Spiti

Like you, my first brush with geometry and the Pythagoras theorem was during school days

While I struggled then, in my adulthood I realized the magical beauty of some of the shapes when I saw them in the real world.

One of them was the triangle created by nature in Spiti.

The Shila peak

Nature’s triangle: The Shila peak

This rainy reason (end-June to end-August) I urge you to visit this region in Himachal Pradesh.

The snow-clad Shila peak points sharply to the heavens up above! It also provides a breathtaking backdrop to Langcha-Hikkim village, which is just below it.

Meeting point

Meeting point: Two monks with a fellow-traveler pass by the junction where the Pin river joins the Spiti (river)


To reach Spiti will involve a long and arduous mountainous road journey through Himalaya and trans-Himalaya cold desert regions. You can start from: Manali, Shimla or Chandigarh.

This journey itself is a reward.

A high-altitude region (10.000ft+) it is spread across several valleys and dotted with peaks & villages. The Pin and Spiti rivers flow through it.

You’ll also get an opportunity to pass through Kinnaur.

The journey is the reward! A milestone with a topping of fresh snow as you approach Recong Peo (Kinnaur)
The journey is the reward! A milestone with a topping of fresh snow as you approach Recong Peo (Kinnaur)

Like me, you may want to trek to Chandratal and gaze at it in bewilderment on reaching the shores of its azure blue waters. The mountains see their mirror-image in its placid waters.


The mirror of the mountains! Bliss to be at the high-altitude lake of Chandra-taal

The mirror of the mountains! Bliss to be at the high-altitude lake of Chandra-taal

And then, the Kee gompa is so dramatically situated that you would simply gape at it in disbelief.

The dramatically located Kee gompa and its monastic campus

The dramatically located Kee gompa and its monastic campus

On way to villages sometimes, a pile of sheep-horns indicate you the route.

You can go left, you can go to the right or you can go to the village below

You can go left, you can go to the right or you can go to the village below

The brick-coloured Komic gompa with its yellow-painted roof is almost situated at the end of a secluded place.

A contrast of colours the brick-red is manmade, while the blue sky is natural! The Komic gompa

A contrast of colours: the brick-red is manmade, while the blue sky is natural! The Komic gompa

Not very far from Kaza, and well connected by road is Kibber, supposed to be the highest inhabited village in the world.
The children of Spiti will undoubtedly remind you of the innocence and unfettered freedom & joy of childhood so deeply cherished by us all.


Bountiful smiles! School children sit on a wall for the sun�s warmth in the winters

Bountiful smiles! School children sit on a wall for the sun’s warmth in the winters

Taken a few years ago, the 10 photographs with captions in this album, offer you a peeping glimpse into the joy that Spiti encapsulates!

Posted on 20th Feb 2012

Courtesy : Rajesh Mall

 

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