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Every year, bike riders and adventure lovers wait for the month of May with bated breath. Why, you ask? It’s because May is when the highways to heaven open up! It’s the month when the Ladakh season finally gets underway. The Leh-Srinagar and Manali-Leh highways remain closed for five months on account of heavy snowfall during winter and are thrown open for tourists during the month of May after the BRO workers get rid of the snow on the roads and finish any required repair work. The 500 km Srinagar-Leh highway opens first following which the more tricky terrain of Manali-Leh is cleared. To the delight of Ladakh enthusiasts, the Srinagar-Leh highway opening date for 2017 was May 12. The highway connecting Ladakh to the rest of Jammu and Kashmir was officially re-opened for traffic on Friday. ALSO SEE How to reach Ladakh and travel within Also Read - Vande Mataram From 17,000 Feet Above | Watch Video
Ladakh is known for its scenic roads which [pass through difficult terrains with unparalleled views of the clear blue sky. The Srinagar-Leh highway route goes through Zojila Pass — 3,528 metres above the mean sea level — which is one of the main areas to shut down due to snowfall during winter. On May 12, after a 5-month hiatus, vehicles carrying goods and passengers were allowed to move towards the Zojila Pass from the popular tourist resort of Sonamarg. This means that the highway is now open for bike riders from cities like Delhi and Mumbai. Also Read - Shikara Trailer Out: Sadia-Aadil Khan's Timeless Love Story Survives 30 Years of Kashmiri Pandits Exodus
While some riders prefer riding all the way from their home cities and towns, other fly or take a train ride till Manali or Srinagar, and then start riding from there to reduce time. The Manali-Leh-Srinagar bike route is considered one of India’s most spectacular roads and also one of its most adventurous. While the BRO does a fine job in maintaining these stunning roadways to the best of their ability, there are still several rocky, wet slopes and marshy terrains to be conquered while on this route. This makes the ride a favorite for adventure lovers. Another challenge to tackle on this route is the AMS (Altitude Motion Sickness) that people often witness at high-altitude places like Sarchu, Pang and Khardung La. Despite the danger and challenge, a number of tourists, especially bikers, travel to Ladakh every year to enjoy its surreal beauty, majestic weather and splendid landscapes. Plus there is the adrenaline! NOW SEE Unexplored places to visit in Ladakh for your summer vacation
With inputs from IANS
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