Into the Himalayas from Shimla to Nako, India (09/2018)

Bhimakali Temple in Sarahan

Bhimakali Temple in Sarahan

We left Delhi just after midnight to start our long road trip into the Himalayas.

Our first stop was Shimla where we organized the Inner Line Permits allowing us to enter border areas and drive all the way to the Spiti Valley. The weather in Shimla was foggy and generally unpleasant, but we still took a short walk along Mall Road seeing some of the historic buildings. The next morning, we left early for our drive along the Sutlej River to Sarahan. Unfortunately, it was raining a lot and the low-hanging clouds blocked most of the mountain scenery which I had enjoyed a lot on my last trip here in 2016.

We reached Sarahan shortly before sunset and checked into the hotel. I put my GoPro on the balcony and took nice time-lapse videos.

The sun came out in the morning and offered a beautiful view of the mountain scenery.

Impressive water falls were visible on the other side of the valley.

After breakfast, we went on a short stroll through Sarahan and visited the famous Bhimakali Temple. Afterwards, we left for the long journey to Nako at the southernmost end of the Spiti Valley. Driving further and further into the Himalayas, the scenery became more barren and harsh with rugged mountains. The narrow road is considered one of the most dangerous in the world passing along the sides of steep cliffs always exposed to rock falls.

We reached Nako late in the evening. The temperatures were already very low and after a good dinner, we soon fell asleep.

4 responses to “Into the Himalayas from Shimla to Nako, India (09/2018)

  1. What an adventure! Thanks so very much, Matthias, for taking us along on this intrepid road trip. That narrow road looks harrowing, I’m so glad you arrived safely. Loved seeing Shimla, the temples and details, the mountain scenery, the GoPro videos (those tiny lights moving were fun). Especially enjoyed seeing the outstanding Himalayas.

    • thank you for your comment and checking out my post! A road trip through the Himalayas is definitely a fantastic adventure and I can only recommend it for everyone!

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