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Spiti Valley – Spectacular and Remote!

Written by Poorna & Brinda

Spiti Valley is spectacular in every sense. There is no doubt about it. The landscape, risky roads, monasteries, mountains, villages, the rivers…all this make this place awesome. After the curtain raiser in Kinnaur Valley, we were in for the main show. And what a spectacular show it was!

If you feel driving in Ladakh is tough, come to Spiti Valley. Ladakh is a cake walk these days with wide and good roads. How do you feel when you have to drive at 500 feet above the river with a huge rock wall on one side and a sheer drop on the other? The roads so narrow that you have to be on consistent vigil. But you are also awarded by some of the pristine and spectacular landscape anywhere in the world. Places so remote and unspoilt, you can feel them.

We present a glimpse of spectacular Spiti Valley thorough these lovely pictures. Click on them to see in larger size. If these pictures  encourage you to pack your bags for a next trip there, don’t blame us!

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Yes, We were driving on the World’s Most Trecherous Road. True in every sense. See next picture for the proof…..

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Riskiest, Narrowest of the roads. Fits the title given in the previous picture in every sense……

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Treacherous, Yes. Spectacular too!!!

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On the way to Shipki La, the border post on Indo-Tibet border. The views from this road as we climb is spectacular with glorious Reo Pargil (20,000 ft) towering over the rest.

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The wild roses were everywhere on the way to Shipki La. It was a fragrance filled road!!

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The panoramic view of confluence of Sutlej and Spiti rivers. The Spiti valley starts from here.

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The beginning of the climb in Spiti valley. One of the toughest roads.

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Notice the sheer drop even as we climb the road. At some point, we were attest 400 feet above the Spiti river bed!

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Tabo Monastery – A UNESCO World Heritage site. Built in Mud, One of the most beautiful monasteries with amazing Thanka Murals. Beautifully maintained by Archeological Survey of India.

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This is the best spot – after Tabo – on this leg of journey. Where Spiti does a turn and the view is mind blowing!

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Then you are greeted by astonishing landscape on the way to Dhankar Monastery……

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The Lovely Dhankar Monastery in surreal setting. An endangered structure which is among the oldest monasteries in Spiti built on Mud stilts.

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The terraced landscape as seen from Dhankar. It is also confluence point of Spiti and Pin rivers.

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We filled diesel at the world’s highest petrol bunk!

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Kaza town as seen from the road to Komic village……

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One of the treacherous stretches on the way to Komic. The landscape was Grand Canyonsque!

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And the canyons………..

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Brinda in front of World’s highest post office @ Hikkim. It was also word’s most beautiful Post Office!

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Komic Village. The highest village in the world at 14,800 ft

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Langza. One of prettiest villages of Spiti.

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Spectacular setting of Kee Monastery – one of the largest in Spiti valley

We will come back with a detailed post on these fantastic places. Aren’t these pictures enough for you to plan your next trip to Spiti. Travel in Spiti is tough. But it is worth every mile…….

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Poorna & Brinda

We are Brinda and Poorna from Bengaluru, the “Silicon city” or “Garden city” of India.

We travel together. We caught the travel bug 20 years back. On our honey moon, we traveled over the sea, in the train, by bus and in an aircraft! Our adventures probably started in that year. It continues, ever since.

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