So, what exactly strikes your mind when you think of Spiti Valley*? Maybe the vast stretches of land covered by a veil of snow, or red-cheeked kids running around, or the gorgeous Himalayan peaks that turn golden as the sun's first rays fall on them, or maybe a plate of hot steaming momos and a cup of freshly brewed lemon ginger tea!
*Spiti Valley is a cold desert mountain valley located high in the Himalaya mountains in the north-eastern part of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The name "Spiti" means "The Middle Land", i.e. the land between Tibet and India. (Courtesy: Wikipedia)
During the days when I was planning my trip, there were quite a few people who had the question - "Where is Spiti?" And even after I came back and started uploading the photos on Instagram, I got comments like "Never knew there was such a place in Himachal!"
Well, I'm sure people have seen hundreds of photographs of the valley (most of which were clicked during the winters, hence the colors of autumn looked different) but just too reluctant to actually find out that such a place actually exists in our own country!
The place is more surreal than how it looks in the photographs and too beautiful to be described in words. In a span of just 7 days, it seemed like we were in a different world altogether.
A world where people greet you warmly at every corner of the road saying "Julley" ('Hello' in Spitian language).
A world where there's no internet yet kids like Singye (whom we named as 'The Google of Spiti') know more about life than any other urban kid of his age.
A world where time seems to have stopped and happiness lingers in the wind.
It has been nearly 4 months since I returned back to the chaos of the city life, and I'm still struggling to get over the post-trip blues! I strongly believe that one trip to this magical land can never be enough. Your heart will always long for more...
If you have been postponing your trip to Spiti since forever, then I guess these photographs have heightened your wanderlust for sure.
The road trip across the valley, starting from Manali, can be covered in about 7 days if planned properly.