Photographer's Note

After our stay at Sangla, we planned to visit Chitkul, a 1-2 hrs drive north from Sangla, before starting our journey for kalpa. However it was the sheer beauty of Chitkul, one of the highest village in the valley at 3450 meters, which made us change the whole plan. Instead of spending 2-3 hrs what we had initially planned, we stayed the whole day before returning back to Sangla in the evening.

Chitkul is a picturesque place with a backdrop of the majestic snow-clad Kailash peaks, has the gurgling Baspa river, running alongside is also the last inhabited village near the Indo-Tibet border. The Indian road ends here. During winters, the place mostly remains covered with the snow and the inhabitants move to lower regions of Himachal. Potatoes grown at Chitkul are one of the best in the world and also saffron ( a very expensive spice) which is grown in abundance here. Chitkul, on the banks of Baspa River, is the first village of the Baspa Valley and the last village on the old Hindustan-Tibet trade route. It is also the last point in India one can travel to without a permit. Of particular interest at Chitkul are its houses with slate or wooden plank roofs, a Buddhist temple and a small tower. However, there has been an increased use of tin-roofs, especially the high school and the army barracks.

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