Himachal Pradesh

Here to the wonderful people I came across, met, seen, greeted, lived with, traveled with during my winter days in Spiti.

Met these kids in Kalpa. They tried to impress me with their skating skills. Well, I am just naive. :D

Kids Skating in Kalpa

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.

Shivering with cold, Sitting in the aisle of the fully packed mini bus, I was occasionally looking outside to the frozen landscape. We were driving though the desolated landscape of the high Himalayas. snowflakes welcomed us as we reached Nako and it was all white all around which made me wear sunglasses. In a short while, we entered to the mystic land of Spiti and my excitement was surging with every next inch we moved forward.

Cold breeze of January was gushing through the brief gap at the window beside the seat where i was hitting my head amidst half-sleep. Fortunately it was not foggy and at times i was listening to the occasional laughs of Lamas traveling with in the same bus. Next morning, I was in Rampur and bridge on the timid Sutlej welcomed me in the morning.

Bir- Himachal Pradesh

Nestled into the rolling mountains of Dhauladhar, Bir is small Tibetan Refugee settlement near Baijnath. Blessed with basic tourist facilities, Bir has got couple of monasteries and Institutes for meditation retreats, volunteering and study of classical Indian wisdom traditions. Nearby Billing is also a noted Paragliding site. Set against the backdrop of verdant pine forest, Bir is also surrounded by tea gardens. For long term travelers, Deer park is a nice place to participate in courses.

Dak Runner's Trail: Trekking Route Jibhi > Jalori Pass > Margi> Shilla > Kullu Sarahan > Bagi pul

Known as Dak's Runner Trail, it is a lesser known trek through the verdant dense forest. Trek offers a chance to understand the transition of vegetation with elevation. It passes through jungle of oak forest, chir pines, blue pines, deodars and other common Himalayan flora. Trekkers can stay in the forest house en route.