There are certain places that always captivate your mind and you plan endlessly to go to that destination every year but somehow things get postponed owing to lack of preparation, time and availability of funds. Nevertheless it leaves an indelible mark on us and though time decays the desire to visit the place only gains strength.
We have visited Himachal Pradesh many times in the past and always been stunned by its beauty but there is one district which surpasses all others in aesthetic beauty and geological diversity.
Spiti valley located on the north eastern part of Himachal Pradesh and bordering Tibet is one place that has been a constant component of our annual bucket-list.Finally in 2019 the time had come to visit Spiti and it was going to be a 8 day trip
We landed in Chandigarh on a Saturday morning and the group of 7 set out in our hired vehicle towards Spiti. In the month of April we had travelled to Himachal Pradesh so we were quite prepared for the long hours on road. The first day of travel was a long 9 hour drive and we halted overnight at this place called Rampur. This was not even Spiti district yet and temperature and terrain both had started getting tougher to handle.
The next morning we departed towards Chitkul. Despite being long journeys one can never afford to dose off, as the locations and surroundings will mesmerise you. With only the homestretch left before arriving at Chitkul, we were left speechless and dazed looking at the endless meadows and beautiful roads and it resembled something we see in a picture from Scotland or Ireland. This place apparently is India's last village before entering Tibetian space, but it certainly wasn't the last village you ever want to visit in your lifetime.