Everyone has dreams, and the aim to achieve it. Driving to the Himalayas has always been one such dream of mine. As a travel-adventure junkie, it has been my dream to explore the high altitude deserted mountain in the range of our own The Great Himalayas. Back in September, I was invited for the Spiti expedition. Without any hesitation, I agreed to be a part of Himalayan Spiti Escape 2017. It was a 8 day roadtrip to the Himalayas and back (excluding travel days from my city to Chandigarh and back).
We reached Chandigarh a day prior of the flag off ceremony. 9th of September 2017 we checked in at The Lalit. We had the briefing the same evening, and we were handed over couple of goodies for the trip.
Day 1: Himalayan Spiti Escape 2017
10th September: We set off towards Spiti valley after flag off by Mahindra Adventure. As a ritual of the organising teams DriveTech and Mahindra Adventure, we had a small prayer before commencing and accelerating our mighty Scorpios. Honestly, I had never been a fan of Scorpios, but somehow I had a feeling, that perception is going to be changed during the trip.
So, the first leg of the journey was from The Lalit, Chandigarh to Tehthys retreat resort, Narkanda. On the first leg, the fleet followed the lead of Hari Singh. First day was pretty much okay and everyone was getting acquainted with the route under the continuous guidance of our lead. Passing through Dharampur – Solan – Shoghi – Shimla – Theog; we reached our lunch spot; Wildflower Hall in Shimla.
The property itself was mesmerising and everyone was hungry. It was the first time I was eating at 8250 feet above the sea level, and I was sold. After the lunch halt, we headed towards our night halt destination Tehthys Retreat Resort in a Mahindra Scorpio S10. Before heading towards the hotel, we had a small uphill climb detour to Hatu Peak.
Climbing an altitude of 12,000 feet wasn’t difficult. The road till Hatu peak was narrow. The machine made me confident and comfortable. Once we reached Hatu peak, the view was to die for with the cold breeze against my face. Coffee and tea along with great sandwiches set the pace. Of course we clicked loads of photos and videos.
Then finally we started our decent towards the resort. Everyone was tired, and a bonfire lifted spirits. We ended after dinner, and dozed off.