The Last Resort- Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh

Tripoto
3rd Oct 2013
Photo of Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh, India by Apoorv Ahlawat
Photo of Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh, India by Apoorv Ahlawat
Photo of Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh, India by Apoorv Ahlawat
Photo of Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh, India by Apoorv Ahlawat
Photo of Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh, India by Apoorv Ahlawat
Photo of Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh, India by Apoorv Ahlawat
Photo of Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh, India by Apoorv Ahlawat
Photo of Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh, India by Apoorv Ahlawat
Photo of Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh, India by Apoorv Ahlawat
Photo of Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh, India by Apoorv Ahlawat
Photo of Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh, India by Apoorv Ahlawat
Photo of Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh, India by Apoorv Ahlawat
Photo of Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh, India by Apoorv Ahlawat

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.

Staying there:

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.

Food:

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.

Visit When?

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!

You'll need a few days to spend at this place. try 5.

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Photo of Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh, India by Apoorv Ahlawat

The apple orchids are must visit, you can even pluck some when no one is watching.

Photo of Sangla, Himachal Pradesh, India by Apoorv Ahlawat

There's rocks, grasslands, rivers, mountains, forests, plateaus and whole lot of outdoor trekking to do in Chitkul.

Photo of Around chitkul by Apoorv Ahlawat
Photo of Around chitkul by Apoorv Ahlawat
Photo of Around chitkul by Apoorv Ahlawat
Photo of Around chitkul by Apoorv Ahlawat
Photo of Around chitkul by Apoorv Ahlawat

The sangam of Satluj(Dirty green) and Baspa(Better looking green), spend some time here along the high peaks and the two rivers.

Photo of On the way to Sangla by Apoorv Ahlawat
Photo of On the way to Sangla by Apoorv Ahlawat

It opens up like a movie scene, it really does.

Photo of The road to Chitkul by Apoorv Ahlawat

A decent trek to an abandon national park, beware of Snow Leopards. They do come to the mountains looking for food and you don't want to be dinner.

Photo of Rakchham Chitkul Wildlife Sanctuary by Apoorv Ahlawat
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Seem a Nice Place and truely interesting writing. Will sure visit the place soon. #CHOPTA, uttarakhand is also a Gem to visit, throughout the year. You can also Read my Blog www.LifeTimeMusafir.com to know more about the place. Regards, Life Time Musafir Twitter - @lifetimemusafir
Sat 04 09 16, 03:02 · Reply · Report
Is it safe to visit during the second week of October
Tue 12 22 15, 07:59 · Reply · Report
I think Chitkul is a great place for trekking and fishing. Fishing in River Baspa is a great experience. I wouldn't mind spending an entire day fishing here. If you are planning a trip here in the summer, the Igloo Nature Camps near Sangla should be a must-visit place.
Sat 09 26 15, 06:05 · Reply · Report
Chitkul is around 22 km from Sangla and is worth the visit. If you have travelled to Sangla, do not miss out the chance to visit this gem. The high altitude could be a problem for senior citizens. I was dehydrated during the journey because I did not carry enough water. The road leading to the place is not very good.
Fri 09 25 15, 17:00 · Reply · Report
I did not think I would find three restaurants and two shops here. The natural beauty of this place immediately stands out. The trek in Chitkul to ITBP post should be on your list of things to do. It is advisable for the car you are travelling in to go right up to the post as there is a track in place.
Fri 09 25 15, 03:35 · Reply · Report
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