Day 3- Chitkul- Last village on Indo-Tibet Border
It was time to leave for Chitkul. Though we had not planned a lot about Chitkul as we had decided that we will take the call as per the weather and as the weather Gods were kind we packed up and took the only bus that goes from Kalpa to Chitkul. But we took this bus from Peo at 9.30 am and again was an ordinary bus and cost us about Rs 140 per person. The roads from Peo to Chitkul is extremely narrow but takes you through some amazing views of Karcham Dam, Sangla valley, Rakcham on your way to Chitkul. It takes about 4.5 hours to reach Chitkul with a stoppage at Karcham and Sangla mostly. The roads from Rakcham to Chitkul is one of the prettiest roads I have come across full with pink flowers all around. We reached Chitkul around 2 pm and for people who don't know it is the last inhabited village on the Indo-China border and the border is actually 18 kms from Chitkul and you need special permits to reach the border.
Chitkul is far more beautiful than all those pictures we saw, the long tiring journey was all worth it when we stepped out in Chitkul. It was the best birthday gift I could give myself. We had nor prior bookings and went to a very pretty home stay with great views all around and took up a corner room for Rs 1200. The place has food facility too and most the home stay there are well equipped with their own restaurants so food will not be a problem. There are a handful of houses and thankfully the place wasn't crowded apart from a couple of biker groups. We were greeted with a little afternoon shower ( I stated panicking because I have heard of how a landslide on these roads can strand you up-to a couple of days but the home stay guy told us it was just passing clouds) and double rainbow!! Yes, I was jumping and screaming like a kid but it was so pretty I couldn't help it. We explored quite a lot on foot, walking on the sides of Baspa river, clicked hundreds of pictures. At night we went for dinner to a nearby home stay and around 9 pm the temperature started dipping and was almost 5 degrees. We decided to go to the terrace of our home stay and we just sat there staring at the sky full of stars. It was magical. (We had to leave soon after an hour or so because it started getting really cold and i got a little scared - don't forget your jackets no matter the season)