Planning the Spiti Circuit: This was August 2017 and i was searching my way round on what should I do and i ended up deciding out of blue to do a roadtrip to Ladakh. All was set and I was all set to book tickets and that was when the reality came to the front…. Self-Drive cars are not permitted there was the constant feedback i received from all corners…. The idea churning factory started, me feeling dejected, what should I do now, lets try posting on FB, maybe someone may say, Yes buddy, you can take a self-drive car there.. but was not the case and that was when a good friend from work recommended Spiti.. By now, it was Mid-August, Bingo, i decided, so be it, lets get to the Middle Land, never heard of this place, not sure what was in store, no idea of what preparation was needed and here i was planning a roadtrip with family…. did a few YouTube searches, tried searching for blogs with pictures mesmerizing, and roads scary, I decided to plunge in!
In no time, i ended up booking, the flight tickets to Delhi, a Myles car, mapping out my route from Delhi on ScoutMyTrip and that was when Neeraj Sinha made a pitch in, shared a few of his blogs on the preparation.
Finally, the D-Day arrived, we boarded the flight and in a matter of two hours we landed in Delhi on a late night flight and checked into a Oyo. We started the next day fresh with the adrenaline all pumped up and the map we chalked out for ourselves was Delhi – Shimla (via Chandigarh) – Kalpa – Tabo – Kaja – Chandrataal Lake – Manali – Delhi (a full circuit) can you beat it! A novice who never went beyond a Shimla / Manali planning on one of the most treacherous roads Himalayas had on offer… Now i would stop here and share the plan that i created which definitely might come handy.
Delhi – Shimla (overnight stay at Shimla, we checked into a beautiful Oyo Homestay, dont ask me where, i drove in the night and have no clue…. did i just stay the adventure had already started by now…)
Kaza to Chandrataal (man, i should say this road after Kunzum Pass to Chandrataal is not for faint hearted, i was sh*t scared by now and just prayed i just reach somehow as i had a family to care for the safety, after a flat tyre at Chandrataal which the camp guys were happy enough to ensure they help me and asked me, what made you on earth drive a XUV500 all by yourself.
Little did i realize then what was in store for me on the Chandrataal – Batal – Manali road and thanks to those invisible friends who by gods grace missed their bus to Manali and asked me for a lift who helped me out maneuver the Nalas on the way)
Thank you for visiting my Travelogue, I am Srikanth a full-time Learning professional and a Travel Blogger by passion. He started with his travel passion for Road-trips in India, followed by a extensive Switzerland Travel exploring places. Srikanth has clocked over 80,000 kilometers in India on some of the tough roads of Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh and through the entire South India in search of the best Biryani as he featured on reputed News Papers in collaboration with ScoutMyTrip on this journey.