These places will bring sparkle in my eye forever . The beauty of the land is unparalleled. The People , their lifestyle ,the heritage, customs traditions is vast and strong.
I happen to travel this place by chance and not by choice but believe me when i say these places hold the beauty of Indian Geography beyond description.
People tend to travel more towards Leh, Ladakh these days due to obvious reason of being promoted through Movies , Photgraphers & Traveller across world. Even i wanted to visit Leh first and strike it off from my bucket list. But i believe i was not destined to visit Leh this year and fortunately led towards Kinnaur & Lahaul-Spiti Valley: "A paradise so beautiful that it will leave you spell bounded for a lifetime" when received a call from my sister to accompany her to this untravelled land.
I'll call this untravelled because it receives less footprint compared to the beauty , serenity, adventure and exclusiveness this land offers.
I was aware about the location but skeptical about it in comparison with Leh, Ladakh. I started searching about this place blog by blog & image by image. The more i searched the more i grew confident on my decision to travel & explore this place of dreams.
We were a group of six people ( 5 Related family member + 1 friend of same age group) deciding on the itinerary and dates for travel. The best time to travel to Spiti Valley is from July to first week of October. And i hit the jackpot with it when we planned from mid week to last week of September as two of us were celebrating our birthdays in that duration.
I never stay home on special occasions and i take this as a reason to travel more and further.
With our confirmation on location and dates we started building on itinerary.
There are two routes to this place
Route 1: Manali -Rohtangpass-Spitivalley-Kinnaur Valley
Route 2- Shimla -Kinnaur Valley-Spitivalley-Rohtangpass-Manali
We choose the second route as the route accommodates the AMS factor as the altitude increase gradually compared to first route from Manali where it increase steeply & people feel ill due to rapidly changing altitude and whether.
We found an local agency based in Shimla to arrange our stay and travel form Delhi to delhi. We booked our flight basis the closure of all the requirement from our respective places to Delhi.
After wait of One month finally the day arrived when we were to start our journey to this surreal place.
PART 1: KINNAUR VALLEY