A Kaleidoscope of The Middle Land : Spiti



By Malita Crasto

The Spiti Valley is a 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 – Wikipedia.


Here is a kaleidoscope of my favorite moments from my trip to Kinnaur and Spiti.

Meeting the Goddess

Our first stop – The Bhima Kali temple in Sarahan village. Human sacrifices were carried out here till about the 18th century to please the goddess.





Chitkul is rainy and cold when we arrive and is also the last village at the Indo Tibet border. There is nothing notable about the place, but visiting the last village should be good enough reason.




Dhankar was the erstwhile capital of Spiti and the monastery overlooks the Spiti – Pin confluence
This monastery too is around 1000 years old and is of religious significance. The landscape around Dhankar is grandiose and unlike anything that I ever saw before (loss of words).



Magical Lake

A steep upward trek leads us to the Dhankhar Lake. The way up was not difficult however the thin air made the climb arduous. The lake was a magical color of turquoise, green, blue…again at a  loss of words to describe beauty.



Dancing In Demul

We were excited to watch a traditional Spitian dance. The dancers were all women who were beautifully attired in their traditional shawls and a lot of jewelry. After a while we joined them in their dance. The dance was indeed a good way to understand the culture of the people here
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Komic!

Breathless due to the trek but feeling accomplished we finally reached Komic, the highest village in Asia and a pretty village too.This time my hosts were a large family with two very cute and sweet kids.The menu for the evening dinner was potato momos and soup. Given the blowing cold winds outside this was a welcome.


Mr. Postman at Hikkim

The post office at Hikkim is the highest in the world!!


 Kinner Kailash

We were at Kalpa on the last day of our trip. I woke up for a walk to watch the sunrise from the mountains.


Spiti has all of these and a lot more to offer. If offbeat and unexplored is your kinda holiday, then Spiti should be on your list :)
Julley!

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Author Bio: Malita travelled with us to Kinnaur and Spiti this June. She enjoys adventure travel. Discovering and exploring the offbeat and unknown comes naturally to her. You can follow her travel adventures on her Blog
     
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2 comments:

  1. awesome looking bunch of places!

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  2. Viaggio in Nord India è anche una delle zone più belle dell'India, che è aperta a tutti coloro che amano la natura e viaggiare. Quindi ami la natura allora visitate del nord India per godersi la natura.

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