Manali: To leave the monsoon behind and soak in the bright sun, there is no better place in South Asia than the highlands of Spiti, Lahaul and Ladhak.
Given the sheer altitudes through which the roads pass, the journey is an adventure that one will recall again and again.
Setting on a tour of these lands that geographically are part of the south western parts of Tibet in personalised private transport, be it a personal car or a taxi could have its advantages but being out on a group travel in the luxurious coach presents a better community experience.
To make the tour affordable and something to experience, Himachal Tourism has started plying comfortable deluxe buses on the 476 Km Manali to Leh route for the benefit of tourists. The 35 seater coaches service would operate till 13th September.
Passing through the land of glaciers with alpine grasslands, crossing fast flowing streams and stopping by tranquil turquoise lakes, the journey provides a break at Keylong where it halts for a night. The dinner and breakfast here is complimentary. And all of this for just Rs 2900/-; the tour is a steal.
To give the visitor something really to remember, the coach does stop at all the vantage points of Rohtang Pass, Baralacha La, Tanglang La, Kharduung La and others where one can let the sight run along the vast chain of Himalayan snow peaks around.
All the selfies and photos clicked on the route will stand out among all pictures taken during your travels to other parts of the world.
Booking for the tour can be done online. Starting at 10 a.m. from Manali, the day one journey after stopping by at Rohtang Pass moves for a night stay at Hotel Chanderbhaga at Keylong. Day two starts out early at 5 a.m departure from Keylong to arrive at Leh by 7 p.m.
For those who reach Leh by air, a road journey by the luxury coach from Leh to Manali is being out there to catch up the action of the fast changing landscapes up close. The Himachal Tourism coach service to Manali from Leh is also a two day journey with a night halt at Keylong