Tough roads in India: Ride’em all, with love.
“Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.”
Everything that is beautiful is not easily attainable. The journey is full of twists and turns, highs and lows. Such are the roads that lead to your favorite ‘hill stations’. Talking about the Indian risky roads, there are many, mainly in the crown area of our country, ‘The Great Himalayas’. They need to be traveled before you get the ‘sweet satisfaction’ of your destination. And for this, you need to have a great amount of experience, judgment, and safety as well.
One such destination is Sach Pass, a mountain pass located in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. It lies in the Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas and is located at a height of 4,420 m above the sea level. It is the shortest route that connects Chamba to the Pangi valleys, however, it comes with its own risks. The roads, as of now, are narrow and not metalled. Hence, go through this article cum safety guide on Sach pass before you go there.
One can only describe the beauty of a place, but to experience it, you have to go and be there. Then only you can enjoy the serene view of the place, the fresh air of that ‘heaven on earth’ and the peace that prevails there. And not only the place, the journey is full of such views too. The fresh air of the mountains, the view of the valleys that you pass, the wilderness of the Himalayas; all of this can be experienced when you are on the roads of Chamba that lead to Sach pass. The best time to travel to Sach Pass is from June or early July to halfway through October (Monsoon & Winters should be avoided). As the roads here are not like ‘highways’, a small mistake may lead to an accident. One wrong move and it might be your last one. One less safety gear and it might land you in a hospital. An incorrect judgment and the next time you see yourself, you’ll be handicapped. Hence, in order for a safe trip, a lot of precautions and safety measures must be followed on your ride to Sach pass.
Well, for all you ‘wanderlusters’, here’s a good news. The roads of Sach pass are no longer dangerous. BRO (Border Roads Organisation, not bhai) has taken up the responsibility to mend the ‘unmetalled’ roads and build new, safer roads. This means that the journey will be more enjoyable with less probability of any sort of accident. The average cost of the whole trip (including food and stay) is approx Rs 15,000. The scenic drive is mesmerizing, trust me!
To conclude this blog cum safety guide on Sach Pass, here’s a story of one wanderluster.
‘Manoj Kandpal, along with a friend of his, started his ride to Sach Pass on 3rd Sept 2016 and ended it on the 9th of the same month. The climate throughout his journey was mostly sunny, but there were light showers around Sach Pass, but that did not affect their ride. The route that they took was: New Delhi – Pathankot – Udhampur – Patnitop – Kishtawar – Gulabgarh – Killar – Sach Pass – Chamba – Chandigarh – New Delhi, a journey of 1800 km approx. As told by him, the roads are smooth till Patnitop, but a bit broken till Kishtawar .Chamba is the main challenging part with almost no roads (more like off roading). According to him, the memories that he’ll cherish forever about this trip is the Bike ride on the stretch ( riding on the corners and the broken roads). According to him, if solo, one should have sound knowledge of basic wear and tear of the machine and should carry water bottles and eatable as it is a must to keep one hydrated.’
It’s great to be a fan of wanderlust, but do add these safety measures to your ‘lust bucket’ too.