Winter photogaphs from Sagnam, Khar, Kangri and other villages of Pin Valley.
Miscellaneous photographs of Spiti during Winters
Kaza is the headquarter and largest town of Spiti Valley. Most of the travelers stop at Kaza to get inner-line permit and fill up the fuel tank of their vehicles. At an elevation of 3650 meters, Kaza evolved in the midst of cold desert at the edge of Spiti River. Here is an attempt to capture the astounding beauty of Kaza during winters when landscape transforms overwhelmingly.
Langza village situated at an altitude of 4400 meters, is divided into 2 sections. namely Langza Yongma (lower), Langza Gongma (Upper). This Homogenous buddhist village belonging to the Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Langza is some 20 km from Kaza by road (Walking 10 kms). Here is a glimpse of snow covered Langza during long and isolated winters.
Komic, situated at an altitude of 4587 meters is one of the highest villages in Asia and literally means the "Eye of the snow cock". This Quaint little farming village houses a population of 84 in 13 households. These photographs of Komic were taken during long and inclement months of Winters
Situated 47 km in the east of Kaza, Tabo is the second largest town of Spiti valley. Tabo is popularly known for its ancient monastery (more than a thousand year old) and caves on the cliff used for meditation.Wall paintings inside the temples of the Monastery are rare remnants of civilization in Spiti. These photographs of Tabo were captured in the freezing and desolated month of Winters.
Situated at an elevation of 3890 meters, Dhankar is 7 km detour (from Attargo)and some 30 km east of Kaza, district headquarter of Spiti Valley. Dhankar is popularly known for an ancient monastery (more than a thousands year old) which is built on high cliff overlooking the merging of Spiti and Pin rivers. These photographs of Dhankar were taken in the month of January.
Key monastery is situated on a rugged ridge overlooking the Spiti river at an elevation of 4166 meters. Key monastery is some 7 km from Kaza towards the road to Kibber. Key Gompa is more than thousands years old and since its foundation, it has gone through a series of attacks, invasion and even earth quakes hence it also witnessed restoration and patch up work which finally shaped it as a fort like structure. These photographs of Key were taken during winters.