“Surely the gods must live here, this is no place for men” – Rudyard Kipling had said this about Spiti years ago. “And, his words were an absolute truth” is what I mumble to myself while the rickety bus makes way along the non-existent roads of this cold desert.
As you enter Spiti, the road becomes one of the most treacherous ones. This is how Spiti would welcome you- being harsh and cold.
Spiti may not be an unknown territory anymore, however, it will remain an enigma till the end of time due to the sheer liveliness in its simplicity even after remaining disconnected to the outside world for most part of the year.
I am listing below experiences that will not let you want to return to the madness and pollution of the city.
Spot a snow leopard at Pin Valley Reserve
An unexpected green belt within the otherwise desolate lands, Pin Valley Reserve is the dwelling place of some arresting animals like Siberian Ibex, Blue Sheep and Snow Leopard. The Snow Leopards are a reclusive species and can seldom be sighted. You have to be lucky and patient enough to wait for their sight though. A visit during summers gives you chance to spot many rare birds like golden eagle, snowcocks, chukors, ravens and other species of Himalayan birds.
You may like to volunteer with the Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF) and Snow Leopard Trust and participate in programs dedicated towards conservation of snow leopards in Spiti.