In early November we drove to Pangi valley via Kashmir and these are some pictures from our drive.
Day 1 – From Shimla to Kihar
Full day of driving from Shimla to Kihar in Chamba.
Day 2 – Kihar – Doda – Kishtwar – Killar
We entered Doda district via Padri Jot and then crossed the beautiful region of Kishtwar. After Kishtwar, the roads had multiple landslides till Gulabgarh. From there we reached Ishtiyari and then crossed the famous 5-7km patch of the most dangerous road in the evening.
Day 3 – Pangi Valley
Woke up to witness the beautiful Pangi valley. Drove up to Hudan Bhatori village while hearing recent stories about local ‘Rakshas’ that live in the caves nearby. It started snowing when we reached there. The weather got better in the evening.
Day 4 – Killar – Kishtwar – Doda
We woke up with fresh snowfall in Killar. Staying there would risk getting stuck in Pangi valley, so we decided to drive back. Crossing the Ishtiyari patch in snow was quite an experience. The snow intensified in Ishtiyari but we safely reached Gulabgarh where it was converted into light rainfall. The day ended in Doda district.
Day 5 – Doda to Kihar
We started early and reached Bhadarwah. We found that Padri top had two feet of snow and the road was blocked. We also heard that there was a JCB clearing the way, so we took a chance and were the first one to move ahead on that road that day. We saw the JCB returning back but after a short talk, they agreed to clear the way to Chamba. So we followed it. JCB operators, Ajay and Rahman deserve a special mention here for helping us reach Chamba that day.