The day was finally here. Today’s destination was Kaza, the main town of Spiti Valley.
Let me set a little background of why this was so important for me , I’ve never thought that someday I would be making a trip to such far destination (even though I have travelled beyond the country border solo before, this was different) that too solo on my own bike. Even though I’ve been to so many places alone, this was still giving me chills. And now Spiti wasn’t just a destination for me it was an experience that I thought would give me lessons about myself in the form of my limits, my skills, my courage and my inner self. I’ve delayed this trip for so many days just because I thought I weren’t mentally prepared to do it or something wrong can go there and now I was about to be there in few hours. The road till now was very enjoyable and very clean with brilliant views. The journey I knew wasn’t going to be easy anyhow.
So I started from chitkul at 6 in the morning, ate breakfast a little ahead and took off for further ride. Keep track of your fuel while being here because from chitkul to kaza there is only one petrol pump and the one available in kaza sometimes go off due to any reason, so always have some extra fuel in case anything goes wrong. The ride is about 210km from here and it is full of high mountain roads, a scenic ride but not always easy. There comes a 17km patch of off road just ahead of Nako village called “Maling Nala” and it is one of the most dangerous roads to drive on, so be safe. Nothing comes before your own safety.
The last 200km will take you around 9-11 hours, so leave early and take your time. Don’t ride or drive in any kind of rush.
Now there was no going back from here for me as I left for Kaza, taking a lot of pictures and videos enroute. My mobile holder broke while on the way to chitkul so I couldn’t make any videos while riding and had to take more than usual breaks to capture the beauty. You realize how remote Kaza is only when you drive all the way to there, it’s about 100km from Nako, which itself is at staggering altitude. But finally it was here and I couldn’t do anything but wonder at the beauty of it. It is a cold dessert and seems like a land out of Mars with some small houses in it and a river flowing nearby with high mountains and clear sky, which glitters in all its beauty at night, making way for possible sighting of Milky-Way. It was more like a dream for me.
Being remote location lodging can be a little costly here than other places but you are not going to repent over that while being here. I took an evening tour of local market, searched through all the eateries, cafes, bookshops, ate a heavy dinner finally after 4 days and slept for a while in the anticipation of next day.