500 tourists on Manali-Leh highway stranded

Over 500 tourists in taxis and private buses, including Army vehicles, oil tankers and trucks have been stranded on the Manali Keylong-Leh Highway on both sides of the Koksar bridge in Lahaul-Spiti district, 80 km from Manali as the two overloaded trucks damaged the bridge there on Sunday evening. The damaged bridge at Koksar across the Chandra river has hit Army’s and civil supplies of essential commodities, to the Lahaul and Leh-Ladakh region as it would take another two days to repair the bridge, revealed inputs from Koksar here.

Though the Borders Roads Organisation(BRO), which maintains the highway is repairing the bridge, but only three to four workmen are engaged in the work and it would take another two to three days to restore the bridge to traffic, the sources revealed.

Though the HRTC has started transshipment of passengers coming from the Manali side and Leh-Keylong side, but over 50 taxis and 50 private vehicles carrying 500 tourists have been got stranded on the highway for the past two days.

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5 thoughts on “500 tourists on Manali-Leh highway stranded

  1. Vistet,

    We are planning to do Manali-Leh between Sep 20 – 28. Do you have an idea when the roads close/whats the snow-fall like this season?

    A reply to the emailbox will be appreciated.


  2. I crossed the Rothang a couple of days ago to Manali : a light cover of snow , just enough to make decent snowballs.
    I have crossed (exited) via the Rothang in early October twice without problems , but don’t take this as a promise…

  3. Hi , is there anybody come from Leh to Manali in lsat two days ( today is 11/09/08 )
    I am planing to go from Manali to Leh in a couple of days time but I am not sure if the road clear.

  4. Tons of apologies : all who have followed the link have seen by now that this story comes from another year. Valid old example , that have become eerily actual with this years disruptions in late September.

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