The route to Spiti Valley from Shimla passes through the Kinnaur district before entering the Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. The route is longer than the route that passes through Manali, but the USP of this route is that it remains open throughout the year, owing to the supply chain of ITBP troops posted all along the India China border in the region. The road follows a river for the most part and passes through a lot of diverse altitude gradients.
The road is constantly under repair and maintenance by the GREF. So you can expect a relatively smoother journey on this route if compared to the Manali –Kaza route. The road conditions are good and well maintained, for the most part, there are a few rough sections here and there en route. But these are not as extreme and dangerous as compared to the gushing water crossings, boulders, and rockfalls that is quite evident at the Manali-Kaza roadway.
Read : Delhi to Spiti Valley
As mentioned earlier, the Shimla to Kaza roadway is open all year round, under constant maintenance and repair all along its entirety. However, one thing to keep in mind would be that on certain designated days, blasting takes place in some sections of the road for road expansion and maintenance. So it would be a good idea to check at the Shimla bus stand as to what are the specific days. Even if you seem to be headed to Spiti on a blasting day, there is nothing to worry about as most of the blasting sites are restored within a few hours of the blasting, causing only a very minor delay. While stranded try to enjoy the views outside and go for a short walk, maybe?
Pro’s : The pros of this route are the year-round accessibility you get and the good road conditions. You get to travel and experience the gradual shift from civilization to the wilderness. The altitude also increases slowly on this route. Also, since there is a heavy military movement on this route throughout the year, you are more likely to get help in case of any trouble on this route. Even the Manali route has a good level of military logistics presence, however, there is none after Gramphoo because most of it is headed to Ladakh in summers to stock for Winters.
Con’s : The only con of the Shimla to Spiti Valley route is that it takes a longer time to reach Kaza from Shimla.
HRTC buses are functional on this route throughout the year. To reach from Shimla to Spiti Valley, you will have to get a bus to Reckong-Peo from Shimla. Only one bus originates from Shimla, which travels from Shimla to Reckong Peo and starts at 5:00 AM. However, there are multiple via Shimla buses originating from Delhi and Chandigarh, which go to Reckong Peo.
Read : Inter Spiti Bus Timetable
It costs around 800 INR to reach from Shimla to Kaza on an ordinary HRTC bus. This covers Shimla to Reckong Peo fare and then Peo to Kaza bus fare.
Taxis are available from Shimla to Kaza. However, there are very few taxis that are available on a shared basis, which will take you to Kaza from Shimla because it takes two days to reach Kaza and a night halt at Reckong Peo. If you were to book a private taxi from Shimla to Kaza, the roundtrip it will cost you anywhere between 30,000 INR, depending on the duration of your stay in Kaza.
Read : Guide to Kaza
Shimla to Kaza : As mentioned earlier, shared taxis are not quite available in Shimla if you want to go to Kaza. However, your best bet to get a shared taxi to Kaza will be Rampur Bushahr. The trip from Rampur Bushahr to Kaza is doable in one go and hence a lot of shared taxis ply from Rampur to Kaza. The Rampur to Kaza shared taxi fare is around 800-1000 INR per person.
Kaza to Shimla : Shared taxi’s ply regularly from Kaza to Rampur from the Kaza bus stop and leave early at 6:00 AM. Usually, tempo travelers are functional on this route and cost anywhere from 800 INR to 1000 INR. You should book a day earlier from the taxi stands opposite to Kaza bus stop for a tension-free night.
Suicide Point : The suicide point in the Kinnaur district is very famous and falls right on the road to Kaza. The place is named so because it is situated on a cliff. However, nobody has committed suicide from that place but it seems to be an ideal place to do so. Hence, the name.
Sumdo : Sumdo is the place where the border of Kinnaur district ends and you enter the Spiti district. Everybody has to stop at Sumdo to get their documents verified at the ITBP check post. The checkpoint itself is situated in a picturesque location, right next to the river.
Rock Tunnel : This is a place where the road passes through a cavity drilled into the mountain because of the hard nature of the mountain there.
Kalpa : Kalpa is a small town which lies above Reckong Peo and is famous for the views of the Kinner Kailash mountain range. The place is famous for its apple orchards and has a few ancient temples in the village.
Sangla : Sangla is a very famous destination among travelers in Kinnaur. It is situated in the Baspa Valley of Kinnaur, surrounded by apple orchards, walnut plantations, and whatnot. Wooden carvings are specific to Sangla.
Chitkul : Chitkul is a quaint little town in the Kinnaur district, being one of the many last villages in India. Nothing much to do here as it is located near the Indo China border area with few short treks here and there.
What is the Shimla to Reckong Peo HRTC bus fare?
It costs 440 INR to reach from Shimla to Reckong Peo on an HRTC bus.
What is the timing for Shimla to Reckong Peo HRTC bus?
A Hrtc bus leaves for Reckong Peo from the Shimla bus stand at 5:00 AM.
Do private buses run between Shimla to Kaza?
No. Only HRTC buses run from Shimla to Kaza.
How far is Kaza from Shimla?
Kaza is approximately 448 kilometers away from Shimla.
Shimla to Kaza distance?
The district boundary for Lahaul and Spiti starts at Sumdo. So Spiti valley is 334Kms away from Shimla. The district headquarter of Kaza is further 114 Kilometers inside Spiti Valley.
What is the Shimla to Kaza bus timing?
The Shimla to Kaza bus leaves Shimla bus stand at 5:00 AM.
What is the Kaza to Shimla bus timing?
The HRTC bus from Kaza to Shimla leaves the Kaza bus stand at 7:00 AM.
What is the Shimla to Kaza Taxi Fare?
The taxi fare for Shimla to Kaza is around 30000 INR, this includes a round trip. You will not get a private taxi for one way. You will have to take a round trip. Otherwise, shared cabs are available for one way.
What is the Kaza to Shimla shared taxi fare?
No taxis ply between Kaza to Shimla. However, you can get a shared taxi to Rampur from Kaza and it should cost you anywhere from 800-1000 INR. From Rampur shared cabs and buses are readily available to Shimla.