One of the most awe inspiring stretches along the drive from Manali to Leh is the 30-35 km stretch along the Morey Plains. This is a stretch of absolute flat land flanked by mountains on both sides of the road- which could be a no big deal, but the coolest thing about the plains is that it is on an average 4,000 mts (13,000 feet) above sea level.
It is easy to imagine mountains and sloping land that high up above sea level so the plains come as a surprise. And it goes a long way to impress the scale and the grandeur of the Himalayas as well.
The drive through Morey plains through daytime must be uneventful. We however were driving through it under failing light conditions. The road would appear for certain stretches and then would abruptly do a vanishing act as a result of which the vehicles would have to drive in the dirt road among the dunes- quite exciting and positively scary after it became dark.
I remember enjoying the first stretch listening to some tracks on my ipod and then becoming increasingly alarmed as the road disappeared and we had to navigate on uneven sand grounds (this is when the ipod came off) and I was sitting on the edge of my seat concentrating on the stretch ahead- willing the road to appear. It didn’t- atleast not until we crossed the plains and began our ascent to the most awesome Tanglang La.