Imtiaz Ali’s latest release Love Aaj Kal might have got a barrage of criticism from the audience but what he never fails to let down with are the beautiful offbeat sites that are certainly one-of-a-kind. He hunts out the best destinations which, in no time, make it to our bucket lists. We haven’t watched the movie but we guessed the song ‘Mehrama’ is shot in the gorgeous valley of Chitkul in Himachal Pradesh.
So, the next time you wish to take a trip to Himachal with bae, we recommend you consider Chitkul over Shimla or Manali. You won’t be disheartened, we bet. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to go about it.
1. Best time to visit: The best time to visit this place in Kinnaur ranges from May to October when the climate is relatively pleasant. During the winter, the roads are wrapped in thick snow which makes it challenging for visitors to make their way through.
2. How to get there: It’s a 15-hour drive from Delhi, which can get quite chaotic unless you plan a pit stop to rest. The closest airport to Chitkul is the Shimla airport, after which it is an extra nine-hour drive. The most ideal way is to take a bus from Chandigarh which takes roughly 11 hours, but it’s worth it.
3. What to see: Compared to other hill stations in Himachal, Chitkul has managed to keep its loveliness intact and hasn’t turned into a business tourist spot yet. Most visitors resort to Shimla, Manali, Dharamshala and McLeodganj, and not many end up going to Chitkul, the intact beauty. However, there’s a lot to go and see which often goes undetected. From the beautiful Baspa valley covered with dense oak and pine trees to the magnificent architectural Mathi temple with the massive Himalayas in the backdrop and the less discovered Chitkul Fort, this tiny little village in the Kinnaur district is nature’s paradise. Oh, don’t forget to go to the ‘Hindustan ka Akhri Dhaba’, which is accurately the last dhaba of India near the Indo-Tibetian border. They are known to serve some incredible local cuisines with a breath-taking viewpoint.
4. Where to stay: In all uprightness, to find a good room in the less explored Himachal villages is quite a task unless you are willing to spend a bare minimum of Rs 4,000 per night. If not, then you may have to adjust in the dingy rooms which hardly cost Rs 500 per person. The choice is totally yours. Both offer breathtaking views. If you want a romantic and relaxed stay with your partner, we recommend Hotel Batseri, at Rs 4,000 per night or Banjara Camps And Retreat Sangla which is relatively more expensive and charges Rs 8,000 per night. But, it assures the best stay of your life.
5. Food: When you are in the mountains, a plate of hot Maggi and chai grow into your staple go-to food, right? But in Kinnaur, non-vegetarians can indulge themselves to the scrumptious ram and goat meat curry. Though, their daily food includes wheat, ogla, phafra or barley served with mash dal. Tea lovers can enjoy their signature salted tea which is a rare blend of Kinnauri cha.
All in all, it’s a fantastic experience and we are soon going to schedule a trip to Chitkul. What about you? Share your thoughts in the comment section.
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