They say journeys are more exciting than the destination. My road trip from Manali to Spiti was exactly that. When we reached Manali, only 2 taxis out of around 25 agreed to take us to Spiti. The terrain was strewn with treacherous turns. There were many incidents about landslides and other issues which delayed many journeys, keeping the drivers & tourists stranded amidst nowhere. So, most of the drivers were not willing to go. But apparently, these 2 had a lot of experience of driving in the Spiti terrain.
Out of these two drivers, we went with the cheaper one. It was already past 10 AM when we left from Manali and reaching Spiti today seemed unlikely. But, our driver was confident to reach Kaza by 8 PM. Little did we know that we won’t.
When we started from Manali, the good road left us very soon after we crossed Rohtang pass. That would be the last time we saw a tar road until we reach Kaza. Of course, if you ask about the landscapes and a surrounding range of enchanting mountains, the road was still good. But, to drive more than the speed of 40 on these roads would mean us banging our heads on the car’s roof.