Vkclicks: Spiti Valley DAY 1 Ambala to Shimla

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Spiti Valley DAY 1 Ambala to Shimla

Spiti Valley DAY 1 - Ambala to Shimla

Our plan was ready, so we decided to go by train and come back by flight [ cost cutting ;) ] We booked tickets of Amritsar express as this was the only train which will start by Friday night .
Two days before we transported our bikes, so we will get the bikes on time. Agent took 4500 for one bike to parcel from Mumbai to Chandigarh which was far more than we expected.

yamaha r15
Bike is getting ready at CST

We commenced our journey at 11:30 from Thane.  The 31 hrs train journey seemed to be never ending, and there was nothing note worthy to write about.


The train was suppose to reach Ambala at 9:00 AM, as per the Indian tradition Train reached 2 hrs late.  After getting down from train the first thought which came in my mind was "have our bikes reached ? ". We went to the Parcel office, and I enquired about our bikes and the reply was, "Go and search by yourself if bikes are reached then let me know and if not then it will be coming in Next train" and we were like WTF. But I didn't have any other option as I had to reach Shimla by end of the  day.

So we decided to search for the bikes, we left our belongings in the  parcel office and started to search our bikes on Ambala railway platforms. After Searching for half an hour I finally found my bike as it had delivered yesterday, sigh of relief. But  my friend was still struggling to find his bike. meanwhile I started to push my bike so I can reach the parcel office.

While I was dragging my bike to the Parcel office, a Railway employee stopped me in my tracks and forbid me from proceeding  without the Railway Gate pass. As I was already running late, so I took out Mr. Franklin from my pocket and handed over to him to speed up the process.

After spending more than 1.5 hrs, we reached the Parcel office and completed  formalities. We removed the plastic wraps, and cleaned our bikes and  mounted our saddle bag. meanwhile one local guy offered us 1 litre petrol which helped us to reach to the nearest petrol pump. what a saviour

yamaha r15 spiti valley
Ready to go at Ambala station

Finally struggling for more than an  hour we started our journey towards Shimla by 2.30 Pm, our plan was to start our ride by 12 PM but we were 2 hrs behind our scheduled due to the pathetic service of Railway staff.

We fuelled  the tank, started our journey and my god what a road it was....smooth tarmac with continuous straights. My R15 was easily managing triple digit speed but my colleague which was on a Passion+ was struggling to go beyond 70 So I had to take it  easy.

There are two ways to go to Shimla, one way is from Chandigarh city and another one bypasses the city. To avoid the city traffic, We chose to bypass the city to save our already scarce time. We decide to take a lunch break after riding for more than 50Km, had some dal chawal and again commenced our journey.

After some straights its time for some curvy road which indicated the start of Shimla. The beautiful road was  accompanied by equally beautiful landscapes, but the enjoyment didn't last for that long.  After crossing  Kalka we encountered heavy traffic and we were frustrated to see the never ending car queues. The road was narrow and it was impossible to manoeuvre our bikes through the traffic. After the start stop traffic we managed to find some vacant road.


kalpa images of bikes
Beautiful view at Kalpa


vishal spiti valley
Photo time near Kalpa


Finally at 7:30 PM we reached Shimla, it took more than 5 hrs to just complete 150 Kms. It was peak season in Shimla and all the hotels were booked and for normal hotels they were asking for more than 1000Rs. What a bad luck...! we were already frustrated due to the traffics and we needed some good rest. searching for more than an hour finally we got hold  of some decent rooms but the asking  price was 1600 Rs.

shimla hotel
Shimla hotel not worth of 1600 Rs

After an exhausting but adventures day we agreed to that amount without any second thought. We parked our bikes, kept the luggage and went  for some well deserved rest.







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