Giu - Kalpa - 140 km (6 hours)*Around 7:30 we reached to Kalpa- The Alpline Crest. Had dinner and went for the sky gazing. At that time the temperature was -16° Celsius but still the enthralling view stretched me.
*With the glimpse of the thrillingly majestic views of the Kinnaur - Kailash looming right above the village, around 7:30 pm I reached to Kalpa (9,711 ft) capital of Kinnaur district. It is said to be the summer adobe of Lord Shiva.
Around 8 pm i reached kalpa. Went to the grocery shop to buy coke and there i met sandip ( Instagram : @confused.launda). First i didn't recognized him but after few seconds i realized he is sandip. After talking with him i got back to my cosy bed ( as it was cold out there). I thought i will edit my photos but after one hour i slept.Next morning i woke up at 8:30 am . I was hoping to take a bus because the route that i was heading to, didn't had much more vehicles running so I wasn't hoping to take lift. But when i reached kalpa bus stand ( infront of the hospital , it isn't a bus stand but those buses who comes to kalpa stops here) i found that the bus has left 30 mins before.*The bus from kalpa till sangla, Raksham, chitkul leaves from kalpa at 8:30 am and 11 am and from Reckong peo at 9:30 am and 12:00pmOne local suggested to get that bus from Reckong peo. So i started getting down till Reckong peo on foot. It was morning time so i wasn't hoping for a lift but A tourist cab gave me lift ( he didn't charged me and i was surprised, but thanks to his kind gesture i reached Reckong peo) but the bus had left. So I had two options either wait till 12 pm to get on another bus or try hitchhiking. And as you know i can't wait so again i was on road hoping for lift.
Buses from Reckong peo till kalpa starts running from 8 Am and there are many buses after that. You have to get down from Reckong peo bus stand to get that bus.After walking few meters ahead luckily i got lift from a police car. The driver was going to pick up his boss from kalpa. In next 15 mins i was in kalpa. It was almost 5:30 am . He dropped me near a small cafe and told me that hotels/homestays will open after 8 am because of cold. So wait here till then. I went inside and asked for the charging point there but there wasn't one so he plugged off the TV to let me charge my phone ( kind gesture). After waiting there for half an hour. I started exploring the village. Meanwhile i got some hippies who were also exploring the village area. After wandering few minutes we got a perfect place to watch and shoot sunrise. ( It was the roof of a local with no ladders. But the roof wasn't too high so it doesn't took much effort to get on that) .Cold breeze was blowing and it was making us difficult to stay there. I took out my tripod fixed it on roof. Checked the direction of sun with compass and started to shoot time lapse of sunrise. After 30 mins i realized that sunrise has already happened and the sun is hiding behind mighty ranges of "kinnaur kailash" , and after that a local told me to that sun will appear in sky after 3-4 hours. [Don't waste your time in taking that picture because when the sun appear it becomes too bright to capture on camera].So, i got back. My hippie friends suggested me to take a room in "The fort view" homestay. They stayed there last night and it was quite affordable as well as good. I went there enquired and got a room for myself in 650 ( it was off season plus my bargaining skills). As soon as i entered my room the first thing i had done was to turn on the geysure and then took a bath.There are many hotels and homestay available in that area. You can book them online on bookings.com, Ixigo, paytm, mmt, goibibo,trivago etc. If you are going in off season ( October mid to February) Book hotels on the spot because at that time owners are willing to give discounts. ( I got a Rs 1400 (MMT) room in just 650).After taking bath i ate some food, watched tv and went to visit a Buddhist monestry just behind my homestay. I spent some time there. Then went to visit the village . At evening i was too much tired as i hadn't slept well from last 3 days . I went to a small cafe , ate some snacks drank tea. There were some locals who were talking about politics and the new project on sutluj river. And after a few minutes i don't know what happened but i was giving my opinions on that matter????. After 2 hours of long debate and 3 cups tea i finally went to my room. As soon as i went in bed i slept and next morning i waked up at 10 PM.THINGS TO DO IN KALPA(1) kalpa monestry(2) suicide point(3) Trek till roghi village(4) chakka trek(5) kothi temple
Journey to Spiti Valley Part 1After spending an evening in Delhi, journey started towards the mystical Spiti valley.Took a morning HRTC bus to Chandigarh from Delhi and then to Recong peo. The bus for Recong peo was at 7 in the evening. It's an ordinary bus of HRTC which takes around 14 hours to reach peo.It reached Peo around 9 in the morning. It was too tiring after 20-22 hours of bus journey. After checking in Hotel Shivling view which was 200 metres from the bus stand, we headed to Kalpa.To reach Kalpa one needs to take the local bus. The bus takes around 20-25 minutes to cover the 8 km hilly road.It was cold and raining so we got down from the bus and entered Cafe The Cafeteria Roof for coffee.The view from the cafe windows were breathtaking. It was cloudy so was unlucky to have a clear view of the beautiful mountains.The photograph below is of Hu-Ba-Lan-Kar monastery taken from inside the cafe. The reflection of the monastery is on the water collected from rain on the roof of a building. This small and beautiful monastery is believed to be founded by Richen Zangpo (950-1055 A.D) The monastery has a chorten in the centre which is shown in the second photograph. The monastery also has rows of prayer wheels all around. It takes a 10 minutes walk through the Kalpa village to reach the monastery. The monastery is small but beautiful.There's a temple named Narayan Nagini Temple which is around 5 minutes walk from the monastery. It was still raining and the fear of getting the camera wet stopped me to click enough photographs. The temple has a beautiful architecture carved in wood. The view from the temple's backyard is awesome.You can see the beautiful lush green hills, terrace farming, Apple orchards, and the wooden huts. The clouds and fog prevented us to have a clear view of the Himalayas but still, it was worth it. Every weather is beautiful in its own way and one should enjoy it.To be continued...