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See As We Saw - Pin Valley - Part V

Memories captured in our lens as we sojourned on a 14-day-long Jeep Safari meandering through the sacred Himalayas in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh...

sunny 7 °C

Part V of this photo essay covers our drive through the remote and heavenly Pin Valley in the cold desert area of the Spiti Valley. Starting off in the morning from Kaza en-route we visited the Kungri Monastery and thereafter went on to visit the Dhankar Monastery and finally drove till Tabo.

The Pin Valley of Spiti is considered the most beautiful in the region and undoubtedly its beauty kept us thoroughly spellbound. We drove through some spectacular landscapes and never seen before sceneries. The Pin Valley was declared a National Park in 1987.

With its snow laden unexplored higher reaches and slopes, the Pin Valley National Park forms a natural habitat for a number of endangered animals including the ever-illusive Snow Leopard and Siberian Ibex. Rare birds like Himalayan Snowcock, Snow Patridge, and Tibet Snowfinch also abound this area. The Pin Valley National Park's height ranges from an altitude of 3600 meters to over 6000 meters at its highest point. Due to this high altitude and extreme temperature, vegetation is very sparse consisting mainly of alpine trees and patches of Himalayan cedar.

On the Himalayan Highway Again
Post our breakfast we stared off from the Circuit House Kaza making our way out...

Simply Awesome
The landscape looked simply awesome...

Words are not coming out to describe the views...

Nature's Canvas
Could not hold ourselves but to press the shutters...

Barren yet Heavenly
Strange and bizzare shapes of the mountain formations all through the way...

Close Up
A close up shot of the strange formation...

Cameras are unable to do justice at the gigantic scale and proportion these mountains actually looks to the naked eyes...

We were thoroughly spellbound at its beauty...

Grazer's Gaze
A lone grazer gives us a penetrative gaze as we drove by...

Enchanting Pin Valley
Gradually we took a right at Attargo where the Spiti River has to cross to enter the enchanting Pin Valley...

Welcome Arch
An colourful arch welcoming us to the Pin Valley...oops could not get the angle right!!!

Meandering Along
The Pin river, the tributary of the Spiti river with its turquoise water meanders through the valley making it even enchanting...

Landscape or Moonscape?
The landscape was out of the world, is it the moonscape?

Beyond the Valley
Snow peaks flank up high beyond the open valley...

Pinkish mountains around the serene Pin river creates an amazing sight...

Nature's Tapestry
Another of nature's tapestry at it best....

Cutting Through
The Pin river cuts through the valley amidst mesmerizing settings...

The View Behind
Spellbound & mesmerised we boarded down from the vehicle and sat for about half an hour soaking in these awesome views...

Walking Amidst High Mountains
Just took a walk in the high mountain road...

Pose a While
Mitali posed amidst the backdrop of jaw dropping surroundings....

Snowclad peaks amidst dry barren landscape and a true blue sky...

Idyllic Settlement
A small settlement across the river in its idyllic settings....

Opening Up
As we moved ahead further the valley kept opening up further....

Tea at Gulling
We stopped by at the small village of Gulling for a cup of tea. The signboard reads population of this place 135...

Stone House
Captured this shot of a typical Spiti Valley stone house at Gulling...

Rosy Cheeks...
Two cute infants crossing the road in their rosiest of cheeks in Gulling...

Running Up the Slopes
A group of wild alpine goats climbing up the slopes as we were approaching Kungri Monastery...

Kungri Monastery
We finally reached the gates of the Kungri Monastery...

Kungri Monastery is of the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism. In fact Kungri is Spiti's second oldest monastery, built around 1330. The gompa consists of three detached rectangular blocks facing east.

Oldest Shrine
We first visited the old ancient temple situated towards the extreme left of the Kungri Monastery campus...

Holy Chanting
We sat indise the inner sanctum and prayed to the Lord, alongside the young lama who was chanting...

Inner Sanctum
View of the colourful inner sanctum where we bowed our heads, we could feel the vibration inside...

Wall Paintings
Ancient wall paintings showcasing the Buddha in it various manifestations, sadly the monk informed that due to internal seepage the colours are fading out gradually...

Mitali totally engrosed in deep meditation...

Seat of the Dalai Lama
The monk informed us that during the Kalchakra, this was the seat of His Holiness the Dalai Lama...

Meditating Buddha
Colourful statue in a meditating posture inside the Kungri Monastery

Another vibrant revered statue inside the Kungri Monastery...

Colourful and vibrant paintings adorn the walls of the monastery...

Mythological Representation
Another painted wall of the monastery telling many a the Buddhist mythological stories...

Soaking a While
After a round of prayers and meditation we sat outside and soaked in some solitude...

Thereafter we started off back on the roads and made our way towards the Dhankar Monastery in the Spiti Valley...

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Posted by sabyasachi 01:09 Archived in India Tagged spiti_valley pin_valley kungri_monastery pin_valley_national_park dhankar_monastery

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Thanks for going through my blog and expressing your views. Yeah, mountains are my first love and each year I try to make a trip or two towards the majestic Himalayas. Standing below the Himalayas makes one realize how small we actually are, its always a humbling experience.

Since I keep visiting the Himalayas, I thought why not I name my blog "A Walk in the High Himalayas". Writing is always a passion for me - of gathering experiences and puting them into some meaningful words - accompanied by the images I saw and captured.

Like they say "Life is a journey...travel it!!!

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