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Surreal Spiti

22 Aug

Surreal Spiti

Had travelled to Spiti in June 2012. Had not even heard of the place. Came across this site  http://indiauntravelled.com/trips.html and fell in love with a snap posted in it and decided that I wanna visit there. Checked out with few friends if they wanted to join but unfortunately they couldnt due to work / social engagements and the works. Anyways, the enchanting photograph was still in my mind and I decided to travel solo. Joined a trip organised by India untravelled and had one of the most awesome experiences ever!

The beauty of Spiti lay in the diversity of the place — hard rocky terrain, gushing water, snow capped moutains, greenery (though in bits and pieces– otherwise it is rocky terrain) and the beautiful monasteries…all of it just awesome 🙂 Surrounded by the Himalayas, you will find yourself seeing the varied beauty of the mountains while doing ordinary things like sipping tea, having lunch or just plain gazing.

Interacting with the locals was so engaging – they are so hard working and yet so simple. I especially fell in love with our guide – Tsering and this cute couple in a Dhaba

Some of the must visits place in Spiti:

Kaza (a vibrant town which has a petrol pump — at highest altitude levels)

Tabo– the most charming place in Spiti – be it the charming people, the 1000 year old Tabo monastery, the caves, the souvenir shops, everything is just heart tugging

Dhankar — the monastery precariously perched on the mountains, Dhankar lake

Trip from Demul to Komic — if you are fit, its a moderate 4-5 hours trek. If you are unfit (like me :P), then opt for a yak.

Komic- Charming village and homestay, also do send some postcards from the highest post office in Asia at Hikkim (close to Komic village)

We missed out on Pin Valley and Chaandrataal lake due to landslides but pictures show they are extremely beautiful locations so definitely “must dos” if in Lahaul- Spiti Valley.

The best and the worst part about the trip was the journey. Worst because the road from Manali to Kaza is quite rocky and is not for the faint hearted who are used to travelling smooth. But if you do manage it, I can promise its the most awesome journey ever. You will always be worried about dozing off coz u dont want to miss any single moment of natural exquisite beauty. Cannot describe it in words. Especially loved the Kumzum pass 🙂 There are some moments when the entire body is smiling and you feel just happiness and quiet joy within. I experienced that there 🙂

Go experience that you!

 

 

 

 

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14 Comments

Posted by on August 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

14 responses to “Surreal Spiti

  1. NS

    August 22, 2012 at 6:51 am

    Love the snap. And the way you described it, I think its time to pay mountains a visit !!

     
  2. amit khemka

    August 22, 2012 at 8:25 am

    more salt to rub…..i know i was the one who missed it too…..

     
  3. manseelikes

    August 22, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Haha – Ur loss bro!

     
  4. manseelikes

    August 22, 2012 at 8:41 am

    and yes NS– one trip to the mountains you must make!

     
  5. Ralsi

    August 23, 2012 at 5:07 am

    After going through your post, I am thinking about visiting this place. Must have been a unique experience.

     
  6. nikhil

    August 23, 2012 at 9:03 am

    wow.. please upload pic on FB

     
  7. Madamescribbler

    August 25, 2012 at 6:28 am

    I left Baroda several years ago when Goodies was where we went for a walnut choc brownie…so its indeed interesting to hear about these new places that have opened up! You’re my tour guide there now. Spiti sounds like everything I’ve read about it. Its been on my radar forever. Glad to read about it from your pov!

     
  8. manseelikes

    August 26, 2012 at 5:06 am

    @ Ralsi- It was and u must! It will require a min chutti of 9-10 days but its totally worth it
    @ Nikhil – They r already there! check them out 🙂
    @ A- So come visit Vadodara soon 🙂

     
  9. Sudipta

    August 27, 2012 at 5:25 am

    hmm…Tawang in Arunachal is another such destination. Snow capped himalayan ranges, treacherous terrains (weak hearted/ high B.P. ones are advised not to take the journey).
    Planning a visit this December…..lets c how it turns out to be.

     
  10. manseelikes

    November 20, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Hey thanks Sudipta! Am looking forward to ur review of Tawang. I have not explored Eastern India much (just Kolkata, Sikkim and Darjeeling) so its definitely on my “LIST”

     
  11. Sunil

    November 20, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Hello Mansee,
    I’ve been there and done that. Mine was also a solo trip, and it’s still so fresh in my mind. Luckily I went in July and at that time the Pin valley landslide was cleared.
    Pin valley is so heavenly that I advise you to visit it at least once.

     
  12. manseelikes

    November 21, 2012 at 6:13 am

    Thanks Sunil. Pin Valley is definitely on my “LIST”

     
  13. Avik

    November 22, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Spiti is definitely in my travel plan.

     
  14. manseelikes

    November 23, 2012 at 4:14 am

    @ Avik- Great! Do visit Pin Valley, Tabo, Dhankar and Kaza

     

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