The saying “Most of my best memories come from some old and dirty roads.” The roads have never failed to amuse me. Every journey that I have taken, I came back with bag full of memories and moments to cherish and smile when I shared them later. And yes documenting them from time to time helped me to keep them afresh in my memory.
The words of English novelist, Lisa St. Aubin de Teran stands very true that “Traveling is like flirting with life. It’s like saying, ‘I would stay and love you, but I have to go; this is my station.” As a traveler every single path that I took, I completely drowned myself in it.
Few years back when I was hitting the the most desirous road in the country – Manali to Leh, I happen to cross the motorable roads across the Khardung La, Tanglang La and Chang La passes where I caught glimpse of some of the most wittiest road sings ( even today they bring the same surprise and smile as to how can witty can roads be). Being an avid photographer how I could have missed the opportunity to capture them.
As you, take the meandering -winding roads from Manali to Leh these road for sure give the riders a hearty laugh and enough reasons to be amused. These roads are safe and remain open for the 18 weeks a year, rest time of the year they remain closed. The biking trail on these roads are not for the faint hearted.
As you hit the mighty roads that leads to Taglang La pass (the third highest mountain pass after Khardung La) on the road from Leh to Nubra Valley the spectacular view all around leaves you in total awestruck. Flanked by the amazing mountain ranges on both sides its undisputed the quintessential Mecca of road trips.
These road signs that has been put up by Himank and Border Roads Organization (BRO). They carry messages from road safety warnings to inspirational quotes like “I’m curvacious, but please take me slowly”, “Let your insurance policy mature before you”, “Safety on road : is “safe tea” : at home”, “If you are married, divorce speed”, “Don’t be a Gama in the land of Lama” and more.
All they want is you should reach your destination safely. The absolutely fabulous landscape as you drive along with the many snow capped mountains speed is the last thing that should be in your mind. It’s all about being in the moment and enjoying it.
The road that dots the Leh-Pangong route the driving messages are very rightly put through and you get to see philosophical statements from disparate such as singer Patti LaBelle, French author Jules Renard, author Jimmy Buffett and early Zionist Jessie Sampter and more. Last but not the least they for sure amuse you but they are all deadly serious. So just remember “On the bend go slow friend”.