Spiti: The untouched land | Hand of Colors


5 days on and Spiti had been a
promised traveler’s delight. These had been days complete of explorations,
welcoming smiles, giggles, and building a bond with Spiti. The hospitality of
Kaza had taken me more than. All you will need to do is to break the ice with a smile,
say ‘Juley’ (greetings and respect), and engage in a conversation with a regional,
or greatest a monk in a monastery. From religion, regional lore to culture and
history, you can crack up any subject with monks. Kaza is a cultural potpourri
for Spiti valley. Each morning village people from Langza, Mud, Kibber, and
Cheecham, come in the morning bus, to do their every day company in Kaza. The similar
bus leaves in the evening. This is how regular days go. Getting close to the bus
station, I was witness to these shades, day starts early right here and continues
till late.  

Spiti river in Kaza
Roads taking you from a single paradise to the other. This shot close to the village Losar on way to lake Chandratal

On this day, I had decided to
take the route heading towards Langza, the fossil village Hikkim, with the
exclusive distinction of hosting Himachal Pradesh’s highest polling station as
properly as the world’s highest post workplace and Komic, world’s highest village
connected with a motorable road. The journey to the villages is quick, but not
without having its personal challenges. Even although, the scenery weans away all discomfort of the
journey, the benign neglect of the improvement of road infrastructure is challenging
to ignore. Half the journey is covered on dirt tracks, but in Spiti, there can
be no greater inspiration to travel than the scenery. I had decided to go to Langza,
and then trek from there to Komic and then downhill to Hikkim. The open spaces
along the way guarantee an endless provide of solitude, and the concoction of
solitude, serenity, and the feeling of getting with oneself lures travelers like
nothing at all else.

Indicators of life in Langza

When you drive towards Rangrik
from Kaza there comes a bifurcation, a single road requires you to Important and Kibber, and
the other goes to Langza – Komic – Hikkim. Langza is exclusive in its personal way.
Popularly identified as the fossil village, Langza is for science buffs hunting for
indicators of early life, and the good geological occasion of a collision of tectonic
plates of India and Eurasia, which gave rise to the mighty Himalayas. The
circular rings like fossils are indicators of prehistoric marine life, of a time when
this land was a sea. Due to tectonic movements, the India plate shifted and
therefore the Himalayas arose. But even if you are not hunting for fossils, the
mesmerizing scenery at Langza wouldn’t fail to captivate you.

The climate, with the clouds pretty much descended upon us, produced the journey all the extra prosaic.

Even just before getting into the village,
the grand Buddha statue overlooking the village captures your consideration. The
sight of Lord Buddha sitting in the lap of mighty Himalayas all about is a
sight to behold. You beginning enjoying Langza from the moment you take a steep
turn to attain it. The road ascends rapidly, and from your window, you could watch
valley obtaining deeper, slopes getting steeper and the peaks increasing
shorter as your altitude starts to match theirs.  And then steadily, the peaks turn to flat
plateau, absurdly green for the barren brown landscape, that had accompanied
all along the journey. The terrain looked like a verdant carpet of green, a
piece of heaven, tended by elves, for the gods who would descend right here on some
vibrant, starry evening. And from the edge of this green carpet, arise a piece of
earth, a close to flat, vertical wall, with snow-covered crown, dominating
every thing about. This is the Chau Chau Kang Nilda peak (the literal which means
of the name of this peak is “Blue moon in the sky”).

In the lap of this 6500m peak
(highest in Spiti area) peacefully sits the village of Langza, a hamlet of
some 50 homes skirted with lush green fields. In such a beatific setting,
moments are under no circumstances uncommon. Even although I spent nothing at all extra than an hour in the
scenic village, I felt a substantial calling right here.

The highest nest, Komic

I produced a move from Langza towards
the highest motorable village of Komic. A quick two-3 hours of trek take you
to Komic. Alternatively, you can constantly take the road. Perched at 4500m, it is
amongst the highest inhabited villages in the Himalayas. A board saying, ‘welcome
to the highest homestay’ welcomes you to the village. On a single side stands the
Komic monastery overlooking the lush green fields. Opposite to the monastery is
tucked a cute café (ah, world’s highest café) like some fairytale romance. From
the monastery, I looked at the village. A total of 10 homes. Upon inquiry, I
came to know some 60 men and women reside in the village.

World’s highest village connected with motorable roads – Komic

Legend has it that due to a lengthy
drought, the monks of Komic decided to shift the monastery to the nearby low
lying Hikkim village. But the grand statue of Mahakal couldn’t be moved. The
complete monastery was moved, but the statue of Mahakal remained adamant, with
all but a single monk. In 1975, a huge earthquake struck Spiti which fully
destroyed the new monastery set in Hikkim. The monastery at Komic didn’t endure
a lot harm. Thereafter all the monks returned to the Komic monastery.

The landscape of Komic village

The road from Kaza top to
Komic is a steep winding uphill climb. It is each a seasoned dream and a
rookie’s nightmare, as the lack of oxygen and adjust in climate becomes
palpable. Very first-time travelers will need to be cautious, and it is constantly advisable
to hold Komic towards the finish of the itinerary. The village is housed in a
bowl-shaped depression, distinctly split into two components, the reduced with a compact
cluster of homes and upper with a cluster of bigger homes. A hillock above is
housed the Komic monastery, painted in lovely vibrant colors.

When in komic, take a detour
about, it is not tricky to discover fossil rocks. Pencil in some time to be at
the world’s highest café, do not overlook to order Spiti sandwiches. The service
is rapid, and taste, just like the scenery, beyond expectations.

Although there may possibly not be a substantial
list of to-do in these villages, their seclusion is enchanting. And a believed
on life at these heights and so off the road villages is inspiring. I broke
into a compact speak with a regional, who took me to his mud-residence, supplied Spiti’s
butter tea, and began telling me about life in the village. Summers is the
month to operate and save, whilst in winters, a single can only be indoors, enjoying the
reserves of the summers. Nevertheless, winters are some thing the villagers await for.
There could be a surreal, romantic charm in temperatures, dipping under -20
degrees. There need to be, and almost certainly a prosaic feeling in the white splendor
of snow, a single that can only leave us to shudder, but becomes the sole companions
of these villagers. I could only smile at the believed, life shapes up in
distinct methods and men and women have evolved to reside in these extremes.

On a postcard pilgrimage to

Taking leave from Komic, a single can
go downhill to Hikkim, the highest post-workplace. Luckily, I had got a lift
from there to Kaza. Yes, such plans operate in Spiti. The stroll to Hikkim wasn’t
difficult, but it went steeply downhill. The Hikkim post workplace was opened on
November five, 1983, and Rinchen Chhering—has been the branch postmaster right here
given that inception. This conspicuous Spitian landmark is also his property, and in a
spot with no communication channels, operates as the only indicates to communicate
with the other globe. It is this spot, exactly where monks from Komik monastery
acquire their letters from other spiritual centers, some as far as Tibet and
Bhutan, exactly where farmers open their savings account, and vacationers like me send
postcards, to hold by as a memory from the Spitian highs.

The journey of the post from right here
is as fascinating as the spot itself. Each morning, two runners take turns in
delivering mail on foot from Hikkim to Kaza. From Kaza, the emails are taken by
bus to Reckong Peo, onward to Shimla, additional by train to Kalka, and then
loaded on a bus to Delhi, from exactly where it is additional distributed. Following the
lengthy-held tradition, I also sent myself two postcards from Hikkim. And as I
create this piece, I can appear at these two tokens of really like, sent from the land,
each shade of which, leaves you enchanted.

On way to Komic and Hikkim village

It felt there that the azure blue skies and empty expanse about had joined hands to provide an inviting feeling of seclusion. There are subtle indicators of authenticity and rusticity in life at these heights. The age-old methods of farming, the plain mud and stone homes, painted white on the exteriors and beatifically adorned with colored flags, and a life seemingly frozen in time: easy, and in inviting synergy with the habitat. With each step, I felt myself closer to this land and was unraveling the deeper meanings of life, hidden in the vast barrens of Spiti. And nothing at all was extra loud and clear than living in synergy with nature.  I produced my way back to Kaza, possessing grown richer in the philosophy of life, memories, and images that would type the décor of my walls to teach me how huge and lovely life is, and how significantly less have I explored it. As we returned, we halted to have a appear at the old monastery, destroyed throughout the earthquake. I searched in the mountains to appear at the Komic monastery a single extra time. A story a time leaves in the midst of a puzzle named faith and belief. Who to think, and what to take as genuine? In the land named ‘lands of God’ by Mark Twain, every thing appears genuine. Probably its only faith that can make you a element of this vastness.

Roads top to Spiti valley
Stopped at Chacha-Chachi Dhaba on way back from Spiti valley
A halt at Pagal nadi whilst returning from Spiti

Study extra about my Spiti travels: 1) Kalpa and the Kinnaur sojourn two) Dhankar, the lovely monastery perched in the highs, three) Tabo, the oldest monastery, and four) Important monastery and Kibber village


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