I walked up to the famous Nako lake which was a little ahead of the beautiful monastery that transported me into a different world altogether...a surreal experience, must say!We then drove towards Tabo - our destination for the day which was around 2 hours away...I was thrilled to know that this was a downhill drive into the plains; my breathing pattern was now getting consistent and I was slowly getting used to the low levels of oxygen.
Spread across the vast valley in Lahaul and Spiti, the Nako Monastery is nestled in the tiny Nako village. One of the most scenic Buddhist monasteries in India, you must experience a stay inside the premises at least once in your lifetime. The monastery receives a considerate amount of footfall during the summer months but during winters the monastery remains fairly remote. Nako Lake freezes in the winters and converts to a haven for migratory birds in the summers. Nako hides treasures of ancient Buddhist practises with thangkas and clay made statues and figures of deities. If you are unable to find a room to stay in the monastery you can easily opt for a home stay in the village, the locals are always happy to help.Where: Spiti, Himachal
What seems like a dull place from the exteriors is indeed a very beautiful place and one should pay a visit to Tabo. Located 40 kilometres from the Indo-Tibet border, this place is home to around 9 temples, shrines and holy caves and is extremely scared and popular among the Buddhist community. This place is said to be founded by the King Yeshe Od who belonged to the Purang Guge dynasty and is said to have hailed from West Tibet. Tabo was set up straight at the crossroads of two trade routes that were used during the ancient times. The place is deceptive and is a beauty to behold for those who take their chances and travel here.
Day 2: Leh to Tilat Sumdo(Private jeeps) Depart from Leh early in the morning & arrive at Tilat Sumdo. From here the temperatures start dropping further in the night. Here we start our first walk on the Chadar. There will be a briefing session on how to walk on the chadar along with how to identify the right surface to walk. There are various risk factors associated with the way you walk on the chadar, hence it is important to take things slowely. Here we will setup our campsites & stay for the night. Camp at Tilat Sumdo