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Road Trip: Kinnaur, Spiti, Lahul – H.P, India

The road trip spanning 13 days and over 1000 kms across three spectacular districts of Himachal Pradesh India, took place staring 2nd Jun 2012 with lot with a lot of uncertainties.  This is a travelogue reflecting those spectacular few days in perhaps the most beautiful places on Earth.

My Bike!

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Trip To Kunzum Pass & Beyond (Lahul) – H.P, India

Frozen landscape, snow fall and chilly wind blowing at tremendous speed does not represent fun. This was the situation at the higher reaches of Kumzum pass. The glaciers have made sure the pass remained closed. Yet, amidst all the confusion, there was a tiny ray of hope. The human factor it is said…..

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Trip To Kaza, Key, Kibber Monasterys (Spiti) – H.P, India

Music was in the air. The village of Dhankar had gathered around a lake to celebrate the opening of new Monastery. Unable to contain my excitement, I started walking towards the lake where the ceremony was to take place.

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Trip To Gue, Tabo, Dhankar – H.P, India

The morning started on a positive note. All three of us were ready on time. I insisted that we take a detour at Sumdo to check out the Gue Mummy. The others not aware of existence of such a mummy, agreed instantly.

Route: Nako -> Sumdo -> Gue -> Sumdo -> Tabo -> Dhankar

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Trip To Nako – H.P, India

Sleep eluded me. The thought of not having enough fuel for the trip made me uneasy. I was certain that if I don’t fuel in Peo, I might have to stay back. In any tightly scheduled trips, such delays meant disaster.

 Route: Kalpa -> Recong Peo -> Poo -> Nako

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Trip To Sangla, Chitkul, Kalpa – H.P, India

Tiredness was not an excuse. I was back on the street repacking my bags to continue the journey that had stopped previous day. Breathing the fresh morning air revitalized me giving that kick-start to the vertex of my spine.

Route: Sarhan -> Karcham -> Sangla -> Chitkul -> Sangla -> Karcham -> Recong Peo -> Kalpa

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Trip To Sarhan via Jalori Pass – H.P, India

It all started over a cup of coffee. Its was time for biking again. Having taken no breaks for over six months prompted me to urge my friends to join me on a trip to explore three most exotic regions of Trans Himalayas. Getting the basic plan to work was not easy.  Uncertainties are  part of any adventurous trip, but weather irregularities could damper the whole trip.

While planning a trip is difficult, executing it is altogether a different ball game. Initial enthusiasm shown by my friends died down quickly as the the dates neared. In the end it was just two of us. Over the past few years, I have understood and coped with realities of travel. Only the most adherent travelers manage to take time out of their lives to travel, for the rest it is just a passing fad.

Route: Manali -> Kullu -> Aut -> Banjar -> Jalori Pass -> Luhri ->Rampur -> Sarhan

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To Keerganga & Kalga – H.P, India

Sometimes, long deserved rest makes it as interesting as cat on hot tin roof. I never thought of a vacation as time spent just sitting idle and doing nothing. For the first time in my life I learned the art of sitting idle and enjoying nature. How does one feel to get up one morning with neither plan or aim? Will it make sense? Am I a hippie? These were some of the questions that went through my mind as I walked up to a small village named Kalga close to Barshanni. The first sight of the village took me by surprise. It was not a typical Himachal village I was familiar with. It looked like a big farm with guest houses spread across randomly. There were hardly any locals around, which made it weird. Few orthodox Jewish settlements apart, I hardly found anyone.

On the way to Keerganga

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Trek To Chandrakhani Pass – Part 2

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Time to Go!

We got off to a late start. Our plan was to cross the famed Chandrakhani pass. We were told that the pass is very misty and had to be careful while crossing it. Quick breakfast followed by packing, set the tone for the day. Walking along rugged landscape provided glimpse of little secluded villages that are not connected by road. Standing at 3660m, Chandrakhani pass promised spectacular trek route. We hardly spoke during the trek as we were captivated by sheer beauty of majestic lush green mountains. Our guide suggested that we revisit this pass during late winter. According to him it would be heaven on earth. Perhaps one day we would revisit this pass, as for now it was the journey ahead.

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Trek To Chandrakhani Pass – Part 1

It started badly for us. Anxious white lady wanting to meet her injured husband, frustrated foreigners and chatty honeymooners all stranded sipping hot tea in middle of nowhere. The rains came down hard on us dampening our plan. The casual onlookers found it amusing at the sight of people running around helplessly seeking help. Casual tap on my shoulders and a reassuring look on my friends face convinced me that I need to forget about everything and take a nap in the bus. I was woken up by my co-passenger who offered me mixed nuts as I have not eaten all day. This kind old lady was stranded like rest of us due to land slide on the way to Manali. She was in a hurry to meet her husband in hospital at Manali who had a major motorcycle accident.

Landslide en-route Manali

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