Tethys Himalayan Den, Chicham, Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, Could 2023 #NAINAxBanjaraExperiences


In contrast to final time, being pushed from Gurgaon to Manali to Chicham, we drove from Sangla to Chicham. It was a brand new route that I had not seen beforehand and it was equally enjoyable to discover.

Tethys Himalayan Den was our third cease within the #NAINAxBanjaraExperiences circuit that we deliberate : Thanedar, Sangla, Chicham and Sojha.

All the drive was plagued by roadside indicators saying, “Taking pictures Stones. Drive Rigorously.” and it grew to become a working joke. How is one imagined to drive “fastidiously” when unpredictable stones may come pelting down at us any second! One can solely drive and hope for the very best. And it doesn’t even matter if you happen to drive quick or gradual. We noticed various automobiles with smashed windshields and facet home windows to be holding our breath every time was noticed one of many “capturing stones” indicators. the world is well-manned by the BRO and so they steadily had personnel with pink and inexperienced flags to alert automobiles.

We stopped at Tabo for lunch – there are a number of locations that serve multi-cuisine fare. Many of the drive is thru mountains that seem like they’re able to crumble at a lot as a sneeze.

It’s a pleasant panorama. All of the sudden a patch of inexperienced on an otherwsie totally naked mountainside. Columns of mud deposits weathered by the rain and excessive velocity winds. All the area appears prefer it’s produced from tectonic plates getting into all instructions.

Above, Kee / Key Monastery as seen on the highway from Kaza to Chicham; Chicham village sighted with the Chicham Gorge within the entrance and the Tethys Himalayan Den signal board on the flip for Chicham and Kibber.

Beneath, Tethys Himlayan DEN pictures nicely doesn’t it? It felt like coming again house. Much more so this time as a result of we drove ourselves. The locations this Diesel Ertiga has been pushed to! We didn’t suppose it might make the climb on the final flip towards the Den, however a fastidiously positioned stone behind the left rear tyre did the trick.

Above, the spot proper exterior the second flooring rooms the place we drank our chais and coffees and generally beers. It’s chilly out, so it’s a fastidiously thought of resolution. The frequent eating corridor is a much more sheltered spot to do such issues.

Beneath : The Frequent Eating Corridor. Giant glass panes make you’re feeling that you just’re probably not indoors however the wooden heater undoubtedly tells you that you’re. There’s board video games and breakfast, lunch and dinner and a hang around spot for all residents. Night video games and conversations with strangers are the norm.

There are just a few electrical plug factors, however I additionally suggest that you just carry your individual energy strip and mortgage out just a few spots to your fellow vacationers.

There’s rather a lot to do in and round Chicham. Despite the fact that I’ve visited beforehand, we nonetheless had sufficient choices to select from. One of many issues we did was drive to Gete, which a really small village – no more than 5-6 properties maybe. The Key Monastery is seen from a spot close to the village and you’ll drive until there. I like photographing the identical location from completely different views, so I undoubtedly needed to go and test it out. And I’m glad we did! Images beneath. Thanks Ritushree and Faizu for the tip.

Additionally took a while out at Gete to have myself photographed sporting a beautiful Pashmina Fur scarf by Janavi India.

One other spot that I had conveniently ignored the final time round is Chicham Bridge. Stopped over for a bit and was stunned to see meals vehicles! Not one thing I had ever anticipated to see in Chicham!

Chicham Bridge is a suspension bridge and is taken into account one of many highest bridges in Asia. It’s constructed over a 1000 toes deep, spectacular wanting gorge and the bridge connects Kibber to Chicham village. The bridge was solely accomplished in 2017, earlier than which you’d must drive an additional 40 kms to get to Chicham.

The final two pictures above : Crimson Fox and Blue Sheep specks. The Chicham Gorge can also be house to wildlife. Whereas we didn’t spot a Snow Leopard, we did spot a Crimson Fox that was choosing at rubbish. And we spent nearly an hour watching Blue Sheep head-butting on one of many slopes popping out of the gorge. This was nearer to sundown, so the sand they have been flinging about is what caught my eye – in any other case, at that distance, not possible to identify these shy creatures.

Tethys Himlayan DEN usually hosts Snow Leopard Expeditions within the winters BTW.

Again to certainly one of my favorite rooms, the place I’ve stayed each occasions at Tethys. The loft room is GREAT. Regardless of being in direction of the again of the constructing, you’ve nonetheless acquired a view. It’s tremendous vibrant tremendous early within the morning, so if you happen to’re a lightweight sleeper like me, carry a watch masks. Ear plugs additionally is not going to harm if you happen to’re touring throughout busy season. It’s a homestay and voices carry simply. You may be completed with dinner at 9 pm however many of the others are definitely not!

Water is photo voltaic heated but when there’s no sunshine, the employees will warmth water for you. Do keep in mind that that is an especially distant place – so please set your expectations accordingly. Beautiful home-cooked meals with some nice surprises, which I’d undoubtedly not anticipate at Chicham. For instance, watermelon for breakfast! It was much more scrumptious as a result of it was at 4,270 meters above sea degree. NOTHING grows at Chicham – besides just a few new endeavours the place locals try to develop peas and mushrooms.

Additionally, electrical blankets for the win!

My companion had not seen the Manali Highway, so one of many days we have been at Chicham, we determined to only go for a drive within the Manali course. I recalled that it had appeared way more picturesque than the route from the Shimla facet, and the sky regarded fascinating to my photographer’s eye, so it was a superb day to go for a drive.

We drove by the Ladarcha Meadows beneath.

The surroundings is certainly extra stunning that the opposite route. No marvel so many individuals desire the Manali route. We then drove on in direction of Kiyato however didn’t go all the way in which. There was a bridge to our left, which might take us on a route that even I had not seen beforehand and we determined to strive that out. It turned out to steer us proper again to Kaza!

I discover it SO TOUGH to pick pictures from Spiti. Every part is charming and so beautiful to take a look at and re-look at. No marvel this weblog put up has gone on and on. And there’s nonetheless a lot extra that I’ve not shared right here. I will likely be releasing a number of the pictures as prints too, someday quickly.

The Kiyato bridge to Kaza route turned out to be extra stunning than I had imagined.

We ended up again at Kaza, the place we picked up just a few provides, some garments and a few beer. Most outlets within the Kaza Market ( together with the ONLY gasoline station on the town ) settle for solely money as type of fee. Most of them do settle for UPI funds however bank cards are an absolute no-go and money is most well-liked.

There’s a brand new property within the works at a spot referred to as Mane, which we stopped over at whereas driving from Chicham to our subsequent cease, Banjara Village Retreat at Sojha.

Mane is at a decrease top than Chicham and located near the valley flooring, proper subsequent to the Spiti River. A lot extra inexperienced. Can not wait to see what these guys provide you with.

We have been additionally fortunate sufficient to identify a Himalayan Vulture up-close (often known as the Himalayan Griffon Vulture). We had seen just a few of those at Tethys as nicely however they have been at all times too distant to be photographed correctly on my 200mm lens.

And we noticed some extra Blue Sheep on our departure from Mane and Spiti Valley.

I’ll depart you with just a few extra panorama pictures beneath, all photographed from a window at Tethys. If there’s one 7 Star property at Chicham, it’s Tethys Himalayan. Large hugs and gratitude to Faizu, who’s village Turtuk is on our radar subsequent.

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Subsequent up, Banjara Village Retreat, Sojha! Coming quickly!


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