Drive to Chitkul was pleasant, nice clear weather, beautiful view of snow peaked mountains & Baspa river floating alongside which appears as a tiny stream from that height, after 30 minutes we saw all the cars parked on side, it was ITBPs checkpoint where one has to provide details about Car and the passengers. Army Jawans are very helpful yet vigilant here and photography at this place is strictly prohibited
Well, now Chitkul is not very far and soon after crossing a few mountains streams on small bridges we finally reached Chitkul. We passed “Hindustan ka Aakhri Dhaba” and moved straight on to the unpaved road which leads us to Zostel where we were staying for that night. We quickly checked in to our room, grabbed extra layer of clothing and immediately came out as the view outside was just heavenly.
Outside temperature must have been around 20’C as it was cold in the broad daylight. May is supposed to be the safest time to visit this valley as most of the times it’s covered with snow and this is the hottest weather one gets to experience here. There are numerous reasons to fall in love with mountains, we all love them for our own reasons… about Chitkul – the mountains, moment, weather, ambiance it was all majestical and filled us with inner joy. I think we are a group of sensibly crazy guys but this place showed me “who” I was traveling with… as the inner child of my friends had come back to life… that’s how joyful it feels here.