Chitkul Travel Guide
Chitkul,  Himachal,  My Experience

Complete Chitkul Travel Guide – Let me guide you to the Paradise

Chitkul Travel Guide - Let me guide you to the Paradise
Firstly, Chitkul was not on my mind 🤔when I arrived in Kinnaur.
Then what happened which motivated me to arrive in Chitkul and end up writing this complete Chitkul travel guide.
…………
The day before, I was in Kalpa.
I had made my a plan that I will leave before the sunrise for Chitkul and be right back before the sunset.

According to my plan, left before the sunrise. Since,I was staying in Village Kashmir (Kalpa) hardly any bus passes by before 8:30a.m. on that route to reach Reckong Peo.

Hence, Waited for some time. Luckily 😃, I saw a bus which had dropped passengers on the Roghi Road curve.

Me – Is this going towards Reckong Peo?
Conductor – Yes, come up fast (strict of their time).

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On the way to Chitkul - Lets start the Chitkul Travel Guide

Let myself be your Chitkul travel guide and take you to Paradise ♥.

Chitkul

Chitkul Mornings

Chitkul is the last residing village in the India – China border. The Indian roads ends here and you cannot go ahead from here all you can go is backwards.

The road to Chitkul is no less than a dream road trip. Driving 🚎on these road conditions are mostly preferred to experienced drivers for safety concerns.

How to Reach Chitkul from Delhi

Delhi to Chitkul By Flight ✈️

The nearest airport is in Shimla (Jubbarhatti airport). All the towns are accessible from Shimla because it’s the major hub. You can either take a bus to Sangla or hire a cab which will directly drop you at Chitkul.

  1. Delhi ➡️ Shimla (Flight) (347km) ➡️ Sangla (Bus) (223km) ➡️ Chitkul (Bus) (24km)
  2. Delhi ➡️ Shimla (Flight) (347km) ➡️ Chitkul (Cab) (246km)

Delhi to Chitkul By Train 🚆

Nearest railway station is Shimla. After reaching Shimla there are two options as mentioned after reaching Shimla by flight.

  1. Delhi ➡️ Shimla (Train) (347km) ➡️ Sangla (Bus) (223km) ➡️ Chitkul (Bus) (24km)
  2. Delhi ➡️ Shimla (Train) (347km) ➡️ Chitkul (Cab) (246km)

Delhi to Chitkul By Bus 🚌

Lots of options are available here by Bus –

  1. Delhi ➡️ Shimla (Bus) (347km)   ➡️ Reckong Peo (Bus) (231km) ➡️ Chitkul (Bus) (64km)
    OR
    Delhi ➡️ Chandigarh (Bus) (244km) ➡️ Reckong Peo (Bus) (339km) ➡️ Chitkul (Bus) (64km)

Note – You will be going to reach Reckong Peo in the evening. Therefore, you have to stay in Peo for a night and take the bus next morning to Chitkul which starts at 9:30a.m.

  1. Delhi ➡️ Shimla (Bus) (347km) ➡️ Sangla (Bus) (223km) ➡️ Chitkul (Bus) (24km)

Note – Same here, you will be going to reach Sangla in the evening. Take the night rest and leave for Chitkul the next morning.

  1. Delhi ➡️ Rampur (Bus)(470km) ➡️ Sangla (Bus) (100km) ➡️ Chitkul (Bus) (24km)

If you don’t want much breaks and wanted to reach in one go –

  1. Delhi ➡️ Sangla (Bus) (567km) ➡️ Chitkul (Bus) (24km)

If you want to divide your journey and take rests at Frequent interval –

  1. Delhi ➡️ Shimla (Bus) (347km) ➡️ Rampur (Bus) (129km) ➡️Sangla (Bus) (100km)➡️ Chitkul (Bus) (24km)

*If you take my advice, I will strongly recommend (1) and (2) here because you will get the much needed break in changing the bus and that is most important part in the long journey.

I reached Chitkul by taking the 1st option in (By Bus).

I hadn’t booked or enquired about where I will be staying during my Chitkul trip. Therefore, it is the starting of the season (Mid-April) and roads have just been opened so it is pretty easy to find a stay.

Also Read, Manali on a Budget – The complete guide to travel on budget 

How to Reach Chitkul from Reckong Peo

Reckong Peo to Chitkul by Bus 

If you are starting Chitkul Trip from, Reckong Peo bus depot - bus chart (Part -1)

If you are starting Chitkul Trip from Reckong Peo bus depot - bus chart (Part -2)

From Reckong Peo buses leave to different parts everyday as you can see in the image above with timings and their respective destinations.

If you are departing from Reckong Peo. Two HRTC buses leaves daily from Peo-

  1. 9:30 a.m. Bus timing= Reckong Peo ➡️ Sangla ➡️ Rakcham ➡️Chitkul

First Bus Reaches around 2p.m., wait for 5-10min and departs from the same route because Indian roads ends.

  1. 12 p.m. Bus timing = Reckong Peo ➡️ Sangla ➡️ Rakcham ➡️Chitkul

How Chitkul Happened in a Sec

Happy faces of the students

I had a plan of going till Sangla and then afterwards to my homestay in Kalpa at the end of evening.

I left my homestay early morning….

Reckong Peo to Sangla Bus = Rs.72

Reached Sangla at around 12:30p.m. and hopped out of the bus, had my lunch. and began to ask-

Me – What things can I do in Sangla?
Locals – Nothing much, instead go Chitkul.

Asked from few others and they kept saying the same thing, not only in Sangla but also hearing the same thing in Kalpa too that Chitkul is like a Switzerland of India.

Okay, in a sec. made a decision that I reached till Sangla and if I am not going Chitkul then it would be a waste of coming till here.

I knew that I have to stay in Chitkul for a night now, and all I have is camera, phone and wallet and my other belongingness are kept in Kalpa approx. 72km away.

Arrival in Chitkul

Luckily, saw the same bus which dropped me at Sangla bus depot. The drivers had their lunch and was about to leave and I asked.

Me– Can I come again? I am now going to Chitkul  🙈
Conductor – Come on!

Sangla – Chitkul Bus = Rs.40

Reached Chitkul at 2p.m. and literally shocked to see Chitkul, never-ever imagined that Chitkul trip can turn out to be so beautiful. Snow covered 🏔️all around and baspa river🌊 making its presence felt when looked down.

Major Note – If you are a foreigner, you need to take permit before landing in Chitkul. The permit can be taken from Reckong Peo, near the Peo parking where it has been written “Tourist Info System”, you can take info and permit for Spiti too.

Chitkul Village Images

Chitkul Trip starting from this view

Mountain View from Baspa river

Chitkul Travel Guide - snow capped mountains

Childrens of Chitkul

I have been mesmerized by the Chitkul beauty and felt thankful that I made a decision to come here.

It’s cold too. Leaving everything apart started searching for a place to stay.

Accommodation options in Chitkul



Booking.com

Guest House options in Chitkul – 

Amar Guest House

  1. Address – Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh 172109
    Ph. No- 09882808668

Vanshika Home stay

  1. Address – Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh 172106
    Ph. No- 09418193464

Hotel options in Chitkul –

Samaa Resorts

  1. Address – Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh 172109
    Ph. No – +91 9892098962, +91 9819186633
    Email – info@samaaresorts.com

Hostels option in Chitkul –

Currently there are only two hostel options in Chitkul –

Zostel

  1. Address – VPO Chitkul near Thakur Guest House Chitkul
    Ph. No- 022-4896-2265
    Email – reservations@zostel.com

Wanderer’s Nest

  1. Address – The Wanderer’s Nest Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh,172109
    Ph. No- +91 – 8800824825
    Email – info@thewnderernest.com

I stayed in Zostel Chitkul = Rs.599 for a night.
Zostel Chitkul

The weather in Chitkul is all together different, cold breeze has been blowing in the afternoon. The roads have just been opened at the starting of April, plan your visit accordingly.

Connectivity

I have some bad news for the users of Airtel, Vodafone, Idea and any other network users because only BSNL works here. After landing in Chitkul or I can say after crossing Rakcham mobile signals passes by.
It’s not necessarily that you have to switch between your network provider, at last the network ensures that you see the magical beauty of Chitkul without looking at your phone or being disturbed. The actual answer of living in the moment.

Weather in Chitkul

Weather in Chitkul

In Summers 😓

Days in summers remains heated as an argument and the temperature drops as the sunsets like a solution. It is advised to carry inners and jackets to keep yourself warm during nights. Summers merely starts from Mid-April and continues till sept.

In Winters 🥶

Winters in Chitkul are very harsh and the roads starting from January till April (depending upon the conditions) are closed because of snow and locals take shelter in the lower regions. Still Oct – Dec can be visited if weather allows.

Best Season to Visit Chitkul 

Best season to visit Chitkul

Best season would be from mid April – August or even September (Take care of the monsoon season). The days remain bright and sunny with a slight of cold nights.

Jan – Apr

In these months’ temperature ranges from min. -20 degrees in the month of Jan to max. 0 degrees in the April. Not advisable or I can say one cannot visit because of heavy snowfall.

May – Aug

In these months’ temperature ranges from min. -10 degrees in the month of May to max. 8 degrees in the month of August. You can also expect snowfall at the starting of May too.

Sept – Dec

In these months’ temperature ranges from min. -2 degrees in the month of Sept to max. of -10 degrees in the month of December.

Things to do in Chitkul

Things to do in Chitkul

My best part that can I end up covering a lot is I travel mostly on foot. Hence, This is the main reason Chitkul travel guide is taking place.  

1. Panoramic walk 

Panoramic walk near Baspa River

When in Chitkul, must take a panoramic walk along the baspa river or just chill along side and make a panorama of this beauty.

2. Check post walk  

Meet our Indian soldiers

This walk will going to be your memorable and a proud one too. I was accompanied my army camp dogs right from the start till the end. You will be crossing the last resort on Indian soil and progressing towards the army check post. If allowed you will actually be reaching till check post.

3. Nag Temple

Nag temple opens only at the time of lohri – local replied, after being asked at what time it will going to open.

*One more advice from a Local – Stay away from the dogs of Chitkul because if you are not going to give biscuits to dogs, they will bite you and the hospital is very far from there.

4. Durga Maa temple 

Durga Maa temple opens every day at sharp 9a.m. and you can take the blessings and spend some time in the open surrounding’s.

5. Walk in the village

Walk in the Village

Any walk is blissful and especially when it’s in the last inhabited village. Interact with the locals that how they spent their whole day and try to keep yourself in their shoes that what how will you manage to survive in these conditions or environment.

Dogs of Chitkul

Buses from Chitkul Bus Stand

Buses from Chitkul Bus stand

Hats off to our HRTC drivers who drive on these dangerous roads. As shown above , this bus directly came from Mandi and reached in the morning to Chitkul. The drivers are strict of their time. Hence, stick with the time according to your plans. These buses leaves from Chitkul Bus stand where you can find written as “Hindustan Ka Akhari Dhaba “ –

  1. 6:30 a.m. Bus timing = Chitkul ➡️ Reckong Peo
  2. 9:30 a.m. Bus timing = Chitkul ➡️ Mandi
  3. 12:00 p.m. Bus timing = Chitkul➡️ Sangla
  4. 2:00 p.m. Bus timing = Chitkul ➡️ Reckong Peo
  5. 3:30 p.m. Bus timing = Chitkul ➡️ Chandigarh

All the buses pass from Sangla and Kharcham, if mistakenly you miss your preferable bus take any and reach Sangla or Kharcham and from there board as per your plans.

For Ex- It goes like this, starting from Reckong Peo 

  1. Reckong Peo ➡️ Kharcham ➡️ Sangla ➡️ Rakcham ➡️ Chitkul

It comes like this, starting from Chitkul –

  1. Chitkul ➡️ Rakcham ➡️ Sangla ➡️ Kharcham ➡️ Reckong Peo

Food options

Multiple food options are available in your Chitkul trip

Normal Indian food is available in Chitkul. Must try Rajma chawal not for any specific reason but try to feel the lively environment with mountains in the back drop for a mouth-watering taste 🤭.

Also Read, Weirdest Breakfasts in Asia you should try

If in Chitkul and hadn’t tried at “Hindustan ka Akhri Dhaba” than its injustice to the place and soul too.

Budget for Chitkul

From the perspective of a normal Solo Traveller –
Chitkul can be done under the budget of Rs.6000 – Rs.6500 for 3-4 days, considering one day to reach, two days in Chitkul and one day to back to Delhi.

Delhi – Shimla Bus = Rs.650-Rs.750 (Volvo Bus)
Shimla till chitkul ( From any routes listed in the how to reach section ) = Rs.600- Rs700 (Ordinary Bus)
Stay(Hostel = Rs. 500 – Rs 600) for a night  + Food = Rs. Under 1400
Stay(Hotel  = Rs 1000 – Rs 1500) for a night + Food = Around Rs. 2000

This is not an exact but a rough guess from me because I did Kalpa and Chitkul combined under Rs.8000

Major Note – Travel responsibly and don’t litter your surroundings.

Q. Can I do Chitkul trip in 1 day like “Go early morning and return back in the evening”?
A. Yes, only if you are traveling with your personal vehicle. Otherwise, it’s impossible when you are traveling in bus because as soon as it drops it straight away head back towards its destination and you have to stay (must stay) in Chitkul.

This is my Chitkul travel guide and hope you will have a blissful trip. If you have any other questions, please comment down below would be happy to help.

Behind the scenes - reaching towards Baspa river

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