More plains

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More plains is crossed by the road from Leh to Manali. This stretch of 40 km [1] falls in between Leh and Sarchu on Manali-Leh Highway. This road has an average elevation of 4000 metres [2] and is flanked by mountain ranges on both sides. At some places the road runs along the Sumkhel Lungpa river [3] featuring some stunning sand and rock natural formations.

Straight stretches of the More Plains
Straight stretches of the More Plains
Unexpected breaks in the plains, you make your own road
A four-wheeler vehicle taken with a 300 mm telephoto lens. So now you can imagine the vast expanse of these plains and the size of the mountains that flank it.
Natural Rock and Sand Formations along the Sumkhel Lungpa River
Natural Rock and Sand Formations along the Sumkhel Lungpa River
Natural Rock and Sand Formations along the Sumkhel Lungpa River

The plain area starts after covering around 4 km uphill road from Pang towards Tanglang La pass. The road is mostly on the plain for around 30–35 km, before it again starts to rise to Tanglang La. Flanked by beautiful mountains on both sides, this area is a major attraction to the Bikers heading towards Leh from Manali. The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) of Indian Army is now in the process of converting the road to two lanes - one in either direction.

The area is uninhabitable and has no construction at all, and also no population.

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Jammu and Kashmir