9th Jun 2017

Kinner Kailash Range -The Saga of Lord Shiva...

Photo of VOYAGE SPITI 2017 by Lavi Yadav

So it all started with a random plan at workplace ., randomly asking me " hey you want to go on spiti trip? be a co-captain & i was like ...aargghhh maybe / maybe not., let me check with family ; dad to be specific # me pokerface ., though deeply i wanted to travel & cross boundaries ., luckily i got a "yes" in reply, so there i was at Majnu ka tila around 10 pm on 9 june 2017, waiting for bus -"volvo - Delhi to Shimla" with 12 other travellers & a captain.

Day 1

Day 1: Stating basics , completing formalities, requesting & pleading for a food break to the driver from our seats only( lazy ass) ., finally the bus driver stopped the bus somewhere 25 kms after murthal at 3 in the night (unfortunately the bus driver had to face a challan for non compliance of taxes ., so comes the humble gesture., very much justified) , grabbed laccha parantha & dal makahni with lassi & a mango shake & the pee line ofcourse ., literally i passed 50 people ., requested them " that my bladder will burst or kidney will fail" ., generous people we reached shimla bus stop from where our tempo traveller guided us ... stopped for a break somewhere before narkanda ., a walk to a lane ., a empty roof top under that was the place ., empty place- facing mountains , greenery , a women catering to her sheep , music & marijuana combo pack ....#that day was my birthday .,guess turned 27 not too young not too old but just at the right place at the right age with others...

Day 2

Day :2 -Reached hotel around 12 :30 at the "Hotel Mahamaya" at narkanda ., met hotel owner Mr Arvind Thakur...he made sure that our group stay is comfortable., while i slept hard; others went to cover hatu temple & later in the evening we all gathered for Apple orchard walk organised at narkanda by Tripver.Lovely people ,lovely terrain walk .,saw apricots, peaches , plums, walnuts & apples hanging straight from the trees plucked a few too & again am overwhelmed by the generosity of Mr thakur ( another Mr thakur) who made all the efforts to show his apple orchards & pass on the information relating to cultivating , harvesting, gestation & other stuff ., finally the moment - moment to cherish juicy plums & peaches & later on in the evening late evening to be specific finally birthday celebration started" happy Birthday Lavi" ..While everyone went to sleep ., i joined a group who smoked pot ., then another ., then another pot & who made sure there is a do -while loop on that ., so finally slept somewhat around 1 .

Day 3

Day 3: Natures call at 4:30 so basically i got up ., capturing beautiful sunrise at narkanda & listening to music till 6 ., followed by a walk maybe 1 km down the hill & breakfast at "Negi restaurent" ., so we all finally left for "Kalpa - The Kalpa."..took a lot of pit stops ., at the banks of Satluj river .,crossed pooh at the very famous Rajma chawal dhaba & others .,finally we reached out hotel around 5 .,at "The Hotel Kalpa Mansion" ., got freshened up & finally i got a chance to talk to this person who was sitting on the road edge., conversation flowed & i was in total awe by the information he passed on about the place , routes , treks ., about shrikhand trek , chandrashila trek & others...this person who possessed such huge information is a truck driver named manu ... we became friends ., time to catch up with group for local sightseeing ., so we went for natures walk covering roads that led to monastery , villages , restaurants, schools & offering majestic view of Kinner kailash Range - the saga of Lord Shiva mesmerising sunset that was captured beautifully by fellow travellers... that Day ended well.

Day 4

Day 4: Leaving for Kaza : we started from Hotel Kalpa Mansion at 7 & took a breakfast stop in between ., finally after a journey of 2-3 hours & leaving every worldly element behind we reached to a off beat location ., to not so travelled roads ., saw bombarding & a cleaning procedure , landslide enroute kaza & number of military trucks & canteen ..finally at a height of 12000 ft & rising we saw two unions - beautiful union of river satluj & the one coming from china crossing all the barriers .That day we covered Nako lake & tabo Monastery. Passed most treacherous roads ., deadly curves , river banks for one thing "Kaza- The Kaza - Lahaul Spiti "- & man we did stop there ., after almost driving & seeing curvy roads finally we get a road which is straight & in shape ...that was a short sutta break on the banks of satluj river...we reached our hotel" Kunga & Restaurant "around 8 in the night & bonfire was ready to spark with few drinks ., chilly winds & cozy environment ...

Day 5

Day 5 : Where everybody was legally allowed to get up a little late ., so enjoyed numerous cups of tea (milk & green & coffee) with bread toast we left for very famous "key monastery" around 10:30 am ., reached monastery in 30 minutes & spend more than 30 minutes inside it ., there i got a chance to interact with monks ., who showed interest & shared about their culture & information about all those hanging white piece of clothes embarking prayers & blessings ., i left for Hikkim village which is famous for highest post office located in the world sadly couldn't cover that ., maybe few postcards do take time ., we covered Komik village - which is again highest village with a motorable road :-p., grabbed lip smacking organic sandwiches, green tea , maggie to name a few & left for langza valley ., on our way i noticed many villages with a population ranging from 5 to 20...reached hotel & after resting went for a walk ., to get a insight about kaza market & man i did find a Decathlon store & a kaza theka there :P ; a night ended with a stress of packing & leaving for the next day.

Day 6

Day 6: We left for Chandratal : the Moon Lake trek ., after continuously driving for 3-4 hours & passing Kunzum Pass we reached our campsite- swiss tents to be specific around 3:45 pm ,our camps were Parasol camps ., owner Mr. Bishon Lal ., quickly grabbed dal Chawal & left for trek., after driving for 2 kms ., we left our tempo traveller & then from there a hike of 1 kms which will take you to majestical lake ., surrounded in between mountains , greenery , sun & a lake...enjoyed good 2 hours there & then came back to our campsite ., man that day was freezing -3 & -3 to be specific the temperature , winds ,in a camp ., but when we undergo such harsh conditions we meet the generosity of good people ., so on that note Mr Bishon Lal arranged garlic soup & dinner & 2 extra blankets for each tent ., Bonfire in chandratal was quite different it was not your normal regular wood & fire rather woods inside a can attached to along iron pipe popularly known as Fire pit Bonfire so basically it looks like any other traditional bonfire system., same technology is used to warm water ...managed the night comfortably ., also few pictures of the famous milky way galaxy & a dozen stars..

Day 7

Day 7: departure form Chandratal around 8:30 am ., & after driving for hours stopped somewhere before 62 kms from Rohtang pass - the last point where our network weren't with us ., ate kadi chawal & moved on., finally crossed rohtang pass & after struggling with traffic for hours ., gave up & started walking., so i accompanied my group for around 5 kms up-down the hill crossing very famous old manali bridge , circuit house & finally finding a seat at the very famous -Cafe 1947., had a budweiser , tortilla wrap & fries to make me a happy go lucky traveller ..later on after a night walk around the banks of beas river reached hotel -The Manu Palace & slept hard.

Day 8

Day 8: A day to live in old manali & relish all those memories back ., so it started with a morning sunrise at the famous old bridge on the banks of beas river followed by a breakfast & a cafe crawl at old manali ., while others stopped at some restro i went ahead for shopping & a fine lunch at the Lazy dog , manali..So the day passed with a lot of high, booze, sutta, marijuana , love & of course generosity showered by localities .,everybody left from manali in their cabs for delhi ., while i had a volvo to catch & trust me after 6 cosmopolitan & 2 coronos only i know how i managed to get a seat., & that's the beauty ., everybody including the person who managed to get me a refund for a cancelled seat , bus conductor were aware of my " high condition " & made sure my bus journey is comfortable & warm ....i love you guys & will always cherish those memories...

Day 9

Day 9 : With a heavy heart reached delhi around 12 :30 & home around 2 .,but its always difficult to leave one home & settle in peace at other ., old manali you will always be my second home-home away from home...

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