We took the Manali-Kullu road to head for our first pit-stop at Jibhi- a scenic place much unexplored and as we got to know later on, The Great National Himalayan Park was not too far away form the quiet little hamlet.
2nd day was spent on a long drive through Jallori pass, a slightly tough ride but very scenic. We stopped for the night at Sarahan, you get cheaper rooms when you stay at places slightly away from the temple. And for people who would like to stay next to the temple, they have rooms available at the temple guest house and as we heard from fellow travellers, its quite an experience. Just found out they have a trip advisor page too.
3rd day was a superb ride through the winding roads of Kinnaur as we headed for Chitkul. I had faint memories of Chitkul being the tiny,green village quietly tucked away within the mountains from my earlier trip in 2012. And excitedly we rode through the route which has been cited as on the most dangerous roads in the world. As we rode, the charm of Sangla valley left a deep sense of belonging with the nature and we stopped for a few hours clicking few snaps and just kept on getting mesmerized. Finally, late in the evening we reached Chitkul but what stood before us was totally heart-breaking. Concrete resorts have filled up the village and the place didn't feel as warm and welcoming as in my earlier trip. Though we had plans for a longer stay, we wrapped it up in a night which was spent in the PWD guest house.
4th day, we were divided on whether to stay at kalpa or make our way to Nako (which seemed too tough to try). Finally, after making through the constructions all over the road to Kinnaur, we headed for Kalpa and stumped upon this homestay run by Shankar and his wife. Oh! such a pleasant couple they are, we had fresh organic produce from their farm for all throughout our stay there. The lady of the house is so humorous, I learnt the full Kinnauri song" Rekha o Rekha" from her as we were working on their farm. During evenings, we could view the Kinner Kailash blazing in the sun-rays from our room. I think we ended up spending 2 to 3 days over there.
7th day, we rode towards Nako but mid-way we planned to ride till Tabo. Well! it wasn't too great a decision as we got stucked sometime before Tabo as there was a bridge being re-constructed on one of the "Nallahs". As we waited, there was a huge storm forming up and we got slightly drenched in the rains. As we reached Tabo, it was dark and we stopped for the night at one of the inns next to the road.