Thapar Students Love Astrophotography – 5 Questions They Asked Me

I recently got a chance to interact with the amazingly enthusiastic students of the prestigious Thapar University in Punjab. I was invited to share my journey as a photographer and talk about my long term project, ‘Life in Spiti’. After my hour long talk and presentation, there were some common questions they asked me that I didn’t get the time to answer in detail. Most of them were about talking pictures of stars at night. So I have prepared aRead more

Video – Alpine Skiing in Spiti

When the winter is about to end in the month of February and the temperature starts rising in the remote valley of Spiti, some locals take out their old ski equipment and climb various snow covered slopes around Kaza to practise their ski skills. When I was there for my project, Life in Spiti in the year 2015, I learn’t some basics and  each morning we would pack our breakfast and coffee and start our two hour long climb up onRead more

Spending a winter in Spiti

As the winter welcomed spring, and the snow started melting during the daytime, I woke up in a  small guest room at Komic monastery, 4500m above sea level. My wrist watch kept on the side table displayed -6˚C and the blue water bottle, kept right next to it was full of ice. I reached for my boots, then struggled to put them on and after 15 minutes of trying to sqeeze my feet in the shoe, I gave up. They were frozen solid as I forgotRead more

Mountain Biking 67km through the high altitude villages of Spiti

“So I have two mountain bikes”, said Mr. Tsering Bodh, “You can take them and reach this beautiful village called Langza the first day and from there you can move ahead to Komic the second day and then you can decide if you want to come back via Hikkim or continue ahead to Demul and then reach back to Kaza.” This casual conversation was happening in the dim lit lobby of Sakya Abode in the month of October two years back. ARead more

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 placeRead more

What to expect when driving to Spiti valley in winter?

Hidden in the Trans Himalayan range between Tibet and Ladakh, Spiti valley in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, attracts the peace-loving and the adventurous from around the globe. The tourist season starts from the end of May till the month of October, just after the famous rally, ‘Raid-De-Himalaya’ passes through the valley. In early November, when the temperature dips down to -10˚C, the hotels are closed for the tourists and the first spell of snowfall stops the government bus serviceRead more

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 windRead more

Life in Spiti – Website documenting Spiti Valley

Sometimes we arrive in unknown places and they feel like home. That is how I felt in Spiti. The valley is so silent and still, mostly cut off from the rest of the world. In these modern fast-moving times, it is rare to find oneself in such a place, which has no distractions. The hospitality of the people of Spiti is amazing. The locals welcome you warmly into their homes, offering you cups of steaming chai and freshly cooked food,Read more