As Michael Palin rightly said - “Once the travel bug bites you there is not known antidote”. I have traveled extensively through the length and breadth of this incredible country, yet my favorite remains the Kinnaur District in Himachal Pradesh. In this issue I am going to take you to one of the most beautiful places in India. It’s a journey to a small hamlets called Kalpa and Chitkul. Surrounded by Kinner Kailash range, these serene villages are no less than little Shangri la’s. This place is one of the least populous in India. The moment you enter, you’ll be welcomed by smiling faces and lined trees with exotic fruits such as peach, apricots, chestnuts to name a few. The air is so clean, it’s like a whole new experience for someone coming from Delhi.
I got my inspiration to Visit this place after I saw this very famous movie called Highway. The last leg of the movie is shot here. The Journey starts from Kashmere Gate Bus stand if you want to take the direct bus. The route is long, arduous and physically demanding. Depending upon the weather and road conditions, it takes anywhere from 20 -25 hours to reach there. It’s also important to take a break as there are no luxury buses or trains that do this route. Your other option is to reach Shimla to which there are many options available and then hop on to next available bus to Reckong Peo. Since I was travelling alone, I decided to meet some of my college friends in Chandigarh.