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Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Spiti Valley June 24th 2017

Himachal Pradesh June 2017 “The basis of peace of mind is to be content with what one has and thus to be in harmony with the world at large.... The root of light is Nothingness The source of all movement is Stillness The source of all sound is Silence” Ramesh Balsekar 'Advaita on Zen and Tao' “The primordial purity of the ground completely transcends words, concepts, and formulations” Jamgon Kongtrul 'Myriad Worlds' I have entered a veritable moonscape on my way to Losar. Both the vistas and the changing light bring me into glimpses of awareness.... of relativity... of the reality of now and the bliss of just being in a place in time that defies description. I have only myself to share this with, apart from the phenomenon of writing about it here. The landscapes ... read more
Gladys taking rest on the way to Losar
Fit for a turkey box slide
Massive installation art

Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Spiti Valley June 23rd 2017

Himachal Pradesh June 2017 “Zen teaches vigilant carelessness and detached involvement. In a more high-sounding phrase, it teaches transcendental ordinariness. In a simpler, more sympathetic phrase, it teaches nothing but ordinariness.” Yoel Hoffman: 'The sound of the one hand' Mudh is at the end of Pin Valley which is an offshoot of Spiti Valley. It's a tiny place that has become yet another reachable destination in this moonscape that is Spiti. The road meanders alongside the relatively slow running and dispersed Pin River and one imagines it when frozen in the middle of a dark winter. On the way here, about 15 km before Mudh, I view a Buddhist monastery up a side road and decide to take a look. Besides the newer monastery building are the original monastery halls full of o... read more
Inside the old Buddhist hall at the monastery
More from the old monastery
The village of Mudh

Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Spiti Valley June 22nd 2017

Himachal Pradesh June 2017 “Since death alone is certain and the time of death uncertain, what should I do?” Stephen Batchelor: Meditation on 'resolve', 'Buddhism Without Belief' “Because you are alive, everything is possible.” Thic Nhat Hanh Gladys the wonder bike (my Royal Enfield) hums and purrs as I glyde down a remarkably good sealed winding Himalayan road.... as if on a groomed ski-slope. On a clear crisp morning, this is one of the things that takes me to bliss. I momentarily think “it does not get better than this” in between remaining very focused on the road ahead, the possibility of approaching traffic around blind corners, and of potholes or other obstacles. At times too, I imagine myself coming to grief and falling into the deep abyss below... but this then becomes a 'death' meditation. ... read more
Tabo
Tabo Monastery
Bodhisattvas statues on walls of main temple assembly hall

Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Spiti Valley March 20th 2017

There are few plans one make which no matter how much you try to materialize, always falls apart at the last moment. For three years, I planned for the trip to Spiti Valley, but for one reason or the other, I always had to postpone the plan. Come January,2016, I made a New Year's Resolution (one among the few, the others as usual, every year goes down the drains)---------> COME HEAVEN OR HELL, THIS YEAR I SHALL COVER SPITI VALLEY. Once I decided on the plan, I wanted partners for the trip. I wanted to do with friends, but those morons were either busy with jobs or post marital life & none can afford a leave of almost two weeks. Being in the dilemma I was in, I opted for Indiamike & Travbuddy if anyone ... read more
The Prayer Flags
Lone Ranger
Magnificient Kinner Kailash Range!!!

Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Spiti Valley April 15th 2016

Rudyard Kipling described Spiti Valley in below words: “At last they entered a world - a valley of leagues where the high hills were fashioned of the mere rubble and refuse from off the knees of the mountains... Surely the Gods live here. Beaten down by the silence and the appalling sweep of dispersal of the cloud-shadows after rain. This place is no place for men." Spiti, also known as the “Middle Land”, is a trans- Himalayan terrain located in the north-eastern part of Himachal Pradesh in India. The name “Spiti” means “The Middle Land”, i.e. the land between Tibet and India. The Beginning: I always had that constant urge of packing off and exploring unknown virgin destinations on a bike. The urge kept on boiling since the time I boug... read more

Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Spiti Valley May 26th 2014

RETIRED BUT NOT TIRED- H. P. TRIBAL CIRCUIT TRIP Age and ailments are not obstacles in realising your dreams. In most of the cases, these are simply mental blocks, which can be easily overcome. So, there I was, travelling on the tribal circuit of Himachal Pradesh in the month of August 2013, fulfilling my most cherished trip for the last 7-8 years. No big deal- except that, one, I was on the other side of 60 years with two total knee replacement operations just three months ago and, two, I was travelling all alone without any company and that too using public transport, without any prior bookings or reservations. At the very outset, I will admit that public transport is not the best option, when it comes to enjoying the beauty of nature and for clicking ... read more
View from Rampur Hotel Room
Bustling market of Rampur
Landslide enroute to Recong Peo

Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Spiti Valley January 4th 2011

Raw Himalchal: Follow the Mighty Rivers We both are travel- and adventure-freaks. Driving is Aakash's passion. When we bought the Maruti Swift (diesel), we were so happy with the vehicle's performance and power that we decided to undertake a road trip to Ladakh. But since Aakash had already been on a road trip to Ladakh, we altered the itinerary and fixed Spiti Valley as the primary destination of our road trip. We completed the trip successfully in 18 days , covering about 6300 km. Our route was: Pune - Ahmedabad - Udaipur - Delhi - Chandigarh - Shimla - Sarahan - Sangla - Tabo - Kaza - Kunzum Pass - Keylong - Sarchu - Leh - Kargil - Sri Nagar - Jammu - Pathankot - Jalandhar - Delhi - Udaipur - Pune. Out of the approx. ... read more
On the way to Chitkul
Himalayan Rose
A bridge at Khab: Sutluj - Spiti confluence

Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Spiti Valley September 23rd 2010

Here is a short video taken by my Canadian good friend Mark Takefman. We were on our month long trip from Delhi to Leh back through Spiti Valley. This was just one of a number of "challenges" we faced on the so-called roads. Mind you - there were wonderful roads too - freshly paved wide winding beautiful roads. But there were also shit roads (or non-roads!) where you had to just 'gun' it through - keep your nerve - and hope for the best. This one was a stretch of river bed really - the video does not really show the large stones on the river floor! There were also mud (knee deep) roads on Rohtang Pass (on a switchback straight - so if you dropped over the side you were done for! A long way ... read more

Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Spiti Valley September 9th 2010

Takze nase sluby nakoniec neboli plane. Ako sme odisli z Kazy tak internet bol cista utopia a dokonca aj mobilny signal a pevna linka neboli k maanii. Predvcerom sme vysli zo Spiti a Kinnaur a dorazili do Kalpy. Tu uz sice internet je, ale az dnes je prvy raz funkcny. :-) Takze kde sme to vlastne boli posledne dni? Prva zastavka bola Tabo. Je to na konci udolia Spiti a je to malebna mala dedinka, uplne ina ako Kaza. Ma siroke ulice, neposobi tak typicky Indicky spinavo a je obklopena jablkovymi sadmi. Prijemna zmena. Stravili sme tam tri dni ktore sme poctivo preliezli po okolitych kopcoch. Hned prvy den sme vyliezli asi kilometer nad mesto kde sme vyplasili par miestnych kamzikov a nasledne v panike hladali cestu dole. Ako sme isli hore radsej nespominat. :-) Druhy ... read more
Cesta do Tabo
Tabo Monastery
To male nic

Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Spiti Valley September 7th 2010

In September this year (2010), Mark Takefman (my biker mate) and I visited what I now call the Great Himalayan Bike Odyssey, riding our Royal Enfield Bullets from Delhi to Leh and back via Spiti Valley. In our second week we were staying in Kibber, a village parked high on the northern side of Spiti Valley, which claimed to be the highest habituated village in: where? The world? Asia? I can’t remember exactly (Mark?), but it was perched up high! And the little and cute looking village of Chicham seen in the distance simply beckoned us for a visit - on foot because we had just had a very long ride the day before from Keylong over some very rough roads (and needed to rest our butts as well as stretch the old bodies – sorry, ... read more
The cage
The gorge!
How many in a cage




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