India Travel and Attractions : Spiti Valley: An Unforgettable Trip!

By Divya Rai.

Editor's Note: Divya travelled amongst to Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh inwards June 2013, together with shares her experience here.

The get-go thought that strikes y'all most Spiti is that it is non for the average tourist. The province of surrealism promises amazing adventures -- but entirely for those who receive got an adventurous streak inwards them. After all, “the traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come upward to see.”

If y'all want to become to Spiti, y'all must laid about past times carrying no images together with expectations -- this volition allow y'all come upward dorsum amongst a backpack total of your ain laid of unforgettable experiences. And what a slap-up seto f experiences it is: the terrain, the views, the weather condition together with the nutrient go out a lasting deport on on the sternest of souls! 

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Ours was a 6-day trip starting from Manali together with nosotros had been wisely advised past times to go solo (i.e. without bringing along people nosotros already knew). This helped us bond amongst a novel laid of people who shared our hobbies together with interests. In all fairness, taking friends along powerfulness fifty-fifty kill it for you.

Our grouping of ix people was saltation to Spiti from Manali together with dorsum to Manali again. Initially, I was really apprehensive most travelling to a province of no-cellphone-connectivity together with rugged terrain. Little was I to know that, during the journey, these ii factors would live the most of import reasons for making my trip worthwhile. 

We started from Manali on 22nd June. We were upward fifty-fifty earlier the Sun was, since starting early on helps inwards dealing amongst the unpredictable factors that come upward bundled amongst a terrain similar Spiti’s. It was an amazing, tiring yet fulfilling 12 hours journeying to Kaza. We had taken Diamox [a medicine for height sickness] together with acclimatisation wasn’t much of a problem. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 few of us who were however feeling uneasy were meliorate the side past times side twenty-four hr menstruum when nosotros reached Tabo, which is it a lower height than Kaza. There was also an alternative for a trek to the Dhanker lake, which all of us took together with completed successfully -- despite diverse levels of fitness, or lack of it.

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The most interesting parts of the trip were the home-stays inwards ii villages -- Demul together with Komik. One needs to live welcoming to the thought of living together with experiencing rural-life for a twenty-four hr menstruum or ii without comparison it to the 1 nosotros Pb inwards our cities. Or, fifty-fifty if y'all do, y'all postulate to query “why is it so” instead of existence condescending most it. 

Try together with alive the experience amongst all your senses: the sight, sounds, smells, temperature at diverse times inwards a day, at diverse places. Or the cool breeze together with harsh Sun against your peel at the same time. Not existence camera-obsessed helps also -- inwards non missing the experience of observing it amongst your naked eyes. 

To become from Demul to Komik, nosotros undertook a Yak safari. Those of us who didn’t desire to ride the yaks had the alternative of riding horses. It was a trek of fourteen kms. Throughout the course of teaching of the journey, subsequently every mount or two, a landscape totally dissimilar from the previous 1 would unfold itself similar the operate of a magician. But then, is in that location a defter wizard than Mother Nature herself?

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All the while, it is imperative that y'all remain aware of your body’s powerfulness to acclimatise together with non ignore whatever subtle hints it powerfulness live trying to convey to you. Trekking, safari, cycling etc. must entirely live undertaken if y'all experience absolutely comfortable -- breathlessness or whatever other sort of discomfort must non live ignored.

A few of us chose to wheel from Langza to Kaza, which is 17 kms on a rocky landscape, albeit amongst a proper road. Since it is completely downhill, y'all actually naught through the entire route together with the 17 kms flash past times sooner than y'all know.

We also enjoyed Spitian cuisine -- something y'all must endeavor when y'all are there. The foodie inwards y'all volition experience blessed. Give the local liquor a shot too! 

Of all the monasteries nosotros visited, Kyee monastery was (and is) my favourite -- mayhap because of the quaint agency it is perched on a mount slope.

Kaza also happened to live the final halt on our Spiti trip. (You volition meet a remarkable increase inwards the degree of ease amongst the sparse air when y'all are dorsum to Kaza from the entire trip, every bit compared to the get-go day.)

I innovation to see Spiti 1 time to a greater extent than before long since 1 trip is also brusque to familiarise oneself amongst this artwork of the Almighty. In the twelvemonth 2014, the honourable Dalai Lama is slated to see -- that would live an splendid fourth dimension to go!

Author Bio: Divya is an entrepreneur amongst a passion for travelling together with is, inwards her words, "currently footloose together with fancy-free". Find to a greater extent than of her go writings on her blog.

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