Best of Spiti – In Pictures

The inviting roads, the terrain, the landscapes and topography…….

Making up our minds for doing the 11 days road trip with a little baby was not easy at all. It was the first time ever that we were so anxious about our ‘Travel’ plans!! Post baby, the lifestyle changed every bit and traveling together (particularly the adventure trips) were difficult to fathom. However, our zeal for road trips couldn’t keep us away for a very long time and after an occasional break of a year we decided to pack our bags and set out on a road trip along with our 11 months old little love to the revered Spiti Valley, the Land of Lamas in India. Interestingly, we discovered our baby boy shares the love for Travel 🙂 This trip wasn’t his first though, he had been on few short trips already before Spiti.

Spiti is as stunning as it name sounds!! Lahaul–Spiti lies in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Spiti is predominantly occupied by Tibetan refugees and hence the region has pretty much feel of Tibet.

We covered the region via Shimla. It was thrilling as well as challenging to drive on these roads. We were bracing ourselves for the drive on one of the most treacherous and deadliest roads of the world. This time it was the thrill of NH-22 and Hindustan-Tibet road. The hairpin bends, the narrow dimensions, encountering natural waterfalls, close encounters with trucks and buses, the frequent bad patches made us  feel ecstatic and sometimes insane:). Take a virtual tour of the roads here.

The region is heaven for photography enthusiasts, to hone skills and experiment with different styles, today I’m sharing the essence of the ‘Spiti Valley’ captured in pictures, a random compilation of awe-inspiring sightings. This is going to be a series of posts and I hope you travel along 🙂

Road1

This is a landscape view of village – Dhankar. Dhankar stands tall at an altitude of 12,774 feet. Dhang/dang means cliff, and kar/khar means fort. Hence, the fort on a cliff is popularly known as ‘Dhankar’. The confluence of Spiti & Pin Rivers from this height is incredible!!!

Dhankar houses a 16th century old fort monastery; however one can see the new monastery now in the tiny village of Shichilling. The old monastery complex is also known as Lha-O-pa Gompa; it has five different halls and includes a number of multi-storied buildings. The highlight of the monastery is the a statue of Vairochana or Dhayan Buddha with 4 figures seated back to back. The monastery is associated with Gelukpa order of Tibetan Buddhism and has around 150 lamas residing in it.

Dhankar - LandDhankar

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Bridge-Spiti

The natural settings are so beautiful here that we were compelled to take breaks and soak in the beauty, this capture is a humble attempt to share the beauty with the world.

land 2

The river makes way through the rugged terrains, mostly the areas near river are made into the vegetation belt. However, during extreme winters the area is frozen! In fact, for five months of the year, it’s totally cut off as the snow fall makes driving here too dangerous.

Spiti River

These colorful pictures are from Gue village, ‘Gue’ is famous for being the abode of 550 years old mummified Lama – Sangha Tenzin.

House on Hills

This here is one of my favorites, the backdrop of hills and meticulously perched houses makes for an incredible view.

Topography Spiti

The Road 2Roads in Spiti

This is how the inviting roads look like, it’s a never ending adventure !!

Until next post, keep exploring ‘Untraveled Routes‘ 🙂

73 thoughts on “Best of Spiti – In Pictures

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  2. Astonishing, captivating, beguiling …. your pictures and words always make me want to BE there, wherever there is that you are writing about but this time I literally ACHE to be there … just so spectacular – I feel this itch is beginning to take me over!!! ❤️

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  3. Such beautiful mountains and countryside. Thanks for sharing.
    I had some posters of the Spiti Valley mounted, but lost them during the last house move when something spilled over them. I have one left showing the interior of a monastery wall.

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  4. The words awesome or awe-inspiring are overused and have lost much of his emotional impact, but in your amazing blog on the majestic village of Spiti I can’t think of a better word. I marvel at your courage to travel with your baby to such a remote location in India.

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    • Thank you, Peter.
      Your feedback is always very encouraging especially this one is so inspiring. Thank you for traveling along ☺️☺️. Traveling with our little one was very tough in the beginning we took him for a short road trip of 3-4 hours at the age of three months… Gradually we increased the duration. However Spiti was very difficult given the harsh weather conditions, with God’s grace he was well throughout and enjoyed the trip.

      Good day.

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  5. Awesome post guys.The vibrant colours of the temple seem to take over and pop right out of the photo. I would love to see this side of the world one day. Your son is extremely lucky to have these experiences and I am sure he will continue to travel throughout his life. Lorelle 🙂

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    • Thank you, Lorelle 🙂
      The region is all rustic brown coupled with whites from snow, the colors of the Monastery, Mane Stones and Tibetan Flags create beautiful physical elements making it appealing. Yes, Aayansh will have so many stories to tell 🙂

      Cheers.

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