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The next morning our driver took us up to Rohtang Pass, the second highest motor pass in the world which is only open from June to September. Along the lower part of the road we must have passed at least 50 clothing rental shops, renting out winter clothes for the extreme weather conditions on top of the pass. The road up looked dangerous as it was only one lane, and enveloped in thick fog. Our driver didn't seem to think sogoing as fast as he possibly could. On the way up, I spotted several magnificent vultures circling around. Unlike in western culturein Tibetan culture, vultures are considered a good omen. I also saw an unfortunate cow that fell down a cliff, along with a jeep on its back that had probably also took a tumble down a cliff. After about an hour of driving we reached the summit point, which was crowded with Indian tourists. The summit was 3,200 meters in height. My uncle told me that it was considered the end of the world in ancient times, past the summit was
On our way down we stopped at a cafe located directly on the river. It was the first time I had seen a cafe with tables actually situated on the river! The water flowing was ice cold but it didn't matterthe experience was amazing. Near the cafe I spotted a paraglide shop. For only 450 rupees ($10) I could paraglide down the mountain. I really wanted to do it, but knew it would be a bad idea to paraglide in shorts and sandals, so sadly I declined. After talking to my family I came to the consensus that I would not be traveling to Ladahk, since it was a two day bus ride with extreme weather conditions. I heard from many travelers that the buses sometimes break down on the route leaving travelers stranded for days. It was a hard decision to not go, since I might not ever have the opportunity again.
We ended up leaving Manali the next morning. I wish I would have stayed in Manali a little longer and had packed better gear for trekking/rafting. The area was ripe with outdoor adventures waiting to happen. I felt like I only got a preview of what it had to offer, and was hungry for more.
This series on India was written and submitted by guest author Stefan K. See more of his photos from India.
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