The Leh Manali Highway-NH 3 and Highest Mountain Passes of India

The Leh-Manali Highway is a high mountain road situated in India, spans over a length of 479 km (298 mi) among the Himalaya mountain range. Route of 490 km long highway is Manali – Rohtang – Gramphu – Kokhsar -Keylong – Jispa – Zingzingbar – Baralacha La – Gata Loops – Nakee La – Lachulung La – Tanglang La – Upshi – Leh.

Khardung La


Khardung La is a high mountain pass located in the Ladakh region of the Indian, at an altitude of 5359 meters and is 39.7 km from Leh. Khardungla Pass is the world’s highest motorable road in the world and serves as gateway to Shyok and Nubra valleys in Ladakh.

Taglang La

Taglang La is a high mountain pass in Ladakh region of the Indian on the Leh-Manali Highway and claims the world’s second highest motorable pass in India after Khardung La. Taglang La is one of the top 13 high altitude mountain passes in India.

Chang La

The Chang La motorable road is the third highest motorable road in the world. Chang La is a high mountain pass in Ladakh is a motorable road on the way to Pangong Lake and offers amazing view of valley from Changla Pass.

Baralacha La

Bara-lacha la is a high mountain pass in Zanskar range having a beautiful emerald lake the Suraj tal, situated along the Leh-Manali highway. The pass also acts as a water-divide between the Bhaga river and the Yunam river.

Rohtang Pass


The high mountain pass on the eastern Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas around 51 km (32 mi) from Manali, connects the Kullu Valley with the Lahaul and Spiti Valleys. Rohtang Pass is one of the most dangerous road in India and a part of NH 21, transverses Rohtang Pass.

Gata Loops – 21 Hairpin Bends

Gata Loops is a part of the route from Manali to Leh NH 3 with a series of 21 hairpin bends called gata loops but stunningly beautiful road to Leh, starts after 24 kms from Sarchu tents. The Agumbe Ghat road from Udupi to Teerthahalli in Karnataka have 13 hairpin turns.