Finally, the day arrived when I was going to Spiti Valley. The bus was rescheduled to leave at 8'00 AM instead of 5'30 AM due to landslides ahead on the highway. I left my room at 7'00 AM and to my strange, it was a beautiful morning with a clear blue sky. I went early to the bus stop to get the tickets which are given half an hour before the bus leaves.
We left from Reckong Peo at 8'00 AM. The ride was filled with adventures ( life risk ) and with some of the most beautiful views. As the bus was moving towards Spiti, the terrain was becoming more deserted, stony. And everyone knows that the Reckong Peo to Kaza road is one of the most treacherous roads in the world.
ROUTE -If I talk about the road conditions, the road from reckong peo to pooh is in really bad shape as work of road widening is going on. After Pooh, the roads are pretty good.
1. Watch out for the shooting stones board. Yeah, you read it right -/Shooting Stones board.
2. If you are not habitual of traveling in high altitude, then take Diamox or any other medicine by consulting your doctor.
3. Eat lot of carbs and avoid eating Fats. ( Rice, Chocolates are good )
4. Keep extra chocolates while traveling there.
5. Keep lot of warm clothes
Ticket to Tabo cost me Rs - 270
Bus Halts at Spello ( for breakfast and you can get BSNL SIM card ) and at Nako ( for lunch ).
Nako is also a place of interest in Spiti Valley with some history of its own. I hadn't planned for Nako this time, may be next time.
After 10 hours ( landslides and bad road, delayed by 2-3 hours) of journey, I finally reached to Tabo. This 8 journey was one of the best journey of my life. It was filled with lot of beautiful memories. There was a moment when was edge of cliff and it was 300 meters gorge. I was able to see the river and no road beside tyres. But I was travelling in HRTC, so I was out of any kind of tension.
I reached to Tabo at 6'30 PM, It was getting dark, I quickly went to search for room, then found this place called Trozan homestay. He charged me Rs 800 including meals for one night.
Usually this bus reaches Tabo at 3 PM, so, I had planned to explore Tabo before getting dark but that was not possible then. I decided to sleep early and wake up early and explore Tabo next day. As Tabo is between two mountain and with river flowing beside, it gets much colder as compared to other places. After having dinner, I called it a day and slept.