Ladakh is a land of mystery, speckled with some of the most gorgeous landscapes on the Indian subcontinent. It's a tempestuous mistress and OVERDRIVE has a long standing affair with her. Every year for the last 20 years, since this magazine was kick-started, OVERDRIVE has driven to this mystical land that offers adventure seekers the ultimate driving thrills
Register Now! Only 10 seats are available...The Live Life In OVERDRIVE experience began in 2013, and we have enjoyed a proud and valuable partnership with Audi who were the first manufacturer in India to support this initiative. In 2019, the seventh edition of the epic Independence quattro Drive will see you journey for 9 days in Audi's range of SUVs to celebrate Independence Day like never before! This is an adventure that your children will probably narrate to their children over a camp fire, someday in Ladakh, driving an Audi SUV on a Live Life In OVERDRIVE experience!
In this seventh edition, you as an OVERDRIVE editorial member will write this script for us so expect to bear witness to more than the usual. This adventure isn't for the faint of heart, but we will teach you just how to survive in one of the most demanding regions of India. You will also get to experience what a luxury 4x4 SUV brings to the table while you soak in the magnificence of the Himalayas.
We will have the new Audi Q7 and the Q3 as our workhorses on this drive. Five of these luxurious, capable and stunning SUVs will take us through some extreme terrain. By the time we conclude, we guarantee you will be begging for more. You would probably become as hopelessly addicted as we are and make the trip back again on your own!
This year the adventure will begin from Leh. Upon arrival at Leh you will be given a day to rest and get acclimatized as the oxygen level at this height takes some getting used to. We recommend to get enough rest and do not carry out any strenious physical activities during this time. Next day you are free to explore the local market, visit the monasteries and we recommend you also visit the Shanti Stupa.
After a day’s break, we will proceed towards the Nubra valley. Nubra is home to the Hundar sand dunes and the Bactrian camel, both of which are oddities in this harsh and cold environment! This also means we will cross over what was once the highest motorable road in the world - ‘Khardung La’. This formidable mountain pass is situated at a height of 17582 feet (nearly 5,359 metre) above sea level. The pass is almost always covered in snow, and while you will feel cold, the sun will also give you a sunburn.
From Nubra we will drive to Turtuk, the village offers spectacular views of the Shyok Valley. It is the last major village where tourist activity is allowed before the Line of Control. It is at this point where we will also hoist our national flag and celebrate India's Independence Day.
After the celebrations we head back to Leh. After spending the night in Leh, we begin the drive to Chandigarh. Over the course of the next few days we will challenge high altitude passes, extreme cold and winds that have shaped the mighty Himalayas. Around every corner a new and startling vista will unfold, so don't forget to carry your cameras, binoculars, memory cards and plenty of batteries and in-car chargers! You will drive Audi’s highly capable SUV’s over formidable mountain passes that have names like Tanglang La (5328 mtr), Lachalung La (5079 mtr), Baralacha La (4890 mtr), each sounding more formidable than the next. For the last two years the Audi Q3 and the Q7 have been faithful companions, easily crossing over all the hurdles the Himalayas have thrown at us.
Our next stop will be Jispa, a small village along the Manali-Leh Highway and the Bhaga river. You are surrounded by picturesque views of the mist-covered mountains and clouds, both of which make the village look like a brilliantly painted portrait. You can enjoy a pleasant walk by the river before leaving for our next stop.
After spending a night at Jispa we drive to Manali via the Rohtang Pass. While the journey spans 140km it is regarded as one of the most challenging sections. Rohtang La is pretty scenic as well and the customary photo is not to be missed. It really has some dramatic views consisting of lush green hills, several waterfalls, grazing horses and views of snow capped mountains. Once we reach to Manali you are free to explore Manali or relax and recollect the journey, so far.
On the final leg, we head to the ‘Fort of Chandi’ or the city more popular for being India's first planned city post Independence – Chandigarh. The 350 kilometre drive into the Kullu valley takes you past deep gorges with the river Beas rushing downhill alongside the highway. The roads are a mix of flowing corners and some open sections which will allow you to explore the dynamic capabilities of the Audis. Upon reaching Chandigarh, we’ll call it a night after celebrating the drive. We leave for our respective homes, the next day onwards
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