Spiti meaning the middle land is a cold desert mountain valley astride the river Spiti in North East Himachal Pradesh.
Our next logical tourist destination after the beautiful Sangla was the Spiti valley. We left early in the morning for Tabo village the oldest operating Buddhist enclave in India. Tabo is home to the famous Tabo Monastery.
The road is pretty fine barring some patches where repair work was on. The terrain changes in the Spiti valley. The beautiful green valley we had witnessed thus far gave way to the lofty barren mountain and valley. Spiti valley is one of the least populated regions in the country.
The weather in October is beautiful. The sky is generally clear, sun shining bright and the cool breeze bearable. The drive is very enjoyable.
The clean blue water of the river, pollution free atmosphere and the barren mountain ranges give Spiti a unique beauty.
The vegetation is sparse but apple orchards of Tabo do produce one of the juiciest apples found in the state. The state government is encouraging apple cultivation in the region.
The other places of interest include the Kaza and Key monastery, the beautiful villages. On the way from Karcham to Tabo one can visit the Nako lake also. It is a small natural lake in the fed by the water draining from the mountains around.
My interest has always been in the natural beauty of the place I visit and its people. I normally avoid the standard tourist destinations and prefer not to waste too much time travelling from one place to another. I can spend my entire day just sitting along the mountain river enjoying the nature. This is what I did in Tabo too before returning back to Karcham.
The Photo Gallery….
Here is a small slide show of pictures I had taken. I am sure you will like the amateur effort.