We were thrilled to see the remote Himalayan town of Leh featured in yesterday’s NY Sunday Times! I love Andrew Harvey’s depiction of this magical land, “Nothing I had read or imagined prepared me for the splendour and majesty of the mountains that first day; that was the first gift Ladakh gave me, a silence before that phantasmagoria of stone, those vast wind-palaces of red and ochre and purple rock, those rock faces the wind and snow had worked over thousands of years into shapes so unexpected and fantastical the eye could hardly believe them....." - Andrew Harvey, excerpt from "A Journey in Ladakh”
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View from Kye Gompa.
We were in kaza and decided to head towards key, on foot.
I really like hitchhiking with the locals, they fill you in with so much authentic knowledge and warmth.
We got a ride from a tractor and boy, I was onto a new misadventure.
They dropped us near a village a few kilometres ahead and we started looking for our second ride.
A bunch of guys were on a reunion trip post college and decided to fit us in.
We talked about our travels, work life and stopped near a valley, climbed rocks and listened to music while rolling.
Finally we reached key monastery and upon entering, we were offered a cup of exquisite tea made from local blends.
The monk briefed us about the place and their practices, the life in key and was open to answering questions.
There was a cliff towards the end of the open terrace and the view from there spurred feelings I can not put into words.
I’ve always felt like there is a world inside me that isn’t connecting with the world around me; I wondered how I’ll make it through.
I do not comprehend human speech, I do not talk your language.
My words are more homeless.
In that moment I synced with something.
In that moment I found a language I recognised in thin air.
In that moment I let go.
The walk down the monastery was filled with abstract conversations about human existence and intellect.
Acceptance and free will.
We lay in glass fields between broken stone houses, stared at the endless sky and let peace consume us.
I left a piece of me in Key and came back with new ones, I’m yet to figure out where they go.
The weirdest part was, I never realised I had dropped my chapstick while on the tractor and 5 hours later, I randomly found it on my way back. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Lost and found.
Little Tenzin in far away village of Langza once again looks at the snow falling from the sky, it’s that time of the year when the men of the village return back to their homes after earning all the livelihood they could in the tourist season, while the women have collected all the firewood and the animals have been rounded up for another spell of harsh winter.
And as the snow falls from the sky, once again decking the landscape and rendering it all white, little Tenzin just stare at the world and realises once again, just how beautiful it is all, and she thinks of all the travellers who come visiting her village every winter, wearing all the fluffy clothes and looking like round teddy bears, whom she’d wave at, whom she’d smile at and share stories with.
And so she smiles once again, along with the snow, in wait for her friends from world far below, across the tall mountains, she watches them arrive with the snow once again.
Join us on an epic winter road trip and let us show you Spiti's winters.
December 23 - 29,
January 13 - 19,
February 10 - 16,
February 17 - 24 (Spiti Exploration with @abhiandnow)
March 3 - 9
Mar 17 - 23 (Limited seats available)
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"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference"
~ Robert Frost
I went here twice during my time in Spiti. Each time, it was as magnificent as ever, with no one there. Just me. 😍😍😍 And oh bouy, what a feeling to literally chill standing on the world's highest bridge from sea level at 4037m (13,244 feet)
Did you know this bridge was under construction for almost 14 years and opened for vehicles only in 2017?
Spiti Valley is a cold desert mountain valley located high in the Himalayas in the north-eastern part of the Himachal Pradesh. The general thought is that Spiti valley is closed in winters, but it not like so, as you may visit many places in Spiti valley like Kaza, Kibber Key Monastery, Dhankar and Tabo in winters and experience the way of living in Such cold area.
Spiti is accessible from Shimla, as Shimla – Kaza road is open throughout the year.
At “Highway to Himalayas” we are operating “Wintry Spiti Valley Expedition”. Highlights - You can find the Soul of Place at Spiti valley in winters as it will be uncrowded. - Wildlife: - You can see Blue Sheep, Red fox, Himalayan Ibex. And if you are Lucky you may spot a Snow Leopard. - Snow Laden Landscape. - Be a part of Local family during your visit and experience and understand the living in winters in Cold dessert Spiti valley.
1st batch - 18th Jan,2019
02nd batch - 25th Jan,2019
For February and onwards dates do contact us.
Brief Itinerary:- Day 1: Shimla – Kalpa (230 kms)
Day 2: Kalpa – Nako – Tabo (154 kms)
Day 3: Tabo - Dhankar – Kaza (Pin valley if Roads allows)
Day 04: Kaza – Key Monastry – Chicham - Kibber
Day 05: Kibber – Komic – Hikkim – Langza - Kaza
Day 6: Kaza – Kalpa(210 Kms)
Day 07: Kalpa – Shimla (230 kms)
Inclusions: - - SUV vechile for the complete Tour. - Pickup & Drop from Shimla. - 06 night’s accommodation.(Triple Sharing). (Additional charges for twin sharing) - All stay at Homestay. - 06 Breakfast & 06 Dinners.(Veg Food). - Service of Tour manager/Guide for Complete tour from Shimla till Shimla. - Oxygen cylinder to travel in high altitude. - Assistance on arrival.
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