Hiking in the Spiti valley

In June I traveled almost the entire length of the Spiti valley in the ‘European backpacker’ style. Using local buses (non-a/c with non-reclining seats), hitching rides, and hiking– from village to village and from monastery to monastery; eating in ‘dhabas’, staying in village homes, monasteries; making new friends (some of whom were perpetual travelers — they do not have a stable snail mail address)…

It is an absolutely incredible way to see the countryside. The slow pace of waiting for buses and hitches, or walking the mountains gives you all the time you want to experience the landscape in a whole different way — I should know because I have been through this valley multiple times before, but I saw it differently this time. And if you like landscape photography then the slow pace allows you to see the landscape again and again in changing lights too…

Some pictures from the trip:

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7 comments

  • aditya raj kapoor March 13, 2014   Reply →

    wow…u do this alone???

    • Ajay Jaiman March 21, 2014   Reply →

      Yes. Thanks.
      I love this part of the world — am planning on cycling through it soon.

  • aditya raj kapoor March 21, 2014   Reply →

    would be nice to trek with u. Good luck!…shall follow ur path…

    • Ajay Jaiman March 21, 2014   Reply →

      Thank you. & All the best.
      Traveling by foot, cycle, local buses and staying in home-stays,cheap hotels, monasteries, exposes you to a whole different world. Generally not available from air conditioned cars and fancy hotels. And if you travel alone, people are much more forthcoming and welcoming. Well, that has been my experience.

      • aditya raj kapoor March 21, 2014   Reply →

        yes i get that and am aware of the world u live in. just did last oct a 5022km: mumbai to JaloriPass and back motorbike 2Up/wife n me, on RE500…terrific time.

        • Ajay Jaiman March 21, 2014   Reply →

          Awesome!
          Will wait for details/photos on your blog.

          • aditya raj kapoor March 21, 2014  

            writing a book on it….out end year hopefully…cheers!!

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