We began our journey on 24th June 2017, whereas the planning for the trip was already in process since few years. After looking for travelling companions, I finally decided to go with my brother and sister by our car - Kwid.
Yes, you are thinking right, it is an insane plan to drive a Kwid to Spiti valley (everybody told us so) but I was confident of my driving skills and also had no choice as I wanted to go by my own conveyance so that I could explore Spiti in my own way. Hence we finally headed towards an adventure of a lifetime!
Day 1-2: 24th-25th June 2017
We had planned to start early from our home in Kaushambi, Ghaziabad but we managed to start only at 7 A.M. After we hit the road I saw that so many Delhiites were leaving Delhi as if it were hit by a Zombocalypse! Because of the traffic we reached the famous stop for travellers i.e. Murthal at 9:00 A.M. We didn’t stop there as after so much traffic in transit the road ahead of Murthal appeared to be clear (at least for some distance). After reaching Panchkula we were stuck in traffic jam again. It was just the beginning!
We were amidst the mountains in some time but along with traffic. We were to reach Narkanda by the end of the day for stay, but due to traffic it looked difficult to even reach Shimla in time.
It was 5 P.M. and we neither halted anywhere to rest nor had lunch. Then we saw a ‘langar’ going on due to some festival. My brother and I were driving alternately and we grabbed the langar on the go. We reached Shimla by 8 P.M.
We then thought of staying there for the night, but there were no rooms available. So we just had Dinner there after a hectic day (the only break of the day).
Since we had no option to stay, we headed to Narkanda at around 9 P.M. and after having experienced the availability issue we booked a room at Kinnaur / Kalpa in advance for 25-26th June’17.
After reaching Narkanda at around 11 P.M. we searched for a room but again didn’t find any. It was dark and cold and there was no place to stay so we headed towards Kalpa.
From thereon ‘the night was dark and full of terror’ as we had to go through the infamous Indo-Tibetian highway. The road till Rampur was very good and we were driving @ 50-60 km for 2 hours period with little halt after that.
We reached Rampur and were looking for a place to just halt but failed to find that too. We then headed further for 2 hrs till Sungra where it started to rain. At Indo - Tibetian highway rain is deadly and it was night-we were damned!
We crossed that dangerous part and as soon as it was over we found a temple and waited there for the rain to cease.
After 1 hour rain stopped and we drove continuously till Kalpa, enjoying the view after sunrise as it was not looking scary now.
We finally reached Kalpa after 25 hours of drive and as soon as clouds dispersed we were awestruck by majestic mountain Mt. Jorkenden!