On all my previous travels, I’ve always traveled with local transport - buses, trains, minivans, you name it. Riding a motorbike through India myself, I noticed how different travel becomes when you have your own wheels. Besides the obvious advantages of stopping or leaving whenever and wherever you want, the mere existence of petrol stations suddenly becomes your main concern.
Something else that I’d never really bothered myself with was figuring out traffic rules. But even after all those kilometers on Indian roads, the only rule that I managed to confirm for sure is you’ll need to drive on the left side of the road. When it comes to other traffic rules, India tends to be quite flexible. As long as you honk plenty and long - most seems to be legit.
Except for a few military areas, I did not encounter a single speed limit. What you DO encounter, are just the best signs that try to encourage you to drive safely. I like this way of thinking. We don’t tell you how fast you can drive - we just tell you to do it safely. Or -well-, that is my interpretation of the Indian road system.
India is there to teach you some lessons
An Israeli traveler I met in Leh said to me: “India is there to teach you some lessons”. I already knew this to be true, but India never ceases to amaze me with the best one-liners that just make you smile and ponder about their significance. But above all, India is not shy in sharing these little pieces of wisdom with the world - by using road signs. Three of them that I saw in a glimpse while passing stuck with me:
“Life is like a photograph. You need the negative to develop”
“Have stories to tell, not stuff to show”
“Travel is still the most intense mode of learning”
Pretty good, huh?
But back to the topic - below you will find my top 10 of the best safety road signs that I came across in Ladakh.