The Mountain Walker Diaries: Sutlej At Rampur

Rampur, Himachal Pradesh, India, 6 July 2017, 2030 hours

We are at Rampur, well, just on the outskirts of Rampur actually. After a good four-and-a-half hours drive from Shimla to Narkanda to Kumharsain, we decided to take a night halt at Rampur instead of pushing on to Sangla. Decision made, we conferred with our driver Manish, then called the Ops team to check for bookings in Rampur, and by the time we reached, we had rooms booked at the HPTDC hotel, Bushahr Regency.

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The Sutlej at Rampur; Photo: sanjay mukherjee 

Hot pakodas and chai later, I took a walk to Rampur town, which is 2 kilometres from the hotel, and got some stuff that we had forgotten when we had started that morning – cold cream, baby-wipes for the little one, and so on.

Rampur has a great history. Located on the banks of the Sutlej river, at a relatively low altitude of 1005 metres (3,350 feet) above sea-level, Rampur was the winter capital of the erstwhile Bushahr state. It was a very important trading and cultural centre in centuries gone by, attracting people from all the hill states (28 in all) and Tibet for trade and commerce. In fact, even today, there is a fair in Rampur wherein villagers from all over come to trade cattle, crafts, cloth, and other ware.

The walk did me a world of good, and hot food served with generous portions ensured that we were good and ready for a well-deserved rest … after a bit of TV watching.

Tomorrow morning, we intend to hit the road early so that we can get to Sangla for a late lunch. We have lost a day by taking this night halt, but it was a good decision since we are all relaxed and rested. It’s a holiday, so gotta stop worrying about schedules.

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