Kinnaur diaries with Arnav Tandon - Sangla & Chitkul in Winters

It was 21st feb '2016 the day we reached sangla , the local's recommended us not to travel further because the roads were closed for chitkul but we mandyals always love to do what obstruct others. We took a taxi to chitkul but the driver was little scared off the road conditions.The moment we reached raksham we found the roads are not in proper shape to travel further . So we took a risk and started walking.It was around 10kms that we decided to go by foot .The snow was almost touching our shoes bottom ,but  After few hours the snow started rising from mm to cms .The beauty around the valley was getting more exotic .It took us more than 4hrs to complete the 10kms patch between  raksham and chitkul .This  bridge gave us a hope that we are close to our destination.Finally after the tiring journey we made it toChitkul ,we  had a comfortable stay in HP Pwd resthouse. The best part was that the electricity was on full voltage which kept us warmer in such parky weather  .The next morning we roamed around the chitkul village .My friend decided to take some vitamin D before we walk back 10kms to raksham to catch a bus to reckongpeo.While he was having a sun on his head i decided to have a cup of tea with the local's.Somebody said it true , Chitkul looks best in winters .The only thing I learned from this trip , that  life in winters is really difficult here and I experienced it in this short trip to Chitkul , kinnaur (H.P)

It was 21st feb '2016 the day we reached sangla , the local's recommended us not to travel further because the roads were closed for chitkul but we mandyals always love to do what obstruct others.

It was 21st feb '2016 the day we reached sangla , the local's recommended us not to travel further because the roads were closed for chitkul but we mandyals always love to do what obstruct others. We took a taxi to chitkul but the driver was little scared off the road conditions.The moment we reached raksham we found the roads are not in proper shape to travel further . So we took a risk and started walking.It was around 10kms that we decided to go by foot .The snow was almost touching our shoes bottom ,but  After few hours the snow started rising from mm to cms .The beauty around the valley was getting more exotic .It took us more than 4hrs to complete the 10kms patch between  raksham and chitkul .This  bridge gave us a hope that we are close to our destination.Finally after the tiring journey we made it toChitkul ,we  had a comfortable stay in HP Pwd resthouse. The best part was that the electricity was on full voltage which kept us warmer in such parky weather  .The next morning we roamed around the chitkul village .My friend decided to take some vitamin D before we walk back 10kms to raksham to catch a bus to reckongpeo.While he was having a sun on his head i decided to have a cup of tea with the local's.Somebody said it true , Chitkul looks best in winters .The only thing I learned from this trip , that  life in winters is really difficult here and I experienced it in this short trip to Chitkul , kinnaur (H.P)

We took a taxi to chitkul but the driver was little scared off the road conditions.

It was 21st feb '2016 the day we reached sangla , the local's recommended us not to travel further because the roads were closed for chitkul but we mandyals always love to do what obstruct others. We took a taxi to chitkul but the driver was little scared off the road conditions.The moment we reached raksham we found the roads are not in proper shape to travel further . So we took a risk and started walking.It was around 10kms that we decided to go by foot .The snow was almost touching our shoes bottom ,but  After few hours the snow started rising from mm to cms .The beauty around the valley was getting more exotic .It took us more than 4hrs to complete the 10kms patch between  raksham and chitkul .This  bridge gave us a hope that we are close to our destination.Finally after the tiring journey we made it toChitkul ,we  had a comfortable stay in HP Pwd resthouse. The best part was that the electricity was on full voltage which kept us warmer in such parky weather  .The next morning we roamed around the chitkul village .My friend decided to take some vitamin D before we walk back 10kms to raksham to catch a bus to reckongpeo.While he was having a sun on his head i decided to have a cup of tea with the local's.Somebody said it true , Chitkul looks best in winters .The only thing I learned from this trip , that  life in winters is really difficult here and I experienced it in this short trip to Chitkul , kinnaur (H.P)

The moment we reached rakcham we found the roads are not in proper shape to travel further . So we took a risk and started walking.

It was 21st feb '2016 the day we reached sangla , the local's recommended us not to travel further because the roads were closed for chitkul but we mandyals always love to do what obstruct others. We took a taxi to chitkul but the driver was little scared off the road conditions.The moment we reached raksham we found the roads are not in proper shape to travel further . So we took a risk and started walking.It was around 10kms that we decided to go by foot .The snow was almost touching our shoes bottom ,but  After few hours the snow started rising from mm to cms .The beauty around the valley was getting more exotic .It took us more than 4hrs to complete the 10kms patch between  raksham and chitkul .This  bridge gave us a hope that we are close to our destination.Finally after the tiring journey we made it toChitkul ,we  had a comfortable stay in HP Pwd resthouse. The best part was that the electricity was on full voltage which kept us warmer in such parky weather  .The next morning we roamed around the chitkul village .My friend decided to take some vitamin D before we walk back 10kms to raksham to catch a bus to reckongpeo.While he was having a sun on his head i decided to have a cup of tea with the local's.Somebody said it true , Chitkul looks best in winters .The only thing I learned from this trip , that  life in winters is really difficult here and I experienced it in this short trip to Chitkul , kinnaur (H.P)

It was around 10kms that we decided to go by foot .

It was 21st feb '2016 the day we reached sangla , the local's recommended us not to travel further because the roads were closed for chitkul but we mandyals always love to do what obstruct others. We took a taxi to chitkul but the driver was little scared off the road conditions.The moment we reached raksham we found the roads are not in proper shape to travel further . So we took a risk and started walking.It was around 10kms that we decided to go by foot .The snow was almost touching our shoes bottom ,but  After few hours the snow started rising from mm to cms .The beauty around the valley was getting more exotic .It took us more than 4hrs to complete the 10kms patch between  raksham and chitkul .This  bridge gave us a hope that we are close to our destination.Finally after the tiring journey we made it toChitkul ,we  had a comfortable stay in HP Pwd resthouse. The best part was that the electricity was on full voltage which kept us warmer in such parky weather  .The next morning we roamed around the chitkul village .My friend decided to take some vitamin D before we walk back 10kms to raksham to catch a bus to reckongpeo.While he was having a sun on his head i decided to have a cup of tea with the local's.Somebody said it true , Chitkul looks best in winters .The only thing I learned from this trip , that  life in winters is really difficult here and I experienced it in this short trip to Chitkul , kinnaur (H.P)

The snow was almost touching our shoes bottom ,but  After few hours the snow started rising from mm to cms .

It was 21st feb '2016 the day we reached sangla , the local's recommended us not to travel further because the roads were closed for chitkul but we mandyals always love to do what obstruct others. We took a taxi to chitkul but the driver was little scared off the road conditions.The moment we reached raksham we found the roads are not in proper shape to travel further . So we took a risk and started walking.It was around 10kms that we decided to go by foot .The snow was almost touching our shoes bottom ,but  After few hours the snow started rising from mm to cms .The beauty around the valley was getting more exotic .It took us more than 4hrs to complete the 10kms patch between  raksham and chitkul .This  bridge gave us a hope that we are close to our destination.Finally after the tiring journey we made it toChitkul ,we  had a comfortable stay in HP Pwd resthouse. The best part was that the electricity was on full voltage which kept us warmer in such parky weather  .The next morning we roamed around the chitkul village .My friend decided to take some vitamin D before we walk back 10kms to raksham to catch a bus to reckongpeo.While he was having a sun on his head i decided to have a cup of tea with the local's.Somebody said it true , Chitkul looks best in winters .The only thing I learned from this trip , that  life in winters is really difficult here and I experienced it in this short trip to Chitkul , kinnaur (H.P)

The beauty around the valley was getting more exotic .

It was 21st feb '2016 the day we reached sangla , the local's recommended us not to travel further because the roads were closed for chitkul but we mandyals always love to do what obstruct others. We took a taxi to chitkul but the driver was little scared off the road conditions.The moment we reached raksham we found the roads are not in proper shape to travel further . So we took a risk and started walking.It was around 10kms that we decided to go by foot .The snow was almost touching our shoes bottom ,but  After few hours the snow started rising from mm to cms .The beauty around the valley was getting more exotic .It took us more than 4hrs to complete the 10kms patch between  raksham and chitkul .This  bridge gave us a hope that we are close to our destination.Finally after the tiring journey we made it toChitkul ,we  had a comfortable stay in HP Pwd resthouse. The best part was that the electricity was on full voltage which kept us warmer in such parky weather  .The next morning we roamed around the chitkul village .My friend decided to take some vitamin D before we walk back 10kms to raksham to catch a bus to reckongpeo.While he was having a sun on his head i decided to have a cup of tea with the local's.Somebody said it true , Chitkul looks best in winters .The only thing I learned from this trip , that  life in winters is really difficult here and I experienced it in this short trip to Chitkul , kinnaur (H.P)

It took us more than 4hrs to complete the 10kms patch between  raksham and chitkul .

This  bridge gave us a hope that we are close to our destination.

Finally after the tiring journey we made it to Chitkul ,we  had a comfortable stay in HPPWD resthouse. The best part was that the electricity was on full voltage which kept us warmer in such weather  .

The next morning we roamed around the chitkul village .

It was 21st feb '2016 the day we reached sangla , the local's recommended us not to travel further because the roads were closed for chitkul but we mandyals always love to do what obstruct others. We took a taxi to chitkul but the driver was little scared off the road conditions.The moment we reached raksham we found the roads are not in proper shape to travel further . So we took a risk and started walking.It was around 10kms that we decided to go by foot .The snow was almost touching our shoes bottom ,but  After few hours the snow started rising from mm to cms .The beauty around the valley was getting more exotic .It took us more than 4hrs to complete the 10kms patch between  raksham and chitkul .This  bridge gave us a hope that we are close to our destination.Finally after the tiring journey we made it toChitkul ,we  had a comfortable stay in HP Pwd resthouse. The best part was that the electricity was on full voltage which kept us warmer in such parky weather  .The next morning we roamed around the chitkul village .My friend decided to take some vitamin D before we walk back 10kms to raksham to catch a bus to reckongpeo.While he was having a sun on his head i decided to have a cup of tea with the local's.Somebody said it true , Chitkul looks best in winters .The only thing I learned from this trip , that  life in winters is really difficult here and I experienced it in this short trip to Chitkul , kinnaur (H.P)

My friend decided to take some vitamin D before we walk back 10kms to raksham to catch a bus to reckongpeo.

It was 21st feb '2016 the day we reached sangla , the local's recommended us not to travel further because the roads were closed for chitkul but we mandyals always love to do what obstruct others. We took a taxi to chitkul but the driver was little scared off the road conditions.The moment we reached raksham we found the roads are not in proper shape to travel further . So we took a risk and started walking.It was around 10kms that we decided to go by foot .The snow was almost touching our shoes bottom ,but  After few hours the snow started rising from mm to cms .The beauty around the valley was getting more exotic .It took us more than 4hrs to complete the 10kms patch between  raksham and chitkul .This  bridge gave us a hope that we are close to our destination.Finally after the tiring journey we made it toChitkul ,we  had a comfortable stay in HP Pwd resthouse. The best part was that the electricity was on full voltage which kept us warmer in such parky weather  .The next morning we roamed around the chitkul village .My friend decided to take some vitamin D before we walk back 10kms to raksham to catch a bus to reckongpeo.While he was having a sun on his head i decided to have a cup of tea with the local's.Somebody said it true , Chitkul looks best in winters .The only thing I learned from this trip , that  life in winters is really difficult here and I experienced it in this short trip to Chitkul , kinnaur (H.P)

While he was having a sun on his head i decided to have a cup of tea with the locals.

It was 21st feb '2016 the day we reached sangla , the local's recommended us not to travel further because the roads were closed for chitkul but we mandyals always love to do what obstruct others. We took a taxi to chitkul but the driver was little scared off the road conditions.The moment we reached raksham we found the roads are not in proper shape to travel further . So we took a risk and started walking.It was around 10kms that we decided to go by foot .The snow was almost touching our shoes bottom ,but  After few hours the snow started rising from mm to cms .The beauty around the valley was getting more exotic .It took us more than 4hrs to complete the 10kms patch between  raksham and chitkul .This  bridge gave us a hope that we are close to our destination.Finally after the tiring journey we made it toChitkul ,we  had a comfortable stay in HP Pwd resthouse. The best part was that the electricity was on full voltage which kept us warmer in such parky weather  .The next morning we roamed around the chitkul village .My friend decided to take some vitamin D before we walk back 10kms to raksham to catch a bus to reckongpeo.While he was having a sun on his head i decided to have a cup of tea with the local's.Somebody said it true , Chitkul looks best in winters .The only thing I learned from this trip , that  life in winters is really difficult here and I experienced it in this short trip to Chitkul , kinnaur (H.P)

Somebody said it true , Chitkul looks best in winters .

It was 21st feb '2016 the day we reached sangla , the local's recommended us not to travel further because the roads were closed for chitkul but we mandyals always love to do what obstruct others. We took a taxi to chitkul but the driver was little scared off the road conditions.The moment we reached raksham we found the roads are not in proper shape to travel further . So we took a risk and started walking.It was around 10kms that we decided to go by foot .The snow was almost touching our shoes bottom ,but  After few hours the snow started rising from mm to cms .The beauty around the valley was getting more exotic .It took us more than 4hrs to complete the 10kms patch between  raksham and chitkul .This  bridge gave us a hope that we are close to our destination.Finally after the tiring journey we made it toChitkul ,we  had a comfortable stay in HP Pwd resthouse. The best part was that the electricity was on full voltage which kept us warmer in such parky weather  .The next morning we roamed around the chitkul village .My friend decided to take some vitamin D before we walk back 10kms to raksham to catch a bus to reckongpeo.While he was having a sun on his head i decided to have a cup of tea with the local's.Somebody said it true , Chitkul looks best in winters .The only thing I learned from this trip , that  life in winters is really difficult here and I experienced it in this short trip to Chitkul , kinnaur (H.P)

The only thing I learned from this trip , that  life in winters is really difficult here and I experienced it in this short trip to Chitkul , kinnaur (H.P)

If you liked this post and found it helpful, I would request you to follow these things when traveling -

- Manage your waste well and don’t litter
- Use dustbins. Tell us if you went to a place and found it hard to locate a dustbin.
- Avoid bottle waters in hills. Usually you get clean water in hills and water bottles create lot of mess in our ecosystem.
- Say big no to plastic and avoid those unhealthy snacks packed in plastic bags. Rather buy fruits.

- Don't play loud blaring music in forests of jungle camps. You are a guest in that ecosystem and disturbing the locals (humans and animals) is not polite 

6 comments:

MAHESH SEMWAL said...

wowwww beautiful pics !

D.Nambiar said...

It looks heavenly. Lovely images. :)

rupam sarma said...

Truly Amazing pics

VJ Sharma said...

Arnav - As mentioned by Mahesh and D.Nambiar, brilliant photographs and experience of snow in Kinnaur. I am sure that decision of walking on snow must be very rewarding. Such experiences make you remember a particular trip.

swayam tiwari said...

Now I want to go to Chitkul and have some ice cream in the winters.That is the power of good photographs in the blogs

Vibha Malhotra said...

Lovely post. Want to read more about your Kinnaur trip.

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