6:00 AM: We had breakfast and started our journey.
We stood in the basin to know how it would feel to flow like River Spiti through the valley.
There was hardly any water in the river as the valley still remains untouched from rainfall since ages. No rain water and unaccessible water from Spiti river are the reasons why agriculture could not be a major source of income and not many people chose to live in this land.
1:00 PM: We reached Kaza.
We had some beautiful locations and captured a lot of pictures in between. Every single place was so beautiful that we wanted to just sit there and gaze the nature.
The town of Kaza, Kaze or Kaja is the subdivisional headquarters of the remote Spiti Valley in the Lahaul and Spiti district of the state of Himachal Pradesh in the Western Himalayas of India. Spiti, which is a part of the Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal, is a high altitude or cold desert having close similarities to the neighbouring Tibet and Ladakh regions in terms of terrain, climate and the Buddhist culture. Kaza, situated along the Spiti River at an elevation of 3,650 metres (11,980 ft) above mean sea level, is the largest township and commercial center of the valley.
2:00 PM: We had authentic Tibetan lunch and interacted with a few people to know their culture and history. It was so heart-warming that we continued it for quite a long time.
3:00 PM: We reached Key Monastery and met a monk there who helped us to guide us through the art, architecture and the history behind the monastery.
Kye Gompa, also popular as Ki, Key or Kee, is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery located on top of a hill at an altitude of 13,668 ft above sea level, close to the Spiti River, in the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh, India.
It is the biggest monastery of Spiti Valley and a religious training centre for Lamas.
We entered the Key Monastery and saw 3 monks sitting in centre of the temple area. Suddenly, a bell rings, a monk comes and ask us to follow him. We followed him through stairs, spaces, doors and none of them were all same (I could relate it the journey of life). We enter into a dark place that had number of Diyas and containers used for prayer and offering to the Lord. The monk offers us tea and biscuits and starts preparing a pyramid type structure that is used in the prayer. While he was preparing, we communicated on topics related to Buddhism, Tibet, incarnation, life, languages and what not.
He guided us through campus of the temple telling the history of each room, paintings and scriptures that were kept in there.
Having spent some time in there, I felt like I've lived another life for a brief duration of that time. Absolutely grateful to him for providing such an experience.
4:00 PM: We reached Kibber and spent some time there to explore the village.
The beautiful village of Kibber, which is located in Spiti Valley and at a height of 4205 metres above sea level, holds the distinction of being the highest motorable village in the world.
That moment of your travel when you feel like celebrating.
Having rode for endless kilometres and infinite hours, we reached the land that offered great stays, tasty food, lovely people and mind boggling beauty around.
Every morning I spent in the valley, I used to be excited about the day to come and be at a different and beautiful place. Spiti fulfilled all my wishes that I had for this travel and left an unforgettable impression in my head and heart. .
The Middle Land turned out to be The 'Magical' Land.
5:30 PM: We reached Langza village. Met a few kids, had a great time playing with them.
The choice was to visit this village or not.
He said that we don't have time and will not be able to make it to the place we want to stay tonight.
I said that we don't have time to visit this place ever again. I don't know whether we will see it again or not.
He was scared for the future. I was determined for the present.
He gave a thought and chose present.
We made the right decision.
People in Spiti are super awesome. They make you feel happy and you can talk to them for hours. They've lovely vibes that you'll love to connect with them. I had multiple interactions with so many people out there and none let me down. They'll tell you stories and recommend you things to do in Spiti. Follow their instructions and you'll enjoy your stay there.
6:30 PM: Reached Dhankar Monastery. We explored through the village to get a home stay and got a good one situated at the top of village.
Dhankar Village is a large high village which used to be the capital of the Spiti Valley. It is at an altitude of 3,894 metres (12,774 feet) above sea level, between the towns of Tabo and Kaza.
7:00 PM: Visited the abandoned fort.
Distance covered: 210 Kms