Roadside Restaurants

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.

Shabby on the Outside
Bright and Cheery inside

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Nirmala says:

    wow!!.You are lucky to have gone to this place and seen all the wonders!!! Seems to be a wonderful experience.

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      I am lucky- thanks a bunch!

  2. Lav says:

    that is so very awesome!!! one of these days, you are going back with me… 🙂

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Sure thing- this time I will be more mentally prepared.

  3. brad says:

    brrrr! i can feel that breeze!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      The tents are wonderful places to huddle up!!!

  4. sanetes says:

    I think the tend looks nice and colourful from the outside too! I am rather intrigued buy the colourful flag. – And by the wool caps and scarves.

    If that’s what summer looks like though, I understand why no one wants to be there in winter.

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      I guess they’re not too bad from the outside. Yes the place is cold even in summer because of the landscape and the altitude 12,000-17000 feet. I don’t think anything can survive the winters…though some people would trade in the winter as the rivers would be frozen and it would be easier to trek on the frozen ice rather than cross rivers in summer.

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