My photo-journey through Chitkul

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Taking the usual route from Delhi I reached Shimla to be welcomed by a chilly morning. Flexing my muscles I thought “man, that was a tiring journey”. Little did I know I was to be proven so wrong the same day. The journey to my next stop, Reckong Peo took about 12 hours. When using public transport to Reckong, remember that there are only 2 buses in a day and be ready to be crammed up. Nevertheless the scenes surrounding were pretty enchanting. From the rough dusty roads you will climb up to the more tranquil Reckong Peo. The ferocious flow of the Satluj will make you head go dizzy. A flow so strong that it has cut down rocks.

Photo of Reckong Peo, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jyotirmoy Gupta

Chitkul, from far away.

Photo of Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jyotirmoy Gupta

It's difficult to look away from this beauty.

Tired because of the journey, I decided to stay in first hotel I saw. The next morning I left for Chitkul which is again pretty far out. Don’t forget the handy rule, 2 buses a day. The view keeps getting better with the height. You meet the calmer sister of Satluj, the Baspa river. The moment I stepped down the bus, I could not stop smiling. The mountains were so close as if I could reach out my hand to them. The humming sound of the Baspa river. I was engrossed in this atmosphere that I forget the most important rule, 2 buses remember. Inevitably I missed the bus and I am glad I did.

Chitkul is better known as the last village of India. Yes, beyond it you would go into Tibet. The village has just over 30 houses. The people are very friendly; everybody you meet will greet you with a smile. Mostly people live here on agriculture and the hotels and homestays they run. Almost in every house you will find a place to stay and that too at cheap rates. The view around is amazing. Running away from the crowd and rush of Delhi, Chitkul is the perfect haven.

Photo of Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jyotirmoy Gupta

The mesmerizing view of the mountains.

Photo of Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jyotirmoy Gupta

The yellow fields you see everywhere in Chitkul.

Photo of My photo-journey through Chitkul by Jyotirmoy Gupta

Another view of Chitkul Village

Photo of My photo-journey through Chitkul by Jyotirmoy Gupta

I remember asking for a water bottle at the shop nearby and he said just fill yours from the stream

Photo of My photo-journey through Chitkul by Jyotirmoy Gupta

As you walk down the lanes, you look at the beautiful flora around.

Photo of My photo-journey through Chitkul by Jyotirmoy Gupta

Some more flowers.

As the sun was setting the scenery got even more beautiful. Beneath the golden sky I sat down sipping my feet in the water.

Photo of Baspa River, Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jyotirmoy Gupta

The flaring sunset near the Baspa River.

Photo of Baspa River, Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jyotirmoy Gupta

As the sun settled in, it was the perfect time to take the long exposure shot. Wish I had a tripod.

Photo of My photo-journey through Chitkul by Jyotirmoy Gupta

A friend I met near the riverside, taking the regular selfie

There was group of local who were partying near the river; curious to see me alone they invited me. The local were kind enough to share their beer and told me all about Chitkul. They even invited me to a wedding that night. Overall I would say that if you visiting Himachal, don't miss Chitkul. The journey on a bus might be a drag, but it is worth it.

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awesome...I was anyway planning to visit chitkul..after this blog...I can actually imagine myself thr..
Fri 09 23 16, 08:26 · Reply · Report
Awesome photos. Can I know camera specs.
Tue 09 22 15, 23:38 · Reply (1) · Report
Nikon D5200
Sat 09 26 15, 01:54 · Report
How far is Chitkul from Shimla in Kms? It says about 6 hours drive by Car....
Sat 09 19 15, 22:55 · Reply (1) · Report
Yes by car you can reach earlier. But I used to public bus service. There is no direct bus from Shimla to Chitkul. You have to go to Reckong Peo first
Sat 09 26 15, 01:54 · Report
Beautiful indeed...
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