After landing between the mountains, fresh air, and cold breeze, taking a standstill moment on the edge of the road, fills the body with warmth and energy. Despite of being solo there, I felt companionship of fellow travellers with rucksack on their back. With this, I buckled my rucksack and trekked down to Shimla bus stand to catch another bus to the Kinnaur valley. After a while a bus running between Delhi to Sangla arrived and around 07:45 am bus departed to Sangla.
There are only few buses to Kinnaur valley from Shimla starting from early morning at 04:30 am. So while planning journey, bus timing need to be taken care of.
Using a public transport has its own advantages and one of the major benefits is that you become an informed traveller. While in bus, I found a gentleman who teaches commerce in a college in Sangla. On the journey of 10 hours, we discussed Spitian culture, apple farming, reason for bus being crowded particularly on that day 😜, engineering, unemployment, pollution, and some topics I cannot recall. As fellow passengers, we also had discussion with some girls about education over there in Shimla. I must say along with their beauty 😅 they are really very helping in nature.
Enroute Sangla the journey became so happening with music and mountains. Bus covers journey either tracing the inclined road to mountains or driving down the mountains. Thus, eyes and heart engaged continuously on the road.
Till 05:15 pm we reached Sangla and fortunately I got a connecting bus to Chhitkul.
I must say that after Sangla, villages on the way are some of the Almighty's best gifts to the human kind. Batseri, Raksham, Mastrang, and Chhitkul are decorated so very beautifully. The valley is free from disturbing noise, and contaminated air. Water available here is in the purest form as it's just melt of mountainous ice. In evenings, the valley become very melodious with the sound of birds, animals, and burbling of the Baspa river. Campsite nearby the river bank allows the travellers to enjoy the charm of the valley. Crossing such beauty, around 07:00 pm I reached Chhitkul. After reaching down the village, first thing I did was capturing the beautiful sunset in my camera 📸 and a gaze over the mountains.
Though the journey was beautiful but it was tiring too, as roads are not that smooth. And the best thing about the evening was tiredness fade away for sometime, as travel bug inside dominated. I could not keep myself in hotel room that evening and headed for a stroll in the village. wooden houses in Chhitkul has magnetic attraction. This attraction really intensifies when I saw the welcoming smiles from the locals.