Travel is not just a part of life, but life itself. And Bollywood filmmaker, Imtiaz Ali’s films, live and breathe travel. We have felt Geet’s pain against the backdrop of mountains in Shimla, we laughed with joy when Ved and Tara danced gleefully in Corsica and we resonated the strong bond of Veera and Mahabir at the picturesque Aru Valley. And every time we watch an Imtiaz Ali film, we not only get immersed in the incredible stories and lives of the characters, but also the gorgeous locations that are depicted. We always end up having a new travel destination on our bucket list. The talented director’s latest venture, Love Aaj Kal, starring Kartik Aryan and Sara Ali Khan has a new travel destination that will charm our socks off. Chitkul in Himachal Pradesh is a Love Aaj Kal discovery, and here’s why you need to visit this place.
What’s In It?
The latest song, Mehrama in Love Aaj Kal shows Kartik Aryan brooding solemnly for his loved one, sitting by a gorgeous brook, covered with pebbles, against the backdrop of majestic mountains. And if you’re wondering where that fairyland is, then let’s tell you that it is Chitkul, located in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh.
It’s a charming Himalayan village which is nestled by the wildly roaring River Baspa. It’s one of the most stunning places in the region. During the winters, Chitkul is mostly covered in glistening snow and the inhabitants move to lower regions of the state. And its also said to have the cleanest air in India.
Chitkul is also the last point of the Hindustan-Tibet road, which you can travel without needing a permit. Another interesting fact about this quaint village is that the Indo China border lies just 90 km from this place. Chitkul is a hidden gem of India and it remains untouched from mass tourism. You can drive through the unlaid roads leading to this beautiful village from Sangla, which is the nearest bigger hamlet. Did you know Himachal Pradesh Sets Guinness World Record For Making 1,995 KG Of Khichdi?
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“and the last puff of the day-wind brought from the unseen villages the scent of damp wood-smoke, hot cakes, dripping undergrowth, and rotting pine-cones. That is the true smell of the Himalayas, and if once it creeps into the blood of a man, that man will at the last, forgetting all else, return to the hills to die.” – Rudyard Kipling (Nobel Prize for Literature 1907)
The roads will take you through dense pine forests, which is just magical. Chitkul has a mystical and spiritual charm to it. Its paradise on earth as the clear blue streams, pebbles, lush greenery and snow-capped mountains has a calm, serene vibe to it. And now that you can see the beauty of Chitkul unfolding on the silver screen in Love Aaj Kal, it will give you all the more reason to visit here with your loved ones, creating new memories on this journey, called life.