Dhankar Heights!! (I)

Dhankar Landscape

Landscape view of Dhankar – The vegetation belt can be observed with the Spiti river flowing in the background. This was capture in April 2016 and therefore the belt is not as green as it should be.

At an elevation of 12,774 feet (3894m); Dhankar is a scenic village that lies between Tabo and Kaza. The entry to the village is hard to miss!! The meaning of the word ‘Dhankar’ is fort on a cliff.

Dhankar was the traditional capital of Spiti Valley ruled by the Nonos in 17th century. The fort and the monastery has deteriorated over the years and mostly ruined. However the monastery is being built to replace the old one.

Will share more pictures of this beautiful place soon 🙂

Online Permit for Rohtang Pass

Rohtang Pass is open for tourists and you can now apply online to acquire permit for Rohtang pass. The details are available on Himachal Tourism’s website.In a move by NGT to preserve the ecosystem, the number of vehicles have been limited to 1200 including petrol and diesel.

The permit available for tourism purposes has validity of 24 hours.  The requisite fee to paid to be paid is as follows –

  • For Car / Jeep : Permit Fee – INR 500; Congestion Charges – INR 50
  • For MUV’s : Permit Fee – INR 500; Congestion Charges – INR 50

The payment of fee is applicable to all vehicles visiting Rohtang pass for tourism purpose. This tax is to be paid on daily basis and accordingly the permits are issued based on daily quota defined by National Green Tribunal(NGT).

You will need –

  1. Valid ID Proof
  2. Valid Pollution Under Check (PUC) Certificate
  3. Vehicle Registration Date (Age of vehicle not to be more than 10 yrs)

With an objective of making it simpler for the tourists, Himachal Tourism has made the status of permits available online. One can also check availability of permits before applying,  here is the link – Availability Status.

Alternatively you can go on – http://admis.hp.nic.in/ngtkullu/Home/CheckPermitStatus

The daily quota for petrol cars is 800 and for diesel ones it’s just 400.

I’m sure it will be helpful to acquire the permit online and it’s worth a try.

Sarahan – Peaceful abode of Goddess Bhimakali

Visit to Sarahan was part of our recent road trip to Spiti Valley. We did a road trip from New Delhi – Spiti – New Delhi in April 2016 with our 11 months old little love.We reached Sarahan on Day 3 of our memorable journey.

Sarahan has a surreal peaceful charm. Sarahan is a beautiful village , just 17 kms off the main road (from Jeori), adorned by impressive Bhimkali Temple that is 800 years old and gorgeous Shrikand peak viewsSarahanThe architecture of the temple is strikingly beautiful, with the Shrikhand Peak in background the place simply looks truly beautiful.


So serene so beautiful, Sarahan #SpitiRoadTrip #UntraveledKinnaur


Shrikhand Peak views at Sarahan #UntraveledKinnaur

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