I have mentioned the trip in different parts with the pictures of the town/city and the pics during the journey!! It was truly spectacular!!
About Spiti and Kinnaur:
Spiti Valley is the desert mountain of Himachal Pradesh. Lying between India and Tibet, it is highly influenced by Buddhist culture just like Ladakh. It is one of the least populated areas in India and very peaceful. The valley is covered by snow for 7 8 months a year and is cut off from the rest of India. this keeps the uniqueness of this place alive. It is seperated by Rohtang pass from the Kullu valley of HP. The roads are mostly isolated and the villages are very small. It is a research centres for the Budhists and is home to two famous and oldest monasteries.
Kinnaur is another important district of Himachal Pradesh full of Apple orchards. due to its high altitude it remains under snow during deep winter. The rivers Sutlej and Spiti add to the beauty of the region. It is a very sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. You will be mesmerized by the steep rocky mountains and the beautiful sky high trees romancing the clouds!
A Brief Itinerary of ours:
19th: (Day 1) Guwahati-Delhi...
Reached Delhi in the Evening.. Met old friends.. Stayed at Gurgaon.. Dinner at Sutra Gastropub Cyberhub!
Places Covered on Day 1: Delhi Metro, Gurgaon, Cyberhub.
20th: (Day 2)- Delhi- Shimla by Night Bus..
During the day Met a few friends, Street shopping..
At Night.. Volvo to Shimla (Which we missed and the driver of the Chandigarh bus dropped us halfway; and we took another bus to Shimla frm the midway).. Phew! Adventurous n Scary!! But this made us realise.. Not all Delhi Men are bad!!)
Places covered on Day 2: Delhi again.. Janpath, CP and off to Shimla
21st: (Day 3)- Brief Shimla sightseeing.. Met the travel guide.. Got our car and left for Sarahan via Rampur... A small little village with a famous temple Bhimakali and a small palace. Perfect for the start of the journey. Pleasantly cold.
Places covered on Day 3: Shimla, Sarahan.
22nd: (Day 4)- Left for Sangla in the Morning.. The journey was breathtaking.. Stone Mountains and a lot of Shooting stone areas and Road blocks.. Many detours n a broken back lead us to the amazing valley Sangla.. We drove ahead till Chitkul.. Stayed at Rakcham, a small village beweetn Chitkul and Sangla.. An evening trek by the riverside and back to the hotel!! Was freezing cold!!!
Places covered on Day 4: Sangla, Rakcham, Chitkul
23rd: (Day 5)- After somehow convincing ourselves to leave.. (We dint wanna go frm here).. We did Sangla Sightseeing n a mini trek in the morning and left for Kalpa via Recong peo by the noon.. The journey to Kalpa was beautiful.. We stoped at a village called Tapri n cooked ourselves a yummy brunch. Shopped a little at Peo and reached Kalpa by the afternoon.. Dint have much to offer.. A Suicide point and a Small monastery.. But the weather made the place worth staying.
Places covered: tapri, Reckong Peo, Kalpa
24th: (Day 6)- like Nomads.. We left Kalpa again next morning.. Heading towards Spiti valley.. The landscapes changed dramatically and beautifuly thru out the journey.. Roads started getting worse n we met more road blocks n lesser people.. We reached Nako in the Afternoon.. Relaxed by the beautiful Nako lake and Monastery.. Went towards Tabo.. Visited a 500 yr old Mummy castle on the way. Reached Tabo by late evening.. Stayed out in the moonlight n small garden of the hotel till midnight!! Had food served there.. It was more than amazing!!
Places covered on Day 6: Nako, Tabo, Gue Mummy
25th: (Day 7)- visited the Tabo monastery n Local village market.. And left for Kaza via lalung and Dhankar.. Amazing roads.. Awesome view.. You would want the journey to carry on.. Visited Dhankar lake and monastery.. Through a "kacha rasta" reached Lalung.. Visited the ancient lalung monastery.. Came down to kaza.. Spotted deers n wild birds on the way.. Reached.. Rested n visited local market.. in the afternoon went to key monastery and Kibber.. came back.. Chilled at the awesome hotel.. Read about Spiti. Slept!
Places covered on day 7: Tabo, Lalung, Dhankar, Ki Moanastery, Kibber, Kaza, Sumdo
26th: (Day 8)- Have you ever played Videogame? The ones in which you are driving a car and the levels keep getting tougher. It was the same with us on this journey, as we would take a breath of relief that a level is crossed, we had worse roads and bigger challenges for us!! But for the view it gave us.. It was all worth it!The most breathtaking journey of my life! We nearly died.. Yet loved.. The roads are pretty bad.. Literally no roads at all.. We wre driving on stones.. We got snow.. Snowfall.. Amazing time at the lake.. Good people.. No words can describe this days journey!! Unforgettable!
Places covered on Day 8: Kunzum Pass, Chandertaal lake, Rohtang Pass
27th: (Day 9)- Manali sightseeing.. Shopping at Mall road and leaving for Kasol via Kullu... Engaged in some adventure activities like white water rafting and zip lining.. Reached kasol in the eve.. Did Camping by the riverside on a full moon night.. Made frenz.. Bonfire.. BBQ.. And roamed arnd the town post midnight
Places covered on day 9: Manali, Kullu, Kasol.
28th: (Day 10)- trekked till Manikaran.. Visited the famous gurudwara and had langar.. Roamed around and back to kasol camps.. Chilled for sometime.. By riverside.. Explored Kasol market.. Talked to a lot of people.. Shopped!! Late adternoon Left for Bhuntar.. Boarded the Volvo to Delhi at 7 pm.
Places covered on day 10: Kasol, Manikaran, Bhuntar.
29th: (Day 11)- Final day.. Reached Delhi in theorning.. Went to station.. Kept the luggage.. We had a few hours to spare.. So went to paranthe wali gali.. Chandni chowk.. Red fort.. came back.. Boarded the train.. And byes to the most awesome journey!!!
If you are a peace and nature lover.. I urge you to visit Kinnaur and Spiti Valley!!
Go Bask in the glory of nature. Make peace with yourself. Witness the most untouched area of India and appreciate it. Its a different "world within the world", nature's own "Natural Theme park".. Where you come home to your own self!
No matter how amazing human creations and wonders are.. Spiti will prove it to you how tiny our creations are and why we call the Nature "Mother"!!
I have lost myself and found my soul in the mountains of Spiti! Go find yours...