Days passed, Nights were longer and Kaza kind of became my comfort zone. Every evening, I and Tenzin used to get stupor on purest of Old Monk. Tenzin's mother was very generous lady and always curious to know what i am doing in Spiti during harshest of the months. She cooked delicious meals through the day. Though I was enjoying my slow-paced life in Kaza but I wanted to go little remote.
One afternoon, Tenzin and I ditched the business, shut down the shop and headed to Key monastery and Kibber village.
Along the bank of snow-filled Spiti, we drove in the rattling Maruti 800. Views of the river were breath-taking.
Along the bank
And then the road headed upwards
Unlike Vibrant summers, Winters inside Key Gompa is considered lazy time to bask under the occasional sun. we parked on the main road and walked towards the Gompa which was more or less closed. Outside, young monks were playing cricket. Lama offered us tea and opened the door the roof offering wide view of alluvial plains of Spiti.
Inside the prayer hall
On the roof
Down below, key village was resting in serenity amid snow
And the River Spiti on the other side
Walked further to the temple and then taken the precarious trail to Gete to take panoramic shots of Key monastery
The massive waterfall near Gete
and here comes the awe-inspiring view of Key monastery in the backdrop of frozen Spiti river
Late in the afternoon, we strolled in the narrow lanes of Kibber Village which is also considered the best chance to sight elusive snow-leopard
Schools remain closed in winters and its the time for kids on the wheel. they were skating everywhere
and the sprawl of mud houses