Himachal Roadways Transport Corporation is undoubtedly the backbone of the transportation throughout the Spiti Valley. Whether it is connecting Spiti to the rest of the nation or interconnecting the villages of Spiti throughout the year, HRTC stands at the most efficient. Regardless of topographical difficulties, the HRTC staff selflessly and seamlessly serve in these treacherous yet picturesque roads round the clock, braving through the cold.
If you are on a budget trip, then taking a bus to Spiti Valley makes all the sense in the world. It’s cheap, punctual to schedule, relatively safer, dependable and the travel allows you to understand how much Spitians rely on these buses for transportation. As a matter of fact, these buses bring in the mail from Kinnaur to Spiti. So, the first seat is reserved for the Indian Postal Department. These buses also bring in newspaper from the previous day into the valley. The road to Spiti passes through Lahaul and Kinnaur and these regions experience frequent blasting by the Border Roads Organization(BRO). On selective days the roads are closed due to maintenance and widening, so, if you are stuck in a jam don’t start cursing. Just enjoy the show and stay calm or else the conductor will ask you to leave the bus upon further shenanigans. One unique thing about the buses towards Spiti is that the driver and the conductor carry heavy duty – 20 degree C sleeping bags with themselves.
Buses are active throughout the year, except when it heavily rains (around the month of July) or snows (around the month of December). After such harsh condition, it becomes difficult to travel within the Spiti Valley. Usually, people prefer to commute via shared taxis and even hitch hiking seems a decent idea.
Bus Route Departure Time
Kaza to Kullu Bus 5:00 AM
Chango to Kaza Bus 6:00 AM
Kaza to Shimla Bus 7:30 AM
Mud Village to Kaza Bus 6:00 AM
Komik to Kaza Bus 7:30 AM
Chicham to Kaza Bus 8:00 AM
Kaza to Chango Bus 2:30 PM
Lhalung to Kaza Bus 7:30 AM
Kaza to Mud Village Bus 4:00 PM
Kaza to Losar Bus 4:30 PM
Losar to Kaza Bus 7:00 AM
Kaza to Komik Bus 5:00 PM
Kaza to Demul Bus 5:00 PM
Demul to Kaza Bus 7:30 AM
Kaza to Chicham Bus 5:00 PM
Kaza to Lhalung Bus 5:15 PM
Commuting to Spiti has its own underlying troubles because of its secluded existence in the Himachal Pradesh. There are few buses that go, so, there is a bus from Shimla that leaves for Kaza at 6:30 PM. This bus is the only option from Shimla to Kaza for people looking to travel efficiently. It travels all night and reaches Reckong Peo sometime around 6 AM. At Reckong Peo, the bus stops and the conductor asks the passengers to leave. Those who wants to continue traveling to Kaza should tell the conductor and sit in the same bus. He will give out tickets to whoever is continuing and allocate a seat number. Don’t expect miracles in the Spiti Valley because the bus here may or may not change but the driver and conductor definitely will.
In the morning at 5:30 AM, the same bus would start again from Reckong Peo to Kaza, with new passengers who boarded from the village. It arrives in Kaza sometime in the evening, around 5 PM. Below, you can breakdown fares as applied per person.
Bus Route Price (rupees)
Delhi to Shimla 420
Shimla to Reckong Peo 436
Reckong Peo to Tabo 312
Tabo to Kaza 88
While travelling to this God approved paradise in Himachal Pradesh, one should be aware of the bus schedule to minimize efforts and money. These are some of the buses that you can board when visiting Spiti Valley, Sangla Valley or Kinnaur Valley.
Bus Route Time Frequency
Shimla to Kaza 6:30 PM Daily
Shimla to Pooh 4:00 AM Daily
Shimla to Reckong Peo 5:00 AM Daily
Shimla to Rampur 3:10 PM, 4:10 PM Daily
Shimla to Tapri 11:15 AM Daily
Reckong Peo to Tabo 9:00 AM Daily
Rampur to Tabo 5:00 AM Daily
Tabo to Rampur (via Reckong Peo) 5:00 AM Daily
Delhi to Reckong Peo 6:00, 7:15 AM Daily
Delhi to Rampur 4:30 AM, 5:30 AM, 11:40 AM, 11:30 PM Daily
Chandigarh to Sangla 10:30 AM Daily
Chandigarh to Reckong Peo 9:00 AM, 10:20 AM; 10:00 PM Daily
Chandigarh to Kafnu 8:30 AM Daily
Chandigarh to Anni 8:15 AM Daily
Kalka to Sarahan 9:30 AM Daily
Ambala to Rampur 01:30 PM Daily
Haridwar to Reckong Peo 5:15 AM Daily
Haridwar to Sarahan 9:10 AM Daily
Dharamshala to Thangi 4:30 AM Daily
Solan to Lippa 6:15 AM Daily
Nalagarh to Reckong Peo 10:00 AM Daily
Hamirpur to Reckong Peo 10:40 AM, 8:00 PM Daily
Hamirpur to Rampur 10:30 PM Daily
Jammu to Rampur 7:00 AM Daily
Devra to Premnagar 9:00 AM Daily
If you are planning to visit Spiti in winters once, think about all the fun and games you will have in the snow (enjoy till you reach Kaza). After reaching Kaza, you might encounter some black ice on the road or overbearing snow surrounding it. Most of the times, it’s just ice in the shade. You can witness a lot of people who had taken their swanky SUV’s to Spiti Valley, chickening out at the first sight of ice, that is usually after the Kee Monastry! Also, a lot of shared cabs are available on weekdays because a lot of people come from distant villages to Kaza for their jobs. To travel seamlessly in winters, understanding how this system works, is important.
While you might find a few cabs near the bus stand in the morning outbound from Kaza, most cabs will carry people inbound to Kaza in the morning. For enthusiasts who are feeling particularly in sync with the mountain vibe can get their free ride out of Kaza or at a cheap rate because the drivers flock back to their origin in the evening. For hitchhiking, weekdays are best because again, people go to work and they are happy to give you a ride. During weekends the traffic reduces and so does the probability of getting a lift. You can hitchhike the Kaza-Kee-Kibber-Hikkim circuit on a Sunday in peak winters. So, it is doable, but you just have to be a bit patient (shameless, to be honest).
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Hrtc is undoubtedly the backbone of the transportation throughout Spiti valley.Be it connecting SPiti to the rest of the nation or interconnecting the villages of spiti atleast during summertime.The Hrtc staff selflessly serves in these treacherous yet picturesque roads round the clock braving the cold.If you are on a budget trip then taking a bus to spiti valley makes all the sense in the world.It’s cheap,timely,relatively safer,dependable and you get to understand how much Spitians rely on these buses for transportation.As a matter of fact these b uses bring in the mail from Kinnaur to Spiti so the first seat is reserved for the indian postal department, these buses also bring in newspaper from the previous day into the valley.The road to Spiti passes through Lahaul and Kinnaur,these regions are frequent to blasting by the Border roads Organisation on selective days for road maintainance and widening so if you are stuck in a jam don’t start cursing, everybody else is, and this is a part of the harsh lifestyle here.One unique thing I noticed about the buses towards Spiti is that the driver and the conductor carry heavy duty -20C sleeping bags with themselves.
These buses are active before snow hits the valley around the month of December.After which travelling within Spiti valley can be done through shared taxis or even hitch hiking is also a good idea.
There is a Bus from Shimla that leaves for Kaza at 6:30 PM. This Bus is a direct Bus from Shimla to Kaza. It travels all night and reaches Reckong Peo sometime at 6 AM. At Peo, the conductor would ask the passengers for for anyone who wants to continue traveling to Kaza and give out tickets to whoever is continuing and assings a seat number as well. The Bus here may or may not change but the driver and conductor definitely will.
At 5:30 AM, this bus would again start from Reckong Peo for Kaza with new passngers who boarded from Peo. It arrives at Kaza sometime in the evening at around 5 PM. Below is a breakdown of fares per person.
The text in the image above may not be clear so let me word the schedule above. These are the buses that you can board for visiting Spiti Valley, Sangla Valley or Kinnaur Valley.
I happened to visit Spiti on a winter once and it’s all fun and games till you reach Kaza. After that there might be some black ice on the road or too much snow most of the times it’s just ice in the parts which are in the shade.I’ve seen a lot of people who had taken their swanky SUV’s to spiti valley chickening out at the first sight of ice,which is usually after Kee Monastry ! There are a lot of shared cabs available on weekdays because a lot of people come from distant villages to Kaza for their jobs.To travel seamlessly in winters understanding how this system works is important.While you might find a few cabs near the bus stand in the morning outbound from Kaza. Most cabs will carry people inbound to Kaza in the morning. In the evening when their work is over they will be going back,that is precisely when you get your ride out of Kaza at cheap prices.For hitchiking weekdays are the best because again people go to work and are happy to give you a ride.In weekends the traffic reduces so does the probability of getting a lift.I hitch hiked Kaza-Kee-Kibber-Hikkim circuit on a Sunday in peak winters,so it is doable but you just have to be a bit patient and shameless to be honest.
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