Spiti

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.

Key Monastery in Winters

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.

Dhankar- Spiti Valley

I was interested to see the article on Dhankar - Spiti Valley:

http://thinkingparticle.com/gallery/dhankar-spiti-valley

Spiti Valley: Himachal Pradesh

Spiti, often referred as Mini Tibet is the land of high passes, remote villages, awe-inspiring landscape, ancient monasteries, distinctive culture, rare flora and fauna. Spiti is connected to Lahual valley via Kunzum pass and can only be accessible during summers however southern access route through Kinnaur is open through-out the year. Mostly covered with cold desert, Spiti Valley is a matchless delight to nature lovers.