Bike Ride to Chitkul in HP from Delhi

Right then. So it was just me and my friend Amit and our enthusiasm when we began our journey to the farthest town in India (Himachal Side) on Friday, 8th November 2013. We started in the evening at about 4PM from Noida (Near Delhi) and drove for about 5 hours on our respective bikes before taking our first halt at Chandigarh – The gateway to some of the most heavenly places in Himachal. After having a filling (and much deserved) dinner, we headed out to Shimla. The drive to our next destination was about 4.5 hours and needless to mention, it was a chilly experience. To make matters worse, just about 10 KMs before our guest house in Shimla (booked for INR 100 per night) a german shepherd halted us and from what it looked like, he did not want us to be around!!! My friend thankfully used his – Sickle to shoo the dogggggggg away and we moved ahead. We checked in to the guest house at about 2 AM in the morning and fainted to glory, only to wake up early in the morning as we had even better plans.

Unforgetable Journey of Life

Unforgetable Journey of Life


Day 2
The plan was to move to Chail first, we did not stay there though, but the town was scenic and the views were serene. We decided to hit the world’s highest polo ground which is located in Chail and said hello to the Maharaja of Chail at his Palace (Ofcourse I am kidding, we just visited the palace). It took us about 3 hours from Shimla to Chail and after about 4 hours and a lunch we decided to head back to Shimla and camped for the night (in the same guest house) since Day 3 was the most important day for us.

Reached Chail, About 70 KMs far from Shimla

Reached Chail, About 70 KMs far from Shimla

Standing in front of the World highest Cricket Ground in Chail

Standing in front of the World highest Cricket Ground in Chail

Kali Devi Temple @ Chail

Kali Devi Temple @ Chail

Day 3
The day! We had plans to move to Chitkul – About 250 KMs from Shimla and 3450 meters above the sea level. This is the last town in India and is near Sangla. The population of Sangla is about 650-700 and the nearest river is Baspa. Coming back to our travel, we started in the morning at around 8 AM after having a decent breakfast and drove on the Sutlej river-side for not less than 150 KMs before hitting the tough terrain. We reached Chitkul at about 6 PM in the evening and no points for guessing, the town was already asleep. We decided to knock some doors and ask for an accommodation or hotel but just before we took a step ahead the wanabe models in us instructed us to click a few pictures and we had to obey. An old pahadi man came to us and asked if we had a place to stay. Trust me, in the given circumstances, he was nothing less than a god’s gift to us, especially when he offered us to stay in the PWD guest house in Chitkul.

Make your own road

Make your own road

Baspa River which merge with Jhelum in Sangla

Baspa River which merge with Jhelum in Sangla

@Jaypee Dam Sangla

@Jaypee Dam Sangla

@Chitkul

@Chitkul

@Baspa River Side in Chitkul

@Baspa River Side in Chitkul

@ Chitkul - getting clicked some candid moments of our journey

@ Chitkul – getting clicked some candid moments of our journey

The guest house however had its own share of problems to offer to us. There was extremely low voltage (hence really dim lights), the water pipelines were frozen – did I mention the temperature was -3 degree celcius? If this wasn’t all, there was no key to lock the rooms and we were expected to get our on own water for bath (and other important things) from the river Baspa (flowing right across). Last but not the least, we were the only people staying in the property – quite a situation to watch this horror movie, Amityville huh?

Day 4
We decided to explore the local area and riversise, some photography and our lunch before we headed out to Shimla again through the adventurous yet extremely scenic roads.

In the morning @ Chitkul

In the morning @ Chitkul

View! While returning from Chitkul

View! While returning from Chitkul

Exploring Chitkul village

Chitkul

Chitkul

We took a halt at Shimla (in the same guest house) and next morning we returned back to our home (never felt bad than this though).

We drove for about 1600 KMs during these 5 days and halted at 5 cities. Some of the stuff that we packed with us were, lots of dry-fruits, sickles, first aid kits, sprouts, milks and fruits (we kept buying them on the way), electric kettle, mats.

What this trip made me feel was simply hungry for more – on that note, signing off J

9 Comments

  • Yadvinder Bharti says:

    Hi Arshi! Nice post and amazing photos . I was in Chitkul on 1,2 Nov. 2013 along with my wife. Its really Beautiful. We stayed in Hotel Shahensha. We went there by bus.I am from Chandigarh and there is bus to Peo even an ordinary bus to Chitkul. You have posted as I said amazing pics. Plz post at least one Photo of your fully loaded Bike. hanx for giving our eyes a Treat-Yadvinder

  • Yadvinder Bharti says:

    Plz let me know the name and contact details of the guest house u stayed in Shimla

    • Mohammad Arshi says:

      Hi

      Apologies for delayed in response.
      Actually we had stay in Income Tax Guest house with a reference to my friend (Amit – Income Tax Inspector) who was travelling with me.

      Best Wishes
      Mohammad Arshi
      08800553321

  • VJ Sharma says:

    Super journey to the beautiful place… We also went to Kinnaur region on bike during April last year but landslides made us change the plans.. Hope to plan a visit this part of Himachal again !

  • Venkat says:

    Nice debut post at Ghumakkar, Arshi…Looking at the treacherous road from Chitkul to Shimla in your pic, the trip must have been a real adventure !

  • AJAY SHARMA says:

    Welcome to the family. Excellent narration of the brilliant journey. It’s an amazing experience to be a roadie. Very well start supported with ample photos.
    A small correction Arshi! Hope Vibha will fix it right on request. The altitude is inadvertently mentioned in Feet which should be Meters.

    Keep traveling
    Ajay

  • Nandan Jha says:

    Welcome aboard Arshi.

    I was away whole of last week, mostly on road, so sorry for the delayed response. I drove to Sangla few years back in my car and from what I read, it is quite an audacious ride. Crunching so many kilometres in so few days. I can sense that you are always up for long rides. Please find time to respond to comments and we look forward to read more from you. Wishes.

    @ Ajay – ‘Feet’ thing fixed. Thank you for the alert.

  • AMIT says:

    Hi,
    i am planning family tour of kalpa ,kaza ,chitkul in mid june,Is tour is finr with family according to area and roads,please ANYONE suggest.

    Thanks
    Amit

    • Mohammad Arshi says:

      Hi Amit,

      Road is fine till Sangla; Sangla to Chitkul 30 to 40 Kms road are not good (Like Concrete & steep roads).

      Sharing you the contact no (Raj Singh – 09459039727) of Chitkul PWD Guest House (Best & beautiful Place to Stay)

      Please do your room booking in advance as it’s a season time and that place have no hotel except this PWD Guest House or you may find some Bed n Breakfast Kind of arrangements.

      Best Wishes
      Mohammad Arshi

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