A place nobody will miss during the journey to Leh from Manali is Karu, a town, a junction where the natives are found in huge numbers and it is the starting point of Chang La. Throughout the route, one can find many chortens and the splash of multiple hues make Karu a different setting altogether. From Karu the road to Hemis Monstery also starts. Once you ride past the junction, you will be welcomed to the land of bliss where the nature is flanked by the lofty mountains around, the whispering streams and the flabbergasting valleys.
The towering rugged mountain peaks are creating big walls around the town to protect it from the external humdrum. Karu is famous for the Army Goodwill Public School started with the support of Tangtse Brigade in 1998. The school was started with the aim of increasing the literacy rate of the village and the management provides education in a subsidized fee structure as well. Also there are plenty of guesthouses in Karu making the travel to Leh more easy and free of tiredness. The friendly people in this village would be happy to welcome their guests anytime.
Height: Karu is located at an altitude of 3500 meters above the sea level.
Location: On the Leh-Manali Highway, you can ride to Leh touching Karu. The distance between Karu and Leh is about 38 kms.
Best time to visit: The route to Leh would be motorable only in the months from June to October as in all other months, the roads will be blocked by huge snow-flakes.