Want to do a unique road trip from Delhi? Forget Agra & Jaipur! Just 367 kilometres away from Delhi is the last inhabited village on the Indo- Tibet border, Chitkul. This quaint village lies deep in the Kinnaur valley. The height of Chitkul is 3450 meters above sea level. You get a panoramic view of the beautiful Himalayas from here.
How to reach there
We took our own car & drove the whole way. Starting from Panchkula, Haryana we went to Hatu Peak. From here we took the State Highway 14 which connects NH5 at Bithal. The highway is quite smooth & the drive is good. Here we took a right from Karcham to Tukpa Valley. Prepare for a tough ride from here, as the roads are narrow & bumpy. From here it will take around 2 hours to reach Chitkul. What the road fails to offer, the scenic beauty makes up! The views from here are absolutely. mesmerising.
A backpackers delight!
This small village is a true bagpackers delight. If you are looking a great luxury hotel, you won’t find one here. This is a great Budget place & one can get a clean Standard Room at Rs 500. Find out more here This place has no Petrol Pump, ATM or alcohol shop. So, keep the supplies stocked with you as theres very less civilisation around.
We hitched up our camp at Baspa River, where you have to pay Rs 500 for pitching the tent. If you’re more into Luxury Camping, they have those as well. A kitchen is there along side, where they serve both Veg & Non-Veg food. You might also not get any signal here, as only BSNL works here. Don’t forget to take a good pair of walking shoes with you! Pack some woollens as well, as the nights are very chilly.
Things to Do
It’s a small area & less touristy things to do here. This is for people looking for some peace & quiet. If you want to look around, there are some great Buddhist temples here & a nice waterfall as well. You can also check out the Road To China, which is just 60 kms away from the village.
– Written by Prateek Gauba