We reached Chushul during twilight and the temperature had started to dip already. We inquired about places to stay there, but there wasn't even a single home stay, hotel or dhaba that could accommodate 11 of us. As we were beginning to realise that we were pretty badly screwed, two gentlemen walked up to us and asked what we were doing there at such an odd hour. They turned out to be the CO and Captain of the ITBP in Chushul. They offered their campsite for us to stay the night, and we happily agreed!
Upon reaching the campsite, we were greeted with hot tea and biscuits, and the CO showed is a mountain standing tall in front of us, and went on to tell us the story of the legendary Rezang La battle. (I won't get into that story of bravery of our men at this point, but you could read it in details here). After tea, they showed us to our place of sleep, an old bunker (which, if I correctly remember was used by the Force much before our Independence!!). Still overwhelmed that we were even present in this camp, seeing the bunker gave us all goosebumps! We knew this was a once-in-a-lifetime experience! And that, it was!
We were offered dinner, and after strict instructions asking us not to get out of the bunker for any reason during the night (as we were being watched by the Chinese) they said good night and left us. We slept in sleeping bags that are the ones they send up to Siachen Glacier for their men!!! :D
The next morning, we had tea with them and left early, paying our respect at the Rezang La memorial enroute :)