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A trek Into the Moon Valley

It had been on mind and honestly, it was becoming irritating now. I had to go to some unknown place, a small almost invisible dot, on the physical map of India but I couldn’t find anything that the ubiquitous globetrotter hadn’t left his footprints at. Believe me, it was depressing. Well, until one fine day when I heard someone talk about Himachal and how it is difficult to reach some of the places there. That got me fixed onto a location and eventually made up my mind about Lahaul Spiti. Bags packed and ready to go.

What I had in mind was that Spiti would be exactly like the regular hill station. Except that it wasn’t a getaway and definitely not a hill station. This just made me fall in love with that place immediately. Arrangements were made to stay under the open sky in tents along the banks of river Chandra. The gurgling sound of the river made it hard to fall asleep for a short while but then the tired body fell into a deep slumber. The morning we had plans to explore the handsomely rugged terrain by bikes. Oh God, it sure was bumpy! At first I was scared but then the thought of being able to see the magnanimous Chandrataal Lake made me more determined to pedal on and yes, the bike ride was amazing. Thankfully, I emerged scratch free. Some victory dance there.

13715701255_b056c23b39_z The Chandrataal lake- took my breath away. The blue water made me feel as if it was sky’s sibling; so alike they were. The ripples created by fish, I tried stepping into the water but just when the tip of my feet touched the water, I withdrew it for it was ice cold. The mountains just made the lake look more majestic. The view of the moon in the sparkling waters made my trip more than extraordinary.

13715647435_2d864e6607_z There is this small village called Kibber, located at height of 4200m. This pyramid shaped village made me thought how surviving the nature of man is that he can build abode at such heights, away from the basic comforts.

13716098724_de2fd11338_z The Chinchum Ropeway is another such example that made me marvel at the human spirit. I tried using the ropeway that the local kids use daily to reach school and was little scared about making it back safely but yeah, except for pain in the shoulders, nothing much happened (thankfully!).

13716017994_30a9bc8680_z The best part of the journey for me was the monasteries- with their distinct Buddhist culture. The monastery at Dhankar is amazingly serene, with an ancient fort making a wall of protection around it. I sat there for a while and didn’t want to leave, the chants of mantras filling the air and spreading through the whole atmosphere.

13716039164_02416d3663_z The Dhankar Lake provides another spectacle of nature’s beauty and I just kept on clicking photos. The last day was dedicated to the yaks and riding them. Of course, we saw no llama but yaks made it up for it. The locals explained to us how the yaks were indispensable to them. Yaks might look huge and scary but that is just an appearance they put to scare strangers away. Otherwise they are really friend and riding them was one hell of an experience.

13715707455_7cc53a8e4c_z The whole Spiti trip had been an unbelievable experience for me- made me grow as a person in every dimension. It’s definitely a topography that I’d like to explore not just once but again and again.
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