A tent perched at 14,000 ft, watching the milky way galaxy and siting on the meadows encircling the turquoise blue water, Isha and I were living a dream. We spent more than a day at Chandrataal, but it felt so less. Our body had coped with the thin air all around and we both were geared up for Day 2. Our expectations from Spiti had raised.
Gaur Gopal Das in a TEDx talk said there are two types of tears. When tears are cold, they are tears of joy and when tears are warm, they’re tears of pain and anguish. My tears were cold, because I was standing at 14,500 ft in front on Chandra Taal Lake and we trekked against all odds to reach here. Though shorter in distance, steep climbing made our trek rigorous. The view from the top was worth every step we climbed. Surrounded by glaciers and high snow-cladded mountains and the magnificient cresent shaped Chandra Taal Lake in front, we dropped our backpacks to embrace the long journey we did to reach here.
Continue reading “Spiti Series – Day 1 : Journey to Chandra Taal – Lake of the Moon”
I started travelling to escape from all the fuss of this 9-5 metro life. Unknowing that this travel bug will make me homeless one day. My new year’s resolution of 12 places in 12 months made me a travel addict. And travel addiction is much similar to doing drugs. Like drugs, you get high with each ascending steps. But unlike drugs, you don’t need money to travel. All you need is Kinetic Energy. Quite literally. Just keep moving forward. Continue reading “Don’t travel. Travel is a drug!”
Staring forcibly at the computer screens for 5 consecutive days of a week and earning a living, this does not sound like doing justice to our well deserved lives! And this was the making of our weekend getaway to Jim Corbett. Continue reading “A weekend getaway to Jim Corbett to get away from the daily dullness”
In search of new stories and my soul, I went far this time. 800 kms, in the trans-himalayas, somewhere in the cold desert of the Spiti Valley. Spiti Valley is a cold desert in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It was June of 2016 and the temperature during the day was around 15° C. Night used to cold with average temperature around 1° C. After relaxing and acclimatizing for 2 days, I started exploring the remote areas of this wonderful place. Spiti is the home to some of the kindest, friendliest people in India. Spiti is also the home to a number of significant monasteries of the country, and hence is also known as the ‘Valley of Monasteries’. Before going back to Kaza, I was staying in the Tabo village and so I started with the thousand year old and the largest, Tabo Monastery. Continue reading “Discovering Tabo Monastery: The Ajanta and Ellora of Himachal Pradesh”