Kinnaur, Himachal (Part II - Pandava's fort at Moorang - Serene Nako - Checkpoint Sumdo)
A walk on the Nako Mountains A click from Nako Nako view from the Top!...
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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.
The Nako monastery was also nearby so we decided to stopover before heading off to Kaza:Also on the way was Geyu Monastery which houses a 500+ year old mummy naturally preserved.Its not en route to Kaza; there is a slight deviation by taking a right turn, but should not be missed :Till now we had been traveling with a leisurely pace.But seeingThe mummy gave us perspective of value of time and we hurried to get back on route to Kaza.Some pics on the way to Kaza:
A picturesque village tucked away in the Himalayas, near the Indo-China border in district Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh. It can be reached via the bus to Reckong Peo from Delhi. Nako Lake is the main attraction of this hamlet, flanked by mountains, which are adorned by stupas. Nako is every bit Tibetan in its features, with Nako Gompa being another prominent place, home to 11th century chapels containing vibrant sculptures, murals and festival masks. One can always take the far removed hiking trail leading to the charming Tashigang village (which even has homestays now for your much desired soulful village experience), from where a continued trek can take you to caves and a shrine. Food can only be enjoyed at hotels, such as the Lake View hotel, which overlooks the Nako lake, or Knaygoh Kinner Camps, where one can enjoy accommodation and gorge on Indian and Chinese dishes within cozy en suite tents.
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