Adventures of Gramphu – Batal Road – DoW Mega Meet 2014

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The night was quite cold up there at Chandratal and in fact the thought of just peeing out at night was giving jitters down the spine 😉 😉 … Somehow, with some courage I was able to go out after 3-4 attempts. The morning first rays made us awake and it was time to go to Chandratal (read travel guide here).

Ripples in Chandratal Lake
Ripples in Chandratal Lake

Day 9 | Chandratal – Gramphu – Batal

We started in Pawan sir car and then walked the last 600-700 mtrs after parking the car up there and as usual the first sight of Chandratal is always so heavenly. It was a bit disappointment as the little breeze had created the ripples in the Chandratal Lake. The best time to see reflections in general is 8 AM to 10.30 AM types when the lake is quite calm and reflecting the surroundings magically in it. After spending sometime up there at the lake we started back for home and cover the most enthralling part of the journey from Batal to Gramphu 😀 😀
Early morning walk to Chandratal
Early morning walk to Chandratal
Camping site of Chandratal
Camping site of Chandratal
Chandratal Lake – First View
Chandratal Lake - First View
Reflecting the nature – Chandratal Lake
Reflecting the nature - Chandratal Lake
Camping at Chandratal
Camping at Chandratal

We started for Batal dhabha after bidding adieus to Nawang bhai, Bishan bhai from Parsol Camps and motu bhai. The drive in the morning was does offering some adventure as now we could see the gorge aside but it went un-adventurous 😉 😉 … We reached Batal and then had some tea plus some paranthas to kick off the last leg to Manali.

The road to Chandratal
The road to Chandratal
The valley view on the way to Chandratal
The valley view on the way to Chandratal
Devils getting ready at Batal
Devils getting ready at Batal

Devils getting ready at Batal

Devils getting ready at Batal
Dorje uncle of Batal Dhabha
Dorje uncle of Batal Dhabha
Beautiful view at Batal
Beautiful view at Batal

The hell just broke out on the road as we left Batal and small cars like mine were running painfully slow. One after another the adventurous water crossings were coming and some how we were dodging the big boulders. The heart was pumping and praying with each such water crossings not to enforce a deep hole in car’s underbelly 😀 😀

Finally, came the dorni nalla and the gramphu nalla, WOW !! Water was gushing, heart was pounding, all were screaming — in one GO, in one GO !! And then I saw, XUV was stuck at the end. It cannot get better than this… He He He… Finally, it was my turn and with in seconds of blood rush in veins I accelerated to get stuck in last stage and then a push from devils from behind and car was through… Uff I do not have words to explain it but yes that was it, the adventure of a life time to drive from Batal to Gramphu in a small car 😀 …

Glaciers on Batal – Gramphu road
Glaciers on Batal - Gramphu road

Glaciers on Batal - Gramphu road
Devils on Recce
Devils on Recce
Struggling through it
Struggling through it
Views – As heavenly as it can get
Views - As heavenly as it can get

Views - As heavenly as it can get
And we caused a big traffic jam
And we caused a big traffic jam
Cruising on Batal – Gramphu road
Cruising on Batal - Gramphu road
Its all that easy for Thar
Its all that easy for Thar

Then it was just a smooth drive to the top of Rohtang Pass. At the top, we bid adieus to Tapan da and his friends with a promise to meet for yet another adventure after an year 🙂 🙂 … Then, as we were rolling down I was looking back at my cousin and misjudged a gap between a big rock and tempo standing in the middle of the road. The rock hit the car rail and toppled down beneath the car 😯 😥 … My heart was in the mouth and I was feeling gutted as after crossing the entire hell of a roads, this happened on a well tarred road !! Thankfully, no damage was done though the rock was stuck underneath. We had devils with us so they lifted the car and I removed the stone. We went to Kothi, stopped for lunch there which was not so good along with high cost and pathetic service.

And we bid adieus to Spiti Valley from Gramphu
And we bid adieus to Spiti Valley from Gramphu
And we say good by to Tapan da and his friend at Rohtang Pass top
And we say good by to Tapan da and his friend at Rohtang Pass top
Rohtang Pass Top
Rohtang Pass Top

We decided then to directly drive home as it was 3.30 PM only instead of resting in Manali. Pawan ji, Vipin and my car was traveling together home. It was just a normal drive on Manali – Delhi Highway and only at 12.30 AM we came to know about a massive traffic jam near Bilaspur and since I was almost feeling sleepy, we decided to crash in some hotel to start afresh in next morning. We stayed at Bilaspur at night and left next morning for Delhi. We reached Delhi in afternoon and ended this LifeMeinBaarBaar MEGA ADVENTURE from Devil On Wheels !!!

I hope you enjoyed the tale of Mega Meet 2014 and coming Friday, we will commence our DoW Mega Meet 2015 – Zanskar Valley & Changthang in Ladakh for 11 days of yet another mega adventure…

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8 Comments

  1. Girija Sankar on

    Hi Dheeraj
    Gone through your entire Spiti Valley experience. It’s really exiting and interesting.
    Just a quick question from my end,
    If we are starting from Khoksar (In Bike) and wants to do Chandratal Lake then what can be the plan?
    Where can we have our night stay? (Provided we may not have in tent with us)
    Which time in a day it’s good to be there near Chandratal Lake?
    Regards
    giri

    • Hello Girija,

      Thank you. You should visit Chandratal from Khoksar and stay there overnight in season time. I hope you are talking of visiting Chandratal in season time not this time of year as it is not at all recommended to venture to Chandratal now in the season.

      • Girija Sankar on

        Hi Dheeraj

        Thanks for your response.
        How much approx it costs to stay their in Camping site near the lake?

        Regards
        Giri

        • There are few camping options in Chandratal and they range from 1000-1500 per person per day depending on the time you planning to visit.

  2. Saurabh M on

    Hey Dheeraj,

    Nice trip log!! 🙂

    We will be doing the Batal to Chandratal drive in a Santro in the coming week.. Any tips, inputs that u can provide will be helpful and also any updates u might have heard about the current road condition?

    Thanks,
    Saurabh

    • Oops, this trip is from Spiti Valley which is in Himachal not Ladakh, so no issues of taxi union 🙂 … We are headed in any case to Ladakh and Zanskar on coming Friday for this year Mega Meet 🙂

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