People always ask me that Why I love mountains so much, Why I always stay in their memories, Why I adore them so much. To discover answers sometimes, You need to explore the question. And here I decided to explore Spiti Valley- An Hidden Paradise on Earth. I have heard a lot about this valley and also watched Youtube videos related to it. It kept my desire increasing for Spiti Valley.
Spiti Valley is a Cold Desert, Trans Himalayan region in Himachal Pradesh. Spiti means "The Middle Land" i.e. the land between Tibet and India. Kaza is the main town of Spiti Valley.
So I started my journey on 8th Aug from Chandigarh. There is a circuit which people usually follow i.e. Chd-Shimla-Nako-Tabo- Kaza-Manali-Chd. But you know, Engineers always do the reverse🤠. So I took Chd-Manali-Kaza-Tabo-Nako-Shimla-Chd.
It was my first ever Solo Bike Ride✌️.
"If you cant find a ride partner, ride solo"🙃
On my first day, I covered my ride till Manali. Manali is 290kms from Chandigarh. It took me around 8 hours to reach there. I reached Manali by 12 midnight and I was tired like Hell. I checked into my Hotel and slept.
Manali- Rohtang Pass- Gramphu- Chatru (83km, 6 hours)
Well Day 2 kicks in. I woke up at 7am and put my luggage on my bike. The most difficult part of entire road trip was to put back and fro the luggage on the bike (Somehow I managed it🤙).
Note: If you need to visit beyond Rohtang Pass, you need to obtain pass online from Himachal Tourism Website that will be checked at a checkpost just on the exit of Manali. I was not aware of this and thus I have to pay hefty amount to brokers there.
I left Manali at 10am (I got late, I know😴) and My first stop was Rohtang Pass
Rohtang Pass is situated at 13000feet and connects Kullu Valley to Lahaul & Spiti Valley. In winters this pass gets closed due to heavy snowfall. There are no of shops available for refreshment.This pass is at a distance of 50kms from Manali. Road condition is good.
"Landscapes tell the best story of your life❤️"
Gramphu is the point where one leave Manali-Leh Highway and take the Kaza Road. Gramphu is 14kms from Rohtang La. Here I met some friends who given me a brief about the Kaza Road.
"They were not friends, they were not enemies. They were strangers with some memories"🍻
Chhatru is The first stop you will encounter enroute to Kaza from Gramphu. Road from Gramphu to Kaza is total an Off-Road (Approx 150ms). Chhatru is nothing but totally an isolated place along the Spiti River. There are 2 Dhabas where one can stay in Camps/Tents for overnight.
Chhatru-Batal-Chandrataal Lake-Kunzum La-Losar (90Kms)
I woke up next Morning at 6AM. I packed my bags and started my ride towards Kaza. Try to leave Chhatru early in the morning as there are water streams one has to cross to reach Kaza
Batal is 30kms from Chhatru and is an isolated place like Chhatru and is the next stop one witness after Chhatru. The place is famous for Dhaba run by a couple. The Dhaba is called "Chacha Chachi Chandra Dhaba".
"Sometimes its We who can make even an ordinary place a Special One🤠"
After having Egg Omlette and Tea, I left for Chandrataal Lake. Road to Chandrataal Lake is truly a delightful experience
" That beautiful sceneries painted my Heart in Red"❤️
Chandrataal Lake is an high altitude lake situated at an height of 4300m (14000feet) and is considered sacred by the local people. Chandrataal Lake is approx 20kms from Batal. One can go upto parking area by bike/car and then there is a 15 min final walk to the Lake. The lake got its name from crescent shape. There are options available for an overnight stay in Camps/Tents that are situated 3kms below the Lake.
The Crystal Clear Lake, the blue sky and the Mountains is the perfect Trio✌️
I stayed at the lake for nearly one hour and after that I headed for Kunzum Pass. Road to Kunzum Pass is a steep ascent and consist of hairpin turns and one should have good driving skills.Kunzum Pass is approx 25kms from Chandrataal Lake. It is an High Altitude pass situated at a height of 4600m (15000 feet) and is known as "Gateway to Spiti Valley".
"There are some horizons where you witness something beyond your imagination and I witnessed one such Horizon"☺️
I stayed at Kunzum Pass for half an hour and then I headed for Losar (last trench of Day 3). Kunzum Pass mesmerized me so much that I left my Heart there. It was like Love at First Sight❤️. Losar is 16kms from Kunzum La. I reached there by 5pm. Losar is the first small town you will witness after Manali. There.are no of Small Hotels available for an overnight stay. I booked my room and get into the Bed. (Finally after 90km Off-Road Biking, Rest is all I needed)
Losar-Chicham Khas - Kibber - Key Monastery-Langza - Komic - Hikkim -Kaza (110Km).
Day 4 started with beautiful Sunrise. And that energized me for today's ride. I put my luggage back on the Bike and left Losar for Chicham Khas.
Chicham Bridge is the Asia's heighest Bridge situated at an height of 13500 feet. Road condition from Losar to Chicham is good but it is narrow too that makes the drive a little crazier.
Kibber is the next stop of my Day 4. Earlier Kibber was World's Heighest Motorable Village. Here I tried "Shapta" Which is a Local Mutton Dish (Good News for Non Veg Lovers🙃). After having the delicious food, I left for Key Gompa
Next stop on the list was Key Monastery. It is the main tourist point in Spiti Valley. It held a religious significance for the Spiti Valley.
"Spirituality lies within the Heart"
This place is very close to my heart. One, because of the scenic beauty and other because of the Buddha Statue. Here onr can enjoy Maggi in the small restaurants located next to the Statue.
"Nature has made a lot of investment in the Spiti Valley☺️'
Finally, Dekho vo aa gya. And that was Bingo!!!
At World's Heighest Motorable Village (4587m, 15000feet).
Do I need to say anything else?? No!!!! Pic says it all
And another feather to the Cap. World's Heighest Post Office (4440m, 14500feet). It is situated just 2 km below Komic.
PS:- I posted some postcards from here but they haven't reached the destination yet😢
After going through a wonderful Day 4, I reached Kaza by 6. Here I stayed at Zostel (Best economical option for staying in Kaza).
Whosoever visit Kaza, do give a visit to The Himalayan Cafe (I met the owner and her story behind setting up this cafe is so inspiring). Here I took Old Monk (Yeah it got pretty cold out there due to rain). 🍻
Well I started back my journey towards my hometown with memories of Paradise in my Heart. Now i took the Kaza-Tabo-Nako-Shimla-Chd road. Road from Kaza to Shimla is regarded as one of the risky roads of India.
On day 5, I visited Tabo and Nako Monasteries. Tabo Monastery is almost 1000 years old. One can easily travel upto Kinnaur valley from Kaza in one day and next day, one can cover upto Chandigarh.I reached back Chd on Day 6 evening.
Important things for Bike Ride to Spiti Valley
1) Try to take less luggage
2) Before starting your ride, do let your bike chekced by a good mechanic.
3) Bring essential tools for your bike and petrol cans because after Manali, you will find mechanic and petrol pump in Kaza only.
4) Wear waterproof shoes (Preferable brand - Quechua or Wildcraft)
5) Travel with proper biking gears (Safety first). Avoid travelling in Night specially after Manali.