Money cannot always buy you the best view. And that statement becomes more true as you start going to less explored places. Hotel Rupin River View is probably the only hotel in Rakcham and you will be spellbound by the views from this small paradise. This is the best view I ever had in my travels so far.
After an ordinary day in Sarahan, it was time to move towards Sangla valley. The scenery got better as we entered Kinnaur district.
Kinnaur Entry Gate
We passed the famous spot, which is often featured in documentaries of World’s Most Dangerous Roads. But I think the roads ahead were much more dangerous. Driving on these roads definitely require some good driving skills and fortunately I had one of the best drivers guiding me.
There are couple of diversions on this route because of some recent landslides. To reach Sangla valley, you need to take the diversion at Karcham dam. Landslides are a major problem here and the blasts conducted by JSW power plant is one of the main culprits. It is painful to imagine that these mountains might fall apart in the next few years.
As we reached Sangla, the scenery kept getting beautiful with the first view of the snow mountains.
Apple orchards in Sangla
I was so tempted by this amazing scenery that I asked Vinkal if we could stay here instead of Rakcham. He said Rakcham will have even better views. Though I found it hard to believe, I trusted his judgement. And thank God I did that. Once we crossed this bridge, everything looked out of the world. You could see the difference of snow on either sides of the bridge. It felt like entering a fantasy land. And it started snowing too.
Vinkal planned this stay for me. First look from outside and I had a feeling that this was going to be something special.
And when I saw this view from the room, I was stunned. I felt like crying out of joy.
After my ocean view apartment in Nuuk, I never thought anything could top it. But I was so wrong. For me this was the real 5-star experience and as a budget traveller I never thought I would experience something like this.
I took a walk along the snow fields and the small bridge. And the scenes were enchanting. There is something magical about snow that it can completely transform the look of a place.
As I was walking back to the hotel, I saw water running from taps. I tried to close it but it was kind of locked. Later I got to know that this is done deliberately to avoid of freezing of waters in pipes. Unfortunately, we did experience it next morning. The temperatures that night dropped to -10°C and most of the pipes were frozen next morning.
Coffee with a view
This was definitely one of my most memorable stays ever. I never imagined I could ever experience such breathtaking views from my balcony. The hotel staff is also very friendly and helpful. If you are visiting Rakcham and Chitkul, staying here is definitely recommended.