Did you know that “Spiti” means “The Middle Land” – the land between India and Tibet. Once closed for centuries to the outside world – Spiti is still the least populated region of India, surrounded with ferocious mountains, wild glaciers, thunderous winds, but really simple Buddhist people. The roads to Spiti valley opened on 17th May this year, and will remain operational until the end of October.
This photo series is by Naveed Hussain, my neighbor’s son who is my brother’s age and who grew up next door to me all these years. Today, he is a beautiful and a talented young boy, with a passion for his camera and his roots deep inside the heaven called Kashmir.
The lake is spread over to 3-4 kms. The area is full of the Bramhakamal flower – which has a mythical association with the creator of the universe. The rare Phenkamal – a high altitude plant – purple petals with a white fading. The stillness of the area was all so overwhelming. I was reminded of the famous phrase by Rudyard Kipling – “Surely the gods live here, this is no place for men.”
For hikers, there is nothing more rejuvenating than an offbeat trek. And without any exceptions team StreetTrotter earlier this month indulged in a perfect vacation that led them to the famous Nagtibba trek. In collaboration with The Goat Village, a green village curated in the hills of Garhwal – two of our bloggers hiked up to the highest point of Nagtibba, bringing you back their experience in the form of this photo journey.
Have you ever been to a place so hauntingly beautiful, that first it takes your breath away, and then returns it back, with a bout of air so fresh, that you never want to come back to civilization to breathe the super-polluted air ever again? I had the fortune of visiting one such place, the Valley of Flowers, and life has never been the same after that.
My love for the mountains is eternal. And so is my curiosity to read through the climbing diaries of daring mountaineers and publishing their inspiring tales… This is a story about a trip that Michael Afanasyev undertook back in 2005 to climb the Mont Blanc, in his very own words…
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