"…that this was pleasingly beautiful, while the other was sublimely grand" -Meriwether Lewis, June 14, 1805
“From Shimla the trace passed through Fagu, Theog, Matiana, Narkanda, Kotgarh, Nirath, Rampur, Sarahan, Tranda, Paunda, Nichar, Wangtu, Kalpa (Chini), Rarang, Akpa and then Jangi, where the road came to an end. After this point, a rough track continued to Labrang, Sugnam, Namgea and finally Shipki [La]…” ( from The Toy Train; The Kalka Shimla Railway Line, Raaja Bhasin). Underlining added to illustrate common villages on present day National Highway 22.
It is about 240 km from the check post at Jangi to Shimla, and thus about 200 km from the hydro station at Karcham where the Sutlej River and tiny Baspa come together and are harvested. It is also at Karcham that the road to Chitkul by why of Sangla breaks off for its winding, high minded pass through forests and along the Baspa. After a night in Chitkul, I rejoin 22 and make for Sarahan, a town with a temple mentioned by the guesthouse owner in Chitkul.