Manali – Leh highway officially reopens for traffic

Manali – Leh highway has just been officially declared open for all types of traffic and with it the Ladakh 2009 Travel season has also just begun.

The strategic Manali-Leh National Highway 21 re-opened for vehicular traffic Thursday after remaining closed for six months. The highway was closed in mid-December due to heavy snowfall.

“The crucial 475 km Manali-Leh highway reopened for the traffic this (Thursday) morning,” said S.K. Doon, commander of the 38 Task Force of the General Reserve Engineering Force (GREF) – a wing of the Border Roads Organisation that maintains the highway.

“All types of vehicles can now ply on the highway,” Doon told IANS.

Source: The Indian

Though the complete infrastructure (camps at Sarchu and Pang) would take some time setting up, so for motorcycle travelers it is best to wait for a few days or do Srinagar – Leh highway while going to Ladakh and take the Manali – Leh highway while coming back.

For car and taxi travelers willing to do Keylong/Jispa/Darcha – Leh in a single day, there shouldn’t really be any problem.


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