This Friday I’m featuring a great shot of Spiti Valley in India taken by Suruchi Mittal and Tashi Aggarwal from the AllGudThings Blog.
Suruchi and Tashi are travel bloggers from India. Their blog includes the travel guides, experiences and reviews of various places.
Photo Story: Road to Chicham Village, Spiti Valley
We reached Kaza from Tabo and was sipping hot tea when Mr Chering walked in and had a small conversation with us.
Mr Chering to AllGudThings – Is this your first visit to Spiti?
Me – No, it is our third visit. We love visiting Spiti Valley (Also, known as the middle land between India and Tibet). Actually, we feel that we have left a part of our heart here.
Chering: Oh, really Mam.
Me – Yes, I have visited Leh Ladakh, Himachal, Uttarakhand and many other parts of India and other countries, but no land has intrigued us like this land.
Chering – Mam, then this time you should also see the Canyons of India.
Me – What Canyons of India? Where are they? Why haven’t we heard about them till now?
Chering – Hmm! Recently, Chicham Village has been connected by road to Kibber village. On the way to Chicham Village, you will see the varied landscapes with the deep gorges, and these look no less than the Grand Canyon. I am taking a 4*4 adventure team there sometime, so you guys can join us.
Without giving a second thought and without wasting any more time, we joined them.
This picture is taken while the 4*4 convoy was on the way to Chicham Village from Kaza, after crossing Chicham Bridge. The landscapes were really breathtaking with the continuous steep serpentine road and deep gorges.
Honestly, we had never seen anything as beautiful as this part of India.
Chicham Village or Chicham – Khas The Chicham Village, a small hamlet lies on the other side of the gorge i.e. in the northeastern part of Spiti Valley.
The village has about 30 households and 100 people. The interesting part is that till 2017, the Village had no connected motorable road to village Kibber. Villagers used to cross the Parilungbo Canyon which is about 150-metre-deep with the help of manual self-operated ropeway.
Imagine, something wrong and you will be dangling in the deep gorge. Oh! This scares me out, even while writing.
Finally, in August 2017, Border Road Organisation (BRO) installed a stiffened steel truss bridge over 13,990 feet which connects Chicham Village with Kibber over Samba Lamba Nallah on Kiato- Chicham- Kibber road.
The Bridge took long 15 years to complete it. Today, the Chicham bridge is designated as the Highest Bridge of Asia and it serves as the highest connect between the remote villages.
The Village has typical red and white Spitian mud villages and Villagers are welcoming. So, if you are Palning to visit Spiti Valley, do add Chicham Village to your list. The landscapes here are a big-time treat to your eyes and soul.
The Spiti Valley is a cold desert mountain valley located high in the Himalaya mountains in the north-eastern part of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The name “Spiti” means “The Middle Land”, i.e. the land between Tibet and India.
Spiti valley is a research and cultural centre for Buddhists. Highlights include Key Monastery and Tabo Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in the world and a favourite of the Dalai Lama.
Dhar Chicham village is located in Spiti Tehsil of Lahul & Spiti district in Himachal Pradesh, India. It is situated 165km away from district headquarter Kaza.
Kaza is the sub-district headquarter of Dhar Chicham village. As per 2009 stats, Kibber is the gram panchayat of Dhar Chicham village.
The total geographical area of village is 1684.5 hectares. Manali is nearest town to Dhar Chicham.
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