Chitkul is the last Indian village near the Indo-China border and is only 12 kms from Rakcham. The road to Chitkul is often closed and it was closed the previous day too because of snow. Fortunately the weather was perfect today with clear skies and sunshine.
The road is narrow and as expected filled with snow. Some pictures on the way to Chitkul:
Vinkal, the master planner of this tour
The last dhaba of India. Not sure if this is true. Technically this may be the last village in this region but it is still 90kms from the actual border. The area after Chitkul to the border is under army control and cannot be visited. I am sure the army guys have a dhaba of their own.
Himalayan wild ass
Way to the school
Chitkul Government school. What a place to study! If I was studying here, I would get deliberately punished so that I can be sent outside the class. With such a scenery, who wants to be inside the classroom.
The largest bird in Himalayas – Himalayan Griffon Vulture (I may be wrong here. Some bird experts can correct me)
Carcass lying on the way, which explains the presence of vultures around
Chitkul village entrance
On the way back to Rakcham near the ITBP checkpost
Back to my 5-star hotel in Rakcham 😉
With nothing much to do for the rest of the day, I watched Eight Below again on my cellphone. And after 15 minutes into the movie, I started feeling warm, which made me wonder if the feeling of cold is something psychological. Watching the snowy Antarctic scenes (shot in Greenland) felt so comforting that I got rid of my fleece jacket and started walking around in flip flops inside the hotel while everyone around me was shivering.
My stay in Rakcham was finally coming to an end and it was definitely a memorable one. Time to move further north towards Spiti.