Chitkul is the last inhabited village near the Indo-China border. I heard about this village during my last road trip to Leh Ladakh via Spiti Valley. Since then i started wondering how remotely situated is the last inhabited village of India.
How I Got There-
As i planned go solo to Chitkul ,public transport was best option for me. After reading numerous blogs on how to reach Chitkul by public transport i didn't got much success about bus timings and route. Finally i decided to book HRTC Deluxe bus (No volvo buses ply on this route) departing from Chandigarh at 5:50 pm and reaching Reckong Peo at around 7:00 am. Total journey of around 13 hours was not easy in twist and turns of the mountains.
Further took a bus to Chitkul from Reckong Peo final journey of 65 km, bus passing through narrow roads and small villages.
Important Information for people wanted to explore Himachal in HRTC buses, they can get there smart card made and avail 10% discount on every ticket. Validity of smart card is two years.
Cost of smart card- 80 INR (Cost will be easily recovered in one trip).
Note- One can get down at Karcham dam instead of going to Reckong Peo to save time in order to reach Chitkul.
Accommodation and Food-
Finding a place to stay is very easy unlike what i read on various blogs that you won't find place to stay in winters but that was not true. I stayed at ''Kinnaur heights '' small guest house managed by a Guy name ''Bobby''. You would get delicious food to eat at this guest house prepared by the guy managing it.
Cost of accommodation 500 INR.
Scenic beauty of Chitkul altogether changed after the first heavy snowfall which happened the day i reached Chitkul. Temperature reaching around -4 to -5° C, it was fun exploring the village which got completely whiteout by snow.