Against all odds, BRO has done a tremendous job and reopened the Manali – Leh Highway yesterday evening for light vehicles. The only blockade, Baralacha La left with the opening of Rohtang Pass yesterday has been cleared for traffic within 24 Hrs. Hats off to BRO for their special and daunting task achievement. This time BRO had tough time owing to huge amount of snowfall. The highway has been reopened after almost 8 months of its closure back in November 2010. This is surely a great news for all the adventures lovers and people planning to go to Ladakh via Manali – Leh Highway. Of course, not to forget for the initial period the roads will be bad in nature but will improve with time.
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Manali, June 1, 2011
The 475-km-long Manali-Leh highway was reopened to vehicular traffic after a gap of about seven months.
The strategic road was closed due to a heavy snowfall on the Baralacha Pass. The Manali-Leh road has now become an alternate route to the frontier areas of the Ladakh region.
The road played a key role during the Kargil conflict in carrying food, arms and ammunition for the Army in the border district of Leh-Ladakh.
Commander, 38 BRTF, AK Dikshit, said the 222-km Manali-Sarchu road was opened for light vehicles yesterday evening, but from June 5 it would also be opened to all kind of vehicles, he added.
Dikshit further said all tourists vehicles would also be allowed to the Rohtang Pass from Marhi from June 2.
With the opening of the Manali-Leh road, tourists will be able to enjoy the scenic splendour of the western Himalayas. In 1989, the Government of India threw open the Manali-Leh highway to foreign tourists and ever since the number of foreigners visiting these areas has increased.
The domestic tourists also do not lag behind. Many enthusiastic adventure tourists make a beeline for this difficult terrain.
External Source: Manali – Leh Highway Reopens for Traffic for 2011
All the very best for your journey… Have a safe and wonderful but never forgetting journey 🙂 … Cheers for the good news.