The Wayfarer Diaries: Moving Ahead to Kalpa

1445 hours, 13-01-2019, Taranda Dhank, Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, India:

We had just entered Kinnaur and by the time we passed the check post at Chaura, it started snowing in the upper reaches of the mountains around us. We stopped to capture a few shots where it started drizzling, which was actually the snow that that melted into tiny droplets as it reached us. 

Though the roads till Kalpa are open (which everybody was concerned about) and we will easily reach by there by 1800 hours, it has also become a matter of concern as the snow may lead to the road to Kalpa from Rekong Peo getting blocked. So we have decided to push forward and reach Kalpa as soon as possible to minimise any risk of getting stuck. 

We are now crossing the Taranda Dhank section of the journey, a section marvelled for its engineering with the road being cut through a steep mountain face with the greenish waters of Satluj flowing down the valley below.

Witnessing fresh snow falling (looking like a sheet of fog) along the way as we approach Nigulsari; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal
Taranda Mata Temple at Taranda Dhank; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal
The view of the river Satluj flowing down the valley at Taranda Dhank; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal
The road has been made by carving out the mountain face; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

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