Luckily It was a warm (relatively) sunny day in Kaza and I was chatting with my friend Lotey about the work of NGOs in Spiti Valley. Lately Spiti became a favorite destination for NGOs to help local communities in organic farming etc or perhaps a desperate attempt to seek attention. Tenzin was busy doing business in his shop as there were good number of visitors from the nearby villages. As i was discussing this plan to move to more villages for overnight stay, there was this funny guy, Jijme who decided to company me for the villages in Pin valley. Jijme owns Maruti Alto and suggested to go by his car. When everyone started to laugh on his stupid idea of driving small car to snow-filled Pin valley, he took it as a challenge. He asked me again for the company and I said "YES, Why not !!!"... May we bury inside the snow for the whole winter, we will never leave the car...
Followed the Spiti river, crossed the bridge and now we were driving along the pin river buried under feets of snow.
and Road with thick surface of black ice
And bridges over the frozen river
And the mysterious illusion of water and river meandering unknowingly
There were parts where River was lost deep inside the snow and was impossible to trace
Cannot recall how many times i had to come out and push the little car to get it back on track. It was incredibly adventurous and I admire the tenacity of the little baby who carried us till Sagnam where we parked it and took the battery out for some warmer place.
Crossed a swinging bridge and reached the other side where lies the little village of Khar. We were supposed to stay with a family in Khar village.
And then walked towards the Mud Village
circled around the Stupa
Fluttering prayer flags
Deserted line of Poplar
And the dusk broke on the edge of river pin
Following morning, kids were walking on the frozen river to reach school.
However i took the bridge to cross the river and then hiked up towards Kungri village.
Village of Kangri sleeping for the long winters
The monastery, inside out
Down in the valley, River Pin was making its way through
Descended back to Mikkim village where Jijme was waiting for me.
Weather took a drastic turn and Jijme suggested to leave Pin valley. Previous year, Pin was disconnected from Kaza for more than a month.
And Business goes as usual amid harshest weather conditions. All for the waters in its magical forms.
And i kept wondering where does the river flow and still wondering.