Discussion in 'Travelogues & Experiences' started by J Ravi, Oct 10, 2012.
Excellent Pics and details as usual Ravi Ji. Many congrats to you.
IIAS, Shimla To HPTDC The Srikhand, Sarahan
After visiting Indian Institute of Advanced Study [IIAS], we walked down to the parking lot, which was located at the foot of the hill, where my Linea was parked. I searched for 'The Srikhand' in my MMI navigator, it was not aware of it. Then, I searched for 'Rampur' as it was located en route. Then, it started guiding me towards NH 22. In one curve, I made a mistake of turning to my right [towards Chandigarh], instead of going straight [towards Shimla]. But, my MMI navigator, instead of guiding me to take a U turn, it started guiding me to SH, which branched off from NH 22 towards Chandigarh! I drove for some distance on that deserted road. There was not a soul available to clear my doubt. After some km, I found a group of workers returning to their village and enquired with them. They said, that SH would go down to the valley, and again, climb up to Rampur. They advised me to take a U turn, go on NH 22 via Shimla, which was a better road. I thanked them profusely and retraced my route. I lost 29 km and one hour in this unwanted circus.
More to come.
We enjoyed the scenic beauty of Shrikhand Mahadev peak from our balcony. I learnt that although Shrikhand Mahadev peak [altitude 19,000'] looked nearer, one has to trek for five days [about 35 km] to reach there from where the road ends.
After getting ready, we breakfasted at the in-house restaurant and walked to the nearby Bhima Kali temple. Before entering the temple, one has to deposit mobile, camera and leather goods like belt, wallet, handbag, etc., in a locker provided to us with a lock and key free of cost. That's a good arrangement made by the temple authorities. Nobody pestered us for money for any service. The temple complex was silent with very few devotees and visitors. We climbed few floors to have the darshan of the deity in the sanctum sanctorum.
More in the pipeline.
HPTDC The Srikhand, Sarahan To HPPWD Rest House Chhitkul
After returning from Bhima Kali temple, we checked out of HPTDC The Srikhand, Sarahan at noon and proceeded directly to Chhitkul via Sangla. We descended to Jeori and drove on NH 22. On the way, I noticed abundant supply of spring water. I decided to wash my dirty Linea there. I stopped and washed my Linea, which took about one hour. After washing, my Linea was shining as ever before! Later, we had tea + Marie biscuits and continued our journey.
The condition of NH 22 deteriorated after Wangtu. At Karchcham, I took a deviation towards Sangla and Chhitkul. It was a single lane road of very bad quality all the way to Chhitkul. We checked into HPPWD Rest House at Chhitkul, which was a bad decision. The room did not have room heater. We had good home-cooked dinner that night. In the night, we could not sleep due to severe cold notwithstanding our thermal wears, sweaters, jackets, rugs, etc.
More to come.
HPPWD Rest House, Chhitkul To HPTDC Kailash Cottage, Kalpa
Chhitkul is the last inhabited village near the Indo-Tibetan border. We got ready in the morning and had hot tea. We were told that breakfast would take some more time. We decided to trek to the zero-point on the Indo-Tibetan border, which was about 3.5 km from Chhitkul village. We enjoyed the scenic beauty of the mighty Himalayas during the trekking.
We walked up to a sign board that stated that we should not cross beyond that point without permission, returned to HPPWD Rest House, breakfasted, settled the account with the care-taker and drove to HPTDC Kailash Cottage, Kalpa.
More on the anvil.
terrific scenery sir!! i am spellbound!! looking forward to much more!!
Thanks a lot for the compliments, onlymakarand. Wait till you have the Himalayan darshan at Kunzam Pass!
Hatsoff to you sir.... Excellent photography...
HPTDC Kailash Cottage, Kalpa To HPTDC The Spiti, Kaza
We got up early at about 6 am so as to capture the first rays of the sun through the mighty Mount Kailash, which appeared very near from our room. We didn't have any other place to visit other than capturing the beauty of the Himalayas in my camera.
We got ready, breakfasted, settled the bill, checked out of our hotel, drove to IOC petrol pump at Recong Peo, got my Linea's tank filled with petrol to the brim and continued our drive to Kaza via Nako.
Few km ahead of Akpa check-post on NH 22, the traffic was stopped due to blasting and clearance of debris by BRO staff. So, I stopped my Linea and started clicking photographs. As the work seemed to take some more time, I sat inside my Linea. Then, I heard a 'tip' sound. The very next moment I saw at least two cracks on the windshield in front me. Then, I realised that a stone chip might have fallen from the mountain top on my Linea's windshield resulting in cracks. After returning to Bangalore, my Linea got a new windshield from Windshield Experts costing Rs 6,250.
We visited Nako lake en route. After clicking some photographs, we enjoyed veg chowmein with ginger tea at a local eatery and continued our journey to Kaza. My Linea crossed the dreaded Malling nallah easily as the depth of water-flow was less. Due to lack of time, many other places like Shipki La, Pin valley, Tabo monastery, etc., were missed. We reached HPTDC The Spiti, Kaza, by 8:30 pm. Though the distance covered was 228.4 km only, I was exhausted totally when I reached Kaza.
More in the queue.
While planning the Kinnaur-Spiti-Lahaul circuit of HP, I had decided to drive up to Kunzam Pass, and then, drive back via Shimla in view of terrible roads of Kunzam Pass>Batal>Gramphoo. But, after driving to Kaza, I changed my decision. Come what may, I would not drive back on the same road. My Linea had collected a lot of dust inside the cabin thanks to dusty tracks en route. It was similar to jumping from a frying pan to burning fire! Having decided to take the bull by the horn, I must conserve all the energy for the next day's ordeal. I enquired with the hotel chaps about hiring a cab to visit 3 monasteries, viz., Kye, Kibber and Komic. I was quoted an astronomical figure of Rs 2,200, that too, for an Alto! Then, we decided to visit Kye monastery only in our Linea, come back and take rest.
More to come.
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