Yes...I have been to Heaven !!!

Tripoto
9th Sep 2016

On Earth there is no Heaven, but there are pieces of it.

And yes, I have been to that one piece of Heaven, namely Spiti. I had never travelled solo to an unknown place until then. I remember the day before the trip when I was discussing about this impending Spiti trip with my friend. His first question was whether I had travelled solo before. And the answer is yes, I have, to Agra and Nainital for 2 days. However, I had been to those places before. But the trip of Spiti was going to be different. It’s a virgin location and quite alien to me. My friend was left stunned and remarked that I am making quite a jump – from Agra and Nainital for 2 days to Spiti for 15 days! I couldn’t help but break into laughter.

It’ll be surprising for you to know but I didn’t have much knowledge about Spiti valley before embarking on this trip. The only fact I knew is that there’s a beautiful monastery out there where my favourite film Highway was shot! So there was no fixed itinerary as such. I had no idea where I’d be the next morning while on the go. It was this friend and the lovely locals of Spiti who helped me in planning my next move during the trip.

Thankfully, the trip turned out to be a success. Each and every place that I went to was like a distinct piece of heaven. It’s not just the natural beauty that was appealing but even the attitude of the people there that added to the heavenly element. Interacting with them and also their kids was an unforgettable experience! If I came across a kid in Sangla who was a bundle of cuteness, in Chitkul meanwhile, I came across a naughty bunch of baccha party. In Nako, a lady opened her shop in the freezing weather at 10 pm at night (quite late for those people) when I realized that I have lost my gold earring. In Tabo, I got a chance to have home cooked food in the residence of a local person on my personal request. The lady of the house also offered fresh apples for free! In cities, no girl can feel safe, whether in crowded areas or in lonely places. But out there, I hitchhiked on trucks, loading autos and cars. Of course, there was a slight fear at the back of my mind but I didn’t have a single awkward moment with these people. In cities, we have to be cautious of everyone, including our own. But in Spiti, I got a first-hand experience of humanity, trust, respect and kindness doled out to me by complete strangers.

The pleasant experiences just don’t end here. In Komic, I experienced the best hospitality in the world in a small homestay where the owner offered me a hot cup of tea the moment I entered his kitchen and also gave me a woollen stall before going outside. In the Kee monastery, a kind Lama offered me noodles when he realized that I am hungry and unable to digest the food cooked for everyone. In Losar, I was floored as a lady agreed to sleep with me for the night since I felt scared and hence was unable to doze off. So this lovely lady joined me after completing her chores. Unbelievable but true! If this isn't the Heavenly experience then I don't know what is

Needless to say, these were some of the most beautiful experiences and would always have a special place in my heart. I hope you liked reading my travelougue and also check out the pictures that tells the rest of the story!

Photo of Yes...I have been to Heaven !!! 1/1 by Vanita Vig
Kalka Shimla Toy Train :)
Day 1

Views on the way !!

Photo of Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vanita Vig

SRK pose on this beautiful Location :)

Photo of Dharampur, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vanita Vig
Day 2

Hattu Mata Mandir on the Hattu Peak :)

Photo of Narkanda, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vanita Vig

Magical view from Hattu Peak :)

Photo of Narkanda, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vanita Vig
Day 3

Bheema Kaali Maa Mandir :)

Photo of Sarahan, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vanita Vig

A Lady sitting outside the Mandir !!

Photo of Sarahan, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vanita Vig
Day 4

That bundle of Cuteness...Samiya :)

Photo of Sangla, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vanita Vig

Can't resist myself from clicking a selfie with her :)

Photo of Sangla, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vanita Vig
Day 5

Beautiful Chitkul :)

Photo of Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vanita Vig
Day 6

Naughty Bachha Party in Chitkul :)

Photo of Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vanita Vig

Meet Shruti :) Owner of the Sweetest Smile I have ever seen :)

Photo of Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vanita Vig

Solitude !!

Photo of Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vanita Vig
Day 7

Morning in Kalpa :)

Photo of Kalpa, Reckong Peo, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vanita Vig
Day 8

Beautiful Nako Lake !!

Photo of Nako, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vanita Vig

Nako Village !!!

Photo of Nako, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vanita Vig

That lady who opened her shop at night :)

Photo of Nako, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vanita Vig
Day 9

Friends :)

Photo of Nako, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vanita Vig

Friends :)

Photo of Nako, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vanita Vig

A piece of Heaven :)

Photo of Tabo, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vanita Vig

Kids in Tabo :)

Photo of Tabo, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vanita Vig

Kids in Tabo :)

Photo of Tabo, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vanita Vig

That Moment :-)

Photo of Tabo, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vanita Vig

Local Food ...Timo :)

Photo of Tabo, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vanita Vig
Day 10

Happy Puppy :-)

Photo of Pin Valley National Park, Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vanita Vig

Love :)

Photo of Mud, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vanita Vig
Day 11
Photo of Kaza, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vanita Vig

The Day when i saw Milky Way for the first time :)

Photo of Komic, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vanita Vig
Day 12

I can't express how happy i was to see Key Monastery :)

Photo of Key Gompa, Key Monastery, Key, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vanita Vig
Day 13

Love :)

Photo of Kaza, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vanita Vig
Day 14

I was totally Astonished to see the beauty :)

Photo of Kunzum Pass, Dhar Thachakarpo, Himachal Pradesh by Vanita Vig
Photo of Kunzum Pass, Dhar Thachakarpo, Himachal Pradesh by Vanita Vig

On the way to Chandartaal !!

Photo of Kunzum Pass, Dhar Thachakarpo, Himachal Pradesh by Vanita Vig

That Moment :-)

Photo of Chandra Taal, Himachal Pradesh by Vanita Vig
Day 15

Sunlight :)

Photo of Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vanita Vig
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Thanks Vanita for sharing piece of information so beautifully. It is really very helpful to me
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Thank you so much for appreciating my work Deepak :)
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