The day started with a visit to the bus stand. Why? Because we had to get the ticket for the Reckong Peo-Kaza bus. They start selling those at 6AM while the bus departs at 7. Even at 6AM; the bus stand was fairly crowded. Once we came back again, the bus was full. No place even to move. Thank god, our seats were reserved! The journey started and I couldn't be happier. Pine-nut trees alongside hairpin turns. Pure air to breath. The overwhelming mountains on all sides. Sun was trying to rise amidst all this while our bus descended down from Reckong Peo and in no time we were on our way towards Kaza on the Hindustan-Tibet highway. Everywhere along this route you will find witty signboards by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO). One of them reads, 'You are travelling on the most treacherous road in the world.' That feels like an achievement for sure. The roads were a total mess due to rains and the driver was driving with such audacity and judgement. He was taking on the hairpin turns with the finesse of an F1 driver.
There came a point when he took the bus with such speed around a corner that all I could see below was a slope. Pretty scary! But I was enjoying every bit of it. The sunshine, the roaring engine of bus, those marvellous villages set on the slopes of rugged mountains. And the feeling that I get to travel for 10 hours like this! As we neared the boundary of Kinnaur district, Nako village was in sight and the bus stopped for almost 1 hour over there. We moved further ahead from Nako and crossed Chango village which was the last village in Kinnaur full of apple orchards.