Spiti Travelogue: Introduction

An unfor­get­table jour­ney to the Himalayas

In October/November 2000, I under­took a trip to the grand Himalayan Spiti val­ley in the north-east Indo-Tibetan bor­der of Himachal Pradesh, India. This was my fourth trip to North­ern India. On three ear­lier occa­sions, I had been on trips to Jammu & Kash­mir, Badri­nath / Kedar­nath, and Nepal. How­ever, never did I expe­ri­ence any­thing of the sort I did in this trip, because Lahaul and Spiti are a dif­fer­ent world altogether.

We were a group of 10 – Vidisha, my ex-wife, my friends Dhanan­jay and Bha­vana, Geetlekha and Mad­hukar and George and I. We also had two kids and their grand­mother with us. Mad­hukar, who is an avid trekker, and vis­its the Himalayas fre­quently, mas­ter­minded the trip.

Our ear­lier planned route to approach Spiti was via the south­east from Shimla, along the Sut­lej River. The planned way back was the more treach­er­ous route via the Kun­zam and Rohtang passes to Man­ali. While book­ing our jeeps, we dis­cov­ered that because of the Sut­lej floods, the Shimla route was closed. The pos­si­bil­ity of snow­fall also threat­ened to close the Rohtang-Kunzam route, hence we departed with uncer­tainty of reach­ing our des­ti­na­tion, and remain­ing stuck in Man­ali. At the time how­ever, this did not mean much to Vidisha and I, since we were bliss­fully unaware of what we might miss.

Next: Day 1: We begin from Pune

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Day 2: Deli­cious Delhi

Day 3: Mar­velous Manali

Day 4: Des­ti­na­tion Spiti

Day 5: Comic Adventure

Day 6: Kun­gri & Ki Gompas

Day 7: Tabo & Dankar Gompas

Day 8: Back on Earth

Day 9: Sooth­ing Solang

Day 10: In The Air

Day 11: Serene Solang

Day 12: Dev­il­ish Delhi

Day 13: Wheels Back In Motion

Day 14: Back Where We Began


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  • http://saibarman.blogspot.com Saibal Bar­man

    Dear Mahen­dra,
    It’s a nicely scripted doc­u­ment, friend!
    Flow has rythm in same sychro­niza­tion of boun­ties of nature in Lahul and Spiti.
    Chan­dra is one of my most favoured spot for trek. To me Kun­zum bears mys­ti­cal val­ues. I like its back­drop and approach. I always love to enjoy Batal in early morn­ing.
    You have reignited my hid­den desire to revisit the route.
    Snaps are great and nicely blended with the sequence.
    Only one point of suggestion–you could have arranged the trav­el­ogue day-wise, i.e., from Day 1 to end. Just take it friendly!
    Thanks and hope more two come soon on your blog.
    Warm wishes,

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  • http://techntrek.wordpress.com/ Prax

    u must visit ladakh some­day and not miss high alti­tude national park off the high­est motorable pass in the world

    i hope to do lahaul and spiti someday

  • http://skeptic.skepticgeek.com mahen­drap

    Prax: Yes, Leh-Ladakh is on my to-visit list for years! Thanks for the tip…do visit Lahaul/Spiti…I hope my trav­el­ogue entices you enough!

  • http://techntrek.wordpress.com/ Prax

    ur trav­el­ogue is some­what sim­i­lar to my ladakh expe­ri­ence
    ladakh is very sim­i­lar to l and s
    but a lot higher and more scenic, rugged and way higher altitude.

  • http://techntrek.wordpress.com/ Prax

    i also saw most of ur pics on flikr