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Old 17th May 2011, 17:21   #1
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"There is no such thing as bad roads, only impatient drivers" - Vikram (fine69)

I had wanted to go to Chitkul ever since I read that its known as the Last Village of India. Few reasons - (1) It would be no less than a feat to drive to the last village of India (2) Sun, snow, river, mountains - all under one roof would be pretty awesome (3) Our (mine & wife's) first drive in the mountains must be a memorable one and a place like this would satiate us to the core

Instead of the regular teasers I thought I'd post a photo-synopsis. It'd work just in case laziness gets the better of me and I abandon the travelogue

Traffic Jam
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Railway Crossing
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Photoshoots
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Photoshoots
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Losing Way
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Landslide
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White Dust
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Off-roading "on road"
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More Photoshoots
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Waterfall on Road
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Last Motorable Road
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Snow
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Succumbed to the Natural Beauty
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Trekking
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Amongst so many 'Lasts'...The Last Checkpost
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River
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Wooden Bridge
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The most delicious Pakoras ever
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Water turning to Ice on contact with air (see windscreen) - Funny, Scary & Annoying all at the same time
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Winner Stands Alone!
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Old 17th May 2011, 17:29   #2
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WOW!!! Let me b the first to congratulate you!! The pictures are amazing and the way you have put it up is even better. Looking forward to your complete log. SIMPLY AWESOME SIR.
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Fabulous pics fine69; I adore the one of the gurgling river!
You definitely need to write more and let us know the logistical details of this trip: time/ stops taken enroute, accomodation details, fuel stops * availability, treks/ trip planning, any GPS unit used and much more!

It is amazing that your Swift travelled that far up, especially with the kind of roads up there

By the way, just checked the map and it seems that Puh is further towards the border than Chitkul. Perhaps civilians are not allowed to go to Puh?

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The first thing I did after checking this thread was to go to Google maps and find out the distance of Chitkul from Gurgaon.

This, Sir, is one helluva teaser! Simply amazing photologue. I hope you have many more to share!

And you MUST post your on-road anecdotes, route details and travel experience. I just can't get to understand the amount of places one can visit in India. There is simply no dearth of locations for a road trip.

Cheers!
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Wow! Great pictures, waiting for more. Did you have to wait till the landslide was cleared or was there a different way around?
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Hey Vikram, "Let it roll, baby, roll..."

Whoa man, those are some wonderful vistas at Chitkul. Is the "Losing Way" pic of the Kingal stretch? The road does look interesting. And the last pic at Narkanda is a real cool one. Great to see nature immersed in such beauty.

PS: Please don't get lazy, you gotta complete what you've begun!
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When did you go? How was the drive - meaning where did you stop over, timings in different sectors, etc?
Which hotel did you stay in Chitkul?
Did you take a guide with - and permits - to go on the trek from Chitkul.

But I do not think Chitkul is close to the China border - I heard that the border check post is some 60 kms away.

selfdrive, Pooh is on the Nh22 beyond Rampur & Recong Peo on the way to Sumdo/Kaza.
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Found your thread just after asking you about updates on your trip in the other thread.

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Instead of the regular teasers I thought I'd post a photo-synopsis. It'd work just in case laziness gets the better of me and I abandon the travelogue
Do not even think of abandoning this, now that you have started it.

What is the road condition now between Bhavnagar and Karchham? Did you stay in Sangla too? Or just in Chitkul?
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Old 17th May 2011, 20:06   #9
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Thanks all, I am very humbled with the responses from you. I never thought this travelogue would gather so much attention which tells me that I must complete this travelogue.

I must warn you all that the travelogue is going to be an extremely detailed one, I pour all my thoughts out in whichever sequence they come to me, which is why I haven't been able to complete even Day 1! I ask for your patience and hopefully Day 1 sees the light of the day very soon.

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WOW!!! Let me b the first to congratulate you!! The pictures are amazing and the way you have put it up is even better. Looking forward to your complete log. SIMPLY AWESOME SIR.
Thanks anantu2001 but please don't call me sir, fine69 or Vikram - either works!

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Fabulous pics fine69; I adore the one of the gurgling river!
You definitely need to write more and let us know the logistical details of this trip: time/ stops taken enroute, accomodation details, fuel stops * availability, treks/ trip planning, any GPS unit used and much more!
I shall share the complete details for sure. Glad that you reminded me of GPS unit, that's one story in itself.
It is amazing that your Swift travelled that far up, especially with the kind of roads up there
I and Wife thank the car so much for all the places it has taken us and never ever failed.
By the way, just checked the map and it seems that Puh is further towards the border than Chitkul. Perhaps civilians are not allowed to go to Puh?
hvk sir has answered your question.

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The first thing I did after checking this thread was to go to Google maps and find out the distance of Chitkul from Gurgaon.

This, Sir, is one helluva teaser! Simply amazing photologue. I hope you have many more to share!;
Thanks
And you MUST post your on-road anecdotes, route details and travel experience.
I shall.
I just can't get to understand the amount of places one can visit in India. There is simply no dearth of locations for a road trip.
You bet.
Cheers!
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Wow! Great pictures, waiting for more. Did you have to wait till the landslide was cleared or was there a different way around?
Thanks. Yes we did have to wait as the only other way was either up the mountain or down the valley.

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Hey Vikram, "Let it roll, baby, roll..."

Whoa man, those are some wonderful vistas at Chitkul. Is the "Losing Way" pic of the Kingal stretch? The road does look interesting. And the last pic at Narkanda is a real cool one. Great to see nature immersed in such beauty.
Thanks, that pic is where we actually got off the Basantpur-Kingal road.
PS: Please don't get lazy, you gotta complete what you've begun!
With this kind of response, I have to.
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When did you go? How was the drive - meaning where did you stop over, timings in different sectors, etc?
Which hotel did you stay in Chitkul?
Did you take a guide with - and permits - to go on the trek from Chitkul.
Sir you have asked a lot of questions and I shall answer them all in detail. No permit was required for the trek as we did not cross the last checkpost. The army officer I spoke to there told us that no one was allowed beyond that point.
But I do not think Chitkul is close to the China border - I heard that the border check post is some 60 kms away.
As per the locals China border was half-a-day's walk.
selfdrive, Pooh is on the Nh22 beyond Rampur & Recong Peo on the way to Sumdo/Kaza.
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Found your thread just after asking you about updates on your trip in the other thread.

Do not even think of abandoning this, now that you have started it.
Ok ok, I won't.

What is the road condition now between Bhavnagar and Karchham? Did you stay in Sangla too? Or just in Chitkul?
The road was in a pretty bad condition with all the blasting/dam work but it was worth it.
If you do not plan to go to Narkanda then take the Shimla-Naldehra-Basantpur-Kingal road and thank me later. I still have to thank another bhpian for this marvellous find.
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@fine69,
Wow !! i do not have words to explain it.
You should frame the pic 9. Simply awesome pic.
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I envy all you folks up in the north. Its a stone's throw away for you guys. This really ain't fair *sigh*.

Brilliant photos,a bit more info on route and accommodations would be helpful
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There is another LAST VILLAGE OF INDIA it is MANA in uttaranchal ,3 kms from Badrinath.
I have been going to Sri Hemkunt Sahib and Badrinath for the last 32 yrs, but unfortunately cannot make it to MANNA , Pls some one open a thread on this last village .. Regards.......
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Very well done - we want more - puraani yaadein taza ho gayi.

Though i think the pics are overly processed. They are beautiful but processing has added a halo in the earlier pics which is unnecessary!
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Wow, nice pics. Brings back fond memories of Chitkul. Will surely go there again.
Thanks for sharing this. Eagerly awaiting the rest of the travelogue.

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Great photo-travelogue fine69. Glad to see the Swift put thru such a helluva journey. The road after the landslide, pic 8, seems like a road to no-return. The snow-scapes are damn good as well, especially liked the one with your backs facing camera, pic 13. Do add more snaps and some write-up.

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