Zooming in, right from the gregarious green of Kinnaur to the brown barrens of Spiti, here’s a photo essay on Kinnaur and Spiti. Taking you from right across world’s most treacherous road, hollering rivers, sparkling waterfalls and rolling meadows to the lofty Himalayan cold deserts and hidden lakes. It’s as close as you can be to the paradise that is Kinnaur and Spiti. For an itinerary and route map for a trip to Kinnaur and Spiti, read our other story on the same.
Hand-painted, carved gateways to even the tiniest of villages, trademark Spiti.
Spiti, a desert that’s often paid visits by colours though…
no place can be as colourful as Kalpa in Kinnaur…
Or, as magical as the Kinner Kailash range that guard the ancient temples there
There would be days of just cobalt blue and muddy brown
But then, you would have astoundingly green lakes and cotton clouds coming in!
there would be days when you will have nobody else, for miles
Only to have the loneliness broken by such sudden and grand company!
For one moment, you’ll chuck your religion and worship nothing but nature
And the very next, you’ll be putting your faith in prayer flags!
Though brown would take over every other colour for days…
It’ll be waved off with starkly surprising green soon enough!
While you would be listening to Buddhist mantras in the front lane…
there would be ancient Hindu symbolism waiting in the back lanes
For hours, you would be driving on “World’s Most Treacherous Road”
Only to be comforted by the sight of another tiny monastery and prayer flags guarding your way!
Though I could go on and on, writing more about Kinnaur-Spiti and uploading some hundreds of photographs that might be the next wallpaper for your computer’s screen, you must be yearning to hit the roads for yourself. Do so now, or maybe in winters when the region turns stark white, everything going for a camouflage under thickly falling snow. Whatever the weather, Kinnaur-Spiti wouldn’t disappoint you ever.
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