Manali to Spiti on road..perfect 7 days.Truly a heaven on earth..

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Photo of Manali to Spiti on road..perfect 7 days.Truly a heaven on earth.. by Shatakshi Gupta

Day 1: Manali to Kaza

We head from Manali to Kaza. Enroute this way you will come across lot of beautiful mountain ranges. The journey is going to be 11 to 12 hours on road but believe me you wont regret sacrificing your sleep. Travel to spiti is more about the journey and not only the destination.The entire route is really amazing and we cant keep our cameras off our hand for a minute also.

So our first stop was at MARHI 11,400 feet for breakfast. The entire place is surrounded with snow capped mountain ranges. We spotted a small stupa near by so walked till there to see the beautiful view of the valley.

Photo of Marhi, Himachal Pradesh, India by Shatakshi Gupta
Photo of Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by Shatakshi Gupta

We crossed ROHTANGpass, mountain ranges were entirely covered with clouds . Next place we took halt at was CHATRU,its small village having population of 120. There are few shops for eating and beautiful landscape all around to capture into your cameras.

It was the lunch time and we stopped at famous chacha chachi Chandra dhaba at Batal.

Photo of Batal, Himachal Pradesh, India by Shatakshi Gupta

Next halt was at KUNZUM PASS . The pass is an treat to the eyes, it is surrounded with mighty snow capped mountain ranges. People believe kumzum mata dwells in the temple at the pass and protect from all evil forces. We too stopped here and did the parikrama.One thing you cannot just miss on the entire trip is Buddhist prayer flags ,flying high with the wind

Photo of Kunzum Pass, Dhar Thachakarpo, Himachal Pradesh by Shatakshi Gupta
Photo of Kunzum Pass, Dhar Thachakarpo, Himachal Pradesh by Shatakshi Gupta
Photo of Kunzum Stupas, Dhar Thachakarpo, Himachal Pradesh, India by Shatakshi Gupta
Photo of Manali to Spiti on road..perfect 7 days.Truly a heaven on earth.. by Shatakshi Gupta
Photo of Manali to Spiti on road..perfect 7 days.Truly a heaven on earth.. by Shatakshi Gupta
Photo of Manali to Spiti on road..perfect 7 days.Truly a heaven on earth.. by Shatakshi Gupta
Photo of Manali to Spiti on road..perfect 7 days.Truly a heaven on earth.. by Shatakshi Gupta

Somewhere on the way to kaza

Photo of Kaza, Himachal Pradesh, India by Shatakshi Gupta
Photo of Kaza, Himachal Pradesh, India by Shatakshi Gupta
Photo of Kaza, Himachal Pradesh, India by Shatakshi Gupta
Photo of Kaza, Himachal Pradesh, India by Shatakshi Gupta
Photo of Kaza, Himachal Pradesh, India by Shatakshi Gupta

Entering Spiti, the first village we crossed was LOSAR 13,400 feet above sea level. Houses here are made up of mud to maintain warmth and are painted in white.The roof corners are covered with husk and tree leaves in order to prevent damage during the snow. Not to mention it is one of the chilliest village in spiti region and has population of 242.

We reached Kaza by evening .It is the largest village of Spiti. We explored the market and tasted not to miss momos and thukpa. There was a monastery just behind our hotel ‘Sakya Abode’ where we could see young lamas in their red bottoms and jackets on the top. People here lead a very simple life and will welcome you with warm hearts

Photo of Kaza Monastery, Kaza, Himachal Pradesh, India by Shatakshi Gupta
Photo of Kaza Monastery, Kaza, Himachal Pradesh, India by Shatakshi Gupta

Day 2: Tabo and Gue

Today we had two destinations to cover – Tabo monastery and Gue village. Gue village is known for mummy of a lama,India’s only Natural Mummy.It is around 500 years old and still intact with teeth and skin. Villagers once in a year gather to cut the nails and hairs, yes they grow ,though very little but yes.

Photo of Manali to Spiti on road..perfect 7 days.Truly a heaven on earth.. by Shatakshi Gupta

It is kept in a glass box inside a small room which can accommodate only 5 to 6 people at a time. It is allowed to take pictures of mummy but without flash as artificial light might damage the mummy. It sits firmly with its fist around one leg, chin resting on its knee. It is said the lama went through the self mummification process while being alive. Spare sometime,sit there and stare into the eyes of the lama, you may find feeling of inner peace.

Photo of Manali to Spiti on road..perfect 7 days.Truly a heaven on earth.. by Shatakshi Gupta
Photo of Tabo Monastery, Himachal Pradesh, India by Shatakshi Gupta

In front of each god image we can see few bowls of water kept.Monks change this water before sunrise and sunset. Reason being keeping the water is ,rich can offer anything to god be it gold ,money but a poor can offer water which is purest of the all.

Day 3:- Hikkim, Komic, Langza, Key and Kibber

Today we started visiting few villages of spiti and trying to know more about the culture First village we reached was Langza altitude of 4400 meters. This place has a huge Lord Buddha structure overlooking entire valley . Also down we can see the beautiful mud houses painted in white. We walked down to get closer look at these amazing typical langza homes

Photo of Langza, Himachal Pradesh, India by Shatakshi Gupta
Photo of Langza, Himachal Pradesh, India by Shatakshi Gupta
Photo of Langza, Himachal Pradesh, India by Shatakshi Gupta
Photo of Langza, Himachal Pradesh, India by Shatakshi Gupta

Next we head to Hikkim altitude of 4440 m, this place has highest post office in the world. Post office is inside a small home .You can buy postcard and post to your loved ones.

Photo of Hikkim, Himachal Pradesh, India by Shatakshi Gupta

Next stop was at komic-world’s highest village connected with motorable road .Also visited Tangyud Monastery.

Monastery was really good and had paintings all over the walls. They had red carpets put all over the place where monks sit and do chants and prayers. Even we were allowed to sit there and meditate .In the other monastery girls were not allowed so we just stayed back till other people visited the place. The entrance of this monastery welcomes you with preserved body of snow leopard hanging . The leopard was killed by villagers as it entered their houses long back.

Photo of Sakya Tangyud Monastery, Kaza, Himachal Pradesh, India by Shatakshi Gupta

Next stop for us was kibber village and key monastery. Kibber village is 4270 metres and is no less beautiful than any other village in spiti. The village has around 80 houses, unique, given that they are made of stone instead of mud or adobe brick used extensively elsewhere in the Spiti valley.

Photo of Key Gompa, Key Monastery, Key, Himachal Pradesh, India by Shatakshi Gupta
Photo of Kibber, Himachal Pradesh, India by Shatakshi Gupta

Day 4:Kaza to chandratal-Lake of moon

chandratal –The Moon lake, nature was not failing to surprise me at each and every road I was taking. We head for 6 to 7 hours journey for chandratal. Enroute we halted at LOSSAR for the lunch We finally reached chandratal by around 3’o clock. From the parking one had to walk a km in order to reach the lake. We were tired but the view at the end made it worth.Can u just imagine surrounded with snow capped mountains,is a greenish and bluish shade lake

Photo of Manali to Spiti on road..perfect 7 days.Truly a heaven on earth.. by Shatakshi Gupta
Photo of Chandra Taal, Himachal Pradesh by Shatakshi Gupta
Photo of Chandra Taal, Himachal Pradesh by Shatakshi Gupta
Photo of Chandra Taal, Himachal Pradesh by Shatakshi Gupta
Photo of Manali to Spiti on road..perfect 7 days.Truly a heaven on earth.. by Shatakshi Gupta
Photo of Parasol Camps, Chandra Tal, Chandra Taal, Himachal Pradesh, India by Shatakshi Gupta
Photo of Parasol Camps, Chandra Tal, Chandra Taal, Himachal Pradesh, India by Shatakshi Gupta
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