INDIA in July, 2019 (5)

INDIA in July, 2019 (5)

2019-07-28T10:53:14+00:00July 28th, 2019|Lee & Paul Update|

We are in Satluj Valley in a hotel that needs explaining!

Our hotel Batseri in Sangla Village

The hotel is in a unique riverside location by the isolated village of Sangla and is down another steep road.

The road down to Sangla village

If you look in the centre of the photo you can see an aqua-coloured building (the bridge across the river is to the right of this and below the second hairpin bend) and just to the left is the massive landslide which has cut the village off by road! If you follow the river from this building to the left you can see our hotel with the green roof. There has NEVER been an access road built to this site! Everything for construction, fit-out and now guests must come up the 500m path along the river.

Porters carry guests luggage, food supplies and everything else along this 500m path

We take a day-ride to Chitkul, the last inhabited village near the Indo-China border where the Indian road ends. During winters, the place mostly remains covered with snow and the inhabitants move to lower regions of Himachal. 

The road to the remote village of Chitkul

The 24km ride is spectacular with perfect weather and views.

Spectacular views as we approach Chitkul village

There’s a beautiful vista of the mountains and the people are friendly and just carry on about their business. No-one tries to tout us. Summertime is busy with gathering and storing firewood for the long winter ahead.

Mountain vistas all around Chitkul
Unique dwellings in Chitkul village
Interesting dress on the local villagers
We feel and look like aliens in this remote village
Lynne and Paul taking a breather
Local men having a chat
Harvesting summer crops
Don, Graeme, Brian and Marty taking in the atmosphere

“Polythene” is banned in the Himalayas so we aren’t seeing as much rubbish lying around but they still use their bins like incinerators – once they are full, they are set alight!

Delicious shahi paneer

To travel in India you really must like Indian food! The beauty of having a guide, as we found in China, is they know what to order. Having Kamal of a high caste means everything is a high standard as they always want to impress him. The smells that waft around at any meal time are intoxicating. The Kiwis are all putting butter on their chapatis and only one guy is not so keen on spicy food. A most delicious dish last night was a shahi paneer – paneer cheese with a thick gravy of cream, tomatoes and Indian spices followed up with a hand-made dessert of two little brown balls with a sweet light syrup.

Posted by Kamal Sharma on Wednesday, July 10, 2019


  1. Jenni July 29, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    Lee, just amazing look forward to every update…😍😍

    • Lee July 31, 2019 at 5:55 am

      Thanks Jenni, loving the Himalayas xx

  2. Jen Green July 29, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    The scenery is stunning. Not like the India I experienced. Trust you had a lovely birthday Lee. Went to Ros Keays 65th at Victoria Park on Saturday night and it was the usual ‘Ros’ party. Love reading about your adventures. Love Jen

    • Lee July 29, 2019 at 12:09 pm

      Thanks Jenelle, I was very spoilt. We’ll have to swap notes on India sometime – I’ll organise it in August xxx

  3. Kelly July 29, 2019 at 10:01 am

    Happy birthday for the other day Auntie Lee! How did you spend it?

    Hey, also interested to know how the bodies cope with the altitude?

    Enjoying the blogs keep em coming xxx

    • Lee July 29, 2019 at 11:29 am

      Thanks Kells! I think I fared better than Paul with altitude, he seemed to really struggle at night-time. It’s fine until you exert yourself – walk up a hill, flight of stairs. The trouble starts when you sleep up there, but they take us up gradually…

  4. Mal July 29, 2019 at 7:04 am

    Some great photos!! Roads look to be a test of skill!! Sounds like you are having a good time – I was wondering if the rains in other parts of India were impacting you. Safe riding. Mal

    • Lee July 29, 2019 at 11:30 am

      Hi Mal, the diversion road spooked me for sure! Very narrow, very long sheer drop and at times steep and very rocky…not for the faint-hearted!

  5. Beverley July 29, 2019 at 12:44 am

    I hope you had a fun birthday Lee!

    • Lee July 29, 2019 at 11:31 am

      Thanks Bev…yours is approaching fast!! xxx

  6. Alison Morgan July 28, 2019 at 11:10 pm

    HI Lee and Paul
    Great photos once again,Im back in Victoria in the cold after being in beautiful sunny Spain.Look forward to your next lot of photos.Lots of love to you both.xxxx

    • Lee July 29, 2019 at 11:31 am

      Thanks Ally, you must be missing Queensland lots xxxx

  7. Emma July 28, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    Oh Lee, I’m loving you descriptive posts as usual. I love Indian food and have taken a couple of cooking classes (one with you;))…the dessert you’ve described is galab jamun and it’s delicious! Keep safe and keep posting xx

    • Lee July 29, 2019 at 11:32 am

      Hey Emms, you and Sam seriously need to consider India – god, you would love the food xxx

  8. Diane July 28, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    What an amazing place, I didn’t realise it would be so unpopulated in the rural areas. You people look so big next to the locals.

    • Lee July 29, 2019 at 11:34 am

      Hi Diane, that’s one of the reasons we are always attracted to “remote” places – lack of people! They were very short at Chitkul!

  9. Sue Hird July 28, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    Many more WOWs Lee. Amazing roads, scenery – what a great trip! No doubt there’s been some scary bits too but that just adds to it in the long run I guess.

    • Lee July 29, 2019 at 11:35 am

      Sometimes the scary is a bit too challenging for me Sue! I love it and hate it at the same time!!

  10. VICKI mclean July 28, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    What an amazing trip you guys are having. Love the pics and blogs!
    Your dear friend,
    OK Jones xxx

    • Lee July 29, 2019 at 11:35 am

      Hi OK! Neat to hear from you and so glad you’re enjoying our trip xxxxx

  11. Ken July 28, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    Trust you are still roughing it out, Looks like Melbourne weather without the views.

    • Lee July 29, 2019 at 11:37 am

      That was a very brief stretch of dampness which we have left well behind – actually much warmer at altitude than we thought!

  12. Brian July 28, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Amazing photos, great snap shot video and what a wonderful remote part of the world. Thanks for the great update as always!

    • Lee July 29, 2019 at 11:38 am

      Thanks Brian…will be in touch soon re late September and a visit!

  13. Marian Ferguson July 28, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    How amazing Lee. Photos are spectacular. The news here as had photos of lots of flooding in India, so do hope you haven’t been affected. xx

    • Lee July 29, 2019 at 11:39 am

      Hi Marian, we left the monsoon weather behind but have seen coverage of the floods! No rain for us now xxxx

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