A small village situated some 600 kilometres from Delhi; Chitkul is the last inhabited village on the Indo-Tibet border and lies deep within the Kinnaur Valley. Like a doorway opening into this vast, windy landscape of serene beauty, a curve around a small hill and you see this majestic and beautiful valley. Like something out of a movie (Really!).
Getting there: First Half: Delhi – Chandigarh. A roadways bus gets you there in 4-5 hours. The ticket cost is somewhere between 200-300 Rs. There also options of taking Volvos or cabs but I'd suggest taking the local bus as its much cheaper and good road conditions don't make the ride too harsh.
Second Half: Chandigarh – Chitkul Since I was short on time I hired a cab from Chandigarh all the way to Chitkul. The total (Chandigarh to Chitkul, staying there and back) cab fare was 12,000-13,000 Rs which should now be around 15,000 Rs max.
Buses to Chitkul also ply from Delhi but it is advisable to take a bus to Shimla rest for a bit and then take a bus to Chitkul. To get to Shimla, the ISBT Kashmere Gate has a wide variety of buses plying from ISBT ranging from Roadways buses that cost 200+ Rs a ticket to Volvos that cost 1000+ Rs a ticket.
From Shimla you can then take a roadways bus to Chitkul which shouldn't be more than 450+ Rs. Volvos don't take you all the way there, usually.
Travel time when taking a cab is estimated around 21 hours and with buses is usually a day and half. Depending on how bad the road conditions are and if its snowed or not.
As tourists usually make day trips from Sangla to Chitkul there's not many options to stay there but the accomodation cost is cheap, 200 Rs per room per night. There's a guest house located right when you enter chitkul and another a few minutes ahead, close to the big tree with the things hanging from it.
The food available is usually very basic with non-vegetarian food made only on customers special demands and a little extra cash. Chawal, Dal, Rajma, Subzi and Roti are pretty much all you get to eat and yes eggs for breakfast and bread butter. The food price is relatively a little expensive.
The best time to Visit would from any time of the year but due to heavy snowfall the way to Chitkul sometimes closes down in the months of March to October.
If you're planning to go there, stay at least 5 days. The different landscapes present there will keep you intriguied in exploring all that there is to seen. Meadows, Mountains, Grasslands, Big rocks, River, Jungle and Apple orchids(Sangla)! This place has everything!