One of the gems of Himachal...this stunning region ,some 200+ kms from Shimla..is a paradise for nature lovers....we started our trip from Shimla...
Trip Cost is for a family Of 3 with car cost shared .starting @ Kolkata airport
We took the 6:20 am toy train from Kalka to Shimla...It took around 5 hrs to reach Shimla
Where to Stay in Shimla?
Try staying close to Mall road & ridge...
What to see?
For more photos click.....Shimla & beyond
We started out journey for the much cherished dreamland called Chitkul & Kalpa in Kinnaur district.....on Day 3 we travelled from Shimla to Sarahan where we took a night break @ Snowflake Hotel...which is 169 kms from Shimla....on the way we stopped @ the below locations....More photos can be found @ Shimla & beyond!
Food Items are expensive from Sarahan & beyond...so plan your budget accordingly
We booked an Innova for 7 days @ 3500 pday. You can contact Yuvraj Singh @ 8544799790
On way.....on horse back!
We started our journey from Sarahan for Chitkul(reached in evening) which is 107 kms from Sarahan....on the way we stopped @ below locations...
a)The Road from Karcham to Chitkul is not at good & can be very poor in patches. This road is also very prone to landslide. So although its just 40kms from Karcham...it can take more than 2 hrs to reach Chitkul
b)The entire journey is scenic..so do look out for that perfect spot to take great snaps!
More photos/videos Of Rakcham/Chitkul can be found @..Chitkul/Rakcham.....
We spent till 2pm in Chitkul post which we started for our next dream destination Kalpa
Chitkul bears an eerie similarity with Zermatt...So the next time u r planning to have a swiss vacation with that perfect shot of Matterhorn overlooking Zermatt village, do spare a thought for our very own Chitkul...truly !ncredile India (& far better ....)
Check out more videos & photos at Chitkul !!!
a) Weather forecast in such hilly areas will not always be correct...so consider forecast as a guidance but expect deviations & be prepared....Usually its sunny in early morns with clouds accumulating from post lunch onwards....
b)Start your day early to enjoy the best of chitkul ..with cloud cover...the beauty is almost halved (as sunlight plays a super important part (anywhere))
c)We stayed at tents...the flip side is although they claim to be swiss tents but there were holes & we had tough time in night as all such places are extremely windy.
d)Be prepared to experience landslides. & build contingency in your plan (if possible)
e)Food items are costly if you plan to eat in the tent you are staying...so avoid ordering from them every time , instead look for eateries near village market eg we had lunch in Hindusthan ki Akhri Dhaba which costs Rs 100 (as of 2022...veg meal)
After some hectic tour we decided to take 2 days rest in this magical place...We were lucky enough to see the Kailash Shila..super high up in the mountains...
More videos & photos @ Kalpa !!!!
1) Do look for hotels which gives a grand view of the towering Kailash range from room/Balcony....
Return to Shimla...distance is more than 220 kms
Return to home from Shimla via Chandigarh