2nd April, 2012, Monday……Day (2) Jhakri-Chitkul-Sangla 131 km
Woke up…got ready and since I was very excited, began driving very early in the morning. The drive on Hindustan Tibet along the roaring Sutlej was just amazing.
Hindustan tibet road is one of the most adventurous, romantic, hair raising roads in the world. I had been dreaming about driving on this road for many many years. It was sheer joy driving on this road early in the morning.
Left NH 22 here at Karcham, crossed the bridge and turned right towards Sangla valley. From here Sangla was just 16 km.
On being asked, I was told that these people were going to see off their guests to another village…chit chatting, playing music and offering them home made apricot, apple drinks.
Took a break in Sangla. Had momos and thukpa. Walked around a little and then moved on to Chitkul still 28 km from Sangla.
Road from Sangla passes through some of the most beautiful villages….Batseri and Raksham. On the left side were huge cliffs with lot of green cover while on the right was beautiful river Baspa, snow clad mountains, orchards and wooden houses.
The surroundings were colorful and beautiful……pink, red, white, purple, dark green with white snow clad mountains in the background.
Chitkul is the last inhabited village near Indo-Tibet border. The Indian road ends here. During winters, the place remains mostly covered with snow and the inhabitants move down to lower regions of Himachal. Potatoes grown at Chitkul are one of the best in India and are very costly.
Had absolutely amazing day. I was kind of lost throughout the day. The previous day I was in Ludhiana…smoking chimneys, honking vehicles, worried, hurried, lost people. Here, it was like heaven. Beautiful snow clad mountains, meandering Baspa with crystal clear water, rainbow of colours on the cliffs, simple smiling helping people….Amazing.
Got back to Sangla and stayed for the night at Hotel Devi Regency run by a man from Bengal. By the way most of the hotels in the area are run by people from Bengal as most travellers to the area are from Bengal……..!!!