet.

Enroute - roads give you a sense of how we drove up. Roads are ok and improving by the day. Leave by say 6.30 am so you can enjoy Khardungla. Post 9.30 it gets very crowded. Best time to visit is between May and October. Love to go when there is snow.

At Khardungla met this biker, from Bangalore originally from Kolkata. Ladakh is full of bikers. It is a great site to see say 12 bikers driving in a group. Khardungla is the doorway to Shyok and Nubra valleys.

Army temple and souvenir shop.

In pic 1 referred to about Ganesha image. Board tells you all about it. Distance from Khardungla Pass to Khalsar in Nubra Valley is 58 kms, thereafter Diskit Monastery is 20 kms. Travel guide info Click here

Road down from Khardungla Pass way to Nubra Valley. To see pics of Changla Pass Click herex

Near centre of pic the mountain that you see is Khardungla Pass. Roads are being broadened. To see pics of Sela Pass Arunachal Click here

It was raining when I took this pic sitting in the car. Think this is village Khardung. To see pics of Indian Army Museum Leh Click here