Lahaul & Spiti : A sublime beauty

Himalayasn Panorama

I’ve been mesmerised by the sublime beauty of the Himalayas since my first trip more than a decade ago! The sheer size of the gigantic mountains, the snake-like winding roads (sometimes just dirt-tracks) and the adventure of living in one of the most sparsely populated regions on earth is thrilling! Perspective gets skewed, as there is usually nothing to compare the size of the landscape with. A huge gushing river looks like a trinket against the huge mountains! It’s surreal being in a place with almost no life and no connection with the rest of the world and where only nature rules! Kinnaur Kailash parikrama trek in Himachal was ‘once in a lifetime’ experience for me.

Himalayas

Himachal Pradesh in India has some gorgeous places and Lahaul & Spiti valley, beyond Manali is breathtakingly beautiful! Lahaul & Spiti are two different valleys and lie north of Kullu – Manali. Via Rohtang pass is Lahaul valley and beyond Kunzum La (15,000ft), one of the highest motor able mountain passes, is Spiti valley. The mountains here are eroded & barren with no vegetation and the white glaciers look stark against the brown mountains. Rohtang and Kunzum passes are closed in winters and the valleys are accessible only from May to October.

Images from a road trip to Lahaul & Spiti valley in black & white.

The winding roads and hair pin bends
The winding roads and hair pin bends

The winding roads 3a

Dhabas on the way with awesome views
Dhabas on the way with awesome views  of the landscape

Dhabas on the way

A Chatwala in the middle of the mountains!
A Chatwala in the middle of the mountains!
Against the backdrop of the majestic Himalayas
Against the backdrop of the majestic Himalayas
Kunzum La pass and temple
Kunzum La pass and Kunzum devi temple, dedicated to Goddess Durga

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Lahaul & Spiti : a sublime beauty
Lahaul & Spiti : a sublime beauty
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21 Comments Add yours

  1. Harsha says:

    Extremely Gorgeous..All the Pictures speaks the Beauty of the place.. 🙂

  2. My Say says:

    wow !! this picture perfect !! all of them are nicely done .. and your words say .. it would be a place of ultimate peace 🙂
    thanks for sharing dear friend !!

    1. It is quite a peaceful place indeed! 🙂 Thanks for dropping by!

      1. My Say says:

        🙂 going through your post .. the pleasure was all mine 🙂

  3. hemadamani says:

    Beautifully captured the might of the Himalayas! I’m so totally in love with the mountains and these took me there .. nice!! 🙂

  4. Meenakshi says:

    Absoloutely breathtaking! I have heard so much about Lahaul & Spiti and how it remains quite untouched by commercial tourism…I can see why!

    1. Thanks Meenakshi 🙂 Yeah, it’s still quite untouched as the access is restricted to a few months. You must visit if in North India, one of the most scenic & remote places beyond the maddening rush in Manali!
      Cheers!

      1. Meenakshi says:

        Will definitely do so. Amazing photography!

  5. Jitaditya says:

    Mindblowing images… just can’t get over the last one…!

    1. Thanks Jitaditya 🙂

  6. Serene beauty and …I can hear the silence. Love your pictures and would gladly go back to the Himalayas trekking.

  7. Naomi says:

    That scenery is complete dream fodder. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. Rahul Sharma says:

    Lovely pics! thanks a lot for sharing. I miss my home 😦

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