Dadu Aur Madak
The Road to Leh
trip to Leh takes one through some of the most incredible terrain,
over some of the most treacherous roads in all of India. This road is
maintained by the BRO (Border Roads Organization) which is a branch of
the Indian Army. Like many mountain roads in India, where it is paved,
it is about a lane-and-a-quarter wide. This is a major national highway
that took considerable shelling during India's confrontation with
Pakistan. As a main artery, it is plied by a variety of goods carriers,
in addition to the daily military convoys. One must time their
departure based on the timing of the convoys, which always have the
right of way. The road is closed on Sunday.
the first stormy pass out of Sonamarg the weather improved some. Below
is one of the many scattered spots where they are working to widen the
you pass Kargil--the midway point between Srinigar and Leh--the culture
takes on a decidedly Buddhist influence, as opposed to the majority
Muslim influence in Kashmir. The road narrowed considerably as we
passed this roadside shrine.
This Buddhist gompa at Mulbekh sits high above the road.
few towns of any size between Kargil and Leh sit in the occasional
verdant valley in an otherwise barren landscape.
|Part of the
terrain is reminiscent of the Badlands in South Dakota.
gompa at Lamayuru occupies a spectacular setting, it is the
the Ladakh region dating back to the 10th century.