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  1. A road to Chitkul

    Sep 30, 2009

    Background:
    Chitkul is a remote village in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. It is the last village on the Indo -Tibet trade route and the road ends here. After Chitkul the journey is to be made on foot.
    It's a small and beautiful village with a population of not more than 700 people. Climate is cold throughout the year. And it's located on the right bank of the Baspa River.

    The Trip:
    After returning from the night shift, I along with three other friends (namely Yatish Kumar Singh, Sumit Awasthi & Vinod Birdi) started our journey at 8'O Clock in the morning. Chitkul is nearly 120 Kms from our place. After traveling for one and half hours we had our breakfast (Paranthas and Chole alongwith India's national drink (hot tea)) at Tapri - a small station on the right bank of Satluj river. Here we stuffed our cab with plenty of eatables and a large bottle of Coke which we were unable to drink.

    After traveling for another hour or so we reached the famous Sangla Valley. Located on the banks of the Baspa river, Sangla valley is a delight for the nature lovers. Especially the stretch after Raksham and right up to the Chitkul. The valley is extremely beautiful, on the left bank of the Baspa river are the snow cladded mountains and on the right bank the whole terrain is full of apple orchids and wooden houses. We stopped at a place called Bhateshwari and ventured into the nearby orchid to have a photo session. There the owner of the orchid - an old man gifted us fresh apples from his orchid, and we enjoyed them as if we have never had apples in our entire life.

    After this we headed towards our final destination - The Chitkul.
    At Chitkul we tracked for nearly three kilometers and then climbed down to reach the river.

    The things which amazed me about the Chitkul are:
    Baspa River: Chitkul would not be so beautiful without the Baspa River. I just fell in love with the serene blue water.
    Wooden houses and temples: Most of the houses here are wooden and have an unique aroma which still haunts my mind.
    Bhoj Patra: Bhoj patra is the bark of a special tree found in the Himalayan belt. The bark is easily removable and resembles the pages of a diary. The Ancient people used it for writing scripts and keeping records. Even today it finds its use for the religious purposes.
    Potatoes: Yes, potatoes are grown on a large scale over here and they are the costliest in India. They are known for their sweet taste and heat producing effects.

    After a lot of fun we settled at the nearby hotel and enjoyed the delicious lunch. And when the sun disappeared we started our return journey. With a promise that someday we'll again visit this heaven on earth.

    PS: For more interesting pics, check out my Flickr stream.
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  2. 6 Comments:

    1. The Survivor said...

      You seem to have a good time.

      The place looks good too!!

    2. Solilo said...

      Amazing places in India. Nice travelogue. There is so much to see in our country.

      "Paranthas and Chole alongwith India's national drink (hot tea)"

      You had to highlight that. LOL what a combo! May be a green chilly too along with hot tea.

    3. Sunil said...

      @The Survivor:
      Yes dear, the place is amazing and I think you should visit it at least once.
      No matter what, I always have a good time. :)

      @Solilo:
      Very true, There is so much unexplored.
      There were green chillies too.... :D

    4. dhiraj said...

      I like the way you descibed it. I also visited the place. yes its so beutiful and serene, that you actually want to spend some days in the place.

    5. Shas said...

      After reading the description of the place even am thinking of visiting the place. The simplicity and the scenic beauty of the place is amazing and the pics are a delight.

    6. Anrosh said...

      BEAUTIFUL..BEAUTIFUL.
      did you read mavin's trip ...fabulous. i have already decided to go. mavin writes the blog - my voice on blogspot

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