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An old Spiti man collects the dry shrubs used as a fuel in the treeless landscape of Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India

I am living in Spiti this winter

So here I am, after a solo drive from Kotgarh to Kaza, sipping green tea in the living room of my favourite property in Spiti, Sakya Abode. They receive a special mention because its the only hotel open in Kaza right now. Though the staff has left for their winter season in Goa, the owner Mr. Tsering Bodh is doing all the hotel chores.

I checked the outside temperature yesterday before entering the hotel. It was 1.3˚C and the wind was making it even colder. The locals believe it’s quite warm compared to the winters, when the temperature will drop down to -35˚C, the lowest recorded last year.

While driving to Kaza, I got a nice glimpse of the wild in Spiti. I saw two Red Foxes crossing the road and a female Blue Sheep (Bharal).


A photo posted by Himanshu Khagta (@himanshukhagta) on

I’ll stay here in Sakya till its open and then shift to a home with a chimney, to survive the extreme winters.

Workspace at Sakya Abode, Kaza, Spiti
Workspace at Sakya Abode, Kaza, Spiti

I’ll keep you updated via Twitter and Instagram.

Do follow my project ‘Life in Spiti’, to see how people survive the extreme winters. I’ll update the website live from Spiti this winter.

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