Next morning I woke up at 5 and had a look through windows. Though the landscape was beautiful but it was still raining. After an hour, I went downstairs to have breakfast and saw the sun has came out. But that was only for about 5 mins.
It was 7 in morning, So I quickly freshened up and got ready to begin exploring Chitkul. I asked the guy at homestay to-do's for the day. It was still raining outside but I had no choice other than to go out as I was only for a day in Chitkul. I first decided to go at the banks of river then last ITBP post and then to aakhri Dhaba for lunch.
I started my walk to the banks. One thing I found good about Chitkul was that everything was within 10-20 mins of walk. After walking for 15 mins I reached at banks of Baspa River. As I reached, it made me remmember about Tirthan and Parvati Valley.
After 10 mins of hiking to the junction where I start descend to go at banks, I saw one open field. I went into the feilds and saw towards the post. The photo will tell the story the scene at which I was Standing at.
It was 2-3 kms walk from the junction to the ITBP Post. I asked the locals other route than the main roads. Because it was raining quite heavily from 2 days, and in mountains no one knows when a part of rock will fall down in front of you. So, they told one way which is going through the fields and you will to see some beautiful views from there.
I started walking on the path which they told and trust me it was got me to see some most beautiful views with Baspa River flowing down. I walked around a KM and turned back and saw towards the point where I started.
I was mesmerized with the scene what I saw there. I was able to spot the Small beautiful Chitkul Village at the far end with clouds hovering over it and the river flowing down and the beautiful fields.
After walking for around half an hour through the beautiful fields of Chitkul overlooking Baspa river, I reached to the Last ITBP checkpost. Beyond this checkpost, entry is not permitted without any permission or permit.
Time was 12 and after walking about 3 4 kms from morning, it was time to feed my stomach something. So, it was time to walk again for 3 4 kms to reach "Hindustan ka Akhri Dhaba".
You will see the board of this dhaba as you will enter Chitkul. It is located on the edge of road walking some 10-15 stairs down. It provides you some delicious home-made food with a mesmerising view of the valley. There are only three things on the menu - Rajma Chawal, Maggi, Bread Omlet. I ordered Rajma Chawal and the taste was awesome.
After having lunch, I was at this Place called "Chitkul ka Kila". One nice thing about Chitkul is that everything is at 10-15 mins walk.
A little away from the temple is the Chitkul Fort. It is a three-storeyed structure made of alternate layers of stone and wood. Apart from the local villagers, no one is allowed to enter it and same goes for the temple.
Locals of Chitkul are very spiritual and belives in in the goddess of Chitkul. When I was walking towards the post, the locals were taking the goddess of Chitkul to the temple near post for the safety of whole valley. According to the local legend, the Goddess had made an arduous journey from Vrindavan to reach Chitkul while travelling Mathura and Badrinath in between. After deploying her nephews and husband as guards of various regions in Himachal Pradesh, the Devi finally decided to settle in Chitkul. It is also believed that after her arrival, the village started to prosper and this made her an important deity here. No one is allowed to enter either the fort or temple except the locals of Chitkul. If anyone touches the Devi or Cross the way when she is being taken to temple, only way to get of the sin is to shed the blood of any living being.
Where Did I stayed -
I reached Chitkul late and it was raining heavily. A kind man approached me and asked are you searching for rooms. I said yes. He told he has rooms available for Rs. 500 and the rooms were good for its rate. The Name was "Vanshika Home Stay" and was at 2 mins walk from the bus stop.