We started around 3.30 AM from my house, got together by 4.30 AM at Delhi bypass and left from Delhi. We had breakfast at Zhilmil, Karnal with stuffed paranthas and then continued in heavy + light rains all the way to Pathankot. There we took the road towards Dalhousie – Chamba and went on to reach Bairagarh at 19.30 PM in the evening. Half of the group stayed at Mannat home stay and other half stayed at hotel Chamunda just near it. Delhi to Bairagarh came out to be 686 KMs with a wrong detour towards Amritsar road for about 12-13 KMs one side.
This was supposed to be the D-Day, the day when we crossed the Sach Pass driving going through Kalaban – Satrundi and reaching Killar by evening with ample of stops on the way. We started at 7.20 AM in the morning from Bairagarh just to cross the pass early in the morning before the Nallahs gets flooded on the route and travelled around 76 KMs that day to reach Killar in evening passing through Bagotu nallah. We stayed at Chamunda Hotel in Killar too :)…
There was quite an anxiety on this day because a lot of was heard about Madgran Nallah which could swallow the big buses too after the noon or towards evening. The bridge wasn;t there and hence, our only option was to cross it as early as possible. So, we started at 5.45 AM from Killar and it was raining that day. Passing through various beautiful villages of Pangi Valley, witnessing loads of waterfalls and water crossings. We were able to reach Udaipur by 12.55 PM after crossing Madgran, though it was one of the longest I ever crossed but was doable without much trouble at that time. We had our brunch at Udaipur – Bhandari Bhojnalya which served us amazing veg. food. Then, we went to Trilokinath ji for darshan and cruised to Tandi – Sissu – Khoksar. We reached Rohtang Pass at 19.40 PM and old Manali at 21.20 PM. We called off this never ending day in Old Manali at Dontell Mama Guest House. Route of the day was like Killar – Cherry (14 KMs) – Purthi (28 KMs) – Tindi (54 KMs) – Madgran (70 KMs) – Udaipur (79 KMs) – Trilokinath (96 KMs) – Khoksar (175 KMs) – Rohtang Pass (194 KMs) – Manali (245 KMs)
Half of this day was totally killed in Manali and then we realized we have to move to Narkanda via Jalori Pass 😀 :D… Series of events held us on the road up to 14.00 PM and we could not make much progress ahead. Finally, around 16.30 PM we crossed Aut tunnel and then started the ascend towards Jalori Pass. Spared out 2.30 Hrs at Shringi Vatika as some of us wanted to have chicken made up there as speciality 🙂 … Hence, we could end our day in dhabha at Jalori Pass at 22.40 PM. Amit, Anshul and Nitin went on to sleep in camps at Jalori Pass.
Started from Jalori Pass at 7.15 AM, passed through Ani – Khanag – Sainj – Kingal – Narkanda – Shimla – Ambala – Delhi. We had our brunch at Narkanda at Himalayan Restaurant this time skipping my favorite Negi Dhabha which is just opposite of it. On the way to home, we had our drunch at McD, Zirakpur and then drove non-stop to Delhi from there to reach home by 22.00 PM at night which concluded the trip.
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