A road trip to KinnaurHimachal Pradeshtips 6th January 2018
The idea of visiting the last village of India was very fascinating in itself and actually being there was altogether a different experience. It was last November and Kinnaur has just received fresh snow last week. I booked a Shimla bound Volvo from Delhi on 29th November night (Rs.900) at 21:30, to my surprise the bus reached Shimla an hour earlier from the scheduled time, I had booked an innova in order to cover all the destination on this roadtrip. I waited 2 hours at ISBT Shimla, for my driver to arrive.
The driver arrived with the first rays of sun, if anyone wants to travel using public transport the options are available for that, you can get a direct bus from Delhi to Sangla or Delhi to Reckong Peo, if you don’t want to do the direct journey you can do it in breaks from Delhi to Shimla (Rs.420) and then Shimla to Reckong Peo (Rs.500).
So I began the journey from Shimla, first stop was at Kufri for breakfast, the cascading of the mountains was penetrating the darkness with gleaming tops in orange shade. After briefly stopping at Kufri, the next destination was Narkanda, a quiet scenic town a perfect getaway from Delhi. The drive to Hatu peak from Narkanda was on a narrow road, with a steep ascent, after driving for another 30 minutes you reach the top, and the view is marvellous, endless mountains with a 360 degree snow-capped Himalayan view. I visited the temple at the top, a perfect example of the wooden architecture that is famous in this part of Himachal Pradesh.
After driving for another hour, Sutluj joined us for the journey and once we crossed Rampur, a crowded town of Himachal, the terrain changed, the mountains are getting high and rocky, the road is swirling through the tunnels, the condition of the road is good throughout the journey. Once you cross the Wangtoo dam you enter the Kinnaur region.
Karcham is the place from where the road to Sangla and Chitkul Branches off from the road to Reckong Peo. There is a huge reservoir at Karcham with glimpses of snow-capped mountain in the back drop. The road to Kalpa gets a little bumpy beyond Karcham, the road to Sangla however is perfect. Once you reach Kalpa/Reckong peo you get marvellous view of Kinner Kailash Range, it almost feels like you can touch them. The snow was still there from couple of weeks back.
This blog-mpost was about the road trip to Kinnaur, my next blog will have details of Kalpa/Reckongpeo and Sangla/Chitkul.