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To Village Showad, Anni (Kullu) by Nalagarh-Arki-Basantpur-Luhri road (Pictures and Videos on the way)

 

Road, Anni, Basantpur, Arki, Luhri

Last time, I shared my experience of the journey to Shimla through Nalagarh-Ramshehar-Kunihar road. Today, I will discuss with you the Nalagarh-Arki-Basantpur-Luhri road which offers a great thrill to adventure seekers. I have been to Nalagarh many times but I traveled on the Nalagrah-Arki-Basantpur-Luhri stretch for the first time. Nalagarh-Ramshehr-Kunihar road is also a delight for adventure seekers because it is a single road and offers some challenges to drivers. However when we take a turn to Arki and moves towards Basantpur then the level of excitement increases many times. 

I started from Ropar and moved on NH 205 till Ghanauli and then took turns to Nalagarh road. The condition of this road from Ghanauli to Himachal entry point is very bad and then after the road is fine. After reaching Nalagarh, I took the State highway no. 16 towards Ramshehar. It is a single road but the works for its widening are taking place simultaneously. From Ramshehar, I continued on the SH 16 till Mahadev Bus stand, and from here I took a shortcut through Bhanglan and Ner to again meet SH 16 and saved a few KMs. Again few Kms ahead of Kunihar, I took a left turn towards Arki and after some drive, I touched State Highway 9 (Kunihar-Arki road). I reach Arki town which is famous for its fort situated on the top of the city. 

Arki, road


From Arki, I saw a steep climb toward Kangra-Shimla (NH 205). Soon, I touched the NH 205 and drove on it for 10 KMs and then again took a left turn on the Dhalot-Dhami-Dargi-Mandhor-Katli-Thog-Jamogra road for 30 KMs. This road offers you both steep descent and climbs till you reach State Highway no 13 ahead of Basantpur. We took our lunch at the Basantpur and got an option to eat food like home at Basant Bhojnaliya situated on the roadside. From Basantur, we moved on the SH 13 for a few KMs and then took the right turn towards Luhri and followed Major district road no 22. This road goes with the Satluj river till the Luhri and it is very risky in many places.  

The total travel on the MDR 22 road is around 50 KM and it is a single and narrow road but the condition of road is very fine. At some places, we can also find stones falling from the hills, therefore, this road needs to be avoided in bad weather. At many places two-vehicles can't cross simultaneously, therefore, you may need to back your vehicle to find a way. At some places, you can find steep falls up to 50 feet straight into Satluj river.  Many trucks and pickup vehicles travel on this road and they may come very fast, therefore, you need to be watchful while driving on this road. The beauty of this vehicle is that we may not find any vehicle for 20 to 30 minutes at all and you can even take pictures in the middle of the road (though it is not advisable). Overall, it was a great experience to drive on this road and I will love to travel again on this road. 

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