Monday, January 16, 2012
This amazing road through the Pangi Valley in Himachal was one I wanted to bag since 2007. Year after year, I was thwarted by bad roads and the weather, but in October 2010 when the roaring nullahs had become fordable streams I completed this recce in a Mahindra Thar. Starting from Tandi, the road follows the Chandra-Bhaga river till the town of Killar, from where one road continues to Doda and Kishtwar in Jammu and Kashmir, and the other takes a spectacular ascent to Sach Pass before descending to Chamba.
For a motorcycling adventure this road has a few parallels. The views are fantastic but the road is tough and it will take eight hours to ride 100 km, there are virtually no dhabas on this road from Udaipur to Killar and no petrol pumps till you cross over Sach Pass deep into Chamba. Ill-prepared motorcycles will break down and so will their riders, but for those who finish this ride, the experience will resonate with a soul satisfying fullness for many years to come.