Not very far from the entrance (diversion) of Pin Valley lies the monastery of Dhankar which is known for its dramatic and precarious settings. Monastery is perched over a fragile ridge. It is also a vantage point to watch over the splendid confluence of Pin river and Spiti. Mane which is opposite to Dhankar is Jijme's village and he wanted to go to Dhankar to visit relatives and here i got a chance to stroll along the lanes of villages of Dhankar during desolated winters. It was overcast, cold, dreary and gloomy.
Enroute at Lingti, I was struck by a frozen waterfall. captivating sight it was captivating.
On the bank of River Spiti
Prayer flags on a hairpin bend..
Went to new monastery where Jijme met some lamas and they offered us tea and biscuits.
While Jijme was busy chatting with lamas, I went out to visit the old monastery and walk on the snow-covered slippery lanes of Dhankar. Once a vivid water stream was now frozen and was hidden somewhere
From the top of the Dhankar monastery, i renounced myself to the mesmerizing confluence of Pin and Spiti River. Once again.
Then attempted to reach Dhankar lake but trail was blocked by partially frozen water streams
One last view of Dhankar monastery before we made our way back ..
Now hunger struck and Jijme suggested to visit yet another relative at Tabo who was supposed to feed us with rice, dal and other stuff. so we took the detour to Tabo, sit on the bank of spiti, another monastery village of Spiti valley. Jijme's relatives were extremely generous and offered us delicious meal with lots of butter, much needed in that inclement weather.
Road to Tabo
After the precious meal, headed my way out and visited the monastery. It was part closed and part open. Went inside the main temple and attended the prayers.
Hiked little up to the Buddhist caves
Dust broke in that overcast evening and i could not realize the transition. Jijme and I proceeded our journey back to Kaza. In between, there was haunting silence of a river and unwavering Buddhist Stupas.
Aah did i mention ??,,,, Jijme's own Maruti Alto went kaput finally in the middle of nowhere. He was bit embarrassed but when i told him "Jijme, you are the best driver i ever traveled with, he smile back with usual giggle... amazing fellow he is...
fortunately I got a ride to Kaza in a government vehicle and escaped spending night in the car in highly unfavorable weather conditions.