Trips and Itineraries for Batal
PART II : Entering Spiti Valley via Batal
Spiti Diaries ( Day 2 ) Manali to Kaza via Batal and Kunzum
In most of the Chandratal blogs you would read about the famous Dorje Uncles dhabba at Batal. And we finally reached there. Dorje uncle and his family have been running this dhaba for many decades now. They are not open through out the year, as by around Nov/Dec it snows so much that the entire batal-chandratal track is closed and they have to close their dhaba and move to Delhi for couple of months. He has also received a bravery award for saving tourists lives under the weather few years back(interesting story). Not to forget he has brilliant sense of humor. The food here is real cheap, Rs 60 for rice and dal, which is dirt cheap for any hill station and that too at such height where there is only one dhaba. Talking to him would unravel lots of interesting stories and you would realize its not the money for which he is running the dhaba there but its the feeling with which he wants to help travelers. Respect for this man. We had our lunch there and left. Chandratal is another 1-2 hours further from Batal, which again is not a road but just some path carved out of the hill. The moment you think the road is bad, wait for few minutes and you will realize the patch you had crossed earlier was a lot better.