Riding solo to Chitkul

It’s not for me to judge another man’s life. I must judge, I must choose, I must spurn, purely for myself. For myself, alone ~ Siddhartha

Chitkul the last inhabited village on the India Tibet Border 

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Heavenly Chitkul

Solo travel is always a soul searching experience. If you do it on a bike then it becomes a meditative experience. As i sit here in a resort in Sangla, i retrospect on the 600km journey I have taken till here. Some planned and some unplanned, with some misadventures and some good luck  I have met great people and have had good food on the way. But much more than anything was the independence of stopping at a place of your choice, eating anywhere you want and riding the bike your own way. I remember parking my bike on the Rampur road , sitting by the side of the road and looking at a tiny patch of snow in the mountain.I knew I will be in sometime very close to the mountain, almst parallel to the snow.  It felt great, especially the fact that it was a Monday morning and on the other side of  world, people would be feeling important going for their ever meaningful work and me on the other hand was trying to find some meaning, making some sense on life on one of the World’s most dangerous road, NH22.

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Rampur Road

I love the idea that most of the people just restrict themselves to Shimla and Manali. Beynd these places the ride is so peaceful and more scenic, God bless weekend travel.

Notes from Day 1 : ‘ Today morning, a small kid hi fived me. Close to Shimpla expressway, few groups just waved at me as I passed by. A small gesture of thumbs up and mark of appreciation by fellow car riders is what makes your day. I have been on and off soling on the bike. The bike has been mine companion in the tribulations and tiny realizations of life. Today was more or less a smooth ride and sometimes when the bike engine missed a thump, I too missed a heartbeat.’

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Coffee on the way to Shimla

Notes from an Apple Orchard in Sangla: ‘I sit here on a reclining chair in an apple orchard. I face snow capped mountains on my front side and back as well. You know the mountains have a strange way of revealing themselves to you. You need to really wake up early to for that is your best bet to see the snow capped mountains. The orchard is full of apples and I can hear the roaring Baspa River below. You can hear the occasional mowing of the cows and chirping of the birds. It is for this quiet that I have come here. to forget life for a while and instead concentrate on living.

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Apples in backdrop of mountains

My Itinerary

Day 1: Delhi-Shimla-Theog – 12 hours

Day 2:  Theog-Narkanda-Hatu Peak-Rampur-7 hours

Day 3: Rampur-Sangla( 6 hours)

Day 4: Sangla-Chitkul-Kalpa (10 hours)

Day 5: Kalpa-Shimla (12 hours)

Day 6: Shimla-Delhi( 8 hours)

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View at Narkanda

Route

Delhi-Shimla ( 360 km-2200m)

Kufri-(370km-2510m)

Theog -(377km-1965m)

Narkanda-(410 km- 2708m)

Rampur-(464km-1350m)

Kharcham-(547km-1813m)

Sangla(565km-2696m)

Chitkul(595km-3450m)

Sangla to Kalpa( 55km)-2960 m

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About 20km from Chitkul

Places of interest on the route:

  • Coffee on way to Shimla
  • Go to Sarahan and stay there instead of Rampur
  • Himalayan Cafe in Narkanda
  • Hatu Peak
  • A ride to sucide point at Rogi Kalpa
  • Good food at the cafes in Reckong Peo
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Kalpa

Things to do and expect in Sangla: All through out the route there will be good airtel Network. Road conditions keep on changing. There are ATMs, places to eat, Petrol pump etc at Sangla.

Things to do at Sangla:

  • Bearing Nag temple
  • Try out farm and riverside
  • Kamaru Fort
  • Bhagwati temple
  • Sangla kanda lake
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Bearing Nag Temple

1400 km of solo ride comes with a lot of enthusiasm, luck and some pain.Each trip is a different experience, different memory, and i ride back with a sore back and a unique experience.

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Majestic Chitkul

37 Comments Add yours

  1. Picturesque place. Looks like you had an awesome trip 🙂

    1. Yes it was quite an experience

  2. Beautiful plAce. Some shots, it looked like Switzerland without snow.

    1. Thanks, i always feel India has it all

  3. JD says:

    Awesome brother 😀

  4. writenlive says:

    Sounds like an amazing, wonderful journey! Going solo must have been challenging, both in terms of a high altitude and the courage it takes!

    1. It was challenging , but I have been doing it , so quite normal this time around

      1. writenlive says:

        That is quite interesting! How long have you been doing solo trips?

      1. writenlive says:

        Way to go! Good luck for all the ones in the future 🙂

  5. That’s the life! Thanks for the follow.

  6. andysmerdon says:

    Excellent mate – I am a little bit envious 🙂 “Today morning, a small kid hi fived me.” Great start to your day. Stay upright and keep writing and sharing the pics. I hope the Enfield doesn’t miss too many beats 🙂 Cheers.

    1. Thanks , even i pray that it does not miss too many beats 🙂

  7. Great account with wonderful pictures. Sounds like you have enjoyed a lot…. 🙂

  8. indrani says:

    The shot at Kalpa is mind blowing… this pic tempted me to be there right away! Great description of your journey.

    1. This place called Rogi Kalpa is a favorite among people. The experience of looking down from there was great

  9. Spectacular pics. The solo journey must have been an exhilarating one! I salute your adventure spirit! I am always in awe of people like you. I love to be adventurous but just cannot garner the courage🙄

    1. Thanks Radhika , it was an experience , sort of addictive , you do it once and want to do it again and again

  10. arv! says:

    Enjoyed reading your experience and thoughts

    1. Thanks arv!, keep dropping by

      1. arv! says:

        sure I will 🙂

  11. Mr. traveler I loved this post. The place is beautiful, serene and breathtaking. Your words could not make it any more clear that how much you love travelling and the new experiences. It kind of left me envious since I have not had a trip in last 4 months. I hope you keep travelling, keep writing and keep taking these beautiful pictures.
    Do stop by my blog if you would. It may not be as good, they are just plain feelings and thoughts.

    1. Thank you for dropping by. I hope you manage a trip in near future

  12. lorigreer says:

    Beautiful photography! It must be wonderful to have been there!

  13. afairymind says:

    It looks like you had an amazing journey! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  14. Very interesting, will be coming for more.
    Thanks for the follow.

    1. 🙂 , please keep dropping

  15. dogslegs says:

    Interesting read. I’m doing a similar thing through Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia – solo motorbike trip. It’s an epic adventure, but can be isolating, lonely and occasionally dangerous. I respect anyone who takes on a similar voyage – follow

    1. amazing, will follow your trip. I will try the new India-Thiland curcuit

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