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    Default Tales of Spiti and Schwinn

    Day -0/13 and before

    It all started when I wanted to travel for a long time, around two weeks. As I have done enough tours in south India, I planned to visit north. I planned to go to Valley of flowers, Kedarnath and then head to McLeod gunj and finish the trip there. All by public transport. While browsing about Himachal, my friend came across Spiti valley and told me about that. When I searched, I was awe struck by the beauty and adventures one has to do for travelling there. In that course I learnt that people travel there on bicycle also. Reading about the conditions what a cyclist can come across, the planning that needs to be done and mostly the feeling of being independent, made me decide that I should definitely visit that on bicycle.

    I got myself a new bicycle, practiced 50 km on it every day for a month, learnt about basic fixes. (For Cycling related info please check out the below post ( http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/bicycles...ti-lahaul.html ). There is still a lot of uncertainty going on in my mind about the route, what ifs and How can I s ? .Luck favoured me many times and I have met a person in Chennai, who has already went on this route. Some of the places he suggested were not there in Google maps too! Yet I have decided to see, whats there. Even as I packed a lot of doubts were present in my mind, riding, surviving there. Finally its time and I headed to the mountains.

    I had a tough time in Chennai airport dismantling front wheel and pedals to fit the bicycle in Xray machine. After reaching Delhi, I hired a cab till ISBT, Kashmiri gate. To my disappointment last bus to Shimla is completely occupied and I had to take a Chandigarh bus. I had to plead driver a lot for getting help to put my bicycle on top of Shimla bus. It was nearly a sleepless journey and in Chandigarh I took help of co-passengers to place it on top. Reached Shimla around 10.30 am.

    With lot of questions, curiosity, uncertainity in mind and a lot of enthusiasm to ride in celestial lands ahead, I have stepped down from the bus. I have accepted the welcome from the brightly shining sun and blue sky.


    (got my bicycle down in Shimla also with help of other passengers
    Sayi mera naam, Cycle chalana mera kaam.

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    Default Day-1 : Shimla- Kufri

    Quote Originally Posted by The Monk View Post
    Travelogue Approved

    Now waiting for the actual journey to begin
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    Shimla- Kufri
    Distance : 19Km - Steep Ascent.

    Few minutes after getting down from bus,I began to feel the heat. I couldnt find a shade in ISBT and began to fix my cycle at the side of road. I packed my bag very tightly. I hardly found anything that is necessary. I got pissed off with my own packing. I have somehow assembled bike and moved ahead. After 2-3 Kms ,I found a secluded place. There nice tree shade is present. I changed my clothes, packed my things properly. Got my sling bags out and made them as panniers. Luckily, food came walking to me ! A guy was selling kulchas. I had them for breakfast, packed few for lunch. There was a rotary club, where I have stopped and got water from there. After relaxing for a while I finally started my cycling trip. A motor cycle repair shop filled air for free in my tires. (With hand pump, it is hard to fill enough air). I just realized that my cyclometer is not showing the speed or distance. It was disappointing to find that the transmitter was dethatched during the transport. It was good in a way, as it would have made me worried about the distance throughout.

    I forgot that it is uphill ride from Shimla-Kufri. I was expecting a happy welcome from the hills, but the uphill never ended. I could hardly pedal. I had to get down from bike very frequently. Even riding 100 meters continuously, on easiest gear became a challenge.Heat and sleeplessness made feel more tired. I couldn't enjoy the beauty of nature, apart from the fresh air I'm breathing.

    I always planned more than I could do. That was a mistake which cost me dearly throughout the tour. My plan on day one was to reach Narkanda , 46 km away from Shimla. After 10 km, I was drained out .I lost patience. I cursed myself for planning a whole tour in hills without having proper stamina. Though, I have done 50kms every day before, there was hardly any uphill ride during that. I thought all the ways I can give up the tour and go back. A small plain stretch at Sanjauli and rest under a tree shade boosted me and proceeded ahead.

    At 5 pm, I reached Kufri. Some children coming out of school were asking me to ride faster. I couldnt control my anger inside, as that appeared as mockery to my already exhausted mind. I controlled my self smiled at them and climbed the hill to Kufri.


    I got a home stay at Kufri, relaxed for a while. I brought a set of woolen gloves and other set of full rider gloves for warmth in rides ahead. I roamed around for a while. I was surprised to see that sun is not getting down even at 7pm. I also learnt that, there is a small national park in Kufri (Didnt visit it though). Slowly, it started getting colder. I enjoyed watching the orange sky. I could easily recognize Auriga and Capella shining brightly. They followed me throughout the tour.It became completely dark at 8pm. After few night photographs and dinner I decided to call it a day.I consoled myself for not covering enough distance. Aimed for a good finish next day and headed to sleep ,looking at the starry sky from my window.

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    Wow man really proud of you. I've done a few self supported tours myself but never to these parts of the world. It remained a dream! now after marriage it's very tough to go solo bicycle tour :P
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    Default Day-2 : Kufri- Bahli - first adernaline rush, first apple tree, first dog chase

    Quote Originally Posted by Kaushik Iyer View Post
    Wow man really proud of you. I've done a few self supported tours myself but never to these parts of the world. It remained a dream! now after marriage it's very tough to go solo bicycle tour :P
    Thanks Kaushik.

    Day-2 : Kufri-Narkanda-Baghi-Sungri-Bahli
    Distance : 104km

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    I woke up with some positive energy and refreshing thoughts. The mountains might have filled it in me. I managed to start at 7am as planned. I initially thought to avoid coffee and tea during the whole trip. Due to the cool climate, I felt like having one. Himalayan tea has some magic in it. It worked as an instant booster for me through out. Here I had the opportunity to give my first interview to the tea shop owner, who enquired about my where abouts. I felt happy after the first ALL THE BEST, I received from a stranger in the trip.

    Later it turned to be annoying answering the same questions again and again. Kaha se aa rahe ho ? Kaha jaa rahe ho ? Akele ? Manali tak ?Kaza se hokar ..woh bahut uncha hai,chadna mushkil hai!!!!!!

    The ride began with an exciting downhill. The gloves I brought the previous evening came as great help in preventing my hands from going numb. At Matiana, I had breakfast and headed to Theog. I used to walk at entrance of the every village/town I came across. I felt that analogous to a cow boy in Wild West, entering village on a horse for water. The village landscapes and setting also made me feel more like that. It became hard for me to control myself from comparing to Clint Eastwood in such situations. The hat being replaced with Helmet and Horse with my bicycle

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    In Matiana, I got glimpse of first apple orchards. They were covered with nets everywhere. Seeing an apple tree is also one of my missions to be accomplished in this trip.

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    Though road is undulating further I felt little difficulty in climbing, but definitely better than yesterday. Today, I learnt to use the gears effectively for a better ride uphill. Yet, I felt exhausted and pushed for a while in middle. The air and pine trees made me refreshed and I comfortably reached Narkanda by 12pm, my yesterdays destination.

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    The person who advised me about route asked me to take rest, if I have reached any destination early. At Narkanda I was confused, if I should stay or move ahead. A cup of tea later,as light will be there for 8 more hours I decided to move ahead and ride till Baghi. The name Baghi scared me since beginning, as it sounded closer to Bhag-Tiger. I had feeling that a tiger might surely show up on the way and it will make me Bhag-away!

    A kilometer later, I had to make first toughest decision of tour. I have to pick my choice between downhill to Rampur and the uphill to Baghi through jungle! Well, I have taken right and the real excitement began.

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    It is a constant uphill for 6-7 Kms. I was very confused, if I have to enjoy the beautiful views the pine trees are offering or be scared for any monkey or wild dog which may show up suddenly or worse the Tiger ! The place is absolutely calm and very peaceful. Vehicles are hardly passing in that route. I saw some people here and there, taking rest in between the pine trees and talking happily with their mates not caring whats going on around. This ensured my mind that there might be no wild animal around and I pedalled ahead.


    Slowly, the tarmac disappeared and the sand roads showed up. Its a different experience for me to ride on them. My first off road ride and its on one of oldest national highways. After exhaustive uphill, a downward road appeared. I was happy that coasting along will take me to the destination, but the constant downhill gave me an adrenaline rush. With my downhill posture on bike, I felt like a pro MTB rider riding on trails! I hardly noticed anything around me and all my concentration was on controlling the bike and myself from falling down. I couldnt guess that this is just the beginning.


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    Few kilometers later the downhill ended and last stretch uphill started. As I started climbing a huge vulture has just landed at one of the corner around. I was awe struck looking at the width of its wings extended. I couldnt dare to take my camera there and click that as that is the first time Im seeing vulture out in the wild. I pushed myself hard to climb quickly and entered village, like a cowboy again :P


    It was 2 p.m. when I reached there. According to my itinerary Im supposed to reach Bahli that day, which is 38Kms away. I was very happy that I could reach at least half way through the planned route. Being exhausted, I had lunch first. I had to repeat the drill of answering all questions again. People here also asked more questions about bicycle. Kya isse chadayi aasan hoga ? Kitna hai yeh ? etc etc


    Mobile connectivity is still there and I had opportunity to chat with friend in Chennai during lunch, who suggested me the route. After that chat, I headed to Sungri. All the roads are dusty and full of sand. Luckily, it didn't rain while I was there, else mud would have caused lot of trouble. It was again an uphill ride till Khadrala, while the people passing on the road used to tell chadayi nahi hai.

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    I stopped for tea in Khadrala. After the question drill, the people in tea shop narrated the glorious history of that village. How it used be a busy place while NH used to pass through that village, how the PWD rest house used be a main place of accommodation for Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi. These people assure me that it is a constant downhill till Sungri and warned me to check my brakes

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    This downhill started right after the tea shop and I had to wear cold protection gear again. I could feel the chill in the air as I whizzed past the pine trees. I slowly got accustomed to the jungle route, stopped now and then in between for water or snack and moved ahead controlling my bicycle. Around 4.30-5 pm I reached Sungri. This time, my hands started to pain instead of legs due to constant application of brakes. I thought of stopping at that village, but that village is too small and I couldnt notice any place to stay.

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    Bahli is only 18 Kms away, 10kms being downhill. I thought I could make it by the time it gets dark and went ahead. Here I faced extremely scary downhill. I could hardly stop my bike. I feared that either one of the wheel, rear rack or brakes will come out and I will surely fall from bicycle. I had to overtake many vehicles for avoiding collision with them. They used to think that Im planning to overtake them to show my guts and blocked my way. I had to step down and control at many corners because of that.


    My heart started beating normally, after I crossed bridge for start climbing to Bahli. Here I saw an apple tree for first time in my life. I was surprised to see them hanging so low and in open. I felt amazed to touch them while they are on tree. Only thing disappointed me is that they are all are green as it is the start of season and it will take two more months for them to grow. I didn't dare to pick them up as they are the young ones. As one of the mission was accomplished, I marched ahead with great enthusiasm (It is an uphill: P).

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    It is round 7 pm. The moon was already high up in the sky. Sun slowly began setting down. The sky turned into a beautiful stage for the magic show of colours. I witnessed the beautiful red and pinkish sky in west with orange reflections on east. All the colours with green trees around made me forget all troubles and fears I came cross during the ride today. The occasional bus heading to Rampur passing on slope of hill of opposite side added beauty to the scene.

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    With two more kilometers to end the day, I faced the first dog chase. As flat road started and I was in hurry to wrap up things for the day Im riding with little pace. Two dogs which are sleeping on road side started to bark loudly and chase me .I shooed them with top of my voice, but they were not backing up. A loud warning from their master made them give up the chase and minutes later Im in Bahli. Official destination as aimed in itinerary.

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    I got a room easily in the PWD guest house.I was very surprised at the low price at which it was being offered. Also, I was shocked to see myself and luggage entirely covered in dust. I had a quick hot water bath and finished dinner early. Cleaned all dust on luggage, cycle, washed few clothes and got ready to sleep. It was very cold there and I couldn't spend much time outside gazing at the starry sky.In chat during dinner with PWD caretaker I came to know that snow fall will be very high there during winters and last year an Israeli cycling couple got stranded for nearly a week.

    A little calculation before the sleep showed that I rode 104 Kms that day. I was more than happy and slept joyfully without any feeling of exhaustion.
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    Great pictures and narration mate!

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    Default Day- 3 : Bahli - Taklech - Seen it all !!!

    Quote Originally Posted by krishna77 View Post
    Great pictures and narration mate!
    Thank you

    I woke up with the happiness left by yesterdays ride. People started to take pictures of my fully loaded bicycle in Bahli . After a tea, I started riding down to Taklech. While, yesterdays downhill ride increased my heartbeat, this ride brought the heart into my mouth. The downhill is so steep that I feared that atleast in one corner I will fall into the valley. The forest is so silent that I felt like I was the only human left on earth. Being Monday, I saw happy and surprised faces of school children. It gave an instant relaxation, but was countered immediately by the increase in steep. I never waited for an uphill to appear so desperately. Before my Heart is completely out of my body I reached Taklech and stepped my foot on ground. It was so nice to be stable after a roller coaster ride !

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    Even here,I was offered a way to go to Rampur and I have taken another right for one more adventure. I had a quick breakfast and sent a Kg of my clothes to home through India post for decreasing the load. This caused little delay. Being aware that climb to Darangathi will be tough,I motivated myself to do that and proceeded ahead. Whomever I ask about Darangathi will point to hill top far far away, which is hardly visible and used to tell me it will take forever to reach there on a bicycle.

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    After climb for 7-8 Kms in hot sun, I was very tired. Refreshed myself at a Nala. Looking at my exhausted face, a person in a general store cum home asked me to sit under shade for a while. He was also owner of an apple orchard. Listening to his stories, I had a maggi there and moved ahead.

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    The ride from there for further 5-6 Kms is heavenly. Narrow curved black road surrounded by green trees and by apple orchards. I felt all the beauties of nature can be seen only by those who climb up and up. More apple orchards, chullu trees showed up and my ride turned ecstatic. Though it is strenuous, I couldnt stop being happy in that place.

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    A kilometer further, I was completely tired. I was in a very small village, where even tea is not available My legs protested to move ahead. Luckily rain god saw my pain and showered a drizzle which turned into a big rain. With 20 Kms more to go, I didnt want to take risk in that rain. I asked a passing Mahindra Yut, if it can drop me at Darangathi. He agreed for Rs 100 and we went ahead. As vehicle is completely occupied inside,I had to stand in the back. When it moved, I suddenly felt the chill of air. The air is so cold. After a long time, passing through some very narrow curves and blind turns, I was dropped 3-4 kms ahead of Darangathi. Rain stopped on the way and sun was back again. When I lifted my head to move ahead,I was awe struck at the sight of snow capped mountain peak. I was so happy on seeing the natural snow on hill top for first time in my life. I wondered if I can see them closer in my trip.

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    That motivated me for futher climb and I started riding. After a long climb I have finally reached the top of Daran Pass aka,Darangathi. It was completely surrounded by trees, hardly leaving any gap for light to enter. I saw the PWD guest house there surrounded by beautiful flowers. I wanted to stay there. But the greed in me has forced me to take the foulest decision in my trip.

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    With 3 more hours for sunset, around 30 kms to go with 12 km downhill,I thought I will reach Sarahan,before it gets dark.


    Without even enquiring about stay or enjoying the serenity, I started climbing down to Mashnu. I was out of all emotions here. This is just a 45 degrees inclined slope, topped with boulders of all sizes. While my bicycle is having the best trail riding, I nearly wept trying to control my adrenaline rush. Brakes failed to control the speed at which bicycle is going. I was simply going ahead like a stone rolled falling from a stone. Jungle, loneliness, speed, boulders, darkness too many emotions at a time for me to absorb ! I was desperately longing for a human being to appear. After what it appeared to be forever, I saw a road worker. It is the happiest moment of my life. Though there is a mile stone in front of me, I asked him how far is Mashnu and confirmed he is a real human being and not my hallucination. The stop also provided me a chance to appreciate the beauty if the forest and snow peak ahead of me.


    Few kms later, I was stopped by a loudly barking wild dog. I stopped on its sight and slowly moved ahead. It increased its sound and I couldnt step anyfuther. I waited for five minutes and started shouting for help. Its mistress is shouting back aa rahi hun .She took her time and appeared with bundles of grass on her back. While I was trembling ,she said maine socha Bandar aaya hai , which pissed me off. I pleaded her to hold the dog so that I can go ahead. She was very casually assured me, that its a pet dog and wont cause any harm. I could sense that the dog is eagerly wait to jump upon me! She re assured and I got on my cycle.


    Being very steep, my bicycle moved quickly and the dog started chasing me with loudest barking it can produce. This particular stretch had larger stones and I could barely control the handle. While I too started shouting back, the dog didn't gave up and coming towards me with more speed. I luckily crossed its territory and it gave up, but sadly that territory is a corner and my I rode on top of sharp stone. Suddenly its silent. I realized that my bicycle had flat ! If I had not known, Mashnu is only 3 kms away,I would have surely burst into tears there. I slowly walked toward the village thorough beautiful fields and orchards.


    After walking for a while, I realized that I cannot even walk with a flat tire and took out patch kit and wheel from bicycle. I tried so hard to remove the tire. It was so tight and while lifting it a small gap is revealing the rim inside. At that moment, I felt it is a tubeless tire. I cursed myself for not even observing this small fact in 1500 kms of riding on my bike! I felt it is the end of my cycling trip. I thought of staying somewhere in Mashnu and head for Rampur in bus next day and go ahead to Kaza from there. Another plan was to stop whole trip, throw my bicyle away in Delhi and go to Rajasthan. It was all chaos in my mind. Not able to decide,how to proceed with tour,I walked ahead to Mashnu. This time like a wounded cowboy.


    Three friends sitting at entrance of village were curious to know my where abouts. They started the drill again, but I told them, Im having a very rough time and I need some place to relax and stay for the night. If you have any questions walk with me and ask ,I will be happy to answer.
    They said I may not find any stay in village. While I thought what worse can happen more and walked ahead. They started calling me and informed me that a vehicle is heading to Rampur and I can go in it! Tears of joy nearly flowed out. I told them extremely sorry for my behaviour and I acted so being very tired. They assured me it is not at all a problem and they can understand my situation. Himalayan people _/\_ .


    The vehicle is a maruthi 800. While no one has any idea how my bicycle fit inside,I started removing wheels with just turn of a small lever attached. They all watched that in surprise and helped in placing it inside the car. I forgot to collect their name or mob no. as I was in desperation to move out of jungle.




    The driver of this car is an 18 year old guy. He has shown me how rashly these young punks will drive in the valleys. His driving didnt scare as much as my bicycle did on the slopes. This guy collected 500 from me on reaching Rampur.


    I had golgappa for dinner and took accommodation in Buhari Sadan. A hot water bath gave me the much needed relaxation. On the way to buhari sadan, we spoke with a motor bike patch guy if he can repair my tube less tire. He said he will not repair a bicycle tire. After pleading for a while, he agreed to repair next day.


    A day with a bumper bonanza ended which presented me too many experiences to handle. The chaos in my mind is still running about stopping the trip and planning futher.Recong peo ? Kaza ? back to Shimla ? Delhi ? and I was into sleep.


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    Great read so far!

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    Default Day-4/13 : Rampur- Bhavanagar

    Quote Originally Posted by krishna77 View Post
    Great read so far!
    Thanks Krishna

    Day-4 : Rampur- Bhavanagar
    Distance : 48 Km
    Mostly undulating and descent


    After a fateful day with lots of experiences, I woke up in despair not knowing what is in store for me. Since my intention is not giving up, I watched few videos in YouTube about tubeless tires and started pulling tire out of rear wheel (by the way, my bicycle slept beside me). To my surprise the tire came out easily and also I found a tube inside it!!! I was overjoyed by this fact. I wondered what kind of role tension played on mind yesterday. Since I was not under any stress now, I could do things easily. I was shocked to see three punctures in the tube. I fixed them and used the same tube instead of new spare tube to check my fixing capabilities. I got ready soon and with lot of enthusiasm and happiness that my trip is not cancelled, I was back on Rampur roads riding the beast.

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    The roads were very neat. Tarmac made my ride easy. Relatively it's a simple ride till Jeori. It is a different feeling to see so much of light, vehicles and people compared to the forests. It is surprising to observe that the road is continuously heading rightwards as seen in Map, leading me deep and deep into the valleys. Following Sutlej and riding is a fun. I couldn't get rid of the sound of flow till the end of my trip. It is still resonating in my ears!




    I slowly entered the celestial land Kinnaur. The roads are nearly flat and gave me the freedom to ride bit faster. Some of the women working on roadside offered me some aadu fruit. Every day Himachal people are surprising me with their Hospitality.

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    My plan is to reach Tapri, but it became pretty dark by the time I reached Bhawanagar . I found that there is no accommodation available there. Few people suggested to try in the electricity board guest house located downhill. It worked and I got whole dormitory room for myself. I had to carry my bicycle three floors down for reaching there. The building is nearly adjacent to river. If someone has friends in Himachal electricity board, dont miss out to spend a day there. I wondered how such a building was built on a slope and adjacent to river, with back drop of a huge rocky hill. It started drizzling a little ruining my chance to watch night sky. After dinner, I started to read about dog psychology till late night.


    As each day is going on with all the different experiences facing, a different kind of stubbornness is being developed in me for moving ahead. I have decided not to lose hope and ended one more beautiful day in great note, listening to the flow of Sutlej.

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    Default Day 5/13 - July 1- Entering Sangla

    Day-5 : Bhavanagar- Sangla
    Distance : 62Km
    Distance covered by bicyle : 30Km
    (Took lift after Tapri to cross the landslide and few kms in landslide prone area on the way to Sangla)
    Bhananagar- Tapri : 20 Km undulating
    Tapri-Urni-karacham : There was a landslide between Tapri and karcham so there is an additional 24 Km with 12 km uphill instead of 9km direct distance. I have taken vehicle between this stretch.
    Karacham- Sangla : 18 km gradual ascent. (I have taken ride for 8 km in landslide prone area before Jaypee dam )




    It was little tough to climb three floors with bicycle. After breakfast I started riding towards Tapri . Due to the hydro electric project, the roads were completely muddy. A lot of slush was struck in my tires by the time I reached Tapri,. I also came to know that there is a landslide ahead and one has to take extra 24 kms with 12 km uphill through Urni, instead of existing 9km route to Karacham. Being eager to reach Sangla for having a closer look at mountains, I have asked a passenger vehicle heading to Recong Peo to drop me in Karacham. He agreed for 350, though he hesitated initially. Cyclists get these kinds of favours from people. Throughout the way, I could see the snow capped peaks luring me.

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    I met a boy in Vehicle, who is on his way to attend a marriage in one of the villages on other side of Baspa. I asked his Kinnauri topi once and tried it.

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    At Karacham, I first encoutered a group of bulleteers. While I'm climbing on a single digit speed, they headed ahead on double digit speeds. Most of them waved at me. This uphill ride was not much strenuous owing to the beautiful views of mountains.




    A mahindra yut driver stopped me 10 km ahead of Sangla. He asked me not to ride till the project area as it is completely landslide prone. I hesitated, but he requested again! I agreed and he himself put the bicycle back of Yut. On the way he narrated the tales about other tourists, his village, driving conditions. This time I did make sure to take his number.

    The last 4 km climb from dam to Sangla is easy. Here a group of workers stopped me, offered a cup of tea and asked many questions about bicycle, my ride etc. Since I was very happy with the scenery around I answered them patiently and went ahead.

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    I easily got a room in Sangla. After getting refreshed, I tried Thupka for first time. I then walked around. I saw a building under construction and asked its owner if can come upstairs for looking at scenery. He welcomed me cheerfully. From this building Kinnaur Kailash peak is visible clearly. He told lot of tales about the place. The pandavas story, how other small villages were separated from Sangla, the kind of crops grown there and apple business etc.

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    After he left, I sat there peacefully staring at the mountains far away in Chitkul. I imagined how Chitkul might be. All the while Kinnaur Kailash disappointed me by hiding in the clouds. Even the in the east, sun was hidden under clouds ruining my chance to view sunset. I was only happy for being surrounded by snow capped peaks on all sides. I was lost for a while admiring the beauty around me. As it started getting colder I had to start moving back to room. I have decided to give a visit in September or October next year.


    Though Sun disappointed me, moon did not. I got to witness beautiful view of moon. After being refreshed with that, I had dinner and headed back . I had to watch my each step as there is a dog every corner! Pheww!!


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