I have mentioned in some of my previous posts that when one is on the route from Manali to Leh, it is quite natural to pass through many many miles where there are no permanent human settlements in the mountains.
However with thousands of tourists and adventurers making their way almost every month in the summer to and fro Leh, it is only natural that the enterprising folk of the mountains put up temporary restaurants and rest houses to feed and shelter folk. If it weren’t for these rest-stops one would have to think about carrying rations for food and tents for accommodation for the road is rough and breakdowns frequent. As such these rest-stops provide a temporary but cosy shelter away from the cold.
Although deceptively shabby from the outside most of these rest-stops are comfortably bright and cheery on the inside. There were even a few with an LCD flat screen and a DTH equipment on the inside. Talk about premium services. I would have loved to spend a night at one of these stops just for the sake of experiencing night time in the midst of the bare mountains gulping down some maggi noodles and gur-gur tea (local butter tea) but unfortunately time was not on my side.