Spiti Travelogue: Day 9

Sooth­ing Solang: We relax and reju­ve­nate in this quaint town

After sev­er­al days of adven­tur­ous action in rough ter­rain and harsh weath­er, Solang felt bliss­ful­ly com­fort­able. Our rooms were nice­ly fur­nished, the hotel was cute, and the own­er very gra­cious. We relaxed most of the day, and only strolled around to see Solang vil­lage.

A sump­tu­ous lunch of North Indi­an food was a heav­en­ly change! The food we had for the past few days had been entire­ly dif­fer­ent. As the Spi­ti val­ley remains snow-bound for over six months in a year, only one crop is avail­able to the local peo­ple. Only a few hectares of land is cul­ti­vat­ed, with crops of bar­ley, peas and pota­toes. The Tibetan food con­sist­ed pri­mar­i­ly of Thuk­pa or Pran­tha. Thuk­pa is noo­dles in bone (paya) soup gar­nished with veg­eta­bles and mut­ton. Pran­thas were of Alu, Gobi or Muli. Final­ly, there was Chowmein, which were dry noo­dles. These were the basic food choic­es the whole time we were in Kaza.

In the evening, we had a get-togeth­er, as all of us had nev­er sat togeth­er and talked at length since we left Man­ali. We reliv­ed our expe­ri­ences in Kaza, shar­ing our excite­ment, awe, thrill, won­der, and pride.

I also mar­veled at how well the kids and our grand­ma had adapt­ed to the alti­tude and cli­mate. We young peo­ple were in the prime of our life to face these extremes, but that was not the case with the chil­dren and our aging grand­moth­er! I had no words for my respect of their achieve­ment.

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