Blogs from Keylong, Himachal Pradesh, India, Asia


Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Keylong September 21st 2016

Das aufregendste Ereignis des Tages fand schon um 6.30 Uhr statt. Wir stellten nämlich fest, dass es bei der Tankstelle gegenüber Benzin gab. Eigentlich hat es die ganze Zeit über Benzin gegeben, aber keinen Strom, um es hoch zu pumpen. Die Männer an der Tanke schleppten Tonnen und Behälter herbei, die sie sofort füllten, für Die kommenden stromlosen Zeiten. Die Nachricht sprach sich schnell herum, wir scharten uns unter die lokalen Autobesitzer und am Ende des Tankvorganges schüttelten wir allesamt unsere Fahrzeuge, damit ja auch der letzte Hohlraum im Tank ausgenutzt wird. Dann gab's Frühstück und wir führen los.... read more

Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Keylong November 8th 2013

After this Trekingus Interuptus, we decided to stay an extra day in Keylong. Keylong is a small town on the Leh-Manali "highway-track-full of holes-dirt-road". We also copletely left Ladakh and Zanskar, we are now in the state of Himachal Pradesh. When we arrived yesterday, there was a pleasant feel in the town: Sunny! Shops!! Hotel with shower!!! Restaurant!!!! etc.... We had 2 showers in a row;-) Ate Indian food till we exploded, so we decide to stay here for an extra day, moreover there are some day-treks to do here too. Today is not as sunny as yesterday, and the shops are all closed, but anyway we did a walk to a gompa on the other side of the river. The photos you're looking at are taken from the gompa. So you can see that it ... read more
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Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Keylong September 1st 2012

'Gruelling', 'strenuous' and 'tough' are all words we've seen to describe the road from Manali to Leh, usually combined with the phrase 'only want to do it once'. It is also time consuming and with time being precious and these warnings ringing in our ears we had pre-booked tickets to fly back from Leh to Delhi. The road is only open from June to September, for the rest of the year Ladakh is cut off by snow on the high passes. A few months before the trip we had watched a programme 'The World's Most Dangerous Roads' where they took 3 ice road truckers, stuck them in Indian lorries with a local 'co-pilot' and sent them off over the Indian Himalayas to make deliveries. Only after seeing it, shortly before the trip did we find out ... read more
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Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Keylong March 31st 2012

Geo: 32.5656, 77.0019Keylong isn't exactly open for tourists yet, in fact it turns out that I'm the first one they have seen in six months as all the roads into this area are closed, the whole place becomes shut off from the rest of India for a full six months every year. I speak to the owners of one of the guest houses and he opens up for me providing a lovely room at a very reasonable price. Once I've my bearings I walk down to the Commissioner's office and ask about getting the local's helicopter back out of here in a few days. I fill out the required paperwork and although they're a bit undecided they eventually agree and I have a tourist fee of 7000Rs to pay, I must admit I gave myself a ... read more
Last petrol station on the Ley Road
Village girls

Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Keylong June 10th 2011

We started from keylong this morning @ 7 am and reached mandi by 7pm. We first went into Tandi and went to the petrol pump there but found that it was closed then decided to skip and take chances to reach Manali. Had breakfast at Tandi and then started. Tried to get petrol in lot of places on the way but in vain. Some how Ravish managed to get .75 lts of petrol in some road side shack. We reached Rohtang pass by about 9:30am. Had lot of fun at the top did some power sledging and took lot of picutres and spent about 2 hours there. The ride till there was fun. We were all excited in seeing a board which read Manali 51kms but our happiness was short lived. The road between Rohtang and ... read more

Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Keylong June 9th 2011

Got up at about 5 am and with great difficulty brushed and washed with boiling water which was fine when we used but our hands started hurting as the left over water in our hands started freezing later. After breakfast of the usual Aloo parotas left Pang at 7:30am. Passed Baralacha la and Ghata loops and reached Jispa by about 3pm. The Scenic beauty of Jispa was so good we thought of staying back tonight there but since none of the mobiles were working in Jispa decided to have lunch and move. We finally reached Keylong at about 5pm and checked into the hotel Dekyid. We rode a total of 186kms today. Though people had told that today’s ride will also be very tough one we all feel this is very much easy when compared to ... read more

Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Keylong August 12th 2010

Today we were supposed to press on to Sarchu passing over the Baralacha La pass at 4830m. There we were to spend the night in tents before turning around and heading back to Manali the way we'd come as the way from there to Leh was impassable. Unfortunately the news of the way ahead was that it would be very wet, rivers would be high and probably bridges washed out. We'd then arrive wet and cold at the tents with no way to dry out or get warm (no power). The decision was that we'd have an unplanned rest day at Keylong, instead. A small group would take a ride up to the next town in the direction of Sarchu, about 11km, where the tour leaders would visit a child they sponsored there and have lunch. ... read more
Tata truck
Fashion central Keylong
"Road" to Baralacha La

Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Keylong August 11th 2010

As we rode out of town, I saw a dog ahead asleep in the middle of the road with trucks and buses just driving around it. I couldn't believe that it could be some comfortable in that situation so I stopped after I'd passed it and took the photo of it. This day was a real test of the flexibility of the bikes as we crossed the Rohtang pass (3978m). The rains had brought down a number of slips onto the road and at one point we had to pass one that was still live. A bulldozer was pushing the rocks off the side and a couple of vehicles were being let through at a time before the next lot came down. The road over the pass looked like it may have all been sealed, at ... read more
On the way to the Rohtang
The live slip
The mud

Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Keylong April 22nd 2009

Dear Travellers, There are very few who know about this land of Gods. The largest district with the least population in Himachal Pradesh is Lahaul & Spiti. From Tourism point of view I would like to draw your kind attention towards this part of the world. As soon as you cross the Rohtang pass from Manali section you will find the difference in the landscapes, climate, purity, spiritual bliss and pure nature. What else to expect? The culture and tradition of this land is completely different from what you have seen so far. Within this small community there are five major dialects which are totally different from the rest. Tinan Valley, Ghar Valley, Pattan Valley , Mayyar Valley and Todh Valley have their own dialects. The cultivation of green peas as a cash crop in the ... read more

Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Keylong April 22nd 2009

Hello Travellers, The camp Jispa Journeys is located on the banks of river Bhaga. This place is on the way to Leh-Manali ( 137 km from Manali and 336 from Leh ). While comimg from Manali it is the perfect destination to acclimatize and relax. On your way from Ladakh, Jispa is the spot to unwind your mind in the lap of mother nature. So, do visit this camp on your journey. ... read more
 Jispa Journeys Camp

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