We reached Delhi by afternoon for our onward flight to Mumbai. We came across several news flash at the airport about the heavy rains in Mumbai. Our flight took off from the IGI terminal 2 on schedule and just about after 2 hours as we were about to land, it was our captain speaking from the cockpit that all the runways at the Mumbai airport were decommissioned due to water logging and that we needed to turn back to Delhi under unavoidable circumstances. The nearby airports were all occupied with the other flights being diverted for an emergency landing. We were also informed that the fuel was just about enough to make it back to Delhi and that we pray for our safe landing. There was a sudden wave of hysteria among the passengers after this announcement. Many started questioning the probability of making it to Delhi as we were running low on fuel. It was such a time when people truly started praying and remembering all their loved ones at home, such are the characteristics of a person facing imminent death. We were all wondering, can this journey get more unpredictable? Is this that one last dose of adrenaline before we reach our home safely? As destiny smiled, we landed safely at the Delhi airport at late night around 3 am. All the flights to Mumbai had been cancelled for the next 12 hours at least. The next flight scheduled was at 5 pm in the evening to accommodate as many stranded passengers as possible from the other cancelled flights. As the story comes to an appropriate conclusion, we were at homes just in time for the most missed commodity during the journey,"Ghar ka Khana".
Some key takeaways:
1) Spiti is harsh and demanding, be ready for the challenge and be assured for the reward. It is unlike anything you have witnessed.
2) The road journey for the majority of the trip is long hence try to break it smartly at equidistant halts. You don't want spoil your entire trip due a single day of inconvenience.
4) Explore Kinnaur and Spity Valley together for 12 days in total from Chandigarh to Chandigarh. Avoid flying to Delhi in order to eliminate unnecessary travel
5) Most importantly keep yourself hydrated. The climate takes a toll on your body and even though its cold and you don't feel thirsty, your body fluids are depleted good and fast without you even noticing
6) Chitkul is a fairyland, if you believe one to exist. It is the best among the lot of hamlets situated on a river bank and believe me this comes from a person who has visited almost every valley in Uttrakhand and Himachal. Remember ALAR camps in Chitkul, they would surprise you by their hospitality
7) Pin valley is a joy ride. Not many tour operators would include it in your itinerary as there is nothing to explore there unless you are planning for some trek ahead but the journey and the accompanying landscapes are enough to reserve its place in your itinerary
8) Plan your trip somewhere after the 2nd week of July which eliminates any chance of the Kunzum pass being blocked. Believe me you don't want to miss Chandratal and regret it for the rest of your life
9) Start you day as early as possible to cover most of your ground before the noon, you would not want to travel once the sun is high up draining you of your energy
10) Spiti is equally beautiful in winters, so have i heard. If you like a snowy holiday just go for it as you never know may spot a snow leopard on its way to catch it's prey
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