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Planned for a Spiti Circuit and executed flawlessly over 9 days... Will post my story shortly..

 

Route and stay as below:

 

Day One: New Delhi (Airport) - Shimla (Halt)

 

Day Two: Shimla - Kalpa / Recong Peo (Halt)

 

Day Three: Kalpa - Tabo (Halt)

 

Day Four: Tabo - Kaza (2N Halt)

 

Day Six: Kaza - Chandratal Lake (Halt)

 

Day Seven: Chandratal Lake - Manali (2N Halt)

 

Day Nine: Manali - New Delhi Airport (Halt)

 

 

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2 hours ago, Ranger said:
Nice video
It has refreshed my memories.
Waiting for more pictures and Videos.

Did you face issues/road blocks during the drive?

 


Thanks buddy, no major challenges with the road....

There were very bad patches but XUV was helpful. Saw some landslides enroute Shimla as it was raining. The roads till Kalpa (with a few stretches bad) was ok.

Stretch from Tabo - Nako - Kaza was good.

Roads managed by BRO were being developed fast between Shimla - Kaza

Road condition is bad between Kaza - Chandratal - Batal - Rothang Pass was like I am driving on a patch with no road and a path was formed just due to many vehicles passing.

Leh Manali Highway is being developed on war footing with road improving before Rothang Pass.

Overall no major roadblocks and everyone taxi drivers / locals were very supportive.

 

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7 minutes ago, sbhamidi said:

Overall no major roadblocks and everyone taxi drivers / locals were very supportive.


Good to hear the improvements.
During our drive we faced numerous land slides, we got stuck on the road for one full day.

There was a diesel shortage due to land slides. 

 

Overall Spiti circuit is a memorable experience. 

Difficult roads often lead to the beautiful destinations. 

We were in trans for one full month after the Spiti drive.
Im planning to drive back again, probably 2018.

This year, It is Sikkim. 

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Srikanth : Thank you for posting the video. This is one place, I am chasing to visit next year for sure. The research is on and looking forward hearing from you more on trip experience, cost, stay, places must visit, avoid, things to carry, readiness etc.  I know alot of us wil visit this place soon.... 

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2 hours ago, Pinaki said:
Srikanth : Thank you for posting the video. This is one place, I am chasing to visit next year for sure. The research is on and looking forward hearing from you more on trip experience, cost, stay, places must visit, avoid, things to carry, readiness etc.  I know alot of us wil visit this place soon.... 


Yes I agree it's a Paradise and I didnot want to come back... Alas work forced me to get back
 

 

2 hours ago, Pinaki said:
Srikanth : Thank you for posting the video. This is one place, I am chasing to visit next year for sure. The research is on and looking forward hearing from you more on trip experience, cost, stay, places must visit, avoid, things to carry, readiness etc.  I know alot of us wil visit this place soon.... 


Totally Pinaki, maybe we should impress upon our Admins to plan a IndiaDrive Family Trip to Spiti.

 

3 hours ago, uday said:
My dream trip!!
Fantastic video, roads are scary.
You took good amount of risk driving with family, I feel it is worth it.
Hope you had a great time with them.
Please invest on mobile mount, It will eliminate the shake. 


Yes Uday, could not buy for this time and wife helped holding mobile to take video but in the pipeline to buy one.

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Hotels to stay in the Spiti Circuit

Shimla: The Boudhi Tree BnB (booked via OYO)

A guy I met on Airbnb helped me with below bookings:

Kalpa: Little Heaven, Kalpa

Tabo: Hotel Maitreya Regency, Near Tabo Gompa

Kaza: The Old Monk Hotel, near Indian Oil Petrol Pump, Kaza

Chandratal Lake: Camp Moonlake, Chandratal Lake


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Nature at its best. 
Nice Pictures and videos.

Hotel information is very helpful.
Can you please share the hotel pricing details at 

  • Kalpa: Little Heaven, Kalpa
  • Tabo: Hotel Maitreya Regency, Near Tabo Gompa
  • Kaza: The Old Monk Hotel, near Indian Oil Petrol Pump, Kaza
  • Chandratal Lake: Camp Moonlake, Chandratal Lake
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Nature at its best. 
Nice Pictures and videos.

Hotel information is very helpful.
Can you please share the hotel pricing details at 
  • Kalpa: Little Heaven, Kalpa
  • Tabo: Hotel Maitreya Regency, Near Tabo Gompa
  • Kaza: The Old Monk Hotel, near Indian Oil Petrol Pump, Kaza
  • Chandratal Lake: Camp Moonlake, Chandratal Lake



Homestay Bodhi Tree BnB in Shimla: ₹2713 (Source: OYO)

Below was a package booked by Ranjeet (a Himalayan travel enthusiast). Costed ₹13000 include stay, simple bfast n dinner

Kalpa: Little Heaven (was more like a simple home stay with a Himachali family) - 1N
Tabo: Hotel Maitreya Regency Tabo (a bit upscale) - 1N
Kaza: Hotel Old Monk a decent place with good view. Has decent WiFi availability - 2N
Chandratal Lake: Moon Lake Camp, Chandratal (Swiss Tent) - 1N

Once in Manali, Booked OYO Rangiri - ₹5600 - 2N ( regret it to this day) bad experience.

Instead, will recommend Allure Grand (another OYO property was very good, just as you enter into Manali from Rohthang Pass.

Else look for Citrus Resorts in Rangiri..



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Probably these kind of 'so called paths or roads for cars' between this drive are one main reason for keeping this place away from all the commercial crowd and not letting them spoil the beauty of this place and maintaining the adventurous fun for road trip enthusiasts in the country. :) 

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[mention=716]sbhamidi[/mention] Beautiful pictures sire!  I am sure you must have thoroughly enjoyed this adventurous drive. The video explains it all [emoji4] Any hiccups faced during this challenging circuit?

No just a tyre puncture which the friendly people from Chandratal Lake helped in change and they had a puncture kit too

Other than that XUV500 was a pretty old model given by Myles which was a disappointment but performance was OK barring few irritating sounds as the vehicle was I think met with an accident before was given to me (in previous ride)


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Probably these kind of 'so called paths or roads for cars' between this drive are one main reason for keeping this place away from all the commercial crowd and not letting them spoil the beauty of this place and maintaining the adventurous fun for road trip enthusiasts in the country. [emoji4] 

BRO is taking over the development of roads between Kaza and Manali, Manali to Leh stretch is being worked upon on urgency, Shimla - Kaza is a good road with few stretches again where BRO is working relentlessly in laying n managing roads n landslides


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17 hours ago, sbhamidi said:


No just a tyre puncture which the friendly people from Chandratal Lake helped in change and they had a puncture kit too

Other than that XUV500 was a pretty old model given by Myles which was a disappointment but performance was OK barring few irritating sounds as the vehicle was I think met with an accident before was given to me (in previous ride)
 

 

Oh yes! Tell me about it. People in the Himalayas are most helpful and very warm hearted :D  and yeah Myles is best preferable amongst the choices we have in our country and that's one option why we happened to choose Toyota over Mahindra for its lesser NVH comparatively.  

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17 hours ago, sbhamidi said:


BRO is taking over the development of roads between Kaza and Manali, Manali to Leh stretch is being worked upon on urgency, Shimla - Kaza is a good road with few stretches again where BRO is working relentlessly in laying n managing roads n landslides
 

 

I am glad that we have done it ahead of time before this place before the roads are getting laid. The excitement and fun in this drive will be missed if becomes a cake walk in this stretch.

I can't really imagine Spiti getting the crowd as much as Leh is getting it at the moment. Manali a decade ago was a heavenly place which has now become a place for the plastic and waste dumpyard. and Now, Leh is getting closer to this stage and I hope Spiti won't line up behind Leh. 

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I am glad that we have done it ahead of time before this place before the roads are getting laid. The excitement and fun in this drive will be missed if becomes a cake walk in this stretch.
I can't really imagine Spiti getting the crowd as much as Leh is getting it at the moment. Manali a decade ago was a heavenly place which has now become a place for the plastic and waste dumpyard. and Now, Leh is getting closer to this stage and I hope Spiti won't line up behind Leh. 

Totally agree, few things should remain the way they are for Beauty to stay intact unless we are responsible travellers..
my only miss was the Batal to Manali pictures n videos which I missed capturing due to the stress because of road conditions.. else was a fantabulous trip never planned until Sep starting


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Yeah very true, I was quite amazed by your sudden plan & execution and there you left in jiffy. Kudos to that enthu. Kibber to Manali is the longest stretch you have got in that whole stretch I suppose and yeah the roads throughout via Batal until you reach Rohtang is absolutely tiresome especially when you are driving alone. Taking good amount of breaks inbetween the drive to enjoy the beauty of this magic land is the only solution to let out the stress and keep ourselves sane :)

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Yeah very true, I was quite amazed by your sudden plan & execution and there you left in jiffy. Kudos to that enthu. Kibber to Manali is the longest stretch you have got in that whole stretch I suppose and yeah the roads throughout via Batal until you reach Rohtang is absolutely tiresome especially when you are driving alone. Taking good amount of breaks inbetween the drive to enjoy the beauty of this magic land is the only solution to let out the stress and keep ourselves sane [emoji4]

Yes did not take many breaks on this stretch Batal to Manali (skipped Lunch) too as wife n son were scared n wanted to reach Manali before sunset which we did reach at around 5pm


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We have started early and stopped before Batal around 11 AM for brunch and around 1 pm we were stuck at the Pagalnala due to the road break down as the heavy flow from the waterfall threw down big boulders and broke the so called roadway there. We got stopped for about 5 to 6 hours and risked it while it got dark and managed to cross it. We reached Manali then around 9 PM. Rest of the day until we had reached Manali, we survived on MAggi, Lays and Parle-G :D

 

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We have started early and stopped before Batal around 11 AM for brunch and around 1 pm we were stuck at the Pagalnala due to the road break down as the heavy flow from the waterfall threw down big boulders and broke the so called roadway there. We got stopped for about 5 to 6 hours and risked it while it got dark and managed to cross it. We reached Manali then around 9 PM. Rest of the day until we had reached Manali, we survived on MAggi, Lays and Parle-G [emoji3]
 

Woah, this is a real adventure.....


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36 minutes ago, sbhamidi said:


Thanks Sagar, travelling is actually helping me improve my writing skills...

 

It definitely does. Try carrying a diary and starting penning down while you travel when ever you get a break between your road trip to rest down at a peaceful place especially between the mountains or a lake side. I'm sure you would touch a poetic end and explore more of your creative side :)  

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It definitely does. Try carrying a diary and starting penning down while you travel when ever you get a break between your road trip to rest down at a peaceful place especially between the mountains or a lake side. I'm sure you would touch a poetic end and explore more of your creative side [emoji4]  


This is a cool idea... Will start it. [emoji1303]
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