NAKO TO KAZA (3 hrs, 115 km approx)
The day started with a bright sunny welcome and from the hotel itself the view was serene and tranquil. Woke up around 8:00 AM but took a lazy start as we didn't have a hefty itinerary to cover. It was all about covering around 40 KM all total. Previous night we already realised that this place serves all kinds of foods we consume at home and also found one Bangali Cook! I am not a frequent Tea drinker but in mountains as you know ... equation changes! while sipping on the Tea my previous days headache was almost gone for the time-being (yes from the prolong travelling) and I was hoping for a day full of activities we had planned for a month now.
Kaza Township Exploration - After sending Postcards and catching my breath (yes the 2 mints walk was Breath breaking for me) we headed towards Kaza. Time to have Lunch and explore Kaza town.Kaza is a small township but as Sub-divisional Headquarters for Spiti Valley this holds loads of significance. Hence, one could find the best amenities and facilities here that are no where to be found in the entire Spiti Valley.Unfortunately, we couldn't explore the Spiti River delta but we gorged into the city to have Lunch @Kunzum and Spiti Restaurant (Do not miss the chocolate balls). We were tired in the evening so decided to skip the visit to "The Himalayan Cafe" hope we could have made it that night as the evening's cozy ambiance known to be quite entertaining and memorable.Note: In September Kaza Monastery hosts festivals which we missed. Sharing the link for an informative site I found for he Lahaul Spiti festivals.https://hubpages.com/holidays/Lahaul-Spiti-A-Land-of-Unique-Festivals
Pro tip 3: Once you cross Rohtang pass, there is no mobile network. Even in Kaza, which is 150km away, only BSNL network is available and it does not connect too easily.Day 4: Highest village in the world
Chitkul is the last village in India before entering Tibet. Its an abode for natural beauty. Our hotel was right next to Baspa river and the sound of melting glaciers was soothing as well as haunting. It was majestic and everything was grand about this place. Was freezingly cold at night. Next morning, after having hot paranthas with melting butter and piping hot tea I was in no mood to travel. Just wanted to stay and absorb everything! I literally sat on the rocks on riverside and spent hours together. It was delight to the eyes and soul. Sitting next to the gushing Baspa, the song that stuck to my mind was "Socho ke jheelo ka shahar ho...lehron pe apna ek ghar ho"