8 pictures from my first trip to Spiti

Two years back me and my friend drove across Kinnaur to reach the high mountains of Spiti. After crossing the river at Sumdo few hours after Malling and Chango, the last villages of Kinnaur, the sense of approaching a different land is quite prominent. Rudyard Kipling in kim felt the same and wrote this.

“Surely the Gods live here. Beaten down by the silence and the appalling sweep of dispersal of the cloud-shadows after rain. This place is no place for men.”

The beautiful landscape of the valley and culturally rich lifestyle of its people kept calling me back to see more of Spiti. I went back last summer and then I stayed there for winters. I reached back only a month ago after spending six months in Kaza, experiencing the harsh lifestyle and extraordinary beauty of the valley in the winter months.

Now I have locked myself at my place in Chandigarh to work on the pictures. Here are a few from our first trip. I hope you like them.

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Driving to Tashi Gang village of Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India
Driving to Tashi Gang village of Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India

 

Tabo Monastery of Spiti. Built in 996CE by a Tibetan translator, Rinchen Zangpo, it is known to be the oldest Buddhist Monastery in India and the Himalayas.
Tabo Monastery of Spiti. Built in 996CE by a Tibetan translator, Rinchen Zangpo, it is known to be the oldest Buddhist Monastery in India and the Himalayas.

 

Dhangkar Gompa (also known as Dhangkhar, Dhankar) is an old buddhist monastery on top of a fragile mountain cliff at 3900m in the Spiti valley of Himachal Pradesh.
Dhangkar Gompa (also known as Dhangkhar, Dhankar) is an old buddhist monastery on top of a fragile mountain cliff at 3900m in the Spiti valley of Himachal Pradesh.

 

Khurik village of Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India
Khurik village of Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India

 

A car, parked in the wilderness of Spiti near Tashi Gang
Our car parked in the wilderness of Spiti near Tashi Gang

 

Tashi Gang Village of Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India on a cold autumn evening
Tashi Gang village of Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India on a cold autumn evening

 

Kids of village Tashi Gang, pushing a donkey up to the road to ride it back to the village on a cold autumn evening in Spiti valley.
Kids of village Tashi Gang, pushing a donkey up to the road to ride it back to the village on a cold autumn evening in Spiti valley.

 

A traveler looks at Chau Chau Kang Nilda, a peak in Spiti valley from his car window
Sangram looks at Chau Chau Kang Nilda, a peak in Spiti valley from the car window.

 

For Editorial use, Spiti pictures are now available inย rights managed license on my website.

10 responses to 8 pictures from my first trip to Spiti

  1. Himanshu Khagta says:

    Thanks a lot. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Dr. Anil Gupta says:

    Excellant pics as always- Mr. Khagta.Beauty of Spiti valley has been artistically captured through your camer’s lens. Congratulations !

  3. Dr. Arun Chawda says:

    Wonderful pics….. keep it up. Wish you all the best.

  4. Himanshu Khagta says:

    Thanks a lot Mr. Chawda.
    Regards

  5. Surinder says:

    Just amazing pics Boss, I got ur site while in search of some trip info for my next week Manali-Kaza-Shimla trip. I was worried about road conditions, whether but after gone through ur site now I will definetly go there to experience this beauty.

  6. Himanshu Khagta says:

    Thanks a lot bro! Have a safe trip. Visit http://www.lifeinspiti.com and subscribe to it. I am going to add a travel section with tips and all for Spiti. Cheers!

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