Driving through the enchanting landscape of Spiti Valley was a dream come true for me. I was enjoying each drive, each turn, each moment on the road which unravelled captivating sights and mesmerising views. Naturally, I yearned to stay just a wee bit longer. I wanted to envelop the majestic mountains in my arms and completely immerse myself into the valley's unique charm. I wish I could stay here for some more time, I thought to myself as our Traveller went lurching from Chandratal to Manali, the last leg of our road trip in Spiti. We stopped in Batal, at the famous Chacha Chachi dhaba which was overflowing with travellers who had been stranded there since the night before.
Unrelenting monsoon season and torrential rains in the region had cut Spiti off from other parts of the country. There were seven landslides on the route from Batal to Manali, that were so massive that there was no chance of them being cleared any time within the next 24 hours. It was as if my prayers had been answered! After enjoying a plate of the signature rajma chawal at the eatery, we decided to leave for the nearest village, where we could stay the night and return the next day to resume our journey to Manali.
We traced our way back, braving the same difficult roads that we had taken before. After a journey of about three hours, we reached our destination for the night. We stopped in front of Ibex Homestay in a small village called Losar.