“Rupin River View at Rakcham: Fabulous view - just can not beat
" 'River view' is a misnomer. The River Baspa here is a mere trickle, or so it was in April. The hotel really ought to be named Rupin Mountain View, and a glorious view of snow capped mountains at that.
The Rupin is located at Rakcham, a small village approximately halfway between Sangla and Chhitkul.
All rooms overlook a splendid range of mountains towering over the Baspa valley. The view is so marvellous that one could spend hours just looking out at the stunningly beautiful panorama.
We had booked on the phone a few hours ahead, though in season it is better to book well in advance as this is the only decent accommodation available in Rakcham. Naresh Jishtu the proprietor , greeted us on arrival and showed us our room which was clean and reasonably large with picture windows and a balcony, though it was too freezing cold to sit out there during our stay! Even the bathroom window afforded an excellent view of the mountains.
We requested and were provided with a heater which was not at all effective being a mere 400W, with a freezing draft seeping in through improperly sealed doors and windows. However the two 4kg quilts in the room ensured a warm and cozy night.
Though there was a proper geyser in the bathroom, the flow from the hot water faucet was low. Another con was frequent power outage in the evening. Though Naresh ji said it was not the norm, the presence of several solar panels in the village opposite seemed to suggest otherwise.
Naresh-ji apologetically said that this year the winter was prolongued, normally it should not be this cold in April.
Meals were delicious, served piping hot and cooked to our preference. Naresh-ji suggested that we cross the river and take a short walk on the opposite bank which also led to glaciers running off the mountains. We took his advice and enjoyed the outing. Later, we explored the old village of Rakcham with its wooden houses and temples just across the road from the Rupin.
The Rupin River View can not be beaten for its magnificent views. It is reasonably priced and a good choice to spend a few days exploring the region. Getting there though is murderous with horrendous roads, if at all they can be deemed 'roads'. When we phoned to book, we had asked Naresh ji about the road condition as we were coming in from Sarahan. He said that the road was good which was a blatant falsehood. When we jokingly confronted him with this, he nonchalantly proclaimed that the roads were much worse earlier than they were now and hence he said they were good! "