I was discussing with a travel friend about my desire to go to Ladakh and he suggested me to try Spiti Valley instead. And in July-2015, I was on my way to Spiti and with the benefit of hindsight, I can say it was one of my best trips ever.
We were 5 people and it was a fun experience to travel in a small group and our blue print for the trip was amazing because each place was unique in its features and beauty and for me each day got progressively better. There was no mobile network all over Spiti Valley and we all relished that freedom, cut of from the everyday hassles of the regular world.
As we drove from Kinnaur to Spiti the landscapes changed from lush green to arid and dry and in a way the lack of greenery and only mountains was kind of amazing. You realize how small you are when surrounded by the vast expanse of mountains. We were like ants crawling over huge anthills slowly moving from one place to another.